Watercooler Challenge WCC19

Welcome to the WaterCooler Challenge WCC19

For this challenge Bev Q provided us with a wonderful picture.   I love the fluidity of shape, simplicity and a multiplicity of colors to play with.  Kind of reminds me of I Dream of Jeanie too but I don’t think I can fit harem pants onto my card (well…or on me either).

WCC19 -Vases  Challenge Inspiration

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

As with most inspirational picture challenges you can take your inspiration where you find it in the picture.  For me it was the rounded shape, the colors and the basic fluid lines.   And of course me, being me, I had to turn the picture on it’s head just to see what thoughts that provided.


WCC19 Vase inspiration picture upside down

Want to guess what I saw before I show you my card?  And no it’s not a squid or snail!

I ran into one tiny problem…the balloon die cut I decided to use is huge!   I just couldn’t see adding more balloons given the shape I had opted for so I ended up cutting back on the colors I used.   I also melded the brighter green and and lighter blue into a compromise…Coastal Cabana!   Bermuda Bay might have been a truer mix  (I always did enjoy color manipulation in my dying and weaving) but since I decided to debut my first use of Strawberry Slush I thought SS might need the comfort and company of it’s fellow In Color mate.  Wouldn’t you know I’d finally get into the 2013-2015 In Colors just as they are about to leave the stage?  Yep…that’s how my boat so often floats (or my balloon as the case may be).    Oh…and a quick reminder.  If you are wanting to keep these colors around make sure to pick up your refills, extra paper and so on soon!  The retirement list is coming out in a month or so and those In Color items disappear quick!

Okay…now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag…here’s my card.


Watercooler Challenge WCC19 - Balloon Hello Card - Jean Fitch using Balloon Framelits and the Hello You thinlit die

In my rendition of the inspiration picture I reflected the deep blue curves of the bottles in the scallop curves of the Night of Navy card base then added more curves with a round balloon, an oval mat and the curvy feel of the hello die of the new Hello You thinlits.  Have I mentioned yet how in love I am with the Occasions Catalog this year?  The balloon, bow and pennant banner piece are all from a die set that coordinates with the Celebrate Today stamps.   I was a tad chincy on my use of stamps on this card so you are only seeing the tail image (is it still a tail when it’s on a balloon and not a kite?) from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  One of many fun images for all occasions.   Another wonderful thing about the size of the balloon…it’s big enough to cover the inky smudge my fingers picked up when I opened the Crushed Curry ink pad.  Note to self:  Wash hands before assembling, stamping or touching layers of the card…especially when said layer is Whisper White!


Stamps: Celebrate Today, Hello There (interior), February 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set (the image on the balloon under the Dazzling Diamonds.

Ink:  Crushed Curry

Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana Cardstocks.  Gold Foil.

Other: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Dazzling diamonds, Adhesive glue pad, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Here’s a quick shot of my incomplete interior.  I’m still mulling over whether I want small flowers, another bow or what to dress up the inside of the card.

Watercooler Challenge WCC19 - Balloon Hello Card interior - Jean Fitch creation


I hope you’ll join the challenge and show us your own interpretation of the picture.  Don’t forget to check yesterdays Challenge Blog post to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing.

Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Jean Fitch in pink



9 Responses

  1. Jean, I snickered at the harem pants. I can honestly say I’ve NEVER fit in them. Loved reading about your process and your card is delightful. The balloon on the oval shape is quite delightful!

  2. I Dream Of Jeannie? You are showing your age, Miss Jean. Love your card!

  3. I agree with Susan — wow is Jeannie? Haha. Love your rendition of the challenge. You sure pulled together many elements in a very creative way. Thank you Jean for accepting my challenge.

  4. But, “I Dream of Jeannie” is playing in syndication, so that’s probably why she knows so much about it. Right, Jean? Because we’re the same age, and neither of us is THAT old!
    Really pretty card. Love the balloon and your take on the challenge.

  5. Hi Jean, as usual I loved wandering down the paths your mind took you during the creative process. Of course you had to flip the photo upside-down! What I really love is the combination of the Oval card and the Round balloon. Those shapes combine so beautifully both in the photo and in the card. The colours, too, echo the colours of the photo amazingly well. One balloon is perfect. I’m glad you stopped when you did.

  6. I love how your card turned out, such a fun interpretation.

  7. Love the challenge picture, and agree about the colors and shapes. Your design is wonderful…sorry that you have just started using the soon to be retired in colors! Hope you will use them more often!

  8. Lovely card, Jean. The colors work so well together.

  9. I Dream of Jeannie was one of my favorite shows back in the day. And I can actually say that I wore harem pants when I was in the Nutcracker Ballet! LOL!! Boy that was a long long time ago!! Darling card. Love the cute balloon with the fun banner.

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