Watercooler Challenge – WCC24 – Red Letter Birthday

WCC24 – Stefanie’s Sketch resulted in…

a Red Letter Birthday Card

For this challenge Stef provided us with a sketch that sent many of us in different directions (up, down and sideways).   I think you’ll notice a bit of a theme that emerged…many of us received out sneak peek products from the new annual catalog that launches June 2 and of course…we just had to play with them!

WCC24 - Stef Sketch

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.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!


Here’s my interpretation of Stef’s sketch flipped In a different direction.   It’s a red letter birthday card ( I know..bad image pun in the card, but I have lots of friends with significant milestone birthdays this year) using one of my favorite non catalog stamp sets from the Photopolymer Collection.  Lovely Amazing You provided one of  the sentiments, the feather background and the stamped red letter envelope.  This stamp set covers it all that’s for sure.

WCC24 - Red Letter Day - Jean Fitch - Lovely Amazing You and 2015-2016 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks

Did you see the new catalog sneak peeks?  They’re subtle…here’s a hint…think shapes.  Punches and dies.


Stamps:  Lovely Amazing You, Crazy About You (Birthday).

Ink:  Marina Mist, Real Red, Night of Navy & Project Life Journaling Pen (Black)

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Night of Navy

Punches: Tree Builder (new – bitty bird), Boho Blossom (retiring), Banner Triple (new – creates the flag/banner ends and side indent)

Other:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die (bow is one of the accessories), Flower Frenzy die (leaf bough), Sale-a-Bration In Color buttons (no longer available), Paper Snips,  Two Way glue pen, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, SNAIL


When I saw the new Banner Triple punch my heart went into triple time hammering!   I know…crazy right…over a punch?    But it did.  I saw the same bypass channel (yep…another bad pun) that the Scallop Tag Topper punch has and I knew I could slide the side of a card in and punch an indent!   I love alternate uses.  Of course the original intention of punching a perfect banner end to a strip of paper is pretty cool too!  This punch does it all…and for three different sizes of strips.   Of course I’m sure those crafty crafters out there will find other and cooler uses as well.

So that was new product #1.  Have you guessed what #2 is?  The little birds come from the Tree Builder Punch that coordinates with the new Ronald McDonald House Charity set Sprinkles of Life.   Not only do I love this new stamp set…but I love that with my purchase I just donated $3 (courtesy of Stampin’ Up!) to the RMHC fund.  They do amazing work and help patient’s families be present for their loved ones who are hospitalized.  Stampin’ Up demonstrators help in many of the houses too, providing a bit of distraction through crafting as well as donating supplies and ready made cards as needed.

And product #3…it’s not exactly new but the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die from the 2015 Occasions catalog has moved into the new annual catalog.  Yay!!   While the bag is fun to make, the accessory dies have even more use for cards and other project types.  My “label” and the “skinny” bow for today’s project came from that die set.

Here are a few more pictures to give you a better look at the elements and products used.

WCC24 - Red Letter Day tool shot - watermarked

WCC24 - Red Letter Day - Triple Banner Punch indent detail - watermarked

WCC24 -insert detail

To get the layered indent look that I had envisioned, I punched (sliding the cardstock into the bypass channel of the punch)  both the Naturals Ivory card base and the Marina Mist layer.  I had to remove a skosh off the unpunched side of the layer so that all the edges lined up correctly when the mat was placed on the base.  Note to self…put those corrected measurements in a document or other set of notes for future reference.  The leftover punch piece as stamped and added to the inside of the card base.

Here’s the link to a flyer for the stamp set as well so you can see all it’s cool images:


It’s only guaranteed available for another month or two (after that it’s while supplies last) so if you want it…buy it now!


That’s it for this challenge.  I hope you’ll join the Watercooler challenge and show us your own sketch inspired project and link up to us.  We didn’t have sufficient linky posts to declare a winner for the last challenge but I hope you’ll check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by Susie & Sheri. Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink


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