Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC36 – Fashion Forward Witch’s Hat

WWC36- 3D – Your Choice

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Welcome to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.   This time around, since there is an extra Wednesday in September, we’re throwing it open for any 3D project of your choice.

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This is my take on a fashion forward witch or pilgrim hat. Of course a pilgrim wouldn’t have gone for all that bling so likely would have been kicked out of the pilgrim clan…or possibly burned as a witch (those Puritan Pilgrims were a really cranky lot). So really…it all moves in a circle from pilgrim to witch if she dared to be fashion forward.

WWC 36 -Fashion Forwad Witch Hat - Jean FitchFront of Wedge View

WWC36 - Fashion Forward - Witch Hat side view - Jean FitchSide of Wedge view

This is a really fun triangle box (I think of it as a wedge box myself) that you can fill with the treats of your choice.  Bigger than you might think too.  It tapers from a height of 2″ at the top of the hat down  to the thinnest of wedge at the bottom.  I think of this version as a wedge witch hat.   Last Easter I created a chicken from a similar design and come Christmas will be making a Santa “wedge” as well.   I can see I’ll have to make a seasonal collection to show some time in the future.

A warning about this box…once you get the hang of it and have all your materials laid out they go together quite quickly (about 15 minutes) and are highly addicting. 😀

Supplies & Measurements:

4 ½” x 11” Basic Black Cardstock
1” x 5-1/4” Basic Black cardstock
3/4” x 4” Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
¾” x 3/4” Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ Gold Glimmer Paper
10” Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog) &  8″ Gold Sequin Trim
Crop-a-Dile
Scissors
SNAIL Adhesive

Stamps:  No stamping!  Gasp!

To see the basics of how this was made check out Julie Davison’s post  here.  Julie shared this idea with video and a PDF tutorial a couple of years ago and I’ve had it on my CASE (copy and share everything) list since then.  Finally made it!

Something I did a tad differently was to cut my DSP band to 3/4″ x 4″ and I cut my “buckle” as a 1-1/4″ square since I wanted to stick with all current product.  Besides…the square just seemed a tad more high fashion for my fashion forward version. {grin}   The inside Go Wild paper square is a 3/4″ square.

Lovely thing about this box…no real adhesive needed except to adhere the paper strips and buckle.  The sides themselves…no glue!   Once you have your hat (wedge) completed just use a crop-a-dile at the top sides and thread through some ribbon or cording to hold the box together.  Makes it easy to get the treats out without destroying the box.

Go ahead and make some for the pilgrims, wizards or witches in your life.   Of course you can also make one for anyone with a sweet tooth!   And…believe it or not…you can even cram a thin silk scarf into the box.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams 3D contributions head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation 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 our new winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

We had 11 linky posts this last time so there is a winner and a runner up for the last challenge.   Check out our winner here.  And check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by all the challenge participants. Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I don’t know about you but I’m jazzed about the increasing number of participants in our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  You guys are really upping the quality too.  Thanks for playing along.   And I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC35 – Anything Goes

WWC35 – Marsha’s Anything Goes

WWC35 - Marsha's Anything Goes Challenge

Nope…I’m not going to start singing…even though…Anything Goes is indeed one of my favorite show tunes.  Classic Cole Porter.  For those interested you can give a listen here and also see the delightful Mitzi Gaynor in the movie excerpt.  Or you can hear Cole Porter himself and see the lyrics here.

Okay…back to stamping.  LOL

Marsha decided to mix things up a bit and give us an anything goes challenge for this week.  That literally means…anything (well…of a stamping nature) works for your project this week.

Perfect for me since my desk was piled high with leftover bits from various other challenges and projects.  So…anything goes and here it is:

Watercooler Wednesday Presents -WWC35 - Marsha's Anything Goes - Jean Fitch

One of my favorite kinds of cards.  Those bits and pieces of what’s on the table that’s piled up from previous projects always fire up my imagination.  Truly an anything goes card!

I wish you could see the richness of the colors and sparkle that I see in this card in person.  Early Espresso with clear embossing always adds a touch of elegance as well as texture and depth of color. The only thing “new” I did for this card was run the Crumb Cake die cut background through the Woodgrain folder for a bit more texture.

The die cut leaf also reminded me of a tip I was given this summer.

Tip: When the stamps are photopolymer lay them face down on your stamping surface and then apply the block without touching the stamp.  If you apply the stamp by hand to the block, you run the risk of stretching the image a bit and as you can see, it’s difficult to then get an accurate and perfect die cut.  Sigh…I know better now but this was what was on the table that I decided to work with.

Assuming you were making this card from scratch……

Supplies:

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Circle of Spring (for you sentiment).

Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Versamark.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso,  Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Gold Foil.

Punches:  1-3/8″Circle Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle

Other:  Big Shot, Leaflets Framelit dies, Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (Holiday Catalog), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Gold Cording Trim (Holiday Catalog),  Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Anything Goes contributions head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation 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 our new winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

We had 7 linky posts this last time so there is a winner for the last challenge.   Check out our winner here.  And check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by all the challenge participants. Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

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I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: September Mix-Up – 2015 Holiday and Annual Catalogs Together!

September 2015 Mix Up Hop Banner

Welcome to our September Mixed Up Blog Hop.

We’re mixing it up this month.  Showcasing a mix of Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog.  Showing how well both work together.   Trust me when I say…we have two super catalogs this year (and yes I expect the same of the Occasions Catalog when it is revealed in January too).  Stampin’ Up is really on a roll this year.   When it comes to the Holiday Catalog you’ll want it all!   I pretty much feel that way about our 2015 Annual Catalog as well.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  Debbie Spano’s blog.  Debbie always has something wonderful to share…don’t you agree?  Can’t wait to go back and study her amazing projects a bit more closely.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

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This hop I’m showcasing simple.  I have quite a few gifts to share with friends and neighbors this year.  I’ve connected with some wonderful people locally who’ve been such a help now that I’m a tad more homebound.   They all deserve some special treats to show my appreciation don’t you think?

One of the best sets I’ve found for simple (you can step it up too!) that covers so many seasons is the new Holiday set Happy Scenes.   You can even save money on it by grabbing the bundle.  The bundle pairs the stamp set with a fabulous window die and it saves you 15%!   I didn’t use the die this time around but I bet someone on the hop has. 😀

One of the best things about these sets.  Once you have a design in mind both the card and a matching treat bag take about 20 minutes to make the pair.

(As always with the pictures you can click on them to see a larger image.)

First up…Autumn….

Happy Scenes Autumn Together - September 2015 - Jean Fitch

Given together or singly this is a fun and easy set to create with.

Happy Scenes Autumn Treat - September 2015 Hop - Jean Fitch

Happy Scenes Autumn - September 2015 Hop - Jean Fitch

I had it in my head that these were small stamps since they were designed to fit in the window of the paired die.   Nope…these are some nice sized scenes that can really show off their full size goodness all on their own!

Supplies:

Stamps: Happy Scenes

Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Cajun Craze markers.

Paper:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Other: Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing folder, Oval Collection Framelits,  Seasonal Frame Thinlits, Gold Cord, Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine,   SNAIL , Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, dimensionals.  Clear Envelopes (for candy). Simply Scored Board.

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Next up… A winter scene from Happy Scenes paired again with the oval framelits.

Happy Scenes Winter Set - September 2015 Hop - Jean Fitch

Here are the close ups so you can see the details.  There are more Holiday and Annual products hiding in the treat set.  I discovered that the new 6″ square embossing folders like Softly Falling  make creating with larger sized projects a dream.

Happy Scenes Noel Treat - September 2015 Hop - Jean Fitch

Happy Scenes Treat side view - September 2015 hop - Jean Fitch

Tip:  The clear envelopes Stampin’ Up sells in the annual catalog on page 149 are perfect for holding candy or other treat in this type of treat holder.   Insert your treat and close with the self adhering flap.   Use a Crop-a-Dile or other punch to punch through the paper and the clear envelope at the same time.  Insert ribbon and you’re done!

Happy Scenes - September 2015 Hop - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Happy Scenes, Wonderland (snowflakes)

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink, Black StazOn

Paper:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Other: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder,  Oval Collection Framelits, Snowflake Elements (wood), Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Lost Lagoon Taffeta Ribbon (retired but available on the clearance rack), SNAIL, Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen,  Glue dots.  Crop-a-Dile, Clear Envelopes (for candy), White Gel Pen. Simply Scored Board.

I used the White Gel Pen to emphasize the snow sections on the tree and to draw a white line below the black snow bank line.  Subtle…but I like the effect.

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Treat Holder Directions:

Paper dimension:  5″ x 11″

Score paper at 4-3/4″ , 6-1/4″.   Fold along score lines and crease with bone folder.

Emboss with folder if you wish or stamp to create a background.   Decorate as you wish.   Punch holes at the top or use a small die or punch to create an opening to tie ribbon through.   Easy Peasy!

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I encourage you to play with these fun new products.  As you can see they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Annual Catalog.   You can create something fun even without coloring the images.  Of course…if you love to color and have the tools…they are even more beautiful.

I have a shameful secret to confess here.   Well…shameful for a demo…when I sat down to create my project I discovered that all my coloring tools were either dry or missing in action!  Except for a handful of markers.  Shameful right?    No worries.   Stampin’ Up has lots more they can renew my supplies with.  If you’re in the same fix give your demo a call and they can set you right up.   Of course if you don’t have a demo at the moment I’ll be happy to help too!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my dear friend Marsha’s wonderful blog where she shares her always creative outlook and fun projects.

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC34 – Fluttering Leaves

WWC34 – Jean’s Ombre Technique Challenge

WWC34 - Jean's Ombre Effect Technique Color ChallengeWelcome back everyone for another challenge.  In case you haven’t yet heard….we’ve changed our name just a bit, post on  a new day and have a regular weekly Wednesday schedule.

The Watercooler Challenge is now the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and as the name implies we are now showing and inviting you to join in on a weekly challenge that posts on Wednesday, closes on Monday and a winner announced on Tuesday!   Wow…that’s an explanation with a lot of days!

You can find all the facts, rules and links to join in on our challenge blog.  New name…same address.   And…a new badge to win that reflects a few of these changes.   We’re all excited about the changes and hope you are too.

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 our new winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

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Here’s my interpretation of my Ombre Effect Technique shown above.   Mine is a paper version!

WWC 34 - Fluttering Leaves - Ombre Technique Challenge - Jean Fitch

Here’s an angled view that shows a bit more of the glitter:

WWC34 - Fluttering Trees side angle - Ombre Technique Challenge - Jean Fitch

 Supplies:

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Lighthearted Leaves for the sentiment (2015 Holiday Catalog)

Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze (very slight bit added as an overstamp on the leaves).

Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso,  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack

Punches:  Banner Triple (creates the flag/banner ends)

Other:  Big Shot, Leaflets Framelit dies, Gold Sequin Trim (cut apart into individual sequins), Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Glitter, Aquapainter, Tombow Liquid Glue,  Dimensional, SNAIL

Technique Tip:  If you are wondering how I got the glitter to stick in a somewhat random way the answer is simple…glue mix…spattered.   Here are the details:

Spattered Glue and Glitter Technique:
In a little saucer combine very small amount of water with a dollop of the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue. You can add the water with the aquapainter then mix it around. Make sure the mix is a bit more solid than super liquid. Then spatter across the areas where you want it with the aquapainter brush. Tip: hold the aquapainter up towards the brush end instead of squeezing the handle of the aquapainter (for obvious reasons…you want glue…not water) when you do the spattering. Once you have the glue spatter complete sprinkle with gold glitter (Stampin’ Up’s superfine glitter works wonderfully) and tap off excess. Instant glittery goodness. One other note…you may want to wear a mask while doing this if you don’t want glitter up your nose or in your eyelashes. Oh…and don’t stand over the loose glitter if you blow off some of the access. Yep…experience is a great teacher!

Details:

Card Base: 5″x 10″ Early Espresso
Mat layer: 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” Early Espresso
DSP Strips: 4-1/2” long of varying depth – start with 1” tall strips and shave from there.
Sentiment piece: 1-7/8” x 2-1/4” Crumb Cake

DSP= Designer Series Paper

1) Score card base at 5″, fold and crease with bone folder.
2) Adhere the Designer Series Paper strips to the mat layer. Trim edges. Attach completed mat to card base with dimensionals.
3) Stamp and die cut the leaves (Vintage Leaves stamps & Leaflets dies). Arrange on card front with either snail or glue dots.
4) Stamp the sentiment from Lighthearted Leaves on sentiment layer (Crumb Cake) in Early Espresso ink. Punch end with Banner Triple Punch.
5) Swirl Metallic thread (wrap around 3 or 4 fingers, fluff and adhere to snail placed on back of sentiment piece. Attach sentiment piece to card with dimensionals.
6) Spatter glue/water combo with aquapainter across card front and sprinkle with gold glitter.
7) Add gold sequins from gold sequin trim.

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 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 had 7 linky posts this last time so there is a winner for the last challenge check out our winner here.  And check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by all the challenge participants. 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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