Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC78 – Backyard Billygoats

WWC78 – Jean’s Anything with a “B” Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC78 - Jean's Theme Challenge - Anything with a B

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I hope I haven’t confused you with my anything with a “B” challenge.

It truly is anything that starts with a B.   The list in the challenge graphic is just a starting point.  If you need more ideas try Google with things that start with B.

I have to confess…I started by wanting to do a card with billygoats.  And since that started with a B…well…you get the picture right?

Picture being the operative word…or the lack thereof.   I currently have goats (and billygoats) courtesy of my neighbors in the pasture.  They’re terrific mowers of brush and blooms of all kinds.  Even star thistle and overhanging pine boughs!!   The perfect environmental (and non sweat creating) solution to a quarter acre pasture that has brush about 4 ft or more high!   But…these goats are camera shy.  If they even see me looking at them out the kitchen window they start moving out of view!  So what’s a stamper to do?   Why stamp the picture of course!   Luckily Stampin’ Up has a wonderful set called Barnyard Babies that has a goat.   Not the spotted goats or orangy brown goats like most of those currently in residence but a goat none the less.    Sadly the set only has one tiny little sprig of grass  for the goats to eat so I had to improvise with more brush type images from In the Meadow.  Found my backyard hills there too.    Of course my own hills are covered with pine trees up to the top since I live in the Pacific Northwest, but at least you get the idea.  And…there is gold in them thar hills to boot (oops…never use the word boot around a goat).   Those hills in fact (or at least the front ones) are actual trash piles from the processing of the gold.  After 75 years the mounds of fill and detritus have covered themselves in grass and trees and now you’d never know the mine is there on the backside.   It’s also for sale in case you are interested.  Not sure how much commercial viability there is there but there is gold…or so I’ve been told.


Backyard Billygoats

(B is for Billygoat)

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's B Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats ( Barnyard Babies Stamp Set) - Jean Fitch


Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's B Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats ( Barnyard Babies Stamp Set) - Jean Fitch

Inside of Card

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats interior - Jean Fitch - Labeler Alphabet & Watercolor Thank You


Stamps:  Barnyard Babies, In the Meadow, Labeler Alphabet, Watercolor Thank You (ret.)

Inks: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Dapper Denim

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Cardstock

Punches: Triple Banner, 3/4″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Aquapainter, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, SNAIL


Labeler Alphabet tip:


Unless you have previous experience setting type backwards you may want to try this tip.  Place the letters you want to use to spell out a sentiment or element upside down but in the direction you will read on your desk.

Labeler Alphabet Tip 1

Then place the block over the backs and VOILA!  You have your stamped phrase ready to go with no tearing of hair or looking in a mirror to see how to spell backwards.

Labeler Alphabet Tip 2


Card Designing Tip:    I’ve been reading a number of blogs lately while I’ve been spending large amounts of time in bed and came across a wonderful tip shared by several other stampers.  If you aren’t sure of placement or other stamping design elements work with copy paper so you can preserve your wonderful cardstock.  The perfect solution for my evolving design on this card.   I took it one step further.  In stead of cutting copy pieces to the size of a card front or layer as others suggested…I folded the paper into fourths (or is that eighths since you end up with 8 sections counting both sides of the paper).  That allowed me to fold and refold to a new card front as I moved along in my design ideas.  See the photos below so you can see what I mean.

Copy Paper Designing tip 1

Copy Paper Designing Tip 2


That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to my Anything with a B Theme Challenge 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 or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

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

Jean Fitch in pink








One Response

  1. Jean I had such fun with your “Anything with a B” challenge this week! Thanks so much for hosting it. I really had to put on my thinking cap. I have to say I love your “billygoats”. This card is just a perfect showcase for them. Thanks also for the tips on setting the alphabet stamps in place (loved that #1 Mowers) and also for the folding the paper in quarters as practice sheets. Your finished scrap piece is also awesome!

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