Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC91 – Masculine Anything Goes

WWC91 – Marsha’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Marsha has set us free to do an Anything Goes Challenge.  Well…as long as it has a masculine theme that is.  I truly love the freedom of an Anything Goes challenge whatever the theme.  So many possibilities.  So why didn’t I make a box or some such?  Well…I had this cable stitch folder sitting there and some Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler paper sitting there and some fun memories.  So of course…what came out was a card.

The embossing of the Cable Knit folder reminds me of hand knit sweaters.    A bit like one I knit many years ago for my late husband Steve.  Well…to be truthful it had no cables but it was green anyway.  😀    We shopped for the wool and the pattern while we were in Ashland, Oregon visiting my folks (have you ever taken a husband into a yarn shop ladies?  Interesting).  It was my first attempt at a sweater with reindeer and pine trees knit into the sweater itself and not hand stitched with a needle.  Intarsia they call that style of knitting pictures and shapes into a larger piece.  Very tricky for the newish sweater knitter that I was at the time but such a boost when it actually worked out.   Of course at that time we lived in Southern California so you can guess just how much wear that sweater got (mostly when we visited Oregon again or went cross country skiing).  LOL    Note to self…don’t shop for sweater materials when you are cold and in a state that stays cold a good part of the year… especially when you live elsewhere that’s mostly warm!

Now that the memory has surfaced again I’ll have to see if I can find the sweater and curl up with it during the very cold winter that’s being predicted for my area.

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A Cable Knit Warm Greeting

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC91 - Cable Knit meets Christmas Pines - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps:  Tin of Cards

Inks:  Garden Green

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlit dies, Layering Squares Framelit Dies, Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Brush, Simply Score Tool, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, Fast Fuse and Tombow Liquid Glue.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip The new Dynamic Folders require a different sandwich when you run them through the big folder.  Here’s a PDF from Sizzix with a reminder on how to use this new type of folder:

dynamic-folder-embossing-tips-tricks  – PDF (click to download)

Since I did this card for last Saturday’s Stamp Camp as well as the Challenge luckily I have a PDF of the directions for this as well.

cable-knit-warm-greetings-card-blog-instructions-version  – PDF (click to download)

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s Masculine Anything Goes 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 hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

And…I hope you’ll  join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Hint…next weeks sketch challenge is mine.  All mine.  {grin}

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC90 – Black on White Simplicity

WWC90 – Libby’s Black on White Simply Stamping Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Libby is keeping it truly simple with this fun challenge. Can’t get much simpler than black ink on white paper.  Of course…I just had to add a bit of white on black too with my doodles!

I tried to think how far back black ink on white paper might go but figured it had something to do with the first person to use a charcoal stick from the fire in the rain and thus a form of black ink.   Hm…probably close to cave man days.   Of course…they didn’t exactly have the white paper now did they?

As per my usual I did a Google and found a variety of answers from China to Egypt to use of ink from a cuttle fish.   From the descriptions I’m very thankful that Stampin’ Up has so many black ink options that come in easy to use ink pads.   They make cool stamps to use with the ink too.  {grin}

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Black on White Blessing

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC90 - Libby's Black on White Simply Stamping - Jean Fitch - Paisleys & Posies, Fall Fest (ret)

Care to guess what I used for the white on black inking?

Think current…not retired.

I love that the project mirrored pretty closely what I saw in my mind.  I had thought about creating a frame around the main collage image with other stamps from the Paisleys & Posies set but decided in the spirit of the challenge to keep it truly simple.   I also loved that the sentiment and the pumpkin images could be placed together on one block.  Should make producing multiples quick and easy.   I think I’ll be reproducing this card for many of my friends at the Wellness Clinic I’ve been going to.  Although…I may play with single colors besides black just for the fun of it.  After all…Stampin’ Up has so many fun colors to work with don’t you think?  Maybe I should order an extra Chalk Marker?

One of the things I love about very simple cards like this…the emphasis for me is on the handwritten note I place inside.   A nice counterpoint to the stamped images on the front.

Another suggestion if you are planning on multiple copies of the design.  Use the Notecard and Envelope sets Stampin’ Up sells.  You get 20 card and envelope sets in the pack for a very reasonable price (about 31¢ a set here in the States).

Supplies:

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies, Fall Fest (retired)

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, White Chalk Marker (I intended to use my retired white gel pen but after 7 years wouldn’t you know…it only had 4 dots left in it!  Sigh.  I’m so thankful I had the current Chalk Marker on hand.)

Paper: Thick Whisper White

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Simply Score Tool, Bone Folder, Dimensionals

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Can’t get any simpler than this card really.  Unless you stamp directly on the card base.

Tip for getting a more white look from the Chalk Marker.  Go over a couple of times where you’ve made your marks.   And let the ink dry from your stamped image and in between the applications of chalk.

Tip for fixing a bold image that didn’t quite ink in all spots completely.   To get the best bold image you can ink the stamp upside down.  Place the stamp face up and then apply the ink pad.  That way you can see how fully inked the image is.  Then…place the stamp on the paper and let it sit there for just a bit longer than usual.  Allow the ink to sink into the paper.  If there are still a few spots that are less covered than you would like you can use a blender pen and the ink from the ink pad to fill in as needed.  Use light strokes so it melds with the stamped ink.

Cardbase:  Thick Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  Score at 4-1/4″

Focal Layer: Thick Whisper White – 5″ x 3-3/4″

1) Place your pumpkin and sentiment image as a collage on one black then stamp with Memento Black Ink onto the center of the focal layer.    Stamp the small flower from Paisleys & Posies to either side of the sentiment.  If you are truly a perfectionist you can use the Stamp a Ma Jig for perfect placement.  For the rest of us…the old Eyeball Mark 1 works reasonably well.  LOL

2) Using a white gel pen or Chalk Marker doodle images in the black pumpkin sections.  If you want a more “Zentangle” look try using the pumpkin image from Jar of Haunts and one of the Project Life pens.

3) Pop the focal layer up on the card base with dimensionals.  Voila!  You are done!

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Libby’s Black on White 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 hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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