Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC94 – A Redwork Cup of Cheer

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC94 – Heidi’s Simply Stamping Challenge

Featuring Coffee or Tea


Welcome to this weeksWatercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Heidi’s gone tricky on us this week.   She’s leading off with a Simply Stamping Challenge (remember that one?  Lots of white space (or whatever color you are using), no embellishments, no die cuts…just stamping so paper and ink only…well okay…you can do one layer but that’s it).  AND…she’s added a coffee or tea theme.  You may have to dig into your stash for that one since this is stamping only and no punch art allowed.  LOL

I messed up on this one because I focused on the coffee and tea angle.  And yep…I came up with a punch art version…then moved on to a washi tape and die cut version (can you tell the whole simply stamping part was eluding me?).  Sadly it took me until my third try to catch on…STAMPS ONLY!!    Just a heads up for all you loyal followers who use the linky.   And no…I’m not blaming Heidi at all for my nervous breakdown.  Nope, nada, never.  Well okay…maybe just a little.  {grin}

On the upside…Heidi’s lovely challenge reminded me to go back to my roots.   When I was a munchkin my mom taught me about redwork stitching.  The type of embroidery where you use only red thread and generally the patterns are a bit retro and mostly outlines since redwork was something popular many, many moons ago.  Here’s a link to a basic description and a free pattern if you want to give it a try in the none ink world.


Cup of Cheer

(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC94 - Jean Fitch - Thanks a Latte July 2015 Paper Pumpkin - Holly Berry Happiness - Stitched with Cheer

As you can see I’ve dug into my past Paper Pumpkin supplies.  The July 2015 Thanks a Latte kit to be exact.  I love those stamps!   Of course I’ve also kept it current by including a few sets from the 2016 Holiday Catalog as well.  Since this is a “redwork” design I thought it quite appropriate to grab a stamp from the Stitched with Cheer set from the Holiday Catalog.  Love those little Sparkles.  I also thought the sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness fit quite well with a tea cup filled with cheer.  I can see the joyous wishes and a prayer rising with the steam can’t you?


Stamps:  Thanks a Latte (July 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set), Holly Berry Happiness, Stitched with Cheer.

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock, Notecards and Envelopes set.

Tools & Adhesives: Dimensionals and Bone Folder and Clear Acrylic block or two.



Cardbase:  One ready made note card and envelope from the set of 20 that Stampin’ Up sells.

Focal Layer:  3″ x 4-1/2″ Whisper White – I’d suggest you use the Thick Whisper White so the dimensionals don’t show through.

1) Stamp your sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness at the bottom of the focal layer piece.  Stamp your cup, then your Cup of Cheer sentiment inside the cup (boy aren’t you glad the Paper Pumpkin stamps are clear photopolymer right about now?).  Stamp the steam image as close to the cup line as you can get.

2) Stamp the sprinkle/star image from Stitched with Cheer randomly around the steam at the top of the card.

3) Attach the focal layer with dimensionals to the front of the card.  Add whatever you want to the inside of the card and decorate the envelope as well.

Don’t you love how easy the Note Cards & Envelopes set make cardmaking?  The cards are scored so all you have to do is fold and set the crease with your bone folder (or a ruler if you are out in the boonies without tools).   While a bit smaller than the usual card size (notecards are 3-1/2″ x 5″) these cool notecards can still be mailed with the usual first class stamp.  So no worries on mailing.   They are also quite the money saver as well.  A set of 20 cards and envelopes are in the package and come out to about 32¢ per card and envelope pairing.  Cheaper than the 47¢ postage to mail them!   With the extra layer and and the ink as well as the postage this card still comes in under $1 (including the postage).   Not bad and cheaper than an actual cup of coffee or tea to brighten a friends a day.   Of course…if you want to include a Starbucks or Dutch Bros gift card I’m betting your friend won’t say no. {grin}


That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Heidi’s Simply Stamping 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.  Andhere 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


One Response

  1. […] Simple (CAS) led me to yet another Redwork style creation.  You can see my first one for this year here.  In this case I took a bit of liberty with a more silhouette style image instead of a full line […]

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