Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC99 – Another Redwork Creation with a bit of Peace & Joy

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC99 – Marsha’s Clean & Simple (CAS)

Make it with Hearts Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Loving Miss Marsha’s CAS heart challenge this week.  I hope you’ve noticed that we’ve changed our accepted definition of Clean and Simple for our Wednesday Challenges.   Going forward you’ll have a little more freedom to add to the previous basic paper and ink only.   Check the image above for the definition we are now using and I hope to see your creation in the linky this week.

The simplicity angle of this weeks Clean and 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 image.  Either way…I feel it works.
Here’s the explanation about Redwork that I shared in the earlier post.   When I was a munchkin my mom taught me about redwork stitching.  The type of embroidery where you use only red thread (in this case I selected Cherry Cobbler as my “red”) 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.

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Heartfelt Peace & Joy

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC99 - Heartfelt Peace & Joy - Jean Fitch

When I saw that Marsha had added a heart theme to this weeks challenge I immediately thought of Christmas and the gift of the Christ Child.   The Annual Catalog set Joyful Nativity seemed the perfect expression of that concept.   The manger image thankfully fit right inside the heart window.   A simple design with a subtle reminder of God’s love for us and his sharing of his son as a gift from the heart.  Jesus sat below his mother’s heart for all those months and now resides in my heart as well bringing peace and joy.    Can you tell I’ve found a deal of meaning in this simple card? 😀

Supplies:

Stamps:  Joyful Nativity, Good Greetings (retired), Peace this Christmas (inside)

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (Thick & Thin versions), Warmth & Cheer paper stack DSP (inside of card)

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits (retired), 1/8″ Gold Ribbon,   Dimensionals and Bone Folder and Clear Acrylic block or two.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Cardbase:  5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ Whisper White.  Score at 4-1/4″, fold and crease with bone folder.

Die cut Focal Layer:  4″ x  5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock – I’d suggest you use the Thick Whisper White so the dimensionals don’t show through.

Stamped underlayer (shows through window): Whisper White thin –  4-3/4″ x  3-3/4″

1) To form the heart cut window…die cut the focal layer piece with next to largest smooth heart framelit die from the now retired Hearts Collection.  If you don’t have that set one of the current heart dies should also work or you can substitute an oval, circle, square or other shaped die to cut the window.

2) Stamp the small evening star image from the Joyful Nativity set above the center portion of the heart die cut window.   Stamp your sentiment (I chose the peace & joy sentiment from the retired Good Greetings stamp set) centered below the heart shaped window.

3)  Stamp your manger and family images from Joyful Nativity in the center of the underlayer piece.  Don’t forget to use a piercing pad or other soft mat under your stamping surface so the “bold” images transfer the most ink.   Trim the underlayerlayer piece if needed so that when you adhere to the die cut heart layer you don’t have any edges peeking out.  Using SNAIL, Fast Fuse or glue dots adhere the underlayer piece under the die cut so the manger scene shows to best advantage through the heart shaped window.

4) Attach the combined 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.   I stamped the Peace, Love & Joy sentiment from Peace This Christmas along with the small angel from Joyful Nativity.  I also added a small strip of designer series paper to dress up the inside of the card.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s CAS Make it with Hearts 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.

Don’t forget that this time around you have two weeks to add your linky creation.  We’re taking a break for Christmas so this week’s challenge runs through January 2nd.   I’m hoping to return to lots and lots of fabulous creations added to our challenge page to inspire and delight all the readers and design team.

Many Blessings and may your Christmas (or other Holiday Celebration) be filled with Peace & Joy.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC97 – A Sketch Challenge Washi Tape & Wreath Card

WWC97 – Penny’s Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Many thanks Miss Penny for a sketch challenge that allowed me to continue my Warmth and Cheer Washi Tape and paper addiction!

I just can’t seem to stop using those lovely products.  Didn’t hurt either that the Stampin’ Up End of Year Close Out Sale is featuring those and other wonderful products I used on the card too.  Lots of stocking up opportunities before it’s all gone!

With several inches of snow predicted this week (somewhere between 3-6 inches in my little mountain valley) I just had to use a white background and then warm it up with holiday colors.   As usual I couldn’t resist flipping the sketch and adding a few different elements.  After all…just because there is a layer required doesn’t mean you can’t layer that layer with lots and lots of a favorite washi tape right?  And can you guess the trick I pulled so I’d have a full clean and white wreath center to play with?   Oh…and did you notice my word for this year is JOY?  That seems to be showing up everywhere as I design my projects, though I’m having to get a tad creative for single versions since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have quite as many versions of that word that a yearlong use may require. Hint…hint…if you’re reading this SU.

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Washi Tape and Wreath Card

Otherwise known as a further sign of my addiction!

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC97 - Penny's Sketch Challenge - Washi Tape & Wreath Card, an original creation by Jean Fitch. Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper Stack. See the post for additional supply list and directions.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC97 - Washi Tape and Wreath card interior - Jean Fitch

Inside view

I’ll let you in on a little secret.   The Designer Series Paper piece is covering up lots and lots of ink!   What started out as the front of the card ended up with some green smudgy thumb prints by mistake that ruined the nice Clean and Simple look I had going on.   Luckily creativity and some gorgeous paper came to the rescue.  I flipped the card so that I had a clean front to redo and a challenge to clean up on the interior.  As it happened I love what that led too.  A lovely plaid flannel look that provided the perfect background for a bit of golden joy and a nice offset for the pine bough and sentiment just below it.  I was so taken with how this design turned out that it just made my line up for the additional Christmas cards I still need to send out.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, Labeler Alphabet, Christmas Pines (inside)

Inks:  Garden Green

Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Gold Foil

Tools & Adhesives: Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Holiday Catalog),  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fast Fuse, Bone Folder

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip:  To keep the area inside the wreath clean and white for decorating or leaving plain take your inside of the wreath framelit and line it up with the inside of the wreath on top of your washi tape cardstock layer and run through the Big Shot again.  Without that step you end up with a bit of a messy looking partial bit of washi tape peeking through the center of the wreath.

Cardbase:  Basic cardbase of Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ then folded and creased with a bone folder.

Washi Tape Covered Layer:  2″ x 4-1/2″ Thick Whisper White – Cover with alternating rows of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer collection that’s currently on sale (Yay! I 💘 saving money.).

1) Using the Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies cut a wreath and bow using your desired designer paper from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack.  (Love that this is also currently on sale!)

2) Fit the inside ring die from the wreath back onto the wreath and place over the washi tape panel where you want the wreath to sit then run through the Big Shot.  You may want to use a bit of washi tape to hole it all in place even if you use the magnetic platform so it doesn’t move on you while transferring to the cutting platform.

3) Wrap the Garden Green Baker’s Twine twice around the washi tape panel and tie a bow to one side.  Using Garden Green ink stamp the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set on the card front once you have the placement of the washi tape layer estimated.  You might want to use some pencil tick marks to show the placement of the layer.

4) Adhere the washi tape panel above the stamped sentiment with Fast Fuse (or other adhesive).  Attach the Wreath with dimensionals making sure to line up the die cut area on the panel with the die cut line on the wreath.  Attach die cut bow with a glue dot.  If you want you can embellish the bow with a small punched or die cut glimmer paper star or rhinestones.

5) Carefully line up the J, O, Y from the Labeler Alphabet on a very small block and then carefully stamp on the white area inside of the wreath using Garden Green ink.  If you don’t trust your stamping you can stamp on a scrap and then cut out and glue down the individual letters.  Also…if you make a boo boo when inking directly you can place a white circle of clean paper and try again or go with the cut outs.

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from Christmas Pines as well as the pine bough image.  I also cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the Warmth & Cheer DSP  to cover my inking boo boos then added a die cut of the word JOY from the same die set that was cut from gold foil paper.  I applied the Joy die cut with rolled up glue dots.  I removed the glue dots with a finger nail and then rolled the dots up into  narrow enough pieces to place behind several sections of the die cut.  You could also use the Fine Tip Glue Pen or Tombow Liquid Glue placed in small dots.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Penny’s Sketch 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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