Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC90 – Black on White Simplicity

WWC90 – Libby’s Black on White Simply Stamping Challenge

wwc90-libbys-simply-stamping-challenge - Black on White

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

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

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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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from snowy Oregon

Merry Christmas from Snowy Oregon

The snow is falling in curtains, the deicing trucks are moving on the roads and of course it’s cold….so what better time for cocoa and Christmas carols to warm the heart, the spirit and the body!

Luckily I put together some cocoa packets, candy canes and treats to share with neighbors and of course…I had one left over to put under my own tree.  Yep…that’s what my late husband (who was a boy scout) would call planning ahead and being prepared.  {grin}

Here’s a peek in case you want to make your own.  They’re quick, easy and the perfect warm up to share with others.  All you need is some paper, an envelope punch board and the treats.  Of course if you want to glam it up then you’ll want a few other bits too!

Envelope Punch Board Cocoa Treat Packets

Envelope Punch Board Hot Chocolate Pouches - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Jingle all the Way, White Christmas, Cozy Christmas

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow Cardstock, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Red Foil

Other: Envelope Punch Board,  Itty Bitty Accents (star) punch pack, Big Shot, Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (Holiday Catalog and now sale priced), Christmas Greetings Thinlits,  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tear and Tape, Cocoa Packets, candy canes and Pearson’s Peppermint Patties.

Hot Chocolate Envelope – Envelope Punch Board Pouch
Paper: Designer Series Paper – 6-3/4” x 6-3/4” Start Score and Punch at 3-3/4”

Measure, score and punch once at 3-3/4” then rotate and line up previous score with guide then punch and score again all the way around. Fold on score lines and trim off upper flap. Score lightly so as not to tear DSP.

I CASE’d the idea from one of my favorite stampers Nicole Tugrul.  You can see her original creation here.

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It’s Christmas Eve here as I’m writing this and unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Midnight Mass this year.  But YouTube and the Internet make so many things available – Carols, Christmas programs, broadcast Mass from around the world and of course I have my cocoa.   How about you?   Are you warm and safe and feeling the joy of the season?   I hope so.

Peace and joy be yours on this very special night.

Jean Fitch in pink

Here’s one more share.

A picture I came across that melds perfectly with one of my favorite songs for this night.

merry-christmas-baby-jesus-sign

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC48 – Time to Chill

WWC48 – Heidi’s Anything Goes with Snow

WWC48 Anything goes with snow image

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Our theme this week is Anything Goes with Snow.  Heidi, our hostess for this weeks challenge,  found us a wonderful snow globe image filled with…what else…snow!   When I first put my ideas together I was really, really intending to create a paper version of a snow globe of my own…possibly as a card in a box version since anything goes with this challenge (as long as you include a snow element).   I even called dibs on the idea with the other challenge artists.  Sorry guys.  I just couldn’t get my ideas to gel and I lost the sketch I originally made to compound the brain freeze.  But…luckily…a friend and fellow demo who I do events with had a birthday that of course required a nice large sized card for all of us in the group to sign.  So…here’s my slightly stepped up version of that card.   I had so much fun creating the original that when a friend asked for a picture (that I forgot to take) I just had to create another to send her.  And of course…I just had to glam it up a bit more.   So think Snowy Day with Games and fun and lots of time to chill with other snowy friends on the slopes.  Happy Birthday once again Miss Linda.  And Patti…the real life copy of this card is on it’s way.

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Time to Chill

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC48 - Time to Chill - Jean Fitch  - Snow Play stamps and dies.  Free downloadable directions in the post.

Supplies:

Stamps: Snow Play

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler Ink Pads.   Cherry Cobbler & Pumpkin Pie Markers

Paper: Lost Lagoon & Whisper White (thick and standard) cardstock

Punches: Tree Builder

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Snow Friends Framelits,  Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Snail, dimensionals, Two Way Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

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Tips:  A tiny tip that made creating this card go much, much faster:

Stamp your images all at once  then die cut all in a couple of passes through the Big Shot.  Some of the dies make for a tight fit when trying to cut them all at once so I found three passes worked very well.  Nice and quick though with all the images placed together on the one half sheet.  I even had space to punch the clouds!  You can even do the coloring of noses and feet and hat before you cut.  Then if you mess up…you can stamp and cut another!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC48 - Time to Chill - tip for Snow Play images and die cuts -  stamp the images all at once then die cut.  See the post for the actual card and a free downloadable set of directions.

And…get your card base and layers fixed first so all you have to do is stamp the sentiment and have fun with the layout and details.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC48 - Time to Chill card Base.   See full card in the post using Snow Play stamps and dies.  Free downloadable directions in the post.

This card base and layers are quick and easy.

Fold one full sheet (8-1/2″ x 11″) of Thick Whisper White in half for the base.

Cut Lost Lagoon Layer at 5″ x 8″.

Stamp the snow flake images in Lost Lagoon ink onto the Lost Lagoon layer.

Cut a piece of Whisper White to 4-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ and tear at a diagonal (2/3’s and 1/3 more or less).  Flip the one side so it crosses over and adhere.

Apply two way glue to the torn edges and where ever else you want sparkle then sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds and tap off excess.

The rest is just punching clouds, adding rhinestones (after you have positioned the clouds and die cut snow friends) and having a fun time playing with the images you’ve stamped and die cut.  Reminded me of playing with paper dolls when I was a kid or those colorform plastic pieces you moved around and stuck on backgrounds.     Once you have the layout done just stick in place with dimensionals and glue dots.   For the original card I added a Birthday Sentiment to the inside and we all signed and added our own wishes and notes.   For this version I left it blank inside so Patti can share it with her own customers and then use it for whatever occasion she wants.  Since this set is luckily carrying over to the 2016 Occasions Catalog and Winter is predicted to last a good long while this year I’m looking forward to sharing more Snow Play creations.  After all…snow and snowmen aren’t just for Christmas!

Here’s a free set of basic directions and measurements that you are welcome to print and use for yourself or your classes.  Please leave all watermarks as is.

Snow Play Time to Chill Directions

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Anything Goes with Snow Challenge 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 or runner up and have the option to place our new 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 the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

We’re taking a short Christmas break so you’ll have two weeks to compete for this particular challenge.   Join us in the new year,  Wednesday, January 6th  for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my challenge friends and readers and I hope you’ll give all the artists and challenge winners a little comment love.  😀

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC45 – A “faithfully” rendered sketch?

WWC45 – Susan’s Sketch Challenge

WWC45 - Susan's Sketch Challenge - November 2015

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Time to get down to a rendition of our wonderful sketch provided by Susan.  With a sketch half your design work is done for you.  Thanks Susan!   Now I just have to pick colors, a theme, images and so on.   What I love about a sketch is that you can add, subtract and just change it up a bit…as long as you include the basic elements.   I had fun using my photo software to turn and turn the sketch to see if I wanted to use it sideways or upside down.   As it happened I decided to use it straight on as Susan showed it to us.  So not the norm for me.  I wonder if I was influenced by Susan now being a judge.  Yep…she was just elected by her town/township/area or whatever they call such things in New England.  So…Your Honor…this ones for you!  Congratulations my friend.  I’ll try to stick to the straight and narrow from here on in.

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I was puttering around in my Craft Room the other day and the idea for the Octagons hit me.  Right out of the blue.  I’m sure it’s not a new idea creating octagons from squares but I sure hadn’t noticed it before now.  So I did a happy dance and settled down to create my card for this challenge.  I hope you’ll give it a try too.

 

Faithful Season

WWC45 - Susan's Sketch Challenge - Peace Be With You - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: All Ye Faithful, Reason for the Season, Happy Scenes (all from the 2015 Holiday Catalog)

Inks: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock & Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil Paper

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack – star, 1-3/8″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Squares Collection Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Stars Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Up Trimmer, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Snail, dimensionals

Turning a Square into an Octagon – mini tutorial :

  1. Die Cut Your Square of Choice

Octogon from Square Step 1

2.  Set Aside the Square Framelit

Octogon from Square Step 2

3. Turn the Square So Points are Up, Down and Side to Side

Octogon from Square Step 3

4. Place the Square Framelit So It Cuts All the Points Evenly

Octogon from Square Step 4

5. And There You Have a Hexagon

Octogon from Square Final Result

6. Repeat With Larger or Smaller Square

Octogon from Square two sizes

7.  Layer the Octagons (If Desired)

Octogon from Square Layered

Repeat with as many sizes of squares as you want.

If you are a tad OCD about your crafting you may want to draw a line (or lines) on your cutting pad so you can line up the corners perfectly on the lines for a perfect cut.

And there you have it.  Two sets of shapes are to be found in one Framelit Collection!

Kind of reminds me of that old Doublemint commercial with twins and the Certs Commercial with the tag line…Two…Two…Two Mints in One!   If you are feeling nostalgic and want to see the Certs commercial you can find it here.  Don’t you love YouTube.

Here’s my revised version or homage if you will :

Two…Two…Two dies in one.  Double your pleasure…double your fun.

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Edited to Add:

Here’s a picture version of my mini tutorial that you can download or pin as a reminder:

Square to Octagon Mini Tutoral for the Squares Framelit Collection of dies from Stampin' Up!

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So have I convinced you that the Squares Collection needs to find a place in your Craft Room?  Order it today from my online store (see the sidebar and select Big Shot then Framelit Dies).

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

Check here to see the two honorable mentions of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all  linky and Artist Team entries from that challenge.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

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 – WWC44 – Wreath for a Wedding? Yes!

WWC44 – Buffy’s Anything Goes…with Weddings

WWC44 - Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes...with Weddings.

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Don’t you love the title Buffy gave us.  Lovely cake too.  Yum!  When I saw the title I couldn’t help grinning as I thought about weddings I’ve attended (including my own!).  It’s true…anything goes with weddings.  I’ve seen it and lived it!

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Wedding Dots and Wreath

WWC44 - Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Wedding Dots and Wreath - Jean Fitch

A little detail shot to show you the layers and levels.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC44 - Wedding dots and wreath- detail - Jean Fitch

Supplies & Measurements:

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Dots for Days (background stamp)

Inks: Rose Red, Versamark (you can use Whisper White Craft Ink too)

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock & Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack – heart, 1-3/4″ Circle, Curvy Corner Trio (Holiday Catalog)

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Wonderful Wreath  Framelits, Snail, Fine Tip Liquid Glue Pen, dimensionals

Directions and measurements:

Card base is Rose Red that is 4-1/4” wide by 11” long and folded in half.
Stamp the front with Dots for Days background stamp in Rose Red classic ink.
Punch all four corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (holiday catalog).

Die cut the Joy in Whisper White (from the Wonderful Wreath Framelit collection.

Punch circle from Blackberry Bliss (1-3/4” Circle Punch)

Punch small heart (itty bitty accents punch pack) from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Wreath:
Stamp the wreathe image from Wondrous Wreath in Whisper White or Versamark on Rose Red cardstock. Sprinkle Whisper White embossing powder over the wet ink and heat emboss with a heat tool. Die cut with the Wreath die from Wonderful Wreath Framelit set.

Assemble:

Adhere Blackberry bliss circle to card front (hold wreath over card front to determine placement). Place the die cut wreath above it on dimensionals.
Adhere glimmer heart with a half dimensional.
Use Fine Tip Glue Pen to add glue to the back of the Joy die cut. Let sit for a minute then press down to the card front.

I left the inside blank (except for some partial wreath images in the bottom corners) so I can personalize the card for a wedding, an anniversary, engagement or other joyful occasion.  I think I could even get away with using this for a new baby, baptism or confirmation card.  After all…isn’t a wreath a symbol of life, completeness and so on.  And that tiny heart a symbol of love, grace and new beginnings?

Like a copy of the instructions?  Here you go a quick and simple PDF version.

Wedding Dots and Wreath Card Instructions

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I don’t know about you but I love background stamps.  Flat as the images are they still add a wonderful layer of texture for a card.   Easy too.  No dies…no extra paper…just a bit of ink and an image.   The card was pretty without the dots when I created the first version…but…the dots took it to a whole new level.

The punched curvy corners added another layer of interest (and dare I say elegance?) to the design as well.  I love that new trio punch and I love how the corners lined up perfectly when I did both the top and back levels.  I punched with a bit of trepidation but it turned out beautifully don’t you think?  Hm…I just realized I should have added another detail picture so you could see how perfectly all the edges line up.  Ah well…a thought for another post.  I’m sure I’ll be doing that corner punch thing again…and again.

And lastly.  I love that bit of glimmer in the small heart.  A perfect bit of symbolism for a wedding card.   After all a wedding is hopefully a shining beginning to a lifetime of love.  Starts small and grows from there.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Color Challenge 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 or runner up and have the option to place our new 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 the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

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: November Holiday Hop

November 2015 Banner

Welcome to our November Holiday Hop

We’ve gotten to that time of the year when we have holidays and other special days coming up fast.   To reflect that this month we’re bringing you another set of Holiday designs hoping to inspire you to get stamping!  With our talented designers I know you’ll see something to inspire you to get stamping  as deadlines are fast approaching.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  Christine’s blog.  My friend Christine never fails to come up with interesting and inspiring projects that always land on my CASE list!  Can’t wait to go back and see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!

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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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be on Santa’s Naughty List.?  Yep…I gave the name capitals.   After all…if Santa thinks you are naughty…well…that’s pretty bad.   Still…Santa being Santa…he has to wrap that coal up just a bit nicely.  And…he’d likely add a bit of sweet to the coal too right?   Even naughty people have a little bit of nice inside…somewhere…I hope.

I’ve had this idea running around in my head ever since the Berry Basket die came out.  And finally…I made it happen.   I think I was waiting for the Black Glimmer paper to arrive to make it perfect.  In in case you are wondering…no…those are not Oreos!

Santa’s Coal Bin duo

Santa's Coal Duo 1

In my mind there just had to be a duo.    The bin where Santa stores the coal and the package it arrives in.   The cup is in there just in case Santa relents just a bit and adds a package of hot cocoa to go with the Pearson Mint Patties (sandwiched between the black glimmer paper coal covers).  You could even add a little packet of marshmallows and a candy cane (for stirring ) for your naughty one.

The images are a tad subtle (not).  The stocking of course indicate what the package goes in and the scallop black glimmer represents the coal (duh) and coming from the North Poke it just seemed likely that a snowflake might have attached itself to the coal.

My thought about the snowflakes was so that Santa could tell the real deal dark and dirty coal (to keep his elves warm) from the candy coal that will hopefully encourage the naughty ones to be a bit nicer in the coming year.

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Santa’s Coal Bin and Coal

Santa's Coal Bin - Candy Coals in a Berry Basket - Jean Fitch - Wacky Watercooler November Blog Hop

Supplies:

Stamps: A Little Something, Snow Place

Ink: Real Red Ink Pad, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White & Basic Black Cardstock & Basic Black Glimmer Paper

Punches: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle

Other:  Big Shot, Berry Basket Bigz die, Snow Friends Thinlit dies, Square Pillow Box Thinlit Dies, SNAIL ,  dimensionals, glue dots, Sponge Daubers, Simply Scored Board.

As you can likely see the berry basket has a black glimmer paper edging and the mints have black glimmer paper covers (Scallop Punch)  as well as the white snowflake (from the Square Pillow Box die set).   What you might not see quite as well is that I lined the inside of the glimmer paper scallop strip with a real red strip to cover over the white background of the  glimmer papers underside.   I did something similar with the coal covers.   The backside of the glimmer paper being white I punched a second scallop from Basic Black cardstock and adhered it to the back of the glimmer scallop.   If you wanted to hide the candy treat inside you could also run a strip of Basic Black paper around the edging of the mint patty.

Something else you can’t see is the Basic Black cardstock riser I put in the bottom of the basket:

Berry Basket with Riser Insert

Coal Bin Riser in Place

Very simple to make.   Take a 5″ x5″ square of Basic Black and score at 1″ all the way around.  Then clip on one vertical score mark per side up to the horizontal crossing score.  The add glue and fold under and create the mini box top/riser.

Riser Creation Tips

Here are a couple of pictures to help with understanding the riser construction:

Score, fold, cut…

Coal Bin Riser 1

 Add adhesive and fold under and attach….Coal Bin Riser 2

And here’s the riser ready to go in the basket

Coal Bin Riser

 

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Santa’s Coal Packaging & Coal

Santas Coal Bin Package and Cup

Supplies:

Stamps: Festive Fireside, Snow Friends

Ink: Real Red & Always Artichoke Ink Pads, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstock , Black Glimmer Paper

Other: Big Shot,  Brick Wall Embossing Folder,  Softly Snowing Embossing Folder, Snow Friends Thinlit dies, Square Pillowbox Thinlits, Festive Fireside Framelit dies  , SNAIL , glue dots, dimensionals

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In case you are wondering where I found the cup with the black background (perfect for coal accompaniment…not to mention hot cocoa) it appeared on the holiday specials shelf at Albertson’s.   A mere $1.59.   Pretty cool don’t you think?  Or should that be pretty coal?

Since Stampin’ Up didn’t see fit to make a Santa’s Coal Bin stamp this year (can’t imagine why not since I was planning this idea a year ago…hee, hee.)  I had to improvise with my trusty Cherry Cobbler Marker.   For the more tech minded among you a word processor and Whisper White paper would make a lovely version.   Normally I would have pulled out a punch for my labels but this year the Square Pillow Box die comes with labels in two sizes.  Also comes with a candy cane die and many wonderful bits and pieces to die cut with.

I also drew images and die cuts from Festive Fireside and Snow Pals stamps and dies.   I love how I can reach into my various Holiday Catalog products and find combinations that work beautifully together.   All the more reason to check that retiring list not once but twice…trust me when I say…you are going to want it all!

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I encourage you to play with these fun new products that I’ve show today.  As you can see they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Annual Catalog.    After all…even the naughty ones on your list might appreciate something fun.  {grin}

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my longtime friend  Buffy’s blog her wonderfully inspired creations are always fun to see and CASE.  And if you are lucky you may get a peek at her sweet and lovely granddaughter Amelia!

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC43 – Peaceful Paper Pieces with Kath’s Color Challenge

WWC43 – Kath’s Color Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC43 - Kath's color challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Kath’s Color Challenge with a slight twist is the theme this week.   When I saw the colorful poster Kath shared on our challenge artist site I looked and thought…cool!   I love last years In Colors (and very thankful they will still be around for another few months) and happily started to plan my design.  Took me a minute to see that Kath very slyly slipped in Crushed Curry instead of Hello Honey.   Makes for a bit more pop in the color combo don’t you think?

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Peaceful Paper Pieces

WWC43 - Kath's Color Challenge - Peaceful Paper Pieces - Jean Fitch

Supplies & Measurements:

Stamps: Festival of Trees

Inks: Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry

Paper: Whisper White, Tangelo Twist cardstock, Blackberry Bliss sheet from the In-Color Designer’s Paper Stack (last years design stack), Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Punches: Tree, 2″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Crop-a-Dile (larger circle punch on side), Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star)

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot,  Christmas Greetings, Metal Rimmed Pearls, Linen Thread, Snowflake Elements, Snail, Fine Tip Liquid Glue Pen

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I mean the title of my card literally.  I get a very peaceful feeling from all these individual pieces of paper.  I just want to hold them and then toss them on my desk to see what fun designs will emerge.   Some of my favorite bits of product and colors showed up on this card.  Most of my favorite colors, though I’m still warming up to Tangelo Twist.  My favorite images from Festival of Trees, the text type papers from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, the word peace and the die that cuts it in my new favorite neutral (black) and…ta da…my favorite accessory from the 2015 Holiday Catalog…the wood snowflake elements.  Oh…and linen thread.  As a weaver I love linen and I use that thread so very often in rag rugs and other projects that need a strong neutral thread.  Oh…and did I mention punches.  I love punches…pretty much all of them.  Quick and easy and they add lovely elements.   Okay…now that you’ve seen the list I bet you’ll have a pretty good feel for what I love most about Clean and Simple cardmaking…Everything!!

As far as the design I’ve shared above …I was cruising Pinterest the other day looking at the Stampin’ Up company collection of boards and came across a very cool collection of cards that were uploaded directly by Stampin’ Up so I suspect they were created by concept artists at the company or other company related designers.

The cards I found on the board were designed to support a special promotion going on overseas right now but since we here in North America have the same stamps (though not on sale) I was interested to see what the designers came up with.  And boy did they come up trumps.

Here’s the design I chose I found this week that immediately screamed Kath’s color challenge at me this week when my energy was running low and my mind was focused on our upcoming blog hop on Thursday (you are coming back Thursday right?).  You can check out all the concept designs for that board here.  Of course you’ll come back to me when you decide what you want to order to recreate them right?  {grin}   Those particular stamps won’t be on sale but in another few days I’ll be able to tell you what will be on sale  during our Stampin’ Up Online Extravaganza.

Don’t forget to check back!

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

Unfortunately we didn’t have 3 linky posts this last time so there won’t be a winner or a runner up for the last challenge.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

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

 

 

 

2015 Holiday Catalog Retiring Products – Grab Them Before They Go!!

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We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the holiday catalog; but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites.

Dates: November 16, 2015-January 4, 2016 (or while supplies last)

  1. Retiring Stamps will continue to be made until December 28th.  After that date all retiring stamps will be available while supplies last.
  2. All dies, paper and accessories on the list are now while supplies last.

PDF version of the retiring List: US_HolidayRetiringList

 

Now for the Good News…….

What didn’t appear on the retiring list will…according to what we we’ve been told…carry over for a few more months (possibly longer – yep…I’m crossing my fingers on these).  So without further ado….

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Some Holiday Catalog items are not on the retiring list – they will still be available during the run of the Occasions Catalog Sales period (January 5-May 31, 2016).  I created the following carryover list for your convenience based on what didn’t appear in the retiring list.

PDF version of the carrying over list: 2015 Holiday Catalog Carryovers

Time to check your wish lists and snap up those items you want to finish all your holiday stamping.

Happy Holiday Stamping!!

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC40 – Holly Jolly Christmas

WWC40 – Heidi’s Anything Goes with Holly Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Holly is our featured guest with this week’s challenge…the rest is anything goes!   Hopefully holly adds to your jolly this week.   (sorry…I couldn’t resist that one.)

As one of the artists for the Challenge I love to take the challenges “sideways” if I can.   To add a different viewpoint if you will.   Hopefully that opens up new ideas for some of my readers and the challenge participants.   Can you see the “sideways” in this weeks entry?   I’ll give you a hint…no images of holly or paper featuring holly…not even a Hollie Hobbie  image.  Just a single word.  😀

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WWC40 - Holly Jolly Christmas - Jean Fitch

 

WWC40 - Holly Jolly Christmas - side view - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings

Inks:  Night of Navy

Paper:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon cardstock.  Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (Holiday Catalog)

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot,  Sleigh Ride Thinlit dies, Christmas Greetings dies, Snowflake Elements, Iced Rhinestones, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Snowflake Sequins (retired),   Snail, Tombow Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

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I love the idea of a horse (a wild mustang perhaps) trotting/galloping free under the stars.   Something I used to see at times when I lived in the high desert and at the foot of mountains in New Mexico years ago.

The design of the card itself was a bit serendipitous.  I’d had the idea awhile ago to see if I could alter the Sleigh Ride dies a bit.  Then when I cut the sleigh and horse my hand jerked as I was removing it from the die and I tore a bit of the sleigh.  Not wanting to waste the die cut I snipped the rest of the sleigh from the background and loved the free moving horse and how it looked against the vellum starfield that was already in place.

I’d already decided to take the holly idea a bit “sideways” as they say.   I knew most if not all of the design team would be adding holly images to their creations either with stamps, dies or paper.   I thought it would be fun to use words!   After all…this is an anything goes challenge.  {grin}

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

We had 3 linky posts this last time so there is a winner and a runner up for the last challenge.   Check out our winners 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 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: October Holiday Round Up!

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Welcome to our October

Holiday Round Up Blog Hop

We’ve gotten to that time of the year when we have holidays and other special days coming up fast.   To reflect that this month we’re doing a no holds barred round up.  Each designer is on their own to add their own touches to that idea.   With our talented designers I know you’ll see something to inspire you to get stamping  as deadlines are fast approaching.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.  Gail never fails to come up with fun and interesting projects that always land on my CASE list!  Can’t wait to go back and see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!

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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With this hop once again I’m showcasing simple.  I seem to be in that mood lately.  Of course I’m also in a sparkly frame of mind too (so hold on for the glitter) as well as waiting for snow to head my way.   Much as I’m enjoying Fall now that the Summer temps have come and gone I’m always in a hurry for those first flurries.  I know…my Canadian friends (who have extra long winters and deep snow) have long been convinced of my craziness!  LOL

You can’t get much more simple or as snowy as this Wonderland card.   Wonderland is one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog.   This was the card I showcased at last Saturday’s Stamp and Stack and quite a few there also liked how quickly and beautifully this design came together.

Wonderland Silent Night - Jean Fitch October 2015While this particular card went with the Sahara Sand/Mossy Meadow version the Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz versions also with Mossy Meadow touches were just as lovely.   Easy to mail since there are no embellishments and takes about 15 minutes to stamp and put together once you have the basic pieces cut.  The stamp set has quite a few possible images too for the envelope and the inside of the card.

Next week I’ll share the dimensions and an instruction sheet from my Stamp a Stack (have to find where I put it! :D) as well as pictures of the other colors of cards.

Supplies:

Stamps: Wonderland

Ink: Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink.

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Punches: Triple Banner

Other:  SNAIL ,  dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Simply Scored Board.

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Here’s the card I’ve designed for friends who every year invite me to join them for Thanksgiving.  Once again I reached into the Holiday Catalog’s bag of tricks (just had to get a Halloween reference in there since that’s fast approaching) to provide the special touches.

Thanksgiving Wishes & Greetings

Thanksgiving Greetings - Jean Fitch October 2015(As always with the pictures you can click on them to see a larger image.)

This card makes use of the gorgeous new Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack, Black Glimmer Paper and two of my favorite die sets: Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (available bundled with the snow globe set Sparkly Seasons) and Square Pillowbox Thinlit Dies (also bundled with A Little Something stamp set).

I don’t know about you but “grateful” is one of my favorite thoughts, die cut, and moods.   I try so hard to be grateful all year long.  And Thanksgiving gives me yet another season to express it.   Several of the words come from a set you  might expect to use only for Christmas.  I wanted to show you that it has unlimited possibilities.

The general design idea is from a Christmas card shown by Pam Morgan at our Stampin’ Up 2015 Convention.  She also showed a trick for wrapping the words around the dies.  Pretty clever don’t you think?  Place your die cut word on the table and set your other stamps around it rubber side down.  Then just press your block to the stamps.  Every stamping will leave just the right amount of room for your die cut!  Brilliant!

How to line up stamps with diecut

Supplies:

Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink

Paper:  Tangerine Tango & Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Black Glimmer Paper, Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack

Other: Big Shot,  Magnetic Platform,  Seasonal Frame Thinlits, Square Pillowbox Thinlits,  Gold Cord, Whisper White embossing powder, Heat Tool,   Brights Candy Dots, SNAIL , Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue,

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And last and sparkliest….

All is Bright - Cardinals in the Dazzling Trees - Jean Fitch October 2015

With all the sparkle I just had to use the sentiment that included All is Bright as part of the line right?  And yes…the paper is Whisper White…I just had trouble getting the camera to see it that way and still show the sparkle.

This was also from last Saturday’s event and easy to put together and mail once you have the pieces cut.  Of course…it also requires the most clean up if the glitter gets out of control. LOL

Here’s another shot I tried to give you a better idea of the glitter added to the tree trunks.   Essentially you emboss the trees with the Woodland folder then add two way glue along the trunks and branches then dip in glitter and tap off the excess (is there ever NOT excess when it comes to glitter?).  Easy peasy.   I’d recommend you stamp the cardinals first so you don’t stamp on glitter and leave empty spots on the image.   And if the glitter isn’t enough bling you can also add rhinestones to the sentiment layer.  I left them off so the card would be easier to mail but hey…if you are a girl that needs bling…feel free to add them on your own version. 😀

All is Bright detail picture - Jean Fitch October 2015

Supplies:

Stamps:  Wonderland (sentiment), Festival of Trees (cardinal)

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink, Black StazOn

Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red

Punches: Triple Banner

Other: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder,  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, SNAIL, Two Way Glue Pen, , Glue dots or dimensionals.   Simply Scored Board.

I’ll have directions and dimensions for this one next week as well.  I’ll also show you a slightly different version that stands in a different direction.

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I encourage you to play with these fun new products that I’ve show today.  As you can see they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Annual Catalog.    If you are behind on your Christmas Card making the two Christmas/winter cards shown are fast and easy.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to  Penny’s  blog her wonderfully inspired creations are always ones that fill my CASE file too.

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