Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC95 – A More Masculine Cup of Cheer

WWC95 – Libby’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Many thanks Miss Libby for giving us an Anything Goes challenge with a masculine theme this week.   It allowed me to grab the “boo-boo” card I originally created for our Simply Stamping challenge (remember I said that challenge took me 3 tries :D).   This is the card I originally had in mind to celebrate my late husband’s (and his brothers) love of flannel, sweaters and green cups filled with tea, coffee or hot chocolate).

When I first met my Fitch Family they had a lovely tradition of gathering for “a cup of cheer” as in cups of tea (or coffee in Alan’s case) with family gatherings of every type (a quick cuppa, family dinner or a major holiday).   I felt instantly at home as my own mom and I used to have daily “tea parties” for much the same purpose.  A time to catch up and have that cup that cheers and time together that warms the soul.

If you don’t yet have that tradition in your own family you might want to consider starting it this holiday season.  Makes for lovely memories and closer relationships.  I think of my far flung family with every cup of cheer I treat myself to these days.

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A More Masculine (and Green) Cup of Cheer

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As you can see I’ve dug into my past Paper Pumpkin supplies once again.  Boy are those kits handy!   The July 2015 Thanks a Latte kit is the one I used yet again (to see the other recent one click here).  I love those stamps and wish we had a  Big Shot die to cut those cups!   Of course I’ve also kept my project current by including the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the Warmth and Cheer Washi Tape from the 2016 Holiday Catalog as well.

If you have that Pumpkin Kit are you wondering where the “green” cup came from?  I used one of the white die cut cups from the Pumpkin kit and applied Garden Green ink using one of our new foam brayers.  Quite a handy tool don’t you think?  The rest is paper, ink and washi tape.  An easy 10 minute or less card.  Especially easy since I used a Stampin’ Up Notecards & Envelopes set for the base.  Now all I have to do is address and send to remind someone in my family that I’m thinking of them.

Supplies:

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

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock, Notecards and Envelopes set.

Tools & Adhesives: Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Foam Brayer,  Dimensionals, Bone Folder and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

Note:  the gold star I included in the inside of the card was a leftover gold foil Santa’s Sleigh star die cut from an earlier project.  Don’t you love using the bits and pieces that litter your desk?

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DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip:  If you are running out of pre-die cut cups you can trace one of the cups on a spare sheet of Whisper White paper and then fussycut with your Paper Snips.

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) Wrap the bottom of the focal layer with 4 strips of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer collection.

2) Use the foam brayer to color your white cup cut out with Garden Green ink.  It will take quite a few layers of ink to get it as dark as I did.  Roll the brayer in several directions to get even coverage and no lines.   While the cup is drying use the Cherry Cobbler ink and place the sentiment from the pumpkin kit in the upper right corner.   Then check where you want the cup placement and stamp the steam at the top of the proposed cup area in Smoky Slate and then attach the cup with two dimensionals.

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.

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness, the cup and steam and sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin and another strip of washi tape as well as a leftover gold star sitting on my desk.

Another reminder from the earlier post.  These notecards & envelopes can be mailed with standard first class postage.  At least here in the States they can.  Not so sure about international mailing regulations.

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

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

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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

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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.

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Cup of Cheer

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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?

Supplies:

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.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

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}

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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

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC77 – Sweet Wreath

WWC77 – Marsha’s Color Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Trust me when I say you are going to love this color combo.  It’s gorgeous!

However…pay special attention to the actual colors.  Miss Marsha (hi friend) is very firm on what colors you can use for this challenge if you want to compete for the prize.  No substitutions and no deletions.  Now that’s a challenge!

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Sweet Wreath

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Sweet Wreath says it all don’t you think?   I love wreaths.  One of the reasons I’m still sad that the Bird Builder punch retired in May.  On the other hand…the new Jar of Love bundle has some possibilities in this direction.  I was pressed for time on this design so I grabbed my bird punch for the main wreath boughs but I have a feeling that the long stalk die cut will also work when rounded a bit and shortened as well.   That was my thought anyway when I first saw the set in the new catalog.   AND…the baby’s breath image also works if you only ink the top portion.  Can you see it peeking out under the leaves?  Something else to play with another day. 😀

Have I mentioned how much I love the ribbon bow from this bundle?  BEST EVER!!  It really looks like the silky taffeta ribbon or seam binding we used to work with in days gone by.   Very possible that this image and matching die will soon become the most used of the entire bundle in my stamp room.  Of course the jars and sweet flowers won’t be far behind. LOL

I was also wowed to see how nicely this new In Color plays with core colors and other In Colors from last year.  A perfect balance of soft/subtle and brighter more regal colors for contrast.  Brilliant color selection Miss Marsha!!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

Inks: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Punches: Bird Builder (ret.)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot , Everyday Jar Framelits, Circle Collection Framelits (ret.), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow, SNAIL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s Color 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 the 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.  These colors will win your heart!  And…I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I’ll be driving the challenge bus next week and I hope to see you on board!  Whoot.  Whoot!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC75 – Christmas in July Paper Pumpkin Style!

Apologies everyone for the late post.  I had it scheduled but it didn’t go out as indicated.  Sigh….

WWC75 – Deborah’s Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

When you need it to be quick…it’s time to reach for a kit!

At least that’s what I did for Deb’s lovely sketch challenge.  It fit so perfectly with a past Paper Pumpkin Kit that’s been sitting on my desk as inspiration for an upcoming Christmas in July event.

As many of you know I’ve been struggling with health issues the last month so reaching for a kit was the perfect solution that allowed me to participate in this weeks challenge with a minimal amount of time and energy.

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Christmas in July

Paper Pumpkin Style

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Except for the Whisper White card base everything else is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Do you recognize this Paper Pumpkin Kit?   It’s from November 2015’s monthly offering.  So popular the extra kits sold out within less than a week.  Sorry about tempting you with this.  LOL   Of course this is an alternative variation so as to fit in with Deb’s Sketch Challenge.

Here’s a picture of what the original kit projects looked like.   I think you’ll recognize the bits I used.

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Nice amount of goodies in that kit don’t you think?  If you want to skip the original design (create your own various possibilities) and add a few additional basics you can easily get triple the number of cards from the kit.   That’s part of what I like about Paper Pumpkin.  You always get an ink spot of varying colors (sometimes two of them), a full set of stamps (varying in number of stamps) and lots of embellishments and basic materials.  From there my imagination can take off.  Of course some months it’s fun and soothing to just make the kit up as indicated.

Supplies:

Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly – November 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set

Inks: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock and Kit contents

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Stampin’ block C,  Tombow, SNAIL and kit contents

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I really love Cherry Cobbler in my holiday designs.  It’s the perfect color to match with Crumb Cake, greens and of course gold and silver.  It’s what I consider my Christmas neutral.  (grin).   I could wish that it photographed a bit better though.  Tends to show up as a bright Real Red unless you do a bit of manipulation.

Hopefully this post has shown you how useful the Paper Pumpkin kits (and their stamps) are even after their time has passed.   I tend to use mine over and over since the sets are always fun and interesting.  Perfect for the sentiments I want to express and fun images to create my own designs.   Of course the smart thing to do is to make up the kits when you get them so the cards or goodies are ready to send out.  One of these days I’ll learn my lesson.  For today though…I’m happy I had one of the extra kits to hand so I could jump into the challenge before heading back to bed.

If you’d like to join in the Paper Pumpkin fun you can sign up here to receive a monthly surprise or you can purchase a somewhat longer term prepaid subscription here.  The cool thing about prepaids are that they have the potential to earn you hostess rewards since they can be added to any order and increase your totals!   Either way you subscribe….it’s a fun monthly crafting break and you have the opportunity to purchase extra refills (at a greatly reduced price) kits you fall in love with.

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

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC41 – Going 3D – My Paper Pumpkin Flower Card Box

WWC41 – Jackie’s October Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Jackie threw us another fun sketch to play with this week.  Since Jackie’s Sketch was the perfect jumping off point for my design as viewed from the top my mind renamed it – 3D Paper Pumpkin meets Jackie’s sketch.

Ever since I saw the newest Paper Pumpkin Kit (October 2015) my mind knew those lovely cards needed a box to present to some lucky someone and Jackie’s Sketch gave me the direction.   I don’t know about you but for me this is one of the coolest Paper Pumpkins I’ve played with.  Of course most months I tend to say that.  LOL

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WCC41 -Jean's October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Flower Card Box - Jean Fitch

Here’s a close up of the butterfly detail.  I used some bits from the gold leaves to make the antennae and body highlight of the butterfly.

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In case you were wondering what pieces I had to play with in Octobers kit here’s a picture:

October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Refill Kit Contents

And here are some of the cards as Stampin Up designed them that could fit in this lovely box:

October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Cards

And the very cool stamps that came with the kit:

Blissful Bouquet October 2015 Pumpkin stamp set

Much as I liked the sentiments in the kits set I needed something a tad smaller that allowed me to place the words on the somewhat narrower banner strip.   I turned to Sheltering Tree.  Another photopolymer set that can be curved on the block and fit perfectly.  I did use the Basic Gray ink that came in the kit.  In person it gives the images a lovely soft look.

I went old school in creating my box from two pieces of paper scored all the way around (more details below).  The same technique crafters have been using for decades (if not longer).   Now that I’ve made one with this design, I can see some possibilities for alterations that I’ll have to try in the future (yes, I CASE myself sometimes)….which of course means I’ll have to get another refill kit or two.  😀

I  love that Stampin’ Up often offers refills for the none stamp and ink components of the kits available for a remarkably low price.   Everything but the stamps and ink spot for $8.00 here in the States.  Not bad for 9 cards and envelopes right?  Of course they are only available while supplies last.  You can see the various past kit refills here.  Add a few more bits from your stash and you’ll be able to get way more cards than that from the components.   I’ve been tracking lots of other stampers alternate creations on my Paper Pumpkin Pinterest Board here.   And if you want to see the kit in action you can view Stampin’ Up’s video about the kit here.   I’ll be sharing various and variations on card designs from the kit over the next little while as I find the time to play with all the bits and pieces.

Of course if you want to get signed up with Paper Pumpkin in time for the November Kit you can do that here.  Just make sure you do it on or before November 10th unless you want to wait yet another month to get in on the fun of Paper Pumpkin.   Each month it’s a new and different kit with stamps, ink and the pieces to make a variety of cards, tags and occasionally something a bit more 3D as well.  More details are available on the Pumpkin site so make sure to click the link above.

Supplies:

Stamps: Blissful Bouquet (October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set), Sheltering Tree (sentiment)

Inks:  Basic Gray

Paper: Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand & Vellum Cardstock.  Papers and elements from the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot,  Bold Butterfly dies,  Simply Scored Scoring Board, SNAIL, dimensionals, Sticky Strip

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Measurements and Details for the basic box:

The card box is really easy and perhaps old school in this day of special boards and dies.  Two sets of measurements.  One piece for creating the top and one piece for creating the bottom of the box.

Top: 6-5/8″ x 7-7/8″  – Score 1″ on all 4 sides

Bottom: 6-1/2″ x 7-3/4″  – Score 1″ on all 4 sides

After you score each piece at 1″ on all four sides you’ll want to use your bone folder to crease and fold on all the score lines (do each side separately).  Then cut two slits up from the bottom to the crossing score line on both of the longer sides on both pieces.  Place Tear and Tape on both smaller tabs and fit into the long side.   Here’s a basic template.  Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Basic Card Box Template

And the inside:

Basic Card Box interior

If you look in the lower right hand corner you can see where the tab fit into the longer side.  As you may be able to tell, the top (on the right) is just a slight bit larger than the bottom for an easy fit.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams creations from Jackie’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 new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

We had 5 wonderful 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

 

 

 

 

 

WCC30 – A Cup of Cheer in 3D

  WCC30 Susan’s 3D Challenge

Welcome to a new Challenge.

This time around we are doing 3D!

 

WCC - Susan's 3D Project

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Whatever trips your trigger as a friend of mine likes to say…if it has several sides or depth to it…you’re in.   And we hope you will join us in submitting your very own 3D creation here.

Here’s my simple 3D treat holder:

WCC30 - Susan's 3D Challenge - Jean Fitch

And a side view so you can see how it all fits together.

WCC30 - A Cup of Cheer - Side View - Jean Fitch

Do you remember this little treat or card holder?  People have been making them for over a decade (possibly more).   Perfect for little gift cards just under 3″ wide and about 3″ – 4″ tall.    Or in this case a little package of teas and sweets…perfect for someone recovering from a cold or flu or other malady.

I’ll let you in on a secret that I discovered years ago…the tea in the picture is Moroccan Mint tea from STASH.  That tea is a wonder drug all on it’s own.  Whether for morning sickness or the upset stomach and dizziness you get from chemotherapy this stuff is magic!   And I can guarantee you that it tastes just like the mint tea that I had in Morocco back in 1975.   The only brand I’ve found that does.  I’m not sure if it’s the lemongrass or the blend of various mint teas or the combination but this stuff is powerful…and very good tasting.   Fun to suck on a peppermint too and hold it in your teeth while you drink the tea through it.   Just don’t let the mint go down the wrong way.  Yeah…been there…done that.

And yeah…I should probably add the disclaimer that I’m not a doctor and take my suggestion with a grain of sense and salt.  It may not work for everyone as I’ve described but I’ve given it to many, many people for whom it did work and used it myself.   And no…I don’t work for STASH or get a commission.  LOL

Are you wondering yet where the stamps and several of the papers came from?   My latest (July) Paper Pumpkin is the source.  Three wonderful sentiments, the cup, tea bags, steam and the plants that you’ll be able to use when the kit contents are gone.    Have you tried that monthly pumpkin delight yet?  Trust me…you will want to.   Especially…because…drum roll please…you can get two months right now for 50% off!

Contact your demonstrator (I’m available if you don’t have one already Click the highlighted text to sign up :D) and ask them about the 50% off offer.   It’s available until September 10th.   Want the August Kit…sign up by August 10th…get going…what are you waiting for…today is the 9th!!!

Here are a few other views of the inside with it open and treats removed.

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WCC30 - A Cup of Cheer interior

WCC30 - Cup of Cheer - inside box

Supplies:

Stamps: My Paper Pumpkin July 2015 Kit – Thanks a Latte

Ink:  Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Pool Party, Paper Pumpkin Kit papers and stickers

Punches: Large Oval

Other:  Clip from kit, 1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Small Cellophane bag,  tea bags, Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, SNAIL

It’s a fairly simple construction that you can adapt to any size.   In this case a 3″ x 11″ strip of cardstock that is scored at 4-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.  Use the large oval punch to create the handles near the top.   The small box is 4″ x 5″ and scored at 1″ all the way around on all sides.  Cut along the score line up to the other score line on two sides at both ends.  Fold and crease along score lines and adhere tabs as needed to form the box.   Adhere bottom of box to the inside score area of the long cover piece.  Decorate…tie some ribbon to hold the handles in and fill with your desired contents.

Thanks a Latte Treat Packet

 

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Please join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own 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 and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   You can see the winner for the linky added projects for the last challenge here.  It was a hard choice as all the entries were wonderful.  If you haven’t looked already…take a look here.  You’ll be inspired.   I also hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Celebrating Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

 

Just a quick post to share a couple of fun cards that celebrate the day and add a bit of thanks to all who have gone before.   Those who created, sustained and have protected our freedoms and way of life.

Thank You!

 

What’s a celebration without a few candles right?  Or perhaps they are fireworks just before the big bang.  I’ll leave that to your imagination. 😀

 

June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Candle Card - Jean Fitch and a Fourth of July Celebration!

Using the contents of the June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit (thanks Linda for sharing!) and a few other bits and pieces from the stash this fun and festive card came together quickly.

Supplies:

Stamps: Paper Pumpkin June 2014 stamps (stars and celebrate)

Ink: Silver Encore, Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy Cardstock and the papers from the June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Other: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Bird Builder Punch (wing creates the candle flame), glue dots, sticky strip and other adhesive.

The candles were easy to create.  Cut the tube (used with the pinwheels in the kit) into thirds.  Place a small bit of the Baker’s Twine in the tube with a glue dot and mash the tube flat.  A bit of sticky strip holds them nicely in place.   One other note…if you want your silver Encore ink to dry in a hurry without smearing then use a heat tool to heat set it.

 

And of course…Independence Day also means flags to celebrate the symbol of our nation.

Work of Art Chevron Flag - Jean Fitch - Celebrating Independence Day.

Another one of the many flags being created with the new Work of Art Stamp set.  So many variations have been crossing my screen on Pinterest that I just had to try one or two.  Here’s today’s example.    A perfect thank you for a veteran or soldier or perhaps even your local Congressman.

Supplies:

Stamps: Work of Art

Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White & Naturals White Cardstock

Other:  Big Shot, Card Thinlit Die (star die cuts), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, adhesives.

Heading out shortly for a  picnic, fireworks and a night of stamping with a friend.  Hope your Fourth is filled with fun, family, friends and thoughts of where we’ve been and where we’re going as a nation.

Hugs and Blessings to you all –

Jean Fitch in pink

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