WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday’s – WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

For me this challenge (courtesy of yours truly) is all about the copper.  The elegance it lends to a crisp Black and White set of colors.    I am so in love with all the copper products that Stampin’ Up has loaded into our catalogs so far this year.  Sadly I couldn’t quite figure out how to include the little copper pine cones from the Holiday Catalog.  Though now that I think of it I could have tied one or two onto the ribbon.  Ah well…no distractions from the beautiful basket this way.

I don’t know about you but when I saw the new “Basket for You” hostess set in the annual catalog I immediately thought…copper embossing…YES!   Saves on time spent in coloring and adds a more elegant touch to a decidedly casual basket.  Another thing I love about this image…no risk of hayfever with a basket like this!    For as long as I’ve had the idea (June), for some reason I keep forgetting to make the basket design.  Might have been a good thing too, since the Copper Foil only came out September 1 with the launch of the Holiday Catalog.  That subtle mat of copper real adds the perfect contrast don’t you think?

 

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Black & White and a Copper Basket

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge-WWC85-Colors and Copper challenge- Black & White and a Copper Basket -Jean Fitch

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Supplies:

Stamps:   Basket for You (2016-2017 Annual Catalog Hostess Set),  Rose Wonder (sentiment)

Inks: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White Thick Cardstocks; Copper Foil Paper

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, SNAIL, 1/8″ Taffeta Whisper White Ribbon (retired), Glue Dot.

Technique:   Heat Embossing

Measurements & Tips:

Card Base – Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″   Score fold at 4-1/4″

Copper Foil Layer – 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Basic Black Focal Layer – 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″

1) Stamp the basket image on the Basic Black piece (centered) in Versamark and then heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder.

2) Adhere the Black embossed image piece to the Copper Foil.  Tip:  Before adhering use a die or punches to remove foil from the center of the layer piece so as not to waste that beautiful foil paper.   For this size I used the Decorative Label Punch and punched out two nice sized labels from the center of the foil piece.  A square die from the Layered Squares dies would have worked well too.

3) Adhere the matted focal piece to your White card base.  Copper emboss the flower image from the Basket for You set below the focal layer.

4) Stamp the sentiment next to the copper embossed flower image and add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.   Voila!  Done!   If mailing another copper embossed flower on the envelope would be a nice touch don’t you think?

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That’s it for this challenge.  Trust me when I say…you do NOT want to miss the rest of the teams contributions to this challenge.  What they’ve all done with copper is absolutely wonderful!

To see the rest of the design teams contributions to this 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 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 black, white and copper 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

 

 

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Blog Hop: New Catalog Open House

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog Hop 2016 June Banner

Welcome to our June New Catalog Open House Blog Hop

Today we’re opening our hearts, homes and studios to the New 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.   Hopefully you’ve had that little darling of a catalog in your hands already for a week or two.   And I hope you will agree with me that it’s the best catalog ever!   Yeah…I know…I say that every year…but this year I really mean it! 😀   So many wonderful items carried over from my favorite ever Occasions Catalog and even better…new toys (er…creative tools) to play with for the next 12 months.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Marsha’s blog.  Marsha and I have been friends for years and often bounce ideas off each other.  Today is no different since Marsha 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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For today’s “open house hop” I’ve decided to share the same cards I shared at last Saturdays live open house.  Friends were able to make these next two cards and play with new colors, new punches, new images and of course new Big Shot bits and pieces (as well as the returning favorite Woodland embossing folder).

Now that we are into June Stampin’ Up has returned the Woodland Embossing Folder to the lineup.  It departed for a short time after the Holiday Catalog retired last January but after an outcry from customers and demos alike they brought it back.  If you’d like a repeat of that for the Cups and Kettles dies and stamps from Occasions call Stampin’ Up at 1-800-782-6787 and share your thoughts!

Please note:  If you would like the directions to either of the following projects please drop me an email or leave a comment.  I’ll be happy to pass them along.

Foxy Friends in the Woodland

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Duet - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Landscape - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Portrait - Jean Fitch

With the dark hues of Tangerine Tango and the bare birches of the Woodland EF this card will work perfectly for Fall.  Add a die cut Santa cap and it works for Christmas.   Of course foxes are out and about any time of the year so the basic design works all year round as well.

Foxy Friends and the new Duet Banner Punch and matching Thoughtful Banners stamps are turning out to be two of my favorite bundled product packs.   The only thing I forgot was the coordinating Foxy Friends Designer Series Stack!  No worries…it’s coming.

Check back next week for a quick look at what I’m planning for both bundles come Christmas!    Our local Rogue Stampers group will be doing Christmas in July and I’m hoping an early peek at two of the cards will fill our roster of attendees at the Stamp a Stack we have scheduled.  There is always room for you dear reader if you are in the area.

Supplies:

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Tangerine Tango (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Whisper White Thick (3” x 3-1/2”), Whisper White Thin (4” x 5-1/2”, strips)

Punches: Fox Builder (new), Duet Builder (new), Corner Rounder or Envelope Punch Board

Other:  Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

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Floral Affection’s Flirty Wink

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed Flirty Flamingo colors, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed, Flirty Flamingo colors, Partial Wink, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Two variations.  One with all but the dots inked and the other with only the flowers.  Pity you can’t see the sparkle and shine that the Wink of Stella clear pen imparted.  Pick your favorite.  I’m curious to hear which you prefer.

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Various text stamps – First Sight, Wetlands

Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo (reinker), Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White (thick)

Other:  Big Shot, Floral Affection Embossing Folders, Dimensionals & SNAIL

Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella brush pens.

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Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen using the Flirty Flamingo ink refill.

Technique Tip:  It’s easy to paint with the Wink of Stella pens.  Place a wee bit of reinker in a dish and pick up the ink with the Wink of Stella pen and apply to the area you would like to color.  Works with an inked image or an embossed image.  To clean the pen just wipe it on a scrap of paper until the color disappears from the pen tip.  Much as you would use a blender pen.  Of course…you are losing a bit of the shimmer fluid that way.  You might prefer to keep a variety of pens dedicated to color ranges like pink, red, orange, green, blue and so on so you can just pick up a pen and go.

As an alternate: You can also just squeeze the pad and use the ink from the pad cover that transfers from the squeeze.  However…and it’s a big one…make sure you wipe up the leftover mix of ink and shimmer fluid from the Stella pen.  You’ll contaminate your ink pad if you don’t thoroughly clean all the leftovers from the cover before closing the pad.   Much safer to use the reinker in a separate dish in my opinion.

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I encourage you to play with the fun new products that I’ve showcased today.  As you can see, they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in our new Annual Catalog.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my fab friend  Heidi’s blog (she’s also our wonderful hop coordinator so leave her some comment love!) her wonderfully inspired creations are another set always fun to see and CASE.  Heidi my dear…you really have to stop enabling me into new product!   Of course…what else are friends for.  LOL

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC72 – Balloons That Shake Rock and Roll to Celebrate

WWC72 – Jean’s In Color Color Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Today I’m asking you to play along with Stampin’ Up’s newest batch of In Colors.  A fun set that has a color name that includes my favorite material…Denim!   I’m not sure that denim qualifies as dapper but since the name includes denim…I’ll take it!

Create your own design or CASE (copy and share everything) from the challenge artists or wherever you find your inspiration.  Play with all 5 colors or with the 3 or 4 favorites you have in your studio.  Are you feeling Flirty?  Seeing Sugarplums in your dreams?  Down with Denim?  Whatever your preference grab 3 or 4 (or more) and get down and inky.  On your mark…get set…go!

 

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 Balloon Punch Shaker Card

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - Jean Fitch - Bitty Balloon Punch Shaker Card - Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set

Here’s a close up of the shaker element:

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - shaker detail - Jean Fitch

And the inside of the card.

Only needs a name and a word or two to be good to go.  And gives proof that I used all 5 of the new in colors!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - Bitty Balloon Punch inside of card - Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set

Can you tell I’m not letting go of the small retired balloon punch?  Yep…it’s just too perfect.   Especially for adding to the shaker bits.  Covers up a few little inky boo boo’s too.  Nope…not saying where they are.  {grin}

Supplies:

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Build a Birthday

Inks:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Thick Whisper White Cardstocks.   Window Sheets.

Punches: Bitty Balloon from the Party Punch Pack (retired from the 2016 Occasions Catalog)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Lots of Layers Framelit Collection,  Metallic Sequins Assortment, Foam Adhesive Strips,  SNAIL.

Technique:  Shaker Card

Cost without envelope: Approx. 40¢

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I’ve gotten so addicted to shaker cards lately.  With the new foam adhesive strips they are just so easy.  Now when an idea strikes I can grab the strips and go!  My only limitation?  Keeping enough sequins and window sheets on hand!  Of course if the sequins run out I can use my various punches (especially the confetti stars and hearts punches) to create what I need.

Not sure how a shaker card goes together?  Stampin’ Up has created a video that explains the role of the strips and the basic idea here.   I did a couple of different steps on mine.  I used the Embossing Buddy to take down the stickyness of the sides of the strips (or I would have if I had remembered that step.  LOL) and…I built my shaker on the top of the card base front instead of on the inside of the card.  I feel that makes a neater presentation and adds a bit of height/texture to the card itself.  However you do it…it’s a fun presentation for the recipient.   If you choose the top down approach you’ll add the strips to the back side of your shaped cover/window combo.  Stamp on your card base and pile the shaker bits on top of the stamping and place the window combo piece directly on top.  One other tip…before you add the window sheet piece and strips you can flip the cover piece so the backside is facing up and use that “window” as a mask to stamp your images through without getting ink on the front side.  Easy peasy once you get the hang of it.   I’ll try to put a pictorial tutorial together so you can see the basic steps.   Probably will be a week or two for that since the Watercooler gang has a Blog Hop coming up this Thursday.  Stay tuned for that Hop…it’s shaping up to be a doozy what with all the new product available to play with.  And…there will be another shaker card creation I’ll be sharing during the hop (see the method to my madness with the lateness of the tutorial now?).

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams In Color 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 really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Grab your colors and play!

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC69 – Hello World – Kath’s CAS Masculine Challenge

WWC69 – Kath’s CAS  Challenge

(CAS = Clean & Simple)

WWC69 - Kath's Masculine CAS Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Clean and Simple is the style that floats my boat.  Oh yeah…you just know I had to get a pun in there right? 😀

Which reminds me.  What stamping god decided that boats/ships and so on are masculine?  Have they met the new Navy?   That said…I do tend to grab ships, cars and trees when someone says make a guy card.  That’s also when the blue color tones come out as well.  Hm…must be that anti pink programming kicking in.

To to keep it simple…here’s the card.

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 Hello World

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WWC69 - Hello World - Kath's CAS Masculine Challenge

I’m not entirely sure this counts as simple since I did bring out the heat gun for the emboss resist technique part of the card…but hey…tools and guns…can’t get much more masculine than that.

Same with the card theme.  Hello World…I’m heading out.   Didn’t Columbus, Drake and a few other guys do pretty much that exact thing?  Of course…they didn’t know the world was round.  They must not have had a Stampin’ Up Circle punch or the Open Sea stamp set to guide their travels.

Supplies:

Stamps: Open Sea, Chalk Lines (both are retiring May 31 – don’t wait to order they are almost gone already and Stampin’ Up isn’t making any more).  Watercolor Wishes – greeting

Inks:  Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy Classic Inks & Versamark & Basic Black Archival or Black StazOn.

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White

Punches: 2″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponges,  Dimensionals, SNAIL.

Technique:  Emboss Resist Masking Technique

Cost (without envelope): 22¢

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Simple to create (as well as low cost) with the right tools.  On the focal layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) I masked off a narrow strip using post it notes.  Using Versamark ink I stamped the wavy design from Chalk Lines into the masked off area.  Added Clear Embossing Powder and then heat set with a Heat Tool.

Then using Stampin’ Sponges and ink I started with circular motions to sponge first Soft Sky in random areas, then Tempting Turquoise and then a light amount of Night of Navy inks.  Remove the masking papers and admire.   Well yeah…I tend to admire each step along the way.   But especially the inked up look of this technique.  I can get lost staring at the color changes.  If you want to be a bit brave you could also throw in a bit of Wisteria Wonder or Elegant Eggplant to add another depth of color.

After the color tricks just stamp the ship from Open Sea in Black StazOn or the Basic Black archival that will set pretty well on top of the embossed area.  Stamp the World image also from Open Sea in Night of  Navy ink on Soft Sky scrap of paper.  Stamp the greeting in Black (Night of Navy might have been a good choice as well) then punch with the 2″ circle punch.   Add focal layer to Whisper White card base then add the punched world with dimensionals.

If you want to keep it even simpler just stamp the Hello on top of the waves themselves.  Easy Peasy.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams In Colors for Libby’s 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 really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC68 – Angel on Deck

WWC68 – Libby’s Color Challenge

Libby's Color Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Today we not only have a new challenge…but we also have a new guest artist.  Yay.   Fiona Whitehead has come out to play with us today.  Fiona has entered several challenges here in the Watercooler and we were all so wowed by her talent we just had to arrange a playdate!   Thanks Fiona for joining us and taking up the challenge as a guest designer.  Looking forward to seeing what you have for us today.

Also today…Libby gave us another “official” chance to play with the retiring set of in colors.  I’m still not sure how I’ll survive their retirement.  Sigh…there are just some colors that reach in and grab your soul.    Of course being the color fanatic that I am I just had to accept the challenge to work with all five outgoing colors.  Libby told us we only had to use 3 but then she added…we could use more if we wished.  So….yep…I wished!

See if you can find all five in my creation below.

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 In Colors Baby Wipe Technique Part 2

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC68 - Libby's Color Challenge

Here’s another somewhat lighter picture.  The actual real life card is somewhere in between.  For some reason the digital camera picks up more white space than actually appears on the card and muddies the colors a bit more than they really are.  Loving the bit of textured look the watercolor paper gives the colors and the embossing.

On another topic.  Do you know how hard it is to type watercolor in the same post as watercooler.  Boy is that a challenge!

WWC68 - Libby's Color Challenge Natural Light watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (gold leaves)

Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon,  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Versamark

Paper: Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, Botanical Builder Framelit dies, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder,  Basic Jewel Pearls, Gold marker to color pearls, Fine Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL.

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Believe it or not this inking is a retread of a baby wipe pad I made several weeks ago for the April Watercooler Blog Hop you can see here.  I stored the “ink” pad I created in an old acrylic clamshell stamp case and it’s still juicy!

Of course the colors have melded and melted together a bit more.  Not the same defined stripes I had before.  But…that worked to my advantage with the technique I used.

I just spritzed the watercolor paper then placed it over the “pad” and tapped around it with my fingers. Moved it and tapped some more. Kept repeating until I got the look I wanted. Dipped the edges a bit to get a nice line of color along them and then gold embossed the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic in a few places.   Cut the fern looking leaves and some flowers from the Botanical Builder dies attached…colored the pears and added those.   Now I just need to find my Trust God stamp set so I can add the God Bless You sentiment.

This card is intended for a very special young lady who gave me the perfect gift on a day when I very much needed it.   Saving that story for another day as it’s time to hop on my way to a bit of a rest so I’ll be bright and bushy tailed for a new class at my local health center this afternoon.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams In Colors for Libby’s 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 really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Grab your colors and play!

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC65 – Anything Goes Has Rose Wonder Blues

WWC65 – Anything Goes Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC65- Anything Goes

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today Anything Goes.  Don’t you love days like that…when anything is possible?  Well…as far as the challenge goes…today…anything goes!   The rest of your day/week is totally up to you and the other rules in your life.  {grin}

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Since anything goes today….I decided that some die cuts that have been sitting on my desk needed a bit of sponging.   Heidi got me going with our Spring CAS challenge last week and I had seen a fun design by Leonie Shroder last winter that got me going.   Nothing much simpler than a bit of sponging and then add the sponged die cuts to the card.   Made me feel as if I was Spring Housecleaning what with cleaning odds and bobs from my desk and throwing in a bit of sponging to boot.

Rose Wonder Blues

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC65 - Anything Goes - Floral Sponging

Hm…just occurred to me…this card would make quite a nice Mother’s Day card don’t you think?  Or just about any occasion with an appropriate change in sentiment.

Supplies:

Stamps: Rose Wonder, Suite Sayings

Inks:  Night of Navy, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White (thick and thin), Shimmer White Cardstocks

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Big Shot Brush and Pad, Sponge Daubers, 2-Way Glue, Snail, Basic Jewel Pearls

Technique:  Sponging on Shimmer Paper

Cost per card: 48¢ + envelope – as shown without pearls

PDF Directions Created by Jean:  Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC65 – Rose Wonder Blues with Shimmer Paper

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I’m happy to note that both stamp sets used here (Rose Wonder & Suite Sayings) and the Rose dies will be available in the new Annual Catalog going live in June.  They’ve turned out to be popular with me…and my customers.   But why wait until then.  The Rose Wonder stamps and dies are being offered now in the Occasions Catalog at 15% off.  Can’t beat that deal.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Anything Goes 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 really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Anything you have completed that hasn’t yet been shared online qualifies.  Easy peasy!

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

WCC27: Hearts & Folds and a surprisingly full box!

WCC27 – Iris Twist

Jackie’s Technique  Challenge

WCC27 - Twisted Iris - Jackie's Technique Challenge for the Watercooler Challenge

Welcome to a new Watercolor Challenge.   Jackie has provided us with a wonderful (and yes a bit challenging) technique to work with.  Today’s challenge is a “twist” on the original Iris Fold technique.  I’m overjoyed at that since it’s a tad easier and gives us more than a few options.   As you’ve likely seen (on the challenge blog) we’re, most of us, choosing a faux version or “twisted” version.  And trust me when I say…many of us were stretching to twist our brains around this version of the technique simple as it really is.

Here’s my version of Jackie’s wonderful technique challenge.  I decided to work with a small 3-D canvas.  Fun but requires a high degree of dexterity…and an ability to work with gluey fingers!   Hard to believe from the picture that this is a little 2″x2″ mini treat box.

WCC27 - Jackie's Iris Twist Challenge - Hearts and Folds creation by  Jean Fitch

And with a hidden prize inside….an accordion fold card insert!

WCC27 Card - Hearts and Folds by Jean Fitch - insert accordion card extended - front view-Floral Wings & Butterfly Basics stamp sets.

Can you believe that all fit inside such a tiny box?

WCC27 Hearts and Folds Collage - Iris Twist - Jean Fitch

Side views and more. Click on the picture for a larger view.

 

 

One of the things I love about this project is that the simplicity of the outer shell gives no hint of the play of color and folds to be found inside.   My twist on a Shaker or Amish look outside and a riot of a slightly more vintage color and style inside.  Most boxes of this type have the thread or ribbon showing outside…I decided to hide the full surprise inside the box…like a jack in the box with the lace ribbon swirled at the top to provide a pull up handle.  Another nice thing about this colorful design…I have lots of room on the backside of the accordion card insert to hand write or further stamp a personalized note.   Hm…should I put a note in there for the person to pull it out and turn it over do you think?

Supplies:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Floral Wings (hostess set), You Brighten my Day (Sale-a-Bration 2015 now retired)

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals Paper Stack, Kraft Mini Treat Boxes

Punches: Sweetheart, Itty Bitty Accents Pack (heart), Bitty Butterfly, Ornate Tag Topper, 1-3/4″ Circle

Other:  Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits,  Simply Scored Scoring Board, Victorian Crochet Trim,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

Tip: You can fit larger die cuts into a smaller space if you use your bone folder.  The small lace look butterfly die cut was actually too big for the tiny treat box and the accordion fold strip…until…I curled the wings and locked them more or less in place with a double (next time I’ll use triple) set of stacked dimensionals.

One further note:  I CASE’d  the basic idea and measurements from this post and video by Sarah-Jane Rae and added my own touches as well as the challenge technique.  The concept of accordion cards inside boxes has been around for ages but Sarah-Janes video is really wonderful for this particular design so I encourage you to watch the video and check out her blog for other wonderfully creative ideas.  I know I’ll be making many of these in the days to come…they are really addicting.  Of course…they may not all be Iris Twist versions.  LOL.

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If you’d like to try your own addition to the challenge here are a few resources you might find helpful:

For a faux version…here’s a video similar to the technique that I used – https://youtu.be/IjmmEE5WmjU  I hope this video in particular will convince you that this really is a fairly simple technique that gives a big bang visually.

If you want to learn more about the true Iris Fold technique:  I first learned about the true Iris fold technique and found helpful information and patterns here: http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/

You’ll see their patterns all over Pinterest and other sources and community boards.

Of course being a Stampin’ up demonstrator I had to see what people in my own community were doing and the Stampin’ Up papers they were using.  A few years ago I came across this very helpful post by fellow demo Anne Hayward. It shows a variety of styles and templates and is followed up by a wonderful video on the traditional method she is teaching. At this point in time it’s a tad dated as to papers, etc. but still the real deal with great tips and examples.  Scroll on down to the bottom of her posts for the video.
http://www.stampingwithbluemooncreations.com/my_weblog/iris-folding-instructions-and-video-tutorial.html

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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 version 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.   Check out the last challenges winner for the linky added projects.  We had a wonderful set of 7 submissions so we were able to award the prize (three are required to award a prize).  I hope this time around 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

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