Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC101 – A Color Challenge that Shimmers!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC101 – Jean’s Color Challenge

wwc101-color-challenge-graphicbWelcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Since this week I get to pick the colors for the challenge I gave some serious thought to making this a white on white challenge to reflect the weather outside. But that would be way too easy…not to mention repetitive. LOL

So….

Since it’s my birthday this week and outside the window it’s snow white for the most part I thought I’d pick some happy party colors.  Can’t get much happier than Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and So Saffron.  A bit of bright and a bit of subtle and a whole lot of new!

Color challenges have no themes but given the week I wouldn’t say no to balloons and birthday cake.   Especially if you live nearby!

Go and be colorful! The white (paper or snow) will always be waiting for you when you are done.

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Reinker Shimmer Dragonfly Dreams

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Boy oh boy I wish you could see this card in real life.  Lots of shimmer and shine and texture.  Sadly the camera just won’t really show it off though it tried its best in the detail shot.    For this card I decided to do a mostly straight CASE of LeeAnn Greff and her tutorial on using reinkers & alcohol with the new Inside the Lines paper from Sale-a-Bration.  I’ll let you check out her post for the paper measurements and details and her wonderful video.   I changed things up a bit using Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White, different sentiments and colors and lastly a shot or three of homemade shimmer spray before the paper had fully dried.   The spray is created with a half bottle of alcohol (at least 70% though more is better) and a a few spatula bits of SU’s previously sold Platinum Shimmer Paint.  I found some on Amazon here.  They even have a Copper version!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (Occasions), Trust God (retired), a random Hero Arts stamp from garage sale (inside sentiment)

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum Ink Pads.   Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum Reinkers.  Homemade Shimmer Spray (Shimmer Paint -retired and alcohol)

Paper: Basic Black & Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (SAB)

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies,   Dimensionals, Bone Folder,  Fast Fuse and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

 

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to my 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 newly updated 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.  And seriously…this week there are only 3 colors and any neutrals you wish to use.  Easy Peasy.  If you don’t have the exact colors get as close as you can with what you have on hand.  Really…it’s that easy. 😀

Put a little color in your life this week.  And join me in wishing Deb Smart well in all her new endeavors as she moves on from our Artist Group.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC100 – Whoo Hoo We’re Celebrating Our 100th Challenge this Week!!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC100 – Anything Goes Celebration Theme Challenge

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Welcome to the celebration on this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Whoo Hoo We’re Celebrating Our 100th Challenge this Week!!   So of course….Anything Goes!

Can you believe we’re on our 100th challenge?  And to top it off we have a special guest designer to share in the celebration.   I hope you’ll give Bronwyn a warm Watercooler Wednesday welcome on this special return visit.  And here’s a heads up…if you add a linky creation this week you’ll be in the running for the winners right to a free tutorial from her blog site.
Celebrating this special milestone to me means expressing thankfulness and gratitude for the wonderful group of women I’ve been creating with for most of those 100 challenges.  I was warmly welcomed from the day I joined and week after week we share our joys, sorrows and a bit of general hilarity.   These women are truly a blessing to me.  A few have come and gone from the design team over the last couple of years but they are all still here in my heart.  You can see the list of artists past and present in the right hand column of the Challenge Blog.   Today, especially, I have to  send a shout out to the Founder of the Challenge, Miss Terri Antoniw.  Bless you Terri for the brilliant idea and many thanks to Heidi (with support from Miss Marsha) who picked up the baton from Terri and have gotten us to this amazing milemarker.  Leadership and hard work (herding artists is about a easy as herding cats) have gotten us here and will keep us going in the future.

Something else we’re celebrating today.  The start of Sale-a-Bration!   Do you think Stampin’ Up counted the dates of our challenges when they set up the starting date for SAB so we could double up on the celebration?   You never know.  They do like surprises and they love to make their demos happy.

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Paisley & Posies Thankfulness Card

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Thinking of you all as I stomp through 15″ of snow covering my drive area and property.  The new boots are getting a workout that’s for sure.  Well really I’m mostly staying inside today and trying to stay warm while praying we don’t lose power.  I’m well and truly snowed in with drifts over 3 ‘ here and there.  Very thankful I stocked up on groceries.  Including hot apple cider!

So what does a gal do when she wants to express feelings of thankfulness, gratitude and blessing all in one card?  She grabs the Paisleys & Posies suite of products of course.   Introduced in this years Holiday Catalog (that sadly retired as of today), I fell in love with the entire product suite immediately.  It pairs perfectly with the new copper products and the Paisley Suite’s ribbons, paper, stamps and dies.  Sadly with the catalog now retired some of those products are no longer available but I’m happy to say that the stamp set, dies and the copper products are all still current.  At least until June anyway.  And here in the States,  the Paisley & Posies dies and stamps purchased together will earn you a free Sale-a-Bration item.  You can check it out here in the online store.

My design today is a general CASE (copy and share everything) with a twist, of a card created by Sherrie Gross that I found out in blogland.  Since the set is a paisley one I really wanted to add an actually paisley element using the copper foil paper.  If you look at the close up detail shot below you’ll see that I copper embossed one of the stamp images and then die cut with one of the open paisley dies.  It’s a subtle detail that shows up better in person.  I also softened up the look with color changes.  I don’t know about you but I’ll seriously miss Mint Macaron when it goes away come June.   Which reminds me…if you love that In Color as much as I do you may want to stock up on the ink and paper versions you love ASAP.  Along about the end of January we start seeing reinkers, ink pads and papers disappear from the storefront.   Besides…it’s Sale-a-Bration time starting today which means you earn a freebie stamp or paper or other SAB item with every $50 you spend so it’s the perfect time to stock up on staples as well as new items from the Occasions Catalog.

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Tip:  Did you know that you can heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder on top of Copper Foil paper?  Yep…you can!  But do it’ carefully.  And I would suggest applying the heat from the back of the copper foil paper.

 

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Tip:  Here’s a tip for the inside of the card.  If you are making more than one it’s simpler to create a collage of the sentiments and the small decorative image on one larger block.  Then you can ink and stamp all in one motion.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black or Archival Basic Black, Versamark Ink

Paper: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla Cardstock; Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (ret.) and Copper Foil Paper

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Paisley Framelits, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack (ret.), Dimensionals, Tombow or Fine Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL or Fast Fuse.

 

For the directions, measurements & tips to recreate this project you can download the following PDF that I created to share with my class.

WWC100 – Paisleys & Posies Thankfulness card PDF Directions – Jean Fitch

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That’s it for this milestone challenge celebration.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to the Celebration 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!  And this week you’ll also win a free tutorial from our generous guest designer Bronwyn Eastley.

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.  And I’m looking forward to your making our next 100 challenges truly great with your participation!    Thank you for reading and hopefully enjoying our last 100 challenges.

Stay warm and stay safe wherever you are.  If you have a furbaby to hug, today’s the perfect day to share a little warmth.

Jean Fitch in pink

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

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC99 – Marsha’s Clean & Simple (CAS)

Make it with Hearts Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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

The simplicity angle of this weeks Clean and Simple (CAS) led me to yet another Redwork style creation.  You can see my first one for this year here.  In this case I took a bit of liberty with a more silhouette style image instead of a full line image.  Either way…I feel it works.
Here’s the explanation about Redwork that I shared in the earlier post.   When I was a munchkin my mom taught me about redwork stitching.  The type of embroidery where you use only red thread (in this case I selected Cherry Cobbler as my “red”) and generally the patterns are a bit retro and mostly outlines since redwork was something popular many, many moons ago.  Here’s a link to a basic description and a free pattern if you want to give it a try in the none ink world.

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Heartfelt Peace & Joy

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

Supplies:

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

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler

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

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

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

4) Attach the combined focal layer with dimensionals to the front of the card.  Add whatever you want to the inside of the card and decorate the envelope as well.   I stamped the Peace, Love & Joy sentiment from Peace This Christmas along with the small angel from Joyful Nativity.  I also added a small strip of designer series paper to dress up the inside of the card.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s CAS Make it with Hearts Challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

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

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Wacky Watercooler November 2016 Blog Hop: All About Christmas!

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Welcome to our “All Out” Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the “All Out” Christmas Celebration Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas you’ve come to the right place.

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.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is a dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.    I hope you found her projects as inspiring as I always do.  I always enjoy Gails original take on life and on stamping.  She’s so often the heart of our Watercooler stamping group.  A fun presence that reminds us all how much joy there is in life.

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Today all the stops are out and we’ve a wide open field for any kind of project!  So…what do you think I did?  Cards of course.  {grin}   Over the next few weeks I’ve got projects of all kinds on tap to show you but as we approach the end of November I’m working madly to finish as many cards as I can so I’ll meet my first week of December mail out deadline.   That’s my annual deadline…just don’t ask me when they really get mailed.  LOL

Here’s my first Christmas offering.   A

The secret ingredient is Washi Tape…and gold.   Love that rustic/formal combo.   Over the weekend I’ll be sharing a page of directions as well as a pictorial tutorial to show you exactly how it’s done.  It’s really quite easy.

Santa Sleigh Tree with Washi Tape

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Supplies:

Stamps: Santa’s Sleigh, Star of Light (the three stars)

Ink: Versamark, Garden Green

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock & Gold Foil

Other: Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

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Next up is a fun Gift Card Holder in a bag.   For this project I got my new Stitched Frame Framelits out to play.  I’ve done the new rectangle from a square in this same design but wouldn’t you know…I gave that version away!  Arghhh…just before the hop.   So…check back again and I’ll have that for you too as well as directions on how to make the rectangle.  In the meantime…here’s the simpler version.

Note:  The Blooms & Wishes stamp set that I used is 25% off through the end of November so if you want to CASE it’s the perfect time to purchase the ingredients.

Stitched Frame Framelit Gift Card Bag

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Supplies:

Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Merry Medley (background Stamp)

Ink: Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Glassine Bags

Other:  Bone Folder, Linen Thread, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Rhinestone Jewels, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

I’ll have directions for this one as well over the weekend.

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Last but not least here’s my final project.  It just isn’t Christmas without a star right?  So using the Star of Light stamps and dies I’ve created a couple of “Star of Bethlehem” type card designs.

Star of Light 1 & 2

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Supplies:

Stamps: Star of Light

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Other: Big Shot, Evening Star Thinlits, Bone Folder, Silver Metallic Thread, White Seam Binding,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  Especially if you are still working on getting your own cards ready to send out.  As you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Holiday and Annual Catalogs.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Christine’s blog.   Christine is another original who is crafty in so many ways and areas and that joy of creativity always shines through.  I know you’ll be inspired in so many ways.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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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 – WWC83 – Double Z’s and a Tic-Tac-Toe

WWC83 – Penny’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Penny has created a fun set of Tic-Tac-Toe elements for us to work with.   The overachiever in me really wanted to go for it all…but once the hair started being torn (mostly figuratively) I scaled back my expectations and decided to keep it fun and simple so I went with the right hand column of dry embossing, shade of green and die cut.  Of course I couldn’t resist throwing in a fun fold too just to show my independence!  LOL

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Double Z’s & Jar of Love

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While this type of card and with these design elements can be a bit fiddly it’s really not hard if you break it down into the various parts.   I’d say it took me about a half hour to get it all together after I worked out the measurements.  The next one will be faster I’m sure.   When I made one with a fairly new stamper it took her about an hour with a bit of help.   So most will probably find their time somewhere in between.  The cost really isn’t too bad since it’s basically paper and ink.  Depending on the bling you choose to add it should still run you about a dollar or slightly more for each card.  Of course…that’s assuming you have the stamps and dies.  Luckily the Jar of Love Bundle saves you 10%!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

Inks: Basic Gray, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White (4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece to stamp and die cut all cut images + 2-3/8″ x 3-5/8″,  1″ x 11″ + 3/4″ wide strip for banner), Mint Macaron (4″ x 11″, 1-1/8″ x 11″ + scraps for die cutting), Rich Razzleberry (2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″,  5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ + scrap for banner mat),

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  

Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelit dies, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, Wink of Stella pens (opt.), Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds (opt.), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL or Fast Fuse.

 

Here’s a PDF with my basic directions and measurements.  Jar of Love Double Z Fold Card – Jean Fitch

Apart from Penny’s fabulous Tic Tac Toe I had a number of influences in the design and measurements.  The concept of a Double Z fold Card I first found via Amanda Bates and Jan B.  You can see Jan’s Video here.  You can also see some of Jan’s cards here.  Amanda has a differently sized card and tutorial here.   Of course of late the basic design is all over the internet and Pinterest.   I fell in love with Sandi MacIver’s card here and used most of her elements though not her colors, measurements or number of layers.  I especially fell in love with Sandi’s tip about using a quarter sheet to create all the elements so I could use multiple dies at one time with our marvelous Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot.  Made things run much faster and smoother that way.   Of course if you have lots of odd sized scraps to use up that works too.   Since I’m using my card for a class I tried to keep everything a tiny tad simpler so no one will walk out!  LOL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Penny’s Tic Tac Toe 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 really hope you will add your own tree 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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Pictorial Tutorial for Vines and Flowers Flap Card – WWC61

Hi friends.  And yes…if you are reading this tutorial post then I count you friends.  After all…would I have put this much work into something like this if you weren’t? LOL

And yes Miss Patti this tutorial required munchies to get through.  The crunchy kind! And Miss Marsha…Happy Birthday (yesterday)…and yes…I pulled an all nighter to get it done. {grin}

Here’s the original picture from my Watercooler Wednesday Challenge post (WWC61):

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And the stitched picture everyone seems to be pinning. (Thanks for that)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Botanical Accordian Flap Card - Jean FitchSupplies:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Suite Sayings, Trust in God
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versamark, Wisteria Wonder, Mint Macaron
Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Garden
Green, Daffodil Delight
Other: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Dies, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls,
Tombow Liquid Glue, Snail, Glue Dots

Here’s a PDF with the directions and the pictorial tutorial added:

Pictorial Tutorial -Vines & Flowers Accordion Flap Card – Jean Fitch from Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (WWC61)

And here’s the pictorial Tutorial.  All pictures…few words…except what’s on the pictures (a first for me figuring out doing all that).   NOTE: You’ll likely have to click on the pictures to read the words.  I’m afraid I haven’t yet figured out how to allow for correct sizing on my blog.  The printable tutorial you can download from above is readable.

And first and foremost…THANK YOU STAMPIN’ UP for creating such an awesome bundle of products like the Botanical Garden series.  Too freakin’ wonderful as some of my cool friends would say.  😀    If you love it as much as I do (and don’t have it yet) I hope you’ll run right over to my sidebar and click on the Order SU online button and order yours today.  You won’t regret it!

Pictorial Tutorial

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The Key Idea

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This is the first really tricky point.
Making sure you get the Mint Macaron card base with die
entering the Big Shot with the correct leading edge side.

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Here’s that key idea again lest you forget….

 

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Ta Da!  You’ve spaced it correctly!

 

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One more fun tip!

WWC61 - Tutorial Stencil Tip

And once again the finished card picture….

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I know I promised you some alternate examples with some of the step ups I shared last Wednesday.  But that truly will have to wait for another day (over the weekend most likely).

I shot my wad (don’t you love military-isms that have made it into common usage?) on the tutorial and ran out of time for the alternates.  The pieces are cut (YaY!) they just have to be Stamped, embossed and assembled.  Sounds like a fun and restful weekend project right?  While the neighbors sweet long haired kitty comes for a visit? 😀

Hm…you know…I just realized…it’s April Fool’s Day.   Yikes!

I promise…no fooling in this tutorial.  It really does work.

Happy Fooling…and stamping.

Hugs and love.

Jean Fitch in pink

P.S.  No Foolin’ … Don’t forget to check out this weeks Weekly Deals:

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