Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC64 – Spring CAS – Bridal Showers

WWC64 – Spring CAS

WWC64

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today…Heidi has brought us a CAS (clean & simple) Challenge with Spring as the theme.  Perfect for the weather we are having here in Southern Oregon.  Look out the window and inspiration is there to be found.   Of course if you live in Denver, CO this week…..that might be a tiny bit harder.

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When it comes to CAS it’s hard to think how this creation could be any simpler.  Stamp, stamp, stamp (in one clear ink), sprinkle a little powder and heat.  No extra colors, no lists of tools.  Okay, truth to tell…I did use one punch and two dimensionals.  But if your hand is steadier than mine you might not need those.  Of course having a little bit of contrast in height for the sentiment does add a little something without taking away from the simplicity.

And did you notice?  I reversed the usual color proportions.  Instead of a white card base with color ink.  I went color base with white images.  Or gold…or you could use black or whatever other color of embossing powder you prefer.  It’s the layout and design itself that makes it CAS.

While I have this card marked for a Bridal Shower really it would work just as well for a Birthday, Graduation or other occasion.  Especially if you have other sentiment stamps to substitute.

You’ll see I have two different versions.  If you don’t mind leaving a comment I’d love to know which you prefer.  The White or the Gold embossing.  The rest is the same.

Spring – A Bridal Shower in White

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC64 - Spring CAS Challenge - Jean's White Bridal Shower Card

and for an alternative….

Spring – A Bridal Shower in Gold

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC64 - CAS Challenge - Jean's Gold Bridal Shower Card

Always fun trying to get the color shots to match up from one card to another isn’t it?   Truly…both card bases are Mint Macaron.  It’s just the color adjustment software that isn’t quite convinced.  Must be the gold that throws it off.

Supplies:

Stamps: Best Thoughts (Hostess Set from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog)

Inks: Versamark

Paper: Mint Macaron

Punches: Extra Large Oval (retiring)

Tools & Adhesives:  Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder or White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals.

Cost: 25¢ per card – envelope extra (assuming you have all the materials on hand)

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Hard to believe you can put together such a lovely full size card for so little cost isn’t it.  Saves the real money for a bridal shower or birthday gift.

Another simple element in this card that you might notice.  I used images from one simple stamp set.  I’m quite sad that this lovely hostess stamp set will be retiring very, very soon.   If you find you can’t live without it I’d be happy to help you place an order that will qualify you for the set.  Or if you have your own demonstrator already I’m sure they will do the same.

I’ll be back in the future with a slightly stepped up version for this simple card.  Just using a Mint Macaron layer on top of a Whisper White card base would add a bit more presence to the card.  Add a faint background image, a punched corner with the Trio corner punch and maybe a bit of gold metallic thread looped under the raised sentiment and away you go.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Spring CAS 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 color challenge.  And here to see all the other linky and Artist Team color challenge entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…a CAS challenge is an easy one.  And for most of us…Spring is all around to fill you full of creative ideas.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC63 – Jean’s Birthday Garden

WWC63 – Kath’s Color Challenge

(if you live other places in the world it might be Kath’s Colour Challenge)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC63 - Kath's Color Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today…we’re playing with soft Spring colors as well as one that makes your mouth water.  {grin}  I don’t know about you but my mouth is watering for watermelon after a day of playing with the color and typing the name.  Thanks Kath for the craving and the colors!

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After playing with the Number of Years stamp set at my last Stamp Camp I just had to bring it out one more time for these lovely soft colors.  And with my sister-in-laws birthday this month it was the perfect time to create a lovely Spring birthday card just for her.

Jean’s Birthday Garden

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC63 - Kath's Color Challange - Jean's Birthday Garden - Number of Years and Happy Birthday EveryoneOutside

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Supplies:

Stamps: Number of Years, Happy Birthday Everyone, Papillon Potpourri

Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder & Wink of Stella Gold

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White Cardstocks

Punches: Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower), Bitty Butterfly

Tools & Adhesives:  Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Glue Dots.

Cost: 44¢ per card. Assuming you have all the ingredients. 😀    Extra for envelope.

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I love quick and simple cards.  With the exception of a couple of stamping oopsies that meant I had to recut some paper this was one of those 15 minute cards.  It really helps to take that extra few seconds to mount the stamps so the text is straight and level on the block!  Duh!   And now that I have the design down and all the equipment in place it would be more of a 5 minute card for creating duplicates.

One trick is to stamp the first set of leaves/stems (love that it’s all combined in one image stamp) in the middle of the row and then stamp to the left and right with some of the image a bit lower and off to the sides.  I also found that stamping the sentiment in the top corner first gave you a better idea on where and how high to stamp the leaves/stems image.  Originally I stamped the greeting in the left upper corner but well…did I mention that oopsie thing when the stamp wasn’t correctly on the block?  As they say…paper has two sides…but of course Watermelon Wonder is a fairly dark color and does show through.  So when I flipped the card over it was prudent to change the text to the right hand side.   Not really a big deal and gave me a chance to add the butterfly to balance the overall design.  Gotta love the mother of invention right?   The Gold Wink of Stella (love those Stella pens.  So easy to use) was used to add centers to the flowers and a bit of dash to the punched flower as well.  You can see on the inside stamping that I also played a bit with it on the stamped flowers as well.  I couldn’t find my Clear Wink of Stella pen or I would have added a bit more sparkle.  Now that it’s stopped hiding (of course it waited until the picture taking and posting) I’ll add a bit of bling before dropping it in the mail to my lovely SIL.

One other subtle bit of color I love is the very narrow Pear Pizzazz mat.  It adds just the right punch of color separating the vivid Watermelon Wonder and the plainer Whisper White.  Pity I forgot to replicate that on the inside.  Ah well…there is always a next time.   After all…this is the base design for one of the cards at my next Stamp a Stack on April 23.  If you are in the area I hope you will join us.  You can find us at the Central Point Presbyterian Church at 456 W. Pine St.  Central Point, Oregon.

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

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

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one and you can start stocking up for those Spring Summer occasions ahead.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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

WWC61 Tutorial - Botanical - Vines & Flowers Flap Card - Jean Fitch

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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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WWC61 - Tutorial Botanical - Flower Bits and Pieces

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One more fun tip!

WWC61 - Tutorial Stencil Tip

And once again the finished card picture….

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Anything Goes - Botanical Multifold1- Jean Fitch

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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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC61 – Anything Goes with Botanicals

WWC61 – Anything Goes Challenge

WWC61 - 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’ve grabbed a recent creation for my last Stamp Camp which focused on the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies and a fun fold that I’ve been playing with that lent itself perfectly to the vine die in that set.  Perfect for Easter or birthdays and other occasions now that Easter is past.

Botanical Accordion Flap Fold

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Anything Goes - Botanical Multifold1- Jean FitchFront

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Anything Goes - Botanical Multifold2 - Jean FitchFirst Flap

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Left simple so it can be personalized for the person receiving it.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Botanical Accordian Flap Card - Jean FitchPin version and reminder of all flaps and folds.

Supplies:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Suite Sayings (alternate Easter text)

Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, Botanical Builder Framelit dies, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder,  Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewel Pearls, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tombow Liquid Glue, Glue Dots.

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The touches of gold – the dots and the metallic thread swirl behind the flower really add a nice bit of sparkle as do the pearls in the flower centers.  To add another touch of gold you could add a bit of tombow glue to the flower centers then gold emboss that.  Or use a gold alcohol marker to change the pearls to gold.

Another step up idea that glitters would be to add the string of hearts image from Birthday Blooms gold embossed to the far right edge of the Mint Macaron fold running vertically.  Or add more gold sets of dots on the Mint Macaron flap.  so many possible ideas once you put your thinking cap one.

One of those very simple fold ideas (once you wrap your head around the two card bases being interleaved together – thus the accordion in the title) that makes for a wonderful surprise for the recipient and kudos to you for your skills. 😀

Whether you go soft or bold in your colors trust me when I say the results will be wonderful and set you smiling at your own brilliance.  lol

In the interest of disclosure I should note that Pinterest as well as our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Showcase was the source for my initial jumping off point.  Accordion Cards with a decorative edge seem to be popular now that we have that wavy vine to work with.  I changed the order of the folds and a bit of decorative ideas as well.  Gotta love a community of artists that provide inspiration for a CASE right?  Right!

CASE = Copy and Share Everything

Check back Friday and I’ll have a PDF with directions and a picture or two of the set up so you can get a handle on the accordion and die cutting part of the process.

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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.   A little birdy tells me it will be an exciting challenge that resembles a childhood game.  Shush..you didn’t hear that from me. 😀

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Irish eyes are smiling….WWC59 – Bev’s Green Color Challenge

WWC59 – Bev’s Color Challenge in Green

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC59 Bev's challenge in green

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today…Irish eye’s are smiling.  Well really…any eyes that like green…or candy are.

Today my eyes are in fact a tad on the green side.  Must be in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching.  The eyes are also smiling since Reece’s are one of my all time favorite candies!   A fun treat to share with neighbors, bank tellers, doctors and their staff and so on.  In fact…all the people who share my life.

Thanks Bev for the inspiration…and for going all green.  You really made me stretch my imagination.

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Jean’s Reece’s Shamrock Hat

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC59 Bev's Green Color Challenge - Jean's Reece's Shamrock HatFrom the front

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC59 Bev's Green Color Challenge -Shamrock HatFrom the back

 

Supplies:

Stamps: None

Inks:  None

Paper: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Wild Wasabi

Punches:   Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack (flower), 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, Confetti Hearts Border, Bird Builder

Tools & Adhesives:  Baker’s Twine Combo Pack (Occasions Catalog), Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Two Way Glue Pen, Glue Dots.  Small Reece’s Cup Candy

Details:

Punch your two scallop circles (large one in Wild Wasabi and small in Mint Macaron).  If you want you can emboss with a folder or stamp with any type of background image.

Punch multiple hearts with the Confetti Heart punch from Mossy Meadow cardstock. Arrange the larger hearts into a shamrock shape and glue down to the Mint Macaron scallop circle.  I was lucky enough to have a piece fall out of the punch that I could use as a stem.  If you weren’t so lucky cut a stem piece yourself and glue down.   Attach the two scallop circles with glue dots to Reece’s candy top and bottom.

Tie a length of Baker’s Twine from the Combo Pack – I used the Mint Macaron and Black version.  Tie a bow and trim ends.

Punch leaf branch with the Bird Builder Punch in Cucumber Crush.  Cut down a bit and attach with glue dot to the hat.

Punch two Whisper White flowers with the Itty Bitty Accent punch and add a rhinestone to the center.  Attach flowers to the hat with glue dots.

All done.  Try not to eat!

I suggest you save a few Reece’s cups for inspiring eating during the decorating process.  Hand out the treat hats as fast as possible.  LOL!

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Looking for more inspiration for fun, wild and sweet hat inspired treats for little leprechauns and others in your life.  Check out this Google search.

I was inspired in part by another demo’s idea here.  Thanks Julia!   I’m thinking that next time around I’ll a bit more texture by embossing or stamping on the scalloped circles.  Possibly even the flowers or branches.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Color Challenge in Green 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 badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the entries from last weeks challenge.  Unfortunately we didn’t have the required three so no winner.  However the 2 entries we had are well worth the look!  Check  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.  It’s all about the green and the teams entries should, I hope, inspire you with lots of different ideas to try.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC55 – Cuppa Friendship meets Jean’s Color Challenge

WWC55 – Jean’s Color Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC55-Jean's Color ChallengeWelcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  And a belated welcome to our four new challenge artists.  Even though I didn’t participate last week I had a chance to view last weeks team projects with the rest of you and had my socks knocked off.  I hope you enjoyed them too. Thankfully my ring (see above in the picture or in my jewelry box :D) was made of sterner stuff and stayed around for this weeks challenge. {grin}

This week some of my favorite soft and Southwestern style colors are the theme.   Just like those in one of my favorite Southwestern style rings.  Don’t you love it when you look down and there is your palette for the next color challenge ready and waiting on your hand?   Easy Peasy.    Of course taking the picture was a tiny tad more interesting and eventually a gift from God.

Given the Southwest theme that hit my creative eye you might be expecting cactus or sand or horses or other such themes so I hope you won’t be disappointed.  What I most remember from my time in New Mexico, many decades ago, are soft and well worn calico type prints along with deep rich velvets, denims and silver.  Lots of silver.  On the table, in the jewelry and so on.  And tea…lots and lots of tea.  Both hot and iced depending on the time of year and the temperatures.  Where I lived in Deming it could get to 115º (or hotter) in the shade in Summer and well below freezing in winter.  We were after all sitting at about 7,000 feet high. 😀

I hope you’ll grab your own favorite cuppa while you continue reading.

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Cuppa Friendship

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC55 - Jean's Color Challenge - Cuppa Friendship - Jean Fitch

I love that the dies have everything you need for “tea”.  The teapot, a variety of cups, a creamer and silverware.  Not to mention fun bits to decorate the cups and teapot.  The only thing missing is a sugar bowl and I suppose you could put sugar in the “creamer” and use a spoon to serve it right?  Another cool thing…even if you opt not to get the bundle with the stamps the dies work quite well all on their own.  Of course…the stamps add a bit of sparkle to working with the dies and the matching designer series paper stack a bit more to the combination too.  😀

Supplies:

Stamps: A Nice Cuppa, Six-Sided-Sampler (sentiment)

Inks:  Basic Gray (sentiment and tea bag)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron Cardstock.    Silver Foil Paper (spoon and steam images) .  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Punches: Word Window, Hearts Confetti, Curvy Corner Trio

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Cups & Kettle Framelit dies, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid Glue, Glue Dots.

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Couldn’t get any simpler than this.  Really.  We all know how to stack a set of cups right?  We know how to punch a corner and glue down paper layers?   I did do a few simple tricks to make my picture a bit more believable and make assembly a tad easier.

  1. When cutting the cups out of DSP I made two.  One cut from one side of the two sided paper and one cut from the other.  This gave me flexibility in what order I wanted to stack.  I knew what pattern I wanted but when you flip a two sided paper…you may not get the pattern you want.   Cutting extra also gave me a headstart on my next card design too!
  2.  I wanted the silver to look a bit distressed or like hammered silver…a theme in New Mexico for many reasons.   So…after die cutting the spoons I put them back on the cutting pad, put a rough piece of paper on top and used my most cut up cutting pad too.  that gave a worn, hammered/distressed look to the silver.  Much more interesting than the flat shiny look.  And as a bonus…it flattened the little dots that the dies often leave behind on the paper.
  3. I used my thumbs to add a bit of roundness to the bowl of the spoon.  And while we are talking spoons….I added more than one to the stack.  After all…many of my friends need sugar or milk in their tea and we don’t all want to share a spoon.  So a stack of cups really do need at least a couple of spoons.  Notice that I’m assuming this is probably a stack of used cups…the friends have moved on from drinking to chatting now that they are relaxed.
  4. I used a piercing tool to punch a hole in the tea bag tag and added a bit of linen thread with a knot behind the tag and a glue dot on the end behind the cup as well as on the tag itself.

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Now that we’ve had our “cuppa” for this challenge….

It’s time to move on and see what the other artists have done with my ring’s colors.   To see the rest of the design teams  Color  Challenge contributions head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Sadly we didn’t have enough entries last week to declare a winner but you can look here to see the one 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 (even if all you do is punch shapes using the various colors and stick them down with a sentiment so I hope the soft colors will draw you in.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC53 – Balloons Aloft

WWC53 – Heidi’s Sketch Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC53 - Heidi's Sketch Challenge - Jean's Balloons Aloft

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today Heidi’s provided us with a wonderful sketch to work with.  I’ve actually turned it sideways so for me it looks like this:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC53- sideways

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Here’s my version…a tad different don’t you think?

Jean’s Balloons Aloft

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC53 - Heidi's Sketch Challenge - Jean's Balloons aloft

Instead of copying the sketch exactly I took the elements and played around with them a bit.   Are you surprised?  LOL

They are still all there (I think).  The four squares were downsized and moved apart a bit for their placement and the center panel has a mat.  I tried it plain but it just didn’t pop – a different way to say…blah.

In my imagining, as I designed, I thought of a balloon seller or a child having just let go of the balloon strings and as they drifted up the strings began to go their own way preparing to drift on the winds.  Who knows where they will drift…perhaps over your own house?  Or all the way to China from Oregon?

As for the sentiment.  Let Us Celebrate…(and eat cake) I rather thought it would work for a number of events.  Birthdays of course but also Graduation, New Baby, Anniversary and so on.  After all…what celebration doesn’t do better with cake…right?

Thanks Heidi for setting my mind drifting along with the balloons with your wonderful sketch.

Supplies:

Stamps: Balloon Celebration

Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey Cardstock.  Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration Limited Time)

Punches: Balloon Bouquet, 1″ Square, Corner Rounder

Tools & Adhesives:  Snail, Dimensionals

If you wanted to step this design up or add more texture you could use Baker’s Twine or thread of some kind as the Balloon strings, add a bit of ribbon or twine and maybe a few sequins.  I even considered adding a small word to the top of the largest balloon or possibly a small image of sentiment in a circle backed with a scalloped circle and placed at a junction of the strings.  So many possibilities that I hope you will give this a try with your own CASE of mine or your own version of the sketch challenge.

Did you notice that once again I’m playing with the retiring In Colors.  Yep…can’t get enough of them.  I hope you’ve gotten stocked up on the inks and papers and any accessories you want.  They are going to go fast once everyone realizes they are leaving…you really don’t want to be left out either do you?  Feel free to hit the Shop Now button at the top of the right sidebar and add your In Color (and other) purchase.  And don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration is still going so you can earn wonderful free products with each $50 increment you spend.

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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.

Stay tuned to the challenge site to see who answered the Design Team Call that was issued with last weeks challenge.  I’m looking forward to new playmates in the Challenge Sandbox.

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

 

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