Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC36 – Fashion Forward Witch’s Hat

WWC36- 3D – Your Choice

3D challenge 5th week special

Welcome to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.   This time around, since there is an extra Wednesday in September, we’re throwing it open for any 3D project of your choice.

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This is my take on a fashion forward witch or pilgrim hat. Of course a pilgrim wouldn’t have gone for all that bling so likely would have been kicked out of the pilgrim clan…or possibly burned as a witch (those Puritan Pilgrims were a really cranky lot). So really…it all moves in a circle from pilgrim to witch if she dared to be fashion forward.

WWC 36 -Fashion Forwad Witch Hat - Jean FitchFront of Wedge View

WWC36 - Fashion Forward - Witch Hat side view - Jean FitchSide of Wedge view

This is a really fun triangle box (I think of it as a wedge box myself) that you can fill with the treats of your choice.  Bigger than you might think too.  It tapers from a height of 2″ at the top of the hat down  to the thinnest of wedge at the bottom.  I think of this version as a wedge witch hat.   Last Easter I created a chicken from a similar design and come Christmas will be making a Santa “wedge” as well.   I can see I’ll have to make a seasonal collection to show some time in the future.

A warning about this box…once you get the hang of it and have all your materials laid out they go together quite quickly (about 15 minutes) and are highly addicting. 😀

Supplies & Measurements:

4 ½” x 11” Basic Black Cardstock
1” x 5-1/4” Basic Black cardstock
3/4” x 4” Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
¾” x 3/4” Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ Gold Glimmer Paper
10” Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog) &  8″ Gold Sequin Trim
Crop-a-Dile
Scissors
SNAIL Adhesive

Stamps:  No stamping!  Gasp!

To see the basics of how this was made check out Julie Davison’s post  here.  Julie shared this idea with video and a PDF tutorial a couple of years ago and I’ve had it on my CASE (copy and share everything) list since then.  Finally made it!

Something I did a tad differently was to cut my DSP band to 3/4″ x 4″ and I cut my “buckle” as a 1-1/4″ square since I wanted to stick with all current product.  Besides…the square just seemed a tad more high fashion for my fashion forward version. {grin}   The inside Go Wild paper square is a 3/4″ square.

Lovely thing about this box…no real adhesive needed except to adhere the paper strips and buckle.  The sides themselves…no glue!   Once you have your hat (wedge) completed just use a crop-a-dile at the top sides and thread through some ribbon or cording to hold the box together.  Makes it easy to get the treats out without destroying the box.

Go ahead and make some for the pilgrims, wizards or witches in your life.   Of course you can also make one for anyone with a sweet tooth!   And…believe it or not…you can even cram a thin silk scarf into the box.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams 3D 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 and have the option to place our new winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

We had 11 linky posts this last time so there is a winner and a runner up for the last challenge.   Check out our winner here.  And check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by all the challenge participants. Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I don’t know about you but I’m jazzed about the increasing number of participants in our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  You guys are really upping the quality too.  Thanks for playing along.   And I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

August Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Showcasing Sprinkles of Life and a CASE

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Welcome to the Wacky Watercooler

August Blog Hop.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  the wonderful and always inventive Miss Gail.    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.

Do You love sprinkles, life and stamping?

I do!

Then what better kind of hop than one that features a stamp set that covers all three things!

Sprinkles of Life catalog image

Whether it’s sprinkles of raindrops, sprinkles on a cupcake or a sprinkle of flowers…I love sprinkles.  And life for me includes the joy of stamping.   So of course when Stampin’ Up introduced a new Ronald McDonald set called Sprinkles of Life…and added a matching punch…I fell fast and hard in love with both the stamps and the punch!

I love too that Ronald McDonald House Charities also scores with a $3 donation for each set sold (hint, hint…buy it now!).  If you haven’t heard of RMHC it’s a wonderful endeavor that offers housing and help to families who have children in hospitals in various cities throughout North America.  Some houses even have Stampin’ Up demonstrators who take on various projects in the house including providing cards and stamping events to help lessen the stress.

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My first Sprinkles of Life original creation….

 Trees in a Box

Trees in a Box - August 2015 Watercolor Hop - Jean Fitch - Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch

This fancy fold is referred to as a Card in a Box.  There are any number of tutorials available though our own Watercooler alum Heidi Weaver has one here.   I’ve adjusted it just a wee bit (making it 5″ tall so I can have some extensions above the back of the box and scoring at 2-3/4″ instead of 3″).

If you are wondering how you mail this…here is the secret of this very cool type of fold.   It folds flat to mail and then pops back out to its 3D loveliness.   Warning…because of the extra thickness you will need to add extra postage.   Oh…and there is an area on the back of the tall back piece where you can leave your message and any watermarking you want to add.

Sprinkles Card in a Box - fold flat - August 2015 WWC hop - Jean Fitch

Here are a few other angles to give you the whole picture:

(click on the pictures to see a larger view)

Sprinkles Card in a Box side - Wacky Watercooler August 2015 Sprinkles of Life hop - Jean Fitch

Sprinkles in a box - detail - Wacky Watercooler August 2015 Sprinkles of Life hop

Note to self…do not work with Red and Green together in future…or else get a proper light box before Christmas!   Turns out those two colors in combination are among the hardest to get an accurate picture of and the background colors for the camera work play a major role as well.   For instance…in the above picture the text is stamped in Real Red…but it looks pink (as in Melon Mambo)!  And the greens are also much darker than they look in the picture.  More Garden Green…less the look of Pear Pizzazz.   The birds actually are pink cardstock but with Real Red ink to provide the outline.

Supplies:

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Punches: Tree Builder, Scallop Oval

Other: Big Shot, Simply Score, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Dimensionals, glue dots.

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My second Sprinkles of Life original creation….

Flipping for Sprinkles Card

Flipping for Sprinkles - August 2015 Wacky Watercooler Hop - Sprinkles of Life - Jean Fitch

Flipping for Sprinkles - inside - August 2015 Wacky Watercooler Hop - Sprinkles of Life - Jean Fitch

This is my version of Clean and Simple…sort of.  Not much in the way of layers…and pretty much just ink and paper.

A tad hard to tell (though if you click the picture you’ll get a better view) but the hello from the Greetings Thinlits is doubled with two colors.  The outline at the back is Soft Suede and the top layer is Early Espresso.  Can you tell my hankering for chocolate came out in this card.  All that’s missing is a caramel filling. 😀   And once again… it’s hard to tell that the flowers & text are Real Red.   And the greens are also darker.

Supplies:

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Trust God

Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi

Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Punches: 2″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle

Other: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Greetings Thinlits, SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Glue dots.

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And lastly… we are also CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) the new Annual Catalog yet again… a popular feature of our hops.

The Stampin’ Up 2015 catalog image for my CASE is this one:

2015 Annual Catalog page 18 - Watercolor Thank You

2015 Annual Catalog page 18   –   Watercolor Thank You

And here’s my altered version:

(click to view a close up)

Watercolor Thank You CASE the catalog - 2015 August Wacky Watercooler Hop - Jean Fitch

The concept and layout is still basically the same but the colors, textures and an extra layer are all mine. 😀 I moved from the originals Crumb Cake to Tip Top Taupe.  And from flowers to hexagons for my background.   I love working with the new In Colors and of course black and silver are the perfect accompaniments to the subtle colors in the collection.

Supplies:

Stamps: Watercolor Thank You

Ink Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron Cardstock.  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack

Punch: Banner Triple

Other: Big Shot, Circle Collection Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder,  Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine, SNAIL, Dimensionals.

**Thanks Stampin’ Up for creating such wonderful catalog samples and super tools to CASE with!**

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And thank you for coming along for the hop ride.  That’s it for my stop on the hop.  Time to move on over to Miss Jaylin’s, she’s a young demo wanna be with a creative outlook and sweet projects she puts together from her demo grandmother’s stash of materials.

Thanks for Hopping with the Watercooler Gang!

Jean Fitch in pink

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WCC30 – A Cup of Cheer in 3D

  WCC30 Susan’s 3D Challenge

Welcome to a new Challenge.

This time around we are doing 3D!

 

WCC - Susan's 3D Project

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

Here’s my simple 3D treat holder:

WCC30 - Susan's 3D Challenge - Jean Fitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Click on the images to see a larger view

 

WCC30 - A Cup of Cheer interior

WCC30 - Cup of Cheer - inside box

Supplies:

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

Ink:  Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Pool Party, Paper Pumpkin Kit papers and stickers

Punches: Large Oval

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

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

Thanks a Latte Treat Packet

 

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Please join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

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

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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

June Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Celebrating the New Annual Catalog

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Welcome to the blog hop.

Welcome to the new catalog!

Hopefully you’ve arrived from Stefanie’s wonderful Crafty Medic blog.  Stef is indeed one crafty medic.  She’s also one of our Canadian contributors.  Her blog is definitely one I turn to when I need to jump start my mojo.  She has some wonderful videos too!  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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When there is a special event we dress up right?  So today’s celebration of the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog seemed the appropriate time to dress up with a vest and bow tie.  After all…Father’s Day is just around the corner too.   Thankfully these bow ties are made from paper with a punch.  If you’ve ever seen me try to tie a real bow tie you’ll understand my relief.  😀

Take Out Box Vest

Vest Take Out Box Top view - Wacky Watercooler June New Catalog Hop - Jean Fitch

Hard to tell it’s a box from the top isn’t it?  Here’s a side view:

Vest Take Out Box - side view - Wacky Watercooler June New Catalog Blog Hop - Jean Fitch

And here are all the pieces.  I left the inside sentiment blank so I can customize it when I’m ready to use it.

Vest Take Out Box in pieces - Wacky Watercooler June New Catalog Blog Hop - Jean Fitch

tip:  To make your own template:  First put the box together and then flip the box upside down with the top flaps folded out and draw around them on a piece of copy paper.  Then cut out, place on top of your designer paper, trace and cut   The perfect tool to use to fit your paper to the box. Easy peasy.

I’ll save the template pieces for future box decorations.  Did you spot the new product?  My favorite new paper stack…Pretty Petals.  Trust me…you’ll be buying lots of this stack!   And the Just Because sentiment is from the new stamp set Tin of Cards (this is one set you will find yourself using for just about everything!).  The tag ends used the new Triple Banner Punch.  The Note Tag and Bow Builder Punches are carryovers from the previous seasonal catalogs but new to the Annual Catalog.

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Card Vest

Vest Card Case - Wacky Watercooler New Catalog June Hop - Jean Fitch

Here’s all the pieces:

Vest Card in Pieces - Wacky Watercooler New Catalog June Hop - Jean Fitch

This card doesn’t unfold (unlike the take out box version).  The inner card just slips out and you can write on the front or the back.  You can also glue down or add a pocket for a gift card.

Can you spot the new products?  Greetings Thinlit die (yep…a favorite already), Go Wild paper Stack and the sorta new punches I noted above.  I love that the bow tie was created from the flip side of the vest paper.  Way to go Stampin’ Up on coordination yet again.

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Both versions of the vest have a pull out card where you can stamp or write your heartfelt sentiments.  And the Take Out Box also opens (without destroying the card) to hold a lovely treat for the man in your life (though of course some of us women also like vests, ties and treats too!).

Supplies:

Stamps: Tin of Cards

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede

Paper: Kraft 12×12, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Pretty Petals Stack, Go Wild Stack, copy paper for template for box

Punches: Note Tag, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star), Bow Builder, Envelope Punch Board

Other: Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Silver Basic Metal Buttons, Take Out Boxes, Stampin’ Trimmer, Craft Knife, SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue.  Glue dots

Hopefully it’s clear which supplies apply to which version.  The box uses the blue theme from a Pretty Petals page and the card uses the neutrals from the Go Wild stack along with coordinating cardstock papers.  As I mentioned before I was jazzed that the flip side of the vest was perfect for the bow tie.  Meant I used up most of one 6×6 page for the entire card.   I don’t know about you…but I’m loving the new 6″x6″ paper stacks.  So many projects only need one page where before they needed close to two!   Perfect for some of the punch board projects too that start with that size!

The take out box version was inspired by our Demonstrator only, Stampin’ Success Magazine from May/June.   Took a bit of figuring how those wonderful Stampin’ Up Artists put it all together but it didn’t take long.  Of course other crafty demos quickly figured out how to turn this into a fun card as well.  I CASE’d my version (with a tweak or two)  from Sharon Armstrong, a sister demo.

Since I created these projects for a recent event as well as the hop I thought I’d simplify things for you by sharing the directions from the event as well as a link to a video that explained how the card version was created using the Envelope Punch Board.

Directions from Stamp Camp for both Vest projects: Sweater Vest Card or Box Directions by Jean Fitch

Video and post by Sharon: http://txstampinsharon.blogspot.com/2015/05/ics-blog-hop-celebrate-dad.html

That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to Miss Buffy’s wonderful post sharing her always creative outlook and gorgeous projects fashioned from new and old products from the new catalog.

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Honey Bunny and a bunch of paper bunny friends.

Earth Day April 22

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Time for the planet to celebrate right?  So grab your tie dye and granny glasses or just a trash bag and head for the beach, the mountains or just your park down the road and give Mother Nature a hand in whatever way you can.   There are lots of links online to what’s happening in your own communities.   Using Google just enter Earth Day in (insert town and state) to find ways to help and ways to party.

Since bunnies are a creature of the earth I thought is was more than time to share a few more bunny box pictures and my own tip sheet.

Today is also my own honey bunnies birthday (would be his 60th if he wasn’t already in Heaven).  Do they celebrate birthdays in Heaven?  I’ve always wondered.

If you haven’t seen the other bunny boxes I’ve made and posted here is a refresher:

Jean's WCC21 - Bunny Box CASE  of Linda Parkerclick here to see the post

James Bunny Bond - Bunny Box - CASE of Linda Parker - Jean Fitch - watermarkclick here to see the post

 I just noticed that James must have been on a dangerous assignment (getting between me and the chocolate kisses possibly?) recently…one of his toe pads has gone walkabout.  Sigh…even a tuxedo is no guarantee of safety these days. 😀

I do have a close up of his sign so you can see the pretty All is Calm paper.  The lettering was done with the Rotary Alphabet stamp (it’s bigger than the sign for sure).  I cut a rectangle and rounded the corners then added the “stake”.  Pretty paper on the front and reinforced on the back with a strip of Basic Black cardstock.

Bunny Bond sign - watermark

Bunny Bond back of sign - watermark(Yeah…the placement could have been a bit better. :D)

Stay tuned for a bride for the tuxedo bunny…sans sign of course. I’m still trying to decide on the dress.  Isn’t that just like a bunny bride…slow to decide instead of hopping to it?

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Here are a couple more fun bunnies.  At Easter time I made some for the neighbors and of course they said Happy Easter.  Now that Easter is past I’ve swapped out for Hello Spring!  Assuming Spring is planning on visiting for more than a day or two here and there.  No pressure Spring…I just want to say Hello.

Cabana Boy and Pink Chick bunny boxes

Cabana Boy and Pink Chick take 2

Does it look to you as if Cabana Boy stole a kiss (chocolate of course) from Pretty in Pink Chick?

The supplies and directions links from the earlier posts have the basics.  These two were done in Pretty in Pink (retired color) and Coastal Cabana (about to retire In Color).  I used the Sale-a-Bration Coastal Cabana ribbon and button and the flower centers for Cabana boy are Bermuda Bay.  Doesn’t it just seem as if those two names and colors are meant to be together?

Here’s a tip and tricks sheet with various links and more in the way of directions:

Bunny Boxes – A Linda Parker CASE with info & tips sheet

And here’s Linda Parker’s Video that gave me the idea for the CASE (copy and share everything):

That’s it for the bunnies.  Can’t wait to see what you create for yourself (I’d love a link to your creation).  I just know there are other famous bunnies waiting to come to life as a bunny box.

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As a reminder:

Retiring header with 50 percent off marking

Not only are the retiring products going fast Stampin’ Up has also added new items to the Clearance Rack.  Most from the 2014 Holiday Catalog.

Take a peek and don’t forget to use the hostess code: EAE3TYVU

To start your shopping click here.

Cool way to recycle right?   From the warehouse to your craft room and then using it all up to spread joy to others!

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 Since the Watercooler Challenge gang just had a Watercolor (and silhouette) challenge last Sunday I thought it appropriate to close with a fun watercolor Earth Day image.

Earth Day watercolors

Hope your Earth day was a happy one.

Hugs and Blessings,

Jean Fitch in pink

Watercooler Challenge – WCC22 – Adventures in Silhouette

 Adventures in Silhouette

For this challenge Heidi  has provided us with a wonderful combination challenge to play with and create projects.

Challenge: Create with watercolors and a silhouette

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

I once knew a lady who using a pair of small sharp and pointed scissors (her “snippity snips”), could cut the most amazing silhouettes of people, animals, plants and even complicated lace patterns.  Not being quite that talented with scissors (my paper snips from Stampin’ Up), I resorted to Stampin’ Up punches and dies.

Here’s my entry…no bunnies today but it is another 3D.  Have I mentioned lately that I’m hooked on 3D and punch and die related projects?   With Father’s Day on the horizon (okay…this basket would work for Mom too) I wanted something in what I considered guy colors.   I know…all our colors work for anyone (though good luck with Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride for any guy who knows the names of our colors…or just has an aversion to pink) but you have to admit some can be a challenge (hm…maybe I should have given some thought to adding to my Father’s Day challenge coming up just to make it tough on all concerned) more than others.   My late husband was a fan of tans, blues and browns (a big fan of birds and other natural wonders too) so keeping all of that in mind here’s what I came up with.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Front view basket - created by Jean Fitch

and a corner view so you can see the handle and a bit more of the lining.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Side Basket view - Jean Fitch

I’m still deciding what to put inside this fun basket.  Maybe little 3″ x3″ why I love you cards or coupons for chores or dinners out or whatever your heart desires.  Of course…Hershey’s kisses and other treats are always a great pleaser as well.   And if your imagination fails you…Dad can always use another tie wrapped up and placed inside this much more imaginative basket!

 Supplies:

Stamps:  None so far

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon (does water count as an ink?)

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Basic Black Cardstock, Festive Designer Kraft Paper (Clearance Rack), Watercolor Paper

Punches: Bird Builder, What’s Up, Owl Builder (circle for the birdhouse door)

Other:  Big Shot, Circles Framelit Collection, Flower Frenzy die (leaf bough), Two Way glue pen, Sticky Strip, SNAIL

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Not too bad for my first Berry Basket attempt.  Of course I had a bit of help.  My friend Patti Leeke created this gorgeous basket that was my starting point along with Heidi’s wonderful (and brain teasing challenge). Patti's Bird Punch Basket  I saw that and knew I had to incorporate the bird and bird house into my design. I learned a few things along the way.  One…I love this Berry Basket die!  And I bet you will too.   Here’s another fun project by my friend Deb that will give you a few more ideas on using with a card.  Deb posted it on our last Challenge in the linky doodad.  Nice when you can do cards and other things with a die than just it’s intended use.

Other tips from my friend Patti Leeke who has done quite a few of these.  1) Always line your basket with a fun paper.  That’s Patti’s firm and fast rule.  2) Put your cardstock basket together first (except for the rim and handle) and then add the liner -matching up the holes at bottom of basket and adding glue in between the holes as well as other areas (Patti’s favorite glue for this is the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue in the green capped bottle).  Once that’s done then add the scalloped or straight rim by placing the completed rim on the table and then squeezing the basket sides and move the rim up into position.  3) If you have a slightly imperfect side…hide it with a doily!  Boy do I wish I’d remembered that rule!

My tip…don’t stress about how it all goes together.  These baskets are going to be stinking cute no matter how it goes together.   I’m looking forward to making one with copper flashing.   Then I can put it on my desk to hold various doodads.   That’s the genius of a Bigz die.  It can cut 5o materials – see the list here:

Big Shot Materials List for use with Bigz and Originals dies

Here’s a quick look at the liner – do you remember that paper from the 2014 Holiday Catalog?  It’s now on the Clearance Rack at a killer price.   Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - inside basket And a close up of the flowers I used to cover up the handle attachment:

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - heat and flower accent - Jean Fitch

Can you guess where I found the tiny heart?  It’s from a fairly new photopolymer monthly stamp set that doesn’t appear in the catalog – Lovely Amazing You.

In case you are still wondering about the basics of the Berry Basket die from the Occasions Catalog here’s a video from Stampin’ Up showing their tips:

I hope you’ll join the Watercooler challenge and show us your own watercolor and silhouette project and link up to us.  Don’t forget to check the Watercooler Challenge Blog post here to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings!

Jean Fitch in pink

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