Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC106 – Heidi’s CAS with Sparkle Challenge!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC106 – Heidi’s Clean & Simple with Sparkle Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

 What girl doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?  I’m not generally a sparkly type gal though I do have a drawer full of rhinestones to craft with and I do love Clean and Simple with such a fun theme.  Once again I looked on my desk and found a variety of scraps and leftover bits and bobs.  Gotta love it when even extra card bases are right there waiting to be used.  Just had to add the embossing folders and viola!  Done!  Good thing too, because the majority of my crafting studio is still packed up as I play round robin in moving three rooms around in my house.

I do wish the sparkle showed up better in the photos. There really is a lot there in the hexagon embossed and shimmer sprayed piece and the dragonfly that I covered with Wink of Stella. Good thing I put some rhinestones on right?  Otherwise I might have been tossed from the sparkle part of the challenge this week. {grin}  I was pleasantly surprised at how much shimmer and shine (and sparkle) the Wink of Stella added to the plain vanilla dragonfly.  If you are wondering why it also added a bit of pink flush to the dragonfly that’s because the one Stella pen I could find had been used for a bit of Wink type coloring.  I didn’t realize there was added color until I had already applied the brush.  A well…those kind of surprises are what add fun and interest to a project at times.  😀

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Dragonfly Inside the Lines

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The two detail shots below are my attempt to show you the sparkle the card really has.

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The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper scrap that was inked with alcohol and reinkers then embossed was a scrap left over from this project (directions shared at the linked post).   It always feels like a bit of a cheat when I don’t use any stamps on a project.  But it’s also fun!   A sort of forbidden pleasure right?

This was my first time using the new Celebrations Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the word Celebrate on it.  I love how deep an impression you get.  Especially if you run it through the Big Shot twice.   Very readable and a fun bit of texture to add to a project.  With the deep debossing you can even use a flat stamp to ink around and over without invading the depth of the impression.  That’s my next plan for this embossing folder.  I thought that would be hard to see with the Bermuda Bay background this time around.  Though if I’d been able to find my heat tool I could have heat embossed metallic circles around and over the celebrate word.

Supplies:

Stamps:  None!

Inks:  Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum, Wink of Stella Clear Pen.

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon & Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Hexagon Dynamic Folder, Celebrations Textured Impressions Embossing Folders,  Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Fast Fuse.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Heidi’s CAS with Sparkle 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.  Can’t get an easier than a Clean and Simple Challenge with a bit of bling.   Easy Peasy.

What with it being Valentine’s this week I hope you’ll put a little crafting love in your life this week.  I certainly love you all for stopping in to read and enjoy the challenge posts.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC103 – A Little Pop…A Little Wiggle

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC103 – Gail’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

 Straightlaced this card isn’t.  LOL    I decided to take my masculine anything goes card to a little sexy, flirty place.  The usual guy colors for the basic layers and cardbase but with a pop of color and a little wiggle from the gal in the hat.   A bit of Mae West if you will.  And yes…it helps if you imagine her voice saying the Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  With a little bit of “come up and see me sometime” implied.  {grin}

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A Little Pop and a Little Wiggle

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Yep…I’m still addicted to the notecards from Stampin’ Up.  Love that the matching envelope is included with the card and that you get a pack of 20 for $6.00 (US pricing).  Not sure I know 20 guys to send flirty birthday cards to but I’m pretty sure I can come up with other themes for the rest of them.

One other thing that makes notecards special…you can use standard first class postage to mail them.  I sure hope you got your Forever  stamps before the price went up last Sunday.   I had fun picking out packs of 20 in various designs last Saturday so I should be set for awhile.  Did you know there are 37 designs for my favorite forever stamps.   Turns out there are International First Class Forever stamps too.  Who knew?  Now that I do, my Canadian buddies will start seeing cards from yours truly.  In the past I could never figure out what the rate was and getting to a post office wasn’t possible.  Now…easy peasy.  Thanks Post Office!

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Beautiful You

Ink:  Crumb Cake,  Basic Black Archival or Momento Tuxedo Black , Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo)*

* Sad note.  SU has run low on the new watercolor pencils and will be turning off the order number for a considerable time until they can get more stock made ( yes…they were that popular and that wonderful)…so…if you want in on the last shipment, get your order in before the 28th.

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Crumb Cake Notecard/Envelope Pack.

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (Occasions Catalog), Aqua Painter or Blender Pens,  Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips,  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bone Folder,  Fast Fuse and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

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Measurements:

Basic Black Mat: 3″ x 5″

Very Vanilla Focal: 2-3/4″ x 5″

Vanilla Satin Ribbon: 14-15″

Beautiful You Notecard Directions:

1) On the Vanilla mat piece. Stamp the woman with a hat image from Beautiful You.  Apply the watercolor pencil to the dark lines and a lighter bit on the interior and then use the aquapainter or blender pen to wet and blend the watercolor pencil lines.  Alternatively you can apply the blender pen to the pencil tip and then color directly on the paper without applying pencil directly to the paper.   Stamp the sentiment in black below the woman image and then stamp the squiggle image over top in Crumb Cake. Adhere the piece to the Basic Black mat and adhere the joined piece to the front of the Crumb Cake cardbase. Apply the joined piece closer to the right hand side than to the spine.

2) Decorate/stamp the inside of card as you wish (envelope too).   Tie the ribbon along the spine of the card.

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

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for 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.  With an Anything Goes set up this week the sky’s the limit.  As long as you have a guy theme.

Put a little creativity and color in your life this week.  I  love you all for stopping in to read and enjoy the challenge posts.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC102 – Love in Red on White CAS Challenge!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC102 – Libby’s Clean & Simple Challenge

Theme: Love in Red on White

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

 Gotta love simple.  Clean and simple that is. Lots of relaxing white space.  And with the theme Libby gave us.  Love in Red on White…you can’t get more simple.  Only one other color besides that clean and relaxing white.  Easy right?  Red is the traditional color of love right?     Of course…that left my brain with way too many other options.  How to express love.  What kind of love?  What stamps to use – yep…I forgot to order the newest Occasions bundle that expresses love so well so I was a tiny bit up a creek…or so I thought.   That led me to a search of all the stamps on my shelves…which of course led me to a bit of reorganization and so on.   So Libby my dear friend…not quite so simple after all.  Though my room is much cleaner now.  LOL

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A Friend Loves at All Times

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I’m blessed with many, many friends.  Ones I love dearly.   So the sentiment from the retired set Banner Blessings  jumped out at me immediately.   A friend loves at all times.  They truly do (if they are truly a friend).   Even if they are a hedgehog and thus a bit prickly at times they still love you…even if you are the hedgehog.  {grin}

Normally in a Clean & Simple Challenge I don’t add much in the way of layers but I decided to take Libby literally when she said red on white.  So…I slapped some red paper on the white paper as well as red ink onto the white paper.  And to top it off…a bit of red ribbon.  I’m thinking love knot thus the knot instead of a bow.  I know…way to many layers of meaning in what is supposed to be a very simple card.   Just to be on the safe side don’t get me started on the meaning of variously sized and quantity of hearts in the punch work.  And please…no comments on the seeming inequity of the left hand hedgie having a tad more heart in proximity than the right hand hedgie.   Yep…way too much overthinking happening here.

The sentiment on the inside of the card is a compilation of the heart from Every Occasion and texts from Love You Lots.  Don’t you love the way clear mount stamps allow you to make a collage on a block for quick repeat stamping?   Made making several copies of this card quick and easy to send to several special friends.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Love You Lots (annual catalog hostess set), Every Occasion (annual catalog), Banner Blessings (retired)

Inks:  Real Red

Paper: Real Red & Whisper White Cardstock.

Punches: Confetti Hearts Border Punch

Tools & Adhesives: 1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon,   Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 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 Libby’s CAS 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 2 colors (1 if you don’t count the white) and an easy theme to work with. Easy Peasy.

Put a little love in your life this week.  I certainly love you all for stopping in to read and enjoy the challenge posts.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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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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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC97 – A Sketch Challenge Washi Tape & Wreath Card

WWC97 – Penny’s Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Many thanks Miss Penny for a sketch challenge that allowed me to continue my Warmth and Cheer Washi Tape and paper addiction!

I just can’t seem to stop using those lovely products.  Didn’t hurt either that the Stampin’ Up End of Year Close Out Sale is featuring those and other wonderful products I used on the card too.  Lots of stocking up opportunities before it’s all gone!

With several inches of snow predicted this week (somewhere between 3-6 inches in my little mountain valley) I just had to use a white background and then warm it up with holiday colors.   As usual I couldn’t resist flipping the sketch and adding a few different elements.  After all…just because there is a layer required doesn’t mean you can’t layer that layer with lots and lots of a favorite washi tape right?  And can you guess the trick I pulled so I’d have a full clean and white wreath center to play with?   Oh…and did you notice my word for this year is JOY?  That seems to be showing up everywhere as I design my projects, though I’m having to get a tad creative for single versions since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have quite as many versions of that word that a yearlong use may require. Hint…hint…if you’re reading this SU.

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Washi Tape and Wreath Card

Otherwise known as a further sign of my addiction!

(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC97 - Penny's Sketch Challenge - Washi Tape & Wreath Card, an original creation by Jean Fitch. Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper Stack. See the post for additional supply list and directions.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC97 - Washi Tape and Wreath card interior - Jean Fitch

Inside view

I’ll let you in on a little secret.   The Designer Series Paper piece is covering up lots and lots of ink!   What started out as the front of the card ended up with some green smudgy thumb prints by mistake that ruined the nice Clean and Simple look I had going on.   Luckily creativity and some gorgeous paper came to the rescue.  I flipped the card so that I had a clean front to redo and a challenge to clean up on the interior.  As it happened I love what that led too.  A lovely plaid flannel look that provided the perfect background for a bit of golden joy and a nice offset for the pine bough and sentiment just below it.  I was so taken with how this design turned out that it just made my line up for the additional Christmas cards I still need to send out.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, Labeler Alphabet, Christmas Pines (inside)

Inks:  Garden Green

Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Gold Foil

Tools & Adhesives: Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Holiday Catalog),  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fast Fuse, Bone Folder

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip:  To keep the area inside the wreath clean and white for decorating or leaving plain take your inside of the wreath framelit and line it up with the inside of the wreath on top of your washi tape cardstock layer and run through the Big Shot again.  Without that step you end up with a bit of a messy looking partial bit of washi tape peeking through the center of the wreath.

Cardbase:  Basic cardbase of Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ then folded and creased with a bone folder.

Washi Tape Covered Layer:  2″ x 4-1/2″ Thick Whisper White – Cover with alternating rows of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer collection that’s currently on sale (Yay! I 💘 saving money.).

1) Using the Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies cut a wreath and bow using your desired designer paper from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack.  (Love that this is also currently on sale!)

2) Fit the inside ring die from the wreath back onto the wreath and place over the washi tape panel where you want the wreath to sit then run through the Big Shot.  You may want to use a bit of washi tape to hole it all in place even if you use the magnetic platform so it doesn’t move on you while transferring to the cutting platform.

3) Wrap the Garden Green Baker’s Twine twice around the washi tape panel and tie a bow to one side.  Using Garden Green ink stamp the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set on the card front once you have the placement of the washi tape layer estimated.  You might want to use some pencil tick marks to show the placement of the layer.

4) Adhere the washi tape panel above the stamped sentiment with Fast Fuse (or other adhesive).  Attach the Wreath with dimensionals making sure to line up the die cut area on the panel with the die cut line on the wreath.  Attach die cut bow with a glue dot.  If you want you can embellish the bow with a small punched or die cut glimmer paper star or rhinestones.

5) Carefully line up the J, O, Y from the Labeler Alphabet on a very small block and then carefully stamp on the white area inside of the wreath using Garden Green ink.  If you don’t trust your stamping you can stamp on a scrap and then cut out and glue down the individual letters.  Also…if you make a boo boo when inking directly you can place a white circle of clean paper and try again or go with the cut outs.

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from Christmas Pines as well as the pine bough image.  I also cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the Warmth & Cheer DSP  to cover my inking boo boos then added a die cut of the word JOY from the same die set that was cut from gold foil paper.  I applied the Joy die cut with rolled up glue dots.  I removed the glue dots with a finger nail and then rolled the dots up into  narrow enough pieces to place behind several sections of the die cut.  You could also use the Fine Tip Glue Pen or Tombow Liquid Glue placed in small dots.

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

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all 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

 

 

 

 

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