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 – WWC91 – Masculine Anything Goes

WWC91 – Marsha’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Marsha has set us free to do an Anything Goes Challenge.  Well…as long as it has a masculine theme that is.  I truly love the freedom of an Anything Goes challenge whatever the theme.  So many possibilities.  So why didn’t I make a box or some such?  Well…I had this cable stitch folder sitting there and some Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler paper sitting there and some fun memories.  So of course…what came out was a card.

The embossing of the Cable Knit folder reminds me of hand knit sweaters.    A bit like one I knit many years ago for my late husband Steve.  Well…to be truthful it had no cables but it was green anyway.  😀    We shopped for the wool and the pattern while we were in Ashland, Oregon visiting my folks (have you ever taken a husband into a yarn shop ladies?  Interesting).  It was my first attempt at a sweater with reindeer and pine trees knit into the sweater itself and not hand stitched with a needle.  Intarsia they call that style of knitting pictures and shapes into a larger piece.  Very tricky for the newish sweater knitter that I was at the time but such a boost when it actually worked out.   Of course at that time we lived in Southern California so you can guess just how much wear that sweater got (mostly when we visited Oregon again or went cross country skiing).  LOL    Note to self…don’t shop for sweater materials when you are cold and in a state that stays cold a good part of the year… especially when you live elsewhere that’s mostly warm!

Now that the memory has surfaced again I’ll have to see if I can find the sweater and curl up with it during the very cold winter that’s being predicted for my area.

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A Cable Knit Warm Greeting

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Tin of Cards

Inks:  Garden Green

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlit dies, Layering Squares Framelit Dies, Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Brush, Simply Score Tool, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, Fast Fuse and Tombow Liquid Glue.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip The new Dynamic Folders require a different sandwich when you run them through the big folder.  Here’s a PDF from Sizzix with a reminder on how to use this new type of folder:

dynamic-folder-embossing-tips-tricks  – PDF (click to download)

Since I did this card for last Saturday’s Stamp Camp as well as the Challenge luckily I have a PDF of the directions for this as well.

cable-knit-warm-greetings-card-blog-instructions-version  – PDF (click to download)

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’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 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 hope you’ll  join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Hint…next weeks sketch challenge is mine.  All mine.  {grin}

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC90 – Black on White Simplicity

WWC90 – Libby’s Black on White Simply Stamping Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Libby is keeping it truly simple with this fun challenge. Can’t get much simpler than black ink on white paper.  Of course…I just had to add a bit of white on black too with my doodles!

I tried to think how far back black ink on white paper might go but figured it had something to do with the first person to use a charcoal stick from the fire in the rain and thus a form of black ink.   Hm…probably close to cave man days.   Of course…they didn’t exactly have the white paper now did they?

As per my usual I did a Google and found a variety of answers from China to Egypt to use of ink from a cuttle fish.   From the descriptions I’m very thankful that Stampin’ Up has so many black ink options that come in easy to use ink pads.   They make cool stamps to use with the ink too.  {grin}

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Black on White Blessing

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Care to guess what I used for the white on black inking?

Think current…not retired.

I love that the project mirrored pretty closely what I saw in my mind.  I had thought about creating a frame around the main collage image with other stamps from the Paisleys & Posies set but decided in the spirit of the challenge to keep it truly simple.   I also loved that the sentiment and the pumpkin images could be placed together on one block.  Should make producing multiples quick and easy.   I think I’ll be reproducing this card for many of my friends at the Wellness Clinic I’ve been going to.  Although…I may play with single colors besides black just for the fun of it.  After all…Stampin’ Up has so many fun colors to work with don’t you think?  Maybe I should order an extra Chalk Marker?

One of the things I love about very simple cards like this…the emphasis for me is on the handwritten note I place inside.   A nice counterpoint to the stamped images on the front.

Another suggestion if you are planning on multiple copies of the design.  Use the Notecard and Envelope sets Stampin’ Up sells.  You get 20 card and envelope sets in the pack for a very reasonable price (about 31¢ a set here in the States).

Supplies:

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies, Fall Fest (retired)

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, White Chalk Marker (I intended to use my retired white gel pen but after 7 years wouldn’t you know…it only had 4 dots left in it!  Sigh.  I’m so thankful I had the current Chalk Marker on hand.)

Paper: Thick Whisper White

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Simply Score Tool, Bone Folder, Dimensionals

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Can’t get any simpler than this card really.  Unless you stamp directly on the card base.

Tip for getting a more white look from the Chalk Marker.  Go over a couple of times where you’ve made your marks.   And let the ink dry from your stamped image and in between the applications of chalk.

Tip for fixing a bold image that didn’t quite ink in all spots completely.   To get the best bold image you can ink the stamp upside down.  Place the stamp face up and then apply the ink pad.  That way you can see how fully inked the image is.  Then…place the stamp on the paper and let it sit there for just a bit longer than usual.  Allow the ink to sink into the paper.  If there are still a few spots that are less covered than you would like you can use a blender pen and the ink from the ink pad to fill in as needed.  Use light strokes so it melds with the stamped ink.

Cardbase:  Thick Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  Score at 4-1/4″

Focal Layer: Thick Whisper White – 5″ x 3-3/4″

1) Place your pumpkin and sentiment image as a collage on one black then stamp with Memento Black Ink onto the center of the focal layer.    Stamp the small flower from Paisleys & Posies to either side of the sentiment.  If you are truly a perfectionist you can use the Stamp a Ma Jig for perfect placement.  For the rest of us…the old Eyeball Mark 1 works reasonably well.  LOL

2) Using a white gel pen or Chalk Marker doodle images in the black pumpkin sections.  If you want a more “Zentangle” look try using the pumpkin image from Jar of Haunts and one of the Project Life pens.

3) Pop the focal layer up on the card base with dimensionals.  Voila!  You are done!

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Libby’s Black on White theme 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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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC86 – Fall Flowers

WWC86 – Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall Theme Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This Week Gail has given us the perfect start to the first day of Fall.  An ink and paper challenge using Fall colors and themes.   Granted looking out my window I’m not really seeing Fall just yet but in my heart I’ve been there for weeks now what with all the wonderful Fall  themed products in the new 2016 Holiday Catalog.

Mother Nature did contribute to the feel of Fall in the air today as the weather today stayed crisp and clear with temperatures in the 60’s so the mood was perfect.  A perfect day for a long walk in a local park enjoying flowers, trees and other lovely bits of nature.  I hope where ever you are, you are finding the first day of Fall a beautiful one.

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Fall Flower Wreath

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Every Occasion & Basket Wishes

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: 2″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponges, SNAIL

Very simple card with a bit of ink, a bit of heat embossing and sponging.  Your very basic ink and paper card.   Of course if you want to step it up just a bit you could add ribbon along the left side.  Perhaps punching a circular shape in the center and embossing the greeting directly on the card base so it shows through.

Basic directions:

Cardbase: Soft Suede – 4-1/4″ x 11″  – score at 5-1/2″, fold and crease

Vanilla Focal Layer – 4″ x 5-1/4″

On the Vanilla focal piece place a 2″ circle punch piece in the center and then stamp the flower image from Every Occasion around that circle (the circle piece helps you keep the flowers in alignment) using Delightful Dijon ink.  Stamp the greeting from Basket Wishes in the center of the flower wreath using Versamark and then heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

Finally sponge Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze inks in circular motions around the wreath.   Adhere the stamped Vanilla layer to the Soft Suede cardbase.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall theme 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.  All of the cards linked were deserving of the win so a very hard choice.   Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

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

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: October Holiday Round Up!

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Welcome to our October

Holiday Round Up Blog Hop

We’ve gotten to that time of the year when we have holidays and other special days coming up fast.   To reflect that this month we’re doing a no holds barred round up.  Each designer is on their own to add their own touches to that idea.   With our talented designers I know you’ll see something to inspire you to get stamping  as deadlines are fast approaching.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.  Gail never fails to come up with fun and interesting projects that always land on my CASE list!  Can’t wait to go back and see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

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With this hop once again I’m showcasing simple.  I seem to be in that mood lately.  Of course I’m also in a sparkly frame of mind too (so hold on for the glitter) as well as waiting for snow to head my way.   Much as I’m enjoying Fall now that the Summer temps have come and gone I’m always in a hurry for those first flurries.  I know…my Canadian friends (who have extra long winters and deep snow) have long been convinced of my craziness!  LOL

You can’t get much more simple or as snowy as this Wonderland card.   Wonderland is one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog.   This was the card I showcased at last Saturday’s Stamp and Stack and quite a few there also liked how quickly and beautifully this design came together.

Wonderland Silent Night - Jean Fitch October 2015While this particular card went with the Sahara Sand/Mossy Meadow version the Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz versions also with Mossy Meadow touches were just as lovely.   Easy to mail since there are no embellishments and takes about 15 minutes to stamp and put together once you have the basic pieces cut.  The stamp set has quite a few possible images too for the envelope and the inside of the card.

Next week I’ll share the dimensions and an instruction sheet from my Stamp a Stack (have to find where I put it! :D) as well as pictures of the other colors of cards.

Supplies:

Stamps: Wonderland

Ink: Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink.

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Punches: Triple Banner

Other:  SNAIL ,  dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Simply Scored Board.

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Here’s the card I’ve designed for friends who every year invite me to join them for Thanksgiving.  Once again I reached into the Holiday Catalog’s bag of tricks (just had to get a Halloween reference in there since that’s fast approaching) to provide the special touches.

Thanksgiving Wishes & Greetings

Thanksgiving Greetings - Jean Fitch October 2015(As always with the pictures you can click on them to see a larger image.)

This card makes use of the gorgeous new Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack, Black Glimmer Paper and two of my favorite die sets: Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (available bundled with the snow globe set Sparkly Seasons) and Square Pillowbox Thinlit Dies (also bundled with A Little Something stamp set).

I don’t know about you but “grateful” is one of my favorite thoughts, die cut, and moods.   I try so hard to be grateful all year long.  And Thanksgiving gives me yet another season to express it.   Several of the words come from a set you  might expect to use only for Christmas.  I wanted to show you that it has unlimited possibilities.

The general design idea is from a Christmas card shown by Pam Morgan at our Stampin’ Up 2015 Convention.  She also showed a trick for wrapping the words around the dies.  Pretty clever don’t you think?  Place your die cut word on the table and set your other stamps around it rubber side down.  Then just press your block to the stamps.  Every stamping will leave just the right amount of room for your die cut!  Brilliant!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink

Paper:  Tangerine Tango & Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Black Glimmer Paper, Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack

Other: Big Shot,  Magnetic Platform,  Seasonal Frame Thinlits, Square Pillowbox Thinlits,  Gold Cord, Whisper White embossing powder, Heat Tool,   Brights Candy Dots, SNAIL , Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue,

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And last and sparkliest….

All is Bright - Cardinals in the Dazzling Trees - Jean Fitch October 2015

With all the sparkle I just had to use the sentiment that included All is Bright as part of the line right?  And yes…the paper is Whisper White…I just had trouble getting the camera to see it that way and still show the sparkle.

This was also from last Saturday’s event and easy to put together and mail once you have the pieces cut.  Of course…it also requires the most clean up if the glitter gets out of control. LOL

Here’s another shot I tried to give you a better idea of the glitter added to the tree trunks.   Essentially you emboss the trees with the Woodland folder then add two way glue along the trunks and branches then dip in glitter and tap off the excess (is there ever NOT excess when it comes to glitter?).  Easy peasy.   I’d recommend you stamp the cardinals first so you don’t stamp on glitter and leave empty spots on the image.   And if the glitter isn’t enough bling you can also add rhinestones to the sentiment layer.  I left them off so the card would be easier to mail but hey…if you are a girl that needs bling…feel free to add them on your own version. 😀

All is Bright detail picture - Jean Fitch October 2015

Supplies:

Stamps:  Wonderland (sentiment), Festival of Trees (cardinal)

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink, Black StazOn

Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red

Punches: Triple Banner

Other: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder,  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, SNAIL, Two Way Glue Pen, , Glue dots or dimensionals.   Simply Scored Board.

I’ll have directions and dimensions for this one next week as well.  I’ll also show you a slightly different version that stands in a different direction.

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I encourage you to play with these fun new products that I’ve show today.  As you can see they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Annual Catalog.    If you are behind on your Christmas Card making the two Christmas/winter cards shown are fast and easy.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to  Penny’s  blog her wonderfully inspired creations are always ones that fill my CASE file too.

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

WWC36- 3D – Your Choice

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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.

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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

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC35 – Anything Goes

WWC35 – Marsha’s Anything Goes

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Nope…I’m not going to start singing…even though…Anything Goes is indeed one of my favorite show tunes.  Classic Cole Porter.  For those interested you can give a listen here and also see the delightful Mitzi Gaynor in the movie excerpt.  Or you can hear Cole Porter himself and see the lyrics here.

Okay…back to stamping.  LOL

Marsha decided to mix things up a bit and give us an anything goes challenge for this week.  That literally means…anything (well…of a stamping nature) works for your project this week.

Perfect for me since my desk was piled high with leftover bits from various other challenges and projects.  So…anything goes and here it is:

Watercooler Wednesday Presents -WWC35 - Marsha's Anything Goes - Jean Fitch

One of my favorite kinds of cards.  Those bits and pieces of what’s on the table that’s piled up from previous projects always fire up my imagination.  Truly an anything goes card!

I wish you could see the richness of the colors and sparkle that I see in this card in person.  Early Espresso with clear embossing always adds a touch of elegance as well as texture and depth of color. The only thing “new” I did for this card was run the Crumb Cake die cut background through the Woodgrain folder for a bit more texture.

The die cut leaf also reminded me of a tip I was given this summer.

Tip: When the stamps are photopolymer lay them face down on your stamping surface and then apply the block without touching the stamp.  If you apply the stamp by hand to the block, you run the risk of stretching the image a bit and as you can see, it’s difficult to then get an accurate and perfect die cut.  Sigh…I know better now but this was what was on the table that I decided to work with.

Assuming you were making this card from scratch……

Supplies:

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Circle of Spring (for you sentiment).

Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Versamark.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso,  Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Gold Foil.

Punches:  1-3/8″Circle Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle

Other:  Big Shot, Leaflets Framelit dies, Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (Holiday Catalog), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Gold Cording Trim (Holiday Catalog),  Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Anything Goes 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 7 linky posts this last time so there is a winner 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.

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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

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