Wacky Watercooler July 2016 Blog Hop: Our Third Anniversary Celebration!

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Welcome to our July Third Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the third anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop series.  After three years together I can’t help feeling I should be making Anniversary cards for each of my hopping buddies.  I love my fellow artists and you dear readers as well, for sticking with us, and visiting today!

Who are the Wacky Watercooler Artists?   Most of us are Stampin’ Up demonstrators (or were when we started the hops) who hang out in a back corner of our company chat site and do precisely that…chat.  We’ve shared our ups and downs.  Funny and sad lives and stories for so long that even though most of us only know each other from online or the occasional meet up at conventions or on the phone you’d believe we’ve been neighbors for years!   It’s amazing how close we’ve gotten and how the friendships have grown.  Bless you Internet and Bless you Stampin’ Up!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we started the hops.  At the beginning I was the captain and I was honored to lead such a wonderful gang of friends and rubber stamping artists.   Behind the scenes was so much fun (and occasionally challenging) coming to consensus for designs and hop policies as we got started.   We’re all strong minded but with loving spirits so the best of the best always came out in the end.   If you’ve been following us for all that time you know that Heidi is now at the wheel of the bus and is also our able and beloved captain and there have been a few other changes in the line up over the years.   I’m jazzed that so many who were in at the start are still regular contributors and even more that Heidi was able to bring the entire gang from the first hop back together to join the celebration along with newer members of the band to share some inspiration.  If you are as nostalgic as I am you can see the very first hop here.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.   In fact…we’re hoping to lead you there with many of our CASE projects this time around from the original hop.  Enjoy!

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is another dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.   I seem to be bracketed by my sisters from the north this hop. {grin}   I hope you found her as inspiring as I always do.  While not an original hopper Gail has jumped in with a heart and soul that keeps the Watercooler itself (and our hop) hopping with her original take on life and stamping.


Today’s hop, as part of our celebration has us featuring older stamp sets that are still current on our stamping shelves – a mean feat for some sets to last that long don’t you think?  Two in particular.  Gorgeous Grunge and Wetlands you’ll see as you follow along through the hop.  Of course we may throw in other sets as well to keep it interesting (or ones we hope will still be around in another 3 years).  At least I did.  LOL

Here’s my first celebratory offering.   Appropriate don’t you think that it’s mixed with a set called Picture Perfect.   Beaches and wetlands so often are don’t you think?  A perfect picture?  And also gorgeously grungy?  Sorry…I couldn’t resist saying that. 😀

The secret ingredient is gold.  Check the directions I’ve shared in PDF form and you’ll see touches of gold everywhere that add to the texture.

Picture Perfect Starfish

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 Picture Perfect Starfish on the Beach - Jean Fitch - Wacky Watercooler Hop 07/21/16


Picture Perfect at the Beach - Jean Fitch - inside - Wacky Watercooler Hop 07/21/16 - Jean Fitch

A version closer to Penny’s with a wonderful and inspiring sentiment from Rose Wonder.

Picture Perfect Star Fish - Rose Wonder - Jean Fitch

And a detail of the gold embossing that gives the starfish so much life and texture.

Starfish Detail - Jean Fitch

Note:  This lovely design is a CASE of fellow artist Penny Hanuszak who shared the original version on a Watercooler Wednesday Challenge posting a few weeks ago.  Thanks Penny!  I added a sun and different sentiments to change it up just a bit.  Check the post for Penny’s directions or my own PDF below.

Do you have Gorgeous Grunge yet in your stamping arsenal?  It took me a while to add it to mine but now it’s there that speckle image is one I reach for time after time.  Here I’ve also gotten the lined image baptized with ink.  Another popular image for creating roadways and waves in their respective places.

Do you remember that saying that “today is the first day of the rest of my life”.  It was popular as a philosophy and even in song back in the day.   Probably why I fell in love with the Suite Sayings “Forever begins today” sentiment.  Possibly it’s just me but I find it applies to so many occasions.  I’ve left a sentiment off the inside of this so I can decide later on the occasion Forever will be paired with.


Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic, Picture Perfect, Wetlands, Suite Sayings.

Ink: , Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark

Paper:  Soft Suede (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Island Indigo (4″ x 5-1/4″), Crumb Cake (3-1/2” x 3-1/2”) for the Starfish, Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″, 4″ x 5-1/4″)

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin’ Sponges, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

Picture Perfect Star Fish-Jean Fitch – PDF directions and dimensions

Tool Tip:  Do you remember this old trick for keeping your sponges organized?  A punch piece folded and stapled to the bit of sponge with the paper and title that reflects the ink color.   I’ve added to it with a plastic cup to keep the sponges in while working with them so I don’t get ink all over the table (or where I don’t want accidents to happen on projects in progress).

Sponges for coloring


Next up is a fun popup Spring Fold card using our stamp and punch combo Grateful Bunch.  I also used the brand new copper embossing powder.  I wish you could see this in person.  Much more coppery!

Pop up Grateful Bunch Spring Card

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - WW Hop 072116 - Jean Fitch

View from the back

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - back - Jean Fitch

Collage that shows you the full front, side and folded flat

Grateful Bunch Spring Card Collage Image - Jean FitchAs you can see from the pictures the card folds flat for mailing.  The flat size is a 4-1/4″ square so it’s perfect for our regular envelopes.   This version made use of our new Peekaboo Peach In Color.  Another color combo that has a bit more zing a bit less vintage look uses Watermelon Wonder.   My sideline Linda made off with that version before I could take a picture so I’ll have to share that version at a later date.  Smart woman.  The stampers at the Stamp Camp where I debuted this all loved the Watermelon Version and grabbed for those papers.  Myself…I rather like the vintage look of the peach.  A bit Victorian don’t you think?


Stamps: Grateful Bunch, Rose Wonder

Ink: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Versamark, Peekaboo Peach

Paper: Mint Macaron (4-1/4” x 8-1/2”), Soft Saffron (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Peekaboo Peach (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Whisper White (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”). Measurements apply only to the colors you choose to use. White and Background color scraps.

Punch: Blossom Bunch

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Metallic Thread, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

Here’s the directions in PDF form and if you don’t have a bone folder yet…you’ll want one now!

Pop Up Grateful Bunch Spring Card Hop Version-JeanFitch

And a link to Dawn’s video that showed me how the folds work for the basic Spring Card.  The decorative design is mine (grin):  https://youtu.be/LE5p70Rwx9s


I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  As you can see, they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in our new Annual Catalog.


That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Terri’s blog   Terri and I met up online originally and then in person at a Stampin’ Up! convention.  One of my fondest convention memories ever!   We’ve been friends ever since.  So many of her fun, interesting and inspiring projects have landed on my CASE lists over the years that I’m expecting that to be the “CASE” this time around too! {grin}  Can’t wait to  see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!   Terri is another one of the original hoppers.   Take it away Terri and Happy Anniversary!

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC61 – Anything Goes with Botanicals

WWC61 – Anything Goes Challenge

WWC61 - Anything Goes

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Today…Anything Goes.  Don’t you love days like that…when anything is possible?  Well…as far as the challenge goes…today…anything goes!   The rest of your day/week is totally up to you and the other rules in your life.  {grin}


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

Botanical Accordion Flap Fold

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

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

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC61 - Anything Goes - Botanical Multifold3 - Jean FitchAll Flaps Open

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

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


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

Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

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

Punches: None

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


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

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

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

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

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

CASE = Copy and Share Everything

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


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

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

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Anything you have completed that hasn’t yet been shared online qualifies.  Easy peasy!

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.   A little birdy tells me it will be an exciting challenge that resembles a childhood game.  Shush..you didn’t hear that from me. 😀

Jean Fitch in pink





Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC46 – Clean and Simple…isn’t always.

WWC46 – Jean’s CAS Masculine Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 Jean's CAS Masculine Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  My challenge card is Clean and Simple I think you’ll all agree…except…when it isn’t.  On the inside that is.  It’s neither clean…nor simple.  In fact it looks a bit like my tea got out of hand don’t you think?   You know me…I always have to turn a challenge on it’s head in some manner…even when it’s mine!


CAS Pop Out Banner Birthday Card

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 - Jean's CAS Masculine - Pop Out Banner Birthday Card

And here’s the inside with the pop out banner:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 -  Jean's CAS Masculine - Pop Out Banner Birthday Interior

I loved making this interesting pop out banner interior.  I’m having even more fun picturing the delight of the recipient.   I found this fun technique on a video here.

With this kind of card interior I’m never sure whether to call it a pop up or pop out card.  Either one sounds just a bit risque don’t you think?  Of course adding banner to the title helps with that. 😀

Supplies & Measurements:

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (hostess), Gorgeous Grunge, Sprinkles of Live

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Paper: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Festive Fireplace Framelits (cat), Hearth and Home Framelits (window box die), Stampin’ Trimmer, Snail, dimensionals

Construction Tips:

  1. Die cut your standard card base (after scoring the center fold line) with the window box opening and stamp the flowers from Sprinkles of Life above the box opening.  I used a small mask of copy paper so I could mask out most of the grass section of the stamp.  As an alternative you could diecut the window box out of a darker color paper and then just attach it after stamping the flowers for greater simplicity.   To tell the truth…I didn’t think of that until I had the card mostly finished. 😀   Scoring the card base first before die cutting helps you with correct placement of the die.
  2. Die cut the cat in whatever color you desire.  Having had a black cat who I dearly loved I tend to represent her when I need a cat.  Black is so often a nice contrast to the other parts of the design too.   Wait to adhere the cat until the rest of the card is finished.
  3. Follow the directions for creating the pop out interior in the video noted above.   Two changes to the video were made.  After I had the interior panel finished I trimmed it about 1/8″ in both dimensions (wide and long) so it would better fit inside the card.  Left a bit of a border on all sides when gluing the card interior to the exterior.   Stamp the design on the interior before folding it all up and adhering to the outside card base.  And I placed the Very Vanilla panel behind the die cut window box and stamped the sentiment then adhered it to the interior fold piece so it would show correctly.   That’s one of the reasons that the outer design is so low on the card.  To accommodate the pop out construction.
  4. Once you have inside and outside attached.  Add the cat with dimensionals.  One other possibility…you might want a belly band to hold the card in place if you are hand delivering it.  Otherwise an envelope is fine.   With all the elements you may have to pay a bit of extra postage unless you place it under a heavy book before adding the cat.


Here’s a pinnable picture that shows the outside and inside together.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 - Jean's CAS Masculine Challenge - Pop Out Banner Birthday Card


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

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

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

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers and I hope you’ll give all the artists and challenge winners a little comment love.  😀

Jean Fitch in pink

P.S.  Don’t miss my dear friend Marsha’s take on this challenge.   I love all the creations of my fellow artists but Marsha really took the cake with her recreation of the challenge illustration.  Brilliant!



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