Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #120 - Gail's Christmas Challenge

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Yes, it's Challenge time again and we are really thinking ahead. This week we are all about Christmas. How many of you scramble at the last minute to get cards made and sent in December? Well, we will help you out with that and get you started early!
There are two Christmas sets I bought last year, and was so happy to learn they have been carried over and will be in the new catalogue that launches soon. Those are Father Christmas and Christmas Pines, which has co-ordinating thinlits - Pretty Pines.

And they all go just perfectly with some of the patterns from the new Designer Paper Series Paper Stack - Wood Textures.
 
Father Christmas is stamped right onto the DSP using Early Espresso ink. I used Watercolour Pencils to colour him, and did not use a blender pen as I wanted a soft look. I stamped some of the pine boughs on the DSP with Always Artichoke, and cut some out of Old Olive. The pine cone is cut from Copper Foil. And the arch is, of course, more DSP, sponged with Early Espresso.

For more Christmas inspiration, visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the rest of the Artists have done.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 119 - Judy's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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With Father's Day just around the corner, our host, Judy, has chosen the perfect theme for this week's challenge.
I had just received my pre-order of goodies from the up-coming new 2017-2018 Catalogue, which will launch June 1, and really wanted to play with some of the new In Colors.

So, I went with some watercolour circles on watercolour paper and three of the new colours: Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.
The images in the Lemon Lime Twist circles are from a new stamp set, Daisy Delight. The grapes in the Fresh Fig circles are from Tuscan Vineyard and the anchor in the Tranquil Tide circle is from Guy Greetings, as are the other sentiments.

These new colours are really vibrant and will be a lot of fun to work with. And don't forget - men like colour too!

Now go check out the Watercooler Wednesday blog and see how the other Watercooler Artists have handled Judy's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge.
 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #118 - Penny's Mom Theme Challenge

With Mother's Day coming up - here in North America - this week's host, Penny, picked a perfect theme for the challenge.
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My Mom loves dragonflies, so the first stamp set I pulled off the shelf was Dragonfly Dreams.

But first, I wanted to try a new technique. Well, new to me. It's a sort of distressed look. I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and sponged colour all over it using Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Crushed Curry.

The distressed part comes in by flicking drops of water onto the ink to create water spots. Take a look:

After it was totally dry, I took the dragonfly stamp and inked it liberally with Versamark. Then I inked over that with Rich Razzleberry and with the Dapper Denim ink pad, just touched it to random areas. I embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.

Here's a closeup of the dragonfly.
 
The smaller dragonflies are stamped in Rich Razzleberry with a stamp from Touches of Texture. The Happy Mother's Day sentiment is from Oh So Succulent and the font matches the "Enjoy your special day" from the Dragonfly Dreams set. Both are stamped with Dapper Denim.

I thought the background still needed some interest, so I pulled out a stencil I had purchase recently to use on my Mixed Media projects. It's a 12" x 12" stencil and has a collage of patterns, one of which is a script-y looking pattern. I used Crushed Curry ink on bits of it.

Finally, I mounted the image panel onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.

Now, pay a visit to Watercooler Wednesday and get inspired by the talented Watercooler Artists.
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #117 - Heidi's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge

First off, I want to welcome our two new members to the Watercooler Challenge Design Team: Fiona and Judy.

Our challenge this week, hosted by Heidi, is about all things feminine.
For this one, I went back to the flowers - why not? 

As you may or may not know, this is an exciting time in Stampin' Up! world. Our new catalogue will be available for customers to order from on June 1. But that means we are saying goodbye to many products from the current catalogue.

There is a stamp set I had been looking at all year but couldn't quite decide whether or not to get it. When the retired list was released, I saw that it was carrying over, however it would not be bundled with the co-ordinating framelits.

So, I went for it. Mostly because I really wanted the jar images. But, I've been having fun with the flowers in the set too! The stamp set is Jar of Love. The framelits are Everyday Jars.
I was going for a look of terra cotta with the jar. To get that, I used the Calypso Coral Ombre ink pad like a stamp - just pressing it onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. After cutting it out with the jar framelit, I sponged it with Crumb Cake ink

Next, I sponged a bit of Crumb Cake ink onto the bottom of the Whisper White piece, using a Post-it note as a mask to get the straight edge. When I put half a doily on top, it didn't show up enough, so I sponged more Crumb Cake ink around it and over it  - using it as a stencil.

Then it was time to play with the flowers! I wanted a lush, colourful display. While trying to decide on colours, I came across a colour I don't use nearly enough - Rose Red. For the bigger blooms, I used Crushed Curry. Really like how vibrant the two colours are together.

The Rose Red flowers are stamped right onto the Whisper White. To get placement for them and the stems, I turned the jar over and used it as a mask while I stamped the images. For the stems and leaves, I used Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz.

After die-cutting the Crushed Curry flowers, I sponged around the edges to cover the white outline left after cutting. Some of them are glued down onto the Whisper White, and the rest of them are popped up on dimensionals.

I almost didn't leave room for a sentiment - but the 'just for you' from So in Love just fit. And I love the font.

Now check out Watercooler Wednesday and see what the other artists have done.
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watercool Wednesday Challenge #116 - Kath's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

If you are a card maker who finds it, well, challenging to create masculine themed projects, you will find tons of inspiration at the Watercooler! Kath is the host of this week's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.
I went to a stamp set that I really liked when I saw it. Had to have it. Got it - and haven't really used it much. I know every stamper probably has sets like that in their collection.

This one is called Pun Intended and is only available with Stampin' Rewards. It really is a clever and fun stamp set! See what I mean?
I seem to be in a "green" mood since hosting last week's challenge which had a Spring theme. I started with an Always Artichoke card base then used Always Artichoke and Mint Macaron to stamp the lines image from Playful Backgrounds on Very Vanilla cardstock. The circles are done with Archival Black.

The fun camera is from Pun Intended, as is the sentiment. I stamped the camera image in Archival Black onto Whisper White cardstock, coloured bits of it with Gold Wink of Stella, then fussy cut it.

I had a piece of Very Vanilla, with a square cut out of it, in my scrap pile and when I looked at it, I saw a frame - any of you who remember Polaroid cameras will know what I mean.

The piece of DSP from Serene Scenery is another tie-in to the camera theme. I love the Bokeh effect and it makes the camera look like it's floating.

For more inspiration visit Watercooler Wednesday to see what the other Watercooler Artists have done. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop - Retirement Means Goodbye

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It's that time of the year again, where we say goodbye to some of our favourite things from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue. It's a sad time for some, but it's also an exciting time for some. Exciting, because it means we will have new stuff to fall in love with!

You may have arrived here from Marie's blog. I'm certain you loved her projects!

This month we are focusing on some of our favourite products that will no longer be available after May 31. There is always shock and surprise among demonstrators when the retirement list is revealed. And this year I had a few moments of shock and surprise. One of those moments was when I realized that the much beloved Gorgeous Grunge set is retiring. This set is, I think one of the first sets Stampin' Up! released that has only images of different textures. So versatile - it could be used on many, many styles of cards.

So, my first project features almost  every image from the Gorgeous Grunge set:
I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped each of the textures with a different In Color ink from the 2015-2017 collection - also retiring this year. I have to admit that it took me a while to get comfortable with these colours and the only one I will really miss is Tip Top Taupe - it is a great neutral.  The other In Colors used here are Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon. The other colour in this collection is Watermelon Wonder - it just did not fit with this design! For the background images here, I first stamped off once to get a more muted tone.

The leaves and sentiment are from another retiring set, Kinda Eclectic. I used Cucumber Crush, full strength to stamp them. A little bit of Copper Thread is peeking out from behind the banner with the sentiment.

Next up is a set I only recently acquired - Penned & Painted. This set had been on my wishlist ever since the catalogue came out, and finally ordered it. So it was a huge shock to me  that it was on the retired list! I really thought it would carry over. I just love the sketchy look of it.
This is a two-step stamp set. One of the things I love about this is that each part of the image can be used by itself, as well as together as I did here.

To do this technique, I first stamped the background image of the flowers with Whisper White Craft ink. It is important to let this dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step. Once it was dry, I used the wonderful new Watercolour Pencils to colour over the white. Once that was done, I stamped the detailed outline images with Archival Black ink. I love doing this technique on Crumb Cake cardstock, but decided to try it on Tip Top Taupe. Really like the effect!

In the middle of each flower, I did some random white dots using a Posca Paint Pen. To brighten things up a bit more, the smaller little flowers were stamped with Whisper White Craft ink. 

A little bit of linen thread is all the embellishment this needed. The sentiment is from another retiring set - Picture Perfect - also a surprise to me! I stamped it with Early Espresso on a piece of Tip Top Taupe and cut it with a banner die from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits set. I have used this framelits set a lot - and not for doing memory keeping. It's great to use on cards!

For my third project, I had to stay with Penned & Painted! This time I used another of the flower images, and did the same technique - this time on Crumb Cake cardstock - and coloured all of the blooms with the Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Watercolour Pencils.
I also used one of the splatter images from Gorgeous Grunge, inked with Crumb Cake ink and stamped off once, to add a bit of texture to the background. To set off the image panel, I used the Basic Black and white striped pattern from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, which is also retiring.

Although the title of our blog hop this month is Retirement Means Goodbye, I'm really not saying goodbye to any of the products I used here! Since I am primarily a hobby demo, I can keep  sets I really love and will use them in my mixed media projects. Mixed media is something I am just getting into,  and it's a great way to use a lot of my Stampin' Up stuff. Plus, it's a lot of fun!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #115 - Gail's Clean & Simple Spring Theme

Ah - Spring! It must be spring somewhere. If it would stop raining and warm up just a bit, we would be awash in colour here on the west coast of Canada. I think Mother Nature forgot to turn the tap off. Guess that's why it is known as the 'Wet Coast'.

 
When I chose Spring as the theme for this challenge, I really thought it would be here. As it is, everything is greening up nicely. So that is what I focused on for my project this week.
Lovely As A Tree was the perfect choice. This classic stamp set has been in the Stampin' Up catalogue for as long as I've been a demonstrator (9 years now) - and way before that as well. It is truly versatile and if you search Google or Pinterest you will find literally hundreds of projects using it.

For this, I used the image that is a line of trees and stamped it with Sahara Sand onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I took the awesome Watercolour Pencils and coloured over the stamped image, using Early Espresso and Old Olive. I then went over that with a Blender Pen.

The image is cut out with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I used my Old Olive marker and ran it around the edges to ink it up, and also to emphasize the stitches.

It is mounted on a piece of DSP from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. Love that Bokeh effect! This in turn is matted with Old Olive cardstock and then finished with a Thick Whisper White card base.

A very quick card to do - and it captures the greeness of spring.

Now off you go to visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out how the other Watercooler artists have interpreted spring. Then link up your project for us to be inspired!  

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #120 - Gail's Christmas Challenge

Yes, it's Challenge time again and we are really thinking ahead. This week we are all about Christmas. How many of you scramble at the...