Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #145 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge
Judy is our host this week with a Masculine Anything Goes Challenge.
It is good timing for me, as I need to do some masculine-themed cards this week. Also, I had just received an order with a package of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. This collection has some great patterns that work for this masculine challenge.
I used the black & white plaid design and the tree design from the DSP. The card base is Basic Gray. I cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock and ran it through the new Wood Planks embossing folder.

The sentiment is from Merry Little Labels stamp set, stamped with Archival Black on Whisper White, then punched out with the Everyday Label punch. I punched two more labels from Basic Black and cut them apart then adhered them to the back to make a "frame" for the white label.

This could easily be a Christmas card for a male friend, family member or co-worker. But, I need a birthday card. Here is the inside:
I used more of the plaid pattern and stamped the sentiment on Whisper White. It is from the Window Shopping stamp set, and I though the font was a good match for the sentiment on the front.

The Watercooler Artists have some more great samples of masculine-themed cards. Just visit Watercooler Wednesday and check them out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #144 Penny's All About Birthdays
Our challenge this week, hosted by Penny, is All About Birthdays.
Birthday cards are something we need several times a year. After all, everyone we know has a birthday! It's good to have a stash on hand, ready to just grab one and go.

For my project this week, I used a brand, spanking new product and a favourite stamp set that was just made to be used with the aforementioned new product - even though it was released a couple of years ago.

The new product: Stampin' Blends - alcohol based markers!
The stamp set: Remarkable You.
Do you think they are made for each other?
When using alcohol markers, it is important to use a water-based ink to stamp the images. This eliminates the risk of smearing. For this card, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images onto Shimmer White cardstock. Another tip - give your stamped images a few minutes to thoroughly dry before you start colouring.

I used the masking technique here to create a "stack" of blooms - to go along with the sentiment from Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Stampin' Blends colours used are Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

Some Crushed Curry Thick Bakers Twine, black rhinestones and Metallic Enamel Shapes finish off the main panel. This is matted on Night of Navy cardstock, then onto a Crushed Curry card base.

The Watercooler Artists have all come up with some wonderful birthday designs. You can see them at Watercooler Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #143 - Gail's Feminine Challenge
This week we bring you a Feminine Challenge, courtesy of yours truly!
While I know it isn't true that only women love cats, some do think that more women than men are cat fans. That was my reasoning behind using the fabulous cat punch that can be found in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

I also used this as an opportunity to try a technique I found on the blog of the awesomely talented Lydia Fiedler. She used the shaving cream technique - with a twist.

First, take a look at what I did:
At first glance, it looks like I just used the cat punch to punch from some patterned paper. However, what I actually did was use a piece of Window Sheet and punched out one cat to make a stencil.

Next, I took a paper plate and sprayed a layer of cheap shaving cream onto it, then smoothed out the top. Onto that smoothed surface, I dropped ink randomly, using Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight re-inkers. With a bamboo skewer, I just lightly ran it through the spots of ink, being careful not to make mud.

Up to this point, it sounds pretty much like the shaving cream technique of years ago. But, instead of placing cardstock on top of the ink, I used an old gift card to carefully lift up some of the shaving cream with the ink on top.

I placed my cat stencil on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then using the shaving cream/ink loaded gift card, dragged it carefully over the stencil. It's bit tricky to do this without the shaving cream leaking under the stencil and I do confess I did a lot of "practice" before getting these clean images. At bit of repositionable adhesive helps. But, the practice ones didn't go to waste, as I punched them out and they can be used on other projects.

What is your idea of a feminine theme? We would love to see it! Just visit Watercooler Wednesday to see how the Watercooler Artists interpret it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #142 - Charlotte's All About Christmas Challenge
We're celebrating Christmas again here at the Watercooler this week. Charlotte is hosting this All About Christmas challege.
Before I show you my project, I have to tell you a little story. Any crafter will probably understand how, when you are in a craft store, you pick up all kinds of objects because a brilliant idea suddenly springs to mind and you just know that it is the perfect project.

Well, in my seemingly never-ending quest to downsize and purge, I have been coming across all kinds of such objects. Some of them make me stop and think: "What on earth did I plan on using this for????"

But, recently I came across some wooden stars. And I thought ah ha! I need to use these for something. So it was perfect timing for this challenge. Here's what I started with:
Add some Merry Music DSP, some silver Tinsel Trim, a bit of Striped Ribbon and a Season of Glitz mini gift bow and you end up with this:
I also used the Merry Little Labels stamp set and stamped the Let it Snow with Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock and embossed with silver embossing powder. It's punched out with the Everyday Labels punch.

I used Mod Podge to glue on the DSP and found that Aileen's Tacky Glue worked best with the Tinsel Trim.

The star measures 6.5" long by 4" wide, and while maybe a bit larger than most Christmas tree decorations, it could work on a tree, I think.

It was fun to put together and came together quickly - once I had decided on everything else. And, I have 5 more of them! Now, do I do them all the same? Or each one different? Hmmmm

How are your Christmas projects coming along? If you need a boost to get going, make a project and link it up at Watercooler Wednesday. You will find a lot of inspiration there from my fellow Watercooler Artists.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #141 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
Our challenge this week, hosted by Heidi, is one that really does challenge me - the Masculine Challenge.
For my project for this challenge, I used a background I had made using some non-Stampin' Up inks that are really fun to work with.
The colours reminded me of a fall sunset. And make me reach for my Sheltering Tree stamp set. In keeping with a fall theme, I stamped the leaves by inking the leaf stamp with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. The trunk and branches are Early Espresso.

I did not use all those colours on the stamp at the same time. Instead, I used my MISTI and applied one colour at a time in random spots and stamped. Then repeated the process with each colour. The beauty of the MISTI is that the cardstock and stamp stay in exactly the same position so it is easy to restamp.

To finish off, I used a strip of DSP from Painted Autumn and a piece of the Copper Trim, stretched out a bit. The card base is Always Artichoke and the sentiment is Early Espresso.

To link up your project, go to Watercooler Wednesday. While you're there, check out the awesome projects from the rest of the team!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #140 - Libby's All About Birthdays

This week's challenge, brought to us by Libby, is All About Birthdays.
Sometimes, you need a card in a hurry. As did I this week! I was merrily going along thinking I had my card already to upload on Monday to our challenge group. Wasn't until I went to actually upload it that I realized I had done a totally different theme.

What's a cardmaker to do? Well, Stampin' Up's Specialty Designer Paper to the rescue!
The Foil Frenzy is pretty spectacular IRL (in real life). I simply cut strips of varying widths and lengths, and glued them to the Basic Black card base.

Next, I stamped a greeting from Birthday Blast on Whisper White  and flagged the ends. It's popped up with dimensionals and two black rhinestones finish it off.

That's it - done! Sometimes a card doesn't have to be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This Foil Frenzy is the perfect DSP to be the star.

Now off you go to visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the other Watercooler Artists have done. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #139 - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
For this week's challenge, Kath has given us a Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.
When a new catalogue comes out, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of new stuff. The Holiday Catalogue has a lot of great new stuff, and much of it would certainly work for a feminine theme.

But, as I was looking through my stamp sets, my eye fell on Rose Wonder, which has a beautifully large image of a rose with a couple of leaves. It's all that is needed to make a big impact on a feminine card.
I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock with Archival Basic Black ink, then coloured it with Peek-a-boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush.

That could have stood on its own very nicely, but this stamp set has a co-ordinating set of framelits. So I used the new Champagne Foil to cut the image outline. I think it sets things off beautifully.

The sentiment, from Picture Perfect, is stamped with Tranquil Tide to match the card base. And that's all there is to it.

To see how the other Watercooler Artists have interpreted this challenge, visit Watercooler Wednesday. You have until Monday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time to link up your project.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #145 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Judy is our host this week with a Masculine Anything Goes Challenge. It is good timing for me, as I need to do some masculine-themed ca...