Watercooler Challenge WCC25


It is that time again for another Watercooler Challenge!  This time our inspiration is from Kath.  She gave us this photo to work with.


The colors are amazing in this photo.  The first thing I though of was our stamp set called Four Feathers.  I am so sad that this set is retiring.  It has a matching set of Framelits that is also retiring.  I am thinking about doing a write in campaign for Stampin’ Up! to bring this set back.  In any case, you can only buy it until June 2nd when it will be gone for good.  Here is my card:

Four Feathers

If you would like to see the other projects made with this photo click HERE.  The rest will post at 9:30 EST.

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Gold Butterfly Basics

Butterfly Basics

I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! finally was able to get the Butterfly Thinlits Dies back in stock after such a long time.  That slow down on the west coast caused a lot of delays for a lot of companies, including Stampin’ Up!  Thankfully it was settled and the merchandise that was stuck in the stock yard for so many months is finally starting to move.

I used the stamp set called Butterfly Basics which is in the Occasions Catalog.  The Butterfly Thinlits Dies matches this stamp set and you can save 15% by buying them together.  I did happen to see online that both of these items will be in the new catalog which is just awesome because I love this set.

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Hooray It’s Your Day

Hooray It's Your Day

Now that the hoopla over the Retirement List is over, we can get back to our regularly scheduled program.  One of the things that was not included in the retirement list is what stamp sets in the 2015 Occasions Catalog will carry over into the 2015 Annual Catalog.  Your guess will be as good as mine.  Hopefully a lot of them will carry over because I like so many of them.

This card was made with a stamp set that is from the Occasions Catalog.   It is called Hooray It’s Your Day.  The set goes with the Project Kit of the same name but I like the set by itself too.  I love the little balloons and the font used for the sentiments.  It is nice and clear and easy to read.

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Stationary For My Mom

Sophistricated Serifs

My Mom turned 90 in April.  It was really hard to think of gifts she wanted (and needed) to buy for her.  What do you get a 90 year old?  When I went to visit her earlier in the year, she handed me a Miles Kimball catalog and had picked out three things she wanted.  She said my two sisters and I should each buy her one of those things.  Normally that would be okay but each of the items she picked were under $15.00.  Actually, one was $14.99 and the other two were under $10.  Now I know Mom doesn’t like us spending too much money on her but $10?  I don’t think so!  I ended up buying her all three items myself.  My sisters were on their own!

I also made her a set of these cards so she could use them as thank you cards for any gifts she got from friends.  Turned out I should have made a lot more than I did.  She had three birthday parties and lots of gifts!  The problem is she thinks the cards I made are way to nice to use!  Sigh.

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Here’s To An Amazing Birthday

Amazing Birthday

It is always hard for me to come up with masculine birthday cards.  You would think I would be able to figure it out pretty quickly since I have three boys (men), but I still have a hard time.  The stamp set called Amazing Birthday is one of those sets you can use for a masculine or feminine card.  You just change the colors depending on the receiver.  Black and red is perfect for a card for a man (versus pink and purple).  I am not trying to be sexist but I do know if I gave one of my sons a pink and purple card, they might look at me cross eyed!  Of course they look at me cross eyed a lot.  Good thing I am starting to get more female members in the family!  I am way out numbered!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Painted Petals

April showers may bring May flowers in some parts of the world but up here in Northern New York, it isn’t always true.  Some people have flowers in their yards already but those of us who live with lots of trees and not so much sunshine still have green stumps.  The nice thing about that is after other people’s flowers are dying, mine are just beginning to bloom.  I guess every thing has a good side and a bad side.  Let’s just hope we get some summer weather by the fourth of July!

I made this card using the stamp set called Painted Petals.  It is a two-step stamp set where you use one stamp and then add another to make one image.  In the case of Painted Petals, the flowers are one stamp and the leaves and stems are another.  Here is what the card looks like when you open it.

Painted Petals

I cut out the window using two different sizes of the Circle Collection Framelits.

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The Butterflies Have Landed


After a very long time, Stampin’ Up! has the Butterflies Thinlits Dies back in stock!  For those of you who want to purchase the Thinlits alone, Stampin’ Up! is offering a 15% discount until April 30th!  That means the price is jut $21.20 (regular price is $24.95).

For those of you who wish to purchase the Bundle which includes the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Butterfly Basics Stamp set, Stampin’ Up! is going to give you a choice of one of three Sale-A-Bration items for free.  You can choose between the following:

Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper  – Item # 138633

Best Year Ever Accessory Pack – Item # 138634

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper – Item # 138635

Balloon Bash Technique

Birthday Bash

When I attended the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference this past January in Orlando, they showed us a few new techniques.  I used one of them in this card.  If you look carefully you can see where the big stamp in the middle has a ‘shadow” that matched the stamp.  You get this “shadow” by turning your stamp over and inking up the back of it and stamping it on your cardstock.  Then, you turn it around the normal way and stamp over it.  It outlines the stamp.  I think that is an awesome way to use your Photopolymer Stamps!

For this card I used the stamp set called Balloon Bash.  It is in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is called Birthday Bash.

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Lovely Amazing You

Lovely Amazing You

Lovely Amazing You is a Photopolymer Stamp Set that is not in any catalog.  Stampin’ Up! adds new Photopolymer Stamps sets on a monthly basis.  You can see the stamp sets that are available by clicking on the link above that says Merchandise Not In The Catalog.  That page will show you everything that is available to purchase that is not in a catalog.

I really like Lovely Amazing You.  It has some great sentiments with a nice font that can be used many ways such as “love you more than chocolate” (is that even possible?) and “you make my heart happy”. The little circles are from the stamp set called Perpetual Calendar.  I know I have shown you a bunch of cards the past few days using that set.  I just think it is perfect to add accents to your card.

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Fun Fold Club Card

Fun Fold, Birthday Bash

For our Club meeting last night we made a fun fold card using the stamp set called Balloon Bash.   The Designer Series Paper is called Birthday Bash and both are in the 2015 Occasions Catalog. The inside sentiment is from the stamp set called Hooray It’s Your Day.  Here is what the card looks like when opening.

Birthday Bash

This is completely open:

Birthday Bash

I got this idea from another demonstrator named Julie Davison.  Click HERE for a great video she did showing how to make this card.  It uses a 4″ x 9 3/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock and closes to the size of a regular A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  You just score it in 3 places and cut it in one.

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