Watercooler Challenge WCC23


It is that time again for another Watercooler Challenge.  This time Marsha gave us this picture to use as inspiration for our creations.47a5dd28b3127cce98548a6519e20000003810wAbsWbFozaNGbUAYou could use the colors, the flowers or the idea of spring for your card.  I chose to use flowers (gee, I bet that is a surprise!).  Here is my card:

Painted Petals

I used the stamp set in the 2015 Occasions Catalog called Painted Petals.  The really nice thing about this set is you can get it in your choice of wood mount, clear mount or Photopolymer.  It is a two-step stamp set so I chose to get it in Photopolymer because you can see exactly where you are stamping.  That makes it so easy to line up.

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Gold Soiree DSP Is Retiring

Gold Soiree, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

One of the sad things about the retirement list that came out last week is that all of the Designer Series Paper from this year’s catalog is on it.  I especially loved the paper called Gold Soiree.  Some of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is called Specialty Paper because it is usually thicker or has “more oomph” (as the catalog says) and Gold Soiree is one of them.  Usually I am a DSP paper hoarder but last year I vowed to start using it.  I managed to do a pretty good job at it.  I think it is so pretty that I hate to see it gone so I “save” it.  I forget I can always buy some more.  That is until it retires.  So if you like this year’s DSP buy it before it is gone for good!

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Watercooler Challenge WCC22



This week’s Watercooler Challenge is from Heidi and is a watercolor background challenge. I decided to use the technique called Bokeh (Boh-kay).  According to Wikipedia, Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

This technique was very easy to produce.  I used the Aqua Painters and dipped them into ink (Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder).  Then I just painted these colors onto Shimmery White Cardstock in a random pattern.  I used Shimmery White instead of Watercolor Paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on.  Then I punched various sizes of circles out of cardstock and used the the “holes” as a mask.  I used Whisper White Ink and dabbed it onto the cardstock using a sponge.  This effect makes it looked “blurred”.

I used the Hello You Thinlits to make the word “happy”.  I actually cut it out three times and layered them on top of each other to give it a little depth.

Here is the picture we were given to base our cards on.

Heidi combination challenge

Check out the other Watercooler Artists creations using this challenge by clicking HERE. The other creations won’t be posted until 9:30 AM so make sure you come back and check them out.

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A Very Simple Thank You

All Is Calm, Four You

I made this card using a sketch I found online.  If you want (or need) to make a card but can’t figure out where to start, go online and look for card sketches.  It really helps me when I get stuck.   I thought it was a simple, yet fun sketch because it was a little off center (like me!).  I used Silver Glimmer Paper as an accent.  It is hard to see with a photograph but the All Is Calm Designer Series Paper in Lost Lagoon is very pretty with the sparkly silver paper.  The sentiments are from the stamp set called Four You and A Dozen Thoughts.  Both of these sets are in the Annual Catalog.

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Fall In Lake George

White Christmas, Holiday Home

Last weekend we went to a wedding in Lake George, New York.  The wedding itself was beautiful, although it did rain the entire day but the bride and the groom were so happy no one even noticed.  Anyway, another amazing thing about the weekend, besides the wedding, was the beautiful fall colors we saw everywhere.  It was not really “Peak” weekend but it was pretty close.  We drove alone the bottom edge of the Adirondack Park to get there.  There were spectacular scenes of little streams with bright colors of red, orange and yellow leaves.  It truly was beautiful.  For those that don’t know, there is so much more to New York than New York City!

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A Dotty Angles Hello

Dotty Angles

As most of you know, Stampin’ Up! now offers Photopolymer Stamp sets.  Although they take a little getting used to, since I have always used rubber stamps, I am starting to like them more and more.  There are a few tricks.  I found that the best way to stamp them is on top of my Piercing Mat.  It gives the stamps a little cushion to make a cleaner image.

This card uses the Photopolymer Stamp Set called Dotty Angles.  This set has two large stamps in it.  One is the polka dot and the other is the triangle stamp.  I put a piece of Designer Washi Tape from the set called Beach House under the Hello which is from the set called Four You.

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Groovy Birthday

Groovy Love

Here is a fun birthday card that used a lot of different stamp sets.  Once again, I am singing the song Groovy Kind of Love because I used the Groovy Love stamp set to make the larger balloons.  Now I can’t get that song out of my head.  The smaller balloons are from Pictogram Punches.  Both of these sets have matching punches (Sweetheart Punch and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack).  I just drew the strings with a marker.

The sentiments are also from a bunch of different stamps sets.  They are Four You, Occasions 4 You, And Many More and a sneak peek of a Hostess Set that will be available in the Fall called Good Greetings.

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Another Thank You

Another Thank You

I have been experimenting with my camera again.  I just haven’t been very happy with how my pictures are showing up online.  Honestly, I have no idea what I am doing, but I have been playing with the settings and they seem to be getting better.  I probably should take a photography course!

In any case, this color combination is one of my favorite.  It looks very summery yet so soft.  The colors I used are So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.  I used two different stamp sets with this card.  One is Another Thank You and the other is Four You.  The pennant in the background is a new Big Shot Bigz Die called Party Pennants Bigz L.

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The Open Sea Birthday Card

The Open Sea, Four YouThe Open Sea is a great stamp set to use when you need to make a masculine card – especially if the man is a sailor. To make it even better, Stampin’ Up! just came out with some new Designer Series called Moonlight that has some papers that look like water.  They go perfectly together.  Then, to make it even better (if that is possible) the Moonlight Designer Series Paper uses the new 2014/2016 In Colors.  I love Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey together.  They are even nicer in person!  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Four You which has four great sentiments to use for any occasion.

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Happy Birthday Zachary!

Project LifeToday is my youngest son, Zachary’s, birthday.  He is 27.  I am not sure where the time went because it did not seem that long ago that he was just a baby.  Let me tell you, he was the hardest baby of the three.  It really wasn’t his fault.  We didn’t realize until he was 9 months old that he was allergic to milk products.  Once we figured that out, he became his disposition improved greatly!

I made this card using the Project Life Everyday Adventure Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  These products make really nice cards in about 3 minutes!  The hardest part was lining up the sentiment (using the stamp set Four You).

Happy Birthday Zachary!  You are an amazing young man and I am so proud of you!

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