Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WWC99 - Marshas Clean & Simple Make it With Hearts Challenge


Welcome to our last challenge for 2016. Due to the Christmas holidays, this challenge will run for two  weeks,  ending January 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Our host this week is Marsha, and she has chosen Clean & Simple Make it With Hearts. Clean & Simple means to use minimal layers and embellishments and to leave lots of open space.

Since I received my pre-order from the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Brations catalogues, I just had to play with new stuff and combined a set from the Occasions with a set from SAB.
The Occasions set is called Tie Dyed and the crazy-looking chicken is from an SAB set called Hey Chick. Both sets are going to be a lot of fun and I thought they looked well together.

I used Emerald Envy cardstock for the base and the images are stamped on Whisper White. The Tie Dyed set is a 3-part stamping set, meaning each image has three parts to it that are stamped separately and layered to form a multi-coloured image or an image with three shades of one colour ink.

I only used two of the heart images and stamped them in Emerald Envy and Peek-a-Boo Peach. The chicken is stamped with Archival Basic Black and coloured with a combination of markers and the brand new Stampin' Up Watercolour Pencils. I stamped him on a separate piece of Whisper White and fussy cut after colouring.

As you will see by what the other Watercooler Artists have done - visit Watercooler Wednesday - hearts can be used for occasions other than Valentine's Day. So pull out your favourite heart stamp and join the fun!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WWC98 Kath's Colour Challenge

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It's time for another Colour Challenge! And I have to say, I did find this challenging. Here's the colours chosen by Kath:
It is a gorgeous combo, isn't it? It did have me thinking Christmas, just because, well it's almost Christmas. But for some reason I wasn't picturing a card.

Then I thought about a treat holder I'm planning on making for each member of my family who will be getting together for Christmas dinner. And this is how it looks with these colours:
I followed a video made by Brenda Quintana, a fellow Stampin' Up demonstrator, who is a genius at coming up with the most inventive 3D items. These are really very easy and so quick to make!

The cardstock for the tree is Thick Whisper White, the star is cut from Gold Glimmer Paper, using the Star Framelits. For the trunk, I found a piece of Early Espresso in my scrap pile, that had been embossed. The silver foil wrapping on the Hershey Kisses fills the silver part of the colour challenge. And that's it!

Check out how the other Watercooler Artists handled this challenge, and then show us your stuff! Just visit the Watercooler Wednesday blog  to link up your project.
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WWC97 - Penny's Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday and Penny's Sketch Challenge. Sketch  Challenges are always so  much fun because they can be any colour-scheme, any occasion - or no occasion - or just because. This is the sketch Penny has for us this week:

I thought this sketch would be perfect for featuring some Designer Series Paper. In every catalogue, there is one package of DSP that really catches my eye. For the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue, there were so many awesome collections - but one really stood out for me: This Christmas.

For one thing, you get 24 12 X 12 double-sided sheets in this collection! It is a little lighter weight than normal, but that doesn't matter when using it on cards. But, the best thing about this collection is that there are 4 - yes, 4 of each pattern!

I've been steadily using this DSP, but had not yet cut into the black & white snowflake design. This was the perfect project to use it on.
 
It's not a Christmas card - more of a Winter card. And the creation of this card happened just a couple of days before we had a major snowfall! Well, it was major for this area, anyway. I live on the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia. And snow is not a regular occurrence here.

I decided to keep this card to black & white. Well, the DSP is Basic Black and Very Vanilla, but Stampin' Up doesn't have Very Vanilla ink.

The word "glow" is from a stamp set I was so lucky to get when I attended OnStage Local in Vancouver, BC last month. It's called Love Sparkles and is in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Don't you just love the script-y look of it? I stamped it onto the Basic Black cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink.

The sketchy-looking star and the little stars around the circle are from the same stamp set, also in Whisper White Craft Ink. It's cut with a circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.

For the glow-factor, I used Clear Wink of Stella around the edges of the die-cut circle and in the centres of some of the snowflakes on  the DSP.

Check out what the other Watercooler Artists have come up with and then show us your interpretation. Just visit the Watercooler Wednesday Blog to link up.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #132 - Marsha's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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