Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WWC183 - Gail's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

It's my turn to host the challenge this week and it's masculine.
Lately, I've been leaning to the grungy side of things when it comes to masculine card designs.
I started by stamping a piece of Gray Granite cardstock with the Handwritten background stamp and Gray Granite ink then embossed with the Basket Weave embossing folder. I then sponged randomly with Gray Granite and Shaded Spruce inks. To give it some shine, I used some Pewter embossing powder in random areas.

The guitar from Epic Celebrations was stamped with Early Espresso on a piece from Woodgrain DSP and fussy cut. For the sentiment, also from Epic Celebrations, I used Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White cardstock, then punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.

To back up the guitar and sentiment, I tore a strip of sheet music and edged it with Shaded Spruce, then put everything on a strip of Shaded Spruce cardstock.

What is your favourite style/technique for making cards for the men in your life? Check out Watercooler Wednesday to see what the rest of the team has come up with.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WWC182 - Tristan's All About Occasions Challenge
This week is all about Occasions - of which there are many throughout the year. Our host is Tristan, one of the new members of the Watercooler Artists.

Lately, I seem to like doing what I call generic occasion cards. That means I don't stamp anything specific on the front. Rather, I wait until I need a card for something and then put the 'Happy Birthday' or 'Happy Anniversary', etc. on the inside.
This card was originally intended to have a lighthouse on the rock. I had even stamped and fussy cut a lighthouse. But, just as I was getting ready to place it, my eye fell on the Beautiful You stamp set that was on my table. And I went with the impulse!

I love doing watercolour techniques, and this has a lot of watercolour wash going on. Sorry, I used so many ink colours, I don't even remember them all, other than lots of blues, some pinks, and yellows.

The line of hills dividing the sky area from the water area was done with the Waterfront stamp set.

For the dancing lady, I used the paper piecing technique by stamping the image twice with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, first on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then on a piece of DSP from Tranquil Textures. Fussy cutting required for this technique!

To add a bit of colour to her arms and legs, I used the Ivory Stampin' Blends. For the card base, I stayed with the blue theme and used Bermuda Bay.

Now, I still have that lighthouse...

What occasions do you have coming up in your card-making schedule? Head on over to Watercooler Wednesday if you need more inspiration.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WWC181 - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Kath brings us a feminine theme this week. This theme is one that lends itself well to going all out with all kinds of girly things, which can be a lot of fun.

Or, it can be done with simplicity, such as a one-layer card. Like this one:
Not only is this a somewhat minimalist design, but I further simplified things by using one of Stampin' Up's pre-cut and pre-scored 3x5 Whisper White note cards. Perfect for when you need to do a quick card.

The background from Bokeh Dots is the perfect size for the note cards. And using the Stamparatus meant I could easily do a lot of cards with this same design in a short time.

Because the Stamparatus has two plates, I was able to  set up the Bokeh Dots stamp on one plate and the image from Dandelion Wishes with the sentiment from Wood Words on the other plate.

Using a sponge brayer, I inked up the Bokeh Dots stamp with Coastal Cabana - one of the returning colours. I did have to ink and stamp a few times to get the result I wanted. Love the Stamparatus!

To get the dandelion image in two colours, I used Post It notes to mask off the sides of the bokeh image, and inked the dandelion image with Tranquil Tide. After removing the side masks, I then masked the stamped portion, again lining up the mask with the sides, and inked the stamp with Coastal Cabana and stamped again.

I inked the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped at the same time as doing the sides of the dandelion. Did I mention I love the Stamparatus? It took no time at all to stamp a whole stack of these.

Now check out Watercooler Wednesday to see what the rest of the talented Watercooler Artists have done.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WWC180 - Marsha's All About Holidays Challenge
If it's Wednesday - that mean's it's Challenge Day! This week Marsha brings us All About Holidays.
You can see by the above graphic that many different holidays are covered by this challenge.  My card is a Christmas card - just because I'm still featuring cards I made when I went through piles of bits on my work table and decided to  use them up.

This is the last one I made during that session. I promise. But, it's almost time to do another clean-up!
I started by brayering several shades of blue onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. From what I can remember, there is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy. The pine tree from Lovely as a Tree is stamped multiple times using the stamping off technique in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas, stamped with Tranquil Tide and highlighted with a white Posca paint pen. Next I ran it through the Big Shot with the Card Front Builder Thinlits.

The sparkly trees were cut from glimmer paper with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This piece was layered on Champagne Foil and then onto a Tranquil Tide card base.

Thanks to our challenges, I have a really good stack of Christmas cards ready to send out. How is your stash coming along?

Off you go now to visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WWC179 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
This Wednesday we come again to a masculine challenge, hosted by Heidi.
I love making backgrounds and Stampin' Up has so many products that can be used for that. One of the easiest things to make backgrounds with is Brushos colour crystals. Just shake, spritz and done!

That's how I did the background on this:
I used the Prussian Blue Brushos as I thought it looked a lot like one of the new InColors - Blueberry Bushel. To add a little texture, I did a partial stamp on the right hand side with the Postscript background stamp, inked with Gray Granite.

The sentiment, also in Blueberry Bushel, is from Animal Outing. I cut the two ovals with the Stitched Shapes dies. The leaves peeking out from behind are also from Animal Outing, stamped in Call Me Clover.

And - that's it! Very easy to do - very quick to do. I sometimes forget that cards don't have to be complicated and have a lot of elements. Although, those are fun to do, too!

Visit Watercooler Wednesday and have a look at the awesome samples from the rest of the team.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WWC178 - Crystal's All About Occasions Challenge
This week our newest design team member, Crystal, hosts her first challenge at the Watercooler.
Throughout the year there are a lot of occasions in our lives that are card-worthy. A congratulations card could cover many of those occasions - such as a new house.

My Mom had asked me to make a card she could give to a friend's daughter after she bought a house on a lake. Naturally, I pulled out my Waterfront stamp set.
I started by stamping the trees randomly on the Crumb Cake card  base with Crumb Cake ink. For the image panel, I used watercolour paper and just did a very simple mountain range with Crumb Cake, stamped off. The little houses are done in Soft Suede and the trees are Always Artichoke, stamped off, with just the tips of the trees inked up.

For the colour variations in the water, I used the stamp from High Tide with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks. The birds are also from High Tide. To create a frame for the scene, I used the doodle-like stamp from the retired Tin of Cards stamp set in Tranquil Tide. The panel is mounted on Tranquil Tide.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

WWC177 - Charlotte's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
A new challenge and a new  team member! This week, the Watercooler Artists welcome Crystal Komara to the lineup.
Charlotte is this week's host and brings us a Feminine Challenge.
In my continuing series featuring cards I've created when I went through piles of bits and pieces that had accumulated on my craft table, here is what I did for this challenge.
You've heard of The Flight of the Bumblebee? (If you haven't, check it out here as performed by Canadian Brass.) I'm calling this The Flight of the Butterfly.

In my desk clean-up I came across a little envelope with all these die-cut butterflies. They were cut with a long-retired Embosslit that I have forgotten the name of. An embosslit not only cut out a shape, but also embossed a pattern, which you can see if you look closely.

I thought I would pair them with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The butterflies are Calypso Coral,  Island Indigo, Old Olive and Whisper White. For the card base, I used Island Indigo.

The ribbon was saved from some gift wrapping and has a bit of sparkle to it. For added texture (sometimes I don't know when to stop!) I used the Handwritten background stamp and Island Indigo ink and just stamped randomly all over.

I thought this design was busy enough so I didn't add a sentiment, but it could be a birthday card, thinking of you - or just a note card to say hello.

Visit Watercooler Wednesday to check out the creations from the rest of team - and say a hello and welcome to our new Design Team Artist, Crystal.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WWC176 - Kath's All About Christmas Challenge
Are you ready to add to your Christmas card stash? Want to get a headstart on Christmas cards so you are not scrambling at the last minute? Kath has the solution for you this week!
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a card I made from bits and pieces that were laying around on my craft table. You can check it out here.

Today I have another one!
The elements on this card had all been created for other projects, down to the Crumb Cake cardstock. On the tree layer, I started by using my sponge brayer to apply Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig inks, leaving the center area the lightest.

The trees are stamped with the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The sparkle is Dazzling Diamonds which I applied by first spattering some watered-down Tombow Liquid Glue before sprinkling with the glitter.

For the sentiment and snowflakes I used stamps from a Paper Pumpkin kit, in Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide on Very Vanilla cardstock.

A scrap of lace trim provides an accent between this layer and the Copper Foil circle diecut with Stitched Shapes thinlits.

I'll have to do another clean-up session as things are piling up again. It's fun to do and surprises me as to how many cards I can complete in just a couple of hours.

For more Christmas inspiration, check out what the other Watercooler Artists have done at Watercooler Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WWC175 - Marsha's Masuline Anything Goes Challenge
This week's challenge theme, hosted by Marsha, is a theme I still struggle with. As do some of you.
For some reason, I was thinking about graffiti and thought I would see where that went, since I had no plan. Here's what happened.
First, I needed a brick wall. Out came the Brick Wall embossing folder and a piece of Gray Granite cardstock.  wanted to emphasize the grout lines, so I applied Silver Embossing Paste with the tip of a skewer between each brick.

When that dried, I stenciled some "graffiti" using some blue acrylic paint. Some sponging with Gray Granite ink added to the grunge look.

For a pop of colour, I diecut the bench from Pretty Park Framelits from retired DSP. Then, the bench needed that cute dog from Sitting Pretty. He is stamped with Gray Granite and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The tops of the potted plant in the Sitting Pretty stamp set, in Call Me Clover, make the foliage under the bench.

To finish it off, I stamped the banner and the word 'chill' from Pick A Pennant, with Pineapple Punch and Gray Granite.

If you struggle with making cards for the men in your life, visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WWC174 - Gail's All About Occasions Challenge
We have another challenge for you this week that covers any cardmaking occasion throughout the year.
As many crafters know, there comes a time when you look at your work area and you know you just have to tackle the mess. I had one of those moments the other day. After I had put away the piles of stamp sets and ink pads, the next thing to tackle was some piles of cardstock and DSP.

Some of the pieces had been cut for card bases and never used. Others had images stamped on them and never used. Pieces of DSP had been cut to card-front size, or were pieces left over from trimming bigger pieces.

Since I was tired of tidying, I decided to sift through all the bits and see if I could combine some of this into finished cards. Two hours later, I had 6 finished cards! And it was fun to do!

This is one of the projects I came up with.
This fun image is from Santa Paws. It may or may not have been on my table since Christmas. Ooops!

The image had been stamped with black ink (I don't remember if it was Archival Black or Memento), on Crumb Cake cardstock that had been embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, but never coloured.

First, I toned down the Crumb Cake by lightly running my Craft Whisper White ink pad over it to give it a white-washed effect. Then I coloured it with Stampin' Write Markers.

Next, I stamped the holly image from the Father Christmas stamp set all around the edges to create a frame, using Always Artichoke ink.

There just happened to be a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock laying on the table, as well as a piece of Cherry Cobbler to use for the cardbase. The Cherry Cobbler die-cut bow I found is from, I think, the Santa's Sleigh thinlits.

I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock in Always Artichoke, cut it apart and sponged each piece with the Always Artichoke ink.

I have to say, I quite enjoyed doing this. It was a challenge, at first, when sorting through everything, but in a way it was much easier to finish cards as I had no pre-conceived ideas in mind.

Give it a try!

Now visit Watercooler Wednesday and see what occasions have inspired the other members of the team.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WWC173 - Tenia's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Welcome to a new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week's host is Tenia, with a Feminine Anything Goes theme.
My card for this challenge would surely win the prize for the most stamp sets and ink colours used on one card!
I made this for a friend who is taking a much-needed, long over-due break from work and gave it to her with a bottle of wine. So I was going for a relaxing scene with soothing, soft colours.

My starting point was the mountains, sky, water and grassy areas. These were done with the Waterfront stamp set. Some interest was added to the water area with the ripple image from High Tide.

Colours used for these areas: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive and  Soft Sea Foam.

Next, I went to the Colourful Seasons stamp set and stamped the frame for the chair with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. For the  seat, I used Lovely Lipstick on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut it.

Of course, there had to be a glass of wine and the Half Full stamp set had the perfect size! It is stamped with Gray Granite and the wine is  coloured with Merry Merlot (of course!) and a blender pen.

The glass of wine needed a table. So I searched through my stamp sets, looking for something that would work. When I looked at my stack of retired sets, I spotted Sprinkles of Life and had an ah-ha! moment when I looked at the image for the ice cream cone. Stamped with Crumb Cake on Whisper White CS, fussy cut and turned upside down, it made the perfect little table.

I thought it needed some colour in the upper left hand corner to balance out the bright red of the chair. For this, I cut the tree branch from a piece of Wood Textures DSP using the Seasonal Layers thinlits and stamped the flowers from Colourful Seasons with Grapefruit Grove.

This kind of stamping is something I really enjoy. It's fun to look at various stamp sets and combine them to create a scene. Give it a try!

To see what the rest of the team has done, just visit Watercooler Wednesday and be inspired.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WWC172 - Anything Goes Challenge

After a bit of a break, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things with our weekly challenge. This week's theme is Anything Goes.
I've been playing around with dots. Dot painting, that is. YouTube has thousands of videos of really talented people demonstrating the technique. It's easy to get lost watching all those dots appear, but I finally had to give it a try myself.

Dot painting typically used acrylic paint and can be done on many surfaces and mostly I've seen people paint on rocks and canvases. I wanted to use Stampin' Up products. So I mixed various ink refill colours, mixed into white acrylic paint so that it had the thickness. For my "canvas", I used cardstock.

Take a look:
I cut a circle of the black cardstock with my second largest circle framelit. Starting in the middle, I just started dotting, varying the sizes and colours of the dots. Then I cut a bigger circle from Tempting Turquoise cardstock - a retiring colour.

The circles then went onto a square of black and the whole thing then onto more Tempting Turquoise. I put a large gold faceted gem in the middle, and used rhinestones around the edge.

After all the layers were put on the card base, I thought it still needed something, so I inked a new background stamp, called Handwritten, with Tempting Turquoise, stamped off once, and stamped it randomly in each corner.

This is a lot of fun to do and I have more ideas to keep dotting.

To see what the rest of the team has for you, visit Watercooler Wednesday, then show us your "Anything Goes" project.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WWC169 - Charlotte's All About Occasions Challenge
It's time for another Occasions Challenge, hosted by Charlotte.
My Mom recently celebrated her 91st birthday so I'm sharing the card I made for her.
The retired DSP is Year of Cheer from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. I think it's festive enough for almost any occasion.

I stamped the image from You've Got Style and coloured with Stampin' Blends. Her earrings are blinged-up with Gold Wink of Stella. For more bling, I coloured some Clear Faceted Gems with Rich Razzleberry Blends to match the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

Show us your favourite occasions creation! Just visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration and to link up your project.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WWC#168 - Helen's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Wednesday always brings a new challenge. This week Helen is hosting the Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.
I know there are men who like flowers and are avid gardners, but when I think of a feminine theme, I always think flowers first. In this year's Sale-a-Bration offerings, there was a great stamp set and an embossing folder that are a perfect pair. Unfortunately, the stamp set is no longer available. But - the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder will be available in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue that launches June 1.
The stamp set is called Blooming Basket. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with Stampin' Blends: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bronze, and Crumb Cake.

For the embossed layer, I smeared Crumb Cake ink on the embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot with Very Vanilla Cardstock. Love the look of an aged basket.

The card base, matting for the focal image, and the butterfly are all Bermuda Bay. The butterfly got the Wink of Stella treatment for some shimmer.

This could make a great birthday card, thank you card, or Mother's Day card.

Check out the truly fabulous creations from the rest of the design team at Watercooler Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WWC167 - Gail's All About Christmas Challenge
How is your Christmas card stash coming along? Here's another chance for you to add to it!
I love doing monochromatic cards and think they work well for any occasion - even Christmas. Back in December, I was doing "research" on Pinterest for ideas when I came across a card done by Debbie Henderson of Debbie's Designs. It was gorgeous and I had to CASE (copy and share everything) it.
Using the Santa's Sleigh stamp set, I stamped the trees randomly with Whisper White Craft Ink and Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock. The snowflakes are also stamped with the Whisper White Craft Ink, but for the life of me, I can't remember what stamp set they are from. Anything similar would work. The sentiment, from Merry Little Labels, is also stamped with Soft Suede.

The sleigh, packages and wreath are cut with the co-ordinating Santa's Sleigh Thinlits using Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks. I used a Gold Wink of Stella pen to add a little sparkle to the packages.

All that was left to do was sponge around the edges with Crumb Cake ink then I popped the panel up with dimensionals. The card base is also Crumb Cake and I sponged the edges with the Whisper White ink.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WWC#166 - Kath's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
I'm getting back into the swing of things after a two-week break for the Challenge. After attending the Stampin' Up OnStage event, my creative juices have been recharged, and as luck would  have it, I was able to use some of the stamp sets I received at OnStage for this week's challenge!

Our host for this week's challenge is Kath.
While tidying up my craft table to make space to work, I came across a pile of backgrounds I had done a while ago while playing with some non-SU inks - Distress Oxides. So, I decided to use one of them. Here is how it turned out:
One of the sets from OnStage is Pick a Pennant. I also used the Distress Oxides to stamp the pennants. This was much easier to do with wonderful, awesome, new stamp positioner tool - the Stamparatus! I did need to re-ink and re-stamp the images a couple of times and the Stamparatus makes this a breeze.

The sentiment and the branch with the cute little frog on it are from another set from OnStage - Animal Outing. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the Everyday Label punch. I punched two more using the Everyday Label punch from Basic Black cardstock, cut them apart and layered under the Whisper White to frame it.

For the cardbase, I used a brand new InColour - Blueberry Bushel - and placed a sheet of another new InColour, Pineapple Punch, underneath it for taking the photo. Another benefit of attending OnStage is that we get to order from a limited selection of items before anyone else does.

If you need to add to your stash of masculine-themed cards, visit Watercooler Wednesday and be inspired by the talented Watercooler Artists. Link up your project - we love to see what you do!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WWC163 - Penny's All About Christmas Challenge
It's Christmas again at the Watercooler, as Penny hosts our All About Christmas Challenge.
I'm trying to use more of the Designer Series Paper I buy. Usually, I buy packages of DSP where there are 2 or 3 of the patterns I really love -  and then, I don't want to cut it! I know I'm not the only one who does this.

In the 2017 Holiday Catalogue, there were two collections that really caught my eye: Year of Cheer and Merry Music. I've used both of them on my card.
I used a piece of Year of Cheer for the main background and matted it with Champagne Foil, which I also used to die cut the deer from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits. A strip of Merry Music is a perfect background for the deer. The card base in Thick Whisper White.

The sentiment is stamped with Black Archival ink, and is from Christmas Pines.

I have to say, I don't remember if I had seen this design somewhere online. If so, I don't remember where, as I can't find it on my Pinterest boards, so unfortunately am unable to give credit.

This is such a simple, yet striking design. I think I should make up a few more and get a head start on next Christmas!

If you are looking to get a head start on your list for Christmas 2018, head on over to Watercooler Wednesday for more samples from the rest of the team.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WWC162 - Charlotte's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
It's time already for another masculine challenge, presented this week by Charlotte.
I still tend to automatically reach for darker colours when making a masculine-themed card. Do you do that?

That's what I started when I reached for the Woodgrain DSP and Early Espresso cardstock. But then I headed in another direction.
I had just received an order, and in it were the Basketweave embossing folder and the Just Add Colour Designer Series Paper.

The embossed piece is Crumb Cake, and I used the back side of it, which I thought looked a bit more manly - LOL. Since I did still want to use the Woodgrain DSP, I cut it smaller and glued it on top of the embossed piece.

The feather design is from the Just Add Colour DSP, which I coloured with Stampin' Blends - Crumb Cake, Bronze, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight.

For the sentiment, I went to Sheltering Tree. I love the handwritten look and think it is suitable for a masculine-themed card.

So, even though I used some dark and muted elements in this design, the feathers really lighten things up while keeping the whole design still suitable for a male recipient.

Now it's your turn - show us your best Masculine Anything Goes creation! Visit Watercoloer Wednesday for more inspiration for the talented Watercooler Artists.

WWC183 - Gail's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

It's my turn to host the challenge this week and it's masculine. Lately, I've been leaning to the grungy side of things when ...