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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Watercooler CASE Challenge adventure

In addition to Blog Hops, the Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who chat around the water cooler at Stampin' Connection decided to do regular challenges.  They have a fabulous design team, and the current Watercooler Challenge is to Copy And Share Everything - ok, well, Something - from one of the design team member's websites.  Doesn't that make it a CASS Challenge?  Hmm.

Before I get too distracted, I knew right away that I would copy one of Jackie's cards.  This one, specifically, because it's been at the top of my list of cards to copy since I first saw it; I just had to wait for my Kinda Eclectic stamp set to arrive.

stamp sets - Kinda Eclectic, Perfect Pennants; ink - Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon; stampin' write marker - Mossy Meadow; card stock - Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; punches - Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly; Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit  
I didn't change much, just one color and placement of the butterflies, because it was already fabulous!  The only reason my butterflies are different is because I did that part from memory :/ and the only reason I changed the color was so I could use Blackberry Bliss on a different Card Buffet card.  So, in case you missed the subtle hint, if you attend Card Buffet at my (temporary) place this month, you can make this card, too :)  If you don't live nearby, be sure to contact your local demonstrator to order this awesome stamp set and the equally awesome new In Colors; I can't imagine that you can get along without them!

Oh, I also changed the sentiment (because I don't own the one Jackie used), and I left off the sequins, but I'm thinking that I should add them to my card - what do you think?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

watercooler blog hop first anniversary adventure

The Stampin' Connection Watercooler, where the conversation threads are frequently wacky, has been offering up blog hops for a year - WooHoo!  So this is an anniversary for us, and most of my watercooler friends have prepared anniversary cards, but I forgot to create one.  I completely concentrated on the awesome new designer series papers, since you can get one pack free with purchase of three, and who doesn't love free?

For my free package, I chose Flashback - it's not the first one I would have chosen, but I love the camera images.  As it turns out, I pretty much love all the designs in the package, so I've made two very different cards using that paper.  Neither card is an original design - you can see the Pinterest versions that I CASE*'d here and here - since I've been a bit preoccupied with moving and family obligations recently.

stamp sets - Lots of Thanks, Flower Shop; ink - Real Red; card stock - Naturals Vanilla; designer series paper - Flashback; punch - Pansy

stamp set - Four You; ink - Crushed Curry; card stock - Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pool Party; designer series paper - Flashback 

In retrospect, I think the sentiment should have been stamped in Real Red, but I was afraid it would be too overpowering.  And there's no reason (other than my faulty memory) that this couldn't have been an anniversary card!

The next project is also not an original idea; my upline Nisha learned it from another demonstrator group and shared it with our group.  We each made enough two-inch squares to share with everyone in the group and "swapped", then arranged them in 8"x8" shadow box frames; of course the hardest part was deciding where to place each wonderful "twinchie"!  The designer series paper used in many of the squares is Flowerpot - a fun summery design:
I only designed and created two of the squares, so I don't think I'll be able to list all of the supplies used, but if you have a question about anything in particular, I'll be happy to find out for you!

I hope you've enjoyed the awesome, wonderful projects we've tried to wow you with, but if you haven't been all the way around, just choose a watercooler button below to go back to Bev's post, forward to Jackie's post, or home to the Watercooler itself.

*CASE = Copy and Share Everything

Monday, July 14, 2014

revisiting a previous adventure

Last month I made a card for Father's Day that I just love, and it was featured at two challenge blogs (Paper Craft Crew and My Pumpkin Challenge), so someone else liked it too :) - how sweet is that!

When I saw the current ColourQ challenge, I remembered the card, but not that it was made with a ColourQ challenge the first time (it was!).  I thought I'd CASE* myself so I could offer it as a Card Buffet selection this month. I changed the main sentiment and the colors, but I still love it:
stamp sets: Perfect Pennants, Lots of Thanks, My Paper Pumpkin Framed Love; ink - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Poppy Parade (retired), Hello Honey; card stock - Island Indigo, Poppy Parade (retired), Naturals White

*Copy And Share Everything

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#stampingsunday Christmas in July adventure

You may have noticed that there are no holiday-only stamp sets in the new annual catalog.  There are some carry-over sets available, and two brand-new sets have just been released, but I decided to stick with annual catalog stamp sets simply to challenge myself.  In addition, I wanted to use just green and white for the challenge at Merry Monday:
stamp sets - Daydream Medallions,  Sassy Salutations; ink  - Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive; card stock - Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
I thought the medallions looked like wreaths, but now I'm unsure about how well I like it.  It's not a difficult one to make multiples of, though, so I'm considering including it as one of the selections for my Card Buffet this month.  Let me know what you think, please?

edited to add - While browsing the Merry Monday submissions (many beautiful cards, you should browse, too!) I found Simply Create Too (a challenge I've not seen before!) where it's Christmas in July.  Since that's the #stampingsunday theme that got me started this week, I think I have to link there, too!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiment Watercooler birthday adventure for Just Us Girls

At the end of June we had a whirlwind vacation week with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, during which we moved from one temporary location to another, attended my nephew's wedding, celebrated my birthday, moved more stuff, attended a memorial service for a friend, and celebrated our grandson's birthday.  After a four-day weekend to visit Tom's brother and sister-in-law, I went back to work, where quarter-end reporting consumed the entire short week.  We then spent the following three-day weekend moving more stuff and attempting to "settle in", with a break to watch fireworks.  This is Tuesday, right?  And, it's July, now - whooh!

I found a little time here and there, so my Index Card A Day adventure is on time (and under budget), but I'm behind a bit on card challenges and general blog-reading.

When I saw the birds challenge at Just Us Girls, and specifically Rebekka Reed's Guest Designer card, it sent my brain directly to the Hand Stamped Sentiments logo and color challenge, which in turn led me to the sketch from Watercooler Challenges.  I can't believe I'm the only one that happened to, but this card *had* to be made:
stamp set - Sassy Salutions; ink - Tangelo Twist; card stock - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Smoky Slate, Whisper White; designer series paper - Moonlight; punches - Owl Builder, Curly Label, Decorative Label

Since my card supply box is in seriously short of birthday cards, and this one seemed too bright & cheerful to be anything else, I'll also link up at Seize the Birthday.