Watercooler Wednesday WWC37


It is that time again for a Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This time it is a sketch challenge given to us by Jackie.  Here is the sketch:

Jackie Watercooler sketch Feb 2015

Here is my card:

Winter Wishes

I used the stamp set called Winter Wishes.  It is in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  I like this set because it is a little old fashioned.  It has skates, skis, a snowshoe and a sled.  I used the Designer Series paper called Merry Moments which is also in the Holiday Catalog.

Now it is your turn.  Make a project using this sketch and then post it to our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge web site by clicking HERE.  You can also see all the other wonderful artist’s creations using this sketch.

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A Simple Thanks

Expressions Natural Elements

A couple of weeks ago one of the challenges from Watercooler Wednesday was a picture of a bedroom.  It had some pictures on the wall, windows and a variety of other things.  You can see the picture HERE.  I made a couple of cards using this sketch challenge, most of which ended up in the garbage.  Yes, many of my cards end up in the garbage.  I know it is easy for some people to make beautiful cards all the time but it is not for me.  I have never been very creative.  It is one of the reasons I love stamping.  It allows us un-creative people to pretend to be creative.

In any case, this is one of the cards I made that didn’t end up in the garbage but also did not end up as the challenge card.  I just discovered the Natural Elements shapes.  They have been in previous catalogs and I never ordered any but I liked the font on these so decided to try them.  Now I love them.  They have 3 different words (or if you look in the Holiday catalog they have snowflakes!).  If you haven’t tried them, you should!

Here is Madelyn after a bath.  It is hard to believe she is five months old already!


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Fab Friday 74

Fab+Friday+Logos-74It has been a long time since I have participated in the Fab Friday Challenges but I needed some inspiration and the best way to do that is to participate a challenge.  Fab Friday is one of my favorites because their sketches are simple.  Here is my card for this challenge.

Vintage Leaves, Seasonal Frame Thinlits

I know you have been seeing a lot of leaves lately but I love the Vintage Leaves stamp set with the matching Leaflet Framelits Dies.  The word “grateful” is from a set of Thinlits that are in the Holiday Catalog called Seasonal Frame Thinlits.  I love the font in this set because it is more elegant than some of the others.

If you would like to see the other creations using this sketch, click HERE.

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Thank You Kindly

Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning

As you can probably tell, I am in Fall mode now.  I love summer and I love the warm weather but Fall is also one of my favorite seasons.  The days are still warm (70’s) and the nights are cool.  It is perfect sleeping weather.

Of course, leaves go so well in Fall mode.  We have beautiful Falls up here where the leaves turn bright red, orange and yellow.  It is gorgeous until, of course, they fall.  Then it becomes raking season, which is no fun at all.  Our house is surrounded by beautiful oaks and maples but boy, do they make a mess!  It is the only time of the year I wish I lived in a big open field!

Do you see the gold Cord I used on this card.  It is in the Holiday Catalog and is awesome!  It comes in silver too and it is really easy to tie and looks beautiful.

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Six Sided Sampler

Six Sided Sampler

Sometimes I get so excited about all the new products that Stampin’ Up! offers I forget about the older products that I love so much.  The stamp set called Six Sided Sampler is one of those sets.  It has a matching Embossing Folder called Honeycomb and a matching punch called Hexagon.  You can’t ask for anything more!  If you put all those items together it makes it so easy to make a card.  You just stamp, punch, run it through the Big Shot and put it together!  Easy as pie.  Not to get side tracked or anything, but since when is making pie easy?  I mean really.  The only pie that might be easy to make is if you use pre-made pie shells and canned filling.  Homemade pies are time consuming and messy to make but oh so delicious!

Sorry for getting sidetracked!

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Watercooler Wednesday WWC36


Today is another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This time the challenge is to make a 3D project of your choosing.

Square Pillow Box, Vintage Leaves

I decided to make a pillow box using the Square Pillow Box Die.  The difference is, this pillow box is larger than the usual box but is very easy to make.  It is 7 1/4 ” long instead of 4 1/2″.   The ‘Thanks” is one of the Expressions Natural Elements.  I pressed it into a Mossy Meadow ink pad to color it.

Here is a little tutorial on how to make a box this size.

Take one piece of 8 1/4″ by 5″ cardstock and lay it on the Magnetic Platform.  I liked using the Magnetic Platform instead of the normal one because it holds the Thinlit in place.  Make sure the Square Pillow Box Thinlit is right up and one side of the cardstock and the top of the cardstock as shown below (the black arrows are there to show you what I am talking about).


Then lay your second plate partially over the die.  Make sure you line it up as shown in the photo above.  The die will not cut where there isn’t a plate.


Now run it through the Big Shot this way.  Your cardstock will look like this after it is cut.


Now flip your cardstock around and do the exact same thing making sure to line up one edge of your die with the edge of the cardstock as shown in the photo.


Lay your plate partially over the die as shown and then run it through the Big Shot.


You cardstock will look like this  You might have to cut a little bit where the arrows are with your Paper Snips.


You need to do this twice so you have two pieces of cardstock.  Then just put your Pillow Box together the same way you normally would.

You can see the other Watercooler Wednesday artist’s project HERE.  You can also make your own project to share with the rest of us by linking up at the bottom of the page.

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Stampin’ Up! Videos

Here are some fun videos showing a couple of different products that Stampin’ Up! offers.

The first one is showing how to use the Festive Flower Punch to make beautiful flowers.  It is so much easier than it looks and you end up with beautiful 3D flowers.

This next video shows you the beautiful Designer Series Paper that is in the 2015 Holiday Catalog and how Stampin’ Up! comes up with the designs for this paper.

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