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WWC310 – Marsha\’s Challenge: All About Occasions

 Yappy Birthday Card using Mama Elephant’s Playful Pups stamp set

Masculine Yappy Birthday Card

Hello and welcome!  We are making \”Occasions\” cards at Watercooler Wednesday and I made a fun puppy themed birthday card.  Marsha is our hostess.


Big changes at Watercooler Wednesday!  We are going to a bi-weekly format so this challenge will conclude on Monday, March 8th and winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 9th.  

I used one of my longtime favorite stamp sets:  Mama Elephant\’s Playful Pups.  I lightly penciled in two lines and then stamped my images within this band. I then erased the pencil and Copic colored my pups.   I like the clean happy look of this card.

We hope to see your card in our gallery.  You can access the challenge website HERE.


This is my last challenge on the design team for Watercooler Wednesday.  I’ve loved seeing all your beautiful creations over the last few years and I will be looking for your future projects on Instagram. 
Take care,
Karen
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WWC295 – Karen\’s Challenge: All About Occasions

 Hello, hello…so glad you stopped by!  I am the hostess this week at Watercooler Wednesday and am excited to share this card.  I hope to see your card in our gallery.

I\’ve admired this stamp set for quite a while, finally ordered it in April and am just now using it for the first time.  The flowers and leaves are so fun to color!

Supplies Used:

  • Simons Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers stamp and die bundle
  • Ranger Letter It sentiment
  • Altenew New Day Enamel Dots
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die
  • Copic Markers
  • White Gel Pen Accents
  • Fog A2 card base.
I am also playing along with:

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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WWC291 – Fifth Week Anything Goes Challenge

Summer technically just ended but I have one more card with the summery colors I love.  I had a scrap of striped background left from a card I made a few weeks ago that was too pretty to throw away so I made it into a card for Watercooler Wednesday\’s Anything Goes Challenge.  I think bright and happy always works for birthdays.  The background uses the same colors as the striped panel.




Here is a link if you would like to see the original card I made with the watercolor panel.
I am also playing along at:

Supplies Used:

Jillibean Soup Enjoy sentiment
Distress Inks
UPDATE:  I was so pleased to see my card recognized as a Top Pick at Make My Monday Use Your Scraps!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen





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Altenew Academy Level 1 Final Project

I\’ve been working my way through Level 1 at The Altenew Academy and just completed my Final Project which was to create a set of \”feminine\” and \”masculine\” gifts sets.  I have to say I learned so much and had loads of ideas but I would like to show you the cards I created for my final project.  I incorporated lessons I learned in:
  •  Let It Shine where we discovered how to add just the right amount of sparkle and shine to a card.  I used metallic heat embossing and  metallic watercolors on my feminine cards.
  •   Easy Die Cutting where we learned to use die-cutting to up the \”Wow\” factor.  I used die-cuts on each of my cards as I think they add loads of impact and felt this unified both card sets.
  •  Easy Ink Blending – I used several ink blending techniques on my masculine card set. My two favorites were the soft blue background on the Healing Wishes card and the die-cut spotlight circles on the Get Well Soon card.  

For my \”feminine\” cards I wanted subtle metallic touches combined with watercoloring. I kept the set cohesive by using cream card stock/watercolor paper, floral images, a pink and green watercolor palette and navy die-cut sentiments.
For this first card, I created a metallic watercolor background which is so pretty in person.  I then stamped, heat embossed and watercolored the floral images.  After the flowers dried I added a pearlescent  white gold watercolor wash over the top which gave the flowers a beautiful sheen.  I die cut the images and attached with foam tape. The next photo shows the first three card in process.

Here are the cards that round out the gift set.  On each card I used big bold die-cut occasion sentiments cut from navy cardstock. 



I really like this feminine spray and think the navy die-cut sentiments are  beautiful and anchor the look of this set.

The painted Lotus die-cut is so pretty in person.

I did want to share this process photo as well.

The Feminine Set

For my \”masculine\” cards I chose to use an overall blue theme with ink blending techniques and Altenew\’s Garden Grow as the unifying elements.  For my first card, I ink blended a background and used peek-a-boo die cut  windows to spotlight my images.  During quarantine, I\’ve been sending so many encouragement cards that I wanted to include one in this set. 

I made a companion card using the die-cut circles from the card above.  I ink blended the spotlight circle, added die-cut images and anchored with a strip of masculine brown paper.

The next two cards have a soft ink blended background to draw the eye to the die cut.

I thought a birthday and recovery card would round out the gift set.

Here is an in-progress photo.  The die cut elements were attached to each card with foam tape.

PRO TIP:  I blended one background on Neenah (Birthday) and the second on Bristol (Healing Wishes) to see which provided a smoother look.  The Neenah panel (below left panel that is now the Birthday Card) is whiter but the Bristol (right panel that is now the Healing Wishes card) is far easier to blend on and resulted in a smoother background.  In the future, I will remember to blend my backgrounds on Bristol cardstock.

And here is the masculine set.


We were challenged to use a recycled element in each set.  For the feminine set I recycled a small Kraft gift bag and for the masculine set I re-used an elegant chocolate brown box.  I heat embossed some tags to top each set.  

Altenew Products Used:
Altenew Best Mom stamp and die bundle
Altenew Inked Lotus stamp and die bundle
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Mini Branch stamp
Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink

I am so glad you stopped by.  I\’d love to hear what you think about these card sets.  Thanks!
Karen



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WWC278 – Michelle\’s Challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Do you ever have a leftover scrap that you just love?  That is how this card came to be….I made a pretty background  (link to card here) and had a bit left so that was the starting point for this creation.  I thought it was a pretty feminine card so I selected it to be my design team card for this week\’s Watercooler Wednesday \”Feminine\” Challenge.
I added a bold floral focal point, heat embossed a sentiment, created a layered look with foam tape and added a couple of embellishments from my scrapbooking days.  
Supplies Used:
Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil
Altenew Smile More stamp and die bundle
Spellbinder\’s Sentiment
Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron)
Zig Markers:  Emerald, Green Shadow, Pale Yellow, Yellow, Bright Yellow
Initial Embellishments

Make My Monday \”Use Stencils\” Challenge My background is watercoloring with distress ink over a stencil.

Festive Friday FF0062  I picked CAS design, birthday theme and floral theme.




I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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WWC277 – Tristan\’s Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and Welcome!  This week we are making occasion cards at Watercooler Wednesday and Kath is our hostess.  I\’ve chosen to make a birthday card for my daughter.  Kristen has the most adorable Corgi name Newton, and he was the inspiration for this card.
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop background die

 A while back I saw this Corgi stamp and purchased it right away. I wanted to put together a little birthday scene so I thought a birthday cake on a bench would be cute.  I stamped, Copic colored, fussy cut and die cut the elements.  The background is a pretty cover die.   The sentiment is new to me, but I am really happy with it. I added some Tonic Nuvo glaze to the frosting and candles and I really like the shine it added.

I wanted to make the card extra special, so I put a second \”pop-up\” Corgi inside.

Supplies:
Stamps of Life: Corgis2Stamp stamp
WPlus9 \”New Home\” bench stamp and die
Jane\’s Doodles \”Party Time\” cake stamp
MFT \”Lucky Dog\” stamp and die (pop-up Corgi)
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die
Sentiment:  Jillibean Soup (heat embossed and die cut)
Tonic Nuvo Glaze
Black Gel Pen for accents
Neenah Paper
Copic Markers

Allsorts \”Pet Challenge\” This birthday card is for my daughter who has a Corgi named Newton.

Cut it Up \”Perfect Pet\” Challenge  Newton the Corgi is the friendliest pet you are sure to meet and he is die-cut twice (front and pop-up inside).
Happy Little Stampers Die Cutting Challenge Lots of die-cutting on this card:  background, sentiments, images and pop-up Corgi.

Try it on Tuesday – Create a Scene a fun little birthday scene.

UPDATE:I was so pleased to discover this card was selected as a \”top cut\”!


I am happy with the card and am looking forward to putting it in the mail to Kristen.  

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

 

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WWC275 – Karen\’s Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello!  I am so pleased you stopped by.  Today we are showcasing \”Occasion\” cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I am this week\’s hostess.

Offset Ink blended background:  squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, salty ocean and blueprint sketch
I recently won several stamps from Crackerbox and Suzy and this is my first card with my new haul.  I think the tree is just gorgeous.  I have been doing a lot of ink blending lately and knew this tree would be perfect for this technique.  I started by masking off a 1 1/2\” border on the left of the card and then started ink blending from the bottom right to the top left.  I was very heavy handed and put down a lot of ink.  I added a navy mat as I didn\’t want the clean white swath to fade into the card base.
Supplies Used:
Crackerbox and Suzy Tree Whimsey stamp
The Greetery Crimped Frame die
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch
Neenah cardstock
Navy Mat
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
SSS Birthday Mix 1 sentiment stamp and die
Masking tape

NBUS Challenge – This is my first time to use Crackerbox and Suzy\’s beautiful Tree Whimsy stamp.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen 

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WWC272 – Helen\’s Challenge: Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist

Hello and welcome!  This week we are making masculine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Helen is our hostess.  My son-in-law has a May birthday so this card is for Josh.  Josh is a big dog lover and the dog in the middle is his sweet dog Asuna. 
Ink blended background using Catherine Pooler\'s Blue Suede Shoes.
I started by ink blending a blue background panel which I then put aside to dry.  On a white panel I die cut three windows for my pups and then fussy cut the curved edge.  Next, I stamped, Copic colored and die cut my pups.  Assembly was easy and I used foam tape to attach the white panel to the background and then popped the dogs on.

I saved the die cut circles and used them to make this Encouragement Card.

Supplies:
Mama Elephant Playful Pups stamps and dies
Catherine Pooler \”Its a Boy\” & \”Blue Suede Shoes\” ink
Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Brushes
SSS Stitched Circles
Neenah card stock
Copic markers
Black gel pen accents

I am playing along in:
The Paper Players CAS Men in Mind Challenge (#491)

The Paper Girls #200 \”All About the Boys\” Challenge

Paper Minutes Dog or Cat Challenge #641

I was very pleased to see this card designated \”A Cut Above\” by The Paper Players!

Thank you for stopping by!
Karen 
 

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WWC269 – Anything Goes Challenge

Hello and welcome!  Since there are five weeks in April, this week\’s challenge is \”Anything Goes\” at Watercooler Wednesday.
 This is the birthday card I made for my photography loving sister-in-law.  I think this darling girl looks just like Debbie and I colored her complexion and hair color to further customize the card.
I ink blended the background, and then stamped, Copic colored and die cut the image.  The sentiment was heat embossed and die cut.  
Stamps and Dies:
Picket Fence Studios \”Karen Girl\”
Jillibean Sentiment

I am entering this card in:
Rainbow Card Challenge: Totally Tiffany

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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WWC261 – Kath\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Hello and welcome!  This week is our always popular \”feminine\” challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.  Kath is our hostess.
Altenew Espresso Crisp die ink
I made this card for my sister\’s birthday.  I heat embossed,  watercolored then die-cut this beautiful floral image from Altenew.  I used watercolor paper for the painted panel and the card base as I liked the continuity of texture across the card.  I am not sure you can tell in the photograph, but I really like the textured look in person.   I also went with a brown sentiment for a more natural look.

Supplies:
Altenew Weekend Doodles stamp and die
Altenew Espresso Crisp die ink
Watercolor paper
White Embossing Powder
Kuretake watercolors

I am pleased with the card and look forward to popping it in the mail to my sister.

I am entering this card in:




I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen
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