Sunday, May 31, 2015


I was in charge of coming up with this weeks challenge, with Father's Day coming up I wanted something that could work for masculine cards if needed. I went with a photo inspiration. Here is the photo I challenged the Watercooler Artists with.
There are so many things that I could take from the photo, water, feathers, fowl, or colors. The Stampin' Up colors I see are, Crumb Cake, Tangelo Twist, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar(retired), Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Handsome Hunter(retired), Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Basic Gray & Elegant Eggplant.  Did I miss any colors?

I went with colors and water.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo & Watercolor Paper
Ink: Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Stazon
Misc: Aqua Painter

When watercoloring with Mossy Meadow the colors separate and make for an interesting combination- greens and brown, all of my grassy area was colored with only Mossy Meadow.

So look at the photo and see what it inspires you to do and then share your project with us on our home site(where you can see what the Watercoolor Artists were inspired to make).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Under construction

I am in the process of moving my craft room, so little crafting is going on. The new room in painted but every crafting supply I own is stacked in three different rooms while I get the move done.

Here are my sons friend as well as my two sons moving my desk to the new room

My desk is 15 feet of counter with a 6' x  4' desk jutting out from it. it is made from Alder. It comes apart in 6 pieces with the heaviest pieces taking 4 people to carry.  On of my youngest sons friends works for the company that built my desk so he was able to get the move done and the desk back together. I'll post photos of my room once it is finished.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Best Thoughts- card #2

So I decided to use the came stamp set and colors for this card instead of watercolor paper and an aqua painter I used shimmery white CS and a blender pen.
Stamp: Best Thoughts
Paper: Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, Mossy Meadow & Shimmery White CS
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder & Mossy Meadow
Misc: Blender Pen & Dimensionals

The other card using this set can be seen here and voted for here, it is card #8 at the bottom of the post.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PCCCS#144 with a Sneak Peek

It's been awhile since I tried a sketch from Paper Craft Crew. So for a sneak Peek of an upcoming host set I used sketch #144. Voting starts tonight.
Here is the sketch
For my card

Stamps: Best Thoughts(new host set), Petite Pairs & Perpetual Birthday Calendar
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder CS, Neutrals DSP stack, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder, Mossy Meadow, Stazon
Misc: Circle Collection Framelits, Petite Petals & Itty Bitty Accents Punches Dimensioals & Aqua Painter

So hop on over to Paper Craft Crew to vote for your favorite entries.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don't Forget that the Occasions Catalog will end in 2 Weeks

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Watercooler Challenge #24

Our challenge this time is a sketch given to us by Stefanie. Here is the card I made using her sketch.
Here is the sketch.
To see what the other Watercooler Artist have done with this sketch you can see their work at the Watercooler Challenge Site. You can also link up your work. 

Here is what I used on my card:
 Stamps: Just Kidding
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Rose Red & Shimmery CS
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede & Baked Brown Sugar
Misc: Zig Zag Textured Embossing Folder

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

We are hopping again and feeling the "Retirement Blues!

Our Blog Hop runs in a circular fashion.  No matter where in the list of participants you begin, you'll wind up in the exact same place again if you keep going to the "next" blog.  It works the same way whether you do the usual forward movement through the blog posts or if you work your way through in reverse order

If you arrived here from Gail's blog, welcome! Isn't it fun to see what each of us will miss? Remember you only have about 2 weeks left to get any of the stamp sets that on the retirement list. If you don't have a demonstrator already I'm happy to help you with your order.

First up
I used two retiring stamp sets Pleasant Poppies & Blooming With Kindness, I love sentiments with mixed fonts! The card stock is Whisper White & Calypso Coral, the ink is Memento and Calypso Coral, the card stock and ink are not retiring.

Love & Sympathy is one of my favorite set, one that will be staying in my collection long after its retirement. The card stock and ink are staying. I used Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz for the greens and Wisteria Wonder. I stamped on Shimmery White and used Very Vanilla for my base.

And last.
We are saying good bye to the 2013-2015 in colors, I used 4 of the 5 colors on this card. We are also saying good bye to all of the host sets. I used "Let Your Hair Down"

Card stock is Whisper White, Strawberry Slush & Coastal Cabana, the inks are Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana & Strawberry Slush. Also retiring are the Shaker Frames, the In color Sequins  & the On Film Framelits

Those are a few of the things we are saying good bye to, if you continue on Christine will show you some of the things she will miss. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Project Life Isn't Just for Scrapbooking

Project Life Card Collections come in a wonderful & useful box. There is a section for you to added j pens as well as the Accessory Pack.  There are 7 new collections in the upcoming catalog and that means all the sets in the current catalog are retiring! (Let me know if I can help you with ordering some) This set is "Playground" Card Collection and the Accessory Pack.
Stamp: Everyday Occasions
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo & Crushed Curry CS, 2 cards from Playground Project Life Card Collection
Ink: Crushed Curry & Island Indigo
Misc: Dimensionals

The stamp set as well as the Project Life are on the retirement list.

Tomorrow night is our Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, we will be showcasing the retirement list.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

House Update :)

I thought I'd share they photos of our laundry room redo. My before picture got deleted before I got it downloaded, so the first photo is an "in progress" photo.
This is the closest "before" picture, the hideous wallpaper was partially torn off. We had to stack the washer and dryer so that the clothes hamper could fit in the room instead of sitting in the hallway.

My son used a battle ax to tear down the wall between the hall and the laundry room(the open door is the the end of the hall going into the garage).

Dry wall down, the wiring was moved before the studs came down, we had wires come down from the attic as well as up from the basement going to 5 switches we also added an additional outlet.

 We found a lower cabinet at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and painted it and the upper cupboard to match each other.

My husband taught my son to cut the slate tile, then he installed it.

My husband watched a YouTube video then made a counter top.

We added a sink(every builder should know that they are important to have in a laundry room). The white subway tiles came from the Restore but we had to buy the glass tiles from Home Depot that are between them.

So  new paint on the wall a hall way that now ends with a door going to the laundry and through the laundry is the door to the garage. My laundry room is twice the size it was and looks good too!

Next up will be my craftroom we are moving it to the basements basement. (My house is 1 story from the front and 3 from the back, all walk out. My current craft room is in the first level basement and has no windows, the new one will have a window overlooking my waterfall and pond as well as french doors to the out side.  It will have a built in 15 foot desk. Some lucky crafter will get it when we put the house up for sale.

Cards will be posting again tomorrow.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sneak Peek of the 2015-2917 Incolors

Here are some side by side comparisons of the new in colors. The left photos are under florescent light, the right under natural light.
Left to right: Glorious Green, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green & Cucumber Crush
Left to right: Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, More Mustard & Delightful Dijon

Left to right: Pistachio Pudding, Sage Shadow, Mint Macaron
Left to right: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand & Tip Top Taupe
Left to right: Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral & Watermelon Wonder

So there you have it the incoming Incolors!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Watercooler Challenge #23

Our challenge was given to us by Marsha, she gave us an inspiration photo. Here is my card.
Here is the inspiration photo.

Here is what I used for my card.

Stamps: Painted Petals & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White & Pistachio Pudding CS & Painted Blooms
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding & Rose Red
Misc: Dimensionals & Bitty Banners Framelits

Now go ahead and check out our challenge page and link your creation from the inspiration piece.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Blended Bloom meets Butterfly Basics

I'm so happy that Butterfly Basics & Crazy About You made it into the 2015-2016 annual catalog!
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Butterfly Basics & Crazy About You
Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crushed Curry & Chocolate Chip
Misc: Dimensionals