Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WWC82 - Libby's "Trees" Theme Challenge

Woo Hoo!  It's a Theme challenge and I know everyone loves those.  They're just one step removed from an "anything goes".  This week Libby Fens, our hostess, has decided to feature "trees".  Do you have any idea of how many great tree stamps, embossing folders and dies there are in our Stampin' Up! catalogue?  The Watercooler Artists certainly found out when looking for inspiration for their cards.  And if you consider all the tree stamps, embossing folders and dies that are made by other companies, it takes one's breath away.


As you can see, all you have to do is decide on your own "tree" and use that to feature in your card this week.  Ready to create and link-up?  Want a bit more inspiration?  Just check out the terrific "tree" versions which inspired our samples this week.  As usual, if you click on the name under each card, you can visit the blog post to see details on how the card was created.  We begin with Libby's look up into a tree's branches.








And now it's your turn.  You can join us by linking up your creation with the InLinkz at the bottom of this challenge.  

Remember:
          1.  This must be a new project---no back-linking to a previous post.
          2.  You must link your project back to our challenge (details at top of page).
          3.  You must link directly to your post, not simply your general blog.
          4.  Please link to no more than 4 challenges, including ours.
          5.  Have fun!

Simply use the link-up below to share your project.  This Linky will close on Monday, August 29th at noon Mountain Daylight Time.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WWC81 - The Winner

Drum roll, please!  It's time to announce the winner for Gail's Color Challenge.  Gail's pick was Kathe Deck's card.  Kathe's card was a showcase for Gail's Stampin' Up! colors as well as the new Flourish Thinlits.  Congratulations, Kathe!


Kathe, we hope you will display your winner's badge, shown below, proudly on your blog.


Our Honourable Mentions were chosen by Gail and the remaining Watercooler Artists.  Congratulations to Melanie Cooke and Char Leasor.  Your use of the challenge colors was excellent!



Melanie and Char, we hope you'll proudly display the badge shown below on your blogs.


Special thanks to Sheri, Bev, Heather and Sue for linking up and sharing their lovely cards.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, August 24th, for the new Watercooler Wednesday challenge and the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WWC81 - Gail's Color Challenge

Welcome to another challenge with our Watercooler Artists.  This week it's a terrific Color Challenge hosted by Gail Allen.  Remember, they're Stampin' Up! colors, but don't let that scare you away.  You can use another company's to create your card as long as they are similar to the challenge colors.  Are you up for the challenge?


Colour challenges force one to use only the colors in the challenge (plus a neutral, of course).   It's not always easy to stay within the palette, but that's why we have challenges---to force ourselves to work outside our comfortable "boxes".

We have some great samples created by the Watercooler Artists to get your creative juices flowing.  As usual, if you click on the name under each card, you can visit the blog post to see details on how the card was created.   We begin with Gail's wonderful emboss resist technique, using all the colours in a very unique way.









And now it's your turn.  You can join us by linking up your creation with the InLinkz at the bottom of this challenge.  

Remember:
          1.  This must be a new project---no back-linking to a previous post.
          2.  You must link your project back to our challenge (details at top of page).
          3.  You must link directly to your post, not simply your general blog.
          4.  Please link to no more than 4 challenges, including ours.
          5.  Have fun!

Please use the link-up below to share your project.  This Linky will close on Monday, August 22nd at noon Mountain Daylight Time.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WWC80 - No Winners Today and Other News

Although I've posted that there are no winners for this challenge because there were only two link-ups and we require three to choose a winner, we consider both Fiona Weatherhead and Heather Hopson to be winners for the Water themed Clean & Simple challenge.

Fiona and Heather, your cards were stellar!  It would have been a hard task to choose between you, despite your very different styles and cards.  Each, in its own way, was a perfect example of what we were looking for with this challenge.  Kudos to you both!  Thanks for your continued participation.



We've saved the best news for last.  Penny Hanuszak has agreed to become a permanent member of the Watercooler Artists' team.  You'll already have fallen in love with Penny's wonderful style and gorgeous cards.  It is a pleasure to know she will be staying with us.

We hope everyone will join us tomorrow, August 17th, for our new challenge.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WWC80 - Heidi's Clean & Simple "Water" Theme Challenge

The hostess for today's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is Heidi Weaver!  Heidi is presenting a clean and simple challenge with a "water" theme.  Clean and simple is a much debated technique, but for this challenge it is cut and dry.  Our Watercooler Artists' team got together and created the following rule of thumb:

Either a single layer upon which we stamp or a base with a single layer upon which we stamp. Since we use embellishments for any other type of card, no embellishments or die-cuts or anything except the simplicity of stamping for the "clean & simple". That gives a clear reason for its name. And what is simpler than stamping? That will allow heat embossing since, if one decides to use a colour, heat embossing would show better than simple stamping. But no e f embossing. Clean and simple.

It's easy to follow and gives you a good idea of what we'll be looking for if you link up to our challenge.


There are lots of different ways in which you can use water for your creation.  You can see from all the wonderful sample created by our Watercooler Artists, just how varied simple stamping can be.  As usual, if you click on the name under each card, you can visit the blog post to see details on how the card was created.   We begin with Heidi's water scene:









And now it's your turn.  You can join us by linking up your creation with the InLinkz at the bottom of this challenge.  

Remember:
          1.  This must be a new project---no back-linking to a previous post.
          2.  You must link your project back to our challenge (details at top of page).
          3.  You must link directly to your post, not simply your general blog.
          4.  Please link to no more than 4 challenges, including ours.
          5.  Remember what we want to see in a clean and simple creation.
          6.  Have fun!

Please use the link-up below to share your project.  This Linky will close on Monday, August 15th at noon Mountain Daylight Time.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WWC79 - The Winner

Drum roll, please!  It's time to announce the winner for Kath's Sketch Challenge.  Kath's pick was Lynn Ellis's card.  Lynn's card was a showcase for some of Stampin' Up!'s great new products, especially the oh-so-versatile Jar of Love Bundle.  Congratulations, Lynn!



Lynn, we hope you will display your winner's badge, shown below, proudly on your blog.


Our Honourable Mentions were voted on by all the Watercooler Artists.  Congratulations to Kathe Deck and Susie Nelson.  Your interpretations of the sketch were great!



Kathe and Susie, we hope you'll proudly display the badge shown below on your blogs.


And thank you to Fiona, Heather, Stasia, Alicia and Dorothy for sharing their wonderful cards.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, August 10th, for the new Watercooler Wednesday challenge and the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WWC79 - Kath's Sketch Challenge

Welcome to this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Kath Ricks has given us a great sketch with which to work and it has a lot of possibilities.  You can use it as is or flip it like Kath did.  There are lots of opportunity for creativity using this sketch.


We have some great samples created by the Watercooler Artists to show you what you can do with the sketch.  You can click on the Artist's name under their card to visit their blog post and see the details on how their card was created.  With Kath hosting this week, we begin with her great use of the sketch.  Lots of detail and a wonderful birthday card.






Now it's your turn.  You can join us by linking up your creation with the InLinkz at the bottom of this challenge.  
Remember:

                    1.  This must be a new project---no back-linking to a previous post.
                    2.  You must link your project back to our challenge (details at top of page).
                    3.  You must link directly to your post, not simply your general blog.
                    4.  Please link to no more than 4 challenges, including ours.
                    5.  Have fun!

Simply use the link-up below to share your project.  This Linky will close on Monday, August 8th at noon Mountain Daylight Time.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WWC78 - The Winner!

Drum roll, please!  It's time to announce the winner for Jean's "B" Theme Challenge.  Jean's pick was Fiona Whitehead's card.  For her "B", Fiona showcased the beautiful humming bird from the Picture Perfect stamps set.  Congratulations, Fiona!



Fiona, we hope you will display your winner's badge, shown below, proudly on your blog.


Our Honourable Mentions were voted on by all the Watercooler Artists.  Congratulations to Julie Gearinger and Ina G.  Wonderful projects, ladies.  Your "Bs" were beautiful.


Julie and Ina, we hope you'll proudly display the badge shown below on your blogs.


And thank you to Heike, Doris, Diane, Martina, Carol and Heather for sharing their wonderful cards.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, August 3rd, for the new Watercooler Wednesday challenge and the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists.