It’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Time

Hello my stamping friend, and welcome back to another challenge with the Watercooler Wednesday Artists!

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So, we noticed that last week’s challenge may have been a bit too challenging; we had 2 awesome cards submitted, but that was it.  I’d love to have your feedback; was it the theme of ‘water’, or the Clean & Simple guidelines, or the combination of the theme and CAS?

Remember -we do these challenges to inspire and, well, challenge, you – so we want to include challenges that do just those things!  Just leave me a comment on this post, and I’ll share with the rest of the team.

I have to admit – as I’m writing this post, I’ve injured my back (pinched a nerve, or something!) which is making it very difficult to sit & type this on my desktop (I don’t have my image files on my iPad).  So, if you see weird spelling, or abrupt sentences, please be aware that it’s the pain – not me taking leave of my senses!

Now – on to this week’s challenge!  Our wonderful Gail Allen is this week’s host, and she has put together a stunning colour challenge for us.  Just wait ’til you see the amazing projects everyone created 🙂

WWC81 Gail's colour challenge

I find that the most difficult part of these colour challenges is figuring out how to give each colour it’s due – they’re so pretty.  Here’s what I came up with:

WWC81 thoughful branches

I used the fabulous, limited-time stamp set  Thoughtful Branches and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits combination.  This is a great set, that can be purchased as a Bundle to save 10%, or you can purchase them separately.  It’s very versatile; it can be used for flowers, trees, of course the leaves; I’ve seen pumpkins made using the die cut! I’ve barely started using my Bundle; be prepared, because you’ll be seeing lots more of it!

For Gail’s challenge, I chose to start with a card base of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, layered with a panel of Daffodil Delight.  On a panel of Whisper White, I stamped the hatched texture image from Timeless Textures stamp set in Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Yellow ink.  The sentiment, from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, was stamped in Daffodil Yellow ink in the lower left hand corner.

On a separate piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock, I stamped the large bloom image in Watermelon Wonder ink, then used the Beautiful Branches Thinlits to die cut it with the Big Shot.  (Demo Tip – using the Precision Plate makes releasing the cardstock from this die a total breeze!).  The leaves, also from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits, were die cut in Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

I wanted my flower and leaves to pop off the card a bit, but Dimensionals were just too big.  So, I used Glue Dots by first ‘rolling’ the Dots between my fingers, so they were small enough to fit on the back of the die cuts, then attached them to the panel.

Finally, I finished off the card with a small bow of Ruched Ribbon in Peekaboo Peach!

The inside sentiment, ‘and always in my heart’, is also from this stamp set.  I also added the leaf stamp to decorate the inside panel:

WWC81 inside

Gail really did come up with a gorgeous colour combination – please be sure to check out what the rest of the Watercooler Artists came up with, for your inspiration – just click over to the Watercooler Wednesday challenges page.

I hope to see  your card linked for this challenge – don’t forget to leave some feedback about the types of challenges you like to participate in, and if  you have a comment about my card, I’d love to read it!

Thanks for spending some time with me today 🙂  Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Susan Horr says:

    Very pretty card, Deborah. I like the color combination too. I am sorry to hear about your back. Take it easy for a while. You don’t want an aching back when you go to London!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m glad you liked my Thoughtful Branches card, Susan ! I agree – Gail did a great colour combination for the challenge. You’re right – I need this back problem gone – now! – so I’m in perfect health to travel in less than a month! Fingers crossed 🙂

  2. I’m so sad that the Thoughtful Branches is such a time limited stamp as samples like yours really demonstrate what a gorgeous set it is. The blend with the colours and the Timeless Textures set is perfect. I really like the hatched background stamp design it really showcases this flower so well. Thanks for sharing Deb and I hope your pinched nerve resolves itself so you can have fun sitting and stamping again!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      We can keep our fingers crossed that SU! will bring this Thoughtful Branches Bundle back in the next catalogue, Penny! I sure hope it does!

  3. Bev says:

    Love this card Deb! Such a wonderful sense of style and composition.

  4. cycworker says:

    I just have trouble getting organized to get a challenge completed in a week. I had an idea & didn’t have time to get it done.

    Love your card & the colours.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Oh – I’m so sorry to hear that you ran out of time to post your card for last week’s challenge! 🙁 That is frustrating – it’s happened to me before, too. I hope you have better luck this week; I’ll be looking for your card, cycworker! 🙂

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