Watercooler Wednesday – My Turn to Host

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You may have noticed, but we Watercooler Artists take turns; each week one of gets to ‘host’, by which the host gets to choose the challenge for that week, and the host chooses the Top Pick.  And this week – it’s my turn!

I love all kinds of challenges, but I do tend to favour a sketch challenge; I always find them to be such good ‘jumping off’ points, if my creativity is on a low ebb.

Here’s the sketch for this week:

WWC85 Deb's sketch

Nothing too fancy; but then, that’s the kind that always throws me for a loop!  I think y’all know that Clean & Simple isn’t my strong suit! 🙂   Anyway – here’s what I came up with:

WWC84 thoughtful branches

I really hope that you didn’t miss out on ordering the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, or Bundle; it is so amazingly versatile, and I really hope that it was in demand enough that Stampin’ Up! will bring it back in next year’s catalogue.  I think of it ‘Lovely As A Tree – Part 2’!

I started with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, on which I layered the ombre polka dot pattern from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  I then added a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock down the left side, and added a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon beside it.

For my stamped panel, I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the tree trunks in Soft Suede ink; 3 in the front each full strength ink, and 2 in between stamped off once, to give the illusion that they are in the background.  I inked up the ‘needles’ stamp with Crushed Curry ink, and stamped at least 3 times for each tree trunk; I wanted the trees to look very full.

After stamping, I added a panel of Crushed Curry cardstock underneath, then attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card front.  I then stamped the sentiment from Sheltering Tree in Crumb Cake ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla, and used the Banner Triple Punch to create a tail on the left end, as well as on a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock that I layered underneath it.

And that’s it!  It took all my willpower to NOT add any Candy Dots, or extra embellishments; I wanted to stay true to the sketch, and I think I did!

I hope you find some inspiration in my card, and the sketch; any comment you’d like to leave is much appreciated!  Then, I hope you’ll look at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges blog, and the fabulous cards the rest of the Watercooler Artists have created.  I’ll be looking for your card, to be linked to the challenge!  🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Susan Horr says:

    Beautiful card, Deborah. I love your colors!

  2. Deb first of all thanks for the great sketch. This is one I will tuck into my “must do again” file. Your card is awesome. Love what you’ve done with the Thoughtful Branches here and the combination of DSP (love those dots) and the Crushed Curry. Great combo!

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