Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – “Thinking of You”


It’s time for another Wednesday challenge from the Watercooler. By the way – did you ever wonder why it’s called the watercooler? I’ll explain at the end of the post.

The challenge this week is a color challenge from Susan. Here’s her color palette.

WWC39, Watercooler Challenge
These colors are way outside my comfort zone. Basic Gray and Pool Party I use (fairly) frequently, but Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron? Can you say, “Almost never?” So this was truly a challenge for me.

Stampin' Up!, WWC39

I decided to die cut a mask using one of the Deco Labels framelits. I sponged some So Saffron and Pool Party inside the cut out, then stamped the World of Dreams images in Basic Gray. Of course, since “Clean & Simple” and “white space” is also out of my comfort zone, I splattered a little So Saffron ink refill/rubbing alcohol mixture over the layer using a Stampin’ Spritzer. When I spritz, I tend to get a little heavy handed, so for this, I removed the spritzy part and just whacked the tube with my finger to splatter the ink.

After I had it all layered up on the Basic Gray, Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder card stock, I realized it was pretty blah. So I added a Watermelon Wonder bow and a little “thinking of you” tag with Linen Thread.

By the way – World of Dreams and Teeny Tiny Wishes (used on the sentiment tag) are two of my “go to” sets – and you can save 15% on each set if you order before midnight Friday, October 23. All Stampin’ Up! stamp sets (excluding rotary and hostess) are being offered at a 15% discount this week. It’s like getting free shipping and more! And, if Teeny Tiny Wishes is on your list, I recommend the wood mount version. Those are teeny tiny stamps, and they are much easier to work with in wood mount.

The discount ends at 11:55 p.m. MT Friday. Don’t wait until the last minute to order, though, because if you have any kind of computer glitch at all, you’ll miss out. And then you’ll be sad, and we don’t want that!

Give the challenge a try! It’s really a lot of fun, and the colors were surprisingly easy to use. My panic when I first saw Susan’s banner was all for nothing. Post your card to your blog, web site, or public form, and then add the link to the challenge blog. Be sure to link back to the challenge in your post.

You can see all the “rules” and get more inspiration here.

Now – about that “Watercooler” name. My friend Darrah started a thread on the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator forum years ago. Her intention was for it to serve as a kind of PSA. The way the forum is set up, if you don’t choose a category for a thread, it goes into the first category on the forum. Because so many threads were going there, it was impossible to find anything, so Darrah started the thread to show demos how to actually categorize their posts so they’d be found.

As more and more posts were added, Darrah’s thread got pushed to the bottom of the page, so some of us would “bump” the thread to the top by adding a comment.  Writing “Bump” got old after awhile, so we just started chatting. We discussed everything from the weather to our families to which animal fur made the best yarn (so if you hear anyone calling us “llamas,” that’s why. Apparently, llama fur – or hair, maybe – makes great yarn. Edited: Oops. No, it doesn’t. Read comments below.). We eventually gave up trying to get the forum organized, so Darrah moved and renamed the thread. We decided since it was a thread about everything and nothing, it was a good place to just “take a break and chat,” like the watercooler in the office. And that name stuck.

So now you know.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – “Thinking of You”

  1. darskee says:

    Love your card. Maybe I should invest in the new colors and give it a try.
    Oh, and Jean is sure to point out that llama wool is sort of the bottom of the list of usable wools.Christine’s favorite, the alpaca is the way to go.


  2. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Darrah! (Obviously, I skimmed the wood part of the thread. The only Spinning I do is on a bike!)


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