Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #117 - Heidi's Feminine Anything Goes

It's been nothing but rain, rain and more rain here in the Fraser Valley for the past few months, so although we've got lots of Spring flowers in bloom, we've had an incredible lack of sunshine.  Lets hope the month of May brings a new weather outlook.

Speaking of change, the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Blog is undergoing some changes too.  The first change is that our Guest Design Artist, Heather Hopson, is taking a break for the summer and hopefully will rejoin us in the Fall. Thanks Heather for inspiring with all your great cards, posts and comments.  Have a terrific summer!

The Watercooler Wednesday Design Team is also excited to announce is the addition of Fiona Whitehead and Judy Markowitz . These two very talented gals have participated in many of our weekly challenges and demonstrated some pretty impressive paper crafting skills. A big shout out and welcome for these two!  

Another change I'm excited about is the lineup for our challenges is changing beginning this month.  Make sure you check out the side-bar on the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Blog for the new weekly challenges.  I'm sure you're going to be as excited as I am.  Love it! 

Heidi Weaver is starting us off by hosting our first "Feminine" Anything Goes theme challenge. Since we've been covering the boys pretty regularly it seemed only fair that the "girls" get spotlighted too.  Isn't this a great addition to our line-up?  

This challenge is open from May 3rd and the link closes at 5pm Mountain time on Monday May 8th.  I hope you'll join us for this challenge, by linking up your Feminine Anything Goes card.

Here's My Card: 
I've really been wanting to try out the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin' Up! and this new challenge was the perfect opportunity to get it inky.  Regretfully I'm also showcasing the soon to be retired Balloon Pop Up Thinlet die.

I cut out the DSP with the Balloon Pop Up Die and mounted in on Basic Black card stock. I also used the balloon images from this die cut to cut out the two Mint Macaroon Balloons.  The Sweet Sugar Plum Balloon was cut out with the Double Balloon punch.  I stamped the dancing girl on Very Vanilla card stock and fussy cut out the image with my detail scissors. 

Stamp Set:  Beautiful You #143637
Card Stock and DSP: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Sweet Sugarplum card stock. Playful Palette DSP Stack #141657, and the now retired Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaroon Glimmer papers. 
Ink:  Tuxedo Momento Black, Mint Macaroon, Sweet Sugarplum, and Blushing Bride.
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Big Shot, Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Balloon Pop Up Thinlet Die, Stitched Shapes Oval Dies, Large Oval Punch, Double Balloon Punch, Project Life Black Marker.

The inside of this card is a little unusual in that the free writing space is on the back of the front panel.  I've added another stamped design and birthday sentiment to the bottom inside panel.  Sometimes it's just nice to change things up!   In my opinion, the inside just adds to the WOW factor in this card lay out.  
In this view you can see the whole inside of the card.  Unfortunately it was difficult to photo graph so this image is very small.
I love the openness of this panel and the two balloons.  There is plenty of writing space left for the sender to express their good wishes for the day!  The balloons were cut out with the Double Balloon punch.  The Mint Macaroon balloon is glued to the panel and the smaller Sweet Sugarplum balloon was added with a Dimensional. I drew the strings free hand with a Project Life marker.

This is the bottom inside panel and I've chosen to add one of the stamped female images and the sentiment "Happy Birthday Gorgeous".  I love how the paper from the Playful Pallet stack really adds a soft colourful touch to this card. 
Well that's it for today stampers.  If you have any questions about the layout of this card or the products used please don't hesitate to email me at or leave a comment on this post.  I'd love to hear from you. 

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot


Heidi Weaver said...

Great minds think alike (or something to that effect). That dancer from the Beautiful You is my favourite image of the set, too. Love that you also used some of the Glimmer paper from the Sale-a-bration stack. I really wish these colours had carried into the new catalogue, don't you? The balloons offer such a wonderful, light-hearted background for your beautifully coloured dancer. The inside is as pretty as the outside (of course). Great idea to have the free writing space on the back of the cover. This is a perfect card to launch our brand new feminine challenge. Great job, as always.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi. Loved this challenge and I do love the Beautiful You set too. You're right great minds do think alike. Lol! Perfect for this first Feminine challenge.

Fiona said...

Such a lovely card Penny - I think this stamp set is going to be so popular as a go to set for so many lovely ideas. Love the idea of the balloons with it too. I'm so excited to be part of the team!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for your lovely comments Fiona. Yes, I agree, this set will be used a lot whether it's for the feminine images or the wonderful sentiments. I'm so thrilled that it survived the retiring list this year.

Heather Hopson said...

Penny what a gorgeous card! I love the layout of your card and the colors. Truly Stunning! You do beautiful cards Girl!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Heather. What a sweet comment! Made my day.

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