Sunday, January 25, 2015

MFT Color Challenge

I'm playing along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge and Jen's Deconstructed Sketch #185.

I stamped with Versamark and clear embossed the diagonal background stamp by MFT.  This awesome sentiment from MFT's Geek is Chic stamp set takes center stage along with some spectacular spectacles - a Geek is Chic Die-Namic!  I refrained from any bling to keep it more masculine.  So, there you have a quick and easy take on both challenges!

ACCESSORIES: Stitched square, rectangle and circle dies by Lil Inker Designs.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

CASEing Angela

One of my all-time fave stampers is Angela Maine at From the Tool Shed blog, or as I better learned to know her by her SCS name - Arizona Maine! She has a real eye for design and pulls off the most gorgeous, simple yet elegant card designs!  Today, SCS Inspiration Challenge has us CASEing one of Angela's creations.  I chose this card on the left and feel like I totally butchered her whole "white space, tone on tone" concept.  Leave it to me - lol!  I didn't have a large enough word die, so this little love die seemed lost when I centered it in the open heart.  I opted instead to add a splash of gold and also added a trio of gold heart sequins by Pretty Pink Posh...aren't they just the sweetest?!  I'm going to have to put her Impression Obsession love die on my wish list for sure.  My designer papers are from My Mind's Eye Kate and Co. "Cambridge Court" pad.  The word die is from PTI's Wet Paint "Watercolor Wonder" die set.

Thanks for stopping's a snowy, wet, cold and yucky day here in VA.  Hubby says roads are OK, so will be venturing out with some errands soon.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Project Life Begins

Just when I thought my scrapbooking days were history...a sweet little granddaughter arrives on the scene and I'm smitten! Of course I will need to journal this sweet life on some paper!  The simple layouts of the Project Life concept make it so easy.  When I saw the new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, I knew I wanted to create a title card in a 4" x 6" format.  Very clean and simple! And so my Project Life journey begins.

What did I use?
STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (MFT)
PAPER: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), White, Black, DP by Recollections, Metallic Gold CS
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Frame and Rick Rack Die-Namics by MFT; Star dies by ODBD; Dotted Swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug; Adorning Accents Edgelits by SU.

Color Throwdown & TYIC

Hi everyone! Check out the new, gorgeous color scheme chosen by Vickie this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge! I totally LOVE those wall vases!  I might just have to check them out on Etsy (#dangerouswebsiteforme, #love).

I'm also playing along with the first of the new year Tag, You're It Challenge #13 with an inspiring tag by the talented Heather Campbell!  

My card uses a new (to me) Sweetheart Tag die by Simon Says Stamp!  I cut it out using Kraft, Bermuda Bay and White cardstock then changed up the inlaid pieces.  I then arranged some florals from WPlus9's Pretty Little Peonies stamp set.  I was inspired by the copper bands in the CTD photo and the touch of gold in the tag photo to add metallic gold embossing and a gold die sentiment (PTI's Wet Paint).

Congrats to our guest star stamper this week - Kimberly Wiener!  Check out her blog HERE.

Also, we're blessed to have Bonnie Sharp as our guest designer in January.  Be sure and check out her lovely creation!

If you want more details on how to play along plus inspiration from the other designers, visit the Color Throwdown on the design team blog links below.
Bonnie Sharp - January Guest Designer

Here's hoping you'll come and join us...can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tag, You're It!

I needed a birthday card and decided that Heather Campbell's tag for the current Tag,You're It Challenge #13 was the perfect inspiration! I love adding stripes to my card and opted to make a vertical border instead.  My 'go to' tag right now is this Reverse Confetti die I layered it up with a polka dotted banner, some looped string and then some fun posies - also by Reverse Confetti.  I haven't used this Happy Birthday embossing folder in a really long time and decided that was how I wanted to convey the card sentiment.  The inside reads "Hope your day is as fabulous as you are".

STAMPS: Petals 'n Posies (Reverse Confetti), Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti) - sentiment.
PAPER: Here is Happy 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, Purely Pomegranate (retired SU), Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate (SU), White.
INK: Bermuda Bay, Purely Pomegranate, Crushed Curry.
ACCESSORIES: Tag, Arrow, Banner and Petals 'n Posies dies all by Reverse Confetti; enamel dots, EF by Cuttlebug, White string.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mojo Monday

I thought I'd bring you a little hint of spring with my Mojo Monday Challenge creation! I'm so ready
for it!  Teresa Kline has given us this great sketch that was open for so many interpretations!  Lots of patterns going on with papers from MME's Now and Then "Milo" 6x6 pad.  I used 3 Verve dies (Award Banner, Flag It, and Bluebells) in addition to the Circle Nesties.  I added some shading to the 2 step stamped bluebells using the Copic BG11 and YG63 markers.  I popped the circle using thin pieces of foam tape and added some shimmer with a clear Wink of Stella shimmer brush over the bluebells.  The sweet little sentiment was a Verve freebie with one of my orders. 

STAMPS: Framed Florals (Verve).

For more inspiration, be sure to check out the other mojomakers' creations by clicking on their blog links below OR you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and the first 8 thumbnails will be the mojomakers' cards.

Carole Burrage

Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Forever and Always

I couldn't resist being inspired by this cake for the new Inspiration Challenge on SCS! The cakes - so unique and non-traditional - are from the Mod Wedding Cakes Board on Pinterest!  I needed to add a wedding card to my stash, so this was the perfect opportunity. Arielle has a great new layout for the Retrosketches Challenge, so I paired up the two and came up with this card. 
I started by adding light modeling paste with a mosaic heart stencil over a textured white piece of cardstock.  Unfortunately, I nearly covered it all up and you can't see that it's a heart. :-/  Some silver
die cut leaves, layered wonky rectangles with a Verve sentiment,  a bit of looped black thread and a large hybrid heirloom rose die by MFT finished off all my elements.  I sponged the rose edges with Pink Pirouette ink and added the same color CS on the one frame layer to give just a wee pop of color.   Instead of an A2 sized card, I went with a 5 1/2" square.

STAMPS: No Matter What (Verve).
ACCESSORIES: Large Marianna Vine Background die by Poppystamps, Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-Namics by MFT, Wonky rectangles dies by Spellbinders, Mosaic Heart stencil by Simon Says Stamp, black thread.

Thanks for popping by!  I'm working this weekend, so I need to get hopping and get ready!