Saturday, October 1, 2016

Inspired By...All The Little Things #26

Yay for a weekend off! What better way to start off the day than to bring you a card for the new Inspired By...All The Little Things Challenge!  I was needing to create an anniversary card for my SIL and BIL who are celebrating 50 years of marriage this month!  Now THAT is the meaning of the sentiment in the inspiration photo for sure!  I was inspired by the leafy scrolls around the sentiment, the wood element, the small pop of green in the candles and last, but not least, the gold or brass hardware on the trunk.  
Here's my take on those elements...

I struggled with knowing where to start, but after finding this patterned paper with the border of gold hearts along the bottom, a light bulb moment occurred and the rest is history - lol!  I added wood veneer hearts to the border.  The heart circle and wheat dies are from Reverse Confetti. The sentiment is from PTI and the numbers from MFT.  I'm not overly thrilled with the result...the jury is still deliberating. :-/

Our challenge runs until Thursday, Oct. 6th, at midnight - be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the Inspired By blog, and link up your creation!

Friday, September 30, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch

TGIF and I'm off this weekend!  It's another rainy day, but we are really needing the rain, so I won't complain.  After I got home from work last night around 11 PM, I made this quick CAS card using the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge layout.  I die cut the leaves from scraps of watercolored leftovers.  

DIES: Grateful Leaf Dies (sentiment) and Layering Leaves Dies - both by Concord and 9th.

The sentiment die has a story.  I used it for the first time about 2 weeks ago and just loved the delicate font and knew I'd use it for many more fall cards.  It disappeared!  Into thin air!  I retraced my steps and searched through my desk...searched through my trash can - not once but THREE times!  I finally gave up and ordered another die set!  Well, you can probably guess the ending.  As I was making this card, the lost die was found stuck to the bottom of my metal shim plate that I use when cutting intricate dies!  Grrrr...I could have saved that $19!  Oh, well...I've got a backup if it ever disappears again. Happy day everyone!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

It's been awhile since I've played along with MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge and couldn't resist this milestone of 300 challenges!  The sketch is a classic one and one of my faves!  I wanted to use the lightest blue cardstock that I owned and Soft Sky - a retired color from SU - was my pick.  I used Liquitex light modeling paste with MFT's Wonky Chevron stencil.  Florals are from their fun Flashy Florals set and the sentiment from their Label Maker Sentiments set.  I added clear Wink of Stella shimmer marker to the flower centers.

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge where anything goes this week!

INK: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Pool Party by SU; Versafine Onyx Black.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Color Throwdown #412

It's Wednesday yet again and it's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge. We're nearing the end of the month, so have to say goodbye to our September guest designer  - Karren Johnson!  Thanks for joining's been great!  Bar is our hostess with the mostest this week and has chosen a great inspiration photo with the following colors: Medium blue, Grassy green, Bright pink and Coral.  Here is my take on it...

I added in a neutral light gray (Smoky Slate paper and ink to sponge over the woodgrain BG).  This was my first time inking up these florals recently released by Reverse Confetti...such a fun and funky floral set!  The matching dies make it so easy to assemble them (as does Glad's Press 'n Seal)!

STAMPS: Blooms 'n Buds (Reverse Confetti), Bitty Banners (Reverse Confetti), Wood Pallet Background (Altenew).
PAPER: Smoky Slate, White.
INK: Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Crisp Canteloupe, Garden Green, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Versafine Onyx Black.
ACCESSORIES: Stamped Note Confetti Cuts die; Bitty Banners Confetti Cuts die; Blooms 'n Buds Confetti Cuts; Enamel dots.

For more details on how to play along, head on over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration...see links below:

Amy Rohl 

Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here) 

Karren Johnson - September Guest Designer   

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mojo Monday #467

After using so many fall colors and fall designer papers lately, I was in the mood to switch things up and go a bit girly with my colors! Since it's the last Monday in September, that means the Mojo Monday Challenge is a sketch with a different size - square in this case.  I kept it clean and coloring...only a bit of sponging with Pretty in Pink and Coastal Cabana ink on the flower and leaf edges.  Papers are from Recollections' "Blush and Mint" 6x6 pad.  Stamps are from Verve's Surely Goodness set and I used their coordinating Goodness Flowers Die set.

If you'd like more inspiration for this sketch, click on the mojomakers' blog links can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first seven thumbnails.
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline

Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

PTI September Blog Hop

It's time for Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop and I knew I didn't want to pass up this awesome inspiration photo!  

It was perfect to use their Peaceful Pinecones stamp set which I paired with kraft (PTI), forest foliage (SU) and white cardstock. 

 A little jute twine and a couple of rusty jingle bells topped it off.  The sentiment die was cut twice with white CS and once with the dark green to give a shadow appearance.  The background is a watercolor wash using a mix of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough distress inks. The pine bough was stamped with - what else? - Pine Needles ink!  To give it a snowy look, I dabbed on some Copic Opaque White then added clear Wink of Stella brush marker for a subtle touch of shimmer.  The wonky stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspired By...All The Little Things

Hello blog friends and welcome to another Inspired By...All The Little Things Challenge! Check out this gorgeous inspiration photo with the variegated shades in the bloom...then join us and show us how you are inspired!  Here's my take on it...

I love this Delightful Dahlia Additions set by PTI with the triple stamping of the flower and double stamping on the leaves.  One of the biggest inventions for stampers ever is the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented)!  You can get perfect placement of stamping when you need to overlap images or when you want a bolder look to your sentiment (which I stamped twice using Early Espresso ink by SU).  I used Liquitex light modeling paste with Tim Holtz' Bubble stencil on Orange Zest (PTI) cardstock after die cutting with MFT's Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die-Namics.  

Our challenge runs until Thursday, Sept. 29th at midnight - be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the Inspired By blog, and link up your creation!