Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day

Well, now...I simply couldn't let World Card Making Day pass by without creating a card!  I went with these vintage roses by Altenew and played along with CAS(E) this Sketch #143 - a great CAS design!  I used 3 step stamping using Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose on the roses and Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz, and Old Olive on the leaves.  The sentiment (Little Hello by Simon Says Stamp) was die cut 3 times to give it more dimension.  I'm also entering this into the SSS Wednesday Challenge where anything goes this week.

Thanks for stopping by...I'm off to build my ark for this non-stop rain that has been coming down for DAYS!  If the sun ever makes an appearance, I will be jumping for joy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On Top of the World the name of this sweet digi image from A Day For Daisies! 

I'm playing with A Day For Daisies Challenge #131 and The Paper Players Sketch Challenge using their awesome layout! I was inspired by the gradient coloring in the cake when I chose the designer paper for my card base layer.  The colors, as well as the gold accents in the inspiration photo, were also what inspired me in my card creation.  I smooshed some Dusty Concord distess ink on watercolor CS then die cut with a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.  The sentiment - small hello die by Simon Says Stamp - was cut twice from metallic gold CS.

This little snail is truly feeling like he's on top of the world and it makes me smile every time I see this sweet image!  After coloring with Copics, I fussy cut and topped it off with a heart button from SU's Sweet Dreams designer button pack.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Color Throwdown

Goodbye September...hello new Color Throwdown Challenge! Check out these yummy colors by our hostess, Vickie! Perfect to play once again with these new stitched leaves dies by Simon Says Stamp.

The kraft background was embossed using SU's Woodgrain EF.  I smooshed 3 distress inks - Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Crushed Olive - onto TH watercolor cardstock then die cut and layered up the maple leaf corner collage.  The sentiment is from the Wet Paint die set by Papertrey Ink.  Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX dies were used on DP from Graphic 45's French Country 6x6 pad.

A big thanks to Kelly Latevola - our amazingly talented September guest designer! I've enjoyed getting to "know" her better and look forward to following her blog creations!  Stay tuned to hear who our new guestie will be next week!

Be sure to stop by the blog of Karola Rehnstrom from Invisible Pink Cards and congratulate our guest star stamper this week!

For more inspiration by the rest of the design team, click on their blog links below...or... you can go to the Color Throwdown blog to see their cards and to get the details on how to play along. 
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lori Tecler   
Monika Davis (taking a break)
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Kelly Latevola - Guest Designer for September 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mojo Monday

It's hard to believe we're at the last Monday of the month which means a tall and skinny sketch for the Mojo Monday Challenge!  Julee has generously offered a free Latte Love Digi Set in the Verve store for a limited time, so I knew I wanted to feature them on my mojo card!  I used this textured cardstock  with a mix of matte and shine for the base (from Halloween Basics by Michael's). The cups were colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped on foam tape.  I can almost taste a pumpkin spice latte as I type!  You'll want to hurry and download these fun digis soon...the offer expires after October 15! 

To see what the rest of the mojomakers have created, click on their blog links can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first nine thumbnails.
Carole Burrage
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Our Little Minion Turns 1

I had a ball creating this little card for our grand-daughter who celebrated her 1st birthday this week! From the time she was just a few months old, she has loved the minions from Despicable Me!  During an occasional fussy spell, her parents soon discovered if they pulled up a minion clip on YouTube and showed it to her, she immediately was mesmerized and...walah...end of discontent!  She still gets a big smile when she sees a minion image or toy!

So, it was no surprise when I heard her birthday theme was minions.  I checked out Pinterest for ideas
and was inspired by donidoodle's post HERE.  I used 2 MFT Die-Namics - Rounded Banner STAX and Grass Border - for the body and hair.  Here's a photo of the tools I used.  I hand drew the balloon string using a gray Copic multi-liner pen.  The diagonal striped background is by MFT and was stamped twice using my MISTI.  I struggle with getting an even ink coverage when I stamp once.  This use of the MISTI was probably the one thing that really sold me on the tool!  The wishing die and sentiment are by Simon Says Stamp.

Here are some birthday photos that this proud grammie has to share...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy fall, y'all!  The Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is happening and I've stamped out of my usual box by avoiding color and going with a totally monochromatic file folder card using the envelope punch board.

Wouldn't this be a great way to share a gift card with a coffee loving friend?!  I love paper piecing this cup from North Coast Creations' Warm My Heart stamp set.  Papers are from ODBD's Vintage Ephemera Collection.  I sponged the coffee splats/stains using Chocolate Chip ink and TCW's Mini Coffee Splotch stencil.

A big thank you to Amy Tsuruto for organizing this hop and also to the 42 super sponsors who are giving away many prizes!  Check out all the details HERE!

MFT Challenges

Here's my creation for MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge and the Color Challenge this week!  I used So Saffron, Mint Macaroon, Gumball Green and Pacific Point inks by SU with MFT's Plaid Background Builder stamp set.  I just love the new MFT Blissful Blooms set with matching fun to arrange!  I added Black Stickles and White Opal Liquid Pearls to the flower centers.  I won't begin to tell you the struggles I had with the little flag in the upper right
corner. ��  Then again...maybe I will.  It started out blue but I couldn't find CS that matched the PP ink (even PP paper was way off!).  Then I tried a small ribbon bow at the top...Nahhh....not good.  Finally settled on white with 2 staples!  Sheesh.  Such agonizing over one element - lol!

Thanks for stopping by...I'm looking forward to a Friday off work and a birthday party for our one and only grand child - Quinn - in the evening.  I'm betting you just might see a picture...or more...from the celebration!  ������