Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dare to Get Dirty!



It's that fun time of the year when Splitcoaststampers has a challenge-filled Dare to Get Dirty week with the dirty girls - both alumni and current members - hosting a huge variety of challenges for fan club members! You'll want to be sure and join if you're not already a member! You can find out how to do that by clicking on this link. I created this sample for my good friend Teresa Kline's challenge!  One of my fave techniques (can't give you details here...you'll have to head to SCS if enquiring minds want to know!).  I only want to pique your interest here...you'll have to join the fan club, if you're not already a member, to read the details.

STAMPS: Butterfly Dreams (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Mint Melody (long time retired CS by SU); Ranger watercolor CS; Vellum; White.
INK: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough distress inks; Versamark.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches




The dotted embossed, watercolored base panel was in my leftover pile, so that was my starting point for this card for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #247 - a super fun layout by Shannon!  I had some odds and ends of watercolor cardstock that I colored with distress inks for the leaves: Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.  The flowers were stamped using Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. 

STAMPS: Garden Bunch (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Ranger watercolor CS, White by PTI.
DIES: Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs; Small Hello by Simon Says Stamp; Garden Bunch Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti.

I finally remembered to buy some Press' n Seal...a product by Glad that was invented by the husband of one of my stamping idols - Jennifer McGuire.  This is really a super helpful tool when you are layering tiny dies!  In the past, I would lay the pieces on the card until I got the arrangement the way I wanted, but getting it all glued down would be a struggle and things would shift all around.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  For a video showing this process better than I could describe, you'll want to watch Laurie Willison as she guests on Jennifer's blog and shows us how to use it HERE.

As Bugs Bunny used to say...that's all folks!  Yes, I'm dating myself. (smile)   

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge



A quick post to unwind after getting home from work.  I finished this card this morning then the internet was on hiatus and I couldn't do the blog post.  This card is for the new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Love these fun birds for a fun anniversary card!  I paper pieced the birds...adding a little bit of vintage shading with Copic markers.  Patterned papers are all from the London Market Rare Finds & Curiosities "Collage" paper pack by Pink Paislee.

We had a prolonged deluge of rain this evening...badly needed and greatly appreciated BUT...there was some flooding in nearby areas that hopefully wasn't too damaging.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SSS Anything Goes

**Scroll on down for my Color Throwdown card**


How sad that it's almost end of summer and I'm just now inking up this Spring Flower stamp set by Simon Says Stamp?! I created this for the SSS Wednesday Sketch Challenge where 'anything goes' is the theme this week!  I love the whimsical design of these flowers and thought they would look great embossed in white on Ranger watercolor cardstock.  I used Gold Class Mission watercolors with the exception of the light blue - that was done with Tumbled Glass distress ink.  After fully dry, I splattered water over the panel to "bleach" out some water spots.  I also stamped the tiny circles using Peacock Feathers distress ink.  The sentiment die and stamp is from SSS Sending and Wishing set.  The green tilted panel is my favorite green - Sour Apple by My Favorite Things.

Thanks so much for stopping by...the heat wave here in VA continues though I'm very thankful for the two light rain showers we got last evening!

Color Throwdown #403


Hi, blog friends! Time once again for the Color Throwdown Challenge and Broni has chosen such a pretty, soft color palette for us - peach, yellow, light pink and white!  Here's my take on it...


I immediately went for this Painted Flowers set by Altenew with it's 3 step stamping for each flower and leaf.  I sponged some Daffodil Delight ink using a mini Tim Holtz stencil in a diagonal loose line for the background.  Flowers are all popped with foam tape.

STAMPS: Painted Flowers (Altenew), Super Script (Altenew).
INK: Little Piggy, Miami Spice, Falling Star, Beanstalk - all by WPlus9; Daffodil Delight by SU; Memento Tuxedo Black. 

Congrats to Shawna Standish - our guest star stamper this week!  

To get all the details on how to play along with the challenge, please go to the Color Throwdown blog and check out the info on the right sidebar!  You can also check out the rest of the design teams' creations for more inspiration on the CTD blog.. or you can clink on their blog links below.
Amy Rohl

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

Kim Singdahlsen - July Guest Designer    

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mojo Monday #458



Hard to believe this is already the last Monday in July! That means the Mojo Monday Challenge is a different than A2 size, so I've gone with tall and skinny (3 1/2" x 5 1/2").  I started with the papers from the Chapter One 6x6 pad by Kaiser Craft.  They have punch out shapes to match so that's what I used for the sentiment.  You know I couldn't make a card without some flowers, so I white embossed and fussy cut using a scrap piece of aqua CS. I opted for a small wood veneer arrow that I covered with black Enamel Accents...touching up the edges with a black Copic marker.  

STAMPS: Be Blessed by Verve.

Need some more inspiration for this sketch?  Click on the mojomakers' blog links below...or...you 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)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Birthday Tweetings



I just had to ink up this new (to me) Tweet Friends stamp set by MFT when I saw this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge!  I silver embossed the cage and added a light watercolor wash using Tumbled Glass distress ink. The birds were colored with Copics and die cut with the matching Tweet Friends Die-Namics.  I wanted a subtle background stencil and Tim Holtz' Mini Stencil Set #13 worked perfectly with Daffodil Delight (SU) ink.  Designer papers are from Authentique's Felicity Collection. 

Copics: BG01, BG02, BG07, YR07, Y02, Y06, Y08.

Thanks for stopping by...I'm in excitement mode as we anxiously await the late afternoon "inducing" of our second grand baby...a boy who will soon make Quinn a big sister!  Squeee!