Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stuck With You



I'm thrilled to be off this week after spending the w/e in Ohio celebrating my dad's 90th birthday!  Monday was a day of jet lag and a dentist appointment.  Yesterday was a hair cut and color appointment and today was a cardiology appointment for f/u.  Need to schedule a repair for our non-working icemaker and then Friday they are coming for measurements for Roman shades at my 2 kitchen windows.  Whew!  I really think it should be called the week of appointments!  

On to my card...I loved the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week and thought it would be perfect to ink up a recent sale purchase from Ellen Hutson's store.  I've had my eye on these MFT Sweet Succulent stamps and matching dies since their release in March and finally bit the bullet and ordered them.   I sponged Cajun Craze ink over a MFT Fishnet stencil but am not sure I like my choice.  Next time I will use a brick stencil.  The succulents were colored with Copics after stamped and die cut.

Left to right...
Pot #1 - E13, E08, E09, BG34, YG03, YG17.
Pot #2 - YR24, YR14, YR27, YG01, YG23, YG25, Y17.
Pot #3 - E31, E33, E35, YR04, G40, G21, G24, G28, RV32, RV34.

Thanks for stopping by...now I need to get busy pulling up some weeds! :-(

Bear Hugs For You

Whoa! It's the last Wednesday in June already...slow down summer!! Vickie is our Color Throwdown Challenge hostess this week, and she's got a yummy color combo for us!  With kraft and brown as 2 of the 4 colors, I knew I wanted to get out my Copics and color up one these RC critters!  I went with this sweet little bear from the Bear Hugs set.  I'm also playing along with the current Tag, You're It! challenge and was inspired by the angled pair of tags in their photo.


I stamped the bear with Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It
Blending Card then colored with Copics (E31, E33, E35, E57, R12, Y06, Y18).  Patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye "On the Bright Side" 6x6 pad.  I added some shimmer to the daisies with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.  I have to tell on myself and my major mistake!  This was my first time using this bear die cut and I totally forgot to remove the little daisy die that was attached in the center of the bear's face where the nose would be.  All colored up and then he ends up with a daisy shaped nose cut out!  Ugh!  Rather than color the entire image a second time, I just did the face and fussy cut and adhered it over the "mistake".  Bet I don't ever forget to check my dies first anymore!


Reverse Confetti dies used: Falling Confetti, Bear Hugs, Hang Ups, Topped Off Tag. 

A big thank you to Kara Vrabel for guesting with us this month!  Stay tuned to see who our July guest designer will be!

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)
Kara Vrabel - June Guest Designer    
 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mojo Monday


Good Monday everyone! It's time for another Mojo Monday Challenge and I've taken a clean and simple route this time! I started by watercoloring on Ranger CS then diecut the large circle element. I'm loving my new (to me) palette of Gold Class Mission watercolors...so vibrant and it only takes a wee smidgen of paint to cover a card-sized area!  This sketch was perfect to utilize one of Verve's longer sentiment stamps!  I die cut the butterflies and added clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen to the wings.

STAMPS: Sparkly Dreams (Verve).
PAPER: White (PTI), Black and White (Recollections).
DIES: Butterfly Dreams (Verve), Stitched circle (Lil' Inker Designs), Stitched Flag STAX Die-Namics (MFT).

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)




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Color Throwdown



It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge with Lynn as our hostess! You are going to love these hot, summertime colors - red raspberry, pink, lime green, and yellow - inspired by this refreshing drink photo!  Here is my take on it...



I haven't used tilted panels like this for some time and struggled with finding patterned papers that would work.  I didn't quite use the neon shades of color as shown in the photo but think it's close enough to work.  I had fun with it anyway and that's what it's all about!  The flowers were 3 step stamps from Altenew's Vintage Flowers stamp set.  The rose has Melon Mambo then Real Red then Cherry Cobbler inks layered up.  The smaller flowers used Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry with black ink for the centers.  I fussy cut and layered with foam tape over a die cut leafy flourish (MFT) from Sour Apple CS (MFT) sponged with Beanstalk ink by WPlus9.  Papers are from Echo Park's "Splendid Sunshine" pad and from My Mind's Eye "On the Bright Side" pad.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings stamp set.  As always, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice for a crisper, darker coverage.

Congrats to our guest star stamper this week - Vicki Finger of Twinkling Paper Studio!

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)
Kara Vrabel - June Guest Designer    




Monday, June 20, 2016

Mojo Monday



Good Monday everyone! With all of the recent severe thunderstorms in our valley, we've been blessed with multiple rainbows after the rain! When I saw Julee's sketch for the Mojo Monday Challenge, I knew I wanted to use rainbow-like colors paired up with this awesome Shakespeare quote from Verve's Stronger Love set.  The sentiment is also fitting after so many national tragedies have permeated the media at every turn.  Sunshine and love rather than rain and hatred is what I'd like to see broadcast more often!  ☀️☀️☀️

To keep the sentiment from "getting lost" on the patterned paper (Summer Days by Echo Park), I gold embossed it on vellum and made a belly band of sorts.  The sun and clouds are dies by Lil' Inker Designs.  The gold arrow embellishment is by Recollections.

For more inspiration from the rest of the mojomakers, click on their 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)





Saturday, June 18, 2016

Another June Birthday




This time, I created a card for my DH who is turning the milestone 65th birthday tomorrow!  I used the colors - turquoise, mustard and hot pink - for color week over on the Just Us Girls challenge blog and I used Leigh Penner's great sketch for the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.  

I watercolored the 3 balloons (die by Simon Says Stamp) using
Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry distress inks, popped them with foam tape and hand drew the strings.  There's a very light watercolor wash of Tumbled Glass ink on the card base.  The sentiment is a mix of company products with the "happy" die (Happy Trio) and "birthday" word (Whole Lotta Happy) by WPlus9, number 65 die and "th" by SU - from their "Number of Years" bundle.  I wanted a shadow effect on the number, so layered the yellow over the black 65.  

Heading out the door soon to work this afternoon...my biggest downside of working as an RN every other weekend.  😥

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tasty Tropics



 A little taste of tropical paradise was the inspiration for this card created for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and for the new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I was putting this together while sipping on a green breakfast smoothie and wishing it was a pina colada instead - lol!  Papers are from Echo Park's "Summer Days" pad and are filled with happy colors!  



STAMPS: Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti), Garden Bunch (Reverse Confetti).
INK: Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight (SU).  Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Stitched Oval by Lil' Inker Designs; Garden Bunch and Fabulous Flamingo coordinating Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti; Stitched Flags Die-Namics by MFT.