Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Psalm 3:3

Karen has chosen some beautiful colors for the SCS Color Challenge: Watercolor Wonder, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive.  The dessert option is to use an oval on our card.  I chose distress inks that were closest to the SU colors - Abandoned Coral, Broken China, Peeled Paint - and did a watercolor background on the oval.  I dug WAY back into my vellum archives and layered the patterned vellum oval on top.  I stamped the Verve Plain Jane sentiment (Psalm 3:3) in Memento Tuxedo Black then clear embossed it.  I watercolored the Prim Poppy Memory Box die cut from Ranger watercolor CS then layered it over the Poppy Stamps large Marianna Vine Background die. The stitched oval and rectangle dies are by Lil' Inker Designs.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Watercolor Valentine

I couldn't resist playing with the CAS challenge on SCS to create a Valentine and use a heart! I've been selling my cards at work recently, so this will add to my Valentine stash. I already had this watercolor panel on my leftover pile, so it was a quick and easy solution to add this Stacked Hearts die (Simon Says Stamp) in teal cardstock.  The sentiment was gold embossed on vellum.  

Tip for the day:  My best solution for adhering vellum is to spray lightly with Elmer's Craft Bond adhesive spray.  I lay the vellum on a scrap piece of paper in the bottom of my trash can so I don't get adhesive all over my crafting space.  

STAMPS: Love You, Mean It by Concord and 9th.

Mojo Monday

The new Mojo Monday challenge is up and Julee has another great sketch for us! Since it's the week leading up to Valentine's Day, I just had to create with more hearts! 
Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Sunny Days (Verve), More Than Love (Verve)
PAPER: Classique: Pretty 6x6 pad by Authentique; Glittery off white CS by SU; Pistachio Pudding (SU); Silver glitter CS.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pistachio Pudding, Regal Rose.
ACCESSORIES: Wavy Heart, Leafy Sprigs, Sprightly Sprigs - all dies by Verve; Enamel dots by MME; Silver button by SU; Stitched Circles dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have A Heart

I couldn't resist using these lovable dogs when I saw that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was sponsored by Reverse
Confetti this week! The theme is "Have A Heart"...one of my fave card elements!  I love using a pink and gray color palette, so these designer papers from Pink Paislee's Secret Crush pad worked perfectly.  I colored with Copics (N0, N2, N4, N6, RV32, RV34) then die cut with coordinating Confetti Cuts.  The sentiment heart was stamped with WPlus9's Miss Piggy ink.  The layout is based on the February Sketch For You To Try - a monthly sketch challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog.  

STAMPS: Puppy Love (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Secret Crush (MME), Basic Gray, X-Press It Blending Card.
DIES: Stitched Circles by Lil' Inker Designs; Puppy Love Confetti Cuts. 

Rustic Valentine

To wind down after work late last night, I created this quick and easy Valentine for the current Sunday Stamps Challenge which is a color challenge this week.  I took the inspiration photo quite literally and used flag elements, twine and a weathered board background!  This would work well for a masculine recipient, don't you think?

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Love Notes (Verve).
PAPER: Bramble Rose by MME, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand.
INK: Early Espresso (SU).
ACCESSORIES: Heart Border and Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT, twine.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hogs and Kisses

A quick post before heading off to work...
This week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge was perfect for
this CAS design! I thought I was going with a baby card, but this little squealer was begging for attention!  Using Sno Cone CS by MFT and X-Press It Blending Card for the sentiment and pig image, I inked up the heart background with WPlus9's Lake House ink.  Silver glitter enamel dots were the finishing touch.

STAMPS: The Whole Herd (MFT), Tiny Hearts BG (MFT).
DIES: Stitched rectangles by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX by MFT.

Color Throwdown

Hi everyone! We're into February already (c'mon spring!) and it's the month for love!  Lori is our hostess and she's chosen red, pink, dark gray and light blue for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week!  Here's my take on it...

Next to Christmas, Valentine's Day is my fave holiday when it comes to stamping!  I never tire of using hearts on my projects and this time I'm using a brand new Stacked Hearts die by Simon Says Stamp...LOVE it!  I smooshed Tumbled Glass, Festive Berries, Spun Sugar mixed with Picked Raspberry distress inks on some acrylic sheets, spritzed with water then dabbed my paper into the inks until I was satisfied with the mix.  The sentiment (Wet Paint) is by Papertrey Ink and was die cut three times from Basic Gray CS by SU and stamped with Silver Lining ink by WPlus9.  The stitched border is an MFT Die-Namics die.  For you Downton Abby fans, my card rather resembles the one dramatic scene in the dining room - lol!  Don't want to say anything else in case someone hasn't watched the last episode. Fair warning though...brace yourself for a startling turn of events!  But I digress.

We're super thrilled to have Kay Miller as our guest designer this month!  She has been a stamping idol of mine for quite some time and has inspired me time and time again with her talents!  

Congratulations to Samantha Johnson of Samantha's Cards - our guest star stamper this week!  

For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Kay Miller - February Guest Designer

Looking forward to seeing how you use these colors this week!   Happy stamping!