Sunday, May 29, 2016

Altenew Daisy

  My newest fave triple step stamped flower is this Altenew Daisy stamp set that was recently a freebie offer!  Pssst...It is also available for purchase.  I created this card for two different challenges.  It's photo week over on the Just For Girls Challenge blog and I was inspired by the wallpaper background to include a yellow BG on my card and also to add a pop of pink.  

The second challenge is The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge (I used the birthday, sequins and paper clip row). 
The sentiment - Altenew's Painted Greetings set - was gold embossed over a heavy weight vellum (SU).  Tiny Tip:  Make sure your heat gun is hot before you heat the vellum.  You will want to move quickly as soon as the powder melts.  
I sponged Daffodil Delight ink over a TCW Mini Chickenwire stencil.  The flowers were triple stamped with Little Piggy and Sweet Gelato WPlus9 dye inks and the leaves with Beanstalk and Mojito WPlus9 inks.  The wonky stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Crazy 4 Challenges #338

Sadly, this is the last week for me guesting with the Crazies at Crazy 4 Challenges. Thanks to Barbara for the's been a fun month!  With May coming to an end, it means the school year is also coming to an end.  Our challenge is to create a teacher thank you card...but...if you don't have a need for a teacher TY card, just create a generic TY card instead.  We can ALL use those in our stash!  

I knew right away I wanted to use Reverse Confetti's Class Act stamp set.  The polka dotted apple is just the sweetest!  I used a number of Confetti Cuts dies: Class Act, Posted Note, Documented, Office Edges. The designer paper is Back to School by Recollections.

For more inspiration by the rest of the talented team, please click on the the links below:

We hope to see you in the gallery this week!  You can go HERE to link up your creation.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Inspired by...

I'm playing along with two great challenges: Inspired by...All the Little Things and Freshly Made Sketches.  I loved all the texture in the old building, so I knew I wanted to use texture paste over the watercolor wash background.  I was also inspired by the colors and it gave me a chance to use my fave distress ink combo - Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough! The pop of blue was accomplished by adding a couple of stitched heart dies.

My daughter is going to be starting her first traveling nurse
assignment in Omaha, Nebraska in June.  She's a fiercely independent young lady who has quite the travel bug and has been on numerous trips already and it doesn't look like she'll stop anytime soon!  She's currently taking a 4000 mile trip through the midwest with a former roomie...hitting Fargo, ND 2 days ago, Boseman, Montana yesterday and then heading toward Yellowstone and Glacier national parks!  From there, they'll come south through Wyoming, Colorado and eventually will end up in Omaha.  That was a long tale to get to the point of this card's sentiment - lol! 

PAPER: Ranger watercolor CS; Pool Party (SU); cobalt blue CS is from my leftover scrap pile and I'm not sure of the source.
DIES: Stitched hearts by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT; Incredible sentiment die by Concord and 9th.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

I loved the inspiration photo for Papertrey Ink's May blog hop and knew I had to take time to play along!  It inspired me to watercolor some florals while dreaming of eating raspberry sherbert - lol!  I'm a big fan of layering large sentiments over an image, so this was perfect to use one of my fave PTI sets - Wet Paint!  I layered 3 'happy' dies to give it more dimension. A touch of Wink of Stella clear shimmer marker was added to the peony center.  I used a Copic marker (Y02) to add some highlights to the peonies and the Copic B0000 was added to 'ground' the jar.

STAMPS: Wet Paint, Peonies on Parade, Quart Jar - all by PTI.
PAPER: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Ranger watercolor CS, Black and White printed CS by Recollections.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass distress inks by Tim Holtz.

You'll want to stop HERE to see all the other PTI fans' creations!  Thanks so much for stopping by... 

Color Throwdown

It's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and Amy Rohl, our hostess for the week, has chosen a fabulous color palette based on this yummy cake photo!  I went very literal with my interpretation and inked up these berries from WPlus9's Fresh Picked stamp set. 

Here's my take on it... 

I started with a Ranger watercolor CS base and added a light pink watercolor border using Spun Sugar distress ink (I seem to be addicted to adding watercolor details to all my cards lately 😜).  Then, I inked up the strawberries using Festive Berries distress ink and rocked and rolled the edges in Cranberry Crush dye ink by WPlus9.  Here's what else I used...
STAMPS: Fresh Picked (WPlus9).
PAPER: Winter Dots and Stripes by Echo Park, Real Red, Ranger watercolor CS.
ACCESSORIES: Fresh Picked dies by WPlus9; Red twine. 

 Congratulations to our guest star stamper - the talented Tenia Nelson!  You'll want to stop by her blog and check out her beautiful creation HERE.     

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)
Jill Hawkins - May Guest Designer    


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Color Challenge Meets Paper Players

The Paper Players Challenge has a great CAS sketch this week, so I paired it with the Color Challenge on SCS to create a 70th anniversary card for an aunt and uncle. I built a plaid background with the 3 main CC colors: Watermelon Wonder, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry (dessert option is to add green).  The happy die was cut 3 times and layered up to create more dimension.  I took some liberty with the 'any shape' element and went with a floral collage instead of a single shape.  Once again, my mighty MISTI came to the rescue and made it easy to line up the sentiment via the grid lines and then allowed me to stamp it twice to get a crisper image.

STAMPS: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT), Plaid BG Builder (MFT), Wet Paint (PTI).
INK: Watercolor Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Memento Tuxedo Black.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Let's Get Fruity!

...this is the theme for the CAS Challenge on Splitcoaststampers! I'm combining it with the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge for this clean and simple card. 

Using WPlus9's dye inks, I first stamped the berries in Sweet Gelato then rocked and rolled the edges in Cranberry Crush ink.  The leaves were stamped with Beanstalk ink.  The diamond background was stamped twice using SU's Crushed Curry ink.  A quick gold embossed sentiment on vellum was tucked in the corner collage and a trio of gold sequins finished it off.

STAMPS: Fresh Picked (WPlus9); Just Geometrics: Triangles.

Thanks so much for stopping by...