Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I'll have to confess, I had to put my thinking cap on for this one since I didn't have any carnival stamp images to start with a more literal
interpretation.  I thought about the intertwining circles that the ferris wheel represents, thus my choice in designer paper (a retired paper pack - Rainbow Sherbet - by SU).  Carnivals are a fun and festive atmosphere, so I went with some new MFT dies - Wine Service and Cheers - to create a fun and festive themed card!  Little did I know when I chose these dies was that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day - lol!  Cheers!

We're thrilled to have Becca Whitham as our guest designer this week!  Not only is she a talented papercrafter...she is also an accomplished author as well.  Be sure to stop by her Expressions blog and say hello!

We'd love to see how you interpret this inspirational photo!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bamboo Roses

It's Friday eve (night before Friday) and that much closer to my 4 day weekend off that will start on Saturday! I couldn't wait to play with a new (to me) cover plate die by MFT....LOVE it!  I got my inspiration from Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge photo and knew their Bamboo Rose stamp set with matching dies would work perfectly.  I first gold embossed the images, then watercolored using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  This was so incredibly quick and easy to complete! 

STAMPS: Bamboo Rose (Altenew)
PAPER: Vintage Cream and True Black (PTI); Ranger watercolor CS.
INK: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Bamboo Rose (Altenew); Striped Sentiment Strip cover plate (MFT).

Thanks for stopping by...heading to the shower then to work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #430

It's Wednesday and time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Yours truly is the hostess this week and I fell in love with this beautiful piece of pottery for the color inspiration!  I'm anxious to see how you will interpret the turquoise, gold/kraft, sage green and dark brown colors.  Remember, these are generic colors and you can add in any neutrals of your choice.  Here is my take on it...

I started with a background watercolor wash using gold and dark brown paints (Mijello Mission Gold) on Ranger watercolor CS.  The larger butterfly background was colored by smooshing Bundled Sage and Peacock Feathers distress inks.  The sentiment butterfly was stamped with Peacock Feathers ink.  I added a border with metallic gold CS and a die cut (Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti) from Early Espresso (SU) CS.  Some clear dew drops were the finishing touch.

Be sure to check out our February guest designer - Donna Mikasa - and our guest star stamper - Susie Moore - to see their fabulous creations!

For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:
Amy Rohl 

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

Donna Mikasa - February
Guest Designer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Glittery Birthday

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️  I have a really quick post of a card I created last night after getting off work at 11 PM.  It uses the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge and is also for SCS CAS Challenge to use words aka sentiment stamps that carry the whole card.  Guess I should have posted a card that is pink or red with lots of hearts - lol - but I was done with hearts for this year and decided a red/orange/yellow combo was due instead!  Actually, I couldn't resist breaking into a new paper pad that has a number of glittery patterns (The Citrus Matstack by DCWV).  The sentiment die is by Lil' Inker Designs.  

I'll leave you with a sweet photo of my youngest grand...isn't she a sweet Valentine treat?!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! There's a fun new sketch by Julee for the Mojo Monday Challenge! I was all "hearted out" so went with a floral design instead - lol!  I have really been motivated to use up scraps on my mega leftover pile, so the watercolor square was my starting point.  The problem with that is that I often don't remember exact colors that were used.  I know I used TH distress inks then stamped SU's Off the Grid stamp with Peacock Feathers.  There was a day when I rarely made a card that didn't have ribbon or seam binding on it.  Now I rarely use it though I still love to see it.  Funny how creative tastes change!  I die cut the flowers then used my MISTI to center and stamp the images.  The leaves were die cut from white CS then I took the Lime green ink cube (Reverse Confetti) and sponged over them.  The flowers were inked up with RC's Aqua ink. MISTI was used to stamp the sentiment twice for a more vivid shade of black.

STAMPS: Be Blessed (Verve); Off the Grid (SU).
DIES: Sprightly Sprigs and  Petal Points (Verve).

So...we'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Another Saturday has rolled around, so that means there's a new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge! I especially loved this inspiration photo with the pop of bright pink against black and white!  I immediately went for my Quatrefoil Cover Plate die for the background.  Since the die is by Papertrey Ink, I went with their Peonies on Parade stamp set with matching dies.  I black embossed the images then watercolored with Mijello Mission gold paints.  The round mirror in the photo inspired me to add a circle element using silver foil cardstock by SU. The sentiment die - Swoosh by PTI - was also cut from the silver foil CS.

We're thrilled to welcome Michele Ferguson as our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop and say hello at her blog - I Card Everyone!

Would love to see how YOU interpret this photo, so get your thinking cap on and join us! :-)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sketch For You To Try

I finally got to play with the new layout for the February Sketch For You To Try challenge over on the Reverse Confetti blog.  I needed another Valentine for a grandchild, and wanted to color another koala bear from RC's Bear Hugs stamp set with coordinating dies.   Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Bear Hugs (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: True Love 6x6 pad by Reverse Confetti; Piggy Bank, Flamingo CS by RC; White CS by PTI; X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: All Framed Up (RC); Love Note (RC); Wreaths (RC); Bear Hugs (RC); Stitched circle die by Lil' Inker Designs.