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!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Color Throwdown #402


Barbara Anders is hostess for this week's colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge.  Aren't they gorgeous?!  I knew they'd be perfect to ink up some new (to me) stamps by MFT.  


I was inspired by this card by Dena Rekow on Pinterest and knew I wanted to create a floral collage over bold black and white stripes! I used a variety of Tim Holtz distress inks for all the images: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, and Carved Pumpkin.  The black centers weren't bold enough to suit me after using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, so I added black Enamel Accents and that was the perfect touch to add a bold black and some shine!


STAMPS: Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things).
PAPER: Metallic gold CS, Black and White CS by PTI.
DIES: Small Hello by Simon Says Stamp; Flashy Florals Die-Namics by MFT; Stitched Stripe by Lil' Inker Designs.

 Congrats to Colleen Begley, 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 18, 2016

Watercolor Sympathy



It's been a heartbreaking few days with two tragic deaths occurring - one with a coworker losing her husband in a motorcycle death and then this morning, a well-loved man (cousin to my husband) died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack.  Thus my need for a sympathy card which worked out for two different challenges.  It's color week at Just Us Girls, so I used the yellow, coral and pink colors.  I'm also playing along with the Paper Players Challenge to create a watercolor CAS design.  I used Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks for the background.  I also added the colors along with clear Wink of Stella glitter brush over the die cut butterfly.  

STAMPS: Lots To Say by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Lemon Tart, True Black by PTI; Ranger watercolor CS.
DIES: Wonky Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs; Floral and Flutter dies by Concord and 9th.

Thanks for stopping by...hopefully tomorrow will bring less sad news.

Mojo Monday #457




Hope this Monday morning finds you starting off the week with a bang! Julee has another fun Mojo Monday Challenge sketch for us, so hope you'll find time to play along.  I tweaked it a bit by adding borders to give the illusion of a horizontal panel.  Again, I couldn't resist reaching for one of the borders in Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts.
The sentiment is from Verve's Surely Goodness set and the florals are from the Poppy Birthday set (I just love these funky versions of one of my fave flowers!).  I added black Enamel Accents to the flower centers (hard to capture the shine in the photograph).


The watercolored background was created by the following distress inks on Ranger watercolor cardstock: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Peacock Feathers.  I then embossed it with Cuttlebug's large dotted embossing folder.  I used Festive Berries and Carved Pumpkin distress inks to watercolor the poppies. 

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 14, 2016

Scent With Love



I am needing to build up my oil-themed card stash again, so when I saw Leigh Penner's great layout for the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge, I knew I had a plan!  I already had this watercolor wash background in my leftover pile where I used Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough distress inks then splattered some water droplets over it to "bleach" out some spots.  I colored and fussy cut only two out of the three oil bottles then popped with foam tape over a vellum belly band.  I love using my old clear dew drops as embellishments with this set!  

STAMPS: "Essentially" by Impression Obsession (sentiment is from the clear set and bottles are from the rubber set).
COPICS: G00, G000, C0, C2, C3.

Speaking of oils...my latest favorite products from Young Living are the Cool Azul pain-relieving cream just released in June at convention.  The Genesis hand and body lotion (you'll have feet and elbows smooth as a baby's butt - lol) is another favorite as is the new Live the Passion oil blend.  It diffuses such a great scent!

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bright Hello


Good morning blog friends! I started this card late last night when I saw the Tag, You're It Challenge with the gorgeous inspiration tag by Donna Mikasa!  Jen M. has a great square sketch today for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #245, so I paired the two together for this 4 1/2" square card.  I had this yellow watercolored CS leftover from a previous project and the largest of WPlus9's Timeless Tags 2 dies fit the piece perfectly.  The watercolored flower and leaves were also in my leftover stash, so this came together very quickly.  I wanted to incorporate the black and white stripe element from Donna's tag, so this Scotch
washi tape (a find at Target) was perfect.  While she white embossed her images, I went with gold embossing. Remember when seam binding was all the rage and I couldn't seem to create any cards without using it?  I have tons of ribbon and was happy to use some of it once again!

STAMPS: Peony Scrolls (Altenew), Painted Greetings (Altenew).
WATERCOLOR PAINTS: Gold Mission

I'll close by sharing a photo from a visit to Chick-Fil-A's Cow Appreciation Night last evening!  Who knew Quinn would be so udderly excited at meeting the cow!  (I know...pun is totally lame - lol!)


She could hardly eat for yelling out "Cow, cow!"...trying to get him to come to our table...which he eventually did.  Nana's cow mask and Eat More Chikin' sign met with protest from Miss Q, so daddy ended up wearing it instead! In all the excitement, I realized I never got a picture of daddy.  😞

Color Throwdown #401



Happy hump day everyone! You know that means another Color Throwdown Challenge is on board and our hostess - Amy Rysavy - has some beautiful colors for us! I typically don't gravitate toward purple, but this ended up being a really fun combination to work with! Here is my take on it (and note that I voted green as a neutral - lol!).


I'm also playing along with the current Retrosketches Challenge #222 and really loved this layout!  I had these frames in my leftover pile (Quadrangle Frames dies by Simon Says Stamp), so adhered them over some watercolor CS that I painted with purple (mixed with white) Gold Mission watercolors.
I used WPlus9 inks for everything except the black sentiment.  The stripes were stamped with Cockleshell ink on MFT's Diagonal Stripes BG stamp using a MISTI.  Florals were triple stamped using Sweet Gelato and Miami Spice.  The leaves were stamped with Mojito.  I love the light gray ink (Fairy Dust) that was used on the sentiment collage stamp over the background.
Once again you see the mini scallop border die by Reverse Confetti.  Some purple twine and some clear sequins were the final touches.  

STAMPS: Watercolored Anemones (WPlus9), Greetings and Salutations (WPlus9), Diagonal Stripes BG (My Favorite Things).

Congrats to Katrina Buffton - 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