Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Life's A Beach!

I finished this card for the Just Us Girls challenge #727 where it's moodboard week. The beach tote and hat especially inspired my card using dies from Papertrey Ink's Go To Gift Card Holder: Beach Bag die set. This is such a fun group of dies with so many different elements to fill and accessorize your beach bag! (I see the Linky list is closed so I missed the boat on this challenge!). 

STAMPS: (I will add sentiment to inside of card later).
INK: Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft (PTI).
PAPER: Sunkissed 6x6 pad by Doodlebug Design, Inc.; Vellum; Green Parakeet, Fine Linen, Bright Buttercup, Raspberry Fizz, True Black, Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores (PTI); Brushed Silver.
DIES: Go To Gift Card Holder: Beach Bag, Elegant Edges: Fresh Cuts, On the Border: Sunburst Border (PTI). 
Thanks so much for stopping by! It was up in the 80's today in VA so it felt very much like beach weather! ~Wanda

Color Throwdown #794


Happy Wednesday friends! It's time for another Color Throwdown challenge with the delightful woodsy combo of gray, olive and white - thanks to this great personal photo from Amy Rohl. I immediately thought of a leafy background, so that was my starting point.


I used W Plus 9's Autumn Leaves stamp set which has both the solid and the outline stamps. I went with distress inks - Crushed Olive, Lost Shadow, Hickory Smoke - for everything but the "thankful for" which was stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne pigment ink. It's hard to see, but, I used an old retired French Script background stamp and also splattered with Crushed Olive ink. I added a trio of moonshine sequins for embellishments (PTI).

DIES: Skinny Frames: Diagonal Border (Papertrey Ink); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things); You (The Stamp Market).

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Hope that you can join us in this challenge!  ~Wanda

Monday, May 20, 2024

Rooting For You!

Good Monday friends! I thought I'd play along with the Sunday Stamps Challenge to use colors from their mood board (I used 4). I'm also playing along with the Paper Players challenge to create a CAS card with lots of laughs. I love puns so this punny plant set from Taylored Expressions came to mind immediately!


: The Insiders: Love Grows Here (pre-printed cards that are an addition to the Shelf Control sentiment stamp set) by Taylored Expressions.
INK: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Jadeite, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Green Parakeet, New Leaf dye inks by Papertrey Ink.
PAPER: Stampers Select White, True Black (PTI); Vintage Love pad by Honey Bee Stamps.
DIES: Let It Grow (Taylored Expressions); Love to Layer: Rectangles (PTI); Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Banner Flags STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).
OTHER: Let It Grow stencil collection (TE).

Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping!  ~Wanda

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Seas the Day!


I decided to whip up a birthday card while watching the PGA tournament in the background. I'm playing along with the Seize the Birthday challenge which has a beach theme this week. I pulled some old favorites from Papertrey Ink - Salt Air: Flora & Fauna stamps and dies.


The smooshed light blue background was from my leftover stash and am guessing I used Tumbled Glass distress ink. I die cut multiple elements then arranged them in a collage over the Shape Shifters Oval 2 die. The entire oval was then popped up on the white A2 card base using foam tape.

STAMPS: Salt Air: Flora, Salt Air: Fauna, Salt Air: Sentiments (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Spring Rain, Blue Sky, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Fine Linen, Honey Nut, Fine Linen, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado (PTI).
PAPER: Stampers Select White (PTI).
DIES: Shape Shifters Oval 2, Salt Air: Flora, Salt Air: Fauna (PTI).
OTHER: Word Punch (Stampin' Up); Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things); Dew drop embellishments. 
It was a beautiful Sunday with clouds and rain finally disappearing and the sun came out this morning! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!  ~Wanda

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Bowl of Blooms


I wanted to play along with a couple of challenges this morning while the rain is steadily coming down! The Inspired By challenge has a floral theme plus I was inspired by the blue striped pot. I am also entering this into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge where Cecile has a unique, fun sketch that I loosely interpreted with this twig sided frame die.

S: Bowl of Blooms (Reverse Confetti).
INK: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Lost Shadow distress inks; Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate dye inks (Papertrey Ink); Versafine Clair Nocturne pigment ink.
PAPER: Bristol Smooth Surface; Stampers Select White (PTI).
DIES: Bowl of Blooms (Reverse Confetti); Border Bling: Twigs, Cover Plate: Quilted (Papertrey Ink); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics, Blueprints 27 (My Favorite Things).
OTHER: Clear embossing powder.

I smooshed distress inks onto my glass mat then used brushes to watercolor the pot and flowers. The image was first stamped with black pigment ink then embossed with clear powder. Thanks so much for stopping by...hope your weekend is going well!  ~Wanda

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Color Throwdown #793


Happy hump day! It's time again for a new Color Throwdown challenge. Broni is hosting with an awesome color palette of orange, purple and aqua. Once again, I used the layered stencil set called Rose Tapestry from The Greetery.

I layered the sentiment over Spellbinders' Stitched Medallion cutting dies. You can faintly see the quilting details in the background.

STAMPS: Comforting Commands (The Greetery).
INK: Apricot, Clementine, Persimmon, Candy Violet, Lavender, Regal Kiss, Ocean Breeze, Aquamarine, Mermaid Cove, Tidal Pond, Eucalyptus (Pinkfresh Studio).
PAPER: Only Orange, Marvelous Magenta (retired by Stampin' Up).
DIES: Stitched Medallion (Spellbinders); Comforting Commands (The Greetery); Cover Plate: Quilted (Papertrey Ink); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).
OTHER: Rose Tapestry stencil collection (The Greetery). 

This verse hits home during this difficult time of treatment for my husband's multiple myeloma diagnosis. Stem cell transplant is set up to begin last week in May and then it's a long process of him building up his WBC's, RBC's, platelets, healthy stem cells, etc. It will be quarantine time for about 100 days! It will be like eating an bite at a time!  Thanks for stopping by...  ~Wanda

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Just Us Girls

Hello everyone! It's a drizzly Saturday which means it's a good time to get inky! I wanted to initiate some new stencils for the Just Us Girls challenge where it's word week: GARDEN. 

I did not start out wanting to cut up the images into separate postage stamps, but my die slipped before I ran it through my Big Shot. I did not want to re-stamp everything so I went to Plan B. The background is a beautiful new cover plate by Papertrey Ink which I layered over New Leaf paper then cut two green frames for added dimension.

STAMPS: Postage Collage (Waffle Flower).
INK: Mimosa, Mango Sorbet, Fruit Punch, Persimmon, Meadow, Key Lime, Doe (Pinkfresh Studio); Versafine Clair Nocturne.
PAPER: Stampers Select Whtie, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink).
DIES: Cover Plate: Cross-Stitched, Skinny Frames: Diagonal Border (PTI); Postage Collage (Waffle Flower).
OTHER: Postage Collage Wild Flower Stencil (Waffle Flower); Black enamel dots.
That's all for today. Have a great weekend...especially all you mothers!  ~Wanda