Sunday, January 22, 2017

Faux Dip Dye Technique

Happy Sunday everyone! It's a gloomy, rainy day in VA but I'll take it, because it means I have a great excuse to get inky! After seeing Kristina Werner's Faux Dip Dye with Watercolor tutorial, I knew I wanted to try this technique. I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolor palette with yellow/orange/red tones rather than pink and red.  I thought it would be a better fit for a masculine Valentine.  I was also anxious to try out the Stick It adhesive paper to adhere the large intricate dye (Big Valentine's Day by Simon Says Stamp - oops, I see it's OOS) and it was SOOO much easier and cleaner than my usual method of adding glue with a glue stick! 

I'm entering this into the CAS on Sunday challenge where they are celebrating their 100th challenge with a theme of hearts.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch

There's a fabulous new sketch by Chrissy Larson over on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog! It was perfect to ink up a new Concord and 9th image from their Hello Lovely stamp set!  I watercolored using distress ink markers then blended lightly with a brush.  I added yellow stickles and black enamel essentials to the flower centers.

DISTRESS MARKERS USED: Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Grass, Tumbled Glass.

I'm not happy with the watercoloring so will need to try to use paints instead of markers next time.  :-(  Rome wasn't built in a day...right?  

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By...All The Little Things challenge #40!  We have a lovely, muted floral inspiration photo which prompted me to dust off an oldie but goody chrysanthemum die by Hero Arts.  I combined it with Layered Leaves and Leafy Flourish dies by My Favorite Things and added a sentiment by Papertrey Ink from their Wet Paint set with coordinating dies.  I originally planned to do a bokeh effect background, but in the end...a clean white card base won out.  :-)

I used distress ink markers for the mum (Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick) and leaves (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss).  I scribbled the colors on Master's Touch watercolor paper then spritzed the paper with water and used a brush to lightly blend the colors.  I found these small inexpensive 4" x 6" pads at Hobby Lobby - 12 sheets for $1.99.  This compares to the Tim Holtz distress WC cardstock that I normally buy - twenty 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" sheets for $5.99.  I layered the mum die over some Blushing Bride CS (SU) and hand trimmed around the edges.  Part of the sentiment is gold embossed on vellum and adhered with Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive. 

We're happy to have Donna Rudy from Kards By Krash Scrapper joining us as guest designer.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog HERE to get to know Donna better!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Bamboo Roses

I can't seem to stop picking up this stamp set - Bamboo Rose - by Altenew!  I'm playing along with two great challenges: Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept.  I was inspired by the black and white with pops of red/orange tones in the inspiration photo for starters.  I gold embossed the images on Ranger watercolor CS then used Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paints (two shades of green and a shade of orange and red).  I had to fussy cut the images and will be glad when my coordinating Bamboo Rose dies arrive!  They make crafting life SO much easier - lol!  The patterned paper is from Echo Park's For The Record 6x6 pad.  This sketch is a keeper and will be used again and again for its versatility!

Thanks for stopping by...time to hit the shower then head out to work.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Throwdown #426

It's Wednesday and time for another Color Throwdown Challenge! Lisa is our hostess this week and has picked these great colors from this outdoorsy and sporty room!  I started to go with a masculine, plaid, deer theme but this Heartstrings Die set from Concord and 9th kept calling my name and I went with paper piecing instead.  Here is my take on it...

Papers are from an older 6.75" x 4.75" pad called Martha Stewart Holidays.  The stitched dies are by Lil' Inker Designs and the Love die is by Impression Obsession.

For more details on how to play along, head on 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 (click 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)  

Leigh Penner - January Guest Designer 

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sending Lots of Love

A quick and easy card using rose, gray and vanilla for the Color Challenge on SCS.  I'm also using the sketch for the current Sunday Stamps Challenge - subbing hearts for the stars.  

STAMPS: Crazy About You (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Secret Crush 6x6 pad by pinkpaislee, Smoky Slate by SU.
DIES: Hearts by The Cat's Pajamas.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch

I was needing a get well card to send out and the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge layout was perfect for a quick and simple creation!  I had the background in my leftover pile after using distress inks (Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Mustard Seed and maybe some Cracked Pistachio...oops...should have written my colors down - lol!).  I stamped the French Script background using Peacock Feathers.  Here's what else I used...

STAMPS:  Flashy Florals (MFT), Pure Innocence Best Medicine (MFT).
PAPER: Ranger watercolor CS, White base by PTI.
INK: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green (all by SU) along with above mentioned distress inks on the BG.
ACCESSORIES: Flashy Florals Die-Namics (MFT), Window word punch by SU, Enamel dots, Stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.

Thanks for stopping by!  I need to get out of my craft room and into my kitchen and stir up a pot of Wendy's knock-off chili recipe. It's our favorite!