Friday, January 15, 2021

ITP Sneak Peek

 

It would normally be a release day at Ink to Paper on the 15th, but the US Postal Service had other ideas on what to do (or not do) with the new products for the design team this month! Since we got our goodies so late, the release will not occur until the 20th. We will start introducing new things over the next four days starting tomorrow (1/16/21).

See you back tomorrow!            ~Wanda

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Color Throwdown #625


Hello again! Another Wednesday has rolled around and we have a wonderful color combo - brought to us by Susie - to get your mojo going for the next Color Throwdown challenge



My pink is leaning more toward a coral shade but...it's all in the family - lol! Prior to my dad's passing on August 31, I tried to send him cards pretty often...especially since he couldn't have visitors during the Covid pandemic while in a nursing home. I decided to recycle some of the elements onto new cards. Here, I used the florals and the bird.


I smooshed some Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink onto watercolor paper by applying the ink to a small piece of acetate, spritzing with water then dabbing the acetate randomly over the WC paper. I then splattered the same color over the dried background.

STAMPS: Feathered Friends Mini 1, Blossoming Branches, Wild Fields (sentiment) - all by Ink to Paper.

INK: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Honey Nut, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, True Black (Ink to Paper); Blueprint Sketch distress oxide.

PAPER: Brilliant Blue (retired SU), Ranger watercolor, White by Ink to Paper.

DIES: Border Bling: Skinny Postage, Blossoming Branches (Ink to Paper); Stitched Rectangles STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).

Sure hope to see your entry in our gallery! For more inspiration, you can visit the Color Throwdown blog and check out the remainder of the design team's entries.            Happy stamping!      ~Wanda


 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Fusion Card Challenge

 

Welcome back to a new year of challenges at Fusion Card Challenge! I went with the cocoa theme using The Greetery's Cozy Cup stamp/die set and also flipped the sketch upside down.

I added some washi tape from Heidi Swapp for the vertical line elements and grounded the cup with the Cozy Cup mat die. A very simple one layer card!

STAMPS: Cozy Cup (The Greetery).

PAPER: White, Classic Kraft (Ink to Paper).

INK: New Leaf, Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel (Ink to Paper); Fairy Dust, Silver Lining (WPlus9).

DIES: Cozy Cup (The Greetery).  

 

We would love to have you play along with us. You can use just the sketch or just the inspiration photo...or...you can do a fusion of both!

Happy stamping!                                            ~Wanda

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Color Throwdown #624

 


 

Happy New Year to all and welcome to the first Color Throwdown challenge of 2021! We have a very earthy color palette - rust, cream and brown - which was perfect to use these Botanicuts Pine Bough dies from The Greetery. 

I haven't used ribbon or seam binding much, if any, for several years, but decided to bring in the rust color with seam binding from Verve. 

This was my first project using the macrame series of dies in the last release at The Greetery! I am wowed by the elegant look and with the gazillion possibilities of combinations with these dies! I layered Dark Chocolate cardstock behind the cream panel with the open macrame die cut.

We are thrilled to announce a new design team member - Susie Moore - to the team! She has been a very loyal participant in the CTD challenge for many years and does fabulous work! Welcome Susie! 

Hope to see you in the gallery!            ~Wanda

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Warm Winter Wishes

 

Warm winter wishes to all of you blog readers! Your visits to my posts and your comments mean a lot and I'm very grateful for all of you! A winter warning is up for our area tonight and tomorrow with possible ice from freezing rain, sleet and maybe a bit of snow in the mixture. New Year's Eve will be low key tonight with our middle son and his family joining us for pizza. I kept the grands today and they were occupied with their tablets after lunch which gave me a chance to throw this card together.

I struggled with photographing these darker colors. It all looks black when in reality, the patterned paper and heart wreath are a Pinefeather (dark hunter green) color and the sentiment is Dark Chocolate. :-(

Editing in Photoshop Elements didn't help either, so it is what it is. The trees were white embossed on vellum and I lightly sponged Ocean Tides ink onto the reindeer.

STAMPS: Deer to Me, Winter Wonder, Just Sentiments: Warmth - all by Ink to Paper.

PAPER: Stampers Select White, Pinefeather, Bitty Big: Pinefeather patterned paper by Ink to Paper; Vellum by SU.

INK: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Pinefeather, True Black, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Bright Buttercup (Ink to Paper); Versamark.

DIES: Skinny Frames: Diagonal Border, Love to Layer: Scallop Circles, XO Heart Frames, Deer to Me, Winter Wonder (Ink to Paper).

Happy new year to all of you! I think we will ALL be happy to say goodbye to 2020!                                    ~Wanda

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Masculine Thank You


Hello everyone! I haven't been creating or blogging for a good while but I'm still well and just staying pretty much cooped up at home over the holidays. We only had our one son and his family with us on Christmas eve and Christmas day. We did a Roku mirror image gift exchange where we could watch (on the TV) our oldest son's little girls opening their gifts from family on Christmas eve and they could watch their cousins doing the same. Technology does help but it's still a far cry from holding and hugging them in person! Our daughter is an RN and she was working that whole weekend. She is having some nightmare shifts while working with Covid patients and the numbers are steadily climbing. She did get her first vaccine dose and had no reaction to it. Enough of personal chit chat and on to card making!

 
 
I needed a masculine thank you card, so tried to get my mojo goingthis morning. I had a leftover scrap of watercoloring with splattering so used it to die cut these leaves. I lightly stenciled some Ripe Avocado ink over the background panel. Easy peasy! 

STAMPS: Leaves in Fall (Ink to Paper).

PAPER: Rustic White, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado (Ink to Paper); Ranger watercolor.

INK: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate (Ink to Paper).

DIES: Skinny Frames: Diagonal Border, Leaves In Fall (Ink to Paper); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).

Have a great Tuesday and stay warm and safe!      ~Wanda

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Anywhere Together

 


Good Thursday morning! We woke up to a blanket of snow on the ground...awaiting official report on number of inches. Roads are plowed already but the temperature is keeping things icy! I created another fun card using Ink to Paper's Anywhere Together set. 


As I mentioned in a previous post, the trick for me to get the wheels aligned properly with the bike frame is to stamp the outer, larger pair of wheel circles first. Then you can line up the medium sized circles and then the smallest ones. 



I wanted to use some patterned paper and I thought this pattern mimicked the bike wheels, so went with that! I also added some white gel pen markings to the balloons. I'm playing along with the sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

STAMPS: Anywhere Together (Ink to Paper).

PAPER: Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Stampers Select White, Text-Style Green Boutique patterned paper - all by Ink to Paper/Papertrey Ink.

INK: True Black, New Leaf, Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Soft Stone, Weathervane.

DIES: Border Bling: Tin Stitch, Border Bling: Skinny Postage, Anywhere Together (Ink to Paper).

I'll be keeping two of the grands for the rest of the day, so my quiet time will soon end - lol! Have a great day everyone!   ~Wanda