Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Color Throwdown & SSSC

Hi, everyone! Are you ready to rock some new colors this week? Lori is our hostess with some sweet apples for our color inspiration on the Color Throwdown blog!  We are also welcoming the talented Tenia Nelson from Jazzy Paper Designs as our guest designer for the month!  She has some awesome talent going on and you may have seen her published in a number of magazines or sharing her creations via different design teams!  Welcome, Tenia!

 So, here is my card, and yes...I'll admit I was stumped for awhile with these colors and had a number of failed efforts with my roses before deciding on die cutting Lemon Tart CS then stamping off the 1st step with Ripe Persimmon distress ink and stamping again with full strength ink.  I used Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the leaves.  I picked up yellow and orange watercolor paint with a wet brush and splattered the background by tapping the brush on a paper piercer.  I cut out 2 pink sentiments and 2 more in orange to
make it appear like chipboard.  It adds so much more dimension when you layer them up!  Some jute twine in a double figure 8 shape was tucked underneath with a large glue dot.

I used Karen Giron's layout for the current Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  A simple design with SO many options for interpretation!

Congrats to our guest star stamper this week: Vikki Whittington of Vikki's Stamping Creations!  Be sure and stop by her blog and say hello!

For more inspiration and guidelines to play along, please visit the Color Throwdown can go to each of the design team blog links below:

STAMPS: Rosy Posy and Rosy Posy Step 2 - both by PTI.
ACCESSORIES: Enamel dots by Recollections, Jute twine, Stitched rectangle dies by Lil' Inker Designs, Wet Paint 'thanks' die by PTI.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Good Tuesday everyone! I had stamps on my desk from a previous project, so when I saw the Color Challenge on SCS (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Melon Mambo with the dessert option to use green), I was ready to roll with the same set! I'm also using the current sketch for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

I cut 2 tags from white and Tangerine Tango CS and layered up some florals from PTI's Rosy Posy and Rosy Posy Step 2 sets.  The sentiment (Wet Paint die by PTI) was cut 3 times to make it more dimensional. 

What else did I use?  Stitched rectangle dies by Lil' Inker Designs, Timeless Tags 2 dies by WPlus9, Off the Grid stamp (SU), Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (SU).

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mojo Monday

It's time for the first Mojo Monday Challenge of May, so that means it's contest time and YOU have a chance to win some new Verve by joining us! Check out the awesome layout that Julee has for us!  I'm also playing along with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge where the theme is "travel".

When I think of someone starting a new leg of their journey in life, I always go to this Verve Plain Jane verse: Jeremiah 29:11.  I paired it with the "Traveler" 6x6 papers from My Mind's Eye.  The flowers are from Verve's "Sunny Days" stamp set.  

For more inspiration, check out the other mojomakers' creations by clicking on their blog links below OR you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and the first 8 thumbnails will be the mojomakers' cards.
Carole Burrage
Debbie Carriere
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline 
Wanda Cullen (you are here) 

Friday, May 1, 2015

ODBD May Release Time

With a new month comes brand new products at Our Daily Bread Designs! You will love the new stamps and perfect for those spring projects!  My 2 cards will focus on a great new Fancy Fritillary Die set (a 'must have' butterfly die) and a beautiful Lord's Prayer Script stamp! 

I knew right away I wanted to create a center step card to highlight
the prayer as the focal point.  The ODBD Shabby Rose Collection of papers seemed a perfect fit with its subtle butterflies in the background of this pattern.  Remember the Layered Lacey Square die set released last month?  Here's a way to stretch their use and cut the largest scallop square down to use as borders!  I clear embossed the sentiment after stamping with Versafine Onyx black ink.  The butterfly is vellum layered over Rose Red cardstock.  The leafy flourishes are from ODBD Fancy Foliage die set.

For my second card, I wanted to go with a more clean and modern design, so I covered a scrap piece of white cardstock with washi tape, rounded the corners and cut out a negative space using the base shape of the Fancy Fritillary Die set.  The intricate butterfly was cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock then brushed with a clear Wink of Stella marker to add subtle shimmer which doesn't show in the photo (insert frowning face here).  I only adhered the body so the wings would remain dimensional.  I used the
smallest square of the Layered Lacey Squares die set and used two of the corners as accent pieces - another way to stretch the use of that die!  I thought this would make a great birthday card, so added the Happy Birthday word dies inside.

Here are the prize details...
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the design team cards!  You have until May 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the designers blogs for a chance to win!  The winners will be posted on the ODBD blog on May 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won! 

Are you ready to be inspired by the rest of the talented design team?  Check out their blog links below or you can go to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to view all the entries.
Lori * Julie * Sandee * Dawn * Amy * Cathy * America * Chris * Angie * Audrey * Sabrina 
Grace * Silke * Loretta * Lisa * Wanda

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sending Happy Thoughts

I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where anything goes and I'm using Karen Giron's great layout for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I came home from work tonight and found some happy mail from SSS and couldn't wait to play!  The sentiment is from a newly released stamp set called Circle Sayings. I started with some Tim Holtz watercolor CS and pulled 2 different distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed) from a couple of acrylic blocks to give a subtle variegated look to the base.  After drying it with a heat gun and die cutting the panel with a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs, I then added texture by applying Liquitex light modeling paste with the Circle Dots stencil. The designer paper is from Doodlebug Design's "Sunkissed" 6x6 pad - also from SSS. This came together quickly and hopefully it will brighten someone's day when they get this card in their mailbox!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sneak Peek for ODBD

I'm playing along with the Color Challenge on SCS to use Soft Sky, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake.  I had to create my own "designer paper" so went with a plaid builder stamp set by MFT.  I then black embossed the new Lord's Prayer Script stamp (to be released by Our Daily Bread Designs on May 1) on heavy weight vellum.  I added a new Fancy Fritillary Butterfly die - also part of the new May release - by cutting it from white CS then sponging it with Soft Sky and Blushing Bride ink.  

That's it from me today...a quick post as I have things to get done before heading off early to work this afternoon.  

Color Throwdown

The gorgeous color palette for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge is brought to us by the talented Jodi! I tried my hand at Dawn Woleslagle's technique to combine Copic markers and blender pen with two step stamping.

I came to a conclusion at the end of my card: I will never come close to the shading perfection that Dawn demonstrates!  After I tried removing color on the roses with a blender pen, I then went back and tried to highlight with a R83 Copic marker.  It still lacked definition, so I pulled out my Melon Mambo ink pad and did the second step again and called it done. I was OK with how my leaves turned out but dang...I sure did get carried away with my thorns - lol!  The striped panel was created using MFT's large diagonal background stamp.  I used 4 stamp sets from WPlus9: Coming Up Roses, Spring Blooms (leaves), Ink Splats and Hand Lettered Hello.  Some Caribbean Blend sequins by Avery Elle topped it off.

A little helpful hint: I used my MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment twice to get a rich black inking of the sentiment.

A big CONGRATS to our guest star stamper - Kathy Schweinfurth of Stamps at Play!  Be sure and stop by her blog to say hello!

We hate to say goodbye after today to Karen Giron - our uber talented guestie this month!  Stay tuned next week to find out who our next talented guest designer will be!

For more inspiration, you can visit the design team's blog links below or you can go to the Color Throwdown blog to see everyone's creations there.