Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Color Throwdown

There's a new Color Throwdown Challenge going on and Melody has chosen a beautiful spring color  combo...inspired by this gorgeous outdoor living "room"!

I had this bright pink gelli plate printed sheet in my stash and used that as the starting point.  I had used a Hero Arts tweed pattern stencil for the first layer of the gelli print.  After it was dry, I added white modeling paste with a Dotted Flowers stencil by Dylusions.  I wanted to use twine to attach a sentiment tag, so used a lighter green (Sour Apple by MFT) for the leafy flourish so it would match the twine color.  This daisy die was a freebie with MFT's recent release and makes such a quick and easy layered flower!  The sentiment is from Verve's Small Celebrations set.

Due to a little email glitch, we have two Guest Star Stampers to inspire you this week:  
Jane @ Scrap Pieces of Me
Sandy Mathis @ Stamp With Sandy 
Play along with us this week and you just might be in the spotlight next week!  You don't have to have exact colors to play along, but you do need to have a close resemblence.  Be sure and link your creation to the linky tool at the bottom of the current challenge post on the Color Throwdown blog.

For more inspiration, check out the other throwdown designers' blogs below...
Barbara Anders    
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis  
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen  <---you are="" here="" you--="">
Jeanne Jachna– April Guest Designer

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mojo Monday

It's Mojo Monday challenge time once again and Julee has another great layout for us! I had this paper pack on my desk from a previous project and just love the colors, so went with it again!  I had to tweak the sketch a bit to make this new Verve sentiment fit properly.  LOVE the fonts in this Better Together stamp set by Verve!  I added clear Wink of Stella shimmer brush highlights to the leafy sprigs, then tucked in several of the other leaves in this set.  The flower was layered over some twine.

You'll want to check out the other mojomakers' blogs below OR you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the first 7 thumbnails.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the gallery!

Wanda Cullen (you are here)

STAMPS: Sunny Days (Verve), Better Together (Verve)
PAPER: Kate and Co "Cambridge Court" 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, Sage Shadow (SU), Melon Mambo (SU), White (PTI)
INK: Sage Shadow, Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Clear embossing powder, Rhinestones by SU, Jute twine, Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT, Leafy Sprigs dies by Verve.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sketch For You To Try

I went with several Reverse Confetti stamp sets to create this card for Jen's Sketch For You To Try for April.I added some white modeling paste using a tweed pattern stencil over the DP for just a hint of texture.  The arrow elements were stamps from the Arrows 'n Elements set.  The sentiment "page" is from Class Act with words from Class Act and Arrows 'n Elements.  The flowers and leaves from the Petals 'n Posies set are so fun to layer up!

PAPER: Splendid Sunshine by Echo Park, White (PTI), Daffodil Delight (SU), Sour Apple (MFT).
INK: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango.
ACCESSORIES: Petals 'n Posies and Class Act dies by Reverse Confetti.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Note of Thanks

This card was inspired by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge (oops...collection had already closed for this challenge) and uses the current Retrosketches Challenge layout. I totally had plans to create something in only sage and cream and picked out the herring bone paper (used in the matting) from this gorgeous paper pad by MME. Well...the small floral design was calling my name and I had to add it, too. :-)  I pulled some Sage Shadow CS from my stash - a long retired color by SU - for the card base.  I digressed from the baby theme and went with this new Reverse Confetti set - Class Act - to use the uber fun dotted swiss apple! Love that there are matching dies for all the images. 
 A really quick and fun thank you card for a teacher...or for anyone!

STAMPS: Class Act (Reverse Confetti)
PAPER: Kate and Co "Cambridge Court" pad by My Mind's Eye, Sage Shadow by SU, White by PTI
INK: Sage Shadow, Rose Red
ACCESSORIES: Class Act dies by Reverse Confetti, Enamel dots.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Throwdown

It's Wednesday, so that means there's a new color palette posted for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge. Lori has chosen these beautiful soft colors...inspired by these gorgeous birds' eggs!

I used SU's Fabulous Florets and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets with a sentiment from PTI's Tag-Its
#12 stamp set.  I used a 1" punch which fits perfectly into a flattened bottle cap.  Not sure why this ribbon doesn't look like it matches in the photo. :-(  I stamped the flowers in Daffodil Delight then added some color shading with Copic markers - Y15 and Y18.  I sponged the petal edges and stippled color to highlight the centers. You can hopefully see the sheen and sparkle from the Wink of Stella clear shimmer brush that I added to the flowers.  I'm also playing along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

For more inspiration, you'll want to check out the rest of the design team's creations below.  We're also thrilled to have Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life as our April guest designer!    

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
                                              Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor 
                                                   Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
  Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Monika Davis - M.A.D. Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Vickie Zimmer -  Smitten   
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations (you are here)
  Jeanne Jachna - (April Guest Designer) - A Kept Life

Before I end this post, I want to share some photos from a really fun weekend with some of the CTD team!  We met at Bar's house in VA which was a central location for many of us.  We really missed having Joan, Lori, Melody and Monika with us but, hopefully, this will become an annual event for us to get together!  There was no shortage of laughter and fun although we look rather serious in this first pic - lol!  The first photo shows Bar sharing a variety of ways to use the ever popular stencils.  We then worked with gelli plate printing - a messy but fun technique to create all kinds of fun backgrounds!  We ate breakfast at a local restaurant on Sunday morning before everyone headed back home.  A big THANK YOU to Bar and John for hosting us all!  You're the best!

 L. to R.: Broni Holcombe, Vickie Zimmer, Heather Shore (Tammy's friend who happens to be a SU demonstrator), Me, Barbara Anders, Tammy Hershberger.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I'm finally getting to play with my new Fine Feathers stamp set! This Waltzingmouse set has been sold out for some time, but finally it arrived on my doorstep! I'm a big fan of Cardabilities sketches and decided to play along this week.  I die cut the feathers, stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with Stampendous Detail White embossing powder.  The doily coordinates with the designer paper by Recollections.  I clear embossed the sentiment after stamping with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Some Avery Elle sequins and a SU button and I was done - so quick and easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mojo Monday

Good Monday morning! Are you ready for another fabulous sketch for the Mojo Monday Challenge?  When I saw the 3 circles, I knew I wanted to use my current fave Verve set - Poppy Birthday!  The matching dies make it so easy to create with this set.  I added black enamel accents to the centers and echoed them with more enamel dots as embellishments.

For more inspiration, check out the first 7 thumbnails on the Mojo Monday blog, can visit each mojomaker's blog listed below: 

                                             Marisa Ritzen 
                                           Mary Fish
                                        Sarah Bigelow
                                    Teresa Kline
STAMPS: Poppy Birthday (Verve)
PAPER: Fresh Prints DP (SU), White
INK: Real Red, Old Olive, Versamark Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Build a Poppy dies (Verve) Soft Suede taffeta ribbon (SU), Black enamel accents, Enamel dots.