Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Color Throwdown #573

Happy hump day and welcome to the last Color Throwdown challenge in 2019! We'll return in January for a new year of awesome color combos but will take a little break over the holidays. Broni is hosting this week and has one of my fave group of colors: lime green, hot pink and white! I knew I wanted to use these stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti - released a couple of years ago but still some of my favorites!

I have a lot of green cardstock, but surprisingly none of the shades were a match to this polka dotted paper I've had forever! But...I did have a Lime Light ink pad by WPlus9 that was a match, so I just rubbed the ink pad over some white cardstock and bingo...there was a workable green for the holly leaves!  The trees were embossed with SU silver EP.

STAMPS: Triangle Trees, Winter Word Coordinates - both by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: ? source for patterned paper; White by Papertrey Ink.
INK: V1 Pink and Lime Light by WPlus9; Versamark.
DIES: Triangle Trees, Holly, Winter Words, Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel - all by Reverse Confetti. 

We'd love to see how you interpret these colors! If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bottled Up

There was no sunshine to be found yesterday and none again today and it always makes a difference when I photograph cards. I edit with my iPhone and also with Photoshop Elements but it's just not as good as when there is sunshine! I wanted to share this card I created yesterday using some new goodies from The Greetery.  I love how Betsy builds on her designs and makes them workable with previous stamp sets. In this case the bottles were released months ago but the November release had the Budding Beauties Winter set which is great for winter designs.

I started by lightly ink blending some So Saffron (SU) dye ink to give it a "candle glow" effect. Those corner snowflake dies are very intricate and you will want to add an extra shim when you die cut.  Here is what I used...

STAMPS: Bottled Up & Budding Beauties Winter (The Greetery).
PAPER: White by Papertrey Ink.
INK: Flamingo, Brick, Buttercup, Sunshine, Olive, Avocado, Pistachio, Grass, Lime Green, Seafoam, Mint, Dark Roast - all small ink cubes by Reverse Confetti; Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Bottled Up, Budding Beauties Winter, Frosty Corners - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I have my cardiology appointment this afternoon, so gotta run.       ~Wanda

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Paper Players Color Week

Good Sunday everyone! There's a new Paper Players challenge happening today and I'm totally loving the gorgeous color palette chosen by LeAnne! This was perfect to create a card using some new goodies just released in November by The Greetery! I don't have Seaside Spray ink or paper, so I went with what I thought was a bluish shade that I had in my huge leftover pile. Photoshop wasn't cooperating with me and for some reason, my photos look more green than in real life.

I die cut all the pieces, sponged same color inks on the edges, then splattered the pine boughs and pinecones with watered down Copic Opaque White pigment. I also added some crystal coarse glitter (Martha Stewart). I intentionally didn't glue down all the leaves and portions of the bow so they would be more dimensional. I really love the textured details of the Nordic frame dies and those pinecones are so much fun to layer up as well!

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Kraft, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink),  X-Press It Blending Card (for a very stark white).
DIES: Nordic Frames, Botanicuts Pine Bough, Fit To Be Tied, Inside and Out Berry Branch - all by The Greetery.

We'd love to have you join us for this challenge and if you need more inspiration, stop by the blog and check out what the other talented designers have created HERE.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Money Holder

A quick post to show you a quick and easy cash holder for the holidays! I cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/8" x 6 3/8". Placing it with the longest side on top, I then scored it at 1 3/4" and then at 5 1/8". Cut a belly band to a desired width and wrap it around the folded cardstock, adhering it with score tape. Embellish as desired. I stamped the poinsettia spray from the With Love At Christmas set by The Greetery. The sentiment is also from that set. 

INK: Little Piggy, Shell Pink, Sweet Gelato, Cranberry Crush, Last Leaf, Mojito dye inks by WPlus9; Memento Tuxedo Black.

You could layer it up and make it more detailed, but at this time of the month, I find so much needing to be done and an easier route is my choice to survive - lol!                                ~Wanda

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Card Concept & CAS(E) This Sketch

A quick and easy card for the CAS(E) This Sketch and The Card Concept challenges! I was inspired primarily by the houndstooth pillows and the window wreath.  I was also inspired by Betsy Veldman's recent take on making a wreath from the pine bough dies from the Botanicuts Pine Bough die set. I used Gumball Green CS and Real Red CS for the bow with a little sponging on the bow fold portion using Riding Hood Red ink. 

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).

PAPER: Scrapbook Paper (Horizon Group); Gumball Green, Real Red (SU); White (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Botanicuts Pine Bough, Fit To Be Tied, Crimped Frame, Sentiment Suite Basics - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!                    ~Wanda

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Color Throwdown #572

It's Wednesday and that means there's a new Color Throwdown challenge happening! Barbara Anders is hosting this week and has a really awesome color palette for us: turquoise, green, gold and white! I smooshed and splattered some Peacock Feathers distress ink over watercolor paper then brushed a couple of shades of green from my Pelikan paint set on another panel of watercolor paper. I splattered Blue Gold paint from Gansai Tambi's Starry Colors.

The stag die (WPlus9) was a leftover and seemed like it was meant to be paired with these Tall Pine Trees dies (Frantic Stamper). The sentiment and banner die are from Sentiment Suite: Christmas by The Greetery. 

DIES: Crimped Frame and Sentiment Suite Basics by The Greetery; Stag Trio by WPlus9; Tall Pine Trees by Frantic Stamper; Stitched Edges die by My Favorite Things.

We'd love to see how you interpret these colors! If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

I couldn't wait to play with newly released goodies from The Greetery! This sketch from Freshly Made Sketches shows a one layer design, but I got a bit carried away with wanting to include a couple of the Nordic Frames, so hopefully the challenge police will be forgiving! These Botanicuts Pine Bough dies are so much fun and they are easy to sponge, splatter and layer up! They also pair up nicely with the Inside and Out Berry Branch die. This card came together very quickly and I love all the dimension and texture!

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Soft Sky (SU), Kraft (Papertrey Ink), X-Press It Blending Card (for a stark white).
INK: Pool Party to sponge pine boughs, Baked Brown Sugar to sponge pinecones; Early Espresso for sentiment - all by SU.
DIES: Nordic Frames, Botanicuts Pine Bough, Inside and Out Berry Branch, Sentiment Suite Basics - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!   ~Wanda