Monday, February 20, 2017

Masculine Thanks


I was needing a masculine thank you card, so a CAS sketch was perfect to do a little stenciling in the background and let this butterfly shine as the focal point...literally! I added Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks to an acrylic block, then picked up the colors with a wet brush and applied to Ranger watercolor CS.  After drying with a heat gun, the butterfly was stamped 3 times using a MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I sprayed Mister Huey's Blizzard color shine over the butterfly to give it a nice subtle shimmer and shine!  The butterfly was die cut then popped with foam tape over the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil.  The sentiment die - Wet Paint by PTI - was cut from black and white CS, then offset slightly when I layered them up.  Stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

I'm entering this into the  CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

STAMPS: Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix.

Mojo Monday




Good Monday everyone! You'll want to get your creativity going by joining us in the new Mojo Monday Challenge!  Julee's sketch is a really fun one and was perfect to build up my birthday stash once again.  Nothing says festive like a little sparkle, so I once again grabbed this Citrus Matstack by DCWV which has a mix of glittery papers with the usual matte DP.  The flowers were fussy cut from some of the paper and popped with foam dots.  The leaves were sponged on the edges with Lucky Limeade ink (SU) and the cupcake has yellow Stickles added to the icing.  Some Island Indigo twine (SU) and sequins finished it off.  Hate that my photo doesn't show the sparkle and shine that is on the card IRL.

STAMPS: Small Packages (Verve).
PAPER: Citrus Matstack (DCWV), White (PTI).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Small Packages, Butterfly Dreams, Pennant Trim (Verve); Edge Essentials (Reverse Confetti).

So...we'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below:


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future at PTI



I'm running behind on getting cards posted for this fun look at Papertrey Ink stamp sets through the years. In this post, I'm looking at the Wreath For All Seasons stamp set from 2010 that continues to be one of my fave 'go to' sets!  Here is my present day look at it...


PAPER: MFT Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright; Reverse Confetti Lime Green CS; PTI White CS.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; Sweet Gelato by WPlus9.
MISCELLANEOUS: Edge Essentials die by Reverse Confetti; Mat Stack 3 die by PTI; Dotted Swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Dawn McVey designed the set Ruby Rose and her sample cards sold me on this beautiful stamp set back in 2013!  Here is my present day take on it...


STAMPS: Ruby Rose by PTI.
INK: Little Piggy, Sweet Gelato, Beanstalk dye inks by WPlus9.
DIES: Happy by PTI; Ruby Rose by PTI.

The background is a watercolor wash using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  So that's the extent of my leisurely Sunday afternoon in my crafting space! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things



Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I'll have to confess, I had to put my thinking cap on for this one since I didn't have any carnival stamp images to start with a more literal
interpretation.  I thought about the intertwining circles that the ferris wheel represents, thus my choice in designer paper (a retired paper pack - Rainbow Sherbet - by SU).  Carnivals are a fun and festive atmosphere, so I went with some new MFT dies - Wine Service and Cheers - to create a fun and festive themed card!  Little did I know when I chose these dies was that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day - lol!  Cheers!

We're thrilled to have Becca Whitham as our guest designer this week!  Not only is she a talented papercrafter...she is also an accomplished author as well.  Be sure to stop by her Expressions blog and say hello!

We'd love to see how you interpret this inspirational photo!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bamboo Roses



It's Friday eve (night before Friday) and that much closer to my 4 day weekend off that will start on Saturday! I couldn't wait to play with a new (to me) cover plate die by MFT....LOVE it!  I got my inspiration from Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge photo and knew their Bamboo Rose stamp set with matching dies would work perfectly.  I first gold embossed the images, then watercolored using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  This was so incredibly quick and easy to complete! 

STAMPS: Bamboo Rose (Altenew)
PAPER: Vintage Cream and True Black (PTI); Ranger watercolor CS.
INK: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Bamboo Rose (Altenew); Striped Sentiment Strip cover plate (MFT).

Thanks for stopping by...heading to the shower then to work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #430



It's Wednesday and time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Yours truly is the hostess this week and I fell in love with this beautiful piece of pottery for the color inspiration!  I'm anxious to see how you will interpret the turquoise, gold/kraft, sage green and dark brown colors.  Remember, these are generic colors and you can add in any neutrals of your choice.  Here is my take on it...


I started with a background watercolor wash using gold and dark brown paints (Mijello Mission Gold) on Ranger watercolor CS.  The larger butterfly background was colored by smooshing Bundled Sage and Peacock Feathers distress inks.  The sentiment butterfly was stamped with Peacock Feathers ink.  I added a border with metallic gold CS and a die cut (Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti) from Early Espresso (SU) CS.  Some clear dew drops were the finishing touch.

Be sure to check out our February guest designer - Donna Mikasa - and our guest star stamper - Susie Moore - to see their fabulous creations!

For more details on how to play along, head 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 by clicking 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)  

Donna Mikasa - February
Guest Designer




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Glittery Birthday




Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️  I have a really quick post of a card I created last night after getting off work at 11 PM.  It uses the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge and is also for SCS CAS Challenge to use words aka sentiment stamps that carry the whole card.  Guess I should have posted a card that is pink or red with lots of hearts - lol - but I was done with hearts for this year and decided a red/orange/yellow combo was due instead!  Actually, I couldn't resist breaking into a new paper pad that has a number of glittery patterns (The Citrus Matstack by DCWV).  The sentiment die is by Lil' Inker Designs.  

I'll leave you with a sweet photo of my youngest grand...isn't she a sweet Valentine treat?!