Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Just Us Girls

It's Color Week at the Just Us Girls Challenge blog and we've been asked to use prominently purple on our project. This isn't a color I gravitate toward often, but when I do use it, I like it - especially if it's paired with green!  I've been asked to create some Mother's Day cards for coworkers, so this old Siberian Iris stamp set - designed by Marcella Hawley for the former Flourishes stamp company - had a couple of sentiments that fit the bill.  

The inside has "Happy Mother's Day" stamped in Cockleshell ink by WPlus9 - the same ink I used for the Plaid Background stamp by WPlus9.  By the way...this plaid stamp is large and the only way you will get adequate inking is to repeatedly stamp it using a MISTI.  The image was colored with Copics.  Some of my favorite enamel dots are these flat black dots by Richard Garay (there are also white and gray dots in the same package).  I wish more companies went with flat rather than glossy dots (sorry...got off on a tangent there).  

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
APR 24 - "Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."
                         --Carl Schurz



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hi everyone! Are you ready for the weekend? There's a great inspiration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge and we'd love to have you play along with us!  I was inspired by the colors and the free-flowing icing and confetti which led me to splattering and watercoloring the background on my card.

I used distress inks - Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry - to watercolor the die cut popsicles.  I layered scrap pieces of cardstock behind them.  The patterned paper is from the Sugar Shoppe 6x6 pad by Doodlebug Design.  Stamps are from Reverse Confetti's Let's Chill stamp set with matching dies.

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
APR 21 - "We love the things we love for what they are."              --Robert Frost

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rose Flurries

I'm joining in with two challenges: Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept which has a delightful inspiration photo! I die cut all the florals and leaves then painted them with Zig Clean Color brush markers.  I already had the background painted and it was on my leftover pile waiting to be rescued.  The light blue dress background inspired me to use this watercolored panel as a backdrop to the double circles and Rose Flurries 3D dies (Altenew).

In hindsight, I'm wishing I had used black instead of Raspberry
Fizz CS for the narrow matted layer.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set. A trio of dew drops were adhered using SU fine tip glue pen. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
APR 19 - "Even the toughest dogs can be afraid of vacuums."        --Anna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sending Hugs

**Scroll on down for my Color Throwdown entry** 

I created this card for two different challenges: Just Us Girls (it's trend week and black and white stripes are the trendy element we're asked to use) and Sunday Stamps Challenge (sketch).   I'm a huge fan of adding stripes to my cards, so this was a must do challenge!

I am FINALLY using this freebie gift stamp that came with my last
Reverse Confetti order!  Isn't that combination of fonts the best?!  I thought these funky florals from RC's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set with matching dies would be pair up nicely with the bold sentiment.  

INKS: Bumblebee, Iced Aqua, Aqua, Parakeet, Lime Green, Magenta - dye inks by Reverse Confetti; Versafine Onyx Black.

Color Throwdown

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday and that means there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge happening! Vickie is our hostess this week and has chosen red, green and white...a classic combo that really pops - especially with a little added black as a neutral. 

I knew right away I wanted to do some Copic coloring on this great floral image by Marcella Hawley - Tulips For Friends - from the former Flourishes company.  There is a current variation of the same image at Power Poppy that you can see HERE.

This word sentiment die by My Favorite Things is one of my all-time favorites!  I layered white over black so it would be more distinctive with this shadowed look.  The Plaid Background stamp by Concord and 9th was stamped about 5 times using Last Leaf dye ink by WPlus9 and a MISTI. This stamp is difficult to get good coverage with only one stamping, so a MISTI tool is a must!
To play along with us, please go to the Color Throwdown Challenge blog for all the details!  For more inspiration from the rest of the design team and our talented guest designer for April, click on their 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) 
Hannelie Bester- April Guest Designer 

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
APR 18 - "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature."
                    --Joseph Campbell 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oh Baby

I've got a clean and simple card for the current Fusion Card Challenge. I used both the sketch and the inspiration photo - going with the baby theme and the neutral polka dotted wall for my main inspiration!  I just love this gray and white nursery with the pop of aqua!

I used paper, stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti, except for the stitched circle dies from My Favorite Things.  The patterned paper is from RC's Every Little Bit 6x6 pad and I used their Iced Aqua cardstock (one of my fave shades of blue).

DIES: Double Edge Scallop Border, Shakers 'n Frames (tiny stars), Stamped Note (hearts), and Cute as a Button (onesie).

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
APR 17 - "Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
                   --Henry van Dyke

Friday, April 13, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch

 A quick and easy card for the new CAS(E) This Sketch challenge! I tweaked the elements a bit and it was so crazy simple to put together. I embossed the Ornate Background stamp by Simon Says Stamp on WPlus9's Dove Grey cardstock using Pool Party embossing powder.  The Square Thanks die is by Reverse Confetti. If I did it again, I would use a darker EP as this doesn't have the dramatic impact I was looking for.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
APR 13 - "The universe is what you illustrated it to be."