Monday, May 2, 2016

Mojo Monday


Yippee! My favorite month of the year is here and I'm kicking off the first Mojo Monday Challenge with lots of May flowers on my card! Because it's a new month, that means it's contest week and YOU have the chance to win some new Verve if you play along!


I created my own designer paper by stamping flowers and leaves from Verve's Bloom and Grow set using Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Lucky Limeade inks (SU). I just finished the Online Card Classes new series, Clear and Sheer, so I went with vellum for the horizontal panel - cutting it an inch wider than the base so I could fold the edges under and glue tape them to the back.  I generally use spray adhesive to adhere vellum, but I wanted the panel to appear 'loose' and not totally glued down.  I gold embossed the sentiment and added the 'awesome' word die (Verve's Simply Amazing set) - layered with a gold die to give it a shadow effect. The butterflies were cut with a Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings die from SU.  They tended to get lost in all the busy BG, so I'm thinking I should have used wood veneer butterflies or some other color. Maybe next time. :-)

For more inspiration from the rest of the mojomakers, click on their blog links below...or...you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first eight thumbnails. 

Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline

Wanda Cullen (you are here)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Color Throwdown



Hi everyone! I'm happy to say I'm the hostess this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge and I'm hoping you will love this color palette - golden yellow, navy and white - as much as I do! I was inspired by these wedding cakes and thought the colors could be used for SOOO many different card themes!  Initially, I was going to go with a a classy wedding card, but those cascades of flowers drew me in a different direction in the end!  


I adhered the striped patterned paper from Echo Park's Splendid Sunshine pad, then raised a white CS panel with foam tape.  I loosely adhered navy and vellum die cut leaves (large and small Mariana Vine dies by Poppystamps) then added layered die cut posies by Lil' Inker Designs.  The layered sentiment and tag are dies by Reverse Confetti.  I rounded a couple of the card corners using the 1/4" corner chomper setting.

Be sure to visit our guest star stamper - Linda Beeson from the Paper Cutting Kind of Day blog!

Sadly, we say goodbye to Amy Rohl who has been an awesome inspiration as our guest designer this month!  Stay tuned next week when we announce our new May guestie.
  
To get all the details on how to play along, please go to the Color Throwdown blog and check out the info on the right sidebar!  You can also check out the rest of the design teams' creations for more inspiration on the CTD blog or you can clink on their blog links below.
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here) 

Amy Rohl- April Guest Designer  




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Birthday Flowers



I was inspired to create this card by Vicki's great color palette for the SCS Color Challenge to use Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Garden Green. I needed a sketch inspiration, so my next stop was at CAS(E) This Sketch. Because I'm needing a ton of birthday cards this spring, I'm also joining in the Seize the Birthday Challenge where anything goes this week!

I started by stamping the woodgrain BG by Altenew in Island Indigo ink.  I die cut it with MFT's Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-Namics and added some light sponging.  The sentiment is a new die and stamp set called Sending, Hoping, Wishing by WPlus9.  The flowers are from Altenew's Painted Flowers stamp set with matching dies. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mojo Monday



Whoa!! April has whizzed on by and we're already on the last Monday of the month and you know what that means?! A different shaped card - circle or square - is required! No A2s for this Mojo Monday Challenge.  

I went with a 5" square card base and planned ahead for a baby shower that will be happening soon at work.  I decided to place the sentiment - from Verve's To the Moon set - in the back of a shaker frame.  I love this patterned paper from Echo Park's Bundle of Joy pad and let the paper do most of the work.  I stamped 3 stars from Verve's Seeing Stars set, then punched the large one (SU) and fussy cut the two smaller ones.  I used Early Espresso CS for the frame and the same color ink for the sentiment and stars. Wink of Stella clear shimmer brush pen was used over the solid blue star.  The rick rack border was created using Die-Namics from MFT.  The beaded assortment is by The Ton.

For more inspiration from the rest of the mojomakers, click on their blog links below...or...you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first eight thumbnails. 

Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline

Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Color Throwdown



Vickie has chosen one of my favorite spring/summer color combos for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge...inspired by these fun shoes! Don't you just love them?! I had happy mail from Simon Says Stamp on Saturday, so it was a no brainer as to what I would use on my card.  



Dawn Woleslagle - owner of WPlus9 stamps - posted a recent video HERE - and as you can see, I shamelessly CASEed her cards in the video by adding a loose watercolor background with distress inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Evergreen Bough.  I used a Reverse Confetti banner die and white embossed a couple of Verve butterflies then fussy cut and adhered with clear Kool Tak Foam (it raises the image to give it dimension but it doesn't show through the vellum).  I stamped the sentiment twice using my MISTI.  I die cut two of the 'sending' sentiment to give it more dimension.  

STAMPS: Sending, Hoping, Wishing (WPlus9), Chicks Rule (Verve)-large butterfly and Eggstra Special (Verve)-small butterfly.
DIES: Outlined Roses (WPlus9), Sending, Hoping, Wishing (WPlus9), Beautiful Banners (Reverse Confetti).

Be sure to visit our guest star stamper - Jerrie Mead - at her Coloring Outside the Linez blog!  I was so inspired by her profile description! Congrats, Jerrie! 
  
To get all the details on how to play along, please go to the Color Throwdown blog and check out the info on the right sidebar!  You can also check out the rest of the design teams' creations for more inspiration on the CTD blog or you can clink on their blog links below.
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here) 

Amy Rohl- April Guest Designer  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Never Lose Your Sparkle



I couldn't resist creating this clean and simple card for the following two challenges: The Paper Players - CAS with butterflies - and Tag, You're It #45!  I die cut the tag (WPlus9's Timeless Tags 2) from Ranger watercolor CS, then picked up distress inks - Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio - from an acrylic block to create the tag background.  On the card base, I used the same two inks and stamped off once to give it a lighter, more airy feel using WPlus9's Just Geometrics: Triangles stamp set.  The butterfly die is my new
fave by Concord and 9th: Floral and Flutter Dies.  I cut it from SU's Pool Party CS than added Martha Stewart's crystal fine glitter.  The sentiment banner is MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics with the sentiment stamp from WPlus9's Sparkle and Shine set.

That's it from me for now...Heading to the shower then off to work!  I'm enjoying this glorious spring weather we're having in VA!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mojo Monday



It's Monday and that means a new week and a new Mojo Monday Challenge! I was having a mental block with ideas, so off to the Pinterest website I went for some inspiration.  As soon as I saw Lisa Addesa's card HERE, I knew I wanted to CASE her colors and tone on tone leaf stamping.  


I started with my favorite green cardstock - Sour Apple by My Favorite Things - and cut 3 panels that were 1 1/2" x 3 3/4".  I then stamped leaves from Verve's retired Autumn Splendor set using Beanstalk ink by WPlus9.  I rounded the corners using a corner chomper.  The circle frame is another retired stamp from Verve's Just For You set (I promise you the rest of the Verve goodies are NOT retired :-)   I layered up 2 large and 1 small Simply Daisies dies (Verve) using foam tape between the layers.  The sentiment is from the newly released Simply Amazing set (Verve).

For more inspiration from the rest of the mojomakers, click on their blog links below...or...you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first eight thumbnails. 

Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline

Wanda Cullen (you are here)