Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Color Throwdown

Hello everyone! Are you ready for another Color Throwdown Challenge? Amy Rysavy is our hostess and was inspired by the colors in this lovely home decor: light purple, dark purple, off white and brown.  I'm also playing along with a flipped version of the current Sketch Saturday Challenge #501.  

I used 3 different patterned papers from the Paper House
"ColorWays" 6x6 pad and white embossed 3 feathers from Waltzingmouse Stamps' Fine Feathers retired stamp set.  The Small Hello die (a stack of three die cuts) is by Simon Says Stamp and the tiny Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX dies are by My Favorite Things. The card base is Rustic Cream cardstock by PTI.

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, 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)  
Claire Apostoloff  - February Guest Designer 

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
FEB 21 - "Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to."
          --Bob Merrill and Jule Styne, "Don't Rain on My Parade".

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Irish Blessing

How do you share your cards? Are you one that mails them out frequently or do you have other outlets? I donate cards for fundraisers - mostly through our church - and also donate a large container with about 2 dozen cards at our annual Christmas brunch at work.  I keep a basket of cards on the table in the nurses' station where I work and have them for sale. This helps to reimburse my habit...errr...hobby - lol!  Yesterday, one of the nurses asked about St. Patrick's Day cards.  I have very few stamp options for this holiday, but I do have two Irish blessing stamps from Verve's Blessings stamp set.  I'm featuring one of them of my card today.

I accented the quote with florals from Reverse Confetti's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set and die cut them with matching dies.  The background was a leftover panel from a day I was experimenting with alcohol inks.  Here's what else I used...

STAMPS: Blessings (Verve), Blooms 'n Buds (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Enchanted Evening (PTI), Cucumber Crush (SU), White (PTI).
INK: Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy (SU), Bumblebee, Tangerine (Reverse Confetti).
DIES: Striped Sentiment Strip Cover Die-Namic (MFT), Stitched Circles Die-Namics (MFT), Blooms 'n Buds (Reverse Confetti).

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
FEB 20 - "Whatever you are, be a good one".
                 --Abraham Lincoln 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Make It Monday

Laurie Schmidlin has some gorgeous cards to inspire us for the Framing Sentiment and Images challenge for Make It Monday on the Papertrey Ink blog! I couldn't resist playing along using some of my fave PTI products.

What did I use?
STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring, Pen and Ink (PTI).
PAPER: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, White (PTI).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; Lime Green, Parakeet, Magenta, Grape Soda dye inks by Reverse Confetti.
DIES: Mix and Mat: Plaid by PTI; Beautiful Berries: Spring by PTI.

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
FEB 19 - "The greatest glory in living lies not it never falling, but in rising every time we fall."       --Nelson Mandela

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Anything Goes with Reverse Confetti

It's the weekend (YAY!!) and I've got a card to share that again shows how I up-cycled some puzzle pieces to use as embellishments to pair with this fun sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Heart Filled Sentiments stamp set!  My daughter is a fan of any punny cards, so this one went to her for Valentine's Day.

I painted the puzzle pieces with Liquitex Bright Aqua Green acrylic paint color then splattered them with yellow gold paint from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette.  

Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Heart Filled Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
PAPER: White, Black, Lime Green CS (Reverse Confetti)
INK: Versamark
DIES: Lacy Scallop Circles, Tag Me, Triple Chevies, Double Panel Hearts - all by Reverse Confetti

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
FEB 18 - "The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live."
                        --Auguste Rodin

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things

Happy Saturday everyone! Looks like we're in for another complete turnaround in the weather this weekend! That four letter word is in the forecast (SNOW) after being up to 71 degrees just two days earlier!  Guess it's perfect to get some more stamping time!  Check out this great inspiration photo that was chosen to inspire us on the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog! I was inspired by the colors and the sweet little birdcage on the left.  

 I went with a CAS design using the sketch for the current Freshly
Made Sketches challenge.  I smooshed some Cracked Pistachio distress ink over the die cut bird cage and the images were colored with Copics. 

STAMPS: Tweet Friends (MFT), Blissful Blooms (MFT).
PAPER: Blush and Mint 6x6 pad by Recollections.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Tweet Friends, Blissful Blooms, Stitched Circles Die-Namics by MFT; Vintage Bird Cage by Poppystamps. 

 Would love to see you join us!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
FEB 17 - "Every time the sun rises, a new hope begins."

Friday, February 16, 2018


Have you played along with Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try challenge for February yet? If not, you still have time! I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash, so it was a perfect layout to use the Congratulations stamp set with matching Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti's January release!  The sentiment is from their Simply Sentiments set...a wonderful set of sentiments that covers many occasions!

I wanted the three squares in the sketch to mimic the wonky
squares in the designer paper, so I randomly angled the cuts on several of the sides.  I used Navy Blue, Stone and Coral cardstock that matched the background paper from Reverse Confetti's Forever My Love 6x6 pad.  The balloon inks are Navy Blue, Seafoam and Coral by RC. Check out the color chart that Jen recently revised so you can see all of the RC inks in a glance! Colors with asterisks have coordinating card stock. We would love to see how YOU interpret this sketch, so hope you'll join us before this short month flies on by!
FEB 16 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:  
"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed."     --Lloyd Jones

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Special Offer at Reverse Confetti

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

Happy Valentine's Day blog friends! ❤️  I wanted to share a special offer that is happening at Reverse Confetti - today only!

If you haven't used their products yet, today is the day to get an order in!  Their shipping is amazingly fast and you will love the great quality in everything they sell!  Yes...I'm a big fan!

Here's a card that showcases some of my favorites from their January release...

Not your typical Valentine colors but that's the rebel in me - lol!  I used alcohol inks for the background then splattered some yellow gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint over it.  The outline of the Falling Hearts Panel die is the same size as one of the frames from the All Framed Up die set, so that's how I achieved the contrasting color!  Who can resist the adorable cheetahs with heart-shaped spots in the Love Spots stamp set?!