Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Color Throwdown

Hello again! Wow, another month on the calendar and you know what? In four months, Christmas will be over! :-/ Enough of that depressing news and on to our FABULOUS color combo by Jodi for the new Color Throwdown Challenge!   I just love these clean, crisp colors!
Unfortunately, I learned Monday that another of my aunts in Ohio passed away, so a sympathy card was needed.  I like to keep the design simple for sympathy creations and already had this floral design embossed in white, so it was a quick one to watercolor using distress inks.

I had to sneak in a bit of "neutral" green - lol - as I can't have posies without some green leaves.  Then it was time to fussy cut and adhere with tiny pieces of foam tape.  Here's what else I used:
STAMPS: You've Got This (SU) - flower; Petals 'n Posies (Reverse Confetti) - sentiment; Arrows and Elements (Reverse Confetti) - small banner flag.
PAPER: Night of Navy, White, Tim Holtz water color CS.
INK: Versamark, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint.
ACCESSORIES: Chevron Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti; Stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs; Avery Elle sequins; White embossing powder.

I want to give a big welcome to our talented guest designer this month: Kelly Latevola of You and Your Big Dreams!  You don't want to miss her gorgeous sample for these colors!!!

Be sure and check out the rest of the design team's inspiration cards by clicking on their blog links below...or... you can go to the Color Throwdown blog to see the team's cards and to get the details on how to play along. 
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lori Tecler   
Monika Davis (taking a break)
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Kelly Latevola - Guest Designer for September 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Alpaca My Scarf!

This mini Lawn Fawn stamp set was a must have for two reasons! First, I love puns and second, my daughter visited Peru last summer and has fun stories of getting up close and personal to some llamas and alpacas.  When I saw the CAS Challenge on SCS this morning, I knew I wanted to ink up this fun alpaca and include it on a tag.  The scarf - made in India - was a purchase during a fun sale while on a cruise ship last year. Everything in the sale was $10, so I immediately headed to the scarves - knowing they would be great gifts and lightweight to pack!

On to the tag creation...I smooshed my 2 favorite distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron) on some TH watercolor paper.  I then dropped some water over the paper (by tapping a paint brush) after I dried the inks with my heat gun.  The droplets lightly "bleached" out a splatter effect.  The image was stamped on X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copics, then die cut.  The white banner was cut using MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics.  The tag itself is one of my favorite die cuts by Reverse Confetti.

Copics:  BG32, BG15, E000, E01, E40, E42.

OILY DIY RECIPE FOR THE DAY:  Make your own ALL PURPOSE CLEANER and you'll be living much healthier without the toxic chemicals found in so many ready made products!
   You will need:
Large glass spray bottle
1-2 Tablespoons liquid castille soap
Filtered water
15-20 drops essential oils (try 10 drops lemon and 7 drops thieves)
Place soap and oils into your spray bottle and swirl to mix.  Slowly add water to the top of the bottle and give it a shake!  Use to spray counters, sinks, bathrooms, etc.  Other oil options would be thieves and orange, purification, citrus fresh or eucalyptus.

Thanks for stopping by...I always love to read your comments!

Mojo Monday

It's tall and skinny card week with the last Mojo Monday Challenge of the month!  When I saw the vertical line of circles in the sketch, I knew I wanted to use balloons to create a birthday card.  You can never have too many birthday cards in your stash!  I stamped and fussy cut the balloon images from Verve's Birthday Bash set then hand drew the strings.  The sentiment is from Moments Remembered and the heart border is from BorderlineDon't you just love how you can mix and match the different Verve sets?!  For perfect positioning of the sentiment and border, I used my trusty MISTI - the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented!   My card dimensions are 3 1/2" wide x 5 1/2".

PAPER: Cherry on Top Designer Series paper stack by SU; Watermelon Wonder (SU), White.

Need more inspiration?  See what the rest of the mojomakers have created by clicking on their blog links below.
Carole Burrage
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline 
Wanda Cullen (you are here) 

News Flash!!  Dina Kowal just posted her genius solution for stamping with a MISTI using stamps on wooden blocks!  Check out her video HERE.  Now I'm keeping a look out for some Duplo blocks at a second hand store!

Friday, August 28, 2015

MFT Challenges

I'm combining 2 challenges on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog: Color Challenge #28 and Wednesday Sketch Challenge #243.  When I saw the 4 colors, I knew it would work for a spooky sky by smooshing distress inks in the background.  I used Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough.  The card base is 5" square and I really went back in time with using a long time retired piece of Lavender Lace (SU) cardstock.  The sentiment is from MFT's Primitive Pumpkins set - one of my fave fall stamp sets.  The rest of the elements are using MFT's Spooky House Die-Namics.
So ironic...after I completed this card, our son, DIL and grand-daughter stopped by the house and we built a camp fire in the fire pit.  We built the fire and took Quinn on a golf cart ride as the sun was setting, then we ate s'mores while the full moon was rising!  Full moon on the card...full moon outdoors!  LOVE these non-humid, slightly cool evenings!  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown

Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday! Since it's hump day, that means it's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and Joan has got a combo worth roaring about! :-) 

I decided to add the bokeh effect to my smooshed distress ink background.  Some looped string and die cut stars and sentiment made this card come together quickly.  Actually, it took me far longer to come up with the idea that it did to create it (isn't that often the way?!).  I thought this would work to give to a co-worker who is leaving or retiring.

STAMPS: Sending and Wishing by Simon Says Stamps.
PAPER: Tim Holtz watercolor CS, White (PTI), Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Black.
INK: Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Tumbled Glass distress inks; Versafine Onyx Black; ColorBox Frost White pigment ink.
ACCESSORIES: Stitched rectangle and stars dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Wishing die by Simon Says Stamp; Avery Elle sequins; White thread.

Be sure and check out the rest of the design team's inspiration cards by clicking on their blog links below...or... you can go to the Color Throwdown blog to see the team's cards and to get the details on how to play along. 
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lori Tecler   
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Lindsay Amhrein - Guest Designer for August

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Metallic Gold Meets Vanilla

Check out Karen Barber's classy Color Challenge on SCS today! Metallic gold and vanilla.  I started with this striped vellum from SU and die cut the edge using a stitched border Die-Namics by MFT.  The Circle Scribbles dies and the Wet Paint sentiment die and sentiment stamp are all by Papertrey Ink.  Would you believe I still have some of the old SU cording from many years ago and am so happy to see it (along with silver) back in the Christmas catalog that goes live for ordering on September 1st.  So, now I'm ready for the next golden (50th) anniversary that might come my way! 

OILY TIP FOR THE DAY: Lemon essential oil came to my rescue recently when I had a large price tag sticker that had a ton of adhesive residue when I tried to remove it.  I remembered hearing that lemon oil was a much healthier alternative than the obnoxious odorous fumes of most adhesive removers.  I used 2 drops and took a tissue and it wiped off like buttah!  :-)  So quick and easy!  A friendly reminder...if you're using it on plastic, be sure and clean off the lemon oil with a little soap and water so the acid doesn't react with the plastic.  

There's a great deal on getting the Premium Starter Kit by Young Living through the end of August ($10 off the regular price for new members)!  If you have any questions how you can get these oils and a diffuser of your choice in your life, please let me know.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tag, You're It!

This is a quick 3 challenges in 1 card! 
CAS 339 on SCS - Tag it 
Technique Lover's Challenge - use a digi 

I smooshed some Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks on a panel - die cut using a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.  Digi image is from A Day For Daisies and sentiment is a word die from PTI's Wet Paint die set. 

The tag die is from MFT's Rounded Banner STAX Die-Namics...topped off with some narrow Early Espresso ribbon (SU).  Thanks so much for stopping by...