Saturday, April 22, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello weekend and hello to a new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge! Check out this fun inspiration photo which led me to focus on the peachy/pink colors and the silver glitter details.  I also created my card for the tulip themed Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and the sketch is for the Fusion Card Challenge

I went deep into my archives of old SU stamp sets for this two step tulip set and paired it with Reverse Confetti's Beautiful Banners set and matching die.

STAMPS: Terrific Tulips (SU); Beautiful Banners (Reverse Confetti).

INK: Little Piggy, Flamingo, Beanstalk, Last Leaf by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.

The silver glitter cardstock was perfect for an elegant border that mimics the borders on the bows.
We're happy to have Marie Peters guesting with us.
Here's hoping to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches

I needed a quick birthday card for my middle son who is celebrating his 31st tomorrow!  My 'go to' set for masculine birthdays is WPlus9's Whole Lotta' Happy stamp set and coordinating dies, so I paired it up with the sketch for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

STAMPS: Whole Lotta Happy (WPlus9).
PAPER: Surprize! Collection by BoBunny; True Black (PTI), Real Red (SU).
INK: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point - SU.

The balloons are popped up with foam tape and hand drawn 'strings' were added with a Copic multiliner pen.  I used a corner chomper to soften up the card a bit.  Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!  Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Color Throwdown

Hello blog friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  Vickie has a bright and happy color palette for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week!  I struggled without any green, but kept to the colors by using white leaves.  :-)  The inspiration photo had flowers, so it was a given that I would choose flowers as well.  Here's my take on it...

I splattered some Dusty Concord distress ink on the card base then layered patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs' "Sunkissed" 6x6 pad.  The leaves were cut using SU's Sizzlets Little Leaves die.  The florals - MFT Flashy Florals - were stamped, die cut with coordinating Flashy Florals Die-Namics then popped with foam tape.  The sentiment die and stamp are from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Hello set.  It's hard to see the shine in the photo, but I added Black Enamel Accents to the flower centers.

INK: Grape Soda (Reverse Confetti); Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry - all by SU; Versafine Onyx Black.

Want to give a warm welcome to Pat Gotsis, our guest star stamper this week!  Be sure to visit her Merely Creating blog and say hello!

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 (sitting it out this month) 
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Jeanne Jachna - April Guest Designer

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! I trust everyone had a blessed Easter! I know it was a VERY busy weekend at my place, but it was so worth it to have a tasty meal and fun times with the grands in the afternoon!  Julee's sketch for the new Mojo Monday Challenge had so many possibilities for this great layout, but I refrained from creating with flowers and went with a nautical Father's Day card instead.  I started out with papers from Carta Bella's Beach Boardwalk 6x6 pad.  I added a sailor's knot using cording and paper pieced the sailboat after deciding the card was just too bleh without it.   A few dew drop embellishments finished it off.

STAMPS: Strong Anchor and Learning to Sail - both by Verve.
INK: Night of Navy (SU); Memento Tuxedo Black.

I'll leave you with a few memories from my Easter Sunday...

 Our middle son, Mark, and his family

The egg hunt is on!  Looks like acorns need to be cleared out of my flower bed!

Nana and Pawpaw posing with Quinn (age 2 1/2) and Cash (age 8 1/2 months).

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired By All The LIttle Things #52

Happy Easter everyone! I'm looking forward to being off work and spending time with family and, of course, some cooking will be involved! I'm hoping to sneak in some stamping time as well.  There's a great new inspiration photo for the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I was inspired to use a rainy day/umbrella theme along with black and white striped paper with a pop of yellow (inspired by the yellow taxi and the street lamp lighting).  To add an element of shine to my card, I added clear dew drop embellishments.  

I went with an older Pure Innocence "My Umbrella" mini stamp set
by MFT and colored with Copics. I added a bit of paper piecing to the boots and umbrella.  Papers are from Authentique's Classique: Beauty 6x6 pad.  The layout is based on the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Our daughter's birthday is today and this is the first that she's SOOO far away from home over her birthday.  She's a traveling nurse and just recently went from Phoenix back to Omaha (her second time in that area).  She has been bitten big time by the travel bug, so looks like I'll have to get used to having her away from home base. 😞 

Here's hoping you'll join us in the challenge!  Would love to see what you create!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CASEing Jennifer

I couldn't wait to play with some new dies that arrived this week!  Jennifer McGuire posted a video HERE using Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Dies A and B and I was sold!  There are so many options with these dies!  I'm joining in a new challenge - Always Fun Challenges - and their #1 challenge is the theme "Anything Goes".  I also used the new CAS(E) This Sketch layout.

I used three different shades of pink and
green cardstock to get the variant shading I wanted. The sentiment is from Altenew's Super Script stamp set.  Inside, I stamped "Happy Birthday from their Painted Greetings set. I'm needing lots of birthday cards this month, so it was a no brainer as to what sentiment to use.  So glad you stopped by...I love getting feedback!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Color Throwdown

It's that time again...another awesome color combo - coral, yellow, green and white - is on board for the Color Throwdown Challenge! It's also that time of the year when my age bumps up another notch - otherwise known as my birthday! I'll be heading out to work this afternoon so celebrating will have to happen another day!  🎂

Back to my card...I was tempted to go with florals, but this new butterfly cover plate die by PTI was calling my name!  I smooshed distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron) on Ranger watercolor CS for the background.  I added Ken Oliver's Stick It adhesive paper to the back of some white CS prior to die cutting with my Big Shot.  Wow, does that step ever make it easy to adhere a large and fairly intricate die to a card!  

I then struggled with how I was going to add a sentiment, but white embossing on a vellum "belly band" came to the rescue.

STAMPS - Side by Side Sentiments by PTI.
DIES - Cover Plate: Butterfly Hope by PTI.

We're happy to have Annie Rosenstiel of Annie Rose Makes Things joining us as our Guest Star Stamper this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog and see her gorgeous take on the colors!
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 (sitting it out this month) 
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Jeanne Jachna - April Guest Designer

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Speckled and Snarky

I created this card for two challenges - CAS(E) This Sketch and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - but totally missed the deadline for CC. Nothing like being a day late - lol! Anyway, their photo led me to splattering black and then gold paints on watercolored flowers. The layout was perfect to once again use this MFT die for the background.  
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Snarky Sentiments by Lil' Inker Designs.
PAPER: Color Splash by Recollections; Whisper White (SU); Ranger watercolor CS; True Black (PTI).
DIES: Spring Blooms, Perky Posies, and Seriously by Lil' Inker Designs; Striped Sentiment Strip Cover Plate Die-Namics by MFT.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! Julee has a wonderful sketch for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge!  I got a little carried away and nearly covered up the basic elements, but hope you can still see them.  Papers are from Penny Black's Painted Blooms 6x6 pad.  The flowers were white embossed on a leftover piece of Bazzil textured paper, fussy cut and popped with foam tape.  

STAMPS: New Beginnings (sentiment), Be Blessed (flowers) - both by Verve.
DIES: Sprightly Sprigs by Verve; Stitched Rectangles and Squares by Lil' Inker Designs; Traditional Tags STAX Die-Namics by MFT.

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:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

 Happy Saturday peeps! Are you ready for another fun challenge to get those creative juices flowing?  Karren has this adorable inspiration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  We're thrilled to have Lisa Lara as our guest designer this week!  Welcome lovely Lisa!

 I was inspired by the sweet peeps, the "striped" look of the pleated cupcake paper and the pop of color paired with earthy neutrals.

Here is my take on it...

I wanted to add a party element to my
design, so I went with a shaker card.  Here's what else I used:

STAMPS: The Tweet Life, Petals 'n Posies - Reverse Confetti;  Chicks Rule (sentiment) - Verve.
PAPER: Kraft (PTI), White, Tangerine (RC), Ranger watercolor CS, X-Press It Blending Card.
DIES: Stitched Circles by Lil' Inker Designs; Petals 'n Posies and The Tweet Life by Reverse Confetti; Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT.

Be sure to stop by the Inspired By blog to see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, April 7, 2017

We Have A Winner!

Whoa! I totally forgot to post the winner of my blog candy by noon today, so my apologies for running late! I counted the total number of commenters (14) and generated #13 as the winner!
Congratulations to Esther Asbury!  I just left a message on your blog, so hopefully you will read that I need your mailing address.  Thanks to everyone who commented on my Inspired By All The Little Things anniversary card!  Have a blessed weekend!


TGIF but wow, is it ever a blustery and chilly day in VA!!  I retreated to my crafting space to create another Easter card for the new Sketch For You To Try challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog and hoped the wind would settle down so I could run some errands.  Looks like the wind is here to stay throughout the night according to the noon weather forecast.  

I once again chose this sweet lamb image to color with Copics.  The steps are simple, so I'll just get right to the list of what I used.

STAMPS: All About Ewe, Easter Blessings, Garden Bunch - all by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: True Love 6x6 pad and Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; X-Press It Blending Card; White (PTI). 
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: All About Ewe, Leafy, Garden Bunch, Lacy Scallop Circles by Reverse Confetti.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Beautiful Berries: Spring

I couldn't wait to ink up this new set from Papertrey Ink called "Beautiful Berries: Spring" after I saw the inspiration photo and sketch for the current Fusion Card Challenge!  I loved the wooden box holding the spring flowers which is how I came to using kraft with a woodgrain background on my card.  For Christians, Easter is certainly a day to celebrate a risen Savior, so I thought this sentiment was also a perfect fit!  Here is my enabler's list:
STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring (PTI); Wood Pallet Background (Altenew).
PAPER: Be Happy from MME's Follow Your Heart 6x6 pad; Kraft (PTI), White (PTI).  
INK: WPlus9 dye inks - Beanstalk, Last Leaf, Sweet Nectar, Flamingo; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: PTI Tag Sale: Quilted Die; Beautiful Berries: Spring dies by PTI.
MISC: Seam Binding (Apricot) by Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Color Throwdown

Happy Wednesday everyone! There's a new Color Throwdown Challenge...brought to you by our hostess Lori! She has a great color combo - light aqua, red, green and yellow - that was inspired by this lovely vase of tulips!  Since April has brought us lots of showers so far, I wanted to emphasize the sunny yellow on my card.  Though I used an older retired Flourishes stamp set (Tulips for Friends), you can currently buy this digital image by Marcella Hawley from PowerPoppy - Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher.  It's an all time favorite of mine to color with Copics!  I've had this beautiful tag die on my wish list for a long
time and it finally came back into stock at Papertrey Ink!  The sentiment is from Verve's Be Blessed stamp set.

It's a new month and that means a new guest designer.  We're thrilled to have the talented Jeanne Jachna joining us!  Stop by her blog - A Kept Life - to say hello!

Laura Volpes from A Bit of My Crafts is our guest star stamper this week.  Congratulations, Laura!

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: