Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown #444

It's Wednesday and that means there is a new Color Throwdown Challenge! This was a unique color combination - green, gray and white - which I truly LOVED! Having just gotten my first stamps from The Stamp Market (a new company this year), I knew I wanted to create some white peonies! It meant two step stamping for the leaves and three step stamping for the flowers.

The sentiment was silver embossed on heavy weight vellum after first die cutting a banner die by Reverse Confetti.  I started with a Hickory Smoke distress ink watercolor wash on the base then added white texture paste using a Tim Holtz mini brick stencil. 

STAMPS: Pretty Peony (The Stamp Market).
PAPER: Lime Green (Reverse Confetti); Ranger distress watercolor cardstock; Whisper White (SU).
INK: Fairy Dust, Silver Lining, Beanstalk, Last Leaf - all by WPlus9; Versamark.
DIES: Pretty Peony (The Stamp Market); Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs); Tag It (Reverse Confetti).
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 Tsuruta - May Guest Designer

Monday, May 22, 2017

Make It Monday: Felt Flowers

I'm playing along with PTI's Make It Monday Challenge on Nichole Heady's blog. Lizzie Jones has a fun tutorial showing different kinds of felt flowers using PTI dies HERE.  It's been ages since I played with felt, so I decided to simply create a gift tag that's embellished with a single flower. I used Raspberry Fizz 100% wool felt from PTI and green felt from a local big box store (Michael's) and there is clearly a big difference in quality!  Pssst...I recommend PTI's felt!  Here are the pieces I cut...
I folded each medium flower (five of them) in quarters as Lizzie shows in her tutorial.  I hot glued them on the one larger sized flower.  I cut 3 leaves using PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions dies. Here is a side view...
I had a leftover winter berry sprig that had clear beads on short pieces of wire and cut three of them to glue to the center for stamens.  The sentiment is from PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp set. The tag is now ready to attach to a gift bag when I need it! Thanks for stopping by...

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! Hope you are ready to kick off the week with another great sketch brought to us by Julee for the Mojo Monday challenge! I had several leftover pieces of gelli plate printing that I created last winter and thought the colors would work to add a pop of color to the kraft card base!  I tore the edges then sponged with Tea Dye distress ink.  I used 3 different Verve stamp sets:  Button Best (flower), Bloom and Grow (leaves), and Simply Amazing (sentiment).  I also used 3 different Verve dies: Amazing Adjectives, Elegant Leaves and Petal Points.  I added clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the entire flower to give a subtle hint of shimmer.  

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, May 20, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch

I managed to whip up this quick CAS design for the new CAS(E) This Sketch challenge by using some leftover elements from previous projects. The striped border was stamped using MFT's diagonal stripe background and Grape Soda ink (Reverse Confetti).  I used Grape Soda cardstock (RC) and die cut the open dotted border (RC's Edge Essentials). The gold embossed bamboo rose (Altenew) was colored with Zig clean color brush markers.  The only new items were the lovely sentiment stamp and die combo from The Stamp Market - called "You".  I adhered some clear dew drop embellishments with SU's fine tip glue pen.

Thanks for stopping by...I'm heading off to work in a bit.  

Inspired By All The Little Things

The weekend is here and for most people, that's a happy time!  For me, it means my 8 days of staycation are over and I head to work this afternoon - sniff, sniff!  Since many of you are off, I hope you'll take time to join us for the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  The colorful tulips in the photo are so gorgeous and I knew right away I wanted to color one of my favorite images with Copics. As is my norm, I stamped the image twice using a MISTI.  You can currently get the Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher image through Marcella Hawley's Power Poppy company (it was released a number of years ago through Flourishes). 

STAMPS: Tulips For Friends (Flourishes).
PAPER: Painted Blooms 6x6 pad by Penny Black; X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Stitched Basic Edges Die-Namics by MFT; Stitched Circle by Lil' Inker Designs. 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Loose Watercoloring

Good Thursday everyone! I was up rather late last night finishing this card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "A Bit of Sparkle".  I wanted to try some "loose" watercoloring which I always struggle with.  The OCD side of me thinks I need to fill in the coloring space - lol - so it's difficult to leave white space.  My sparkle elements are the gold foil stripes, gold embossing and clear sequins.  I colored using Zig Clean Color brush markers.

STAMPS: Bamboo Rose (Altenew).
PAPER: Blush and Mint (Recollections); Ranger watercolor CS.
INK: Versamark.
DIES: Bamboo Rose (Altenew); Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs). 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Throwdown

Hello blog peeps! It's Wednesday and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge! LOVE, love, love Broni's colors she chose this week! They just scream summer to me and that means flowers and more flowers! I took this week off to plant some flowers outdoors and while I was in my craft room, I planted more flowers on my card!  I'm also playing along with Reverse Confetti's May Sketch For You To Try.

As you can see, I took a rather loose interpretation of the sketch but
was happy with the results.  A young friend of my DIL just learned she has breast cancer on top of already having a MS diagnosis.  When my DIL asked me for a card, I added this one to her options.  I started by adding Peacock Feathers distress ink on Ranger watercolor cardstock.  I then splattered water droplets and dried them to "bleach" out some spots.  I used three different stamp sets by Reverse Confetti:

I was thrilled to see Reverse Confetti added four new inks in the yellow color family, so I went with all four in stamping the florals (Buttercup, Bumblebee Yellow, Sunshine, Rust). The leaves were stamped with Lime Green (RC) and Garden Green (SU).  It took three inkings with my MISTI to get the Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp well on the WC cardstock.  Don't know how I lived without this tool! LOL!  

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 Tsuruta - May Guest Designer

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday Stamps Challenge

I finished up this card late last night and wanted to post it quick before my hair appointment today. I went with a vintage feel (as in
Victorian style wallpaper) with this great sketch design by my BFF, Teresa, over at Sunday Stamps.  I started with a couple of patterned pages from FSC's "Pretty Posy" 6x6 paper pad.  I discovered a handy layering guide on Altenew's website that helps so much with getting the 3 steps lined up properly with their Vintage Flowers stamp set. The sentiment banner die is from PTI's Tag Sale: Quilted Die and the sentiment is from PTI's Blooming Button Bits.  You can barely see the circle element, but I used a Martha Stewart doily tag.

INK: Little Piggy, Sweet Gelato, Cranberry Crush, Beanstalk, Last Leaf - all by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday

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Good Monday everyone! I was blessed to have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend with all three grandchildren together and now I can look forward to being off this week until the weekend!  Doing the happy dance here!  I needed a card for a lady who has gotten more bad news about her health, so that is what started the thought process for my card sample for the Mojo Monday Challenge.

I used papers from The Citrus Mat Stack by DCWV.  My diagonal stripe is opposite from the sketch, but that was the direction of my stitched die, so I went with it. :-)  The poppies were fussy cut, popped with foam tape, then had black Enamel Accents added to the centers.  Part of the sentiment was paper pieced.

STAMPS: Poppy Birthday (Verve); Wonderfully Made (Verve).
DIES: Stitched rectangle and Stitched diagonal stripe by Lil' Inker Designs.

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:

Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

I'll leave you with a few photos from the weekend... 

All three of the grands - Cash (10 months), Quinn (2 1/2), Matilda (8 months) 
What you don't know is how funny this really is!  Our one DIL was singing and dancing a super funny song and we adults were all cracking up.  Two of the littles just weren't going for it - lol!  They kept their serious little faces the whole time!

Happy Matilda on May 12 - her 8 months birthday 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hope everyone is having a super Saturday! I'm in seventh heaven with our oldest son and his family here from Washington, DC to visit this weekend! Eight month old Matilda Mary is such a sweetie and I don't get to see her in person very often. Facetime helps but it's just not the same as kissing those little cheeks!  Anyway...earlier in the week I came up with this card for my take on the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge.  I was drawn to the blue window frames against white and those gorgeous, multicolored blooms in the basket!  

It's been awhile since I've colored this image by Concord and 9th and this time, I went with my Zig Clean Color brush pens which I'm still very much a novice with.  I definitely need more practice!  The frame was diecut then popped with foam tape.  The grateful sentiment was cut twice from heavier weight cardstock.  I had it out on my desk following my Color Throwdown card on Wednesday, so I simply grabbed it again. 

STAMPS: Hello Lovely and Lace Leaf stamp sets by Concord and 9th.
DIES: Grateful Leaf by Concord and 9th; Mix and Mat: Scallops die by PTI; Stitched Rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Color Throwdown

Good Wednesday everyone! Barbara Anders is our hostess for Color Throwdown Challenge #442 and she has a fabulous color palette for us based on this rustic home decor photo: gray, aqua, yellow and kraft!  Speaking of Bar...she is the glue behind the scenes that helps the challenge blog and design team stick together and run so smoothly and we love her for all she does!  She creates the color swatches every week, adds the linky, reminds us to keep guest designers lined up...well, you get the idea! The team wanted to acknowledge all of her hard work week after week and say THANK YOU for all you do!  So...that's how my grateful sentiment came to exist on my card.

I started with a watercolor wash background using distress inks: Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, Brushed Corduroy.  I tried several gray colors for the leaf stamping and it just didn't pop, so I simply used Versamark ink and added gold embossing powder.  That was the pop it needed!  Good thing I had it positioned on my MISTI so I could keep stamping it over and over.   The tiny zig zag edge is from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set - a favorite group of edge dies that I go to over and over!  The patterned paper is from K&Company's Julianne 6x6 pad.   The grateful die was cut 3 times to give it the look of chipboard.  The 'feeling' part of the sentiment was stamped with WPlus9's Silver Lining ink.  I adhered the dew drop embellishments using SU's fine tip glue pen.

STAMPS: Lace Leaf by Concord & 9th.
DIES: Grateful Leaf by Concord & 9th; Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti.

Congratulations to Sue Blamey from Sue's Card Craft who is our guest star stamper this week!  Be sure to stop by her 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 Tsuruta - May Guest Designer

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Graduation Cards

I was asked by a coworker to create a couple of graduation cards, so this is my first try at it. I'm playing along with PTI's Make It Monday Challenge where Melissa has challenged us to stamp a sentiment all over the background.  Mine is very subtle but it's there!  I used the "Congratulations" stamp from the newly released Pen and Ink stamp set by PTI (LOVE the fonts and the great variety
of sentiments!) and stamped it using Fairy Dust ink by WPlus9.  The main image is from PTI's For The Graduate set that is an oldie but goodie 'go to' set for me!  I used my MISTI to stamp it 3 times with Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a really bold image.  I added a tiny dot of Black Enamel Accents to the button on the cap.  I'm also including a view of the inside->->-> of the card.

STAMPS: Pen and Ink (PTI), For the Graduate (PTI).
DIES: A2 Vertical Scallop Die, Tag Sale: Quilted Die, and Mat Stack die by PTI; Numbers Die-Namics by MFT.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mojo Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you're ready to kickstart your mojo and join us for the new Mojo Monday Challenge! I always love a sketch with some wide open space as it lets me have such a free range to create in that space!  It was perfect to stamp these button images from Verve's Button Best stamp set.  I white embossed the flowers from the same set after die cutting them first.  The leaves are from Verve's Sunny Days set.

STAMPS: Button Best, Sunny Days - Verve.
PAPER: Chapter One by Kaisercraft; Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; Bermuda Bay by SU; White by PTI.
INK: Sea Breeze, Siron Song, Beanstalk - WPlus9; Versamark; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Tag Sale:Quilted Die and Mix and Mat:Scallops Die by PTI; Petal Points and Leafy Sprigs by Verve.

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, May 6, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a super Saturday and that you will be able to play along with us at Inspired By All The Little Things! The inspiration photo really jumped out at me with these scrumptious colors and my fave subject matter...FLOWERS!  Here is my take on it using the layout for the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and the fun Fresh Cut Containers stamp set and matching dies by WPlus9.

I created the watercolor wash background by mixing Cracked
Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress inks on an acrylic block.  After it was dry, I splattered some drops of water over it.  The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 pad.  Floral ink colors are by WPlus9: Sweet Nectar, Flamingo, Wild Mango, Pumpkin Spice, and Beanstalk.  I used Orange Marmelade Nuvo Jewel Drops as accents.  I have to confess, I should stick to enamel dots because I can never complete a project without messing up at least one of the Nuvo drops - lol!  No sentiment added yet.  I like to keep some generic cards on hand so I can add just the right words as needed! :-) 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Painted Flowers

Here is my clean and simple design for the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge with inspiration from Altenew's May Inspiration Challenge photo! I used just a hint of lavender by adding a pale watercolor wash using Zig's #803 English Lavender Clean Color brush pen.  I then stamped some splatters using Milled Lavender distress ink.  The flowers - from Altenew's Painted Flowers set - were stamped off once then step 2
was done with the same Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks for the leaves.  I looped some black thread held in place with a medium glue dot and added the white embossed sentiment from Altenew's Painted Greetings set.  The white base panel was die cut using Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frame Confetti Cut die.  This was adhered over Raspberry Fizz cardstock by PTI.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the theme "A Hint of Pink".

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!