Saturday, February 25, 2017

But First, Coffee!


We have a great inspiration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge!  But first, coffee for me using a touch of White Chocolate Macadamia creamer...yum!  

I went with a large gift card tag (die by Reverse Confetti) as my starting point.  The stamp set is Delightful and Delicious by Verve.


I decided to adhere it to a card so I could add the woodgrain patterned paper (MME Fiddlesticks 6x6 pad) behind it.  The mini coffee splotch stencil by Tim Holtz was used with Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment was stamped by...what else but Early Espresso ink! :-)  I also embossed the cup using Early Espresso embossing powder (SU) and paper pieced it.

We're excited to have Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth's Time For Paper joining us as a guest designer!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.  Hope to see YOU in the gallery!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Birthday Tweetings


I'm squeaking in under the wire for the MFT Color Challenge and am also using the layout for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where anything goes this week.  The background was stenciled using a Tim Holtz mini stencil.  My intention was to sponge with the Sea Breeze ink color but I unknowingly used a sponge that had some light brown ink on it. :-(  No time to fix it since I was so close to the deadline.

Here is what I used:
STAMPS: Tweet Friends and Flashy Florals - both by MFT.
PAPER: Cottage Living by Pebbles.
INK: Sea Breeze, Siren Song, Sweet Nectar, Flamingo dye inks by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Tweet Friends, Flashy Florals and Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT; Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti.



Thanks so much for stopping by...

Color Throwdown #431



Happy hump day and welcome to another Color Throwdown Challenge! I have always been fascinated by the beauty of succulents and when I saw this week's inspiration photo, I knew that I wanted to watercolor some images from MFT's Sweet Succulents stamp set with matching dies.  

Here is my take on it...



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For the base, I sponged WPlus9 Mojito ink with a Mini Bricks stencil by The Crafters Workshop.  While the stencil was still in place, I sprayed with Mister Huey's Blizzard color mist.  There's a subtle shimmer IRL that's hard to see in the photo.  I added a scallop border (die by Reverse Confetti) of Rich Razzleberry CS which shows up better in the photo below.  The cacti were all watercolored using Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paints.  You've probably seen Nuvo Jewel Drops throughout papercrafting blogs as it's a hot new item being used.  I really love the ease of adding faux enamel drops by using this product! The only downside is that you need to wait 24 hours to ensure they are totally hardened.  The fun sentiment was white embossed on black CS.  


We're happy to have Donna Dambrot as our guest star stamper this week!  Check out her post on the Paw Prints and Paper Trails blog.

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:

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Masculine Thanks


I was needing a masculine thank you card, so a CAS sketch was perfect to do a little stenciling in the background and let this butterfly shine as the focal point...literally! I added Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks to an acrylic block, then picked up the colors with a wet brush and applied to Ranger watercolor CS.  After drying with a heat gun, the butterfly was stamped 3 times using a MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I sprayed Mister Huey's Blizzard color shine over the butterfly to give it a nice subtle shimmer and shine!  The butterfly was die cut then popped with foam tape over the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil.  The sentiment die - Wet Paint by PTI - was cut from black and white CS, then offset slightly when I layered them up.  Stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

I'm entering this into the  CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

STAMPS: Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix.

Mojo Monday




Good Monday everyone! You'll want to get your creativity going by joining us in the new Mojo Monday Challenge!  Julee's sketch is a really fun one and was perfect to build up my birthday stash once again.  Nothing says festive like a little sparkle, so I once again grabbed this Citrus Matstack by DCWV which has a mix of glittery papers with the usual matte DP.  The flowers were fussy cut from some of the paper and popped with foam dots.  The leaves were sponged on the edges with Lucky Limeade ink (SU) and the cupcake has yellow Stickles added to the icing.  Some Island Indigo twine (SU) and sequins finished it off.  Hate that my photo doesn't show the sparkle and shine that is on the card IRL.

STAMPS: Small Packages (Verve).
PAPER: Citrus Matstack (DCWV), White (PTI).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Small Packages, Butterfly Dreams, Pennant Trim (Verve); Edge Essentials (Reverse Confetti).

So...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:


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future at PTI



I'm running behind on getting cards posted for this fun look at Papertrey Ink stamp sets through the years. In this post, I'm looking at the Wreath For All Seasons stamp set from 2010 that continues to be one of my fave 'go to' sets!  Here is my present day look at it...


PAPER: MFT Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright; Reverse Confetti Lime Green CS; PTI White CS.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; Sweet Gelato by WPlus9.
MISCELLANEOUS: Edge Essentials die by Reverse Confetti; Mat Stack 3 die by PTI; Dotted Swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Dawn McVey designed the set Ruby Rose and her sample cards sold me on this beautiful stamp set back in 2013!  Here is my present day take on it...


STAMPS: Ruby Rose by PTI.
INK: Little Piggy, Sweet Gelato, Beanstalk dye inks by WPlus9.
DIES: Happy by PTI; Ruby Rose by PTI.

The background is a watercolor wash using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  So that's the extent of my leisurely Sunday afternoon in my crafting space! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things



Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I'll have to confess, I had to put my thinking cap on for this one since I didn't have any carnival stamp images to start with a more literal
interpretation.  I thought about the intertwining circles that the ferris wheel represents, thus my choice in designer paper (a retired paper pack - Rainbow Sherbet - by SU).  Carnivals are a fun and festive atmosphere, so I went with some new MFT dies - Wine Service and Cheers - to create a fun and festive themed card!  Little did I know when I chose these dies was that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day - lol!  Cheers!

We're thrilled to have Becca Whitham as our guest designer this week!  Not only is she a talented papercrafter...she is also an accomplished author as well.  Be sure to stop by her Expressions blog and say hello!

We'd love to see how you interpret this inspirational photo!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bamboo Roses



It's Friday eve (night before Friday) and that much closer to my 4 day weekend off that will start on Saturday! I couldn't wait to play with a new (to me) cover plate die by MFT....LOVE it!  I got my inspiration from Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge photo and knew their Bamboo Rose stamp set with matching dies would work perfectly.  I first gold embossed the images, then watercolored using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  This was so incredibly quick and easy to complete! 

STAMPS: Bamboo Rose (Altenew)
PAPER: Vintage Cream and True Black (PTI); Ranger watercolor CS.
INK: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Bamboo Rose (Altenew); Striped Sentiment Strip cover plate (MFT).

Thanks for stopping by...heading to the shower then to work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #430



It's Wednesday and time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Yours truly is the hostess this week and I fell in love with this beautiful piece of pottery for the color inspiration!  I'm anxious to see how you will interpret the turquoise, gold/kraft, sage green and dark brown colors.  Remember, these are generic colors and you can add in any neutrals of your choice.  Here is my take on it...


I started with a background watercolor wash using gold and dark brown paints (Mijello Mission Gold) on Ranger watercolor CS.  The larger butterfly background was colored by smooshing Bundled Sage and Peacock Feathers distress inks.  The sentiment butterfly was stamped with Peacock Feathers ink.  I added a border with metallic gold CS and a die cut (Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti) from Early Espresso (SU) CS.  Some clear dew drops were the finishing touch.

Be sure to check out our February guest designer - Donna Mikasa - and our guest star stamper - Susie Moore - to see their fabulous creations!

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   
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Donna Mikasa - February
Guest Designer




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Glittery Birthday




Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️  I have a really quick post of a card I created last night after getting off work at 11 PM.  It uses the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge and is also for SCS CAS Challenge to use words aka sentiment stamps that carry the whole card.  Guess I should have posted a card that is pink or red with lots of hearts - lol - but I was done with hearts for this year and decided a red/orange/yellow combo was due instead!  Actually, I couldn't resist breaking into a new paper pad that has a number of glittery patterns (The Citrus Matstack by DCWV).  The sentiment die is by Lil' Inker Designs.  

I'll leave you with a sweet photo of my youngest grand...isn't she a sweet Valentine treat?!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Mojo Monday



Good Monday everyone! There's a fun new sketch by Julee for the Mojo Monday Challenge! I was all "hearted out" so went with a floral design instead - lol!  I have really been motivated to use up scraps on my mega leftover pile, so the watercolor square was my starting point.  The problem with that is that I often don't remember exact colors that were used.  I know I used TH distress inks then stamped SU's Off the Grid stamp with Peacock Feathers.  There was a day when I rarely made a card that didn't have ribbon or seam binding on it.  Now I rarely use it though I still love to see it.  Funny how creative tastes change!  I die cut the flowers then used my MISTI to center and stamp the images.  The leaves were die cut from white CS then I took the Lime green ink cube (Reverse Confetti) and sponged over them.  The flowers were inked up with RC's Aqua ink.  Again...my MISTI was used to stamp the sentiment twice for a more vivid shade of black.

STAMPS: Be Blessed (Verve); Off the Grid (SU).
DIES: Sprightly Sprigs and  Petal Points (Verve).

So...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, February 11, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things




Another Saturday has rolled around, so that means there's a new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge! I especially loved this inspiration photo with the pop of bright pink against black and white!  I immediately went for my Quatrefoil Cover Plate die for the background.  Since the die is by Papertrey Ink, I went with their Peonies on Parade stamp set with matching dies.  I black embossed the images then watercolored with Mijello Mission gold paints.  The round mirror in the photo inspired me to add a circle element using silver foil cardstock by SU. The sentiment die - Swoosh by PTI - was also cut from the silver foil CS.

We're thrilled to welcome Michele Ferguson as our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop and say hello at her blog - I Card Everyone!

Would love to see how YOU interpret this photo, so get your thinking cap on and join us! :-)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sketch For You To Try




I finally got to play with the new layout for the February Sketch For You To Try challenge over on the Reverse Confetti blog.  I needed another Valentine for a grandchild, and wanted to color another koala bear from RC's Bear Hugs stamp set with coordinating dies.   Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Bear Hugs (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: True Love 6x6 pad by Reverse Confetti; Piggy Bank, Flamingo CS by RC; White CS by PTI; X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: All Framed Up (RC); Love Note (RC); Wreaths (RC); Bear Hugs (RC); Stitched circle die by Lil' Inker Designs.

Kitty Huggers



When Lil' Inker Designs had their last release, I fell in love with the Kitty Hugger stamp and die bundle!  Now that I have three grandchildren, I can't resist some of the cuteness that is available for papercrafters!  The heart die base (SU) was perfect to adhere the kitty (die cut from Reverse Confetti's Stone cardstock).  What treat could be more perfect than a miniature KitKat bar?!  Adding a small glue dot to each paw works great to hold the candy in place.  I was able to mass produce 15 of these treats for a preschool class in an hour.  I'm hoping the class of 2 year olds will think they are pawsome!  ❤️

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch




I just posted last week's CTS card late last night and now this morning, the new CAS(E) This Sketch challenge is posted.  It was perfect to get another birthday card cranked out!  I used a number of items from my leftover pile - the frame, the floral die, the watercoloring and the striped BG. So, your guess is as good as mine as to what colors I used. :-)  

STAMPS: Hello You (Simon Says Stamp), You and I (Verve).
DIES: Stitched rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs), All Framed Up (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-Namics (MFT), Blossom die (Concord and 9th).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch


Happy late Wednesday and almost Thursday everyone! I'm squeaking in under the wire to get my card entered for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  Michele Ferguson has this fun layout which I interpreted with some random stamping of Altenew's Daisy set.  I added some quick watercoloring with Tumbled Glass distress ink.  This has been on my leftover pile for quite some time and I don't remember what inks I used for the flowers and leaves. :-(  The sentiment is a new die for me - With Sympathy by Simon Says Stamp - cut twice with PTI's True Black CS.  

That's it from me as I wind down from my busy night at work.  It's beginning to rain lightly, so I'm crossing my fingers and toes that the snow storm will stay north of us.  It was still 55 degrees at 11 PM but we know that will change by morning.