Sunday, April 21, 2019

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

A quick and easy card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. I went with a monochromatic baby card in pink using patterned paper from MFT's Roses All Over 6x6" pad and coordinating pink cardstock - also from MFT (it was from a sampler packet and I'm not sure of the exact name).

The scalloped rectangle base is a die from MFT's Blueprints 27 set. 
Other supplies:
STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (elephant, heart, sentiment) - MFT.

DIES: Blueprints 27, Oh Baby (baby sentiment), Beautiful Baby (elephant, heart).

Time to hit the bed...thanks for stopping by!      ~Wanda

Paper Players

Happy Easter everyone! It's also our middle son's birthday, so we will host his family and have BBQ chicken and lots of other goodies to go with it! This week, Anne Marie is hosting the Paper Players Challenge and we are to create a CAS design and include some paper piecing.  I thought this fun little bird would be fun to piece with a navy/yellow color scheme! 

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: The Tweet Life (bird), Toucan of Friendship (sentiment), Petals 'n Posies (flowers), Build A Bunch (leaves) - all by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Splendid Sunshine 6x6" pad by Echo Park; Night of Navy (SU); White (PTI). 
DIES: Blueprint 27 (scalloped frame) by My Favorite Things; Petals 'n Posies, The Tweet Life, Build A Bunch, Sunburst Tag Layer, Stitched Hex Tag, Beautiful Banners - all by Reverse Confetti. 

For more inspiration from the rest of the talented design team, please check out their creations HERE Hope to see you in the gallery! Have a blessed day!                                   ~Wanda

Friday, April 19, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch

There's a retro sketch up on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog and it's a great layout! I was also inspired by the photo for The Card Concept challenge - especially the pink florals and the plaid runner. I'm considering my card a CAS design this time though the watercolored layers for the 3D dies did take some time to complete.

Once again I pulled from the stash of skinny sentiments that are
mass produced by the wonderful Simple Strips BG stamp and large die that cuts all 18 different sentiments out in one pass! I used Mijello Mission Gold paints for all the florals.

STAMPS: Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions).
PAPER: "Licorice" Basics Pattered Paper 6x6" pad by Bazzill; Smooth White (My Favorite Things); Watercolor paper (Ranger).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Rose Flurries 3D die by Altenew; Simple Strips Background by Taylored Expressions.

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring Butterfly

Nothing says spring like butterflies and flowers, so the spring mood board for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was perfect to inspire me to use this large butterfly image by PTI! I'm also playing along with Papertrey Ink's Win It Wednesday challenge where Laurie Schmidlin has challenged us to use our favorite coloring technique. I love using my Zig watercolor brushes - especially to water color tiny spaces! I stamped the butterfly multiple time using my MISTI.

STAMPS: Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions), Butterfly Folk (Papertrey Ink).
PAPER: Smooth White (MFT); Water Color CS (Ranger).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Butterfly Folk (PTI); Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions); Blueprint 27 and Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT); Pierced Frames (PTI).

Fusion Card Challenge

This warmer spring weather has got us thinking tropical thoughts on the Fusion Card Challenge blog and our inspiration photo is a beautiful ocean scene! I opted out of the sketch this time and created an alcohol ink background with Denim alcohol ink and Pinata brass mixative. 

Photos just never capture the beautiful shimmer and shine of the background like you see in real life! The images were mostly all two step stamping from Papertrey Ink's Salt Air: Flora and Fauna sets that have coordinating dies. 

INK: Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door Distress Oxide by Ranger; Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Simply Chartreuse by PTI.

For more inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created... Barb Ghigliotty, Jeanne Jachna, Jen Mitchell, Karren Johnson, Linda Callahan, Lyndal Higgins , Michelle Leone, Michelle Lupton, Wanda Cullen (you are here). Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the Fusion gallery!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

Linda has an awesome new sketch for us over on the Freshly Made Sketches blog! I was playing with a new trio of alcohol inks from Brea Reese (thank you Michaels' coupon!) this morning. The colors were all shades of blues/green: Lake Blue, Sky, Ocean Green.  I love the veining that occurs with the addition of Pinata Brass mixative and Ranger blending solution and then "moving" the colors with air.

Here's my supply list...
STAMPS: Rejoice (Simon Says Stamp).
PAPER: Glossy CS; Smooth White by My Favorite Things; Pacific Point by SU; Tropical Teal by Papertrey Ink; Gold Mirror by Altenew.
DIES: Rejoice (SSS); Blueprints 27 (MFT) - banners; Stitched Rectangle STAX (MFT).

My big news for the day is learning late last evening that this Nana has another grand baby! Ramona Kathryn arrived to our oldest son and DIL and she has an awesome big sister, Matilda, that is 2 1/2 years old! 

Check out all that hair!  I can't wait to visit...hopefully in 2 weeks (they live about 3 hours away). Thanks so much for stopping by!

Color Throwdown

It's time for another Color Throwdown challenge and Vickie has some great colors for us: orange, yellow and blue!  Orange and blue are especially popular in VA after the University of VA Cavaliers won the national NCAA basketball championship last week!  Wahooah! A first for our state and a nail biting, heart wrenching down-to-the-wire last three games of the season! Since yellow was the third color, I went with a birthday theme (instead of UVA school colors) and was inspired to use alcohol inks based on the photo.

I used Ranger Denim, Dandelion and Valencia alcohol inks along with their blending solution.  The brass "veining" you see was obtained with adding Pinata Brass mixative to the mix.  The sentiment die is Lil' Inker Design's Boxed Up Birthday Greetings.

Here's another view of the tools I used. I like to "move" the ink colors around quickly with this "marker holder thingy" after I drop them onto the Yupo paper.  I don't know the proper name of this tool and have had it for a long time. When you squeeze the bulb, the forced air moves the ink around.  You can also use a straw but this method won't make you hyperventilate - lol!

For more inspiration, click on the design team links below: 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Paper Players Color Week

Happy Sunday everyone! It's color week over on The Paper Players Challenge blog where Ann has chosen some gorgeous spring colors for us! I thought I'd try blending similar shades of distress oxide inks (Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass) with some new Picket Fence Studio brushes I recently purchased from Simon Says Stamp.

I used Reverse Confetti products other than the Ranger inks...
STAMPS: Butterfly Dreams, My Sunshine.
DIES: Butterfly Dreams, My Sunshine, Triangles Cover Panel.

For more inspiration from the rest of the talented design team, please check out their creations HERE Hope to see you in the gallery!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Fantasy Floral Hello

I'm playing along with a new challenge for me - Crazy for CAS since I couldn't resist these gorgeous colors for their color week! I'm also using the layout for the Sketch Saturday challenge. While I normally go with white backgrounds for CAS designs, I decided to use these coordinating patterned papers instead.

I wanted to highlight the coral and gray colors in the floral and leafy focal point.  The sentiment die was cut three times and adhered together to add more dimension.

PAPER: Bitty Big Aqua Mist (PTI); Prima Marketing "Stationer's Desk" (leaves); Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral by Stampin' Up (florals); Smooth White (MFT).
DIES: Thanks and Hello Word Duos (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs); Fantasy Floral die (Altenew).

Thanks so much for stopping by!       ~Wanda

CAS(E) This Sketch

I wanted to try out this new die - Welcome Little One - from Taylored Expressions and used Donna Mikasa's sketch for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. We are anxiously awaiting a new grandchild (a girl!) who was due yesterday on my birthday, but she didn't make that deadline! If she doesn't make it by Monday, the doctor will most likely induce mommy.  Anyhoo...this will be her welcome card once she finally arrives!

I just wasn't in the mood for soft pastel colors, so went with these bold pinks and yellows from Recollections' Craft It Flora pad. So quick and easy to assemble!                   ~Wanda

Friday, April 12, 2019

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

I decided to revisit some older MFT dies for this Wednesday Sketch Challenge on the MFT blog. The daisies and the leafy flourish are no longer listed in their store, so I'm assuming they are discontinued.  The fishtail flags were cut in half using the Stitched Sentiment Strips die set.  The patterned paper is from their 6x6" Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright pad. 

STAMPS: Sweet Succulents (for sentiment) - MFT.

The leafy flourish was cut twice from Sour Apple CS (MFT) and the second one was cut apart and arranged around the daisies. 

Sympathy Blues

It's a good Friday because it's my birthday - lol - and I was able to make a quick card for the Time Out Challenges where this week's theme is to use embellishments. The optional twist is to create a one layer card.  I always struggle with one layer, so this technically isn't one layer since the base panel is a stitched rectangle covered with wide washi tape then adhered to the white card base.  I love this wide tape because it gives you a gorgeous, instant floral background!  I added a navy frame and popped a sentiment and added some enamel dots for my second embellishment (I'm calling washi tape the first one).

STAMPS: Simple Strips by Taylored Expressions.
PAPER: White (PTI), Night of Navy (SU).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Pierced Feature Frames (Papertrey Ink), Simple Strips (Taylored Expressions). 
OTHER: Washi tape by Altenew; Enamel dots.

It's a rainy day, so looks like any birthday happenings will require an umbrella!  Enjoy your Friday!                      ~Wanda

Thursday, April 11, 2019

PTI Win It Wednesday

So many of my favorite challenges seem to happen on Wednesday and Papertrey Ink's Win It Wednesday is one of them! This week, the random drawing is for $100.00 and believe me...I was the lucky winner a couple of weeks ago and I felt like I won the lottery - lol! You can't win unless you create a new card and join in the challenge! This week, Laurie Schmidlin is asking us to create our favorite card style.  I like a variety of styles, but typically I consider clean layered cards with florals as my favorite! I decided to use PTI's Orchid Expressions set for another birthday card.

The multiple stamping steps create a beautiful depth to the images! For the orchids, I used Sweet Blush, Hisbiscus Bloom and Raspberry Fizz inks by PTI.  The leaves were stamped with Reverse Confetti's Parakeet and Lime Green inks.  I used Fairy Dust and Silver Lining inks byWPlus9 and Sand by RC.  The pink panel is Raspberry Fizz CS by PTI.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

{PIN}spirational Challenges

It's hump day and I'm doing a quick post for a card I created late last evening! It's the first time I'm playing along with the {PIN}spirational Challenges, but the inspiration photo in yellow caught my eye when I was checking the daily list of challenges HERE.  Their theme is to create your own sunshine and I immediately thought of an alcohol ink panel that I created a week ago using two different yellows and gold mixative.

The flower dies are by Concord and 9th (Floral and Flutter dies) and were cut from Papertrey Ink's Luxe Gold cardstock. I love the skinny sentiments just released by Taylored Expressions (Simple Strips). You stamp 18 sentiments then use one large die to cut them out all at one time. It's so handy to grab a quick sentiment! The Pierced Feature Frames die by Papertrey Ink is a favorite of mine and was popped up with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I'm adding this Van Gogh quote which was so perfect with this challenge:


Color Throwdown #538

Are you ready for some fabulous spring colors? Lynn has chosen mint, aqua, dark pink and green for the Color Throwdown Challenge colors this week and I had a hard time deciding what to do since I had multiple ideas floating around in my brain! Marcella Hawley designed the Tulips For Friends stamp set years ago for the now no-longer-in-business Flourishes company! can get a tweaked yet almost identical version of this tulip bouquet at Power Poppy. Check it out HERE (oops...I see it's sold out!). It is one of my all-time fave florals to color with Copics!

The plaid paper is from My Favorite Things' Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright 6x6" pad and the hot pink banner is Raspberry Fizz paper by Papertrey Ink.

STAMPS: Tulips For Friends (Flourishes); Bitty Banners (Reverse Confetti).
DIES: Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX and Stitched Circle STAX by MFT; Bitty Banners by Reverse Confetti.

For more inspiration, click on the design team links below: