Friday, August 16, 2019

Tag, You're It Challenge

Check out this adorable inspiration photo for the new Tag, You're It Challenge! It's perfect to highlight the retired but still awesome Reverse Confetti set called Fabulous Flamingo. I paired it with foliage/flower stamps from the Tropical Chic set by Stampin' Up and used a sentiment from RC's The Tweet Life. Patterned papers are from My Favorite Things' Black and White Basics 6x6" pad and that hot pink tag (Rounded Banner STAX by MFT) is Raspberry Fizz cardstock from Papertrey Ink. 

I used the following distress oxide inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.

DIES: Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel, Fabulous Flamingo - Reverse Confetti; Rounded Banner STAX - MFT; Tropical Chic - Stampin' Up. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

I'm getting into fall mode with some of my cards and was happy to be able to use these Falling Leaves dies for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. It was fun to use Mijello Mission watercolor paints on water color paper to color the leaves. I then added a light black splatter using a distress marker and a "spitter" tool. The kraft tag was stencilled with Crumb Cake ink and MFT's English Brick Wall stencil.

The sentiment is one of 18 from Taylored Expressions' new "Simple Strips - Friendship" set.

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a grueling week without water for several days! We had to replace all our pipes due to the materials deteriorating that were used when we did a major remodel in 1993. Ugh! Today should be the last day for the plumber's presence!
 #outhousemightbewelcome.                                        ~Wanda

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

The Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog is continuing to celebrate their 400th challenge milestone...this time using their #200 sketch! This one is WIDE open with tons of possibilities! I had some extra succulents made up from my trial with color blending distress oxide inks yesterday. I created the pot using Betsy Veldman's directions in this tutorial. So fun and easy and you'd never know it all started with an oval die cut!

PAPER: Cherry on Top 6x6" pad and Smoky Slate by Stampin' Up; White by PTI; Water color paper by Ranger.
INK: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet - distress oxide inks by Ranger.
DIES: Ovals by Spellbinders; BotaniCuts: Succulents and Macra-Made Fillers by The Greetery; Celebrate Die-Namics by My Favorite Things.

I used a couple of shades of light gray Zigs to color the pot then splattered some gray ink over it. That's it for now and many thanks for stopping by and commenting!            ~Wanda

Color Throwdown #556

Another week has rolled by and it's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Lisa is hosting and has chosen some really gorgeous colors: green, yellow, light blue and kraft. I was in the mood to create with my Gina K Wreath Builder stamps and template and tried to imitate the look of black-eyed susans which are growing like crazy in our area! I added black Enamel Accents to the flower centers which adds some shiny texture to the card.

STAMPS: Wreath Builder by Gina K Designs.
PAPER: Kraft, True Black, White - Papertrey Ink.
INK: Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber - distess oxide inks by Ranger; Memento Tuxedo black.
DIES: Stitched Circle Die-Namics by MFT.

Be sure to stop by the blogs of the other team members to see what they've come up with...including our August Guest Designer, LucieG!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope to see you in the CTD gallery!                                                             ~Wanda                                                                                             


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy 8th Anniversary to FMS

The Freshly Made Sketches challenge is celebrating 8 years and 400 sketches this week! I'm late to the party and can't link up my card, but I still wanted to create a card that uses their first sketch from 8 years ago!  A big thanks to Lesley for starting this challenge which is one of my favorite weekly challenges to play with! 

While I've given up on watercoloring these succulent dies from The Greetery, I persevered with distress oxide ink blending on white cardstock and was pretty happy with the results. I used my "spitter" tool to fine black splatters. 

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You (The Greetery).
PAPER: Color Splash 6x6" pad by Recollections; White by PTI.
INK: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet - distress oxide inks by Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Botanicuts-Succulents by The Greetery; Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things.                                                                        ~Wanda

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sketch Saturday

OK...confession time here! I am struggling big time to be successful with the succulent dies by The Greetery! I've watched Betsy Veldman's watercoloring video at least 3 times but my attempts at watercoloring are awful! I finally decided to just sponge the tips of the succulents after die cutting the pieces from colored cardstock.  

I sponged the edges with Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink. The tiny beaded succulent was sponged with Always Artichoke ink.

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You (The Greetery).
PAPER: Tropical Teal, True Black, Kraft,White (Papertrey Ink). 
DIES:  Succulents, Small Terrarium, Crimped Frame (The Greetery); Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).

I'm entering this into the Sketch Saturday challenge.

That's all for now...I'll keep trying to master those succulents! :-)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Paper Players Color Challenge

Good Sunday everyone! It's color week at the Paper Players Challenge and Jaydee is asking us to use black and white with one other color.  I went to my small drawer of washi tape and went with the four rolls you see in the photo. I covered a white cardstock  panel (4"x 5 1/4") then adhered it to a white A2 size card base. 

STAMPS: Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions).
PAPER: White, True Black (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions); Square Peek/Boo Window (My Favorite Things); Floral and Flutter dies (Concord and 9th).

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   

Saturday, August 10, 2019


This week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge on the My Favorite Things blog was perfect for me to create another mermazing card! With 3 grand-daughters, I'm thinking I'll get a lot of mileage from this fun stamp set! Especially with all of them loving the beach so much.

I went with a shaker card for a more fun element and color blended the background with distress oxide inks: Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio. I colored with Copics after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card.
HAIR: Y000, YR30, E53, E34
SKIN: E50, E21, E34
BODY: BG10, BG15, BG13 

STAMPS: Mermazing (My Favorite Things).
DIES: Stitched Dome Frames, Mermazing, Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics from MFT.

Now I need to get busy with some errands. Does anyone dread grocery shopping like I do? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stock Your Stash

I'm finally getting around to playing the new Stock Your Stash challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog and there's a wedding theme going on this month! I chose this Seafoam striped paper from RC's Sweet Stripes 6x6" pad for my starting point and paired it with two stamp sets: Bitty Banners (for the sentiment) and Cake and Champagne.

I seldom use my embossing folders and so I'm trying to break them out more often.  I lightly sponged the embossed areas using Seafoam ink by RC. Images were colored with Copics after I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It Blending Card. The sentiment banner was stamped 3 times using my MISTI.

DIES: Cake and Champagne, Bitty Banners, Edge Essentials, Stitched Hex Tag - all by Reverse Confetti.

After stamping, I canned more tomato juice from our 5 tomato plants! That's as huge as our garden gets (oh...can't forget the couple of zucchini squash plants - lol!). I'm so thankful I ran into a lady last year who sang the praises of the KitchenAid stand mixer attachment that is a strainer/grinder option. This makes it so easy to process the tomatoes! A mess to clean up but still pretty easy.

I found this YouTube video helpful in assembling the setup and explaining the different options. I do better with visual/audio instruction than I do with reading a manual.   I now have 8 new quarts of tomato juice for making vegetable soup this winter!      

Laurie's Fabulous Favorites

The Ink to Paper blog has a new Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Chellenge and this week we are to use glitter, sparkle and shine! I chose to use shiny details in the clear acetate layer of the jar, the metallic gold stripes and the tiny glossy black enamel flower centers.

I struggled big time to photograph this card to show the shine and couldn't seem to avoid any glare!  I brushed on some Daffodil Delight (SU) ink on the jar and the label was white embossed. You can refer to my tips on using the Ink to Paper Tag Creations: Joyful Jars stamp/die set HERE. Here's what else I used...

STAMPS: Joyful Jars (Ink to Paper).
PAPER: Love Story by Recollections; True Black, White by PTI.
INK: Daffodil Delight (SU); Versamark.
DIES: Tag Creations: Joyful Jars (Ink to Paper); Stitched Flags STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).
MISC: Gold cording, Black Enamel Accents.

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a great Thursday! 

Fusion Card Challenge

It's time again for a new Fusion Card Challenge. You can use just the sketch or just the inspiration photo or you can fuse both together which is what I chose to do! I have to admit the hands/family theme stumped me for awhile, but I remembered that I kept an old Stampin' Up set (remember the days of wood blocks only?) called Kids Prints. 

I created a patterned background by stamping the hand print with Falling Star, Little Piggy, Bo Peep, and Beanstalk - dye inks by WPlus9. The baby dies - Oh Baby - are from a baby set by My Favorite Things. The stitched edge - To The Point Edgers Die - is by Papertrey Ink.

We'd love to see how you are inspired by the new Fusion Card Challenge! Hope to see you in the gallery.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Color Throwdown #555

Happy hump day everyone! It's the day for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and Jodi - our hostess - has some gorgeous colors for us! When I saw pink, yellow, lavender and green...I knew I wanted to create a bouquet of daisies! It's fun to use the layering stamp method to see these florals come to life. There's something about summer daisies that makes me go for a gingham background! 

STAMPS: Oopsy Daisy and Comforting Commands - The Greetery.
PAPER: Spring by Echo Park; White by PTI.
INK: Buttercup, Bumblebee Yellow, Sunshine, Sand - Reverse Confetti; Beanstalk, Last Leaf, Blossomberry, Cockleshell, Little Piggy, Shell Pink - WPlus9,
DIES: Pierced Feature Frames (Papertrey Ink); Oopsy Daisy and Comforting Commands (The Greetery).

We'd love to have you play along with us! For more inspiration, you can check out the great projects by our design team:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

DTGD Goes Monochromatic

I couldn't resist another card for the DTGD challenge by whippetgirl on Splitcoaststampers! While I can't reveal the details because this special week is for fan club members only, you can easily join in the fun by checking out the link HERE. I had this paper pad - Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins - on my desk from a previous project and decided to use a couple of the saffron colored patterns for this one. I'm also using the great layout for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

STAMPS: Fleur Impressions, Sentiment Suite: Birthday - both by The Greetery.
INK: So Saffron, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar - by Stampin' Up; Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Stitched Oval by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Sentiment Strips and Stitched Ric Rac by My Favorite Things; Fleur Impressions by The Greetery.

Daisies for DTGD

It's been such a hectic few days that I haven't been able to play along with any of the Dare To Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoaststampers! My first entry is for Smilyn Stef's challenge. I can't divulge details because this is for fan members of SCS only. You can find out about the details HERE if you are not already a fan member.

I loved layering up the stamping with this Oopsie Daisy set from The Greetery. I colored the Quart Jar die (from Papertrey Ink) with Copics and topped it off with some jute twine. The sentiment is from the Sentiement Suite: Birthday set - also by The Greetery.
Patterned papers are from an old 6x6" paper pad - Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!                  ~Wanda

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Paper Players Back to School

It's theme week at the Paper Players Challenge and Claire has chosen to go with a back to school theme! Our oldest granddaughter is super excited to be starting kindergarten this year, so that's a special milestone for sure!  I remember the anxiety that I felt as our 3 children all started public school...such a big step in their life!

My go to stamps/dies for a school theme is the Class Act set by Reverse Confetti. Gotta love that polka dotted apple and mini notebook page! Sadly, this is on their retired list. Papers are from an older pack by Recollections. The mini library clip (Stampin' Up) is a perfect embellishment! 

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           

Thursday, August 1, 2019

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

There's a great new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge that I'm playing along with using this adorable Mermazing set (from My Favorite Things) that recently came as happy mail! With two young granddaughters who both love the beach, I knew I'd get a lot of mileage out of this stamp set. I loved using MFT's Homespun Stitch Lines for the diagonal elements and can see this will be a new favorite border die set for me!

I colored the images with Copics and popped several of them with foam tape for added dimension. 

SKIN: E000, E01, E11, BV00
HAIR: Y21, YR20, YR21, E31
SHELL: Y04, Y06, Y08
ROCK: C2, C3, C5

That's all for now...thanks for stopping by!        ~Wanda

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Black and White

I've got a quick and easy card for two different challenges: black and white only for Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenge on the Ink to Paper blog and it's also using the sketch for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

While I'm all about loving color, there is also something so timeless and classy about black and white only. The papers are from the Black and White Basics 6x6" pad by My Favorite Things and the sentiment is from the Orchid Expressions set by Papertrey Ink. The stitched square dies are by Lil' Inker Designs. It only took about 10 minutes to complete this 4 1/4" square card, so it doesn't get much easier than that! :-)                                     ~Wanda