Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a great week! If you have some free time, we'd love to have you play along with us at Fusion Card Challenge. I used both the sketch and the thanks theme from the photo. It was a very simple design and I started by adhering 3 die cut snowflakes over this patterned paper.

Here is what I used:
STAMPS: Warm Winter Wishes by Flourishes (company is no longer in business).
PAPER: Altitude 6x6 pack by BoBunny; Tropical Teal by Papertrey Ink.
INK: Tropical Teal (PTI).
DIES: Snowflake Trio (WPlus9); Blueprint 27 (My Favorite Things); Stitched Circle STAX (My Favorite Things); Sentiment Suite Basics (The Greetery).

For more inpiration, check out the rest of the design team's cards HERE. Hope to see you in the gallery!                       ~Wanda

Guest Designer at CTS

It's always an honor to have your card chosen as a challenge winner and I am thrilled to say that happened to me which leads to my being a guest designer for CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #348!  Woohoo and a big thank you to Chrissy Larson for the invite! 

This sketch has endless possibilities, but I went with a new collaboration stamp set between Reverse Confetti and Simon Says Stamp for their Stamptember celebration. It's called Wonderful You and I've loved using it!

The card base is Fine Linen CS by Papertrey Ink. I stamped the leaf sprig outline repeatedly with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (using my MISTI to get at least two inkings). Then I used Old Paper, Peeled Paint and Evergreen Bough distress oxide inks to "fill in" the leaves with color. I splattered black paint from my Mijello Mission Gold palette, waited for it to dry, then die cut with the Crimped Frame die by The Greetery.  I wrapped jute twine around the panel then added this sweet little tag - Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You - by The Greetery. I am loving this color combination for fall!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Love reading your comments!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Color Throwdown #569

 It's Wednesday and that means a new Color Throwdown challenge is happening! Vickie is our hostess this week and has chosen a great trio of colors - lavender, purple and green - that I turned into another Christmas card. 

Here is what I used:
STAMPS: Woodland Wreaths, Merry and Bright - WPlus9.
PAPER: Altitude 6x6 pad by BoBunny; Dots and Stripes Winter 6x6 pad by Echo Park; White glitter CS; White by Papertrey Ink.
INK: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Soft Suede by Stampin' Up; Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Stag Trio, Merry and Bright, Woodland Wreaths - WPlus9; Stitched Flags STAX, Stitched Rectangle STAX by My Favorite Things; Sentiment Suite Basics by The Greetery. 

We'd love to see how you interpret these colors! If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Paper Players Color Challenge

It's color week at The Paper Players and Claire has chosen some really gorgeous colors for us! I decided to go with some ink smooshing (that's a technical term, I'm sure - lol!). I went with a holiday sentiment but I'm thinking I may need to add some kind of ornament accents to make it look more like a Christmas card.

I used the closest distress inks that I could match with the SU colors and went with Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, and Twisted Citron. I first triple stamped the Abstract Triangles background (Simon Says Stamp) with black ink then smooshed on the distress inks. A frame was die cut using Papertrey Ink's Pierced Feature Frames die and I adhered a vellum layer behind it. The sentiment is by Lil Inker Designs. 

We sure would love to have you join us! For more inspiration from the rest of the design team, you'll want to check it out HERE.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch

This card is for the Day 8 coloring challenge (yes, I'm a day behind!) on Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker blog and I'm also using the layout for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. You might recognize the background as an ink blending coloring using the Taylored Expressions brushes that I posted earlier in the month. 

I gold embossed this poinsettia image from Altenew's Poinsettia and Pine set then colored with Zig clean color brush markers. The sentiment and banner die are by The Greetery.

STAMPS: Poinsettia and Pine (Altenew); Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Smooth White (My Favorite Things); Ranger water color cardstock.
INK: Versamark; Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up); Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Poinsettia and Pine (Altenew); Sentiment Suite Basics (The Greetery).
STENCIL: Frosty Flakes (The Greetery).
ZIGS: 028, 050, 045, 041, 046.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

30 Day Coloring Challenge

It's hard to believe we are already up to Day 7 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge! I went WAY back in my archives to get this old Flourishes set - Snow Wonderful - and also dug out some long neglected watercolor pencils to color the image! I blended the colors with an Aquapainter.

I'm also playing along with the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.
STAMPS: Snow Wonderful (Flourishes).
PAPER: Norland paper pad by Farm House Paper Co.; Smooth White by My Favorite Things.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Blueprint 27 Die-Namics by MFT; Classic Keyhole Template die by Flourishes.

It was in the low 60's today, but they tell us the weather will take a nose dive tonight and we'll only be high of low 40's tomorrow! Guess it's time to bring out the heavy weight layers! :-)
                                                         Stay warm!   ~Wanda

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Color Throwdown

Lynn is hosting the Color Throwdown Challenge this week and has some awesome fall colors selected! I went with these leafy sprigs from the Wonderful You set that was a Stamptember collaboration set between Reverse Confetti and Simon Says Stamp. Unfortunately, this set is sold out and there will be no restocking. The sentiment is from RC's Sentiment Essentials set.

It's a very straight forward design using the following inks from WPlus9: Mojito, Pumpkin Spice, Coconut Husk. I used the Crimped Frame die from The Greetery. 

We're thrilled to have Michelle Lupton guesting with us during November! I've been an admirer of her talents for a good while and you will want to stop by her blog - Handmade by Michelle - and check out her beautiful sample!

We'd love to see how you interpret these colors! If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below. 
  Amy Rohl 

I'm adding a quick photo to show my Copic-colored image for Day 6 of Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day challenge. I can't keep up with making the finished card every day, so this will have to suffice!



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 5

I created this ink blending background several days ago for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge sponsored by @kathyrac on her The Daily Marker blog and finally got a completed card made today. I used Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans distress oxide inks and blended with the wonderful brushes by Taylored Expressions. They really are superior for blending IMO! I used Unicorn pigment ink by Memories and the Frosty Flakes stencil by The Greetery.

The same 3 background inks were used to stamp the bird. In
hindsight, it doesn't stand out like I'd like, so I'd probably redo my color choices if I would make it again. I've been mulling over the idea of using the Blooming Branch stamps for a winter version. Our middle son and DIL have a large, gorgeous holly berry tree so that is what I tried to recreate by using berries from Budding Beauties: Autumn and pine sprigs from With Love At Christmas - all by The Greetery. Guess you could say I did a whole lot of grafting to complete this branch - lol!

STAMPS: Robin and Wren, Blooming Branch, With Love At Christmas, Budding Beauties: Autumn - all by The Greetery.

Thanks so much for stopping by!                 ~Wanda

Monday, November 4, 2019

30 Day Coloring Challenge

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I went with an ink blending combo - Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick - that Kristina Werner had shone in her series of distress oxide ink blending. This was out of the norm for me but when paired with the poinsettia arrangement from The Greetery's With Love At Christmas set, it turned out to be quite striking! This is for Day 4 of the The 30 Day Coloring Challenge on @kathyrac's Daily Marker blog.

I stamped the leaves with Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint distress oxide inks then highlighted them with a Copic marker (YG23).

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

A quick card and quick post...for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and also for Day 3 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge. Patterned papers are from an old 6x6" pad - Winter Wonderland - by My Mind's Eye. The
"Sweet Snowman" stamp is by Penny Black and was colored with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card.

The sentiment is Sentiment Suite: Christmas by The Greetery.
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!        ~Wanda

Paper Players

Good Sunday everyone! Anne Marie is hosting the theme challenge - Into the Woods - over on The Paper Players challenge blog. Since I'm trying to build up my Christmas card stash, I went with these Tall Pine Trees dies by The Frantic Stamper and added some fine glitter to them. The base is an alcohol ink creation on Yupo paper using a brass fixative with a dark blue and green ink color. I made it many months ago and don't recall the specific ink names.

The gold frame is a die by Papertrey Ink called Pierced Feature Frames. The sentiment is from The Greetery - Sentiment Suite: Christmas - embossed in gold. 

We'd love to see how YOU interpret this theme! Hope to see you in the gallery!  Check out the rest of the team members' designs HERE if you want more inspiration.               ~Wanda

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Deck The Howls

This is one of my favorite animal Christmas sets - Deck The Howls by My Favorite Things - and is especially suited for our daughter who is a big dog lover and a lover of puns! I'm playing along with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge on Kathy Racoosin's blog and colored with Copics after stamping images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card. 

I'm also playing along with My Favorite Things Wednesday
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Sketch Challenge
. Patterned papers are from Carta Bella's So This Is Christmas 6x6" pad. The stitched circles and stitched banner flag are dies by MFT. The shine and dimension didn't show up in the photograph, but I added Glossy Accents to the string of lights and to the ornaments or jingle bells on the collar of the top dog. I also like to add an occasional highlight with a white gel pen to add a little definition.

That's all for today! I'm enjoying some football games as I'm in my craft room. Holding my breath that Virginia Tech can hold the lead for a win over Notre Dame! Go Hokies!     ~Wanda

Friday, November 1, 2019

30 Day Coloring Challenge

This year, I have no excuses - no cancer work schedule since I'm retired, etc. - and I plan to try to keep up with the 30 day Coloring Challenge that Kathy Racoosin has going on for the month of November. Today, she is challenging us to color with stencils and I immediately went to the new Frosty Flakes stencil set from The Greetery!

I'm excited because these base panels will be the start of 4
Christmas cards. I plan to add scenes in the center using the Christmas Eve stamp set from The Greetery. I love this country church set that gives me a retro feel for Christmas! Another new "tool" for me is using Pixie spray which is a light tack adhesive that keeps the stencil in place without having to use tape - woohoo! It was OOS for awhile, but I finally was able to snag some from Gina K Designs.
I used my blending brushes from Taylored Expressions with the following SU inks: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana and Wisteria Wonder. Stay tuned in the near future as you see how I use these stenciled panels on a completed card!           ~Wanda