Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fusion Card Challenge

It's time again for a new Fusion Card Challenge and this time, I went with a very clean and simple design! I loosely used the sketch format but primarily was inspired by the photo. I went with an older digi image from A Day With Daisies called "On Top of the World". I colored with Copics then fussy cut. The background was water colored using two different greens from my Pelikan paints. 

STAMPS: On Top of the World (A Day With Daisies); Simple Strips: Friendship (Taylored Expressions).
DIES: Blueprint 27 and Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things); Simple Strips (Taylored Expressions).
COPICS: Y15, Y19, Y38, E31, E35, E57 (flower); YG11, YG13, YG17 (leaves); YR15, YR68, BG11, BG32, BG34 (snail). 

We'd love to have you play along with us! Remember, you have two weeks since this challenge runs every other week!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Color Throwdown #577

We have a fabulous color combo happening - thanks to Lori who is hosting this week - over on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog! Navy, pink and many great possibilities! I am also playing along with Julie's awesome new Mojo Monday sketch! She gave very helpful measurements in her photo for a tall, skinny layout that still fits into an A2 envelope (see below).

My card came together quickly since I already had this floral spray stamped from before Christmas. I love when I can go to my leftover stash and whip up a card really fast!

STAMPS: With Love at Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Oxford Lane from the Kate and Co series (My Mind's Eye); Raspberry Fizz, White (Papertrey Ink). 
INK: Smoky Slate (SU) and Frost White (pigment ink by ColorBox) used on the seal; unsure of the floral colors but they were from ink cubes by Papertrey Ink and Reverse Confetti.
DIES: With Love at Christmas (The Greetery); Stitched Flags STAX (My Favorite Things). 

If you noticed, I intentionally omitted a sentiment. I like having cards in my stash that are blank so I can add one as needed at the last minute. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch

I'm playing along with one of my favorite weekly challenges and that is CAS(E) This Sketch! I love corner collage sketches, so this one couldn't be passed up! It's a retro sketch (#171) that is being revived for the current #355.

I found both the sentiment rectangle die and the florals in my leftover box, so all I added was a quick watercolor wash in the background using the light green in the Pelikan paint set then splattered some black paint over it when it was dry.

STAMPS: Hibiscus Bouquet (Altenew).
DIES: Hibiscus Bouquet (Altenew); Thankful Pretty Panel (Reverse Confetti); Crimped Frame (The Greetery).

Friday, January 17, 2020

Seize the Birthday Challenge

The current Seize the Birthday challenge is to use a stencil and this was a perfect opportunity to use a new plaid stencil recently released by The Stamp Market. I've had the Spellbinders truck die set on my wish list for some time and it was finally in stock for me to indulge and have something new for masculine recipients. My BIL turns 80 this month and he's a vintage car/truck lover, so these dies were put to good use!

STAMPS: Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions).
PAPER: Surprise! 6x6" pad by Bo Bunny; White, True Black  (Papertrey Ink); Burgundy (? source); Brushed silver metallic (SU). 
DIES: Truck (large die of the month in October at Spellbinders); Crimped Frame (The Greetery); Stitched Circle STAX (My Favorite Things); Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions).

Thanks so much for stopping by!               ~Wanda

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches

This was such a quick and easy Valentine card to complete and it uses the fun sketch for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

PAPER: Blowing Kisses 6x6" pad by Echo Park; Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink; Brushed metallic silver by SU.
DIES: Scripty Heart (The Stamp Market); Arrow (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Basic Edges (My Favorite Things).

No stamps or ink used which is a rarity for me!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Color Throwdown #576

Are you ready for another great Color Throwdown Challenge? Lisa is hosting this week and has chosen navy, teal and mustard! I wanted to create a non-mushy masculine Valentine card and think these colors got the job done! I started with scribbling some diagonal stripes using Zig watercolor markers on Ranger water color paper. I blended the lines with a wet brush then die cut a number of small hearts. I actually CASEd an old card of mine when I was guest designing for The Cat's Pajamas in January 2016. You can see that card HERE.

I frequently grab the Crimped Frame dies by The Greetery when I want to add a bit of texture to a design. I love the timeless, classic look of the the crimped edges! The navy sentiment looks black in the photo but truly is navy cardstock and navy ink. I offset the "always" die with a layer of mustard cardstock behind the navy.
I finished it off with some clear sequins.

STAMPS: Conversation Hearts (The Cat's Pajamas).
DIES: Nested Hearts Cutups, Always Cutup (The Cat's Pajamas).

For more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below:

We hope to see you in the gallery!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch

I needed a birthday card for a girl who is turning 18 soon, and this CAS(E) This Sketch layout was a perfect way to get it done! I couldn't resist using this Cake Creations stamp set from Ink To Paper (formerly Papertrey Ink). The matching dies make it so nice not to have to fussy cut all the many images! The diagonal stitched background is a cover plate die from Reverse Confetti and adds an element of texture to the card.

The sentiment was gold embossed on heavy weight vellum to coordinate with the matte brushed gold cardstock used in the design.

STAMPS: Cake Creations (Ink To Paper).
INK: Green Parakeet, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise - dye inks by Papertrey Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark.
DIES: Cake Creations (Ink To Paper); Stitched Diagonal Cover Plate (Reverse Confetti).

It's a rainy Saturday and I'm slowly getting my house back to normal mode after the holidays. A few non-Christmasy snowmen remain out, but otherwise things are packed away. Thanks so much for stopping in!                                               ~Wanda

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fusion Card Challenge

It's the first new Fusion Card Challenge of 2020 and we've got an awesome winter theme photo to inspire us! I looked at the neutrals and the pine cones and thought right away of using the Botanicuts Pine Bough dies from The Greetery. I didn't use glitter on them like I did with my Christmas versions and liked the results better when I could see the sponged edges of the layers. 

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You (The Greetery).
PAPER: Stationer's Desk by Prima Marketing; Kraft, True Black, Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up).
INK: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede (SU); Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Botanicuts Pine Bough, Sentiment Suite Basics, Nordic Frames (The Greetery); Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).

My youngest brother had a birthday on New Year's Eve, so this card was sent to him! We hope you'll be able to play along with us this year if you haven't joined us before! For more inspiration you can check out the challenge blog HERE to see what the rest of the designers created!                                     ~Wanda

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Color Throwdown #575

Are you ready for another great color combo? Jodi is hosting this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and has chosen some really yummy colors: kraft, green, gold and white!

This was perfect to create a little winter nosegay of florals using stamps/dies from The Greetery! Snow was coming down fast and furiously as I was creating this card yesterday! I was watching two grands and put a pot of beef stew on the stove to simmer while we watched God's handiwork outdoors! This is when I'm so thankful I'm retired and don't have to truck off to work no matter what kind of weather is occurring! But I digress. :-)

STAMPS: Budding Beauties: Autumn and Sentiment Suite: Thank You - both by The Greetery.
PAPER: Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Smooth White (My Favorite Things); kraft patterned paper (Recollections).
INK: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU); Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn distress inks by Ranger.
DIES: Nordic Frames, Cozy Cup Coaster, Inside and Out Berry Branch, Budding Beauties: Autumn, Sentiment Suite: Thank You - all by The Greetery.

For more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below:

We hope to see you in the gallery!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Paper Players

I'm playing along with the sweet gals at The Paper Players challenge where Jaydee has a "something new" theme challenge using this photo collage board to spark our imagination! I literally went with the "spark" photo (lower right) and lit up this birthday cake for my stash. I also was inspired by the blue/green/yellow backgrounds of three other photos and pulled these colors into the design by ink blending with distress inks.

My newest stamp set is this Cake Creations stamp set by Ink to Paper. I was recently a guest designer for them and they generously gifted this set along with the coordinating dies. It's a very versatile set and since I can in no way decorate a real life cake, I can sure have fun doing it with paper!  The cake layers are in black and white with dark blue candles, yellow flames and florals in distress inks: Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn. The sentiment is from The Greetery's Sentiment Suite: Birthday stamp set. The large die overlay is Papertrey Ink's Quatrefoil Cover Plate.

That's it for now. We have some snow in the forecast here in VA so I'm hoping it will hold off until my morning appointment is over. I'm just not into the white stuff anymore though my grandchildren would LOVE to see it cover the ground!

Monday, January 6, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch

It's good to no longer have full time babysitting duty now that school has resumed after the holidays! I can get back to getting inky more often - lol! This card uses a leftover floral spray that I stamped before Christmas. I matched it up with some Purely Pomegranate cardstock (SU) that is long time retired but the closest match to the distress inks I usedI'm using the layout (in a tweaked version) for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.
I used The Greetery's Halfsie's Diamond Die which creates the diamond shape in lieu of the oval. I inserted a scrap piece of wood grain patterned paper from the Bramble Rose 6x6" pad by My Mind's Eye.

STAMPS: With Love At Christmas and Sentiment Suite: Birthday by The Greetery.
DIES: With Love At Christmas, Sentiment Suite Basics, Halfsie's Diamond - all by The Greetery.

A trio of sequins tops it all off! Thanks so much for stopping by...

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Stock Your Stash/Freshly Made Sketches

I created this card for two challenges: the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the love is in the air theme for this month's Stock Your Stash challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog.

I already had the alcohol ink panel in my stash from many months ago, so I simply added a Falling Hearts Panel die over it.

The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Hatbox Florals set as are
the cardstock colors (Lime Green and Aqua). The Crimped Frame die from The Greetery was used to create the Aqua panel. As you can see, I flipped the sketch layout to the side.

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Color Throwdown

Happy New Year to all my blog friends! May 2020 treat you kindly and bring you many blessings! We are starting off the new year with a great Color Throwdown challenge! Amy Rohl is our hostess and has chosen red, brown and white. You'll have to overlook my wee bit of "neutral" sage green - lol!

This card reminds me of those mild spring seasons when it gets warm earlier than usual and things start blooming. snows a bit and you're reminded that winter is still not totally gone. I wanted some texture in the background and couldn't resist this embossing folder from SU called Softly Falling. 

What else did I use?
STAMPS: Blooming Branch, Comforting Commands, Robin and Wren (The Greetery).
PAPER: Patterned paper (? source), White (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand (SU); Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage, Wild Honey distress inks by Ranger.
DIES: Comforting Commands, Robin and Wren, Blooming Branch (The Greetery); Stitched Border (Lil' Inker Designs). 

If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team samples below: