Thursday, April 22, 2021

Balloon Bouquet

I wanted to play along with a couple favorite challenges and thought this balloon bouquet would fit the bill for Karren's great layout at Freshly Made Sketches and also for Laurie"s CAS birthday challenge at The Paper Players. The sketch is for a slimline card so it gave me a chance to finally  a slimline die from The Greetery that I haven't used  until now.


I really love all the layered stamps used to create the floral balloon! 

The two smaller balloons were simply die cut from white paper then ink blended with Hibiscus Burst and Mint Julep dye inks.

STAMPS: Balloon Bouquet (The Greetery).

PAPER: Lemon Tart, White, True Black (Ink to Paper).

INK: Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Autumn Rose, Mint Julep, Vintage Jadeite (Ink to Paper); Versafine Onyx Black.

DIES: Big Balloons, Nordic Slimline (The Greetery).

OTHER: Washi tape.  




It's a blustery cold day in VA and I'm back to wearing two sweaters in the house and am hunkered down in my craft room after doing some laundry and watering plants that I bought recently but can't place outdoors until after Mother's Day (the recommended time to plant items that might get bitten by frosty nights). Thanks so much for stopping by!                                              ~Wanda

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Color Throwdown #639

Hello everyone! Hope this Wednesday is treating you well and that you are ready for some great new Color Throwdown colors! We have some warm, vibrant shades brought to us by Vickie Zimmer who is hosting this week: red, yellow, orange and kraft.

I thought these colors would work well with this awesome butterfly from Ink to Paper! I embossed the image with WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder then painted with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors on Bristol Smooth Surface paper. The background was embossed with a brick embossing folder then highlighted by sponging kraft ink over it.

STAMPS: Flying By (Ink to Paper).

PAPER: Kraft, White (Ink to Paper); Bristol Smooth Surface.

INK: Versamark, Kraft.

DIES: Flying By, Pierced Feature Frames, Love to Layer: Torn Edges, Beautiful Bouquet Tag (all by Ink to Paper).

OTHER: Twine, WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder, Brick embossing folder.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge, so I'll look for you in the gallery! Happy stamping!    ~Wanda

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cake Creations

Cake Creations stamp set from Ink to Paper is still one of my fave choices for birthday cards! I decided to grab two black and white dotted patterns of paper on my leftover pile and die cut them using the Love to Layter: Notched die set.

The only pops of color are the sweet little florals and the candle from the same set. I chose spring colors and want to enter this into the Seize The Birthday challenge which has the option of "spring flowers" as the topping this week. The happy birthday sentiment is on the inside since there was already a whole lotta "busy" happening on the card front!

STAMPS: Cake Creations (Ink to Paper).

PAPER: Bitty Big: True Black, White (Ink to Paper).

INK: Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, True Black (Ink to Paper).

DIES: Love to Layer: Notched, Cake Creations (Ink to Paper).

It's a beautiful Sunday and I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful day! Yesterday, we were blessed to travel to northern VA to celebrate our youngest grand's second birthday. We rarely have all four grands together so it's always lots of fun when it happens!

 Thanks so much for stopping by... 


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Release Day at ITP


The four days of reveals are over and it's finally release day at Ink to Paper at 10 PM EST! I couldn't resist using the Blooming Thoughts set again (no surprise that I chose to use flowers - lol). The base panel was color blended with Lilac Grace ink then die cut using the Border Bling: Believe die. I was inspired to use shades of purple based on the inspiration photo at The Card Concept challenge. I would call my style clean and layered.

I wanted to add more greenery so stamped up a variety of leaves from the previously released Effortless Beauties set and tucked them around the flowers. 

STAMPS: Blooming Thoughts (Ink to Paper).

PAPER: Bristol Smooth Surface, White (Ink to Paper).

INK: Lilac Grace, Amethyst Allure, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Vintage Jadeite

DIES: Shape Shifters: Circle One, Border Bling: Believe, Blooming Thoughts, Keep It Simple Frames (Ink to Paper).

OTHER: Twine, Crystal Clear Fusion sequins by Studio Katia. 

Thanks so much for stopping by...happy stamping!   ~Wanda

Fusion Card Challenge


There is a new Fusion Card Challenge up today and I used both the sketch and the inspiration photo for my card. The Abundant Blooms set from Ink to Paper was the perfect fit! I layered 3 squares over a white strip of background paper to use as a backdrop for this great pitcher of blooms. I wanted to add more greenery than just the stems in the set, so used several small leafy dies from the Tag Creations: Joyful Jars set - also from Ink to Paper.

These colors make me happy and are a favorite color palette for spring and summer cards!

STAMPS: Abundant Blooms (Ink to Paper).

INK: Bright Buttercup, Pure Poppy, New Leaf (Ink to Paper); Fairy Dust, Silver Lining (WPlus9).

PAPER: Bitty Big: Pure Poppy patterned paper; White (Ink to Paper).

DIES: Abundant Blooms (Ink to Paper); Sentiment Suite Basics (The Greetery); Stitched Squares STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things). 

We would love to have you join in the challenge! Use just the sketch or just the photo or use both for a fusion! Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!                                               ~Wanda

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ink to Paper Reveal Day #4


Welcome back for the fourth day of reveals of the April release at Ink to Paper! Today we are introducing you to Mother & Father stamp set + Feathered Friends 10 dies + Blooming Thoughts stamp set and dies.

I'm not always sure of the bird species with each new Feathered Friend, but I know he was another fun one to color and assemble (I used colors that were in the patterned papers)!

I used a wreath and a few florals to "ground" my bird, then added one of the great new sentiments that I heat embossed with WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder. It reminds me of copper so I felt it was a good fit for a masculine card. WOW! products are now being sold at ITP, so check out their embossing powders and add some to your shopping list! 😉

STAMPS: Mother & Father, Wreath Favor Box Sentiments.
INK: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay; Versamark.
PAPER: Text-style "Father Knows Best" 6x6 patterned paper, White, Dark Chocolate.
DIES: Feathered Friends 10, Love to Layer: Torn Edges, Wreath Favor Box Sentiments.
OTHER: WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder.

Next up are some gorgeous new blooms (you know you can never have too many flowers)! I noticed a theme happening with my cards this release and that is that I am using lots of Limeade Ice ink and paper! Because it's a yellowish shade of green, it reminds me of new growth and is perfect for spring time creations. It blends well with New Leaf ink which is what I used on this card.

I couldn't resist using my favorite blend of colors again for the flowers (Sweet Blush, Pale Peony and Berry Sorbet). You can't see it well in the photos, but I'm loving the added texture and sparkle that comes from a strip of tulle infused with chunky glitter. It was a recent find at Michael's that I couldn't resist!

STAMPS: Blooming Thoughts, Mother & Father
INK: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice, New Leaf; Versamark
PAPER: White.
DIES: Border Bling: Tin Stitch, Blooming Thoughts, Delicate Doilies.
OTHER: WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder, Twine, Chunky glitter tulle.


So that is a wrap for the new release! Tomorrow - April 15 - at 10 PM EST, you will be able to purchase the new items.  Thanks so much for stopping by!   ~Wanda

Color Throwdown #638

Hi everyone! It's time for another Color Throwdown challenge and Lynn is hosting this week with some beautiful happy colors: blue, yellow, green and white! I was totally inspired by the photo and thought this background stamp imitated the pitcher designs. I used Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and my MISTI so I could re-ink and stamp three times to get good coverage.

The florals were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on

X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copics.

STAMPS: Spring Flowers, Ornate Background (Simon Says Stamp); Sentiment Suite: Birthday (The Greetery).

INK: Blueprint Sketch distress oxide; Memento Tuxedo Black.

DIES: Crimped Rectangle and Crimped Circle, Sentiment Suite Basics (The Greetery); Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamp).

We'd love to have you play along with us. For more inspiration, check out the rest of the awesome projects by the design team!