Sunday, January 21, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch




Here is my take on Leigh's great layout for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  I recently acquired this new Peony Dream 3D die from Altenew after I enjoyed their Fantasy Floral die so much!  I used 4 different cardstock colors from my leftover stash and am not sure of the papers' names.  I cut the sentiment using Lil' Inker Designs die and adhered it to a black banner die (Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX by MFT).  I love the little stitched window - another MFT die called Square Peek/Boo Window.  



Excuse the glare of the gold mirror cardstock!  It's so difficult for me to photograph something so shiny.  Edited to add: Well...I am behind the times!  This sketch was posted January 11 so I totally missed the deadline.  Oops!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

JAN 21 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"Don't dream it, be it."
        --The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Inspired By All The LIttle Things




Hello everyone! Hope you're having a super Saturday! We've got the second Inspired By All The Little Things challenge for January happening today (remember the change in 2018 is to only have two challenges per month instead of weekly).  This sweet inspiration photo had two little details that inspired my card - the textured background on the white cookies and the heart shaped cookies!



I kept it clean and simple and started by dry embossing the background using a Sizzix embossing folder.  The layered Floral Fantasy die set by Altenew was on my desk from a previous project, so I opted to use it again and cut from some dark burgundy, medium pink and watercolored red scrap pieces of cardstock.  The watercolored leaves were also from my leftover pile as was the silver glitter Sketch Heart by Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is from SSS Brush Stroke Messages stamp set.  

Would love to have you play along with us!  

JAN 20 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"Have you had a kindness shown?  Pass it on."
                         --Henry Burton

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge



Are you ready for another great color palette to get your creative mojo going? The Color Throwdown Challenge is brought to you by Lisa Henke this week and she was inspired to use light blue, kraft and white.  This inspiration photo ironically is posted as VA is getting some snowfall today!  

I had a snowman stamped and ready to color, but this large Sizzix Snow Flurry die by SU kept calling my name - lol!



I used patterned papers from Carta Bella's 6x6 pad called Winter Fun and layered up the glitter-filled kraft snowflake as the focal point.  The sentiment is from MFT's Thanks So Much stamp set from their Pure Innocence line and was white embossed on kraft CS.  It was die cut using MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips dies.  

We're happy to have Kim Fee as our guest star stamper...welcome!  

To play along with us, please go to the Color Throwdown Challenge blog for all the details!  For more inspiration from the rest of the design team, click on their links below:
Amy Rohl 

Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders   
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  
Debra James - January Guest Designer


JAN 17 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"Not all those who wander are lost."
--J.R.R. Tolkien
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RC Sketch For You To Try




I'm sharing a card I created using the great new layout for Reverse Confetti's January Sketch For You To Try challenge!  

Here is my take on it using the new Something Wonderful  stamp set with coordinating Confetti Cuts.





One of my fave techniques with this silhouette floral stamp is to add ink directly to the stamp using distress markers (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss), "huffing" over the stamp to re-moisten the ink, then stamping on CS.   I'm really loving this font on all the sentiments in this stamp set!



JAN 16: Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"Just be who you want to be, not what others want to see."        --Unknown

Monday, January 15, 2018

Alcohol Ink Background

 
So...I got down and dirty the other day when I played with a variety of alcohol inks (Pink Sherbet and Wild Plum by Ranger used here) to create some fun backgrounds.  I was inspired after watching one of Jennifer McGuire's tutorials HERE.  This was my first attempt and I tended to overwork the two ink colors but went ahead and splattered some yellow gold paint from Gansai Tambi's Starry Colors palette and used it as a backdrop for this awesome new Falling Hearts Panel die just released this month by Reverse Confetti!



Because I used gold splatters, I wanted to mat the white panel with
Gold Mirror cardstock.  I struggled with deciding on the base card color but finally went with this lighter pink to pick up the lighter pink tones in the alcohol inks.  A simple white embossed sentiment on black - from Reverse Confetti's Heart Filled Sentiment set - topped it off!  I created a second card identical to this layout but in different, non-traditional Valentine colors.  I will post that one on a later date.


JAN 14 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"He who knows others is clever, but he who knows himself is enlightened."
--Lao Tsu
JAN 15 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
--Paul Valery 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge




Good Saturday everyone! I'm posting a baby card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  This bib die with the sweet baby font and tiny safety pin are my 'go to' favorites for quick and easy baby cards!  I had some leftover flowers already stamped, so that was a big help since I'm hurrying with this post so I can go into work early.  


STAMPS: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT); Beautiful Baby (MFT).
PAPER: Pretty Posy 6x6 pad by FSC.
DIES: Baby Bib, Oh Baby, Stitched Rectangle STAX, Mini Modern Blooms - all by MFT.

JAN 12 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
                                                        --Anne Frank

JAN 13 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"However long the night...the dawn will break."
                                                       --African Proverb

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

3 Challenges in 1 Card


 I had lots of fun creating this card for the following challenges: 
Sunday Stamps - Use 3 out of the colors 
Freshly Made Sketches - sketch by Rita
The Card Concept - inspiration photo 

The card base is Stone CS by Reverse Confetti.  I stenciled Stone dye ink (RC) on white CS using Tim Holtz' Bubble stencil.  I colored Altenew's Fantasy Floral dies with Zig Clean Color brushes.  I struggled with getting a mint green color on the leaves since none of my watercolor sets had that shade of
green.  I opted to take RC's Seafoam ink cube and blotted it gently over the leaves.  I added a wee bit of Green Shadow 049 Zig brush color then blended with an Aquapainter brush.  For the 3 layers on the flower, I colored with Peach Pink (202), Light Carmine (021), and Pink Flamingo (222) Zig brushes and again blended with the Aquapainter.  
The sentiment - You Got This stamp set by Simon Says Stamp - was white embossed on MFT's Black Licorice CS.  Guess you'd say there was a real collaboration of many different stamp companies' products used on this card!

I went with a clean and simple design and was inspired by the florals and the colors in the Card Concept inspiration photo.  

JAN 11 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there's footprints on the moon."                                         
--Paul Brandt