Saturday, January 25, 2020

Going Postal

I had a happy mail day yesterday late afternoon when my box of newly released The Greetery items arrived! So many great stamps and dies in this recent release and I hardly knew where to begin! I went postal and created a vintage looking postal collage with that adorable envelope for starters. As a really young girl, I loved when my mom's lily of the valley flowers would bloom because they were not only a sweet delicate flower but they smelled SOOO heavenly! Hers were white but I went with a pale pink color for my card.

I will get right down to my enabler's list with a warning that I used a boat load of ink cubes - lol!

STAMPS: Pretty Postmarks, Signed and Sealed, Signed and Sealed With A Kiss (The Greetery).
PAPER: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Barely Banana (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Sand, Lead by Reverse Confetti (sponging and script); Smoky Slate by Stampin' Up (cancelled stamp); Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony by Papertrey Ink (lily of the valley spray); Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse by PTI (berry spray); Hibiscus Burst (hearts) and Aqua Mist (envie liner) both by PTI.
DIES: Fit To Be Tied, Postal Frames, Signed and Sealed, Signed and Sealed With A Kiss (The Greetery).

I accented with Limoncello Nuvo Jewel Drops.
I will definitely be in my crafty space a lot this weekend! 
Thanks for your comments...they mean a lot to me!    ~Wanda

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!