Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ink To Paper/Papertrey Ink GD

I'm really excited to share that I was asked to be a guest designer for Ink to Paper/Papertrey Ink! If you haven't checked out their products yet, you really must! They have been a long time favorite company of mine and their last release had some some really awesome stamps and dies! 

My first card showcases the versatile Cake Creations set with coordinating dies! My favorite PTI ink and card stock color - Aqua Mist - was used along with their white card stock that is my 'go to' for nearly all my card bases! The newly released Border Bling: Tin Stitched die adds such a great element of texture! Love it!

STAMPS: Cake Creations (Ink to Paper).
INK: Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, New Leaf (PTI); Memento Tuxedo Black.
PAPER: Aqua Mist, White, Bitty Big Smokey Shadow (PTI); Brushed gold.
DIES: Cake Creations, Pierced Feature Frames, Border Bling: Tin Stitched (Ink to Paper).

Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, weddings, bridal showers...and the list goes on and on for the endless possibilities for this stamp set!

My next card features A Little Wispy stamp set and matching dies. I love to use blender brushes to create colorful ink-blended backgrounds! I then splattered some water droplets over the dried background to add more visual interest. I find that adding a silhouette type of image works well with so much color. Tiny Tip: Offset a contrasting color to a word die to give it a little extra pizzazz! That wee bit of hot pink ties it in with the narrow border and also the background.

STAMPS: A Little Wispy (Ink to Paper).
INK: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass distress inks; Memento Tuxedo Black.
PAPER: Raspberry Fizz, White (PTI); Patterned paper.
DIES: A Little Wispy, Edgers (Ink to Paper/PTI). 

My last card again uses A Little Wispy stamps and dies.  I watercolored a range of colors on watercolor paper then cut them into varying sizes of strips. Tiny Tip: This a great way to use up those mounds of scraps that some of us accumulate! You could also try a variety of patterned paper strips instead of the water coloring.

STAMPS: A Little Wispy (Ink to Paper).
INK: Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Vintage Jadeite, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Terracotta Tile (Papertrey Ink).
PAPER: White (PTI); Watercolor paper by Ranger.
DIES: A LIttle Wispy (Ink to Paper).
OTHER: Gold Class Mission watercolors.

Christmas is history for another year and I hope that you can find some time to kick back, relax, and get your mojo going with your stamping supplies! I hope that I've inspired you in some way by sharing these Ink to Paper creations! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!     

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Gift Tag for Bag

Well...I had this tag completed in time but neglected to add it to my gift bag and get it photographed, so I can't enter Ink to Paper's contest (insert sad face here)! I used the Tag Sale Quilted Die (Papertrey Ink) for my shaped tag base then layered a square of buffalo plaid paper using Betsy Veldman's technique as shown in this post. I did it on a smaller scale and embellished it with The Greetery's Botanicuts Pine Bough set. I need to figure out a better way to add glitter without covering up the shading details of the pine cones. I used Martha Stewart chunky glitter and think I need to go with a finer glitter and maybe less glue next time. The tiny sentiment tag and sentiment are also from The Greetery's Sentiment Suite: Christmas stamp set and Sentiment Suite Basics die set. A couple of rusty jingle bells seemed appropriate to finish off the look. Gift bags were reduced significantly at Michael's and are a great size to have on hand for those last minute gifts!

That's all for now. Have things to do that won't get done sitting here in my craft room - lol!                             ~Wanda

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Color Throwdown #573

Happy hump day and welcome to the last Color Throwdown challenge in 2019! We'll return in January for a new year of awesome color combos but will take a little break over the holidays. Broni is hosting this week and has one of my fave group of colors: lime green, hot pink and white! I knew I wanted to use these stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti - released a couple of years ago but still some of my favorites!

I have a lot of green cardstock, but surprisingly none of the shades were a match to this polka dotted paper I've had forever! But...I did have a Lime Light ink pad by WPlus9 that was a match, so I just rubbed the ink pad over some white cardstock and bingo...there was a workable green for the holly leaves!  The trees were embossed with SU silver EP.

STAMPS: Triangle Trees, Winter Word Coordinates - both by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: ? source for patterned paper; White by Papertrey Ink.
INK: V1 Pink and Lime Light by WPlus9; Versamark.
DIES: Triangle Trees, Holly, Winter Words, Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel - all by Reverse Confetti. 

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bottled Up

There was no sunshine to be found yesterday and none again today and it always makes a difference when I photograph cards. I edit with my iPhone and also with Photoshop Elements but it's just not as good as when there is sunshine! I wanted to share this card I created yesterday using some new goodies from The Greetery.  I love how Betsy builds on her designs and makes them workable with previous stamp sets. In this case the bottles were released months ago but the November release had the Budding Beauties Winter set which is great for winter designs.

I started by lightly ink blending some So Saffron (SU) dye ink to give it a "candle glow" effect. Those corner snowflake dies are very intricate and you will want to add an extra shim when you die cut.  Here is what I used...

STAMPS: Bottled Up & Budding Beauties Winter (The Greetery).
PAPER: White by Papertrey Ink.
INK: Flamingo, Brick, Buttercup, Sunshine, Olive, Avocado, Pistachio, Grass, Lime Green, Seafoam, Mint, Dark Roast - all small ink cubes by Reverse Confetti; Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Bottled Up, Budding Beauties Winter, Frosty Corners - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I have my cardiology appointment this afternoon, so gotta run.       ~Wanda

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Paper Players Color Week

Good Sunday everyone! There's a new Paper Players challenge happening today and I'm totally loving the gorgeous color palette chosen by LeAnne! This was perfect to create a card using some new goodies just released in November by The Greetery! I don't have Seaside Spray ink or paper, so I went with what I thought was a bluish shade that I had in my huge leftover pile. Photoshop wasn't cooperating with me and for some reason, my photos look more green than in real life.

I die cut all the pieces, sponged same color inks on the edges, then splattered the pine boughs and pinecones with watered down Copic Opaque White pigment. I also added some crystal coarse glitter (Martha Stewart). I intentionally didn't glue down all the leaves and portions of the bow so they would be more dimensional. I really love the textured details of the Nordic frame dies and those pinecones are so much fun to layer up as well!

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Kraft, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink),  X-Press It Blending Card (for a very stark white).
DIES: Nordic Frames, Botanicuts Pine Bough, Fit To Be Tied, Inside and Out Berry Branch - all by The Greetery.

We'd love to have you join us for this challenge and if you need more inspiration, stop by the blog and check out what the other talented designers have created HERE.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Money Holder

A quick post to show you a quick and easy cash holder for the holidays! I cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/8" x 6 3/8". Placing it with the longest side on top, I then scored it at 1 3/4" and then at 5 1/8". Cut a belly band to a desired width and wrap it around the folded cardstock, adhering it with score tape. Embellish as desired. I stamped the poinsettia spray from the With Love At Christmas set by The Greetery. The sentiment is also from that set. 

INK: Little Piggy, Shell Pink, Sweet Gelato, Cranberry Crush, Last Leaf, Mojito dye inks by WPlus9; Memento Tuxedo Black.

You could layer it up and make it more detailed, but at this time of the month, I find so much needing to be done and an easier route is my choice to survive - lol!                                ~Wanda

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Card Concept & CAS(E) This Sketch

A quick and easy card for the CAS(E) This Sketch and The Card Concept challenges! I was inspired primarily by the houndstooth pillows and the window wreath.  I was also inspired by Betsy Veldman's recent take on making a wreath from the pine bough dies from the Botanicuts Pine Bough die set. I used Gumball Green CS and Real Red CS for the bow with a little sponging on the bow fold portion using Riding Hood Red ink. 

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).

PAPER: Scrapbook Paper (Horizon Group); Gumball Green, Real Red (SU); White (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Botanicuts Pine Bough, Fit To Be Tied, Crimped Frame, Sentiment Suite Basics - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!                    ~Wanda

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Color Throwdown #572

It's Wednesday and that means there's a new Color Throwdown challenge happening! Barbara Anders is hosting this week and has a really awesome color palette for us: turquoise, green, gold and white! I smooshed and splattered some Peacock Feathers distress ink over watercolor paper then brushed a couple of shades of green from my Pelikan paint set on another panel of watercolor paper. I splattered Blue Gold paint from Gansai Tambi's Starry Colors.

The stag die (WPlus9) was a leftover and seemed like it was meant to be paired with these Tall Pine Trees dies (Frantic Stamper). The sentiment and banner die are from Sentiment Suite: Christmas by The Greetery. 

DIES: Crimped Frame and Sentiment Suite Basics by The Greetery; Stag Trio by WPlus9; Tall Pine Trees by Frantic Stamper; Stitched Edges die by My Favorite Things.

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. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

I couldn't wait to play with newly released goodies from The Greetery! This sketch from Freshly Made Sketches shows a one layer design, but I got a bit carried away with wanting to include a couple of the Nordic Frames, so hopefully the challenge police will be forgiving! These Botanicuts Pine Bough dies are so much fun and they are easy to sponge, splatter and layer up! They also pair up nicely with the Inside and Out Berry Branch die. This card came together very quickly and I love all the dimension and texture!

STAMPS: Sentiment Suite: Christmas (The Greetery).
PAPER: Soft Sky (SU), Kraft (Papertrey Ink), X-Press It Blending Card (for a stark white).
INK: Pool Party to sponge pine boughs, Baked Brown Sugar to sponge pinecones; Early Espresso for sentiment - all by SU.
DIES: Nordic Frames, Botanicuts Pine Bough, Inside and Out Berry Branch, Sentiment Suite Basics - all by The Greetery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!   ~Wanda

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Paper Players Theme Week

Good Sunday everyone! It's theme week on the Paper Players challenge blog  and Laurie has chosen Frosty the Snowman for our fun theme! I love snowman images and decided to go with an old digi image that I've had on file for a long time. I didn't have it identified for its source, so I'm thinking I found it as a free printable on Pinterest. I printed it on X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copics, fussy cut and added fine glitter and black stickles for details.

The patterened paper is from Reverse Confetti's Winter Solstice 6x6 pad. The Pierced Feature Frame die is by Papertrey Ink. You can see a bit of the Softly Falling embossing folder (Stampin' Up) that I used behind the snowman. So there you go! I thought the card front was so busy that I would just add a sentiment inside. :-)
We'd love to have you join us for this challenge and if you need more inspiration, stop by the blog and check out what the other talented designers have created HERE.