Friday, February 12, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch

A great new sketch is posted for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge!  Love the tag element and just had to squeeze in one more heart this week instead of the square!  I am such a sucker for flower stamps and dies and simply couldn't resist this new Mini Modern Blooms set!  What is SOOO helpful with this set are the markings on the acetate in the packaging that let you know which stamps to layer together for each flower and leaf!  It totally takes the guess work out of the equation.  

My starting point was a leftover piece of watercolor cardstock that had smooshed distress inks on it.  Unfortunately, I don't recall the ink colors that I used, so your guess is as good as mine. 

STAMPS: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT), Label Maker Sentiments (MFT).
DIES: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT), Label Maker Sentiments (MFT), Traditional Tags STAX (MFT), Sketch Heart (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs).  

Off to get some sleep...a big day coming up tomorrow!  I'm going to babysit Miss Q while her mommy and daddy and friends and family members help them move to a new location...just a few miles away.   

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Watercolor Valentine

Papertrey Ink has an incredible 10 days of celebration for their 9th anniversary! Work has interfered with my participation, but I had to
get at least one card made for their Create Along With Us challenge. (edited to add: Oops!  Collection was already closed - insert sad face here). We were to select a team member's creation from this month's release that inspired us.  That was no small feat, but one of my faves was Amy Sheffer's color palette and design on her post hereI watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks.  I'm also playing along with The Card Concept challenge #48 where I would guess my style is clean and layered.  Here's what I used...

STAMPS: Bitty Bouquets (PTI).
PAPER: Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Ranger watercolor CS.
INK: Melon Mambo (SU), Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers (TH distress ink). 
DIES: Bitty Bouquets (PTI), Wet Paint (PTI), Sketch Heart (Simon Says Stamp). 

Thanks for stopping by... 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Color Throwdown

Happy hump day everyone! Lynn has a really fabulous, rich color palette for the new Color Throwdown Challenge inspired by these yummy cookies: pink, hot pink, purple/mulberry and gold! 

I got some happy mail last week from a fairly new stamp company - Concord and 9th. I loved this fun Love You, Mean It stamp set with fabulous sentiments, only to change my mind and add a sentiment from another set called By Your Side!  Don't you just love their great fonts?!  I gold embossed the wreath then stamped the larger roses with Rich Razzleberry - stamped off once for the filler stamp.  The roses were all stamped with black ink for the outline then the teeny roses were colored in with Copics - RV02 and RV04 - for the two shades of pink.  The pinks didn't show up well enough to suit me, so I opted for a touch of washi tape that had both shades! I matted the panel with metallic gold and Plum Pudding (PTI) cardstock.  I embellished with washi tape and some SRM sticker stitches.

Congratulations to Bonnie Sharp of The Lucky Clucker blog!  She's our guest star stamper this week!

For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location. Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Kay Miller - February Guest Designer
Looking forward to seeing how you use these colors this week!   Happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Psalm 3:3

Karen has chosen some beautiful colors for the SCS Color Challenge: Watercolor Wonder, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive.  The dessert option is to use an oval on our card.  I chose distress inks that were closest to the SU colors - Abandoned Coral, Broken China, Peeled Paint - and did a watercolor background on the oval.  I dug WAY back into my vellum archives and layered the patterned vellum oval on top.  I stamped the Verve Plain Jane sentiment (Psalm 3:3) in Memento Tuxedo Black then clear embossed it.  I watercolored the Prim Poppy Memory Box die cut from Ranger watercolor CS then layered it over the Poppy Stamps large Marianna Vine Background die. The stitched oval and rectangle dies are by Lil' Inker Designs.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Watercolor Valentine

I couldn't resist playing with the CAS challenge on SCS to create a Valentine and use a heart! I've been selling my cards at work recently, so this will add to my Valentine stash. I already had this watercolor panel on my leftover pile, so it was a quick and easy solution to add this Stacked Hearts die (Simon Says Stamp) in teal cardstock.  The sentiment was gold embossed on vellum.  

Tip for the day:  My best solution for adhering vellum is to spray lightly with Elmer's Craft Bond adhesive spray.  I lay the vellum on a scrap piece of paper in the bottom of my trash can so I don't get adhesive all over my crafting space.  

STAMPS: Love You, Mean It by Concord and 9th.

Mojo Monday

The new Mojo Monday challenge is up and Julee has another great sketch for us! Since it's the week leading up to Valentine's Day, I just had to create with more hearts! 
Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Sunny Days (Verve), More Than Love (Verve)
PAPER: Classique: Pretty 6x6 pad by Authentique; Glittery off white CS by SU; Pistachio Pudding (SU); Silver glitter CS.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pistachio Pudding, Regal Rose.
ACCESSORIES: Wavy Heart, Leafy Sprigs, Sprightly Sprigs - all dies by Verve; Enamel dots by MME; Silver button by SU; Stitched Circles dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT.

For more inspiration from the rest of the mojomakers, click on their blog links can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first nine thumbnails. 
Carole Burrage
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline

Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have A Heart

I couldn't resist using these lovable dogs when I saw that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was sponsored by Reverse
Confetti this week! The theme is "Have A Heart" of my fave card elements!  I love using a pink and gray color palette, so these designer papers from Pink Paislee's Secret Crush pad worked perfectly.  I colored with Copics (N0, N2, N4, N6, RV32, RV34) then die cut with coordinating Confetti Cuts.  The sentiment heart was stamped with WPlus9's Miss Piggy ink.  The layout is based on the February Sketch For You To Try - a monthly sketch challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog.  

STAMPS: Puppy Love (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Secret Crush (MME), Basic Gray, X-Press It Blending Card.
DIES: Stitched Circles by Lil' Inker Designs; Puppy Love Confetti Cuts.