Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAS Valentine

I went with a very clean and simple design based on the new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  The horizontal flag element is almost invisible because I opted to use a heart die border in vellum so I wouldn't cover up the sentiment.  The patterned paper has an embossed, glittery finish to it and the sentiment was clear embossed to add some shine.  I know it has some pink, but think it could possibly pass as a masculine Valentine (I know...that might be a stretch!).  Another card completed for my little "eye chart collection" I'm putting together for a gift.

STAMPS: Eye Charts (MFT).
PAPER: Nana's Nursery Baby Girl by DCWV, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), White, Vellum.
ACCESSORIES: Heart and large label Die-Namics (MFT), Enamel dot, Heart paper clip.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Color Throwdown

Hi everyone! It's yours truly's turn to host the Color Throwdown
Challenge and I'm hoping you will love playing with this color combo! I'm a fan of perusing through online Etsy shops, so when I spotted this stained glass, mosaic style heart...I knew I had my inspiration photo!  Rather bold colors, but've got to live dangerously sometimes! :-)  

I was working on a watercoloring technique this weekend after watching Kristina Werner's tutorial video HERE.  So, here is my attempt using the following distress inks: Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade.  

After the background was dry, I used the mosaic heart stencil by Simon Says Stamp to add light modeling paste.  I didn't want to cover up much of the heart, so opted for a simple layered tag with a love word die.  The watercolor panel was layered on Limeade Ice CS by Papertrey Ink.

I can hardly believe this is the last Wednesday of January, so that means we have to say goodbye to Bonnie Sharp who has been a wonderful guest designer for us!  Stay tuned...We have another super talented guestie coming up next week!

Congrats to Marlena McDeavitt, our guest star stamper for this week!  Check out her blog - Marlena is Faithfully Crafting - and leave some love.

If you want more details on how to play along plus inspiration from the other designers, visit the Color Throwdown on the design team blog links below.

Bonnie Sharp - January Guest Designer

Here's hoping you'll come and join us...can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mojo Monday

It's the last Monday of the month, so that means it's tall and skinny sketch week for the Mojo Monday ChallengeI love using a pop of hot pink and gold against black and white - perfect for a Valentine!

I used Verve's Heart Quartet and Leafy Sprigs dies in addition to a fussy cut heart image - stamped in Melon Mambo - from Verve's No Matter What stamp set.  The sentiment is from Love Notes - also by Verve.  A small rolled rose (sponged with Melon Mambo ink) and a gold sequin heart topped it off!

For more inspiration, be sure to check out the other mojomakers' creations by clicking on their blog links below OR you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and the first 8 thumbnails will be the mojomakers' cards.
Carole Burrage
Debbie Carriere

Julee Tilman (Owner) 
Marisa Ritzen   
Mary Fish
Sarah Biglow 
Teresa Kline 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MFT Color Challenge

I'm playing along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge and Jen's Deconstructed Sketch #185.

I stamped with Versamark and clear embossed the diagonal background stamp by MFT.  This awesome sentiment from MFT's Geek is Chic stamp set takes center stage along with some spectacular spectacles - a Geek is Chic Die-Namic!  I refrained from any bling to keep it more masculine.  So, there you have a quick and easy take on both challenges!

ACCESSORIES: Stitched square, rectangle and circle dies by Lil Inker Designs.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

CASEing Angela

One of my all-time fave stampers is Angela Maine at From the Tool Shed blog, or as I better learned to know her by her SCS name - Arizona Maine! She has a real eye for design and pulls off the most gorgeous, simple yet elegant card designs!  Today, SCS Inspiration Challenge has us CASEing one of Angela's creations.  I chose this card on the left and feel like I totally butchered her whole "white space, tone on tone" concept.  Leave it to me - lol!  I didn't have a large enough word die, so this little love die seemed lost when I centered it in the open heart.  I opted instead to add a splash of gold and also added a trio of gold heart sequins by Pretty Pink Posh...aren't they just the sweetest?!  I'm going to have to put her Impression Obsession love die on my wish list for sure.  My designer papers are from My Mind's Eye Kate and Co. "Cambridge Court" pad.  The word die is from PTI's Wet Paint "Watercolor Wonder" die set.

Thanks for stopping's a snowy, wet, cold and yucky day here in VA.  Hubby says roads are OK, so will be venturing out with some errands soon.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Project Life Begins

Just when I thought my scrapbooking days were history...a sweet little granddaughter arrives on the scene and I'm smitten! Of course I will need to journal this sweet life on some paper!  The simple layouts of the Project Life concept make it so easy.  When I saw the new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, I knew I wanted to create a title card in a 4" x 6" format.  Very clean and simple! And so my Project Life journey begins.

What did I use?
STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (MFT)
PAPER: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), White, Black, DP by Recollections, Metallic Gold CS
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Frame and Rick Rack Die-Namics by MFT; Star dies by ODBD; Dotted Swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug; Adorning Accents Edgelits by SU.

Color Throwdown & TYIC

Hi everyone! Check out the new, gorgeous color scheme chosen by Vickie this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge! I totally LOVE those wall vases!  I might just have to check them out on Etsy (#dangerouswebsiteforme, #love).

I'm also playing along with the first of the new year Tag, You're It Challenge #13 with an inspiring tag by the talented Heather Campbell!  

My card uses a new (to me) Sweetheart Tag die by Simon Says Stamp!  I cut it out using Kraft, Bermuda Bay and White cardstock then changed up the inlaid pieces.  I then arranged some florals from WPlus9's Pretty Little Peonies stamp set.  I was inspired by the copper bands in the CTD photo and the touch of gold in the tag photo to add metallic gold embossing and a gold die sentiment (PTI's Wet Paint).

Congrats to our guest star stamper this week - Kimberly Wiener!  Check out her blog HERE.

Also, we're blessed to have Bonnie Sharp as our guest designer in January.  Be sure and check out her lovely creation!

If you want more details on how to play along plus inspiration from the other designers, visit the Color Throwdown on the design team blog links below.
Bonnie Sharp - January Guest Designer

Here's hoping you'll come and join us...can't wait to see what you create!