Friday, August 28, 2015

MFT Challenges


I'm combining 2 challenges on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog: Color Challenge #28 and Wednesday Sketch Challenge #243.  When I saw the 4 colors, I knew it would work for a spooky sky by smooshing distress inks in the background.  I used Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough.  The card base is 5" square and I really went back in time with using a long time retired piece of Lavender Lace (SU) cardstock.  The sentiment is from MFT's Primitive Pumpkins set - one of my fave fall stamp sets.  The rest of the elements are using MFT's Spooky House Die-Namics.
So ironic...after I completed this card, our son, DIL and grand-daughter stopped by the house and we built a camp fire in the fire pit.  We built the fire and took Quinn on a golf cart ride as the sun was setting, then we ate s'mores while the full moon was rising!  Full moon on the card...full moon outdoors!  LOVE these non-humid, slightly cool evenings!  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown



Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday! Since it's hump day, that means it's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and Joan has got a combo worth roaring about! :-) 


I decided to add the bokeh effect to my smooshed distress ink background.  Some looped string and die cut stars and sentiment made this card come together quickly.  Actually, it took me far longer to come up with the idea that it did to create it (isn't that often the way?!).  I thought this would work to give to a co-worker who is leaving or retiring.

STAMPS: Sending and Wishing by Simon Says Stamps.
PAPER: Tim Holtz watercolor CS, White (PTI), Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Black.
INK: Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Tumbled Glass distress inks; Versafine Onyx Black; ColorBox Frost White pigment ink.
ACCESSORIES: Stitched rectangle and stars dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Wishing die by Simon Says Stamp; Avery Elle sequins; White thread.

Be sure and check out the rest of the design team's inspiration cards by clicking on their blog links below...or... you can go to the Color Throwdown blog to see the team's cards and to get the details on how to play along. 
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins 
Lori Tecler   
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)
Lindsay Amhrein - Guest Designer for August

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Metallic Gold Meets Vanilla



Check out Karen Barber's classy Color Challenge on SCS today! Metallic gold and vanilla.  I started with this striped vellum from SU and die cut the edge using a stitched border Die-Namics by MFT.  The Circle Scribbles dies and the Wet Paint sentiment die and sentiment stamp are all by Papertrey Ink.  Would you believe I still have some of the old SU cording from many years ago and am so happy to see it (along with silver) back in the Christmas catalog that goes live for ordering on September 1st.  So, now I'm ready for the next golden (50th) anniversary that might come my way! 

OILY TIP FOR THE DAY: Lemon essential oil came to my rescue recently when I had a large price tag sticker that had a ton of adhesive residue when I tried to remove it.  I remembered hearing that lemon oil was a much healthier alternative than the obnoxious odorous fumes of most adhesive removers.  I used 2 drops and took a tissue and it wiped off like buttah!  :-)  So quick and easy!  A friendly reminder...if you're using it on plastic, be sure and clean off the lemon oil with a little soap and water so the acid doesn't react with the plastic.  

There's a great deal on getting the Premium Starter Kit by Young Living through the end of August ($10 off the regular price for new members)!  If you have any questions how you can get these oils and a diffuser of your choice in your life, please let me know.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tag, You're It!



This is a quick 3 challenges in 1 card! 
CAS 339 on SCS - Tag it 
Technique Lover's Challenge - use a digi 

I smooshed some Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks on a panel - die cut using a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.  Digi image is from A Day For Daisies and sentiment is a word die from PTI's Wet Paint die set. 

The tag die is from MFT's Rounded Banner STAX Die-Namics...topped off with some narrow Early Espresso ribbon (SU).  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Mojo Monday


Good Monday everyone! It's Mojo Monday Challenge day and I've got a rustic wedding  card for my interpretation of Julee's great sketch! My last visit to Michael's landed this Vintage Glam paper pad and coordinating tiny doily embellishments (Recollections) in my cart!  When our housekeeper at work announced that she would be having a rustic country wedding, somehow I thought kraft, cream and gold would be a good combo for a card for the newlyweds. 



I sponged some Versamark ink on the edges of a vellum heart cut with Verve's Jotted Heart die and embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder by Ranger.  The leaves were cut using Verve's Sprightly Sprigs dies.  The scalloped doily is one of MFT's Die-Namics.  I seem to always gravitate to using Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil' Inker Designs) on nearly all my creations lately.  Just much easier than dealing with my temperamental sewing machine - lol!  The rose embellishment is from SU's Vintage Flowers collection.

STAMPS: Be Blessed (Verve)

Need more inspiration?  See what the rest of the mojomakers have created by clicking on their blog links below.
Carole Burrage
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Mary Fish
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Life of an Oiler


I'm straying from my usual paper crafting posts to share a newly found passion! Young Living essential oils!  It's always bothered me a lot to spray on the high levels of chemicals in most commercial bug sprays, so one of the first things on my oily wish list was to get the ingredients to make my own safe spray.  I also struggle with insomnia and wanted an alternative to help me sleep - other than pills.  When a local friend posted how much oils helped her on FB, it peaked my interest.  I met with her and another oiler who shared their experience and the rest is history!

My photo above shows a lipstick or nail polish caddy that I found at TJ Maxx and it works perfectly for storing my glass roller bottles.  I keep a Young Living EO file on Pinterest and have it full of many different "recipes" and helpful tips.  You can refer to it here:  https://www.pinterest.com/cullenwr/young-living-essential-oils/.

Bug/Tick Repellent: Palo Santo (the only EO that works for ticks!) 10 drops, Peppermint 5 drops, Purification 20 drops.  Fill glass bottle with non-alcohol Witch Hazel or distilled water (or 1/2 of each). 

My project this week was to mix up a LINEN SPRAY using 30 drops lavender, 1/3 cup water and 1 tablespoon witch hazel in a glass spray bottle.  Before using, it's important to shake it well.

I also want to share my SLEEPY BLEND roller bottle recipe:  10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Cedarwood, 10 drops Orange in a 10ml roller.  Fill the rest with carrier oil (I like to use Young Living's V-6).  

I also love to diffuse oils on a daily basis.  Not only does it smell good, but it's acting as a mini humidifier!  I have many, many different combinations that I diffuse and today it's a newly released oil called Northern Lights Black Spruce.  LOVE it!

That's all the oily news for today.  I'll be adding more of my fave oil uses from time to time and I'll be happy to answer any questions if you are interested in learning how to add them to your life to enhance wellness!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge




Happy news in my inbox today...I'm the winner for last week's
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and a gift card of $20 is mine to spend!  Woohoo! Now to wait for my 1st choice stamp set to get back in stock.  

So, I had to see what sketch was on board for the new challenge and here it is...  
It was perfect to add another baby card to my stash.  Using papers from Echo Park's Bundle of Joy 6x6 pad, I quickly added a variety of MFT Die-Namics:
The only stamp used was the boy sentiment from MFT's Beautiful Baby set.  

I'm heading out to work shortly and am hoping for a calmer shift today.  I labeled yesterday's shift  "Terrible Tuesday"!  Thanks for stopping by...