Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Good Tuesday everyone! I'm playing along with PTI's October Blog Hop Challenge where they have this incredible fall photo for our inspiration!  My card was inspired by the woodgrain background, the music and of course, the berries, leaves and pumpkins.  

Here's my interpretation...

I stamped the wreath using PTI's Wreath For All Seasons stamp set with Baked Brown Sugar and Riding Hood Red inks (SU).  The sentiment was gold embossed and includes one of PTI's Tiny Tags stamps and dies - probably my most frequently used products from their company aside from their white CS that I use for nearly all of my card bases!  The pumpkins and leaves are dies by Simon Says Stamp which I used with some leftover watercolor scraps.  The flag banner was die cut from paper that was gelli plate printed using a variety of acrylic paints.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you would like to join in the hop, you have until midnight tonight EST to add a card to PTI's blog post HERE.

It's A Celebration!

Here's a quick blog post of my CAS card entry for Splitcoaststampers' CAS challenge yesterday!  Here are the requirements:
C - Celebration theme (birthday, christmas, retirement, etc.)
A - Aqua (monochromatic blue/green color scheme)
S - Sparkle (add a touch of glitz)

Nothing says celebration in my book like a shaker card, so here's what I came up with...

I already had this emboss resist panel in my leftover pile, so I quickly die cut the tree shape using Sizzix' Christmas Tree #2 die and created a shaker card. The background was white embossed using a woodgrain stamp then a light watercolor wash using Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough distress inks was added.  Mixing those two colors results in an aqua shade of color.  The sentiment die is by Papertrey Ink and the star embellishment is an iron on piece I've had in my stash forever.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mojo Monday #471

Whoa...can you believe another week has rolled around and we've got a new Mojo Monday Challenge?! I decided I really need to get started with my Christmas card stash, so went with these cool winter colors in Bo Bunny's Altitude 6x6 pad.  I did a quick watercolor wash using Tumbled Glass distress ink then stamped the sentiment from Verve's Richly Blessed set twice using my MISTI and Night of Navy ink.  The Snowflake Trio dies are from Reverse Confetti. 

If you'd like more inspiration for this sketch, click on the mojomakers' blog links below...or...you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and click on the first seven thumbnails.
Julee Tilman (Owner)
Justin Krieger
Lori Tecler
Marisa Ritzen 
Sarah Bigelow
Teresa Kline
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Inspired Be...All the Little Things

Isn't this such a gorgeous photo of autumn leaves?! Hope it inspires you to play along with the new Inspired By...All the Little Things challenge #29!  I love the warm color palette that nature brings to us in October and thought it would be fun to do some Gelli plate printing for this challenge!  It's always a messy and daunting task yet I always love the end results and wonder why I don't do it more often.

I used orange, green, gold and red acrylic paints and brayered over the Gelli plate, adding the Tim Holtz burlap stencil for the first step.  I like adding a hint of metallic gold paint as well, so used this

with a different TH stencil (bubble) for the second step.  After that was dry, I die cut a trio of leaves (Sweet 'n Sassy's Season of Change).  The subtle French Script (retired SU) background stamping was done by partially inking up the stamp with Cajun Craze (SU) ink.  I then inked up Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf background stamp with Crushed Curry (SU) ink.  The leaves were popped up using foam dots and the sentiment was layered with black then metallic gold cardstock - die by Concord and 9th.

The challenge linky will close on Friday, October 28, at 12:00 pm (PST), so be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the Inspired By blog, and link up your creation!  Speaking of grateful, I'm so glad you stopped by and hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches

My card uses the layout for the new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and I was inspired by the photo for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge with a glittery gourds theme. I started with the heavy weight cardstock from Recollections' Vintage Glam 6x6 pad using the dotted paper for the base and the striped paper for the horizontal elements.  I gold embossed the pumpkin using Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder.  The stem was stamped with Early Espresso
ink and the leaves with Lucky Limeade ink - both by SU.  The matching dies make it so easy to assemble the card!

STAMPS/DIES: Pumpkin Patch by Reverse Confetti.   

On an oily side note...
My current fave diffuser blends to build up immunity at home and at work are Thieves and Orange oils in the nurses' station and Orange, Cinnamon and Clove oils in the family room.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't use a variety of Young Living oils!  Love them!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Color Throwdown #415

It's Wednesday, so that means there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge on board!  Jodi is our hostess and she's got some really yummy colors based on this throw pillow: cream, red, brown and a bluish green.  Here's my take on it...

I initially thought of going with a geometric design, but these Altenew Vintage Flowers won out! :-)  I stenciled with Chocolate Chip ink using a Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil then lightly sponged some Sea Breeze ink...a new shade recently released by WPlus9.  The flowers and leaves are all 3 step stamping: Primrose Petals stamped off once, Primrose Petals then Raspberry Ripple - both by SU.  The leaves were done with Sea Breeze on the outline stamp then Sea Breeze stamped off once then Mojito - both by WPlus9.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings stamp set.

Congrats to Robin Feicht, our guest star stamper this week!  She's a faithful follower in the throwdown challenges and you'll want to be sure and stop by her blog and say hello!

Our talented October guest designer - Erin Lee of Erin Lee Creative - is back again with another beautiful creation!

For more details on how to play along, head on over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration...see links below:
Amy Rohl 

Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe   
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Erin Lee - October Guest Designer

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tag, You're It Challenge

I couldn't resist this unique tag by Leigh Penner for the current Tag, You're It Challenge!  I was inspired by the gray base with white silhouettes and just a wee pop of color.  My tag will become the focal point on a card for one of our two pastors for Pastor Appreciation Sunday this week!

STAMPS: Blooms 'n Buds (Reverse Confetti).
DIES: Leafy, Tag Me Too, Thankful Pretty Panels (Reverse Confetti).

Since the flower and leaves were leftovers from a previous project, this was a very quick and easy tag to  create.

Later in the day...editing this post to add my completed card.  I used Reverse Confetti's Leaves Cover Panel die for the white on white background...

It's another gorgeous fall day in VA and the leaves are really making a noticeable change in color here in the Shenandoah Valley!  Have a great day!