Monday, January 23, 2017

Mojo Monday #481

Good Monday everyone! I'm bringing you a little sunshine with my card sample for the Mojo Monday challenge! I thought it would be fun to interpret the large half circle element as a sun shining brightly, so I dry embossed the base panel using the Rays embossing folder by Sizzix.  I then sponged with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry ink by SU.  Designer paper is from Echo Park's "Sunny Days" 6x6 pad and the gold hearts were die cut (Verve's Heart Quartet Die) from SU gold glitter cardstock.  The sunny theme was perfect to use this sentiment from Verve's Stronger Love stamp set.  Stitched square and rectangle panels are dies by Lil' Inker Designs.  A quick and easy take on Julee's great sketch!

So...we'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Faux Dip Dye Technique

Happy Sunday everyone! It's a gloomy, rainy day in VA but I'll take it, because it means I have a great excuse to get inky! After seeing Kristina Werner's Faux Dip Dye with Watercolor tutorial, I knew I wanted to try this technique. I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolor palette with yellow/orange/red tones rather than pink and red.  I thought it would be a better fit for a masculine Valentine.  I was also anxious to try out the Stick It adhesive paper to adhere the large intricate dye (Big Valentine's Day by Simon Says Stamp - oops, I see it's OOS) and it was SOOO much easier and cleaner than my usual method of adding glue with a glue stick! 

I'm entering this into the CAS on Sunday challenge where they are celebrating their 100th challenge with a theme of hearts.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch

There's a fabulous new sketch by Chrissy Larson over on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog! It was perfect to ink up a new Concord and 9th image from their Hello Lovely stamp set!  I watercolored using distress ink markers then blended lightly with a brush.  I added yellow stickles and black enamel essentials to the flower centers.

DISTRESS MARKERS USED: Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Grass, Tumbled Glass.

I'm not happy with the watercoloring so will need to try to use paints instead of markers next time.  :-(  Rome wasn't built in a day...right?  

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By...All The Little Things challenge #40!  We have a lovely, muted floral inspiration photo which prompted me to dust off an oldie but goody chrysanthemum die by Hero Arts.  I combined it with Layered Leaves and Leafy Flourish dies by My Favorite Things and added a sentiment by Papertrey Ink from their Wet Paint set with coordinating dies.  I originally planned to do a bokeh effect background, but in the end...a clean white card base won out.  :-)

I used distress ink markers for the mum (Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick) and leaves (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss).  I scribbled the colors on Master's Touch watercolor paper then spritzed the paper with water and used a brush to lightly blend the colors.  I found these small inexpensive 4" x 6" pads at Hobby Lobby - 12 sheets for $1.99.  This compares to the Tim Holtz distress WC cardstock that I normally buy - twenty 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" sheets for $5.99.  I layered the mum die over some Blushing Bride CS (SU) and hand trimmed around the edges.  Part of the sentiment is gold embossed on vellum and adhered with Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive. 

We're happy to have Donna Rudy from Kards By Krash Scrapper joining us as guest designer.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog HERE to get to know Donna better!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Bamboo Roses

I can't seem to stop picking up this stamp set - Bamboo Rose - by Altenew!  I'm playing along with two great challenges: Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept.  I was inspired by the black and white with pops of red/orange tones in the inspiration photo for starters.  I gold embossed the images on Ranger watercolor CS then used Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paints (two shades of green and a shade of orange and red).  I had to fussy cut the images and will be glad when my coordinating Bamboo Rose dies arrive!  They make crafting life SO much easier - lol!  The patterned paper is from Echo Park's For The Record 6x6 pad.  This sketch is a keeper and will be used again and again for its versatility!

Thanks for stopping by...time to hit the shower then head out to work.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Throwdown #426

It's Wednesday and time for another Color Throwdown Challenge! Lisa is our hostess this week and has picked these great colors from this outdoorsy and sporty room!  I started to go with a masculine, plaid, deer theme but this Heartstrings Die set from Concord and 9th kept calling my name and I went with paper piecing instead.  Here is my take on it...

Papers are from an older 6.75" x 4.75" pad called Martha Stewart Holidays.  The stitched dies are by Lil' Inker Designs and the Love die is by Impression Obsession.

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 (click on the 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)  

Leigh Penner - January Guest Designer 

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sending Lots of Love

A quick and easy card using rose, gray and vanilla for the Color Challenge on SCS.  I'm also using the sketch for the current Sunday Stamps Challenge - subbing hearts for the stars.  

STAMPS: Crazy About You (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Secret Crush 6x6 pad by pinkpaislee, Smoky Slate by SU.
DIES: Hearts by The Cat's Pajamas.