Sunday, September 25, 2016

PTI September Blog Hop


It's time for Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop and I knew I didn't want to pass up this awesome inspiration photo!  



It was perfect to use their Peaceful Pinecones stamp set which I paired with kraft (PTI), forest foliage (SU) and white cardstock. 


 A little jute twine and a couple of rusty jingle bells topped it off.  The sentiment die was cut twice with white CS and once with the dark green to give a shadow appearance.  The background is a watercolor wash using a mix of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough distress inks. The pine bough was stamped with - what else? - Pine Needles ink!  To give it a snowy look, I dabbed on some Copic Opaque White then added clear Wink of Stella brush marker for a subtle touch of shimmer.  The wonky stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspired By...All The Little Things





Hello blog friends and welcome to another Inspired By...All The Little Things Challenge! Check out this gorgeous inspiration photo with the variegated shades in the bloom...then join us and show us how you are inspired!  Here's my take on it...



I love this Delightful Dahlia Additions set by PTI with the triple stamping of the flower and double stamping on the leaves.  One of the biggest inventions for stampers ever is the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented)!  You can get perfect placement of stamping when you need to overlap images or when you want a bolder look to your sentiment (which I stamped twice using Early Espresso ink by SU).  I used Liquitex light modeling paste with Tim Holtz' Bubble stencil on Orange Zest (PTI) cardstock after die cutting with MFT's Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die-Namics.  

Our challenge runs until Thursday, Sept. 29th at midnight - be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the Inspired By blog, and link up your creation!
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop




It's been a long while since I've played along with the Viva la Verve Challenge, so I used the second September sketch for my Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop entry.  Wow, there are more than 60 sponsors in this hop, so let's all get inky and try to break the previous record of entries!  A big thank you to each and every sponsor!  You are the best!

I had some digis printed out from last fall - freebies that Julee so generously donated!  I colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped with foam tape.  The base was stenciled using one of Tim Holtz' mini layering stencils and Baked Brown Sugar ink (SU).  I embossed it with a larger 5x7" Cuttlebug EF.  Patterned papers are from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6" paper pack...LOVE the colors!  

Thanks for hopping by...now I'm off to check out some other blogs!

Look Who's Two!


 Our sweet grand-daughter, Quinn, is celebrating her 2nd birthday today and I can't wait to give her a birthday hug! Her family is vacationing with her other set of grandparents in Ontario, so hopefully they'll be heading home today! I suddenly realized last evening that I hadn't made her a birthday card yet (what??), so that meant an immediate plan of action.  This is what I created...



I knew I wanted a shaker card, so I started with these pink frames - All Framed Up Confetti Cuts - that I already had cut in my leftover pile.  Papers are from the Sugar Shoppe pad by Doodlebug Design.  The sentiment and number are from SU's Number of Years stamp set and matching Large Numbers Framelits Dies. I paper pieced and colored with Copics - fun images from Reverse Confetti's Lift Me Up stamp set.

Card is done...now we need to assemble her play kitchen gift! 
 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches




A quick card and post before heading out to a dentist appointment for routine cleaning and checkup.  I really love this new layout for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge...it was perfect for this leftover leaf I had watercolored while experimenting with the Color Throwdown Challenge colors for this week.  I used 4 distress color markers (Wilted Violet, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade) and spritzed lightly with water and blended slightly with a brush.  I also splattered some Wilted Violet ink diluted with water.  Reverse Confetti's new Grape Soda CS was a perfect match!  The sentiment was die cut 3 times and adhered together for a chipboard-like feel.  The Lace Leaf stamp and matching dies that include the grateful sentiment (from Concord and 9th) are my fall favorite go-to items right now!  

Thanks for stopping by and happy fall y'all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Color Throwdown #411



It's Wednesday and since we're embracing the first day of fall tomorrow, I had to go with a fall leaf as my focal point for the new Color Throwdown Challenge.  Amy has a really fabulous color combo for us and I was pleasantly surprised at the beauty of adding a touch of purple to the other "typical" fall colors!  Today is also World Gratitude Day, so I knew I wanted to use a thanks theme.


I have to give credit to Concord and 9th's web page where they have a sample card that I CASEd (I was unable to find a direct link to the creator of that card).  I'm loving this new C9 Lace Leaf stamp set (I was a C9 birthday blog hop winner of a $20 GC - yay!) where I white embossed the image then scribbled in 4 distress color markers (Wilted Violet, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade) and spritzed lightly with water and blended gently with a brush.  I gold embossed the sentiment on cardstock weight vellum (SU).  Jute twine and dark purple enamel dots finished it off!  Patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 pad.

Welcome to Tina Magnusson - our guest star stamper this week!

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) 
 

Karren Johnson - September Guest Designer    

Hope to see you in the gallery! 






Monday, September 19, 2016

Mojo Monday #466



Good Monday everyone! I went "earthy" with my card for the new Mojo Monday Challenge!  I stamped the clay pots in Dusty Durango, More Mustard and Crushed Curry then die cut them with Verve's coordinating dies to the Potter's Clay stamp set.  I used an exacto knife to cut slits in the jar tops then inserted the greenery stamped in Garden Green, Old Olive and Always Artichoke. 

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)