Sunday, December 10, 2017

SFYTT Christmas



Most of my Christmas cards have been mailed, but I still keep thinking of persons that I want to send to! This card uses very non-traditional colors...starting with patterned papers from Reverse
Confetti's Pattern Play 6x6 pad. Jen Del Muro (RC owner/designer) lost her father earlier this year so the holidays will be especially tough for her mother. She asked friends to send a card to her mom to help brighten her days. This card will be heading her way!  No matter what sorrow we have to face, God will never leave our side, so what better Christmas sentiment that this one which reminds us to adore Him!  

I used the layout for Reverse Confetti's December Sketch For You To Try challenge.  

STAMPS: Christmas Blessings (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Lime Green, Piggy Bank, Pattern Play by RC; Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip by SU; White by PTI; Brushed Gold metallic CS.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Leafy Wreath, Branch Out - Reverse Confetti.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things




I've got a really simple card design inspired by this fun New Year's celebration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  When I first saw the photo, I immediately went for this patterned paper in the Fancy That! 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye.  I started to add 2018 to the card, but my number dies were too large and I couldn't find any number stickers in my stash, so I just went with a more generic look that could represent many celebration occasions like a retirement, an engagement, etc.  It would work with a gift of wine, don't you think?  I really love this 'celebrate' die by MFT along with the wine dies...also by MFT! The wine bottle is so fun to paper piece.  

We hope you'll take some time during this busy season to play along with us!  Would love to see your creation in the gallery!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch Guest Designer



Hello and here's hoping everyone is having a terrific Thursday! I am thrilled to share I am guest designing for today's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge! Leigh has chosen a really fun layout and it was perfect to group some images from Papertrey Ink's Holiday Greens stamp set.

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Holiday Greens (PTI), Peaceful Pinecones (PTI) - sentiment.
PAPER: Say Freeze 6x6 pad by Craft Smith; Kraft (PTI); Gold Glitter CS; Soft suede (SU).
INK: Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red by SU.
DIES: Mix and Mat: Plaid Die (birch frame) by PTI; Wonderful Words Holiday Die Collection by PTI; Holiday Greens by PTI.

We would love to have you play along, so hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tag...You're It Challenge


I missed the deadline, but was inspired to create this tag by Jessica Frost-Ballas' gorgeous pink and gold reindeer tag for the Tag...You're It Challenge! I'm also joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge with a 'gift it' theme (gift tag). I first painted the blue gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette then layered Bright Opera paint from Mijello Mission Gold palette. I adhered Simon Says Stamp's Snowflake Block die than added shiny gold sentiment and reindeer dies to the tag.  The shimmer and shine simply does not show up well in the photo.  Boo.  A very cloudy day just didn't work to get a good photograph.

I can finally say I'm finished with my Christmas shopping.  Most of the things are wrapped but my Christmas cards are not yet addressed.  That's next on my holiday 'to do' list!  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Color Throwdown & Viva la Verve


Another Wednesday means another Color Throwdown Challenge is up and running. Barbara is our hostess this week and was inspired by this great winter scene to use red, gray and black.  I used the new Viva la Verve sketch for December and wanted this sentiment to be the focal point.  I can't seem to get enough Christmas cards created this year (Note to self: start earlier next year!). 

I pretty much let the patterned papers do the talking and embellished with snowflakes die cut from silvery white glitter cardstock. Here is what I used:
STAMPS: Richly Blessed (Verve).
PAPER: Tis the Season 6x6 pad by Echo Park.
INK: Versafine Onxy Black.
DIES: Stitched circle, rectangle and scalloped border by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by My Favorite Things; Let it Snow (snowflakes) by Reverse Confetti.



We're happy to announce that the talented Debra James is our guest designer for December!  Welcome Debra!  (Edited to add...she has the most adorable card for today's challenge!).

I also want to give a shout out to our star stamper this week - Kathy Straw!  Stop by her blog HERE to say hello.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge!  For more details on how to play along, head 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 by clicking on the links below:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things



Whoa!! December is here already and the days until Christmas are numbered! It's time for another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge and we've got a "cool" inspiration photo to inspire you in so many ways!  I was inspired by the skating theme (my card started with this patterned paper with the skate border!), the pale blue colors, the furry border on the skates and the pompom. The pair of skates led me to use an old image with a pair of mittens and I added white Flower Soft detail to imitate the fur.  I love using this embossing folder that gives the illusion of falling snow and this sweet little penguin just had to have a pompom beanie to complete the scene. 😃  

I'm also playing along with the Paper Players challenge which has a great sketch this week (I did a flipped version of it and omitted the ribbon)!

STAMPS: Warm Winter Wishes (Flourishes), Winter Groves (Paper Smooches).
PAPER: Winter Fun 6x6 pad by Carta Bella.
INK: Blue Bayou, Baked Brown Sugar (SU), Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark.
MISC: Softly Falling EF by Stampin' Up; Stitched Oval die by Lil' Inker Designs; Polar White Flower Soft; Pure White embossing powder by Altenew.

We would love to see how YOU are inspired by this photo! Hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Color Throwdown




Another Wednesday which means a new Color Throwdown Challenge! We have a gorgeous, elegant color combo...brought to us by Amy Rysavy: gold, gray, black and white!  I used products from three different companies to create a couple of cards.
PTI recently released this birch background stamp and birch frame which pairs up well with WPlus9's Stag Trio dies.  The large snowflake is by Stampin' Up.  Sentiment is also from WPlus9 and is from their Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set with matching dies.

While I had my supplies out, I went ahead and created a similar yet different card.  Snowflake dies are by WPlus9.

 

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  For more details on how to play along, head 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 by clicking 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)  

Kelly Lunceford - November Guest Designer 


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things



Are you all shopped out yet after Black Friday or are you like me and you do most of your shopping online? I'm waiting on Cyber Monday to roll around to pretty much complete my Christmas shopping! A few clicks, no or few shipping charges and it's delivered to my doorstep.  Doesn't get any better than that!  I'm not a fan of long checkout lines and extra traffic, so ordering online solves that stress as well.  

OK...let me get down to stamping business - lol!  Hopefully, you'll have some free time to get inky and play along with the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  



I took one look and thought "rustic farmhouse decor"...something Chip and Joanna Gaines would add to one of their Fixer Upper houses!  I used mostly Reverse Confetti products with the exception of the pine bough.  I was inspired to incorporate some black, an evergreen image and some pops of gold.  I also used the merry and bright sentiment that is in the photo.  The gold splatters were added using yellow gold paint from Gansai Tambi's Starry Colors palette. I'm thinking this card would be good for a masculine recipient.

STAMPS: Peaceful Pinecones (PTI); Whole Lotta Dots, Arrows and Elements, Bring on the Merry - all by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Cozy Christmas 6x6 pad by Simple Stories; Cajun Craze (SU).
INK: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Black Soot Distress Oxide inks by Ranger; Versamark.
DIES: Tag Me and Winter Words by Reverse Confetti.

That's all for now folks...enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend! It's been wonderful having the entire week off work!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge


It's a special week of celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US and yours truly is this week's hostess for the Color Throwdown Challenge! Though I thought the inspiration photo was rather cute months ago, I'll admit I was a bit stumped at my own colors of yellow, orange, red and brown.  I browsed through a box of miscellaneous stamps that I accumulated many years ago, and this rubber stamp image from Lili of the Valley Ltd from the UK caught my eye.  I colored with Copics and thought this polka dotted paper from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland 6x6 pad would be a perfect background for the image!  

STAMPS: Bitty Banners (Reverse Confetti), Girl w/Daisy (Lili of the Valley.
DIES: Bitty Banners, Gift Card Holder Tag and Hang Ups - all by Reverse Confetti.  Stitched rectangle borders by Lil' Inker Designs.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  For more details on how to play along, head 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 by clicking 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)  

Kelly Lunceford - November Guest Designer 



Sunday, November 19, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch



I decided to create two nearly identical cards using the current layout for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  The poinsettias are from Verve's Joyous Noel stamp set - stamped in black on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The leaves are Spellbinders' poinsettia dies which I sponged with Old Olive ink.  The stitched lines are from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set and the sentiment was layered 3 times using RC's Winter Words die set.  Patterned papers are from the Simple Stories 'Cozy Christmas' 6x6 pad - a long time favorite set of Christmas papers.

Speaking of joy...as I finished my card, Martin Truex, Jr. won the Nascar championship race at Homestead!  He dominated all season and I was rooting for him to win! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things




Here's hoping you are having a super Saturday! If you have some free time to get inky, we'd love to have you play along with us in the new challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things!
Check out this yummy pastel inspiration photo! I was inspired by the staggered heights of the trees and with the pastel shades of color.  I used Coastal Cabana and Pink Pirouette inks by SU to stamp with this Tim Holtz' trees stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I love the subtle look of falling snow that is given with SU's Softly Falling embossing folder.  The sentiment is a combination of a Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti) paired with a white embossed 'christmas' from RC's Winter Words Coordinates stamp set.  The tiny scalloped border is from RC's Edge Essentials border die set that is one of my all-time favorites!  The striped paper is from Recollections' Blush and Mint 6x6 pad. 

We have the famous Susan Opel - a big name in the papercrafting industry - joining us as our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop and say hello!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Card Concept



Slowly but surely I'm chipping away at my Christmas card list! I was drawn to the colors in this gorgeous retro styled wreath and was inspired to create a clean and layered design for the new Card Concept Challenge.  I used dies from Reverse Confetti (Leafy Wreath, Beautiful Banners and Winter Words) and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye "Merry Little Christmas" 6x6 pad.  The wreath colors are Gumball Green and Pear Pizzazz by SU. The sentiment has 3 layers with the top one being brushed silver cardstock. To keep it from being lost in the text background, I layered it over a white banner. 

My eyes are barely staying open, so guess it's time to hit the bed!  Nite all!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches



Another Christmas card completed...this time for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge using products by Reverse Confetti. I stenciled Iced Aqua ink using their Pointed Out stencil.  Love these delicate Trio of Snowflakes dies, though you most definitely need a metal plate added to your "sandwich" as you run it through a die-cutting machine.   I used Lil' Inker Designs' Wonky Stitched Rectangle die to get the stitching detail.  I layered two aqua 'merry' words, then adhered a brushed silver top layer to give it lots of dimension.  This was such an easy peasy card to create! 

Headed to work shortly then excited to be off through all of next week!  Woohoo!  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Color Throwdown



Hi everyone! Another Wednesday means another Color Throwdown Challenge is happening! Vickie is our hostess and has chosen a gorgeous combo of light blue, blue and silver, so that was perfect to feature some snowflakes on yet another Christmas card! 


I used the Peace and Joy stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and stamped the background using Lake House and Falling For Blue dye inks by WPlus9.  The sentiment was silver embossed on vellum.  The large layered snowflake (SU Bigz SnowFlurry) was die cut from white glitter cardstock and embellished with a Frosted Finishes embellishment by Stampin' Up. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper for a softer look.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  For more details on how to play along, head 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 by clicking 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)  

Kelly Lunceford - November Guest Designer 
 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

CAS Poinsettia



It was a very cold weekend in VA (down to 18 degrees early Saturday morning) and today was a lazy Sunday afternoon spent making several Christmas cards! My first card uses the sketch only for the current Fusion Card Challenge and I was inspired to use a poinsettia as the focal point thanks to the beautiful table setting in the photo for The Card Concept challenge #81.  Due to all the white space, I'm calling my style CAS for this design.

I gold embossed the images, colored with Copics then die cut with matching dies from Altenew's Poinsettia and Pine set.  Patterned papers are from Tim Holtz' Christmas 8x8 paper pack.  I also used MFT Die-Namics: Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX.

Thanks so much for stopping by!