Monday, January 16, 2017

Mojo Monday #480

Good Monday everyone! There's a new Mojo Monday Challenge going on and it's another great sketch by Julee!  I went with one of my fave color palettes with DP from SU's Fresh Prints paper stack that includes Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake with White.  I've neglected using twine for some time now, so added some to the top of the card.

Here's my enabler's list:
STAMPS: Simply Amazing (daisies), Sunny Days (leaves), You and I ('you' sentiment) - all by Verve.
DIES: Simply Daisies, Leafy Sprigs, Amazing Adjectives and Flag It Die set - all by Verve. Stitched border die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

For more inspiration with this sketch, click on the mojomakers' blog links 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)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Inspired By...All The Little Things

Happy Saturday and welcome to challenge #39 on the Inspired By...All The Little Things challenge blog!  Check out this beautiful Valentine's Day themed photo for our inspiration this week!  I was inspired by the classy red/black/white color combo, the basket of letters, collage of hearts and the silver metallic LOVE plaque on the table.  Here is my take on it...

I stamped a couple of light gray hearts in the background which are so light they don't show up in the photo. :-(  I layered some die cut hearts and also tucked a couple into a tiny die cut envelope.  The sentiment was layered over a strip of washi tape. 

STAMPS:   Conversation Hearts by The Cat's Pajamas.
PAPER: Real Red by SU; True Black and White by PTI; Silver glitter cardstock by SU.
INK: Real Red (SU); Fairy Dust (WPlus9).
ACCESSORIES: Love die by Impression Obsession; Washi tape; Silver sequins; Envelope and Nested Hearts CutUps (dies) by The Cat's Pajamas.

We're so happy to have Hannelie Bester of the Desert Diva blog as our guest designer this week!  Hannelie has a great talent for fabulous CAS designs, so be sure and stop by her blog and say hello! 

You'll see a new name added to our design team lineup - Silke Ledlow!  I've been a fan of this talented lady for a long time and am thrilled she'll be joining us!  Welcome, Silke!

We hope to see YOU join us in the challenge!  Happy stamping...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bamboo Roses

I couldn't resist jumping right in to play along with the new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and paired it with Altenew's January Inspiration Challenge!  I just loved this inspiration photo and the golden yellow tones which led me immediately to my Bamboo Rose stamp set which, sad to say, I've had for weeks and never used until now.  

I gold embossed the images on some Master's Touch watercolor
paper (found at Hobby Lobby and a cheaper alternative), then colored in with my fave Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. The brown edging was die cut using Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Super Script stamp set and was stamped with Soft Suede ink by SU.  

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Color Throwdown #425

It's Wednesday, so that means there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge happening! Jodi is our hostess and has this beautiful color palette - mustard, blue and black - for us... inspired by this great scarf!  Here is my take on it...

I was in a smooshing mood and created the background using two distress inks: Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon.  Even though I dried the colors between steps, they still blended into green in certain areas.  :-(  I used a Tim Holtz bubble stencil to add some white modeling paste which doesn't show up much in my photo.  I combined Concord and 9th's bouquet die with the Simon Says Stamp "Sending and Wishing" stamp set with matching die.  The stitched rectangle strip is a die by Lil' Inker Designs.

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 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mojo Monday #479

Welcome to another Mojo Monday Challenge! This is a sketch that can be dressed up or down and I chose to keep my card very clean and simple! I love "love" cards and often sell my cards to coworkers.  I thought this would be a good fit for a masculine recipient.  I started by picking out patterned papers from SU's Love Blossoms 6x6 pad.  The tiny scallop border uses a Reverse Confetti Edge Essentials die and the arrow is another RC die that is so great to pair with hearts.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Chevron Love" stamp set and embellished with a stamped heart from the same set (Verve "Wavy Hearts" die) layered over a silver glitter heart (Verve "Jotted Heart" die).  

For more inspiration, you'll want to check out the creations by the rest of the Mojo design team...  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Inspired By...All The Little Things

 Welcome back to a new year of fabulous photos to inspire you to create over on the Inspired By...All The Little Things challenge blog!  I knew right away I wanted to use Altenew's Vintage Flowers stamp set when I saw the roses.  The vertical line of the fabric and the touches of gold in the chairs were other elements that inspired my card.

I incorporated gold/white striped paper from Recollections' Blush and Mint 6x6 pad and also stenciled metallic gold embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi) over a watercolor wash of red violet Mijello Mission Gold paint on Ranger watercolor CS.  I used an angled brush in a zig zag motion to imitate the fabric folds.  I tried to keep the watercoloring and Dot Fade Stencil (Tim Holtz) in a generalized vertical line.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings set and was stamped twice with a MISTI using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I tucked in some loops of black thread so the black sentiment wouldn't feel alone - lol!  The struggle was real trying to decide what color to use with the sentiment. :-)

INK: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry distress inks by Tim Holtz.
         Beanstalk, Last Leaf by WPlus9 Design.

And...a huge welcome to our super talented creative guest designer this week...Broni Holcombe!  She is one of my biggest inspirations with her mad watercoloring skills and fabulous designs!

So, now I'd love to see how YOU interpret this photo!  Link up your creation to the blog HERE and also check out the rest of the design team's entries for more inspiration.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowy Friday!

TGIF and I have a long 3 day w/e off work! How pathetic that I only worked 3 days this week and am already happy to be off again?!  The fact that it's snowing outside now and I'm fighting what seems to be the beginning of a cold might have something to do with enjoying being hunkered down for the w/e!  I got happy mail 2 days ago with the arrival of Concord and 9th's Heartstrings die set and just had to play with it.  I'm using the layout for the new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and am also playing along with Wendy's "I'm Dye-ing" Free 4 All Challenge on SCS.  I omitted a sentiment on the card front due to the love script in the background paper.  I'll add a sentiment to the inside later on.  Patterned papers are all from Bo Bunny's Crush 6x6 pad.  

Stay warm in your neck of the woods!  I thought I'd share this happy face to brighten up your day (at least it brightened up this nana's day)!
 Cash - 5 months old