Friday, December 9, 2016

Baby, It's Cold Outside!



That classic Christmas song has been going through my head today as the US has hit a cold spell in many areas! The Paper Players challenge has a snowflake theme going on, so I combined that with the new CAS(E) This Sketch challenge for a simple card to add to my Christmas stash.  I used SU's Bigz Snow Flurry die and cut twice - once on metallic silver CS and secondly on heavy weight vellum.
I alternated the layers...popping only a couple of them with foam dots.  The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny's Altitude Collection.  The sentiment die is from the Winter Words Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti.  I thought the rounded corners softened up the card a bit.  

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Card Concept




There's a great inspiration photo on The Card Concept challenge blog! Loved all the pine branches and rustic feel, so I tried to maintain that theme in what is a CAS design for me! I'm thinking my style is probably more clean and layered than CAS - lol!  Kraft paper, rusty jingle bells and twine are my interpretation of rustic elements on a card.  The photo has large JOY and WISH sentiments, but I went with PEACE instead.

STAMPS: Peaceful Pinecones (PTI).
DIES: Edge Essentials (Reverse Confetti); Wonderful Words Holiday die collection by PTI.

So, this is my last full work day this year with the exception of a staff retreat at a local barn next Tuesday!  One of the biggest perks to my job is getting approximately 3 weeks off at Christmas when our rehabilitation center closes for the holidays!  Not many nursing jobs have that benefit and I am SOOO grateful!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SCS Sketch Challenge



A really quick and easy card for today's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers! Another plus is that it's very flat and easy to mail.  It's pretty self explanatory, so I'll just get right to my enabler's list...

STAMPS: Christmas Blessings (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Warm Heart (Reverse Confetti), Brushed Silver (SU), White (PTI).
INK: Grape Soda (Reverse Confetti).
ACCESSORIES: Snowflake Trio dies (Reverse Confetti), Purple twine, Rhinestones (SU).

Color Throwdown #422



Hello throwdown fans! It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge and Barbara Anders has this fun color palette - turquoise, orange, navy and hot pink - to get your creative juices flowing! 


Since I'm still plugging away at making Christmas cards, I decided to go with Reverse Confetti's Merry and Bright stamp set with matching bulb die.  I popped them with foam tape over a snowflake embossed, brushed silver background.  To add some sparkle, I embellished with tiny silver snowflakes.  The stitched frame is from Reverse Confetti's All Framed Up die set.  Ink colors are Peacock Feathers, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry distress inks.  I also used Night of Navy by SU.

We have not just one, but two guest designers this month and they both have a boatload of talent!  Welcome to Leigh Penner and also to Kim Singdahlsen!

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 - December Guest Designer 
Kim Singdahlsen - December Guest Designer (yes, we have two this month!)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge



I'm squeaking in under the wire for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, but couldn't resist inking up the new to me Season's Tweetings PI image! I colored with Copics using colors from the background plaid from MFT's Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright 6x6 pad.  The snowflake was created using the two smaller dies from SU's Bigz Snow Flurry die on silver glitter cardstock.
  Thanks so much for stopping by...this is a hurried post since I'm needing to head out to work soon!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mojo Monday #477


Welcome to the last Mojo Monday Challenge of 2016! The design team will be taking the next 3 weeks off but we'll be back the first Monday in January! In the meantime, it's contest week and that means YOU have a chance to win some free Verve stamps if you play along! Check out the details over on the Mojo Monday blog.

I started with patterned papers from Jillibean Soup's "Christmas Eve Chowder" 6x6 pad and made this sentiment tag as the focal point.  I added crystal coarse glitter by Martha Stewart to the snowflakes. Here is what else I used:

STAMPS: Peace on Earth (sentiment) and Holiday Treats (tag) - both by Verve.
INK: Soft Suede (SU).
DIES: Tagged Rectangle and Flourished Trim dies by Verve; Let it Snow and Branch Out dies by Reverse Confetti.

For more inspiration with 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)
 


Merry Christmas everyone!  May you allow His presence to shine through during this special season!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inspired By...All The Little Things #35


It's Saturday and that means a new Inspired By...All The Little Things challenge! I just love snowman images and I guess you can say I love snowman collections because you'll spot them throughout my house during Christmas and into January. I let out a big SQUEEE when I saw the inspiration photo and I did a double SQUEEE when I saw that Silke Ledlow was our special guest this week.  She's one of my early stamping idols and how ironic that I made my card before I knew she was guesting, because the Flourishes stamp set that I used was a blog candy gift that I won from Silke years ago!  



I struggled with photographing this card and simply couldn't capture all the glitter and shine that's there IRL.  I added Glossy Accents to the holly berries and fine carrara marble Martha Stewart glitter to portions of the snowman and to the snowflakes.  I think I sparkled for the next 24 hours as well - lol!  

STAMPS: Warm Winter Wishes (Flourishes).
PAPER: Cozy Christmas 6x6 pad by Simple Stories; X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Always Artichoke (SU).
ACCESSORIES: Holly die by Reverse Confetti; Snowflake border punch by Martha Stewart; Stitched circles and rectangle dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Rhinestones (SU); Corner Chomper; Copics.

We'd love to see how YOU are inspired by the challenge photo, so get your creative juices flowing and join us!  You can link up your creation HERE.

I decided to share several photos of some of my smaller "cool friends" that are in my kitchen and family room...



 The little sign on the right says it so well...
"Some of my best friends are flakes" (grin)!