Friday, August 26, 2016


Good Friday everyone! It's another really sweltering day here in VA
but it's been a good day off for me!  I set the alarm early (for me anyway) and got my bod out of bed at 7:00 AM (remember, I'm a second shifter) and went to a huge consignment/church sale for children's clothing, toys, etc.  I was glad I went early because the selection is so much better in the early hours!  Soon after I got home, the two grands - Quinn is almost 2 and Cash is 5 weeks old - came over for a swim (check out that huge pool - lol!), some lunch and some stamping!  Yes, Quinn loves to get inky and especially loves any animal stamps.  Guess I'd better bring this chatter to a close and get on with telling you about this card I made for the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge!

I struggled with the sketch a bit until it dawned on me to think of the vertical rows as an alternative to the interpretation.  I started by clear embossing the Barnwood Background stamp - new from Concord and 9th - on Ranger watercolor CS.  I then did a watercolor wash over it using Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio distress inks.  I love the way these two colors blend together!  I had trouble capturing the embossed shine in my photo but it's there IRL.  The sentiment (a freebie with an MFT order) was die cut 4 times - 3 with the Cool Caribbean CS and once with metallic copper CS.  I added some fine copper thread (from the new SU catalog) by looping it over a tiny glue dot. I wish this thread were just a wee bit thicker as it's almost too fine to even see well.  The stitched frame is part of Reverse Confetti's new All Framed Up die set in their August release (*Oops...I see it's already OOS!).  I cut three of the Layering Leaves dies by Concord and 9th from copper CS.  I can't wait to play more with this die many possible uses are running through my brain!

Thanks for hanging with me in this lengthier than usual post...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tag, You're It!

***Scroll on down for my Color Throwdown card*** 

A quick post to share a tag inspired by the current Tag, You're It Challenge!  Michelle has a simple design with a watercolored background and block sentiment.  I already had this background in my leftover pile, so I die cut the tag using my favorite Reverse Confetti die.  The florals were stamped with Pumpkin Spice and Beanstalk Pure Color dye inks by WPlus9; flower centers are Daffodil Delight by SU.  Floral stamps and matching dies are from PTI's Bitty Bouquets set.  The sentiment is MFT's Label Maker Sentiments.  I added clear Wink of Stella brush marker to add sparkle to the flower centers and topped off the tag with Caribbean twine from The Twinery.

On an oily side note...
I just came across a genius DIY stain removal tip!
Take a 10ml roller bottle and add 1 capful of Thieves cleaner (product by Young Living) and then fill with distilled water.  You now have a portable, easy to use stain remover solution!

Thanks for stopping in...always enjoy your feedback!

Color Throwdown #407

Here we are with another Color Throwdown Challenge for you and Lori has some fabulous summery colors - lime green, yellow and blue!  I first dabbled with some yellow and green watercoloring using an angled brush.  I thought I was going to add blue butterflies, but suddenly I changed direction and decided on this sentiment and bird die by Concord and 9th.  

Generally, watercolors lighten up considerably when you dry them, but I'm finding out that Gold Class Mission watercolors stay much darker than distress inks that I often use.  The blue is a little darker than I planned, but hey...we always say as long as it's close and we're having's a go! was late at night and I simply didn't want to do it over - lol!  

STAMPS: By Your Side (Concord and 9th).
PAPER: Key Lime Collection by Bo Bunny; Ranger watercolor CS.
DIES: By Your Side Bird Die (Concord and 9th); Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti).

Congrats to our guest star stamper - Karen Davis of Karen Creates Cards!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

Sadly, this is the last week for our uber talented August guest designer - Wanda Guess!  Her work is so inspiring!  But...stay week we'll announce a new guestie.

To get all the details on how to play along with the challenge, please go to the Color Throwdown blog and check out the info on the right sidebar!  You can also check out the rest of the design teams' creations for more inspiration on the CTD blog.. or you can clink on their blog 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) 

Wanda Guess - August Guest Designer    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rustic Hydrangea

I'm burning the midnight oil with this card...created for the Color Challenge on SCS to use Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Emerald Envy. I skipped dessert which was to use a bird. I'm also playing along with the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. I usually have lots of white space with CAS designs but decided to use patterned papers instead. The individual gluing down of the tiny hydrangea blooms probably will have the CAS police coming after me - lol!  It really is a fairly quick and simple process.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice then topped off the stem with a tiny twine bow.  

STAMPS: Hydrangea Set by Impression Obsession.
PAPER: Color Ways by Paper House (Michael's), Real Red, Emerald Envy, White.
INK: Real Red, Emerald Envy, Memento Tuxedo Black.
ACCESSORIES: Hydrangea dies by IO; Jute twine.

Thanks so much for stopping's off to bed for me now. 😴

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mojo Monday #462

Good Monday everyone! Julee has another great sketch for the Mojo Monday Challenge! I started with a mix of 3 patterned papers from My Mind's Eye "A Mother's Love" 6x6 pad - one of my faves with the coral/gray/aqua/green color palette.  I already had this tag cut from a previous project and decided it would fit the layout perfectly.  I white embossed on Watermelon Wonder CS by SU and fussy cut the flowers from Verve's Be Blessed set.  The sentiment is a combination of a stamp from Simply Amazing with a die from the Amazing Adjectives dies - also by Verve.  I tucked in some Sprightly Sprigs die cut leaves using a scrap of olive green CS.  

If you'd like more inspiration for 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)

Leaf Prints

I'm squeaking this card in under the wire for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I wanted to ink up the new (to me) Leaf Prints set from the Tim Holtz Collection by Stampers Anonymous.  I used 4 different Pure Color dye inks by WPlus9: Last Leaf, Beanstalk, Mojito, and Appletini.  I seldom use dark CS colors for card bases, but decided to go with PTI's Ripe Avocado CS...embossing it with SU's Woodgrain embossing folder.  I layered a diecut butterfly (Concord and 9th Floral and Flutter Dies) over a precut cork embellishment by Little Yellow Bicycle.  The sentiment is PTI's Wet Paint stamp and coordinating die set.  Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Brushed Blossom

I thought I'd check out the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS and discovered a great gallery by the FS, Donna Idlet!  I CASEed her care HERE...a clean and simple design with the base as the frame and a corner collage as the focal point.  I used WPlus9 Pure Color inks: Sweet Gelato, Cranberry Crush, Appletini, and Silver Lining.  I stamped the Memento Tuxedo Black sentiment twice using my MISTI.  I layered the matching Brushed Blossom die over the stamped images - from the Brushed Blossom set by Concord and 9th.  Quick and easy!