Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rainbows at The Paper Players

Happy spring everyone!  It's officially here today even though snow is in the forecast for tonight! 
Nance Leedy has a fun rainbow plus CAS theme happening at The Paper Players challenge! Whenever I play with alcohol inks, I feel like there's a rainbow effect that results.  I already had the background and sentiment on my leftover pile, so a quick die cut of the butterfly cover plate and this card was completed!  

STAMPS: Direct Messages by Papertrey Ink.
PAPER: Yupo by Ranger; White by PTI.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black -stamped twice using MISTI.
DIES: Butterfly cover plate by PTI; Direct Messages by PTI.

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAR 20 - "Where there is love, there is joy."
                                                   --Mother Teresa

Monday, March 19, 2018

Crazy 4 Challenges

 It's been far too long since I've played along with Crazy 4 Challenges! I'm continuing to build up my birthday card stash since April is a big month for birthdays both at work and in the family.  I flipped the sketch upside down using some gorgeous new papers from Reverse Confetti's last release. 

What did I use?
STAMPS: Garden Bunch and Sentiment Essentials by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Fun Times 6x6 pad, Lime Green, Stone CS by RC.
INK: Wisteria, Piggy Bank, Flamingo dye inks by RC.
DIES: Edgers, Garden Bunch and Sentiment Essentials by RC. 

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAR 19 - "Don't just go with the flow, take some dares through the rapids."                                        --Isabelle

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches

A quick and easy watercolor card for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. You'll be seeing a number of butterfly birthday cards in hopes that one of them will be suitable for a coworker that requested a birthday card with purple and butterflies for his wife.  

I started with smooshing Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron distress inks on Ranger watercolor CS.  The butterfly was white embossed then die cut and painted with Seedless Preserves distress ink. Here's what else I used:

STAMPS: Limitations by Tim Holtz Alterations; Lots to Say by Reverse Confetti.
DIES: Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by MFT; Limitations by Tim Holtz.

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAR 18 - "Be the person who can smile on the worst day."

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things

Top of the mornin' to ya and happy St. Patrick's Day! There is a fabulous new inspiration photo over on the Inspired By All The Little Things blog! I fell in love with all the happy colors in the profusion of flowers - the shades of pinks, corals and yellows!  It was the perfect inspiration for me to break in a new die set I recently purchased.  I tried to talk myself out of "needing" this Rose Flurries 3D set of dies by Altenew, but too many papercrafters created such gorgeous cards that they pushed me over the edge - lol!  Besides...my middle name is Rose and my birthday is next month, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 

I'll have to admit, I spent several hours on this card.  I wanted a watercolor look, so went with coloring with Zig Clean Color brush markers then blended with an Aquapainter.  I wanted to make it easier for me to use this set in the future, so I divided up the dies into tiny ziplock plastic bags with all the leaves in one bag and then two different florals went into each of the other bags.  Each of the larger flowers have at least 3 or 4 dies that you layer up to get all the wonderful dimension, so it would have been a real challenge to try to keep them straight on the single paper sheet they were packaged in. 

STAMPS: Direct Messages (Papertrey Ink).
PAPER: Kraft, White by PTI; Master's Touch watercolor CS.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Striped Sentiment Strip Cover Plate by MFT; Direct Messages banner die by PTI; Rose Flurries 3D die by Altenew. 

Sure hope you get a chance to play along!  Would love to see what you create!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
MAR 17 - "Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven." 
                         --Victor Hugo

Friday, March 16, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch

 It's Fri-yay and I've got the weekend off...the sun is shining...and I feel like I'm seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel! I had to ink up this fun sun image from Reverse Confetti's March release for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!  Donna Mikasa has a great sketch that was perfect to bring some sunshine to paper.

I started with a light watercolor wash BG using Squeezed Lemonade distress ink.

STAMPS: My Sunshine (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Every Little Bit 6x6 pad and Buttercup CS by Reverse Confetti; White by PTI.
INK: Buttercup, Bumblebee, Sunshine dye inks by Reverse Confetti.
DIES: My Sunshine (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (MFT).

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAR 16 - "In this world, one needs to be a little too good in order to be good enough."
  --Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

 I love the springtime colors in this inspiration photo with an Easter inspired theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! I focused on the purples and the greens and featured stamps and dies by Simon Says Stamp.  The images were colored with Copics and the sentiment was white embossed on black cardstock, fussy cut and popped with foam tape.

STAMPS: Spring Flowers (SSS), Brushstroke Messages (SSS).
PAPER: Calm and Cozy Chevron (MFT), White (PTI), X-Press It Blending Card.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Spring Flowers (SSS).
MISC: Copics, Dew Drops, Altenew Pure White embossing powder.

 Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAR 15 - "Paradise on Earth is where I am."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Color Throwdown

Another Wednesday means another Color Throwdown Challenge is up and running! This week, Amy Rohl is our hostess and she's chosen green, eggplant and white as our colors.  I decided to forego the use of shamrocks and went with this single tulip image from Flourishes 'Tulips for Friends' retired stamp set.

The card base was sponged with Seedless Preserves distress ink using Altenew's Watercolor Stripes stencil.  The next Stitched Rounded Rectangle panel (die by MFT) was stenciled with Tim Holtz' 'Bubble' stencil.  I then angled two frames (Reverse Confetti 'All Framed Up') and added the fussy cut image. The sentiment (from Reverse Confetti's Beautiful Banners set) was white embossed on black CS.  I dug into my button archive for this Rich Razzleberry button by SU.  

To play along with us, please go to the Color Throwdown Challenge blog for all the details!  For more inspiration from the rest of the design team, click on their 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) 

Cheiron Brandon  - March Guest Designer