Monday, May 29, 2017

Mojo Monday

Wow...this is the last Monday in May already, so that means it's a different shaped card for the Mojo Monday Challenge. Julee has chosen a square layout, so I went with a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" base.  Since we're celebrating Memorial Day here in the US, I went with a sentiment that could be sent to someone who lost a loved one - whether they were in the military or not.  I first did a watercolor wash over the background using Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber distress inks.  I then stamped the fern images in the same colors.  I wanted a softer look for the background, so covered it with heavyweight vellum.  I thought it needed some kind of embellishment other than the two soft dot stickers, and happened to find this wood veneer fern in my stash.  That seemed to be the perfect finishing touch.  I used More Mustard and Forest Foliage (retired many years ago) cardstock - both by SU. 

STAMPS: Forever In Our Hearts (Verve).

We'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below:

Justin Krieger 
  Lori Tecler 
  Marisa Ritzen   
Sarah Bigelow  
Teresa Kline  
Wanda Cullen (you are here)

Sunday, May 28, 2017


It's been a rainy Sunday afternoon, so it was perfect for some stamping time! After getting a couple of cards done for design team commitments, I wanted to play along with MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  Here's what I used...

STAMPS: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT), Uncorked (MFT).
PAPER: Iced Aqua (Reverse Confetti), Burgundy (The Paper Company), White (PTI), Brushed Silver (SU), Licorice by Bazzill Basics Patterned Papers.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Always Artichoke (SU), Lime Green (RC), Flamingo (RC), Bumblebee Yellow (RC), Sunshine (RC), Rust (RC). 
DIES: Stitched Basic Edges, Mini Modern Blooms, and Wine Service - all by MFT; Shakers 'n Frames by Reverse Confetti.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting...

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

 Happy Memorial Day weekend and welcome to a new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I took a rather literal interpretation and used an image from Impression Obsession's stamp set called Essentially.  I'm also a big fan of Young Living essential oils and use them every day, so this was a no brainer for me to go with this oily theme.  Some white flowers - from Altenew's Vintage Flowers set - seemed to be the perfect embellishment .  Here is my take on the inspiration photo... 

The sentiment was gold embossed on heavy weight vellum then adhered using a very light spray of Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive. TIP: I lay the item I'm spraying on scrap paper inside my trashcan to avoid spray getting on things it shouldn't. :-)  The bottles were colored using Zig Clean Color brush markers.

INK BY WPLUS9: Fairy Dust, Silver Lining, Falling Star (flowers)
                                Beanstalk, Last Leaf, Appletini (leaves)

Here's hoping to see you in the Inspired By gallery!  We'd love to have you join us!  You can link up your creation to the challenge blog HERE.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


I had so much fun putting this little country scene together and it took 3 different stamp company products to git 'er done! This uses the new layout for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and I'm combining it with the Furry Friends theme that is up for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

The adorable cow and sentiment are from Paper Smooches' Chubby Chums stamp set.  The fence is the Rolling Hill Die-Namics die by MFT.  The florals are from Reverse Confetti's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set with matching dies and the stitched frame is also RC's newly released Hello and Thanks Label Confetti Cuts die set...LOVE it!  

Gotta run and head out to work shortly...thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

May 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to the PTI May 2017 Blog Hop! We were given this photo for our inspiration and I must say...the colors were very different from my norm!  I loved the watercolor look to the inspiration florals, so went with distress inks for the majority of my stamping. I used the 'rock and roll' technique so I could get two colors of ink included on the leaves.  The sentiment was white embossed using Stampendous detail white embossing powder. is my take on it...

STAMPS: Bitty Bouquets (PTI), Garden Grace (PTI).
PAPER: Not Quite Navy (SU), Ranger Watercolor CS.
INK: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose distress inks by Ranger; Crisp Cantaloupe by SU; Versamark.
DIES: Stitched diagonal strip by Lil' Inker Designs; Bitty Bouquets by PTI.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown #444

It's Wednesday and that means there is a new Color Throwdown Challenge! This was a unique color combination - green, gray and white - which I truly LOVED! Having just gotten my first stamps from The Stamp Market (a new company this year), I knew I wanted to create some white peonies! It meant two step stamping for the leaves and three step stamping for the flowers.

The sentiment was silver embossed on heavy weight vellum after first die cutting a banner die by Reverse Confetti.  I started with a Hickory Smoke distress ink watercolor wash on the base then added white texture paste using a Tim Holtz mini brick stencil. 

STAMPS: Pretty Peony (The Stamp Market).
PAPER: Lime Green (Reverse Confetti); Ranger distress watercolor cardstock; Whisper White (SU).
INK: Fairy Dust, Silver Lining, Beanstalk, Last Leaf - all by WPlus9; Versamark.
DIES: Pretty Peony (The Stamp Market); Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs); Tag It (Reverse Confetti).
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 Tsuruta - May Guest Designer

Monday, May 22, 2017

Make It Monday: Felt Flowers

I'm playing along with PTI's Make It Monday Challenge on Nichole Heady's blog. Lizzie Jones has a fun tutorial showing different kinds of felt flowers using PTI dies HERE.  It's been ages since I played with felt, so I decided to simply create a gift tag that's embellished with a single flower. I used Raspberry Fizz 100% wool felt from PTI and green felt from a local big box store (Michael's) and there is clearly a big difference in quality!  Pssst...I recommend PTI's felt!  Here are the pieces I cut...
I folded each medium flower (five of them) in quarters as Lizzie shows in her tutorial.  I hot glued them on the one larger sized flower.  I cut 3 leaves using PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions dies. Here is a side view...
I had a leftover winter berry sprig that had clear beads on short pieces of wire and cut three of them to glue to the center for stamens.  The sentiment is from PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp set. The tag is now ready to attach to a gift bag when I need it! Thanks for stopping by...