Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge


It's a special week of celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US and yours truly is this week's hostess for the Color Throwdown Challenge! Though I thought the inspiration photo was rather cute months ago, I'll admit I was a bit stumped at my own colors of yellow, orange, red and brown.  I browsed through a box of miscellaneous stamps that I accumulated many years ago, and this rubber stamp image from Lili of the Valley Ltd from the UK caught my eye.  I colored with Copics and thought this polka dotted paper from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland 6x6 pad would be a perfect background for the image!  

STAMPS: Bitty Banners (Reverse Confetti), Girl w/Daisy (Lili of the Valley.
DIES: Bitty Banners, Gift Card Holder Tag and Hang Ups - all by Reverse Confetti.  Stitched rectangle borders by Lil' Inker Designs.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  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 Rohl 
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders   
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Kelly Lunceford - November Guest Designer 



Sunday, November 19, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch



I decided to create two nearly identical cards using the current layout for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  The poinsettias are from Verve's Joyous Noel stamp set - stamped in black on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The leaves are Spellbinders' poinsettia dies which I sponged with Old Olive ink.  The stitched lines are from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set and the sentiment was layered 3 times using RC's Winter Words die set.  Patterned papers are from the Simple Stories 'Cozy Christmas' 6x6 pad - a long time favorite set of Christmas papers.

Speaking of joy...as I finished my card, Martin Truex, Jr. won the Nascar championship race at Homestead!  He dominated all season and I was rooting for him to win! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things




Here's hoping you are having a super Saturday! If you have some free time to get inky, we'd love to have you play along with us in the new challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things!
Check out this yummy pastel inspiration photo! I was inspired by the staggered heights of the trees and with the pastel shades of color.  I used Coastal Cabana and Pink Pirouette inks by SU to stamp with this Tim Holtz' trees stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I love the subtle look of falling snow that is given with SU's Softly Falling embossing folder.  The sentiment is a combination of a Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti) paired with a white embossed 'christmas' from RC's Winter Words Coordinates stamp set.  The tiny scalloped border is from RC's Edge Essentials border die set that is one of my all-time favorites!  The striped paper is from Recollections' Blush and Mint 6x6 pad. 

We have the famous Susan Opel - a big name in the papercrafting industry - joining us as our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop and say hello!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Card Concept



Slowly but surely I'm chipping away at my Christmas card list! I was drawn to the colors in this gorgeous retro styled wreath and was inspired to create a clean and layered design for the new Card Concept Challenge.  I used dies from Reverse Confetti (Leafy Wreath, Beautiful Banners and Winter Words) and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye "Merry Little Christmas" 6x6 pad.  The wreath colors are Gumball Green and Pear Pizzazz by SU. The sentiment has 3 layers with the top one being brushed silver cardstock. To keep it from being lost in the text background, I layered it over a white banner. 

My eyes are barely staying open, so guess it's time to hit the bed!  Nite all!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches



Another Christmas card completed...this time for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge using products by Reverse Confetti. I stenciled Iced Aqua ink using their Pointed Out stencil.  Love these delicate Trio of Snowflakes dies, though you most definitely need a metal plate added to your "sandwich" as you run it through a die-cutting machine.   I used Lil' Inker Designs' Wonky Stitched Rectangle die to get the stitching detail.  I layered two aqua 'merry' words, then adhered a brushed silver top layer to give it lots of dimension.  This was such an easy peasy card to create! 

Headed to work shortly then excited to be off through all of next week!  Woohoo!  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Color Throwdown



Hi everyone! Another Wednesday means another Color Throwdown Challenge is happening! Vickie is our hostess and has chosen a gorgeous combo of light blue, blue and silver, so that was perfect to feature some snowflakes on yet another Christmas card! 


I used the Peace and Joy stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and stamped the background using Lake House and Falling For Blue dye inks by WPlus9.  The sentiment was silver embossed on vellum.  The large layered snowflake (SU Bigz SnowFlurry) was die cut from white glitter cardstock and embellished with a Frosted Finishes embellishment by Stampin' Up. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper for a softer look.

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  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 Rohl 
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders  
 
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins 
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put  
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen (you are here)  

Kelly Lunceford - November Guest Designer 
 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

CAS Poinsettia



It was a very cold weekend in VA (down to 18 degrees early Saturday morning) and today was a lazy Sunday afternoon spent making several Christmas cards! My first card uses the sketch only for the current Fusion Card Challenge and I was inspired to use a poinsettia as the focal point thanks to the beautiful table setting in the photo for The Card Concept challenge #81.  Due to all the white space, I'm calling my style CAS for this design.

I gold embossed the images, colored with Copics then die cut with matching dies from Altenew's Poinsettia and Pine set.  Patterned papers are from Tim Holtz' Christmas 8x8 paper pack.  I also used MFT Die-Namics: Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX.

Thanks so much for stopping by!