Saturday, February 17, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things





Happy Saturday everyone! Looks like we're in for another complete turnaround in the weather this weekend! That four letter word is in the forecast (SNOW) after being up to 71 degrees just two days earlier!  Guess it's perfect to get some more stamping time!  Check out this great inspiration photo that was chosen to inspire us on the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog! I was inspired by the colors and the sweet little birdcage on the left.  


 I went with a CAS design using the sketch for the current Freshly
Made Sketches challenge.  I smooshed some Cracked Pistachio distress ink over the die cut bird cage and the images were colored with Copics. 

STAMPS: Tweet Friends (MFT), Blissful Blooms (MFT).
PAPER: Blush and Mint 6x6 pad by Recollections.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Tweet Friends, Blissful Blooms, Stitched Circles Die-Namics by MFT; Vintage Bird Cage by Poppystamps. 

 Would love to see you join us!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
FEB 17 - "Every time the sun rises, a new hope begins."
                         --Jack
 




Friday, February 16, 2018

SFYTT



Have you played along with Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try challenge for February yet? If not, you still have time! I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash, so it was a perfect layout to use the Congratulations stamp set with matching Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti's January release!  The sentiment is from their Simply Sentiments set...a wonderful set of sentiments that covers many occasions!


I wanted the three squares in the sketch to mimic the wonky
squares in the designer paper, so I randomly angled the cuts on several of the sides.  I used Navy Blue, Stone and Coral cardstock that matched the background paper from Reverse Confetti's Forever My Love 6x6 pad.  The balloon inks are Navy Blue, Seafoam and Coral by RC. Check out the color chart that Jen recently revised so you can see all of the RC inks in a glance! Colors with asterisks have coordinating card stock. We would love to see how YOU interpret this sketch, so hope you'll join us before this short month flies on by!
FEB 16 - Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:  
"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed."     --Lloyd Jones









Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Special Offer at Reverse Confetti

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

Happy Valentine's Day blog friends! ❤️  I wanted to share a special offer that is happening at Reverse Confetti - today only!


If you haven't used their products yet, today is the day to get an order in!  Their shipping is amazingly fast and you will love the great quality in everything they sell!  Yes...I'm a big fan!

Here's a card that showcases some of my favorites from their January release...



Not your typical Valentine colors but that's the rebel in me - lol!  I used alcohol inks for the background then splattered some yellow gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint over it.  The outline of the Falling Hearts Panel die is the same size as one of the frames from the All Framed Up die set, so that's how I achieved the contrasting color!  Who can resist the adorable cheetahs with heart-shaped spots in the Love Spots stamp set?!




 

Color Throwdown


Hello blog friends and Happy Valentine's Day! It's time again for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and yours truly is this week's hostess. I fell in love with this beautiful heart-shaped floral photo and thought it would make a fun color palette - lilac, green, gray, white - to brighten up this gray winter season!  Even though love is in the air, I went with a non-Valentine card and went with my favorite subject matter: flowers!




I stamped the colors using distress inks then took a brush and lightly dabbed some water over the images to blend the colors a bit. The center flower is popped up with foam tape and the 'you' sentiment was cut 4 times - three times with gray CS and once with black CS.  
 

STAMPS: Hibiscus Bouquet (Altenew), Marble BG (MFT).
INK: Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade distress inks by Ranger; Silver Lining dye ink by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Striped Sentiment Strip Die-Namic by MFT; Hibiscus Bouquet by Altenew.

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)  
Claire Apostoloff  - February Guest Designer 


Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
 FEB 14 - "To be loved, be lovable."
                                  --Ovid              

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Reverse Confetti Blog Hop


The Confetti Crew and 'Fetti Friends are back with another blog hop and you'll see that love is in the air as you check out all the wonderful projects that are anything but a card! This was so much fun for me that I couldn't stop with just one project.  First up are two creations that play on the words of the sentiment "Love You To Pieces" from the January release set: Heart Filled Sentiments.  


I re-purposed puzzle pieces to create this ornament (everyone has that puzzle box with missing pieces, so this is an idea for you!).  I used acrylic paint (Liquitex Cadmium Red Deep Hue) then splattered gold paint over all the pieces.  I adhered the pieces together in a heart shape using Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue.  Here you can see it hanging on the wall.

Items used for the tag:
STAMPS: Heart Filled Sentiments, Garden Bunch
PAPER: Very Merry 6x6 pad, Lime Green
DIES: Pierced Round Top Layers, Tag Me, Leafy

My second play on the sentiment is a jar filled with Reese's Pieces candy - a door prize I'm donating for our church's annual Valentine banquet.  It's so easy to add a tag to a Mason jar with a special topper!

 
Last, but not least, here is a fun way to dress up a plain frame...

 
This recent photo of our 18 month old grandson was too sweet not to frame!  Those dimples with that great smile make my heart melt!  I Copic-colored these cute images from the Heart Spots stamp set and attached a banner with another sentiment from Heart Filled Sentiments

Samantha Mann - 'Fetti Friend 
Wanda Cullen - 'Fetti Friend (you are here!)

❤️ There is a prize involved in this hop, so be sure to head on over to the Reverse Confetti blog to see how you could possibly be a winner!


Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
FEB 8: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known".     --Carl Sagan

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Color Throwdown & CAS(E) This Sketch


Another Wednesday means another Color Throwdown Challenge is happening! You will LOVE Vickie's great colors - red, pink and gray - which were perfect for a birthday card I needed to create for a special aunt and uncle! 


I finally got to ink up this new Marble Background stamp from MFT!  I can see this is one I'll be heading for time and time again.  I inked it up with WPlus9's Silver Lining dye ink.  I had some leftover pieces of alcohol ink papers so cut several of the floral die
layers from it and paired more layers from PTI's Pure Poppy CS.  I used Poppystamps' Small and Large Marianna Vine Background dies and cut from vellum and white CS.  In hindsight, I wish I had used some silver or gray leaves so they'd have better visibility.  The sentiment (Painted Greetings by Altenew) was white embossed on black CS.  I used Altenew's Fantasy Floral Die set again...so easy and fun to create a dimensional design!  I'm also playing along with the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge which happens to be a retro sketch.

We're happy to welcome a new guest designer for the month of February!  Say hello to Claire Apostoloff from Life on the Scrap Heap blog!

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)  
Claire Apostoloff  - February Guest Designer