Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Above and Below

I was so inspired by Lizzie Jones card sample for the Above and
Below Challenge on the PTI blog post for Monday! You can check out her card here to the right.  My attempt was not successful IMO as I covered up too much of the sentiment strip by overlaying the florals instead of tucking them underneath. I am definitely planning a redo! 

I also didn't add the shading of the florals as Lizzie demonstrates in her video on the blog post HERE.  You will want to see how she accomplishes this amazing detail!  I'm also entering this into the Paper Players Challenge which is to create a CAS design with blooms.

To add an element of texture, I stenciled the background lightly with Parakeet dye ink using Tim Holtz' Dot Fade stencil. Even my ink choices were an epic fail - lol!  My yellow and orange colors (Bumblebee and Tangerine) were too close to the same shade and my pink (Magenta) ending up being darker than I wanted.  Oy.  Live and learn!

STAMPS: Mums the Word (PTI), Pen and Ink (PTI).
PAPER: Lime Green (Reverse Confetti); White (PTI).
INK: Bumblebee, Tangerine, Magenta, Lime Green, Parakeet, Pistachio by Reverse Confetti.
DIES: Mums the Word (PTI); Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT.

 Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAY 22 - "You're free to make your own choices, but you will never be free of the consequences of your choices." 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Inspired By All The Little Things #86

It's time to be inspired by another lovely photo for the Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge! The "veins" in the stained glass feathers appear to be a golden metal so that inspired me to die cut a variety of gold feathers.  All the vivid colors also inspired me to use this panel of Yupo paper with some bright alcohol ink colors.  We'd love to see how YOU are inspired, so hope you can join us!

The sentiment - You have earned your wings many times over - comes from Waltzingmouse Stamps' Fine Feathers retired stamp set and was white embossed on Black Licorice cardstock (MFT).  Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Hope to see you in the Inspired By gallery!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAY 19 - "The purpose of life is a life of purpose".                  --Robert Byrne

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sending Get Well Wishes

Yet another rainy day here in VA which doesn't get any gardening accomplished but it does give me a good excuse to retreat into my craft room! I'm playing with The Card Concept Challenge and also with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is to use a stencil.  Since SSS is sponsoring it, I used their Ledger Drops stencil with Ranger Twisted Citron distress ink for the background.  The inspiration photo led me to create a trio of flower pots using WPlus9 stamps and dies.  I wanted the flower pots to have a shiny finish to resemble pottery so cut them from glossy cardstock.  I went with a clean, layered style and was inspired by the pale green BG and variety of floral colors.

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Fresh Cut Containers (WPlus9), Sending, Hoping, Wishing (WPlus9).
PAPER: White and Black by PTI.
INK: Bumblebee, Sunshine, Parakeet, Lime Green, Iced Aqua, Coral, Magenta - dye inks by Reverse Confetti; Twisted Citron distress ink used with stencil.
DIES: Fresh Cut Containers and Sending, Hoping, Wishing - WPlus9; Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT.

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAY 18 - "All we are saying is give peace a chance."               --John Lennon 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

An ongoing rainy day just lends itself to getting inky! This is my second card for the day...this time for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and also for MFT's monthly Birthday Project Challenge.  I dusted off this older stamp set for a fun, simple card using MFT stamps, dies and papers.

It's pretty self-explanatory, so I'll just list the "ingredients" below.
STAMPS: Eye Charts (MFT).
PAPER: Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright 6x6 pad (MFT), Ripe Raspberry, Sour Apple (MFT), White (PTI).
INK: Versafine Onxy Black (stamped twice using a MISTI).
DIES: Dainty Lace, Geek is Chic - Die-Namics by MFT.

Freshly Made Sketches

Hello blog friends! It's a cloudy Thursday with more rain in the forecast. I'm feeling crafty today and am joining in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge where Linda has a fabulous new sketch for us! 

I've been trying to use up some items in my scrap pile, so this postage panel with the stamped shapes was leftover from a former Color Throwdown color combo.

I had to go into my SU retired cardstock file to find matching colors.  The Stitched Blooms dies by MFT are so much fun to mix and match and make it so easy to whip up a quick card.  The sentiment was die cut three times - twice with white and once with black CS.  I offset the black layer slightly so it made it pop more against the background.  

STAMPS: Greetings and Salutations (WPlus9).
PAPER: Marvelous Magenta, Blush Blossom, Coastal Cabana (SU); White (PTI).
INK: Coastal Cabana, Blush Blossom, Marvelous Magenta (SU).
DIES: Stitched Blossoms (MFT), Celebrate (MFT), Mix and Mat: Postal Die (PTI). 

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder:
MAY 17 - "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."            --Jonathan Winters 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Color Throwdown #493

The weeks keep rolling by so quickly during this favorite month of mine and it's already time again for another Color Throwdown Challenge. You are going to LOVE these beautiful colors - aqua, lime and white - that Broni has chosen! 

With inspiration from the seaside photo, I was immediately drawn to this older Hero Arts stamp set called Color Layering Seahorse.  I stamped some splatters from SU's Gorgeous Grunge set, then stamped the old map image from SU's The Open Sea set with Twisted Citron distress oxide ink. The edges were torn and sponged with the same ink.  Using the Mini Specimens stencil by TCW (Rebekah Meier Designs), I added texture with Liquitex light modeling paste.  The sentiment is white embossed with Altenew's Pure White opaque EP.  A trio of dew drops added the finishing touch!

STAMPS: Color Layering Seahorse (Hero Arts), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), The Open Sea (SU).
PAPER: Perfectly Plaid Rainbow pack by Lawn Fawn, White by PTI, ? light blue cardstock from my leftover pile.
INK: Twisted Citron distress ink; Old Gold, Fairy Dust, Silver Lining, Hayride, Falling Star, Ocean Drive, Siren Song dye inks by WPlus9; Versamark. 
DIES: Color Layering Seahorse (Hero Arts); Stitched Basic Edges (MFT). 

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 and our talented guest designer for May, 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) 
Rachel Alvaredo - May Guest Designer 

Monday, May 14, 2018

PTI Inspiration

There is a Create Along With Us Challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog where we are to create a card that was inspired by one of the design team card samples for their release coming up tomorrow. I fell in love with Betsy Veldman's card seen here on the left and decided to CASE it using PTI's Beautiful Berries: Spring and Pen and Ink stamp sets.
You can read more about Betsy's card on this post.

I already had the card base die cut from a previous project so that made it easy to choose my ink colors.  

Here's what else I used:
PAPER: Rich Razzleberry (SU), White (PTI), Bazzill Basics Patterned Paper pad.
INK: Rich Razzleberry (SU); Beanstalk and Last Leaf dye inks by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: To the Point Edgers die (PTI), Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die (PTI).

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder
MAY 14 - "You were born an original. Don't become a copy."             --Dustin