Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Bushel and a Peck

A Bushel and a Peck card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used a pair of images I colored for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge to make this sweet fall scene featuring MFT's Harvest Mouse set.

I colored the mouse and apple basket images with Copic markers.  After cutting them out with the matching dies, I used foam tape to adhere them to the background panel--a grid patterned sky and block of earthy green grass cut with the Hit the Slopes die.  To fill in the scene, I added a round yellow sun topped with a shimmery white flat bottomed cloud.  After testing out a few spots with the help of a Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet, I stamped one of the set's sentiments to the left of the mouse image.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating teal card base.

Materials Used:
Harvest Mouse stamp set, Factory Green and Lemon Drop cardstock, Die-namics Harvest Mouse, Hit the Slopes, and Flat Bottom Clouds dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Party Teal Dawn cardstock (Clear and Simple Stamps); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle punch (EK Success); foam tape

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hello Pumpkin

Hello Pumpkin card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-digital images from Verve Stamps
It's the first full day around here (even if you wouldn't know if from the temperatures in the mid-80's!), so a fall themed card seemed appropriate to mark the occasion.  This one features an image from a new set of fall coffee themed digital stamps from Verve Stamps called Coffee Please.  I've never been a big digi fan, but now that I have a laser printer so the ink doesn't run when I color the images, I'm starting to come around . . .

The pumpkin image was colored with Copic markers, then carefully cut out.  I arranged a pile of loopy gold thread on a panel with the printed "hello pumpkin" sentiment, then topped the thread with the pumpkin, using foam tape for dimension.  I paired the image with scraps of bold plaid patterned paper.  All of the panels were matted on orange cardstock, then adhered to a teal cardstock panel.  The finished panel was adhered to an orange card base matching the mats.

Materials Used:
Coffee Please digital stamps (Verve Stamps); markers (Copic); Orange Zest cardstock (My Favorite Things); Bermuda Bay cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); gold cord (Michaels); foam tape

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hope Your Day Is as Amazing as You Are

As Amazing as You Are card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Verve Stamps
My mom celebrated a milestone birthday last week, so I needed a special card to send off to her.  I used the current Viva la Verve sketch to put this one together.  My starting point was the pretty floral patterned paper.  Once I'd selected it, I found a coordinating green for a card base and a coordinating pale pink for the strip that runs across the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Verve's Simply Amazing stamp set on a light blue panel and placed it on the cardfront, then accented it with a pair of pink hearts cut with Verve's Heart Quartet die.

Materials Used:
Simply Amazing stamp set, Heart Quartet die (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Moss, Enchanted Evening, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, and Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Yippee 6x6 paper pad (Chickaniddy Crafts); foam tape

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Funky Wreath Thank You

Funky Wreath Thank You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I combined the sketch with the primary colors from the inspiration photo (pink and green) to create this simple thank you card. 

I represented the layout's circle with a round wreath from SPD's Funky Wreaths-All Season stamp set. The wreath was stamped in Versamark ink, then heat embossed with rose gold embossing powder.  This is the first time I've used this color embossing powder.  It's so pretty!  I think I'll be using it a lot . . .  I dressed up the wreath with some  flowers and leaves stamped with images from the Funky Wreath-Spring Addition stamp set and cut out with the matching dies.  Each flower center is dressed up with a teeny, tiny pink self-adhesive pearl.  The "thanks" sentiment comes from the Terrific Ties set.  It's embossed in rose gold, too. See, I said I'd be using it a lot!  I matted the panel on gold paper, then adhered it to an easy to write on card base to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Funky Wreaths-All Season, Funky Wreath-Spring Addition, and Terrific Ties stamp sets, Funky Wreath-Spring Addition dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Angel Pink and Rose Bud inks, Versamark (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Celery pigment ink (Avery Elle); Pink Lemonade cardstock (My Favorite Things); gold paper (Target); Rose Gold embossing powder (Lawn Fawn); pink self adhesive pearls; foam tape

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Color Throwdown 461-Boo!

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week and she's shared a fun, bold color combination--purple,orange, yellow, and green.

Boo! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud- stamps from Paper Smooches
My original idea was to create something floral, but these already colored Paper Smooches images from the Halloweenies set that were sitting on my desk caught my eye.  When I realized they matched the challenge colors, I changed direction and created a Halloween themed card.  I used a purple card base to create a nighttime backdrop for my images.  After adding a curved edge "grass" panel to the bottom of the card, I positioned the images on the cardfront, using foam tape for dimension.  To fill in the nighttime sky, I used a circle die to create a yellow crescent moon, then scattered a trio of silver glitter enamel dot "stars" around it.  To finish the design, I stamped the set's "boo" sentiment in white ink, then heat embossed the word in white to pop against the dark background.

To play along, just create a paper crafted project using these colors as a starting point and add a direct link to your finished project using the linky tool found at the end of this week's CTD post.  As always, if you don’t have exact color matches, something close works just fine.  Just be sure that the challenge colors are the dominant ones in your project.  And, if you upload your project to an online gallery, use the keyword CTD461.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd461 and #colorthrowdown.  You can find us on Instagram (and on Facebook!) with the username colorthrowdown.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our September guestie Tammy Hershberger, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Joanne James.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** September guestie Tammy Hershberger **
   **  Guest Star Stamper Joanne James **

Materials Used:
Halloweenies stamp set, Halloweenies dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Avocado cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

You Rock

You Rock! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I represented the layout's trio of elements with different sized silver stitched stars cut with a die from Lil' Inker Designs.  The stars were arranged over a dotted grid that I stenciled on a pale aqua card base.  The "you rock" sentiment was stamped on a darker teal strip, keeping with my monochromatic color scheme.  I used silver ink, then heat embossed the words for a nice pop against the dark background.  A few silver glitter enamel dots arranged around the stars and sentiment completed the design.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Stitched Stars dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Iced Aqua ink, Lotsa Dots stencil (Reverse Confetti); Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, September 18, 2017

Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used a snowflake die to create a pair of shimmery white snowflakes to represent the layout's round panels.  I adhered the die cut flakes to a pale gray on gray dotted patterned paper panel, then dotted the center of each flake with a large-ish clear crystal.  After edging the patterned paper panel with narrow strips of silver cardstock, I layered the panel on to a red card base.  The "warm wishes" sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday set was stamped in red ink on a pale gray fishtail flag strip, then positioned on the card at the point where the bottom of the patterned paper panel meets the red card base.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Snowflake Trio and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Polka-Gray Tonal designer paper (The Paper Studio); clear crystals
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