Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Color Throwdown 407-Birdie Birthday

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to host the challenge this week and I've chosen a bold and bright color combination--lime green, teal, and yellow.

Birdie Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from WPlus9I inked up my new All Year Cheer set from WPlus9 for my card.  I thought the teal and yellow would make a fun bird--and I think I was right!  To get a bold look, I used pigment inks for the bird's body, then added details with a Copic marker (the bird's cheek and bill) and a Pico Embellisher (the eyes).  To fill in my scene, I stamped the set's branch image on kraft cardstock and cut it out with the matching die, then stamped and cut a bunch of green leaves and a single flower to dress up the branch.  The pieces were arranged on a watercolored panel.  The bird was the final element, added with foam tape for dimension. 

I stamped the "sending birthday wishes" sentiment in teal ink on a lime green fishtail flag panel, combining words from two different sets (Sending, Hoping, Wishing and Love Showers) to get the saying I wanted.  After knotting a strip of yellow grosgrain ribbon around the sentiment panel, I adhered it to the top of the image panel.  I matted the panel on yellow cardstock, then adhered it to a teal card base.

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 CTD407. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd407 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 August guestie, Wanda Guess, and this week's guest star stamper, Karen Davis.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Wanda Guess **
**  Guest Star Stamper Karen Davis  **

Materials Used:
All Year Cheer, Sending,  Hoping, Wishing, and Love Showers stamp sets, All Year Cheer dies (WPlus9); Memento Luxe Dandelion and Rich Cocoa inks, Gray Flannel irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aquamarine and Lemon Grass inks (Avery Elle); marker (Copic); Tropical Teal and Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); watercolor paper, watercolors (Michaels); yellow grosgrain ribbon; foam tape

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Dig You

Here's my card for the current Share Joy challenge.  I used the Taylored Expressions Dig In stamp set and coordinating dies along with both the sketch and color combination on my card.

I Dig You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Taylored Expressions
I used Copic markers to color the excavator (at least I think it's an excavator . . .), then cut out the image with the matching die.  To add dimension and a metallic shine to the image, I placed a silver brad at the center of each wheel.  The image was adhered to a light blue panel with a strip of torn kraft "dirt" along the bottom.  After adding a red banner strip to the top corner of the panel, I matted it on red cardstock.  The set's "I dig you" sentiment was stamped on a red cardstock strip and adhered to the bottom edge of the panel.  I added an aqua double ended banner strip beneath the image panel, then adhered it to a red card base covered with some coordinating dotted aqua patterned paper.

Materials Used:
Dig In stamp and die set (Taylored Expressions); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Love Me Do "Love Takes Flight" designer paper (My Mind's Eye); silver brads (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mojo Monday 462-We Belong Together

We Belong Together card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the sketch and Lawn Fawn's Milk and Cookies stamp set to put together a sweet design.

I stamped and colored several of the set's images, then used the matching dies to cut out the colored images.  They're arranged on a red gingham "tablecloth" to create a simple tablescape, using foam tape of some of the pieces to add dimension.  The set's "we belong together" sentiment was stamped on a white circle, then matted on a slightly larger brown circle.  I adhered it to the bottom of the panel, extending slightly beyond the panel's edge. 

To create a background for the scene, I adhered a red cardstock strip edged along the top with a narrow strip dark brown strip to a kraft cardstock panel.  I added a blue diagonal striped panel on top, then adhered the image and sentiment to the panel.  The panel was matted on dark brown cardstock, then layered on to a red card base.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:

Materials Used:
Milk and Cookies stamp set, Beachside 6x6 paper pad, Milk and Cookies dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Baja Breeze, and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock, Pure Poppy patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Happy Bear-thday

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge. I used the sketch to put together a sweet bear themed birthday card.

Happy Bear-thday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
My focal image is the balloon holding bear from the Beary Special Birthday stamp set.  I colored the bear with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut out the colored image.  After adhering a multicolored plaid patterned paper panel to an apple green card base, I added the bear image on top using foam tape for dimension.  To balance out the design, I added a yellow mini tab to the bottom of the plaid panel.  The set's "happy bear-thday" sentiment was stamped on a white fishtail flag strip and adhered to the cardfront using foam tape.  A trio of yellow enamel dots were arranged around the sentiment strip for one more pop of the bright color.

Materials Used:
Beary Special Birthday stamp set, Sour Apple and Lemon Drop cardstock, Die-namics Beary Special Birthday, Fishtail Flag STAX, and Mini Tabs Foursome dies (My Favorite Things); Memenot Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hello Honey

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used a bee image and coordinating honeycomb patterned paper to put this one together.

Hello Honey card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
The bee image is from the Paper Smooches Bee Mine set.  I colored the bee with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut out the colored image.  It doesn't show in the photo, but I added some sparkle to the bee's wings using a clear glitter pen.  I also coated the bee's eyes with a bit of clear Pico Embellisher for a glossy look.

I used foam tape to adhere the bee to a pale gray panel with an angled piece of patterned paper extending out from the lower right corner.  The pattern was perfect for a bee themed design!  For more sparkle, I used a clear crystal flourish to form a flight trail for the bee.  The set's "hello honey" sentiment was stamped along the top edge of the angled panel in black ink.  I layered the finished panel on a coordinating cheery yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Bee Mine stamp set, Bee Mine dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter pen (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Drop and Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Be{you}tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); clear crystal flourish (Michaels); foam tape

Friday, August 19, 2016

Don't Whirry

When I saw that the theme for the current Lawnscaping challenge was "punny time," I knew right away that I wanted to ink up my So Smooth set from Lawn Fawn for a card.  After getting a bit of color inspiration from the current color challenge at Global Design Project, I went to work and came up with this design.

Don't Whirry, Be Happy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
The backdrop is a simple yellow watercolored panel.  While I waited for the watercoloring to dry, I colored up a few elements from the set, including the blender, milk carton, and fruits, using Copic markers then cut them out with the matching dies.  I added a green cardstock strip to the panel to ground my blender and ingredients, then arranged the pieces using foam tape on some of them for dimension.  It doesn't show in the photo, but the blender's buttons are coated with a bit of clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher for a shiny, dimensional look. 

The set's "don't whirry, be happy" sentiment was stamped to the left of my arrangement in black ink.  I adhered the finished panel to a green card base.

Materials Used:
So Smooth stamp set, So Smoothdies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); watercolor paper, watercolors (Michaels); foam tape

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Worm Wishes

The start of the school year is right around the corner here, so I've put together a few cards (including this one) for some of my work colleagues who have moved on to new school based positions.  This one is based on this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.

Worm Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiI combined two of RC's school themed sets on my card--the new Worm Wishes and one of my old favorites, Class Act.  The apple image from Class Act was adhered to a white pierced circle panel. I used a combination of stamping and coloring on the worm image from Worm Wishes, then layered it on top of the apple.

I used the colors from the apple and worm to pick out the papers for the rest of my card.  I added a green star patterned panel to the bottom right corner of a kraft cardstock panel.  The long edge of the star patterned paper was covered with a piece of narrow ruler washi tape to go with my school theme.  I stamped the "worm wishes for a happy day" sentiment at the bottom of a red cardstock panel and adhered it to the kraft panel, then topped it with the image panel.  A gold tab cut with one of the Class Act dies was tucked underneath the right edge of the red strip for a little contrast and sparkle.  I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating green card base.

Materials Used:
Class Act and Worm Wishes stamp sets, Class Act and Worm Wishes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Love Letter, Pear Tart, and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Simply Chartreuse and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Lil' Buddy-Bursts designer paper (Pebbles); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); ruler washi tape (Michaels); foam tape
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