Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Color Throwdown 412-Smiles from Me

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Barbara is our hostess this week and she's sharing a vibrant color combination--blue, green, light pink, and coral.  I combined the colors with the current sketch from Sunday Stamps for this simple, sweet design.

I started my design by finding a piece of patterned paper that incorporated the challenge colors.  I cut the paper into strips and adhered it to the left side of a coral-y card base.  To top the paper strips, I created a pair of felt flowers using dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  It's been a while since I pulled out my felt and I'd almost forgotten how fun it is to use!  I arranged the flowers on the panel then added a green enamel dot to the center of each one.  The encouraging "smiles from me" sentiment from the Sending You stamp set was stamped on a bright pink fishtail flag strip. I set the strip on the card, tucking oneend beneath the flower pair.

Smiles from Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lil' Inker Designs
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 CTD412. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd412 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, Karren Johnson, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Emily E.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** September guestie Karren Johnson **
**  Guest Star Stamper Emily E. **

Materials Used:
Sending You stamp set, Perky Posies dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Raspberry Fizz and Melon Berry cardstock, Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, and Spring Moss felt (Papertrey Ink); Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); green enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I Thank My Lucky Stars

I used the current sketch at Match the Sketch to put together a patriotic themed thank you card.  Nothing goes better with red, white, and blue stripes than stars, right?

I Thank My Lucky Stars for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
My red, white, and blue striped paper is an old patterned paper scrap found in my stash.  It was the perfect background for the star themed thank you sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Because of the Brave set.  I stamped the text in navy pigment ink on a cream panel, then matted it on a pair of coordinating cardstock panels.  After adding a narrow navy cardstock strip across the panel to break up the vertical stripes, I added the sentiment on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I accented it with silver die cut stars and a trio of sparkly enamel dots.  The finished panel was matted on navy cardstock, then adhered to an easy to write on light blue card base.

Materials Used:
Because of the Brave stamp set, Seeing Stars dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy and Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver paper (Target); designer paper (Creative Imaginations); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mojo Monday 467-Puppy Love

Puppy Love card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  It's the last Monday of the month and we're switching things up a bit this week with a square layout.

I made a dog themed design using stamps from Paper Smooches.  The dog image from the Paws for a Cause set was stamped in copper ink to match the color of my mini goldendoodle, Bo.  He doesn't sparkle like this dog does, but his coat is a rich copper color like a penny--so pretty!  I used the matching die to cut out the stamped image, then adhered it to a white circle with foam tape.  After matting the image panel on a red pierced circle, I adhered it to a pale blue cardstock panel with a strip of plaid patterned paper at the bottom.  The set's "puppy love' sentiment was stamped on the patterned paper in dark brown ink just to the right of the image panel.

I die cut a tiny kraft tag to accent the image.  The tag is decorated with a paw print die cut topped with a teeny, tiny red heart.  I added a twine bow to the tag, then adhered it next to the image using foam tape.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating square kraft 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:
Paws for a Cause stamp set, Paws Cause Icons and Paw Print dies (Paper Smooches); Delicata Celestial Copper and Memento Espresso Truffle inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade and Dark Chocolate carstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX and Pierced Traditional Tag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Good Fellows 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants Designs); circle dies (Spellbinders); twine (Lawn Fawn); foam tape

Sunday, September 25, 2016

You Make My Tail Wag

It's hard to believe that my adorable rescue dog Bo joined our family four weeks ago!  I used this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge to make another thank you card for gifts Bo received to welcome him to our family.

You Make My Tail Wag card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I made the layout's round panel into a simple outdoor scene.  The blue sky and green grass are divided by a die cut white picket fence.  One of the dog images from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set was colored with Copic markers and cut out, then placed on top of the panel, using foam tape for dimension.  I framed the scene with a light blue pierced circle die cut, then adhered it to a red striped panel.  After stamping the set's "you make my tail wag" sentiment beneath the image, I adhered the striped panel to a kraft cardstock panel.  I was worried that the stripes would make the text hard to read, but it seems to be readable enough.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating light blue card base.

Materials Used:
You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Rain and Kraft cardstock, Spring Rain and Pure Poppy patterned papers (Papertrey Ink); Picket Fence Border die (Taylored Expressions); foam tape

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Challenge 79-Season's Greetings

The Challenge is back with a new challenge!  Next up in our rotation is a Christmas inspiration photo challenge. It's probably pretty obvious, but I was inspired by the photo's images and color scheme.

Season's Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesMy layout comes from the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The layout's large panel was perfect for creating my wintery scene.  I love all of the Paper Smooches snowman images, so it was hard to pick just one to use, but I finally settled on one from the Paper Smooches Cool Dudes set.  I stamped the image on shimmery white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut it out.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a bit of white flock to the pom pom on his hat for some texture.  After adhering the snowman over a shimmery white snowbank, I added a cardinal from the Santa Paws set perched on his arm.  A few sparkly silver sequins serve as snowflakes in the dark sky. 

I matted the scene on white cardstock, then adhered it to a gray dotted patterned paper panel.  The "season's greetings" sentiment from the Swanky Snowdudes set was stamped on a narrow red cardstock strip and adhered across the panel, just beneath the snowman.  The finished panel was adhered to a festive red card base.

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created based on this week's inspiration photo.  Here's where to find them:

Lori Tecler--you're here!
Nina Forsyth
Rachel Bergfeld

Materials Used:
Cool Dudes, Santa Paws, and Swanky Snowdudes stamp sets, Cool Dudes and Backdrop Builders dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Basic Black, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Grey Mini Dot designer paper (Michaels); white flock (Stampendous); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I'm joining in on the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with this fall-inspired thank you card featuring stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs. The layout is based on the current sketch at RetroSketches.

Just to Espresso My Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI built my design on a piece of plaid patterned paper.  Something about plaid just screams "fall" to me!  I adhered a contrasting strip of teal cardstock across the plaid panel, then topped it with a kraft zig zag stitched circle die cut.  The "just to espresso my thanks" sentiment was stamped in super dark brown ink on a cream panel.  I used a combination of 4 different stamps from the SPD Espresso Yourself set to get the wording. Creating a card with a thank you sentiment seemed most appropriate for the fall hop since it is the season when we celebrate Thanksgiving.  After matting the sentiment on a dark brown cardstock panel, I adhered it to the center of the kraft circle. 

I die cut a to go cup using the Coffee To Go Cup dies. It's hard to see in the photo, but I shaded the cup a bit with a warm gray Copic marker to give it a bit of depth.  I adhered the cup to the panel using foam tape, then framed it with a trio of brown enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating orange card base.

Materials Used:
Espresso Yourself stamp set, Coffee To Go Cup dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Espresso Truffle ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); marker (Copic); Tropical Teal and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Early Espresso cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid-Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); foam tape

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Have a Cool Birthday

Yes, it's the first day of fall and yes,  I'm sharing a super summery design.  This one was inspired by the celebration theme of the first Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge.

Have a Cool Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
The popsicles are from Concord and 9th's Sweet and Cool stamp set.  They are made from watercolored paper coated with some clear glitter from a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  The glittery coating looks kind of ice crystal-like IRL!

I arranged the popsicle pair on a white panel, using foam tape to adhere the top one.  The set's "have a cool birthday" sentiment was stamped next to the popsicles in black ink.  I added a bunch of different sized clear sequins around the popsicles. The finished panel was adhered to a pale yellow card base that coordinates nicely with all of the colors in the popsicles.

Materials Used:
Sweet and Cool stamp set, Sweet and Cool dies (Concord and 9th); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Chiffon cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); watercolors (Michaels); sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

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