Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Color Throwdown 435-Flying By with a Birthday Hi

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Jodi is our hostess this week and she's brought us a fun color mix--orange, turquoise, and yellow.  I used the colors for a simple birthday design based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.

Flying By with a Birthday Hi card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Taylored ExpressionsMy focal image is a dragon from the Taylored Expressions Magical Day stamp set. After coloring the image with Copic markers, I cut it out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to perch it over a pair of clouds cut from shimmery white cardstock.  The set's "flying by with a birthday hi" sentiment was stamped beneath the dragon and clouds in black ink.  I added a trio of shimmery turquoise sequins around the clouds to finish the design

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 CTD435. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd435 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 March guestie, Lisa Lara, and this week's guest star stamper, Tara Chaussee.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** March guestie Lisa Lara **
** Guest Star Stamper Tara Chaussee **

Materials Used:
Magical Day stamp and die set (Taylored Expressions); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); stitched cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time to Celebrate

Here's my card for this month's Mix It Up challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I used the sketch (loosely!) along with elements from the inspiration photo (florals, purple) to put together this birthday design.

Time to Celebrate card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI represented the layout's two long panels with a pair of balloons with strings.  The balloon image is from the SPD HB2U set.  I stamped it in two shades of purple on white cardstock, then used the balloon die from the Birthday Journal Card die set to cut out the stamped images.  Each balloon got a tiny die cut string, too.  I used foam tape to adhere the balloons to a white zig zag stitched circle placed on a purple floral patterned panel.  A teeny, tiny purple baker's twine bow connects the strings.  I used the Celebrate All the Things set to stamp the "time to celebrate" sentiment on the round panel in dark purple ink.   The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating purple card base.  A few silver sequins scattered around the balloons complete the design.

Materials Used:
HB2U and Celebrate All the Things stamp sets, Birthday Journal Card and Zig Zag Stitched Circle dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Winter Wisteria cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Bright Side 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); purple baker's twine; silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mojo Monday 489-Celebrate and Enjoy

Celebrate and Enjoy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  Since today's the first day of spring, I tried to come up with something that had a spring like feel.

I started out with a strip of floral patterned paper.  After edging it with a narrow strip of red cardstock, I placed it near the bottom of a coordinating pale blue cardstock panel.  I replaced the sketch's round panel with a heart shape, die cut with a pretty die from Lil' Inker Designs.  For dimension, I cut the heart out twice--once from kraft cardstock and once from craft foam--then layered the two pieces before adhering them to the blue panel.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "celebrate," again from both kraft and craft foam, then adhered it to a golden yellow panel.  I stamped the "and enjoy" sentiment from the Sweet Celebration stamp set just beneath it in brown ink  I used foam tape to secure the sentiment to the panel, overlapping the heart just a bit.  To set it off from the rest of the panel, I tucked a contrasting red strip underneath the top edge of the sentiment panel.  I accented it with a tiny yellow flower and leaf.  The finished panel was adhered 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:
Sweet Celebration stamp set, Sweet Celebration and Celebrate Word dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Rich Cocoa and Memento Luxe Pistachio inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mimosa ink (Avery Elle); Sno Cone cardstock (My Favorite Things); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft and Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); On the Sunny Side 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); craft foam; foam tape

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some Days

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used the You Make My Tail stamp set for a fun little scene.

I stamped and colored the set's fire hydrant image and one of the dog images, then used the matching dies to cut out the colored images.  I arranged the images on a blue circle with a strip of green "grass" along the bottom, using foam tape to adhere the dog for dimension. After matting the image panel on contrasting red cardstock, I adhered the panel to a blue card base with a piece of green chevron patterned paper adhered at the top. For interest, the chevron panel was cut along the bottom edge with the Stitched Basic Edges die.

The "some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant" sentiment was stamped on a long white fishtail flag strip.  I positioned it along the bottom of the image panel, then added another contrasting fishtail flag strip to the top of the cardfront to complete the design.

Materials Used:
You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, Sno Cone and Sour Apple cardstock, Calm and Cozy Chevron 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics You Make My Tail Wag, Stitched Basic Edges, and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sending Hugs

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Another image that I colored for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is front and center on this design.

Sending Hugs card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Neat and Tangled
The image is from Neat and Tangled's Better Together set.  I colored up the image with Copic markers, then cut out the image with the matching die.  After adhering the image to a white panel with foam tape, I stamped the "sending hugs" sentiment next to it, nestling the text against the bottom of the image. 

 For the background, I adhered a red striped panel to a blue card base.  Red and navy fishtail flag strips were tucked beneath the edges of the panel.  I edged the image panel with narrow strips of navy cardstock to set it off from the background, then placed it at the center of the card.  The red stripes add just the right amount of contrast and pattern to the simple design.

Materials Used:
Better Together stamp set, Better Together dies (Neat and Tangled); Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Pure Poppy patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX Layers dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hogs and Kisses

Here's my card for the current sketch at Global Design Project.  Yes, it is St. Patrick's Day and yes, this card is more appropriate for Valentine's Day, but I'm going with it!

Hogs & Kisses card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
My focal image is one of the sweet piglets from the Reverse Confetti Cured stamp set.  I colored the piggie with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to place it on a white circle. 

To make the backdrop for the image, I used RC's Heart stencil and pale pink distress ink to stencil a heart pattern on the pale pink card base.  I adhered a darker pink cardstock strip, edged with a narrow silver stripe, to the bottom of the card base, then added the image panel on top.  I accented it with a pink seam binding bow, then stamped the set's "hogs and kisses" sentiment directly on the cardfront to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Cured stamp set, Flamingo cardstock, Cured dies, Heart stencil (Reverse Confetti); Spun Sugar distress ink (Ranger); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); circle dies (Spellbinders); seam binding (Martha Stewart); Bow Easy; foam tape

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Let Me Get Straight to the Point

Another image colored for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge has made it on to a card!  This one is based on this week's sketch at Can You Case It.

Let Me Get Straight to the Point card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsThe pencil carrying cutie from the My Favorite Things Straight to the Point set was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere her to a white panel, then stamped the set's "let me get straight to the point" sentiment just beneath her.  I matted the image on golden yellow cardstock, then layered it on to a kraft panel at a slight angle.  The panels were adhered to a golden yellow cardbase covered with an alphabet patterned paper panel.  I tucked pieces of golden yellow fishtail flag strips beneath the image panel, then accented the image with a small silver star.

Materials Used:
Straight to the Point stamp set, Die-namics Straight to the Point and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Teacher's Pet 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); star punch (Stampin' Up!); foam tape
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