Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Color Throwdown 435-Don't Whirry

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week and she's brought us a yummy color mix--light yellow, green, and blue.

Don't Whirry card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn FawnI was inspired by the treats in Lisa's photo and whipped up a sweet card using images from Lawn Fawn's So Smooth stamp set. I colored the blender, banana, and berries using the challenge colors, then cut out the colored images with the matching dies.  The blender's buttons were coated with Daffodil irRESISTible Pico Embellisher for a glossy, raised look.  The pieces were arranged on a dark gray "countertop," using foam tape for dimension. I stamped the set's "don't whirry, be happy" sentiment next to the blender.  The set's clear stamps made it easy to split the single line of text into two.

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 CTD436. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd436 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, Cheryl McAskill.

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

Materials Used:
So Smooth stamp set, So Smooth dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Daffodil irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

You Rule

You Rule card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current (for a few more minutes!) My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used the sweet schoolgirl from the Class Act set as my focal image.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to place the image on a light blue gingham panel.  The gingham panel was adhered to a darker blue card base.  To ground the image and for some contrast, I cut a narrow red fishtail flag strip to place beneath her feet.  The set's "I rule" sentiment was stamped on a speech bubble cut with the Say What dies and placed at the top of the gingham panel using foam tape.

Materials Used:
Class Act stamp set, Die-namics Class Act, Fishtail Flag STAX, and Say What dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Brocade Blue and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Rain patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mojo Monday 490-Missing You

Missing You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch. I turned to my favorite big-eared bunny from The Cat's Pajamas for my design.

I used an image from the Hare Today set that I colored with Copic markers earlier this month as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. After trimming the colored image panel down, I matted it on red cardstock to match the red umbrella.  To go with the umbrella image, I found some raindrop patterned paper in my stash to use for the background panel.  I matted the patterned panel on turquoise cardstock, then adhered it to a lighter aqua panel.  I wrapped the panel with contrasting red ribbon and secured it with a simple knot, then added the image panel on top. The set's "missing you" sentiment was stamped next to the image directly on the patterned panel in black ink. The finished panel was adhered to a turquoise 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:
Hare Today stamp set (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Everyday-How's It Going? designer paper (American Crafts); red grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used a bird image I colored up a few days ago for the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge to make a simple scene.

A Little Birdie Told Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9
The bird is from the WPlus9 Happy Birds set.  After coloring it with Copic markers, I cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to adhere the bird to an aqua grid patterned paper panel.  To fill in the scene, I die cut a pair of clouds from shimmery white cardstock using WPlus9's Sunshine Layers dies and arranged them behind the bird image.  The set's "a little birdie told me" sentiment was stamped next to the bird in black ink. I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating teal card base.

Materials Used:
Happy Birds stamps, Happy Birds and Sunshine Layers dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Bermuda Bay and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Aqua Screen cardstock (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Girl Blog Hop

I'm super excited to be participating in a blog hop today to mark a very special occasion!  My dear friend Lesley Croghan will be welcoming a sweet baby girl soon and we're celebrating the big event with a blog hop full of baby cards in her honor.  I've been lucky to get to know Lesley through my time as a team member on her challenge blogs.  Over the years, we've chatted a lot about our sweet fur babies and our teaching careers and I'm so excited about this new adventure she's about to have. She's going to be an amazing mommy!

The Little Things card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
My contribution to the hop features stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs.  To keep things super girly, I went with a monochromatic pink color scheme.  The onesie from the Welcome Baby set is my focal image.  I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to adhere it to a zig zag stitched circle die cut.  I layered the circle on to a pink card base over a pink dotted patterned paper panel accented with a strip of super soft velvety ribbon.  The "it's the little things that make life big" sentiment from the Bundle of Joy set was stamped on a long flag die cut and positioned on the card so one end was tucked underneath the onesie.  So true, right?

To check out the rest of the hop, visit Lori Turner's blog here. She's done a fantastic job coordinating all of this behind the scene so that we could honor our special friend--thanks, Lori!

Materials Used:
Welcome Baby and Bundle of Joy stamp sets, Welcome Baby Accents, Zig Zag Stitched Circles, and Stitched Flags dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Bundle of Joy-A New Addition 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); pink velvet ribbon; foam tape

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's time for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  My card features two springtime elements--flowers and bunnies.  Quite a pair, right?

Hello, There card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
The layout for my design comes from the current sketch at Sunday Stamps.  I used the bunny peeking out from a mug of tea image from the This Could Be Vodka stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas as my focal image.  After coloring the image with Copic markers and carefully cutting it out, I used foam tape to place it on a white circle. I accented the image with a pair of die cut flowers and a leaf, cut with TCP's Flower Button dies.

A turquoise banner panel serves as the backdrop for the image.  I adhered the banner to a piece of floral patterned paper, wrapped the panel with a strip of rose ribbon, then added the image panel on top.  For the sentiment, I stamped "hello, there" from the Catch My Drift set at the bottom of the banner.  I  layered the finished panel on to a coordinating yellow card base.

Materials Used:
This Could Be Vodka and Catch My Drift stamp sets, Flower Buttons dies, linen thread (The Cat's Pajamas); So Saffron cardstock, rose grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lemonade-Sun Dress designer paper (Basic Grey); circle dies (Spellbinders); Flag Tags dies (SugarPea Designs); foam tape

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kindly CASE(d)

I'm joining in on the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge to CASE a card by the challenge team DT.  I created a pretty thank you card based on this pair of cards by Kymona. The watercolor backgrounds and bold die cut word as a focal image caught my eye, so I incorporated similar elements on my design.

Kind card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
I loved the backgrounds on Kymona's designs, so I created a watercolor-style background for my card. My background was created with the "ink smooshing" technique rather than watercoloring since my watercoloring skills aren't so great.  While the panel was drying, I die cut the word "kind" from pink cardstock and craft foam using the Kind Card Frame Add-on die.  The two pieces were layered for dimension, then placed on the panel.  I stamped the "thank you for being so" sentiment next to the die cut word in pink ink.  After accenting the die cut word with a trio of pink sequins, I placed the finished panel on a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
Kindhearted stamp set, Kind Card Frame Add-on die (Concord & 9th); Flamingo ink (Reverse Confetti); Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw distress inks (Ranger); Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink);pink sequins (Treehouse Studio); craft foam
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