Thursday, April 24, 2014

Petals 'N Posies Thank You

Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti color challenge featuring light blue, green, and plum.  I needed some thank you notes for my stash, so I used the colors to put together a floral thank you card.

Thank You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI used the Reverse Confetti Petals 'N Posies set for my flowers.  I die cut the flowers from white cardstock, then stamped the matching images on the die cut pieces using blue and plum inks.  They're arranged at the bottom of a light blue panel.  That left me plenty of room to stamp the "thank you" sentiment from the All About You set at the top in plum ink.  I edged the panel with a scalloped strip trimmed from the edge of a piece that I die cut with one of Reverse Confetti's Love Note dies.  A few clear sequins fill in the panel and add some sparkle, too.

I adhered the light blue panel over a strip of green cardstock layered on a white cardstock panel.  To add interest, I partially embossed the white panel with a dotted pattern to match the detail on the smaller flower.  The finished panel was adhered to a light blue card base.

Materials Used:
Petals 'N Posies and All About You stamp sets, Confetti Cuts Petals 'N Posies and Love Note dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Sweet Plum ink, Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink (Tsukineko); Winter ink (Mama Elephant); Perfect Plum and Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Jelly Bean Green cardstock (Gina K Designs); Spotted embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); crystal clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Color Throwdown 289-Hello Friend

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Monika is our hostess this week and she's selected a beautiful combination inspired by a vibrant butterfly--Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, and Wild Wasabi.
Hello Friend-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9
My card uses the new Spring Blooms set from WPlus9 along with a somewhat stretched out variation on the current sketch at Retro Sketches.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from white cardstock, then stamped the matching images on the cardstock pieces using inks that match the challenge colors.  The flowers are arranged on the lower right corner of a white cardstock panel.  The smallest flower is adhered with a dimensional dot to add interest to the cluster. 

I stamped the "hello friend" sentiment from the Hand Lettered Hello set next to the flowers in plum ink.  The image and sentiment are accented with a plum tab and a piece of knotted frilly pink ribbon, plus a trio of sparkly white sequins.

I matted the stamped panel on a contrasting piece of green cardstock.  It's layered on an angle over a piece of pink patterned paper adhered to a white 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 make 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 CTD289. Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our April guestie, Jeanne Jachna, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Anita .

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Melody **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda ** 
** April guestie Jeanne Jachna **
** Guest Star Stamper Anita Bowden **

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  WPlus9 Spring Blooms and Hand Lettered Hello stamp sets, Spring Blooms dies; Crafter's Companion ultrasmooth white cardstock; Tsukineko Memento Sweet Plum ink and Memento Luxe Angel Pink ink; Avery Elle Celery ink; Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad; white sequins; May Arts pink sheer ruffle edge ribbon; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Blushing Bride and Perfect Plum cardstock (Stampin'  Up!); Grass Green cardstock (Gina K Designs)

Mother's Day Muse

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge.  I was inspired by the soft lines of the white embossing and the watercolored panel on Marion's card.

Happy Mother's Day-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Simon Says Stamp
For my version, I stamped the flowers from the Simon Says Stamps Best Mom Ever set several times on a square of watercolor paper, then heat embossed the images.  Once I'd finished embossing the flowers, I went back and masked them with sticky notes so I could add in a few leaves to fill in the panel a bit.

I watercolored the panel using distress markers, an aquapainter (which bit the dust mid-painting . . .), and a paint brush.  My watercoloring definitely needs some work.  I may just be signing up for the upcoming watercoloring class at Online Stamping Classes for a little help with this . . .  I went with a more feminine color scheme, but I think I still got the look of bold blooms like the ones in the Muse card.  It doesn't show in the photo, but I gave the panel a light coating of shimmer spray for a pretty, subtle sparkle.  I matted the finished panel on a piece of bold green cardstock, then used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.  The set's "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment was stamped just beneath the image panel in red ink to coordinate with the color of the flowers.

Materials Used:
Best Mom Ever stamp set (Simon Says Stamp); white cardstock, white embossing powder (Michaels); Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Whip Cream ink (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Love Letter ink, Frost shimmer spray  (Tsukineko); distress markers (Ranger); foam tape

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sky Is the Limit

I'm back with my second take on the current sketch at Seize the Sketch.  You still have time to play along--be sure to check out all the details on the current challenge here.

The Sky Is the Limit-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
I just love the big eared bunny from The Cat's Pajamas!  Here, he's riding in a hot air balloon in the Away We Go set.  I colored most of the image using Copic markers, then paper pieced the balloon using some chevron patterned paper.  It's shaded just a bit with markers to add some depth.  I cut the image out using the out of the box technique, allowing the bunny's big ears to extend beyond the edge of the oval panel.

I matted the colored image panel on a lime green oval, then adhered it to a matching lime green card base covered with aqua dotted patterned paper on top and turquoise cardstock on the bottom.  I added a pair of white felt clouds, cut apart from a strip of clouds cut with TCP's CutUps Cloud Border die, overlapping the balloon just a bit.  The set's "the sky is the limit" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the cardfront in black ink.  A trio of blue sequins from Pretty Pink Posh scattered around the image panel add a little fun sparkle to the scene.

Materials Used:
Away We Go stamp set, CutUps Cloud Border die (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, and Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cut and Paste-Adorbs 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); petite oval dies (Spellbinders); Aquamarine sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white felt (Michaels)

For the Record

Here's my card for the current confetti themed Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  I took my inspiration from the big, round, sherbet colored confetti circles in the inspiration photo as well as the angular shape of the cones holding the confetti.

For the Record-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
To bring in the colorful circle element, I found some patterned paper with a multicolored dot pattern.  I cut one end of the paper on an angle, then matted it on contrasting teal cardstock before adhering it to an aqua cardbase.

The "for the record, you rock" sentiment is from challenge sponsor Reverse Confetti's Inner Rock Star stamp set.  I stamped it in trendy gold on a strip die cut with Reverse Confetti's Tag Me die set.  The sentiment is adhered to the dotted panel and anchored by a die cut sparkly gold star.  I finished the design with a trio of matching gold sequins.

Materials Used:
Inner Rock Star stamp set, Confetti Cuts Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti); Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko); Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Lime Twist-Life of the Party 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); stitched star die (Lil' Inker Designs); gold sequins (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, April 21, 2014

Springtime Hello

It's been a while since I played along in one of the challenges at SCS, but I was home from work today, so I thought I'd give the clean and simple challenge a try.  I used the challenge colors for this simple card that doubles as my entry for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS anything goes challenge.

Springtime Hello-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I used the colors to make a simple scene featuring one of the butterflies from the Flap Happy set. The butterfly was stamped in lavender ink on a matching white cardstock die cut, then topped with a vellum die cut for a soft look.  I folded the vellum layer back so that it looks like the butterfly is flapping its wings.  I used dimensional dots to adhere the butterfly to a blue striped patterned paper panel with a grass border at the bottom.  The butterfly's antennae and flight trail were stamped directly on the patterned paper in gray pigment ink.

I edged the patterned paper panel with a lavender scallop edged strip, then adhered it to a white card base.  The "hello" sentiment from the Chit Chat set was stamped in plum ink on a lavender fishtail flag strip and adhered to the cardfront, overlapping part of the image panel.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smooches Flap Happy and Chit Chat stamp sets, Butterflies 2 dies; Crafter's Companion ultrasmooth white cardstock; Tsukineko Memento Lulu Lavender and Sweet Plum inks, Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink; Doodlebug Design Sugar Shoppe Shoppe 6x6 paper pad; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Lovely Lavender cardstock (Gina K Designs); Spring Moss cardstock (Papertrey Ink); white vellum (The Paper Company); scallop border punch (Stampin' Up!); grass border punch (Fiskars)

Hang in There

Here's my card for this week's Viva la Verve sketch.  I used the navy and aqua color scheme from the inspiration photo on my card along with the sketch.

Hang in There-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I made a rainy day scene using Verve's Rain or Shine stamp set and a piece of navy dotted patterned paper.  The patterned paper was adhered to an aqua card base.  I topped it with a pair of die cut felt clouds and a stamped umbrella image.   The "hang in there" sentiment from the Always on my Mind stamp set was stamped on a white cardstock strip in navy ink.  I tucked one end of the sentiment strip underneath the umbrella's handle to ground it.  A trio of  silver sequin "raindrops" around the clouds and umbrella add a cheery sparkle to the design.

Materials Used:
Rain or Shine and Always on my Mind stamp sets (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks (Tsukineko); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lush 2 Navy Polka Dot designer paper (American Crafts); stitched cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); white felt (Michaels); silver sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape
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