Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bee Mine

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Designer Draft challenge.  I used the sketch to put together this bee themed design.

Bee Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I used the Giddy Bugs set--again!--for my card.  This time, I used watercolor markers and an aquapainter to color the image I used.  After coloring the image, I adhered it to a hexagon patterned paper panel over a bunch of coordinating paper strips of different widths.  For a little sparkle, I added a crystal flourish to make a flight trail extending out from beneath the bee.

The "bee mine" sentiment from the Bee Mine set was stamped in black ink on the pale gray strip across the top of the panel.  I accented the sentiment with a pair of red hearts die cut with the Tiny Hearts die set.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs and Bee Mine stamp set, Flag Tags and Tiny Hearts dies (Paper Smooches); Versafine Onyx Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Zig); watercolor paper (Ranger); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Daffodil, Steel Grey, and Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Be(you)tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); crystal flourish (Michaels); foam tape

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown 357-Congrats

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Joan is our hostess this week and she's chosen a color combination based on the fierce photo seen above--black, white, blue, and pink.

Congrats card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I used the colors to make a baby card based on the current sketch at The Paper Players.  I started off with a light blue cardstock panel, then added a long blue patterned paper fishtail flag strip to the panel's left side and a large white circle to the right.  The circle was filled in with one of the stork images from the Clear and Simple Stamps Special Bundle stamp set.  The stork's bundle was stamped on a piece of patterned paper to add interest.  Instead of using a second round panel, I added a die cut heart beneath the white circle.

The "congrats on your new arrival" sentiment was stamped on a white fishtail flag strip and added to the bottom of the blue panel.  My MISTI helped me to get the words aligned perfectly.  A few blue enamel dots scattered around the panel completed the design.  I adhered the finished panel 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 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 CTD357. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd357 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 and our August guestie, Lindsay Amrhein. Thanks again to Lindsay for joining us this month!

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Lindsay Amrhein **

Materials Used:
Special Bundle stamp set, My Style Blueprint, Coral Necklace, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Special Bundle, Shapes:  Circles, Shapes:  Hearts, and Favor Flags dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Recollections Aqua Screen patterned paper (Michaels); pink twine (The Twinery); blue enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Seriously, You Rock

Here's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I went with some bold, saturated colors for my design.

Seriously card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker DesignsI adhered an angled orange on orange dotted patterned paper panel to the upper right corner of a bright pink card base. The patterned paper was matted on dark gray cardstock to set it off from the cardfront.  I die cut "seriously" several times from pink cardstock, then stacked the die cut pieces.  After adding a dark gray die cut at the bottom of the stack and offsetting it slightly for a shadowed look, I adhered the word to the patterned paper panel.  The "you rock" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Seriously Awesome set was stamped just beneath the die cut in black ink.  I accented the corner of the panel with a die cut gold star.  A crystal flourish extending out from beneath the star added one final touch of sparkle to the card.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Seriously Word and Stitched Star dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Onyx Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Raspberry Fizz and Smokey Shadow cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Sunkissed 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); crystal flourish (Prima); foam tape

Monday, August 24, 2015

SugarPea Designs Creative Color Challenge 4-You've Got the Write Stuff

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch! ***

A new color challenge is starting today at SugarPea Designs!  Today is the first day that teachers in my county are returning to school and even though I'm not doing that this year, my teaching colleagues are still very much on my mind.  I used a few SugarPea Designs stamps and dies along with the current sketch at RetroSketches (rotated a bit!) to put together an encouraging school themed design.

You've Got the Write Stuff card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI used the pencil die from the SugarCuts Notebook Journal Card die set to create a set of pencils in the challenge colors.  They were arranged at the bottom of a white panel cut with the die set's large notebook edged die.  I stamped the "you've got the write stuff" sentiment from the Teacher's Pet set at the top of the panel in black ink, then tied a turquoise ribbon around the panel, just above the sentiment.

I edged the panel with a narrow strip of bright pink cardstock with rounded corners to match the larger panel.  I adhered a wider strip of turquoise cardstock under the pink strip, then accented it with a silver die cut paper clip.  The finished panel was adhered to an olive cardstock panel, then layered on to a turquoise card base.

Want to play along with the color challenge?  The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the colors provided.  SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • Upload to the SugarPea Designs blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: CCC4 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz in the SugarPea Designs blog
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15
For more inspiration before you get started, be sure to head on over to the SugarPea Designs blog for a list of designers sharing their take on the challenge colors.

Materials Used:
Teacher's Pet stamp set, SugarCuts Notebook Journal Card die (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and More Mustard cardstock, turquoise grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Blush and Fine Linen cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver paper (Target)

Mojo Monday 412-You Mean the World to Me

You Mean the World to Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti

Happy Monday!  It's time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the sketch to put together a love themed design in a non-traditional color scheme. 

The colors were inspired by the world theme of the Reverse Confetti stamp set I used for my sentiment. I started off with a piece of star patterned paper.  It was topped with a green pierced circle die cut, then a kraft cardstock strip.  I stamped the "you mean the world to me" sentiment in navy pigment ink on a cream circle.  After matting the sentiment on navy cardstock, I adhered it over the other cardstock panels.  The sentiment was accented with a silver star, adhered to the top left corner using foam tape.  For a bit of sparkle, I added a crystal flourish extending out from underneath the star.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the Mojo Makers 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:
My World stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Kiwi Kiss and Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); silver paper (Target); Beachside 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Die-namics Pierced Circle Stax dies (My Favorite Things); crystal flourish (Prima); foam tape

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 283-As Fabulous As You Are

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  This week’s sketch features a trio of rectangular panels that can be filled with images or die cuts.

As Fabulous As You Are card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I used the fun flamingos from Reverse Confetti for my card. Two of the panels were filled with pink flamingos. To add interest, I used the matching dies to cut out the bird bodies and their wings, then assembled them using foam tape for dimension. The center panel was stamped with one of the set’s sentiment images. The set’s multi-lined sentiments were a perfect fit for these rectangular panels! After matting them on pale gray cardstock, I arranged the panels on a pale pink card base. The finished panel was adhered to a pale gray card base.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on the SSSC blog.  Be sure to stop by the blog to check out what the SSSC team has created using the sketch.  And, don't forget to check in on Wednesday to see one of our favorite cards made with the sketch.

Materials Used: 
Fabulous Flamingo stamp set, Confetti Cuts Fabulous Flamingo dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Gray Flannel inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sweet Happy Birthday

Here's my card for this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.  Today's my sister's birthday, so I used the sketch to put together a sweet birthday card for her.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Verve Stamps
I used stamps from Verve's Small Packages set and the coordinating Cupcake Frame dies for my focal image.  The frame was stamped in white ink and heat embossed on a pale pink panel, then cut with the matching frame die.  I stamped the birthday sentiment inside the frame in darker pink pigment ink.  The frame was accented with the set's small cupcake image.  I colored the image with Copic markers and used the die to cut it out, then attached it to the frame with foam tape.

The sentiment panel was adhered to a die cut patterned paper tag topped with pink grosgrain ribbon.  I layered the pieces on to a yellow cardstock panel with a white doily at the center.  The finished panel was adhered to a pale pink card base.

Materials Used:
Small Packages stamp set, Cupcake Frame dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and Rose Bud inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Barely Banana and Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Happy Day 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Traditional Tag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); white paper doily; pink grosgrain ribbon; foam tape
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