Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Color Throwdown 307-Simply Said Sympathy

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Monika is our hostess this week and she’s chosen this lovely color palette inspired by this photo of a sunflower—Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Pacific Point.

In Sympathy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
My card for the challenge is keeping with my week's theme of super simple designs.  The layout is based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I started out by watercoloring a panel of watercolor paper with a Pacific Point-ish wash.  After letting it dry (while I did some prep work for some activities we'll be doing in my kindergarten class this week), I stamped one of the floral silhouette images from the Simple Blooms set from The Cat's Pajamas on top of the panel.  To go with the watercolored background, I colored the stamp with distress markers, then misted it with water to get a soft look.

I matted the image panel with blue cardstock, then added the sentiment on top on a banner strip cut with TCP's CutUps Framed Up 2 dies.  The "in sympathy" sentiment is from TCP's classic Simply Said sentiment set.  I adhered the image panel to a kraft panel, then adhered it to a cream 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 CTD307. Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our August guestie (and new CTD team member!), Jodi Collins, and this week’s guest star stamper, Beverley Daw

 ** Barbara ** Broni ** Cindy ** Joan **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Jodi Collins **
** Guest Star Stamper Beverley Daw **

Materials Used:
Simple Blooms and Simply Said stamp sets, CutUps Framed Up 2 dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Peeled Paint and Wild Honey distress markers, distress watercolor paper (Ranger); Memento Bamboo Leaves ink (Tsukineko); Pacific Point and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); watercolors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Way to Birthday Fun

Here's another card for the current sketch at Seize the Sketch.  I made another birthday card, this time using stamps from Avery Elle.

This Way to Birthday Fun card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I started out with a pair of squares cut from a piece of rustic looking star patterned paper. After matting the panels on golden yellow cardstock, I adhered them to a kraft panel.

I used Avery Elle's Aim High dies to cut a rounded arrow from red cardstock.  The arrow was wrapped around and adhered to the patterned paper panel on the right side of the kraft panel.  I stamped the "this way to  birthday fun" sentiment from the coordinating Aim High stamp set beneath the patterned paper panel in red pigment ink. A few yellow sequins scattered around the cardfront add a little sparkle and tie in nicely with the star pattern.  The finished panel was layered on a cream card base.

In case you missed it, we announced last week that the Seize the Sketch challenge will be closing after this sketch. I've really enjoyed being part of the team and working with such talented designers!  I want to say a big "thank you" to Lesley for giving me the opportunity to be on the STS team.  It's been a lot of fun!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Avery Elle Aim High stamp set and Aim High dies; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk ink; Fancy Pants Everyday Circus 6x6 paper pad; yellow sequins

other:  Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah)

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Challenge 13-You Rock

We're back with another edition of The Challenge!  Once again, we're giving you two different options for playing along--a sketch and a color combination.  I combined the sketch and color palette to come up with this simple, bold design.

You Rock card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
My card uses two Avery Elle stamp sets--Many Thanks and We Go Together.  My focal image is the gem from Many Thanks.  I stamped it on gray cardstock, then coated it with glitter from a silver Wink of Stella pen to give it a shimmery look.  It's adhered to a white panel using a dimensional dot

I did a little selective inking to stamp the large "you" from one of the sentiments in the Many Thanks set underneath the gem.  The word "rock" came from the We Go Together set.  I like the contrast of the two different text sizes here.  I matted the panel on navy cardstock to match the sentiment's navy ink, then adhered the panel to an aqua card base.

Don't miss what the rest of the amazing challenge team has created to inspire you!  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge owner/creator
Jeanne Jachna
Kimberly Wiener

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Avery Elle Many Thanks and We Go Together stamp sets; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink; Wink of Stella silver glitter pen; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy and Basic Gray cardstock (Stampin' Up!)

Burlap and Bouquets Birthday

Here's a fun birthday card for this week's Viva la Verve sketch.  I was inspired by the confetti-like patterned paper in the Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquet paper pad.

Happy Birthday to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I paired the patterned paper with a piece of mint green cardstock and adhered the papers to a kraft card base.  The birthday sentiment is from Verve's Birthday Bash stamp set.  It's stamped in mint green ink on a cream panel that I framed with a kraft Round Scallop Frame die cut.  I adhered the sentiment panel to the cardfront over a gold die cut pennant trim strip.  After adding another pennant trim strip over the top of the sentiment panel, I topped it with a star cut from berry cardstock.

Materials Used:
Birthday Bash stamp set, Rounded Scallop Frame and Pennant Trim dies (Verve Stamps); Mint to Be ink (Avery Elle); Spearmint cardstock (My Favorite Things); Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); cream cardstock (Michaels); gold paper (Target); Burlap and Bouquets 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants); stitched star die (Lil' Inker Designs); foam tape

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 233-Hello Sunshine

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  This one has lots of possibilities, but I kept my version super simple, letting die cut pieces do most of the work for me

Hello Sunshine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud
I adhered a dotted patterned paper panel to a light blue card base, then ran a strip of turquoise cardstock across the cardfront at the top of the patterned paper panel.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "hello" from gray cardstock with WPlus9's Hand Lettered Hello die.  The word "sunshine" from the coordinating Hand Lettered Hello stamp set was stamped beneath the die cut word in gray ink.  I accented the text with a sun made from a pinking circle die cut and a white felt cloud cut with a cloud die from Lawn Fawn.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on Karen’s blog. For lots of inspiration be sure to check out what the other Sweet Sunday Sketch stampers have created for you this week. Here’s where to find them:

Barbara Anders
Dana White
Jackie Pedro--card coming soon
Jenny Peterson--taking the week off
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Karen Motz--taking the week off
Lisa Henke
Lynn Put
Sarah-Jane Kalé
Tracy Clemente
Vicki Burdick

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersWPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set and Hand Lettered Hello die; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink; Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad; Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies

other:  Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey and Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); pinking circle die (Spellbinders); white felt

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome Baby

Here's a super sweet and super simple baby themed design for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  You're going to be seeing a lot of simple designs in the upcoming weeks as I get back into the classroom teaching routine and figure out how to best manage and organize my time.

Welcome Baby card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I built the card on a lime green card base.  I adhered a strip of multicolor striped patterned paper along the bottom of the panel, using a narrow strip of gray cardstock along the top of the patterned paper to set it off from the cardfront just a bit. 

For the two elements at the left side of the card, I die cut a pair of buttons from blue and yellow cardstock scraps using the button dies from the Clear and Simple Stamps Build-a-Flower dies.  The buttons were threaded with cream twine, then adhered to the cardfront.  I stamped the "welcome baby" sentiment from the Baby Sentiments set to the right of the  buttons in gray ink.

Materials Used:
Baby Sentiments stamp set, You're Such a Gray-cious Host ink, In the Limelight, My Style Blueprint, Golden Tiara, and I Steel Got It cardstock, Build-a-Flower dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Hello Baby 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories); white twine (Hemptique); foam tape

You're My Clark Kent

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge.  I pulled out my Geek Is Chic set again for this one.

You're My Clark Kent card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI decided to go with a superhero theme, so I used a mix of blue solid and patterned papers for the cardfront.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the patterned paper is covered with teeny tiny stars.  The "you're my Clark Kent" sentiment was stamped on a white panel using blue pigment ink.  I accented it with a pair of glasses die cut with the Geek Is Cheek Glasses dies and two red hearts cut with the Staggered Heart Border die.  I love the pop of red against the different shades of blue.  In keeping with my superhero theme, I added a single silver star brad in the upper right corner of the cardfront.

Materials Used:
Geek Is Chic stamp set, Die-namics Geek Is Chic Glasses and Staggered Heart Border dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko); Basic Black, Real Red, Brocade Blue, and Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Americana 6x6 paper pad (Pebbles); circle die (Spellbinders); star brad (Joann); foam tape
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