Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Color Throwdown 606-Happiest Wishes

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess with a mix of soft colors--aqua, peach, and kraft.  I paired the colors with the current Fab Friday challenge for this simple design that would be perfect for a wedding.
Happiest Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiI started out by stamping the outline branch and flower image from Reverse Confetti's Sketched Florals stamp set in kraft ink on a white panel.  I filled in just the blooms with the set's solid image using a coral pigment ink, then matted the panel on shimmery gold cardstock. The panel was adhered to the top left of an aqua card base.  The "happiest wishes for you" sentiment from RC's Mod Floral Stack stamp set was stamped in kraft ink on an aqua cardstock strip.  I edged the bottom of the strip with narrow pieces of gold and peach cardstock, then adhered it over the white panel using foam tape for dimension

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 CTD606If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd606 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 this week's Guest Star Stamper Maja.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** Guest Star Stamper Maja **

Materials Used:
Sketched Florals and Mod Floral Stack stamp sets (Reverse Confetti); Memento Toffee Crunch ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Papaya Cream pigment ink (ColorBox); Aqua Mist and Melon Berry cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Gold Foil cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hello I Miss You

Hello I Miss You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch challenge.  I combined the sketch with one of the current Summer School lessons--ombre.  I found an array of blue green cardstock pieces in various color values and used them to make a gradient of colors on a white cardstock panel. The darkest, most saturated shade is at the top and as the strips move from top to bottom, the colors become lighter and less saturated.

For the sentiment, I used a cursive "hello" die to cut three pieces.  The pieces were layered for dimension, then adhered over the bottom strips.  The "I miss you" sentiment came from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set.  I inked a longer sentiment selectively to get just what I wanted!  The finished panel was adhered to a card base matching one of the darker strips of paper.

Materials  Used:
More Essential Sentiments stamp set, Thanks and Hello dies (My Favorite Things); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tropical Teal and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Ocean cardstock (Recollections); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!)

I Am Grateful for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things

This is my final card for MFT's current Summer School session.  It's for the lesson on white space, even though there's no white in sight!  My design is based on a layout from the current Paper Craft Crew challenge. I represented the layout's two triangular elements with a pair of leaves cut with MFT's Wild Greenery dies.  The die cut leaves were arranged at the bottom of a lighter green card base.  I topped them with a narrow kraft cardstock strip stamped with the "I am grateful for you" sentiment from the Bitty Thanks and Gratitude stamp set.  A trio of brown enamel dots arranged around the leaves and sentiment strip completed the design, which while not white, has plenty of white space!

Materials  Used:
Bitty Thanks and Gratitude stamp set, Wild Greenery dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Monday, August 10, 2020

Be Merry

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I tried out some of the elements from the Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit for this wintery design.

Be Merry card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Taylored ExpressionsMy focal image is the set's adorable snowman.  I stamped the background with the variety of snowman heads on shimmery white cardstock.  After picking just one, I cut out the image with the matching die and colored it with Copic markers.  I stamped the body on another piece of shimmery white cardstock and cut it out, too.  I made a background for the image with a piece of light blue textured cardstock with a strip of torn shimmery white cardstock at the bottom.  To go with the image, I stamped a few silver snowflakes on the panel. The image was added on top using foam tape for dimension.  I had just enough room on the panel to stamp the "be merry" sentiment from the Winter Wishes stamp set in purple ink.  I matted the image on purple cardstock before adhering it to a darker blue card base with a strip of plaid patterned paper along the left side.
Materials Used:
Frosty Background Clear and Cling Combo and Winter Wishes stamp sets, Frosty's Head and Frosty's Body dies (Taylored Expressions); Versafine Clair Nocturne, Memento Grape Jelly, and Delicata Silvery Shimmer inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Winter Wisteria cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Crystal Stardream metallic cardstock (The Paper Cut); patterned paper (Echo Park); foam tape

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Floral Friend Hello

Here's my card for the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used elements from the inspiration card, including a similar layout, watercolored elements, a floral image, and gold accents to create my design.

I don't watercolor frequently--not my medium of choice, but I stretched myself a bit for this. The large flower from Papertrey Ink's Friends 'Til the End stamp set is my watercolored focal image. The image was stamped in black and heat embossed, then colored with Clean Color markers and a water brush.  I did the same for the golden yellow leaf, then fussy cut both images.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the left side of a panel of watercolor paper brushed at the center with an irregular strip of pale pink watercolor wash.  Part of the flower was trimmed off to make the image even with the panel's edge.  I used a die from PTI's Turning a New Leaf set to cut a leafy branch out of gold foil cardstock. The leaf was tucked beneath the raised flower.  I stamped the set's "hello friend" sentiment to the right of the flower in black and heat embossed the text, too.  A trio of gold sequins were arranged around the image as a simple accent. The finished panel was adhered to a berry card base to coordinate with the bold floral focal point.

Materials Used:
Friends 'Til the End stamp set, Berry Sorbet cardstock, Turning a New Leaf dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick distress inks (Ranger); Clean Color markers (Zig); Black embossing powder (Stampin' Up!); Gold Foil cardstock (Recollections); gold sequins; foam tape

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy Bird-Day

Happy Bird-Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesHere's my card for the current birthday themed challenge at Paper Smooches.  With Paper Smooches closing soon, I went back into my collection and dug out one of my first (maybe even my first!) PS sets for the challenge, Birthday Buddies.  This set of birthday themed images and sentiments was perfect for the challenge.

My layout comes from the current challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I stamped the set's bird image and colored it with Copic markers.  After die cutting the colored image, I used foam tape to adhere the image to a light blue tag die cut.  To fill in the tag, I added a pair of balloons from the Hullabaloo stamp set.  There was just enough room at the bottom of the tag to stamp the set's "happy bird-day" sentiment at the bottom of the tag.  I positioned the tag over a wide orange fishtail flag strip placed across a multicolored striped patterned paper panel.  The panel was matted on yellow cardstock, then placed on a light blue card base that matches the color of the die cut tag.

Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies and Hullabaloo stamp sets, Buddies Icons and Gift Tags dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Baby Boy-Wild About You designer paper (Bella Blvd.); Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Friday, August 7, 2020

Drinks Are on Me

Drinks Are on Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsThe theme for this month's My Favorite Things Birthday Project is gift cards.  I created this drink themed birthday card with a spot for a gift card front and center.

My gift card holder was made with an older MFT die that was made to hold a gift card.  I cut the piece from pale pink cardstock and assembled it, then adhered it to a dotted pink patterned paper panel on an angle.  The "it's your birthday" sentiment from the A Toast to You set was stamped on the pocket in dark pink ink.  For interest, I used the Slanted Sentiment Strips dies to cut a dark pink slanted edge strip. After stamping the "drinks are on me" sentiment from the Spirited Sentiment set on the strip in dark pink ink, I adhered the stamped strip just beneath the text on the pocket.  To go with the drink theme, I used the Birthday Cocktail die set to create a fun drink accent. The glass was cut from white vellum.  A little Copic coloring filled the glass with liquid.  I cut the set's bow from gold foil cadstock and added to the glass. The trio of gold glitter enamel dots added a final fun sparkly element to the design.  I didn't have a gift card handy to tuck into the pocket, so just imagine there's something sticking out of the pocket...

Materials Used:
A Toast to You and Spirited Sentiments stamp sets, Gift Pocket, Slanted Sentiment Strips, and Birthday Cocktail dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sweet Blush and Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pink Tonal Dots patterned paper, white vellum, gold foil cardstock (Recollections); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

You're Simply the Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
This simple design is another one for the current MFT Summer School session.  The lesson subject was symmetry, so I selected a large die to serve as my focal image.  I cut the pierced star from super shiny gold cardstock.  To add interest, I stenciled a concentric circle pattern on a very pale pink panel for the background, trying my best to control how I applied the distress oxide to get a more faded look towards the edges of the panel. The star was added on top in the center of the panel using foam tape for dimension.  I combined sentiments from the Bitty Thanks and Gratitude and the Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set to create the "you're simply the best" phrase that I stamped on a brick red fishtail flag strip. The stamped strip was tucked beneath the bottom of the star and adhered to the pink panel with more foam tape. I matted the panel on more gold foil cardstock before adhering it to a brick red card base to match the sentiment strip.

Materials Used:
Bitty Thanks and Gratitude and Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp sets, Insulation Pink and Brick Red cardstock, Pierced Star STAX and Essential Fishtail Flag Sentiments dies (My Favorite Things); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Fired Brick distress oxide (Ranger); Gold Foil cardstock (Recollections); Concentric Circles stencil (SugarPea Designs); foam tape

Thursday, August 6, 2020

You Color My World

ou Color My World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple StampsHere's my card for the current Mojo Monday sketch.  I went back into the archives and pulled out one of the Clear and Simple Stamps rag doll sets for this one!

This card features Rag Doll Emma.  I colored the stamped and die cut image using a bright mix of Copic markers.  The colored image was adhered to a large white circle, leaving room to stamp the "you color my world" sentiment to the left of the image.  I added some pink to the word "color" to match the rag doll's dress. 

To go with the image, I found a scrap of super colorful striped patterned paper in my scrap pile.  I adhered a wide strip of the striped paper to the center of a light pink cardstock panel, then added a wide strip of solid dark pink cardstock over it.  The sentiment was matted on a pale yellow scalloped circle before I added it on top.  Each scallop was pierced with my paper piercing tool for a fun detail. The finished panel was adhered to a dark pink card base to match the rag doll's dress and the strip across the front of the card.

Materials Used:
Rag Doll Emma: Color stamps and die (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); designer paper (October Afternoon); circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

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