Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Color Throwdown 565-The Beauty of the Season

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Jodi is our hostess this week with a great mix of colors--gray, lavender, and black.  Even though these colors would be perfect for a spooky and seasonal Halloween design, I went in a different direction, pairing the colors with the current sketch from TGIF Challenges to create a wintery card. 

The Beauty of the Season card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker DesignsI used a set of snowflake dies from Lil' Inker Designs to cut a trio of snowflakes from gray cardstock.  The flakes were adhered to the right side of a lavender cardstock panel.  For extra sparkle, I placed a self-adhesive clear crystal at the center of each flake.  I filled in some of the empty space above and below the flakes with three silver glitter enamel dots, two at the bottom and one at the top.  The "enjoy the beauty of the season" sentiment from LID's Winter Greetings stamp set was stamped to the left of the flakes in black ink.  I adhered the finished panel to a gray card base to complete the design.

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 CTD565If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd565 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 October Guestie Rosemary Dennis.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October Guestie Rosemary Dennis **

Materials Used:
Winter Greetings stamp set, snowflake dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lilac Grace and Weathervane cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); clear self-adhesive crystals; foam tape

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happiest of Birthdays

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used a trio of coordinating patterned paper scraps from the same paper pad to put this girly birthday card together in no time at all.

Happiest of Birthdays to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I'm always trying to use up patterned paper scraps and this layout was perfect for doing just that!  I arranged the three patterned paper panels on a yellow cardstock panel, leaving just a small border of yellow showing all around each piece.  The panel was adhered to a rose card base that coordinated with the pinks in two of the patterned pieces.  I die cut a long fishtail flag strip from a piece of pale pink cardstock and stamped one of the sentiments from the Bitty Birthday Wishes set on the strip in black ink.  The stamped fishtail flag strip was adhered to the bottom patterned paper panel using foam tape for dimension.  I accented it with a trio of matte pink enamel dots that matched the strip.  The dots work nicely with the dotted pattern in one of the papers and add a little pop to the card.

Materials Used:
Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set, Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Barely Banana and Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); My Girl 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts); pink matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, October 14, 2019

Too Kind

Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I used floral images and a sentiment from Reverse Confetti for this feminine thank you card based on the sketch.

You Are Too Kind card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
My flowers are from RC's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set.  I stamped the flowers and leafy branches with pigment inks, then used the matching dies to cut out the stamped images. They were arranged on a pale pink card base, using foam tape to adhere some of the pieces to give them dimension.  The "you are too kind" sentiment from RC's Simply Sentiments stamp set was stamped in the space between the floral clusters.  The pink sequins were a last minute addition to the design.  I like the little bit of sparkle!

Materials Used:
Blooms n' Buds and Simply Sentiments stamp sets, Piggy Bank cardstock, Blooms n' Buds dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Rose Bud, Dandelion, Teal Zeal, and Pistachio inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); pink sequins; foam tape

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Number One Fan

Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I used the layout for a masculine, sports themed design.

I'm Your #1 Fan card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink
My stamped images are from Papertrey Ink's Football Frenzy stamp set.  I used pigment inks to stamp the images on the white die cut shapes.  The images and a die cut silver star were arranged at the lower left corner of a gray cardstock panel.  The gray panel was matted on silver cardstock before it was adhered to the upper portion of a dark blud card base.  The "I'm your #1 fan" sentiment from PTI's All-Star Team stamp set was stamped at the top of the gray panel in navy pigment ink to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Football Frenzy and All-Star Team stamp sets, Dark Indigo and Weathervane cardstock, Football Frenzy dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, Nautical Blue, and Gray Flannel cardstock (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Silver cardstock (Recollections); Stars dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Dragonfly Fusion

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo, including the dragonfly image and the color scheme, to create this cheery card.

Hello Friend card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
My focal image is the dragonfly from the Paper Smooches Giddy Bugs stamp set.  I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I used a glitter brush pen to to add a subtle sparkle to the dragonfly's wings.  I found some pretty watercolor-looking patterned paper in my stash to use for a backdrop for the dragonfly.  I adhered the patterned paper to a turquoise card base, then added a turquoise circle matted on silver on top.  The "hello" sentiment was die cut from silver paper and positioned on the circle, then the "friend" from the Happy Camper set was stamped beneath the die cut word.  I used foam tape to adhere the dragonfly image to the bottom of the turquoise panel.  A trio of silver glitter enamel dots arranged around the dragonfly completed the design.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs and Happy Camper stamp sets, Giddy Bugs and Hello Words dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle Glitter Brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); Echo 6x6 paper collection (Memory Box); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Friday, October 11, 2019

For a Great Teacher

For a Great Teacher card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current Mojo Monday sketch.  I went with a teacher themed design since work has been at the forefront of my mind lately as I finish up with monitoring data collection for a state mandated assessment administration--which I am very pleased to report is finally over! My focal image is an apple die cut with the Apple Shaker dies from Lil' Inker Designs. I pieced the apple together then used foam tape to adhere it to a kraft circle.  For the background for the apple image, I arranged a pair of red dotted patterned paper panels matted on brown cardstock on a kraft panel.  After adhering a pair of narrow strips of brown cardstock diagonally across the kraft panel, I added the apple image on top. The "for a great teacher" sentiment from the Apple of My Eye stamp set was stamped at the bottom of the dotted panel on the right side of the card. The finished panel was adhered to a red card base to match the die cut apple.

Materials Used:
Apple of My Eye stamp set, Apple Shaker dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Red Punch cardstock (Recollections); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Close to Cocoa and Garden Green cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Garland-Justin Road designer paper (Scenic Route); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Thursday, October 10, 2019

It Takes a Big Heart

It Takes a Big Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for the current CAS(e) this Sketch challenge.  I created a teacher themed card using the sketch, which seems appropriate since I'm working on wrapping up a huge project with teachers today.  I'm a little (okay, a lot) stressed right now and will be very happy when today is over!  For my card, I used Reverse Confetti's All Apples stamp set.  The apple with the "it takes a big heart to shape little minds" sentiment is my focal image.  I stamped it with red pigment ink (which definitely needs to be re-inked...) and die cut the image along with the stem and leaves.

I paired the apple with a fun dotted patterned paper.  I edged the dotted panel with teal cardstock before adhering it to the bottom of an olive green card base.  Two kraft strips, matted with teal, were positioned on the right side of the cardfront, overlapping both the green card base and the patterned panel. The apple image was added on top of the kraft strips using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
All Apples stamp set, All Apples dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Love Letter, Rich Cocoa, and Pistachio inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Old Olive and Taken with Teal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); So Sophie "Never Enough" Daring Dot designer paper (My Mind's Eye); foam tape
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