Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Color Throwdown 527-Birthday Balloons

It's time for another Color Throwdown! It's my turn to be the challenge hostess this week and I'm sharing a color scheme inspired by a warm, cozy little scene--navy blue, gray, and green.

Birthday Balloons card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking AloudI used the colors along with the sketch from the current Sunday Stamps challenge to create a birthday card using no stamps--only dies!  The starry balloons were cut with the Balloon Builder dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  The blue and green balloons were backed with gray to fill in the star patterns.  After adhering gray twine strings to the balloons, I used foam tape to arrange them at the top of a white pierced rectangle die cut.  For the sentiment, I used Concord & 9th's Birthday dies to cut "happy birthday" from navy cardstock.  Once the letters were in place, I matted the panel on navy cardstock and placed it on a piece of green striped patterned paper with a strip of solid green cardstock on the left side.  The finished panel was adhered to a green card base matching one of the balloons and the solid green strip that runs the length of the patterned paper panel.

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 CTD527.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd527 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, January's Guest Designer, Vicki Finger, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Christine Jeancaspro.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January Guestie Vicki Finger **
** Guest Star Stamper Christine Jeancaspro **

Materials Used:
Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Avocado cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Steel Grey cardstock, Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Balloon Builders dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Birthday dies (Concord & 9th); Kate & Company-Oxford Lane 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); gray twine (Hemptique); foam tape

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Coffee Solves Everything

Coffee Solves Everything card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for this month's Mix it Up challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I combined elements from both the sketch (the striped background) and the inspiration photo (the coffee and color scheme) to put together my simple design.

Instead of using a die cut striped panel for the background, I used a striped patterned paper panel adhered to a kraft cardstock card base.  The kraft was a nod to the woodgrain elements in the inspiration photo.  I used SPD's Coffee to Go Cup die to create a to go cup.  It was adhered to the bottom left side of the panel over a length of looped twine.  For the sentiment, I used one of the Coffee Words dies to die cut the word "coffee" three times from brown cardstock. After layering the three pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the panel, overlapping the die cut piece.  The "solves everything" sentiment from the coordinating Caffeine Addict stamp set was stamped just beneath the die cut word in brown ink.  I purposely positioned the die cut  elements so that the text would be stamped on one of the white stripes, making it easy to read amid the stripes.

Materials Used:
Caffeine Addict stamp set, Coffee to Go Cup and Coffee Words dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Close to Cocoa cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Splendid Sunshine 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); twine (Hemptique)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Celebrate the Season

Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I went with a holiday themed design using stamps from Papertrey Ink.

Celebrate the Season card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink
I stamped one of the long snowflake border images from the retired Rustic Snowflakes set in white pigment ink along the length of a light blue cardstock panel, then heat embossed the image in white.  To highlight the embossing, I gently rubbed two shades of blue distress ink over the embossed images.  The panel was matted on silver cardstock then adhered to a teal card base.  For the sentiment, I stamped the "celebrate the season" sentiment from the Holiday Tree stamp set in white on a teal banner strip and heat embossed the text.  After folding the end for interest, I adhered it to the cardfront using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of white matte enamel dots were arranged around the banner to accent the sentiment and mirror the dots scattered throughout the snowflake border image.

Materials Used:
Rustic Snowflakes and Holiday Tree stamp sets, Double-Ended Banners dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China and Tumbled Glass distress inks (Ranger); Bashful Blue and Taken with Teal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Recollections); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Some Days You're the Dog

Some Days You're the Dog 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.  Last week was a long one at work--even with a snow day thrown in--so this sentiment really spoke to me!

I colored up the dog and hydrant images from the You Make My Tail Wag set using Copic markers.  They were adhered to a blue panel over a strip of green "grass" using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment above the images, then adhered the panel to the top of a red card base.  I found a red dotted patterned paper strip from my stash of scraps and positioned it at the bottom of the cardfront.  A narrow light blue scrap was set between the dotted panel and the grass strip to finish the card.

Materials Used:
You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, You Make My Tail Wag dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts);  markers (Copic); Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Miss Caroline-Dilly Dally 6x6 patterned paper (My Mind's Eye); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ewe Make Me All Warm and Toasty

Ewe Make Me All Warm and Toasty card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
The theme for this month's TCP Tuesday challenge is "love."  I paired the sheep duo from TCP's Melt My Ice with the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for my sweet design.

I colored the sheep using Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut machine to cut out the colored image.  The background was made from snowflake patterned paper and some shimmery white paper for ice.  I covered the seam between the two papers with a strip of red cardstock, then added the image on top using foam tape.  After matting the panel with coordinating blue cardstock, I adhered the panel to a light blue card base.  The "ewe make me feel all warm and toasty" sentiment from the Sheepish stamp set was stamped on the red strip to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Melt My Ice and Sheepish stamp sets (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Riding Hood Red, Blue Bayou, and Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Crystal Stardust cardstock (The Paper Cut); Winter Frost 6x6 paper pad (Recollections); foam tape

Friday, January 18, 2019

So Happy that We Are Friends

So Happy that We Are Friends card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used several elements from Shawn's inspiration card, including the layout, leafy branches, and square sentiment panel, as the starting point for my design.

I generally don't use much purple in my designs, but I've been turning to it a lot more lately.  Here, I used purple on both flowers (from Reverse Confetti's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set), the stenciled dots at the bottom of the panel, and as panels on my cardfront.  I did the stenciling first, then added a purple cardstock strip along the top of the stenciled area.  After stamping the friendship themed sentiment from RC's The Most Beauty stamp set in purple (again!) I matted the stamped panel on a square die cut, then layered the piece on the stenciled panel.  The flowers were leftovers that I'd made for another project but ended up not using. They worked perfectly here with a bit of foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the leafy branches in green pigment ink on green cardstock and cut out the stamped pieces. They were tucked underneath the raised flowers.  The panel was matted on purple cardstock, then adhered to an easy to write on white card base.

Materials Used:
Blooms 'n Buds  and The Most Beauty stamp sets, Blooms 'n Buds dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, Memento Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, and Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Grass pigment ink (Avery Elle); Amethyst Allure, Winter Wisteria, and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Square Swatches dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Thursday, January 17, 2019

You Are Brave

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (butterfly images, watercolor feel, and color scheme) to put together this simple design.

Be Brave card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud
I made my butterfly with the Papillon stamps and dies from The Stamp Market.  The butterfly was stamped in purple ink, then I added the details in black and blue.  I die cut a second butterfly from white vellum.  The vellum was adhered just at the center of the stamped image (the butterfly's body), then the wings were folded up to give the appearance of motion. I used foam tape to place the butterfly image at the bottom of a rounded square panel.  The "be brave" sentiment from the Essentials By Ellen Be Strong stamp set was stamped in the upper right corner of the panel in pale purple ink.  After matting the panel on purple cardstock, I adhered it to a blue card base with a strip of soft blue, purple, and green patterned paper along the left side.

Materials Used:
Papillon stamp set, Papillon dies (The Stamp Market); Be Strong stamp set (Essentials by Ellen); Lulu Lavender, Bahama Blue, and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Brocade Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Winter Wisteria cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); white vellum (The Paper Company); Echo 6x6 paper pad (Memory Box); corner rounder; foam tape
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