Saturday, October 20, 2018

Birthday Balloons

Birthday Balloons card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
Here's my card for this week's challenge at Global Design Project.  I used Krista's layout as the inspiration for this fun birthday design.

The interesting sentiment/image panel element on Krista's card caught my attention, so I wanted to replicate that on my design.  I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from  Concord & 9th's Eat Cake & Celebrate stamp set in aqua ink on a white panel, then added a die cut lime balloon to the right side of the panel, using foam tape for dimension.  The panel was edged with some festive aqua pom pom trim, then set aside.  For the background panel, I stamped a pair of aqua balloons on a white cardstock panel using a solid balloon image from the Happy Balloons stamp set. I matted the stamped panel on coordinating lime and aqua cardstock panels, then adhered it to a white card base.  The sentiment panel was placed on top using more foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Happy Balloons and Eat Cake & Celebrate stamp sets, Happy Balloons dies (Concord & 9th); Key Lime ink (Gina K Designs); Iced Aqua ink (Reverse Confetti); Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pom pom trim; foam tape

Friday, October 19, 2018

Spooktacular Birthday

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I love seasonal cards in non-traditional color schemes, so I paired the sketch with the theme and color scheme from the inspiration photo for this design.

My focal image is the ghost from the SugarPea Designs Eek-a-Boo stamp set.  I stamped the image in white pigment ink on a piece of vellum cardstock, then heat embossed it in white ink.  I added just a bit of color to the image with Copic markers, coloring on the back of the image and using the embossed lines for guidelines, then carefully cut it out by hand.  For the backdrop, I used circle punches to cut pale purple and aqua pieces.  After arranging them on a pale pink card base, I added the ghost on top.  I debated using a Halloween sentiment, but in the end went with a birthday one, stamping the "wishing you a spooktacular birthday" sentiment just to the right of the image to finish the card.

Materials Used:
Eek-a-Boo stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sweet Blush, Lilac Grace, and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); vellum cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle punches (EK Success); foam tape

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Rainbow of Happiness

Rainbow of Happiness card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for this month's Mix It Up Challenge at SugarPea Designs. I combined elements of the sketch with elements of the inspiration photo for my clean and simple design.

I started out with a plain white card base.  To make a background, I used a blue distress ink and an ink blending tool to create a sky, darker at the center and lighter as the color moves towards the edges of the cardfront.  I used SPD's Whatever the Weather dies to create a rainbow for the focal image.  After assembling the rainbow and adhering it to the cardfront, I added a pair of silver die cut clouds to one end of the rainbow, using foam tape for dimension.  The "wishing you a rainbow of happiness" sentiment from the Whatever the Weather stamp set was stamped just beneath the rainbow and clouds in black ink.  I added a trio of silver glitter enamel dots beneath the clouds to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Whatever the Weather stamp set, Whatever the Weather dies (SugarPea Designs); VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (Ranger); Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, Pacific Point, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Silver cardstock (Recollections); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Color Throwdown 515-You Are Too Kind

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Jodi is our hostess this week with a tablescape-inspired rustic color combination--kraft, green, and white.

You Are Too Kind card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
This earthy color scheme called for some nature-themed images, so I used Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage stamp set to stamp up a pair of leaves on kraft cardstock. After cutting out the leaves with my Scan 'n Cut (first time I've tried it with images stamped on kraft--worked great!), I added a little depth to the color with some Tea Dye distress ink.  To make a background for the leaves, I used RC's Lotsa Dots stencil and white pigment ink to create a subtle dotted pattern on the bottom of a green cardstock panel.  I adhered the leaves to the panel with foam tape, then accented them with a trio of white matte enamel dots.  I die cut a banner strip using a die from the Tag Me die set, then stamped "you are too kind" from the Simply Sentiments set on the strip in white pigment ink.  The text was heat embossed to stand out against the kraft.  After wrapping the end of the strip in gold thread, I adhered it to the top left side of the green panel. The finished panel was adhered to a kraft 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 CTD515.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd515 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 October's Guest Designer, Birgit Edblom.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October Guestie Birgit Edblom **

Materials Used:
Fall Foliage and Simply Sentiments stamp sets, Tag Me dies, Lotsa Dots stencils (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger); Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); gold cord (Michaels); foam tape

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Out of This World

Here's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used the layout for a super simple space themed design.

Out of This World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
I used the layout's large circle as a moon.  The moon is made from a yellow cardstock circle that I debossed with a dotted pattern for a crater-like look.  I adhered the round panel to a navy card base, then added a cute rocket from Lawn Fawn's Out of This World stamp set at the top, using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the set's "you are out of this world" sentiment on a silver cardstock strip.  I positioned the strip across the card front, placing it over the moon and tucking it underneath the bottom edge of the rocket image.  A trio of silver glitter enamel dot "stars" arranged above and below the sentiment strip completed the design.

Materials Used:
Out of This World stamp set, Out of This World dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Night of Navy and Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Silver cardstock (Recollections); circle die (Spellbinders); Polka Dot embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, October 15, 2018

Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens 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.  My interpretation is a pretty loose one, but if you look closely, I think you can see how the sketch inspired me! 

I die cut 6 cookies using the You're the Milk to My Cookies dies, using kraft for the cookies and dark brown cardstock for the "chips."  The cookies were arranged on a large silver pierced rectangle die cut.  After matting the silver panel on brown cardstock to match the color of the chips in the cookies, I adhered it to a kraft card base.  The "Stuff happens.  Cookies help." sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink on a narrow red fishtail flag strip, then heat embossed to pop against the background before layering the contrasting strip of text over the cookies.

Materials Used:
Cookie Crumbs stamp set, You're the Milk to My Cookies, Pierced Rectangle STAX, and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Recollections); foam tape

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Modern Holiday Wreath

Modern Holiday Wreath card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
I pulled out the Filled with Joy dies from My Favorite Things again for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the dies as decoration for a kraft circle that I turned into a simple, modern wreath. 

The circle was cut with a pair of circle dies, one with a pierced pattern that adds interest to the simple shape.  I positioned the circle on a cream panel, using foam tape for dimension.  The red "j" and "y" were added to the bottom of the circle with a silver snowflake between them.  The center of the flake was dotted with a clear crystal.  After topping the wreath with a red gingham bow, I adhered the panel to a festive red card base.

Materials Used:
Filled with Joy and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); clear crystal (Darice); red gingham ribbon; Bow Easy; foam tape
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