Friday, August 27, 2021

Color Me Thankful

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge. I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (crayon images, rainbow color scheme) for this fun thank you card design.

Color Me Thankful card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
My rainbow array of crayons was created with the Color Me Happy dies from Concord & 9th. I arranged them along the left side of a white cardstock panel, varying the placement of the crayons for interest. I stamped the "color me thankful" sentiment from the coordinating Color Me Happy stamp set in black ink on a white panel. The text was matted on a black panel, then added over the crayons using foam tape for dimension. The finished panel was adhered to a purple card base. I debated for a while before going with purple.

Materials Used:
Color Me Happy stamp set, Color Me Happy dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Red Punch and Ocean cardstock (Recollections); Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Thursday, August 26, 2021

You're Appreciated

You're Appreciated card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current challenge at The Paper Players. I took a few liberties with the sketch, but I think you can still see the bones there! One of those liberties was the shape of the focal panel. Instead of using a rectangle, I went with a stitched apple cut with the Apple Shaker dies from Lil' Inker Designs. After assembling the apple, I used foam tape to position it on a kraft stitched rectangle, angling it for interest. Again, I went with a different "slant" than the sketch, but the idea is there! For the sentiment, I stamped the "you're appreciated" from LID's Teacher Talk set in black ink on a strip of green cardstock matching the color of the leaf on the apple. The sentiment strip was adhered to the card so it overlapped the right side of the apple image. The finished panel was adhered to a red card base matching the die cut apple. I'll be taking this card to school with me this week since I'm sure there will be an occasion (or more) to thank another staff member for helping to welcome me to the building and to my new role as the library media specialist!

Materials Used:
Teacher Talk stamp set, Apple Shaker and Stitched Rectangles dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Simply Chartreuse and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Color Throwdown 657-You're Tops in My Book

It's time for another Color Throwdown! I'm the challenge hostess this week with a fun mix of colors--red, turquoise, green, and gray.

Tops in My Book card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant
I have to admit that I picked the inspiration photo knowing that this week I'd be starting my very first week at my new job as an elementary school librarian. While I have been working in education, it's been six years since I've worked in a school building and I'm looking forward to working with kids and staff on a daily basis once again. 

With that in mind, I had to color up some books! These are from Mama Elephant's Book Worm stamp set. The books and critters were colored with Copic markers and cut out, then arranged on a white cardstock panel. For dimension and interest I adhered some of the pieces using foam tape. The "you're tops in my book" sentiment from the Good Reads set was stamped to the left of the images. I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating red card base. This will make a great thank you note for one of my colleagues!

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 CTD657If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd657 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 Guest Star Stamper Jaydee.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** 
** Broni ** Lisa ** Lynn **
** Susie **  Vickie ** Wanda **
** Guest Star Stamper Jaydee **

Materials Used:
Book Worm and Good Reads stamp sets (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Have a Wild Day

Have a Wild Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and stencils from Lawn Fawn
Here's my card for the current 3-D card challenge at Lawn Fawnatics. I made a shadow box card using Lawn Fawn's Toucan Do It stamp set and Tropical Leaves Background stencils. For my shadow box scene, I colored up the leopard, toucan, and branch from the set using Copic markers. The background was created by stenciling the leaf pattern on a white panel in two shades of green distress inks. Now that I look at it again, I probably should have done my stenciling on a pale green panel instead of a white one... After cutting out a round opening from a green cardstock panel to serve as the front frame for my scene,  I scored the edges of the frame and stenciled pieces and secured them with double sided tape. The images were assembled inside of the frame along with strips of grass cut with a border punch. I used foam tape to place the bird and branch on the stenciled panel. The leopard was adhered between the two strips of grass using more foam tape. The "have a wild day" sentiment was stamped on a narrow strip of green cardstock and adhered to the front of the card to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Toucan Do It stamp set, Tropical Leaves Background stencils (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukinekio/IMAGINE Crafts); Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters distress inks (Ranger); markers (Copic); Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grass border punch (Fiskars); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Monday, August 23, 2021

You're Brilliant

You're Brilliant 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 shrunk the layout from standard to a mini slimline size, but still managed to fit in all of the bones of the sketch. The layout's round panel is represented by the fun light bulb die cut. I cut the bulb from bright yellow cardstock and the filament and base from sparkly silver. The assembled piece was adhered to a black cardstock panel over a strip of striped yellow patterned paper using foam tape for dimension. I stamped the "you're brilliant" sentiment from the Watt's Up set in watermark ink on a white cardstock strip, then heat embossed the text in silver to match the details on the bulb. After trimming around the words, I used more foam tape to place the sentiment on the panel. The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base matching the bright light bulb.

Materials Used:
Watt's Up stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Lightbulb dies (My Favorite Things); Basic Black cardstock, Sterling Silver embossing powder (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Sunday, August 22, 2021

With Sympathy

With Sympathy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Papertrey Ink
Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I filled in the two diagonal corners with a leafy branch from Papertrey Ink's Turning a New Leaf stamp set. The image was stamped in green pigment ink on the pale green cardstock square. For contrast I added a pale pink bloom from PTI's Everyday Classics set to each branch. The "with sympathy" sentiment from the Keep It Simple: Sympathy stamp set was stamped in the center of the panel in the same green ink I used for the leaves.The finished panel was adhered to a darker green card base matching the color of the leaves and sentiment.

Materials Used:
Turning a New Leaf, Everyday Classics, and Keep It Simple: Sympathy stamp sets, Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Angel Pink ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Grass pigment ink (Avery Elle)

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Thinking of You


Thinking of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
Here's my card for the August inspiration challenge at Altenew. I was inspired by the color scheme and pretty florals in the challenge graphic. I used Altenew's Striped Florals set to create a simple floral arrangement featuring the colors from the graphic. The flowers and leaves were colored with Copic markers, then cut out with my Scan 'n Cut machine. After playing around with a variety of different arrangement for the elements, I settled on what you see here and put the elements in place, using foam tape on some of the pieces to add dimension. One of the "thinking of you" sentiments from the Thinking of You set was stamped to the left of the clustered elements in black ink. I added some silver sequins around the arrangement for a bit of sparkle, then adhered the panel to a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
Striped Florals and Thinking of You stamp sets (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver sequins; foam tape

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