Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Just Be-Paws

Just Be-Paws card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for February's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I used a pair of images I colored earlier this month as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge for this just because or ("be-paws") card.  Since I'd already colored the dog house from Reverse Confetti's Paw Prints stamp set set in red, I found patterned papers that would work with the colored image.  I settled on a classic mix of dots and stripes.  The dotted blue paper was used to cover most of a coordinating light blue card base.  The striped red paper was cut into squares and matted on red cardstock, then adhered to the cardfront.  For the image panel, I arranged the dog and dog house images on a blue cardstock square using foam tape.  After matting the panel on the same red cardstock as I used for the striped paper, I adhered it to the cardfront.  I knew that if I stamped the sentiment directly on one of the striped panels, it would get lost, so I stamped the set's "just be-paws" sentiment on a narrow red strip, then adhered it to the lower striped panel to complete the card.

Materials Used:
Paw Prints stamp set, Paw Prints dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Riding Hood Red and Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Quilting Bee 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Monday, February 19, 2018

You Color My World

You Color My World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
As soon as I saw the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch, this rainbow design came to mind.  My rainbow was made with an assortment of narrow cardstock scraps arranged on a pale blue card base.  For the sentiment, I die cut a stitched cloud shape from shimmery white cardstock using a die from the My Favorite Things End of the Rainbow die set.  The "you color my world" sentiment from the MFT Rainbow of Happiness stamp set was stamped in black ink on the cloud die cut.  I used foam tape to position the cloud on the card base, then arranged a trio of silver sequins around the cloud to finish the super simple design.

Materials Used:
Rainbow of Happiness stamp set, End of the Rainbow dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Pacific Point, Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tag Talk Thanks

Tag Talk Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used one of MFT's Die-namics dies to put together this simple thank you card.  I die cut the thanks tag from the Tag Talk set for the sentiment.  For contrast, I backed the open letters with a scrap of turquoise cardstock.  And, to give the tag a finished look, I threaded a strip of cream grosgrain ribbon through the hole in the tag and secured it with a simple knot.  Since the sentiment was bold, I kept the rest of the card simple. I covered a lemon yellow card base with a patterned paper panel with a multicolored plaid pattern.  I adhered a strip of lemon yellow cardstock, edged with a narrow strip of turquoise, across the panel, then added the tag on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I may go back and add a few enamel dots as an accent ...

Materials Used:
Die-namics Tag Talk dies (My Favorite Things); Lemon Tart and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Everyday Flair 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); cream grosgrain ribbon; foam tape

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamp from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I let one of Verve's fabulous sentiments do most of the work on this one.  I stamped the sweet Plain Jane image in navy pigment ink on a light blue cardstock circle, then matted the sentiment on a slightly larger silver circle.  I'm trying to use up some of my older patterned paper stash, so I dug out an old baby themed paper pad and found a star patterned paper to use to cover most of the light blue card base.  After layering a pair of navy and yellow cardstock strips rescued from my scrap pile at the right side of the panel, I adhered the matted sentiment on top.  A trio of silver sequins, matching the sentiment's star theme, were arranged around the sentiment panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Little Star Plain Jane (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Rain and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Itsy Bitsy 8x8 paper pad (K & Company); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver sequins

Friday, February 16, 2018

Any Day with You

Any Day with You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-digital stamps and dies from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for February's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.  I used a sentiment from one of Verve's digi sets, Love from Me, as my focal image.  The text was printed with a laser printer, then cut out with a circle die.  For the layout's large panel, I found a piece of argyle patterned paper with tiny hearts in the pattern in my scrap pile.  I positioned it on a light aqua cardstock panel, then added a strip of chartreuse cardstock, edged with a darker aqua strip, to the left side of the patterned panel.  After matting the sentiment on a circle the same color as the trim on chartreuse strip, I adhered it to the panel.  Originally I'd planned to accent the text with one or two of the to go cups from the digi stamp set, but switched them out to a pair of hearts cut with Verve's Heart Quartet die instead.  The finished panel was adhered to a dark aqua card base to match the mats on the panel.

Materials Used:
Love from Me digi stamps, Heart Quartet dies (Verve Stamps); Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (My Mind's Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I Love You to the Stars and Back

I Love You to the Stars and Back card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn FawnHere's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics "inky fingers" themed challenge.  I got my fingers inky making a galaxy style background panel as a backdrop for images from Lawn Fawn's Out of This World stamp set.  I created the background first, starting with the brightest colors of ink first, then adding in the darker colors.  A few water droplets on the panel made some bright star-like spots on the panel. I probably should have let the water set a bit more so that there'd be more of a contrast . . . 

To make my scene, I stamped and colored a few of the images from the Out of This World set.  I cut them out and arranged them on the panel along with a shimmery white crater-filled "moon" to ground my astronaut.  The "I love you to the stars and back" sentiment was stamped directly on the panel in white pigment ink, then heat embossed so it would pop.  A few silver sequins scattered around the panel as stars filled in the scene.  The finished panel was adhered to a rich purple card base that coordinated nicely with the galaxy background.

Materials Used:
Out of This World stamp set, Out of This World dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and Memento Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Wilted Violet distress inks (Ranger); markers (Copic); Rich Razzleberry and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle die (Spellbinders); Polka Dot embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); silver sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Color Throwdown 480-Petals 'n Posies Thank You

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess this week with a beautiful color combination--lilac, green, gray, and white.  I combined the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for this simple floral thank you design.

Petals 'n Posies Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiFor the focal image, I stamped the flowers and leaves from Reverse Confetti's Petals 'n Posies set in the challenge colors, then die cut the stamped images.  The pretty script "thanks" sentiment from the In a Big Way set was stamped in white pigment ink on a gray banner strip cut with a die from the Tag Me set.  I heat embossed it in white so it would pop against the dark background.  Once all of the pieces were cut and stamped, I played around with the placement of the images for a while before I finally settled on the arrangement you see here.  Adding the smaller flower on top using foam tape added interest to the simple design.  For a bit of dimension, I dotted the center of each flower with a gray enamel dot.  The finished panel was adhered to a green 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 CTD480.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd480 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 February guestie Claire Apostoloff, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Kelly Schirmer.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** February guestie Claire Apostoloff  **
**  Guest Star Stamper Kelly Schirmer ** 

Materials Used:
Petals 'n Posies and In a Big Way stamp sets, Avocado cardstock Petals 'n Posies and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Celery pigment ink (Avery Elle); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); gray enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape
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