Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rose Gold Birthday Blooms

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with the color scheme and floral elements of the inspiration photo for this birthday design.

Rose Gold Birthday Blooms card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink
I loved the pretty pinky-salmon-peach shade of the flowers in the inspiration photo.  To bring that in to my design, I die cut a pair of flowers from the closest shade of cardstock I had in my stash.  I stamped the coordinating image from Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II stamp set on the flowers in watermark ink, then embossed the image with rose gold embossing powder.  So pretty!  The flowers were adhered to a kraft panel using foam tape. I did more rose gold embossing on the fishtail flag strip with the birthday sentiment.  After adding it on top of the flowers, I accented the panel with a pair of coppery sequins.  The kraft panel was edged with a narrow strip of cardstock matching the flowers, then adhered to a gray card base.

Materials Used:
Beautiful Blooms II and Keep It Simple:  Birthday stamp sets, Melon Berry and Kraft cardstock, Beautiful Blooms II #1 dies (Papertrey Ink); Versamark ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Rose Gold embossing powder (Lawn Fawn); copper sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Color Throwdown 481-How've You Bean?

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week with a pretty color combination--elight purple, dark purple, off-white/beige, and brown.  I combined the colors with the current challenge at Sunday Stamps to create my coffee themed design.

How've You Bean card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI knew I didn't have many purple patterned papers (try saying that three times fast!) in my stash, but I managed to find some old Papertrey Ink papers in shades of purples.  After settling on this simple pattern, I cut a panel and matted it with chocolate brown, then adhered the patterned piece to a deep purple cardstock panel.  I adhered a pale purple cardstock strip, edged with a narrow chocolate brown cardstock strip and some feminine lace and wrapped with cream twine, across the darker panel.  I stamped a pair of to go coffee cups from the My Favorite Things Coffee Date stamp set on scraps of cream cardstock and colored them with Copic markers, then cut the colored cups out with the matching dies.  The cups were adhered to the right side of the pale purple panel using foam tape.  I stamped the "how've you bean?" sentiment from MFT's Coffee Break set to the left of the cups in brown ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a pale purple 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 CTD481.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd481 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, Allyson Anderson.

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

Materials Used:
Coffee Date and Coffee Break stamp sets, Coffee Date dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lilac Grace cardstock, Guide Lines 6x6 paper pad (Papertrey Ink); Elegant Eggplant and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); cream trim (Hobby Lobby); cream thread (Hemptique); foam tape

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
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