Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fairy Happy - (CTD456)

Hi there, crafty friends!  It's Wednesday and time for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #456!
For my card, I used the sweet My Favorite Things stamp set, Fairy Happy along with the coordinating Fairy Happy Die-namics to create a birthday card.
I started out by die cutting my main panel using the Lawn Fawn Outside-In Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies.  I then blended on some mustard seed distress ink and then using the new MFT Plentiful Petals stamp set from the All Smiles Card Kit I stamped the daisy flowers from the set randomly in yellow ink, stamping off some of the flowers before stamping on my panel. Next I stamped the two fairy images and three of the little bees and colored them using Copic markers then die cut them out.  I laid out my images and then stamped the bee lines and then adhered all of my images, using foam tape for the fairies.  I stamped my sentiment onto a die cut Stitched Sentiment Strips and added that along the bottom right of my card.  As a final touch, I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the fairies and bees and some Icicle Stickles glitter to the wings on the fairies.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Skating by to Say.. - (CTD455)

Hello there!  It's time for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and we have some fun pastel party colors to create with.  For this week's challenge, I made two cards using the sweet Avery Elle stamp set Skating By and the coordinating Skating By dies.
Both cards have the same layouts and supplies, I just switched up the Copic marker coloring on each one.  I started out with a white card base, then added a pretty in pink cardstock panel that I die cut using the Lawn Fawn Outside-In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die.  Next I die cut two rectangle watercolor paper pieces using the same die as my pink panel and watercolored in aqua blue and pink on both.  Once my watercolor pieces were dry, I lined them up in my Misti tool and stamped my sentiment.  After that I stamped two of the skater girl images and the balloons onto white cardstock and colored them using Copic markers then die cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I adhered my rectangle watercolored panels with foam tape and also adhered my images with foam tape other than the third balloon on my first card.  I added three iridescent sequins on each card and used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to added glitter to the bow, dress, socks and skates on both images.  These cards were so fun to make, I love how girly they are with the pinks, purple and aqua colors from this week's CTD challenge.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer


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Avery Elle Clear Stamp SKATING BY 023789

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Smile - (CTD454)

Hello!  It's time for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #454!  Before I get to my card, I'd like to welcome this month's Color Throwdown Guest Designer, Sheri Gilson.
I recently ordered and received the new My Favorite Things All Smiles Card Kit and I was excited to ink it up and create a card using it.  So I used this week's CTD colors along with the color black as a neutral and created my first All Smiles card.  I used a white card base, then a panel of kraft cardstock with a strip of simply chartreuse along the bottom.  Next I die cut a black frame using the Single Stitched Line Rectangle Frames and die cut two Smiles one in black and one in white and glued them together slightly off so that the black would act as a shadow.  After that, I used white embossing powder and heat embossed my three main flowers on kraft cardstock then stamped the centers in black ink.  I stamped the leaves in black ink and did some line work on them using a white gel pen and also added some white pen detail on the centers of the flowers.  I stamped and die cut two green flowers and stamped the centers black and added all of my flowers and leaves to my card front, popping up the largest flower with foam tape, and then glued on my die cut Smile.  I stamped the other half of my sentiment inside the card.  Now that I look at this card I think I'll go back and add a few black rhinestones or enamel dots.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Swinging by - (CTD453)

Hello there!  I'm late with posting my Color Throwdown Challenge card by a day but better late than never.  It seems like summer is speeding by and with my youngest son home all day and five members of our family coming and going I'm constantly cleaning, cooking, doing some school work with my youngest or trying to plan something fun for all of us to do before the summer is over.  It's hard for me to believe that within a few short week's that our daughter is heading back up to college for her junior year and that our youngest will be starting his last year in elementary school.  So I haven't had a lot of time for my card making like I'd like to, but it will still be here when I'm ready.
For my CTD card, I used the adorable new Love Ya' Bunches stamp set and die set which was a collaboration between Lawn Fawn and Ellen Hutson.  This set is so fun to work with and I was very impressed by the packaging from Ellen Hutson, the stamp set and dies came in a clear storage envelope just like the way I store my stamps.  It was very nice.  To create my card, I started out with a white card base and then using a LF Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die, die cut a piece of watercolor paper.  I used some mustard seed and wild honey distress inks on my watercolored panel and added some water drops with a paint brush which I blotted with a paper towel.  Next I used the LF Grassy Hillside Borders die for along the bottom and the LF stamp set and Happy, Happy, Happy along with the dies for a portion of my sentiment.  I die cut two of the happy die cuts and glued them together for added dimension and lined up the other portion of my sentiment on my Misti tool to stamp them.  Once that was done, I added my monkeys which I had stamped and colored using Copic markers, then die cut.  I popped up the lowest swinging monkey with foam tape and to finish off my card I added a few black enamel dots.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Tracey McNeely - July Guest Designer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Glass Dome - (CTD452)

Hello there!  It's time for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge!
I saw the colors and inspiration photo for this week's challenge and I immediately thought of the new Flora & Fauna stamp set that I recently purchased, Glass Dome.  It has this illustrated little house along with other floral elements within the stamp set and I thought it would be fun to create a few cards using it.
For both cards, I used the Flora & Fauna stamp sets, Glass Dome and Oh Hello Friend and did some masking.  I stamped out the images I wanted to use onto copy paper, then cut them out and applied temporary adhesive to the back so I can used them again and again.  For my first card which is the first photo on top, I stamped the glass dome in black ink onto a white card base along with the house.  Then I placed a mask over the house and stamped the two different stem images in new leaf and hawaiian shores ink.  Once that was done, I removed my mask and roughly colored the house, and a grassy hill for my house to rest upon, using Copic markers.  Next I added a mask over the entire dome and stamped my flowers and more stem images along with my sentiment.  After that, I embossed a scalloped frame around my entire scene and added butterfly to the upper right corner.  As a finishing touch I added some iridescent sequins and some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the butterfly and black & white flowers.
For my second card, I embossed a stitched rectangle frame on a white card base and stamped the same little house again, then masked over it and stamped my stems just like I did with my first card.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the stone walkway and colored the house and a hillside using Copic markers.  Next I used my Misti tool and the flowers and stem images from the Oh Hello Friend set and stamped the corner of my rectangle frame.  I stamped all of the images within the rectangle in color and any outside the rectangle in black.  I did this by inking up each image in the color (masking some of the flowers as I went) I wanted and masking out the area outside my rectangle and then stamping and then doing the opposite by masking the inside of the rectangle to stamp the same images in black ink for outside of the rectangle.  Once I was done doing that, I used a fine point black pen and added some line detail.  I added a butterfly I stamped and cut out near the flower images and added some sequins and Icicle Stickles to the butterfly and centers of the flowers.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Tracey McNeely - July Guest Designer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sunshine - Sunny Studio Guest Designer

Hi there!  I've got some exciting news to share, I was asked to do a guest designer spot over on the Sunny Studio Stamps blog today.
I created two cards using the adorable Sunny Studio's stamp set Sunny Sentiments along with the coordinating Sunshine Word Die and Sun Ray Die sets.
For my first card, I stamped one of the cute sunshine images from the set along with three of the cloud images onto white cardstock and colored them using Copic markers then cut them out.  Next I did some ink blending onto a panel of white cardstock using tumbled glass, mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress inks.  After that, I blended the same yellow distress inks onto a piece of yellow cardstock and used the Sun Ray Die to die cut them out.  I adhere my die cut sun rays onto my ink blended panel, making sure to leave room for my stamped sentiment.  I added my clouds and sunshine images next, popping up the sun and one of the clouds using foam tape and then stamped my sentiment along with three yellow stars.  I used the Sunshine Word Die and die cut that from black cardstock and adhered that below my stamped sentiment.  I added a vertical strip of yellow cardstock to a white card base and added my decorated cardstock panel using foam tape. As a final touch, I used some icicle Stickles to the three stamped stars and some Wink of Stella glitter pen to my sun rays.
For my second card, I used a piece of watercolor paper and watercolored some yellow and orange for the area I knew I wanted my sunshine and some grays and dots of aqua for where I wanted my clouds and rain drops.  I stamped the same sunshine and cloud images on to white cardstock again, coloring them with Copic markers and cutting them out.  Then on a scrap piece of paper, I die cut one of the sun rays using the  Sun Ray Dies and used it as a stencil, using mustard seed and marmalade distress inks, over the area I knew I was going to place my stamped sunshine image.  Next I used the same yellow distress inks onto a piece of yellow cardstock and die cut my Sunshine Word and adhered it to my panel, then stamped my sentiment and rain drops and adhered my clouds and sunshine, popping up the sun and one cloud with foam tape.  I used a white card base with a strip of yellow cardstock along the bottom and adhered my panel using foam tape.  For some added detail, I used some Glossy Accents on the rain drops and did dots of yellow Stickles on the sun rays.
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