Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pick of the Patch - CTD514

Hello, hello and happy Wednesday! We’ve got a new Color Throwdown Challenge that starts today and we’ve got the perfect colors for creating fall themed cards.
For my card, I used the new Lawn Fawn stamp set Pick of the Patch along with the Pick of the Patch dies. I’m entering my card into the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #38 which is Awesome Autumn. To create my card, I stamped a bunch of the images I wanted to use including three of the corn stalks from the Happy Harvest stamp set, then colored them with Copic markers. Next I die cut some chocolate chip cardstock using the Leafy Tree Backdrop Landscape die then I  die cut some Knock on Wood kraft colored paper with the Little Picket Fence die and some yellow Knit Picky paper using the Stitched Hillside Borders die. Once that was done, I using some tumbled glass and stormy sky distress ink for my background and I blended on some wild honey along the top edge of my stitched hill. After that I adhered my images, popping up the two squirrels and the center jack-o-lantern with foam tape. I tried to make it look as though the little squirrel in the middle was popping out of the pumpkin by adding some black pen lines around the lid of the jack-o-lantern.
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

 Birgit Edblom - October Guest Designer

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Koi - Wishing You Love & Peace

 Hello! I hope all of you had a great weekend. Today I’m sharing the card I created for my husband’s birthday which was a few weeks ago.
 I used the Hero Arts stamp set Color Layering Koi along with the Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts to create my card. I knew my husband would love the koi fish images since we have a pond with five different koi. To create my card, I used a white card base, then watercolored a piece of watercolor paper using my Jane Davenport watercolors. Once that was dry, I blended on some crushed olive and peacock feathers distress ink to intensify the watercoloring. Next I stamped the bubbles from the set using the same peacock feathers ink and then lining up my sentiment, I used my Misti tool to stamp it in black palette ink. After that, I die cut and stamped my images in only orange (SU), black, pure poppy (PTI), simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst and raspberry fizz. I adhered all of my images to my card front, popping up the koi fish and the waterlily with foam tape. The last step I did was to add some Glossy Accents to the stamped bubbles and random dots in my background and the eyes of the koi.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Warm Wishes - CTD513

Hello there! It’s time for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge. Before I get to my challenge card, I’d like to welcome this month’s talented guest designer, Birgit Edblom.
 For my card, I used the new Lawn Fawn stamp set Thanks a Latte along with the coordinating Thanks a Latte dies. I started out with a white card base, then added a piece of green plaid paper from the new LF Knit Picky fall paper pack which I die cut using the Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. Next I added a horizontal strip of some enchanted evening retired designer paper and die cut some white cardstock using the Stitched Mini Scallop Square Stax. Once that was done I stamped my images and colored them with Copic markers then die cut them out (I stamped the spoon from the Love You a Latte set). Before I adhered my images to the scalloped square, I added a light shadow using a T1 gray Copic marker. I popped up the mug and scalloped square using foam tape. Then I used an Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip die and stamped my sentiment. To give my card more of a winter look, I used the Mini Snowflakes dies and some of the new Sparkle Cardstock Pixie Dust.
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
 Birgit Edblom - October Guest Designer

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Friendly Hello - CTD512

Hello, hello! I’m here with today’s Color Throwdown Challenge card. This week we have the soothing color palette of turquoise, green and gray. Don’t forget that you can also use neutrals along with the colors from our challenge.
 For my card, I used the adorable Hello Bluebird stamp set, Fall Friends. The first thing I did to create my card was to stamp and color my images with Copic markers then die cut them out using the Fall Friends die set. After that I pulled out some Papertrey Ink retired patterned papers in hawaiian shores and simply chartreuse and used the Gallery Frame Die #3 with the polka dot chartreuse. I used a Outside In Stitched Rectangle die and die cut it with white cardstock. I adhered my images, popping up the deer with foam tape, onto the white stitched rectangle and used the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip die to stamp my sentiment on.
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
Amy Kolling - September Guest Designer

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Floral Fantasy - CTD511

Hello! I’m here with my card for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #511. We have some beautiful colors for our challenge this week and we hope you’ll play along.
For my card, I used the Altenew stamp set Floral Fantasy and Floral Fantasy dies to create a birthday card. To make my card, I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and blended on some crushed olive and stormy sky distress ink, then I inked up two of the leaf stamps with the same distress inks and stamped them along the outer edges of my blended panel. After that I used my paintbrush and added some water droplets, let them sit for a minute and then lifted them with paper towel. Once that was done, I die cut three of the roses and stamped them. For the large top rose I used Altenew ink, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite and Razzleberry and for the two other roses I used SU ink pretty in pink, regal rose and apricot appeal and pumpkin pie. For one of the die cut leaves I used simply chartreuse. I stamped my sentiment, which is from the Painted Greetings set, in black ink using my Misti tool then adhered my stems and flower popping up the large berry colored one with foam tape, then glued on some iridescent sequins.
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
Amy Kolling - September Guest Designer

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Autumn Greetings - CTD510

Hello, crafty friends! I hope your week is going well. It’s time for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge.
For my card, I used the adorable Hello Bluebird stamp set Autumn Gatherings. I can’t seem to get enough of the cute Hello Bluebird stamp sets that I purcased. For this Autumn Gatherings stamp set, once you die cut the critter images, the arms are cut so that you can slide in your choice of the fun smaller images that come with the set, and there are a bunch of little items you can have them holding from an apple to an envelope. It makes creating a scene with these little guys super fun!
To create my card, I stamped several of the images from the Autumn Gatherings set and colored them using Copic markers, then die cut them out using the Autumn Gatherings dies.  I also used the cloud image from the Fall Friends stamp set and dies. I made a simple little scene using a kraft colored gingham piece of Doodlebug Designs paper, to ground my images, and a piece of watercolor paper which I watercolored using some Jane Davenport watercolors (70’s Eye Shadow) for my sky. Next I used the Gallery Frame 3 die and die cut it from pumpkin pie cardstock. I adhered all three pieces together and then stamped my sentiment from the set. After that, I added some white Gelly pen to my images and used a Glaze pen on their noses and eyes to make them glossy then added foam tape to the three main characters and adhered them to my scene.
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
Amy Kolling - September Guest Designer

Hello Bluebird FALL FRIENDS Die Set hb2016



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Friendly Hello - CTD509

Happy September! Yay for fall! It’s been unbearably muggy and hot here where I live in Michigan so I can’t wait until the cooler weather is here, not only that but fall is my favorite time of year, I love it. With that thought in mind, the card I have for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge has a fall theme to it. Our colors for this week’s challenge are red, orange and blue and before I get to my card, I’d like to welcome this month’s talented CTD Guest Designer, Amy Kolling.
For my card, I used the new Hello Bluebird stamp set, Fall Friends. I second I saw the image of the sweet deer carrying a stack of books, I knew I had to have this set. I’m a book lover and I’m always reading, I feel lost without a book. The first thing I did to create my card, was to stamp all the images I knew I wanted to used for my card. After that I colored all the images using Copic markers in the colors for this week’s CTD challenge and then die cut them out using the coordinating Fall Friends dies. Next I used a piece of watercolor paper and blended on some tumbled glass and stormy sky distress ink. Then since I wanted to give my sky some movement, I used the dashed bee lines from the Bee Happy stamp set and stamped them in tumbled glass distress ink. Once that was done, I used the Gallery Frame #3 die and die cut a piece of white and pumpkin pie cardstock. Then I used a piece of red woodgrain Doodlebug Designs paper and die cut it using the Stitched Hillside Border die. I stamped my sentiment onto a die cut banner and tucked the end underneath my frame and then adhered everything down, popping up my deer image with foam tape.
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
Amy Kolling - September Guest Designer

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Hello Bluebird FALL FRIENDS Clear Stamps hb2011

Hello Bluebird FALL FRIENDS Die Set hb2016