Saturday, December 16, 2017

I Thank My Lucky Stars for You

The current Lawn Fawnatics challenge is to use the emboss resist technique. I "resisted" the urge to make a seasonal snowy scene and instead, went with a star themed design.

Lucky Stars card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
My stars are from Lawn Fawn's Starry Backdrops stamp set.  I stamped the star background image in white pigment ink on a white panel, then heat embossed the stars in white.  I used ink applicators to apply a rainbow array of distress inks across the embossed panel, then wiped away the ink over the embossing to make the stars pop. 

The rainbow panel was adhered to a card base.  To go with the rainbow, I covered the rest of the card base with pale blue cardstock panels.  Each panel was edged with a narrow strip of silver cardstock, then adhered with foam tape.  I stamped the "I thank my lucky stars for you" sentiment from the Starry Skies set beneath the star panel in gray ink. The words were accented with a trio of silver glitter enamel dots.

Materials Used:
Starry Backdrops and Starry Skies stamp sets (Lawn Fawn); Memento Gray Flannel and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, and Wilted Violet distress inks (Ranger); Mist cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Recollections Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Michaels); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Pines

We hope you'll play along! Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.  

Best Wishes Wreath card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsHere's my take on the inspiration photo.  I don't have any pinecone stamps in my collection, so I went with a general pine theme.  I used the Funky Wreaths-All Season stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs to make a seasonal wreath.  The wreath itself was stamped in olive pigment ink, then I filled it in with berries stamped in red pigment ink.   The wreath was die cut with the matching die, then adhered to a kraft card base  using foam tape for dimension.  The "best wishes" sentiment was stamped in the center of the wreath.  I accented it with a tiny red bow, tied using my Bow Easy--which, sadly, I realized has a broken piece . . . To go with the seasonal theme, I adhered a red patterned panel with cream dots to the bottom of the card base, then added a strip of cream trim across the top of the dotted panel.  The final touch was dotting a bit of Glossy Accents on each of the berries for a shiny, dimensional look.  The best part is that I managed to do this without smearing a single berry!
Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration.  We have two guest designers and a number of  "alumni" designers joining us:

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Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pines for the challenge details and to play along with us! 

Materials Used:
Funky Wreaths-All Season stamp set, Funky Wreaths-All Season dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Olive Grove and Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Soup Staples II-Red Salt designer paper (Jillibean Soup); Glossy Accents (Ranger); cream trim (Hobby Lobby); Bow Easy; red satin ribbon; foam tape

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Flurry of Warm Wishes

Flurry of Warm Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I've had the beautiful Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set from SugarPea Designs on my desk since it arrived at my house and knew right away that this layout was perfect for showing off the set's intricate snowflake images.  Here, I stamped the largest snowflake twice in diagonal corners of a watercolor paper panel.  The image was stamped in silver ink, then heat embossed in silver ink for more shimmer.  After stamping the set's "sending you a flurry of warm wishes" sentiment between the flakes and embossing it, too, I pressed the panel into some distress inks spritzed with water to give the panel a watercolored look.  Once the panel dried, I adhered it to a silver cardstock mat, then placed it on a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (Ranger); Bermuda Bay cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Color Throwdown 473-Celebrate the Season

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Broni is our hostess this week with a pretty color combination-pink, green, kraft and white.  I paired the colors with Reverse Confetti's Cool Friends stamp set for a seasonal design.

Celebrate the Season card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
The snowman pair was stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching dies.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the pom pom on one of the snowmen's hats is covered with white flock for a bit of texture.  I used foam tape to adhere the snowmen to a shimmery white cardstock panel with a white snowbank along the bottom.  The set's "celebrate the season" sentiment was stamped on a narrow pink cardstock strip.  I adhered the strip to the top left side of the white panel and anchored it with a green button tied with kraft twine.

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 CTD473.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd473 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 December guestie Debra James, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Kelly Schirmer.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** December guestie Debra James  **
** Guest Star Stamper  Kelly Schirmer ** 

Materials Used:
Cool Friends stamp set, Cool Friends dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pale Peony and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); white flock (Stampendous); twine (Hemptique); Kraft Like a Rockstar Green button (Clear and Simple Stamps); foam tape

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Just to Espresso My Thanks

I'm building up my stash of thank you cards, so here's another one based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch. At first, the line of round elements along the right side of the cardfront had me stumped, but once I settled on coffee beans, the card came together quickly. The coffee beans are from the SugarPea Designs Espresso Yourself stamp set.  Since the set only includes single bean images, I did a little masking to get the pair of overlapping beans.  The left side of the card has an olive patterned paper panel that I picked because I knew I could stamp on it and have the stamped text still show up clearly.  My sentiment is a mix of several stamps from the Espresso Yourself set.  I stamped the text in a super dark brown ink, then added the die cut to go cup above it. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating avocado green card base.

Materials Used:
Espresso Yourself stamp set, Coffee To Go Cup dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Espresso Truffle ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Prudence-Discretion designer paper (Crate Paper); foam tape

Monday, December 11, 2017

You Warm My Heart

You Warm My Heart 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.  The Die-namics Hot Cocoa Cups dies take center stage here on on my design.  I used the dies and cardstock scraps to create a pair of mugs, then adhered the mugs to a gray and blue plaid patterned paper panel using foam tape.  The "you warm my heart" sentiment from the Perk Up stamp set was stamped in white pigment ink on a gray fishtail flag strip, then heat embossed in white for a bold pop.  I used more foam tape to position the sentiment strip over the bottom mug. The finished panel was adhered to a light blue card base to match the mug duo.

Materials Used:
Perk Up stamp set, Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Hot Cocoa Cups and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Close to Cocoa cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Perfectly Plaid-Winter 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Recollections Snow embossing powder; foam tape

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker DesignsHere's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set from Lil' Inker Designs along with some patterned paper from my stash to make a fun thank you card.

I started out by selecting the patterned paper I used to cover most of the red card base.  After choosing that, I inked up the two "thanks" stamps and stamped them on white paper. The stamped word was die cut, then adhered to the patterned panel using foam tape. I stamped the rest of the sentiment ("for the nice words and stuff") in red ink on a narrow pink cardstock strip and positioned it below the die cut word.  I accented the pieces with a trio of red enamel dots.  The panel was matted on pink cardstock, then adhered to the red card base.

Materials Used:
Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Love Letter and Angel Pink inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade and Pretty in Pink cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Daydream designer paper (Sassafras Lass); red enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape
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