Sunday, November 19, 2017

You've Bean on My Mind

You've Bean on My Mind 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.  I inked up my new Coffee Date stamps and dies for this retro-feeling design. 

The color scheme was inspired by the patterned paper panel I used on the card.  I matted the panel on a coordinating aqua cardstock square, then adhered it to a green card base.  The coffee pot and coffee mug were stamped in coordinating colors of pigment ink, then cut out with the matching dies.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the patterned panel.  The "you've bean on my mind" sentiment from the coordinating Coffee Break stamp set was stamped on a long double ended fishtail flag strip and positioned just underneath the raised images to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Coffee Date and Coffee Break stamp sets, Blu Raspberry, Sno Cone, and Sour Apple cardstock, Die-namics Coffee Date and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Aquamarine and Lemon Grass pigment inks (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ducks in a Row designer paper (October Afternoon); foam tape

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sending Love

Sending Love card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm skipping ahead a holiday or two with this love themed design using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs

I represented the trio of elements in each corner of the sketch with a die cut envelope and a pair of red stitched hearts.  The hearts were adhered with foam tape for dimension.  For the sentiment I used a combination of die cuts and stamps.  The "sending" from the Mini Envelopes and Accessories die set was cut from red cardstock and adhered to the center of the pink panel.  I stamped the "love" from the "love and peace" sentiment from the Instant Camera: Christmas set beneath the die cut word in red.  I liked the contrast between the lines of the typewriter style print and the curves of the cursive die cut.  For a touch of sparkle, I arranged a trio of silver sequins around the panel, then adhered it to a red card base.

Materials Used:
Instant Camera:  Christmas stamp set, Of the Heart and Mini Envelopes and Accessories dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall Thanks in a Big Way

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (the leafy wreath, rustic color scheme, gold accents, script text) for my thank you card.

Fall Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiThe larger of the dies in Reverse Confetti's Swirlies die set works perfectly as a wreath!  Here, I layered 4 kraft die cuts to give my wreath dimension, then adhered them to a cream panel with curved corners.  I dressed up the wreath with a trio of gold leaf die cuts with stitched detailing.  A twine bow "gathers" the leaves together and brings in the big bow detail fund on the wreath in the inspiration photo.  I adhered the panel to a piece of subtly patterned paper.  To bring in an element from the sign in the inspiration photo, I heat embossed the "thanks" sentiment from RC's In a Big Way stamp set in gold on a kraft banner strip.  After adding a strip of brown grosgrain ribbon beneath the banner for texture and contrast, I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment to the cardfront.  The panel was matted on gold cardstock, then adhered to a cream card base.

Materials Used:
In a Big Way stamp set, Swirlies and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Buttercup 6x6 paper pad (Lily Bee Design); Stitched Autumn Icon dies (SugarPea Designs); Gold Zing embossing powder (American Crafts); twine (Lawn Fawn); brown grosgrain ribbon;  foam tape

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Filled with Good Cheer

Filled with Good Cheer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for this month's Viva la Verve sketch.  I created a coffee themed design with a seasonal feel courtesy of the snowflake patterned paper used to cover most of the cardfront.  I used a sentiment from Verve's Coffee Helps set on the card's focal panel.  The text was stamped in brown pigment ink.  I accented the words with a pair of to go cups from the Holiday Treats stamp set, stamped in kraft ink and cut out with the matching Cup of Cheer dies.

The rest of the panels were chosen to coordinate with the colors in the patterned paper.  I mixed in a patterned paper scrap from the same paper collection as the snowflake paper to add interest.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Coffee Helps and Holiday Treats stamp sets, Cup of Cheer dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and Toffee Crunch inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Winter Fun 6x6 paper pad (Carta Bella); foam tape

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Acorns

***  Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge!  ***

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We hope you'll play along!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!  Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.  

Nutty for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I didn't have many acorn images to choose from in my stamp collection, so I inked up an image from the classic Paper Smooches Falling for You stamp set.  The acorn was stamped on cream cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then carefully cut out by hand.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a strip of dotted brown on brown patterned paper with a piece of brown twill stretched across it to give the design some texture. 

Since the patterned paper was too dark for stamping a sentiment, I stamped the set's  "nutty for you" sentiment on a piece of olive green cardstock to match the color of the acorn's leaves.  I positioned the words beneath the acorn, again using foam tape for dimension.  The patterned paper strip was adhered to a kraft panel, then the panel was layered on to a chocolate brown card base to match the patterned paper panel.

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Materials Used:
Falling for You stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Autumn Spice 6x6 paper pad (Lily Bee Design); brown twill (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Color Throwdown 469-Happy Hanukkah

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Vickie is our hostess this week with a beautiful, cool color combination--dark blue, light blue, and silver.

Happy Hanukkah card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I paired the colors with the current sketch from CAS(e) this Sketch to make a Hanukkah card.  I built the card on a piece of blue snowflake patterned paper.  The "Happy Hanukkah" sentiment from the My Favorite Things Happy Hanukkah stamp set was stamped on a piece of shimmery white cardstock in dark blue ink.  After edging the sentiment panel with silver cardstock, I adhered a die cut light blue curved panel with stitched detailing to the bottom, then positioned it on the patterned paper panel.  I accented the sentiment with a silver star cut with MFT's Hanukkah Light and Love die.  The star was cut from both silver cardstock and craft foam, then the die cut pieces were layered for dimension.

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 CTD469.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd469 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 November guestie Kelly Lunceford.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** November guestie Kelly Lunceford  **

Materials Used:
Happy Hanukkah stamp set, Die-namics Hanukkah Light and Love and Stitched Basic Edges dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Danube Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Bashful Blue and Serhimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Frosty Friends 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); craft foam

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hello Pumpkin

Hello Pumpkin card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-digital images from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I used images from Verve's Coffee Please digital stamp set to put this one together.  After coloring the coffee cup image with Copic markers, I carefully cut it out, then used foam tape to adhere it to the sentiment panel.  For interest, the panel was cut out with a pierced square die.  I matted the sentiment panel on orange cardstock, then adhered it to a plaid patterned paper panel over a strip of orange grosgrain ribbon from my scrap pile.  The plaid panel was adhered to a coordinating golden yellow cardstock panel, then adhered to an orange card base.

Materials Used:
Coffee Please digital stamp set (Verve Stamps); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Orange Fizz cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Square STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Perfectly Plaid-Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); orange grosgrain ribbon; foam tape
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