Thursday, May 24, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day

Celebrate card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (the rose image and color scheme) for this simple card.

I stamped up a trio of roses and a pair of leafy branches using stamps from the SPD Funky Wreath-Spring Addition set, then used the coordinating dies to cut out the stamped images. The base of the flower was stamped in pale pink ink, then I added the detail image on top in a darker pink ink, stamping off once before stamping on the image so that there would be less contrast between the two shades of pink.   After settling on an arrangement that I liked, the images were adhered to a white scallop edged panel cut with one of the Birthday Journal Card dies.  Two of the roses were adhered with foam tape to give the arrangement a bit of dimension.  I added a sentiment from the Celebrate All the Things stamp set to the left of the floral cluster.  The mix of fonts works well with the pretty florals.  I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
Funky Wreath-Spring Addition and Celebrate All the Things stamp sets, Funky Wreath-Spring Additions and Birthday Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Rose Bud, Angel Pink, and Pear Tart inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pale Peony cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Color Throwdown 494-The Coolest Birthday Ever

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rohl is our hostess this week with a classic color combination--red, white, and blue.

The Coolest Birthday Ever card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Pattern HappyRed, white, and blue are the colors of the bomb pop, a classic frozen summer treat, so I ran with that for my design.  The layout is based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I stamped one of the smaller popsicle images from Pattern Happy's Coolest Ever set along the bottom of a white panel, then colored the images with Copic markers.  I stamped a single larger popsicle image and colored it to match, then cut it out with the matching die.  It was adhered to the stamped panel using foam tape.  It doesn't show in the photo, but I gave it a frosty look by using a clear glitter brush pen over the colored image.  The set's birthday sentiment was stamped on the left side of the panel using a blue pigment ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue 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 CTD494.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd494 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, our May guestie Rachel Avarado, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Marcia Hill.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** May guestie Rachel Avarado **
** Guest Star Stamper Marcia Hill  **

Materials Used:
Coolest Ever stamp set, Coolest Ever dies (Pattern Happy); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Bahama Blue inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Marina Mist cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sparkling Clear jewels (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Waving Hello

Waving Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
The theme for this month's Paper Smooches challenge is "fun." I went with a summery theme on my card for the challenge using a layout from the current Fab Friday challenge.

I used a pair of small circle punches to make an irregular wave-like border along the top of a dark blue cardstock strip. After edging the straight side with a narrow strip of red cardstock, I adhered the wavy strip to a light blue card base.  The "waving hello" sentiment from the Wicked Nauticool set was stamped on the strip in white pigment ink, then heat embossed.  I wish I'd stamped it just a bit more to the right ...  The sailboat from the Wicked Nauticool set, colored with Copic markers and cut out with the coordinating die, was added to the other end of the wavy strip with foam tape to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Wicked Nauticool stamp set, Nauticool Icons dies (Paper Smooches): Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle punches (EK Success); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Happy Happy Joy Joy 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 used the layout to show off one of the fun images from the Toad-ally Awesome stamp set in action.

I stamped the bouncy fellow and colored  him in with Copic markers, then used the coordinating die to cut out the colored image.  To make a backdrop for the image, I adhered two dark aqua cardstock strips with torn edges to the bottom of a lighter aqua panel.  So that the image would be able to "jump," I used the little slider die that came with the die set to cut a channel in the panel just above the torn strips. After adding the die cut lily pad to the panel, I positioned the image in the channel using one of MFT's Spin and Slide discs.  I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a card base with a strip of coordinating dotted aqua patterned paper along the right edge of the cardfront.  The foam tape raises the panel just enough that the image slides up and down easily.  A tiny paper flower accent adhered to the lily pad completed the design.

Materials Used:
Toad-ally Awesome stamp set, Toad-ally Awesome dies, Spin and Slide discs (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, and Aqua Mist cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); paper flower (Prima); foam tape

Sunday, May 20, 2018

You're a Bright Spot

You're a Bright Spot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
With all of the rain we've had around here over the past week, I thought it was time to see a rainbow!  This one is from the Concord & 9th Rainbow Wishes stamp set.  I paired it with the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The layout's large panel was perfect for showing off the stamped rainbow!  I inked up each of the arches individually and stamped them on the white panel, starting with the red and moving on through the color bands.  For the sentiment, I stamped "you're a bright" directly on the rainbow.  I die cut a cloud from shimmery white cardstock using the coordinating Rainbow Wishes dies and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the cloud, then used foam tape to adhere it to the panel.  A few clear jewels arranged around the cloud add a bit of sparkle to the design.  The panel was matted on silver cardstock, then adhered to a light blue card base over a light blue dotted panel.

Materials Used:
Rainbow Wishes stamp set, Rainbow Wishes dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bermuda Blue, and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Rain cardstock, Spring Rain patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Sparkling Clear jewels (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Saturday, May 19, 2018

No Snark Shadow Thanks

Here's my card for the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used the layout to create an easy to mail thank you card design.

Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
The "thanks" image I used for my sentiment is from the Snarky Shadow Thanks set from Lil' Inker Designs.  The word was stamped in two shades of coordinating inks--one teal and aqua--to go with the shadow detailing.  I die cut a stitched sentiment flag from teal cardstock and positioned it in the upper left corner of the sentiment strip to balance out the panel.  The stamped panel was edged along the bottom with a narrow strip of silver cardstock, then adhered to a pale aqua panel.  I die cut a stitched circle from teal cardstock and cut the circle in half, then tucked one of the halves above the sentiment panel and the other below, staggering their placement for interest.  A trio of silver sequins were arranged around the sentiment for a bit of fun sparkle.  The finished panel was adhered to a teal card base matching the stitched circle elements.

Materials Used:
Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp set, Stitched Circle and Stitched Sentiment Flag dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Tropical Teal and Summer Splash inks (My Favorite Things); Tropical Teal and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins

Friday, May 18, 2018

You Light up My Life

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I paired the sketch with the lighthouse element from the inspiration photo to create this design using stamps from Paper Smooches.

You Light Up My Life card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I started out by using a yellow distress ink to ink a yellow triangle on to a white panel.  After masking the triangle shape, I filled in the rest of the panel with blue distress ink to get the look of a night sky with a glowing light.  I probably should have used a cloud stencil for the ink to add more depth to the panel ...  Once I was done inking the panel, I adhered two torn strips of kraft cardstock to the bottom of the panel to serve as sand.  The lighthouse image from the Smoocheroos set was colored with Copic markers and cut out by hand, then adhered to the panel using foam tape.  I positioned it so that the beacon of light appears to be coming from the light house.  The panel was edged with a contrasting narrow red cardstock strip, then adhered to a dark blue card base.

 Materials Used:
Smoocheroos stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed distress inks (Ranger); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Navy cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape
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