Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Mail

Sending You Happy Mail card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The envelope and heart dies from Lil' Inker Designs made this one quick and easy to put together!

I cut the envelope and hearts from cardstock scraps, then set them aside to stamp the "sending you happy mail" sentiment in navy ink on a white panel.  After matting the panel on a red cardstock square, I adhered it to a navy blue heart patterned paper panel covering a red card base.  The envelope and hearts were backed with foam tape, then arranged around the lower left corner of the sentiment panel.

Materials Used:
Sending You stamp set, Of the Heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Pen Pals 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); foam tape

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crazy4Challenges 387-Shore Do Love You

I'm back with another card as a guest designer for Crazy 4 Challenges!  This week's theme is to make a card using a summer destination.  I went with a beach themed design featuring stamps from Paper Smooches.

Shore Do Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I started out by making a sunny background with several blended distress inks on a watercolor panel.  To make my panel into a beach, I added a pair of torn kraft cardstock strips and a torn white vellum strip at the bottom for sand and a foamy wave.  The sand was topped with a pair of flip flops from the Summer Lovin' stamp set.  I stamped the set's "shore do miss you" set on a kraft panel. After tying an orange satin ribbon strip around the top of the stamped panel, I added it to the top of the inked panel.  A trio of tiny red hearts, die cut with the Tiny Hearts die, arranged next to the text completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating orange card base.

Be sure to stop by the C4C blog to see the cards created by the rest of the team--and to link up your project!

Materials Used:
Summer Lovin' stamp set, Tiny Hearts dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Barn Door, and Dusty Concord distress inks (Ranger); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock, white vellum (Stampin' Up!); Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); orange satin ribbon (Michaels); foam tape

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thanks a Lot Bud

The theme for this month's Paper Smooches challenge is flowers.  I used the Best Buds set to whip up this simple design with a floral focal image.

Thanks a Lot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I stamped the floral banner image in black ink, then colored the image with Copic markers.  I chose the set's "thanks a lot" sentiment to fill in the banner.  The sentiments are perfectly curved to fit the banner, so it's easy to center them just right!  I don't have the matching dies for this set, so I carefully fussy cut the colored image, then set it aside to put together the rest of the card.

I placed an angled pink panel at the bottom of a pale pink card base, using a narrow strip of gold paper to make the transition between the two shades of pink.  After arranging some loops of hemp twine over the angled section of the cardfront, I added the cutout banner on top, using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of sparkly gold glitter enamel dots arranged around the banner completed the design.

Materials Used:
Best Buds stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Insulation Pink and Bubblegum cardstock (My Favorite Things); hemp twine (Hemptique); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Springtime Hello

Here's my card for the current Lawnfawnatics spring themed inspiration challenge.  I don't have any floral stamps or dies from Lawn Fawn, so I used the color palette as the starting point for my design.

Spring Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn FawnI created a springtime scene featuring the bunny from the Yay Kites! stamp set.  I colored up the bunny with Copic markers and cut out the colored image, then added some white flock to the tail to make it a cotton-tailed bunny.  Too cute!  The bunny was adhered to a blue card base with a green die cut "hill" at the bottom.  To bring in the floral element from the inspiration collage, I stamped one of the set's kite images on a scrap of floral paper.  After cutting it out I used foam tape to set it on the blue card base over sun and cloud die cuts that I made with the Sunny Skies set.  The set's scripty "hello" sentiment was stamped near the bottom of the card to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Yay Kites! stamp set, Spring Showers dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (My Mind's Eye); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); white flock (Stampendous); foam tape

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown 344-Triangular Thank You

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rohl is our hostess this week with a pretty floral inspired combination--green, gray, and white. I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create a simple thank you design.

Triangular Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
I arranged a trio of triangle images from Altenew's Sohcahtoa stamp set on my clear block and stamped them in green pigment ink on a white panel.  The set's "thank you" sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink on a narrow gray cardstock strip, then heat embossed with white to pop.  After trimming the sentiment strip, I placed it on the panel using foam tape.  A pair of green enamel dots added some contrasting, soft  edges to the design.  After edging the left side of the stamped panel with a narrow strip of gray cardstock, I adhered it to a coordinating green 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 CTD444.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd444 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 Amy Tsuruta, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Katie Mowery.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** May guestie Amy Tsuruta **
** Guest Star Stamper Katie Mowery **

Materials Used:
Sohcahtoa stamp set (Altenew); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Celery pigment ink (Avery Elle); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Avocado cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); green enamel dots (Studio Calico); foam tape

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bold Bright Birthday

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used some MFT stamps, dies, and papers to put this birthday card together in just a few short minutes.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I covered most of a red card base with an angled rainbow striped panel of patterned paper from the Birthday Blowout pad. The angled space was filled in with a contrasting yellow cardstock panel.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "happy" using the Celebrate die set.  The word "birthday" from the Essential Sentiments set was stamped beneath the die cut word.  I placed the die cut and stamped strip on the cardfront on an angle, trimming the edges flush with the edges of the patterned paper panel.  For a fun accent, I arranged a trio of contrasting yellow enamel dots on the sentiment panel.

Materials Used:
Essential Sentiments stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Birthday Blowout 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Celebrate dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday 498-How Sweet of You

How Sweet of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the layout to create a sweets-themed thank you card.

I started out with a piece of patterned paper covered with all sorts of sweet treats.  After matting the panel on coordinating chocolatey brown cardstock, I adhered it to the bright pink card base.  To go with all of the treats, I stamped the "how sweet of you" sentiment from Verve's Small Packages set in brown pigment ink on a white circle.  The circle was matted on more brown cardstock, then layered on to the cardstock over a trio of angled paper strips rescued from my scrap pile.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:

Materials Used:
Small Packages stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweetheart 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle dies (Spellbinders)
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