Tuesday, April 24, 2018

You Did It

You Did It card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
With graduation season coming up soon, I thought I should put together a card or two with a congratulations theme. This one is based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I started out with an aqua card base that I edged with a triangle patterned paper panel.  The patterned paper was edged with a narrow strip of silver cardstock to transition from the pattern to the solid cardfront.  I did a little creative die cutting with the banner die from Reverse Confetti's Tag Me die set to make an extended fishtail flag strip. I positioned the strip so it was extending out from the bottom left side of the card, then added a pair of silver star die cuts on top.  The congratulatory sentiment from RC's Congratulations stamp set was stamped on the right side of the card in navy pigment ink to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Congratulations stamp set, Iced Aqua and Navy cardstock, Forever My Love 6x6 paper pad, Congratulations, Seeing Stars, and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue cardstock (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, April 23, 2018

You're Pretty Darn Amazing

You're Pretty Darn Amazing card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I made the Congratulations Circle Frame die my focal image on this clean and simple design.  I die cut the frame from both aqua cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two pieces, I adhered them to a mint card base.  I filled in the center of the die cut frame with a coordinating patterned paper circle for contrast and interest.  A sentiment from MFT's Amazing set was stamped in aqua ink on a narrow pale aqua strip and placed over the frame, using foam tape to anchor it.  I arranged a trio of aqua enamel dots beneath the lower right side of the circle as an accent to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Amazing stamp set, Congratulations Circle Frame die (My Favorite Things); Cookie Monster ink (Taylored Expressions); Mint Julep, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sunny Side 6x6 paper pad (Pebbles); aqua enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); craft foam; foam tape

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Whoot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I switched up one of the sketch's circle shapes to be a sort of round-ish owl from the Paper Smooches Hooties stamp set for my nighttime scene.  The owl was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die from the Owl Icons set.  I used foam tape to adhere the owl to a dark blue card base over a yellow circle "moon."  To ground the owl, I die cut a tree from kraft cardstock using one of the Trees 1 dies and tucked it underneath the owl.  The set's "whoot" sentiment was stamped beneath the branch in gold ink, then heat embossed to pop against the dark background.

Materials Used:
Hooties stamp set, Owl Icons and Trees 1 dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Delicata Golden Glitz inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Not Quite Navy and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); circle die (Spellbinders); Wow Gold embossing powder (American Crafts); foam tape

Saturday, April 21, 2018

My Umbrella

My Umbrella card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for this month's Viva la Verve sketch.  I created an encouraging design using Verve's Rain or Shine stamp set.  The outline umbrella image was stamped in black ink, then filled in with the solid image using red ink.  I used foam tape to adhere the umbrella to a pale aqua circle.  To fill in the scene, I tucked a stitched cloud die cut beneath the umbrella and added a trio of white sequin "raindrops" around it.  The finished mini scene was matted on a yellow circle.  To go with the solid umbrella, I found a dotted patterned paper with some red in it.  I cut it down to a square and rounded the edges, then matted it with yellow, too.  The panel was adhered to an aqua cardstock panel, then topped with a long aqua checked strip that runs the length of the panel.  I added the image panel on top.  The umbrella sentiment was stamped on a yellow circle and placed at the bottom of the image panel. 

Materials Used:
Rain or Shine stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Quite Contrary-Jack and Jill 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); stitched cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); white sequins; corner rounder; foam tape

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hey Cupcake

Hey Cupcake card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
Here's my sweet take on the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used the sketch to highlight the cupcake image from Avery Elle's Bring on the Cake stamp set.  The cupcake image was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the cupcake to a pale aqua label die cut.  The set's "hey cupcake" sentiment was stamped on a super narrow pink cardstock strip and adhered to the image panel, overlapping the cupcake just a bit.  I picked a delicate patterned paper panel to go with the feminine cupcake image and matted it on pale pink cardstock to match the cupcake, then wrapped a contrasting bold strip of aqua stitched grosgrain ribbon around the panel. I adhered the patterned panel to a coordinating aqua card base.

Materials Used:
Bring on the Cake stamp set, Bring on the Cake dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Pale Peony cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Fabulous paper pad (Authentique); Labels 4 die (Spellbinders); aqua stitched grosgrain ribbon (Michaels); foam tape

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Welcome to the World

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I used the sketch and elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme, dot pattern, and elephant image) to put together this classic gender neutral baby card.

Welcome to the World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
My focal image is an adorable elephant image from the Baby Shower stamp set from Clear and Simple Stamps. I stamped the image in white pigment ink on gray cardstock, then heat embossed it so the text detail would pop against the gray  background.  The image was adhered to a pair of layered circles using foam tape for dimension.  I adhered the image panel over a strip of gray on gray dotted paper placed across a plain white cardstock panel.  The "welcome to the world sweet little one" sentiment from CSS's Baby Sentiment set was stamped just above the elephant image in gray ink.  The sentiment is one long line on the stamp, but here I broke it up for a more balanced look.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating gray card base.

Materials Used:
Baby Shower and Baby Sentiments stamp sets, I Steel Got It and A Blanc Check cardstock, Baby Shower and Shapes:  Circles dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Hippo ink (Lawn Fawn); Smokey Shadow patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Color Throwdown 489-Merry Christmas (in April)

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Vickie is our hostess this week with this classic color combination--red, green, and white.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for this holiday themed design.  I tried, but I just couldn't stay away from it with these colors!

Merry Christmas card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Faw
I found a piece of patterned paper in my stash that features all of the challenges colors.  After cutting it to size and matting it on a green panel, I adhered the patterned paper to a red card base.  One of the holiday sentiments from Lawn Fawn's Merry Messages stamp set was stamped in white pigment ink just beneath the panel.  I heat embossed the text so it would pop against the red background, then surrounded the text with a trio of green enamel dots as an accent.  A strip of red stitched grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the top of the patterned paper panel completed the design.

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 CTD489.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd489 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 April guestie Hannelie Bester, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Seeka.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Hannelie Bester **
** Guest Star Stamper Seeka  **

Materials Used:
Merry Messages stamp set (Lawn Fawn); Memento Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Green Galore cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Home for the Holidays 6x6 paper pad, green enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); red grosgrain ribbon
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