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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Birthday Blooms

Happy Birthday to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
It's my birthday today, so it seemed appropriate to share a birthday card, even though I'm really not a big fan of birthdays.  This one is based on the current sketch at Sunday Stamps and serves as my entry for this month's Reverse Confetti birthday themed Stock Your Stash challenge.

My focal panel is made from a decorative Lacy Scallop Circle die cut stamped with a pretty birthday sentiment from RC's All About You stamp set.  I matted the panel on pink cardstock to match the pink ink I used for the sentiment, then adhered the matted sentiment to a piece of lime green patterned paper.  I used RC's Blooms 'n Buds stamps and dies to create a cluster of flowers and leaves to dress up the sentiment panel.  Once I positioned the flowers, I adhered coordinating solid cardstock strips beneath the sentiment panel.  The finished panel was layered on to a coordinating lime green card base.

Materials Used:
Blooms 'n Buds and All About You stamp sets, Lime Green cardstock, Fun Times 6x6 paper pad, Blooms 'n Buds and Lacy Scallop Circles dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Pear Tart, Rose Bud, Dandelion, and Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Color Throwdown 493-Celebrate

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Broni is our hostess this week with a beachy palette that is so Broni--aqua, lime,and white.

Celebrate card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and stencils from Neat and Tangled
I've had the Balloon Duo Stencils from Neat and Tangled in my collection for a while now and finally tried them out on this birthday card.  I used one of the stencils to create a balloon pair in the upper right corner of a white panel.  The birthday sentiment from the Celebrate set was stamped at the bottom of the panel in Versamark in, then heat embossed in lime embossing powder.   Once the text was in place, I used a black pen with a super fine tip to add in the balloon strings.  A few small aqua enamel dots were scattered around the balloons like confetti. I adhered the panel to a coordinating green card base to finish 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 CTD493.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd493 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, Cher Marsino .

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

Materials Used:
Celebrate stamp set, Balloon Duo Stencils (Neat and Tangled); Twisted Citron Distress ink (Ranger); Sprinkles ink (Taylored Expressions); Versamark ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); black multiliner pen (Copic); Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Zing! Leaf embossing powder (American Crafts); aqua enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What's Up?

What's Up? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my car for the current challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used the layout's large panel to make a simple backdrop for one of the giraffes from the Giraffing Me Crazy set from My Favorite Things.  The long giraffe image was a perfect match for the long strip that extends along the left side of the sketch!  The giraffe was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the giraffe to a blue dotted patterned paper panel that I edged with a strip of green "grass" made with a border punch.  I stamped the set's "what's up?" sentiment in black ink on the green strip, then adhered the panel to a golden yellow card base that coordinates nicely with the color of the giraffe image.  

Materials Used:
Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set, Giraffing Me Crazy dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Rain patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Monday, May 14, 2018

Swinging By

Swinging By card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
Here's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. I used the sketch for a fun, monkey-themed hello card featuring Lawn Fawn's Love Ya Bunches set.

I colored up one of the set's monkey images and a leafy vine using Copic markers.  After cutting out the images with the matching dies, I adhered them to a blue circle that I positioned near the top of a green card base.  I cut a round opening in a piece of green plaid paper from the Perfectly Plaid-Spring paper pad and adhered it over the cardfront so that my image panel was visible through the opening.  For the sentiment, I stamped "swinging by to say" on a narrow green cardstock strip and placed it across the bottom of the round opening.  The "hello" was stamped just beneath it to complete the sentiment.

Materials Used:
Love Ya Bunches stamp set, Perfectly Plaid-Spring 6x6 paper pad, Love Ya Bunches dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Cool Caribbean and Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

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