Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Bird-Day

Happy Bird-day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I'm sliding in with this sweet bird themed birthday just before the deadline for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch!  This adorable birdie from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies set is one of my all-time favorites.  Here, I colored him up with Copic markers and cut out the colored image with the matching Buddies Icons die.  I adhered the bird image to a blue panel using foam tape for dimension.  After edging the panel with a super narrow strip of yellow cardstock to match the bird, I used more foam tape to adhere the panel to a cardfront with a strip of striped patterned paper along the right edge.  The set's "happy bird-day" sentiment was stamped on another narrow strip of yellow cardstock, then adhered to the cardfront.  A trio of aqua sequins sprinkled around the birdie added a final festive touch to the design.

Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies stamp set, Buddies Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Baja Breeze cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Anchors Aweigh 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Throwdown 456-Birthday Balloon Trio

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week with a trio of vivid colors--hot pink, lime green, and yellow.  I used the colors to create a fun and festive birthday card with stamps and dies from WPlus9.

Birthday Balloon Trio card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9I started out by creating a sunny yellow background panel with distress ink on watercolor paper.  While the panel was drying, I die cut a trio of balloons in the challenge colors.  I also die cut the word "happy" from pink cardstock and craft foam.  The pieces were layered and adhered to the left side of the panel.  I stamped the word "birthday" from the Whole Lotta' Happy set beneath it in pink ink.  After stamping the balloon string three times in gray ink, I added the balloons on top, using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of silver sequins arranged around the balloon completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a bright pink 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 CTD456.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd456 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 August guestie Sheri Gilson, and this week's Guest Star stamper, Eliz Stewart.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Sheri Gilson **
** Guest Star Stamper Eliz Stewart  **

Materials Used:
Whole Lotta' Happy stamp set, Whole Lotta' Happy and Happy Trio dies (WPlus9); Memento Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mustard Seed distress ink (Ranger); Ripe Raspberry ink (My Favorite Things); Limeade Ice and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pink Passion cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; craft foam; foam tape

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Hibiscus

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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.

Hibiscus Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
Here's my take on the challenge.  Those vivid red flowers from the inspiration picture were what caught my eye, so I wanted to be sure to include something similar in my design.  I created a pair of red flowers using hibiscus stamps from a SugarPea Designs stamp set.  The images were cut out with the matching dies, then used them to dress up a wreath made from swirlie die cuts. I layered several of the swirlie die cuts to give my wreath dimension.  I adhered the wreath to a soft blue cardstock panel over a narrow strip of orange cardstock.  The flowers and leaves were arranged along the right side of the wreath. 

For the sentiment, I die cut the word "hello" from the SugarPea Designs Chatterbox Journal Card die set from both red cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two die cuts, I adhered them to the orange strip.  The finished panel was adhered to a white card base.

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Materials Used:
Funky Wreath-Spring Additions stamp set, Funky Wreath-Spring Additions and Chatterbox Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Morocco and Memento Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); pigment ink (Avery Elle); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Swirlies dies (Reverse Confetti); craft foam; foam tape

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sending a Big Hello

Here's my take on the current Lawn Fawnatics custom sentiments challenge.  I combined a stamped sentiment from the Elphie Selfie stamp set with a fun die cut word on this sweet card.

Sending a Big Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
For the focal image, I used Lawn Fawn's Happy Mail dies to assemble a mailbox and envelope.  To get a metallic look, I cut the mailbox from a piece of shiny silver cardstock.  After I assembled the mailbox, I added it to a blue card base with a strip of green dotted patterned paper "grass" along the bottom.  The first part of the sentiment, the "sending a BIG" text from the Elphie Selfie set, was stamped on the green dotted paper.  I die cut the Scripty Hello from both cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the cardfront just beneath the stamped text.  I tucked a little die cut envelope, sealed with a red heart inside the envelope to complete the scene.

Materials Used:
Elphie Selfie stamp set, Scripty Hello and Happy Mail dies (Lawn Fawn); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, and Spring Rain cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); craft foam

Sunday, August 13, 2017

So Berry Sweet

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's their 300th sketch--quite a milestone!

So Berry Sweet card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI went with something summery for my design.  My focal image is the strawberry from Reverse Confetti's Berry Sweet set.  I created the berry with a mix of distress oxides on watercolor paper.  After the inks dried, I stamped the outline image and sentiment, then die cut the berry with the matching die.  The leaf was stamped with Peeled Paint distress oxide to get the same pigment-y look as the berry.

The backdrop for the berry came from my scrap pile.  I adhered a strip of green gingham patterned paper to a pink card base, then added a berry cardstock panel edged with a strip of cream trim to the right side.  The berry was placed on top, using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Berry Sweet stamp set, Berry Sweet dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, and Peeled Paint distress oxides (Ranger); Pink Lemonade cardstock (My Favorite Things); Berry Sorbet cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); cream trim (Hobby Lobby); foam tape

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'm Here for You

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  Last week I inked up the smile themed stamp set from MFT's most recent card kit, so this week I inked up the kit's floral stamp set, Plentiful Petals.

I'm Here for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I stamped one of the set's flower images in yellow ink, then added the center image in contrasting pink ink.  The new markings on the dies and stamps were super helpful for quickly lining up the stamped image with the open die!  I also stamped and die cut a pair of leaves to go with the flower.  I created a backdrop for the flower by adhering a strip of yellow on yellow dotted paper to the left side of a cardfront, then added a green panel, edged with a narrow strip of yellow cardstock.  After cutting out a raspberry stitched circle frame and adhering it to the cardfront so it overlapped both the green and dotted panels, I placed the flower on top using foam tape.  The "I'm here for you" sentiment from the Whimsical Wishes stamp set was stamped just beneath the circle to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Plentiful Petals and Whimsical Wishes stamp sets, Lemon Drop, Jellybean Green, and Ripe Raspberry inks, Sour Apple and Lemon Drop cardstock, Dots & Stripes Sorbet 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Plentiful Petals and Single Stitch Line Circle Frames dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pastel Pencil Inspired

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch along with some elements from the photo, including the pastel colors and the pencils, to put together my card.

Best Teacher Ever card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
I started out by using a stencil to create my own tone on tone patterned paper.  I used Broken China distress oxide and an ink applicator on aqua cardstock.  So pretty!  I adhered the stenciled panel to the right edge of a card base, then added a curved edge pink panel to the left edge, using foam tape for dimension.  The stitching detail along the curve adds interest and helps to set off the panel.

For the sentiment, I used the Teacher die set from SugarPea Designs to die cut the word "teacher" from both silver cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two die cut pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the cardfront.  I used SPD's Notebook Journal Card die and a bunch of cardstock scraps to create the pencil that I placed directly underneath the die cut word.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped the words "best" and "ever" above and below the die cut word and pencil.

Materials Used:
Sweet Sentiments-Teacher stamp set, Teacher and Notebook Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China distress oxide (Ranger); Insulation Pink cardstock, Jumbled Letters stencil, Die-namics Hit the Slopes dies (My Favorite Things); Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, and Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); craft foam; foam tape
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