Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Just to Espresso My Thanks

I'm building up my stash of thank you cards, so here's another one based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch. At first, the line of round elements along the right side of the cardfront had me stumped, but once I settled on coffee beans, the card came together quickly. The coffee beans are from the SugarPea Designs Espresso Yourself stamp set.  Since the set only includes single bean images, I did a little masking to get the pair of overlapping beans.  The left side of the card has an olive patterned paper panel that I picked because I knew I could stamp on it and have the stamped text still show up clearly.  My sentiment is a mix of several stamps from the Espresso Yourself set.  I stamped the text in a super dark brown ink, then added the die cut to go cup above it. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating avocado green card base.

Materials Used:
Espresso Yourself stamp set, Coffee To Go Cup dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Espresso Truffle ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Prudence-Discretion designer paper (Crate Paper); foam tape

Monday, December 11, 2017

You Warm My Heart

You Warm My Heart 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.  The Die-namics Hot Cocoa Cups dies take center stage here on on my design.  I used the dies and cardstock scraps to create a pair of mugs, then adhered the mugs to a gray and blue plaid patterned paper panel using foam tape.  The "you warm my heart" sentiment from the Perk Up stamp set was stamped in white pigment ink on a gray fishtail flag strip, then heat embossed in white for a bold pop.  I used more foam tape to position the sentiment strip over the bottom mug. The finished panel was adhered to a light blue card base to match the mug duo.

Materials Used:
Perk Up stamp set, Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Hot Cocoa Cups and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Close to Cocoa cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Perfectly Plaid-Winter 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Recollections Snow embossing powder; foam tape

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker DesignsHere's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set from Lil' Inker Designs along with some patterned paper from my stash to make a fun thank you card.

I started out by selecting the patterned paper I used to cover most of the red card base.  After choosing that, I inked up the two "thanks" stamps and stamped them on white paper. The stamped word was die cut, then adhered to the patterned panel using foam tape. I stamped the rest of the sentiment ("for the nice words and stuff") in red ink on a narrow pink cardstock strip and positioned it below the die cut word.  I accented the pieces with a trio of red enamel dots.  The panel was matted on pink cardstock, then adhered to the red card base.

Materials Used:
Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Love Letter and Angel Pink inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade and Pretty in Pink cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Daydream designer paper (Sassafras Lass); red enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Warmth and Wishes

Warmest Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsThis wintery holiday card design is inspired by the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I CASE'd Janneke's design, using her color scheme, layout, and sentiment placement with my own twist.

Instead of using a single focal image, I clustered a trio of die cuts as a focal point.  The die cut hat and mittens were made with the Winter Warmth stamps and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things.  Each piece was cut from pale blue cardstock, then stamped with the patterned image in olive green pigment ink.  I arranged the images on a white panel, using foam tape for dimension. A piece of gray twine was looped between the mittens for added texture.  The "warmest wishes for a happy holiday" sentiment from the Hug in a Mug set was stamped at the bottom of the white panel in blue pigment ink.  After edging the panel with dark green cardstock, I adhered it to a blue card base that matched the die cut pieces.

Materials Used:
Winter Warmth and Hug in a Mug stamp sets, Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Winter Warmth dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Olive Grove ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lake House pigment ink (WPlus9); Always Artichoke cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gray twine (Hemptique); foam tape

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Warm Holiday Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
I'm joining in on the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with this holiday inspired design featuring stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs.  I used images from the adorable Mugs & Kisses set to create the card.  After coloring the images with Copic markers, I cut them out with the matching dies.  The images are paired with some knit patterned paper from an older Studio Calico paper pad. The knit pattern gives the design a warm, cozy feel.  For more texture, I added a ribbon and button accent to the patterned panel before adhering it to a cream panel.  The images were positioned on the panel using foam tape.  I stamped the set's "warm holiday wishes" sentiment just beneath the image, then adhered the finished panel on to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Mugs & Kisses stamp set, Mugs & Kisses dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Wonderland 6x6 paper pad (Studio Calico); Kraft Like a Rockstar Green button (Clear and Simple Stamps); twine (Hemptique); green grosgrain ribbon; ; foam tape

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

Here's my card for the current (for a few more hours) challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I made a simple holiday design using the layout.

Sparkle and Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
For the decorative edged strip, I positioned a trio of silver snowflake die cuts, cut in half, across the navy blue card base.  To hide the not so even top edge of the line of flakes, I adhered strips of light blue and silver cardstock over the edge to give the decorative edging a clean look.  The "may your holidays sparkle and shine" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Winter Greetings stamp set was stamped just above the cardstock strips in silver ink. For a nice pop--and to match the words--I heat embossed the text in silver.  I may go back and add a clear crystal to the center of each flake, just along the silver strip . . .

Materials Used:
Winter Greetings stamp set, Snowflake dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Navy cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Color Throwdown 472-Peace on Earth

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Barbara is our hostess this week.  She's got a classic neutral combination with a pop of bold color that's perfect for seasonal designs--red, gray, and black.

Peace on Earth card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I used the colors to make a clean and simple holiday design.  I stamped the "peace on Earth" sentiment from Avery Elle's Snowflakes stamp set in red ink on a white cardstock panel.  To go with the sentiment, I stamped three different sized snowflake images from the set in gray ink, then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I arranged them above the sentiment, using foam tape to secure them, then dotted the center of each flake with a clear crystal.  I adhered a panel of gray cardstock beneath the sentiment, then added a narrow strip of black cardstock at the top edge to set it off from the sentiment.  The finished panel was adhered to a red 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 CTD472.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd472 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 and our December guestie Debra James, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Kathy Straw.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** December guestie Debra James  **
** Guest Star Stamper Kathy Straw  **

Materials Used:
Snowflakes stamp set, Snowflakes dies (Avery Elle); Memento Lady Bug and Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Stormy cardstock (Reverse Confetti); clear self-adhesive crystals; foam tape

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