Friday, January 20, 2017

Hello Sunshine

As soon as I saw Tracey's fabulous inspiration card for this week's Muse challenge, this sunshine themed design popped into my mind.  I took the rays in the heart that Tracey used and translated them into the sun's rays.  Mine are made with a mix of different yellow patterned paper scraps.  I added a pinking circle sun, made sparkly with a coating of a sparkly glitter brush pen.  The "hello sunshine" sentiment from the Paper Smooches Summer Lovin' stamp set was stamped next to the sun in black ink.  For even more sparkle, I surrounded the words with a trio of silver sequins.  The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base, using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Summer Lovin' stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Tart cardstock, Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); clear glitter pen (Spectrum Noir); silver sequins; foam tape

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sprinkled with Love

Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I used the sketch to whip up a sugary sweet design featuring RC's Donut You Know stamps and dies.

I'm Smitten with You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI "cooked up" the donuts first, using the dies to cut out a kraft base and pink icing.  The sprinkles were stamped in pink ink, the heat embossed in pink for a raised, sprinkles-like look.  I arranged the donuts on a white panel framed with a bright pink frame cut with RC's All Framed Up die, using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the set's "sprinkled with lots of love" in pink ink on a pale pink banner strip cut with one of RC's Tag Me dies, then heat embossed it in pink.  The sentiment strip was placed on an angle just beneath the donuts.  The image panel was adhered to a kraft panel over a piece of coordinating pink polka dotted paper.  The kraft panel was adhered to a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
Donut You Know stamp set, Donut You Know, Tag Me and All Framed Up dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Angel Pink ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections pink dotted designer paper (Michaels); Grapefruit embossing powder (American Crafts); foam tape

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Throwdown 426-Be Mine

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week and she's chosen a combination of neutrals with a pop of color--gray, red, and kraft.

Be Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
I combined the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create this clean and simple, perfect for Valentine's Day design.  I cut a pierced heart from red cardstock and adhered it to a kraft card base.  The pierced detail adds a bit of interest to the solid cardstock piece.  For the sentiment, I die cut an arrow with "be mine" embedded in it from both gray cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the die cut pieces, I adhered them over the heart.  A pair of sparkly silver enamel dots placed at the top of the heart as an accent 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 CTD426. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd426 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 January guestie, Leigh Penner.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January guestie Leigh Penner **

Materials Used:
Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Heart STAX and Straight to My Heart dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); craft foam

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Happy Happy

Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  This is actually my second try--I wasn't happy with my first version, so I put together a second totally different card.  I'm not sure I'm totally happy with this one, either, but I do like it better . . .

Happy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I used a word die for my focal image, cutting the word "happy" from a strip of blue-green cardstock.  The die cut was adhered to a lighter aqua panel and the word "birthday" from the My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments stamp set was stamped beneath it in gray pigment ink.  I matted the panel on the same blue-green cardstock, then layered it on to a piece of patterned paper with the word "happy" on it.  I usually end up not using the papers in my patterned paper packs with words on it, so it was nice to actually  use one here!  I anchored the panel with a strip of festive silver starry washi tape at the top and die cut stitched stars at two of the corners.  Some silver sequins arranged around the largest die cut star added a final sparkly touch.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue-green card base.

Materials Used:
Essential Sentiments stamp set, Celebrate dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ocean Tides and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Here Is Happy-Record It 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); stitched star dies (Lil' Inker Designs); silver star washi tape; silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mojo Monday 480-I'm Smitten with You

I'm Smitten with You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the layout to create a fun wintery Valentine's Day design.

I replaced the layout's round panel with a mitten from Reverse Confetti's Smitten Mittens stamp set.  The mitten was stamped in pink pigment ink and cut out with the matching die.  To add dimension, I stamped the patterned cuff on a scrap of cardstock and cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to add it to the bottom of the mitten. 

To showcase the mitten, I covered a pink card base with a kraft panel wrapped with a scrap of matching pink ribbon.  I placed a kraft patterned paper panel with pink dots at the top of the panel, then added a kraft pierced rectangle at the bottom, overlapping the two panels at the middle of the card.  The mitten was added on top using foam tape.  Since it had a sentiment on it, there was no need to add anything else to the design.

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:
Smitten Mittens stamp set, Smitten Mittens dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Raspberry Fizz and Kraft cardstock, Dotty Biscotti patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); pink grosgrain ribbon (Michaels); foam tape

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Icicle

Believe card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps

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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.

Believe card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I took my inspiration from the photo's color scheme and sparkly elements--and icicles, too!  My clean and simple card features a large glittery blue snowflake cut with the Flurry die from Clear and Simple Stamps.  The snowflake die cut is huge and makes a fantastic focal point for a design!  I positioned the sparkly die cut flake on a piece of pearly white cardstock and trimmed the die cut so it was flush with the edges of the panel.

The panel was adhered to a My Favorite Blue Jeans card base--one of my favorite CSS colors.  I used a gift set from CSS to stamp the "believe in the magic of the season" sentiment at the bottom of the white panel in navy blue ink.  I love the contrast of the large elegant script text with the small, delicate all caps font beneath it.  I should keep this design in mind for my cards for this coming holiday season . . .

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Materials Used:
stamps, My Favorite Blue Jeans and White Pearl cardstock, Flurry die (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Recollections Ocean glitter cardstock (Michaels)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Classic Thanks

I used this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge to put together a classic thank you design.  You can never have too many thank you cards in your stash, right?

Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
My stamp-free design uses the "thanks" die from the Die-namics Thanks & Hello set for the message.  I cut the word from both sparkly silver cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the die cut pieces, I adhered them to a golden yellow fishtail flag panel.  The flag was adhered to a piece of gray grid patterned paper from one of MFT's paper pads. I edged the patterned panel with a narrow strip of silver cardstock, then adhered it to a dark gray card base.  I thought about adding some sequins or enamel dots or maybe even stamping a sentiment, but in the end, decided to keep the design super simple.

Materials Used:
Steel Grey cardstock, Fun & Frolic 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Thanks & Hello and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); craft foam
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