Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Color Throwdown 394-Thisssss Much

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Our newest team member, Amy Rohl, is our hostess this week and she's shared a sweet color combination--blue, pink, and red.  I paired the colors with the current sketch from The Paper Players and stamps from Mama Elephant.

I Love You Thisssss Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant
I kept things simple, using a blue pierced circle die cut as a background for one of the panda images from the Pandamonium stamp set.  I gave the panda a bouquet of two balloons.  The die cuts were arranged on a pink pierced rectangle panel that I layered on to a white card base. The set's love themed sentiment was stamped just beneath the pieces.  All of the stamping on this card was done with Versafine Onyx Black ink--it's my favorite for when I want to have crisp, true black image outlines and sentiments.

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 CTD394. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd394 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 Jill Dewey Hawkins, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Tenia Nelson.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** May guestie  Jill Dewey Hawkins  **
** Guest Star Stamper Tenia Nelson **

Materials Used:
Pandamonium stamp set, Pandamonium dies (Mama Elephant); Versafine Onxy Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Blue Bayou cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Blueprints 21 and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Beary Best

I've had this sweet Cub Cuddles set from Mama Elephant for a while now, but this is the very first time I've inked it up.  I paired it with the current sketch at Match the Sketch for this perfect for Father's Day card.

The Beary Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama Elephant
I colored the bear duo with Copic markers, then cut the image out with the matching die.  It's adhered to a blue background panel using foam tape.  I die cut a strip of green "grass" using a border punch, then set that beneath the bears' feet.  The "you're the beary best" sentiment was stamped beneath the bears in black ink.

I made a background for the image panel from a navy cardstock panel topped with a piece of green gingham patterned paper from my scrap pile.  After stretching a strip of kraft twill across the top of the panel, I placed the image panel on top.  A golden yellow half circle, tucked beneath the left edge of the image panel, added a final contrasting pop of color.  The finished panel was adhered to a blue card base to match the image panel's background.

Materials Used:
Cub Cuddles stamp set, Cub Cuddles dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Night of Navy and So Saffron cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lakehouse and Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Recollections Green Gingham cardstock (Michaels); Grass border punch (Fiskars); circle punch (EK Success); kraft twill (Martha Stewart); foam tape

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Challenge 74-Congrats

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge! *** 

The Challenge is back with a new challenge!  Next up in our rotation is a masculine photo inspiration challenge.  I combined elements from the inspiration photo's color scheme and array of objects with the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to create a congratulatory design.

Congrats card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey InkI don't have many farm themed stamps, so I focused on the vehicle in the inspiration photo and used the vintage-ish Beetle from Papertrey Ink's Enjoy the Ride as my focal image.  I stamped the car's outline on a matching die cut, then filled it in with the solid image stamp in red ink.  To get a nice, deep color, I stamped the solid image twice.  The headlights and bumper were colored with Copic markers and to give the windshield a glass-like look, I coated it with some Glossy Accents.  This time, I was super careful and managed to not smear or smudge it before it was completely dry!

I used foam tape to adhere the car to a kraft panel placed on a red card base.  To bring in the farm theme from the photo, I added a gingham strip to the right side of the panel.  I filled in the scene with a cheery sun and a shimmery white die cut cloud placed along the top left edge of the panel.  The "congrats" sentiment from the Congrats All Ways was stamped on a banner die cut, then placed it on the cardfront beneath the card.  This one will be perfect for all kinds of occasions!

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created based on this week's inspiration photo.  Here's where to find them:

Lori Tecler--you're here!
Nina Forsyth
Rachel Bergfeld
Patti, May's featured designer

Materials Used:
Enjoy the Ride and Congrats All Ways stamp sets, Kraft and Harvest Gold cardstock, Lemon Tart and Pure Poppy patterned papers, Enjoy the Ride, Sketched Shapes, and Clouds 1 and 2 dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug inks and Versafine Onxy Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); circle punch (EK Success); Glossy Accents (Ranger); foam tape

Mojo Monday 449-Nothing But Happiness

Nothing But Happiness card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Papertrey Ink

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.   I had a request from a co-worker for some wedding cards, so I used the sketch to make one for her.

For my version of the sketch, I flipped it on its side to a portrait orientation.  I covered a pale gray card base with an elegant gray patterned paper panel, then added the sentiment panel on top. So that the pale gray stitched edge panel would stand out from the background, I matted it on dark gray.  The sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Propose a Toast stamp set was stamped on the panel in gray pigment ink.  I added a sparkly silver strip edged with gray along the bottom of the sentiment panel.  It's topped with a pair of contrasting red stitched heart die cuts.  I may go back and add a crystal flourish underneath the hearts . . .

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:
Propose a Toast stamp set (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Steel Grey and Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (Michaels); stitched rectangle and stitched heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); foam tape

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Counting Down to Your Special Day

I used this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge to put together a fun space themed birthday card.  I love the traditional primary color scheme here--it must be the kindergarten teacher in me! 

Counting Down to Your Special Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I made the sketch's large circle into a moon by adding a debossed pattern to it.  After adhering it to a blue pierced rectangle panel, I added one of the rocket images from the Out of This World set on top.  The panel was adhered to a contrasting red panel, matching the red I used to color in the rocket.  I stamped the set's "counting down to your special day" sentiment on a silver cardstock strip, then adhered the strip beneath the images.  A few silver sequins completed the scene. I adhered the finished panel to a matching blue card base.

Materials Used:
Out of This World stamp set (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Not Quite Navy, Real Red, and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); circle die (Spellbinders); Polka Dots embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); silver sequins; foam tape

Saturday, May 21, 2016

How Sweet of You

I still need a few more thank you cards, so I used this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try to put together this floral themed one. 

How Sweet of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI used a floral patterned paper panel I rescued from my scrap pile as the starting point for my design. I picked a thank you sentiment from the Sweet Thing set and stamped it on the right side of a cream panel in aqua pigment ink, leaving space for a rose banner strip on the panel's left side.  After adding aqua cardstock strips to the left side of the panel, I placed the sentiment panel on top.  

One of the flower images in the Petals 'n Posies set was a perfect match for the flowers in the paper, so I used it to make a pair of pink and red flowers.  The flowers were adhered to the banner strip using foam tape.  I dotted the center of each flower with an enamel dot for added dimension.  The finished panel was adhered to a pale aqua card base.

Materials Used:
Sweet Thing and Petals 'n Posies stamp sets, Confetti Cuts Tag Me and Petals 'n Posies dies (Reverse Confetti); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); 100 Days of Summer-Simple Pleasures designer paper (Simple Stories); Recollections enamel dots (Michaels)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Some Much Needed Sunshine and Rainbows

So, it's rained here just about every day for the last three weeks.  And, if it hasn't rained, it's been cloudy and chilly.  That's highly unusual for the Washington, DC area in May.  Usually by now people are bemoaning the high humidity and super warm temperatures, but none of that is happening. So, in the absence of sunshine and warmth, I created my own, inspired by the current Card Concept and Paper Smooches challenges.  The yellow background and sunshine theme of the Card Concept challenge and the rainbow theme of the Paper Smooches challenge were perfect for bringing a bit of much needed cheer!

Wishing You Sunshine and Rainbows card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
My clean and layered design features sunshine and rainbows courtesy of the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set.  I colored the rainbow image with Copic markers, then cut it out with the matching die.  For dimension, I stamped the image a second time on shimmery white cardstock, then cut out the clouds and used foam tape to adhere them to the colored image.  I stamped the set's sun image in orange pigment ink on golden yellow cardstock and cut it out with the matching die.

After putting foam tape on the back of both images, I adhered them to a yellow on yellow striped patterned paper panel.  The set's "wishing you sunshine and rainbows" sentiment was stamped next to the images in black ink.  I accented them with a trio of sparkly silver sequins.  The finished panel was adhered to a white card base.

Materials Used:
Spectrum stamp set, Spectrum dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Fizz ink, The Brights Collection 6x6 paper pad (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold ink (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape
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