Monday, August 29, 2016

Mojo Monday 463-Go Get Carried Away

Go Get Carried Away card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant
Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week we're switching things up a bit with a tall and skinny sketch.  My card measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".

I used the layout's largest panel to create a simple scene using stamps and dies from Mama Elephant.  I made the background from light aqua grid patterned paper with a piece of stitched die cut green cardstock "grass" along the bottom.  The little guy and his oversized balloon from the Carried Away set were placed on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I adhered the scene to a darker aqua panel over a pair of criss-crossed red and blue cardstock strips.  The set's "go get carried away on your birthday" sentiment was stamped on a pale aqua panel and tucked underneath the right side of the image panel.  The finished panel was adhered to a blue card base.

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:
Carried Away stamp set, Carried Away and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red and Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Recollections Aqua Screen patterned paper (Michaels); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Sunday, August 28, 2016

You Make My Heart Melt

With summer winding down, there won't be too many more opportunities to ink up the sun-loving penguins from the My Favorite Things Penguins in Paradise set!  I used the set for my card for this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  It's kind of a loose interpretation, but if you look closely, I think you can see the layout there.

You Make My Heart Melt card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I represented the rectangular panel across the cardfront with a pair of kraft cardstock strips with torn edges to create a sandy backdrop.  The sand was topped with a palm tree and one of the set's penguin images, both colored with Copic markers and cut with the matching dies.  To give the scene some depth, I adhered the penguin with foam tape. 

The set's "you make my heart melt" sentiment was stamped on an orange fishtail flag strip and added to the left side of the card, opposite the scene elements.  I brought in a bit of pattern to the simple design by tucking a piece of gingham patterned paper just beneath the bottom edge of the layered kraft panels.  I meant to add a bit of glitter to the popsicle for an icy look.  I think I'll go do that now, before I forget again . . .

Materials Used:
Penguins in Paradise stamp set, Orange Fizz cardstock, Die-namics Penguins in Paradise and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Saturday, August 27, 2016

You Rescued Me

Today I'm sharing a sweet card based on the current challenge at Global Design Project.  There's also a special meaning behind this one . . .

You Rescued Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I made an adorable dog from the You Make My Tail Wag set from My Favorite Things the focal point on my design. The dog was colored with Copic markers and carefully cut out.  To go with the dog, I created a simple backdrop on an aqua card base.  After adhering a green dotted patterned paper panel to the card base, I layered a white picket fence die cut along the top edge of the patterned paper.  The dog image was attached at the top of the fence, using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the "you rescued me" sentiment from the Lucky Dog set to the right of the dog image, then accented it with a tiny dimensional heart sticker.

And as for the meaning behind this one, today I'll be adding a rescue dog to my family!  I've been looking for a companion for my amazing goldendoodle, Chloe the cutie puppy, for a while now.  It's taken some time, but I think we've found just the right one--a mini goldendoodle who we'll be calling Bo.  He's arriving here this afternoon and I'm so excited for all of the adventures we'll have together!

Materials Used:
You Make My Tail Wag and Lucky Dog stamp sets (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist and Ripe Avocado cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Picket Fence Border die (Taylored Expressions); heart sticker (Momenta); foam tape

Friday, August 26, 2016

Butterfly Birthday

Here's my card for August's second Viva la Verve sketch.  I used the sketch to make a card to go with the gift card I gave my sister for her birthday.  It was orange and aqua with butterflies all over it, so I used those elements for my card.

Butterfly Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
My butterflies are from Verve's Blue Skies stamp set.  I colored them with Copic markers and cut them out with the matching All Aflutter dies. The blending on the butterflies is a lot softer IRL than in the photo.  I used two shades of orange for the background panel, adding a long dark orange cardstock strip to the lighter orange panel.  I adhered a striped orange patterned paper panel edged with just a bit of aqua cardstock across the orange panel.

The "happy birthday" sentiment from the Small Packages stamp set was stamped on an aqua pierced circle die cut in white ink, then heat embossed for a nice pop. I set the circle on top of the panel, then added an orange fishtail flag strip just beneath the words.  The butterflies were arranged at the end of the fishtail flag strip, using foam tape for dimension.  A few orange-y sequins scattered around the butterflies added a touch of sparkle to the design.  I layered the panel on a dark orange mat, then adhered it to a card base made from matching light orange cardstock.  I'm so happy with the way this card reflects the gift card that goes with it! 

Materials Used:
Blue Skies and Small Packages stamp sets, All Aflutter By dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Summer Sun, Orange Zest, and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lush 2 Orange Stripe designer paper (My Mind's Eye); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); orange sequins; foam tape

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Whale Hello There

I'm sliding in just under the wire with this sweet, simple card for the current sketch at CAS(e)  this Sketch.  I went with a mostly monochromatic color scheme on this ocean themed design.

Whale Hello There card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps
The whale duo is from the Clear and Simple Stamps Seaside Sentiments 1 set.  I stamped them in blue pigment ink, then carefully cut them out.  The eyes were dotted with a bit of a gray Pico Embellisher for contrast.  I used foam tape to adhere the whales to a light blue card base with a wavy edged panel along the bottom.  The waves were made with two different sized circle punches.  The set's "whale, hello there" sentiment was stamped above the whales in blue.  I felt like the design was missing something, so I stamped a trio of teeny, tiny red hearts from the Taglines:  Critters stamp set between the whales in contrasting red pigment ink.  The little pops of red were just enough to finish the design!

Materials Used:
Seaside Sentiments 1 and Taglines:  Critters stamp sets, My Favorite Blue Jeans and Trendsetter Blue cardstock (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Luxe Bahama Blue and Love Letter inks, Gray Flannel irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); circle punches (EK Success); foam tape

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Color Throwdown 407-Birdie Birthday

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to host the challenge this week and I've chosen a bold and bright color combination--lime green, teal, and yellow.

Birdie Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from WPlus9I inked up my new All Year Cheer set from WPlus9 for my card.  I thought the teal and yellow would make a fun bird--and I think I was right!  To get a bold look, I used pigment inks for the bird's body, then added details with a Copic marker (the bird's cheek and bill) and a Pico Embellisher (the eyes).  To fill in my scene, I stamped the set's branch image on kraft cardstock and cut it out with the matching die, then stamped and cut a bunch of green leaves and a single flower to dress up the branch.  The pieces were arranged on a watercolored panel.  The bird was the final element, added with foam tape for dimension. 

I stamped the "sending birthday wishes" sentiment in teal ink on a lime green fishtail flag panel, combining words from two different sets (Sending, Hoping, Wishing and Love Showers) to get the saying I wanted.  After knotting a strip of yellow grosgrain ribbon around the sentiment panel, I adhered it to the top of the image panel.  I matted the panel on yellow cardstock, then adhered it to a teal 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 CTD407. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd407 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, Wanda Guess, and this week's guest star stamper, Karen Davis.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Wanda Guess **
**  Guest Star Stamper Karen Davis  **

Materials Used:
All Year Cheer, Sending,  Hoping, Wishing, and Love Showers stamp sets, All Year Cheer dies (WPlus9); Memento Luxe Dandelion and Rich Cocoa inks, Gray Flannel irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aquamarine and Lemon Grass inks (Avery Elle); marker (Copic); Tropical Teal and Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); watercolor paper, watercolors (Michaels); yellow grosgrain ribbon; foam tape

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Dig You

Here's my card for the current Share Joy challenge.  I used the Taylored Expressions Dig In stamp set and coordinating dies along with both the sketch and color combination on my card.

I Dig You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Taylored Expressions
I used Copic markers to color the excavator (at least I think it's an excavator . . .), then cut out the image with the matching die.  To add dimension and a metallic shine to the image, I placed a silver brad at the center of each wheel.  The image was adhered to a light blue panel with a strip of torn kraft "dirt" along the bottom.  After adding a red banner strip to the top corner of the panel, I matted it on red cardstock.  The set's "I dig you" sentiment was stamped on a red cardstock strip and adhered to the bottom edge of the panel.  I added an aqua double ended banner strip beneath the image panel, then adhered it to a red card base covered with some coordinating dotted aqua patterned paper.

Materials Used:
Dig In stamp and die set (Taylored Expressions); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Love Me Do "Love Takes Flight" designer paper (My Mind's Eye); silver brads (Michaels); foam tape
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