Saturday, July 23, 2016

Inking About You

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  With it being so hot around here, a card with an ocean theme seemed appropriate!

Inking About You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I made the octopus from Reverse Confetti's Seaside stamp set my focal image.  The octopus was stamped in green ink, then cut with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the octopus to a pale blue die cut tag.  After knotting a piece of pale green grosgrain ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag, I placed the tag on a piece of chevron patterned paper.  I stamped the set's "inking about you" sentiment on a turquoise strip punched with a wave border punch, then tucked the strip beneath the octopus image. A trio of aqua sequins scattered around the image completed the design.

 Materials Used:
Seaside stamp set, Confetti Cuts Seaside and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Party Boy 6x6 paper pad (Photoplay); Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Friday, July 22, 2016

You Brighten My Day

I couldn't resist creating a card inspired by this month's Paper Smooches summer themed challenge!  I took my cues from the inspiration photo's color scheme and mixed patterns to put together this sun-filled design.

You Brighten My Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesThe sun was made from a golden yellow pinking circle topped with a matching yellow dotted circle.  I die cut a pair of contrasting red eyeglasses using the Glasses dies.  The lenses were filled in with some sparkly silver paper for a reflective look.  I used foam tape to adhere the glasses on top of the sun.  I debated about adding some wiggly eyes, but in the end, decided not to.

To go with the sun, I stamped the "you brighten my day" sentiment from the We Totally Click stamp set  at the end of a kraft strip. After tying a piece of yellow ribbon around the end of the strip, I adhered it to a striped aqua panel, then added the sun and sunglasses on top.  A trio of aqua sequins arranged around the sun completed the design.

Materials Used:
We Totally Click stamp set, Glasses dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade cardstock, yellow grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, and Kraft cardstock, Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart patterned papers (Papertrey Ink); silver cardstock (Michaels); circle and pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studios); foam tape

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Camp Create Backgrounds

I'm sharing my final two cards for last week's My Favorite Things Camp Create.  Both feature fun backgrounds that are a bit out of the norm for me.

Thanks for Sticking Your Neck Out for Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
The first card has a stamped background created by using the small leaf stamps from the Sweet Safari stamp set.  I randomly stamped the 5 different images on a kraft panel, then used Zig Clean Color markers to color them in.  Since I didn't use ink that would work for watercoloring, I simply colored with the markers instead of shading and blending with an aqua brush. 

To go with my leafy panel, I stamped and colored the set's giraffe image.  This time, I did watercolor the images using my Clean Color markers.  I carefully cut around the image, then added foam tape to the back.  I adhered a strip of green cardstock, punched along the top with a grass border punch and wrapped with some brown ribbon, near the bottom of the stamped panel.  The green piece actually covers where my stamping wasn't really good--love when I can salvage something with a mistake on it!  I added the giraffe on top, then stamped the set's thank you sentiment next to the image.  The finished panel was adhered to a green card base.

Materials Used:
Sweet Safari stamp set (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Clean Color markers (Zig); Kiwi Kiss cardstock, brown grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

You Tickle My Fancy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite ThingsMy second card features a background created with a stencil and masking.  I created my own stencil from some scrap cardstock and a chevron die plate.  After securing it in place with a bit of removable tape, I inked it using a trio of distress inks.  The inked panel was trimmed and layered on to an aqua mat, then adhered to a green card base on an angle. 

I added a shiny silver pierced circle die cut to the panel and topped it with a pair of die cut feathers and a twine-tied button.  The "you tickle my fancy" sentiment from the Right on Target set was stamped on a narrow fishtail flag strip, then adhered to the panel so it extended out from beneath the feather pair.  A pair of aqua sequins were arranged around the feathers to add a final sparkly touch to the design.

Materials Used:
Right on Target stamp set, Die-namics Feathers and Arrows, Fishtail Flag STAX, and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts);Mermaid Lagoon, Dusty Concord, and Peeled Paint distress inks (Ranger); Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, and Winter Wisteria cardstock, Winter Wisteria button (Papertrey Ink); silver cardstock (Michaels); CutUps Chevron die (The Cat's Pajamas); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); blue baker's twine; foam tape

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Color Throwdown 402-Wishing You a Fin-tastic Day

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Barbara is our hostess this week and she's sharing a fun, fresh color combination--lime green, orchid, orange, and aqua.  I paired the colors with the current sketch from Just Add Ink and the adorable mermaid stamp from Reverse Confetti.

Wishing You a Fintastic Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiI colored the mermaid image with Copic markers, then cut out the colored image with the matching die.  I added a little sparkle to the mermaid's tail using a Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  It's so pretty IRL! 

I used a dotted aqua circle adhered to a lime green card base to make a background for the image.  A wave strip was set across the bottom of the circle, then the mermaid was added on top.  I stamped the "wishing you a fin-tastic day" sentiment on the right side of the wave strip, then added a trio of silver sequin "bubbles" to the top of the circle. 

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 CTD402. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd402 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 July guestie, Kim Singdahlsen, and this week's guest star stamper, Colleen Begley.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** July guestie Kim Singdahlsen **
**  Guest Star Stamper Colleen Begley  **

Materials Used:
Mermaid Kisses stamp set, Mermaid Kisses dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir); Simply Chartreuse and Aqua Mist cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Boundary Waters border punch (Fiskars); silver sequins; foam tape

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wild Greenery Thank You

Here's another design inspired by last week's Camp Create challenges at My Favorite Things.  This one uses inlaid die cutting along with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.

Wild Greenery Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I used two of the dies from the Wild Greenery die set to cut a bunch of leaves out of a kraft panel.  After adhering the cut kraft piece to a white scrap paper backing, I filled in the openings with matching green leaf die cuts.  I was careful to keep the little scrap pieces from between the leaves when I was cutting the kraft panel so that I could fill in those openings, too. After edging the inlaid panel with gold cardstock strips, I adhered it to a pale green card base.  The "thank you" sentiment from the For the Boys set was stamped just above the leafy panel.  I used my MISTI so I could double stamp it for a nice, bold image.  The end result was an easy to mail and perfect for any recipient thank you card.

Materials Used:
For the Boys stamp set, Die-namics Wild Greenery dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Bamboo Leaves ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mojo Monday 457-Sending Hugs

Sending Hugs card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Neat and Tangled
Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch. I put together a sweet design using stamps from Neat and Tangled.

The girl and teddy bear image from the Better Together set was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the image to a light blue rounded rectangle panel with a strip of grass along the bottom.  To go with the feminine image, I found a piece of floral print patterned paper to use on my cardfront.  After edging it with the same green cardstock I used for the grass, I adhered it to a pale pink cardstock panel, then added the image panel on top.  The set's "sending hugs" sentiment was stamped in gray pigment ink on a rounded square panel.  I matted the panel on pale pink cardstock and adhered it to the panel, overlapping the image a bit. A pair of die cut hearts--one pink and one rose--were adhered to the top of the sentiment panel in place of the sketch's triangle elements.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating rose 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:
Better Together stamp set, Better Together dies (Neat and Tangled); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Regal Rose and Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Bundle of Joy-A New Addition 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Die-namics Staggered Heart Border die (My Favorite Things); Grass border punch (Fiskars); corner rounder; foam tape

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I Pick You

Here's another design inspired by the current My Favorite Things Camp Create session.  I did a bit of coloring on kraft cardstock with Prismacolor pencils.  It's been a while (okay, a long time!) since I pulled those out and it shows in my coloring!

I Pick You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
The layout for my design is based on the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  After stamping one of the mice from the Harvest Mouse set on kraft cardstock and coloring it with the pencils, I carefully cut it out.  I used foam tape to place it on a simple background made from a long blue cardstock panel with a strip of green grass at the bottom and a pinking circle sun at the top.  The "I pick you" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel.  After matting the scene with red cardstock to coordinate with the mouse's sweater, I adhered it to a kraft card base with a piece of honeycomb patterned paper at the top.

Materials Used:
Harvest Mouse stamp set (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); colored pencils (Prismacolor); Kraft, Summer Sun, and Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft in Color-Kraft 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); pinking circle die (Spellbinders); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

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