Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown 344-Triangular Thank You

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rohl is our hostess this week with a pretty floral inspired combination--green, gray, and white. I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create a simple thank you design.

Triangular Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
I arranged a trio of triangle images from Altenew's Sohcahtoa stamp set on my clear block and stamped them in green pigment ink on a white panel.  The set's "thank you" sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink on a narrow gray cardstock strip, then heat embossed with white to pop.  After trimming the sentiment strip, I placed it on the panel using foam tape.  A pair of green enamel dots added some contrasting, soft  edges to the design.  After edging the left side of the stamped panel with a narrow strip of gray cardstock, I adhered it to a coordinating green 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 CTD444.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd444 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 Amy Tsuruta, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Katie Mowery.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** May guestie Amy Tsuruta **
** Guest Star Stamper Katie Mowery **

Materials Used:
Sohcahtoa stamp set (Altenew); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Celery pigment ink (Avery Elle); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Avocado cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); green enamel dots (Studio Calico); foam tape

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bold Bright Birthday

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used some MFT stamps, dies, and papers to put this birthday card together in just a few short minutes.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I covered most of a red card base with an angled rainbow striped panel of patterned paper from the Birthday Blowout pad. The angled space was filled in with a contrasting yellow cardstock panel.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "happy" using the Celebrate die set.  The word "birthday" from the Essential Sentiments set was stamped beneath the die cut word.  I placed the die cut and stamped strip on the cardfront on an angle, trimming the edges flush with the edges of the patterned paper panel.  For a fun accent, I arranged a trio of contrasting yellow enamel dots on the sentiment panel.

Materials Used:
Essential Sentiments stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Birthday Blowout 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Celebrate dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday 498-How Sweet of You

How Sweet of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the layout to create a sweets-themed thank you card.

I started out with a piece of patterned paper covered with all sorts of sweet treats.  After matting the panel on coordinating chocolatey brown cardstock, I adhered it to the bright pink card base.  To go with all of the treats, I stamped the "how sweet of you" sentiment from Verve's Small Packages set in brown pigment ink on a white circle.  The circle was matted on more brown cardstock, then layered on to the cardstock over a trio of angled paper strips rescued from my scrap pile.

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:
Small Packages stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweetheart 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle dies (Spellbinders)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

You Make My Life Brighter

You Make My Life Brighter card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I created a bright, cheery design using the Giddy Bugs set from Paper Smooches.  For the focal image, I colored up the set's lightning bug with Copic markers, then coated it with a light layer of glitter from a glitter brush pen.  After cutting the image out, I used foam tape to adhere it to a yellow card base with a bold chevron patterned panel at the top and a narrow but equally bold dark pink cardstock strip at the bottom.  The set's "you make my life brighter" sentiment was heat embossed at the bottom of the card in white for a nice pop against the pink background.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Zest cardstock (My Favorite Things); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cool Summer 6x6 paper pad (Carta Bella); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges 386-Happy Bird-day

I'm back with another card as a guest designer for Crazy 4 Challenges!  This week's challenge is a fun square sketch with a twist--make it a birthday card!

Happy Bird-Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I used one of my favorite birthday images, the bird from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies stamp set.  I colored up the stamped die cut image with Copic markers and used foam tape to add it to a round panel.  I gave the bird a balloon from the Hullabaloo set, also attached to the panel with foam tape.  I matted the panel on a blue circle to match the bird's balloon, then placed it on a square yellow card base with a strip of patterned paper (rescued from my scrap pile!) along the left side.  The set's "happy  bird-day" sentiment was stamped on a silver fishtail flag strip and placed on the cardfront just beneath the bird image. I anchored the strip with a die cut blue star.

Be sure to stop by the C4C blog to see the cards created by the rest of the team--and to link up your project!
Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies and Hullabaloo stamp sets, Buddies Icons and Stars dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nautical Navy Thanks

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo--navy stripes and neutral kraft to create my thank you card.

Nautical Navy Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I built the card on a navy card base mostly covered with a panel of kraft and navy striped patterned paper, echoing the stripes of the rug in the photo.  For the layout's round element, I used Reverse Confetti's Swirlies dies to make a round swirl.  The die cut is dimensional, thanks to several layers of paper stacked one on top of the other.  I stamped the "thanks" sentiment from RC's In a Big Way set on a navy banner strip in white pigment ink, then heat embossed it in white for a nice pop.  It was layered over the round piece, using foam tape to anchor it.  A pair of white matte enamel dots placed just beneath the sentiment strip completed the design.

Materials Used:
In a Big Way stamp set, Navy cardstock, Swirlies and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pride 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Happy Birthday to You

The current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge is floral themed, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out the pretty floral insert for Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame die set.  I needed a birthday card, so with all of that in mind, I put this feminine design together.

Floral Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
I started out by creating the watercolor wash background using distress inks and water on watercolor paper.  While the panel dried, I did the die cutting.  To get the two toned flower, I die cut the entire frame and flower from pink cardstock, then cut just the flower again from green cardstock.  After doing a little bit of trimming, I adhered just the leafy parts of the green die cut to the frame image.  I adhered the frame over the now dry watercolor panel and trimmed the edges so they were flush with the frame edges.  The "a happy birthday to you" sentiment came from combining several sentiments from the Say Hello set.  The words were stamped in pink ink to coordinate with the flower and watercolor background.  For a little sparkle, I positioned a trio of pink sequins around the flower.  I adhered the finished panel to a pretty pink card base to complete the design--which I've already sent off in the mail to its recipient!

Materials Used:
Say Hello stamp set, Happy Card Frame dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks (Ranger); Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pink sequins (Treehouse Studio)
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