Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happily Ever After

It's the 100th challenge at Global Design Project!  I couldn't resist playing along with their special "CASE the Designer" challenge to mark the occasion.

Happily Ever After card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
My love themed design was inspired by Krista's gorgeous creation.  As Krista did, I heat embossed a sentiment and added a watercolor background around it.  My sentiment is from the Lil' Inker Designs Ever stamp set.  I stamped it in white pigment ink, then heat embossed it before adding a watercolor background with three shades of distress ink.  When the ink dried, I splattered a bit of silver shimmer spray around the panel.  I don't do this often because I have a fear of over-splattering, but I think it worked out okay here!  I die cut a pair of stitched hearts from red and silver cardstock, then added them to the panel using foam tape.  A trio of silver sequins arranged around the hearts and text added a bit more sparkle.  The finished panel was adhered to a deep red card base, matching the larger die cut heart.

Materials Used:
Ever stamp set, Stitched Heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Festive Berries distress inks (Ranger); Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Michaels); Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); foam tape

Friday, August 18, 2017

Need to Venti?

I have another Paper Smooches card to share today.  This one's based on the current Sunday Sip and Share sketch from the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. 

Need to Venti card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
My focal image is a kraft tag die cut dressed up with a to go cup from the Hot Concoctions set.  I colored up the cup with Copic markers and cut it out by hand before attaching it to the tag with foam tape.  I usually don't add the little faces to my images, but this time, I couldn't resist!  It's cute, right???  The set's "need to venti?" sentiment was stamped next to the cup in black ink.  After tying the tag with a scrap of cream twill, I adhered it to a plaid patterned paper panel on an angle.  I accented the tag with a trio of brown enamel dots.  The brown pops nicely against the busy background.  The patterned panel was matted on coordinating teal cardstock, then adhered to a cream card base. 

Materials Used:
Hot Concoctions stamp set, Gift Tags dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay cardstock, cream twill (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Bird-Day

Happy Bird-day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I'm sliding in with this sweet bird themed birthday just before the deadline for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch!  This adorable birdie from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies set is one of my all-time favorites.  Here, I colored him up with Copic markers and cut out the colored image with the matching Buddies Icons die.  I adhered the bird image to a blue panel using foam tape for dimension.  After edging the panel with a super narrow strip of yellow cardstock to match the bird, I used more foam tape to adhere the panel to a cardfront with a strip of striped patterned paper along the right edge.  The set's "happy bird-day" sentiment was stamped on another narrow strip of yellow cardstock, then adhered to the cardfront.  A trio of aqua sequins sprinkled around the birdie added a final festive touch to the design.

Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies stamp set, Buddies Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Baja Breeze cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Anchors Aweigh 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Throwdown 456-Birthday Balloon Trio

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week with a trio of vivid colors--hot pink, lime green, and yellow.  I used the colors to create a fun and festive birthday card with stamps and dies from WPlus9.

Birthday Balloon Trio card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9I started out by creating a sunny yellow background panel with distress ink on watercolor paper.  While the panel was drying, I die cut a trio of balloons in the challenge colors.  I also die cut the word "happy" from pink cardstock and craft foam.  The pieces were layered and adhered to the left side of the panel.  I stamped the word "birthday" from the Whole Lotta' Happy set beneath it in pink ink.  After stamping the balloon string three times in gray ink, I added the balloons on top, using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of silver sequins arranged around the balloon completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a bright pink 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 CTD456.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd456 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 Sheri Gilson, and this week's Guest Star stamper, Eliz Stewart.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Sheri Gilson **
** Guest Star Stamper Eliz Stewart  **

Materials Used:
Whole Lotta' Happy stamp set, Whole Lotta' Happy and Happy Trio dies (WPlus9); Memento Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mustard Seed distress ink (Ranger); Ripe Raspberry ink (My Favorite Things); Limeade Ice and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pink Passion cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; craft foam; foam tape

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Hibiscus

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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.

Hibiscus Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
Here's my take on the challenge.  Those vivid red flowers from the inspiration picture were what caught my eye, so I wanted to be sure to include something similar in my design.  I created a pair of red flowers using hibiscus stamps from a SugarPea Designs stamp set.  The images were cut out with the matching dies, then used them to dress up a wreath made from swirlie die cuts. I layered several of the swirlie die cuts to give my wreath dimension.  I adhered the wreath to a soft blue cardstock panel over a narrow strip of orange cardstock.  The flowers and leaves were arranged along the right side of the wreath. 

For the sentiment, I die cut the word "hello" from the SugarPea Designs Chatterbox Journal Card die set from both red cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two die cuts, I adhered them to the orange strip.  The finished panel was adhered to a white card base.

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Materials Used:
Funky Wreath-Spring Additions stamp set, Funky Wreath-Spring Additions and Chatterbox Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Morocco and Memento Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); pigment ink (Avery Elle); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Swirlies dies (Reverse Confetti); craft foam; foam tape

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sending a Big Hello

Here's my take on the current Lawn Fawnatics custom sentiments challenge.  I combined a stamped sentiment from the Elphie Selfie stamp set with a fun die cut word on this sweet card.

Sending a Big Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
For the focal image, I used Lawn Fawn's Happy Mail dies to assemble a mailbox and envelope.  To get a metallic look, I cut the mailbox from a piece of shiny silver cardstock.  After I assembled the mailbox, I added it to a blue card base with a strip of green dotted patterned paper "grass" along the bottom.  The first part of the sentiment, the "sending a BIG" text from the Elphie Selfie set, was stamped on the green dotted paper.  I die cut the Scripty Hello from both cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the cardfront just beneath the stamped text.  I tucked a little die cut envelope, sealed with a red heart inside the envelope to complete the scene.

Materials Used:
Elphie Selfie stamp set, Scripty Hello and Happy Mail dies (Lawn Fawn); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, and Spring Rain cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); craft foam

Sunday, August 13, 2017

So Berry Sweet

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's their 300th sketch--quite a milestone!

So Berry Sweet card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI went with something summery for my design.  My focal image is the strawberry from Reverse Confetti's Berry Sweet set.  I created the berry with a mix of distress oxides on watercolor paper.  After the inks dried, I stamped the outline image and sentiment, then die cut the berry with the matching die.  The leaf was stamped with Peeled Paint distress oxide to get the same pigment-y look as the berry.

The backdrop for the berry came from my scrap pile.  I adhered a strip of green gingham patterned paper to a pink card base, then added a berry cardstock panel edged with a strip of cream trim to the right side.  The berry was placed on top, using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Berry Sweet stamp set, Berry Sweet dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, and Peeled Paint distress oxides (Ranger); Pink Lemonade cardstock (My Favorite Things); Berry Sorbet cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); cream trim (Hobby Lobby); foam tape
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