Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dachshund Through the Snow

I love a good pun, so the Happy Howlidays stamp set from Lawn Fawn is one of my favorites!  I used the set and one of its punny sentiments for this card for the current winter/snow theme challenge at Lawnscaping.

Dachshund Through the Snow card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
I made a simple snowy scene from a light blue embossed panel with a pair of die cut shimmery white "snowbanks" layered along the bottom.  The raised flakes were rubbed with a light coating of Delicata White Shimmer ink to highlight them.  So pretty!  I filled in the scene with the set's dachsund image.  The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with the matching die.  I added a fun hat, also colored with markers and embellished with a bit of white flock for a fluffy look.  The images were put in place with foam tape. 

I stamped the "dachshund through the snow" sentiment on narrow red cardstock strips, then placed them near the top of the panel.  The words were accented with a trio of silver sequins scattered around them.  The finished panel was matted on sparkly silver cardstock, then adhered to a red card base.

Materials Used:
Happy Howlidays stamp set, Happy Howlidays dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black and Delicata White Shimmer inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Lawn Fawn); Snowflake embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); white flock (Stampendous); silver sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Color Throwdown 422-Hello

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Barbara is our hostess this week with a bold, fun color combination--navy blue, hot pink, turquoise, and orange.  I went clean and simple--and non-seasonal--with this card based loosely on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.

Butterfly Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I used the Stitched Butterflies dies from Lil' Inker Designs to cut a pair of butterflies--one hot pink and one orange.  The butterflies were adhered to a turquoise cardstock panel using foam tape.  The tape was positioned strategically so that the butterfly wings could be bent back slightly for more dimension.  I used pieces of clear crystal flourish to create sparkly flight trails for the butterflies.  For the sentiment, I did a bit of selective inking on a stamp from LID's Sending You set to stamp "hello" in navy ink.  The finished panel was adhered to an orange 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 CTD422. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd422 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 December guesties, Leigh Penner and Kim Singdahlsen.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** December guestie Leigh Penner **
** December guestie Kim Singdahlsen  **

Materials Used:
Sending You stamp set, Stitched Butterflies dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Cool Caribbean and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); clear crystal flourishes (Want2Scrap); foam tape

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

You Warm My Heart

Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I made a wintery love themed design based on the layout.

You Warm My Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
One of the mittens from Reverse Confetti's Smitten Mittens set is my focal image.  I stamped the mitten in teal pigment ink, then cut it out with the matching die.  The backdrop for the mittens was made from a pair of coordinating patterned papers--one with snowflakes and the other a coordinating gray dotted pattern.  After matting the panels on dark gray cardstock, I adhered them to a light blue cardstock panel.  I placed a shiny silver cardstock panel across the patterned pieces, then added the mitten on top, using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of silver sequins was arranged around the mitten for a bit more sparkle and shine.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue card base.  It matches the color of the stamped mitten better IRL than in the photo . . .
Materials Used:
Smitten Mittens stamp set, Smitten Mittens dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sno Cone and Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Blue Bayou cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Hello Winter 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mojo Monday 477-Jolly Jingles

Jolly Jingles 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 sketch along with stamps from a recent Verve release, Jolly Jingles, for my card.

I started out by stamping and coloring a pair of festive stockings.  After coloring, I cut out the images with the coordinating Winter Friends dies.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I colored in the little bells on the stockings with silver gel pen and used white flock to add a fluffy top.  The stockings were adhered to a cream pierced rectangle panel stamped with the set's coordinating stockings sentiment, using foam tape for dimension.

I made a background for the sentiment from a piece of patterned paper and a coordinating solid cardstock panel.  After setting a red cardstock strip across the cardfront, I added the sentiment panel on top.

Don't forget--since it's the first Monday of the month, it's also contest time.  A stamp set from Verve Stamps is up for grabs from the lucky contest winners, so be sure to play along.  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:

And, just a note--this will be our final Mojo Monday sketch for 2016.  The Mojo Makers will be taking a holiday vacation for the rest of the month.  We'll return with a new sketch on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Hope you'll join us!

Materials Used:
Jolly Jingles stamp set, Winter Friends dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Blue Bayou and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (Echo Park); Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); white flock (Stampendous); silver gel pen; foam tape

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Merry and Bright

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I combined the sketch with the colors for MFT's current color challenge for a holiday card with a non-traditional  color scheme.

Merry and Bright card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I decided to go with pink as the background for the other colors.  The long, tag-like panel was cut from a scrap of red dotted patterned paper.  Originally I used solid red cardstock, but once I'd assembled the card, I decided to go back and switch it out for something with a pattern to add interest to the design.  Much better!  I placed a solid green cardstock strip, edged with some fun red mini pom pom trim, across the cardfront and over the dotted panel. 

I stamped the "merry and bright" sentiment from MFT's Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set in red pigment ink on a blue panel, then heat embossed the text in red embossing powder. After rounding the panel's edges with a corner rounder, I placed it over the green strip.  To go with the holiday theme, I die cut a snowflake (doily) from silver cardstock using one of the Mini Delicate Doilies dies.  I tucked it underneath the sentiment panel, then accented it with a trio of silver sequins.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Die-namics Mini Delicate Doilies and Pierced Traditional Tags STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Lovely Lady and New Leaf cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red and Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock, red dotted designer paper, and Ruby embossing powder (Michaels); red pom pom trim (Hobby Lobby); silver sequins

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Celebrate Your Special Day

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I think this one looked better in my mind than it ended up looking on paper . . .

Celebrate Your Special Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I used the layout to create a masculine birthday card, starting out with a blue card base.  To go with my birthday theme, I die cut a circle from star patterned paper.  After matting the patterned paper on a coordinating yellow circle, I adhered it to the cardfront.  For dimension, I cut the Celebrate die from SugarPea Designs from silver cardstock and craft foam.  The pieces were layered, then set over the circle.  I stamped the "your special day" sentiment from the Celebrate All the Things stamp set on a narrow orange cardstock strip and placed it just below the die cut word.  The design looked a little plain, so I arranged a few silver sequins around the words as an accent.  I'm not sure they go well with a masculine design, but I'm going with it!

Materials Used:
Celebrate All the Things stamp set, Celebrate die (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Brocade Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Orange Fizz and Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver sequins; craft foam

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Favorite Super Hero

Here's my card for the current challenge at Sunday Stamps (sketch).  I colored up this sweet superhero from Mama Elephant's Tiny Heroes set earlier this week for the end of the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge  and she was a perfect fit for the layout!

My Favorite Super Hero card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama Elephant
After coloring the cutie with Copic markers, I used the coordinating die to cut her out.  I made a backdrop for the image from a piece of light blue cardstock with a "cloud" strip along the bottom that I made from a piece of shimmer white cardstock cut with one of Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio dies. After stamping the "you're my favorite super hero" sentiment near the top of the panel, I added the superhero to the bottom left with a piece of foam tape.  The panel was matted with contrasting red cardstock.  I covered a blue card base with a dotted blue panel with a silver strip down the center, then placed the image panel on top.  A few blue glitter enamel dots arranged around the image panel completed the design.

Materials Used:
Tiny Heroes stamp set, Tiny Heroes and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Marina Mist, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock, Blue Pindots patterned paper (Michaels); blue glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

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