Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You're Awesome

My colleague/office mate accepted a new position last week and her last day in our office is coming up this week.  She's been talking about getting some things for her desk in her new office, so I picked up something for her--and made her a card, too!

You're Awesome card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
The layout is based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I started out by mixing and matching several different patterned paper scraps until I settled on the arrangement you see here.  I knew I wanted to use the school themed alphabet patterned panel, but wasn't sure about what to put with it.  The delicate floral pattern picked up most of the colors and worked nicely.  After arranging the trio of strips on a golden yellow panel, I added a cream stitched oval on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I curved the "you're awesome" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Teacher Talk sentiment on my clear block, then stamped it on the panel in red ink.  I used the LID Apple of My Eye dies to create the stitched red apple to go with the sentiment.  I matted the finished panel on red cardstock, then adhered it to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Teacher Talk stamp set, Apple of My Eye and Stitched Oval dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold and Green Parakeet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Playdate 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Monday, June 26, 2017

You're Plane Awesome

The theme for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge is watercoloring.  Not one of my strengths, but I gave it a shot for this sweet design.

You're Plane Awesome card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
I stamped a trio of clouds from Lawn Fawn's Plane and Simple stamp set in white ink on a watercolor panel, then heat embossed the clouds.  Once the embossing cooled, I used Zig Clean Color markeres to watercolor the sky.  The embossing helped me to keep the color outside of the cloud outlines.  While the panel dried, I watercolored the plane image, using a contrasting bright red.  After die cutting the image, I added it to the panel using foam tape.  The "you're plane awesome" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel in black pigment ink.  I accented the image with a trio of white sequins, then adhered the finished panel to a coordinating dark blue card base.

Materials Used:
Plane and Simple stamp set, Plane and Simple dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Clean Color markers (Zig); Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections clear embossing powder (Michaels); white sequins; foam tape

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Something to Perk Up Your Day

Something to Perk Up Your Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's a quick coffee themed design for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  The die cut to-go cup is the focal point for this design.  After cutting the cup from white cardstock using MFT's Coffee Cup dies, I shaded the pieces with a Copic marker before adding the kraft sleeve on top.  I used foam tape to adhere it over a contrasting die cut dark brown circle, then placed the pieces inside a pale green stitched rectangle frame on a kraft card base.  The "something to perk up your day" sentiment from the Perk Up stamp set was stamped in brown pigment ink on the sleeve on the die cut cup.  I accented the die cut with a trio of white matte enamel dots.

Materials Used:
Perk Up stamp set, Die-namics Coffee Cup dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Moss and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); stitched rectangle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); circle die (Spellbinders); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Out of This World

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the layout to create a quick birthday card using stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Out of This World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn FawnI turned the layout's large rounded panel into a moon with a piece of yellow textured cardstock.  To get the look of a nighttime sky, I adhered the rounded panel to a red cardstock panel with a dark blue star patterned paper panel along the left side.  I stamped the rocket image from the Out of this World set on white cardstock, then colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die.  It's adhered to the panel using foam tape.  I stamped the set's "hope your birthday is out of this world" sentiment on the yellow panel in black ink, just above the rocket.  A few silver sequins were arranged around the sentiment as an accent.  The finished panel was adhered to a blue card base.

Materials Used:
Out of This World stamp set, Beachside 6x6 paper pad, Out of This World dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Not Quite Navy, and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle die (Spellbinders); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

With the official start of summer earlier this week, it's time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  My card features a refreshing cold drink and a bold, bright color scheme that screams summer to me.

You're So Chill card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
The layout is based on the Sunday Sip 'n Share sketch shared on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog earlier this week.  My drink is from the Lil' Inker Designs Coffee Talk set.  I colored it up with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die.  To go with the pink drink, I placed a multicolored striped patterned paper panel across a turquoise cardstock panel.  The striped panel was topped with a narrow solid green cardstock strip with a line of machine stitching (yes, I pulled out my long-neglected sewing machine) across it. 

I folded a strip of rose grosgrain ribbon from my scrap pile and adhered it to the left side of the panel on top of the patterned paper strip.  After winding up a length of silver thread on the panel to form a thread nest, I secured the image on top, using foam tape for dimension.  The "you're so chill" sentiment from the Bunny Buddies set was stamped on a narrow strip of pink cardstock and added to the panel.  A pair of iridescent sequins arranged around the sentiment strip completed the design. The finished panel was adhered to a bold pink card base.

Materials Used
Coffee Talk and Bunny Buddies stamp sets, Coffee Talk dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Springtime 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); silver thread (Michaels); iridescent sequins (Darice); sewing machine; foam tape

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Challenge 88-Birthday Blooms

The Challenge is back with a new papercrafting challenge to inspire you!   This week we have some key words for you to use as a starting point for your project.

Bright Bamboo Rose Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
Here's where the words led me.  I made a square birthday card filled with bold, bright watercolored flowers.  Watercoloring is not my strength, but I gave it another try here, this time with Altenew's Bamboo Rose stamp set. The roses were stamped in black pigment ink, then heat embossed and watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers and an aqua brush.  After the watercolored panel dried, I adhered it to a turquoise blue card base.

The "happy birthday" sentiment from the Sohcahtoa set was stamped on a narrow bright pink strip.  After tying a ribbon strip from my scrap pile around the right side of the strip, I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.  The pink in the flowers and the pink of the sentiment strip match much better IRL than in my photo, I promise!   A few aqua sequins arranged around the sentiment completed the design.

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created based this week's keywords.  Here's where to find them:

Materials Used:
Bamboo Rose and Sohcahtoa stamp sets (Altenew); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Clean Color markers (Zig); Tempting Turquoise cardstock, black embossing powder, white taffeta ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Color Throwdown 448-You're Absolutely Fantastic

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Lynn is our hostess this week with a jewel toned color combination--purple, mint green, hot pink, and teal.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for my clean and simple design.

You're Absolutely Fantastic card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I made the lightest color--mint--the dominant color in my design.  After finding a piece of mint paper with a woodgrain pattern on it, I stamped the "you're absolutely" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's You're So stamp set on the paper in pink pigment ink.  To complete the sentiment, I die cut the word "fantastic" from pink cardstock and craft foam using the coordinating You're So dies, then layered the two pieces before adhering them below the stamped text.  I added a narrow strip of purple cardstock to the bottom of the patterned paper panel before matting it on teal cardstock.  I accented the words with a die cut layered shiny silver star, adhered with foam tape for dimension.  The matted panel was adhered to a mint cardstock panel, then adhered to a purple 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 CTD448.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd448 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 June guestie Audrey Tokach, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Nonni Niskanen.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** June guestie Audrey Tokach **
** Guest Star Stamper Nonni Niskanen **
Materials Used:
You're So stamp set, You're So and Seeing Stars dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, and Amethyst Allure cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Taken with Teal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Something Wonderful 6x6 paper pad (Teresa Collins); craft foam
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