Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS-You Are a Peach

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! *** 

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge theme is anything goes.  I inked up a new to me Paper Smooches set, Fruitastic, for this fun and fruity creation.

You Are a Peach card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I stamped the set's peach image on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  It took a mix of a few markers before I got a peachy shade I was happy with!  After coloring the image, I used the matching die to cut out the image.

I paired the peach with some green plaid paper I found on my desk.  The "you are a peach" sentiment was stamped on a coordinating green cardstock strip.  I edged the green cardstock with a narrow strip of kraft cardstock before adding it to the card, then topping it with the peach image.  A trio of peachy enamel dots arranged around the image completed the design.

Don't miss what the rest of the talented SPARKS team has created for this week's challenge. Here's where to find them:

Alice Wertz
Lisa Arana
Larissa Heskett
Lori Tecler--you're here!
Lynn Mangan
Savannah O'Gwynn

Materials Used:
Fruitastic stamp set, Fruitastic Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Spring Moss cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); Tangerine Sprinkles enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 262-You're the Gratest

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I just got some new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, so I broke them out for the challenge.

You're the Gratest card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn FawnI used the grater and cheese block from the Best Pun Ever set on the sketch's round panel.  The images were colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching dies.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the pierced circle die cut.

After matting the image panel on a pale gray circle, I adhered it to a dotted yellow panel over a dark gray cardstock strip.  The set's "you're the gratest" sentiment was heat embossed on the dark gray strip using white embossing powder.  To bring in a pop of color, I stamped the set's tiny solid heart on the image panel in red ink.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on the SSSC blog.  Be sure to stop by the blog to check out what the SSSC team has created using the sketch.  And, don't forget to check in on Wednesday to see one of our favorite cards made with the sketch. 

Materials Used:
Best Pun Ever stamp set, Best Pun Ever dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Grout Gray, Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Circle Stax die (My Favorite Things); Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); circle die (Spellbinders); Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, March 28, 2015

You're Pawsitively Awesome

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used some pretty bold and busy patterned paper along with the sweet dog-themed You Have My Heart stamp set for my design.

You're Pawsitively Awesome card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite ThingsI stamped the girl and dog image on white cardstock, then colored it in with Copic markers.   After matting the image on green cardstock, I adhered it to a multicolored floral patterned paper panel.  The set's "you're pawsitively awesome" sentiment was stamped on a double-ended fishtail flag strip (made with a little creative die cutting!) and attached to the panel just beneath the image. 

I adhered the patterned paper panel to green card base, then added a strip of green houndstooth patterned paper (from the reverse side of the floral paper) to fill in the cardfront.  I hid the seam between the two papers with a narrow strip of yellow cardstock rescued from my scrap pile.  A trio of yellow enamel dots set just above the yellow cardstock strip added a final pop of contrasting bright color.
Materials Used:
You Have my Heart stamp set, Sour Apple and Lemon Drop cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Flower Box 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); corner rounder

Some Bunny Loves You

I bought the Lawn Fawn Happy Easter with no intention of ever using it for Easter cards.  I had to have those sweet bunnies!  Here, I paired one of the bunnies with with a sentiment from the My Silly Valentine set and the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

Some Bunny Loves You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn FawnI used the sketch's large panel to make a simple scene, starting off with a piece of pale blue patterned paper with a strip of green "grass" along the bottom. After stamping and coloring the bunny image, I cut it out with the matching die and used foam tape to adhere it to the panel.  It's hard to see in the photo, but to give the bunny a true cottontail, I put a layer of white flock on the bunny's tail.  To fill in the scene, I die cut a sun and cloud using the Spring Showers dies and arranged the die cut pieces in the panel's upper left corner. 

I matted the scene on blue cardstock, then adhered it to a pale yellow card base.  The "some bunny loves you" sentiment was stamped on a long, narrow fishtail flag strip and adhered to the panel beneath the bunny.  To go with my card's love theme and to bring in a pop of contrasting color, I stamped a pair of hearts from the Bee Mine set next to the bunny in red pigment ink.

Materials Used:
Happy Easter and My Silly Valentine stamp sets, Spring Showers and Happy Easter dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Luxe Love Letter ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Barely Banana and Shimmery White  cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Summer Splash cardstock (My Favorite Things); aqua patterned paper (Michaels); Grass border punch (Fiskars); white flock (Stampendous)

Friday, March 27, 2015

You Did It

Here's my card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I kept it pretty simple, using the penguin image from the new Jump for Joy set from The Cat's Pajamas and a bit of designer paper.  This fun set is available for free with a $65 purchase until the next TCP release, when it will be added to the TCP store for purchase.

You Did It card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
I stamped the penguin in Versafine Onyx Black ink, my very favorite for the TCP penguins and other solid image stamps where I want a deep, solid black.  After adding a little color to the image, I  used foam tape to adhere it to a red card base over a star patterned paper strip.  I stamped the "you did it" sentiment on a white banner strip cut with one of the Framed Up 2 dies.  It was adhered to the bottom of the cardfront and anchored with a silver star cut with TCP's CutUps 3x3 Stars dies.  I added a few silver sequins for a final bit of celebratory sparkle.

Materials Used:
Jump for Joy stamp set, CutUps Framed Up 2 and 3x3 Stars dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (Teresa Collins); silver paper (Target); silver sequins; foam tape

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wonderful Marvelous You

I was last month's Viva la Verve sketch winner (yay!) and I used my generous prize (thanks, Julee!) to buy some of the Verve sets that have been on my wishlist for a while now.  The Wonderful Marvelous set was one of those and I inked it up for the current VLV sketch.

Wonderful Marvelous You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I designed my card around a piece of pink on pink dotted patterned paper.  I paired the patterned paper with two coordinating solid pink cardstock colors from my collection.  A white doily sandwiched between the patterned panel and the brighter pink (raspberry-ish) cardstock breaks up the pinks just a bit.  The patterned paper panel was topped with a pair of fishtail flag strips.  Instead of a adding a bow at the top of the fishtail flags, I arranged a pair of die cut hearts, cut with Verve's Heart Quartet die. The "wonderful marvelous you" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the patterned paper panel in black pigment ink.  I adhered the finished panel to an easy to write on pale pink card base.

Materials Used:
Wonderful Marvelous stamp set, Heart Quartet dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Ripe Raspberry cardstock, Die-Namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Fishtail Flag Layers Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lovebirds 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); white paper doily; foam tape

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Color Throwdown 335-Thank You Berry Much

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Our hostess this week is Vickie and she's chosen a fun, fresh color palette-red, light yellow, and light green.

Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant
My thank  you card's layout is based on the current sketch at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog.  I used my Copic markers to color up one of the images from the Potted Pretties set from Mama Elephant, then cut out the image with the matching die.  It was adhered to a green panel using foam tape.  I stamped the set's "thank you" sentiment next to it in black ink, then layered the panel over a strip of red dotted patterned paper on a white cardstock panel.  I cut a narrow fishtail flag strip from golden yellow cardstock and adhered it beneath the floral image.  The strip was anchored with a small red button that I threaded with a piece of twine.

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 CTD335.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd335 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 March guestie, Holly Brown, and this week’s guest star stamper, Natasha.

 ** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** March guestie Holly Brown **
** Guest Star Stamper Natasha **

Materials Used:
Potted Pretties stamp set, Potted Pretties dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Spring Moss cardstock, Pure Poppy patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); So Saffron cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); red button (Michaels); twine (Hemptique); foam tape
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