Thursday, April 2, 2020

Flower Silhouette Birthday Wishes

The theme for this month's My Favorite Things Birthday Project is flowers. I don't have many floral stamps in my collection, so I turned to the elegant and classic Flower Silhouettes stamp set for my card.

Flower Silhouette Birthday Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I used white pigment ink to stamp one of the floral images twice on a pale purple cardstock panel--don't ask me what kind of flower it is...After heat embossing the images with white embossing powder, I used a brush to ink over the embossed images with purple distress oxide to add more contrast to the panel.  The ink got a little heavier than I'd planned, but I'm still okay with how it turned out. I adhered the stamped panel to a white cardstock panel and positioned a darker purple cardstock strip just below the image panel to anchor it.  The "birthday wishes" sentiment from the longer "belated birthday wishes" sentiment in the Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set was stamped in dark purple ink on a narrow pale purple cardstock strip.  I tucked the top edge of the stamped strip beneath the purple strip that runs across the card.  The finished panel was adhered to a dark purple card base.  All I need to do is line the inside of the card with some white cardstock and it's ready to go out in the mail!

Materials Used:
Flower Silhouettes and Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp sets (My Favorite Things); Memento Grape Jelly and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Wilted Violet distress oxide (Ranger); Royal Velvet and Lilac Grace cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Snow embossing powder (Recollections)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Color Throwdown 587-Happily Ever After

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to be challenge hostess and I've chosen a color scheme inspired by a springtime themed table setting-pink, gray, green, and kraft. 

Happily Ever After card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create a wedding themed design.  I was able to find a home for two different patterned paper scraps from my scrap pile--a pink and green floral and a simple gray and white striped pattern.  It's a bonus when that happens!  I positioned the floral strip on a gray card base, then cut the gray striped piece and a solid pink cardstock panel on an angle before adhering them to the cardfront, too.  Super simple!  For the sentiment, I used kraft cardstock and craft foam to die cut the large elegant script "ever." After layering the pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the cardfront, then stamped "happily" and "after" from Lil' Inker Designs above and below the die cut word.

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 CTD587If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd587 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 April Guestie Judy Rozema, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Melissa Grant.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
Materials Used:
Ever stamp set, Ever Word die (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sweet Blush,Weathervane, and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); craft foam

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Let's Celebrate You

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme, cake image, metallic gold) for this birthday themed design.

Let's Celebrate You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
My background was pieced together with gold and light blue pieces arranged at the left side of a white cardstock panel.  I topped the mosaic-looking section with a die cut cake created with Concord & 9th's Cake Layers dies.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I dotted each candle flame with some Gold Liquid Pearls for dimension and shine--and I managed not to smear the dots before they dried!    The "let's celebrate you" sentiment from C&9th's Modern Frame stamp set was stamped on the white portion of the panel in light blue ink.  It doesn't show well in the photo, but is easier to see IRL.  I matted the finished panel on a coordinating light blue card base to complete the design.   It's always good to have another birthday card to add to my stash!

Materials Used:
Modern Frame stamp set, Cake Layers dies (Concord & 9th dies); Memento Summer Sky ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts);Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger); foam tape

Monday, March 30, 2020


Cheers card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I represented the layout's three elements with three die cut glasses. The champagne flute and wine glasses were cut from vellum for a somewhat transparent, glass-like look. I filled in the flute with a gold die cut and colored white cardstock pieces to add to the wine glasses.  Mine have a very generous pour!  I adhered the trio of glasses to a rich red cardstock panel.  The panel was matted on gray cardstock, then adhered to a matching scarlet cardstock card base.  For the sentiment, I cut the outline for the word "cheers" from gold foil cardstock, then added the matching letters cut from gray cardstock on top.  The word was adhered to the center of a fishtail flag strip.  I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip to the card, overlapping the stems of all three glasses.

Materials Used:
Layered Champagne Glass, Let's Toast, Essential Fishtail Flag Sentiment Strips, and Simply Cheers dies (My Favorite Things); Scarlet Jewel and Smokey Shadow cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold foil cardstock, vellum (Recollections); foam tape

Sunday, March 29, 2020

You're the Beary Best

Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used another image colored as part of this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This one is from Reverse Confetti's School Days stamp set.  As a teacher, I can't resist a cute school themed stamp set!  I colored up the bear-driven bus with Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut to cut out the colored image.  I adhered it to a light blue circle with a piece of gray cardstock "road" at the bottom to ground it.  The circle was matted on bright yellow cardstock, then adhered to the right side of a light blue cardstock panel.  I trimmed the portion of the circle that extended beyond the right edge of the panel, then adhered the panel to a yellow card.  For the sentiment, I stamped the set's "you're the beary best" sentiment on a narrow light gray cardstock strip.  I used foam tape to adhere the stamped strip to the cardfront, overlapping part of the bus image.

Materials Used:
School Days stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic);Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); Smokey Shadow, Soft Slate, and Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Aloe from the Other Side

Aloe from the Other Side card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Essentials by Ellen
Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  This one is a super clean and simple design using an image I colored earlier in the month as part of March's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  The image is from the Modern Succulents set from Ellen Hutson.  I colored the succulent image with Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut machine to cut out the colored image.  It was adhered to the lower left corner of a green cardstock panel using foam tape.  I stamped the punny "aloe from the other side" sentiment just to the right of the image.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating teal card base.  The sentiment seems kind of appropriate for the current times, doesn't it?

Materials Used:
Modern Succulents stamp set (Essentials by Ellen); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Simply Chartreuse and Tropical Teal cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Friday, March 27, 2020

No Lion

The theme for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge is spring and Easter.  My card for the challenge doesn't jump right out at you as either a spring or an Easter design, but let me explain.  Remember the old proverb, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?"  That's my thought process here about featuring a lion to represent spring.  I think we can certainly all agree that March has been especially lion-like this year, can't we?

No Lion, You're the Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Anyway, my lion is from RC's Leaping Lions stamp set. I colored the lion and platform with Copic markers, then cut them out with the matching dies.  They were adhered to a white circle using foam tape for dimension. The background for the image panel uses the three colors in the image--orange for the large panel and a wide red cardstock strip edged with aqua for an accent.  I adhered the image panel over the red strip, then positioned the sentiment, stamped on an aqua banner strip cut with one of  RC's Tag Me dies, so that it extended out from underneath the raised image. I accented the image with a trio of red enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating red card base.

Materials Used:
Leaping Lions stamp set, Iced Aqua cardstock, Leaping Lions and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Summer Sunrise cardstock (Papertrey Ink); circle dies (Spellbinders); enamel dots (Freckled Fawn); foam tape
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