Friday, April 19, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Here's my card for the current Mojo Monday challenge.  I used the sketch to showcase a pretty piece of patterned paper that's perfect for a spring design.  I've had this sweet strawberry patterned paper in my stash for a long time.  The layout's large panel let me show it off nicely.  I matted the patterned panel on coordinating red cardstock, then adhered it to a green card base with a wide light blue cardstock strip along the bottom.  The strawberries from WPlus9's classic Fresh Picked stamp set were the perfect accent for the berries in the paper.  I stamped a pair of berries and adhered them to the lower left corner of a small light blue cardstock panel. The set's "sweet birthday wishes" sentiment was stamped to the right of the images in red ink.  I matted the panel on the same red cardstock I used underneath the patterned paper, then added it to the cardfront at the bottom of the patterned piece.  Always nice to add another birthday card to my stash!

Materials Used:
Fresh Picked stamp set, Fresh Picked dies (WPlus9); Memento Lady Bug and Bamboo Shoot inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sno Cone and Gumball Green cardstock (My Favorite Things); Red Punch cardstock (Recollections); Coconut Lime Soup-Kaffir Lime Leaves designer paper (Jillibean Soup); foam tape

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hope Your Birthday Is a Hit

Hope Your Birthday Is a Hit card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  This one came together with the Greatest Hits stamp set and coordinating dies from SugarPea Designs.

I used black, red, and silver cardstock scraps to cut out the pieces for the record and the record player arm.  After assembling the die cut pieces, I adhered them to a white panel, using a bit of foam tape on the record player arm for dimension.  The panel was matted on red cardstock, then adhered to a white card base with a wide, solid black panel at the top.  The set's "hope your birthday is a hit" sentiment was stamped just beneath the image panel in black ink to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Greatest Hits stamp set, Greatest Hits dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Red Punch and Silver cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Color Throwdown 539-HB2U

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Vicki is our hostess this week with a bold mix of colors--orange, yellow, and blue.

HB2U card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
I paired the colors with the current challenge at Sunday Stamps for this birthday themed design.  I used a plaid paper from a Halloween paper collection for the trio of panels that run across the cardfront.  With the birthday sentiment--a blue tag from the My Favorite Things Tag Talk set--it doesn't look Halloween-ish at all!  I matted each plaid piece on yellow cardstock before adhering it to an orange card base.  The die cut tag, with the negative space filled in with yellow cardstock and tied with some orange twill, was positioned on the cardfront using foam tape.  A pair of orange matte enamel dot accents completed the design.

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 CTD539.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd539 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, April's Guest Designer, Lee Ann Barrett, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Lisa Johansen.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April Guestie Lee Ann Barrett **
** Guest Star Stamper Lisa Johansen **

Materials Used:
Tag Talk dies (My Favorite Things); Bright Buttercup and Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spooks-Bwa-ha-ha designer paper (SEI); orange twill (Michaels); orange matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Happiness Is

Here's my card for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge that ends this morning.  I used the layout for a friendship themed design featuring MFT's coffee themed Friends at First Sip stamp set.

Happiness Is card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I colored the coffee drinking gal image with Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut machine to cut out the colored image.  The image was adhered to a blue panel with a strip of "sidewalk" at the bottom.  I edged the blue panel with narrow strips of red cardstock to match the color of the image's coat before adhering the panel to a pink card base.  I planned to stamp the sentiment on three fishtail flag strips and even got as far as stamping the text and setting the strips on the cardfront to test the position.  It looked too busy for me, so instead, I stamped a three line sentiment to the left of the image to represent the trio of fishtail flag strips.

Materials Used:
Friends at First Sip stamp set, Bubblegum cardstock (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Red Punch cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Monday, April 15, 2019

Wake Up Drink Coffee Kick Butt

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Its coffee theme seems especially appropriate for a Monday morning!

Wake Up Drink Coffee Kick Butt card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Right at Home
My focal image is the to go cup from Right at Home's Cup of Joy stamp set.  The images were stamped on scrap cardstock, then cut out with the coordinating dies.  After adding some shading to the images with Copic markers, I assembled the pieces and positioned the to go cup on a strip of earth tone chevron patterned paper at the top of a yellow cardstock panel.  To set the patterned panel off from the background, I edged it with dark brown cardstock.  A strip of rust cardstock was tucked above the top edge of the patterned panel and a small strip of scalloped cardstock was positioned beneath it.  I stamped the set's encouraging sentiment at the bottom of the yellow panel in brown ink, then adhered the panel to a coordinating kraft card base. 

Materials Used:
Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? stamp sets, Cup of Joy dies (Right at Home); Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Terracotta Tile and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); So Saffron and Chocolate Chip cardstock, scallop border punch (Stampin' Up!); Nestled 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); foam tape

Sunday, April 14, 2019

You Rock

Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I used the sketch to make a simple but versatile card--I think it would fit lots of occasions!

You Rock card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I covered most of a white card base with an aqua on aqua star patterned paper from a long discontinued paper line.  For contrast, I used a large stitched rectangle die to cut a light aqua cardstock panel.  I adhered the panel to the upper right side of the cardfront on an angle, then trimmed the edges even with the card base.  The "you rock" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Seriously Awesome stamp set was stamped on the panel in a darker aqua ink.  I die cut a stitched star from silver cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it to the edge of the stitched rectangle.  For a final bit of sparkle, I accented the star with a trio of silver glitter enamel dots.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Stitched Stars and Stitched Rectangles dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Cookie Monster ink (Taylored Expressions); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); Happy Day-Cake Walk designer paper (SEI); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Happy Birthday

Here's my card for the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used a layout and color scheme that are similar to those in the inspiration card for my birthday themed take on the challenge.  You can never have too many birthday cards in your stash, right?

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
For my focal image, I used dies from Lil' Inker Designs to cut a party hat and some balloons from cardstock scraps.  The festive elements were arranged on a pale aqua stitched oval.  After backing the oval with a silver stitched circle die cut that I cut in half, I adhered it to a white stitched rectangle die cut.  The "happy birthday" sentiment from LID's Mom and Dad Sentiments set fit perfectly beneath the stitched detailing at the sides of the rectangle.  I centered the stitched rectangle on a panel of aqua striped patterned paper.  The patterned paper was matted on yellow cardstock, then adhered to a darker aqua card base.  A tiny blue crystal in the center of the party hat's pom pom completed the design.

Materials Used:
Mom and Dad Sentiments stamp set, Balloons, Party Hats, Stitched Circle, Stitched Oval, and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Cookie Monster ink (Taylored Expressions); Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Bright Buttercup cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); blue crystal (Kaisercraft); white linen thread; foam tape

Blogging tips