Sunday, April 11, 2021

Waving Hello

Waving Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches  Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I used the layout for a nautical themed design with stamps and dies from Paper Smooches. I represented the long wavy section of the sketch with a "river" created by cutting a patterned paper panel with the wavy stitched die from PS's Stitched dies set. The die doesn't make a cut in the paper, but cuts a stitched line. I followed the perforated line with my scissors to cut apart the panel, then placed the pieces on the cardfront leaving the center exposed to form the water. The boat from the Wicked Nauticool set was colored upwith Copic markers and added to the cardfront with foam tape for dimension. Originally I stamped the "waving hello" sentiment directly on the patterned paper. I decided it needed more contrast to pop, so I stamped it on a red panel and placed it over the stamped text. Much better!

Materials Used:
Wicked Nauticool stamp set, Nauticool Icons and Stitched dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Brocade Blue and Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Men of Life patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Saturday, April 10, 2021

You Color My World

You Color My World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Altenew
Here's my card for the current Global Design Project challenge. I used a stencil to create a rainbow that peeks out from inside a contrasting crisp white frame. The rainbow array of Altenew's Crisp Inks were applied to the Sphere stencil. After cutting a large circle into a white panel using one of the dies from the Halftone Circles Nesting die set, I adhered the round frame to the stenciled panel. The panel was adhered to a purple card base. I used the same purple for the elements in my sentiment. The "you color my" from the Big World set was stamped on a purple strip. A layered purple "world" die cut that I created with the coordinating Big World die set was positioned beneath the strip to complete the sentiment.

Materials Used:
Big World stamp set, Crimson, Autumn Blaze, Fresh Lemon, Parrot, Aqualicious, and Lavender Fields Crisp inks, Halftone Circles Nesting and Big World dies, Sphere stencil (Altenew); Very Violet cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Friday, April 9, 2021

The World Is Lucky to Have You

The World Is Lucky to Have You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th

Here's my card for the current Sunday Stamps challenge. The challenge was to make a slimline card with a large sentiment as the focal image. I shrunk my slimline card down to a mini slimline that was a perfect fit for the large die cut "lucky" from Concord & 9th's Lucky die set. The word was cut from navy blue cardstock. For interest I stamped the matching stamp from the Lucky stamp set on the die cut with watermark ink and heat embossed the text in a turquoise blue. The word was adhered to a light blue cardstock panel, angling it for interest. The outline of the word was die cut from silver and adhered directly to the panel. It adds a nice detail to the panel. I stamped the "the world is" and "to have you" sentiments from the Lucky stamp set in navy ink around the die cut word and accented the die cut with a mix of silver sequins. The panel was matted on turquoise cardstock to match the embossing, then adhered to a navy card base matching the die cut piece.

Materials Used:
Lucky stamp set, Lucky dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Nautical Blue and Versamark inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sno Cone cardstock (My Favorite Things); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Ocean and Silver cardstock, Glacier embossing powder (Recollections); silver sequins; foam tape

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Happy Bee Day

Happy Bee Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge. I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (bee theme, color scheme) to put together this cheerful birthday card.

I created a focal image using stamps and dies from Paper Smooches. I die cut a honeycomb from silver cardstock and adhered it to the top of a blue card base. The honeycomb was topped with a bee from the Giddy Bugs set that I colored with Copic markers. To go with the bee theme, I adhered a strip of hexagon patterned paper to the bottom of the cardfront. The hexagons are meant to mimic the shapes in the honeycomb. I'm not thrilled that the pattern on the paper isn't straight--it makes it look like I cut the paper crooked even though I didn't! I had just enough room to stamp the "happy bee day" sentiment above the patterned paper. The words are a mix of stamps from the Bee Mine and Sentiment Sampler stamp sets. Using clear stamps makes it so easy to combine sentiments like I did here so my cards can say exactly what I want them to!

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs, Bee Mine, and Sentiment Sampler stamp ets, Giddy Bug Icons and Honeycomb dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Be(you)tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); silver cardstock (Recollections); foam tape

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Color Throwdown 637-My Ride or Die

It's time for another Color Throwdown!. It's my turn to be the challenge hostess this week and I've chosen a color combination based on a sweet sewing kit--kraft, green, yellow, and pink.

My Ride or Die card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
I paired the colors with the current sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. My focal image is a bicycle from the SugarPea Designs Wheelie Amazing stamp set. I stamped the bike in pink and the wheels in gray, then assembled the die cut pieces using white brads to anchor the wheels. The image was adhered to a white panel with foam tape for dimension. I dressed up the bike with a basket of spring flowers on the front and a cute little puppy in the back. The panel was matted on kraft cardstock before I adhered it to a pink card base over a yellow patterned paper panel. The set's "you're my ride or die" sentiment was stamped in black ink on a narrow strip of green cardstock. I adhered the strip to the cardfront, tucking it beneath the wheels of the bike to ground it.

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 CTD637If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd637 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 and this week's guest star stamper Emily Henry.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** 
** Broni ** Lisa ** Lynn **
** Susie **  Vickie ** Wanda **
** Guest Star Stamper Emily Henry **

Materials Used:
Wheelie Amazing stamp set, Wheelie Amazing dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Lemonade ink (My Favorite Things); markers (Copic); Blushing Bride and Garden Green cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); designer paper (Lawn Fawn); white brads; foam tape

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thanks a Ton

Thanks a Ton card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things

Here's my card for both the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge. I paired the fun colors with the simple sketch for this cute thank you card design. My focal panel is an elephant created with die cuts from the Jungle Friends die set. For interest, I used pale pink for the elephant's ear and a black enamel dot for the eye. The image was adhered to a white panel usign foam tape for dimension. This allowed me to tuck some greenery beneath the die cut piece to ground it. I adhered the panel to a bright pink pierced rectangle die cut, angling it for interest. The panels were adhered to a green card base over a narrow strip of bright pink gingham patterned paper edged with a narrower strip of pale pink cardstock. The "thanks a ton" sentiment from the coordinating Jungle Friends stamp set was stamped on a pale pink fishtail flag strip. I adhered it to the cardfront, tucking one end under the image panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Jungle Friends stamp set, Cement Gray cardstock, Jungle Friends, Pierced Rectangle STAX, and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Kiwi Kiss and Blushing Bride cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Razzleberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Hello 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); black enamel dot (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Monday, April 5, 2021

Wavy Rose Thank You

Wavy Rose Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Altenew

Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I used the layout to make a clean and simple floral thank you design with stamps and dies from Altenew. My focal image is one of the images from the Wavy Roses set. I colored the stamped image with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut out the colored image. For the background, I ran a strip of pale pink satin ribbon down the right side of a yellow patterned paper with narrow pink stripes.  The rose was adhered on top using foam tape for dimension. The "thank you" sentiment from the Penned Rose stamp set was stamped to the left of the rose in black ink. I adhered the finished panel to a cheery coordinating yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Wavy Roses and Penned Rose stamp sets, Wavy Rose dies (Altenew); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin Up!); Layette 6x6  paper collection (Memory Box); pink satin ribbon (Michaels); foam tape

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