Tuesday, July 17, 2018

You Rule

You Rule card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiHere's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  This one's super simple--just stamps, ink, markers, and paper is all it took!

I started by stamping the "you rule" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Worm Wishes stamp set on a white cardstock panel.  The words were surrounded by the set's ruler image, stamped repeatedly on the panel using black ink.  I purposely staggered the ruler image and didn't line it up exactly to add interest.  The ruler images were loosely colored with several yellow Copic markers.  I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating yellow card base to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Worm Wishes stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things)

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Whole Night Sky

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I did something I haven't done in a while here, using a stencil with some embossing paste to make an eye-catching background.

The Whole Night Sky card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
My background features an array of silver stars and spots, stenciled on a watercolor panel using a Simon Says Stamps stencil and some silver embossing paste.  Once the stenciled background dried, I inked it with a trio of blue distress inks to create a gradient of color from light to dark.  For the sentiment, I stamped the "you aren't just a star to me, you are the whole night sky" sentiment from the Count the Stars set on a dark blue cardstock strip in silver ink.  I heat embossed the text in silver so it would pop against the dark background.  The strip was adhered to the stenciled panel, just slightly off the center of the panel.  The finished panel was adhered to an easy to write on white card base.

Materials Used:
Count the Stars stamp set (My Favorite Things); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Stormy Sky distress inks (Ranger); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Stars and Dots stencil (Simon Says Stamp); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  You can never have too many thank you cards in your stash, so I used the layout to put one together using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  It was adhered to a white panel using foam tape for dimension.  I matted the panel on two pieces of coordinating aqua cardstock before adhering it to a darker aqua cardstock panel.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped the "for the nice words and stuff" phrase on a narrow pale aqua strip and added it beneath the sentiment panel, angling it for interest.  The 

I stamped the "thanks" from the Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp set using aqua and teal inks, then cut the word out with the matching die.  The strip was accented with a trio of different sized teal enamel dots. I used foam tape to adhere the finished panel to a card base with strips of striped washi tape and aqua cardstock along the left edge. The stripes add a little interest to the design and match well with the "sketchy" lines on the "thanks."

Materials Used:
Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set (Lil' Inker Designs); Iced Aqua ink (Reverse Confetti); Tropical Teal ink (My Favorite Things); Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); striped washi tape (Target); aqua enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Donut You Know

Donut You Know You're the Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
Here's my card for this week's challenge at Global Design Project.  I paired the sketch with the donut image from Lawn Fawn's Sweet Friends stamp set for this sweet design.

I used some Copic markers to color up a trio of donuts, then cut out the colored images with the matching die.  They were attached to a kraft panel using foam tape for dimension.  I mixed and matched pieces from a bunch of the set's sentiments to get the "donut you know you're the best" sentiment that I stamped in the bottom right quadrant of the panel in white ink.  The text was heat embossed in white to pop against the kraft background. 

After matting the image panel on a piece of rose cardstock, I adhered a strip of pale pink cardstock across the panel just beneath the images.  I wrapped the pink strip with some twine and secured it with a bow, then adhered it to a pale pink card base covered with pink gingham patterned paper.  The gingham seemed like a perfect match for the donut images.

Materials Used:
Sweet Friends stamp set, Sweet Friends dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and Memento Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sweet Blush and Kraft cardstock, Sweet Blush patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); cream twine (Hemptique); Snow embossing powder (Recollections); foam tape

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sorry I Was So Prickly

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo, including the cactus image and the color scheme, to create my design.

Sorry I Was So Prickly card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I used the So Prickly Cactus dies from Lil' Inker Designs to create the focal image for my card.  The plants were die cut from watercolor cardstock that I inked with various shades of distress oxides.  After cutting out the plants and the pot, I arranged them on a light aqua card base with a strip of green cardstock along the left side.  I used foam tape on some of the layers of the plant and pot to give it dimension, even though the die cut pieces have lots of details that add interest.  For the sentiment, I did a little creative die cutting to get an extended stitched sentiment flag to stamp on.  I used teal ink to stamp the apology sentiment from the coordinating So Prickly stamp set, then positioned the stitched strip beneath the cactus along with a contrasting teal strip.

Materials Used:
So Prickly stamp set, So Prickly Cactus and Stitched Sentiment Flag dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, and Wilted Violet distress oxides (Ranger); Tranquil Teal ink (Gina K Designs); Aqua Mist and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Bermuda Bay cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wishing You Peace and Joy

Wishing You Peace & Joy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
Here's my clean and simple design for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  A little ink blending and an eye-catching die cut were the only elements that I needed for my pretty holiday design.

I used some sticky notes to mask off a rectangular block on a white cardstock panel. This allowed me to get a clean, crisp strip of color using distress oxides and an ink applicator.  The "wishing you peace and joy" sentiment from the SugarPea Designs Flurry of Warm Wishes set was stamped in black ink directly on the inked rectangle.  I adhered a pretty snowflake die cut from silver glitter cardstock to the end of the inked panel. The flake has been in my pile of leftovers for a while, just waiting for the right project to come along and this was definitely it!  The center of the flake was dotted with a large clear crystal for even more bling.  I matted the finished panel on red cardstock, then adhered it to a coordinating aqua card base.

Materials Used:
Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China distress oxide (Ranger); Pure Poppy and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver glitter cardstock (Michaels); clear self-adhesive crystal

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Color Throwdown 501-What's Brewing?

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rysavy is our challenge hostess this week with a neutral combination with a pop of color--gray, yellow, kraft, and white. 

What's Brewing? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Honey Bee StampsI paired the colors with the current challenge at Sunday Stamps.  I stamped a trio of to go cup images from the Coffee Break stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps on a white panel, positioning them as shown in the challenge layout, then coloring the images with Copic markers.  The stars on the sleeves on the cups were stamped with a pretty golden yellow ink.  I adhered a golden yellow cardstock strip to the bottom third of the stamped panel.  After wrapping some gray twine around the panel and securing it with a bow, I stamped the "what's brewing?" sentiment from the Perfect Blend set just beneath the twine.  The finished panel was adhered to a gray 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 CTD501.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd501 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 July Guestie Kathy Schweinfurth, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Svetlana Kalajda.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** July Guestie Kathy Schweinfurth **
** Guest Star Stamper Svetlana Kalajda **

Materials Used:
Coffee Break and Perfect Blend stamp sets (Honey Bee Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Daffodil ink (My Favorite Things); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold and Weathervane cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gray twine (Hemptique)
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