Thursday, December 5, 2019


Here's my card for the current Fab Friday challenge.  I created a monochromatic card using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.

Seriously card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I die cut three stitched stars from silver cardstock and arranged them on dark gray cardstock., leaving space for the sentiment at the left side of the panel.  The word "seriously" was die cut from gray cardstock and adhered to the panel.  After stamping "you rock" in silver ink on a black sentiment flag die cut and heat embossing the text in silver, I used foam tape to adhere the flag beneath the die cut word.  I accented the stars with a trio of silver sequins, then matted the panel on shiny silver cardstock before adhering it to a black card base.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Seriously Word, Stitched Stars, and Sentiment Flag dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Weathervane cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Basic Black cardstock, silver embossing powder (Stampin' Up!); silver paper (Target); silver sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Color Throwdown 572-Warm Winter Wishes

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Barbara is our hostess with a color combination inspired by a sweet treat-turquoise, green, gold, and white.

Warm Winter Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple StampsI paired the colors with stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps and the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  The images from the scene I created for the focal image are from the Party Elements: Winter Woodlands stamp set.  I stamped the images in dye inks on a blue panel, then added the sentiment in aqua ink on a shimmery white strip I placed at the bottom of the scene to look like snow.  After matting the panel on gold paper, I adhered it to a piece of turquoise cardstock with a panel of green paper with a gold triangle pattern at the bottom.  The turquoise panel was matted on gold paper before it was adhered to a turquoise 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 CTD572If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd572 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 December Guestie Amy Tsuruta, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Anita Trippi.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** December Guestie Amy Tsuruta **
** Guest Star Stamper Anita Trippi **

Materials Used:
Party Elements:  Winter Woodlands stamp set (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Summer Splash ink (My Favorite Things); Tropic Teal cardstock (The Stamp Market); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Be Bold Be Bright 6x6 paper pad (The Paper Studio); gold paper (Target)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Hello Bluebird
Here's my card for the current Paper Craft Crew challenge.  I created a wintery scene using one of the penguin images from Hello Bluebird's Frosty Friends stamp set.  The penguin was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with my Scan 'n Cut machine.  I stamped the set's ice image on shimmery white cardstock and added a little shading to it with my markers before cutting it out.  The pieces were adhered to a light blue cardstock square using foam tape for dimension.  After matting the panel on contrasting red cardstock, I adhered it to a blue card base with a wide strip of wintery patterned paper along the bottom.  The "it's  wonderful life" sentiment from the Typed Christmas stamp set was stamped on a very narrow red fishtail flag strip and positioned over a portion of the image panel.  I tucked a pair of silver snowflakes underneath the left side of the image panel as an accent, then added a trio of silver sequins above the top left corner of the image panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Frosty Friends and Typed Christmas stamp sets (Hello Bluebird); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Red Punch and Silver cardstock (Recollections); Wintertime-Snow designer paper (Echo Park); Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Snowflake Trio dies (Reverse Confetti); silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, December 2, 2019

With Sympathy

With Sympathy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Papertrey Ink
Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I used the sketch to create a simple sympathy card with stamps from Papertrey Ink.  The large leafy branch image from Turning a New Leaf was stamped in green ink on the right side of a pale green cardstock panel.  I added a pair of pink flowers from the Everyday Classics set to the branch using pink ink.  The center of each flower was dotted with a small matching pink self-adhesive pearl to give the image a little dimension.

For the sentiment, I stamped "with sympathy" from the Keep it Simple: Sympathy stamp set on a narrow strip of the same pale green cardstock that I stamped the leafy branch on.  After matting the sentiment on darker green cardstock, I positioned the text over the stamped panel. The finished panel was adhered to a green card base that matches the mat underneath the sentiment panel.

Materials Used:
Turning a New Leaf, Everyday Classics, and Keep it Simple:  Sympathy stamp sets, Ripe Avocado and Spring Moss cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Mossy ink (The Stamp Market); Bubblegum ink (My Favorite Things); pink self adhesive pearls

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sending a Birthday Song Your Way

Sending a Birthday Song Your Way card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used one of the cute girls from the Friendship Rocks set that I'd colored as part of November's Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge as my focal image.  I tried my hand at coloring pleats on her skirt--not the greatest, but they'll do... After cutting out the colored image with my Scan n' Cut, I used foam tape to adhere it to a pink die cut tag.  The tag was adhered to a pale purple card base edged with a strip of pale purple polka dotted patterned paper.  I topped the tag with a pretty rose pink seam binding bow, then added the birthday sentiment at the bottom of the tag on a narrow rose Fishtail Flag strip die cut.

Materials Used:
Friendship Rocks stamp set, Traditional Tag STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lilac Grace cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Be Mine 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts); pink seam binding (Martha Stewart); Bow Easy; foam tape

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Hello Honey

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's a somewhat loose interpretation of the layout, but I think it works...

Hello Honey card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I colored up the bee image from the Paper Smooches Giddy Bugs stamp set with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut out the colored image.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a subtle shimmer to the bee's wings with a clear glitter brush pen.  The image was adhered to a pale blue card base with foam tape.  I used a section of a large clear crystal flourish to serve as the bee's fight trail.  I stamped the "hello honey" sentiment from the PS Bee Mine set in red ink beneath the flourish.  A trio of red enamel hearts arranged around the bee completed the design.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs and Bee Mine stamp sets, Giddy Bugs Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin' Up!); clear crystal flourish (Want2Scrap); heart enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Friday, November 29, 2019

Speech Bubble Hello

Speech Bubble Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from Lawn FawnThe theme for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge is "fun with dies."  I don't have many of Lawn Fawn's standalone dies, but I do have the fun and versatile Speech Bubble dies, so I put them to use for this card for the challenge. 

I cut four speech bubbles from two different shades of pink cardstock.  The die set includes some words and accessories, so I decided to use the "hi" and "hello" dies to add the text for my card, matching the word dies to the sizes of the speech bubbles.  After backing each bubble with light pink cardstock to fill in the negative space, I used foam tape to position them in a staggered arrangement on a pale pink card base.  A trio of pink matte enamel dots arranged around the bubbles completed the design.

Materials Used:
Speech Bubble dies (Lawn Fawn); Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, and Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pink matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape
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