Monday, June 14, 2021

Thinking of You

Thinking of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Altenew

Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. I represented the layout's trio of round elements with a pair of flowers and a leafy branch. The two step flower images from Altenew's Watercolor Blooms stamp set were stamped in coordinating Crisp inks and cut out with the matching dies. I used foam tape to position them on the left side of a wide pink cardstock strip. The leafy branch was stamped in bright green ink and die cut, then tucked beneath the raised flowers. One of the "thinking of you" sentiments from the Thinking of You set was stamped in red ink at the right side of the panel. After edging the strip with a narrow bright pink cardstock strip, I adhered the piece to the bottom of a crisp white card base.

Materials Used:
Watercolor Blooms and Thinking of You stamp sets, Rouge, Crimson, and Just Green Crisp inks, Watercolor Blooms dies (Altenew); Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sending Love

Sending Love card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs

Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I represented the layout's five various sized round elements with a pair of die cut mini envelopes and a trio of red die cut hearts. The die cut pieces were arranged at the top of a pale gray plaid panel. For dimension, the envelopes were secured with foam tape. I combined a pair of stamps from the Lil' Inker Designs Sending You stamp set to create the "sending love" sentiment that I stamped in black on the lower right of the panel. After matting the panel on darker gray cardstock, I adhered it to a pale gray card base matching the patterned panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Sending You stamp set, Mini Envelopes and Accessories dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Soft Stone patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Special Delivery Accents dies (SugarPea Designs); foam tape

Friday, June 11, 2021

You're the Gratest

You're the Gratest card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn

Father's Day is coming up quick, so I put together a punny Father's Day design based on the current sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday featuring Lawn Fawn's Best Pun Ever stamp set. I used the set's grater as my focal image. To make things super easy, I stamped the image on metallic silver cardstock, then die cut the stamped image. It was adhered to a contrasting red circle using foam tape for dimension. I paired the image with a piece of patterned paper featuring both round and dotted elements. I added a trio of narrow silver strips to the left side of the panel before adhering a strip of solid golden yellow cardstock edged with red cardstock across th3e panel. The image panel was added on top, overlapping both the silver and yellow strips. I stamped the "you're the gratest" sentiment at the bottom edge of the yellow strip. "Dad" was spelled out in red foam stickers from my letter sticker stash. The finished panel was adhered to a golden yellow card base matching the sentiment strip.

Materials Used:
Best Pun Ever stamp set, Best Pun Ever dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); Silver Lining-Peppy designer paper (WeR Memory Keepers); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam letter stickers (Target); foam tape

Thursday, June 10, 2021

To My Favorite Bookworm

To My Favorite Bookworm card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Slimline Challenge. The challenge theme was gift cards, so I incorporated a gift card into a simple scene created with the Our Story stamps and dies. I colored up the characters and furniture with Copic markers before cutting them out with the matching dies. They were arranged on a background with patterned paper serving as a striped wallpaper background and kraft cardstock acting as a wood floor. The images were spaced so that there was room to tuck a gift card between the two figures. A fishtail flag strip stamped with the "to my favorite bookworm" sentiment helps to hold the card in place. 

Materials Used:
Our Story stamp set, Our Story and Essential Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Color Throwdown 646-Bunches of Birthday Wishes

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Lisa is our hostess with colors from a cool inspiration photo--light gray, aqua, and navy.

Bunches of Birthday Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I paired the colors with the current challenge at Sunday Stamps. The layout's pair of round elements are represented here with a pair of star-studded balloons cut with dies from Lil' Inker Designs. I added aqua strings to the balloons and secured them with a small bow before adhering the balloon bouquet to the bottom right side of a dotted aqua patterned paper panel. The panel was matted on light gray cardstock, then adhered to a navy card base. For the sentiment, I stamped the "bunches of birthday wishes" from LID's Balloon Builders stamp set on a light gray cardstock strip. The stamped sentiment strip was adhered to the top left of the cardfront to finish 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 CTD646If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd646 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 Sidan.

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

Materials Use:
Balloon Builders stamp set, Balloon dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Enchanted Evening cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Grout Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Silver cardstock (Recollections); aqua baker's twine; foam tape

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

You're a Superstar

You're a Superstar 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 shrunk the layout to a mini slimline size and represented the five round elements with various sizes of silver stars made with the Lucky Stars dies and shimmery silver paper. The stars were arranged on a galaxy-like background panel created by blending some distress oxides and splattering the panel with water. I adhered the panel to a coordinating purple card base. For the sentiment I stamped the "you're a superstar" sentiment from the Friendship Rocks stamp set in silver ink on a blue cardstock strip. The strip was adhered to the panel with foam tape. I accented it with a trio of silver sequins to add one more fun sparkly element to the out of this world design.

Materials Used:
Friendship Rocks stamp set, Lucky Stars dies (My Favorite Things); Encore Silver ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet distress oxides (Ranger); Very Violet, Ocean, and Silver cardstock (Recollections); silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, June 7, 2021

A Happy Hello

A Happy Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge. The pretty bouquet from the Cup of Friendship set was perfect to go with the "hello" theme. I paired the image with the current Paper Craft Crew challenge. The layout's large panel shows off the bouquet image that I colored with Copic markers and cut out with my Scan 'n Cut. I adhered the image panel to an aqua cardfront over an aqua gingham panel, angling the panels for interest. A contrasting soft yellow strip was placed across the cardfront, tucked underneath the raised bouquet. I stamped the "a happy hello" sentiment from the Whole Lotta Happy stamp set on an aqua circle. The sentiment was adhered to the cardfront with foam tape.

Materials Used:
Cup of Friendship and Whole Lotta Happy stamp sets (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

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