Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I Love You

I Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used the layout as the starting point for this love themed design.

I don't have any intricate frame dies like the one in the sketch, so I improvised, using a piece of white paper doily and a die cut kraft tag to make my own fancy focal point on a coral-y pink card base.  A trio of hearts cut with Reverse Confetti's Love Note die set were arranged at the top left of the tag, using foam tape for dimension and a mix of colors for interest.  I stamped the "I love you" sentiment from RC's Crazy About You set in black ink on a red banner strip cut with a die from RC's Tag Me die set, then used foam tape to adhere the strip to the tag.  A pretty pearl flourish extending out from beneath the hearts completed the design.

Materials Used:
Crazy About You stamp set, Flamingo cardstock, Tag Me and Love Notes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pink textured cardstock (Bazzill); white pearl flourish (Want2Scrap); white paper doily; foam tape

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch. I represented the layout's pair of rectangles with a pair of elegant champagne flutes.  The flutes were created with the Layered Champagne Glass die from My Favorite Things.  The "liquid" in the glass was made with shiny gold paper.  I arranged the glasses over a silver pierced circle die cut positioned near the bottom of a pale gray cardstock panel.  I usually don't mix gold and silver, but I think it works nicely here!  The circle was accented with a deep red pierced heart die cut.  To go with the glasses, I stamped the "happy anniversary" sentiment from MFT's Essential Sentiments set near the top of the panel. The finished panel was adhered to a dark gray card base.

Materials Used:
Essential Sentiments stamp set, Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Layered Champagne Glass and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver and gold paper (Target); foam tape

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Waving Hi

Waving Hi card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used the sketch to create a winter themed design featuring a bear from the Polar Bear Pals stamp set.  The set's waving bear image was colored with Copic markers, then cut out by hand. I used foam tape to adhere the bear image to a snowflake embossed panel with a strip of shimmery white "snow" along the bottom.  To highlight the embossed flakes, I brushed a bit of shimmery white ink over the panel.  So pretty IRL! I framed the image with a pierced rectangle frame I cut with a pair of rectangle dies.  The framed image was adhered to a pale blue card base with a strip of blue and gray plaid patterned paper along the left side.

I stamped the set's "waving hi" sentiment in white pigment ink on a gray fishtail flag strip, then heat embossed the text with white embossing powder for a bold pop against the dark background.  After trimming the flag to size, I adhered it to the cardfront beneath the bear's feet to finish the card.

Materials Used:
Polar Bear Pals stamp set, Grout Grey cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black,Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, and Delicata White Shimmer inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bee Mine

Bee Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm also adding my love themed design to the current Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.  I used one of the bees from the PS Bee Mine set as the focal image for my card.  The bee was colored up with Copic markers, then cut out with the coordinating die from the Bee Mine Icons die set.  It doesn't show well in the photo, but I coated the bee's wings with a bit of clear glitter for a subtle sparkle.  After stamping the flight trail image in silver ink on the pale blue panel, I added the bee using foam tape.  The panel was edged with narrow strips of red cardstock, then adhered to a darker aqua card base.  The set's "bee mine" sentiment was stamped in a straight line on a narrow red cardstock strip.  The text was adhered to the cardfront with foam tape to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Bee Mine stamp set, Bee Mine Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Sno Cone cardstock (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape


Friday, January 12, 2018

You Hold the Key to My Heart

For my card for the current Fusion challenge, I took my inspiration from both the sketch and the inspiration photo.  I brought in the photo's woodgrain element, color scheme, and key theme to put together my love themed design.

You Hold the Key to My Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
My sentiment is from the SugarPea Designs Key to My Heart stamp set.  I stamped the words "you hold" and "the key to my heart"  in aquamarine pigment ink on a pale aqua circle, leaving space between the words to add my die cut key element.  The key was made using SPD's coordinating Key to My Heart dies.  I used gold paper layered on to craft foam to give the key some dimension.

I trimmed down a piece of woodgrain patterned paper from a 6x6 paper pad to adhere to the left side of the aqua card base.  I edged the right side with a narrow pale aqua cardstock strip to match the sentiment panel before positioning it on the cardfront.  After the woodgrain panel was in place, I adhered the sentiment panel and the key.  I accented the text and die cut with a trio of coordinating aqua enamel dots in different sizes.

Materials Used:
Key to My Heart stamp set, Key to My Heart dies (SugarPea Designs); Aquamarine pigment ink (Avery Elle); Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Necessities-Wood 6x6 paper pad, teal enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); craft foam

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Need S'more Friends Like You

I Need S'more Friends Like You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
This week's challenge at The Paper Players is to create a punny Valentine.  I can't resist a good pun, so I had to play along.  And, since my card has a food theme, I'm also going to link it up to the current fun with food challenge at Lawn Fawnatics. My card features the s'more image from Lawn Fawn's new Sweet Friends set.  I stamped and colored up two s'mores with cute smiling faces.  The colored images were cut with the coordinating dies, then adhered with foam tape to a white panel with the arms and legs already stamped.  The set's trio of hearts image was stamped above them and colored in with a pink marker.  After edging the image panel with coordinating brown and rose cardstock strips, I adhered it to a pale pink card base.  The set's "I need s'more friends like you" sentiment was stamped on narrow strips of rose cardstock and adhered to the cardfront with foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Sweet Friends stamp set, Sweet Friends dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, and Close to Cocoa cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Color Throwdown 475-Sending You Big Hugs

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Jodi is our hostess today with a pretty mix of colors-navy, aqua, and pink.

Sending You Big Hugs card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
I made aqua the dominant color on my creation.  I arranged a pair of fishtail flag strips at the top of the aqua card base. For the sentiment, I used the You die from SugarPea Designs to die cut the word "you" from both navy cardstock and craft foam.  I layered the two pieces for dimension, then adhered them to the card base.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped "sending" and "big hugs" above and beneath the die cut in Versamark ink, then heat embossed the words with pink embossing powder.  I adhered strips of pink and navy cardstock beneath the sentiment to draw attention to the text--and use up some scraps at the same time!

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 CTD475.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd475 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 our January guestie Debra James, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Angie Cimbalo.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January guestie Debra James  **
**  Guest Star Stamper Jenny Hall ** 

Materials Used:
You stamp set, You and Flag Tags dies (SugarPea Designs); Versamark ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aqua cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Zing Grapefruit embossing powder (American Crafts); craft foam
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