Tuesday, September 19, 2017

You Rock

You Rock! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I represented the layout's trio of elements with different sized silver stitched stars cut with a die from Lil' Inker Designs.  The stars were arranged over a dotted grid that I stenciled on a pale aqua card base.  The "you rock" sentiment was stamped on a darker teal strip, keeping with my monochromatic color scheme.  I used silver ink, then heat embossed the words for a nice pop against the dark background.  A few silver glitter enamel dots arranged around the stars and sentiment completed the design.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Stitched Stars dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Iced Aqua ink, Lotsa Dots stencil (Reverse Confetti); Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, September 18, 2017

Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes 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 a snowflake die to create a pair of shimmery white snowflakes to represent the layout's round panels.  I adhered the die cut flakes to a pale gray on gray dotted patterned paper panel, then dotted the center of each flake with a large-ish clear crystal.  After edging the patterned paper panel with narrow strips of silver cardstock, I layered the panel on to a red card base.  The "warm wishes" sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday set was stamped in red ink on a pale gray fishtail flag strip, then positioned on the card at the point where the bottom of the patterned paper panel meets the red card base.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Snowflake Trio and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Polka-Gray Tonal designer paper (The Paper Studio); clear crystals

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud- dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This birthday card came together quickly with the help of a word die from Lil' Inker Designs.   

I started out by brushing a stripe of pale pink Spun Sugar distress ink across a panel of watercolor paper.  While waiting for the ink stripe to dry, I used the Happy Birthday Border die to cut the text from dark pink cardstock.  Once the ink dried, I positioned a strip of super sparkly silver glitter tape across the watercolored panel, just beneath the colored stripe.  The die cut words were placed on top of the silver tape, overlapping the pale pink watercolored stripe.  The panel was matted on pale pink paper to match the watercoloring, then adhered to a pink card base that matches the text.

Materials Used:
Happy Birthday Border die (Lil' Inker Designs); Spun Sugar distress ink (Ranger); Piggy Bank and Flamingo cardstock (Reverse Confetti); silver glitter tape (Target)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hello Pumpkin Spice card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Right at Home
I'm joining in on the current Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with this autumn inspired design featuring stamps and dies from Right at Home.  I colored up the to go cup and pumpkin images a few days ago for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  After die cutting (or hand cutting) the colored images, I assembled them on a pale pink panel over a strip of earthy toned plaid patterned paper.  The top of the patterned paper strip is set off from the rest of the panel by a super shiny narrow strip of gold tape.  For a fun detail, I added a bit of brown flourish extending from the top of the cup to look like steam.  I stamped the "hello pumpkin spice" sentiment from the How Have You Bean? stamp set to the left of the cup in brown pigment ink. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating coral card base.

Materials Used:
Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? stamp sets, Cup of Joy dies (Right at Home); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Cameo Coral cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown crystal flourish (Want2Scrap); gold tape; foam tape

Friday, September 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Hang Out



photo source:  decorpad.com

We hope you'll play along!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!  Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline. 

Read Relax Repeat card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsHere's my take on the inspiration photo. I used the bold, bright color scheme and the shape of the rounded chair and end table as a starting point for my design.  After cutting a trio of big pierced circles in a mix of bright colors, I arranged the circles on a white cardstock panel layered on to a blue card base.

The die cuts were topped with a sweet image featuring a girl curled up reading a book from the My Favorite Things Our Story stamp set.  The image was colored in shades to coordinate with the circles.  To go with the image and the challenge's "hang out" theme, I stamped the "read relax repeat" sentiment on a narrow fishtail flag strip and added it to the panel, extending out from beneath the edge of the raised image.  A trio of lime green enamel dots arranged around the image completed the design

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Materials Used:
Our Story stamp set, Sour Apple cardstock, Die-namics Our Story, Pierced Circle, and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic);  Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); green enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Best Witches

Best Witches card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I went with a seasonal Halloween design featuring the witch from RC's Best Witches stamp set.  My witch was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the cutout image to a pale gray panel with a yellow "moon" in the upper left corner.  The image panel was layered on to a purple card base covered with a pair of green and purple patterned paper panels in one of my favorite pattern combos--spots and stripes!  For the sentiment, I stamped "best witches" on a narrow green fishtail flag strip and positioned it on the card so it extended out from beneath the witch image.  A trio of silver glitter enamel dot "stars" completed the design.

Materials Used:
Best Witches stamp set, Grape Jelly cardstock, Best Witches dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Green Galore and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Tiny Polka-Lime Tonal designer paper (The Paper Studio); Zig Zag Stitched Circle dies (SugarPea Designs); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Color Throwdown 460-I'll Be Brief


It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess this week with another classic color combination--navy, green, and white.

I'll Be Brief card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I used another image that I colored for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This one is from the Lil' Inker Designs I'll Be Brief stamp set.  I colored up the gator in colors to match the challenge, then cut him out with the matching die.  I arranged a background of green and blue stitched circle die cuts on a white panel, then added the image on top, using foam tape for dimension.  The set's "I'll be brief" sentiment was stamped next to the gator in navy ink.  I added a pair of matte enamel dots as an accent, then layered the finished panel on to a navy 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 CTD460.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd460 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 September guestie Tammy Hershberger, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Julie DeLuca.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** September guestie Tammy Hershberger **
   **  Guest Star Stamper Julie DeLuca **

Materials Used:
I'll Be Brief stamp set, I'll Be Brief and Stitched Circle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); New Leaf cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet);  foam tape
 
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