Monday, October 21, 2019

Cheers to Your Birthday

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I usually don't mix metallics, but I used both gold and silver for this birthday design.

Cheers to Your Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
My focal image is a die cut champagne glass made with a die from the Let's Toast stamp set and colored in with Copic markers.  I used foam tape to adhere the colored die cut to a silver pieced rectangle die cut.  The image panel was adhered over a gold pierced rectangle die cut positioned at the top of a dark gray card base.  For the sentiment, I stamped the "cheers to your birthday" sentiment from the Spirited Sentiments stamp set in silver ink on a narrow gray cardstock strip.  After heat embossing the text in silver, I used foam tape to place the sentiment strip over the stem of the glass to finish the card.

Materials Used:
Spirited Sentiments stamp set, Steel Grey cardstock, Let's Toast and Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); silver and gold paper (Target); Sterling Silver embossing powder (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Simple Sympathy

Here's my card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  My mom took most of the sympathy cards I had on hand, so I used the sketch to put a simple one together to replenish my stash.

With Sympathy card-designed by Lori Tecle/Inking Aloud-stamps from Papertrey Ink
I stamped a leafy branch from Papertrey Ink's Turning a New Leaf set in green pigment ink on a pale green card base.  The branch was filled in with a trio of flowers from the Everyday Classics stamp set, stamped in pink pigment ink.  For a bit of dimension, I dotted the center of each flower with pale pink Liquid Pearls.  One of the "with sympathy" sentiments from the Keep It Simple: Sympathy stamp set was stamped in brown ink on a narrow kraft cardstock strip, then placed over the stamped branch using foam tape for dimension to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Turning a New Leaf, Everyday Classics, and Keep It Simple:  Sympathy stamp sets, Spring Moss and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Grass pigment ink (Avery Elle); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and Rose Bud inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger); foam tape

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Nutty for You

Here's my card for this month's Paper Smooches challenge.  My design was inspired by a fall themed card featuring an acorn that was created by Jill Dewey Hawkins.  I used an acorn image and a similar layout as well as incorporating lots of white space--even though my white space is kraft-colored!

Nutty for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
My acorn is from PS's Falling for You stamp set.  The stamped image was colored with Copic markers, then cut out by hand.  For the background, I created a mask and inked a circle with green distress oxide on a kraft cardstock panel.  Jill's acorn card had lines of machine stitching across the top and bottom.  To bring in this element without bringing out my sewing machine, I used one of PS's Stitched dies to cut a row of stitches along the top and bottom of the panel.  Once I'd finished adding the details to the kraft panel, the acorn image was added at the right side of the circle using foam tape for dimension.  Originally I stamped the sentiment directly on the kraft panel, but the part of the text stamped on the inked portion of the panel looked faded compared to the rest of the text.  To save the design, I stamped the "nutty for you" sentiment on a narrow olive green cardstock strip and added it to the panel with more foam tape.  A tiny twine bow was added to the acorn's stem for a whimsical touch.  The finished panel was adhered to a cream card base.

Materials Used:
Falling for You stamp set, Stitched dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Peeled Paint distress oxide (Ranger); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Old Olive cardstock (Stampin' Up!); hemp twine (Hemptique); foam tape

Friday, October 18, 2019

Happy Howl-o-ween

Happy Howl-o-ween card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
Here's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics Halloween themed inspiration board challengeLawn Fawn's Happy Howloween set is one of my favorites, but since it's so seasonal, I don't use it often, so I had to ink it up for this challenge.  I made a simple scene using one of the set's cute pups.  The pup and its accessories were colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching dies.  I made a nighttime background for the pups with a grass stencil, a round mask, and a bunch of distress inks.  The images were arranged on the background using foam tape for dimension.  I added a speech bubble cut with one of the Chit Chat dies and stamped with the set's "boooooo" sentiment next to the dog image.  The set's "happy howl-o-ween" sentiment was stamped directly on the grassy portion of the background.  A trio of white glitter enamel dot "stars" were added around the image and speech bubble for a little bit of sparkle.  I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating teal card base.

Materials Used:
Happy Howloween stamp set, Happy Howloween and Chit Chat dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, and Carved Pumpkin distress inks (Ranger); markers (Copic); Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray cardstock,Grassy Edges stencil (My Favorite Things); circle punch (Marvy Uchida); white glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hey There, Pumpkin

Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I combined the bones of the sketch with the colors and pumpkin/fall theme from the inspiration photo for this sweet design.

Hey There, Pumpkin card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
My images are from SPD's Bountiful Blessings stamp set.  I colored them up with Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut to cut out the colored images. The images were adhered to a golden yellow stitched edge panel cut with one of the dies from the Birthday Journal Card set.  I used foam tape to give the pieces a bit of dimension.  There was just enough room left next to the girl image to stamp the set's "hey there, pumpkin" sentiment in black ink.  The stitched panel was matted on an orange panel, also cut with one of the Birthday Journal Card dies, then adhered to a scarlet card base.

Materials Used:
Bountiful Blessings stamp set, Birthday Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold and Scarlet Jewel cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Color Throwdown 565-The Beauty of the Season

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Jodi is our hostess this week with a great mix of colors--gray, lavender, and black.  Even though these colors would be perfect for a spooky and seasonal Halloween design, I went in a different direction, pairing the colors with the current sketch from TGIF Challenges to create a wintery card. 

The Beauty of the Season card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker DesignsI used a set of snowflake dies from Lil' Inker Designs to cut a trio of snowflakes from gray cardstock.  The flakes were adhered to the right side of a lavender cardstock panel.  For extra sparkle, I placed a self-adhesive clear crystal at the center of each flake.  I filled in some of the empty space above and below the flakes with three silver glitter enamel dots, two at the bottom and one at the top.  The "enjoy the beauty of the season" sentiment from LID's Winter Greetings stamp set was stamped to the left of the flakes in black ink.  I adhered the finished panel to a gray card base to complete 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 CTD565If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd565 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 October Guestie Rosemary Dennis.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October Guestie Rosemary Dennis **

Materials Used:
Winter Greetings stamp set, snowflake dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lilac Grace and Weathervane cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); clear self-adhesive crystals; foam tape

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happiest of Birthdays

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used a trio of coordinating patterned paper scraps from the same paper pad to put this girly birthday card together in no time at all.

Happiest of Birthdays to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I'm always trying to use up patterned paper scraps and this layout was perfect for doing just that!  I arranged the three patterned paper panels on a yellow cardstock panel, leaving just a small border of yellow showing all around each piece.  The panel was adhered to a rose card base that coordinated with the pinks in two of the patterned pieces.  I die cut a long fishtail flag strip from a piece of pale pink cardstock and stamped one of the sentiments from the Bitty Birthday Wishes set on the strip in black ink.  The stamped fishtail flag strip was adhered to the bottom patterned paper panel using foam tape for dimension.  I accented it with a trio of matte pink enamel dots that matched the strip.  The dots work nicely with the dotted pattern in one of the papers and add a little pop to the card.

Materials Used:
Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set, Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Barely Banana and Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); My Girl 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts); pink matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape
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