Sunday, January 19, 2020

You Spin Me Round

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  As soon as I saw the layout, the record idea came to my mind and the Greatest Hits stamp set from SugarPea Designs was perfect for bringing my vision to paper!

You Spin Me Round card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I used a large circle die and black cardstock to create my record album.  I adhered the rounded piece to a card base covered with a multicolored chevron patterned paper panel, trimming the edges of the black panel so they were even with the edges of the cardfront.  For the record album's "label," I cut a second smaller circle from red cardstock and punched a hole in it before adhering it to the black panel and trimming down the edge.  The "you spin me round like a record" sentiment was positioned on a clear block to match the curve of the rounded piece, then stamped in white pigment ink. I heat embossed the text in white so it would really pop against the black background. I thought about adding some enamel dots as an accent, but in the end, kept the design clean and simple.

Materials Used:
Greatest Hits stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Boy Crazy 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); 1/4" circle punch (EK Success); Snow embossing powder (Recollections)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bee Mine

Here's my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I put together a love themed design featuring stamps from Paper Smooches.

Bee Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I colored up one of the bee images from the Bee Mine set using Copic markers for the body and giving the wings a shimmery coating with a glitter brush pen, then cut out the image using the matching die. After using one of the Stitched dies to cut a flight trail in a pink cardstock panel, I used foam tape to adhere the bee image to the panel.  The set's "bee mine" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel beneath the bee image in bright pink ink.  I matted the panel on darker pink cardstock, then adhered it to a yellow card base over a panel of heart patterned paper.

Materials Used:
Bee Mine stamp set, Bee Mine Icons and Stitched dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, and Lovely Lady cardstock (Papertrey Ink); designer paper (American Crafts); foam tape

Friday, January 17, 2020

With Sympathy

Here's my take on the current Fusion challenge. I paired the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme and images featuring natural elements) to create this sympathy card.

With Sympathy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Instead of trees, I used flowers for my focal image. My flowers are from the My Favorite Things Flower Silhouettes stamp set.  I stamped them several times on a long pierced rectangle panel I created by doing some creative die cutting with a long pierced fishtail flag die.  I masked off the edges with sticky notes so that none of the flowers extended into the border between the pierced line and the edge of the panel.  The stamped panel was matted on dark brown cardstock, then on kraft cardstock.  I adhered the stamped piece to a dark brown cardstock panel over a white paper doily.  The panel was matted on kraft cardstock, then adhered to an easy to write on white card base.  For the sentiment, I stamped the "with sympathy" sentiment from the Essential Sentiments set on a narrow white strip in dark brown ink.  After matting the text on dark brown cardstock, I adhered it to the cardfront, overlapping both the image panel and the doily element.

Materials Used:
Flower Silhouettes and Essential Sentiments stamp sets, Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Espresso Truffle ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Early Espresso cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); paper doily; foam tape

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A Little Note

Here's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics "something old, something new" themed challenge.  I paired the challenge with the current (for a few more hours) sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for this sweet design.

A Little Note card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
For my something new, I went with Lawn Fawn's You're Just My Type and Love Poems stamp sets and the A Little Note Line die.  I colored up the typewriter from the You're Just My Type set with Copic markers and paired it with one of the birdies and a teeny tiny speech bubble from the Love Letter stamp set--my something old!  The images were arranged on a pale gray panel to coordinate with the letter patterned paper I used as a background for the image panel.  After matting the image panel on red cardstock, I adhered it to the patterned paper panel over a contrasting golden yellow cardstock strip edged with red to tie it all together.  For the sentiment, I cut the A Little Note Line Border from red cardstock and positioned it just beneath the cluster of images.  I used sentiments from the You're Just My Type and Love Poem sets to stamp the "to say I ❤ U" beneath it to finish the thought.

Materials Used:
You're Just My Type, Love Poems, and Love Letter stamp sets, Love Letter and A Little Note Line Border dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Coral Reef ink (Gina K Designs); markers (Copic); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Be(you)tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); foam tape

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Color Throwdown 576-More Than Just a Little

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week with a great mix of colors--navy, teal, and mustard.  I paired the colors with the current Mojo Monday sketch for this rainy themed design.

More Thank Just a Little card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant
My focal image is from Mama Elephant's Chance of Rain stamp set.  I colored up the raincoat-clad cutie and umbrella with Copic markers, then cut the colored images out with my Scan 'n Cut.  I used foam tape to adhere them to a teal panel with white polka dots. After edging the dotted panel with a strip of navy cardstock, I placed it on a teal cardstock panel.  I tucked a white stitched cloud die cut beneath the top right edge of the dotted panel, then topped it with a mustard fishtail flag strip.  The "miss you" sentiment from the In My Heart stamp set was stamped on the strip in black ink.  After wrapping the panel with a piece of navy grosgrain ribbon and securing it with a simple knot, the panel was adhered 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 CTD576If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd576 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 January Guestie Amy Tsuruta, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Maja.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January Guestie Amy Tsuruta **
**  Guest Star Stamper Maja **

Materials Used:
Chance of Rain and In My Heart stamp sets (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); More Mustard, Night of Navy, Taken with Teal, and Shimmery White cardstock, navy grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Kate & Co. Oxford Lane 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Would You Be Mine?

Here's my take on the current Paper Craft Crew challenge.  I used one of the cuties from Reverse Confetti's Heart Pals set as my focal image on this love themed design.

Would You Be Mine? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
The image was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with my Scan 'n Cut machine.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a pale lilac panel.  The panel was adhered to a pink card base on an angle over a pair of layered panels--one solid red and one dotted with multicolored hearts. The set's "would you be mine?" sentiment was stamped in black ink on a narrow red cardstock strip. I used more foam tape to adhere the strip beneath the raised image.  A bunch of silver sequins scattered around the right side of the cardfront completed the design.

Materials Used:
Heart Pals stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lilac Grace and Pale Peony cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Red Punch cardstock (Recollections); Be Mine 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts); silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, January 13, 2020

Warmest Thanks

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I created a winter themed thank you card using an adorable array of die cuts created with the Winter Warmth die set.

Warmest Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I die cut the hat and mittens from Steel Grey cardstock, then stamped the stitching detail images on the die cut pieces in contrasting white pigment ink.  The mittens were connected with a short length of red baker's twine before they were adhered to a red pieced rectangle die cut using foam tape for dimension.  I topped the hat with a fluffy pom pom, courtesy of some white flock, then added it to the red panel with more foam tape. The panel was matted on gray cardstock to match the die cut elements, then adhered to the center of a piece of knit patterned paper on a gray card base.

Materials Used:
Winter Warmth and Hug in a Mug stamp sets, Steel Grey cardstock, Winter Warmth and Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and Versafine Clair Nocturne inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Red Punch cardstock (Recollections); Knit Picky 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); red baker's twine (The Twinery); white flock (Stampendous); foam tape
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