Friday, June 22, 2018

You Are the Best

You Are the Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for June's Mix It Up Challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I mixed a loose interpretation of the sketch with the color scheme from the inspiration photo as the basis for this card.

I created a background panel by doing some ink blending with a bunch of different distress inks on a piece of watercolor paper.  While the inks dried, I die cut the word "you" from both gold paper and craft foam. The pieces were layered for dimension, then adhered to the inked panel.  I stamped the trio of stars and the "are the best" from SPD's You stamp set directly on the panel in gold ink, then heat embossed them with gold powder.  The sentiment didn't turn out as crisp as I would have liked, but I didn't want to trash the ink blended panel, so I moved on to Plan B.  That was stamping the sentiment on a teal cardstock strip in gold ink, then trying again to heat emboss.  Much better this time!  I positioned the text beneath the die cut word, using foam tape for dimension.  The finished panel was adhered to a teal card base to match the sentiment strip.

Materials Used:
You stamp set, You die (SugarPea Designs); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold, and Carved Pumpkin distress inks (Ranger); Taken with Teal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper (Target); Zing! Gold embossing powder (American Crafts); craft foam; foam tape

Thursday, June 21, 2018

You're a Bright Spot

The theme for this month's Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge is sparkle and shine.  My card using Concord & 9th's Rainbow Wishes stamps and dies incorporates both of those elements. 

Bright Spot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
The rainbow was stamped on white cardstock using a colorful array of inks.  I die cut two clouds from shiny silver cardstock and used foam tape to adhere them to the bottom of the rainbow.  For the sentiment, I stamped "you're a" and "spot in my world" in black on the rainbow and one cloud.  The "bright" was die cut from more silver cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the die cut pieces, I adhered them to the panel to finish the sentiment.  A trio of clear jewels were arranged around the card as an accent.  The finished panel was matted on more silver cardstock, then adhered to a blue card base.

Where's the sparkle, you may ask?  Well, it's there but doesn't show in my photo.  I used a clear glitter brush pen to lay a light coating of glitter over the rainbow's bands.  It's so pretty IRL, but unfortunately my photo skills don't do it justice!

Materials Used:
Rainbow Wishes stamp set, Rainbow Wishes dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Lady Bug, Dandelion, Tangelo, Pear Tart, Bahama Blue, and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); clear jewels (Pretty Pink Posh); craft foam; foam tape

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Color Throwdown 498-Time to Celebrate

It's time for another Color Throwdown!   Lynn is our hostess this week with a yummy color combination--peach, light pink, hot pink, and green.

Time to Celebrate card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and stencil from Neat and Tangled
I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create a fun birthday card.  Instead of stamping, I used one of Neat and Tangled's Balloon Duo stencils and some distress inks to make a line of balloons across the card. For the sentiment, I stamped "time to celebrate" from the Celebrate stamp set on the panel in gold ink, then heat embossed the text in gold.  I wanted to add strings to the balloons, but didn't want to use black since I thought it would be too bold and take away from the pretty balloons.  I settled on using a sparkly clear Stardust gelly roll pen.  It was the perfect look!  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating hot pink 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 CTD498.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd498 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.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** Guest Star Stamper Jacquie Southas **

Materials Used:
Celebrate stamp set, Balloon Duo stencil (Neat and Tangled); Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry, and Shabby Shutters distress inks (Ranger); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Zing! Gold embossing powder (American Crafts); clear Stardust gelly roll pen (Sakura)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fab Friday Father's Day

Happy Father's Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for the current Fab Friday challenge.  I  used the sketch to make a Father's Day design with lots of textured elements.  I represented the layout's round shape with a pile of looped twine on a drab green cardstock panel. The kraft sentiment strip, from the SugarPea Designs Terrific Ties set, and the narrow strip of shiny gold and white striped washi tape help keep the loops secured in place.  I accented the elements with a trio of brown enamel dots.  After sponging around the edges of the green panel with some brown distress ink, I adhered the finished panel to a brown card base with green undertones.

Materials Used:
Terrific Ties stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Olive Grove ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger); Factory Green cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Soft Suede cardstock (Stampin' Up!); cream twine (Hemptique); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); gold striped washi tape; foam tape

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sending Smooches

Sending Smooches 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 had colored up a trio of dogs from the Good Friends stamp set the other day as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, so I used one of them as the focal point in a small scene I made to represent the layout's rectangular panel. The background was made from a piece of blue cardstock with a strip of green cardstock, cut with a grass border punch, placed at the bottom. The dog image was added on top using foam tape for dimension.  I adhered the scene to a piece of blue on blue dotted patterned paper. The set's "sending smooches" sentiment was stamped on a kraft Slanted Sentiment Strips die cut and placed just underneath the scene.  I added a trio of die cut red hearts at the top of the scene to go with the sentiment. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Good Friends stamp and die set, Die-namics Slanted Sentiment Strips dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Baja Breeze, Pear Tart, and Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Tiny Polka-Turquoise Tonal patterned paper (The Paper Studio); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sparkle and Shine

May Your Holidays Sparkle and Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my super simple holiday themed design for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I replaced the layout's pair of circles with delicate stitched snowflakes created with dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  After positioning the silver flakes in place on the red card base, I added a black strip with the "may your holidays sparkle and shine" sentiment from LID's Winter Greetings set on top, using foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment was stamped in silver ink, then heat embossed in silver to really stand out against the black background.

Materials Used:
Winter Greetings stamp set, Stitched Snowflake dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock; silver embossing powder; self-adhesive clear crystals; foam tape

Saturday, June 16, 2018

S'more Friends

Here's my card for the current challenge at Global Design Project.  I used an image I'd colored a few days ago for the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge as the focal image for the sketch. The s'more image from Lawn Fawn's Sweet Friends set was colored with Copic markers and cut out with the matching die. After stamping the arms and legs on a cream circle, I added the colored image on top, using foam tape for dimension. The image was matted on a dark brown circle, then adhered to a golden yellow card base with an angled strip of plaid patterned paper along the bottom.  The friendship sentiment was stamped on a kraft strip and adhered to the cardfront with some foam tape to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Sweet Friends stamp set, Perfectly Plaid-Fall 6x6 paper pad, Sweet Friends dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold, Canyon Clay, and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle dies (Spellbinders); twine (Hemptique); foam tape
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