Friday, October 30, 2020

Happy Village Housewarming

Congrats on Your New Home card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn

Here's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge.  I used the sketch for a sweet and simple housewarming design.

I stamped and colored up a trio of images from Lawn Fawn's Happy Village stamp set, then used my Scan 'n Cut to cut out the colored images. They were arranged into a simple scene on a pale blue pierced heart die cut. To ground the images, I added some green to the die cut as grass and a narrow gray strip to serve as a street before placing the images. The heart was adhered to a pale green card base over a darker dotted strip of green patterned paper that runs the length of the cardfront.  The set's "congrats on your new home" sentiment was stamped on a narrow blue strip that matches the color of the heart panel.  I used foam tape to place the sentiment on the cardfront just beneath my little scene.

Materials Used:
Happy Village stamp set (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Moss and Smokey Shadow cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Pierced Heart STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Thursday, October 29, 2020

How Have You Bean?

Here's my card for the current challenge at The Paper Players. I represented the layout's trio of panels with a trio of to go cups created with the Cup of Joy stamps and dies from Right at Home.

How Have You Bean? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Right at Home
I stamped the to go cups on white cardstock and added a little shading to the images with cool gray Copic markers before cutting them out with the matching dies.  The sleeves were stamped on kraft cardstock scraps and cut out, then placed on the to go cups.  I used foam tape to position the cups on a piece of fun chevron patterned paper adhered to a brown card base.  I didn't measure before I started to stamp and cut the cups, so once I started assembling, I realized I'd need to flip one upside-down to get them all to fit...

For the sentiment, I used a fishtail flag die to cut a strip from cheery yellow paper to match the single yellow stripe on the patterned paper panel.  The "how have you bean?" sentiment from the coordinating How Have You Bean? stamp set was stamped on the strip in black ink. I used more foam tape to place the sentiment over the center and right to go cup, making sure to leave the yellow chevron stripe on the patterned paper visible so that the color choice made sense with my design.

Materials Used:
Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? stamp sets, Cup of Joy dies (Right at Home); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Soft Suede cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft and Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Indie Chic-Nutmeg "Hanging Out" Rainbow designer paper (My Mind's Eye); Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Color Throwdown 617-You're So Kind


It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to be challenge hostess this week.  I've found a mix of colors inspired by a fun tote bag--kraft, red, green, and chartreuse.

You're So Kind card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I paired the colors with the current Mojo Monday sketch.  My focal image panel is filled with a cluster of flowers stamped with Reverse Confetti's Petals 'n Posies stamp set and cut out with the matching dies.  For dimension, I added white matte enamel dots to the flower centers and popped some flowers up on foam tape. The panel was matted on chartreuse cardstock and adhered to a chartreuse panel over a chartreuse gingham panel and an earthy kraft panel. The kraft mutes the bright chartreuse just a bit.  I stamped the thank you sentiment from RC's Best Sentiments stamp set to the right of the image panel in red ink, then tucked a narrow red cardstock strip beneath the kraft panel. The finished panel was adhered to a kraft 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 CTD617If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd617 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 this week's Guest Star Stamper Colleen Begley.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** Guest Star Stamper Colleen Begley **

Materials Used:
Petals 'n Posies and Best Sentiments stamp sets, Petals 'n Posies dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Pear Tart, Lady Bug, and Bamboo Leaves inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Limeade Ice and Kraft cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Wishing You a Spooktacular Halloween

Wishing You a Spooktacular Halloween card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs

Here's my card for this month's Mix It Up challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I used the layout and elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme, silhouette image, and Halloween theme) to create my design.

I used one of SPD's Stitched Circle dies to cut a trio of orange circles to use as moons.  The circles were positioned on the left side of a dark purple cardstock panel. Each circle was topped with a die cut bat cut with SPD's Stitched Autumn Icons stamp set.  After matting the panel with black cardstock, I adhered it to a pale gray card base. The "wishing you a spooktacular Halloween" sentiment from the Eek-a-Boo set was stamped at the bottom right of the purple panel in white ink, then heat embossed to pop against the dark background. For contrast and balance, I tucked a strip of orange cardstock beneath the lower right side of the purple panel. A trio of gold glitter enamel dot "stars" arranged around the bats and moons completed the design.

Materials Used:
Eek-a-Boo stamp set, Stitched Autumn Icons and Zig Zag Stitched Circles dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Summer Sunrise cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Royal Purple cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Snow embossing powder (Recollections); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, October 26, 2020

Make a Wish

Make a Wish card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Thingsa
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  This one has grown on me a bit--when I first finished the card, I really wasn't happy with it, but the more I look at it, the more I like it.

I created a background panel from a mix of two distress oxides, one purple and one blue, applied to a panel of watercolor paper.  Once I finished inking the panel, I used a wet paintbrush to flick water droplets randomly on the panel for a star-like look.  The panel was edged with narrow strips of dark purple, then adhered to an aqua card base.  I used two dies from MFT's Pierced Star STAX die set to cut five stars from gold foil cardstock.  The stars were arranged on the panel, using foam tape to adhere the smaller ones to add some dimension and interest. The "make a wish" sentiment from the Starry Night Sentiments set was stamped on the panel so that it was nested between the gold stars.  A trio of small gold sequins arranged in a triangle among the stars completed the design. This one will be off to the post office soon, making its way to a friend who loves purple and is celebrating a birthday later this week.

Materials Used:
Starry Night Sentiments stamp set, Pierced Star STAX dies (My Favorite Things); VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet distress oxides (Ranger); Hawaiian Shores and Royal Velvet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Gold Foil cardstock (Recollections); gold sequins; foam tape

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas-October 2020

It's time for the October Keeping Christmas blog hop! Kelly Lunceford started this many months ago and eventually the former team of "The Challenge" designers came to be a part of it.  We share holiday cards and projects with you on the 25th of each month to show you different ideas, techniques or projects to help you get a jump start on your holiday cards and tags for the coming year.  All of the designers have projects to share with you today. You'll find a list of the participating designers at the bottom of my post so you can stop by and admire their creativity while collecting some ideas for your holiday card creating.  

Merry and Bright card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
My card for this month's hop was inspired by the current sketch at Sunday Stamps.  I used the Let it Snow dies from Reverse Confetti to cut a pair of sparkly silver glitter snowflakes for my focal panel. The flakes were dotted with clear crystals at their centers before I arranged them on a pale pink cardstock panel. The panel was matted on red cardstock, then adhered to a piece of red patterned paper with a cozy argyle pattern.  I stamped the "may your days be merry and bright sentiment from the My Favorite Things Merry & Bright stamp set on a long banner strip in black ink. The strip was placed beneath the snowflake pair using foam tape for dimension. The finished panel was adhered to a red card base to match the sentiment strip.

Don't miss what the rest of our team has created to inspire you to get a head start on your holiday card making!  There is a lot of inspiration and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Here's where to find the team members:

Lori Tecler - you're here!

Materials Used:
Merry & Bright stamp set (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Red Punch and Silver Glitter cardstock (Recollections); designer paper (Lawn Fawn); Let it Snow and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); clear self-adhesive crystals; foam tape

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Hello Sweet Friend

Hello Sweet Friend card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I used the layout to create a monochromatic friendship themed design with stamps and dies from WPlus9.

I cut a bunch of small strips of cardstock from varying shades of blue and blue green cardstock for the focal panel. The strip were lined up on a scrap of white cardstock before I ran them through my die cutting machine with the "hello" die in place.  Once the word was cut out, I layered the stripes on to a teal mat. The "hello" was filled in with die cut pieces cut from the same teal as I used for the mat. I adhered the matted piece to an aqua panel, leaving room at the bottom of the panel to stamp the "sweet friend" from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Hello set in teal ink. The panel was adhered to a card base that matches the lightest shade of blue represented in the array of cardstock strips.  A trio of teal enamel dots arranged around the inlaid die cut completed the design.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Hello stamp set, Hand Lettered Hello die (WPlus9); Tropical Teal ink (My Favorite Things); Ocean cardstock (Recollections); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); teal enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

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