Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Color Throwdown 506-You Are Appreciated

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Lisa is our hostess this week with this soft color combination--aqua, peach, light gray, and white.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create this clean and simple thank you design.

You Are Appreciated card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
I used Altenew's Sohcahtoa stamp set to stamp a trio of triangles at the top of a pale gray cardstock panel.  The images were accented with a pair of tiny matte white enamel dots to add interest and dimension.  The set's "you are appreciated" sentiment was stamped at the bottom right side of the gray panel in white pigment ink, then heat embossed so it would stand out against the pale gray background. After matting the stamped panel on peach cardstock, I adhered it to an aqua 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 CTD506.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd506 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 August Guestie Joy Taylor, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Princess Jones.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August Guestie Joy Taylor **
** Guest Star Stamper Princess Jones **
Materials Used:
Sohcahtoa stamp set (Altenew); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Soft Apricot ink (Hero Arts); Sea Glass ink (Gina K Designs); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Apricot Appeal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Snow embossing powder (Recollections); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Birthday Bunny

Birthday Bunny card-created by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Hello Bluebird
I can't resist a cute bunny image, so I had to add the cute Just Sayin' stamp set from Hello Bluebird to my collection.  Here, the bunny is the focus of this layout from the current Fab Friday challenge

I colored up the bunny and balloon images with Copic markers, then used my Scan 'n Cut to cut out the colored image.  The images were adhered to a white pierced circle panel, using foam tape to add dimension to the bunny image.  I placed two strips--one piece of narrow teal cardstock and one piece of striped washi tape--near the top of the lime green panel, then added the image panel on top.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating teal card base.

Materials Used:
Just Sayin' stamp set (Hello Bluebird); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Tropical Teal and Green Parakeet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); striped washi tape; foam tape

Monday, August 13, 2018

You Are Pawsome

You Are Pawsome 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 created a cute dog themed design using one of the cute puppies from the Four-Legged Friends stamp set.  The image was colored up with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the dog to the center of a circle cut with the Single Stitch Line Circle Frames dies.  For a background, I rounded the corners on a Factory Green cardstock panel, then adhered a strip of multicolored striped paper across the top. The framed circle with the dog image was positioned at the center of the striped paper strip.  I stamped the set's "you are pawsome" sentiment beneath the patterned paper in black ink. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating golden yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Four-Legged Friends stamp set, Factory Green cardstock, Fun and Frolic 6x6 paper pad, Four-Legged Friends and Single Stitch Line Circle Frames dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); corner rounder; foam tape

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Whoops card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I kept it simple here with fun patterned paper, a word die, and a coordinating sentiment stamp.

Once I'd decided on a birthday themed design, I picked this fun and festive dotted paper from an older October Afternoon paper collection.  After trimming it down to size, I placed it on a golden yellow card base.  I adhered a matching wide golden yellow strip, edged with narrow teal cardstock strips, near the bottom of the panel.  For the sentiment, I used the Whoops word die from Lil' Inker Designs to cut the word "whoops" twice, once from teal cardstock and once from craft foam.  After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered the word to the yellow strip.  The "I missed your birthday" sentiment from LID's Whoops stamp set was stamped to the right of the die cut word near the bottom of the panel to finish the design.  It's good to have a belated birthday card or two in my stash--hopefully I won't need to use them!

Materials Used:
Whoops stamp set, Whoops word die (Lil' Inker Designs); Tropical Teal ink (My Favorite Things); Tropical Teal and Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cakewalk 8x8 paper collection (October Afternoon); craft foam

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hello Honey

Here's my card for the current Global Design Project challenge.  I paired the sketch with one of my favorite Paper Smooches stamp sets for this sweet design.  I'm also sharing this card for this month's Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge.

Hello Honey card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I colored up a bee from the Bee Mine stamp set using Copic markers.  After cutting out the image with the matching die, I added a bit of sparkle to the bee's wings with a clear glitter brush pen.  For the background, I cut three strips of honeycomb patterned paper.  The strips were adhered to kraft mats, then arranged on a yellow cardstock panel.  For contrast, I adhered a red fishtail flag strip across the panel.  It was topped with a kraft strip stamped with the set's "hello honey" sentiment.  I added the bee to the left side using foam tape for dimension, then added a pair of yellow enamel dots as an accent. The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Bee Mine stamp set, Bee Mine Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Country Drive-Bee's Knees designer paper (Echo Park); yellow enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Friday, August 10, 2018

You Make Me Smile

The current Honey Bee Stamps Buzzworthy challenge is to create a card using one of their Honey Cuts dies as the focal point.  I love the Smile die, so this was a perfect challenge to show it off.

You Make Me Smile-created by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Honey Bee Stamps
I used distress inks and water to make a rainbow-like background panel on watercolor paper.  While the inks dried, I die cut the word from both black cardstock and craft foam. After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the rainbow panel.  To complete the sentiment, I stamped the "you make me" from the coordinating Smile stamp set just above the word in black ink.  A narrow strip of black cardstock was adhered just beneath the text and accented with a trio of silver glitter enamel dots. The finished panel was adhered to a green card base, matching the middle color in the rainbow panel.

Materials Used:
Smile stamp set, Smile die (Honey Bee Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin, and Twisted Citron distress inks (Ranger); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sour Apple (cardstock My Favorite Things); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); craft foam

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rustic Floral Fusion

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (colors, woodgrain, and flowers) to create my design.

Rustic Floral Fusion card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9I started out with a white card base with a strip of woodgrain paper adhered to the left side.  For a clean look, I edged the woodgrain panel with a narrow strip of pink cardstock.  My flowers and container were made with WPlus9's Fresh Cut Containers stamp set.  I stamped up a bunch of flower and leaf images and arranged the die cut pieces a bunch of different ways until I settled on something that I liked.   After adhering the flowers to the panel using a mix of tape from my tape runner and foam tape, I added more dimension by dotting the centers of some of the flowers with Liquid Pearls.  The "thinking of you" sentiment from the Fresh Cut Florals set was stamped in gray ink on another pale pink cardstock strip, then adhered to the top of the card using more foam tape to finish the card.

Materials Used:
Fresh Cut Containers and Fresh Cut Florals stamp sets, Fresh Cut Containers dies (WPlus9); Memento Luxe Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Pistachio, Olive Grove, and Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Old White Fence designer paper (The Paper Studio); Buttercup and Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger); foam tape
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