Saturday, July 21, 2018

Little Dreamer Congrats

Congrats 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 sweet baby card with stamps from WPlus9.

My images are from the Little Dreamers set.  I stamped the moon and bear images with black ink, colored them with Copic markers, then used the matching dies to cut out the colored images.  I arranged them on a light blue card base with a strip of shimmery silver cardstock along the left edge, using foam tape for dimension.  The clouds at the bottom of the card were die cut from shimmery white cardstock, then adhered with more foam tape.  I stamped the "congrats" sentiment from the coordinating Stardust stamp set betwen the clusters of elements, then accented them with a trio of silver sequins.

Materials Used:
Little Dreamers and Stardust stamp sets, Little Dreamers dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Silver cardstock (Recollections); Crystal Stardust paper (The Paper Cut); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, July 20, 2018

Spreading Good Cheer

Spreading Good Cheer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
The theme for this month's Paper Smooches challenge is Christmas in July.  I took some cues from the sweet inspiration photo when creating this holiday inspired design.

I used PS's Coffee Cozy die to create a die cut coffee cup from kraft and white cardstock.  The red snowflake on the kraft sleeve was die cut with a die from the Mitten die set.  I used foamt ape to adhere the to go cup to a kraft cardfront with a red striped paper panel along the bottom.  A piece of red grosgrain ribbon set the striped panel off from the rest of the card.  I accented the card with a pair of candy canes from the Giddy Gumdrops stamp set and a bit of "steam," courtesy of a piece of a taupe pearl flourish. The "spreading good cheer" sentiment, also from the Giddy Gumdrops set, was stamped to the right of the to go cup in black ink to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Giddy Gumdrops stamp set, Gumdrops Icons, Coffee Cozy, and Mitten dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock, Pure Poppy patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); red grosgrain ribbon (Michaels); taupe pearl flourish (Want2Scrap); foam tape

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Birthday Mix Up

Happy Birthday to You 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 combined the sketch with the confetti-like look of the sprinkles coating on the juicy strawberry in the inspiration photo to come up with this birthday design.

My dotty paper comes from SPD's It's a Celebration paper pad.  I cut it with the large journal card die from the Heart Journal Card die set, then matted the dotted piece on a bright pink scalloped panel cut with a die from the Birthday Journal Card dies set. The scalloped panel was layered on to a green panel that covers most of a darker green card base.  I used a piece of the same light green cardstock and the Stitched Flags die set to cut the long stitched banner strip for the sentiment.  The "happy birthday to you" sentiment from the You stamp set was stamped on the strip in black ink.  I added it to the panel, then accented it with a pair of gift boxes made with the Birthday Journal Card die set.

Materials Used:
You stamp set, It's a Celebration paper pad, Heart Journal Card, Birthday Journal Card and Stitched Flags dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, and Spring Moss cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Color Throwdown 502-Hip, Hippo, Hooray

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Barbara is our challenge hostess this week with a combination that includes vibrant shades of blue and some neutrals, too--cobalt blue, aqua, gray, and white. 

Hip, Hippo, Hooray card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I paired the colors with layout from the current Fab Friday challenge.  Since I just got the Happy Hippos stamp set from My Favorite Things, I knew I wanted to use one of the hippos as a gray element on my card.  I colored up the hippo and bunch of balloons with my Copic markers, then used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to cut out the colored images.  They were arranged on a white pierced circle die cut, using foam tape for dimension.  I matted the panel on a gray circle, then adhered it to an aqua cardstock panel over a wide strip of cobalt cardstock.  The panel was accented with a strip of gray satin ribbon that I folded and tucked underneath the image.  I stamped the set's "hip, hippo, hooray" sentiment beneath the blue strip, then adhered the finished panel to a gray 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 CTD502.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd502 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 July Guestie Kathy Schweinfurth, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Lise Mariann.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** July Guestie Kathy Schweinfurth **
** Guest Star Stamper Lise Mariann **

Materials Used:
Happy Hippos stamp set, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Weathervane cardstock (Papertrey Ink); circle dies (Spellbinders); gray satin ribbon; foam tape

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

You Rule

You Rule card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiHere's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  This one's super simple--just stamps, ink, markers, and paper is all it took!

I started by stamping the "you rule" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Worm Wishes stamp set on a white cardstock panel.  The words were surrounded by the set's ruler image, stamped repeatedly on the panel using black ink.  I purposely staggered the ruler image and didn't line it up exactly to add interest.  The ruler images were loosely colored with several yellow Copic markers.  I adhered the finished panel to a coordinating yellow card base to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Worm Wishes stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things)

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Whole Night Sky

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I did something I haven't done in a while here, using a stencil with some embossing paste to make an eye-catching background.

The Whole Night Sky card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
My background features an array of silver stars and spots, stenciled on a watercolor panel using a Simon Says Stamps stencil and some silver embossing paste.  Once the stenciled background dried, I inked it with a trio of blue distress inks to create a gradient of color from light to dark.  For the sentiment, I stamped the "you aren't just a star to me, you are the whole night sky" sentiment from the Count the Stars set on a dark blue cardstock strip in silver ink.  I heat embossed the text in silver so it would pop against the dark background.  The strip was adhered to the stenciled panel, just slightly off the center of the panel.  The finished panel was adhered to an easy to write on white card base.

Materials Used:
Count the Stars stamp set (My Favorite Things); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Stormy Sky distress inks (Ranger); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Stars and Dots stencil (Simon Says Stamp); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thanks for the Nice Words and Stuff

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  You can never have too many thank you cards in your stash, so I used the layout to put one together using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  It was adhered to a white panel using foam tape for dimension.  I matted the panel on two pieces of coordinating aqua cardstock before adhering it to a darker aqua cardstock panel.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped the "for the nice words and stuff" phrase on a narrow pale aqua strip and added it beneath the sentiment panel, angling it for interest.  The 

I stamped the "thanks" from the Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp set using aqua and teal inks, then cut the word out with the matching die.  The strip was accented with a trio of different sized teal enamel dots. I used foam tape to adhere the finished panel to a card base with strips of striped washi tape and aqua cardstock along the left edge. The stripes add a little interest to the design and match well with the "sketchy" lines on the "thanks."

Materials Used:
Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set (Lil' Inker Designs); Iced Aqua ink (Reverse Confetti); Tropical Teal ink (My Favorite Things); Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); striped washi tape (Target); aqua enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape
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