Friday, November 24, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day

Celebrate Your Special Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
This sweet birthday design is based on the sketch from this month's Mix it Up Challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I went with a mostly monochromatic pink color scheme for my design, starting with the striped pink patterned paper panel that I used as my base.  I adhered two strips of silver star patterned washi tape near the top of the panel, then added the die cut "celebrate" on top.  For dimension, the word was cut from both pink cardstock and craft foam, which were layered before they were adhered to the panel.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped the "your special day" sentiment from the Celebrate All the Things stamp set in silver ink on a pink cardstock strip, then heat embossed the words in silver.  After adhering a narrow silver strip to the bottom of the sentiment strip, I positioned it near the bottom of the panel.  For a festive look, I added a layered banner across the top of the panel and scattered a bunch of pink sequins around the words.  The panel was matted on silver cardstock, then adhered to a pale pink card base.

Materials Used:
Celebrate All the Things stamp set, Celebrate and Party Banner dies (SugarPea Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sweet Blush and Lovely Lady cardstock, Sweet Blush patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); silver star washi tape; pink sequins; craft foam

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Turkey Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
Happy Thanksgiving!  I made this cute card to go along with a pair of turkey cookies that I gave to a special pair of little girls.  The turkey is from Lawn Fawn's Turkey Day stamp set.  I colored him up with Copic markers, then carefully cut him out by hand since I don't have the matching die.  Just a note here--the colors on the turkey (and the card) match this week's Color Throwdown challenge, which you can check out HERE.  The turkey was adhered to a pair of layered circles using foam tape. I positioned the turkey at the top of a patterned paper panel with a double ended red fishtail flag strip across it, then adhered the pieces on a golden yellow cardstock panel. The set's "happy turkey day" sentiment was stamped along the bottom of the patterned panel. On the stamp, the words are stacked on top of each other, but since the stamp is clear, it was super easy to stamp the words in a straight-ish line along the bottom of the patterned paper.  A pair of copper brads at the right side of the fishtail flag strip balanced out the design.  The finished panel was adhered to an easy to write on orange card base.

Materials Used:
Turkey Day stamp set (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Orange Fizz cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Farmhouse 6x6 paper pad (Crate Paper); circle dies (Spellbinders); copper brads; foam tape

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Color Throwdown 470-Many Thanks

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess with a color combination inspired by tomorrow's Thanksgiving holiday in the United States--yellow, orange, red, and brown.

Many Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Waltzingmouse Stamps
I stayed away from the turkey theme (I'll have a turkey themed design to share tomorrow though!) and went with a seasonal, general thank you design using a stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used some pigment inks that matched the challenge colors to stamp up some feathers from the Funky Feathers set.  After cutting them out with the matching dies, I arranged the feathers on a kraft panel, using foam tape beneath some of the feathers for dimension.   The "many thanks" sentiment from another WMS set, Frame It, was stamped in brown pigment ink on an orange cardstock strip.  I positioned the strip on the kraft panel, tucking one end underneath the cluster of feathers.  A few brown enamel dots scattered around the panel completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to an orange card base to match the sentiment strip.

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 CTD470.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd470 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 our November guestie Kelly Lunceford.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** November guestie Kelly Lunceford  **

Materials Used:
Funky Feathers and Frame It stamp sets, Funky Feathers dies (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Luxe Lady Bug, Morocco, Dandelion, and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); brown enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Warm (Woolly) Winter Wishes

Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I created a wintery design using RC's Smitten Mittens stamps and dies.

Warm Winter Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
The green knit patterned paper was perfect for creating a pair of adorable mittens!  I cut them out, then arranged them on a silver panel, using foam tape for dimension.  The set's "warm winter wishes" sentiment was stamped at the top of the panel in black ink.  A trio of silver sequins were positioned around the mittens for a festive sparkle.

To set the shimmery panel off from the snowflake covered background, I positioned a piece of contrasting red cardstock behind it.  After adhering a pale blue cardstock strip across the patterned panel, I adhered the sentiment panel on top. The finished panel was adhered to a pale blue card base to match the strip across the card.

Materials Used:
Seasonal Sentiments stamp set, Salsa and Mist cardstock, Smitten Mittens dies (Reverse Confetti); Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Knit Picky 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); North Pole 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); silver sequins; foam tape

Monday, November 20, 2017

I {Heart} You

I {Heart} You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
My card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch came together with no stamping at all!  I represented the layout's circles with a combination of letters and hearts, all cut with dies from Clear and Simple Stamps.  The "i" and "u" were cut from black cardstock. I paired them with two sizes of hearts cut from a scrap of red cardstock.  All of the pieces were arranged on a strip of shimmery silver cardstock, using foam tape on most of the pieces to give them dimension.  I adhered the silver strip to a gray cardstock panel, then adhered the panel to a red card base to match the die cut hearts.  Simple, but it gets the message across!

Materials Used:
Rouge Ruffles, I Steel Got It, Perfect Little Black Dress, and Sterling Silver cardstock, Lowercase, Build-a-Critter Pal:  Basics, and Shapes:  Hearts dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); foam tape

Sunday, November 19, 2017

You've Bean on My Mind

You've Bean on My Mind 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 inked up my new Coffee Date stamps and dies for this retro-feeling design. 

The color scheme was inspired by the patterned paper panel I used on the card.  I matted the panel on a coordinating aqua cardstock square, then adhered it to a green card base.  The coffee pot and coffee mug were stamped in coordinating colors of pigment ink, then cut out with the matching dies.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the patterned panel.  The "you've bean on my mind" sentiment from the coordinating Coffee Break stamp set was stamped on a long double ended fishtail flag strip and positioned just underneath the raised images to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Coffee Date and Coffee Break stamp sets, Blu Raspberry, Sno Cone, and Sour Apple cardstock, Die-namics Coffee Date and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Aquamarine and Lemon Grass pigment inks (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ducks in a Row designer paper (October Afternoon); foam tape

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sending Love

Sending Love 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'm skipping ahead a holiday or two with this love themed design using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs

I represented the trio of elements in each corner of the sketch with a die cut envelope and a pair of red stitched hearts.  The hearts were adhered with foam tape for dimension.  For the sentiment I used a combination of die cuts and stamps.  The "sending" from the Mini Envelopes and Accessories die set was cut from red cardstock and adhered to the center of the pink panel.  I stamped the "love" from the "love and peace" sentiment from the Instant Camera: Christmas set beneath the die cut word in red.  I liked the contrast between the lines of the typewriter style print and the curves of the cursive die cut.  For a touch of sparkle, I arranged a trio of silver sequins around the panel, then adhered it to a red card base.

Materials Used:
Instant Camera:  Christmas stamp set, Of the Heart and Mini Envelopes and Accessories dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape
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