Monday, March 19, 2018

You've Got This in the Bag

You've Got This in the Bag card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-digital images from Verve Stamps
Here's my card for March's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.  I'd had this colored teacup image on my desk for a while, so I made it and the coordinating sentiment from Verve's Rise and Shine digi set the focal image of my design.  I carefully cut the colored image out by hand, then used foam tape to adhere it to the round sentiment panel.  The sentiment was matted on a kraft scalloped circle.  After adding a piece of ledger patterned paper edged with a kraft scalloped strip to a piece of aqua dotted patterned paper, I placed the sentiment panel on top.  I wrapped a piece of white seam binding around the panel and accented it with a double bow made with the help of my Bow Easy.  The finished panel was adhered to an aqua card base.

Materials Used:
Rise and Shine digi stamps (Verve Stamps); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist and Kraft cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); designer paper (October Afternoon); circle and petite scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders); scalloped border punch (Stampin' Up!); seam binding; Bow Easy; foam tape

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Just Bee-cause

Just Bee-cause 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 made a perfect for any occasion card using MFT's Meant to Bee stamp set, using the set's beehive as my focal image.  I colored the beehive with Copic markers, then used the coordinating die to cut out the colored image.  It was adhered to a light blue pierced circle die cut.  To accent it, I added a pair of bees.  The image panel was adhered to a white cardstock panel over a yellow gingham patterned paper strip.  To add interest, I stamped the sentiment so that it curved around the image panel.  The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Meant to Bee stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Meant to Bee and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Simple Speech Bubble Hello

Speech Bubble Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from Lawn Fawn
The theme for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge is fun with dies.  Since I just got Lawn Fawn's new Speech Bubbles dies, I thought I'd try them out for the challenge. I put together this simple monochromatic design with just the dies from the set--no stamps in sight! I cut three of the speech bubble shapes from light pink cardstock, then cut a word out of each bubble.

To fill in the negative space and highlight the words, I backed each die cut with a scrap of bright pink cardstock.  The words really stand out!  After settling on an arrangement I liked, I used foam tape to adhere the speech bubbles to a pink cardstock panel.  I accented them with a trio of pink enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a bright pink card base to match the color of the words.

Materials  Used:
Speech Bubbles dies (Lawn Fawn); Flamingo and Piggy Bank cardstock (Reverse Confetti); pink enamel dots (Freckled Fawn); foam tape

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hello Friend

Hello Friend card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my perfect for spring design for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I represented the layout's diamond shape with a kite die cut from My Favorite Things.  The floral pattern I used for the panels on the kite was rescued from my scrap pile.  I adhered the kite and a pair of die cut shimmery white clouds to a blue card base.  The kite's tail was made  from a length of yellow twine adhered to the back of the kite, then curved along the cardfront and anchored with some dots of liquid glue.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "hello" from both blue cardstock and craft foam. After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the card base, overlapping the kite a bit.  To finish the sentiment, I stamped the word "friend" from the You Bake Me Happy set beneath the die cut word in a coordinating blue ink.

Materials Used:
You Bake Me Happy stamp set, Die-namics Thanks and Hello, Fly a Kite, and Flat-Bottom Clouds dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Bahama Bay ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); patterned paper (Jillibean Soup); twine (The Twinery); craft foam

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Mahalo card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try. I went with something bright and tropical featuring RC's Mahalo stamp set.  I stamped the drink image outline in black ink, then filled in the image with the solid stamps using several different pigment inks.  For dimension, I stamped the umbrella a second time and cut it out, then used foam tape to adhere it to the image.  The finished image was adhered to a green pierced circle die cut using more foam tape.

I adhered the round panel to a multicolored striped patterned paper panel over solid yellow and bright pink strips.  The pink strip was cut with one of the dies from RC's Tag Me die set to give it a decorative edge.  For the sentiment, I die cut the "mahalo" from hot pink cardstock, then stamped the text on the die cut in white pigment ink and heat embossed the word.  I die cut the word a second time and layered the two die cut pieces for dimension before adhering the word to the card. I found a trio of coordinating bright flowers from my long-neglected collection of paper flowers and adhered them to the round panel as an accent.  The finished panel was adhered to a green card base to match the panel behind the image.

Materials Used:
Mahalo stamp set, Mahalo and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, Dandelion, Rich Cocoa, and Rose Bud inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Simply Chartreuse, Bright Buttercup, and Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Splendid Sunshine 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); paper flowers (Prima); craft foam; foam tape

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Color Throwdown 484-I'm Lucky

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rohl is our hostess this week with a seasonally inspired color combination--green, eggplant, and white.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to come up with this friendship themed design.

I'm Lucky card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
I used script "lucky" die from Concord & 9th's Lucky die set to cut the word from purple cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to a white panel over a green strip edged with a shimmery narrow gold strip.  I finished the sentiment by stamping "I'm" above the die cut and "we're friends" beneath it in purple ink. I accented the sentiment with a trio of gold glitter enamel dots, then adhered the panel to a green 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 CTD484.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd484 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 March guestie Cheiron Brandon, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Nance Leedy.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** March guestie Cheiron Brandon **
** Guest Star Stamper Nance Leedy **

Materials Used:
Lucky stamp set, Lucky dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Grape Jelly ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); New Leaf cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Rich Razzleberry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper (Target); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); craft foam

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Luv U Bots

Love U Bots card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
This month's Paper Smooches challenge is a great sketch.  I used the Paper Smooches Boom Bots set for my take on the layout.  I colored up one of the set's robots and a dog robot, too.  After cutting out the images with the matching Boom Bots Icons dies, I used foam tape to adhere them to a pale gray cardstock strip.  I matted the strip on darker gray cardstock, then adhered it to a pale gray panel over a strip of letter patterned paper.  The doodle-like letters were a nice match for the robot images.  The set's "love u bots" sentiment was stamped just beneath the image panel in black ink.  I decided to stamp the set's heart-filled speech bubble between the images in red ink to go with the sentiment.  I edged the right side of the light gray panel with a narrow strip of gray cardstock to match the cardstock I'd used for the mats beneath the image and patterned paper panels.  Once that was done, I adhered the finished panel to a red card base.

Materials Used:
Boom Bots stamp set, Boom Bots Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Salsa ink, Brick, Stone, and Lead cardstock (Reverse Confetti); A Boy's Life 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); foam tape

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