Friday, September 22, 2017

Hope Your Day Is as Amazing as You Are

As Amazing as You Are card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Verve Stamps
My mom celebrated a milestone birthday last week, so I needed a special card to send off to her.  I used the current Viva la Verve sketch to put this one together.  My starting point was the pretty floral patterned paper.  Once I'd selected it, I found a coordinating green for a card base and a coordinating pale pink for the strip that runs across the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Verve's Simply Amazing stamp set on a light blue panel and placed it on the cardfront, then accented it with a pair of pink hearts cut with Verve's Heart Quartet die.

Materials Used:
Simply Amazing stamp set, Heart Quartet die (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Moss, Enchanted Evening, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, and Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Yippee 6x6 paper pad (Chickaniddy Crafts); foam tape

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Funky Wreath Thank You

Funky Wreath Thank You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I combined the sketch with the primary colors from the inspiration photo (pink and green) to create this simple thank you card. 

I represented the layout's circle with a round wreath from SPD's Funky Wreaths-All Season stamp set. The wreath was stamped in Versamark ink, then heat embossed with rose gold embossing powder.  This is the first time I've used this color embossing powder.  It's so pretty!  I think I'll be using it a lot . . .  I dressed up the wreath with some  flowers and leaves stamped with images from the Funky Wreath-Spring Addition stamp set and cut out with the matching dies.  Each flower center is dressed up with a teeny, tiny pink self-adhesive pearl.  The "thanks" sentiment comes from the Terrific Ties set.  It's embossed in rose gold, too. See, I said I'd be using it a lot!  I matted the panel on gold paper, then adhered it to an easy to write on card base to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Funky Wreaths-All Season, Funky Wreath-Spring Addition, and Terrific Ties stamp sets, Funky Wreath-Spring Addition dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Angel Pink and Rose Bud inks, Versamark (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Celery pigment ink (Avery Elle); Pink Lemonade cardstock (My Favorite Things); gold paper (Target); Rose Gold embossing powder (Lawn Fawn); pink self adhesive pearls; foam tape

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Color Throwdown 461-Boo!

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week and she's shared a fun, bold color combination--purple,orange, yellow, and green.

Boo! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud- stamps from Paper Smooches
My original idea was to create something floral, but these already colored Paper Smooches images from the Halloweenies set that were sitting on my desk caught my eye.  When I realized they matched the challenge colors, I changed direction and created a Halloween themed card.  I used a purple card base to create a nighttime backdrop for my images.  After adding a curved edge "grass" panel to the bottom of the card, I positioned the images on the cardfront, using foam tape for dimension.  To fill in the nighttime sky, I used a circle die to create a yellow crescent moon, then scattered a trio of silver glitter enamel dot "stars" around it.  To finish the design, I stamped the set's "boo" sentiment in white ink, then heat embossed the word in white to pop against the dark background.

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 CTD461.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd461 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 September guestie Tammy Hershberger, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Joanne James.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** September guestie Tammy Hershberger **
   **  Guest Star Stamper Joanne James **

Materials Used:
Halloweenies stamp set, Halloweenies dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Avocado cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

You Rock

You Rock! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I represented the layout's trio of elements with different sized silver stitched stars cut with a die from Lil' Inker Designs.  The stars were arranged over a dotted grid that I stenciled on a pale aqua card base.  The "you rock" sentiment was stamped on a darker teal strip, keeping with my monochromatic color scheme.  I used silver ink, then heat embossed the words for a nice pop against the dark background.  A few silver glitter enamel dots arranged around the stars and sentiment completed the design.

Materials Used:
Seriously Awesome stamp set, Stitched Stars dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Iced Aqua ink, Lotsa Dots stencil (Reverse Confetti); Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, September 18, 2017

Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes 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 used a snowflake die to create a pair of shimmery white snowflakes to represent the layout's round panels.  I adhered the die cut flakes to a pale gray on gray dotted patterned paper panel, then dotted the center of each flake with a large-ish clear crystal.  After edging the patterned paper panel with narrow strips of silver cardstock, I layered the panel on to a red card base.  The "warm wishes" sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday set was stamped in red ink on a pale gray fishtail flag strip, then positioned on the card at the point where the bottom of the patterned paper panel meets the red card base.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Snowflake Trio and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Polka-Gray Tonal designer paper (The Paper Studio); clear crystals

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud- dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This birthday card came together quickly with the help of a word die from Lil' Inker Designs.   

I started out by brushing a stripe of pale pink Spun Sugar distress ink across a panel of watercolor paper.  While waiting for the ink stripe to dry, I used the Happy Birthday Border die to cut the text from dark pink cardstock.  Once the ink dried, I positioned a strip of super sparkly silver glitter tape across the watercolored panel, just beneath the colored stripe.  The die cut words were placed on top of the silver tape, overlapping the pale pink watercolored stripe.  The panel was matted on pale pink paper to match the watercoloring, then adhered to a pink card base that matches the text.

Materials Used:
Happy Birthday Border die (Lil' Inker Designs); Spun Sugar distress ink (Ranger); Piggy Bank and Flamingo cardstock (Reverse Confetti); silver glitter tape (Target)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello Pumpkin Spice card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Right at Home
I'm joining in on the current Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with this autumn inspired design featuring stamps and dies from Right at Home.  I colored up the to go cup and pumpkin images a few days ago for this month's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  After die cutting (or hand cutting) the colored images, I assembled them on a pale pink panel over a strip of earthy toned plaid patterned paper.  The top of the patterned paper strip is set off from the rest of the panel by a super shiny narrow strip of gold tape.  For a fun detail, I added a bit of brown flourish extending from the top of the cup to look like steam.  I stamped the "hello pumpkin spice" sentiment from the How Have You Bean? stamp set to the left of the cup in brown pigment ink. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating coral card base.

Materials Used:
Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? stamp sets, Cup of Joy dies (Right at Home); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Cameo Coral cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown crystal flourish (Want2Scrap); gold tape; foam tape
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