Thursday, April 19, 2018

Welcome to the World

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I used the sketch and elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme, dot pattern, and elephant image) to put together this classic gender neutral baby card.

Welcome to the World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
My focal image is an adorable elephant image from the Baby Shower stamp set from Clear and Simple Stamps. I stamped the image in white pigment ink on gray cardstock, then heat embossed it so the text detail would pop against the gray  background.  The image was adhered to a pair of layered circles using foam tape for dimension.  I adhered the image panel over a strip of gray on gray dotted paper placed across a plain white cardstock panel.  The "welcome to the world sweet little one" sentiment from CSS's Baby Sentiment set was stamped just above the elephant image in gray ink.  The sentiment is one long line on the stamp, but here I broke it up for a more balanced look.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating gray card base.

Materials Used:
Baby Shower and Baby Sentiments stamp sets, I Steel Got It and A Blanc Check cardstock, Baby Shower and Shapes:  Circles dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Hippo ink (Lawn Fawn); Smokey Shadow patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Color Throwdown 489-Merry Christmas (in April)

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Vickie is our hostess this week with this classic color combination--red, green, and white.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for this holiday themed design.  I tried, but I just couldn't stay away from it with these colors!

Merry Christmas card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Faw
I found a piece of patterned paper in my stash that features all of the challenges colors.  After cutting it to size and matting it on a green panel, I adhered the patterned paper to a red card base.  One of the holiday sentiments from Lawn Fawn's Merry Messages stamp set was stamped in white pigment ink just beneath the panel.  I heat embossed the text so it would pop against the red background, then surrounded the text with a trio of green enamel dots as an accent.  A strip of red stitched grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the top of the patterned paper panel completed 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 CTD489.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd489 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 April guestie Hannelie Bester, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Seeka.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Hannelie Bester **
** Guest Star Stamper Seeka  **

Materials Used:
Merry Messages stamp set (Lawn Fawn); Memento Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Green Galore cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Home for the Holidays 6x6 paper pad, green enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); red grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Bird-Day

Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I used the layout to make a birthday card using RC's Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and dies.

Happy Bird-day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I stamped the flamingo body and wing in pink pigment ink, using my MISTI so I could double stamp the images for a darker color.  After die cutting the pieces, I used foam tape to adhere them to a white panel over the legs that I stamped in gray.  I matted the panel on pink and green cardstock panels, then adhered them to a pair of diagonally cut patterned papers from RC's Under the Umbrella paper pad.  I edged the patterned panels with green cardstock, then adhered them to a pink card base.  The set's "happy  bird-day" sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink on a small green rectangle, then heat embossed.  I used more foam tape to adhere it to the cardfront, then accented it with a trio of pink enamel dots.

Materials Used:
Fabulous Flamingo stamp set, Flamingo and Lime Green cardstock, Under the Umbrella 6x6 paper pad, Fabulous Flamingo dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Angel Pink, Gray Flannel, and Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); pink enamel dots (Freckled Fawn); foam tape

Monday, April 16, 2018

I'm Over the Moon for You

I'm Over the Moon for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I went with a space themed design using MFT's Space Explorer stamps and dies.

I colored up the set's astronaut with balloons for my focal image.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I used the matching die to cut out the image.  I made a background for it by adhering a large yellow circle/moon to a dark blue card base.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the moon is debossed with a polka dotted pattern to give it a crater-like look.  I added the astronaut image on top, using foam tape for dimension. The set's "I'm over the moon for you" sentiment was stamped on a narrow red cardstock strip and adhered to the cardfront.  A trio of gold glitter enamel dot "stars" were arranged above and below the sentiment strip to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Space Explorer stamp set, Space Explorer dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Not Quite Navy, Crushed Curry, and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle dies (Spellbinders); Polka Dot embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Sweetest Ever

You're the Sweetest Ever card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Pattern Happy
Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I just got the Coolest Ever stamps and dies from Pattern Happy and put them to work on this design. 

I colored one of the set's popsicle images with Copic markers to look like a classic Bomb Pop, then cut out the colored image with the matching die. For an icy look, I brushed a bit of sparkly clear glitter on to the edges of the image using a glitter brush pen.  For the background for the pop, I matted a blue cardstock strip on a shimmery silver cardstock panel, then adhered the layered pieces to a red tone on tone chevron patterned paper.  The set's "you're the sweetest ever" sentiment was stamped on a super narrow red cardstock strip. For extra emphasis, I stamped the word "sweetest" separately and cut it out with the matching die, then used foam tape to position the word.  A trio of sparkling clear sequins were arranged around the popsicle--I imagine them as drips!  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Coolest Ever stamp set, Coolest Ever dies (Pattern Happy); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Party Boy 6x6 paper pad (Photo Play); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lots and Lots of Thanks

Thanks So Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
I don't usually make multiple versions of a single design, but I made an exception for the current Lawn Fawnatics card set challenge!  I used Lawn Fawn's Thanks Line Border die and some older Lawn Fawn patterned paper to make four thank you cards with the same layout and a mix and match color scheme.

Thanks So Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
My color scheme came from the fun stripes on the patterned paper.  I cut "thanks" from four different colors of cardstock.  Each die cut was adhered to the bottom of a piece of the striped paper.  I stamped the "so much" from a sentiment in the Simply Sentiments set on a piece of solid cardstock.  The stamped cardstock strip was adhered underneath the bottom edge of the striped paper, just beneath the die cut strip.  I adhered each patterned paper panel to a solid cardstock panel, then on to a coordinating card base.  The pink and coral enamel dots were a last minute add-on as an accent to the clean and simple cards.

Materials Used:
Simply Sentiments stamp set, Hello Sunshine-April designer paper, Thanks Line Border die (Lawn Fawn): Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet and Pale Peony cardstock (Papertrey Ink); enamel dots (Freckled Fawn)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thanks a Lot

Thanks a Lot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for this month's Paper Smooches photo inspiration challenge.  I took my cues from the flowers in the umbrella in the inspiration photo and the white background. 

I used one of the images from the Paper Smooches Best Buds stamp set as my focal image.  The flowers were colored with Copic markers in shades of purple and pink to match the colors of the flowers in the photo.  After stamping the "thanks a lot" sentiment inside the banner, I carefully cut out the image by hand.  It was positioned over some looped silver thread that I arranged on a white panel with an angled pale purple patterned paper at the bottom.  A trio of pink matte enamel dots arranged around the panel completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating pale purple background.

Materials Used:
Best Buds stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lavender Moon cardstock, Guide Lines patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); silver cord (Michaels); pink matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

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