Tuesday, October 17, 2017

You've Got the Write Stuff

You've Got the Write Stuff card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink
Yesterday was Boss's Day, so I created this writing themed card for my team to give to our supervisor to mark the occasion.  Since I work on the literacy team in an elementary curriculum office, the writing theme was a perfect fit!  The layout is based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I stretched the layout's rectangle panel to fit the trio of die cut pencils I created with Papertrey Ink's Pencil Me In dies.  I arranged the pencils on a manuscript alphabet patterned paper, then tucked a red half circle under the edge of one of the pencils.  The red is a nice contrast against the yellow pencils and gray background panel.  I adhered the panel to a kraft card base, then added a pale gray strip stamped with the "you've got the write stuff" sentiment on top.  A silver strip was positioned slightly offset behind the sentiment to highlight it.  I accented it with a trio of red enamel dots for one final pop of bold color.

Materials Used:
Pencil Me In stamp set, Harvest Gold cardstock Pencil Me In dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Tuxedo Black and Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Pretty in Pink cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Studious 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); circle die (Spellbinders); red enamel dots (Doodlebug Design)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Just Fur You

Just Fur You 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 sweet image from the Playful Pups set as my focal image.  The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the image to a kraft panel with rounded corners.  The image was matted on blue cardstock, then adhered to a blue gingham panel.  After edging the gingham panel with narrow strips of red cardstock, I layered it on to a coordinating blue card base.  The "just fur you" sentiment from the Four-Legged Friends stamp set was stamped on a red Slanted Sentiment Strips die cut, then positioned on the cardfront overlapping the left side of the image panel.

Materials Used:
Playful Pups and Four-Legged Friends stamp sets, Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Playful Pups and Slanted Sentiment Strips dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Cuddle

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We hope you'll play along!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!  Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.   

Dream Big card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9For my card, I took my inspiration from the sweet bear in the photo. Isn't he just adorable?  My dreamy little bear is from the WPlus9 Little Dreamers stamp set.  I colored the set's bear, moon, and cloud images with Copic markers, then cut them out with the matching dies.  They were arranged on a panel with a soft blue watercolor wash background.  Foam tape on some of the pieces added dimension to the simple scene.  And, it's hard to see in the photo, but I used a clear glitter pen to give each of the clouds a subtle sparkle.

The "dream big" sentiment from the coordinating Stardust stamp set was stamped to the right of the bear image in black ink.  I arranged a trio of silver sequins around the sentiment and images to fill in the scene, then adhered the finished panel to a coordinating blue card base.

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Materials Used:
Little Dreamers and Stardust stamp sets, Little Dreamers dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle Glitter Brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape

Saturday, October 14, 2017

If the Broom Fits

If the Broom Fits card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I love pulling out my favorite Halloween sets in October!  The crosshatch witch from the Lil' Inker Designs Bats and Broomsticks is one of my favorite seasonal images.  She's front and center in this card based on the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I stamped the image in my favorite crisp black ink--Versafine's Onyx Black--on a pale purple paper and cut out the image with the matching die.  The image was adhered to a deep purple cardstock square using foam tape for dimension.  I placed the square near the top of a purple cardstock panel  The panel was adhered to a pale purple card base over a strip of shiny silver cardstock.  I stamped the set's "if the broom fits" sentiment in silver ink on a dark purple cardstock strip and positioned it beneath the image panel. I accented the sentiment strip with a bit of silver ribbon tied in a simple knot.

Materials Used:
Bats and Broomsticks stamp set, Bats and Broomsticks dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Versafine Onyx Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Royal Velvet, Amethyst Allure, and Lilac Grace cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); silver satin ribbon; foam tape

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thanks a Bunch

Thanks a Bunch card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
You can never have enough thank you cards on hand and this one using stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti is perfect for just about any occasion.  The layout is based on the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.  I created two pastel blooms and a leaf using images and dies from the Blooms 'n Buds stamp set. The die cut images were arranged on a green card base, using foam tape on the flowers for dimension.  I stamped the "thanks a bunch" sentiment from the Petals 'n Posies set on a pink banner strip die cut with one of the dies from the Tag Me set, then placed the sentiment on the card with one edge positioned underneath the floral cluster.  A teeny, tiny pink pearl placed at the center of the yellow flower completed the design.

 Materials Used:
Blooms 'n Buds and Petals 'n Posies stamp sets, Blooms 'n Buds and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Dandelion, Angel Pink, and Rose Bud inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Grass pigment ink (Avery Elle); Spring Moss and Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin' Up!); pink self adhesive pearl; foam tape

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Howl-o-ween

Happy Howl-o-ween card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
Here's my card for the current happy little critters themed challenge at Lawn Fawnatics.  I used one of the cuties from Lawn Fawn's Happy Howl-o-ween set to create a not too spooky Halloween card.  My  background was made with a mix of distress oxides, pressed on a slick surface and misted with water, then applied to a watercolor paper panel.  I added a strip of green cardstock along the bottom as grass, then positioned the colored critter and his hat on top.  The scene was filled in with a yellow crescent moon and a trio of silver sequin stars.  The set's "Happy Howl-o-ween" and "boooooo" sentiments were stamped on the panel to finish the design.  The scene was layered on to a coordinating purple card base to go with the Halloween theme.

Materials Used:
Happy Howl-o-ween stamp set, Happy Howl-o-ween dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans Distress Oxides (Ranger); markers (Copic); Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Factory Green cardstock (My Favorite Things); circle punch (EK Success); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); silver sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Color Throwdown 464-Fall Thanks

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rohl is up as our challenge hostess this week with a fall-like color combination--orange, kraft, and black.

Fall Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from SugarPea DesignsI used dies from SugarPea Designs for my fall themed card.  I created a pair of pumpkins using the Stitched Autumn Icons dies. To add depth to the die cuts, I inked the bottom of the pumpkins with some orange distress inks.  They were layered on to a kraft panel cut and embossed with the Woodgrain Journal Card die.  A loopy pile of gold thread sets them off from the panel and adds a little sparkle and shine.  I adhered the woodgrain piece to an orange cardstock panel, then added the die cut "thanks" on top.  The panel was layered on to a kraft card base.  A trio of gold sequins arranged around the sentiment and pumpkins 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 CTD464.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd464 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 October guestie Michele Ferguson, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Rosemary Dennis.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October guestie Michele Ferguson **
   **  Guest Star Stamper Rosemary Dennis **

Materials Used:
Stitched Autumn Icons, Thanks, and Woodgrain Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Wild Honey distress ink (Ranger); Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold thread, gold sequins (Michaels); craft foam; foam tape

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