Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy Bee-Day

Happy Bee-Day 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 used the sketch to create a bee-themed birthday card.  I stamped and colored the beehive image and two tiny bees from the Meant to Bee set, then cut out the images using the coordinating dies.  The images were arranged on a pale gray pierced circle die cut, using foam tape for dimension.  I positioned the image panel on a yellow dotted patterned paper panel with two opposite rounded edges. After adhering the patterned paper panel to a bright yellow card base, I adhered the "happy bee-day" sentiment so it overlapped the patterned paper and the image panel, again using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Meant to Bee stamp set, Lemon Drop and Grout Gray cardstock, 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); Be(you)tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); corner rounder; foam tape

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Love Struck

Love Struck card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper.  I used the sketch to create a Valentine's Day design featuring the Love Struck stamp set from Paper Smooches.  My focal image is the set's cupid, colored up with Copic markers.  After die cutting the image I adhered it to a blue circle using foam tape for dimension.  The circle was matted on to a slightly larger red circle, then adhered to a light blue card base over a strip of patterned paper.  The arrows on the patterned paper go perfectly with the arrow in the cupid image!  To finish the card, I stamped the set's "love struck" sentiment on a fishtail flag strip in black ink and positioned the text just beneath the raised image. 

Materials Used:
Love Struck stamp set, Love Struck Icons stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Be Mine 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts); circle dies (Spellbinders); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Friday, January 19, 2018

You Are the Best

You Are the Best card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsHere's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I mixed the sketch and color elements from the icy looking inspiration photo together for my design.

I paired two patterned papers on the cardfront--one plaid and one dotted.  The plaid panel was matted with silver cardstock before adhering it to the pale gray card base.  I added the narrow gray on gray dotted pattern paper strip over the plaid panel, then adhered a narrow pale blue cardstock strip across the cardfront.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word "you" from both silver cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the pieces for dimension, I adhered them above the pale blue strip.  The "are the best" from SPD's You set was stamped beneath the die cut word in gray pigment ink to complete the sentiment.  I though about adding some enamel dots, but in the end, left it clean and simple, which is perfect for a masculine design.

Materials Used:
You stamp set, You die (SugarPea Designs); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Mist cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Smokey Shadow patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Perfectly Plaid-Winter 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); craft foam

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Magical Birthday Wishes

Magical Birthday Wishes 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 used RC's Unicorn Wishes set and an icy pastel color scheme for my birthday themed design.

The focal image is the unicorn from the Unicorn Wishes set.  The image was colored in pale shades of pink, purple, and gray.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a bit of glitter to the unicorn's mane and horn.  The die cut image was adhered to a circle cut from RC's Mist cardstock.  I stamped the set's "magical birthday wishes" sentiment at the bottom.  A pair of shimmery white clouds cut with a die from the Cool Friends set filled in the panel and balanced it out.  I adhered the panel to a pale purple card base with a wide strip of multicolored striped patterned paper along the left side. The panel was edged along the left side with a narrow strip of pink cardstock for a finished look. I tucked a strip of silver cardstock beneath the image panel, then adhered a trio of silver glitter enamel dots at intervals along the right edge of the patterned paper panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Unicorn Wishes stamp set, Mist cardstock, Unicorn Wishes and Cool Friends dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Lilac Grace and Hibiscus Burst cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); patterned paper (Doodlebug Design); circle die (Spellbinders); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Color Throwdown 476-Congrats

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess today with this soft, seasonal color scheme--light blue, kraft, and white.

Baby Congrats card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9
One of my colleagues is expecting a baby boy this spring, so I used the colors to make a card to mark the very special event.  The images are from WPlus9's Little Dreamers stamp set.  I colored the bear with Copic markers, then used the coordinating dies to cut out the colored image.  The moon and clouds were stamped on shimmery white cardstock, then also cut with the matching dies.  I arranged the pieces on a pale blue card base.  For the sentiment, I stamped "congrats" from the coordinating Stardust stamp set in silver pigment ink, then heat embossed the text in silver embossing powder.  A trio of white sequins arranged around the images 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 CTD476.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd476 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 January guestie Debra James, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Kim Fee.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January guestie Debra James  **
**  Guest Star Stamper  Kim Fee ** 

Materials Used:
Little Dreamers and Stardust stamp sets, Little Dreamers dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer inks (Tsukinenko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); white sequins; foam tape

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I Love You

I Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used the layout as the starting point for this love themed design.

I don't have any intricate frame dies like the one in the sketch, so I improvised, using a piece of white paper doily and a die cut kraft tag to make my own fancy focal point on a coral-y pink card base.  A trio of hearts cut with Reverse Confetti's Love Note die set were arranged at the top left of the tag, using foam tape for dimension and a mix of colors for interest.  I stamped the "I love you" sentiment from RC's Crazy About You set in black ink on a red banner strip cut with a die from RC's Tag Me die set, then used foam tape to adhere the strip to the tag.  A pretty pearl flourish extending out from beneath the hearts completed the design.

Materials Used:
Crazy About You stamp set, Flamingo cardstock, Tag Me and Love Notes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pink textured cardstock (Bazzill); white pearl flourish (Want2Scrap); white paper doily; foam tape

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch. I represented the layout's pair of rectangles with a pair of elegant champagne flutes.  The flutes were created with the Layered Champagne Glass die from My Favorite Things.  The "liquid" in the glass was made with shiny gold paper.  I arranged the glasses over a silver pierced circle die cut positioned near the bottom of a pale gray cardstock panel.  I usually don't mix gold and silver, but I think it works nicely here!  The circle was accented with a deep red pierced heart die cut.  To go with the glasses, I stamped the "happy anniversary" sentiment from MFT's Essential Sentiments set near the top of the panel. The finished panel was adhered to a dark gray card base.

Materials Used:
Essential Sentiments stamp set, Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Layered Champagne Glass and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver and gold paper (Target); foam tape
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