Sunday, June 25, 2017

Something to Perk Up Your Day

Something to Perk Up Your Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's a quick coffee themed design for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  The die cut to-go cup is the focal point for this design.  After cutting the cup from white cardstock using MFT's Coffee Cup dies, I shaded the pieces with a Copic marker before adding the kraft sleeve on top.  I used foam tape to adhere it over a contrasting die cut dark brown circle, then placed the pieces inside a pale green stitched rectangle frame on a kraft card base.  The "something to perk up your day" sentiment from the Perk Up stamp set was stamped in brown pigment ink on the sleeve on the die cut cup.  I accented the die cut with a trio of white matte enamel dots.

Materials Used:
Perk Up stamp set, Die-namics Coffee Cup dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spring Moss and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); stitched rectangle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); circle die (Spellbinders); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Out of This World

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the layout to create a quick birthday card using stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Out of This World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn FawnI turned the layout's large rounded panel into a moon with a piece of yellow textured cardstock.  To get the look of a nighttime sky, I adhered the rounded panel to a red cardstock panel with a dark blue star patterned paper panel along the left side.  I stamped the rocket image from the Out of this World set on white cardstock, then colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die.  It's adhered to the panel using foam tape.  I stamped the set's "hope your birthday is out of this world" sentiment on the yellow panel in black ink, just above the rocket.  A few silver sequins were arranged around the sentiment as an accent.  The finished panel was adhered to a blue card base.

Materials Used:
Out of This World stamp set, Beachside 6x6 paper pad, Out of This World dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Not Quite Navy, and Crushed Curry cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle die (Spellbinders); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

With the official start of summer earlier this week, it's time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  My card features a refreshing cold drink and a bold, bright color scheme that screams summer to me.

You're So Chill card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
The layout is based on the Sunday Sip 'n Share sketch shared on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog earlier this week.  My drink is from the Lil' Inker Designs Coffee Talk set.  I colored it up with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die.  To go with the pink drink, I placed a multicolored striped patterned paper panel across a turquoise cardstock panel.  The striped panel was topped with a narrow solid green cardstock strip with a line of machine stitching (yes, I pulled out my long-neglected sewing machine) across it. 

I folded a strip of rose grosgrain ribbon from my scrap pile and adhered it to the left side of the panel on top of the patterned paper strip.  After winding up a length of silver thread on the panel to form a thread nest, I secured the image on top, using foam tape for dimension.  The "you're so chill" sentiment from the Bunny Buddies set was stamped on a narrow strip of pink cardstock and added to the panel.  A pair of iridescent sequins arranged around the sentiment strip completed the design. The finished panel was adhered to a bold pink card base.

Materials Used
Coffee Talk and Bunny Buddies stamp sets, Coffee Talk dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Springtime 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); silver thread (Michaels); iridescent sequins (Darice); sewing machine; foam tape

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Challenge 88-Birthday Blooms

The Challenge is back with a new papercrafting challenge to inspire you!   This week we have some key words for you to use as a starting point for your project.

Bright Bamboo Rose Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Altenew
Here's where the words led me.  I made a square birthday card filled with bold, bright watercolored flowers.  Watercoloring is not my strength, but I gave it another try here, this time with Altenew's Bamboo Rose stamp set. The roses were stamped in black pigment ink, then heat embossed and watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers and an aqua brush.  After the watercolored panel dried, I adhered it to a turquoise blue card base.

The "happy birthday" sentiment from the Sohcahtoa set was stamped on a narrow bright pink strip.  After tying a ribbon strip from my scrap pile around the right side of the strip, I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.  The pink in the flowers and the pink of the sentiment strip match much better IRL than in my photo, I promise!   A few aqua sequins arranged around the sentiment completed the design.

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created based this week's keywords.  Here's where to find them:

Materials Used:
Bamboo Rose and Sohcahtoa stamp sets (Altenew); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Clean Color markers (Zig); Tempting Turquoise cardstock, black embossing powder, white taffeta ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Color Throwdown 448-You're Absolutely Fantastic

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Lynn is our hostess this week with a jewel toned color combination--purple, mint green, hot pink, and teal.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for my clean and simple design.

You're Absolutely Fantastic card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I made the lightest color--mint--the dominant color in my design.  After finding a piece of mint paper with a woodgrain pattern on it, I stamped the "you're absolutely" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's You're So stamp set on the paper in pink pigment ink.  To complete the sentiment, I die cut the word "fantastic" from pink cardstock and craft foam using the coordinating You're So dies, then layered the two pieces before adhering them below the stamped text.  I added a narrow strip of purple cardstock to the bottom of the patterned paper panel before matting it on teal cardstock.  I accented the words with a die cut layered shiny silver star, adhered with foam tape for dimension.  The matted panel was adhered to a mint cardstock panel, then adhered to a purple 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 CTD448.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd448 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 June guestie Audrey Tokach, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Nonni Niskanen.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** June guestie Audrey Tokach **
** Guest Star Stamper Nonni Niskanen **
Materials Used:
You're So stamp set, You're So and Seeing Stars dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, and Amethyst Allure cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Taken with Teal cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Something Wonderful 6x6 paper pad (Teresa Collins); craft foam

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You're a Class Act

I'm sharing another school themed card today.  This one has already made its way to a colleague and dear friend who has just retired. 

You're a Class Act card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
The layout is from this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I started out with an apple green card base and topped it with a trio of cheery yellow dotted patterned paper strips.   I stamped the "you're a class act" sentiment from RC's Class Act set on a white circle in green ink, then matted it on yellow cardstock before adhering it to the cardfront.  I stamped up a trio of images from the  Worm Wishes set to add to the sentiment panel.  After coloring and die cutting the images, I used foam tape to adhere them to the panel.  Because of the orientation of the images, I had to change the cluster from the left side of the sentiment panel to the right, but I think the bones of the sketch are still there!

Materials Used:
Worm Wishes and Class Act stamp sets, Worm Wishes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Grass pigment ink (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); Simply Chartreuse and Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Summer Bliss 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Monday, June 19, 2017

It Takes a Big Heart

Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge.  I used the sketch and some colors from the inspiration photo to create this teacher themed card.  I needed to replenish my teacher cards since my colleagues cleaned me out last week when they needed cards for their kids' teachers at the end of the school year!

It Takes a Big Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
The Class Act set was perfect for my design.  I colored the set's apple and books images with Copic markers, then used the matching dies to cut out the colored images.  The images were adhered to a gray panel using foam tape.  In keeping with the teacher theme, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Sweet Sentiments-Teacher set on the panel in white for a chalkboard-like look.  I brushed the edges with ink to give the panel a dusty look, too.  I adhered it on an angle to a red-orange grid patterned paper panel over a kraft cardstock panel.  The patterned paper was matted on coordinating red cardstock, then adhered to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Class Act and Sweet Sentiments-Teacher stamp sets, Class Act dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Persimmon and Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Teacher's Pet 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape
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