Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You Complete Me

Here's my card for the current (for just a few more hours . . .) My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used the Cookie Crumbs stamp set and coordinating You're the Milk to My Cookies dies for my card.

You Complete Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I started out by die cutting my milk jug and cookies.  The milk jug was outlined with a pale blue Copic marker to give it some depth before I adhered it to the white pierced circles.  The base of each of the cookies was inked with some tan distress ink to give them a just out of the oven look. Once the pieces were in place, I trimmed off the right side of the circle so that it was flush with the right edge of the kraft panel.  I edged the panel with some red gingham paper. The paper reminds me of a tablecloth, so it was a natural fit for my food themed design.  I stamped the "you complete me" sentiment on a red double ended fishtail flag strip and used foam tape to place the strip over the image panel.

Materials Used:
Cookie Crumbs stamp set, Die-namics You're the Milk to My Cookies, Pierced Circle STAX, and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock, Pure Poppy patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mojo Monday 481-Smooches

Smooches card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I paired the sketch with an image waiting on my desk that I colored back in November as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The cow from Avery Elle's Hogs and Kisses set was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I stamped the "smooches" sentiment on the heart--I just can't resist a pun-filled stamp set! I used foam tape to adhere the cow to a cream pierced square die cut.   Once I'd done that, I needed to pick out paper for the rectangular panel that would sit beneath the image.  After settling on the pretty plaid with shades of pink, red, gray, and blue, I was ready to wrap up the card.  I added half of a large paper doily to a coordinating blue cardstock panel, then placed the matted plaid rectangle on top. The image panel was matted on the same rosy pink cardstock as the plaid panel, then layered on top of the doily and plaid panel.  The finished panel was adhered to a cream card base.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:

Materials Used:
Hogs and Kisses stamp set, Hogs and Kisses dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Iced Aqua cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Love Me 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); white doily; foam tape

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How Have You Bean?

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the new coffee themed stamps and dies from Right at Home for my simple thinking of you card.

How Have You Bean? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Right at Home
I stamped the "how have you bean?" sentiment from the set with the same name on a piece of textured blue cardstock (that's why the stamping isn't so great on the word "bean"--it's not due to either the stamp quality or user error!).  To go with the sentiment, I stamped up a to go cup using the coordinating Cup of Joy stamps and dies. I shaded the cup a bit with warm gray markers to give the white a little depth before using foam tape to adhere the cup to the sentiment panel.  After edging the panel with kraft cardstock, I adhered it to a piece of patterned paper from my stash.  The finished panel was adhered to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? stamp sets, Cup of Joy dies (Right at Home); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Baja Breeze textured cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Aspen Frost-Strudel  designer paper (Basic Grey); foam tape

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sending You

Here's my card for the current sketch at Global Design Project.  I mixed and matched a few stamp sets from Clear and Simple Stamps for my love themed design.

The layout's stripes made me think of the different stripe images in CSS's Air Mail stamp set.  With the help of my MISTI, it was so easy to line up the stamps to get a perfectly straight and even image across the greige panel.  After I stamped the airmail images, I added a narrow strip of sparkly silver cardstock and a wider strip of red washi tape beneath them. 

To go with the stamped images, I used CSS's Tiny Note + Envie dies to make a cute mini envelope from vellum with a love note tucked inside.  After positioning the envie on the panel, the finished panel was adhered to a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Air Mail, Writer's Desk Too, and Hearts Plus stamp sets, Pressed Greige Linen, My Favorite Blue Jeans, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Tiny Note + Envie dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Lady Bug and Bahama Blue inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hello Sunshine

As soon as I saw Tracey's fabulous inspiration card for this week's Muse challenge, this sunshine themed design popped into my mind.  I took the rays in the heart that Tracey used and translated them into the sun's rays.  Mine are made with a mix of different yellow patterned paper scraps.  I added a pinking circle sun, made sparkly with a coating of a sparkly glitter brush pen.  The "hello sunshine" sentiment from the Paper Smooches Summer Lovin' stamp set was stamped next to the sun in black ink.  For even more sparkle, I surrounded the words with a trio of silver sequins.  The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base, using foam tape for dimension.

Materials Used:
Summer Lovin' stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Tart cardstock, Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); clear glitter pen (Spectrum Noir); silver sequins; foam tape

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sprinkled with Love

Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I used the sketch to whip up a sugary sweet design featuring RC's Donut You Know stamps and dies.

I'm Smitten with You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse ConfettiI "cooked up" the donuts first, using the dies to cut out a kraft base and pink icing.  The sprinkles were stamped in pink ink, the heat embossed in pink for a raised, sprinkles-like look.  I arranged the donuts on a white panel framed with a bright pink frame cut with RC's All Framed Up die, using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the set's "sprinkled with lots of love" in pink ink on a pale pink banner strip cut with one of RC's Tag Me dies, then heat embossed it in pink.  The sentiment strip was placed on an angle just beneath the donuts.  The image panel was adhered to a kraft panel over a piece of coordinating pink polka dotted paper.  The kraft panel was adhered to a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
Donut You Know stamp set, Donut You Know, Tag Me and All Framed Up dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Angel Pink ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections pink dotted designer paper (Michaels); Grapefruit embossing powder (American Crafts); foam tape

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Throwdown 426-Be Mine

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Lisa is our hostess this week and she's chosen a combination of neutrals with a pop of color--gray, red, and kraft.

Be Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from My Favorite Things
I combined the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to create this clean and simple, perfect for Valentine's Day design.  I cut a pierced heart from red cardstock and adhered it to a kraft card base.  The pierced detail adds a bit of interest to the solid cardstock piece.  For the sentiment, I die cut an arrow with "be mine" embedded in it from both gray cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the die cut pieces, I adhered them over the heart.  A pair of sparkly silver enamel dots placed at the top of the heart as an accent 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 CTD426. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd426 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, Leigh Penner.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** January guestie Leigh Penner **

Materials Used:
Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Heart STAX and Straight to My Heart dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); craft foam
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