Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Color Throwdown 457-Stamp Free Happy Birthday

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to host the challenge and I'm sharing a pretty palette of pink, yellow, and gray inspired by this cute desk vignette.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from Lil' Inker Designs
My sister celebrated a birthday this week and I designed this card for her.  The layout is based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used a white card base and a bunch of scraps, trimmed down to super narrow strips, to put it together.  Instead of stamping something, I used the Happy Birthday Border die from Lil' Inker Designs for the sentiment.  After arranging the pink, gray, and yellow strips, I added the sentiment on top to complete the easy to mail 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 CTD457.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd457 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 August guestie Sheri Gilson, and this week's Guest Star stamper, Wendy Coffman.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** August guestie Sheri Gilson **
** Guest Star Stamper Wendy Coffman **

Materials Used:
Happy Birthday Border die (Lil' Inker Designs); Sweet Blush and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); cardstock (Reverse Confetti)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I'll Be Brief

I'll Be Brief card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I used the super funny I'll Be Brief stamp set and coordinating dies from Lil' Inker Designs to put this one together. 

The focal image is a pair of white briefs, stamped on a scrap of white paper and cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the die cut image to a red stitched circle die cut.  The white really pops against the red background!   The image was adhered to a red chevron patterned paper panel over a narrow strip of chocolate brown cardstock.  After stamping the set's "I'll be brief" sentiment on a kraft fishtail flag strip, I tucked the top of the stamped strip underneath the stitched circle. The finished panel was adhered to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
I'll Be Brief stamp set, I'll Be Brief and Stitched Circle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade, Chocolate Chip, and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Boy Crazy 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Monday, August 21, 2017

A-maze-ing Birthday

Have an A-maze-ing Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI've had the fun maze stamp set, coordinating dies, and maze pieces in my stash for a while now.  When I saw that the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge had a nice, large round panel front and center, I knew it was time to put the set to use!

For the background, I adhered a yellow diagonal striped patterned paper panel with rounded edges on a red card base.  A strip of silver cardstock, edged with a narrow red strip, was placed across the yellow panel.  I stamped one of the set's birthday themed sentiments directly on the silver strip in black ink.  Once that was done, I began to assemble the the maze that would become the focal element in my design. The base is made from pale gray cardstock.  I stamped a silver star at the center, then added one of the maze shapes and a maze sphere (of course!) on top.  After securing the maze base to the cardfront, I added the circle shaker window on top.  I edged the maze with a contrasting red circle to really highlight and draw attention to the interactive element.

Materials Used:
You're A-maze-ing stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Birthday Blowout 6x6 paper pad, Circle Shaker Window and Frame dies, Circle Shaker Pouches, maze shapes-white, maze spheres (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); corner rounder

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cheers to You

Cheers to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  With summer starting to wind down (how did that happen??!!), I thought I'd put together a seasonal creation featuring bold, bright colors and a tropical drink. 

My focal image is from Reverse Confetti's Mahalo stamp set.  Instead of coloring the image, I used the set's solid image stamps and pigment inks to fill in the outline.  Since I forgot to order the matching dies when I ordered this set (need to remember to do that next time I place an order . . .) I cut the image out by hand, then used foam tape to adhere it to an angled orange panel.  The set's "cheers to you" sentiment was stamped on an angle in pink pigment ink, then heat embossed in pink for a nice pop against the orange panel.  I used more foam tape to adhere the angled panel to the top of a yellow card base with a fun and summery madras plaid panel centered on it.

Materials Used:
Mahalo stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Luxe Rose Bud, Dandelion, and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Zing Grapefruit embossing powder (American Crafts); foam tape

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happily Ever After

It's the 100th challenge at Global Design Project!  I couldn't resist playing along with their special "CASE the Designer" challenge to mark the occasion.

Happily Ever After card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
My love themed design was inspired by Krista's gorgeous creation.  As Krista did, I heat embossed a sentiment and added a watercolor background around it.  My sentiment is from the Lil' Inker Designs Ever stamp set.  I stamped it in white pigment ink, then heat embossed it before adding a watercolor background with three shades of distress ink.  When the ink dried, I splattered a bit of silver shimmer spray around the panel.  I don't do this often because I have a fear of over-splattering, but I think it worked out okay here!  I die cut a pair of stitched hearts from red and silver cardstock, then added them to the panel using foam tape.  A trio of silver sequins arranged around the hearts and text added a bit more sparkle.  The finished panel was adhered to a deep red card base, matching the larger die cut heart.

Materials Used:
Ever stamp set, Stitched Heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Festive Berries distress inks (Ranger); Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Michaels); Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); foam tape

Friday, August 18, 2017

Need to Venti?

I have another Paper Smooches card to share today.  This one's based on the current Sunday Sip and Share sketch from the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. 

Need to Venti card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
My focal image is a kraft tag die cut dressed up with a to go cup from the Hot Concoctions set.  I colored up the cup with Copic markers and cut it out by hand before attaching it to the tag with foam tape.  I usually don't add the little faces to my images, but this time, I couldn't resist!  It's cute, right???  The set's "need to venti?" sentiment was stamped next to the cup in black ink.  After tying the tag with a scrap of cream twill, I adhered it to a plaid patterned paper panel on an angle.  I accented the tag with a trio of brown enamel dots.  The brown pops nicely against the busy background.  The patterned panel was matted on coordinating teal cardstock, then adhered to a cream card base. 

Materials Used:
Hot Concoctions stamp set, Gift Tags dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay cardstock, cream twill (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Bird-Day

Happy Bird-day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I'm sliding in with this sweet bird themed birthday just before the deadline for the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch!  This adorable birdie from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies set is one of my all-time favorites.  Here, I colored him up with Copic markers and cut out the colored image with the matching Buddies Icons die.  I adhered the bird image to a blue panel using foam tape for dimension.  After edging the panel with a super narrow strip of yellow cardstock to match the bird, I used more foam tape to adhere the panel to a cardfront with a strip of striped patterned paper along the right edge.  The set's "happy bird-day" sentiment was stamped on another narrow strip of yellow cardstock, then adhered to the cardfront.  A trio of aqua sequins sprinkled around the birdie added a final festive touch to the design.

Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies stamp set, Buddies Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Baja Breeze cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Anchors Aweigh 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); aqua sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape
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