Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday 498-How Sweet of You

How Sweet of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the layout to create a sweets-themed thank you card.

I started out with a piece of patterned paper covered with all sorts of sweet treats.  After matting the panel on coordinating chocolatey brown cardstock, I adhered it to the bright pink card base.  To go with all of the treats, I stamped the "how sweet of you" sentiment from Verve's Small Packages set in brown pigment ink on a white circle.  The circle was matted on more brown cardstock, then layered on to the cardstock over a trio of angled paper strips rescued from my scrap pile.

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:
Small Packages stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweetheart 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle dies (Spellbinders)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

You Make My Life Brighter

You Make My Life Brighter card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I created a bright, cheery design using the Giddy Bugs set from Paper Smooches.  For the focal image, I colored up the set's lightning bug with Copic markers, then coated it with a light layer of glitter from a glitter brush pen.  After cutting the image out, I used foam tape to adhere it to a yellow card base with a bold chevron patterned panel at the top and a narrow but equally bold dark pink cardstock strip at the bottom.  The set's "you make my life brighter" sentiment was heat embossed at the bottom of the card in white for a nice pop against the pink background.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Zest cardstock (My Favorite Things); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cool Summer 6x6 paper pad (Carta Bella); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges 386-Happy Bird-day

I'm back with another card as a guest designer for Crazy 4 Challenges!  This week's challenge is a fun square sketch with a twist--make it a birthday card!

Happy Bird-Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I used one of my favorite birthday images, the bird from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies stamp set.  I colored up the stamped die cut image with Copic markers and used foam tape to add it to a round panel.  I gave the bird a balloon from the Hullabaloo set, also attached to the panel with foam tape.  I matted the panel on a blue circle to match the bird's balloon, then placed it on a square yellow card base with a strip of patterned paper (rescued from my scrap pile!) along the left side.  The set's "happy  bird-day" sentiment was stamped on a silver fishtail flag strip and placed on the cardfront just beneath the bird image. I anchored the strip with a die cut blue star.

Be sure to stop by the C4C blog to see the cards created by the rest of the team--and to link up your project!
Materials Used:
Birthday Buddies and Hullabaloo stamp sets, Buddies Icons and Stars dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nautical Navy Thanks

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo--navy stripes and neutral kraft to create my thank you card.

Nautical Navy Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I built the card on a navy card base mostly covered with a panel of kraft and navy striped patterned paper, echoing the stripes of the rug in the photo.  For the layout's round element, I used Reverse Confetti's Swirlies dies to make a round swirl.  The die cut is dimensional, thanks to several layers of paper stacked one on top of the other.  I stamped the "thanks" sentiment from RC's In a Big Way set on a navy banner strip in white pigment ink, then heat embossed it in white for a nice pop.  It was layered over the round piece, using foam tape to anchor it.  A pair of white matte enamel dots placed just beneath the sentiment strip completed the design.

Materials Used:
In a Big Way stamp set, Navy cardstock, Swirlies and Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pride 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Happy Birthday to You

The current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge is floral themed, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out the pretty floral insert for Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame die set.  I needed a birthday card, so with all of that in mind, I put this feminine design together.

Floral Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
I started out by creating the watercolor wash background using distress inks and water on watercolor paper.  While the panel dried, I did the die cutting.  To get the two toned flower, I die cut the entire frame and flower from pink cardstock, then cut just the flower again from green cardstock.  After doing a little bit of trimming, I adhered just the leafy parts of the green die cut to the frame image.  I adhered the frame over the now dry watercolor panel and trimmed the edges so they were flush with the frame edges.  The "a happy birthday to you" sentiment came from combining several sentiments from the Say Hello set.  The words were stamped in pink ink to coordinate with the flower and watercolor background.  For a little sparkle, I positioned a trio of pink sequins around the flower.  I adhered the finished panel to a pretty pink card base to complete the design--which I've already sent off in the mail to its recipient!

Materials Used:
Say Hello stamp set, Happy Card Frame dies (Concord & 9th); Memento Rose Bud ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks (Ranger); Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); pink sequins (Treehouse Studio)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Throwdown 443-Sending Smiles

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Broni is our hostess this week with a fun, fresh color mix--turquoise, lime green, yellow, and white. 

Sending Smiles card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama ElephantI paired the colors with a loose interpretation of the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I represented the layout's horizontal panel with a shimmery white die cut stitched cloud placed across a turquoise panel.  For the layout's vertical panel, I positioned the bunny with a turquoise, yellow, and lime green balloon bouquet from Mama Elephant's Up and Away set over the left side of the cloud strip, using foam tape for dimension.  Too cute!  The set's "sending smiles across the miles" sentiment was stamped just beneath the cloud strip.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating lime green 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 CTD443.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd443 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 May guestie Amy Tsuruta.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** May guestie Amy Tsuruta **

Materials Used:
Up and Away stamp set, Up and Away and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Bear-thday

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge, once again just before the challenge comes to an end.  I used the layout and the Beary Special Birthday stamps and dies to create a child-friendly birthday card.

Happy Bear-thday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsThe cheery color scheme for my card came from the scrap strip of patterned paper placed along the left edge of the cardfront.  I paired the plaid with a sunny yellow cardstock panel and a blue pierced oval frame.  After I colored the balloon-holding bear image with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die, I used foam tape to position the bear inside the oval frame.  I stamped the set's "happy bear-thday" sentiment on a blue pierced fishtail flag strip and adhered it to the cardfront beneath the framed image.  The yellow panel was placed on the cardfront using foam tape to give the design dimension while keeping it easy to mail.

Materials Used:
Beary Special Birthday stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Die-namics Beary Special Birthday, Pierced Oval STAX, and Blueprints 21 dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Blueberry Sky cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); foam tape
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