Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Have an Unforgettable Day

Here's my card for the current Lawn Fawnatics color inspiration challenge.  The rainbow palette was perfect for a birthday card featuring the elephant and birdie from Lawn Fawn's Elphie Selfie stamp set.

Have an Unforgettable Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
The layout for my design is based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  I used the layout's panel to create a mini scene from a piece of blue patterned paper with a strip of green "grass" along the bottom.  After stamping, coloring, and cutting out the elephant, birdie, and balloon, I arranged them on the background, using foam tape for dimension. The set's "have an unforgettable day" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel, just beneath the elephant's feet.  I adhered the finished scene to an aqua card base over a double ended fishtail flag strip.

Materials Used:
Elphie Selfie stamp set, Beachside 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukinenko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Iced Aqua cardstock (Reverse Confetti); New Leaf and Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grass border punch (Fiskars); Die-Namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips; foam tape

Monday, July 24, 2017

Golden Thanks

This month's Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge theme is embossing.  I did some elegant gold embossing, along with some watercoloring, on this thank you card with a fall look and feel.

Golden Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Concord & 9th
I stamped the leaf image from Concord & 9th's Give Thanks set randomly in gold ink on a watercolor paper panel, then embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  To add color to the embossed leaves, I added some color with a mix of Zig Clean Color markers and an aqua brush.  So pretty!  The colors of the leaves looked a little harsh against the white panel, so I inked the panel's edges with some brown distress ink.  For the sentiment, I stamped the pretty script "thanks" sentiment on a wide vellum strip, then heat embossed the stamped word in gold.  I wrapped the stamped strip around the panel and secured it with adhesive on the back of the card.  A few gold sequins were arranged around the word as an accent.  The finished panel was adhered to an orange card base.

Materials Used:
Give Thanks stamp set (Concord & 9th); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger); Clean Color markers (Zig); Orange Zest cardstock (Papertrey Ink); vellum cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Zing! Gold embossing powder (American Crafts); gold sequins

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thanks So Berry Much

Thanks So Berry Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to create a summery thank you design.  The sweet, juicy berry image that takes center stage here is courtesy of Reverse Confetti's Berry Sweet stamp set and several distress oxides mixed on watercolor paper.  I die cut the berry pieces and assembled them on the white panel, using foam tape for dimension.  The set's "thanks so berry much" sentiment was stamped in the panel's top left corner. After matting the panel on a piece of berry colored cardstock to match the image, I adhered it to a green card base covered with a piece of summery green gingham patterned paper to finish the design. 

Materials Used:
Berry Sweet stamp set, Berry Sweet dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, and Peeled Paint distress oxides (Ranger); Simply Chartreuse and Berry Sorbet cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Saturday, July 22, 2017

What's Up?

What's Up? 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 layout to create a sweet scene featuring the Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set.  I colored up one of the set's small giraffes using Copic markers, then cut it out with the matching dies.  Now that I look at the card, I probably should have used one of the taller ones, but when I was planning the design, I was worried the taller ones would be too big . . .  I used foam tape to adhere the colored image to a light blue card base with a strip of "grass," cut with a border punch, along the bottom.  After topping the cardfront with an angled stitched kraft panel, I added a die cut sun and a pair of shimmery white flat-bottomed clouds to the top.  The "what's up?" sentiment was stamped on the grass strip to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set, Factory Green and Orange Fizz cardstock, Die-namics Giraffing Me Crazy, Stitched Basic Edges, and Flat-Bottomed Clouds dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Rain and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tropical Thanks So Much

I created a summery, tropical themed design for this month's Paper Smooches anything goes themed challenge.  The design gave me the opportunity to try out some distress oxides for the first time--fun!

Thanks So Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I used the distress oxides along with some distress inks to create the colorful pineapples.  After mixing the ink colors, I stamped the pineapple image from the Pineapple Crush set on the inked panel, then die cut the stamped images.  I used foam tape to arrange the images on a gold die cut circle, then adhered the circle to an avocado cardstock panel.

For the sentiment, I die cut the PS Thanks Word 2 die from kraft cardstock and craft foam.  After layering the two pieces for dimension, I adhered them to the panel, overlapping the gold circle just a bit.  The "so much" sentiment from the Pineapple Crush set was stamped just beneath the die cut word.   A trio of gold glitter enamel dots arranged around the pineapples added a festive, sparkly touch to the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating yellow card base.
Materials Used:
Pineapple Crush stamp set, Pineapple Crush Icons and Thanks Word 2 dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, and Tea Dye distress inks and Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint distress oxides (Ranger); Ripe Avocado and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); circle die (Spellbinders); gold glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); craft foam; foam tape

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Challenge 92-You Brighten My Day

The Challenge is back with a new papercrafting challenge to inspire you! This week we're featuring a fun color challenge--black, white, and a color of your choice. 

You Brighten My Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea DesignsI chose yellow as my third color.  It was perfect for showcasing one of the light bulbs from the SugarPea Designs Watt's Up stamp set.  I stamped the bulb in white pigment ink at the top of a black cardstock panel, then heat embossed the image in white. 

To give the bulb a warn glow, I dug out some long-neglected supplies.  I used sparkly yellow chalk to make a beam extending out from the bulb.  The beam's crisp edges are courtesy of the sticky notes I used to define the area. I stamped the set's "you brighten my day" sentiment on a narrow strip of yellow cardstock and adhered it to the panel using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of enamel dots scattered around the panel completed the design.  The finished panel was adhered to a yellow card base to match the sentiment strip.

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

Materials Used:
Watt's Up stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Tart cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); pearlescent chalks (Pebbles); white enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Color Throwdown 452-Blocked Happy Birthday

It's time for another Color Throwdown! Barbara is our hostess this week with a vibrant color combination--green, yellow, red, and turquoise.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI combined the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  A mix of patterned paper scraps from an older paper pad were perfect for the layout's blocked design.  Gotta love when you can use up those scraps!  After settling on an arrangement I liked, I adhered the patterned pieces to a yellow card base. 

For the sentiment, I used one of the Celebrate dies from My Favorite Things to die cut the word "happy" from turquoise cardstock.  I adhered the die cut to the top edge of the turquoise patterned paper panel, then stamped the word "birthday" beneath it with a stamp from the Cookie Crumbs stamp set.  A few red enamel dots arranged around the words 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 CTD452.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd452 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 July guestie Tracey McNeely.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** July guestie Tracey McNeely **
Materials Used:
Cookie Crumbs stamp set, Lemon Drop cardstock, Die-namics Celebrate dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Quite Contrary-Jack and Jill 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); red enamel dots (Doodlebug Design)
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