Monday, December 5, 2016

Mojo Monday 477-Jolly Jingles

Jolly Jingles 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 sketch along with stamps from a recent Verve release, Jolly Jingles, for my card.

I started out by stamping and coloring a pair of festive stockings.  After coloring, I cut out the images with the coordinating Winter Friends dies.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I colored in the little bells on the stockings with silver gel pen and used white flock to add a fluffy top.  The stockings were adhered to a cream pierced rectangle panel stamped with the set's coordinating stockings sentiment, using foam tape for dimension.

I made a background for the sentiment from a piece of patterned paper and a coordinating solid cardstock panel.  After setting a red cardstock strip across the cardfront, I added the sentiment panel on top.

Don't forget--since it's the first Monday of the month, it's also contest time.  A stamp set from Verve Stamps is up for grabs from the lucky contest winners, so be sure to play along.  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:

And, just a note--this will be our final Mojo Monday sketch for 2016.  The Mojo Makers will be taking a holiday vacation for the rest of the month.  We'll return with a new sketch on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Hope you'll join us!

Materials Used:
Jolly Jingles stamp set, Winter Friends dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Blue Bayou and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); designer paper (Echo Park); Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); white flock (Stampendous); silver gel pen; foam tape

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Merry and Bright

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I combined the sketch with the colors for MFT's current color challenge for a holiday card with a non-traditional  color scheme.

Merry and Bright card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I decided to go with pink as the background for the other colors.  The long, tag-like panel was cut from a scrap of red dotted patterned paper.  Originally I used solid red cardstock, but once I'd assembled the card, I decided to go back and switch it out for something with a pattern to add interest to the design.  Much better!  I placed a solid green cardstock strip, edged with some fun red mini pom pom trim, across the cardfront and over the dotted panel. 

I stamped the "merry and bright" sentiment from MFT's Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set in red pigment ink on a blue panel, then heat embossed the text in red embossing powder. After rounding the panel's edges with a corner rounder, I placed it over the green strip.  To go with the holiday theme, I die cut a snowflake (doily) from silver cardstock using one of the Mini Delicate Doilies dies.  I tucked it underneath the sentiment panel, then accented it with a trio of silver sequins.

Materials Used:
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Die-namics Mini Delicate Doilies and Pierced Traditional Tags STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Lovely Lady and New Leaf cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red and Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock, red dotted designer paper, and Ruby embossing powder (Michaels); red pom pom trim (Hobby Lobby); silver sequins

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Celebrate Your Special Day

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I think this one looked better in my mind than it ended up looking on paper . . .

Celebrate Your Special Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I used the layout to create a masculine birthday card, starting out with a blue card base.  To go with my birthday theme, I die cut a circle from star patterned paper.  After matting the patterned paper on a coordinating yellow circle, I adhered it to the cardfront.  For dimension, I cut the Celebrate die from SugarPea Designs from silver cardstock and craft foam.  The pieces were layered, then set over the circle.  I stamped the "your special day" sentiment from the Celebrate All the Things stamp set on a narrow orange cardstock strip and placed it just below the die cut word.  The design looked a little plain, so I arranged a few silver sequins around the words as an accent.  I'm not sure they go well with a masculine design, but I'm going with it!

Materials Used:
Celebrate All the Things stamp set, Celebrate die (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Brocade Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Orange Fizz and Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle dies (Spellbinders); silver sequins; craft foam

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Favorite Super Hero

Here's my card for the current challenge at Sunday Stamps (sketch).  I colored up this sweet superhero from Mama Elephant's Tiny Heroes set earlier this week for the end of the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge  and she was a perfect fit for the layout!

My Favorite Super Hero card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama Elephant
After coloring the cutie with Copic markers, I used the coordinating die to cut her out.  I made a backdrop for the image from a piece of light blue cardstock with a "cloud" strip along the bottom that I made from a piece of shimmer white cardstock cut with one of Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio dies. After stamping the "you're my favorite super hero" sentiment near the top of the panel, I added the superhero to the bottom left with a piece of foam tape.  The panel was matted with contrasting red cardstock.  I covered a blue card base with a dotted blue panel with a silver strip down the center, then placed the image panel on top.  A few blue glitter enamel dots arranged around the image panel completed the design.

Materials Used:
Tiny Heroes stamp set, Tiny Heroes and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Marina Mist, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock, Blue Pindots patterned paper (Michaels); blue glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Sweet

Spreading Good Cheer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches

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We hope you'll play along!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!  Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.

Spreading Good Cheer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesI took my inspiration from a few of the photo's elements, including the gingerbread shaped marshmallow and the plaid napkin.  One of the gingerbread images from the Paper Smooches Giddy Gumdrops set is my focal image.  I stamped the image in white pigment ink on a piece of brown cardstock, then heat embossed the image to give the image an icing-like look.  The details were filled in with a Pico Embellisher, which is also dimensional.  

The image was as adhered to a red die cut circle using foam tape.  I placed the circle on an olive cardstock panel over a pair of coordinating layered paper panels.  The set's "spreading good cheer" sentiment was stamped in white on a fishtail flag strip and heat embossed, then added to the card with one edge tucked beneath the image panel.

Materials Used:
Giddy Gumdrops stamp set, Gumdrops Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink, Lady Bug irRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Old Olive, Real Red, and Creamy Caramel cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Moss cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Season's Greetings 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); circle die (Spellbinders); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Color Throwdown 421-Happy Holidays

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week with a pretty color combination--black, lime green, purple, and aqua.  I combined the colors with the current challenge (sketch) at The Paper Players for a festive holiday design.

Holiday Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
The inspiration photo definitely led me to using these non-traditional holiday colors on my holiday themed design. I started out with a green and aqua patterned paper panel.  It's matted on black (I promise it's black, even though it looks purple-y in the photo!) and silver, then adhered on an angle to the lime green card base.  I stamped the "holiday wishes" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's set in purple ink on a pierced oval die cut as the sentiment.  The sentiment was adhered to the cardfront over a deep purple fishtail flag strip, using foam tape for dimension.  A few coordinating purple sequins arranged around the sentiment completed the design and brought in a bit of sparkle, too.

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 CTD421. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd421 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 November guestie, Marisa Ritzen, and this week's guest star stamper, Kevin Bray.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** November guestie Marisa Ritzen **
** Guest Star Stamper Kevin Bray **

Materials Used:
Seasonal Sentiments stamp set (Reverse Confetti);  Memento Grape Jelly ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Elegant Eggplant and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Family Ties 6x6 paper pad (Pebbles); Pierced Oval STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); purple sequins (Neat and Tangled); foam tape

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Wishes

Here's my card for November's second Viva la Verve sketch.  I used the sketch to make another holiday themed design.

Winter Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
The colors for the card came from the pretty grays and blues in the plaid paper I used as the base for my design.  I adhered a wide gray cardstock panel to the left side of the cardfront, then positioned a frilly doily on top.  A pair of fishtail flag strips--one blue and one shiny silver--were placed over the gray panel.  For the sentiment, I stamped "winter wishes" from Verve's Snow Wonderful stamp set on a white pierced circle die cut. After matting the sentiment on gray cardstock, I placed it at the center of the doily.  I accented it with a pretty wood veneer snowflake.  I wrapped the panel with some gray twine and secured it with a bow, then adhered it to a coordinating blue card base.

Materials Used:
Snow Wonderful stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX, Fishtail Flag Layers STAX, and Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Baja Breeze cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver paper (Target); Perfectly Plaid-Winter 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); circle dies (Spellbinders); wood snowflake (Michaels); gray twine (Hemptique); paper doily
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