Friday, October 21, 2016

Before I Had My Coffee

It's Friday (finally!) and even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I thought a coffee themed design would be a perfect end to the work week.  This one uses stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs along with the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Before I Had My Coffee card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I used a fall color scheme inspired by the scrap of plaid paper that I placed along the top of the orange card base. A narrow coordinating strip of turquoise cardstock was adhered just beneath the plaid strip.  After assembling the die cut to go cup, I added it on top of the paper strips, using foam tape for dimension.  The "I'm sorry" sentiment from the Coffee Cozy stamp set was stamped just to the right of the cup in black ink. A few brown enamel dots arranged around the cup completed the design.

Materials Used:
Coffee Cozy stamp set, Coffee Cozy dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Orange Zest cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Perfectly Plaid Fall patterned paper pad (Lawn Fawn); Bon Bon enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); foam tape

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Worm Wishes

Here's my card for October's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I used the adorable Worm Wishes set to put together my card.

Worm Wishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse ConfettiI stamped the set's "worm wishes for a happy day" sentiment on a round panel, then added the worm image on top as an accent, using foam tape for dimension. It doesn't show so well in the photo, but I stamped the worm's body with the matching striped image using green ink.  Next time, I may color the body first, then stamp the stripes in a contrasting color. 

For the background, I adhered a green gingham-like patterned paper panel on a green cardstock panel. After adhering a kraft strip over the green papers, I placed a yellow ruler along the strip's bottom edge, then added the sentiment panel on top.  A few red enamel dots added a bit of contrasting color and pop.  The finished panel was adhered to a kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Worm Wishes stamp set, Worm Wishes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Pear Tart inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Drop cardstock (My Favorite Things); Spring Moss and Kraft cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); circle dies (Spellbinders); red enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Color Throwdown 415-I Love You Deerly

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Jodi is our hostess this week with a textile inspired color combination--cream, red, brown, and green.  I used the colors to showcase the new Deer Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things.

I Love You Deerly card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite ThingsI made a simple scene using one of the set's deer stamps and one of the tree stamps.  I stamped the leafy tree in the background and used Copic markers to color in the leaves.  The deer image was stamped in brown pigment ink.  I used my MISTI to stamp it so I could stamp the image twice for a nice, bold impression.  Once the ink dried, I used the matching die to cut out the image.  I used foam tape to set it in place on the cream panel. 

To ground the images, I added a strip of border punched grass.  I edged the grass strip with some cream trim, then tucked a strip of red striped paper beneath it, giving the design a festive look.  I stamped the "I love you dearly" sentiment in brown pigment ink on a red fishtail flag strip and added it to the top of the card (dye ink probably would have been a better choice here . . .).  After wrapping the panel with a bit of twine and securing it with a bow, I adhered the finished panel to a brown 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 CTD415. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd415 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 October guestie, Erin Lee Schreiner, and this week's guest star stamper, Robin Feicht.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October guestie Erin Lee Schreiner  **
** Guest Star Stamper Robin Feicht  **

Materials Used:
Deer Friends stamp set, Birthday Blowout 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Deer Friends and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Sage Shadow, and Close to Cocoa cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grass border punch (Fiskars); twine (Lawn Fawn); cream trim (Hobby Lobby); foam tape

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I Think You're Spectacular

I'm sliding in just under the wire with my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  Here's my clean and simple take on the design.

I Think You're Spectacular card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI stamped a pale gray panel with the Geometric Grid background stamp in gray pigment ink, then trimmed the panel down to fit a black card base.  Using a MISTI with the large background stamps makes them so much easier to use.  It really helps to get a solid and complete impression. 

I stamped the "I think you're spectacular" sentiment from the Geek Is Chic stamp set in black ink on a contrasting red panel and adhered it across the grid patterned panel.  For more contrast, I edged the red strip with a narrow black cardstock strip.  I topped the sentiment panel with a pair of eyeglasses die cut with the Geek Is Chic Glasses dies. For dimension, I layered three die cuts together.  A trio of gray enamel dots arranged around the sentiment completed the design.

Materials Used:
Geek Is Chic stamp set, Geometric Grid background stamp, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Geek Is Chic Glasses dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts)Real Red and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up); gray enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mojo Monday 470-Peace Love and Joy

Peace Love & Joy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the sketch to put together a holiday card in a non-traditional color scheme.

I love to create holiday cards in non-traditional colors and the blues, purples, and grays in the striped patterned paper I used to cover most of the pale blue card base were perfect for a wintery feel.  I added a purple pierced circle panel to the striped panel, then topped it with the sentiment panel.  The "peace, love, and joy" sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Seasonal Sentiments set was stamped on the panel in pale purple ink.  It doesn't show up well in the photo, but it does IRL.  I accented the sentiment panel with a narrow light blue fishtail flag strip and a glittery die cut silver snowflake.  The center of the snowflake has a big clear crystal--larger than I would normally have used on a flake this size, but it hides the foam dot I used to adhere the flake . . .  A contrasting piece of dark purple cardstock was adhered to the card's upper left corner. I wrapped the corner with a scrap of blue grosgrain ribbon to tie everything together.

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:
Seasonal Sentiments stamp set, Let It Snow dies (Reverse Confetti); Lulu Lavender ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Wisteria Wonder and Spring Rain cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections silver glitter cardstock, clear crystal (Michaels); Winter Wishes 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); foam tape

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's been around for a while, but I just love the Giddy Bugs set from Paper Smooches.  The set's bee made a fun focal image on this card.

Lovebug card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I stamped the bee image, then colored it with Copic markers.  The wings were coated with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen for a subtle shimmer--so pretty IRL!  I carefully cut out the image (I really should buy the matching dies . . .) and used foam tape to adhere it to a pale blue cardstock panel.  The panel was placed over a yellow dotted patterned paper panel, offset just a bit.  I adhered the panels to a crisp white cardstock panel, then added a long yellow fishtail flag strip to the left side of the panels. 

To ground the bee image, I used a border punch and green cardstock to cut a strip of grass.  The set's "lovebug" sentiment was stamped on the strip.  I probably should have stamped it just a bit more to the right . . .  A contrasting red heart was adhered to the spot where the grass and yellow fishtail flag meet.  I layered the finished panel on to a coordinating yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle Glitter Brush (Spectrum Noir); Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse, and Lemon Tart cardstock, Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grass border punch (Fiskars); Of the Heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); foam tape

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Glittery Gourds

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for The Challenge! ***

Thankful for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs


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.

Thankful for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI took my inspiration from both the pumpkins and the shiny gold in the inspiration photo.  My photos are gold "dipped," thanks to a little partial heat embossing on the stitched pumpkin die cuts.  I arranged the pumpkins on a kraft woodgrain panel using foam tape for dimension.  The pumpkins are paired with the "thankful for you" sentiment from the SugarPea Designs Bountiful Blessings stamp set.  The words were stamped in gold to go with the shiny pumpkins.

I adhered the woodgrain panel to a cream cardstock panel layered on to an orange card base.  To bring in more gold, I tucked a gold circle underneath the left edge of the woodgrain panel.  A trio of gold sequins scattered around the pumpkin completed the design.

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Materials Used:
Bountiful Blessings stamp set, Stitched Autumn, Flag Tags, and Woodgrain Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold cardstock (Michaels); circle die (Spellbinders); gold embossing powder (American Crafts); gold sequins; foam tape
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