Sunday, February 19, 2017

You're Killer

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I just love the fun Whale Hello set from Avery Elle and it worked perfectly with the sketch!

You're Killer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I colored in the set's killer whale image using Copic markers, then cut out the colored image using the matching die.  To make a background for the image, I used a wave border punch on a long strip of turquoise cardstock.  The wavy strip was layered over a piece of blue dott4ed washi tape.  I added the whale on top using foam tape for dimension.  The "you're a killer" sentiment was stamped on the wavy strip in black ink.  I just wish this set had a "whale hello" sentiment in it . . .

Materials Used:
Whale Hello stamp set, Whale Hello dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sno Cone cardstock (My Favorite Things); Tempting Turquoise cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Boundary Waters border punch (Fiskars); blue dotted washi tape (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I flipped the sketch on its side to create a simple, easy to mail birthday card.

Celebrate card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I represented each of the layout's narrow rectangular panels with a die cut candle.  The candles were cut out with MFT's Make a Wish dies.  I arranged them somewhat evenly on a Sno Cone panel, then topped each with a vivid yellow flame.  It doesn't show in the photo, but the flames are sparkly, courtesy of a light coating of clear glitter from a glitter brush pen.  I stamped the "celebrate" sentiment from the coordinating Make a Wish stamp set on one of the blue candles in teal blue ink.  I adhered the finished panel to a turquoise card base, matching the blue candles on the cardfront.

Materials Used:
Make a Wish stamp set, Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Make a Wish dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Teal Zeal ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, and Yoyo Yellow cardstock (Stampin' Up!); clear Sparkle glitter pen (Spectrum Noir)

Friday, February 17, 2017

With Love

Here's my card for this month's Where Creativity Meets C9 love themed challenge.  I used a fall/Thanksgiving stamp set, Give Thanks, to put this love themed creation together.  It's great when you can stretch your "seasonal" stamps like this!

With Love card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Concord & 9th
It doesn't show well in the photo, but my design started out with a pale pink watercolored background.  Once the watercolors dried, I stamped the solid heart from Concord & 9th's Give Thanks set over the painted panel in bright pink pigment ink.  The "with love" text from the same set was stamped over the heart in black pigment ink.  I matted the panel on black cardstock, then adhered it to a bright pink textured card base, angling it for interest.  A trio of sparkly silver enamel dots arranged around the heart completed the design.

Materials Used:
Give Thanks stamp set (Concord &9th); Memento Luxe Rose Bud and Tuxedo Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Melon Mambo and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); watercolors (Michaels); silver enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Purrr-fect Friend

Here's my card for this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up challenge. I paired the sketch with the shades of pink and love theme from the inspiration photo for this sweet design using SPD's Smitten Kitten stamp set.

Purrr-fect Friend card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I colored up one of the set's cat images using Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut out the colored image.  For the background, I cut a pair of pink circles, one from solid pink cardstock and another from dotted pink paper.  The circles were arranged on a piece of pale gray cardstock.  I stamped the set's "you're the purrr-fect friend" sentiment on a bright pink cardstock strip and placed the strip across the cardfront, overlapping part of the top circle.  The cat image was perched on top of the sentiment strip, using foam tape for dimension.  I added a trio of pink enamel hearts next to the cat as a sweet accent.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating bright pink card base.

Materials Used:
Smitten Kitten stamp set, Smitten Kitten dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sweet Blush and Raspberry Fizz cardstock, Sweet Blush patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); circle dies (Spellbinders); Recollections pink enamel hearts (Michaels); foam tape

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Woven

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge! *** 

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!
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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.

My Heart Is A Flutter card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I took my inspiration from the photo's color scheme and the fringe detailing on the woven pieces.  My layout comes from the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  It doesn't show in the photo, but I built my focal panel on a piece of patterned paper that has kind of a woven detail to it--I promise, it does!  I used a fringe die to cut a line of pretty pink fringe to place along the bottom of the panel.  The "my heart is a flutter" sentiment from the Paper Smooches Giddy Bugs set was stamped on a coordinating aqua cardstock strip and edged with gold paper, then adhered over the top edge of the fringed piece.

I matted the panel on aqua cardstock, then adhered it to a cream cardstock panel.  To go with the sentiment, I cut a heart from red cardstock using a die with stitching detail.  The heart was adhered to the upper right edge of the panel using foam tape.  The finished panel was layered on to a coordinating pink card base.

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Materials Used:
Giddy Bugs stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper (Target); Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); Die-namics fringe die (My Favorite Things); stitched heart die (Lil' Inker Designs); foam tape

Color Throwdown 430-Sending Wags Your Way

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess this week with an earthy color combination--turquoise, sage green, gold, and dark brown.
Sending Wags Your Way card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI used the colors on this sweet design featuring stamps from My Favorite Things.  One of the pups from the Playful Pups set is my focal image.  I colored the pup with Copic markers and cut him out with the matching die, then used foam tape to place him on a blue cardstock panel.  I matted the panel on dark brown cardstock, then adhered it to the right side of a cream cardstock panel.  To ground the image, I used a border punch and a sage green cardstock strip to make grass to tuck under the dog's feet.  I edged the strip with a narrow piece of sparkly gold cardstock.  The set's "sending wags your way" sentiment was stamped on a fishtail flag strip and placed on the image panel above the pup.  I anchored it with a small gold pierced heart die cut, adhered with foam tape for dimension.  The finished panel was adhered to a blue 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 CTD430. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd430 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 February guestie, Donna Mikasa, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Susie Moore.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** February guestie Donna Mikasa **
** Guest Star Stamper Susie Moore **

Materials Used:
Playful Pups stamps, Die-namics Playful Pups, Fishtail Flag STAX, and Pierced Heart STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, and Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper (Target); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hogs and Kisses

Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch. I made a "punny" Valentine's Day card that I sent to my sister.  She should have received it by now, so I think it's okay to share . . .

Hogs and Kisses card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
The cute little piggy I used as my focal image is from Reverse Confetti's Cured stamp set.  I colored him up with Copic markers, then cut him out with the matching die.  To go with the pink piggy, I covered a deeper, rosier pink card base with coordinating pink dotted patterned paper.  I added an aqua blue strip across the cardfront.  The piggy was placed on a pale green strip using foam tape. I added the pink strip with the pig to the cardfront, then tucked a narrow strip of green "grass," cut with a border punch, beneath the raised image.  I stamped the "hogs and kisses" sentiment on the blue panel to the right of the pig to finish the card. 

Materials Used:
Hogs and Kisses stamp set, Flamingo and Iced Aqua cardstock, True Love 6x6 paper pad, Hogs and Kisses dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sour Apple and Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape
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