Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Turkey Day

I couldn't let today pass without wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving!  I'm so thankful for all of you who stop by Inking Aloud!  The past 9 months or so have been pretty challenging for me, with lots of unexpected change followed by a new beginning and I'll admit that I've been struggling a bit.  I'm thankful that I have cardmaking and crafting as a little retreat to clear my head when I need a break!

Happy Turkey Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
I put together this simple Thanksgiving card inspired by the current sketch at The Paper Players.  The turkey's from Lawn Fawn's Turkey Day set. I colored him with Copic markers and used dimensional dots to attach him to a round panel.  The image was adhered to a fun triangle patterned paper panel on a kraft card base. The vibrant colors aren't exactly traditional for fall, but they work nicely with the turkey image.  I added some texture to the panel with a piece of orange faux suede ribbon tied with some brown twine.  The "happy turkey day" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel in black ink.

If you're celebrating today, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends! 

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersLawn Fawn Turkey Day stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Doodlebug Design Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad; May Arts orange faux suede ribbon; Hemptique Bronze twine; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso cardstock, scallop edge punch (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); circle dies (Spellbinders)

Happy Holidays

Here's my card for the current Viva la Verve sketch.  I loved the elegant look of the white and sparkly silver in the inspiration photo, so I used those elements when designing my card.

Happy Holidays card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
My sparkle comes from a trio of snowflakes cut from glitter cardstock.  I think I'll be cleaning glitter from those flakes off of my table for months to come . . .  I used foam tape to adhere them to a white panel on top of a pair of silver strips.  The wider fishtail flag strip was stamped with the "happy holidays" sentiment from Verve's Frosty Flakes set.  The finished panel was layered on a white card base using foam tape.

Materials Used:
Frosty Flakes stamp set (Verve Stamps); Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko); silver glitter cardstock (Michaels); silver paper (Target); snowflake dies (Lil' Inker Designs); foam tape

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale at IHP

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

The big Black Friday sale is on at i {heart} papers!  Starting today at 12 noon Eastern time, use the code BLACK2014 to get a 35% discount on your order of $50 or more at IHP.  The sale will run through Cyber Monday, but be sure to shop early so you don't miss out on your favorites.  Happy shopping!

Color Throwdown 320-Make a Wish

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  This week we're featuring a pretty holiday inspired color combination.  I have to admit that this aqua, red, and kraft combo is one of my very favorites and adding silver to the mix makes it even better!

Make a Wish card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery ElleI combined the colors with this week's sketch from Retro Sketches and the sweet Avery Elle Storybook stamps and dies.  I die cut the deer image from kraft cardstock and set it on an aqua patterned paper panel using dimensional dots.  It's accented with a trio of white sequins.

I ran a strip of silver washi tape along the bottom of a kraft card base, then added the aqua and red cardstock panels.  The finished image panel was adhered on top.  I stamped the set's "make a wish" sentiment in black pigment ink on a silver fishtail flag strip.

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 CTD320. Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team and our November guestie, Petra Swart.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** November guestie Petra Swart **

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:   Avery Elle Storybook stamp set, Storybook dies, and Brights Collection 6x6 paper pad; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Tuxedo Black ink; white sequins; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); silver paper (Target); silver washi tape

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Cat's Pajamas November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Release Blog Hop at The Cat's Pajamas!  You should have arrived here from Nancy's blog.  If not, be sure to head over there so you don't miss a thing!  Today we're showing off the new release, which includes seven new stamp sets, four new CutUps die sets, and two new Cutables cut (or print and cut) files.  And, we're officially starting off the holiday season with TCP's weeklong Black Friday sale, so it's a great time to add some new TCP sets--and some old favorites--to your collection.

Today is also the start of a new TCP Tuesday color challenge, hosted by Nancy.  The colors are kraft, red, and black--perfect for a classic holiday design!  I used the new Handmade for You stamp set and the versatile Cutables K-Cup CarryAll cut file for my project.

I cut the K-cup caddy base from kraft cardstock, then used a festive dotted paper for the panels.  I dressed it up with the round icon image from the Handmade for You set.  The candy cane image looks great stamped in red!  I matted it with a slightly larger black circle to set it off from the red panel, then adhered it to the caddy over a kraft strip.  The caddy's handles were tied with an elegant black satin ribbon.  My caddy is filled with K-Cups, but there are so many possibilities for this caddy!

I made a 4 1/4" square card to go with the caddy.  I didn't have much more of the red dotted patterned paper, so I fashioned my own with TCP's CutUps Dots die.  I cut the dots out of red cardstock, then backed the cut piece with white cardstock.  After rounding the panel's top corners, I adhered it to a kraft card base.  I used the same icon image on the card as I did on the caddy to tie the pieces together.

I hope you'll hop along with us.  Add your project using TCP stamps and/or dies to the linky widget on the TCP blog for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher.  You have a whole month to play along, so there's no excuse not to join us!  Your next stop on the hop is Noelle.  You don't want to miss what she's got to share with you!

Materials Used:
Handmade for You stamp set, CutUps Dots die, Cutables K-Cup CarryAll cut file (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko); Real Red and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); patterned paper (Girls Paperie); black satin ribbon (Michaels); circle punches; corner rounder; foam tape

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Wishes and Reindeer Kisses

Sneaky Peek week continues today at The Cat's Pajamas with the first look at the new Reindeer Kisses set, coming tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25.  This release includes seven new stamp sets, four new CutUps die sets, and two new Cutables cut (or print and cut) files.

Reindeer Kisses card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas

Here's my card featuring the sweet penguin and reindeer image in the new set.  I stamped the image in Versafine black ink (my go-to ink for the TCP penguins!), then colored it with Copic markers.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I covered the reindeer's nose with Glossy Accents for a glass-like look.

The pair is set on a snowy scene made from snowflake patterned paper and a shimmery white snowbank cut with one of TCP's CutUps Holiday Toppers dies. I used another of the Holiday Toppers dies to make the silver snowflake accent for the top of the pale blue strip that stretches across the top of the scene.  The "holiday wishes and reindeer kisses" sentiment was stamped in red ink and added on using foam tape.  The finished panel was adhered to a red card base.

Be sure to stop by the TCP member company forum on SCS to chat with the Cat Pack and other TCP fans in our In It to Win It thread.  Each day until the release, one lucky commenter will win one of the brand new releases even before you can buy them!

Don't miss what the rest of the Cat Pack has created using the new Reindeer Kisses set.  Here's where to find them:

Lori--you're here!

Finally, be sure to mark our release Pajama Party on your calendar.  We'll be partying in our member company forum on SCS on Monday, November 24 (that's tonight!) starting at 8:00 PM (EST).  I hope you'll join us for fun, games, and chatting.  I'll be there--most likely in my pajamas after a long day in kindergarten!

Materials Used:
Reindeer Kisses stamp set, CutUps Holiday Toppers dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black ink and Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Winter Park 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); silver paper (Target); Glossy Accents (Ranger); foam tape 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS-Love You to My Core

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! *** 

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Designer Draft challenge.  I stretched the elements out just a bit for my take on the sketch.

Love You to My Core card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I used the apple from the Falling for You set as my focal image.  I colored the image with Copic markers, then cut it out.   The apple was adhered to a red gingham square set at one end of a golden yellow fishtail flag strip.  Another red gingham square was placed below the apple.  I stamped the set's "love you to my core" sentiment on a long, narrow red fishtail flag strip and adhered that to the card, overlapping the left side of the gingham panel.

Don’t miss what the rest of the SPARKS team has created this week. Here’s where to find them:

Lori--you're here!

Materials Used:
Falling for You stamp set (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Double Dutch 6x6 paper pad (Lily Bee Design); foam tape
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