Friday, August 1, 2014

We Dropped Anchor

Here's my card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the long, narrow sketch to make this nautical themed design with stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps.

We Dropped Anchor card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I arranged a pair of Favor Flag strips on long, narrow navy panel, then topped the strips with a blue dotted circle.  After layering a red cardstock strip across the circle, I tucked a small kraft panel underneath the bottom edge of the cardstock strip.  The "we dropped anchor" sentiment from the Seaside Sentiments 2 stamp set was stamped on the kraft panel in navy ink.  To set the sentiment panel off from the background, I edged it along the bottom with a narrow red strip die cut with the RicRac Border die.  Once the pieces were in place, I topped the card with a wood veneer anchor to go with the nautical color scheme and sentiment.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating kraft card base.

Materials Used:
Seaside Sentiments 2 stamp set, True Blue Fan ink, True Blue Fan, Rouge Ruffles, My Favorite Blue Jeans, and Kraft Like a Rockstar cardstock, Shapes:  Circles, Favor Flags, and RicRac Border dies  (Clear and Simple Stamps); Collecting Moments 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants); anchor wood veneer (Studio Calico)

My Favorite Reason to Smile

This week's blogger challenge is a color challenge using blue, green, and pink.  I combined the colors with stamps and this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge to come up with this cheerful design.

My Favorite Reason to Smile card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
After hand cutting the large blue banner panel, I stamped the "you are my favorite reason to smile" sentiment on it in darker blue ink.  The panel was adhered over a white card base covered with a wide strip of lime green chevron patterned paper edged with a coordinating narrow solid lime green cardstock strip.  The bottom edges of the papers were curved with a corner rounder to add interest.

I accented the large banner with a pair of bubblegum pink hearts cut with MFT's Staggered Heart Border die.  Instead of placing a pair of embellishments on the left side of the cardfront just above the banner panel, I tucked a small ribbon tab underneath the top of the panel and added a single pink enamel dot on top.

Materials Used:
Smile stamp set, Bubblegum cardstock, Die-namics Staggered Heart Border die (My Favorite Things); Aquamarine ink, Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Summer Bliss 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); pink enamel dot (Eyelet Outlet); rose grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); corner rounder; foam tape

Thursday, July 31, 2014

You're My Hero

Here's my card for this week's sketch from Retro Sketches.  I used the sketch to make a super hero inspired simple, graphic design.

You're My Hero card--designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud--stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
The ray background was created with a stencil and shiny silver embossing paste applied to a black cardstock panel.  While the embossing paste dried, I die cut a pair of bursts from red cardstock using the Bursts dies from Clear and Simple Stamps.  I stamped the "you're my hero" sentiment from the coordinating Comic Bursts stamp set in black ink on the smaller burst, then used foam tape to layer the bursts and adhere them to the black panel.  I matted the finished panel on silver cardstock, then adhered it to a red card base.

Materials Used:
Comic Bursts stamp set, Perfect Little Black Dress ink, Rouge Ruffles and Perfect Little Black Dress cardstock, Bursts dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); metallic silver embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Sun Ray stencil (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Thanks Chickie

Here's my card for the current Waltzingmouse Fanatics challenge.  I combined the beachy color scheme with this week's sketch from The Paper Players to make a thank you card.

Thanks Chickie card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps
I used a pair of feathers in place of the large oval image at the left side of the sketch.  The feathers were stamped with pigment inks, then die cut with the matching shaped die.  I arranged them on a dotted patterned paper panel along with a trio of fishtail flag strips.  The "thanks chickie" sentiment was stamped on the aqua strip using brown pigment ink.  I matted the finished panel on kraft cardstock, then adhered it to an aqua card base.  A trio of minty sequins from Pretty Pink Posh arranged around the card finished the design.

Materials Used:
Funky Feathers stamp set, Funky Feathers dies (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Luxe Morocco, Toffee Crunch, and Rich Cocoa inks (Tsukineko); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Fishtail Flag Layers Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Now and Then-Dorothy 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Fresh Mint sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Color Throwdown 303-Hello


It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Broni is our hostess this week and she’s chosen this yummy summery color palette inspired by refreshing watermelon popsicles—Cool Caribbean, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade, and Poppy Parade. I combined the colors with the current AEI♥U die cutting challenge to make this simple floral design.

My flowers are simply circles cut from Poppy Parade cardstock. To give them texture, I crumpled them up, then flattened them back out again before applying some irRESISTible texture spray to them.  When the spray dried, it gave the flowers a shiny, dewy look. 

Each flower was topped with a black circle center.  I adhered them to a blue card base along with a trio of die cut leaves cut with Avery Elle's Modern Leaves dies.  The "hello" sentiment from the Oh Yeah set was stamped next to the flowers in green ink.  I added a trio of black enamel dots around the flowers, then matted the panel on a matching black mat before adhering it to a white card base.

Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
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 CTD303.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our July guestie, Diane Jaquay, and this week’s guest star stamper, Sarah Stone.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Cindy ** Joan **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** June guestie Diane Jaquay **
** Guest Star Stamper Sarah Stone **

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersOh Yeah stamp set, Celery ink, and Modern Leaves dies; Studio Calico black enamel dots; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Cool Caribbean, Kiwi Kiss, Poppy Parade, and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lady Bug IrRESISTible texture spray (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)

Make a Wish

Here's my card for July's last Viva la Verve sketch.  I used Verve's Birthday Bash stamp set to make a fun birthday card.

Make a Wish card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve StampsThis sketch has a lot of layers, so it took me a while to find a combination of papers that worked for the sketch. I ended up using three different papers from a Fancy Pants paper pad.  The patterns are broken up a bit by the large round pale gray cardstock panel that's between two of the layers. 

The top layer is the image panel--the pair of balloons from the Birthday Bash set, colored with Copic markers.  I stamped the set's "make a wish" sentiment next to the balloons and after matting it on red cardstock, I adhered it to the cardfront.  It's accented with a trio of light blue enamel dots to give the card a little dimension.

Materials Used:
Birthday Bash stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); The Good Life 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants); circle die (Spellbinders); enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Wheelie Love You

Here's my second card for the current sketch at Seize the Sketch.  I used stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas to put together a simple scene.

I Wheelie Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas
The background for the scene is a piece of blue on blue striped patterned paper with a strip of gray "road" along the bottom.  The road was cut with TCP's CutUps Holiday Toppers die.  The die's meant to make a snowbank on a wintery scene, but I use it a lot to make roads.  I used the cloud die from the CutUps Talk to Me set to cut a pair of white felt clouds to fill in the top of the panel.  A yellow sun with a softly scalloped edge was tucked underneath the layered clouds. 

I matted the panel on darker blue paper, then adhered it to a light blue panel.  After adding a strip of green cardstock along the bottom beneath the road, I added the image from the Besties set on top using foam tape.  The image was stamped on a matching shape cut with a free Cutables file, then colored with Copic markers.  I stamped the "I wheelie love you" sentiment from the Wheel Love set at the bottom of the card.  I meant to add a heart between the two penguins to go with the sentiment, but I forgot to do that before I took the photo of the card!

Be sure to stop by The Cat's Pajamas to take advantage of the big summer sale.  Everything in the store is 25% off through July 31 (in stock items only).  Happy shopping!

Materials Used:
Besties and Wheel Love stamp sets, Cutables Besties cut file, CutUps Talk to Me and Holiday Toppers dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); New Leaf and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Dots and Stripes-Raspberry Large Dots designer paper (Echo Park); scalloped circle punch (Martha Stewart); white felt; foam tape
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