Monday, September 1, 2014

You Mean the World to Me

Here's my card for the final Viva la Verve sketch for August.  I put together a love themed design based on the sketch.

You Mean the World to Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I covered a light gray cardfront with a piece of chevron patterned paper, then adhered a piece of a gray grid patterned circle to the left edge of the panel.  I die cut two blue fishtail flag strips to layer over the half circle.  The "you mean the world to me" sentiment from Verve's Take Note set was stamped on the bottom fishtail flag strip in gold ink, then heat embossed in gold for a nice pop. 

To go with the love theme, I die cut a heart from gold paper.  It's adhered to the top fishtail flag strip using foam tape.  A trio of gold sequins completed the design and added a final bit of sparkle.

Materials Used:
Take Note stamp set (Verve Stamps); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Fishtail Flag Layers Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Record It--Here Is Happy 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); stitched heart die (Lil' Inker Designs); circle die (Spellbinders); gold embossing powder (American Crafts); gold sequins (Michaels); foam tape

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS-You're Awesome

***To see my post for this week's  Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge, scroll down to the post below or click HERE. ***

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is an Anything Goes challenge.  I inked up the adorable unicorn from the Paper Smooches Spectrum set for my card for the challenge.

You're Awesome card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesThe unicorn was colored with Copic markers and cut out with the matching Spectrum Icons dies.  I don't use a lot of purple, so it was fun to color the unicorn up in lots of purple!  For a little magical sparkle, I dotted some Stickles on the unicorn's mane before adhering it to the cardfront using foam tape.

I used the Spectrum Icons dies to cut a pair of clouds from shimmery white cardstock to add to the background.  I scattered a few white sequins in among the clouds, then stamped the "you're awesome" sentiment next to the unicorn in gray pigment ink.

Don't miss what the amazing PS SPARKS team has created to inspire you.  Here's where to find them:

Lori Tecler--you're here!

Materials Used:
Spectrum stamp set and Spectrum Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Lakehouse cardstock (WPlus9); Kiwi Kiss and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spotted embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); Crystal Stickles (Ranger); white sequins; foam tape

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #234-I'm Attached to You

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I went with an office supply theme on my clean and layered design.

I used the stapler image from the Office Space stamp set from My Favorite Things as my focal image.  It was stamped in silver ink for a metal-like look, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a pierced circle die cut just above the "I'm attached to you" sentiment.

I'm Attached to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI layered the circle on a red cardstock panel along with a navy cardstock strip. The panel was adhered to a typewriter key font patterned paper.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the letters on the key spell love-related words.  In keeping with my office supply theme, I used a trio of staples along the left side of the card.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on Karen’s blog. For lots of inspiration be sure to check out what the other Sweet Sunday Sketch stampers have created for you this week. Here’s where to find them:

Barbara Anders
Dana White
Jackie Pedro
Jenny Peterson--taking the week off
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Karen Motz--taking the week off
Lisa Henke
Lynn Put
Sarah-Jane Kalé--taking the week off
Tracy Clemente--taking the week off
Vicki Burdick

Materials Used:
Office Space stamp set, Die-namics Office Space and Pierced Circle Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Love Letter and Delicata Shimmery Silver inks (Tsukineko); Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Pen Pals 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); staples; foam tape

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Whale, Hello There

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end to the summer season, I thought I'd squeeze in (at least) one more summery design.  This one uses the Seaside Sentiments set from Clear and Simple Stamps and the current Mojo Monday sketch.

Whale, Hello There card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps
I used the sketch's oval panel to make a simple scene using the set's whale image.  It's stamped in blue ink and adhered to an oval panel using foam tape.  For added dimension, I dotted the whale's eye with a Gray Flannel irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.

I layered the oval on a kraft panel, then set it on a narrow white card base covered with a pair of blue panels.  For contrast, I ran a strip of red cardstock across the cardfront, just underneath the whale image.  The "whale, hello there" sentiment was stamped on the strip in black ink.  It's accented with a navy button tied with a piece of red baker's twine.

Materials Used:
Seaside Sentiments 1 stamp set, Simply Blue-tiful, You're Such a Gray-cious Host and Perfect Little Black Dress inks, True Blue Fan, My Favorite Blue Jeans, Dare to Be a Diva Red, Kraft Like a Rockstar, and A Blanc Check cardstock, True Blue Fan button, red baker's twine (Clear and Simple Stamps); irRESISTible Gray Flannel Pico Embellisher (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); oval die (Spellbinders); foam tape

Make a Wish

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge.  I used the newest Blueprints dies to make this bold birthday card.

Make a Wish card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I built the card on a navy card base.  The card base was topped by a red cardstock panel with a stitched circle cut out of the lower right corner.  I adhered a navy panel diagonally across the top half of the panel, then added a red cardstock strip stamped with the "make a wish" sentiment from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings set in gold ink. 

The round opening was filled in with a die cut star.  The star was cut from both red and gold cardstock.  I adhered the red outline die cut directly to the navy cardstock, then used foam tape to adhere the gold star inside the outline.

Materials Used:
Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set, Electric Red cardstock, Die-namics Blueprints 18 dies (My Favorite Things); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper (Target); corner rounder; foam tape

Friday, August 29, 2014

Love Always

 This week's blogger challenge theme is buttons.  I used the current sketch from The Paper Players to put together this clean and simple design for the challenge using a single button and a great sentiment-filled stamp set from Winnie and Walter.

Love Always card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Winnie & Walter
I stamped the "love always" sentiment from Winnie and Walter's The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set in red ink on a white circle.  After matting the circle with red cardstock, I adhered it to a patterned paper panel from a Fancy Pants paper pad.  I ran a narrow black fishtail flag strip across the cardfront just beneath the sentiment, then anchored it with a red button tied with black twine.  The patterned paper panel was layered on contrasting black cardstock, then adhered to a red card base.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set; Avery Elle Cherry ink; Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets 6x6 paper pad; Hemptique black twine

other:  Riding Hood Red and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); red button (Michaels)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who Loves You?

Here's my card for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Draft challenge.  You're going ot have to look hard to see the sketch, but I promise it's there!

Who Loves You? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I used the long paisley patterned branch from the Hooties set to represent the sketch's long rectangle panel.  It's stamped in brown pigment ink on a light blue panel.  The sketch's square panel is represented by the large owl image from the Hooties set.  I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die, then used dimensional dots to adhere it to the branch.  The "grass" along the bottom of the panel was cut freehand from a scrap of green cardstock.

To bring in a pop of color, I stamped the set's "who loves you?" sentiment next to the owl in red ink.  To go with the sentiment, I added a trio of solid hearts over the owl's head using a stamp from the Paws for a Cause stamp set.  I layered the finished panel on a red card base to tie it all together.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smoches Hooties and Paws for a Cause stamp sets, Owl Icons dies; Crafter's Companion ultrasmooth white cardstock; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Love Letter, Pear Tart, and Rich Cocoa inks; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Sea Glass cardstock (Avery Elle); Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
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