Friday, March 6, 2015

Hello Darling

This week's Blogger Challenge theme is girlfriends. I combined the challenge theme with this week's Mojo Monday sketch for this pretty, feminine floral card.

Hello Darling card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
I stamped the "hello darling" sentiment from Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals set in gray pigment ink on a cream cardstock circle, then added a cluster of pretty flowers to the edge of the circle. After matting the circle on pink cardstock, I adhered it to a moss green cardstock strip.  To bring in more of the pinks from the flowers, I layered pale pink and bright pink strips at the bottom of the green panel.  The finished panel was adhered to a green dotted patterned paper panel.  I layered the finished panel on to a cream card base.

Materials Used:
Fabulous Florals stamp set, Fabulous Florals dies (Avery Elle); Memento Luxe Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Pistachio, and Gray Flannel inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, and Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lush Green Houndstooth designer paper (My Mind's Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Thursday, March 5, 2015

You Color My World

This simple, easy to mail card was inspired by two challenges--the layout from the current Muse challenge and the theme of the current Sparkle and Shine Challenge.  The Sparkle and Shine Challenge inspiration photo is a shamrock, which made me think of St. Patrick's Day, which led me to the idea of a rainbow.

You Color My World card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
Instead of using horizontal blocks of patterned cardstock (like the ones on the Muse inspiration card) to make the long stripe on my cardfront, I used narrow, solid vertical strips to form a rainbow.  I had plenty of cardstock strips on hand to use in my scrap collection!  I love the pop of the bold colors against the white background.  The "you color my world" sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Starry Backdrops set was stamped in black pigment ink in the break in the strip. 

For a little sparkle, I arranged a trio of shiny silver sequins around the sentiment.  I matted the panel on black cardstock, then adhered it to a white card base.

Materials Used:
Starry Backdrops (Lawn Fawn); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Pacific Point, Lovely Lilac, and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins

Birthday Banners

Here's my card for February's last Viva la Verve sketch--and just under the wire, too!  It took me a while to decide what to do with this sketch.  I'm not thrilled with how this turned out, but it works.

Birthday Banners card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Verve StampsFor the sketch's diagonal striped elements, I used a pair of Pennant Trim die cuts on the pale pink panel.  There were supposed to be a trio of diagonal strips, but only two fit on the panel along with the "happy birthday" sentiment from Verve's Treasured Words set. To add a festive touch, I dotted the pennant strips with a bunch of pink sequins. 

After matting the pale pink panel on bright pink cardstock, I adhered it to a multicolored striped patterned paper panel.  The panel was adhered to an easy to write on pale pink card base.

Materials  Used:
Treasured Words stamp set, Pennant Trim die (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Rose Bud ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Here and Now 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); pink sequins (Treehouse Studio)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Color Throwdown 332-My Head's in the Clouds

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Spring is coming soon (it is, right?) and with that in mind, I picked these fun rainboots as inspiration for our challenge this week. The colors we're working with are red, navy blue, turquoise, and kraft.  Every spring I walk by the displays with cute rainboots like these and consider picking up a pair for myself. Maybe this will be the year that I actually do it!

In the Clouds card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's PajamasI used the Take Off set from The Cat's Pajamas for my card.  I colored the airplane flying bunny with Copic markers, then carefully cut out the colored image.  The backdrop was made with a piece of turquoise cardstock with a debossed dot pattern.  I added the image on top, using foam tape for dimension. A pair of clouds, cut with TCP's CutUpsCloud Border die, rounded out the scene.

I edged the bottom of the scene with a navy cardstock strip, then adhered it to a red cardstock panel.  The sentiment was stamped just beneath the image in black pigment ink. I adhered the finished panel to a kraft 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 CTD332.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our March guestie, Holly Brown, and this week’s guest star stamper, Kevin.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** March guestie Holly Brown **
** Guest Star Stamper Kevin **

Materials Used:
Take Off stamp set, CutUps Cloud Border die (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento  Luxe Tuxedo Black inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red, Night of Navy, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); Aquamarine cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); foam tape

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TCP Tuesday 285-One Cupcake at a Time

It's time for a new TCP Tuesday challenge!  Our hostess for the challenge is the newest Cat Pack member, Tammy.  She's created this fun St. Patrick's Day themed photo collage for our inspiration.

One Cupcake at a Time card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's PajamasI took my inspiration from the yummy cupcake and created a card using the One Cupcake stamp set.  I colored the cupcake and big eared bunny with Copic markers, then carefully cut out the colored image.  It was adhered to a pair of layered circles using dimensional dots.

I dressed up a plain white cardstock panel with a strip of green gingham patterned paper along the right edge and a festive pennant banner, made with one of the dies from the CutUps Bitty Banners set, on the left side.  I added the image panel, then stamped the "celebrate one cupcake at a time" sentiment next to the image in kraft ink. The finished panel was adhered to a kraft card base.

Be sure to stop by the TCP blog for more inspiration and for all the details on how you can play along with the challenge.  Challenge participants have a chance to win a generous Cat Cash prize and to be named the Swanky Stamper of the month, which earns you a slot in an upcoming TCP release blog hop along with a selection of stamps from the release!  Be sure to link up your card on the TCP blog for a chance to win.

Materials Used:
One Cupcake stamp set, CutUps Bitty Banners dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Sour Apple cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); Cool Summer 6x6 paper pad (Carta Bella); circle dies (Spellbinders); hemp twine (Hemptique); foam tape

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Challenge 26-Good Day, Sunshine

The Challenge is back with a new sketch and color combination!  You can choose to use just the sketch, just the colors, or to combine them both on your card. I used both the sketch and the colors on this cheery design.

Good Day, Sunshine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lil' Inker Designs
It's been so cold and dreary around here lately that I've had to work hard to make my own sunshine on cards like this one!  I fashioned a sun from a pinking edged circle cut from orange cardstock and topped with a slightly smaller orange dotted circle.   I topped the sun with a pair of clouds die cut from shimmery white cardstock.

The sun and clouds were adhered to a teal card base, overlapping a piece of gray on gray dotted patterned paper on the left side of the card base.  I stamped the "good day, sunshine"sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Sol Sentiments set in white ink on a gray fishtail flag strip, then heat embossed it in white so it would really pop against the gray.  The sentiment was layered over the sun and clouds.  I added a trio of orange-y sequins scattered around the sun for a touch of sparkle.

Don't miss what the rest of the amazing challenge team has created to inspire you!  We have two new members joining us for the first time today today--Lee Ann Barrett, who will be a regular member of the team, and March's featured designer, Narelle Farrugia.  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge owner/creator
Anita Madden
Kim Heggins
Kimberly Wiener 
Lee Ann Barrett
Lori Tecler --you're here!
Lynn Put
Nancy Salkeld 
Narelle Farrugia, March's featured designer

Materials Used:
Sol Sentiments stamp set, Stitched Cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Wedding Dress ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Orange Zest and Tropical Teal cardstock, Orange Zest and Smokey Shadow patterned papers (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Steel Grey cardstock, DieNamics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); circle and pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); Snow embossing powder (Michaels)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS--You're Brrr-fect

*** 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 an anything goes challenge.  I took my inspiration from the wintery weather we're (still!) having to create this card using the Chilly Chums set.

You're Brrr-fect card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I did a little masking to dress the little chum in a winter weather scarf, then colored the image with Copic markers.  I used foam tape to adhere him to a pale blue cardstock panel with a shimmery white snowbank across the bottom half.  The snowbank's curve was made with PS's Backdrop Builders dies.  To fill in the wintery scene, I stamped some snowflakes on the panel in silver ink.  The Chilly Chums set has a snowflake image, but I wanted to have varying sized flakes on my cards, so I went with the ones from the Cool Dudes set  instead.  The "you're brrr-fect" sentiment was stamped among the flakes in blue ink. 

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

Lori--you're here!

And, be sure to stop by the PS store to check out the new stamps and dies that are available today.  I know I'll be ordering a few right away . . .

Materials Used:
Chilly Chums and Cool Dudes stamp sets, Backdrop Builders dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); Soft Sky and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape
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