Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wonderful Marvelous You

Here's my card for this month's final Viva la Verve sketch.  I stretched the square sketch to a standard A2 card size for my version.

Wonderful Marvelous You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I started out by coloring a butterfly from Verve's Blue Skies stamp set.  The image was cut with the matching All Aflutter die.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a pale gray pierced square die cut stamped with the "wonderful marvelous you" sentiment from the Wonderful Marvelous set. 

To make a background for the sentiment, I arranged four yellow circles on a yellow dotted patterned paper panel. I topped the circles with a single, larger red die cut circle, then added the sentiment panel on top.  I accented the butterfly with a pretty crystal flight trail, then set the finished panel on a yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Wonderful Marvelous and Blue Skies stamp sets, All Aflutter dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Wild Cherry ink, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Square die (My Favorite Things); markers (Copic); So Saffron and Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Be(you)tiful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); circle die (Spellbinders); circle punch (EK Success); crystal flourish (Prima); foam tape

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mojo 404-Best Fishes

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch and since it's the last week of the month, this week's sketch is a long and skinny one.  My card measures 3 1/4" x 5 1/2", in case you're wondering.

Best Fishes card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn FawnI inked up Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends set for my card, replacing the sketch's round panel with the set's fishbowl image.  I filled the bowl with a pair of fish, then colored the image with Copic markers.  For a bit of sparkle, I added Stickles to the bubbles between the fish.  The bowl was cut out with the matching die.

I placed a piece of orange striped patterned paper on a turquoise cardstock panel, then topped the papers with a strip of light aqua cardstock.  The fishbowl was adhered to the top of the light aqua panel using foam tape.  I stamped the "best fishes" sentiment at the bottom of the panel in aquamarine ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a light aqua card base.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!

Materials Used:
Fintastic Friends stamp set, Fintastic Friends dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, and Orange Zest cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Playful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); Crystal Stickles (Ranger); foam tape

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 275-Make a Wish

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I replaced the trio of circles in the sketch with a trio of yummy cupcakes for my take on the layout.

Make a Wish card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
I used the cupcake image from Avery Elle's Bring on the Cake set.  The cupcakes were stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then cut with the matching die.  Originally I left the plates white, but in the end, decided to paper piece them with pale pink cardstock.

I used foam tape to adhere the trio of cupcakes across a rose panel.  After matting the rose panel on dark brown cardstock, I adhered it to the top of a pale pink card base.  I tucked a kraft fishtail flag underneath the left edge of the panel, then stamped the "make a wish" sentiment at the bottom of the cardfront in brown pigment ink.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on the SSSC blog.  Be sure to stop by the blog to check out what the SSSC team has created using the sketch.  And, don't forget to check in on Wednesday to see one of our favorite cards made with the sketch. 

Materials Used:
Bring on the Cake stamp set, Bring on the Cake dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Saturday, June 27, 2015

You're So Sweet

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I've been looking for the opportunity to put together a card using this sweet sentiment from the Waltzingmouse Stamps We Go Together set and it worked perfectly on this sketch!

You're So Sweet card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Waltzingmouse StampsI started out by stamping the to go cup an donut images on white cardstock, then colored the images with Copic markers and cut them out with the matching dies.   The sprinkles on the donut were added with white pigment ink.  I used foam tape to adhere the pair to a kraft card base over a wide pink cardstock panel.  The super sweet sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the pink panel in rose pigment ink.

Materials Used:
We Go Together stamp set, We Go Together dies (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and Rose Bud inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Regal Rose and Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); foam tape

You're Handy to Have Around

This week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge had me stumped for a bit!  I finally came up with this loose interpretation of the design with a masculine theme.

You're Handy to Have Around card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I made the large panel into a piece of pegboard, courtesy of a cut file and my Silhouette.  After (troubleshooting my Silhouette and) cutting the pegboard panel from kraft cardstock, I backed it with gray cardstock to emphasize the holes.  Then I worked on die cutting the tools with MFT's Tool Time dies.  Once they were assembled, I arranged them on the pegboard panel.  There were only 4 tools, so I didn't get 5 elements like there were in the sketch, but I think it's still close enough! 

I tried several colors of solid cardstock strips for the sentiment, but they covered more of the tools than I liked, so I ended up going with vellum instead.  The "you're handy to have around" sentiment was stamped in red ink on the vellum strip and layered over the tools.  After placing the vellum, I carefully (so the still wet ink wouldn't smudge!) set the red frame around the edges of the pegboard panel.

Materials Used:
Let's Tool Around stamp set, Steel Grey cardstock, Wild Cherry ink, Die-namics Tool Time dies (My Favorite Things); Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); kraft cardstock (Canvas Corp.); silver paper (Target); white vellum (The Paper Company); pegboard cut file

Friday, June 26, 2015

Have a Super Day

Here's my card for the current SugarPea Designs Creative Color Challenge.  Although the inspiration photo featured sweet, summery bowls of berries, I went in a different direction with the colors and used SPD's My Hero set for my card.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this little guy a few days ago.

Have a Super Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I colored the superhero image with Copic markers, then carefully cut him out and adhered him to a yellow circle using foam tape.  The circle was adhered to a blue cardstock panel over a piece of navy dotted patterned paper.  I stamped the "have a super day" sentiment on red ink and added it to the panel, tucking one end beneath the raised image.  For a bit of sparkle, I added a silver fishtail flag strip underneath the round panel and a whole bunch of blue glittery enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a dark blue card base.

Materials Used:
My Hero stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red, Marina Mist, and So Saffron cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Salt Staples 2-Navy Salt designer paper (Jillibean Soup); silver paper (Target); double ended banner die (Papertrey Ink); circle die (Spellbinders); blue glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MFT Summer School

I took a little time yesterday to play along with some of the Summer School lessons featured on the  My Favorite Things blog.  I tried out two of the design lessons when creating these two cards. 

Come Rain or Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things

Here's my card to demonstrate the use of line.  My machine stitched lines on the card's blue panel help draw the eye from the cluster of die cut images at the top of the card to the sentiment at the bottom.  The die cut images include pair of flat bottomed clouds cut from shimmery white cardstock and a cheery gingham sun tucked beneath the clouds.  I studded the stitched lines with sparkly silver sequin "raindrops," randomly placed along the lines.  The encouraging sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel in gray pigment ink.  I layered the finished panel on a soft gray card base.

Say Watt? card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things

And, this card demonstrates use of white space.  I used MFT's light bulb die to make a layered light bulb for my focal point.  I cut the bulb from both white cardstock and white vellum.  Layering the vellum on top gives the bulb a frosted look.  The shiny silver cardstock I used for the filament and the socket mirror the metallic look those pieces would have in a traditional bulb.  To set the white bulb off from the background, I did a yellow freeform watercolor wash on a piece of watercolor paper, mimicking the soft glow of a lit bulb.  I adhered the bulb to the panel with foam tape over several messy loops of silver thread.  I stamped the "say watt?" sentiment from the Watt's Up? set next to the bulb, then arranged a trio of sequins around the bulb for a little sparkle.  The finished panel was layered on a pale yellow card base.

Materials Used:
Grout Gray, Lemon Drop, and Summer Splash cardstock (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); pinking circle die (Spellbinders); circle die (EK Success); silver sequins (Michaels); sewing machine; foam tape

Watt's Up stamp set, Lemon Chiffon cardstock, Die-namics Lightbulb die (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); silver paper (Target); white vellum (The Paper Company); watercolor paper (Ranger); watercolors, silver sequins, silver thread (Michaels); foam tape

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