Friday, April 18, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Time

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

This week's blogger challenge theme is "alter it."  Since teacher appreciation week is coming up soon, I thought this would be a good time to put together a quick and useful teacher thank you project using an inexpensive clear photo frame and a pad of sticky notes. As I put together my project, I took photos for a basic step by step tutorial so you can whip one up for your favorite teacher.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

Here's what you need to put this gift together:
  • 4" x 6" clear picture frame
  • 3" x 3" sticky note pad 
  • stamps and ink (or patterned paper if you'd prefer!)
  • cardstock to stamp on and to layer your stamped panel on
  • double sided adhesive
  • letter stickers

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I started off by cutting a white cardstock panel just a little smaller than the size of the frame.  I stamped an apple image from the Reverse Confetti Class Act stamp set repeatedly on a white cardstock panel using pigment inks from Imagine Crafts.  You don't have to stamp a panel--a piece of patterned paper would work just fine here, too.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud
After I finished stamping, I matted the panel on a piece of kraft cardstock cut to fit inside the frame.  Of course, you can use any color that coordinates with your stamped or patterned paper panel.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I slipped the panel inside of the frame.  Make sure you set the frame so it slants down, not so that it sits up like you'd use it to display a photo.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I attached some strong double-sided adhesive strips to the back of the pad of sticky notes.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I peeled off the tape's backing, then attached it to the frame.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

You can stop there, but to add a personal touch, I used foam letter stickers to add the teacher's name (mine!).  I'll be putting this on my desk when I go back to the classroom next year!

Materials Used:
Class Act stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Love Letter, Toffee Crunch, and Pear Tart inks (Tsukineko); white cardstock (Michaels); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); black foam letter stickers (American Crafts)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Party Time

Here's my card for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS Picture Perfect challenge.  I was inspired by the photo's colorful and festive banners.  I used a mix of fun patterned papers and this week's sketch from Retro Sketches to put together this card.

Party Time-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
The papers all come from a Doodlebug Designs paper pad.  I purposely selected different colors and patterns for contrast and interest.  The angled paper pieces were adhered to a white card base.

I wrapped some pretty twine around the card along the top of the banner pieces, adding a decorative bow at one side.  The "party time" sentiment from the Birthday Sampler set was stamped just above the twine in orchid ink.  I finished the card with a bunch of brightly colored enamel dots in colors that coordinate with the patterned papers.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers: Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, Avery Elle Orchid ink, Doodlebug Design Sugar Shoppe 6x6 paper pad, Hemptique Spring Bloom 2 hemp twine, My Mind's Eye Now and Then-Dorothy enamel dots

other:  white cardstock (Michaels)

You Are My Sunshine

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge. I was inspired by Therese's layout and her card's gradient stenciled background.

You Are My Sunshine-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
Instead of using different shades of the same color for my background, I went with warm shades of pink, orange, and yellow.  I used a dotted stencil and ink applicator on a piece of white cardstock, overlapping the colors just a bit for a smooth transition.

I stamped the "you are my sunshine" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Sun Sentiments stamp set directly on my stenciled panel in black ink.  I added a die cut sun next to the sentiment.  The center of the sun is filled in with a tiny yellow circle with a dot embossed pattern, matching the background's dotted pattern.  I went back and forth about whether or not to add the felt cloud over the sun, but in the end, decided I liked the texture  from the felt.  After edging the panel with narrow strips of dark pink cardstock, I adhered it to a white card base.  A trio of gold sequins around the sentiment completes the design.

Materials Used:
Sun Sentiments stamp set, stitched sun and cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, and Dried Marigold distress inks (Ranger); white cardstock, white felt, gold sequins (Michaels); Pink Passion cardstock (Stampin' Up!); dotted stencil (Heidi Swapp); Spotted embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Color Throwdown 288-Springtime Thank You

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Melody is our hostess this week and she's selected this pretty trio--Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, and Basic Gray.

Springtime Thank You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple StampsI used the colors along with the current Mojo Monday sketch to make a springtime thank you card.  I used one of the pretty flowers from the Clear and Simple Stamps Flower Buds set as my focal image. The image was stamped on a matching white die cut piece and adhered to the lower right side of the sentiment panel using foam tape.  The "thank you" sentiment comes from the Baby Sentiments set.

I adhered the panel over a gray card base covered with a piece of green patterned paper edged with a strip of dark pink cardstock. A gray strip die cut with CSS's Eyelet Border is tucked under the edge of the pink cardstock strip.  I love how this border looks--I need to remember to use it more often!  Once the sentiment and image were in place, I added a trio of rosy pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around the card for a little sparkle.

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 your project mainly features the challenge colors. And, if you upload your project to an online gallery, use the keyword CTD288.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our April guestie, Jeanne Jachna, and this week's Guest Star Stampers, Sandy Mathis and Jane Howden.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Melody **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Jeanne Jachna **
** Guest Star Stampers Sandy Mathis and Jane Howden **

Materials Used:
Flower Buds and Baby Sentiments stamp sets, Paint the Town Pink, Green with Envy, and You're Such a Gray-cious Host inks, Paint the Town Pink, Glamazon Green, You're Such a Gray-cious Host, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Eyelet Border, Favor Flags and Flower Buds dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Chilled Cucumber Soup 6x6 paper pad (Jillibean Soup); Sweetheart Mix sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Love You

Here's my card for the current Deconstructed Sketch.  I let one of the fabulous sentiments from the Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set do most of the work here.

Love You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Winnie & Walter
I stamped the set's "love you" sentiment in gold ink on a rose cardstock panel, then heat embossed the words with gold embossing powder for extra sparkle and shine.  I layered the panel on a piece of multicolored striped patterned paper for contrast.  The notches at the bottom of the panel were cut with two different circle punches.  It took me a while to figure out how to punch the paper so that it would have a nice, even border when matted, but I got it to work!

I dressed up the end of the sentiment panel with a red fishtail flag strip that matches the card base.  I added a pair of die cut hearts, one a shimmery gold and one a pale pink.  The pink one is adhered with foam tape for dimension.  I finished the design by adding a single gold sequin to the pink heart.

Materials Used:
The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set (Winnie and Walter); Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko); Cherry Cobbler and Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Bubblegum cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); stitched heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Zing gold embossing powder (American Crafts); circle punches (EK Success); foam tape

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seize the Sketch 18-Nuts About You

Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my TCP Tuesday post.

It's time for a new sketch at Seize the Sketch.  This week's sketch is from Jessica and it's a great one!
Scroll down to the post below or click HERE for my TCP Tuesday post.

Nuts About You-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop
I used the Cheeky set from Sweet Stamp Shop and a soft color palette for my card.  The squirrel image was colored with gray Copic markers.  I didn't plan on fussy cutting it out and adhering it to a background panel, but my attempt to draw in grass around the image failed, so I had to turn to plan B--LOL!  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a little white flock to the squirrel's belly for texture.

The squirrel is layered over a pale gray cardfront covered with a pair of patterned papers from a My Mind's Eye paper pad.  I used a narrow strip of darker gray cardstock to hide the seam between the two papers.  The set's "nuts about you" sentiment was stamped on the pink striped paper in gray pigment ink.  I finished the design with a pale pink heart adhered next to the squirrel using foam tape.

Don't miss what the rest of the STS team has created using this sketch.  Here's where to find them:

Amy Tsuruta

Cathie Santie
Jen Mitchell
Jessica Esch
Jessi Fogan
Katie Melhus
Lee Ann Barrett
Lesley Croghan, challenge creator
Lori Tecler--you're here!
Lori Turner
Rose Miller
Sarah Gough
Sherry Eckblad
Tangi Crane, challenge manager
Vicki Dutcher

Materials Used:
Cheeky stamp set (Sweet Stamp Shop); Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Spring Moss and Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Silver Fox cardstock (Avery Elle); Chalk Studio-Basics 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); stitched oval and stitched heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); white flock (Stampendous); foam tape

TCP Tuesday 264-Just Flying By

It's time for a brand new TCP challenge!  This week Nancy has created a fabulous sketch for us to work with.  In case you didn't see the big announcement yesterday, TCP is now starting to offer cut files to match some of our stamps.  You can find them here.  We're also offering this week's sketch as a free cut file here. This just might be the incentive I need to really get my Silhouette up and running . . .

Here's my card based on the sketch.  I used the new Flying By set along with a die from the new CutUps Framed Up 2 set on this one. I colored the image with Copic markers, then used a cloud template and an ink blending tool to add a cloudy backdrop behind the image.

Just Flying By-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas
I layered the colored image over a piece of patterned paper topped with a blue banner strip cut using one of the Framed Up 2 dies.  I love how you can use the banner die to make just about any size banner you want!  Instead of using a circle at the top of the image panel, I added a pair of white felt clouds, cut apart from a longer strip of clouds cut with the CutUps Cloud Border die.  I stamped the set's "just flying by to say hi" sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and matted it on a blue panel, then adhered it at the bottom of the image panel.

You have two weeks to play along with this challenge.  Be sure to link up your finished card using the linky widget on the TCP blog.  The challenge winner will receive $10 in Cat Cash--or $15 if the winning project uses TCP stamps.  And, each month, a Swanky Stamper is selected from among the challenge entries.  That lucky person gets a selection of stamps from an upcoming release and joins the Cat Pack for sneaky peeks and our TCP Pajama Party.  You can find all of the details on the TCP blog.

Materials Used:
Flying By stamp set, CutUps Framed Up 2 and Cloud Border dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Moss and New Leaf cardstock (Papertrey Ink);  Macho Nacho Soup-4 Parts Hero designer paper (Jillibean Soup); white felt (Michaels)
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