Sunday, September 25, 2016

You Make My Tail Wag

It's hard to believe that my adorable rescue dog Bo joined our family four weeks ago!  I used this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge to make another thank you card for gifts Bo received to welcome him to our family.

You Make My Tail Wag card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I made the layout's round panel into a simple outdoor scene.  The blue sky and green grass are divided by a die cut white picket fence.  One of the dog images from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set was colored with Copic markers and cut out, then placed on top of the panel, using foam tape for dimension.  I framed the scene with a light blue pierced circle die cut, then adhered it to a red striped panel.  After stamping the set's "you make my tail wag" sentiment beneath the image, I adhered the striped panel to a kraft cardstock panel.  I was worried that the stripes would make the text hard to read, but it seems to be readable enough.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating light blue card base.

Materials Used:
You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spring Rain and Kraft cardstock, Spring Rain and Pure Poppy patterned papers (Papertrey Ink); Picket Fence Border die (Taylored Expressions); foam tape

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Challenge 79-Season's Greetings

The Challenge is back with a new challenge!  Next up in our rotation is a Christmas inspiration photo challenge. It's probably pretty obvious, but I was inspired by the photo's images and color scheme.

Season's Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesMy layout comes from the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The layout's large panel was perfect for creating my wintery scene.  I love all of the Paper Smooches snowman images, so it was hard to pick just one to use, but I finally settled on one from the Paper Smooches Cool Dudes set.  I stamped the image on shimmery white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut it out.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a bit of white flock to the pom pom on his hat for some texture.  After adhering the snowman over a shimmery white snowbank, I added a cardinal from the Santa Paws set perched on his arm.  A few sparkly silver sequins serve as snowflakes in the dark sky. 

I matted the scene on white cardstock, then adhered it to a gray dotted patterned paper panel.  The "season's greetings" sentiment from the Swanky Snowdudes set was stamped on a narrow red cardstock strip and adhered across the panel, just beneath the snowman.  The finished panel was adhered to a festive red card base.

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created based on this week's inspiration photo.  Here's where to find them:

Lori Tecler--you're here!
Nina Forsyth
Rachel Bergfeld

Materials Used:
Cool Dudes, Santa Paws, and Swanky Snowdudes stamp sets, Cool Dudes and Backdrop Builders dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red, Basic Black, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Grey Mini Dot designer paper (Michaels); white flock (Stampendous); silver sequins; foam tape

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I'm joining in on the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with this fall-inspired thank you card featuring stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs. The layout is based on the current sketch at RetroSketches.

Just to Espresso My Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI built my design on a piece of plaid patterned paper.  Something about plaid just screams "fall" to me!  I adhered a contrasting strip of teal cardstock across the plaid panel, then topped it with a kraft zig zag stitched circle die cut.  The "just to espresso my thanks" sentiment was stamped in super dark brown ink on a cream panel.  I used a combination of 4 different stamps from the SPD Espresso Yourself set to get the wording. Creating a card with a thank you sentiment seemed most appropriate for the fall hop since it is the season when we celebrate Thanksgiving.  After matting the sentiment on a dark brown cardstock panel, I adhered it to the center of the kraft circle. 

I die cut a to go cup using the Coffee To Go Cup dies. It's hard to see in the photo, but I shaded the cup a bit with a warm gray Copic marker to give it a bit of depth.  I adhered the cup to the panel using foam tape, then framed it with a trio of brown enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating orange card base.

Materials Used:
Espresso Yourself stamp set, Coffee To Go Cup dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Espresso Truffle ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); marker (Copic); Tropical Teal and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Early Espresso cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid-Fall 6x6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn); brown enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); foam tape

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Have a Cool Birthday

Yes, it's the first day of fall and yes,  I'm sharing a super summery design.  This one was inspired by the celebration theme of the first Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge.

Have a Cool Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Concord & 9th
The popsicles are from Concord and 9th's Sweet and Cool stamp set.  They are made from watercolored paper coated with some clear glitter from a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  The glittery coating looks kind of ice crystal-like IRL!

I arranged the popsicle pair on a white panel, using foam tape to adhere the top one.  The set's "have a cool birthday" sentiment was stamped next to the popsicles in black ink.  I added a bunch of different sized clear sequins around the popsicles. The finished panel was adhered to a pale yellow card base that coordinates nicely with all of the colors in the popsicles.

Materials Used:
Sweet and Cool stamp set, Sweet and Cool dies (Concord and 9th); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Lemon Chiffon cardstock (My Favorite Things); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); watercolors (Michaels); sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Color Throwdown 411-Birthday Balloon Bouquet

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week and she's chosen a bold sunset inspired color combination--purple, poppy red, orange, and yellow.  I used the colors to make a clean and simple birthday card based on the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.

Birthday Balloon Bouquet card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
With bold colors like this, I tend to use a lot of white and just a bit of each of the colors. Here, I used three of the colors to create a balloon bouquet.  The balloons were die cut with the Balloon Builder dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  After stamping the balloon strings image from the Balloon Builder stamp set on a white panel, I arranged the balloons on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the words "happy" and "birthday" from the Mom and Dad Sentiments set at the sides of the bouquet, then arranged a trio of yellow sequins around the panel. The finished panel was adhered to a poppy red 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 CTD411. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd411 and #colorthrowdown. You can find us on Instagram (and on Facebook!) with the username colorthrowdown. 

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our September guestie, Karren Johnson, and this week's Guest Star Stamper Tina Magnusson.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** September guestie Karren Johnson **
**  Guest Star Stamper Tina Magnusson **

Materials Used:
Balloon Builders and Mom and Dad Sentiments stamp sets, Balloon Builders dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Winter Wisteria cardstock (Papertrey Ink); yellow sequins; foam tape

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I Just Adore You

Here's my card for September's second Viva la Verve sketch. I used the layout to create a love themed design that wasn't overly feminine. I think it works!

I used the "I simply adore you" sentiment from Verve's Simply Amazing set as my focal image.  After stamping the sentiment on a white circle, I accented it with a pair of red hearts die cut with Verve's Heart Quartet die.  I sifted through patterned paper pads and scraps for way too long before settling on this pair of papers from an Echo Park paper pad.  The mix of papers was perfect for a gender-neutral design.  I matted the striped paper on gray cardstock, then adhered it to the blue-gray card base on an angle.  After adding the round patterned panel over it, I topped it with the sentiment panel. A trio of gray enamel dots arranged around the sentiment completed the design.

Materials Used:
Simply Amazing stamp set, Heart Quartet die (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Ocean Tides and Smokey Shadow cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Sweet Day 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); circle dies (Spellbinders); Recollections gray enamel dots (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mojo Monday 466-You're My Superhero

You're My Superhero card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This one has lots of possibilities and after thinking about quite a few things, I settled on making everyone's favorite big eared superhero, the bunny from the My Hero set from The Cat's Pajamas, my focal image.

I colored the bunny image with Copic markers, then carefully cut out the colored image.   I used foam tape to adhere him to a blue dotted background panel edged with a strip of green die cut grass.  To fill in the little scene, I added a pair of shimmery white die cut stitched clouds in the panel's upper right corner.  The panel was matted on coordinating light blue cardstock, then adhered to a darker blue cardstock panel.  I stamped the set's "you're my superhero" sentiment on another strip of the same blue dotted paper and matted it, then adhered it next to the image panel.  To bring in the colors from the superbunny's costume, I used navy blue and red scraps to cut the fishtail flag strips that were set above the sentiment.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating light blue 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!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:

Materials Used:
My Hero stamp set, CutUps Stitched Clouds, Stitched Fly, and Grass dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Marina Mist, Real Red, Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Spring Rain cardstock, Spring Rain patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape
Blogging tips