Monday, January 26, 2015

Ombre Love

This simple love themed design was inspired by the current challenge at the Card Concept.  The ombre letters caught my eye, so I made them the focal point of this clean and simple design.

Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-dies from Avery Elle
My version of ombre letters was made by gluing narrow strips of pink, dark pink, and red cardstock to a piece of scrap cardstock.  I used the "love" and "you" dies from Avery Elle's Fill in the Blank die set to cut out the letters.  They were arranged at the bottom of a narrow kraft cardstock strip.  To bring in the woodgrain element from the inspiration photo, I die cut a heart from woodgrain patterned paper using the Icon Fill in the Blank dies.  I replaced the "o" in you with the die cut heart, using foam tape to give it a little pop.  After wrapping the top of the kraft strip with rose twine and securing it with a bow, I adhered it to a pale pink card base.

On another note, the big liquidation sale is still in progress at i{heart} papers. As of today, the discount code BYEIHP has increased to 50% off. There are still some great items in stock, including the Fill in the Blank dies I used on this card.  Be sure to head over to IHP to take advantage of this super deal.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers: Avery Elle Fill in the Blank and Icon Fill in the Blank dies; Fancy Pants Everyday Circus 6x6 paper pad; Hemptique Spring Bloom 2 twine

other:  Melon Mambo, Real Red, and Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); foam tape

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS-Bee Mine

*** 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 a Designer Draft challenge.  I used the sketch and the adorable Bee Mine stamp set and coordinating Bee Mine Icons dies to put together a love themed design.

Bee Mine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper Smooches
I stamped the bee image on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, then die cut the colored image.  It's adhered to a white paper doily set at the edge of a pale pink card base.  I made a flight trail for the bee with a piece of a clear crystal flourish.  The "bee mine" sentiment was stamped underneath the bee in red pigment ink.  The stamp has the words stacked one on top of the other, but because they're clear, it was pretty easy to line them up to stamp the text in a single line.  A pair of red hearts, cut with the Tiny Hearts die, adds a final pop of color to the card.

Don’t miss what the rest of the SPARKS team has created this week. Here’s where to find them: Katie
Lori--you're here!

Materials Used:
Bee Mine stamp set, Bee Mine Icons and Tiny Hearts dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Luxe Love Letter ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Pink Pirouette and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); clear crystal flourish (Michaels); white paper doily; foam tape

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 253-The Perfect Pear


It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  This week's sketch calls for a square design.  I took a little inspiration from yesterday's Clear and Simple Stamps Create with Love Craftathon and created a love themed card in a non-traditional color scheme.

Perfect Pear card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I used the pears from the Perfect Harvest set as my focal image.  I die cut two pears from white cardstock and filled them in with the matching solid images, then adhered them to a round panel.  The top pear was adhered with foam tape for a little dimension.  I stamped a teeny, tiny red heart from the Taglines:  Critters set in red ink between the pears for a contrasting pop of color.

I topped a gray cardstock square with a strip of patterned paper (it's from a Halloween themed paper pad!) and a lime green cardstock square.  I used a strip of silver washi tape across the panels to add a a little sparkle to the design.  Once the tape was in place, I added the image panel on top.  I stamped the "we make the perfect pear" sentiment from the Perfect Harvest Fillers set in green ink beneath the tape, then arranged a trio of gray enamel dots around the lime panel.  I adhered the finished panel to a lime card base.

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
Jenny Peterson
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Lisa Henke
Lynn Put
Sarah-Jane Kalé
Tracy Clemente
Vicki Burdick

Materials Used:
Perfect Harvest, Perfect Harvest Fillers, and Taglines:  Critters stamp sets, In the Limelight, Kraft Like a Rockstar Green, and Dare to Be a Diva Red inks, In the Limelight, I Steel Got It, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Shapes:  Circles and Mini Fruit dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Witches Brew 6x6 paper pad (Jillibean Soup); Chalk Studio 2 gray enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); silver washi tape; foam tape

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Love You

Here's a sweet card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs helped this one to come together quickly.

Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
For the background, I covered a navy card base with a square of striped patterned paper and a contrasting strip of red cardstock.  The "love you" sentiment was heat embossed in white on the red panel.  The embossing gives the white text just a little extra pop.

I used an envelope, die cut with the Mini Envelopes and Accessories die set, as my focal image.  It's adhered to the cardfront with foam tape.  I topped the envelope with a small die cut red heart.  To add a little more dimension to the design, I arranged a trio of different sized red enamel dots around the envelope.  The one on the red panel gets a little lost, but I still like the look.

Materials Used:
Sending You stamp set, Mini Envelopes and Accessories, and Of the Heart dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Night of Navy and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Pen Pals 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); Snow embossing powder (Michaels); foam tape

I Think You're Spectacular

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used the sketch to create a masculine love-themed design.

I Think You're Spectacular card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsInstead of using an oval panel, I used a pair of eyeglasses, die cut with the Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics dies.  It doesn't show in the photo, but I filled in the "lenses" with pieces of acetate to give them a glass-like appearance.

The blue-gray card base was covered with a chevron patterned paper panel.  I adhered a kraft cardstock strip across the panel, then topped it with a blue-gray fishtail flag strip.  The strip was stamped with the "I think you're spectacular" sentiment from the Geek Is Chic stamp set.  I added the eyeglasses on top, using foam tape for dimension.  A trio of brown enamel dots scattered around the glasses completed the design.

Materials Used:
Geek Is Chic stamp set, Steel Blue cardstock, Die-namics Geek Is Chic Glasses and Fishtail Flag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko); Chalk Studio 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); foam tape

Friday, January 23, 2015

You Anchor Me

This week's blogger challenge theme is "by the sea."  I used the Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool set and this week's Mojo Monday sketch for this nautical themed design.

You Anchor Me card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesI die cut the sailboat from white cardstock using the Nauticool die, then stamped the matching image on the die cut in black ink.  It was colored with Copic markers, then adhered to the round background panel using dimensional dots.  To get the wavy "water," I used the scallop die from the Borders 2 die set.  I filled in the empty space at the top of the panel with a cloud die cut from shimmery white cardstock.

I covered a red card base with a blue cardstock panel that matched the color of the water on the image panel.  The blue panel was topped with a harlequin After matting the round panel on red cardstock, I adhered ti to a blue cardstock panel topped with a red harlequin patterned paper panel.  After running an ivory twill strip across the top of the panel, I added the image panel on top.  The set's "you anchor me" sentiment was stamped beneath the image panel directly on the patterned paper panel in black pigment ink.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersPaper Smooches Wicked Nauticool stamp set, Nauticool, Spectrum Icons and Borders 2 dies; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink; Fancy Pants Everyday Circus 6x6 paper pad; May Arts ivory twill; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Soft Sky, Real Red, Shimmery White, and Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quill You Be My Valentine

Here's my card for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS anything goes challenge.  I went with a Valentine's Day theme using the adorable Love Struck stamp set and coordinating Love Struck Icons dies.

Quill You Be My Valentine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesI stamped the sweet cupid image on white cardstock, then colored him with Copic markers and used the matching die to cut him out.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I paper pieced his outfit with a scrap of patterned paper.

I used dimensional dots to adhere the cupid image to a piece of ombre heart patterned paper.  A shimmery white cloud, die cut with one of the Spectrum Icons dies, was tucked underneath the cupid.  I stamped the set's "quill you be my Valentine" sentiment above the image in navy pigment ink.   A few white sequins scattered around the cupid add a little sparkle to the design.  I adhered the finished panel to a navy card base to match the sentiment.

There are still a number of Paper Smooches sets available at i {heart} papers, including this one.  Use the code BYEIHP at checkout to take advantage of the liquidation sale and receive a 40% discount on your purchase.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smooches Love Struck stamp set and Love Struck Icons and Spectrum Icons dies; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink; Glitz Design Felicity 6x6 paper pad; white sequins; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  markers (Copic); Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
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