Saturday, February 25, 2017

Love Struck

Here's my card for this month's Paper Smooches love themed challenge.   I made an interactive card using the Love Struck stamp set and coordinating dies.

Love Struck card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesThe set's cupid is my focal image.  I colored him with Copic markers, then cut him out with the coordinating die.  It doesn't show in the photo, but his wings have just a touch of sparkle on them courtesy of a clear glitter brush marker. 

The backdrop was made with a cloud template and an ink blending tool.  I faded out the background, starting darker at the top and getting paler and paler as I moved towards the top of the panel.  After cutting a channel in the panel, I put the cupid in place so he could slide up and down.  I surrounded him with a trio of red hearts cut with PS's Tiny Hearts dies (one of my all-time favorite die sets!), then stamped the "love struck" sentiment at the bottom of the panel in red pigment ink.  The finished panel was matted on red cardstock, then adhered to a turquoise card base using foam tape.

Materials Used:
Love Struck stamp set, Love Struck and Tiny Hearts dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Love Letter inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (Ranger) markers (Copic); clear Sparkle glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Tempting Turquoise and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Surf and Turf dies, Spin and Slide discs (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Friday, February 24, 2017


Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  I went festive with this card using the Clink stamp set.

Cheers card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Reverse Confetti
My focal image includes a pair of glasses, filled with sparkly "liquid" courtesy of a Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad.  After adhering the glasses to a pale gray pierced circle die cut, I added the die cut "cheers" sentiment on top.  For dimension, I cut the word from gold paper and from craft foam, then stacked the die cut pieces.

The circle was matted on a darker gray circle, then adhered to a silver cardstock strip at the center of a gray on gray dotted patterned paper panel.  The panel was layered on to a dark gray card base.  For a final festive touch, I added a trio of clear sequin "bubbles" above the glasses.

Materials Used:
Clink stamp set, Clink dies (Reverse Confetti); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Steel Grey and Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Tiny Polka-Gray Tonal designer paper (The Paper Studio); gold paper (Target); circle dies (Spellbinders); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); craft foam

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Let's Venti

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I used the sketch along with color and pattern elements from the inspiration photo when designing my card.

Let's Venti card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas
As soon as I saw the dotty mug in the photo, I knew I wanted to use the CutUps Cups Duo dies from The Cat's Pajamas for my focal image.  I cut the mug outline twice from white cardstock, then filled in the dots with scraps of pink cardstock.  The mugs were adhered to the lower left corner of a pink striped patterned paper panel.  The "let's venti" sentiment from the This Could be Vodka set was stamped on the panel in black ink. 

After matting the patterned paper on coordinating pink cardstock, I adhered it to a white dot embossed panel, picking up both the dot pattern from the mug in the inspiration photo and the raised elements on the teapot in the photo's background.  The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating pink card base.

Materials Used:
This Could Be Vodka stamp set, CutUps Cups Duo dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cakewalk 8x8 paper pack (October Afternoon); Spotted embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts);  foam tape

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Color Throwdown 431-The First Sip

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Amy Rysavy is our hostess this week with a pretty color combination inspired by this photo of succulents--mint green, green, purple, and light brown.

The First Sip card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lil' Inker Designs
I paired the colors with a bit of inspiration from the current sketch at Sunday Stamps for this coffee themed design.  I used the Coffee Talk stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs to whip up a yummy coffee concoction for my focal image using three of the four challenge colors.  The drink was adhered to a mint card base over a purple fishtail flag strip and accented with a trio of green sequins.  I stamped the "may your day be as wonderful as the first sip" sentiment just above the flag in black ink.

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 CTD431. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd431 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 February guestie, Donna Mikasa, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Donna Dambrot.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** February guestie Donna Mikasa **
** Guest Star Stamper Donna Dambrot **

Materials Used:
Coffee Talk stamp set, Coffee Talk dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Spearmint cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Creamy Caramel and Perfect Plum cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); sequins (Avery Elle); foam tape

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hugs & Kisses

Here's my card for the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I used the layout for a love themed design made with stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti.

Hugs & Kisses card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I built my design on a piece of bold, multicolored chevron patterned paper.  I matted the panel on red cardstock and used a strip of the same red cardstock to create the background for my die cut and sentiment cluster.  The larger of the Swirlies dies makes up the background.  I cut it out multiple times and layered the pieces for dimension before adhering the stack to the cardfront.  The "hugs & kisses" sentiment from the Fancy Word Coordinates set was stamped on a narrow fishtail flag strip and placed across the silver swirl.  I accented it with a pink die cut heart and a trio of white enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a pink textured card base.

Materials Used:
Fancy Word Coordinates stamp set, Brick and Iced Aqua cardstock, Swirlies and Love Notes dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Recollections silver cardstock (Michaels); Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Lucky in Love 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); white enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mojo Monday 485-Sending Hugs

Sending Hugs card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the sketch for a sweet love themed design that also fits the current TCP Tuesday "happy mail" themed challenge.

I used TCP's Sending You stamp set to stamp the "sending hugs" sentiment in navy pigment ink on a wide gray fishtail flag strip.  I placed the sentiment panel on a red cardstock panel with a chevron patterned paper panel along the top.  Narrow red and blue strips along the bottom of the patterned panel help to set it off from the red background just a bit.  I accented the sentiment with a mini envelope, cut with TCP's Small Envie die and a pair of die cut hearts--one peeking out from inside the mini envelope!  After wrapping some Airmail baker's twine around the panel, I adhered it to a coordinating navy 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:
Sending You stamp set, CutUps Small Envie and Nested Hearts dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Luxe Nautical Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Blueprints 24 dies (My Favorite Things); Pen Pals 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); Airmail twine (Divine Twine); foam tape

Sunday, February 19, 2017

You're Killer

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I just love the fun Whale Hello set from Avery Elle and it worked perfectly with the sketch!

You're Killer card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I colored in the set's killer whale image using Copic markers, then cut out the colored image using the matching die.  To make a background for the image, I used a wave border punch on a long strip of turquoise cardstock.  The wavy strip was layered over a piece of blue dott4ed washi tape.  I added the whale on top using foam tape for dimension.  The "you're a killer" sentiment was stamped on the wavy strip in black ink.  I just wish this set had a "whale hello" sentiment in it . . .

Materials Used:
Whale Hello stamp set, Whale Hello dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Sno Cone cardstock (My Favorite Things); Tempting Turquoise cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Boundary Waters border punch (Fiskars); blue dotted washi tape (Michaels); foam tape
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