Friday, October 31, 2014

With Thanks

This week's blogger challenge theme is give thanks.  I used the current Mojo Monday sketch to put together this tall and skinny card.

With Thanks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps
The leaves are from the Clear and Simple Stamps Leaflets set.  I really like the slightly distressed look of the images.  They're stamped in golden yellow ink on cream squares.  Each square was accented with a copper sequin.  I arranged the squares on a golden yellow panel set on the left side of a kraft cardstock panel.  The kraft panel was wrapped with some hemp twine and tied with a bow.  I stamped the "with thanks" sentiment from the Fall Frenzy set just beneath the twine in brown ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a cream card base.

Materials Used:
Leaflets and Fall Frenzy stamp sets, Golden Tiara and Brown Leather Satchel inks, Golden Tiara, Kraft Like a Rockstar and Creme de la Creme cardstock (Clear and Simple Stamps); hemp twine (Hemptique); copper sequins (Michaels)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Way to Birthday Fun

I put together this fun masculine birthday card using this week's sketch from Retro Sketches and a Halloween--yes, Halloween--paper pad from Jillibean Soup.   I've found so many non-Halloween uses for this paper!

This Way to Birthday Fun card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I picked three different patterns with coordinating colors for the panels on the cardfront.  Each panel was matted on orange cardstock, then adhered to the kraft card base.  I stamped the "this way to birthday fun" sentiment from the Avery Elle Aim High set in green ink on a cream panel, then matted it on orange cardstock and set it on the card using dimensional dots.  A green curved arrow, die cut with the coordinating Aim High dies, was adhered over the panels.  The end was tucked underneath the sentiment panel.  A few orange enamel dots clustered at two of the card's corners completed the design.

Before I wrap up this post, I want to give you one last reminder that tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the big birthday sale at i {heart} papers.  Don't miss out on your chance to take 25%  off of your order of $25 or more.  Use the code IHP6BD to save.  Happy shopping!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Avery Elle Aim High stamp set, Lemon Grass ink, Aim High dies; Jillibean Soup Witches Brew 6x6 paper pad; Doodlebug Design Tangerine Sprinkles enamel dots; Sticky Thumb enamel dots

other:  Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Color Throwdown 316-Wherever You Go

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Monika is our hostess this week and she's chosen this bold and vibrant color combination for us to try out.

Wherever You Go card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
My card was inspired by the current Cutting Edge challenge.  I was inspired by the layout built around a large orange-ish circle.  In my version, the circle is a whimsical pinking circle sun, topped with a piece of gingham patterned paper. I added a cheery yellow airplane from Reverse Confetti's Here We Go set and a bunch of fluffy white felt clouds around the sun.  The sentiment is stamped near the bottom of the card in black pigment ink.  Everything is accented with some black sequins.

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 CTD316.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our October guestie, Tara Godfrey, and this week’s guest star stamper, Sue Rose.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October guestie Tara Godfrey **
** Guest Star Stamper Sue Rose **

Materials Used:
Here We Go stamp set Confetti Cuts Here We Go dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); Mimosa ink (Avery Elle); Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Orange Zest patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); pinking circle die (Spellbinders); cloud dies (Lil' Inker Designs); sequins, white felt (Michaels); foam tape

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TCP Tuesday 278-Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

This week's TCP Tuesday challenge is a sketch challenge, hosted by the talented Wendy.  I took a break from creating with seasonal fall colors and went with a spring-like design for the sketch.

Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's Pajamas
I cut the tag panel from aqua cardstock with my Silhouette, using the cut files for the sketch that were generously provided by Alma (look for them on the TCP blog).  I added a strip of grass along the bottom, cut with TCP's CutUps Grass die.  The umbrella-toting big eared bunny from the Rise and Shine set was colored with Copic markers and set on top of the tag with foam tape.  I had just enough room at the top of the tag to stamp a sentiment at the top.

I layered the tag over a pair of patterned papers set on a pink card base.  Isn't the raindrop patterned paper perfect with this image?  I added a few pink sequins to go with the sentiment.

I hope you'll join us for the challenge. Link up your finished project on the TCP blog for a chance to win some Cat Cash to spend at TCP--and to be in the running to be our next Swanky Stamper. The Swanky Stamper is selected from among all of the month's challenge entries and gets a selection of stamps from an upcoming release and joins the Cat Pack for our Pajama Party and Blog Hop. You can find all the details--and more inspiration from the Cat Pack--on the TCP blog.

Materials Used:
Rise and Shine stamp set, CutUps Grass die (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); Bubblegum cardstock (My Favorite Things); Aqua Mist cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Kiwi Kiss cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad (Pink Paislee); pink satin ribbon (Michaels); bubblegum sequins (Treehouse Studio)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sneak Peek

I'm sharing a project on the i {heart} papers blog today.  Here's a little sneak peek of my project using stamps and dies from Waffle Flower, a company new to IHP.

And, don't forget about the big 6th birthday celebration going on now through Friday at IHP.  Use the code IHP6BD to save 25% on your order of $25 or more.  Happy shopping!

I Love You to the Moon

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Designer Draft challenge.  I used the sketch to put together this sweet space themed design.

Love You to the Moon card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I made the large round panel into a moon in a starry sky. My moon is yellow cardstock, debossed with large polka dot "craters."  The starry background is actually snowy patterned paper from a winter paper collection.  Works great as stars, too, doesn't it?  I accented the moon with the rocket image from the Space Cadet set.  It's set over the moon with dimensional dots.

The patterned paper panels and moon were adhered to a red cardstock panel, then layered on to a blue card base. The "I love you to the moon" sentiment from the Cosmos set was stamped at the bottom of the cardfront in white pigment ink, then heat embossed in white pearl embossing powder.  This embossing powder gives a nice shine to the words--perfect for a space themed design!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smooches Space Cadet and Cosmos stamp sets; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink; Carta Bella All Bundled Up 6x6 paper pad; Wow! white pearl embossing powder; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Not Quite Navy, Crushed Curry, and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); markers (Copic); Polka Dots embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 242-You're Awesome

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I also have some information about a big sale at one of my favorite online stores, so you'll want to keep reading through to the end of this post . . .  This week's sketch has a nice, big panel that's perfect for your larger images or die cuts.

You're Awesome card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesI used the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set and matching Spectrum Icons dies for my card.  The unicorn was colored with pale pink markers and adhered to a star patterned paper panel using dimensional dots. I used a die cut sun, stamped on yellow cardstock using orange ink, to represent the sketch's round element.  The set's "you're awesome" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel in black ink.  I matted the panel on aqua cardstock, then adhered it to a turquoise panel on top of a contrasting bright pink cardstock strip.

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

And, as promised, heres' the big sale information.  i {heart} papers is celebrating its 6th--yes, 6th!--birthday with 6 days of savings.  Use the code IHP6BD to save 25% off of your order of $25 or more today through Friday.  Happy shopping!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set and Spectrum Icons dies; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Avery Elle Fizz ink; My Mind's Eye My Girl 6x6 paper pad; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Melon Mambo cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grass border punch (Fiskars)
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