Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Cat's Pajamas May Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Release Blog Hop at The Cat's Pajamas!   TCP is celebrating the release of five fabulous brand new stamp sets, four new CutUps die sets, and two new Cutables cut files.  You should have arrived here from the start of the hop at Nancy's blog.

We're combining the hop with the new TCP Tuesday challenge.  Our theme for the next two weeks is anything goes, so it's easy for you to play along. The challenge winner gets a credit to the TCP shop (with a little extra if you use TCP stamps/dies!) and might be awarded the title of Swanky Stamper--and get to participate in the next release blog hop with the Cat Pack!   Link up your projects using the linky tool on the TCP blog for a chance to win.

Starry Tri-Fold Shutter Card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps, dies, and cut file from The Cat's Pajamas

I used the new Constellation Prize stamp set along with the new Cutables Tri-fold Shutter Card cut file for my project for the hop.  I used my Silhouette to cut the base for the card from light blue cardstock, then cut the mats from some star patterned paper.  If you don't have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, don't worry!  Alma has included printable versions of the files in the Cutables download so that you can use the files without a machine.  I have an older version that doesn't accommodate 12x12 paper, so I used the software's scale feature to reduce the file to a size that would fit on my 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

Starry Tri-Fold Shutter Card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps, dies, and cut file from The Cat's Pajamas

After arranging the mats on the base, I added the colored image on top, using foam tape for dimension.  I accented the image and mats with a bunch of glittery silver stars cut with the CutUps 3x3 Stars dies--one of my very favorite TCP CutUps!  I stamped the "leave your fears behind" sentiment on a light blue panel in silver ink and adhered it to one of the interior panels, using foam tape for dimension.  I tucked a star die cut behind it as an accent.

Your next stop on the hop is Jessie's blog.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Materials Used:
Constellation Prize stamp set, CutUps 3x3 Stars dies, Cutables Tri-fold Shutter card cut file (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Onyx Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections silver glitter cardstock (Michaels); Daydream Collection-Put it in Your Pocket designer paper (Studio 8 Paper Company); foam tape

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Challenge 36-Teacher Thank You

*** To see my Sneaky Peek post for The Cat's Pajamas, scroll down to the post below or click HERE. *** 

The Challenge is back again with a new challenge!  This week we've got a theme challenge--celebrating teachers.  This one is definitely close to my heart!

Teacher Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea DesignsI used the current Deconstructed Sketch and the fun Teacher's Pet set from SugarPea Designs to put together my school themed thank you.  I took some inspiration from the pencil covered container and stamped a panel full of pencils.  Mine are brightly colored, courtesy of my Copic markers. To go with the teacher theme, I layered the pencil panel on a piece of patterned paper covered with letters.  I tucked a bold yellow fishtail flag strip underneath the bottom edge of the image panel, then topped it with the "thank you" sentiment.  Another yellow fishtail flag strip was adhered to the very top of the patterned paper panel.

I matted the panel with coordinating green cardstock, then adhered it to a yellow card base to match the fishtail flag accents.  A few yellow enamel dots completed the design.

Don't miss what the rest of The Challenge team and our talented guest designers have created for this week's color challenge. Here's where to find them:

Nance Salkeld
Sandie Munro, featured designer
Fabiola Jaques, guest designer
Antonia Speelman, guest designer

Materials Used:
Teacher's Pet stamp set (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Crumb Cake, Green Galore, and Daffodil Delight cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Back to School 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); circle punches (EK Success); foam tape

In Shape Shadow Box

Today is the last day of Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat's Pajamas!  That means that the five brand new stamp sets, four new CutUps die sets, and two new Cutables cut files we've been peeking for you over the last week will finally be available for purchase tomorrow!

Round Is a Shape shadow box card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's PajamasToday we're showing off the new Cutables cut files that are part of the release along with some of the new stamps and dies.  I used the Shadow Box Cutables to make this fun and still easy to mail card.  I cut the shadow box with my Silhouette, but if you don't have one, don't worry!  Alma has included printable versions in the files, too.

After assembling the shadow box, I used foam tape to add a strip of grass cut with the CutUps Grass die and the big eared bunny image. The hammock was paper pieced to give it a fun dotted pattern.  I arranged a pair of clouds cut with the new CutUps Stitched Clouds die along with a scalloped circle "sun" at the top of the shadow box, using a little foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment was adhered to the bottom right of the card using foam tape.

Want to win one of the new releases before they're even available to purchase?  Of course you do!  For a chance to win the new Drop In set, just hop along and comment on all of the participating Cat Pack member blogs and the TCP blog today.  One randomly selected winner will be posted on the TCP Facebook page tomorrow.

Here's where to find all of the Sneaky Peeks today:

Lori--you're here!
TCP Blog

And, be sure to mark our release Pajama Party on your calendar. We'll be partying on Monday, May 25 at the TCP Facebook page.  Check out all the details in the graphic below.  Hope you'll join us for more sneak peeks, chatting, and fun and games!

Materials Used:
In Shape stamp set, CutUps Stitched Clouds and Grass dies, Cutables Shadow Box card cut file (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Simply Chartreuse cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Dots and Stripes-Raspberry Small Dots designer paper and  Birthday Wishes 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); scalloped circle punch (Martha Stewart); foam tape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS-Hey Buddy

*** 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 based on the sketch seen above.  I used the sketch to create a fun space themed design that's perfect for a little boy.

Hey Buddy card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I started out with a watercolored panel to use as a sky background.  I filled in the background with a large yellow circle "moon."   The moon has debossed polka dot craters for a fun textured look.  I stamped the rocket image from the Space Cadet set on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, then cut it out with the matching Space Cadet Icons die.  The rocket's window was covered with a clear page pebble to give it a glass-like look.  It was adhered over the moon using foam tape.  I added a few silver sequin "stars"  around the moon to add to the space feel of the card.

I cut a strip of dark blue cardstock on an angle, then adhered it to the bottom of the panel.  The "hey buddy" sentiment from the Simply Said set was stamped on the panel in black ink. After matting the finished scene on red cardstock, I adhered it to a dark blue card base.

Don’t miss what the rest of the SPARKS team has created this week. Here’s where to find them:

Lori--you're here!

Materials Used:
Space Cadet and Simply Said stamp sets, Space Cadet Icons dies (Paper Smooches); VersaFine Onyx Black ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Crushed Curry, Real Red, and Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Polka Dots embossing folder (QuicKutz); clear page pebble (Making Memories); foam tape

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 270-I Look Up to You

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I inked up the sweet bear duo from Mama Elephant's Bear Hugs set for this one.

I Look Up to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama Elephant
I made the layout into a nighttime scene by layering a green curved strip cut with one of ME's Landscape Trio dies on the bottom edge of a navy card base.  For the moon, I die cut a circle from yellow cardstock, then debossed it with a polka dotted pattern to look like craters.  The bear duo was colored with Copic markers and die cut with the matching die, then adhered to the cardfront using foam tape.

I stamped the set's "I look up to you" sentiment near the top of the cardfront in gold ink.  So it would stand out a bit more, I heat embossed it in gold.  I added a few gold sequin "stars" around the words to fill in the sky a bit and add a little more sparkle, too.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on the SSSC blog.  Be sure to stop by the blog to check out what the SSSC team has created using the sketch.  And, don't forget to check in on Wednesday to see one of our favorite cards made with the sketch. 
Materials Used:
Bear Hugs stamp set, Bear Hugs and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Delicata Golden Glitz ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold embossing powder (American Crafts); Polka Dots embossing folder (QuicKutz); gold sequins (Michaels); foam tape

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Watercolored Welcome

Here's my card for the current AEI♥U spring themed challenge.  I tried my hand at a little watercoloring and put together a baby card using Avery Elle's Storybook stamp set.  Nothing says spring like new babies, right?

Welcome Little One card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery ElleI stamped the sweet duck image in black pigment ink on a piece of watercolor paper, then did my best to add a soft watercolored background around the image.  This is actually my second try--the first one (which I liked better!) was ruined when I did some heat embossing on the sentiment.  Hate when that happens!  On this one, I skipped the heat embossing and just stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I added a few white sequins around the panel and topped it with a narrow strip of dotted washi tape. After matting the panel on blue cardstock, I adhered it to a light green card base.

Materials Used:
Storybook stamp set (Avery Elle); VersaFine Onyx Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Gable Green cardstock (Stampin' Up!); blue dotted washi tape; watercolors

Hip Hip Hooray

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I needed a few birthday cards to add to my stash, so I used the sketch to put one together.

Hip Hip Hooray card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I used a strip of fun patterned paper along the right side of the card.  It was edged with a narrow strip of navy cardstock before I adhered it to the mint card base.  I die cut a trio of gold stars, then arranged them on the patterned paper strip, using foam tape for dimension.The "hip hip hooray" sentiment from MFT's Birthday Chalkboard Greetings set was stamped next to the patterned paper strip in sparkly gold ink.  I added a few gold enamel dots around the card to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set, Spearmint cardstock, Die-Namics Pierced Star Stax and Blueprints 18 dies (My Favorite Things); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Everyday Circus 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants Designs); gold paper (Target); gold enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape
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