Friday, July 25, 2014

Dreaming of a Sparkly Christmas (in July)

This week's blogger challenge theme is Christmas in July.  I put together this super sparkly holiday design for the challenge using stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps.

Dreaming of a Sparkly Christmas card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple StampsI love using non-traditional colors for my holiday cards, so I went with a mostly blue color scheme here.  I stamped the "dreaming of a sparkly Christmas" sentiment from the Flurry Days Sentiments set in teal ink on a white Tags 1 die cut.  After tying a piece of teal satin ribbon through the hole in the tag, I adhered it to a My Style Blueprint card base. 

The tag's framed with a pair of snowflakes cut from aqua glitter cardstock.  The center of each flake was dotted with a big clear crystal.  For a final sparkly element, I tucked a clear crystal flourish underneath the bigger snowflake.

Materials Used:
Flurry Days Sentiments stamp set, My Style Blueprint and a Blanc Check cardstock, Party Teal Dawn ink, Flurries and Tags 1 dies, Party Teal Dawn satin ribbon (Clear and Simple Stamps); aqua glitter cardstock, clear crystal flourish, clear crystals (Michaels); foam tape

Thursday, July 24, 2014

French Cupcake Fusion

Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I used both inspiration from the photo and the sketch to put this card together.

The Icing on my Cupcake card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery ElleAs soon as I saw the inspiration photo, I knew that the Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set would be just perfect for my card.  I stamped the cupcake pieces on white cardstock using a combination of pigment and dye inks, then die cut the pieces with the coordinating dies and assembled them.  In a nod to the inspiration photo, I added one of the set's small flower images to the top of the cupcake as a decoration.

The cupcake is adhered to a cardfront covered with pink and yellow cardstock strips at the top and a larger panel of blue paper at the bottom.  I stamped the set's "you are the icing on my cupcake" sentiment next to the cupcake in black ink.  A few white sequins completed the design

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set, Fizz ink, and Cupcake dies; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Heidi Swapp Favorite Things 6x6 paper pad; white sequinsSticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Winter ink (Mama Elephant)


Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge.  I was inspired by lots of elements in Marion's card--the images, the color scheme, and the layout.

#Smart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop
My take switched the card into a standard A2 size.  I used the owl from the Sweet Stamp Shop Owl Be Genius set as my focal image.  I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out.  It's adhered to a stamped branch using foam tape.  To "ground" the branch, I used a sponge, cloud template, and some distress ink to make a cloud filled sky around the images.  I filled in the sky with a yellow cardstock sun (or moon, if you want to see this as a nighttime scene!) and a few sparkly silver sequins.  The "#smart" sentiment from the Mr. Octopus set was stamped just beneath the branch.

To mimic the look of Marion's card, I matted the image on a dark blue cardstock panel. I love her hand-drawn frame, but I know I couldn't draw one that would look that nice!  The matted panel was adhered to a sky blue card base.

Materials Used:
Owl Be Genius and Mr. Octopus stamp sets (Sweet Stamp Shop); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); markers (Copic); Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue, and Pacific Point cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle punch (EK Success); silver sequins (Treehouse Studio); foam tape

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hello Sweet Baby

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge! **

I tried my hand at watercoloring for the current Lawnscaping challenge.  As you can see from my results, watercoloring is really not one of my strengths . . .

Hello Sweet Baby card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
I started out by stamping the bunny duo and one of the small hearts from Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby set in white pigment ink on watercolor paper, then heat embossing the images.   Once the embossing had cooled, I went to work with my watercolors.

After the watercolors dried, I stamped the "hello sweet baby" sentiment at the top of the panel in aquamarine ink.  I adhered the panel to a kraft card base over a tilted pale pink cardstock panel.  I wanted one more bright pop of color, so I added a fishtail flag strip to the right corner and topped it with a piece of knotted white faux suede ribbon.  A few white sequins arranged around the image panel add a little sparkle to the simple scene--and distract a bit from the watercoloring, too.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersLawn Fawn Hello Baby stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink; Avery Elle Aquamarine ink; May Arts white faux suede ribbon; white sequins

other:  Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo cardstock (Stampin' Up!); white embossing powder (Michaels); watercolors

Color Throwdown 302-Happy Birthday

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Barbara is our hostess this week and she’s chosen this Venetian inspired color palette—Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry. I used the new Happy Everything stamp set and coordinating Die-namics Happy dies from My Favorite Things for my card.

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
To make a backdrop for the bold word die, I mixed a bit of white embossing paste with a drop of yellow reinker to color it.  I used the colored embossing paste along with a star stencil to cover part of a white cardstock panel.

While the embossing paste dried, I die cut the word "happy" twice--once from Bermuda Bay cardstock and once from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  I layered the die cut pieces with the Rich Razzleberry one on top, offsetting them slightly so that the Bermuda Bay piece was still visible.  I adhered them over the yellow stars, then stamped the "birthday" sentiment on the panel just beneath the layered die cuts in blue ink.  The finished panel was matted on a Bermuda Bay 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 CTD302.

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

** Barbara ** Broni ** Cindy ** Joan **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** July guestie Diane Jaquay **
** Guest Star Stamper Sue Rose **

Materials Used:
Happy Everything stamp set, Die-namics Happy dies (My Favorite Things); Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Summer Sun reinker (Stampin' Up!); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); star stencil (Memory Box); embossing paste

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seize the Sketch 25-Some Bunny Loves You

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for the new TCP Tuesday challenge! *** 

It's time for a new sketch at Seize the Sketch!  This week's sketch comes to us from Mona.  I used the sketch along with stamps from Mama Elephant to create this sweet card.

Some Bunny Loves You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Mama Elephant
I made a scene using the Landscape Trio dies to make (white vellum) clouds and (green cardstock) grass. The die cut pieces are adhered to an aqua striped panel (sky).  I stamped the bunny duo from the Honey Bunny set, then die cut the image with the matching die.  After adding a little shading with a Copic marker and a bit of fluff to the bunny tails, I adhered the bunnies to the scene using foam tape.

I added the scene to a kraft cardstock panel.  A kraft cardstock strip was adhered to the bottom of the grassy portion.  The sentiment is stamped on the kraft strip in green pigment ink.  To bring in a bit of sparkle, I scattered a few clear sequins on the cardfront, hoping they'd look like stars in the nighttime sky.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the STS team created using the sketch. Here’s where to find them:

Cathy Santie
Jen Mitchell
Jessi Fogan
Katie Melhus
Lee Ann Barrett
Lesley Croghan (Creator)
Lori Turner
Lori Tecler
Marybeth Lopez
Mona Pendleton
Rose Miller
Sandy Mathis
Sherry Eckblad
Vicki Dutcher

Materials Used:
Honey Bunny stamp set, Honey Bunny and Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); Celery ink (Avery Elle); marker (Copic)Aqua Mist cardstock, Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Green Acres cardstock (WPlus9); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); white vellum (The Paper Company); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white flock (Stampendous); foam tape

TCP Tuesday 271-Hats Off

It's time for a new TCP Tuesday challenge!  The new challenge theme is anything goes, so this is the perfect time to pull out your TCP stamps and get creative.

Hats Off to You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from The Cat's PajamasI used one of the big eared bunnies for my card based on the current Deconstructed Sketch.  After coloring the bunny image from the Presto set with Copic markers, I cut him out and used foam tape to adhere him to a white panel.  I stamped the set's "hats off to you" sentiment next to the bunny in black ink.  The panel's accented with a pair of sparkly silver stars cut with the CutUps 3x3 Stars dies  and adhered on top of a banner strip cut with the Framed Up 2 dies.

The background for the panel was made from a piece of red patterned paper that I cut on an angle and set over a black cardstock panel.  After putting the image panel in place, I added a trio of enamel dots for a final pop of red.

I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge. Link up your finished project on the TCP blog for a chance to win this week's Cat Cash prize--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 on the TCP blog.

Materials Used:
Presto stamp set, CutUps 3x3 Stars and Framed Up 2 dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver glitter cardstock, red enamel dots (Michaels); Cut and Paste-Flair 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape
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