Monday, November 30, 2015

The Challenge 53-Warmest Wishes for a Happy Holiday

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge! *** 

The Challenge is back again with a new challenge!  This week we're challenging you to create a non-traditional Christmas card.  I used some non-holiday stamps and dies from My Favorite Things and a non-traditional color scheme along with the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my design.

Warmest Wishes for a Happy Holiday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI die cut a mitten pair from pale pink cardstock, then used bright pink pigment ink to add the pattern image to the die cuts. After connecting the mittens with some pink baker's twine, I used foam tape to adhere them to a white cardstock panel.

The "warmest wishes for a happy holiday" sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink on a bright pink fishtail flag strip.  I heat embossed it in white for a nice pop.  I adhered it to to the panel, just beneath the mittens.  A trio of pink sequins arranged around the mittens completed the design.

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created using this week's theme.  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge creator
Geri Greening, November featured designer
Bobby Hagen, guest designer

Materials Used:
Winter Warmth and Hug in a Mug stamp sets, Die-namics Winter Warmth and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rose Bud and Wedding Dress inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); pink sequins (Treehouse Studio); pink baker's twine; foam tape

Mojo Monday 426-Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lil' Inker Designs

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch, and since it's the last Monday of the month, the sketch calls for a tall and skinny card.   I used the sketch to put together a birthday card with stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.

I paired two different patterned papers from an older October Afternoon collection on the cardfront--a dotted pattern to cover most of the cardfront and a striped pattern for the pair of smaller panels.  I topped the square panel with a birthday hat cut with LID's Party Hats dies.  The little pom pom at the top of the hat is studded with a tiny pearl for an extra feminine touch.  A little bit of silver thread twisted around underneath the hat added a festive sparkle to the card.

I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from the Balloon Builders set next to the hat, positioning the words to fit the panel.  A pair of coordinating fishtail flag strips extending from the top of the card completed the design.

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:
Balloon Builders stamp set, Party Hats dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cakewalk designer papers (October Afternoon); Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); silver thread (Michaels); foam tape

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 297-Snowy Season's Greetings

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  It's no secret that I love bunny themed stamps and when I saw the angled panel on the sketch, Lawn Fawn's Winter Bunny set immediately came to mind.

Snowy Season's Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
The sledding bunny was perfect for making the slanted panel into a snowy hill!  I colored the bunny image with Copic markers, then cut out the image with the matching die.  The bunny's tail was filled in with a bit of white flock to add some texture to the image.  I used foam tape to adhere the bunny to the shimmery white angled panel.  The "season's greetings" set from the Winter in the Park set was stamped at the bottom of the white panel in bright red ink.  I adhered the panel to a piece of blue patterned paper, then added it to a coordinating blue card base.

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:
Winter Bunny and Winter in the Park stamp sets, Winter Bunny die (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Pacific Point and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); patterned paper (Little Yellow Bicycle); white flock (Stampendous); foam tape

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  At first, I couldn't figure out what to use for the 5 long, narrow elements on the layout.  As soon as I came up with the idea for using the Die-namics Soda Bottles die, the card came together in no time at all!

You Are Soda-Lightful card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI die cut 5 bottles and the accompanying detail pieces from paper scraps, then assembled them and arranged them on a cream cardstock panel.  There wasn't a sentiment panel on the layout, so I added one in as unobtrusive a way as possible--a vellum fishtail flag strip.  The "you are soda-lightful" sentiment from the coordinating Soda Pop set was stamped on the vellum piece in brown pigment ink, then heat embossed with a dark brown embossing powder.  I folded the strip around the edge of the panel, allowing me to use some tape on the back of the to adhere the strip.  A few strategically placed strips of small vellum-friendly adhesive keep it in place on the front.  I adhered the finished panel to a kraft card base, then scattered a few red enamel dot "bubbles" around the bottles.

Materials Used:
Soda Pop stamp set, Die-namics Soda Bottles and Fishtail Flag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Chocolate Chip and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); white vellum (The Paper Company); silver paper (Target); Chestnut embossing powder (American Crafts); red enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet)

Friday, November 27, 2015

SugarPea Designs CCC7 and a Black Friday Sale!

Happy Friday!  I'm excited about sleeping in today instead of getting up and going to work--or fighting the crowds for Black Friday deals.  If you want to do some online shopping, SugarPea Designs is having its biggest sale of the year right now.  Everything in the store is 30% off, so it's a great time to grab the sets that have been on your wishlist . . .

There's also a new color challenge going on right now.  The colors are red, blue, gray, and green.  They'd make a great holiday card, but I couldn't resist using the bookworm from the Read Between the Lines set yet again.  That set just calls out to my book-loving teacher heart!

You Make the Grade card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I stamped the bookworm in black ink on a pale gray cardstock panel, then colored the image with Copic markers.  The colored cardstock is different than the paper I usually use when I color with Copics, so the image not as well shaded as I would have liked.  The lenses of the worm's glasses were filled in with Glossy Accents for a glass-like look. 

To ground the worm, I stamped a stack of three books beneath the image, using a different color pigment ink for each book.  The "you make the grade" sentiment from the Teacher's Pet set was stamped beneath the worm image.  I added a strip of red cardstock along the bottom of the panel, then ran a narrow strip of gray cardstock along the top edge of the red strip for a finished look.  The panel was adhered to a blue card base.

Want to play along with the color challenge?  The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the colors provided.  SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • Upload to the SugarPea Designs blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: CCC7 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz in the SugarPea Designs blog
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15

Materials Used:
Read Between the Lines and Teacher's Pet stamp sets (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Love Letter and Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); ink (Mama Elephant); markers (Copic); Steel Grey and Grout Gray cardstock (My Favorite Things); Real Red and Blue Bayou cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm heading out later this morning to meet my sister at the movie theater to see the final installment of the Hunger Games series, followed by a dinner with our family later on in the day.  The movie has been our tradition for the last four years, so I guess we'll have to come up with an alternative for next year now that the series is coming to a close.

One of the things I am thankful for is that I have been able to work with some amazing companies in the paper crafting community this year.  One of those companies is Paper Smooches.  I was so sad to see the SPARKS challenge come to an end last month, but that won't stop me from joining in on the challenges that are now being hosted on the PS blog. This month's challenge theme is "gold."  I used that as a starting point for this celebratory design.  The layout is a somewhat loose interpretation of the current sketch at the Paper Players.  If you look closely, I think you can see it . . .

I used the PS Gift Tags dies to cut a pair of tags, one white and one gold.  The white one was filled with a pair of glasses stamped with the Free Spirits set and cut with the matching Free Spirits Icons dies.  I added a tiny gold die cut heart between the glasses.  The heart was cut with the Tiny Hearts die set--maybe my all time favorite PS dies.  I use these little hearts all the time!  I layered the white tag over the gold one, then tied them together with a piece of gold baker's twine.

I adhered the tag pair to a black panel.  After stamping the "celebrate" sentiment from the Sugar Rush stamp set on a narrow gold Flag Tags die cut, I added the strip to the panel, tucking one end underneath the tags.  The panel was mated with white cardstock, then adhered to a gold panel.  The gold panel was adhered to a black card base.  I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of gold, but it's definitely starting to grow on me, especially when paired with black.

Materials Used:
Free Spirits and Sugar Rush stamp sets, Free Spirits Icons, Gift Tags, Tiny Hearts, and Flag Tags dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black and Delicata Golden Glitz inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); gold paper, gold baker's twine (Target); foam tape

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Color Throwdown 370-My Coolest Friend

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Vickie is our hostess this week and she's found an adorable photo to use for our color inspiration this week.  The colors we're using are blue, orange, and dark brown.

My Coolest Friend card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesAfter taking a look at the photo with this week's color swatch, I couldn't resist making a snowman themed design.  Some of my favorite snowman stamps are from Paper Smooches, so I used two different snowman themed sets on this card.  The layout is from a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge from a few weeks ago--I stretched the layout to fit an A2 card instead of a square one. 

My snowman is from the Cool Dudes stamp set.  I stamped him on shimmery white cardstock and colored him with Copic markers, then used the matching die to cut him out.  He was adhered to a white circle using foam tape.  I set the snowman on a blue card base over a piece of blue chevron patterned paper with an orange cardstock strip layered across it.  The :my coolest friend" sentiment from the Swanky Snowdudes set was stamped on the orange strip.  I cut a short fishtail flag strip from dark brown cardstock and tucked it underneath the bottom of the orange strip.  A pair of silver brads at the top of the patterned paper panel completed the design.

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 CTD370. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd370 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 November guestie Karolyn Loncon, and this week’s guest star stamper, Mona Pendleton.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi ** 
** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** November guestie Karolyn Loncon **
** Guest Star Stamper Mona Pendleton **

Materials Used:
Cool Dudes and Swanky Snowdudes stamp sets, Cool Dudes Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Playful 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); circle dies (Spellbinders); Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); silver brads (Michaels); foam tape
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