Friday, April 29, 2016

Thanks a Ton

I couldn't resist the fun jungle animal dies and sentiments in the newest card kit from My Favorite Things!   I love how quickly the animals can be assembled without stamping.  Here, I used one of the elephant images to make a thank you card based on the current sketch at The Paper Players.

Thanks a Ton card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite ThingsI die cut the elephant from a pair of scraps--the body from gray cardstock and the ear from dotted gray patterned paper.  The eye was made with a tiny black enamel dot.  I used foam tape to set the elephant over a trio of green paper strips arranged on a kraft cardstock panel.  The "thanks a ton" sentiment from the coordinating Jungle Friends stamp set was stamped in gray pigment ink on the pale green grass-edged strip.  I adhered the finished panel to an easy to write on light green card base.

Materials Used:
Jungle Friends stamp set, Cement Gray cardstock, Die-namics Jungle Friends dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, and  Kraft cardstock, Simply Chartreuse patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); gray dotted patterned paper (Michaels);  Grass border punch (Fiskars); black enamel dot (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I'm Quackers for You

I'm up on the SugarPea Designs blog today, sharing a bit of sweet SPD inspiration for you.  My card features the new Quackers stamp set--a favorite from this month's release--and coordinating SugarCuts dies.

I'm Quackers for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
The layout comes from this week's SugarSketch.  If you haven't joined in on any of April's weekly sketches, you still have a few days to play along for a chance to win this month's prize . . .  For the focal image, I stamped one of the set's duck images on a circle die cut and colored in the water, then added a second colored duck on top using foam tape for dimension. 

I placed the duck on a yellow cardstock panel with a coordinating yellow patterned paper strip across the top.  A super narrow strip of blue cardstock sets the two panels apart and brings in the color of the water, too.  I layered the panel on to a blue card base covered with a piece of grid patterned paper.  Once the panel was in place, I added the "I'm quackers for you" sentiment on top.  I accented it with a trio of sequins and an orange Stitched Flags die cut.   

Be sure to check out the creations that some of my other SPD teammates are sharing today on their blogs:

Brianna Loeffelbein
Jenny Peterson

Materials Used:
Quackers stamp set, SugarCuts Quackers and Stitched Flags dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Daffodil, Summer Splash, and Orange Fizz cardstock (My Favorite Things); Let's Polka-Sunflower Line Dance and Hello Sunshine-Dawn designer papers (Lawn Fawn); light blue sequins; corner rounder; foam tape

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Color Throwdown 390-Freaking Amazing

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  I used the colors along with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for my clean and simple design.

You Are Freaking Amazing card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I started out by covering a white card base with some yellow on yellow diagonal striped patterned paper.  I added a yellow cardstock strip, edged in navy blue for contrast, to the top of the cardfront. I brought in more navy by die cutting the word "amazing," then layering the cardstock piece over some white foam.  The two layers were offset just slightly to give the appearance of  even more dimension.  By the way, if you're looking for foam sheets to try this out, be sure to check out the Sugar Puff sheets at SugarPea Designs. They cut beautifully in my die cutting machine!

The "you are freaking" sentiment from the My Favorite Things Amazing stamp set was stamped in white just above the layered die cut word, then heat embossed for a nice pop.  I finished the design off with a bunch of randomly placed white enamel dots framing the die cut word.

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 CTD390. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd390 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 April guestie Amy Rohl, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Linda Beeson.

**  Amy ** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi ** 
** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Amy Rohl  **
** Guest Star Stamper Linda Beeson **

Materials Used:
Amazing stamp set, Daffodil cardstock, Die-namics Doubly Amazing dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Let's Polka-Sunflower Line Dance designer paper (Lawn Fawn); white enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Best Dad Ever

I've made a bunch of Mother's Day cards, so while I still had my Lawn Fawn Best Pun Ever set out, I thought I'd put together a Father's Day card, too.  This one is based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch.

Best Dad Ever card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
I used Copic markers to color the set's trophy image, going for a gold-ish tone.  After I was done coloring, I stamped the "#1" image directly on the colored image. 

I paired the gold with a masculine red-orange shade and kraft cardstock, covering the kraft card base with a piece of coordinating bold patterned paper.  A wide red strip that runs the length of the card breaks up the pattern a bit.  I added a pierced circle panel and a pair of fishtail flag strips to the center panel, then topped the pieces with the trophy image, using foam tape for dimension.  The "best dad ever" sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the red panel with the help of my MISTI.

Materials Used:
Best Pun Ever stamp set, Best Pun Ever dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft and Fine Linen cardstock, Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target); Adventure 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); foam tape

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Challenge 70-Just Plane Cute

***  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 with a new challenge!  Next up in our challenge rotation is a masculine photo inspiration challenge.  I took my inspiration from the propeller in the photo and made a plane themed card.

Just Plane Cute card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Papertrey Ink
My plane is from Papertrey Ink's Little Hot Rod set.  To bring in the metallics from the photo, I stamped the bottom half of the plane and its propeller in shiny silver ink. 

For the background, I covered the top half of a light blue card base with a scrap of dotted blue patterned paper.  I added a die cut shimmery white stitched cloud strip, edged with more silver, at the bottom of the dotted paper, then placed the plane on top with foam tape for dimension.  The set's "you are just plane cute" sentiment was stamped just beneath the little scene in red pigment ink.

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

Lori Tecler--you're here!
Nina Forsyth
Rachel Bergfeld
Greta Hess, April's featured designer

Materials Used:
Little Hot Rod stamp set, Little Hot Rod dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Luxe Love Letter and Delicata Shimmery Silver inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Bashful Blue and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver paper (Target); blue polka dot designer paper (Michaels); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); foam tape

Mojo Monday 445-You're a Tea-riffic Mom

You're a Tea-riffic Mom card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  Since it's the last week of the month, we're switching things up a bit and featuring a layout designed for a round or square card.  I went with a 4 1/4" square card for my Mother's Day design.

In my version, I replaced the small round panel with the teapot and teacup from Lawn Fawn's Best Pun Ever stamp set.  The images were colored with Copic markers and cut with the matching die, then adhered to the sentiment panel using foam tape.  The words were stamped with the help of my MISTI.  It makes lining up all of those separate, tiny words so easy!  I matted the sentiment panel with darker gray cardstock.  The panel was placed on a pale gray card base covered with a piece of pale gray paper with a subtle, elegant pattern. The red cardstock strip across the center of the panel adds a pop of contrasting color and coordinates with the teapot and teacup images, too.  I meant to add a tiny bit of a pearl flourish extending out from the teapot's spout to make steam, but forgot it before I took the photo . . .

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:
Best Pun Ever stamp set, Best Pun Ever dies (Lawn Fawn); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); A Mother's Love 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I Whale Always Love You

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's a somewhat loose interpretation of the layout, but I think it still works!

I Whale Always Love You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
I can't get enough of the adorable Whale Hello stamp set from Avery Elle, so I inked it up again here.  I colored one of the set's whale images with Copic markers, then cut it out with the matching die.  The wavy background was made with a blue cardstock panel and a pair of different sized circle punches.  I placed the wavy strip and the whale on a lighter blue card base. 

To finish my scene, I made a sun from a pair of circles, one with a pinking (pinked?) edge and one in a gingham pattern, and tucked it underneath the top edge of the wavy panel.  The set's "I whale always love you" sentiment was stamped just beneath the wave strip in gray pigment ink.  A pair of teeny, tiny hearts were cut from red cardstock and arranged above the whale with foam tape to add a final contrasting pop of color to the design.

Materials Used:
Whale Hello stamp set, Sea Glass cardstock, Whale Hello dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Pacific Point and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Harvest Gold cardstock, Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); circle punches (EK Success); foam tape

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