Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sneaky Peek Week Begins

We're kicking off Sneaky Peek week today at The Cat's Pajamas with your first look at one of the seven stamp sets, four CutUps die sets, and two new Cutables cut files that will be available for purchase on Tuesday, September 30.  The big eared bunny is back today in the new Survivor set.

Survivor card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas

I paired the bunny image with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.  The bunny was colored with Copic markers, then adhered to a pink card base over a rose strip stamped with the set's "survivor" sentiment.  It looks blurry here, but it's not!  The font in the sentiment is a great .  I accented the image with a sprinkling of pink sequins.

We've got lots of fun planned for the week leading up to the big release.  Be sure to stop by the TCP member company forum on SCS to chat with the Cat Pack and other TCP fans in our traditional In It to Win It thread.  Each day, one lucky commenter will be chosen to win one of the new stamp sets before you can buy it.  Don't miss out on the fun--and the chance to win!

The Cat Pack is providing lots of inspiration using the new Survivor set today.  Here's where to find them:

Miss Meowy herself, Alma
Lori--you're here!

And, don't miss out on our Monday night Pajama Party in the TCP member company forum on SCS. After a long day of teaching kindergarten, I'll definitely be wearing my pajamas when it's time for the PJ party!

Materials Used:
Survivor stamp set (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Regal Rose and Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); sequins (Avery Elle); foam tape

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Challenge 15-Thanks Ever So Much

The Challenge is back with a new sketch and color combination.  You can choose to use just the sketch, just the color palette (love this one!), or to combine them both.

Thanks Ever So Much card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
I used both the sketch and the colors on this clean, graphic thank you card.  I stamped the "thanks ever so much" sentiment from Avery Elle's Many Thanks set in gray pigment ink on a white panel, then matted the panel on black cardstock.  After edging the bottom of the panel with a strip of white mini pom pom trim for a bit of texture, I adhered it to a piece of hot pink grid patterned paper.  I accented the sentiment with a bunch of gray enamel dots scattered around the cardfront.  The finished panel was adhered to a hot pink card base.

Don't miss what the rest of the amazing challenge team has created to inspire you!  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge owner/creator
Jeanne Jachna
Kimberly Wiener

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Avery Elle Many Thanks stamp set and The Brights Collection 6x6 paper pad; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink; May Arts white pom pom trim; Studio Calico Essentials gray enamel dots

other:  Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock (Stampin' Up!)

Hoppy Halloween

Here's my card for the current Lawnscaping critter challenge.  There are so many cute Lawn Fawn critters that it was hard to pick which one to use!  It's hard for me to resist a cute bunny image, so I ended up using the bunny from the Hoppy Halloween set along with the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Hoppy Halloween card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Lawn Fawn
I colored the bunny with Copic markers, then cut him (her?) out.  I used dimensional dots to adhere the bunny to a simple background scene made from kraft cardstock with a strip of curvy green cardstock grass along the bottom.  The set's "Hoppy Halloween" sentiment was stamped in black ink in the open space next to the bunny.

The panel was adhered to an olive card base over a pair of contrasting paper strips.  After debating a bit between sequins and enamel dots, I settled on adding a trio of orange enamel dots to finish the card.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersLawn Fawn Hoppy Halloween stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Echo Park About a Boy 6x6 paper pad; Doodlebug Tangerine Sprinkles enamel dots; Sticky Thumb enamel dots

other:  Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, and Always Artichoke cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 237-I Thank My Lucky Stars

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  It didn't take long for the first round of kindergarten germs to hit me and I'm feeling pretty lousy, so I kept my card for this week's sketch pretty simple.

I Thank My Lucky Stars card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from WPlus9I used a sentiment from the WPlus9 Lucky Stars stamp set for the sketch's image panel.  It's stamped in kraft colored ink on a cream panel.  The text is so pretty that it really does work well as a focal image.

To go with the star themed sentiment, I picked a piece of patterned paper with a smattering of stars across it.  I adhered three narrow strips of shimmery gold cardstock diagonally across the bottom right of the panel, then added a red panel on top.  The sentiment panel is adhered to the red panel using dimensional dots.  I thought about adding some sequins or some enamel dots, but they looked lost against the pattern with all of its dots, so I skipped the extra embellishments altogether and adhered the finished panel to a kraft card base.

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

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersWPlus9 Lucky Stars stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink; Simple Stories Say Cheese 6x6 paper pad; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); gold paper (Target)

I'm Thinking of You

Here's my card for this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.  It's this month's third sketch and the third one I've made using the Poppy Birthday set!  The card's color scheme and floral image were inspired by the sunflowers and woodgrain table seen in the inspiration photo along with the sketch.

I'm Thinking of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve
 This time, I stamped the poppy trio on a cream tag, then colored the flowers in using yellow Copic markers.  I topped the tag with a bit of yellow baker's twine.  The colored tag was adhered to a piece of rustic looking woodgrain patterned paper over a kraft cardstock circle. 

I filled in the open space on the panel with a pair of smaller kraft circles.  The "I'm thinking of you" sentiment from the Take Note set was stamped in brown ink on a golden yellow strip and adhered over the tag.  I layered the finished panel on a yellow cardfront matching the sentiment panel.

Materials Used:
Poppy Birthday and Take Note stamp sets (Verve Stamps); Memento Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Everyday Circus 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants); Die-namics Pierced Circle Stax and Pierced Traditional Tag Stax dies (My Favorite Things); circle punches (EK Success); twine (The Twinery)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Holiday Muse

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge.  I was inspired by Marion's clean and simple layout. Instead of using florals, I went with flakes!

Happy Holidays card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I die cut a pair of snowflakes from silver glitter paper, then used foam tape to adhere them to a red card base.  Each flake has a clear crystal at the center for even more sparkle.  I stamped the "happy holidays" sentiment from the Clear and Simple Stamps All Wrapped Up stamp set beneath the flakes in black ink.  Quick, clean and simple, but it makes an impact, doesn't it?

Materials Used:
All Wrapped Up stamp set, Dare to Be a Diva Red cardstock, Flurries dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black markers (Tsukineko); silver glitter cardstock, clear crystals (Michaels); foam tape

Thank You

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge. I combined the sketch with this month's MFT Color Palette challenge to create a masculine thank you card.

Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I die cut a tag from cream cardstock, then stamped the "thank you" sentiment from the Bold Sentiments set at the bottom of the tag in gray pigment ink.  To add a little texture to the tag, I punched a hole in the top and looped a bit of gray twine through it.

The tag was adhered to a Steel Blue cardstock panel over a Factory Green Pierced Circle Stax die cut and a strip of green and cream patterned paper.  Once the tag was in place, I added a contrasting bright red star, die cut with the star from the Blueprints 18 set.  A pair of thin gray fishtail flag strips were tucked underneath the star.  I adhered the finished panel to a Steel Grey card base.

Materials Used:
Bold Statements stamp set, Factory Green, Steel Grey, and Steel Blue cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flags Layers Stax, Pierced Circle Stax, Pierced Traditional Tag Stax, and Blueprints 18 dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko); Awesome 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories); gray twine (Hemptique); foam tape
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