Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Warm My Heart

It's been a while since I played along at Poppy Sketches, so when I saw that the "pop" to go with the current sketch was houndstooth, I knew I wanted to create a wintery design inspired by the pattern. Here's my sweet take on the sketch, featuring stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

You Warm My Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn
I used one of the bunnies from the Snow Day set.  It was stamped on kraft cardstock and cut with the matching die.  To add some texture, I covered the bunny's tail with white flock.  After die cutting a heart from red cardstock, I used dimensional dots to arrange the pair at the top of a blue and cream houndstooth panel

The set's "you warm my heart" sentiment was stamped on the panel in red pigment ink. I edged the houndstooth paper with matching red cardstock, then added a bit of whimsical pom pom trim to the bottom before adding it to a cream panel.  The cream panel was adhered to a warm kraft card base.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Lawn Fawn Snow Day stamp set and Snow Day dies; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Love Letter ink; Fancy Pants Be Different 6x6 paper pad; May Arts white pom pom trim; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); white flock (Stampendous)

Have a Fangtastic Halloween

I wanted to squeeze in another card or two using my Waltzingmouse Stamps Boo and Friends set before Halloween has come and gone, so I put together this design for the current Waltzingmouse Fanatics Halloween themed challenge.  The layout is based on the current Deconstructed Sketch.

Have a Fangtastic Halloween card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps
I used the vampire ghost as my focal image.  It was stamped on shimmery white cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then cut out.  It's adhered to a black and gray houndstooth panel using foam tape.  I heat embossed the "have a fangtastic Halloween" sentiment from the Peek a Boo Sentiments set next to the image in white, then accented it with a trio of purple enamel dots.  The panel was edged with black cardstock, then adhered to a purple panel.  I tucked a pale gray strip underneath the top of the patterned paper panel and another pale gray strip that I punched with a drippy goo border punch underneath the bottom.  The panel was matted on black, then gray cardstock, then adhered to a purple card base.

Materials Used:
Boo and Friends and Peek A Boo Sentiments stamp sets (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Halloween Parade designer paper (Doodlebug Design); Drippy Goo border punch (Martha Stewart); white embossing powder, purple enamel dots (Michaels); foam tape

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Challenge 17-Boo Y'All

The Challenge is back with a new sketch and color combo--and a new design team member, too! We're excited to be welcoming Maura to the team with today's challenge.  Be sure to check out her gallery here

Boo Y'All card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas I used both the sketch and color palette for my card.  The colors were perfect for a Halloween design featuring the Boo Y'All set from the latest release from The Cat's Pajamas.  I colored the big eared bunny turned Grim Reaper with Copic markers.  He's adhered to a  background I created with distress inks and a little reverse masking.  The splotchy dots are from some irRESISTible texture spray that I flicked on to the inked background panel.  Once the dots dried, I used foam tape to adhere the image on top.

The image is layered over an orange patterned paper strip adhered to a kraft panel.  I added the set's "boo y'all" sentiment at the bottom of the image panel.  All of the layers were matted on black cardstock to give them a nice pop.

Don't miss what the rest of the amazing challenge team has created to inspire you!  We're thrilled to be welcoming some new team members on board today Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge owner/creator
Kimberly Wiener 
Lori Tecler --you're here!
Lynn Put
Nancy Salkeld
Veronica Zalis

Materials Used:
Boo Y'All stamp set (The Cat's Pajamas); Shaded Lilac and Dried Marigold distress inks (Ranger); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Sweet Plum irRESISTible texture spray (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Halloween Parade designer paper (Doodlebug Design); petite oval dies (Spellbinders); circle punc (EK Success); foam tape

Take Life with a Grain of Salt

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I used stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti for this one.

Take Life with a Grain of Salt card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
I stamped the "take life with a grain of salt" sentiment from the Fresh 'n Fruity set on a white panel, then added a pair of limes above the text.  The limes were stamped in green pigment ink and cut with the matching Confetti Cuts dies, then adhered with foam tape for a bit of dimension.  After edging the panel with a scrap of striped paper, I matted it with lime green cardstock, then adhered it to a dotted patterned paper panel. The finished panel was adhered to a coordinating lime green card base.

Materials Used:
Fresh 'n Fruity stamp set, Confetti Cuts Fresh 'n Fruity dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink (Tsukineko); Celery ink (Avery Elle); Limeade Ice and Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Flower matstack (DCWV); foam tape

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS-Hey Dude

*** To see my card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, scroll down to the post below or click HERE. *** 

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is an anything goes challenge--so there's no excuse for not playing along with us!  I went with a Halloween theme on my card for the challenge.

Hey Dude card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesI made a spooky scene featuring one of the characters from the Halloweenies set.  He's set on a gray background featuring a big yellow moon, complete with debossed craters, and some sparkly gold stars cut with PS's Stars dies.  The sentiment is a combination of words from the Boob Tubes and Word Salad stamp sets. 

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:
Halloweenies, Boob Tubes, and Word Salad stamp sets, Halloweenies and Stars dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Harvest Gold cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); gold paper (Target); Polka Dots embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); foam tape

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 241-Friends Are Life's Nicest Perks

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  This week's' sketch calls for a square card and I created a 4 1/4" square coffee themed card based on the sketch.

Friends Are Life's Nicest Perks card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I started out with a feminine floral patterned paper adhered to a coordinating gray card base.  The "friends are life's nicest perks" sentiment from the Clear and Simple Stamps A Little Java set was stamped on a golden yellow cardstock panel in gray ink, then adhered to the patterned paper panel. 

I stamped one of the set's coffee pot images on a matching die cut using silver ink, then used foam tape to adhere it to a pair of layered circles.  The image was adhered to the top of the golden yellow panel.  For a bit more silver sparkle, I die cut a narrow Favor Flags strip from silver cardstock, cut it in half, and tucked the pieces underneath the left edge of the yellow panel.

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:
A Little Java stamp set, You're Such a Gray-cious Host ink, I Steel Got It, Golden Tiara, Sterling Silver, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Shapes:  Circles, Favor Flags, and Coffee Pots dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink (Tsukineko); The Story of Us 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories); foam tape

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Glitz-y Thank You

Here's my card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  The sketch was perfect for showing off a bunch of the pretty papers in the Glitz Design Felicity patterned paper pad!

Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Avery Elle
I picked three coordinating papers and cut four one inch strips to adhere to the bottom of a white panel.  The strips are topped with a rose cardstock strip cut with a scallop die.  I wrapped a piece of rose twine just above the scalloped strip, securing it with a small bow.  I stamped the "thank you" sentiment from Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals set above the scalloped strip in gray pigment ink.  The finished panel was popped up with dimensional dots and adhered to a light pink card base.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersAvery Elle Fabulous Florals stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink; Glitz Design Felicity 6x6 paper pad; Hemptique Spring Bloom 2 twine; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink cardstock (Stampin' Up!); scallop die (Papertrey Ink)
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