Saturday, December 20, 2014

This Way to My Heart

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge.  I used my new Go with It set and some coordinating arrow patterned paper to put this one together.
This Way to My Heart card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I covered a white card base with a blue patterned paper panel on top and the arrow patterned paper on the bottom, covering the seam between the two with a narrow red cardstock strip.  The "this way to my heart" sentiment was stamped on a light gray pierced fishtail flag die cut in darker gray ink, then layered over the panels.  I stamped one of the arrow images just beneath the sentiment.  The red die cut heart at the right side of the fishtail flag strip adds a little pop of bold color to the simple design.

Materials Used:
Go with It stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax and Staggered Heart Border dies (My Favorite Things); Baja Breeze and Red Riding Hood cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko); Cut and Paste-Flair 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Friday, December 19, 2014

Unwrap the Magic

This week's blogger challenge theme is holiday packaging.  This simple, festive package is yet another reject from a Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine call.  It uses stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps and a seasonal red, white, and silver color scheme.

Unwrap the Magic gift box-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Clear and Simple Stamps
I die cut the flap top pillow box from red cardstock, then assembled the box using CSS's Simple Adhesive.  To dress it up, I wrapped the box with some red and white baker's twine.  A trio of stacked elements were threaded on to the twine/  I started off with a  snowflake cut from sparkly silver glitter cardstock.  I added on a tag, stamped with a holiday sentiment from the All Wrapped Up set, then topped it with a red button.  The twine was tied on top in a simple bow.

Materials Used:
All Wrapped Up stamp set, Dare to Be a Diva Red ink, Dare to Be a Diva Red and A Blanc Check cardstock, Party Favor 15, Tags 1, and Flurries dies, red baker's twine, Dare to Be a Diva Red button, Simple Adhesive (Clear and Simple Stamps); glitter cardstock (Michaels)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

You Light up My Life

Here's my card for the current sketch at Retro Sketches.  I couldn't let the holiday season pass without having everyone's favorite big-eared bunny from The Cat's Pajamas make one final appearance decked out in holiday lights!

You Light up My Life card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas
I colored the stamped image from the All Is Bright set with Copic markers, then used foam tape to adhere it to a white panel.  The set's "you light up my life" sentiment was stamped at the top of the panel in red ink.  I edged the panel with a strip of festive striped paper that coordinated with the colors of the lights.  To hide the seam between the two panels, I die cut a green decorative strip using TCP's CutUps Queen of Hearts die, then added that along with a narrow red cardstock strip.  The finished panel was adhered to a green card base.

Materials Used:
All Is Bright stamp set, CutUps Queen of Hearts die (The Cat's Pajamas); Versafine Satin Red ink and Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Green Galore and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); North Pole 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Design); foam tape

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Color Throwdown 323-I'm Here for You

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  It's my turn to be the challenge hostess this week and I've chosen this pretty color palette based on a set on non-traditional holiday cards in shades of pale pink, rose, kraft, and green.

I'm Here for You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I used a new stamp set from My Favorite Things along with the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch for my card.  The scribbly circle from the  Whimsical Wishes set was stamped randomly in pink pigment ink on a cream panel, then heat embossed with pink embossing powder.  After embossing, I used an ink applicator and pale pink distress ink to fill in the circles to make them into flowers.  Each "flower" was dotted at the center with a solid circle of green pigment ink.  I matted the finished panel on kraft cardtock, then adhered it to a pale pink card base.  The set's "I'm here for you" sentiment was stamped in cream ink on a green cardstock strip, then heat embossed with cream embossing powder before it was adhered to the cardfront.

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 CTD323.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our December guestie, Sue Lelli, and this week’s guest star stamper, Rosemary Dennis.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** December guestie Sue Lelli **
** Guest Star Stamper Rosemary Dennis **

Materials Used:
Whimsical Wishes stamp set, Whip Cream ink, Factory Green cardstock (My Favorite Things); Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Pistachio inks (Tsukineko); Spun Sugar distress ink (Ranger); Blushing Bride cardstock, Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Grapefruit embossing powder (American Crafts)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Season's Greetings

Here's my card for the current Deconstructed Sketch.  I put together this simple holiday design using a seasonal sentiment from Paper Smooches and a piece of pretty tone on tone patterned paper.

Season's Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
The red striped tone on tone paper is from a Simple Stories paper pad.  I added a kraft strip to the top of the panel, then hid the seam between the two panels with a solid red scalloped strip edged with a narrow piece of gold paper.  The "season's greetings" sentiment from the Christmas Sampler set was stamped in red pigment ink on a cream panel, then matted on kraft cardstock.  After adhering two tiny handcut fishtail flag strips to the bottom of the sentiment panel, I set it on the patterned paper panel.  The finished panel was matted on gold paper, then adhered to a kraft card base using dimensional dots.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papersPaper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set; Tsukineko Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk ink; Simple Stories Say Cheese 6x6 paper pad; Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); gold paper (Target); scallop die (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Challenge 21-Happy Holidays

The Challenge is back with a new sketch and color combination! You can choose to use only the sketch, only the colors, or to combine both on your card.  I used both the sketch and the colors (all 5 of them!) for my seasonal design.

Happy Holidays card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps
I started off with a kraft card base.  I adhered strips of red cardstock, edged with shiny gold paper, to the top and bottom of the cardfront, then tucked a dark green fishtail flag strip underneath the top red strip.  The "happy holidays" sentiment from the Clear and Simple Stamps Sweet Sentiments:  Holidays was stamped in red ink on an oval die cut.  After matting the oval on a slightly larger brown oval, I added it to the cardfront.  It's accented with a shimmery white snowflake die cut with a sparkly clear crystal at the center.

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
Kim Heggins
Kimberly Wiener 
Lori Tecler --you're here!
Lynn Put
Nancy Salkeld
Veronica Zalis
Kristie Goulet, December featured designer

Materials Used:
Sweet Sentiments:  Holidays stamp set, Dare to Be a Diva Red ink, Dare to Be a Diva Red, Espresso Your Style, Emerald Bling, Kraft Like a Rockstar, 24 Karat Gold, White Pearl, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Flurries dies (Clear and Simple Stamps); clear crystal (Michaels); oval dies (Spellbinders); foam tape

Waltzingmouse Stamps December Pajama Party

I'm joining in on this month's Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party.  I had high hopes for completing a few projects for the PJ party, but in the end, managed to put together just this one using the Bedtime Story sketch.

Christmas Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps
I stuck with Claire's suggestion of using the sketch's triangle element as a tree.  Mine is fashioned from layered scallop edged olive cardstock pieces, inked with distress ink to add depth to the color.  I added a tiny trunk made from a scrap of brown cardstock, then topped the tree with a die cut gold star.  I resisted the urge to add some red sequins or dot the tree with glitter glue or a Pico embellisher to make ornaments, but I may end up going back and doing just that . . .

I adhered the tree to a kraft panel stamped with the largest stamp from WMS's Woodgrain set and topped with a patterned fishtail flag strip and a contrasting solid red cardstock strip.  The "Christmas greetings" sentiment from the Teeny Trees set was stamped in brown pigment ink in the bottom right corner of the red panel.  I layered the finished panel on top of an olive card base, matching my festive tree.

Materials Used:
Teeny Trees and Woodgrain stamp sets (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko); Crushed Olive distress ink (Ranger); Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip cardstock, scalloped edge punch (Stampin' Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); gold paper (Target); Season's Greetings 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); stitched star die (Lil' Inker Designs); Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); foam tape
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