Friday, April 17, 2015

Sending You Love

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Retro Sketches.  I used some new stamps and dies from WPlus9--and more watercoloring!--for this one.

Sending You Love card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9I started off by making my watercolor background panel.  The hearts were heat embossed in white on the watercolor paper, then I did a light watercolor wash over them.  Love how the hearts resist the paint!  I used foam tape to layer the die cut umbrella on top.

After matting the image on turquoise paper, I adhered it to a slightly larger aqua mat.  The "sending my love" sentiment was adhered on an angle at the bottom of the panel.  I adhered the finished image panel to an aqua card base with a multicolored patterned paper strip along the right edge.

Materials Used:
Love Showers stamp set, Love Showers dies (WPlus9); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores, and Raspberry Fizz cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); Summer Bliss 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Snow embossing powder, watercolor paper, watercolors (Michaels); foam tape

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fly By Hello

Here's my card for this month's Avery Elle AEI♥U challenge.  This month's challenge theme is watercolor and I have to admit that I'm not too good with watercoloring images, so I chose to make a watercolor background instead.

Fly By Hello card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Avery Elle
I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue to make a sky-like background for the plane from Avery Elle's Fly By set.  I colored the plane with Copic markers, then cut the colored image with the matching die.  I did a little extra fussy cutting around part of the image with a craft knife so that you could see more of the watercolored background behind the image. 

For the sentiment, I cut a bunch of  the set's coordinating "hello" die from white cardstock and stacked the die cuts together for dimension.  To get a shadow-like look, I cut the word from gray cardstock and adhered it to the watercolor panel, then adhered the layered white die cuts on top, offset just a bit.  I added a few sequins around the image and sentiment as an accent.  The panel was layered on a red cardstock mat, then adhered to a navy blue card base.
Materials Used:
Fly By stamp set, Fly By dies (Avery Elle); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); watercolor paper, watercolors (Michaels); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white sequins; foam tape

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Color Throwdown 338-Dream Big

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Broni is our hostess this week and she's chosen a pretty color palette for us to try--green, teal, kraft, and white.

Dream Big card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I was on spring break last week, so while I was home, I did a little playing with some distress inks to create some fun background panels, including the one I used on this card.  After finding ink pads that matched the challenge colors, I pressed them on to my craft sheet, then misted them with water and ran my a watercolor paper panel through the inky puddles. 

After the ink dried on this panel, I rubbed a brown distress ink pad along the panel's edges for a weathered look.  I heat embossed the "dream big" sentiment from the Lil' Inker Designs Shiny Happy Sentiments set on the panel in gold.  I added a die cut gold stitched star next to the sentiment with a messy pile of kraft thread tucked behind it. I adhered the panel to a teal card base, tilting it on an angle for interest.  Three gold sequins around the star added a final touch of sparkle to the card.  I'm going to add this fun design to the current Lil' Inker Designs monthly meetup challenge.

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 CTD338. If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd338 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, Karen Giron, and this week’s guest star stamper, Cassie Trask.

** Barbara ** Broni ** Joan ** Jodi **
** Monika ** Tammy ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Karen Giron **
** Guest Star Stamper Cassie Trask **

Materials Used:
Shiny Happy Sentiments stamp set, Stitched Stars dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Delicata Golden Glitz ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, and Tea Dye distress inks, watercolor paper (Ranger); gold paper (Target); gold embossing powder (American Crafts); gold sequins (Michaels); twine (Hemptique); foam tape

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Pajama Party

I'm joining in on this month's Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party with a sweet baby card for the Bedtime Sketch.  I had every intention of also putting together a baby themed gift card using the A Good Egg set--I even had the stamps and dies out on my table--but kindergarten got the best of me.  Going back to work yesterday after spring break was hard and it was all I could do to get Chloe the cutie puppy walked yesterday before I fell into bed at 7:00. Probably earlier than most of my students . . .

Sweet Baby card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Anyway, I used the Nordic Baby set for my card.  The images were stamped on a cream panel using pigment inks to help pick up the details in the patterns on the stamps.  I matted the image panel on kraft cardstock and set it on a fun dotted patterned paper panel.  I edged the left side of the image panel with strips of dark and light pink cardstock, then added a little banner made from a strip of rose mini pom pom trim.  For a final feminine touch, I added a teeny, tiny pale pink self-adhesive pearl to each shoe.  So sweet!

Materials Used:
Nordic Baby stamp set (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Toffee Crunch inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Sweet Blush and Raspberry Fizz cardstock, medium scallop die (Papertrey Ink); Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hey Birdie-Hustle designer paper (KaiserCraft); pale pink self-adhesive pearls (Mark Richards); pink pom pom trim

TCP Tuesday 288-Salud!

It's time for a new TCP Tuesday challenge at Tuesday challenge at The Cat's Pajamas!  This time, we're having a color challenge hosted by Wendy.  She's chosen a vibrant color palette including saffron, celery, and tangerine.

Salud! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's PajamasI paired the colors with the Salud! set and the current Deconstructed Sketch.  The drink-toting penguin was colored with Copic markers and carefully cut out, then adhered to a round panel using foam tape.  His hat got the same treatment.  After matting the image panel on an orange circle, I adhered it to a celery cardstock strip set on a yellow dotted patterned paper panel.  I surrounded the penguin with a trio of green enamel dots.  The set's "salud" sentiment was stamped beneath the penguin in black ink.  The finished panel was adhered to an orange card base.

Be sure to stop by the TCP blog for more inspiration and for all the details on how you can play along with the challenge.  Challenge participants have a chance to win a Cat Cash prize (with a little extra thrown in if you use TCP stamps/dies) and to be named the Swanky Stamper of the month, which earns you a slot in an upcoming TCP release blog hop along with a selection of stamps from the release!  Be sure to link up your card on the TCP blog for a chance to win.  Happy stamping!

Materials Used:
Salud! stamp set (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, and Orange Zest cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Soup Staples II-Yellow Salt designer paper (Jillibean Soup); circle dies (Spellbinders); green enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Challenge 30-You Are Kind of Amazing

The Challenge is back again with a new challenge!  Next up in our new format is a color challenge.  This week's colors are Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pool Party, and Whisper White.

You Are Kind of Amazing card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9I used the colors along with WPlus9's Unforgettable stamp set.  I colored the elephant
in shades of gray and the balloon in red, then cut the images with the matching dies.  The pieces were adhered to a piece of gingham patterned paper using foam tape.  I adhered the panel to a gray card base, then added the sentiment to the left side of the panel.  It was stamped on a solid red panel for a bold contrast against the gingham background.  A few white sequins scattered around the elephant and balloon finished the design.

Don't miss what the rest of The Challenge team has created for this week's challenge.  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge owner/creator
Anita Madden
Kim Heggins
Kimberly Wiener 
Lee Ann Barrett
Lori Tecler --you're here!
Michele Ferguson
Nancy Salkeld 
Lea Lawson, April featured designer
Linda Snodgrass, guest designer

Materials Used:
Unforgettable stamp set, Unforgettable dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Aqua Mist patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

How Sweet of You

Here's my card for April's second Viva la Verve sketch.  I stretched the square layout to a standard A2 sized card, but other than that, kept the elements of the layout intact.

How Sweet of You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve StampsI used the small cupcake and a sentiment from Verve's Small Packages set on the round pink panel.  The text was stamped in brown ink.  The cupcake was stamped on a matching die cut piece and colored with Copic markers, then adhered to the pink panel using foam tape.  Before adhering the panel to the kraft patterned paper panel, I arranged a bunch of looped twine beneath it.  It took me as long to "artfully" arrange the twine as it did for me to put the rest of the card together!  Once the panel was in place, I added rose fishtail flag strips above and beneath the pink circle, then dotted the strips with rose enamel dots.  The finished panel was adhered to a pale pink card base.

Materials Used:
Small Packages stamp set, Cupcake Frame dies (Verve Stamps); Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa inks (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); markers (Copic); Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Bright Side-Upbeat designer paper (Lawn Fawn); circle die (Spellbinders); Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax die (My Favorite Things); twine (Hemptique); pink enamel dots (Michaels); foam tape
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