Saturday, October 21, 2017


Boo! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
Here's my card for the current Fusion challenge.  I combined the sketch with elements from the inspiration photo (color scheme, spooky theme, and striped pattern) to create my card.  I used the layout's large round panel as a moon.  My moon was cut from lime green cardstock, then debossed with a polka dot panel to get a crater-like appearance.  I adhered it to a gray cardstock panel over a long black and white striped fishtail flag strip. 

To go with the moon, I stamped the ghost image from the Paper Smooches Spookalicious stamp set in white pigment ink on white vellum, then heat embossed the image.  After cutting out the image, I adhered it to the top of the moon using some vellum-friendly adhesive.  The "boo!" sentiment from the Halloweenies set was stamped to the right of the round panel in white ink and also heat embossed to pop against the gray background.  The finished panel was adhered to a lime green panel to match the moon.

Materials Used:
Spookalicious and Halloweenies stamp sets (Paper Smooches); Memento Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Limeade Ice cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); white vellum (Stampin' Up!); Dots and Stripes-Soda Fountain 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); circle die (Spellbinders); Polka Dots embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels)

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Most Fabulous Birthday Ever

Here's my card for this month's Viva la Verve sketch.  It's actually my second take on the design.  I really wasn't happy with how my first attempt turned out, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with this one, which I deemed worthy of sharing.

The Most Fabulous Birthday Ever card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Verve Stamps
I used the sketch to make a birthday themed design.  The card was built around the striped patterned paper scrap adhered to the center of the card.  I topped it with a pale gray pierced square die cut stamped with the birthday sentiment from Verve's Better Together stamp set.  The sentiment panel was accented with a teeny, tiny silver pierced star die cut, adhered with foam tape for dimension.  After adhering the striped piece to a light blue cardstock panel, I added a strip of pale gray cardstock, edged with darker gray, along the left edge of the striped panel.  The finished panel was adhered to a pale gray card base.

Materials Used:
Better Together stamp set (Verve Stamps); Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Square STAX and Pierced Star STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Chalk Studio Basics 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); foam tape

Thursday, October 19, 2017

No Mummy Like You

No Mummy Like You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti
Here's my card for this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  Yes, it's another Halloween design--gotta ink up those fun sets while they're in season!  I used RC's Best Witches stamps and dies on this one.  The mummy is my focal image.  He's set on a purple night sky panel, studded with silver glitter enamel dot "stars" and a crescent moon.  I layered the image panel on to a pale gray card base over a cute eyeball patterned paper panel and a coordinating lime green cardstock strip.  The set's "there's no mummy like you" sentiment was stamped just beneath the image panel to complete the design.

Materials Used:
Best Witches stamp set, Stone, Lime Green, and Grape Soda cardstock, Best Witches dies (Reverse Confetti); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Yoyo Yellow cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Halloween Parade designer paper (Doodlebug Design); circle punch (EK Success); silver glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Color Throwdown 465-Ghoulish Greetings

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Jodi is up as our challenge hostess this week with a dramatic color combination--purple, black, and white.

Ghoulish Greetings card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch to make a fun Halloween design with stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  I started out by using the Starry Sky die to cut a star-studded panel from black cardstock.  The die cut piece was layered on to a sparkly silver  cardstock panel to fill in the negative space.  I adhered the strip to a purple card base with a block of black cardstock along the bottom.  To bring in some white, I stamped the ghost image from the Seen on Halloween set on white vellum using white pigment ink, then heat embossed the image.  After cutting it out, I used foam tape to adhere it to the starry strip.  A trio of white glitter enamel dots arranged around the ghost completed the design.

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 CTD465.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd465 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 October guestie Michele Ferguson, and this week's Guest Star Stamper, Estelle TBT.

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** October guestie Michele Ferguson **
   **  Guest Star Stamper Estelle TBT  **

Materials Used:
Seen on Halloween stamp set, Starry Sky die (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Grape Soda cardstock (Reverse Confetti); Basic Black cardstock, white vellum (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock, Snow embossing powder (Michaels); white glitter enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

You've Got the Write Stuff

You've Got the Write Stuff card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink
Yesterday was Boss's Day, so I created this writing themed card for my team to give to our supervisor to mark the occasion.  Since I work on the literacy team in an elementary curriculum office, the writing theme was a perfect fit!  The layout is based on the current sketch at Match the Sketch.  I stretched the layout's rectangle panel to fit the trio of die cut pencils I created with Papertrey Ink's Pencil Me In dies.  I arranged the pencils on a manuscript alphabet patterned paper, then tucked a red half circle under the edge of one of the pencils.  The red is a nice contrast against the yellow pencils and gray background panel.  I adhered the panel to a kraft card base, then added a pale gray strip stamped with the "you've got the write stuff" sentiment on top.  A silver strip was positioned slightly offset behind the sentiment to highlight it.  I accented it with a trio of red enamel dots for one final pop of bold color.

Materials Used:
Pencil Me In stamp set, Harvest Gold cardstock Pencil Me In dies (Papertrey Ink); Memento Tuxedo Black and Gray Flannel inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Real Red and Pretty in Pink cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Insulation Pink cardstock (My Favorite Things); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Studious 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); circle die (Spellbinders); red enamel dots (Doodlebug Design)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Just Fur You

Just Fur You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I used a sweet image from the Playful Pups set as my focal image.  The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the image to a kraft panel with rounded corners.  The image was matted on blue cardstock, then adhered to a blue gingham panel.  After edging the gingham panel with narrow strips of red cardstock, I layered it on to a coordinating blue card base.  The "just fur you" sentiment from the Four-Legged Friends stamp set was stamped on a red Slanted Sentiment Strips die cut, then positioned on the cardfront overlapping the left side of the image panel.

Materials Used:
Playful Pups and Four-Legged Friends stamp sets, Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6 paper pad, Die-namics Playful Pups and Slanted Sentiment Strips dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening cardstock (Papertrey Ink); foam tape

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge-Cuddle

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We hope you'll play along!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!  Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.   

Dream Big card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9For my card, I took my inspiration from the sweet bear in the photo. Isn't he just adorable?  My dreamy little bear is from the WPlus9 Little Dreamers stamp set.  I colored the set's bear, moon, and cloud images with Copic markers, then cut them out with the matching dies.  They were arranged on a panel with a soft blue watercolor wash background.  Foam tape on some of the pieces added dimension to the simple scene.  And, it's hard to see in the photo, but I used a clear glitter pen to give each of the clouds a subtle sparkle.

The "dream big" sentiment from the coordinating Stardust stamp set was stamped to the right of the bear image in black ink.  I arranged a trio of silver sequins around the sentiment and images to fill in the scene, then adhered the finished panel to a coordinating blue card base.

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Materials Used:
Little Dreamers and Stardust stamp sets, Little Dreamers dies (WPlus9); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); markers (Copic); clear Sparkle Glitter Brush pen (Spectrum Noir); Cool Caribbean cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver sequins; foam tape
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