Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TCP Tuesday 301-Survivor

It's time for a new TCP Tuesday challenge at The Cat's Pajamas! This week's theme is anything goes, so it's a perfect time to pull out your TCP stamps and dies.

Since it's October, I thought it was a good time to "think pink" and pull out my Survivor stamp set.  I paired the ribbon-holding big eared bunny image with the current sketch at Retro Sketches.  The bunny was colored with Copic markers.  I used foam tape to adhere the colored image to the left side of a long pale pink banner strip die cut with one of the CutUps Framed Up 2 dies.  After stamping the set's "survivor" sentiment on the strip in rose pigment ink, I adhered it to a piece of pink paper with a pennant pattern on it.  The patterned paper panel was adhered to a rose card base.

Ready to play along?  I hope so!  Here are the challenge details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog as well as on our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button found on the blog.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week’s winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $20 or $25 if a TCP product is used.

Materials Used:
Survivor stamp set, CutUps Framed Up 2 dies (The Cat's Pajamas); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Regal Rose and Pink Pirouette cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Special Delivery 6x6 paper pad (Pebbles); foam tape

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Challenge 46-A Bushel and a Peck

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge!  ***

The Challenge is back again with a new challenge!  This week we've got a color challenge for you featuring crimson, yellow, kraft, and red.  I paired the colors with the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (designed by my challenge teammate, Kim!) for this sweet fall card.

A Bushel and a Peck card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from My Favorite Things
I can't get enough of the adorable Harvest Mouse set from My Favorite Things, so I made one of the set's mice front and center in my design.  The apple-holding mouse was colored with Copic markers, then cut out and adhered to a cream panel with some torn kraft "ground" using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the set's "I love you a bushel and a peck" sentiment on a cream panel, then tied some kraft twine beneath the text.  I matted the image panel, the sentiment panel, and a strip of apple patterned paper on crimson cardstock, then arranged them on a kraft card base. 

Check out what the rest of the talented team at The Challenge has created using this week's color combination.  Here's where to find them:

Lesley Croghan, challenge creator
Shona Chambers, October featured designer
Mary Valente, guest designer

Materials Used:
Harvest Mouse stamp set (My Favorite Things); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Cherry Cobbler cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); Apple Cheddar Soup 6x6 paper pad (Jillibean Soup); twine; foam tape

Mojo Monday 419-Sending Sunshine

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch. I used a bunch of die cut pieces to put together my cheerful card.

Sending Sunshine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from WPlus9
I made the circle in the lower right corner of the sketch into a sun with a pinking edged circle topped with a gingham patterned circle.  I added a piece of aqua dotted patterned paper with rounded corners as the sky.  The sketch's rounded rectangle element was replaced with a pair of die cut shimmery white clouds.

I cut the word "sunshine" three times using a die from WPlus9's Sunshine Layers die set.  After stacking the die cuts, I adhered them to the gingham sun.  The word "sending" from the Love Showers set was stamped just above the die cut word in aquamarine ink.  The finished panel was adhered to an aquamarine card base.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:
Materials Used:
Love Showers stamp set, Sunshine Layers dies (WPlus9); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock, Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart patterned paper (Papertrey Ink); Barely Banana and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); circle and pinking circle dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder; foam tape

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS-Boo!

*** Scroll down to the post below or click HERE to see my card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! *** 

This week’s Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Picture Perfect challenge based on the photo seen above (photo credit).  I was inspired by the fall colors and the hanging leaves.

Boo! card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper SmoochesI started out with a watercolor style background made by pressing several distress ink pads onto my craft sheet, then spritzing the inks with water and pressing watercolor paper on top to capture the mixed colors.  Once the ink was dry, I stamped the spider from the Halloweenies set three times on the panel, varying the positioning for interest.  I used a narrow pen to draw a "web" extending from the top of the card to each spider.  The set's "boo!" sentiment was stamped near the bottom of the card.  After matting the panel on gold paper, I adhered it to a rust card base to coordinate with the colors in the background panel.

We hope you’ll join us and share a project using Paper Smooches stamps or dies. One participant in this week’s challenge will win a $30 gift certificate to the PS store! Before you head off to start your own creation, don’t miss what the rest of the SPARKS team has created for this week's challenge. Here’s where to find them:

Lori Tecler--you're here!

Materials Used:
Halloweenies stamp set (Paper Smooches); Versafine Onyx Black ink, irRESISTible Copper texture spray (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Abandoned Coral, and Rusty Hinge distress inks (Ranger); multiliner pen (Copic); Canyon Clay cardstock (Papertrey Ink); gold paper (Target)

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 290-You're a Cute-a-saurus

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  This week's layout calls for a square card.  I paired the sketch with stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs.

You're a Cute-a-Saurus card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs
I made a simple scene on the round panel using one of the dinos and the palm tree image from the Prehistoric Pals stamp set.  I colored the images with Copic markers, then used the matching dies to cut out the colored images.  They're adhered to the background using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the "you're a cute-a-saurus" sentiment at the bottom of the panel.

I found a scrap of dotted paper that brought in the blues, greens, and purples from the scene and adhered it to the left side of a dark aqua square.  The image panel was added on top.  I layered the finished panel on to a 4 1/4" square card base.

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on the SSSC blog.  Be sure to stop by the blog to check out what the SSSC team has created using the sketch.  And, don't forget to check in on Wednesday to see one of our favorite cards made with the sketch!


Materials Used:
Prehistoric Pals stamp set, SugarCuts Prehistoric Pals dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, and Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Lime Twist-Happy Go Lucky 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); circle die (Spellbinders); Grass border punch (Fiskars); foam tape

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bubbly Birthday Card

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I needed a birthday card for a special middle school aged boy, so I turned to the fun Soda Pop set and matching dies for my card.

May Your Day Bubble Over card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I used cardstock scraps to cut the soda bottles.  After I assembled them, I arranged them on a cream pierced rectangle die cut.  The "may your day bubble over with fun" sentiment was stamped beneath the bottles in red ink.  The sentiment doesn't exactly say "birthday," but I think it works for the occasion!  The panel was adhered to a piece of kraft cardstock over a trio of narrow red cardstock strips.  I accented the bottles with some red enamel dots.  They work well with the bubble theme of the sentiment.  The finished panel was adhered to a dark brown card base, matching the color of the soda bottles.  I hope the birthday boy likes it!

Materials Used:
Soda Pop stamp set, Die-namics Pierced Rectangle Stax and Soda Pop Bottles dies (My Favorite Things); Memento Lady Bug ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Early Espresso and Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Kraft cardstock (WPlus9); silver paper (Target); red enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Friday, October 9, 2015

SugarPea Designs October Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop

Hello, Crafty Friends! It’s time again for our monthly, Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! Now that so many of you have our Fall Product Release in your hot little hands, our Pod Squad of designers have geared up to inspire you with even MORE creative possibilities featuring all of the newest and hottest products from SugarPea Designs!

I'm Mad About You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea DesignsI pulled out the Adorkable and Noted sets for my card.  When I used these sets for last month's Sweet Peek, my card had more of a Halloween feel.  This time, I did a love themed design.  I colored the scientist image with Copic markers, then cut it out.  After stamping the notebook lines from the Noted set on a white panel, I cut the stamped panel with the SugarCuts Notebook Journal Card die.  The scientist was adhered to the panel using foam tape.

I adhered the image panel to a red cardstock panel on an angle over a strip of gray dotted paper.  The "I'm mad about you" sentiment was stamped on a pale gray cardstock strip and adhered to the panel over the right side of the notebook paper panel.  I anchored the panel with a pair of silver brads.  A pair of red hearts, cut with the SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die, completed the design.

Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own? Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win!


Materials Used:
Adorkable and Noted stamp sets, SugarCuts Notebook Journal Card and Heart Journal Card dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug inks (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Aquamarine ink (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Grout Gray and Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Chalk Studio 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); silver brads (Michaels)); foam tape
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