Thursday, February 16, 2017

CTS #209

Good morning.  It's another gorgeous spring like morning here in Iowa and I'm loving it!  I just can't get enough of this amazing weather.  I knew I was ready for a little warmth but it is even better than I imagines it would be.  I almost feel bad enjoying it so much because it has really been a pretty mild winter.  Now, I'll say all of that and we'll have a blizzard in March...not at all unusual for us.  I guess we will see.

Today we have another awesome sketch up at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I think you will have a ton of fun with it because it has a ton of ways you can go.  Loads of options, I tell you!  Here's what I decided on for my take on the sketch:

I had a ton of fun with this design and I set each step on my Misti so I could crank out a bunch of them for the church.  The Really Rosemaling Stamps is just perfect for my Norwegian church family and I thought by keeping the colors neutral, it could be a fairly unisex card.  I started with a kraft card base stamped the first layer of design with Versamark and then switched it to the other side of my Misti to stamp the black portions.  The sentiment is from PTI's Phrases & Praises.  I added a few black dots here and there with a gel pen.  Super simple!

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  We'd love to see you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone is feeling especially loved today but I really REALLY hope that you feel that same love all year.  I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by loads of love and I'm so very thankful.  My hubby surprised us all with WAY too many donuts that he drove WAY too far to get WAY too early this morning.  He must love us WAY too much.  ;)  The three boys were in sugar heaven and I can't say I was too disappointed to have a bismark with my coffee.  He's pretty much the best husband ever!

The card I'm sharing today isn't exactly a Valentine's Day card but it has hearts so that works, right?  Ha ha!   

I had a ton of fun with the Bubble Talk set from PTI and the die set as well.  Layers and layers of fun speech bubbles in fun grays and black with just a touch of red to make the hearts pop.  You could totally turn this into a Valentine but I think it makes a pretty sweet birthday card too!  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking in with me on this day of hearts, flowers, and chocolates!  Have an amazing day and I'll see you back here Thursday for some sketchy fun!  Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CTS #208

How has another week flown by?  I had all kinds of good intentions this week and I haven't followed through with any of them.  Ah!  I have a ton of cards to share with you all but I just haven't had the time to work up all the posts.  I need to just get it done but it seems like something is always taking me away from the computer.  How does that happen?  Ha ha! Well, at least I know I'm going to get something posted on Thursdays because I can't help but share each week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you.  That would be horrible!  :)

This week's sketch is great and I hope you will come join us.  Here's what I came up with:

I tried and tried to build a little scene but I kept coming back to these dies from Papertrey Ink that I haven't even touched until now!  So, I decided to take the sketch a little less literally and I cut my couple from linen vellum and added them to my card front layered over a few Shine Stamp Set images and using the Grand Ampersand Die and Stamp set for my senitment.  Then I trimmed the gray paper using the Lil' Inker Designs Border Builders to allow a little sparkle to shine through.   Here's another look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card!  I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CTS #207

Good morning!  I see sunshine out my window this morning while I'm drinking my coffee and it makes me smile.  I hope you are all having a great morning as well.  We have another fun sketch today at CAS(E) this Sketch and I had a great time with it.  However, I tried three or four times to color my stamped image and it just wasn't what I was wanting.  I ended up leaving it black and white but I think it totally works for this sketch.  What do you think:

I used this gorgeous floral image from Concord and 9th but couldn't for the life of me color it the way I had pictured it in my head.  Don't you hate when that happens.  Luckily, I love it just like it is.  :)  I added a simple black banner with just a touch of glitter to add some sparkle and color.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and popped the banner up with some foam tape.  Simple! 

Thanks so much for checking out my card today and I hope you'll join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Friday, January 27, 2017

With Sympathy

Good morning!  I see some sun this morning and it is totally making this a great Friday already.  The snow just sparkles so beautifully in the sun and it has been SO gloomy lately.  Luckily, it hasn't been as cold as it normally is this time of year.  It's always nice when it snows and is warm enough to actually enjoy it.  I hope you are all enjoying your morning no matter what the weather is like.

Today, I decided to share two cards that I made using the Inky Flower Stamp Set and With Sympathy Word Die.  Layered on the Dip Dyed Ombre Paper, it made a perfect sympathy card.

I made a bunch of these all at once because I struggle with sympathy cards, especially when I actually need one.  When I come up with a nice design, I make several to ensure I have them on hand.  I hate that I need a stash of sympathy cards but it is a fact of life.  To create this cards, I chose several colors of Lil' Inker Designs Dip Dyed Ombre Paper and cut them for my card fronts.  Then I stamped along the edges using Inky Flower in colors the either complimented the color of the paper or created a monochromatic look.  I didn't want either product to outshine the other or be too flashy.  I loved the combos I came up with as they looked simple and classy.  I then cut my sentiment using the With Sympathy Word Die cut from in papers that matched the ink I used on the card.  I toyed with the placement of my sentiment for awhile before deciding to use a little vellum to help it really stand out but not break the card up too much.  Here is a look at each card individually.

I also played around with the orientation of the vellum.  I really like them both and I hope you do too!  You'll have to check out these awesome products but you should also check out the Lil' Inker Designs blog!  Today is Flashback Friday and the cards Jessica shared are AMAZING.  Also the products she used are on sale:  Perky Posies Die Set, Sending You Stamps, and the Spring Flowers Die Set.  Make sure to check it out!

Here are the products I used today:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CTS #206

Good morning!  It's another awesome week over at CAS(E) this Sketch and the sketch this week is AWESOME!  I hope you will go check it out.  Here's the card I created for this week's challenge:

My card combines some fun patterned papers I had that just needed to be used.  I masked and stamped flowers from Freestyle Florals on the pinkish paper before fussy cutting it to create an angled design at the base of my card.  I used a sentiment from Photo Bomb embossed in black to finish the card off.  I left it without extra embellishments because it seemed busy enough with all the pattern.  Here's another look:

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Now it's time for me to go shovel!  Brrrrr!  Have a great day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CTS #205

Good morning!!  Guess what?  The ice is gone and it's actually warm out!  What??  I'm totally good with keeping these temps.  I'm used to negatives in Jan so 40's are unheard of.  I just love when things start to warm up.  I'm ready to get outside for walks again with the boys.  I don't mind walking when it's cold but the boys have a hard time biking with so much junk on.  So, I'm stuck on the treadmill for most of winter.  BORING!  Anyway, it's another awesome week of sketchy goodness at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here's the card I created:

Did I ever have a time with this sketch this week.  The sad thing about that is that it's my sketch this week!  Ha ha ha.  What was I thinking?  Finally, I came up with this fairly masculine take with layer upon layer.  I started with a wood grain looking card base, layered a piece of shiny gold on it, then a brown lined paper, and a silver piece of glitter paper.  I finished it off with a sentiment stamped on a white wood grain embossed paper.  Wow, lots of layers!

I hope you like my take on this crazy sketch!  Come join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!