Thursday, August 18, 2016

CTS #186

How are you guys today?  I hope you are having a great week!  We are getting ready to get back into the school routine next week and I can't believe the summer went so fast!  The crazy thing is, this year my oldest is going to school school and I'm excited and nervous all at the same time.  I know he is making the right decision and I'm very happy with his choice of school but I really like having all my boys home with me.  I'm going to miss him.  ;)  Of course, I'm also super excited for him to be part of band and choir.  I look forward to watching him perform and cheering on his accomplishments.  I'm also excited for him to find his niche and to see how he'll find his own path.  So much fun to come.  I'm still not sure I support this whole growing up thing though.  Ha ha! 

Speaking of fun to come, did you see the latest CAS(E) this Sketch challenge?  It's jam packed with fun!  I hope you'll join us this week and share what you create with the sketch.  Here's my card:

My card today is super simple.  I found some fun patterned paper and used the Lil' Inker Designs Happy Birthday Border Die on some polka-dot paper and placed it at an angle on my card.  I then added a strip of pink and white paper with a zigzag underneath for a pop of color.  I finished it off with a flower stamped on vellum using Warm Welcome Stamps and cut with the Warm Welcome Dies.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and I'll see you over on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog!  Now, back to sharpening pencils.  Ha ha!  Here's what I used today:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Laura's Birthday & Lil' Inker Designs Anniversary Bloghop!

Hello everyone and happy birthday, Laura and Lil' Inker Designs!!!!  If you are just stumbling on my blog then maybe you haven't heard but the Lil' Inker Designs design team decided to surprise our fearless leader, Laura, with a little birthday bloghop to thank her for everything she does for us.  We are super excited to share with you all some our favorite Lil' Inker Designs creations and we hope you'll enjoy the hop as much as we enjoyed sneaking around to plan it.

First up, I want to make sure you know about the awesome sale Laura is offering to you guys TODAY ONLY!  Check it out:

Make sure to check out the Lil' Inker Blog to read all the details!  Now it's time for me to share some of my favorite cards from my time with Lil' Inker Designs.  It was not easy to choose but I went ahead and stuck to birthday cards!  :)

I did some mass die cutting to make this card using the Awesome Blossoms Dies.  Then I stamped them with Awesome Blossoms Stamps in various shades of ink.  I love how you can layer the stamps or not layer them and they still look just as awesome!  I added my flowers to a Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Square that I had cut and stamped with a sentiment from Awesome Blossoms Stamps.  I chose this black pattern paper and mounted my focal point at an angle to match the angle of the words.  Finally, I trimmed off the overhang to finish the card.  Still one of my favorite cards!

This card from the most recent release will always be a favorite!  I actually started this card playing around with all the different combos of dies and stamp options available using Doodled Daisies Stamps and Doodled Daisies Dies.  These are really fun to play with and I enjoyed mixing and matching solid stamps with the image stamps.  When my desk was full of flowers, I realized I better figure out what I wanted to do with them all.  I found this green pattern paper that reminded me of the doodled quality of my stamped images so I went with that for a card base.  Next, I new I was dying to use the Happy Birthday Border Die so I cut it from black to make it really stand out against the green.  I added it to my card front using some foam tape so I had plenty of room to arrange flowers in front and behind the cut.  I laid all my flowers out so I could get the alignment of the swirly sprig just right before stamping it in black on my patterned paper.  Next, I fastened all my blooms to my card.  All done!  One more:

This final card just made me think of Laura!  She could totally pass for 29!  :)  I couldn't wait to use these Dotted Tag Dies!  They are SO cute.  So, I cut a tag out of a fun navy patterned paper and added a star from the Stitched Stars Die Set.  I stamped my sentiment from Keep It Sassy Stamps around my star and the Awesome Word Die that I added to build my full sentiment.  I added a ribbon and then put my tag on this card front cut using the Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies.  I added another cute stamp from Keep It Sassy to finish off my sentiment just below the tag before adding a little bling to the card as a finishing touch. 

I hope you enjoyed my creations and will join the rest of the team on the hop.  Don't forget to check out the sale in the Lil' Inker Store.

Amy Kolling
Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!

Have fun on the hop and happy birthday, Laura!!!!  Here are the products I used for these creations:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CTS #185

Good morning!  It's another Thursday and it is raining cats and dogs here in Iowa!  WOW!  I was woken up at 5:30 this morning by all the thunder and lightning so, pardon my yawns.  :)  I am glad for this storm because it is breaking up the heat and it is supposed to be gorgeous once all the yuck passes through.  I can handle that.  Who doesn't like a stormy day now and again?  I'm thinking movie day!  :)

I hope you are ready for this week's new CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I think you'll love the sketch.  I sure did.  My card couldn't get more simple!  Check it out:

I flipped the sketch when I saw this design in the PTI Floral Sketches Coloring Sheets, I just had to use it for the sketch this week.  So, I colored my flowers with copics and stamped my sentiment using the Inspired: Lord Mini Stamp Set.  I finished it off with the Inspired: Lord Die placed in the middle to finish my sentiment.

Thanks for checking out my card this week!  I hope you have an awesome one!  :)  See you over at CAS(E) This Sketch

Monday, August 8, 2016

CTS #184

Good morning!  I'm a little slow this week and I'm just now getting my card for CAS(E) this Sketch #184 on the blog.  I hope you think it's worth the wait and here's hoping that this week is a little less crazy.  Remember how I thought summer was going to be so relaxing?  Ha ha!  Not that it hasn't been fun.  It's been amazing but busy!  Here's my take on the sketch this week:

I saw the sketch and for some reason I thought of Tetris.  Lucky for me, I had just received the Neat and Tangled Pixelated Faces Dies the other day and they were perfect!  I cut them out of fun bright colors and added them to my black cardfront.  A strip of vellum holding my birthday sentiment finished it off perfectly.  I have a little guy in mind for this card.  I just have to figure out how long it takes to get a card to Germany so I know when to mail it.  :)

Thanks for bearing with me and my lateness.  I hope you enjoy my card and will join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch

Thursday, July 28, 2016

CTS #183

Good morning, everyone!!  I hope you are having a great week!  We are having a great one.  Hanging out with friends on Monday and Tuesday, made the boys super excited.  We did tons of fun stuff including a nice 2 mile walk before playing at the park.  Of course, you would have thought I was killing all of the children making them walk SO far.  Ha ha!  I think they had a little bit of fun though.  There are lots of bridges to throw rocks from along the trail and it's a gorgeous trail.

It looks horrible, doesn't it?  Ha ha ha!  Kids!  The best part was that I took them to get ice cream after since I heard so many, "I'm HOT!" complaints.  Well, after ice cream, I got to hear, "I'm freezing" and, "Can you get goosebumps on your face?  I think I have them."  It was quite a trip.  ;)

Well, I had a great time with the sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch but I was so busy, I forgot to photograph it.  So, I did a really quick picture right before typing up this post.  I hope it does the card justice.  Some weeks, right?  Here's my card:

I used the new Lil' Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Spirals Cover Up Die to create texture on my card front before adding a layer of watercolor paper cut with Silly Stitched Die Set.  I painted on my three stripes using Distress Ink then inked up my The Little Things Stamps with an ombre inkpad from Hero Arts before cutting the bird out using The Little Things Dies.  I added my bird and branch to the water colored panel and finished it off with a sentiment from The Little Things Stamps.  I went REALLY literal with this sketch and I hope you like it!

Thanks for checking out my card and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  Here are the stamps and dies I used on this card:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs July Release Day 3!

Well, it's the last day of our new release hop at Lil' Inker Designs and I'm super excited to show off these last couple products.  Hopefully, you started out at the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a stop on the hop and have come here from the amazing Jen's blog.  If you are feeling a little lost, make sure you hop back to the Lil' Inker Blog to get back on the trail of fun.  You can also check out the Lil' Inker Store where all of the new release goodies, and a whole lot more, are ready and waiting for you to put in your cart!

My final card for this release uses the new Alphabet Gems Dies along with the previously released Alphabet Gems Stamps, Cover Up Die: Faceted, and Awesome Blossoms Stamps.

I was really in the mood to play with some texture on this card.  I started with some wood veneer paper as my card front and cut it off at an angel before filling in that space with vellum.  To the vellum, I added a portion of the Cover Up Die: Faceted cut from the Dip Dyed Ombre Paper Pad.  This gave my card the stability it needed to stand up while still having the translucent quality of the vellum.  I stamped a portion of a sentiment from Awesome Blossoms Stamps on a strip of vellum and added that with some black glitter tape and gold foil tape to the card front.  Next, I stamped and cut Alphabet Gems Stamps and Alphabet Gems Dies from some wood veneer paper and inked the bottoms with a coordinating pink before completing my sentiment with them.  A little bling, and my card was complete.  Here's a closer look at the inking:   

I hope you enjoyed my creations and will join the rest of the team on the hop.  You'll want to leave comments along the way because Laura gives out a $15 Lil' Inker Designs store credit to a lucky commenter each day of the hop.  It could be you.  I hope you enjoyed out new release!  We love sharing these awesome products with you!  Be sure to keep hopping, here's the list:

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!

Don't forget you can check out the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store! Here's what I used for my projects today: