Friday, April 21, 2017

CardMaker Blog Hop With Lil' Inker Designs

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are ready for a super fun blog hop today!  Lil' Inker Designs is joining forces with CardMaker Magazine to bring you a super fun blog hop!  Hopefully, you are coming here from Kat Benjamin's blog but if not, you can start at the beginning on the CardMaker Magazine Blog.  Not only are you going to get some amazing inspiration along the hop but you also have a chance to win a $35 Lil' Inker Designs gift certificate by commenting on the Lil' Inker Designs Blog!  So have fun and enjoy!  My card for you today is flowery and springy and I hope you like it!

I just love the new floral stamps, Best Blooms, and the dies that coordinate, Best Blooms Dies.  I decided they would be perfect for my hop card today!  So, I grabbed some papers that seemed super springy and got to work.  I started with this pretty polka dot paper and added the chevron paper trimmed along the chevron shape to make a fun pattern at the bottom.  Next, I added a frame element from the same line as the papers, Little By Little.  I added a birthday sentiment from Best Blooms Stamps and then got to cutting out and stamping flowers using the stamps with the Best Blooms Dies.  I stamped my flowers in coordinating colors and then layered them around my frame.  Here's another look:

I hope you enjoyed my fun spring creation and I can't wait to go check out the rest of the hop.  From here, you'll be heading to Katie's amazing blog.  I'm sure she's got some amazing stuff in store for you!  Have fun along the way and don't forget to comment on the Lil' Inker Designs Blog for your chance to win!  See you along the hop.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CTS #218

Good morning!  It's a little slow going around the Larson house this week.  Things are starting to get busy and this may be out last week to relax for a bit.  Believe me, we are taking full advantage of it.  :)  The boys and I are taking walks and enjoy the lovely spring weather.  We hope you are having a nice week also and will have some time to get crafty with us over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  The sketch is super fun this week and the design team continues to wow!  Here's my take on the sketch:

I used some paper and elements from the April Clique Kit on my card and black piece of cardstock cut with the Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles.  A bit of layering and some enamel dots was all it took to make this a fun little birthday card.  It may not be super CAS but I still love it!  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking in with me today and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CTS #217

Good morning!  It's another awesome spring day in Iowa today.  Well, it's raining but rain brings good things, right?  This bug I have is still holding on and I can't hear out of one ear.  I can't wait until it clears but it will probably feel weird since it has been plugged for so long.  The boys are busy, as always, and are getting excited for Easter.  The men are busy in the machine shed gearing up for planting and I'm busy keeping them fed and coffeed.  :)  The life of a farmer's wife.  It's always a fun time and I'm excited to see the tractors rolling again.

This week's sketch gave me a good roll.  Crazy thing is...I designed it.  I think I made 4 cards before I was happy with the outcome.  Donna mentioned seeing troll hair and I couldn't get that out of my head.  It made me chuckle every time I sat down to work on a card.  Ha ha ha!  Thanks, Donna!  :)  I did come up with something that I loved in the end and all the other cards weren't total losses either so I'm chalking this up as a success.  Here's my take on this week's sketch:

I had some fun with some Concord and 9th stamps that I have been dying to use.  I layered these cute popsicles from the Sweet & Cool stamp set in pinks, mints, and navy on a stone colored card base.  I outlined two popscicles with a shimmery pen for a little extra fun as well as adding some enamel dots around the awesome sentiment also found in the Sweet & Cool stamp set.  LOVE IT!  Here's a closer look:

I hope you have a great day and will come join us at CAS(E) this Sketch for a little stretching of the imagination.  :)  Have a great day!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Little Sympathy

Good morning!  I'm enjoying a little quiet time this morning before all the boys are up and ready to go.  My coffee is hot and my breakfast is tasty but my ear is still plugged.  At least, the rest of me is feeling better.  I hope you are all enjoying your morning and are gearing up for a great day.

Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards I made awhile ago for my hubby to use at the office.  He always needs a variety of cards for clients and I'm happy to have them be used.  Here's a look at what I created:

Talk about quick!  These cards didn't take long at all to create.  First I picked some patterned papers that I enjoyed and then some coordinating solid card stock.  I used the patterned paper for my card base and then layered a solid cut with the Lil' Inkers Designs Wrappers Delight: Lattice Die.  I love the touch of class this die adds to any card.  It's such a quick way to create interest on a card.  To finish it off, I added a quick sentiment with the With Sympathy Word Die.  Here's a closer look at the combos I came up with:

Thanks so much for checking in today!  I hope you have a great one!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CTS #216

Good morning, you guys!  The sun is out and I'm on the mend.  I've been battling a wicked sore throat along with a head full of gunk.  All of this awesomeness wasn't enough so my ears decided to fill up and I got an ear infection also.  How's that for great?  Luckily, I seem to be on the mend.  I'm still not 100% but I at least don't feel like my head is going to explode or that I want it to.  Ha ha!  I'm hoping to get something...anything done around the house today.  We all know how a house can look when mom is sick and dad is out of town.  The kids have been in charge.  Oh my!  Wish me luck.

You won't need luck in finding inspiration in this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  It's a great sketch and the team hit it out of the park!  Here's my take:

I used a combo of the January and February Clique Kits for my card this week.  I saw the stripes and immediately thought of this cool corrugated paper from the February kit.  I made the card front using the corrugated paper and then wrapped it with this awesome gold heart vellum from the January kit.  Next I cut happy from black card stock using the Hero Arts Happy Stamps & Cut set.  I cut a piece of paper from the January kit to stamp the rest of my sentiment on and added a glitter heart to the end before attaching my happy.  Here's a closer look:

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs April 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 Amy'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!

Today I had some fun creating some projects for some VERY important people.  Teachers!  They do so much for everyone and it's so fun to be able to show them how much we appreciate them.  My first project uses the new Apple Shaker Die.

Every teacher needs a special spot to put her coffee/tea/cocoa or beverage of choice, right?  So, I thought it would be super fun to make a felt coaster using the Apple Shaker Die.  I started by cutting a tan and a green piece of felt using the Dual Dotted Squares Dies.  These are perfect for this project because the holes are precut for you to just stitch the two layers together.  Next, I added my apple cut using the Apple Shaker Die.  I tied a piece of twine around the stem before stitching the apple down.  Next, I used the Teacher Word Die to cut a piece of green felt to glue down across the apple.  It was a super easy project but I think it would get a big smile.  Here's another look of the finished project:

Next, a card to accompany the gift.  For this card, I used the Apple Shaker Die, the new Apple of My Eye Stamps, and the super fun Stitched Chevron Border Die.

I started this card with a super fun pack of patterned paper all about school.  I loved this star background paired with the yellow notebook paper so I wanted to layer them.  I decided the Cover Up Die: Alphabet would be perfect for this card so I cut the yellow paper and layered it on the green for my card base.  Next, I cut some flashcard and hand writting paper using the Stitched Chevron Border Die.  I flipped one cut and joined them together before adding them as a pretty cool border on my card front.  Next, I got to work making and apple shaker with the super cute Apple Shaker Die.  Once I had all my layers cut and ready for filling, I decided to go with buttons and I LOVE how it looks!  I stamped the thank you sentiment from Apple of My Eye Stamps on my border but I felt it needed a little more.  So I cut another fun paper with Fringe Scalloped Circles Dies and stamped another awesome sentiment from the Apple of My Eye Stamps.  I was very happy with how all the elements went together when I put the card all together.  Here's a closer look:

Keeping with the education theme, my final card for this release is a graduation card using the amazing new Grad Class Stamps.

I went simple for this card and cut an oval from stone card stock using the Dual Dotted Ovals Dies.  I then stamped stars from Girl's Best Friend Stamps in Versamark around the oval before adding black stars from Grad Class Stamps.  Then, I simply filled the oval with an awesome sentiment from the Grad Class Stamps.  Simple, elegant, and perfect for a grad come the end of the school year...which is approaching SO quickly!  Here's another look:

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 is giving away the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE to a lucky commenter during the new release hop.  You have until April 9th at 11:30PM EST to comment.  The winner could be you.  I hope you enjoyed our 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:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day #2

It's day two of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Hop and I get to share even more fun goodies with you today!  I'm sure you've already been eyeing all the awesome new items, lucky for you, you can get it all right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  Hopefully, you checked out all of Amy's amazing creations before hopping here.  If not of it you get lost along the hop you can always find your spot by going to the Lil' Inker Blog.  For now, I'm ready to show off some more fun stuff!

My first card uses the gorgeous new Wreath of Roses Stamps and the Wreath of Roses Die.

I just love black and white with bright bright colors so I couldn't wait to combine the two on this card.  I started by creating a striped card base using black cardstock cut with Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangle.  I stamped and cut my amazing focal point using the Wreath of Roses Stamps and the Wreath of Roses Die.  These are just too gorgeous for words.  I colored the flowers in bright yellow, pink, and oranges with bright green leaves to really pop off the black and white.  Next, I stamped my sentiment from Wreath of Roses Stamps on vellum and added it to the center to the center of my wreath.  Here's a closer look:

Next up, I used the incredible new Cover Up Die, Stitched Quatrefoil's SO amazing!  I added some gorgeous flowers from our new floral set, Best Blooms Stamps and Best Blooms Dies to really set off that background.

I went in the opposite direction with this card and used softer tones.  I started with a blush cardstock and used the Stitched Quatrefoil Die to give it the most amazing texture.  This pattern is too cool and can take a card in so many directions.  When I first saw it, I thought Moroccan but when I used it on this card, it brought out some floral elements and I loved that!  I decided to show off the Mom Word Die and cut three to layer with some of my florals stamped with Best Blooms Stamps and cut with Best Blooms Dies I loved having navy as the most bold color in this card.  It made the softer colors shine.  I layered all my flowers around my sentiment and added a few sequins and pearls for a little shine.  Here's a closer look:

Just look at that texture!  Love it!  

My last card is one that I did on a total whim and I LOVE the way it turned out.  It's drastically different from the first two cards I've shown today but still goes with the mother theme.  I used this awesome new alphabet set called Pretty Painted Alphabet Stamps and cut some of my letters with the coordinating Pretty Painted Alphabet Dies.

I saw a cute print at Hobby Lobby that said "Your Love Will Always Be My Anchor" and it immediately clicked with me and seemed like a perfect sentiment for a Mother's Day card.  I got home and went to work.  I knew the awesome new Pretty Painted Alphabet Stamps would be the perfect lettering for this bold of a sentiment.  I also knew I would have to pair down the words to make them fit on the card.  I grabbed the Vintage Ink Stamps because the anchor was just too perfect for this idea and I loved the "Mom" sentiment.  I placed my anchor, colored it in and started arranging my letters around the anchor.  I decided to make "Love" pop by making it red and cutting it with the Pretty Painted Alphabet Dies to raise off the card with foam tape.  I created the banner from some vellum and stamped it with the "Mom" sentiment and wrapped it around the anchor.  Finally, I added elements from the Vintage Ink Stamps to finish the card off.  Here's another look: 

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 is giving away the ENTIRE RELEASE to one lucky commenter.  It could be you.  I'm sure I'll see you on the hop and tomorrow for another fun day of release projects.  See you then!

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

Don't forget you can check out the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used: