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!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Houses

Good morning!  It doesn't get more wintery feeling than this morning.  We had an ice storm and are on day 2 of no school.  My oldest is rejoicing and I can't say that I'm too sad about it myself.  We've been putting together puzzles and playing board games.  Perfect winter activities in my book!  I have one last wintery card to share with you guys and I figured today was as good a day as any. 


My card today uses elements from a Clique Kit from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa line of products.  I started with this cool "hello, snow" card and added two hill to the bottom with kraft patterned paper cut using the Dual Dotted Border Builder Dies.  I layered this on a piece of navy cardstock cut with a Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles with foam tape and added it to my card front.  Next, I added my little puffy sticker houses using a bit of foam tape on the middle house.  A few snowflakes, enamel dots, and sequins finish it off.  Here's another look:

 
Thanks so much for checking in with me on this chilly day!  I hope you have a great week!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs January 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 Angel'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 first project uses the amazing Today & Always Greeting Die.


My first card started with this patterned paper that had a chevron of stripes on one side.  The paper got me thinking of a different way to use the Cover Up Die: Faceted.  I cut it out of this matte gold paper and glued down the negatives following the lower part of the chevron and the positive cut of the Cover Up Die: Faceted following the upper part of the chevron.  I really thought it gave the card front a cool and unique look.  Since I was running with the chevron theme, I found a coordinating chevron paper to fill the negative space (I feel like I'm saying that a bunch...ha ha!) in the Today & Always Greeting Die which was also cut from the same gold paper.  I added this to my card with some foam tape.  Here's another look of the finished card:


My final card uses one of the cutest products from this new release, the Kitty Hugger Die & Stamp Bundle, as well as the Love You Much Border Die.


I got a little crazy with the patterns on this card.  When I saw the Kitty Hugger Die & Stamp Bundle I thought it looked like he was spreading his arms out to show someone how much he loves them.  So, I started by making a pocket that I could slide my Kitty into using the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles and topping it with a layer of red and a final layer cut with the Love You Much Border Die.  I cut my kitty from grey, added some fun little accents with copics and the stamps in the Kitty Hugger Die & Stamp Bundle.  Here's a closer look at the kitty in the pocket and pulled out:




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 January 16th 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:


CAS(E) this Sketch #204

Good morning, you guys!  It's another cold one here in Iowa and I am ready for a little warmth.  Especially because we have a chicken in our entry recovering from a bit of frostbite on her feet.  If you have ever had a chicken in your house, you know how smelly it can be...and messy!  I've been vacuuming up wood chips for days and she keeps kicking more and more out.  I should be happy that her feet are recovering well but, oy with the wood chips already!! 

Anyway, I know what you are here for an it isn't to hear my chicken whoas.  Ha ha!  Here's my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge:


I used some awesome paper as my background because it complimented the Splits: Happy Birthday set by Papertrey Ink perfectly.  So, I stamped and colored the image, cut it out, and cut a shadow piece from black cardstock to make sure it stood out from the background.  I added the enamel dots to echo the sketch just a bit closer. 

I hope you liked my card and will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs January 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 Angel'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 super cool, Be Mine Greeting Die.


My card started with this super fun rainbow striped paper.  I thought it would be awesome with the Be Mine Greeting Die cut out and showing a fun pattern behind.  However, I felt it needed a little more black and white to make it work how I envisioned.  So, I found some black and white striped paper to add with the pattern going in a different direction and cut using Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles.  I layered this on the card front, aligned the Be Mine Greeting Die and cut through both layers of paper ensuring that awesome stitching would be on both and tie it together.   Next, I ran the card front through my die cutter using the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles to add a little stitching to the edges before adding a bit of vellum to the underside of my heart to soften the look of the XO patterned paper peeking through.  Here's a closer look:


Next up, I used the Fringe Scalloped Heart Dies again today to frame a gorgeous heart created using the Filled Heart Stamp Set and the Dual Stitched Heart and Kisses Word Die Set.


I started by making a window using the Fringe Scalloped Heart Dies in this cool red paper.  I added this to a black card base and then started cutting layers using the Be Mine Greeting Die to add a thin red stitched boarder around the heart I cut using Dual Stitched Heart and Kisses Word Die Set and embossed red using the Filled Heart Stamp Set.  I added a black glitter handcut banner between the two heart layers and then added the "kisses" cut in black using Dual Stitched Heart and Kisses Word Die Set to my heart.  I finished the card off with some sequins and a puffy heart sticker to add a little more black to the card.  Here's a closer 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: