Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Your Birthday, DONUTS! ;)

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving eve.  ;)  I have a quick card set to share with you and I wanted to do it before I gorge myself on turkey and the fixings tomorrow.  I make lots of birthday cards... I mean TONS!  Our church sends out birthday cards to all the congregation members and I make every single one.  I LOVE IT!  It gives me a chance to try out new ideas and practice my mass producing skills.  It also doesn't hurt that making all those cards TOTALLY justifies needing more supplies.  I made some fun cards this time around but I wanted to share this one with you because it is simple and so easy to make for boys, girls, men, or women.  Can't beat a card like that, right?  Well, here it is:

See what I mean?  Simple and easily adaptable.  I used the Lil' Inker Designs Eat More Donuts and Fancy Feathers stamp sets to create these cards.  I started with some cream cardstock for a base and stamped my sentiment and donut ring in chocolate brown.  Then I went crazy with different frosting colors (these two were my favs).  I added some fun enamel dots to add a few extra "sprinkles" to the card.  They turned out super cute and you can crank these out in no time which is one of the things that I love about the Eat More Donuts set.  It looks awesome if you keep it clean and simple but you can totally gussy it up and make it fancy too.  LOVE!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and that you have a wonderful time with your family and friends this holiday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CTS #101

Hello everyone!  I'm super happy to share this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!  I had such a blast with this sketch and I just know you will too.  This is a two-week challenge and I don't know about you, but I need it.  ;)  My husband is away this week and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that next week is Thanksgiving.  How did that happen?  This year is simply flying by but, boy, do I have a ton to be thankful for.  I hope you'll have a great holiday and squeeze in a little crafty time to play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Enjoy!

What a fun sketch!  I created my own stencil with a circle die and then used it along with another stencil and some faux snow paste to create my dotted circle background on this pearlized paper.  I finished it off with some adorable holly leaves and berries using the Lil' Inker Designs Holly Jolly Dies.  My sentiment is from Holly Jolly Sentiments and I curved it to fit around my circle.  I love how it all came together and I hope it helps you get inspired to create your own take on this awesome sketch.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope to see you playing along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch!   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

It's COLD here!  Luckily, it is supposed to warm up for the weekend.  Hey, I'll take 40 right now!  ;)  I had this idea for a card using the Border Builders die set from Lil' Inker Designs floating around in my head for awhile but just couldn't get it on a card for some reason.  Then, I saw our 100th sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and it clicked.  When paired with Sun Sentiments and the Sunshine Die, the Border Builders die set helped me make a perfect second take on sketch #100.  What do you think?

I cut the Border Builders die set out of different gray papers for my cloudy day and the Sunshine Die out of a nice happy yellow.  I tipped my clouds in different directions when I stuck them down and made my sun peek out amongst the clouds.  My background is a stencil that I laid on this blueish cardstock then dabbed with my versamark ink pad.  It gave a subtle but not perfect look which I actually kind of like.  The sentiment, from Sun Sentiments, was just perfect and a little bling finished the whole thing off rather nicely.

I hope you like my extra take on sketch #100 and how I used all these fun Lil' Inker Designs products.  Here's hoping I see a little sun today.  ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CTS #100

Good morning!  100  How in the world did we get to 100 already?  It's amazing and I hope you have checked out the CAS(E) this Sketch blog to see all the fun that is going on with our 100th sketch.  The design team has some amazing creations to share and a little something up their sleeve for the winner.  We hope you'll join us for this awesome challenge!  Here's the sketch:

I decided to use the sketch for a modern take on a Christmas card.  I had this gorgeous dark wood grain paper that I knew would make some glitter pop.  I used American Crafts glitter tape to make my chevron pattern.  It took a little time but I LOVE the results.  I finished the whole thing off using the Joy Word Die from Lil' Inker Designs.  I'm super happy with my card and I hope you'll have fun with our sketch this week as well. 

I'll see you over at the CAS(E) this Sketch blog for all the fun!  Have a great day.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Playing With Snowflakes & Sketches

I couldn't resist it.  I told you that I love CAS(E) this Sketch #98, right?  Well, I was getting the winners' post together and just had to play with the sketch one last time.  As luck would have it, I love the card I created this time also.  I'm telling you, some sketches you just can't lose with.  I think you'll agree.  It didn't hurt that I used the AMAZING new Cover Up Die:  Snowflakes from Lil' Inker Designs.  Can you really make a bad card with something so awesome?  I'd like to congratulate the winners for Sketch #98 and I hope you guys are having as much fun with our sketches as I am.  Enjoy!

So I flipped the sketch on edge for this card and I cut the Cover Up Die: Snowflakes die out of a light gray cardstock.  I cut that into two pieces and adhered the larger piece to the top and the smaller piece to the bottom of my darker gray cardstock.  After trimming off the excess die cut, I added a glittery Joy Word Die, a patterned paper banner, and vellum banner embossed with a portion of a sentiment from the Sun Sentiments Stamp Set.  I added a few enamel dots and I now have another amazing take on the sketch.  I hope you like it and enjoy checking out the winners over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Have a great one!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CTS #99

Good morning, everyone!  I'm coming to you from Iowa this morning which is a bit bittersweet.  I'm glad to be home and I missed my hubby a ton but it is always hard to leave my parents in NY.  I am thankful that we were able to stay as long as we did and help them out.  My dad is doing better and better each day.  I know he must be doing pretty well because when I talked to mom yesterday on Skype, he was surfing ebay for coins and bantering with us from the other room.  Always a good sign of health!  Ha ha!  ;)  It wasn't all work in NY.  We had a bunch of fun also and this picture is my FAVORITE of all the pictures I took.  We were at a pumpkin farm with my mom and rain was just waiting to dump on us but that didn't stop anyone from having fun (even though we did end up getting soaked).  I just LOVED my mom's smile in this picture.  I can see the total joy her grandsons bring to her right there in her face and it makes me SO happy!

Let's get down to business though!  It's sketch #99 this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Crazy isn't it?  It still boggles my mind that we've been doing it for this long and that you guys are all still playing along.  It's wonderful!  Here the sketch for the week:

I had a great time with this sketch and did a little masking on my card using the Look Up stamp set from Avery Elle. 

I just love those balloons and had a blast coloring them with my copics.  It's a little different take on the sketch but I think it captures the essence of it and I hope you agree!

Thanks so much for checking it with me today and I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch for this week's challenge!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs October Release Day 3

Hi everyone!  Today's the last day of the Lil' Inker Designs October Release blog hop.  I'm super excited to share my creations with you today but also bummed that the hop is over.  Luckily, I have more creations up my sleeve to share with you a bit later.  ;)  You should have gotten here via Amy's blog.  If not, you might want to go to the Lil' Inker blog to make sure you start at the beginning and don't forget, all of these awesome products are already available in the Lil' Inker Store.

First I want to share what I made using the Limited Edition Gift and Note Card Holder Die.

I used some fun ribbon to package my coffee and then die cut the Limited Edition Gift and Note Card Holder Die from a light weight red cardstock to fit my gift card.  I decorated the front of my gift card holder using the previously released Holly Jolly Dies.  Then I layered a sentiment which I stamped after masking off a portion from the Big Christmas Stamp Set over a strip of green glitter tape.  I stamped a greeting from an older set called Holly Jolly Sentiment Stamps on the inside flap.  I just love how it all came together.

Next up, I had some fun with the Baubled Christmas Tree Die and Stitched Script Holiday Word Dies.

 I used two tones of wood paper for this card and I LOVE it!  I used Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangle Dies to cut the cherry wood and then used Stitched Script Holiday Word Dies to add my sentiment to the bottom after die cutting the main image with the Baubled Christmas Tree Die.  I added this to a natural color of wood and then added all the little cut pieces back to show off the negative image of this die.  I inked up the edges with some distress ink to add a little depth.  A little bling in some of these fun circles and you have a lovely little card.

My final card uses the amazing Seasonal Stars Die Set.  I LOVE this die set and this is my favorite card that I have created in a very long time!

I used the Seasonal Stars Die Set to cut out brown, red, and turquoise cardstock.  I added these to my pearlized card base, added a strip of vellum, and the Joy Word Die from a previous release cut from gold foil cardstock.  Simple clean and WOW...those stars are AMAZING!
Thanks so much for joining us for my first ever release blog hop with Lil' Inker Designs.  I'm SO excited to be joining this team and getting to share the amazingly fun stamps and dies with you guys.  It's been a blast and I hope you will check out the rest of the ladies on the hop.  Leave some comments along the way also for a chance to win one of the three $15 store credits that Laura is giving out.  Here's the blog hop list:

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!
Have a great day and don't forget you can get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!