Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs July Release Day #1

Hi, you guys!  It's day one of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Blog Hop and I'm super excited to share all the new products with you!  I think you are really going to enjoy this release and all the new inspiration from our team.  It's packed with fun, as always and, lucky for you, all the new products are available right now at the Lil' Inker Store!  We have an amazing blog hop for you today so, hopefully, you are coming from Karen's blog and if not, you won't want to miss her amazing creations or anyone's for that matter!  So make sure you didn't miss anyone and start at the Lil' Inker Blog.  Now for the fun!

My first project for today features Doodled Daisies Stamps, Doodled Daisies Dies, and the Happy Birthday Border Die.

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.  Here's a closer look at the dimension:

Next up, I had tons of fun with the new Quilted Stitched Spirals Cover Up Die and the Boxed Up So Happy For You Die.

I started by cutting the Boxed Up So Happy For You Die from a sheet of cork.  I was really in the mood for cork.  Ha ha!  It looked awesome, especially when I lined it with black card stock.  I played with various color combos but I ended up loving it with black and gold.  I embossed the Quilted Stitched Spirals Cover Up Die on my black card base and strip of gold paper at the same time so the swirl pattern was continuous across the two.  Next I wound some twine around the gold section before adding the Boxed Up So Happy For You with foam tape.   I added some glitter stars and a dot for a little extra fun.  My favorite part of this card?  They way the swirls look on the gold paper.  Check it out in the close up:    

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'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:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CTS #182

Hello, hello!!  It's Thursday and I'm slowly adjusting to life back on the mainland.  Boy, do I miss my island getaway.  I swear it was the most perfect week.  For an island that is unspoiled by tourism, we were never without fun things to do.  We went to game night, story time, and even square dancing (there's a video on my Instagram if you missed it).  Besides the organized events on the island, we had a great time floating in crystal clear Lake Huron, hiking to the lighthouse (oh what a story that is!), and just exploring the amazing island.  My middle guy is a frog fanatic and on our final full day on the island, we and his dad went exploring on a trail that leads to Mud Lake.  They stumbled upon the perfect spot for frog catching and that is what he did.  Here he is with one of his buddies:

We all fell in love with Bois Blanc and as soon as we finish seeing the rest of the great lakes, I have a feeling Bois Blanc will be a more permanent fixture in our vacation planning.  It is a little bit of heaven! 

Now on to my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

Talk about a simple card today.  I used a simple grey striped background to start my card and then used Papertrey Ink's Splits: Thank You and die along with the Splits: Celebrate for the sentiment.  I simply trimmed off the top of the die cut to echo the sketch.  Next I colored my leaves and outlined my flowers.  They reminded me of thistles so, I colored them accordingly. 

I hope you enjoyed my card today and a peek into my vacation!  I'm going to be getting into my crafty space more now that we are home.  You can expect more posts from me again soon!  Woo hoo!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CTS #181

Good morning!!  I'm coming to you guys today from the only grocery store/gas station/restaurant/souvenir shop/internet cafe on the whole island of Bois Blanc.  I trekked up here this morning just to use their internet connection to share today's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you guys.  This island is gorgeous and smack dab in the middle of Lake Huron.  We had so much fun on Lake Superior last year, we decided to use our family vacations to see all of the great lakes.  Luckily, there are plenty of places like this on the great lakes.  We love to play on the beach and throw stones rather than going from touristy location to touristy location.  Sometimes, the more secluded the better...especially with three boys!  I would like an internet connection but I suppose I can handle coming up here for coffee and breakfast to share with you guys.  :)

My dad is a real rock hound and the loads and loads of fossils along the beach, have him in hog heaven.  Luckily, he has lots of helpers to find the perfect rocks.  Here's a picture of them scouring the north shore of the island:

I hope you are all enjoying your summer also!  I guess I better get around to sharing my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!  Here it is:

I started with a navy card base and I used the negative of the My Favorite Things Happy Die to create the first part of my sentiment. I cut my thin birthday sentiment in white to make it stand out when layered.  You'll  have to forgive me, I totally forgot where this die came from.  If I remember I'll edit this and add the info.

I hope you liked my card today!  Come join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  You'll have a blast, I swear!  :)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

CTS #180

Good morning!  I'm busy busy busy packing for our family trip to Michigan!  I'm SO excited to get on the road but I'm very happy to get to stop in here to say hi before we head out.  Especially because I get to share a new CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you!  I hope you checked it out!  If not, make sure to go see the sketch.  My card is a more masculine take on the sketch and I hope you like it.

I made this card using Papertrey Ink's Sketched Shapes Stamp Set.  I masked off a spot for my sentiment before stamping my shapes in various colors.  After adding the sentiment, I added a little extra interest with some enamel shapes. 

I hope you like my card this week and will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's a fun one!  See you soon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CTS #179

It's Thursday again and we have been having a super fun week!  It all started with a parade in the tiny town of Badger on Saturday.  The boys were at day camp all last week with some friends from our church and heard all about marching in the parade for the church float (which I had conveniently forgotten to tell them about).  Of course, they wanted to decorate their bikes and ride with the other kids in the parade even if mommy wasn't super excited about it.  I decided to be a good mom and take them to have their 2 blocks of fun.  Ha ha!  Here's my middle guy with his bike all decked out for the parade.

We ended up having a great time despite the heat.  Another thing keeping us busy this week is my oldest's cooking camp.  The local community college offers free camps during the summer and one of those is a culinary camp.  My oldest LOVES to cook and has been having a great time learning to make biscuits and sear scallops.  He's a little sad that today is his last day but I have a plan to get him cooking more and more this summer.  I think he'll love it.

Now, for the reason you stopped by.  Here's my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge! 

Sorry for the crazy picture but I realized this morning that I hadn't photographed my card and then my camera battery was dead!  Ah!  So, you get an iPhone photo.  Ha ha!  I used this cool paper and simply cut some mirrored cardstock with the Papertrey Ink Big Basics:  Birthday Die.  Super easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CTS #178

Good morning!!  I'm a little late with my post today.  I suppose I could have done it ahead of time but I kind of like to write what is actually going on in my post.  I guess I'm silly that way.  Ha ha!  Anyway, I have been busy shuttling my two youngest back and forth to day camp out at Twin Lakes.  It's about a 35-40min drive each way and I have to drop them off and pick them up.  So, I've been in the car a ton this week.  I'm enjoying an audio book while I drive but I'm ready for the week to end.  The boys are having a blast though and that's what counts.  :)

Speaking of having a blast, this week's CAS(E) this Sketch is great and I hope you'll join us!  Here's the card I created.

I may have gone a little more dramatic with my interpretation of this week's sketch but I really love how it turned out.  I used the Bold Blossoms Watercolor Sheets and colored in the flowers before adding the sentiment and gold die cut using Inspired:  Lord Mini Stamps and Lord Die.  Super easy but really eye catching.

Thanks so much for bearing with my and my lateness!  Now, hopefully, I can get something done before getting in the car again!  See you over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CTS #177

It's another warm Thursday in Iowa!  Summer is certainly moving in and I feel like I'm melting already.  Ha ha!  During the winter I long for those days of summer where you can feel the sun baking your skin but when they actually get here, I realize that the cold must have done something to my brain.  I've never been a fan of the heat and you'd think I'd have some sort of immunity to it since I grew up in Florida.  No such luck!  Luckily, my boys seem to have no problem with it.  In fact, they love it. 

I'm down to just one little dude with me today.  My oldest is at wakeboard camp and my middle guy is having way too much fun at bible camp.  See what I mean:

Luckily, I am having my own fun playing along with you guys at CAS(E) this Sketch.  This week's sketch is super fun and I hope you'll come join us.  Here's what I created:

I started my card with this ombre paper as my base.  I chose this triangle paper from Lil' Inker Designs' Tribal Chic Paper Pack.  I trimmed out a portion of my paper to wrap around the corner of my card just like the sketch!  Before adding it to my card base with foam tape, stamped this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Sending and Wishing stamp set.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out and think it will make a great guy card. 

Thanks so much for checking out my card this morning.  I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Have a great day.