Thursday, July 12, 2018

CTS #280

It's another warm morning here in Iowa and it is going to be a pretty toasty day too.  I think I will have to take these boys to the splash pad or something like that to get them outside and cool.  I think I could handle it too.  I hope you guys are having a great summer or I guess winter depending on where you are.  :)  I still find it super amazing to think about how that works.  Another thing I find super amazing is all of the wonderful cards you guys create for our CAS(E) this Sketch challenges.  They seem to just get better and better!  I hope you are enjoying the challenge and I hope you'll join us this week.  Here's what I created:


As I have been saying, I've been in a pretty simple CAS mood lately and this card is now exception.  I started with a simple white card base and stamped a banner of pattern using the Lil' Inker Designs Unstoppable Stamps.  This set is absolutely the best for making fun patterns.  They sentiments are pretty amazing too.  So, I stamped my pattern in a navy ink and then decided to bright things up with a yellow "hello" using three cuts of the Hello Word Die layered on top of each other for just a little dimension.  Simple and clean!  Here's another look:

 
Thanks so much for checking in with me again today.  I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Have a great day!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pastel Rainbow - Frantic Stamper

It's a new week and I already feel like I have things a little more under control.  While I love a good holiday, having it in the middle of the week really threw off my internal calendar.  I spent most days trying to figure out what day it really was.  Ha ha!  I do know what today is though!  It's the day I was going to share with you a card I made with the new Frantic Stamper July Release.  I realized the other day that I was posting all my cards on the Frantic Stamper Facebook Page and not sharing them here.  How silly is that?  So, I decided I had to fix that and share my cards here as well.  So, here you go:


I really wanted to make a rainbow like card but didn't want it to be so glaringly rainbow.  So, I picked muted tones of the rainbow and cut them with the Deckled and Torn Edgers (FRA-DIE-10481).  I layered these cuts to create a banner across the top of my black card base.  I finished it off simply with a stamp from Bold Everyday Sentiments (FRA-CL-115).  I love how simple and clean the card is and it ended up reminding me of a desert landscape when it was all said and done.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you liked my card and just a reminder, it's Tuesday today.  Ha ha ha ha!  ;)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CTS #279

Hi, you guys!  I hope you guys are having a great day and week.  We had the most relaxing 4th EVER!  No plans at all and after weeks of having full calendars, it was the best day ever.  I finally got the house on the verge of being clean and that reduces my stress level so much, I can't even tell you!  The only thing we did was go see fireworks that night and I think everyone enjoyed the downtime.  I may have to plan it that way every year.  ;)

Today, I'm excited to share my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  It is another fun Retro CTS sketch and I've been having a great time thinking up new ways to use these sketches.  SO FUN!  Here's my take this week:


No patterned paper for me this week.  I took a really simple direction with this sketch and simply lined up some pups in a birthday Conga line.  I love these adorable dogs from Waffle Flower's Pawsome stamp set.  I used the backs of the reverse images to stamp the color of each dog and left the accessories simple to really draw your eye to the pups.  They looked was too cut all lined up and ready to party.  Here's a closer look:


Aren't they just the cutest?  Here's the card I created the first time this sketch came around.  I love to look back and see how my style may or may not have changed.  So fun!


I certainly stretched the idea of the sketch a little more the first time around.  Ha ha!  I hope you have some great ideas for this sketch and I can't wait to see what you create over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Come join us and check out the amazing cards the team has created!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CTS #278

Hi, you guys!!  How's your day going?  Today is my first semi-relaxed day of the week and I plan to enjoy it.  I've been busy working and reorganizing our schoolroom/office before school sneaks up on me again.  I know...it is only June!  I was fed up with our hodgepodge of desks and chair and being super cramped.  So, I ordered all new stuff and gave this room a refresh.  I must admit, it feels much nicer to be typing up with post at my new desk.  ;)  I think the boys are happy with the change too.  The only one who isn't?  Loki!  With the new arrangement he can't lay in the middle of our desks anymore.  Poor fluff.  ;) 

Now on to the sketch for the week!  I loved this sketch and had so much fun with it!  Here's what I created:


It's another super CAS card today.  I have really been in the one layer card mode and I love it!  I used the Double Take Stamp Set from The Stamp Market for this card.  I love how this set has such great sentiments in several different fonts/styles.  It is too fun.  I picked three colors that I love together and stamped them light to dark before adding the hello stamped in black.  Simple and fun.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for checking out my take on this sketch!  I hope you enjoyed it and will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  See you there!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CTS #277

Good morning!  I hope you've checked out this morning's post over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  The challenge this week is great!  Of course, they always are!  If you are stopping by after seeing my card over there...thanks so much!  I'm flattered that you wanted to see how I made my crazy creation.  :)  You guys are awesome!  Here's what I created for this week:


It's amazing what you can do with a cute small stamp set like the Lil' Inker Designs Seriously Awesome Stamp Set.  I used my Misti to get everything lined up and then I stamp, stamp, stamped.  Ha ha!  I filled in the center of the heart with some Nuvo drops before trimming and adding it to my card base.  Simple and easy but I LOVE how it turned out.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/seriously-awesome-stamps/#_a_clarson

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Tuesday Thanks

I thought I'd stop in this morning and share I made for my son to send out for confirmation thank yous.  I tried to pawn some of my the thank yous in my stash on him but he decided they were too girly.  Ha ha!  So, I started from scratch and created something, I don't think is too girly and he seemed to be good with them too.  Kids!  Here's my card:


I used my super fun and bold Mermaid Markers to make stripes in green and one in teal on the card front before adhering that to a teal card base.  Then to finish it off, I cut the Lil' Inkers Thanks Word Die from gold card stock and added it with some bits of foam tape to the front.  That's it.  Simple and not too girly, right?  Ha ha ha ha ha!  Have a great day.  Hopefully, I'll be down getting crafty this morning and I hope you get some time too.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CTS #276

Hi, you guys!!  I hope you are having an awesome week.  Mine has been busy and a little odd.  My littlest guy has been at camp all week and my oldest just got back from wakeboard camp.  So, it has been quite but busy all at the same time.  I guess that is how summer tends to be.  It is pouring this morning and I'm just hoping we don't end up getting hail.  All the corn and beans are up all around the area and hail is NEVER a welcome thing with crops in the ground.  The weather radio mentioned half dollar size hail and I'm hoping that is just an April Fool's joke in June?  So, while I sit here staring out my window, I've got something much more fun for you to think about!  This week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  Here's what I created:


This card was PERFECT for mass production and I have to admit, I made a bunch of them.  Thank goodness for my Misti.  ;)  I have an original and a mini so I have been able to set up three different layers for stamping and that is what I did here.  I set up two areas on the original and the final on my mine and just changed colors as I stamped these awesome feathers from Lil' Inker Designs' set called Fancy Feathers.  I have to admit that I am not usually a big feather person but this set is one of my favorites.  I love that there are solid images, open images, and images with just a little pattern and the sentiments are great!  It's probably one of my favorite sets.  Here's a closer look at my card and the sketch that inspired it:



I hope you liked my take on the sketch and will join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!  We love having you play along.  Here's the set I used on this week's card:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/fancy-feathers-stamps/#_a_clarson