Thursday, December 18, 2014

CTS #104

It's another fun week at CAS(E) this Sketch and this is a LONG challenge.  You'll get to play with this awesome sketch for a full 3 weeks!  I hope that you are having an amazing holiday season so far and are ready for all the fun the season brings.  I know we are!  Last night was Isaac's piano recital and, boy, was it nice to see him up there playing away and feeling so confident.  He really put the work in and it paid off.  If you'd like to see him play one of his songs, I posted it to my YouTube account here:  http://youtu.be/0mSoa4hUFq0

I hope you enjoyed that.  He's been playing for a little over a year now and is really loving it.  I hope he sticks with it.  Now it's time for a sketch and a card, right?  Ha ha!

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/


I LOVE this sketch from Leigh and I had a blast using it for my card.  This card really couldn't have been easier.  I used supplies from my Studio Calico card kit:  2 patterned papers & the stamp set.  Then, I just added some bling.

I hope you guys will join us for this super long challenge!  Have a great holiday and we'll see you back at CAS(E) this Sketch in 2015!!  WOW!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CTS #103

Good morning!!  I think I am finally feeling like I'm getting better.  Thank goodness!  I swear my poor nose is so raw, I look like Rudolph and if you took one look at me, you wouldn't let me play in your reindeer games either.  ;)  Luckily, I am starting to feel more like myself and just in time too.  My husband is taking me to Des Moines this weekend for a little birthday fun.  Yes, I know, my birthday was in October but with all the craziness around here lately, we had to put off my birthday fun.  Hopefully, I'm feeling 100% and it won't have to get put off yet again.  I do know one thing that is going to happen whether I feel well or not, the new CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  It's a great one and I hope you'll like it!



My card today uses an extra cut that my niece and I created for her final graphic design project of the semester.  She used the kraft cut for something else but I thought it was too neat to waste so I made a card using the second one.  I layered her design on some gold poster board and then diecut and layered three "thanks" dies from Mama Elephant.  Can't be any easier than that.

I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  We'd love to have you!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's A Great Day For a Coffee...Hop!

I'm a little slow getting this post going this morning but I have been pretty sick this week.  It was the kind of sick where you can't even taste your coffee.  Is there anything worse than that?  It sure didn't stop me from drinking it though.  Ha ha!  Despite feeling a little under the weather, I couldn't help but join Amy in the Holiday Coffee Lover's Bloghop.  I am, after all, a MAJOR coffee-a-holic and I adore a good coffee card.  ;)  Make sure you check out Amy's post for all the awesome info and to check out the amazing sponsors for this bloghop.  It really warms my heart to see all this love of coffee.  ;) 

Here's my creation for the hop:


I decided to go with some packaging since I got this awesome bag in my Studio Calico kit for the month.  It's gorgeous!  I used Anytime Tags Die Set 2 to create my tags and the Awesome Word Die and Seriously Awesome Stamps for my sentiment.  I decided to have my coffee cup dangle from the tag on some of the gold twine which meant I needed something dangling at the other end too so why not use some layered Snowflake Dies?  My coffee cup was made using the Coffee Cozy Die Set, Coffee Cozy Stamps , and Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set.  I'm thinking this could be fun with a gift card and some fun coffee accessories inside.  We'll see!  ;)

I hope you will join us on the hop!  Make sure to check out Amy's post for all the details!  Thanks for stopping by!

http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-coffee-lovers-blog-hop-details.html

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release Blog Hop Day 3

It's the last day of the new release hop at Lil' Inker Designs and, boy, did I save the best for last!  I love all the products that we got to show off this month but the cards I made with today's items...totally my favorite!  Lucky for you, no matter what items you are after from this release, they are all available right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  You should be coming here after visiting Amy.  If not, head on over to the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a thing.  You will want to start at the tip top of this hop!

Now it's time for my first card!


You may recognize this card from a little peek on our Facebook page!  I took a piece of watercolor paper which I cut with Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangles and pretty much dripped and drizzled my watercolors all over.  There was absolutely no method to my madness but I LOVE how it turned out.  Then I stamped my jewels from Girl's Best Friend Stamps in a soft gray so they didn't compete with the sentiment which was stamped with the most amazing alphabet EVER, Alphabet Gems Stamps.  I colored the letters in with copics and then stamped a coordinating sentiment from Girl's Best Friend Stamps underneath.  I finished the card off with some stars from the stamp set stamped in various colors and some fun jewels and enamel dots.

My last card is my favorite by far.  I just LOVE IT!

     
As soon as I got this Cover Up Die: Faceted in my hand, I was down in my craft room creating.  It was instant inspiration.  Seriously, I put on some space movie for the boys to watch for science so I could go make cards.  I'm sure they didn't mind one bit either.  ;)  I saw this gorgeous color combo one day browsing Pinterest and it was just screaming for this Cover Up Die.  So, the two were destined for each other.  I broke out my copics and went to town coloring triangles and while it took awhile, it was worth every minute of it.  The end result is just spectacular.  As much as I loved my background, I knew this needed a sentiment and focal point.  So, I broke out the
Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangles and cut some vellum which I folded over the edge to get just the size I wanted.  I embossed a sentiment from Girl's Best Friend Stamps on my vellum rectangle as well as stamping the "thanks".  It was all cute but it needed a little something more.  Thank goodness that this month's goodies include the Girl's Best Friend Diamond Die because layered on a little gold glitter paper, it finished this card off perfectly.  I almost grabbed some extra bling but I think this card has enough of that already.  ;)

So, what items do you "need" from this amazing release?  I'd love to hear all about it.  Here's what I used today:


http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/girls-best-friend-stamps/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/alphabet-gems-stamps/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/cover-up-die-faceted/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/girls-best-friend-diamond-die/

I really hope you guys enjoyed this release and have had a blast on the blog hop.  Enjoy your last day of the hop and
don't forget 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 get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release Blog Hop Day 2

It's another awesome day on the Lil' Inker Designs December Release Blog Hop.  I bet you guys all had a great time checking out all the goodies and creations yesterday.  Well, today is just as awesome!  If you didn't know already, the whole release is available right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  Hopefully, you already checked out Amy and her amazing creations.  If not, head on over to the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a thing.  You will want to start at the tip top of this hop!

Are you ready for some cards?  Well, here's my first creation for today.


I took one look at all the amazing rectangles in the Stitched Mats:  Long & Skinny Rectangles Die Set and knew I wanted to make the keys on a piano.  Maybe it was my son practicing for his piano recital in the background but that is TOTALLY what I saw when I looked at them.  I didn't want a boring piano because these dies are too cool for that so, I decided to have my keys make a wave across the card front.  Then I stamped the first part of my sentiment with the Hello, Awesome Stamp set on a key and placed the Awesome Word Die just so.  To place the sequins, I just dropped a few and glued them down where they landed.  You seriously need ALL of this! 

In case you are still on the fence, check these out:


Hello!!!!  The Hello, Awesome Stamp set and Awesome Word Die is just made for card sets.  Just look at how easily these came together.  I started with two already released items, the Quilted Stitched Pattern Die and Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangles.  Then, I went to town cutting out awesome after Awesome Word Die.  I embossed some of the sentiments from the Hello, Awesome Stamp set on my rectangles then stuck down my die.  I thought the "awesome" on each card needed a little something extra so I covered them in glossy accents.  My "awesome possum" card got a little extra dose of cute with the possum hanging from the "P".  How cute is he?

Here's the awesomeness I used today:

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/stitched-mats-long-skinny-rectangles/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/awesome-word-die/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/hello-awesome-stamps/
 
I had a blast with these products and I hope you liked my creations.  Make sure you keep hopping to see all the other amazing creations and don't forget 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 get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release Blo Hop Day 1

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/

I am SO excited today!  You have no idea how it has been killing me waiting to share these amazing Lil' Inker Designs goodies with you.  Thank goodness the wait is over.  I swear, it's almost as bad as the wait on Christmas Eve...well, my kids might beg to differ but what do they know?  Ha ha!  This release is FABULOUS and I know once you start checking things out, you'll agree.  Lucky for you, the whole release is available right now in the Lil' Inker StoreAmy was first on this awesome hop and, hopefully, you got here via her blog.  If not, head on over to the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a thing.  You will want to see all the amazing creations for this release.

Today, I'm going to show off these amazing products in this release:  All About Ampersands Die Set, All About Ampersand Stamp Set, and the Anytime Tags 2 Die Set.  My first card keeps me in the holiday spirit and shows just how versatile the All About Ampersand Stamp Set is.


I used the previously released Lil' Inker Designs Snowflake Dies to create a die cut background on navy cardstock which I layered over some light blue glitter paper.  I then cut out the amazing ampersand frame from the All About Ampersands Die Set in the same light blue glitter paper and attached it on top of my background.  I stamped "Merry" and "Bright" from the All About Ampersand Stamp Set in navy, cut those out, and attached them to my card front.  I finished the whole thing off with some bling and, man, this card REALLY shines.  I adore these ampersand sets.  SO much possibility, weddings, holidays, thank yous, thinking of yous...WOW!

Next up, I had some fun with Anytime Tags 2.

 
I love these tags!  The stitching, the notch at the bottom...swoon!  For this card, I layered a larger die cut tag with a smaller vellum tag.  I decided that the Anytime Tags 2 needed a little something special so I decided to do the ring in gold and tie some cool gold twine through them.  For my background, I used some cute heart patterned paper and then used another new release goodie that I almost forgot to mention (you'll see more of it tomorrow!), Long & Skinny Rectangles Die Set, to add a fun panel of coordinating patterned papers.  I wanted to draw your eye over to left of the card by gradually moving things in that direction.  The tags finish getting your eye to go where I want it rather well, especially with that lovely shiny ampersand from the All About Ampersands Die Set.  You really can't miss that beauty and all it took was a simple "Mr." and "Mrs." stamped in black from the All About Ampersand Stamp Set to make this a great wedding or even anniversary card.  How awesome is that?

Here's a quick look at the products I used today:
 
http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/all-about-ampersands-die-set/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/all-about-ampersand-stamp-set/

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/anytime-tags-2-die-set/
  
http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/long-skinny-rectangles-die-set/

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 get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CTS #102

Long time no blogging!  Ha ha!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  I sure did but it went by WAY too fast.  Loads of food, family, and fun!  Speaking of food, we had lots of leftovers and my middle guy had the perfect way to use up those pesky veggie tray leftovers.  Check him out:


I just love that boy!  Ha ha!  Well, I'm sure you've all already checked out our group post at CAS(E) this Sketch and just adore the sketch this week!  If not, here it is and my card also.



My card uses a printed vellum piece from Studio Calico.  I just loved this and was dying to find the perfect sketch for it.  I layered it on some yellow patterned paper and then took a bit of twine to drape in the corner.  I attached the letters from Lil Inker Designs Mixed & Stitched Alphabet to the twine.  I finished it off by embossing my sentiment (from this Simon Says Stamp set) beneath the "MISS" in white and on a curve.

I hope you enjoyed our two-week challenge last week and will join us again this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!  See you there!