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!

CTS #98

Happy Thursday everyone!  This is my second post for today (isn't that an odd occurrence on my blog?  Ha!).  If you are looking for my Lil' Inker Designs Day 2 release post, it's right below this one or you can click here to head straight there.  ;)

Today is a great day all around for me.  I got to share some of my favorite cards in my Lil' Inker post, I get to share the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you which includes a card of mine that I'm sort of in love with, AND my dad comes home today!  I am so thrilled that he's on his way home and we have the whole place all ready for him.  I keep reminding him that he's got over 4 weeks down in the wheelchair so he's over half way to being able to put some weight on his legs.  I know being home will make the time go much faster and lift his spirits.  I will be glad when all of this is just a distant memory and he's chasing the grand kids around the yard pretending to be a zombie.

I suppose you are here to see the new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, right?  ;)  Here it is:

I LOVE THIS SKETCH!  In fact, I've already made another card using it but I have to wait until I get home to Iowa on Sunday so I can photograph it.  Don't worry, you'll see it before this challenge closes.  Here's the card I made using the sketch for the week:

I made this card during my crafty weekend with some AMAZING ladies.  It was so fun to get to see and use everyone's' crafty goodies and when I saw this hello die from Mama Elephant, I knew I was using it and probably buying it.  Ha ha!  I cut it out of cork and for some reason when I use cork, I almost always go with a yellow and mint color combo.  I just love them together.  My papers are from a Studio Calico card kit and I added a little banner of vellum too for a little extra fun.  I didn't bring any bling with me to the get together so I used some Stickles that I had to make my own bling.  I think I like them on this card more than I would have liked enamel dots or anything else.  Funny how that works out.  ;)

I hope you enjoyed my card and will join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  We'd love to have you!  I'm off to make a little banner for my dad's homecoming!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs October Release Day 2

It's day two of our amazing Lil' Inker Designs October release bloghop.  Hopefully, you are coming from Amy's blog.  If not, you might want to go to the Lil' Inker blog to make sure you start at the beginning.

You are going to love the products I'm showing today just as much as yesterday's amazing designs.  Lucky for you, all the items from the October release are already available in the Lil' Inker Store.  You can have it all on its way to you while you sit back and enjoy the inspiration all along the bloghop.  Oh!  Don't forget to comment as you go, Laura is giving away a $15 credit to 3 lucky hoppers.  Awesome!

This first card uses the new Cover Up Die:  Snowflakes and, boy, is this an amazing die.  You may think I'm crazy but my favorite thing about this is the fact that there is white space.  So many cover dies that I find are crammed full of whatever shape they are using and they leave no space for your eye to rest and really enjoy what you are looking at.  I guess, to me, they can be busy.  The Cover Up Die:  Snowflakes is simple perfection.  Just look:

For my card, I cut two of these gorgeous die cuts, one in navy and one in vellum.  Let's see what you think.

I layered these die cuts (a bit offset) on some mirrored cardstock.  I love the little peek of the vellum around the edges of each snowflake.  Finishing the card was easy, a sentiment from the Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set embossed in white on vellum and some coordinating enamel dots and the card was done.  See how not every snowflake touches another?  That is why I love this so much.  Each snowflake gets its own shining moment.  Gorgeous!

Next up, I'm going to play with some more snowflakes using the Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set.  I wanted to make a small wintery scene with these wonderful snowflakes so I decided to use the Border Builders Die Set on this card as well.

Here's how I used them:

First up, I inked a cut from Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangle Dies to look like a winter sky.  Then I used Border Builders Die Set to make a hill with glitter paper and another with pearlized paper.  I stamped my snowflakes from the Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set in black and embossed one in silver on a bit of vellum which I thought looked awesome (I'll be doing that again!).  I finished the card off with a strip of vellum stamped with a sentiment from Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set and a little bling. 

My last card uses another fun stamp set, Big Christmas Stamp Set.  These sentiments can carry a card all on their own.  Just look...

I was wondering in a store one day with my coffee in hand and I saw the most adorable packaging.  It was wood and gold but SUPER simple.  When I saw the Big Christmas Stamp Set I knew I wanted to do a play on that packaging.  I found some wood panel patterned paper in my stash and cut the Small Bow Die from gold glitter paper to hold this awesome kraft and gold glitter tag that I had in my stash.  To make the sentiment pop with all that glitter, I cut a piece of acetate to wrap around the tag.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment in black and it really additional bling needed.  ;)

I hope you liked my cards today and I'm so happy you stopped by to see what I created with all these amazing Lil' Inker Designs products.  You better get going though, if you want to get to all the amazing blogs in today's hop.  See you again tomorrow!

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!
Don't forget you can get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs October Release Day 1 - OMG!

Have you ever had a really REALLY good secret that you were just dying to share but you had to wait for what felt like an eternity until you could share it?  Yup, that's how I've felt since Laura asked me to join her and the AMAZING team at Lil' Inker Designs.  To say I was flabbergasted, is an understatement.  It felt like I was in a dream world when I said, "OF COURSE!"  Then she sent me this:

I knew it was real and I was actually a part of the Lil' Inker Designs team.  I'm so excited to get to work with this wonderful group of designers and these amazing products.  This release (available NOW in the Lil' Inker Store) is going to blow you away and I hope you will hop along with us for the next few days.  You won't regret it for a second.  Hopefully, you have arrived here from Amy's blog.  If not, you might want to go to the Lil' Inker blog to make sure you start at the tip top of the hop.

I'll start by making you a little hungry first.  Who doesn't love donuts, right?  The more the merrier.  You can work them off later.  Well, the Eat More Donuts Stamp Set and Donuts Die Set are super low in calories so you can have as many as you like and after you see what I've created with them, you're going to want donuts galore.  ;)

Cute right?  Here are my cards:

I stamped the amazing donuts (Eat More Donuts) on kraft paper in some fun and delicious looking colors and then cut out a Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangle that would fit my sentiment perfectly.  I wrapped some twine around the rectangle and added a few enamel dots to finish the card off.  Super cute!  Donuts just scream for coffee, don't they?  That's where my next card idea came from.

I used the Donuts Die Set to create this adorable donut with some patterned paper and glossy accents.  Then I grabbed my handy dandy Coffee Cozy Stamp Set and Coffee Cozy Die Set to create my cute coffee cup.  I whipped out my Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangle Dies for this card also and they gave me the perfect focal area for my coffee and donut.  Can't beat that.

This release is SO jam packed with fun stuff that I have one more card to share with you today.  It uses the I'm All You're All Stamp Set and the Speech Bubbles Die Set.  I think you are going to really love these.  The stamp set is a totally unique twist on some fun sentiments.  Just take a look:
How's that for fun?  I think you'll agree they make for a pretty cool card.

I combined the I'm All You're All Stamp Set and Speech Bubbles Die Set with my favorite Balloon Dies to create this fun card which is layered on, you guessed it, Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangle Dies.  I had some fun with this turquoise, teal, gray, and white combo and have you ever seen a more fun way to say happy birthday?  I'm all..."LOVE IT!"  ;)

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, October 23, 2014

CTS #97

Good morning, everyone!  It is a brisk morning here in New York and I'm hoping we see the sun FINALLY!  I could sure use a little sunshine.  We are still here helping my parents out after my dad's accident and we will be here another week because...HE'S COMING HOME!  Yup, they decided that they can't do anything for him in the rehab center that can't be done at home so, next week, he's going to be home.  My mom and I have been working hard to get everything set up here to make it easy on him and her.  I think it will be a big boost in his recovery to be in his own home and I'm pretty sure it will make things easier on my mom.  We are staying to help with the transition and to get everyone settled and then we will make out 2-day trek back to Iowa.  That also means the boys get to trick or treat in New York this year!  I think my mom is just as excited as the boys are for that.  ;)  We have certainly made some time for fun while we've been here so I thought I'd share the boys' silly picture.  I was taking my annual boy photos in the gorgeous fall colors and the boys wanted to do a crazy picture.  Who am I to say no to that?

Oh yeah, you guys probably are on my blog to see my CAS(E) this Sketch card, right?  Well, I guess I can share that with you too!  ;)  I just happen to LOVE this sketch.  What a fun and creative idea and SO many ways that you guys can interpret it.  What do you think?

I had a ton of fun with this one and went a little crazy with my combo of patterns. 

How fun is this?  Oh!  Did you notice that I have some new backgrounds that I'm playing with?  I'm loving this combo with the dark wood and dots of light.  It really helps this card pop...not that it needed too much help.  My patterned papers are from on of my Studio Calico card kits and those fabulous bells are Lil' Inker Designs' Jingle Bell die set.  The "Merry" die is from Simon Says Stamp and I finished that off with one of the stars that came out of my bells.  LOVE!

I hope you liked my card and will come join us this week for an amazing challenge.  Come play at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I know you are going to have a blast!!  ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Festive Friday Take 2!

Good morning everyone!  I'm keeping plenty busy in New York at the moment but wanted to jump on quickly to share another take on the Festive Friday challenge.  The inspiration photo is SO gorgeous, there was no way I could get by making only one card.  I mean, seriously, just look at it.

Love!  With my second card I took a little bit more of a modern take on it and really wanted to show off that splash of red.

I masked a fun ribbon-like stripe down the side of my card and then inked it with different shades of red.  I layered some die cut snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp that I diecut from white paper and silver glitter paper.  I finished the whole thing off with a sentiment stamped in black.  Super simple but I hope you like it!

Hope you are having a great week and will join us over at Festive Friday.  See you again soon! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fesitve Friday

Merry Christmas!  Wait, am I little early?  Well, that's only because I am getting to hang out with the team over at the Festive Friday blog for the next couple of weeks.  How could you not be in the Christmas spirit around that group of amazingly talented ladies?  I'm super excited to get to join them this week and I hope you guys will to.  Here's the inspiration photo:

Stunning, right?  The image was SO clean and simple that I just had to go the CAS route for this card.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil with some embossing paste and glitter for my background.   Then I stamped a strip of vellum with a sentiment from Lil Inker Designs Holly Jolly Sentiment set.  Finally, I die cut the awesome holly leaves using Lil Inker Designs Holly Jolly Dies and added some red pearls and bling for the berries.  Super simple and clean just like the photo.

I hope you will head over to the Festive Friday blog and join us in this awesome challenge.  You might just get in the mood for snow...wait, DON'T say that!!!  ;)  Have a great and festive day.