Thursday, May 28, 2015

CTS #125

Hi, everyone!  How's your week going?  So far, so good here.  It's our last crazy week (hopefully) filled with baseball, gymnastics recitals and rehearsals, workouts, and a rogue raccoon.  Last evening, we were driving in the driveway when I spotted a raccoon heading towards the chicken coop.  The children were dispatched to round the chickens up since it was still light out and they were happily pecking in the yard.  We scared it off and everyone is safe, thankfully, but the chickens are restricted to their kennel until we ensure that darn raccoon is "taken care of".  Nothing like a little excitement to make a busy week, a CRAZY one!  Ha ha.  Luckily, I get to hang out with you guys a bit and share this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I just love this sketch!


Isn't that the coolest sketch?  I decided to use up some random stickers I have had FOREVER.  I hope you like it.


I used a piece of fun kraft chevron paper for the background and used banner stickers to emulate the sketch design.  I finished it off with a heart I cut and colored using the Lil' Inker Designs Of the Heart Dies.  I hope you like it and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Have a great day! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CTS #124

Good morning, you guys!  My goodness this week has been busy busy busy!  My niece is getting married in July and I'm getting ready to throw her a bridal shower on Sunday.  I think I have it all under control but it still feels like I have tons to do.  ;)  I didn't have my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge ready until the wee hours of the night last night.  Ahhhh!  I'm usually pretty far ahead so I was totally panicking.  Ha ha!  Luckily, I like what I came up with and I hope you will too.  Here's my card:


Here's the sketch:


Since this was my sketch, I had a REALLY hard time not doing exactly what I drew in the first place.  Afterall, I really liked that idea for a card.  Ha ha!  I wanted to do something a little different but still inspired by the sketch (I'm totally making the sketch into a card later though).  So I decided that to me, it was just a really bold background with a sentiment popping out.  I found this fun bold polkadot paper and I cut up a 3x4 pocket scrapping card to create that fun sentiment popping out from the side.  I loved how it was angled and it looked totally fun on the card front.

I hope you liked my card today and will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  See you there!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CTS #123

Good morning, you guys!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week.  I sure did!  I got to run in the Market to Market Relay with a great group of people and we had a blast even if we did run a total of 75 miles.  AH!  I was really proud of our whole team and I will totally be doing that again!  Hopefully, they will all join me.  Ha ha!  Here's a quick picture of our team before the run.  Look at all those smiles.  Luckily, we were all still smiling at the end. 


I've got another picture that will make you smile.  My card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I love this sketch and I think you guys are going to have a blast with it.  Here's my card:


For this card, I used the Lil' Inker Designs Hello Word Die to cut a strip of polka dot paper in two.  I too those two pieces and stuck them to a grey piece of paper cut to the same size as the original polka dot piece.  I layered that on my yellow card base and added some wooden bits and pieces.  Talk about easy! 

I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  We just love having you play along.  I'll see you over there!  ;)

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/hello-word-die/#_a_clarson

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs May Monthly Meetup!


It's that time again!  Time for this month's, Lil' Inkers Designs' Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  I'm super excited.  I love a challenge and I love to see so many people sharing their love of Lil' Inker products and showing off what we've been up to with them.  It's almost like we are all hanging out crafting together.  If only we could do that.  Wouldn't it be a blast?  I'll get to all the nitty gritty of the challenge after I show you my creation.


I decided to play with the Cover Up Die:  Faceted today to take advantage of that awesome heart built right into the design.  SO cool!  My anniversary is coming up and I thought this would be a fun card to give to the hubby.  I cut the Cover Up Die:  Faceted out of gold poster board and then cut some vellum to fit behind the cut.  I then took a piece of teal colored vellum, cut it out in the shape of the hidden heart, and layered it behind the frosted vellum to dull the color a bit.  I added this to a mint colored card base and tried to decide just how to draw your attention to that heart so I grabbed my Vintage Ink Stamp Set and Vintage Ink Die Set.  I cut and colored this flower to match the little flower on my sentiment sticker.  I loved how similar they looked!  I layered all of this around the heart and then added some extra bling.  I hope you like it!


Now, here are the details of this awesome new challenge!
  • Make a new project or share something you've been working on featuring LID goodies!
  • Post this project to your blog or favorite gallery. 
  • Link your project to our challenge by using the InLinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post.
  • You have through May 18th at 11:30 PM EST to link your project to be eligible to win a prize.  
  • Projects should exclusively feature LID goodies to be eligible to win but do not need to exclusively feature LID goodies to join our Meet Up.
  • This month's prize is a $50 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs! 
  • Winners will be announced in a new blog post shortly after May 18th.
An amazing prize, right?  So, get to your crafty space and start playing!  We can't wait to see what you are doing with the amazing products from Lil' Inker Designs.  I'll see you over on the Lil' Inker Designs blog!  Can't wait to play along with you.  Here are the products I used today:

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

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

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/vintage-ink-stamps/#_a_clarson

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/vintage-ink-die-set/#_a_clarson

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CTS #122

Well, the vacation is over and the laundry begins!  My poor washing machine and dryer haven't seen that much sand in a LONG time.  ;)  It is good to be home and I'm happy to be able to post this from my desk instead of the front seat of my van while sitting in a parking lot using someone else's wifi.  Ha ha!  I hope you will enjoy my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and join us for the fun.  Here's my card:


In case you haven't noticed, I'm a sucker for pattern.  I loved this striped paper immediately when I saw it in the paper pack and I knew it would be fun paired with two different patterned banners.  So, I cut them.  One from this cool number paper and the other from some chevron printed vellum.  Perfect!  I layered them under two stars cut using the Seasonal Stars Dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  I trimmed my card front down to 4" across so I could hang a star over the edge and still fit in an envelope.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment from Party Pachyderms under my banners.

I hope you like my take on the sketch and will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Back to the laundry for me!  UGH!  ;)

Here are the products I used for this card:

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/seasonal-stars-dies-set/#_a_clarson

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/party-pachyderms-stamps/#_a_clarson
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CTS #121

Happy Thursday, everyone!  It's time for another CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and I'm sharing mine with you from our vacation in the upper peninsula of Michigan.  We are hanging out in Ontonagon and having a blast!  The boys can't decide whether to collect rocks, skip rocks, build castles, launch drift wood back into the water, etc.  Needless to say, we are having a great time.  Here's a quick picture of us at the Lake of the Clouds:


The best part of the whole trip is seeing my dad and how far he has come since his injury in the fall.  If you don't remember, he had some serious injuries to his legs after a fall from a tree stand.  His main goal when he started PT was to be able to hunt for rocks with my boys on our vacation and it makes me SO happy to see him down on the beach with the boys noses to the sand looking for the perfect rock or sea (lake?) glass.  It's just awesome! 

This week's sketch is also awesome and I hope you'll come join us at CAS(E) this Sketch to play along.  Here's my card:


I had a ton of fun making this bright birthday card.  I used this really awesome pack of pattern paper that I got at Target awhile ago.  All the papers are SO much fun.  I knew I had to use some fun products to go with it so I grabbed my Lil' Inker Designs Instant Camera Die to cut my green paper.  I was going to swap out the center cut for a different pattern but when I played around, I liked the stripes on the whole panel best.  Next, I cut the Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die out of some bright pink paper and layered that on my stripes.  I wanted something a little extra in the corner of my greeting so I added a cut heart from Of the Heart Dies.  I layered this all on a fun kraft paper with bright pink words and added some enamels shapes and bling.

I hope you like my take on the sketch and will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch for a fun challenge this week.  Here are the products I used for my card:

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/instant-camera-die/#_a_clarson

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/boxed-up-birthday-greeting-die/#_a_clarson

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/of-the-heart-dies/#_a_clarson
   

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CTS #120


Wow, it's been a busy week on my blog.  Ha ha!  Luckily, I have something fun to share with you again today.  It's Thursday and that means and new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  This one is super cool but I will admit to staring at it for quite awhile before the inspiration came to me.  I may even have made several cards before settling on this one.  However, after seeing what the rest of the team did, I want to have another go at it.  ;)  Don't believe me?  Make sure you check them out at CAS(E) this Sketch.  For now, here's my card:


All of my supplies for this card come from Studio Calico card and Project Life kits.  I have been dying to use this cute sky 3x4 card for awhile now and when I saw this alligator, I knew it was a perfect combo.  I wanted the sun to pop a little so I covered it with glossy accents.  I added some fun pattern paper for the cardbase and finished it off with a sentiment found in the Odyssey card kit.  I hope you liked my card today and I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!  Have fun!