Monday, December 5, 2016

Another Week, Another Christmas Card

Good morning and happy Monday!  Did you have a wonderful weekend?  Ours was pretty awesome.  We attended an open house at the local art museum and a concert by out local orchestra.  Everyone had a very good time and it really helped it feel a little more like the Christmas season. 

I'm still hard at work on Christmas cards but I'm having a great time taking my time this year.  I decided to relax and mail them as I finish them rather than stressing about having them all out by a certain date.  So far, it is really helping to keep my stress level low.  Here's a card I recently created.


Again, I used some fun paper, stickers, and other elements from my trusty Clique Kit.  I stamped this snowy background using the dots that are included in the Oh Deer Christmas Stamp Set. Next, I cut some patterned paper with the Merry Christmas Border Die.  I added some mountains, black and white paper, and some enamel dots and snowflakes.  All layered up, the card turned out really cute!  Here's a closer look:


I just love the Merry Christmas Border Die.  It is such a great way to add a sentiment and dimension!  I hope you enjoyed my card for the day and are ready for a great week.  I hope it's the best Monday ever!  Here's what I used today:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/merry-christmas-border-die/#_a_clarson

http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/oh-deer-christmas-stamps/#_a_clarson

http://www.cliquekits.com/monthly-kit.html

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CTS #200!!!!

Whoa!  CAS(E) this Sketch is celebrating its 200th sketch and I'm shocked that it has gotten here so fast.  How in the world did that happen?  If you haven't already, make sure to go check it out and play along!  You could win a $25 gift certificate for joining us this week. 

My take on the sketch is a little different.  I flipped the sketch and used a stamp set that I've had for so long, I don't even remember the name or where I got it.  How's that for a well loved set?  Here's my card:


I stamped these awesome poppies and used the fill stamps to create more of an off kilter watercolored look.  I added some color to the jars and stem with copic and then a quick embossed sentiment strip.  Easy!  Now I need to make some more in different color combos.

Thanks so much for check in with me today and as a little woo hoo for our 200th sketch, I'm going to randomly choose a commenter on my blog to receive a little prize pack from me.  It includes a stamp set, some 6x6 pads, and a few "extras".  I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  You won't regret it!  Have a great one!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Tuesday Christmas Card

Good morningish.  He he he!  I am a little late getting this post going this morning but I have a good reason.  My oldest has his first wrestling match this afternoon!!!  I have no idea what a wrestling match is like at all but I'm still excited.  So, I spent the better part of the morning making sure he had everything he needed packed in his bag.  Then, of course, the zipper pulled out and if you've ever fixed a zipper, you can feel my pain.  Luckily, I got it all fixed and stitched up so it shouldn't happen again.  Thank goodness my mom taught me to cross stitch and I had an awesome teacher in middle school that appreciated what I knew and expounded on that beginner's knowledge.  Go Home Ec!  Regardless, all is well and he is off to school and then his meet.  I'm thrilled because this first one is in Algona home to none other than the Chocolate Season...darn, an excuse for coffee AND chocolate.  Ha ha!

So, I created this card the other day and I'm super happy to be sharing it with you.  I've noticed that most of my Christmas cards are taking on more of a winter theme...that's ok, right?  ;)


Again, I used some fun paper and a journaling card from my trusty Clique Kit.  I layered these items ten stamped snowflakes using the Rustic Christmas stamps.  The I stamped the adorable bear from the same set, colored him, and added a hat!  Next, I used the Rustic Christmas dies to cut out my shapes and add them to the card.  All layered up, the card turned out really cute!  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you are having a great week!!  See you tomorrow!  Here's what I used for this card:

 
 
https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/rustic-christmas-dies/#_a_clarson
 
https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/rustic-christmas-stamps/#_a_clarson

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little Foxy Christmas

Happy post Thanksgiving Monday.  Hmm...does a long weekend and a holiday make a Monday better or worse?  We had a wonderful weekend with only one day of busy running.  It was great!  We even got all the Christmas decor out and up.  My husband wishes we got all decked out for Christmas in October but that's just too early for me.  I would rather leave it all up a little longer. 

The thing I can never seem to get started too early though, Christmas cards.  My problem is that I really hate mass producing.  I try and I try but the most I can ever crank out before getting totally bored is about 10.  So, I keep slowly chugging away making cards one at a time.  At least I have some amazing papers, stamps, and other products to inspire me.  That makes things so much more fun! 

Remember this card?  Well, I couldn't help but use the rest of the background paper I stamped so, here's what I've created to share with you today:


I started by making a snowflake patterned paper using the snowflakes in the Rustic Christmas stamps.  The I used the Border Builders die set to cut a fun border allowing the plaid to show at the bottom of the card.  Next, I cut some snowflakes out of various papers using the Snowflake Dies.  I layered the snowflakes along with a fox from my Clique Kit and a couple of banners also from the kit.  I finished the card off with some enamel dots.  Here's a closer look:


The fox with his black and white scarf was just meant for this card.  LOVE IT!  Can you tell I'm slightly addicted to the Snow & Cocoa line by Crate Paper?  I'm sure it comes as a shocker!  Thank goodness it was the focus of this adorable kit!  LOVE IT!

Thanks for checking in with me today!  I can't wait to share something new tomorrow!


http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/border-builders-die-set/#_a_clarson
 
https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/rustic-christmas-dies/#_a_clarson

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Little More Christmas

Good morning.  Please forgive me if this post makes no sense.  My body has decided that 3:30 is a great time to wake up and not let me go back to sleep.  So, I'm dragging at the moment and I'm just hoping there is enough coffee in the house to wake me up.  I did want to share a card with you guys today since it's been a whole weekend without me sharing one.  :)  So, here's another Christmas card from my ever growing collection.


Again, all these elements are from the holiday kit from Clique Kits that I purchased.  The striped backdrop is actually the packaging from one of the items in the kit.  I wish the kit wasn't sold out because I would totally order another!  Luckily, I did order some extra papers and stickers.  Woo hoo!  Here's a close up of my card:


Isn't that little house in the jar acetate adorable?  SO FUN!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you are having a more restful week than I am.  :)  Have a great day!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Flashback Friday!

Good morning!  I just wanted to let you know that I'm up on the Lil' Inker Blog for a fun Flashback Friday post!  I hope you'll check it out and enjoy the fun Christmas card I created.  It was actually a card I made for the Stamping Away weekend shoebox swap and I liked it so much, I wanted to share it.  Luckily, the Flashback Friday feature gave me the perfect opportunity.  You'll want to check it out and check out the sale on Seasonal Stars Dies Set.  It's worth it!!  Here's a little peek of my card:


See you over on the Lil' Inker Blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CTS #199

Good morning!  It's another wonderful Thursday and I get to share the latest and greatest CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!  It's a two week challenge so you have plenty of time to play with it.  I wasn't super happy with my card so you can bet that I'm going to be playing with again.  I'm still working on my birthday and Christmas stash so I could use the extra inspiration.  Here's the card I created:


I used some fun WPlus9 stamps to create my card today.  Talk about simple.  All I did was layer some stamps from the Whole Lotta' Happy set in various shades of blue to match my background paper that was cut along with the stone focal piece using Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles.

Super simple but I still wasn't perfectly happy with it.  Don't worry though, I'll be playing with it! 

I hope you have some time in the next couple weeks to join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  We'd love to have you play along!  :)  See you there!