Thursday, March 26, 2015

CTS #116

Long time no blogging!  Ha ha!  I'm super happy to share this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!  I had such a blast with this sketch and I just know you will too.  Here's what I made with the sketch:

I went super simple with my card and NO STAMPING!  I used some star dies from Papertrey Ink for my focal point and a Happy Birthday sticker as my sentiment.  That's it!  I hope you'll join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I'll see you over there.  ;)  Here's a look at the sketch.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's a Lil' Inker Designs Sneaky Mini Release!

Can you believe that Laura was sneaky enough to release some amazing products without having a full blown release?  She must have known that you guys would NOT want to wait for this stuff.  You can find it all over at the Lil' Inker Store.  Goodness!  I haven't even showed you what you'll find over there!  Ha ha!  Check it out:

First up the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles.  There are 4 sizes of dies in this set:

Largest die cuts an exact A2 stitched rectangle at 4.25" x 5.50" (this die does not feature dual stitching and cuts a stitched rectangle only)

Three additional, Dual Stitched Rectangles die sizes are:
 3 7/16" x 4 5/8", 2 1/2" x 3 5/8", 1 1/2" x 2 13/16"

You can read even more about it over at the Lil' Inker Blog.

Next, Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares!  Here's a little info on sizes that come in this set.  More info can be found on the Lil' Inker Blog.

Largest die cuts a stitched square exactly 4.25" x 4.25" (this die does not feature dual stitching and cuts a stitched square only) 
Three additional, Dual Stitched Squares die sizes are: 3 7/16", 2 1/2", 1 9/16"

Finally, wire cutting pliers.  These things are awesome and make separating dies SO much easier!

Now I can share with you what I made using these new goodies!

For this card, I used the largest Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles to create my card front and then cut the second largest Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles out of my card front at an angle.  I then pieced back in another rectangle that I cut from a different paper.  I cut my cute coffee cup using the Coffee Cozy Die Set.  I stamped "Let's Chat" from the Coffee Cozy Stamps on the coffee cozy and added "hey" from Hey, Foxy Word Dies to finish off my sentiment.  A few hearts and I was finished.  LOVE! 

I decided to go with a 6" x 6" card when using the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares because this pattern paper just screamed square to me.  I used two different square dies to make my layered center by creating a window with one die and a diamond with the other.  I stamped a sentiment from Balloon Builders Stamps on a strip of vellum which I wrapped around the card and added "Sending you" using the Mini Envelopes Dies & Accessories to add a little more to the sentiment and make it all pop.

I hope you enjoyed this mini release and my cards!  Here's a rundown of the products I used today.  Have a great day!


CTS #115

Morning everyone!  I'm ready to share my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you guys and then rush off to drum and piano lessons.  Hopefully, I run out the door without forgetting something this week.  Ha ha!  Here's hoping.  First up, here's the sketch for the week:

What a cute sketch!  I have to say that I'm not super happy with my card this week.  I had all sorts of issues when I went to photograph it.  I'm hoping to take another swing at the sketch this week and I'll make sure to share it with you when I do.  Here's my take:

I used some fun patterned papers, wood veneers, and a die from Lil' Inker Designs called Of the Heart Dies.  They are just the cutest heart dies EVER!  LOVE! 

Hope you guys have a great day.  Wish me luck on remembering everything!  Ha ha!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CTS #114

It's an awesome Thursday here in Iowa and it finally feels like spring.  I'm loving these temps and it is actually supposed to be almost 70 today!  Wow!  I'm just now coming down from the high of my amazing weekend of crafting with some amazing women down in Kansas.  What a great way to kick off some warmer weather.  These ladies are just the best and I feel so privileged to get to spend time with them.  Here's a quick picture of these gorgeous group!

Can you see my MASSIVE smile in the back?  Yup, I was a little excited.  Ha ha!  We had a great weekend and I can't wait until the next one.  Now, I guess it's time to share my take on the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge for the week.  Luckily, my card matches our t-shirts.  I wouldn't want it to clash.  Ha ha!

I had some fun with Lil' Inker Designs Wonky Squares Dies and Hey, Foxy Word Dies.  I had this gorgeous gold striped cardstock which I diecut with the largest Wonky Square Die and then diecut a smaller square out of that piece to add back to the center.  I placed these pieces on my pink cardstock and then diecut the Hey, Foxy Word Dies in both black and pink.  I offset these and then attached them to my card front.  Super simple but I think it captures the fun of the sketch.

I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  Have a great one and here are the products I used:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs March 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 was going to make a card for the challenge but as I was looking at this cool patterned paper, I thought it deserved to be something a little special so I broke out the Mini Canvas Die and Mini Easel to make a super fun canvas.  I also knew this canvas was screaming for the Girl's Best Friend Diamond Die and the sparkle and shine of gold foil paper.  I just love a little sparkle.  I thought this sentiment from Hello, Awesome Stamp set was just perfect with the Awesome Word Die.  I wish I could show this to you in person because the shine is amazing but also hard to photograph.  I think you get the gist of it though.  ;)

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 March 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 March 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:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CTS #113

I'm up early this morning getting ready to head south for a fun crafty weekend with some super fun ladies.  I can't wait!  First, I get to share with you my take on CAS(E) this Sketch's challenge #113!  Are you ready for it? 

Can I just say that I LOVED this sketch and I love this card.  I used the Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles from Lil' Inker Designs to make my focal point on this card.  I then stamped some of the gorgeous flowers on my rectangle using the new Really Rosemaling Stamps.  LOVE!  I added some fun banners cut with the Sentiment Flag Original Die and added a sentiment on a vellum banner from Sentiment Flags Original Stamps.  I then layered this all on a card front which I diecut with the gorgeous new Cover Up Die: Pointelle.  I have to say that I love every single thing about this card.  Hopefully, it will make someone feel a little better.  

I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch this week.  You can check out the rest of the team and join us in playing along at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I hope you will, we'd love to have you.  Have a great day whatever it is you are doing and I'll leave you with this look at the items I used today.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs March Release Day #3

It's the last day of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Hop and I'm sad that it's over but soon you guys will have all these amazing products in your hands and I'll get to see what awesome stuff you create!  If you haven't gotten them yet, you can get it all right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  You should be coming at me from Karen's blog and I know you enjoyed her amazing creations during the release!  If you didn't get to her blog or any others, don't miss out and make sure you start at the beginning of the hop, right here on the Lil' Inker Blog.  Now I get to share with you my last projects for the release but I also wanted to remind you that you can get an awesome deal on the Wonky Squares Dies but today's the last day!  Don't miss out on this awesome deal.

First up, here's a look at all the projects I'm going to share today and all of them are made with Triangle Treat Holder Die With Bunny Treats Dies & Stamps Bundle.  I had WAY too much fun with these!

This bundle is SO versatile.  I finally had to stop myself at 3 different uses for these products.  Yup, SO fun!!  Here's my first take:

I used the Triangle Treat Holder Die With Bunny Treats Dies & Stamps Bundle to make this adorable bunny.  I used the feet to make hands so my little gal could hold the sign I made for her using the smallest Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles die and the Bunny Treats Stamps.  To add a little extra fun to this little gal, I used a popcorn puffy paint pen on the feet, belly, and ears.  So fun!  Next I saw things a little differently.

I saw a carrot!  The bunny ears made perfect leaves for my carrot.  I curved each one over my finger to give it a little shape and then stuck them all to the bottom of the triangle.  I think I may have squealed a little when I set it on my desk after I finished.  Since I loved the carrot so much, I decided to push it just a bit further.

Those ears also made me think of feathers and the bunny paws looked so much like the eye on a peacock feather that I had to give it a try.  I inked up everything but the mouth for my peacock's face and used the whiskers for eyelashes.  Ta da, a peacock!  Who knew you could do so much with bunny parts?  This Triangle Treat Holder Die With Bunny Treats Dies & Stamps Bundle is totally awesome.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the crazy ways my mind twisted and turned this fun bundle and I hope you enjoyed hoping along with us for the past three days.  We love having you stop by!  If you missed anyone on the hop, you can use the links below to go anywhere you like and don't forget to comment along the way.  You don't want to miss your chance to win one of the three $15 Lil' Inker Designs store credits that Laura will be giving out!  Here's the hop order:

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!
Don't forget you can get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!
Here's what I used today.
 Hope you had a blast!  ;)