Thursday, August 27, 2015

CTS #138

Happy last Thursday of August!  Is that possible?  Wow, were did the summer go?  The boys and I have been busy getting back into the swing of school again.  We've been at it for almost two weeks and I think we may have found our groove.  Don't quote me on that though.  ;)  I am still trying to carve out my crafty time in all this schooling/activity madness but we are getting there.  Having all three boys busy with school work is a little different but my littlest is loving being an official big boy.  Ha ha!

I did get enough time in to craft up a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I hope you like it!

I went a little crazy with this card.  I started with a striped background paper and then created a blue and white birthday square with my Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die.  I cut my square at an angle and attached it to my card base.  Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Party Pachyderms on a blue strip which I attached down the cut line.  I have a hard time with cards for guys but I think this will work!  Woo hoo!

I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch and will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here's what I used today:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Challenge

Today, I joining in the first ever Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  This looks like it's going to be an amazing challenge blog to follow and play along with and I can't wait to see what's next.  I'm getting my entry in just in the nick of time this month, ha ha!  Here's the inspiration photo for the challenge:

I decided to go with the colors as my inspiration for this card.

I had a blast with this card and got to use some Reverse Confetti goodies that I've been dying to play with!  I started with this fun arrow paper and then trimmed a piece of black and white striped paper down for a fun bold punch.  I cut the adorable Double Banner Garland from some yellow polka dot paper and used it to break up with black and white a bit.  Next  I cut "birthday" from Fancy Words out of some gray grid paper and attached it along the line made by the black and white.  To finish the sentiment, I used some yellow alphabet stickers to spell out "happy".  I finshed it off with some fun asterisks and a frosted enamel dot.

I hope you like my card and don't forget to check out the Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  A new challenge should be on it's way!    

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Little AEIHeartU

I was sitting around the other day trying to figure out what challenge I should join in today when I saw a post pop into my feed from the amazing Karolyn Loncon and I knew it was time to go take part in the AEIHeartU challenge at Avery Elle

My idea for this card was to combine embossing with foiling because the lovely Jennifer McGuire talked me right into getting a Minc and it had arrived a couple days before.  I was totally anxious to play with it and here's the card I came up with.

As it turns out, this is not at all what I had in mind when I started but I LOVE it.  I decided to try a technique Jennifer showed in her Minc Intro video that uses sticky embossing and stamps.  My plan started out as foiling the stars from the Look Up stamp set on vellum for a pretty shiny background.  Well, my first attempt didn't turn out so well and while some stars looked great, others were too smooshed.  I was half expecting that as Jennifer makes it very clear in her video that it takes a little trial and error to get this technique just right.  Mine wasn't what I was hoping for but I couldn't see wasting it either.  So, I decided to stamp the stars on the smooshy ones and emboss them in black.  When I finished, I loved it and I didn't waste a perfectly good piece of vellum.  ;)  I attached my starry piece to a piece of kraft cardstock.  Then I stamped and embossed a sentiment from Cake & Candles on black cardstock which I cut out and layered on some gold poster board (thanks for the tip, Erin!).  I finished it all off with some fun bling.

What a fun challenge!  Thanks for checking out my card.  Have a great day! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CTS #137

Hello, you guys!  Today is a super special day for me.  Not only do I get to share my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I get to celebrate my amazing mom's birthday!  I totally wish she was here so we could go do something fun together.  Luckily, when we are together we have SO much fun it carries over to the times we aren't together.  She's an amazing woman and I'm so lucky to have her in my life and get to chat with her on Skype every morning.  Happy birthday, mom!!  I love you tons!

Here's my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.

For this card I took some fun red and white patterned paper for my cardbase.  I then diecut bithday from some black stripe paper and used the negative set at an angle to create the same design as the sketch.  I finished it off with "happy" spelled out in alphabet stickers.

I hope you like my card and I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Have a great day. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs and Freshly Made Sketches

Hi, everyone!  Today the Lil' Inker Design Team is joining forces with Freshly Made Sketches to bring you a super fun challenge celebrating 200 sketches!  You all know how much I love a good sketch so I was thrilled to have some fun with this challenge.  First up, the sketch:

Here's what I came up with for the sketch:

My first thought when I saw this sketch was to grab my Border Builders Die Set but then I thought maybe that was a little too predictable?  I ended up finding this pretty floral paper which led me straight to the Awesome Blossoms Stamps and the Awesome Blossoms Dies.  I stamped my flowers in coordinating colors and then added a strip of grey grid paper with my Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles Dies.  I added a hand cut pinked edge along the bottom of my rectangle and stamped a sentiment from  Awesome Blossoms Stamps.  Next, I layered my flowers to the left of the sentiment and my card was done.

I hope you'll join us over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I know the LID team would love to see what you create and you won't want to miss all the other sponsors and their team cards.  It's a party over there!  Here's what I used:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

MFT Sketch 241

Good morning!  I'm playing along with another sketch challenge this week, My Favortie Things!  This sketch was super fun and I had a great time coloring and cutting to make my card.  I hope you like it!  First, here's a look at the sketch.

I knew I was in the mood to color so I grabbed my BB Birthday Bears stamp set and got to work.  I stamped my sweet little bear in Kraft hybrid ink so his outline wouldn't be so noticeable when I colored him.  Here's what I did with him after coloring.

I took this fun navy patterned paper and made a window using the  Die-namics Birthday Centerpieces die.  I put a piece of mind paper behind my cut to make the sentiment standout.  I added a gold circle I had lying on my desk to the center for a little shine then placed my cute bear at the bottom.  I started cutting balloons using the Die-namics Balloon STAX to use around my card but changed my mind and went with chipboard glitter hearts.  I made the largest heart a balloon by handcutting a string from some gold paper.  I stamped a sentiment from BB Birthday Bears stamp set on a strip of vellum and added it behind my bear.  To finish it off, I added some gold enamel dots here and there.  

Thanks for checking out my card!  I hope you have a great day.      

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CTS #136

Good morning everyone!  We are headed to the Iowa State Fair this morning...fried stuff on a stick anyone?  ;)  The boys are super excited and I have to admit, so am I!  I feel like a little kid.  There's just something magical about the state fair and no matter how crowded or hot, we always have a great time.  I am a little sad that there will be no chickens at the fair this year.  That's always one of my favorite spots.  I love to look at all the gorgeous breeds and pick what I want to add to our little flock.  A girl HAS to have options.  ;)  I guess I'll have to focus my attention on talking the hubby into "needing" goats this year.  Ha ha.  We'll see. 

I'm also excited to share my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  You can check out the sketch on the blog and join us there by adding your card to the line up.  I'd LOVE to see what you create.  Here's my card:

My card this week was super simple but I love how it turned out!  I think I'll be doing this with some other colors and patterns.  I started with a Dip Dyed Ombre background from Lil' Inker Designs.  I used my curvy Border Builder's Die to curve my sentiment just right on my acrylic block.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Photo Bomb stamp set.  I stamped my sentiment on the background and then die cut two different colors of Ombre Stripes with the Border Builder's Die and layered them around the sentiment allowing the green to peek out from under the purple.  I trimmed off the excess paper from the top and bottom and added it to a folded card base.  Super simple!

I hope you'll come join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  We'd love to see you.  Here are the awesome products I used today: