Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Though National Coffee Day isn't until September 29th, today's the day we all get to rejoice in the wonderment that is coffee by kicking off the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!!  Oh coffee, how much do I love thee, let me count the ways.  Well, that would take far too long!  I am blessed to be in the company of tons of other amazing coffee lovers and card makers.  What a great mix so make sure you check out all the amazing creations all along the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  Here's the card I created for this super fun hop.

I was really feeling the crisp fall breeze in the air (even if it is in the 80's here) when I started this card and chose this really cool sweater weave patterned paper from the Warm & Cozy paper pad.  I used a bunch of papers from that pack on this card.  It was just too perfect not to.  I cut some strips of other papers to layer across my card towards the bottom before created my coffee cup using the Lil' Inker Designs Coffee Cozy Die Set.  I added a fun woodgrain and floral coffee cuff and then a little steam with the amazing stitched steam from this die set.  It's the coolest!  Next, I stamped this little thankful banner from the So Thankful Stamps and added a little shading to the banner and the coffee cup lid to make them really pop.  Here's a closer look:

I hope you like my fall coffee card and I hope you'll take part in the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  There are a ton of awesome sponsors including Lil' Inker Designs.  Don't miss out on all the fun!  Here's what I used:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CTS #191

Happy Thursday, everyone!  We have had another busy week this week and it is officially my favorite time of year!  The combines were rolling yesterday and corn is coming out.  I just love to watch the whole harvest process.  If only the weather would cooperate and start to cool off.  Ha ha!  I'm ready for that brisk feeling in the air.  I have my scarves and sweaters at the ready.  I just can't wait!

I also can't wait to see what you guys come up with for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge week.  I had a blast with it and I hope you will too.  Make sure you check out the blog to see what the team came up with.  They always amaze me!  Here's my card:

My card started by picking a bunch of patterned paper to layer on the front.  I knew I wanted to break out the Lil' Inker Designs Dual Dotted Squares Dies to create my different layers but I also mixed in a Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies for good measure.  After I layered all my shapes, I cut and stamped my bear, balloons, and speech bubble using WPlus9's Friends For All Seasons: Fall and Friends for All Seasons: Fall Die.  I colored this cute bear image with copics and then added a little glossy accents to my balloons.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I hope you'll join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I'll see you over there!!  Here are the products I used:

Monday, September 19, 2016

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #31

Good morning and happy Monday!  Today I'm playing along with a challenge I discovered while participating in the Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop, The One-Layer Simplicity Challenge.  The challenge at the moment is to create a one layer card using the theme back in time.  Here's what I came up with:

I happen to love some of the older 1960's mod apple designs and decided to go that route for this challenge.  I started with some grid paper to make lining things up a little easier.  Next, I grabbed the Lil' Inker Designs Teacher Talk Stamps to stamp my design in shades of pink, red, green, and purple.  I added some lines with a copic multi-liner before stamping the sentiment, also from Teacher Talk Stamps, and making it pop using some glossy accents.

I think it captures to feel of those 1960's fabrics and prints.  What do you think?  I hope you had a good time checking out my card and will go play along with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge.  See you there!   Here's the stamp set I used:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CTS #190

Good morning!!  It's another crazy day in this household but that's come to be expected.  Ha ha!  My oldest had his first Confirmation meeting last night so I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle in place and I can settle in for the ride that is this school year.  I'm amazed at how well Isaac has adjusted to school.  He is having a blast and getting involved in tons of things.  It totally makes me smile to see him jump right in.  Plus, he doing great in his classes which make me feel like I must have done a pretty decent job while he was at home.  What a relief!  Ha ha! 

Today's sketch is super CAS and I think you'll really enjoy working with it.  You can check it out on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog.  Here's what I created using the sketch:

I used some cool stamps from Concord and 9th for my card creation this week.  I simply lined them up on my Misti and stamped away.  I added the stars after the fact and colored the cake with copics.

Thanks for checking out my card and I hope you are enjoying our fun sketches at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I'll see you over there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Day 3!

Well, it's the last day of our new release hop at Lil' Inker Designs and I'm super excited to show off these last couple products.  Hopefully, you started out at the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a stop on the hop and have come here from the amazing Angel's blog.  If you are feeling a little lost, make sure you hop back to the Lil' Inker Blog to get back on the trail of fun.  You can also check out the Lil' Inker Store where all of the new release goodies, and a whole lot more, are ready and waiting for you to put in your cart!

For this fun little project, I went a little batty!  I used the adorable Batty Hugger Die & Stamp Bundle, the Halloween Word Tags DiesDotted Tag Dies, and the Ombre Stripes Paper Pack.

I started this fun little project with a tag cut using the Dotted Tag Dies from the Ombre Stripes Paper Pack.  I wanted a little extra fun and to bring the purple from the bucket of eye gumballs to the tag so I used the Halloween Word Tags Dies to add a sentiment and a pop of color to my card.  With that done, I cut out two cute Batty Huggers so I could stick them together giving my bat polka dot wings.  I stamped and embossed his smile and his belly using stamps from the Batty Hugger Die & Stamp Bundle.  Then I felt this guy really needed some googly eyes to go with the eye gumballs I created with a food safe edible marker.  I think it makes a great little gift and look at the pop you get when our bat's wings are opened:  

Next, I created a fun little card using the Spiderweb Greeting Die Set and Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder Die.

I started with this fun gold stripe paper as my card base and cut the Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder Die from black and gold paper to add a fun layer before I added my focal point plus it gave me a great place for a bow!  I cut the Spiderweb Greeting Die Set web window from black paper and gold paper so I could layer the sentiments just right.  Then I cut the spider from green glitter paper to add just a bit of color.  I layered my spider and bling on the web window backed with vellum before placing it on my card front.  Here's a closer peek:

My final project for this release includes the Pumpkin Flower Greetings Stamps and the Dual Stitched Pumpkin & Grateful Word Die Set.

I wanted to create some fun napkin rings for my Thanksgiving table...yup, planning ahead!  I carefully folded and wrapped my napkins before tying them with ribbon.  Then I got to work on my pumpkins.  I cut each one from a different fall paper using the Dual Stitched Pumpkin.  I stamped the lighter colored pumpkins with various fall colors with the Flower Greetings Stamps.  I colored some in and added glitter to others.  I filled the space on some with sentiments from Flower Greetings Stamps and on others, I used the "Grateful" cut using the Grateful Word Die.  I also used some images from So Thankful Stamps to add a little more interest to some.  Here's a closer look:

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 hope you enjoyed out new release!  We love sharing these awesome products with you!  Be sure to keep hopping, here's the list:

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!

Don't forget you can check out the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store! Here's what I used for my projects today:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Day #2

It's day two of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Hop and I get to share even more fun goodies with you today!  I'm sure you've already been eyeing all the awesome new items, lucky for you, you can get it all right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  Hopefully, you checked out all of Jessica's amazing creations before hopping here.  If not of it you get lost along the hop you can always find your spot by going to the Lil' Inker Blog.  For now, I'm ready to show off some more fun stuff!

First up, I made this elegant thank you card using Reap A Harvest Stamps and Reap A Harvest Dies.

I started by stamping and die cutting all of the amazing fall foliage in the Reap A Harvest Stamp Set.  These are some AMAZING stamps.  Just look at those acorns!!!  The Reap A Harvest Dies cut like a dream and are so easy to position.  Love it!  Next, it was time to color.  I started to go with your typical fall colors but then, I watched an episode of Peg + Cat with my littlest and the whole thing had a Japanese ink painting style background.  It was awesome looking with the monotone coloring and varying dark and light splotches.  I knew I wanted to do something similar but black seemed too harsh for such lovely images.  So, I went with blue and I LOVE how it turned out.  I added some gold touches here and there on the tips of some leaves and then got to figuring out the rest of the card.  I decided to keep with the monotone and picked a blue base and some blue striped paper to be my background for the focal images.  Next, I added a strip of vellum stamped with a sentiment from Reap A Harvest Stamp Set.  To be perfectly honest, my way of getting to this sentiment look was a bit of a mess.  I stamped first with a navy ink pad and heat set it.  When I layered that with the striped paper, it got lost.  So, I decided to see if I could steady my hands and offset some gold embossing.  Thank goodness it worked out!  I still thought it needed something to really ground the sentiment so I added a strip of gold tape that you use on your fingernails.  It was just the right thickness and gave me just the look I was going for.  With my sentiment in place, I arranged my flora all about.  Here's a closer look (you can see the blue in the sentiment well here):

Next up, I created a fun little birthday card using Super Kids Stamp Set, Super Kids Die Set, the Super Kids Paper Pack, the Wonky Rectangles Die Set, and the previously released Silly Stitched Die Set.

I went a little crazy with the pattern on this card but I just couldn't choose one paper from the Super Kids Paper Pack.  They are all so cute it was too hard to choose so I picked a few that I liked together.  Them I added some stitching using the Silly Stitched Die around the edges of my chevron card base.  Next I cut some cute layers with the Wonky Rectangles Die Set.  I layered these shapes up, hung them off the card front, and then cut off the overage.  Next, I stamped out images from the Super Kids Stamp Set and cut them with the Super Kids Die Set.  I colored my images to coordinate with the papers and layered them with some banners stamped with sentiment from Super Kids.  A little enamel heart finished it all off.  Here's a closer look:  

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 check out the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used: