Thursday, June 23, 2016

CTS #178

Good morning!!  I'm a little late with my post today.  I suppose I could have done it ahead of time but I kind of like to write what is actually going on in my post.  I guess I'm silly that way.  Ha ha!  Anyway, I have been busy shuttling my two youngest back and forth to day camp out at Twin Lakes.  It's about a 35-40min drive each way and I have to drop them off and pick them up.  So, I've been in the car a ton this week.  I'm enjoying an audio book while I drive but I'm ready for the week to end.  The boys are having a blast though and that's what counts.  :)

Speaking of having a blast, this week's CAS(E) this Sketch is great and I hope you'll join us!  Here's the card I created.

I may have gone a little more dramatic with my interpretation of this week's sketch but I really love how it turned out.  I used the Bold Blossoms Watercolor Sheets and colored in the flowers before adding the sentiment and gold die cut using Inspired:  Lord Mini Stamps and Lord Die.  Super easy but really eye catching.

Thanks so much for bearing with my and my lateness!  Now, hopefully, I can get something done before getting in the car again!  See you over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CTS #177

It's another warm Thursday in Iowa!  Summer is certainly moving in and I feel like I'm melting already.  Ha ha!  During the winter I long for those days of summer where you can feel the sun baking your skin but when they actually get here, I realize that the cold must have done something to my brain.  I've never been a fan of the heat and you'd think I'd have some sort of immunity to it since I grew up in Florida.  No such luck!  Luckily, my boys seem to have no problem with it.  In fact, they love it. 

I'm down to just one little dude with me today.  My oldest is at wakeboard camp and my middle guy is having way too much fun at bible camp.  See what I mean:

Luckily, I am having my own fun playing along with you guys at CAS(E) this Sketch.  This week's sketch is super fun and I hope you'll come join us.  Here's what I created:

I started my card with this ombre paper as my base.  I chose this triangle paper from Lil' Inker Designs' Tribal Chic Paper Pack.  I trimmed out a portion of my paper to wrap around the corner of my card just like the sketch!  Before adding it to my card base with foam tape, stamped this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Sending and Wishing stamp set.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out and think it will make a great guy card. 

Thanks so much for checking out my card this morning.  I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CTS #175 Take 3

Happy Wednesday!  I'm slow in sharing this card but I wanted to make sure to get to it today.  :)  I am busy cranking out birthday cards for church and when I get stumped, I often turn to past sketches at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Today was no different.  I went back to good standby sketch #175.  Yes, I have made three cards with this sketch.  I really like it!  Ha ha!  Here's my card:

I used some patterned papers to create the look of the sketch and then built my sentiment using Papertrey Ink's Lord Mini Stamp Set and Lord Die cut with Mirrored paper from Lil' Inker Designs.

As you can see, I'm still working on finding a new spot for photographing in my house.  If I could just find a spot where I don't have to stand at a funny angle and almost fall as I'm clicking my picture.  Ha ha ha! 

I hope you liked my card and I'll see you back here tomorrow for out new CAS(E) this Sketch challenge! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Another Grad Card

It's Monday!!!  WHOA!  This weekend just flew by.  How about yours?  My husband and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary this weekend by enjoying some time at the Ames farmers' market and having some amazing Brazilian food.  It was wonderful!  We also celebrated Father's Day early since my husband will be gone for the actual day.  I think we did a good job of surprising him and, all in all, it was a great weekend.

Today, I wanted to share with you a card that I created using sketch #175 at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I have found this sketch to be really useful lately for birthday and graduation cards that I'm been busily making.  The card below is for my nephew-in-law (?).  Ha ha!  He graduated from Iowa State this year and we are SO proud of him!

Sorry if my photo is a little blurry.  I'm trying a new spot in the house and I was a little unsteady as I took the picture.  Ha ha! 

I used my Silhouette to cut the year in my gold cardstock before layering it on this crimson/burgundy colored cardstock.  Next, I wrapped a vellum strip around the card that I had stamped with Lil' Inker Designs Go Confidently Stamps.  I added some bling with glittery stars and dots.  I tried to keep it simple but fun.

I hope you are ready for a great week!  I'll see you around.  :)

Here's the stamp set I used today:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Flower Friday!

Good morning!!  Fancy meeting you here on a Friday.  I wanted to jump on to share a birthday card I made using the CAS(E) this Sketch #169 sketch.  Sometimes, when I need a little inspiration to get a card done, I look back at old sketches and make a card with them again.  So, that's what I did here.

I used the WPlus9 Happy Wishes stamp set to create this card.  I just love the flowers in this set and the sentiments make it super simple to create a card.  To create the look of the sketch, I used some striped pattern paper that I cut to about 1" and then cut in half before adding it to either side of my sentiment. 

I hope you like my creation today and have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CTS #176

Happy Thursday, everyone!  It's a gorgeous but soon to be hot day here in Iowa and summer camp season is in full swing!  The boys and I spent the day at the pool yesterday and we might have to visit again today.  My oldest is at summer camp and I'm sure he's having a blast while I stalk the camp website to find pictures of what they are up to.  I found this one this morning.  I love seeing the group he's hanging out with this week.  They look like they are having fun!

Today is CAS(E) this Sketch day and I hope you have already checked out the sketch this week.  If not, here it is:

Isn't it great?  I had tons of fun making my card but not nearly as much fun photographing it.  I think the thin lines of the die and how I raised it up made it really hard to get a clear sharp picture but you get the idea.  Here's my card:

I started my card with some fun patterned papers, simply layering them to capture the sketch idea.  I added some enamel dots and a glitter star to echo the shapes in the sketch and then added a die cut "wishing" and sentiment to finish off the card.  Super simple!

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will come join us at CAS(E) this Sketch.  We'd love to have you!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs June 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 Lisa'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!

My first project is a wonderfully reflective birthday card using Mirror Mirror Stamps, Mirror Mirror Die Set, and Mirrored Reflective Specialty Paper.

As soon as I laid eyes on the Mirror Mirror Stamps, I knew I wanted to gold emboss them.  So, I did on some peachy card stock die cut with the Mirror Mirror Die Set.  Next, I used my Mirror Mirror Die Set to cut some Mirrored Reflective Specialty Paper to add the perfect reflective surface to my mirror.  I wanted to make sure I dressed this gorgeous mirror up a little more and I knew the flowers and banner from Vintage Ink Stamps were the perfect addition to my card.  I stamped and colored my flowers with copics and then cut them out with the Vintage Ink Die Set before arranging them around my mirror on this polka dot card front.  My banner was stamped on vellum with a sentiment from Mirror Mirror Stamps and placed across my mirror to finish off the card.     

My next card uses the amazing Hello Beautiful Stamps and Hello Beautiful Dies.

This whole card started with the super cool funky rectangley border like die in the new Hello Beautiful Dies.  I really love the way this looks cut.  I decided to use it as an anchor for my focal piece of my card.  Sort of like the ground?  So, I cut it out and lined the back with a coral/red color peeking through.  Next, I had some fun creating my bird using the Hello Beautiful Stamps.  After cutting him out, I stamped each piece in my selected colors.  He's SO cute!  I embossed my sentiment on my card and added my bird.  When it was done, I added it to this funky background before adding some enamel dots. 

My final card for you during this release shows off more of the Hello Beautiful Stamps and Hello Beautiful Dies.  I also incorporated the new Fringe Scalloped Squares Dies.

I love the amazing flowers in the Hello Beautiful Stamps set and to say I love the birthday sentiment is an understatement!  So, I wanted to frame them up with the Fringe Scalloped Squares Dies.  I created this card for my niece's birthday and she love triangles so I started with this triangle paper and created a frame using Fringe Scalloped Squares Dies.  I wanted to keep the fun up but not bring in too much color so I went with a gray striped paper in the frame opening.  I stamped my sentiment on a vellum strip with the flowers stamped, colored, and cut with Hello Beautiful Dies arranged all around.  The last thing I did for this card was to add a couple enamel hearts.

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:
Now through June 12th you can get this paper for free with the purchase of the Mirror Mirror Stamps and Dies.  All you have to do is add all three items to your cart and use code MIRRORMIRROR at checkout.