Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day 1!

It's time for another amazing release and I'm SO excited!  You have no idea how it has been killing me waiting to share these amazing Lil' Inker Designs goodies with you.  This release is FABULOUS and I hope you are as blown away by the team's creations and the products as I am.  Everything is just wow!  Lucky for you, the whole release is available right now in the Lil' Inker Store.  You should have just enjoyed all the awesome creations over on Maureen's blog and, hopefully, you got here via her blog.  If not, head on over to the the Lil' Inker Blog to start from the beginning so you don't miss a thing.  You will want to see all the amazing creations for this release.

Today, I'm going to show off these amazing products:  Vintage Ink Die Set, Vintage Ink Stamp Set, Just Sayin' Stamp Set, Speech Bubbles 2 Die Set and the We Connect Stamp Set.  First up, a card using the Vintage Ink Die Set and the Vintage Ink Stamp Set.

I have to say, if you like to color, the Vintage Ink Die Set and the Vintage Ink Stamp Set are TOTALLY for you!  I had the best time coloring these images.  I made sure to use black to do some of the shading to try to get that authentic vintage tattoo look.  I love how it turned out.  I cut both the anchor and the banner out and layered them on a patterned piece of paper that I cut with the recently released Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles.  I then added that to a cardbase I created with vellum and black cardstock cut with the amazing Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron.

Next up, I had some fun with Just Sayin' Stamp Set and Speech Bubbles 2 Die Set.

I love these adorable speech bubbles!  They are a great addition to the Lil' Inker die line up.  For this card, I cut two pieces of tannish patterned paper with the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles.  Next I cut two Speech Bubbles 2 bubbles from some pink polkadot papers which I then stamped with some of the hilariously awesome sentiments found in the Just Sayin' Stamp Set.  I finished it off with some twine, a heart from Of the Heart Dies and some heart stickers.  How awesome is that?

Finally, my card using the We Connect Stamp Set.

I stamped those gorgeous circles from the We Connect Stamp Set in a kraft colored ink before coloring them with copics in a similar color.  I then embossed my sentiment from We Connect Stamp Set in a turquoise in the center of my image.  I cut this out and layered it on some matching turquoise cardstock which I also trimmed to the same shape before adding it to my cardfront with two fun patterned papers.  I can see TONS of coloring and black and white potential with this fun stamp set.  I can't wait to play with it some more.  ;)

Here's a quick look at the products I used today:

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 get the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CTS #119

Morning, everyone!!  It's time for another awesome sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I had a great time with this sketch and I think you are going to love what all the other ladies came up with so, don't forget to go check it out at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Here's my take:

I used the Lil' Inker Designs Balloon Dies and Balloon Builders stamp set to create this super cute birthday card.  I found this chevron paper in my stash and used the dies to cut out my balloons on the side of the card.  I layered that over a navy cardstock base and added a strip of light blue vellum along the bottom of the card.  Next, I stamped my sentiment on normal vellum which I trimmed into a little banner and layered on my card front.  I finished the card off with some bling and the stamped strings.

I hope you like my card and will come join us at CAS(E) this Sketch for this week's challenge.  Here are the products I used today.  Have a great one!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Monthly Meetup!

I'm super excited because it's time for this month's, Lil' Inkers Designs' Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  I love this challenge and I love the amazing creations you come up with using awesome Lil' Inker products.  It's one of my favorite things we do each month.  Darn, another excuse to play with my awesome stamps and dies.  I'll get to all the nitty gritty of the challenge after I show you my card for this go round.  I hope you like it!

Sometimes when I make a card I need a little push to get started.  When I feel like that, my favorite thing to do is to simply flip through my stamps and dies.  Something always jumps out at me and before I know it, a card is made.  Ha ha!  I pulled out my Border Builders Die Set and then looked through some patterned paper and used them to create this cute little scene.  My cloud needed a little sunshine so I grabbed another sheet of patterned paper and my Sunshine Die - Large.  I tucked the sun behind the cloud and stamped a sentiment from Paint Your Canvas Stamps which seemed to fit with this scene perfectly.  I added a few pieces of bling to finish the card off and I'm super happy with how it turned out.

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 April 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 April 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, April 9, 2015

CTS #118

Good morning everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed some good quality time with your family.  We had a blast between Easter service, brunch, lunch with my in-laws, and finally dinner with the whole Larson, that's a ton of eating.  ;)  It was a wonderful and busy weekend but we still had time to uphold a long standing Easter tradition. 

When I was in middle school, my grandparents used to come stay with us for the winter and spring (who could blame them, we were in Florida and they lived in NY).  One year while we were dying Easter eggs, my silly grandpa decided to put the empty colander on his head and make silly faces.  This, of course, turned into a photo op and everyone had to get a colander head photo.  It has been a tradition ever since.  My boys never got to meet my grandpa as he died a week before my oldest was born but it makes me happy that this little piece of him is with us always.  It makes me especially happy because my brother's family also keeps the tradition alive and it is SO fun seeing both of our sets of boys with colanders on their heads each and every Easter.  Love you, grandpa!

I hope you enjoyed my little bit of tradition and I hope you'll also enjoy my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  It just happens to be a sketch of mine and I went all springy with it!

I found this large chipboard bloom in my stash of old scrapbooking supplies that I NEED to use up.  I thought it would be perfect for this card with this fun grid patterned paper background.  I finished if off with a hello I cut from wafer board.  Super simple. 

Thanks for checking out my take on the sketch and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  Have a great day.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CTS #117

Hi, you guys!  This is the second post on my blog today.  I'm super excited to share this week's sketch with you but I hope you'll check out my other post below.  It's for a great bloghop happening today!  

I just love showing off the CAS(E) this Sketch challenges each week.  We all have so much fun and I sure hope you guys do too.  This sketch is so fun and you must go check out all the design team members' takes.  You won't want to miss them.  Here's my take on the sketch:

I used a cool star sticker layered over this fun background paper to mimic the hearts on the sketch.  Then ! threw in a couple additions to make my little "hi" card.  I hope you like it and I can't wait to see your takes over at CAS(E) this Sketch

Light It Up Blue!

Good morning everyone!  Today is a special day, it's the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Bloghop!  I'm very happy to be a part of this amazing bloghop and if it opens the eyes of just one person or teaches someone a little something, it's a huge success in my mind.  It just warms my heart to be a part of a hobby that is full of people with such big hearts.  Autism touches the lives of a few very special people in my life and I'm blessed to know these unique and amazing individuals as well as the strong and amazing family and friends that support them in everything they do.  I hope my little blog post can put a smile on their faces, at least for a day.  Love you guys!

We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here:  Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Bloghop.  If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop!  Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6.  To participate in the hop and to see all the other participants entries, make sure to check out this link.  Here's my blue for the day!

I used some fun blue patterned papers and cardstock to make these stars pop.  The stars are the Stitched Stars Die Set from Lil' Inker Designs and I took full advantage of their double stitching to use the negatives on my card front to peek through to the chevron paper behind.  After I layered my stars, I went to work on my sentiment using Hello, Awesome Stamps and the Awesome Word Die, which I LOVE!  I embossed the "Wow! You're" in white on navy vellum and then added the "Awesome" diecut.  I cut around my sentiment and added it and some extra bling to really light the whole card up!

I hope you enjoyed my card today and I hope you'll join us on this amazing bloghop!  For more information about autism, make sure you check out Autism Speaks.  Here's a look at what I used for my card:


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.