Thursday, July 2, 2015

CTS #130

Good morning, you guys!  We have had another fun and busy week.  I picked one boy up at camp yesterday and he had a blast.  I was SO relieved because he's never successfully spent the night anywhere before but was desperate to go to bible camp.  Turns out, he survived just fine.  Ha ha!  He had a great time and keeps sharing new stories of his adventures.  With a crew like this, how could you not have a blast? 

I'm getting boy #1 ready to go to STEM camp this Sunday.  He's just itching to get his hands on some robots.  Ha ha!  I think we have officially reached the ages where I must embrace my role as chauffeur.  ;)  Good thing I have such handsome clients. 

I guess I should get to the point of this post and share my CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you guys.  Ha ha!  I must say, this sketch is one of my favorites that we have done.  Make sure you check the sketch out at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here's my take:

I had a ton of fun with patterns on this card.  I started off with a base of this fun green take on a chevron pattern.  I cut a cork polka dot patterned paper with a die from Lil' Inker Designs Border Builders to layer over the top.  Next I cut my Hello Word Die from the Dip Dyed Ombr̩e Paper Pad.  I knew it needed a little something more so I took some adorable flowers cut using the Perky Posies Die Set and various pattern papers and arranged them with enamel dots around my hello.  Super cute!

I hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge this week and I can't wait to see what you create.  I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here are the products I used today:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CTS #129 and Paper Crafter's Library

Happy Thursday!  I know I say this EVERY Thursday but today is going to be nuts!  I start with running my oldest to tennis camp, picking him up early to go to drum lessons, then off to piano lessons, I have an appt to get my foot checked after that, and we finish off the day with a Tball and baseball game.  I'm tired just typing that!  Ha ha.  Not only that but I have two things to share with you today on the blog.  First up, I'm featured over at the Paper Crafter's Library today!  I love this blog and hope you'll go check them out.  I'll give you a little sneak at my card...

You'll have to go check out my feature to see the rest!  ;) 

Finally, I get to share my CAS(E) this Sketch card with you.  I actually had a ton of fun with this one.  I wasn't sure where to go at first but then I looked at it as simply having something in the corner and a vertical sentiment.  That opened up tons of option and here's what I decided to do.

I decided to trim a piece of the card front off to give a peek at the stamped imaged behind.  This gave me my corner image.  I used some adorable fruit from a Studio Calico kit and colored them with copics.  I wanted them to be really bold and a black card front really helped them to pop.  Luckily, this same stamp set had a vertical sentiment so I embossed that in white on my card front. 

Simple and straightforward but fun all at the same time.  I hope you will check me out today on the Paper Crafter's Library and join us for the new sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Now, on to the crazy!  Ha ha!  Have a great day!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CTS #128

Morning everyone!  I'm sitting at my desk enjoying my coffee and breathing a small sign of relief.  Drum lessons are cancelled for the day leaving me an extra hour of time I didn't know I'd have.  What to do.  Ha ha!  I should probably do some laundry or something else around the house but I'm going to take my time and enjoy a little slower of a morning than normal.  How's that?  ;)  Luckily, I get to share my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge with you.

I had a terrible time with this sketch for some reason.  It's a perfectly straightforward sketch but I just could not come up with a card I liked.  I hate when that happens.  Finally, I settled on using things from one of my older Studio Calico kits.  I used this washi tape strips for my lines and this cute little wooden squirrel just looked so fun, I had to use him.

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch and to kick back and relax a little.  I know I'm going to take advantage of it. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CTS #127

Good morning!  You know summer is interesting for me.  I always think that it's going to be SO relaxing and laid back but it never is.  We are still finishing up a few subjects in school but now I'm running boys to baseball and camp and running and running...  Ahhhh!  I just want to put up a hammock and kick back.  Maybe in the fall.  Ha ha!  Well, I do have some time to squeeze in my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I hope you'll enjoy it.  I really had a good time with this sketch!

How cool is this heart?  Funny story...I cut this heart out of the Cover Up Die:  Faceted to use as a template for my card for the May Monthly Meetup.  I used it to get the green vellum cut just right to layer behind and show off the hidden heart in the Cover Up Die:  Faceted.  I just set it on my desk when I was done and didn't give it another thought.  When I saw this sketch, however, I knew I had saved it for a reason.  I wanted to make it the star so I didn't want to layer it on something that might take away from it.  The open space in Instant Camera Die the was just perfect.  A frame without filling up the pretty faceted spaces and it had the perfect spot for a sentiment!  So, I used one from the Balloon Builders stamp set.  I set it on my patterned paper but the paper was too much coming through my opening so I decided to add a layer of vellum to soften things and really make the heart pop.  I decided the cute detail on the Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies would be perfect.  I just love those dots.

I hope you liked my card and will join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch for another fun week.  If you loved all my Lil' Inker goodies, you might want to check out my June Monthly Meetup post and join us in that challenge as well.  It would work really well with the sketch this week!  Here are the fun products I used today:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs June Monthly Meetup

It's that time again!  Time for this month's, Lil' Inkers Designs' Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  I'm ready to get started.  This challenge is such a blast.  Sharing our love of Lil' Inker products and showing off what we've been up to with them, it doesn't get better than that.  I can hardly wait until you add your creation to the link up!  Let's get this party started!  I'll get to all the nitty gritty of the challenge after I show you my creation.

How summery is this?  I took the Triangle Treat Holder Die With Bunny Treats Dies & Stamps Bundle and changed it up a bit.  My niece has a birthday coming up and I thought this would be a cute summery birthday box.  So, I took the Triangle Treat Holder Die and cut it once in a raspberry colored paper and a grass green paper to get the look of a watermelon wedge.  I hand cut my little seeds and tied it all together with a fun chevron ribbon.  Where does the birthday come in?  Check out the bottom:

I cut and layered a green Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die over a raspberry Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares.  I attached this to the bottom and added a black puffy heart to bring in the seed element from the side of my Triangle Treat Holder.  I hope you enjoyed my project for this awesome challenge!  Come join us!  Here's how:

Now, here are the details of this awesome 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 June 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 June 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, June 4, 2015

CTS #126

Hi everyone!  I hope you guys are having a great day!  I'm gearing up for another busy day.  This is the first year my kids have wanted to play baseball and I had no idea how much work went into it.  WOW!  My hat is off to all of you that have been doing this for awhile now.  I have to say that there is just something so fun about watching kids play ball.  Just look at this:

That's my little guy making it to third and getting a congrats from the coach.  He's just SO serious about it all and it's the cutest thing ever.  He is still all puffy chested from getting someone out at first in his game on Tuesday.  I can't wait for tonight when we get to do it all over again. 

I guess I should get to the real reason for this post, this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  My card might be a bit of a stretch this week but I like it anyway.

Basically, I went more with the idea of copying how the flowers seemed to go from one layer to the other.  I found these two striped papers in different colors but with the same stripes.  So I cut, matched up, and layered them to have a similar layout to the sketch.  I then added a simple sticker banner that I had to make a very simple thank you.  I hope you like it!

This summer is bound to be a blast and I hope yours is too.  I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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 few products but before we get into all that I have to make sure you are coming here after visiting Lisa.  If not, head on over to the the Lil' Inker Blog so you don't miss a a stop on the hop.  You won't want to miss a thing!  While you are visiting the Lil' Inker Blog, make sure you go check out the Lil' Inker Store where all of the January release goodies, and a whole lot more, are ready and waiting for you to put in your cart.  Now it's time to show off these fantastic products!  I've packed in tons of products into this last day and I hope you like them.

Coffee.  Do I even need to say more?  I'm a coffee lover and while I like a nice normal cup of coffee in the morning (with a little butter), I LOVE a froo froo coffee drink just as much...maybe more than the next person.  So, I was thrilled with the new Coffee Talk Stamps and couldn't wait to stamp and color this cute little iced coffee!  I stamped it on a tanish paper and stamped my ice.  I colored it in just a bit with some copics but I wanted a little more color so I stamped my cup again on some turquoise paper and cut out just the little cup holder to add to my finished cup.  I love how the ice looks SO real!  I had this cute little coffee but nothing to put it on so, I grabbed this fun washi tape pattern paper but it was too busy so I used a piece of cherry wood veneer that I die cut with the fabulous new Cover Up Die: Eyelet.  I layered this over a piece of lighter veneer and added it to the card front.  I liked it but it still needed something.  I grabbed more pattern paper and my Circles Banners Dies to add a little extra fun to the card.  I added my coffee and for the cute coffee sentiment, I used a rectangle from the Embossed Dots Rectangles Dies.  Such fun all in one card!  

My final card of the release uses the awesome new Dual Dotted Squares Dies.

You guys all know how much I loved the Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies, well, the Dual Dotted Squares Dies are just as amazing!  I had so much fun taking full advantage of the dual cutting on these.  It made creating fun frames a breeze.  All I had to do was pick the papers.  ;)  I went with these awesome gold embellished papers.  I even found this gold hello circle on the back of another paper.  Love when that happens.  This card is all about the diecutting and these are some fabulous dies.  I finished it off with a glitter heart and a copic colored heart that I cut using the Of the Heart Dies.

Here's a quick look at the products I used today:
  One more reminder not to miss out on these awesome papers!  ;)

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!