Thursday, April 26, 2018

CTS #269

Happy happy Spring!!!  Finally!  It is so wonderful to actually feel like the snow is gone.  I was even so motivated that I set up the boys' trampoline.  I think my children have been itching for Spring a bit too much because they have been playing with water balloons every day that it breaks 60 degrees.  I told them they were going to freeze but they swear it is SO hot out.  Ha ha ha!  Crazy boys. 

This week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge is a great sketch and our guest designer is awesome.  So make sure you go and check out what the whole team has created.  Here's my card for the week:


I stamped some of the adorable florals from Pinkfresh Studio's Fleur 1 in each corner and water colored them with some of my softer colors.  Then I stamped a sentiment from Penny Black's All Great Things stamp set in the mix.  I trimmed the the water color layer down and attached it to a black card base.  Super simple but super cute.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for checking out my card and I hope you'll be playing along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs April 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 Caly'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!

First up, I created this card using the amazingly inspiring One Love Stamp Set and One Love Die Set.


I was having some trouble with my embossing powders sticking to images I stamped with dye inks even after letting them dry and I wanted to test different inks and dry times to see what was going on.  I chose to play with the One Love Stamp Set because in my mind, I wanted to emboss one of the sentiment in the middle of the continents for whatever card I was going to create with it.  I ended up testing my inks and when it was all said and done, I sort of loved the look of this image with the embossing bits still stuck to the image.  It reminded me of markers showing where cities were on a map and it made me feel like it was showing all the people of the world choosing love.  The image just really resonated with me and was the springboard for this card.  I cut my image out using the One Love Die Set.  I created a the card base for this card by repeatedly stamping the "Love Unites Us" sentiment on an angle and then adding a bit of black paper to finish it off.  I didn't want to over complicate things so I simply added my heart with some foam tape.  Here's a closer look:


My final card for this release is made for a very special grad, my niece Abby.  I used the Grad Class 2018 set to create this fun card for her.


I love the Grad Class Stamps that were previously released and I'm thrilled with this new addition to it.  I also think it is awesome that you can get both sets for the price of the original.  It's awesome!  For this card, I wanted to make it girly but still hip and fun, pretty much everything my niece is besides smart, funny, and just plain amazing!  I wanted to frame my sentiment from Grad Class 2018 so, I chose to use an older set, Mirror Mirror Stamps, to create a frame our of the mirror.  I stamped the mirror in black and cut it out with the Mirror Mirror Die Set.  It looked awesome framing my senitment but I didn't like all the white space I had created so I cut the white card front away leaving just the frame and sentiment.  Next, I found the perfect piece of patterned paper and added my frame to is.  I wanted to add some flowers to my frame and while I was flipping through my stamps, I just couldn't resist the images from the Encouraging Words Stamps.  The flowers were perfect!  So, I colored them in and instead of blending, I just colored them all a solid color with my copics.  To add a little dimension, I used my colorless blender to add some light spots here and there.  I cut these out with the Encouraging Words Dies and added them to my card.  Bright, happy, and ready for my niece!  Here's another peek:

 
Thanks so much for checking out my creations and don't forget about our giveaway!



You'll want to leave comments along the way because Laura is giving away the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE to a lucky commenter during the new release hop.  The winner could be you.  I hope you are enjoying our 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 and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/one-love-stamps/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/one-love-die-set/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/grad-class-2018-supplement/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/encouraging-words-dies/#_a_clarson 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs April 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 Caly's blog amazing creations before hopping here.  If not, make sure you check it out and if 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!

My first card for today uses the Best Mom Stamps in unique way as well as the Have A Nice Day Stamp Set and the previously released Unstoppable Stamps.


I know I have already told you how much I love the leaf/petal design in the Best Mom Stamps.  Still, I couldn't resist using it one more time to create a fun background for the Have A Nice Day Stamp Set.  I stamped it repeatedly in yellow to make a cheerful landing spot for Have A Nice Day Stamp Set which I stamped in black and highlighted with turquoise Nuvo drops.  I cut this layer our with a square from the Silly Stitched Squares Dies.  I created my cardbase using white cards stock, black ink, and a stamp from Unstoppable Stamps.  I just can't resist a bit of black.  I added a border to my card base with the large rectangle from the Silly Stitched Die Set.  When I got everything layered, I wanted a little more of the turquoise color so I added some glitter tape.  Here's a closer look:


My next card uses the Spring Wreath Die Set and the Hand Drawn Happiness Set.


This card was super simple!  I started by blotching some purple watercolor on a piece of watercolor paper.  I then cut my first wreath from this paper using the Spring Wreath Die Set.  I used that as a guide for how big to watercolor my circle on my card front using the same purple but washed out a little more.  Once, I had my watercolor circle, I stamped my sentiment from Hand Drawn Happiness in the center.  I added my water colored wreath around the sentiment and then cut another from gold as well as some of the cute flowers from the Spring Wreath Die Set.  I cut my gold wreath up and tucked these "branches" in my first wreath before added the flowers with foam tape.  To complete the card, I added drips of purple watercolor here and there.  Here's a closer peek:


My final card for today also uses Hand Drawn Happiness as well as the fun Shaker Tag Die Set and super cool Cover Up Die:  Dotted Chevrons.


I started this card by creating the background.  I cut the Cover Up Die:  Dotted Chevrons from turquoise card stock and then cut variouse colors of paper to show through the holes of the die (pink,black, white, & gold).  I trimmed this down and layered it on a black card base.  Next, I got to work on my shaker.  I cut the Shaker Tag Die Set in the same pink I used for the background and then added acetate for my window cut with the same Shaker Tag Die Set.  Next, I cut a solid image with no window for the base of my shaker and stamped a sentiment from Hand Drawn Happiness in the center in black.  I outlined the outer edges with foam tape and put in some sequins before added the top layer to the base.  I shook it around for good measure and added it to my card front.  Here you can see it a little better:

  
Thanks so much for checking out my creations and don't forget about our giveaway!


You'll want to leave comments along the way because Laura is giving away the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE to a lucky commenter during the new release hop.  The winner could be you.  I hope you are enjoying our 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 and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/best-mom-stamps/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/have-a-nice-day-stamps/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/spring-wreath-die-set/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/hand-drawn-happiness-stamps/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/cover-up-die-dotted-chevrons/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/shaker-tag-die-set/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/unstoppable-stamps/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/silly-stitched-die-set/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/silly-stitched-squares-dies/#_a_clarson

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day #1


Hi, you guys!  It's day one of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Blog Hop and I'm super excited to share all the new products with you!  I think you are really going to enjoy this release and all the new inspiration from our team.  It's packed with fun, as always and, lucky for you, all the new products are available right now at the Lil' Inker Store!  We have an amazing blog hop for you today so, hopefully, you are coming from our new design team member Caly's blog and if not, you won't want to miss her amazing creations!  We are super excited to have her with us!  So make sure you didn't miss anyone and start at the Lil' Inker Blog.  Now for the fun!

My first card uses probably one of my favorite stamp sets EVER, Brushed Plaid Stamps.  Oh my, I love every thing about this set and I will be using it a ton.  You won't want to miss out on it.  My card also features the equally cool Best Mom Stamps, and Best Mom Dies.


I started by stamping this amazing plaid background image from Brushed Plaid Stamps in a stark black on a white card base.  In case you didn't know, I'm a sucker for black and white and I love how black makes colors pop.  This is a great way to add a punch of black when I would usually have to track down the lone remaining black and white patterned paper in my stash (they are always the first to go).  I was super happy with how awesome the plaid looked on an angle and it almost looked like I layered paper to make this happen.  Next, I got to work on my florals.  I couldn't wait to play with that amazing large flower in the Best Mom Stamps.  I think it is so awesome that the same stamp can be used for petals and then flipped for leaves...brilliant!  I cut out my large flower with the Best Mom Dies and got to work stamping the petals in a bright coral.  Next, I stamped and cut my leaves in two shades of green and another flower from Best Mom Stamps in a mustard.  I couldn't decide exactly what to do with the center of my large flower but those dots got the better of me.  I added a bit of glossy accents to them for some shine.  Once I had all my flowers arranged and placed with adhesive and foam tape, I embossed a sentiment from Best Mom Stamps in gold on vellum and then cut it like a little tab to attach beneath the large flower but the sort of flap there only being attached at one point. I really liked this little bit of added dimension.  I added some little filler stamps and enamel dots and the card was done.  Here's a closer look:


My next card uses some other pieces of the Brushed Plaid Stamps and the new Hello Word Die Set.


I really love all the brushed elements in the Brushed Plaid Stamps and I wanted to create a very clean card with the stripes.  So, I stamped them in a bold black with the "How are you?" sentiment beneath. Next, I cut the Hello Word Die Set from some fun paper that faded from one color to another multiple times to make it thick like chipboard when I glues all the cuts together.  I love that it added dimension but now enough to make it hard to mail.  I can't wait to play with the Hello Word Die Set more.  Especially with the framing layer.  It's going to be a blast!  Here's a closer look:


Don't want to forget about our giveaway!


You'll want to leave comments along the way because Laura is giving away the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE to a lucky commenter during the new release hop.  The winner could be you.  I hope you are enjoying our 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 and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/brushed-plaid-stamps/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/best-mom-stamps/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/best-mom-die-set/#_a_clarson      https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/hello-word-die-set/#_a_clarson