Thursday, December 14, 2017

CTS #251

Good morning and welcome to another awesome week of sketch fun!  I hope you will all be able to join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch for this super fun challenge.  You won't want to miss what the team has created!  Here's my card for the week:

I went for a super simple card this week.  Just a fun striped background, a black rectangle, and some fun elements from Queen & Co.  I added a strip of fun paper and a sentiment from the Pretty Presents Kit, a totally fun kit!  Then I started creating this adorable shaker piece with the super cute hat from the Shaped Shaker Birthday Set and some of the fun fillers in the Pretty Presents Kit along with sequins.  I love how easy these awesome kits make creating shakers.  I usually avoid shaker cards at all cost but with these, you'll be seeing more from me!  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week for some fun and inspiration.  See you there!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Just A Note

December is here already and I hope you are ready for it.  This month's Frantic Stamper release products are so fun and unique.  I had so much fun with the products and really love some of the cards I've made.  I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with the Native American Eagle Die when I first got it but I ended up loving the card I created.  This eagle makes an amazing centerpiece to a card.

I found this awesome chevron paper in my stash and the colors inspired me to create a bright focal point on this pattern using the Native American Eagle Die.  I cut the Native American Eagle Die from several different colors of card stock and carefully layered them on my eagle.  He looked so cool that I didn't want to do anything crazy with the sentiment to distract from him.  I looked around my crafty area and found this sentiment strip that was super clean and looked great on the card front.  Super easy!  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  See you later!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lover's 2017 Winter Hop and Lil' Inker Designs

Today's the day we all get to rejoice in the wonderment that is 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 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  Here's the card I created for this super fun hop.

I started my card making my own patterned paper with the Unstoppable Stamps and some watercolor.  I swished some paint across the middle of the watercolor paper and then stamped some dots around the swish.  Then I layered a strip of gray card stock with a piece of teal glitter tape over my watercolor swish to create a border.   I added a cute December calendar from some patterned paper before layering on my cup of amazing looking coffee using the Lil' Inker Designs Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies.  This set is AMAZING!!  Totally a must have if you are a coffee lover.  I created this cute sentiment using the Coffee Word Die.  I decided I wanted a little more sentiment but I didn't think it would stand out against the polka dots so I cut a circle shape using the Silly Stitched Die Set and layered it under my cup complete with a sentiment from the Coffee Talk Stamp Set.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you like my winter coffee card and I hope you'll take part in the Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  There are a ton of awesome sponsors including Lil' Inker Designs.  Don't miss out on all the fun or your chance to win the Magical Winter Stamps and Magical Winter Dies.  It's a great prize so come join us for the fun!  There is also a chance to win a Lil' Inker Designs $15 gift certificate flash prize so don't miss out!

Here's what I used today:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CTS #250

Goodness!  This week has really flown by and I haven't had a chance to check in with you guys at all!  Thank goodness for a slower day today so I can sit down and say, "hi".  I hope you all are having a wonderful December.  It has dropped from 50's to 20's in a days time here and I keep reminding myself that it is still warm for December.  It sure feels cold when though when the temp changes that quickly!  My chickens sure don't appreciate it.  Ha ha!

Today is another awesome CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and I just know you are going to love it.  I had a blast with this sketch and the rest of the team created AMAZING cards so be sure to check them out.  Here's my take on the sketch:

I started this card by using some white embossing paste on a white card base with the Sketched Line Stencil from Altenew but just in the corners.  While that dried, I inked up some card stock with inks from the Red Cosmos collection and the Tropical Forest collection before cutting them with the Fantasy Floral 3D Die Set.  I layered my flower on the stenciled portion of my card and added a sentiment .  I felt like it needed a little black to ground everything so I layered it on a black card base to finish it off and make the flower pop.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you enjoyed it and will come play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  See you there.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CTS #249

Good morning!  It's an early morning in our house because my oldest had a field trip and had to get to school before the sun came up.  He was so excited and I sure hope he has a blast today.  We've been swamped with holiday prep but having my own little chauffeur has been really fun and I know he's enjoying driving here and there.  I'm still a little in shock at having a kid old enough to have a license but I'm slowly getting used to it.  I'm also proud to say that I've only flinched twice while teaching him to drive and both times were because he has a different feeling for when he needs to brake than I do.  I'm pretty proud of him and told him that I flinch more when his dad is driving so he must be doing a good job.  Ha ha ha! 

Well, it's another Retro CTS challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch and I have to say...I love my card.  Don't you love when you can say that?  Here's my take:

I started with some water color paper and an amazing set of stamps from Essentials by Ellen called Mistletoe & Holly.  I masked and stamped my images along the bottom of my card with a waterproof black ink.  Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brushes to color my poinsettias in two of my favorite colors of poinsettia.  I just love how they turned out!  After everything dried, I embossed the "be merry" sentiment in gold and trimmed my water color paper to have a border on my black card base.  Super simple but it turned out SO elegant that I want to go play with this gorgeous stamp set some more.  Here's a close up:

Quite a different card than what I made for the original sketch.  What do you think?

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!  Check out what the rest of the team created, including our awesome guest designer.  See you over CAS(E) this Sketch!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bridal Couple - Frantic Stamper

December is SO close that I can smell the candy canes!  Are you ready for it?  I'm getting there and have been crazy busy with Christmas card making so, it's nice to share a non-Christmas card with you guys today.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the Frantic Stamper November Love and Music release products!  I had so much fun with the products and really love some of the cards I've made.  I can see making more and more cards with them and the Bridal Couple Card Builder Die is one I will use again and again!

I just love the clean and modern look of this die.  I started by cutting the white layer that ties everything together...dress and tux.  Next, I cut my groom a stone colored suit with black buttons and a pink bow to coordinate with the bride's belt.  I layered my completed couple on a coordinating patterned card base and I love how simple and elegant it is.  Wedding, anniversaries, prom, many occasions that I can see the Bridal Couple Card Builder Die being used for.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  See you later!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Sale At Lil' Inker Designs

Happy Black Friday everyone!!  I hope you get all the amazing deals you are after today or if you are just relaxing at home, like I am, I hope it's the most relaxing day ever.  I wanted to make sure to hop on here today to share some info about the Black Friday sale on the Lil' Inker Store.  I have a couple of cards to share with you today in honor of this awesome sale and I hope you enjoy them!

My first card uses the new Unstoppable Stamps.  I created a fun rainbow background and when it was done, it reminded me of an animal print so I decided to use one of my favorite party animals, an elephant from Party Pachyderms.  I used the Party Pachyderms Die Set to cut him out and fussy cut a balloon to go in his trunk.  I created a border with the Happy Birthday Border Die and added some patterned paper to break up the black.  Here's a closer look:

I also created a card using some more of my favorite older products that will be on sale!  I just love how elegant this card turned out.

I started with this awesome cardstock color and the amazing Stitched Quatrefoil Die.  I love LOVE the pattern this leaves behind!  Next, I colored an adorable birthday banner from Blossoms Banners Stamps and cut it with the Blossoms Banners Dies.  I was going to simply layer it on the card but them I decided to go with some gray stripes first and I love the finished look.  Here's a closer one:

Thanks so much for checking out my cards today and I hope you'll stop over at the Lil' Inker Store and take advantage of the awesome Black Friday Sale going on now.  There are tons of products for 50% off and 25% off the rest!  Can't beat that!  While you are there, sign up for the newsletter!  You won't want to miss out on the extra special deals you'll find in there.  Just to show you how awesome the newsletter deals are, I'm going to share with you the one from the most recent.  Aren't you lucky??

Aren't you glad you won't be missing out on this one?  So, get over to the Lil' Inker Store and check out the sale.  I'd really appreciate it if you used a link to the store of products from my blog as I get a little bonus for sending you all that way.  Don't worry, it won't do anything more than help me out!  I appreciate it!  Here's what I used for my cards today: