Friday, March 24, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs and Spring Coffee Lovers Blogshop


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 Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  Here's the card I created for this super fun hop.

I knew I wanted to go with some crazy florals for this is Spring after all!  Luckily, my latest Clique Kit was packed with flowers and fun papers from the Shimelle Little by Little collection.  I knew the flowers from the cardstock diecuts were just the colors and fun I was looking for to go with the amazing Lil' Inker Designs Coffee Cozy Die Set.  I started with a black cardbase but added a touch of stitching using Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles.  I cut a piece of patterned paper from my kit at an angle to show a little of the cardbase.  Next, I got crazy layering my flowers.  I just love these bright colors.  With all my flowers in place, I got to work creating my coffee cup.  With all the busy parts on this card, I decided a simple cup would be best.  So I went with black, cream, and kraft cut with Coffee Cozy Die Set.  Next, I added a purple heart to my cozy and a vellum strip stamped with my sentiment from Coffee Cozy Stamps.  Finally, I scattered some sequins about and glued them down.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my cards today!  I hope you like my winter coffee cards and I hope you'll take part in the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  There are a ton of awesome sponsors including Lil' Inker Designs.  Don't miss out on all the fun!  Plus, you have a chance to win the Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies in a Flash Prize Giveaway and a $35 Lil' Inker Designs gift certificate along with tons of other sponsored prizes.  You won't want to miss out on the fun!  Here's what I used today:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CTS #214

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to check out my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I must admit that I was a little nervous about this sketch but once I got going, I was totally inspired.  I hope you will be also and I hope you'll join us this week.  We'd love to see what you create.  It always makes us smile and helps inspire us to keep creating for you.  Thanks so much!  Here's my creation for this week:

I found this gorgeous floral paper while flipping through the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hill paper line.  It seemed to fit with the sketch perfectly.  Then I needed a frame and I thought the frame from the Lil' Inker Designs So Thankful Stamps and cut with the So Thankful Label Die was the perfect fit.  I stamped the frame and sentiment from Awesome Blossoms Stamps in navy and added a few enamel dots to the bottom for fun.  I needed some flowers to arrange around the frame and Awesome Blossoms Stamps seemed like the perfect option.  I stamped the blossoms in various shades of yellow and cut them using the Awesome Blossoms Dies.  I arranged the flowers and leaves around the frame popping some with foam tape for dimension.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for joining us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  Can't wait to see your creation.  Here's what I used for mine:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Color Blocking Cat

Good morning!  The sun is slowly creeping up over the horizon here and I'm slowly (very slowly) waking up.  It might be a two cup of coffee morning.  Wowza!  We have lots of congestion in the house from the crazy temperature swings as of late.  Everyone has full ears and sinus headaches, except me.  A house full of men that don't feel 100%...not a super fun situation for a mom.  Luckily, I've had a few opportunities to escape to my craft area and get a little relaxation time.  Here's a little something I crafted up the other day:

I played with the awesome papers from Simple Stories called Say Cheese.  Again, I layered my papers before passing them through my die cut machine to be cut with the Color Blocking Die.  I aligned my die to make the long line of the die straight up and down.  This one cut created three card fronts with different combos of the papers.  Talk about easy!  I attached my background papers to my cardbase and then using Stitched Stars Die Set, I cut a star through the cardfront.  I added a piece of dotted vellum to the inside of the card to show through the window  I created.  I stamped a sentiment from You're Invited Stamps along the line under the star before adding my cute kitty from Cat Treats Stamps and cut using Cat Treats Dies.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my creation today!  I hope you enjoyed yet another idea using the Color Blocking Die!  Have a great week and here are the items I used to create this card:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CTS #213

Good morning!  How are you all doing this week?  Things are warming up here and I'm super ready for it.  Of course, now that I say that, we'll get a blizzard next week.  Here's hoping that's not the case.  I hope you are all starting to warm up and I hope my East coast friends are finished digging themselves out.  Here's hoping that's the last of it for everyone.  If you need something to do while you are waiting for Spring to arrive, I've got a challenge for you!  Join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week for an awesome sketch and amazing inspiration.  You won't regret it.  Here's my take on the sketch:

This card all started with a piece of patterned paper I had on my desk from a past Clique Kit (Dec 2016).  Before I knew what I was really doing, more elements from the kit landed on the card and I found a verse that flowed nicely with the layout of the card.  So, I guess you could say this card sort of came together on it's own.  Luckily, I really liked how it turned out and I hope you do also.  It was easy enough!

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today!  Have a great day and I'll see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Color Blocking

I know!  I just can't get enough.  I'm having a blast using the  and it's really helping me burn through some extra patterned paper I've been meaning to use.  Today's card is another super simple combo of Lil' Inker Designs products that creates a serious impact.  I just love it!  Here's my card:

I chose these awesome papers from Simple Stories called Say Cheese.  I used the same technique to cut the papers as Monday's card.  I layered them before passing them through my die cut machine to be cut with the Color Blocking Die.  This one cut created three card fronts with different combos of the papers.  Talk about easy!  I chose another coordinating paper to be cut with Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die and added it to the center of my card.  I was going to make it a shaker but ended up liking the clean look of the papers better.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  Don't forget to check out the sale going on at Lil' Inker Designs today and tomorrow!  The sale includes everything except the latest release and for 15% off, I'm sure you can find some great deals!  Make sure you use the code NOSNOW17 and have fun shopping!  I hope you are having a great week.  It's finally warming back up again here.  Here's what I used for my card today:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Color Blocking Birthday

Good morning, everyone!  We have snow on the ground again and both the chickens and I are protesting!  I was all ready gearing up for Spring and snow was the last thing on my mind.  When I heard it in the forecast, I just kept hoping I was hearing things.  No such luck.  ;)  Hears hoping it melts quickly.  In hopes of warming things up, I decided to share this card I created while on a Color Blocking Die binge.  I'll be sharing the other cards I created with the die throughout the week.  I'm telling you, I'm blaming my love of this die on Jen Carter and her awesome video.  You must check them out!  Here's what I created pairing the Color Blocking Die with the Happy Birthday Border Die.

I started with an awesome paper pack from Echo Park called Just Be You.  I chose three papers that I liked and layered them before passing them through my die cut machine to be cut with the Color Blocking Die.  This one cut created three card fronts with different combos of the papers.  Talk about easy!  Next I cut the Happy Birthday Border Die from some coordinating cardstock which I attached to the card front with some glitter tape.  It looked super cute just like that but I had some fun wooden arrows and stars to add to up the cute factor.  I hope you like my creation.  Here's a closer look:

Have a great Monday and I hope you get some crafty time in!  I'm hoping to get working on some more fun cards today.  I hope you are too!  Here's what I used for today's card:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CTS #212

Good morning!  I hope you guys are all having a great week so far.  I have successfully tuned my house chicken Rosie back into a flock mate of her 9 best chicken pals.  I will say, it seems weird not being able to talk to her all day long but she seems to be doing well outside again.  She's not 100% her old self but I'm sure she's happier digging for and eating bugs rather than listening to me prattle on about what I'm cooking or cleaning.  Although, after listening to all the boys' school lessons, I'm pretty sure she is now a chicken who knows stuff. 

One thing I know for sure, you are going to have a blast with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  The sketch is awesome and I will totally be using it again.  Here's my card for this week:

I started with a stone card base and stamped various shapes from Papertrey Ink's Sketched Shapes along the bottom and side.  The sentiment is from Phrases & Praises.  This made a great masculine card for any occasion and a super quick card for mass producing with a stamp press.  The shapes line up a little differently with repeat stamping because my card bases don't always get cut and folded exactly the same size but I still like the overall look. 

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