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:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs Black Friday Sale and Mini New Release

Today's a super fun Lil' Inker Designs mini release hop as we gear up for an awesome Black Friday Sale.  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 Amy'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.  All of these new items will be available in the  Lil' Inker Store Friday and you will also be able to save on some of the items that have been on your wishlist!  So, sit back, enjoy the hop and get ready to get your shop on.   

I'll start with the new Magical Winter Stamps and Magical Winter Dies since you may have seen a glimpse of this card in the banner.

I just love all the cute wintery images in this set and some super fun unicorns.  I decided to showcase how this set can be used for so much more than just wintery cards!  So, I started by stamping a unicorn from Magical Winter Stamps and cutting it with the Magical Winter Dies before coloring.  I wanted to keep it soft and magical!  I used a Wink of Stella gold pen for the horn.  I set my unicorn to the side and started building my background.  I started by stamping my sentiment on a piece of white paper and layering that on some black to create a border.  Then I used this to determine where to ink the card base.  Then I created a patterned paper for the bottom portion using the dots from the Peace, Love & Joy Stamps.  I attached this paper to the bottom of my inked card base and then cut out some vellum clouds using the Border Builders Die Set.  I layered the clouds with some foam tape and attached them to my sentiment border and then finally to my card base.  Finally, I attached my unicorn with a little more foam tape.  I added some white accents to my unicorn with a gel pen.  Here's a closer look:

My next card shows off the coolest stamp set EVER!!  This set is everything the name describes, Unstoppable Stamps.

This collection of dots and dashes will have you creating backgrounds for days.  I had a hard time stopping myself.  I embossed them, stamped them, rainbow colored them.  It was too much fun.  Finally, I had to get down to making a card so, I started working with the fun stripes in the Unstoppable Stamp set.  I stamped, flipped, offset, and stamped some more and I just LOVE the pattern it created.  With an awesome patterned cardbase ready, all I had to do was decide on a cool sentiment and image to finish it off.  The sentiment was easy because the Unstoppable Stamps set also has some AWESOME sentiments.  Then I realized that the sketchy look of the Sketched Floral Stamps was exactly what this card needed.  So, I started creating a border by selectively cutting a portion of the flower out with the Sketched Floral Die Set and cutting the rest into a border shape to stamp my sentiment.  I layered this on a black strip and then added it to my card.  A few sequins and the card was done.  Here's a closer peek:

I hope you enjoyed my peek at the mini release items coming to the Lil' Inker Store this Friday.  You also won't want to miss the amazing Black Friday Sale!  All items in the store are 25% with some being 50% off.  You don't even need a code!  Just shop the Lil' Inker Store from 11/24/2017 - 11/26/2017.  Can't beat that!   

 Also, don't forget to comment along the hop for a chance to win the whole release!!

I have another card to share on Black Friday using some of my favorite sale items and the new release.  I hope you can handle the wait!  I know one way to make the wait easier!  Continue on the hop with Heather Hoffman!  You won't want to miss what she comes up with.  She's amazing.  Don't forget to be come back and check out my card Friday!  Have fun hoping and here's what I used today:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CTS #248

It's an awesome morning here in the Larson house!  My oldest turned 14 yesterday and got his Learner's Permit and I survived letting him drive on the highway at night.  WHOA!  I swear the kid is supposed to still be 10.  How in the world did this happen?  Luckily, he is a responsible, sweet, and caring young man and I'm so proud of him.  I'm busy gearing up for his friends to come over to spend the night tomorrow.  I'm sure they will have a blast and I will only lose small amounts of hair.  Ha ha! 

I'm so glad I have an amazing hobby to keep me sane with all these changes going on around me.  Not only is the hobby awesome, the people that share this love of card making with me are awesome.  I have met so many amazing men and woman around the world through blogs and get togethers.  I am one lucky lady to be a part of all of this. 

One of my favorite parts of this hobby is running CAS(E) this Sketch.  I sort of came to it on accident but I'm so SO glad it fell in my lap!  I just love being a part of people being inspired and sharing their amazing creations and I hope you all will continue to love our little challenge!  Ok, you came here for my card, not my rambling.  Ha ha!  Here's my take on this two-week challenge.

I found this cool paper in the Pinkfresh Studios Oh Joy 6x6 paper pack and the mistletoe peeking out of the top corner went perfectly with this week's sketch.  I cut it and lined it with some green cardstock for a border before adding it to another cool paper from the pack.  Then, all I had to do was create a sentiment.  I really have no idea where that acrylic? Merry came from.  It was probably a kit but it's been hanging around in my bins for awhile.  I figured it was time to get some use out of it.  So, I positioned that and then placed my stamps around it.  Then I removed the Merry and stamped the sentiment in place.  Finally, I glued down the my acrylic word.  It wasn't super easy to get a good photo of this card but I think you get the idea.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me ramble on!  I hope you'll join us over at CAS(E) this Sketch for a fun two-week challenge!  See you there.