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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Simple Swirl For An Elegant Card

Happy Tuesday, you guys!  I hope you guys are ready for another card I created using the Frantic Stamper December Love and Music release products!  This one is one I struggled with a bit but in the end, I love what came of that struggle.  See what I mean?

The Simple Swirl Die is SO simple that it almost stumped me in for to use it.  I thought about using it as a flourish inside the card or on an envelope and about a million other ideas but none of them was the right way for me.  Then I had an idea to try to make a border with multiple cuts.  I started with two scored lines on my stone card base to help me keep everything straight and lined up.  Then I started cutting the Simple Swirl Die over and over again from black and layering them one by one in a row on my card.  So far, so good but you could see the little spots where they came together and I wanted those covered up.  To fix it, I cut a piece of black card stock just big enough to run down and make a consistent joint and then I needed a bit of color so I added a smaller turquoise strip.  I finished it off with a sentiment from the Sing It Clear Stamp Set.  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 9, 2017

CTS #247

Happy CAS(E) this Sketch day!!  I had a ton of fun and really got out of my Christmas comfort zone with this one.  I decided to go a little geometric and modern.  I hope you like it!

I started this card by masking off a triangle shape and using Catherine Pooler's Grass Skirt ink to blend into a fun shape.  Before removing my mask, I stamped some snowflakes from and older Concord & 9th set called Mittens and Mugs using Midnight ink.  Next, I stamped the Joy from Concord & 9th's Joy stamp set using Rockin' Red ink and Midnight ink for the thin line.  Next, I added some stripes of card stock to the top and bottom of my sentiment and embossed "to the world" in white.  Here's a closer look:

I'm so glad you stopped by today and I hope you'll check out this week's sketch and join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  See you there!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rainbow Music Ribbon

Good morning, you guys!  I'm having a busy week on the blog and I'm loving it!  I thought it would be fun to share a card I made during my Stamping Away weekend using some of the Nuvo Glitter Markers that Tonic Studios so generously donated for all of us to use.  I thought they would be amazing paired with some of the Frantic Stamper December Love and Music release products!

I started this card easily enough with just some scribbles of glitter markers in a rainbow of colors across my card.  To be honest, I wasn't actually thinking of making a card with these scribbles.  I just wanted to see how sparkly the markers were.  When I finished though, the final look reminded me of what an equalizer looks like when you are listening to music on a component system and I knew it would be awesome with the Music Ribbon cut in black.  I thought an all white card front was a little too much so I trimmed the bottom and added a peek of black to bring it all together.  Here's a closer look:

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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joy Christmas Oval

Happy Tuesday!  I thought I'd share some more of Christmas cards creations with you guys today.  I've been working hard getting ahead so that I won't be running around like a chicken with my head cut off come December.  So far, so good!  Luckily, I've had some really fun products to work with!  Here's a card I made with some goodies from Frantic Stamper.

I started this card by layering a white piece of card stock embossed with the Pinprick Snowflake and backed with some green card stock on my kraft card base.  Next, I cut the Holly Oval from some red metallic paper before layering it on a white piece of card stock and trimming around the edge.  I layered this one some green card stock and fussy cut the oval border.  I cut a piece of gold glitter tape into a banner shape and layered that behind the oval I created.  Finally, I added a green sentiment using J O Y letters.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking in with me today and I hope you enjoyed my Christmas creation!  Have a great day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags and Lil' Inker Designs

Good morning!!  I'm super excited to be part of today's 25 Days of Christmas Tags post and to be working with Tracey for Day 6.  I just love her!  She's the sweetest person and I'm so so lucky to have gotten the chance to meet her in person and get to craft with her for a wonderful long weekend.  I can't wait until we can do it again.  Well, today, Lil' Inker Designs is joining forces with Tracey and I'm super excited to share my creations with all of you.

I decided this time around I'd make an assortment of fun tags with an assortment of awesome Lil' Inker Designs products!  First up, I cut various tags using the Anytime Tags 2 Die SetDotted Tag Dies, and Ornamental Christmas Tag Dies.  I also made sure to cut that cute little shape that goes around each hole in gold because I knew I was going with a black, white, and gold color theme.  Then I got to stamping and embossing.  The large black tag uses stamps from Rustic Christmas.  The large white tag uses images from the new Festive Florals Stamps.  Next up, and oldie but goodies the snowflakes are from Cozy Winter Wishes.  The small Dotted Tag was created using one of the patterns on the trees in the Filled Christmas Tree Stamps.  The final tag uses the bell tag die from Ornamental Christmas Tag Dies and a stamp from Ornamental Christmas Stamps.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping in to check out my project for Day 6 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  If you haven't checked out today's post.  Make sure to visit.  You will find out all about how you can win an awesome prize from Lil' Inker Designs and you can see all the other amazing tags!

Also, be sure to check out all the past posts and keep watching for more.  There are other amazing sponsors just like Lil' Inker Designs giving out prizes for all sorts of things.  All the details are on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags posts.  Thanks so much, Tracey for having us!!  Keep having tag making fun.  :)