Thursday, February 22, 2018

CTS #260

Happy Thursday!  I'm SO ready for this week to be over.  I have no idea why it feels like it is dragging so much but it has.  I'm in need of a little R&R and fun this weekend.  My little guy is turning 8 on the 1st and the only thing he wants to do is learn to make bath bombs with some of his friends.  How cute is that?  So, we will be experimenting with that this weekend and I'm sure we will have a blast! 

You know how you can have a blast?  Come join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!!  We have a super fun sketch for you to play along with and I just know you'll create something you love!  Here's what I created for this week's sketch:

I had some fun with some awesome Winnie & Walter products I have been neglecting.  First, I used the In a Word: Hello Cutaway to my sentiment through the black card base.  I added a rainbow dotted paper to the back of the card front to show through the negative space I left behind and then added the dot in the e and o as well as the space between the l's.  Next, I stamped the banner from The Big, the Bold and Extras and filled it in with a sentiment from The Big, the Bold and the Happy.  I cut it out and added it to the front.  Easy as pie and super cute!  Here's a close up:

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  We love seeing what you guys come up with!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rainbow Flowers

Hello, hello!  I'm hear on this icy Iowa day to share a fun card I made using the new Frantic Stamper Release.  It is full of awesome mom and floral themed items and I had the best time with them.  I'm telling you, I'm really ready for Spring and my card feels that way.  Here's one of my creations:

I started this card by cutting different flowers using the Contemporary Flowers Dies (FRA-DIE-10407) in various rainbow colors.  I glued them down to a white card base in rows and then got ready to add a sentiment.  I tried a couple different ideas but in the end, I used the Modern Greetings Die (FRA-DIE-10272) to cut through the entire card front.  Then I added a piece of black card stock to the back of the card front to show through the negative space.  Here's a closer look:

I hope your day is bright and cheery!!  I'm hoping for a little sun here!  :)

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Lil' Spring and A Deal!

Good morning, guys!  I was really feeling this warm weather we are having and decided to get a little springy!  It was great timing since I really wanted to share a special that is going on over at Lil' Inker Designs.  You can get the Hello, Awesome Stamp Set and Awesome Word Die free this month (while supplies last) with a $75 purchase! 

Now, through February 28th, 2018 (EST) or while supplies last, place an order of $75 or more and receive the Hello, Awesome Stamp Set and Awesome Word Die - a value of $15.95!  Just add both items to your cart and apply the code AWESOME at checkout!  Simple as that!  Now here's the springy card I created to share this news!

I used some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to create the watercolor stripes on my background.  They were super easy to use and I LOVE how bold the color is.  I used a water color pen to add some splatter and react with the markers.  So fun!  Next, I stamped and colored my bunny and carrot from the Rustic Spring Stamps.  Next, I used the Rustic Spring Dies to cut my images and placed the carrot in my bunny's hand.  I added the image to my background with some foam tape before using the Awesome Word Die to cut a portion of my sentiment.  I cut it several times and layered the cuts to give it dimension and finally stamped the remainder of my sentiment using Hello, Awesome Stamp Set.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you like my card for the day and will check out the awesome deal at Lil' Inker Designs.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CTS #259

Good morning!!  Guess what?  I can see some grass in my yard and the I hope it stays that way.  Thanks to a few warm days, much of the snow has melted off and that makes me SO happy!  Especially because my middle guy fractured the top part of his humerus and I worry about him slipping on the ice.  Of course, it certainly doesn't seem to be slowing him down any.  We are in a waiting game to see if it will heal on its own and will hopefully know more in March.  He's going nuts not being able to do gymnastics.  I told him he could go and do everything one handed and, thankfully, he knew I was joking and didn't take me up on it.  Kids!  They always keep you on your toes.

Speaking of kids, my oldest is driving AND working!  What???  When did he get old enough for all of this?  We even got his high school course worksheet the other day and I'm in total denial that I'm going to have a high schooler next year.  How in the world did that happen?  So, I've decided I'm sticking my head in the sand and pretending it isn't.  Oh....look at all the pretty sketches and cards over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Yup, that's what I'm concentrating on for now.  ;)  Here's my take on this week's sketch:

I used some sticky notes to mask off a space for my circles and then used some Catherine Pooler Inks to stamp the circles from The Stamp Market's Patterned Polka Dot Stamp Set.  I finished it off with the perfect sentiment in a circle also from The Stamp Market in the Best Ever Greetings Stamp Set.  Super simple and one layer!  Can't beat that.  Here's a close up:

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hummingbirds and Flowers

Hello, hello!  I have slowly dug myself out of the 16" of snow we got last week to finally share a fun card I made using the new Frantic Stamper Release.  It is full of awesome mom and floral themed items and I had the best time with them.  Here's one of my creations:

I decided to do some kraft of kraft with the Floral Frame and Hummingbirds (FRA-DIE-10412).  Then I needed some pops of color so I cut the hummingbird and the Grow and Bloom (FRA-DIE-10414) from water color paper before adding some bright pops of green and pink.  I just love how it looks on the kraft.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Off to move a little snow so it is easier to get out the chickens!  They do NOT like the "white lava".  Ha ha!  Have a great day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

CTS #258

Snow snow snow...can someone please take this stuff away?  I'm over it!!!  Unfortunately, more is coming tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday.  Oy with the snow already!  He he he.  I hope you are all having a warmer and less white time of it than I am.  If not, I totally sympathize.  All this snow made me go the total opposite direction for my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I needed some green to at least make me feel warm.  Here's my take:

Doesn't that just totally make you feel like there couldn't possibly be snow on the ground?  Ha ha!  I had a great time with some Catherine Pooler Inks and the Succulent Stamp Set from The Stamp Market.  I just love all the options in this stamp set for decorating the pots.  Totally cute.  This card couldn't be any simpler though.  One layer and simply stamped...not even any masking.  Here's a closer look:

I hope you liked my take on the sketch and that you will come join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Have a great week!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CTS #257

Hi, you guys!  Sorry the blog has been so quite the past two weeks.  It has been nuts here in Iowa.  I've been having a blast helping out more at the gym and the boys just seem to get busier and busier.  My oldest is done with wrestling but has his first job interview this afternoon so I'm sure things aren't going to get any less crazy since I still have to drive him around.  Ha ha!  Not to worry, I will soon adapt to this new level of crazy.  Don't we all? 

One thing you can always count on is that you will absolutely get a post from me every Thursday because I can't resist a good sketch and today's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge is one of my favorites!  I loved Michele's sketch the first time and I loved it again this go round.  I hope you'll join us and have some fun with it also.  Here's my new take:

I had some serious fun with this sketch and some awesome stamps from The Stamp Market.  I started with a white card base and stamped the Dotted Background Stamp up a portion of the card to represent the flowers in the sketch.  Next, I tore some vellum and stamped the "happy" from Holiday Hellos and embossed it in teal (I also did a pink version) before adding the remainder of the sentiment and attaching the vellum to the card by wrapping it around the card front.  My vellum was still a little loose so I added a strip of black to the bottom to cover some adhesive I used on the vellum.  Finally, I finished it off with some asterisks and an enamel dot.  Here's a closer look:

Now for my original take on the sketch, CTS #156:

Different but equally fun!  You can see my original post for more info on this card.  I'm so happy you stopped by today and I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Have a great week!