Monday, October 16, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs October Release Day #1

Hi, you guys!  It's day one of the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Blog Hop and I'm super excited to share all the new products with you!  I think you are really going to enjoy this release and all the new inspiration from our team.  It's packed with fun, as always and, lucky for you, all the new products are available right now at the Lil' Inker Store!  We have an amazing blog hop for you today so, hopefully, you are coming from Amy's blog and if not, you won't want to miss her amazing creations or anyone's for that matter!  So make sure you didn't miss anyone and start at the Lil' Inker Blog.  Now for the fun!

My first card uses the awesome Festive Florals Stamps and Festive Florals Dies

I started this card with a kraft card base and a plan to use some nontraditional Christmas colors.  I stamped and embossed my poinsettias from Festive Florals Stamps on a piece of pink cardstock with a black glitter embossing powder.  Next, I stamped, embossed, and cut a poinsettia from a wine cardstock using the Festive Florals Dies.  I trimmed my pink so that it took up a small portion of the lower card and attached it to the card front.  I stamped a sentiment on an off white cardstock with Festive Florals Stamps and layered it over the pink to make a sentiment banner.  I finished the card up by popping my wine colored poinsettia with some foam tape.  Here's another peek:

Since I'm on a floral kick, I'll share what I made with the Vintage Christmas Wreath Stamps and Vintage Christmas Wreath Dies.

I searched through my patterned paper stash for a paper that looked a little vintage.  I lucked out and found two sheets of this postcard style paper.  I used the Vintage Christmas Wreath Dies to cut out my wreath from one piece in the same exact spot where I would be placing it on the second sheet.  Then I stamped using Vintage Christmas Wreath Stamps and colored my wreath with copics.  I attached it to the other piece but I felt it needed a little more of the florals so I stamped parts of the wreath in two corners to bring the same look to the cardbase.  Here's a closer look:

I have three cards today and my final card uses the Noel Word Die.

I found this fun star paper and cut coordinating papers with Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles to layer across my card to create a great spot for my focal point to land.  I had a gold tree ring cardstock piece that I have been hording so I cut a portion of that out and popped it up with some foam tape before adding the Noel Word Die which is cut from red metallic paper.  I added a fun little Rudolph nose, some twine, and some glitter stars to finish off this card!  Here's another look:

Don't want to forget about our giveaway!

You'll want to leave comments along the way because Laura is giving away the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE to a lucky commenter during the new release hop.  The winner could be you.  I hope you are enjoying our new release!  We love sharing these awesome products with you!  Be sure to keep hopping, here's the list:

Chrissy Larson <---Yup, that's me!!!

Don't forget you can check out the new release right now in the Lil' Inker Store and you can get all the goodies I used today.  Here's what I used:

Snowy Village - Frantic Stamper

Good morning and happy Monday!  I'm super excited to share some more Christmas creations with you from the using the new October Frantic Stamper Release.  I had a blast making this little village scene and I even tried my had at adding light! 

I started by cutting several cut of the Winter Village Die in various colors so I could cut parts out and layer them on my card.  I colored the roof and chimney on some building with copic to give a little extra color.   I lined the backs of the windows with vellum to help disperse the light that I planned to add.  Once I had all the pieces created, I set my village aside and started building my background.  I had a piece of rose ombre paper and stamped and embossed the Snowflake Background stamp on top.  I cut out some gray mountains using the Snow-capped Mountains die and added them to my background.  Then I started assembling my village.  I put down my copper tape along the bottom of my card and attached my LED lights and battery.  Then covered it up with my wintery scene and tested my work.  Thank goodness, it worked!

With my village in place, I started adding snow and heating it up to make it puff.  I finished it all off with my sentient stickers!  Here's a closer look:

I hope you'll keep checking back here to see more of my cards and that you'll check out the new Frantic Stamper October Release.  Thanks for visiting with me today!  Have a great day.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lantern - Frantic Stamper

Good morning and happy Monday!  I'm super excited to share some more Christmas creations with you from the using the new October Frantic Stamper Release.  There are SO many fun products in this release and I was super excited to get to work on my cards but I found that my card making mojo had deserted me.  Have you ever felt that way.  It didn't happen with this release either, I had been struggling for almost a month.  I can't even count the number of half finished cards on my desk or in the trash.  It was frustrating.  I knew I had to try to push through so I started playing with this little Hanging Lantern Die.  It was small and harmless, right?  :)

I flipped it around in my hand and started by cutting it out but only partially on black cardstock.  I cut the cardstock so it looked like the lantern was hanging on a building or wall.  I had to admit, I liked how it looked so I set it on a card front and wondered where to go from there.  Well, it's a add light, right?  I thought about adding colored vellum or even just cardstock to get the yellow light I was looking for but I knew the best option was to use ink blending to get that illuminated look.  I'm going to tell you right here and right now...I'm a TERRIBLE ink blender!  I always hate what I create and it always looks blotchy to me.  It's just not a technique I use often because I don't feel like I do it well.  I gave it a try though and it worked!  The Hanging Lantern Die covered my blotched spots perfectly making it look like I knew what I was doing.  So, I had a card I liked by no sentiment.  I toyed around for awhile and then cut the Slender Peace from yellow cardstock and actually inked a bit around the edges...crazy, I know!  The slender sentiment looked great with the slender lines of my lantern and I was happy.  Then I found a sentiment strip in an older set of sentiments that I knew would be a perfect addition to my sentiment.  It was the right color and fit just right.  Finally, I liked a card I had made and I could totally feel my inspiration coming back to me.  Here's a closer look at the card that got me going again:

I guess you just never know where inspiration will strike and I'm super excited with what came of it.  I hope you'll keep checking back here to see more of my cards and that you'll check out the new Frantic Stamper October Release.  Thanks for visiting with me today!  Have a great day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy World Card Making Day

It's World Card Making Day and we are celebrating over at the Lil' Inker Store.  Laura is offering 20% off (No Code Needed) all in stock items excluding the new September release items.  The deal goes today and tomorrow so I hope you'll go check it out.  There are tons of fun products to add to your collection and I decided to share a card I created with one of my favorites.  Also, make sure to check out all the new changes to the store.  I'll talk more about them at the end of this post.  Here's my card for today:

My card today features the Happy Birthday Border Die cut in gold and layered with black cardstock and gold washi tape.  It is layered over a background I created with some striped paper and black cardstock.  It couldn't be any easier to create this modern looking birthday card and the Happy Birthday Border Die is so versatile for all sorts of different styles.  You can look here to see all the different ways I've used it!  Here's a closer look at my card:

Make sure you check out the Lil' Inker Store!  Laura has made some awesome changes including accepting Amazon Pay and Apple Pay as checkout options.  My favorite new addition is the new Live Chat option!  How awesome is it to be able to ask questions about products when you have them.  You can't beat that for customer service!  Go ahead and give it a try this weekend because I've heard that Laura just might be doing some giveaways using this new and awesome feature!

I hope you guys are all having a great World Card Making Day and I can't wait to get out and see what you all are creating!  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CTS #242

It's another Thursday around here and just getting a new post up on the blog.  Boy, have I been slacking!  I've been busy getting ready for a fun crafty weekend next week and keeping up with all our normal activities and abnormal activities...he he he.  No matter how crazy things get, I never miss a chance to make something with the weekly CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

This week pushed me a little but I LOVE the card I created and I used some products that I have been dying to use.  Here's my card:

When I saw this little pirate set, Yo Ho Ho, from Neat and Tangled, I just couldn't resist it and while I was at it, I might as well buy the Making Wave dies to go with it!  These cute products have been just waiting for inspiration to strike so I would break them out and this sketch was perfect!  I paired them with some patterned paper from the My Favorite Things Sweet Sunshine paper pack as well as the My Favorite Things Rainbow Stripes paper pack.  Here's a closer look:

I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch this week and will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  We love having you and seeing what amazing things you guys create.  Have a great week!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

CTS #241

Good morning, you guys!!  I'm so excited to share with you guys this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  We are doing our first ever Retro CTS challenge.  We love our sketches and thought it would be fun to revisit some of them and see if we can come up with a different take.  I went WAY back for our first one and chose #23 without even realizing it was my sketch.  Ha ha!  I'm going to start by showing you my new take on the sketch and then I thought I'd also share my original take from WAY BACK. 

I created this card with Illustrated Faith's CHRISTmas collection by Bella Blvd.  I fell in love with this collection last Christmas and bought a bunch of stuff but haven't touched it until now!  I layered some papers and cut a strip from another patterned paper with "O Holy Night" and popped that up with some foam tape.  Then, I arranged my nativity around the popped strip and added another sentiment with a sticker.  Super simple.  Here's a closer look:

Here's a look at what I created when this sketch was brand new!

Ha ha ha!  How fun to look back.  I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week and if you played along before, we'd love to see your "then" and "now" cards!  Have a great day!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Snowflake Gift Card Holder - Frantic Stamper

I hope you are ready for another card using the Frantic Stamper September release!  This release is jam packed with awesome products that will get your Christmas gears turning.  I have a ton of cards to share before the month is over so I better get going!  It's time for gift giving and I had a blast with this gift card holder.

I created this gift card holder by cutting a piece of kraft card stock into a 4" x 7.75" rectangle and then scoring at the 2" and 5" lines on my ScorPal to make a trifold holder.  I used the Gift Card Edge Holder Die (FRA-DIE-10302) on the inside to hold my gift card and then added patterned paper, a Luchon Snowflake Die (FRA-DIE-10317) cut in black, a kraft circles, and then my sentiment cut from gold with the Gift Card Edge Holder Die words.  I didn't have a gift card on hand so I used my Pizza Ranch Rewards card to show you just how well it all comes together.  Here's a look at the inside:

Another looks at the front:
Thanks so much for checking out my card and I can't wait to share more of what I created with this awesome September release from Frantic Stamper.  See you soon!