Thursday, April 19, 2018

CTS #268

Good morning!  Just a quick post as I'm running out to head down to Des Moines for (hopefully) the last shoulder appointment for my middle guy.  Today we find out if he will need a bone graft to heal the cyst in his humerous or if it has healed on its own and he is cleared for gymnastics again.  Here's hoping he's good to go!!  So, I'm sorry my post is so quick but I have to get these three boys dressed and out the door.  ;)

Here's the card I created for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I do hope the sketch doesn't stump you.  I feel like I must think in really odd ways that confuse people.  Ha ha!  Well, here's my take:


I had fun layering the different stamps in the Pinkfresh Studio set called Semi Circle Patterns.  I chose a navy, coral, mustard, and peach combo and went about stamping layer upon layer.  I finished it off with a sentiment from Bouquet of Hearts.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #267

Good morning!!  We are gearing up to go see Mercy Me tonight in concert and I'm super excited.  My kids...not so much.  Who knew they could be so grumpy about going to see a concert.  Apparently, they don't want to stay up that late?!?!?  Whose kids are these?  Ha ha!  I know they will have a great time when they get there and get singing along with the band.  Speaking of having fun, I had a blast with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and I know you will too.  Here's the card I created:


I have been dying to use the Concord and 9th Posie Fill-In Bundle since it arrived in my mail.  Heck, I was SO excited about it that I accidentally ordered it twice.  Ha ha!  I got right to work stamping the background and filling it in with all the floral pieces.  It was SO much fun and I love all the variety you can get from this set.  Next, I die cut the Friend from my trimmed background design to show the cardbase through.  A simple coordinating banner with the remainder of my sentiment stamped on it finished it all off.  Such a fun sketch and such a fun set to play with!  I can't wait to make more cards with it.  Here's a close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by this morning.  I hope to see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Soda? Pop? Coke?

What do you call it?  Where I grew up in Florida, it was Coke...everything was Coke.  Try working at McDonald's and have someone say, "Oh, just give me a Coke."  Does that really mean Coke or something else?  My parents being from New York called it soda and that's what I have always called it.  Now, I like in the state of pop.  My husband says pop and when I first heard it, I was totally confused and wondered why Iowan's are always talking about their dad.  ;)  I think I have assured that while being raised in Iowa, my kids will say soda.  He he he.  Only time will tell but, of course, when making this fun soda card, I had to ensure that the sentiment I chose referred to it as soda.  Thank goodness the new Frantic Stamper Release has options.  ;)


To create this fun and bubbly card, I started by cutting out my bottles using the Soda or Beer Bottle and Can Dies.  I cut out 6 so that I could do a rainbow of soda.  Next, I added dots to my bottles using a Molotow Grafx masking pen.  I love that these leave a bit of masking fluid on your card and all you have to do is let it dry, ink over it, and simply rub it away to leave fun white space.  It was perfect for my soda bubbles.  I layered my bottles on a piece of striped cardstock and then added my sentiment from Soda Pop/Popcorn Sentiment Stamps on a strip of paper I cut to emulate the striped background with another strip beneath in black.  It needed a little something to anchor the corner of my sentiment so I cut a fun Bottle Caps Dies from silver paper and added a label to it with a design from Soda Pop/Popcorn Sentiment Stamps.  With everything all finished, I decided a little extra bling is never and bad thing.  So, I added an enamel heart to my bottle cap for a little extra something.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for checking our my soda card using the new release items from the Frantic Stamper Release.  I hope you have an awesome day!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #266

Hi everyone!!  How's your week going?  It's another busy week here but in all sorts of great ways.  We have boys getting braces off and on, drivers ed, service projects, and just tons of fun.  The snow we got is finally starting to melt and I'm pretending not to see that little snowflake in our weekend forecast.  If I pretend it isn't there, it won't happen right??

Well, if you are ready for spring like I am, I have a great sketch your can play along with and make your springiest card ever!  I know that always puts me in a good mood.  You can check out the sketch over on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog.  It's a retro sketch so I know you will enjoy it!  Here's my take on it this go round:


When I saw this stamp set from Waffle Flower, I was immediately smitten.  I knew I'd be able to use it 100+ different ways and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  This is the first chance I have had to use it and I LOVE how it turned out.  I started by stamping my trio of wavers from the Hello Stamp Set and coloring them simply with copics...no shading or anything.  Talk about simple.  I was silly and didn't get the dies to go with them so, I fussy cut them.  I am pretty sure I will be heading back to Waffle Flower to get the dies and a couple other sets I've been eyeing.  He he.  Next, I layered two different patterned papers on my cardfront.  One of those was just a scrap cut at an angle an stamped with a sentiment from the Hello Stamp Set.  To finish it off, I added my happy kids and cat with some foam tape.  Super simple and oh so cute!  Here's a closer look:


Just in case you wanted to see my take on this sketch the first time we had it on the blog.  Here's my take on the original Sketch #29:


I have to say, it is still one of my favorites!  Thanks so much for checking out my cards for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I can't wait to see your creations.  See you over there.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop


Good morning everyone!  Today is a special day, it's the 2018 Stamping For Autism Awareness Bloghop!  I'm very happy to be a part of this amazing bloghop and if it opens the eyes of just one person or teaches someone a little something, it's a huge success in my mind.  It just warms my heart to be a part of a hobby that is full of people with such big hearts.  Autism touches the lives of a few very special people in my life and I'm blessed to know these unique and amazing individuals as well as the strong and amazing family and friends that support them in everything they do.  I hope my little blog post can put a smile on their faces, at least for a day.  Love you guys!

We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here:  Stamping For Autism Awareness Bloghop.  To participate in the hop and to see all the other participants entries, make sure to check out this link. Today, I'm hoping for Lil' Inkers Designs and Laura has generously donated a fabulous prize for this super inspiring hop.  Here's the card I created for today's hop!


I wanted to create something cheerful and encouraging!  Everyone deserves to have the best day ever today and every day.  I started by masking and stamping a row of Modern Mandala Stamps in a cheery golden yellow.  I trimmed this down and layered it on a black card base before adding a strip of black paper across the whole card to help make my sentiment pop.  Next, I cut two yellow and one black "Ever" using the Ever Word Die.  I layered these cuts for dimension and offset the black layer for some shadowing.  Then I added some black dots with my black gel pen for some added interest.  I finished off this happy card with a sentiment from Ever Word Stamps.  Here's a closer look:


I hope you enjoyed my card today and I hope you'll join us on this amazing bloghop!  For more information about autism, make sure you check out Autism Speaks.  Here's a look at what I used for my card:

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/ever-word-die/#_a_clarsonhttps://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/ever-stamps/#_a_clarson

https://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/modern-mandala-stamps/#_a_clarson

Thursday, March 29, 2018

CTS #265

Good morning!!  Still on the mend here and keeping busy.  I hope you guys are starting to feel the thaw of Spring.  We got one last (I hope) shot of snow last week with about 10" in one afternoon.  Luckily, it's been on the warmer side of freezing and the snow is slowly melting away.  It's still chilly enough to curl up with a warm beverage and have a nice donut though.  Is it ever really not a good time for that?  Ha ha!  My card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge reminds me of this and I hope you'll like it!

 
I had this cool card laying around from a card set I bought awhile ago and I thought it was perfect for this week's sketch.  So, I added a strip of black cardstock and then an image I stamped and colored with copics.  The coffee cup is TOO cute and comes from Honey Bee Stamps and is called Coffee Break.  I had so much fun making this card, I created 4 of them!  I will have to look back on my desk to remember where the "enjoy" came from that I stamped on the dish.  I'll let you know when I figure that one out.  Ha ha!  Here's a closer look:

 
Thanks so much for checking out my blog today and I hope you will join us for this week's fun sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

CTS #264

Good morning and I hope your week is going better than mine!  I've been dealing with a sinus infection and being me, I was too stubborn to go to the doctor until yesterday.  I'm always so certain that things are going to clear up and then they just get worse.  Thank goodness I have a hubby, mom, and friends that know I'm a butt head and tell me when I need to stop being stubborn and go get checked out.  I have three doses of antibiotic in me now and I'm actually functional enough to type up my post for today.  Woo hoo!  I hope that I might actually get some stuff done today because when I'm sick, the house tends to get turned upside down as I'm sure all you moms understand.  Ha ha!

Luckily, I had my card for this week's challenge already finished so I didn't have to try to create it in my feverish state.  Who knows what I would have come up with.  Ha ha!  Here's what I created for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.


In case you can't tell, I took the sketch extremely literal and used my watercolor pends to create my blocks of color.  I added a simple sentiment and that's it.  I think this would be a great card for men and you could change up the colors a million different ways.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out our post at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Have a great day!