Monday, December 30, 2013

Toymaker Elf ~

Last year I got so behind in making my Christmas cards that I never gave one to my parents.  Shameful, I know.  I actually got this stamp for their card last year and never colored it, so I was determined to make it happen this year.  I colored it up on WCMD and it sat until Christmas Eve. 

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I adore this Christmas paper pad from Echo Park – ‘Tis the Season.  Lots of smoky grays and warm reds.  I had him all cut out with the LID Stitched Rectangles and mounted on foam tape before I realized I wanted to stamp the sentiment along the side.  Whoops!  I think it turned out ok though.  It’s a sweet little sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs Holly Jollly sentiments.  I finished it off by adding some gray twill and a silk bow on Christmas day.  In 2014 I will have my parents card done by November 1.  You all will have to hold me to it!! 

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One last little detail are his glasses.  I used a Sakura glitter pen to add a squiggle of glitter and swirled it around with a waterbrush.  When they were dry, I added a thick coat of glossy accents…that a Copic rolled right through!  Aaaaaaahhh!  Lots of cuss words were uttered and yelled while I quickly tried to get as much of it off his face as possible.  You can still see a little on the bridge of his nose but only if you’re looking for it. 

Ok, that wraps up Xmas cards for 2013.  New year’s resolution is to have them all done, including our family photo card by Thanksgiving!  We took our family photo on Dec. 18th, one week before Christmas.  No time to order Shutterfly or anything like that, so I just photoshopped a greeting and printed them at home.  If I’m really on top of it next year, I’d love to do a collage family photo card with a letter of all that we’ve done.  Cross your fingers for me!  Thanks for sticking around for all this!  Hope you have a lovely day! 

 

Alyssa

Sunday, December 29, 2013

CAS Christmas ~

Every year I end up giving a few gift cards.  They’re just easier for everyone!  I don’t end up having to take something back for my step-daughter because she wants a different size or color, and I don’t end up worrying that she’s saying she likes something when she really doesn’t.  I also give gift cards to my brother who has purchased a fixer-upper.  Seems better to get him a Home Depot gc rather than some book he doesn’t have time to read.  KWIM? 

I wanted pretty cards for them to receive them in, but I didn’t give myself much time to create.  The first is Kayla’s.  I used the leftover strips from the Lil’ Inker Designs Stitches & Stripes Cover Up die along one corner of the card.  I save all kinds of leftovers from die cuts, do you?

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The snowflake is heat embossed with heat and stick powder and covered in an iridescent white glitter with a pink hue.  Riddle me why one side is more sparkly than the other…I certainly don’t know.  Perhaps I heated it up too much on one side?? 

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The center of the snowflake is dressed up with a twine bow tied up with red and silver jingle bells atop a red button.  I wonder if this card can still be called CAS with that large embellishment?  Probably not.

This next card is for my brother.  I’m sure he’s not one of my family members that saves all the cards I make, so I opted for a pretty simple one here.  I used more of the foil paper, but in green this time, to back the Lil’ Inker Designs ornament die from the Christmas bits die set.

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The sentiment is from the Jolly & Joyful sentiments set.  I used the Annabelle Stamps Border 1 die to create a little more interest in the background and backed it with red paper. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll have a fun little elf card to share.  Have a wonderful day!!

 

Alyssa

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Poinsettias ~

Hi there!  I thought I’d bop in here and try to share the last of my Christmas cards over the next few days - even though the holiday has passed and we’re all gearing up for the next one.  I pretty much adore the Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Poinsettia and matching die.  I know I should probably retire it and find a new one to love, but I’m just not ready yet.  haha 

I have two cards today.  The first is one I had die cut and embossed last year and never colored.  I colored it up this year at our WCMD party and finally got it put on a card on the eve of Christmas eve. {World’s Best Procrastinator}

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I used both the large and small sizes and stacked them atop each other with dimensional foam tape.  The green leaf part is a large one with each point cut apart and arranged.

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I love this color combo more than the one I’ve done in previous years – R24, 29, RV69 with G21, 24 & 28.  The green is just a fresher, more true-to-life contrast.  I also tried to remove the color along the veins of the red petals with the colorless blender and found that it would not happen.  Reds are just too stubborn.  One of these days, I’ll actually send this along to the friend I made it for.  lol  Good thing she likes and understands me!

This next one I made for a friend who loves all things trendy, so I went with chevron and gold.  These trends are probably no longer trendy but hey, that’s how I roll!  Always a step behind and a dollar short!

This card is much prettier in real life when you can twist it this and that way to see the lovely shimmer.

The poinsettia is stamped and embossed in white on vellum.  I quickly colored the back with a red Copic.  The last detail are some mini gold beads on a bed of Glossy Accents. 

 

The background stamp is from Hero Arts and is stamped in VersaMark.  I then brushed on some interference gold powder from Stampin’ Up.  I wonder if Pearl Ex powders would work better.  I’ve never used them.  You can kind of see the gold shimmer in this photo.  It really is prettier in real life but not what I’d imagined it would be. 

I hope she likes it!  She won’t get it till we meet up sometime next month.  Now I just have to get her present finished.  ;)

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m off until tomorrow! 

 

Alyssa

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 3 ~

Hey there!  Glad to have you back for the last day of this fantastic release hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Hopefully you’ve found your way here from the amazing Alicia’s blog.  If not, comment here first, and then bop on back to Laura’s to get started off right!! 

I have one more Valentine’s day inspired card to show you…though you could really give this card on any day of the year just to say ‘I love you!’

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I made a shaker card!  I used the new Floating Hearts die, On the Diagonal and the Love Things stamp set.  A box of foam tape around the die cut along with a sheet of acetate holds the little metallic hearts in place.  The kisses and hugs form a border and the red sentiment adds just a little more red.  A perfect little way to tell someone how you feel!

Next is a birthday card I sent to my FIL.  A super fun set to play along with the stitched stars, if you so desire – Shiny Happy Sentiments

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Completely out of my comfort zone because it’s all tilty, but I ended up loving it!  Since I think my Dad2 is Far Out, Stellar and Groovy in every way, this is the perfect sentiment!  To keep it more masculine, I added some stars and buttons and called it done.

Hope you’re having fun on the hop!  Make sure to leave comments for prizes!  Take a hop on to the amazing Amy next!

 

Alyssa

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 2 ~

Welcome to Day 2 of the December Release Hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Hopefully you’ve found your way here from the amazing Alicia’s blog.  If not, comment here first, and then bop on back to Laura’s to get started off right!

Today I thought I’d show you the second Cover Up die that Lil’ Inkers is releasing.  This one is called Stitches and Stripes.  My initial inspiration was as a candy cane/Xmas card, so I hurried off to Hobby Lobby for some red foil paper.  Once I had it all together, all I could think of was a Valentine’s card with the new Love Tags dies and Love Things stamp set.

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I still adore the chalkboard trend!  Once the tag was cut, I colored in all the hearts with a white gel pen, stamped the sentiment and added the glitter hearts.  A little twine, ribbon and a tilt were all that was left! 

Next I used the punny new sentiment set, The Fine Print.  The card looks all sweet and innocent…

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until you focus and skim the sentiment.  Once you really take a good hard look, you realize all you have to do is read the fine print!

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“When you’re not here with me a pain runs through my heart”

This set is full of funny sentiments such as these!  Ok, you’re off to your next stop, Amy!!  Leave comments along the hop for your chance at Lil’ Inker Designs goodies!

 

Alyssa

 

 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 1 ~

DecBlogHopWelcome to Day 1 of the December Release Hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!!  We have a whole bunch of fabulous new products we’re introducing today!  If you follow the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, then you’ve been lucky enough to see some sneak peeks of these goodies!! 

This is a hop so hopefully you’ve found your way here from Alicia’s beautiful blog.  If not, comment here first, and then bop on back to Laura’s fabby space to get started off right! 

When I first got all the release stuff, I had this idea for a card…but I needed Heat and Stick powder.  It felt like forever till it came!  lol  This is the Love Cover Up Die.  I went with an ombre color scheme behind this gorgeous plate. 

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The glitter is adhered/embossed to a sheet of acetate and is oh.so.sparkly in person!

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At the last minute, I added a small stitched heart from the Of the Heart dies.  But then it needed some sparkle too, so it got covered with Cotton Candy Stickles and Glossy Accents. 

 

Ok, thanks for sticking around!  Head on over to Amazing Amy's fantastic blog!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at two $10 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Alyssa

 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Holidays ~

Wow!  Christmas is creeping up on me!!  It’s only twelve days away, and I don’t even have all my cards made!  So here’s a simple, easy-to-mail one using some fun Lil’ Inker Designs goodies.

These snowflakes are some of my all time faves!  The sentiment is a tad blurry because it’s stamped on birch wood, but it adds to the rustic charm…don’tcha think? ;)

Before I head off to mass produce some more cards, I thought I’d let you know that in just a few short days, Lil’ Inker will be having a new release!  A lot of fun goodies are coming out, so save your Christmas money and buy something for yourself!!  

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Have a super day!

 

Alyssa

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Best Procrastinator Ever ~

Ever notice how phrases that people say all the time don’t really make sense?  I noticed it the other day when I was calling myself the worst procrastinator.  Doesn’t that imply that I am not any good at procrastinating at all??  Yeah, that’s what I figured.  I am no longer honoring myself with the World’s Worst Procrastinator badge…I have decided that I am the World’s BEST Procrastinator! 

Why?  Well, you see, on WCMD I was lucky enough to get to hang out with some super awesome crafty girls.  One in particular was kind enough to bring a bunch of stamps and papers that she no longer had use for and just gift them to anyone that wanted them. I told her that I would be sending along a little thank you card for her kindness and she.just.got.it.yesterday!  Nothing like taking 2 months to send a little thank you along!  lol

So, this is for you, Annette Allen!  Thank you for being so awesome!

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And to all my other crafty, bloggy friends out there – thank you too!  I recently wrote on my facebook page that I make cards, think I’m good at it but am still sometimes embarrassed to admit it.  That’s my own crap – I just need to get over the idea in my head of innocent jumper wearing ladies lined up at a table and scrapping.  Most of us are not like that, and even if you are, you’re still cool in my book!  I’m super thankful to have this creative outlet and the wonderful community and friends that I have met through it!! 

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and remember all that you are thankful for! 

 

Alyssa

Friday, November 22, 2013

Classic Christmas ~

I’m a huge fan of coloring – like you don’t already know that! – and of flowers.  Ok, I realize you probably know both of those things.  :)  A classic Christmas to me is the colors of red and green and poinsettias.  Here’s another card that was made last year.  I was experimenting with embossing in either white or clear and coloring. 

This is the PTI Year of Flowers Poinsettia die cut and clear embossed three times.  Unfortunately, red is my favorite color to use but it is also the most unforgiving.  To make the white really shine through, I could have gone over each and every individual line with the colorless blender but I just wasn’t feeling it.  Too much work! lol

 

I did cut the leaves apart to make them stick out farther and make the flower bigger.  Then everything was stacked together with dimensionals. 

The sentiment was also embossed to really pop off the patterned paper. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you’re having a wonderful day and gearing up for a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 

 

Alyssa

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 3 ~

Hey there!  Welcome back to the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs release hop for November!  As usual with a hop, you should've arrived here from the amazing Alicia’s blog.  If that’s not the case, bop on back to Laura’s for the correct starting point.  I have a couple last cards to show you using these super fun goodies.  The first uses the On the Diagonal die.  Laura has a wonderful little picture tutorial for it on her blog here.
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I’m in a little crochet club…well, I attend but decided that I don’t need another hobby, so I color while they crochet.  Ha!  Our teacher is this fabulous gal that spins and dyes her own yarn.  {You can check out her shop here.}  She made me a little flower with her yarn to use on a card, so I decided to attach it to a barrette that could be used on a purse, headband, hair, you know, whatever.  I thought the best way to give this little ditty away is on the front of a handmade card.  Since this yarn is so multi colored, I chose a fun patterned paper that had a lot of the oranges and blue greens in it.  I added a couple of felt leaves and a gray button in the center to mimic the gray dots in the paper as well.
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I cut the patterned paper with the second largest rectangle in the Stitched Mats Rectangles and then cut the On the Diagonal die.  The sentiment is from Mom & Dad Sentiments and is stamped repeatedly in ocean tides ink.  I highlighted the sentiment by stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black and embossing it.  Gift and card all in one!  :)
This second card I made the moment these stamps landed in my hot little inky hands!  I began by die cutting the Modern Mehndi flower dies in a thinner paper to use as a mask.  Now, to clarify, the die cuts have a bit of a border when stamped, so I merely lined them up as closely as I could to the edge and called it good. 
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So the flowers were all stamped, masked and colored with a copious amount of Copics atop a stitched rectangle.  The sentiment is from Modern Mehndi as well and is embossed on the new Stitched Ovals.  Gotta love those babies!  They’re just like the circles and leave a stitched detail on the negative as well.  I’ll be using those more in the coming weeks! 
Thanks so much for sticking with me through this post!  Head on over to Amy's fantastic blog!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at one of three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Alyssa
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 2 ~

Welcome to Day 2 of the November Release Hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Hopefully you’ve found your way here from the amazing Alicia’s blog.  If not, comment here first, and then bop on back to Laura’s to get started off right!

Today I thought I’d show you the second Cover Up die that Lil’ Inkers is releasing.  This one is called Leaf Pattern and is just perfect for this time of year!  I started off by blending a bunch of Distress inks on a piece of white cardstock.  Once it was die cut, I saved the pieces for the second card. 

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I stamped a banner with a sentiment from the new Modern Mehndi set in a dark brown ink and tied a terracotta button with brown twine around the edge.  I added a Rectangle Stitched mat to the inside of the card to help the colors pop.  Pretty easy and definitely eye catching! 

This second card uses the leaf pieces that popped out. So pretty and fun because some of the leaves have that signature Lil’ Inker Designs stitching detail!  I added the leaves to a branch die cut with a sweet little sentiment from the Sugar Kissed Cottage set Thanksgiving Wishes.

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Pretty much all our leaves have fallen from our trees around here in Colorado, but it seemed like a good idea at the time!  lol  This is a one layer card though and could be used with a multitude of sentiments so I’m keeping the idea around.

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday is that Lil’ Inker Designs is having a design team call for 2-3 new members!  Stop on back at Laura’s blog for all the details and get your application in!

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Thanks again for dropping by!  I’ll have two more cards for you tomorrow – one using the new Modern Mehndi stamps with the much anticipated Stitched Ovals and one with the new On the Diagonal die.  Head on over to Amy’s blog now for some more fabulous works of art! 

 

Alyssa

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 1 ~

Before I get to the fun of today, I must take a moment to say that I’m very sad to see two of my fabulous friends leave this design team – Isha Gupta and Taheerah Atchia.  Ladies, I love your blogs and your creativity!  Your bright, sunshiney personalities will be missed behind the scenes, but I’ll be stopping by to say hi and see what new and exciting things await you!NovBlogHop

Welcome to Day 1 of the October Release Hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!!  We have a whole bunch of fabulous new products we’re introducing today!  If you follow the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, then you’ve been lucky enough to see some sneak peeks of these goodies!!  We also have a fabulous guest designer joining us for this release, the one and only Tracey McNeely!

This is a hop so hopefully you’ve found your way here from Alicia’s crafty cyberspace.  If not, comment here first, and then bop on back to Laura’s blog to get started off right!  I’m going to start off with my favorite card that I made for this release using one of the two new cover up dies: Swirls.

lid swirls pinwheelI started off with this gorgeous paper pack Blink of an Eye by My Mind’s Eye.  The swirl plate is cut out of cream cardstock and layered on a subtle star patterned paper.  I chose coordinating papers and cut banners, Stitched Flags, and the Mini Pinwheel.  I also got to add some new to me wooden satrs…love those things!!  So glad there are so many in a pack!  A big loopy twine bow finished this card off. 

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What do you think?  Not my usual style, but I’m happy with how it turned out! Thanks for sticking with me through this post!  Head on over to Amy's fantastic blog!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at two $10 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Alyssa

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Latte Xmas Gift ~

With Christmas quickly approaching, I thought I’d show some cards this week that I made for the holidays last year.  I’m not as far along with my Xmas cards as I’d like to be, but maybe showing these will kick my booty into high gear!  {there’s always hope!}

For this first card I used a fun Lil’ Inker Designs set called Coffee Cozy along with the coordinating die.

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A little strip of pattern paper that was jazzed up with some Stickles in the centers of the peppermint candies, some texty background stamping and inking of the edges and a little soft felt as the cozy on the latte.  Inside I tucked a Starbucks gift card.  Actually, that’s a lie.  I forgot to tuck the gift card inside and had to send it separately!  lol  What a nit wit!  In my quest to make things easier to mail, this year I’ll make a few of these sans the button and bow…maybe add a little Stitched Snowflake or a tiny bell?  Only time will tell…

Happy Hump day, my friends!  Thanks for popping by!

 

Alyssa

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks ~

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Welcome to the blog hop for the Moxie Fab goddess, Cath Edvalson!  What can I say?  The entire paper crafting community, myself included, is saddened by the loss of this amazing, inspirational woman.  Thank you, Cath, for always keeping me in the know of what’s trendy, what’s new, what’s inspiring and for posting some just beautiful, cute or funny photos!  It always let me know that you were thinking of us :)

The fabulous Stephanie Washburn should have sent you here, but if you’re just starting out or get lost along the way, you can always start back at the Moxie Fab blog for a full list of the participants.

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This is a Stampendous image that I embossed, bleached and colored with Copics.  You can’t see it very well (I had the hardest time photographing this card!), but the background is stamped with Wplus9 Designs Defining Words thank you stamp in the script font.  It’s stamped in Antique Linen to be subtle, but it’s a bit too subtle.  Live and learn!  The ‘TY’ sentiment is from PTI and masked.  I wanted to make sure the N and the Y were perfectly stacked.  A bit OCD?  Why yes, yes I am!

I’ll send you along on the hop now to the amazing Niki G.  Thanks so much for bopping on by here today!

 

Alyssa

Friday, November 8, 2013

Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop ~

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Welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive blog hop!  This wonderful drive is about remembering all the elderly that live in nursing homes and don’t get to enjoy the holidays with their families.  All you have to do is make a holiday wishes type card, write or stamp something on the inside, sign it and send it in!  It will make someone’s holiday very special this year, and you’ll have a chance at grabbing some really great prizes along the way!  Head on over to this post for all the details.  But that’s not the only way to win!  You can also win some goodies from commenting on the blog hop participants posts.  The winners will be chosen randomly, so the more you comment, the better your chances!  Lil’ Inker Designs is one of the sponsors of this drive, so a few of the design team members have joined in on the hop.  You  should’ve arrived here from Alicia’s amazing blog.  If you’re lost or just starting, head on back to Vera’s blog to get started off right!

Even with Lil’ Inker Designs coming out with some fabulous Christmas dies last month, I chose to reach back a couple releases for my inspiration.  I chose the Circles and Diamonds Stitched Pattern die and the coordinating Darling Diamonds stamp set

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I puffy heart rusty jingle bells!  They helped me choose the color palette, and though I’m not a gold kind of gal, I’m trying to be trendy!  I actually like the way the gold cord goes with all the rich brown and red.  The sentiment is from the Holly Jolly sentiment set and was just too perfect to not go with this those little bells! 

All righty!  I hope you enjoyed yourself here.  Now you’re headed to the fabulously talented Isha’s blog!  Have fun on the hop, and don’t forget to comment as well as send in a card or two!  It’s always nice to make people smile, and that’s just what this drive is all about!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Alyssa