Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #343

Good Morning friends.  Thank you so much for stopping.  I do appreciate your visit.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is inspired by Jessi.  I love this one!  Well, I love all our sketches, but this one was super fun to play with.

I am sponsoring this week and the prize will be reflective of my daughter's personality.  She graduates this week!  I have been up and down the emotional scale over all this.  I'm happy for her and I'm crying at the same time.

Anyway, what here's the card I created featuring tons of butterflies!


My card was created to go with a gift I made for one of my daughter's friends.  She is also graduating with Hollyanne.  As these girls graduate, I am reminded of butterflies.  The caterpillar years are their growing years.  Their senior year they enter their chrysalis and at graduation they emerge and are ready to soar to new heights, tackle new adventures and follow new paths.

My card features many butterflies from the Martha Stewart butterfly trio punch.  A couple of shades of lavender, white mulberry with gold dots and white card stock.  This is the gift I created that inspired the card....


I still have a lot to learn about painting, but I still love how this ombre butterfly wall art turned out.  I'm ready to make more!

I then cut a quote from Silhouette double-sided adhesive and gold foiled it.


I am super happy with this and my daughter was pleased, she said her friend is going to love it!  I hope so.  But if not, I love it and it has a place in my room!  LOL

Thank you so much, again, for your visit.  Please be sure to visit the DT's blogs and leave them their well deserved love.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #352

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I really love this one.  It's basic, it has tons of potential for simple -- to very decorated.  Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments.

This week my card features a print and image that I picked up on the Silhouette Online store.  I believe it's by Stinkin' Cute.  I didn't use the pnc option, I just printed it off and then cut it out myself.  I then used a C3 Copic to outline the image.


I ran out of graduation announcements and still needed two more, so I made these.  The black base I cut the sentiment and used the negative space.  Before I adhered, I embossed with my new Swirls embossing folder by Darice (on sale at JoAnn's for $2).  I also used some ribbon that I picked up years ago at the Offray Ribbon Outlet (I miss living by that place) that is black with white polka dots.  I colored the white dots with YR09.  Then finished it off with sequins.

Thank you again for stopping by.  Please head on over to the TMS blog and play along.  Be sure to visit my team members blogs and leave them a little love.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #351

Good Morning!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it was designed by Patti, who incidentally is sponsoring this week, too.  She's offering a lovely stamp set and embellish pack that you're sure to love!

My card this week is a clean and simple card.  I made these cards to thank Hollyanne's dance coaches for a wonderful 3 years.  I love the technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire on coloring glitter with Copics.  Check these out!


In real life these pointe shoes are sparkly and bright... I want a pair!  Like I said, clean and simple.  I used an old tool... I'm mean I've had this ruler for 20 years!  It's a Creative Memories cutting ruler and I dusted it off because it was perfect for this.

One card has gold sequins and the other is a line of orange Stickles.  But I cut the pointe shoes from white card stock that I covered with a piece of Scor-Tape.  Then rubbed the glitter in firmly.  Then I colored the image with YR07 Copic marker.

Please join us this week and be sure to visit the DT members.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #350

Hi there!  Happy Tuesday.  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's a lot of fun.  Open to lots of embellishing or keeping it clean and simple.

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Louby Loo and I am featuring one of my favorite images, Hanging Birdhouses.


So I am a huge fan of Jennifer McGuire and Julie Ebersole - I mean, who isn't?  They are amazing designers and I learn a lot from them.  I've been watching videos... well, I watch videos every night.  I love them!  They are my night ritual.... jammies, plump my pillows, grab my Kindle and log onto You Tube.  Anyway, Jennifer McGuire has created a few videos for in-laid dies.  I don't have a lot of dies - shapes mostly, to do such a technique, so I played around with my Silhouette in an attempt do do the same.  When I perfect this method, I'll share how I did it.  Or who knows, maybe there's a You Tube video I've not seen yet.  Also, she die cuts sentiments from fun foam, so I got this stamp/die set from Hero Arts and used the die to cut the sentiment.  I love the dimension!

Well, so that's my card... I hope you like it.  Be sure to stop by the TMS blog to play along and please visit my design team.  They really deserve your love.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Just Playin' Around

Hi!  Happy Sunday evening.  I do wish the weekend wasn't nearly over.  But then again, maybe tomorrow will be better day than today ended up being. But this is a drama free zone, only crafty fun stuff here.

So playing around today, I decided to join Just Us Girls with their wild card challenge.  Any shape card, excluding rectangles and squares.  I found this cut file a while back on the Silhouette Online store - gosh, probably back when I got a Silhouette, that I've never made.  So here it is....


I used all American Crafts cardstock - scraps that were left over from other projects.  Inked the edges and then blinged it out!  I love how this turned out.  It's so cheerful.

I did turn this into a Mother's Day card - not the one I'm giving my Mom, but still a Mother's Day card.


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #349

Good Morning!  Happy Tuesday.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's so much fun.  I love all the circles and dots.  Of course, you don't have to take the sketch literally, it'll fun no matter how you interpret it.

My card, I have to say is really lacking in the creativity area.  It was such a busy weekend there was no time to play and Monday was super exhausting, so when I sat at my craft table and started on the card, I was Midas' evil twin - everything I touched turned to sludge.  So I pulled out some ancient stamps from SU! and played with the emboss resist technique.  It's still not what I had in my head but it's still a bright, cheery, sweet and simple card that will be great as a note card.


So my dreams of grandeur was to replicate a card that Dawn from WPlus9 created - using a simple technique to create the bokeh effect.  Well, let me tell you, you need to have a good white pigment ink pad - one that isn't called soft cloud.  It's too soft.  I had a beautiful-ish watercolor background and then proceeded to ruin it with the white ink that I have.  It just didn't work.  Then I tried to cut the sentiment so that I had the inked background "come through" the lettering of the sentiment and it didn't cut clean through so this is what I came up with.

Again, it's not a bad card, it's just not what I envisioned to try and share.

Please head on over to TMS and join us - I'm sure what you come up with will be fantastic!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #348

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this is another great one by Debbie.  I had a lot of fun with it and I'm sure you will, too.

Our sponsor this week is Patti and she's giving away a super cute stamp set called Balloon Animals that would be so much fun to play with!

My card today is my attempt at elegance in a simple way.  Black, white and silver.  My card features Minc designer paper by Heidi Swapp.  I got it on clearance at Michaels for $1.99.  There are some great patterns in this pack.


The background is embossed with Stylized Flowers embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  The strip, which I lost most of detail, is black and white stripe that I made.  I foiled the toner paper with silver and it's really pretty in real life.  Then I cut a tag using my Cameo and heat embossed the sentiment (Raisin Boat) and flowers (Sweet n Sassy) in silver.  I finished it off with a pewter pearl and black satin ribbon.


Here's a close up of the designer paper - it's so pretty! I used ThermoWeb Deco Foil in silver and my Sovereign laminator.  I'm still  talking myself out of getting an actual Minc.  They are on sale (or at least have been) at JoAnn's for $49.99 which is really good.  But I keep reminding myself that I still have to pay for senior photos, banquet, prom beauty day, prom shoes, the last dance team tuition and a graduation party.

Thank you again for your visit.  Please head to TMS blog to play along and be sure to visit the DT, too.  Have a great day!!