Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a great Monday.  Mine was OK - very busy and I was just too tired to face it.  But we press on!

The last revisited sketch is up and this one is my favorite, too, but this is Kris' pick.  She's also our sponsor and she's offering a fantastic prize.

Now my card is featuring some very new things for me.  Most are old but, the stamps, dies and a couple of the inks are very new to me.  I've decided to go into party plan again.  If you're a follower of mine that has been with me for awhile, then you know I used to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  And it was fun.  But you also know that I got out because the financial commitment was too great and I just wasn't getting the parties.  Not to mention the box you get put in and there is sooo much out there worth exploring.

Well, despite the cons, I'm doing it again.  I've signed up to be a Journey Coach with Fun Stampers Journey.  We'll see just have to see what happens.  I'm hoping to do a party a month so that I'm a little more social again.  That was the big PRO.

But here's a card I made featuring a stamp set called Bird Tweet and sentiment set called Every Day.  The only inks that I used that is FSJ is the blue flower - the color is called Beach Breeze and the sentiment is stamped with Black Licorice.


The bottom on of the bird I didn't get quite the blending I was hoping for but it still turned out really cute.  The fishtail banner I made by covering a piece of card stock with purple polka dot washi tape that I got from Target.  The vellum doily is from retired die by MFT.  The circle is cut from circle dies by MFT and then embossed with a chevron pattern embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Please join us at TMS, we'd love to have you play along.  Be sure to read the whole post, we're having a DT call.  Have a great week!  Thank you for your visit.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #336

Good morning!  The sketch is ready at the TMS blog.  Debbie chose our sketch and she's sponsoring.  She is offering the cutest snowman stamp and die set - so she also threw out an extra challenge and that's to make your card winter themed.

Here's the card I created for the challenge...


My card features a sweet digital image by Whimsie Doodles.  I did some quick coloring with Copics and layered it over paper by Recollections and white base that's been embossed with snowflakes.  I embellished with snowflakes punched from glitter card stock, sequin stars and a twine bow.

Please join us for this week's challenge.  And please visit my team's blogs and leave them some love.  They love hearing from you.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Easy Notecards featuring DigiPlayground

Hello!  Yep, that's my theme for today.  I'm here with some really easy, super quick notecards with an ombre flair.



My card features Nested Stitched Edge Squares by Sarah Hurley and Perfect Susan font by Samantha Walker.  I did stretch the square into a rectangle.  Then in the Silhouette software, I used the text tool to write my sentiment.  I sized it to fill the mat with a nice border around it, welded it together and then cut.



I then used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink by Ranger and an ink blending tool to color the base of my card in an ombre affect and then layered the mat over it.  This card was inspired by this video found on You Tube.

I then did the same inking on the positive letters and created this card, too.


Two cards - one cut!  Love the double duty.  I now have 2 notecards ready to be written in and sent to a friend.

Thank you for letting my share my notecards with you today, I do hope you're feeling inspired to create those general greetings to have in your stash.  These cards are easy to make and still lets the recipient know you were really thinking about them.

Have a great day!  If you'd like to visit me at my blog, you can find it here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #335

Good morning TMS friends!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  The sketch is up at TMS and it's another favorite by Debbie.  I chose this one because I hadn't been able to use before when it debuted.  I was also very excited when an idea I had came together - using the sketch with some creative license.

First of all, I flipped the sketch...


The wrought iron fence is the vertical element on the sketch, the center tree the circle element and then everything else is just what you do when you fill in the sketch.  The elements aren't quite layered as they appear in the sketch, but I do love the way this turned out!

The base of the card is a digital image (trees/sentiment) from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  The wrought iron and birds are die cuts from a retired die set called Garden Romance by Heartfelt Creations.  I used ONE marker on this project.  I colored the trees and birds using Distress inks and ink blenders.  I colored the tree trunks with a Copic marker... oh, I lied.  I used two markers, I also used one to color beaks and then a Copic liner to make eyes on the birds.  I'm not really good at ink blending, but I think my lack of skill was perfect for these trees - they have texture and a little depth.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please head on over to TMS blog to join in the fun and also, visit my team's blogs and leave a little love.  We all love hearing from you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #334

Good Morning!  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is Jenee's pick.  She chose a great sketch that was created by Debbie.  This one has some great layers and shapes.  Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Digital Oulet.

My card doesn't feature Stitchy Bear images, but I am happy with what I came up with.  I'm attempting to do more with my Silhouette, specifically the print and cut feature.  I think I need to calibrate it as it seems to be a wee bit off.  But I love the happy results - this card is so cheery which is what I need to send to a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Please, if you pray, keep Dolores and her family in prayer.


The flowers in the center are the print n cut images from the Silhoutte.  I got a new printer just before Christmas and I am loving the vibrancy of the colors it prints.  The designer paper is a matstack by DCWV called Nana's Kitchen.  The sentiment was made using a word window punch, stamps from MFT (Planner Basics and Bitty Banners). 

Please join us over at TMS, I'd love to see what you create... and please leave my team a little love on their blogs.  They'd love to hear from you.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Planner and Planner Clips

This is my post for DigiPlayground but if you're looking for Tuesday Morning Sketches, please scroll down.  But since you're already here, you might as check this post out, too.  ;)

Happy New Year everyone!  Planners are all the craze lately.  I love them, I've always used them - but I usually pick up cheap journals or notebooks at Walmart or the dollar store.

I've actually been planning my planner since August: what did I want to feature, how will it function for me and can I combine what I use for work with my personal life, too.  Afterall, one melds into the other, right?  So I created my planner but I needed bookmarks and things to indicate "you are here" but I wanted them to match the bones of my planner and of course, they had to have charm.



I made clips!  These are so easy to do.  I started with a box of large paperclips that I found at the Dollar Tree.  Then using the bow from Hello Friend w/3D Bow card by Jamie Cripps and a flower from Filled Flower Basket by Carina Gardner I jazzed up these otherwise simply OK paperclips.  I did resize them to be much larger then they come.  Sorry, can't tell you how much larger I made them - I just kept going until I liked them.


There are tons of flowers available in the DigiPlayground shop that would work great for these clips.  Just be sure to use really strong adhesive like super glue or E6000.... and use in a well ventilated area.

If you'd like to see more of my planner, please take a look at the video I made for my sister.  I'm no Stephen Spielberg, you've been warned.  LOL  I hope I've inspired you in some small measure to look at your cut files and make something that's beyond the picture you see.



Have a creative day!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #333

Good Morning!  The sketch is up at TMS and we're revisiting 2015 sketches.  Jessi picked TMS #288 to play with - I really like this sketch and this time, it's up in time for Valentine's Day cards should you choose to pick that theme.

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps and my card features one of their freebies, Angel Boy Sitter.  He's really cute.  I'm also using one of those many card kits that I have in a box in my closet.  I'm really hoping that I hear from a local teacher who runs a card club at the middle school my kids went to.  I'm ready to donate so much of what I have!


I couldn't avoid shadows on this card.  The weather is weird here today and no matter what I tried to do, I got a shadow.  I apologize for that.

Please head on over and join in the fun.  I think you'll like the sketch if you didn't use it last year and if you did, well maybe it's a favorite of yours.

Have a great day!