Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #400

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I've been looking forward to this sketch since Debbie sent it.

But first - I have great news!  I got to talk to my son this weekend.  He's doing fine and adjusting to bootcamp life.  He's a little tired of getting yelled at all the time, but he realizes it's only temporary.  I was just so happy to hear his voice.

Okay - now we'll talk cards.  As I said, I've looked so forward to this sketch, I made two cards.  I was going to make more but I wasn't feeling well so my day was spent bonding with my comfy couch.  Up first, for the girly version...

This card features Buttercup stamp set from There She Goes stamps (long since closed) and leaves from Richard Garay.  It's a little hard to see, but I did stamp the card base with a background stamp by Raisin Boat.  I colored the images with the Zig Clean Color markers.  The leaves I 2nd generation stamped them using Limeade Splash ink (Fun Stampers Journey).  In some places I didn't stamp of the ink so well but I like the overall affect.

My second card is a bit more masculine.  This one I sent to my son...

This one features Butterfly stamps and sentiments from MFT.  I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI so I can get some intense color.  The butterflies I stamped with PTI's Soft Stone ink.  Then I added some little touches with gold gel pen.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!  Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #399

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I really love this one.  It's so pretty!

My card features an older stamp set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps - Poppies & Greetings.  I got my tax refund, which trust me it wasn't much but the bright side of that was I didn't owe!  But it was enough to finally purchase markers that I have been wanting for about 2 years now.  I have coveted Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush markers and I watch all the You Tube videos when they are featured.  So I found them in several places - but Amazon definitely had them for the best price.  I got the box of 60 for $70 - on Blitsy, the box of 60 is like $170.  Yes, one hundred and seventy.  Well, so not in my budget.  I may not have needed all these markers but I wanted to make sure I didn't get stuck with brights/primaries only.

Anyway, I'm sure you got bored and just scrolled down.  Here's my card.

My card is 4 1/4 square.  I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth card stock and blended a red and an orange to get that pretty shade poppies have.  I moved the color and blended just using a water brush.  I did emboss the image with VersaFine onyx black and clear embossing powder.

I did color around the image with light blue and used the water brush to blend out that color.

Here's the inside view of the card.  I watched a video yesterday morning (yep! made my card last minute) for Papertrey Ink - their challenge this week is to put a pattern behind a window.  I can't join the challenge because I didn't use anything by Papertrey Ink, but I really liked the idea, so I put my focal point inside the card and cut windows.

Please join us this week.  And be sure to visit the team's blogs to leave them much deserved love.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #398

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm going to be real quick with my post - the sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card features stamps and dies from My Favorite Things....

I have to admit that I spent the weekend making Easter box cards for my family that I didn't get to my TMS card until Monday evening.  I still like the way this came out, but I think it needs a bit sparkle.  The sentiment is actually a long vertical sentiment so I did cut it apart to have it work on this oval piece.  I love gray and yellow together and with the little touches of sky blue, this card went together relatively easy.  The paper choice was the color inspiration.

As I said - this is a quick post.  Be sure to come join us and please visit the team's blogs and leave them a little love.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #397

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  My card features BUGBIRD01.  This is one of a collection of the most adorable birds I've seen!

Now I did mess up with the strip - it should have been vertical.  This is what happens when I try to do a sketch from memory.  But it's a fun little birthday card.  The sentiment is also Bugaboo.  I cut it from a heart die and then cut a piece of gray from the same size heart and then offset it a little to create a bit of drop shadow to give some dimension without adding bulk.

Please join us this week and be sure to visit the team.  They work so hard to bring you inspiration every week.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #396

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I love this sketch!  I think you will, too.

My card features some beautiful papers from DCWV stack called The Linen Closet.  These are way different shades and patterns from the 4x6 mat stack I have by the same name.  My card also features a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set by MFT.  The colors used are Pool Play and Banana Cream by Fun Stampers Journey and Memento Rich Cocoa.

I did stamp a sentiment inside which is also by MFT.  I just forgot to take a picture.  I did use my MISTI to stamp this gorgeous butterfly so that I can double and triple stamp it to get this smooth, rich color.  If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this butterfly came from this same paper pack!

Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to visit the team's blogs, too.

Patti (off this week)

See you at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #395

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by.   The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.   It's inspired by Jessi and I think it'll be a go to sketch for everyone.

My card features stamps by WPlus9 and Pink & Main.  I used the new Petunia Builders stamp set by WPlus9.  TMS is giving a $10 gift certificate to their store.  The sentiment is from Pink & Main - my signature stamp/die set.

I'm still working on getting the lighting right in this room.  I think I'm going to have to take outside, there's just too many shadows.  I stamped the images onto Bristol smooth card stock.  I picked this up in an effort to "watercolor" with Tombow markers - but I like how it holds the ink, too.  These layering stamps are so easy to use.  You don't really have to line them up in any special way.  Love that this is a Melissa-proof set - I can't mess it up!  I layered with Bubblegum card stock from MFT.  I then cut out the hugs sentiment from black fun foam.  I stamped the other words onto a white panel and then embossed it with a dot chevron embossing folder.  I was so careful to stick my hugs piece down so carefully and get it just right onto my card... then happened to notice the black piece that I was going to mat my white piece onto still on my table!  I forgot my layer - doh!  The black would have helped make everything pop, but I guess this works.   I finished it off with some hot pink sequins.

Please join us over at TMS to play along with us.  We'd love to see you there.  Be sure to visit the team, too.  Leave them some love.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #394

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I am happy that you're here.  The sketch(es) are up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and certainly fun!  You'll see what I mean when you head on over there.

My card features some stamps/dies by Richard Garay that I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  So I figured since playing with those stamps I might as well pull out my Fun Stampers Journey card stock and inks.  I do wish that little business venture had taken off for me - I do like their products.

I apologize for the picture quality... new craft area and it's rainy and gloomy.  I need to practice with the lighting.  Even auto-correct didn't help much.  There is a little bit of detail in black circle piece that totally got washed out.  But still, it's a fun card and after I finished it I had to laugh at myself.  It reminds me of the decor in Blanche Devereaux's bedroom.

Do join us for the challenge - it's a lot of fun.  Also be sure to visit the team's blogs and leave them some love.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #393

Hello!  Thank your for stopping by today.  I do appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I love it and you're going to as well.

Our challenge is sponsored by DRS Designs and my card features two of their stamps.  Bird on a Branch and Happy Moments, Happy Days Greeting.  Perfect for a masculine card!

I was positively inspired by a couple of players last week who used text in their background.  I remembered that I have this cool paper in my stash and it worked great with the image.  I picked up an Archival Ink pad at 40% off so I can do a little (very little) watercolor.  I colored the bird with Tombow markers and blender pens on Bristol Smooth card stock.  The card is a blend of neutrals, some very muted robin's egg blue and Kraft.  I decorated the envelope as well.

The inside has this simple but beautiful greeting.

It's a perfect birthday greeting without even saying "HAPPY BIRTHDAY."  It can be added if one so chooses.  I am just so pleased with how this turned out.

Please be sure to visit the team's blogs, too.  They'd love to hear from you.

Have a great day and we'll see you soon!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #392

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one by our newest DT member Janice.  I had a lot of fun with this sketch with all the layers.

I also fun a lot of remember what it's like to color and blend with Tombow markers.  And let me tell you, it's way better using them on Bristol Smooth card stock than it was to use them on Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White card stock.

Sadly, a co-worker lost her grandmother a few days ago, so I made this for her family.

My card features papers from the DCWV stack, White Ginger.  The stamp is from an old set by There She Goes stamps, the sentiment is a stamp by Hero Arts.  I colored the image using Tombow dual brush markers, primary palette and a blender pen.  There are little tiny drops of sunshine which was created using Nuovo Jewel Drops - Limoncello.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog - c'mon and join us!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #390

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm sorry I missed you last week - I just really needed to keep a low profile.  I had a bad attitude (to put it mildly) but I'm better now.

This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's our first new one of 2017.  I love this sketch and just remember - a heart is just a shape.  Swap it out if your card needs a different shape.  Our sponsor this week is Pink & Main and my card features Hugs Needed stamps and Hugs die.  I also took inspiration from Jennifer McGuire.  You can find her technique here.

So if you know me, you know I don't care for Valentine's Day.  Never have, even when I had a sweetheart.  I believe if you love someone, you should tell them everyday.  But "hugs" my sign off to everything (almost everything) so this card is totally me.  The "& kisses" part - well why not.  I'll send this card to one my sisters or my daughter.

This is a window card with tulle... when my mom had her wedding flower shop when I was a kid, we used to have to make this filler pieces for the bouquets from tulle.  We, my sister and I, used to call them frou-frou (pronounced frew like threw but with an f) which became our technical term for it.  It wasn't until I was quite grown up that I learned it actually had a name, tulle.  Anyway, there is tulle between my decorative panel and my card base.  The sentiment is glued to the front and the shadow piece is glued on the inside of the card.  You can't tell in this picture, but I did use my Wink of Stella clear on the hugs to give some sparkle.

Please join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Be sure to leave some love for my team.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #388

Good Morning!  The sketch is up at TMS and I am so glad we're revisiting this sketch.  Patti picked one of her sketches for us to play with.  Our sponsor this week is A Day for Daisies but I didn't use one their images this time.  My printer is acting weird.  It's printing like it's almost out of ink but the ink levels aren't low.

So I am playing with technique and a stamp set I treated myself to months ago but just haven't used it yet.  The stamp set is by Hero Arts.  The technique is an oldie but a goodie - emboss resist.  I'm still working on perfecting my ink blending skills, but overall the card is pretty and I think is a great notecard that will only need a single stamp to mail.

I stamped the branch and sentiment with Versa-Mark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used a round ink blending tool to apply 4 colors of Distress Ink.  I used a couple of those same colors to stamp the flowers.  This is where I changed the sketch a little - the sketch shows the 3 elements as being smaller - I went with them covering that vertical panel.  Overall, the card was easy to do, done in about 15 minutes and like I said, will only take one postage stamp to mail.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and see all the inspiration the team is sharing with you - they are fantastic.  If I'm not mistaken, looks like Wanda has a different fold on her card.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #387

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, it's another revisited sketch and it was my pick this time.  I love this sketch by Debbie.  I admit I look a little creative license with it, but still so much fun!

My card was very quick to put together.  It's a simple sentiment that I cut using my Silhouette Portrait.  The sentiment I got from the Silhouette Online store and then I drew the box around it so that it cut in one piece.  The rest is pretty basic and then I dressed it a little with a few sequins.

The paper is from the stack I picked up for my planner.  In hind sight, it wasn't completely the right choice, but still it was quick and that's what I needed.  I'm sending this to my sister to say thank you for the knitted items she sent me that the baby card shared recently goes with.

Thank you for stopping by and we'll see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave my team some love.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #386

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad that you did.  The re-visited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and our challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo Digital Stamps.

My card features Clyde Birthday.  My printer ran out of ink so if this looks a little off, it's because I had to trace in the lines.  I couldn't opt to use something else because Jodie is always so generous and provides our team with images.  So I add that little disclaimer that Jodie's artwork is still flawless, my tracing however, well you know....

Remember about a month ago I mentioned making Christmas cards for the foster kids in my area?  Well, normally the donation is birthday cards.  They send about 150 birthday cards each month.  I personally can't make a dent in that amount, but it's time to start creating birthday cards to contribute however many I can.  So this is the first of many cards.  I need come up with one or two designs to mass produce each month.

My card also features a new embossing folder that I picked up on sale.  It's called Multi Sized Dots - that's creative, eh?  I love it though, it's so whimsical!  The sentiment is a sticker that I got in one of the blooper packages of embellishments from Freckled Fawn.  I don't know why they call them bloopers - I never found anything wrong or off on anything I received.

Please join us at TMS blog, we'd love to have you play along.  Don't forget to leave some love for my design team.  They're the best and deserve a little recognition.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #385

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Our re-visit sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this week's sketch was picked by Debbie. I like this one, too.

I have a friend who just had a beautiful baby girl.  I don't crochet anymore, but I had started a baby blanket a long time ago and I just couldn't get anywhere with it.  Crocheting just causes too much pain.  So I pulled it all out and balled up the yarn.  I used all the skeins that I had to package up something that I sent my sister.  She knits, so I told her she can either use it for something or give it away or throw it away.  She made a lovely blanket, hat, sweater and doll out of the yarn.  I honestly didn't know there was that much yarn!  Well, she sent it all to me and now I have a gift for Andrea's baby.  Here's the card I made to go with it....

Before I go further, a very long time ago, which prompted the birth of Tuesday Morning Sketches, a couple of friends of mine and I took turns hosting challenges on our blogs.  My very first challenge was to create a card using as much embossing as possible before breaching the tacky line.  I decided to do the same with this otherwise pretty plain card front.  The reason it's so plain is because the inside is where all the magic and hard work went....

I used a pop up card kit by Lori Whitlock.  Isn't this cute!  Oh my goodness, I love how this turned out.  It's a 5x7 card, which really made the card front challenging.  But all in all, I think she'll love it.

Please join us at the TMS blog to play along.  See you there!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #384

Good Morning and Happy New Year!  We're back to our weekly sketch challenges at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we're beginning our customary last year sketch revisits.  Janice picked our sketch this week.

Before I get to my card, I have to tell you.... I did not have the midas touch at all.  Everything was just turning to sludge!  I've been working on my 2017 planner that I guess I couldn't get into card mode.  So I didn't fight with it anymore.  I decided create this card using some of the papers from this year's planner design.  I'm not usually one for hot pink but this just made me so happy and at 70% off at Michaels - it made me ecstatic!

I created this card using a die that is new.  Actually I got this some time ago and finally opened it.  It's a Spellbinders Die D-Lites die - Medallion One.  I think when I got it my intention was Christmas cards, but I forgot all about it.  I did some embossing with rectangle die and then cut out the medallion.  This is actually a two die set - there is a frame that will cut out to create a positive image.  Then I pulled out the Spellbinder foliage dies and cut a couple of leaves.  And then... talk about oooolllllddd.  I pulled out some flower dies that I got when I got my Cuttlebug.  My Cuttlebug and I have been roommates for over 10 years.  I also used some gold washi tape that Michaels had on sale for half off.  The sentiment is from a Hello stamp set by Hero Arts.

This card took HOURS to get done - but when I finally got it figured out, I'm pretty happy with the results.  It's just by the time I did get it done, dusk was upon me so the photography is horrible!

Anyway, I hope to see you over at TMS blog to play along.  My design team is refreshed and ready to go.  Just wait til you see....your jaw is gonna drop when you see Debbie's card.

Have a great day!