Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #475

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I love this sketch.  It's so much fun.  In fact, so much that I made 3 cards.

Up first is the card I had in mind.  When I designed this sketch, I decided it was time to dust off some very old dies.  These dies came with the Cuttlebug when I got it 15 or so years ago.  So my first card is a literal version of the sketch.


This card also features foil mates from Gina K Design, Smile die and sunshine sentiment from Pink and Main, Wonky Stitch die from Kat Scrappiness and black foil from Heidi Swapp.


Here's a snippet of the card hoping that caught some of the shininess of the foil and the little bit of sparkle I added with the shimmer pen by Nuvo.

This card took hours to make.  I had to die cut a lot of pieces and to a lot of die in-lay work.  But I die cut so many pieces that I made another card in minutes....


This card features the same die cut pieces and the same smile die from Pink and Main.  I embossed the black panel with the candy stripes embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  Before I adhered the smile background piece to the card base I covered it with the shimmer pen.


This picture still doesn't capture all the shine - but trust and believe, in real life it's sooo pretty!

Now for my last card - this one features alcohol inks (yes, I caved and bought 3 more colors), some gold sparkle foil from Gina K that came in the Simon Says Stamp October kit, the Mandala Builder stamp set also from Gina K and Alcohol Lift ink.


I think this background turned out so beautiful.  My son asked me to make him on a way larger scale.  This photo doesn't do it justice.  It's just so cool in person!

Thanks again for your visit.  Head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches to join us and to visit the team's blogs.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #474

Hello. Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice canvas.  You will love it - Debbie did a great job.

My card features the brand new Gina K Designs Mandala Builder stamp set.  I don't usually fall head over hills for new stamps. I tend to ponder them for a little bit.  There was no pondering on this one - I bought it immediately.  This type of set just makes me think of my daughter and my oldest sister.


I used colors by Kelley Purkey and they went together so well.  I also embossed a few of the pieces of the mandala with Platinum embossing powder by WOW!  I love love LOVE now this turned out.  But the mandala was so gorgeous that I couldn't cover it up!  So I cut a frame from vellum and also embossed it with Platinum embossing powder.  I messed it up a little and it's a little cockeyed but hopefully I masked it well with the placement of the corner elements and bringing the sentiment strip up and over.  The sentiment is from Mondo Sakura stamp set by Ellen Hutson.

Take a look at this shine....


Pretty gorgeous, right!?  I love this embossing powder.  I want to turn everything platinum!

Okay - be sure to visit the team and play along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  We'll see you there!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

In loving memory....

Hello.  Thank you for stopping.  I'm sharing a card today that was a joy to make but the reason behind it is so sad.

My dear Aunt Nancy lost her long time companion a few days ago.  She and Danny have been together for about 14 years, however, they were friends for a long time before that.  His death was very sudden - he was working on my Aunt's car and collapsed.  Danny was one of my biggest fans.  He loved my cards.  He looked forward to every birthday and holiday just to get one of my cards.  He was so sweet and complimentary.  He also supported my oldest son throughout boot camp because he remembered going through it decades before.  He will be missed.

My card features the stamp set that was in the October Simon Says Stamp kit.  This set is called Sketched Flowers.  This has been a really great kit!  This stamp is huge so it covers a lot of surface area.  My card is definitely inspired by Kristina Werner's mail art project.


I stamped the image with SSS embossing ink that came in September's monthly kit.  I heat embossed it with Glacier White embossing powder by Nuvo.  I then blended on color using Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Forest Moss Distress Inks.  I embossed the sentiment, which is also in this set, using gold embossing powder.  It didn't turn out well - but it's embossing powder I've had for 20 years.  No joke.  It went in the trash. 



And then true inspiration from Kristina's project, I made a matching envelope.

I hope it brings comfort to my Aunt.

I am submitting this the Just Us Girls challenge this week - which is to make Sympathy cards.  I hated that I had a reason.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #473

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit. The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - I think you're gonna like it.

My card features all the items received in the October Simon Says Stamp kit plus a couple of extras.  The kit is encouraging a new obsession for me.  I didn't jump on the alcohol ink band wagon before but I think it has me hook, line and sinker.  Look look look....


I am not even a fan of orange but I love this!  The focal point of my card was made with 2 of the colors of alcohol ink that came in the kit - yellow and orange.  I tried to blend it with rubbing alcohol but I wasn't getting the results I wanted.  So off I went to Michaels with a 50% coupon for blending solution.  That looks like fire!  It's soooo cool.  The kit also came with Lift Off ink which is what I used to stamp the image over the alcohol ink.  I also used the leaf stamp to make my base layer.  My diamond pieces are from Gina K foil mates and I foiled them with two of the colors of foil that came in the kit.  My card elements covered the whole card which is the sketch blown up but I am still super happy with how this turned out.

Have a great day and we'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #472

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is inspired by Carol.  It's a lovely sketch with so much possibility.

My card features stamps from WPlus9 and the Wreath template from GinaK.   The ink colors are Kelly Purkey colors - these are so pretty.  I do wish they had names. 


I just discovered a company that I'm not sure I'd ever heard of them.  I'm still not sure if they have exclusive stamps and dies and sell other companies, too, or what.  But they had the best prices I've ever seen on layer dies.  I've been wanting some wonky stitches dies and I've only seen them by MFT and they're like $30.  But this company, Kat Scrappiness, has them for $12.99!  I bought two sets (rectangles and ovals) for less than one set at MFT.

Anyway - enough of the commercial.  I'm not an affiliate of Kat Scrappiness and I'm not on the design team.  I was just impressed.

I made the wreath with some flowers and foliage images in the set.  Then I finished it off with 3 different colors of Nuvo Drops.  Before adding the drops, I did fussy cut the wreath out.  Then I cut two strips of Jelly Bean green card stock and one strip of gold foil card stock from a banner die by MFT stamps.  I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.  I need detail gold powder, this came out a little too grainy.


I cut the base panel from Natural White card stock (Neenah) using the largest wonky stitched die.  One thing I messed up on, I ran it through my Gemini electric die cutter but I really needed to remove a shim because there was too much pressure that it made the cut warp a bit.  But overall - I love this card.  I think it turned out lovely.

I hope you like this card and I hope it inspires you to join our challenge.  We'll see you over at the blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #471

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  It's by Debbie and I know you're going to love it.

I actually made two cards.  This first card features dies from Spellbinders, a sentiment from the Wreath Builder set by Gina K and paper from DCWV.  I thought I liked this card but the more I look at it, the more I don't.


The flowers just look weird.  I was really trying to go for an almost near Fall card and it's awful.  So sorry.

This next card is a loose interpretation of the sketch and I like it much better, sort of.  It features and Stamp & Emboss folder from Spellbinders called Rose Flourish.  The sentiment stamps came from this great set called That is All from WPlus9. 

I had a lot of fun with this one.  Seems alcohol inks are becoming trendy again.  I never jumped on that band-wagon.  But the October Simon Says Stamp kit has 3 bottles of alcohol ink so it got me to thinking.  Am I going to give them away or give them a try.  I wasn't about to run right out and buy more to give them a try - I mean why?  I have refills for many of my Copics. That's alcohol ink!  So I cut a little piece of felt and added some color to it and brushed it across some vellum. I liked this.  And then I added some splatters of rubbing alcohol and thought that looked pretty cool.


So I didn't want to lose those neat looking drops so I cut the panel down and layered the vellum piece behind it.  I also think it looks really cool behind those leaves - gives so much interest.  What I didn't like is I didn't have much room for a sentiment to begin with, but cutting down the panel really made it challenging.  The sentiment looks squeezed in  - but hey, it is what it is.  The little hearts came in the set, too.  I am really loving WPlus9 stamps.  I think I need to drive to Jacksonville to meet Dawn.  It's only a few hours away.  I guess I'll have to email her sometime.

I hope you like the cards and that'll you join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge.  Please be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They deserve your kind words.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Just playing around....

Hello - happy Sunday evening.  Personally, I am very sad that the weekend is over.  It's busy season at work and one of clients is so behind that I just really don't want Monday to come.  *sigh*

I did enjoy my weekend.  I worked on some projects so that was fun.  I also decided I needed to play along with a couple of challenges.  I'm pretty sure I'll never get noticed at MFT Stamps, but I liked their sketch and thought that I might as well give it a try.  I'm also playing along with Just Us Girls - I haven't joined one their challenges in a really long time.  So it was high time.

My card features the Build a Bouquet stamp set by MFT - I'm pretty sure the stamps and dies are retired.  JUGs challenge is a color one - coral, gray and one other color.


I absolutely loved Francine's, MFT DT, card so this one I tried to emulate with a stamp set that I have and my own touches.  I watercolored the flowers using Zig marker on the leaves and  and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink for the blossoms.  I blended on Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink  on the card base then did some splatters with the same ink and dark gray Zig marker.

The sentiment is from That is All set by WPlus9.  Another favorite stamp company.  I'm going to visit Dawn one of these days - she's only about 2-2 1/2 hours from me.  I guess I should meet her first before I tell her that I'm going to come visit her.  :0)

Thanks for stopping by, I would love for you to leave me a comment.  Have a good rest of your Sunday night.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #470

Hello! Thank you for stopping by. The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one.  There's also a really fun prize up for grabs, too.  You'll have to go over to the challenge blog though to see what it is!

My card this week features the August Small Die from Spellbinders.  This is a fun set - some cute little birds and viney leaves and the most adorable little flower.  I'll be playing with this one for a little while - I am skipping September.  I didn't like the Halloween theme with little ghosts and stuff.  I really like dies to be a bit more year-round functional.


The paper I used came in the Simon Says August kit.  I just loved it and wanted to make sure it got enough surface action.  I took a strip of black card stock and I actually meant to emboss that before adhering to the paper but I forgot, so I did dots of white Nuvo drops instead.   I think I'd still prefer it to be embossed but it is what is.  I just the vines, flowers and bird out of white card stock and then used Oxide inks to color them.  I am really loving the little blenders I picked up.  Made coloring the bird and flowers so easy!

My card is a simple notecard and is already off to one of my favorite young lady who is going through a rough patch but she is strong - she will come through it well and wiser.

Please head on over to the blog to join us.  Be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Just playing around....

Hi there,

So yesterday I mentioned that I was playing with the Simon Says Stamp August kit - finally.  After making my TMS card, I just kept going.  None of these are originals - they were inspirations from Pinterest. I don't know the original artists, although Tina Smith from Cards And Coffee is one of them.  She's very talented, just not very good about answering her email.

This first card I saw on Pinterest.  The original artist used a circle piece of card stock and stamped the sentiment.  Then added a bow with a paperclip.  I just wish it wasn't so rainy here so that the colors on my card are a little more true in the photo.  This is really lovely in real life.  I cut a piece of vellum using an old doily die from MFT.  I stamped the sentiment using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and because it was vellum it stayed wet long enough for me to add clear embossing powder.  The floral image was stamped on Ranger watercolor paper and colored with Zig Real Brush markers.  I tried to put stems in the jar but sort of made a mess.  I still like the overall card.


This next card was inspired by Tina Smith.  Mine didn't come out as good as hers, but I still like it.  This one I stamped the background flower stamp using Fog ink. 


This card was also inspired from Pinterest.  It's not exactly like the photo on Pinterest.  I did the sentiment strips a little differently.  I like how this turned out.


These were a lot of fun to create and I hope that whoever receives them in my donation box will enjoy them, too.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #469

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and I hope that you leave me a few words so let me know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one - a little tricky but not too bad.  My card features stamps and papers from the August Simon Says Stamp kit.  I finally got to play with and didn't stop.  I'm sharing more cards that I made with stamp set tomorrow.


Instead of a square, I went with the circular floral image.  I stamped it with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.    I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Colorista Aqua pencils.  I have to say, I'm glad I got these on clearance because I'm not sure I like them very much.

The white panel I white heat embossed the background stamp that came in the kit and then lightly brushed on Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink.  And I do mean lightly.  You can barely see the pink.  The turquoise paper came in the kit.  Oh, and I did mask off the image so that I can stamp that bit of pattern into the ring part of the frame.  I used a new to me ink by Kelly Purkey.  Unfortunately, the ink cubes don't tell what the color names are.  My scalloped border is a die from Simon Says Stamp.  I finished it off with some drops of Nuvo Drops - Bubblegum Pink which came in the kit and Caribbean Ocean.



Look at that shine on the embossing!  So beautiful!  The gold embossing power is by Stampendous, the white panel was embossed with Glacier White by Nuvo and I have no idea what brand my clear embossing powder is.

I hope you like the card and that'll you join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge.  Please be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They deserve your kind words.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #468

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice one.  I love the layers and little bits.

The September Simon Says Stamp kit arrived in the mail on Friday and I was so excited to get to play with it over the weekend.  It's pretty bad though, I still haven't played with August's kit!  Ack!  I am hoping to get some time this upcoming holiday weekend to play with all the goodies I haven't played with yet.

Look at that gorgeous paper that came in the kit!  Oh my goodness!  It doesn't die cut very well, but I forgive it for giving me such a hard time because that finish is just too pretty.   So it appears that unicorns and mermaids and the latest trend.  Every stamp company has come out with their own.  And honestly, I haven't like any of them because they are way too cutesy and cartoon-y.  So not my style.  This set is more on the side of artsy and pretty.  As of this posting, the kit is still available for purchase.


I enjoyed coloring this one up.  I stamped on the Bristol Smooth card stock.  I colored with the Zig clean color real brush markers.  I only used water to blend the tail a bit.  The background was colored by blending on Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide inks.  I also blended on some Faded Jeans but then I ended up covering it up.

There is a coordinating die set that can be reserved, but $40 is a bit too much for me.  These images were not difficult to fussy cut.

I added some Nuvo Crystal drops to the bubbles to give it some shine and dimension.  I made the sentiment using Nuvo White embossing powder - I really need detail white.  It's in my SSS cart.


You all know how much I love decorating envelopes.  I made this one.  The gray of the card base and the gray of the envelope don't exactly match, but that's okay.  I love how this envelope came out.  If I space the address correctly, the zip code will fit between the angle fish and the starfish.

I hope you like the card and that'll you join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge.  Please be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They deserve your kind words.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

Have a great day!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #467

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you're here - please leave me a comment to tell me you were.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another easy one - one that is pretty similar to last week's.

My card features Mondo Sakura from Essentials by Ellen, Need for Tweed background stamp from Raisin Boat and border and sentiment stamps from Choose Joy set from Simon Says Stamp.  The inks I used is Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink and VersaFine Oynx black ink.


I used Neenah Classic Crest solar white card stock.  My idea for this card was definitely inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video she posted a couple of days ago.  I liked this idea and I really wanted to give it a try with what supplies I have here.  The only thing I don't like about my card is how the coloring turned out on the flowers.  Note to self - tip to you:  Zig Real Brush clean color marks do not color well on Neenah card stock!  Use the Bristol Smooth!  It's blotchy and it doesn't blend well.  But my sister thought the card looked pretty so I went with it.

This is essentially a one layer card - a lot of masking and double stamping using the MISTI.

I hope you like the card and that'll you join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge.  Please be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They deserve your kind words.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #466

Hello!  Thank your for stopping by.  Our latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy one.  I think you're going to like it.

My card features papers, stickers and dies from a past card kit that I purchased when Spellbinders had a too good to pass up sale.  This was, if memory serves, is September 2017.  I haven't had a chance to play with it until this past week.  I had off 5 days and although I had super high expectations to get a lot of crafting done - I didn't.  But I still enjoyed the time off.  It was needed.


This card was super easy to put together.  I used the card base that came in the kit as well as the decorative paper and black card stock.  Spellbinders card kits are really cool - they send paper, embellishments, card stock, ephemera, ribbons/fibers and of course, dies.  There are 11 dies in this kit.  I cut two leaves from the gold foil card stock and one label from white card stock.  This kit also has these cool sentiments that are gold on clear plastic.  This card went together in about 10-12 minutes.


In this view you see how pretty and shiny the gold paper is.  I finished this off with some black twine that I made a little bow from and adhered using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  This is really strong glue and dries to a matte finish so it's virtually invisible.

I hope you like my card and you're inspired to join us.  Be sure to visit the design team, too.  They created some beauties to share with you.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Just Playing Around....

Hello!  Happy Sunday.  I made a card to share with you using Pink and Main products.  I am not on their design team, I am just a huge fan of Michelle and her store.

I picked up these products a few months ago when I was helping out at the Pink and Main booth at StampFest.  This is just my first chance to play with them.  I've been off for the last few days and although I had intended my 5 day weekend to be more productive than it turned out I am feeling refreshed and ready for my busy season to kick off tomorrow morning.

So here's the card I made....


Isn't it pretty!  I love how this card turned out.  I made a video of my process.  You can find it below.  I used Distress Oxide inks to color the card base.  I don't do a lot of rainbows and after seeing this I don't understand why I don't!  This card makes me so very happy!!

I am loving how the sentiment window, even though I intended that section to be whiter, has this halo look behind the *sunshine* die cut word.


Please check out my video.  If you liked, please give me a thumbs up and if you're so inclined, please subscribe to my You Tube channel.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #465

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fairly clean and simple one but you can certainly jazz it up, too.

My card features Beautiful Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, black card stock from Ellen Hutson and Metallic Platinum embossing powder by Wow!  When I started this card, this original intention was to create a card like the one Jennifer McGuire made.  She used the same stamp and watercolored with Distress Oxide inks.  But I did the heat embossing and thought the card was stunning just like that - I didn't have the heart to add to it.


I did emboss some double lines using my Scor-Buddy for my sentiment area.  I then stamped a white panel with the same stamp in black ink for the inside (not pictured) and the back flap of an envelope.  I added a few gold sequins after I mounted the stamped panel onto a top folding card base.  I used black fun foam to add some dimension.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #464

Hello! Thank you for your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think you'll like it.  I had a lot of making my card - my son's girlfriend said this one belonged in a store!  Cool compliment.

So my card features a Mama Elephant stamp set designed for Hampton Arts.  I picked this up at JoAnn's and this is the prize, too!


This card is perfect for a dog lover's birthday!  Yappy Birthday - cracks me up!  The doggie in the middle, I know is a terrier, but it reminds me of my little dog Charlie.  He's shih tzu.

Here's my video on how I made this card...



I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #463

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super easy one.

My card features the July Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  If you've considered this subscription and haven't done it I strongly urge you to because it's awesome.  It's a great value and I am so happy I signed up.


No video on this card but I'm almost wishing I had.  The card stock and papers is from the May 2018 Simon Says Stamp card kit.  The sentiment is from the Wreath Builder set by Gina K Designs.  This was my first ever attempt at inlaid die and I have to admit - it was a ton of fun because it reminded me how much I love puzzles.  I embellished with Nuvo Crystal Drops Caribbean Ocean and Nuvo Jewel Drops Orange Marmalade.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #462

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I hope you love it as much as I do.  My mind went in so many directions with this sketch.  So I decided to make 3 cards with one sketch!  Be sure to scroll down to see the video.

My first card features Brushed Birds by Papertrey Ink, Beautiful Branches by Concord and 9th, a die that I picked up on clearance at CC Designs and I stamped with Distress Inks.


My sister already claimed this card!  I did turn out rather pretty if I say so myself.

This next card features the Small Die of the Month (July) from Spellbinders - this one also has a cupcake in the set but I'm not sure I like it so well.  The sentiment is also from Spellbinders Small Die of the Month (June).  The papers that I used are from Pink and Main and the circle die is from CC Designs.


And my 3rd card features Bitty Blossoms by Sweet n Sassy, scallop die from Pink and Main and inks from Papertrey Ink as well as some various Copics.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


And here's the video.  This one turned out better but it's long.  So I need to get lessons on how to edit my video and then speed it up.  That way I can show you the process without taking up so much time!


I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #461

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie.  It's a great sketch that will be one that you use over and over again.

My card features Thinking of You Always by Pink and Main, papers from the Spellbinders card kit that I've been sharing a lot of lately and a stencil that I made using my Silhouette Cameo.


I really love how this card turned out.  It's soft palette is just lovely.  I used Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink and it paired perfectly with the teal foil paper from the kit.



I also did something that I have been thinking about doing for a long time.  I have wanted to make videos to share some techniques that can be combined with our sketches.  I hope this will give you some inspiration to think outside the sketch.

My video isn't great and I am working on making improvements.  In fact I've already made a very important step by getting a set up for better overhead videos that aren't so far away and will be from my perspective.  Please be kind.  :0)

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #460

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Great for using up those scraps of paper that we all have!  Also a great way to feature a large sentiment or maybe a great border.

My card is another one from the card kit I've been sharing.  This one features all the great papers that came in the kit and the little square die.



The card base is the gray card stock that came in the kit.  I then used some scraps of the pretty papers.  I used the sweet sentiment die and stamps from Pink and Main. I cut it from the teal foil paper and black fun foam.  I embossed the "thoughts of you" with Nuvo white embossing  powder.  It's a little choppy because I didn't use my MISTI and should have on this textured card stock.


At this angle you can see how pretty and shiny that foil paper is.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #459

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's soo pretty!  I hope you'll like it as much as I do.

My card features a beautiful stamp by Pink and Main.  I had so much fun coloring this stamp - I made two cards.

This first card I embossed the image on Ranger water color paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and an aqua-brush.  The sentiment is die by Pink and Main.


I also decorated the back flap of the envelope...


The envelope I colored with Copics and got a fairly close match.

This next card I decided to try a technique that I saw on You Tube.  I honestly can't remember if it was Jennifer McGuire or Effie with The Ton stamps that I saw this technique.  The image was messily colored and then sprayed with water.  I grabbed the bottle of water that had Perfect Pearls in the bottom so I didn't realize until I started spraying that I'd have shimmer, too.  I made a mess, so I had to cover it up with gray around the image and it turned out soooo cool!  The sentiment is a hello die by Pink and Main and the "friend" is also from Pink and Main.


I did the envelope, too, but I messed up a little and didn't make sure it was in the same spot in the MISTI when I double stamped so it came out a little blurry.


Please be sure to visit us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and join us in this challenge.  Also, please visit the design team.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Just playing around....

Hello!  So it's not often that I play along with other challenges - I do way too many other hobbies I guess.  But I have to share this set of cards.  Spellbinders had a flash sale a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't resist.  They had card kits at an incredibly low price so I picked up a two.  I'm still working on creating 10 cards with one kit, but here's a few...

This kit is the December 2015 kit and this card I am playing along with Sketch Saturday.


These other 2 cards are a couple more from the same kit and CASE'd from the inspiration card that was included in the kit.




There are a couple more and I'll share next week with the Tuesday Morning Sketches card.  Have a good day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #458

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit - I sure wish you'd leave a word or two to let me know you were here.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, it's by Debbie and has so many possibilities.

My card features stamp/die from Tonic Studios, sentiment (hello) from Concord and 9th, flowers from stamp set by Papertrey Ink and Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks.  The white embossing powder is by Nuvo.


I love this color combination.  It's happy and bright.  I blended the inks onto Bristol Smooth card stock for both the You and the card layer.  This was so easy!  This is a single postage card and I am big into those.

Be sure to stop by the design team's blogs and then we'll see you over at TMS!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #457

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's a fun one!

My cards feature stamps and papers from the June 2018 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I love how these cards came out but I do wish I'd spent a little more time on improving the coloring.

These are great little notecards and are super easy to mass produce.  I let the patterned paper do most of the work!  I cut the circles out using a stitched circle die set I picked up from CC Designs that was on clearance for under $5!  Could not pass that up.  I used a bit of the gold foil paper that came in the kit. The sentiment is also from the kit, but it actually says "Love & Hugs" but I just inked up the Hugs part.  Note to self:  stamp the sentiment before you glue on the focal piece.  Ha!


And here's the other one I made.  I love this color combo in the flower, I just wish the picture was better...



I did finish of the flowers with my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen that came in a previous kit.  But you can only see the shimmer in real life.

Be sure to stop by the design team's blogs and then we'll see you over at TMS!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #456

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.

My card features a new stamp set and stencil set by Concord and 9th - Retro Petals Turnabout.  I'm absolutely fascinated by these stamps.  I think they are just so cool and I want more but my budget just got a whole lot tighter.  I splurged in May, June will need to be less new stuff until I can sell some old stuff.

On my card I used the stamp.  I also used some inks by Simon Says Stamp.  Dies are by CC Designs that I got on clearance.  And I embellished using Nuvo Drops.


Using the stencil that was included in the bundle that purchased, I decorated the back flap of the envelope as well as just a little border on the inside panel.


The below photo is the only way I could capture the design I stamped in VersaMark on the card base.  I didn't get it lined up perfectly but that's because I need to figure out how to make the turnabout work on a rectangle.  It takes practice I guess.


I hope to see you over at the blog and to join our challenge this week.  Be sure to visit the team, too.  They deserve your attention.