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!