Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #525

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I enjoyed working with it!

My card features stamps from Mandala Maker by GinaK and sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  We all have our "crafty idols" right?  Some hang on to every word and every technique by Jennifer McGuire or Kristina Werner.  And while these ladies are talented, I find my inspiration from Yana Smakula.  She did a video or two where she is coloring on colored cards stock using her Copics.  Well, I thought it was time to give it a try.


This card took hours!  It took some time to stamp that one flower over and over and then to color it.  But I enjoyed this process so much!  This is gorgeous and screams Morocco to me.  I love it.   I wanted Fall, while I still feel that, too, I was instantly transported to my favorite Moroccan restaurant in Denver.

I realized when I was photographing my card that I forgot the ribbon element across the bottom of the focal point.  Oops!  But honestly, I wouldn't change a thing.

Hope to see you at TMS and please don't forget to leave the team some love.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #524

Hello.  Thank you for dropping by!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a lot of fun.  It is a little challenging, but I think you'll like it.

My card features dies from Spellbinders and paper that I've had in my stash for a while.  I don't know where it came from, maybe from a Simon Says Stamp kit but I really don't remember.


The base of card is made from this lovely light gray card stock I got from Papertrey Ink.  I've hardly used it and I don't know why!  The sentiment stamp and the flower (that you cannot see beneath my watermark) are dies from Spellbinders and the rectangle dies are from Pink and Main.  I added a touch of Nuvo Drops.

We'll see you all over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #523

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This one is by Andrea and has so much design possibility.

My card features a birthday set by Simon Says Stamp and a paper matstack from DCWV called Linen Closet that I'd had in my stash for  a pretty long time.  I love how this turned out but I must admit it took me 3 times to stamp out these balloons before I was happy with the color and impression.



I stamped the balloons using Soft Pool ink by Hero Arts.  I did use my MISTI and double - maybe even triple stamped the balloons.  The outline of the balloons and the bow/strings I used Smoke ink by Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment was stamped with Intense Black ink also by Simon.

The corner pieces I die cut using dies from Concord and 9th.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and that you'll join us.  Please be sure to leave the team comments and I'd love if you left me one, even if you just say hello.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #522

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's so much fun.  Very whimsical!


My card features a stamp set from a previous Simon Says Stamp stamps set and the sentiment as well, but a different set.  It also features little flowers from a Large Die of the month from Spellbinders.  You might recognize the flowers from a card that I did a few weeks ago - these were leftover from that project.  I also used this very cool embossing folder from Close to My Heart that my sister sent me.  It's called Subway Tile.

You will notice that I don't have the flag element on my card that is on the sketch.  Honestly, I forgot it but I also wouldn't have had the right sentiment.  I made this card for that sister.

I hope you like the card and that you'll join us for the challenge.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #521

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie and absolutely gorgeous!

My card features a very old matstack from DCWV called Latte, dies from Spellbinders (leaves), Pink and Main (flower) and sentiment label (MFT).  The little happy is from a stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.


I have to admit this was not the original card I made.  I made another one that when I finished it - it was so busy that I felt I needed a rest!  It was so bad!  So Monday night I'm making something new.  This one makes me happier!

Please head on over to the TMS blog to see the team's inspiration and leave them some love!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #520

Hey everyone - thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one - an easy one!

My card features papers from a Simon Says Stamp monthly kit, stamps from Concord and 9th, a tiny scallop die from Simon, ink colors and Nuvo Drops by Nuvo/Tonic Studio.


This card was really easy to put together.  The paper is from a 6x6 pack by Moda Scrap.  I just cut it with the die cut diagonally which gave one piece for a card.  Turned the die over and cut a smidge off and that was for a second card.  This paper is so pretty and is my sister Theresa's favorite color combo.

I hope to see you over at the blog and I ask that you leave me a word or two so I know you were here.  But, please go over to the blog and join us and leave plenty of love for our team and our guest designers.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #519

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up and this one is by Debbie.  It's such a great sketch and surely one you'll use again and again.

My card features some paper that I've had in my stash for a really long time from My Mind's Eye.  Stamps from the Wreath Builder set by GinaK, dies from Spellbinders and MFT and just a touch of Crystal Nuvo Drops.


I do wish the circle element was just a tad bigger but this way you can see a lot more of that gorgeous paper!  The border is from the flip side of this whatever you call this paper pattern.  LOL - Can't quite call it plaid but it's diamond shaped like argyle.  I just call it pretty!

I hope to see you over at the blog to join in with us!  But be sure to visit the team - they work so very hard to share with you week after week.  And if you're in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas I'll be sending you safe and happy thoughts.  Please return them!  I'm in FL.  I'm not afraid of Dorian but he's being shifty!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #518

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I love this sketch.

My card features the large die of month - I think it's June 2019 - from Spellbinders.  It also features a stencil I cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  I absolutely love it!


I hope you love this color combo as much as I do!  Who knew Apricot Appeal (SU!) and Picked Raspberry Distress ink would go so well together.  I then pulled in some other old cardstock - Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush (PTI) that I have had FOREVER.  I added some green and periwinkle cardstock, too.  This card, although I didn't picture it will pull up to expose a window for a hidden message.  I did put some vellum on the back of the wreath.  I cut out the HI from gold foil cardstock and adhered to the vellum.

I am over the moon for this card.  We'll see you over at the TMS blog - I can't wait to see what you do with the sketch.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #517

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie.  It's sure to become a go to sketch of yours!

My card features stamps from Gina K, sentiment stamp/die from Simon Says Stamp and an old paper pad from my stash.  This was a very hard card for me to make.  I don't like making Sympathy cards so I really struggled with this and I'm still not super happy with the results.


This paper pad has nice cheery colors of turquoise and yellow and grays.  When I was done I realized I picked mostly the grays so it made this card dreary.  But it is what it is and I hope my message to my friend who lost her father this past week will bring comfort and that she knows I am thinking about her.

Please come see us at Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  We'd love to have you join us.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #516

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's such a fun one by Andrea.  This one can be so much:  fun and whimsical, elegant, masculine.

My card features the July Simon Says Stamp kit... again.  I can't get enough of this paper and cute little bees.


This was a really simple notecard to put together.  I made this while video chatting with my sisters.  It was just perfect for our conversation.  One sister worked on baking bread and the other colored.  It was fun.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog - be sure to stop by and say hello.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #515

Hello!   Thank you so much for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  So the latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  There's a lot of layers - more than I've done lately, but I think you'll like this sketch.

My card features the Pink & Main stamp set and die set called Sunflowers...


I made 4 of these cards!  I am planning on getting them in the mail to the ladies I write to every week and I'm sending the other 2 to my sister to send to a couple of ladies that need a little sunshine in their mailbox.

I stamped the images using  VersaFine Clair ink - Pinecone.  I did use my MISTI so that when I finished the simple Copic coloring I could overstamp the images.  I was originally going to heat emboss but I decided I liked the bold outline as is.  I used a fun plaid embossing folder by JoAnn's, dies by CC Designs and MFT Stamps and lastly some sepia vellum my sister sent me so long ago, I've been hoarding it.  And then finished it off with some Dark Walnut Nuvo Drops.

Well, I hope to see you at the TMS blog.  I'd love it if you left me a "hello" in the comments, too.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #514

Hello!  I'm back.  I needed that extra week off to get settled into my house.  I still haven't found my mouse and there's a few pictures I can't find.  But for the most part I am back into a living routine.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's so simple!  This is a great one for CAS cards or going all out.

I liked this sketch a lot so I made two cards.  The first one features dies from Spellbinders, inlay idea technique and Oxide inks.


This one wasn't hard to make - it was actually really easy.  Let's work from the base up.  This is a white card base that inked up with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink.  The next panel is a white panel that I die cut the base layer of the flowers and leaves die.  Then I embossed the panel with a dots embossing folder.  I then glued that to the card base and then glued in the die cut flowers.

The flowers were made from the May (I think) small die of month from Spellbinders - these are layered flowers that are so pretty!  The bottom and second layers were colored with Peacock Feathers, the 3rd layer is colored with Chipped Sapphire, the 4th layer is something Moss and the little center is Squeezed Lemonade.

The sentiment is from a little set I have from Gina K.  The dies used are rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies by Spellbinders.


So I did have a lot of fun with the first card and I knew I wanted to make another one and I knew that I wanted to play with Simon Says Stamp kit again that is July 2019 kit.  Everything I used is from the kit except the ink and Copics.  This one was another easy one to do.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and that you'll join us for another fun sketch challenge.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #512

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I think it's a simple and really fun sketch.  I hope you feel the same and will join us.

My card features the July Simon Says Stamp kit.  I love this kit and I wish I had had more time to play with it before it had to be packed up.  Eventually I'll do more with it since I know I'm skipping August's kit.  And maybe someday I'll have the smell of cardboard out of nose and can actually sit down to play.  I miss my creativity time.


Look at that bee's face!  So cute!  Everything I used on this card came in the kit.  The card stock, right now the name of the color escapes me - it might be Sea Glass, is one of my favorite colors.  It's so pretty.  The paper that came in the kit is adorable and all that bee needed was some simple coloring.  The beehive die is little but packs much impact.  I used Spellbinders dies to create the label.  Super easy card.

I hope you enjoyed my card and that it brought you an idea or two.  We'll see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave some love to the team!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #511

Throw the confetti!  Blow the horns!  And light the candles!  Tuesday Morning Sketches turns 10 this week!  Yes, we have been working so hard to bring you new sketches week after week for 10 years.  Time flies by so fast and we've definitely been having fun.

My card features the small die of the month (June) from Spellbinders, a brand new die from Pink and Main, a butterfly stamp/die from the Inspire set also from Pink and Main.  Right now I can't remember where the hello die is from.  I'm in the middle of packing.  And then I finished the card off with some pretty silver Nuvo Drops.


I am so happy with this card - it's so pretty in person.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  I'm hoping I can find a better place to take pictures in my new house.  If we don't get the one we applied for, there will have be another one to find soon!

Please join us in our birthday celebration!  See you over at TMS blog.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #510

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's pretty cute.

My card features the June large die of the month from Spellbinders, some frame dies also from Spellbinders that I have had for quite some time.  The stamp is by Simon Says Stamp.  I must admit I need a little more practice with this die - but I think this turned out pretty and shows just how versatile a sketch can be.

So here's the front of it.


I am so pleased with my coloring.  It's been awhile since I've played with my Copics but I had a great time coloring this image.

Here's how it looks when you pull the tab...


I am loving the interactive dies that Spellbinders has been releasing lately!  I hope you've also been inspired to look at your supplies and how they can work for the sketch.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #509

Hello - thank you so much for your visit today.  Please leave a "hello" in the comment box so that I know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super easy one.  I enjoyed playing with it so much that I needed to make two cards.

Actually, that and I still had the 2 pieces of the positive cuts laying on my desk from last week's inlaid die technique using Pink and Main's Flower Cover die.

My first card is a bit larger than normal.  It's about a 5 x 6 card which also features stamps from the Delicate Flowers set from Simon Says stamp and some pretty basic Copic coloring.


I cut the ovals using a stitched layers die set from CC Designs.  I finished it off with a sentiment strip  and small sentiment stamp from the same Delicate Flowers stamp set.  Then a few drops of Nuvo Drops.

My next card I kept it at an A2 size.  I then cut out flowers from Mum Dies by Pink and Main.  The card stock is Apricot Appeal from SU! and then I put some ink on them - Spiced Marmalade on the flowers, Meadow Moss on the center and some random green on the leaves.


I finished it off with some Nuvo Drops in copper.  I left off the sentiment strip because I didn't have anywhere to put it.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog playing along with us.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #508

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie so you know it's going to be great!

My card features the beautiful Flower Cover die by Pink and Main and sentiment stamps by WPlus9 (That is All).  I decided it would be fun to do inlaid die with this cover die.  It took me hours to get this put together.  Next time I decide this would be "fun" - someone slap me upside my head!  LOL - Actually this turned out really sweet and girly and I love it....


Pink and green girly right?  I started with die cutting the cover plate from white, pink and green card stock.  I covered a piece of printer paper with a sheet of adhesive by Sizzix and then adhered the white piece. Then I started the painstaking process of putting in the pink and green pieces.   I then die cut the flowers out, darkened one of the flowers with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I also used a few foliage dies from Spellbinders.  I finished it off with Nuvo drops.  I might have gone a little overboard.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #507

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  And you may feel a little deja vu.  We did have a sketch similar to this before and all I can say is it's caused by creative interruption.  I start with one sketch and end up with another which results in two and I don't catch it until later.  But hey, it's a fun one so it's okay to do it again!

My card features a butterfly die from Crafter's Companion - it came with my Gemini and I've never used it.  It also features sparkly alcohol ink paper from Ranger, Pearl Alcohol inks, a sentiment from Concord & 9th and an embossing folder from Paper Studio.  It makes me so sad that this was best picture I can get because IRL it is gorgeous!


I started with a white card base.  Then I embossed a panel of Navy Pier card stock.  Then I outlined it with a turquoise gel pen.  It lost the color, pretty much, but left the beautiful shine.  Then I covered a piece of the shimmer card stock with 3 different colors of Pearl Alcohol ink.

I die cut the butterflies and covered them with 2-3 coats of Platinum embossing powder by Wow! and adhered to the inked panel.  This photo makes the blue panel and the inked panel look like it's clashing but honestly, IRL it works so well together.  I finished it off with a sentiment strip of Elephant Gray card stock with the Platinum embossing powder.  In hindsight, it should have been in white.


This angle shows all the shine and loveliness going on and you see the sentiment.

I hope to see you at the TMS blog - be sure to stop by and play along and leave some love for the team.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #506

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by and to those who left comments, thank you for taking a few extra minutes to leave your kind words.  It's appreciated.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is a fun one by Debbie.  I enjoyed it so much that I made two cards.

I will be helping out Pink and Main at Stampfest in Kississimee at the end of the month.  Michelle entrusted the make 'n take to me.  She sent me all the supplies needed for it and I decided to play a bit further.  So my cards feature Pink and Main stamps and dies from the May release.

This first card features the new flower cover die and the pansy die.


My daughter said it's pretty, but she couldn't really tell what it was.  So I guess from that perspective my color choices weren't the best.  I still like this card.  I love love love this cover die!  My card also features pattern paper from Pink and Main, oval dies from CC Designs, hello die from Hero Arts and Nuvo drops.

This second card, I turned it 45 degrees.  It features an older cover die (eyelet), Bright Side stamp set that I colored with Copics and lots of Nuvo drops!



The strip of decorative paper is from CC Designs.  I really loved playing with all the Nuvo Drops!  This card is sooo happy!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog - I can't wait to see what you make with Debbie's sketch.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #505

Hello - thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's a really fun one.  It can be a little overwhelming at first glance, but I promise you, it's really easy.

I had fun making my card.  It features stamps and coordinating dies from MFT Stamps - these are retired.  But any floral image you may have will work.  The sentiment stamps are from WPlus9, a set called That is All.  I also used a die from Simon Says Stamp to cut the arch our of the card and acetate window sheet by JudiKins.


Other supplies:  Embossing folder by Darice, label dies from Spellbinders, Nuvo Drops and I colored the flowers using colored pencils and gamsol.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #504

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I like all the elements on this sketch and honestly I think I designed around all the Nuvo Drops I have.  LOL

My card features this adorable stamp and embossing folder combo that I found at Michaels for $2.  Who can pass that up?  I also used a couple of my Spellbinders dies, some heart sprinkles by Doodlebug Designs and lots of Nuvo Drops - well, in 3 colors anyway.


I embossed a panel with the folder.  Its orientation is meant for a portrait card, but the sketch is landscape and  I wanted to keep it that way for sketch and to ensure I have enough room on the card for all the elements.  So I just moved it over, lined up the design and ran it through my Cuttlebug again.  It did put a line in the paper but that's easily disguised.  Then I lightly ran an ink pad over the embossed panel so that only the embossed part would pick up a bit of ink.  I stamped the fox and colored him with just a few Copic colors and then fussy cut it out.  The rest of the elements are left overs from a past Simon Says Stamp kit.  I think the border die I used is from MFT but I don't remember - it might be from CC Designs.  Nevertheless, it's retired wherever it's from.

I hope to see you at TMS blog with your creation.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #503

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  I would really appreciate you leaving me a comment, even if you just say hi so that I know you were here.  The latest sketch is at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Andrea.  I think you're going to enjoy this sketch - I sure did.

My card features stamps and paper from the May 2019 Simon Says Stamp kit.  This is a gorgeous kit that I'm sure is sold out by now, but the elements are available separately.


I tried my very best to watercolor the flower in the center like the flowers/butterflies on this paper by Moda Scrap.  It is stunning.  I came a little close.  Honestly I think I would have needed liquid watercolors to get that right color match.  But I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  Instead of putting the sentiment in another box I just stamped it directly onto the card base.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join us.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #502

Hello and thank you for stopping by today.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is one of Debbie's.  It's a fun sketch and I enjoyed taking it fairly literal.

My card features a Park Lane big dots embossing folder (which is the prize this week) and stamps from WPlus9 and Concord and 9th.  It's a simple card but I really love how this turned out and this red card stock, which is from Fun Stampers Journey, is a perfect red!


This card was really easy to put together.  I embossed the base to give that texture and omitted the remaining layers.  I also omitted the twine/ribbon element but only because when I laid out the main panel, I forgot to leave room for it.

I stamped the flowers on some die cut circles using Hero Arts ink.  These made some super easy, very quick notecards.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and again, thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #501

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun and easy.

My card features stamps from Simon Says Stamps and sentiment stamps from WPlus9.  My card started out with making the background.  I die cut circles from masking paper and placed on some Neenah Solar White card stock.  I then blended on Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  This matches perfectly to a gift bag I bought at Walmart. 


Do you ever just create a card that you truly love?  Well, I think this sketch is one that you would go to again and again, so I say, make your card interchangeable.  Make up a bunch of sentiments and then when you need a card just slap on the appropriate sentiment.  My second card is the exact same base but it's a get well card.


I don't usually do bright colors but this one actually worked for me!  I love this.  And if you know me, you know that in my world polka dots are a color.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 29, 2019

And the winner is....

Hello!  Happy Monday.  I don't know about you but the weekend sure went by very quickly.  It's been pretty busy at my house.  My daughter moved back home so we needed to find room for her stuff.  But honestly I'd rather be a little cramped in my tiny townhouse just to have my girl home.  We'll be looking for a house to move into this summer.

I wanted to thank everyone that visited my blog and played along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  The winners have been posted and the winner from my blog is....

#7 Catnip and Kitty Whiskers
** Cartwheels ** Whoo-hoo ** Yippeee **

Congratulations Cat!  Please email me at tuesdaymorningsketches at gmail dot com and enter "Winner TMS #500 Melissa's prize" in the subject box.

Have a great Monday and I hope to see you again real soon.  We have a great sketch coming up and I'm sure you're going to love it!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #500

Hello!  Thank you for celebrating with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This is our 500th sketch challenge and it is quite a milestone!  We're so excited about this accomplishment that we decided to have a blog hop.  Be sure to start (and end) with Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

I'm Melissa and I've been on the Tuesday Morning Sketches team for almost 10 years.  I started the team with my sisters being my design team - it actually started before that with friends Joni and Gabby on our personal blogs.  I love this challenge blog, it's been my pleasure to bring you sketches to spark your creativity.  Our sketch this week is a little challenging at first glance, but really it's super easy and open to so much possibility with stamps, dies and borders.  Here's my card and it features stamps from April 2019 Simon Says Stamps kit and dies from Crafter's Companion.  My card is really simple but I love this color combo and if you know me, I'm all about making cards that mail with a single stamp.



The prize I am offering is....

Spellbinders 2019 Small Die kit of the month

Be sure to comment here and link up your creation on the TMS blog to be considered for prizes.  Yes!  You can win here on my blog and the TMS blog.

The next stop on the blog hop is...  Patti.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #499

Hello! And thank you for stopping by.  Our sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one for layers, windows, frames or even a filmstrip for a scrapbook page.

My card features the card stock and stickers that was part of the April Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  I love this paper - I don't know what color it is - but it's gorgeous.


I cut a strip of 2 1/8 x 5 1/2 inch white card stock and then cut squares out of it.  It's not perfect but I'm not perfect so it's okay.  I then cut smaller squares to be be the back drop for the stickers.  I used squares layering dies by Tonic Studios.  The 3 elements are stickers from the kit.  And then I embossed some lines using my Scor-Buddy.  This is such a super easy notecard.  So easy, that I made another in minutes while chatting with my sister.


Same concept - I just covered up two of the windows with one sticker.

I hope these cards provide some inspiration and we'll see you over at the TMS blog.  We have a guest designer this week, too.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #498

Hello friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another great one by Debbie.  Lots of design elements with so many possibilities.

My card features stamps from the latest stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  Inks from Tonic Studios - Nuvo Inks.  I colored in the sentiment using 2 shades of yellow Copic markers.


I absolutely love the texture from the dots and the embossing folder.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #497

Hey everyone!  Thank you for stopping by blog - I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one!  So much open space for your creativity.

My card features the Amazing stamp set from March 2019 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I love the art work - it's so retro.  The butterfly stamp/die is from Pink and Main and the sentiment label is from Spellbinders.  The sentiment, in full says, "Have I told you lately that you're amazing?" - well all that wouldn't fit so I blocked it all out and just inked up "amazing."


The technique is called Joseph's Coat - it's been around for a long time.  I know I did something like this when I first joined Stampin' Up! 21 years ago.  I used Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth card stock.  I blended on 3 colors that I honestly can't remember what they were - Peacock Feathers was one of them.  I then stamped the images and clear embossed them.  Then I covered the whole panel with Chipped Sapphire.  Once it was fairly dry I buffed the ink off of the images to brighten them up.

I got this new embossing folder at Joann's - 50% off so I used it on the pink panel.  I love how this turned out!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #496

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I must confess, I honestly put this sketch together drawing inspiration from dies by Spellbinders.  But you know what?  You don't need these dies to make a beautiful card.  Just check out what the design team did with this sketch.

My cards, however, feature the dies.  Here's the card the right way - this will make more sense in a minute.


This card also features paper received in a Simon Says Stamp kit and stamps from Gina K Original Wreath builder set and the mini wreath builder set.   The base card is Sweet Cheeks from Raisin Boat (no longer available). 

Now, this next card is how Spellbinders intended the die - but I made this to follow sketch but I didn't emboss the panels correctly so it has to be the "backwards" version of the sketch.  I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder.


Then when you open the card - you reveal the sentiment.  This is from a more recent die set - January Large Die set.  ~Maybe it was December.  Whatever!  So the die is a large word die and I had to cut it to fit on the circle but I think it turned out great!


I hope you enjoy my cards and it inspires you to create something beautiful.  Like I said, you don't need these dies to create a card using this week's sketch but if you have it, use it.  If you'd like to make this card and don't have the dies there are some great tutorials on You Tube, like this one from my old pal Lindsay Weirich.

See you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #495

Hi!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one.  I think you'll enjoy it.

My card features washi tape from my stash and various dies from Spellbinders.  I forgot the sentiment part of the card - but honestly, I think it's okay.


I cut the dark blue base at 4 x 5 1/4.  I then cut strips of light white card stock at 7/8" x 5" and covered the strips with washi tape.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from different colors of card stock and then colored a little bit of detail on with my Copics.  It was a little difficult to glue stuff onto washi tape - it was slick.  So when I was done I put some weight onto the card until the glue dried.  I added a touch more detail with some Nuvo drops.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #494

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by!  The newest sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this one is a fun sketch by Debbie.  So much possibility.

My card features some dies from the March large die kit from Spellbinders.  Love these butterflies!


It also features some leftover paper from a previous Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The sentiment is from Spellbinders - the very first small die of the month kit I ever got.   I did forget the 3 elements on the right side of the sketch but with all the polka dots from the paper, it was probably a good thing I forgot them.

This was a really easy card to put together and not a single stamp anywhere.  I like being able to use my dies.  I'm afraid they'd go forgotten, if I didn't push myself to use them as often as I could.

Well, please join us over at the TMS blog - leave some love for the team.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #493

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a lovely sketch.  I could have played with this one for hours!  I had so many ideas.  Of course, this could be from lack of creativity for nearly a week.  I actually just out of the hospital a few days ago.  Monday night I had a gallbladder attack which resulted in having it removed on Wednesday.  I came home Thursday and will finally go back to work tomorrow.  I got creative on Sunday while chatting with my sisters.  I didn't get far and had to take a 2 hour nap but it felt great to play.

My cards features card stock and stickers that came in the March Simon Says Stamps kit.  Truth be told, this is probably another one that I should have passed on but since I didn't, I vowed to use it.  Here's what I came up with.


As I said, I used card stock that came in the kit so I'm not sure of the color names.  The stickers came from the sticker sheet.  I did lightly add some Lucky Clover ink to sort of halo the sentiment.  The "happy" part is a stamp from a previous SSS kit.  I never really thought about layering stickers before but I think this turned out great.


The cards feature dies from Papertrey Ink and CC Designs.  The embossing folder used is by Darice.  These cards were so easy to put together.  It went relatively quickly when I figured out what I was doing.

 I don't usually make St. Patrick's day cards - I'm not Irish.  But these turned out great and will be sent to the two patients I send cards to weekly.  Maybe they celebrate this festive occasion.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #492

Hello!  And thank you for stopping by my blog.  The last revisited sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches and this is Patti's pick.  I have to say, this is a pretty great sketch.  I challenge you to not take it so literally or if you do, really make it pop.

My card features a past stamp set from one of Simon Says Stamps monthly kits.  I think it was probably June or July.  Remember when I said I need to be careful with money?  Really think about the kits and will I use them.  Well, this one I should have re-thought.  I think I liked the extras better.  If anyone wants this stamp set - let's talk.


My neighbor's daughter turned 14 last week and she's really into marine biology so this card is fitting for her.  I did some gorgeous ink blending using Bristol Smooth paper and 3 Distress Oxide Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood and Twisted Citron.  I love how my blending turned out.  Then using a circle die I cut out 3 apertures.  I took another piece of Bristol Smooth and put it behind my inked panel and with a pencil I lightly traced the circles so that I knew where to stamp.  The mermaid actually spans the left and right circles but I hope I'm giving the illusion of one mermaid swimming down and only her tail is in view and the other is swimming by so you can see her sweet face.  Then I added a cute little sea turtle.  I colored these with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush.

I did cut my ink blended panel using the wonky stitch die by Kat Scrappiness.  I embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black card stock using Hero Arts White detail powder.  I stamped just a few more elements from the stamp set on to the inked panel.  Ella loved it!

I hope you enjoy my card and that you'll join us this week.  Please head on over to the TMS blog - I'll meet you there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #491

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog. The latest revisited sketch is up on the TMS blog - this one is by Debbie.

My card features the small die of the month club from Spellbinders - I think from December.  But honestly, I can't remember which month.  Time runs into each other for me.  I die cut these flowers and leaves from watercolor paper and then colored them with Distress inks.


The centers of the flowers are Crystal Drops by Nuvo.  I also used the eyelet coverplate from Pink and Main.  I think this card screams Spring!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #490

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by. The latest favorite sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week is Lori's favorite - but if I'm honest, it's another favorite of mine, too.

My card features the new Everyday Bouquet turnabout stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I splurged a bit and treated myself to the toolkit they released earlier this month.  That beautiful box contains some really great stuff!!


I'm still stuck on this blue and gray color palette.  I love it!  The turnabout was stamped with Sea Glass, Surf Blue and Fog inks by Simon Says Stamp and Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink.  I'm writing to SSS about the Sea Glass ink, I'm thinking it's not supposed to be light.  I stamped it 3 times and you still can't see it very well.  The flowers are dies that also came in the toolkit.  I die cut them from white and then used Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone Oxide inks to colors those.  I had them leftover from a previous project that I was playing with.

I did color a piece of card stock with Surf Blue which is almost the same as Peacock Feathers.  I used that to make the mat piece and the little square element.  I didn't realize until I cut the white piece that it actually cuts a teeny tiny frame so I colored that with Fog ink.

Finally, the banner pieces I cut from scallop border die from Simon Says Stamp and the flag piece is embossed with a die from CC Designs.  The sentiment is from another Concord and 9th stamp set.

I hope you like my card as much as I do!  Please visit us at TMS, the team made some pretty fantastic cards.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #489

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  LJ's sketch pick is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this one is a great sketch by Debbie.

My card features stamps from the Mini-Wreath Builder set by Gina K and a background stamp that was in the August Simon Says Stamp kit.


This card was fun to make - I was actually just stamping mindlessly.  I had nothing going on in my head, no ideas forming, just stamping.  At first I was just playing with the little wreath and I think I was video chatting with my son.  I wasn't even really paying attention to what colors I used.  I used 2 shades of gray, a beautiful purple and this really nice blue.  Then I grabbed a couple of my Gelly Roll pens and added some dots.  I love the little roses and it made me think of the background stamp and I don't think I'd used but maybe one time before.  So staying with the color theme I stamped my panels.  I placed them onto a scratch piece of card stock to cut the circle and then adhered them to a gray A2 size card base.  Then added a little bow using white/gray baker's twine.  I think I finished the card when I was Facetiming with my sister the next day.

It was quite relaxing to make!

We'll see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to visit the team.  They made some really great cards!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #488

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visits - I would love it if you left a comment to let you me know you were here.  The latest revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this week is Jenee's pick.  I love this sketch, too.

My card features lots of dies.  Some of the newest ones from Concord and 9th, flowers are from Spellbinders, stitched oval and the tag are from CC Designs.  I die cut them all out of white card stock and colored them using various colors of Distress Oxide inks.  The sentiment is from Believe Script by Pink and Main.



In hindsight, I do wish I'd embossed the tag panel to give this card a bit more texture.  But other than that, I'm pretty happy with it.  My go to colors lately are teal, turquoise and purple.

Please join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - I'm sure you'll this sketch a lot, too.  Please leave some love for the team, they work so hard to bring you inspiration.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Just playing around....

Hello,

Thank you for stopping by.  This week's challenge on the Facebook group "I'm going to use up my stuff 2019" is watercolor.  These were the easiest cards to make, especially using the sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch

This isn't exactly how I started to make this card.  I intended to emboss the sentiment but there was just way too much pressure in the Gemini that it cut part of the paper and the rubber mat!  So I just went with it, cut the sentiment - which is a small die of the month from Spellbinders.   I used Distress Ink and Ranger watercolor paper.  The colors are used are Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.


And since I made one, I decided to make two.


Thanks for stopping by!