Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #566

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it is so much fun. Debbie created this one and I enjoyed it working with it.

My card features the July Large and Small DOMs and the May (I think) Small DOM from Spellbinders.


The paper has been in my stash for ages but I believe it's DCWV.  I could be wrong.  The letters I cut out 3 times, 2 black and then the decorative yellow paper.  I know the "wishes" part doesn't stand out so great in this photo, but it's looks nice in real life.

I made this for a friend of mine who's birthday is Friday.  She lives in Chicago area so we don't get to celebrate our birthdays together, but we never forget each other.  My birthday is Saturday.  I'm getting too old to celebrate them anymore.  But I guess it is one's own personal holiday.

Anyway, I do hope that you'll join us at the TMS blog for this great sketch challenge.   See you there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #565

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and even though I say this every week, it really is a fun one.  I actually designed this sketch with a specific die in mind.

My card features Arch Tag Dies by Pink and Main.  This is the die I had in mind when I made this sketch.  It also features the June Large DOM by Spellbinders.  I did some simple watercolor smooshing on the background.  I used Ranger watercolor paper and Speckled Egg, Dried Marigold and Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide inks.  I used them for the smooshing and the springs and buds on the flowers.  The gold mirror card stock came from Ellen Hutson.


The sentiment, I featured on last week's card, it came from the Flowering Cistus stamps and dies.  I cut the word you out twice.  From the gold mirror card and white card that I colored with Speckled Egg ink.


Here you can see the shine of the mirror card stock and how I finished off each bud with just a tiny drop of white Nuvo Drops.

My second card, this features on the front stitched rectangle dies from Pink and Main, a butterfly die from a past Small DOM from Spellbinders and a pop-up butterfly design from Lori Whitlock that I got on the Silhouette online store.  I also went crazy with drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops.


The sentiment is from a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  The butterfly I cut from black, light and dark turqoise and light and dark purple card stock.  I inlaid all the little pieces.  I did this to pretty match the big butterfly on this inside of the card.


This is a 5x7 card so you can imagine just how big this butterfly is.  I think I've already worn it out opening and closing the card so often!  LOL  It's just so pretty.

I hope to see you over at the TMS Blog - please come join the challenge and be sure to leave lots of love for the team.  Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #564

Hello!  I guess I completely forgot to create my post.  I have no idea how that happened.  Thank goodness I have Debbie looking after me!

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it’s a good one.  My intention was to have this be for a single layer card but you really could dress this up however you’d like.  My card features the Flowering Cistus stampedbym and die set and the Love Stripes embossing folder from Fun Stampers Journey.


I hope you’ll join us for the challenge.  Be sure to stop by the blog to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #563

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's just a great sketch.  Very classic elements.

This card features the July Small DOM by Spellbinders.


I decided I needed to try some easy watercolor techniques.  I'm not great at it and I ended up with something that looks like water.  That wasn't my intention but it's pretty anyway!  On the circle mat I used Essential Glimmer Circles with some silver foil.  The sentiment is Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer plates.  It's hard to see the shine of the foil in the photograph, but it's so pretty in person.

This card was fun to make.  Still very primitive with my watercolor, but I guess that's okay.

I do hope to see you over at the TMS blog and that you'll join in our challenge.  Leave the team some love while you're there, too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #562

Hello!  And thank you for stopping by.  Do we have a special week this week for Tuesday Morning Sketches!  It is on this very day 11 years ago that I posted the very first sketch.  Yes!  TMS is 11 years old.  I can't believe how quickly time flies.  I remember talking to an old crafty friend, Melyssa Connelly months before I started TMS, telling her how much I admired her for being able to draw card sketches.  She said she knew I could do it, too.  Then with some other encouragement from another crafty friend, Tami Mayberry, I started to work on building TMS.  My sisters were my first design team.  There have been many talented ladies on this team and I am thankful to each of them for helping me keep TMS alive and inspiring others.

It's only fitting that on this 11th birthday that we dust off the very first sketch.  Let's play with it again!  My card features the June Mini Delight - Victorian stamp set.  This is a layering set of two stamps to make this adorable house.  I also used Washi Patterns stamp set by MFT that probably retired like 5 years ago.  I also used a little heart die by Pink & Main and Sentiment Strips die by Avery Elle.  The card stock is Pale Plum and Perfect Plum by Stampin' Up!.


It's a fun little card.  I really wanted a sentiment that lent to our current situation as COVID-19 still messes up life plans.  But I gave up and used the little hello in the Mini Delight stamp set.

I do hope I'll see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave the team some love and while you're there, you might as well play along.  We have 6 prizes for our US players only.  One of them is the new Tim Holtz travel platform.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #561

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Andrea.  It's a fun one, super easy to work with.

My card features an firecracker svg cut available on the Silhouette online store, stars embossing folder by Park Lane (JoAnn's), stars stickers from Michael's and the sentiment is from a set from Pink and Main.


Isn't this fun!?  So I cut the the fire cracker blue layer twice.  One of the layers I also cut an adhesive layer, put that down onto the blue layer so that I could foil it.  I laid down this cool, faceted silver foil on the swirly bits and some for the shine on the tip of the firecracker.  For the sentiment I inked it up with 3 different ink colors.

I hope my card inspires you and that you'll join us for the challenge.  See you over on the blog, be sure to say hello and leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #560

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  A few layers only so it's really easy to work with.

I have two cards to share with you.  The first one features Spellbinders Small DOMs from May and June.  It's hard to see the borders to the sides of the white panel.  They are cut from gold foil card stock and it's super hard to photograph.  I love love LOVE these flowers from the June kit.  Poppies are one of my top 5 favorite flowers and that's what these flowers remind me of.  The sentiment stamp is from Raisin Boat (retired) and I cut it out using Avery Elle Sentiment Strips die.  I also the stitched rectangle die from Pink & Main.


This second card I couldn't resist making.  Spellbinders was having a Summer Sale that I had to get in on.  So this card features the Layered Flowers and Essential Glimmer Rectangles glimmer plates.  The sentiment is also a glimmer plate.  I used Moon Dust and Opal foils.  Moo Dust is the blue on the flowers and Opal is on the leaves.  I also embossed the white panel using an embossing folder from Fun Stampers Journey, Cozy Knit, I believe.


Here you'll see a close up of the flowers and leaves.  Look at that shine!  I'm getting better with foiling.  I am also so super excited that I successfully did some creative foiling.  The Essential Glimmer Rectangles are like layered dies.  So of course what I used isn't this skinny.  I foiled top, bottom and side of the thin white panel.  Then carefully lined of the other and slipped in a thin piece of foil.


I finished off my card with 2 different colors of Nuvo Drops.  This card is so pretty and I am so pleased!

Well I thank you for your visit and I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  The team created some beautiful cards!   See you there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #559

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This is a really fun sketch and it's such an open canvas.  Patti did a great job with this sketch.

I am so very excited to share my cards with you!  This first one features the Friends Forever bundle at Queen & Co.  I'm still trying to embrace the bright primary colors.  I think I need to just give the paper away, it's still not something I'm drawn to.


I added some small strips of solid colors on the left hand side of the card to try to tone down these crazy hearts.  Then I added the black yarn to really try to ground this card.  It's still a bit eye assaulting.  I love the sentiment - I think I'll just play with that from now on.

This next card.  Oh my goodness, I am just bursting at the seams to share it with you....


Aren't these gorgeous flowers!?  This card features the Flowering Cistus stamps and dies from Altenew.  Yes, I splurged!  I know I shouldn't have done it, but I did.  I am still very committed to paying off some bills and so far I'm on track as I laid it all out.  So I deserve the stamps.

Instead of wrapping ribbon or twine like on the sketch I embossed 3 lines.  this card is just so pretty!

Well, again, thank you for stopping by and I'll see you over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  Be sure to come by to join us and leave some love for the design team members.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #558

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I am so excited that your here.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and you're going to to be blown away by the design team's cards.

My card - I am so happy with how it turned out!  The picture isn't bad - the base is a soft gray but it is also very cloudy outside.  We got hit with some pretty bad storms and the sun hasn't come out yet.  But anyway... my card features Queen & Co Love Jar kit and hello die by Hero Arts...


I also used a rounded corner stitched rectangle die by Pink & Main and the foliage is from a past Small DOM by Spellbinders.

So as you may know, Queen & Co specializes in fun and creative shaker cards but if you know me I'm not bit on lots of dimension.  I am all about making 1 postage stamp cards.  So this card, I'm trying to mimic an old Ball tinted glass jar.  Not really glass since you can't see through it, but hey, it's okay.  And instead of "Ball" and I have hello.  The paper stack that came in this bundle is just so pretty!  The pink foliage is the other side of the gray piece I used.  I used both sides of the paper.

My card is a very loosey goosey take on the sketch and I am just so pleased with it.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave some love for the team.  See you there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #557

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is fun.  At first glance it could look a little intimidating but it's really not.

I created two cards.  Actually the first one I made last week and already mailed it out.  But Sunday night I had an idea come to me so I had to play again.

The first card features Queen & Co Friends Forever die and paper stacks...


This card started out as trying to be inspired by Laura Bassen and some of the cards she's been doing lately.  I failed miserably!  But this card turned out from it and I really like this idea.  The papers are so pretty and this can actually be a guy card as easily as a girl card.  I die cut the "friend" out of white fun foam so there's a little bit of dimension.  Then I finished it off with a few sequins.

This second card reminds me of an old technique of paper weaving...


This card was actually very easy to do.  I put 2 square dies together and then partially cut them.  I then cut the frames out of the patterned paper and placed it over the white card stock.  Now, here's my mistake.  I needed to cut that from a contrasting paper because otherwise it would've been easier to just cut the frames and stuck them down.  But!  If you see this card in real life it still looks like weaving with the bit of dimension.  I then finished it off with Nuvo drops (Silver Lining) and a simple sentiment from Simon Says stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please head to the TMS blog to join us and leave some love for the team.  They did some amazing projects to share!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #556

Hello - thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is brought to us by Patti.  It's so much fun and the possibilities for this sketch are only limited by your imagination.

My card features stamps from the Love Jar set by Queen & Co, polka dot and sentiment Glimmer plates by Spellbinders and some pink/white baker's twine.  You'll have to forgive the photo, it's been rainy which makes it hard but foil is super hard to photograph....


I am still learning the Glimmer hot foil so the impression is as perfect as I'd like it to be but this was so much fun to put together, even if I did waste a lot of foil and card stock before I got it to look like this.  The stamps are from an adorable Love Jar stamp/die/shaker set from Queen & Co and I used inks from Altenew.  The panel that I foiled is a slight gray, so we can't chalk it all up to bad lighting.


I used a pink foil on the dots and in real life, this looks so cool!  Again, I am still learning this machine and what is the best sandwich to get good results.  Trial and error, I just hope when I finally find the perfect formula, I remember to write it down.

Please head on over to the TMS blog to join in the fun.  The team created some absolutely amazing cards, you'll want to be sure to check those out and while you're there, leave the team some love and then go play!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #555

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think you're really going to enjoy working with this.  It's fun!  And if you're a subscriber to the Small Die of Month from Spellbinders like I am - this month's DOM is perfect for it!  That was lucky!

So as you can guess, my card features May 2020 DOM from Spellbinders as well as April 2019 DOM.  This card is gorgeous!  I love it and I hope you do, too.


I cut a panel that is a hair smaller than an A2 size card base.  On the base, using Distress Oxide inks in Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Forest Moss, I blended on the color.  Strange combo and I probably wouldn't use it normally, but through the cut in borders, it's gorgeous!  I just wish my photo did better justice to this card!  Okay, after blending on the ink, I die cut the borders into the top panel and adhered to the base.  I then die cut the flowers from white card stock and blended on the same ink colors, adding Shabby Shutters and Black Soot.  I finished the card off using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I am very proud of this card - it could actually be used as a wedding card, but I'll be sending it as a notecard.

I hope you're feeling inspired and that you'll join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and be sure to say hello to the team.  Leave a little love and joy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #554

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is by Debbie  It has some basic elements which means it is a totally open canvas.  I think you're going to enjoy working with it.

My card features a thing to new me.  I've heard of Altenew and I even had a set that I got free in a magazine several years ago.  I've watched "crafting celebrities" use their products and coveted their inks for years.  So on Facebook I saw an ad for free stamp set, just pay shipping.  I thought, hey, why not!  It's five bucks - let's go for it.  But then you click on the claim button and up popped an offer for 16 of their mini cube inks for $20.  I went for it.  I featured that mini set a couple of weeks ago.  Well now I've gone and subscribed to their Mini Delight monthly subscription.  This features a stamp and die for $7.99 a month.  Pretty good deal - but I do think added shipping costs makes this a little high  but whatever.  So, I'll stop boring you with my ramblings, here's my card.....


Isn't that flower beautiful?  This is April's Mini Delight - Bold Bloom stamp and die.  The card base is Ellen Hutson Black Licorice 100# card stock.  I embossed the stitched circle die (Pink & Main) into the base and using a size up to cut the circle out of the striped piece.  The striped piece is actually a retired Foil Mates by GinaK.  I did foil it with black foil by Minc.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The ink I used is Black Out ink by Ink on 3.  I did color the floral image using my Zig Color Real Brush markers and a water brush on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Then I finished it with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Strawberry Coulis.

I do hope you like my card and that it inspires you in one way or another.  Please head on over to the TMS blog to leave some love for the team, get inspired by their amazing designs and maybe play along.  Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #553

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another fun one.  I enjoyed the entire process of making this card - one I finally figured out what I wanted to do.

This card features retired dies (picked up on a retirement sale) from CC Designs.  I'm sure everyone recognizes the woodgrain embossing folder that I think everyone has.  The paper used is almost the last of what I have from this stack of paper that I've had for a long time.  It's called Dolled Up and I've loved all this paper that I'm still hoarding the scraps.


I love this card!  At first I felt like I needed to add a sentiment in that lower left corner and then the more I looked at the more I decided I love it just the way it is.  I hope you feel the same way.  This card is is so perfect for a guy or a girl... thank you... thinking of you... just a note.  It's just so versatile and so is the sketch.  It is very open to interpretation.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and please be sure to leave love to the team and give a warm welcome to our new team members.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #552

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning  Sketches and it's another fun one.  I know, I say that every week - but I think we're just a fun group!

I have two cards to share with you.  This first card is a classic!  I think I first made this card about 12-15 years ago!  This is called a triangle pocket card.  It features stamps (flowers) from Altenew and sentiment from Concord and 9th.  The paper is from a value stack I picked up at JoAnns about two years ago.  The die is from Spellbinders.


So the card base creates a pocket.  It holds your message on the inside.


Isn't this pretty?  It's been a long time since I've just stamped.  This was so much fun to make!

My next card - I really don't like making sympathy cards, but when I have to I want to make sure they are really pretty.  I am so pleased with how this card turned out.

I flipped the sketch to portrait and brought the elements "up."  I love this look of this tri-fold card.  I used Bristol Smooth paper so that I could watercolor a bit.  The stamps are from Gina K called Stippled Roses or something like that.  I love this set but I haven't used it very much because I'm not very good at stamping it.  I don't know how to line it up, so I pretty much just hoped for the best.  This turned out so pretty.  It's still not lined up right, but when I smeared the ink with some water, it longer mattered.  I embossed the front panel with an old embossing folder and finished of a space that I missed in the folder with some Nuvo drops.


Open the first fold and this reveals a solid panel.  Which for this card isn't super necessary but if you were doing a scene of say fish or more flowers this could be really cool. 


And then finally the base panel with a place to write a message.


I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  We have new DT members and I'm excited for you to meet them.  Be sure to leave all the team members some love!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #551

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and hope that you'll leave me a comment so that I know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning  Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a really great sketch - great for using up scraps or showcasing some fun washi.  It's also great to show off an amazing focal image.

I have two cards today.  This first one features a Christmas die from Spellbinders.  I actually picked this up recently (a couple of months ago) at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  Normally it sold for $14.99 and I got it for $3.74 - what a bargain!  I'll be using this to make my Mom's Christmas cards.


I also pulled out some paper that I have had for a very long time and cut the strips using a die from MFT Stamps.  The bow and the hangar part of the ornament is cut from pink metallic paper.  This was a really easy card to put together.

My 2nd card features the Magical Characters II bundle from Queen & Company that I bought to make birthday cards for Levi and Courtney.


Isn't this fun?  I am missing Disneyworld - even though I never go, it makes me sad to know it's still closed and will be for at least another month.  I think of my friend Kelly who works for Disneyworld in a call center and am thankful that she's still working.  But I worry for how much longer.

I did leave off the tag element at the bottom left of the card (see the sketch) because I really couldn't think of anything to add.

I do thank you, again, for your visit and I hope you to see you over at the TMS blog to join us for our challenge.  Please be sure to leave the team some love, they deserve your kind words.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #550

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's brought to us by Patti!  It's so fun - I love that she drew it on her iPad and I love that it looks so playful.

My card features a couple of Small Die KOM's from Spellbinders, the paper is from Pink and Main (Beach Bum), Schoolhouse Red cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and the kraft cardstock is from Recollections.


Originally, I was thinking about making this into a shaker card so I cut the sentiment directly into the patterned paper and then the kraft laid overtop.  But then I let go of the shaker idea and was just happy with the low profile card.

I am really happy with how this turned out and it's a color combo I don't normally use so that makes me even happier with the results.

I hope to see you over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to play along with us and be sure to leave the team some love.  They deserve high praise.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #549

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

My card features the Vintage Frame Glimmer plate by Spellbinders.  I had so many fails for foiling that I went with a letterpress technique.  This card also features dies from other Spellbinders KOM's.  This card screams Spring!


I went crazy with flowers and Nuvo Drops!  It's a really happy card.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and join us.  Please leave the team some love, too.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #548

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's such a fun one created by LJ.

My card features items from a past Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The stamp set is called Bee Yourself, the paper is from a stack by Honey Bee Stamps called The Bee's Knees, the die also came from the kit.  I pulled out some Nuvo Drops, too!


This was a simple card to put together and I am so pleased with the results.  It's a fun, bright and happy card - which is pretty perfect for the time we're in right now.

I hope you're staying at home, only going out when absolutely necessary and avoiding human contact as much as possible.  I have to say I am loving video chat even more these days.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog - be sure to leave the team some love.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Just Playing Around.....

Hello! Today is the last day to enter Ellen Hutson's challenge to think of our Seniors.  I already made 8 cards and here are 5 more.

This card features Stars embossing folder by Park Lane (JoAnn's) and these adorable Rainbow/Clouds dies from Pink and Main.  The sentiment is from Raisin Boat.  I love how this card turned out.  It's so girly!




Since the die cuts out 6 strips for the rainbow, automatically you're making 6 cards.  One will be sent to the cancer patient I send weekly cards to and the rest for the nursing home.


I did draw inspiration from a couple of challenges.  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches and the idea came from Festive Friday pick 3 inspo list.  I chose rainbow, sequins and stars.

Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #547

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I hope you're going to enjoy working with it.

So this week is birthday week.  My youngest son's 21st birthday is Friday and his girlfriend turns 21 tomorrow.  It's sad that this is such a milestone birthday and we'll not be able to celebrate it by going out to dinner or having a party.  We may still have a party but within limits.  My sister was even going to fly in for the occasion and celebrate Levi's birthday with us Friday and Hollyanne's (my daughter) birthday, which is not until April 6th, on Saturday.  We were all going to Disney World.  Now her trip is canceled, Disney is closed and we're all stuck here at home.

But I'm still bringing a bit of Disney to us all....


This is actually Courtney's 2nd birthday card - I ruined the first one.  My card features Magical Characters II by Queen & Co (yes, I splurged).  These stamps and dies are so cute!!!  They make 4 different character hats and because they are from Queen & Co - they make shaker cards.  My card also features heart border punch by Martha Stewart and digital paper I bought from an Etsy shop.  The bow is cute from black card stock and you can't see in this picture but the white dots are from white glitter paper that I punched out and glued on.  Then I die cut the red glitter paper and overlayed the black and the white dots.  The sentiment is die cut from the January or February small die club kit from Spellbinders.

Okay - here's the card I ruined.  It looked so plain to me after I took this photo that I decided to try to add some sparkle with Stickles and that turned out to be a huge gloppy mess!  Ruined!! The paper that came in the bundle... the beautiful set of Minnie ears destroyed!


I just couldn't leave well enough alone!  Ugh.  If I had just put the birthday sentiment on it, it would have been fine.  But no!  Oh well, I really like the card I'll be giving her.

Please join us over at the TMS blog.  We'd love to see what you come up with for this sketch.  And be sure to leave the team some love.  One more sec, before you go.  Wanna see my son's birthday card....


The card features digital paper that I got from an Etsy shop, a Simon Says Stamp edge die and some gold foil card stock that came in a SSS monthly card kit some time ago... or maybe it was Spellbinders.  It's been that long - can't remember where.  Anyway!  And to give credit, although not entering their challenge, the sketch came from Create a Smile Stamps.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just playing around....

Good evening.  Thank you for stopping by.  I am actually posting something other than Tuesday Morning Sketches - I haven't done that for a long time.  It's almost like I have forgotten how to stamp for the fun of it.  There's always a purpose.  LOL.... and it's not any different this time, too.

Ellen Hutson threw down a challenge to make cards to send to a local nursing home to bring a bit of cheer and joy to some elderly folks who cannot receive visitors right now and who may not use electronic devices to stay in touch with friends and family.  I am all about reaching out to these people.


This first card features dies from Spellbinders.  The "sending" is from the January of February small die KOM and the butterfly is from another small die KOM from sometime last year.  I die cut the "hugs" from letter dies from Sizzix that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a while ago.  The paper I used is from a 12x12 stack from Michaels and the card base is from JoAnn's Park Lane that I got when they first started introducing that brand.  the envelope that is behind the card is made from the same paper stack and my 123 punch board.  Really simple card and I think it turned out really nice.


This second card features a turn about stamp from Concord & 9th.  I actually played along with a couple of challenges.  Just Us Girls color challenge (blue, green and yellow) and the sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #546

Hello - thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and I do hope you'll leave me a comment so I know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and Debbie made this one for us. It's really a great sketch.

My card features a cut file from Silhouette Online store, a swirl embossing folder by Darice and a tiny sentiment from Papertrey Ink.


I really struggled with getting these cute little gnomes to cut.  They really are meant to be bigger and probably cut from vinyl.  But I wanted them for my card so I struggled and fought with it but I won!  However, technically a little too big for the sketch.  But still, a pretty cute card don't you think?

I do hope you'll join us at the TMS blog and please be sure to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #545

Hello - thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one was brought to us by Andrea.  It's a tall and skinny card although I made mine as a landscape card.

I have to admit this one was tricky for me - I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with all the elements on the card.  So I guess, technically I missing one of the elements which is the pink middle element (see sketch on TMS).


I love this card though.  It took me a while to figure it out - what I wanted to do.  I even went to Pinterest and couldn't mind much inspiration.  But after wearing my thinking cap for an hour and a strong cup of coffee (I blame this on Daylight Saving) I came up with my idea.

I did want to emboss the blue panel but it doesn't fit my Cuttlebug or Big Shot.  I won't use my Gemini because it's too much pressure - embossing tears the paper.  So it's a bit more plain than I wanted.  The clouds are from a stencil by MFT Stamps, the dies are from a small die monthly kit by Spellbinders and the sentiment is from Raisin Boat.

Thank you again for your visit and we'll see you over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.   Be sure to leave the team some love!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #544

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

My card features some left over stickers from my planner pages (found on Etsy by Sue Gaskill) and a sentiment stamp from the Everyday Magic stamp set from CTMH.  I also used some of the design stamps in the same set.  Dies used are from Papertrey Ink and embossing folder by Darice.


So earlier in the day I was decorating my Happy Planner and I still had some stickers leftover.  They inspired the color palette. This card is so light and airy and screams Spring.  I have to create Spring, since I live in Florida there really are no seasons.  Just hot and cold.  Scenery looks the same.

I also love love love this stamp set.  It has the greatest sentiments and fun little accents.  I wanted it since seeing Patti use it in this card.  Then my sister showed it to me when she went to stamp night with her local CTMH rep and I loved it even more.  I'm the most spoiled "little sister" in the world.  My sister sent me the set!  I love this card and I love this set - I'm sure you'll see more of it in the future.

Okay, thanks for your visit.  Now head on over to the TMS blog to join the challenge.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #543

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit. The first new 2020 sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Debbie is kicking off this challenge with a fantastic sketch!

My card features an embossing folder by Park Lane, dies from Spellbinders and an old Martha Stewart border punch.


I also used the Spellbinder Glimmer machine to foil the sentiment.  I'm still figuring this out so it's not perfect, but it's still pretty.  I guess I just don't need to run it through the Big Shot twice.  This impressed the card stock very deeply.

I finished the flowers with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in chocolate brown.

Please join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to play along and don't forget to leave the team some love.

Oh!  And don't forget - I'm selling my February 2020 Simon Says Stamp kit. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #542

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The last revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - this one is Patti's pick.  She actually picked a favorite of mine, too.  I loved working with this sketch.

My card features a stamp from the February Simon Says Stamp kit, hello die from Hero Arts, an old Cuttlebug folder (paisley) and some ribbon from my stash.  This card turned out pretty okay, but I really struggled with it.  More on that to follow.


This feels very denim and red bandanna to me.

Now about this stamp set - I did "shorten" the image by stamping one side, masking then stamping the other side by moving the image over about an inch and half.  It worked for the most part.  I was happy that my idea worked.  But I was so unhappy coloring the image and I came to the realization that I really don't like this set and I have no idea what possessed to me to get.  I felt no joy in stamping and coloring and it made me wonder if stamping is still "my thing."

So here's my offering.  I am willing to sell the entire kit.  I only used the one stamp, so it shows, but everything else is untouched.  The papers, card stock, the bits and bobbles, the die, the Scor-Tape and the envelopes.  The only thing that's not included in this sale is the little lollipop.  I will sell it for exactly what I paid - $36.98. This is the kit and shipping.  If you're interested, please email me at stampedbym at gmail dot com.  First come first served.

Alrighty - we'll see you over at the TMS blog to play along with the team.  Be sure to leave them some love, they deserve it.  They do an amazing job.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #541

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I do so appreciate your visit.  The latest revisited sketch is up and this time it was my pick.  I chose one of Debbie's sketches that I loved playing with back in July.

My card features Small die kits of the month, heart die and label die all from Spellbinders, star embossing folder from Park Lane (JoAnn's) and some paper that has been in my basket for a long time.  This as close to a Valentine's Day card as I can get and I love how this turned out!


So cute, right?  This card went together so quickly and so easily.  The results are adorable.  I did cut a piece of vellum to back the flower and I offset the second layer instead of fitting it inside and then adhered the leaves.  I am so pleased with this card.   The only thing is I can't tell how it looks - this new-to-me laptop makes the colors look a bit washed out.

Please come join us over at the TMS blog to play along and be sure to leave some much deserved love for the team.  See there!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #540

Hello, hello, hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am glad you did.  The latest revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is LJ's pick - she picked a classic by Debbie.

My card features some paper that I have had so very long.  It's called Hippie Chick by DCWV.  Some super old card stock from SU! that I honestly don't even know if these are current colors anymore.  Gable Green and Green Galore.  The butterfly is from a small DOM from Spellbinders and then I finished it off with a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Super easy card and more layers than I've used in a very long time.


I did forget to mention that the scallop is from a border die by Simon Says Stamp and the frame behind the butterfly is inverted scallop frame from Pink and Main.

Again, thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comments.  Please be sure to stop by the TMS blog to join in the fun and leave the team some love!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #539

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest revisited sketch is posted on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  I think this is a classic sketch and it's so much fun.  I mean there is so much possibility.  Windows... shakers... it doesn't have to be circles.

My card features Spellbinders Small Dies of the Month - the circles are from June 2019 and the sentiment from December 2019.  The paper is from Pink & Main.


The card stock - Not Quite Navy (SU!) and the other 2 shades are from Raisin Boat.  I finished it off with Nuvo Drops.

I love how this turned out.  I cut my strip of solid card stock and then took the dies and cut the circles out.  Then I created the kaleidoscope circles and fit it into the openings.  So you can kinda see the stripe paper through the kaleidoscope.  This is a great card for a guy or girl and honestly, with that sentiment I have had the Pink Floyd song "Hey You" stuck in my head!  LOL

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join the challenge but please be sure to leave the team some love!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #538

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Kitty's pick for the next revisited sketch is posted on Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is so much fun.  I have to tell you a funny story, this sketch was originally posted on August 6th and I actually reached for the stamp set that I used to make this first time.  LOL - I didn't even realize it until I went looking back!

So this card features things I have a long time.  A mini envelope punch from McGill, butterfly punch from Martha Stewart, decorative paper from Pink and Main, dots embossing folder from Darice and floral embossing folder from Cricut and the card stock is Sweet Cheeks from Raisin Boat.


I love this card - it's happy!  I mean honestly, who could be down with all these polka dots!  I did put a little square of vellum inside the envelope to tone down the dots a little.  I love this card - I said that already, but now you know how happy this card made me.

I do hope you'll head on over to TMS blog to join us.  Please leave some love for the team, too.  They work so hard.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #537

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by!  The next re-visited sketch is up and this one is Debbie's favorite sketch.  I enjoyed playing with this one again - I hope you will join us and enjoy the sketch, too.

My card features stamps and dies from Concord and 9th.  I love this set!!  I think their turn about stamps are the coolest - this one came in their first kit.  Bloom something.


I used ink colors by Kelly Purkey - the sad part is, they don't have names, but it is a lovely color palette.  I also used a few pieces from the December Glimmer kit by Spellbinders and some gold foil, I also used a gold gel pen, too, for some added interest and shine.

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #536

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Happy New Year to you, I hope that 2020 is filled with blessing, happy experiences and lots of crafty goodness.

The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's the first of our re-visited sketches.  Andrea picked one of Debbie's sketches and her favorite and I couldn't agree more.  This one is a good one.  I love it's openness - there is so much possibility.

My card features Glimmer Hot Foil plates and foil by Spellbinders.  Debbie gifted me the sentiment plate that she picked up at her local Hobby Lobby on clearance for $0.79!  I never get that lucky at my Hobby Lobby.  The border is from the December Glimmer of the month from Spellbinders.


It's really hard to photograph foil but I think this picture is cool!  The foil is holographic so in the right light, it brings out a rainbow of color!  The little circle element and butterflies are from the different Small Dies of the Month kits from Spellbinders.


If you look at the border, this is what the foil looks like on the roll.

I just love all that shimmer and color!  It's so beautiful.  And the sentiment is fantastic.  I mean how much more encouraging could you be.  Thank you Debbie for the wonderful gift.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join us.  The sketch was first featured back in June and we had 21 players - please help us beat that number.