Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #395

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #394

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #393

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

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

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

The inside has this simple but beautiful greeting.

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

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #392

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #390

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #388

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #387

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

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

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

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