Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #404

Good Morning! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a good one.  It's basic and simple and truly a blank canvas.  We're also sponsoring - there's a super cute die up for grabs.

My card was actually inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.  That one uses some really great washi tapes but I wanted to use paper.  I also got to use a die that I picked up probably 2 years ago on clearance for 97 cents.


This a great notecard that is easily massed produced.  I made 3 of them.  Two for my Card Angel project and one for another card group.  Hopefully you can see in the card below that I also made one as a shaker card using tulle.  This technique I saw on a Jennifer McGuire video and was pretty excited to see another use for this tulle I have in my closet.


These were so quick that I almost just kept going!  Please be sure to join us at the TMS blog and leave some love for the team.

I will be around as much as possible this week but my son graduates High School on Friday so I have family coming in and they're here until Thursday next week which is also the day I fly out to Chicago area to attend my oldest son's graduation from Navy Basic training.  So I'll be around as I can but honestly, I know I'll be scarce.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #403

Hi! Thanks for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really cute one!  Janice inspired this sketch and our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up.  My card today features I Love My Puppy.


I don't often promote other blogs unless they are sponsoring TMS, however, Jennifer McGuire issued a challenge to share a card with anyone who might just need a little sunshine injected in their day.  Post on Instagram (#sharehandmadekindness) - she might even give a prize.

I enjoy drawing inspiration from Jennifer, she's really very talented.  I rarely use her techniques because I find she (unknowingly) enables me.  I want to buy what she shows.  Unfortunately, my budget is way down on the ground and my want is way up in the clouds.  But I do like that she is all about sharing with others.

I used Hippie Chick matstack by DCWV.  I did some simple coloring with my Copics.  My card was rather easy and will be sent to one of Card Angel's little girl.  I have 2 patients that are undergoing treatment for cancer, I mail them each a card every week.  It's fun to use up some cards I've made in this way and I hope that I make a difference in their life, even in the most smallest of measures.

Please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and then share your card with someone who might need a little pick-me-up - even if that person is a total stranger.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #401

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope things are going well.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is inspired by Jessi.

My card features a super cute die set from Papertrey Ink - A2 scalloped notecard, a stamp set by Hero Arts called Let Love Grow and Vine embossing folder by Darice.


Is this not the sweetest, girliest card ever?  I love it!  This die set is so much fun.  It was a little hard to cut out - I don't own a Big Shot or extended pads for my Cuttlebug.  But I got it to work.

Please head on over to TMS blog and join in the fun.  Also be sure to leave some love for the team.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #400

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I've been looking forward to this sketch since Debbie sent it.

But first - I have great news!  I got to talk to my son this weekend.  He's doing fine and adjusting to bootcamp life.  He's a little tired of getting yelled at all the time, but he realizes it's only temporary.  I was just so happy to hear his voice.

Okay - now we'll talk cards.  As I said, I've looked so forward to this sketch, I made two cards.  I was going to make more but I wasn't feeling well so my day was spent bonding with my comfy couch.  Up first, for the girly version...


This card features Buttercup stamp set from There She Goes stamps (long since closed) and leaves from Richard Garay.  It's a little hard to see, but I did stamp the card base with a background stamp by Raisin Boat.  I colored the images with the Zig Clean Color markers.  The leaves I 2nd generation stamped them using Limeade Splash ink (Fun Stampers Journey).  In some places I didn't stamp of the ink so well but I like the overall affect.

My second card is a bit more masculine.  This one I sent to my son...


This one features Butterfly stamps and sentiments from MFT.  I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI so I can get some intense color.  The butterflies I stamped with PTI's Soft Stone ink.  Then I added some little touches with gold gel pen.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!  Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #399

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I really love this one.  It's so pretty!

My card features an older stamp set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps - Poppies & Greetings.  I got my tax refund, which trust me it wasn't much but the bright side of that was I didn't owe!  But it was enough to finally purchase markers that I have been wanting for about 2 years now.  I have coveted Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush markers and I watch all the You Tube videos when they are featured.  So I found them in several places - but Amazon definitely had them for the best price.  I got the box of 60 for $70 - on Blitsy, the box of 60 is like $170.  Yes, one hundred and seventy.  Well, so not in my budget.  I may not have needed all these markers but I wanted to make sure I didn't get stuck with brights/primaries only.

Anyway, I'm sure you got bored and just scrolled down.  Here's my card.


My card is 4 1/4 square.  I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth card stock and blended a red and an orange to get that pretty shade poppies have.  I moved the color and blended just using a water brush.  I did emboss the image with VersaFine onyx black and clear embossing powder.


I did color around the image with light blue and used the water brush to blend out that color.


Here's the inside view of the card.  I watched a video yesterday morning (yep! made my card last minute) for Papertrey Ink - their challenge this week is to put a pattern behind a window.  I can't join the challenge because I didn't use anything by Papertrey Ink, but I really liked the idea, so I put my focal point inside the card and cut windows.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #398

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm going to be real quick with my post - the sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card features stamps and dies from My Favorite Things....


I have to admit that I spent the weekend making Easter box cards for my family that I didn't get to my TMS card until Monday evening.  I still like the way this came out, but I think it needs a bit sparkle.  The sentiment is actually a long vertical sentiment so I did cut it apart to have it work on this oval piece.  I love gray and yellow together and with the little touches of sky blue, this card went together relatively easy.  The paper choice was the color inspiration.

As I said - this is a quick post.  Be sure to come join us and please visit the team's blogs and leave them a little love.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #397

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  My card features BUGBIRD01.  This is one of a collection of the most adorable birds I've seen!


Now I did mess up with the strip - it should have been vertical.  This is what happens when I try to do a sketch from memory.  But it's a fun little birthday card.  The sentiment is also Bugaboo.  I cut it from a heart die and then cut a piece of gray from the same size heart and then offset it a little to create a bit of drop shadow to give some dimension without adding bulk.

Please join us this week and be sure to visit the team.  They work so hard to bring you inspiration every week.