Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #487

Hello!   Thank you for stopping by.  This week's revisited sketch pick is Debbie's pick and it's another sketch by Janice Melton.  I actually did two cards with this sketch.  One of my cards, the first one I'm sharing, I actually started a few weeks ago and finally finished it on Sunday morning.

Before I get to my card - I had such a wonderful time with my son home.  I miss him already.  He left in the wee hours Saturday morning and he got back to Japan Sunday night.  I am so thankful he got safely and all I can say is I'm hoping this next year and half goes by as quickly as this past year and a half did.  I want him stateside.

So this first card features papers from a past Simon Says Stamp kit.  I can't remember which month.  My card also features dies from previous months Spellbinders small die kits of the month.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp that I bought during Die-cember.  I'm not real pleased with these dies, but I have them so I need to use them.  I lightly embellished with some Nuvo Drops.


Now, as I said I made two cards with this sketch.  I did this while my son was at Universal with friends for a couple of days.  I belong to a challenge group on Facebook and the challenge was an animal on the card.  So I pulled out my old There She Goes stamps set and I also used some pattern stamps from Sweet n Sassy.  This is a one layer card!


Yep - only one layer and a whole lotta thought!  It's not great but I learned a lot and I will work on perfecting this technique.  I used a piece of 110 lb card stock cut to a standard A2 size card.  I cut a piece of masking paper down to 4 x 5 1/4 and put it on the card.  I colored the unmasked part with some light blue ink.  Then I removed that mask and cut the circles.  I then stamped the plaid purple square.  I then masked it and stamped the border.  I masked off the border and stamped the yellow gingham pattern.  I then pulled off the outside circle and replaced the overall mask back on lining up the circle.  I then rubbed the pink ink on - this didn't turn out quite how I wanted.  But moving on, I removed the inner circle and stamped my focal image.  I tried to add in a bit of gray and proceeded to mess up thin lines so they became what you see.  I drew in all the black lines and added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn.  As I said, it's not great but hey - I gave it a go.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog, leave the design team some love!  Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Just Playing Around....

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am not one to make New Year's resolutions - they are like campaign promises.  They sound great at the time but when it comes to follow through the promises do a face plant.  But I am very much trying to not be so impulsive and a band-wagon with my crafty purchases.  I am telling myself I have to use - really use what I have before I make any new purchases.

So with that said, my card features the Simon Says Stamp stamp set called Beautiful Day, I think this was in the April 2018 kit.  The sentiment is from a card kit I purchased a very long time ago from MFT Stamps.  I don't think it's available anymore.  The layout is from a sketch at CAS(e) This Sketch.  I also made it for challenge group I belong to on Facebook called I'm Gonna Use My Stuff 2019 Challenge.  If you'd like to join the group, please head on over.


I cut a panel from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock using a stitched rounded corner die from Pink and Main.  I stamped the leaves using Moss Green ink by Hero Arts and then using a couple of Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol I colored the leaves.  I stamped the butterflies using Hollyhock ink (Simon Says Stamp) and Blue Yonder (MFT stamps).  I colored the butterfly bodies with a black Gelly Roll pen.  The paper is from an old paper stack and the sentiment I heated embossed with Hero Arts white detail powder.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #486

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  It's time to kick off our favorite sketches of 2018 - this week is Andrea's favorite.  It's up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog along with some great inspiration from the design team.

My card features papers and stickers from a past card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I think it was March or April.  The papers and stickers are Carta Bella.


I really should have cut a larger oval for the focal image because it gets a little lost at the top of the floral arrangement.  But overall, it's a nice card - I'm pretty happy with it and happy that I'm using up stuff before I get new.  Not a resolution or anything - but I do need to use what I have more often.  I didn't take the January kits from either Simon or Spellbinders.  Way too focused on Valentine's Day and that is definitely not my holiday.  So by not taking those kits, it forced me to use what I have.  Not a bad thing!

Head on over to the TMS blog for some really great cards made by the team.  And then give the sketch a whirl!  Have a great day.

PS - Enjoying my visit with my son.  Time is going by so quickly!  It's been great having all 3 of my kids under one roof again.

And for the Instant Pot - I love it!!  I've made steel cut oats in it, buffalo chicken pasta, pulled pork - but I mentioned a pot roast.  Deeee-licious.  I followed (sort of) this recipe here.  I don't like mushrooms so those I left out and I would say back off the salt if you use the au jous mix.  But it was really good, the meat so tender.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #485

Hello - thank you for coming back!  I have missed our visits.

Tuesday Morning Sketches and the card world/art world has lost an amazing artist.  It is with great sadness that former DT member, Jessi Fogan passed away on December 27th.  This week we honor Jessi by revisiting one of her last sketches.  Please join us in remembering her.

My card features stamps from Simon Says Stamp and paper from Pink & Main.  It's  clean and simple card, for the most part.


I stamped the base card with the leaves using Surf Blue (SSS) ink.  I then stamped the same onto a piece of paper from Pink & Main's Take Flight 2 paper pad and heat embossed with Hero Arts white detail powder.  I didn't have a solid paper that matched exactly so I rubbed the ink onto some white paper and then cut out the square mat for the focal image and the tag from a Spellbinders die.  The main image I tried using the watercolor pencils I got from Crafters Companion.  I really don't like these pencils.  They are going home with my daughter.  Maybe she can make them look nice.

As I write this post - it's actually Monday night at 8pm.  2 1/2 hours and I head out to pick up my oldest son at the airport!  Yes, my sailor son who is stationed in Japan is home for 2 weeks!!!  I am one happy momma.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #484

Hello! Thank you for stopping by!  It's time for the Annual Anything Goes challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Be sure to visit the blog to get the low down on the challenge and see what everyone made to share with you.  Cards, wall art and a hand painted card!

My project features my very small, very minimal attempt at mixed media.  I cannot let myself and really try this out.  But my daughter will love it - it's her favorite picture of her and her boyfriend.


The canvas is 8 x 10 and I gesso'd it first.  Using the Mandala Maker stamp set by Gina K, I stamped out the mandalas on vellum with die inks from Simon Says Stamp and MFT.  Because it's on vellum the ink stays wet so I able to emboss each layer, no not right, round of the mandala.  I then cut them out and glued them to the canvas.  Using my Silhouette I cut the frame out of a few pieces of card stock and then the silver foil paper and glued all them together.  I also cut out the letters and covered them with embossing ink and then added Mermaid Blue embossing powder.

I truly wanted to add so much more - I want to do mixed media with reckless abandon but I just can't take myself over that edge.  I wanted to stencil some embossing paste onto the canvas.  I wanted to add embellishments but in the end I made a hard scrapbook page that still needs so much more.

You have until December 30th to play along and Tuesday Morning Sketches will resume challenges on January 8th.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas or whatever holiday is special to you and your family.  And in all of our cultural differences, we have one in common - Happy New Year!  I hope 2019 will be a blessing to you.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #483

Thank you for stopping by!  I do appreciate your visit and your comments.  The very last sketch of 2018 is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  My card this week is a pretty loose interpretation of the sketch - but we all have to take some creative license some time.

My card features December Simon Says Stamp card kit, a cover plate die from Kat Scrappiness some beautiful embossing powders from Simon Says Stamp and WOW!  Ink colors from Simon Says Stamp and MFT Stamps.


There's a couple of scraps of paper that I've featured before from a past card kit from Spellbinders.


Just look at that shine!  The embossing powders are Metallic Platinum from WOW! and Ultra Fine Mermaid from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is actually 2 different ones.  "Sending Lots of" is from Beautiful Flowers (SSS) and December kit Christmas Cheer (SSS).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #482

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  It's simple with some easy elements and it's very flexible - it can be whimsical or it can be elegant.  It can be anything you want it to be.

My card features some great products that I scored from Pink and Main during their Black Friday sale.  I've had my eye on this die since Michelle released it last month.


This is the Eyelet Cover plate and isn't it great!!  I love it.  I cannot wait to play more with it, I have some ideas running around my head.  The sentiment is also from Pink and Main, it's from a set called Believe Script (pssst - it's on sale for $9).  I cut the cover plate die and just layered the white on white.  I then pulled out some scraps that I've had left over from one of the Spellbinder's card kits I bought months ago.    These colors give a nice winter feel without it being that theme.  I was going to two lace flowers but I dropped one and the puppy picked it up and chewed it to shreds.  I also had been playing with the die so I had this cut piece sitting on my desk.  I used it to blend on some Fog ink by Simon.


Just look at the shine from the paper and that eyelet design!  I love how this turned out.  I'm glad this turned out well because I didn't have the best weekend.  In fact, I whined the entire weekend (the only ones that heard me was the dogs and they didn't care).  I still don't have my Simon Says Stamp December kit and I still don't have the other two orders that I placed during some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.  One package was supposed to be here Thursday and the other Saturday.  What's really frustrating is I don't even know where my stuff is!  Tracking just says "your package will deliver later than expected but it's still on the way!"  Like that's what I want to hear.  Okay, I'm whining again.  I'm sorry.

Please join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for this week's challenge.