Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #582

 Hello and thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I thoroughly enjoyed playing with it!

My cards... yes, I said cards!  I made two.  My cards feature the November Large Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  This die set brought back my love of stitching.  My first crafts I started doing as a pre-teen was counted cross stitch.  This isn't counted cross stitch but was fun playing with a needle and thread.

This first card I used paper from an old Christmas 12x12 pack designed by Heidi Swapp.  I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, a wonky stitched oval die from Kat Scrapiness and a sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp.


This card, I mean, in real life this card is a show stopper!  My sister was left speechless.  So that's a great compliment, right?  I used gold and silver metallic embroidery floss, gold and silver foil card stock and finished it off with some Nuvo drops and a gold half bead.


I took this picture so you hopefully can see all the shine and the embossing I did on that smaller silver panel.  Embossing foil card stock is so effective - it captures the detail so well!


The corner pieces I cut from the other die that's in this set - it's a border.  I'm sure you've seen these on Instagram or if you follow Jennifer McGuire closely.  

Anyway, I appreciate your visit.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog playing along with us.  Leave the team some love.  And Happy Thanksgiving to you all in the US.  I hope your holiday week is filled with blessing and love.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #581

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's one for one of the hottest trends right now.  Slimline card.  This is the 2nd one we've featured on the blog but I have to admit, I'm still struggling with it.  To be honest, I'm not a fan.

My card features some flower dies and border die from Pink and Main and a sweet sentiment my sister sent me in a goodie box from CTMH.  This is a really simple note card, I like it but I am not a fan of this slimline style.


It's hard to photograph, too!

Anyway, I'll stop complaining.  I cut some squares from a pack of paper that I got in a Simon Says Stamp monthly kit awhile back.  I then die cut the flowers from white cardstock and adhered to squares.  As I said, this is an easy note card with lots of white space.  And I adore the sentiment!

Please join us at the TMS blog - the design team did a way more amazing job with the sketch.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #580

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  Simple elements with so much possibility.  That's my kind of sketch!

If you know me, then you know I am a sucker for a snowman.  I love those adorable, fluffy, frozen creatures in just about any shape, size or form.  So you know when the Small Die of the Month for November was sneak peeked from Spellbinders, I was not skipping this month's kit!  I was happy that it came in the mail Saturday so that I could play with it right away!


I kept this card fairly simply.  I used that same Winter Wonderland paper pack that I used a couple of weeks ago, partly because it was still on my desk, but mostly because it couldn't have been more perfect for how I wanted this card to look.  I used the stitched rectangle dies from Pink and Main to cut out the paper panel.  For the circle element, I used the stitched slope dies from Kat Scrappiness, then layered those onto a piece of vellum.  Then I cut the circle out using stitched circle dies also from Pink and Main.  I used an older Small DOM set for the sentiment.

I think this turned out great!  Was really easy to put together, even with all the little pieces to the snowman.

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #579

 Hello - thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice sketch.  I have to say when I designed this sketch I was thinking snowflakes and ornaments but when I sat down to work on this card, I couldn't get what I was thinking out onto paper.

This card features a cute svg owlurkey I found in the Silhouette online store, the paper is more digital paper from that same Fall #2 pack by Echo Park I used last week.  I have to say this card is not as cute as last week.  I just really struggled with paper crafts over the weekend.  And I forgot to photo the inside that has a super cute large sentiments that says "in owl things give thanks."


The turkey is adorable but the card is just lacking something.  Oh well, thank God I have a team that is amazing and they'll outshine my card hand over fist!

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #578

 Hello!  Thank you so much for your visit.  I am so happy that you're here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice one.  I love the many ways one can do color blocking.  This sketch is a good one to use up scraps.

My card features elements from a pop up box card by Lori Whitlock.   It's call Fall Fox.  The paper is digital paper by Echo Park, Fall #2 that I found on Snap Click Supply.  I love Echo Park papers but they aren't so readily available in my area, so I do love being able to print them.  I am not one to keep scraps around much, they make me crazy.  The sentiment, the 'happy' is from a set by Simon Says Stamp and the 'thoughts' is from a set by Concord & 9th.  I did make one just plain and found that to be flat so inking all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink really made this pop.


I did do one of the blocks wrong per the sketch, but that's okay, it still basically worked.  Isn't this cute?!  I love how this turned out. 

I do hope you'll join us with this fun little challenge.  Please hop on over to the blog and leave some love for the team, too.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #577

 Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This is a really simple one with basic elements.  You will only be limited by your imagination!

My card features the June (I think) Mini-Delights stamp/die set from Altenew, dies from Kat Scrappiness and Simon Says Stamp and super cute Winter Delight paper from Echo Park.


I think this card turned out really pretty.  But let's talk about the insanities of this card.  I have actually been thinking about how to get this one out of my head and onto paper.  It really is crazy.  First let's talk about this house.  It's a 2 layer stamp.  I stamped the first part of the house with Soft Pool Ink (Hero Arts).  I then applied the 2nd stamp (roof, door and shutters) onto my MISTI and stamped the image on some Masking Paper by Inkadinkadoo.  Does this stuff not have a long shelf life?  It didn't stick hardly at all!  Anyway, I cut tweenie-weenie masks to get blue roofs and red shutters.  Then proceeded to decorate with teenie-weenie lights using 4 colors of Nuvo Drops.  While those were drying, I got to die cutting.... I used the Kat Scrappiness winter coverplate for the base.  I used the wonky stitched mats for my scene.  I also die out a masking sheet of that, too, cut out the inside so I could mask off the stitching and ink blend on the 2 shades of blue.  I also die cut the trees from another set I have Kat Scrappiness and then finally created snowdrifts using stitched border dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I finished this off with some "snow" on the roof and the trees using white Nuvo Drops.


Then crazy wasn't crazy enough until I got a wisp of smoke coming out of the chimney using a bit of cotton ball.  

As I said, I'm pretty pleased with this card.  It really needs a sentiment and I don't have one appropriate.  It needs to say "Home for the Holidays."  I don't have a stamp like that, but rest assured I'll get it on there somehow.

Thanks, again, for stopping by.  Now head on over to the TMS blog.  Leave some love for the team, check out what they made and then join in the fun.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #576

 Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really simple one.  It's a great one for CAS cards or some interesting cut edges.  Let your imagination take wing!

My card features the monthly Mini Delight set for September called Petite Posy.  I recently watched a You Tube video by one of the artists at Altenew and took inspiration from her - making the most of little stamps. 


Someday I'm going to be good at watercolor but I guess I fake it okay.  I stamped the flower along the right edge with clear embossing ink on Ranger watercolor paper.  I then heat embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder.  I also stamped a couple of blooms on separate watercolor paper and used the die to cut them out.  I didn't have it lined up quite right so I trimmed it so that I close cut it.  I colored them using my Zig Real Brush markers and lots of water.  I mixed mustard with light carmine red to come up with this near Sonia rose color (my favorite rose in the world).  The leaves I used olive green and mid green.  Then I washed Frayed Burlap Distress Ink over the rest of the card.  Then with some less watered down color I got a few splatters.

Finally, I die cut the Hello die from Hero Arts from brushed gold card stock and then stamped a coordinating sentiment below it.

I'm pretty happy with how this card turned out.  I hope you like it, too.  Please head on over to the TMS blog and join in the fun!