Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #412

Hello!  Are you having as much fun as we are with our month long celebration?  I sure hope so - the newest sketch is up and our theme this week is embellishments.  How easy is that?

Here's my card....


My card features Scalloped A2 notecard (die) from Papertrey Ink, a leaf die from MFT Stamps, various pink and black washi tapes and sentiment/hearts stamps by Hero Arts.  Talk about a quick card!  It is white card stock - but with all the rain getting, this was the best I could do with what little sunshine was available.

Please be sure to head on over to the TMS blog - you'll be glad you did!  We have a great prize and a whole lot of inspiration!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #411

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you're having a great week so far and you're ready to play along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This week's sketch is up and our theme is Christmas in July.

My card features a beautiful medallion by Spellbinders, some red glitter paper and a garland cut from gold foil paper using another die by Spellbinders.


My card also features a sentiment stamp by Pink & Main and candy cane embossing folder.   This was really easy to put together and I think pretty elegant.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to visit the design team members - they deserve your love.  Have a great day!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pretty stamps - grieving heart...

Hello.  So it has been a very long time that I've played along with other challenges.  I found that I really kind of miss it.  Sometimes.. most times my life is 2 things.  Work and Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Don't get me wrong - I love both and want to continuing doing both for a very long time.

I've talked about being a Card Angel and sending cards to a couple of patients that are traveling a very hard road dealing with cancer and treatments.  I don't know a lot about them or where they are in their treatment.  It's a one sided conversation.  But because I do this I find that buy stamps to make sure that I continue to make pretty cards for them - to give them what I hope is a brief moment of happiness and joy with one of my cards.  Is that vain or conceded or too proud to think my cards are that good?  Not how I mean that at all.  Anyway, so I recently purchased a couple of stamp sets with my 2 patients in mind.

I saw this fun technique on You Tube and it really inspired me to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge #290 (combining stenciling and masking).  I thought this would be so pretty to share with these ladies.  As I was wrapping up these card an email popped in.  The subject "sad news."  One of my patients lost her battle with breast cancer.  So one  of my bright and cheery cards which didn't have a sentiment yet became a note card - I have to make a sympathy card for her family.  I am deeply saddened by this - I didn't know her but I do know she left behind a little girl that is just 5 years old.  As I write this post, I am grieving.

Here are the cards I made for my patients and for the challenge.  I hope you like them and that you'll keep this little girl who lost her mommy in your thoughts.


This card features all Papertrey Ink products (except card stock).  The die is called Noted Scallop A2, the stamps are from a set called Floral Sketches and the ink colors are Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel and New Leaf.  The blue ink is Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass.


This second card features the same Noted Scallop A2 die, but the stamps are Build-A-Bouquet by MFT Stamps, Thinking of You sentiment by Hero Arts, the flowers are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and the yellow background is Distress Ink - Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed.

Sorry the pictures aren't better - the house has way too shadows.  Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #410

Hi all!  Thank you for stopping by.  Please be sure to head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - we're having a lot of fun this month!  TMS is 8 years old and we're celebrating with prizes, great sketches and inspiring themes.

This week's sketch is by Debbie and the theme is use your dies.


My card features stamps from MFT Stamps (Build-a-Bouquet), dies from CC Designs (Dotted Rectangle) and Pink & Main (hello sentiment).  I kept this card very simple.  I colored the flowers using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The sentiment I cut 3 of and then layered them together.  I covered it with Glossy Accents which made it look like an epoxy sticker.  This goes into my collection of cards that I send as a card angel.

Again, thank you for stopping by.  Please be sure to head over to TMS blog and the team's blogs.  Say hello to our newest member, Carol.  Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #409

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one by Janice!  I love this sketch - it goes into the go-to file when you need some card inspiration.

My card features the Mini Market Kit: Herb Garden set by Papertrey Ink.  This one just released and yes, I treated myself.  I thought I was finally in place that I could treat myself a little more often and then when I do... well my card died and I had to get another.  Ugh!  I haven't had a card payment in 5 years, time to tighten up the belt again.  Anyway, the kit is fun... love the stamps and dies in this kit.  I'm not sure I like the papers.  What do you think?


I am also not one for puns, but I actually like the sentiments in this set.  Some create a pun but there are also words like in my card that give a meaning behind the herb.

The kit also came with some pre-printed images that work perfectly with the dies.  So the only stamping I did this time was the sentiments.  I want to use up this paper or I'll give it away - I'm still not sure I like it but I love love love the stamps.  I can't wait to play some more with this set.

Please join us at the TMS blog - I think you'll really enjoy using this stamp.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #408

Hi there! Thank you for stopping by.  I do so love your visits.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's a fun one.  Really open to interpretation.

My card features nothing but paper from the Linen Closet Mat Stack.  No stamps, no dies - just paper.  What do you think?


I think these are cute notecards - they were super quick and super easy.  I challenged myself to look at these papers that always come in a mat stack that one never uses unless they're doing traditional scrapbooking and even then, it's debatable.  There were some great pieces that worked as sentiments.

Please be sure to head on over to the TMS blog and join us and leave my team some love.  Have a fantastic day.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #407

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one.  Some basic elements with options for so much more.

My card features some stamps and dies that my son gave me for Mother's Day.  He said "treat yourself Mom."  So I did!


The stamps and dies are from a beautiful set called Floral Sketches by Papertrey Ink.  I used to be a huge fan of this stamp company.  Not that I ever stopped being a fan but you know how it goes, other great stamps come along and you start to check those out.  Well, I am back to being a customer as the budget allows.  The vertical strip elements are from a stamp set Washi Tapes by MFT and the swirl element is from an ancient set by Autumn Leaves.  I also pulled out a couple of colors of Nuovo drops to accent that swirl piece.

I really love how this card turned out - I only made one this time.  I didn't have much stamping mojo this weekend and before you know it, it's Monday again and no time to stamp during the week.

Please join us over at the TMS blog to play along and be sure to visit the team's blogs and leave them some much deserved love.