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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #481

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Super easy elements.  I have to say I struggled a little and not really from the sketch, but because I had an idea in mind to stamp scene with the newest Simon Says Stamp kit, but I don't have it yet.  And you know when you get an idea stuck in your head, it's hard to see past it.

So this card features papers and sentiment stamps from a previous kits.

So I went to JoAnn's on Saturday with my daughter.  I was looking for new papers to make my 2019 planner.  They had paperstacks on sale at 70% off!  I found one that I liked and paid $4.49 for it!  Well she found this card stock that is their store brand, Park Lane, that is marbled looking.  This pack of card stock was on sale for 50% off so I think I paid $2.99 for it - something like that.  It's actually very nice card stock.  It's a great weight for bases.  It feels heavier than 80 lb card stock but not quite as heavy as 110 lb.  I thought it paired nicely with the watercolor design of this paper by Moda Scraps.  I matted it with some gray card stock that I also used for the sentiment strip.  The sentiment is heat embossed using some SSS navy blue embossing powder.

I also got to playing around a little more while my daughter was out with her dad and my son was at work and I came up with this card...

Flipped and a little more creative license with the sketch I made this modern type Christmas card.  I used the Retro Petals Turnabout stamp by Concord and 9th.  I used two ink colors from MFT and then heat embossed with gold and platinum embossing powders.  The Merry Christmas sentiment and the stitched rectangles are dies from Pink and Main.  I cut the sentiment out of gold foil paper that came in a previous SSS stamp kit.  Slapped on a strip of washi.  This card was easy to put together, in fact I made two!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  The design team created some beautiful cards to share!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #480

Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one by Debbie.  And although Debbie created the sketch my sister Karin certainly inspired this card.

Karin has been attending card club with one of her local CTMH demonstrators lately.  She was there a couple of weeks ago and made some pretty cute cards.  One of them I thought was great but she hated it.  She said it was messed up.  And yes, it had a little mistake but it wasn't horrible.  Anyway, the card was similar to our sketch this week so I went about making it.

My card features stamps, stickers and papers from the July Simon Says Stamp kit.  At least I think it was July.  The dies I used are from CC Designs.

The kit also came with 3 gray card bases so I finally used one.  I started with cutting the strips of paper at 1 1/2 inches wide and then adhered to thin white card stock (Recollections).  I then lightly tacked that to the base and then ran it through my die cut machine with the circle die.  This cut through the first layer just fine.  It didn't cut the base but it made enough of an indentation that I could easily put the die back in place and have it match up.

I then put the die on the turquoise card stock and lined up a larger die and cut it out.  I made 2 frames.  Before adhering the decorative paper piece down I put a square of vellum.

I stamped the sentiment on the inside with VersaFine Onyx black and heat embossed with clear embossing ink.

I finished off the card using up as many of the stickers that came in the kit.  I still have some left over.

I hope this provides you some inspiration.  By the way, my sister loved my card.  We'll see you over at the TMS blog.