Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #475

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I love this sketch.  It's so much fun.  In fact, so much that I made 3 cards.

Up first is the card I had in mind.  When I designed this sketch, I decided it was time to dust off some very old dies.  These dies came with the Cuttlebug when I got it 15 or so years ago.  So my first card is a literal version of the sketch.

This card also features foil mates from Gina K Design, Smile die and sunshine sentiment from Pink and Main, Wonky Stitch die from Kat Scrappiness and black foil from Heidi Swapp.

Here's a snippet of the card hoping that caught some of the shininess of the foil and the little bit of sparkle I added with the shimmer pen by Nuvo.

This card took hours to make.  I had to die cut a lot of pieces and to a lot of die in-lay work.  But I die cut so many pieces that I made another card in minutes....

This card features the same die cut pieces and the same smile die from Pink and Main.  I embossed the black panel with the candy stripes embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  Before I adhered the smile background piece to the card base I covered it with the shimmer pen.

This picture still doesn't capture all the shine - but trust and believe, in real life it's sooo pretty!

Now for my last card - this one features alcohol inks (yes, I caved and bought 3 more colors), some gold sparkle foil from Gina K that came in the Simon Says Stamp October kit, the Mandala Builder stamp set also from Gina K and Alcohol Lift ink.

I think this background turned out so beautiful.  My son asked me to make him on a way larger scale.  This photo doesn't do it justice.  It's just so cool in person!

Thanks again for your visit.  Head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches to join us and to visit the team's blogs.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #474

Hello. Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice canvas.  You will love it - Debbie did a great job.

My card features the brand new Gina K Designs Mandala Builder stamp set.  I don't usually fall head over hills for new stamps. I tend to ponder them for a little bit.  There was no pondering on this one - I bought it immediately.  This type of set just makes me think of my daughter and my oldest sister.

I used colors by Kelley Purkey and they went together so well.  I also embossed a few of the pieces of the mandala with Platinum embossing powder by WOW!  I love love LOVE now this turned out.  But the mandala was so gorgeous that I couldn't cover it up!  So I cut a frame from vellum and also embossed it with Platinum embossing powder.  I messed it up a little and it's a little cockeyed but hopefully I masked it well with the placement of the corner elements and bringing the sentiment strip up and over.  The sentiment is from Mondo Sakura stamp set by Ellen Hutson.

Take a look at this shine....

Pretty gorgeous, right!?  I love this embossing powder.  I want to turn everything platinum!

Okay - be sure to visit the team and play along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  We'll see you there!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

In loving memory....

Hello.  Thank you for stopping.  I'm sharing a card today that was a joy to make but the reason behind it is so sad.

My dear Aunt Nancy lost her long time companion a few days ago.  She and Danny have been together for about 14 years, however, they were friends for a long time before that.  His death was very sudden - he was working on my Aunt's car and collapsed.  Danny was one of my biggest fans.  He loved my cards.  He looked forward to every birthday and holiday just to get one of my cards.  He was so sweet and complimentary.  He also supported my oldest son throughout boot camp because he remembered going through it decades before.  He will be missed.

My card features the stamp set that was in the October Simon Says Stamp kit.  This set is called Sketched Flowers.  This has been a really great kit!  This stamp is huge so it covers a lot of surface area.  My card is definitely inspired by Kristina Werner's mail art project.

I stamped the image with SSS embossing ink that came in September's monthly kit.  I heat embossed it with Glacier White embossing powder by Nuvo.  I then blended on color using Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Forest Moss Distress Inks.  I embossed the sentiment, which is also in this set, using gold embossing powder.  It didn't turn out well - but it's embossing powder I've had for 20 years.  No joke.  It went in the trash. 

And then true inspiration from Kristina's project, I made a matching envelope.

I hope it brings comfort to my Aunt.

I am submitting this the Just Us Girls challenge this week - which is to make Sympathy cards.  I hated that I had a reason.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #473

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit. The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - I think you're gonna like it.

My card features all the items received in the October Simon Says Stamp kit plus a couple of extras.  The kit is encouraging a new obsession for me.  I didn't jump on the alcohol ink band wagon before but I think it has me hook, line and sinker.  Look look look....

I am not even a fan of orange but I love this!  The focal point of my card was made with 2 of the colors of alcohol ink that came in the kit - yellow and orange.  I tried to blend it with rubbing alcohol but I wasn't getting the results I wanted.  So off I went to Michaels with a 50% coupon for blending solution.  That looks like fire!  It's soooo cool.  The kit also came with Lift Off ink which is what I used to stamp the image over the alcohol ink.  I also used the leaf stamp to make my base layer.  My diamond pieces are from Gina K foil mates and I foiled them with two of the colors of foil that came in the kit.  My card elements covered the whole card which is the sketch blown up but I am still super happy with how this turned out.

Have a great day and we'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #472

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is inspired by Carol.  It's a lovely sketch with so much possibility.

My card features stamps from WPlus9 and the Wreath template from GinaK.   The ink colors are Kelly Purkey colors - these are so pretty.  I do wish they had names. 

I just discovered a company that I'm not sure I'd ever heard of them.  I'm still not sure if they have exclusive stamps and dies and sell other companies, too, or what.  But they had the best prices I've ever seen on layer dies.  I've been wanting some wonky stitches dies and I've only seen them by MFT and they're like $30.  But this company, Kat Scrappiness, has them for $12.99!  I bought two sets (rectangles and ovals) for less than one set at MFT.

Anyway - enough of the commercial.  I'm not an affiliate of Kat Scrappiness and I'm not on the design team.  I was just impressed.

I made the wreath with some flowers and foliage images in the set.  Then I finished it off with 3 different colors of Nuvo Drops.  Before adding the drops, I did fussy cut the wreath out.  Then I cut two strips of Jelly Bean green card stock and one strip of gold foil card stock from a banner die by MFT stamps.  I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.  I need detail gold powder, this came out a little too grainy.

I cut the base panel from Natural White card stock (Neenah) using the largest wonky stitched die.  One thing I messed up on, I ran it through my Gemini electric die cutter but I really needed to remove a shim because there was too much pressure that it made the cut warp a bit.  But overall - I love this card.  I think it turned out lovely.

I hope you like this card and I hope it inspires you to join our challenge.  We'll see you over at the blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #471

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  It's by Debbie and I know you're going to love it.

I actually made two cards.  This first card features dies from Spellbinders, a sentiment from the Wreath Builder set by Gina K and paper from DCWV.  I thought I liked this card but the more I look at it, the more I don't.

The flowers just look weird.  I was really trying to go for an almost near Fall card and it's awful.  So sorry.

This next card is a loose interpretation of the sketch and I like it much better, sort of.  It features and Stamp & Emboss folder from Spellbinders called Rose Flourish.  The sentiment stamps came from this great set called That is All from WPlus9. 

I had a lot of fun with this one.  Seems alcohol inks are becoming trendy again.  I never jumped on that band-wagon.  But the October Simon Says Stamp kit has 3 bottles of alcohol ink so it got me to thinking.  Am I going to give them away or give them a try.  I wasn't about to run right out and buy more to give them a try - I mean why?  I have refills for many of my Copics. That's alcohol ink!  So I cut a little piece of felt and added some color to it and brushed it across some vellum. I liked this.  And then I added some splatters of rubbing alcohol and thought that looked pretty cool.

So I didn't want to lose those neat looking drops so I cut the panel down and layered the vellum piece behind it.  I also think it looks really cool behind those leaves - gives so much interest.  What I didn't like is I didn't have much room for a sentiment to begin with, but cutting down the panel really made it challenging.  The sentiment looks squeezed in  - but hey, it is what it is.  The little hearts came in the set, too.  I am really loving WPlus9 stamps.  I think I need to drive to Jacksonville to meet Dawn.  It's only a few hours away.  I guess I'll have to email her sometime.

I hope you like the cards and that'll you join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge.  Please be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They deserve your kind words.


Have a great day!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Just playing around....

Hello - happy Sunday evening.  Personally, I am very sad that the weekend is over.  It's busy season at work and one of clients is so behind that I just really don't want Monday to come.  *sigh*

I did enjoy my weekend.  I worked on some projects so that was fun.  I also decided I needed to play along with a couple of challenges.  I'm pretty sure I'll never get noticed at MFT Stamps, but I liked their sketch and thought that I might as well give it a try.  I'm also playing along with Just Us Girls - I haven't joined one their challenges in a really long time.  So it was high time.

My card features the Build a Bouquet stamp set by MFT - I'm pretty sure the stamps and dies are retired.  JUGs challenge is a color one - coral, gray and one other color.

I absolutely loved Francine's, MFT DT, card so this one I tried to emulate with a stamp set that I have and my own touches.  I watercolored the flowers using Zig marker on the leaves and  and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink for the blossoms.  I blended on Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink  on the card base then did some splatters with the same ink and dark gray Zig marker.

The sentiment is from That is All set by WPlus9.  Another favorite stamp company.  I'm going to visit Dawn one of these days - she's only about 2-2 1/2 hours from me.  I guess I should meet her first before I tell her that I'm going to come visit her.  :0)

Thanks for stopping by, I would love for you to leave me a comment.  Have a good rest of your Sunday night.