Monday, August 31, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #316

Good Morning friends!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a little bit of a challenge.  I decided to go with round easel cards - I've been wanting to make one for awhile now.  Our sponsor is SLS Lines.

My card features their Cupcake Set.  The base is created from a cut file by Lori Whitlock found on the Silhouette online store.  The paper is Echo Park Country Lane and the sentiment is from DRS Designs.  The tiny bow is a die set by Mama Elephant.  One of my daughter's friends is having a birthday soon and she's the littlest, most girly 16 year old I've ever met - this is so her!

Thank you again for stopping by and we'll see you over at TMS.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #315

Good Morning friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this one is inspired by Jessi and I love love love it!!

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Looby Lou and my card features Bookyworm.  It's pretty appropriate this time of year.  I pulled out primary colors, a school themed embossing folder and this adorable colored image....

I'm done with back to school though and it just started!  But in my defense, I made 35 backpacks (gift boxes) for my sister's students.  They started school yesterday and I heard they were a hit!  Yay!!

Thank you, again, for stopping by and we'll see you over at TMS.  Have a great Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pretty Card, Pretty Quick with Digi-Playground

Good Morning friends!

I don't know about you, but it always seems that the first week of school is the busiest for the mom/dad than it is for the student.  I'm glad my kids went back to school this week, but sheesh, I have more homework then they do just filling out all the paperwork.

With our busy schedules, we still want to take a few minutes to create something beautiful and personal for our friends or loved ones.  That's why I really love all the card possibilities in the Digi-Playground store.  Today I'm featuring Scallop Circle Out Flower A2 Card by Jamie Cripps.

I pulled out some really old paper from a scrapbooking kit by Stampin' Up! to create my card.  These cards are so easy and so lovely!  They just take a couple of minutes to cut out and assemble very easily.  The base is cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 for a top folding card.  I just cut an extra layer of decorative paper to mat the scallop on.  Then I adhered the petals cut from the same decorative paper.  I inked the edges of the inside flowers and added a brad to the center and then adhered using a pop-dot.  My card was finished in about 15 minutes - how's that for a time saver.

Thank you for joining me today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #314

Good Morning!  Happy Tuesday - the sketch is up and ready for your enjoyment at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This one is inspired by Jessi and I thought it was fun.  I hope you do, too.

This week we're sponsored by DRS Designs and I am featuring a cute little image called Saddle Up Cowboy - this is a perfect birthday card for a little cowboy....

My base is Kraft card stock.  I created by mat piece from a piece of white card stock that I adhered denim paper to.  I then cut 2 circles out of the red paper - it sort of reminds me of bandannas, there's just no paisley.  I colored the image using Copics and then dressed it up a little gluing some jute to edges.

I learned a tip from Jennifer McGuire that if you pop up an image with piece of fun foam that covers the whole back of the image - this keeps your image from getting smashed because there will be even pressure.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a good day and please join us this week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #313

Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I would describe this one as whimsical.  I love the fun elements.

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps and I am featuring a cute image called Bee Bear.

My card was fun to make.  I had to do a little "doctoring" because one edge was cut wonky, so I shortened and then added a scalloped edge piece to make the overall card size measure correctly.  I added washi and a bit of paper by Echo Park.  The sentiment is Sweet n Sassy.

It's almost time to put away the summer images and get settled into the brilliant colors of fall, but not quite yet.  Ha!  Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Decorating with Vinyl - DigiPlayground Style

Hello friends!  I hope all is well!  Today is my birthday, so when I found out that my tutorial day would be today I had so many ideas to share.  Those ideas slowly faded away as work got busier.  My busiest time of year is August to January - I work in benefits, so we have to be ready for everyone to enroll in their heathcare benefits in the fall.

Anyway, so I was talking to my sister and she said she wanted to learn how to dress of Dollar Store cups with vinyl.  I will say, there are some great video tutorials on You Tube that discuss all you ever need to know about vinyl.  But here it goes....

I found this cup at Dollar Tree.  I loved the citrus is was already decorated with and thought a flower would be perfect.  I am using Nic Squirrell's Sunflower.  I am sending this one to my sister - we have a thing about sunflowers - it's like saying "you are my sunshine."

OK here's how... and please don't cringe at my dry, wrinkly hands.  They aren't normally like this, but lotions are a big no-no with this craft.

Step 1 - Start with some cups
Step 2 - After washing them thoroughly, wipe surface with alcohol
Step 3 - Arrange your images on your digital cutting mat
Step 4 - Cut your vinyl down to size, if you cut on a mat like I do
Step 5 - Apply transfer paper to your prepared design.
Step 6 - Apply to surface of cup, burnish well, peel off transfer tape carefully

Tips:  When removing the vinyl to expose your images, remove carefully, you just might lose some images.  Ask me how I know.  Use a needle when wicking out tiny pieces.  Be patient with this part, you'll be happier with the results.

Here are a couple others I did using Nic Squirrells Layered Butterfly Papercut, Leaf and Flower Border and Samantha Walker's font Perfect Susan font.

OK - I'm off to my friends pool and to break these cups in right!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #312

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do very much appreciate your visit.  The new sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - really simple, really easy elements - open canvas.

This week our sponsor is Sweet Peas Stamps and my card is featuring Connie Fong's Tori the Dragon - Up image.  I used this image before and I just love it.

I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  I haven't done that coloring technique in a long time.  It was fun. I still used a Copic marker for the eyes.  But the pencils were a much better effect for the balloons.  I finished the balloons off using a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Hopefully you can see the shimmer.

This was a fun card to make and pretty simple, too.  I made while talking to my Mom on the phone.  That didn't include coloring, I colored during my lunch.

Thank you again for stopping by.  Please leave me a comment so I know that you were here and then head over to the TMS blog to see what the rest of the team created for you - you will love the line up!