Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #413

Hello!  Thank you so much for your visit.  This is the last week of our month anniversary celebration - the sketch is up and the theme is to use your stamps!  That means no digital images or die cut focal images.  The sweet Iliana at My Sweet Petunia agreed to help us celebrate is and giving away the choice of an Original MISTI or a Mini MISTI.  This is one the highest valued prizes we've ever had available.  I'm thrilled that Iliana agreed to sponsor.

So, I'm deeply disappointed that it has been overcast the last few days.  I wanted to share a picture that really captured how beautiful this card turned out.  Trust me, in real life, it's stunning even if I do say so myself.

I treated myself, even though I shouldn't have, to the July 2017 My Hero Arts kit.  I can't garden worth a hoot so my only way to enjoy beautiful plants is either by looking at my neighbors gorgeous garden or stamping them.  My card also features a sentiment stamp from Altenew, a die cut border from MFT Stamps and the stitched oval die is from CC Designs.

Let me also give credit where it's due.  I did slightly CASE Tina at Cards and Coffee.  If you go to this link, you'll see what I mean.  I really only CASE'd the technique and the colors.  I'm sure I'll be sharing more with you where you'll see a little of Tina's techniques and style influenced me.

Please join us over at the TMS blog!  Have a great Monday.

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!