Monday, August 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #467

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you're here - please leave me a comment to tell me you were.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another easy one - one that is pretty similar to last week's.

My card features Mondo Sakura from Essentials by Ellen, Need for Tweed background stamp from Raisin Boat and border and sentiment stamps from Choose Joy set from Simon Says Stamp.  The inks I used is Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink and VersaFine Oynx black ink.


I used Neenah Classic Crest solar white card stock.  My idea for this card was definitely inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video she posted a couple of days ago.  I liked this idea and I really wanted to give it a try with what supplies I have here.  The only thing I don't like about my card is how the coloring turned out on the flowers.  Note to self - tip to you:  Zig Real Brush clean color marks do not color well on Neenah card stock!  Use the Bristol Smooth!  It's blotchy and it doesn't blend well.  But my sister thought the card looked pretty so I went with it.

This is essentially a one layer card - a lot of masking and double stamping using the MISTI.

I hope you like the card 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.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #466

Hello!  Thank your for stopping by.  Our latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy one.  I think you're going to like it.

My card features papers, stickers and dies from a past card kit that I purchased when Spellbinders had a too good to pass up sale.  This was, if memory serves, is September 2017.  I haven't had a chance to play with it until this past week.  I had off 5 days and although I had super high expectations to get a lot of crafting done - I didn't.  But I still enjoyed the time off.  It was needed.


This card was super easy to put together.  I used the card base that came in the kit as well as the decorative paper and black card stock.  Spellbinders card kits are really cool - they send paper, embellishments, card stock, ephemera, ribbons/fibers and of course, dies.  There are 11 dies in this kit.  I cut two leaves from the gold foil card stock and one label from white card stock.  This kit also has these cool sentiments that are gold on clear plastic.  This card went together in about 10-12 minutes.


In this view you see how pretty and shiny the gold paper is.  I finished this off with some black twine that I made a little bow from and adhered using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  This is really strong glue and dries to a matte finish so it's virtually invisible.

I hope you like my card and you're inspired to join us.  Be sure to visit the design team, too.  They created some beauties to share with you.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Just Playing Around....

Hello!  Happy Sunday.  I made a card to share with you using Pink and Main products.  I am not on their design team, I am just a huge fan of Michelle and her store.

I picked up these products a few months ago when I was helping out at the Pink and Main booth at StampFest.  This is just my first chance to play with them.  I've been off for the last few days and although I had intended my 5 day weekend to be more productive than it turned out I am feeling refreshed and ready for my busy season to kick off tomorrow morning.

So here's the card I made....


Isn't it pretty!  I love how this card turned out.  I made a video of my process.  You can find it below.  I used Distress Oxide inks to color the card base.  I don't do a lot of rainbows and after seeing this I don't understand why I don't!  This card makes me so very happy!!

I am loving how the sentiment window, even though I intended that section to be whiter, has this halo look behind the *sunshine* die cut word.


Please check out my video.  If you liked, please give me a thumbs up and if you're so inclined, please subscribe to my You Tube channel.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #465

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fairly clean and simple one but you can certainly jazz it up, too.

My card features Beautiful Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, black card stock from Ellen Hutson and Metallic Platinum embossing powder by Wow!  When I started this card, this original intention was to create a card like the one Jennifer McGuire made.  She used the same stamp and watercolored with Distress Oxide inks.  But I did the heat embossing and thought the card was stunning just like that - I didn't have the heart to add to it.


I did emboss some double lines using my Scor-Buddy for my sentiment area.  I then stamped a white panel with the same stamp in black ink for the inside (not pictured) and the back flap of an envelope.  I added a few gold sequins after I mounted the stamped panel onto a top folding card base.  I used black fun foam to add some dimension.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #464

Hello! Thank you for your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think you'll like it.  I had a lot of making my card - my son's girlfriend said this one belonged in a store!  Cool compliment.

So my card features a Mama Elephant stamp set designed for Hampton Arts.  I picked this up at JoAnn's and this is the prize, too!


This card is perfect for a dog lover's birthday!  Yappy Birthday - cracks me up!  The doggie in the middle, I know is a terrier, but it reminds me of my little dog Charlie.  He's shih tzu.

Here's my video on how I made this card...



I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #463

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super easy one.

My card features the July Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  If you've considered this subscription and haven't done it I strongly urge you to because it's awesome.  It's a great value and I am so happy I signed up.


No video on this card but I'm almost wishing I had.  The card stock and papers is from the May 2018 Simon Says Stamp card kit.  The sentiment is from the Wreath Builder set by Gina K Designs.  This was my first ever attempt at inlaid die and I have to admit - it was a ton of fun because it reminded me how much I love puzzles.  I embellished with Nuvo Crystal Drops Caribbean Ocean and Nuvo Jewel Drops Orange Marmalade.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #462

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I hope you love it as much as I do.  My mind went in so many directions with this sketch.  So I decided to make 3 cards with one sketch!  Be sure to scroll down to see the video.

My first card features Brushed Birds by Papertrey Ink, Beautiful Branches by Concord and 9th, a die that I picked up on clearance at CC Designs and I stamped with Distress Inks.


My sister already claimed this card!  I did turn out rather pretty if I say so myself.

This next card features the Small Die of the Month (July) from Spellbinders - this one also has a cupcake in the set but I'm not sure I like it so well.  The sentiment is also from Spellbinders Small Die of the Month (June).  The papers that I used are from Pink and Main and the circle die is from CC Designs.


And my 3rd card features Bitty Blossoms by Sweet n Sassy, scallop die from Pink and Main and inks from Papertrey Ink as well as some various Copics.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


And here's the video.  This one turned out better but it's long.  So I need to get lessons on how to edit my video and then speed it up.  That way I can show you the process without taking up so much time!


I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #461

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie.  It's a great sketch that will be one that you use over and over again.

My card features Thinking of You Always by Pink and Main, papers from the Spellbinders card kit that I've been sharing a lot of lately and a stencil that I made using my Silhouette Cameo.


I really love how this card turned out.  It's soft palette is just lovely.  I used Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink and it paired perfectly with the teal foil paper from the kit.



I also did something that I have been thinking about doing for a long time.  I have wanted to make videos to share some techniques that can be combined with our sketches.  I hope this will give you some inspiration to think outside the sketch.

My video isn't great and I am working on making improvements.  In fact I've already made a very important step by getting a set up for better overhead videos that aren't so far away and will be from my perspective.  Please be kind.  :0)

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #460

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Great for using up those scraps of paper that we all have!  Also a great way to feature a large sentiment or maybe a great border.

My card is another one from the card kit I've been sharing.  This one features all the great papers that came in the kit and the little square die.



The card base is the gray card stock that came in the kit.  I then used some scraps of the pretty papers.  I used the sweet sentiment die and stamps from Pink and Main. I cut it from the teal foil paper and black fun foam.  I embossed the "thoughts of you" with Nuvo white embossing  powder.  It's a little choppy because I didn't use my MISTI and should have on this textured card stock.


At this angle you can see how pretty and shiny that foil paper is.

I hope to see you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and can't wait to see your card!  Also, please visit the design team.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #459

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's soo pretty!  I hope you'll like it as much as I do.

My card features a beautiful stamp by Pink and Main.  I had so much fun coloring this stamp - I made two cards.

This first card I embossed the image on Ranger water color paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and an aqua-brush.  The sentiment is die by Pink and Main.


I also decorated the back flap of the envelope...


The envelope I colored with Copics and got a fairly close match.

This next card I decided to try a technique that I saw on You Tube.  I honestly can't remember if it was Jennifer McGuire or Effie with The Ton stamps that I saw this technique.  The image was messily colored and then sprayed with water.  I grabbed the bottle of water that had Perfect Pearls in the bottom so I didn't realize until I started spraying that I'd have shimmer, too.  I made a mess, so I had to cover it up with gray around the image and it turned out soooo cool!  The sentiment is a hello die by Pink and Main and the "friend" is also from Pink and Main.


I did the envelope, too, but I messed up a little and didn't make sure it was in the same spot in the MISTI when I double stamped so it came out a little blurry.


Please be sure to visit us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and join us in this challenge.  Also, please visit the design team.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Just playing around....

Hello!  So it's not often that I play along with other challenges - I do way too many other hobbies I guess.  But I have to share this set of cards.  Spellbinders had a flash sale a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't resist.  They had card kits at an incredibly low price so I picked up a two.  I'm still working on creating 10 cards with one kit, but here's a few...

This kit is the December 2015 kit and this card I am playing along with Sketch Saturday.


These other 2 cards are a couple more from the same kit and CASE'd from the inspiration card that was included in the kit.




There are a couple more and I'll share next week with the Tuesday Morning Sketches card.  Have a good day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #458

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit - I sure wish you'd leave a word or two to let me know you were here.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, it's by Debbie and has so many possibilities.

My card features stamp/die from Tonic Studios, sentiment (hello) from Concord and 9th, flowers from stamp set by Papertrey Ink and Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks.  The white embossing powder is by Nuvo.


I love this color combination.  It's happy and bright.  I blended the inks onto Bristol Smooth card stock for both the You and the card layer.  This was so easy!  This is a single postage card and I am big into those.

Be sure to stop by the design team's blogs and then we'll see you over at TMS!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #457

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's a fun one!

My cards feature stamps and papers from the June 2018 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I love how these cards came out but I do wish I'd spent a little more time on improving the coloring.

These are great little notecards and are super easy to mass produce.  I let the patterned paper do most of the work!  I cut the circles out using a stitched circle die set I picked up from CC Designs that was on clearance for under $5!  Could not pass that up.  I used a bit of the gold foil paper that came in the kit. The sentiment is also from the kit, but it actually says "Love & Hugs" but I just inked up the Hugs part.  Note to self:  stamp the sentiment before you glue on the focal piece.  Ha!


And here's the other one I made.  I love this color combo in the flower, I just wish the picture was better...



I did finish of the flowers with my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen that came in a previous kit.  But you can only see the shimmer in real life.

Be sure to stop by the design team's blogs and then we'll see you over at TMS!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #456

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.

My card features a new stamp set and stencil set by Concord and 9th - Retro Petals Turnabout.  I'm absolutely fascinated by these stamps.  I think they are just so cool and I want more but my budget just got a whole lot tighter.  I splurged in May, June will need to be less new stuff until I can sell some old stuff.

On my card I used the stamp.  I also used some inks by Simon Says Stamp.  Dies are by CC Designs that I got on clearance.  And I embellished using Nuvo Drops.


Using the stencil that was included in the bundle that purchased, I decorated the back flap of the envelope as well as just a little border on the inside panel.


The below photo is the only way I could capture the design I stamped in VersaMark on the card base.  I didn't get it lined up perfectly but that's because I need to figure out how to make the turnabout work on a rectangle.  It takes practice I guess.


I hope to see you over at the blog and to join our challenge this week.  Be sure to visit the team, too.  They deserve your attention.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #455

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest challenge is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, it's time for our end of month Blank Canvas challenge.  We designed these challenge to give you creative license.  Use a few things specifically, but you're not confined to a sketch.  You're not even confined to a card.  Use this on your art journal or mixed media projects.

My card was super simple!  The requirements are:  1)  Feature embossing, heat or dry; 2) a 3D sentiment and 3) summer colors yellow, navy blue and turquoise.  You're free to add other colors but these 3 need to be on the project.  My card features paper from Jillibean Soup, May small die of the month from Spellbinders (which were actually 4 different dies) and an embossing folder from Cuttlebug.


This is such a simple notecard and so easily mass produced.  I love that I got these dies and can't wait to play with them more.  The dies are "hello," "Celebrate," "Thank You" and "Smile."  They are designed to fit your A2 sized card both portrait and landscape.


To make it 3D I popped up the panel with a slightly smaller than the panel piece of fun foam.  I then cut out the sentiment with fun foam so that it perfectly matched.  It did require the extra postage for hand-cancelling but nothing is going to get bent.

Be sure to visit the design team - they created some pretty fantastic cards!

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

See you at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #454

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great sketch by Debbie.  It will work for quick and easy cards as well cards you want to spend more time on.

My card this week features stamps from the Simon Says Stamp May kit as well as fun and easy technique.  My pictures aren't great - it has been rainy and gray for over a week and a half now and it doesn't look like it's changing any time soon.

I stamped the flowers using Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold.  I decided to make my sentiment the focal image and made the banner piece just a little embellishment by stamping with the zig-zag border stamp also in the set.


Now the technique I decided to try was to make this look like it was painted.  A long time ago and I mean a very long time ago, Stampin' Up! used to have this medium that would go well on paper with a paint brush and you'd see the brushstrokes thus giving it a painted look.  So I thought I would try it using Nuvo Crystal Drops - Morning Dew (clear).  I painted this one and it worked!  Now granted it work better and the effect more pronounced if it was on a very colorful, dark piece.

Hopefully you can see the strokes, you kind of can on the bottom part in the picture below.  Darn weather!  In real life, this looks really cool!


I did watercolor a piece last night and applied the same technique, but when I overstamped the image, it didn't line up exactly so it's blurry.  I still tried it but I won't show it because it might cause sea-sickness just looking at it.

Please come join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for this fun challenge.

Be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #453

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super fun one.  I love this sketch, I think it has so much possibility.

I am super excited to share my card today.  I was commissioned to make some favors so I used some of that money to pick up the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Sakura stamp set that was just released at Ellen Hutson.  This is the first time I've ever purchased an Essentials by Ellen set.  I've been a customer of Ellen Hutson for years, but have never bought her exclusive sets.  I am so impressed!  The packaging alone is... Wow!  It comes in a heavy duty  plastic storage pouch.

I made two cards - one pink and one yellow...


This first one has a little boo-boo but it's hardly noticeable so I'm not going to point out.  So I started with placing the stamp in the MISTI and stamping with VersaMark and white heat embossing on the Kraft layer.  Then I used Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp on the white layer.  I colored the images using my Copics.


Then once again I put the white layer back in the MISTI and stamped again with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed.  I am telling you!  I am a HUGE fan of over-stamping.  This just totally tightened up the image and made a beautiful finish.

I also like this spotlight technique - I mean this is that technique on a larger scale where I'm covering up more of the line image with the colored image, but it's still so pretty.

I finished it off with white heat embossing the sentiment on a black strip.  The "beautiful" is from the Mondo Sakura stamp set and the little "hello" is from the Hello Sweet stamp set from Pink & Main.

Please come join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for this fun challenge.

Be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #452

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by. The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  I had a lot of fun with this sketch and I hope you will join us.

My card features stamps from Simon Says Stamp April 2018 kit.   The stamp set is called Beautiful Day.  We all draw inspiration and sometimes dip into non-existent wallets because of certain talented ladies in the crafting industry.  Yana Smakula is someone I've recently started watching more of her videos and trying to learn her amazing coloring skills.  She posted a video a week or two ago where she colored on Toned Gray paper with Polychromos by Faber Castell.  I love how this looked!  The gray paper made the colors pop.  Well I don't have the budget to get new pencils, non-existent wallet or otherwise, but I did have a 60% off coupon so the Toned Gray paper went from $11.99 to just under $5. I had to try this...


I stamped the images onto this Toned Gray paper using Smoke ink by Simon Says Stamp.  Then using my Prismacolor pencils, I colored each of the images.  I had used my MISTI to stamp the images to begin with so I left them in my MISTI.  When I was done coloring I put the paper back into the MISTI and over-stamped the images with VersaMark and then added white embossing powder by Nuvo.   I fussy cut out the leaves and the little butterfly.  I cut the focal butterfly using my Silhouette Portrait.

Keeping with the gray color I kept the rest of the card in grays and blacks - this really made the colors pop and command attention.

I love love LOVE this technique.  I actually colored up a bunch more for which I had stamped and heat embossed first.  I found that your pencils need to be really sharp to get into smaller spaces and I ended up picking off the embossed lines.  I have no idea if that was due the pencil, the powder or if my VersaMark pad is getting old.  I fixed them with a white gel pen which works, but....

Now be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Believe it or not, I'm actually playing along with a challenge, too.  My Time to Craft challenge #370 is coloring on anything but white.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #451

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's a lot of fun, with lots of elements that are open to interpretation.

My card features stamps from the May 2018 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I wasn't really sure that I was going to buy this one, but I'm sort of glad I did.  And if you know me, then you know bright colors are not my forte but I didn't do half bad!  Okay, so I forgot an element to my card, but I like it anyway...


The card base is an old In-Color color called Razzleberry.  My intent was to keep this card a one layer card, well, a two layer card.  I embossed the oval shape in the center and then masked it off.  I stamped the flowers from the set in bright colors, using the biggest flowers as the corner elements of the sketch.  I stamped the sentiment using SSS Wisteria ink and then I over-stamped that with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I double stamped the Wisteria so it came it really dark and in the photo it actually looks black.  I did embellish with some Nuvo Drops. 

Now be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #450

Hello friend!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest challenge is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's not a sketch.  I decided there are so many techniques out there that I want to try that I thought maybe you'd enjoy the variety, too.  The Blank Canvas Challenge will be featured the last Tuesday of each month.  This week's blank canvas needs to feature watercolor, the color blue and make it a kindness card.

Here's my take on that challenge....


My card features Beautiful Branches by Concord and 9th.  I've had this set for awhile, I just haven't been able to use it yet.  I did use watercolor paper and used Distress Ink to color the background.  At least that's what I think I did.  I made this card a few weeks ago and now I can't remember what I did.  It might be diluting some color from a Zig marker.  Anyway.... after it dried overnight I stamped the branches using VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  I then stamped the flowers with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Nuvo white embossing powder.  I then went back to the Black Onyx ink to stamp the details for the center of the flowers and used clear embossing powder.  If you do this I totally recommend, if you try this, to use your MISTI or other stamp tool because the ink will slide on the already embossed flowers.  The color isn't as vivid but still looks cool!

I do hope you'll play along with us this week.  If you don't do watercolor, don't sweat it!  Join us anyway - use watercolor patterned paper.

You simply must see what the team made, too!  They are so awesome.

Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #449

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you decided to visit me today.  Thank you for the lovely comments you leave me, too, they mean a lot to me.

This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a really fun, easy sketch.  My card features stamps and papers from the April 2018 Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The stamp set is called Beautiful Day.  I tried to create a focal image that would make on think of sun catchers.  I need to perfect this technique, so please be kind.



I used some embossable acetate from Judikins.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then added some clear embossing powder.  Even though I had my gun preheated the acetate still warped quite a bit.  Then I turned it over and filled in the different spaces on the butterfly with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg Blue, Green Apple, Bubblegum Blush, Mountain Dew (clear - I thought it would have some shimmer but in the end, it's just clear), Silver Lining and Ebony Black.  Then underneath the acetate, on the card base, I stamped two butterflies in the ink colors that came in March's kit.

The focal image did come out bigger than I originally intended but I wasn't about to start over.  I cut open an aperture in the decorative paper and put the acetate piece in it's place.  Then adhered to the base.  Then it still needed something, so while I was video chatting with my oldest son, I started playing with sequins.  I couldn't do exactly rainbow because I don't have a lot of different colors of sequins but this seemed okay.  Well, truth is I actually hated it at first and was going to scrap the whole thing, but the more I looked at it the more I kinda liked it.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #448

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a very nice one by Janice.

My card features the March 2018 Kit by Simon Says Stamp but there isn't a single stamp used!  Nope, I finally used more of the elements that came in the kit - the papers and stickers.  The only thing I added to this card was some Nuvo Jewel Drops.


My second card I used Nuvo  Crystal Drops and some twine.



I love how they both turned out but it wasn't until I was done with them that I noticed I forgot the horizontal element in Janice's sketch - the first card it's obvious, the second card I could say I dropped it lower on the card by using the paper I did with the row of garden pots.  But if I'm honest, that is a happy accident.

These papers are so pretty that I picked up the digital paper pack for half off over the weekend.  I still have plenty to use up, but now I won't run out.  I really love this paper! 

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pink and Main Challenge #29

Hi - well look here.... I haven't had two posts two days in a row in forever.  But I'm excited that I finally get to play along with Pink and Main's challenge.  I always discover them when they announce the winners!

My card features Pink and Main's Inspire stamp set and Beach Bum paper.  The challenge is Spring Theme and I can't think of much else than butterflies to remind me of Spring!


The larger butterfly and sentiment I embossed using Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy embossing powder. The smaller butterflies I stamped using Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink and then over-stamped the image with VersaMark embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did have to doctor the picture a bit so it's brighter.  It's night-time and the original picture is hideous.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #447

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super easy one.  It's another blank canvas with easy elements.

My card features the Stippled Flowers by Gina K Designs.  My sister gifted me with this stamp set as well as the Wreath Builder set which was part of Gina K's release last month.  So I found this set rather challenging to use, but in the end, I made two cards and I'm pretty happy with them both.

The first card I white heat embossed the images using Nuvo white embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I colored the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush.  I then layered the circle dies and partially cut out the circle and fussy cut the rest.   The horizontal images are from a Washi Patterns by MFT Stamps.  I finished it off with some tiny sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.



My second card, which was actually my first attempt which my sister encouraged me to make the card.  I'm not real happy with this but she thought it was pretty.  For this card I stamped the images using Distress Oxide inks in Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage.  I then tried to blend in the color but it wasn't moving very well.  I think I should have used watercolor paper, maybe??  So I tried adding some detail with the Zig markers again.  It's... meh.


I embossed the panel with Fleur di lis embossing folder and then colored the panel with Tattered Rose.  Oh!  Here's not what to do - turned mistake creative opportunity.  I put down washi tape to mask off the horizontal lines.  Then embossed and then did the ink blend.  The washi tape became permanent under the pressure of the embossing so when I attempted to pull it off, it tore my panel.  But I actually liked the distress is left behind.  So I went with it.  I don't know why the sequins look like hot pink in this photo, they actually match the ink color very well in real life.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #446

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so glad you took the time to visit me, please leave me a comment so that I know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another fun one - really easy to work with.  My card features stamps from Gina K Wreath Builder set but I did not use the template that came with this bundle.  I used various inks by Fun Stampers Journey and Papertrey Ink.  I also used 3 embossing folders by Cuttlebug and Darice, dies from MFT Stamps and Spellbinders, Nuvo Drops is various colors and finally Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers.


I also didn't mention one other ink but I was super excited that my idea worked.  I also used Ink on 3 Fade Out ink.  This is the coolest ink.  It's designed to make no-line watercoloring easier.  Well I pretty much stink at that but I decided to give it a try on this card.  I used it to stamp a circle that came in the set.  Then I used that circle to be my guide to stamp the leaves in Limeade Splash (FSJ) and then more leaves in Vintage Jadette (PTI).  Then I just filled it with little flowers.

Now this Fade Out ink is so unique, what this does is it takes on the color you apply which is why it's so handy with no line water-coloring.  I don't know if this works with Copics.  But if you're interested in this ink you can find it here.

To finish my card I lightly inked one corner of the base with Peacock Feathers and then added my other elements.  Since I used a dark card stock I made a coordinated panel for the inside.



I hope my card inspires you and that maybe you learned about a new product.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #445

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad that you did.  The newest sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's a great one by Janice.

My card was actually inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.  I was talking to my sister on Sunday (we FaceTime every Sunday) and she was saying that she needed a Bridal shower card and a Wedding card.  I was looking on Pinterest and found a pretty card, I knew I wanted to use an umbrella.  I also recently applied for the Dies R Us design team (I don't know if I made it) but I thought to keep with the theme I would try to use just dies.

So here's my card, it features umbrella die (old and retired) from MFT Stamps, stitched oval dies from CC Designs, flower punch that I've had forever so it's probably from EK Success.  The stamped stripes is from a set called Brushstroke Messages by Simon Says Stamps, sentiment from a Raisin Boat sentiment set, Oatmeal Cookie ink by Fun Stampers Journey and Black and Buttermilk Nuvo Crystal Drops.


The paper is from a DCWV stack and the card stock is SU! Not Quite Navy, So Saffron and Apricot Appeal.

I hope that you like my card and that it inspires you to use some tools that you may not have used in awhile.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #444

Hi! Thank you for stopping and I appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I love this sketch, I hope you do, too.

My card features the stamps from the SSS March kit.  Remember last week when I said I was going to use the heck out of this set.  I meant it.   I used the flower stamps from the Choose Joy set.  The paper is also from the kit as well as the little sticker on the ribbon.


Additionally, I used Twisted Stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment is from Brushed Birds by Papertrey Ink.

I used Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks.  I blended them onto some Bristol Smooth card stock and then stamped the images over the color and fussy cut them out.  You also can't tell in this picture, but I added some shimmer using the Nuvo Shimmer pen that also came in the kit.  The ribbon is from my ribbon jar but I believe it's from Raisin Boat.  I have idea if the new owners of Raisin Boat carry the ribbons anymore.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #443

Hi! Thank you for stopping and I appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I think it's a ton of fun with so much potential.

My card features the stamps from the SSS March kit.  I bought this kit, I'm going to use the heck out of it!  The gingham print is what I used last week, it's from Choose Joy stamp set and so is the flower and leaf that I used on the purple egg.  The bunny is from the other stamp set that came in the kit called Showers & Flowers.


I used Distress Oxide inks to the stamp the background and color the "Easter" svg cut.  I used Distress Inks to color the eggs.  I did some simple Copic coloring on the bunny and the carrots and then added just a drop of black Nuvo Drops on the eye.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #442

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and would love to hear from you.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's really nice.  A lot of elements for you to play with.

My card features a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp - it's their most recent stamp kit that I just had to have!  I shouldn't have, but then I reminded myself that I don't have to answer anyone about my spending.  The necessities are cared for, so why not!  I love this set, this one is Choose Joy - what a perfect tip!


I do need to figure out how to use the MISTI for the little gingham background stamp because I didn't do the greatest job lining it up myself - but for the life me I couldn't get it figured it out on the MISTI without bending the card stock.  I'll play some more.  Anyway, I used Jellybean Green ink and card stock from MFT Stamps, Pure Plum ink from MFT Stamps, Twisted Stitch border die from Simon Says Stamp, Scalloped Squares dies from Spellbinders and embellishments from my stash.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #441

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fabulous one by Debbie.  I had so much fun with this sketch, the technique I played with and was inspired by this video here.

My card features stamps and dies from MFT Stamps, Distress Oxides Inks, Ranger Texture paste, a stencil by Pink and Pain and a stencil I made on my Cameo.


This card shows the stencil I made on my Cameo.  I love how the texture paste picked up the color from ink - Worn Lipstick.  It pulled some of the yellow that is in ink and just looks so cool.  I colored the flowers with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

As I said, I had so much fun with this technique...


You can see I made a few.  Check out this rainbow....


I used Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!