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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #470

Hello! Thank you for stopping by. The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one.  There's also a really fun prize up for grabs, too.  You'll have to go over to the challenge blog though to see what it is!

My card this week features the August Small Die from Spellbinders.  This is a fun set - some cute little birds and viney leaves and the most adorable little flower.  I'll be playing with this one for a little while - I am skipping September.  I didn't like the Halloween theme with little ghosts and stuff.  I really like dies to be a bit more year-round functional.

The paper I used came in the Simon Says August kit.  I just loved it and wanted to make sure it got enough surface action.  I took a strip of black card stock and I actually meant to emboss that before adhering to the paper but I forgot, so I did dots of white Nuvo drops instead.   I think I'd still prefer it to be embossed but it is what is.  I just the vines, flowers and bird out of white card stock and then used Oxide inks to color them.  I am really loving the little blenders I picked up.  Made coloring the bird and flowers so easy!

My card is a simple notecard and is already off to one of my favorite young lady who is going through a rough patch but she is strong - she will come through it well and wiser.

Please head on over to the blog to join us.  Be sure to visit the design team blogs, too.  They'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Just playing around....

Hi there,

So yesterday I mentioned that I was playing with the Simon Says Stamp August kit - finally.  After making my TMS card, I just kept going.  None of these are originals - they were inspirations from Pinterest. I don't know the original artists, although Tina Smith from Cards And Coffee is one of them.  She's very talented, just not very good about answering her email.

This first card I saw on Pinterest.  The original artist used a circle piece of card stock and stamped the sentiment.  Then added a bow with a paperclip.  I just wish it wasn't so rainy here so that the colors on my card are a little more true in the photo.  This is really lovely in real life.  I cut a piece of vellum using an old doily die from MFT.  I stamped the sentiment using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and because it was vellum it stayed wet long enough for me to add clear embossing powder.  The floral image was stamped on Ranger watercolor paper and colored with Zig Real Brush markers.  I tried to put stems in the jar but sort of made a mess.  I still like the overall card.

This next card was inspired by Tina Smith.  Mine didn't come out as good as hers, but I still like it.  This one I stamped the background flower stamp using Fog ink. 

This card was also inspired from Pinterest.  It's not exactly like the photo on Pinterest.  I did the sentiment strips a little differently.  I like how this turned out.

These were a lot of fun to create and I hope that whoever receives them in my donation box will enjoy them, too.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #469

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and I hope that you leave me a few words so let me know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one - a little tricky but not too bad.  My card features stamps and papers from the August Simon Says Stamp kit.  I finally got to play with and didn't stop.  I'm sharing more cards that I made with stamp set tomorrow.

Instead of a square, I went with the circular floral image.  I stamped it with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.    I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Colorista Aqua pencils.  I have to say, I'm glad I got these on clearance because I'm not sure I like them very much.

The white panel I white heat embossed the background stamp that came in the kit and then lightly brushed on Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink.  And I do mean lightly.  You can barely see the pink.  The turquoise paper came in the kit.  Oh, and I did mask off the image so that I can stamp that bit of pattern into the ring part of the frame.  I used a new to me ink by Kelly Purkey.  Unfortunately, the ink cubes don't tell what the color names are.  My scalloped border is a die from Simon Says Stamp.  I finished it off with some drops of Nuvo Drops - Bubblegum Pink which came in the kit and Caribbean Ocean.

Look at that shine on the embossing!  So beautiful!  The gold embossing power is by Stampendous, the white panel was embossed with Glacier White by Nuvo and I have no idea what brand my clear embossing powder is.

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.


Have a great day!