Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #500

Hello!  Thank you for celebrating with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This is our 500th sketch challenge and it is quite a milestone!  We're so excited about this accomplishment that we decided to have a blog hop.  Be sure to start (and end) with Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

I'm Melissa and I've been on the Tuesday Morning Sketches team for almost 10 years.  I started the team with my sisters being my design team - it actually started before that with friends Joni and Gabby on our personal blogs.  I love this challenge blog, it's been my pleasure to bring you sketches to spark your creativity.  Our sketch this week is a little challenging at first glance, but really it's super easy and open to so much possibility with stamps, dies and borders.  Here's my card and it features stamps from April 2019 Simon Says Stamps kit and dies from Crafter's Companion.  My card is really simple but I love this color combo and if you know me, I'm all about making cards that mail with a single stamp.

The prize I am offering is....

Spellbinders 2019 Small Die kit of the month

Be sure to comment here and link up your creation on the TMS blog to be considered for prizes.  Yes!  You can win here on my blog and the TMS blog.

The next stop on the blog hop is...  Patti.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #499

Hello! And thank you for stopping by.  Our sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one for layers, windows, frames or even a filmstrip for a scrapbook page.

My card features the card stock and stickers that was part of the April Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  I love this paper - I don't know what color it is - but it's gorgeous.

I cut a strip of 2 1/8 x 5 1/2 inch white card stock and then cut squares out of it.  It's not perfect but I'm not perfect so it's okay.  I then cut smaller squares to be be the back drop for the stickers.  I used squares layering dies by Tonic Studios.  The 3 elements are stickers from the kit.  And then I embossed some lines using my Scor-Buddy.  This is such a super easy notecard.  So easy, that I made another in minutes while chatting with my sister.

Same concept - I just covered up two of the windows with one sticker.

I hope these cards provide some inspiration and we'll see you over at the TMS blog.  We have a guest designer this week, too.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #498

Hello friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another great one by Debbie.  Lots of design elements with so many possibilities.

My card features stamps from the latest stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  Inks from Tonic Studios - Nuvo Inks.  I colored in the sentiment using 2 shades of yellow Copic markers.

I absolutely love the texture from the dots and the embossing folder.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #497

Hey everyone!  Thank you for stopping by blog - I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one!  So much open space for your creativity.

My card features the Amazing stamp set from March 2019 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I love the art work - it's so retro.  The butterfly stamp/die is from Pink and Main and the sentiment label is from Spellbinders.  The sentiment, in full says, "Have I told you lately that you're amazing?" - well all that wouldn't fit so I blocked it all out and just inked up "amazing."

The technique is called Joseph's Coat - it's been around for a long time.  I know I did something like this when I first joined Stampin' Up! 21 years ago.  I used Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth card stock.  I blended on 3 colors that I honestly can't remember what they were - Peacock Feathers was one of them.  I then stamped the images and clear embossed them.  Then I covered the whole panel with Chipped Sapphire.  Once it was fairly dry I buffed the ink off of the images to brighten them up.

I got this new embossing folder at Joann's - 50% off so I used it on the pink panel.  I love how this turned out!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #496

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I must confess, I honestly put this sketch together drawing inspiration from dies by Spellbinders.  But you know what?  You don't need these dies to make a beautiful card.  Just check out what the design team did with this sketch.

My cards, however, feature the dies.  Here's the card the right way - this will make more sense in a minute.

This card also features paper received in a Simon Says Stamp kit and stamps from Gina K Original Wreath builder set and the mini wreath builder set.   The base card is Sweet Cheeks from Raisin Boat (no longer available). 

Now, this next card is how Spellbinders intended the die - but I made this to follow sketch but I didn't emboss the panels correctly so it has to be the "backwards" version of the sketch.  I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Then when you open the card - you reveal the sentiment.  This is from a more recent die set - January Large Die set.  ~Maybe it was December.  Whatever!  So the die is a large word die and I had to cut it to fit on the circle but I think it turned out great!

I hope you enjoy my cards and it inspires you to create something beautiful.  Like I said, you don't need these dies to create a card using this week's sketch but if you have it, use it.  If you'd like to make this card and don't have the dies there are some great tutorials on You Tube, like this one from my old pal Lindsay Weirich.

See you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #495

Hi!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one.  I think you'll enjoy it.

My card features washi tape from my stash and various dies from Spellbinders.  I forgot the sentiment part of the card - but honestly, I think it's okay.

I cut the dark blue base at 4 x 5 1/4.  I then cut strips of light white card stock at 7/8" x 5" and covered the strips with washi tape.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from different colors of card stock and then colored a little bit of detail on with my Copics.  It was a little difficult to glue stuff onto washi tape - it was slick.  So when I was done I put some weight onto the card until the glue dried.  I added a touch more detail with some Nuvo drops.

Please join us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #494

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by!  The newest sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this one is a fun sketch by Debbie.  So much possibility.

My card features some dies from the March large die kit from Spellbinders.  Love these butterflies!

It also features some leftover paper from a previous Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The sentiment is from Spellbinders - the very first small die of the month kit I ever got.   I did forget the 3 elements on the right side of the sketch but with all the polka dots from the paper, it was probably a good thing I forgot them.

This was a really easy card to put together and not a single stamp anywhere.  I like being able to use my dies.  I'm afraid they'd go forgotten, if I didn't push myself to use them as often as I could.

Well, please join us over at the TMS blog - leave some love for the team.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #493

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a lovely sketch.  I could have played with this one for hours!  I had so many ideas.  Of course, this could be from lack of creativity for nearly a week.  I actually just out of the hospital a few days ago.  Monday night I had a gallbladder attack which resulted in having it removed on Wednesday.  I came home Thursday and will finally go back to work tomorrow.  I got creative on Sunday while chatting with my sisters.  I didn't get far and had to take a 2 hour nap but it felt great to play.

My cards features card stock and stickers that came in the March Simon Says Stamps kit.  Truth be told, this is probably another one that I should have passed on but since I didn't, I vowed to use it.  Here's what I came up with.

As I said, I used card stock that came in the kit so I'm not sure of the color names.  The stickers came from the sticker sheet.  I did lightly add some Lucky Clover ink to sort of halo the sentiment.  The "happy" part is a stamp from a previous SSS kit.  I never really thought about layering stickers before but I think this turned out great.

The cards feature dies from Papertrey Ink and CC Designs.  The embossing folder used is by Darice.  These cards were so easy to put together.  It went relatively quickly when I figured out what I was doing.

 I don't usually make St. Patrick's day cards - I'm not Irish.  But these turned out great and will be sent to the two patients I send cards to weekly.  Maybe they celebrate this festive occasion.

Be sure to join us at the TMS blog and leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #492

Hello!  And thank you for stopping by my blog.  The last revisited sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches and this is Patti's pick.  I have to say, this is a pretty great sketch.  I challenge you to not take it so literally or if you do, really make it pop.

My card features a past stamp set from one of Simon Says Stamps monthly kits.  I think it was probably June or July.  Remember when I said I need to be careful with money?  Really think about the kits and will I use them.  Well, this one I should have re-thought.  I think I liked the extras better.  If anyone wants this stamp set - let's talk.

My neighbor's daughter turned 14 last week and she's really into marine biology so this card is fitting for her.  I did some gorgeous ink blending using Bristol Smooth paper and 3 Distress Oxide Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood and Twisted Citron.  I love how my blending turned out.  Then using a circle die I cut out 3 apertures.  I took another piece of Bristol Smooth and put it behind my inked panel and with a pencil I lightly traced the circles so that I knew where to stamp.  The mermaid actually spans the left and right circles but I hope I'm giving the illusion of one mermaid swimming down and only her tail is in view and the other is swimming by so you can see her sweet face.  Then I added a cute little sea turtle.  I colored these with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush.

I did cut my ink blended panel using the wonky stitch die by Kat Scrappiness.  I embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black card stock using Hero Arts White detail powder.  I stamped just a few more elements from the stamp set on to the inked panel.  Ella loved it!

I hope you enjoy my card and that you'll join us this week.  Please head on over to the TMS blog - I'll meet you there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #491

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog. The latest revisited sketch is up on the TMS blog - this one is by Debbie.

My card features the small die of the month club from Spellbinders - I think from December.  But honestly, I can't remember which month.  Time runs into each other for me.  I die cut these flowers and leaves from watercolor paper and then colored them with Distress inks.

The centers of the flowers are Crystal Drops by Nuvo.  I also used the eyelet coverplate from Pink and Main.  I think this card screams Spring!

Please be sure to stop over the TMS blog and leave the team some love.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #490

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by. The latest favorite sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week is Lori's favorite - but if I'm honest, it's another favorite of mine, too.

My card features the new Everyday Bouquet turnabout stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I splurged a bit and treated myself to the toolkit they released earlier this month.  That beautiful box contains some really great stuff!!

I'm still stuck on this blue and gray color palette.  I love it!  The turnabout was stamped with Sea Glass, Surf Blue and Fog inks by Simon Says Stamp and Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink.  I'm writing to SSS about the Sea Glass ink, I'm thinking it's not supposed to be light.  I stamped it 3 times and you still can't see it very well.  The flowers are dies that also came in the toolkit.  I die cut them from white and then used Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone Oxide inks to colors those.  I had them leftover from a previous project that I was playing with.

I did color a piece of card stock with Surf Blue which is almost the same as Peacock Feathers.  I used that to make the mat piece and the little square element.  I didn't realize until I cut the white piece that it actually cuts a teeny tiny frame so I colored that with Fog ink.

Finally, the banner pieces I cut from scallop border die from Simon Says Stamp and the flag piece is embossed with a die from CC Designs.  The sentiment is from another Concord and 9th stamp set.

I hope you like my card as much as I do!  Please visit us at TMS, the team made some pretty fantastic cards.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #489

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  LJ's sketch pick is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this one is a great sketch by Debbie.

My card features stamps from the Mini-Wreath Builder set by Gina K and a background stamp that was in the August Simon Says Stamp kit.

This card was fun to make - I was actually just stamping mindlessly.  I had nothing going on in my head, no ideas forming, just stamping.  At first I was just playing with the little wreath and I think I was video chatting with my son.  I wasn't even really paying attention to what colors I used.  I used 2 shades of gray, a beautiful purple and this really nice blue.  Then I grabbed a couple of my Gelly Roll pens and added some dots.  I love the little roses and it made me think of the background stamp and I don't think I'd used but maybe one time before.  So staying with the color theme I stamped my panels.  I placed them onto a scratch piece of card stock to cut the circle and then adhered them to a gray A2 size card base.  Then added a little bow using white/gray baker's twine.  I think I finished the card when I was Facetiming with my sister the next day.

It was quite relaxing to make!

We'll see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to visit the team.  They made some really great cards!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #488

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visits - I would love it if you left a comment to let you me know you were here.  The latest revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this week is Jenee's pick.  I love this sketch, too.

My card features lots of dies.  Some of the newest ones from Concord and 9th, flowers are from Spellbinders, stitched oval and the tag are from CC Designs.  I die cut them all out of white card stock and colored them using various colors of Distress Oxide inks.  The sentiment is from Believe Script by Pink and Main.

In hindsight, I do wish I'd embossed the tag panel to give this card a bit more texture.  But other than that, I'm pretty happy with it.  My go to colors lately are teal, turquoise and purple.

Please join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - I'm sure you'll this sketch a lot, too.  Please leave some love for the team, they work so hard to bring you inspiration.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Just playing around....


Thank you for stopping by.  This week's challenge on the Facebook group "I'm going to use up my stuff 2019" is watercolor.  These were the easiest cards to make, especially using the sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch

This isn't exactly how I started to make this card.  I intended to emboss the sentiment but there was just way too much pressure in the Gemini that it cut part of the paper and the rubber mat!  So I just went with it, cut the sentiment - which is a small die of the month from Spellbinders.   I used Distress Ink and Ranger watercolor paper.  The colors are used are Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.

And since I made one, I decided to make two.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #487

Hello!   Thank you for stopping by.  This week's revisited sketch pick is Debbie's pick and it's another sketch by Janice Melton.  I actually did two cards with this sketch.  One of my cards, the first one I'm sharing, I actually started a few weeks ago and finally finished it on Sunday morning.

Before I get to my card - I had such a wonderful time with my son home.  I miss him already.  He left in the wee hours Saturday morning and he got back to Japan Sunday night.  I am so thankful he got safely and all I can say is I'm hoping this next year and half goes by as quickly as this past year and a half did.  I want him stateside.

So this first card features papers from a past Simon Says Stamp kit.  I can't remember which month.  My card also features dies from previous months Spellbinders small die kits of the month.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp that I bought during Die-cember.  I'm not real pleased with these dies, but I have them so I need to use them.  I lightly embellished with some Nuvo Drops.

Now, as I said I made two cards with this sketch.  I did this while my son was at Universal with friends for a couple of days.  I belong to a challenge group on Facebook and the challenge was an animal on the card.  So I pulled out my old There She Goes stamps set and I also used some pattern stamps from Sweet n Sassy.  This is a one layer card!

Yep - only one layer and a whole lotta thought!  It's not great but I learned a lot and I will work on perfecting this technique.  I used a piece of 110 lb card stock cut to a standard A2 size card.  I cut a piece of masking paper down to 4 x 5 1/4 and put it on the card.  I colored the unmasked part with some light blue ink.  Then I removed that mask and cut the circles.  I then stamped the plaid purple square.  I then masked it and stamped the border.  I masked off the border and stamped the yellow gingham pattern.  I then pulled off the outside circle and replaced the overall mask back on lining up the circle.  I then rubbed the pink ink on - this didn't turn out quite how I wanted.  But moving on, I removed the inner circle and stamped my focal image.  I tried to add in a bit of gray and proceeded to mess up thin lines so they became what you see.  I drew in all the black lines and added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn.  As I said, it's not great but hey - I gave it a go.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog, leave the design team some love!  Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Just Playing Around....

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am not one to make New Year's resolutions - they are like campaign promises.  They sound great at the time but when it comes to follow through the promises do a face plant.  But I am very much trying to not be so impulsive and a band-wagon with my crafty purchases.  I am telling myself I have to use - really use what I have before I make any new purchases.

So with that said, my card features the Simon Says Stamp stamp set called Beautiful Day, I think this was in the April 2018 kit.  The sentiment is from a card kit I purchased a very long time ago from MFT Stamps.  I don't think it's available anymore.  The layout is from a sketch at CAS(e) This Sketch.  I also made it for challenge group I belong to on Facebook called I'm Gonna Use My Stuff 2019 Challenge.  If you'd like to join the group, please head on over.

I cut a panel from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock using a stitched rounded corner die from Pink and Main.  I stamped the leaves using Moss Green ink by Hero Arts and then using a couple of Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol I colored the leaves.  I stamped the butterflies using Hollyhock ink (Simon Says Stamp) and Blue Yonder (MFT stamps).  I colored the butterfly bodies with a black Gelly Roll pen.  The paper is from an old paper stack and the sentiment I heated embossed with Hero Arts white detail powder.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #486

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  It's time to kick off our favorite sketches of 2018 - this week is Andrea's favorite.  It's up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog along with some great inspiration from the design team.

My card features papers and stickers from a past card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I think it was March or April.  The papers and stickers are Carta Bella.

I really should have cut a larger oval for the focal image because it gets a little lost at the top of the floral arrangement.  But overall, it's a nice card - I'm pretty happy with it and happy that I'm using up stuff before I get new.  Not a resolution or anything - but I do need to use what I have more often.  I didn't take the January kits from either Simon or Spellbinders.  Way too focused on Valentine's Day and that is definitely not my holiday.  So by not taking those kits, it forced me to use what I have.  Not a bad thing!

Head on over to the TMS blog for some really great cards made by the team.  And then give the sketch a whirl!  Have a great day.

PS - Enjoying my visit with my son.  Time is going by so quickly!  It's been great having all 3 of my kids under one roof again.

And for the Instant Pot - I love it!!  I've made steel cut oats in it, buffalo chicken pasta, pulled pork - but I mentioned a pot roast.  Deeee-licious.  I followed (sort of) this recipe here.  I don't like mushrooms so those I left out and I would say back off the salt if you use the au jous mix.  But it was really good, the meat so tender.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #485

Hello - thank you for coming back!  I have missed our visits.

Tuesday Morning Sketches and the card world/art world has lost an amazing artist.  It is with great sadness that former DT member, Jessi Fogan passed away on December 27th.  This week we honor Jessi by revisiting one of her last sketches.  Please join us in remembering her.

My card features stamps from Simon Says Stamp and paper from Pink & Main.  It's  clean and simple card, for the most part.

I stamped the base card with the leaves using Surf Blue (SSS) ink.  I then stamped the same onto a piece of paper from Pink & Main's Take Flight 2 paper pad and heat embossed with Hero Arts white detail powder.  I didn't have a solid paper that matched exactly so I rubbed the ink onto some white paper and then cut out the square mat for the focal image and the tag from a Spellbinders die.  The main image I tried using the watercolor pencils I got from Crafters Companion.  I really don't like these pencils.  They are going home with my daughter.  Maybe she can make them look nice.

As I write this post - it's actually Monday night at 8pm.  2 1/2 hours and I head out to pick up my oldest son at the airport!  Yes, my sailor son who is stationed in Japan is home for 2 weeks!!!  I am one happy momma.

We'll see you over at TMS blog.  Be sure to leave the team some love!