Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #573

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning  Sketches and it's an interesting one.  I don't anyone to get stuck on the design - they are just elements and they can be interpreted however you wish.

So for my card, giving credit where it's due, is solely inspired by Yana Smakula.  She's been featuring white flowers on her blog and YouTube and I just had to try.  Yana is one in the crafting industry I look up to.  There's not many.  She just seems very genuine to me.


I love how my card turned out.  It's not without it's mistakes, but all in all, it makes me happy and I hope it inspires you.

My card features a beautiful stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I got it some time back in a monthly kit and I don't get those much anymore because I found I use them less and less.  But Sunday I felt like trying something new and playing with my stamps and copics.  It took me a few hours to make this card, but again, so happy with the results.  The dies are from the May '20 Large DOM from Spellbinders.


It also features this beautiful silver paper that I got from Simon - I think it's a hologram pack.  I love the look of brushed silver paper.  This is layered on the same navy blue card stock I used.

I'm not Yana Smakula, but I hope I learned from her and will do her proud should she see my card.  I also hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join our challenge.  Also, while you're there leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #572

 Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping, I do love it when you visit.  Please leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a little similar to what we just had but it has some great differences.

My card features the newest Glimmer of the Month set from Spellbinders, aptly named Have a Colorful Day.  This also features a sentiment from a Small Die of the Month set which was my very first monthly subscription set I got from Spellbinders.  I love this set and don't use it often enough.


My base is Sky View card stock from Raisin Boat (I sure wish they were still around).  I embossed it with Cloudy Sky embossing folder from Darice.  Then using the die I cut the white layer and using one of the sentiment foil plates I hot foiled the sentiment.  The foil is rainbow foil!

I then foiled the arcs on red, orange, yellow and teal card stocks.  This foil is a crazy looking pattern in gold but you lose the pattern on these little stripes.  My daughter said, "Mom, your rainbow is wrong.  You should have used green."  LOL - Everyone's a critic!


Take a look at that SHINE! 


Here you can really see the rainbow foil!  And you can kind of see the crazy pattern of the gold foil on the arcs.  

I love this card!  This one may have to go in my stash.  

I do hope to see you over at the TMS blog - c'mon and join us!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #571

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one.  I think so, I hope you will, too.

This week's card features (again) the Stitched Circle Dies from Pink and Main.  The leaves and swirly bits are from a couple of different Small Die of Month sets from Spellbinders, Glimmer plates from the Dec '19 Glimmer of the Month set and copper hot foil.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th and the background (old) is from Raisin Boat. 


I did forget to mention that I also used the Essential circles glimmer plate to hot foil in one of the circle elements on the sketch. 

The combination of the circle dies and the glimmer circle along with the leaves, this created a very nice modern pumpkin!  I enjoyed putting this together.  I did stamp the sentiment and heat embossed it using Rose Gold embossing powder by Gina K.  It looks too pink but its very interesting, move it around in the light and see that lovely gold shine.

I do hope you'll join us for this week's challenge.  See you at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #570

Hello!  Thank you for your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  I have to admit, after seeing the other team member's cards I wasn't sure what I was going to do, so I struggled to measure up.  I still didn't quite make it, but I am happy with this card.

My card features Stitched Circle dies and Cloud dies from Pink & Main, the sentiment is from Forever Friends from Queen & Co and LOTS of Nuvo Drops.


I actually die cut the circles out of watercolor card stock and then colored each piece using Distress inks.  I did intend for this to be more rainbow in shape, too, but I had so much adhesive on the back that when I placed it down on the card base I had it over to the right too far but had to commit to it because the adhesive wasn't forgiving at all!  Oh well, such as good adhesive goes.

Then I went crazy with the Nuvo drops!  I couldn't help myself.  I had every color of the rainbow and I want to use them all!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join us.  Please come by and leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #569

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Easy elements.  Classic design.  It's a sketch that you can use over and over again.

My card features more the Concord & 9th birthday present from sisters.  This time it's the Kindness Blooms turnabout stamp set, more of the 4 colors of ink and card stock that got and I also used this sentiment Glimmer plate I picked at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4.  I love that!  I did use a Spellbinders die to cut it out and it was a bit too narrow, but it works okay.



I love this card!  It's so sweet and delicate.  This is definitely my new favorite gray!  Love this color!

Be sure to come by the TMS blog and the team's blogs - leave them some love, they made some super cards! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #568

Hey there!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up for Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's pretty cute, if I say so myself. 

So my birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I have the most generous sisters.  I was able to place a big order with Concord & 9th.  I love their new colors and I've always been a fan of the turn-about stamps.  I purchased 4 of their new colors, so my card features 2 of them.  Aqua Sky and Dove.


My card also features the Eyelet Cover Die, Inspire stamp and die set, the sentiment is from a stamp set that I don't think is available anymore all from Pink and Main.  The sentiment I made using the Essential Rectangle foil plate, but I didn't foil it, I tried to do letterpress but it didn't work.  I like what it did do though.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and that you'll join us for the sketch challenge.  Please be sure to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #567

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Andrea.  I had so many ideas with this sketch but I managed to only make one card.  And believe it or not, I actually stamped.

My card features Snail Mail stamp and die set by Altenew.  This is the cutest little envelope ever!  My card also features a sentiment strip from the Happy sentiment cards from Simon Says Stamp.  I couldn't keep it in a single strip so it doesn't look quite the way I envisioned.  But still pretty cute.


I used Nuvo inks for the colors on the envelopes, the base I stamped 2nd generation using Smoke ink by Simon Says Stamp.  I also used a couple of embossing folders and then finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

This is a simple note card but cheery!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join us.  Be sure to leave some love for the team.  I do apologize for having to put comment approvals on my blog and the TMS blog, but I've been seeing way too many dirty comments being left.  Why do people do that?  Do they really think this appeals?  Ugh! 

Alright.   See you there!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #566

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it is so much fun. Debbie created this one and I enjoyed it working with it.

My card features the July Large and Small DOMs and the May (I think) Small DOM from Spellbinders.


The paper has been in my stash for ages but I believe it's DCWV.  I could be wrong.  The letters I cut out 3 times, 2 black and then the decorative yellow paper.  I know the "wishes" part doesn't stand out so great in this photo, but it's looks nice in real life.

I made this for a friend of mine who's birthday is Friday.  She lives in Chicago area so we don't get to celebrate our birthdays together, but we never forget each other.  My birthday is Saturday.  I'm getting too old to celebrate them anymore.  But I guess it is one's own personal holiday.

Anyway, I do hope that you'll join us at the TMS blog for this great sketch challenge.   See you there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #565

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and even though I say this every week, it really is a fun one.  I actually designed this sketch with a specific die in mind.

My card features Arch Tag Dies by Pink and Main.  This is the die I had in mind when I made this sketch.  It also features the June Large DOM by Spellbinders.  I did some simple watercolor smooshing on the background.  I used Ranger watercolor paper and Speckled Egg, Dried Marigold and Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide inks.  I used them for the smooshing and the springs and buds on the flowers.  The gold mirror card stock came from Ellen Hutson.


The sentiment, I featured on last week's card, it came from the Flowering Cistus stamps and dies.  I cut the word you out twice.  From the gold mirror card and white card that I colored with Speckled Egg ink.


Here you can see the shine of the mirror card stock and how I finished off each bud with just a tiny drop of white Nuvo Drops.

My second card, this features on the front stitched rectangle dies from Pink and Main, a butterfly die from a past Small DOM from Spellbinders and a pop-up butterfly design from Lori Whitlock that I got on the Silhouette online store.  I also went crazy with drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops.


The sentiment is from a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  The butterfly I cut from black, light and dark turqoise and light and dark purple card stock.  I inlaid all the little pieces.  I did this to pretty match the big butterfly on this inside of the card.


This is a 5x7 card so you can imagine just how big this butterfly is.  I think I've already worn it out opening and closing the card so often!  LOL  It's just so pretty.

I hope to see you over at the TMS Blog - please come join the challenge and be sure to leave lots of love for the team.  Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #564

Hello!  I guess I completely forgot to create my post.  I have no idea how that happened.  Thank goodness I have Debbie looking after me!

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it’s a good one.  My intention was to have this be for a single layer card but you really could dress this up however you’d like.  My card features the Flowering Cistus stampedbym and die set and the Love Stripes embossing folder from Fun Stampers Journey.


I hope you’ll join us for the challenge.  Be sure to stop by the blog to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #563

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's just a great sketch.  Very classic elements.

This card features the July Small DOM by Spellbinders.


I decided I needed to try some easy watercolor techniques.  I'm not great at it and I ended up with something that looks like water.  That wasn't my intention but it's pretty anyway!  On the circle mat I used Essential Glimmer Circles with some silver foil.  The sentiment is Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer plates.  It's hard to see the shine of the foil in the photograph, but it's so pretty in person.

This card was fun to make.  Still very primitive with my watercolor, but I guess that's okay.

I do hope to see you over at the TMS blog and that you'll join in our challenge.  Leave the team some love while you're there, too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #562

Hello!  And thank you for stopping by.  Do we have a special week this week for Tuesday Morning Sketches!  It is on this very day 11 years ago that I posted the very first sketch.  Yes!  TMS is 11 years old.  I can't believe how quickly time flies.  I remember talking to an old crafty friend, Melyssa Connelly months before I started TMS, telling her how much I admired her for being able to draw card sketches.  She said she knew I could do it, too.  Then with some other encouragement from another crafty friend, Tami Mayberry, I started to work on building TMS.  My sisters were my first design team.  There have been many talented ladies on this team and I am thankful to each of them for helping me keep TMS alive and inspiring others.

It's only fitting that on this 11th birthday that we dust off the very first sketch.  Let's play with it again!  My card features the June Mini Delight - Victorian stamp set.  This is a layering set of two stamps to make this adorable house.  I also used Washi Patterns stamp set by MFT that probably retired like 5 years ago.  I also used a little heart die by Pink & Main and Sentiment Strips die by Avery Elle.  The card stock is Pale Plum and Perfect Plum by Stampin' Up!.


It's a fun little card.  I really wanted a sentiment that lent to our current situation as COVID-19 still messes up life plans.  But I gave up and used the little hello in the Mini Delight stamp set.

I do hope I'll see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave the team some love and while you're there, you might as well play along.  We have 6 prizes for our US players only.  One of them is the new Tim Holtz travel platform.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #561

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Andrea.  It's a fun one, super easy to work with.

My card features an firecracker svg cut available on the Silhouette online store, stars embossing folder by Park Lane (JoAnn's), stars stickers from Michael's and the sentiment is from a set from Pink and Main.


Isn't this fun!?  So I cut the the fire cracker blue layer twice.  One of the layers I also cut an adhesive layer, put that down onto the blue layer so that I could foil it.  I laid down this cool, faceted silver foil on the swirly bits and some for the shine on the tip of the firecracker.  For the sentiment I inked it up with 3 different ink colors.

I hope my card inspires you and that you'll join us for the challenge.  See you over on the blog, be sure to say hello and leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #560

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  A few layers only so it's really easy to work with.

I have two cards to share with you.  The first one features Spellbinders Small DOMs from May and June.  It's hard to see the borders to the sides of the white panel.  They are cut from gold foil card stock and it's super hard to photograph.  I love love LOVE these flowers from the June kit.  Poppies are one of my top 5 favorite flowers and that's what these flowers remind me of.  The sentiment stamp is from Raisin Boat (retired) and I cut it out using Avery Elle Sentiment Strips die.  I also the stitched rectangle die from Pink & Main.


This second card I couldn't resist making.  Spellbinders was having a Summer Sale that I had to get in on.  So this card features the Layered Flowers and Essential Glimmer Rectangles glimmer plates.  The sentiment is also a glimmer plate.  I used Moon Dust and Opal foils.  Moo Dust is the blue on the flowers and Opal is on the leaves.  I also embossed the white panel using an embossing folder from Fun Stampers Journey, Cozy Knit, I believe.


Here you'll see a close up of the flowers and leaves.  Look at that shine!  I'm getting better with foiling.  I am also so super excited that I successfully did some creative foiling.  The Essential Glimmer Rectangles are like layered dies.  So of course what I used isn't this skinny.  I foiled top, bottom and side of the thin white panel.  Then carefully lined of the other and slipped in a thin piece of foil.


I finished off my card with 2 different colors of Nuvo Drops.  This card is so pretty and I am so pleased!

Well I thank you for your visit and I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  The team created some beautiful cards!   See you there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #559

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This is a really fun sketch and it's such an open canvas.  Patti did a great job with this sketch.

I am so very excited to share my cards with you!  This first one features the Friends Forever bundle at Queen & Co.  I'm still trying to embrace the bright primary colors.  I think I need to just give the paper away, it's still not something I'm drawn to.


I added some small strips of solid colors on the left hand side of the card to try to tone down these crazy hearts.  Then I added the black yarn to really try to ground this card.  It's still a bit eye assaulting.  I love the sentiment - I think I'll just play with that from now on.

This next card.  Oh my goodness, I am just bursting at the seams to share it with you....


Aren't these gorgeous flowers!?  This card features the Flowering Cistus stamps and dies from Altenew.  Yes, I splurged!  I know I shouldn't have done it, but I did.  I am still very committed to paying off some bills and so far I'm on track as I laid it all out.  So I deserve the stamps.

Instead of wrapping ribbon or twine like on the sketch I embossed 3 lines.  this card is just so pretty!

Well, again, thank you for stopping by and I'll see you over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  Be sure to come by to join us and leave some love for the design team members.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #558

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I am so excited that your here.  The latest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and you're going to to be blown away by the design team's cards.

My card - I am so happy with how it turned out!  The picture isn't bad - the base is a soft gray but it is also very cloudy outside.  We got hit with some pretty bad storms and the sun hasn't come out yet.  But anyway... my card features Queen & Co Love Jar kit and hello die by Hero Arts...


I also used a rounded corner stitched rectangle die by Pink & Main and the foliage is from a past Small DOM by Spellbinders.

So as you may know, Queen & Co specializes in fun and creative shaker cards but if you know me I'm not bit on lots of dimension.  I am all about making 1 postage stamp cards.  So this card, I'm trying to mimic an old Ball tinted glass jar.  Not really glass since you can't see through it, but hey, it's okay.  And instead of "Ball" and I have hello.  The paper stack that came in this bundle is just so pretty!  The pink foliage is the other side of the gray piece I used.  I used both sides of the paper.

My card is a very loosey goosey take on the sketch and I am just so pleased with it.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  Be sure to leave some love for the team.  See you there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #557

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is fun.  At first glance it could look a little intimidating but it's really not.

I created two cards.  Actually the first one I made last week and already mailed it out.  But Sunday night I had an idea come to me so I had to play again.

The first card features Queen & Co Friends Forever die and paper stacks...


This card started out as trying to be inspired by Laura Bassen and some of the cards she's been doing lately.  I failed miserably!  But this card turned out from it and I really like this idea.  The papers are so pretty and this can actually be a guy card as easily as a girl card.  I die cut the "friend" out of white fun foam so there's a little bit of dimension.  Then I finished it off with a few sequins.

This second card reminds me of an old technique of paper weaving...


This card was actually very easy to do.  I put 2 square dies together and then partially cut them.  I then cut the frames out of the patterned paper and placed it over the white card stock.  Now, here's my mistake.  I needed to cut that from a contrasting paper because otherwise it would've been easier to just cut the frames and stuck them down.  But!  If you see this card in real life it still looks like weaving with the bit of dimension.  I then finished it off with Nuvo drops (Silver Lining) and a simple sentiment from Simon Says stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please head to the TMS blog to join us and leave some love for the team.  They did some amazing projects to share!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #556

Hello - thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is brought to us by Patti.  It's so much fun and the possibilities for this sketch are only limited by your imagination.

My card features stamps from the Love Jar set by Queen & Co, polka dot and sentiment Glimmer plates by Spellbinders and some pink/white baker's twine.  You'll have to forgive the photo, it's been rainy which makes it hard but foil is super hard to photograph....


I am still learning the Glimmer hot foil so the impression is as perfect as I'd like it to be but this was so much fun to put together, even if I did waste a lot of foil and card stock before I got it to look like this.  The stamps are from an adorable Love Jar stamp/die/shaker set from Queen & Co and I used inks from Altenew.  The panel that I foiled is a slight gray, so we can't chalk it all up to bad lighting.


I used a pink foil on the dots and in real life, this looks so cool!  Again, I am still learning this machine and what is the best sandwich to get good results.  Trial and error, I just hope when I finally find the perfect formula, I remember to write it down.

Please head on over to the TMS blog to join in the fun.  The team created some absolutely amazing cards, you'll want to be sure to check those out and while you're there, leave the team some love and then go play!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #555

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think you're really going to enjoy working with this.  It's fun!  And if you're a subscriber to the Small Die of Month from Spellbinders like I am - this month's DOM is perfect for it!  That was lucky!

So as you can guess, my card features May 2020 DOM from Spellbinders as well as April 2019 DOM.  This card is gorgeous!  I love it and I hope you do, too.


I cut a panel that is a hair smaller than an A2 size card base.  On the base, using Distress Oxide inks in Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Forest Moss, I blended on the color.  Strange combo and I probably wouldn't use it normally, but through the cut in borders, it's gorgeous!  I just wish my photo did better justice to this card!  Okay, after blending on the ink, I die cut the borders into the top panel and adhered to the base.  I then die cut the flowers from white card stock and blended on the same ink colors, adding Shabby Shutters and Black Soot.  I finished the card off using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I am very proud of this card - it could actually be used as a wedding card, but I'll be sending it as a notecard.

I hope you're feeling inspired and that you'll join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and be sure to say hello to the team.  Leave a little love and joy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #554

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is by Debbie  It has some basic elements which means it is a totally open canvas.  I think you're going to enjoy working with it.

My card features a thing to new me.  I've heard of Altenew and I even had a set that I got free in a magazine several years ago.  I've watched "crafting celebrities" use their products and coveted their inks for years.  So on Facebook I saw an ad for free stamp set, just pay shipping.  I thought, hey, why not!  It's five bucks - let's go for it.  But then you click on the claim button and up popped an offer for 16 of their mini cube inks for $20.  I went for it.  I featured that mini set a couple of weeks ago.  Well now I've gone and subscribed to their Mini Delight monthly subscription.  This features a stamp and die for $7.99 a month.  Pretty good deal - but I do think added shipping costs makes this a little high  but whatever.  So, I'll stop boring you with my ramblings, here's my card.....


Isn't that flower beautiful?  This is April's Mini Delight - Bold Bloom stamp and die.  The card base is Ellen Hutson Black Licorice 100# card stock.  I embossed the stitched circle die (Pink & Main) into the base and using a size up to cut the circle out of the striped piece.  The striped piece is actually a retired Foil Mates by GinaK.  I did foil it with black foil by Minc.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The ink I used is Black Out ink by Ink on 3.  I did color the floral image using my Zig Color Real Brush markers and a water brush on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Then I finished it with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Strawberry Coulis.

I do hope you like my card and that it inspires you in one way or another.  Please head on over to the TMS blog to leave some love for the team, get inspired by their amazing designs and maybe play along.  Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #553

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another fun one.  I enjoyed the entire process of making this card - one I finally figured out what I wanted to do.

This card features retired dies (picked up on a retirement sale) from CC Designs.  I'm sure everyone recognizes the woodgrain embossing folder that I think everyone has.  The paper used is almost the last of what I have from this stack of paper that I've had for a long time.  It's called Dolled Up and I've loved all this paper that I'm still hoarding the scraps.


I love this card!  At first I felt like I needed to add a sentiment in that lower left corner and then the more I looked at the more I decided I love it just the way it is.  I hope you feel the same way.  This card is is so perfect for a guy or a girl... thank you... thinking of you... just a note.  It's just so versatile and so is the sketch.  It is very open to interpretation.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and please be sure to leave love to the team and give a warm welcome to our new team members.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #552

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning  Sketches and it's another fun one.  I know, I say that every week - but I think we're just a fun group!

I have two cards to share with you.  This first card is a classic!  I think I first made this card about 12-15 years ago!  This is called a triangle pocket card.  It features stamps (flowers) from Altenew and sentiment from Concord and 9th.  The paper is from a value stack I picked up at JoAnns about two years ago.  The die is from Spellbinders.


So the card base creates a pocket.  It holds your message on the inside.


Isn't this pretty?  It's been a long time since I've just stamped.  This was so much fun to make!

My next card - I really don't like making sympathy cards, but when I have to I want to make sure they are really pretty.  I am so pleased with how this card turned out.

I flipped the sketch to portrait and brought the elements "up."  I love this look of this tri-fold card.  I used Bristol Smooth paper so that I could watercolor a bit.  The stamps are from Gina K called Stippled Roses or something like that.  I love this set but I haven't used it very much because I'm not very good at stamping it.  I don't know how to line it up, so I pretty much just hoped for the best.  This turned out so pretty.  It's still not lined up right, but when I smeared the ink with some water, it longer mattered.  I embossed the front panel with an old embossing folder and finished of a space that I missed in the folder with some Nuvo drops.


Open the first fold and this reveals a solid panel.  Which for this card isn't super necessary but if you were doing a scene of say fish or more flowers this could be really cool. 


And then finally the base panel with a place to write a message.


I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  We have new DT members and I'm excited for you to meet them.  Be sure to leave all the team members some love!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #551

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and hope that you'll leave me a comment so that I know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning  Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a really great sketch - great for using up scraps or showcasing some fun washi.  It's also great to show off an amazing focal image.

I have two cards today.  This first one features a Christmas die from Spellbinders.  I actually picked this up recently (a couple of months ago) at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  Normally it sold for $14.99 and I got it for $3.74 - what a bargain!  I'll be using this to make my Mom's Christmas cards.


I also pulled out some paper that I have had for a very long time and cut the strips using a die from MFT Stamps.  The bow and the hangar part of the ornament is cut from pink metallic paper.  This was a really easy card to put together.

My 2nd card features the Magical Characters II bundle from Queen & Company that I bought to make birthday cards for Levi and Courtney.


Isn't this fun?  I am missing Disneyworld - even though I never go, it makes me sad to know it's still closed and will be for at least another month.  I think of my friend Kelly who works for Disneyworld in a call center and am thankful that she's still working.  But I worry for how much longer.

I did leave off the tag element at the bottom left of the card (see the sketch) because I really couldn't think of anything to add.

I do thank you, again, for your visit and I hope you to see you over at the TMS blog to join us for our challenge.  Please be sure to leave the team some love, they deserve your kind words.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #550

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's brought to us by Patti!  It's so fun - I love that she drew it on her iPad and I love that it looks so playful.

My card features a couple of Small Die KOM's from Spellbinders, the paper is from Pink and Main (Beach Bum), Schoolhouse Red cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and the kraft cardstock is from Recollections.


Originally, I was thinking about making this into a shaker card so I cut the sentiment directly into the patterned paper and then the kraft laid overtop.  But then I let go of the shaker idea and was just happy with the low profile card.

I am really happy with how this turned out and it's a color combo I don't normally use so that makes me even happier with the results.

I hope to see you over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to play along with us and be sure to leave the team some love.  They deserve high praise.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #549

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

My card features the Vintage Frame Glimmer plate by Spellbinders.  I had so many fails for foiling that I went with a letterpress technique.  This card also features dies from other Spellbinders KOM's.  This card screams Spring!


I went crazy with flowers and Nuvo Drops!  It's a really happy card.

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and join us.  Please leave the team some love, too.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #548

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's such a fun one created by LJ.

My card features items from a past Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The stamp set is called Bee Yourself, the paper is from a stack by Honey Bee Stamps called The Bee's Knees, the die also came from the kit.  I pulled out some Nuvo Drops, too!


This was a simple card to put together and I am so pleased with the results.  It's a fun, bright and happy card - which is pretty perfect for the time we're in right now.

I hope you're staying at home, only going out when absolutely necessary and avoiding human contact as much as possible.  I have to say I am loving video chat even more these days.

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

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Just Playing Around.....

Hello! Today is the last day to enter Ellen Hutson's challenge to think of our Seniors.  I already made 8 cards and here are 5 more.

This card features Stars embossing folder by Park Lane (JoAnn's) and these adorable Rainbow/Clouds dies from Pink and Main.  The sentiment is from Raisin Boat.  I love how this card turned out.  It's so girly!




Since the die cuts out 6 strips for the rainbow, automatically you're making 6 cards.  One will be sent to the cancer patient I send weekly cards to and the rest for the nursing home.


I did draw inspiration from a couple of challenges.  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches and the idea came from Festive Friday pick 3 inspo list.  I chose rainbow, sequins and stars.

Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #547

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I hope you're going to enjoy working with it.

So this week is birthday week.  My youngest son's 21st birthday is Friday and his girlfriend turns 21 tomorrow.  It's sad that this is such a milestone birthday and we'll not be able to celebrate it by going out to dinner or having a party.  We may still have a party but within limits.  My sister was even going to fly in for the occasion and celebrate Levi's birthday with us Friday and Hollyanne's (my daughter) birthday, which is not until April 6th, on Saturday.  We were all going to Disney World.  Now her trip is canceled, Disney is closed and we're all stuck here at home.

But I'm still bringing a bit of Disney to us all....


This is actually Courtney's 2nd birthday card - I ruined the first one.  My card features Magical Characters II by Queen & Co (yes, I splurged).  These stamps and dies are so cute!!!  They make 4 different character hats and because they are from Queen & Co - they make shaker cards.  My card also features heart border punch by Martha Stewart and digital paper I bought from an Etsy shop.  The bow is cute from black card stock and you can't see in this picture but the white dots are from white glitter paper that I punched out and glued on.  Then I die cut the red glitter paper and overlayed the black and the white dots.  The sentiment is die cut from the January or February small die club kit from Spellbinders.

Okay - here's the card I ruined.  It looked so plain to me after I took this photo that I decided to try to add some sparkle with Stickles and that turned out to be a huge gloppy mess!  Ruined!! The paper that came in the bundle... the beautiful set of Minnie ears destroyed!


I just couldn't leave well enough alone!  Ugh.  If I had just put the birthday sentiment on it, it would have been fine.  But no!  Oh well, I really like the card I'll be giving her.

Please join us over at the TMS blog.  We'd love to see what you come up with for this sketch.  And be sure to leave the team some love.  One more sec, before you go.  Wanna see my son's birthday card....


The card features digital paper that I got from an Etsy shop, a Simon Says Stamp edge die and some gold foil card stock that came in a SSS monthly card kit some time ago... or maybe it was Spellbinders.  It's been that long - can't remember where.  Anyway!  And to give credit, although not entering their challenge, the sketch came from Create a Smile Stamps.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just playing around....

Good evening.  Thank you for stopping by.  I am actually posting something other than Tuesday Morning Sketches - I haven't done that for a long time.  It's almost like I have forgotten how to stamp for the fun of it.  There's always a purpose.  LOL.... and it's not any different this time, too.

Ellen Hutson threw down a challenge to make cards to send to a local nursing home to bring a bit of cheer and joy to some elderly folks who cannot receive visitors right now and who may not use electronic devices to stay in touch with friends and family.  I am all about reaching out to these people.


This first card features dies from Spellbinders.  The "sending" is from the January of February small die KOM and the butterfly is from another small die KOM from sometime last year.  I die cut the "hugs" from letter dies from Sizzix that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a while ago.  The paper I used is from a 12x12 stack from Michaels and the card base is from JoAnn's Park Lane that I got when they first started introducing that brand.  the envelope that is behind the card is made from the same paper stack and my 123 punch board.  Really simple card and I think it turned out really nice.


This second card features a turn about stamp from Concord & 9th.  I actually played along with a couple of challenges.  Just Us Girls color challenge (blue, green and yellow) and the sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #546

Hello - thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and I do hope you'll leave me a comment so I know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and Debbie made this one for us. It's really a great sketch.

My card features a cut file from Silhouette Online store, a swirl embossing folder by Darice and a tiny sentiment from Papertrey Ink.


I really struggled with getting these cute little gnomes to cut.  They really are meant to be bigger and probably cut from vinyl.  But I wanted them for my card so I struggled and fought with it but I won!  However, technically a little too big for the sketch.  But still, a pretty cute card don't you think?

I do hope you'll join us at the TMS blog and please be sure to leave some love for the team.