Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #582

 Hello and thank you so much for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I thoroughly enjoyed playing with it!

My cards... yes, I said cards!  I made two.  My cards feature the November Large Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  This die set brought back my love of stitching.  My first crafts I started doing as a pre-teen was counted cross stitch.  This isn't counted cross stitch but was fun playing with a needle and thread.

This first card I used paper from an old Christmas 12x12 pack designed by Heidi Swapp.  I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, a wonky stitched oval die from Kat Scrapiness and a sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp.


This card, I mean, in real life this card is a show stopper!  My sister was left speechless.  So that's a great compliment, right?  I used gold and silver metallic embroidery floss, gold and silver foil card stock and finished it off with some Nuvo drops and a gold half bead.


I took this picture so you hopefully can see all the shine and the embossing I did on that smaller silver panel.  Embossing foil card stock is so effective - it captures the detail so well!


The corner pieces I cut from the other die that's in this set - it's a border.  I'm sure you've seen these on Instagram or if you follow Jennifer McGuire closely.  

Anyway, I appreciate your visit.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog playing along with us.  Leave the team some love.  And Happy Thanksgiving to you all in the US.  I hope your holiday week is filled with blessing and love.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #581

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's one for one of the hottest trends right now.  Slimline card.  This is the 2nd one we've featured on the blog but I have to admit, I'm still struggling with it.  To be honest, I'm not a fan.

My card features some flower dies and border die from Pink and Main and a sweet sentiment my sister sent me in a goodie box from CTMH.  This is a really simple note card, I like it but I am not a fan of this slimline style.


It's hard to photograph, too!

Anyway, I'll stop complaining.  I cut some squares from a pack of paper that I got in a Simon Says Stamp monthly kit awhile back.  I then die cut the flowers from white cardstock and adhered to squares.  As I said, this is an easy note card with lots of white space.  And I adore the sentiment!

Please join us at the TMS blog - the design team did a way more amazing job with the sketch.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #580

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  Simple elements with so much possibility.  That's my kind of sketch!

If you know me, then you know I am a sucker for a snowman.  I love those adorable, fluffy, frozen creatures in just about any shape, size or form.  So you know when the Small Die of the Month for November was sneak peeked from Spellbinders, I was not skipping this month's kit!  I was happy that it came in the mail Saturday so that I could play with it right away!


I kept this card fairly simply.  I used that same Winter Wonderland paper pack that I used a couple of weeks ago, partly because it was still on my desk, but mostly because it couldn't have been more perfect for how I wanted this card to look.  I used the stitched rectangle dies from Pink and Main to cut out the paper panel.  For the circle element, I used the stitched slope dies from Kat Scrappiness, then layered those onto a piece of vellum.  Then I cut the circle out using stitched circle dies also from Pink and Main.  I used an older Small DOM set for the sentiment.

I think this turned out great!  Was really easy to put together, even with all the little pieces to the snowman.

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #579

 Hello - thank you for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice sketch.  I have to say when I designed this sketch I was thinking snowflakes and ornaments but when I sat down to work on this card, I couldn't get what I was thinking out onto paper.

This card features a cute svg owlurkey I found in the Silhouette online store, the paper is more digital paper from that same Fall #2 pack by Echo Park I used last week.  I have to say this card is not as cute as last week.  I just really struggled with paper crafts over the weekend.  And I forgot to photo the inside that has a super cute large sentiments that says "in owl things give thanks."


The turkey is adorable but the card is just lacking something.  Oh well, thank God I have a team that is amazing and they'll outshine my card hand over fist!

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #578

 Hello!  Thank you so much for your visit.  I am so happy that you're here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice one.  I love the many ways one can do color blocking.  This sketch is a good one to use up scraps.

My card features elements from a pop up box card by Lori Whitlock.   It's call Fall Fox.  The paper is digital paper by Echo Park, Fall #2 that I found on Snap Click Supply.  I love Echo Park papers but they aren't so readily available in my area, so I do love being able to print them.  I am not one to keep scraps around much, they make me crazy.  The sentiment, the 'happy' is from a set by Simon Says Stamp and the 'thoughts' is from a set by Concord & 9th.  I did make one just plain and found that to be flat so inking all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink really made this pop.


I did do one of the blocks wrong per the sketch, but that's okay, it still basically worked.  Isn't this cute?!  I love how this turned out. 

I do hope you'll join us with this fun little challenge.  Please hop on over to the blog and leave some love for the team, too.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #577

 Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This is a really simple one with basic elements.  You will only be limited by your imagination!

My card features the June (I think) Mini-Delights stamp/die set from Altenew, dies from Kat Scrappiness and Simon Says Stamp and super cute Winter Delight paper from Echo Park.


I think this card turned out really pretty.  But let's talk about the insanities of this card.  I have actually been thinking about how to get this one out of my head and onto paper.  It really is crazy.  First let's talk about this house.  It's a 2 layer stamp.  I stamped the first part of the house with Soft Pool Ink (Hero Arts).  I then applied the 2nd stamp (roof, door and shutters) onto my MISTI and stamped the image on some Masking Paper by Inkadinkadoo.  Does this stuff not have a long shelf life?  It didn't stick hardly at all!  Anyway, I cut tweenie-weenie masks to get blue roofs and red shutters.  Then proceeded to decorate with teenie-weenie lights using 4 colors of Nuvo Drops.  While those were drying, I got to die cutting.... I used the Kat Scrappiness winter coverplate for the base.  I used the wonky stitched mats for my scene.  I also die out a masking sheet of that, too, cut out the inside so I could mask off the stitching and ink blend on the 2 shades of blue.  I also die cut the trees from another set I have Kat Scrappiness and then finally created snowdrifts using stitched border dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I finished this off with some "snow" on the roof and the trees using white Nuvo Drops.


Then crazy wasn't crazy enough until I got a wisp of smoke coming out of the chimney using a bit of cotton ball.  

As I said, I'm pretty pleased with this card.  It really needs a sentiment and I don't have one appropriate.  It needs to say "Home for the Holidays."  I don't have a stamp like that, but rest assured I'll get it on there somehow.

Thanks, again, for stopping by.  Now head on over to the TMS blog.  Leave some love for the team, check out what they made and then join in the fun.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #576

 Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really simple one.  It's a great one for CAS cards or some interesting cut edges.  Let your imagination take wing!

My card features the monthly Mini Delight set for September called Petite Posy.  I recently watched a You Tube video by one of the artists at Altenew and took inspiration from her - making the most of little stamps. 


Someday I'm going to be good at watercolor but I guess I fake it okay.  I stamped the flower along the right edge with clear embossing ink on Ranger watercolor paper.  I then heat embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder.  I also stamped a couple of blooms on separate watercolor paper and used the die to cut them out.  I didn't have it lined up quite right so I trimmed it so that I close cut it.  I colored them using my Zig Real Brush markers and lots of water.  I mixed mustard with light carmine red to come up with this near Sonia rose color (my favorite rose in the world).  The leaves I used olive green and mid green.  Then I washed Frayed Burlap Distress Ink over the rest of the card.  Then with some less watered down color I got a few splatters.

Finally, I die cut the Hello die from Hero Arts from brushed gold card stock and then stamped a coordinating sentiment below it.

I'm pretty happy with how this card turned out.  I hope you like it, too.  Please head on over to the TMS blog and join in the fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #575

 Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's a real basic sketch with some super basic elements.

Basic... yet I struggled.  I wasn't feeling very creative the entire weekend!  But my daughter and I did some cleaning and Fall decorating.  We want to do more!  We get 2 whole months of these lovely colors so I really want to soak it all in.

Anyway, talk about Fall colors.  I am loving this card!  Check it out....


I really did struggle with what I wanted to do for this card.  I knew I wanted to play with the Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout stamp set.  It is bigger than the element on the card but I thought why not, I get a larger circle element and I've got the sprinkles at the bottom all in one with this wreath.  The colors are just stunning - this is just going to happen when you use gradient colors like I did - these came in a 4 pack from Altenew.  Then with a couple of small stamps in the same set I added a touch of brown and green.  I then used the Hello Darling stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and I added some colors from Hero Arts.  The vertical strips are Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink and using some some stamps in the Hello Darling set, I added some interest to them by stamping a random pattern of leaves and creating a sort of plaid effect.  

I do hope you like this card and that it inspires you to look at what you've got differently.  This set is really set for Spring - even some sentiments are all about Spring.  But by changing the colors and layering up - I've got a lovely Fall mini-garden.

Now head on over to the TMS blog and join us! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #574

 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 Andrea.  I really struggled with what to make.  I started on one card and it ended up in the trash.  But I am pretty happy with what I did make.

This card features an old kit from Simon Says Stamp, Bee Yourself....


Everything I used came in that kit except the stitched circle dies which are by Pink & Main.  Remember this fun technique?  I used the dies to make a window in the card.  I used some embroidery floss to suspend the bee in the window.


Cute right?  The paper is from Honey Bee Stamps and the stamp set is just cute! 

Thanks for visiting - now hop on over to the TMS blog and join in the fun.  Leave some love for the team, too!

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!