Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #677

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I actually made a couple of cards and if I'm honest, I'm not completely satisfied with them but they're okay.  This first one features the September 2022 Small die of the month set and the Kaleidoscope Plaid die set that I scored at Hobby Lobby on clearance for under $5!


The leaves were a lot of fun stitch despite using gold metallic floss.  It's difficult to work with. 

This 2nd card features the August 2022 Card Kit of the month from Spellbinders.


I also used the August Embossing folder and this stuff called Opal Polish from Creative Expressions.  It's really kind of neat, I just need to learn use it better.  I used Dashed Squares dies from i-Crafter to cut the paper that was included in the kit and focal piece and sentiment are from the ephemera.

I like this ephemera but the colors aren't strong.  So I think I should have done some inking so the card doesn't look so flat.  I am really coveting the Pink Dream ephemera from Stamperia.  It's so pretty!  I can't find it anywhere.

Well, that's my share for today.  Please join us at the TMS blog and leave the team some love.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #676

 Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's a nice and easy one - great for using up scraps.

My card features the September Stamps and Dies of the month from Spellbinders.  This cute gnome was too cute to pass up!


Can you believe it!  I colored stamped images.  Wow!!  I had a lot of fun.  I also used the Sept Embossing Folder of the month,  It's mostly covered up, but still adds some great texture.

Please join us at the challenge blog.  We'd love for you to join and be sure to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #675

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one by Patti.  She even through in an extra challenge by adding an animal.

My card features a super cute fox die cut by Lori Whitlock available at the iCrafter online store.  The sentiment is from the same die set.  And I just couldn't wait to use more of this awesome paper from Echo Park....


I also used some really pretty sunflower paper I picked up from Hobby Lobby.  I was originally thinking a vellum sticker but couldn't find what I was looking for so I settled on this beautiful paper and fussy cut out the blooms.  I also used the dot circle glimmer plate.  Note to self, hot foil first then cut out with the circle die.  Not the other way around.  Impossible to line up!  LOL  But I am still happy with the results.

I ended up making 3 cards.  The one above and two of the same below....


These cards were so much fun to make.  The piecing takes some time, but I really enjoy the process. 

Now, head on over to the TMS blog to leave some love for the team and join in the fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #674

 Hello, hello, hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I think it'll be a lot of fun letting your imagination go wild!

My card features another great stitching die from Spellbinders.  This one is called Stitched Card Front, Border & Flower.  It was the May Large DOM.  I made this card for my very dear friend's birthday.


I didn't do so well with the foiled sentiment, but my friend didn't care.  I just have to foil more often so I get the hang of what's the right amount pressure and heat.

My daughter is really loving all the stitched cards.  I made another one recently and I completely forgot to photograph it!  And it was STUNNING.  The below picture of it is what the recipient scanned.  SCANNED!!  So it doesn't look at all like it does in real life.  The sentiment is foiled.


I used Glacier card stock from Spellbinders, 3 shades of floss to create an ombre look but after I added my sentiment, you can really see what went in the center.  Then I finished it with some Nuvo Drops in a pewter color.  

Well, that's it for me.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog to join us with this week's sketch challenge.  Leave the team some love!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #673

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this week's sketch is by Debbie and it's lovely!

This week's card features beautiful papers from Echo Park called Fall Fever.


I used some old dies from Spellbinders to cut out the leaves from card stock.  The banners are actually gold card stock but it's really hard to photograph mirror card stock.  This was a super easy card to put together using scraps from another project I made.

My card traders group decided to make mini envelope gift books or whatever they are called.  Made from 3 handmade envelopes using the envelope punch board.  I also included some pieces from the paper and then I made a sunflower (dies from Spellbinders) and a fox and deer from dies by Lori Whitlock available at i-Crafter.





I love the colors of Fall and this is the only way I can enjoy them.  I hope you like them, too.  Please join us over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  See you there!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #672

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's a lot of fun!

My card features stitch dies from Spellbinders, embossing folder also from Spellbinders and a great cover die from PinkFresh Studio called Floral Backdrop.  This didn't start out to be a baby card, but I loved it so much I can't wait to share it with my friend who just had a baby girl.


I love these stitched dies from Spellbinders - they are a little time consuming but the impact is amazing!


Please head over to the TMS blog to join us.  Leave the team some love because they really knocked it out of the park!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #671

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Debbie.  It's a fun one, I think you're going to like using it.

My card features some dies from Spellbinders, Waffle Flower, sentiment stamp from Gina K and embossing folder from JoAnn's.  Before I start complaining, let me show you my card.


Now, for my complaint.  My mom ordered me the Total Package August monthly club for my birthday.  We bought it on 8/2.  It STILL hasn't been shipped.  Mind you, I did make this card a few days before posting.  I read on their site that they ship the monthly club by the end of the month.  Who wants strawberries on Sept 1st?  So I am mad.  Here's the summer kit (for the most part) that isn't here to make summer cards before summer is over. 

But, when I ordered a couple of things from Waffle Flower, I got this little strawberry die as a thank you.  Well, I decided I probably had dies here that would allow me to copy the dies that will eventually be here.  I LOVE how this card turned out.  I am so happy and it was so fun.  So I turned my frown upside down!!

What is the lesson in this?  Look at your stuff already in your collection and make it new again!!

Now, please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches - we'll see you there.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #670

 Hello!   Thank you for visiting.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another great one from Debbie.

My card features Oval Stitch & Border dies from Spellbinders, stitched flower is from another stitchable die set from Spellbinders, the embossing folder is also from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Brushstroke Messages.


So let me tell a secret on myself.  When I'm stuck in long meetings at work that I am not leading, I can't multi-task on work stuff - having those voices in my ear makes it hard to concentrate on work, so I do other stuff instead.  For this one particular call, I die cut the oval, flower and leaves and stitched.  I did a sort of ombre effect on the oval.  I am very pleased with the results.

I did emboss the white card base and the lavender card stock piece at the same time so that lined up perfectly.  It shifted a little but not so much that I felt like I needed to start over.  Before gluing the lavender piece on to the base I wrapped some dark purple floss around the panel.  Glued and then added my focal point.  This die set cuts out 2 different sizes of ovals and both inside and outside the image cuts.  I chose to cut it out and then used the outside cut lines to cut a purple mat.  I stamped the sentiment and then glued the stitched piece to the purple panel.  I love this effect.

I do hope you'll join us at the TMS blog and leave the DT some love.  And since you'll already be there, why not join us! 


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #669

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I think it's fun.  Who doesn't love a card with stuff flying out of an envelope!

My card features balloon die and sentiment die from iCrafter.  The envelope is my own design.  I also used the July embossing folder of the month from Spellbinders and tiny bow die from Mama Elephant.



I had a lot of birthday cards to make for the end of July birthdays so I made them all the same.  Mass production, well 3, at it's best.  LOL

Please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and make something to share with us.  Leave the team some love!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #668

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This one is by Debbie and I really enjoyed making my card with this sketch.

My card features Build a Birdhouse Summer and Tweet Sentiments stamp set from Spellbinders and background stamp from Hero Arts.


For the sand I used fine grit sandpaper from the dollar store.  I did ink it up a little.  The starfish and shell I also inked up to color.  This was such an easy card to put together so much fun.  You'd never know this was supposed to be a birdhouse.  My son said I should have put a lightbulb in it.  Now that would be cool to make this an interactive card that did light up!

Please head on over to the TMS blog to join us - leave the team some love!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #667

 Hello and thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I had fun stretching it a bit!

My card features dies and an embossing folder from Spellbinders...



My card is a bit whited washed so you can't see the embossing.  Someday I'll learn to take great pictures like everyone else does.  Anyway, the card traders group I belong to has a current challenge to make Christmas slimline cards.  So this is what I came up with.  It's probably a little overboard on the poinsettias but they're so pretty! 


In this picture you can see the embossing a bit better.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #665

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one I think is fun because it can be just a regular card or an interactive card.

My card features an embossing folder from Spellbinders, Lindy's Magicals powders and a flower border die from Spellbinders.  I was inspired by a technique that Jennifer McGuire shared recently.  Every now and then she can get me - either inspirationally or financially.  This time it was both!


So these powders are cool!  Messy, but cool.  This technique was really fun.  Basically you put some of these powders onto the folder with a paint brush and spritz with water and then emboss.  She did some other stuff to her backgrounds.  I just used two of the powders.  I was so surprised by the little bits of other color in there!  So neat.

I know my card needs a sentiment, but I couldn't find the perfect one and needed to get this posted so I'll figure that out later.

Head on over to the TMS blog to join us!  Leave some love.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #664

 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one by Debbie.  Thank you for all the well wishes, too.  I am better, still coughing a bit but it's improving, too.

I have to admit that I struggled a bit with this card.  I guess I just wasn't really sure where to take the ideas I had swimming in my head.  But this card features Everyday Bouquet turnabout stamp set from Concord & 9th, bird/branch dies from Spellbinders, rectangle dies and sentiment die from Pink & Main.  Oh and an OG embossing folder from Cuttlebug.


I think I should have made the bird darker so that it would stand out a bit better against the busy background.  But overall I had fun making this card.  It took awhile but only because I kept getting distracted.  I should know better than to put on a favorite movie.  

Please head on over to the TMS blog and join us.  Leave some love for the team!  And particularly to Debbie for the fun sketch.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #663

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  A little challenging but not too bad.  Flip it a little and one could make that card I'm seeing so often on Instagram where it looks like an outer layer is being ripped back to reveal something below. 

Anyway, I'm still not 100%, still coughing a bit and still get tired very easily.  But I'm doing better and I think it shows with my card.  I'm pretty happy with it.  I challenged myself to use an old matstack.  This one is called Latte and definitely one of my favorites.


This card features dies from Pink and Main (daisy), Spellbinders (sprigs) and CC Designs (squares).  I did also use the newest embossing folder from Spellbinders from their EOM.  I know these colors don't exactly say hey, it's summer - but I love this paper pad!  This is a nice card.  I did make a second one where I didn't emboss that purple panel.  Both look pretty good!

Again, I appreciate you stopping by.  Now please head on over the TMS blog, leave the team some love and join the fun.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #662

 Hello! Thank you so much for your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a nice one by Debbie.

So I guess it was my turn to get bit by the COVID bug and I've been sick for the last 3 weeks.  I don't honestly know that what it really was because I didn't go get tested.  All I know is the first few days were awful and the next few weeks all I've been doing is sleeping.  I still get fatigued rather easily and have found I need that hour or two nap in the afternoon.  If you know me, then you know my view on sleep is that it's a waste of time.  But I can't help it.  I am ready to be normal again, no more coughing and having a normal sleep pattern.

I feel that this illness has also affected my creativity.  My card features dies from Spellbinders and sentiment die and stamp from Pink and Main.  In a word, it's "meh."  Not my favorite but here you go....


I don't know if it's the colors that I don't work well or what, but my card isn't that well executed and it just is what it is.

Please join us at the TMS blog, the design team did a great job with the sketch and you're sure to get inspired by their creations.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #660

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's fun and I think a bit creative.

My card features cut files I got from the Silhouette Design store.  Honestly, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I made this sketch but when I sat down to make a card, at first I was thinking surf boards but then I saw these super adorable popsicles.  I love popsicles!


I cut the designs out of white cardstock and then colored them using Distress Oxide Ink.  The first pop is Festive Berries and Saltwater Taffy, the 2nd pop is Tumbled Glass (although not too visible) and the 3rd pop is Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass.  The sticks are Vintage Photo.  I then embossed a piece of vellum with stars embossing folder from JoAnn's.  The sentiment is a print & cut from Silhoutte, too.  I printed it on sticker paper.  Then I finished it off with some dots here and there using Nuvo Drops.  My card came together very quickly and is a fun card.  I admit, I don't usually make 4th of July cards, but it was fun!

I hope to see you over at the TMS blog.  Join in the fun and leave some love!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #659

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a pretty fun one.

For my card traders challenge group we were challenged with making a Summer themed card.  What reminds you of summer?  Well, for me summer means it's even hotter in Florida (and rainy and humid) so that's when it's best to hang out at the pool.  I, personally don't have a pool but I've been known to stick my feet in a bucket of cool water and pretend.


My card features flip flops that I took from a library pocket card svg by Lori Whitlock.  I did copy the base of the flip flop and sized it down so I could layer the solid piece with the cute patterned piece.  I printed some digital paper that I've had forever and then put the design on my design space on the Silhouette Cameo.  I didn't measure accurately so when I cut 4 sets out, two of them didn't have the fish on the bottom part of the design. Talk about a happy accident.  I pulled out my jar of washi and put on 3 stripes and we've got ourselves a really designer pair of flip flops here!

Then I embossed a piece of gray card stock with this brick/subway tile looking embossing folder that my sister sent me.  I'm pretty sure it's from CTMH.  I spritzed it with Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass to give the look of wet cement. Then I cut the corner out of it - the die I used which is a border die I got from Simon Says Stamp (I think) - it did put the angle on the other side of the sketch, but that's okay.  Then I added the 1/4" strips I cut away to the edges to make it look like the edge of a pool.  The "pool" was created using white card stock and blending on Distress Oxide ink with zero technique and all.  I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.  Then I painted Glossy Accents all over.

It's a fun card and it screams summer - pools and flip flops - that says it all for me!

Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope to see you over at the TMS blog joining us.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #658

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

My card reminds me of a nice, warm quilt...


I am featuring strips of paper from a sweet paper pad I got from Queen & Company.  These patterns remind me of a quilt.  The letters are from a die set from Spellbinders and the flowers are from a die set by Lori Whitlock available at iCrafter.com.

This is a super easy notecard and a great way to use up scraps.  I, personally didn't use up scraps, I cut these strips on purpose.  But still - so much fun to put together and it didn't take a lot of time.  Quick and easy!

Please head on over to the TMS blog and join us.  Leave some love while you're there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #657

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

My card features a stamp set from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit.


Now I definitely added more circles but, per the sketch, the main 3 are there.  Now what about that rectangle, you might be asking.  Well, it's there.  Using the Happy Birthday foil sentiment from Waffle Flower I hot foiled onto a piece of window sheet that's designed to be heat embossed on.  So I figured if one could heat emboss, it has to stand up to hot foil.  It turned out gorgeous....


You should see this card in real life!  The shine is amazing from the foil and the window sheet!

This was a really easy card to put together and so perfect for mass production.  It's a great birthday card to have in your stash for when you need a card last minute.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and leave some love for the team and since you're there, you may as well join us.  See you there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #656

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think this will be a lot of fun.

My card features a very old technique posted on Splitcoast Stampers (by Beate Johns) called Emboss Kiss or something like that.  It's where you ink up a solid stamp with one color and ink up an embossing folder with a contrast color.  Stamp the stamp onto the embossing folder and then stamp on your card stock.  This is a challenge with my challenge group I belong to.  Now I really struggled with this technique because one; I don't own very many solid stamps and two; because no matter what I did, which embossing folder I chose, it wasn't even detail to get the texture into the bloom.  Worked great on the leaves.  But here's what I made...


It is a pocket card.  You would write a personal message on the white panel or put in a gift card.  The stamp set I used is Flowering Cistus from Altenew.  The texture is really great and visible on the leaves but not so much on the flower.  The card stock I used is from Paper Trey Ink.  


Here's a close up of the pocket.  And of the embossing folder that I used on the flower.  The scallop border was die cut from a border die from Pink and Main.

I do hope you'll join us this week.  Please head on over to the TMS blog, leave some love for the team and then make your own interpretation of the sketch.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #655

 Hello friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card, well, let me say I do love how my card turned out.  However, it is a very loose interpretation of the sketch.  Spending so much time with my kids this past month, I wasn't feeling very creative.  I just wanted to be with my kids. 

The card features dies from Spellbinders.  These are the birds and birdhouses that were design by Vicky Papaioannou.  This card was a labor of love, for sure, but it was fun to put together.


Like I said, very loose interpretation of the sketch and it was lot of piecing.  But it's a nice card.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #654

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches and its a really good one by Debbie.  I enjoyed using it for my card.

This card features Glimmer Plates by Spellbinders that I have had for ages.  I don't use my hot foil machine nearly enough.  But I hosted a challenge with my card traders group just to pull out my machine and dust it off.


I guess I am in a blue phase because I can't seem to stop using it lately.  I foiled the circle and foliage directly on my card base and then cut it out using the wonky stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrapiness.  I also foiled some flowers and leaves and then using the matching dies I cut those images out.  I did color them a little using my Copic markers and I really like how this looks - it's so soft.  I also foiled the sentiment onto some black card stock and then die cut it out.  My card is black so I put a white panel inside for writing.  And after I glued it on I had to smack myself upside my head.  I should have foiled on the inside, too!  Duh!

Please head on over to the TMS blog to ooh and aah over what the team made, leave them some love and then join us so we can ooh and aah, too!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #652

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit me.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Easy going.  Open canvas. 

My card features dies from i-Crafter.  This is the Llama Add-On for the oval pop box.  I never got a chance to play with it before my time on the team came to an end but I needed a birthday card so it was time to finally break this out.


As you can see, I didn't make it into a pop box.  I used a stencil and some Distress Oxide Ink to make the background.  Then I die cut the llama and pieced all it's decoration.  The banners came from a different die set from i-Crafter - the gable box, I think.  The scalloped border I made using a inverted scallop frames from Pink & Main and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.  Then I exploded confetti everywhere using different colors of Nuvo Drops.

It's a fun card!  I hope it inspires you to go crazy with color and fun some fun.  Now head on over to the TMS blog to join the fun.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #651

 Hello friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a pretty one by Debbie.

My card features flower dies from Spellbinders June 2020 small die of the month, March 2022 embossing folder of the month, a stencil that I used a svg cut from Silhouette Design Studio to create and the sentiment is from the gable box die set from i-Crafter.


I used a piece of watercolor paper for my base.  I spritzed with water then put the stencil down.  Then I sprayed it with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.  After it dried I embossed it.  I am obsessed with this embossing folder.  It's so pretty!  I die cut the flower petals from white card stock and colored them with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and C05 Copic marker.  The sentiment I cut out 4 times so that it had some super dimension to stand up from that embossing.

I hope you found some inspiration in this card.  Now head on over to the TMS blog to see what the team created and meet the new team members!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #650

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and let me tell you, I had a lot of fun making my card.

My card features a technique using two embossing folders.  If you want to know more about it, this is the video I referenced.  The card traders group I belong to threw this technique down as a challenge and I have to say... I'm not a fan.  My card, I love how it looks, but you really lose the 1st embossing folder image when you do the 2nd.


For my card I used the brick wall embossing folder (Cuttlebug) first.  Then I used the Sketched Floral folder (EOM from Spellbinders) over that.  I did use Ranger watercolor paper.  I then colored the inside petals and flower centers using Zig Real Brush markers and a water brush.  For the square piece I smooshed the watercolor paper in some Mustard Seed Distress ink.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp that I die cut out using the Stitched Circles dies from Pink and Main.  The ink is from Altenew.

Now, let's zoom in a little on the detail.  You can still see some of the brick wall texture...


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#cardsforukraine

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

i-Crafter Shadow Box Card - My last post

 Hi friends.  Thank you for stopping by for my last share on i-Crafter.  I've been dropped from the team, so this is my last post. 

I'm sharing the Shadow Box Card by Lori Whitlock.  Fun card, different take on the box card.


Here's the front. The actual die is to create a front and base with that circle opening and one center piece, but I made two.  I also cut the back panel on my paper trimmer because I didn't want a hole through my card.  This way I have a place to write a message.


Here's the side view so you see how it goes in together.  I did make a 2nd center panel, but when I was finished putting this together, it didn't stand or pop the way I thought it would, so really, I could've just decorated the back panel and saved me an hour's worth of work.  But it's all a part of the creative process I guess.

I hope you like this card and it inspires you in some way.  

My thanks to i-Crafter for this opportunity to play with their products these last few months.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #649

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's one by Debbie.  It's a nice and easy sketch - you'll love it!

When you check out the sketch, you'll see I exaggerated some elements.  Debbie meant for a wider margin around the middle panel, but mine pretty much fills the space.  My card features a cute die set that I picked up at Hobby Lobby at 40% off.  It's by Momenta which I think is HL's store brand or generic.  The stamped sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the banner is an old die from MFT Stamps.


Of course, everyone will recognize the Happy Birthday embossing folder that is one of the OG embossing folders.  The decorative paper is from Pink and Main.

I've only got about 18 more of these to make.  I'm making cards for the card drive that Bearly Arts is now officially holds a charity for - #cardsforcubs.  I applied to their design team (for a 3rd time) but signed up to do the cards well before that.  My job used to do cards for foster kids but now that we're 90% virtual, this has gone by the wayside.  So I'm excited to have this opportunity again.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #648

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and sadly this is our last sketch from Andrea.  Andrea, after being with us for us 3 1/2 years, she's stepping down.  I will miss her greatly but I hope we'll see her around on blogs and social media.

So here's my card using her last sketch.  I don't usually make St. Patrick's Day cards, but this one was a lot of fun...


The paper is digital paper that I purchased from Etsy and printed.  The pot o'gold is made from 3 different sizes of ovals and the legs from the word window punch from SU!  I did cut the smallest oval from matte gold card.  It's a little hard to tell in this picture.  The rainbow and cloud is from a die set from Pink and Main.  I cut it out several times from scraps of card stock and then to put it together I adhered to sticker paper and then cut away the excess sticker paper.  After gluing the rainbow to the pot of gold I stuck down several gold sequins for the gold coins.

I hope you like this card and it inspires you to make something fun.  Now head on over to the TMS blog and join the fun.  Leave the team some love!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

i-Crafter Shakin' up the Mailbox

 Hello!  Thank you for visiting me today.  Please scroll down for my TMS project, too.  This month's release is all Lori Whitlock dies - you know I'm such a huge fan of her SVGs.  It's fun to work with her designs in die form, too.

I am featuring the Mailbox die set Lori Whitlock - this is such a fun 3D Spring set but I didn't want to make just the mailbox.  I wanted to take it beyond what it was truly meant for.  So this is what I did...


Yes, I made a card!  Now if you want all the details on how I made this card, please visit the i-Crafter blog.  But let me summarize.  I used Bristol Smooth card stock to create the base.  I used Distress Oxide inks, so my favorite card is Bristol Smooth with oxide inks - they just blend so well.  I used a cloud stencil by MFT Stamps to make my sky.  Then I made the mailbox lid per the die.

And when you open the mailbox...



I made this into a shaker card!  Isn't this the cutest?!  I love how this turned out.  It was a lot of work and I really did want to do a tutorial but I forgot to keep taking pictures of the steps I took to get this accomplished.  Again, visit the i-Crafter blog for the deets.


Here's a better view of the inside of the mailbox where I used the bird and branch that come in the die set to decorate the inside.  Sorry, I don't remember where I got the sequins.  I've had them for a super long time.

I hope you enjoy my project.  Have a great day!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #647

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one by Andrea.  She wants us to create a scene.

I didn't make a scene, I felt something else....


I really wanted to make a floating card!  So this sketch really worked for it.  Sorry about the glare and seeing my drop ceiling tiles.  It can't be helped because of the acetate.  


I made an A2 size card (top fold) the cut off at 1 1/4 inches.  Then cut a strip for the bottom at 1 1/2 inches.  Then taking a sheet of A2 size acetate, I trimmed just a bit off and then adhered to the inside of the card.  Attached the bottom strip.  Die cut the butterfly (Spellbinders) and adhered to the card.  The Scor-Tape that I used to adhere everything does show but it doesn't bother me.


Then I stamped a birthday message on the inside - it's from Hero Arts.  Cute, huh!?

Oh, and do you see that yellow basket in my background?  I have to show you this!  I did this last weekend.  My daughter bought a baby gift set for a friend of hers and it came in this yellow bin.  She didn't want that part and gave it to me. So I made dividers for it and have this.....


It sits at the center of my table and has a space for scraps and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 bases, the middle is A2 size cards (normal) and the back is A2 sized cards (tent fold or top fold).  It's sooo nice!  I love it.

Okay, off you go to the TMS blog to join in the fun and leave some love for the team!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

i-Crafter Release Day!

Hello!  It's release day at i-Crafter!  So excited for this card.  Today I am using the Shadow Box card by Lori Whitlock, but I didn't make it into a shadow box card, I wanted to do something different with it.


Although the shadow box card is very cool and dimensional, it's hard for me to send dimensional stuff to my Mom.  So I went with a traditional flat card that I think is so pretty, so Spring time happy and it's shiny!  This die set comes with all sorts of flowers which is my Mom's most favorite thing.  It also comes with a die that says "Mother" - but my Mom doesn't like word.   In fact, we only called her Mother to jump on her last nerve when my sisters and I were being particularly testy.  So I cut out the mo and then the m again and made "Mom."

I did cut the flowers out from Bristol smooth card stock and then colored them all with Distress Oxide inks.  I love the ombre look this gave me.

Well, I hope you enjoy my card.  Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #646

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy going sketch.  I think you're really going to like it. 

My card is for the #CardsforUkraine - it's just heartbreaking hearing all the stories particularly from someone you "know" and admire.  My heart goes out to Yana Smakula and her family.  As you know, she's a cardmaker that inspires me regularly.


My card features paper from the Blue Citrus 12x12 paper pad, letters from Spellbinders and stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I also made it a white flower that Yana taught me how to color.  I did the use the Inverted Scallop die from Pink and Main so a for a bit of texture I embossed the outer frame and popped the center back in.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go to the people of Ukraine. 

Please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and if you want to participate in this card drive, just make a card in blue and yellow (Ukraine flag colors) or sunflowers (their nation's flower).  Then share your card on social media using the hashtag #cardsforukraine

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

i-Crafter Easter Basket

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  Today I am sharing a project I made using the Easter Basket die by Lori Whitlock.  It's so cute!!  Swap out the sweet little chickie for flowers or other dies and you've got so many possibilities on your hands for this little basket.


This was so easy to die cut using the iMend Self Mending Magnetic PRO Deck!  I know the price point is a bit higher but trust me, it's worth very penny.  Besides our tools are investments, we want to invest in what's going to stand up use after use and this cutting deck will stand the test of time.

The basket is really a no brainer to put together.  The score lines emboss while cutting out the pieces.  You just need a good creasing tool like the i-Press Burnisher to give you some sharp creases on your fold lines.  Remember to cut 2 bases, 2 longer panel dressing pieces and 2 shorter dressing pieces.  This set comes with the chick and broken egg as well the bow and a pretty leaf (not shown in my sample).  I punched a couple of holes on opposite ends and used chenille stems to fashion a handle, poking the ends through the holes and bending to secure.

I filled the basket with some Easter grass and these cute little styrofoam egg ornaments.  This will look great sitting on my, what I call, display table.  This a sofa table that serves as my decoration piece that I change with the seasons/holidays.

I hope you like my project and that it inspires you to make some fun treats either for yourself or someone else.