Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Merry Christmas

This week's sketch is so very pretty. I have changed mine up a tiny bit, so before I go further, here is the original sketch:

As you can see, I changed the oval shape to a rectangular one. I didn't want to lose any of my pretty clip-art vintage Santa.

I started with a tan card base and matted it with a piece of snowflake covered red. I matted my image with the same tan as the card base. Behind he Santa I placed a large snowflake (I believe it was cut with a Spellbinder die. I found it in my scrap drawer, so I cannot remember when/where I cut it.) I punched smaller snowflakes using two Martha Stewart snowflake punches. 

 I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter wand and colored all of the snowflakes (the large and the small ones). I think you can get a little hint of the sparkle in the above photo. It is really pretty up close and personal (smile). 

This is the time of year that I start making my Christmas cards, so you will probably be seeing more in the future. However, my team mates haven't started Christmas yet, so if you want to see some wonderful non-Christmas samples of this lovely sketch, please visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look. Stop by the individual blogs by clicking on the member's name above her sample. Leave a little love on their blog if you like what you see.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coffee Please!

Hello kind followers. Many of you who personally know me recognize that this card was really made with me in mind. I definitely HAVE to have my coffee when I get up in order to wake up and get going. I enjoy coffee. I enjoy the smell and the taste. 

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Digital Stamps, and here is our sketch:

 This was a fun sketch. It is easy and quick but not totally CAS. The fishtail elements add some dimension and a nice focal point to draw your eye to the image. 

My image is called Mis JJ Coffee. 

The image comes in both b&w and pre-colored. I enjoy coloring, but for the past several months, I've really enjoyed using pre-colored or stamped images using one ink color only. I've been able to make some really nice cards in less time which has helped with my busy schedule. 

I started with a piece of blue cardstock to create my base card. I added the piece of stripe background (from my scrap bag). I then matted my pre-colored image on a piece of the blue and adhered it to the center of the card front. I cut the two fish tail pieces from the blue using a Memory Box fishtail banner die.

You could add a bit more bling if you wanted by adding gems to the fishtail or replacing the fishtail pieces with another design -- take a look at some of the things the other DT members did with theirs by visiting the Tuesday Morning Blog.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Flowers for You

This week's sketch is a little different but I think you will have fun with it. The card actually looks a bit like an envelop, but if you take a minute to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, you will see how many beautiful looks this sketch can have. It was so much fun!

Here is the sketch:

I started with a mint green textured card. I then used a beautiful triangle die by Die'sire to cut the peach colored "flap." (HINT: If you have this die or any other similar intricate die, sandwich a piece of wax paper between the die and the paper being cut for easier release after cutting.) I used spray adhesive to adhere the flap piece to the card.

That was easy, right? Now the fun part. I used peach, white and yellow flowers (Recollections and Wild Orchid) randomly adhered to the flap. Then I stamped a Just Rite sentiment using Certainly Celery ink (Stampin' Up) onto white card. Punched it into a square and then matted it with the peach. 

This card was easy-peasy. It took me about 30 minutes to create (tops), yet it is so pretty! Have some fun and have a go at this sketch.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Add a Little Music

Did y'all participate last month in the Tuesday Morning Sketches anniversary challenges? We had some wonderful prizes leading up to the grand prize of a Misti stamp system. Now it is time to get back to our regular weekly challenges, and we hope you will continue to follow and play along with us. Here is this week's sketch:

This sketch holds all kinds of possibilities, and our DT team has created some fantastic samples for you. 

I started with a black base card which I layered with a piece of red patterned paper. You cannot tell from the photo above, but there is black in the background paper (looks like the streaks in a slab of marble). My stamp set is by Close to my Heart. I used the piano keys for the main image. I stamped it on white using black Memento ink. I then matted it with black. The individual notes (also from the same set) were stamped with the Memento ink and matted with black. If you look closely, you will see the individual notes have a bit of glitz to them. I lightly colored over them with Stickles. Lastly, I added three black pearls to the top right hand corner.

Hope you will join us this week at the Tuesday Morning blog with your creation. Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Anniversary Grand Prize Reveal

This is our final week for the Tuesday Morning anniversary month, so we will be drawing for our grand prize this time. I can finally tell you what it is, and I'm so excited. First, let me share the sketch and twist with you.

The "twist" this week is to use a stamp -- pretty easy, eh? Who among us does not own a stamp? Please, no digital images or die cut focal images.

Now, here is the wonderful surprise prize:  

My Sweet Petunia is offering this wonderful prize to one lucky winner. Remember, the drawing will include every entry from week one through this final week. The grand prize winner will be announced next Monday, so you will want to participate this week!

I used a Close To My Heart image this week from a set called My Style. I have used those stamps before on several occasions with no problems, but this time I could not seem to get the image to stamp correctly (definitely needed a Misti!!). I tried every trick I know to get the image to print clearly and dark (as it should have). I even used several different inks. I finally had to pick the best of the bad to use. While I wasn't totally satisfied, I was running out of time. 

I used a blue Ninah card for my base, and a piece of retro looking designer paper from a stack my daughter pulled for me (sorry, I didn't jot down which pad it was from). Instead of ribbon, I used a piece of solid across the DP, and instead of a bow, I used the shoe image. The two fish tails are cut from a scrap of the main DP (front and back). I added three random rhinestones to the image oval and then one smaller one to the top of the shoe.

Stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see the wonderful cards the other DT members have made and then get busy with your own creation. We love seeing what our followers do with our sketches.

Happy crafting everyone!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thinking of you

You know that, as a general rule, I really like our Tuesday Morning Sketches sketches. However, every now and then one comes along that I have a hard time wrapping my head around. Sadly, this one was one of those sketches. First I tried doing this sketch with all paper (picking coordinating strips from my scrap bags), but that didn't work for me. Then I thought about those decorative tapes -- um, realized that I didn't like them so had given all mine away. OK, finally settled on ribbon, but I really wasn't totally happy with that choice either. At any rate, several attempts at filling my waste basket with aborted cards, I finally ended up settling for this one.

I have a white card base. The dotty paper is matted with pink card. The ribbons are various shades of pink which do match the dots in the background but aren't exactly my favorites. 

The flower is one that I made several years ago. A couple of my girlfriends and I decided we would all search for different types of flowers and try to make them. This one is made by cutting the flower shape and then folding the petals to create some dimension. I added a purchased pre-made paper flower to the center and a crystal gem. 

Because that seemed a little plain to me, I added the punched butterfly and a tail of crystal gems. Lastly, I added the sentiment which I stamped onto pink paper and cut into an oval shape using a Marianne die.

I hope you have better luck communicating with your Muses on how to use this sketch. The other DT members had no problem (sad face)! As I said, sometimes it just doesn't work for all of us, and this was my turn!

Do give it a try. Remember we have that really grand prize at the end of July, and each week's entries will be used to pick the winner, so the more week's you participate, the better your chances of winning (and if you don't happen to want or need the prize, I'll happily take it off your hands (LOL)!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July

We, at Tuesday Morning Sketches, are having fun with the sketches and additional challenges leading up to our grand finale 8th Anniversary blog. This week, we are asking that you use the sketch to make a Christmas themed creation!

Here is the wonderful sketch:

Here is the wonderful prize for this week's challenge:

I love old images of Father Christmas, Saint Nick, Père Noël! The Coca Cola Santa in his red suit is cute and great for the kids, but just doesn't have the same elegance and tradition as the older images (to me). Those of you who have followed me for some time may have seen the wooden ornaments that I painted using the vintage themed Santa faces. Anyway, when I saw this clip art picture, I knew I HAD to use it for some Christmas cards this coming year, and this week's sketch is perfect to use it with.

I printed the clip art onto white card. I used red card for my card base. I dry embossed a piece of white using a Spellbinder double sided die. The ribbon is a roll I purchased at Michael's Crafts a few years ago. There is no brand name listed on it. 

The sentiment is from a set of clear stamps I purchased at Hobby Lobby by MSE! (My Sentiments Exactly). The ink I used is called Watermelon Red by Ranger. I finished it off with a small chipboard holly leaf (a package of leaves by Recollection).

I am quite pleased with this card. It will be a nice, elegant looking card but not bulky or heavy, so will be easy to mail out to my many friends during the holidays. 

Remember, Tuesday Morning Sketches is having a prize and drawing each week, but all entries remain in the "pot" for the final drawing of a fantastic prize (I've been wanting one for myself, but I'm not going to ruin the surprise and tell you what it is!!). 

Picture of the ornament I painted which is similar to the image used on my card: