Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ava and Deacon Love

We are still using some of the DT's favorites from last year. This one was picked by Wanda. Do you remember it? It is a fun sketch to use. Here is the blank sketch:

Our sponsor this week is a fun favorite, too. Bugaboo is offering up four (4) of their fun images to one lucky winner!

I have used a solid red card base for my card. I rounded off all four corners. The patterned paper is from a 12" x 12" pad by Dear Izzy called Documentary. I printed Ava and Deacon onto Neenah white card and colored them with my Copic markers. The Spellbinder die is cut out of another piece of patterned paper from the same previously mentioned pad. The banner across the bottom of the image is a piece of ribbon. I did cut fishtails on both side of the ribbon, but they are against a white area of the background paper so don't show in the photo.

The DT have been havng fun using some of our favorites. We hope you are enjoying the look back as much as we are. Please join us by creating a card of your own and entering the weekly challenge. Link your card at the Tuesday Morning blog. We look forward to seeing it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Day Late

I am sincerely hoping that the beginning of this year is NOT indicative of how the year is going to go. I have been totally off kilter for the past two weeks! Part of the "problem," I realize is that I was off work during the holidays and then we followed those up with a couple of snow/ice days. Then to add to the confusion, one day of my work schedule has been changed, so a new routine for me. OK, enough explaining for why I'm a ding-bat (smile). Let's get on with the show....

This week's sketch from last year was picked for us by Debbie, and the prize for this week is three beautiful embossing folders. Here is the sketch:

I want to mention that we are looking for a couple more people to join the design team. We are not going to be sending out an official DT call, but if it is something that you've ever considered, and you think you might enjoy working with the TMS sketches, just let me know and I'll pass your name on to Melissa.

Thanks, and enjoy this week's sketch!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are now ready to get back to Tuesday Morning Sketches and to crafting. I know I did and I am (smile).

If you have been following TMS or my blog for a while, you know TMS starts each new year with a collection of DT member's favorites from the previous year. This week's sketch was selected from among Janice's favorites from 2016.  

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring this week's challenge.  The prize is a cute Christmas stamp (I know Christmas is over but this will give you a head start for next year), a 6x6 paper pad and some much needed reinkers for Versa-Mark, Staz-On (black) and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads.

 So Janice is kicking it off with her favorite sketch, TMS #339.  This was created by Debbie and was first published on February 16th:

First, let me apologize for the washed out look of my card. I guess my mind was still in holiday mode because I used the wrong sketch. By the time I discovered it, it was getting late AND we were having a nice little rain storm -- in other words, not the best lighting conditions for taking my picture (sigh). 

Anyway, the card base is tan, the DPs are from a very old DCWV pad called Linen Closet. My image is a sweet Magnolia stamp. The flowers are from Recollections (large) and Wild Orchid Crafts (small), and the leaves are punched with a Martha Stewart punch. I altered the sketch slightly by using an oval die rather than a circle to better fit my image. You cannot tell in the photo, but the background DP, the strip piece, the large flower and the tiara all have a bit of glitter.

Join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches. See you next Tuesday, if not before. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Birthday

Hello friends!  So happy that you joined me today.  I hope that those of you here in the US had a nice holiday weekend. 

As promised, Tuesday Morning Sketches has a great sketch for you today and a great sponsor.  Our very own Debbie brought you this fun sketch and she's sponsoring, too.

Here's the sketch:

 And she's giving a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "Santa's Sleigh" Embossing Folder.

I have all the Christmas cards I need so I used this week's sketch to make a birthday card. I have two birthdays (same day) in December. One is male and one female. The girly-girl one is never a problem, but I am always stumped for male cards -- especially the older they get.

I took two sheets of companion papers, a stripe and a solid, and used that for my background. I'm not great at tearing and ended up tearing it the wrong way; consequently, the wonky tear line. In order to conceal some of the wonkiness, I inked the torn edge with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distressed ink. I then created a sentiment using the computer and cut it out with a Spellbinder nestling labels die. I inked the edges of the cut-out with the distressed ink. Lastly, I added three green buttons to the bottom right corner of the card.

The inside (which I should have photographed and shared with you) is a background of he solid green paper with the sentiment cut out using a larger size of the same nesting dies. I inked the edges of the cut sentiment. I then added punched corner pieces from the striped paper to the four corners.

It actually turned out right well, and will do nicely for the 23 years old young man for whom it is intended.

This is a quick and easy sketch to use. However, it can be elegant, fun or funky depending on the two papers that you use for your background and the image or sentiment you use for the front. I opted against using an image because I didn't want the card to lean towards silly or juvenile. Using the words only kept it more mature (in my opinion).

I hope you will join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches. We realize the holidays are fast approaching so many of you are busy. We understand. However, you will want to save our wonderful sketches so you'll have inspiration for all your future card needs.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Let Us Adore Him

Good Morning friends! Thank you so much for joining me again. This is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and I know many of you may be preparing for the holiday by traveling or by having family and friends at your house.  We are going to have a small gathering this year, but we will be no less thankful for all the blessing that have been bestowed upon us.
This week's sketch is inspired by Jessi.  It's pretty easy, which makes it a good one for those with busy schedules.  It is also very classic in that it is beautiful kept simple (as in the sketch) or with lovely embellishments.
Here's the sketch:

 Our sponsor is DRS Designs Stamps.  You're all familiar with DRS Designs as they generously sponsor us several times in the year.

I used a sand colored card base with a layer of green and a piece of lovely burgundy and sand designer paper (from my stash). I also used a nativity clip art that I've had for quite a long time and have no designer name associated with it on my hard drive. It is a beautiful rendering of the Holy family. The words "Merry Christmas" are from DRS Design as is the "Adore Him Greeting."  I really like them both, but I especially like the font used for the Adore Him sentiment.

If you have a few free minutes his week, we would love for you to join in our challenge at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. If you can't join us, then have a wonderful week and to my fellow Americans, have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Little Shepherd Boy

Happy Tuesday morning everyone. I'm running a little late (again), but at least it is still Tuesday (smile). This week, at Tuesday Morning Sketches, we are being sponsored by All Dressed Up stamps who will provide two images of the winner's choice. Wendy has some really cute images, and she also sponsors two challenges per month of her own which require using her stamps, so she offers free stamps on her web site. Very generous lady.

Here is this week's sketch for you to use:

I used Core'dinations card for the base, and the designer papers are from American Crafts. I rounded the corners of the base card and again to the first layer of DP. I cut the scalloped rectangle using a Spellbinder die and then cut my image piece down to fit. I colored the image with Copic markers after printing it off on Neenah white card. I then cut the double fishtail banner from a piece of the base card and I cut the words "Merry Christmas" from a piece of left over paper from another card.

 We are getting into the holiday season, so we understand that time is getting more limited for many. However, we appreciate the continued support at Tuesday Morning Sketches from so many of you. The participation cards have been beautiful. Thanks to all of you, and to those of you who continue to follow me here on my personal blog.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mary Engelbreit Christmas

Good morning. It is I, the perpetually late member of the Tuesday Morning Sketches deign team, finally getting my post up. This week our sketch was created by our own Debbie Foster, with our own Patti providing the prize!

Here is the blank sketch:

 This sketch works much better if one has a wider ribbon for the top, but since I didn't have any, I had to go with what I had. It didn't turn out too bad, though, in my opinion. Just a few simple steps, and you have a nice looking card!

1) Pick your base - mine is green card.

2) Pick a DP and cut to size.

3) Adhere wide ribbon to background DP and gather it off center.  Adhere background to card base.

4) Attach an embellishment, image or sentiment with a thinner ribbon. Walla! Pretty card.

My background paper is from a packet of Christmas papers I purchased from Michael's Crafts. The circle is by Mary Engelbreit. It is on a green glittery circle an popped up with a foam dot. The green ribbon is from my stash.

Stop by the Tuesday Morning Blog and have a look at the beautiful cards the other DT members have made. You are really going to like this sketch once you see how versatile it is. Quick, easy and lovely -- good combinations for any occasion!