Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hugs with Henry

Good Morning TMS friends!  We're so glad you're here joining us for another challenge.  This week's sketch is so simple, with really basic elements.  This is truly a blank canvas and open to your creativity and customization.

TMS is sponsoring this week's challenge, and here is the wonderful prize we are offering:

My daughter needed a card for a baby shower, so I was able to combine this week's DT commitment with her need for a baby card. This sketch, as stated above, is really a wonderful template that works for just about any kind of card you need.

I used a preprinted image that came in a 3-D kit (Hugs with Henry decoupage kit). I did not use all the dimensional parts, just the flower. We liked the idea of the flower "growing" because the mother to be is expecting a little girl.

I cut a white card base and then put a layer of yellow card on it. The pink flowered DP is from the same kit as the image. The sentiment is from a Just Rite stamp set using CTMH Bubblegum ink. The yellow ribbon is from Michael's Crafts.

We are excited to be offering the wonderful Cheery Lynn die shown above. I have that die in my collection, and I use it quite often. I know you are going to want to have a chance at this prize. Just use our sketch to make your own card and post it at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. 

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Card

Last week I worked every single day except Wednesday, and on Wednesday I road up to South Carolina to see my Mother-in-law. The trip usually takes about 3-3.5 hours (one way), so not too bad for a one day trip. However, because of a road problem on I-85 in Atlanta, traffic had to be rerouted for several weeks and was still being rerouted when we headed up to SC. Add another 1-1.5 hours, each way, to our trip. Quite a tiring day and quite a tiring week. As a result, I did not get my DT card for Tuesday Morning Sketches completed. 

Thought, though, that while I am reminding everyone to check out the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this week's sketch, I'd also share a card I made for a girlfriend for her birthday. Those charming little flowers are from the Woodland Collection stamp and die set by Heartfelt Creations. After cutting, inking, and shaping the sweet little flowers, I added a pink pearl to the center and placed them on leaves from the collection. The background is embossed, and the sentiment was stamped. I needed to cut out the sentiment so it would show on that embossed background, and my girlfriend (whose house I was at while making the card) only had the one die that would work. It would not have been my first choice if I had been home, but "beggers can't be choosers." (smile)

The butterfly was stamped on Vellum and embossed with white embossing powder. I took a pink Prisma color pencil and colored the back of the butterfly before adhering it to the card.

Hope you will go over to the TMS Blog, have a look at this week's sketch and join in this week's challenge. We always love to see what our followers do with the sketches we share. This week's is another classic sketch that I'm sure will be used over and over. Each different combination of papers and images make the sketch look totally different!

Thanks for stopping by. I promise to be back on track this week and will have a new DT card to share with you this coming Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Beautiful Day

Hello everyone. We have another sketch for you from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and here it is:

Our sponsor is returning sponsor DRS Designs.  I want to point out that they are running an awesome promotion this month.  For every $20 you spend  you will be entered to win over 75 unmounted stamps.  That's over a $500 value!! For our prize, they are offering a 15% off coupon.

Now, as you will note, I turned the sketch. My image is from DRS Designs, and it definitely lent itself better to a horizontal shape rather than a vertical one. I colored the lovely image using my Copic markers.

The card base is cranberry red. The papers are from a DCWV 8 x 8" pad (several years old). The background DP is a design of strawberries, leaves and blue flowers. The smaller strip is a coordinating DP with smaller strawberry plants in a row with blue stripes in between. I also matted that piece with the cranberry colored cardstock. Last of all, I stamped my sentiment onto white card, matted it with a piece of green and then with the cranberry. I did not have a blue that matched well, so I used the green that matched the leaves in my image and on the strawberry papers.

I finished off my card by putting two yellow gems in the center of the strawberry flowers of the image. I had colored the centers yellow, but decided I not only liked the little extra bling, but the yellow of the gems showed better than the marker.

This is a classic sketch that can be used over and over. Have a look at the cards the DT made -- despite the same sketch, they all look so very different. I think you'll enjoy working with this sketch very much.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello friends; happy Tuesday to all of you. This week we have a bit of a "different" sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I have to admit that when I first saw the sketch, I wondered what the heck I was going to do with it, but after breaking it down, it actually only took me a few minutes to actually come up with the idea for my card. Here is the sketch:

This sketch was created by our former team mate Jessi Fogan. I did alter a few things (such as the circle), but I believe I've kept with the overall look of our sketch (can you tell?). 

I started with a white card base. I know I said I was going to try to stop using while for my bases, but since I wanted to use the pink and green color scheme, white seemed to work best. I topped the white base with a layer of green Bazzill card and then pink from my scrap bag (sorry, don't have the manufacturer). 

I created the roses using the Heartfelt Creations rose dies and matching stamps. I inked the rose pieces with one of SU's pink inks (I think Regal Rose, but not positive). I used Just Rite clear stamps for the tag (rather than a circle) and the sentiment, and stamped them with VersaMagic chalk ink called Pink Petunia. I brushed Stickle Diamond Dust glitter onto the petals of the roses using a paint brush.

I cut the green "vine" using  Cheer Lynn B117 Fanciful Flourish metal die from a scrap piece of the Bazzill card that I used for matting. I adhered the roses and the sentiment tag.

The roses are a darker pink than the paper or the sentiment, but are not as red in reality as they appear due to the lighting of the photograph. The colors compliment each other well, and the roses don't really "scream" out as they appear to in the photo. It is really a pretty card, if I do say so myself (smile).

I really would like to see how you interpret this week's sketch. Have a go at it and then enter this week's challenge at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

I have a busy work schedule coming up this week, as I did last week, but I have a couple of non DT cards to share with you as soon as I can get them photographed. Hoping to have some time maybe tomorrow so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thanks So Much

Hello there. It is Tuesday, so time for me to share another Tuesday Morning Sketch with you. This one is a little unique, but makes a lovely card. Here is the sketch:

I started with a white card base (need to start using more colored bases so they will show up better - smile). I used a blue, wood grain paper from a Recollections 12x12" pad as my background. 

The beautiful bird print is a precolored bird sheet sold by Marianne Designs. Isn't it lovely? The sheet provides three different designs in both a square and a circle each (6 images all together). I used one of the square images and matted it with black to mimic the black in the wood. 

I then stamped a sentiment using a Just Rite Clear stamp from the Spring Wishes Vintage set using Adirondack terra cotta ink. I punched the sentiment using a round1 1/4" punch and matted it with a 1 1/2" black circle.

Please stop by Tuesday Morning Sketches' blog and have a look at the cards the other design team members have made this week. We'd love to have you join in this week's challenge using our sketch. Have a good week and happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Miss Seeing You

Good morning friends!  Thank you for joining me for another fun Tuesday Morning sketch.  I am totally loving this one - it's so cute.  Fun layers and embellishment possibilities.

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring this week.  We're giving away this stamp set by Pink and Main.

Here's the sketch:

My card is on the whimsical side this week, and I think it is adorable (hope you do, too). I have used a white card base, and some older designer paper. ( It is so old that the cover is off what is left of the 12x12 pad, so I can't tell you the manufacturer. I am guessing it might be DCW, but I cannot guarantee it.) I liked the retro look, but also liked the way the flowers mimicked the scalloped matting.

My little Wren image is printed onto X-Press It brand card and colored with Copic markers. I used solid green for the scalloped matting behind the image. I used the accessory pieces dies from Tim Holtz's Funky Cats stamps and dies to cut the sun glasses (from a pieces of silver paper) and the hat (from brown paper inked with SU brown ink).

I typed the sentiment "I Miss Seeing You" on the computer and printed it off on the same brown scrap I used for the hat. I used a La La Land die to cut the conversation bubble around the words. I inked the bubble with the same Stampin Up ink I used for the hat.

This sketch could have gone more formal looking using a different image and flowers (or butterflies as pictured on the sketch) and a small tag rather than the sentiment bubble. Hop on over to the Tuesday Morning blog and have a look at how the other DT members interpreted this sketch. I am always amazed at how each of us uses the very same sketch yet achieve so many different looks.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Some Bunny's Flowers

Hello friends. It is another Tuesday, so Tuesday Morning Sketches is bringing you another sketch. This one was designed by Debbie, and yours truly is providing the prize. First, here is this week's sketch:

and here is this week's prize (I hope you like it because I really wanted to keep it for myself - smile). In honor of spring, it is a Sizzix flower/die set. Stamp the lovely flowers and then let the dies cut them out for you.

 My card is a white base with a blue matting around the blue striped background paper. The plaid paper on the front is also matted with the solid blue. Both DPs are from Recollection paper pads that came from Michael's Crafts (two different pads). The little bunny image is from the Hobby House Wee Stamps (a UK company). 

I cut the image into a circle but did not mat it because I felt that would have made it too large. The swirl die cut is from Cheery Lynn. I decided to use the same blue card that I'd been using for the matting rather than introduce another color. I made the pink roses using white card and pink ink. I used the rose stamp/die set by Heartfelt Creations. I added a light brushing of Diamond Dust Stickles to the petals of each rose (does not show well in the photo) for a little extra glitz. The bunny is holding a rose, so I created a bit of 3-D effect by adhering one of my handmade roses over the printed images rose.

As usual, the Design Team have each interpreted the sketch in their own creative way. For wonderful inspiration, visit the Tuesday Morning Blog and see all of the samples or watch daily through the week to see a few each day on our FaceBook page (just type Tuesday Morning Sketches into the search box FaceBook). 

One last thing. Have you ever wanted to be a member of a design team? Would you like to try being a member of the Tuesday Morning Sketches team? We are needing a couple more members, but we don't want to "go public" with our request and have to jury a lot of entries of people we may not know, so we are asking our friends and followers only. If you think you would enjoy the challenge, send me an email.

Until next time, happy crafting! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Gal

I cannot believe how quickly the past week went by. I had to work almost every day, and on Wednesday I drove up to my girlfriend's. Every other Wednesday (most of the time), I make the 60 mile drive up to have a play date with my friend. We don't always get a lot done, but we enjoy the day together -- and usually do a good bit of laughing.

This week Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor. If you don't have a good collection of their stamps, you are missing out. I noticed, when I went to find the link to my image, they have revamped their site and added some new images. 

Here is this week's sketch:

As you can see, I had to turn the sketch in order for my image to fit. My card is white with a layer of purple and plaid DP. Both designer papers are from the same 8.5 x 11" paper pad called Sweet Pea. I think the pad may have come from Hobby Lobby, but I can't be totally certain. If not, then it came from Michael's Crafts.

I printed off the image, Easter Gal,  onto x-Press It brand card and colored it with Copic markers. The matching flower medallion came from my stash and isn't even made by the same company as the paper, but sure did match well, didn't it? I added the little white bow because, to be perfectly honest, I needed to cover a little boo-boo (smile).

Do take the time to go over to the Tuesday Morning Blog and have a look at the cards that the other team members made for your inspiration. I think we have some very creative ladies on our team.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pink Dogwoods

I have recently discovered Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies. Heartfelt Creations has been around for some time, so isn't a new company, but is new to me. I've been "collecting" some of the beautiful dies and stamps-dies sets lately and have really enjoyed learning how to use them. I made the card above today.

The card is a white base. I used a Spellbinder die to create the pink frame which I layered on top of the white card. The beautiful Dogwood flowers are first stamped using the wonderful HC stamps (I used Stampin' Up ink), and then are cut using the matching die set. I then sponged the same color pink ink along the tops of the petals and a little in the middle. I used a darker pink in the divots of each petal. I used two different colored Distressed Ink pen colors for the center (a yellow and a mustard). I colored the center with the yellow and then added dots with the mustard. 

(NOTE: The stamp and die sets have a calyx type center if you prefer, but the dots look more like the real Dogwood flower centers to me, so I opted to do the centers that way.)

The leaves are stamped with a dark green (Garden Green) and then colored in using a lighter green (Certainly Celery). I added Stickles Diamond Dust glitter to the divoted areas of the petals for a little extra shimmer and glitz. 

The "Happy Birthday" was created using dies (sorry, they belonged to my girlfriend and I don't know who made them).  After adhering the words, I needed something in the lower left of the card, so I added the butterfly. It actually could have gone down just a little more, but once it was on to the paper, there was no moving it as the glue dries very quickly!

The butterfly was stamped on vellum using white ink and white embossing powder. It was then fussy cut by hand. I used the Distressed Ink pens (two different pinks) to color the under side and then adhered just the center of the butterfly so that I could lightly turn up the wings. I added a bit of gems behind the butterfly to indicate a flight path.

The Dogwood trees are just beginning to get some blooms on them here in north-west Georgia. I have both white and pink in my yard (although it looks as if I may have lost one of my pinks this year to disease). 

I hope you enjoyed my additional creation this week. I certainly enjoyed making it. Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dog Walking

Hello friends. I hope you had a wonderful week. I did something on Sunday that I've never done before. I attended the same movie at the theater twice on the same day. The Hubs and I went to the 1:30 showing of "Beauty and the Beast" (new version) and then I returned for the 7:00 showing with the kids. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time -- in fact, MORE because I accidentally picked up a pair of children sized 3-D glasses at the first showing. so I was having a tiny bit of trouble seeing properly. Made a point of watching carefully so as to make the mistake twice. The adult size fit so much better (smile).

Today's sketch is another great one. I had a lot of fun putting this one together. It was nice to be able to pull out one of my own stamps for this card, since there was no sponsor provided image this week.

Here is the sketch:

The stamp I used is by Close to My Heart. I stamped it using black Memento ink on white card. The card base is white with a layer of black card matting under the black and off-white stripe designer paper. (I am sorry the photo makes the stripes look kind of greenish-gray, but they are true black) The stripe paper and the reddish orange dotty paper are both from a Glitz Pack called Laced Grace (8x8" papers).

The fish tail die cuts were made using an Elizabeth Crafts die (paper from same Glitz Pack). The black brads are from my stash.

Please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at what the other designers have made this week. As always, the team members creative talents totally shine! 

Have a happy crafting week. Will see you back here next Tuesday (if not before). 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thinking of You

Hello kind friends and followers. It is time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. This week's sketch is a fun, easy one to use and can take on so many different looks. 

The prize this week is a $10 gift certificate, and here is the sketch for you to use:

I have used a Magnolia image this week. The card base is white with a layer of purple card and then a layer of purple and white gingham check. I think the card turned out rather cute. I also matted the image with the purple card. I didn't have the sentiment prior to adhering my image to my card. If I had planned that a bit better, I would have moved the image towards the top more, better balancing the spacing between the top and bottom of my card. Oops! 

The flowers are actually some very old stickers that my daughter found in our stash. The color matched the card perfectly. I added two purple gems to the centers of the flowers for a little added bling, and the little butterfly gem is from a roll of border tape.

The sentiment is a clear acrylic stamp (brand unknown) and the ink is CTMH Eggplant. I matted the sentiment with the purple card and slightly lifted it with a think foam tape.

You will want to go to the TMS blog to see the variety of creativity the design team has shown using this sketch. Six different looks from this simple but classic sketch. You MUST give it a try and show us what you do with this sketch.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Circle or Square

Hi fellow crafters. Today Tuesday Morning Sketches has a two for one sketch. First, let me share my DT card with you and then I'll explain that two-fer statement!

 And here is the sketch (or rather sketches):

Debbie showed the two sketches to Melissa and asked her to pick. Neither of them could come to an agreement over just one, so it was decided that Tuesday Morning would offer both. If you are submitting an entry in this week's challenge, you can pick one or the other design. Isn't that nifty?

Our challenge prize is being provided by Tuesday Morning Sketches and consists of two fun cutting dies. Here they are:

I picked the circles for my DT sample. The card is white with a layer of fun and colorful word graphic paper that has been matted in blue. I carried the blue and red theme to the ribbons by layering a thinner blue ribbon on top of a red one. I then cut a red and blue circle to go under my colored image. Little Wren was printed onto X-Press It brand card and colored with Copic markers.

This was a fun sketch to use, and you will definitely want to go to the TMS blog and see what the other DT members created. Such variety, such talent, such fun! Have a great week, and if you are up north experiencing the storm that has covered the northern part of North America, stay safe!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Happy Green Day!

It is Tuesday again and time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. This is a fun sketch! Our sponsor this week is:

DRS Designs

"DRS Designs - a family owned company since 1950 - boasts hundreds of original rubber
stamp designs. All images are available fully mounted, completely unmounted or mounted
on cling cushion and are proudly hand crafted in the USA. Our rubber stamp collection
includes a wide assortment of images including sentiments for all occasions, easy
background designs and fun technique stamps such as our stained glass and plaid designs.
The DRS Designs website features a huge card sample gallery, online demos and tips, a
secure shopping area and more. Be sure to visit our daily blog with posts from our fantastic
design team for inspiration and ideas."
And here is the sketch:

I used a white card base for my card. I would have preferred a solid green, but I did not have the appropriate green to go with the DP, so I had to use white. I layered a piece of gold (to represent the pot of gold) and a layer of DP that contains various St. Patrick's Day words. I matted my Irish Blessing onto the gold and used a white dotty card weight for the two fish tails. The background DP is from "The Spring Stack" by DCWV. I don't know the manufacturer of the gold paper nor the pad from which the green and yellow dotty paper comes. The yellow side is the back of the green with white side. 

The fish tails were cut using an Elizabeth Crafts die. The ovals were cut using a Coluzzel template. The corner was punched using a Paper Shapers sold by Stampin' Up punch. The clover punch does not have a manufacturer's name on it.

You are going to love the different examples the DT have made using this sketch. To get a look at all of them, go to the TMS blog.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a happy, crafty week! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What's UP? Have a Look!

Happy Tuesday morning friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  TMS has a great sketch by our newest design team member, Janice.  This is a really fun sketch that has lots of layers and lot of embellishments and lots of inspiration (boy that was a lot of lots - smile).

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring this week with an adorable stamp set. (I'll insert a photo if I get one, but I have it on the best of authorities that it is super cute.)

Here's the sketch:

My image is an old Stampin' Up set (I think the name was Safari, but not sure) which I stamped with Stampin' Up Mustard colored ink. The base card is kraft, and the matting color is dark brown. The two DPs are from a Simple Stories 6 x 6" pad called Take a Hike. The compass was cut from a piece of DP from the same pad. I matted the compass with brown and then used pop-dot adhesive to slightly lift it. The "grassy/bushy" pieces below the giraffe's neck was made from a hand-punched tree which I cut in half.

Have fun with this sketch!  Use stamps or dies or digit images.  Create a card, an art journal page, a tag or any other creative way you can imagine. If you want more inspiration, go to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at what the rest of the team have made this week OR join us on FaceBook. You cannot add your card to the FB page, but if you follow us there, you get a sneak peek and a day's head start on the weekly sketch.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spring Blossom

Hello fellow crafters. This week we have another brand new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I know it is going to become a fast favorite. Before I show you the sketch, let me say that this week's sponsor is the wonderful Sami Stamps. I'm a bit partial, having been on her original design team, but I think Sami's images are just wonderful. 

Here is the sketch you will need to use this week in order to qualify for a chance at winning some of Sami's lovely images:

This sketch can be used horizontally as shown or turned and used vertically. Either way, the results are quite lovely.

I kept the original vertical format for my card. I started with a white base card, and layered it with a lovely soft green. I then cut two panels of the soft floral DP for the main background and a matching strip for the side panel. I have added white flower shaped lace between the horizontal panels and the vertical striped panel. My lovely image is called Spring Blossom. I colored the image with Copic markers after printing it off onto Neenah solar white card. I added three pink pearls (Recollections) to the bottom of the striped panel, and I added a sentiment (layered onto a green circle) to the top of the striped panel.

Please visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see the cards the other DT members have made to inspire you. As always, you will find lovely examples showing various ways to use the weekly sketch. Then, join in this week's challenge for a chance to win some Sami Stamps images of your choice.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrate Love

Good Morning friends!  So happy that you've joined me for TMS first original sketch of 2017. Happy Valentine's Day to those of you that celebrate this holiday. 

I hope you love this sketch. It worked well if you still have a few Valentine cards left to make but it also works quite well for an anniversary or wedding card.  If you really can't use hearts, it's just a shape, change it to one that suits your needs.

Here is our sketch:

Our sponsor this week is Pink & Main. Michelle is generously offering a $20 gift certificate to our lucky winner this week.

I decided to go a little "elegant" with my card this week. I also left the sentiment blank. As I mentioned above, this card can be used for Valentine, wedding, or anniversary. Since I already had my Valentine cards made, I've left my options open (smile). I have created a classic white-on-white card with a subtle bit of pink.

The card base is white. The embossed heart panel was created using a QuicKutz small hearts embossing folder. (I'm not sure QuicKutz is still in business, but I'm sure you can find heart embossing folders in other brands.) I used white organza ribbon, and I cut the center heart using Spellbinder's scalloped heart die. (The heart is the perfect place to put the appropriate sentiment. You can use a word stamp, word die cuts or word stickers.) The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, and the leaves are punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

Please join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Last Look at 2016

Good Morning to all my blogger friends.  So glad you've joined me today. This is the last revisited Tuesday Morning sketch. These have been so fun to create new cards with, but next week we will start the new sketches for 2017. Our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up.  We all know how much you love these sweet, adorable images - just as much as we do.  The prize is 2 digital images of the winner's choice. Sadly my image is NOT from All Dressed Up. I have run out of printer ink so had to use an image from my already printed off stack.

I picked our sketch this week. This one by Jessi and it is a classic one.  Another one with big elements to play with. This sketch can be elegant look or whimsical depending on the elements you use with the ribbon!
My card base is white. The DP is from a Recollections pack (from Michael's Crafts) and is matted with green. The image is a Mo Manning image which I colored with Copic markers.  I also matted the image with the green card. I wrapped ribbon around the bottom and added a flower and leaves (both Recollections brand).
I hope you have enjoyed working with the retro-2016 sketches. We would like to see you use this last one and join our wekly challenge. Remember, post your entry at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.
Have a good week everyone, and happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fairy Best Wishes

Hello my friends. I am running late once again. Hope you've had a good week and are ready for another wonderful retro sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. This week Patti picked the retro sketch for us, and A Day For Daisies is our wonderful sponsor. Their prize is a $12 gift certificate. 

Here is this week's sketch:

This is a very versatile sketch as you will see if you visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see the different ways the DT have used it to inspire you.

My card features Wild Rose Nymph.  Isn't she lovely? I have colored her with my Copic markers, but have used Spectrum Noir glitter pens on her wings and a little on the mauve colored flowers in her hair. Sadly, the sparkle did not show at all in the photo. It gave a nice little shimmer to the sweet Nymph.

The roses are from Wild Orchid, the ribbon on the blue strip is from Joann's Fabrics, and the sentiment is from a package I received as a "gift" when I purchased a UK stamping magazine. 

I hope you've been having fun reusing some of last year's sketches. We have a few more for you before we share some new ones with you. Have fun, and remember to enter your creation at the TMS blog for your chance to win that super ADFD prize!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Beginnings

At the beginning of a new year, many people have problems remembering to write the new year rather than the old. In my case, I remember to put 17 on everything, but I've completely how to otherwise function!! I started the year by using the wrong sketch. You didn't know that because I was able to quickly make a new card using the correct sketch before we went public. I had several other "mishaps" that I won't share but the reason for this confession is that this week I colored and used the image that I'm supposed to use for next week's card. We are going to be sponsored by the wonderful A Day For Daisies next week, and the lovely image above "Baby's Smile" is supposed to be used then. I discovered this mistake too late to start over, so I am going to use another of ADFD's lovely images from my personal stash on next week's card.

I colored the image with Copic markers after printing it onto Neenah Solar white card. I have a dear friend who is expecting a baby boy in April, so I had her in mind when making this card. I have to apologize for the young mother's overly rouged cheeks. I picked up the pink by accident thinking I had the flesh color and ended up over coloring. Despite using my colorless blender to remove some of the pink and then coloring over with flesh, the cheeks are a bit pinker than I'd like.

I've used a white card base, pastel green background and a strip of designer paper from a pad by K&Company. The green ribbon is from my girlfriend's stash and did not have a manufacturer on the spool.

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring this week's challenge, and the prize is a lovely stamp (picture may be available later on the blog). As always, we hope that this retro sketch (Melissa's choice) will inspire you to create and that you will share your creation with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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!