Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Scarecrows and Changing Leaves


Happy Tuesday everyone. I apologize for being late getting my card posted, but I was not online much yesterday and last night. We live in northwest GA, but felt the effects of Irma this far north. We were without electricity for a bit, but we are well prepared with our own generator, so fridge and freezer continued to run (smile).

This week we have the pleasure of being sponsored by DRS Designs.



And here is this week's wonderful sketch:







My images are two of DRS's stamps Large Scarecrow and Changing Leaves.

I used Memento ink to stamp my image onto X-press It card and colored the scarecrow with my Copic markers. After coloring, I fussy cut the image. I decided, though, that I wanted the little collar to stand out a bit more, so I stamped it on a piece of orange dotty paper I had in my scraps and cut it out. I colored the bow (on the orange piece) with brown. I then clued tiny blue buttons over the stamped button eyes to give them some dimension. I adhered the scarecrow to my card using pop-dot foam to give it a lift.

I used a piece of orange card stock to create my card base and layered a piece of plaid from a Recollections pad. The green, grosgrain ribbon is from my stash. I stamped my second image (the sentiment) onto a piece of the base card stock using black Momento ink and then matted it with a piece of gold so it would stand out a little more from the plaid. 

The DT showcased some really fantastic images from DRS this week. I think you are going to really enjoy everyone's work. Please stop by the TMS blog and have a look, and if you have time, visit each DT member's individual blog by clicking on their name above their sample. I know they would love to hear from you as to what you think of their work.

See you again next week.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Santa and Holly


Hello everyone. I hope everyone has had a good weekend. We have another really great sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I continue with my vintage Santa theme for Christmas. Here is the fun sketch:



When I first saw this sketch, I was a bit leery and wasn't sure how it was all going to come together. However, once I got started, it all fell into place, and I was really pleased with the end results.

Once again, I have used a vintage Santa clip art. I cut the image into a tag shape. I started with a brown card base to keep the vintage feel, and I layered a piece of red and gold DP that I've had in my stash for a number of years. In fact, I only have about 3-4 pieces of the original 12x12" pad left and had even considered putting it into the purge pile for my teacher friends. As it turned out, glad it hadn't yet quite made the cut because it was the perfect paper to go with my clip art.

Picking up the green in the holly on St. Nick's hood, I cut a strip of green and then a smaller strip of gold for the top. I adhered the clip art tag shape and then created a triple bow with the red, green and gold ribbon. I cut three holly leaves and three berries off of a Christmas pick and tucked it behind the bow which duplicates the holly on the hood.

It was that easy to create a beautiful and wonderful card with this sketch. I think I was done in less than 30 minutes. Considering how many Christmas cards I have left to make, quick but pretty is a definite plus!

I have been searching my computer and my files for pictures of some of the ornaments that I painted. I have shared them before and thought I would find them in some of my older blogs, but no luck. I finally found a few pictures, but not all of the ones I wanted to share. I was looking for the ones that match or are similar to the three clip art pictures I've already used this year. Anyway, even though I wasn't fully successful in my search, here are a couple of my painted pieces:



 Now, back to this week's sketch. You are definitely going to want to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see what the other DT have done. So many wonderful examples! You can also click on each DT's name and go directly to their blogs where you should find additional information as to how they created their lovely card. While there, leave them a little love and feedback.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Santa Face

Happy Tuesday everyone. This week's sketch is a wonderfully classic sketch that you can do loads with. As I told you last week, I am in Christmas mode. However, before I go into any details about my card, here is the sketch:


Our prize this week is a bag of 10 Washi tapes. As Melissa said, it is a rainbow in a bag (smile)!

About two decades ago, when I was still painting, I found some wrapping paper with small pictures of vintage Santas. Using several of them as samples, I painted several of them as ornaments. The clip art I've used on this card is similar to one of the ones I painted.

I started with a tan 6x6" base for this card. The base and the other papers used on this card came from my scrap pile, so I was able to make this lovely card without cutting into any new paper (win-win). On top of the tan base, I put a layer of green card. On top of that, I placed a layer of red and cream stripe. Along the side I placed a strip of matching red with gold swirls. Despite having basically four layers, this card is not bulky nor weighty, so should not require additional postage (except extra for non standard shape). I cut the clip art using one of my Spellbinder nesting circle dies and I cut the green mat with the next size nesting die. The sentiment is from a set I got last a couple years ago with the purchase of a stamping magazine from the UK. I used warm red chalk ink, tan paper and green card to create the sentiment.

The whole card has a nice vintage feel which compliments the clip art perfectly. 

You will want to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see the wonderful cards the other DT have made. I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, we have some really wonderful designers on our team. Take a peek and then leave some love on their individual blogs.
 

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:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sea Shells and Surf Boards


Hello dear followers. This Tuesday Morning Sketch is going live on the 4th of July, a holiday we Yanks celebrate to celebrate our independence as a new country. Many of the cities and towns have celebrated this weekend with fireworks displays, parades and more. The Parks and Recreation Department for whom I work will sponsor the annual fireworks display this evening for our city. If you are from the US, I wish you a happy 4th. If you aren't, then I wish you a great Tuesday!

This month Tuesday Morning Sketches will celebrate its 8th anniversary, so we will be having some really nice prizes leading up to the grand prize. We also are adding a few extra requirements to the challenges, so make sure you read carefully. This week we are not only asking you to use our sketch, but we ask that you use die cuts on your card. Here is the sketch:


Here is a picture of the prize:




One last thing -- the challenge entries will be drawn on each week BUT they will ALL be used for the final drawing. That gives you four chances to enter towards the final grand prize (and it is a nice one, too!!). Melissa has a system all worked out so that she knows which entries apply to which week so that we will continue to have the weekly prizes and drawings and then the final prize (shew, glad she's doing it and not me - LOL)!

Anyway, our first week is to use die cuts on your card. I have created a summer time card with surf boards and sea shells. My base card is blue card with the surf board paper on top. My top panel is the matching blue of the card base matted with brown. 

My sea shells are cut using Marianne dies. The shell design is lightly embossed and then inked with Close to My Heart's fawn colored ink to enhance the embossing. The sentiment is a La La Land stamp.

Before I close, I'd like to "introduce" a new member of the design team. Carol L. has been a follower of Tuesday Morning Sketches for some time. We have all enjoyed her lovely work, and we are thrilled she agreed to join the team. If you have some free time, please take a look at Carol's blog, and her beautiful work. Also, stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at all the DT work this week. As always, my fellow teamies have worked their magic to create some FAB cards to inspire you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweet Baby


This week's sketch allows for a lot of fun depending on the colors you pick or the theme you want. You are definitely going to have fun with it. It is also a good one for using some of those scraps we all tend to keep.

Here's we go:






Isn't this a neat sketch? You will be surprised at all of the different "looks" you can get with this sketch. Definitely drop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches Blog to have a look at all the lovely cards the DT have made using this sketch.

I used DP from a K&Company baby pad for the different pieces of my card. This is a great sketch for using some of those beautiful scraps we all tend to keep, but I didn't have any that would work for the baby theme since it isnt really a theme for which I do a lot of cards. I used the Spellbinder's square nesting dies to get the different sized squares. The image is by Magnolia, Sleeping Tilda, and I colored it with my Copic markers then fussy cut it. I mounted the baby using pop-up foam dots. I then felt the card (5.5" x 5.5" square) looked a little empty, so I added the two corner pieces and tiny pink buttons.

This week's prize is being provided by Tuesday Morning Sketches (picture not available at this time). I understand it is a cute die set that Melissa got at Hobby Lobby. Have you noticed that TMS is providing more and more of the prizes? We have had a drop in sponsors as businesses are closing or are using their own design teams. We wanted to continue to provide fun incentive to all of you to participate in our weekly challenges, so we are providing the gifts. What do you think? We'd like to hear from you as to how you feel about the prizes being offered. Leave us a comment at the blog and tell us what you think. 

Thanks. Have a great week! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life is Short


Happy Tuesday morning, my friends. It is time, once again, for another Tuesday Morning sketch. This one is a fun sketch because it can be glammed up or played down. It can be fancy or fun.

Here is the sketch:



Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring again this week and is offering a wonderful prize of two Die Version dies. Here is a look at them:




As I've mentioned before, the DT doesn't see each other's work until it is posted (about the same time you see them). However, many of us decided to use a sentiment for the focal point rather than an image. (Don't fret, there are a couple who used images to give you an idea of how those would look - smile!)

I started with a white card, and three coordinating papers from a Recollection's 8" x 10" pad. I dry embossed the solid background paper with a Spellbinder embossing folder, creating a bit of texture. Then I cut two strips (each 1 1/4" wide) from coordinating patterned papers. I also cut the swirl from a solid aqua from the same pad (which matches the aqua in one of the strips). I printed my sentiment using my computer, cut it using the Spellbinder circle die and inked the edges with Robin's Egg ink by Colorbox. The birthday wishes sentiment is a digital stamp (I already had it printed off, so cannot tell you who made it).

This was a fun sketch to use, and you will be amazed at the different looks the DT created using it. Please stop by the Tuesday Morning blog and have a look -- OR, follow us on FaceBook, where you will get to see the weekly sketch on Monday instead of Tuesday, giving you a head start on getting a card made.

Have fun!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paris Beauty


Tuesday morning, and time for another wonderful sketch. We have been having some beautiful, classic designs lately which have been so much fun to use. Here is the sketch:



Here is a picture of this week's super prize:




I have not been to Paris. When we were in the UK, we had planned to go over to Paris but never made it. The closest I've ever been has been watching the Tour de France or House Hunters on television (smile).  However, my older daughter was proposed to in Paris.

My image is clip art that I collected some where along the way (sorry, I don't have a source). I printed it off onto card stock and then cut it with a Spellbinder nesting die. Notice my die is slightly different than the one in the sketch. I do not have that particular die shown, so used what I do have. I also needed a more rectangular style for my image. (It is OK to use a different die as long as you don't alter the basic design of the sketch.) 

I started with a 5" x 7" tan card base and layered it with a mossy green paper from Hot off the Press (Vintage Paper collection). I used lavender satin ribbon. I then cut the next die size up from my image using another piece of paper from the Hot Off the Press collection. Lastly, I added purple flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Please join us this week. We always love to see what our followers do with the sketches we share each week. We are also leading up to our 8th anniversary at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Next month we will be celebrating with some extra fun challenges and extra wonderful prizes. You will definitely want to stay tuned.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

You Are Amazing


One of my favorite techniques to use in card making is white on white. Wow cards are always so elegant looking. I made this one over a month ago and had intended to share it at the time I made it, but it ended up getting pushed aside in my craft room and completely forgotten -- I tend to go through periods of being a bit scatter brained the older I get (sigh). Anyway, wanted to share this with you now.

I started with a white 5" x 7" base and added a frame cut with a Spellbinder die (it was a girlfriend's die, so I can't give you the name/number of it, sorry). I created the roses using Punch Bunch 5 petal flower punch (2 sizes). The leaves are from a Spellbinder leaf die, and the fern looking pieces are Martha Stewart. You cannot see, in the photo, but I added Heartfelt Creations glass shard pieces to the rose petals for a little extra glimmer. The leaf swirl (peeking out from the bottom rose) is by Cheery Lynn.

The sentiment is stamped with Stampin Up gray ink.

I hope you enjoy my card. It was lots of fun to make. See you back here on Tuesday for my regular Tuesday Morning Sketches card. It is another fun and easy sketch that I'm sure you will want to add to your collection. Until then,

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thinking of You Tea Time


Hi Friends. This is Tuesday, so you know what that means, right? Tuesday Morning Sketches has another "classic" look to share with you this week, and here it is:





Tuesday Morning is sponsoring yet again with a great price. Some lucky person will get a stamp and die set by Sizzix (sorry I don't have a photo at this time).

I have used a creamed colored base (it appears white in the photo but is a cream color), and I've layered it with a pretty floral paper from K&Company. The other two patterned paper are complimentary prints from the same K&Company pad. The pink oval is actually the back side of the floral print. I cut the tea pot and one cup from the complimentary blue piece, and a second cup from the pink. The sentiment is an old stamp, and I used Oak Brown ink by CTMH. I then used a Spellbinder nested oval die to cut out the sentiment and adhere it to the top of the pink oval.

I used the two little cups in place of the flower. I adhered the blue one flat but used tiny foam dots to life the pink one. The teapot replaces the heart. To finish off the card, I added three pinkish pearls to two of the corners. 

We've been having some really great prizes lately -- all leading up to our 8th anniversary this summer. Hope you will join us this week and every week for your chance to win some great gifts.

Happy crafting!

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!