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!
 

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

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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
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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!