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!