Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sami Stamps - Halloween Girls

Samantha Ratliff, owner and designer of Sami Stamps has a new set of Halloween images that are just as cute as can be. Here is a sneak peek at all of them:

This set, Halloween Girls, can be found in the Sami Stamps store and are perfect for this month's challenge -- use orange -- which you can find at the Sami Stamps Blog.

I am using the "Spooky Flower 2" image for my card. I have colored it with Copic markers and then cut it into a rectangular shape. The card is orange, matting is black, and the background pattern paper is from my stash (manufacturer unknown). The three patterned papers immediately under the image are by My Mind's Eye from the 6" x 6" pad called "Haunted." The circular sentiment (with spider) was cut from another patterned paper (again manufacturer unknown) that I found in my stash. The circle and scalloped circle dies are by Spellbinder. The black ribbon is from my stash. The two black gems in the upper left corner are by Recollections.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let's Change Tuesdays

I make a motion we change Tuesdays to another day of the week. Seems that even when I remember, I forget!  It occurred to me last night that I needed to write up my Tuesday Morning Sketches blog because I (thought) I was supposed to be at work this morning. Long story short, I went to work only to discover that I'd read the wrong schedule. OK, that is great because I realize that I didn't get my blog entry written and can do it when I get home -- yeah, right. I totally forgot about it again! Consequently, I vote that we change Tuesdays to another day of the week and maybe I'll have better luck remembering it.

I hope everyone is ready for a new sketch.  This one is inspired by Jessi.  I like the idea of it allowing for lots of patterns and textures.  Our sponsor is DRS Designs, one of our "resident" sponsors.  We're always so delighted to have them sponsor!

It's also our Judged Challenge which means there's an added twist.  This week we're doing Holiday themes.  Now this can mean "recognized" holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas 
 Hanukkah (Chanukah), etc. or it can mean personal holidays such as birthdays.

Here's our sketch:

My image is called "Witches Feet." I've colored it with my Copic markers and then cut it into a rectangle to be the top layer of my papers (as per the sketch). I matted it with both black and orange card.  I've used black for my card base, and my patterned papers are all from the 6" x 6" pad by MME called "Haunted." My sentiment is computer generated and matted on orange. The moon is a little die cut that I found in my stash. I had a lot of fun with this image and card.

Please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to have a look at what the other DT members have done this week for your inspiration. Please remember to use BOTH the sketch and the twist (holiday theme) if you are joining us in this week's challenge. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TMS Get "All Dressed Up"

Happy Tuesday morning to everyone. Today we have a super sketch for you to use. Our sponsor this week is "All Dressed Up," and my image just happens to be called "All Dressed Up for a Magical Day."

Here is our sketch for this week:

Do you send out Halloween cards (curious minds want to know)? I didn't used to, but after I became a member of my first design team about four years ago, I started sending them to my grandkids with a little extra "treat" inside. The older ones really appreciated that (smile).

I've used a 6" x 6" black card base and mounted a piece of DP from My Mind's Eye on top. I colored my adorable little witch and her kitty with Copic markers and then cut the design into an oval using a Spellbinder oval die. I then traced around that die to get my black mat. (The next size die would have been too "big" which is why I chose to trace and hand-cut the oval mat).

I cut the fishtail banner from a piece of DP from the same My Mind's Eye pad and matted it with black card. The flowers are from Petaloo. The corner piece is from Cheery Lynn.

Stop by the blog for more inspiration for using this week's sketch and then join us in our weekly challenge.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

I remember when the children were little and we'd decorate the house for Halloween. It wasn't until we had grandchildren that we started making an annual trek to "the pumpkin patch." Now that both the children and grandchildren are older, we don't do much in the way of decorating, and we've not visited a pumpkin patch in years. To be totally honest, I MISS it -- the decorating and the pumpkins!

Sami, on the other hand, has a delightful little son who still thinks visiting a pumpkin patch is "da bomb"! So, in honor of pumpkin patches everywhere, she has titled her new release "The Pumpkin Patch." Here is a thumbnail of the new sketches:

Aren't they all just adorable?? I have used "Resting on my Pumpkin" for my DT card. After coloring my image with Copic markers, I have made a purple card base (yes, that is purple, but photographed more blue -- which is OK because orange and blue are complimentary colors - smile). I have taken two pieces of Halloween DP from the 6" x 6" pad called Haunted by MME, and have matted them with black matting. I have placed a black ribbon and bow on the bottom of the dotty paper. I also matted my image with the black. I've layered the two DPs and the image in the center of my base. I then cut two spider web corners (Cheery Lynn Design corner dies) and adhered them in opposite corners to finish off my front.

Stop by the Sami Stamps blog at  and have a look at all the FAB cards the DT have created with this super FAB release. I guarantee you will be delighted!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wishing You Love

Good Morning TMS friends. This week's sketch was created from a hand-drawn one by Bonnie Kohane aka Grandma Bonnie.  Sadly Bonnie decided to step down from the TMS Design Team due to having other obligations which demanded her time..  She will be greatly missed as she was a very talented card crafter and always made our sketches look so wonderful.

This week is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet and we were lucky enough to get images to play with.  The artists we're showcasing are Beary Dust Stamps and Digi Blessings.

Now here is this week's sketch:

I am using "Girls Rule" for my image. I've colored it with Copic markers and cut it into the circle required for our sketch. The designer paper is by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). The solid paper is from my cardstock stash. I stamped my sentiment using CTMH ink. The sentiment stamp is Memory Box B1906.. 

I tried a variety of things for the piece across the top and vetoed all of them. They either did not go well with the design or they got lost in the background paper. I finally found the chipboard piece that I used. The thicker chipboard and the darker shade of one of the colors in the background paper finally worked for my top design piece.

Do take a few minutes to visit the Tuesday Morning Blog and have a look at the wonderful cards the design team have made this week. I always enjoy seeing how each of us has taken the same sketch and made it "our own." The creativity is wonderful.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Tuesday Again?

Tuesday Morning Sketches #268

Thank you for joining us for another week of fun and a new sketch that will hopefully inspire you and get your creative juices flowing! I cannot believe that I truly forgot to post my blog on Tuesday when it is due. In fact, here it is Wednesday evening and if it hadn't been my seeing my image for this next week sitting here on my desk, I probably would not have remembered at all -- it is getting bad, ladies and gentlemen (smile)! Think I have too many irons in the fire right now.

This week's sponsor is our blog Mama, Melissa.  She will be giving the randomly drawn winner a $10 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  I don't think they sponsor too much anymore, but hey, Melissa is kind enough to purchase a gift certificate from her own pocket for some lucky person to use.

Our sketch this week was created by Jessi.  Are you ready to play? Here is the sketch:

I have two tiny new kitty babies at my house, so it is only appropriate that I have used this cute little kitty image from Your Next Stamp for my card. I've colored the image with Copic markers and then cut it using a Spellbinder circle die. I've matted it with a scalloped circle cut with the Spellbinder scalloped circle die. The sentiment is a Studio G stamp, and after stamping it with Close to my Heart ink, I cut it out and matted it with another of the Spellbinder dies. The green metal dots in the upper left and lower right corners are by Heidi Grace. Both the stripe paper and the green matting paper came from my scrap bag. I am very much trying to use more of my scraps rather than cutting into new pieces of paper each time -- don't know why really as I have enough designer and solid paper to make cards and craft until my kids ship me off to the old folks home (and then I probably will take it with me and share - grin).

OK, you've twisted my arm, so I'll give in and show you my new kitty babies. Here they are:

The little black one is a female, and we've named her Fiona. The little gray one (who is about 1/3 smaller than his sis) we've named Percival (called Percy). They were orphans when I brought them home two weeks ago and so very tiny (they still are, but have now doubled their sizes). I'm having a grand time with them (although my 3 years old kitty, Annie, isn't overly happy with me).

So, if you haven't already visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog site, hop on over and have a look at the fab inspiration cards the DT have made for you this week. Then join the challenge for a change to win that $10 gift certificate!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beautiful Ribbons

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so in order for you to have time to make cards for the beautiful women in your lives who have survived (or just as a reminder to those you love to get their yearly examinations), Sami has created a lovely release now. She has called this release Beautiful Ribbons, and here is a peek at the entire set:

You can find this release at Sami's blog or in the store.

I have used "For a Cause" as my image. It is a combination of coloring (with Copic markers) and paper piecing. I pieced the ribbon because the Copic pinks, in my opinion, are not the right color to match the BCA ribbon. After printing the ribbon and piecing it to my image, I did take neutral gray and created shadows. 

My die cut pieces are made with Spellbinder dies. The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The leaves and butterfly are both Martha Stewart punches, and the pink rhinestones are by Recollections.

As many of you know, I am a breast cancer survivor. I've shared some of my feeling in blog entries for/about breast cancer in previous years. I continue to encourage all women to do self examination and to have an annual mammogram. Early detection is important and DOES save lives. Do NOT take chances. The mammogram is not pleasent, but is less painful than the disease!