Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blue Birds of Happiness

Melissa said that I was either still clinging to spring or looking forward to it with my little image. I actually had not thought about it being a spring image. I thought of it more as a pretty summer image, and I admit that I am clinging to summer for a little while longer. After all, fall doesn't officially come until this weekend (22nd September)! I so like the images painted by Carolyn Shores Wright. I actually own five of her framed prints (2 birdie prints and three kitty prints).

I have combined pink, blue and green for my papers, picking up the colors in the print. The card, itself, is a 5" x 7" pink card. The blue print background is matted with green. My image is matted with the same pink as the card, and my embellishment is cut from the green. I have finished the front off with the three pink pearls in the upper right corner.

Since this card is all a matter of cutting and gluing, it made up very quickly, but I think it looks quite lovely; how about you?

This week we have a fun stamp set for our challenge prize. This is the CC Design set:


Wouldn't you like a chance to win that lovely background stamp? It could be yours. All you have to do is create a card using our sketch, post it to your own blog and then link it to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. You may be our random winner of the Autumn Leaves background stamp. There is one thing for sure. If you don't enter, you definitely will not win!

Have fun with this week's sketch, and I'll be back next week with another wonderful sketch to share with you.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Happy Birthday

Are you ready for anothr lovely sketch? I have to say that this one is another "quicky" that doesn't look like it. Depending on what you use for your papers and your image, this sketch can have a plethera of looks! 

I started with a pink card base (a 5" x 7" turned horizontal). I put a layer of blue DP on top (that's where you really set the "tone" of this sketch depending on your background paper). Card, DP and image. It doesn't get any simplier than that! I picked a lovely vintage image of pink flowers for my focal point. I cut the circle and then layered it on the solid pink. I used the same piece of solid but cut an even larger circle from the edge to use across the front. 

A Happy Birthday die cut from the blue DP gives me my sentiment, and I topped it off with pink pearls (simply because I like my bling - smile). I think the whole look is one of simple sophistication, and I'm rather pleased with the overall effect. 

If you haven't given the Tuesday Morning Sketches a try, I think you should. The sketches are so much fun and a real creative boost. We have been having some wonderful participation, but we'd love to have even more. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. Create a card following the sketch, take a picture, then post it to your blog linking it to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. 

Have a good week. When you read my blog next Tuesday (not today, but next week), I will be another year old (smile). Yuppers, I have a birthday coming up on the 17th. Someone asked me to name something good about having another birthday. I replied, "Having another birthday!" 

One other thing before I go. Today (11 September) is the anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon by terriorists here in the United States. Please, if you would, take a minute this morning and just remember all the people who lost their lives.

Thank you and God bless!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

N is for Nice

Once in a blue moon (in other words, not very often), we will have a challenge that makes me struggle a bit. They are, after all, called challenges, so if every one was easy where would the challenge be? This was one of the sketches that left me scratching my head.  I knew that I could use ribbon, baker's twine, even wire, to create the element beside the image, but then I really couldn't really figure out a sentiment or image to combine with the decorative element. I pondered my dilemma for quite a bit and decided to change out that funky shape for a letter. September is filled with birthdays that I need to acknowledge, so I settled on a birthday theme and a play on the word "nice." 

Originally I had cut a capital N to use, but it turned out not only to be just a tad too big, but rather lack-luster, so while searching my embellishments and my drawer of letters, I foundthe green glitter n that I used. It is a tad smaller than I would have liked, but the glitter works in a fun way to call attention to it. 

I used a piece of paper with different colored "jelly bean" shapes as my background. I matched the dark, rose pink with a solid from my stash to create the punched border piece that goes across the middle of the card. (I used a Martha Steward border punch.) I used three green brads below the border, and I typed my sentiment onto a lighter pink. 

Since I wasn't really sure how I felt about the card (it really is quite different from my usual style), I put a fun verse on the inside about birthdays being good for you because the more you have the longer you live. Despite being a bit different, it did turn out kind of cute, and the person who will receive it has a sense of humor, so perfect for her.

I've alreasy seen a couple of my teammate's cards for this challenge, and as always, we have come up with totally different ideas. I think you are going to find them all to be quite wonderful, and I hope they will inspire you to try your hand with this sketch.

Happy crafting; have a great week!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Butterfly Thoughts

Another Tuesday means another wonderful sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. This one threw me a little bit at first because there is an image in the oval. Of course, that was only to suggest an image or die cut and not to be taken literally, but my mind kept focusing on that image - duh! Took me walking away from the sketch entirely before I could wrap my mind around what to do. 

Instead of using a literal die cut shape on top of my oval, I used the oval to cut out a picture from Heartfelt Creations. It is one of their many beautiful pre-colored card toppers. I used papers from the same pad (Lovely Lilacs) for the background and the three strips at the bottom.

I added a dimensional bead butterfly and black gems to give my card some dimension.  I added three small black gems to the body of the butterfly in the oval, and three along the right upper corner. The butterfly under the oval is the bead.

I used one of the sentiments from the paper pad for my top, fishtail piece. 

The prize for this week's schedule is a brand new Night of Navy ink pad from Stampin Up. 

Please join us this week by creating your own lovely card using our sketch and posting it on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

Have a great week, and a great weekend.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I Will Care for You

Are you enjoying the sketches we've been using lately at Tuesday Morning Sketches? I have. They have been so easy and wonderful to use, and I've really liked all the cards that I've been making using our sketches. This week, Melissa has provided another wonderful sketch, and I hope you will give it a try.

I started with a white 5 x 7" card base. The green background is a scrap from a piece I previously used. It is from a Recollections 12 x 12" pad. I debated on matting it with black since I was matting my image and my die cuts with black, but decided the white card made a nice "matting" for the green and white paper. As I said, I did mat the image (from Heartfelt Creations) with the black and punched two black circles to "mat" my cut outs.

The anchor and star fish dies are from Marianne Dies and Crafts. They went perfectly with the Heartfelt Creations paper as both images can be seen in the seascape. I lightly inked the die cuts with CTMH Oak Brown ink. 

My daughter found the ribbon among my stash, and it is a perfect compliment to this card. Not only is it the "right" color, but it is slightly textured, reminding me of beach sand.

Have a wonderful week, and do take a little time out to do something you enjoy (perhaps even use our sketch and join this week's challenge). 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Special Hug

It is Tuesday morning again, so time for another wonderful sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. This one looks simple, but is also quite versatile. It can be elegant or fun -- the look depends on you and the papers and images you pick.

I have gone with a little bit of a sophisticated look since many of the people I send cards to these days are older adults. This one uses a print from Heartfelt Creations. (I do so love the papers and images from them.) I started with a deep purple (actually plum) as the base card. The dark green printed paper, the purple printed paper and the image are from the Classic Petunia Collection pad. 

Had I planned ahead a little bit better, I would have used my Classic Petunia stamps and dies to handmake the flowers; however, being quite slack lately with my creativity, I had to use flowers from Recollections. The purple has a lovely pearl center and matches the petunias in the print. The green roses, also by Recollections, matches the light green petunias in the print. 

The sentiment is from the same pack. It original read "A special hug for you." However, the full sentiment was too long for the card, so I trimmed it down and then matted it with a piece of the green.

Hope you will have a great week with some time for crafting, and if you are so inclined, we would love to have you use our sketch and share what you make with it. Our prize this week is a bag full of happy!  What do I mean by that?  Melissa has got a bag filled with all kinds of lovely paper flowers -- big ones, little ones - all kinds of colors.  You're going to love it!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Delightful Daisies

I know the flowers on my card aren't really daisies, but I liked the alliteration of the two words I used in my title (smile). This week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches is another one with lots of possibilities. I can't wait to see what all our followers do with this.

I have used a paper from a digital set by We Are 3. The set is called Sunflower.

I used a white 5 x 7' card as my base and cut the We Are 3 piece to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4". I cut a piece of orange card and a piece of yellow card to make the band across the bottom. The two flowers were from my stash (I've had for ages and ages), and I created them by combining smaller flowers with larger ones and adding an amber colored gem. The sentiment is from a stamp that I've had for quite some time. The card was simple as 1-2-3, but turned out quite nice looking. The look will vary depending on the paper and the flowers (or other element) that you use.

I have not seen what this week's prize is going to be, so can't let you in on that. You'll need to check the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog sometime tomorrow. However, we hope you will join us this week by making your own card and sharing it with us on the blog.

Have a good crafting week!