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.