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, 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 are (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!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketch 266

Good morning. Good morning. The best to you this morning! (Did you catch the jingle there? Start humming along with it? Well Pickle! Let's try it again (grin). No, instead, let's get on with our Tuesday Morning Sketch card for you. 

and here is the sketch we want you to use:

This week were sponsored by my dear friend Deedee Anderson, owner and illustrator for Deedee's Digis.  Deedee's Digis specializes in wholesome digital stamps and papers that will make you smile and lift your spirit.

My card is made featuring Backpack from High School Daze. I have used a white 5 x 7" card base, a plaid DP from a very old school days kit (so old that I can no longer tell you the manufacturer), and black card for matting. The solid red is from the same kit, and both were scrap pieces (finally "doing in" that kit). The apple is metal and is the last of that package of stickers. 

We would very much like to have you join us in this week's challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Be aware that if you do enter, there is a TWIST this week. Your entry must use the sketch, but it must ALSO use the back to school THEME!

We'd also love for you to take a few minutes to visit the TMS Blog and have a look at all of the DT cards. We have a fantastic team of talented ladies who provide wonderful inspiration week after week. If you aren't a TMS follower, please join us so you don't miss our weekly challenges or the beautiful DT cards.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It Is Tuesday - Not Monday

Rats and double rats! I plum forgot that today is Tuesday. That Monday Labor Day holiday (despite the fact that it didn't really effect the Hubs nor I since we don't work) threw me off completely. When I posted my card on the DT blog pre release, I reminded myself and suggested to myself that I go ahead and pre-schedule my blog. Do I listen, though? Nope, nope, nope, and now I'm late!

This week our sponsor is Digital Delights by Looby Lou.  If you aren't familiar with the cute Digital Delights images then you are in for a treat. There are all kinds of really fun images, both colored and line-drawn, for your paper crafting. The one I'm using is called Eddie Elf.

We know that many of you have been busy getting the kids ready to go back to school (the kids here in my area started back the first of August, but many still observe Labor Day as the official end of the summer holidays). However, you should now be able to sigh a sigh of relief and enjoy some crafting time. We are providing three different sketches for you to pick from this week. Use one or all and have some crafting fun. Here are the sketches:

If you go to the Tuesday Morning Sketches Blog, you will discover the first three DT cards shown use one of the three different sketches above. Unknowing to the three of us, we each picked a different one of the sketches. How neat was that?

I started with a white card base, layered green card and then red dotty DP. I added a thin white satin ribbon across the red dotty paper. I cut out my image using a Spellbinder oval and matted that with a die cut with the Spellbinder scalloped oval. The snowflakes are cut using a Martha Stewart snowflake corner punch (the corner actually uses the negative space but the "scrap" snowflake was just the right size for my use). I added little clear rhinestones to the middle of the snowflakes. The sentiment is from a set of clear acrylic stamps that I have, but I'm afraid I cannot tell you the manufacturer as the packaging is gone.

I do hope you enjoy my card and that you will take a few minutes to visit the TMS blog to see what the other DT members have made for you this week. We'd love for you to join in the challenge, but even if you can't, do copy and save those fantastic sketches to use over and over again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby Dreams at Sami Stamps

Here in the US, this weekend has an extra day as Monday is a holiday. It is in honor of all the people who work and is called Labor Day. Now, that always puzzled me because most of the retail establishments, restaurants, etc. were open on Monday -- thus, causing people to labor instead of being home and enjoying an extra day with their family and friends. Rather a dicotomy, eh? In addition, not too many decades ago, Labor Day (the first Monday in September) signaled the end of the school holiday and children everywhere returned to the classroom for another year of learning. Now, a large number of school start the new academic year the first part of August, robbing Labor Day of even more of its notoriety. So sad.

However, we do have a happy side to this weekend because today Sami at Sami Stamps has released a new set of images that are just adorable!  Here is a glance at the entire set:

I used Little Girl Dreams for my project. Isn't she just precious? I colored her with Copic markers after printing the image onto X-Press It card. I then fussy cut the little cutie! All of the designer papers is from the 12 x 12," double sided pad of baby prints by K&Company. The card is a white base with green and pink solid card (matting) by Bazzill. The white frame around the baby was cut using CR1241 die by Marianne Design. I popped the baby image and sentiment up using foam adhesive dots. The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is a stamp I received in a set as a present, and the packaging is gone.

If you aren't too busy shopping or tending the bar-b-que this weekend, stop by and have a look at the new release. I think you will just love the beautiful samples the DT have put together for all of you to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TMS and Zap Pow

Good Morning TMS friends.  We hope you're doing well.  Thank you so much for joining us today and help us to welcome back previous sponsor Zap Pow.  Owners Lizzie and Cassandra have created a store of digital stamps that are cheeky, fun and quite whimsical images and are great to work with.

The prize is 3 digis of the winner's choice.
Here's the sketch we're working with:

Sometimes I feel as if I spend an awful lot of my time making apologies! Even when something isn't entirely my fault, the old Catholic guilt kicks in, and I feel the need to apologize (sigh)! Well, I'm at it again this week in that I have to apologize to Lizzie and Cassandra for not using a Zap Pow image for my DT card. My six years old printer decided to die this past week. The print head jammed tight. The Hubs was able to get it unstuck only to have it jam again when we tried to print again. The poor thing was absolutely worn out despite my having just put new ink cartridges in it :-(.

So we pulled out an extra that we had (that the Hubs uses occasionally with his computer) and gave printing another go. I guess I wasn't holding my mouth correctly or something because I could not get it to print without smearing ink all over my image. I couldn't very well color and use an image with ink smears all over it, now could I? In tears, I bit the bullet, wrote to Melissa (who stepped in and used the image I was going to use), and I pulled out an already printed/colored image from my stash to use with our wonderful sketch. My Image is called "Goodbye Summer" by Sami Stamps

My card base is white card. I rounded the four corners with my corner punch, then cut a piece of DP from K&Company about 3/4" smaller on all four sides. I also rounded the corners and then matted the DP with solid blue card. I cut a piece of orange DP and matted it with the blue card. Lastly, I used a Marianne Creatable die CR1203 to cut the background square from the blue card. I then cut my Sami Stamps image into a square. The apple is rustic metal and is adhered with foam dots for a slightly raised effect.

Stop by Tuesday Morning Sketches and take a look at the wonderful samples the DT have created for your inspiration and enjoy the cute little images from Zap Pow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rose Beauty

This week our sponsor for Tuesday Morning Sketches is a designer close to my heart. Our sponsor is Sami Stamps! As you know, I have the great priviledge of being a member of Sami's design team, so to say that I really like her images would be a bit of an understatement (smile). Since I was remiss (due to the remodeling project) and haven't yet gotten my project for Sami's new release (this past Thursday) posted, I feel a little exhonorated by getting this TMS card made using the lovely "Rose Beauty" by Sami. 

Before I go further with my explanation of my card, let me share this week's sketch with you:

I colored my image (as usual) with Copic markers. I want to let you know that the face/complextion is not grainy/blotchy in real time. I took several photos of the card trying to get rid of that blotchy look, but to no avail. However, if you were to look at the card in person, it would not look like that -- so I do apologize to everyone for how it looks. All of the designer paper is by Crate Paper and is from a 6" x 6" pad called "Paper Heart Collection." The green card is from a piece out of my scrap bag, and the pearls are by Recollections.

Please join us this week in the TMS challenge. Sadly, we are having to say good-bye to a team member. Angela has been a member of the team for several years (as have most of us), so she will be terribly missed; however, she feels the need to lighten some of her commitments in order to spend time with her family and friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday Sketch and Watercolors

Hi my dear followers. Tuesday Morning Sketches has a new sketch for you this week. It is a fantastic sketch, and I know you will use it often. I, sadly, didn't get a card made for you this week. Before I go into that, let me share the TMS sketch with you. Here it is:

This week we're sponsored by Craft Classes Online (fomerly My Creative Classroom which has been closed).  
Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Classes are advertised on the CCO website, but are paid for and held on individual instructor's blog/website. This enable instructors to have more freedom and flexibility in their independent businesses. 

Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques and creative projects from the comfort of their own home and on their schedule. 

In September we will relaunch our blog, My Creative Life 2014, where we issue challenges to help us use all of our craft supplies during the year.

We are excited to be sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches Blog. You can view our class list on our website We are bringing in more instructors throughout the fall, so check back often. Sign up for our newsletter. Visit us on our Facebook page, too! One lucky winner will receive a free seat to a Workshop class valued at $25 or less.  Good Luck!

As I said, I do not have an inspiration card for you this week. It isn't that I didn't like the sketch (because I DID), and it isn't because I didn't want to do the twist (watercolors), because I was looking forward to pulling out my watercolor crayons or my tubes of watercolors. Nope, it is because the remodeling is starting to come to a close, and I'm having to pitch in more. The part the contractors did has all been completed. Now, painting the outside, the inside, and putting down flooring is falling on our shoulders -- not my idea nor preference, by the way. It was the Hubs who decided we could save $$$ by doing those things ourselves. OK, so he makes a good point, but I was willing to cut out things such as meals (need to diet anyway), cable tellie (we could better use our time), and other non-essential items in order to have someone else completely finish this project for us. Humph, he then mentioned cutting back on crafting supplies and that's when I buckled!

I have to admit that I am more than ready for this project to be completed. The new room is lovely, but more importantly, I am ready to get the second set of furniture out of the living room and the extra items out of my bedroom and craft room (boxes of books. DVDs. CDs and "stuff" that came out of the bookcases in the old den). Anyhoo, I hope to be back on track soon. In the mean time, do visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the beautiful samples the other DT members have shared for your inspiration. 

Thanks, and take care everyone!