Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TMS 328 and Thanksgiving

Hello dear followers. It is another Tuesday and time for another wonderful sketch. Before I share the sketch with you, I'd like to thank all of you who have continue to follow my blog over the years. It seems as if the crafting community has changed a bit over the years as many of us have other commitments and responsibilities. I know that my own time is now more limited than it was just a few years ago. So, I do want all of you to know how much I appreciate those of you who continue to visit me through my blog.

Now, on to business (smile). This week our sponsor is Sami Stamps, and our sketch was designed by our own Debbie Foster. Her is the sketch:

I do like the simplicity yet versatility of this sketch. I have used  the image Little Acorn Hoot.

I have used this little image before, but it is such a sweet one that I've chosen to use it again with this week's challenge. I colored the little bird using Copic markers, and then I paper pieced the acorn (this is exactly how I did the image last time, but you will note I used different paper combinations both in my paper piecing and in my card). The acorn would have just as easily been colored with my markers, but I liked the additional color and texture that paper gave. 

Since this week (Thursday) is the American Thanksgiving holiday, I have used that theme for my sentiment. The fall colors and the sentiment are perfect for this time of year.

Wishing all of you a wonderful week (and for my US friends, a very happy Thanksgiving), and if you have a few free minutes this week, stop by and visit the Tuesday Morning Blog to see the beautiful card the other DT members have created this week.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches and Sherri Baldy

Good morning friends.  I am back. Thank you so much for stopping by. Here is another fun sketch challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This week's sketch is brought to you by Nina.  I love the basic elements that can be used for color blocking.  So many options!

Our sponsor this week is Sherri Baldy Designs.  Her big eyed beauties are so sweet and charming and you will absolutely love what the team did with the images.

But first, here is the sketch:

 I am still having problems with my printer ink smearing. I have learned that I am not the only one who experiences this problem with HP ink, so I may be in the market for a new printer, as I don't have the time to deal with the frustration of having to recolor images due to black smudges! Anyhoo, because of several unsuccessful attempts to color, I finally ended up printing off one of the pre-colored images on one of my Sherry Baldy CDs. If you haven't seen the CDs, you should definitely check them out. They are absolutely wonderful and, in my case, a nice life saver (smile).

I was actually able to use up some of my scraps with this week's sketch. It was really nice not to have to cut into new pieces of paper. I mounted the three pieces on a white card base, then placed my image on top. I also cut the sentiment off of another Sherry Baldy image and added it to the bottom of mine. I then added two rhinestone holly leaves and berries just for a tiny bit of bling.

Do stop by the TMS Blog and have a look at what the other team members did with this wonderful sketch.  

I know I've not been around much lately. I have had to take a leave of absence from a couple of y design teams, and I was gone for the month of October from TMS (but hopefully am back now). This is a busy time of year for everyone, both personally and professionally, so I just needed to simplify my life a little. Know you all understand, and I hope you missed me just a little bit (smile).

See you next week (if not before)!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fashionista Besties

My Besties have introduced another new series called Fashionista Besties. They can be found in the My Besties Shop HERE.  I have colored and used two of these images (and as lovely as they are, they aren't even the prettiest one). I know that you will have fun with these new fashionista images -- especially for those more "adult" looking cards. I love the big eyed cuties, but sometimes one wants a little bit more of a "grown up" and these fashionista images are just perfect for those times. Sherri Baldy tries to make sure there is something for everyone in her designs.

If you haven't stopped by the My Besties shop lately, you really need to take the time to go have a look. There are not only new images there, but also beautiful new products -- flowers, charms, lace, ribbon and more. Stop by and have a look!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Little Fairies

Sherri Ann Baldy introduced several new lines of My Besties over the past two days. She started by showing us her new line of big eyed fairies -- oh so pretty -- along with some fairy houses and an adorable fairy frog! I've used two of the new fairies on my cards which I'm sharing with you today.  Both images can be found at the My Besties Shop under the category "Fairies."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Happy Tuesday morning. We have another wonderful sketch for you this week, and a wonderful sponsor as well.Our very own Debbie Foster is the sponsor, and she is providing a nice Doodle Pantry gift certificate for the lucky winner. How nice is that? First, let's take a look at the sketch:

Melissa has created a versatile sketch which (like a good dress) can go from the office to the cocktail hour -- in other words, you can keep your card fairly simple (as I have done) or fancy it up (as some of the other teamies have done) and still maintain the wonderful concept of the design.

You will definitely want to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see the different samples provided for you this week. Once you've feasted on the eye candy, we hope that it will be inspiration for you to create your own card and share it with us this week.

See you later. Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Little Acorn Bird

Happy Tuesday again. Isn't it nice how Tuesday comes around each week (smile)? Of course, that means that Tuesday Morning Sketches comes around each week, too, and this week we have a nice, classic sketch for you to use. It was created by teammate, Debbie Foster. Here is the sketch:

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Sami Stamps. You can find her sweet digital images on her Etsy shop here and of course, don't skip her blog!

I used Little Acorn Bird for my card. I have combined paper piecing (the acorn) and copic coloring (the bird) on this adorable image. All of the patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye. The sketch is self-explanatory. It is a wonderful sketch and holds so many different looks depending on the papers and the image used. I went with a 5.5" square card base, but, as in the sketch picture, it also works well as a rectangular shape. Have fun with it and then show us what you decide to do. We love to see your artwork in the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenges!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Marci

This week our Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge is brought to you by Patti Rowe, an independent CTMH demonstrator. Patti has sponsored us before, and for those of you who like CTMH (Close to my Heart) products, you will want to join our challenge for an opportunity to win some.

The sketch is a wondeful sketch that can be dressed up or dressed down. A clean, basic shape with all kinds of possibilities. Here is the blank sketch for you:

Since Patti did not provide us with images this time around, I have chosen to use Pumpkin Marci by La La Land stamps. This is an older stamp, but remains one of my favorites. I've colored the image with Copic markers on Cryogen card. I then fussy cut the image to better fit the sketch.

My patterned papers are from a "kit" of Halloween paper that I picked up several years ago as are the chipboard sticker and black bat. Because they are much older, I no longer have the packaging to tell you the manufacturers.

If you aren't familiar with the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and challenge, you need to drop by the web site. The weekly sketches are wonderful starting points to anyone's creative process. The sketches are designed so that they have a wide range of appeal and possibility. So, even if you decide not to join in the challenge, you are sure to see a wonderful array of inspiration.