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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue Birds of Happiness

Good Morning!  Thank you for joining me today for another great sketch and fantastic sponsor for Tuesday Morning Sketches!  This week we're joined by Sami Stamps.  

You can find Sami Stamps store HERE and her blog HERE.  The prize is a voucher for $12 which would equate to 3 digis of the winner's choice.  Let's get started!
Here's the sketch we're playing with....

This sketch is a lot more versatile than it may appear. You will want to stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see the different ways our DT have interpreted this little gem. You will be totally surprised and wowed by the wonderful samples the DT have prepared for you.

I colored my "Two Birds" image with my Copic markers and then cut it out using a Spellbinder heart die. My card base is blue card, and my patterned paper is a piece of blue and white gingham that I actually pulled out of my scrap bag. I hand cut my fishtail banner piece from a scrap of the blue card , and matted it with a piece of white. I cut the decorative border piece using a Cheery Lynn border die. The little blue flower is from Petaloo, and the small white roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I punched the green leaves with a Martha Stewart punch. I typed and printed the sentiment with my computer, cut it and then matted it with the blue. The blue and white color scheme makes for a very happy spring card. I was quite happy with the results. What do you think?

We would love to have you join our challenge this week. The $12 voucher is a wonderful prize as Sami has beautiful images. If you are our lucky winner, your only problem will be trying to decide which images to purchase with your voucher! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Little Piggy

I have another card for you today using one of the little "wellie" images from Imagine That - Digies by Kris. As I mentioned last week, Kris has a whole series of these adorable wellies using different themes from Ladybugs to Cowboy Cacti. This time I've used the "Piggies/Tulips" image. (You can find it in the webstore by clicking on the image name above.)

I normally color my images rather than using the pre-colored ones offered by Kris in each set; however, after printing off the line image, I realized that there aren't a lot of colors associated with piglets, so I would probably use pink myself. Humph! Why recreate the wheel? Kris' colored image is already beautiful, so I went ahead and used it instead.

I cut my printed image into an oval and inked around the edge. I cut the pink mat and inked around the edges of the mat. My card base is a white card. I've layered it with the butterfly patterned paper which I maded with lavendar. I then cut a strip of lavendar and punched one side of it with a Martha Stewart scalloped punch. I added a lenth of lavendar ribbon on top of the lavendar strip. After layering all my pieces together and adhering them, I decided to keep the card rather clean and simple, so the only other things I added were the sentiment and the corner piece (Cheey Lynn corner die). The sentiment piece looks rather bright in the above photo, but it actually perfectly matches some of the butterflies in the background paper (you can see one just above the sentiment).

The Piggies/Tulip set also comes with a plain lined wellie with the tulips and a polka-dot wellie with tulips, so it gives you three different options for making wonderful spring cards. (Note that the plain wellie and the polka dot wellie are not pre-colored.) It also comes with five different sentiments for you to use. Do take a minute and stop by the webstore to see all seven boot sets. They are all just wonderful!

I'll be back (hopefully) next week with a new card using yet another image in the series. Not going to tell you which one, though. You'll just have to stop by next Friday to see.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday with a TWIST

Happy Tuesdday, ya'll. It is time for another great Tuesday Morning sketch, but this is also our TWIST time. That means that in order to qualify for our weekly prize, you must follow the sketch AND add the twist. First, let's look at this week's great sketch --

We all know that the month of April is known for its frequent rain showers (remember, April showers bring May flowers), so in keeping with that thought, we'd like your card to have something to do with rain.

If you need some inspiration for this little theme,  please visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the DT cards. They are really super this week!

My image is from Imagine That - Digies by Kris. Isn't she a cutie? I've colored her with my Copic markers and paper pieced the umbrella. I turned our sketch side ways, and have used papers from a 6 x 6" paper pad. I punched my squares using a Creative Memories punch so they would be consistent, and I've matted them with blue card using my Perfect Layers ruler to make the mats consistent. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.

Alright friends, it's your turn.  Remember if want to be considered for the prize, you must use both the sketch and the twist.  This doesn't, however, apply to Top 5.

Have fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Get Wellie Soon

If you haven't stopped by Image That - Digies by Kris lately, you MUST go by and see the adorable release for this month! It is just too, too cute. Kris has released a whole line of adorable boots (Wellies, as they are called in the UK). If you have participated in our progressive challenge, then you've seen the Ladybug boots, but Kris didn't just stop there. She also created pigs and frogs and dragonfly and western and -- well, you'll just have to go to the shop and have a look!

So, after telling you all about the cute images, you are probably asking why my boots are just "plain Janes." Well, the wonderful thing about Kris' sets is that she offers you options. With each character set, you also get a non-character image. Now, before you get your panties in a wad, I promise that I have used the characters and will be showing them to you later, but I wanted to start with this little lovely to show you a fun way to use it. Firstly, I printed the image onto X-Press It brand card and colored parts of it with my Copic markers. Secondly, I printed the image a again onto the dotty paper and paper pieced the top portion of the boot. I really liked that patterned paper and actually wouldn't mind having a pair of Wellies just like that for myself!

My card base is a 5.5" green square. I layered the dotty paper onto white matting and adhered it to the green. I then punched a strip out of the white using a Martha Stewart border punch. I cut the image out using a Spellbinder oval die and matted it to a Spellbinder scalloped oval. I added the flowers (various) and then the sentiment (matted on green).

The kit for this boot is the Ladybug kit. As I said, Kris offers you options, and this particular image didn't not have the ladybug heads on the toe. The kit also comes with sentiments (Get Wellie Soon, Thanks A Bunch, Happy Birthday Little Lady -- plus more). I've said it before, but I'll probably repeat myself often, I am just highly impressed with the total value of Kris' sets. You really get so much for so little, and they are all a delight!

Have a great weekend. I hope it will be a crafty one for you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Tuesday; I Apologize!

OK, this was definitely an oopsy day. I actually forgot that it is Tueday and am extremely tardy getting my Tuesday Morning Sketches card and sketch posted. Let me share the sketch with you first, and then I'll talk about my card. Here is this week's sketch:

Pretty neat sketch, eh? It will work well with any type card and style. We also have a new sponsor this week called Sunflowerfield. It is a small (relatively new) company that not only offers their own digital stamps and designs, but also those of several other designers. In their webstore you will find quality ink pads, designer paper packs, different embellishments (brads, gems, pearls, charms...); wooden elements like: hearts, stars, flowers... then satin flowers, paper roses, laces, ribbons, acrylic blocks and more.  They ship internationally with low postage costs and a regular 24% VAT discount for all countries outside EU.

My little card was made using a rubber stamp image. It makes a sweet Easter card, but also would work quite well as a friendship card. I've colored the image with Copic markers. My white card base has been topped with green paper which was matted with pink card. The image was cut using the Spellbinder oval die and the mat from the Spellbinder scalloped oval die. The fish-tail banner was hand cut, as was the computer generated sentiment. The two corner die pieces were cut using a Cheery Lynn die. The pearls are by Recollections.

Would love for you to stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the cards the other DT members have made. Would love it even more if you would join us this week in the challenge. We always enjoy seeing what our friends and followers make using our sketches.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting Ready for Easter

Are you getting ready for Easter around your house? We used to decorate the house when the kids were little starting with Ash Wednesday, but now that it is just us two old foggies and the fur-babies, we don't put out the decorations. Yes, we do have the grands, but they are older now, too. I kind of miss it all. However, Easter cards are still called for, so I'll be making several.

This little image is by Imagine That - Digies by Kris. and can be found in the shop HERE. I actually colored this image three times because I could not decide on what color to make the sweet little bunny. My first inclination was to make her white (especially since I had a sweet white bunny at one time), but I really wanted more color on my card, so ended up making her gray. I didn't realize, until after I'd fiished coloring her bonnet, that I'd used similar colors as the pre-colored version in the set. Kris and I must have been on a similar wave length (smile).

My card base is a taupe color, and my DP is by K&Company. The background die piece is by Spellbinder, and the corner die pieces are by Cherry Lynn. I've added some pearls and ribbon to finish off my little card. Although it is hard to tell from the photo, all of the colors used can be found in the pretty floral DP papers.

You still have four more days to get a fabulous 40% off your purchase when you buy $10 worth of Imagine That images. Let me remind you that Kris' images are so very reasonably priced, and you will get a LOT for your money! 

I would also like to remind you of our challenge blog (found HERE) and the progressive challenge. ALL who link up will get next month's set FREE!  For March, we are using the Kitty in Flowers set. If you don't have this set, you can purchase it in the store for a discounted price all month long and then join our challenge. Now, since March is almost over, I know many of you may not have time to participate. However, next month we will have a new set available, and if you participate and link up, you will get May's set for free. It is a win-win deal, so have a look and make plans. We always love seeing what our followers make using Kris' adorable images.

Gotta run for now. May your Muses always be actively with you -- go make something beautiful!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sketch 242, Tuesday Morning

Good Morning friends. Happy Tuesday! We have a really simple Tuesday Morning sketch for you to try this week. It will work great for cards, scrapbook pages and even 3D items.  This week's sponsor is our friends at Creative Classroom.  If you've not taken one of their classes then you simply must play along so you can try for a free seat in one of them. 

Here is our little sketch for you:

Since spring is FINALLY starting to peek its head around the corner here in the south and our spring flowers and shrubs are actually blooming, I decided to encourage it even more with my little card this week. I've used a Magnolia image and lots of flowers. 

We are interested to see what you can do with our sketch this week. It is always fun to see how each of you interprets and uses the sketches we provide. If you have the time, please join in this week's challenge. Remember, post your card at the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge blog before Sunday evening to have a chance at our wonderful prize.

See you later. Have a good week!