Saturday, October 21, 2017

We Are 3 Santa Card


I have been busy playing this Saturday morning. In addition to making my DT card for Tuesday Morning Sketches (which you will have to wait until Tuesday to see), I also made a card for We Are 3 digital images and papers. My dear friend, Bonnie Kohane along with her daughter Kerri, are the designers and owners of the We Are 3 papers and images, and Bonnie has asked me to join her design team. 

I have used Holly Berry papers (https://www.etsy.com/listing/534284042/we-are-3-digital-paper-holly-berries?ref=shop_home) and Santa Glitter Tags (https://www.etsy.com/listing/561779729/we-are-3-digital-shop-glitter-tags?ref=shop_home_active_11) to make this card.

I have used a red card base and layered the first holly paper onto it. I then printed the berries only piece and cut a 1.5" fishtail which I layered with solid green cardstock. I printed one of the four designs from the glitter tags, but cut out the Santa image only and layered it onto a piece of green card which I cut using my Spellbinder scalloped circle die. I wanted to use just the Santa image to show that the images could be used in different ways. 

I stamped the sentiment onto white card using Warm Red chalk ink by Colorbok, and I cut it with a tag shaped die that came in a cute Sizzix set my younger daughter gave me for my birthday. I then added the red dot "candy" to mimic the holly berry.

I am so pleased at how quickly this card came together and how wonderful it looks using Bonnie's papers and image. The We Are 3 papers come in coordinating sets, making them so much easier and quicker to use.

Have a nice weekend, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday morning!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bugaboo Winter


Hello everyone. It is Tuesday again, so time for another Tuesday Morning Sketch. This week's sketch is a little more involved than the past several, but is lots of fun and is very versatile (see the DT creations at the blog!!). This week, our sponsor is once again Bugaboo Digital Stamps. If you didn't win the adorable images a few weeks ago, you have another chance this week.

Here is our sketch:





I have used Bugbblwinter01 as my image this week. I printed him onto X-Press It brand card and colored him up with my Copic markers.

The card base is white layered with a piece of holiday paper from a Recollections (Michael's Crafts brand) paper pack. I then used my Creative Memories due square punch to punch the two squares in solid red and green DP. I omitted one of the layers in the sketch because I didn't want to cover up too much of the fun background paper. I then used a Spellbinder scalloped rectangle die to cut my little image.

The Bugaboo image has three little dots (snowflakes perhaps?) on the image, but I decided to cover them with crystal gems for a little extra sparkle (you know I like my glitz), and lastly, I added a small white pom-pom to the pom-pom area of the little hat for a little more texture and fun.

Remember, you have until Sunday afternoon to create your entry and link it at the Tuesday Morning Blog

Look forward to seeing what you create with this week's sketch.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wise Men

Hello everyone. It is another Tuesday which means we have another wonderful sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to share. This one is super classic. Here it is:


Our sponsor this week is, once again, Tuesday Morning Sketches. I don't know what is being given away, but I promise to come back and let y'all know as soon as I find out. Whatever it is, I know it is going to be great! (Keeping my promise to you, the prize for this week is a $10 gift certificate to either Hobby Lobby or Starbuck's. You can add to your crafting stash or simply indulge yourself -- can you say pumpkin spice latte?)

I had lots of fun with this sketch. It gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a new die. (OK, not new. I got it last year but never got around to using it, so it was unopened which, in my book, counts as new!) The Wise Men die is from Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson. Isn't it lovely? I decided to go with a silhouette effect by cutting it out of black card. But before I get ahead of myself let me say that my card base is black matted with silver glittery paper from the DCWV "Glitzy Glitter" 12x12" pad.

I also got to use another new die (maybe I should use the term "unused" rather than new) for the corner piece. It is Spellbinder's Corner Flourish (S2-050).  I finished the card off by stamping the sentiment with black pigment ink and embossing with black powder onto a piece of the same silver glitter as the background. I matted it with black.

The whole card went together fairly quickly but is oh so stunning. I was quite pleased with the overall results!

You are going to find this sketch quite versatile. I don't know if you've noticed, but the last half dozen sketches have been really easy to work with and quite classic in design. I definitely have them in my "go to" file! I think you will also enjoy seeing the different ways the DT have used the sketch, so hop over to the TMS blog and have a look.

As always, I encourage you to take some time to create your own card and join our weekly challenge. We enjoy seeing what our followers do with our sketches, and who knows, Mr. Random just might pick your number to win the prize!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Little Pumpkin

Happy Tuesday! It is time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. This one is super great. You are going to enjoy using it. Here it is:


Our sponsor this week is the fantastic Bugaboo Stamps. Their adorable images are so fun to color up and to use. Our winner will get a choice of 4 images of their choice! My card features Kidlet Pumpkin

I have used a black card base for my cute little Halloween card. The background DP is, believe it or not, from my scrap bag, so I can't tell you the manufacturer. I know it came from a kit of Halloween papers and embellishments, but that's all I can remember. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and orange grosgrain ribbon to create my top. 

I printed my kidlet pumpkin onto X-Press it brand card and colored it with my Copic markers. I then fussy cut the little guy out so that I could use foam pop-dots to add him to the scalloped oval background. The inside of the oval is another piece of Halloween scrap. I used the Spellbinder oval and oval scallop dies.

I did leave off the black brads that I was going to use (left side) because the background was to busy and the brands would have just gotten lost and or detracted from the paper's cute little images. 

Stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and look at the beautiful cards the DT have made this week. Click on the DT's name above her card and you will automatically be directed to that person's individual blog where you will find additional information about her card. Then, if you haven't started on your own card, get busy! We so enjoy seeing the work out followers do!
 
 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Halloween


Hello everyone and happy Tuesday. It is time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. Here is the sketch:





Our prize this week is being given by Tuesday Morning Sketches and here it is:


I have to admit that I had a little trouble "feeling" this sketch. That doesn't happen very often, but once in a while, we have a sketch that just doesn't "speak" to me, and this was this year's sketch. I finally struggled through, but I'm not totally happy with the results.

I started with a black card and layered a piece of dotty paper from one of my Halloween paper packs. I cut the strips for the left corner from the same piece that I cut the corner triangle. The three little image are cut out from another piece of paper from the Halloween pack. I did not have a circle punch that would work because the circles were too close together, so  ended up fussy cutting each of the three images. I punched circle for each from black and adhered the image to the top of the circle. I then adhered the circles to the triangle. From yet another piece of Halloween paper, I cut the word and matted in onto black. 

The card was quick and easy to put together, but . . . well, I hope it gives you inspiration as to what NOT to do (LOL)!

I truly would love to see what all you do with this sketch. The other DT members have made beautiful cards to inspire you, so please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look.

I had a wonderful birthday last week -- did anyone miss me (smile)? I ate out four days in a row (can you see the extra pounds on my hips??). Saturday night the Hubs took me to see a Trace Adkins concert. I had a blast, and I have to give the Hubs special kudos for enduring the evening. He just does not appreciate the country/western genre, but he sat through it for me! He did admit that he was actually having fun watching me shake my booty and acting like a teeny-bopper! Sunday (my actual birthday) was celebrated with family members (one of my four meals out), and Monday I attended a luncheon with former classmates and other alumni from high school. All in all, it made turning another year older lots of fun!

Now, if you are still with me, you go have some fun in the craft area and whip up a scumpdillious card to enter in this week's challenge.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Scarecrows and Changing Leaves


Happy Tuesday everyone. I apologize for being late getting my card posted, but I was not online much yesterday and last night. We live in northwest GA, but felt the effects of Irma this far north. We were without electricity for a bit, but we are well prepared with our own generator, so fridge and freezer continued to run (smile).

This week we have the pleasure of being sponsored by DRS Designs.



And here is this week's wonderful sketch:







My images are two of DRS's stamps Large Scarecrow and Changing Leaves.

I used Memento ink to stamp my image onto X-press It card and colored the scarecrow with my Copic markers. After coloring, I fussy cut the image. I decided, though, that I wanted the little collar to stand out a bit more, so I stamped it on a piece of orange dotty paper I had in my scraps and cut it out. I colored the bow (on the orange piece) with brown. I then clued tiny blue buttons over the stamped button eyes to give them some dimension. I adhered the scarecrow to my card using pop-dot foam to give it a lift.

I used a piece of orange card stock to create my card base and layered a piece of plaid from a Recollections pad. The green, grosgrain ribbon is from my stash. I stamped my second image (the sentiment) onto a piece of the base card stock using black Momento ink and then matted it with a piece of gold so it would stand out a little more from the plaid. 

The DT showcased some really fantastic images from DRS this week. I think you are going to really enjoy everyone's work. Please stop by the TMS blog and have a look, and if you have time, visit each DT member's individual blog by clicking on their name above their sample. I know they would love to hear from you as to what you think of their work.

See you again next week.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Santa and Holly


Hello everyone. I hope everyone has had a good weekend. We have another really great sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I continue with my vintage Santa theme for Christmas. Here is the fun sketch:



When I first saw this sketch, I was a bit leery and wasn't sure how it was all going to come together. However, once I got started, it all fell into place, and I was really pleased with the end results.

Once again, I have used a vintage Santa clip art. I cut the image into a tag shape. I started with a brown card base to keep the vintage feel, and I layered a piece of red and gold DP that I've had in my stash for a number of years. In fact, I only have about 3-4 pieces of the original 12x12" pad left and had even considered putting it into the purge pile for my teacher friends. As it turned out, glad it hadn't yet quite made the cut because it was the perfect paper to go with my clip art.

Picking up the green in the holly on St. Nick's hood, I cut a strip of green and then a smaller strip of gold for the top. I adhered the clip art tag shape and then created a triple bow with the red, green and gold ribbon. I cut three holly leaves and three berries off of a Christmas pick and tucked it behind the bow which duplicates the holly on the hood.

It was that easy to create a beautiful and wonderful card with this sketch. I think I was done in less than 30 minutes. Considering how many Christmas cards I have left to make, quick but pretty is a definite plus!

I have been searching my computer and my files for pictures of some of the ornaments that I painted. I have shared them before and thought I would find them in some of my older blogs, but no luck. I finally found a few pictures, but not all of the ones I wanted to share. I was looking for the ones that match or are similar to the three clip art pictures I've already used this year. Anyway, even though I wasn't fully successful in my search, here are a couple of my painted pieces:



 Now, back to this week's sketch. You are definitely going to want to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see what the other DT have done. So many wonderful examples! You can also click on each DT's name and go directly to their blogs where you should find additional information as to how they created their lovely card. While there, leave them a little love and feedback.