Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer Butterfly

This week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches is a quick and easy way to make an elegant looking card. Depending on the papers, the image and the embellishments, this sketch can actually be cute and fun or elegant and lovely. 

Again, I have used papers from the We Are 3 Digital Papers collection called "At the Beach." The top one is gray polka dots on a blue background. The bottom one is the "boardwalk" pattern with lovely greens, blues, browns, pinks and gray. 

I used a white base card and used approximately a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio of the two papers. I covered the "meet up" area with seafoam green ribbon to cover the seam. Instead of the circle, I used a Heartfelt Creations butterfly die, cutting the butterfly and swirls from a solid seafoam green card weight paper. I used this piece as my base in place of the circle. I then stamped the butterfly using seafoam green ink (Color Box), cut it with the die and adhered it along the body to the base butterfly. I folded the wings upward to give some dimension. I finished off my card with crystal gems to the left and slightly under the butterfly. 

Hope that you can join us this week at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. We really would like to see what you do with this lovely sketch. This week's prize is this lovely embossing folder called "Tiger Lily."

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Our sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches is going to look slightly different than my card. I turned the sketch from landscape to portrait. Here, let me show you:

In keeping with the integrity of the sketch, I have all the elements. I've just varied the, using different shapes and embellishments.

I started with a white 5 x 7" base. The base paper is from We Are 3, "At the Beach" set. It is called Seaweed. I've used a scalloped rectangle cut with a Spellbinder die from brown card. I then cut the lighthouse using a Marianne die from another piece of the At the Beach set called "Boardwalk." 

Instead of twine, I used a snippet of ribbon that I had in my stash. (I did go back after I took the picture and adhered the base paper at the bottom down a little better. I did not notice the ribbon had caused the paper to stick up on both sides where it was tucked under. I apologize for that, but it is now fixed.) Instead of the flower, I have used a real shell. I know that will make it slightly more difficult to mail, so I will either have to make a box envelop or slip this card in with a gift.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on the Boardwalk paper. It was punched using a scallop oval punch. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


We have a super fun sketch this week -- perfect for using some of those scraps that you've been saving. Aw come on, you know you have a whole bag or box full (smile). Our sketch this week is by Melissa, and it looks like this:

We also have another surprise embellishment bag as this week's prize. The bag will contain some fun embellishments and a small stamp set -- maybe you can use them in an upcoming sketch challenge -- hum?

I am not going to be able to give you a whole lot of information about my card because I did raid my scraps for every bit of the card except the sentiment and the card base. I started with a white 5 x 7" card. The background is a green and white. The top square and the two on the right side of each row are from another piece of paper I found in my scrap bag. The next two (move left) are from a second sheet, and the last one (bottom row) from a third sheet. I don't think any of them are from the same "set" of papers, but they all matched quite nicely. The chipboard sentiment actually matches the flowers in the set of 3 squares with flowers and leaves.

Some of you may remember that I have a friend who has been going through chemotherapy. I try to send her a card weekly to let her know that I am thinking of her and praying for her. The last time I saw her, she said that the cancer is responding favorably to the chemo. This is great news and made me quite happy. I plan on sending this card to her!

I apologize for not getting my blog posted last week. I did make my DT card (as you may know if you visited the TMS blog), but I have been meeting myself coming and going lately. In addition to six days a week work weeks for the past several weeks, I now am trying to work in those yearly doctor's appointments (mammogram, physicals, etc.). I guess my Doc was trying to help me out because her office had scheduled me for two different procedures this morning for the same time at two different places -- like completely across town from each other!  Anyway, hoping things will start to slow down soon, and I can get back on track again.

Happy crafting, friends --

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Love and Kisses

We have a wonderful sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches. It is simple but elegant, and it is quick to create without looking as if you don't care. Here is our wonderful sketch:

In addition, we have a super prize for some lucky follower this week. Here it is:

I have once again used beautiful papers from We Are 3 to create my card. These papers are from the Tropical Delights set. The lovely hibiscus flower provides the background for my card (a white card base). The bottom oval (under the sentiment) is also from that set. The lovely thing about the We Are 3 digital papers is they are created to compliment each other, so cards go together so much easier and quicker than having to dig through the hundreds of papers I have in my stash.

I found a lovely green ribbon with picot edges and used a beautiful "Just Rite" sentiment stamp and Stampin Up ink to finish off my card.

Don't know about where you live, but the temperatures have been in the high 80's/low 90's F here in my part of the US. It isn't even officially summer as yet, so hoping Mother Nature doesn't take our temperatures any higher this year. At any rate stay cool (or in the case of my friends and followers down under, stay warm) and show me some lovely crafting! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

With a Little Flair

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well. We are slightly melting here in the deep south (USA) with temperatures reaching the 90's F during the day. Had a nice rain storm last night, so hopefully that will cool things down a bit, and to think it isn't even summer as yet!

This week's Tuesday Morning Sketch is a lovely, classic design:

I have combined the sketch with We Are 3 Tropical Delights papers. This is a fun set of papers with tropical vibes, but as you can see, work nicely with our classical sketch. I printed off several of the papers, using two for the background, one for the scalloped matting and the same for the lovely scallops.

I used a Heartfelt Creations die to make the flower (stamping rose pink ink onto pink card and HC pearls for the center). I finished off my card using three Recollections pearls along the end of one flourish swirl. My swirls were cut using Sizzix dies.

This was a lovely sketch to use, and the color combination of the tropical papers made for a lovely, feminine version of our sketch. We would LUV to see what you can do with this week's sketch. Visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for even more inspiration from our wonderful design team. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dragon Fly Delight

Hello, and welcome to another week. This week's Tuesday Morning sketch is a bit unique but fun to work with. Here is the sketch:

This week's prize is another Nuvo Crystal Drops... Color is Duck Egg Blue.

I have used papers from We Are 3 digital designs called "Delightful Dragonflies." 

This card may look complicated, but it was super easy to make. I printed both pieces of paper from the dragonflies collection. I cut a deep purple for my card and layered the dragonflies on top. I then cut a triangle from my second piece of paper and adhered it on top of the dragonflies paper. I cut a pink shape using a Sizzix thin die. I didn't have a larger die for that shape, so I took the original die and traced around it to create the dark purple shape. I fussy cut it by hand.

The gems are purple pearls by Recollections. The dragonfly on the pink piece is a rubber Stamp. I added small pearls along the body. The sentiment is also stamped and cut with a fishtail shape die.

As I said, this card looks as if it requires a lot of thought, time and effort, but is really easy-peesy! Your friends will feel really special getting a card made with this sketch.

You will also want to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see all the wonderful cards the design team have made with this sketch. Each card is wonderful and different.

Have a good week, and spend some time crafting. Creativity is good for the mind and the soul!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blank Canvas #2

Well, I goofed this week. At the beginning of each month, I print off all the sketches for the entire month. That way I don't have to go to my computer each week and look up the requirements for my Tuesday Morning Sketches card. The only problem is that I printed them all off using my black and white only printer, so the three colors shown above were all one color. Consequently, when I went into my craft room and started my DT card, I read the words but didn't "see" the actual colors. My mind said, "Oh, summer colors; that's so easy." Uh huh, you guessed it. My summer colors were not the ones shown *boohoo*! 

I will point out that my card does contain two of the three colors. There are yellow butterflies in the background, and the little fairy's dress is turquoise. I'm only missing the navy blue (smile). At any rate, because this weekend was a holiday weekend here in the US, and because I was running a wee bit late making my card, I did not have time for a redo. So, (hanging my head), I'm going with what I got done.

The card is a white base with a light blue matting of the colorful (summer colors - smile) butterfly background piece (paper by Recollections). The two dry embossed pieces are from the same pack. The embossing folder is Butterflies and Dragonflies by Sizzix. I turned one piece so the embossing is inward and one so that the embossing is outward. The strip across the bottom (under the image) is a piece of scrap from last week's card and actually comes from the same paper pad which is why it matches so well.

The image is from The Paper Shelter and is called "Make a Wish." The file contains both a pre-colored version and a black and white version of the image. I used the pre-colored image. I printed it, cut it with an oval die and then lightly inked the edges. The sentiment is metal and is lifted with foam backing. 

Would LUV for you to join us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Just remember to use navy, turquoise and yellow on your card! Hope you had a nice weekend!