Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Birthday Wishes

This week our sponsor is All Dressed Up, and our sketch is:

I did not use one of our sponsor's images this week, but instead have used a Lily of the Valley image. The green card base is by Bazzill, and the pink is from an old Basic Gray set (Scattered Flowers and Sweet Pea).The doily is cut with a Spellbinder die. Instead of a flower on the fishtail strip, I have opted to use a rose with pearl center by Recollections. The leaves are punched.

I felt the Basic Gray paper, while pretty, was a little to plain which gave the card a bit of a washed out look, so I added the birthday sentiment in brown ink to the bottom for a little more pop. I think I would have preferred a "friends" sentiment or a "thinking of you" type sentiment, but I did not have a stamp reflecting either of those sentiments that would work in the space, so I went with what I had. Even though the image isn't quite birthday-ish, I think it will work by tying the inside verse to the image (have a swingingly happy birthday -- or something on that order).

Please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the lovely cards the DT have made for your inspiration this week. We also have additional inspiration from some of the All Dressed Up designers. The prize for this week's challenge will be two digital images from All Dressed Up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Little Owl

Hello friends. I apologize that I am getting so bad about remembering to get my post done on time. I work on Monday nights, so if I don't get to get the write up done and prescheduled, then I tend to end up posting late.

Here is our fab sketch for this week which I know you all are going to enjoy:

Our sponsor for this week is SVG Attic.  

SVG Attic is an etsy store which provides many delightful SVG files that can be used with your electronic cutter. I have a Silhouette, but I wanted to show you a different side to the "Give a Hoot image." Along with all the needed cut files for several different owl images, I received a .jpeg page of different owls, trees and flowers. My 11yrs old granddaughter loves owls, so I was showing her the page when we got the idea to use it instead of the cut files. In addition to the card shown above (which my granddaughter helped make), she also used the images to decorate the front of a spiral notebook .

We had loads of fun with these designs even without using the SVG capabilities (which is still an option for us - grin).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Hello! Happy Tuesday to you. I am so glad you have stopped by. This week we have a fantastic sketch by Jessi and here it is:

Our own Melissa is sponsoring this week's challenge and is giving away a $10 shopping voucher to Ellen Hutson. 

As you can see, I have turned the sketch in order for it to better fit the image that I've used on my tag. The image is a My Besties image half face which I've colored with Copic markers. I then cut my tag using an old Sizzix die and adhered the image to the tag. The DP (background, tag and corner) are from a pad by My Mind's Eye.

This is a wonderful sketch and the DT have done their usual fantastic job of using it in a variety of styles and looks. Please take the time to stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketch blog and have a look as well as join us in this week's challenge. We always enjoy seeing what you do with our sketches.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Make a Wish

So happy that you're here.  We have a great sketch this week created by Debbie.

Our sponsor this week is Patti Rowe, CTMH Independent Demonstrator.  Here's a special message from our sponsor:

Hey Tuesday Morning Sketchers!

It's my birthday and I'm celebrating by sponsoring this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge.

For the challenge prize I'm giving away a "You Mean the World to Me" set  and a pack of 50 6 x 6 sheets of CTMH paper/cardstock combo.  Plus I will send ANYONE who places an order on my site during the challenge week a free "Hello Friend" stamp! 

I think the DT needs to win something too don't you??  So I'm going to have my CTMH and Facebook friends and would like all of you to vote for your favorite artwork created by the 6 Design Team artists!!  The DT winner gets to pick out the Close to My Heart stamp set or paper pack of their choice up to $20!!  

Do you understand why we love this lady? I also have to admit that I very much like the products from CTMH (I, myself, was a demonstrator some 20 years ago.)

Patti sent each of us DT members a set of wonderful sentiments to use with our sketch. I created my card using the "Make a Wish" sentiment. The lovely font and the size of the sentiment make it very easy to use the sentiment alone as the focal point (as I have done) or to use with an image or other elements! I have used a piece of DP from -- oops, I failed to write down the pad the paper came from; I'm so sorry. Anyway, the fishtail banner pieces were cut using the Silhouette cutter and paper from the same pad. The scalloped matting for the sentiment is actually very close in color to the numeral four on the background paper; however, the lighting makes it look more blue-purple than red-purple. I don't think the off color detracts, though, as the card is colorful and fun and either of the purples did goes with the total look.

We would so love for you to join our challenge this week. As you noticed above, Patti is providing an awesome prize for a very lucky person -- it may just very well be YOU! In the mean time, stop by the TMS blog and have a look at the inspiration the rest of the DT have provided (remember to leave a comment as to which DT card you like best). 

Happy crafting - Jenée

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Hero Like Dad

Hi everyone! It is time for a new release and a new challenge from Sami Stamps. This week she is introducing a fab set just for the fathers in our lives. Let me share the thumb nail of all the images before going on with my card:

Aren't they great? Also, a little secret (HA), these would also be perfect for a little boy's birthday card. What little boy doesn't want to grow up to be a policeman or a fireman or even GI Joe?

I have used the Business Hero for my card. My Dad and my Father-in-law are both gone, so I thought I'd made a card that perhaps one of the Grandkids might want to use. I colored the image with Copic markers (as always, it seems), then layered different papers to create this clean, classic design. I computer generated the sentiment and created the "blue ribbon" using circle and scalloped circle dies.

This month the challenge at Sami Stamps is to use stripes:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sweet 'N Sassy Tuesday

This Tuesday, we have a terrific sketch by team mate Kris for you to use in our weekly challenge, and our sponsor this week is Sweet 'N Sassy. I'm sure that by now you are all familiar with and in love with those adorable Sweet 'N Sassy characters, and while many women are not particularly fond of mice, I LUV Sweet N' Sassy's little guy!

I have used a QuicKutz embossing folder to create the top part of my card. I embossed a piece of Core'ordinate card weight and sanded the words so they would show better. I have used a piece of striped card for the bottom.

I printed my image and matted it with a piece of green card. I then cut three balloons (LaLa Land die) from pieces of scraps that matched the stripes. I added a Baker's twine bow to the "strings" of the balloons.

This is a quick and fun sketch. Please take a few minutes to go by the Tuesday Morning Sketch blog and have a look at what the rest of the DT have made and then, if you are so inclined, join us in this week's challenge.