Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thinking of You Tea Time

Hi Friends. This is Tuesday, so you know what that means, right? Tuesday Morning Sketches has another "classic" look to share with you this week, and here it is:

Tuesday Morning is sponsoring yet again with a great price. Some lucky person will get a stamp and die set by Sizzix (sorry I don't have a photo at this time).

I have used a creamed colored base (it appears white in the photo but is a cream color), and I've layered it with a pretty floral paper from K&Company. The other two patterned paper are complimentary prints from the same K&Company pad. The pink oval is actually the back side of the floral print. I cut the tea pot and one cup from the complimentary blue piece, and a second cup from the pink. The sentiment is an old stamp, and I used Oak Brown ink by CTMH. I then used a Spellbinder nested oval die to cut out the sentiment and adhere it to the top of the pink oval.

I used the two little cups in place of the flower. I adhered the blue one flat but used tiny foam dots to life the pink one. The teapot replaces the heart. To finish off the card, I added three pinkish pearls to two of the corners. 

We've been having some really great prizes lately -- all leading up to our 8th anniversary this summer. Hope you will join us this week and every week for your chance to win some great gifts.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hugs with Henry

Good Morning TMS friends!  We're so glad you're here joining us for another challenge.  This week's sketch is so simple, with really basic elements.  This is truly a blank canvas and open to your creativity and customization.

TMS is sponsoring this week's challenge, and here is the wonderful prize we are offering:

My daughter needed a card for a baby shower, so I was able to combine this week's DT commitment with her need for a baby card. This sketch, as stated above, is really a wonderful template that works for just about any kind of card you need.

I used a preprinted image that came in a 3-D kit (Hugs with Henry decoupage kit). I did not use all the dimensional parts, just the flower. We liked the idea of the flower "growing" because the mother to be is expecting a little girl.

I cut a white card base and then put a layer of yellow card on it. The pink flowered DP is from the same kit as the image. The sentiment is from a Just Rite stamp set using CTMH Bubblegum ink. The yellow ribbon is from Michael's Crafts.

We are excited to be offering the wonderful Cheery Lynn die shown above. I have that die in my collection, and I use it quite often. I know you are going to want to have a chance at this prize. Just use our sketch to make your own card and post it at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. 

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Card

Last week I worked every single day except Wednesday, and on Wednesday I road up to South Carolina to see my Mother-in-law. The trip usually takes about 3-3.5 hours (one way), so not too bad for a one day trip. However, because of a road problem on I-85 in Atlanta, traffic had to be rerouted for several weeks and was still being rerouted when we headed up to SC. Add another 1-1.5 hours, each way, to our trip. Quite a tiring day and quite a tiring week. As a result, I did not get my DT card for Tuesday Morning Sketches completed. 

Thought, though, that while I am reminding everyone to check out the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and this week's sketch, I'd also share a card I made for a girlfriend for her birthday. Those charming little flowers are from the Woodland Collection stamp and die set by Heartfelt Creations. After cutting, inking, and shaping the sweet little flowers, I added a pink pearl to the center and placed them on leaves from the collection. The background is embossed, and the sentiment was stamped. I needed to cut out the sentiment so it would show on that embossed background, and my girlfriend (whose house I was at while making the card) only had the one die that would work. It would not have been my first choice if I had been home, but "beggers can't be choosers." (smile)

The butterfly was stamped on Vellum and embossed with white embossing powder. I took a pink Prisma color pencil and colored the back of the butterfly before adhering it to the card.

Hope you will go over to the TMS Blog, have a look at this week's sketch and join in this week's challenge. We always love to see what our followers do with the sketches we share. This week's is another classic sketch that I'm sure will be used over and over. Each different combination of papers and images make the sketch look totally different!

Thanks for stopping by. I promise to be back on track this week and will have a new DT card to share with you this coming Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Beautiful Day

Hello everyone. We have another sketch for you from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and here it is:

Our sponsor is returning sponsor DRS Designs.  I want to point out that they are running an awesome promotion this month.  For every $20 you spend  you will be entered to win over 75 unmounted stamps.  That's over a $500 value!! For our prize, they are offering a 15% off coupon.

Now, as you will note, I turned the sketch. My image is from DRS Designs, and it definitely lent itself better to a horizontal shape rather than a vertical one. I colored the lovely image using my Copic markers.

The card base is cranberry red. The papers are from a DCWV 8 x 8" pad (several years old). The background DP is a design of strawberries, leaves and blue flowers. The smaller strip is a coordinating DP with smaller strawberry plants in a row with blue stripes in between. I also matted that piece with the cranberry colored cardstock. Last of all, I stamped my sentiment onto white card, matted it with a piece of green and then with the cranberry. I did not have a blue that matched well, so I used the green that matched the leaves in my image and on the strawberry papers.

I finished off my card by putting two yellow gems in the center of the strawberry flowers of the image. I had colored the centers yellow, but decided I not only liked the little extra bling, but the yellow of the gems showed better than the marker.

This is a classic sketch that can be used over and over. Have a look at the cards the DT made -- despite the same sketch, they all look so very different. I think you'll enjoy working with this sketch very much.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello friends; happy Tuesday to all of you. This week we have a bit of a "different" sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I have to admit that when I first saw the sketch, I wondered what the heck I was going to do with it, but after breaking it down, it actually only took me a few minutes to actually come up with the idea for my card. Here is the sketch:

This sketch was created by our former team mate Jessi Fogan. I did alter a few things (such as the circle), but I believe I've kept with the overall look of our sketch (can you tell?). 

I started with a white card base. I know I said I was going to try to stop using while for my bases, but since I wanted to use the pink and green color scheme, white seemed to work best. I topped the white base with a layer of green Bazzill card and then pink from my scrap bag (sorry, don't have the manufacturer). 

I created the roses using the Heartfelt Creations rose dies and matching stamps. I inked the rose pieces with one of SU's pink inks (I think Regal Rose, but not positive). I used Just Rite clear stamps for the tag (rather than a circle) and the sentiment, and stamped them with VersaMagic chalk ink called Pink Petunia. I brushed Stickle Diamond Dust glitter onto the petals of the roses using a paint brush.

I cut the green "vine" using  Cheer Lynn B117 Fanciful Flourish metal die from a scrap piece of the Bazzill card that I used for matting. I adhered the roses and the sentiment tag.

The roses are a darker pink than the paper or the sentiment, but are not as red in reality as they appear due to the lighting of the photograph. The colors compliment each other well, and the roses don't really "scream" out as they appear to in the photo. It is really a pretty card, if I do say so myself (smile).

I really would like to see how you interpret this week's sketch. Have a go at it and then enter this week's challenge at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

I have a busy work schedule coming up this week, as I did last week, but I have a couple of non DT cards to share with you as soon as I can get them photographed. Hoping to have some time maybe tomorrow so stay tuned!