Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holly Santa

This week we have another classic looking sketch that will be very fun and versatile to use. Here it is:

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring the prize, and here it is:

Is that not one super prize? I wouldn't mind having that set myself!

For my card this week, I have used a red card base and layered a piece of green with holly. This is from an old pad that I bought several years ago and only have about 2-3 pages left. Needless to say, the cover is missing, so I cannot tell you the manufacturer. The holly background goes with the holly in back of the Santa image. 

I cut my Santa image and matted it with red and then green. I'm not sure I am overly pleased with the final mat (the red with white swirls). I may end up going back and replacing it with a dry embossed solid red but I'm "living with it" for a little while to see.

I wasn't quite sure what the line at the top 1/4 mark was supposed to be, so I added a piece of gold ribbon and a bow which I think turned out right nice looking. I topped the card off by adding a poinsettia flower with punched holly leaves tucked behind.

The DT have created a plethora of wonderful cards for various occasions showing just how versatile this sketch can be. Please take a minute to visit the blog and have a look at the beautiful work there. Then, of course, we would so like to see what you do with our sketch! 

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate; otherwise, happy Tuesday (smile)!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spook Dracula

This card turned out a lot cuter than I was expecting it to. I'll tell you all about it, but first, here is this week's sketch:

As most of you know, I don't really "do" Halloween. However, when my daughter first saw the sketch, she automatically associated it with Halloween. Sadly, I didn't have a punch that had the spiky look shown in the sketch, so I picked one that I though might look somewhat like a spider web (NOT). It ended up look more like lacy than a web. Fear not, though, I forged on (grin).

Oh, lest I forget, here is a picture of this week's lovely challenge prize: 

I truly had no idea what I was going to do for this week's card. I decided to get the basics done and see what popped into my head. After picking the orange base, I found the main DP in my scrap bag. I was a little disappointed with the border punch. The upper row and lower row seemed to be lining up pretty accurately, but then shifted slightly towards the end. I just had to put my OCD tendency aside and forge onward.

I used my Spellbinder oval sets to cut the orange oval and the black matting oval. After adhering the two together and placing it on my card, I went in search of what to do next. I don't have a lot of Halloween stamps, images or embellishments, so I was not sure what was going to work. To my surprise, I found an unopened package of Provo Craft rub-on decals. I picked the little Dracula and one of the pumpkins. Everything came together right cutely. The sentiment is a stray sticker that I also found in my meager stash.

Have fun with this sketch. You do not have to have a punch that looks like the one in the sketch. That's just an example, so don't let it intimidate you. Show us your imagination and your creative skills. 

Stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the other DT programs. If you want to get more details about each, simply click on the DT's name and a direct link will take you to their individual blogs where they will explain what they used and what they did.

Have a great week! Happy crafting!

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!