Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Miss Seeing You


Good morning friends!  Thank you for joining me for another fun Tuesday Morning sketch.  I am totally loving this one - it's so cute.  Fun layers and embellishment possibilities.

Tuesday Morning Sketches is sponsoring this week.  We're giving away this stamp set by Pink and Main.






Here's the sketch:


My card is on the whimsical side this week, and I think it is adorable (hope you do, too). I have used a white card base, and some older designer paper. ( It is so old that the cover is off what is left of the 12x12 pad, so I can't tell you the manufacturer. I am guessing it might be DCW, but I cannot guarantee it.) I liked the retro look, but also liked the way the flowers mimicked the scalloped matting.

My little Wren image is printed onto X-Press It brand card and colored with Copic markers. I used solid green for the scalloped matting behind the image. I used the accessory pieces dies from Tim Holtz's Funky Cats stamps and dies to cut the sun glasses (from a pieces of silver paper) and the hat (from brown paper inked with SU brown ink).

I typed the sentiment "I Miss Seeing You" on the computer and printed it off on the same brown scrap I used for the hat. I used a La La Land die to cut the conversation bubble around the words. I inked the bubble with the same Stampin Up ink I used for the hat.

This sketch could have gone more formal looking using a different image and flowers (or butterflies as pictured on the sketch) and a small tag rather than the sentiment bubble. Hop on over to the Tuesday Morning blog and have a look at how the other DT members interpreted this sketch. I am always amazed at how each of us uses the very same sketch yet achieve so many different looks.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Some Bunny's Flowers


Hello friends. It is another Tuesday, so Tuesday Morning Sketches is bringing you another sketch. This one was designed by Debbie, and yours truly is providing the prize. First, here is this week's sketch:

and here is this week's prize (I hope you like it because I really wanted to keep it for myself - smile). In honor of spring, it is a Sizzix flower/die set. Stamp the lovely flowers and then let the dies cut them out for you.


 My card is a white base with a blue matting around the blue striped background paper. The plaid paper on the front is also matted with the solid blue. Both DPs are from Recollection paper pads that came from Michael's Crafts (two different pads). The little bunny image is from the Hobby House Wee Stamps (a UK company). 

I cut the image into a circle but did not mat it because I felt that would have made it too large. The swirl die cut is from Cheery Lynn. I decided to use the same blue card that I'd been using for the matting rather than introduce another color. I made the pink roses using white card and pink ink. I used the rose stamp/die set by Heartfelt Creations. I added a light brushing of Diamond Dust Stickles to the petals of each rose (does not show well in the photo) for a little extra glitz. The bunny is holding a rose, so I created a bit of 3-D effect by adhering one of my handmade roses over the printed images rose.

As usual, the Design Team have each interpreted the sketch in their own creative way. For wonderful inspiration, visit the Tuesday Morning Blog and see all of the samples or watch daily through the week to see a few each day on our FaceBook page (just type Tuesday Morning Sketches into the search box FaceBook). 

One last thing. Have you ever wanted to be a member of a design team? Would you like to try being a member of the Tuesday Morning Sketches team? We are needing a couple more members, but we don't want to "go public" with our request and have to jury a lot of entries of people we may not know, so we are asking our friends and followers only. If you think you would enjoy the challenge, send me an email.

Until next time, happy crafting! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Gal


I cannot believe how quickly the past week went by. I had to work almost every day, and on Wednesday I drove up to my girlfriend's. Every other Wednesday (most of the time), I make the 60 mile drive up to have a play date with my friend. We don't always get a lot done, but we enjoy the day together -- and usually do a good bit of laughing.

This week Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor. If you don't have a good collection of their stamps, you are missing out. I noticed, when I went to find the link to my image, they have revamped their site and added some new images. 

Here is this week's sketch:





As you can see, I had to turn the sketch in order for my image to fit. My card is white with a layer of purple and plaid DP. Both designer papers are from the same 8.5 x 11" paper pad called Sweet Pea. I think the pad may have come from Hobby Lobby, but I can't be totally certain. If not, then it came from Michael's Crafts.

I printed off the image, Easter Gal,  onto x-Press It brand card and colored it with Copic markers. The matching flower medallion came from my stash and isn't even made by the same company as the paper, but sure did match well, didn't it? I added the little white bow because, to be perfectly honest, I needed to cover a little boo-boo (smile).

Do take the time to go over to the Tuesday Morning Blog and have a look at the cards that the other team members made for your inspiration. I think we have some very creative ladies on our team.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pink Dogwoods


I have recently discovered Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies. Heartfelt Creations has been around for some time, so isn't a new company, but is new to me. I've been "collecting" some of the beautiful dies and stamps-dies sets lately and have really enjoyed learning how to use them. I made the card above today.

The card is a white base. I used a Spellbinder die to create the pink frame which I layered on top of the white card. The beautiful Dogwood flowers are first stamped using the wonderful HC stamps (I used Stampin' Up ink), and then are cut using the matching die set. I then sponged the same color pink ink along the tops of the petals and a little in the middle. I used a darker pink in the divots of each petal. I used two different colored Distressed Ink pen colors for the center (a yellow and a mustard). I colored the center with the yellow and then added dots with the mustard. 

(NOTE: The stamp and die sets have a calyx type center if you prefer, but the dots look more like the real Dogwood flower centers to me, so I opted to do the centers that way.)

The leaves are stamped with a dark green (Garden Green) and then colored in using a lighter green (Certainly Celery). I added Stickles Diamond Dust glitter to the divoted areas of the petals for a little extra shimmer and glitz. 

The "Happy Birthday" was created using dies (sorry, they belonged to my girlfriend and I don't know who made them).  After adhering the words, I needed something in the lower left of the card, so I added the butterfly. It actually could have gone down just a little more, but once it was on to the paper, there was no moving it as the glue dries very quickly!

The butterfly was stamped on vellum using white ink and white embossing powder. It was then fussy cut by hand. I used the Distressed Ink pens (two different pinks) to color the under side and then adhered just the center of the butterfly so that I could lightly turn up the wings. I added a bit of gems behind the butterfly to indicate a flight path.

The Dogwood trees are just beginning to get some blooms on them here in north-west Georgia. I have both white and pink in my yard (although it looks as if I may have lost one of my pinks this year to disease). 

I hope you enjoyed my additional creation this week. I certainly enjoyed making it. Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dog Walking


Hello friends. I hope you had a wonderful week. I did something on Sunday that I've never done before. I attended the same movie at the theater twice on the same day. The Hubs and I went to the 1:30 showing of "Beauty and the Beast" (new version) and then I returned for the 7:00 showing with the kids. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time -- in fact, MORE because I accidentally picked up a pair of children sized 3-D glasses at the first showing. so I was having a tiny bit of trouble seeing properly. Made a point of watching carefully so as to make the mistake twice. The adult size fit so much better (smile).

Today's sketch is another great one. I had a lot of fun putting this one together. It was nice to be able to pull out one of my own stamps for this card, since there was no sponsor provided image this week.

Here is the sketch:





The stamp I used is by Close to My Heart. I stamped it using black Memento ink on white card. The card base is white with a layer of black card matting under the black and off-white stripe designer paper. (I am sorry the photo makes the stripes look kind of greenish-gray, but they are true black) The stripe paper and the reddish orange dotty paper are both from a Glitz Pack called Laced Grace (8x8" papers).

The fish tail die cuts were made using an Elizabeth Crafts die (paper from same Glitz Pack). The black brads are from my stash.

Please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at what the other designers have made this week. As always, the team members creative talents totally shine! 

Have a happy crafting week. Will see you back here next Tuesday (if not before). 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thinking of You


Hello kind friends and followers. It is time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. This week's sketch is a fun, easy one to use and can take on so many different looks. 

The prize this week is a $10 gift certificate, and here is the sketch for you to use:





I have used a Magnolia image this week. The card base is white with a layer of purple card and then a layer of purple and white gingham check. I think the card turned out rather cute. I also matted the image with the purple card. I didn't have the sentiment prior to adhering my image to my card. If I had planned that a bit better, I would have moved the image towards the top more, better balancing the spacing between the top and bottom of my card. Oops! 

The flowers are actually some very old stickers that my daughter found in our stash. The color matched the card perfectly. I added two purple gems to the centers of the flowers for a little added bling, and the little butterfly gem is from a roll of border tape.

The sentiment is a clear acrylic stamp (brand unknown) and the ink is CTMH Eggplant. I matted the sentiment with the purple card and slightly lifted it with a think foam tape.

You will want to go to the TMS blog to see the variety of creativity the design team has shown using this sketch. Six different looks from this simple but classic sketch. You MUST give it a try and show us what you do with this sketch.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Circle or Square

Hi fellow crafters. Today Tuesday Morning Sketches has a two for one sketch. First, let me share my DT card with you and then I'll explain that two-fer statement!


 And here is the sketch (or rather sketches):



Debbie showed the two sketches to Melissa and asked her to pick. Neither of them could come to an agreement over just one, so it was decided that Tuesday Morning would offer both. If you are submitting an entry in this week's challenge, you can pick one or the other design. Isn't that nifty?

Our challenge prize is being provided by Tuesday Morning Sketches and consists of two fun cutting dies. Here they are:


I picked the circles for my DT sample. The card is white with a layer of fun and colorful word graphic paper that has been matted in blue. I carried the blue and red theme to the ribbons by layering a thinner blue ribbon on top of a red one. I then cut a red and blue circle to go under my colored image. Little Wren was printed onto X-Press It brand card and colored with Copic markers.

This was a fun sketch to use, and you will definitely want to go to the TMS blog and see what the other DT members created. Such variety, such talent, such fun! Have a great week, and if you are up north experiencing the storm that has covered the northern part of North America, stay safe!