Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #422

Hello everyone - thank you for stopping by.  Is it getting chilly and feeling like Fall in your neck of the woods?  If so, can you send some to Florida?  It was 89 degrees again, today.  I'm tired of sweating.

The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's fun - modern and is perfect for showing off those little stamps and dies that otherwise get lost sometimes on a card.  Time to put them in the spotlight.  My card features dies from MFT stamps, paper (copper) and stamps from My Hero Arts Sept 2016 kit and an embossing folder by Darice.  This is a little more masculine then I wanted but still a nice notecard.

I die cut the leaves from the same copper paper that you see in the upper left corner.  With this intricate die, it really looks like metal!  I love how this turned out.  I just got the folder for $2 at JoAnn's and I used it on my pumpkin fairy cottage (found on my FaceBook or Instagram page) and I've really been obessed with it.  I used it on last week's card, too.  I matted everything with Coffee Bean card stock from Raisin Boat - I can't tell you how thrilled I am that Raisin Boat is afloat again!

Be sure to visit the rest of the team - they did an amazing job.  No surprise there.


I'll see you over at the TMS blog.  Have a great week!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #421

Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by!  The latest sketch for Tuesday Morning Sketches is up and it's a great one.  It's whimsical and so super easy.  But I just know you're imagination is going to take off in wonderful directions with it.  Our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up but with the hurricane last week my card had to be created with manual supplies.  We never really lost power completely but with so many tornado warnings it was best to keep everything off and unplugged.

My card features the Harvest Sunflower set by Papertrey Ink.  I stamped the images onto watercolor paper using Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.  I had intended splatters but the water slipped out in one blog so I got a lightened area in the center.  I think it looks cool.  I stamped the leaves also with Distress Oxide inks - Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers.  The rest I kept simple, die cutting circles using Stax 1 and 2 dies by MFT and embossing my panel with this neat chevron pattern with a folder by Darice.

I didn't realize until I posted this photo that I put my focal image on upside down.  The intention was to have the leaves pointing lower left not upper right.  We'll just say I rotated the sketch a bit!  This was a quick card to make and would make a nice note card set.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog and don't forget to say hello to the Design Team - they created some great cards!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #420

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  It's actually Sunday that I am writing this post as I don't expect to have power too much longer.  Although Hurricane Irma is not yet here in my area, she's on her way.

The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  It's truly an open canvas, great for scenes or to showcase sentiments - let your imagination run wild!  Our sponsor is DRS Designs, one of favorite and recurring sponsors.  My card features stamps from DRS Designs - Large Filigree Snowflake and Joy of Christmas greeting.  I love the color combination of silver (or gray) and red.  It's so beautiful!

By the time I finished this card, the snowflakes didn't look like snowflakes anymore and now my mind is racing on how else can I use this stamp?  I think it would be gorgeous lined up as a continuous pattern.  I stamped the snowflakes with VersaMark and used silver and red embossing powders.  I've literally had these powders for almost 20 years!  Who said they go bad?  I wish I hadn't listened to that person because I threw away a lot of powder.  Anyway - it turned out beautiful!  I then matted the stamped panel and the sentiment panel to some red foil paper from a Christmas paper pack.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine onyx black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I also added some silver glitter tape and red glitter tape. The red glitter tape, I actually cut a single piece length-wise to make some thinner width tape before adhering to my card.  This was actually really quick to put together and would be easily massed produced.  If you do the stamping/embossing on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and then cut it down - bam!  4 cards ready!

Please head on over to the TMS blog and be sure to leave some love for the team.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #419

Hi everyone.  Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I love this sketch - it's so cute and such a great jumping off point for any card.

I love my card - I wish the photo did this card justice, but it's rainy here.  We are in for some serious storms this week.  Harvey hurt Texas and I guess Irma is threatening the Bahamas and Florida.  Go the other way Irma!

So here's my card - it features stamps from Papertrey Ink, an svg cut birdcage, a die from Papertrey Ink and two Oxide Inks.

Again, this picture does not do this card justice.  It's actually quite lovely and ink does match the cardstock better than it looks here.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and see what the design team created to share with you and inspire!  It surely will!!

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #418

Hi everyone!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think you're going to like it's simple elements and format.  But don't get me wrong, it can certainly be elevated.

I needed a quick, simple card to write a quick note to my son's friend who is in boot camp - I'm sort of her adopted mom like I am for so many of my kids' friends.  I have to say I rather enjoy being an everybody's mom.  When I was a kid there was Kool-Aid commercial where this mom was a Kool-Aid mom and gave all the kids in the neighborhood kool-aid.  I wanted to grow to up to be that mom.  Goal reached!

Okay, so back to stamping.  My card features Papertrey Ink's Sunflower Harvest stamp set and the dies are from MFT Stamps.

I apologize about the lighting - it looked better on my phone.  LOL!    So it's basically a one layer card with the exception of the sentiment piece.  Easy card that would make a great note card set.

Please come on by the TMS blog and see the amazing cards my team created.  Wow!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Just playing around....

Hello - it's been a long time since I've had a "just playing around" post.  But I worked on for two days on this card to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.

My card features Papertrey Ink's Sunflower Harvest stamp set, Mix & Mat: Pinked Edge Mat. Scarlet Jewel and New Leaf inks.

The challenge was to create a Z fold card and I've always wanted to try this fold - without it already being a pattern from a svg cut.  The tutorial was great!  So easy to follow.

My card also features other inks from Memento, dies from MFT Stamps and CC Designs.  This was a fun card to put together and I actually made 4 of them.  You know, it really is easy to make more than just one card.

Well, thank you for your visit.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #417

Hello!  Thank you for your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's by Jessi.  I thought we ran out of her sketches but I'm thrilled to have found one more.

My card features a stamp from MFT Stamps, dies from MFT and CC Designs, embossing folder by Darice and a sentiment from Hero Arts.

This card is so girly!  I cut the pink panel from a banner stack of dies by CC Designs and then embossed it.  I cut the doily piece out of vellum.  The image I colored with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and water brush.  Overall this was a really easy card to create and mass produce.  I didn't add the embellishment piece mostly because I forgot it.

Please head on over to the TMS blog to join us and you're gonna love what the design team created for you.  You will surely be inspired.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #416

Hello everyone!  I hope you all are doing well.  Thank you for your visit.  The newest sketch is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's a fun one by Janice.

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps - everyone knows these images and Jodi's distinctive artist flair!  I love these images.  I flipped the sketch so that I can use the Make it Snappy Thank You image.  It also comes with a blank box so you can add your own sentiment which is what I did.

I used some really fun papers - I love the base decorative paper.  This dark teal was a lot of fun to pair with the bits of gold foil paper.  I colored the above with Copics but the BG01 marker I was using dried up!  Ack!!  I printed 4 images and already had my other elements ready to create 4 cards.  So I needed to change it up a little.

So the 3 you see here (there's actually 4) top one colored with Copics (card above), the middle card I kept the flowers white and only highlighted with a super light (B000) Copic and the bottom card I colored with my Tombow markers.  I still prefer the top card, but the middle card - which I made 2 of is my next favorite.

On a personal note Brendan arrived in Japan safely and we've been able to video chat twice.

Have a great day!  We'll see you over at the TMS blog - be sure to leave my team some big love!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #415

Hi All!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I wish I had a spectacular card to share with you!  There is, however, a spectacular sketch up and ready for you to play with on the TMS blog.

So I've been thinking about this card for a very long time and I couldn't get those thoughts to relay onto paper.  I threw stuff away!  Honestly, I think it's because my son leaves for his post overseas tomorrow so I've been wanting to spend all that I can with him.

So I got these great border dies from Papertrey Ink that I've been dying to use and this sketch was made for them!  But, again, I couldn't get my ideas to relay to paper and then the lighting.  Bleh!  But I think overall, these will make great notecards to send to my patients.

My card also features a leafy scroll die from MFT and stamps from Papertrey Ink.

Okay, y'all - head on over to TMS to get some real inspiration from the design team - they ROCKED this sketch.  I'm off to celebrate my birthday (yes, today's the day - ugh) with my kids.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #414

Hi everyone.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy one.  It was great for what I wanted to try.  I shared last week that I splurged on myself and bought the My Hero Arts July'17 kit.  So it's not really expensive - particularly for what all you get in the kit.  It's quite a value!  But because I spent the money I am making myself make a bunch of cards with it.

I've been watching videos on YouTube as I stumble across them that others are using this set.  I found this one by Mary Polanco.  She inspired me to make a scene with these stamps.

I stamped the images using VersaFine black onyx ink and then colored them with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush.  Then I cut out an oval to mask off the center and used Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  Then added some buttons that I literally was considering throwing away.

Please head on over to TMS blog and join us!  Have a fantastic day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #413

Hello!  Thank you so much for your visit.  This is the last week of our month anniversary celebration - the sketch is up and the theme is to use your stamps!  That means no digital images or die cut focal images.  The sweet Iliana at My Sweet Petunia agreed to help us celebrate is and giving away the choice of an Original MISTI or a Mini MISTI.  This is one the highest valued prizes we've ever had available.  I'm thrilled that Iliana agreed to sponsor.

So, I'm deeply disappointed that it has been overcast the last few days.  I wanted to share a picture that really captured how beautiful this card turned out.  Trust me, in real life, it's stunning even if I do say so myself.

I treated myself, even though I shouldn't have, to the July 2017 My Hero Arts kit.  I can't garden worth a hoot so my only way to enjoy beautiful plants is either by looking at my neighbors gorgeous garden or stamping them.  My card also features a sentiment stamp from Altenew, a die cut border from MFT Stamps and the stitched oval die is from CC Designs.

Let me also give credit where it's due.  I did slightly CASE Tina at Cards and Coffee.  If you go to this link, you'll see what I mean.  I really only CASE'd the technique and the colors.  I'm sure I'll be sharing more with you where you'll see a little of Tina's techniques and style influenced me.

Please join us over at the TMS blog!  Have a great Monday.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #412

Hello!  Are you having as much fun as we are with our month long celebration?  I sure hope so - the newest sketch is up and our theme this week is embellishments.  How easy is that?

Here's my card....

My card features Scalloped A2 notecard (die) from Papertrey Ink, a leaf die from MFT Stamps, various pink and black washi tapes and sentiment/hearts stamps by Hero Arts.  Talk about a quick card!  It is white card stock - but with all the rain getting, this was the best I could do with what little sunshine was available.

Please be sure to head on over to the TMS blog - you'll be glad you did!  We have a great prize and a whole lot of inspiration!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #411

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you're having a great week so far and you're ready to play along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This week's sketch is up and our theme is Christmas in July.

My card features a beautiful medallion by Spellbinders, some red glitter paper and a garland cut from gold foil paper using another die by Spellbinders.

My card also features a sentiment stamp by Pink & Main and candy cane embossing folder.   This was really easy to put together and I think pretty elegant.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to visit the design team members - they deserve your love.  Have a great day!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pretty stamps - grieving heart...

Hello.  So it has been a very long time that I've played along with other challenges.  I found that I really kind of miss it.  Sometimes.. most times my life is 2 things.  Work and Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Don't get me wrong - I love both and want to continuing doing both for a very long time.

I've talked about being a Card Angel and sending cards to a couple of patients that are traveling a very hard road dealing with cancer and treatments.  I don't know a lot about them or where they are in their treatment.  It's a one sided conversation.  But because I do this I find that buy stamps to make sure that I continue to make pretty cards for them - to give them what I hope is a brief moment of happiness and joy with one of my cards.  Is that vain or conceded or too proud to think my cards are that good?  Not how I mean that at all.  Anyway, so I recently purchased a couple of stamp sets with my 2 patients in mind.

I saw this fun technique on You Tube and it really inspired me to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge #290 (combining stenciling and masking).  I thought this would be so pretty to share with these ladies.  As I was wrapping up these card an email popped in.  The subject "sad news."  One of my patients lost her battle with breast cancer.  So one  of my bright and cheery cards which didn't have a sentiment yet became a note card - I have to make a sympathy card for her family.  I am deeply saddened by this - I didn't know her but I do know she left behind a little girl that is just 5 years old.  As I write this post, I am grieving.

Here are the cards I made for my patients and for the challenge.  I hope you like them and that you'll keep this little girl who lost her mommy in your thoughts.

This card features all Papertrey Ink products (except card stock).  The die is called Noted Scallop A2, the stamps are from a set called Floral Sketches and the ink colors are Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel and New Leaf.  The blue ink is Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass.

This second card features the same Noted Scallop A2 die, but the stamps are Build-A-Bouquet by MFT Stamps, Thinking of You sentiment by Hero Arts, the flowers are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and the yellow background is Distress Ink - Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed.

Sorry the pictures aren't better - the house has way too shadows.  Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #410

Hi all!  Thank you for stopping by.  Please be sure to head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - we're having a lot of fun this month!  TMS is 8 years old and we're celebrating with prizes, great sketches and inspiring themes.

This week's sketch is by Debbie and the theme is use your dies.

My card features stamps from MFT Stamps (Build-a-Bouquet), dies from CC Designs (Dotted Rectangle) and Pink & Main (hello sentiment).  I kept this card very simple.  I colored the flowers using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The sentiment I cut 3 of and then layered them together.  I covered it with Glossy Accents which made it look like an epoxy sticker.  This goes into my collection of cards that I send as a card angel.

Again, thank you for stopping by.  Please be sure to head over to TMS blog and the team's blogs.  Say hello to our newest member, Carol.  Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #409

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one by Janice!  I love this sketch - it goes into the go-to file when you need some card inspiration.

My card features the Mini Market Kit: Herb Garden set by Papertrey Ink.  This one just released and yes, I treated myself.  I thought I was finally in place that I could treat myself a little more often and then when I do... well my card died and I had to get another.  Ugh!  I haven't had a card payment in 5 years, time to tighten up the belt again.  Anyway, the kit is fun... love the stamps and dies in this kit.  I'm not sure I like the papers.  What do you think?

I am also not one for puns, but I actually like the sentiments in this set.  Some create a pun but there are also words like in my card that give a meaning behind the herb.

The kit also came with some pre-printed images that work perfectly with the dies.  So the only stamping I did this time was the sentiments.  I want to use up this paper or I'll give it away - I'm still not sure I like it but I love love love the stamps.  I can't wait to play some more with this set.

Please join us at the TMS blog - I think you'll really enjoy using this stamp.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #408

Hi there! Thank you for stopping by.  I do so love your visits.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's a fun one.  Really open to interpretation.

My card features nothing but paper from the Linen Closet Mat Stack.  No stamps, no dies - just paper.  What do you think?

I think these are cute notecards - they were super quick and super easy.  I challenged myself to look at these papers that always come in a mat stack that one never uses unless they're doing traditional scrapbooking and even then, it's debatable.  There were some great pieces that worked as sentiments.

Please be sure to head on over to the TMS blog and join us and leave my team some love.  Have a fantastic day.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #407

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one.  Some basic elements with options for so much more.

My card features some stamps and dies that my son gave me for Mother's Day.  He said "treat yourself Mom."  So I did!

The stamps and dies are from a beautiful set called Floral Sketches by Papertrey Ink.  I used to be a huge fan of this stamp company.  Not that I ever stopped being a fan but you know how it goes, other great stamps come along and you start to check those out.  Well, I am back to being a customer as the budget allows.  The vertical strip elements are from a stamp set Washi Tapes by MFT and the swirl element is from an ancient set by Autumn Leaves.  I also pulled out a couple of colors of Nuovo drops to accent that swirl piece.

I really love how this card turned out - I only made one this time.  I didn't have much stamping mojo this weekend and before you know it, it's Monday again and no time to stamp during the week.

Please join us over at the TMS blog to play along and be sure to visit the team's blogs and leave them some much deserved love.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #406

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one was created by Debbie.  I love the elements of this sketch!

My card features stamps from There She Goes (closed) and Altenew.

I've also had this paper stack from Hobby Lobby that is a lot of fun.  It's all Kraft with black print. It's classy and fun!  I think it's the perfect neutral back drop to make those flowers pop!

Please join us - I'll be back around when I've recuperated a little more from the last two weeks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #405

Hello everyone!  Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Memorial Day to those in the US - I hope it was lovely holiday weekend for you.  I'm pre-scheduling this post as I'm enjoying my time with my family.  Today's sketch is inspired by on leave DT member, Jessi.

My card today features the beautiful stamp set Petunia Builder by WPlus9 and inks by MFT Stamps.  The base layer of the flower and the middle layer of the flower are stamped in the same color, the first layer being 2nd generation stamping.  I love how this card turned out.  There's very little bulk with only one of the flowers adhered using pop dots.  I also die cut a piece of vellum in a heart shape and then embossed it.

The sentiment is also from MFT Stamps, Butterfly Sentiments.  The background stamp I don't know where it came from.  It was gift from Tami Mayberry many years ago.

Please join us and don't forget to leave the team some love!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #404

Good Morning! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a good one.  It's basic and simple and truly a blank canvas.  We're also sponsoring - there's a super cute die up for grabs.

My card was actually inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.  That one uses some really great washi tapes but I wanted to use paper.  I also got to use a die that I picked up probably 2 years ago on clearance for 97 cents.

This a great notecard that is easily massed produced.  I made 3 of them.  Two for my Card Angel project and one for another card group.  Hopefully you can see in the card below that I also made one as a shaker card using tulle.  This technique I saw on a Jennifer McGuire video and was pretty excited to see another use for this tulle I have in my closet.

These were so quick that I almost just kept going!  Please be sure to join us at the TMS blog and leave some love for the team.

I will be around as much as possible this week but my son graduates High School on Friday so I have family coming in and they're here until Thursday next week which is also the day I fly out to Chicago area to attend my oldest son's graduation from Navy Basic training.  So I'll be around as I can but honestly, I know I'll be scarce.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #403

Hi! Thanks for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really cute one!  Janice inspired this sketch and our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up.  My card today features I Love My Puppy.

I don't often promote other blogs unless they are sponsoring TMS, however, Jennifer McGuire issued a challenge to share a card with anyone who might just need a little sunshine injected in their day.  Post on Instagram (#sharehandmadekindness) - she might even give a prize.

I enjoy drawing inspiration from Jennifer, she's really very talented.  I rarely use her techniques because I find she (unknowingly) enables me.  I want to buy what she shows.  Unfortunately, my budget is way down on the ground and my want is way up in the clouds.  But I do like that she is all about sharing with others.

I used Hippie Chick matstack by DCWV.  I did some simple coloring with my Copics.  My card was rather easy and will be sent to one of Card Angel's little girl.  I have 2 patients that are undergoing treatment for cancer, I mail them each a card every week.  It's fun to use up some cards I've made in this way and I hope that I make a difference in their life, even in the most smallest of measures.

Please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and then share your card with someone who might need a little pick-me-up - even if that person is a total stranger.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #401

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope things are going well.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch is inspired by Jessi.

My card features a super cute die set from Papertrey Ink - A2 scalloped notecard, a stamp set by Hero Arts called Let Love Grow and Vine embossing folder by Darice.

Is this not the sweetest, girliest card ever?  I love it!  This die set is so much fun.  It was a little hard to cut out - I don't own a Big Shot or extended pads for my Cuttlebug.  But I got it to work.

Please head on over to TMS blog and join in the fun.  Also be sure to leave some love for the team.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #400

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I've been looking forward to this sketch since Debbie sent it.

But first - I have great news!  I got to talk to my son this weekend.  He's doing fine and adjusting to bootcamp life.  He's a little tired of getting yelled at all the time, but he realizes it's only temporary.  I was just so happy to hear his voice.

Okay - now we'll talk cards.  As I said, I've looked so forward to this sketch, I made two cards.  I was going to make more but I wasn't feeling well so my day was spent bonding with my comfy couch.  Up first, for the girly version...

This card features Buttercup stamp set from There She Goes stamps (long since closed) and leaves from Richard Garay.  It's a little hard to see, but I did stamp the card base with a background stamp by Raisin Boat.  I colored the images with the Zig Clean Color markers.  The leaves I 2nd generation stamped them using Limeade Splash ink (Fun Stampers Journey).  In some places I didn't stamp of the ink so well but I like the overall affect.

My second card is a bit more masculine.  This one I sent to my son...

This one features Butterfly stamps and sentiments from MFT.  I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI so I can get some intense color.  The butterflies I stamped with PTI's Soft Stone ink.  Then I added some little touches with gold gel pen.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog!  Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #399

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I really love this one.  It's so pretty!

My card features an older stamp set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps - Poppies & Greetings.  I got my tax refund, which trust me it wasn't much but the bright side of that was I didn't owe!  But it was enough to finally purchase markers that I have been wanting for about 2 years now.  I have coveted Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush markers and I watch all the You Tube videos when they are featured.  So I found them in several places - but Amazon definitely had them for the best price.  I got the box of 60 for $70 - on Blitsy, the box of 60 is like $170.  Yes, one hundred and seventy.  Well, so not in my budget.  I may not have needed all these markers but I wanted to make sure I didn't get stuck with brights/primaries only.

Anyway, I'm sure you got bored and just scrolled down.  Here's my card.

My card is 4 1/4 square.  I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth card stock and blended a red and an orange to get that pretty shade poppies have.  I moved the color and blended just using a water brush.  I did emboss the image with VersaFine onyx black and clear embossing powder.

I did color around the image with light blue and used the water brush to blend out that color.

Here's the inside view of the card.  I watched a video yesterday morning (yep! made my card last minute) for Papertrey Ink - their challenge this week is to put a pattern behind a window.  I can't join the challenge because I didn't use anything by Papertrey Ink, but I really liked the idea, so I put my focal point inside the card and cut windows.

Please join us this week.  And be sure to visit the team's blogs to leave them much deserved love.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #398

Hi there!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm going to be real quick with my post - the sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card features stamps and dies from My Favorite Things....

I have to admit that I spent the weekend making Easter box cards for my family that I didn't get to my TMS card until Monday evening.  I still like the way this came out, but I think it needs a bit sparkle.  The sentiment is actually a long vertical sentiment so I did cut it apart to have it work on this oval piece.  I love gray and yellow together and with the little touches of sky blue, this card went together relatively easy.  The paper choice was the color inspiration.

As I said - this is a quick post.  Be sure to come join us and please visit the team's blogs and leave them a little love.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #397

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  My card features BUGBIRD01.  This is one of a collection of the most adorable birds I've seen!

Now I did mess up with the strip - it should have been vertical.  This is what happens when I try to do a sketch from memory.  But it's a fun little birthday card.  The sentiment is also Bugaboo.  I cut it from a heart die and then cut a piece of gray from the same size heart and then offset it a little to create a bit of drop shadow to give some dimension without adding bulk.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #396

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I love this sketch!  I think you will, too.

My card features some beautiful papers from DCWV stack called The Linen Closet.  These are way different shades and patterns from the 4x6 mat stack I have by the same name.  My card also features a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set by MFT.  The colors used are Pool Play and Banana Cream by Fun Stampers Journey and Memento Rich Cocoa.

I did stamp a sentiment inside which is also by MFT.  I just forgot to take a picture.  I did use my MISTI to stamp this gorgeous butterfly so that I can double and triple stamp it to get this smooth, rich color.  If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this butterfly came from this same paper pack!

Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to visit the team's blogs, too.

Patti (off this week)

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #395

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by.   The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.   It's inspired by Jessi and I think it'll be a go to sketch for everyone.

My card features stamps by WPlus9 and Pink & Main.  I used the new Petunia Builders stamp set by WPlus9.  TMS is giving a $10 gift certificate to their store.  The sentiment is from Pink & Main - my signature stamp/die set.

I'm still working on getting the lighting right in this room.  I think I'm going to have to take outside, there's just too many shadows.  I stamped the images onto Bristol smooth card stock.  I picked this up in an effort to "watercolor" with Tombow markers - but I like how it holds the ink, too.  These layering stamps are so easy to use.  You don't really have to line them up in any special way.  Love that this is a Melissa-proof set - I can't mess it up!  I layered with Bubblegum card stock from MFT.  I then cut out the hugs sentiment from black fun foam.  I stamped the other words onto a white panel and then embossed it with a dot chevron embossing folder.  I was so careful to stick my hugs piece down so carefully and get it just right onto my card... then happened to notice the black piece that I was going to mat my white piece onto still on my table!  I forgot my layer - doh!  The black would have helped make everything pop, but I guess this works.   I finished it off with some hot pink sequins.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #394

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I am happy that you're here.  The sketch(es) are up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and certainly fun!  You'll see what I mean when you head on over there.

My card features some stamps/dies by Richard Garay that I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  So I figured since playing with those stamps I might as well pull out my Fun Stampers Journey card stock and inks.  I do wish that little business venture had taken off for me - I do like their products.

I apologize for the picture quality... new craft area and it's rainy and gloomy.  I need to practice with the lighting.  Even auto-correct didn't help much.  There is a little bit of detail in black circle piece that totally got washed out.  But still, it's a fun card and after I finished it I had to laugh at myself.  It reminds me of the decor in Blanche Devereaux's bedroom.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #393

Hello!  Thank your for stopping by today.  I do appreciate your visit.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I love it and you're going to as well.

Our challenge is sponsored by DRS Designs and my card features two of their stamps.  Bird on a Branch and Happy Moments, Happy Days Greeting.  Perfect for a masculine card!

I was positively inspired by a couple of players last week who used text in their background.  I remembered that I have this cool paper in my stash and it worked great with the image.  I picked up an Archival Ink pad at 40% off so I can do a little (very little) watercolor.  I colored the bird with Tombow markers and blender pens on Bristol Smooth card stock.  The card is a blend of neutrals, some very muted robin's egg blue and Kraft.  I decorated the envelope as well.

The inside has this simple but beautiful greeting.

It's a perfect birthday greeting without even saying "HAPPY BIRTHDAY."  It can be added if one so chooses.  I am just so pleased with how this turned out.

Please be sure to visit the team's blogs, too.  They'd love to hear from you.

Have a great day and we'll see you soon!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #392

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really fun one by our newest DT member Janice.  I had a lot of fun with this sketch with all the layers.

I also fun a lot of remember what it's like to color and blend with Tombow markers.  And let me tell you, it's way better using them on Bristol Smooth card stock than it was to use them on Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White card stock.

Sadly, a co-worker lost her grandmother a few days ago, so I made this for her family.

My card features papers from the DCWV stack, White Ginger.  The stamp is from an old set by There She Goes stamps, the sentiment is a stamp by Hero Arts.  I colored the image using Tombow dual brush markers, primary palette and a blender pen.  There are little tiny drops of sunshine which was created using Nuovo Jewel Drops - Limoncello.

We'll see you over at the TMS blog - c'mon and join us!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #390

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm sorry I missed you last week - I just really needed to keep a low profile.  I had a bad attitude (to put it mildly) but I'm better now.

This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's our first new one of 2017.  I love this sketch and just remember - a heart is just a shape.  Swap it out if your card needs a different shape.  Our sponsor this week is Pink & Main and my card features Hugs Needed stamps and Hugs die.  I also took inspiration from Jennifer McGuire.  You can find her technique here.

So if you know me, you know I don't care for Valentine's Day.  Never have, even when I had a sweetheart.  I believe if you love someone, you should tell them everyday.  But "hugs" my sign off to everything (almost everything) so this card is totally me.  The "& kisses" part - well why not.  I'll send this card to one my sisters or my daughter.

This is a window card with tulle... when my mom had her wedding flower shop when I was a kid, we used to have to make this filler pieces for the bouquets from tulle.  We, my sister and I, used to call them frou-frou (pronounced frew like threw but with an f) which became our technical term for it.  It wasn't until I was quite grown up that I learned it actually had a name, tulle.  Anyway, there is tulle between my decorative panel and my card base.  The sentiment is glued to the front and the shadow piece is glued on the inside of the card.  You can't tell in this picture, but I did use my Wink of Stella clear on the hugs to give some sparkle.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #388

Good Morning!  The sketch is up at TMS and I am so glad we're revisiting this sketch.  Patti picked one of her sketches for us to play with.  Our sponsor this week is A Day for Daisies but I didn't use one their images this time.  My printer is acting weird.  It's printing like it's almost out of ink but the ink levels aren't low.

So I am playing with technique and a stamp set I treated myself to months ago but just haven't used it yet.  The stamp set is by Hero Arts.  The technique is an oldie but a goodie - emboss resist.  I'm still working on perfecting my ink blending skills, but overall the card is pretty and I think is a great notecard that will only need a single stamp to mail.

I stamped the branch and sentiment with Versa-Mark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used a round ink blending tool to apply 4 colors of Distress Ink.  I used a couple of those same colors to stamp the flowers.  This is where I changed the sketch a little - the sketch shows the 3 elements as being smaller - I went with them covering that vertical panel.  Overall, the card was easy to do, done in about 15 minutes and like I said, will only take one postage stamp to mail.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and see all the inspiration the team is sharing with you - they are fantastic.  If I'm not mistaken, looks like Wanda has a different fold on her card.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #387

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, it's another revisited sketch and it was my pick this time.  I love this sketch by Debbie.  I admit I look a little creative license with it, but still so much fun!

My card was very quick to put together.  It's a simple sentiment that I cut using my Silhouette Portrait.  The sentiment I got from the Silhouette Online store and then I drew the box around it so that it cut in one piece.  The rest is pretty basic and then I dressed it a little with a few sequins.

The paper is from the stack I picked up for my planner.  In hind sight, it wasn't completely the right choice, but still it was quick and that's what I needed.  I'm sending this to my sister to say thank you for the knitted items she sent me that the baby card shared recently goes with.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #386

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad that you did.  The re-visited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and our challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo Digital Stamps.

My card features Clyde Birthday.  My printer ran out of ink so if this looks a little off, it's because I had to trace in the lines.  I couldn't opt to use something else because Jodie is always so generous and provides our team with images.  So I add that little disclaimer that Jodie's artwork is still flawless, my tracing however, well you know....

Remember about a month ago I mentioned making Christmas cards for the foster kids in my area?  Well, normally the donation is birthday cards.  They send about 150 birthday cards each month.  I personally can't make a dent in that amount, but it's time to start creating birthday cards to contribute however many I can.  So this is the first of many cards.  I need come up with one or two designs to mass produce each month.

My card also features a new embossing folder that I picked up on sale.  It's called Multi Sized Dots - that's creative, eh?  I love it though, it's so whimsical!  The sentiment is a sticker that I got in one of the blooper packages of embellishments from Freckled Fawn.  I don't know why they call them bloopers - I never found anything wrong or off on anything I received.

Please join us at TMS blog, we'd love to have you play along.  Don't forget to leave some love for my design team.  They're the best and deserve a little recognition.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #385

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Our re-visit sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, this week's sketch was picked by Debbie. I like this one, too.

I have a friend who just had a beautiful baby girl.  I don't crochet anymore, but I had started a baby blanket a long time ago and I just couldn't get anywhere with it.  Crocheting just causes too much pain.  So I pulled it all out and balled up the yarn.  I used all the skeins that I had to package up something that I sent my sister.  She knits, so I told her she can either use it for something or give it away or throw it away.  She made a lovely blanket, hat, sweater and doll out of the yarn.  I honestly didn't know there was that much yarn!  Well, she sent it all to me and now I have a gift for Andrea's baby.  Here's the card I made to go with it....

Before I go further, a very long time ago, which prompted the birth of Tuesday Morning Sketches, a couple of friends of mine and I took turns hosting challenges on our blogs.  My very first challenge was to create a card using as much embossing as possible before breaching the tacky line.  I decided to do the same with this otherwise pretty plain card front.  The reason it's so plain is because the inside is where all the magic and hard work went....

I used a pop up card kit by Lori Whitlock.  Isn't this cute!  Oh my goodness, I love how this turned out.  It's a 5x7 card, which really made the card front challenging.  But all in all, I think she'll love it.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #384

Good Morning and Happy New Year!  We're back to our weekly sketch challenges at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we're beginning our customary last year sketch revisits.  Janice picked our sketch this week.

Before I get to my card, I have to tell you.... I did not have the midas touch at all.  Everything was just turning to sludge!  I've been working on my 2017 planner that I guess I couldn't get into card mode.  So I didn't fight with it anymore.  I decided create this card using some of the papers from this year's planner design.  I'm not usually one for hot pink but this just made me so happy and at 70% off at Michaels - it made me ecstatic!

I created this card using a die that is new.  Actually I got this some time ago and finally opened it.  It's a Spellbinders Die D-Lites die - Medallion One.  I think when I got it my intention was Christmas cards, but I forgot all about it.  I did some embossing with rectangle die and then cut out the medallion.  This is actually a two die set - there is a frame that will cut out to create a positive image.  Then I pulled out the Spellbinder foliage dies and cut a couple of leaves.  And then... talk about oooolllllddd.  I pulled out some flower dies that I got when I got my Cuttlebug.  My Cuttlebug and I have been roommates for over 10 years.  I also used some gold washi tape that Michaels had on sale for half off.  The sentiment is from a Hello stamp set by Hero Arts.

This card took HOURS to get done - but when I finally got it figured out, I'm pretty happy with the results.  It's just by the time I did get it done, dusk was upon me so the photography is horrible!

Anyway, I hope to see you over at TMS blog to play along.  My design team is refreshed and ready to go.  Just wait til you see....your jaw is gonna drop when you see Debbie's card.

Have a great day!