Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Annual "Anything Goes"

Happy Tuesday before Christmas! This is our annual "anything goes" challenge (or as I like to think of it, our annual "do your own thing" challenge). Everyone, of course, is putting those last minute touches on their Christmas plans (or are on their way to Grandma's house), so crafting time is very limited. You may be aware that I've been absent from the DT line up for the last two weeks. If it were not for this "do your own thing" -- er, I mean "anything goes" -- then I wouldn't be here this week.

I've been seeing this particular card all over the place on various web-sites and posted on Pinterest. Well, not THIS card, but one similar using the circles for the snowman. I thought it was so cute that I wanted to give it a try, so the last play date my friend, Dottie, and I had for 2014, we made our own versions of this card.

My background is stamped with snowflake stamps using blue ink. Yep, you guessed it. I don't remember which stamp(s) I used. However, the ink is by Stampin Up (Almost Navy). The circles were cut using circle punches. They were all by EK Success, and I used three sizes that would give me the look that I wanted (in other words, they aren't particularly incremental in size). I lightly inked around the circles with Tim Holtz Antique Paper ink.

The black circles are also a punch, and the orange nose is free hand. The "arms" are from a Cheery Lynn tree limb die. The scarf is a bit of ribbon which has been folded and placed under the head. The head and the first layer of the body are adhered with pop-up foam dots for dimension. The words Merry and Christmas are cut with an Elizabeth Craft sentiment die which belongs to my girlfriend.

Anyway, I want to take a minute and tell all of you who follow my blog how much I appreciate you. I sincerely hope that the true spirit of Christmas shines within your home and your heart this year. And if you do not celebrate Christmas, then I wish you a wonderful week, and I hope to see you back next Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Holidays

Good Morning TMS fans! This week's sketch is another one inspired by Jessi and I think you're going to love it.

Our sponsor this week is returning sponsor Craft Classes Online

Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Classes are advertised on the CCO website, but are paid for and held on individual instructor's blog/website.

Here is Jessi's fantastic sketch:

I apologize for the crooked picture. I hope it isn't too distracting. My card base is white card. The designer papers (all of them) are from a pad by American Crafts. The image is from The Paper Shelter.

I know the holidays are upon us and time is limited right now. We, at Tuesday Morning Sketches, fully understand this is a time for family and friends and getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, if you do find yourself with a few extra minutes, we'd love for you to join this week's challenge. Just stop by the blog and add your card to the link.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sketch #277

We at TMS would like to express how thankful we are for each and everyone of you - our followers, our participants and our sponsors.  We appreciate the support you give us.  To our followers here in the United States, we wish a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday to you. May the day bring gratitude, a bountiful table and a memorable time with those you love. 

This week we're sponsored by Dies r Us.

This week's sketch is brought to you by Nina.  She's off on vacation but she didn't leave us to enjoy the Mexican sunshine without inspiration.

I have layered a white card with a piece of green. To the left, I have adhered a panel from a K&Company Christmas pad. I made my own slide using a Sizzix die and dark green card, and my "ribbon" is a piece of lovely metallic gold paper. I placed my paper "ribbon" under the side panel rather than over it because I did not want to cover any of the sentiment or design on the panel. 

I do wish that I had placed my slide a little more to the right, but once glued down, I could not move it. I added a green pearl to the center of the slide and also to the upper right corner of the card. 

This is a lovely design -- simple, and yet very versatile. It can be quick and elegant or whimsical and fun. It can be layered (such as mine) or straight to the card front. This is a good sketch for Christmas cards (and keeping the postage reasonable) but it can also just as easily be used for any other occasion from Birthdays to Easter.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"SEA"sons Greetings

Sami of Sami's Stamps has put together a fun set of images this week. They are quite unique for Christmas in that they are all lovely mermaids -- hey, just right for the tropical Christmas, eh? They are really quite pretty, and the DT discovered that many of them can be multi-functional in that they are not specific to Christmas. Here is a thumb nail look at all the images:

To have a better look (and also to see the beautiful samples the design team have made), you'll want to go over to Sami Stamps' blog HERE.

I used the beautiful Candy Cane Mermaid. Keeping with the sea theme, I've used predominately aqua and blue-green for my colors. After coloring the mermaid, I did brush some Stickles Star Dust along the side and onto the very bottom of her tail.

 My card is a white base. I had not planned to use the white base and had cut the dark aqua shape to be the card base. Alas, the die slid down a bit on one side so that when I ran it through the cutter, one side of the top was not attached to the back. I just ended up cutting the two pieces completely apart and adhering one to the white square base. I then cut the next smaller die using the aqua patterned paper (believe it or not, that came from a Christmas pad called "Old World Winter" by the Paper Studio).

I inked around my image piece using ColorBox "aqua."  My dies are DooHickey by Magnolia and were a special order set available early last spring. I cut three of the sea grasses, lightly brushing the aqua ink here and there on the die cuts to give them a little more depth. I did not, however, ink the little jelly fish. 

The flowers are a combination from my stash. They are by Prima, WOC and Recollections. The sea shells are some I've had for a very long time and they were purchased in a package, not personally collected (sigh). 

I did computer generate my sentiment, and I refrained from making the sea portion of the greeting large (as in my blog title) because I thought that was just a bit over the top for my lovely card (grin). 

Please stop by the blog and have a look at all the lovely cards. There is no new challenge as our challenges run for the entire month, so if you haven't joined in yet, you still have time. We'd love to see what you do with a Sami Stamps image. Also remember that there is a special offer (sale) on all images that runs through 31 December 2014. A perfect time to pick up some of Sami's beautiful images!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TMS and Daydream Designs

Welcome to another sketch challenge.  This week's sketch is inspired by Jessi and it's another great canvas for creativity!

We have a wonderful sponsor this week that I am thrilled to have join us.  We're sponsored by Diane's Daydream Designs.

We are delighted to be able to sponsor this fun challenge and to offer a prize to a happy winner! Visit Daydream Designs store for our full line of whimsical, hand-drawn digi images, sentiments, papers, embellishments, and more for all your crafting needs. Images are usually in both JPEG and PNG with 300 dpi resolution, are resizable and our crisp, black-line sentiments can be recolored in most photo editing programs. We promote family-friendly, wholesome products with many Christian-themed images and scripture verses. There is sure to be something for every crafter and every project whether digitally created or traditionally designed. 

Visit our Daydream Designs blog for tons of inspiration from our Dream Team Designers. Diane Noble, Owner/Illustrator

Here's the awesome sketch we get to play with:

I have used the image Snowbaby Love Outline Set  for my card. It is a lined drawing which I printed off and colored with Copic markers. Unfortunately, you cannot see the snow as it does not photograph well, but I added Stickles to it so the glitter gives a shimmery effect.

The card base is cream (again, doesn't seem to show well in the photo -- must work on the lighting before next week). I've placed a layer of goldish colored snowflake designed paper on top as my background. I then used a strip of red and white scrap from a pad I purchased last year (or maybe the year before) from Michael's Crafts across the card. (I missed that extra little strip at the bottom of the main strip until I'd completely finished my card -- one of those didn't see for looking things.) I stamped the sentiment onto scrap of the white X-Press It card on which I'd printed my image and then cut it into a fish tail banner. I have added a green button and a tiny red dotty bow. I finished the card off by punching a corner piece from the background paper and adhering it to the right corner of the image.

We very much enjoyed see the beautiful entries in last week's challenge. Please join us again this week (no twist, just the sketch). Stop by the TMS blog to see the other inspirational cards (we have three guest designers this week as well as the TMS design team).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Father Christmas

I have pretty much gotten all of my Christmas cards made for this year. Just have a few more that need inside sentiments/verses and some envelopes that need to be made and they will all be ready for addressing. Truth be known, I had a stack left over from last year that didn't get mailed out, so I had a good head start on the project. Sad state of affairs, eh?

This is one that I made last Wednesday when I went up to my play date with my girlfriend whom I visit every other week. This was a fairly simple card but turned out quite lovely. The papers are from a K&Company 12" x 12" pad that she purchased last year. The card weight, red and ecru, are from our stash. The Father Christmas topper is from a new kit that we each bought from Crafter's Companion. Isn't it lovely? We printed it off with the computer and mounted it to the red card. Then we added sparkle. I used Stickles (I think Star Dust) which I haphazardly "painted" along the top and the right side only. We did try glitter embossing powder, but the glitter did not stay on the paper as well as the Stickles glitter did. (NOTE: If you do use glitter embossing powder, put it on and heat set it before you add the topper to the red matting else the adhesive will melt and your image will come off the matting.)

I made the red bow which is adhered to the left corner of the image with a glue dot, and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from the K&Company pad which we cut into a "ticket" shape using a die. The ticket may have been a bit "over kill" since the image has printing of merry Christmas in different languages, but we felt the card needed a little something at the bottom there, and we were trying to keep the card relatively flat for easier mailing. 

Hope you like the card. I am quite fond of vintage Father Christmas images, and the cd which comes in the Crafter's Companion kit has several of them for me to use.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pumpkins and Leaves

Are you ready for another sketch?  This one was created by Nina and is a great one for your creative juices to flow as they wish!  It's also the Judged Challenge so we've got a fun and added twist to go with the sketch. In addition to using our sketch, we want you to use


Our sponsor is Digital Delights by Looby Lou

Now, since I've been without internet and am just now getting back online, let's get started!  Here's our sketch....

I've used Pumpkin Scottie as my image and I've used Copic markers for coloring. The overall card is rather simple, keeping the emphasis on the delightful image. For the back layer, I embossed a piece of orange using a leaf embossing folder. I matted it with brown card. I matted my image with brown card. The card base itself is brown card with a layer of mustard colored card. For the upper left corner, I've combined two amber gems stones with a little pumpkin resin embellishment. The pumpkin was a light orange and did not show up well on the mustard card, so I took a deeper orange copic marker and colored. The sentiment is a dimensional sticker that I found in my stash.

Go on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the samples the other DT members have made for you. Then, pull out your supplies and join us this week in our challenge. REMEMBER, to be eligible for the wonderful prize provided by our sponsor, you must follow the sketch AND use leaves and pumpkins on your card.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lovely Fall Friends

New Release: "Lovely Fall Friends" and Challenge #19: "Anything Goes."

 Click HERE to enter the shop! New Freebee and $2.00 Deal have been added!

As you can see, it is time for another release at Sami Stamps. I have chosen to use the "Lovely Native Fairy" image for my card. I colored her with Copic markers using fall colors of orange and yellow, and I've continued the fall colors with my paper choices,

The base card is dark, chocolate brown, then there is a layer of a slightly lighter brown, top with a piece of rust which I've embossed using an Anna Griffin embossing folder. The DP at the bottom, the scalloped circle and behind the sentiment are all from a My Mind's Eye 6" x 6" pad called "Darling Deer." The brown ribbon is by Ribbon Boutique by Hobby Lobby, and the orange, velour flowers are by Petaloo.

Please stop by Sami Stamps Blog to have a look at the beautiful cards the DT have made to inspire you and to show off this lovely release. We'd love to have you join this month's challenge -- anything goes with a Sami Stamps image.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sami Stamps Special Sale

Good morning and Happy Halloween to all.

 Sami Stamps is having a Special Sale that starts today! You won't want to miss it.

What's so Special about the Sale you ask?
Each of the Designers chose an image they wanted to create
with, and each of those images is on Sale for $1.50!
Of course those image are not part of the 35% Sale!

I have used "Cocoa Wind" from the winter collection. Isn't it a beauty? I have colored it with my Copic markers. The base card is a white 6" x 6" card. The papers are from a 6" square pad ("Old World Winter" by The Paper Studio). The pad is filled with lovely, old world designs, and for my card, I've combined a soft snowflake paper with one that looks like a music sheet. In the middle I used a third piece from the pad, a red and ecru dotty paper. Unfortunately, I didn't make it quite wide enough, so you can only see a tiny bit peeking from behind the gold ribbon that I've used.

I cut the image using a die, but cut the "steam" from the cup of cocoa so that it is coming out of the die cut piece. I wanted to give the feel that the steam is drifting off into the wind. I cut my sentiment into a circle and added a small red matting behind it which I cut with the scalloped circle die. Lastly, just to give it a little more festive look, I added blue rhinestone gems (by Recollections) to the centers of the snowflakes.

Have a great week and stay safe. Go "treat" yourself to some of Sami's lovely images.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TMS Welcome Doodle Pantry

Happy Tuesday morning, friends. I hope you're doing well today and ready for a new sketch. This week's sketch is brought to you by Debbie.  Speaking of Debbie, please keep her in your thoughts as she and her hubby are traveling this week.

This week we're sponsored by

Doodle Pantry takes pride in creating a diverse selection of doodling styles from realistic to whimsical, and all are family and kid friendly illustrations.  We hope you enjoy their wide variety of styles for every family occasion!

Here's the sketch....

This is the last DT card for the month of October, so I thought I would use the opportunity to remind everyone, one more time, that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and if you have not gotten your annual mammogram, please make an appointment to do so. Do not be afraid. Fight like a girl!

My card features "Just Wear Pink." I've used this image before, but it remains one of my favorite BCA stamps. It's simplicity is a beautiful reminder and symbol of the fight against this form of cancer.

My base card is white. I've added a layer of brown mat and pink card for the background. I cut a piece of pretty pink floral paper that I had in my scrap bag and matted it with the brown. I also matted the cut image with the brown. I punched a white strip using a Martha Stewart border punch and laid it across the middle of the front. I glued a pink rose (Wild Orchid Crafts) to the center of a white daisy (Prima) to form my flower embellishment. I added white pearls to the two upper corners.

Please visit the Tuesday Morning Blog to see more beautiful examples of Doodle Pantry images and the lovely cards my DT team mates have made using them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sweet 'N Sassy Tuesday

Good Morning TMS friends, we're so happy that you're here for another great sketch challenge.  This week's sketch is brought to you by Nina.  It's such a great sketch with basic elements that opens so much possibility for your creativity.

I am thrilled that Sweet n Sassy Stamps is sponsoring us once again.  I love SNSS, I have for a very long time.  Great images that are fun to work with and it's so great to see her line opening up with lots more dies, too.

Let's get started.  Here's the sketch:

As you can see, I have turned the sketch so that my design is running horizontal instead of vertical. I am using the image provided by Sweet 'n Sassy called "Pumpkin Patch." This was a fairly quick card to put together, but I think it has a rather WOW look in a beautiful fallish way. I've used a rust colored card base and one strip of designer paper, a couple of gems, and an acrylic stamp sentiment from the dollar bin at Michael's Crafts. The ink I used is Terra Cotta by Ranger.

This was a fun image to color up, and I wanted to use it for a fall card as I already have more than enough Halloween cards (especially since I don't tend to send Halloween cards - smile).

I do hope you will visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and will join in this week's challenge. We so enjoy seeing your creative works in our weekly challenges.

Have a good week. I'll "see" you later.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sami Stamps - Halloween Girls

Samantha Ratliff, owner and designer of Sami Stamps has a new set of Halloween images that are just as cute as can be. Here is a sneak peek at all of them:

This set, Halloween Girls, can be found in the Sami Stamps store and are perfect for this month's challenge -- use orange -- which you can find at the Sami Stamps Blog.

I am using the "Spooky Flower 2" image for my card. I have colored it with Copic markers and then cut it into a rectangular shape. The card is orange, matting is black, and the background pattern paper is from my stash (manufacturer unknown). The three patterned papers immediately under the image are by My Mind's Eye from the 6" x 6" pad called "Haunted." The circular sentiment (with spider) was cut from another patterned paper (again manufacturer unknown) that I found in my stash. The circle and scalloped circle dies are by Spellbinder. The black ribbon is from my stash. The two black gems in the upper left corner are by Recollections.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let's Change Tuesdays

I make a motion we change Tuesdays to another day of the week. Seems that even when I remember, I forget!  It occurred to me last night that I needed to write up my Tuesday Morning Sketches blog because I (thought) I was supposed to be at work this morning. Long story short, I went to work only to discover that I'd read the wrong schedule. OK, that is great because I realize that I didn't get my blog entry written and can do it when I get home -- yeah, right. I totally forgot about it again! Consequently, I vote that we change Tuesdays to another day of the week and maybe I'll have better luck remembering it.

I hope everyone is ready for a new sketch.  This one is inspired by Jessi.  I like the idea of it allowing for lots of patterns and textures.  Our sponsor is DRS Designs, one of our "resident" sponsors.  We're always so delighted to have them sponsor!

It's also our Judged Challenge which means there's an added twist.  This week we're doing Holiday themes.  Now this can mean "recognized" holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas 
 Hanukkah (Chanukah), etc. or it can mean personal holidays such as birthdays.

Here's our sketch:

My image is called "Witches Feet." I've colored it with my Copic markers and then cut it into a rectangle to be the top layer of my papers (as per the sketch). I matted it with both black and orange card.  I've used black for my card base, and my patterned papers are all from the 6" x 6" pad by MME called "Haunted." My sentiment is computer generated and matted on orange. The moon is a little die cut that I found in my stash. I had a lot of fun with this image and card.

Please stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to have a look at what the other DT members have done this week for your inspiration. Please remember to use BOTH the sketch and the twist (holiday theme) if you are joining us in this week's challenge. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TMS Get "All Dressed Up"

Happy Tuesday morning to everyone. Today we have a super sketch for you to use. Our sponsor this week is "All Dressed Up," and my image just happens to be called "All Dressed Up for a Magical Day."

Here is our sketch for this week:

Do you send out Halloween cards (curious minds want to know)? I didn't used to, but after I became a member of my first design team about four years ago, I started sending them to my grandkids with a little extra "treat" inside. The older ones really appreciated that (smile).

I've used a 6" x 6" black card base and mounted a piece of DP from My Mind's Eye on top. I colored my adorable little witch and her kitty with Copic markers and then cut the design into an oval using a Spellbinder oval die. I then traced around that die to get my black mat. (The next size die would have been too "big" which is why I chose to trace and hand-cut the oval mat).

I cut the fishtail banner from a piece of DP from the same My Mind's Eye pad and matted it with black card. The flowers are from Petaloo. The corner piece is from Cheery Lynn.

Stop by the blog for more inspiration for using this week's sketch and then join us in our weekly challenge.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

I remember when the children were little and we'd decorate the house for Halloween. It wasn't until we had grandchildren that we started making an annual trek to "the pumpkin patch." Now that both the children and grandchildren are older, we don't do much in the way of decorating, and we've not visited a pumpkin patch in years. To be totally honest, I MISS it -- the decorating and the pumpkins!

Sami, on the other hand, has a delightful little son who still thinks visiting a pumpkin patch is "da bomb"! So, in honor of pumpkin patches everywhere, she has titled her new release "The Pumpkin Patch." Here is a thumbnail of the new sketches:

Aren't they all just adorable?? I have used "Resting on my Pumpkin" for my DT card. After coloring my image with Copic markers, I have made a purple card base (yes, that is purple, but photographed more blue -- which is OK because orange and blue are complimentary colors - smile). I have taken two pieces of Halloween DP from the 6" x 6" pad called Haunted by MME, and have matted them with black matting. I have placed a black ribbon and bow on the bottom of the dotty paper. I also matted my image with the black. I've layered the two DPs and the image in the center of my base. I then cut two spider web corners (Cheery Lynn Design corner dies) and adhered them in opposite corners to finish off my front.

Stop by the Sami Stamps blog at  www.samistamp.blogspot.com  and have a look at all the FAB cards the DT have created with this super FAB release. I guarantee you will be delighted!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wishing You Love

Good Morning TMS friends. This week's sketch was created from a hand-drawn one by Bonnie Kohane aka Grandma Bonnie.  Sadly Bonnie decided to step down from the TMS Design Team due to having other obligations which demanded her time..  She will be greatly missed as she was a very talented card crafter and always made our sketches look so wonderful.

This week is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet and we were lucky enough to get images to play with.  The artists we're showcasing are Beary Dust Stamps and Digi Blessings.

Now here is this week's sketch:

I am using "Girls Rule" for my image. I've colored it with Copic markers and cut it into the circle required for our sketch. The designer paper is by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). The solid paper is from my cardstock stash. I stamped my sentiment using CTMH ink. The sentiment stamp is Memory Box B1906.. 

I tried a variety of things for the piece across the top and vetoed all of them. They either did not go well with the design or they got lost in the background paper. I finally found the chipboard piece that I used. The thicker chipboard and the darker shade of one of the colors in the background paper finally worked for my top design piece.

Do take a few minutes to visit the Tuesday Morning Blog and have a look at the wonderful cards the design team have made this week. I always enjoy seeing how each of us has taken the same sketch and made it "our own." The creativity is wonderful.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Tuesday Again?

Tuesday Morning Sketches #268

Thank you for joining us for another week of fun and a new sketch that will hopefully inspire you and get your creative juices flowing! I cannot believe that I truly forgot to post my blog on Tuesday when it is due. In fact, here it is Wednesday evening and if it hadn't been my seeing my image for this next week sitting here on my desk, I probably would not have remembered at all -- it is getting bad, ladies and gentlemen (smile)! Think I have too many irons in the fire right now.

This week's sponsor is our blog Mama, Melissa.  She will be giving the randomly drawn winner a $10 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  I don't think they sponsor too much anymore, but hey, Melissa is kind enough to purchase a gift certificate from her own pocket for some lucky person to use.

Our sketch this week was created by Jessi.  Are you ready to play? Here is the sketch:

I have two tiny new kitty babies at my house, so it is only appropriate that I have used this cute little kitty image from Your Next Stamp for my card. I've colored the image with Copic markers and then cut it using a Spellbinder circle die. I've matted it with a scalloped circle cut with the Spellbinder scalloped circle die. The sentiment is a Studio G stamp, and after stamping it with Close to my Heart ink, I cut it out and matted it with another of the Spellbinder dies. The green metal dots in the upper left and lower right corners are by Heidi Grace. Both the stripe paper and the green matting paper came from my scrap bag. I am very much trying to use more of my scraps rather than cutting into new pieces of paper each time -- don't know why really as I have enough designer and solid paper to make cards and craft until my kids ship me off to the old folks home (and then I probably will take it with me and share - grin).

OK, you've twisted my arm, so I'll give in and show you my new kitty babies. Here they are:

The little black one is a female, and we've named her Fiona. The little gray one (who is about 1/3 smaller than his sis) we've named Percival (called Percy). They were orphans when I brought them home two weeks ago and so very tiny (they still are, but have now doubled their sizes). I'm having a grand time with them (although my 3 years old kitty, Annie, isn't overly happy with me).

So, if you haven't already visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog site, hop on over and have a look at the fab inspiration cards the DT have made for you this week. Then join the challenge for a change to win that $10 gift certificate!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beautiful Ribbons

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so in order for you to have time to make cards for the beautiful women in your lives who have survived (or just as a reminder to those you love to get their yearly examinations), Sami has created a lovely release now. She has called this release Beautiful Ribbons, and here is a peek at the entire set:

You can find this release at Sami's blog or in the store.

I have used "For a Cause" as my image. It is a combination of coloring (with Copic markers) and paper piecing. I pieced the ribbon because the Copic pinks, in my opinion, are not the right color to match the BCA ribbon. After printing the ribbon and piecing it to my image, I did take neutral gray and created shadows. 

My die cut pieces are made with Spellbinder dies. The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The leaves and butterfly are both Martha Stewart punches, and the pink rhinestones are by Recollections.

As many of you know, I am a breast cancer survivor. I've shared some of my feeling in blog entries for/about breast cancer in previous years. I continue to encourage all women to do self examination and to have an annual mammogram. Early detection is important and DOES save lives. Do NOT take chances. The mammogram is not pleasent, but is less painful than the disease!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketch 266

Good morning. Good morning. The best to you this morning! (Did you catch the jingle there? Start humming along with it? Well Pickle! Let's try it again (grin). No, instead, let's get on with our Tuesday Morning Sketch card for you. 

and here is the sketch we want you to use:

This week were sponsored by my dear friend Deedee Anderson, owner and illustrator for Deedee's Digis.  Deedee's Digis specializes in wholesome digital stamps and papers that will make you smile and lift your spirit.

My card is made featuring Backpack from High School Daze. I have used a white 5 x 7" card base, a plaid DP from a very old school days kit (so old that I can no longer tell you the manufacturer), and black card for matting. The solid red is from the same kit, and both were scrap pieces (finally "doing in" that kit). The apple is metal and is the last of that package of stickers. 

We would very much like to have you join us in this week's challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Be aware that if you do enter, there is a TWIST this week. Your entry must use the sketch, but it must ALSO use the back to school THEME!

We'd also love for you to take a few minutes to visit the TMS Blog and have a look at all of the DT cards. We have a fantastic team of talented ladies who provide wonderful inspiration week after week. If you aren't a TMS follower, please join us so you don't miss our weekly challenges or the beautiful DT cards.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It Is Tuesday - Not Monday

Rats and double rats! I plum forgot that today is Tuesday. That Monday Labor Day holiday (despite the fact that it didn't really effect the Hubs nor I since we don't work) threw me off completely. When I posted my card on the DT blog pre release, I reminded myself and suggested to myself that I go ahead and pre-schedule my blog. Do I listen, though? Nope, nope, nope, and now I'm late!

This week our sponsor is Digital Delights by Looby Lou.  If you aren't familiar with the cute Digital Delights images then you are in for a treat. There are all kinds of really fun images, both colored and line-drawn, for your paper crafting. The one I'm using is called Eddie Elf.

We know that many of you have been busy getting the kids ready to go back to school (the kids here in my area started back the first of August, but many still observe Labor Day as the official end of the summer holidays). However, you should now be able to sigh a sigh of relief and enjoy some crafting time. We are providing three different sketches for you to pick from this week. Use one or all and have some crafting fun. Here are the sketches:

If you go to the Tuesday Morning Sketches Blog, you will discover the first three DT cards shown use one of the three different sketches above. Unknowing to the three of us, we each picked a different one of the sketches. How neat was that?

I started with a white card base, layered green card and then red dotty DP. I added a thin white satin ribbon across the red dotty paper. I cut out my image using a Spellbinder oval and matted that with a die cut with the Spellbinder scalloped oval. The snowflakes are cut using a Martha Stewart snowflake corner punch (the corner actually uses the negative space but the "scrap" snowflake was just the right size for my use). I added little clear rhinestones to the middle of the snowflakes. The sentiment is from a set of clear acrylic stamps that I have, but I'm afraid I cannot tell you the manufacturer as the packaging is gone.

I do hope you enjoy my card and that you will take a few minutes to visit the TMS blog to see what the other DT members have made for you this week. We'd love for you to join in the challenge, but even if you can't, do copy and save those fantastic sketches to use over and over again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby Dreams at Sami Stamps

Here in the US, this weekend has an extra day as Monday is a holiday. It is in honor of all the people who work and is called Labor Day. Now, that always puzzled me because most of the retail establishments, restaurants, etc. were open on Monday -- thus, causing people to labor instead of being home and enjoying an extra day with their family and friends. Rather a dicotomy, eh? In addition, not too many decades ago, Labor Day (the first Monday in September) signaled the end of the school holiday and children everywhere returned to the classroom for another year of learning. Now, a large number of school start the new academic year the first part of August, robbing Labor Day of even more of its notoriety. So sad.

However, we do have a happy side to this weekend because today Sami at Sami Stamps has released a new set of images that are just adorable!  Here is a glance at the entire set:

I used Little Girl Dreams for my project. Isn't she just precious? I colored her with Copic markers after printing the image onto X-Press It card. I then fussy cut the little cutie! All of the designer papers is from the 12 x 12," double sided pad of baby prints by K&Company. The card is a white base with green and pink solid card (matting) by Bazzill. The white frame around the baby was cut using CR1241 die by Marianne Design. I popped the baby image and sentiment up using foam adhesive dots. The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is a stamp I received in a set as a present, and the packaging is gone.

If you aren't too busy shopping or tending the bar-b-que this weekend, stop by and have a look at the new release. I think you will just love the beautiful samples the DT have put together for all of you to enjoy.