Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Happy 11th Birthday to Tuesday Morning Sketches (TMS 562)

Hello, everyone! We have a special sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!  It's our 11th birthday!  Woot Woot!  We're having a big celebration and there are some fabulous prizes!  I hope you will be inspired to join our challenge!  I went with a winter holiday card!


I used an adorable topper that I won a couple months ago from Polkadoodles (thank you!) called Sleightime Friends Shopping - Winnie White Christmas.  I die-cut a scalloped frame (Gina Marie Designs) from red glitter cardstock (Darice) to frame the topper. I stamped a sentiment (Lawn Fawn) in red and die-cut a fancy oval (Nellie's). I embossed a snowflake background (Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow) and then arranged some scraps of patterned paper (Studio Calico Magical) according to the sketch.  I adhered the framed topper, popped up on craft foam, and then finished the card by adhering a few red snowflake sequins.

Here's our Sketch 562, designed by Melissa.  It was way back on July 7, 2009, when Melissa published the first sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches, so we thought bringing it back would be a fun way to celebrate our 11th birthday!  As always, I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!


I would like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 1/5; A Perfect Time to Craft AG UE; ABC Christmas N for No Fuss (the topper was already printed; I keep embossed snowflake panels at the ready; the patterned papers were scraps) UE; Artsystamper Digitals Red, White, and Blue 1/3; Arty Divas 25 AG 1/5; Cardz TV 118 AG 1/3; Carlin's Map Paradise AG 1/3; Crafter's Castle 31 AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 1/3; Crafty Creations 411 AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 497 AG Optional Man or Boy UE;  Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper July UE; Creatalicious 190 AG Optional Add Texture 1/3; Creative Fingers 189 AG 2/3; Cute Card Thursday AG UE; Die Cut Divas Christmas in July 1/4; DL.ART July AG UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Red, White, and Blue 1/2; Gem of a Challenge 14 AG 1/3; Kat Scrappiness July Red, White, and White UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Always AG 1/3; Polkadoodles 27 AG 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Bright and Cheerful 1/5; The House That Stamps Built DCC JL120 ~ Christmas in July 1/3; The Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes Christmas in July - I was inspired by the words: "Now it's winter and the snow is piling high"; The Paper Funday AG Twist The Great Outdoors 1/4; Word Art Wednesday 446-447 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Double Trouble 60 - Something, Anything, Everything

Hello, everybody! We have a new challenge for you at Double Trouble Paper Crafting! You may remember that I am a Crazy Cousin (Guest Designer) this month.  This is my final post as Crazy Cousin, and I have enjoyed myself!

Our challenge is a fan favourite - Something, Anything, Everything - so I hope you'll be inspired to join us!  There are always some optional twists ("Things") to cause you trouble, so please head over to Challenge 60 for all the details and inspiration from the Design Team.  In the meantime, here's a brief summary:


Thing 1 is easy, so just have fun!  Thing 2 is to pair with a previous Double Trouble partner, so I chose Crafting Happiness. Their theme is Always Anything Goes, so again, easy and fun.  For Thing 3, since I'm in Canada, the colour combo of red, white, and blue does not have the significance it has in the U.S.; however, I adore these colours for winter holiday cards!  I aim for making two holiday cards a month, and this is my second.


My card started with a Distress Oxide background using the watercolour ink-smooshing technique.  I stamped the snowman, coloured with markers, and fussy-cut so I could pop him up on foam tape.  I die-cut the cover plate in white glitter cardstock and the tree border in white.  I stamped the sentiment on a blue scrap and hand-cut a banner on each end.  To finish the card, I adhered a number of red snowflake sequins.

Clear stamps:  Snowman (Your Next Stamp Snow Much Fun), sentiment (Your Next Stamp Waddles Winter Wonderland)
Dies:  Hello Bluebird Winter Woods Overlay, Lawn Fawn Forest Border
Ink:  Distress Oxides (Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass)
Other:  Red snowflake sequins

Here is my cute Double Trouble Crazy Cousin badge, along with the Family Tree.  Thank you to Double Trouble for having me as your Crazy Cousin this month - it was fun!


I would like to support the following challenges: Allsorts 578 So Cute 1/3; Arty Divas 24 AG 3/5; Cardz TV 117 AG 3/3; Colour Crazy Craft AG 1/2; Crafting Happiness AG UE; Crafty Catz 512 AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 496 AG Optional Snowflakes UE; Creatalicious 189 AG Optional No Design Paper 3/3; Creative Craft Cottage 130 AG 4/5; Creative Fingers 189 AG 1/3; DL.ART June AG UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Red, White, and Blue 1/2; Gem of a Challenge 13 AG 1/3; Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 5/5; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 2/3; Penny Black and More Favourite Stamps (Snowman for winter cards) 2/3; Polkadoodles 26 AG 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 2/5; The Creative Crafters 29 AG 3/3; The House That Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2420 2/3; The Outlawz Festive Friday Christmas UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Tuesday Throwdown AG 1E; Virginia's Show and Share June AG 4/4; Word Art Wednesday 444-445 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk2


Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Poinsettia

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a winter holiday card!  This is my first for the month.  If you're a regular follower, then you know I have a goal of making two each month, so stay tuned tomorrow for a second card.


I gold-heat-embossed the poinsettia (STAMPlorations Christmas Flower Large) and sentiment on maroon cardstock.  I die-cut the panel with a wonky stitched rectangle (Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles) and mounted it on a gold foil panel, then on a snowflake-embossed maroon panel, and then I adhered to a white card base.  To finish the card, I adhered some gold flat-backs to the centre of the poinsettia and a few on the lower right corner.

I would like to support the following 10 challenges:
Craftlandia 3 Flowers 1/2
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 496 AG Optional Snowflakes UE
DL.ART June AG UE 1/d
Rudolph Day June 1E C10
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 1/5
STAMPlorations June AG CAS Optional Twist Purple 1/3
STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes AG UE
Southern Girls AG 2/2 C10
The House That Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2420 1/3
Word Art Wednesday 444-445 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk2



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

TMS 560 - Tuesday Morning Sketches

Hello, everyone! We have a new sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!  I enjoyed this one very much, and I hope it will inspire you too!


I was thrilled to use a bunch of my scraps for this card!  I save all scraps of the alcohol ink backgrounds that I make, just for this reason!  Even the smallest scrap can be used in die-cutting.  The die is Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Drift, and I cut it 8 times, once in white, and then 7 more times, placing a different colour scrap over each of the butterflies as I ran it through my Cuttlebug.  

I paper-pieced the rainbow-coloured butterflies back into the white outline.  I die-cut a scalloped border for each side of the vertical strip (Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border).  The background is embossed with Taylored Expressions Butterfly Swirl and I adhered the vertical strip with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment (Clearly Besotted) and adhered according to the sketch.  To finish the card, I added a coordinating sequin to the center of each butterfly.

Here's our Sketch 560, designed by Melissa. I hope you'll be inspired to join our challenge - I always enjoy seeing what you make!


I would also like to support the following 10 challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 4/5
Ally's Angels 35 AG 3/3
Arty Divas 24 AG 2/5
Butterfly Challenge 143 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with Z for Zenchua (Light Purple) 1/3
Cardz TV 117 AG 2/3
DL.ART June AG UE 1/d
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday In the Summer Garden 1/3
Pixie's Snippet Playground 380 Use Scraps/Snippets 1E C10
Southern Girls AG 1/2 C10
Word Art Wednesday 444-445 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Mermaid Scene

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a mermaid card!  For this underwater scene, I used all dies, no stamps.


I used a lot of dies from my stash, too many to list here.  I sponged some Distress Ink on the mermaid's hair and skin, and I layered her tail, bikini, and flower twice to add dimension.  I used a black fineliner to draw her face, following the indentation on the die-cut. I adhered lots of sequins and gems to simulate bubbles.  I had a lot of fun making this card!  Here's another photo at an angle so you can see the sparkle.


The UnstampaBelles has a challenge theme of Magic this month, with a twist of Disney, and I was inspired by The Little Mermaid.

I would also like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 3/5; Ally's Angels 35 AG 2/3; Arty Divas 24 AG 1/5; Cardz TV 117 AG 1/3; Crafter's Castle AG 3/3; Crafty Creations 410 AG 3/3; Creatalicious 189 AG Optional No Design Paper 2/3; Creative Craft Cottage 130 AG 3/5; Creative Fingers 188 AG 2/3; Die Cut Divas Summettime Fun 2/4; Dies R Us Summertime Fun 1/3; DL.ART June AG UE 1/d; Get Creative 92 Fantasy 1/3; Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 4/5; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Penny's Paper-Crafty AG 2/3; Scribbles Designs 90 Flip-a-Coin (Tails-3 layers, Heads-rectangular, Tails-gemstones, Heads-glitter, Heads-stash (dies) 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Summer Fun 1/5; The Creative Crafters 29 AG 2/3; Virginia's Show and Share June AG 3/4



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Double Trouble 59 - 3-2-1 Recipe

Hello, everybody!  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Karen M Christopherson - thank you for joining me!

We have a new challenge for you at Double Trouble Paper Crafting! You may remember that I am a Crazy Cousin (Guest Designer) this month, and I am enjoying myself!

Our challenge is a fun 3-2-1 Recipe, so I hope you'll be inspired!  I admit I had to read this one a few times before I figured it out so be careful not to get into trouble!  Please head over to Challenge 59 for all the details and inspiration from the Design Team, but in the meantime, here's a brief summary:


My card features all three Things for this challenge (Double Trouble lists the Things out of order, so I've followed the same format):

Thing 1:  3-2-1 Recipe - 3 Colours, 2 embellishments, and 1 Stamped Sentiment More than One Year Old.

Thing 3:  Using the sketch below, create a project using no circles, ovals, or rounded corners.   Note that bling and small embellishments can be any shape.


Thing 2:  Participate in Retro Rubber's Sketch #137 if Things 1 and 3 have been completed.

Here's my card!


I stamped the watermelon kitty (Newton's Nook - Newton's Melon), coloured him with markers, and fussy-cut so I could pop him up on foam tape.  I die-cut the stitched triangle and did some Distress Ink blending (Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Picked Raspberry) to simulate a watermelon slice.  I spritzed with water and stamped two seeds (STAMPlorations Layered Watermelon) in black.  

My background was created months ago with Distress Inks or Distress Oxides using the ink-smooshing technique, and I thought it coordinated well with my colour combo (pink, green, yellow).  I die-cut with a stitched rectangle (Gina Marie Designs).  I added a vertical strip of black washi tape according to the sketch.  I stamped the sentiment in black (Unity Stamp Cling Rubber Itty Bitty Collection - One in a Melon).  I've had this stamp for over 6 years so it's definitely older than one year!  To finish the card, I adhered my two embellishments (black sequins and magenta flower sequins).  The angled photo below shows the colour of the flower sequins better.


I hope you'll be inspired to join our challenge! I am looking forward to seeing what you make!

Check out my cute Double Trouble Crazy Cousin badge! She looks just like me!


I would also like to support the following challenges:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 2/5; Ally's Angels 35 AG 1/3; Arty Divas 23 AG 3/5; Cardz TV 116 AG 2/3; Colour Crazy AG 1/2; Colouring in Scrapland AG 1/3; Crafter's Castle AG 2/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 3/3; Crafty Creations 410 AG 2/3; Crafty Friends 137 AG 2/3; Creatalicious 189 AG Optional No Design Paper 1/3; Creative Craft Cottage 130 AG 2/5; Creative Fingers 188 AG 1/3; Creative Moments 192 AG Optional Summer Sports 1/3; Cut It Up The Perfect Pet 1E; Die Cut Divas Summettime Fun 1/4; DL.ART June AG UE 1/d; Incy Wincy Fur Babies/Pets 1/5; Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 3/5;Papercraft Challenges 59 Geometric; Penny Black and More Favourite Stamps (cats, always!) 1/3;  Penny's Paper-Crafty AG 1/3; Polkadoodles 24AG 1/3; Retro Rubber Sketch #137; Show Us Your Pussycats 55 Furrything Goes UE; Simon Says Stamp Monday Sprays and Splashes 1/5; The Creative Crafters 29 AG 1/3; The Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode (June 6-19) Pets are People Too  UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Virginia's Show and Share June AG 2/4; Word Art Wednesday 442-443 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk2



Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

TMS 558 - Tuesday Morning Sketches

Hello, everyone!  We have a new sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I hope it will inspire you!  I decided to make a card for a man.


This gorgeous Great Horned Owl was designed by Donna Ellis at Creative Smiles, and I won the set from her a couple months ago (thank you, Donna!).  I fussy-cut one of the pre-coloured images so I could pop it up on foam tape.  Behind the owl is a stitched oval die-cut.  The kraft background was die-cut with a stitched wood-grain pattern.  I added some die-cut tree branches according to the sketch and finished the card with a stamped sentiment.  I couldn't resist a Great Horned Owl pun, so the sentiment reads, "Wishing you a Great day!"

Here's our Sketch 558, designed by Melissa, and I rotated it clockwise.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!


I would also like to support the following challenges:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 1/5; Arty Divas 23 AG 1/5; Cardz TV 116 AG 1/3; Crafter's Castle AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 2/3; Crafty Catz 509 AG Optional CAS 1/3; Crafty Creations 410 AG 1/3; Crafty Friends 137 AG 1/3; Creatalicious AG Optional Birthday 2/3; Creative Craft Cottage 130 AG 1/5; Creative Fingers AG 2/3; Cute Card Thursday AG UE;  DL.ART June AG UE 1/d; Dragonfly Dreams Make it Masculine 1/3; Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 2/5; Kat Scrappiness All About the Boys UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Papercraft Business 30 Father's Day/Masculine 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Monday It's a Man Thing 1/5; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Masculine 1/5; The Outlawz Monday Greetings Masculine 1/3; The Paper Funday 18 AG Make it Masculine 1/3; Use Your Stuff 399 Masculine or Father's Day UE; Virginia's Show and Share June AG 1/4; Word Art Wednesday 442-443 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!