Saturday, July 11, 2020

Blooming Fantastic Card

Good day! The July heat is setting in and that means I stay home a lot more than usual. Although with the pandemic I've already been staying home most of the time, so it won't be too different. My hubby has done all the grocery shopping since March and he doesn't want me run errands unless it's absolutely necessary. I hope you are doing well and staying safe! 😊

Yesterday I found a new to me challenge called Festive Friday and they provide a list of several creative choices and you pick 3 to create your project. I used: green, polka dots and flower to create this Blooming Fantastic Card. The image is Lil' Bloomin Owl by Unity Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. A mix of papers were used but my favorite is the daisies. I'm pretty sure I bought the Country Kitchen paper pad by Carta Bella (2017) just for the daisy paper. To finish the card I added a punched daisy and leaves along with a little yellow butterfly. That's it a cheerful and bright card that would work for several different occasions. So glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Meow to the World Card - TMS #562


Do you feel like the weeks are flying by? Today at Tuesday Morning Sketches we are celebrating 11 years since Melissa published her first challenge post. What were you doing in 2009? I wasn't making cards yet, I started in the fall of 2010 and didn't find online challenges until 2012. It's fun to look back and see the evolution of my skills and designs. I started playing along with Tuesday Morning Sketches in February of 2013 and HERE is that card entry. It wasn't until November of 2018 that I joined as a design team member. This weeks sketch was the very first sketch that Melissa started with and we would love for you to play along. There are several wonderful prizes this week and the design team has provided some amazing creations for your inspiration. Click HERE for all the challenge details and don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sketch #1 & #562: 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Toucan So Tweet Card

Hello! The summer heat is on and the COVID-19 cases continue to spike here in Oklahoma. Both of these make for good reasons to stay home and craft! I caught a stomach bug last week and haven't done much crafting because I was afraid to touch and contaminate my supplies. Thankfully I'm feeling better!

This Toucan So Tweet Card was made using the sketch from the Inky Paws challenge. The stamps are from the Toucan Party stamp set by Newton's Nook and were die cut with the coordinating dies. I colored the images with Copic markers and used a mix of patterned papers from various paper pads. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Firecracker Card - TMS #561

Welcome back to the start of another new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by me and I would love for you to play along. Feel free to swap out the stars for any shape that works with your design. I was thinking about Independence Day when I designed the sketch but stars are fun for birthdays too. The design team did a fantastic job with their inspiration! Click HERE for all the challenge details and don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. I hope to see your card in the linky gallery!

Do you send cards for Independence Day? I don't send many, maybe two or three to my family. To make this card I used a digital image I found on Etsy by Drawn by Krista. The image was colored with Copic markers and the sentiment was made using the computer. Five punched blue glitter stars on top of red striped paper and that's it. An easy simple card! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sketch #561:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Garden Kitty Card

Hello crafty friends! It's been awhile since I sat down to make a card without a specific reason or occasion. So today I made this Garden Kitty Card using all the summery colors I love. The Kitty in the Garden image is from Whimsy Stamps designed by Crissy Armstrong and it was colored with Copic markers. The patterned papers are from the Bloom Street paper pad by Pink Paislee. To add some detail I used a stamped and punched butterfly and flower both from retired stamps sets by Stampin' Up!. The Hello Beautiful sentiment is also by Stampin' Up! from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Caring Thoughts Card - TMS #560

Well, it's Tuesday again and we are starting another new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and the design team did a wonderful job with their creations. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. We would love for you to join us this week. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wooden Father's Day Card

Hello! It's almost Father's Day and to make sure my dad's card arrived on time it needed to be mailed today. So, this afternoon I made this Wooden Father's Day Card and it went straight to the post office when finished. My dad has always worked with wood. He had a cabinet and door making business while I was growing up and he still does a few jobs when persuaded. I used to play around in his shop while he was working. There was always sawdust that need sweeping and when you're a kid it's fun to play in sawdust. This past week he worked on wooden centerpiece accents for my niece's wedding that turned out really nice. Hopefully he will like his Wooden Father's Day Card!

The patterned paper is from the retired Wood Texture paper by Stampin' Up! and the saw stamp is from the retired Stampin' Up! set called Nailed It. The Happy Father's Day sentiment is by Hero Arts and the polka dot paper is by Bo Bunny. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Faux Patina Card - TMS #559

Good day crafty friends! This weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches is wide open for your creative interpretation. I looked through lots of patterned paper but I decided to use the Faux Patina technique. It combines embossing, ink blending and heat embossing. Have you ever tried it? I looked back to see the last time I did this technique and it was almost two years ago. Here is some other Faux Patina Cards I've created over the years. We would love for you to join the challenge using this weeks sketch designed by Patti. If you've never tried the Faux Patina technique I encourage you to give it a try. Here is a link to a short video tutorial. For the the design team inspiration and all the challenge details click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

This Faux Patina Card is linked to the Allsorts embossing challenge. After I made my card I was doing some cleaning and found a package of Toner Card Fronts sold by Unity called Butterfly Fly Away. So, I decided to finally get my new laminating machine out of the box and give foiling a try. The foil is called Rainbow Shattered Glass by iCraft and I used Distress Inks to color the panel before foiling. I'm linking my Butterfly Foiled Card to the Daring Cardmakers Wing It! challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Sketch #559:


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Floral Wedding Card

Hello! The next big event in our family is my oldest niece's wedding next week. This afternoon I made this Floral Wedding Card using the napkin design for her reception as the inspiration (photo below). I hope she likes it!

Most of the supplies used to make this Floral Wedding Card are retired by Stampin' Up!. The stamp set is called Climbing Roses and the coordinating dies are from the Rose Trellis die set. The image was colored with Copic markers and the sentiment was heat embossed with a pearl embossing powder by Stampendous!. The white panel was embossed with a leaf embossing folder and a little lace added to one edge for detail. The gold trellis, sentiment and roses were adhered flat and that's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Congrats to You Card - TMS #558

Good day crafty friends! We are starting another new sketch today at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I want to invite you to play along. The sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and I'm looking forward to your take on the flourish detail. I pulled out one of the first stamps sets I bought when I started making cards. It's called Dot Flourishes by Inkadinkado. Then I decided a neutral Congrats card would be a good addition to my stash. The sentiment is retired by Stampin' Up! and it was die cut with cross stitch dies by My Favorite Things. To add some sparkle I added a few sequins and that's it. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sketch #558:

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Snarky Cat Card

Hello! A few weeks ago one of my crafty friends, Lisa Lynn, posted a card using the Snarky Cat stamp set and until then I hadn't seen this stamp set by Tim Holtz. Since I have a sarcastic sense of humor and love cats this was the perfect stamp set to add to my collection.

To make this Snarky Cat Card I decided to use a layout by Freshly Made Sketches. The cat was colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut. I decided to make it a masculine card to play along at Simon Says Stamp and C.R.A.F.T.. All the papers have been in my stash for a long time, the stripes are by My Mind's Eye from the Adventure paper pad and the polka dots are by Bo Bunny. I'm also linking this card to the anything goes challenge at Cute Card Thursday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Contemporary Thanks Card - TMS #557

Hello crafty friends! A new month is here and it's Tuesday which means the start of a new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. We have a unique and fun sketch for you to try this time designed by Melissa Craig. I took a contemporary approach when using this sketch. It just felt more abstract to me which is an artistic style I've always liked. We would love for you to join us this week. The design team have created a variety of different interpretations for your inspiration. Click HERE to view the design teams work and for all the challenge details. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. I hope to see your card in the final gallery! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Sketch #557:

Friday, May 29, 2020

Changito Coffee Card

Hooray for Friday! Today is the last day of the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so I made one more card to play along. I bought the Changito Coffee stamp by Stampendous! on clearance sometime in the last couple of years and stuck it in a drawer. While digging for stamps I found it yesterday and decided to ink it up. The image was colored with Copic markers and the pajamas were paper pieced using a small polka dot paper. I didn't have the perfect sentiment, so I created one on the computer. The inside reads: "That's why it's best to have a cup in both hands!" It seems like a good idea to me.☕☕ That's it! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend. 😊

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

One Sip at a Time Card

Hello crafty friends! It's taken me a couple of days to finish this One Sip at a Time Card and I really like how it turned out. The 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on and I made it to play along. I may make the sentiment "Take Life One Sip at a Time" my new motto. Making long term plans is no longer a priority for me, it doesn't make sense anymore. Life is too short!

The stamp set used on this card is called One Sip At A Time by Graciellie Designs from Unity Stamps and Copic markers were used to color the image. Several different papers were used. The red floral paper is by Memory Box from the Cottage Meadow paper pad, speckled paper by Lawn Fawn, orange polka dots by Memory Box and gingham by The Paper Studio. When I was outside yesterday feeding my backyard birds I saw a little blue butterfly, so I decided to add a little blue butterfly to my card. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Kitty Just Because Card - TMS #556

Good day and welcome back to the start of this weeks challenge sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Our sketch this week was designed by Patti and features a twine element that I love! I've used a cute kitty on my card by C. C. Designs called Meow To You and colored it with Copic markers. The floral paper is from the Cottage Meadow paper pad by Memory Box and the Just Because sentiment is retired by Stampin' Up!. We would love for you to join us this week! Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. You have until 8 pm EST on Sunday to link your creation. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Kitty Just Because Card is entered into the following challenges:

Sketch #556:

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Miss You Card with Dog

Hello! The days keep flying by but my crafty mojo has been on the fritz lately. It's not because of the lack of supplies because I have plenty and still enjoy ordering new stuff (ha). When I sit down at my craft desk I look around online and then just walk away. I know I'm struggling with the passing of my brother and I'm sad. It's just going to take a lot more time!

This Miss You Card with Dog was made using the Stella Says Sketch challenge at Catch The Bug. The sketch is for a square card, but I rarely send a square card through the mail. So, I condensed it into a rectangle A2 card. The image is called Flower Puppy and it was colored with Copic markers. The floral paper is from the Memory Box Cottage Meadow paper pad and the Miss You die cut is by Impression Obsession. A little flower was added for detail and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Floral Koala Card - TMS #555


Good day and welcome back to the start of our new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches! This weeks sketch is designed by Melissa Craig and I decided to play with patterned paper on my Floral Koala Card. I had some scraps of paper that coordinated with the floral background paper which created a really colorful card. The koala image is by Whipper Snapper Designs and was colored with Copic markers. We would love to see how you use the sketch this week! For all the design team inspiration and challenge details click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

This Floral Koala Card is entered into the Patterns challenge at Use Your Stuff.

Sketch #555:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Magical Day Card - TMS #554


Hello! It's Tuesday again and the start of another new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch is an easy one and it's perfect for any occasion. The design team created a variety of inspiration and we would love for you to join us this week. You can find all the challenge details HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

Sketch #554:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Many Thanks Card - TMS #553

Welcome back to the start of a new sketch challenge today at Tuesday Morning Sketches. The sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and I had a lot of fun creating this Many Thanks Card. I took the opportunity to use a very neglected stamp set called Swirly Bird, it's now retired by Stampin' Up! and I had only used it once. The coordinating Swirly Scribbles die worked perfectly for the circle element of the sketch. We would love for you to join us this week! Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. I hope to see your entry in the gallery!

Challenges entered: Crafter's Castle (Anything Goes), The Crafter's Cafe (Anything Goes) and Use Your Stuff (Flowers and/or Butterflies).


Sketch #553:

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Violet Thanks Card


Hello! I have a quick post to share this Violet Thanks Card I made using the Stella Says Sketch #809 challenge. Purple and green are my favorite colors and I love it when they are paired together. The Violet Watering Can image is digital and it's by Bugaboo Stamps and was colored with Copic markers. All the papers were sitting on my craft desk from other recent cards. You really can't go wrong with gingham and polka dots! The thanks sentiment is retired by Stampin' Up! and that's it. So glad you stopped by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Butterfly Big Hugs Card - TMS #552


Hello crafty friends! It's Tuesday again and the start of another challenge sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This Butterfly Big Hugs Card is pretty simple, I'm haven't felt very creative this last week. I'll sit at my desk and just look at stuff and then do nothing. Hopefully you're creativity is doing better! We would love for you to join us with this sketch designed by Melissa Craig. You can find all the challenge details and design team inspiration HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

Sketch #552:
 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Pretty Squirrel Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share this Pretty Squirrel Card I made. It features the Nibbles stamp by Unity Stamps and was colored with Copic markers. I adore squirrels and find them to be very entertaining! This card along with a donation will be sent to a local wildlife rehab facility called Wild Heart Ranch. They raise hundreds of orphaned or injured squirrels every year. I've been to their facility a few times and I truly admire the work they do for the wild critters. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: Crafting Happiness (Anything Goes/Use Purple Option), Crafty Catz (Anything Goes/Add Sentiment Option), Cute Card Thursday (Dotty!) and QKR Stampede (Anything Goes).

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Beautiful Day Card

Hope you're having a Beautiful Day! Since Mother's Day will be here in a few weeks, I decided to start making a few card options. I recently purchased the new Cheerful Daisies stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps and decided to use it to create this Beautiful Day Card. It was a lot of fun stamping all the images once I found the ink colors I wanted to use. The flower colors were inspired by a Gerber Daisy plant I rescued last year. Ink colors include: Guava by Lawn Fawn, Flirty Flamingo by Stampin' Up!, Sunflower by Lawn Fawn, Crushed Curry by Stampin' Up!, Jalapeno by Lawn Fawn and Call Me Clover by Stampin' Up!. The sentiment stamp is from the WPlus 9 Doodle Buds stamp set and the lattice background is from a Sunny Studio die called Frilly Frames Lattice. A little butterfly was added for extra detail and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping.

So glad you stopped by!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Noel Card - TMS #551


Welcome back to the start of another sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This card features a Noel image by Power Poppy and it was colored with Copic markers. It's unusual for me to make Christmas cards this early in the year, but the image worked well with the sketch so I went with it. Whatever occasion you need a card for we would love for you to join us this week and try this sketch designed by Debbie Foster. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

This Noel Card is entered into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge which is anything goes/option to use a house or building. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Happy Cake Day Card

Hello and happy Saturday! The sun is shining here and it looks like it's going to be a nice day. Our state is still under a shelter in place order, so I haven't left the house much lately. The hubby will take me on a drive for a few miles to get some sunshine but that's about it. Hopefully you are doing well!

This Happy Cake Day Card was made with my nieces in mind. Fun bright colors and a cute cat eating cake, because birthdays are all about the cake. The stamp set is called Newton Loves Cake by Newton's Nook and Copic markers were used to color the image. After coloring the images the coordinating dies were used to cut out them out. The background papers are from the Summer Splash paper pad by Pink & Main, three 1 1/4" circles were added along with a little strip of green scrap paper for extra detail. That's it! Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Floral Congratulations Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share this Floral Congratulations Card I made this afternoon. Hopefully I'll have a reason to use it sometime soon. The Knock on Wood challenge at Simon Says stamp is what prompted the design. I used patterned paper from the Pretty Things paper pad by MME and Old Olive cardstock by Stampin' Up! for the matting. The flowers are from the Everything is Rosy stamp set by Stampin' Up! and were die cut with the coordinating dies. Ink colors include: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake and Old Olive. The congratulations sentiment is from Impression Obsession and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: C.R.A.F.T. (Create Your Own Embellishment/Flower) and Simon Says (Knock On Wood).

Sympathy Card with Flowers

Good day! Last week my uncle's mother passed away, so I made this card to send. It's a little more colorful than I normally make for a sympathy card but I wanted to use a grouping of flowers with the iris. Copic markers were used to color the flowers and the coordinating die cuts used to cut them out. The iris is by Divinity Designs and the remainder of the flowers are from the retired Falling Flowers stamp set by Stampin' Up!. A little stamped butterfly was added and the sympathy sentiment and that's it. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges entered: Paperminutes (Sympathy/Grief) and The Crafter's Cafe (Flowers).

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Monkey Birthday Card - TMS #550

Hello and welcome back for the start of another sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch is designed by Patti and it's pretty open for your creative spin. I used the new Cheeky Monkey stamp by Your Next Stamp and colored it with Copic markers. The patterned paper and circle mini garland are both by Doodlebug Design. To finish it off I added several silver star stickers by Sticko and that's it. We would love for you to join us this week. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Don't forget to link your creation by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Monkey Birthday Card is entered into the anything goes challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs.


Sketch #550: