Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #263

Hello!  It's Tuesday and this week's sketch was created by Debbie.  It was a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit.  But overall, it was a fun one to play with.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Sami Stamps.  Yay!  I am using her current freebie, Poppies Bunch.  I love poppies, almost as much a sunflowers.  And yes, Virginia, you can watercolor with digis!

I had to continue to my challenge with watercoloring because I am thrilled to share that I can successfully watercolor with digital stamps.  It's not as visually striking as it was in my head, but I told you last week, I'm still learning and I had to keep it fairly simple since I waited to the last minute to get my card done.  And then I see that Kris and I thought a lot alike on this card.  I swear I didn't copy her... if I had, it might've come out as good hers.

At any rate, I printed the image on piece of Strathmore watercolor paper.  I cut to 4x6 and then adjust my printer to make it think it's printing a photo.  Then I heat set it with my heat gun.  It didn't smear, bleed or fade.  I painted the blossoms with a blend of Barn Door and Spiced Marmalade (Distress Inks) and the stems with Peeled Paint (my favorite!).  I think the colors paired perfectly with the Mediterranean matstack.  My card is 4 1/4 square card.

Thanks for looking!  Have a great Tuesday and we'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #262

Good Morning!  It's time for another fun sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's also Judged Challenge week which mean there's an added twist.  The twist is Watercolor!

I've really been getting into watching watercolor videos on You Tube.  My favorite it Jennifer McGuire and I'm really enjoying the videos that the owner of W Plus 9 is doing, too.  Kristina Werner is good, too.  I bought a set a Gelatos awhile back with a 40% off coupon.  And I scored big when Blitsy had a great sale on Distress Inks - next I want the markers.  So anyway, I've been dabbling and playing and thought it would be a great twist.  I'm not good at this, but I do love it.  It's fun.

This week's sponsor is Creative Classes Online (used to be My Creative Classroom).  Maybe they'll have a watercolor class.

My card features Distress Inks colors Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint and a touch of Milled Lavendar.  The stamps are from Sweet n Sassy Stamps (flowers) and some old greetings by Stampin' Up!.  I embossed onto vellum.  I think my card feels serene.

I do hope you'll join us this week.  See you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #261

Hello friends.  I do hope you're doing well.  I had an interesting commute home yesterday.  I was on the 417 Toll Expressway and got a flat tire. It looks like someone actually stabbed my tire!  I'm sure that's not really what happened, but that's what it looked like.  I am so tired of car issues - they're all happening at once.  I went in one day to get an oil change and came out with the oil change, new wiper blades and new rear brakes.  I'm not arguing, all were needed.  Then the calipers were locking up.  So I had those replaced.  Then the air conditioning died and that'll be about $1000 to fix.  And then the headlight went out - thankfully that was $20 light bulb change.  And now my tire.  I knew I was going to need new tires anyway, but I was really hoping for another 6 months out of them.  Oh well....  The bright side is, it's still a great car and it's paid for.  This is all maintenance and let's face it, the car is 12 years old.

Anyway, let's talk about fun stuff.  This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a CAS one... or a jumping off point for something really decorated.  It depends on your perception.  I chose to go nearly literal with the sketch and kept it pretty easy.

Honestly, I wasn't going for Valentine's Day (bleeecch), but that's sort of how it ended up looking.  I love this red though.  I used Roasted Red Pepper card stock from Raisin Boat (my favorite), a bit of paper from the Love matstack.  The heart is a retired stamp from a set by MFT Stamps and I made the butterfly using a Prima mulberry flower.  The stamp was stamped using Schoolhouse Red by Simon Says Stamp.  I'm not sure I'm impressed with their reds.  I bought two, Schoolhouse Red and Lipstick Red.  Stamped side by side, they look exactly the same.  And they stained by stamps, permanently.  Which I guess is OK, but....

Head on over to the TMS blog and join us for this week's challenge.  I hear that CASual Fridays challenge is on hiatus... this will help you with your CAS fix.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cloud 9 with Silhouette Sunday

Hello Everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  I have a really cute idea to share with you today - this is great for teachers gifts and since some of us are gearing up for another school year, it's a good time to think of these things.  My kids start school on the 11th.

This post-it note holder features an adorable cut file by Designs on Cloud 9, Little Love Bug....

So this is your basic easel card and your post-it note pad is what keeps the top portion up.  I printed out some cute digi paper that I've had forever.  Add a string of sequins for a simple anchoring embellishment.  This svg cut file does come with a sentiment, which would look great, but I decided to keep this pretty simple.

This was the very first cut file I purchased by Designs on Cloud 9 and I'm finally getting around to using it.  I think this turned out really cute and now it sits on my desk at work.  OK - I'm off to make another project to share.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #260

Good Morning!  It's Tuesday!  Yay!  I really love the sketch that Jessi created for us this week.  I have an obsession with twine... hoarding it.  I never use it.  My sister gave me a gift certificate for Sweet n Sassy for my birthday on year to buy every color of twine they offered... and I did (just about).  I only use bits of it here and there.  It looks so pretty in my collection.

But here's the card I created using A Stamp of Friendship digi by our sponsor, Your Next Stamp.  The image itself has the stamp with the stamp edge, but I cut that part off and cut a stamp shape mat because I really wanted a metallic edge.  I embossed the mat with gold and then mounted the image to that.  I love how it turned out.

The image also has a button in the design, but I colored it and then adhered a button over top, using a bit of twine.  I hope you like it!

Now, come join us at TMS.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Designs on Cloud 9 - Feathers!

Hello - I was supposed to put this up on my own blog yesterday, oh well, I managed to get it posted to the DC9 blog and FB page.  But I have this really pretty card to share that I created using the Feathers cut file by Designs on Cloud 9.  I actually saw this card idea on Pintrest and had to CASE it.

I actually tried to link the inspiration card, but couldn't find it again on Pintrest.  However, my other supplies are burlap paper, ruffled muslin (Recollections), natural twine, buttons and this really cool wood plank paper.  It's so natural!

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #259

Good Morning TMS Friends!  I am so happy that Tuesday is here because I really love this week's sketch and I can't wait to show you the card I created with it.  This week's sponsor is DRS Designs - LOVE THEM!

I played with a stamp called Butterfly on Eggs, but this one happens to be the digital version.  I love digis, don't get me wrong, there's still nothing quite like the feeling of a stamp block in your hand, but digis give you a versatility that you just don't {necessarily} get with stamps.  I printed this butterfly but before I did, I flipped it.  The stamp will have the butterfly body facing the left rather than the right.  I knew that I wanted to create a shaker card and was going to incorporate the egg images but I just couldn't wrap my mind around it.  So this is what I came up with.

 I love the earth tones against the stark white elements. I also love the sepia tones of the butterfly.  Ta da - here's my shaker card.  I filled it with half back pearls, half back rhinestones and sequins.  I also picked up this jar of flowers on clearance at Michael's that had that cool hairpin in it.  I added the twine and glued it on.

Then shake it a bit to reveal it's message!  Cool right?  I love love love this!  Please head on over to the TMS blog and join us!