Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Ties for Dad

 Welcome to Tuesday and sketch #658 for Tuesday Morning Sketches . So many options here. Remember the flowers are just suggestions. You may use any object, any shape. Check out  all the design team entries for more inspiration. I am looking forward to see what you create.   


 I bet most of us have done the gift of a tie to Dad for Father's Day. My father is no longer living so I will send this one to Send A Smile 4 Kids for some little kid can choose this one for his/her Dad. I chose to use ties for my 2 objects.

The background paper with the gray splotches already done is SU. How easy is that! The sentiment is from the out of business Angel Company. I've had the ties for a long time and have lost the label but I think the ties and die may be SU. I added some silver metallic embellishments. They repeat the gray splotches in the paper and also make me think of tie tacks.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wild Things

 What is black and white and red all over? An embarrassed zebra.😂😂😂😂 I know, I know--is that what we call a Dad joke? Well, my card is for Cardz 4 Guyz new challenge "Wildlife."

I used a couple of SU retired stamps: Zany Zebras and Diagonal Stripes.  Stamped the sentiment in red and sponged red around the circles.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

The stripes stamp is NBUS

I will send this card to Send A Smile 4 Kidz for their Dads/Special Guys challenge. I think a kid would have fun picking this card for his Dad.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Winnie the Pooh

I have a fun card to share today for Tuesday Morning Sketches weekly challenge.

Is there anything cuter than Winnie the Pooh? I remember reading all the stories to my kids. I loved them as much or more than the kids. Winnie teaches so many great life lessons. I even enjoyed the Winnie the Pooh movie a few years ago.

This is  NBUS from Unity Stamp Co. colored with SU blend pens. I used a Fiskar punch for clouds. Sentiment is an old unlabled one. The Happy and Birthday clouds are popped up with foam tape.

This is the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I used the clouds for the circle elements. This is a great sketch for an A2 or a slimline card.

I hope you will join us to check out the designer's blogs and then enter your own creation,

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hi There!

 Today is a sexy card that will have you laughing. It is a digital from Stamp On It. 

The papers are all from the scrap box. I colored the frog with SU blend pens and them fussy cut it. The sentiment is unlabeled. It is finished off with 3 hot pink sequins to repeat the hot pink metallic strip.

The layout is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Pocket Card

 Welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketches. This week we have a great sketch for a fun fold or pocket card. 

I chose to make a pocket card. A fun one for a little girl. Don't they all love rainbows and unicorns?

I used Highland Heather card base and accented with a bright pink metallic paper (looks purple but really is neon pinke and a rainbow print from Recollections. The unicorn lost his label. He is colored with a rainbow of Stampin' Up! blends. Hello is an old SU one.

The inside card sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps. I tied it up with a rainbow of ribbons.

The children's hospitals are accepting cards again so I will add this to my collection for Send a Smile 4 Kids

 I hope you will check out all the design team entries at Tuesday Morning Sketches and play along with a card of your own.

Monday, May 9, 2022


 I don't usually do vintage cards but love the look of it. I think there is a fine line between not enough and too much piled on.

For Mother's Day, my daughter sent me a succulent plant that had burlap and ribbon around it. When I repotted the plant, I looked at the ribbon and thought Ah, vintage card. Do you often find inspiration that way?

Additional inspiration for this card is from Splitcoast Stampers via Pinterest.

I used a Fiskar edge punch on the Kraft base. The vanilla square has some grunge stamped designs. I think it kind of repeats the burlap and lace design.  The sentiment is from SU and punched with an oval punch. The button is a Martha Stewart Punch, tied with linen thread.

The design is the sketch from Make the Cards Challenge

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

D is for Dog

 Cardz 4 Guyz challenge #295 is "D is for..." 

I chose "dog" and "day in the park"

The background is one of the gorgeous selections from SU's New Horizons pack. I enhanced it by stamping trees and birds from the On The Horizon set. Then die cute the fence from some wood patterned paper. The dog is from Great Impressions, stamped, colored and fussy cut. Doesn't he just look like he is sitting there inviting you to come play?


Good Morning. Tuesday again? And April is over? That is 4 months already gone this year. It seems time just flies by. 

At Tuesday Morning Sketches this week we are playing with this fun sketch.

I find it hard to believe my oldest granddaughter is 18 already and graduating from high school this month.  How can she be that old when I haven't aged a bit? HaHaHa!

I like to personalize grad cards in the school's colors. Her school colors are blue and gold. Here is the card I made for her. 

I wanted to use the unbranded grad cap E/F for the background so had to change the orientation of my card to portrait. The stars are all dies from SU. The sentiment is an old one from my collection. I added a grad cap sticker to one of the star points.

While I had all of the supplies out, I made another card for one of the local high school grads. Several local schools consolidated in 1976 which was the bicentennial year so they selected the colors of  red/white/blue and team name of Stars. 

Please click over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to check out all the design team creations and play along. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Ink Blend

Pattern papers are pretty just as printed but sometimes you want just a different color on them. When Make The Cards Challenge wanted ink blended backgrounds I decided to alter the original PP. I used a piece with white background and navy flowers from SU's Boho Indigo papers.

I used a pink, yellow, and green on make up brushes to blend all over the patterned design. The SU die cut is from some scrap paper in yellow and ink blended to mute it a bit. I added Nuvo drops to the body. The sentiment is an old unlabled one I have had forever. I "planted" my flowers on a Granny Apple Green card base.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Butterfly among the Ferns

 Wow, Tuesday rolls around so fast. Happy Tuesday to you. And another sketch form Tuesday Morning Sketches This one by Debbie. Click on over there to check out all the design team cards and add your entry.

Here is the sketch:

I made my card in landscape. 

The pretty fern paper is SU's Artfully Composed DSP. I picked up the Pale Papaya colored dots for the solid strip and also the butterfly. The butterfly is a retired SU die. It seemed a little plain so I splattered some dark green dots over it and then did the body with Nuvo drops. My circle component is die cut from vellum. The sentiment is an old unlabled one. 

I did a message on the computer for inside. To add some extra interest, I added a die cut fern that I found in my stash. And oops! I forgot to take a picture of the inside and have already taken the card to the co-op where I sell cards.

Also entering this one at Let's Craft and Create challenge #182- Beautiful Butterflies

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Golfing for Dad

 Do you watch any of the pro golf matches on TV? My husband has it on occasionally. Those men wear some really colorful outfits. So when I went searching through my paper stash for something for a Father's day card, I found this argyle pattern that reminds me of those outfits.

I found a golf bag picture on Google clipart, printed it out and made it a tag. Then I die cute 2 other tags in coordinating colors. The sentiment is an old SU one. A parade of golf balls at the bottom finishes off the golf theme. You can make golf balls by punching out small circles, run them through the small dots E/F from Cuttlebug and use the debossed side. It looks like the little dimples in golf balls.

Cardz 4 Guyz #294, Tag your It.

Just Us Girls photo inspiration. I used all those bright colors.

Freshly Made Sketches using a portrait mode instead of landscape.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Ferns for Mom

Happy Tuesday Greetings! It is time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches . I hope you will play along with this sketch by Melissa. The shapes are there for suggestions. You may use any shapes.

Here is my interpretation.

I am sure all mothers at some time have received a beautiful hanging fern for a Mother's Day gift. This paper from SU's Artfully Composed DSP reminds me of the hanging plants. The sentiment is an Impression Obsession die. Instead of the circle, I used a die cut fern from a retired SU set. To make the words fit, I ended up with more space at the bottom so I added the 3 elements of silver sequins there.

I look forward to seeing your creations and hope you will join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also entering at Send a Smile 4 Kids Cards 4 Moms/Special Ladies

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Multiple Tags

 Tuesday again and time for another sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I have used one of the beautiful tulip print papers from the Flowering Fields DSP from SU.

The tags are 2" strips punched with SU Tag Topper Punch. The darker tag is from the reverse side of the purple tulip paper. The lower tag is Highland Heather with a floral embossing from a Sizzix folder. The sentiment on the white tag is from SU. The tulip stamp on the white tag is from the Layering Hugs die set from SU. I added a strip of heather ribbon and 3 gems. 

Go on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to check out the beautiful creations of the other designers.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Travels for Dad


I know, it is a little early for Father's Day cards but when the inspiration strikes, you have to go with it.

The papers and sentiment are all from Stampin' Up!, some current, some retired. I stamped a Tim Holtz globe onto the vellum map paper with Balmy Blue ink, and backed this portion with white card stock because it did not show well against the blue marble background. The blue background reminds me of clouds in the sky perfect for a fun day of travel.

The design is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Cute Bunny

 I am so excited to have been selected for the design team at Tuesday Morning Sketches

I have been playing with their sketches for several years. Debbie's sketch and card are great examples of the inspiration they provide. Starting with a sketch is a great jumping off point to create a card.\

Here is Debbie's sketch for challenge #651

This cute little bunny is from the out of business Angel Company. I colored the balloons with Stampin' Up! blends and then coated them with Wink of Stella to make them shine. I used some colored pencils to shade the bunny. The sentiment is SU. The ribbon is from my stash. To balance things up, I added some pastel gems in the bottom corner.

I am entering my CAS card at  The Card Concept challenge #172 (Easter Blessings)

I am usually do more of a layered card but since this one is Clean and Simple and has an animal, I am entering it at Addicted to CAS

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Star Wars

This month's theme at Send A Smile 4 Kids is Cards 4 Boys.  I found some Star Wars themed paper in my stash. I think the boys will love it. I am amazed at how long Star Wars has been popular. My son some 40 years ago had a lot of Star Wars characters. When he grew up and left home, I cleaned them out and gave them away. Then years later, when my grandsons came along, suddenly all those characters were popular again--and more valuable.

I'm sorry I can't remember who made the papers. The Yoda image is from Google clip art. I added 3 punched gold glitter stars to balance out the black strip. Star Wars should have stars, right? I left off the sentiment so it can be used for any occasion. 

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Golf Season

 Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is  #292 Equinox Seasonal Change - Spring. I normally think of flowers for spring cards but they are usually too feminine. So what is spring for guys? Getting back on the golf course.

I actually made this last year and did not use it. The patterned paper is a scrap from SU. The golf bag is google clip art. The sentiment is Die-namics. I used the debossed side of a polka dot EF and punched out small circles for golf balls.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Pretty Daffodils

A second blog post today. I have been waiting for a plumber to arrive and now waiting for them to finish the job. So, I have had time to make 2 cards.

 This is another card using the Daffodil Afternoon DSP from SU. 

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches

More Daffodil Afternoon.

 Still playing with Stampin' Up!'s Daffodil Afternoon DSP free from this years Sale-A-Bration. I am enjoying all the daffodils popping out around my neighborhood. But, I don't have any daffodils because the squirrels and rabbits always eat them. I guess they feast in my yard and leave the neighbors alone. So I am getting my daffodil fix with paper.

Colors include Mossy Meadow, Pale Papaya, and Mint Macaron. 

I used this sketch from Make the Cards Challenge

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Floral Birthday

The spring flowers and trees are all starting to bloom in my part of the world. Bad for the environmental allergies (sniff, sniff) do love all the pretty colors.

Today I am sharing a floral birthday card. I'm pretty sure all women would like to get flowers for their birthday, whether real or paper.

 The papers are from SU's Daffodil Morning.The sentiment is a retired one from SU. I added a couple of sequins as daisy centers. Then every flower garden needs a butterfly. The butterfly is an SU punch. I added black NuVo drops to the center. Inside I did a computer sentiment. A few days ago, I read on a blog"you can never have too many butterflies" so I added 3 more punched butterflies as accents inside.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also posting with The Paper Players