Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Gift Box

It is year's end and time for Anything Goes for Tuesday Morning Sketches. This challenge will run for 2 weeks so you will have plenty of time to enter.

I made a gift box.

The Kraft gift boxes  are from Stampin' Up! You get 10 boxes for $10.00. I think that is a pretty good deal. Less than some gift bags.

It has an acrylic window. I added some blue glitter paper inside the lid. Then a skating snowman, sentiment and die cut snowflake on the front to decorate the box. I made a coordinating tag and found some blue ribbon with snowflakes in my stash.  

The box is perfect size for a gift card or small jewelry. 

Here are a few more that I decorated

I hope you find a little time to yourself to do some crafting during this busy season. And upload them to Tuesday Morning Sketches. 

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Serene Sympathy

 I am trying to increase my stock of sympathy card. It is so nuch easier to have some ready than than to have to design one at the time it is needed. 

All of the elements are retired from SU! The set was called On The Horizon. The background paper and fence seem so serene. 

I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

"O" is for Owl

 The new Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is "Something beginning with O".

The owl is an upcycle from a freebie calendar. Die cut with circle and then scalloped circle. I did the sentiment on the computer. Easy QAS card


 Hey there, Happy Tuesday and welcome to Tuesday Morning Sketches  with this sketch

I admire the vintage style but have not been able to pull it off very well. For one, they usually have a lot of layers and I like to keep my cards fairly flat for mailing. I found this gorgeous vintage 6x6 paper pad at a nearby craft store. They  are by Dress My Craft. So most of the design is done for you. you just have to added some layers.

The butterflies are a 2 step stamp retired from SU. I added a little more color with a Stampin' Blend. Under the the butterflies is a strip of sparkly netting. The netting is a part of the package of hand made papers from Grable. I don't usually order things from a facebook ad but these are really nice papers. I think they were made in India and it took forever to get them but worth the wait.

Here you can kind of see that sparkly netting. It adds some of the texture you usually see on vintage cards.

The butterflies are attached with glue dots which were enough to also hold the netting in place. I left off a sentiment so I can use it for any occasion. 

Check out the design team cards at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I hope you find some inspiration and share your creation.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Gatefold Valentine

I used the Sketch Saturday design 

To make a gate fold card.

 I started with a red card base 4 1/4 x 11. I wanted an overlap so I scored at 3 1/8 from each end. I covered the front flap with 2 different red designer papers. The SU sentiment is stamped and fussy cut and attached only half on the red heart side. I die cut  red glitter and white glitter hearts to adorn the front flap. They kind of get lost in all that heart paper. The white sentiment card was a little too glaring so I added 3 die cut hearts, lining up with the v in the folded front. That put them a little off center for the inside.

Right flap with a better view of the glitter hearts which are popped up on dimensionals.

 Left side flap:


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Christmas Song

 A fun new challenge at Let's Craft and Create to be inspired by a song. This time of year, of course I thought of Christmas song.

You can find old hymnals at yard sales or old book stores. I like to use the hymnal pages as backgrounds.

This one appropriately is Away in a Manger. I had never heard it called Luther's Cradle Hymn

I used tie dye distress ink to give an antique look to the paper. The image is Stampabilities. I filled in the star with a gold metallic pen, then scattered some small punched stars around.

2 Hearts

 Continuing my theme of Valentine's Day using the Tuesday Morning Sketches

This is Mellisa's pretty sketch

These papers are retired SU! The back of the purple design has pastel hearts on it. I fussy cut 2 of them for the front. The sentiment is also SU! Hard to see in the picture, the hearts are attached with gold thread.

Check out the design team cards. We hope you upload your own creation. Have fun with our sketch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Snow Owls

 Cardz 4 Guyz new challenge is #310, Birds. I found a Snow Owl stamp that I haven't used for a while. It is unlabled so I can't give credit.  

I don't know but it looks like these guys have been partying a little too hardy. LOL!

They are colored with SU Blends. The sentiment stamp is Crackerbox Place raised up with foam tape. I added 3 sparkly punched snowflakes for accents.

I wanted a blue pattern for my background and found this one in  Stampin' Up!'s Tea Boutique suite. 

3 Hearts

 Tuesday rolling around again and a great sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Can you believe it is only 3 1/2 weeks until Christmas? Have you finished your holiday cards? I am going to make do with the ones I have already done. I make a lot of Valentine's cards. I am making several for a class for ladies at the church. We are going to make Valentines for out shut in members. Then I always make some for my kids and grandkids.  So I am gettting started on them.

The sketch is designed as a mini slimline card but feel free to alter the dimension. I made mine as an A2.

 I stayed pretty close to the sketch except for the circle. Did you know the LOVE sculpture was by Robert Indiana. I am from Indiana. His has a tilted "O" but I guess for copyright issues this die cut is straight. 

I used a Cuttlebug heart E/F for the background. Punched red glitter hearts and hung them with thin gold ribbon from the stash. The LOVE is a die cut from Marianne Creations. I mounted the white piece on a gold shiny mat and then on a red cardstock. IRL it is so shiny and sparkly, I am sorry that doesn't photo well.

Stay tuned next week I will be showing 2 hearts. You can find my 1 heart card here. Does this mean I am going to have to keep the progression going? LOL!

Come check out all the design team at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Then share your creation with us.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Koala in the Forest

 I just received this paper from Stampin' Up! called Ever Eden (now retired) The leafy pattern made me think of koalas hiding among the trees. But, I didn't want the koala to contrast too much like  it would if I put it on a white cardstock label. So using the SU Stamparatus and Evening Evergreen ink, I stamped the koala, from Wild & Sweet stamp set, directly to the DSP  repeatedly until it was dark enough. Because there are gold leaves in the background, I added a gold metallic strip to the edge. The sentiment is old one punched with an SU label punch. I love the subtle look of this card. and am sure I will be trying this again. Sometimes an experiment turns out just right.

I used the sketch inspiration at Freshly Made Sketches

Also as this is all new stuff, I will link up at NBUS

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Fun Birthday

 Wow, is it Tuesday again? Here is the new sketch for this week from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I hope you have fun with it and will share your creation.

I made a really fun birthday card. At my age we have to laugh and make fun of our birthdays.

The cow (isn't she just adorable?) is a digital from Bugaboo. The "Holy Cow" sentiment is in the same set. I did "Another Birthday?" on the computer. For the bottom elements, I used a strip of gold ribbon and red plaid ribbon. I guess I will have to say the third strlip is the sentiment. To balance the red, I added 3 red sequins. The background is a stencil that I have had forever and don't know who makes it.

Inside, I did a computer sentiment and surrounded it with more cow spot stencil.

I know my "29" year old friend will love this one.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Happy V Day

 Made from scraps and a left over vellum sheet. 

The die cut heart and sentiment are from SU!.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches rotated to portrait.

1 Heart

 I love making Valentine's I remember my Mom gathering all the paper supplies and helping me make Valentine's for my school classmates. Now, I usually only make Valentine's for my grandkids but this year I have picked up a sales outlet in the local hospital gift shop. As well, I am helping a group of ladies at my church make Valentines for our shut ins. So that means lots of cards. The last 3 days, I have made Valentine's: 3 hearts (coming later), 2 hearts(coming later), and today 1 heart. Using the sketch #714 from Sketch Saturday

I've used paper's retired from SU!. These 2 papers are the reverse of the same sheet. The heart is a SU! die cut as well as the sentiment. The lacy piece under the heart is also SU!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Thinking of You

Today for Tuesday Morning Sketches I used some Handpenned Paper from SU! I love the watercolor look of it. Just a pretty pattern and color for comfort cards.

This is a quick and easy sketch so I actually made 2 cards.

The sentiment is from SU, die cut, with a clear gem added for accent.
Here is Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch

I hope you will check out all the design team cards and add your own creation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

First Valentine

 I know, it is early to start on Valentine's. I am trying to come up with a design for a class I am doing for a women's group at church. They want a demonstration of card making and want to make Valentine's for our nursing home people. I saw this sketch at Let's Craft and Create. I think it will be easy enough for them to put together. This one looks appropriate for a man. Maybe some pinks, vellum, and feminine paper for the ladies.

Sorry for the tech issues. I go back to the blog and the sketch has disappeared.

This check paper is Gingham Cottage by Stampin" Up!. There is a narrow strip of metallic gold in the background. The sentiment is an old one by SU! Punched hearts for accents and to fill up some of the blank space. Then I sponged around the edge so it would show up on the white background.

Sparkly Snowflakes

 I hope you have had a crafty weekend. Welcome to Tuesday and another fun sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I used snowflakes in blue glitter paper for the stars in the sketch. The background has snowflakes embossed on it. Two strips of shiny silver paper border the white strip. The sentiment is from an old retired SU stamp set. I offset the snowflakes to showcase the embossed background.

Go on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and check out the design team inspiration and then enter your own creation.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Fall Colors

I love the colors of fall. all the warm yellows, oranges, and reds. My card today reflects all of those shades. Although here, all those beautiful leaves have fallen and are now just a dull brown all over the yard and deck. Fortunately my husband made quick work of them with his leaf blower--you know men love playing with their toys too.

I took a scrap of watercolor paper and sprinkled on Brushos and spritzed with water. When that was dry, I used a Serendipity Stamps to stamp leaves with Versamark ink  and embossed it with gold embossing powder. That is backed with brown cardstock. The gold stripe vellum is also a leftover from SU. The background paper is really an orange that for some reason looks gold here.  I found it at a yard sale and it did not have a label. The orange sparkly ribbon was also in my stash.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!, stamped and fussy cut.

Playing with 3 challenges

The Paper Players

Make The Cards Challenge

The Card Concept I was inspired by the colors for my layered card. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Sweet Baby

 Who doesn't like making baby cards? They are so fun and can be so cute. I used a NBUS stamp from Whimsey Stamps called Peeking Giraffes. You can find it here Whimsey Stamps has the cutest images and sentiments too.

I found this pink paper in my stash. I thought it would be a fun print with that cute giraffe. I die cut a square window and have the giraffe peeing through. Looks like she is looking for that sweet baby. I colored the giraffe with SU Blends. Of course, she needed a pink bow in her hair. The sentiments are old ones without labels. I stamped them on scraps of white and fussy cut them.

Entering this in Shopping Our Stash challenge #482--I only have EYES for you.

NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff). The giraffe stamp is new.