Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Non-traditional Colors

 For this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches I have done a Christmas card in non traditional colors. I used lime green with pink.

The pink paper has silver snowflakes and I backed that with silver metallic. For my scalloped portion, I used 3 vellum die cut snowflakes. For the circle element, I used a double layer of die cut snowflakes, silver in the background and then a vellum one on top. The sentiment is from SU, stamped and embossed with silver. Love all the shimmer and shine.

Here is the sketch

I hope you like this one will play along with us. Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bright Stars

 My card for the current challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz which is  stars

Stars are a great choice for masculine Christmas cards. You can have all the glimmer without being too fussy.

I recently purchased Brushed Gold cards and envelopes from Stampin' Up! They come with that gold along the edge on front and back of the card. To get twice the cards, I cut this one in two and used half on the front of a navy card base, leaving the other half for another card. The gold square is 3 1/4". The blue paper is 3" square. That blue paper had white stars so I colored each one with a gold gel pen, looks so much better with the gold on the card. The star is a giant sticker I found in my Christmas stash. The sentiment is SU! stamped in red and fussy cut.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Beautiful Poinsettia


I took a piece of vellum paper, scribbled on the back with shades of pink and sprayed with alcohol.  When that was dry, I turned the vellum over and stamped the poinsettias in Versamark and embossed with gold and die cut the 3 layers.

The poinsettia and dies are from Stampin' Up! I die cut the large flower in green vellum and cut it apart for leaves. The gold die cuts are also in the die set. Along the left edge is a strip of pink sparkly vellum paper.

The card base is a pre-embossed gold from Stampin' Up!. The sentiment is an old one also embossed in gold. 

Linking up to Let's Craft and Create. The challenge there is anything goes with a twist of using paper strips instead of ribbon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

First Stamp

 Challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday is a fun sketch as well an inspiration to  use an old stamp.

I did both.

This cute little snowman is the very first stamp I bought--about 15 years ago. It was to make my own Christmas cards the year I retired. I had already been doing scrapbooking so card making seemed the next step.  I don't have a copy of that first card but I can say my designs and techniques have come a long way.--as well as my collection of supplies, papers, stamps, etc.

The stamp is Ink-a-Dink-a-Doo. The papers are a variety of snow patterns from my Christmas scraps. The background is a wintery pine needles scene where I used a clear star gel pen t0n o make them sparkle.


 It is the middle of September. Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Tuesday Morning Sketches has a great new sketch for you to try and it's a great one to use some of those scraps.

You buy 6x6 paper pads, trim them down to 5 1/4" x 4" card fronts. What do you do with all those 2" strips left over? They were perfect for this design. I picked 3 that looked good together and cut 2" squares and backed them with coordinating colors. To counter balance the harshness of squares corners, I used a die cut circle for the sentiment. Also coordinating with the squares, an argyle Cuttlebug E/F was used on the white background. One small red sequin adds some bling.

Pull out some of your scraps and create a card this week to share at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, September 12, 2023


 Whoosh. There goes another week. It is almost the middle of September. I have started Christmas cards but needed to take a break to do some special Thank You cards. 

It being Tuesday. a new sketch is on Tuesday Morning Sketches, I decided to use that for one of my Thank You cards.

The DSP is an old retired piece from Stampin" Up!. I picked up 2 of the colors in the design to use for the accent strips. The sentiment is also SU! and then 3 gems instead of flowers.

I hope you find time to create with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Witchie, Witchie

 Well, we've rolled around to Tuesday again so time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I really like this one and am sure I will be coming back to it often. I actually made 2 cards to share today.

The first is for Halloween. I recently purchased the Bewitching stamp set from Stampin' UP!s clearance rack. I have been admiring the witch hats and shoes for a while and now that it went on sale I just had to have it.

The lemon-lime twist paper (SU!) is embossed with Cuttlebug E/F with big dots. It reminds me of the dots on the witch hat which I now realize maybe I should have colored them green instead of purple. The purple scrap is embossed with SU!'s spider web E/F . I stamped the shoes on a white scrap, colored the socks and buckles and mounted that on black. I would normally have done a little shading under the shoes to ground the image  but decided I want it to look like the witch is taking off so I made some clouds with a stencil. Then I stamped the hat on white and fussy cut it and attached above the shoes. 

I left off a sentiment because I couldn't decide where to place it and well, it obviously is halloween.

Inside is a  computer made sentiment with a stamped spider.

My  two-fer with papers from my scrap mountain.

I hope you will find some time this week to play with out sketch, check out the design team cards, and share your creation with us.

Since the stamp set is new, I am linking up to My NBUS