Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Cherry Blossoms

Time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches 

You are not held to using an oval and circles. Change the orientation. Change the shapes to anything. I turned the sketch to landscape and used a not quite rectangle center. I don't know what to call that shape. Then instead of circles I used butterflies. 

It is just past cherry blossom season in D.C. It has been on my bucket list to go to D.C. when they are in bloom. Don't know if I will ever make it but I can at least do cherry blossoms on a card. 

The card base is Melon Mambo from SU. The cherry blossom stamp is an old wood block one from Rubber Stampede. I colored it with SU Stampin' Blends. The shape  die is from Pink and Main. I anchored it with a scrap of wood patterned paper. The butterflies are an SU punch with Black Nuvo drops for their bodies. The unlabeled sentiment was stamped and then cut apart to make the 2 tags. A little Melon Mambo shading around the edge helps them stand out.

Inside is a computer made sentiment and another cherry blossom branch and butterfly.

I would love to see how you interpret our sketch. I hope you find time to create and share on our blog.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tiles and Textures

 Wow, Tuesdays roll around quickly. Time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. This one is pretty easy. Open to a lot of interpretation. Have fun.

Pretty papers and textures can be all you need.

I've had this final piece of this SU! DSP laying out for awhile. Continuing the effort to use up scraps I decided it is time to use it. The e/f folder is also SU. It is a full 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I trimmed the paper down after embossing. I think it kind of matches the tile pattern in the DSP, The sentiment is an old one from my stash. Blue gems anchor the sentiment strip.

Join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches to check out the design team entries and to play along.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Best Dad

 Csrdz 4 Guyz challenge this week is CAS (clean and simple). 

i used a bamboo stamp, retired from Stampin" UP! for the background. The sentiment is from my home Hallmark program, typed on my computer with Herculanum font (Mac computer).   And that is it. Guess that makes it pretty clean and simple.

Inside another computer made sentiment and a bamboo stalk. 

This could also be a great birthday card for a Dad.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Our local high school colors are red white and blue. I usually make a few cards in that theme for graduates I know. The team name is stars. So I have combined them all in one card.

 I am using the newest sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and actually was very literal in my interpretation.

I found the red and white stripe paper in my stash. I decided it needed toning down a bit so I stamped a Time Holtz world map on it. The rest is pretty simple: a strip of blue, red and white tags, and 3 die cut gold stars. Tied all together with red yarn. Not quite sure where to put a sentiment. I may just add a grad cap sticker on the big star.

Check out the design team inspiration. Share your interpretation with use. Your are free to change the orientation, shapes, etc. just so we recognize the sketch.

Here is our sketch

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Playing in the Rain

 A fun card for Send A Smile 4 Kids

Card stock colors are SU's Sea Foam and Pool Party. The cloud E/F is Darice. I swiped a white ink pad over the clouds to highlight the edges. 

The pig, stamp, and sentiment are from SU's Playing in the Rain bundle. The large punched cloud was sponged with some Pool Party. 3 punched pink flowers grow at the bottom of the stump. Embellishments of 3 rain drop stickers are from my stash, no label.

The design is a sketch from Sketch Saturday

Entering challenges 

Can You Handle the Pressure--twist of weather

Cardz 4 Galz--cute animals

The Card Concept--April Showers in a clean and layered style.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024


A new Tuesday and time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to get back in the craft space and make a card using our sketch.

It will be fun to see your intrepretation.

I did a wavy, water scheme,

The image is a Google clip art. The wavy e/f and die cuts are from SU! This is for my son-in-law who has a birthday this month. He is a photographer and works as a media specialist for his church. I was inspired to use a camera by a blogger friend Cheryl at Paper Panacea. I used her sentiment also which she did on the computer. I also added more of the waves inside.

I hope to see your creations on our blog this week.

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this is a family photo my SIL took a couple of years ago. He has a iPhone app so he can set up the picture, come join the group and trigger the camera with his phone. It is fun to look back and see how much the little ones have grown.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024


 This weeks challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is to use kraft, navy, and red.

I often use Kraft as a card base for masculine cards. And a nautical theme.

The base of course is Kraft. Then a navy mat. I found the red and white strip in my scraps. The red and white kept screaming circus to me. Not what I wanted. So I used a Tim Holtz compass stamp and stamped it in several places over the stripes. Much better. Then 2 die cut tags tied with twine. I stamped an old unlabeled compass on the kraft one. The little sailboat is also an unlabeled one. It is fussy cut and attached to the tag corner. I left off the sentiment. I can always add one later when I decide to send it.

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 I am working on a set of cards to donate to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services for a silent auction. I've used the Perrenial Lavendar DSP by Stampin' UP! on all of 10 with each one a little different layout. On one of them I used the sketch from Try A Sketch on Tuesday

Crumb Cake card stock. The heather layer is embossed with a floral e/f from Cuttlebug.The sentiment is an old one from SU punched out with a label punch. Accents are a strip of lavendar ribbon and 3 gemstones. 

Inside is a stamped sentiment and an accent of a lavendar sprig from Tim Holtz dies.

Here is the sketch.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Blurry Vision

 Oh Wow! How can it be April already? 

It is the first Tuesday in April and is time for a new sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches Mellsa always brings us a fun one. 


I admit this one stumped me a bit. I looked through my scrap box for some inspiration. Finally decided on several patterns of b/w.

I die cut deckle edge circles from each pattern Then played around with them until I liked the arrangement. The sentiment is done on the computer and popped up on dimensionals. The glasses are an Impression Obsessions die. I used a red glitter pen to color around the red glassed to give them some sparkle.

Inside has the good news part of the message, also die cut with a deckle circle and backed with a polka dot paper.

I hope you accept our challenge and create something to share with us.

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