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Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 356 (TSSC356)

Wowzers, two crazy buys week's in a row around here.  I have been struggling to get anything done at home, I am not sure I have been home for too long on any given day.  I did begin a new workout weight loss challenge last week which has me committed to working out 5 times a week with personal trainers for six weeks.  I have one week down--I have lost 7 pounds and I am sore everywhere, lol.  But the goal is 20 pounds in 6 weeks, healthy eating for live and new work out habits!  Plus the added bonus of having my system cleansed of all bad stuff so I can see if any of my unhealthy eating habits are making my autoimmune disorders worse.   They say that some foods can trigger them so we will see--clean eating for 6 weeks ought to clean all that out!  Anyway the reason you stopped by was to see this week's sketch not hear about my weight, lol.  So here is this week's sketch......

And my sample.......

I just got this new stamp set and die combo and I am loving these fabulous words from the dies.  So fun and they looks great on cards.  Simple card but I like it!
Stamps: Crazy About You
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, DP, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: candy dots, rhinestones, Hello You thinlits

Now for the rest of the team's samples.....








Robbie


Sue Root 

These ladies are AMAZING!  I know that they must get lots of creative thoughts rushing around in your head so why not get going and stamp a sample to share with us?!
Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.


Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo

Top Three for Sketch 355!

Below are the top three picks from last week's challenge in no particular order--please take a moment to click on the links below the samples.  Those links will take you to the creator's blog and give you the opportunity to leave them a comment or see more details about the cards.




I love each of these--so creative and fun. 
Thanks ladies for playing along. 
Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 355 (TSSC355)

Happy Monday--and Happy Birthday to me!  Today is my 50th birthday and also day one of a fitness challenge that I am doing to lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks!  I am so excited to be doing this challenge as I actually gained all the weight back that I lost last time so it is just like starting over, except this time you have to work out 5 times a week with trainers and I am hoping to create new workout habits.  Here's to the next 50 years--God willing!

So anyway, back to the true reason for this post.  The new sketch challenge.  I have to say I thought this was a super easy sketch but I had a hard time.  Do you ever have those types of days when you just can't seem to make anything work.  A card like this would take me about 10 minutes normally but this one took forever and i don't even like it.  I can not for the life of me get this image to stamp cleanly-I have tried every trick I know--I think I may have gotten a bad one.  But I am sorry to say I will be sharing my card anyway--no time to play around anymore today.  So why not begin with the sketch....


And my sample---

Stamps: Balloon Bash
Paper: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, SAB DP
 Ink: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral
Other: scallop edge border punch

Now for the AMAZING design team's samples....





Sue Root

Looks like the team has their mojo going strong!  Love all the samples from them! I am excited to see what your sample will look like. Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.



Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo

Top three for sketch challenge 354!

Love this sketch and the samples that were shared.  Here are my top three picks in no particular order.  Take a moment to visit each creator's blog to see more of their work!  Click the link below each image.


 
 

Thank you so much for playing along this week!
Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 354 (TSSC354)

Boy oh boy is it cold out there!  We are at -9 degrees with a wind chill that is as low as -30 degrees.  In my humble opinion that is just CRAZY!  But at least it gives me a reason to stay in the house and stamp!  I hope you find a reason to stamp this week too, I have a simple sketch for you to try and I am sure you will love it.  Here is the sketch.....


And my sample--It is my first sample with the new Balloon Bash stamp set--I always struggle with using balloons on cards for some reason?? Not sure what the problem is but I never like them.  I like when everyone else uses them but not when I do.  Strange, but true!

 I love a black and white card and since those were the scraps that were sitting on my desk I went with them!  

Stamps: Balloon Bash
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Stacked with Love dp
Ink: Real Red and Black
Other: rhinestones and stars

Now for the design teams samples.  They are super cute and each one is so different this week--lots of fabulous ideas......

 Thanks ladies as always you rocked it!
  I am excited to see what your sample will look like. Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.


Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo

Top Three for Sketch 353.

Well, I guess I stumped you guys with last week's sketch--there were only two participants?!  So I can't very well pick a top three can I?  But I can show you the two that played along since they were really fun and deserve an extra shout out......



Thanks so much ladies your cards are fabulous and you deserve to be applauded! You can view more details about the individual cards by clicking on the links below.  
You are both welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Painted Petals on Tuesday

This really is one of my favorite sets right now--in case you can not tell from how many cards I have already made with it!  It really is an easy set to create nice simple cards with especially if you combine it with Painted Blooms DP.  Love the colors and the patterns in this paper. 


Stamps: Painted Petals
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White and painted Blooms DP
Ink: Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Black, Blackberry Bliss
Other: black marker for edging

Here is the sketch .....

Come on over to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Blog and play along.

By the way--did you get your Painted Petals Tutorial yet?

Six Beautiful Cards

full color photos of each card

step by step directions

each card and directions are on a separate page--great for classes

detailed supply list --cut list with all dimensions--tips

ALL FOR ONLY $2.50


Thanks for stopping by today--see you soon. Mary Jo

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 353 (TSSC353)

Hello and thanks for stopping by today. It is time for another sketch challenge and this week we have a bit of a different one for you.  Remember you have a full week to play along--so don't worry if you can't get to it today--print it out and do it when you have time over the week.  Just be sure to come on back and add you link to the linky tool below when you are done.  Here is this week's sketch......

And for my sample I used the cute Hey Valentine set that I bought to actually use for children's birthday cards after Valentines.  Cute images that will fit with different sentiments.  I struggled to get a good picture of this--think it is all the reds??  Or maybe my camera needs a good overhaul--too bad I don't really know much about the setting to know what is right and wrong but it has been off since my son used it for a photography class??  Oh well, at this point it is what it is--hopefully you can get the idea and still be inspired by it!



This little fox is really cute don't you think? It is difficult to see in this picture but there are small pearls on there too that are colored with my blendabilities.  It is much cuter and much less cluttered looking in real life.  
Stamps: Hey, Valentine, And Many More
Paper: Basic black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe and Stacked with Love dp
Ink: Black
Other: small heart punch, pearls, word window punch, scallop edge framelit, blendabilities

Now for the rest of the team's samples.....

Tanya


 Mary Brown

Nicole Tugrul




Robbie



Sue Root

Fabulous job ladies!  I am so thankful for you all.  I really think I have the most talented team around.
I am excited to see what your sample will look like. Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.


Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo



Top Three for sketch 352 (TSSC352)

So, participation has been down for the last few weeks again, but the samples this week are all fabulous.  Makes is so much harder to pick.  Below are the top three in no particular order--please take a moment to click on the links below the samples.  Those links will take you to the creator's blog and give you the opportunity to leave them a comment or see more details about the cards.

Masculine cards are hard for me to make but I love this one!!!  I'm entering it in TechnoStamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 352 here at http://technostamper.blogspot.com/ 

 

  

Thank you so much for playing along this week!
Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo
  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It is true, Love Is Kindness!

Another fun stamp set from the Occasions Catalog is the Love is Kindness set.  It is only one stamp but has so many possibilities.  I just love tulips too so that makes it even nicer for me!

Yellow and Red are also colors that make me feel happy so I decided to use those with these pretty Spring flowers to bring a bit of faux sunshine into my (and your) day!  Hope  you enjoy.  The layout is pretty simple and creates an simple yet elegant looking card.  Love when you can mail with one stamp!  Yea for that! 

Stamps: Love is Kindness
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White and Best Year Ever DP (SAB FREEBIE)
Ink: Black
Other: marker for edging, blendabilities for coloring

Did you get to check out my newest tutorial yet?  It is a fun one with six fabulous cards. 

Six Beautiful Cards

full color photos of each card

step by step directions

each card and directions are on a separate page--great for classes

detailed supply list --cut list with all dimensions--tips

ALL FOR ONLY $2.50

Thanks for stopping by today--see you soon. Mary Jo

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