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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge!

My week again on the Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge Team.  And this week we have a fun inspiration photo for you to play along with.  I personally love inspiration photos because it can be whatever you want it to be.  You can use the feel, the colors, the layout, anything that YOU feel when looking at the photo!  Here is this week's photo.....


I chose the bright fun summery colors to inspire my card.....

I actually made this card in a muted colors too......


 Which one do you like better?  Are you a brights type of person or a cool calm colors type?

I think I am actually both--if that is possible.  The one makes me feel calm and cozy and the other makes me feel happy and full of energy.  Weird how colors can change the entire feel of something. 

Hope you choose to play along with us this week--check out the rest of the teams samples HERE.

Stamps:   Blooming with Kindness
Paper: Melon Mambo Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango
or:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding.
Ink: Melon Mambo or Early Espresso
Other: Butterfly thinlit, rhinestones, corner rounder markers

Happy Tuesday!
Mary Jo



Monday, May 18, 2015

1st and 3rd Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 363

This sketch is a really back to basic one--which leaves room for you own special touches--love that!  So welcome to the new 1st and 3rd Monday challenge.  For those of you who may be new to my sketch challenge I just recently stopped posted every week and changed it to the 1st and 3rd Mondays.  I hope that you will play along with us.  Here is our new sketch--you have until May31st to participate--lots of time--you can even play along more than once with all that time!


Here is the new sketch.....


 

And my back to basic sample.....

Stamps: Sheltering Tree and Round Array
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White and Flower Pot
Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Garden Green
Other: burlap, scallop circle and regular circle dies, scallop circle and regular circle punches

Now let me share with you what the rest of the team created with this sketch....


Sue Root

Jonia Smith

Robbie

What a great variety of  designs!  They are really the BEST team out there--I bet you already knew that though!  Be sure to take a moment to visit their blogs and read all the detail--oh and maybe even leave a little love in the form of a comment--by clicking on their names under each design.

Remember you have extra time to play along with this sketch--
all samples are due by 5/31/

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have until May 3rd at midnight 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
 

Top Three for Sketch 362!

Another great challenge comes to a close and I have my top three picks to share with you today!  Immediately following this post will be the new sketch challenge so don't go too far.

Thanks so much to everyone who played along with sketch #362--great samples!  My top three picks are below in no particular order..



 


Thanks ladies for playing along. 
Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! You can find the code on my sidebar. I hope you find time to play along with the new sketch too. Thanks again!  I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

This tulip set is one of the easiest to work with, I love the sweet cards you can make with it.  The sentiment is pretty cool and I am using it for my Mother's Day card this year because my mom is the kindest person I know!  I am so blessed to still have her in my life--she is my best friend.  Happy Mother's day to all of you who are moms.  I think it is the most important roll we play in this life! 


Stamps: Love is Kindness
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Painted Blooms DP
Ink: Black
Other: ribbon and happy hearts embossing folder

Enjoy your day!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday.

My week again.  I am still working with the Stacked with Love paper pack and creating Mother's day cards.  This sketch had me a bit confused at the beginning but it worked out in the end.  I used a heart doily that I have had for a few years!  And some older non-SU stamps.  Here is my card.....

Stamps:  And Many More, and a stamp from the old SUInk stamp line.
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Stacked with Love
Ink: Memento Black
Other: heart doily, heart framelit, rhinestones

Here is the sketch for you to try....

Check out the rest of the team samples and add your own HERE.

Thanks for checking in today--have a great day.
Mary Jo

Monday, May 4, 2015

1st and 3rd Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 362 (TSSC362)

Don't know where the time is going but this is one time that I am not really complaining--it is May already--but that brings nicer weather and I love to be outside when the sun is out.  It is amazing how the sunshine can make me so happy.  Love it!

So welcome to the new 1st and 3rd Monday challenge.  For those of you who may be new to my sketch challenge I just recently stopped posted every week and changed it to the 1st and 3rd Mondays.  I hope that you will play along with us.  Here is our new sketch--you have until May 17th to participate--lots of time--you can even play along more than once with all that time!

Since the weather is nice I am way behind on inside things--which counts my crafting! So I am working on some Mother's day cards.  Thought this would be a fun sketch to work with for that.  I wanted a sort of fun/whimsy card so I searched though my papers and realized that little hearts and X's and O's could make a fun Mother's day card--after all I do love my mom!  So that is where I started and the rest just fell into place.

I have to say I love that cute "best mother ever" sentiment from And Many More.  So sweet!  I didn't even notice it before today??!  Weird how that can happen.

Stamps: Painted Petals, And Many More--non-SU sentiment no longer available
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Stacked with Love pack
Ink: Real Red, Memento Black, Old Olive
Other: rhinestones colored black, dimensionals

Here are some more samples from the Design Team....
please click the link below the images to be taken to their blogs and leave them a little love
they are amazing and I love their creativity!




Remember you have two weeks to play along with this sketch--
all samples are due by 5/17.

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have until May 3rd at midnight 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

Top Three for Sketch 361.

So it seems that many of you enjoy having the extra time to work on the challenges.  What do you think?  It the first and third Monday a good choice or is every week better?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Here are my top three picks for this sketch, as always they are in no particular order.....







Thanks ladies for playing along. 
Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! You can find the code on my sidebar. I hope you find time to play along with the new sketch too. Thanks again!  I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

My week to post for the design team of Try Stamping - or not- on Tuesday challenge blog.  At first look at the sketch I was like oh my, what the heck am I going to do with that.  But after a  bit of thought this idea came to me and I think it is just adorable--especially since that in a Valentine set and I love the use sets for cards they are not originally designed for.  Be a great young boy card. 


Stamps: Hey Valentine, Cupcake Party, And Many More and Just Saying
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Back to Black DP, scrap dp
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Other: word bubble framelits, markers
Here is the sketch for you to consider playing along with us. 
Click here to add you sample or just see the rest of the teams samples and be inspired.
I just wanted to mention the name change before I go.  We are now "Try Stampin' - or Not - on Tuesday.  Too many of you thought that you have to stamp in order to enter a card.  That is not the case.  ALL FORMS of crafting are encouraged. So come on and play along.

Mary Jo

Monday, April 20, 2015

1st and 3rd Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 361 (TSSC361)

Welcome back-it seems weird to be posting twice a month instead of every week--but I am still convinced it is a better idea.  So with the new posting schedule you have a minimum of two full weeks to play along with the challenges!  So no excuses about not having enough time to schedule the post!  The sketches are now being posted on the 1st and 3rd Mondays.  So here is the 3rd Monday's post--sketch 361.....

I kept my card really simple this week--it is for a young little boy who is very special to me and he LOVES anything to do with fish and aquatic animals.  So I think he will love this with all those fish in the background.  Sometimes simple is hard to do -- even with all those fish on there it felt like it needed something?!


Stamps: Sea Street
Paper: Maritime DSP, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Marker, word window punch, googly eyes

I know it is a weird color combo but.......

How about checking out the rest of the teams amazing samples with this sketch....



Robbie


Mary Brown

Nicole Tugrul




I love these ladies, they always ROCK the sketch.  You can view all the details for their cards by clicking the links below each sample. 

Remember you have two weeks to play along with this sketch--
all samples are due by 5/3.

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have until May 3rd at midnight 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






Top Three for sketch 360!

Well the first bi-weekly challenges is in the books.  The new challenge is about to be posted but first I have to pick my top three for sketch number 360.  So here they are in no particular order.  Please take a moment to visit the creator's blogs by clicking on the links below the samples.


 

 

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
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday.

It is that time again, my week to post my design team sample for the Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge.  This week's sketch was a super easy one and I made it even easier by using a piece of beautiful designer paper as my focal point.

Couldn't be much easier than this--I added some embossed butterflies and the diecut word Thanks.  Such a beautiful card, I love it.  Here is the sketch for the week...


And the details for my card....

Stamps: none
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight and Painted Blooms DP
Ink: none
Other: ribbon, Hello You Thinlits, Butterfly embosslit

Hope you have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Mary Jo

Monday, April 6, 2015

1st and 3rd Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 360 (TSSC360)

Welcome to a the brand new 1st and 3rd Monday Technostamper Sketch Challenge-due to lower participation every other week I have decided to only post new sketches on the 1st and 3rd Mondays. That means you will get a full two weeks (sometimes even more) to play along. I decided to do the 1st and 3rd so that it is always consistent and you know when to look for the new sketch and when you have to have your design in by! I hope this allows for more people to play along with each sketch!  So let's begin with the new sketch....

 

A great sketch with so many possibilities.  I chose to use the stamp set Sheltering Tree for a simple thank you card that can be used for any gender.  I just love this set--I do have a tutorial created for it, but need to get it typed.  Hopefully in the next few days.  But anyway back to this card....


Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Crazy About You
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
Ink: Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss
Other: marker, Hello You Thinlits

And now for the rest of the teams samples....











Sue Root
How fun are those?!
Remember you have two weeks to play along with this sketch--all samples are due by 4/19.

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have until April 19th at midnight 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

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