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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Happy Tuesday Everyone!!
I just had to share something weird that is going on with my blog before going on with my post and see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing? Each morning I like to look at my comments on my blog and then reciprocate a message for those who I may not have visited the day before. So this a.m. I clicked on my comments to view them. Although the comments said there were 70 comments, when I clicked into it my post none of the comments were visible. Then I went to a previous post and only a few of the comments showed up there. How frustrating! I apologize if you did stop by and visit me and I could not get to you. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing who was here and who was not.
Anywho...on to today's post....Since it is Tuesday, it is time for another Midnight Madness Sketch!!!
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Here is this weeks Sketch:

Once again, it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.

Here is my take on the sketch! I have two cards to share with you today since I created a card with both our monthly and weekly sponsors images today.

The first is a card I created using a Wags n Whiskers image available at Stamp and Create. Better is one of the stamps which is a product spotlight this it is on sale for 25% off!!! This week's product spotlight is called an Easter sale but the stamps include much more than just Easter stamps!!! Click here to view some of the awesome images on sale for 25% off.

My creation is made with the Easter Blessings stamp set from Wags n Whiskers (Stamp and Create). It is one of my fave images illustrated by Crissy Armstrong!!

For my creation, I used Basic Grey Sugared Dp and I water colored my image with distress inks. The gorgeous beaded fringe lace, daisy spacers, and basic grey green pearls are also available at Stamp and Create. I just love the trim with the beads and pearls!! Isn't is delish?

Now on to my second creation with a Sunshine and Dragonflies stamp. I used a 2 1/4 inch Chocolate Dipped Strawberry cupcake stamp. After coloring it with Prisma color pencils and gamsol, I cut it apart like a puzzle, inked the edges and put it back together again. For some added interest I added a Penny Black mouse with a balloon to make it look like a real celebration.

I hope you are inspired by my two creations for this sketch and you too want to join the fun. We can't wait to see your creations!!

Challenges I entered other than MMSC:

The Corrosive Challenge - Texture
Crafty Angels - My Favorite Things
Cute Card Thursday - Mono Mania (red card)
One Stitch in Time - Torn, Distressed, or Shabby
Stamp scrap doodle - Birthday
Simon says Stamp: for a child (red card)
Sew Many Cards Challenge- Lets see some stitching
Stamp Something- stitching
Stampin for the Weekend- Ribbons and bows
Our Creative Corner - Bows
Raise The Bar #13 "Let's Spring For It" (first card)
# My Time To Craft #86 "On The Spot" (Second Card)
# ABC "R is for Red"-( second card)
Cupcake Craft Challenge- Childhood memories - memories of living on a farm with lots of pets and animals
My Time to Craft- Pretty Pearl (my first card with the Fringed Lace which are pearls)

Should you create a card or project with this sketch, please leave a direct link here. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use the keyword MMSC49

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. They are greatly appreciated.

Have a blessed day!!


Edited to include: Sorry for the different sizes and all the spaces. That is not what my draft looks like at all!! Blogger does not seem to like me today and quite honestly I am not liking it. GRRRRRRRR! My apologies for the post appearance. If it were not for letting my team mates down by removing this, I would.


Crystal said...

these are just soooo wonderful Chris...WOW LOVE that image on the first one and those puzzle pieces are just FABULOUS!! The second one awwww how cute is he...TOOOO PRECIOUS great cards sweetie! Hugs!

Angie Cortes said...

WOW...Both cards are just GORGEOUS!! I love the puzzle pieces!! The beady fringe on the first one is FABULOUS! Thanks playing along at SSDS!

Random Acts of Krafting said...

Wonderful cards, and yes my comment count does not match up with what is listed on my blog. Something odd is happening.

I like your use of puzzle pieces,

Tina said...

Wow Chris, your cards are fabulous! I enjoy looking at all the elements you include. Very nice!

Stef H said...

these are fabulous! love how you framed your 1st one and those puzzle pieces are awesome too!

if you ask me.... blogger has a mind of it's own. it's haunted! grrrrrr!

~Jeri~ said...

WOW!!! I love both of these cards! Stunning and amazing detail. Both images are a couple of my faves and you colored them fabulously!!!

Blogger and I have a love hate relationship, so anything you tell it does, I believe I'm with Stef, I think it's haunted or just ate up, one or the other, they really need to fix it!!

Thanks for joining us this week at Sew Many Challenges!!

Holly Young said...

Chris both of your cards are just fabulous! I really love the second one. The colors are so bright and happy and that little mouse is so cute! I like your use of charms too.
Blogger acts up a lot and it's frustrating. It's not just you it picks on!

Helen said...

Fab cards!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge!
Helen x

Kerri said...

Oh wow! Both are fab girl!!! I love the puzzle pieces and the images are too cute!

Nicki Olsen said...

Wow Mom this creation is fabulous!!I love the images and the coloring on both of them!!
Love and hugs,

Marlene said...

Fantastic cards!

I am having the same blogger issue Tanya mentioned above. The comment count does not match how many comments there actually are. I think I read there was an issue - and blogger is slow to "publishing" some comments. Hopefully it gets resolved soon.

Danielle said...

Blogger sure does have a mind of his own doesn't he??? These are, however, gorgeous cards Chris - I love how you did the 'puzzle pieces'!! Fabulous work!
hugs, Danielle

Rebecca said...

How frustrating it is when blogger acts up on us!

Your cards are gorgeous!!! And I'm so glad to see the wags 'n whiskers stuff coming out digitally!!! Now I've got tough decisions to make. There are too many I like ;)

Tracey said...

These are absolutely fabulous Chris! I so love your cards! xx

Spyder said...

Yes, the lettering does that on my blog too. I've found out, it's best to type it all out first and then go back and add colour and size, coz, if you have to take something out it seems not to realise that! and continue to make it large or small or the wrong colour!
Your card is lovely. Love the puzzle bits! Lovely image. Thank you for joining OSAAT's challnge this week, hope to 'see' you again next week too!

stitchy said...

Chris I have seen this puzzle sketch a few times so far and it looks like so much fun to do..your creations are always so breath taking, thank you so much for sharing with us at OSAAT..good luck hun..

stitchy xoxox

Anita said...

Both are stunning, just amazing. Thanks for stitching along with us at Sew Many Card Challenges.

Rachel said...

WoW Chris, these cards are both gorgeous!!! love how you used the puzzle piece version!

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft with such gorgeous cards... They are stunning ! Thanks for sharing your special memories too ! Smiles from Catherine

dolcreations said...

Chris these cards are gorgeous. I love the idea of the puzzle piece! Brilliant!

Kimberly S said...

Chris, the post looks fabulous and your cards are gorgeous! I really love the look of the watercolored distress has a vintage look that is so pretty. :)

Carol Hurlock said...

Wow Chris..two cards this week. Are you giving Linda some Both of these are delightful. You have a way of presentation that is just exceptional. Your eye for creativity and detail is phenomenal. I always get inspired coming to you site and viewing your work.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}

Shirl said...

Two stunning cards Chris and the puzzle sketch is quite unique and looks like fun to do. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Angels and good luck with the top 3.
Hugs Shirley x x x

Unknown said...

A Beautiful card, and image, Thanks for joining us at OSAAT hope to see you again soon Good Luck
Sarah xx

cheryl said...

oh wow these are really beautiful hun,love the image,gorjus detail hugs cheryl xxxxxxx
thanks for joining us at OSAAT too hun xxxxxxxxxx

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Chris, kudos to you on two fabulously beautiful cards. I love both of them. The colors are just perfect, details as always are stunning. You always know how to perfect an image and card just gorgeously! Fabulous work my friend.
PS: Sorry you have had problems with your blog Chris, that is never fun :(

Darlene said...

What fabulous creations!! Thanks for joining us at Raise The Bar!

Dawn B. said...

Blogger is the most frustrating thing...I have never had that happen but have heard of many that have.. At least we get to see your terrific creations.. Great job.. I love the puzzle pieces.. Your images are both perfect...

Joy said...

love these cards...that is a neat way to make that it's a puzzle. cute images used. hope the blogger works for you soon. have a good day!

Deb said...

sorry about your blogger issues, it can be so frustrating sometimes! so love your cards, the jigsaw shape is fabulous! hugs debx

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow Both of your cards are fabulous! I love how you have cut out the puzzle piece in the middle! Great image choice and of course wonderful coloring and shading as always! Wonderful take on the sketch this week!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Chris, you've been busy! These are just gorgeous ... as usual! LOVE the LO's, the DP, and your fabulous coloring!!

ScrappinCntryGrl said...

these are adorable....i luv the sketchs as well and your take on them...tfs said...

Both of your cards are FABULOUS!!!

Priscilla said...

Hi Chris, so sorry you are having so many problems with your blog. I would hate that. You do seem to get a lot of comments and I hope that all gets worked out. I know how wonderful you are about returning comments :) Anyway, wonderful cards this week. Great job on both. So nice that you found the time to make one with each of our sponsors this week ;) I really like your pearl ribbon on your first card :) Thanks Chris for always going above and beyond.

Kathy Jones said...

WOW Chris, you did an amazing job with the sketch - when I first saw the jigsaw sketch was horrified - but you totally rocked it!!! :) Both are fabulous and I love your ribbon and sewing!!!

Country Mouse said...

Adorable card!! Thanks for playing along with us at Raise the Bar!!!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I love the puzzle piece--it's different and I like that! Both are amazing!

Carolyn said...

OMG, I love both of these, Chris. If you could see me. I am scrolling up/down, up/down, up/down. I just think that are both perfect. I really love the little mouse on the cupcake one. What a cute and creative touch, and that ribbon with the dangling pearls on the first one is gorgeous!! Always a treat for the eyes here. I love it!


Phyllis said...

Chris, This is just a beautiful creation, as yours always are!! Love your colors, papers and that sweet image. Those bead hanging from the ribbon are AWESOME!! Great job!!

Phyllis MMDesign Team

Di said...

fabulous cards and love the image!!
Thanks for joining SFTW this week!
Hugs Di xxxx

Linda said...

Wonderful cards! Thanks for joining us at SSDS again this week.

Sam said...

Wow these are both fabulous Chris. Thanks for joining us here at OSAAT and I hope we'll see you again on Sunday to check out the winners and the next weeks challenge.
Take care
Sam x

Denimo said...

Wonderful cards Chris. So creative with the puzzle cutouts!!! So glad you could join us for the Stamp Something challenge.
Hugs, Denimo

Victoria said...

what beautiful cards, I'm in love with that pearl trim!

Thanks for joining in at Cupcake this week

Donna aka Lil Diva said...

What a cute card..So love the reds..Good luck this week with us at OSAAT..Hugs Donna

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

OOH! I love that lace with the beads on! Your easter card is very beautiful! It looks like the image is comming out of the DP, you know like you are looking trough a hole in the wall. Vere cool effect!

The cupcake looks yummi!


Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!

Thank you for participating in Sew Many Challenges this week!

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Chris, 2 cards this week using the sketch! Delightful job with the pearls on the corner. Love how you added a little mouse to the cupcake, that is very adorable! And the little row of candles on the top :) Sweet! xox ~Jeni

Amanda said...

Super sweet cards.. I like how you used the puzzle piece on the backgrounds.. Your stamps are adorable as while.. Thanks for joining us at SSDS this week..


Lovely Linda said...

hi Chris - I am surprised there is any room left to comment - so many people love your work! No wonder - these cards are just divine! I love your WNW card - that image is adorable and you have coloured it so beautifully!! Great DP and of course your embellishing is fabulous! Love the cupcake and the Penny Black Mouse - adorable! Thanks Chris for making this such a great place to visit! Love it! {{{hugs}}}

Lacey Stephens said...

These are both absolutely fantastic! I just love your coloring of Easter Blessings and the cute scene you created on the 2nd card!

Unknown said...

Simply devine. Your colours and colouring oh wow!!! Thanks for playing along at SMC

Liza said...

Gorgeous work. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

thread-bare said...

Brilliant card. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at OSAAT x Clare (DT) x

Darsie Bruno said...

those dangling pearls are a FABULOUS touch! I love the background paper as well! Hugs, Darsie


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