"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Saturday, July 25, 2015

pti july blog hop...

Hey friends!!   Time for the July PTI blog hop.  While many of you will be hopping around, checking out all the beautiful cards and leaving comments I will be motoring down the freeway on my way to California with my boys.  But, before I left I had to make sure that I got a card made for this month's blog hop.   The inspiration photo for this month is so lovely.  I tried to pull some of the colors from the photo, as well as including butterflies.  My layout is based on one of the PTI release week sketches.  I used up a tiny amount of my huge supply of patterned paper for the background, as well as for the butterfly.  After trimming the patterned paper to fit the Rustic White card panel I adhered it and added the sentiment from Pretty Peonies in black ink.   Pretty Peonies is one of my very favorite PTI sets and the only one I own that has a butterfly in it.   I die cut the butterfly from Rustic White cardstock and then stamped it using kraft colored ink.  Some off white hemp twine was added behind the large butterfly (cut with a Stampin Up! die), adhered to the panel and then the smaller butterfly added.   Finished with a little paper flower.  This is another one of those cards that as I was making it I wasn't entirely sure if I would like how it turned out, but once I was done I really like it!  I'm also going to add this to the July SSS Work It Wednesday challenge:  die cuts.  

Thanks for stopping by today... I appreciate your comments and will return the favor once I have internet for my Nook tablet.  (Comment moderation is on so your comment will appear once I get the chance to approve them.)

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Rustic white, Stampin Up! Crumb Cake; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI and Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; hemp twine; Prima paper rose; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Hey friends!!  Yesterday I got some happy mail from Ellen Hutson.  I have been on a little craft fast for the last two months and that means no new stamps and dies.  I had been doing really well and not purchased anything new until Ellen Hutson had a recent sale.  But I couldn't resist getting a Essentials by Ellen set I have wanted for a long time, Bokeh Dots, and a die, Be-you-tiful.  I put both of them to good use as soon as I got them, lol!   I will be posting this to the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge, as well as the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, sparkle and shine.   I used two different shades of blue and one shade of red ink.  After stamping all the images I die cut out the be-you-tiful from the panel.  Additional cuts were made using white and red cardstock and then layered back into the opening ending with the one originally cut from the panel.  I added some sparkle with clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  You can't see it in the photo, but I also added some partial embossing with a Stars embossing folder.  As I was checking to see what the new sketch was over at CAS(E) this Sketch I could believe my eyes... a sketch almost exactly like my card!!  How funny is that??  So... posting this to CTS, as well.  Also adding this to Simon Says Stamp's July Work it Wednesday.   Here is a close up of the die cutting and the sequins:

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Stampin Up! Night of Navy; Stamps and dies:  Essentials by Ellen; Inks:  Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Real Red and Marina Mist; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins; Stampin Up! Stars embossing folder


Sunday, July 19, 2015

two card post...

Hey friends... popping in with a couple of cards that I had the chance to make today.  Weather has been hot, hot, hot and for me that means stay inside as much as possible!   The first card was made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "get in shape", as well as the current Colour Me...! challenge.   I have also posted this card in the SSS flickr group and entered it in the current SSS flickr group challenge:  die cuts.   Love the SSS Thank You Ticket die and wanted to use it in a different way so I die cut it from some SU! Watermelon Wonder cardstock, took it apart and then adhered it as you see.  The card was made using the largest die in the MFT jumbo fishtail flag stax set.  Stamped the card allover using some of the solid and line images from the Scribble Flowers set using Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky inks.  Added in a few spots using kraft colored ink.  Adhered the tickets and then added the word "friend" from Artful Flowers in black ink. 

The second card was made using July Viva La Verve sketch #3.  I used lots of patterned paper for this one and did some paper piecing, as well.  The papers are from an SU! paper stack.  The stamps are from the Verve set  Wonderfully Made.   A tab die from the Verve Flag It die set was used as well.   As I started this card and began adding all the different patterns I was a bit worried as to how it would turn out, but after I was done I was really pleased... I think it looks perfect!  The flower from Wonderfully made was stamped on several papers, trimmed out, adhered together and added to the card front.   I used black ink to stamp the sentiment, but for whatever reason it didn't stamp super dark so it looks kinda like grey!

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Fresh Snow linen; Recollections white; Patterned paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp and Verve; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp,Verve and My Favorite Things; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento

Saturday, July 18, 2015

i think your quite nice...

Hello friends!!   Going to try to make this a quick one.  Have a card I made for the new PTI release week challenge:  Create Along with Us, as well as the current ColourQ challenge.  I almost didn't play along with ColourQ this week.   Summer Starfruit isn't one of my favorite colors, but I pushed forward and found some patterned paper that worked.    The idea behind the PTI challenge is to create something inspired by one of the design teams' release week projects.  I chose a card made by Laura Bassen.  I loved the angled frame part of the design.  I changed things up by not trimming of portions of the frame the way Laura did, as well as adding an additional layer to the card.  I used the Nostalgic Notions set for the flowers and sentiment.  The frame was die cut using my A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Backdrop dies.   Stamping the sentiment within the angled panel was a real bear... thought I was going to go cross-eyed or something by the time I had it done.  It came out pretty darn straight, but the more I looked at it the more off kilter it looked, lol!  And despite the fact that I don't like the Summer Starfruit color I really like how the card turned out.  I threw in some neutral colors (SU!'s new Tip Top Taupe and River Rock, as well as Simon Says Stamps' fog cardstock)

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; SSS fog; My Mind's Eye patterned paper; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry; Crystal Stickles

Friday, July 17, 2015

a little cupcake...

Hey friends!!   Can't believe we are already in the middle of July... time sure does fly by doesn't it?   Despite time flying by rapidly I managed to capture enough of it to make a card for a few challenges:  CASology - cupcake, Color Throwdown, CAS(E) this Sketch and Seize the Birthday.  My niece turned 13 this week and so I will be giving her this card along with some birthday $$$.   I admit that I am not the most innovative or creative cardmaker out there, lol!  I tend to take things very literally when it comes to sketches and that is pretty much what happened with the CTS layout.   No harm in that, right?   Since I wanted to make a card with a cupcake on it I looked at the my stamp sets and realized that cupcakes are sorely lacking in my collection, but I managed to locate the one I used in my PTI Blue Skies stamp set.  It even comes with a cute little cherry!!  Die cut all the pieces using the matching dies and stamped them up with purple and pink inks.  Originally the small rectangle was die cut from white cardstock, but then I decided to switch it out for the black and I like it much better.  After adhering the cupcake bottom to the banner I added some silver metallic thread... that took much longer than anticipated, lol!  After adhering all of that I added the cupcake top and cherry using foam dimensionals.  The piece was adhered to white cardstock die cut using my A Jillian Vance Design rectangle polka dot backdrop die.  Added some pink sequins for and mounted it on some cardstock that matched the purple ink (PTI's Winter Wisteria cardstock and ink).


Thanks for stopping by today....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; PTI winter wisteria and black; Stamps:  PTI Blue Skies; Dies:  PTI Blue Skies, Spellbinders plain rectangles, MFT banner dies and A Jillian Vance Design;  Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh; DMC silver metallic thread

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday with... A Jillian Vance Design

Hey friends!!  Quick post to let you know that I have a little Christmas in July project up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek:

Thanks for stopping by today... please pop over to the AJVD blog for a full look!