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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

a card... and a kitty...

Hello!!  A quick share of a card that I made using the Viva La Verve week 5 sketch.   I think I will pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge, too. 

When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my Top Dog Isabella Fan die for the half circle portion of the sketch.    I used papers from the My Mind's Eye Now and Then Mildred 6x6 pad.  The stamps are from the Verve set "On Occasion".  After diecutting and stamping everything I inked up all the edges with Ranger Old Paper distress ink.   The edges of the main panel of patterned paper was distressed a bit more using my fingernail.   I layered everything up and finished off the flower by adding a BasicGrey enamel dot to the center of the flower.

Now... for the second part of my blog title... my kitty, Cleo.  Cleo is 18 years old (yes, 18!) and that means that time with her is more than likely quickly slipping away.   The average life span of a house cat is about 15 years, although indoor cats can live up to 20 years.  Like her mommy (me) Cleo has a thyroid problem (I had mine taken out about 12 years ago) and has to take thyroid medication.  I hate putting that pill down her throat every night, but it is helping to keep her healthy so that is a small price to pay.  Yesterday she took a little stroll outside and so I decided to take a few pictures of her and thought I would share one.  I'm biased, but I do think Cleo is a pretty little kitty and definitely doesn't show her age!   A fun fact:  By the time cats are 2 years old they have aged the equivalent of 24 human years!  (Some sources say it is 18 years.) 

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Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Sweet Blush, Soft Stone; Stamps:  Verve; Inks:  Stampin Up! Coastal Cabana, Memento Ladybug, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink; Dies:  Top Dog & My Favorite Things (fishtail flags); Enamel dot:  BasicGrey

Thursday, August 28, 2014

thank you...

Hello!!  Popping in with a card I made using the Viva La Verve week 4 sketch and the colors from Color Throwdown.  I think I will pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge... anything goes, as well.

Used two Verve sets for this card:  Lean on Me and Better Together.  The pointed flower die was used, as well.  To create the bottom portion of the sketch I used the sort of grungy/stripy image from the Better Together set and stamped that in Pacific Point.  The flower was die cut from some BasicGrey Highline paper that is somewhat similar to Crushed Curry and then stamped using Rich Cocoa ink.  Sequins were added to the center of the flower.  The tag and banners are also Verve dies: Tagged Rectangle and Pennant Trim.  Finished off the card with some enamel dots and a little twine bow.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  TPT white, SU! Old Olive; Stamps:  Verve:  Lean on Me and Better Together; Inks:  SU! Pacific Point and Memento Rich Cocoa; Dies:  Verve; Twine:  Hemptique, My Minds Eye enamel dots; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh clear (4mm) and Lawn Fawn

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

time out challenge guest designer!!!

Hello!!  I'm so excited to be guesting with the fabulously talented Time Out challenge team!  I was picked as the winner of the Home Sweet Home (challenge #10) challenge.  And seriously when I saw I was the winner my mouth fell open, lol!!  Anyway... the new challenge is "Inspired by Words" and the sentiment is "if Music be the food of love, Play on".   All the challenge details can be found here.  For my card I focused on the music aspect of the sentiment and came up with this:

I used the Penny Black set Butterfly Symphony, as well as the Hero Arts Music Background stamp and played around, again, with some simple watercoloring.  I stamped the swirl on watercolor paper using VersaMark ink, applied white embossing powder and then heat set.  The same thing was done with the butterfly.  Once I had my cardstock embossed I got to work adding the colors.  For the main piece I used Ranger Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean distress inks and the butterfly I used Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon.  After the main panel dried I stamped it with the Music background stamp using SU!'s Coastal Cabana ink, the sentiment using black ink and then the piece was matted with black cardstock.  I adhered the butterfly, added the rhinestones to the body and then adhered the piece to my card base.

Popping this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Anything Goes, as well as the Simon Says Stamp August Work It Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by... and thanks to the Time Out team for giving me the opportunity to guest design with them!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and black; Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps:  Penny Black & Hero Arts; Inks:  Ranger distress inks; VersaFine black; SU! Coastal Cabana; Rhinestones:  Stampin Up!

precious remembrance shop...

Hello!!  Popping in with a quick little post to let you know that I have a project up on the PRS blog.  I hope that you will take the time to check it out.  Here is a little peek:

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Monday, August 25, 2014

delight in this day... {pti august blog hop}

Hello!   Here with a card for this month's PTI blog hop.  I almost didn't participate, but then decided to have a go at it and made this using stamps and dies from the Beautiful Brushstrokes Make it Market Kit, as well as one of the polka dot images from Polka Dot Basics II.  Also, I'm going to pop this into the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge hop.  I took inspiration from the polka dots and the dark pink color. 


I started out with the idea that I would die cut the largest feather from the Beautiful Brushstrokes die set and then cover each feather with polka dots in black, pink and gold.  But I really didn't like how it looked and so I just stamped the feathers in the three inks.  Added the border of polka dots in gold (Delicata Golden Glitz was used for the border, as well as one of the feathers) and then the sentiment using black ink.  Some of the little raindrops from the kit were added and a little dark pink baker's twine bow.  Mounted everything on a black card base.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & black; Stamps and dies:  PTI; Inks:  Stampin Up! Melon Mambo, Delicata Golden Glitz, Tuxedo Black; Baker's Twine:  The Twinery; Raindrops:  PTI

Sunday, August 24, 2014

for you...

Hello... here with a quick share of a card that I made for three challenges:  ColourQ, Freshly Made Sketches and Avery Elle AEI{heart}U (sequins).  Since this has die cutting on it I will be posting it to the Cutting Edge blog hop, as well.


I used (again... but I love the set!!) the AE set Petals & Stems, as well as the matching Petals & Stems dies.  The sentiment is from the AE set Oh Happy Day.  Patterned paper is from a Stampin Up! designer paper pack released a few years ago.  I almost used the AE Dotted Die to cut my main panel, but gave it a little break!  Finished things off with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins (6mm & 4mm sizes). 

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Smoky Slate; Stamps & dies:  Avery Elle; Inks:  Stampin Up!; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh; Tombow Glue pen