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

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

thanks a bunch...

Hello!!  Created a little card to share that I will be posting to several different blogs/challenges.  Loved the current (and last, sadly!) sketch from Seize the Sketch so I made another card.  This one uses the color combo from this month's Reverse Confetti color challenge.  And since it is full of die cutting I'm also posting this to the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge blog hop.

I, again, used my Avery Elle Dotted Dies to cut the main panel.  Save to say that I think that is my new favorite die!!  I then die cut two little tags (yes... those are tags under all the other die cuts, lol!) using the Reverse Confetti Tag Me die set.  The flowers and sparkly bits were die cut using the Reverse Confetti Petals n' Posies Confetti Cuts die set. After stamping all the flowers with the coordinating Petals n' Posies stamp set) I adhered the tags to the main panel and layered everything on top.  Finished by adding a hand cut banner (after all that die cutting I was a bit worn out, lol!) stamped with the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Night of Navy; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and Avery Elle; Ink:  Stampin Up! Real Red & Night of Navy; SU! glittered cardstock; My Mind's Eye wooden dot

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Top Dog Dies Guest Designer... and a Giveaway!!

{for my PRS blog hop post, please click here}

Hello everyone!!  Have some fun news to share!  Today I am guest designing on the Top Dog Dies blog.  If you haven't heard of Top Dog Dies here is some information about them: 

Top Dog is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer thin and steel rule dies, along with dies from brands that you already know and trust including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cherry Lynn Designs.  Top Dog Dies is also the leading retailer in the US for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

I have one project to share here on my blog and I have a project that I'm sharing (with a quick tutorial) over on the Top Dog Blog.   Top Dog Dies was kind enough to send me some really wonderful dies and for this project I used the Signature Antique steel rule die, as well as the wafer thin Isabella Fan die.   The Signature Antique steel rule die is perfect for making cards or creating a mini album.  I made a quick little card.  I created a standard A2 size card by cutting my 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock at 5 1/2" and then scoring at 4 1/4".  The folded edge was placed right up against the flat side of the die, taped in place using some washi tape and then run through my die cutting machine to create my card.  I die cut some patterned paper using the die and adhered it to the front of my card.  I cut my fan from additional patterned paper and then very carefully scored and then folder the fan.  One of the things that I really liked about the die (aside from the fact that it is beautiful) is that when you die cut your paper or cardstock little dotted lines are created that are the perfect guide for scoring and folding!  I kept this simple because I wanted the fan to take centerstage.  So I simply adhered the fan and then added the ribbon and flower embellishment.   Here is a little peek of the project I'm sharing on the Top Dog blog:

Thanks for stopping by... please make sure to head over to the Top Dog blog to check out my other project and because Top Dog Dies is having a month long guest designer giveaway!  The winner will receive $50 worth of exclusive Top Dog Dies (winner's choice!!).  Simply click over to the Guest Designer post and register via the Rafflecopter app on the page.  Deadline to enter is Sunday, August 31st at midnight CST.  Good luck!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Precious Remembrance Blog Hop!!!

Hello!!  Today is an exciting day because Precious Remembrance Shop is releasing a brand new stamp set and with fall fast approaching this new set called "Fall Colors" is the perfect "go to" fall set!!  Dyane has done it, again, by creating a set full of beautiful leaves and lovely sentiments. So we are having a hop to celebrate and as with our other releases you will have a chance to win this new set!  If you got here from the PRS blog, then you are on the right track!  If not, head over there to start from the beginning.  This set is so beautiful that I just had to make more than one card.  Here is a look at this fabulous new set:

My first card puts the focus on just one of the leaf images.  I first stamped the little rectangular background image on my rustic white cardstock using a kraft colored ink.  I then inked up the oval leaf using a sunflower yellow ink and rolled the edges in a rust colored ink before stamping.  This piece was trimmed to size, the edges inked and matted with some burlap.  I then layered that on an angled piece of cardstock that I partially embossed with my woodgrain embossing folder.  Everything was mounted on a kraft card base.  I created the sentiment banner using the label image and one of the sentiments.  It was trimmed out, adhered and then a small binder clip was added.

My second card I decided to do some easy watercoloring.  I first embossed the leaves using white embossing powder.  I used yellow, rust and red inks to color up the leaves.  I started by layering on the yellow and then adding in the other colors.  After I got the look I wanted I let the piece dry and then added the sentiment and little dots using brown ink.  To make the colors pop I mounted the piece on a deep red cardstock base.

As I indicated above you have a chance to win this beautiful set and here are all the deets:

Subscribe to the PRS blog
Follow/like PRS on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
Share the new stamp release with your crafty friends through Facebook, your blog, Pinterest, etc.
Hop along and leave a comment at each blog.

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced next week on the PRS blog.  Commenting closes on Sunday, August 24th. 

Thanks for stopping by... you next stop is the blog of the super sweet and super talented Lisa!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Cardstock:  PTI rustic white and kraft; Ink:  Close to My Heart Barn Red, Sunflower, Bamboo, Autumn Terracotta; Mini Binder clip:  Stampin Up!; Embossing folder:  Stampin Up! woodgrain; Die:  PTI Tipped Top die; Burlap ribbon

Card 2:  Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Memento Rich Cocoa; yellow, red and rust reinkers; Cardstock:  Stampin Up! dark red; watercolor paper;

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

java a great day...

Hello!!  Squeezed in some time today to make a card for this week's CASology challenge, as well as the current (and last... boo hoo!) Seize the Sketch challenge.   When I saw this week's cue word I just had to play along.  I'm not a coffee drink (my elixir of choice is a tall soy Chai from Starbucks), but I do happen to have some cute coffee inspired stamps (and dies) from Clearly Whimsy Stamps. 

I happen to still have out my BasicGrey Highline 6x6 pad and some I used some papers from that pad to make my little "to go" coffee cups.  After die cutting all the pieces I adhered them together.  Adding the heart to one cup and the sentiment to the other.  I stamped a little heart up in one corner and then adhered the cups to my cardstock piece that I die cut with my brand spanking new Dotted Dies set from Avery Elle.  I absolutely love the look of this perfectly cut panel!!  Since this is a pretty clean and simple design I'm going to also post this card to the current Addicted to Stamps and More challenge:  CAS.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy Stamps Coffee Break; Dies:  Clearly Whimsy Stamps and Avery Elle; Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa & Tangelo; Patterned Paper:  BG Highline