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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

sharing some color...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a couple of cards for some challenges:  ColourQ, Color Throwdown and CASology - birthday.   Today I got lots of fun new crafty stuff so I will also be entering the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday:  new.    First up is my card for ColourQ.

For this card I used the Stampin Up! SAB (Sale-a-bration) set Lotus Blossom.  The flower was stamped using Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red and Calypso Coral.  The stem  and sentiment were stamped using Memento London Fog and then a few clear sequins were added.  I matted the piece with grey cardstock (I believe it is from Simon Says Stamp, but I don't know the name).  Super simple, but a design that I think will work very well for all kinds of cards.  Think this is the one I will add to the SSS Work It Wednesday.

This card is for CASology and Color Throwdown.  I used the Stampin Up! set Butterfly Basics.  It has a matching die set that I wanted to use for the card, but boo hoo... the dies are on back order!  Hopefully I will get them next week.  Butterfly Basics is a stamp set that makes my inky little heart very happy!  Lots of collage possibilities with this one.   The color combo at Color Throwdown is one that I would never dream up, but I think I made all the colors work nicely.  I used distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves).  After stamping everything I also finished this one with some clear sequins.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, rustic white and kraft; SSS grey; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Memento and Distress Inks; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

popping in...

Hey friends!!  Wanted to let you know that I have a couple of posts up at different places today.  I have another guest designer post up at the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek:

I also have my {Create it Wednesday} post up at the Precious Remembrance Shop blog.  Here is a little peek of that card. 

Thanks for stopping by... I hope you will check both posts out!

Monday, January 26, 2015

top dog dies monday...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a card I made using some newly released Top Dog Dies.  Last week Top Dog Dies released six new die sets and one of them is this totally cute set of elephants... momma and baby, along with some fun little "extras".  You can find all the new dies on the Top Dog Dies website.

Aren't those little ellies just the cutest thing ever???  I die cut them using two different shades of grey cardstock (both are from SSS).  The "grass" was die cut using another of the newly release TDD sets: Dotted Border Dies.   The sentiment is from the SSS stamp Bring the Sunshine.  The little flower is one of the "extras" in the elephant set.  There is also a little heart and a balloon... too cute! 
Thanks for stopping by... wanted to let you know that this is my last post as a Top Dog Dies design team member.  I recently made the decision to step down from the design team. 
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS grey; Stampin Up! green and pink; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; My Mind's Eye black enamel dots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PTI Blog Hop... take 2...always...

Hey friends!!  Popping back in with a second card for the PTI January blog hop.  I will also be posting this one to the current Less is More challenge as I used their lovely sketch for the layout.  Posting this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Have a Heart.  This time I was inspired by the photo of the rainbow colored pencils that were formed to make a heart.

For this card I used the PTI Notched Hearts banner die set.  I cut multiple little hearts using red, blue, green, yellow and pink cardstock and then carefully fitted some of each color into a banner that was cut from white cardstock.  Took a lot of time and patience!  I matted the banner using the companion die and some fog grey cardstock.  The little heart was created using the little polka dot leaf stamp from the Oopsie Daisy set.  The circles were cut using Spellbinders plain circle dies.  The "always" is from Wonderful Words:  Love and was stamped a small banner and then adhered. 

Thanks for stopping by... again!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI and SSS fog grey, Stampin Up! red, blue, pink, green and yellow; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI and Spellbinders; Ink:  Memento

PTI January Blog Hop...love will...

Hey friends!!  The 25th of the month has arrived and that means a new PTI blog hop!  This month it is all about hearts!  Nichole provided us a lovely graphic full of beautiful inspiration photos.  This card was inspired by a card that Laura Bassen made during the January release (found here) that was turned into a sketch (found here).   I just changed things up by using hearts.

I die cut the hearts using my PTI hearts cover plate and then arranged them (not nearly as artfully as Laura did, lol!) on my cardstock piece.   The word "Love" was die cut multiple times using the Wonderful Words love die.  One of the words was stamped with the companion stamp using dark red ink.  Layered the all up and adhered to the card.  The finishing sentiment was added using black ink.

ETA:  Adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Have a Heart. 

Thanks for stopping...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SSS fog; Stamps and dies:  PTI; Ink:  Stampin Up! and Memento 

Friday, January 23, 2015

always and forever...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a card for several challenges:  Time Out (Valentine's Day w/twist: hearts),  SSS Wednesday challenge:  hearts and Stampin' Celebration (I didn't really go with the colors... just the idea of love/hearts).   The layout is based on the current Freshly Made Sketches.  

I went with a white and gold combo with a touch of pink.  I realized this morning that I should have used some of the paper from my Teresa Collins Studio Gold paper pad, but I had put it away so unfortunately... "out of sight, out of mind"!  I used my Spellbinders plain and scalloped hearts and learned that I had lost one of the dies (total bummer!).   I partially embossed the two cardstock piece and then added some Crystal Stickles.  A bit of gold washi tape was used, as well.  The stamps are from Verve (No Matter What).  I stamped the hearts image in light pink and then overstamped it using Delicata Golden Glitz.   A few pink and gold sequins finished things off.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  Spellbinders; Inks:  Memento and Delicata; Washi Tape:  My Mind's Eye; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh & Verve; Crystal Stickles