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

Monday, September 29, 2014

coffee... and friends...

Hello!!!  Today is September 29th and I recently learned that September 29th is National Coffee Day.  Now, to be honest I'm not a coffee drinker.. that would be my hubby.  My elixir of choice is a tall Chai, all soy...no water from Starbucks.  But I do have several super cute coffee related sets and so I thought I would play along with Chaitali's Coffee Lover's blog hop

Chaitali recently began designing stamps for one of my favorite stamp companies, Verve, and earlier this month I was able to pick up one of her sets and the cute little coffee word die that she designed.  I used the word die on my card along with stamps from the Precious Remembrance Shop set Coffee Love.  I used some My Mind's Eye Now and Then papers to do some paper piecing.  The layout is a super simple take on the current Freshly Made sketches layout. 

Thanks for stopping by... and make sure you check out the hop.  Chaitali has loads of great prizes up for grabs!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Crumb Cake; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Die:  Verve; Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa

Sunday, September 28, 2014

a sweet sunday card...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a little card that I made based on a gorgeous cake I saw this morning on the Cake Wrecks blog.  If I'm feeling like I need a good laugh Cake Wrecks is my go to site to put a smile on my face and make me laugh out loud!!  During the week Jen (the owner of Cake Wrecks) posts professionally (that term is used loosely for a lot of the cakes featured) make cakes that have gone horribly, horribly wrong.  But... on Sundays she posts cakes that are the epitome of everything a well executed cake should be.  Some are fun and whimsical and some are down right drop dead gorgeous.  Today she is featuring cakes in the drop dead gorgeous category.  So... what does this have to do with a card?  Well, I'm not very good at taking a look at things around me and being inspired by them to make cards. I don't have multiple Pinterest boards or inspiration photos stored on my computer and I probably won't start doing either of those things anything soon, but  I am  I'm trying to work on that and so today I was inspired by this gorgeous cake (created by Ligia De Santis) to make this card.   I hope you like.

By Ligia De Santis
Since this is all stamping I'm popping this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (stamps or stencils) and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).  I used stamps from the PTI Make It Market kit Beautiful Brushstrokes and inks from Stampin Up! and Close to My Heart to achieve the look I was going for.   I finished by brushing a bit of yellow Stickles on to the flowers.  Just realized that this will also work for the current Time Out challenge of stamping so I will be posting it there, as well.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock and stamps:  PTI; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron, More Mustard and Crumb Cake; Close to My Heart Barn Red and Autumn Terracotta; Yellow Stickles

Friday, September 26, 2014

you are awesome...

Hello!!  Have a little card to share that I made using the new CTS sketch and the inspiration photo for the new Altenew monthly challenge, From the Craft Room: Lime Lemonade.   So happy that Altenew decided to start a monthly challenge.  Popping this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Anything Goes.

I didn't put any kind of spin on the sketch... wasn't feeling like I wanted to go out on a limb today, especially since I was using my Altenew Label Love set. I took my inspiration from the ribbon and the woodgrain background.   I flipped over one of the sentiments from the set and used it to stamp the stripes.  Inks used are Memento Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and Dandelion.  I stamped the sentiment using Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black, trimmed it out and adhered it with foam dimensionals.   Before I adhered the sentiment strip I added some subtle embossing to the center of the card using a woodgrain embossing folder and my craft hammer.  Added some sequins in a green that matched Bamboo Leaves.  Super simple because, well... I'm feeling in a super simple mood right now, lol! 

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Altenew Label Love; Inks:  Memento; Sequins:  Ellen Hutson

Thursday, September 25, 2014

pti september blog hop...

Hello!!  Wow... the 25th of September is here and that means time for the PTI monthly blog hop.  This month Nichole gave us a beautiful inspiration photo as well as three color combo drawn from the photo and three sketches.  I combined one of the sketches with one of the color combos to come up with this:

close up of "berries"
Even though this card is pretty simple it took me along time to put together.  Initially I was going to go with the placing a banner with the sentiment on the card and then decided to go out on a limb use a diecut word instead.  I had never actually used any of the dies that go along with the "Count My Blessings" mini set.  The word was die cut from rustic white twice and autumn rose one and then adhered together as you see.  I cut the smoky shadow cardstock down to 3 3/4 x 5 and then stamped the dotted border from polka dot basics in versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  I matted that piece with autumn rose cardstock and adhered to a ripe avocado base.  The berries were made by die cutting rose felt using the Button Bits dies and they sewing on smoky shadow buttons.  The leaves were die cut from avocado felt using the leaf dies from Mums the Word (I think!).

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI, Stamps and dies:  PTI; Felt: My Favorite Things; Buttons: My Favorite Things; Ink:  VersaMark; Embossing Powder:  Ranger Ultrafine clear

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

thankful for you...

{for my PRS blog hop card, please scroll down or click here}

Hello!!  Our lovely late summer/early fall sunny weather has departed and our normal Pacific Northwest/Puget Sound weather has arrived... rain!  I'm not too upset... we could actually use the rain as it hasn't rained a whole lot around here for ages, but if it sticks around for any length of time that means soggy wet leaves!   And soggy wet leaves aren't much fun to walk through as crisp crunchy ones, lol!  Anyway... I have a card to share for several challenges:  CASology:  flutter, AAA Cards: fussy cutting, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  anything goes.

In keeping with the changing of the season and my talk of soggy leaves my card features leaves! Leaves flutter to the ground, right??  The color combo is based on the current color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers of two of the new Stampin' Up in colors Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss and vanilla.  I used two Close to My Heart colors that are almost exact matches to Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  Inked up the leaf from the PRS set Fall Colors using Sunflower and then rolled the edges in Pansy Purple and then stamped the leaf on my cream cardstock.  The second leaf was inked up the same way, stamped and trimmed out.  I crinkled up that leaf and then swiped on a bit more Pansy Purple.  Added some splatters using watered down Sunflower and Pansy Purple.  The deeper colored spots were made with a stamp from Fall Colors.  Before adhering the second leaf I inked up the edges with Old Paper distress ink. 

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI vintage cream; CTMH Pansy Purple; Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop Fall Colors; Inks:  CTMH Sunflower, Pansy Purple; Ranger Old Paper; VersaFine Vintage Sepia

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Precious Remembrance Shop Sept. Blog Hop!

Hello PRS fans!!!   Today is an exciting day... Precious Remembrance Shop is releasing a brand new set full of fun (and a little spooky!) Halloween images.  So... Beware... the design team has a lot of fun projects to show you, lol!!  If you got here from the blog of the super talented Lisa, then you are on the right track.  If not, head over to the PRS blog for a complete list of all the stops on the hop.  Details about how to win this set will be at the end of my post.

This isn't set just so fun??  And to make it even better Dyane designed all the icons so they fit nicely inside a 1" circle punch... YAY!!  Here is my card:

I started with a white panel that I stamped with the strip image and the sentiment image using black and orange inks.  A strip of washi tape was added and then I partially embossed the piece with a spider web embossing folder.  Some grey ink was then swiped on.  I made the rosette using a Spellbinders lacey circle die and some October Afternoon Witch Hazel patterned paper.  I then added the additional die cut pieces and the "October 31st" icon that I covered with Glossy Accents to give it a nice shine.  The rosette was adhered to the card base and then I finished things off with those fun little spiders (a gift from my sweet IRL crafty friend, Lisa Lara!) and the little sentiment strip.

Now.. for all the details about how you can win this new set: 

Subscribe to the PRS blog (if you haven't already)
Like/follow PRS on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
Share the new release with your crafty friends on your blog, Facebook page, etc.
Hop along and leave some comment love for the design team!

The giveaway will end on Friday, September 26, 2014 and one lucky winner will be chosen randomly.

Thanks for stopping by... now off you go to the blog of the wildly talented, Andrea!  I know she will have some absolutely fabulous to share!

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white; SU! Pumpkin Pie; Stamps:  PRS - Beware; Punch:  EKSuccess 1" circle punch; Dies:  Spellbinders Lacey Circle and Plain circle dies; Doodlebug Washi tape; Ink:  SU! Pumpkin Pie; Memento Tuxedo Black & London Fog; Spider web embossing folder