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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday with AJVD

Happy Wednesday friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up over on the AJVD blog today.   Here is a little peek of my card:

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will take the time to hop over to the AJVD blog for a full look at my card!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

cards for a few challenges...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with two cards that I made for several challenges.  The first card is for the current Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Time Out challenges.  I have not played along with a Time Out challenge in ages so when I saw that the new challenge is to be inspired by words ('Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile') I had to combine it with the other two challenges and play along.  Been in a bit of a crafting funk the last few days so I did something that usually helps kick start my mojo... straight up stamping!  I pulled out a few Stampin Up! sets (Painted Petals and French Foliage) and got to work.  I used the rock and roll technique and threw in a bit of collage stamping.  After stamping the majority of the images and the sentiment I felt there was a little something missing so I added a bit more stamping using a splatter image from French Foliage and the orange ink.  I die cut the panel using the A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop dies (these dies are now my go to dies for creating my card panels... love them!) and then added a little sparkle with some clear sequins.  Absolutely love how the card turned out and it did help to kick start my mojo... YAY!!  Since today is World Cardmaking Day I'm going to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp World Cardmaking Day challenge.

The second card was made for the current ColourQ and AAA Cards challenges.  The current AAA cards challenge is to make words the center of attention so it was the perfect time to use my Painted Thank You set from Concord & 9th.  I found Concord & 9th several months ago through Splitcoaststampers.  I love their fun, unique designs and just recently made another purchase from them.  Can't wait to get my new goodies.  For this card I kept things really simple and just used the brushstroke image from the set to stamp all the colors in the ColourQ combo.  I then overstamped the thank you in black.  The panel was die cut with the second largest rectangle from the A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop dies and added some clear sequins.   The panel was mounted on a light grey card base.  I think I will add this card to the current Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, as well as the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by.... and for sticking with this rather long post!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white, Simon Says Stamp Fog, PTI kraft; Stamps:  Stampin Up! and Concord & 9th; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Memento Tangelo, Dandelion and Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Thursday, October 1, 2015

birthday balloons...

Happy Thursday friends!!  A quick post sharing a card that I made for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge (the challenge is over, but you can find it here).  I posted the card in the SSS flickr group yesterday afternoon, but this morning realized that it will work for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (ombre), as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes) so I will be posting it to both those challenges... YAY!!  I'm also adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday (use a stamp).The SSS flickr challenge was to use emboss resist so I flipped through my small collection of SSS stamp set and settled on the set called Celebrate.  The set has lots of different balloon and I used three for my card.  I didn't want any of the balloons to run into each other so I stamped a few in Versamark watermark ink, applied clear embossing powder and then stamped a few more.  It is hard to see watermark ink on white cardstock so doing my stamping this way helped me make sure I didn't overlap any balloons.  Once all the balloons were stamped and embossing powder applied I heat set everything.  I used Ranger Salty Ocean and Broken China distress inks for the background.  I applied Broken China over the majority of the card fading out toward the bottom.  Salty Ocean was applied only to the top of the piece to darken it up a bit.  Balloon strings were added using grey ink and then the sentiment was stamped.  I used the word happy from the SSS set Happy & Smile and the word birthday from the Celebrate set.   Happy was stamped in Salty Ocean and then birthday overstamped slightly in black ink.  A few clear sequins finished things off.  I added a strip of silver glitter cardstock down one side of my card base and then adhered the main panel.

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; DCWV glitter cardstock; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  Ranger Distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

wednesday with ajvd and prs...

Happy Wednesday friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek:

I also have a post up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today, as well.  Here is a little peek of that card:

I hope you will take the time to hop over to both blogs, check out my projects and leave a little love!  Thanks for stopping by today...

Monday, September 28, 2015

24 karet friend...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a card I made for a few challenges:  Essentials by Ellen September Pinsights, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - ombre and Less is More - Shiny (I do hope this passes muster with the LIM team!).  I did some watercoloring, again.  After watercoloring my paper and letting it dry I added the little gems using dark blue ink, coral ink (the same ink color used for the watercoloring) and Delicata Golden Glitz.  I added some splatters of gold using Golden Glitz mixed with water.  After everything was dry I die cut the watercolor paper using the largest die in the A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop die.  The gem was die cut from dark blue cardstock and gold mirror cardstock and then adhered together.  I added the sentiment and then adhered the gold gem.  I learned a valuable lesson while I was making this card and that is this:  all washi tape is not created equal.  Some washi tape is really good for taping down your watercolor paper to prevent warping of the paper and some washi tape is not so good.  Unfortunately I used some not so good washi tape this time around and ended up with more warping than I was expecting.  Live and learn...  I like how the watercolored background turned out, but the stamping not so much... but that is papercrafting and life... a learning process!

Thanks for stopping by today...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp fog; Ranger watercolor paper; Inks:  Stampin Up! Midnight Muse, Calypso Coral, Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Golden Glitz; Stamps:  Essentials By Ellen Hello, Gorgeous; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen You Rock, A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop

Saturday, September 26, 2015

a couple of things to share...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges as well as a little treat bag that I made for the very first ChouxChoux challenge:  fall or Halloween theme.   First up is the card.  I used the colors from this week's ColourQ challenge and the Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots stamp set.   Pretty self-explanatory card.  I will be entering it into the current CASology challenge:  circles, as well as Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge to use a stamp and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  no designer paper.   The main panel was die cut using the AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop dies and I used my brand-spankin' new Big Shot Plus to do the die cutting... YAY!!  So happy to be able to die cut stuff, again!!  After stamping all the circles and dots I added some My Mind's Eye wooden dots to bring in the darkest of the two greys and then mounted the panel on some dark grey cardstock.   The sentiment is from the Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks.  Very clean and very simple! I think it would be a great card for a guy.

Next up is the little treat bag.  Several months ago I purchased a treat bag die set from Stampin Up! and finally pulled it out to create a couple of little treat bags.  I made one that I will be sharing at a later date and when I saw the ChouxChoux challenge I decided to finish the second bag I made and post it to that challenge.  The bag was made using paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel 8x8 pad.  I also had a package of Witch Hazel ephemera and so I pulled out some pieces to decorate the bag.  I stapled the tickets to the little card an then adhered that to the bag.  Some black, white and orange baker's twine was tied around the bag and then I added the little witch and the black cat.  I added some stickles to the witch's hat, the steam rising from the pot and a little orange clothes pin.  Some orange tissue and a couple of treats were tucked inside.   When I die cut the treat bags with my Big Shot it was a little tricky, but now that I have the Plus I have lots of extra cutting space making it so much easier to cut the bags... yay!!   I will definitely be making more of these little treat bags!!

Thanks for stopping by and sticking with this rather long post!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white and grey; Patterned paper:  October Afternoon; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design and Stampin Up!;  Paper ephemera:  October Afternoon; Baker's Twine; Inks:  Stampin Up!; My Mind's Eye wooden dots