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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

a note of thanks...

Hello, hello from wet, wet, wet Western Washington!!  Sometimes the rain gets me down, but in the spring time I do love the fact that all the rain makes everything so beautifully green!   And I really shouldn't complain because we have never experienced the type of weather that so much of the country experienced (and in some places continue to experience) this past winter!   Anywhoo... I do have a card to share.  This one is for CASology (note) and Seize the Sketch.  Don't think I have ever participated in a Seize the Sketch challenge so thought I would give them a try.

With a cue word like "note" there are many possiblities and it made me think of my seldom used PTI set "Happy Trails".  So I pulled that one out and made a more masculine type card.  I die cut the pencil and stamped the image in brown ink.  A mini paper bag was stamped with the sentiment.  I then die cut a piece of actual paper with the PTI notebook die, stamped it with a second sentiment and slipped it inside.   A scrap of patterned paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel line was adhered to the cardstock piece along with a strip of mustard yellow cardstock and the mini bag and pencil.  Slapped it on the kraft card base and I was done!

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI kraft and cream; SU! More Mustard; PP:  OA Witch Hazel; cream mini bag; college rule writing paper; Stamps:  PTI Happy Trails; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Dies:  PTI

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

a little peek...

[for my Colour Me...! post, scroll down or click here]

Hey peeps!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the Precious Remembrance blog today... hope you will check it out.  Here is a little peek.

Thanks for stopping by...

CMCC #16...wishing you

Hello, hello!!  Happy Wednesday everyone... are you ready for a new Colour Me...! color combo??  I hope so!! Trememdously fabulous entries for last week's fun, bright color combo.  This week the combo is the soft and subtle combo of pale green, pale pink and medium pink.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with using these pretty colors!  All the details can be found at the Colour Me...! blog.

For my card I used some fun My Mind's Eye papers in a soft green along with the new Verve stamp set Better Together, as well as the Verve set So Fluttery. The banners were cut using the dies from the Verve die set "Tag It" and the butterfly using the matching Verve butterfly die.   The layout is based on the Viva La Verve week 2 sketch.  I'm also going to pop this into the current Time Out challenge:  Birthdays.  Obviously I didn't go with the "twist" as this is a pretty feminine card, lol!!   I think the sweet little butterfly looks rather pretty with the more grungy dotty image from the Better Together set.  Also popping this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge:  Winged Things

Thanks for stopping by...please check out the projects created by my fellow teamies Tara, Hayley, Sam, Katie, Brenda and April guest designer, Anita!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, kraft and sweet blush; Stamps:  Verve; Dies: Verve & Spellbinder; Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye; Inks:  SU! Calypso Coral & Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, April 13, 2014

sweet on you...

Hello, hello!!  It is a gorgeous day here in the Pacific Northwest!!  That means beautiful views of both the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges!  Abosolutely love it!!   Even though I spent the majority of the day outside at our local zoo (Pt. Defiance) with the boys I managed to find a bit of time to make a card for a couple of challenges (ColourQ and Unscripted Sketches).

Since I didn't want to spend a ton of time making a card today I went super clean and simple, but I added a bit of interest by partially embossing the card base.  The stamps and the are from Clearly Whimsy Stamps (the Sweet as Candy line).  A piece of white cardstock was cut, one corner rounded and stamped with the candy image using SU!'s Pool Party ink.  A second candy was stamped using Hero Art's Splash ink, trimmed out and popped up over the first candy.  The word "sweet" was die cut from peachy paper from the Webster's Pages Family Traditions line and popped up on the cardstock piece.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped in black ink and then a few tangerine colored enamel dots were added to finish things off.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you to everyone who left me such sweet comments on my last post.  Each lovely comment brought a smile to my face!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy Stamps Sweet as Candy; Die:  Clearly Whimsy Stamps; Inks:  SU! and Hero Arts; Enamel dots:  My Mind's Eye; Embossing folder:  SU!

Friday, April 11, 2014

rain or shine...

(for my Precious Remembrance hop post please scroll down or click here)

Hello, hello!!  Looks like we are going to have a bit less rain and a bit more shine here in the pacific northwest this weekend... YAY!  Quick post with a card I made for a few challenges:  CASology (wet... do admit this isn't super CAS), Sketchbook Saturday, Verve (chevron chic) and Virginia's View #2 (stenciling).

Tried to get out of my comfort zone, again... not sure how well it went, but I'm trying people...I'm trying, lol!!   I colored some fibre paste with some SU! Coastal Cabana ink and then using a homemade stencil (created with PTI's chevron cover plate) applied it to my white cardstock piece.  Once it was dry I mixed a little bit more Coastal Cabana ink with water and splattered it (yep... I tried splattering!) on the cardstock.  The sentiment and image are from the Verve set Rain or Shine.   The squares were die cut using Spellbinders plain square dies.  So there it is... my funny little card! 

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white & Smoky Shadow, SU! Coastal Cabana; Stamps:  Verve; Ink:  Stampin Up! & Memento; Golden Fibre paste; Spellbinders dies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Precious Remembrance Shop April Release Blog Hop!!

Hello friends!!!  Today is an exciting day... Precious Remembrance Shop has a brand new set releasing today and the design team along with special guest designers are having a hop to celebrate!  Woot!!!   And to make things even better there is a giveway!  YAY!!   I will have all the details on how to win this new set and a complete list off all the stops on the hop at the end of my post.   If you got here from the blog of the super talented Lisa, then you are on the right track!   Now... on to my card!

I love the "painterly" look to this new set and the wonderful sentiments.  When I saw the sentiment I used on my card today I knew I wanted to have lots of sparkly and shine on my hop card.  I started by stamping the dots from the set using watermark ink.  I applied sparkly clear embossing powder and heat set.  Clear sequins were then added to each dot.  The feather was die cut from silver foil cardstock and adhered.  I die cut the banner and stamped it with the sentiment, added the heart and adhered it to the card.  Super simple, but full of sparkly and shine!  I have included a close up of the dots so you can see how sparkly they are.  Your next stop on the hop is the very talented Kim.  I know she is going to knock your socks off with her fabulous project!

Now... for those giveaway details:
Subscribe to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog
Follow/like PRS on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
Share the new stamp release with your crafty friends through Facebook, your blog, etc.
Hop along and leave a comment on each blog and show us some love.
The giveaway will end on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and one lucky winner will be randomly drawn to win!
Blog Hop list:
Annette Allen (guest designer)
Rosemary (you are here!)
Judy Marino (guest designer)
Thanks for stopping by... now hop on!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; silver foil; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop New Day; Dies:  Impression Obsession (feather), Reverse Confetti (banner); JudiKin sparkly clear embossing powder; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CMCC #15... thankful for you

Hello friends!!  Its Wednesday and that means a brand new color combo is up at Colour Me!  There were so many fabulous cards in the gallery last week!   This week we have the fun color combo of Daffodil Delight (bright yellow) and Bermuda Bay (teal).   Can't wait to see what everyone creates with this super fun combo.  All the details can be found on the Colour Me...! blog.  Please remember that you don't have to use Stampin Up! colors for your projects. 
For my card today I used Reverse Confetti set Forever Fall and the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try layout.    I stamped the rectangular woodgrain image using Memento's Dandelion ink on my white cardstock piece.  The same image was stamped on a strip of white cardstock using Hero Arts Splash chalk ink and layered on top.  I die cut the tag using the RC "Tag Me" me die.  To make it fit better on the layout I trimmed off the outer portion of the tag.  The sentiment was stamped using Splash ink and then adhered to the layout.  I stamped the heart using Dandelion ink, trimmed it out and adhered it to the tag.  Some teal colored baker's twine was looped through the tag opening and some teal and yellow sequins were added to finish things off.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Hero Arts & Memento; Die:  Reverse Confetti; Baker's Twine:  The Twinery; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh & Ellen Hutson

Monday, April 7, 2014

love the here & now...

Hello friends!!  Popping in with a card for the current MFT Wednesday sketch challenge, as well as Virginia's View challenge #2 - stencils.

I will be honest and tell you that I'm not real big on stencils.  I own one and don't plan to buy any more.  I have dies that I can use to make my own stencils and given that this isn't a technique that I will be using alot using my dies to make my own works perfectly for me!  I'm also not big on spray mists for several reasons that I won't bore you with!  However, I did buy four Perfect Pearl Mists (for reasons I don't even remember, lol!) a few years ago and thankfully I was able to use one of them for my card.  I created my stencil by cutting a piece of thin chipboard using my MFT Fluttering Hearts die.  I layed it on my white cardstock and sprayed away using Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist.  After removing the stencil I realized that you can't really tell that those are hearts, but I forged ahead anyway.  I cut the piece down to the size I wanted and then stamped it with my sentiment (from the MFT set Chalkboard Greetings) using black ink.  I matted the piece with PTI Smoky Shadow cardstock.  Some pink polka dotted paper from Echo Park was cut to fit my card base, the edges distressed a bit and then adhered to the card base.  The stenciled piece was layered on top and then I added the wood veneer arrows that I colored using SU!'s Melon Mambo ink and then daubed them with a Ranger Gold paint dauber.  Not a bad effort... but I think I may try making something using my fibre paste.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & Smoky Shadow; PP:  Echo Park; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Die:  My Favorite Things; Studio Calico wood veneer arrows; Ranger Gold paint dauber; Perfect Pearls Mist; Ink:  SU! Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black