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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June PTI Blog Hop...

Hey friends!!  Stopping in with a card for this month's PTI blog hop.  Nicole provided us with another intriguing inspiration piece.  As I looked at this lovely work of art I originally thought that I would use the Friendly Flowers stamp set, but my order from this month's PTI release came yesterday and I decided to use the Splits:  Thank You mini stamp set and the matching die and do some watercoloring.  I embossed the die on to my watercolor cardstock and then stamped the image with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink using my mini MISTI.  Then I picked some colors from the inspiration piece, found corresponding colors in my Gansai Tambi watercolor palette and colored up the flowers and leaves.  Once I had the look I wanted I let the piece dry and then stamped the sentiment (from the PTI set Garden Grace) in VersaFine Onyx Black.  I would have used the sentiment from the Splits:  Thank You set, but I'm trying to get a little stash of birthday cards so I used the sentiment from Garden Grace instead.  Die cut the piece, added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkly clear sequins and then adhered the panel to a light grey card base.  Simple, but I really like how it turned out.
Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  light grey, Ranger watercolor cardstock; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine;  Watercolors:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

shimmer butterfly...

Hey friends!!  Well... our sunny weather has turned to "liquid sunshine" weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  Perfect weather to stay inside and make some cards!  I have a card that I made for a few different challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown, SSS Wednesday challenge (shimmer) and Virginia's View all about color.   Love the colors at Color Throwdown so bright and cheerful! And I loved the FMS layout, but I had absolutely no mojo!   A quick turn through the new Stampin Up! catalog soon change that situation... YAY!!  I pulled out several favorite Stampin Up! sets and got to work.  I did some collage stamping using my favorite SU! set Kinda Eclectic and the yellow and lime green colors and then threw in some kraft for the rectangular element in the sketch.  The butterfly (from the SU! set Watercolor Wings) was stamped using the red raspberry and hot pink colors and then die cut with the matching die.  I then took the butterfly outside and sprayed it with Prima Color Bloom Pearl White.  The sentiment is from a third SU! set (Butterfly Basics) and was stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black.  The panel was die cut using an AJVD die, the butterfly attached and the panel adhered to a light grey cardstock base.  Sometimes a little straight up stamping is exactly what I need to help get me in the crafting groove!  I have included a close up of the butterfly so you can see the shimmer.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog; white; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Stampin Up! and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Prima Color Bloom Pearl White spray mist

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday with AJVD...

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

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a look and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by today...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

wishing you sunshine...

Hey friends!!  Now that summer vacation is upon us things have slowed down a bit and I have found some time to make a card or two... YAY!   Pretty Pink Posh has a rainbow card challenge going on and I really wanted to play along using the PTI mini Make It Market kit Sunshine and Rainbows.  I pretty much love anything that Yana Smakula makes and so I used her card as my inspiration.  I didn't do layers of die cuts like she did, but I did ink up my watercolor cardstock using the PTI stencils and then sprinkled on some water when I was done to achieve the same look. Creating the rainbow takes two stencils and so I had to make sure that I was careful to get the colors in the correct order as I did the inking.  (You know ROY G BIV - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. No indigo or violet as the rainbow stencils only allow for five colors.) Once that was done I die cut the panel down to a smaller size.  The word "sunshine", the swing and the bird are all pre-printed images that are included in the kit.  I just die cut the ones I wanted and I was done.  I stamped the sentiment "Wishing you" from the set in VersaFine Onyx Black and then adhered the word.  I thought about die cutting a few more and stacking them, but decided to just leave it as is.  The little swing was adhered to the clouds and then the bird popped up with a pop dot.  I added the second half of the sentiment after I had actually finished the card and thankfully it stamped nicely for me!  The finishing touch was to add some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins in two different sizes.  I will be posting this card to the current Paper Players challenge (CAS celebration - I think this is a pretty clean and simple design), as well as the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  At the suggestion of my bloggy friend, Karren, I'm adding this to the Virginia's View Summer challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today... would love to hear your thoughts!

Supplies:  Cardstock: white, Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress inks:  Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Fired Brick; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins

Monday, June 20, 2016


Hey!!  Stopping in with a simple little card that I made using the Color Throwdown colors (my second go round with them!) and the CAS(E) this Sketch layout.  Still having problems with my mojo, but figured I might be able to get it back if I actually did something, lol!! I pulled out some of my very neglected Concord & 9th stamps to create my card.  I have had the Concord & 9th Being Classy set for ages and never used it.  So I combined it with some of the little images in Painted thank you to create my design.  I recently got Stampin Up!'s Emerald Envy ink (it is one of the new SU! In Colors) and I just love it!!!   I flipped the sketch on its side since I decide to use the word "thoughtful" from Being Classy and it really didn't fit with the original orientation of the sketch.  The flower was created using the Concord & 9th Floral & Flutter die set.  I made the flower about a month ago for something else that I ended up not making so I just kept the flower and it finally found a home on this card!  I finished off the inside of the card as well.  I stamped the sentiment "That's you" from Being Classy and then added some of the leaves, dot and the flower in the same layout as the sketch.    Shoot!!  The Color Throwdown link is closed... oh well... I did make another card that made into the line up!

Thanks for stopping by today... always enjoy reading your comments!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, kraft; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Dandelion, SU! Crumb Cake and Emerald Envy; enamel dot

Friday, June 17, 2016


Hey friends!!  After all the craziness of the last couple of weeks (physical therapy appointments, car appointments... YAY!! I can finally lock my car door!!) it seems my mojo has flown away.  I made this simple card using this week's Freshly Made Sketch layout and this week's Color Throwdown combo.  When I first saw the Color Throwdown graphic I was tempted to make something using a pineapple, but I recently got a couple of new things from Reverse Confetti's June release and so I wanted to use the die and stamp set for my card.  I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my little wooden cutting board and then watercolored part of it using brown and gold paints from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  Once it was dry I die cut it with an AJVD rectangle backdrop die.  The starfish was die cut from white and yellow cardstocks and then the yellow "star" was inset into the white portion and then inked the edges with some Ranger Old Paper distress ink.  The sentiment from the RC My Heart Trust stamp set was stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used my MISTI to stamp it multiple times to get a good impression.  Popped up the starfish on the panel and then added that panel to a second panel die cut from green cardstock.  To finish I flicked on some yellow paint.  Not my best effort, but sometimes you gotta start somewhere, right?  I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of animal magic.  I learned something about starfish the other day.  They are a type of sea urchin and thus... an animal!  At the suggestion of my sweet friend, Greta, I'm adding this to the current City Crafter challenge:  let's go to the beach!

Thanks for stopping by today... love to read your comments!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; PTI new leaf and lemon tart, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design and Reverse Confetti; Ink:  VersaFine; Watercolors:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi