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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

all things...

Hello friends!!!   We have had some silly weather here in Western Washington.  Yesterday it was rainy and cold and told we have sunshine and warm!  I will definitely take the sunny and warm!  Have a card I made using the Reverse Confetti March Sketch for You to Try.  I think I will post this to the current Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday since I do have stamping on it, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of anything goes.


Yesterday (when it was rainy and cold) I made a quick trip to the best paper crafting/stamping store in my area Impress Rubber Stamps to get just one thing... a box of envelopes.  But, of course, I walked out of there with a few more things... including a super cute pad of Teresa Collins Nine & Co papers.  I used those for my card.  The stamps and dies are Reverse Confetti.  The lovely Love Blooms set and matching Confetti Cuts dies.  Followed the sketch quite faithly... most of the time I'm just not super creative, lol!  Anyway...

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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; PP:  Teresa Collins; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Spellbinders plain circles; Confetti Cuts; Inks:  VersaMagic Straw, Pumpkin Spice, Sage and Spanish Olive; VersaFine Black Onyx; Yellow Stickles

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PTI March Blog Hop...

Hey friends.... thought I would play along with this month's PTI blog hop.  After the February release I got the "Blue Skies" collection and have been wanted to make something using the products and the blog hop was the perfect chance.  Love the aqua/yellow color combo in the inspiration photo!  I kept things very simple and came up with this little card:


 

That cloud cover plate is just about one of the most clever things I have seen lately and I just love how the finished piece came out.  I did trim off some of the bottom so that more of the sunshine would appear through the clouds.  After I layered everything up I added some Crystal stickles to some of the clouds for a bit of sparkle.  Posting this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Anything Goes.

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Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Pool Party, PTI Lemon Tart; Recollections white; Stamps and dies:  PTI Blue Skies; Inks:  SU! Pool Party, VersaFine Onyx Black; Crystal stickles

Wednesday with A Jillian Vance Design...

Hello friend!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up over on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.   I hope you will take the time to pop over and check it out.  Here is a little peek:



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

oh happy day...

Hey friends!!!  Popping in with a card I made for a couple of challenges, CAS on Sundays (a sketch) and Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge.  Don't you just love that saying... "oh happy day"?   It almost wasn't a happy day for me because the stamp set that this sentiment came from almost didn't make it to my house!  I had ordered a few things from Ellen Hutson last week and since she is just a few miles (well more than a few... maybe 30, lol) up the road from me I knew I would get it right away.  The package was due to arrive on Friday, but much to my surprise it wasn't in my mailbox even though the tracking said it was delivered to me!  So. Not. Happy!   Called the post office and let them know that I didn't get it.  I had a feeling it had been delivered to the wrong house and thankfully I was right when my nice neighbor (who got it instead of me) brought it down on Sunday afternoon.  YAY!   My order included the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp set, the matching dies and the Bold Blooms stand alone dies.

The second Essentials by Ellen challenge is a photo inspiration one.  I took my inspiration from the colors uses (black, gold and white), as well as the strips on the bench.  I die cut the scribble blooms and leaves from black and gold glitter cardstock.  The stripped paper is from the My Mind's Eye Mint Julip 6x6 pad. The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  Given that I have a ton of patterned paper you would think I could find a piece that had black and white strips on it, but not so!  I had to hunt around to find the piece that I used for my project!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

the best


Hey friends!!  Popping in with a card that I made for a couple of challenges:  Viva la Verve week 3 and Colour Me...!  I don't know about you, but I have way too many 6 x 6 paper pads that I have not used.  I'm trying to get better about that and so I found a couple pads that would work for the Colour Me...! combo and settled on the Teresa Collins Fabrications pad.   I used the lovely Verve set Let It Be for the sentiment and floral image.   After finishing the main panel I tried a little idea I learned from Jennifer McGuire (I don't follow her blog so I know if she shared this on her blog) during the Online Card Classes:  Clean & Simple 4 class.   After she finished her main panel she used fun foam trimmed to fit the panel instead of foam tape to give the panel its lift.  I had wanted to give it a try and finally was able to make it to Joann's and purchased a few sheets.  Using a piece of fun foam trimmed to fit your panel gives the panel more stability and there is no sagging in the spots where there is no foam tape.   I like that!  The only thing I'm not sure about is the adhesive that I used to adhere the panel is strong enough to keep a grip on it.  We shall see...




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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; SU! Sahara Sand; PP:  Teresa Collins; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  My Favorite Things banner dies; Wilton paper doily; Ink:  Memento London Fog, VersaFine Onyx Black; grey enamel dot

Thursday, March 19, 2015

yellow and grey...

Hey friends!!   Popping in with a couple of cards that I made last night both cards use the same color scheme of yellow, grey, black and white.  This color combo is featured in the Simon Says Stamp March card kit.   One card is for the Viva La Verve sketch challenge - week 2 and the other card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, as well as the current Paper Players challenge - CAS floral.


Last night when I made this card (for FMS and PP) I wasn't really happy with how it turned out.  But this morning when I walked into the kitchen and took another look at it I really liked what I saw.   Do you ever do that?  Not like something when you make it and then when you see it a few hours later really like it?  I cut the grey panel and then partially embossed it.  A piece of patterned paper from the SSS March kit was cut as a mat for the grey panel and then adhered to the grey panel.   The kit included a fun little die called Medium Dot Line and I used that to cut the little strip behind the flower.  The flower (from the SSS February kit) was die cut, stamped with SU!'s So Saffron ink, I added some silver metallic thread behind the flower and then adhered it to the strip.   The entire piece was adhered, sentiment added (from the SSS set Sparkle & Shine) and the panel adhered to the card base.


Now, when I finished this card I really liked how it turned out and I still do, lol!!  The only thing I would change is the yellow ink that I used.  I bought Stampin Up!'s Hello Honey ink and to be honest, I don't really like it.  It is rather harsh looking and not very pretty.  But I think by using more grey I was able to tone it down.  The stamps and dies are from Verve.  I used the Verve sets So Fluttery and Unto Us.  I die cut the label using the Verve Classy Label die and then stamped it with the corresponding image using Hello Honey ink.  The butterflies and sentiment are from So Fluttery.  Die cut them, stamped the outline with Hello Honey and the solid in grey.  Everything else is pretty self-explanatory!

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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; PTI Fresh Snow linen; SSS grey; PP:  Authentique; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp and Verve; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp, Verve and My Favorite Things; Inks:  VersaFine Black Onyx, Stampin Up! Hello Honey & So Saffron; paper doily; twine; embossing folder; silver metallic thread.