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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

two birthday cards...

Hey there!  As my blog title says I have two birthday cards to share today.  The first card is for the Essentials by Ellen pin-sights challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use more than one stamp.  I have been having a bit of a love affair with coloring on vellum lately.  I just love the soft look that you can achieve by coloring on the back of your stamped vellum.  The last card I made I used distress markers, but with today's card I decided to try using my Memento markers.  One of my favorite Essentials by Ellen stamp sets is the Mondo Hydrangea and so I pulled that out to use for my card.  I wanted my hydrangeas in opposite corners so I stamped the image on opposite corners of my vellum with watermark ink and then heat embossed in white.  Once that was done I die cut each image with the matching die.  I colored one hydrangea with a light pink and dark pink Memento marker (Angel Pink and Rose Bud) and the other with a light purple and a dark purple (Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly).  The leaves were stamped and embossed and then colored with a light green marker from Stampin Up! and a Memento marker in dark green (Cottage Ivy).  I trimmed down a piece of woodgrain cardstock and then adhered all the pieces using rolled up glue dots.  For the sentiment I used stamps from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely stamp set.  The birthday was stamped directly onto the woodgrain cardstock and the phrase 'It's your' was embossed in white on medium gray cardstock, trimmed out and adhered.  


The second card is super simple and made for three challenges:  Reverse Confetti Stock You Stash (Birthday), Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I finally got a chance to purchase a couple of newer Reverse Confetti stamp sets and used one (Tall Blooms) for my card.  I knew the Tall Blooms stamp set would be perfect for the sketch! After two bad embossing results using Canson watercolor paper I switched to Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and got a much better result with my embossing.   Then I did some simple watercoloring using red and blue ZIG markers and clean water.  Once the piece was try I die cut it with an AJVD plain rectangle die.  The sentiment (from Tall Blooms) was embossed in white on vellum, trimmed down and then adhered using rolled up glue dots.   The panel was then adhered to a red cardstock base.  Super simple, but now I have one more birthday card!



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  SSS medium gray, Tim Holtz woodgrain, PTI vellum; Stamps and dies:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Coloring medium:  Memento markers, Stampin Up! marker

Card #2:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Real Red, PTI vellum, Arches watercolor; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Die:  A Jillian Vance Design; Coloring medium:  ZIG markers; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there... happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my project:



I hope you will take a moment to head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think.   Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Precious Remembrance Shop New Release Blog Hop!

Hey everyone!!  There is a new stamp set available in the Precious Remember Shop store and the design team is having a blog hop to celebrate!  The new set is call Little Things and is perfect for scrapbook layouts, cards and planners.  You should have arrived here by way of Kelly's blog.  If you did not please head over to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog for the start of the hop.   For my card today I decided to go with a monochromatic look that is very clean and simple.  I stamped the triangle cluster image diagonally across white cardstock using Catherine Pooler ink in Rose Petals.  I stamped the cluster once and then stamped image a second time slightly offset to create a shadow effect.  I then stamped the long polka dot strip on white cardstock with the same ink, trimmed it out, tore the ends to make it look like washi tape and then stamped it with the sentiment.  The panel was die cut and then adhered to a white cardstock base and then popped up the sentiment strip with foam dots.  I adhered some light pink buttons (from Precious Remembrance Shop) to finish off the design.  Your next stop on the hop is my sweet friend, Greta!   Make sure that you hop through all the design team blogs and leave some love as there will be an opportunity to win the Little Things stamp set!  Commenting is open through May 25th.  Here is a look at the full set:


Have a wonderful day... happy hopping and don't forget to follow Precious Remembrance Shop on Instagram and Facebook!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

i love your kind heart...

Hey there!!  I have a card to share for a couple of challenges:  the Card Concept (floral centerpiece) and Inspired By (floral cluster).   I had made a couple of purchases from the Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By release and one of the things I bought was the beautiful Center Cut Flowers stamp.  I finally inked it up the other card to create my card.  I didn't make the card with either of the challenges I'm entering in mind it was just pure coincidence that my card worked for both challenges. Kinda like it when that happens... don't you?  I stamped the image on PTI vellum (love how thick it is!) with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed in white.  I colored the backside of the image using Ranger Distress markers in Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.  I adhered the image to some Tim Holtz woodgrain cardstock and then added the sentiment from the SSS Take Heart stamp set that I embossed in white on black cardstock along with the die cut word. Finished with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.  I think this would work for the clean and layered category at the Card Concept.  I'm also adding this to the current Time Out challenge to be inspired by a quote.  After reviewing the challenge I realized that my card would work perfectly since I have used blooms and I think the sentiment fits very nicely into the theme of the quote.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI black, vellum, SSS gray, Tim Holtz woodgrain; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaMark; Coloring medium:  Ranger Distress markers; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins

Friday, May 18, 2018

have a beautiful day...

Hello there!  I'm popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (stencil it), Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge (stencil it).  Back in March I purchased the April Simon Says Stamp card kit and one of the items in the kit was a beautiful butterflies stencil.  I had used lots of items from the kit, but not the stencil and so when I saw the two SSS challenges I knew just what stencil I would use for those two challenges.   I pulled out a piece of woodgrain cardstock and stenciled some of the butterflies on to it using BoBunny glitter paste in Buttercup.   There are also little dots in the stencil and so I used BoBunny glitter paste in pumpkin to stencil some dots randomly around the butterflies once the yellow glitter paste had dried.  I then had to figure out how I was going to use the panel and decided to use it for the FMS challenge.  Because I didn't want to completely cover up the panel that I had just stenciled with the beautiful glittery butterflies and dots I decided to use vellum.  I cut down a piece of vellum into a square and then stamped the sentiment from the SSS Beautiful Day stamp set and the leaf image on the vellum with VersaMark watermark ink and then embossed in white.  I then colored the back of the leaves with two green makers and adhered the panel using rolled up glue dots placed behind the stamping.  I finished off the card by adding some sequins in yellow (although some look green) in two sizes and tiny silver ones.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Lemon Tart, Ranger Woodgrain, PTI vellum; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Stencil:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaMark;  Glitter paste:  BoBunny; Sequins:  Simon Says Stamp

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Precious Remembrance Shop and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop Day 2

Hello and welcome to day two of the Precious Remembrance Shop/Imagine Crafts blog hop!  Today I will be sharing two cards that I made using the PRS School Days stamp set and lots of fun Imagine Crafts products.  You should have arrived here by way of my PRS team mate Helen's blog.  If you did not, please head to the PRS blog for the start of the hop and the full list of participants.

The School Days stamp set has always been one of my favorite PRS stamp sets.  I just love the cute little school bus and that fun little pencil with the ABC/123.   My first card uses the ABC/123/pencil image.  I stamped the image on some yellow patterned paper using VersaFine CLAIR ink in Golden Meadow and then trimmed out the pencil.  I stamped the sentiment inside the pencil using CLAIR ink in Nocturne.  I die cut some patterned paper using a little notebook die and then stamped the image on the die cut with Nocturne ink.  I then sprayed the piece with Lady Bug and Paris Dusk Fireworks.  A second piece of patterned paper was die cut with the notebook die and then the two were layered together with the bottom one at an angle to the top one.  The patterned paper pencil was then adhered using some foam dimensionals.  I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit my card front and then sprayed it with Dandelion Fireworks and then adhered the layered panels.  I like the clean and simple yet mixed media look to the card.


The second card is pretty simple, as well.  I cut some grid patterned paper and then stamped it with the dotted line image to create some tire tracks using CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I stamped the bus on the same patterned paper that I stamped the pencil on in Nocturne, trimmed it out and adhered it to the grid panel as shown.  I finished off the card by stamping the border sentiment that has the little hearts and says I love school in CLAIR Twilight ink and then added some Tangelo irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.


That is it for me today.  Your next stop on the hop is Imagine Crafts design team member Steph Ackerman.  Don't forget to follow Precious Remembrance Shop and Imagine Crafts on Facebook and Instagram and to leave comments on all the stops on the hop for your chance to win one of two prizes:  Totally and School Days stamp sets from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Craft gift certificate.

Happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Cardstock:  white; Notebook die; All other supplies are from Imagine Crafts and Precious Remembrance Shop