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

Saturday, October 16, 2021

a couple more cards...

 Hello!  Popping in with a couple of cards today.  I got my Spellbinders Glimmer club kit for October the other day and I could not wait to fire up my Glimmer machine and create a card!  I hadn't used my September Glimmer club kit yet so I combine the two along with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

I also did some embossing with this card.  I normally leave my background panel plain, but I decided to pull out the Spellbinders Falling Leaves embossing folder to jazz up my background.  I foiled all the images twice using Polished Brass foil, die cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers.  I should have colored everything before I did the diecutting, but it turned out in the end.  The sentiment and banner are from the September Glimmer club kit and I used kraft cardstock for the foiling.  I like how it turned out.  I assembled the banner and then adhered everything to the embossed panel.  I finished with tons of sparkly red gems from the Spellbinder Color Mix Red essentials gem pack.  

The second card is for Color Throwdown.  During Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember celebration I was able to pick up the SSS/Concord & 9th collaborative stamp and die set called Double the Thanks.  I really liked the uniqueness of the stamp set.  I stamped the two part thank you in dark brown and kraft, die cut it and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  I then tried to find an ink that I might have that was more on the green side of turquoise to stamp the sentiment and the leaves, but couldn't quite come up with one.  Oh well... that happens sometimes, right?  I added those to my card and it was done.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

it's wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  Fall has definitely arrived in the Puget Sound region of Washington!   The weather is getting colder and the leaves are falling!   My usual post is up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my card:

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Monday, October 11, 2021

sparkle and shine...

 Hello!  I'm popping in today with two cards that I created using products from Spellbinder's September release.  Both these cards feature lots of sparkle and shine!   The shine was created using new Glimmer hot foil plates and the sparkle was provided by lots and lots of Red Mix Color Essentials gems from Spellbinders.  Lets get to the cards! (Compensated affiliate links used where possible.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!)

This card was created with the new Holiday Florals Background Glimmer hot foil plates and Polished Brass foil.   This set includes a large hot foil plate that will cover the majority of your card front as well as three hot foil sentiment plates.  I didn't use any of the sentiments for my card.  Instead I used a sentiment from the Essential Christmas Greetings Glimmer hot foil plates.  I wanted a traditional looking Christmas card so I went with hunter green and dark red cardstocks.  After foiling the background with my Glimmer on the hunter green cardstock I trimmed the panel down with the largest Essentials Rectangle die.   I adhered the panel to a dark red card base.  I then glimmered the sentiment from the Essentials Christmas Greetings on hunter green cardstock and die cut it with the circle die from the Jingle Word Frame die set.  That circle was then matted with dark red cardstock die cut from an old Spellbinders scalloped circle die.  I layered the two and popped up the sentiment in the center of my panel.  I then finished the card by adding lots and lots of the Red Mix Color Essentials gems.  The sparkle and shine is so pretty in real life!

This card doesn't have as much sparkle and shine, but it is still there, lol!   I used the pretty Forevergreen embossing folder for my background.  Again I used a hunter green, dark red color and Polished Brass scheme for the card, but I added pops of white.  I die cut hunter green cardstock with an Essential Rectangle die and then embossed the panel with the Forevergreen embossing folder.  The sentiment from Essential Christmas Greetings was Glimmered on dark red cardstock and die cut with the smallest Essentials Rectangle die.  I adhered the embossed panel to a white cardstock base and then popped up the sentiment panel.   To tie everything together I die cut the flowers from the Christmas Blooms die set in white and gold metallic cardstock, layered them up and adhered to the sentiment panel.  The flowers were finished with Red Mix Color Essentials gems

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, October 8, 2021

a leaf and flowers

 Hello!  Popping in with two cards today.  First up is a card for the current Sunday Stamps challenge.  I participated in their last challenge and the team was kind enough to pick that card as a Top Cup!  Thanks so much to the team!  Their inspiration this time around is a really pretty color palette of teal, bright red, orange and yellow.   At first I wasn't sure how I would use those colors together, but settled on creating two flowers using the Simon Says Stamp Etched Layered Daisy Stem die set.  I die cut the stems from teal cardstock and the flowers from orange and yellow cardstocks.  The flower heads are two layers and create a really pretty looking flower.  I die cut white cardstock using a Spellbinders essentials rectangle die and then laid out where I wanted to place the stems so I could determine where to stamp the sentiment.  The daisies are a little whimsical looking to me and so I wanted a whimsical sentiment.  I used one from a very old (and no longer available) Simon Says Stamp set called Lovely Spring.  That was stamped in black ink (VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne) and then I adhered the stems and flowers.  I brought in the bright red by adding little drops of red using Nuvo Jewel drops in Berry Red to the centers of the flowers and then adding some to the card.    

The second card is for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm still in the mood to use leaves on cards and so it was easy to pick the large leaf from the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout bundle for the main image.   There is an outer die that cuts the full leaf and an interior die that allows you to die cut the leaf so that it is just an outline.  I taped the two dies together and cut one from orange cardstock and one from brown cardstock.   I used washi tape to keep the pieces in the orange one in place and then using Bearly Art glue (I just started using it and I love it!) I adhered the brown pieces.  I didn't want to waste the brown outline leaf so I just adhered it to the back of the orange one to get the leaf more stability.  I die cut strips of gray cardstock and adhered then per the FMS sketch.  The sentiment is from the C9 Lace Leaf stamp set and was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist.  I finished things off with a little bow tied with brown/white baker's twine.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

SSS Peace on Earth Release!

 Hello everyone!  Did you see that the new Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth release is available?  It is absolutely amazing and Simon was so kind to send me that super fun SSS/CZ Design Merry & Bright die set.   I love this die set!   You get a die that cuts Merry & Bright together along with the shadow die, two snowflake dies and three little star dies!  So many things you can do with this die set.  Check out the entire Peace on Earth release right here. (Compensated affiliate links used where possible.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

For my first card I did some ink blending with Salvaged Patina and Prize Ribbon distress oxide inks on smooth bristol cardstock.  When I was done with the ink blending a splattered on water and then lifted it off with a paper towel.  I die cut Merry & Bright from white cardstock four times and white glitter cardstock once and then stacked them.  The shadow was die cut from heavy weight vellum and adhered to the sentiment.  I die cut the panel and then adhered the sentiment in the center of the card.  I die cut the snowflakes from the same heavy weight vellum, adhered them and then added a bit of Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust.  I then added additional drops of the Silver Moondust around the card.  

For the second card I thought it would be fun to create a tone on tone look with a bright green cardstock and then add a pop of red.   The red sentiment was die cut several times and stacked.   The stacked sentiment was placed on my die cut panel and then I arranged the sentiments cut from the bright green cardstock around it.   Even though I liked how the card turned out I thought it was a little plain.  So I die cut a bunch of stars using the dies from the set and tried placing those around the card, but I didn't like how it looked.  Then I remembered the SSS Christmas Foliage die set.  I first cut the holly leaves from the bright green, but that was too much green.  So I cut the holly leaves from the red, the berries from the green and adhered them to my card front.  I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Morning Dew to the berries for a little shine. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Peace on Earth release

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

happy wednesday...

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  Hope your October is off to a great start.  Here in the Pacific Northwest we are having a typical start to October... lots of rain!   Since it is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!