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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

thinking of you friend...

Hello friends!!   Have a little card to share that I made for several challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches (layout), Colour Me...! (colors) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (use a stencil).  A few weeks ago I finally got a jar of embossing (or molding) paste.   When I saw the SSS Wednesday challenge I finally had an opportunity to put that embossing paste to good use!  I started by coloring a small amount of the paste with some teal ink and then used the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil to create the background.  The flowers (from the SSS stamp set Artful Flowers) were stamped on water color paper using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and then water colored using yellow and green inks.  My water coloring skills need some work, but I'm pretty happy with how the flower turned out.   As you can see I used the green flower as leaves for the yellow flower.  I added some Crystal Stickles to the center of the flower for some sparkle. The label was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp die.  Layered everything up and I was done.  I also posted this to the current Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge to create your own background.

 
 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; SSS fog; Ranger water color paper; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron, Taken with Teal and Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Onyx Black; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp; embossing paste; Crystal Stickles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

weddings and anniversaries...

Hey friends!!   Popping in today with two cards for two different challenges... CASology where the cue word is wedding and Dies R Us where the challenge is to make an anniversary card.   Earlier this month I got the Simon Says Stamp May card kit which is perfect for wedding and anniversary cards.  I don't have any weddings to attend, but I just fell in love with the kit when I saw it so I had to have it.  I used it to create my two cards.  First up in my card for CASology.  There is absolutely no stamping on this card.  I used different bits and pieces from the kit to make the card.  In fact the two strips along the side of the card are from the piece of paper from the kit that I used to create the second card.  I used a banner and word strip from the kit, a circle punched from cardstock and some gold metallic twine to create my little sentiment embellishment.  The white cardstock partially embossed before I added the two paper strips along the one side.  One corner was rounded and the piece was then mounted on a dark grey cardstock base. 

The second card is for the Dies R Us challenge.  They are celebrating their 1st anniversary and so the challenge is to create an anniversary card.  I think this card would be perfect for a golden anniversary card or any anniversary really.  I die cut the patterned paper using the Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble border die.  The "congratulations" from the Simon Says Stamp set "Congratulations" (it is part of the May card kit) was stamped using VersaMark watermark ink, gold embossing powder applies and then heat set.  The bottom paper is also from the SSS May kit.  Love all those fun gold foil embossed diamonds.  I adhered just a strip of that to a cream cardstock panel and then added the sentiment portion on top using fun foam instead of foam dimensionals to give the piece more stability.   The panel was then attached to a cream cardstock base.  

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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Simon Says Stamp dark grey and cream; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Ranger gold; Patterned Paper:  My Minds Eye; Dies:  Lawn Fawn; circle punch

Sunday, May 17, 2015

many thanks...

Hey friends!!   Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges... Colour Me...! and Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up.  This time the Mix It Up challenge is asking participants to make a project using Essentials by Ellen stamps and/or dies and Avery Elle stamps and/or dies.   For this card I used the Avery Elle set Thanks a Bunch and the Essentials by Ellen set Fancy Thanks, as well as the Avery Elle Dotted Elle-ments die.  I love having a die that will cut cardstock to the right size to fit the front of an A2 card.  It provides a really nice finished look that you just can't always get when you cut cardstock with your paper trimmer.  After stamping all the elements for the bouquet using Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz inks I added the sentiment from Fancy Thanks using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  Some Crystal stickles was added to the flower centers.  I used some Stampin Up! Sahara Sand cardstock for my card base.  Just like with Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, Sahara Sand is a nice neutral that really makes the white panel pop.   ETA:  Adding this to the current Paper Players challenge:  CAS "girly thank you".

 
 
 
 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; SU! Sahara Sand; Stamps:  Avery Elle and Essentials by Ellen; Inks:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Avery Elle

Saturday, May 16, 2015

cqc #219 and vlv week 3...

Hello friends!!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Have a little card to share that I made for two challenges, Viva La Verve week 3 and Colour Q.  I love this week's VLV sketch... clean and simple... right up my alley!  I used two Verve sets for my card:  Better Together and Teachers Count.   Teachers Count is one of my favorite Verve sets.  I love it because of the wonderful sentiments, as well as those cute little apples!  I die cut the apples using the matching apple dies and then stamped them using red, yellow and green inks.  The sentiment panel was die cut using a die from the A Jillian Vance Design Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop die set.   The mixed media looking border image is from the Verve set Better Together.  That was stamped using medium blue ink.  The sentiment panel was adhered per the sketch and then the apples.  The card base is Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock.  I just love how the Fog cardstock looks with white.  Unlike the card that I posted the other day this card makes me happy, happy, happy!! 

 
 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Simon Says Stamp fog; Stamps Verve; Dies:  Verve and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Memento Lady Bug, Stampin Up! Hello Honey, Marina Mist and Gumball Green, VersaFine Onyx Black

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

happy birthday...

Hey friends!!  Popping in to share a card that I made a few days ago for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and Sweet Sunday Sketch.   The stamps used are from Reverse Confetti, Color Me Happy and Beautiful Banners.  When I got Color Me Happy I thought one of the brush stroke images looked like a candle so I used that along with a splatter image to create the candles.  I did some partial embossing of the cardstock I used and then added some clear Wink of Stella to the "flames", but you can't see it in the photo... should have used Stickles. Since there wasn't a good spot to stamp a sentiment I added that to the middle candle.  I think my idea to use the brushstroke as a candle turned out pretty good, but I must admit that I'm not really happy with the card.  There is just something off about it, but I can't quite put my finger on what the problem is.   Anyway, I made it (good or bad) so I'm posting it! 




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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Hero Art blue; BasicGrey orange and red woodgrain patterned papers; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Memento Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Danube Blue and Lady Bug; Star embossing folder

Thursday, May 14, 2015

happy blooming birthday...

Hey friends!!  Popping in with a quick post today.  Made this sweet little birthday card using some Simon Says Stamp, Avery Elle and A Jillian Vance Design products.  I will be posting this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (use a lovely color palette) and AAA Card challenge (their 1st birthday celebration).   I also posted this in the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge (#18).  ETA:  Last minute add to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge:  use SSS products.


This card turned out pretty much exactly how I envisioned it would!  Don't you love it when that happens??  I do, lol!  The flowers were created using the Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers stamp and die set.  The main panel was die cut using the Avery Elle Dotted Elle-ments.  Die cut all the flower pieces, stamped them and then layered.  I finished the card using this sweet little sentiment from the A Jillian Vance Design stamp set Showers of Blessings.   Would you look at those yummy inspiration photos??  Makes me want to head over to our totally awesome local cupcake shop, Hello Cupcake, and pick up some yummy cupcakes!!

 
 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Simon Says Stamp Fog; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and Avery Elle; Inks:  Stampin Up! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Marina Mist and Coastal Cabana, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMagic Aloe Vera