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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello friends!!!  Just stopping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my super shiny and sparkly project:
Hope you have a wonderful day... thanks for taking the time to check out my project and to let me know what you think... I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

sharing some tags

Hello!!  Stopping in with a couple of tags that I made for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a feminine twist.  I am not a huge maker of tags, but all of the tags that have been showcased on the CLASSroom blog really inspired me to make a few. I made tags using ideas from days two and three.  Day two was all about sparkle and using glitter and Julia and Kay provided some amazing inspiration.  Initially I was going to use a die cut covered with glitter, but both of my tries turned out badly so I decided to switch to using glitter cardstock.  Hopefully that is okay.  I die cut the tag from some thin chipboard and then covered it with some paper die cut with the same tag.  A tag was die cut from silver cardstock and then the bottom half was die cut using a stitched border die from A Jillian Vance Design.  I edged the tag with some Brilliance light blue ink and then I adhered the silver glitter cardstock.  A snowflake (from AJVD) was die cut from blue glitter cardstock and adhered to the tag.  The sentiment (from A Jillian Vance Design) was stamped and then trimmed out.  Each piece was edged with silver ink and then adhered to the tag.  Finished things off with some silver tinsel trim.

The second tag is uses the day 3 technique to use foiling. The inspiration tags provided my Carissa and Joni are just gorgeous!  I die cut the holly swirl from AJVD from sticky back fun foam, the backing removed and then gold foil applied.  I then die cut some small poinsettias (from AJVD) from red foiled cardstock.  The tag (from AJVD) was die cut from thin chipboard and then covered with some patterned paper die cut with the same tag die.  The foil covered holly swirl was adhered to the tag and then the little poinsettias added.  Finished with the sentiment (from AJVD) and some thin red ribbon and gold thread tied in a bow.  I really, really, really like how both tags turned out!  I'm also going to add these to Lori's Vision of Sugarplums challenge.  Lori is doing her annual Visions of Sugarplums showcase.  If you have checked it out, you really should.  She has lots of fun prizes and a long list of talented guests including my friend Greta!
Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Patterned paper:  Teresa Collins santa's list, Heidi Swapp red foil cardstock, MFT silver and blue glitter cardstock; Stamps:  A Jillian Vance Design; Die cuts: A Jillian Vance Design, Our Daily Bread Design; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black; silver tinsel trim, red ribbon, gold thread; Deco Art gold foil

Friday, December 2, 2016

peaceful greetings...

Hello!!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, Color Throwdown, Time Out (Christmas with a twist to add sparkle) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).  When I saw the Color Throwdown combo I had to play along!  I'm not a huge fan of purple, but I just absolutely loved the super fun color palette!   I got super sparkly with my card, too!  I stamped one of the snowflakes from the MFT October card kit in purple and then die cut it with the matching die.  I then covered the snowflake with VersaMark ink, poured on some clear sparkly embossing powder and heat set.  I had die cut the sentiment from the green glitter paper that came with the kit back when I got the kit, but never used them.  Since green was one of the colors in the palette they were perfect for my card.  The blue glitter paper was also in the kit and I die cut it with the Stitched Inside Out dies.  I almost added glitter to the black cardstock banners, lol!!   I included a close up of the snowflake so you can see that it that in fact purple. 

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, white, PTI black; MFT green and blue glitter cardstock; Stamps:  MFT; Ink:  Close to My Heart Pansy Purple, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Stampin Up! Iridescent

Thursday, December 1, 2016

wishing you...

Hello!!!  Popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges... Freshly Made Sketches and Merry Monday Christmas challenge.  The current Merry Monday challenge is to make a masculine Christmas card and yes... I went with a image of stag!  I pulled out my Essentials by Ellen Prize Stag die and cut him from some beautiful shimmery copper cardstock.   The plaid paper is from a Tim Holtz 8x8 pad of paper I purchased last year (and never used!!) called Yuletide and was die cut with a Reverse Confetti die.  The papers in this pad are gorgeous and I really must use them again and soon!!  I stamped the starburst image from the Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright set in olive ink on the paper.  I die cut a thin fishtail banner using an MFT die and then stamped it with a sentiment from Merry &  Bright using a dark brown ink.  The other end was then fishtailed using the same die.  I adhered the plaid piece to my kraft cardstock panel, added the stag and the banner and then stamped Christmas below using the same dark brown ink. A nice simple card perfect for a guy!   I'm also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! River Rock, PTI kraft; Tim Holtz patterned paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, Reverse Confetti, MFT and AJVD; Inks:  SU!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Just stopping in to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up over on the AJVD blog.   Here is a little peek:
Hope you have a wonderful day!  I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

happy birthday hydrangea...

Hello!! Popping in with a quick post today.  The current Essentials with Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is closing soon and I finally got my card made and ready to go!  Took me awhile to figure out what I was going to do, but I finally settled on using the Mondo Hydrangea and Lovely stamp sets.  This month's pin-sights mood board is full of fall loveliness and I decided to focus on the pumpkins and gourds in the photo.  I colored the hydrangea using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors starting with light brown (which actually looks yellow to me!) and then adding in some olive green.  I was trying to get the look that hydrangeas take on when they are done blooming and the flowers are starting to fade.  The leaf was colored with the olive green and then I added in some red.  Once the leaf was dry I die cut it with the matching die.  The stem was colored with a dark brown.  Once the main panel was dry I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment. I used my mini MISTI to stamp the sentiment multiple times to get a nice dark impression.  A small slit was made in the stem and the leaf was inserted.  I finished things off with a little twine bow and added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.  This is my first time using them and while you can't really see then in the photo I really like how they look.

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies: Cardstock:  PTI kraft, Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Nuvo Glitter Drops