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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

sharing over at a jillian vance design...

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post 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 and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

rain or shine...

Hey there!  Fall is fast approaching and while we do not have the severe weather that is affecting the east coast our typical Pacific Northwest fall weather has arrived... rain.   So my card today is rather appropriate.  I used the MFT stamp set Rain or Shine along with the matching dies.  The 2018 MFT Design Super Star contest is going on right now and one of the categories is coloring virtuoso.    I'm not sure that I can call myself a coloring virtuoso, but I have been working on improving my coloring skills and to that end decided to enter as a challenge to myself.   MFT design team member and product designer Torico shared a video that showed how to do speedy coloring with Copics and color pencils.   Torico is definitely a coloring virtuoso and so I was able to pick up a few things from her and gave the technique a try.   Overall I think I did a fairly good job, but still have lots to learn when it comes to shadows, etc.   I used the sketch from the current MFT sketch challenge so I will be adding the card there, as well as to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to pop it up.  I popped up lots of things on my card.   After coloring and die cutting everything I inked up the Stitched Mini Scallop rectangle with Lucky Clover and Broken China distress oxide ink.   The sentiment was stamped and die cut with a Slanted Sentiment strip.  Then I layered up all the images as you see on a panel of MFT smooth white cardstock and then added the panel to a light blue cardstock base.   For my color pencil coloring I used my small collection of Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils.  The ink was Memento Tuxedo Black.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT; Stamps and dies:  MFT; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Coloring mediums:  Copic makers, Polychromos and Prisamcolor pencils

Friday, September 14, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with Precious Remembrance Shop

Hey there!  Hope you had a good week.  Fall is definitely on the way in my part of the world and with that in mind I have a fall inspired card up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the PRS blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2018


Hey there!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  MFT Design Superstar, Paper Players, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (pop it up... the strips are popped up).   As indicated the MFT Design Superstar challenge is happening right now and well... I just can't pass up a good challenge!  This card is for the clean and simple genius category.   I love a good clean and simple design and that is what this week's Fis all about!  I trimmed down some MFT smooth white cardstock into strips and then adhered strips of MFT silver glitter cardstock to the backs of each strip.  The butterfly (from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp set) was stamped in the mint and blackberry colors per the Paper Players challenge and then die cut with the matching die. I wasn't really sure that I would like the mint and blackberry together, but I really do!   I adhered the strips with foam dots and then determined where I wanted the butterfly to be placed.  I stamped the word hello (part of a sentiment from the MFT Springtime Blooms stamp set) in Crumb Cake ink.   The butterfly was adhered and then I added the wood veneer butterflies to bring in a bit more of the crumb cake like color.  My fourth color per the PP challenge is silver.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white and silver glitter; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  Hero Arts, Close to My Heart and Stampin Up!; Studio Calico veneer butterflies

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  My post for A Jillian Vance Design is up on the blog today and here is a little peek:

Today's card is similar to the card I created last week in that I used more of the leaves.  I hope, however, that you will still take the time to head over to the blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

i just miss you...

Hey there!  Hope your September is off to a good start.   I'm popping in with a card that I made today.  I actually stamped and colored earlier last week, but never had a chance to turn into a card.  When I saw that the new Flower challenge is an anything goes challenge I thought I would finally turned the image I colored into a card and enter their challenge.   The image I used is from a limited edition stamp set from Stampin Up! called Blended Seasons and I stamped it in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink on light gray cardstock.  I then colored the image with my polychromos color pencils and then added the sentiment using the same gray ink.  I simply die cut the image with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then adhered it to a white cardstock base.  I will be adding this to the Flower challenge, as well as to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use stamping on your card.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS fog; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist; Color medium:  Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils