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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

if friends were flowers...

Hey there!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend!  I have another card to share today.  This one is for the February Altenew inspiration challenge.  Also going to add it to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I recently got the Altenew Peony Spray stamp and die set.  I just love peonies!  I have several plants growing in my yard and look forward to their beautiful blooms every year.  So... it just makes sense that I would want to have a few peony related stamp sets in my collection!  Using the Altenew inspiration photo I pulled out the lighter shade of pink and the green (although my green isn't that dark) as a starting point.  I stamped the peony on Canson watercolor paper using VersaFine Smoky Gray ink and then loosely colored the image with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  When it was dry I die cut it with the matching die.  I watercolored a second piece of Canson watercolor paper with a light pink ZIG marker and when it was dry die cut it with the Altenew Watercolor Stripes cover die.   I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black and then popped the piece up on a light gray cardstock base.  I originally had the flower adhered flush with the die cut but didn't like it.  Thankfully I was able to remove it and add some foam dimensionals to the back.  It looks much better popped up.  Finished with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.


Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Canson watercolor; Stamps and dies:  Altenew; Inks:  VersaFine; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi, ZIG clean color marker; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, February 17, 2018

watercolor flowers...

Hey there!!  Popping in with a card to share.  This one is for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I have been working on watercoloring, again.  Not sure if I'm improving much, but I'm having fun!!  I absolutely love the Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamp set and just had to watercolor it for the WCMC9 challenge.  I have a couple of Daniel Smith dot palettes from Simon Says Stamp and I used those to watercolor all the flowers in the CTD colors.  The image was stamped using VersaFine Smoky Gray.  I seem to be using that ink a lot lately... I just love it!  When the image was dry I trimmed it down and then die cut the center flower using an AJVD Polka Dot circle backdrop die.   Because I wanted the watercoloring to show through I used vellum for the strip elements found in the FMS sketch.  I adhered the main panel flat to the cardstock base, added the vellum strips and then adhered the circle with foam dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black.  I finished will some tiny Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.   Also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:   Cardstock:  SSS fog, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Ink:  VersaFine; Watercolor medium:  Daniel Smith; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh


Friday, February 16, 2018

yuletide greetings...

Hey there!!  Happy weekend!!  I have a card for the current Merry Monday Christmas challenge.  I also going to enter into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to add die cut.  The last time I played along with Merry Monday the sweet gals there were kind enough to pick my card as the top card!  That really made my day so thank you ladies!!!  This week the challenge is to use a stencil and at first I didn't think I would play along, but then I remembered the Pine Bough stencil that came in the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition holiday card kit.  I pulled it out and stenciled the image using Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce.  I cleaned off the stencil and then placed it back on slight off set and applied some Doodlebug glitter paste in silver to some of the image.  I let it dry and the trimmed it down.  The pine cones are dies from A Jillian Vance Design.  After cutting them I applied some more of the silver glitter paste.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Smoky Gray.  The pine cones were adhered with Multi Medium Matte and then the panel was adhered to a kraft cardstock base. Super simple, but I have one more Christmas card made!!


Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, MFT white; Stamps:  SSS Yuletide Holiday; Stencil:  SSS; Inks:  Ranger and VersaFine; Glitter paste:  Doodlebug; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design

inspire me friday with prs...

Hey friends... happy Friday!!  I have a post up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog for a look and to let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Hey there!!  Yep... it is Valentine's day and I do have a post up on the AJVD blog!  I'm sharing one last valentine.   Here is a little peek:


I hope you will hop over for a look and to let me know what you think!  Have a lovely Valentine's Day!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

two valentines

Hey friends!!  I have a couple of valentines to share with you.  They both have similar color combos, but that is where the similarity ends, lol!  First up is a card for the current MFT sketch and color challenges.   When I started making this card it wasn't my intention to make things hard for myself, but that is what ended up happening!! Originally I was going to just die cut the rectangles and adhere them to the card, but decided to make a shaker card instead.  So that involved trying to line everything up and die cut each individual rectangle.   In the end I think it turned out okay.  Then there is the heart.  I love the MFT Abstract Heart die, but rarely use it.  So I decided to use it for my card and keep all the little bits inside, but in a different color!  More work and lots of glue stuck everywhere later I finally got everything put together!   Oh well... sometimes that is just what happens when you are creating, right???   Going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, as well.  The shaker mix is a combination of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson.  The sentiment is from a now retired MFT set and unfortunately I don't know the name!



The second card is another entry for the current Color Throwdown, as well as for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge to watercolor.   I just love the pineapple stamp from the C9 Pineapple Perfection stamp set and thought it would be interesting to watercolor it in the CTD combo of red, pink and gray.  After stamping the pineapple using VersaFine Smoky Gray on Canson watercolor paper I used my Faber-Castell (pinks and reds) and Derwent (gray) watercolor pencils to color the pineapple.  Once all the coloring was done I let the pineapple dry and then die cut it with the matching die.  I splattered some white woodgrain cardstock with pink and red watercolors using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints.  When that was dry I die cut it with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die.  The sentiment was created using the C9 Layers of Love stamp set.  I stamped the words on light gray cardstock in VersaFine Onyx Black, trimmed them out adhered them and the pineapple.   I get that a pineapple isn't generally used for Valentine's day, but I thought that since the C9 pineapple is made up of flower it would work!


Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  MFT pink, dark pink, white; SSS Fog; Stamps:  My Favorite Things;  Dies:  My Favorite Things and AJVD; Inks:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson

Card #2:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger woodgrain, Canson watercolor; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  Derwent and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils; Kuretake Gansai Tambi