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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday with A Jillian Vance Design...

Hey friends... popping to let you now that I have a card up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Thanks for stopping by today... I hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog, check out my card and leave some love!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Guest Designing for Merry Monday!!

Hey friends!!  I'm so excited to be the guest designer for Merry Monday Christmas challenge!!  The challenge hostess this week is Lesley and her theme is blue and white with texture.  I used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and so I will be squeaking this one in just under the wire.  I started by stamping the smaller poinsettia image from the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Poinsettia set in VersaMark watermark ink on some Ranger watercolor paper.  I had to stamp each flower, apply the white embossing powder and then stamp the next flower to make sure that I didn't overlap any of the flowers.  Once I had heat set the piece I taped it to my little cutting board, spritzed it with water and then watercolored it using Stampin Up! Midnight Muse ink.  I love how the variation in depth of color that you get from watercoloring an image.  Once the piece was dry I die cut it using an AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop die.  The large white panel was also die cut using a Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop die.  The word is from the Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Christmas set and was stamped in Midnight Muse.  I added some Stardust Stickles to the center of the flowers.   There is some textured to be found in the watercolored piece, but I added a bit more by embossing the strip of Midnight Muse cardstock that is layered behind my watercolored panel.   I'm also adding this to the current Essentials By Ellen Pin-sights challenge.  My focus is obviously on the dark blue color in the palette.

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks to the Merry Monday gals for having me as the guest designer today...make sure you check out their fabulous samples!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Midnight Muse; white; Ranger watercolor; Stamps:   Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Midnight Muse, VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Filigree white; Stardust Stickles


Sunday, November 22, 2015

two cards... two sketches...

{if you want to check out my 25 Days of Christmas Tags post, scroll down or click here.}

Hey friends... dropping in with my second post today.  Have a couple of cards to share that I made for two different sketch challenges:  Reverse Confetti November Sketch for You to Try and Viva La Verve November sketch week 3.  I'm also going to post the Reverse Confetti card to the current Addicted to CAS challenge of dimension and the current AAA Cards challenge of anything goes. For the Reverse Confetti card I watercolored a background using some Stampin Up! Baja Breeze ink.  Once it was dry I die cut the panel and then started adding my elements.  The sentiment is from the RC set Seasonal Sentiments and the snowflake was cut using the Let It Snow Confetti Cuts set.  The little banner was cut using the Tag Me Confetti Cuts set and the other little pieces come from the Class Act Confetti Cuts set.  The snowflake and banner were cut from Heidi Swapp glitter cardstock and the other pieces from Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh in the Snow 6x6 pad.  I added some embossing to the sentiment panel before adhering all the pieces.  A little light blue button was tied up with the silver metallic thread and adhered to the snowflake.  I pretty please with how this one turned out.

The second card is for the Viva La Verve sketch challenge.  I pulled out my Teresa Collins Hello My Name is 6x6 pad and pulled some paper from it using a red, kraft and grey color combo.  The little latte cup is from the Verve set Holiday Treats.  I stamped it randomly on the paper using red, grey and kraft inks the die cut it using with a rectangle die.  The red/kraft polka dot paper and the kraft cardstock were also die cut and then layered together.  A strip of grey chevron paper was added and then some red and kraft bakers twine were tied around the piece.  I cut a small piece of kraft cardstock, stamped it with the sentiment and then adhered it to the card.  I thought about die cutting a couple of little latte cups to add to the card, but decided to keep things simple and I must say that I 'm glad that I did because, again, I'm pretty darn pleased with how it turned out.


Thanks for stopping by today and thank you to those who take the time to leave me a comment... I really appreciate it!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp sea glass; SU! smoky slate; PTI kraft; Ranger Water color; Heidi Swapp glitter cardstock; Stamps:  Verve, Reverse Confetti; Dies;  Reverse Confetti, A Jillian Vance Design; Inks: Stampin Up! red, grey, kraft and blue; Memento Tuxedo Black; Baker's Twine; DMC silver metallic thread; PTI button; Patterned paper:  Teresa Collins, Lawn Fawn


25 Days of Christmas Tags...

Hello friends!!   Many of you have heard of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  This year marks her fifth year of sharing Christmas tags and she is celebrating in a very big way with lots of prizes!  Today the Precious Remembrance Shop design team in participating in the celebration with tags that showcase Precious Remembrance Shop Christmas stamps.  Here is the tag that I created for this fun celebration:

I used two different Precious Remembrance Shop sets for my tag.  The newly released Sketchy Christmas and Holiday Wishes.  To create the tag base I die cut some green cardstock with the A Jillian Vance Design Slippery Slopes & Stitched Clouds die set.  The piece was adhered to white cardstock and then the tag was die cut from that.  I wanted to create a little sign of sorts so I trimmed down a red polka dot straw to use as my pole and then stamped the 'sign' using an image from Holiday wishes.  The two houses were inked up in red ink, stamped, trimmed out and adhered to the sign.  A bit of Crystal Stickles was added to each heart.  Before adhering my sign I stamped the little stick tree from Sketchy Christmas on the hill and then randomly added a bit of Crystal Stickles to the trees.   Finished off the tag with several different types of twine and the little jingle bell.
Thanks for stopping by today... make sure you check out Tracey's original post for all the fun details about how you can win and play along!
Supplies: Cardstock:  white, green; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Dies:  Reverse Confetti (tag), A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  green and red; paper straw; twine and jingle bell

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Hey friends!!  Happy weekend!!!  After all our crazy windy/rainy weather we have switched to sunny and cold!  I will definitely take sunny and cold over windy/rainy because windy/rainy caused us to lose our power on Tuesday afternoon for about five hours.  It happened right as the kids were getting out of school so thankfully they didn't have to spend a lot of time in dark classrooms!  I have a card to share for a couple of challenges:  Colour Me...! and Merry Monday (use a reindeer).   Also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge:  Christmas.  I used the sunburst image from my favorite Stampin Up! set Kinda Eclectic as a backdrop for the deer head that I die cut using my A Jillian Vance Design Stately Stag die.  The set comes with the fun little sunglasses and nose dies so I turned my stag into a cool Rudolph!  The sentiment is from the PTI Winterberry set.  The panels were die cut with my A Jillian Vance Design Rectangle Backdrop dies... I do not think it is possible for me to make a card without them now, lol!!  I added a few sequins that were a close yellow to the one I used for the starburst and I was done.   I really wished I owned a stamp that said 'have a cool yule' as I think it would have been fun paired with the deer, but unfortunately I don't.  Oh well...

Thanks for stopping by today... and thanks to those of you who take the time to leave me a comment... I really appreciate it!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler & Soft Suede; Stamps:  Stampin Up! and PTI; Inks:  Hero Arts Poppy, Memento Tuxedo Black; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; yellow sequins

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Wishes...

Hey friends!!   A post of a card that I made for the current Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge that I am going to added the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Christmas.  Back during SSS Stamptember celebrations I was one of the lucky winners of the Altenew/Simon Says Stamp collaborative stamp set Layered Flowers.  I teamed it up with the heart image from the SSS set I See You (from the SSS September card kit) and a word from the SSS set Graphic Christmas.  I stamped the flowers using Delicata Silver Shimmer ink (sadly it looks like grey in the photo) and two shades of pink.  The leaves were stamped using Silver Shimmer, aqua and medium blue ink.  I stamped the heart using VersaMark watermark ink on Ranger watercolor paper, applied white embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I used some of the aqua ink to water color the heart.  The flowers and leaves were layered on once the panel was dry and die cut.  I die cut the word Christmas from some white glitter paper using a Simon Says Stamp die Christmas Blessings and adhered it to the card.  The word wishes was stamped using the medium blue ink.  Amounted the panel on a fog grey cardstock base, added some clear rhinestones and I was done.   This card turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head and I love it when that happens!!   I'm going to add this to the current Shabby Tea Room challenge.  I don't have any trees on it, but the colors and idea are similar to the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog; Ranger Watercolor; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies: Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! Pretty in Pink, Pool Party & Baja Breeze; Delicata Silver Shimmer; Memento Angel Pink; VersaMark watermark ink; White embossing powder; clear rhinestones