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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PTI April Blog Hop...

Hello friends!!  Popping in with a card for this month's PTI blog hop.  Wasn't sure if I was going to play along this month, but the inspiration photo was just so beautiful I decided to give it a go.  I should have taken the dog for a walk this morning, but instead I got my card done.  When I saw the inspiration photo I only thought of one PTI stamp set... The Sweet Life.  Pulled out three different pink inks and two different greens and got to work.  I'm also posting this to the new Less is More challenge:  use a tag.  The tag was made using my Stampin Up! Tag Topper Scalloped punch.  I wanted to have my sentiment on the tag so I embossed it in gold so that it would stand out on the navy tag.  After die cutting and stamping all my pieces I layered everything up and attached it to the tag.  It has been so long since I actually embossed a piece of cardstock using my Big Shot I had to stop and think about how to put together the sandwich!!  I added a bit of pink ribbon tied with navy twine to the tag, adhered everything and I was done.  Love how it turned out.  Hopefully this is clean and simple enough for the LIM gals, lol!!



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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white, Stampin Up! navy; Stamps and dies:  PTI; Punch:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Pear Pizzazz; Memento New Sprout; lattice embossing folder; VersaMark watermark ink; Ranger Gold Embossing powder

Friday, April 24, 2015

just for you...

Hello friends!!!  Hope you had an excellent week and have some fun stuff planned for the weekend!  Me?  The usual... swim lessons for my little, grocery shopping, church, maybe a bit of crafting!  Ah... good times, good times, lol!  Anywhoo... popping in with a little card to share.  I made it using the current ColourQ combo and the layout from CAS(E) this Sketch.   Yesterday the US Postal Service delivered some happy mail in the form of the Lovely Laurels Make It Market mini kit!  I have been waiting FOREVER for that little kit to come back it stock!!  It is just too adorable!  So... I used it for my card today.  I'm in one of those little creative funks where I can't seem to make anything that I like.  Last night I tried and tried to make a card, but came up empty handed so... I cleaned the frig!  Seems to have helped because I was able to make something today that turned out rather nice (I will be sharing that card next week), as well as my card for ColourQ and CTS.   This card is very, very simple, but when I'm in a creative funk keeping it simple seems to work best for me!  After doing all the stamping I did some partial embossing with my favorite embossing folder, Decorative Dots and I was done.  I was tempted to use the little wreath die that comes with the Lovely Laurels kit, but I am feeling rather lazy and did not want to take the time to pull out my die cutter and accessories just to make one little die cut. Times like these make me wish I actually had my own little crafty space where I can keep stuff out!  A girl can dream, right??  Well... that's enough rambling from me for one day!  Adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  clean and simple.

 
 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, Recollections white; Stamps:  PTI; Inks:  Stampin Up! Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake and Tempting Turquoise; VersaFine Onyx Black; Stampin Up! Decorative Dots embossing folder.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

you are amazing...

Hello friends!  Popping in with a card that is a little bit out of the box for me.  When I saw this week's Color Throwdown challenge I initially thought I would sit that one out.  I'm not a huge fan of black, white and yellow... together.   But then I thought that this would be a good way to challenge myself.  So I gave it a go and this is what I came up with...


I used my favorite SU! set Kinda Eclectic along with a sentiment from the SU! set Painted Petals.  Initially I was going to use a white piece of cardstock to stamp the sunburst image and then spied the piece of patterned paper (from the BasicGrey Highline pad) and decided to go a little outside the box and use that for my panel.  After stamping all the images using VersaFine Onyx Black and SU! Hello Honey I decided to add a thin line of black cardstock on the patterned paper panel.  The main panel was matted with additional black cardstock to break things up a little more.  I am being kind towards my own creation by saying it is interesting, lol!!  The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches so I will add it to their gallery.   Who knows... maybe it will grow on me, lol!!



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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; PTI black; Patterned Paper:  BasicGrey; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine

Monday, April 20, 2015

rainbows...

Hello friends!!  Have a little card to share that I made for the current Time Out challenge inspired by words: "You can't make a rainbow without a little rain."   When I saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use a couple of stamp sets from Reverse Confetti.  However, once I finally got around to making the card I opted to use only set, Dream in Color.  I was going to use the newly released Reverse Confetti set Color Me Happy, but in the end I decided to use a Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Quick Card panel.   I simply stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of the panel, added two little banners (die cut using the banner from RC Confetti Cuts Tag Me set) and some sequins.  I cut a white panel slightly larger than the quick card panel as a mat.  I ended up angling both panels for some added interest.   I love how quick and easy it was to make this card using the Quick Card panels!

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Supplies:  Recollections white and Simon Says Stamp Fog; Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Quick Card panel; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Dream in Color; Dies:  Reverse Confetti Tag Me;  Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Sunday, April 19, 2015

caterpillar to butterfly...

Hello friends!!  Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Less is More and ColourQ.   When I started this card I was only going to post it to ColourQ, but when I finished it I realized that it would work for Less is More current theme of "up, up and away" as butterflies fly away don't they?    The ColourQ challenge this week is black, grey, white and a pop of color.  Initially I was going to use bright pink as my pop of color, but then took a look at the ColourQ gallery and decided to use a bright spring green instead.   The stamps I used are from the Stampin Up! set Butterfly Basics.   I love this set for the simple reason that it is full of stamps that allow me to do what I like best: collage stamping.  I didn't do any collage stamping on this card... just kept things really simple.   Stamped the main floral image using Memento London Fog.   The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.   The little butterflies were stamped in Memento Pear Tart, trimmed out and adhered.  Some bright green baker's twine was added at the bottom and bright green enamel dots were added to the butterflies bodies.  I mounted the panel on my favorite grey cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp Fog.  I love how the soft grey makes colors just pop!   A nice, simple "old school" style stamped card... my favorite!   ETA:  At the suggestion of Sarah I'm linking this up with the current Uniko Studio challenge:  Things with Wings.


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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white, SSS Fog; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Memento; Enamel Dots:  My Mind's Eye

Saturday, April 18, 2015

viva la verve...

Hello friends!!  Wow... we are having some amazingly beautiful weather this weekend!!   Absolutely love it!!  Have a couple of cards to share that I made for the Viva La Verve challenge (week #2 and week #3).   I actually used two different paper pads for the cards, but the colors used are so similar that you wouldn't know it! 


The first card uses the Viva La Verve week #2 sketch.  For that card I used papers from the Teresa Collins Nine & Co pad and the following Verve stamps sets Great Friends and Take Note and the Verve Flag It dies.  I stamped and cut two different sizes of flowers and before adhering them together I added some silver metallic thread behind the smaller flower.  I used the large leafy image and stamped it using Stampin Up! Pool Party ink.  The sentiment is from Take Note and was stamped on the banner using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.


On Thursday I was able to make a quick trip up to Impress Rubber Stamps and got a few things.  Everything was on sale (YAY!) so that made the trip even sweeter.  One of the things I got was a gorgeous pad of My Mind's Eye papers from the On Trend line.  For the Viva La Verve week #3 card I used the Verve set Surely Goodness as well as the matching dies and the Verve Pennant Trim die.   The pennant was die cut twice.  Once from white cardstock and then once from patterned paper and then adhered together with the white pennant peeking out from behind the patterned paper one.  Love the touches of gold foiling that can be found in the On Trend paper line... it is gorgeous!!

 
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Supplies:  Cardstock:  Recollections white; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye and Teresa Collins; Stamps and dies:  Verve; Inks:  Stampin Up! Pool Party, Cameo Coral and Calypso Coral, VersaFine Onyx Black; Onyx Liquid Pearls