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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

pti september blog hop...

Hello!!  Can't believe September is almost over and that it is time for PTI's monthly blog hop.  This month Nichole provided a clean and simple photo as inspiration for our projects.   When I saw the photo I knew immediately that I was going to use my Rustic Wreath stamps and the matching die.  I was finally able to get Rustic Wreath earlier this year.  It was so popular that every time I went to purchase it I couldn't because it was sold out!!  I started out by die cutting the wreath from kraft and green cardstock.  I then stamped the wreaths with the matching wreath stamp.  Once that was done I matched them up with my light grey cardstock to see which I liked better.  In the end I decided to go with the green wreath.  I used a tiny kraft tag that was die cut using the Tiny Tags die, masked off the Joyeux in the Joyeux Noel sentiment, inked up the noel with the same espresso ink I used to stamp the wreath and then stamped it on the tag.  The wreath was adhered to my light grey cardstock panel and then I added the tag and a simple bow tied from off white hemp twine.   I added a bit of sparkle with some Diamond Stickles.  Clean and simple and I absolutely love it!!

Hope you have a wonderful day... happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, SU! Old Olive, PTI kraft, white; Stamps:  PTI Rustic Wreath; Dies:  PTI Rustic Wreath, AJVD Stitched Dot Rectangles; Inks:  SU! Early Espress; Diamond Stickles; Hemp twine

Friday, September 23, 2016


Hello!! Yes... fall is officially here and with our weather being so lovely making fall inspired cards is not hard to do!!  As some of you might know my sweet friend Lisa and I have been doing a little personal challenge involving CASology.  I didn't participate last week because I just couldn't come up with a good idea for their cue word, but this week was totally different.  When I saw the cue word I immediately hit upon an idea and thankfully it worked!!  I don't know about you, but I have had a ton of "great" ideas that do not turn out great, lol!!  I will be posting this to ColourQ as I used that color palette (it is very fall inspired) and since I used Simon Says Stamp products for my card I will be adding it to this to the SSS flickr challenge.  As my starting point I die cut a frame from Ruby Red cardstock using two Spellbinders plain square dies.  I then stamped the leaves from the SSS set Apple of My Pie using the Hello Honey and Pumpkin Pie inks.  The outline leaf was stamped using Hero Arts Latte ink.  The glasses from the SSS set I See You were also stamped in the Latte ink and then die cut with the matching die.  The sentiment (also from I See You) was stamped in the lens.  I die cut the panel with the leaves stamped on it and then added the frame and the glasses.  I finished up by adding the sentiment "fall" (from a Hero Arts set) using Ruby Red ink.  So... I have some "frames" (glasses) within a frame! 

 Hope you have a wonderful... please let me know what you think and make sure that you head over to Lisa's blog for a look at her project... I know it is super clever!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, white; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp, A Jillian Vance Design, Spellbinders; Inks:  SU! Ruby Red, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Hero Arts Latte, VersaFine Onyx Black

Thursday, September 22, 2016

flower hugs...

Hello!!  Popping in with my card for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Last week Ellen Hutson had a sale on all stamps on the website so I took advantage of the sale and purchased the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony.  I don't live too far from where Ellen Hutson is located and since they give you the option of picking up locally I decided that I would use that option.  So Monday morning I head up north to Issaquah, Washington and saw the place where everything happens at Ellen Hutson!  And the other day I got the chance to use one of those gorgeous peony images from Mondo Peony!  I stamped it in VersaFine Smoky Gray and then colored it with a light blue ZIG clean color marker.  I added a shadow around the bottom of the flower using ZIG markers in two shades of gray.  Once the image was completely dry I trimmed it down and adhered it to my card base.  The sentiment (from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely stamp set) was stamped on a strip of white cardstock and then some silver glitter cardstock was added.   I added a few loops of silver thread to the panel and adhered it down with the sentiment strip.  Simple, but I love how it turned out! 

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger watercolor, white, silver glitter; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Coates & Clark silver thread; ZIG clean color markers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

wednesday with a jillian vance design...

Hello!!! Popping in to let you know that my usual Wednesday post is up over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my project:
Have a wonderful day!  I hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

you are amazing...

Hello!!   Well the weekend has rolled around once again!  Can't believe that September is half over already... time sure does fly by doesn't it?? While the boys were at school and my hubby was working hard to finish up the boys' bathroom I decided to make a card for a few different challenges.   I love the inspiration photo over at Time Out and when I saw that the new SSS flickr challenge was to use fall colors I knew what I wanted to do.  The layout is based on the current CAS(E) this Sketch so I will be posting it there, as well as at the SSS Wednesday challenge of clean and simple.  Last year I purchased a trio of small leaf dies from Simon Says Stamp and had never used them.  I pulled them out and die cut three from white cardstock.  I then inked them up with some Hero Arts inks in rust, mustard and deep burgundy.  Once I had that done I set out figuring out what kind of background (if any) I was going to use.  An old brick gate/wall figures prominently in the Time Out inspiration photo and so I decided I wanted to create a little brick wall background.   Question was... how would I do that?  I hunted through my stamps and finally found a SSS set that had a small rectangular image that I could use as a brick.  I actually flipped the stamp over and used the backside.  I stamped my "bricks" using a grey Tombow marker on to watercolor paper.  Once I had them stamped I added some additional grey the the "bricks" with the same marker and then blended the ink out with water.  An olive green color was added with another marker and blended out to give it a more aged look.  Once I had it to my liking I let it dry.  The leaves were position approximately where I wanted them and then I placed the sentiment (from the SSS set Sketch Ranunculus) where I wanted it on the panel, picked it up with my MISTI and then stamped it in black ink.  The leaves were then adhered and a little twine bow was added to the top leaf.  I realize that you really can't see my "brick" work, but I think it adds a nice depth to the card and it was fun to do!!  Going to add this to the current City Crafter challenge of turning a new leaf.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS rust, white, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps: Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Rust, Mustard and Deep Burgundy; Tombow markers; twine

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Hello!!  Haven't been in the mood to do much crafting lately so the other day I just decided to make something and see if that would kick my creative funk out the door!  It worked... sort of, lol!! I did get two cards made and I'm sharing one of them today.  This is for the new Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenges.  Fall is in the air I cannot wait to get me some pumpkins!! I absolutely love pumpkins!!! In the meantime I created a card with a pumpkin on it!  Last year I purchased the Reverse Confetti Pumpkin Patch stamp set and the matching dies after pumpkin season had passed so this is the first time I have actually used these stamps and dies.  I inked up the pumpkin with some Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, the leaves in SU!'s Coastal Cabana and the stem and curlicues in SU!'s Smoky Slate.  Everything was die cut with the matching dies and then I got to layering up my elements.  A couple of strips of patterned paper from an older Webster's Pages line called Family Traditions were cut and adhered on my white panel.  I put together my pumpkin and adhered it with foam dimensionals.  The panel was adhered to a light grey cardstock base and I was done.  Clean and simple pumpkin perfection, lol!!! 

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, white; Patterned paper:  Webster's Pages; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts and Stampin Up!