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

Friday, October 24, 2014

missing you...

Hello friends!!   Returning to my love affair with feathers I have a card today that I made for several challenges, Time Out (birds of a feather), CAS(E) this Sketch (layout) and Color Throwdown.


I originally I was going to use my Four Feathers set from Stampin Up!, but after doing a test run I realized that I needed to use clear stamps in order make sure I got the image within the cut out area.  So I went with my PTI Feather Finery set.  I used the smallest feather die to make the cut outs on my kraft panel (I used kraft as a neutral to provide more contrast to the feathers that were stamped on the cream card base) and then stamped the feathers using light yellow and dark orange inks (SU! So Saffron and CTMH Autumn Terracotta).  The sentiment (from the Altenew Label Love set) was stamped using Hero Arts Soft Olive ink and trimmed out. I popped up the die cut panel over stamped images and then adhered the sentiment and two little birds (also stamped in Soft Olive).  A few clear sequins finished things off.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Vintage Cream, SU! kraft; Stamps:  PTI Feather Finery & Altenew Label Love; Dies:  PTI feather dies; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Close to My Heart and Hero Arts; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, October 23, 2014

rosettes...

Hello friends!!!   Today's post is in response to an offer I made in my Precious Remembrance Shop post (found here) to share how I made the rosettes.  Several of you said you would like to know and so I have done a photo tutorial.  A little background first.  A few years into my paper crafting journey I saw how many crafters made rosettes using long strips of paper that they accordion folded and then glued the ends together to make perfect rosettes.  I even purchased a set of dies that were supposed to help me make "quick and easy" rosettes... ha!  Failure every single time!  I was "all thumbs" and just couldn't figure out how to make it work.  Fast forward a few years and I saw this die on the Cat's Pajamas website (you can see it here).  After watching the video I thought "finally something that can actually help me make a rosette"!  But I hesitated to purchase it and the more I looked at the die the more I realized that I had something similar in my die collection that would work just as well... Spellbinders scalloped circle dies and lacey circle dies.  So, I got them out, gave it a try and a rosette was born, lol!   Okay... first thanks for sticking with me this far... now to the tutorial! 
To make the rosette you will need scalloped circle dies (there are many brands out there... you don't need Spellbinders, that is just what I have), cardstock/patterned paper, die cutting, scoring tool, scissors and strong adhesive (I use Scor-Tape).   
Once your cardstock is die cut place it on your scoring tool (I used my Scor-Buddy) lining it up so that you can score between each scallop from one side to the other.   (Sorry the score lines are hard to see... if you click on the photo you should be able to see them better.)

After scoring is completed cut on one of the score lines to the center of the circle and begin folding on the score lines.. (I guess it would be considered a "peak and valley" fold since the first fold makes a "peak" and the next a "valley".)  Repeat with the second circle.  This will give you the two halves of the rosette.

I suggest adhering the rosette with a strong adhesive like Scor-Tape otherwise the rosette may pull apart.  Apply the tape to one of the halves and then adhered together. 
Finish by adding a stabilizing circle to the backside of the rosette using a hot glue gun and then embellish the front as you would like.
From start to finish I think it took me about 15 minutes to put these rosettes together.  I hope this all made sense to you!!  Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

happy wednesday...

Hello, friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up over that the Precious Remembrance Shop blog.  I hope you will check out my fun Halloween project.  Here is a little peek:


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

miracles happen...

Hello friends!!  Popping in with a card I made for the new color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  It is a fun combo of aqua, red and kraft... love anything with kraft.  I picked up my new Stampin Up! goodies from my demo this morning and had a play with them this afternoon.  Here is what I made:


I did some collage stamping using my current favorite Stampin Up! set, Kinda Eclectic and then layered on the three die cut feathers.  I added the little button/twine embellishment and the sentiment and I was done.  The main panel was die cut using my Avery Elle Dotted die.  I think I will pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge as that is anything goes!

Thanks for stopping by... and thank you to everyone who wished me well!  I felt so encouraged after reading your sweet comments!!  Started physical therapy and I'm happy to say that I am feeling a lot better!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White; Stampin Up: Crumb Cake; Inks:  Stampin Up! Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Crumb Cake; Memento Tuxedo Black; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Stampin Up! (feathers) and Avery Elle; Button:  PTI; Twine:  The Twinery

Sunday, October 19, 2014

my blessings...

Hello friends!!  Popping in with a very simple card that I made a few days ago.  The last few weeks have been a bit rough for me, physically, and that means paper crafting falls mostly to the wayside.  Things have slowly gotten better and should improve more as I will be starting physical therapy on Monday.  As a general rule I don't like to talk about things that are getting me down here on my blog because this is a blog about paper crafting, but these last few weeks have been hard and blogging about it (just a little) is another form of therapy.  I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who left me lovely comments on my "cover girl" post.  Each and everyone of them brought a smile to my face and lifted my spirits!  So this card is for you...


Playing along with the current MIM challenge, Gold Dipped Die Cuts, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketch.  My first attempt at gold dipped die cuts was a complete disaster, but my little butterfly turned out fairly well.  I paired it with two flourish images and a the sentiment from the PTI set Fall Elegance.  The patterned paper is from Autumn Abundance.  Cardstock is PTI Lemon Tart and Rustic White.  I finished the card off with some sequins on the butterfly and a bit of burlap twine.

Thanks for stopping by...  :)

Supplies:  Cardstock and patterned paper:  PTI; Stamps and dies:  PTI; Ink:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Sequins:  Lawn Fawn; burlap twine

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eeekkk.... I'm a Cover Girl!!!

Hello!!!  Have some fun and exciting news to share!!  As the title of my blog post indicates a card I submitted for publication made it on the cover of that publication!!  When I got the email from Tanya Fox, the editor of CardMaker magazine, back in early September letting me know that they had picked my card to be on the cover of the Winter, 2014 issue I about fell over!  I have had cards published in CardMaker many, many times (you can check my publication page to see), but I have never had the honor of being on the cover.   It is truly a great honor and I can,t tell you how happy I am to have achieved it.   So... here is the cover of the Winter, 2014 CardMaker:


The stamps I used are from the Reverse Confetti set Tinsel n' Trim.  The tag die (one of my favorite dies) is from the Reverse Confetti die set Tag Me.   CardMaker is a great paper crafting magazine and one that you can still get an actual copy of at the store so I hope that you will check it out!

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