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

Friday, July 20, 2018


Hello there!  I got to make a card today... YAY!  Sometimes that is a hard thing to do in my house.  I have to craft in my kitchen which is connected to my family room.  Now that it is summer and both boys are home that means someone is playing a video game at some point during the day in the family room.  When that happens pretty much all desire to make something goes out the window.  I was determined to not let that bother me today and it worked!  It also helped that I had the idea as to what I wanted to make firmly planted in my little head, lol!  I have had the Altenew Trigonometry stamp set for ages and have only used the happy birthday sentiment in the set.  When I saw the color combo for this month's Altenew Inspiration challenge I immediately knew I wanted to make my card using the Trigonometry set to create a masculine birthday card.  The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the layout and I was able to create my card!   I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a die and/or punch.  I picked out three large images from the set that I wanted to use and stamped them in the blue, light blue and gray colors.  I used a small triangle image and a medium one and all three colors to stamp those as well.   All the images were die cut and then arranged on the cardstock panel so I could figure out where to stamp the sentiment.  I added a strip of silver glitter cardstock to one side.  Hopefully the guy who gets this won't mind that.   I adhered the cardstock panel and then all the triangles using various heights of foam dots.   Another clean and simple design... I seem to be on that kick lately.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, silver glitter; Stamps and dies:  Altenew; Inks:  Stampin Up! (light blue, blue and gray), VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!  Can you believe that we are half way through July?  So crazy!  The stores already have back to school items out!  Anyway... since it is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

snailed it!

Hey there!  Popping in with a last minute card for the Ellen Hutson June Color Trend challenge.  For my card I focused on the top half of the palette and used the fun EE Snailed It stamp set to create a rustic looking card.   The layout for the card comes from the current Fab Friday challenge - a sketch.  I stamped all the images and die cut them with the matching dies.  I used some corrugated paper for the bottom piece in the sketch and then die cut a circle for the top piece.  I placed the circle in my mini MISTI, arranged all the images and then stamped the sentiment.  I finished things off with a bow tied from some hemp twine.  Another clean and simple design.  Seems like that is all I'm capable of right now, lol!

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! green and white; corrugated kraft paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen; Inks:  Altenew, PaperTrey Ink, VersaFine; Recollections hemp twine

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ahoy, baby!

Hello!  Popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  When I saw this month's Stock Your Stash challenge I didn't think I would be able to play along as the theme is baby cards and my collection of Reverse Confetti stamps don't include many with a baby theme.  But then I saw RC design team members Deanne's super cute card using the whale from the Seaside set and I realized that I have that set... YAY!  Thanks for the inspiration Deanne!  My niece is going to be having a little boy in November and using the whale is perfect for a card for a baby boy!  I have some fun Belle Carta Summer Splash patterned paper and one sheet had a waves pattern on it.  I used that for the strip seen on the side of the sketch, as well as for the little ocean that the whale sits on.   I did have a hard time finding an ink that worked well with the aqua color in the patterned paper, but finally settled on a aqua blue ink from Hero Arts.  I cut apart the "ocean" so I could pop that up over the little whale.  The sentiment was created by using the word ahoy from the Seaside set and the word baby from the Beautiful Banners set.  I had to mask off portions of each stamp to create my sentiment.  That was done using VersaFine CLAIR Twilight ink.   A sweet clean and simple design!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! white; Patterned paper:  Bella Carta; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Inks: Hero Arts and VersaFine CLAIR

Friday, July 13, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with PRS...

Hey there... happy Friday the 13th!  Hope that doesn't scare you away from checking out my post over on the PRS blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

I'm sharing one final project using the new PRS stamp set called Little Things.  I hope you will head over to the blog for a look and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

it's a good day...

Hey there!  I made a card... and it was just for fun and for a few challenges!   This week's sketch over at My Favorite Things is a super simple one and since I haven't had the opportunity to play along with any of their challenges in awhile I decided to combine it with the current Color Throwdown challenge to make my card.   Stamping, plain and simple, is one of my favorite things to do, but when it comes to arranging floral images to create a scene and I'm not using die cuts I really struggle.  So I recently decided that I would start using inexpensive white cardstock that I purchased months ago to work with different stamps to build scenes until I got one that I was willing to commit to stamping on my good white cardstock.  Best thing I ever decided to do!   The end result this go round was my card for the above mentioned challenge.  I used the MFT Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set for the floral images and the MFT Aim For the Clouds set for the sentiment.   I started by stamping all the stems in gray ink and then added the flowers in yellow.  I accented all the flowers with coordinating images from the set using kraft colored ink.  The panel was die cut and adhered to a white cardstock base.  I stamped the sentiment on kraft cardstock with black ink, trimmed it down to fit my panel and then adhered to my card using foam squares.  I am also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of the fun in the sun since flowers are found out in the sun.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white, PTI kraft; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Die:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake and VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne