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

Saturday, December 7, 2019

More Christmas cards

Hello!  Popping in with a couple more Christmas cards that I made.  The first one is for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I used my Glimmer hot foiling system to create this card.  I recently shared a project using the Spellbinders Kaleidescope Triangles die set and I used one of the dies to create my tree.  I found a piece of cardstock that was a light aqua blue that was large enough to make two triangles using the die and green foil.  The foiling is very subtle and pretty in real life.  I have a close up photo, but even that doesn't really show how pretty the foiling is.   Once I had the triangles foiled I hand trimmed them out.   I die cut some gold cardstock using the smallest snowflake from the Spellbinders November small die kit and then cut trunks for my trees from the same cardstock.   The Merry Christmas was gold foiled using the Glimmer and I just love how the sentiment turned out.  It is so pretty in real life!  The white cardstock panel was trimmed down and adhered to a green cardstock base.  I then adhered the triangle trees, the snowflake and three little sequins.   Adding this to the current Time Out challenge of Merry and Cheerful.  I think my trees a rather cheerful!

The second card didn't exactly turn out has I had hoped it would, but sometimes that happens, right?  When I got the Spellbinders November small die kit I die cut one of the snowflakes from some glitter paper I had in a copper color.  It was just there on my work space so I decided to cut additional snowflakes from the same paper and then I adhered them to the beige cardstock panel and die cut it with a rectangle die from AJVD.  I did not have another small snowflake that would fit in the empty spaces so I used clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Then came the problem of finding a sentiment.  I decided to use dies from previous Spellbinders small dies kits and cut them from the copper glitter paper and the beige cardstock.  The beige was slightly offset, but it still doesn't provide enough contrast and so the sentiment sort of disappears into the panel.  Live and learn.  I think I will add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of traditional Christmas

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Happy December!

Hello and happy December everyone!  Can't believe that the end of the year is fast approaching.  Where did the time go?  Today is Wedenesday and so that means I have a project up on the AJVD blog.  Here is  a little peek:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my project.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas cards...

Hello!  Hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Since I decided to be a little proactive when it came to our Thanksgiving meal I got several things done before Thursday and that left me with time to work on a couple of Christmas cards.  I still need more, but I now have another two to add to my stack.  The first card is for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I kinda went a little crazy (for me anyway, lol!) and bought several stand alone dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I used a SSS die set called Christmas Foliage that was part of the most recent Simon Says Stamp release.  I die cut all the various pieces from white glitter cardstock several times and then cut a small piece of red glitter cardstock so that I could die cut the little berries from that.  I then used a classic Spellbinders square die to die cut my sentiment that is from the Simon Says Stamp Yuletide Holiday.  I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink.   I embossed the bottom portion of a piece of white cardstock with a Swiss dot embossing folder and then die cut the piece with an AJVD rectangle die.  The square was adhered with foam tape and then I adhered all the pieces to create my little corner piece finishing up with the three little red berries for a pop of color.  Once everything was dry I adhered my panel to a white cardstock base.

The second card is for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.  I must admit that my take on the sketch is very loose, but hopefully it passes muster.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Ornaments stamp set, again, for my card.  And just like the other card that I made using the Ornate Ornament set I did very simple watercoloring with my ZIG markers.  I stamped two of the ornaments on a piece of smooth Bristol cardstock with watermark ink and heat embossed them with silver embossing powder.  I then colored both the ornaments.   The third ornament was stamped on a scrap of smooth Bristol with watermark ink, heat embossed in silver, colored and die cut with the matching die.  I added the little ornament strings and sentiment in silver, as well.    The panel was die cut with a AJVD rectangle die and then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Wednesday...

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US.  Are you ready?  I'm getting there.  The pumpkin pie is made (I haven't made one in ages!) and I will be working on getting a few other things put together today so Thanksgiving isn't so crazy!   I do have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Fall and Christmas...

Hello there!  I have two cards to share for challenges that will be closing in a few hours.  First up is a card for Freshly Made Sketches.   A few weeks ago I colored up the large oak leaf image from the beautiful Colorado Craft Company stamp set called Oak Leave & Acorns from their Big and Bold line of stamps.  At the time I colored up the larger image I had also colored the smaller oak leaf and acorn image, as well.  I set that image aside, forgot where it was, found it, then forgot it again, and finally found it one last time!  Determined to not have it disappear again I die cut it with one of the rectangles from the AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die set and then adhered it to a kraft cardstock base pursuant to the FMS layout.  I then stamped the sentiment on additional craft cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink, trimmed it down and adhered it to the image panel.   It has been so long since I did the coloring in this card that I don't remember what exactly I used, but I think it was my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.   The paper used was Canson watercolor paper and the image was stamped in Acorn ink.

The second card is for a few challenges:  the Paper Players, Color Throwdown and Inspired By.  For the Inspired By challenge I was obviously inspired by the large lawn ornaments.  After embossing the ornament from the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Ornaments stamp set in silver I did some very simple coloring with my ZIGs and a little bit of water.   The ornament was die cut with the matching die and the little string from some silver glitter cardstock.  I then adhered them together with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.  Strips of orange and silver glitter cardstock were cut and adhered to a white cardstock panel that I die cut with a rectangle die from AJVD.   The strips were adhered along with the ornament and then I added the sentiment (from a now retired SSS stamp set called Gifts of Love) that I stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink.  Super quick and easy and now I have one more Christmas card!

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Hello everyone!  Stopping in today to share a tag that I made for annual Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  A Jillian Vance Design is a sponsor for this fun event and my little tag features several different A Jillian Vance Design products.  As some of you know I have a hot foiling system.  I have been having fun getting used to foiling with it and used it for my tag.  I used the Delicate Snowflake Trio and gold foil on red cardstock.  Once the foiling was done I die cut my tag using the large tag from the Minnie Pearl Tag die set.   I then die cut the smallest snowflake from the Delicate Snowflake Trio set from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it to my tag with Just Glue It adhesive.  The sentiment is from the Just BeCLAUS stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed using WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale.  I trimmed down the sentiment, cut it in half and then popped it up on my tag with foam dots.  In keeping with my red and gold theme I finished off the tag with some red and gold twine.  (Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.)

The gold foiling looks so pretty in real life!  Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have played along with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags yet there is still time and lots of wonderful prizes to win!  Have a great day!