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

Friday, August 18, 2017

smile...

Hello!!   A new sketch is up on the MFT challenge blog and I found some time to make a card using it along with the current colors for the MFT color challenge.  I will also be adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of put a sentiment on it.   I still had the July MFT card kit and I wanted to make another card before I put things away.  This time I used the lovely script smile die from the kit long with the one of the large flowers and the leaves stamps and dies.  I stamped the flower using the coral color and the leaves using colors close to the Spearmint and Green Eyed Monster colors.  The smile was die cut from cardstock in a color as close as I could get to blueberry.  I did die cut the word three times and then adhered them together.  I used the soft gray cardstock to break things up a bit.  The strip and the rounded rectangle were die cut using the MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangle dies.  After I layered everything up per the sketch I stamped the sentiment on vellum using watermark ink, heat set it with white embossing powder and then die cut it with the banner die (the free with $60 die set).  A panel of white cardstock was die cut, the rounded rectangle adhered to that and then everything was adhered to a coral cardstock base.  I love it when I can "kill two birds with one stone"!   I think I will also add this to the current Word Art Wednesday challenge.  ETA:  Today is the last day of MFT's Camp Create, part 2.  I have not had time to do any of the other "crafts", but since my card has lots of die cutting on it I will be adding it to today's "craft" of die cutting.  Adding this to the current Dies R Us challenge of anything goes.




Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and vellum, Ranger woodgrain, MFT Coral Crush, SSS fog, blue; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Hero Arts and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Yep... it's that time of the week... Wednesday and I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  I'm sharing another fall inspired card and here is a little peek:


Hope you will hop over for a look and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

two cards... two sketches...

Hey there!!  Stopping in with two cards for two sketch challenges.  Recently Julee started the Viva la Verve challenges back up and I could not be happier!!  I have missed playing along as often as I could using my yummy Verve stamps!!  My first card is for that challenge.   I'm still on a mission to use up my patterned paper and today I made a little dent in the collection... YAY!  I used lots of paper on this card and I love how it turned out!!  The stamp set I used is the Verve Kindness Matters set.  The matching dies were used to die cut the flowers after I had stamped them on the patterned paper using dark blue ink.  The same ink was used for the sentiment.   The background panel was created by layering all the paper together and then die cutting them.  Because the bottom portion was rather thick I did have to die cut that a second time.  I layered on the sentiment panel and then added the flower.  To give the flower a bit more dimension I cut into the petal of the top flower, shaped the a little and then adhered it with a foam dimensional.  After the flower was adhered I die cut the little sprigs and adhered them.  I added a large drop of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flower.  Everything was adhered to a teal cardstock base.   Since there is still lots of time to play along at Viva La Verve I think I'm going to be making another card!


The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  This is the first time in a very long time that I have actually gotten my card for the challenge done this early... YAY!!  I may even find the time to make another card!  I used and oldie, but goodie Reverse Confetti set called Fresh 'n Fruity.  I kept this one simple and used just one piece of patterned paper from a pack of papers from Webster's Pages.  I stamped the oranges in two shades of orange ink using both orange stamps from the set.   Stamped the leaves and then die cut everything with the matching dies.  The sentiment was stamped on the banner that was cut using the banner die from the RC Tag Me die set.  After adhering the patterned paper I arranged how I wanted everything to be and then stamped the bottom sentiment.   Adhered everything, added the orange enamel dots and I was done.  Love the clean look of this one!   And since I got my card done so early in the month just like with Viva La Verve I may make another one!!

Have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, MFT Tropical Teal; Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Kate & Co, Webster's Pages Family Traditions; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti, Verve; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, Verve and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tangelo, MFT Green Apple; Enamel Dots:  My Mind's Eye; Nuvo Glitter Drops

Friday, August 11, 2017

a couple of cards to share...

Hey!!  I have a couple of cards that I got made over the course of this last week.  The first one is for the current Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up challenge to combine EE products with Avery Elle products.  I don't have many Avery Elle products, but I do have this lovely With Sympathy die set that my sweet friend, Greta, sent to me.  I combined the dies with the EE Mondo Peony stamp set and did some watercoloring.  The color combo is the current one from Color Throwdown so I will be posting it there, as well.  I used the four ZIGs that you see in the photo for the watercoloring.  The peonies were stamped in VersaMark on the smooth side of the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper and then heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.    Because the watercoloring is so soft I decided to go with a soft gray cardstock to die cut the words from.  The with was only cut once and adhered to the panel.  The sympathy was die cut twice, stacked and then adhered.  Sadly I am in need of this sympathy card as someone I know recently lost her daughter to a tragic accident.

The second card is for Freshly Made Sketches.  They are celebrating their 300th sketch and I just had to play along.  Many thanks to the FMS team for all the wonderful sketches and inspiration they have provided!!  When I saw the sketch I immediately knew I wanted to use my Stampin Up! Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the companion Eclectic Layers die set.  The patterned papers are from an older Stampin Up! designer paper pad that has an aqua, red and kraft combo.  The kraft cardstock I used is also Stampin Up! I die cut the cut out from the kraft cardstock and then backed it with a piece of the patterned paper.   That piece was then die cut with a rectangle die.  The polka dot paper was die cut and adhered per the sketch.  The leaves were die cut from the aqua paper and adhered.  I stamped the flower on white cardstock using SU!'s Real Red ink and adhered.  Originally I had stamped the sentiment on vellum and then attached it, but that turned out to be a big mistake. Hate it when that happened, but thankfully I was able to remove it without ruining anything and replace it with the one that is there now.


Have a wonderful day!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU! Crumb Cake, Ranger watercolor; Patterned paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, Stampin Up! and AJVD; Dies:  AJVD, Avery Elle and Stampin Up!; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Embossing powder:  Ranger Platinum; Ink:  Stampin Up!, VersaMark and VersaFine


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Popping in to let you know that my post is up on the AJVD blog.  Today I'm sharing a fall inspired card.  Here is a little peek:



Hope you will hop over for a look... have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

you mean the world to me...

Hey!!  Stopping in with a card (duh, lol!) for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Time Out.   The FMS layout is pretty simple, but I puzzled over it for quite sometime until I saw the inspiration photo from Time Out.  Finally... an idea was born!  I found some masculine papers in my stash and trimmed down one with a grid pattern on it.  I then stamped the image of the continents (from Concord & 9th's Map Love stamp set) in blue ink.  Two pieces were trimmed off the left edge and then each one was trimmed down further.  Two strips the same width were trimmed off another piece of paper from the same pad, trimmed further to fill in the right spots and then I started adhering everything.  I adhered the main portion flat and then the strips at varying heights using foam dimensional.  The sentiment was stamped in brown in and then I added partial images of the continents.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine

Saturday, August 5, 2017

celebrate...

Hello!!  The other day the beautiful MFT All Smiles card kit landed on my front porch and last night I got a chance to make a card with it.  I used the current MFT color challenge combo, as well as the current MFT sketch.  I don't have a color similar to MFT's Purple Rain and so I tried to create my own by combining blue and purple inks together.  Initially it looked rather close, but looking at it now it doesn't... oh well... I tried, lol!  I stamped all the flowers using the ink combo I created and then the leaves using PTI's Simply Chartreuse.  The centers of the larger flowers were stamped with a color I thought was similar to MFT's Green Eyed Monster as were the smaller flowers.  Added in some small dots in the blue/purple to fill in the spaces a bit.  I die cut one edge with an AJVD edger die and adhered my piece to some light gray cardstock that is similar to MFT's Grout Gray.  A couple of thin strips of the same cardstock were cut and adhered.  One of the other things I got in my order was the beautiful "celebrate" die.  I die cut that three times from white cardstock and adhered them together.  I stamped the sentiment from the All Smiles stamp set that comes in the kit on black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  That was die cut with the free MFT die set that I got and adhered with the word celebrate to finish things off.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts, PTI, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

thankful for you...

Hello!!  Hope your week is going well.  Things are hot, hot, hot here in Western Washington and along with all that heat we are unfortunately getting smoke from the wildfires burning in British Columbia, Canada our neighbor to the north!   Given the heat and the smoky air staying inside seems like a good thing right now.  So... I made a card!  When I saw the color combo at Color Throwdown I thought of my very neglected Sheltering Tree stamp set from Stampin Up!  I pulled it out and did a little stamping!  I used Stampin Up! Crumb Cake for the tree trunk and the swing and Stampin Up! Gumball Green for the grass and the tree.  After the stamping was done I trimmed down the panel and wrapped it with some light brown twine.  A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was adhered to a card base and then the stamped panel adhered.  I finished things off by stamping the sentiment on vellum with watermark ink and heat embossing in white.  Die cut the sentiment with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die and adhered it to the panel.    I like the simple, rustic look of this card.   I have played along with Word Art Wednesday in a long time and since their challenge is always anything goes I think I will added there, as well.  It also works for the new CTS layout so I will post it there, too.



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  White, SU! Crumb Cake, PTI vellum; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Twine:  Recollections

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello!!  Stopping in to let you know my Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card.  I used the newly released Happy Birthday {DIE} alogue word dies.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

cards to share...


Hello!!  Stopping in with two cards to share.  First up is a card for the soon to be closing July Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try and Color Throwdown.   Every month I think I will get my card for the RC sketch challenge done early and then every month the same thing happens... I get it done days before the challenge closes!  Maybe one of these days I will get it done early, lol.  I used the super sweet RC Love Blooms stamp set and the matching dies along with the RC Topped Off Tag Confetti Cuts.  I stamped the outline flowers with the yellow and raspberry pink inks and then did second generation stamping for the solid portions.  Once that was done I stamped the leaves and die cut everything.  Strips of cardstock in the same colors were cut, adhered to a white cardstock panel and the die cut with a rectangle die.  Die cut the tag from white, the top part from yellow cardstock and then adhered together.  I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the flowers and leaves.  Layered everything up and I was done.



Next is a card for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I used some of my favorite A Jillian Vance Design dies to create the diagonal portion of the sketch.  The dies I used are the Leafy Vine die, the Daisy die and the Wildflowers die.  Trying to use up more of the patterned paper I have so I used some older papers from My Mind's Eye.  I used the two smallest flowers in each die set to create my flowers.  The vine was die cut twice from different papers, the bottom one cut into two pieces and then adhered to the panel that was die cut from more of the patterned paper.  I layered over the intact vine and then added the flowers.  I really like how the two different flowers look layered together and played on top of the vines.  The sentiment is from the AJVD Darkest Night stamp set and was stamped in dark blue ink.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, MFT yellow, green and dark pink, SSS fog; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Gumball Green, MFT Ripe Raspberry, Daffodil, Memento Dandelion, VersaFine Onyx Black

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hey... stopping by to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:



I used some fun new AJVD products so I hope you will check it out!  Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CASology 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!!!


Hello everyone!!  I am so excited to be a part of CASology's 5th anniversary celebration!!   I can't believe that CASology has been offering up amazing challenges for 5 years!!  But time flies when you are having fun, right???   I will never forget being contacted by Melissa early in 2012 about being part of the design team she was putting together for a new challenge blog that was going to be all about clean and simple.  Since I love clean and simple it didn't take me long to email Melissa back to say yes to her offer and for the first year and a half of the challenge I was on the design team.  It was one of the best
times of my crafting life!    So when Melissa contacted me about being a part of the celebration I had to say yes, again!!  All the fun starts on the CASology blog.  If you came from CASology design team member Joyce's blog then you are on the right track.  If not head over to the CASology blog for a list of all the hop participants.   The cue word for this challenge is appropriately balloon.    For my card I used the super fun Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy stamp set along with the matching dies.  I heat embossed red, aqua and pink cardstock with white embossing powder them and then die cut the balloons with the matching die.  The same thing was done for the clouds as well.  I then adhered the balloons and the clouds and added the balloon strings and the sentiment.

Now... since this is a celebration there will be lots of fun and prizes!!  Here are all the details:

To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery.  Winner will be selected randomly using random.org.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.

And here is what you can win!!

CASology - $50 gift certificate to the online craft store of winner's choice
Altenew - $30 gift certificate to the online store
Sprinkle Berry - $30 gift certificate to online store
Avery Elle - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Cindy B Designs - $25 gift certificate to online craft store of winner's choice
Concord & 9th - $25 gift certificate to the online store
DeNami Designs - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Lawn Fawn - $35 gift certificate to the online store
Neat & Tangled - $25 gift certificate to the online store
Poppystamps - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Precious Remembrance Shop - stamp set of winner's choice
7 Kids College Fund - $20 store credit
STAMPlorations - $15 gift certificate to the online store
Sunny Studio - Color Me Happy set + matching Color Word Die
The Ton - $20 gift certificate (for The Ton brand stamps, dies, inks & gilding products)
Uniko Studio - an in stock clear stamp set of winner's choice
Waffle Flower - $25 gift certificate to the online store
Your Next Stamp - $20 gift certificate to the online store

How amazingly awesome is that???  Pretty darn awesome in my book!!  Your next stop on the hop is the blog of STAMPlorations one of the awesome sponsors of the CASology celebration!!

The color scheme for my card comes from the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge so I will be linking my card up there, as well.  When I saw the pin-sights challenge inspiration board I knew it would be perfect to use to create my card for CASology... just look at those fun colors and images!  They just say balloons to me!

Have a wonderful day and happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Sahara Sand, pink, red and aqua; PTI white; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, VersaFine Onyx Black; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white

Monday, July 24, 2017

your day to shine...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Where Creativity Meets C9 - embossing and CAS(E) this Sketch - layout.  I have fiddled around all month trying to decide what to make for the WCMC9 challenge and now it is crunch time.  Loved the fun sketch over at CTS so decided to pair it up with one of the first C9 stamp sets I bought Shine Brighter.  I started by stamping the light bulb in watermark ink and embossing it with white embossing powder.  I then stamped the little filament image with watermark ink and embossed with platinum embossing powder.  The top of the light bulb was also embossed with the platinum embossing powder.  All the images were embossed on watercolor paper and then colored with ZIGs.  Once dry I die cut them with the corresponding dies.   Because I wanted the sentiment on the light bulb I stamped it with watermark ink on vellum and embossed with black embossing powder.  I die cut it with the light bulb die, put adhesive only at the top and adhered it over the watercolored light bulb.  It mutes the watercolored light bulb, but you can still see what is underneath.  The stem image was embossed with white embossing powder and then I applied Squeezed Lemonade distress ink to the white cardstock.  Once I had the look I wanted I adhered everything to the trimmed down panel.   ETA:  I just realized that this card will also work for the current Time Out challenge to be inspired by the following sentiment:

'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, PTI white, vellum; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, Ranger Squeezed Lemonade distress ink; Watercolor medium:  ZIG clean color makers; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white, Filigree black

Sunday, July 23, 2017

darkest nights...

Hello!!  Things have been a little crazy in my house, but I did find sometime the other day to make a card for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - seeing stars.  I recently got some new goodies from A Jillian Vance Design and one of the items was the new Darkest Night stamp set.  I paired it up with the really fun AJVD Scattered Stars Strip die and the small star from the Stitched Dot Stars die set.  I die cut some black cardstock using the Scattered Stars Strip die and then die cut the piece with a square Spellbinders die.  Silver sparkle cardstock was die cut with the same Spellbinders die and then adhered behind the black square.  The sentiment was then stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Originally I was going to just adhere the square to the white cardstock base, but decided the add the light gray cardstock panel for a little extra punch.  I adhered the square and then added the little silver star to finish things off.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white, black, SU! gray, MFT silver glitter cardstock; Stamps:  A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design, Spellbinders; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder: Hero Arts

Friday, July 21, 2017

sending you sunshine... friend

Hey... stopping in with a card for the current MFT sketch challenge, as well as the current MFT color challenge.   I pulled out the beautiful MFT Sketchy Blooms Two stamp set and the fun MFT Friend die.  I stamped the flowers using the coral and teal colors from the MFT palette and then die cut the piece.  I die cut the friend from the gravel gray cardstock four times and then stacked them.  The letters were then adhered to the card front per the sketch.  I die cut coral and black cardstocks with an angled border die, layered them as you see and then adhered to the card front.  Finished things off by stamping the sentiment from the cute MFT set Sweet Forest Friends in MFT's Tropical Teal.  Super happy with how this turned out... especially getting all the letters in friend lined up perfectly!!



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  light gray, white, MFT coral crush, gravel gray, black; Stamps:  MFT; Dies: AJVD; Inks:  MFT and Stamping Up!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello!!  Yep... Wednesday is here, again, and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will hop over a look.  Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

a little hello...

Hey there!! Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges... MFT sketch challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use plaid.   Love plaid and MFT has some super cut plaid paper pads.  I used the Plaid Patterns  pad as the starting point for my card.  I pulled out this pieces with blues, greens and purples on it.  I then paired it up with the MFT Flashy Florals stamp set.  I die cut the plaid paper and adhered it to a panel of woodgrain cardstock.  The small white panel was die cut using an MFT Inside Out rectangle die and adhered to the plaid piece.  The flowers were stamped using a light purple ink and the centers were stamped with a teal.  The leaves were stamped in a bright green and teal accents added, as well.  Die cut everything and then adhered it to the die cut panel.  Finished by stamped the sentiment from the MFT Springtime Blooms set and adhering the entire panel to my card base.
Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  light gray, PTI white, Ranger woodgrain; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Patterned paper:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  MFT Sour Apple, Tropical Teal, PTI Winter Wisteria, VersaFine Onyx Black

Saturday, July 15, 2017

tranquil tulips...

Hey!!  Popping in with a card for the current Color Throwdown challenge and since I embossed the sentiment I will post it to the current Flower challenge, as well.   Using another new stamp set that I recently got from Stampin Up!   This one is called Tranquil Tulips and has a watercolor look to it.  So I stamped the images on watercolor paper with distress inks (Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry for the flowers and Mowed Lawn for the leaves) and then blended the colors out with water.  Before stamping the dark shade of pink I let the light value dry so that things didn't get to muddy looking.  Once the flowers were dry I added a light wash of Old Paper distress ink to the background.  The panel was trimmed down and then adhered to a panel of dark gray cardstock at an angle.  The sentiment (also from Stampin Up!) was embossed in white on vellum and then die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die.  I adhered the flag and then wrapped the panels with light pink twine before adhering it to the white cardstock base.   



Have a wonderful day!


Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white, MFT gray, vellum; Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Distress Inks, VersaMark watermark; pink twine; Dies:  My Favorite Things



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello!!   I'm back to my regular Wednesday posting over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a full look at my project.  Have a wonderful day!!


Monday, July 10, 2017

oh... hello friend

Hey!  Over the weekend I made a card using the new dies I got from Stampin Up!  I must admit that I was a little dismayed with some of the dies in the set.  When I used the large die that you seen behind the flowers I saw that it just cuts out the little diamond bits as you see can see in this card I made and posted a few days ago.  A few days later I realized that I could actually trim the piece out to create a different look.  So for several days I had this piece floating around and over the weekend I decided to make something with it.  I had some cardstock left over from making the card I mentioned above so I used that to make the flowers with two other dies from the set.   There was another die that puzzled me, as well.  It is the little leafy one that you see embossed into the cardstock.  When I went to use it I thought it would die cut this cute little leafy bit, but when I was done saw that it only embosses!  Initially I was disappointed, but then I used it to make my card and now I actually think it is kind of clever.  Anyway, here is my card.  The sentiment is from the stamp set that coordinates with the dies and was embossed on vellum.  I'm going to post it to CAS(E) this Sketch since the layout is based on their sketch, as well as CAS on Sunday.  This is pretty clean and simple and it does have flowers on it.

 Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, Harvest Gold, Vellum, SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Bazzill dark brown; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Stampin Up!; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts;