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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey friends... popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  I'm sharing a fabulous new product that AJVD just added to the store.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek and to let me know what you think!  

Monday, January 15, 2018

time to bloom...

Hey there!!  Popping in with a card for two challenges:  Essentials by Ellen Mix it Up and Color Throwdown.  I had hoped to get this card done and posted on Sunday (yesterday), but my antique toy loving 11 year old wanted to make a trip to his favorite antique store in the beautiful little town of Snohomish, Washington.  So being a good mom we made the trip.  It was totally worth it because we got to see the beautiful North Cascade mountains in all their glory!  Mt Baker (the furthest north of the mountains in the Washington portion of the Cascades) was absolutely covered in snow!! Unfortunately by the time we got home light was fading fast and while I did get the card done I wasn't able to get a good photo of it.  Color Throwdown closes in mere hours so I'm cutting things a bit close, but oh well... that is the way it goes.  The EE Mix it Up challenge this month wants us to combine our EE products with Concord & 9th... sign me up!!  I used the C9 Beautiful Branches stamps and dies along with the EE Lovely stamp set.  I know you can't set any stamping except for the sentiment, but I did stamp on the little blooms... it is very subtle and looks really pretty in person.  The label is from the C9 Fill In Blooms stamp and die set.  I die cut it from white, aqua and navy cardstocks, the aqua and navy were cut in two and then one of each adhered as you see.  I then adhered the branches, leaves and flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in navy ink and then the label adhered.  Finished off with some little Pretty Pink Posh marshmallow sequins in the centers of the flowers and some white twine.

Have a wonderful day!  Would love to hear your thoughts on my card!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; SU! Powder Pink, Coastal Cabana, MFT navy; Stamps:  Concord & 9th, Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  SU! Pretty in Pink, Night of Navy; Twine:  SU! white baker's twine; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, January 13, 2018

cards for sketches...

Hey there!!  I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  First up is a card for the current Verve Viva la Verve sketch challenge, as well as the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use patterned paper.   Over Christmas I was finally able to pick up some new Verve to add to my collection.  The stamp and die set I purchased is one I have wanted for a long time... Potter's Clay.  There are so many beautiful sentiments and verses in this set it was hard to chose which one to use, but in the end it was determined by how it would fit into the sketch.   The papers I used are from the gorgeous Zella Teal line by Prima.  There is a pattern in the pad that was perfect for die cutting the jars from.  I layered the jars on a circle die cut from another paper from the pad.  After layering the pieces as you see I wrapped the panel with jute twine and tied it in a bow.  The panel was adhered and then I added the circle with the jars on it.

The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  This stamp and die set was also purchased over the Christmas holidays.  This isn't a set I would normally buy, but I need to step outside my comfort zone every once in a while and the set is pretty darn cute, too!  I stamped all the images on Canson watercolor paper and then colored them with Derwent and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and clean water.   One of my goals this year is to get better at coloring with a few different coloring mediums.  I was pretty darn pleased with how my coloring turned out and I'm looking forward to coloring more images with my pencils!!  After all the coloring was done and the pieces die cut I had to find some colors that would work well with the colors in my snow cones.  I used some patterned paper from the Reverse Confetti Very Merry paper pad (which I guess they don't have any more) along with some Reverse Confetti Mist cardstock.  After adhering the patterned paper strip I positioned the sentiment using my mini MISTI and stamped it in black ink.   The banner was die cut with the banner from the Tag Me die set then cut into two pieces so it would work with the sketch and adhered to the panel.  I put my sno cones together and then adhered them to the circle that was die cut from the Mist cardstock.   The circle was adhered and then I added some white enamel dots to finish things off.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White; Patterned paper:  Prima Zella Teal; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  Verve and AJVD; Inks:  VerseFine Smoky Gray, VersaMagic Oasis Green; Recollections Jute twine

Card #2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, RC Mist; Patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray, Vintage Sepia, Onyx Black; enamel dots; Watercolor medium:  Derwent watercolor pencils, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Design It Friday with PRS

Hey friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a project up on the PRS blog today!!  Here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the PRS blog for a look and to let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Hey there!!  Have a card to share for a few challenges:  WCMC9 - use the first set you bought, Stamp Ink Paper - Cake Walk, Less is More - use purplesLess is More changed their challenge to a twice monthly challenge so I'm hoping that I will get a chance to play along more.  The WCMC9 challenge this month wants us to use the first C9 stamp set we purchased.  The first set I purchased is one that C9 no longer carries... Eat Cake & Celebrate.  I didn't realize that until I had pretty much finished my card, but just because they don't carry it any more doesn't mean I can't use it!!  I stamped the cake in VersaFine Smoky Gray on Bristol cardstock and then colored it with Farber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils in three shades of purple.  The color on the cake is rather light, but it is definitely purple in real life!  A Derwent gray was used to color the plate.  I used a barely wet paint brush to blend out the color on the cake and the plate.  I did add a touch of yellow for the candles.  The cake was then cut with the matching die.  I stamped the little star cluster and single star on white cardstock, die cut it and matted it with purple cardstock.  Stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black and then adhered the card and added it to card base.   Super simple and a little bit retro.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white and purple; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th, AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, SU! Wisteria Wonder, CTMH Purple Pansy; Coloring medium:  Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle color pencils

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there friends!!  Hope your new year is going great!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Hope you will head over to the blog for a look and to let me know what you think.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

floral thank you...

Hey there!!  Hope your week is off to a good start!  I got some crafting in this past weekend and have a card to share that I made during that crafty session.  This one is for the Altenew January inspiration challenge as well as the current Time Out challenge.  The inspiration card is supplied by the super talented Erum.  Her watercoloring is always so gorgeous!!  I recently purchased the Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp and die bundle so I used that for my card.   I stamped the largest flower in the set using two orange inks (SU! Pumpkin Pie and Memento Tangelo) and the medium sized flower using to yellow inks (Memento Dandelion and MFT Daffodil).  Because green isn't one of the main colors in the inspiration challenge I stamped the leaves using just one green ink, Memento New Sprout.  Because the leaves were multi-layered I was able to use only one ink, but get the variation in color that I wanted.  I did the same thing with the two smallest flowers.  Once I had everything stamped I splattered a piece of white cardstock with Picked Raspberry distress ink mixed with water.   Once that was dry I die cut it and then arranged my flowers and leaves.   I love that the die set includes this thank you sentiment as well as the word hello.  I adhered the sentiment, added some dark pink enamel dots and adhered my panel to the card base.  I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of something new since my stamps and dies are new.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and black; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Memento, Stampin Up!, Ranger, My Favorite Things; My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots

Friday, January 5, 2018

butterfly shaker card...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for several challenges:  MFT sketch challenge and  Color Throwdown.    The color combo at Color Throwdown is black, gray and ivory and so I wasn't sure I was even going to play along.  Then my son told me that his teacher's father died over Christmas break and I thought those colors would be perfect for a sympathy card for her.  I decided to pair it up with the MFT sketch using the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamps and dies.  It took a bit of planning to get everything to come together, but I think the time and effort were worth it.  Once I had finished the die cutting and stamping I had to take a little break and get a few things done around the house.  As I thought about the card I decided to turn it into a shaker with each butterfly being its own shaker element.   The shaker mix I used is one that has clear, white and silver seed beads, along with iridescent sequins.  I added in a few 4 mm black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in keeping with the color theme.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts/Simon Says Stamp collaborative stamp set and was embossed in black on vellum, die cut with a MFT Slanted Sentiment Strip and adhered to the card.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies: Cardstock:  PTI Rustic white; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks:  SU! Smoky Slate, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark; Embossing powder:  Filigree black; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh; Sequin Mix:  Lucy's Cards

Thursday, January 4, 2018

a galaxy card...

Hey there!!  Hope your new year is going well and you are finding time to craft!  I got sometime the other day and created a card I have been wanting to make for over a month!   The idea was all built around a die I purchased from Simon Says Stamp called Tickle Breeze.  How fun is that name??? Anyway my idea was to create a galaxy background, but not in the way that most galaxy backgrounds are created (or at least not in a way that I have seen!).   All the inks used for the background are distress oxide inks.  I just love their blending ability!  I was trying to create the look of the Milky Way and so wanted my colors to be concentrated in the center of my card.  To get that look I used Q-tips to add the color to the center in a narrow band.   Some of the colors used include Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.  Once I had the colors laid down I used my foam blending tool and added Broken China and Salty Ocean to the panel making sure to not completely cover up the narrow band of color.  I then finished up with Black Soot.  As I was doing the blending with the blue and black inks I was sure that I had created a disaster, but I love how the finished product turned out.  Once all the blending was done I die cut the Tickle Breeze die twice into the panel and then backed the piece with silver cardstock.  I then splattered on white acrylic paint mixed with water.  The stars and the word you are from the SSS Seeing Stars stamp set and were embossed in silver on vellum and then the rest of the sentiment in silver on black.  I adhered everything and then mounted the panel on a black cardstock base.  I made this for the last Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge and wasn't going to post it on my blog, but when I saw that the new SIP challenge is to use embossing I decided to post it here.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies: Cardstock:  PTI white, black and vellum, MFT brushed silver; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and AJVD; Inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide inks, VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Ranger Silver

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello friends!!  Popping in on this 3rd day of the new year to let you know that I have a post up 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 blog for a look and to let me know what you think.  And if you haven't already done this make sure you get your entry in to win two of the new INKboss Inkpression plates that AJVD recently released.  They are super cool!!  All the details can be found here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I'm back...

On the Precious Remembrance Shop design team that is and I'm super excited!!   To celebrate the reveal of the 2018 PRS design team we are all sharing projects made with the fun PRS Love Coupon stamp set.  I stamped the ticket image in pink and gray and then added in the sentiment using letters from the Sketchy Alphabet stamp set and the word love from Love Coupon.  I added the red hearts and then die cut the panel with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die.  Finished things off with two black hearts from the Love Coupon Bits & Pieces kit.    This card would be perfect for the guy in your life.

Precious Remembrance Shop can be found on social media platforms so make sure you follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube! Here is the list of the 2018 Precious Remembrance Shop design team:

Lisa Elton
Greta Hess
Helen Gullett
Kelly Lunceford

To celebrate the new year and the new team you can take 10% off an order of $30.00 or more by using this code: DTROSI10.  The code is good until January 31, 2018!  Can't wait to share my Precious Remembrance projects with you here on my blog, on Instagram and on the PRS blog in the coming year!!  Adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes and to the current Dies R Us challenge.

Supplies: Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Dies:  AJVD; Bits & Pieces:  Precious Remembrance Shop