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

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my card:


I think I may have given you a pretty good idea of what is going to be on the card, lol!  I hope that you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

one stamp set... many cards...

Hello!  I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful 4th of July!  We had a pretty nice one.  The weather was typical for the Pacific Northwest in early July... cloudy and a little cold.  But that didn't stop the lighting of fireworks at our house or in our neighborhood!   Love 4th of July and what it means, but glad all the explosions are over for another year!   I recently received the Simon Says Stamp July card kit and it is jam packed full of fun products and a fabulous stamp set.  When I saw the kit I had to get it because of... flamingos!  I love flamingos and the stamp set included in the kit has a fun flamingo image as well as a die to go with it.   Shortly after the kit arrived I decided to stamp most of the images from the kit on watercolor paper and colored them with my ZIG markers.  I then trimmed out the ones that don't have a die (hoping that SSS will make dies to go with the rest of the images!).   After I had done that I set everything aside because I had other things going on and no time to do any crafting.   When I finally got some time on 4th of July to put some cards together the new color combo from Color Throwdown was up and I decided to color a two more flamingos to use on a card for that challenge.  Once I had the flamingos colored and die cut I die cut a panel of navy blue cardstock and then stamped it with the flamingo related sentiment on the cardstock with watermark ink and then heat set it in gold.  I arranged the flamingos and then adhered my panel to one of the white cards included in the kit.



This next card isn't for anything in particular.  I just wanted to make a card using the fish image and that punny sentiment that goes with it.   Once I had the fish colored I used one of the gold watercolors available in my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set to sort of dull the color and give them a hint of gold.   To create my "water"  background I pulled out a stencil from Hero Arts and Salty Ocean and Broken China distress oxide inks.  I had a piece of aqua colored cardstock floating around so I used that and stenciled on the waves.  Once I had the background stenciled I die cut the panel and then arranged the fish.  The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine CLAIR ink in Midnight.  I love the way that you can still see the stenciling through the dark blue ink.   I stamped the little bubbles at the same time I stamped the sentiment.  The fish were adhered and then I added some Star Dust Stickles to the bubbles.  The panel was then adhered to a teal cardstock base.  I'm going to add this to the current challenge at the Male Room challenge as their theme is fish/fishing.  This is my first time playing along with this challenge and found out about it through Instagram.



The final two cards came to be after I saw the current layout from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I made two white cardstock bases and then using the grid on my craft mat I masked off the area on each card base and inked up one using Broken China and Salty Ocean and the other using Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey.  I had already colored the pineapple and cactus so I simply stamped the sunglasses and the little flower added a little bit of color to each, trimmed them out and then adhered them to their respective images.  I splattered on a little water and once that was dry I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.   The images were then popped up on the card bases with foam adhesive.   Super simple, but rather cute don't you think?


I'm going to be honest and admit that while I love the stamp set I initially was stumped by how I was going to use it and that is why I decided to first color up some images and see where they would take me.


Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, navy, teal, aqua; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide; VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  gold; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers, Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Stickles 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

wednesday with ajvd... happy 4th of july!

Happy 4th of July to everyone here in the USA!  Today is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my patriotic card:


Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  I hope you will take some time to head over to the AJVD blog to see my entire project and to let me know what you think.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

hugs & prayers...

Hello!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   Feels like I haven't played along with any challenges in ages, but that really isn't the case.  Just haven't posted much on my blog, I guess.   Love the pretty palette over at Color Throwdown and just had to make something.  I pulled out the pretty Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamp set and did a lot of stamping and masking.  The ink I used is my favorite black ink VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.  Love how beautifully it stamps... even on watercolor paper!  Once that was done I did some simple watercoloring using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  When the piece was dry I trimmed it down to fit the FMS layout.  To bring some additional blue into the card I watercolored a strip of watercolor paper with the blue I used for the little berries.    Because of the way I stamped the flowers and leaves I decided to flip the sketch on its side.  Not super happy with where I had to stamp the sentiment, but that is the spot where it fit the best.  Think I will add this to Simon Says Stamp's Work it Wednesday, too.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; Canson watercolor; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors

Friday, June 29, 2018

inspire me friday with prs...

Hey there!  It's Friday and that means I have a post up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek of my project:


Hope you will pop over to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog for a look at the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

wednesday with ajvd

Hello!  Popping in to let you know that my post is up on the AJVD blog.   Here is a little peek of my project:


Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 25, 2018

PTI June blog hop...

Hey there!  Popping in with a super simple card that I made for this month's PTI blog hop.  I'm also going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge because I do think it is rather bright and cheerful.   This month's inspiration photo is just so yummy with all those beautiful popsicles.  I don't have anything remotely like that in my PTI collection, but I do have lots of lovely floral sets and so I decided to use my newest one... Corner Adorner February.  I pulled colors from the photo to use in creating my little corner piece.  I stamped the majority of the images onto white cardstock, but the central flower was stamped and die cut.  I wanted to use two shades of green for the leaf and stem portions of the corner piece so I had to do some masking and stamping.  It was a little tricky, but I got it done.  After getting all the stamping done I adhered the little flower and then added my panel to a cardstock base made from PTI's Weathervane cardstock as I thought it was similar in color to the tray that all the popsicles and fruit were arranged on.


Hope you have a wonderful day and happy hopping!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! white, PTI Weathervane; Stamps and dies:  PTI; Inks: Stampin Up! and Memento

Friday, June 22, 2018

sparkly birds...

Hello!  The weekend is upon us and I have a bright and sparkly card to share today.  It was super hard to take a photo of this card and capture all the sparkle on the birds.  I will be posting this to the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of sparkle and shine and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of bright and cheerful.  I have some glitter paper that I got from Stampin Up! and it is super sparkly, but unfortunately it sheds... a lot!  I pulled out a piece of the green and die cut the birds using the C9 By Your Side bird die.  The neat thing about the By Your Side bird die is that if you die cut it from an A2 size panel it gives you the ability to slip a smaller panel of cardstock behind it or you can trim out the die cut and use it that way.  I decided to trim it out.  A piece of white cardstock was stamped with the C9 Barnwood Background stamp using Catherine Pooler's Limoncello ink and then trimmed down.  I placed the panel in my MISTI, positioned the birds where I wanted them, placed my sentiment where I wanted it and then stamped it with Nocturne VersaFine CLAIR ink.  The birds were popped up with foam tape and the panel adhered to a white card base.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white, green glitter cardstock; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR and Catherine Pooler


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

aloha from ajvd...

Aloha friends!  I have some projects up on the AJVD blog today and my blog post alludes to what it just might be!  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see both projects and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!  Aloha!

Monday, June 18, 2018

fiesta!

Hello!!  Hope your week is off to a good start! We are having lovely weather here in the Pacific Northwest which is great because today is officially the start of summer break for my youngest.  He is looking forward to going off to camp in two weeks and then other adventures once he gets back!  Today I have a card that I made for the MFT sketch challenge, as well as the MFT color challenge.   When I saw the MFT sketch I immediately thought of the fun Die-namics fiesta die for the large rectangular image in the sketch.  I die cut it three times from bright blue cardstock and adhered them together.  The sentiment is from the MFT PI Birthday Pinata set.  Did a little masking so that I could stamp the sentiment all on one line on kraft cardstock and then die cut it with a Die-namics Slanted Sentiment Strips die.  I used the same die to cut some yellow cardstock, adhered it to the kraft piece and adhered it to my die cut cardstock panel.  Fiesta was adhered with foam tape so that I could overlap it on strip.  I stamped the little candy images from Birthday Pinata, colored them with a yellow and blue marker and then die cut.  Adhered them to the panel and I was done.  Another clean and simple design!


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU white, MFT bright blue; PTI kraft and yellow; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

Saturday, June 16, 2018

bright flowers...

Hey there!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend!  This week has been a little crazy and I have not had much time to craft... boo hoo!  But it was all for several good things... celebrating my youngest's birthday and helping to put together (and take down) the 5th grade party for the aforementioned child and his classmates.  They had a fabulous time and are now officially middle schoolers!  Now that things I have calmed down (a little... it is summer after all, lol) I found some time to make a card for a two challenges:  Color Throwdown and CAS(e) this Sketch.   I purchased the sweet Altenew stamp set Folksy Florals quite sometime ago, but have not had the chance to use it so I pulled it out to make my card.  I stamped the flowers using coral, yellow and blue inks and the leaves in green.  Die cut everything with the matching dies and then arranged everything on a white cardstock panel that I die cut with the largest AJVD rectangle backdrop die.   The sentiment is from the Altenew Trigonometry stamp set and was embossed in white on the black cardstock, trimmed down and adhered.  I love the clean and simple look of the design!


Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up, Catherine Pooler, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with PRS

Hey there!  Happy Friday!!  I have a post up on the PRS blog today sharing a card I made using the Little Things stamp set.  Here is a little peek:


Hope you will head over to the PRS blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there... happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my project:


I hope you will take the time to head over there to see the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 8, 2018

a happy hello

Hey there!  Hope your weekend has started off well.   My youngest spent part of the week at camp and thank goodness the rain held off until they were on their way home.  He had an awesome time and now is one tired 5th grader!   While he was away I did a little bit of crafting, but not as much as I wanted to do... oh well.  I did manage to make a card for a few challenges though:  Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Hello/Just; Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.   There isn't a lot of stamping on this card... it is pretty much all die cuts.   I used the RC Tall Stripe Panel as the large central element of the FMS layout and die cut it from black cardstock.  The largest tag from the Tag Me set was die cut from white and the little reinforcer was die cut from aqua cardstock.  I tied some aqua twine through the whole and then added the tag to the Tall Striped Panel.  I then die cut the Wheat from black and aqua cardstock and adhere them together as shown.  The wheat was then adhere to the tag.  I die cut the banner (from the Tag Me set) from thick vellum cardstock and embossed the sentiment from the Tall Bloom stamp set in white.  That was adhered over the wheat and the entire piece adhere to a white cardstock base.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white and aqua, PTI black, MFT heavy weight vellum; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Baker's twine

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there and happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

tiny big news...

Hey there!  If you didn't know the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge is going on right now.  So over the last few days I have been coloring images from the super sweet MFT Hello, Little One stamp set and sharing what I colored on Instagram.  I have been trying my hand at no line coloring and have much to learn, but I'm enjoying the process.  Now I have made some of those images into a card that I will be sending to my niece who is expecting a little one at the beginning of November.  I'm so excited and can't wait to meet her little one!!  I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers to color all the images and then die cut them with the matching dies.  I used this week's CTS layout so I will be posting my card to that challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I backed the images with a circle die cut from woodgrain cardstock and a panel of SSS fog cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped using my favorite black ink... Nocturne VersaFine CLAIR.  Love how the card turned out and I hope that my niece loves it too!


Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white, Simon Says Stamp fog, Tim Holtz woodgrain; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Ranger Old Paper Distress ink, VersaFine CLAIR; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers



Saturday, June 2, 2018

yay! yay! yay!

Hello!  Hope you are having a wonderful week!  We are having lovely weather this weekend which is awesome for the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of June!   The other day I found some time to do a little coloring and created this card for several challenges:  MFT sketch challenge and birthday project challenge (cupcakes & candles) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).    I'm not a huge "critter" person... meaning I don't own a lot of stamp sets that feature animals, but when I saw the super cute Birdie Brown Birthday Chicks stamp set I had to have it.  I mean seriously who can resists those sweet little chicks?!  Not me, lol!  I stamped the images on Canson watercolor paper with Ranger Old Paper distress ink so I could start to figure out the whole no line watercoloring thing.  Obviously you can still see a very light line, but you have start somewhere, right?  All the images were colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers and clean water.  Once the images were mostly dry I die cut them with the matching dies.   I used a MFT Fishtail Flag stax die to create my banners.   It was a bit of a trick to get all the dies the same length, but I got it worked out... thankfully.  Since this card is going to be going to my great niece who is turning 2 at the end of the month I decided to use some soft pink cardstock for the main panel and I really like how it turned out.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white and pink; Canson watercolor; Ink:  Ranger distress ink; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Watercolor Medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers

Friday, June 1, 2018

inspire me friday with prs...

Happy 1st day of June everyone!  I have a post upon the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today with a coffee inspired card using the newly released Little Things stamp set.  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!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!  Happy end of May!  Wow... can't believe May is over... where did the time go?  I'm stopping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:


Have a wonderful day and I hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

two more cards...

Hey there!  Hope everyone here in the US is enjoying the long weekend.  As my blog title says I have a couple more cards to share.  The first one is for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge to use florals, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use more then one stamp.  I will tell you that I had the card almost completed when I realized that when I placed the large floral image on my card base it was crooked!  When I tried to remove it I ended up ripping said floral image so I had to start over... ugh!   Thankfully it didn't take me that long to put the card together the second time!  I used the C9 Wonderful Florals stamp set along with the matching dies.  I stamped the main floral image using VersaFine CLAIR ink in Morning Mist and then die cut it with the matching die.  The word wonderful was die cut from white cardstock and then all the letters were stamped with the little square striped image from the set using Simon Says Stamp's Melon ink.  The letters were then adhered to the floral image.  I stamped the two flowers on to some plaid paper, die cut with their matching dies and then adhered to the floral image.  That was then adhered to some light purple.  I stamped the sentiment in the Morning Mist ink, trimmed it out and then adhered it to the card front.  Pretty simple, but I really like the little pops of color from the stamped letters and the plaid flowers.


The second card is for the May Viva La Verve challenge and once, again, here I am at the end of the month finally getting my card done for the challenge!  For this one I used lots of fun patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studio and the beautiful Verve stamp set Cake & Candles.  I pulled out papers that I liked together and the die cut all the various pieces of the layout.  The sentiment was stamped using Simon Says Stamp ink in Spring Rain and then die cut with an AJVD Polka Dot Circle die.  I added Buttercup Stickles to the flame for some sparkle.  All the pieces were assembled and then adhered the sentiment circle that I had matted with an AJVD Stitched Scallop Circle die.   To add a little something more I die cut some stars using a Verve die and then adhered a few to the sentiment circle.  Another simple design, but I love all the fresh colors in the Pinkfresh Studio papers.


Hope you have a wonderful day!