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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April PTI Blog Hop

Hey there!  (If you want to see my AJVD post, please click here.)  Today is the 25th of the month and that means it is time for the PTI blog hop.  The photo boasts a stack of delicate tea cups and the first thing I thought of when I saw it was Pride and Prejudice which then led me to think of PTI's Simply Jane stamp set.  I combined that set with the Sweet Life stamp set to create my card.   I pulled colors from the tea cups (aqua, pink, dark pink, yellow, green) and stamped various die cuts from Simply Jane and Sweet Life using those colors.  I spotted some gold on the rims of the tea cups and so I stamped the frame from Simply Jane using Delicata Golden Glitz ink.   Once I had all my pieces completed it was time to arrange everything on a panel of white cardstock that I had die cut with an AJVD rectangle die and stamped with the sentiment from Simply Jane using VersaFine CLAIR ink in Morning Mist.  After everything was adhered I added some Pretty Pink Posh jewels in Buttercream and Aquamarine for a bit of sparkle.   Adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.



Hope you have a wonderful day and happy hopping!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up white, PTI Aqua Mist; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!, VersaFine CLAIR, Catherine Pooler; Jewels:  Pretty Pink Posh

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!!  It's Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is  a little peek of my card:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the whole card and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 23, 2018

two very different cards...


Hey there!!  Hope your week is off to a good start!  I'm starting mine with a couple of cards that are very different.  First up is a card for the soon to be closing Color Throwdown challenge, as well as the MFT Birthday Project challenge... shakers.  I finally got my hands on the MFT Celebrate Speech Bubble Die-namics and I used that to create my shaker element.  I inked up some cardstock with Ranger Distress ink in Festive Berries.  I could have used red cardstock, but I wanted to create the look of a strawberry and so needed some variation in the color.  When that was done I die cut the piece with the die and adhered a piece of acetate to the back.  I put the letters B, R and A back into the die cut so I could make sure that I glued the little pieces from each letter into the right spot.  Once they were glued in a carefully removed the letters.  Then I built my shaker element and added green sequins.  I adhered a thin piece of white cardstock to the back and then adhered the shaker element to a die cut panel of white cardstock.  The sentiment is from All Smiles and was stamped in a green ink similar to the sequins, die cut with the MFT Slanted Sentiments Die-namics and then adhered.


My second card is very different from the first one which is pretty darn clean and simple!  This one has lots of patterned paper on it and was made for the current Verve Viva La Verve sketch challenge, as well as the Verve Diva Dare.  I was fortunate and won the beautiful Verve Risen Savior stamp set and I just had to use it for my card.  I recently purchased a couple more VersaFine CLAIR inks and used the one called Golden Meadown.  I stamped the cross in the Golden Meadow on some patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, over stamped the sentiment in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist and then die cut it with an AJVD Polka Dot circle die.  Coordinating paper was die cut with an AJVD plain circle die and the two were matted.  I used more paper from the same pad for the main rectangle, as well as the square element.  That was die cut with a Reverse Confetti die.  I wrapped a yellow twine around the main panel three times and secured it in back with tape and then layered on all the elements.  The flower and leaves are from the Verve set Bloom Brighter and were stamped in the Golden Meadow and Morning Mist inks.   The finished panel was adhered to a light kraft cardstock base.


Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 20, 2018

two cards to share...

Hello!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made over the last few days.  I did some watercoloring on both cards.  First up is a card for the current My Favorite Things sketch challenge.  I pulled out the super cute MFT/Birdie Brown Rain or Shine stamp set and colored up one of the sweet little girls from the set using ZIG clean color real brush markers.  I used VersaFine CLAIR in Morning Mist for the stamping.  Once she was done I die cut her with the matching die.  I then watercolored up a small piece of watercolor paper with a dark blue from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi set and die cut a circle from that once it was dry.  The little water splashes were stamped on the scrap left over from the die cutting the circle and then die cut as well.  I used the MFT Mini Raindrop stencil to add raindrops using Ranger texture paste in transparent gloss.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum with watermark ink, embossed in white and die cut with the MFT Slanted Sentiment die.  Once the texture paste was dry I layered up everything on a white cardstock panel and adhered it to a dark blue cardstock base.

The second card is for the April Altenew Inspiration challenge as well as Freshly Made Sketches.  I had wanted to use my Chrysanthemum Build a Flower set, but the colors weren't working for me with the solid images so I fell back on my Coral Charm BAF set and did a little watercoloring using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I pulled my colors from the photos to get that softer look. Once they were dry I die cut the flowers with the matching dies.  To bring in some of the dark blue I splattered my white panel with dark blue paint and embossed the sentiment on dark blue cardstock in white.   Once everything was dry I layered up the flowers, leaves and sentiment per the sketch.  To finish I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins in two sizes for a little sparkle.  Will be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of sparkle and shine.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  white, medium blue, Canson watercolor paper, vellum; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist, VersaMark watermark ink; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors; Texture Medium:  Ranger Texture Paste; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Card 2:  Cardstock:  white, dark blue, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and A Jillian Vance Design; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist, VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

guesting at my favorite things... day 3

Hi everyone!  Today is my final day of guest designing for My Favorite Things.  Want to say another big thank you to My Favorite Things for asking me to guest design for them!  Here are the cards that I made for my final post.  You can find out how I made them by heading over to the MFT blog.

This was made with the Cloud Shaker die and the Mini Raindrops stencil.  We were experiencing a lot of cloudy, rainy and gray weather when I made this card.  Thankfully that weather has disappeared for the next few days.

I made this card for my nephew who is graduating this June.  I used the Horizontal Collage Cover-up Die-namics die, the Congrats Die-namics die and the Tassel Time and Star Graduate stamp sets.

The final card was made with the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics die.  I used a patterned that is available on the MFT website for the card.

Hope you have  a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hey there!!  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 head over to the AJVD blog for a look at the full card and to let me know what you think.  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

floral cards...

Hello!!   I have a couple of cards to share today for a few challenges.  First up is a sunny little number that I made for the Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches challenges.  I'm also going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to add texture.  My texture is the embossed sentiments.   The flower and leaves are from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings and they were stamped in VersaFine CLAIR in Morning Mist and then watercolored.  I trimmed them out when they were dry.  Cut a strip of aqua cardstock and embossed the word "MOM" from the SSS Mom Flowers stamp set in white.  The sentiment was stamp on vellum and embossed in white as well.  Everything was layered on a white cardstock base and I was done.


The second card is for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge and the Time Out challenge of spring time.  My peonies are growing quickly and will be in bloom in no time.  Nothing says spring to me more than peonies in bloom!  At least three of my peony plants have blooms in the color of the peonies on my card.  I stamped the peonies and leaves from Mondo Peony in watermark ink on Arches hot press watercolor paper and then embossed the images in black.  I then watercolored them with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  For the peonies I used a combination of carmine red and dark pink.  The leaves were a combo of may green and mid green.  Once they were dry I trimmed the out.   I then colored some Canson watercolor paper with a dark blue and splattered it with black.  Once it was dry I die cut it with an A Jillian Vance Design rectangle die.  I placed the flowers on my panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment (from the EE Lovely stamp set) and then stamped it in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The panel was adhered to a cardstock base and then I added the flowers. 


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white, SSS Sea Glass, PTI vellum, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR and VersaMark watermark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Watercolor medium:  ZIGs

Card 2:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white, Arches hot press watercolor paper, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Embossing powder:  Filigree black

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday with PRS...

Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!  I'm stopping in to let you know that I have a post up on the PRS blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope that this little look has peaked your interest and you will head over to the PRS blog for a look at the full project.  Have a wonderful day...


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Guesting at MFT... day 2

Hey friends!!  I'm guesting over at My Favorite Things today... yep... two days in a row!!  Still pinching myself over this and it isn't over, lol!  I will be guesting on the MFT blog next week, too!!  Here are the cards that I have over on the MFT blog today.   For more info about how I made them head over to the MFT blog.



I love those fun pinatas, but my personal favorite is the second card.   I'm not the best colorist out there, but I really like how my coloring turned out on this card!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday with AJVD and MFT!!

Hey friends!!  It's Wednesday and that means I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog to see the whole project and to let me know what you think.

Now... you may have noticed that it also says MFT in the title.  That is because today I am guest designing over on the MFT blog!!!  Eeekkkk!!!  I'm so excited about this!!!

Here are the cards I'm sharing over on the MFT blog today that were made with products from the April release:



You can find out more about how I created these cards by hoping over to the MFT blog!  They are made with the new Tweet Hello stamp set and the Birdbath and Garden Gate Die-namics dies.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!!



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

MFT & Friends... April Release

Hey friends!!   Today My Favorite Things is debuting a new feature called MFT & Friends and I am so excited because I get to participate and share with you some projects I made using products from the MFT April release!  Make sure you head over to the MFT blog to see the list of other designers participating in today's event and to check out their projects.   I'm sharing some cards today that use the Birdie Brown Rain or Shine stamps and dies, BB Puddle Jumper stamps and dies and the Mini Raindrop stencil.   My first card uses the Puddle Jumper stamps and die.  I have two boys and when I saw that cute little boy holding his umbrella ready to jump into a mud puddle it made me think back to when they were little and jumping in a mud puddle was something they both would have loved to do!  I stamped the little guy in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink on Arches watercolor paper and then colored him with Faber-Castell Aquarelle color pencils.  When he was dry I die cut him with the matching die.  A piece of white cardstock was die cut with a MFT Stitched Mini Scallop rectangle die to stencil on the tiny drops with the Mini Raindrops stencil.  Because I wanted the raindrops to look like they were falling all around him I die cut a positive image from white cardstock and adhered it to my panel with removal adhesive.  I then stenciled in the raindrop using Stormy Sky (what else??) distress ink.   The little sun and clouds from the Rain or Shine set were stamped in Morning Mist, watercolored and die cut.  I then arranged everything on the panel.  I used some light blue/gray paper from the now retired MFT Farm Fresh Gingham pad as a mat and then adhered my scene panel.  Finished everything off with the sentiment that was embossed in white on vellum and then die cut with a now retired MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die.

For my second card I just had to feature the cute little ducks that are in the Rain or Shine stamp set.  They are just too darn cute.  I stamped them on the light yellow polka dot paper from the MFT Dots & Stripes Sorbet pad using MFT's Daffodil ink.  I had to stamp them multiple times so that the outline would show up.  The same was done for the little sun.  I used some of that light blue/gray gingham to stamp two puddles and three clouds using MFT's Blue Breeze ink.  Everything was then die cut with the matching dies.  I inked up a piece of white cardstock with MFT's Blue Breeze and Sour Apple inks to create the sky and some grass and then adhered everything to the card.  To finish it off I added little tufts of grass that I created using the little top part of the piƱata from the Pinata die set and some more patterned paper from MFT!  Love it when you can stretch your dies!!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today and I want to say a big thank you to MFT for asking me to participate in the first ever MFT & Friends release!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white, Sour Apple, vellum; Patterned Papers:  My Favorite Things:  Inks:  My Favorite Things and VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne, Morning Mist, Ranger Stormy Sky Distress ink, VersaMark watermark ink; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Watercolor Medium:  Faber-Castell Aqurelle Art Grip watercolor pencils; Stencil:  My Favorite Things; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Friday, April 6, 2018

happy happy birthday

Hello!!  Hope you had a wonderful week... we had lots of rain at the end, but hopefully that will clear up for the weekend.   Been busy making things for something I have coming up next week, but took a little time out to make a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   When I saw the FMS layout I was really intrigued by it and tried out a couple of ideas, but they didn't work.  Finally settled on using an image from one of my favorite Stampin Up! sets called Kinda Eclectic and the poppy images from the Altenew set Painted Poppy.   I had to do things a bit backwards by die cutting the images first and then stamping them.   I started by stamping the outline in red and then adding the flower heads using pink.  The leaf was stamped in two shades of aqua ink.  I used the image from Kinda Eclectic to stamp the two bar elements of the layout in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink and then layered the poppies and leaf over the top.  The sentiment was created by stamping the happy from the Painted Poppies set in the same gray ink and then adding the happy birthday (from the Altenew Trigonometry set) in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.  I had meant to only stamp the birthday portion, but forgot to wipe the ink off of it before stamping.  


Hope you have  a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Recollections white; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up! Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette; VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and Morning Mist

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hey there!  Hope you are having a good week!  I know that my youngest is... he is on spring break!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:


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

Monday, April 2, 2018

be happy...

Hey there!!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine is... my youngest is on spring break this week so we will be fitting some fun outings (had one today!) into our week.  In between the fun I will be trying to get some projects made for some fun things I have coming up in the next week or so that I am super excited about... can't wait to share!!!  Today I have another fun card that I put together using paper embellishments and a little bit of paper from the Bella Blvd Make Your Make collection.  This one is for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and I will also be adding it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  The card pretty self-explanatory:  Strip of paper along the side and then have fun layering up all the little embellishments.   There is a tiny bit of stamping because the little word 'be' that came in the embellishment pack didn't actually look like the word 'be'.  It looked more like 'he' and I didn't want any confusion so I just stamped the word on white cardstock in black, trimmed it out and adhered.  Super simple, but I love it!!


Have a wonderful day!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white; Patterned paper and embellishments:  Bella Blvd; Stamp:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink: VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

Friday, March 30, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with PRS

Hey there!!  I hope your week has gone well.  It is Good Friday today and that means that Easter is this Sunday... a day I look forward to every year!   I have a post up today on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the PRS blog for a little look and to let me know what you think.  Wishing you a blessed and wonderful Easter!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

He is Risen!

Hey there!!  Tomorrow is Good Friday and after looking around at a few challenges (I was alerted to one by the super talented Kimberly Weiner) I realized that a card I had made for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge works perfectly for these two challenges:  Inspired By and Time Out.  I recently got the super fabulous March Simon Says Stamp card kit and had been dying (not literally, but you know what I mean, lol!) to make something with the gorgeous stamp set that came with the kit.  After I made this card (second card in the post) I had wanted to do the camouflage die cutting technique again with the large cross.  Finally got the chance the other day... yay!  I stamped the large leafy image from the set on white cardstock with Memento Bamboo Leaves and then did simple coloring with a green Copic marker.   That piece was die cut with an AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then I inked it up with the Squeezed Lemonade distress oxide ink that came in the kit.  The cross was then die cut from the center.  I die cut three more crosses and stacked them with the original die cut and inserted them back into the opening.  A second image was stamped with the Bamboo Leaves and colored with two green Copics.  The leaves were then trimmed out and adhered to the panel as you see.   The sentiments are from the SSS Rejoice! stamp set.  I had originally stamped the bottom sentiment in green onto the panel, but it looked awful... mainly because I messed it up, lol!  So I just covered it up with the same sentiment stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne on white cardstock that was trimmed out and the ends fishtailed.   I had no idea that both these challenges would involve the colors of yellow and green, but I love it when things work out that way... don't you?



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS Fog, MFT white; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIRE, Memento, Distress Oxide; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hello there!!! Wednesday is here, again, and that means I have a new project up on the AJVD blog today.  Yep... I'm giving you a little peek, lol:


Hmmm... what could it be??  Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March PTI Blog Hop

Happy Palm Sunday everyone!! Can't believe that Easter is next Sunday!  I'm trying to make a few more Easter cards for family and friends and the March PTI blog hop gave me that opportunity.   When I saw the lovely basket of tulips in the photo I thought of the lovely PTI Tulip Time stamp set.  That was my starting point.  After I got home from church on Saturday (last) night I die cut and stamped the little tulip bouquet.  I went through my small collection of Inspired stamp and die sets and settled on Inspired Savior.  As I was getting out the die I noticed my Clock Face die and decided that I wanted to work that in somehow.  I went to bed and this morning finished up my card.  To pull in the feel of the basket I die cut the Clock Face die from kraft cardstock and popped out all the pieces.  I then embossed the Clock Face die into a piece of rustic white cardstock and adhered the clock face using spray adhesive.  The piece was then trimmed down to fit an A2 card base.  The tulips were stamped using two shades of pink.  To get the depth on the final detail image for the tulips I simply kept inking up the image with the same shade until I had it as dark as I wanted it.  Two shades of green were used for the stems.  Savior was die cut four times, once from Lemon Tart cardstock, once from kraft cardstock and twice from thin white cardstock.  All where adhered together using spray adhesive.  Final step was to stamp the words our and lives! in kraft ink.  Then I layered everything and adhered it to a Lemon Tart base.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of floral frenzy as well. 


Hope you have a wonderful day... happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, lemon tart, SU! crumb cake; Stamps and dies:  PaperTrey Ink; Inks:  Stampin Up! crumb cake, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, certain celery and pear pizzazz

Saturday, March 24, 2018

two more cards...

Hey there!!  As my post title says I have two more cards to share today.  The first one is for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 and Stamp Ink Paper challenges.  The WCMC9 challenge is to use a sketch and even though it is a pretty simple one I had a hard time coming up with something.  Finally I settled on using to images from the C9 Give Thanks set.  Depending on how you use them they can either be used to create a leaf or an arrow.  I went with leaf.  I stamped the veins in Catherine Pooler Black Jack ink. Despite it's name it is actually a lovely shade of gray.  Then I over stamped the solid image using SU! Lemon Lime Twist and Taken with Teal.  The panel was then die cut down.  I stamped one of the smaller mandalas from the C9 Many Mandalas stamp set using Taken with Teal and then die cut it with the matching die.  The happy birthday sentiment is from the same set and it was stamped in the Lemon Lime Twist and then die cut with an AJVD Polka Dot circle die.  I popped up both on top of the leaves.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  Clean and simple... my favorite style!


The second card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of floral frenzy.  I will also be posting this in the Simon Says Stamp flickr gallery as the challenge there is to make a spring/Easter card and this card is for Easter.  The large floral image from the SSS Floral Bliss stamp set was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black on Canson water color paper and then colored with ZIG markers and clean water.  Once I had the coloring done I die cut the large cross from the SSS Crosses die set from the center of the image.  I covered the back of the opening with tape and then inset three more crosses before adhered the colored one on top.  The panel was trimmed down and adhered to a light green cardstock base.  The sentiment was created by using two sentiments from the SSS Rejoice! Stamp set.  I arranged them on vellum, stamped in watermark ink and heat embossed in white.  The sentiment was then die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag stax die.  I adhered the sentiment using rolled up glue dots that were placed behind the words so they don't show.  Love how this one turned out!!


Hope you have a wonderful day! 

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  PTI Fresh Snow linen, SU! Smoky Slate; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Catherine Pooler

Card 2:  Cardstock:  SU! Gable Green, Canson watercolor; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and MFT; Ink:  VersaFine and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Real Brush Clean Color markers