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

Friday, October 19, 2018

let your dreams...

Hey there!  Hope all is well in your world.   I'm popping in with a card for two challenges:  The Card Concept and Fusion.  Both challenges happen to have a similar feel to them... non-traditional Halloween/Fall and so I thought I would combine them on my card.  I did not use pumpkins (which are featured in both inspiration photos), but feathers.  As a nod toward the Card Concept photo I stamped my feathers (from the February My Monthly Hero kit) in two shades of pink and then inked up portions of each feather with VersaMark watermark ink, applied gold embossing powder and then heat set.  A piece of white cardstock was die cut and then splattered with a light blue/green acrylic paint that I thinned down with water.   When the panel was dry I arranged my feathers per the sketch from the Fusion challenge.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink.  To bring in the crystals found on one of the pumpkins in the Card Concept photo and the color blue from the Fusion photo I added Pretty Pink Posh light blue crystals randomly around the feathers.   I'm going to admit that I often struggle with the categories at the Card Concept, but I think this one would fit into the Clean and Layered category.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!, VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Arcylic paint: Plaid FolkArt; Crystals:  Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, October 18, 2018

spread your wings..

Hey there!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (animal antics).   I have several My Monthly Hero kits I have hardly touched since receiving them and I decided that I needed to remedy that situation so I pulled out the stamps and dies from the  February 2018 kit along with an add-on stamp set that I purchased at the same time to create my card.  Originally I was going to use the feather stamps and dies, but decided instead to use the fun birds nest die along with one of the silhouette bird images from the set.  I die cut the bird's nest from kraft cardstock and then popped up the little leaves in the nest.  I stamped the bird using a medium green ink and then the little branch using a darker green ink.  Both were die cut with their respective dies and then all the pieces adhered together.   The bird/nest piece was placed on a die cut piece of white cardstock so I could determine where to place the sentiment and then removed so the sentiment could be stamped in kraft colored ink.  The sentiment is from the add-on stamp set.  The whole piece was then popped up on the panel with foam tape per the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.   A super clean and simple design.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, MFT white; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Dies:  Hero Arts and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

hello... wednesday!

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek of my card:

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

a couple simple cards...

Hey there!  Found some time to create a couple of simple cards for several challenges.   First up is a card for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  For this card I used the dies from the Spellbinders September small dies kit as well as a die from the August small dies kit.   The papers I used are from an older My Mind's Eye paper pad called Happy Haunting.  I cut one of the papers to fit the front of my card.   The ornate label (from the August small dies kit) was die cut from coordinating paper as was the circle.   I trimmed a strip of paper so that the spider was on one end and then matted that piece with some black glitter cardstock from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment (from the AJVD Witch & Famous stamp set) was stamped and then  I adhered the label to the main panel.   The strip was adhered along with the orange circle.  The cat and bats were die cut from the black glitter cardstock and adhered to the card as shown.  I'm not huge on Halloween, but I really like how this card turned out.

The next card is for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge of Thanksgiving or Friendship.  I went with the friendship theme and used the older RC stamp set called Love Blooms.  I'm also adding this to Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown as I used the layout and colors from those two challenges for the card.   The wreath (RC Wreath Confetti Cut) was die cut from dark brown cardstock three times.  When I made the last cut all the little interior pieces remained in the wreath and so I left it that way.  The two other wreaths were then adhered on top.  I stamped the outline of the flowers using orange, rust and yellow inks and then did second generation stamping for the solid stamping of the flowers.  The flowers were die cut and adhered to the wreath.  I arranged the wreath on my die cut kraft cardstock piece, placed the sentiment in the center of the wreath and then removed the wreath so I could do the stamping.  Adhered the wreath when that was done, adhered the panel to my card base and then added Stardust Stickles to the center of the flowers and along the wreath.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  kraft, off white, fine linen, dark brown (PTI), black glitter (Lawn Fawn), light gray (SSS); Stamps:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  Spellbinders, Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Inks:  VersaMark CLAIR Nocturne, SU! Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake, CTMH Autumn Terracotta; Star Dust stickles

Friday, October 12, 2018

inspire me friday with precious remembrance shop...

Hello and happy Friday everyone!  I hope you had a great week!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today and here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

so very thankful...

Hey there!  I hope you have been having a good week.  I'm popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  The Paper Players and Where Creativity Meets C9.  I didn't get around to playing along with WCMC9's challenge last month.  It is funny how I always think I have so much time to play along and then suddenly the 29th of the month is right around the corner!  But this time I got a jump on things because I already had one of the elements on my card already done.    A few weeks ago I had been playing around with alcohol inks and one of the pieces I created I wasn't wild about so I decided to die cut it with the large leaf die from the C9 Thankful Leaves die set.   I liked it much better that way, but didn't make anything with it at the time.    After completing some design team projects and a couple other cards I decided that I wanted to make another card with the Thankful Leaves Turnabout set and that leaf I had die cut.  The WCMC9 challenge to layer was the perfect opportunity.  There is lots of layering going on with this card... layering of die cuts, images, ink, lol! And the theme at the Paper Players is trees and leaves... another perfect opportunity!  So I started by stamping the turnabout image on off white cardstock using two inks... Stampin Up!'s Crumb Cake and River Rock.  I then cut apart the large leaf die and die cut the leaf from some pumpkin color glitter cardstock and adhered the two leaves together.  The leaf was laid on the stamped panel so I could determine placement of the sentiment, removed and the sentiment stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink.   The panel was die cut with a rectangle die and adhered to a River Rock card base.  I then adhered the leaf and twine bow.  

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, SU! River Rock, Lawn Fawn glitter; Stamps: Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine CLAIR; Twine:  Recollections

happy wednesday everyone!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  I hope that you have been having a good October so far.  We are experiencing our usual October Pacific Northwest weather... rain, sunbreaks and more rain!  Since today is Wednesday that means 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 to see the full card and to let me know you what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 5, 2018

happy birthday leaves...

Hello!  Hope you are having a great day!  I'm popping in with a card that I made for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.   I haven't played along with Color Throwdown in weeks and that made me sad so this week I found the time to play along... YAY!   A few months ago I purchased a stamping tool that will allow me to create cards using Concord & 9th's fun turnabout stamp set.   Once I had the tool in hand I promptly purchased the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp and die set and used the set for my card.  Since there are only three colors in the CTD palette I used a very light gray (Simon Says Stamp Fog) to fill in the spots left after I had stamped the three colors.   I love the way the light gray stamping filled in the spots but still stayed in the background.   Once that stamping was done I trimmed the piece in two so now I have one more panel to use to make another card!   The sentiment is from the C9 Happy Day stamp set and was stamped in the three colors on a thin strip of cardstock that was then backed with a strip of silver glitter cardstock.  The strip was adhered to a light gray cardstock base (SSS Fog) and then the stamped panel was adhered using foam dimensionals.  Love the clean and simple look of this card.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS Fog; MFT silver glitter; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Happy Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Wow... can't believe that it is already October!  Time sure is flying by.  Since it is Wednesday that means I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek:

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