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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Christmas and Thank You...

Hello!  Got some crafty time in and made a Christmas card (yay... one more down!) and a thank you card.  First up is my Christmas card.  This one is for the Paper Players and Reverse Confetti's stock your stash challenge (holiday/winter).  I used the Reverse Confetti Triangle Trees stamp and die set along with another die from Reverse Confetti Polka Dot Panel.  My idea started out a little differently then the resulting card and for a time as I was trying to make the card I didn't think things were going to turn out well.  But in the end I was able to bring the card together in a way that I liked.  I stamped the trees in the Paper Players color combo and die cut them with the matching die.  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and trimmed down.  I die cut the Polka Dot panel three times from white cardstock and then adhered them together.   The tree with the polka dots had little dots of Nuvo Crystal drops added and when everything was dry I added little snowflake sequins to the tops of each tree.   After arranging and adhering the trees to the polka dot panel I started to have trouble when I began trying to arrange the silver thread.  Thankfully I was able to get it on the card and it didn't look awful!  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.


The second card is for the current Sunday Stamps challenge (a beautiful color palette... hopefully I got the colors right and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Thanksgiving/thank you.  Last year my dear friend Greta was so kind to share with me a large prize she won and I was able to get the Penny Black Berry Flourish die.  I finally got around to using it (hangs head in shame) for this card.  I die cut it twice from watercolor paper and then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the leaves and the berries.  Hopefully you can tell that I did use at least four of the colors.  Once the branches were dry I arranged them on a piece of kraft cardstock that I had die cut with a rectangle die so I could determine where to place the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Thankful Flowers stamp set and was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink.  I then glued the branches in place and added the little bow tied from some beautiful golden yellow twine from Spellbinders/Fun Stampers Journey.


Thanks for stopping by and have a wondeful day!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Hey there!  Hope your week is going well.  We are deep in fall weather here in the Northwest... that means rain and cold!  Not complaining... I will take that over snow and cold any day!  It is Wednesday and that means a new post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my projects:


I'm really excited about today's projects so I hope that you will head over to the AJVD blog to see them and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

hello friend...

Hey there!  Popping in with a card that I made using another one of the new Shapeabilities Scenic Snapshots die set.  This die set is called Springtime Snapshot and features a cute little windmill and tulips!   As I thought about what I would make using the set the windmill made me thing of Dutch Bros. Coffee.  If you live on the west coast then you have heard of Dutch Bros.  I happen to have one of their cups and used the colors from the cup to create my windmill and the flowers.  Just like my previous Scenic Snapshot card I decided to cut all the pieces from watercolor paper and then color them with distress markers and a little bit of water.  I also did ink blending on my background using smooth Bristol cardstock and distress oxide inks.  One of the dies in the set creates what look like clouds to me so I die cut a mask from a post it note and used that to add them to my card.  When the ink blending was done I die cut the piece with a Spellbinders Classic Rectangle die and then adhered all the elements of my little scene.  Not gonna lie... it was a bear creating all those little tulips, but I think worth it in the end.  The hello sentiment is a die from a past Spellbinders Small Die kit of the month and the sentiment is from a Spellbinders stamp set that I received last year as a thank you for being a kit club member.  The word was die cut from black cardstock and the sentiment was stamped on white cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink, trimmed out and popped up.  I just love this cute little scene.   Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of thinking of you.   Also, wanted to remind you that you have today and tomorrow to get in on all the great Glimmer Hot Foiling systems deals!  You can find them by clicking here!  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at not cost to you.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, November 8, 2019

poinsettias...

Hello!  I have a couple of cards to share featuring one of my favorite plants... the poinsettia!  I just love them and have been known to keep my poinsettias around way past Christmas.   One time I was able to keep one going for over a year!  Anyway my first card features my most favorite poinsettia stamp ever... Christmas Star from Penny Black.  This stamp is a wood mounted stamp from 2010.  To me it is the perfect blend of a modern stylized poinsettia and what one actually looks like in real life.  Because it is wood mount and I have not decided to remove it from it's wood block you have to make sure you ink it up really well because you only have one chance at getting it right!   It is even harder when you are stamping on watercolor paper!   I stamped the image using Antique Linen distress ink on Canson watercolor paper and then colored the image with Festive Berries, Scattered Straw and Gathered Twigs distress inks.  I added in the veins on all the leaves with a Candied Apple distress maker and the centers of the flowers (they are the little dots in the center!) with a Scattered Straw distress marker.   When the image was fully dry I carefully added a wash of Scattered Straw.  You can't really see it in the photo, but it looks really pretty in real life.   The sentiment (from an Ellen Hutson stamp set) was stamped in VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.  I trimmed it down on each long side and then adhered it to a card base that had strips of red glitter cardstock adhered to it on each side.   I think I will add this one to the current Time Out challenge as it works perfectly with the colors in the inspiration photo as well as the holiday theme.  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.


The second card is for the current Altenew inspiration challenge.  I also watercolored this image using distress ink.  When I saw the inspiration photo and the color palette I knew that I wanted to try coloring a poinsettia with a variegated color of cream and pink.  I stamped the image from the Altenew Festive Poinsettia stamp set with Antique Linen ink on watercolor paper and then covered each of variegated leaves with a wash of Scattered Straw.  As each leaf began to dry somewhat I can in with Worn Lipstick distress ink to get the variation in color.   It was tough when I got to the smaller leaves trying to keep the separation of the leaves, but overall I like how the image turned out.  I colored bottom leaves with Forest Moss distress ink.  Once it was totally dry I splattered on some additional Forest Moss and die cut it with the matching die.  I created a background by wetting some watercolor paper and then adding a wash of Scattered Straw and then dabbing on some Worn Lipstick.  When the piece was fully dry I splattered on some Forest Moss.   The piece was die cut with a Spellbinders classic square die and some patterned paper from a Tim Holtz 8x8 Christmas paper pad with a smaller Spellbinders classic square die.  Off white cardstock was die cut with an AJVD rectangle die and then I adhered the squares and determined where the sentiments would go.  They were stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and then I adhered the poinsettia with foam dimensionals.  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

adventure...

Hello everyone!  I have a fun little card to share that I created using a new die set from Spellbinders.  It is from their Shapeabilities Scenic Snapshots line of dies.   The die set I am using today is called Adventure Time.  I have information below about a great sale going on at Spellbinders so make sure you check it out!  I decided to use it to create a little scene reminiscent of my visit to the Grand Tetons this summer.   I wasn't there at night, but when we first caught sight of the Tetons we had stopped at a picnic area at the north end of Jackson Lake so that is kind of the perspective that I'm showing.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches for my card so I will be posting it there and since my little scene is a forest one I will also be posting it to the Paper Players challenge.  I die cut all the many little pieces (and there are several more... you can create a little fire and a tent!) from Canson watercolor paper and then colored all of them with distress markers (Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass).  When they were all dry I assembled the mountains and the trees.  I cut a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol cardstock and then blended on distress oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  The piece was then die cut with a Spellbinders square die from their Nestabilities line.  I used some plaid paper from the Spellbinders Stay Wild card kit and die cut it with another Nestabilities square die.   All the little pieces of my scene were arranged on the ink blended square and then that was layered on some white cardstock from the Stay Wild kit along with a strip of the same plaid paper.  I then die cut the word adventure three times from white cardstock, adhered them together and then adhered that to the strip.  The panel was then mounted on a premade card base.    Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.



I also wanted to let you know that right now Spellbinders is having a big sale on the Glimmer and all Glimmer products!   Some details can be found on the banner below.   Just click here to go to the sale.


Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and don't forget to check out the Spellbinders Glimmer Blitz!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

It's Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  Yep... it is Wednesday and that mean I have a project on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  I also want to let you know that AJVD is having a mini release this week so there is an opportunity on the AJVD blog to win $25 in store credit!  Here is a little peek of my card:


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see my full project and find out how you can win!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

i believe in you...

Hello!  Popping in to share a card that I made for a few challenges:  MFT sketch challenge, the Paper Players challenge (into the woods) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).    My youngest and I used to watch Finding Big Foot together and loved it so when MFT came out with the Beast Friends stamp set and die set  I had to get it.  It always makes me laugh when I see people leaving their yetis white because yetis have never been described as being white, but dark in color.  Anyway, I guess people think they are white because of the yeti from Monsters, Inc.!   I stamped the yetis with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on Canson watercolor paper and then colored them with distress inks in Gathered Twigs and Black Soot.  I then colored the trees with Forest Moss distress ink and their scarves in Chipped Sapphire and Crushed Olive.  After everything was dry, die cut and I started putting the card together I accidentally ruined one of my yetis and had to start over!  Thankfully it was easy to that done, but boy of boy you should have seen my face when I made my mistake, lol!  I used an MFT Inside Out stitched rectangle die to cut out a stencil and then inked up two rectangle with Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink on Tim Holtz woodgrain cardstock before arranging my two yetis and the trees.  I then stamped the sentiment from the set on vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder from Ranger.   All die cutting done using my Gemini Jr.  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at not cost to you.



 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

floral cards

Hello everyone!  I have a several cards to share and they are all made with supplies from a Spellbinders card kit that I recently picked up.  Spellbinders has several month kits to pick from and one of them is a monthly card kit.  A week or so ago Spellbinders had some of their past kits on sale and if you were a club member you got them at an even better price.  I decided to pick up the May 2019 KOM called Stay Wild.   If you join the club (click here to check out this months kit), you will receive a box jam packed full of supplies.  The kit includes 10 cardstock bases and envelopes so you will be able to make 10 cards right out of the box plus more with all the supplies left.  The kits also include a set of dies and the die set for the Stay Wild kit included a layered flower (looks like a rose to me), leaves, stems with leaves and several other pieces.  I used the flower dies, as well as the leaves and stems to make two of the cards.  The first card that I'm sharing was made with some of the ephemera that is included in the kit.  I used the Paper Players sketch so I will be posting the card there.  There were also chipboard photo frames so I used one as the square element.  I die cut some of the cardstock included in the kit with a large rectangle die (the only think not a part of the kit) and then layered on all of my elements that came from the kit.   After adhering all the elements I finished things off with a few sequins that were also included.   The value of these kits is amazing!  If you are interested in any of the Spellbinders kit clubs you can check each one out here:   Small Die Kit, Large Die Kit, Amazing Paper Grace Die Kit, Card Kit, Glimmer Hot Foil Kit, Fun Stampers Journey Stamp Kit


The second card uses the dies that I mentioned above.  I die cut the flower from some of the cardstock from the kit and then adhered them together.  The leaves and stems were also die cut from cardstock from the kit.  Another piece of cardstock was die cut with a large rectangle die, as was patterned paper from the kit.  I used another chipboard frame from the kit and layered up the flowers, leaves and stems.   The word smile (also in kit) was die cut four times from cardstock, adhered together and then adhered to the panel and I was finished.  Think I will add this one to the Simon Says Stamp anything goes challenge.  I just love the flower die from the kit and I can seeing myself using it a lot in the future.

The last card is uses the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.   Because I was using supplies from the kit I did not make my card a square.  And I have to be honest and say that I like this card the least of the three.    The flower, leaves and stems were die cut from pieces of watercolor paper that I had smooshed in the leftover distress inks from a project that I had watercolored.  I had sprayed the inks with Prima Color Bloom spray in Pearl White before I smooshed the panels so there is some shimmer to the flower and leaves that you can't see in the photo.  I die cut a rectangle and then added the strip of patterned paper (from the kit).  I used another piece of ephemera from the kit (the circle with the gold foil) as the starting point for layering the flower and leaves.  I think the reason I don't really like the card is because I did not arranges the stems behind the flower correctly and there was this huge open area.  I ended up filling it in with the butterfly (a sticker from the kit) and while it doesn't look bad it doesn't look great to me.   The sentiment is also from the kit.  Anyway, it is what it is...


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Happy Day Before Halloween!

Hello and happy day before Halloween!  If you walked in to a local store close to me you would think that Halloween happened a week ago because all of the Halloween products are mostly gone and are replaced with Christmas decorations, toys, etc!  What happened to Thanksgiving?!  Anyway... since it 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 project and to let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a very happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Final CTD Guest Designer Post

Hello friends!  As my blog post title indicates today is my last day as a guest designer for Color Throwdown.  I have had so much fun being the guest designer and it has helped me improve my coloring skills! A big thank you to the gals at Color Throwdown for having me!  I started the month with a pumpkin card and I'm ending the month with a pumpkin card.  This time a teal one!  The CTD colors for this week are teal, rust, olive and navy.  When I saw the colors I immediately decided that I wanted to color up a teal pumpkin!  In my first CTD post I indicated that I was inspired to create my pumpkin based on a Reverse Confetti stamp set that I didn't own.   Well.... now I do own that stamp set and I used it for my card today.  I practiced my no line watercoloring and used distress inks in Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire.   The images were stamped with the Antique Linen on Canson watercolor cardstock and then die cut with the matching dies when I was done with my coloring.   I went heavy with the teal and used the other colors in smaller amounts and maybe should have used one of the other colors a little more, but overall I really like how the pumpkin turned out.  The layout is based on the current Sunday Stamps challenge so I will be posting it there.   Below is all the information regarding how to play along with this week's challenge.



Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD567 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd567 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene 
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will play along with Color Throwdown this week!


Thursday, October 24, 2019

flowers and leaves...

I have been pretty busy lately making cards.  Not sure what happened other than maybe I got some inspiration because normally I only make about two cards per week.  In the last two weeks I have made about 10 cards and a lot of them have involved coloring.  More specifically watercoloring.  Today I have another card that I created using the beautiful MFT Fresh Cut Flowers background stamp (which is on sale right now for 20% off).  I did some practicing of my no line watercoloring and while there were a couple of areas that didn't go so well overall I'm pleased with how the image turned out.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches for my card so I will be posting it there.  I stamped the image on Canson watercolor paper using Antique Linen distress ink and then colored the smaller flowers with Worn Lipstick distress ink and the bigger flowers with Festive Berries distress ink.   The leaves were colored with a combination of Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint distress inks. When I was done I did try to add a little bit more shadow using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on just the flowers.  I used a red and a pink for this.  I die cut the image with a rectangle die and then foam mounted it on a light gray cardstock base.  The sentiment is from an older MFT set called Amazing.  I heat embossed it in white on vellum and then die cut it with the MFT Slanted Sentiment Strips die (these are no longer available as a two die set like I have, but you can get them in a set of 3 dies set.).  I adhered that with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive to the card front.  When I saw the new Time Out challenge I thought this card would work so I will be posting it there.




The second card is all about die cutting.  When I originally started the first card I had thought I would die cut the large Thank You word die that I had gotten from MFT from the center of the flower, but after spending all that time coloring the image (I worked on it when I had a free moment so it took two days!) I decided that I didn't want to die cut it after all.  But I still wanted to use that die as I had never used it before.  So I went the patterned paper route and pulled out the pretty Fall Market pad from Carta Bell.  I did the inlaid die cutting technique for this card using two different patterns from the pad.  Once I had that done I thought the card needed something more so I added the little leaves that I die cut from the scraps using the AJVD Leaves and Petal die set.   I'm posting this to this week's Paper Players challenge to make the sentiment the focus of your card, but now with the leaves I'm wondering if it distracts too much from the sentiment.  You be the judge.  I'm also going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use fall colors.  Die cutting done with my Gemini Jr. and my Big Shot Plus.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wednesday with AJVD

Hello!  Hope your week is going well.   We are having a rainy one here in the Pacific Northwest, but that isn't out of the ordinary for the end of October, lol!  I have a card up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:


Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  And do forget that the WOW!/AJVD blog hop is still going on right now so don't forget to comment to win!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Color Throwdown #566

Hello!  Hope your week is going well!  I also hope that you have checked out the WOW!/AJVD blog hop that is going on right now.  You can find out all the details here.    The CTD colors this week are orange, gray and cream and given the inspiration photo and my love of pumpkins I might have gone that route... but I didn't, lol!  I decided to color up some more flowers using this unique color combo.  The flowers I used this week are from the Honey Bee Stamps Winter Anemone set.  I stamped the large cluster that I used on Canson watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink and then colored the flowers with Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon distress inks and the leaves with Weathered Wood distress ink.  When everything was dry I die cut the piece with a large rectangle die.  The sentiment is from another Honey Bee Stamps Friendship stamp set.  The word was die cut with the matching die set from gray cardstock and vellum.  I stamped the sentiment using the Morning Mist ink and then adhered the die cut sentiment.   I quite pleased with how my coloring turned out.   All die cutting done with my Gemini Jr.  (Compensated affiliate links used in my blog post where possible at no expense to you.)


Here are all the details regarding playing along with Color Throwdown:

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD566 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd566 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene 
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will play along with Color Throwdown this week!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Jillian Vance Design and Wow Embossing Blog Hop!

Hey there!  A Jillian Vance Design and Wow Embossing are teaming up today for a fun blog hop featuring tons of inspiration and prizes!  More about the prizes at the end of my post!  You should have arrived here at my blog by way of WOW! design team member Verity Biddlecombe.   I have three cards to share today.  First up is my favorite card from the group.  For this one I die cut the oak leaf from the Grand Leaf Trio from cardstock and then adhered it to a piece of ThermoWeb purple tape so I could hold it in place.  I then used some washi tape to hold that in place on thin white cardstock so I could ink up the entire leaf with embossing ink.  I used a small tray I have to combine three different WOW! embossing powders (Primary Apple Red, Aztec Glintz, and Metallic Gold Rich Pale) and then poured the mixture on my leaf.  I heat set it and then repeated the process.   I love the way the leaf turned out!  Once the leaf was completely cooled I adhered some loops of gold thread to the back of the leaf.  A piece of kraft cardstock was die cut with the largest Stitched Dot rectangle die and then I arranged where I wanted the leaf so I could figure out placement of the sentiments (from the AJVD set Hello Fall).  The leaf was removed, the sentiments inked with embossing ink, WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale was applied and then everything was heat set.  The leaf was adhered and I then adhered the panel to a kraft cardstock base.



My next card had originally started out to be a Christmas card, but in the end I turned it into a sympathy card.   A Jillian Vance Design recently released some fabulous new cover plate dies and one of them is the Floral Flourish.  Ever since I got this die I have been wanting to use it as a stencil and the WOW!/AJVD hop gave me that opportunity.  I die cut the flourish from scrap cardstock and then adhered it to a piece of aqua cardstock with removable tape.  I really need to get ThermoWeb's Pixie Spray because that would have made things alot easier I think.   After adhering the stencil I smooshed embossing ink all over the flourish.  I really had to work to get it into the small places and did miss a few tiny spots.  I then poured WOW! Opaque Seafoam White Regular and heat set it.  I will admit that I wasn't really happy with this first run and tried the process a few more times, but in the end went with my first try as it turned out the best!   I finished the card by simply embossing one of the sympathy messages from the newly release With Sympathy stamp set on a strip of vellum using WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale and then adhering it to the card front.   The card was then adhered to an aqua cardstock base.

My final card is all about C H R I S T M A S!  I recently saw a card done in the style I used and I loved the way it looked so I decided to create my own version using the AJVD Headline Type Alphabet die set.  I die cut the letters from thin chipboard and then using the same method I used with the first card I adhered the letters to strips of ThermoWeb Purple tape.   Then I smooshed on the embossing ink and then poured on WOW! Primary Evergreen embossing powder.  I heat set the letters and then repeated the process.   I cut a piece of white cardstock and then stamped the poinsettia image from the AJVD Elegant Christmas stamp set across the card stock piece with embossing ink, applied Aztec Glintz and then heat set.  I absolutely LOVE the soft almost peachy gold color of the Aztec Glintz embossing powder.  It is so gorgeous!   The panel was die cut with the largest Stitched Dot rectangle die and then I set about adhering all the letters to my panel.  This involved two rulers and a lot of patience, lol!  I used foam tape to pop up the letters for dimension.  Once everything was adhered I stamped the word merry (from the AJVD Just beCLAUS) stamp set on vellum and embossed it using WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing powder for a tiny bit of sparkle.

Thanks for sticking with this really long post!  Now for all the information about how to win PRIZES!!  YAY!  In order to win one of 2 $25 gift certificates (one from A Jillian Vance Design and one from WOW! Embossing) you must simply do the following:  Comment on each blog post.   That simple and you have until October 28th to complete the hop and leave your comment!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!   Your next stop on the hop is WOW! design team member Jaine Drake.   If you started at my blog you can find the full blog hop list on the A Jillian Vance Design blog or the WOW! Embossing blog.  

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!  I'm glad you stopped by and have a wonderful day!