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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

more leaves!

 Hello everyone!  Popping in with a couple of cards that feature... yes... leaves, lol!  I recently got my Spellbinders small die kit for October and I just had to make something with it.  I went with the colors from Color Throwdown and I will be adding it to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of layering.  I did a lot of layering with this one!  I die cut the main layer pieces from black cardstock and all the little leaves from kraft and a cranberry red cardstock.  I then layered on all the little leaves.  That was quite the task!  I then linked up all the pieces on a cream colored cardstock panel.  The sentiment is from a Spellbinders Glimmer plate set and I foiled it in red on to kraft cardstock.  The sentiment has a matching die so I used that to trim it out and popped it up in the center.   I added the panel to a kraft cardstock base to finish things off.  

 This next cards also features leaves and I will be sending it off to CAS(E) this Sketch (thanks for the Honorable Mention!), the Card Concept and the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  Whenever I can (which isn't often!) I tried to pick up something from Reverse Confetti when they have a new release.  I was able to get the new In All Things stamp and die set so I used that for my card.  I stamped the wreath using VersaFine Acorn ink and then watercolored very simply using the Altenew 12 pan watercolor set.  Once I had enough layers of color and it was dry I die cut it with the matching die. For the vertical element in the CTS layout I used dark green and gold twine.  I created a little bow for the wreath out of the same twine and attached it at the top.  I stamped the sentiment from the RC Fall Foliage set (I only used part of the sentiment) in Acorn ink and then adhered the wreath using foam dimensionals.   I guess my card would fall into a clean and layered category for the Card Concept.  I pulled different colors from the inspiration photo.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hello Wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the blog to see the full project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Great Deals at Spellbinders!

 Hey there!  Popping in to let you know that there are more great deals to be had at Spellbinders!  You can now save an additional 15% off already low clearance prices!  Just click the banner below to be taken to the clearance section.  The additional 15% off will be deducted at check out. 

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

leaves and a unicorn!

 Hey there!  As I write this post it is the weekend and I hope you are having a nice one.  I got some crafting in so that is a win for me, right?!   I have two cards to share.  First up is a card for Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.  I posted this card on Instagram and the number of likes it has received has absolutely blown me away!   To create the card I stenciled a brick pattern in one corner the panel using frayed burlap distress oxide ink.  The leaves were die cut from orange, black and kraft cardstocks using a sweet little die set that I got from Simon Says Stamp along time ago.  I love leaves so this is a die set that I will NEVER get rid of, lol!   The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp stamp set that is probably as old as the die set and no longer available.  But I love this stamp set and it is a classic so I will probably never get rid of it, either!   I arranged the leaves over the stenciling without adhering them so I could get the right placement for the sentiment.    I removed the leaves and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The leaves were then adhered with a small amount of glue.  I finished off the card with some orange twine that I adhered around the card panel.  A small bow was then tied around that.   

The second card is one that I have wanted to make since I shared the two reindeer cards I made with the Season's Greetings Deer etched die set from Spellbinders.   I created a unicorn!   It was very simple to do.  I die cut the piece that has the ears from white cardstock and then trimmed off the ears so I could move them to the position they are in on my unicorn.  The horn was created by die cutting the Santa hat from striped pink cardstock and then trimming it down further to fit on my little unicorn.  I adhered the ears, the horn and the little tan portion of the face, then worked on creating my flowers.  Those were die cut with the smallest flower die from yellow cardstock and adhered together.  I adhered the flowers around the horn and then added little gold pearls to the centers.  I then die cut leaves to adhered around the flowers.   The card layout is based on the layout from Freshly Made Sketches so I will be posting the card there.   I die cut the pieces from the sketch from the striped pink paper, as well as white cardstock and then adhered them to a piece of light gray cardstock.   The pieces of the unicorn were then adhered to the white elongated rectangle.  I fired up my Glimmer hot foiling machine and foiled the sentiment using pink foil.   Die cut it with a sentiment strip die from Spellbinders, adhered it and I was done.  I love how my unicorn turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello everyone!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.   Here is a little peek at my card:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 12, 2020

reindeer and pumpkins!

 Hello!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  I'm popping in with several cards that I made using some products from Spellbinders.  First up are two cards that I made using the absolutely adorable Seasons Greetings Deer etched die set.  This die set was originally available in a Spellbinders card kit from 2018, but so many people were requesting the die set they brought it back as a stand alone product!  You can make all different types of reindeer with the set.   I made a girl reindeer and a boy reindeer.  These cards will be going to my great niece and great nephew at Christmas time.  I used a layout from Mojo Monday for both cards so I will be posting one of them there.   The card for my niece uses patterned paper from a company that is no longer around.  They were from Poland, I believe, and I just fell in love with their line of Christmas papers called Cozy Christmas.  I still have one 6x6 pad that I am hoarding, but I busted it out for this card, lol!  After die cutting all the of the pieces for each dear from the same cardstock (except her nose is pink and she has pink cheeks!) I assembled them.   I created a little pink poinsettia using the included dies for the little girl and a Santa hat and bow tie for the boy.  He also got a red nose that I cover with Glossy Accents to give it some shine.   The patterned paper I used for the boy is from PhotoPlay and is called Kringle & Co.  I cut all the papers, using Spellbinders classic squares and circle dies for those elements on each card and then layered everything up.  The sentiments were hot foiled on coordinating papers using my Glimmer Hot Foil system from Spellbinders.   

Think I'm going to try making this cute little deer into a unicorn!  The main part of the Santa hat would work perfectly for that!

This next card was created using my Glimmer Hot Foil system and I just love how it turned out.  I'm going to post it over at the Inspired By challenge of pumpkin spice.  I was inspired by the theme and pumpkins!  I foiled everything using Polished Brass foil.  Once I was finished with the foiling I die cut the main panel down with a rectangle die.  I colored the pumpkins and foliage with Copic markers.  It works fine and doesn't seem to damage the nibs.  I tried it after seeing Yana Smakula use her Copics to color in foiled images.  I die cut all the images with their matching dies and adhered to the panel.  I added a few sequins in fall colors of brown and yellow to finish off the card.  Love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

thinking of you...

 Hey there!  Hope you are having a great day!  Our rainy fall weather seems to have finally shown up in my neck of the woods.   That kind of weather makes it easy to stay inside and craft!  I made a card today for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and Fab Friday.    Love the CTD combo this week, but was having a hard time coming up with an idea.  Thankfully the great sketch at Fab Friday came to my rescue!  I die cut some kraft cardstock with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die and then the little scalloped border with a die from Spellbinders.  I adhered the piece with foam tape and then moved on to the branch.   That is a die from Penny Black and I cut it from watercolor paper and then used watercolors from Altenew and Kuretake to color it.  Two more were cut from scraps and then I adhered all three together.   I had been using my Glimmer hot foiling machine earlier for a several cards that I will be sharing in a few days so I decided to foil a couple of sentiments and see which one I liked best.  I foiled one in black and one in Polished Brass.  Both looked really nice, but I decided to go with black for my card.   I adhered the berry branch and then added my sentiment to finish the card.  Very clean and simple which was exactly what I was going for!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Spellbinders Scary Good Sale!

 Hello!  Popping in to let you know that Spellbinders is have a scary good sale right now!  Lots of great deals.  Just click on the banner below to be taken to the sale. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you use my affiliate link to shop... I really appreciate it!  Thank you!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

SSS Make Merry Release!

 Hey everyone!  Popping in with three cards I made using a new background stamp called All Leaves from the Simon Says Stamp Make Merry release!  I love leaves and I love this background stamp!  You can find the release here (this is not an affiliate link, just providing it for your convenience).   The first two cards are very similar in style.  For both cards I used different shades of inks in fall colors.  The first cards uses Altenew inks in two shades of red and two shades of an orangy yellow.  I started at the top of the stamp with the orangy yellow colors and worked my way down to the red shades for an ombre look.  I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to my dark red card base.  I used a stamp from the SSS Hexagon Greetings stamp set and did the same inking as I did for the background.  I die cut it with the matching hexagon die and popped it up on the card front.  I added some little leaves (from SSS) that I die cut from gold glitter paper.  Will be adding this one to the SSS Wednesday challenge.

For the next card I added in two additional colors in shades of green (also from Altenew) and just randomly inked up the stamp with the colors.  That way I got some mixing of the colors producing a little bit of brown along with the orange, yellow, red and green.  This panel was trimmed down to a smaller size and then I die cut the word hello (a SSS die, not sure if it is still available) from the panel and then several times from white cardstock.  I placed washi tape on the back to hold the word in place and then adhered the other diecuts on top ending with the one with the stamping.  A sentiment from the SSS Thanks & Encouragement Word Mix stamp set was adhered along with some enamel dots.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  I'm going to add this one to the Sunday Stamps challenge since it has alot of the colors from their challenge in it. 

The final card might be may favorite.  I inked up the stamp with VersaMark watermark ink and then placed on a kraft cardstock panel.  I used scrap paper on top to help make sure I got the ink all over the panel.  I then applied gold embossing powder and heat set it.  I trimmed down the panel and then adhered it to my card base with foam tape.  I die cut the SSS Sunflower Stem die from gold glitter paper and adhere that to the card front with glue.   I then added several different sentiments from the SSS Birthday Word Mix 1 stamp set that I had previously stamped on kraft cardstock.  I adhered the pieces with foam tape and then added some gold pearls to finish the card.  This card will be going to my niece who just turned 14.  I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

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

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

WCMD Cards

 So Saturday was world cardmaking day and Pinkfresh Studio had lots of challenges going on.  I was able to make two cards that fit four of their challenges.  First up is a card for the thank you and monochromatic challenges.  I used the Pinkfresh Believe in yourself stamp set and a thank you die that is a collaboration between Scrapbook.com and Pinkfresh.  I was taken by Jenny's card for the monochromatic challenge and decided to go a similar route.  I used a set of gray inks that I have from Altenew for all the stamping.  Once done I die cut the thank you from the center and then several times more.  Everything was inlaid and then I added some clear sequins for a little sparkle.  I really like how it turned out.  Going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp world cardmaking day line up, as well.

The second card is super simple and is for the Pinkfresh clean and simple and rainbow challenges.  I have a very old Pinkfresh set called Bloom & Grow (no longer available) that has lots of lovely floral and leaf type images.  I used one of the leaf images to stamp my rainbow using Catherine Pooler inks.  I trimmed the panel down to fit a A2 sized card base and then added a little strip of black cardstock to either side.  The sentiment is from another old Pinkfresh set called Abstract Builders and was heat embossed on the panel with black embossing powder.  Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes, as well as their world cardmaking day line up and to CAS(E) this Sketch as I used their layout for the card.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to get a couple more cards made for the Pinkfresh challenges.  Have a lovely day!

Friday, October 2, 2020

thankful for you..

 Hello everyone!  Do you like alcohol inks?  I do, but I don't use them often enough.   When I saw the bright, vibrant colors over at Color Throwdown I immediately knew I had to use them for my card.   I used orange and red alcohol inks for my panel and then added in some Tim Holtz Gilded alloy to the mix.  Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down to fit the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.   For the leaf I just used the only alcohol ink I had that was purple in nature - Amethyst.   I also added some Gilded to the mix.  Once that panel was dry I die cut it with the maple leaf die from the A Jillian Vance Design Grand Leaf Trio die set.   To complete the rest of the sketch I trimmed down a piece of off white cardstock and stamped it with a sentiment from a no longer available stamp set from A Jillian Vance Design.  I decided to use VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink instead of a black ink.  I thought the brown worked better with all the colors.  I adhered the panels with foam tape and then added the leaf using foam tape, as well.  I thought the off white panel was a little plain so I added some clear sequins to give the card a little more interest with out taking anything from the alcohol ink panel and leaf.  Adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD

 Hello and happy Wednesday!  Stopping in with my regular Wednesday post letting you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my project and to let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

National Coffee Day!

 Hello and happy national coffee day!  I'm not a coffee drinker, although I do enjoy a Peppermint Mocha a few times a year.  My preferred drink is a London Fog tea latte with soy.   And... sorry... I'm not a fan of Pumpkin Spice lattes, but that didn't stop me from creating a Pumpkin Spice themed card.   The  Coffee Lovers blog hop is going on so make sure you hop around for a chance to win fabulous prizes!  I started by stamping the mug and pumpkin from the Hug in a Mug stamp set on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   By the way make sure you head over to the AJVD blog for a chance to win the Hug in a Mug stamp set.  It is a 6x8 stamp set full of great images and sentiments!  I then colored the mug with Copic markers in a green somewhat similar to the green from that well known purveyor of all things coffee!  The stripe on the mug and the pumpkin were colored with Copic markers in a bright pumpkin yellow/orange color.  The leaves were colored with a mix of the yellow/orange colors and red and brown.  Once I was done coloring I die cut the images with the matching dies.  I then colored the edges of the images with a black ink pen to get rid of the white outline.  I adhered the pumpkin to the center of the mug.  I die cut some bright orange paper with a subtle circle pattern on it with the largest Stitched Dot rectangle die and then some off white cardstock with the new Mini Hearts cover plate die and adhered the two together using Just Glue It adhesive.  I die cut the strip from kraft cardstock using the largest die from the Sentiment Strip 2.0 die set and stamped it with the sentiment I adhered the strip and the mug, then finished off the card with the steam piece I die cut from kraft cardstock.

Shop the products I used:

Stitched Dot Rectangle die set : Link
Mini Heart Cover Plate die:  Link
Hug in a Mug stamp set:   Link
Sentiment Strips 2.0 die set:  Link
Just Glue It adhesive:  Link

Thanks for stopping by today.  Do forget to head over to the AJVD blog to enter for a chance to win the Hug in a Mug stamp set!   Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Spellbinders cards...

 Hello!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!   The stormy weather that we have had the last few days seems to have cleared up and the upcoming week is supposed to be really nice!  That is fall in the Pacific Northwest!  I have two cards to share that I made using Spellbinders products.  First up is a card that I made using the newly released Jane Davenport for Spellbinders stamp set called Beautiful Dreamer.  I was immediately drawn to this stamp set because I took ballet for many years when I was younger and the image of the dancer reminds me of that time in my life!  I started by determining exactly where my dancer would go and then stamping her tutu.  I created a mask for the tutu, placed it on top of the stamped image and then stamped my dancer.   Originally I was just going to do the stamping as indicated, but decided to stamp the tutu a second time on vellum using watermark ink and gold embossing powder.  This was then trimmed out to be placed on the stamped image.  Colored the image very simply with Faber-Castell polychromos pencils and then adhered the vellum tutu.  I real life you see a hint of the pink tutu through the vellum overlay.   I stamped the sentiment and colored it with one of the pinks I used to color the dancer.   I was going to stop there, but she was looking a little plain so I stamped one of the crown images that came in the set on vellum with the same gold embossing powder, trimmed it out and popped it up.  The set also includes a pair of toe shoes.  Next time I ink up this little dancer I'm going to give her some pink toe shoes!

The second card was made using the September Spellbinders small die kit.  The die set is so very pretty, but also very delicate.  I used the color combo from Fab Friday so I will be posting my card over there.  I die cut the frame from light blue cardstock and then all the little flowers from navy blue and yellow cardstocks.  They were all layered on and then I adhered the frame to a white cardstock base.  I will admit that my diamond is not completely squared up!   Next time I use this die set I will make sure to line things up better!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!  Some affiliate links used in this blog post.  Please know that I really appreciate it if you use my affiliate links to shop!

Friday, September 25, 2020

a fall card...

 Hello!  The weekend is here.  Hopefully some of you have something fun planned.   Our weather isn't that great right now so maybe we will just stay home!  Anyway,  I have a card to share for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.   Have you ever thought you had a craft supply and it turns out you don't?  That happens to me alot, lol!  But with today's card that didn't happen.  I thought I had distress oxide in Rusty Hinge and I actually did!   I ink blended the Rusty Hinge onto a piece of smooth bristol cardstock fading it out at the bottom.  I cut the piece in two and then embossed the pieces making sure that the raised part of the embossing was on the backside of my inked piece.  I adhered the pieces to an off white cardstock based.  I used the smaller leaf cluster from the Simon Says Stamp Eucalyptus Leaves die set to cut light blue and aqua cardstock twice.  I then adhered an aqua cluster to a blue cluster and adhered to the lower inked panel.  I adhered the remaining clusters and then adhered it but with the colors reversed.  I finished the cluster with a little wooden heart.  The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Thanks & Encouragement Word Mix 1 stamp set.   I stamped all the sentiments on off white cardstock and die cut with the matching die.  I then adhered the sentiment I chose to the card front.   Also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge of anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Release at AJVD!

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!   A Jillian Vance has a new release in the store and I'm sharing not one, but two cards made with new products over on the AJVD blog today.   Here is a little peek of those cards:

I also wanted to draw your attention to some bundles that A Jillian Vance Design now has available for purchase and links to each bundle:

Fall Flower Card Bundle (link)

There are two additional bundles that I do not have photos for, but here are the links:  Poinsettia Party Die Bundle and the Rudy & Friends Gift Card Die Bundle.  These are great deals so check them out!

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my projects!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!