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

Saturday, September 25, 2021


 Hello!   I'm popping in with another card that I made with a die set that is part of the Spellbinders September release.  This die set is called Rejoice Nativity etched dies and is from the Christmas Traditions collection.  (Affiliate links used where possible.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

Initially I struggled to come up with a color palette that I liked to use for my card.  Then I remembered the Color Throwdown combo this week and thought the neutral colors would work perfectly for my card.    I used the large oval die and the die that cuts out the starry background to die cut the night sky from black cardstock.  I then used the oval frame and the die that cuts thee creche scene from kraft cardstock.  I used just the oval die to cut silver glitter cardstock and back the night sky with that.  You can't really see it in the photo, but it looks really pretty in real life.  I die cut the hill background from gray and then adhered that along with the creche scene to the sky.   The die set also comes with an ornament topper so I cut that from gray as well and added it to the top of my scene along with a bow tied from kraft colored twine.   Mary, the baby Jesus and the shepherd were die cut from off white cardstock.  I used glue to adhere Mary and the shepherd and then popped up baby Jesus with some foam tape.  The piece was adhered to an off white cardstock panel and then added to a kraft card base.  I added the sentiment strip that I hot foiled with my Glimmer in black foil.   The finishing touch was the two little flowers that I made using gray cardstock and a die from the Christmas Blooms die set.  Crystal gems from the Crystal Mix Color Essentials gems pack.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

a blessing

 Hello!  Hope you are having a great week.  Popping in with a card for the Paper Players, as well as the Card Concept.  I have been on a clean and simple kick lately and just had to make a card for the Paper Players clean and simple challenge.   I loved the photo/inspiration colors for the Card Concept so I put them together.  

I hope my card has enough of a fall feel for the gals at the Paper Players.  I thought the sunny yellows that I used for my little acorns and flower along with the large sentiment stamped in brown gave it that fall feel.  I added some Pinkfresh Studio Espresso gems that my sweet friend, Greta, sent me.  I thought they provided an additional fall touch.   The stamps and dies are from the Greetery.    

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

happy first day of fall!

 Happy fall everyone!  Hope your week is going well!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Spellbinders September Release!

 Hello friends!  Spellbinders September release is now available on the Spellbinders website.   This month there are new stitching dies available and I have two cards to share that I made using some of these new stitching dies and a sentiment from a new Glimmer hot foil plate set.  (Compensated affiliate links used where possible.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

 For my first card I used the Circular Stitch Background and the Sparkling Mandala etched dies.  I decided that I wanted to a red and aqua color scheme for my card.  I got a piece of Spellbinders Waterfall cardstock and then went through my extensive collection of embroidery floss to find floss that matched the cardstock.  I was able to find some floss that was a perfect match!    It was easier to find a red floss as I just needed one that was fairly dark.  Once I had my floss choices I started stitching using three strands of the floss.   It can be a little tricky securing the floss to the back of the mandala, but I just used tiny pieces of tape.   Once I was done I added the little red and clear gems stones from the Spellbinders red mix and crystal mix Color Essentials gems.   For my background I used the Circular Stitch Background to emboss the Waterfall cardstock and then die cut it with an Essentials rectangle die.  I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base and then popped up my mandala.  The sentiment is from a stamp set that was part of the July release called Holiday Gnomes.  At the time I was creating projects with the July release the Holiday Gnomes stamp set was not available and so I wasn't able to create with it.   The stamp set is super cute and so I will be making a project with it in the future.  The sentiment was stamped in watermark ink on vellum and embossed with red embossing powder.  I trimmed it down to a thin strip, wrapped it around the card front and secured it in the back.  I finished off the card with additional tiny red gems

For my second card I used the Circular Stitch Background die as it was intended.   To create my panel I taped the stitching die and the rectangle die together and ran them through my die cutting machine with dark red cardstock.  The resulting panel covers the entire front of the card.  I love that I can use the rectangle die separately from the stitching die!  I have some gold baker's twine that is not very thick and I used that for my stitching.  I kept my stitching simple and just die the circular areas.  I definitely want to create a panel with more stitching.   I knew I wanted to place my sentiment in the center of the panel so I made sure to only stitch portions of the circular elements that would be showing.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Greetings Glimmer hot foil plate set from the Christmas Traditions collection and was foiled using Polished Brass foil on dark green cardstock.   I die cut the sentiment using the circle die from the Jingle Word Frame die set and popped it up in the center of my panel.  The panel was adhered to a dark green cardstock base and then I added tiny Fashion gold pearls to the centers of the stitched areas. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my projects using these new products!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

clean and simple cards...

 Hello!  Popping in with two clean and simple cards today.  First up is a card for Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and the Pinkfresh Studios monthly challenge.   The idea to use my Pinkfresh ink cubes for my squares came from my friend, Greta.  She shared a card on Instagram where she used ink cubes to add squares of color.  I thought it would be perfect for the layout of Freshly Made Sketches.  I initially tried it with just pressing the colors on to scrap cardstock, but I didn't like that everything came out a little too wonky.  So I decided to press the colors (Sapphire, Slumber and Key Lime) on to white cardstock and die cutting with a small square Spellbinders dies.  I layered the squares on to a white cardstock panel and then added the sentiment (from a very old Pinkfresh Studio stamp set) and then added the leafy branch die cut from orange glitter cardstock.   I also added white crystal gems from the Spellbinders Essentials Crystal mix gems pack and the little white baker's twine bow.   And yes... I stuck faithfully to the sketch!  Sometimes when you have an idea that is a good as this one you just need to go with it!

This next card is for the MFT Design Superstar challenge.  I love creating clean and simple cards and so I had to play along with the challenge.  I used the MFT Spread Your Wings mini stamp set and matching dies.  I stamped 3 of the butterflies in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colors with Copic markers in shades of blue-green.   After coloring and die cutting the butterflies I added some silver Nuvo Crystal Drops to the bodies of the butterflies as well as little dots on the wings.  Then I figured out how I wanted to arrange the butterflies on my card front.  I used two retired MFT die sets (Mini Stitched Scalloped rectangles and ovals) for the main panel and the small oval.  I was going to use a light gray panel, but decided to go with all white in the background so the butterflies would pop.  I arranged them in a manner that draws in your eye and adhered them to the card front along with the sentiment.  I almost added more dots of the Nuvo drops, but decided that in this case less is more!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Spellbinders September Club Kits Blog Hop!

 (To see my AJVD post please click here)

Hi everyone!  Today I'm participating in a blog hop for Spellbinders and we are showcasing projects made with all the different Spellbinders club kits!  And since this is a blog hop there are prizes to be won!  Spellbinders will pick three comments from all the comments left on the Spellbinders blog and each person will win a $25 gift certificate!   Commenting ends on September 19th at 11:59 pm and the winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Wednesday September 23rd.  You should have arrived here from Jill Hillards' blog.  If you did not, please head to the Spellbinders blog for the complete list of blog participants.  (Compensated affiliate links used where possible.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

I have three projects to share that I created with the September card kit and the first one features the super cute telephone die that comes in the card kit.  I die cut the phone from pink, gold metallic and black cardstock and assembled all the pieces.  I pulled some patterned papers from the 6x6 pad to create the look of a table and wallpaper.  I popped up some die cuts from the die cut pack in the background and then popped up my telephone to complete my little scene.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of lots of layers.

This next card features the one of the cute little matryoshka dolls from the stamp set.  I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black in and then colored very simply with Copic markers.  I die cut here with a small rectangle die and then added one of the chipboard frames from the kit to the rectangle to frame her.  I added the gold smile puffy sticker to the frame and three little gold puffy hearts, as well as the happy birthday sentiment that is also a puffy sticker. 

This last card had me reminiscencing about my childhood and all the camping trips we took as a family.  We didn't have a camper, but we did travel in a station wagon!  I used papers from the 6x6 pad to create my background, then popped up the houses, car and camper die cuts.   I finished with the little gold puffy hearts and sentiments from the puffy sticker sentiments pack.  

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Your next stop on the hop is Jennifer Kotas!  Don't forget to check out all the Spellbinders club kits, as well as the Spellbinders Autumn Warehouse sale!  Thanks for stopping by!