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

Friday, September 13, 2019


Hello everyone!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and the Flower Challenge.    I reached way back into my stamp collection and pulled out the first two stamp sets that I purchased from Altenew:  Label Love and Painted Flowers.   The first time I saw the Painted Flowers stamp set I was immediately fascinated with it and had to have it.   Sadly once I got it I hardly ever used it.   I hope that I'm not the only one who does that!  I stamped two of the flowers in the set using Altenew Crisp inks in Crimson and Velvet and then in MFT Daffodil and Hero Arts Butter Bar so that I ended up with three red flowers and three yellow flowers.  The outlines for each flower was stamped using Altenew Crisp ink in Evergreen (to bring in the green) and then the accents in the leaves with Altenew Crisp inks in Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade.   Once all the stamping was done I die cut all the flowers with the matching Painted Flowers dies.   I determined pretty quickly that the flowers would look best clustered together.  So per the sketch I used two yellow flowers up top and then three red flowers down below.   A piece of white cardstock was die cut with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die and then cut in to two pieces to create the center strip.  The lower piece of the panel was trimmed down a bit more to create a bigger gap and then both pieces were adhered with foam tape to a kraft cardstock base to bring in the kraft color from the CTD inspiration.  The flowers were then attached and I finished things off with the simple "hello" sentiment from the Label Love that was stamped in Altenew Permanent Black ink.  Thought about adding some gems, but decided not to this time around.  Love the clean and simple look of the card.  (Compensated affiliate links used in my post where possible.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hello... Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and 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 the full project.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

you lift me up...

Hey there!  Well... my youngest made it through the first two days of school and I'm working on getting back into the school routine of dropping him off and picking him up!   I haven't made a card for the Color Throwdown in quite some time.  I think that last time I did was back in the middle of August.  I always enjoy combining CTD with Freshly Made Sketches and that is what I did today.  I used a new to me Reverse Confetti stamp and die set called Butterfly Blossoms that I was able to purchase thanks to Ellen Hutson's Labor Day sale.  I stamped the butterfly and the blossoms on smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then colored them with ZIG markers.  When they were dry I die cut with the matching dies.  I then die cut some what cardstock with the largest  AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then stamped the butterfly on that with light gray ink.  I used the outline die from the Wheat Confetti Cut die set and cut three outlines from white cardstock and then adhered them behind my butterfly.  The blossoms were layered on top with foam tape.   I stamped the sentiment using the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink, adhered the butterfly to the stamped panel and then adhered the panel to a light gray cardstock base.  Also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to just stamp it.   I think this also works for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge so I will post it there, too.

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

cards with flowers...

Hello!  I'm popping in with two cards that both feature flowers.  First up is a card that I made for several challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, The Flower Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I have been wanting to do some coloring ever since I got back from Yellowstone and found the time the other night to color up two images from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers stamp set.  I stamped the images on smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored them with the following ZIG markers:  Carmine Red, Light Carmine Red and Orange.  The little bit of orange gives them that feeling of autumn.  Once they were dry I die cut them with the matching dies.  I adhered them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to give them the feel of the two circular elements in the CTS layout.   A few days ago I purchased the Carta Bella Fall Market 6x6 pad and used a piece of paper from the pad for the strip element.  I placed the strip in my stamping tool, arranged where I wanted the flowers to be and then stamped the sentiment (from a very old, but favorite Simon Says Stamp set) in the same Acorn ink.  I then die cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then adhered the panel and the strip to an off white cardstock base.  The flowers were adhered with foam dimensionals and I was finished. (Compensated affiliate links used in the body of my blog post where possible.)

The second card uses the cute little flowers from the Simon Says Stamp School Days Grow set.  I was going to use the piece for a different card, but in the end it just didn't work.  Then I saw the current Mojo Monday sketch and new it would be perfect once I turned the sketch to be portrait instead of landscape.  The flowers were stamped on smooth Bristol with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and colored with ZIG markers in pink, yellow and orange.  I used a green ZIG and a blue ZIG to color the grass and sky and then die cut the piece with one of the smallest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle dies.  I then die cut some super cute patterned papers from the Honey Bee Stamps The Bees Knees 6x6 pad using two other Stitched Dot rectangle dies.   The larger patterned paper rectangle was adhered to a light gray cardstock base and then the sunny yellow/white dotted rectangle was adhered with fun foam to give it height.  I then adhered the stamped panel to that.  Super clean and simple.   Those little flower faces just make me smile! (Compensated affiliate links used in my blog post where possible.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Happy September!

Hello everyone!  Wow... it is already September!  Where has the time gone?  It is Wednesday and that means that I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Stamptember!!

Hello everyone and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2019 blog celebration!  This isn't a traditional blog hop, but an opportunity for you to find lots and lots of inspiration and ways to use all of the newly released Stamptember products.  The complete list of all participants can be found on the Simon Says Stamp blog.   Each blog will also be offering a special code that you can use to get something fun from Simon Says Stamp!  The code is found in the banner on my blog and only good until August 34rd at 11:59 pm EDT so make sure you place your order by then if you want the free item!  Simon sent me the School Days Grow stamp set to create with and I just fell in love with the sweet little flower images in the set.  They have tiny faces.... so cute!!

My first card uses those sweet little flowers for a clean and simple design based on the sketch from Fab Friday so I will be posting my card there, as well as with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I stamped the flowers in a row using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then colored them very simply with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils using the colors from Color Throwdown.  I think there is just enough time for me to add my card to their gallery, as well.   I then trimmed down my panel to fit my cardstock base.  I stamped the sentiment on SSS fog cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then trimmed it down.  The polka dot strip is some patterned paper from Moda Scrap that came in a Simon Says Stamp card kit that I purchased several months ago (apologies, but I don't remember which month!).  I layered those on per the sketch and then added the little twine bow.  The panel was then adhered with foam dimensionals to the cardstock base.   Super clean and simple!

The second card is also pretty clean and simple.  This time I used another piece of Moda Scrap patterned paper (all the papers were just so beautiful and made creating my cards so easy!) that I trimmed down and die cut with the SSS Flower Cluster die. I have had the Flower Cluster die for quite sometime, but this is the first time I have used it!    I adhered the die cut patterned paper to a light pink cardstock base and stamped the sentiment using Memento Bamboo ink.   The flower cluster was die cut two more times from white cardstock, all the little bits removed and then placed back inside the negative space finishing with the patterned paper die cut on top.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please make sure to check out all the blogs participating in this celebration and pick up some of the newly released products.  You can find all of them here.

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS fog; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR; Coloring medium:  Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils

Card #2:  Cardstock:  Reverse Confetti pink; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Die:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink: Memento Bamboo