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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

For a Wonderful Friend

Hey there!  Popping in with a card I made for the Card Concept.  I used the Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals bundle and lots of distress inks.  I stamped the image with Antique Linen because I was originally going for a no line look, but in the end I outlined all of the flowers, leaves and berries because it was a bit challenging for me to achieve the no line look with some of the flowers.   But practice makes perfect so I will definitely be taking on coloring this image using the no line technique in the future.  I was inspired by all the colors in the inspiration photo for my card that I think fits into the clean and layered category.   After coloring the main image I die it with the matching die and then die cut the word wonderful using that matching die.   The letters were colored with distress ink and then popped up.  I adhered the piece to a kraft cardstock base and then added the rest of the sentiment by embossing it on vellum using Imagine Crafts black embossing ink.  Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.   Please see list of additional supplies below.

Before I go I want to let you know that Spellbinders is having a huge pre-holiday clearance sale.  You can find all kinds of deals.  Click here to go to the sale.  Sale runs through December 3, 2019 at midnight MST.

Supplies used:  Range Distress inks in:  Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, Forest Moss, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, and Broken China; Watercolor paper:  Canson; Watermark ink:  VersaMark

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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


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


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!