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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

happy wednesday!

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


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


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

guesting at the waffle flower monthly challenge!

 Hey there!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  Mine is, lol!  I'm guest designing over on the Waffle Flower challenge blog!  I was so surprised and excited when I got a DM on Instagram from Galina asking me if I wanted to be part of her mini design team for their monthly challenge.  I am a huge fan of Galina!  She is a super talented papercrafter, she designs products for Waffle Flower and she has the most adorable cat named Sir Oliver!  Of course I said "Yes!"!   This month's challenge is to create a card with a shaker element.   Each week a Waffle Flower designer has a mini team and a specific theme within the main challenge.  This week it is to use to create a full card shaker.   I am totally up for that challenge!




For my card I used the Waffle Flower Crafts Nesting Rectangle Frames dies, the gorgeous Layered Poinsettia dies (designed by Galina!), the Mistletoe Branch die set, the Oversized Joy Combo and papers from the Half-Half Dots - Christmas paper pad.   All the die cut element were die cut from the patterned paper except for the Oversized Joy and I cut that from silver glitter paper.  I used the largest frame to make my full card shaker element.  I covered the card front with paper from the pad, stamped the sentiment from the Oversized Joy stamp set in gray ink and adhered the word joy.   After adding acetate to the back frame I arranged all the poinsettias that I created using red and pink papers from the pad on the front.   I tucked in the little mistletoe branches that were die cut from green paper from the pad.   I then got to the task of putting together the shaker element.  I placed white, pink, red and green sequins in the center of the card front, added thin foam strips to the frame and then carefully added the frame to my card front.  

You can find all the specifics for the Waffle Flower monthly challenge here and all the information regarding week 3 inspiration challenge here.

Thank you to Galina and Waffle Flower Crafts for asking me to be a guest designer!  If you have Waffle Flower Crafts products in your stash and love to make shaker cards we would love to have you play along!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Saturday, October 16, 2021

a couple more cards...

 Hello!  Popping in with a couple of cards today.  I got my Spellbinders Glimmer club kit for October the other day and I could not wait to fire up my Glimmer machine and create a card!  I hadn't used my September Glimmer club kit yet so I combine the two along with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

I also did some embossing with this card.  I normally leave my background panel plain, but I decided to pull out the Spellbinders Falling Leaves embossing folder to jazz up my background.  I foiled all the images twice using Polished Brass foil, die cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers.  I should have colored everything before I did the diecutting, but it turned out in the end.  The sentiment and banner are from the September Glimmer club kit and I used kraft cardstock for the foiling.  I like how it turned out.  I assembled the banner and then adhered everything to the embossed panel.  I finished with tons of sparkly red gems from the Spellbinder Color Mix Red essentials gem pack.  

The second card is for Color Throwdown.  During Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember celebration I was able to pick up the SSS/Concord & 9th collaborative stamp and die set called Double the Thanks.  I really liked the uniqueness of the stamp set.  I stamped the two part thank you in dark brown and kraft, die cut it and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  I then tried to find an ink that I might have that was more on the green side of turquoise to stamp the sentiment and the leaves, but couldn't quite come up with one.  Oh well... that happens sometimes, right?  I added those to my card and it was done.



Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

it's wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  Fall has definitely arrived in the Puget Sound region of Washington!   The weather is getting colder and the leaves are falling!   My usual post is 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.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Monday, October 11, 2021

sparkle and shine...

 Hello!  I'm popping in today with two cards that I created using products from Spellbinder's September release.  Both these cards feature lots of sparkle and shine!   The shine was created using new Glimmer hot foil plates and the sparkle was provided by lots and lots of Red Mix Color Essentials gems from Spellbinders.  Lets get to the cards! (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!)


This card was created with the new Holiday Florals Background Glimmer hot foil plates and Polished Brass foil.   This set includes a large hot foil plate that will cover the majority of your card front as well as three hot foil sentiment plates.  I didn't use any of the sentiments for my card.  Instead I used a sentiment from the Essential Christmas Greetings Glimmer hot foil plates.  I wanted a traditional looking Christmas card so I went with hunter green and dark red cardstocks.  After foiling the background with my Glimmer on the hunter green cardstock I trimmed the panel down with the largest Essentials Rectangle die.   I adhered the panel to a dark red card base.  I then glimmered the sentiment from the Essentials Christmas Greetings on hunter green cardstock and die cut it with the circle die from the Jingle Word Frame die set.  That circle was then matted with dark red cardstock die cut from an old Spellbinders scalloped circle die.  I layered the two and popped up the sentiment in the center of my panel.  I then finished the card by adding lots and lots of the Red Mix Color Essentials gems.  The sparkle and shine is so pretty in real life!


This card doesn't have as much sparkle and shine, but it is still there, lol!   I used the pretty Forevergreen embossing folder for my background.  Again I used a hunter green, dark red color and Polished Brass scheme for the card, but I added pops of white.  I die cut hunter green cardstock with an Essential Rectangle die and then embossed the panel with the Forevergreen embossing folder.  The sentiment from Essential Christmas Greetings was Glimmered on dark red cardstock and die cut with the smallest Essentials Rectangle die.  I adhered the embossed panel to a white cardstock base and then popped up the sentiment panel.   To tie everything together I die cut the flowers from the Christmas Blooms die set in white and gold metallic cardstock, layered them up and adhered to the sentiment panel.  The flowers were finished with Red Mix Color Essentials gems

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, October 8, 2021

a leaf and flowers

 Hello!  Popping in with two cards today.  First up is a card for the current Sunday Stamps challenge.  I participated in their last challenge and the team was kind enough to pick that card as a Top Cup!  Thanks so much to the team!  Their inspiration this time around is a really pretty color palette of teal, bright red, orange and yellow.   At first I wasn't sure how I would use those colors together, but settled on creating two flowers using the Simon Says Stamp Etched Layered Daisy Stem die set.  I die cut the stems from teal cardstock and the flowers from orange and yellow cardstocks.  The flower heads are two layers and create a really pretty looking flower.  I die cut white cardstock using a Spellbinders essentials rectangle die and then laid out where I wanted to place the stems so I could determine where to stamp the sentiment.  The daisies are a little whimsical looking to me and so I wanted a whimsical sentiment.  I used one from a very old (and no longer available) Simon Says Stamp set called Lovely Spring.  That was stamped in black ink (VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne) and then I adhered the stems and flowers.  I brought in the bright red by adding little drops of red using Nuvo Jewel drops in Berry Red to the centers of the flowers and then adding some to the card.    



The second card is for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm still in the mood to use leaves on cards and so it was easy to pick the large leaf from the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout bundle for the main image.   There is an outer die that cuts the full leaf and an interior die that allows you to die cut the leaf so that it is just an outline.  I taped the two dies together and cut one from orange cardstock and one from brown cardstock.   I used washi tape to keep the pieces in the orange one in place and then using Bearly Art glue (I just started using it and I love it!) I adhered the brown pieces.  I didn't want to waste the brown outline leaf so I just adhered it to the back of the orange one to get the leaf more stability.  I die cut strips of gray cardstock and adhered then per the FMS sketch.  The sentiment is from the C9 Lace Leaf stamp set and was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist.  I finished things off with a little bow tied with brown/white baker's twine.



Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!