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

Saturday, June 19, 2021

great friend...

 Hello!  I'm back, lol!  I have been very productive over the last few days making all kinds of cards.  I will be back in a few days posting a few more cards!  Today's card is for this month's Pinkfresh Studio challenge to use die cuts, as well as the Color Hues challenge.  I have never participated in Color Hues, but when I saw the colors were aqua and black I had to join in.  Currently my favorite shade of aqua cardstock is Spellbinder's Waterfall.  It is just so pretty!  I die cut both of the rectangles from the Essentials Stitched Scalloped from white cardstock twice and adhered them together.  I used my largest Spellbinders rectangle die to die cut Waterfall cardstock and adhered that behind the largest Stitched Scalloped rectangle.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock card base.  I put foam tape behind the smaller Stitched Scalloped rectangle and popped it up in the center of my card.  I die cut the Pinkfresh Leafy Branch die from Waterfall and black cardstocks and adhered them together.  I then adhered the pieces to my card leaving a spot for the sentiment that I hot foiled with black foil using my Glimmer hot foil system and the Pinkfresh Studio Perfect Sentiments foiling plate.  I love how black foiling looks just like stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, June 18, 2021

graduation cards...

 Hello!  Popping in with a couple of graduation cards that I made for two nieces that are graduates this year.  One has already graduated from high school and the other graduates in a few days.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches for both cards.  First up is the card that I made for my niece who has already graduated.  She graduated from my alma mater Stadium high school.  Stadium is probably the most unique high school in the United States.  It looks like a French chateau!  I find creating graduation cards difficult sometimes so to make it easier I like to use the school colors.  Stadium's school colors are blue and gold.  Since this card is for a girl I went full glitter!   When I saw the FMS layout I thought running the word congrats down the side would be a fun take on the sketch.  I die cut the letters from gold glitter cardstock and dark blue cardstock.  I then layered the blue cardstock behind the gold glitter offsetting the two slightly so that the blue peeks out.  I made the cards mini slimline in order to make sure all the letters and the exclamation point fit.   I largest mini slimline die from the AJVD mini slim die set and cut white cardstock.  I then adhered all the letters.  The medallion on the front was created using two circle dies from AJVD, as well as the class of image and the 2021 from the AJVD Watt's Next stamp set.  The set has all kinds of fun graduation sentiments.  The class of image was stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz and the 2021 in VersaFine Clair Twilight ink and then die cut it with a circle die.  The same blue cardstock used for the letters was used to cut a slightly larger circle, layered them together and then adhered it to the card front.  I also finished the inside with a die cut panel and sentiment.   

All the elements are exactly the same on the second card I just changed up the colors.  The niece who is graduating in a few days goes to a school with school colors of red, white and blue.  Her graduation announcement only used a little bit of red so I decided to do the same thing and just had a little hint of the red.  That was achieved by layering red letters behind the blue letters and then using VersaFine Clair Tulip ink to stamp the 2021.   I thought the card looked a little stark for a girl so I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.  

I hope the girls like their cards!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

it's wednesday!

(To see my CTD post click here.)

Hello!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here are peeks of the cards... yes... cards that I made for this week's post:

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

guesting at color throwdown!

 Hello!  I'm so excited to be guesting at Color Throwdown this week!   As many of you might know CTD is one of my favorite challenges to participate in.  Week after week they provide fabulous color combos and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing!   The color combo for this week is no exception!  I went with a clean and simple floral design using stamps and dies from Concord & 9th.   Specifically I used the Painted Peony stamp and die set.  I didn't use the gorgeous large peony bloom in the set, but a smaller floral image.  Inks from multiple companies were used to stamp the images.  Pinks from Hero Arts, reds and greens from Altenew and browns from Stampin Up!   I die cut everything and then got to arranging it on my white cardstock panel.  As I was creating my arrangement I decided that the geometric piece everything was arranged on looked a little plain so I embossed it with an old, but favorite, embossing folder.  That did the trick!  The sentiment is from Painted Peonies and was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.   I added a few sequins in red and pink to finish the card.   Here is my card:

And here is the CTD color swatch for this week:

Just realized that the challenge this month over at the Flower Challenge is to create a clean and simple card.  Since my card is pretty clean and simple I'm going to post it there, as well. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day and I hope to see your card in the CTD gallery!  Thanks to the super talented gals at CTD for having me!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

clean and simple cards...

 Hello!  Popping in with a couple of clean and simple cards.  First up is a card for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.   When I saw the CTD colors I immediately thought I would make a more masculine card and this card was scheduled to be sent to my sister-in-law's husband.  Then my mom called and asked me if I would make a card for her for my son who is turning 15 on Monday!  (How did that happen?).  Since I had this card almost completed I told her I would give it to her to give to Gabriel.   I used the Altenew Trigonometry stamp and die set.  I used the dies and the happy birthday sentiment.  I die cut the triangles from aqua, blue and gray cardstock and then figured out the arrangement based on the FMS layout.  The triangles I didn't use I simply stacked behind the ones I did to give them a little more dimension.  I die cut white cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Essential rectangle die and then the center of that panel with a smaller one.  I adhered the frame that was created  flush to the card base with tape adhesive and then popped up the smaller panel with foam tape.  I added the triangles and the sentiment that I stamped in VersaFine Clair Twilight ink and die cut with a banner die.    I hope Gabriel likes it!   I'm going to add this to the As You See It challenge to create a masculine card. 

This next card is for the MFT sketch and color challenges.  I haven't played along with either of those challenges in ages and when I saw the fun sketch I just had to get a card done!   Despite the fact that this card is pretty simple it was not simple to make.  It took me four times to get the butterfly right!  Then I had trouble with the element that I would layer behind the butterfly as well as the to banners.  Finally got things figured out and the card put together!   I generally don't do this, but I actually had all the elements (except the pearls) adhered to the card before I stamped the sentiment.  Thankfully the sentiment stamped well!   I finished with my favorite pearls... Rainbow Fish from Trinity Stamps!   There are pearls in the mix that matched perfectly with the blue and green colors in the MFT color challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

happy wednesday!

 Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a great week!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

I hope you will head over to the blog to check out the card and let me know what you think.   Before you go though I wanted to let you know that Jillian has a new release full of fun new stamps and dies!  Check out the graphic below.   Just click here to shop!  (Affiliate link used.  Purchasing items through my affiliate link allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you!)