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

Saturday, December 5, 2020

thanks snow much...

 Hello!  Popping in with a quick post to share a card that I made with one of the new dies from Simon Says Stamp's DIEcember release that went live on December 1st.  I'm super thankful to Simon Says Stamp for sending me product to use for their releases!  This time they sent me a gorgeous die set calld Snowflake Frame.  It includes a large rectangular die with snowflakes around the edges and five small snowflake dies that can be used separately.  I have not used those little snowflakes on a card... yet!  This card will be heading off to the current Inspired By challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use dies.  The Inspired By challenge always has really fun themes and every week I think I will play along and then the next thing you know it is Thursday, again, and I didn't play along!   I die cut the frame from aqua cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (from an SSS stamp set that is no longer available) with watermark ink and heat embossed in white.  The small thanks is from another Simon Says Stamp set and was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink on a thin strip and then trimmed down.  I stamped the snowman (he is from the same set as the sentiment) on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored him with Copic markers.  I cut him out and popped him up on the frame with foam dots.  The frame was then adhered to a white cardstock base.  My snowman isn't melting, but he is a snowman and I do have snowflakes!  

 Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

thankful for all...

 Hello!  Got some time to make a card today and of course I had to make a card using my two favorite challenges:  Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches!  I have been seeing lots of beautiful cards make with poinsettia images and dies and that inspired me to get out one of my favorite poinsettia stamp sets to use for my card.  That stamp set is Festive Poinsettia from Altenew.  I love the realistic looking poinsettia in this stamp set.  I stamped the image on Canson watercolor paper with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I then carefully wet different bracts of the poinsettia with water and watercolored with the dark red color from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  I made sure to color one bract and then color another that wasn't close to it.  This way I could make sure that the colors didn't bleed too much.  The Vintage Photo mixed with the dark red to give it a more burgundy color, as well.   Once one bract was mostly dry I would add an additional layer of color. The remaining bracts were just wet with water and then I pulled out the Vintage Photo to give the rest of the bracts a kraft/cream color.   The stems and the actual flowers of the image were colored in the same way.  Most people think that the red, white, pink or cream colored bracts are the flower, but they aren't.  The flowers in the poinsettia are actually really tiny and look like what might be the center of a flower.    Once the image was mostly dry I die cut it with the matching die.  I then die cut some red cardstock with a rectangle die and tore off the bottom.   I die cut a piece of the Canson watercolor paper with a large rectangle die and then stamped the sentiment from Festive Poinsettia with the Vintage Photo ink.  I splattered the large rectangle and the poinsettia with black watercolor and let them dry.  When they were fully dry I adhered the red cardstock piece and the poinsettia to the large rectangle and then adhered everything to a kraft cardstock base.   Also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of fun with dies.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Happy December!

 Hello and happy December!  Where did the year go?  Popping in to let you know that I have a fun project up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my project:

I  hope you will  head over to the blog to see my project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

More Christmas cards...

Yep... still making Christmas cards!  I think I still need a couple more, but need to make out my list to know for sure.  The first card is for Color Throwdown.  I recently got the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Plaid die set and have been wanting to make a card with it so I used it for this card.  I die cut the bottom layer from green, the middle from red and then the top layer from aqua.   I was going to go in one direction and tried the idea I  had in mind.  The idea didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to, but that happens, right?   So I just moved forward with the rest of my idea and finished the card.  I used my Glimmer hot foil system to foil the senitment in silver on green cardstock and then I used two dies from a Spellbinders small die kit to create the little bow for my present.  I die cut white cardstock using a Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die and adhered the kaleidoscope plaid piece to the rectangle and then added the bow.  To bring in a little more silver I added silver flatback pearls from Spellbinders to the center of the bow and to the present.  Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

Don't forget that Spellbinders is having a huge sale going on through tomorrow.  Click here or on my side bar to head to the sale.  Lots of great deals to be had!

The second card is for the MFT sketch and color challenge.  It looks alot like the first card in layout and honestly I didn't plan it that way.  I actually made this card before I made the CTD card!  I love snowflakes (seriously... who doesn't?) and have several older snowflake stamp and die sets from MFT so I pulled out one set to create my card.  I used inks from MFT and PTI for the snowflakes.  To bring in the red I stamp the sentiment from an older MFT sentiment set with watermark ink on red cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.   The sentiment was die cut with an MFT fishtail flag stack die.  I used an MFT scalloped rectangle die for the center panel.  I arranged the snowflakes and the sentiment strip on the panel and adhered them with liquid adhesive and foam dots.  Once I had everything adhered down I added Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew.  I was going to add more around the snowflakes, but I just didn't have the nerve to commit to that, lol!  So... I kept it clean and simple.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post 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 check out my card.  Please check out this post for different Black Friday sales going on.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Black Friday Sales!

 Hello there!  I'm popping in to let you know about several black Friday sales that are going on right now.  I have already mentioned the Spellbinders sale.  Just click on the link in the side bar to head to the sale.  I also want to let you know that ThermoWeb is having a big sale.  Click on the banner below to head to the sale!  This sale is going on right now and will last through November 30th.

A Jillian Vance Design is also having a big sale.  The sale starts on Wednesday, November 25th and runs through November 30th!  Click here to head to the AJVD sale.

MFT is also having a big Black Friday sale.   Save 35% on most items in the shop.  Just click here to go to the sale

Thanks for stopping by and if you decide to use my affiliate links to shop please know that I really appreciate it!