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

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  It is already the middle of July!  How the heck did that happen?  I have a card up on the AJVD blog today and it features some fabulous new products!  Here is a little peek:


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

Sunday, July 12, 2020

hello there

Well... hello there!   Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  I attended my niece's bridal shower and had a nice time.  She is will be getting married in early September and is fortunate that her venue is moving forward with her wedding.   I did get time this morning/afternoon to make a card for several different challenges:  Fab Friday (sketch), Sunday Stamps (colors) and Inspired  By (inspiration).   When I saw the inspiration photo at Inspired By I immediately thought of the pineapple themed stamp sets and settled on one from Simon Says Stamp (no longer available) called One Cool Pineapple.  This set also includes a watermelon slice making it perfect for the inspiration.   I stamped the pineapple and watermelon slice on watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I filled in some of the gabs with a little flower from the set, as well.  I then did simple watercoloring with distress inks.  I used Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade for the pineapples.   The watermelon slices were colored with Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry.   The little flowers were colored with Mermaid Lagoon.  Once the piece was dry I die cut it with a rectangle die.  I didn't want to cover up all the coloring that I had done so in order to keep with the Fab Friday sketch I die cut the smaller rectangle directly from the main rectangle.  I then adhered the main rectangle flush on my card base and popped up the smaller rectangle with foam tape.  The sentiment is from the SSS set called Hello Darling.  I heat embossed it with black embossing powder from WOW Embossing on vellum and then die cut it with a fishtail flag die.  That was adhered using rolled up glue dot so that the adhesive wasn't as noticeable.   A simple take on the sketch, but I like how things turned out!




Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

happy wednesday!

(Check out my CTD post here)

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 and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

guesting at color throwdown!

Hey there!  Super excited to be guesting at one of my very favorite challenges:  Color Throwdown!  I love me a good color challenge and CTD has been the top color challenge out there for 601 challenges!   For my card today I used a lovely image from the Pinkfresh Studio Hanging Florals stamp set.  I decided that I wanted to use the image to create a wreath.  I stamped the image on smooth bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR ink twice and let them dry.   After I had colored each image and cut one out with the matching die I realized that I should have die cut my pieces first and then stamped them.  I ended up ruining one of the colored images and had to start over.  Live and learn, right?   The images were colored with my ZIG markers and Polychromos color pencils.  I trimmed off the ends of the image that I did not need and then arranged the pieces on my die cut panel.   I used a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Believe in Yourself stamp set and heat embossed it in black on vellum.  The vellum was trimmed into a strip and wrapped around the panel.   I'm also going to add this to the July Pinkfresh Studio inspiration challenge.  The challenge this month is summer and I think my brightly colored wreath just says summer!



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Spellbinders 4th of July Sale!

Hello!  Popping in to let you know that Spellbinders is having a 4th of July sale!  This sale starts today and runs through the 7th of July.  Just click on the banner below to be taken to the sale!



Spellbinders is also offering a special deal regarding their kit clubs.  Right now you can get a 10% discount off your first month of a new club subscription!  Spellbinders' clubs are an amazing value to begin with and to get an additional 10% off your first month?  That's even better!  Just use the code 'JULY'  to get the discount. 



Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

poppies and butterflies...

Hello!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards.  First up is a card for this week's Color Throwdown and Sunday Stamps challenge.   I really like how this card turned out, but as I was making it I ended up creating a little bit of headache for myself, lol!   Originally I was going to save this card to share for my regular Wednesday post (July 8th) on the A Jillian Vance Design blog, but because I ended up using the color combo from Color Throwdown I decided to share it now.   A Jillian Vance Design has many stand alone die sets and the Poppy die set that was released earlier this year.  They also added a new product to their line up that helps you give dimension to your flowers like the poppy flowers I created.   You can find the Petal Pusher Stylus and Shape Up Mat flower shaping combo in the store.  The stylus is made of medical grade stainless steel and has two different balls to use to shape the flowers.  I die cut the flowers from a poppy red cardstock and then misted the back of each flower (2 flowers to make one poppy) lightly with water.  I let them dry for a little while and then used the stylus and the mat to give the flowers shape.  Once they were completely dry I adhered two flowers together to create each poppy.  The centers of the flowers were die cut from black cardstock (2 for each flower) and adhered to the center of the flowers.  I then die cut multiple leaves to go with the flowers.   The headache part came into play when I went to arrange the flowers per the sketch.   My flowers had a really nice shape, but nestling them together was very difficult until I determined that I needed to place the two smaller flowers on their sides!  Once that happened I was able to get the card finished.  The banner die and the sentiment are also from A Jillian Vance Design.   This is definitely a hand to a person kind of card with all that dimension!



The second card is for Freshly Made Sketches.   After all the effort that went into the first card I decided to go the easy route and use some pieces from one of the Spellbinders ephemera packs that I have.  These pieces were part of the Stay Wild card kit from Spellbinders.  I die cut some off white textured cardstock with an AJVD rectangle die and then layered up all the different pieces per the FMS layout.  Once everything was adhered I added the card to a kraft cardstock base.  Super, super quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!