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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ahoy, baby!

Hello!  Popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  When I saw this month's Stock Your Stash challenge I didn't think I would be able to play along as the theme is baby cards and my collection of Reverse Confetti stamps don't include many with a baby theme.  But then I saw RC design team members Deanne's super cute card using the whale from the Seaside set and I realized that I have that set... YAY!  Thanks for the inspiration Deanne!  My niece is going to be having a little boy in November and using the whale is perfect for a card for a baby boy!  I have some fun Belle Carta Summer Splash patterned paper and one sheet had a waves pattern on it.  I used that for the strip seen on the side of the sketch, as well as for the little ocean that the whale sits on.   I did have a hard time finding an ink that worked well with the aqua color in the patterned paper, but finally settled on a aqua blue ink from Hero Arts.  I cut apart the "ocean" so I could pop that up over the little whale.  The sentiment was created by using the word ahoy from the Seaside set and the word baby from the Beautiful Banners set.  I had to mask off portions of each stamp to create my sentiment.  That was done using VersaFine CLAIR Twilight ink.   A sweet clean and simple design!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! white; Patterned paper:  Bella Carta; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Inks: Hero Arts and VersaFine CLAIR

Friday, July 13, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with PRS...

Hey there... happy Friday the 13th!  Hope that doesn't scare you away from checking out my post over on the PRS blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

I'm sharing one final project using the new PRS stamp set called Little Things.  I hope you will head over to the blog for a look and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

it's a good day...

Hey there!  I made a card... and it was just for fun and for a few challenges!   This week's sketch over at My Favorite Things is a super simple one and since I haven't had the opportunity to play along with any of their challenges in awhile I decided to combine it with the current Color Throwdown challenge to make my card.   Stamping, plain and simple, is one of my favorite things to do, but when it comes to arranging floral images to create a scene and I'm not using die cuts I really struggle.  So I recently decided that I would start using inexpensive white cardstock that I purchased months ago to work with different stamps to build scenes until I got one that I was willing to commit to stamping on my good white cardstock.  Best thing I ever decided to do!   The end result this go round was my card for the above mentioned challenge.  I used the MFT Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set for the floral images and the MFT Aim For the Clouds set for the sentiment.   I started by stamping all the stems in gray ink and then added the flowers in yellow.  I accented all the flowers with coordinating images from the set using kraft colored ink.  The panel was die cut and adhered to a white cardstock base.  I stamped the sentiment on kraft cardstock with black ink, trimmed it down to fit my panel and then adhered to my card using foam squares.  I am also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of the fun in the sun since flowers are found out in the sun.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! white, PTI kraft; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Die:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake and VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

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

I think I may have given you a pretty good idea of what is going to be on the card, lol!  I hope that you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

one stamp set... many cards...

Hello!  I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful 4th of July!  We had a pretty nice one.  The weather was typical for the Pacific Northwest in early July... cloudy and a little cold.  But that didn't stop the lighting of fireworks at our house or in our neighborhood!   Love 4th of July and what it means, but glad all the explosions are over for another year!   I recently received the Simon Says Stamp July card kit and it is jam packed full of fun products and a fabulous stamp set.  When I saw the kit I had to get it because of... flamingos!  I love flamingos and the stamp set included in the kit has a fun flamingo image as well as a die to go with it.   Shortly after the kit arrived I decided to stamp most of the images from the kit on watercolor paper and colored them with my ZIG markers.  I then trimmed out the ones that don't have a die (hoping that SSS will make dies to go with the rest of the images!).   After I had done that I set everything aside because I had other things going on and no time to do any crafting.   When I finally got some time on 4th of July to put some cards together the new color combo from Color Throwdown was up and I decided to color a two more flamingos to use on a card for that challenge.  Once I had the flamingos colored and die cut I die cut a panel of navy blue cardstock and then stamped it with the flamingo related sentiment on the cardstock with watermark ink and then heat set it in gold.  I arranged the flamingos and then adhered my panel to one of the white cards included in the kit.

This next card isn't for anything in particular.  I just wanted to make a card using the fish image and that punny sentiment that goes with it.   Once I had the fish colored I used one of the gold watercolors available in my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set to sort of dull the color and give them a hint of gold.   To create my "water"  background I pulled out a stencil from Hero Arts and Salty Ocean and Broken China distress oxide inks.  I had a piece of aqua colored cardstock floating around so I used that and stenciled on the waves.  Once I had the background stenciled I die cut the panel and then arranged the fish.  The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine CLAIR ink in Midnight.  I love the way that you can still see the stenciling through the dark blue ink.   I stamped the little bubbles at the same time I stamped the sentiment.  The fish were adhered and then I added some Star Dust Stickles to the bubbles.  The panel was then adhered to a teal cardstock base.  I'm going to add this to the current challenge at the Male Room challenge as their theme is fish/fishing.  This is my first time playing along with this challenge and found out about it through Instagram.

The final two cards came to be after I saw the current layout from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I made two white cardstock bases and then using the grid on my craft mat I masked off the area on each card base and inked up one using Broken China and Salty Ocean and the other using Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey.  I had already colored the pineapple and cactus so I simply stamped the sunglasses and the little flower added a little bit of color to each, trimmed them out and then adhered them to their respective images.  I splattered on a little water and once that was dry I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.   The images were then popped up on the card bases with foam adhesive.   Super simple, but rather cute don't you think?

I'm going to be honest and admit that while I love the stamp set I initially was stumped by how I was going to use it and that is why I decided to first color up some images and see where they would take me.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, navy, teal, aqua; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide; VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  gold; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers, Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Stickles 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

wednesday with ajvd... happy 4th of july!

Happy 4th of July to everyone here in the USA!  Today is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my patriotic card:

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  I hope you will take some time to head over to the AJVD blog to see my entire project and to let me know what you think.