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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring!

Hello everyone... today is the first day of spring!  And since it is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Thanks for stopping by... I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

be happy!

Hello!!  I'm popping in on this beautiful Pacific Northwest day with a card that I made with the Spellbinders small die kit for March.  I think this is the first time that I have actually gotten the kit and made something with it before the end of the month!  Yay me, lol!  Anyway... there is absolutely no stamping on this card... all die cutting.  I am going to post this one to the following challenges:  JUGs (colors), Less is More (use 3 of something) and Fab Friday (sketch).   For the colors I went with a darker purple and so in the photo it is reading as more of a navy, but it is purple... honest!  My three things for the LIM challenge are three flowers and three colors.  My friend Greta has been guest designing for JUGs this month and I just had to play along at least once!  The March small die kit is loaded with dies two of which are bunnies and I can. not. wait. to use them!   They are stinkin' adorable.  For this card I used two of the flower dies and the flower stem die, as well as the word dies.    I created my flowers, adhered them together and then added the little twine bow.  I die cut the small rectangle from woodgrain cardstock and matted it with another rectangle die cut from the purple cardstock.   I die cut plain white cardstock with a rectangle die and then adhered the two rectangles to my card base along with the flowers.  Finished with the die cut sentiment.




Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, PTI white and Lemon Tart, Tim Holtz distress woodgrain, SU! Taken with Teal, Grape; Dies:  Spellbinders and A Jillian Vance Design; yellow baker's twine

Thursday, March 14, 2019

bunnies... and a flower!

Hello!  I'm back with more bunnies and a flower!  The first card has the bunnies on it and is for the MFT sketch challenge.  Just like the other bunnies from the Bubble Over with Joy stamp set these were colored with distress markers and die cut with their matching dies.  Per the sketch I used the smallest die in the Inside Out Stitched Rounded rectangles die set to die cut my rectangles from Tim Holtz distress woodgrain cardstock.   A piece of white cardstock was die cut with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then all the little rectangles were adhered to it.  I then positioned all the bunnies to make sure I had the right about of room for my sentiment that I stamped on white cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then die cut with a die from the MFT Slanted Sentiments Strips die set.  That was adhered and then I added the little bubbles that I colored with a Broken China distress  marker and then covered with Glossy Accents for some shine.  I adhered the panel to a kraft cardstock base.  I was a little worried that the cards would look too plain, but in the end I think it turned out perfect!

The second card features the flower and is for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge to make a spring or Easter themed card.  This one is spring themed.  I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps so I will be adding it to their gallery.  My friend Greta often plays along with the challenges at Retro Rubber and this month she is a guest designer!  I have never played along, but since Greta is the guest designer I'm adding this card to their challenge to use stripes.  The Reverse Confetti set I'm using is just over a year old so it makes the cut for their challenge.  I stamped the flower and the leafy images from the RC Tall Blooms set on smooth bristol and colored the images with ZIG clean color makers and a bit of water.  Once dry they were die cut with the matching dies.  I die cut the RC Tall Stripe Panel Confetti Cut from Tim Holtz distress woodgrain cardstock and adhered it to some dark pink cardstock that I die cut with the AJVD stitched dot rectangle die.  The flowers were then adhered to the tall stripe panel.  I die cut the RC Confetti Cut hello die from black cardstock three time, adhered them together and then adhered to the panel.   The panel was adhered to my card base and then I added the dark pink twine bow to finish things off.




Thanks for stopping by... have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock: PTI white, Ranger distress woodgrain; Strathmore smooth bristol; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT, AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine CLAIR; Watercolor medium:  Ranger distress ink markers

Card #2:  Cardstock:  PTI white and black, Ranger distress woodgrain, SSS dark pink, Strathmore smooth bristol; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and AJVD; Watercolor medium:  ZIG clean color markers; Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black; Dark pink hemp twine

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Have a wonderful day and I hope you will check out my project!

Friday, March 8, 2019

bunnies... and carrots!

Hello!  I'm stopping in with a couple of cards that feature bunnies and carrots!  First up is the card featuring the bunnies.   For the last few years we had tons of bunnies in the neighborhood, but as spring approaches there have been no bunnies.  I'm so sad.  Unfortunately I think they have fallen victim to the cayotes and eagles.   With the lack of real bunnies I decided to color up some super cute MFT bunnies and use a couple on a card for this week's MFT sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to create a scene.  I stamped the bunnies on Bristol cardstock with VersaFine ink and then colored with distress markers.   Once they were all dry I die cut them with the matching dies.  I built my little scene by die cutting a circle using an AJVD polka dot backdrop die and then blending on Lucky Clover and Broken China distress oxide inks.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and die cut with a MFT fishtail flag stax die.  I stamped a balloon string on my card base and then adhered my "balloon" and all the little pieces of my scene and the sentiment strip.  Love how it turned out.


The second card features the carrots and is for Freshly Made Sketches and the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge to make an Easter or spring themed card.  When Reverse Confetti released the fun Triangle Trees stamp set Jen, the owner of RC, made a super cute card using one of the tree images as carrots.  My card is a bit of a case of that card.  To make the tops of the carrots I used the stick part of the tree from the RC Branch Out Confetti Cuts set.  I simply trimmed off the bottom part of the tree.  I used two different colors of green cardstock, but they are super close in color.  I stamped the polka dot tree and then trimmed them out because I currently don't have the triangle die.  I think when I bought the set the die was sold out.   I then adhered the tops to the carrots.   For the long strip element in the sketch I used the Polka Panel Confetti Cut that I cut down further using the die a second time.   What I did is pretty easy, but a little complicated to explain.  I then backed that with some of the green cardstock I used to die cut the carrot tops.  I adhered everything to a die cut piece of white cardstock and then added the little sentiment and the twine bow to the center carrot.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI white, Strathmore Smooth Bristol; Stamps:  MFT, Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine; Dies:  MFT, AJVD; Watercolor medium:  Ranger distress markers

Card #2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU! Pumpkin Pie, SSS Green, MFT Green; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, AJVD; Ink:  SU! Pumpkin Pie, VersaFine CLAIR; Black hemp twine

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello everyone!  Wednesday has rolled around and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of the card I am sharing:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog and have a wonderful day!