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

Friday, October 19, 2018

let your dreams...

Hey there!  Hope all is well in your world.   I'm popping in with a card for two challenges:  The Card Concept and Fusion.  Both challenges happen to have a similar feel to them... non-traditional Halloween/Fall and so I thought I would combine them on my card.  I did not use pumpkins (which are featured in both inspiration photos), but feathers.  As a nod toward the Card Concept photo I stamped my feathers (from the February My Monthly Hero kit) in two shades of pink and then inked up portions of each feather with VersaMark watermark ink, applied gold embossing powder and then heat set.  A piece of white cardstock was die cut and then splattered with a light blue/green acrylic paint that I thinned down with water.   When the panel was dry I arranged my feathers per the sketch from the Fusion challenge.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink.  To bring in the crystals found on one of the pumpkins in the Card Concept photo and the color blue from the Fusion photo I added Pretty Pink Posh light blue crystals randomly around the feathers.   I'm going to admit that I often struggle with the categories at the Card Concept, but I think this one would fit into the Clean and Layered category.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!, VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Arcylic paint: Plaid FolkArt; Crystals:  Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, October 18, 2018

spread your wings..

Hey there!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (animal antics).   I have several My Monthly Hero kits I have hardly touched since receiving them and I decided that I needed to remedy that situation so I pulled out the stamps and dies from the  February 2018 kit along with an add-on stamp set that I purchased at the same time to create my card.  Originally I was going to use the feather stamps and dies, but decided instead to use the fun birds nest die along with one of the silhouette bird images from the set.  I die cut the bird's nest from kraft cardstock and then popped up the little leaves in the nest.  I stamped the bird using a medium green ink and then the little branch using a darker green ink.  Both were die cut with their respective dies and then all the pieces adhered together.   The bird/nest piece was placed on a die cut piece of white cardstock so I could determine where to place the sentiment and then removed so the sentiment could be stamped in kraft colored ink.  The sentiment is from the add-on stamp set.  The whole piece was then popped up on the panel with foam tape per the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.   A super clean and simple design.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, MFT white; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Dies:  Hero Arts and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

hello... wednesday!

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to a look and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

a couple simple cards...

Hey there!  Found some time to create a couple of simple cards for several challenges.   First up is a card for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  For this card I used the dies from the Spellbinders September small dies kit as well as a die from the August small dies kit.   The papers I used are from an older My Mind's Eye paper pad called Happy Haunting.  I cut one of the papers to fit the front of my card.   The ornate label (from the August small dies kit) was die cut from coordinating paper as was the circle.   I trimmed a strip of paper so that the spider was on one end and then matted that piece with some black glitter cardstock from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment (from the AJVD Witch & Famous stamp set) was stamped and then  I adhered the label to the main panel.   The strip was adhered along with the orange circle.  The cat and bats were die cut from the black glitter cardstock and adhered to the card as shown.  I'm not huge on Halloween, but I really like how this card turned out.


The next card is for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge of Thanksgiving or Friendship.  I went with the friendship theme and used the older RC stamp set called Love Blooms.  I'm also adding this to Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown as I used the layout and colors from those two challenges for the card.   The wreath (RC Wreath Confetti Cut) was die cut from dark brown cardstock three times.  When I made the last cut all the little interior pieces remained in the wreath and so I left it that way.  The two other wreaths were then adhered on top.  I stamped the outline of the flowers using orange, rust and yellow inks and then did second generation stamping for the solid stamping of the flowers.  The flowers were die cut and adhered to the wreath.  I arranged the wreath on my die cut kraft cardstock piece, placed the sentiment in the center of the wreath and then removed the wreath so I could do the stamping.  Adhered the wreath when that was done, adhered the panel to my card base and then added Stardust Stickles to the center of the flowers and along the wreath.





Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  kraft, off white, fine linen, dark brown (PTI), black glitter (Lawn Fawn), light gray (SSS); Stamps:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  Spellbinders, Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Inks:  VersaMark CLAIR Nocturne, SU! Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake, CTMH Autumn Terracotta; Star Dust stickles

Friday, October 12, 2018

inspire me friday with precious remembrance shop...

Hello and happy Friday everyone!  I hope you had a great week!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today and here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

so very thankful...

Hey there!  I hope you have been having a good week.  I'm popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  The Paper Players and Where Creativity Meets C9.  I didn't get around to playing along with WCMC9's challenge last month.  It is funny how I always think I have so much time to play along and then suddenly the 29th of the month is right around the corner!  But this time I got a jump on things because I already had one of the elements on my card already done.    A few weeks ago I had been playing around with alcohol inks and one of the pieces I created I wasn't wild about so I decided to die cut it with the large leaf die from the C9 Thankful Leaves die set.   I liked it much better that way, but didn't make anything with it at the time.    After completing some design team projects and a couple other cards I decided that I wanted to make another card with the Thankful Leaves Turnabout set and that leaf I had die cut.  The WCMC9 challenge to layer was the perfect opportunity.  There is lots of layering going on with this card... layering of die cuts, images, ink, lol! And the theme at the Paper Players is trees and leaves... another perfect opportunity!  So I started by stamping the turnabout image on off white cardstock using two inks... Stampin Up!'s Crumb Cake and River Rock.  I then cut apart the large leaf die and die cut the leaf from some pumpkin color glitter cardstock and adhered the two leaves together.  The leaf was laid on the stamped panel so I could determine placement of the sentiment, removed and the sentiment stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink.   The panel was die cut with a rectangle die and adhered to a River Rock card base.  I then adhered the leaf and twine bow.  



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, SU! River Rock, Lawn Fawn glitter; Stamps: Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine CLAIR; Twine:  Recollections

happy wednesday everyone!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  I hope that you have been having a good October so far.  We are experiencing our usual October Pacific Northwest weather... rain, sunbreaks and more rain!  Since today is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:


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

Friday, October 5, 2018

happy birthday leaves...

Hello!  Hope you are having a great day!  I'm popping in with a card that I made for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.   I haven't played along with Color Throwdown in weeks and that made me sad so this week I found the time to play along... YAY!   A few months ago I purchased a stamping tool that will allow me to create cards using Concord & 9th's fun turnabout stamp set.   Once I had the tool in hand I promptly purchased the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp and die set and used the set for my card.  Since there are only three colors in the CTD palette I used a very light gray (Simon Says Stamp Fog) to fill in the spots left after I had stamped the three colors.   I love the way the light gray stamping filled in the spots but still stayed in the background.   Once that stamping was done I trimmed the piece in two so now I have one more panel to use to make another card!   The sentiment is from the C9 Happy Day stamp set and was stamped in the three colors on a thin strip of cardstock that was then backed with a strip of silver glitter cardstock.  The strip was adhered to a light gray cardstock base (SSS Fog) and then the stamped panel was adhered using foam dimensionals.  Love the clean and simple look of this card.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS Fog; MFT silver glitter; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Happy Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Wow... can't believe that it is already October!  Time sure is flying by.  Since it is Wednesday that means I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek:


Hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

cards for sketches...



Hey there!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I managed to make a couple of cards.  First up is a card that I made using this week's MFT sketch.  I used the super cute MFT stamp set called Hello Little One.  My niece is having a little boy in November and so I actually made the card for her baby shower.  Happy to say that she loved it!  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them with Copic markers.  I then added depth to each image with Prismacolor pencils.  Once that was done I die cut everything with the matching dies.  Some MFT Smooth White cardstock was cut per the sketch and then I partially embossed it with a star embossing folder.  The die cuts were adhered to the panel.  I die cut the banner and then stamped it with the sentiment.   Adhered the banner and then adhered the panel to a light gray cardstock base.   I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

The second card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I made this one for my great niece, Kaia.  I recently bought a pack of Lawn Fawn glitter cardstock and used it to make this all die cut card.   In August I joined the Spellbinders Small Die Kit club and the kit for September is all about Halloween.  The cute little ghost is one of the dies.  I die cut it three times from some white glitter cardstock from Stampin Up!  The purple and black glitter cardstock is from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut all the ghosts and then adhered them to the strips of purple glitter cardstock.  A strip of black glitter cardstock was adhered to the white cardstock base and then I adhered the ghost panels.  The sentiment was die cut from the black glitter cardstock and plain black cardstock two more times.  All three were adhered together and then the words adhered to the card base.   Super sparkly for sure!  I hope little Kaia likes it!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, black, light gray, purple glitter, black glitter and white glitter; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and Spellbinders; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

Saturday, September 29, 2018

National Coffee Day Blog Hop!


Hey everyone!!  As many of you know today is National Coffee Day and the gals over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog are having another big blog hop to celebrate.  Precious Remembrance Shop is a super sponsor and so is A Jillian Vance design.  There are great prizes from both companies!   Please head over to the PRS blog and the AJVD blog for all the details on how to win each prize.  I made two cards to share.  First up is a PRS card I made using the super fun Coffee Love stamp set from Precious Remembrance Shop along with an image from another fabulous PRS set called New Day.  I stamped the coffee cup from Coffee Love on two coordinating papers from a My Mind's Eye paper pad.   The full cup was trimmed out from one and then pieces of the other were trimmed out and adhered to the cup as you see.  I then stamped the sentiment in the center of the cup.  I trimmed down another coordinating piece of paper and cut it on the diagonal.  The pieces were adhered to a light green cardstock base.  I stamped the image from the New Day that looks like a coffee stain in pink ink and then adhered the coffee cup.   Precious Remembrance Shop has a discount offer going on right now so I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to save on some fantastic PRS sets through October 8th.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


As I indicated above A Jillian Vance Design is also a part of this hop.  I created a clean and simple design using thee AJVD sets Brew-tiful and But First Coffee.  I stamped the coffee cup ring image from But First Coffee in two different inks (kraft and taupe) on off white cardstock.  The coffee bean image was stamped in a really dark brown.  I stamped the sentiment (from Brew-tiful) using a light brown ink and then die cut the word coffee (from the Coffee, Tea & Me die set) from brown glitter cardstock and some scrap cardstock.  All the die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the card to complete the sentiment.  I'm adding this to the CAS(E) this Sketch link up as I used their sketch for the layout.  Make sure that you head over to the AJVD blog to see my card along with projects from other AJVD design team members and to leave a comment for a chance to win a $100 prize pack!



Have a wonderful day and enjoy the hop!

Supplies:  PRS Card: Cardstock:  light green; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine CLAIR

AJVD Card:  Cardstock:  Rustic white, dark brown; Stamps:  A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Friday, September 28, 2018

inspire me friday with precious remembrance shop

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a project up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek of my project:


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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

happy wednesday!

Hey there!!  It's Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek of my project:


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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

september pti blog hop...

Hey there!  Feels like ages since I last posted, but it has only been a week, lol!  It is the 25th of September and that means it is time for PTI's monthly blog hop.  With fall now here the inspiration for this month's hop is a beautifully appointed fall table.  I decided to draw my inspiration from all the beautiful fall colors.  I have had PTI's Text and Texture: Roses for a long time and sadly had not used it so I decided to get it out to use to make my card.   I cut a piece of Harvest Gold and then stamped the roses images using a mustard yellow ink and a pumpkin orange ink.  I then die cut the image with a rectangle die.  Using the smallest die in the PTI Double Ups die set I die cut a piece of Harvest Gold and stamped the words Harvest and Blessings from the Color Pop: Autumn set in VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink.  The word Bountiful (from the Color Pop: Autumn die set) was die cut from Ripe Avocado paper three times and adhered together.   Additional Ripe Avocado was die cut with a larger rectangle die as a mat for the stamped piece.  I layered up everything and then added a few sequins in rust and yellow to finish up the card.   With the addition of the sequins I'm going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and I will be adding this to the Time Out challenge as the colors I used for my card are similar to those found in their inspiration photo.



Hope you have a wonderful day and happy hopping!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, Rustic White; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine CLAIR; Sequins:  Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

sharing over at a jillian vance design...

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 see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

rain or shine...

Hey there!  Fall is fast approaching and while we do not have the severe weather that is affecting the east coast our typical Pacific Northwest fall weather has arrived... rain.   So my card today is rather appropriate.  I used the MFT stamp set Rain or Shine along with the matching dies.  The 2018 MFT Design Super Star contest is going on right now and one of the categories is coloring virtuoso.    I'm not sure that I can call myself a coloring virtuoso, but I have been working on improving my coloring skills and to that end decided to enter as a challenge to myself.   MFT design team member and product designer Torico shared a video that showed how to do speedy coloring with Copics and color pencils.   Torico is definitely a coloring virtuoso and so I was able to pick up a few things from her and gave the technique a try.   Overall I think I did a fairly good job, but still have lots to learn when it comes to shadows, etc.   I used the sketch from the current MFT sketch challenge so I will be adding the card there, as well as to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to pop it up.  I popped up lots of things on my card.   After coloring and die cutting everything I inked up the Stitched Mini Scallop rectangle with Lucky Clover and Broken China distress oxide ink.   The sentiment was stamped and die cut with a Slanted Sentiment strip.  Then I layered up all the images as you see on a panel of MFT smooth white cardstock and then added the panel to a light blue cardstock base.   For my color pencil coloring I used my small collection of Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils.  The ink was Memento Tuxedo Black.



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT; Stamps and dies:  MFT; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Coloring mediums:  Copic makers, Polychromos and Prisamcolor pencils


Friday, September 14, 2018

Inspire Me Friday with Precious Remembrance Shop

Hey there!  Hope you had a good week.  Fall is definitely on the way in my part of the world and with that in mind I have a fall inspired card up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the PRS blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

hello...

Hey there!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  MFT Design Superstar, Paper Players, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (pop it up... the strips are popped up).   As indicated the MFT Design Superstar challenge is happening right now and well... I just can't pass up a good challenge!  This card is for the clean and simple genius category.   I love a good clean and simple design and that is what this week's Fis all about!  I trimmed down some MFT smooth white cardstock into strips and then adhered strips of MFT silver glitter cardstock to the backs of each strip.  The butterfly (from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp set) was stamped in the mint and blackberry colors per the Paper Players challenge and then die cut with the matching die. I wasn't really sure that I would like the mint and blackberry together, but I really do!   I adhered the strips with foam dots and then determined where I wanted the butterfly to be placed.  I stamped the word hello (part of a sentiment from the MFT Springtime Blooms stamp set) in Crumb Cake ink.   The butterfly was adhered and then I added the wood veneer butterflies to bring in a bit more of the crumb cake like color.  My fourth color per the PP challenge is silver.




Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white and silver glitter; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  Hero Arts, Close to My Heart and Stampin Up!; Studio Calico veneer butterflies

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  My post for A Jillian Vance Design is up on the blog today and here is a little peek:


Today's card is similar to the card I created last week in that I used more of the leaves.  I hope, however, that you will still take the time to head over to the blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

i just miss you...

Hey there!  Hope your September is off to a good start.   I'm popping in with a card that I made today.  I actually stamped and colored earlier last week, but never had a chance to turn into a card.  When I saw that the new Flower challenge is an anything goes challenge I thought I would finally turned the image I colored into a card and enter their challenge.   The image I used is from a limited edition stamp set from Stampin Up! called Blended Seasons and I stamped it in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink on light gray cardstock.  I then colored the image with my polychromos color pencils and then added the sentiment using the same gray ink.  I simply die cut the image with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then adhered it to a white cardstock base.  I will be adding this to the Flower challenge, as well as to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use stamping on your card.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS fog; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist; Color medium:  Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!  Hope your September is off to a great start.  I have a card up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:


Hope 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!