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

Friday, December 14, 2018

happy friday!

Hello and happy Friday!   I'm popping in with two cards that I made the other day.  First up is a card that I made using the gorgeous So Loved stamp set from the new Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved release.  SSS was so kind to send me a set before the release and I shared a card on Instagram and my flickr that I made using the set.   The card I'm sharing today was made for the current Color Throwdown challenge, as well as the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I started by stamping the outline images I wanted to use in red and green inks from Stampin Up!.  I then used the solid images to complete the stamping.  Second generation stamping was used for the flowers.  I then filled in with additional images from the set.   The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Diecember release and is called Big For You.  Again, Simon Says Stamp generously sent me this die and I shared a card I made with it on Instagram and flickr.   I die cut the sentiment from kraft cardstock and then twice more from white and adhered them together.  I trimmed the panel per the CTS layout and then adhered it to a kraft cardstock base.  The sentiment was then adhered on top.

The second card is for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Christmas.   I have had the Concord & 9th Snow Flurries stamp set and matching dies for ages and I have wanted to make something with them, but unfortunately never found the time.   When I went on my second shopping trip to Impress Rubber Stamps I picked up this pad of specialty papers from DCWV.  All the papers are in the Rose Gold family so I used several from the set for the card.   The big snowflake from the set was stamped using Memento Desert Sand ink as it turned out to be a pretty close match to the rose gold... who knew?!    After stamping the panel with the snowflake it was die cut with a rectangle die.  I die cut the small snowflake from glitter and mirror cardstocks from the pad and layered then together.  Another piece was die cut with a larger rectangle as a mat for the sentiment panel.  I turned the sketch on its side because my sentiment looked better that way.  I placed the snowflake on the panel, arranged where I wanted the sentiment, removed the snowflake and then stamped the sentiment in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.   Everything was adhered to the card base and I finished with some Pretty Pink Posh rose gold sequins.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, MFT white; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  Stampin Up!
Card 2:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; DCWV rose gold specialty papers; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th; A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Memento, VersaFine CLAIR; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hello Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We are half way to Christmas... are you ready?  I'm not, but that's okay as I don't have much to accomplish, lol!  Since it is Wednesday that means I have a card up on the A Jillian Vance Design 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!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

joyful holiday greetings...

Hello there!  Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.   Twice this week I got the chance to do a little shopping at one of my favorite places Impress Rubber Stamps.  During my first shopping trip I picked up a Memory Box die set called Delicate Pine Frame.  I used that die set to create my card.  Another thing I picked up was a paper pad from American Crafts that has lots of fun Christmas/holiday themed papers as well as glitter paper and mirror cardstock.  I used a piece of patterned paper that had a gray background with snowflakes on it to die cut the larger frame.  The frame with the tree was die cut from the green glitter paper in the pad.  The birds were die cut from red and coral card stock.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock and then adhered the snowflake frame.  The tree frame was adhered with foam tape and then I added the little birds.  The sentiment is from the PaperTrey Ink Make It Market Holiday Folk mini kit and was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.   Super simple, but that what I need right now to get the last few Christmas cards I need done!  My sweet friend Greta reminded me about the monthly Memory Box challenge so I will be adding my card there, as well.   Thanks, Greta!  Realized that this will work for the new Time Out challenge so I'm sending it off for a visit there!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies: Cardstock:  MFT white, SU! coral and red; American Crafts glitter and patterned paper; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  Memory Box and A Jillian Vance Design

Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!  I have a post up on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Hope you will head over to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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:

Hope you will head over the A Jillian Vance Design blog to see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

peace, love & joy

Hello there!  Popping in with a card that I will be sharing over at the Paper Players challenge, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the Visions of Sugarplums challenge.   Last year I purchased the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings stamp set.  At the time it came out there weren't matching dies, but about a month later they released the matching dies.   Sadly I wasn't able to get them at the time, but finally this year I did... yay!  I used that stamp set and the dies along with the SSS Frozen Fractals set to make my card.  I stamped all the snowflakes on white cardstock with VersaMark watermark ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set.   I then inked up the piece with distress oxide ink in blueprint sketch bluffing off the excess.  The piece was then splattered with white acrylic paint mixed with water and when dry die cut with a rectangle die. The words were stamped on vellum with VersaMark, embossed in white and then die cut with the matching dies.  I adhered the words and ampersand by rolling up medium sized glue dots and placing them behind the words where there is embossing.  The little sentiments were stamped using VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne on a strip of paper, trimmed down and adhered.  The finished piece was adhered to a white cardstock base.   This has also been entered in the SSS flickr challenge #111.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, PTI vellum; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark watermark; Ranger distress oxide; white acrylic paint

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas cards...

Hello!  Well... the rush for me to make and send out Christmas cards is on, but thankfully I have two more made!  Both of these were made with the fun November Spellbinders small die kit.   I think the name is a bit of a misnomer because the kit comes with 14 dies... that isn't a small number to me, lol!  Anyway the first card is very, very simple.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches to help me along.  I used glitter cardstocks in bright green, bright blue and sparkly white for all the top die cuts and then made additional cuts using plain white cardstock.  All the cuts were stacked together and then adhered to the black cardstock panel along with the little dots (another one of the dies).  Another panel of cardstock in a color similar to the bright blue was layered behind the black panel and I was finished with the card.    This card will also be heading over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

The second card will be heading over to the Fusion challenge as most of the colors found in the inspiration photo are also used on my card.   I used more dies from the November Spellbinders small die kit to make this one, as well.  When I originally started working on this card I die cut the words Merry and Christmas from the kraft cardstock because I just wanted to have the words to move around and place where I liked them.  But then I decided to actually go with that color as part of my design.  I die cut that sweet little deer from the same kraft cardstock and brown glitter cardstock and then pieced the glitter cardstock inside the kraft outline.  The bow was die cut from red glitter cardstock and adhered to the deer.  I die cut the berry branches from dark red cardstock and adhered them together.  I die cut additional words from the same dark red cardstock that was used for the berry branches and then stacked them together with the kraft words.  I love how you can just see the red peeking out from underneath!   Then everything was arranged on an off white cardstock panel.  I finished by adhering the berry branches to the deer. I really like the rustic look of this design.    Will be sending this one over to the Visions of Sugar Plum Christmas/Winter challenge.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler glitter, bright green and bright blue glitter cardstocks; Lawn Fawn brown glitter cardstock; PTI Rustic White, True Black; Dies:  Spellbinders and A Jillian Vance Design