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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Hey everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  I have a post up on the Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek:


Hope you take the time to head over to the blog to see the full project and let me know what you think.  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

you are special...

Hello!  Popping in with a super quick post to share a card that I made for Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.  It has been a while since I last played along with CTS!   While it would have been fun to use a flamingo on my card  I used my June Spellbinder's small die kit and cardstock in pink, black and gold glitter.   After die cutting all the layers I adhered them together using my Glue Sponge.  Must say that thing works pretty darn good!  Then I cut down a piece of white cardstock and adhered the three medallions.  A piece of black cardstock was trimmed down to be slightly smaller than the card front and was adhered to the card base.  The panel with the medallions was adhered using foam dimensionals and then I added the sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers) and the gold sequins. 



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, black, SSS pink, MFT gold glitter; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Spellbinders; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, July 11, 2019

more floral cards...

Hey there!  I have two more floral cards to share.  This time I did some coloring.  One card features coloring with ZIG clean color real brush makers and the other with Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils.  First up is the card I colored with the ZIGs.   This card is for the MFT sketch and color challenges and uses the Flowers in Bloom stamp set from the MFT June card kit.  I haven't used the custom blended Color Burst powders that came in the kit yet, but hope to give them a try soon!  I stamped the image on Strathmore smooth bristol cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then colored the images with the ZIG markers giving each flower a different color.  To deepen the shadows I used a little bit of dark brown on each flower as well as in the center of each flower.  I also used a little bit a very light green to color the stems.  I finished off the design by coloring around the flowers with a light blue ZIG and blending it out with water.  I die cut the panel and then added the sentiment by stamping the word thanks in VersaMark watermark ink one vellum and heat setting with white embossing powder.  I adhered the vellum strip using my Glue Sponge and I must say that it worked really well!  (Compensated affiliate links listed below where possible.)



The second card is for the Sunday Stamps challenge that closes in just a few hours. Thank you to the team at Sunday Stamps for picking my entry in their previous challenge for an honorable mention!   I actually colored this image from Technique Tuesday with my Polychromos pencils several months ago, but never found a project to use it on.  I realized that it would work well for the Sunday Stamps challenge and so it finally made it onto a card!  I did turn the sketch on its side to make it work better for me.  A few weeks ago when I was down in Vancouver, WA visiting my friend, Greta, we spent sometime at a Craft Warehouse store and while there both of us picked up a pad of 6x6 pads with a fun linen like texture on them.  I used two of those papers for the bottom strip as well as the mat for my colored image.  Simply layered everything up and I was done.  (Compensated affiliate links listed below where possible.)


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:

Stamps:  My Favorite Things
Dies:  My Favorite Things
           A Jillian Vance Design
Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black
           VersaMark watermark ink
Coloring Mediums:  Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils
                                 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp Fog
                   PaperTrey Ink rustic white, vellum
                   Strathmore Smooth Bristol
Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday with Jillian Vance Design

Hello everyone!   Hope you are having a great week so far.  I have a post upon the Jillian Vance Design blog and here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will head over to the blog to see the full card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

another floral card...

Hello!  Popping in with another floral card.  This time for the current My Favorite Things sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I pulled out my MFT Painted Petal stamp set to help me create this one.  I must admit that it took me way to much time to come up with a color combo that I liked.  I ended up going with blue flowers and used a set of Altenew  inks in shades that coordinate with each other.   The leaves were stamped with a green Altenew ink.  After die cutting the stamped flowers I cut a strip of white cardstock and then stamped it with the sentiment from the MFT Flowers in Bloom stamp set in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I then embossed the lines across the strip using my Scor-Buddy scoring tool.   I adhered the strip using foam dimensionals and then arranged all the flowers based on the sketch.  I finished the card by adding lots of Pretty Pink Posh jewels in a pretty shade of pastel blue using my new Glue Sponge.  I think I will also post this card to the Flower Challenge as my blues are fairly light and pastel in color.   Decided to add this to the current Time Out challenge as I am using flowers.   (Compensated affiliate links listed below where possible.)





Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  (Compensated affiliate links used where possible.)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things
Dies:  My Favorite Things
Inks:  Altenew blue, Altenew green, VersaFine
Cardstock:  PaperTrey Ink
Adhesive:  Glue Sponge, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L, Stampin Up! foam dimensionals

Friday, July 5, 2019

floral cards...

Hello!  Hope everyone in the USA had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made over the last few days.  First up is a card that I made for the Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches challenges.  Back in May I won a gift certificate from Pinkfresh Studios and purchased the beautiful Hanging Florals stamp set and matching Hanging Florals dies.  I die cut the main image from Canson watercolor paper and then stamped the die cut with images in VersaMark Onyx Black ink and then watercolored with Distress Crayons in Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.   I die cut some white cardstock with the largest Stitched Dot rectangle from Jillian Vance Design and then adhered the image to the panel with foam dots.   The sentiment was embossed on vellum with WOW! Embossing powder in black and then trimmed down to fit the card front.  I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and medium Zots that I rolled up to adhere the vellum to the image.   The panel was adhered to a light gray cardstock base and then I added some tiny Pretty Pink Posh jewels in white, silver and clear to the image for a tiny bit of sparkle. (Compensated affiliate links used when possible at no cost to you.)


The second card I'm going to send off to this month's Flower challenge to use pastels.  I colored up the Missing You Peony from Colorado Craft Company's Big & Bold line with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers after stamping the image with VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist on smooth Bristol cardstock.   After die cutting my panel I adhered it to a cardstock base and then embossed the sentiment from the set on vellum using Hero Arts white embossing powder, trimmed out the sentiment and adhered it with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Added a few sequins and I was done!  I must admit that it took me several days to color this image because of its size, but boy was it worth it!  (Compensated affiliate links used when possible at no cost to you.)




Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hello... Wednesday...

Happy day before 4th of July everyone!  I have a patriotic card on the Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek:


Hope you will head over to the Jillian Vance Design blog to see the full project.  Wishing everyone in the US a safe and very happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

fiesta and a flower...

Hello!   Once, again, it feels like ages since I last posted, but it has only been a few days.  I have been busy doing some coloring lately and the images I have been coloring are rather large so that is taking up a lot of time.  I'm sharing one of those cards today at the end of the post.  First up though is a card for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge and color challenge.   I love that fun little piñata die from the April, 2018 MFT release and decided to use that along with the fiesta word die.  I seem to like layering the word over the little piñata because I came across a card that I had made quite awhile ago where I did the same thing!  Hey... if it works go with it, right?  I die cut all the main body of the piñata from white cardstock and all the pieces from purple, coral and red cardstock.  Then I determined how I was going to layer all the pieces and adhered them to my base.  Finished things up by adhering the teeny tiny eye!  Last weekend my boys and I made a little trip down to Vancouver, WA to meet up with my friend, Greta.  She lives in Oregon so we meet up in a place that is about half way for each of us.  She took me to one of her favorite crafty shopping places Craft Warehouse where I was able to purchase the Glue Sponge.  I used that to help me adhere the teeny tiny eye pieces together.   It works pretty good!   I die cut a rectangle from white cardstock using the largest MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax die.  I attached some white twine to the back of the piñata and then attached that to the back of the rectangle.  The rectangle was adhered to my white cardstock base using foam tape.  I die cut the word from light gray cardstock three times, adhered them together and attached to the piñata using a combination of glue and foam tape.  When I was done I realized that I forgot to give the piñata its tail!  Oh well...  Sending this off to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes, as well.


The second card was created using a stamp set from a newer stamp company called Colorado Craft Company.  They have a line of stamps called Lovely Legs and recently started a new line called Big & Bold.  All the stamps in this line feature big and bold floral images.  When I saw the images I couldn't resist picking up the Get Well Hydrangea and Missing You Peony.  Today I'm sharing a card I made with the Get Well Hydrangea.  I stamped the image with VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist and then colored the image with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers in shades of blue and green.  When I started the card I knew I was going to send it to a friend for her birthday so I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set.   VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne was used for the sentiment.  After die cutting the card with the largest die from the Jillian Vance Design basic rectangle backdrop die set I adhered the panel to a blue cardstock base and then added sequins.  I used the Glue Sponge for this task.  I really like how the coloring turned out.  Stay tuned as I will be sharing a card I made with the Missing You Peony stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI white, Bazzill coral, SU! purple and red, SSS Fog; Dies:  My Favorite Things; SU! white baker's twine

Card #2:  Cardstock:  Reverse Confetti light blue; Strathmore smooth bristol; Stamps:  Colorado Craft Company; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR; Sequins:  Verve; Coloring medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hello, Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Wow... June will be over is just a few days!  Time is really flying by!  My youngest is now out of school, but his older brother just started up the summer quarter at the technical college he is attending.   Anyway... I have a post up on the Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek:


Hope you will head over to the Jillian Vance Design blog to see the full project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

flowers and hexagons...

Hello!  Popping in with a couple of cards that feature flowers and hexagons!  First up is the card featuring the flowers.  This card is for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown (I always seem to combine these two challenges, lol!).   I love the Simon Says Stamp monthly kits and purchased the April kit (and the May kit and the June kit, lol), but unfortunately never got around to really using the stamp set that came with the kit.  Even though the kit has a more spring related theme a lot of the images are actually great to use all year round.  Some of those images are two different sized flower pots and the stems and flowers to create pots full of flowers.  I have been wanting to create a card with those fun little flower pots and finally had a color combo and sketch that worked perfectly!  I stamped the pots using a medium blue ink from Stampin Up! (Marina Mist) and the stems using a minty color (SU! Coastal Cabana).   The little flowers were stamped in pink (a Hero Arts pink) and lavender (PTI Winter Wisteria).   I stamped the sentiment in the center of the piece over the top of the largest flower pot using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I trimmed down my panel to fit with the sketch.  I used another image from the set that can be used to create a border and stamped that using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The borders were trimmed down and adhered to the main panel.   Before adhering the panel to a light gray cardstock it wrapped some lavender and white baker's twine around the top of the panel adhering the ends in the back with tape.  The same thing was done on the bottom except that I tied the twine in a bow.  The panel was then adhered with foam tape.   Isn't the photo of the cupcake from the CTD inspiration photo so cute?  Has me thinking of another idea involving a mermaid tail!


 The second card is for the current Sunday Stamps challenge.  This challenge is a color challenge that features colors that are perfect for a masculine card.  I used the Spellbinders small die kit for June along with a word die from the October small die kit to make a masculine birthday card.  I used two shades of blue and one red to die cut the hexagon dies from the kit and then created my hexagons by layering the three colors together in different orders.   I die cut some white cardstock and then using my grid mat as a guide adhered the hexagons to the panel.  I die cut the word happy from light gray cardstock three times, adhered them together and then adhered to the card front as you see.  The panel was then placed in my stamping tool, arranged the word birthday (from a Spellbinders stamp set) on the card and then stamped it with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  Finished by adhering the card to a kraft cardstock base.  I think I managed to use all the colors in the photo on my card!  The team over at Sunday Stamps picked my card as one of their top picks for the last challenge.  Thanks so much ladies.  You really made my day!




Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Hero Arts, VersaFine CLAIR and PTI; Baker's Twine:  Stampin Up!

Card #2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, kraft; Reverse Confetti red, blue and medium blue, SSS fog; Stamps:  Spellbinders:  Dies:  Spellbinders and Jillian Vance; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hello... Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I know my youngest is super happy today because his summer break officially starts at 11:30 am PDT and he is so ready for summer!   Anywhoo… I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design 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 project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hey... buttercup!

Hey there!  I'm popping in to share a card that I made for a couple of challenges:  the Paper Players (colors) and Time Out (nature).   Back in May I purchased the Chin Up Buttercup stamp and die set from Honey Bee Stamps.  I just loved the sweet little flowers in the set and when they had a sale I decided to make it mine.  I have been wanting to use it ever since I arrived in my mailbox and the Paper Players challenge was the perfect opportunity, as is the challenge at Time Out.  I stamped all the images from the set on Arches hot press watercolor paper with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder from Hero Arts.  I then colored everything with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors and clean water.  When everything was dry I die cut them with the matching dies.  Then the hunt was on to find a purple ink that was similar to the Highland Heather color called for in the Paper Players color combo.   I don't generally buy purple inks and so my choices were limited, but I think PTI's Winter Wisteria filled in nicely.  I used that to stamp the words hey and buttercup.   Both words have matching dies to I used the one for the word buttercup and then stamped the word hey on my white cardstock panel.  Then I arranged all the die cut pieces and adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.  Love how this one turned out!



Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Arches hot press watercolor paper; Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps; Dies:  Honey Bee Stamps and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, PTI Winter Wisteria; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Hello... Wednesday!

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


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

Friday, June 7, 2019

all kinds...

Hello!  Popping in with a card that I made using my Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet turnabout stamp set.   I combined the colors from Color Throwdown with the layout from Freshly Made sketches (something that I seem to do on a regular basis, lol!).   After stamping the wreath I ended up die cutting only a portion of the wreath to use on my card.  I used the banner die from the Everyday Bouquet die set to die cut navy cardstock for one of the elements in the sketch and then used teal cardstock to mat the main stamped element.  I stamped the sentiment from the sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed it with black embossing powder from WOW! Embossing.  I layered up all the elements and then tied some coral baker's twine around the piece and adhered it to a off white cardstock base.



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

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White, Indigo, SU! Taken With Teal; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th, A Jillian Vance Design; Ink: Catherine Pooler, Stampin Up!, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  WOW! Embossing; Baker's Twine:  The Twinery

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hello... Wednesday!

Hey there!  Hope your week is going well.  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

a little scene...

Hello!  Hope your week is going well.  I did some stamping today and used some very neglected Stampin Up! stamp sets.   I purchased the scene building set called Waterfront last year (yikes!) and never got around to using it (too much stuff!).  But when I saw the new challenge at the Paper Players to create a card with a summer vacation theme.  Does anything say "summer" more then a scene of a cabin on the water?    I did several test layouts before I got one that I liked.  I used the following Stampin Up! inks to create my scene:  River Rock, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Tranquil Tide and Smoky Shadow.  Once I had my scene done I die cut the piece with a AJVD basic rectangle die using my brand new Gemini Jr die cutting machine!  I bought it a month a go and finally got it out of the box the other day and fired it up.    It works like a dream and it is nice to not have to turn a handle to cut something.  I die cut some Crumb Cake cardstock to use for the piece to use to back the scene panel and then die cut some Tranquil Tide cardstock for the largest panel.   The sentiment is from the SU! Colorful Season stamp set and was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR.  Everything was then layered up on a Crumb Cake card base.   The layout is based on the sketch from Sunday Stamps so I will be posting it there and also at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



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

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU! Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine CLAIR

Friday, May 31, 2019

you can do it...

Happy Friday everyone!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.    My card today uses the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp and die set.  I have used this set a lot recently... not hard to do as it is so pretty!  For this card I did some simple watercoloring with my ZIGs and then die cut the images with the matching dies.  To add some interest to my card I used a piece of Tim Holtz distress woodgrain cardstock.  Since it is hard to stamp on woodgrain cardstock I decided to emboss the sentiment on a strip of vellum cardstock.  The images were stamped in VersaFine CLAIR and the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed with WOW! black embossing powder.    I added some Wink of Stella to the butterfly and then adhered all the pieces finishing with some Pretty Pink Posh white jewels.  This is also going to the SSS Flickr challenge.



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

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Crumb Cake, Tim Holtz woodgrain, PTI vellum, Strathmore smooth Bristol; Stamps and dies:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  WOW!; Watercolor Medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers; Pretty Pink Posh jewels

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design today and here is a little peek of my project:


Can you guess what it is, lol!  Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, May 23, 2019

so special...

Hello!   Wow... I'm posting again, lol!  I have been busy lately doing more coloring with my ZIGs!  This time I used some of the images from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers stamp set that is part of the SSS May card kit.  I also used a piece of the Moda Scrap patterned paper that comes in the kit.  I am beyond pleased with how the flowers turned out!  I keep looking at them and reminding myself that yes... I did color them!  And this is all thanks to the amazing Kristina Werner and her fabulous video!  I used another one of the color combos that she used in the video, as well.   I stamped the images on smooth  bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored them with the following ZIGs:  Light Carmine Red, Wine Red and Dark Brown.  The stems were colored with Mid Green and Olive Green ZIGs with a touch of dark brown.  I then trimmed out all the images.  The patterned paper was die cut and I stamped it with one of the leaf images from the set using the Acorn ink.  The flowers were arranged and then I added the sentiment (from the stamp set) that I heat embossed in white on vellum and trimmed down.  I'm sending this off to the following challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches (sketch), Time Out challenges (inspiration photo) and Simon Says Stamp (inspiration photo as well).  I colored these images on Tuesday and had no idea that the flowers would work for both Time Out and Simon Says Stamp!  Don't you love it when thinks work out that way?!  So happy to play along with Time Out as my sweet friend, Greta, is guest designing for them!




Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS dark brown, Strathmore smooth bristol, Vellum; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers