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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Day Before Valentine's Day!

Hello everyone!  Valentine's day is tomorrow... are you ready?  I have one more valentine to share over on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Here is a little peek:


Have a wonderful day and a wonderful Valentine's day!  I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see my card!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

xo xo

Since we are still somewhat snowed in I was able to sit down for a while and create a couple of cards.  One I will be sharing on Wednesday and one that I'm sharing right now.   This card is for the Paper Players (colors), Sunday Stamps (sketch), the Card Concept (clean and layered) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (interactive element).  All the dies I used, as well as the stamp set are from A Jillian Vance Design.  I used the two largest hearts from the Stitched Dot Heart die set to create my shaker element that I filled with dark gray, white and fuchsia flat sequins that are also from A Jillian Vance Design.   The dark pink and light gray cardstocks are Stampin Up! Melon Mambo and Smoky Slate.  The darker gray is PTI's Weathervane and the white is also from PTI.  I one of the dies from the AJVD Sentiment Stripes die set to create the piece running across the white cardstock panel.  After die cutting the strip I adhered it to my white cardstock and then die cut the whole thing with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle.   The smaller strip was actually cut from the tag that is part of the Minnie Pearl Tag set from AJVD that I trimmed down to fit the sketch.  I adhered that strip and then stamped the sentiment from the AJVD Valentine's Day stamp set in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I adhered the shaker heart and then added two smaller hearts die cut from the Smoky Slate and Melon Mambo cardstock, as well as some dark pink baker's twine tied in a bow.




Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, Weathervane; SU! Melon Mambo; Stamps and dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR; Sequins:  A Jillian Vance Design

Friday, February 8, 2019

you inspire me...

Hello from the snowy Pacific Northwest!  We are getting more snow than we have had in ages!  Hopefully it won't hang around for long, lol!   With all the snow staying inside and crafting makes a lot of sense.   So I think that is what I will be doing all weekend.  First up is a card that I made the other day for several challenges:  Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I recently took advantage of a 15% off sale that Reverse Confetti had to buy the Mod Floral Stack stamp and die set.  I used that set to create my card (along with small stamps from two other RC stamp sets).    The smallest mod floral stamp was used to create the butterflies.  I stamped the image twice in red, orange and yellow and then die cut them.   In order to make the butterflies I trimmed one of each color in half and then adhered the pieces to the back of the other intact die cut.  To make the body I used a solid floral image from the Petals 'n Posies stamp set, stamped it three times in black and then trimmed out the portion I needed.  The bodies were then adhered to the butterflies.  I used another image from Whole Lotta Thanks to add in the little dots here and there in red, orange and yellow.  The butterflies were adhered and then I added the sentiment that I stamped in watermark ink on black cardstock, heat embossed in white and then trimmed out.



Hope you have a wonderful day... that doesn't include snow, lol!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! Read Red, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and VersaMark watermark ink

Thursday, February 7, 2019

fabulous day...

Hello!  Hope you have a had a great week!  We had a teeny tiny polar vortex here in the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of the week.  It got super cold and we got snow.   Things have thawed a lot, but we are supposed to get more snow this weekend.  Good time to stay inside and do some crafting.   The other day I received some happy mail in the form of the Altenew Cattleya Build-a-Flower stamp set.  I pulled it out and worked on my watercoloring.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and then colored it with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I only used one color for the flowers and two colors for the stem and the unopened bud.   I really took my time as I colored the image and I really like how it turned out.  Once it was dried I die cut it with the matching die.  The colors come from this month's Altenew Inspiration challenge.  To finish the card I stamped the outline image on white cardstock in light gray ink and then splattered the image with some gray ink mixed with water.   Arranged where I wanted the image to be and then stamped the sentiment.  I adhered the image and then adhered the panel to a light gray cardstock base.  I will also be adding this to the current Flower Challenge to use your newest stamp set.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS fog; Arches watercolor paper; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne, Ranger Hickory Smoke distress ink; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  Valentine's day is just a little over a week away and so I have another valentine to share over 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 and to let me know what you think!  Have a great day!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

sending love...

Hello!  I have a Valentine to share today that works for several different challenges:  Paper Players, Just Us Girls (a challenge I have not participated in for ages!), Mojo Monday and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   My last Concord & 9th order included the little Sending Love stamp set.   I just love that big heart!  I stamped the heart using VersaFine CLAIR Tulip Red ink and then went on a hunt to find patterned papers that would work with that color!  Thankfully I found some papers from the My Mind's Eye On Trend 6x6 pad that worked.  I got a little crazier with the patterned paper then I normally like to do when I decided to use the diagonal striped black paper for the main background panel.  But sometimes it is good to get out side your comfort zone!  I trimmed out the heart and then layered up all the different die cuts.  I finished off the card by stamping the small sentiment from the set on white cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne, trimming it out and popping up with foam tape.




Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Spellbinders, My Favorite Things, A Jillian Vance Design; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR

Friday, February 1, 2019

thinking of you...

Hello!   I'm popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I used the beautiful Stampin Up! First Frost stamp set and the matching dies for my card.  I had to play around with the color combo a little bit to come up with a combination that worked well with the images in the First Frost stamp set.   Instead of using strips of paper for the diagonal element in the FMS layout I decided to use the vine image from First Frost.  After I finished the card I really liked how it looked, but when I took the photo I started to second guess my choice.  But no going back now... right?  The stamp set is part of a new line from Stampin Up! called DisINKtive.   I really like the way these stamps give you a variegated effect while using only one ink.   I used the aqua color for the large leafy/floral images and then stamped the two flowers using the yellow and saffron colors.  I brought in the brown by stamping the vine image one in brown, as well as the sentiment.   The twine looks black, but it is actually a very dark brown.



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Stampin Up! and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR Acorn, Stampin Up! So Saffron, More Mustard and Pool Party; brown hemp twine