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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

hello, beautiful...

Hello!  Hope you are having a great week!  I'm popping in with a card for my two favorite challenges:  Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I will also be posting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  The colors from CTD are pretty bold and for the most part I went a bit softer with them.   This happened because I used watercolor pencils to color the Reverse Confetti Butterfly Wreath and they tend to produce a soft color value.  The wreath was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist.  After I finished coloring the wreath I die cut it with the matching die.  I used the RC Snow Star cover plate for the front of my card.  I was going to remove the little diamonds in the stars, but decided to keep them in place so I put a bit of washi tape behind each star and then added some additional cardstock to make the panel a little sturdier.   I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base with foam tape.  The wreath was adhered with more foam tape and then I cut thin strips of gray, bright green and white cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Morning Mist on the white strip and then adhered all of them per the sketch.   I finished off the card by adding lots of sparkly sequins that depending on the light look purple or fushia.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy Wednesday...

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of what I made:

I hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 14, 2020

two cards...

Hello!  Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day.  My boys got me a lovely orchid and a Starbucks gift card... yay!   I spent part of the day finishing up a card that I started yesterday when my Spellbinders February small die kit landed in my mailbox earlier in the day.  The Spellbinders small die kits are absolutely fabulous and I think that this one is my favorite so far.  I can not only die cut with this kit I can use it to foil and that is what I did, lol!   I used the color combo from Color Throwdown for my card and was trying to use the sketch from FMS for my layout, but the circles were too big so I came up with another idea.  I die cut all the different layering pieces from cardstock corresponding to the CTD colors and then layered them together.  I used one of the layering dies to foil the background of my white cardstock panel with silver foil using my Glimmer hot foiling system.  I then foiled the hello word in silver and then die cut it with the matching die.  I layered up all the circles and then adhered the sentiment.   I had so much fun using the dies to foil that I have another potential card waiting in the wings!

My second card is for this month's Altenew inspiration challenge and the Sunday Stamp challenge.  I have wanted the Mega Succulent stamp set for ages.  Finally I took advantage of free shipping and purchased it a few weeks ago.  Since it had been sitting in my crafting area I decided to use it to make my card.  I stamped the image on white watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  I then watercolored just the center of the image in yellow roughly following the outline of a tag that I was going to use to die cut the center.  Once the image was dry I die cut the panel and then die cut the tag from the center.  I added some green ribbon to the tag that I tied with black twine.  The main panel was adhered with foam tape and then the tag with a double layer of foam tape.  I finished by stamping the sentiment from another Altenew set in green ink, trimming down and adhering to the card front.  Honestly, I'm not super happy with this card because it just doesn't look that well done to me.  But I need to stop being so hard on myself!  Let me know what you think.  ETA:  Just found out this would work for the new Time Out challenge so I will be posting it over there.  Thanks so much for all the lovely comments concerning this card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Can't believe that Valentine's day is just a day away and that February is half over!  Where is the time going?  I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek of my card:

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project and to let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

foiled butterfly...

Hello from very wet and foggy western Washington!  A little depressing, but I will take rain and fog over snow any day!  I have a card to share that I made using lots of Spellbinders dies and my Spellbinders Glimmer hot foiling system.  The Glimmer systems is currently on sale!   I haven't done this in a couple to weeks, but I combined my two favorite challenges (Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown) to create my card.  I fell in love with the CTD combo the moment I saw it and may have to make another card using those colors!  Anywhoo… I didn't have the shade of pink cardstock I wanted for my flower so I just made my own using white cardstock and distress oxide ink in Spun Sugar.   The flower and leaves dies are from the Spellbinders May 2019 card kit called Stay Wild.  After cutting the two part of the flower I layered them together.  The leaves were cut from white cardstock.  I used a classic square Spellbinders die to cut the navy blue cardstock.   The butterfly was foiled in a pretty light blue foil which is kind of hard to tell.  I was able to get a decent close up photo so hopefully you can see that it is light blue.   After I foiled the butterfly I die cut it with the matching die.  I adhered the square so I could determine where to place the sentiment (from A Jillian Vance Design) and then stamped it in PTI's Spring Rain.  I arranged and adhered all the leaves to the flower and then adhered the flower to the square using foam dimensionals.   The butterfly wings were slightly bent upward and then adhered to the flower with glue.  I finished with a scattering of Pretty Pink Posh pale pink sequins.   I just want to remind you that Spellbinders is have a blow out sale on select dies with up to 40% off.   Just click here to find out more details.  Decided to add this to the current Flower Challenge, as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  I have a card that I'm sharing over on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:

Hmmm... what could it be?  A Valentine?  I hope you will head over to the blog to check it out!  Thanks for your visit!  

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Spellbinders Cutting Dies Sale!

Hey!  Just popping in to let you know that Spellbinders in having a sale on select cutting dies now through February 9th.  You can click here to got to the sale or just click on the banner below!  Happy shopping!

Monday, February 3, 2020

masculine birthday card

Hello!  A quick post to share a card that I made for the MFT sketch and color challenges.  When I saw the MFT sketch challenge I immediately thought of a set of triangle dies that I had purchased from MFT a few years ago with the intention of using them for masculine cards.  Of course, that didn't happen... until now, lol!  Card is pretty self-explanatory, right?  Lots of diecutting of triangles using the MFT colors and then arranging them to fit the sketch layout.  The sentiment is from the MFT Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes and was stamped using VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist.  Also going to post this over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

love & hugs...

Hello!  Popping in with a super clean and simple card that wasn't so simple to make, lol!  I started working on this a few days ago and if it weren't for the fact that I got sidetracked a few times I would have finished it on Saturday.  But here it is Sunday and I finally got it done.  I'm glad that it took so long to make because it is perfect for the new Paper Players challenge!   I used the layout from CAS(E) this Sketch and the color from Color Throwdown so will be posting it there, as well as the SSS Wednesday challenge.   I love the CTD combo of red, light gray and dark gray as it is perfect for a guy and even though I used a heart for the focal image it still remains pretty masculine I think.  The heart die cut is the Deco Heart from Simon Says Stamp.  I have had this die for a long time and have never used it.   I have been doing to reorganizing and when I went to find the die set it had seemingly disappeared!  Then when I went back for the third look through all the dies I found it hiding behind another die set!  Anyway... die cut it twice from my favorite red cardstock, Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler, stacked them and there adhered to the solid heart cut from a gray cardstock.    Three strips of light gray cardstock were cut and adhered to a white cardstock base with foam tape.  I adhered the heart, the sentiment strip (from the SSS stamp set Beautiful Flowers) that I stamped in VersaFine Morning Mist and I was done!  Finally... lol!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

fancy thanks...

Did some more coloring.  This time for the Altenew Inspiration challenge.  The colors are so pretty, but ones that I was struggling to put together.  I'm determined that this year I will stretch myself and make things with color combos that I find challenging.   After giving several different ideas some serious thought and realizing that I was running out of time I decided to try an idea with the sweet Starry Flowers stamp and die set.  I stamped the images on smooth Bristol with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored the flowers using a combination of orange and red ZIGs for the petals and then purple for the center of the flowers.  The stems and leaves were colored with a dark green ZIG.  Once the images were dry I die cut with the matching dies.  The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches and I did think about making my card a square I ended up going with my usual A2 size card.  I die cut a circle from off white cardstock and then adhered that with foam dimensionals to a card base made from the same cardstock.   I added three score lines to the card base, but I don't you really see them.  I then adhered the flower stems to the circle.  The Altenew Fancy Thanks die was cut three times from dark green cardstock, stacked and then adhered to the card front.  Going to include this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Well... here were are... the end of January already!  Yikes where does the time go?  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog for you to check out.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you head over to the blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

whole lot of lovely...

A really quick post of a card that I finished up today.  I started coloring it a few days ago, got that part done and then had to wait for the matching die to arrive by FedEx.  That came today and this afternoon I got the card made.  I stamped the image in VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored with ZIG markers.  Once the coloring was done deepened some of the shadows with a dark brown Polychromos color pencil.    The layout for my card is base loosely on the sketch from Fab Friday.  I used a MFT fishtail flag stax die for the banner and the MFT Mini Scallop Stitched rectangle die, along with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle.  I layered everything on a light gray cardstock base.  The sentiment is from an order MFT stamp set that I stamped and then trimmed into the sections.  I did have them originally arranged on the floral image pursuant to the sketch, but didn't like how that looked and placed them where they are now.   Super pleased with my coloring even if it did give me a horrendous stiff neck!  Going to also post this to the Inspired By challenge.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

bunny... love...

Hey there!  Popping in with a couple of cards.  The first one is for the current MFT sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  The SSS challenge is about pets and while I don't have a bunny for a pet when I was younger our family had several different rabbits.  So it was a no brainer for me to pull out the MFT/Stacey Yacula Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes to color up the cute little bunny from the set.  I stamped the image on smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaFine Acorn ink and then colored it with ZIG markers.   Once the image was dry I die cut the bunny with the matching die.   I found a piece of patterned paper (from MFT) that I liked cut it to fit the card front and then die cut an oval using an MFT oval die set that they don't have any more.  I adhered the patterned paper piece with foam tape.  I then decided to stamp the banner from the set twice with VersaFine Morning Mist and colored with the same blue ZIG I used to color the bunny's hat and the cupcake holder.  The were die cut and then adhered to the card front.   The bunny was then adhered inside the oval using a double layer of foam tape.  I finished with the sentiment that I stamped in Morning Mist and die cut with an MFT fishtail flag die.  ETA:  Just realized that this card would work perfectly for the current Fusion challenge.  The sketch is even similar to the MFT sketch and my goodness... isn't that little critter in the photo just too darn cute!?

The second card is for Color Throwdown.  Normally I combine Color Throwdown with Freshly Made Sketches, but this time I was using the dies from the January Spellbinders small die kit of the month and as you can see it is a pretty large die.  It just didn't work with the sketch.  I die cut everything from pink, green and navy cardstock and then adhered thing.   Since the word love really takes center stage and I wanted the word you to be part of the card I first experimented with stamping the word you, but there wasn't really a good spot to place the stamped word.  So I pulled out December small die kit of the month and die cut the word you from navy cardstock and adhered it to the card in a spot the totally worked.   This card will be in the mail soon and on it's way to my little niece in California.  I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  If you are interested in finding out more about the Spellbinders monthly small die kit  you can find out more by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hey there!  Hope you are having a great week!  Today is Wednesday and that means I have a project up on the AJVD 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, January 21, 2020

you are a treasure...

Hello!  I got some crafty time in the other day and made this card for the Paper Players and CAS(E) this Sketch challenges.  I love me a opportunity to do some collaging (either with stamped images or a combination of stamping and die cut images) and when I saw the current CTS layout I had to make something for the challenge.   When I initially saw the PP challenge to create something fashion related I didn't think I had anything that would fit until I remembered that I had this fun little stamp set from PTI designed by Dawn McVey that included a dressmakers form.   I also used another stamp set designed by Dawn McVey from her Boutique Borders line to create the little sign (for lack of a better description) element.  I think I have almost all the Boutique Borders sets and now that they are more readily available to me I am going to try to use them more.  The flourish image is from a favorite Stampin Up! set called Timeless Textures.  My color combo was take from some patterned paper from PTI that has bright pink, light blue, green and teal in it.   You can't tell in the photo, but the dress form was die cut first from silver cardstock and then from the polka dot patterned paper that was trimmed down.  I layered another die cut to give the little dress form more stability.  The sign was die cut and then stamped with the border.  I arranged the dress form and the sign so I could determine where to stamp the flourishes and then layered everything up.  The sentiment was stamped on a little banner using green ink and adhered along with some iridescent sequins for a bit of sparkle.  I really like how my card turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 17, 2020

sending my love...

Hello!  Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.   I have a card to share for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.   Yep...  I combined them, again!   For me these two challenge just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly!  For this card I used the Reverse Confetti Best Days stamp and die set.  I stamped the bouquet using VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink on smooth Bristol cardstock and then colored the flowers with ZIG markers in the CTD palette.  I then colored the leaves and stems with light gray and medium gray ZIGs.  Once the image was dry I die cut it and added little white dots to the centers of the flowers using a Signo pen.   Off white cardstock was die cut with a curved border die from A Jillian Vance Design and then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.   I wrapped some dark blue twine around the stem of the bouquet, tied a bow and then adhered the bouquet to the card front with foam dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum with VersaMark watermark ink, heat embossed in white, die cut it with a flag banner die and then adhered to the card front.  I finished things off with sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.   Going to add this to the Reverse Confetti January Stock Your Stash challenge, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

AJVD Birthday Celebration!

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  A Jillian Vance Design is celebrating 10 years in business and there is a party going on over on the AJVD blog this week.   There are 6 new dies and 5 new stamp sets available right now in the AJVD store!  I'm sharing a card that I made using one of the new dies and one of the new stamp sets.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Make sure you head over to the AJVD blog for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the AJVD store.  There are 10 up for grabs!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

two cards... one image...

Hello!  Well I seem to be in a cardmaking lately!  I'm trying to use all of the stam
ps and dies that I purchased in November and December.   Today is the day to share two cards that I made using one image.  In either November or December I purchased the beautiful My Favorite Things Floral Focus stamp and die set.  This set consists of a large floral image and different words that can be put together to create sentiments.  The die is one large die that cuts the entire image.  However, the way the image was design there is a way to cut the image apart thus creating two separate pieces.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then stamped the image using VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist ink.  I watercolored the image using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors in the MFT color challenge combo.  I'm really fascinated with using gray to color images and even though I had already created a card using that color combo I really wanted to use it again.  Once the image was dry I added some additional color with my Polychromos color pencils and I then carefully die cut it.  The die is solid and so I had to die cut it first from scrap paper to create a template, arrange the template over the stamped image, fit the die into place and then run it through my die cutter.  It took a little bit of patience to do that, but it worked like a charm. I cut the piece apart and then I created my first card using the layout from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I will also be posting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the MFT color challenge.

The second card uses the layout from Mojo Monday.  I'm going to try to play along with Mojo Monday more often this year.  We will see how it goes.  I left the ribbon element off my card for a more clean and simple design.  Going to post this one to Simon Says Stamp, as well.  No need to explain the process as I already did that for the first card! With this card you can see more of my coloring as on the first card I partially covered that up with my sentiment strip.  I must say that  even though I had to cut the image into two separate pieces I'm really pleased with how well my coloring turned out.  I have been watching lots of videos on watercoloring and learning lots.  Now I have to put it into practice!  I'm looking forward to coloring this image again and using the full image on one card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!