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

Thursday, December 3, 2020

thankful for all...

 Hello!  Got some time to make a card today and of course I had to make a card using my two favorite challenges:  Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches!  I have been seeing lots of beautiful cards make with poinsettia images and dies and that inspired me to get out one of my favorite poinsettia stamp sets to use for my card.  That stamp set is Festive Poinsettia from Altenew.  I love the realistic looking poinsettia in this stamp set.  I stamped the image on Canson watercolor paper with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I then carefully wet different bracts of the poinsettia with water and watercolored with the dark red color from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  I made sure to color one bract and then color another that wasn't close to it.  This way I could make sure that the colors didn't bleed too much.  The Vintage Photo mixed with the dark red to give it a more burgundy color, as well.   Once one bract was mostly dry I would add an additional layer of color. The remaining bracts were just wet with water and then I pulled out the Vintage Photo to give the rest of the bracts a kraft/cream color.   The stems and the actual flowers of the image were colored in the same way.  Most people think that the red, white, pink or cream colored bracts are the flower, but they aren't.  The flowers in the poinsettia are actually really tiny and look like what might be the center of a flower.    Once the image was mostly dry I die cut it with the matching die.  I then die cut some red cardstock with a rectangle die and tore off the bottom.   I die cut a piece of the Canson watercolor paper with a large rectangle die and then stamped the sentiment from Festive Poinsettia with the Vintage Photo ink.  I splattered the large rectangle and the poinsettia with black watercolor and let them dry.  When they were fully dry I adhered the red cardstock piece and the poinsettia to the large rectangle and then adhered everything to a kraft cardstock base.   Also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of fun with dies.



Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Happy December!

 Hello and happy December!  Where did the year go?  Popping in to let you know that I have a fun project up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my project:


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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

More Christmas cards...

Yep... still making Christmas cards!  I think I still need a couple more, but need to make out my list to know for sure.  The first card is for Color Throwdown.  I recently got the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Plaid die set and have been wanting to make a card with it so I used it for this card.  I die cut the bottom layer from green, the middle from red and then the top layer from aqua.   I was going to go in one direction and tried the idea I  had in mind.  The idea didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to, but that happens, right?   So I just moved forward with the rest of my idea and finished the card.  I used my Glimmer hot foil system to foil the senitment in silver on green cardstock and then I used two dies from a Spellbinders small die kit to create the little bow for my present.  I die cut white cardstock using a Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die and adhered the kaleidoscope plaid piece to the rectangle and then added the bow.  To bring in a little more silver I added silver flatback pearls from Spellbinders to the center of the bow and to the present.  Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 


Don't forget that Spellbinders is having a huge sale going on through tomorrow.  Click here or on my side bar to head to the sale.  Lots of great deals to be had!


The second card is for the MFT sketch and color challenge.  It looks alot like the first card in layout and honestly I didn't plan it that way.  I actually made this card before I made the CTD card!  I love snowflakes (seriously... who doesn't?) and have several older snowflake stamp and die sets from MFT so I pulled out one set to create my card.  I used inks from MFT and PTI for the snowflakes.  To bring in the red I stamp the sentiment from an older MFT sentiment set with watermark ink on red cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.   The sentiment was die cut with an MFT fishtail flag stack die.  I used an MFT scalloped rectangle die for the center panel.  I arranged the snowflakes and the sentiment strip on the panel and adhered them with liquid adhesive and foam dots.  Once I had everything adhered down I added Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew.  I was going to add more around the snowflakes, but I just didn't have the nerve to commit to that, lol!  So... I kept it clean and simple.  




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

 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 check out my card.  Please check out this post for different Black Friday sales going on.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Black Friday Sales!

 Hello there!  I'm popping in to let you know about several black Friday sales that are going on right now.  I have already mentioned the Spellbinders sale.  Just click on the link in the side bar to head to the sale.  I also want to let you know that ThermoWeb is having a big sale.  Click on the banner below to head to the sale!  This sale is going on right now and will last through November 30th.

A Jillian Vance Design is also having a big sale.  The sale starts on Wednesday, November 25th and runs through November 30th!  Click here to head to the AJVD sale.


MFT is also having a big Black Friday sale.   Save 35% on most items in the shop.  Just click here to go to the sale


Thanks for stopping by and if you decide to use my affiliate links to shop please know that I really appreciate it!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

ornaments...

 Hello!  Stopping in with a quick post of a card that I made for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.   I wasn't even sure that this card was going to get made as I was really having troubles with the CTD combo.  I tried watercoloring, but couldn't come up with a nice color that would pass for cream so I looked through my cardstock and found some cardstock that I think is from Stampin Up!  Or it could be PTI's Rustic Cream... I really don't know!  I used the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Ornaments stamp and die set, as well as a sentiment from an older SSS stamp set called Gifts of Love.  Since the theme at the SSS Wednesday challenge and the SSS flickr challenge is Christmas I will also be posting the card there.  Super simple... I stamped the three ornaments in Versamark watermark ink on colored cardstock and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder in gold.  The ornaments were die cut with the matching die and adhered to a white die cut cardstock panel with liquid adhesive.  I added little gold twine bows to each ornament and heat embossed the sentiment in gold, as well.  While I wasn't certain about the color combo at first I do really like how the card turned out!  



Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about the big holiday sale going on at Spellbinders.  You can click on the link over on my side bar.   Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Spellbinders Hello Holidays Sale!

 Hello!  I'm popping in to let you know that Spellbinders is having a HUGE holiday sale right now.   There are tons of great deals to be had.  Just click on the banner below to be taken straight to the sale.  All prices are good through November 30, 2020.  


Thanks for stopping by today.  I greatly appreciate any purchases that are made through my affiliate link.   Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Happy Thursday!

 Hello and happy Thursday everyone!  I'm throwing you a little curve ball today because I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.   Wednesday is my usual day, but because of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags post yesterday my Wednesday post got switched to Thursday.  Here is a little peek of my card:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out the full project and to let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020!

 Hello everyone!  Have you been playing along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas tags this year?  I have created a few tags so far, but today I'm sharing a tag that I created as a member of the A Jillian Vance Design design team.    Today is Wednesday and that means usually I post a project over on the AJVD blog and give you a sneak peek here on my blog.  But today I'm sharing my tag (and a bonus tag) here on the blog.  You can still head over to the AJVD blog to see what the other design team members created.    I will be posting my usually Wednesday project tomorrow on Thursday. 


I went a little rustic and a little elegant for my tag.  I die cut the tag from white cardstock using the Minnie Pearl Tag die set.  I then cut the Rustic Wood Slice from kraft cardstock and adhered just a portion of it to my tag, trimming off the excess.  I used the Fresh Cut Pine dies to cut my pine branches from white glitter cardstock and the pine cones from brown glitter cardstock.  I adhered these to the tag with Just Glue It adhesive.  I tied a bow from rustic twine and adhered that to the tag with Just Glue It adhesive, as well.    The sentiment is from the Just BeCLAUS stamp set on kraft cardstock that I had die cut with one of the strip dies from the Sentiment Strips 2.0 die set with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink.  I trimmed the sentiment down and adhered it to the tag.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Christmas.


Now for my bonus tag.  This one was super quick to put together.  I got the idea from a card that I saw in a video I watched the other day.  The card featured a deer die cut from white cardstock and then just the antlers die cut from gold glitter cardstock and adhered to the deer.  I loved the look of the white and gold together.  I used some very old Christmas paper called Santa's List (it is almost gone now!) and die cut some pieces using the Rustic Wood Slice die.  I was going to use the die cuts that way, but really didn't like how it looked.   So I die cut the wood slices down with one of the new Stitched Dot In and Out circle dies.  I adhered the two circle together to give the tag a little more substance.  I punched a hole in the top with a punch and threaded through gold tinsel trim.  The antlers were adhered to my Stately Stag die cut from white cardstock and then adhered to the tag with foam tape.  I die cut a sentiment strip using the Sentiment Strips 2.0 die set using coordinating patterned paper and then heat embossed the sentiment from the Just BeCLAUS stamp set using WOW embossing powder in gold.   The sentiment was trimmed down and adhered with Just Glue It Adhesive.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the other tags created by the AJVD design team members!

Friday, November 13, 2020

a card and two more tags...

 Hello!  Hope you had a great week.  We are having some crazy windy weather right now.   I guess winter is on its way!  I have a card to share today, as well as two tags.  First up is the card.   Two of my favorite challenges are Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches and I often combine the two.   I haven't lately, but I did for this card.   As soon as I saw the color combo for CTD I knew exactly what I would be making and what products I would be using.    That doesn't happen to often, lol!  But I had recently purchased a fun die set from Spellbinders called Joyful Christmas Tree and had been wanting to make something with it.  I love this little tree as it reminds me of something from a Dr. Seuss book.   I die cut the base from white cardstock and then the outlines from a light aqua cardstock.  I layered those up and then got to work creating the background for the card.  I die cut a panel of white cardstock and then the red striped paper.  I trimmed down the red striped paper and adhered it to the white cardstock panel.  The sentiment was then foiled in red with my Glimmer machine.   I then adhered the tree with foam tape.  The star at the top was die cut from silver foil and a silver pearl added to the center.  I then die cut multiple red flowers using another Spellbinders die set, adhered the flowers together and adhered them to the tree.  Little silver pearls were added to the centers and then I added additional silver pearls as you see.  The panel was then adhered to a light aqua cardstock base.  It took me awhile to make this card, but I love how it turned out and seriously... who doesn't love aqua, red and silver?!  Don't forget about the Spellbinders buy one get one free sale going on.  Just click on the link over on my sidebar to shop.  



Now for my tags.  I created both of these for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.  One tag has already been entered into the gallery.  I will be post the other tag to that gallery with this post.  Both tags were inspired by day 2 of the event.  One tag was created by one of the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge design team member Maura.  She created a tag with an ice skater on it.  Her tag was done in blues with snowflakes.  I did mine using red and cream.  The little ice skater is a SSS die that I got last year (I think) in a card kit that I purchased.  I can't find the papers that I used for the tag, but I do know that it is an older paper pad.   The snowflakes were die cut using the Daphne snowflake die from SSS.  The sentiment is from the SSS stamp set Yuletide Holiday set.  This tag has already been added to the 25 Days of Christmas tags gallery.



The second tag uses the fun little Gnome die from Simon Says Stamp that came in a card kit that I bought last year.  I'm not super into gnomes, but they are kinda cute and when I saw SSS design team member Lin's tag using the same die I decided to create a tag similar to her tag.  I used papers from a 6 year old paper pad from My Mind's Eye called Sleigh Bells Ring.  I actually have some My Mind's Eye patterned paper that is even older and you will see it soon used on another project!   I used some A Jillian Vance Design dies to create the main tag, as well as the small tag.  The gnome was die cut from various papers and pieced together.  After creating the tag I used a sentiment from the SSS Gnome for the Holidays set and embossed it on the tag in the lower corner.  I then adhered the gnome and then added the little tag along with the red and green twine I used.   This one will be added to the 25 Days of Christmas Tags gallery.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Coffee Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello!  This post is a little late... hee hee!  Anywhoo... you probably didn't even know that, ha ha!  This week the Coffee Lover's fall/winter blog hop is taking place and AJVD is a super sponsor.  That means I have a coffee themed card up on the AJVD blog today.   Here is a little peek:


So... I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card.  Before you go I just want to let you know that there is a  buy one get one free sale going on over at Spellbinders.    Click the link in my side bar or right here to be taken to the sale.   Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!



Sunday, November 8, 2020

a card and a tag...

 Hey there!  As I write this post the weekend is winding down.  I always love playing along with Color Throwdown so I just had to make a card.  Since I wanted to get the card done quickly I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin Up! Kinda Eclectic to get the job done.   This set has lots of fun images that are great for layering and it is one stamp set that I do not think I will ever get rid of.  Once I had everthing stamp I die cut the panel and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  All the inks are from Catherine Pooler.  Because the brown I used seems to be a little dark, almost black, I decided to add some brown sequins that I found in my stash to the card to finish things off. 



Now for my tag.  I think every year around this time I often mention that I don't make many tags.  The only reason I usually make a tag or two is because of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.   I haven't been following along closely with all of the festivities, but I did happen to see Tracey's tag from day 3 on Instagram and I couldn't get it out of my head.  I had recently purchased a stamp set from Stampin Up! called Joyful Holly and thought it would be perfect to use for a tag.  I used the color combo from The Paper Players for my little tag so I will be posting it there, as well.  I die cut the tag and then stamped the outline image in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and then added the layers using Altenew Hunter for the leaves and Velvet for the berries.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark watermark ink on vellum and then heat embossed in silver.  I die cut the sentiment with a sentiment strip die from AJVD and adhered it with rolled up glue dots.  I finished off the tag with some red ribbon that I tied with hunter green twine.  Before tying the bow I added red and green bells.  





Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Thursday, November 5, 2020

washi flowers...

 Hello!  Popping in with a card that was super quick to put together thanks to some pretty flowers die cut from washi tape.  I have my friend, Greta, to thank for the washi flowers.   She had purchased the Painted Fantasy washi tape and the dies that can be used to cut the washi from Altenew.  I  had purchased the Calming Bouquet washi tape from Altenew and so we did a swap!   This card will be heading to Freshly Made Sketches, as well as the Altenew monthly inspiration challenge.   The inspiration photo for the Altenew challenge features bold flowers against a dark blue background.  I did incorporate the dark blue color into my card by die cutting the banner element from dark blue cardstock.   I adhered the washi tape flowers with foam tape to the banner and then added the banner to a white cardstock base.  The sentiment is from the Trigonometry stamp set.  I stamped that on a white banner strip using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink, trimmed down and adhered to the card front.  Love how quickly this card came together!  Decided to add this to the Flower Challenge to put a sentiment on it.






Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek:


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


Saturday, October 31, 2020

celebrate...

Hello!  Hope things are well in your world.   Things are going well in my world... I got a card made!  I don't think I have done this much coloring with Copic markers ever.   As I started out I was coloring only a two or three petals at a time.  By the time I got to the end of the coloring I was coloring the entire flower with one color then moving onto the next one and so on!   The colors are from Color Throwdown so I will be entering the card there, as well as at the Just Us Girl challenge to use a word die on your card.   After I finished all of the coloring I die cut a piece of white cardstock with the largest Stitched Dot rectangle die from A Jillian Vance Design.  The daisy stamp is also from A Jillian Vance Design and I die cut all of them with the matching die.  I then adhered them to the panel.  The ones on the short sides of the panels were adhered flat to the panel and the ones on the long side were adhered with foam dimensionals.  I then trimmed off the excess and adhered the panel to a kraft cardstock base.  I die cut the word celebrate (from one of the AJVD slimline die sets) from lime green cardstock four times, adhered them together and added them to the front of the card.   While it took a long time to make this card I'm super pleased with how it turned out.  Also going to add this the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.




Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

creating with fun stampers journey...

 Hello everyone!  Today I'm popping in with a card that I made with some lovely products from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders.   These products are from the newly released FSJ Buzzworthy collection.  My card uses the lovely Sweet as Honey stamp set and the Sweet Honeycomb stencil.  I started my card by inking up one corner of a white cardstock panel using the stencil and Squeezed Lemonade distress oxide ink.  I then scored a line at an angle from one side of the panel to the other.  It is hard to see so I included a close up photo.   I then stamped the flower and a leaf on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then I did some simple watercoloring.  Once the flower and the leaf were mostly dry I trimmed them out.   By doing this I allow some natural curling to occur that lifts up the edges of the flower to give it dimension when I adhere it to the panel.  Before adhering the flower to the panel I adhered the second leaf behind the flower and let that dry.  When it was dry I placed the flower on the panel so I could place the sentiment where I wanted it and then stamp.   The flower was then adhered to the panel with glue.  I added some yellow Stickles to the center of the flower for a little sparkle.   I based my card on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches so I will be posting it there.  I'm also going to send this off to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.



Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you will check out these new products from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders.  And don't forget about the opportunity to save 30% off select Spellbinders kits.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

 Hello everyone!  Wow... October is almost over and Halloween is on Saturday.  Going to be a little different this year for sure.  I haven't bought much Halloween candy as I don't think there were be many trick or treaters, but you never know.  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my card and to let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

holiday sparkle...

 Hello everyone!  I'm popping with some holiday cards that I created using the gorgeous Sparkling Holidays card kit from Spellbinders!  This kit is jam packed with all kinds supplies to create amazing Christmas cards!  I made three and I have one more to complete that I will share at a later date and I can create many more with all the supplies I have left!  The value is absolutely phenomenal!  And right now you can save up to 30% on past kits!  Simply click on the banner below to be taken to all the kits that are on sale.   

 

 Now on to my cards!   I made all three cards using just a small sample of the dite cut n pieces that are found in the kit.   I also used different patterned papers from the kit.  You get a full 6x6 pad of patterned papers!  I trimmed down a piece that has a star pattern on it and then layered on three trees, a sparkling deer and a banner with the sentiment fa la la la.   To finish off the card I added tiny rhinestones (a pack comes in the kit) to some of the stars on the card.  It is hard to see in the photo, but if you click on it you should be able to see them.


This next card uses one of  dies (yes... you get dies in this kit!) along with another die cut piece and a banner.  I die cut some patterned paper with a Spellbinders rectangle die (no longer available) and then a piece of aqua cardstock from the kit to layer behind the patterned paper.  I layered on the rectangle and then the swan and the banner.   I used the poinsettia and leaves die to cut flowers from pink cardstock from the kit and the leaves from dark green cardstock from the kit.  I then layered the flowers on the swan as you see.  I finished off the card by adding more of those rhinestones I used in the first card to the center of each flower.  I think this card is my favorite of the three.  Adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

 

The final card is just fun!  I used two large word die cuts from the kit along with a sparkly ampersand for the main elements on the card.   Many of the papers in the 6x6 pad you get in the kit have foiling on them and I used one with a fun star pattern on it.  I trimmed that down and adhered it to one of the card bases included in the kit (you get ten card bases and ten envelopes in the kit!).  I then layered on the two words and the ampersand.  I finished off the card with a sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit that I embossed in black on vellum.  It was die cut with a Spellbinders banner die.   


I hope you enjoyed seeing my Christmas designs and that you will check out the sales going on at Spellbinders right now.  If you are a curent Spellbinders club kit member you will save even more on your purchase!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!