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

Saturday, October 31, 2020


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!

Monday, October 26, 2020


 Hey there!  Popping in with a card that features more leaves, lol!  What can I say... it is fall and I love stamps that feature leaves!   These are from Altenew and this will be heading over to the Altenew Inspiration challenge.  I stamped the images using VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then watercolored the leaves and the background using the Altenew 12 pan watercolor set.  Once it was dry I die cut the panel.  I used the Altenew fancy thanks die (think that is what it is called) for the main sentiment and die cut it from very thick vellum three times.  After stacking the words together I placed them on my panel so I could place the smaller sentiment in the right spot.  That was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then I adhered the thanks.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

more leaves!

 Hello everyone!  Popping in with a couple of cards that feature... yes... leaves, lol!  I recently got my Spellbinders small die kit for October and I just had to make something with it.  I went with the colors from Color Throwdown and I will be adding it to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of layering.  I did a lot of layering with this one!  I die cut the main layer pieces from black cardstock and all the little leaves from kraft and a cranberry red cardstock.  I then layered on all the little leaves.  That was quite the task!  I then linked up all the pieces on a cream colored cardstock panel.  The sentiment is from a Spellbinders Glimmer plate set and I foiled it in red on to kraft cardstock.  The sentiment has a matching die so I used that to trim it out and popped it up in the center.   I added the panel to a kraft cardstock base to finish things off.  

 This next cards also features leaves and I will be sending it off to CAS(E) this Sketch (thanks for the Honorable Mention!), the Card Concept and the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  Whenever I can (which isn't often!) I tried to pick up something from Reverse Confetti when they have a new release.  I was able to get the new In All Things stamp and die set so I used that for my card.  I stamped the wreath using VersaFine Acorn ink and then watercolored very simply using the Altenew 12 pan watercolor set.  Once I had enough layers of color and it was dry I die cut it with the matching die. For the vertical element in the CTS layout I used dark green and gold twine.  I created a little bow for the wreath out of the same twine and attached it at the top.  I stamped the sentiment from the RC Fall Foliage set (I only used part of the sentiment) in Acorn ink and then adhered the wreath using foam dimensionals.   I guess my card would fall into a clean and layered category for the Card Concept.  I pulled different colors from the inspiration photo.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hello Wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday!  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 blog to see the full project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Great Deals at Spellbinders!

 Hey there!  Popping in to let you know that there are more great deals to be had at Spellbinders!  You can now save an additional 15% off already low clearance prices!  Just click the banner below to be taken to the clearance section.  The additional 15% off will be deducted at check out. 

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

leaves and a unicorn!

 Hey there!  As I write this post it is the weekend and I hope you are having a nice one.  I got some crafting in so that is a win for me, right?!   I have two cards to share.  First up is a card for Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.  I posted this card on Instagram and the number of likes it has received has absolutely blown me away!   To create the card I stenciled a brick pattern in one corner the panel using frayed burlap distress oxide ink.  The leaves were die cut from orange, black and kraft cardstocks using a sweet little die set that I got from Simon Says Stamp along time ago.  I love leaves so this is a die set that I will NEVER get rid of, lol!   The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp stamp set that is probably as old as the die set and no longer available.  But I love this stamp set and it is a classic so I will probably never get rid of it, either!   I arranged the leaves over the stenciling without adhering them so I could get the right placement for the sentiment.    I removed the leaves and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The leaves were then adhered with a small amount of glue.  I finished off the card with some orange twine that I adhered around the card panel.  A small bow was then tied around that.   

The second card is one that I have wanted to make since I shared the two reindeer cards I made with the Season's Greetings Deer etched die set from Spellbinders.   I created a unicorn!   It was very simple to do.  I die cut the piece that has the ears from white cardstock and then trimmed off the ears so I could move them to the position they are in on my unicorn.  The horn was created by die cutting the Santa hat from striped pink cardstock and then trimming it down further to fit on my little unicorn.  I adhered the ears, the horn and the little tan portion of the face, then worked on creating my flowers.  Those were die cut with the smallest flower die from yellow cardstock and adhered together.  I adhered the flowers around the horn and then added little gold pearls to the centers.  I then die cut leaves to adhered around the flowers.   The card layout is based on the layout from Freshly Made Sketches so I will be posting the card there.   I die cut the pieces from the sketch from the striped pink paper, as well as white cardstock and then adhered them to a piece of light gray cardstock.   The pieces of the unicorn were then adhered to the white elongated rectangle.  I fired up my Glimmer hot foiling machine and foiled the sentiment using pink foil.   Die cut it with a sentiment strip die from Spellbinders, adhered it and I was done.  I love how my unicorn turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello everyone!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.   Here is a little peek at my card:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 12, 2020

reindeer and pumpkins!

 Hello!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  I'm popping in with several cards that I made using some products from Spellbinders.  First up are two cards that I made using the absolutely adorable Seasons Greetings Deer etched die set.  This die set was originally available in a Spellbinders card kit from 2018, but so many people were requesting the die set they brought it back as a stand alone product!  You can make all different types of reindeer with the set.   I made a girl reindeer and a boy reindeer.  These cards will be going to my great niece and great nephew at Christmas time.  I used a layout from Mojo Monday for both cards so I will be posting one of them there.   The card for my niece uses patterned paper from a company that is no longer around.  They were from Poland, I believe, and I just fell in love with their line of Christmas papers called Cozy Christmas.  I still have one 6x6 pad that I am hoarding, but I busted it out for this card, lol!  After die cutting all the of the pieces for each dear from the same cardstock (except her nose is pink and she has pink cheeks!) I assembled them.   I created a little pink poinsettia using the included dies for the little girl and a Santa hat and bow tie for the boy.  He also got a red nose that I cover with Glossy Accents to give it some shine.   The patterned paper I used for the boy is from PhotoPlay and is called Kringle & Co.  I cut all the papers, using Spellbinders classic squares and circle dies for those elements on each card and then layered everything up.  The sentiments were hot foiled on coordinating papers using my Glimmer Hot Foil system from Spellbinders.   

Think I'm going to try making this cute little deer into a unicorn!  The main part of the Santa hat would work perfectly for that!

This next card was created using my Glimmer Hot Foil system and I just love how it turned out.  I'm going to post it over at the Inspired By challenge of pumpkin spice.  I was inspired by the theme and pumpkins!  I foiled everything using Polished Brass foil.  Once I was finished with the foiling I die cut the main panel down with a rectangle die.  I colored the pumpkins and foliage with Copic markers.  It works fine and doesn't seem to damage the nibs.  I tried it after seeing Yana Smakula use her Copics to color in foiled images.  I die cut all the images with their matching dies and adhered to the panel.  I added a few sequins in fall colors of brown and yellow to finish off the card.  Love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

thinking of you...

 Hey there!  Hope you are having a great day!  Our rainy fall weather seems to have finally shown up in my neck of the woods.   That kind of weather makes it easy to stay inside and craft!  I made a card today for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and Fab Friday.    Love the CTD combo this week, but was having a hard time coming up with an idea.  Thankfully the great sketch at Fab Friday came to my rescue!  I die cut some kraft cardstock with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die and then the little scalloped border with a die from Spellbinders.  I adhered the piece with foam tape and then moved on to the branch.   That is a die from Penny Black and I cut it from watercolor paper and then used watercolors from Altenew and Kuretake to color it.  Two more were cut from scraps and then I adhered all three together.   I had been using my Glimmer hot foiling machine earlier for a several cards that I will be sharing in a few days so I decided to foil a couple of sentiments and see which one I liked best.  I foiled one in black and one in Polished Brass.  Both looked really nice, but I decided to go with black for my card.   I adhered the berry branch and then added my sentiment to finish the card.  Very clean and simple which was exactly what I was going for!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Spellbinders Scary Good Sale!

 Hello!  Popping in to let you know that Spellbinders is have a scary good sale right now!  Lots of great deals.  Just click on the banner below to be taken to the sale. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you use my affiliate link to shop... I really appreciate it!  Thank you!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

SSS Make Merry Release!

 Hey everyone!  Popping in with three cards I made using a new background stamp called All Leaves from the Simon Says Stamp Make Merry release!  I love leaves and I love this background stamp!  You can find the release here (this is not an affiliate link, just providing it for your convenience).   The first two cards are very similar in style.  For both cards I used different shades of inks in fall colors.  The first cards uses Altenew inks in two shades of red and two shades of an orangy yellow.  I started at the top of the stamp with the orangy yellow colors and worked my way down to the red shades for an ombre look.  I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to my dark red card base.  I used a stamp from the SSS Hexagon Greetings stamp set and did the same inking as I did for the background.  I die cut it with the matching hexagon die and popped it up on the card front.  I added some little leaves (from SSS) that I die cut from gold glitter paper.  Will be adding this one to the SSS Wednesday challenge.

For the next card I added in two additional colors in shades of green (also from Altenew) and just randomly inked up the stamp with the colors.  That way I got some mixing of the colors producing a little bit of brown along with the orange, yellow, red and green.  This panel was trimmed down to a smaller size and then I die cut the word hello (a SSS die, not sure if it is still available) from the panel and then several times from white cardstock.  I placed washi tape on the back to hold the word in place and then adhered the other diecuts on top ending with the one with the stamping.  A sentiment from the SSS Thanks & Encouragement Word Mix stamp set was adhered along with some enamel dots.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  I'm going to add this one to the Sunday Stamps challenge since it has alot of the colors from their challenge in it. 

The final card might be may favorite.  I inked up the stamp with VersaMark watermark ink and then placed on a kraft cardstock panel.  I used scrap paper on top to help make sure I got the ink all over the panel.  I then applied gold embossing powder and heat set it.  I trimmed down the panel and then adhered it to my card base with foam tape.  I die cut the SSS Sunflower Stem die from gold glitter paper and adhere that to the card front with glue.   I then added several different sentiments from the SSS Birthday Word Mix 1 stamp set that I had previously stamped on kraft cardstock.  I adhered the pieces with foam tape and then added some gold pearls to finish the card.  This card will be going to my niece who just turned 14.  I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday!   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 see the full card and to let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

WCMD Cards

 So Saturday was world cardmaking day and Pinkfresh Studio had lots of challenges going on.  I was able to make two cards that fit four of their challenges.  First up is a card for the thank you and monochromatic challenges.  I used the Pinkfresh Believe in yourself stamp set and a thank you die that is a collaboration between Scrapbook.com and Pinkfresh.  I was taken by Jenny's card for the monochromatic challenge and decided to go a similar route.  I used a set of gray inks that I have from Altenew for all the stamping.  Once done I die cut the thank you from the center and then several times more.  Everything was inlaid and then I added some clear sequins for a little sparkle.  I really like how it turned out.  Going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp world cardmaking day line up, as well.

The second card is super simple and is for the Pinkfresh clean and simple and rainbow challenges.  I have a very old Pinkfresh set called Bloom & Grow (no longer available) that has lots of lovely floral and leaf type images.  I used one of the leaf images to stamp my rainbow using Catherine Pooler inks.  I trimmed the panel down to fit a A2 sized card base and then added a little strip of black cardstock to either side.  The sentiment is from another old Pinkfresh set called Abstract Builders and was heat embossed on the panel with black embossing powder.  Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes, as well as their world cardmaking day line up and to CAS(E) this Sketch as I used their layout for the card.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to get a couple more cards made for the Pinkfresh challenges.  Have a lovely day!

Friday, October 2, 2020

thankful for you..

 Hello everyone!  Do you like alcohol inks?  I do, but I don't use them often enough.   When I saw the bright, vibrant colors over at Color Throwdown I immediately knew I had to use them for my card.   I used orange and red alcohol inks for my panel and then added in some Tim Holtz Gilded alloy to the mix.  Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down to fit the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.   For the leaf I just used the only alcohol ink I had that was purple in nature - Amethyst.   I also added some Gilded to the mix.  Once that panel was dry I die cut it with the maple leaf die from the A Jillian Vance Design Grand Leaf Trio die set.   To complete the rest of the sketch I trimmed down a piece of off white cardstock and stamped it with a sentiment from a no longer available stamp set from A Jillian Vance Design.  I decided to use VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink instead of a black ink.  I thought the brown worked better with all the colors.  I adhered the panels with foam tape and then added the leaf using foam tape, as well.  I thought the off white panel was a little plain so I added some clear sequins to give the card a little more interest with out taking anything from the alcohol ink panel and leaf.  Adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!