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

Monday, January 18, 2021

snow much thanks...

 Hello!  Popping in with a card that I made for the current Paper Players challenge to create a clean and simple card with a snow theme.  I recently got the dies that match the Prismatic Snowflakes stamp set that I have from Simon Says Stamp and I couldn't wait to use them.   I stamped two snowflakes with watermark ink and heat embossed in platinum embossing powder.  I die cut some white cardstock with a Spellbinders essentials rectangle die and then did a little ink blending on the top portion of the panel with Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink.  After I die cut the snowflakes I added a little of the Tumbled Glass to them, as well.   I arranged the largest snowflake so I could line up my sentiment from the Frozen Fractals stamp set and then stamped it in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The panel was adhered to a light gray cardstock base and then I layered the snowflakes using foam dimensionals.   I finished off the card with a light blue jewel from Pretty Pink Posh.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, as well. 



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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Spellbinders Fall in Love sale!

 Hey there!  Popping in to let you know that Spellbinders has lots of love themed products on sale right now for up to 50% off.   If you are a Spellbinders club member (any one of the clubs), you may also get a further discount.  Just click on the banner below to head to the sale.  

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Friday, January 15, 2021

SSS Love You Too release!

 Hello!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made using a fun background stamp called XOXO Background!  You can check out the entire new release here.  (This link is not an affiliate link.)  The first card was inspired by a card that Debby Hughes shared on the Simon Says Stamp blog a few days ago.  I always forget about the tone on tone stamping that watermark ink provides and how you can intensify the color by heat embossing the image in clear ink and then using the resist technique.   Debby's amazing card reminded me of that and so I decided to do my version.  I stamped the background on red cardstock with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Tsukinko.  I then used my favorite red ink, Cherry Cobbler from Stampin Up!, to do some ink blending over the red cardstock.  Cherry Cobbler is a very rich, deep ink color and I love the way it deepened the lighter red cardstock.  Once that was done I die cut the panel with the largest Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die.  I then used the SSS/CZ Designs Chunky Love You die to cut white cardstock several times.  I kept all the pieces together except those few interior pieces and adhered the layers together on the shadow image that I cut from a medium gray cardstock.  The die cut was then adhered to the center of the card on an angle.  To finish I added little hearts that I die cut with a SSS die set that is no longer available to the centers of the O in each word.   The hearts were then covered in Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.  Love how this card turned out!  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of layer it up.



I think the second card is rather fun and playful.  I decided to cut strips of cardstock in blue and green and adhered them to some thin white cardstock at an angle.  I then trimmed off the overhang and stamped the panel with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Tsukineko.  This panel was also die cut with the Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die.   I then die cut a heart using the solid heart from the SSS Deco Heart die set from pink cardstock.   The heart was then adhered to the panel.  I die cut the SSS I Adore You die set from white cardstock three times, adhered all the layers and then adhered the sentiment to the heart.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown so I will be posting this there, as well as at CAS(E) this Sketch.  So sad that CTS is shutting down, but I totally understand why Chrissy felt it was the right thing for her to do!  






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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wednesday with AJVD

 Hello and happy Wednesday!  Hope your week is going well!  Our week started out with lots of "liquid sunshine" (as we sometimes like to call rain!).  I'm seriously alot!   But I would rather have rain than lots of snow!  Since it is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:


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.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Collection

Hello!  I'm popping in to share a couple of cards that I made with some products from the recently released Expressions of Love Collection from Spellbinders.  First up is a card that I made with the Scattered Hearts Background Glimmer hot foil plate.    This is my first time using one of the Glimmer plates that you can use to foil a background and it was so easy!  I cut my gold foil to the correct size using my Spellbinders quick trimmer (such a handy tool!).   The foiling plate is not widen enough to foil an entire A2 sized card so you must do it twice, but, again, it is so easy to do using my Glimmer Hot Foil system!  Once my foiling was done I die cut the panel with the largest die in the Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die.  I then went through my Spellbinders dies to find some to work with my panel.  I settled on this beautiful layered flower die that came in the Spellbinders Stay Wild card kit.  The ornate little panel that the flower sits on is a die from the Vintage Mementos card kit.  The flower was die cut from white and gold metallic cardstock and then layered together.  The leaves were die cut from the same gold metallic cardstock.  The panel was cute from a light aqua and stamped with a sentiment from the stamp set that comes in the Love the Moment card kit.   I adhered the main panel to a light aqua cardstock base and then layered up all the different elements.  Love how this card turned out! (Compensated affiliate links used within the body of this blog post.)


The second card was created using the Scattered Hearts Background Glimmer plate and red foil, as well as elements from the Sunday Sunset Drive die set.  I'm going to be honest and tell you that I had a hard time coming up with an idea for this car.  That is due to the fact that I do not own any of the dies that this set was created to work with.   But I took it as a challenge and I think I came up with something that works.  Let me know what you think!   There are several dies that work with another die to create little plates to put on the back of the little car from the Sunday Drive die set (the one I don't own).  I used the die that says I heart you and cut it along with the matching die from white cardstock twice and adhered them together.  I foiled the Scattered Hearts background in red foil and then die cut it down with the second largest Essentials Rectangle die.  I used the smallest die in the Essentials Rectangle set to cut some red cardstock for my little die cut sentiment to sit on.  I cut additional rectangles from white cardstock and adhered those behind the red one for more stability.  The sentiment was then adhered to the rectangle.  Aqua cardstock was die cut with the second smallest rectangle and the sentiment panel was adhered to that and then that panel was adhered to the foiled hearts panel.  More red cardstock was die cut with the largest Essentials Rectangle die, the other panels layered on top and it was adhered to a light aqua cardstock base.  I finished up by using some foliage and flower dies from the set to cut light aqua and red cardstock to make my little floral arrangement underneath the sentiment.  Despite the difficulty I had I'm very happy with how this card turned out.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge


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Thursday, January 7, 2021

just a note...

 Hello!  Popping in with a card for this month's Pinkfresh Studio challenge.  It is their "year in review" challenge and I decided to make a card based on the sketch from the April 2020 challenge.  I also used the colors from the challenge, as well.  I used the floral image from the PF Believe in yourself stamp set along with the matching die.  I stamped the flowers using the colors from the April 2020 color palette and then die cut it.  I used a tag die from another company and cut that from white cardstock.  The main panel was die cut with a Spellbinders essential rectangle die and then I added the pierced detail with another die from the same Spellbinders set.   Some pink baker's twine was tied in a bow on the tag and I adhered the tag to the panel.  I then adhered the floral image over the tag.  I hope you can see the general idea of the sketch layout on my card.  The sentiment is from another PF stamp set.   I stamped it on a strip of white cardstock, trimmed it out and then popped it up on the floral piece.  I finished off the card with some sequins in colors from the color palette.  





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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Happy Wednesday (and new year!)

 Hello and happy new year!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog (my first for the year!) and here is a little peek of my card:

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

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Hello....

 Well hello!  Hope your year is off to a great start.  We have been experiencing rain of biblical proportions of late so that means lots of time inside doing inside things like crafting, lol!   Didn't do much crafting over the holidays as there were other things to do and my husband decided to paint the ceiling in the room where I do my crafting.  Once he was done I got rid of a lot of things, did a little organzing and now I'm ready to craft!  I got a couple of cards made to share on the AJVD blog this week and next and then I made the card I'm sharing today.  This card is for the Paper Players, Sunday Stamps and Simon Says Stamp challenge (sparkle and shine).   Just a few days ago I received my Spellbinders Glimmer kit for December.  That is my new item for the Paper Players challenge.   The glimmer plates in this kit are so beautiful!  After foiling everything and die cutting the panel with my Spellbinders essentials rectangle die I colored the flowers and leaves very simply with Copic markers.  I was trying to capture the colors from the Sunday Stamps palette.  I think my blue could have been a bit darker so hopefully it pasts muster.  Once done I adhered the panel to a light gray cardstock base and then added lots of little silver pearls to the card for some additional shine. 


Was trying to capture the colors a little better in the second photo.  With it being so dark and rainy it has been hard to get good photos. 



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