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

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Wise Men Still Seek Him...

 Popping in with a card that I made with the Simon Says Stamp Wise Men Still Seek Him die and a very old Hero Arts stamp set called Heavens Rejoice.   I made a card using the die and another Hero Arts stamp set that came out at the same time several years ago and decided I wanted to make another for Christmas.  I never gave anyone the first card I made, and I may keep this one, too!  Take a look. 

The card is very simple as you can see.  I pulled out my favorite red cardstock, Cherry Cobbler, from Stampin Up! and die cut a piece with a rectangle die and the Wise Men Still Seek Him die.  I left all the words in place and added washi tape to the back to keep them in place.   I placed the piece in my stamp positioning tool and stamped the three wisemen and the star using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then I die cut the words from additional Cherry Cobbler cardstock and gold mirror cardstock.  Those were layered on top of the panel and I finished with a little mirror star on the stamped star.  

I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and loved ones.  Wishing you a safe and peaceful season.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 17, 2022

sending hugs...

 Hello!  Popping in with a quick share.  I made this card for several challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I used a mix of products and even did a little bit of mixed media!   Take a look. 

It is dark and gloomy here in the Pacific Northwest, so my photo isn't the greatest.   When I started to make this card, I was going to use completely different snowflakes, but the scale of the die cuts didn't work for my card.  So, I went through my Simon Says Stamp dies and found two that would work well together for what I wanted to do.  After die cutting the snowflakes I thought I would add some snowflakes in the background using my favorite snowfall grit paste.  But I picked up crackle paste instead.   I realized my mistake as I was opening the jar but decided to go with it.  I added it to my panel that I die cut from woodgrain cardstock.  I had to let it dry overnight before I could finish the card.  In the morning I decided to add some additional color to the background using distress craysons in Winter Frost and Cocktail Party.  These distress crayons have mica in them so the background has some sparkle.  I scribbled the colors on to my glass mat, added water and then applied the color.  I love the really light wash.   This did warp the cardstock, but I was able to fix that a bit.  Once completely dry I added the snowflakes and the sentiment that is from Pinkfresh Studio and was foiled using gold foil.  I finished with the little gold pearls. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, December 16, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Hugs Release!

 Hello and happy Friday everyone!  Simon Says Stamp has a new release called Hugs and I have two cards to share that I created with the Jumbled Hearts background stamp from the release.   You can find the entire release here.  (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

For my first card I stamped the Jumbled Hearts background stamp on dark red cardstock using a dark red ink for a tone on tone look.  I die cut the piece and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  I used the CZ Designs Chunky Love You die for my sentiment.  I die cut the shadow from vellum and the sentiment from dark red and gold metallic cardstock.  The little gold heart was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Word Mix 1 die set.  I popped up both the sentiment and the heart with SSS foam squares.

For my second card I stamped the image on white cardstock using VersaMark watermark ink, added white embossing powder and heat set.  I then inked up the cardstock with Kitsch Flamingo and Lumberjack Plaid distress oxide inks.  When I was done I wiped off the excess ink and die cut the panel.  I used a sentiment from the SSS Picnic Floral Sentiments stamp set, stamped it in Lumberjack Plaid, die cut it with the circle die from the Word Mix 1 die set and then inked up the edges with Kitsch Flamingo.  I used the SSS Fruitful Berries die to die cut the branches from vellum.  I used a pink Nuvo drop for the berries on the branches.  Once the drops were dried I layered up all the elements on the panel and then adhered it to a white cardstock base. 

Affiliate linked list of supplies:

VersaMark Watermark ink

Make sure you check out the new release!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

One More Christmas Card

 I hadn't intended on making another Christmas card.  I don't need anymore, but when I saw the Paper Players challenge was a color one and the colors were Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Very Vanilla and gold I just had to make a Christmas card!

Last year I purchased a bundle of products from Stampin Up! that consisted of the Merriest Moments stamp set, Merriest Frames die set and Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder.    Unfortunately, when I got the products, I think the only thing I did was create the gold embossed piece (and two others) that you see on my card front.  Thankfully, I had it to make this card.  I used the embossing folder to emboss off white cardstock and then layered on the gold piece.   The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler (my very favorite red ink!) and die cut with a rectangle die from the die set.  That was popped up in the center of the gold frame.  I stamped the poinsettia in Cherry Cobbler and the leaves/branches using Evergreen ink from Altenew.  Die cut all the pieces and then layered them up in the corner.  Finished with some gold Stickles glitter glue to the center of the poinsettia. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, December 11, 2022

joy to the world

 Hello!  Hope all is well in your world.  A little rainy and dreary here in mine, but that is the Pacific Northwest in late fall!   Popping in with a card for Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I used lots of different products on this one.  Take a look.

I used dies from Poppystamps and a stencil and sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  The Layered Holly Branch was die cut from gold mirror cardstock and green glitter cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and layered.  The die also cuts out the layering sections of the leaves.  I used the gold on top of the glitter cardstock.  I die cut the shadow layer of the Holiday Joy from black cardstock and the word from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.   The sentiment was stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink.   I started building up the card and decided that the background needed something else.  So I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Snowflake stencil and the Snowfall grit paste.  I just love the texture it adds.    After adding all the elements, I realized that alot of my die cut holly branch was covered up, but I guess that is what happens in cardmaking!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Spellbinders December Clubs

 Hello!  I'm popping in on this very snowy afternoon to share the cards I have made with this month's Spellbinders clubs.    This month's clubs are all about love.  I know, I know... we haven't even had Christmas yet, but Valentine's day will be here before we know it.   My cards aren't done in traditional valentine colors though.  Take a look.

This first card features the December Glimmer club called Floral Framed Glimmering Heart.  The large floral heart and sentiment were foiled using blush foil on Glacier cardstock.  I love the look.   The floral heart panel was die cut down to fit my card front and adhered.  I then die cut the sentiments with the included banner die and popped them up in the center of the heart.   There are also die included that die cut flowers and leaves.  I die cut a flower and leaves from the Glacier cardstock then adhered them below the sentiments.  A little blue gem was added to the flower for a finishing touch.  I'm going to post this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

The second card also uses the December Glimmer club and the embossing folder club called Heart Blooms.  Isn't it pretty?!  I die cut the panel of Glacier cardstock and then embossed it with the folder.  I flipped the panel over because I wanted to use the debossed side.  Another look I really love!   The Glimmer club includes the solid heart and scalloped heart.   I foiled each one separately and then die cut them.  The scalloped heart had the center die cut out so I could place the solid foiled heart in the center.  I die cut additional hearts to layer in the center to give the foiled heart more dimension.  The sentiment is another die from the Glimmer club.  I really like how it embosses the sentiment into the center of the banner.  I adhered the hearts and then popped up the banner in the center. 

This card is a little departure from the other two cards in that I used a completely different color scheme.  This card will be posted to Color Throwdown as I used those colors for my card.   The December stamp and die club is called My Forever Person and features two heart images as well as images that spell out the word love.  I used the large floral heart image for this card.  I stamped it with VersaMark watermark ink and then embossed it in silver.  I did simple Copic coloring for the image and then die cut it with the matching heart shaped die.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and die cut with a sentiment strip.  That was popped up in the center of the heart.  I die cut white cardstock and then embossed it with the embossing folder.  This time I used the embossed side.  

All three cards are very clean and simple, but I hope you like them.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

It's DieCember!

 Happy 1st day of December everyone!  And with it being the first day of December that means over at Simon Says Stamp it is DieCember!   There are tons of new dies and other products available right now at Simon Says Stamp, just click here to see the new products.   I have two projects to share with you today, so let's get started!  (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

Simon was so kind and sent me the new Fir Sprig die.  I just love this delicate little sprig!  I needed to make some cards for my mom to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren for Christmas and birthdays.  This card is for my niece, Una, who has a birthday at the beginning of December (just two days after mine!).  I die cut the Fir Sprig from silver and green glitter cardstocks and then adhered them together.  I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder from last year called Faceted Snowflakes to emboss a piece of white cardstock cut to fit a mini slimline card.  I adhered the panel and the fir sprigs to the card base and then added the white twine bow.  The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings stamp set.  I stamped it on vellum using watermark ink and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.    The sentiment was die cut with the hexagon die and popped up on the card using rolled up glue dots placed behind the words.   Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

I have really been into creating projects using different Tim Holtz products and when I saw the Fir Sprig die I knew I had to make one of those kinds of projects to share.  I knew I wanted the sprigs to be sturdy, so I started by spraying sheets of watercolor paper with Rustic Wilderness distress spray stain and distress mica sprays in Tree Lot (from the 2021 Tim Holtz Holiday collection), Frosted Juniper and Fresh Balsam (both from the 2022 Tim Holtz Holiday collection).  I never thought I would be such a fan of the distress spray stains and the mica sprays, but I AM!  Can't wait to see what Tim comes out with next year!   I sprayed up all the pieces and then set then on my crafting desk to dry.  I thought they would be fine there, but they weren't.  Our Doberman, Sparky, is a funny guy.  He often sneaks into the craft room and steals pieces of cardstock or paper from my scrap bin.   On this particular night he snuck in and stole two of the pieces I had created!  I was a little upset with him when I discovered his misdeed in the morning!   I had to spray a few more pieces before I could get started!  Now I know to put them out of his reach!  After die cuttting all the sprigs I added some multi medium matte to the sprigs and poured on Rock Candy glitter.  So pretty in real life!   I let them dry and got started on the base for my wreath.  I covered a square vignette box with paper from the Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper pack.  Then I got to the fun part of distress up the box.  I added some crackle paste and let it do its job.  Once all the crackles appeared I rubbed on distress crayon in Ground Espresso.  I also added some Walnut Stain ink and then I added some mica sprays in the colors I used for the sprigs, as well as the Rustic Wilderness spray stain.   

Once the box was fully dry, I started arranging all the sprigs in my wreath.   I adhered the sprigs using distress collage medium.  Once the wreath was dry, I added the little baubles that I made by adding them to a dish and coloring them with alcohol ink in current.  I adhered them with the distress collage medium, as well.  I finished with the little candy cane/velvet bow center piece.  I aged the candy canes with some walnut stain before adhering them together and adding the bow.   I let the piece dry completely and then finished things off with lots of Snowfall grit paste.  I added the paste to the tops of the candy canes, as well as the baubles and to the corners of the piece.  

Affiliate linked supply list:

Simon Says Stamp Fir Sprig die

Simon Says Stamp DieCember release

Spellbinders Platinum 6

Simon Says Stamp Faceted Snowflakes EF

Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings Stamp/Die bundle

Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain

Mica Sprays Set 3 - Holiday 2022

Mica Sprays Set 4 - Holiday 2022

Ranger Silver Embossing powder

VersaMark Watermark Ink

Snowfall Grit Paste

Distress Texture Paste, Crackle 

Rock Candy Glitter

Distress Collage Medium

Multi Medium Matte

Idea-ology Confections Candy Canes

Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper Christmas

Idea-ology Baubles Findings

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Current

Distress Crayon - Ground Espresso

I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Don't forget to head over to the Simon Says Stamp website to check out the new release.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 28, 2022


 Hello!  I'm back with another Christmas card.  I don't really need to make more Christmas cards, but I bought the beautiful Winter Foliage card kit from Gina K. Designs, and I was determined to make a card with the gorgeous poinsettia image from the stamp set.    The Color Hues challenge provided me with the color combo.  My poinsettia isn't exactly scarlet, but close enough, I think. Well, I missed the opportunity to link up my card to Color Hues.  But I think it works for the new color challenge over at Sunday Stamps.  Take a look:

I decided I wanted to do some watercoloring so I got out my Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper and stamped the image using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I learned that I need to reink my Nocturne ink pad because I had to stamp the image more than five times to get a good image.  Oh well.  I started watercoloring, but things weren't going so well.  I stopped and decided that I was going to do something different.  But as I figured out that idea, I decided I didn't like it that much.  So, I went back to the poinsettia and kept working at it until I got something I was happy with.   You can't tell in the photo, but the image has a nice sparkle and shine thanks to my set of Altenew metallic watercolors.  So pretty!  The sentiment is from a sheet of sentiments included in the kit.  I diecut my off-white cardstock panel and then decided to add texture to it using the SSS snowflake stencil and Snowfall grit paste that I used on a previous card.  I just love the look.   I'm glad that I persevered with my watercoloring as I really like how the image turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Christmas cards...

 Hope everyone here in the US had a really nice Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving was quiet.  Just me, hubby and our boys.  We didn't even had turkey.  We had a nice roasted chicken!   Anyway, with Thanksgiving over it is on to Christmas!  And I have two very clean and simple Christmas cards to share.  

The first card is for the Paper Players, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  The colors at CTD are copper, kraft, sage and black.  I just used a little of the copper and black and alot of the kraft and sage.  I know my copper doesn't look copper, but it is.  The sentiment was hot foiled with Spellbinders copper hot foil.   I took a close up that shows a bit better that the foiling is copper.   For the bird I blended Bundled Sage distress ink onto white cardstock and then die cut the bird using the Memory Box Serene Bird & Branch die set.  The branch was die cut from black and copper glitter cardstock then layered slightly offset.   I embossed a piece of PTI rustic white cardstock with the Spellbinders Holly Swirls embossing folder and adhered it to a kraft base.  I assembled the bird using thin foam squares to adhere the wing for a little dimension.  I die cut the beak from black cardstock, adhered it and then added the eye using black Nuvo drops.  I layered up all the elements on the card front and I was done. 

The next card will be going to the Card Concept.  I didn't go with any of the colors, but more with the idea of the tree.  I would consider the card clean and layered. 

I bought the Memory Box Layered Narrow Pines die set a few months ago and I have been wanting to make something with it.   When I made the first card, I foiled two sentiments because I wasn't sure which sentiment I wanted to use.  Originally, I was going to use the sentiment on this card on the first, but thought it was too long.   After I finished the first card I just kept going and pulled out the dies for this card.  I cut the trees from dark green cardstock and the snow layer from Memory Box white frosted cardstock.  The frosted cardstock has a nice subtle glitter look to it.  I pulled out a Simon Says Stamp snowflake stencil (don't know what the name is) and used distress grit paste in Snowfall to stencil the snowflakes.   The look is very subtle, but pretty.  Once the panel was dry, I added the trees and the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

happy thanksgiving...

 Hello!  Popping in with a quick share of a card that I made for Color Throwdown and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use stencils.  The card also works for the current Card Concept challenge using the Thanksgiving inspiration.   I think my card would be considered clean and layered.   I will explain how I used stencils down below!  ETA:  At the urging of Darlene from Stencil Fun to enter their November challenge.  Thanks for letting me know about your challenge, Darlene!

I couldn't resist the Simon Says Stamp November card kit as it is full of wonderful products including a beautiful stamp set.  I have used a couple of the sentiments from the set, but not any of the stamps.   When I saw the colors for CTD I just had to use them to color up one of the images.   And I used stencils!  Yep... the stamp set has a matching set of stencils.  I stamped the image in VersaFine CLAIR Arcorn ink and then used distress inks in Fossilized Amber, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin and Brushed Corduroy to color up the image.  Once the stenciling was done I fussy cut the image.  The window backdrop is a Tim Holtz Ideaology piece that came in an earlier Simon Says Stamp kit.  That was adhered to off white cardstock that I embossed with the embossing folder from the Spellbinders October club.  I inked up the edges with a little bit of the Brushed Corduroy and then adhered it to my card base.  I added the window and the stenciled image.   The sentiment was also stamped in the Acorn ink, trimmed out and the edges inked.  I almost added some dark brown gems, but in the end didn't really like how they looked so I left them off.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a guest post up on the Spellbinders blog.  You can check it out here.
 Have a lovely day!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Spellbinders Guest Blog Post

 Hi everyone!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a guest designer post up on the Spellbinders blog today.  Here is a little peek of one of my projects. 

I hope you will head over to the Spellbinders blog to check out all my projects.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

with gratitude...

 Hello!  It is a beautiful day here in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Cold, but beautiful and finally the leaves have turned to those gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange.  Wasn't sure it was going to happen tho as we had temperatures in the 70s just a few weeks ago.  Anyway, my card today reflects those autumnal colors. 

I was a busy bee the other day making cards for my mom to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren for upcoming birthdays and Christmas.  I have a few more to make but pushed pause on that endeavor to make a card for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.  The colors at CTD are those rich autumnal shades I mentioned above plus a little gray thrown in.   Initially I thought it was a completely different color combo and thankfully I learned my error before I started making my card.  To get the beautiful rich cranberry red, yellow gold and rust called for I used my new crafty love:  distress mica sprays!   I used Harvest Moon from the Tim Holtz 2022 Halloween collection and Tart Cranberry from the Tim Holtz 2022 Holiday collection.  I combined Harvest Moon and Tart Cranberry to get the pretty rust you see on the third leaf.   I took my cue from the beautiful cards Jen M and Cecile made using the FMS sketch.   The leaves were die cut with a favorite die leaf die from A Jillian Vance Design and then adhered to the die cut panel.  The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp Full of Thanks stamp set.  They were stamped on light gray cardstock with gray ink, trimmed out and popped up on the card.  I finished with a few clear sequins and the little kraft twine bow. 

Here is a close up of the leaves so you can see the beautiful shine from the mica sprays.  Just love it!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Sparkle Release!

 Hello friends!  The Simon Says Stamp Holiday Sparkle release is now available at Simon Says Stamp!  Simon was so kind and sent me the fun So Many Present background rubber cling stamp.  I made a card and two tags to share.  Let's take a look! (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

For my first card I went a sort of mixed media route.  I recently purchase holiday 2022 distress mica sprays by Tim Holts.  I was only going to get one set, but I loved that set so much I decided to get the other one.   This card uses the sprays from set 4.  I stamped the So Many Presents stamp on watercolor paper from Memory Box with Versamark watermark ink, applied white embossing powder and heat set.  Then the fun began.  I just started spraying the panel with the mica sprays.  I let each layer of spray dry before adding another so that things wouldn't get too muddy.  I think things turned out pretty well.  Once it was completely dry, I die cut it and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  The Merry & Bright sentiment is by CZ Designs for Simon Says Stamp.  I die cut the shadow layer from vellum so you can see the background peeking through.  The sentiment from silver glitter paper and then 3 more times from scrap white cardstock.  All the die cuts were stacked and then adhered to the shadow.  I added glue to the back of the piece and adhered it to the card front.   Kinda fun, don't you think?

Over the last few years I have made more tags during the holidays.  The funny thing is I don't usually put tags on any of the presents I wrap.  I literally have a drawer full of tags!   Anyway, stamped some kraft cardstock using VersaMark watermark ink and the So Many Presents stamp to create a tone on tone look.  One of the neat things about the So Many Presents stamp is that a grouping of presents can be popped out from the stamp to be used on its own.  I found some Christmas patterned paper and stamped the three presents on those papers and then trimmed them out.  I adhered the presents as you see and then finished off the tag with the rustic twine, red twine and gold and red bells.  

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Thanks for stopping by and please make sure you check out the full release!

Sunday, November 6, 2022

happy thanksgiving...

 Hello everyone!  Hope things are well in your world.  I'm popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, the Paper Players and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I had started working on the card on Saturday but decide to wait to finish it to see if what I had started might work for the Paper Players challenge and it did!  Let's take a look. 

I bought the Simon Says Stamp Pumpkin Set quite a while ago, but never got the chance to make anything with it.  When I saw the FMS sketch, I thought it would be perfect for the circular element on the card.  I didn't make my card square, but I don't often make square cards to begin with, lol!  I used a Spellbinders embossing folder called Falling Leaves to emboss the kraft cardstock and then cut it apart to create the two other elements.    The pumpkin, stem and leaves were die cut from bristol cardstock and then I inked up the pumpkin with Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress oxide inks.  The leaves were inked with Bundled Sage and Rustic Wilderness.   I used different levels of foam squares to create a bit of a curve to the pumpkin, but not sure I succeeded.  The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Full of Thanks stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment with green ink and then die cut it with an AJVD label die.  I purchased the SSS November card kit and was set to get it on Oct. 29th.  The mail came but the kit was delivered to me.  According to the tracking info the delivery person delivered it to the wrong address where it was refused.  So, I thought it was going back to Simon Says Stamp.  However, on Monday we had a different delivery person, and I got my kit!   So glad it came, and I was able to use a sentiment from the set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Spellbinders November Clubs

 Hello!  Can you believe it is already November?  I can't, lol!  Where has the year gone?!  Anyway, today is the first day of November and that means that all the new Spellbinders clubs are available in the web store.  I have three cards to share today featuring the embossing folder, Glimmer and clear stamp and die clubs.  (An affiliate linked list of supplies is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)   Let's take a look at what I made with this month's clubs.

The first card features the stamp and die club called Diamond & Arch Motif, as well as the embossing folder club called Fan Motif.  I die cut Spellbinders Glacier cardstock with a rectangle die and embossed it with the club folder.  I decided to keep things simple by just embossing the largest floral image from the stamp set, as well as the sentiment with gold embossing powder.  After die cutting I popped both up on the card front with foam tape.  

This card features the Glimmer Club called Glimmer Edge Stylized Floral.  The club kit comes with Aura foil.   The Aura foil looks so pretty foiled on the aqua cardstock.   The new Glimmer foil plate allows you to foil all the images as well as the sentiment in one pass.   I decided to go with a monochromatic look and so I made a card base and panel from the same cardstock I used to foil the images.   After adhering all the pieces, I popped up the sentiment.  Going to add this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes

My final card uses the embossing folder called Fan Motif.   I die cut white cardstock with a rectangle die and then embossed it with the embossing folder.   I also used the Glimmer club.  This time I foiled the images using the new white opaque foil on pink cardstock.  It is so pretty!   The sentiment is from the stamp and die cut club that I heat embossed in white on the pink cardstock.   The small rectangle was die cut from vellum.  I adhered the flower, leaves and sentiment to the vellum and then placed foam adhesive behind the images so they are hidden.  The panel was then adhered to a pink cardstock base. 

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Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, October 23, 2022

just for you...

 Hello!  Popping in to share a card that I made for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.   I have been working on other projects but wanted to take a little time to make "just for fun" card.   The colors at CTD are orange, green and white and the sketch at FMS features three of something and a sentiment.  Since it is fall and the leaves on the trees are changing color my thoughts turned to a die set that I recently purchased from Poppystamps called Fanciful Fall Leaves.   The last time I used the set I had some leave leftover and as luck would have it, they worked perfectly for CTD as well as the Color Hues challenge!  Here is my card.

As you can see the card is very simple.  Just the leaves, the sentiment and a little white twine.  True story as I was making the card, I was so intent on arranging the leaves that I forgot to die cut the white cardstock first.  I didn't realize what I had done until I had the first one glued down!   So, I had to go "old school" and trim my panel down with my paper trimmer!   Added the other leaves and the sentiment from a Reverse Confetti stamp set called Poppies. 

Anywhoo... thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.  Our fall weather finally decided to show up here in the Pacific Northwest.  We had been having unseasonably warm weather and no rain.  Lots of wildfires left us with bad air quality.   Rain and colder temps have finally arrived, sort of.  But that is the PNW for you!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

halloween cards

 Hello!  I'm popping in with two Halloween cards that I made.  I ended up with two cards because as I started making one card, I didn't like how it was turning out so some of the items I created for that card were transformed into another card.  Other items that were going to also be on the original idea ended up on the second card!  The end results.  I had a great time and I think I'm getting a bit of my mojo back.   Here is the first card.

The gnome and the pumpkins were originally going to be part of the original idea I had for a card.  After I colored the images with Copic markers and then die cut them I tried to make them work with some Halloween patterned paper that I wanted to use.   I ultimately realized that my gnome and pumpkins were too whimsical for the patterned paper, so I had to rethink things.   I decided to go with the sketch from Sunday Stamps and use some patterned paper from P13's The Four Seasons:  Autumn 6x6 pad.    The banner was die cut from the patterned paper and then I layered that on my kraft base panel.   The sentiment from a very old Reverse Confetti Halloween stamp set was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.   I then layered on my gnome and all the pumpkins.  I finished off by adding the strip of embossed green cardstock and the purple/white bakers' twine.    The card isn't too spooky, so I think I will be sending it to my great nephew and great niece. 

Let's have a look at the second card.  It has a spookier vibe!

As I struggled to make things work with my initial idea and I determined that the gnome and pumpkins weren't the answer I die cut the pumpkins you see on the card from some leftover panels that I had watercolored for a project I made a few months ago.  I thought they might work with the idea I had, but nope!  So that first idea was finally put to rest and I moved on.   I remembered I had all these fun Spellbinders dies that create a front door for different seasons.   The Halloween dies would be perfect with the pumpkins and so my card was born.  I used very old Halloween patterned paper for the background, the door and the stoop.  The stoop was backed with some of that watercolored paper I mentioned to make the sentiment really stand out.  I even used that paper to for the small window next to the door and for the windows in the door.  I like how it turned out.   I adhered everything and thought I was done until I spied the purple 31 that I had die cut for the gnome card.  I tried to make the numbers work on that card but decided the card didn't need that additional.   However, when I added them to the door panels on the second card, I knew they had found their home!  Even though there isn't anything else purple on the card I think the addition of the numbers works.   I think this card will be heading to my great niece who lives in California. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.