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

Monday, April 24, 2017

a card and a giveaway!!

Hello!!!  Popping in to share a card and some fun news!!   Some of you may remember when I posted about my card being on the cover of the current issue of Stamper's Sampler and how excited I was about it.  I was also excited because the card that was featured was made with some fun Precious Remembrance Shop stamps!!  Dyane from PRS contacted me to congratulate me on this accomplishment and we cooked up the idea for not one, but two giveaways!!  This month I'm giving away one of my favorite PRS stamp sets, DIY, and next month I will be giving away the stamp set featured on the card, Coffee Love... YAY!!   So... on to my card!  One of my favorite things about PRS stamps is how easy it is to collage stamp with the images and that is what I did with today's card.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown so I will be posting my card there, as well.  Not much to explain about the card.  The sentiment is from another PRS stamp set called Positive Thoughts.  Once the stamping was done I die cut the panel and then added some Pretty Pink Posh marshmallow sequins.   The giveaway is super simple... just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner and announce it on my blog on Monday, May 1st. 
Wishing you a wonderful day!!  Don't forget... comment to win!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Close to My Heart, VersaFine Onyx Black; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, April 22, 2017

thank you butterflies...

Hey... happy weekend!!  Yesterday was a gorgeous day here and in the evening my neighbors got their fire pit going.   Once there were some nice coals we made our first s'mores of the year!!  Unfortunately as this is the Pacific Northwest our nice weather has sort of evaporated...it is supposed to rain!  Oh well!! After all that fun I finally got the photos I had take of a couple of cards edited and I'm sharing one today.  This one uses the current Freshly Made Sketches layout and since I used butterflies I will be adding it to the current Time Out challenge... don't you just love that inspiration photo???  I pulled out some older My Mind's Eye papers, found a couple I liked and got to work.  The butterflies are from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.  I stamped the butterfly using MFT's Ripe Raspberry ink and then die cut with the matching dies.  I modified the sketch a bit by shrinking it down so that the MFT label die that I used wouldn't look so out of proportion!  That was die cut from the light pink woodgrain paper.  The background paper was die cut as well.  Layered everything up and then finished with the sentiment (from the Beautiful Butterflies companion sentiment set) embossed on vellum with white embossing powder.  Drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew were added to the butterflies wings.  A nice simple little card. 

Wishing you a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, PTI vellum; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and AJVD; Inks:  My Favorite Things, VersaMark; Nuvo Crystal Drops

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello!!! Wednesday has rolled around once again and that means my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a peek:
Wishing you a wonderful day...

Monday, April 17, 2017

happy birthday... lovely

Hello!!  Hope everyone had a lovely Easter.  Popping in with another card for the current Color Throwdown.  Just love that combo and had to use it one more time!!  I paired it up with the current layout from CAS(E) This Sketch and the new challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9 to create a one layer card.   I pulled out the gorgeous C9 Hello Lovely stamp set and got to work.  I wanted the outline of the floral image to be less noticeable so I used SSS Fog ink to stamp the image and then got to work stamping all of the watercolor like images in the set.  These images don't fit perfectly within the outlines, but give it a looser look.  I did some second generation stamp with some of the larger images like the large flower that was stamped in SU!'s Flirty Flamingo (a nice pinky coral) and the larger leaves (stamped in Pear Pizzazz).  The center of the flower was stamped with Flirty Flamingo at full strength.  Finished up with stamping the smaller flowers in SU!'s So Saffron and then all the little leaves with Pear Pizzazz at full strength.  The large word lovely was stamped in black ink and then I embossed the happy birthday (from Beautiful Butterfly) in white on vellum.  Trimmed it down and adhered it along with some clear sparkly sequins.  I'm going to add this to the current Less is More challenge of spring walk.

Wishing you a wonderful day...

Supplies:  white cardstock, vellum; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Simon Says Stamp Fog, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo & So Saffron, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark ink; JudiKins white embossing powder; clear sparkle sequins

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Two More Easter Cards...

Happy day before Easter everyone!!  Popping in with two more Easter cards to share.  The first card is another take on the Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  Ellen Hutson recently started carrying Reverse Confetti (YAY!!) and had everything on sale so I took advantage of the sale and got the Easter Blessings stamp set and the Tall Stripe Panel Confetti Cut.   I really wanted to use both so I took a bit of liberty with the sketch to create my card.  The paper is once, again, from the Bo Bunny Believe line.  A lot of the colors are similar to those in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge inspiration photo so I will link my card up there, as well.  Stamped the sentiment on a scrap of watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black, scribbled on some blue using a ZIG and then loosely blended it out with water.  Die cut the sentiment and the mat using AJVD circle dies.  The panel was die cut from a fun piece of paper covered in little hearts.  I thought it was a bit plain by itself on the card front so I die cut another Tall Stripe Panel from dark pink cardstock and then offset the two.  Adhered everything and then added a few enamel dots in the same blue as the watercolor background.

This second card uses the color combor from Color Throwdown, as well as the layout from Freshly Made Sketches. Love the simplicity of the FMS layout and just had to make something else with it!  I pulled out my PTI Tulip Time stamp set and using my mini MISTI created my tulip bunch.  The Color Throwdown palette includes coral and I know it is hard to tell that I used a coral ink, but I did.  In fact I used two different coral colored inks.  The tulip bunch in the front uses SU!'s Flirty Flamingo which is a lighter coral and the bunch in back uses Calypso Coral.  Combined with the yellow they read a bit orange.   The sloping piece was die cut with an AJVD Slippery Slope die and then adhered to the light gray card base.  I stamped the word happy (from the Simon Says Stamp Happy & Smile set) using Onyx Black ink.  Then I adhered the tulips.  The word Easter was die cut from some shimmery white paper.  The paper was rather thin so I die cut it again from a scrap of cardstock and adhered the two together.  The word was adhered using some rolled up glue dots and I was done.  This time I got the sentiment on the right side per the FMS layout!!

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxed Easter!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, light gray, dark pink, watercolor paper; Patterned paper:  Bo Bunny, Shimmer white; Stamps: Reverse Confetti and PTI; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, PTI and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine, Stampin Up! So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz and Gumball Green; My Mind's Eye enamel dots; ZIG Clean Color marker

Thursday, April 13, 2017

one layout... 2 cards...

Hello!!  Easter is almost here!!  On Wednesday I made a trip up to the town of Issaquah to get some Easter treats for my boys at Boehms Chocolates.   While I was there I picked up my most recent order from Ellen Hutson and when I got home I used one of the things I picked up to make the two Easter cards I'm sharing.  Both cards use the current layout for Freshly Made Sketches and the sweet little Pretty Pink Posh stamp set Easter Blessings along with the matching dies.  For the first card I stamped the vine covered cross three times on watercolor paper and then did some simple watercoloring with my ZIGs.  Once they were dry I die cut them with the matching die.  The FMS layout is really simple and so are both cards.  I created to A2 cards from one sheet of light blue cardstock and then cut the white cardstock with a die from the AJVD Slippery Slopes and Stitched Clouds die set.  The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Vintage Sepia and then adhered everything to the card base as you see.  I will be posting this card to the FMS gallery

The second card uses the Easter lily stamp from the Easter Blessings set.  I also stamped that image on watercolor paper and did simple watercoloring with ZIGs.  Once dry I die cut it with the matching die and then used the exact same layout for the card.  Since this one has colors similar to the inspiration photo for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge I will post this card to that challenge. 
Wishing you a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT Smooth white and light blue; Stamps:  Pretty Pink Posh; Dies:  Pretty Pink Posh and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine Vintage Sepia; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers