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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Yep... it's that time of the week... Wednesday and I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  I'm sharing another fall inspired card and here is a little peek:

Hope you will hop over for a look and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

two cards... two sketches...

Hey there!!  Stopping in with two cards for two sketch challenges.  Recently Julee started the Viva la Verve challenges back up and I could not be happier!!  I have missed playing along as often as I could using my yummy Verve stamps!!  My first card is for that challenge.   I'm still on a mission to use up my patterned paper and today I made a little dent in the collection... YAY!  I used lots of paper on this card and I love how it turned out!!  The stamp set I used is the Verve Kindness Matters set.  The matching dies were used to die cut the flowers after I had stamped them on the patterned paper using dark blue ink.  The same ink was used for the sentiment.   The background panel was created by layering all the paper together and then die cutting them.  Because the bottom portion was rather thick I did have to die cut that a second time.  I layered on the sentiment panel and then added the flower.  To give the flower a bit more dimension I cut into the petal of the top flower, shaped the a little and then adhered it with a foam dimensional.  After the flower was adhered I die cut the little sprigs and adhered them.  I added a large drop of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flower.  Everything was adhered to a teal cardstock base.   Since there is still lots of time to play along at Viva La Verve I think I'm going to be making another card!

The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  This is the first time in a very long time that I have actually gotten my card for the challenge done this early... YAY!!  I may even find the time to make another card!  I used and oldie, but goodie Reverse Confetti set called Fresh 'n Fruity.  I kept this one simple and used just one piece of patterned paper from a pack of papers from Webster's Pages.  I stamped the oranges in two shades of orange ink using both orange stamps from the set.   Stamped the leaves and then die cut everything with the matching dies.  The sentiment was stamped on the banner that was cut using the banner die from the RC Tag Me die set.  After adhering the patterned paper I arranged how I wanted everything to be and then stamped the bottom sentiment.   Adhered everything, added the orange enamel dots and I was done.  Love the clean look of this one!   And since I got my card done so early in the month just like with Viva La Verve I may make another one!!

Have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, MFT Tropical Teal; Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Kate & Co, Webster's Pages Family Traditions; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti, Verve; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, Verve and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tangelo, MFT Green Apple; Enamel Dots:  My Mind's Eye; Nuvo Glitter Drops

Friday, August 11, 2017

a couple of cards to share...

Hey!!  I have a couple of cards that I got made over the course of this last week.  The first one is for the current Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up challenge to combine EE products with Avery Elle products.  I don't have many Avery Elle products, but I do have this lovely With Sympathy die set that my sweet friend, Greta, sent to me.  I combined the dies with the EE Mondo Peony stamp set and did some watercoloring.  The color combo is the current one from Color Throwdown so I will be posting it there, as well.  I used the four ZIGs that you see in the photo for the watercoloring.  The peonies were stamped in VersaMark on the smooth side of the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper and then heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.    Because the watercoloring is so soft I decided to go with a soft gray cardstock to die cut the words from.  The with was only cut once and adhered to the panel.  The sympathy was die cut twice, stacked and then adhered.  Sadly I am in need of this sympathy card as someone I know recently lost her daughter to a tragic accident.

The second card is for Freshly Made Sketches.  They are celebrating their 300th sketch and I just had to play along.  Many thanks to the FMS team for all the wonderful sketches and inspiration they have provided!!  When I saw the sketch I immediately knew I wanted to use my Stampin Up! Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the companion Eclectic Layers die set.  The patterned papers are from an older Stampin Up! designer paper pad that has an aqua, red and kraft combo.  The kraft cardstock I used is also Stampin Up! I die cut the cut out from the kraft cardstock and then backed it with a piece of the patterned paper.   That piece was then die cut with a rectangle die.  The polka dot paper was die cut and adhered per the sketch.  The leaves were die cut from the aqua paper and adhered.  I stamped the flower on white cardstock using SU!'s Real Red ink and adhered.  Originally I had stamped the sentiment on vellum and then attached it, but that turned out to be a big mistake. Hate it when that happened, but thankfully I was able to remove it without ruining anything and replace it with the one that is there now.

Have a wonderful day!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU! Crumb Cake, Ranger watercolor; Patterned paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, Stampin Up! and AJVD; Dies:  AJVD, Avery Elle and Stampin Up!; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Embossing powder:  Ranger Platinum; Ink:  Stampin Up!, VersaMark and VersaFine

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Popping in to let you know that my post is up on the AJVD blog.  Today I'm sharing a fall inspired card.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you will hop over for a look... have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

you mean the world to me...

Hey!!  Stopping in with a card (duh, lol!) for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Time Out.   The FMS layout is pretty simple, but I puzzled over it for quite sometime until I saw the inspiration photo from Time Out.  Finally... an idea was born!  I found some masculine papers in my stash and trimmed down one with a grid pattern on it.  I then stamped the image of the continents (from Concord & 9th's Map Love stamp set) in blue ink.  Two pieces were trimmed off the left edge and then each one was trimmed down further.  Two strips the same width were trimmed off another piece of paper from the same pad, trimmed further to fill in the right spots and then I started adhering everything.  I adhered the main portion flat and then the strips at varying heights using foam dimensional.  The sentiment was stamped in brown in and then I added partial images of the continents.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Hello!!  The other day the beautiful MFT All Smiles card kit landed on my front porch and last night I got a chance to make a card with it.  I used the current MFT color challenge combo, as well as the current MFT sketch.  I don't have a color similar to MFT's Purple Rain and so I tried to create my own by combining blue and purple inks together.  Initially it looked rather close, but looking at it now it doesn't... oh well... I tried, lol!  I stamped all the flowers using the ink combo I created and then the leaves using PTI's Simply Chartreuse.  The centers of the larger flowers were stamped with a color I thought was similar to MFT's Green Eyed Monster as were the smaller flowers.  Added in some small dots in the blue/purple to fill in the spaces a bit.  I die cut one edge with an AJVD edger die and adhered my piece to some light gray cardstock that is similar to MFT's Grout Gray.  A couple of thin strips of the same cardstock were cut and adhered.  One of the other things I got in my order was the beautiful "celebrate" die.  I die cut that three times from white cardstock and adhered them together.  I stamped the sentiment from the All Smiles stamp set that comes in the kit on black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  That was die cut with the free MFT die set that I got and adhered with the word celebrate to finish things off.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts, PTI, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

thankful for you...

Hello!!  Hope your week is going well.  Things are hot, hot, hot here in Western Washington and along with all that heat we are unfortunately getting smoke from the wildfires burning in British Columbia, Canada our neighbor to the north!   Given the heat and the smoky air staying inside seems like a good thing right now.  So... I made a card!  When I saw the color combo at Color Throwdown I thought of my very neglected Sheltering Tree stamp set from Stampin Up!  I pulled it out and did a little stamping!  I used Stampin Up! Crumb Cake for the tree trunk and the swing and Stampin Up! Gumball Green for the grass and the tree.  After the stamping was done I trimmed down the panel and wrapped it with some light brown twine.  A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was adhered to a card base and then the stamped panel adhered.  I finished things off by stamping the sentiment on vellum with watermark ink and heat embossing in white.  Die cut the sentiment with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die and adhered it to the panel.    I like the simple, rustic look of this card.   I have played along with Word Art Wednesday in a long time and since their challenge is always anything goes I think I will added there, as well.  It also works for the new CTS layout so I will post it there, too.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  White, SU! Crumb Cake, PTI vellum; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Twine:  Recollections

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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

Hello!!  Stopping in to let you know my Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card.  I used the newly released Happy Birthday {DIE} alogue word dies.

Have a wonderful day!