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

Monday, January 15, 2018

time to bloom...

Hey there!!  Popping in with a card for two challenges:  Essentials by Ellen Mix it Up and Color Throwdown.  I had hoped to get this card done and posted on Sunday (yesterday), but my antique toy loving 11 year old wanted to make a trip to his favorite antique store in the beautiful little town of Snohomish, Washington.  So being a good mom we made the trip.  It was totally worth it because we got to see the beautiful North Cascade mountains in all their glory!  Mt Baker (the furthest north of the mountains in the Washington portion of the Cascades) was absolutely covered in snow!! Unfortunately by the time we got home light was fading fast and while I did get the card done I wasn't able to get a good photo of it.  Color Throwdown closes in mere hours so I'm cutting things a bit close, but oh well... that is the way it goes.  The EE Mix it Up challenge this month wants us to combine our EE products with Concord & 9th... sign me up!!  I used the C9 Beautiful Branches stamps and dies along with the EE Lovely stamp set.  I know you can't set any stamping except for the sentiment, but I did stamp on the little blooms... it is very subtle and looks really pretty in person.  The label is from the C9 Fill In Blooms stamp and die set.  I die cut it from white, aqua and navy cardstocks, the aqua and navy were cut in two and then one of each adhered as you see.  I then adhered the branches, leaves and flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in navy ink and then the label adhered.  Finished off with some little Pretty Pink Posh marshmallow sequins in the centers of the flowers and some white twine.



Have a wonderful day!  Would love to hear your thoughts on my card!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; SU! Powder Pink, Coastal Cabana, MFT navy; Stamps:  Concord & 9th, Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  SU! Pretty in Pink, Night of Navy; Twine:  SU! white baker's twine; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, January 13, 2018

cards for sketches...

Hey there!!  I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  First up is a card for the current Verve Viva la Verve sketch challenge, as well as the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use patterned paper.   Over Christmas I was finally able to pick up some new Verve to add to my collection.  The stamp and die set I purchased is one I have wanted for a long time... Potter's Clay.  There are so many beautiful sentiments and verses in this set it was hard to chose which one to use, but in the end it was determined by how it would fit into the sketch.   The papers I used are from the gorgeous Zella Teal line by Prima.  There is a pattern in the pad that was perfect for die cutting the jars from.  I layered the jars on a circle die cut from another paper from the pad.  After layering the pieces as you see I wrapped the panel with jute twine and tied it in a bow.  The panel was adhered and then I added the circle with the jars on it.


The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  This stamp and die set was also purchased over the Christmas holidays.  This isn't a set I would normally buy, but I need to step outside my comfort zone every once in a while and the set is pretty darn cute, too!  I stamped all the images on Canson watercolor paper and then colored them with Derwent and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and clean water.   One of my goals this year is to get better at coloring with a few different coloring mediums.  I was pretty darn pleased with how my coloring turned out and I'm looking forward to coloring more images with my pencils!!  After all the coloring was done and the pieces die cut I had to find some colors that would work well with the colors in my snow cones.  I used some patterned paper from the Reverse Confetti Very Merry paper pad (which I guess they don't have any more) along with some Reverse Confetti Mist cardstock.  After adhering the patterned paper strip I positioned the sentiment using my mini MISTI and stamped it in black ink.   The banner was die cut with the banner from the Tag Me die set then cut into two pieces so it would work with the sketch and adhered to the panel.  I put my sno cones together and then adhered them to the circle that was die cut from the Mist cardstock.   The circle was adhered and then I added some white enamel dots to finish things off.


Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White; Patterned paper:  Prima Zella Teal; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  Verve and AJVD; Inks:  VerseFine Smoky Gray, VersaMagic Oasis Green; Recollections Jute twine

Card #2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, RC Mist; Patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray, Vintage Sepia, Onyx Black; enamel dots; Watercolor medium:  Derwent watercolor pencils, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Design It Friday with PRS

Hey friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I have a project up on the PRS blog today!!  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the PRS blog for a look and to let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

celebrate!

Hey there!!  Have a card to share for a few challenges:  WCMC9 - use the first set you bought, Stamp Ink Paper - Cake Walk, Less is More - use purplesLess is More changed their challenge to a twice monthly challenge so I'm hoping that I will get a chance to play along more.  The WCMC9 challenge this month wants us to use the first C9 stamp set we purchased.  The first set I purchased is one that C9 no longer carries... Eat Cake & Celebrate.  I didn't realize that until I had pretty much finished my card, but just because they don't carry it any more doesn't mean I can't use it!!  I stamped the cake in VersaFine Smoky Gray on Bristol cardstock and then colored it with Farber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils in three shades of purple.  The color on the cake is rather light, but it is definitely purple in real life!  A Derwent gray was used to color the plate.  I used a barely wet paint brush to blend out the color on the cake and the plate.  I did add a touch of yellow for the candles.  The cake was then cut with the matching die.  I stamped the little star cluster and single star on white cardstock, die cut it and matted it with purple cardstock.  Stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black and then adhered the card and added it to card base.   Super simple and a little bit retro.



Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white and purple; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th, AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, SU! Wisteria Wonder, CTMH Purple Pansy; Coloring medium:  Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle color pencils

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there friends!!  Hope your new year is going great!  Popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:






Hope you will head over to the blog for a look and to let me know what you think.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

floral thank you...

Hey there!!  Hope your week is off to a good start!  I got some crafting in this past weekend and have a card to share that I made during that crafty session.  This one is for the Altenew January inspiration challenge as well as the current Time Out challenge.  The inspiration card is supplied by the super talented Erum.  Her watercoloring is always so gorgeous!!  I recently purchased the Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp and die bundle so I used that for my card.   I stamped the largest flower in the set using two orange inks (SU! Pumpkin Pie and Memento Tangelo) and the medium sized flower using to yellow inks (Memento Dandelion and MFT Daffodil).  Because green isn't one of the main colors in the inspiration challenge I stamped the leaves using just one green ink, Memento New Sprout.  Because the leaves were multi-layered I was able to use only one ink, but get the variation in color that I wanted.  I did the same thing with the two smallest flowers.  Once I had everything stamped I splattered a piece of white cardstock with Picked Raspberry distress ink mixed with water.   Once that was dry I die cut it and then arranged my flowers and leaves.   I love that the die set includes this thank you sentiment as well as the word hello.  I adhered the sentiment, added some dark pink enamel dots and adhered my panel to the card base.  I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of something new since my stamps and dies are new.



Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and black; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Memento, Stampin Up!, Ranger, My Favorite Things; My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots