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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

Hey... stopping by to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:



I used some fun new AJVD products so I hope you will check it out!  Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CASology 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!!!


Hello everyone!!  I am so excited to be a part of CASology's 5th anniversary celebration!!   I can't believe that CASology has been offering up amazing challenges for 5 years!!  But time flies when you are having fun, right???   I will never forget being contacted by Melissa early in 2012 about being part of the design team she was putting together for a new challenge blog that was going to be all about clean and simple.  Since I love clean and simple it didn't take me long to email Melissa back to say yes to her offer and for the first year and a half of the challenge I was on the design team.  It was one of the best
times of my crafting life!    So when Melissa contacted me about being a part of the celebration I had to say yes, again!!  All the fun starts on the CASology blog.  If you came from CASology design team member Joyce's blog then you are on the right track.  If not head over to the CASology blog for a list of all the hop participants.   The cue word for this challenge is appropriately balloon.    For my card I used the super fun Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy stamp set along with the matching dies.  I heat embossed red, aqua and pink cardstock with white embossing powder them and then die cut the balloons with the matching die.  The same thing was done for the clouds as well.  I then adhered the balloons and the clouds and added the balloon strings and the sentiment.

Now... since this is a celebration there will be lots of fun and prizes!!  Here are all the details:

To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery.  Winner will be selected randomly using random.org.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.

And here is what you can win!!

CASology - $50 gift certificate to the online craft store of winner's choice
Altenew - $30 gift certificate to the online store
Sprinkle Berry - $30 gift certificate to online store
Avery Elle - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Cindy B Designs - $25 gift certificate to online craft store of winner's choice
Concord & 9th - $25 gift certificate to the online store
DeNami Designs - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Lawn Fawn - $35 gift certificate to the online store
Neat & Tangled - $25 gift certificate to the online store
Poppystamps - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Precious Remembrance Shop - stamp set of winner's choice
7 Kids College Fund - $20 store credit
STAMPlorations - $15 gift certificate to the online store
Sunny Studio - Color Me Happy set + matching Color Word Die
The Ton - $20 gift certificate (for The Ton brand stamps, dies, inks & gilding products)
Uniko Studio - an in stock clear stamp set of winner's choice
Waffle Flower - $25 gift certificate to the online store
Your Next Stamp - $20 gift certificate to the online store

How amazingly awesome is that???  Pretty darn awesome in my book!!  Your next stop on the hop is the blog of STAMPlorations one of the awesome sponsors of the CASology celebration!!

The color scheme for my card comes from the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge so I will be linking my card up there, as well.  When I saw the pin-sights challenge inspiration board I knew it would be perfect to use to create my card for CASology... just look at those fun colors and images!  They just say balloons to me!

Have a wonderful day and happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Sahara Sand, pink, red and aqua; PTI white; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, VersaFine Onyx Black; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white

Monday, July 24, 2017

your day to shine...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Where Creativity Meets C9 - embossing and CAS(E) this Sketch - layout.  I have fiddled around all month trying to decide what to make for the WCMC9 challenge and now it is crunch time.  Loved the fun sketch over at CTS so decided to pair it up with one of the first C9 stamp sets I bought Shine Brighter.  I started by stamping the light bulb in watermark ink and embossing it with white embossing powder.  I then stamped the little filament image with watermark ink and embossed with platinum embossing powder.  The top of the light bulb was also embossed with the platinum embossing powder.  All the images were embossed on watercolor paper and then colored with ZIGs.  Once dry I die cut them with the corresponding dies.   Because I wanted the sentiment on the light bulb I stamped it with watermark ink on vellum and embossed with black embossing powder.  I die cut it with the light bulb die, put adhesive only at the top and adhered it over the watercolored light bulb.  It mutes the watercolored light bulb, but you can still see what is underneath.  The stem image was embossed with white embossing powder and then I applied Squeezed Lemonade distress ink to the white cardstock.  Once I had the look I wanted I adhered everything to the trimmed down panel.  



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, PTI white, vellum; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink, Ranger Squeezed Lemonade distress ink; Watercolor medium:  ZIG clean color makers; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white, Filigree black

Sunday, July 23, 2017

darkest nights...

Hello!!  Things have been a little crazy in my house, but I did find sometime the other day to make a card for a couple of challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - seeing stars.  I recently got some new goodies from A Jillian Vance Design and one of the items was the new Darkest Night stamp set.  I paired it up with the really fun AJVD Scattered Stars Strip die and the small star from the Stitched Dot Stars die set.  I die cut some black cardstock using the Scattered Stars Strip die and then die cut the piece with a square Spellbinders die.  Silver sparkle cardstock was die cut with the same Spellbinders die and then adhered behind the black square.  The sentiment was then stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Originally I was going to just adhere the square to the white cardstock base, but decided the add the light gray cardstock panel for a little extra punch.  I adhered the square and then added the little silver star to finish things off.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white, black, SU! gray, MFT silver glitter cardstock; Stamps:  A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design, Spellbinders; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder: Hero Arts

Friday, July 21, 2017

sending you sunshine... friend

Hey... stopping in with a card for the current MFT sketch challenge, as well as the current MFT color challenge.   I pulled out the beautiful MFT Sketchy Blooms Two stamp set and the fun MFT Friend die.  I stamped the flowers using the coral and teal colors from the MFT palette and then die cut the piece.  I die cut the friend from the gravel gray cardstock four times and then stacked them.  The letters were then adhered to the card front per the sketch.  I die cut coral and black cardstocks with an angled border die, layered them as you see and then adhered to the card front.  Finished things off by stamping the sentiment from the cute MFT set Sweet Forest Friends in MFT's Tropical Teal.  Super happy with how this turned out... especially getting all the letters in friend lined up perfectly!!



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  light gray, white, MFT coral crush, gravel gray, black; Stamps:  MFT; Dies: AJVD; Inks:  MFT and Stamping Up!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

Hello!!  Yep... Wednesday is here, again, and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will hop over a look.  Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

a little hello...

Hey there!! Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges... MFT sketch challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use plaid.   Love plaid and MFT has some super cut plaid paper pads.  I used the Plaid Patterns  pad as the starting point for my card.  I pulled out this pieces with blues, greens and purples on it.  I then paired it up with the MFT Flashy Florals stamp set.  I die cut the plaid paper and adhered it to a panel of woodgrain cardstock.  The small white panel was die cut using an MFT Inside Out rectangle die and adhered to the plaid piece.  The flowers were stamped using a light purple ink and the centers were stamped with a teal.  The leaves were stamped in a bright green and teal accents added, as well.  Die cut everything and then adhered it to the die cut panel.  Finished by stamped the sentiment from the MFT Springtime Blooms set and adhering the entire panel to my card base.
Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  light gray, PTI white, Ranger woodgrain; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Patterned paper:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  MFT Sour Apple, Tropical Teal, PTI Winter Wisteria, VersaFine Onyx Black

Saturday, July 15, 2017

tranquil tulips...

Hey!!  Popping in with a card for the current Color Throwdown challenge and since I embossed the sentiment I will post it to the current Flower challenge, as well.   Using another new stamp set that I recently got from Stampin Up!   This one is called Tranquil Tulips and has a watercolor look to it.  So I stamped the images on watercolor paper with distress inks (Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry for the flowers and Mowed Lawn for the leaves) and then blended the colors out with water.  Before stamping the dark shade of pink I let the light value dry so that things didn't get to muddy looking.  Once the flowers were dry I added a light wash of Old Paper distress ink to the background.  The panel was trimmed down and then adhered to a panel of dark gray cardstock at an angle.  The sentiment (also from Stampin Up!) was embossed in white on vellum and then die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die.  I adhered the flag and then wrapped the panels with light pink twine before adhering it to the white cardstock base.   



Have a wonderful day!


Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white, MFT gray, vellum; Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Distress Inks, VersaMark watermark; pink twine; Dies:  My Favorite Things



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

Hello!!   I'm back to my regular Wednesday posting over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a full look at my project.  Have a wonderful day!!


Monday, July 10, 2017

oh... hello friend

Hey!  Over the weekend I made a card using the new dies I got from Stampin Up!  I must admit that I was a little dismayed with some of the dies in the set.  When I used the large die that you seen behind the flowers I saw that it just cuts out the little diamond bits as you see can see in this card I made and posted a few days ago.  A few days later I realized that I could actually trim the piece out to create a different look.  So for several days I had this piece floating around and over the weekend I decided to make something with it.  I had some cardstock left over from making the card I mentioned above so I used that to make the flowers with two other dies from the set.   There was another die that puzzled me, as well.  It is the little leafy one that you see embossed into the cardstock.  When I went to use it I thought it would die cut this cute little leafy bit, but when I was done saw that it only embosses!  Initially I was disappointed, but then I used it to make my card and now I actually think it is kind of clever.  Anyway, here is my card.  The sentiment is from the stamp set that coordinates with the dies and was embossed on vellum.  I'm going to post it to CAS(E) this Sketch since the layout is based on their sketch, as well as CAS on Sunday.  This is pretty clean and simple and it does have flowers on it.

 Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, Harvest Gold, Vellum, SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Bazzill dark brown; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Dies:  Stampin Up!; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

two cards to share...

Hello!!   As my blog title says... I have two cards to share today.   First up is a card for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.  I recently got a new stamp and die bundle from Stampin Up! and have been wanting to use them.   I thought the CTS was perfect way to give them some love!  The die set comes with this really cool die that you see behind the two leafy stems.  I centered the die on my white cardstock and then die cut the piece.  Some red cardstock was die cut with the same die.  covered the back side of the white panel with washi tape and then inserted all the little red pieces.  The leaves were stamped in blue and yellow and then adhered to the panel.  The sentiment is from the AJVD Happy Birthday stamp set and was heat embossed in white on black cardstock.  The sentiment was trimmed down and adhered along with a little white twine blow.  Mounted the panel on a light gray card base and I was done.


Second card is for the current PTI MIM challenge of combining stenciling and masking.  I usually take a look at the MIM challenges and often think that I will play along, but most of the time don't ever get anything done.  But I had some time today and decided to give the technique a try.  Early this year I finally was able to buy the PTI set Deck the Halls and thought I would use it for the challenge.  I created my rectangle stencil using the middle die from the Double Up die set and obviously the wreath using the wreath die from Deck the Halls.  The panel was inked with Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick and then splattered with water.  I stamped the wreath using olive and artichoke colored inks and the sentiment in black.  I then die cut the panel down with the largest die in the Double Up die set.  The bow was die cut and then stamped with a ruby red ink and then adhered with a little piece of foam dimensional.  The panel was then adhered to a kraft cardstock base.  I'm going to add this to the Merry Monday summer link up.   They had a previous challenge to use a wreath on your card.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, kraft, light gray; Stamps:  Stampin Up!, AJVD and PTI; Dies:  Stampin Up! and PTI; Inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide; VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Memento Blue Danube and Dandelion; SU! white baker's twine; Hero Arts white embossing powder

Friday, July 7, 2017

otterly great birthday... take 2

Hello!!  The weekend is upon us and I have a card to share.  Last week I made a card using the super cute MFT Otterly Love You stamp set.  I made the card for last week's MFT sketch challenge, but for some reason did not get it posted in the gallery... grrr!!  So When I saw this week's sketch I thought I would make another shaker card using the same set.  I used a different otter image, but I did use the same sentiment as I'm still in birthday card making mode, lol!  I also used a few other images from the set, but kind of covered them up with the shaker mix that I used.  I will also be posting this to the current MFT color challenge as I used those colors, again, for my card.  I have been practicing my watercoloring in an effort to get better at it.  I decided to give Bristol cardstock another try and had much better results with it.   I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge to use red, white and/or blue since I have used all three colors on my card.



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT blue, SU! red, Ranger woodgrain; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  Spellbinders and My Favorite Things; Inks:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Filigree black; Watercolor Medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Shaker Mix:  Lucy's Little Things Mermaid

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

happy 4th of july... blogging on the ajvd blog today!

Wishing everyone in the US a very happy and safe 4th of July!!  I know that I usually have an AJVD post on Wednesday, but I swapped with Ardyth so that I could post one more patriotic card.  Here is a little peek:
Hope you will head over to the blog for a look! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

whole lot of lovely...

Hey... happy day before 4th of July!!  Got a card made for the current Essentials by Ellen pin-sights challenge.  The inspiration photos are gorgeous, but given that it is now summer and there is stuff to do I wasn't certain I would get anything made.  Thankfully I was able to get some time over the weekend to get something make.  I had an idea as to what I wanted to make and the end result is close to what I was thinking.   As I spied some gold accents in the photos I decided to emboss the Mondo Hydrangea in gold and then watercolor it using dark pink and orange.   Once everything was dry I added in a really light wash of blue.  Because I liked the entire panel I decided not to trim it down, but adhered the entire piece to my card base.  I stamped the sentiment from the EE Lovely stamp set on vellum and heat set in gold.  The sentiment was then die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die.  I die cut a couple more flags from vellum, layered them together and adhered to the panel.  Finished with some variegated hemp twine and little dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello.  Super please with how this turned out!  Since there is still time I'm adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Crumb Cake, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Ranger Gold; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi and ZIG clean color; Variegated hemp twine; Nuvo Jewel Drops



Sunday, July 2, 2017

otterly great birthday...

Hello!!!  Have a little birthday card to share that I made using the super cute MFT stamp set Otterly Love You.  I have wanted that set for ages and when MFT had a sale recently I finally made it mine!!  I followed the current MFT sketch for my layout so I will be posting it there and at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I have started watercoloring again and it has been a bit of a struggle.  I have come to the conclusion that I'm just overthinking things and need to just relax!  Anyway after several attempts I got a little otter I was happy with.  Since the sketch is pretty simple I decided to make a shaker card.  Once that was put together and adhered to the card front I had to figure out how to attach the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum with watermark ink and the heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The sentiment was then die cut with an MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax die.   After trying just laying the banner on top of the otter I decided to cut around the otter's lower arm so that it would look like he was hold the banner.  I slipped the banner under the arm and adhered it with Multi Matte Medium and then adhered the whole thing to the shaker element.  Plain and simple, but rather cute I think!

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS Fog and Sea Glass; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  Spellbinders; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Shaker mix:  Lucy's Little Things Mermaid Mix