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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!!   Can't believe Christmas is almost here!!  Where has the time gone??  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Have a wonderful day... hope you will head over to the blog for a look!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

you matter...

Hey there!! Popping in with a somewhat dramatic little number.  This one is for the current Color Throwdown, as well as the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of anything goes.   I recently purchased the gorgeous C9 Blooms Fill In stamp set and matching dies.  To say that I have been dying to make something with it is an understatement, lol!!   With so many things to do and too little time I wasn't able to make anything until today.  Before creating my card I experimented quite a bit with different gray inks and with how I would actually stamp the background.  I discovered that my mini MISTI isn't the best option for stamping the entire image.  It works, but not as well as I would like so I simply used the method I have used for years when stamping a large background... place your background stamp face up on your work surface, ink it up, carefully lay your cardstock on top and then rub all around the cardstock to transfer the ink.  Works like a charm!  Once I was done I then stamped flowers and leaves.  Since the Color Throwdown colors are gray, black and red I did some second generation stamping with the red to create my flowers.  I accented the flowers with little hints of black.  The large sentiment from the set was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in black, then die cut with the label die because I didn't want to completely cover up all that stamping I did!!  To hide the adhesive I used I applied it behind the black embossing and in two spots that are covered up by the flowers that I die cut and stamped in red.  The little black sprigs finished things off.  Looking forward to trying other color combos with this beautiful set!

 


Hope you have a wonderful day! 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SU! Smoky Slate, PTI vellum and black; Stamps: Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! Smoky Slate and Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark; Embossing powder:  Filigree black

Saturday, December 9, 2017

a card and two tags...

Hello!!  As my blog title says I have a card and two tags to share today.  First up is the card for the current MFT sketch challenge.  Making tags has been taking up all my time lately so I really wanted to get a card or two in this weekend.  When I saw the new MFT sketch an idea was hatched to use the snowflake stamps and dies from the MFT Snowflake Splendor kit.  I used the largest die in the set that is intended to die cut a stamped snowflake and created a window with it in a panel of white cardstock I die cut with an AJVD backdrop rectangle die.  I then adhered the panel to a white cardstock base with removal adhesive and stamped the snowflake using my mini MISTI to get good alignment.  I then die cut all the pieces for a matching snowflake using cardstock in a colors similar to the ink colors.  All the pieces were adhered together and then attached to the panel above the stamped snowflake.  The sentiment from Snow Globe Sentiments was stamped on vellum, heat embossed in white, trimmed down and adhered with rolled up glue dots.  As I was adhering the sentiment strip I did think that I could have turned the window into a shaker element.   Oh well... maybe next time.   I will also add this to the current SIP challenge of let it snow.



The tags are for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  First up is a tag for day 4... watercoloring.  I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings.  I die cut the tag from watercolor paper and then stamped the Love sentiment in watermark ink and embossed it in white.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors from the Shari Carroll and Debby Hughes (one color from each) palettes to color the letters and around the letters for a really soft look.  The other sentiments were stamped in black on white cardstock and trimmed out.  I loved the way Sandy added vellum to her project, but knew because my coloring was so soft adding an overlay like Sandy did would completely obscure everything.  So I brought in some vellum by die cutting little snowflakes from vellum and silver cardstock and adding them to the tag.  Each snowflake had a little silver PPP sequin added to the center as well.  Since I used some Simon Says Stamp products I will be adding this tag to the current SSS flickr challenge of anything goes.


The second tag is for day 6 to use purple, green and gray.  I was totally inspired by Kittie's gorgeous tag and tried my hand at making some little purple poinsettias.  I have some older Spellbinders poinsettia dies that I knew would work well for making my tiny poinsettias.  I pulled them out and die cut them from the purple cardstock and then tried to shape them as best I could.  The leaves were die cut using a slightly larger poinsettia die from the set.  I adhered them together and then added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Lemoncello to the centers and let everything dry.  The tag is from Reverse Confetti, as is the gray piece layered on top to look like lattice.  The sentiment is from the Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright stamp set and was stamped in gray ink.  I adhered the flowers and then added the purple ribbon tied with white and gray baker's twine.   My poinsettia's aren't as well done as Kittie's, but I think they turned out rather nice! This one will be going into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of gift it.



Six tags down... six to go!!  Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Card:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SU! aqua, turquoise, MFT light blue, PTI vellum; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT, ODBD and AJVD

Tag 1:  Cardstock:  Ranger watercolor, PTI white; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  ODBD (tag), Stampin Up!; Watercolors:  Daniel Smith; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Ink:  VersaMark and VersaFine

Tag 2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, dark green, SU! purple and gray; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Spellbinders and Reverse Confetti; Ribbon:  PTI; Baker's Twine:  The Twinery; Nuvo Jewel Drops; Ink:  VersaFine

Thursday, December 7, 2017

another tag and card...

Hey there!!  I have another card and a tag to share.   I have been working on my tags for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist and so far I have three tags done.  The tag I'm sharing today is for day 2, silver and gold.  I was inspired by Keeway's beautiful tags and created something similar.   I die cut the tags from white cardstock and then blended on some Distress Oxide ink in Salty Ocean.  I used lots of Essentials by Ellen products on these little tags!  I started by die cutting the EE Geo Tree from silver and gold glitter cardstock.  EE Brushstroke Peace was die cut from silver and EE Brushstroke Joy from gold.  Finally the star from the Season of Sparkle die set was die cut from silver and gold glitter paper.  I then layered everything on each tag as you see.  I finished the tags by embossing the sentiments (from Brushstroke Christmas stamp set) on black cardstock in white, trimming them out and adhering to the tags.   A bit of white baker's twine was added to each tag, as well.  I will also be adding the tags to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


The card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, as well as the current SIP challenge Let it Snow and Dies R Us challenge of Christmas carols (mine is Jiggly Bells).   I used more supplies from the Simon Says Stamp limited edition Mint Wishes card kit and some A Jillian Vance Design snowflake dies.  When I saw the SIP challenge I immediately thought of this pretty paper from the kit.  I trimmed it down per the FMS layout and adhered it to the mint cardstock base.  I stamped the little sleigh image from the Yuletide Holiday (also from the Kit) stamp set in Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio.  I then overstamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in VersaFine Smoky Gray and trimmed down the piece.  Snowflakes were die cut from white and vellum cardstocks and adhered together.  I added some loops of silver embroidery floss to the panel and they layered the snowflakes and sentiment on top.




Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Tag:  Cardstock:  white, MFT silver and gold glitter; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen and Our Daily Bread Designs; Ink:  Distress Oxide and VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white


  • Card:  Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp, PTI vellum and white; Patterned paper: American Crafts Mint Wishes; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Distress Oxide and VersaFine Smoky Gray; DMC silver embroidery floss

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!!!  Stopping in to let you know I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Have a wonderful day... hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

a card and a tag...

Hey there!!  Hope all is well with you.  As my post title indicates I have a card and a tag to share.  The card is for the current MFT sketch challenge and the current MFT color challenge.   Lots of stamping and die cutting on this one.  After I got all the flowers (from Plentiful Petals)stamped and cut I die cut the big smile from white cardstock and trimmed it down to fit the card front that was die cut with an AJVD Elegant Stitched Dot border die.  I used repositionable adhesive to help me make sure I got the flower where I wanted them before adhering them down with permanent adhesive and adding the die cut smile on top.  The you're awesome was embossed in white, trimmed down and adhered as shown.  The finished panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  Think I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


The tag is for day one of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  Jennifer McGuire shared some amazing tags with a 3D element and I just had to give it a try.  I thought the large star from the AJVD Stitched Stitched Dot Stars die set would work well for the 3D element.  I die cut it from three papers from the Echo Park Twas the Night Before Christmas 6x6 pad, scored them and adhered them together.  The tag was die cut using the AJVD Minnie Pearl tag.  I die cut it from more paper from the Twas the Night Before Christmas pad and then from dark green cardstock.  The two tags were adhered together and I stamped the To and From (from the AJVD To/From mini stamp set) on the back.  The star was adhered along with a little bow/bell embellishment.  Some red and green bakers twine was looped through the slot at the top to finish things off.  One tag down... eleven to go!!



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin Up, Memento

Tag:  Cardstock:  PTI Pinefeather; Stamps and Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Patterned paper:  Echo Park; Twine:  Stampin Up!; Bell:  Recollections; Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Black