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

Monday, April 23, 2018

two very different cards...

Hey there!!  Hope your week is off to a good start!  I'm starting mine with a couple of cards that are very different.  First up is a card for the soon to be closing Color Throwdown challenge, as well as the MFT Birthday Project challenge... shakers.  I finally got my hands on the MFT Celebrate Speech Bubble Die-namics and I used that to create my shaker element.  I inked up some cardstock with Ranger Distress ink in Festive Berries.  I could have used red cardstock, but I wanted to create the look of a strawberry and so needed some variation in the color.  When that was done I die cut the piece with the die and adhered a piece of acetate to the back.  I put the letters B, R and A back into the die cut so I could make sure that I glued the little pieces from each letter into the right spot.  Once they were glued in a carefully removed the letters.  Then I built my shaker element and added green sequins.  I adhered a thin piece of white cardstock to the back and then adhered the shaker element to a die cut panel of white cardstock.  The sentiment is from All Smiles and was stamped in a green ink similar to the sequins, die cut with the MFT Slanted Sentiments Die-namics and then adhered.

My second card is very different from the first one which is pretty darn clean and simple!  This one has lots of patterned paper on it and was made for the current Verve Viva La Verve sketch challenge, as well as the Verve Diva Dare.  I was fortunate and won the beautiful Verve Risen Savior stamp set and I just had to use it for my card.  I recently purchased a couple more VersaFine CLAIR inks and used the one called Golden Meadown.  I stamped the cross in the Golden Meadow on some patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, over stamped the sentiment in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist and then die cut it with an AJVD Polka Dot circle die.  Coordinating paper was die cut with an AJVD plain circle die and the two were matted.  I used more paper from the same pad for the main rectangle, as well as the square element.  That was die cut with a Reverse Confetti die.  I wrapped a yellow twine around the main panel three times and secured it in back with tape and then layered on all the elements.  The flower and leaves are from the Verve set Bloom Brighter and were stamped in the Golden Meadow and Morning Mist inks.   The finished panel was adhered to a light kraft cardstock base.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 20, 2018

two cards to share...

Hello!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made over the last few days.  I did some watercoloring on both cards.  First up is a card for the current My Favorite Things sketch challenge.  I pulled out the super cute MFT/Birdie Brown Rain or Shine stamp set and colored up one of the sweet little girls from the set using ZIG clean color real brush markers.  I used VersaFine CLAIR in Morning Mist for the stamping.  Once she was done I die cut her with the matching die.  I then watercolored up a small piece of watercolor paper with a dark blue from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi set and die cut a circle from that once it was dry.  The little water splashes were stamped on the scrap left over from the die cutting the circle and then die cut as well.  I used the MFT Mini Raindrop stencil to add raindrops using Ranger texture paste in transparent gloss.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum with watermark ink, embossed in white and die cut with the MFT Slanted Sentiment die.  Once the texture paste was dry I layered up everything on a white cardstock panel and adhered it to a dark blue cardstock base.

The second card is for the April Altenew Inspiration challenge as well as Freshly Made Sketches.  I had wanted to use my Chrysanthemum Build a Flower set, but the colors weren't working for me with the solid images so I fell back on my Coral Charm BAF set and did a little watercoloring using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I pulled my colors from the photos to get that softer look. Once they were dry I die cut the flowers with the matching dies.  To bring in some of the dark blue I splattered my white panel with dark blue paint and embossed the sentiment on dark blue cardstock in white.   Once everything was dry I layered up the flowers, leaves and sentiment per the sketch.  To finish I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins in two sizes for a little sparkle.  Will be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of sparkle and shine.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  white, medium blue, Canson watercolor paper, vellum; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist, VersaMark watermark ink; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors; Texture Medium:  Ranger Texture Paste; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Card 2:  Cardstock:  white, dark blue, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and A Jillian Vance Design; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist, VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

guesting at my favorite things... day 3

Hi everyone!  Today is my final day of guest designing for My Favorite Things.  Want to say another big thank you to My Favorite Things for asking me to guest design for them!  Here are the cards that I made for my final post.  You can find out how I made them by heading over to the MFT blog.

This was made with the Cloud Shaker die and the Mini Raindrops stencil.  We were experiencing a lot of cloudy, rainy and gray weather when I made this card.  Thankfully that weather has disappeared for the next few days.

I made this card for my nephew who is graduating this June.  I used the Horizontal Collage Cover-up Die-namics die, the Congrats Die-namics die and the Tassel Time and Star Graduate stamp sets.

The final card was made with the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics die.  I used a patterned that is available on the MFT website for the card.

Hope you have  a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hey there!!  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 head over to the AJVD blog for a look at the full card and to let me know what you think.  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

floral cards...

Hello!!   I have a couple of cards to share today for a few challenges.  First up is a sunny little number that I made for the Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches challenges.  I'm also going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to add texture.  My texture is the embossed sentiments.   The flower and leaves are from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings and they were stamped in VersaFine CLAIR in Morning Mist and then watercolored.  I trimmed them out when they were dry.  Cut a strip of aqua cardstock and embossed the word "MOM" from the SSS Mom Flowers stamp set in white.  The sentiment was stamp on vellum and embossed in white as well.  Everything was layered on a white cardstock base and I was done.

The second card is for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge and the Time Out challenge of spring time.  My peonies are growing quickly and will be in bloom in no time.  Nothing says spring to me more than peonies in bloom!  At least three of my peony plants have blooms in the color of the peonies on my card.  I stamped the peonies and leaves from Mondo Peony in watermark ink on Arches hot press watercolor paper and then embossed the images in black.  I then watercolored them with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  For the peonies I used a combination of carmine red and dark pink.  The leaves were a combo of may green and mid green.  Once they were dry I trimmed the out.   I then colored some Canson watercolor paper with a dark blue and splattered it with black.  Once it was dry I die cut it with an A Jillian Vance Design rectangle die.  I placed the flowers on my panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment (from the EE Lovely stamp set) and then stamped it in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  The panel was adhered to a cardstock base and then I added the flowers. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white, SSS Sea Glass, PTI vellum, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR and VersaMark watermark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Watercolor medium:  ZIGs

Card 2:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white, Arches hot press watercolor paper, Canson watercolor paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Embossing powder:  Filigree black

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday with PRS...

Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!  I'm stopping in to let you know that I have a post up on the PRS blog today.  Here is a little peek:

I hope that this little look has peaked your interest and you will head over to the PRS blog for a look at the full project.  Have a wonderful day...