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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

pti february blog hop...

Hello!!  Hopping along today with the PTI February blog hop.  Initially I didn't think I would play along as I really struggled with the inspiration photo, but the gold embossed laurel wreath in the photo just kept saying "use Lovely Laurels mini make it market kit" to me so here I am, lol!!  This card is pretty simple looking but boy oh boy did it give me a lot of trouble!!   I started by stamping the wreath in watermark ink and them embossing with gold embossing powder.  Then the image was die cut with the matching die.  Then I stamped the sentiments with watermark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder for that tone on tone look.  Because I am a crazy perfectionist I actually die cut the bow then stamped the image on some cardstock that is similar to PTI's Autumn Rose with watermark ink and clear embossed it.  That was a bit of a trick because the bow is so tiny and my heat tool kept blowing it around!  Anyway... got it done!!  I die cut the panel down and then adhered the bow and some clear rhinestones.  I didn't want to use a white cardstock base as the contrast is too stark to me, but honestly I was kinda over making the card (just being real, lol!!) and just wanted to finish the card and get it posted.   Also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the hop!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Smoky Shadow; SU!; white; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI, AJVD; Ink:  VeraMark watermark ink; Gold and Clear embossing powders; clear rhinestones

Friday, February 24, 2017

you brighten...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a bright little card for several challenges.  I was really intrigued by the whimsical inspiration photo at Time Out and the image that really jumped out at me was the hot air balloon.   But I thought I didn't have a similar image so I was going to use some images from the February My Monthly Hero card kit.  Then I remembered the fun Hero Arts stamp set called Happy Birthday.  The set was made for Operation Write Home and includes the hot air balloon image.  I stamped that image on watercolor paper and then colored it with the ZIG markers you see in the photo.  Once the image was dry I trimmed it out.  I did end up using things from the My Monthly Hero kit to create the background and for the sentiment.  I used Salty Ocean distress ink and some positive image clouds to create the sky.  Once the sky was finished I trimmed down the panel to correspond with the Freshly Made Sketches layout.  The hot air balloon was adhered along with another cloud image that is in the Happy Birthday stamp set.  I colored that with a light grey ZIG and added some of the same color (watered down) to the other clouds.  Made a little mistake in that I adhered the panel to my card base before I stamped the sentiment, but I was able to fit it with my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pen.  I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Wishing you a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, Ranger Salty Ocean distress ink; Watercolor medium:  ZIG clean color markers; Hero Arts stencils

Thursday, February 23, 2017

thinking of you...

Hello!!!  Hope your week is going well.  Have a card to share for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge.  I'm also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I used the beautiful EE Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.  Absolutely love that set!!  Trying to find an aqua that was close to the aqua in the inspiration board was a bit of a challenge, but finally hit on a pretty similar color in my set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  The flower was stamped with VersaFine Smoky Gray and then colored with the aqua.  Yellow was added to the center of the flowers and the stem was colored with a dark brown.  I trimmed down the panel once it was try and adhered it to a kraft cardstock card base.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I trimmed down the vellum and then adhered the strip by rolling up glue dots and placing them behind the lettering to hide them.  A bit of dark brown twine was tied in a bow and adhered to finish things off.   I love the way the vellum allows the flowers to peek through.  Embossing on vellum is tricky, but I have found that using a nice thick vellum like PTI's vellum makes it a lot easier! 
Wishing you a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  kraft, Ranger watercolor, PTI vellum; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Inks:  VersaFine and VersaMark; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; brown twine

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!!  Stopping by to let you know that my usual Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog and as is my practice... here is a little peek of my card:
Wishing you a wonderful day!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

a couple more cards...

Hello!!  Popping in with a couple of cards to share.  The first card is for the MFT Sketch challenge and Color Throwdown.  When I saw the sketch it made me think of my MFT Geometric Greenery stamp set.  To get all my leaves lined up nicely  I used my mini MISTI.  I placed a piece of watercolor paper in the MISTI and then lined up the stamps on the paper.   I inked all the images up with VersaMark watermark ink, stamped and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color each image with the colors from Color Throwdown.  The thanks is from the MFT Thanks & Hello die set.  I die cut it three from a light gray cardstock and adhered them together.  Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down and then adhered the die cut.   I added a few clear sequins to finish off the card.

The second card is for the following:  Freshly Made Sketches and Where Creativity Meets C9.  The theme this month at Where Creativity Meets C9 is love.  I love the pretty heart wreath die from the Layers of Love die set and I wanted to use it for my card.  The papers I used are from the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 6x6 pad.  I cut down a piece to fit a card front and then die cut it with the wreath die.  I die cut the little floral piece from some gold embossed paper from the pad and adhered it along with some C9 gold sequin trim to the heart.  The sentiment is from the C9 Layer of Love stamp set.   Stamped the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and then adhered on along with a strip of the gold embossed paper.  I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base using foam adhesive.  Added a few little enamel hearts to finish the card that I think will be perfect for a wedding.
Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, PTI kraft, SSS fog, and Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps:  My Favorite Things and Concord & 9th; Dies:  My Favorite Things and Concord & 9th; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark ink; Filigree white embossing powder; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins, C9 sequin trim; My Mind's Eye enamel hearts; Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors

Thursday, February 16, 2017

wishing you..

Hello!!  Popping in with another card for the PTI past, present and future challenges that have been going on all this week.  This card uses one of the stamp sets that was featured for 2010... Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas.  I fell in love with YoF: Sweet Peas the minute I saw it and I still love it today!!  I stamped the image on watercolor paper using VersaFine Smoky Gray ink.  I used my mini MISTI so I could get a good impression.  I then colored it with my trusty ZIG clean color markers.  I used to shades of light pink and a yellow for the flowers and then two shades of a green for the leaves.  Once the image had dried I die cut it with the large scalloped die from the Nostalgic Notions Make it Market kit.  The sentiment also from YoF:  Sweet Peas was stamped on PTI's vellum using VersaMark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I die cut the sentiment with a fishtail banner die and then adhered it to the image along with a PTI Sweet Blush button and twine embellishment.  Layered the piece on a die cut piece of pink cardstock and then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.    I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use flowers.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI vellum, watercolor paper; SSS Fog, SU! pink; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and AJVD; Filigree white embossing powder; Inks:  VersaFine, VersaMark; Watercolor ink:  ZIG Clean Color markers; PTI button; white twine