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

Monday, October 24, 2016

just sharing...

Hello!!  Thought I would pop in and share a card that I made awhile ago, but never posted.  I used the Penny Black Red Star stamp and the technique that I used on this card and this card.  I love how this card turned out.  I used four different distress markers for the poinsettia:  Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry.  The pine sprigs were colored with two different distress markers:  Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.  I started out coloring the stamp with the Dried Marigold blending it out with clean water.  I then layered on the Barn Door and Fired Brick blending then out with clean water.  The Picked Raspberry was only added in certain areas to add some depth and to provide a more of a shadow.  Once I was done with the main image I added some yellow to the center using Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw.  I also added some Scattered Straw around the outside of the image and then distressed the entire piece with Old Paper and Vintage Photo distress inks.  Some Diamond Stickles were also added for some sparkle, but you can't really see it in my photo. The sentiment is also from Penny Black, but I don't know which set!! I stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black after everything was done.  I'm going to add this to the current Flower challenge of anything goes.
Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Red; Stamps:  Penny Black; Ink:  Ranger Distress inks, markers, VersaFine Onyx Black; Diamond Stickles

Saturday, October 22, 2016

always time for coffee...

Hello!!  Lisa and I are continuing out little challenge revolving around CASology. This week the cue word is coffee.  While I'm not a coffee drinker I do have several coffee related stamp sets.  I pulled out an old one from Whimsy Stamps called Coffee Break.  This set also has matching dies that include a little to go cup, wrapper and lid.  I used the color combo from this week's Color Throwdown, as well as the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  I die cut the main cup from the blue/green cardstock and the wrapper and lid from cream.  The sentiment was stamped in dark brown ink (looks almost black really!) on the wrapper and then everything was adhered to the cup. A panel of cream cardstock was die cut and then I used a strip of red houndstooth washi tape to bring in the red and  added a thin strip in a neutral color.   Finished by adhering the panel to a dark brown cardstock base. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!! Make sure you stop by Lisa's blog to check out what she made for the challenge.  I know it will not only be clean and simple but also super clever!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Chocolate Chip, PTI Ocean Tides and Vintage Cream; Stamps:  Whimsy Stamps; Dies:  AJVD and Whimsy Stamps; Inks:  SU!; Washi tape:  SU!

Friday, October 21, 2016

star of wonder...

Hello!!  Well... the weekend is here.  My boys get Monday off and they are super excited to not have to go to school!!  I'm excited that I don't have to get up early with my oldest!!  Have a card to share that I made for a couple of challenges:  SSS Wednesday challenge (use the color pink) and CAS(E) this Sketch.  I recently got the beautiful Star of Light stamp and die bundle from Stampin Up! and I have been wanting to make a card with it.  I started by stamping the swirly image on some watercolor cardstock with watermark ink, applying white embossing powder and then heat setting.  I then scribbled on a light pink ZIG marker and then blended it out with clean water.  The star was die cut from gold glitter cardstock and once my panel was try I trimmed it down, stamped the sentiment and then adhered the star using foam dimensionals.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  I took a close up of the star and the background so you can see the pink color wash and the embossed swirl.  I have never played along with any of the Happy Little Stampers challenges, but I was on my friend Greta's blog and saw that the current challenge is anything goes with dies so I thought I would enter my card there, as well.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger watercolor, MFT gold glitter; Stamps and dies:  Stampin Up!; Ink:  VersaMark and VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG water clean color marker

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!! Yep... it is that time of the week again, lol... time for my regular Wednesday post over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my project:
Hope you have a wonderful day and that you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog for a look and let me know what you think! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

two more cards...

Hello!!  A weekend full of rain, rain and more rain plus some strong winds led to lots of time to make cards!!   I think I made about 6 cards over the last few days!  I haven't made that many cards in a very long time, lol!!  Have two more to share today.  First up is a card for the current MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a resist technique (I used emboss/resist) and I'm also going to add this to the Color Throwdown as I used that color combo again.  I started by stamping one of the snowflakes from the MFT Snowflake Sparkle card kit on some of the smooth white cardstock included in the kit using VersaMark ink, applying white embossing powder and then heat setting.  I then inked up the corner where the snowflake is using the MFT Blue Breeze ink pad included in the kit and an ink distressing tool.  Once that was done I die cut the words Merry Christmas from the Sour Apple glitter paper from the kit, as well as white cardstock.  All the words were adhered together and then adhered to the card front.  I also added some of the little dot clusters from the snowflakes stamp set around the panel using light grey ink.  Dotted around some Diamond Stickles for a bit of sparkle and I was done.

The second card is for the Reverse Confetti October Sketch for You to Try.  I recently got some new Reverse Confetti stamps and dies (Vintage Ornaments), as well as their new Christmas patterned paper pad (Very Merry)and so I used some of those items to make my card.  I inked up one of the ornaments with SU!'s Real Red and then die cut it with the ornament die.  The little ornament topper was die cut from matte silver cardstock and the bow was stamped in green and then die cut.  I adhered all the pieces together and let it dry.  I pulled out four different patterns from the Very Merry pad to create the different components of the layout.  A few more RC dies (banner from Tag Me and small wreath from the Wreaths die set) were used to cut several pieces.  Layered everything up and I was done.  This works for the new Merry Monday challenge so I will be including my card in the challenge.

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Snowflake card:  Stamps, dies, ink and cardstock:  My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink and Filigree white embossing powder
Ornament card:  Stamps, dies and patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Hello!!  As our crazy fall weather continues Lisa and I are weathering the storm (ha ha!!) by playing along with CASology.   This week the cue word is spooky and initially I didn't think I would be able to make anything because to be honest Halloween is not big at our house and so I don't have many Halloween themed stamp sets, but then I remembered my PTI Spooky Sweets set... perfect for the challenge!!  I recently purchased some spider web doilies and I used one as a stencil to create my spider web.  I taped the doily down and then pounced on the gray ink.  Once that was done I stamped the spooky sentiment and added some googlie eyes.  A little spider was stamped in the center of the web.  Conveniently there is a rather large spider living right outside one of our kitchen windows so I was able to make sure I had my spider correctly oriented on the web!  I added some glitter to the spider's body for an extra bit of fun.  Since this has a spider on it I'm going to add it to the new Less is More challenge to use an insect or spider.  The new challenge at CAS on Sunday is Halloween so I will add my card to that challenge as well.

Hope you have a wonderful day and make sure you check out what Lisa created.  I'm sure it is clever and spooky!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: white and black; Stamps:  PTI; Ink:  VersaMark Onyx Black, Memento London Fog; googlie eyes; Ranger Diamond Stickles