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

Friday, March 24, 2017

how have you bean?

Hello everyone!!  Stopping in with a card for the spring Coffee Lover's blog hop that starts today.  I combined the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags set with the A Jillian Vance Design But First Coffee stamp set to create my card.  I stamped the floral to go cup image in watermark ink on white cardstock, applied white embossing powder and then heat set.  The Coffee Cup Tags set is actually a holiday one, but I thought the flowers could be made to look more spring like by using bright colors like orange and pink. I used distress ink markers to color the images and then wiped off the excess ink with a paper towel.  Some ink did remain, but I don't think it takes away from the over all look.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock with an AJVD Stitched Dot Rectangle die and then stamped the coffee ring image using Vintage Sepia ink.  After stamping the lid in gray ink I die cut the cup and lid with the matching dies and adhered them to the panel.  The sentiment was stamped in watermark ink and embossed with black embossing powder on a strip of vellum.  Trimmed down the strip and adhered it to the cup.  I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use more than one die or punch.
Enjoy the blog hop!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white and SSS fog; Stamps:  A Jillian Vance Design and Hero Arts; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design and Hero Arts; Inks:  VersaMark, VersaFine and Ranger Distress ink markers; Embossing powder:  Filigree white and black

Thursday, March 23, 2017

how does your garden grow...

Hello!!  I have another bunny card!!  This time I tried to color my bunny up like one of the little black bunnies that come into our yard.  My bunny is more gray than black, but I think close enough.  Since this little bunny has a hoe I have him/her tilling the soil around some nice big heads of lettuce growing in the garden.  Everything was colored with my trusty ZIGs.  I die cut the little fence from some kraft cardstock and then cut it in to two pieces so that I could create a little opening in the fence so that the bunny would have a way to get into the garden.  I created the background by scribbling on a brown ZIG and then blending it out.  A mid-green ZIG was flicked on and blended out to create the grass and then I added in the blue for the sky.  Once the panel was dry I added the fence, bunny and the lettuce.  I almost didn't get a sentiment on this one, but caught myself in time to get it stamped!!  I used more than one die on this card so I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use more than one die or punch.  Since there is coloring I will add this to the 30 day color challenge as well.  I haven't been coloring every day, but have managed to do more coloring this month than I did in the last three!!
Wishing you a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, SU! Crumb Cake, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps and dies:  Hero Arts; Inks:  VersaFine Vintage Sepia and Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Hello friends!!! Popping in to let you know that I have my regular Wednesday post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:
Wishing you a wonderful... hope you head over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

i'm a cover girl... again!!!

Hello friends!!  I just had to stop in with some news and I think you can figure it out from my blog post title, lo1!!  A card I made is on the cover of the April/May/June Stamper's Sampler!!   Now I had absolutely no idea my card would be on the cover until I opened the packaging that my complimentary copy of Stamper's Sampler came in today.    I knew my card would be in Stamper's Sampler because I saw it in an advertisement that appeared in the latest issue of Stamper's Sampler Take Ten, but I didn't think it would be on the cover!  I have had two cards on the cover of Take Ten, but never on Stamper's Sampler.  And to make things even better... they used the coffee cup (which is from the super cute Precious Remembrance Shop set Coffee Love) as the template for their new template challenge!!! How cool is that???  The card on the cover appears in the magazine along with two other cards that I made using the same stamp set from Precious Remembrance Shop and I could not be more pleased that Dyane's stamp set is being showcased so prominently in the magazine!!   If you have never checked out Precious Remembrance Shop you really should!  They have a fabulous design team (I used to be a member) and super cute stamps!!  

Thanks so much for indulging me today as I share this fun news.... wishing you a wonderful day!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

another bunny card..

Hello!! Stopping in on this windy, rainy weekend with another bunny card.  Just can't stop myself!! These bunnies are just too darn cute!!!  Like the first one there is no sentiment on it.  But that is because I got the card put together before I realized that I had not stamped a sentiment! The main panel was adhered with pop dots which makes it harder to set a good impression. I'm sure that hasn't happened to anyone else out there, right???!!!  I created my background by scribbling some dark brown and blue ZIGs onto a panel of watercolor cardstock and then blended it out with a little water.   I flicked on some green for the grass and then did a bit of blending.  The side strip was die cut using the fence specialty die from the kit.  The green textured paper that I used can in the kit as well.  After looking at the finished card I realized that the background could either be the sky or a lake!!  Either way I do love how it turned out.  I think I will add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a bit of green and to the current 30 day coloring challenge.


Wishing you a wonderful day and wishing that our rain would go away, lol!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Crumb Cake, green texture, Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  Hero Art March My Monthly Hero kit; Dies:  Hero Arts My Monthly Hero and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers





Thursday, March 16, 2017

butterflies and a bunny...

Hello!!  Stopping in on this very soggy day with a couple of cards I made recently.  The first card uses items from the March My Monthly Hero kit.   I could not resist this kit because... BUNNIES!!! I love bunnies... seriously!!   We have a family of bunnies living in and around our yard and right now the babies have been scampering around.  They are just too cute!!   My kit arrived this past weekend and once I had some time I stamped all three of the bunny images from the set on watercolor paper and colored them up with my ZIGs.  One of the adult bunnies and several of the babies are black so I tried to color one black, but it didn't turn out so well.  I'm not giving up though!  The other two were colored light brown and turned out much better.  One you see on my card.  The kit also includes this fun die that cuts a piece of "ground" that also has slits in it that you can use to "plant" all the little veggies that come in the kit.  I cut a piece from watercolor paper and then colored it with a dark brown ZIG.  The cute little fence that you see in the back is also a die from the kit.  I stamped both sizes of carrots on watercolor paper, colored them with ZIGs and then die cut with the matching dies.  I then "planted" all my carrots and the little bunny.  Everything was adhered to a light blue cardstock base and some brown twine added to the top.  There is no sentiment at this time, but I will come up with something later.  I just love how this turned out!!  Going to add this to the 30 day coloring challenge.
The second card uses the super sweet Reverse Confetti Butterfly Dreams stamp set.  The layout is based on the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  The background is a Reverse Confetti Quick Card and was the basis for where I went color-wise.  The banners were die cut from woodgrain cardstock with a die from the RC Tag Me die set.   I hadn't used a bright pink in a long time so I thought that would be perfect pop of color for my card.  I stamped the butterflies and then die cut them with the matching dies.  Layered everything up against a light gray cardstock panel and then added little heart shaped enamel dots to the centers of the smaller butterflies.  Clean and simple, but I like it!!


Wishing you a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  White, SSS Fog, Sea Glass, RC Quick Card, Ranger woodgrain and watercolor; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts; Inks:  Stampin Up!; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; My Mind's Eye black enamel hearts; Hemptique  hemp twine