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

Friday, December 2, 2016

peaceful greetings...

Hello!!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, Color Throwdown, Time Out (Christmas with a twist to add sparkle) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).  When I saw the Color Throwdown combo I had to play along!  I'm not a huge fan of purple, but I just absolutely loved the super fun color palette!   I got super sparkly with my card, too!  I stamped one of the snowflakes from the MFT October card kit in purple and then die cut it with the matching die.  I then covered the snowflake with VersaMark ink, poured on some clear sparkly embossing powder and heat set.  I had die cut the sentiment from the green glitter paper that came with the kit back when I got the kit, but never used them.  Since green was one of the colors in the palette they were perfect for my card.  The blue glitter paper was also in the kit and I die cut it with the Stitched Inside Out dies.  I almost added glitter to the black cardstock banners, lol!!   I included a close up of the snowflake so you can see that it that in fact purple. 

 
Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, white, PTI black; MFT green and blue glitter cardstock; Stamps:  MFT; Ink:  Close to My Heart Pansy Purple, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Stampin Up! Iridescent

Thursday, December 1, 2016

wishing you...

Hello!!!  Popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges... Freshly Made Sketches and Merry Monday Christmas challenge.  The current Merry Monday challenge is to make a masculine Christmas card and yes... I went with a image of stag!  I pulled out my Essentials by Ellen Prize Stag die and cut him from some beautiful shimmery copper cardstock.   The plaid paper is from a Tim Holtz 8x8 pad of paper I purchased last year (and never used!!) called Yuletide and was die cut with a Reverse Confetti die.  The papers in this pad are gorgeous and I really must use them again and soon!!  I stamped the starburst image from the Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright set in olive ink on the paper.  I die cut a thin fishtail banner using an MFT die and then stamped it with a sentiment from Merry &  Bright using a dark brown ink.  The other end was then fishtailed using the same die.  I adhered the plaid piece to my kraft cardstock panel, added the stag and the banner and then stamped Christmas below using the same dark brown ink. A nice simple card perfect for a guy!   I'm also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! River Rock, PTI kraft; Tim Holtz patterned paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, Reverse Confetti, MFT and AJVD; Inks:  SU!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Just stopping in to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up over on the AJVD blog.   Here is a little peek:
Hope you have a wonderful day!  I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a look and to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

happy birthday hydrangea...

Hello!! Popping in with a quick post today.  The current Essentials with Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is closing soon and I finally got my card made and ready to go!  Took me awhile to figure out what I was going to do, but I finally settled on using the Mondo Hydrangea and Lovely stamp sets.  This month's pin-sights mood board is full of fall loveliness and I decided to focus on the pumpkins and gourds in the photo.  I colored the hydrangea using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors starting with light brown (which actually looks yellow to me!) and then adding in some olive green.  I was trying to get the look that hydrangeas take on when they are done blooming and the flowers are starting to fade.  The leaf was colored with the olive green and then I added in some red.  Once the leaf was dry I die cut it with the matching die.  The stem was colored with a dark brown.  Once the main panel was dry I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment. I used my mini MISTI to stamp the sentiment multiple times to get a nice dark impression.  A small slit was made in the stem and the leaf was inserted.  I finished things off with a little twine bow and added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.  This is my first time using them and while you can't really see then in the photo I really like how they look.

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies: Cardstock:  PTI kraft, Ranger watercolor; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Nuvo Glitter Drops

Sunday, November 27, 2016

a note of thanks...

Hello!! Well... the holiday weekend is coming to a close and I finally found a little bit of time to make something albeit not my best effort, but that is how it goes sometimes, right?  I really wanted to make something for Color Throwdown and I had also been wanting to use the wheat dies from Reverse Confetti so I put the two together.   When I originally started this card I was going to use a different sketch, but when I saw the one from Paper Players thought I would use it instead.  I die cut the outline wheat image from a light blue, sage green and amber yellow cardstock three times each and then used spray adhesive to adhere them together.  I love using spray adhesive for delicate die cuts.  The only thing I don't like is that I have to go out to our garage in order to use the stuff... fumes and all.   Then I added a wash of gray to some watercolor cardstock using a gray ZIG.  Once that was dry I die cut it and then adhered the wheat die cuts.  The banner was die cut from white and the amber color cardstock using the banner from the RC Tag Me die set.  The sentiment (from the RC set Class Act) was stamped and then die cut using the circle die from the RC Fresh 'n Fruity die set.  The main panel was matted with some additional sage green cardstock and then everything was adhered to a light blue cardstock base.  Is anyone else a little frustrated with the changes that Google made to Blogger?  I don't know why they had to change something that worked just fine, but they did!!   Going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge of trio-tastic.


Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock: white, Close to My Heart green, light blue and yellow; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black; ZIG clean color marker

Friday, November 25, 2016

PTI November Blog Hop

Hello!!  Hope everyone here in the US had a lovely Thanksgiving!  We had a really wet one, but that is the Pacific Northwest in the winter!  Stopping in with my card for this month's PTI blog hop.  Nichole provided a lovely inspiration photo with lots of different directions you could go in.  I decided to focus on the two packages that were done in blue with gold polka dots.  It made me think of Tiffany Blue so the hunt was on to find a light robin's egg blue in my collection.  I finally hit on one with some very old Close to My Heart cardstock that I have.  I used PTI's What the Doodle: Snowflake, as well as a sentiment from Rustic Wreath.  I stamped the large snowflake on the light blue cardstock using VersaMark ink, applied gold embossing powder and heat set.  Once I had that done I die cut the snowflake using the matching die.  The swirl image from the set was stamped twice using Delicata Golden Glitz on a panel of white cardstock that I die cut and then the sentiment was stamped using a light blue similar to the cardstock. The sentiment is hard to read, but I didn't want to use a really dark ink like black so I went with the light blue. The layout for the card is based on the current Freshly Made Sketches so I will be posting it there, as well.   Also posting this to the current SSS Wednesday challenge of Christmas to die for.

Hope you have a wonderful day and happy hopping...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, Close to My Heart light blue; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and AJVD; Inks:  VersaMark watermark, Delicata Golden Glitz, Hero Arts Soft Pool