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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

i'll never leaf you...

Hello!!  Wow... we had a wet and wild weekend!!  But thankfully it cleared up enough for the boys and me to get a few more pumpkins for our front porch and to have a little trip out to one of our favorite spots.  It was fun to head out of town in up more toward the mountains and to see all the trees in their full autumn glory!  It made me think of the current inspiration photo from the Card Concept.  When I saw the gorgeous fall wedding cake in the photo I just knew I had to play along! My card would fit in the Classy and Elegant or Clean and Simple categories.  I was inspired by all the leaves on the beautiful white cake.    I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, as well.  I inked up a piece of white cardstock with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade distress oxide inks.  I then die cut two leaves from the AJVD Grand Leaf Trio set set and a small leaf from the AJVD Leaves & Petals die set from the piece.   The leaves were then inked with Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and a bit more Wild Honey distress oxide inks.  I absolutely love those inks for blending!!  A piece of white cardstock was trimmed down to fit the card front, then die cut in half using an AJVD Elegant Stitched Border die.  I then cut the pieces down further with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot Rectangle die so that all the edges matched.  The sentiment is from the AJVD stamp set Be-Leaf in Yourself.  I arranged the leaves on the two pieces so I could get a good placement for the sentiment and then stamped it with my MISTI.  The leaves were added along with some red, yellow and orange dew drops.   I will also add this to the current Dies R Us challenge to use leaves on your project.   Can I just say that I am beyond pleased with how this card turned out???  I just love it!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps and dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Distress Oxide and VersaFine Vintage Sepia; Robins Nest dew drops

Saturday, October 21, 2017

three ornaments...

Hello!!!  Popping in with a card for the current Merry Monday Christmas challenge, as well as for the  Reverse Confetti October Sketch for You to Try.  The Merry Monday challenge is to use ornaments on your card.   I decided to go with a traditional red and green color scheme with a little silver sparkle thrown in for good measure.  The stamps and dies are from Reverse Confetti... Vintage Ornaments set.  Originally I only had two ornaments... one is red and one in green, but as I put the card together things just didn't look right so I stamped and cut another red ornament.  I used Stampin Up!'s Emerald Envy and Cherry Cobbler inks along with the matching cardstock.  I embossed both pieces with a SU! birch tree embossing folder.  The RC Pretty Panels garland die was cut from white cardstock three times and adhered together.  The little banner is also from Reverse Confetti and cut from silver glitter cardstock as well as the ornament tops.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU!; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Stampin Up!; Glitter paper:  MFT; Embossing folder:  Stampin Up!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

being thoughtful...

Hello from windy and rainy Western Washington!!  Our typical autumn weather has arrived with a vengeance!!   So... what do you do when the weather turns bad??? Why make a card or two, of course, lol!!  I got one card made and have a second one underway!  This card is for the current Where Creativity Meet C9 challenge to use the C9 colors (found in their company banner), the current Stamp Ink Paper challenge (tic-tac-toe - I went with leaves, sequins and die cut) and the current Dies R Us challenge of leaves.  I hunted through my ink collection and found three Hero Arts inks that were a good match for the C9 colors and then used them to ink up the leaf border image from the C9 Seasonal Borders stamp set.  The sentiment is from the C9 set Being Classy stamp set.  I inked up the word thoughtful using the same three inks and then die cut it with the matching die.  I laid the word on my stamped panel and then arranged the words being and is classy around it.  I removed the die cut and using my MISTI stamped the words in black ink.  The die cut was adhered along with some sequins in clear and a color similar to those used for ink up the stamps.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Fresh Snow linen, SU! dark gray; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Hero Arts; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh and Verve

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!! Yep... it is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Have a wonderful day and I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a look at my project!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

joyful holiday greetings...

Hello!!!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Stopping in with a card I put together this morning for the current Merry Monday Christmas challenge.  They have a lovely sketch this week.   I have been in a bit of a creative funk, again, so I thought using the sketch would help.  I have lots of fun new stamps and dies, but just can't seem to get anything going... maybe I have too much stuff???!!! Anyway... I thought making something simple might help so I turned to Merry Monday since I need to get started on some Christmas cards.  I have never used my Make It Market Mini Kit:  Holiday Folk and since it comes with a sheet of images you can die cut and use I thought that would make things easy, but it turned out I was wrong, lol!  I still struggled to get something made!   I was going to use some of the patterned papers that come in the kit, but decided that none would work for the top panel so I inked up some PTI Fresh Snow linen cardstock with Broken China distress oxide ink and then flicked on water to create a look of snow falling.  That panel and a piece of the patterned paper from the kit were die cut along with the images.  I laid out where I wanted the die cuts and then stamped the sentiment.  Layered everything up and finally... I had a card made!!!   Here's to hoping I can get something else made, lol!!

Have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PaperTrey Ink; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black and Ranger Distress Oxide

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!   Hope you are having a great week!  If you want to see my Color Throwdown post click here or scroll down.  I also have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!! I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek at my card!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

guesting at color throwdown!!!

Hello!!! So happy to stop in to let you know that I'm guesting today at Color Throwdown... YAY!!  Love Color Throwdown and pumpkins!!  This week's colors are inspired by a photo of a basket full of beautiful pumpkins!!!   I used the October Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try to put my card together.  I pulled patterned papers from a couple of different places (Stampin Up! and My Favorite Things).  I was going to use a pumpkin on my card, but then I saw my never been used Reverse Confetti Thankful Pretty Panels die and decided to use that instead.  I die cut it twice from the orange gingham paper and the black cardstock and then inlaid the patterned paper into the black die cut.  Love the contrast I created!!  Cut some patterned paper and a panel of white cardstock and adhered to a taupe cardstock base.  I layered the orange paper and the black cardstock together, adhered and then added the pretty panel.  Super simple, but I really like it!  Going to add this to Simon Says Stamp's world card making day gallery, too.

Have a wonderful day... hope you play along with Color Throwdown!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! (taupe), black (PTI); Patterned paper:  taupe (Stampin Up!), orange gingham (MFT); Dies:  Reverse Confetti

Monday, October 9, 2017

just because...

Happy Monday... ha, ha!!  Stopping in with a card for the current Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up (mixing it up with Altenew) challenge, as well as the October Altenew challenge.  Since I'm trying to use my small stash of Altenew products more often combining the two challenges was the perfect opportunity.  I used Altenew's Layered Lily stamps and dies for the flower and a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely stamp set.  I used inks from Altenew, Memento and Stampin Up! to create the flower and the leaves.  I did stamp the little stamens in the center of the flower, but I used a really light gray ink and so you can't see them in the photo.   The sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in white.  Before adhering the flower and leaves to the die cut circle I added a little nest of silver thread.  The layout comes from CAS(E) this Sketch so I will be adding it there.  I'm going to add this to Simon Says Stamps Word Card Making Day gallery, as well.

Have a wonderful day... 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, pink, light gray, woodgrain, vellum; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen and Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Memento, Altenew, MFT; DMC silver thread; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Hello!!  Did you make cards on World Card Making Day?  I did not, but since most of the challenges are still open today I made a couple of cards.  Sharing one right now that is for the MFT WCMD dies challenge, as well as the MFT color and sketch challenges.   Trying to figure out how to make the MFT colors and sketch work with the MFT dies that I have was a trick, but I think I made it work.  I should have die cut another set of flowers and stems, but it is too late now.  Still I do like how the card turned out overall.  The nice thing about this card is that it is pretty flat and I can add a stamped sentiment to it later.  Don't you love it when you can make one card that covers several challenges??? I do!!  Going to see if I can get something else made for one of the other MFT WCMD challenges... wish me luck, lol!!   Think I will pop this into the Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day line up, as well.

Supplies:  Cardstock: white, dark blue, red, light yellow, medium yellow, light gray; Dies:  My Favorite Things and AJVD

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!!  Hope you are having a wonderful week!!  Stopping by to let you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!!  Hope you will stop by the AJVD blog to check out my project!

Monday, October 2, 2017

merry poinsettia

Hello!  Have a card to share for several different challenges today.  When I saw that my sweet bloggy friend, Anita, is the creative guest for Inspired by All the Little Things I knew that I had to play along!  It also helped that the inspiration photo is that of a gorgeous dahlia and I absolutely love dahlias!!  I decided to team this up with the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge.  I pulled just a few colors (peachy pink, blue and gold) from the pin-sights inspiration photo and the inspiration I took from the Inspired All the Little Things photo is the positioning of the flower.  I would have loved to have a large dahlia image to color, but I thought my EE Mondo Poinsettia would make a lovely substitute.  I stamped the large poinsettia on watercolor paper with watermark ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The same was done with the smaller poinsettia on a separate piece of watercolor paper.  I then colored both images with two ZIG clean color markers (Light Carmine and Flamingo Pink).  The center of the flowers were colored with another ZIG marker (Mustard).  Once the flowers were dry I die cut the smaller one with the matching die.  I added a light coloring of blue (pulled from the EE Pin-Sights photo) with a ZIG marker.  Once everything was dry I trimmed down the main panel and adhered the smaller poinsettia.  I added the foam tape to the back and then remembered that I had not stamped the sentiment!!  So... I stamped it on vellum and heat embossed in white.  A few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew were added to finish things off.   I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by... please remember to keep everyone in Las Vegas in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this awful tragedy.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS Fog, Ranger watercolor; Stamps and dies:  Essentials by Ellen; Inks:  VersaMark watermark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder, Ranger gold embossing powder; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Markers; Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thursday, September 28, 2017

cards to share...

Hello!!   Stopping in with a couple of cards for several challenges two which close very soon.  First up is a card for the current Altenew challenge.  I have never played along with their challenges, but  recently decided that I needed to so that my little collection of Altenew stamps and dies gets used.  When I saw the challenge inspiration photo I had an idea that I wanted to give a try and I am pleased to say that my card turned out almost exactly as I thought it would.  It was also nice that my idea dovetailed rather nicely with the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Since the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is anything goes I will post it there, as well.   After I finished my card I realized that I mostly pulled out the blues from the inspiration photo so hopefully that is okay.  I stamped the roses and butterfly from the Bamboo Roses stamp set on watercolor paper with watermark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Once that was done I watercolored everything with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  When they were dry I trimmed them out (I don't own the dies).  I used the large half-tone hello image to sort of mimic the background.  Once all the bits and pieces were done I watercolored a panel with a light blue and let it dry.   The panel was then trimmed down and then everything layered up.  I finished with the birthday girl sentiment embossed in white on vellum.

The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try, as well as the current Color Throwdown.  I pulled out two Reverse Confetti set (My Heart Trusts and Whole Lotta Thanks) to create my card.  I stamped the flowers and leaves from Whole Lotta Thanks and die cut with the matching dies.  The sentiment was stamped on aqua cardstock and die cut with an AJVD circle die.  The tag and layer are from Reverse Confetti.  The tag was die cut from woodgrain cardstock and the layer from orange.  I found some green patterned paper that matched the mossy green ink I used and cut a piece to fit my cardstock based.  After layering up everything on the tag I adhered it to my card base and then added a little bit of rust colored ribbon.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger watercolor paper, PTI vellum; Stamps and dies:  Altenew; Ink:  Watermark, Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Card 2:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Patterned paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps: Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, AJVD; Inks:  SU! Real Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Coastal Cabana, VersaFine Onyx Black; Ribbon:  Ellen Hutson 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Hope your week is going well.   Just popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:

It's a fun little card with a Halloween theme.  I hope you will pop over for a look.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

so very thankful...

Happy fall everyone!!  We are having some beautiful weather (although I do wish we had a little rain) right now.  Today was the last day of the Washington State fair so the boys and I went this morning.  On the way home we picked up some pumpkins for our front porch.  With all that behind me I was finally able to take a photo of a card I made other day for the current Color Throwdown challenge, as well as the current When Creativity Meets C9 challenge to just use ink.  For this card I pulled out the C9 Lace Leaf stamp set.    I inked up the main leaf image with a dark green ink from Hero Arts.  The watercolor image that comes in the set was then inked up with a Hero Art purple, MFT's Daffodil and Orange Fizz.  In order to keep the inks from mixing too much and ending up with a muddy look I inked up the bottom portion of the image with the purple, stamped and then cleaned off the stamp.  The process was repeated with the other inks.  I really like how the leaf turned out.  The sentiment was stamped in black and then I added some little splatters here and there using an image from the C9 Brushed Blossom stamp set.   Finished off the card with a little bit of twine tied in a knot and adhered with multi matte medium.  I adhered some black cardstock on the card base as you see and then adhered the stamped panel with the opposite side flush to the top and side of the card base using foam dimensionals.  Since I did that I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of pop it up.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

delightful day...

Hello!!!  Wow... the week is almost over!!  I'm popping in with a card for several challenges:  MFT design superstar, MFT sketch challenge, SSS Wednesday challenge and Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge (watercoloring).   I am by no stretch of the imagination a coloring virtuoso, but I wanted to challenge myself to do some watercoloring and the MFT design superstar challenge was just the push I needed.  I got out my MFT Sweet Forest Friends stamps and dies and did some watercoloring.  I had to color the little fox twice because the first one didn't turn out so well, but I'm really pleased with my coloring since I hadn't really done any in quite some time.  After coloring up all my little critters with various ZIG markers I watercolored a panel of watercolor paper with a light blue ZIG and then part of  watercolor panel with two green ZIGs.  When dry both panels were die cut with the MFT Inside Out Stitched Round Rectangle dies.  I popped up the green portion on the blue background and then adhered the tree and the critters using more pop dots.  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap piece of watercolor paper that had been light colored with the same blue ZIG and then die cut with another MFT die.  I added a little bit of white baker's twine to finish things off.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Stopping in to let you know that my card is up on the AJVD blog and it is another fall inspired card that uses Halloween papers.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day and I hope you will hop over to the AJVD blog for a look.

Monday, September 18, 2017

i'm so jelly...

Hello!!  Hope you week is off to a good start.  I have a card that I made for the current MFT sketch challenge.  Since it is pretty clean and simple I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I recently bought the fun MFT stamp and die set Ocean Fun and have been wanting to make a card with it.   When I started the card I was just going to have simple windows, but decided to change the windows to shaker elements.  I inked up my background with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress oxide inks.  I trimmed down my white cardstock panel and then die cut the windows using a MFT Inside Out Stitched Round rectangle die.  Using removable tape I positioned the panel so that I could stamp the little background images inside the windows.  I adhered the acetate to the panel and created my little shakers.  The jellies were stamped using Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and then die cut them with the matching dies.  I used small pieces of the acetate to create little tabs to attached the jellies to the card.  This gives them a little bit of movement, but not as much as I had thought they would.  I think my acetate is too thick and thus too stiff.  Oh well... they still look cute.   I think I will also add this to the MFT design superstar challenge in the innovation category.  It isn't super innovative, but there will still be a chance to win $100 gc in the random draw.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, PTI black; Stamps and dies:  MFT; Ink: Ranger Distress Oxide inks, VersaMark watermark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; clear acetate; sequin mix

Friday, September 15, 2017

fall coffee lovers blog hop...

Hey there... happy Friday and happy Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!!  I have a card to share for the hop and since I'm not a coffee drinker my card has a tea theme.  My new tea love is a Starbucks London Fog Tea Latte followed closely by the new Pumpkin Spice Chai latte... yummy!!  Anywhoo... my card is also for the current Viva La Verve sketch challenge.  I recently got some sweet new Verve and I'm using one of the items on my card today.  I rummaged around in my patterned papers and found this group of fall themed papers and got to work.   The sentiment is from the Verve set One Cup.  I stamped it in VersaFine Vintage Sepia on the paper and then die cut it with my new Verve Stitched Banner Duo die set.  I stamped it a second time on some scrap paper and trimmed out the little cup.  That was adhered on top with foam dots.  I layered up all the elements and then added some twine tied in a bow before I adhered the sentiment banner.

Thanks for checking out my card today and enjoy the hop!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft; Patterned paper:  unknown; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design and Verve; Ink:  VersaFine; Twine:  Recollections

Thursday, September 14, 2017

pineapple thank you...

Hey!!   Hope your week is going well!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Where Creativity Meets C9 (just ink), Color Throwdown (color combo) and Simon Says Stamp (clean and simple).   When C9 came out with the Pineapple Perfection stamp set I absolutely had to have it.   I'm mean... seriously... how cool is that pineapple???!!  So when I got it last week I was just itching to make something with it.  Enter the new WCMC9 challenge and the Color Throwdown combo and I had my opportunity!   Can I just say that I absolutely love how my pineapple turned out??? I stamped the full pineapple in black ink and then added the crown and leaves with a nice dark green ink (SU!'s Gumball Green).   I then stamped the three flowers in dark blue (SU!'s Night of Navy).  The berries and all the other flowers were done using second generation stamping with the green (berries) and blue (the rest of flowers) inks.   I couldn't cover up that gorgeous pineapple by using the banner die that comes in the matching die set so I stamped the sentiment from the C9 set Brushed Blossom in black slightly over the pineapple.  Once the stamping was done I trimmed down the panel and added a strip of dark blue cardstock.  To finish things off I added some clear sparkling sequins and white baker's twine tied in a bow at the top.  The panel was then adhered to a dark green cardstock base.  Since I'm talking about pineapples right now I thought I would mention that another card I made using the C9 Pop Art Pineapples stamp set is on the cover of the current Stampers Sampler Take Ten!  I was so excited when I opened up my complimentary copy and saw my card on the cover.  You can see the cover over on my side bar or below.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Night of Navy & Gumball Green; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkly Clear sequins; SU! white baker's twine