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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas blessings...

Hello!!  Hope your week has been good.   Here in the Puget Sound area of Washington our week started out pretty wacky with high winds and tons of rain. We lost power 3 times on Monday evening!  Thankfully the outages didn't last long, but it was still annoying!!  Our week has ended way better though with a little bit of sun!  Anyway... I have a card to share.  This is for the current Color Throwdown, Dies R Us and SSS flickr challenges.   The DRU challenge is snowflakes I pulled out my SSS Frozen Fractals stamp set and embossed all of the snowflakes in the set on watercolor paper with silver embossing powder.  Then I did a wash of dark blue watercolor over the top.  The SSS Christmas Blessings die set was cut from light blue glitter cardstock and then adhered to a vellum banner so that they would stand out a bit more against the blue background.  I finished things off with some silver embroidery floss tied in a little bow.  

Hope you have  wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Range watercolor, PTI vellum, MFT blue glitter; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp, MFT and AJVD; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors; Ranger silver embossing powder; Silver embroider floss

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there... stopping by with my usual Wednesday post letting you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!! Hope you will check out my project!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

two wreaths...

Hey there!!  I have two cards to share today and both have wreaths on them.  First up is a card for the November Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of Christmas.  I have had the beautiful C9 Magnolia Wreath stamp and die set for about a month and have been dying to make something with it and the new challenge was perfect chance.  Since this was my first time using the set I kept things pretty simple to get a feel for how the images work together.  I used Memento Pistachio and Stampin Up! Always Artichoke inks for the wreath and then added in the berries with SU!'s Real Red.  The banner was also stamped in Real Red and then trimmed out.  The wreath was die cut with the matching die.  I stamped the pine border from the C9 Seasonal Borders stamp set in kraft on the bottom of my kraft cardstock base for a subtle tone on tone look.  The red cardstock panel was partially embossed with SU!'s Decorative Dots embossing folder and then I added the wreath and banner.   Can't wait to use this stamp set again!

Card number two is for the current Inspired by All the Little Things, as well as the November Sketch for You to Try.  I got seriously sparkly with this card, lol!!  I'm also going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of snow white.  Lots of RC die cuts used on this one.  I managed to incorporate the tree portions of the Inspired by All the Little Things inspiration photo by using a piece of patterned paper from the RC Very Merry paper pad.   I die cut the RC wreath from silver glitter cardstock and then used two of the little dies that come with the wreath to die cut the little white pine branches.  Once those were adhered I added "berries" using the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix.  I layered up the glitter cardstock, vellum strip and the white tag then added the wreath.  The sentiment from the RC Tinsel 'n Trim stamp set was embossed in white on a banner that was die cut with the banner from the RC Tag Me die set.  Finished by adding a bit of white twine.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!  We are having some crazy wild weather today... super strong winds... not my favorite!

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, SU! Real Red; white; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Memento Pistachio; SU! embossing folder

Card #2:  Cardstock: MFT white, MFT silver glitter, PTI vellum; Patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Ink:  VersaMark; Embossing powder: Hero Arts; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Hey there!!!  I  have another card for the current Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up challenge.  I used current MFT sketch so I will be posting it there, as well.  This time I combined the EE Mondo Peony stamp set with MFT's celebrate die and a sentiment from the All Smiles stamp set.   I stamped the peony and the leaves on watercolor paper with VersaFine Smoky Gray and then watercolored everything with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I found some MFT plaid paper that had a bit of the color I used for the flower running through it and trimmed it to fit my card front.  I then trimmed down some MFT Sweet Tooth cardstock and adhered it with foam dimensionals to the card front.  I die cut the word celebrate from more Sweet Tooth three times, adhered them together and adhered to the plaid portion of the card front.  The sentiment was embossed in white on vellum and adhered to the word.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT, Ranger (watercolor) and PTI (vellum); Patterned paper:  MFT:  Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen and MFT; Dies:  MFT; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Inks:  VersaFine and VersaMark; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas cards!!

Hey!!   Hope your week is going well.  I have two Christmas cards to share that use lots of fun AJVD products.  First up is a card for the current Merry Monday Christmas challenge and Freshly Made Sketches.   The challenge at Merry Monday is to use kraft and red.  I used red glitter cardstock and red foil cardstock to create my poinsettia using AJVD Poinsettia dies.  I brought in the kraft part of the challenge by die cutting a panel of kraft cardstock with an AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then die cutting one corner using an Elegant Stitched Dot border die.  The panel was then stamped with kraft ink using the AJVD Dainty Dot Background stamp.   I die cut the word greetings from the Poinsettia Greetings die set and adhered that to the panel.   Now here is where I made a mistake.  I attached my panel to the cardstock base per the sketch (which I flipped on it's side and turned into a rectangle) and then added my poinsettia.  At that point I realized I had not stamped the word season's... YIKES!!  Thankfully I had put enough foam dimensionals on the back to make it sturdy enough to stamp the word!!

The second card is for the current Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.  I have been trying to play along with their challenges over the last few weeks, but always run out of time.  I was determined that I would get something made for this week's challenge as I absolutely loved the inspiration photo.  I die cut my pine branches using a newly released AJVD die set from a dark green cardstock and layered them on a black cardstock base.  The sentiment was stamped in white ink.  I stamped the Christmas stocking in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then colored it with Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolors.  Once it was dry I trimmed it out.  A snowflake was die cut and adhered to the pine branches along with the stocking.  Love how this one turned out and now I have two more Christmas cards made!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Pinefeather, True Black and kraft; Stampin Up! Real Red; Ranger watercolor paper, Stampin Up! red glitter; red foil; Stamps and dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  VersaFine, Simon Says Stamp white pigment, Stampin Up! Crumb Cake and Real Red; Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!!  Popping in to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!  Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek!