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

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 boy 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