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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!! Yep... it is that time of the week again, lol... time for my regular Wednesday post over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my project:
Hope you have a wonderful day and that you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog for a look and let me know what you think! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

two more cards...

Hello!!  A weekend full of rain, rain and more rain plus some strong winds led to lots of time to make cards!!   I think I made about 6 cards over the last few days!  I haven't made that many cards in a very long time, lol!!  Have two more to share today.  First up is a card for the current MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a resist technique (I used emboss/resist) and I'm also going to add this to the Color Throwdown as I used that color combo again.  I started by stamping one of the snowflakes from the MFT Snowflake Sparkle card kit on some of the smooth white cardstock included in the kit using VersaMark ink, applying white embossing powder and then heat setting.  I then inked up the corner where the snowflake is using the MFT Blue Breeze ink pad included in the kit and an ink distressing tool.  Once that was done I die cut the words Merry Christmas from the Sour Apple glitter paper from the kit, as well as white cardstock.  All the words were adhered together and then adhered to the card front.  I also added some of the little dot clusters from the snowflakes stamp set around the panel using light grey ink.  Dotted around some Diamond Stickles for a bit of sparkle and I was done.

The second card is for the Reverse Confetti October Sketch for You to Try.  I recently got some new Reverse Confetti stamps and dies (Vintage Ornaments), as well as their new Christmas patterned paper pad (Very Merry)and so I used some of those items to make my card.  I inked up one of the ornaments with SU!'s Real Red and then die cut it with the ornament die.  The little ornament topper was die cut from matte silver cardstock and the bow was stamped in green and then die cut.  I adhered all the pieces together and let it dry.  I pulled out four different patterns from the Very Merry pad to create the different components of the layout.  A few more RC dies (banner from Tag Me and small wreath from the Wreaths die set) were used to cut several pieces.  Layered everything up and I was done.  This works for the new Merry Monday challenge so I will be including my card in the challenge.

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Snowflake card:  Stamps, dies, ink and cardstock:  My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink and Filigree white embossing powder
Ornament card:  Stamps, dies and patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Hello!!  As our crazy fall weather continues Lisa and I are weathering the storm (ha ha!!) by playing along with CASology.   This week the cue word is spooky and initially I didn't think I would be able to make anything because to be honest Halloween is not big at our house and so I don't have many Halloween themed stamp sets, but then I remembered my PTI Spooky Sweets set... perfect for the challenge!!  I recently purchased some spider web doilies and I used one as a stencil to create my spider web.  I taped the doily down and then pounced on the gray ink.  Once that was done I stamped the spooky sentiment and added some googlie eyes.  A little spider was stamped in the center of the web.  Conveniently there is a rather large spider living right outside one of our kitchen windows so I was able to make sure I had my spider correctly oriented on the web!  I added some glitter to the spider's body for an extra bit of fun.  Since this has a spider on it I'm going to add it to the new Less is More challenge to use an insect or spider.  The new challenge at CAS on Sunday is Halloween so I will add my card to that challenge as well.

Hope you have a wonderful day and make sure you check out what Lisa created.  I'm sure it is clever and spooky!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: white and black; Stamps:  PTI; Ink:  VersaMark Onyx Black, Memento London Fog; googlie eyes; Ranger Diamond Stickles

Saturday, October 15, 2016

joy to the world...

Hello!!  Popping in with another card to share for a couple of challenges.  With the weather being so rainy and windy staying inside and paper crafting is the name of the game for me right now!!   The current Essentials by Ellen challenge is to mix it up with Pink Fresh Studio.  I don't have any of the new Pink Fresh Studio items, but I do have several things from their Christmas Wishes line from last year so I teamed them up with an Essentials by Ellen die.  The layout is based on the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  As I was looking through the bits and pieces I have from the Christmas Wishes line I found a scrap of the patterned paper with the phrase "joy to the world" printed multiple times in one corner.  Perfect to team up with the EE Brushstroke Joy die.  After trimming the piece to the size I wanted I die cut joy from it.  Joy was die cut several more times and then all there stacked inside the negative finishing up with the original word on top.  That was matted with some additional paper from the Christmas Wishes line.  It was a bit of a trick for me to figure out how to add the two strip elements from the layout, but I think I worked it out nicely.  I added the red hemp twine and then a thin strip of Tim Holtz glitter washi tape that I adhered to some of the patterned paper and then trimmed down to fit.  More of the Christmas Wishes paper was used for the background.  After laying everything up I added the little dove from the Christmas Wishes Studio Puff.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS red; Patterned paper:  Pink Fresh Studio; Die:  Essentials by Ellen; Red Hemp twine; Pink Fresh Studio puffy sticker; Tim Holtz glitter tape 

Friday, October 14, 2016


Hello!!  As I sit here typing this blog post the wind is whipping around in the trees and the rain is pouring down!! I guess the Pacific Northwest is being hit by the remains of a tropical storm that was born in the Pacific ocean!  Perfect weather to stay inside and do a little crafting!!  As the storm was heading our way last night I got started on the card I'm sharing today.  I finished it up this morning.  I'm posting it to the current Color Throwdown, as well as the new challenge blog dedicated to Concord & 9th called Where Creativity Meets C9.  Their challenge this month is watercoloring.  I love C9 stamps and dies and have a nice little collection going, but unfortunately I never seem to find the time to make things with them... hoping this new challenge will help me change that!!  I used the C9 sets Being Classy and Give Thanks for my card.  I also used the courageous die from the die set that is a companion to Being Classy.  The leaves were watercolored using a simplified version of the technique I used on this card.  For the aqua leaves I used Broken China and Peacock Feathers distress markers and for the lime green leaves I used Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.  Once all of the leaves were stamped and watercolored I then added the veining using a medium gray ink.  The word courageous was stamped using the same gray and then die cut with the matching die.  I inked up the heart shaped image using the same technique and colors.  After stamping it I blended the colors out using clean water.  When it was dry I stamped the sentiment and adhered it to the inside of my card.  To finish I trimmed down the main panel and adhered the word with pop dots.  A piece of black cardstock was placed on an angle on the card base and then the main panel was adhered at the opposite angle.  Some hemp twine in matching colors was added. 

inside of card

Hope you have a wonderful day and that you have good weather where you live!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! black and Sahara Sand, Ranger watercolor; Stamps and dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black and SU! Smoky Slate, Ranger distress markers; Twine:  Hemptique

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

wednesday with a jillian vance design...

Hello!!! Popping in to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:
Have a wonderful day... I hope that you will take the time to head over for to the AJVD blog and that you will take the time to let me know what you think of my card.