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

Friday, April 28, 2017

bursting with joy...

Hello!!  The weekend is upon us and I have a card to share for a couple of challenges:  Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. The pin-sights mood board is full of lovely images in soft, muted colors and I tried to capture several of those colors.  I used three different Essentials by Ellen stamp sets:  Mondo Peony, Up the Happy and Lovely.  I stamped the smallest peony from Mondo Peony with watermark ink on watercolor paper and then embossed with white embossing powder.  The flower was then colored with a ZIG clean color marker call Pink Flamingo.  Once it was mostly dry I trimmed it out by hand.  A background was watercolored using ZIGs in light green and yellow green.  There isn't any silver in the images, but I decided to sparkle things up a bit by using silver glitter cardstock for the strip portion of the FMS sketch.  The butterflies were stamp with watermark ink on watercolor paper and then colored with ZIGs in two shades of blue (blue and Persian blue).  Once dry they were die cut.  I trimmed down the main panel and then layered all of the images.  For some reason I was a bit heavy handed with the ink when I stamped the sentiment, but I wasn't going to start over!! I finished off the card by adding some drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, Ranger watercolor, silver glitter cardstock; Stamps and dies:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink and VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIGs; Nuvo Jewel Drops

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!! Stopping in with a little peek of the card I have up on the AJVD blog today.  Here it is:
Hope you will take the time to head over to the blog for a little look.  If you want to see my Color Throwdown card, please click here or scroll down.  Also... I'm having a giveaway... please click here to enter.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

guesting with color throwdown!!

Hello friends!!!  Happy Wednesday!!  Stopping in with my card for the new Color Throwdown!! Lucky me... I'm the guest designer this week!!  YAY!!   And of course, the color combo is just gorgeous!!  For my card I pulled out my never been used My Favorite Things Sketch Blooms 2 stamp set.  I stamped the stems for the flowers using SU!'s Pear Pizzazz.  For the magenta flowers I used SU!'s Rich Razzleberry and did generational stamping.  I started by inking up the large solid image and then stamped it off twice to get the pale color. The smaller solid image was inked up and stamped off once before stamping and then the outline image was stamped using the ink at full strength.  Love how the flowers turned out.  The yellow flower was stamped with Close to My Heart Sunflower.  I inked up the solid image, stamped it off once and then stamped.  The outline was stamped at full strength.  I filled in the scene with a leafy stem that was inked with Pear Pizzazz, stamped off and then stamped for a lighter green.  Added in some little flowers with the yellow and magenta inks.  The die cut hello is an MFT die and was die cut from vellum three times, stacked and then adhered to the card.  For a little more interest I cut strips of cardstock in the same colors and adhered them behind the image panel.   I'm also adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Wishing you a lovely day... hope you will play along with Color Throwdown this week!  I have a giveaway going on here... click over and leave a comment for a chance to win a stamp set!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, rich razzleberry, lemon yellow, pear green, vellum; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things, A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Close to My Heart

april pti blog hop...

Happy PTI blog hop day everyone!!  Nichole gave us a lovely inspiration photo and when I saw it I immediately thought of my Make It Market Mini Kit Color Pop: Floral.  I love the stencils that come with the Color Pop kits.  They are large, sturdy and cover your entire piece of cardstock!  I pulled out my distress inks and used Spun Sugar for the large flowers, Scattered Straw for the leaves and Carved Pumpkin for the small flowers.  After apply each of the layers with my ink blender I added the stems in the leaves using Weathered Wood, the centers of the pink flowers with Wild Honey and the centers of the little flowers with Carved Pumpkin.  I die cut the piece with the largest die in the Double Ups Rectangles set.  The sentiment was die cut from woodgrain cardstock and adhered to the panel.  I die cut a piece of lighter gray cardstock as a mat and layered the two on a white cardstock base.  Must admit that I wasn't super happy with the card when I first finished it, but it is starting to grow on me, lol! 

Have a wonderful day... can't wait to see what everyone has created! 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, light gray, white woodgrain, Make It Market mini kit printed cardstock; Stamps, dies and stencils:  PaperTrey Ink; Inks:  Distress inks

Monday, April 24, 2017

a card and a giveaway!!

Hello!!!  Popping in to share a card and some fun news!!   Some of you may remember when I posted about my card being on the cover of the current issue of Stamper's Sampler and how excited I was about it.  I was also excited because the card that was featured was made with some fun Precious Remembrance Shop stamps!!  Dyane from PRS contacted me to congratulate me on this accomplishment and we cooked up the idea for not one, but two giveaways!!  This month I'm giving away one of my favorite PRS stamp sets, DIY, and next month I will be giving away the stamp set featured on the card, Coffee Love... YAY!!   So... on to my card!  One of my favorite things about PRS stamps is how easy it is to collage stamp with the images and that is what I did with today's card.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown so I will be posting my card there, as well.  Not much to explain about the card.  The sentiment is from another PRS stamp set called Positive Thoughts.  Once the stamping was done I die cut the panel and then added some Pretty Pink Posh marshmallow sequins.   The giveaway is super simple... just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner and announce it on my blog on Monday, May 1st. 
Wishing you a wonderful day!!  Don't forget... comment to win!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Close to My Heart, VersaFine Onyx Black; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, April 22, 2017

thank you butterflies...

Hey... happy weekend!!  Yesterday was a gorgeous day here and in the evening my neighbors got their fire pit going.   Once there were some nice coals we made our first s'mores of the year!!  Unfortunately as this is the Pacific Northwest our nice weather has sort of evaporated...it is supposed to rain!  Oh well!! After all that fun I finally got the photos I had take of a couple of cards edited and I'm sharing one today.  This one uses the current Freshly Made Sketches layout and since I used butterflies I will be adding it to the current Time Out challenge... don't you just love that inspiration photo???  I pulled out some older My Mind's Eye papers, found a couple I liked and got to work.  The butterflies are from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.  I stamped the butterfly using MFT's Ripe Raspberry ink and then die cut with the matching dies.  I modified the sketch a bit by shrinking it down so that the MFT label die that I used wouldn't look so out of proportion!  That was die cut from the light pink woodgrain paper.  The background paper was die cut as well.  Layered everything up and then finished with the sentiment (from the Beautiful Butterflies companion sentiment set) embossed on vellum with white embossing powder.  Drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew were added to the butterflies wings.  A nice simple little card. 

Wishing you a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, PTI vellum; Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and AJVD; Inks:  My Favorite Things, VersaMark; Nuvo Crystal Drops