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

Monday, May 22, 2017

a card and a giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!   I'm popping in today with a card I made using the super cute Precious Remembrance Shop stamp set Coffee Love and to make things even more fun I get to give this stamp set away!!!  I know the Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop is just around the corner.  This stamp set would be perfect to have on hand for just that event!   A month or so ago I picked up a pad of paper from the Teresa Collins Gold Glam collection that was on clearance at Joann's and so I pulled that out to use to make my card.  I stamped the coffee cup image on some paper that had gold foil hearts on it and then trimmed it out.  All the papers in the pad are one sided so I was able to flip the paper over and stamp the cup lid and the little center portion.  I stamped the sentiment in light pink ink and then trimmed out the lid and piece and adhered them with pop dots.  I trimmed down another piece of paper from the pad that had these fun large polka dots. That was adhered to my card base along with a strip of gold glitter paper.  Finished with the little coffee cup.  Since I have glitter on this I'm going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of a bit of sparkle.  I included a close up of the sentiment since it is a bit hard to see. 

Have a wonderful day!!  Please leave me a comment by Sunday, May 28th and I will pick a winner on Monday, May 29th. 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, gold glitter; Patterned paper:  Teresa Collins; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Well... the weekend is almost over and we have had a beautiful one here in the Pacific Northwest.  The boys and I went out for a little adventure this afternoon and when I got back I finished up a card that I had started this morning for a few challenges:  MFT color challenge, CAS(E) this Sketch and Less is More (geometric).  For the geometric component of my card I pulled out the MFT Geometric Greenery stamp set and stamped three leaves on watercolor cardstock using VersaFine Smoky Gray.  I stamped the images using my mini MISTI so I could get a nice dark gray color similar to the MFT Steel Gray from the color palette.   The leaves were then colored in a light pink, dark pink and orange using my ZIG clean color markers and clean water.  Let them dry and then die cut with the matching dies.  The hello was die cut from a dark gray cardstock three times and then adhered together.  I watercolored each color on a panel of watercolor paper using the same ZIG markers.  Once the panel was mostly dry I adhered the leaves and the sentiment.  I wanted to use enamel dots in the same colors, but only had the orange and dark pink!   My attempt to find sequins to match was even worse!  So I just went with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.

Have a wonderful week!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, Ranger watercolor; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Nuvo Crystal Drops

Friday, May 19, 2017

a butterfly birthday card...

Hope your week is going well!!  I have a card to share for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   If you are like me (and I think you are, lol!) you have lots and lots of stamps and dies that aren't getting much love.   Based on that realization I decided to go through my large collection of Stampin Up! set and use one to create my card.  The stamp set I went with is the beautiful Watercolor Wings set.  Using my mini MISTI I was able to stamp my butterfly perfectly using the Color Throwdown colors.  The butterfly was then die cut with the matching die.  Since the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to have some sparkle on your project I brushed on Stickles in Crystal to select parts of the butterfly.  (To see the sparkle better click on the photo to enlarge it.)  I did a little bit of quick watercoloring using ZIGs in the three colors from the CT palette on a panel of watercolor cardstock.  Once the panel was dry it was trimmed down and cut into two pieces per the FMS layout.  The sentiment is from another Stampin Up! set (Backyard Basics) and was stamped in VersaFine Smoky Gray.  The pieces were adhered with foam dimensionals and the butterfly with multi matte medium.   Now I have another sweet and simple birthday card to add to my stash.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  white cardstock, watercolor cardstock; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Ranger Crystal Stickles; ZIGs Clean Color markers

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

Hello!!  Wednesday has rolled around, again, and so has my regular post on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

happy age awareness day...

Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges.  One is new to me and the other is an old favorite.  The new to me is Fab Friday and the old favorite is Less is More.   The challenge at Less is More is one layer with spots and strips in the mix so I used that as my jumping off point for the color challenge at Fab Friday. (Use Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Dapper Denim)  I was going to use a stamp set that I had recently purchased from Stampin Up!, but because my card was going to be all stamping I had trouble getting all the colors to work well together with the images in the set.  After repeated tries I gave up and pulled out a fun (but now retired) stamp set from Stampin Up! called Age Awareness and was able to make the colors work.  For a simple card this one took me quite awhile to make.  I originally started out just stamping everything using my acrylic blocks, but soon realized that things would go a lot better if I used my mini MISTI.  I made my card and added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in black, but then ruined the card when I decided that I could add some more black to one of the drops.   So... back to the starting block, lol!  This time I got the card made and used Nuvo Glitter Drops in Blizzard White.  Once the drops were dry I did not mess with them!!   As you can see I have several different strips and spots, as well!

Supplies:  White cardstock; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Nuvo Jewel Drops

Friday, May 12, 2017

birthday cards...

Happy weekend everyone!!!  I have a couple of birthday cards to share.  The first card is for the current MFT sketch challenge and the current Color Throwdown.  I used the MFT Flashy Florals set along with a sentiment from the MFT Pretty Poppies set.   I started by die cutting an oval using the MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Oval Stax set from kraft cardstock.  The flower  was stamped using generational stamping and MFT's Daffodil ink.  The center was stamped with SU! Smoky Slate ink.  The leaves were stamped with MFT's Blue Berry ink and then the detail image with Smoky Slate.  Everything was then cut with the matching dies.  A strip of MFT patterned paper in a yellow polka dot pattern was cut and adhered to my card base.  A panel of white cardstock was trimmed down and stamped with the sentiment in Smoky Slate.  Originally I was just going to adhere the oval, flower and leaves and call it good, but then decided to make a shaker.  I filled the shaker with light blue and white sequins, adhered my oval piece and I was done!!  Since I have polka dots in the mix I will add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of going dotty and this also works for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge to frame something.

My second card is for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of florals as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I have had the C9 You Are Enough stamp set for ages, but have not been happy with any of the attempts I have made to use the large floral image in the set.  Finally last night I was able to watercolor something that I was happy with!  I die cut the piece with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die and then wrapped the piece with the dark pink twine.  I adhered that to a light gray cardstock base and then created my sentiment by using two sentiment pieces from the C9 Many Mandalas set that arrived in my mail box yesterday!!!  That set is so beautiful... can't wait to use the mandalas in the set!!  Anywhoo... the birthday sentiment in the set actually says "a happy birthday!" so I just inked up the sentiment and carefully wiped off the a and !.  I stamped the "to you" and then trimmed both down and adhered them to the banner.  Finished things off with a few little Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies: Cardstock:  My Favorite Things and PaperTrey Ink; Patterned paper:  My Favorite Things; Stamps:  My Favorite Things and Concord & 9th; Dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  My Favorite Things, Stampin Up! and VersaFine; Dark pink twine; Nuvo Crystal Drops; Pretty Pink Posh white and blue sequins; clear acetate