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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

if flowers could hug...

Hey there!!  Hope you have been having a good weekend.  Our crazy January weather has returned.... rain and wind!  And with weather like that staying inside makes lots of sense, lol!!!  I have a card for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.   I pulled a few of the colors from the inspiration photo to make my card. I used the EE Mondo Peony stamp set and colored two of the images using Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils in two shades of purple.  The leaves were colored with Derwent watercolor pencils in two shades of green.   I cut down some purple cardstock to 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches and then adhered a layer of vellum that was cut slightly smaller.  The leaves and the flowers were layered on top.  One of the colors in the palette looks like gold to me so I heat embossed the sentiment from the EE set Lovely in gold on black cardstock, trimmed it down and layered it on top of the flowers.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Royal Velvet, black, vellum; Canson cold pressed watercolor; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray, VersaMark watermark; Watercolor Medium:  Faber-Castell and Derwent watercolor pencils; Embossing powder:  Tsukineko gold

Precious Remembrance Shop New Release Blog Hop - Day 2

Hey!!  The PRS design team is back today to share another new product that is available in the PRS store:  Daily Thoughts Bits & Pieces!  Again, these are perfect for planner girls, but you can also use them to create fun cards.  You should have arrived from Helen's blog, but if you didn't you can head over to the PRS blog for the complete list.  Kelly will be your next stop once you check out my project. Today you have the opportunity to win a package of Bits & Pieces!  So, I'm not a planner girl, but back at the end of December of 2014 I started a journal where I write down what I am thankful for on that day.  I'm now on my third journal and decided that I would use some of the new Bits & Pieces, along with the Daily Thoughts stamp set, to decorate the front of my journal.   The Daily Thoughts stamp set has several sentiments that worked perfectly for my journal.  I started by choosing one of the cassette tape images that would work the best for the front of the journal and then hand wrote the word thankful with a Sharpie.  I adhered that to the front with foam dimensionals.  I then picked out the sentiments I wanted to use, stamped then in black and die cut them with some banner dies.  The banners were trimmed down to fit and then adhered as you see.  I finished things off by adding the small stars that comes in the Bits & Pieces packet.  I love how it turned out!  I have included a close up so you can see the sentiments I used.

Here is a look at all the pieces you will get and all the details regarding how to win today's giveaway:

Giveaway Details:

Simply leave a comment to the shop’s blog post and each designer’s blog and show us some love! 

One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.

To keep updated with our projects, join us on Facebook , Pinterest , Instagram , & YouTube

Giveaway is open until January 24, 2018 Midnight EST.

Winner will be announce on the shop's blog & social media links (Facebook & Instagram) - follow us to get updated.

Your next stop on the hop is Kelly and I know she will have a fabulous project for you!!

Supplies:  Journal; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Ink:  black; Embellishments:  Precious Remembrance Shop Bits & Pieces

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Precious Remembrance Shop New Release Blog Hop - Day 1

Hello everyone!!!  Today is an exciting day as the Precious Remembrance Shop design team is having a hop to share a new stamp set available in the PRS store and there is a prize up for grabs.   This new set is called Daily Thoughts and if you are a planner girl then this is definitely the set for you!  However, as you can see from my card you can also make really fun cards with it, as well! You should have arrived here via Helen's blog, but if not you can head to the PRS blog for the complete hop list. Kelly will be your next stop.  When I saw the fun old school cassette tape image in the set I thought about how fun it would be to do some watercoloring with it or even paper piecing.  For my card I just kept it simple and stamped the image in kraft colored ink and then trimmed it out.  The word thinking was stamped in light blue ink in the area where you would write the title.  I stamped the remainder of the sentiment in watermark ink on vellum, heat embossed it in white, trimmed it out and then adhered it to the cassette tape.  I finished off my card with a little light blue doily (from the PRS shop), some kraft ribbon wrapped around the cardstock panel and tied with some white baker's twine and the kraft buttons.  Now that I have shared the details of my card here are the details for the giveaway:

Simply leave a comment to the shop’s blog post and each designer’s blog and show us some love!:)

One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.

To keep updated with our projects, join us on our Facebook , Pinterest , Instagram , & YouTube

Giveaway is open until January 24, 2018 Midnight EST.

Winner will be announce on the shop's blog & social media links (Facebook & Instagram) - follow us to get updated

Your next stop on the hop is Kelly and I know that she will have something fabulous to share.  Here is a look at the full stamp set:

Almost done, lol!!  I'm going to be adding this to the Color Throwdown and Stamp Ink Paper galleries since I used the CTD colors and the SIP layout for my card.  Also adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to add a sentiment.

Have a wonderful day and happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  kraft, white; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Inks:  kraft, light blue, watermark ink; paper doily:  Precious Remembrance Shop; buttons:  kraft; white baker's twine; kraft ribbon; white embossing powder

Friday, January 19, 2018

celebrate balloons...

Hey there!!  The weekend is here!  I have a card to share for a few challenges.  MFT has a new challenge that revolves around birthdays and this month's challenge is called celebrate good times.  Since I have the fun MFT celebrate word die I just had to play along.  I will also be posting this card to the MFT color challenge, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of add a sentiment, the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and the new Time Out challenge of inspired by words.  I was inspired by the word celebrate. One of the last times I was able to make a purchase from MFT I received as a free gift the little Heart Shaped Balloon die.  I pulled it out to make a little set of balloons floating before the word celebrate and the sentiment strip.  Some white cardstock was inked up with distress oxide inks in Fired Brick, Broken China and Spiced Marmalade and then die cut with the little balloon.  I also die cut the strings at the same time in the open white spaces between each spot of color.  Celebrate was die cut three times and adhered together without removing the little pieces in each letter.  I changed up the sketch just a little bit by adhering the balloons and strings first and then attached the word using foam dimensionals.  The rest of the sentiment (from the MFT All Smiles stamp set) was embossed in white on yellow cardstock and die cut with an MFT Slanted Sentiment Strip die and adhered with foam dimensionals, as well.  Finished things off with some sequins in colors to match the balloons and the sentiment strip.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, PTI yellow; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide inks and VersaMark watermark ink; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey friends... popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  I'm sharing a fabulous new product that AJVD just added to the store.  Here is a little peek:

Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek and to let me know what you think!  

Monday, January 15, 2018

time to bloom...

Hey there!!  Popping in with a card for two challenges:  Essentials by Ellen Mix it Up and Color Throwdown.  I had hoped to get this card done and posted on Sunday (yesterday), but my antique toy loving 11 year old wanted to make a trip to his favorite antique store in the beautiful little town of Snohomish, Washington.  So being a good mom we made the trip.  It was totally worth it because we got to see the beautiful North Cascade mountains in all their glory!  Mt Baker (the furthest north of the mountains in the Washington portion of the Cascades) was absolutely covered in snow!! Unfortunately by the time we got home light was fading fast and while I did get the card done I wasn't able to get a good photo of it.  Color Throwdown closes in mere hours so I'm cutting things a bit close, but oh well... that is the way it goes.  The EE Mix it Up challenge this month wants us to combine our EE products with Concord & 9th... sign me up!!  I used the C9 Beautiful Branches stamps and dies along with the EE Lovely stamp set.  I know you can't set any stamping except for the sentiment, but I did stamp on the little blooms... it is very subtle and looks really pretty in person.  The label is from the C9 Fill In Blooms stamp and die set.  I die cut it from white, aqua and navy cardstocks, the aqua and navy were cut in two and then one of each adhered as you see.  I then adhered the branches, leaves and flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in navy ink and then the label adhered.  Finished off with some little Pretty Pink Posh marshmallow sequins in the centers of the flowers and some white twine.

Have a wonderful day!  Would love to hear your thoughts on my card!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white; SU! Powder Pink, Coastal Cabana, MFT navy; Stamps:  Concord & 9th, Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Concord & 9th; Inks:  SU! Pretty in Pink, Night of Navy; Twine:  SU! white baker's twine; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh