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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Popping in with a little peek of the card I have up on the AJVD blog today.  It's a fall inspired card with a little bit of a twist.   Here is the peek:

Have a wonderful day... hope you will hop over for a look at my card!

Friday, September 8, 2017

a red butterfly..

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, MFT sketch challenge and the MFT card design superstar challenge in the clean and simple category.  The current color combo for Color Throwdown is pretty dramatic so I decided to keep things simple.  I stamped the solid butterfly from MFT's Beautiful Butterflies in my favorite dark red ink SU!'s Cherry Cobbler and then stamped the overlay portion with VersaFine Onyx Black making sure to stamp it more than once to get a nice dark impressing.  I die cut white and black cardstock with the Inside Out Stitched Round Rectangle to see which I liked the butterfly against best and went with black.  The largest Inside Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle was die cut from white woodgrain cardstock.  I originally had plain white cardstock as the bottom layer, but thought it was too plain so went with more woodgrain cardstock.  The sentiment is from Springtime Blooms and was stamped with the Cherry Cobbler and then die cut with a Fishtail Flag Stax.  Layered everything onto a light gray cardstock base.  Adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of stamp it.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Smoky Slate, Ranger white woodgrain, PTI black; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  SU! and VersaFine

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Well my little kiddo is back to school today... he isn't happy, lol!!  Have a little Halloween inspired card up on the AJVD blog today... here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day... hope you will hop over for a look!

Monday, September 4, 2017


Hello!!  Crafting has been a struggle for me lately.  Hubby is replacing our family room floor and since my crafting space is in the kitchen and the kitchen is connected to the family room well... trying to find a little peace and quiet to do anything is pretty scarce!  But last night I found some time to put together this clean and simple take on the current MFT sketch.  I also used the current MFT color challenge for the card.  Killing two challenges with one card, lol!!  Well... since I'm adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (stamp it) and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes).  I die cut the smile from a piece of white cardstock that I die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die and then die cut the smile from a blue cardstock similar to MFT's Cornflower.  The sentiment (from All Smiles) was stamped in Hero Arts Soft Granite (which is similar to Blue Steel) and then die cut with one of the banner dies that was the free with $60 die from MFT.   I stamped the flowers from the Plentiful Petals set in Ripe Raspberry and Tropical Teal and then die cut them with the matching dies.   Layered everything up per the sketch and I was done.  Pretty pleased with how my card turned out.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; blue; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  My Favorite Things and Hero Arts

Friday, September 1, 2017

you rock...

Hey!!  Popping in with a card for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  With summer coming to an end I have been in a bit of a creative funk... not sure why, but it happens.  I fiddled around with what to make for the Pin-Sights challenge and decided that I didn't want to do flowers... I always do flowers!  So I looked through my small assortment of EE stamps and dies and decided to use the You Rock die set.  I did through in a little flower that I created with the Bold Blossoms and Bold Blooms Matching dies.   No stamping on this card whatsoever!  I was inspired by the colors and to my eye I saw gold and silver thus the gold sparkle backing for my flower and the silver diamond.  Hope I'm not wrong!  Anywhoo... pretty simple... make lots of die cuts, stack and adhered to strip of woodgrain cardstock that had a thin border of red cardstock adhered to it.  I was going to put it on a white cardstock base, but went with light gray.  Overall I think this looks pretty darn boring... just being real, lol!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Soft Stone, dark pink, light pink, green, red scraps, MFT silver and gold glitter cardstock, Ranger woodgrain; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

wednesday with ajvd

Hey there... popping in to let you know that my usual Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Have a wonderful day and I hope you will hop over for a look.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

for all you do...

Hello... have another card for the current Viva La Verve sketch challenge to share.  With school starting in just a few days I decided to make a teacher thank you card.  The current challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is back to school so I will be posting it there, too.   I used the wreath stamp from the Verve Autumn Blessings stamp set along with the apple images and a sentiment from Teachers Count.  The wreath and apples were embossed in black on watercolor paper and then colored with ZIGs.  Die cutting the apples was a bit tricky since the apple dies are solid, but thankfully I was able to get a nice cut on both of them.  Since I used woodgrain cardstock for the smaller rectangle I stamped the sentiment into the lower corner of the card.  Super simple, but sometimes you just have to do simple!!  The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is also school related so I will post this in that gallery, too.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, black, white woodgrain; Patterned paper:  Reverse Confetti; Stamps:  Verve; Dies:  Verve and AJVD; Inks:  VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black; ZIG Clean Color markers

Saturday, August 26, 2017

kind... that's you

Hey there!!  Found some time to make another card for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of anything goes.  I used the color combo for the current Color Throwdown, as well.   I just love the large floral image from Hello Lovely and I knew it would look beautiful done up in the CTD colors.  I used all Memento inks for this one:  Dandelion, Baby Pink and London Fog.   The sentiment is from one of the very first C9 stamp sets I ever bought... Being Classy.  I stamped the "that's you" sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black and then stamped the kind on vellum using VersaMark watermark ink, heat embossed it in white and then die cut it with the matching word die.  The word was adhered with rolled up glue dots.  After adhering the card I added the baby pink baker's twine.   When I first got Hello Lovely I wasn't sure about the images that you use to fill in the flowers if you don't want to color them.  They are not actually designed for fit within the flower and that makes my "have to stay within the lines" self a little uncomfortable, lol!  But the more I use the images the more I am learning to let go and enjoy going outside the lines!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and vellum, SU! Smoky Shadow; Stamps and dies:  Concord &9th; Inks:  Memento, VersaFine, VersaMark; Baker's Twine:  Twinery

Thursday, August 24, 2017

grateful... thankful...blessed...

Hey!!  Have a fall inspired card to share today that is another entry for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try challenge.  This time I used the RC Pumpkin Patch stamp set and the matching dies.  The patterned paper is more of the Webster's Pages pack that I have been trying to use up.  I also used the RC Topped Off Tag die set.  I decided to cover the card front with some of the paper and then added the strip of polka dot paper.  After die cutting the tag from the woodgrain paper and the topper portion from some dark brown woodgrain paper.  The images were stamped, die cut and then adhered to the tag as shown.  Adhered the tag and then added the bow tied from some white baker's twine.  I'm also going to add this to the current Time Out challenge of Autumn with a twist.  The twist being making the card in 10 minutes or less.  I can tell you for certain that it took a lot longer than 10 minutes to make this card!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Stamps and dies:  Reverse Confetti; Inks:  Stampin Up! and VersaFine; SU! baker's twine; Patterned paper:  Webster's Pages

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  It's Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today!!  YAY!!  Here is a little peek of my card:

Have a wonderful day... my boys and I are off on one final summer adventure... a trip to Mt. St. Helens!!  I hope you will take the time to head over to the AJVD blog for a look at my card!

Monday, August 21, 2017

a wedding card...

Hello!!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.   I did!!  My niece got married this past weekend and it was absolutely lovely!!  (Unfortunately I forgot my phone at home so I have no photos!!)  Of course I had to make a card and since the current WCMC9 challenge is anything goes I used the challenge as my starting point.   Many months ago I made a card using C9 products that would have worked for a wedding card, but since my niece was going with a mostly white theme for her wedding I decided to remake it.  Their invitation is very sweet and rustic so I decided to use the fun heart image from the C9 Cozy Up stamp set.   The paper I used is from the Teresa Collins Gold Glam 6x6 pad.  I trimmed it down and then die cut it with the die that matches the heart.  I adhered the paper to a white cardstock base using removable adhesive and then stamped the heart in kraft ink using my mini MISTI.  I stamped the Mr. & Mrs. from the Many Mandalas set in black and then adhered the die cut panel.  The little floral piece was die cut using one of the dies from the Layers of Love die set and then adhered along with some C9 gold sequin trim.   A piece of white cardstock was trimmed down to fit inside, stamped with the heart image and then added the sentiment (also from Many Mandalas).   I decided to be smart this time and take a photo of the inside panel with the card instead of adhering it inside the card and then trying to take the photo!!   I think I will add this to the current   Dies R Us challenge of anything goes.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, PP:  Teresa Collins; Stamps and Dies:  Concord & 9th; Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake, VersaFine Onyx Black, Embellishments:  Concord & 9th gold sequin trim

Sunday, August 20, 2017

a simple card...

Hello!!  Had some free time today so I made a couple of cards and I'm sharing one of them today.  As my blog post states it is pretty simple.   This one is heading to CAS(E) this sketch (layout) and Color Throwdown (color combo).  When I saw the CTS layout it made me think of my never been used PTI Plaid Builder set.  So I got it out along with inks that approximated the Color Throwdown combo and got to work.   After stamping the stripes I decided it needed something more so I got out my PTI Friendly Flowers stamp and die set and made the flower.  The sentiment is also from Friendly Flowers.   I was surprised at how easy it was for me to keep things nice a straight just using a long acrylic block that I had.  Now that I know I can keep things straight I definitely need to use the Plaid Builder set more often!   Going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps and dies:  PaperTrey Ink; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Enamel dot:  My Mind's Eye

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hello!!   A new sketch is up on the MFT challenge blog and I found some time to make a card using it along with the current colors for the MFT color challenge.  I will also be adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of put a sentiment on it.   I still had the July MFT card kit and I wanted to make another card before I put things away.  This time I used the lovely script smile die from the kit long with the one of the large flowers and the leaves stamps and dies.  I stamped the flower using the coral color and the leaves using colors close to the Spearmint and Green Eyed Monster colors.  The smile was die cut from cardstock in a color as close as I could get to blueberry.  I did die cut the word three times and then adhered them together.  I used the soft gray cardstock to break things up a bit.  The strip and the rounded rectangle were die cut using the MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangle dies.  After I layered everything up per the sketch I stamped the sentiment on vellum using watermark ink, heat set it with white embossing powder and then die cut it with the banner die (the free with $60 die set).  A panel of white cardstock was die cut, the rounded rectangle adhered to that and then everything was adhered to a coral cardstock base.  I love it when I can "kill two birds with one stone"!   I think I will also add this to the current Word Art Wednesday challenge.  ETA:  Today is the last day of MFT's Camp Create, part 2.  I have not had time to do any of the other "crafts", but since my card has lots of die cutting on it I will be adding it to today's "craft" of die cutting.  Adding this to the current Dies R Us challenge of anything goes.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and vellum, Ranger woodgrain, MFT Coral Crush, SSS fog, blue; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up!, Hero Arts and VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Yep... it's that time of the week... Wednesday and I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  I'm sharing another fall inspired card and here is a little peek:

Hope you will hop over for a look and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

two cards... two sketches...

Hey there!!  Stopping in with two cards for two sketch challenges.  Recently Julee started the Viva la Verve challenges back up and I could not be happier!!  I have missed playing along as often as I could using my yummy Verve stamps!!  My first card is for that challenge.   I'm still on a mission to use up my patterned paper and today I made a little dent in the collection... YAY!  I used lots of paper on this card and I love how it turned out!!  The stamp set I used is the Verve Kindness Matters set.  The matching dies were used to die cut the flowers after I had stamped them on the patterned paper using dark blue ink.  The same ink was used for the sentiment.   The background panel was created by layering all the paper together and then die cutting them.  Because the bottom portion was rather thick I did have to die cut that a second time.  I layered on the sentiment panel and then added the flower.  To give the flower a bit more dimension I cut into the petal of the top flower, shaped the a little and then adhered it with a foam dimensional.  After the flower was adhered I die cut the little sprigs and adhered them.  I added a large drop of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flower.  Everything was adhered to a teal cardstock base.   Since there is still lots of time to play along at Viva La Verve I think I'm going to be making another card!

The second card is for the current Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try.  This is the first time in a very long time that I have actually gotten my card for the challenge done this early... YAY!!  I may even find the time to make another card!  I used and oldie, but goodie Reverse Confetti set called Fresh 'n Fruity.  I kept this one simple and used just one piece of patterned paper from a pack of papers from Webster's Pages.  I stamped the oranges in two shades of orange ink using both orange stamps from the set.   Stamped the leaves and then die cut everything with the matching dies.  The sentiment was stamped on the banner that was cut using the banner die from the RC Tag Me die set.  After adhering the patterned paper I arranged how I wanted everything to be and then stamped the bottom sentiment.   Adhered everything, added the orange enamel dots and I was done.  Love the clean look of this one!   And since I got my card done so early in the month just like with Viva La Verve I may make another one!!

Have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, MFT Tropical Teal; Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Kate & Co, Webster's Pages Family Traditions; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti, Verve; Dies:  Reverse Confetti, Verve and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tangelo, MFT Green Apple; Enamel Dots:  My Mind's Eye; Nuvo Glitter Drops

Friday, August 11, 2017

a couple of cards to share...

Hey!!  I have a couple of cards that I got made over the course of this last week.  The first one is for the current Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up challenge to combine EE products with Avery Elle products.  I don't have many Avery Elle products, but I do have this lovely With Sympathy die set that my sweet friend, Greta, sent to me.  I combined the dies with the EE Mondo Peony stamp set and did some watercoloring.  The color combo is the current one from Color Throwdown so I will be posting it there, as well.  I used the four ZIGs that you see in the photo for the watercoloring.  The peonies were stamped in VersaMark on the smooth side of the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper and then heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.    Because the watercoloring is so soft I decided to go with a soft gray cardstock to die cut the words from.  The with was only cut once and adhered to the panel.  The sympathy was die cut twice, stacked and then adhered.  Sadly I am in need of this sympathy card as someone I know recently lost her daughter to a tragic accident.

The second card is for Freshly Made Sketches.  They are celebrating their 300th sketch and I just had to play along.  Many thanks to the FMS team for all the wonderful sketches and inspiration they have provided!!  When I saw the sketch I immediately knew I wanted to use my Stampin Up! Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the companion Eclectic Layers die set.  The patterned papers are from an older Stampin Up! designer paper pad that has an aqua, red and kraft combo.  The kraft cardstock I used is also Stampin Up! I die cut the cut out from the kraft cardstock and then backed it with a piece of the patterned paper.   That piece was then die cut with a rectangle die.  The polka dot paper was die cut and adhered per the sketch.  The leaves were die cut from the aqua paper and adhered.  I stamped the flower on white cardstock using SU!'s Real Red ink and adhered.  Originally I had stamped the sentiment on vellum and then attached it, but that turned out to be a big mistake. Hate it when that happened, but thankfully I was able to remove it without ruining anything and replace it with the one that is there now.

Have a wonderful day!!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SU! Crumb Cake, Ranger watercolor; Patterned paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, Stampin Up! and AJVD; Dies:  AJVD, Avery Elle and Stampin Up!; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Embossing powder:  Ranger Platinum; Ink:  Stampin Up!, VersaMark and VersaFine