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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

so special...

Hello!   Wow... I'm posting again, lol!  I have been busy lately doing more coloring with my ZIGs!  This time I used some of the images from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers stamp set that is part of the SSS May card kit.  I also used a piece of the Moda Scrap patterned paper that comes in the kit.  I am beyond pleased with how the flowers turned out!  I keep looking at them and reminding myself that yes... I did color them!  And this is all thanks to the amazing Kristina Werner and her fabulous video!  I used another one of the color combos that she used in the video, as well.   I stamped the images on smooth  bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored them with the following ZIGs:  Light Carmine Red, Wine Red and Dark Brown.  The stems were colored with Mid Green and Olive Green ZIGs with a touch of dark brown.  I then trimmed out all the images.  The patterned paper was die cut and I stamped it with one of the leaf images from the set using the Acorn ink.  The flowers were arranged and then I added the sentiment (from the stamp set) that I heat embossed in white on vellum and trimmed down.  I'm sending this off to the following challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches (sketch), Time Out challenges (inspiration photo) and Simon Says Stamp (inspiration photo as well).  I colored these images on Tuesday and had no idea that the flowers would work for both Time Out and Simon Says Stamp!  Don't you love it when thinks work out that way?!  So happy to play along with Time Out as my sweet friend, Greta, is guest designing for them!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS dark brown, Strathmore smooth bristol, Vellum; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR, VersaMark; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  I'm back to my regularly schedule Wednesday post over on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.   Here is a little peek of my project:

Thanks for stopping by today... I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see my project and to let me know what you think.   Also wanted to let you know that AJVD is having a huge sale.  Please see the information below.    Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 20, 2019

bloom and grow...

Wow!  I posted two days in a row!  Got a little crafting time in today and made a card for a few challenges:  Pinkfresh Studios monthly challenge, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (use stitching... mine is faux), the Paper Players (clean and simple w/plants) and Fab Friday (sketch).   I used papers and puffy stickers from the Pinkfresh Studios let your heart decide line and a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studios Bloom & Grow stamp set.   The papers and stickers were part of a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit and I won the stamp set and matching dies from a Pinkfresh Studios Instagram contest last December.   I used A Jillian Vance Design and My Favorite Things dies for all the stitched elements in the card.   I originally had a different piece of patterned paper die cut for the rectangle element, but it was too busy and the stickers got lost so I switched it out for another pattern that worked better.   Per the Paper Players challenge of clean and simple I layered everything on a plain white cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI white; Stamps:  Pinkfresh Studios; Dies:  AJVD and MFT; Ink:  VersaFine CLAIR; Embellishments:  Pinkfresh Studios puffy sticker; Patterned paper:  Pinkfresh Studios

Sunday, May 19, 2019


Hello!   Popping in with a fun card I made using the Spellbinders small die kit for the month of May.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and the color combo from Color Throwdown to help me along.  If you have not taken a look at the Spellbinders monthly kits you really should.  There are several to choose from and each kit is jam packed!  Right now I only get the small die kit, but I'm seriously thinking about their monthly card kit.  The amount of supplies you get in each kit is amazing... you could use it to make cards for months!   Anywhoo… this month's small die kit features a cute little scooter!  I could not wait to get my kit and when it arrived on Friday I was excited to get something made right away.  I die cut the scooter from gray and blue cardstock and then pieced together the various parts to create the main body of the scooter.  I did through in a little black, white and a tiny amount of yellow and red.  The balloons were die cut from green and then I used the letters from the kit to cut out the word Ciao.  I then die cut white balloons and adhered them to the back of the green balloons.  I used my Spellbinders plain circle dies to die the blue, white and green cardstock and a Spellbinders long rectangle die to cut the gray cardstock.   Each balloon had a string attached and then I got started layering up all the elements.  Building the scooter was a little time consuming, but so worth it in the end!

Thanks for stopping by today... hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, green, SU! gray, SSS blue; Dies:  Spellbinders; Thread:  SU! metallic black

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

hello... lovely

Hello!  Hope your week is going well.  I'm popping in with a card that I made for a few challenges:  the Paper Players (colors), the Flower Challenge (embossing) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (stitching - mine is faux stitching on the die cut rectangle).   Several months ago I got the dies that match the Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamp set and ever since then I have been trying to get something made with them.  Well that day finally arrived when I saw the color combo at the Paper Players.   I heat embossed the floral image on some watercolor paper in white and then colored everything with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.   I let the piece dry, splattered on some black paint and then die cut the piece when the splatters were dry.  I die cut some Simon Says Stamp fog cardstock with the largest A Jillian Vance Design stitched dot rectangle die and adhered that to a white cardstock base.  The die cut floral image was adhered with foam dimensionals.  I die cut the word lovely from Fog and Pool Party cardstocks, adhered them together and then adhered to the floral piece.  The word hello was heat embossed in white on vellum, die cut with a little banner die and then adhered with glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by... have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and vellum, SSS fog, SU! Pool Party, Arches Hot press watercolor; Stamps:  Concord & 9t; Dies:  Concord & 9th and AJVD; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Hey everyone!  Popping in today to let you know that I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.  Yep... that's right... today instead of my usual Wednesday.  I switched days with my teammate Tracey this week.  I will be back to posting on Wednesday next week.  Here is a little peek of my project:

Thanks for stopping by... I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project!  Have a wonderful day!