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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hello from Yellowstone!

Hey everyone!  Obviously I scheduled my post since as my blog title indicates I'm at Yellowstone!  This trip is a dream come true for me and we are having so much fun!  I do have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek of my card:

If you were around last week you know that AJVD release a ton of new products and my card was made with several items from the release.  Head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 16, 2019

just saying hello...

Hey there!  My boys and I are on the road to Montana right now, but before I left I got a chance to practice my no line watercoloring using the colors from the August Altenew Inspiration challenge and the layout from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I did use Stormy Sky distress ink for the background so I will also post this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   Because I'm still trying to figure out no line watercoloring I decided to use an image that I thought would be good practice for me... Altenew's Leaf Canopy.  I stamped the large outline image once and then did a little masking to stamp the smaller outline image once, as well, on Canson watercolor paper.  Both were stamped using Antique Linen distress ink.  I then colored the leaves with the following distress inks:  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves.  The stems were colored with Forest Moss distress ink.  Once I had all the coloring done I carefully added the color wash around the images with the Stormy Sky.  I let the panel dry, again, and then cut it into two pieces per the FMS layout.  The sentiment is from the Altenew Japanese Mum and was stamped with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.   I then adhered the top half of the panel to a kraft cardstock base with foam tape and the bottom half flush to the card base.  I finished with some rustic twine tied in a bow on the spine of the card.    I'm really happy with how things turned out! (Supplies listed below with compensated affiliate links where possible and compensated links used within the body of my post).

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Canson watercolor paper:  Dick Blick Art Supplies
                 Stamps:  Altenew Japanese Mum Build A Flower

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lights, Camera... a new release!

Hey everyone!  I hope you are having a great week!  I know I am as there are brand spanking new goodies to be had in the A Jillian Vance Design shop!  All this week the design team are sharing projects made with these new goodies!  The fun doesn't stop there as there are prizes to be won... YAY!   Just head over to the AJVD blog to see what I cooked up and then follow the instructions for the Rafflecopter giveaway!  Here is a little peek of my projects:

Make sure that you check out all the design team posts this week, as well to be in the running for those prizes!  Also if you follow AJVD on Instagram (@ajillianvancedesign)  you will get two extra entries!  Thanks for stopping by today and happy shopping!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

bloom where you are planted...

Hello everyone!  Popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I absolutely love the colors in this week's CTD challenge!  They are so bright and fun!  I have wanted to color up the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Wildflower stamp set for ages now and this was the perfect opportunity.  I recently tried my hand at no line watercoloring with pretty good results (I will be sharing that card soon!) so decided to give it a go with the Mondo Wildflower, but unfortunately I need more practice.   Since no line was a no go I went with my tried and true coloring with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers on smooth bristol cardstock and got much better results.   After I finished coloring I die cut the image with the matching die.  I die cut some Simon Says Stamp fog cardstock with a Jillian Vance Design stitched dot rectangle, stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black (I used the same ink for the image) and then adhered the die cut image with foam dimensionals.   The panel was then adhered to a fog cardstock base.  I really like the way the fog cardstock makes the bright colors pop!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used where possible) Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp fog; Smooth Bristol; Stamps:  Ellen Hutson; Ink:  VersaFine; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Spellbinders/Fun Stampers Journey Holiday Cheer Release!

Hey everyone!  Just popping in to let you know that Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey have a new holiday release called Holiday Cheer that went live today!  There are tons of fun new items and several bundle deals available, as well.  But you have to act fast on the deals as they end on Wednesday August 14th.  Here are a list of all the bundles that are available (Affiliate links used):

Holiday Cheer - Reindeer Games Glimmer 
Holiday Cheer - Copperplate Christmas Hot Foil Glimmer
Holiday Cheer - Sparkle Christmas
Holiday Cheer - Critter Christmas 
Holiday Cheer - Amazing Paper Grace Charming Christmas
Holiday Cheer - Amazing Paper Grace Classic Christmas
Holiday Cheer - Happy Feast
Holiday Cheer - Trick or Treat
Holiday Cheer Project Kit
Holiday Joy Project Kit 
Holiday Glimmer Project Kit

Sorry I don't have thumbnails for each bundle.  Clicking on each one to go directly to the bundle to see what each one contains.   Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Hey there!  popping in with a card that I made for a few of challenges:  Fab Friday, Time Out and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a die cut. I don't know about you, but a fun beach scene always says relaxation to me! I did a lot of masking and ink blending on this one.   I started by creating a mask from Eclipse tape using a circle die from Jillian Vance Design.  I made sure to cut the piece of Eclipse tape to fit my card front as I would be ink blending several different times.  I first placed the circle on my smooth bristrol cardstock panel and then added a strip of Post-It tape cross the bottom of the circle.  I then blended Salty Ocean distress oxide ink around the circle and to the top of the Post It tape.  I then moved the Post It tape strip to cover part of the sky and used Tea Dye distress oxide to create my sand.  I didn't use a lot of the Tea Dye as I didn't really want that much sand.  I removed the circle mask, adhered the entire panel mask and blended the sun using Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber distress oxides.  I removed the mask and die cut the panel with a rectangle die from Jillian Vance Design.  The die cut deck chair and drink are from a Stampin Up! stamp and die set.  I stamped the drink and the orange slice using Stampin Up! inks and die cut with the matching dies.  They were adhered together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The deck chair was die cut from kraft cardstock and then the two were adhered to the panel with foam dimensionals.   The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Pop Art Pineapple stamp set.   Finished by adhering the panel to my off white cardstock base.  (I use a combination of affiliate links in the body of my post as well as the links listed below.)

Compensated affiliate links used where possible:

Dick Blick:


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!