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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

sending my love...

Hello!!!  Wow!!! It has literally been like almost two weeks since I made a card!!  I know I have posted a few things, but that was because I managed to work a head and I got some things done before I got "sick like dog"!!   I'm finally feeling better except for the horrible cough that I still have, but I know that won't last forever!  Around the time I got sick my January My Monthly Hero kit arrived in my mailbox.   I unpacked the box and there all the contents sat until this afternoon when I was able to make this simple little card using the stamps and dies and the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  I stamped the wrapper for the bouquet on some older Valentine paper from Echo Park and then die cut it with the matching die. The floral part of the bouquet was stamped using the floral heart outline image from the set using a dark pink ink from the kit and then the matching solid floral heart image using a lighter pink ink (also from the kit).  I trimmed down some more of the papers from the same pad and adhered them to my card base.  Stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added my bouquet.  I finished things off with some of the dark red waxed twine that came in the kit.  I also added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the centers of all the flowers.
Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Patterned paper:  Echo Park; Stamps and dies:  Hero Arts; Inks:  Hero Arts and VersaFine; Red Waxed twine; Nuvo Glitter Drops

Friday, January 20, 2017

SSS flickr challenge feature!!

Hello!!  Popping in with a quick post to let you know that I'm being featured over at the Simon Says Stamp flickr group along with my sweet in real life friend, Greta!  Simon Says Stamp has been hosting a bi-weekly challenge over in their flickr group for several years now.  If you love Simon Says Stamp products and creating with them and you have not played along with the flickr challenge you really need to check it out.  With input from SSS flickr members they decided to start featuring crafters who frequently participate in the challenges and for the first feature they picked me and Greta!!  The challenge for this two week period is use your favorite technique.  Right now my favorite technique is watercoloring and so that is what I used on my card.  Since Valentine's day will soon be here I decided to create a little valentine.  I started by stamping the large floral heart image from the SSS set Roses for You on watercolor paper using VersaMark watermark ink, applying white embossing powder and then heat setting.  Once that was done I did some simple watercoloring using four different ZIG markers (green, red, wine red and pink) and clean water. By simple I mean that I just scribbled on some color and then blended it out with a bit of clean water.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  After the panel was dry I trimmed it down to fit a card front.  The sentiment was white embossed on black cardstock.  The heart is a die from the matching die set and was die cut from silver glitter cardstock.  The sentiment strip was adhered to the heart and then the entire piece adhered to the panel.  Some black cardstock was angled on a red cardstock base and then the watercolor panel was attached.  I hope you head over to the SSS flickr group to check out the challenge and to play along!  You could win one of two $25 gift certificates to SSS and you could also be the next SSS flickr member to be featured!!

Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  red, black cardstock, silver glitter paper, watercolor paper; Stamps and dies:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Filigree white embossing powder; ZIG clean color markers

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hello!!  Stopping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:
http://blog.ajillianvancedesign.com/
Hope you have a wonderful and that you will take the time to not only look at my project on the AJVD blog, but to leave me a comment!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

happy birthday...

Hello!!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges.  Last year my sweet friend Lisa and I had a little challenge going where we would both play along with the CASology challenge to see how each would interpret the challenge.  But as the holidays approached we had to focus on other things.  The other day Lisa contacted me and asked if I wanted to play along with this week's CASology challenge to which I said "yes"!  I'm also going to add this to the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge as my design is based on the current sketch and to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of winter birthday.  When I saw the CASology cue word I immediately thought of my AJVD birch tree die.  I cut the die four times and adhered them together using spray adhesive.   The bird is included in the die set and was cut from red mirror cardstock.  A panel of watercolor cardstock was scribbled with a light blue ZIG marker and the color blended out with clean water.  Once that was dry I stamped the sentiment (from the AJVD stamp set Happy Birthday) in VersaFine Onyx Black and then adhered the birch trees and bird.  The panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.

Hope you have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI rustic white, SSS fog, Ranger watercolor paper; Stamps and Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  VersaFine; Water color medium:  ZIG clean color marker; Red mirror cardstock

Friday, January 13, 2017

with sympathy...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for a few challenges: Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up, CAS(E) this Sketch and Color Throwdown.  The Mix It Up challenge this month is to combine Essentials by Ellen products with Avery Elle.  I have some older AE products, but recently was blessed to receive from my sweet friend Greta the "with sympathy" die set from AE.  I decided to combine that die set with the EE Mondo Peony stamp set.  I stamped the peony on watercolor paper with watermark ink, applied white embossing powder and then heat set.  Some simple watercoloring (my favorite technique right now) was done using ZIG markers in two shades of yellow.  Once it was dry I trimmed the flower out.  I die cut the word sympathy was die cut from a medium blue cardstock twice and adhered together and the with from black cardstock three times and adhered together.  I adhered the flower to the white cardstock panel that was die cut with an AE rectangle die and then added the sentiment as you see.  I finished things off with the two black enamel dots.


Hope you have a wonderful day...
Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, black, blue and watercolor paper; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Avery Elle; Watercolor medium:  ZIG markers; VersaMark watermark ink; My Mind's Eye enamel dots

Thursday, January 12, 2017

winter birthday wishes...

Hey!!!  Stopping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of winter birthday and Time Out challenge of winter.  I also entered this in the SSS flickr challenge of what's new as I used the stamp set Frozen Fractals stamp set from the January card kit.  I stamped the snowflakes with watermark ink, applied white embossing powder and then heat set.  Once that was done I did some simple watercoloring with a dark blue ZIG clean color marker.  I colored the centers of the snowflakes with the marker and then blended the color out with clean water.  Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down just a bit on one side.  The banner was die cut from some of the blue vellum that came in the SSS card kit, stamped with the sentiment (from the SSS set Hand Lettered Winter Wishes) using watermark ink, white embossing powder applied and heat set.  The small birthday sentiment is from the SSS set Happy & Smile.  I stamped it on light gray cardstock, trimmed it out and fishtailed one ended before adhering to the banner.  I adhered the panel to a medium blue cardstock base and then finished things off with a few sequins from the SSS card kit.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  medium blue, white watercolor paper; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  My Favorite Things; Ink:  VersaMark watercolor ink, VersaFine Onyx Black; Watercolor medium: ZIG clean color marker; sequins from SSS card kit; white embossing powder