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

Friday, September 13, 2019

hello...

Hello everyone!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and the Flower Challenge.    I reached way back into my stamp collection and pulled out the first two stamp sets that I purchased from Altenew:  Label Love and Painted Flowers.   The first time I saw the Painted Flowers stamp set I was immediately fascinated with it and had to have it.   Sadly once I got it I hardly ever used it.   I hope that I'm not the only one who does that!  I stamped two of the flowers in the set using Altenew Crisp inks in Crimson and Velvet and then in MFT Daffodil and Hero Arts Butter Bar so that I ended up with three red flowers and three yellow flowers.  The outlines for each flower was stamped using Altenew Crisp ink in Evergreen (to bring in the green) and then the accents in the leaves with Altenew Crisp inks in Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade.   Once all the stamping was done I die cut all the flowers with the matching Painted Flowers dies.   I determined pretty quickly that the flowers would look best clustered together.  So per the sketch I used two yellow flowers up top and then three red flowers down below.   A piece of white cardstock was die cut with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die and then cut in to two pieces to create the center strip.  The lower piece of the panel was trimmed down a bit more to create a bigger gap and then both pieces were adhered with foam tape to a kraft cardstock base to bring in the kraft color from the CTD inspiration.  The flowers were then attached and I finished things off with the simple "hello" sentiment from the Label Love that was stamped in Altenew Permanent Black ink.  Thought about adding some gems, but decided not to this time around.  Love the clean and simple look of the card.  (Compensated affiliate links used in my post where possible.)




Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hello... Wednesday!

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today and here is a little peek of my card:


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

you lift me up...

Hey there!  Well... my youngest made it through the first two days of school and I'm working on getting back into the school routine of dropping him off and picking him up!   I haven't made a card for the Color Throwdown in quite some time.  I think that last time I did was back in the middle of August.  I always enjoy combining CTD with Freshly Made Sketches and that is what I did today.  I used a new to me Reverse Confetti stamp and die set called Butterfly Blossoms that I was able to purchase thanks to Ellen Hutson's Labor Day sale.  I stamped the butterfly and the blossoms on smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then colored them with ZIG markers.  When they were dry I die cut with the matching dies.  I then die cut some what cardstock with the largest  AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then stamped the butterfly on that with light gray ink.  I used the outline die from the Wheat Confetti Cut die set and cut three outlines from white cardstock and then adhered them behind my butterfly.  The blossoms were layered on top with foam tape.   I stamped the sentiment using the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink, adhered the butterfly to the stamped panel and then adhered the panel to a light gray cardstock base.  Also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to just stamp it.   I think this also works for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge so I will post it there, too.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  (Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.)


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

cards with flowers...

Hello!  I'm popping in with two cards that both feature flowers.  First up is a card that I made for several challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, The Flower Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I have been wanting to do some coloring ever since I got back from Yellowstone and found the time the other night to color up two images from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers stamp set.  I stamped the images on smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored them with the following ZIG markers:  Carmine Red, Light Carmine Red and Orange.  The little bit of orange gives them that feeling of autumn.  Once they were dry I die cut them with the matching dies.  I adhered them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to give them the feel of the two circular elements in the CTS layout.   A few days ago I purchased the Carta Bella Fall Market 6x6 pad and used a piece of paper from the pad for the strip element.  I placed the strip in my stamping tool, arranged where I wanted the flowers to be and then stamped the sentiment (from a very old, but favorite Simon Says Stamp set) in the same Acorn ink.  I then die cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die and then adhered the panel and the strip to an off white cardstock base.  The flowers were adhered with foam dimensionals and I was finished. (Compensated affiliate links used in the body of my blog post where possible.)
 

The second card uses the cute little flowers from the Simon Says Stamp School Days Grow set.  I was going to use the piece for a different card, but in the end it just didn't work.  Then I saw the current Mojo Monday sketch and new it would be perfect once I turned the sketch to be portrait instead of landscape.  The flowers were stamped on smooth Bristol with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and colored with ZIG markers in pink, yellow and orange.  I used a green ZIG and a blue ZIG to color the grass and sky and then die cut the piece with one of the smallest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle dies.  I then die cut some super cute patterned papers from the Honey Bee Stamps The Bees Knees 6x6 pad using two other Stitched Dot rectangle dies.   The larger patterned paper rectangle was adhered to a light gray cardstock base and then the sunny yellow/white dotted rectangle was adhered with fun foam to give it height.  I then adhered the stamped panel to that.  Super clean and simple.   Those little flower faces just make me smile! (Compensated affiliate links used in my blog post where possible.)


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Happy September!

Hello everyone!  Wow... it is already September!  Where has the time gone?  It is Wednesday and that means that I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out the full project and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Stamptember!!

Hello everyone and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2019 blog celebration!  This isn't a traditional blog hop, but an opportunity for you to find lots and lots of inspiration and ways to use all of the newly released Stamptember products.  The complete list of all participants can be found on the Simon Says Stamp blog.   Each blog will also be offering a special code that you can use to get something fun from Simon Says Stamp!  The code is found in the banner on my blog and only good until August 34rd at 11:59 pm EDT so make sure you place your order by then if you want the free item!  Simon sent me the School Days Grow stamp set to create with and I just fell in love with the sweet little flower images in the set.  They have tiny faces.... so cute!!

My first card uses those sweet little flowers for a clean and simple design based on the sketch from Fab Friday so I will be posting my card there, as well as with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.  I stamped the flowers in a row using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then colored them very simply with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils using the colors from Color Throwdown.  I think there is just enough time for me to add my card to their gallery, as well.   I then trimmed down my panel to fit my cardstock base.  I stamped the sentiment on SSS fog cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then trimmed it down.  The polka dot strip is some patterned paper from Moda Scrap that came in a Simon Says Stamp card kit that I purchased several months ago (apologies, but I don't remember which month!).  I layered those on per the sketch and then added the little twine bow.  The panel was then adhered with foam dimensionals to the cardstock base.   Super clean and simple!


The second card is also pretty clean and simple.  This time I used another piece of Moda Scrap patterned paper (all the papers were just so beautiful and made creating my cards so easy!) that I trimmed down and die cut with the SSS Flower Cluster die. I have had the Flower Cluster die for quite sometime, but this is the first time I have used it!    I adhered the die cut patterned paper to a light pink cardstock base and stamped the sentiment using Memento Bamboo ink.   The flower cluster was die cut two more times from white cardstock, all the little bits removed and then placed back inside the negative space finishing with the patterned paper die cut on top.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please make sure to check out all the blogs participating in this celebration and pick up some of the newly released products.  You can find all of them here.

Supplies:  Card #1:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SSS fog; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  VersaFine CLAIR; Coloring medium:  Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils

Card #2:  Cardstock:  Reverse Confetti pink; Patterned paper:  Moda Scrap; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Die:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink: Memento Bamboo



Sunday, September 1, 2019

thank you for helping me grow...

Hey there!  Happy Stamptember!  If you don't know what Stamptember is then you need to head over to Simon Says Stamp to find out what exactly it is, lol!  Today is the first day of Simon Says Stamp 10 anniversary celebration of Stamptember and there will be lots of fun things happening through out the month.   Tomorrow I will be participating in a blog celebration and sharing two cards that I made with the School Days Grow stamp set that Simon kindly sent me.   As a little lead up to tomorrow I'm sharing two other cards that I made and have shared on my Instagram.   Both cards are super simple designs and were made using patterned papers from Moda Scrap that came in a Simon Says Stamp card kit that I purchased several months ago.  (Sorry, but I don't remember what monthly kit it was!)  The first card was so easy to put together.  I stamped one of the pretty sentiments from the set on vellum with white embossing powder, trimmed it down and then adhered it to a piece of patterned paper.  I adhered that to a SSS fog card base and then added lots and lots of Pretty Pink Posh iridescent white jewels.




The second card is another simple design and was created using the SSS Circle Leaf die, the Moda Scrap patterned paper and a sentiment from the set.  I die cut the Circle Leaf from the patterned paper, trimmed down the opposite side and adhered it to a green cardstock base with foam dimensionals.   I then stamped the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock, trimmed it to fit the card front and adhered it to the card front.  I then added lots and lots of Pretty Pink Posh jewels in green and iridescent white.  The layout for this card is based on the Sunday Stamp sketch so I will be posting the card there, as well as at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge since this week it is anything goes.  Make sure you head over to Simon Says Stamp to check out all the new goodies that Simon released today.



Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp fog; PTI New Leaf, Vellum; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp; Patterned Paper:  Moda Scrap; Ink:  VersaMark, VersaFine; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Happy Wednesdday!

Hello everyone!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  This one features a stamp set that came out several months ago and is purr-fect for friends and family that have furry friends in their household.   Here is  a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project and let me know what you think!   Thanks for stopping by and have a purr-fect day!

Monday, August 26, 2019

you make me smile...

Hello!  Back from my trip to Yellowstone and trying to get back into a crafting groove.  So I created a card based on the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I used a stamp and die set from Stampin Up! along with several different Ranger distress oxide inks.   For my background I used broken china and salty ocean distress oxides.  For the bottom layer of the leaf I used dried marigold, abandoned coral and wild honey distress inks.   After die cutting the inked up cardstock using a leaf from the die set I die cut the skeleton leaf from some bright green cardstock and then adhered the two together.  The branch was die cut from kraft cardstock and then I arranged everything on the cardstock inked with the broken china and salty ocean distress inks so I could determine where to stamp the sentiment.   The sentiment was then stamped in Versafine CLAIR Nocturne and then I adhered the branch and leaf.   I finished with a little twine bow.   Since this is pretty clean and simple I will add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, smooth Bristol, bright green; Inks:  Distress Oxides and VersaFine CLAIR; Stamps and dies:  Stampin Up!

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

enjoy...

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.)



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Dick Blick:


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