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

Sunday, March 29, 2020

it's a party...

Hello!  Since just like everyone out there I have a lot of time on my hands I decided to try making a slimline card.  Slimline cards are kind of the rage right now and there are tons of fabulous ones out there.  I made this card over the course of two days.   I'm right handed and several years ago I had surgery on my right shoulder.  Most of the issues have been resolved, but I still have to take it a bit easy when it comes to things like coloring or ink blending.  I have to do that sort of thing in stages.  Anyway... I stamped almost all the images from the MFT/Stacey Yacula Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes stamp set in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then let them dry.  Once they were dry I colored everything with my Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and water.  I let everything dry and then die cut them with the matching dies.  That all occurred over the course of the day on Saturday.  I finished up the card on Sunday morning.  I did the ink blending using Antique Linen distress oxide ink leaving the very center without any ink.  I then positioned all my little images so I could determine placement of the sentiment.  At first I was going to have it on the bottom, but then decided to place it in the area I did not ink, but slightly off center.  I stamped it in the same Nocturne ink and then adhered the banners and the little attendees to my little party.  Isn't that turtle just too darn cute?! The image panel was then adhered to my card base with foam tape.  It was a lot of work, but I'm pretty darn pleased with how it turned out!   I'm going to send this card off to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge since it is anything goes.  I just noticed that this would fit the challenge over at the Card Concept as it is full of critters.  I guess my card would be clean and layered.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Friday, March 27, 2020

flowers and bunnies...

Well... even though I have lots of time on my hands (just like everyone, lol!) I have been having a hard time getting things made.  Finally in the last couple of days I got several cards made including the two I'm sharing today.  First up is a card for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.  I got my Spellbinders March small die kit recently.  I made a card with it that I'm not sharing at this time so I decided to use the kit to make this card for FMS and CTD.   I decided to just have the color in the bunnies and kept everything else white or light gray.  Aren't those little bunnies so cute?  Cutting them in pink and purple kind of reminded me of Peeps.   The set comes with the fun little sentiment "what's up?" so I decided to use that as well and have a totally die cut card.  The light gray rectangle was die cut using a classic Spellbinders rectangle die.  After assembling my bunnies and the carrot I adhered then to my rectangle using foam tape for one of the bunnies and the carrot and then adhering the other bunny with glue.  After adhering the sentiment I popped up the panel on the white cardstock base.

After creating with cute bunnies I decided to pull out my ZIGs and do a little coloring.  I stamped the MFT Flowers in Bloom in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and then colored the flowers using one yellow marker and one bright blue marker.  Once I was finished coloring with my ZIGs I added some shading and details with Polychromos color pencils.   The image was die cut with the matching die and then I die cut the celebrate sentiment from dark pink cardstock three times and adhered them together.  I popped up the flowers on a white panel that I die cut with a AJVD rectangle die and then adhered the celebrate over the top per the sketch.  I then stamped the sentiment on vellum with VersaMark watermark ink, applied white embossing powder and then heat set it.  The strip was trimmed out, wrapped around the panel and adhered on the back.  I then adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.   This card is going to the following challenges:  MFT color challenge, MFT sketch challenge and MFT birthday project challenge.  I will also be posting this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and please stay safe!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It's Wednesday...

And that means I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.   I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.   Here is a little peek of my project:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will head over to the blog to check out my project!

Monday, March 23, 2020


Hello... hope everyone is doing well and keeping busy while at home!  In that regard I have been trying to make some projects.  I finished up a card that was pretty labor intensive, but won't be sharing for awhile, only to start on another labor intensive card that I'm sharing today.  This card is for someone who will really not be expecting it, but I hope that it makes their day!  The card is heading to the following challenges:  Altenew March Inspiration challenge and Fusion.  Even though I used the Altenew Mega Succulent stamp set for my Altenew February Inspiration challenge card when I saw the inspiration photo I just had to use it again!  I stamped it on watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then on white cardstock with same ink.  The one stamped on watercolor paper was then colored with my Faber-Castell watercolor pencils in a minty green, light blue and purple.  The blue sort of got lost between the minty green and purple, but you can just barely see it in person.  After it was dry I added a little shimmer using my Altenew Metallic watercolor paints.  That was done the previous night and left to dry.  Today I did the part of the card that turned a little labor intensive, but in the end I like how it turned out.  I used a die to cut my strips from the watercolor piece, trimmed down the image stamped on white cardstock and then lined up the watercolor strips.  I adhered them with foam tape.  Because the blue got a little lost I added it back in with my hello from the Altenew Half-Tone Hello set that I stamped using Altenew Sea Breeze ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a white cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

tropical thank you...

Hey there!  Popping in with a quick post of a card that I made for Freshly Made Sketches.  Fighting a lack of mojo right now.  I have been working on another card and was going to post it along with this one, but have kind of lost my drive to get it done.  Maybe tomorrow.   I made this card with some products from Stampin Up!    When I first started stamping I found Stampin Up! and I have continued to purchase their products.  My demo, Jenna, is fabulous and Stampin Up! has so really cool stamps and dies.  I actually bought the products I'm using today last summer, but because of other projects I was never able to get around to using them.   But when I saw the FMS layout it made me think of the set because it is full of tropical images and the leaf in the sketch looks tropical to me.  I purchased the stamp and die set as a bundle and the cardstock and patterned paper that matched, as well.  The set is called Tropical Chic.  The dies are really cool in that you can die cut stamped images with them and you can also die cut cardstock and use an interior die to cut out the interior of the leaf.  I die cut the leaves from dark green and lime green cardstock so that I ended up with a lime green interior piece for the dark green leaf and vice versa for the lime green leaf.  I trimmed a strip of matching pattern paper down, adhered it to my white cardstock panel and then die cut it.  The leaves were then arranged so I could determine where to put the sentiment which was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.  I adhered the leaves and a flower that I stamped with a pink ink from SU!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

celebrating your special day...

Hello!  Popping in with a card for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, MFT sketch challenge and MFT birthday challenge.   In my last MFT order I got the Freshly Picked Die-namics die set so I pulled that out and created a little pitcher of flowers in Color Throwdown colors.   Since the theme for the MFT birthday challenge is flower posting it there made total sense!   I found scraps of the colors from the CTD palette and a piece of patterned paper from MFT for all my colors.  I did end up having to use more of the coral cardstock as I decided to create a mat for the main panel, but I did manage to use up a lot of scrap cardstock!   After I finished all the die cutting and assembly of the pitcher of flowers I die cut the rounded rectangle die (no longer available from MFT) from off white cardstock and the green plaid strip of green paper.  I adhered the strip of patterned paper to another piece of off white cardstock and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die (from AJVD).  Then I layered up the smaller rectangle and the pitcher.   A sentiment banner was die cut from the teal cardstock, stamped with the sentiment in VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and adhered to the pitcher.  I then die cut the second rectangle from the coral cardstock, adhered the two together and the adhered everything to an off white cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by and please stay safe!