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

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

something a little different...

 I hope you found my blog title intriguing.  I have something a little different up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.   Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my post.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

it's your day!

 Hey there!  Popping in with a fun little card I put together the other day.  My creativity has been lacking of late and so I pulled out the Spellbinders September card kit called Whimsical Forest.    There are tons of cute products in this kit!  A cute stamp set, fun dies, puffy stickers, ephemera pieces and so much more!  If you really want a card kit that is a great value check out the Spellbinders card kit club.  If you join a Spellbinders club not only do you get a great kit (there are die kits, glimmer kits, stamp, etc.) each month, but you also get extra savings on items from the Spellbinders website and a free gift at the end of the year!  A win, win in my book.  Just click here to find out more about the card kit program.   For my card I mainly used items from one of the two ephemera packs in the kit.  I just love that little gnome on the snail!  I found a little frame and a few other pieces that I liked to go along with the gnome.  I die cut patterned paper from the kit (you get an entire 6x6 paper pad!) using Spellbinders Essentials rectangle dies.  For the smaller of the two rectangled I used my Glimmer hot foil system, one of the plates from the t February glimmer kit and black foil to create the scalloped frame.   Once that was done I arranged and adhered all my pieces.  I finished with the puffy sticker sentiment and a few little puffy stars (also from the kit).  


The layout for the card is based on the sketch from the current Paper Players challenge so I will be posting my card there.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Release

 Hey everyone!  I'm popping in to share three cards that I made using the Mix & Match Circle stencil from the brand new Hello Beautiful Release.  You can shop the release right here (affiliate link used).   The first card is my favorite.   I wanted to create a soft, dreamy background so I pulled out distress oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg.  I taped down my piece of white cardstock, taped the stencil on top and began my inking with the Spun Sugar in one area.  I moved to Bundled Sage and made sure to overlap some of the Bundled Sage on to the Spun Sugar circles.  I finished with Speckled Egg and then did some additional blendings of the other colors.  I die cut the panel with a Spellbinders Essentials die and adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.    The sentiment is the Hello Crafty Friend die from Simon Says Stamp.  I die cut the shadow from vellum, the words from white cardstock (3 times) and then adhered everything.  I adhered the sentiment to the card base along with some Rainbow Fish embellishments from Trinity Stamps. (Sorry the photo is so washed out!)

For the second card I used silver embossing paste on a piece of light aqua cardstock.  After the piece dried I die cut it with circle dies.   I stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings in Delicata Silver Shimmer in on the same aqua cardstock and die cut it with the Hexagon die.   I arranged the circles and the hexagon greeting on a white cardstock panel and adhered that to a light gray cardstock base.   I finished off the card with some matte silver sequins that my dear friend Greta sent me recently.


For the final card I used some Tim Holtz Nebula Stickles Glitter gel on kraft cardstock.  The glitter gel is really pretty, but I wasn't super pleased with how the background turned out.   To deal with that I cut the panel into two pieces and used the one that I liked the best.  I added a little strip of black cardstock to my stenciled panel.  I adhered that to a white cardstock base.  I die cut the SSS Eucalyptus Leaves die from gold cardstock and adhered them to the stenciled panel.  I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Word Mix stamp set in watermark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder.  The sentiment was die cut with the matching Word Mix die.  I adhered the sentiment to the card and I was done.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


Don't forget to check out the new release from Simon Says Stamp.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!  (Affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.)


Happy Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday... where did February go?  Soon spring will be here and I have a spring inspired card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to  the AJVD blog to check out my card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Sunday, February 21, 2021

you are amazing...

 Hello!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I'm popping in to share a card that I made for this month's Pinkfresh Studio challenge.  The challenge this month is to use a word die or alphabet dies on your card.   I will also be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge since I used another favorite technique of heat embossing on my card.   I recently got the new Pinkfresh Studio Choose Hope stamp, stencil and die set.  I decided that I wanted to use the stencils with the outline image from the stamp set, but I didn't want to use all the stencils.   Initially I stamped the outline image and then tried the stenciling, but learned that isn't the best way to do it.  So I flipped over my cardstock and started over.   Using only two of the stencils was really easy because Pinkfresh created their stencils with little corner guides.  You simply make sure that your cardstock is centered in those little guides and stencil away! 

I used Worn Lipstick distress ink for the flower and Mowed Lawn distress ink for the leaves.  Once the stenciling was done I stamped the outline image in watermark ink, applied gold embossing powder and heat set.  I absolutely love how it turned out!  I then die cut the Fancy Oval Frame die from gold glitter cardstock, three more times from white cardstock and adhered them together.  White cardstock was die cut with a Spellbinders Essential Rectangle die and then I used the detail die from the set to create the tiny circle openings to coordinate with the little circle opening in the frame.  I adhered pink cardstock behind the white panel and then adhered my gold frame and the floral cluster.  I die cut the word you from gold glitter cardstock, white cardstock and adhered them together.  The rest of the sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Abstract Builder set.   That was stamped in watermark ink on vellum and heat embossed in gold.  I trimmed it down into a strip and then wrapped that around the panel.  Finished with the gold glitter word and some gold flat back pearls. 


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, February 19, 2021

we do not remember days...

 Hello!  Hope most of you had a good week.  I'm popping in with a card for a couple of challenges:  Color Throwdown and Inspired By.   The color combo at CTD this week is so beautiful I just had to make a card.  I recently purchased Concord & 9th's Fresh Cut Florals edition 3 die set and I used that to make my little flowers.  I didn't have a blush cardstock so I used the lightest pink cardstock that I had.   The leaves were die cut from gold mirror cardstock.  I couldn't find any cardstock in a sage color so I inked up some smooth bristol cardstock with Bundled Sage distress oxide ink and then die cut it with a die that is also from Concord & 9th.  I cut a thin strip of gold mirror cardstock and placed in along the edge of my white card base.  The challenge at Inspired By is to use a quote or saying.  Mine is the saying by Cesare Pavese "We do not remember days, we remember moments."   And I think that is so very true.  A long time ago I was able to find the sentiment in red rubber mounted on a wood block so when I stamped it on my vellum I had to make sure I did it perfectly.  Thankfully I was able to get a good impression with my watermark ink on vellum the first time!  I heat embossed the sentiment in gold and then trimmed it down.  I arranged the sentiment strip along with the sage colored die cut that I cut in half as you see on the card front.  I adhered the flowers and the leaves.  To add in a little more gold I added a gold flat back pearl to the center of each flower.  I was going to leave the card that way, but I thought it needed something else.  So I added lots of tiny flat back gold pearls.  Now I'm wondering if it was too much!   Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge since die cutting is a favorite technique.





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