Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy Birthday America!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!   I have another patriotic card to share today that uses the Cross Stitch Freedom stamp set.  I just love that cool stitched star that is in the stamp set and had to use it for my card.
The star actually comes in two pieces and since I wanted to do some watercolor resist on my card I had to be very careful as I placed the star on my watercolor paper.  I decided the best way to do that was to stamp the top part with watermark ink apply the white embossing powder and then stamp the second half with watermark ink and apply the embossing powder.  Once that was done I heat set it and colored the top part with a blue ZIG and the bottom part with a red ZIG.  I let the panel dry overnight and then stamped the sentiment in black ink.  The panel was then die cut with a Stitched Dot Rectangle and then added some blue and red sequins.  Super simple, but I love how it turned out.  Wishing everyone here in the US a very happy and fun 4th of July!

A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Cross Stitch Freedom
Stitched Dot Rectangles

 Royal Blue Sequins
Matte Scarlet Sequins

Have a wonderful day!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

No-line Posies

Good morning! Ardyth here with an attempt at no-line watercolouring, using Pretty Posies, and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I am certainly no expert at this technique - this is only my second time giving it a try, but this big posy stamp is a great one to practice with!

I started by stamping the flower and some leaves with Antique Linen distress ink on watercolour paper. I then coloured each petal individually, making sure that I didn't start on an adjoining petal until the first one was dry. I used several different pink markers to create some variation in the colours and used a dark purple marker to create shadows where the top petals are laying over the ones underneath. The leaves were a little easier, because they really just need to be filled in with a couple of different colours.

I spritzed the flower with some clear water to add some texture and interest. I cut it and the leaves out using matching dies and then I created a background panel with some pale repeat stamping of a simple sentiment on the diagonal.

A Jillian Vance Design Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Zig CleanColor Real Brush Markers
Watercolour Cardstock
Neenah White Cardstock
Pale Gray Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Spray bottle

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Advice from an Armadillo…

Hello, Lisa here! Happy Monday to you all and I hope you are enjoying your summer. It's heating up here so I had an urge to pull out the Cute Cactus Die.

I watercolored a quick desert background on a piece of watercolor paper. I also added some Merlot Color burst crystals and details with a Stabilo pencil to the rocks. I cut the cactus out of a scrap of paper I had marbled. I thought the spiky swirls where perfect for a cactus. ;-) I needed some desert critters to complete the scene so I drew these and fussy cut them out to add to the card. I supposed that armadillos know all about rolling with it lol.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

AJVD products used:

Cute Cactus Die Set

Stitched Fringe Border Die
Thinking of You Stamp Set

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Cup of Love

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Happy Friday!!

If you haven't seen or heard yet...Today is the start of the Coffee Lover's Summer Blog Hop!! Yay! These hops are always so much fun!

I'm keeping my post short and sweet today, as in many of you are hopping along. ;)

I started with using the Grandpa's Glass Cup of Love die with a piece of cardstock. After, I removed all the loose pieces and then placed it over my base card panel for a stencil. Once done, I simply added some inks in summery colors and then peeled away my stencil once I was done. Easy peasy, right?!...

I then used the Minnie Pearl Tag die, which I used twice, once for my image pieces and once for a plain piece of white cardstock. After, I layered my tags together and topped everything off with some twine. Simple and sweet, yeah?!...

AJVD products:

Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die

Minnie Pearl Tag die set

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Sponge applicator

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Don't forget to swing by the Coffee Lover's Summer Blog Hop for tons of fun and inspiration!!
Enjoy your day!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Bright Sunflower for a Summer Day!

Welcome to Summer with a Bright Sunflower card!

Today I am showing you a sunflower...What? A Jillian Vance Design  doesn't have a sunflower die?  You are correct!  This was made using the Poinsettia Die Set!

I was thinking I sure wish Jillian had a sunflower die, then I thought ~ the Poinsettia would work!!!

I cut 3 of the large Poinsettia flowers, layered two of them and separated the petals on the third one to add to the bottom of the flower to fill in the "space".  Bent and curled the petals and added two of the middle sized flowers and I am thinking it looks like a Sunflower!

When I was finished, a customer walked into the store and said "Oh I love that Sunflower card!" I said, "YAY, I accomplished my goal!"  She said "Well what is is supposed to be?" .... I explained I had used the Poinsettia Die Set to create it.   Well you can also layer more and more to suit your style as to how full you want your sunflower. I used the largest center from our Fringe Flower Die Set to finish it off.
Just add a few sprigs of the Bent Branches Die, a couple leaves from the Leaves & Petals Die Set and some Laurel Leaves.  I didn't use a sentiment as I felt the Sentimental Script  was enough.  Makes a great Thinking of You card with a personalized sentiment inside!

I love how Jillian creates her designs to serve more than one purpose.  Just like the Laurel Leaves can be used for Pine branches, the Bent Branches Die for make a Christmas wreath or even antlers on an oval for a deer head.  She is always trying to find many uses to create value for her customers!

Other products:
Wendy Vecchi Signature Archival Ink in Buttercup
Tonic Funky Glue
Thanks for joining us today and have a Happy Summer!
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