Saturday, June 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, Ruby!

Today, Ruby Aleman, the design team coordinator for A Jillian Vance Design, is celebrating her birthday!! We're celebrating with her by posting cards on our blogs and then sending them to her.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I am horrible when it comes to sending cards. Yes, it's an oxymoron. Who ever heard of a cardmaker who doesn't send cards?

That's going to change. You see, I set a goal at the beginning of the year to get at least one card published. I'm happy to report that I met my goal! I am now setting another goal. I want to start actually sending the cards I make. So, Ruby, you are going to be my first victim recipient!!

I used the following products:
Brads - Eyelet Outlet
Ink - Memento
Stamps - A Jillian Vance Design

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Two Nautical Cards

I made two cards today, both using the new Ahoy! set from A Jillian Vance Design. Though the stamps came from the set, the two cards are very different. 

 Let me preface the first card with this very important information. I am not pregnant. This card is not my way of announcing anything. It's just a card. I have two beautiful children and it's going to stay that way. I love my kids, but my days of bearing children are (thankfully) over.

Whew! Now that I got that out of the way, I can start telling you about this card. I was searching for nautical cards on Pinterest and found a baby announcement with the phrase "Ahoy! It's a Boy!" I thought that was so cute. I dug through my stamps and found the Baby Fotos stamp set. Lo and behold! I saw the It's, a and Boy stamps. What's better?! They fit perfectly into the life preserver. I stamped Ahoy!, laid down some striped paper from Down by the Shore by Fancy Pants, adhered the life preserver, which I had fussy cut, and then added the seashell brads from Eyelet Outlet. I love how this came together.

Supplies Used
Stamps: A Jillian Vance Design Ahoy! and Baby Fotos stamp sets
Paper: Fancy Pants Down by the Shore
Ink: Memento, Stampin' Up!
Eyelet Outlet: Sea Shore Brads

The second card is a little more difficult to make, but I love it, too. First, I masked off a circle. Using distress inks, I created the bright sun. I stamped the rays with the polka dot border stamps from the A Jillian Vance Design Stripes 202 set. I distressed the sky and the water, which was also done with masking. Then, I stamped the sailboat with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered it behind the photo frame, stamped my sentiment and embellished it with seashell brads from Eyelet Outlet. For the base, I adhered strips of paper from the same paper pack used in the card above.
Supplies Used
Stamps: A Jillian Vance Design Ahoy!, Stripes 202 and Foto Frames stamp sets
Paper: Fancy Pants Down by the Shore
Ink: Memento, Stampin' Up!
Eyelet Outlet:  Fresh Flowers Brights

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Jillian!

Today is Jillian Vance's 14th birthday!! If you don't know who Jillian is, you should. She is an amazing young lady. At age 10, she started selling cards in her mother's beauty salon. Then at 12, she decided to start her own stamp company. Say whaaaaaaat? Yep, she started a stamp company at 12 and it's still going strong.

I admire this young lady's entrepreneurial spirit, her determination and her creativity. When she first approached her parents about starting a stamp business they (understandably) said no. Jillian didn't let that stop her. She researched the business and brought a very compelling case forth to her parents. They were so impressed that they coudn't say no a second time. Oh, and did I mention that in addition to owning a stamp company, she is also a straight A student?

This is why I've chosen to design for A Jillian Vance Design. I've designed for other companies with bigger names. Every company I've designed for has a special place in my heart, but I am extremely honored to be able to help make this young woman's dreams come true.

Oh, yeah, and her stamps are really cute, too. You really need to check them out. Here is a card I designed for her birthday with links to the products I used.

Correction: Jillian was actually 11 when she started the company and she's been in business for 2.5 years!! I was afraid I would mess it up!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Double Duty

Hi folks. Now that summer is here, I've been hanging at the pool with my kiddos. It's the best solution I've found for keeping them from ripping each other apart!! Ha!

However, I managed to squeeze in a couple cards for my design team commitments. Both appear on other blogs, where you can get the deets!

Happy Birthday Pop
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U Make Me Smile
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sharp As A Tack!

Need a quick card for the student or teacher in your life? Consider something like this.

I used this adorable set designed by my friend Lisa Lara for A Jillian Vance Design. All the details are on their blog.

Thanks and have a "sharp" day!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Art Impressions and Eyelet Outlet

Hi Eyelet Outlet fans! This is Annette from A. Spoon Full of Sugar. We're on day six of the Art Impressions swap. It has been a great partnership. Their stamps complement our brads and bling so well.

I chose the Island Window from their Windows on the World line. I knew it would go well with the seashell, flower and pineapple brads - not to mention the newly released flying bird brad.

When I first received the stamp, I colored it with Copic markers. It looked okay and I'm sure it would have worked just fine with this card, but something just didn't seem right to me. Ever have that feeling? I decided to go to AI's web site to look at some of the cards in their gallery. Then I stumbled upon some fantastic videos by Bonnie Krebs, the owner of Art Impressions. After watching a few of them, I knew exactly what to do.

I stamped the image on water color paper and used my heat tool to ensure the ink was completely dry. Then, I used my Tombow markers, but I didn't color directly on the paper. Instead, I laid down some ink on my acrylic block, then used a brush that I had dipped in water. I pinched off the excess water and applied the color. The result is this beautiful water color image. I think the water color medium works really well with the image.

I stamped the image again with a bright pink color and adhered the water color image on top, leaving only the sentiment to show. I added the brads and a few little banners before affixing it to the card base, which I embossed to create a wave-like effect.

The sentiment reads "Wiggle your toes in the sand by the Sea, dream of tomorrow and all that can be."Aaaaah! Don't you just want to do that right now!?!

Here is a closeup of the image.

Supplies used:
Memento Ink
Tombow Markers


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