Jill is a petite little bundle of energy, so full of smiles and giggles. I'm tickled to be able to share her creations with you over the next few weeks!
As part of our Guest Designer program, we ask each designer to choose a stamp and a pack of notecards to share with one (sometimes more!) lucky winner! In next week's installment, I'll let you know what she has chosen . . . *wink*
How can you win? It's super easy. All you need to do is leave a comment on one or more posts featuring Jill's work and you could win. You are welcome to leave comments on each post but only one comment per post, please.
Without further delay, I will let Jill tell you a little more about herself:
Hello everyone! My name is Jill Kiah-Saslav. I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it is to be a Guest Designer for A Muse!
I started stamping back in 2002 – one of my neighbors at Fort Benning, Georgia, hosted a Stampin’ Up party. I was hooked immediately! My first order was well over $250.00 (don’t tell my hubby!). I continued to attend monthly make n’ takes with my favorite demonstrator, Lynette, while living in Georgia. I soon realized my Rubbermaid container was too small to store my growing collection of stamps and card making supplies. I took over the attic a few months later and things are still out of control!
My favorite demonstrator also got me hooked on a little website called Splitcoast Stampers. What an inspirational place! I became a SCS junkie – and found myself attracted to one of its stars very early one. JulieHRR had this simple and elegant style with a playfulness thrown in for good measure. And her instructions were fantastic! But most of all, I was impressed with her collection of stamps and sentiments – where could I find that cute park bench stamp? Who carried that fabulous martini glass? After some searching on the internet, I found my answer – A Muse! There was no going back! Luckily, I moved to Washington just before this discovery – it was such a wonderful surprise to learn that A Muse was just up the street (well, if I-5 is considered a street and “just up” equals about 60 miles or so). I was able to attend the opening of the A Muse store and take some classes with my own American Idol – Ms. Julie Ebersole – JulieHRR herself!
What I love most about stamping and card making is the outlet to be creative while making someone’s day a little brighter with a homemade birthday card or thank-you. I also love that it is a creative distraction while my husband is away. Andy is currently a company commander in the U.S. Army and the present day conflicts have him away from home often – either training or deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Stamping keeps me busy and away from worrying and glued to CNN; it gives me something to do when I have that bout of sleepless nights; and, it gives me a community to reach out to when I am feeling a little down. Finally, it gives me a chance to make some really creative “missing you” cards for my husband while he is overseas.
After finding A Muse, I became a blog addict! Linda’s postings had me riveted at all the exciting stuff happening at the shop and the new releases. And I loved the idea that fellow addicts could share their creations with the Reader’s Gallery contests. After the Mother’s Day Reader’s Gallery contest, Linda emailed me to see if I was interested in becoming a guest designer for November. Six months later and I am still picking myself off the floor from excitement! I also figured I had six months to sort out what to make and to find inspiration. Now, if you know me, I am a bit of a procrastinator – I like to call it working well under pressure. I started off with lots of gusto and then found it difficult to create cards for fall and winter when it was 85 degrees outside and sunny. So, this last month was a busy one – making cards and finishing up projects has turned my craft area into creative chaos. But, my inspiration came from all the wonderful stamps released during A-Muse-A-Palooza and the weather turning a bit colder and damp (a sign that winter is coming in the Northwest).
In this design, Jill used a very clever trick to create the effect of a road leading right up to the front steps of this charming house!
After stamping the house on a white panel, she carefully trimmed curving lines from the lower right corners up to the steps, and then matted this to black card stock.
This quick and easy design features a happy little stack of flower pots matted with a scallop oval punch out. The yellow of the mat layer pick picks up the center of the little daisy, creating a lovely border of contrast against A Muse's new Madeira 4 Bar note in green.
This incredible garden journal is as delightful a labor of love as Jill's garden must be!
The grass along the front bottom cover was trimmed out meticulously, and laid over a circle window. Jill enjoys computer generating text on many of her designs, and she kerned the title to follow the shape of the circe window, which features an acetate lining.
Inside the cover page, you can see the additional scene she created on the opening page. It features bed of daisies running along a picket fence line and she created the effect of sky by lightly sponging blue ink.
Every page of the journal features a pocket, made by trimming off the top flaps of A Muse's square envelopes. Jill tucks garden markers into these pockets to help her keep track of the various plants out in her garden.
Her journaling is computer generated and titles each page. The book has been spiral bound, to make it easy to flip through the pages.
You could do this with a RubiCoil, if you have one, or stop by your local Kinko's and they can easily perform this service for you.
Jill computer generated the sentiment, "Not the sharpest tool in the shed" to accompany the row of garden tools and gloves!
I loved how such a simple design literally made me laugh out loud when I read it, and the band of multi-colored ribbon picks up the pretty green of the Kitchen Collection Note card.
This depiction of the Four Seasons literally stopped me in my tracks--the branch is one of my favorite A Muse images, and I thought this was just the coolest way to showcase that stamp!
The White Liquid Appliqué on the Winter tag makes perfect snow, and she trimmed and 3D mounted the hydrangea blossoms, which give the effect of cherry blossoms in the Spring time!
Tiny bird is peeking out from the leaves of Summer, and an apple ripe for the pickin' awaits harvesting in the Fall.
The brown Madeira 4 Bar note card makes a sensational back-drop to this beautiful card.
It's always so fun to have such terrific eye candy to inspire us! Have a fabulous day, and be sure to leave a comment on this post, so you can be entered into the drawing to win Jill's chosen stamp and note cards and be sure to stop by next week so you can find out what she picked! *grin*