Hey, there! We're back again with more fun artwork by Jill! But, before I get started dishin', doncha' wanna know what she has chosen for the Guest Designer Prize??? Hmmmmmm . . .
OK, alright already! I won't tease you any longer! Heck, I started bouncin' when she told me, 'cuz they are among my all-time faves, too!
The Branch, and the Brown Madeira Note Cards!!!
So, be sure to comment one time on each of our posts about Jill's fabby designs, so your name can be entered to win!
OK, this design is simply moooooore fun than a cow has a right to have! *wink*
I love how Jill stamped the fence, and then trimmed a square opening, but, also trimmed along the top of the fence line for added detail.
Cow is then peekin' over the fence line from out there in the pasture! A terrific window card!
This is a completely different take on the sentiment stamp! Jill created an accordian card by stamping one word alone, from the sentiment, on each of the panels, to accompany the house. It feels like you're walking through a neighborhood from your house, at the beginning of the card, to your friend's at the end!
Picnic Slider Invitation
This is such a cute way to do a slider card!
Jill created the outer pocket by folding the Kitchen Red 4 Bar Note so the pattern was on the INSIDE, as opposed to the outside! This gave her the perfect blank canvas for stamping the trail of ants!!! She folded down the front side to show off the pattern, and punched a whole at each side--but, wait! There's more!!!
The sliding panel! She trimmed a strip of card stock away from each long side of the sliding panel, stopping about 1/2" from the bottom. After placing the panel inside the pocket, and then knotting ribbon through the holes, the ribbon serves as a stop gap , and prevents the panel from sliding completely out.
Did you notice how she continued the trail of ants?!
This delightful shaker card features the Birch Trees, and tiny punched out leaves in pretty fall colors!
I really liked the contrast of the tiny white dots on the brown strip running across the mid-section of the 4 bar card, against the pretty green of the Madeira pattern.
As you can see, Jill creatively used her computer to generate the sentiment she wanted for this design!
This is another instance of Jill's ingenuity in creating a very clever snow globe effect, using transparency, and folding the card so the pattern is on the inside, as opposed to the outside.
She created a very simple globe and base pattern, and then on the acetate portion, stamped snowflakes with a white opaque ink. Staz-On Cotton White or Brilliance Moonlight white are excellent for this! After stamping the house inside and coloring it, she stamped again on white card stock, trimming out the roof and snowy ground, layering them over the original stamped images so they would appear truly snow-white against the blue background.
We had to play a little word fun with Jill, and asked her to give us some thoughts on the following, so we could get to know her even more:
- Name – Jill Kiah-Saslav, also known as jkiah on Splitcoast Stampers. I hyphenated when I got married because everyone referred to me by my first and last name – it just didn’t seem right to get rid of it completely. I also said that I would keep my last name until I officially paid off my student loans – my husband had no idea what he married into!
- Stamping – my first Stampin’ Up party back in 2002 got me hooked…I now need a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be stamping!”
- Style – I like things simple with a little humor thrown in for good measure. I think that’s why I am so attracted to A Muse. I am also spatially challenged – everything has to be symmetrical or else I go crazy.
- Inspiration – The internet is my go-to for just about everything. But, I find inspiration all around. That long commute to work with the radio blasting has me daydreaming about cards and fun sentiments. And my large collection of magazines gives me lots of color combos and inspiration. And shopping – it’s one my favorite things to do when I visit with my mum. I find lots of things and items that inspire me while I am spending money. Clothes, seasonal décor and even the store window displays offer creative stimulation and color palette.
- Color – I think you will see a pattern in my cards…I love blue and green with a splash of yellow for good measure. One of my good friend’s daughter, Deirdre, will tell you that all things blue are my favorite! It’s hard to get out of this comfort zone but the release of the Kitchen and Madeira paper collections kicked me in the pants a bit. Plus, all the colors associated with the upcoming holidays have me reaching for my pumpkin orange and bright red! My niece, Kayleigh, is also a big influence on my color choices – her favorite color is pink and since she is the subject of most of my albums I tend to find it more attractive each day.
- Work space – My original space in Georgia was the attic space. I loved it – big and open with lots of room – and bright, sunny yellow walls. Here in Washington, I share my craft area with my husband in our office. I had to paint the walls that same yellow to make it feel more like my old space. There isn’t quite as much room but it’s still the happiest place on earth! And my husband has managed not to step on my paper trimmer or trip over Marvy punches – it’s a bit of a gauntlet during these busy crafting days.
- Perfect day – I love sitting on my back deck, rummaging through a Real Simple or Blueprint magazine, soaking my toes in the kiddie pool.
- First job - My first job after college was working at a surfboard manufacturer as a marketing and administrative assistant in Oahu. It didn’t use my American Studies or Museum Studies degrees, but I loved seeing all the creativity and talent put into each original surfboard. And my husband got a free surfboard out of it, too!
- Wildest dream – To be Linda Carnell! Can you imagine stocking your very own shop with the things you love? And to have all those A Muse stamps at your fingertips?
- Ink - Versafine Onyx is my good ol’ standby. I love that it gives you crisp, clean images every time. I need to find another good black ink to use with my alcohol markers – any suggestions? Most of my color ink is from SU – I like that it coordinates perfectly with the paper and markers.
- Family – Just me, my husband, Andy, and our cat, Nathaniel (or Nat-the-Cat).
- Beverage – I am absolutely, positively addicted to Diet Coke. And now that I live in Washington, home of Starbucks, I am a non-fat Vanilla latte with one sweet n’ low-aholic. And, my favorite time of year is just ‘round the corner – eggnog lattes are coming!!!
AHA! She's a fellow Starbucks eggnog latté lover!!! Heh, heh, heh!
Thank you for stopping by, and I'm sure you've found some GREAT inspiration in Jill's designs featured this week!
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