Monday, July 25, 2011

Paper Dolls Guest Designers July 25, 2011

I am Bunny, Jillian ~ The Princess and the Paper’s Mom.  I have always loved crafting from a young age, my love is sewing, I own two embroidery machines, a regular sewing machine (Jillian’s) and a serger!  I love making purses.

So when Jillian approached me that she wanted a business to buy an iPod, I bought her a Cricut to make cards with as my cousin had one and loved it.  Well, should have purchased the iPod ~ LOL!  Now we have thousands invested in our new craft and hobby!  In addition to her card business which was thriving, she needed sentiments she couldn’t find so she decided to create her own line of stamps this past January at age 11!  So the rest is history!

She now owns A Jillian Vance Design and I am her business manager!  We just returned from CHA and it was so fun having people come up to me and ask if I was Jillian’s mom.  And I introduced myself, Bunny Vance, to Jinger Adams and she said “Oh, you must be Jillian’s mom, I keep an eye on her on Facebook!”  Oh my land, Jillian at 12 years old is famous!
So we are thrilled to be Guest Designers for Paper Dolls:  See their Blog here:  Tamara's Blog here: and Thienly's Blog here:  We look up to these two fantastically creative gals and then to have THEM ask US ~ Wow!  What a great feeling!  We waited til after CHA to do this project but we had in mind what we wanted to do before we left home.  The theme for our county   4-H booth is “4-H, It’s a Green Thing”.  So we will be adding this to our booth at the fair so we decided a Topiary out of recycled Kraft paper was in order!!!

 Jillian and I made this a team project!  We have cut the wonderful SVG files out of Kraft paper at various sizes:  3.75 and 4.75 inches for the scalloped edge flower
            3.0 and 3.5 inches for the carnation
            2.5 and 3.75 inches for the smooth edge flower
We wanted a mixture of larger and smaller flowers.

Then Jillian used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to ink them to the colors we wanted: the Golden ones are Spice Marmalade, Pink ones are the NEW Distress Stain in Picket Fence (it is a pigment based stain and is more opaque to give you a brighter color) under Worn Lipstick and the Purple flowers are Distress Stain in Picket Fence with Dusty Concord on top.  Jillian used Forest Moss Distress Stain for the leaves!  So wish we had the other colors in Stain, it is so quick to apply! Gives them all a very vintage shaded look!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Picket Fence Distress Stain!

Then we used corsage pins with tear drop pearls to pin through the base of the flower and leaf (cut from a random cartridge) added some hand dyed by Jillian seam binding to give the softness and flair it needed!  By accident, I wound the ribbon around a Jelly Roll pen to dry it as otherwise I burn my fingers!  That is what gave it the bouncy curly look! The butterfly was cut from Home Accents Cricut cartridge and of course “everything is better with Stickles!!!” according to Jillian.  The tin bucket came from IKEA.
Close up ~ Scalloped Rose.
Close up ~ Carnation

We want to thank Thienly and Tamara for asking us, it has been a pleasure and tons of fun!
Please go to Paper Doll's blog for this weeks Challenge!!!

Please visit our blogs:
We would love you to “LIKE” A Jillian Vance Design on facebook:
And visit our website where we have brand new stamp designs and our very OWN PINK acrylic stamp blocks!!!
Good luck to everyone and please follow and leave me a comment, we will have our own drawing for a set of stamps ~ or two!!!!

Stamp Set #1 ~ Flower Power and Down on the Farm

Stamp Set #2 ~ Stitches and More Stitches ~ BRAND NEW!!!

Stamp Set #3 ~ Tender Thoughts and The Lord's Prayer Background Stamp


Amy said...

This is just amazing! What a wonderful project and how special that you made it together! I think it is so awesome that you are able to do this at 12 (you go girl!) :Amy

Melanie - The Paper Retreat said...

Oh my!!! Your project is absolutely fabulous!!! I made some topiaries a couple months ago, and they are pretty, but WOW yours are just perfect!!! I love everything about them! Happy to be a guest designer at the PD blog with you this week. Hugs, Melanie said...

What a wonderful team you and Jillian make. Love, love, love the topiary!

FaithbyHeavenlyDesigns said...

Very beautiful project!! That must have taken quite a long time to make!! That would be so lovely at a wedding on tables as centerpieces!! Or creating cute pastel color ones for baby showers. Very very amazing!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!


2amscrapper said...

very impressive project!

Micki said...

WOW, that is an awesome project. Absolutely beautiful.... I love it.

Anonymous said...

WOW, that is amazing. How many hours did you girls work on that? It is an inspiration!

Tammy said...

Super great project---Super great memories----Super d duper stamps!!!
So proud of you JIllian!!!
Blessings and thanks so very much!!!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such a fantastic project. Dropped in seeing your link at deanne's

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Anniebee said...

This is just beautiful, Bunny! You and Jillian did a wonderful job on it. I haven't been by for a while so I thought I'd try to catch up today. Am still and will always be a follower and FB fan!

Anne (aka Anniebee)

Walking on Water said...

Just love this topiary and it has all the colors I love! especially the purple and I want to make this in the became a follower of both blogs...awesome and will be definitely checking in more often...the stamps I love and the wallet in the future keeps getting for sharing! :)