Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Warm Winter Snowman Shaker Card

Hello everyone... Helen is here. I am back today with a coffee themed card. Have you joined this amazing and full inspiration Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? If not yet, you still have time to get crafty and link up with them at Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog.

And... by linking up you have chance to win the giveaway prizes from the Super Sponsors. A Jillian Vance Design is one of them!!! You have until Friday, December 15, 2017 to play along. We hope to see you there.

I created this shaker card with Sam E. Snowman Shaker Die Set. I die cut all the pieces and it was very easy to put this snowman together.

For the snowy hill, I cut out a white cardstock and I added on the background. Then I added the shaker snowman on it.

I used grounded coffee to fill the shaker window. It smells so good for sure! :D 

And for the sentiment, I stamped one of the sentiment from Simply Said: Perk Up Stamp Set on a white cardstock with black ink pad. I trimmed it down to fit the space.

Then I added some of the Snow Writer texture paste with palette knife around the snowman and sentiment. This texture paste can be air-dry or you can use craft heater to dry it.

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Coffee, Tea & Me die set

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A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Other products used:
Snowflake patterned paper (CTMH)
Heavy Weight White Cardstock (Darice)
Red Premium Cardstock (Darice)
Green Premium Cardstock (Darice)
Scor-Tape 0.25"
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive
Snow Writer (Deco Art)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fun Foam
WRMK Evolution Advance Diecutting Machine
ekTool micro tip scissors

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Quick & Easy Gift Tags

Hello there, Lisa Hoel here to share some Christmas craftiness with you today. Can you believe it's only two weeks away? I do not feel ready! One thing I haven't even started is wrapping gifts. But, it is easy to whip up some cute handmade gift tags! I used the Minnie Pearl Tag Die Set and the To & From Stamp Set for all the main tag parts.

The Fresh Cut Pine Die Set was used on the left and
the Holly & Swirls Set for the right.

Cute patterned paper forms the base layer of these tags. Add a few die cuts and stamped to/from and you're set. What could be easier?

The top tag base I cut from kraft cardstock. The browns of the pinecone and bough complement it and give it a woodsy vibe. The poinsettia was stamped with archival ink and then I watercolored over the top using Distress Ink.  It's hard to see in the picture, but the tag base has Antique Linen Oxide Ink splotched onto it for more texture. The small tag has the word 'Joy' diecut through the top tag to reveal the red  layer underneath.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have some creative time in all the seasonal busyness. ;-)

AJVD Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:
cardstock, Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Christmas, Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished Brass, Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen, Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Pine Needles, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Ground Espresso, Mustard Seed, Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Red Geranium, Potting Soil

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lover's Winter Blog Hop!

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

Today, Is the start of the Coffee Lover's Winter Blog Hop!! Yay! If you have yet to check out any of these hops, I highly recommend that you do...they are filled with so much fun and inspiration! :)

I won't keep you long with my post today because I know there's a lot of hopping to do. So here's my card...

I started with making my cup. I used the Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die and then some 'trimming' to get my cup. For my 'cocoa' inside the cup, I did the same process with the die but I didn't want any of the 'cuts' in my coffee/cocoa from the die cutting. So I used that piece as a template with dark brown cardstock and then just cut it to fit. After, I used the French Horn die set for my holly on my cup using green cardstock. To top off my cocoa I cut a couple little pieces of white cardstock for marshmallows.

Once done, I assembled things together. I used the Stitched Dot Rectangle die with some woodgrain patterned paper for my background. Then used the Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame die set with white cardstock for my frame and stamped on 'warm wishes' from the using black ink. Which when I added my frame to my card, I chose not to adhere the whole thing down, just the sides. I wanted it to have a little bit of dimension to it. ;) To finish things off, I added a touch of burlap twine.
Simple and sweet, yeah?!...

Also, check out what you can PRE-ORDER NOW!!

Coffee, Tea & Me die set

To show how the INKboss Inkpression plates work, HERE is a video Ardyth made using one of the INKboss Inkpression plates.

The Coffee, Tea, & Me die set sells for $29.95 and the Coffee Collage INKboss Inkpression Plate sells for $21.95. If you pre-order either one or both now, you'll get free shipping!! How awesome is that?!!...You can order your Coffee, Tea & Me die set HERE and you can order your Coffee Collage INKboss Inkpression Plate HERE.

AJVD products used for my card:

French Horn die set

Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die

Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame die set

Stitched Dot Rectangle die set

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Dark brown cardstock
Green cardstock
Patterned papers
Black ink

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

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tips for Last-minute Christmas Cards that don't look Last-Minute!

Running out of time? No worries! It's easy to make lots of beautiful, last-minute Christmas cards quickly! Ardyth here with tips for a successful, productive card-making session:

1) Choose some inspiration. The simpler the better. Inspiration gives you a starting off point and saves a lot of design-thinking time!

I chose this:

I love how the white snowflakes look on the dark background, and the pops of festive red.

2) Limit your supplies 

I chose one stamp, and a few dies. See complete list below.

3) Choose one colour combination

I limited my colours to black, red and white. This colour combination is festive and bold, but you can use whatever colours you prefer.

3) Limit embellishments

Adding embellishments can add a lot of time - I incorporated some sparkle right into my card design by using glitter paper, and some iridescent embossing powder
4) Set up a production line and make multiples

I started these cards by stamping the snowflakes multiple times and then cutting them out. Then I had plenty to use in different ways. I started with my grid of 9, and then designed the second card with the leftovers.

Once you have your design(s), it's easy to cut the pieces and make mulitples!


White, red, black cardstock
Versafine Onyx ink
Iridescent embossing powder
Foam tape
Red glitter paper
Versamark Ink
Clear embossing powder

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

when they saw the star...

Hello everyone!!  Are you getting your Christmas cards done and mailed off??  I have most of my cards done just have to get them sent out.  Today I have a super quick card that you can make if you are pressed for time.  This card uses the beautiful Christmas Star stamp set.

I will be honest and tell you that I was really crunched for time this past weekend.  I usually get my card done on Friday afternoon or Sunday at the latest, but this weekend was busier than usual so I had absolutely no time!! That left me scrambling on Monday morning to get something done so I decided to rely on some patterned paper from the Echo Park Wise Men Still Seek Him 6x6 pad.  One of the papers in the pad consists of different strips and one of the strips features the Nativity scene.  So I trimmed that strip out and adhered it to the bottom of a kraft cardstock base along with a strip of patterned paper from the pad.  Using my mini MISTI I centered the sentiment from Christmas Star,  stamped it in black ink and then stamped a star image from the set using Delicata Golden Glitz ink.  Finished things off with a twine bow.  A simple and quick, but I think lovely, design!

A Jillian Vance Design product used:

Christmas Star

Have a wonderful day!!


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