Thursday, December 18, 2014

you are my anchor

Hello, it's Amy here with a non-holiday card.  Sometimes it's nice to switch gears and I was looking forward to inking up the new

Simply Said:  Anchor Set

Nautical + Chalkboard = Yes, Please!

I did a different variation of the technique.  Rather than using black cardstock, I used navy.

The image has been heat embossed in white and then I sloppily smeared white ink all over the navy base.

The red geometric strip is washi tape.

Super Easy and Quick card to make!

Simply Said:  Anchor
Simply Said:  Anchor

Other Supplies:
Navy cardstock
white embossing powder
washi tape

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah card!!

Hello everyone! Here I am again with a festive Hanukkah card. I thought it would be appropriate for today's post since it is the first day of Hanukkah.

The background was done using a faux batik technique that I'll show you how to do. This is one of those "oldie but goodie" techniques that is handy to have in your box of tricks. First I stamped the Woodgrain stamp on the cardstock using clear embossing ink and then embossed with clear powder. This acted as a resist and mask for subsequent inking. I then blended various Distress Ink colors over the background, taking care to position my "candle glow" in the right spots.

After you have done all the inking, it's time to remove the clear embossing powder. This is accomplished by laying a clean sheet of copy paper or plain newsprint over the embossed areas and heating it with a iron. The embossing powder melts and is absorbed by the paper. Remove the paper before the powder cools. If the paper sticks, just reheat it with the iron.

This makes the paper perfectly flat and gives you that batik resist look.

The menorah I paper pieced and adhered to the background. I used sequin waste to emboss the pattern into the paper I used for the candles.

AJVD products:
Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
 Woodgrain Background Builder Stamp

Other supplies:
Ranger Distress inks, embossing ink, clear embossing powder, Ranger Archival ink, Gelatos, Stickles, sequin waste for embossing

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Solitary Cardinal on A Birch Branch Card

Whimsie Doodles, Kecia Waters, Copic markers, cardinal, A Jillian Vance Design

Sometimes, it's the simplicity of a card, that warms the recipient's heart.  Kecia Waters here on the blog today with a CAS card featuring the neutral colors of white, black and gray, along with a pop of red.  

To make this square card, I stamped the birch trees from the stamp set "In the Meadow" by Whimsie Doodles onto a piece of X-Press It cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.  I did some slight shading with a Copic marker, and then masked the trees with some masking film.  I also masked a line for the snow.  I sponged Marvy Grey dye ink for the sky.  Then for a special effect I dropped some water droplets directly onto the paper and allowed them to dry.  I added a few dots of Copic white for snowflakes.  I then removed the masks, and drew the snow line with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker.

Whimsie Doodles, Kecia Waters, A Jillian Vance Design, cardinal

On a scrap piece of X-Press It cardstock, I stamped the cardinal from the stamp set "Winter Woodland", also by Whimsie Doodles with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.  I adhered the cardinal to one of the birch branches.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and can be found in the set "In The Meadow".

I framed the scene with black cardstock and placed on a gray cardstock panel.

AJVD Stamp Sets:

"In The Meadow" by Whimsie Doodles
 "Winter Woodland" by Whimsie Doodles

Other Supplies:
X-Press It cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black, Verasfine Onyx Black, Marvy Grey, Copic markers, masking film, black cardstock, gray cardstock, Copic white

We sure appreciate your visit to the AJVD blog today.  We know it is a busy time for you all, but we hope you'll come back soon for more continued inspiration from the design team.  Until then, enjoy the beauty of the season.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Eight Point Star Quilt Holiday Wall Decor

Hi, it's Beth, and today I have a quick and easy holiday decor set, made from the Eight Point Star Quilt Block die and three 4x4" canvases. The canvases are chunky and can stand on their own, or could be hung on a wall.

Start with a few sheets of holiday paper, die cut each with the Eight Point Star Quilt Block die. Trim the corners off to create a star outline, then fill in the centers with the die cuts!

It is easiest to add adhesive, such as Adhesive Sheets to the back side of the patterned paper before die cutting. Then you can mix and match and decide what each star should look like. When you are happy, peel off the liners and adhere the pieces.

The sides of the canvases are wrapped with wide ribbon. This would work on wood blocks too!

Do you make any of your holiday decor?

I used these supplies:

Eight Point Star Quilt Block Die
Other supplies:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Adhesive Sheets, Crafty Power Tape
Carta Bella - Christmas Day paper pad
4x4" Canvases, cardstock, ribbon

Thanks for visiting!
Beth Pingry

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

You are my Anchor ~ I do not fear the Storms

I am loving this new series by A Jillian Vance Design.  The Simply Said 3 x 4" Stamp Set Series was designed to have a main image along with one or two smaller phrases to coordinate to complete a card with one stamp set!
This one called Simply Said:  Anchor

I cut two each Circle Backdrops and the matching Polka Dot Circle Backdrops.  Stamping the Anchor image on the white using Cobalt Blue Archival Ink.  I then layered the coordinating sizes for an 1/16" mat then using 3D foam squares between those pairs to pop out both circles from the base.  I offset it at the top to add an interesting shape to a normally rectangle card!
The Ric Rac dies are perfect for waves . . .who knew! They were initially designed as an addition to our Quilting Collection.

Here you can see how both sets of circles are popped out to add dimension to the card.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a Blessed Christmas season!
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A Jillian Vance Design Products used:

Other Supplies:
Cobalt Blue Archival Ink by Ranger
3D Foam Squares and E-Z Runner by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
WorldWin Cardstock
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

With All My Heart.. Get a jump start on your Valentines Cards

Hello everyone! It's Laurel Beard here with a fun Valentines themed card for you all. I'm taking a  break from the Christmas/Winter themed and time warping a few months because before you know it, Valentine's Day will be here! I'm using the new True Love Stamp set. The cupid image is fantastic and there are a lot of fun sentiments you can mix and match. 

To make this card I stamped the Cupid image in black and then masked it off before adding the striped background (more on that in a minute).  And the see the black ric rac border? It's from the Ric Rac Die set! It comes with two adorable dies.

 And to my delight, some of the sentiments fit inside the lines from the Stripes 201 Background Builder set. I sprinkled a little sequins and adhered it to a white card base and called it a day!! :)

So there you have it! A fun Valentines Day card using some new products from the store!!! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

True Love Stamp Set

Ric Rac Die Set

Stripes 201 Stamp Set

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