Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beautiful Birthday Wraparound

Good morning! Ardyth here with a 'wraparound' card. I have been seeing more and more of these cards lately, where the design continues from the front to the back. Most of the ones I've seen have been side-folded cards, but I love a top-fold, so I thought about how to adapt the idea.

(back view)

It's really not different, as long as you think about the images you are using. Many of the wraparound cards I've seen have used scenes of houses or flowers on stems - for those to work, they would need to be around the bottom of the card - I just put my flowers along the side.

I created my stencils with full-page sticky notes (the whole back is sticky). With these daisy dies, you need the points between the petals to stick to the card base or your blending won't be clean. I used a clear acrylic block to rub over the flower centres and ensure the points were flat before I picked up my ink blending tools. Still, just to be sure, I worked from the outside to the centre of each flower, so that my blending strokes also helped to keep the poinst down. 

I used mostly yellows and oranges with a pop of warm purple for interest.

When it came time to buid my sentiment, I noticed that the font of the new 'happy birthday' dies is the same as the 'beautiful' die from Beautiful Roses. I created a comma with one of the centres of the letters.

Here's a quick video:

A Jillian Vance Products Used:

Image 1

Other Products Used:

White cardstock, Black cardstock
Distress Ink (Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral)
Ink blending tools

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

harvest wreath...

Hello everyone!!  Are you enjoying the Coffee Lovers blog hop??? I hope you pulled out your AJVD coffee stamps and whipped up something yummy!  The card I'm sharing today isn't coffee related, but you can see my card for the Coffee Lovers blog hop here.  Today's card features lots of AJVD dies and a sentiment from the Hello Fall stamp set.

This card actually started over a week ago when I was working on the card I posted last week.  I had an idea to create some pom-pom style flowers to pair up with the Swirly Vine die that I used for that card.  To create my pom-pom flowers I pulled out the Stitched Fringed die and got to work.  Because I didn't want the flowers to sit up too high after die cutting the fringed strips from the orange striped paper I trimmed about 1/4 inch off the stitched portion and then using my quilling tool rolled up each flower.  When I got the flowers done I realized that they didn't work with the Swirly Vine the way I wanted them too so I set them aside for another card.   When I got back to them to create this week's card I was still somewhat at a loss as to what to do with them.  So I fiddled around with a couple of ideas until I came up with what you see.  I die cut the hoop from the Hoop It Up die set from multiple layers of thin chipboard and then adhered them together.  The little cross piece for the hoop was die cut from matte silver cardstock and adhered to the hoop.  I finished up the hoop by die cutting some patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Mischievous paper and adhering it on top.   The leaves were die cut from more paper from that collection using Leaves & Petals dies.   Once I got all that done I cut a piece of coordinating paper and then die cut the bottom with an Elegant Stitched Dot Edge border die.  More paper from the collection was adhered to the bottom of a cardstock base and then the die cut piece layered on top.  I adhered the hoop and then stamped the sentiment.  Finally I arranged the flowers and the leaves.  I really love how it turned out! If you have the Stitched Fringe die I hope you will try making some pom-pom flowers with it too!  Since I have one really fancy corner on my card I'm going to add this to the current Dies R Us challenge.

A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Hello Fall
Elegant Stitched Dot Edge
Leaves & Petals
Stitched Fringe Border

Hope you have a wonderful day!!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Coffee Lover Blog Hop: Thanks A Latte

Hello everyone... Helen is here with a one layered, embossed card with Fall/Coffee theme. This whole week, we join the fabulous Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog. Check out this blog hop, create projects, and link them up there. You will have many chances to win the giveaway prizes from the Super Sponsors, and A Jillian Vance Design is one of them!

One way to add texture on a one layer card is by embossing it. I used the Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love Die to embossed my card background. Then I stamped the leaf from the Cup Of Love Stamp Set to create the border.

I stamped one border leaf in the box, and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on top of it. 

I added some distress ink around the edges of the card for extra shadow and finished the card with some twine.

A Jillian Vance Design has fabulous collection of coffee stamps and dies that you can purchase them here. Check them out, you'll LOVE them!

A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love Die

Other products used:
Earthtone Heavy Weight Cardstock
Fall Ombre Ink Pad
Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad
Sponge Dauber
Natural Twine
Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
WRMK Evolution Advanced Embossing Machine

Thank you so much for visiting today and have a fabulous caffeinated day!

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Monday, September 18, 2017


AJVD, Kecia Waters, Copic markers, coffee
The 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop is in full force and as you know, A Jillian Vance Design is a sponsor!  Visit the official Coffee Lovers Blog so you can find out how you can win!  I'm Kecia Waters guest posting on the blog today sharing a coffee creation I made.

AJVD is certainly your shop for coffee stamps!  For this card I had fun playing with two sets: Simply Said Pot Head and But First, Coffee.   

I'm just in love with the coffee pot which is from Simply Said Pot Head.  I stamped the pot with Marvy Black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I fussy cut the image and then covered with Versamark Watermark.  I sprinkled clear embossing powder onto the pot and then heat embossed to give it a bit of shine.  

To create the card panel, I randomly stamped one of the coffee bean images and the spilled coffee image from But First Coffee with the following Distress Inks:  Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs.  Then using the Pot Head sentiment from Simply Said Pot Head, I stamped with Versafine Onyx black and heat embossed with black embossing powder this hilarious sentiment.  I placed this panel onto a brown patterned paper from Recollections to serve as a top and bottom border.

AJVD Stamp Sets:
Simply Said Pot Head

Other Supplies:
Copic markers, X-Press It cardstock, Distress Inks, Versamark Watermark, Marvy Black dye, Versafine Onyx Black, clear embossing powder, Recollections patterned paper.

I sure hope you join in on all of the 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop fun.  And a big thank you to Jillian for letting me share my card.  Have a great week!

Monday smiles,

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

Hey everyone... Rosemary here instead of Shelly.  I'm stepping in today so that Shelly and her family can focus on getting things back to normal after Hurricane Irma.   But as many of you know... today is the's the start of the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! Yay!! :) If you haven't checked out any of these hops, be sure to! They are full of fun, inspiration and prizes!!  You could win something from A Jillian Vance Design!!

I started my card by die cutting two of the leaves from the Grand Leaf Trio and then inking them up with Distress Oxide inks.  I just love the way those inks blend so nicely!  Once that was done I stamped the largest leaf with the happy pumpkin spice season (because I know there are tons of you coffee lovers who love pumpkin spice lattes!!) sentiment from Hello Fall stamp set.  I adhered the two leaves together before attaching them to my woodgrain panel that I die cut with a Stitched Dot Rectangle die.  To bring in more of a coffee feel I stamped the panel with the coffee ring stamp from the But First Coffee set using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  Finished things off with a little white bow.

A Jillian Vance Design products used

But First Coffee
Hello Fall
Grand Leaf
Stitched Dot Rectangle

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quick-colour Leafy Sunflower

A few weeks ago, I made a fall wreath using the leaf stamp from Pretty Posies. This week, I made a sunflower!

I started by cutting a circle from a white panel. I stamped the leaf around the circle. Next, I created 2 masks for the leaf an laid them on two side-by-side petals to stamp another petal in between.

To quickly colour all the petals, I simply turned my leaf stamp over and used the back to stamp yellow ink on each petal.

I added some shading with a dark yellow Copic marker, to create some depth and dimension between the layers of petals.

I blended a panel with some distress inks - I always love the contrast of the yellow sunflower and the bright blue 'sky'!

I blended the centre with brown and then filled the shaker with brown sequins. I love the idea that the sequins are the seeds!

I created a quick video showing my process:

A Jillian Vance Design Products Used:

Pretty Posies


Basic Circle Backdrop

Other Products Used:
White cardstock
Black Ink
Yellow Ink
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Vintage Photo/Rusty Nail Distress Ink
Brown Sequins
Y38 Copic
Diamond Stickles

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