Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Good morning! Ardyth here with a shimmery poinsettia card made from scraps! That's right - this panel is what was leftover from my die-cutting for a class (see below for the class card). The colorburst background was just too pretty to throw away, so I backed it with some white and cut it into a panel. I love the variation in colours and the groovy 70's vibe of the floating flowers.

My 87-year old neighbour runs her church's Seniors' Group and asked me to help them make Christmas cards at their meeting today. This is one of the designs, using the Poinsettia die and a sentiment from Candles of Christmas.

AJVD Supplies:

Image 1

Other Supplies:
Green Cardstock
Red Cardstock
White Cardstock
Gold Glitter Cardstock
Watercolour Paper
Color Burst Powders

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Holly and Swirls Card

AJVD, Kecia Waters, Distress Ink, watercoloring, holly, Christmas
Christmas is less than three weeks away.  Perhaps you are stressing about whether you will get all of your Christmas cards made in time.  Kecia Waters on the blog today, sharing an elegant card that can be mass produced in a quick amount of time.

To make this card, I used the AJVD "Holly & Swirls Die Set" to cut the swirl from a scrap piece of cardstock.  Using the negative of this cut and having it act as a stencil, I sponged Distress Ink Peeled Paint onto a panel of watercolor paper.  I then activated the ink with a waterbrush and painted the leaves and the swirl.  Once dry, I added a hint of a dark green Tombow marker to the leaves and used a red Tombow marker to add some berries.  I used the waterbrush to activate this ink as well.

I stamped the sentiment from AJVD's "Pine Branches" stamp set onto the image panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I spritzed some Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz ever-so-lightly onto the panel, and then framed the panel with some red cardstock.

AJVD Supplies:
Holly & Swirls Die Set

Pine Branches

Other Supplies:
watercolor paper, red cardstock, Distress Ink, Tombow markers, Versafine Onyx Black, Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz

Make sure to visit the blog often this week for continued AJVD inspiration.  It will be quite festive.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Snappy Holidays

Hey y'all! Shelly, here!
Happy Friday!! :)

Today, I'm sharing a fun holiday card with you! We all know the holidays are upon us and out comes the camera, right?!...Pictures, pictures, pictures.

I used the new Picture Perfect stamp set for my card. After stamping my camera, I did some simple coloring and then did some easy cutting. Once done, I added some holly and berries using the Holly & Swirls die set.

To finish things off, I added my sentiment (which I made a banner with), some twine, and touch of gold sequins. Easy peasy, yeah?!...

AJVD products:

Picture Perfect stamp set

Holly & Swirls die set

Pure Gold Satin sequins

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Green cardstock
Red glitter paper
White twine
Black ink
Foam tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joy - Christmas Decor

Hello December!  This is Yolie with the first project for December.  My oh my, how time flies as we are nearing the end of 2016!   Is Christmas crafting in full swing?  Today, I am sharing a quick Christmas project.  The frame was part of a kit, that includes a felt panel with the word Joy stitched.  I decided to decorate the frame  using the NEW Poinsettia Die Set.

I cut several layers of the poinsettia, enough to make 3 of them, using embossed foil paper by DCWV.

I layered my pieces and used hot glue to adhere them.

Here is the close up of 2 of the poinsettias:

I added a single poinsettia on the top right corner.

They sure look lovely!  There is still plenty of time to order your Poinsettia die set!  AJVD ships orders super fast!  Thank you for visiting and happy crafting.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

warm and cozy...

Hello friends!!!  Rosemary here with a card I made using the newly released Christmas Stocking stamp set.  The set comes with the stocking image, several patterns that can be stamped inside the stocking and the some sentiments.  So many different things you can do with this pretty set!
I started by stamping the stocking on watercolor paper and coloring with my ZIG clean color markers.  Once the stocking was dry I carefully trimmed it out.  I then got started on creating the look of a fireplace.  I started by inking up white cardstock using a brick wall stencil and Ranger Fired Brick distress ink.  Once I got the depth of color I wanted I then trimmed down the piece and then added Pumice Stone distress ink to give the brick a bit of a sooty look.  A piece of woodgrain cardstock was trimmed down and inked with Brushed Corduroy distress ink and then Tea Dye distress ink to create my mantel.  Before adhering the pieces to the dark gray cardstock piece I distressed the edges of all the pieces and then stamped the sentiment from Christmas Stocking using VersaFine Onyx Black.  I distressed the edges of the stocking with some Old Paper ink, adhered it to may mantel and then added some Diamond Ice Stickles.   This was a pretty labor intensive project, but I really like how it turned out.  Since I did add the Stickles I'm going to post this to the current Time Out challenge of Christmas with a twist of sparkle.  Adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.
A Jillian Vance Design products used:
Christmas Stocking
Hope you have a wonderful day...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Joy to the World

Happy Tuesday! Ardyth here with another pair of cards using the same supplies. I wanted to try something with a graphic feel, using this wonderful bold Joy to the World sentiment. I came up with two slightly different arrangements and used different embellishments and colours to change the feeling.

My first card is dramatic - I used a lot of black and a deep red to add a pop of colour. A silver star adds a bit of sparkle.

My second card uses a smaller star stamp fill in the 'o' in joy. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how easy it is to make a few small changes to make a big difference in the design of a card! See you next week!

AJVD Supplies

Christmas Star Sentiments

Stitched Dot Stars Die Set

Polka Dot Square Backdrop Die Set

Other Supplies:

White cardstock
Black Cardstock
Soft Stone Cardstock
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Wink of Stella
Platinum Stickles

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