Thursday, October 30, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Hi all, it's Amy Tsuruta & I'm super excited to be a Guest Designer for A Jillian Vance Design!

For my project today, I embellished a notepad that I picked up at the Target $ spot:

I constructed a kraft belly band and stamped a Frosty scene.

The snowflakes have been heat embossed with Zing White.  Did you notice that his scarf has been covered with glossy accents?

I just love that snowman!  I had to give him rosy cheeks!

I managed to stamp several of the pages in the notepad with different sentiments, both on the top & the bottom.

Or it is available with the matching Die Collection too!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by and I'm thrilled to be spending November & December here!

other supplies:  Papertrey Ink cardstock, various Copics, Memento Tuxedo ink, Zing white embossing powder, Ranger Glossy Accents, Target notepad

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Glory To God

Hi all. Vera here. Today I am back with a Christmas card as my Caring Hearts Card Drive is going in full swing. Caring Hearts Card Drive is a card drive that I organize with Jennifer McGuire. Our goal is to collect Christmas / holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes.

If you'd like to participate, you can find all the details HERE. There's also prizes for participating and AJVD is also one of the generous sponsor.

With the card drive in mind, I made a Christmas card to share using Wise Men stamp set. I fell in love with this set from the moment I saw it. I just love the angel image. It's pretty rare to find a beautiful, elegant angel stamp and this one is simply beautiful. 

For the opening, I used various blue and purple ink to create the background then ink the sentiment with white ink pad. I also added a soft shimmer to the angel using ZIG Glitter Brush.

Hope you enjoy today's inspiration and will consider joining the card drive. Have a beautiful Wednesday everyone.

Supplies used:
ZIG Glitter Brush
Ranger Distress Ink
Wise Men Set

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Leaves

Hello, my name is Lisa Hoel and I'm honored to be a guest designer here at AJVD today. Fall is certainly in the air, and as I look outside of my window I see the trees turning all sorts of lovely red, yellow and orange colors. I love this time of year and was inspired to make this fall-themed card:

I started out with a kraft cardstock base and stamped the Woodgrain background builder with dark brown ink. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it some more definition and a bit of shine. A bit of shading with Distress Ink and some spatters with red Distress Stain completed the base. Now for the fun Distress Ink technique I used on the circular layer, leaf prints!

First you need to collect your leaves. They should pliable if you are collecting ones that have already fallen. Crunchy will not work! Lay a leaf down on your craft sheet and dab the back side of the leaf with various colors of Distress ink. The mini pads work well because of their smaller surface area. You can blend more colors on the leaf, especially with a smaller leaf. Full size pads could work too. Mist the leaf once or twice. For me, one spritz gave me a more detailed print and two spritzes gave me a looser, watercolor effect. Don't spray too much on or the water will ooze out the sides in the next step and muddle your print.

Next lay the leaf, ink side down, carefully on the surface you are printing on. (I used tweezers.) Lightly hold the leaf in place and run a brayer over it to transfer the ink to the paper. Carefully lift off the leaf and that's it! You can dab extra ink off of your leaf with a baby wipe or paper towel and use it again for subsequent prints.

I tried watercolor paper, matboard, manila folder and a craft tag as substrates while I was experimenting. They all worked very well! Here are samples of my experimenting:

watercolor paper

manila, matboard and kraft
I hope you are inspired to try this on your own projects. It's a bit addicting so watch out.

AJVD Supplies:
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AJVD Supplies:

 Woodgrain Background Builder Stamp

Other products used:
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Archival Inks
Rock Candy Stickles
Clear embossing powder
Viva Pearl Pen - copper

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Brrr Winter Card

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

We are experiencing Indian summer in Ohio today, so perhaps this card may seem a bit wrong, LOL.  Kecia Waters here on the AJVD blog today with a card made from the AJVD stamp set "Brrr" by Whimsie Doodles.

As the cooler weather approaches my guess is that I will be reaching for this adorable little penguin friend a lot.  I stamped the penguin with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I fussy cut the image.

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

On a square of white cardstock, I drew a snowline with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker.  Above the line I shaded the horizon with Copic markers.  I randomly stamped the snowflake image, also from "Brrr" with ColorBox Ice Blue chalk ink and Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.  I drew in the shadow for the penguin and pop-dotted him into the frosty scene.  

I stamped the sentiment, also from "Brrr" with Versafine Onyx Black onto the panel.  I framed the scene with black cardstock and light blue cardstock panels.  

A sheer white bow, along with a snowflake I cut from ornamental tree garland, put the finishing touches on this card.

AJVD Supplies:

Other Supplies:
X-Press It cardstock, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onxy Black, Colorbox Ice Blue Chalk, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, black cardstock, light blue cardstock, sheer white ribbon, snowflake charm

I hope to enjoy what little bit of warm weather that is left of this year.  You know the cold weather is coming, and it is good to have a card ready for the upcoming season.

Make it a great week!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Trick or Treat cartons

Hey everyone, Melyssa here with a really late post. :(  So the other day while I was researching ( I found some really cute pre cut pre scored Halloween cartons at such a deal that it would have been a crime NOT to buy them. :)  Lucky for me I had the perfect stamp set to spice up the cartons called Broom Rides.  And since most of the images I used were solid it didn't take very long to complete all 9 boxes.

Then I thought about the new pumkin die that A Jillian Vance Design released and made this using the Wood grain stamp and Jack O. Lantern die set.
then I realized I should have covered the cut outs with vellum and slip a tea light (flame less) inside and this is what I got...

Dies-Jack O. Lantern: A Jillian Vance Design
Stamps- Broom Rides
Wood Grain
Halloween milk cartons-Recollections: Michaels
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Snowman Tag with Laurel Beard

Hi everyone! Laurel here today with a fun tag using the Sam E. Snowman Shaker die. Yes, I said shaker die. The die contains 14 die cuts and this little number makes the shaker for you!!! I didn't use that part for this tag but I just wanted you to know that this die set has multiple functions! Super fun!!! I for one find shakers intimidating so I am glad this die helps with that!

I decided to make a tag that is easy to mass produce and can be used for either Winter or Christmas themed.  The base for the tag was hand cut from card stock and then I just took my scissors to cut the edges... I die cut the snowman from white card stock and brought him to life with color (Copics, Distress Ink). This would be a fun tag to do in an assembly line and mass produce. Also something fun to do with your kids or nieces/nephews!

There is a lot of inspiration on the blog using this little cutie so be sure check out some other posts. There's a tea light, a shaker (with step by step instructions) an ornament..... So much fun!

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