Monday, June 26, 2017

Advice from an Armadillo…

Hello, Lisa here! Happy Monday to you all and I hope you are enjoying your summer. It's heating up here so I had an urge to pull out the Cute Cactus Die.

I watercolored a quick desert background on a piece of watercolor paper. I also added some Merlot Color burst crystals and details with a Stabilo pencil to the rocks. I cut the cactus out of a scrap of paper I had marbled. I thought the spiky swirls where perfect for a cactus. ;-) I needed some desert critters to complete the scene so I drew these and fussy cut them out to add to the card. I supposed that armadillos know all about rolling with it lol.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

AJVD products used:

Cute Cactus Die Set

Stitched Fringe Border Die
Thinking of You Stamp Set

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Cup of Love

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

If you haven't seen or heard yet...Today is the start of the Coffee Lover's Summer Blog Hop!! Yay! These hops are always so much fun!

I'm keeping my post short and sweet today, as in many of you are hopping along. ;)

I started with using the Grandpa's Glass Cup of Love die with a piece of cardstock. After, I removed all the loose pieces and then placed it over my base card panel for a stencil. Once done, I simply added some inks in summery colors and then peeled away my stencil once I was done. Easy peasy, right?!...

I then used the Minnie Pearl Tag die, which I used twice, once for my image pieces and once for a plain piece of white cardstock. After, I layered my tags together and topped everything off with some twine. Simple and sweet, yeah?!...

AJVD products:

Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die

Minnie Pearl Tag die set

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Sponge applicator

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

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Bright Sunflower for a Summer Day!

Welcome to Summer with a Bright Sunflower card!

Today I am showing you a sunflower...What? A Jillian Vance Design  doesn't have a sunflower die?  You are correct!  This was made using the Poinsettia Die Set!

I was thinking I sure wish Jillian had a sunflower die, then I thought ~ the Poinsettia would work!!!

I cut 3 of the large Poinsettia flowers, layered two of them and separated the petals on the third one to add to the bottom of the flower to fill in the "space".  Bent and curled the petals and added two of the middle sized flowers and I am thinking it looks like a Sunflower!

When I was finished, a customer walked into the store and said "Oh I love that Sunflower card!" I said, "YAY, I accomplished my goal!"  She said "Well what is is supposed to be?" .... I explained I had used the Poinsettia Die Set to create it.   Well you can also layer more and more to suit your style as to how full you want your sunflower. I used the largest center from our Fringe Flower Die Set to finish it off.
Just add a few sprigs of the Bent Branches Die, a couple leaves from the Leaves & Petals Die Set and some Laurel Leaves.  I didn't use a sentiment as I felt the Sentimental Script  was enough.  Makes a great Thinking of You card with a personalized sentiment inside!

I love how Jillian creates her designs to serve more than one purpose.  Just like the Laurel Leaves can be used for Pine branches, the Bent Branches Die for make a Christmas wreath or even antlers on an oval for a deer head.  She is always trying to find many uses to create value for her customers!

Other products:
Wendy Vecchi Signature Archival Ink in Buttercup
Tonic Funky Glue
Thanks for joining us today and have a Happy Summer!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

let freedom ring!

Happy Wednesday friends!!  Here in the US the 4th of July will be here before you know it so I have a patriotic card to share today.
I used the fun Cross Stitch Freedom stamp set along with the Stitched Dot Stars die set.  I die cut a circle from white cardstock using a basic Circle Backdrop die.  The bell was inked up, stamped off on scrap paper and then stamped it on the white circle.  The sentiment was then stamped in dark blue over the top of the bell.  I placed the two stars from the Stitched Dot Stars set together and then die cut the large star from dark blue cardstock.  The small star was then cut by itself.  I die cut the red panel with a Polka Dot Rectangle die and then embossed the panel using an embossing folder and a small hammer.  Using the hammer gives a softer embossed look that I really love.  I layered everything up as you see and I was done!

A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Cross Stitch Freedom
Circle Backdrop
Polka Dot Rectangle

Stitched Dot Stars
Have a wonderful day!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thanks a Bunch

Good morning! Ardyth here with something other than a Father's Day card! lol! Today I combined two newer stamp sets to make a lovely wildflower thank you card.

I used my MISTI to position the flowers in one corner of my square panel. I then rotated the panel 3 times and stamped. This forms a symmetrical pattern of flowers. I didn't want too much of a pattern with the colours, so I randomly coloured various blossoms with two colours of copics, leaving the tips of the petals white. I finished with a sentiment and some Stickles for sparkle.

AJVD Supplies:

Well with my Soul

Showers of Blessings

Polka Dot Square Backdrop

Other Supplies:
White and Gray cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic Markers
Star Dust Stickles
MISTI (optional)

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