Friday, November 17, 2017


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

Today, I'm swinging in to share a Christmas card with you!
Now, if you know me, you know my style is usually clean and simple. However, for my card today I went with some layers. I actually layered things up so much that I even questioned if I should finish my card completely or not...I was totally out of my comfort zone. Though, I continued on and below is my end result...

Well?!...Layers, right?!...Even with all the layers I did, I still tried to keep things clean. (I had to add a little bit of the CAS in there. ;))

I started with my die cutting. Which I used the Fresh Cut Pine die with a dark green cardstock and a dark brown cardstock for the pine cones. Next I used the French Horn die with a gold glitter cardstock and for the bow I used red felt. After, I used the Poinsettia Greetings die with red cardstock. Lastly, I made a frame using the Stitched Dot Rectangle dies along with white cardstock. Simple, right?...

Once having all my die cut pieces, I assembled things together. Which in all honesty, it took me awhile to do so. I was trying to find that perfect fit, if you know what I mean?...Or perhaps I was just so out of my norm that it just took me that long! lol In the end, I finished things and I was pretty happy that I did. Though, it was still missing a sentiment. That's when I turned to one more die cut piece...I chose the Poinsettia Greetings 'peace' die and chose white cardstock. I wanted my focal point to be on the horn and scenery, so I thought the white peace sentiment would work perfectly. You can still see it but it doesn't take away from the scene. ;)
Would love to hear what you think?!...

AJVD products:

French Horn die set

Fresh Cut Pine die set

Poinsettia Greetings die set

Stitched Dot Rectangle die set

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Dark green cardstock
Dark brown cardstock
Red cardstock
Gold glitter cardstock
Red felt
Adhesive/Foam squares

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inlaid Die Cuts

Good morning! Ardyth here with some tips for inlaying die cuts. I love the look of inlaid die cuts - they are like little puzzle pieces that fit perfectly in the spot you create for them.

There are easier and trickier inlaid die cut techniques - this card has 3 examples - from extremely simple to a little bit fussy.

General tips:
1. Cut the piece you will inlay first. Have it ready.
2. Cut out the 'hole' in your panel. Have a place to keep the 'bits'. 
3. Have a sticky surface to put the inlaid die on. I often use tape on the back of the panel, but you can have your mat layer sticky as well.

Let's start with the silver frame - it's the easiest. 
Glitter paper is not cheap. To conserve it, I made a frame rather than using a whole layer of the silver glitter paper. I used 2 rectangle dies. I taped them together and ran them through at the same time so that I could ensure that the frame was even. I now have a smaller rectangle of glitter paper to use on a future project, and the silver/white panel is flat. I tape them together on the back (but only on one end, since I will be cutting the holly out of the other side).

Next - Merry. 
1. Cut the Merry in silver. 
2. Cut the Merry out of the white panel. Do not lose the centres to the letters (e, r, r, y)
3. Turn the white panel over. Place tape on the back so that the sticky surface shows through.
4. Lay the silver Merry in. Use tweezers (or a jewel-picker) to place the letter centres. (if you've lost them, you can cut another Merry and replace them that way)
5. Turn the panel over. Use a bone folder to run over the back of the inlaid die to make sure everything is adhered securely.

Finally, the holly.
It's a little trickier because I cut it out to extend beyond the edge of the panel. The same principles apply, but it is critical that you do not lose the pieces because they are unique to this cut.
1. Cut the holly in white
2. Cut the holly out of the silver/white panel - keep all the pieces.
3. Flip it over and start putting the 'puzzle' back together. Use tape as required.
4. Use the bone folder to run over the back 
5. Flip it back over and pat yourself on the back for making such a beautiful card!

If inlaid dies is not your thing, that's fine! Just adhere the dies on top of your panel and your card will be just as pretty!

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Other Products Used:
White cardstock, red cardstock, grey cardstock
Silver glitter cardstock
Black ink

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas pines...

Happy Wednesday!!!  I have a Christmas card to share!!  This one uses the newly released Fresh Cut Pine die set along with a sentiment from the Big Christmas Greetings stamp set.

I love the super simple layout I used.  It is courtesy of CAS(E) this Sketch so I will be adding my card to their line up.  After die cutting my pine boughs and the pinecones I layered up the boughs on a kraft cardstock panel that I die cut with a Stitched Dot Rectangle die.  The sentiment panel was created using the Minnie Pearl bookmark die (a little tip I learned from Ardyth).  I die cut it down further using the Stitched Dot Rectangle to get edges that matched the kraft panel and then stamped it with the sentiment.  I layered up all the boughs on my panel and adhered the sentiment panel on top.  The pinecones were added along with a little bow made from red twine and then everything was adhered to a dark green cardstock base.  Love how this turned out!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year

Hello everyone... Helen is here today with a CAS Christmas Card that I created using Christmas Blessings Stamp Set and Holly & Swirls Die Set.

To create the background, I added some watercolor washes on a piece of cold press watercolor paper using one of the Gold paint from Finetec Gold Palette Set. This gold is beautiful, it is metallic gold when it dries.

After that I trimmed the paper slightly smaller than the card black card base (4.25 in. x 5.5 in). I added the watercolored panel on the card strong adhesive. After that I used my Mini MISTI to stamped the sentiment from  Christmas Blessings Stamp Set in the middle of the card using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad.

I die cuts a the holly leaves and red berries using the Holly & Swirls Die Set and added them on each corner of the card with liquid adhesive.

That's all about my card today. I hope you all will have time to create something beautiful today. THANK YOU so much for stopping by today!

A Jillian Vance Design products used:

Other products used:
Canson Watercolor Paper 140 lbs
Darice Black, Green, Red Cardstocks
Finetec Gold Palette Set
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
WRMK Diecutting Machine
Fiskar Paper Trimmer
Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Poinsettia Greetings

Hello there, Lisa Hoel here with a Christmas card made with the beautiful new Poinsettia Greetings stamp set.

I decided to choose a color scheme of grey, black, white and red to change things up from the usual red and green. The background is stamped with Watering Can archival ink and smudged around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

The center panel has Distress Watercolor Cardstock as the base. I stamped the poinsettia on the plain paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then spritzed it with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain, concentrating the color over the stamped area. I let it fade off in the upper corner for some contrast. The embossed image resists the stain. I also sprinkled droplets of Perfect Pearls Interference Red mist onto it for added shimmer.

The Poinsettia Greetings Die Set matches the stamp set. I used the 'greetings' word die to cut out a stamped version of it. I wanted to have some of the white edges showing around the stamping to help set it off from the background. You could also cut the words from solid cardstock and then use the matching stamp to make a drop shadow for it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to get inky this week!

AJVD Products Used:

Other Products Used:

Distress Watercolor Cardstock, cardstock, Distress Spray Stain - Candied Apple, Perfect Pearls Mist - Interference Red, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can, Jet Black, Distress Ink - Black Soot

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Snowflake Joy

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

Today I'm sharing a simple and fun Christmas card with you.

I started with my snowflake, which I used some gold glitter cardstock with the Delicate Snowflake Trio die. Simple, right?...After, I used the Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame die to get my frame. Which I layered twice to give it a tiny bit of dimension, yet it still can be mailed. As you can see I chose a red and white stripe paper for my frame...something about red, white, and gold glitter. ;)

To finish things off, I added my frame and snowflake to a kraft card base. After I used the Poinsettia Greetings die set for the word 'joy' and again layered my joy twice. Once done, I added it to my frame. Easy peasy, right?!...

AJVD products:

Poinsettia Greetings die set

Delicate Snowflake Trio die set

Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame die set

Other supplies used:

White cardstock
Kraft cardstock
Gold glitter cardstock
Patterned paper

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Enjoy your day!

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