October 15, 2019

Always Be-leaf in You

Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! Last weekend was Thanksgiving north of the border!  We have had a spectacular show of leaves this year and they were absolutely peaking this past weekend. To top it off we had the most beautiful weather. I have my daughter home for her fall reading week, her boyfriend came in from Ottawa, my son and his girlfriend came up from Toronto and on Sunday my husbands mom and brothers came for dinner. It was so busy and so much fun all at the same time!

I love everything about fall and today I have a card to share today on the A Jillian Vance Design blog!


I die cut the leaves and then did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks to mimic the leaves that are on the ground all over my property. Shades of green, brown, yellow, orange and red. Just so beautiful. After blending my paper leaves I adhered the leaves to the bottom of a Neenah Dessert Storm card base. Then a sentiment from the Be-Leaf in Yourself stamp set was added to the top left of the card base. I blended a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges of the card base to bring in some warmth. Finally I flicked some Gansai Tambi Champagne Gold watercolour over the entire card to finish it off.


I hope that fall is beautiful where you are too!

October 9, 2019

Turkey with Gratitude


I am up on the Birch Press Design blog today with a Thanksgiving card and video tutorial. Thanksgiving is this coming weekend in Canada and I had a few more cards I wanted to get done. I used the Regal Peacock Layering die set to create my turkey who has his head down to the ground picking away at yummy things the grass.


My colour scheme used black, dark brown, light brown and gold sparkle paper to be more realistic for a wild turkey. Turkeys are omnivores and will readily eat many types foods. We have several oak trees at the front of out house which stand at least a 100' tall and are dropping tons of acorns! Every part of the lawn is covered in acorns no more that a couple inches apart!

...and look at the visitors I had at my house just to feast on them the other day!

If you have some time I'd love you to pop over to Birch Press Design to say hello!
Thanks for stopping in today!

October 8, 2019



I am up on the at A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a really quick and easy Halloween card using the brand new Vertical Pinstripe Cover Plate die and the Headline Alphabet!

I cut the Vertical Pinstripe Cover Plate Die from a piece of black cardstock and set it aside. Next I created a panel from Bristol Smooth cardstock hat was ink blended with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks. The panel was cut down to 5 18" x 3 15/16"  so that it will fit behind the black Vertical Pinstripe die cut. A second smaller piece of Bristol Smooth was also inked from Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks. I used the Headline Alphabet to cut the letters to spell BOO from the small green blended piece and I cut the letters two more time with white cardstock. The letters were stacked together with the green on top with liquid glue. I attached the Vertical Pinstripe piece to the larger ink blended panel with liquid glue and then once dry the whole piece was attached to a white top folding card base measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". The letters were then added to finish off the card in the bottom right of the panel!


Have a look of the new Undercover release at the A Jillian Vance Design web store!

Have a great day!

October 5, 2019

WCMD 2019

It is also Opening night for the A Jillian Vance Design
Undercover Release!

For World Cardmaking Day I created a fun Christmas card using a bunch of A Jillian Vance Design products!

a closer look...


Make sure you head over to the the A Jillian Vance Design blog today because they are giving away a $25 Gift Card to the A Jillian Vance Design web store!

October 4, 2019

TYI #97

There's still time to play along at Tag You're It for Challenge #97 - Fun with Flags!

Here is my clean and simple take on the inspiration...


October 3, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019

We are one month away from the start of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019!
This is the 9th year!

Are you excited? I know I am.
All the festivities start this year on November 4th!

In the meantime please let me introduce to you my 2019 Design Team!

These ladies are working hard behind the scenes getting ready to inspire you every day!

Over on my Instagram I am doing a surprise giveaway this week.
It will be something you can use during the event!

So get your tag dies ready and your Christmas stamps out this year is going to be so fun!

October 1, 2019

Undercover Tech Week - Quatrefoil Cover Die and a Giveaway


This week is Tech Week at A Jillian Vance Design!
The theme of this release is Undercover!

Today I am introducing the gorgeous brand new Quatrefoil Cover Plate die! This die has so much lovely detail with the two sizes of quatrefoil shapes.

For my card today I used the Elegant Christmas stamp set to stamp and watercolour the poinsettia image. The image was stamped and clear embossed with Versafine Onyx black ink on to a panel of watercolour paper. I watercoloured the image with pan watercolours and a waterbrush. I used the waterbrush to wet the inside of the wells created from the embossing one small section at a time. Then I added the colour to the well and used the waterbrush to move it around. I set the panel aside to dry.

While the panel was drying I used the Quatrefoil Cover Plate to cut a panel of white sparkle cardstock. I used the A Jillian Vance Design Just Glue It liquid adhesive to adhere the shimmery quatrefoil piece to my top folding A2 sized white card base.

Once the watercolour poinsettia was completely dry I fussy cut the poinsettia using sharp detail scissors right along the edge of the embossing lines. I added the poinsettia over the quatrefoil piece with foam tape for dimension. I finished off the card on the inside with a sentiment from the Merry KISSmas stamp set stamped in black!


September 30, 2019

Food and Friends - September 2019

Happy Fall!

Can you believe it's the last day of the month and time for the September The 12 Kits of Occasions!
The cooler temperatures of fall definitely put me in the mood to get in the kitchen to bake and cook some of our favourite comfort foods. This month our hostess is Kim Heggins, Cupcakes, Cards and Kim, sent the team a collection of fun and yummy stamped and die cut images and patterned papers. I made four cards but I still have lots of kit left to make some more.





All of them together!


Please make sure you head over to the The 12 Kits of Occasions to see what my fabulour teammates have done with the same supplies!

September 27, 2019

Ink Blended Background - Ardyth's 3K Video Hop

Happy Friday!

Today I'm excited to be taking part supporting my good friend Ardyth who now has over 3000 subscribers on her YouTube account! She is an avid YouTuber who always makes sure her videos are educational, informative and current!

After you’ve finished watching my video, please leave a comment for your chance to win a prize from the amazing sponsors who appear in the graphic below, and then click on the link in the video description below for the next person in the hop. You must comment on every stop of the hop to be eligible for a prize.

There are about  20 participants on this video hop and there are prizes to be won on every stop! The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chance at winning. Please tell us if you are in the US or international as some prizes are restricted to US addresses. All the details for prizes are on Ardyth’s blog.

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September 24, 2019

Gingerbread Sweeties


I am up on the Jillian Vance Design Blog today with these cuties today. Pop over to the blog to see how I changed my 'kraft' coloured gingerbread people into freshly baked gingerbread people and also to see how I created their sparkly and colourful accessories!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

September 23, 2019

Lotus Flower - Inlaid Die Cuts


I am up on the Birch Press Design blog today with the beautiful Lotus Flower that I made using inlaid die cuts!


Hop over to the Birch Press Design blog to see the steps of how I made this pretty card!


Thanks for stopping by today!

September 18, 2019

Regal Peacock Slimline Card


I am up on the Birch Press Design blog today with a really colourful card using the new Regal Peacock Layers dies! Before I got started I looked online for photos of Peacocks to help me out in making colour selections for each layer of the tail.


Here is a look at the supplies that I used for my card today--cardstock, craft dies and Distress Oxide inks.


The peacock will fit on a standard A2 size card base but I decided it would be fun to create a slimline card so that the peacock would really stand out! My slimline card is 3 ¾” x 7 ¾” and the inside panel is 3 ½” x 7 ½”.  I began my card by creating an ink blended background using Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks along with my blending brushes. Once I finished blending the panel I flicked some watered down white acrylic paint on to it. Below is a link to the video I created to show you how I created my card. You can watch it here on my blog or head over to watch it on my YouTube channel HERE, please give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it!

Layer A which is the body of the peacock and the full shape of the tail are all cut from a bright royal blue cardstock. This way the once all the layers are adhered together you will see the tiny dots of blue like you would on a peacock's tail when it's fanned out.


I used two shades of green cardstock for Layers D and C and then layer B which is the top layer I die cut from gold sparkle cardstock which looks just gorgeous!


The blended ink panel was adhered to the 3 ¾” x 7 ¾” slimline card base. The peacock was attached to the blended card panel with foam squares to give it a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from the No One Like You stamp set as it was white embossed on the bright royal blue cardstock and added to the bottom of the card with foam tape.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.

September 17, 2019

Tis the Season


I am up on the Jillian Vance Design Blog today with a very festive Christmas Card using some of the recently released dies. I hope you'll head over to see what I used and what I did to make my card.