Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sending A Sweet Treat


Welcome to my second week on the design team of A Jillian Vance Design. This week we are making Valentine's treat boxes. 

The box is from the SVG Cuts Crush on You Boxes collection. Instead of making the roses for the top, I added a heart to make a window. This is my second attempt at anything SVG related and it turned out pretty cute!

I used Echo Park's Yours Truly paper and elements. I also added an Epiphany Crafts Button and Heart. I am becoming completely obsessed with these things-they're so much fun!

I layered some Echo Park elements with the reverse of my heart from the lid of my box. I stamped the little postal squiggle and sentiment from Jillian's Sending My Love stamp set using Staz-On.

I filled the box with Hershey's Kisses and all finished! Be sure to check back for more projects!


A Jillian Vance Design Sending My Love stamp set
Echo Park Your's Truly paper pack
Epiphany Crafts Button and Heart tool

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

First SVG Project! wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.....

Of course, I couldn't just start small. For my first attempt at any kind of SVG project I had to try SVG Cuts adorable mailbox from their Valentine Mailboxes kit.

Not too bad...

I added a little stamped sentiment from A Jillian Vance Design's Sending My Love and A {little} Love stamp sets.

I added the mail lettering from another of the mailboxes in the kit.

I love how the little flap opens. Could this be any cuter?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Valentine's Grunge Blog Hop with A Jillian Vance Design!!!!


Welcome to the Valentine's Grunge Blog Hop featuring A Jillian Vance Design! This is my first week with the design team and I am so happy to be part of this amazing group!

Since this is a hop you will need the lineup!

And here is my project.....

I decided to do a "grungy" card using two of Jillian's stamp sets, A {Little} Love and Sending My Love.

To make this card I used a small piece of corrugated cardboard that I tore the top layer of paper from in random places. I then inked the entire thing using Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Victorian Velvet and Barn Door. To darken it a little I lightly misted it with Graphite Glimmer Mist. I inked the edges with one of the Tim Holtz Season Distress Inks-Festive Berries.

Using A {Little} Love, I embossed the larger heart with ZING! Silver Embossing Powder and trimmed around the edge. Then using a craft knife I trimmed the heart from the middle of the stamp. The center of this stamp fits PERFECTLY with Epiphany Crafts Heart Shape Studio. I used pop dots to raise the embossed area and then dropped my heart in the middle.

The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Sending My Love stamp set.

I used the Tim Holtz Ideaology Seasonal Paper Stack. I carefully tore around each of the vintage-looking valentines and then inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then crumpled each one before putting them on the card. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to adhere them to the card front.

Inside, just a simple stamped sentiment and heart.

And there you have it! Keep reading below for your chance to win some blog candy!!!

Click here to continue on to Bunny's blog...the next stop in our hop!

And now for some BLOG CANDY.
Here is how to win some blog candy
There will be two prizes given out...
1st way to win some Blog Candy......
* Enter Challenge, leave a comment on this post, subscribe & become a follower to
You will have until Saturday January 21st @ midnight
to Link your project, and you can WIN Stamp Sets
"A {little} love" , "Sending my love" & Pear Pins.

2nd way to win some Blog Candy .......
* You must comment on every blog in this hop and subscribe & become a follower to You will have until Saturday, January 21st @ midnight to have all of your comments in! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE LEAVE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE WINNER'S!
and you can WIN Stamp set "A {little} love"



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Camping Themed Mini Shape Album

Here it is! I'd had the idea for this floating around in my head since I first got Design Studio, shortly after I got my first Cricut. At the time the only camping related cartridge available was Camp Out which I found to be severely lacking. I had played with it a little in design studio and finally gave up. When Camping Critters was released the idea popped back into my head. Of course now I design everything using my Gypsy. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined... 

I started on the Gypsy with a block from George and Basic Shapes and sized a square to 1 1/2" wide and 5 1/2" high and welded the shadow for the porcupine to it to form the first page.

 His little marshmallow is covered in white puff paint and heated then lightly brushed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it a "toasty" look
Back of first page and front of second page

Compass is cut at 3/4"

For the second page I sized the same square to 4" and welded the shadow for the campfire from Create a Critter to it.

Glossy accents added to the chocolate layer

Back of second page and front of third page

 Third page block is sized to 5 1/2" and the camper shadow is reversed and welded.
 I added a hidden element on this because the little camper was bigger than I thought it would be.
 It flips up to reveal a journaling spot and place for a picture.

Back of third page and front of Fourth. Fourth page the block is sized to 7" and the shadow for the bear peeking around the tree is welded to it.

 Same flip element on the back of the trailer. Door was removed so it would not cut by hiding contours on the Gypsy.

 Front of fourth page. I love this bear!

 Back of fourth page and front of last page.

 I thought the "eyes" on Bigfoot were kind of creepy so I cut him some sunglasses from Create a Critter.

They're cut about as small as you can go, something like 1/2"

 Behind the trees is another hidden element - A pocket for more pics or other mementos.

 Last page of album. Fifth page the block is sized to 8" and the shadow for the lake background is welded. I embossed the lake with one of the folders from the Plum Blossoms embossing set. I turned it so the koi would not show, just the swirls in the water. These were then accented with glossy accents.

 Back of the album.

 The album fully assembled using Mr. Campy ribbon on the binder rings.


Cricut: George & Basic Shapes, Campin' Critters, Create a Critter

Paper: Cosmo Cricket "Mr. Campy", misc colored cardstock from Archivers

Embellishments: Cosmo Cricket "Mr. Campy" cardstock stickers and rub-ons, Stickles, white puff paint

Ink: CTMH and Tim Holtz Distress

Adhesive: Xyron Sticker Maker, Xyron 510, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Misc: CTMH stamps, Cuttlebug embossing folders, EK Success punch, Bo Bunny chipboard pieces