Saturday, July 28, 2012

A 10-Minute Organizational Project (and a bonus card)

Hey there!

I was in my scrap room today working on some projects for the design team at A Jillian Vance Design. I was using some her great {die}signs Custom Dies by Spellbinders and decided I needed a better way to store my dies. I've had them in a envelope and every time I need one, I end up dumping them all on the table, finding what I need, then putting them back in the envelope. I had a clip board sitting on the table and decided to add some magnets to it and then I could stick my dies there. But why just leave it plain when I've got gorgeous Graphic 45 paper in my stash? So I whipped this up in about 10 minutes using 1 sheet of 12x12 paper!

Not too bad looking, huh? This is a random sheet of Graphic 45's BotanicaBella line from a couple of years ago. Why I had two of this sheet and nothing else I have no idea. I covered the board with the paper, using the pattern on the back side for the top section. I covered that seam with some plain black, satin ribbon that I ran through my Xyron.

At the top of the board I added some Tim Holtz Fanicful Buttons and a two of the cards from the paper that I crumpled and inked to age them. Since I have no intention of using the clip other than to hang the board this was good way to add a fun element to the project.

I had these magnet strips in a drawer so I cut them to size and hot glued them to the board. Yes, I know it says they are adhesive - either Elmer's lies, or I've had these a really, REALLY long time. I'm better it's the latter.

And here I have added all my fun dies from A Jillian Vance Design. The {die}velope Photo Frames dies on the top left and the Zipper {die}vice die on the bottom right are her newest sets. There aren't any like them anywhere else! I'm working on projects with both of those that you'll be able to see here in a couple of weeks.

And here was have it hanging on the wall over my work table. I can easily reach up and grab the die I need instead of sorting through a mess! Thanks for stopping by!

And since I was on such a roll with the whole 10-minute project thing I decided to try Graphic 45's 10-Minute Card Challenge for July. Here is my entry following their sketch.

Supplies (Clipboard):

Graphic 45 Botanica Bella Paper
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Fanciful Buttons
Clipboard - Staples
A Jillian Vance Design {die}signs Custom Dies

Supplies (Card):

Graphic 45 Transatlantique Paper
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type
Baker's Twine

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas in July - Week One


I'm back to a design team project for A Jillian Vance Design! Jillian gave us a nice little two week summer break which was awesome! (You may have noticed some of my other projects) To kick off our return we are doing two weeks of Christmas in July. This week we are focused on cards.

For my card I used Jillian's Just Snowflakes stamp set and Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. These are actually some of the first sets I ever purchased from Jillian back before I was asked to be on her design team.

I cut the tag on the card using Jillian's {die}verse Tag die. I stamped it first with some silver ink then again with the darker blue. This gives the sentiment a shadow effect which I love. I attached it to the ribbon using one of Jillian's black Pear Pins.

I embossed the snowflakes using silver Zing! embossing powder.

And I edged the card using a silver Krylon leaf pen to tie it all together.

A Jillian Vance Design Just Snowflakes Stamp Set
A Jillian Vance Design Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set
A Jillian Vance Design {die}verse Tag Die
A Jillian Vance Design Pear Pins
Tim Holtz Faded Denim Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
Krylon Silver Leaf Pen
Zing! Silver Embossing Powder
Close to My Heart Aspen paper pack

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

Hi there!

So I started this project like 2 weeks ago and got sidetracked. I finally finished it off today! I wanted to make the castle from SVG Cuts Wet N Wild kit as soon as it came out and hadn't had time to play with it until now. This is another fun, 3-D project that you can light up with a little LED candle.

Even though the castle was designed as a sand castle (and comes with all kinds of cute little shells and things) I wanted to make it as more of a medieval fantasy castle. How cute would this as a centerpiece for a fairy tale themed birthday party? I used my Cuttlebug and the Mosaic embossing folder to emboss the stone pattern on all the panels of the castle.

The two more intricate vines and the little mushrooms are from SVG Cuts Cheryl's Cute Bugs kit. The thin vines are from Sizzix's Edges cartridge for the eClips. With all the fun SVG files available it's easy to forget there are cartridges available for the eClips. I have like 5 of them (compared to my 100+ Cricut cartridges). The Edges cartridge is probably my favorite. It has some really fun borders that you can cut up to 24" wide.

Using ECAL, I laid out some little bushes using welded circles. The little flowers are one of the stock shapes in the ECAL program. I cut the accent leaves from the large vines a second time to add some leaves to my bushes.

I continued the small vines around to the back since this is a 3-D project. On the back you can see the opening to put your LED candles in. This project lights up best with 3 candles inside.

And here is the final project all lit up!


SVG Cuts Wet N Wild Kit
SVG Cuts Cheryl's Cute Bugs Kit
Sizzix eClips Edges Cartridge
Bazzill Cardstock
Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink, Fired Brick Distress Ink
Cuttlebug Mosaic Embossing Folder

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Little Light For Your Night!


For the first time in forever I'm completely ahead on design team projects for A Jillian Vance Design and decided to make something just for fun. (It helps that we got a "summer vacation" too - Thanks Jillian!) This weekend SVG Cuts came out with an adorable new kit that I knew I had to try - and stay up until 1:00am to finish! I decided to make the lantern from SVG Cuts new Camp Smore kit

How stinkin' cute is that? It actually is fairly easy to put together. I started this about 11:00pm tonight, took a 45 minute break to talk to my husband before he went to bed, then finished it off. I think total time to assemble and decorate was about an hour.

It stands about 8" high and there is an opening in the back for a little LED tea light.

Here is it all lit up.

So with a little light for you to finish your night, I'm off to bed! Have a good weekend!


SVG Cuts Camp Smore kit
Close To My Heart Camping Paper Pack (Discontinued - from my stash!)
Tim Holtz Faded Denim Distress Ink
Brads - Joann Fabrics
Recollections - Chipboard Embellishment
Buttons - Fancy Pants Design

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Red, White, and Blue

Happy Thursday!

Time again for another design team project for A Jillian Vance Design! This week in honor of Independence Day we are all making red, white, and blue projects. As I'm sure most of you know, I LOVE to make 3-D projects so this week I made a little star box.

This is a really cute box from SVG Cuts Stars and Stripes SVG kit that was released a couple of weeks ago.

I used some Maraschino and Denim baker's twine from The Twinery to make a little sparkler-like puff.

I added pop dots between my star layers to give some added dimension.

I used A Jillian Vance Design's {die}licious Flag Banner to cut two banners. Rather than fold them left them flat and stamped some random stars from Jillian's Type Star Alphabet stamp set along with the Happy 4th sentiment.

Just a fun little treat box for a picnic or gathering! Thanks for stopping by!


A Jillian Vance Design Type Star Alphabet Stamp Set
A Jillian Vance Design {die}licious Flag Banner Die
SVG Cuts Stars and Stripes SVG Kit
The Twinery Marachino and Denim Twine
Scenic Route Cardstock
Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink