Introducing Martha’s Pumpkins

Have you ever purchased a stamp set you love in a catalog, only to be completely stumped when you go to use it?  That was Martha’s Pumpkins bundle for me.  Until this card, I could not create a single decent looking anything with it. I had nothing!  Well It turned around for me this week.  I think this card rocks!!!

I went live on Facebook to make this Martha’s Pumpkin card to show how cute it is and to show a version of the emboss resist technique for coloring. you can check it out here:

So I’m just getting warmed up with Martha’s Pumpkins!  and Guess What?  I am planning a fall class/card kit too!   stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks!  be ready for some really beautiful cards!

Martha's Pumpkins, Fun Stampers Journey, Jills Card creations
Martha's Pumpkins, Fun Stampers Journey, Jills Card creations

Here are all of the products used in the card.  Click the images to shop in my online store.

Clean and Simple Christmas card

Need a fast, clean and simple Christmas card?  One that’s easy to duplicate? Then this card is for you!  Can you guess what stamp set?  Yup! its Gnome for the Holidays!


This Clean and simple card is so easy to reproduce!  that striped Cozy Prints paper is just .25 x 5 and the Silver Sparkle washi tape comes with the scallops!  


Here is my IGTV episode 6 video tutorial  so you can see how easy it is to make this clean and simple Christmas card.  Follow me on Instagram if you want (@jillmhilliard) 

Wondering if the Snapshot frames is worth the investment?  YES!!!  it sure is.  Here is another card and here is another.  I love the versatility!  I have a fall card coming up soon that uses the Snapshot frames as well. and it will be used at Valentines day for sure!  

Here are the products I used into days card.  click the image to shop in my online store.  

Stay Wild Sympathy Card

Time to create a fun sky background using the Gel Press and the Stay Wild stamp.  The Gel press makes a variety of backgrounds at one time so I figured I would make a bunch of sympathy cards to have on hand.  Here is the sympathy card:


To make this we are going to start with the Gel Press and 2 colors of re-inkers:  Bubble Gum and Cool Pool.  start by putting a bunch of drops of re-inkers on your gel press as shown.

gel press tutorial, Jills card Creations

Then brayer the ink to create a smooth spread of ink.

gel press tutorial, Jills card creations

Tear the edge of a post it note to create the “ground” or “horizon” and put it on your whip cream card stock as shown.  Place it face down into your gel press and let it absorb the brayered ink.  Re-brayer the ink (don’t add any new drops)  and repeat 5-6 times with new card stock every time.  This is what I got in order.  Top left was the most saturated since it was the first pull.  The bottom right was my 6th pull and is the lightest in color.  I had a bunch of whip cream panels ready to go so it was quick.  Brayer, place cardstock, peel off, brayer again, place cardstock, peel off and repeat!

gel press tutorial, Jill's card creations

Now stamp your sympathy sentiment ( I used Strength and Hope) at the bottom or the top of the panel.  You can see below that I did both.    Re-attach your post it note slightly below the link.  Add some additional cool pool ink from your ink pad with a sponge or a dauber.  I mixed up my post-it notes from each panel so the tear was not exactly the same as the horizon. 

Stamp the Trees from Stay Wild stamp (I used black licorice ink) with the base of the trees at the edge of the pink and your card front is complete.


NOTE:  If you stamp your Stay Wild trees to high, this is what your card will look like.  Pink snow instead of a pink horizon.  Oops!  I’m hopeful the recipient won’t really notice the mistake. I can’t bear to trash the card!  Did you notice in the picture above? 


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for the Gel Press with the Stay Wild stamp.  The inspiration for this card came from this card from 2008!  

With just a few changes this card can cover lots of occasions! Change the colors of re-inkers and you have a fall sunset.  Change the re-inkers to darker shades of blue for a evening sky.  Change the sentiment to Birthday or Father’s Day and you have a masculine card.  So many options!

Here are the products used for this card.  Click the images to shop in my store.

Gnome for the Holidays: A Fun Stampers Journey Creative Team Blog Hop

Hello stamping friends and welcome to the first 2018 Fun Stampers Journey Creative Team blog hop!  Today, I am featuring 3 cards using my favorite stamp set and coordinating dies from the Holiday Trends mini catalog, Gnome for the Holidays!

I adore these little Gnomes and they are so east to create with!  All 3 of my cards have the same size card base of 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 and all of the Gnomes are colored with the Journey Color Burst pencils.  Let’s start with the Peekaboo Gnome:


I used Candy Apple card stock as the card base.  The Cozy Winter Prints paper is 4 x 5.25 and the Oatmeal Cookie layer is 3.75 x 5 and the circle window is cut with the Journey Circle Around Dies.    The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder on a piece of Candy Apple cardstock cut to .5 x 3-7/8.  And do you see the hat? That little gold embellishment is called Fashion Gold and is one of my favorites! 


Here is the Joyful Gnome card. The whip cream card base is layered with Tin Pail card stock cut to 4 x 5.25.  I used the Cozy Winter prints paper again for the 2.5  x 5 panel and half circle die cut.   I hand trimmed the tag from whip cream card stock after I used the Journey Rectangles piercing template.


The sentiment is stamped in Candy Apple ink and the sparkly gem is from the “All The Things” bloom benefit!


And here is the Triple Gnome Card!  I love that these Gnomes are friends!


The card base is Candy Apple.  The Black Licorice layer is cut to 4 x 5.25 and the Buffalo plaid from the Cozy Winter Prints is cut to 3-7/8 x 5-1/8.  The Oatmeal cookie is cut from the Circle Around dies and the branches are cut from the Branch and Cone die set in Fresh Forrest card stock.  The sentiment is stamped in black licorice ink on a strip of Candy Apple that is .5 x 4.


Hope you enjoyed the Gnome cards! Keep hopping along and check out my other fellow teammates’ pages. They have some pretty amazing projects to share! Next up is my sweet friend Jenny Watson.  She has some great projects in store for you.

FSJ Design Team Blog Hop

If you get lost on the FSJ Creative Team blog hop, here is the entire list of Creative Team links:

Kazan Clark

Lezlye Lauterbach

Carrie Rhoades

Christine Chan

Jill Hilliard. <—-YOU ARE HERE

Jenny Watson

Marty McGee

Alissa Hall

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Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte Card

Oh M Gee… I just adore this fall coffee card I made on FB Live today– How stinking cute!!!  I am calling it my Pumpkin Spice Latte Card even though it has acorns! It screams Fall! and when it is Fall it is Pumpkin Spice season!

I have tentatively set my Facebook live schedule to be Wednesday at 1 PM.  Wont you join me there?  If you cant make it you can always catch the replay.  Here is the link to my FB business page:

Here is the recoding of my FB Live.  I have a few announcements in there so be sure to check it out!

Products used in this card are listed below.  All Supplies are Fun Stampers Journey.  The leaves die cuts are a hostess reward with a qualifying order so they are not listed.  

Don’t forget card stock is on sale this month.

A Whimsical Reindeer

I like to work on holiday cards now so they are finished before Thanksgiving.  How adorable is this reindeer from the Merry Everything stamp set?

He is definitely one of my favorite reindeers!  Here is a video tutorial on how to make this cute reindeer card.

Here is how I produce multiples.  This was for a team swap, but I do the same for when I have to produce more than one card. First I cut all the paper.  Its easy and I actually like that part!!  Then,  I stamped 10 reindeer and colored them in with the Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst Pencils.  Then I cut them out.  Same for the sentiment.

And then I took a break.  Literally. I walked away from the project just as it was getting tiring.  Thats a lot of fussy cutting!   I usually wait a few hours, like morning to afternoon/evening.  Sometimes its best to wait till the next day.  Then I line everything up to glue assembly line style.

Here are the Product I used in this card.  Click the images to shop in my online store.

It Was A Sweet 16 Birthday

When you have been stamping and making cards for 13+ years, my kids have come to expect a special handmade birthday card on their special day.  Most of the time I am a few days late….and my daughter always reminds me not to be 9 months late. (yeah that did happen once!)

Here is the card I made my Daughter for her Sweet 16.  She loves all shades of pink, gold and the pool shades of blue- Cool pool and Pool Play!  So that is what I chose for her card.

handmade birthday card

No stamps for the front, it is all die cutting for this handmade birthday card!  The birthday die cuts for the Happy (hostess gift) and the designer frames for the gold birthday!  LOVE the mirror gold paper!  sooooo shiny!  

handmade birthday card

I added the rectangle die cuts with the piercing for some added detail.  I love a clean crisp white card!  Of course she loved it!  I stamped a cute sentiment (from the FSJ set Celebrate Everything) on the inside but wrote all over the inside of this fun handmade birthday card before I realized I forgot to take a picture!

In addition to the colors she loves all things tropical.  Leaves, pineapples, toucans, sloths!  I decided to get her scrap page done right away!  We had birthday and gold balloons in her favorite colors!

birthday scrap page

This is the Playful Prints designer paper pack.  So many fun designs in there for both cards and scrapbook pages.

There are 2 products on the card that are not listed below.  The Tiny dot embossing folder is a Bloom Benefit and you can earn that for free with a $75 order.  The Birthday Words Die set is a Hostess Exclusive and you can earn that for free with a qualifying order as well.  Free stamping supplies are the best supplies! I also forgot the pool play card stock.

Here is what I used on the Scrapbook page.  The Birthday Words die set is not listed

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards with Gnome for the Holidays

I can not get enough of this bundle!  It’s so easy to make cute, clean and simple Christmas cards with this fun Gnome for the Holidays set from Fun Stampers Journey.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!


And these gnomes are super simple to color!  I used Copic markers on these cute cards but any coloring tools will work!


Same Layout, Same Cozy Prints designer series paper, slightly different designs.  Clean and simple hand made Christmas cards are my favorite.  Here is the Video tutorial from My IGTV channel.  Follow me on Instagram if you are over there (@jillmhilliard)

Need a little more Gnome for the Holidays inspiration?  Visit this post.

All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey.  Except the copic markers.  Click the image to shop in my online store.  (ps card stock and inks are 20% off this month)

Handmade fall cards featuring the Pretty Leaves Die set

How fun is this beautiful handmade fall card?  It uses the Fun Stampers Journey Gather Together ATS stamp set and Pretty Leaves hostess die set. This is quick and Easy!

We had a break in the heat wave here in PA.  I am so ready for cooler weather.  Todays handmade fall card is inspired by cooler weather on the way!  Oh and have I talked about the FSJ Silks?  The multi colored splatters are made from the silks.   Take a peek at the video tutorial and see how easy the silks are to use and how they add a fun artistic elements to your handmade cards!

I used the Gather together ATS  for the Thanksgiving sentiment and the hostess die set for the leaves.  You can earn this hostess die set with a qualifying order of $150!  To much of a spend?  Get with a few of your crafty friends and order together!  Card stock & ink are on sale (20% off) this month too!

I made 10 of these beauties for a team swap this month. Don’t they look gorgeous as a set?  Makes you want to get creative and make your Fall handmade cards right NOW!!

Here are the supplies used in todays card.  Everything but the dies are listed.  They are a Hostess benefit for events totaling $150 or more.  Click any image to shop in my online store.  

Save 20% of inks and card stock this month- time to stock up on your favorite colors

Back to School is the theme for Coach Collective.  Purchase yours here or place a qualifying order to get it free!

Coach Collective September

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My First Facebook Live: Gnome for the Holidays

I did my first Facebook live today making this Gnome card.  Sooooo scary and I was so nervous.    A cute clean and simple Gnome for the Holidays card.  How sticking cute is this!!!

gnome card

I was so nervous but I had a little fun too!  Here is the Facebook Live recording in case you missed it. Well I’m pretty sure you all missed it- I did not tell anyone I was going live!!!!  Anyway I hope to make FB Live a regular weekly thing so once I have the date and the time figured out I will share it here.

Here the products I used on todays Gnome card.  All supplies except the markers are Fun Stampers Journey.  Click the image to shop in my store: