Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas Truck is here.

Oh M Gee. Can’t stop (won’t stop) putting adorable critters in the Truck!

Did you miss out on the Truck sentiments the first go around? They are back in stock over at Spellbinders. The Truck dies are here. and My other Christmas truck card is here.

What about Mr Bear? I really love this guy. He is super versatile and has LOADS of accessories. And he’s so fun to color.

Head on over to Ellen Hutson and check out the bear and all of his accessories. (Don’t forget the matching dies). Without a doubt, Bear and his ware stamps are quickly reaching the top of MY all time favorite list. What else is on my list?. The truck dies (of course) and You Make My Tail Wag. (all linked below) Add them to your collection now!!! But if you need to see more….Check Out Frap Bear and Grillin’ Bear.

Note: if the bear is out of stock- put your email on the list. He usually comes back in stock pretty quickly and you will get an automatic update.

Color Challenge Cards Part 2

Coloring? or making the card? Both are super fun. Although I did not make all 30 days of this Coloring challenge, I did participate in many days and increased my stash of colored images.

Some days I had time to complete the coloring and the card. Sometimes it was just the coloring. Below are the cards that came together pretty quick. Over the next few weeks you will be seeing cards made with lots of the other coloring images.

Mondo Gerbera Daisy from Ellen Huston. I purchased this set last time there was color challenge and it was super fun to pull it back out. Whether you are stamping a single flower or masking to create this card- the results are beautiful. Check out these Mondo Daisy’s HERE and HERE.

I love coloring puppies. All the Puppies! I left this guy white to match my Thomas. Found this cute stamp in the wee depths of Simon Says Stamp when I was searching for dog stamps. Another fun one to reach for when participating in a coloring challenge.

And this fun Waffle Flower critter is from the set “Be Her”. There is also a “Be Him” coordinating set. Paired it with some beautiful paper and a Birthday sentiment, both from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

My Favorite Things for the pup and his house. This set is “You Make My Tail Wag” and it is my all time favorite dog set. I alway reach for it to color too!

Grass, Fence and cloud embossing folder are all Spellbinders-FSJ.


Spellbinders July 2019 Glimmer Hot Foil Club: Glimmering Sentiments

Oh Yes! The July 2019 Glimmer Club is Glimmering sentiments. They are beautiful especially when paired with your favorite stamp sets.

This Delightful Light set is currently on clearance- Only $11.87 (what a steal!) It is PERFECT for this sentiment- “you brighten my day”.

Can you see the layer of metallic foil in the card base? Foil is VERY thin, so in order to cut it straight, I slipped a piece of cardstock under it before trimming.

Spellbinders sells multipacks of foil- this pack includes Teal, Pink, Silver Holographic Speckle, & Silver Holographic Facets. I added to one of my orders a few months ago when I first got the Glimmer Hot Foil system.

I absolutely love the glimmer sparkle on the darker colored cardstock. And check out the stenciled background. I have had it for quite some time and figured I better dust it off and use it!

As you may know I am fairly new to the Glimmer Hot Foil system and club and so far I LOVE it. It is totally worth in investment and getting a glimmer plate each month helps keep me motivated to use it! Join Now and Save 10% Off the purchase of the Glimmer Hot Foil System! (You may add the system at time of subscription.)

Glimmer Kit of the month is simple. For $20 a month + shipping you will receive exclusive glimmer plate set AND a foil roll (a $28 value!!!).

Don’t forget your membership ALSO includes: Project Inspiration- Each kit comes with project ideas and at least 1 tutorial. Plus member Benefits and Savings- exclusive access to deals, savings and gifts.


Age of Aquarium

It’s time for the new Fun Stampers Journey Stamp of the month– Age of Aquarium. When my kids were little we had a huge aquarium full of fun fish. Such fun memories!

I have 3 fun projects to share. First up is the clean and simple Goldfish card.

I used Orange Creamsicle and Tangerine Fusion ink with the rock & roll technique to create the 2-tone goldfish. I simply made them swim across the card.

The Journey rectangle dies create the piercing around the fish.. Clean crisp and simple.

Next up is the Aquarium Shaker card. The FSJ blue Skies sequins are perfect for water themed shakers.

Twisted Citron and and Peacock feathers Distress Oxides create the background. The schools of fish are stamped in Denim Days ink.

It is hard to see in the pictures, but he seaweed is behind the acetate window.

And the best for last: The Aquarium Box die for the Treat Box! You MUST add that on your order!

a close up of the aquarium:

I used the same distress oxide background as the shaker card, just trimmed to 2.5 x 3.5 to fit the box. The die comes with the box, (cut 2), the die for the window, and a few accessories to decorate your tank. The rest are the stamps!

The Treat Box is TWO piece of gray cardstock 4.24 x 6. I scored both pieces at 1″ on 3 sides as shown in the picture. Snip the short scorelines as shown and then glued together. I attached the Aquarium right to the front to this box.

The Treat box can hold a gift card, some candy or small gifts for all your fish loving friends! Take a peek at at the stamp set:


It’s Spellbinders Card Kit time!

July’s kit, “Shellebrate,” is an ocean, mermaid, under the sea theme and it does not disappoint! The Spellbinders kits are always good, but this is one of my favorites so far this year. So, so cute!

Mermaids are so fun!

These shells and coral are all die cut pieces from the kit! Makes for some fun, fast and easy cards!

The mermaid dies are like paper dolls, just more fun!

This die cut cutie is my favorite and the yummy dot embossing folder is absolutely perfect. The scallop borderabilities dies make the waves.

The Mermaid stamp, included with the kit, is adorable too!

We are headed to Bermuda later this summer for vacation and I already have a scrapbook page ready! Direct to paper with the ink pad dragged on the 12 x 12 cardstock base creates the sand and water.

This month’s Shellebrate Card Kit includes a 6×6 paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, die cut shapes, 2 sets of foam stickers, embellishments, and more!

SUBSCRIBE HERE because membership Includes:

A Monthly Card Kit Containing: Dies, Sentiments, Paper, Envelopes & –Embellishments. Its is so east to create 10 complete cards!

Project Inspiration: Each kit will feature project ideas with at least one detailed how-to instruction tutorial each month.

Member Benefits & Savings: Receive exclusive member pricing in the Spellbinders store. Plus receive access to deals, savings, and gifts – only available to members.


A Cup of Java Please

Just retuned home from a quick trip to California. My daughter was competing in her 3rd Youth Nationals for Weightlifting. So exciting!

After a red eye flight back to the east coast I really can use some extra coffee! Check out Cup of Java (stamps and dies) from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Did you know there is Coffee Paper? YES! there is. It’s ‘Coffee” from Echo Park. The background is the Coffee paper, even though it does not have coffee on it. I can not wait to use the paper with the coffee and donuts on it. So Fun!

This Cup of Java card may look familiar (Fathers Day.) . I love that card so much I decided to make another version for a Birthday card.


Color Challenge cards Part 1

I’m participating in another 30 day coloring challenge over on Instagram. (You can find me @jillmhilliard) or click the instagram box on the right of my blog and it will take you there.

I am several days into the challenge and I wanted to share a few of my cards. First Up is Piece of cake from Honeybee Stamps.

Inside says “and a piece of cake”. So Fun! Next Up is Mondo Gerbera Daisy from Ellen Hutson:

And finally my personal Favorite Sketched Flowers From Simon Says Stamp.

Come see my Instagram from more coloring fun– not all the images have been made into cards yet!

Christmas in June

Christmas in June or Christmas in July. As a matter of fact, it can be any month of the year when it comes to making Christmas cards. I enjoy making them all year round. Take a peek at this beautiful Winter Poinsettia, the fourth card in my Floral Cluster June release for the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Two of the Winter Poinsettia clusters are off set and stamped on white cardstock and colored with copics. The white poinsettias are colored with very light gray copics (C00, C0, C1). The FSJ clear glaze gives the flowers and the berries the shine.

The middle layer of cardstock is matte silver. Finally, I finished this card with FSJ Black and Sparkle silks create to the splatters.

Need more Floral Cluster inspiration? You can see my 3 other Floral cluster cards HERE, HERE and HERE.


Sea Horse Glimmer Cards

Hey Friends!! I’m back today with TWO glimmer cards. This time Sea Horses! (Spellbinders calls them Show Ponies)

Black Glimmer foil for this sea horse… Oh my wow! it is so beautiful in person. And did you notice that I foiled on colored cardstock again? FUN!

For the background, Distress oxides make the ocean. I blended Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron and then splattered it with water. Then I stamped it with the tiny sea creatures from the Set Sail FSJ stamp set (currently on clearance) in Chipped Sapphire distress oxide ink. Below is a picture before stamping.

Look close at at the sea horse in my first picture. I added just a little bit of shading to his cheek and his back fin (hard to see in my photo) with the fun new Mineral Eyes Palette pastel set. Its like eyeshadow for your cards. These can be easily blended to create stunning effects on your cards or mixed media projects. I also used it on the embossed layer on the card below. Application is easy… I used a sponge dauber and the metallic blue shade.

Velvet Pastels create the multicolor sea horse on the card. Smear a few colors on whip cream (or white) card stock as shown below.

Foil the sea horse in black and then die cut. So easy and a pretty cool effect with rich vibrant color.


It’s Your Day Beautiful

I am really enjoying the Pink Glimmer Hot foil. Check out this beautiful card using the Glimmer Kit of the month, Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, and the HEY BEAUTIFUL! Glimmer Hot Foil Plate from the PA Scribe Collection.

The pink hot glimmer foil flower is on Tin Pail cardstock. As you have seen, I usually glimmer on whip cream cardstock. The Tin pail is a nice change.

I left the inside of this card blank. it can be anniversary, birthday retirement or congratulations. Lots of versatility.