Ellen Hutson Haul – New Concord & 9th + Lawn Fawn Exclusive!

Hey guys!

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately, and I’m so sorry! Life has been crazy and I’ve barely been getting any time to craft, much less update here. Things are going to get more crazy around here before they calm down, but hopefully I’ll be able to be more regular with my posting.

We are getting ready to move from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, so I’ll be packing up my craft room over the next few weeks in preparation for the move. I don’t even know where to begin, so send positive thoughts my way haha! We officially move August 1st, so please forgive me if I don’t get the chance to update much until after we get settled into the new place.

Okay! SO – I made my first purchase in a while after getting an e-mail from Lawn Fawn about their new exclusive stamp and die set called ‘Love Ya Bunches.’ It’s a set made exclusively by Lawn Fawn and Essentials by Ellen and is available only through ellenhutson.com. So while I was ordering this set, I decided now was the time to snag the Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp I’ve had my eye on for so long now. In my video, I go through all of the products I got and demonstrate (mostly I fail completely and should have read the instructions better/watched the plethora of videos available on how to use the stamp lol!) some of the products. Take a look below:

Let me know what you think of these new products below!

Big hugs,

Jess

Chipboard Mother’s Day Album

Hello!

I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My grandmother passed away last Tuesday and we had to jump up and travel from Virginia to Iowa for the services. It was nice to be with family, but 22+ hours in the car (each way) with a 2 year old and a 7 month old is not what I’d consider any sort of break or vacation, even if we’re ignoring the reason for the trip. I’m glad to be home and trying to get back into some sort of normal routine again.

Today I’m sharing a project I made for my Mother-In-Law this Mother’s Day. I have never made a chipboard album before, so this was a new experience for me. It definitly took WAY longer than I thought it was going to, so it ended up being much shorter than I intended. Oh well, I can always give her ‘add on pages’ later, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Let me know what you think of the album. Have you ever made one?

 

Big hugs,

Jess

Easel Card using Hero Arts + Honey Bee Stamps

I am absolutely in love with this card I made recently. It is honestly probably my favorite card I’ve made. Maybe ever. Seriously!


I made an easel card, so you can see the card on display but it still folds flat for mailing. Totally win-win. 


First, I stamped my sentiment using the Kindness stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I mixed and matched a few of the stamps to form the sentiment ‘thank god for kindness like yours.’ I really love this type of set. They’re so versatile!

Next, I masked off the bottom of my card at an angle using some post it tape. I taped my stencil from Hero Arts (Bold Floral) with washi tape and grabbed my distress oxides. I used an ink blending tool and applied worn lipstick, wilted violet, and Broken China over the stencil. After I was finished, I removed the stencil to reveal those beautiful, crisp white lines. It never gets old. The reveal is my favorite!


For more details on how I made the easel and the inside of the card, check out my video HERE or below:

I hope you like the card! I’m making a few extra of this card to give away to people in my community as a part of Jennifer McGuire’s #sharehandmadekindness campaign. I encourage you to check out her video on YouTube or her feed on Instagram for more details. โค๏ธ 

Bigs hugs to all!!

Jess

Star Wars Day Card + Giveaway!

Happy belated Star Wars Day, and may the fourth be with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, I made an adorable Chewbacca card and posted a video showing my process. Here’s the link, and you can watch the video below:

I’m going to be giving this card away! I posted a photo of the card on Instagram. To be entered in the giveaway, just follow me (www.instagram.com/acarddayswork), like the photo, and tag a friend who might want to win the card as well. Simple as that! The giveaway closes at 11:59EST on 5.7.17, so don’t miss out!

Hugs,

Jess

Altenew Haul – New Stamps!

Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. We’re still dealing with my little guy’s medical issues, so things have still been crazy around here. It’s also a super busy time for the youth cheerleading league I participate in. I am the Cheer Director for their recreational and competition cheer programs, and right now is the time that all of the groundwork is laid for the upcoming fall season. Lots going on!

Anyway, I’m so excited to share my most recent haul of Altenew products. I was the VERY lucky winner of an Instagram giveaway from Altenew for a $20 gift card to their store. Of course, I hopped right on to their website and proceeded to jump off the deep end and buy a bunch of sets. Shhhhh, don’t tell my wallet!

Take a peek at what I got! Do you have or want any of these sets?

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Here’s a video showing each item individually and a demo of one of the sets!

Big hugs incoming!

Jess

Card Walkthrough – Hero Arts Stamped Background

Hey guys!

It’s been a little hectic around here, so I’m happy to have a little time to sit down and write about a card I recently made. My youngest son (sweetest little 6 month old on the planet!) has lost over a pound since his 4 month checkup, so we’re on red alert and trying to figure out what in the world is going on. He’s the happiest thing on the planet, so we had no idea anything was even wrong until he got weighed. He’s had a bunch of tests and there are still more to come, but we’re hopeful that things will level out soon and he’ll be healthy and happy as can be. โค

Anyhow, let’s talk card making! I sat down with one stamp set, determined to make a card. I’ve been hanging on to the ‘Stamp Your Own Fruit’ set from Hero Arts for a good long while, and I decided it was high time I used it! I started by stamping a background using the watermelon, cherry, and strawberry images on a piece of white cardstock. Then, I colored the images in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I used Peach Pink, Sugared Almond Pink, Pink, Emerald Green, Fluorescent Green, and Brown. I also used two reds for the cherries, Carmine Red and Wine Red.

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I used a white gel pen to add some small accents to the strawberries. Then I cut the background down with a stitched border rectangle from Lawn Fawn. I cut a piece of black cardstock, heat embossed the sentiment ‘You’re pretty sweet’ with white embossing powder, and trimmed a mat. I used the Pink Clean Color brush to color the edges of the mat piece and then mounted the black piece on top.

I used green baker’s twine for a pop of color, and stamped an extra watermelon. I color the watermelon and fussy cut it, then added glossy accents for a bit of shine. I mounted the heat embossed black cardstock and mat on some craft foam and adhered it to my card front, which I matted with a piece of black cardstock. I adhered it all to my card base to complete my card front.

The final step was to use Mowed Lawn distress ink on a piece of white cardstock for the interior of the card. I love how this adds a pop of color and ties the front and interior together for a complete look!

Voila, here’s the finished card!

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If you’re interested in the details, or seeing how I made this card step by step, be sure to check out the video below (or HERE on YouTube):

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post. I hope you like the card and that it inspires you to create something to celebrate the upcoming warm months!

Big hugs,

Jess

 

I entered this card into the A Blog Named Hero challenge for April – Anything Goes. Check out the blog HERE or by clicking the image:

Zig Clean Color Real Brush – Trying them Out

Hey y’all! It’s a dreary day here in Williamsburg, so I’m brightening things up by playing with my new set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I’m thrilled with this purchase! I went ahead and got the whole set of 80 (because I have a problem with completionism, okay?). Here’s a video I posted last night with my first thoughts on coloring with them!

I still have a ton to learn about these (especially on staying in the lines LOL!). Do you have these? Let me know what you think about them!

Hugs,

Jess

Clarity Stencil Brushes – Getting To Know Them

Hey there!

I posted a video a couple days ago with my introduction to the Clarity Stencil Brushes. I love them so far, so I hope you’ll give the video a watch!

Do you have these brushes? Let me know what you think of them or if you have any good tips or tricks for using them!

Big hugs,

Jess

 

Crafty Destash- Purging my Craft Roomย 

Hey y’all! I have been posting a ton of stuff on my crafty destash page on Instagram ย (@acdwdestash) so I figured I’d share that here as well!

If you’re interested in purchasing anything, just leave a comment with your email and what you’d like. All payments will be processed via PayPal and will include shipping costs based on what you order.

Annnnnd, here we go!

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Above: Embossing Stencils – Lot #3 – $4

Above: Martha Stewart Scoring Board – 12 x 12 – $12

Above: Cricut Vinyl:

  1. Chalkboard Vinyl – $7.50
  2. Berry Vinyl – $6
  3. Window Cling (black) – $6

Above: 2 Pebbles pads (heavy cardstock, pre-scored. One pack is missing 2 sheets, otherwise unused) -$10

Above: Washi tape dispensers (washi not included):

  1. Green – $4
  2. Beige – $4
  3. Beige – $4

Above:

  1. Wooden dino shapes – $1
  2. 3D embellishment – $1

That’s what I have posted right now! I am continuing to take pictures and will be posting more items as I’m able! I hope find something you love! It sure breaks my heart to part with any of it!

โค Jess

FLASH SALE – WRMK Precision Press for $14.99!

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I’m popping in for a ย super short post to let you know that Scrapbook.com is having a flash sale on the WRMK Precision Press stamp positioning too. They have it, TODAY ONLY, for just $14.99! WOW! If I didn’t already own it, I know I’d be buying it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s a link to purchase (affiliate link at no additional cost to you):

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the product, check out my YouTube video (HERE) for more info.

Happy shopping! Be sure to let me know if you decide to order it! โค

Jess