Saturday, November 10, 2018

November Leading Lady Jill Vickers | Take Two

Our November Leading Lady Jill Vickers is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Jill has ensnared my focus with today's superb cards!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jill...

I am so happy to be joining Winnie & Walter for another week as their November Leading Lady. This week's cards are all about the magic number three, and a few ways it can be used in card design.

My first card is all about the visual triangle which is created when you place three elements (forming a triangle) around the focal point. On my card, I placed three critters around the sentiment:

I started out by Copic colouring and fussy cutting the three critters from the Happy Dance with Evelin T stamp set. I then die cut three circles in the card panel and stamped the three different circular sentiments from Ring in the Celebration around the openings. I sponged three different colours of Distress Inks behind the openings (Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed - bright, happy colours!) before popping the card front on with foam tape. The critters were also added with foam tape as well as the sentiment from Sentimental Birthday which was white embossed on black. A few sparkling sequins and a little strip of glitter to finish of the card.

My second card focuses on the rule of thirds - this is a key design principle in composition that you can read more about here

I kept the focus of the design by keeping all the elements in the lower third of the card. I added 3 (yes 3!) thin strips of silver glitter card stock across the bottom of the card. I Copic coloured a poinsettia from the In Bloom: Elsa's Flora set and popped it up with some foam tape onto the panels at the bottom left corner according to the rule of thirds.I added the sentiment from Sentimental Winter to the panel and a few drops of gold Stickles to the centre of the flower to complete the CAS design.

My last project was very much inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video where she created ornaments on cards; I CASEd that idea but I created a card with three tags instead. The idea is that I can send someone this card and then they can remove the tags to use them. To continue the "three" theme, I decided to add three tags.  According to some design principles, including three similar or repeated elements is more pleasing to the eye then using two or four - I will let you be the judge of whether it works on this card :)

I created the card base by stamping the greeting from Scenery:Holiday Trimmings in Versamark and embossing it with sparkly red powder. I then applied glitter paste through a stencil very similar to the Big Bang Circle Creative Screening for even more sparkle.

Now for the tags: I started out by die cutting 6 (3 fronts and 3 backs)  tags from the Essentials: Audrery Cutaways, and then stamping some critters from Winter Wishes with Evelin T onto three of them. I coloured the images and the background with Copics - I also added some glitter paste through the same stencil that I had used on the card base. On the other three tags, I stamped the greeting and "to" and "from" from the Sentimental Gift set; I then adhered these to the coloured tags. I threaded some baker's twine through the tags and knotted the loop at the end and secured the twine on the inside of the card with some washi tape. 

Here is the backside of the tags:

Here is how the tags are secured to the inside of the card - with removable silver sparkle washi tape so the recipient can remove the tags and use them on gifts.

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 




  1. What adorable little penguins! Love this card!

  2. Your Happy Dance card is just adorable! I love how you incorporated those tags into the card design, too.

  3. Great cards and I like the design tips.

  4. Adorable cards and tags! I love the puffin hanging out with the penguins!

  5. Love the great ideas. The poinsettia is so beautiful.

  6. Wow.. Awesome cards each one of them..

  7. I am so excited to see more of your cards, these are absolutely stunning. Those gorgeously cute tags are a fabulous idea, I missed that one from Jennifer. Decorating follows the rule of three for same reason & you've shown its fabulous on cards, thank you.

  8. These are so fun! Love the coloring on your first card!

  9. Beautiful cards. Your critter cards are adorable. I especially love the circle cutout with stamped sentiment design on your first one! x

  10. The tags were a great idea! And the critters especially cute!

  11. Love the sweet critters and the great design tips on using elements of 3.
    <3 J

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