34 posts categorized "Jennifer Van Pelt"


Tue 27

Jolly, Happy & Grateful
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

Today I bring you a card I made using one of my favorite quote stamps from the new Winter Collection. I used the Jolly Holly Frame but instead of using Christmas or winter colors I did it in Fall colors with Color Burst powders.


I stamped the quote on an octagon from the Studio Octagon Layers set that I also did in the same Fall colors with Color Burst powders and popped it up with foam tape to give it some dimension on the card and a little more emphasis for the sentiment.


This sentiment really speaks to my heart and had me thinking of all the things and people in my life that I am very grateful for...my husband Eric and son Riley, my mom & dad, my church family & friends, the ability to craft and create...just to name a few. In this season with Thanksgiving approaching, I love being reminded to think about and remember all the blessings I have in my life. So what are you most grateful for?



Sat 24

Autumn Border Birthday
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

This month has several birthdays in our family so I the card I came up with today is a fall birthday card, I do hope you like it!


I used the Ken Oliver Color Burst colors laying each color on layer by layer...starting with the yellow by wetting the paper then putting the powder on and drying the layer with a heat tool then doing the orange layer, spritzing with water adding the colored powder then drying with a heat tool again and once again with the green. I love the results!


If the color gets too intense in one area you can just add some water to wash it out and then add some more color if you wash it out too much....just play until you get a combination you love!



Tue 20

Newbury Ornament Fun
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello out there,

It is starting finally starting to feel a little less like summer and a little more like the holidays are heading our way. I had fun doing a little paper piecing with the Newbury Ornament Vignette Die on the card I made for this post today. I hope you like it!


I also had some fun using the Tilted Frames Die vertically and putting 'merry' spelled out from the Alphabet Soup Die in the openings, I then put 'christmas' on the inside of the card from the Stitched Merry Christmas Square Frame Die. With this technique you could spell out whatever you wanted, some variations I thought about were 'peace' or 'happy'.


You can also try some different color combinations with this card for the ornaments and the outlines and cardbases....many variations can be made and I tried several...they all looked pretty great. Some were wild, funky, fun and of course traditional... it just depends on your mood and who you are giving the card to as to what color combination you might want to use! Have fun and play...that is what it is all about right?




Sun 27

Ornament Fun
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

I think this card is THE most favorite card that I have ever made! I had so much fun designing this one! I had an initial idea and as I went it just kept growing...so here it is...I really hope you like it!


I used the Stunning Spectacles die from Poppystamps for the glasses and several sizes of googly eyes. Who doesn't love googly eyes!


I used the new Embossed Angel Wings for hair for both the dad and for the mom. The dad and kid's mouths are made from the cut out part of the ornament caps! Oh and I used the two small mustaches from the Memory Box Moustache set to make the mom's mouth!


I love finding unique ways to use dies...don't you? So tell me in the comments some fun different ways you have found to use Memory Box dies....other than what they were intended to be used as I mean...I can't wait to hear your ideas! JenniferVPsignature(1)


Sat 26

Fall Pumpkins
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello from hot Sunny San Diego,

We have been having record heat here and I am daydreaming of fall so I made this fall pumpkin card to help remind me that we are really in the fall season and it will be cooling off soon.


I used the ColorBurst Sepia and Orange for the colors on the background and pumpkins. I think I am addicted to playing with them and finding new ways to colors things and new things to color with them...so much fun and the Memory Box dies make perfect cuts in the thick watercolor paper I use so it is a match made in heaven!

Before I put the pumpkins on the card I bent them at the stitched creases and it added a little dimension to them, giving the pumpkins a very realistic look and making them seem to pop right off the front of the card. I really liked the effect.


I had some fun putting the extra birds from the Flying Birds die set that I didn't use on the card front on the inside of the card for the recipient as a little surprise for when they opened their card too. I love adding a little something unexpected on the inside of cards for people to find and I hope give them a reason to smile again. I hope you like the card, I sure had fun making it!



Wed 09

Color Burst Snowy Scene
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello All,

I am writing to you today from San Diego where we are in the middle of a major heat wave. So I had to make a snowy card just to try to cool off a little!


I started off with some watercolor paper and played with the Color Burst Ultramarine Blue and Indigo colors and some water....boy is that stuff fun to color with or what!!! After I dried the paper with a heat tool (I am too impatient to just wait for it to dry on its own) I ran the piece through my die cutting machine with the Snowy Scene die!


Oh my how I love this die! You get the fabulous background plus all the snowflakes that are cut out that you can then use on the card and on your envelope that you are mailing as a little extra bonus to the person getting the card!


I then adhered the background to a white card base and added a few of those snowflakes here and there. The of course I put bling in the middle of each snowflake...you can't have snowflakes without sparkle right? I really like the end result, what do you think?



Sat 29

Interlocking Happy Birthday


Hello everyone!

Today I am bringing you a fun card that can be customized for the birthday boy or girl (or man or woman) based on their favorite colors and their name. The base design of the card would remain the same you can just change out the name you put on the ribbon portion of the card and change the colors of paper you select based on the birthday person's favorite colors! Then they get a custom card that and get to feel extra special because you took the time to personalize it just for them. It lets them know that you take the time to notice the little details like...hey orange is James's favorite color, so Aunt Jen made a card using Orange just for James!


I took a card base and scored it for a gatefold then turned it on it's side. I attached the Stitched Happy Birthday Circle Frame to the larger Open Studio Pinpoint Circle Layers base then using pop dots attached that to the Bottom section of the gate fold.

I then cut out the Upper Case Alphabet Soup and attached the name of the birthday boy to my cut out Ribbon from the largest ribbon from the Poppystamps Classic Ribbons Die set. I then attached that with foam pop dots from the Top section of the gate fold of my card. The sections then close together with each piece sort of floating on top of the base card. It gives dimension to the card and protects the pieces from getting smashed when the card is opened and closed.


If this were a card for a girl I might add some bling or a ribbon somewhere, but since it was a masculine card I just left it alone. I hope you like the card and that you are staying cool and having fun crafting this summer!


Wed 19

Merry Evergreen Christmas!


Hello all,

I know it is August but here in San Diego we are in the middle of a heat wave and I had to focus on cooler things so I created this fun card focused on winter times with the evergreen trees in Christmas colors!


I had a great deal of fun creating this card using the Simple Evergreen Frame die, Evergreen Trio die, the 'christmas' part of the Curved Merry Christmas die and the Upper Case Alphabet Soup Die.


I used the Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen to add some snow to the tips of the edges of the trees. I popped the trio of evergreens on the front with foam tape to give them some dimension too. Oh and I used a little crystal bling to dot the 'i' in Christmas! I have a hard time doing cards without using some bling after all!



Mon 27

A Happy Halloween Card!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share another card that I will be teaching at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on Saturday Aug. 1st in my Memory Box Holiday Cards class.

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I used my Micron pen to draw some eyes on each bat!

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I used the Glue Gloss pen to glue all the pieces down...I love that little lipgloss like sponge tip applicator, it is so easy to use!

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So please tell me you see the smiley face! :)

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And I even put the extra bat on the inside so when the recipient opens the card they get a little batty surprise!

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I used the Uppercase Alphabet Soup and Stitched Halloween Circle Frame Die sets for this card.

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This was a fun, quick card for Halloween that isn't spooky at all!!! I hope you like it! Remember if you would like to join me for the class on Aug. 1st and you are in the San Diego area, just give the store a call to reserve your seat!



Wed 15

Blog Blitz - Curved Merry Christmas!

Hello from Sunny San Diego!

It has been pretty hot here so I was really excited to get my new dies and start playing with snowy scenes like this one! I do hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating the card!


I used the Curved Merry Christmas Die to create the snowy bank for the base of the scene. Then used two of the snowflakes from the Stitched Let it Snow Circle Frame Die for the snowflakes. All of that was cut out of a shimmery white cardstock that looks so nice against the deep blue cardstock card base.


I then used a deep green shimmer cardstock with the Evergreen Trio Die and applied some Glue Gloss on the tips then sprinkled white Glitter to get the snowy effect on the trees.  P7140028

I will be teaching this card along with 3 others on Aug. 1st at 2PM at The Stamp Addict in San Diego. So if you are in the area please call (619)667-5060 to reserve a spot in the class and come and play!


Make sure you comment on the post by Sunday July 19th at midnight and you could win one of the Curved Merry Christmas Dies! The winners will be posted on Monday July 20th. Keep checking back this week for inspiration with all the new dies and more chances to win!