30 July 2014

Good Luck! - Cardabilities #104

Time has gone by so fast and I can't believe this is my last post for Cardabilities. It has been a pleasure to work with such amazing and talented designers. Karan's sketches as you all know are so nice to work with and it has been a great honor to be part of her team. Thank you teammates and thank you Karan for having me.

The new sketch is up today and I know you'll be inspired by it!





Materials
Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Carnation Creations, A2 Matting Basics A, Delicate Doilies,
Classic Edges Two, Classic Decorative Inserts Three.

Docrafts Xcut: Leafy Flourishes
Sin City Stamps: Butterfly Mask 
Graciellie Design Paper - Keys & Roses 
Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Embossing.
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Silver
Zap! heat tool
Merletto pearls
Other generic materials
Cardstocks: Leather textured in soft pink, off white and light green. Linen in white. Metallic in pink.
Homemade paste

2" one sided lace
Raffia ribbon in soft white
Pearl stamens in pink

This is a shabby chic card with lots of layers. The main patterned layer was wet and distressed letting show some lace on the background. Also I used some beautiful butterfly masks to stencil, using homemade paste. After that was done, I added the central layers and handmade flowers. The "Good Luck" Spanish sentiment was heat embossed in silver.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today and that you feel inspired to join our challenge at Cardabilities. I send a big hug to my fabulous teammates. Know that I am very thankful for the great friends I've made and for the opportunity I was given. Thanks a bunch!


Thank you for stopping by!


Pretty in Pink

Hello! I'm feeling extra inspired today since we just came back from a fabulous vacation, surprise vacation that coincided with our wedding anniversary and happened to be in the very same place we were as newly weds, The Bay Islands. And no, it wasn't planned! Seems like my first card for CCNS (here) inspired on the islands' beaches brought me good luck and attracted this unexpected blessing!

Today I have a card to share with you inspired on our challenge for this week: Use Gingham. This time I went for a pretty monochromatic card, with lots of pink and cuteness. 




I used Spellbinders dies to make my card. I started off by printing my gingham patterned paper on White Pearl Linen which is my preferred texture for this task. I then die cut the main layer with A2 Matting Basics A. Next I created a vertical column layering lots of borders in pink and white. I used the most wonderful metallic cardstocks, Stardream Rose Quartz and Riccio Astrosilver Embossed Metallic, for the borders. I die cut them with Classic Edges Two and dry embossed them with an M-Bossabilities Folder to add interest and to spotlight the metallic papers. Right on the center I added a strip of gross grain ribbon that unifies the design.

Using the smallest die from Imperial Gold Labels Four I die cut a label in White Pearl Linen which was stenciled and sponged with Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. I stamped and heat embossed on it a French sentiment from Justrite's set French Frills in Silver detail.

Finally I embellished the card with half a dozen paper flowers I made using Bitty Blossoms. All the flowers were made using the same dies (medium and large size) but they vary in size and shape because of the different techniques I used to make them. For those I decorated with pearl stamens, I simply started rolling the flowers around the stamens from the beginning. The more open I rolled the flower the larger it resulted. This flowers are distressed before they are rolled and that is why they have an organic look, so to speak. I added some little leaves in white and some little gingham patterned flourishes from Spellbinders French Frills set to finish the design.

I had a lot of fun making this card and I really hope you enjoyed seeing it. I want to encourage you to join our challenge this week. The main rule is to use an item carried by Classy Cards 'n Such store (from score tape to dies, anything will do). 

Link up your creation for a chance 
to win this fabulous stamp:
 
by Impression Obsession

I can't wait to see what you create for the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by.

28 July 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Hello dear ones. I just came back from a little vacation trip, and that is why I wasn't able to post the winners sooner. I apologize for that!

It's time to announce my winners for the Hiding in my Craft Room's blog hop. Two lucky winners were picked by Randomizer.

The first winner, 
who will receive a bundle of digital goodies is:




The second winner, 
who will receive a Christmas Digital Paper Pack from Shery K. Designs is:

(Kathy Jo) 


Congratulations Ladies! Please email me to graciellie at live.com so I can send you your prize. Thanks everyone for your support, for stopping by and commenting and most importantly for your kind comments that encourage me to keep on creating!

I will be doing another giveaway soon during the month of August, so stay tuned!



Shabby Chic Delight

Hello everyone! Today I'm excited to be here sharing my first card for House of Cards. Our challenge this month is "Add a Bow". This week the vintage and shabby team is showcasing their beautiful creations. I went for a floral, soft, shabby thank you card with lots of layers.




I used papers from my recent set Keys & Roses combined with textured cardstock in soft pink, sand beige and white.

I used a lot of Spellbinders dies. I layered four different labels for my focal point. The top label is actually and oval adhered to a Damask Motifs die that I cut in half. I stenciled the oval and stamped and heat embossed on it a Spanish sentiment in gold. 

I decorated the card with lace and pink gross grain ribbon and added two bows (one made of ribbon and another made of tulle) layered one over the other to finish the design.

I hope you like my card and feel inspired to join our monthly challenge. To play along, all you have to do is visit House of Cards, follow directions and link up your creation.

Thank you for your visit. I appreciate it very much!

This card is participating in:
Die Cuts and/or Punches - Sisterhood of Crafters


27 July 2014

Lilac Elegance

Hello and welcome to a new inspiration post for Classy Cards 'n Such. Our challenge this week is to use Buttons and Bows in our cards. Today I'd like to share a card that represents very much my approach to the classy and elegant cardmaking style. I enjoy to combine colors with white to create contrast, and today is no exception... Lilac and white combined always result, from my point of view, in a very elegant design.




For this creation I used Spellbinders dies. I started off as always with my indispensable A2 Matting Basics A. I used the largest die of this set to cut my card base and patterned layer. I like to print my digital designer papers in White Pearl Linen (it's one of my favorite cardstocks). The patterned layer was dry embossed with a M-Bossabilities folder, to add some interest and texture. 

For the next layer I created a central column using the largest die from the A2 Filigree Delight set. To do this:  
1. I die cut the frame and central oval window; 
2. Cut it in half vertically; and, 
3. Adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other with the half oval contour facing outward.

Next, I added a very layered central frame using Imperial Gold Labels Four.  
1. I die cut the medium size label once in metallic lilac cardstock and adhered it horizontally on the center of the card;  
2. Then I die cut the next smaller label twice, once in lilac and once in White Pearl Linen. I adhered the smaller lilac label vertically and then added the white label horizontally on top of it. The white label was stenciled and sponged with Memento ink in Lulu Lavender. Lastly, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs in Gold Detail embossing powder.

Finally, in order to fulfill the challenge I attached a handmade, lilac triple bow embellished with a gold vintage button.

My mission is to inspire you, so I hope you enjoyed my card and feel motivated to create a card with Buttons and Bows for this week's challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks so very much for your visit! 



26 July 2014

Christmas in July II

A new weekly challenge is up at Hiding in my Craft Room: Christmas in July. Yes, once again we are challenged to make a Christmas card. 

Our sponsor this week is: 
Digi Digi Doodle

I had the opportunity to use one of their fun Christmas images and I decided to make a background for my card...




I edited the Christmas tree image to make it olive green and duplicated it to create this background. I printed it on white linen cardstock.

I used Spellbinders dies to make this card. The patterned layer was die cut with A2 Matting Basics A. Before it was adhered to the card base I added three strips of old gold ribbon across it vertically. Then I die cut two olive green labels and one white label using Imperial Gold Labels Four, and layered them to create a focal point. The top label in white was stenciled and sponged with Memento Bamboo Leaves. I stamped and heat embossed in gold a sentiment
from Inkadinkado's set Personal Impressions. Finally I decorated the card with a triple bow that ties together the design.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and elegant Christmas card. If you'd like to join us this week, please visit Hiding in my Craft Room and link up your creation.

Thank you for visiting!

PS: Winners of last week's blog hop will be announced on Monday! 


24 July 2014

NEW Design Team!



I'm so delighted to announce that I have been invited to be part of Sin City Stamps design team. I'll be joining Donna (owner), Terri Sproul (head designer) and a group of talented artists in a new creative journey. 

Sin City Stamps designs, presses and packages deep etched art rubber stamps. Their stamps are beautifully designed in vintage style. They also carry stencils, chipboard elements, die cuts and much more.
 
It is very exciting and I can't wait to start sharing with you my projects using the amazing products that Sin City Stamps has to offer! So stay tuned to my blog and Sin City Stamps' blog to see what my teammates and I create starting on August!

Thanks for stopping by!


19 July 2014

It's a Blog Hop with lots of Blog Candy!


Hello and welcome to 
Hiding in my Craft Room's blog hop!

This week not only do we have a challenge but we also have a lot of blog candy to give away! Our challenge this week is called "Christmas in July"... A perfect opportunity to catch up on all the Christmas card making. 



I wanted to make a nice, simple card, using traditional red, lime green and light brown. I like how nice this green looks against the red and how it matches the patterned paper, which is from one of my favorite Christmas sets from Shery K. Designs. I used leather, feuille and linen textured cardstocks. I embossed the red layer with a Cuttlebug folder and used a die from Spellbinders to cut the little deer. I find this die cut fits the design so very nicely! To finish the card I added gross grain ribbon in light brown and some small vynil stickers.

I hope I have inspired you to join our challenge this week! 

Now, let's talk giveaway please...

I have a bundle of digital goodies for you! That is right, I said bundle!  One lucky winner will receive this amazing prize:


From my store:
My recent release 
Keys & Roses Digital Paper Pack

  
From Ewe-N-Me Printables:
By fabulous Deena Davis





These are great quality digital files that you can print over and over again. They are so nice to work with and I know whoever wins will enjoy them greatly! 

For a chance to win, please:

1. Subscribe by email and verify your subscription,
2. Join this site (blue button), and,
4. Leave a comment below.

If you don't have a blog please skip step 2. Otherwise try to follow every step in order to win!

But wait... There's more! I am going to draw a second winner who will receive the Christmas digital paper pack I used to make my card (by Shery K. Designs).


Ok, that's it! I promise... LOL. I want to give away more, but I have to keep some goodies for my next giveaways...

I'm so glad you stopped by and since I'm the last stop all is left is to invite you to join the challenge. All you need to do is visit Hiding in my Craft Room and link up your Christmas card.

If you haven't followed the blog hop from the beginning here is the order so you don't miss a stop. Visit my teammates for more and more chances to win!


Laurie - Hiding in My Craft Room
Lisa - LJ Creations
Jennie - Jenscrapstoo
Lena - Lena's Creations
Samantha - Designs by Sammy
Melanie - Afternoon Scrapper
Kathy - Up in the Night with Kat
Sue - Sue's Paper Crafts

Gracie - Graciellie Design (You are here) 

Please share the blog hop with all your friends through facebook or blog. Winners will be picked by randomizer and will be announced next Monday.

Have fun and stay creative! Thanks for your visit.



17 July 2014

Accordion Bookmark Card

Hello and welcome to a new post for Ewe-N-Me Printables! As always, my mission is to inspire you to use your digital files in a creative, original way. Today, I'm using Bookmarks - Bring Flowers. I like the floral design these bookmarks have and I loved the fact that in the file you get when you purchase it, the bookmarks are next to each other, which makes this project really easy to make.


I printed the file twice, scored as shown above and adhered one of the images to the back of the other. That way the floral images show in any direction one opens the card.





To finish the design I added some ribbon, stamps, die cuts and fused string pearl beads on top, instead of the usual ribbon.

I really hope you enjoyed this project! Please visit the store and check out the infinite amount of digital files available... I know you'll find something you like at a very affordable price! If you'd like to purchase this specific image, click here.

If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment here or at my blog.

Thanks for your visit!

16 July 2014

Pearls and Seashells

Hello! Welcome to my very first post for Classy Cards 'N Such. This week's challenge is called A Day at the Beach and who doesn't long for one this summer, right? Well, it certainly reminded me of the aquamarine beaches we have in Honduras, particularly in the Bay Islands... So I had to use this fresh color, combined with white and sand beige, to make my card.

 




I used Spellbinders dies to make my card. I created the card base and central frame, on the Diamonds Effects largest frame, die cutting with A2 Matting Basics A. Then, I decided I wanted to make a double frame for the seashell with White Pearl Linen, to make it stand out from the background. To make the double frame I die cut eight corners from the A2 Filigree Delight. I layered the first four with the filigree ends towards the inside, trying to achieve a square shape. Then I layered the other four with the filigree ends towards the outside, on top of the first frame. This results in a very elegant, nicely layered base for a focal image or sentiment.

To put together my design I added a free seashell image I found on the internet, customized it to match the color of my cardstock and printed it three times on White Pearl Linen. Once cut I made a decoupage with them which worked out nice with the rest of the design. To finish, I added some pearls of various sizes combined with vynil stickers and heat embossed a sentiment (best wishes) on Vellum in silver.
 

I hope you enjoyed my card and that it has inspired you to create a card with a beach theme for our challenge this week! Follow the guidelines and link up your creation for a chance to win a die from Impression Obsession:

To find out more about the challenge and see my teammates' gorgeous samples please visit Classy Cards 'N Such blog.

To visit the store and check out the products I used to make my card, click here.
Grab my discount code 
and get 10% off your purchase!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

PS: If you'd like to have the seashell image used on my card, go to the freebies section (top tab) to download it. Enjoy!

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Word Art Wednesday
Inspirational Photo or Anything Goes - Dazzling Diva Challenge
P is for Pearls - The ABC Challenge
Summertime - Crafting Musketeers
Under the Sea - Crafty Cardmakers and more
Anything Goes - Curtain Call


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