31 October 2014

Sweet 'n Shabby Chic

Hello there! It's Gracie posting today and I'm glad to have the chance to share with you another card I designed using the beautiful and versatile products carried by Classy Cards 'n Such store. I created a shabby chic card with lots and lots of layers and elements.


I started off die cutting two labels with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Five. You can also get the same result using the classic Labels Twenty-Five, available at the store. I die cut one label from pink cardstock and another one from a digital floral patterned paper I designed, and that I printed on White Pearl Linen. The patterned label was also cut with a Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One, but I suggest you check out A2 Curved Borders One, which would work nicely too. I mounted the patterned piece on top of the pink label, aligning them perfectly.


I added a piece of pink ribbon approximately across the middle of the layered label, vertically, hiding the ends behind the patterned piece. I adhered a Fantastic Flourish Three, and some vines die cut from green cardstock, one of my digital old handwriting patterned papers (also printed on White Pearl Linen), and Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders in gold that I painted with silver acrylic paint. I also attached some birds from Impression Obsession's Birds Set, which I die cut twice and mounted to create a decoupage effect. I continued embellishing my label with some small flowers cut with Spellbinders Rose Creations and Carnation Creations, and that I adorned with some Baby Rhinestones - Silver. I also attached a little Fancy Label Tag One on which I stamped "with love" from Avery Elle's Simply Tags stamp set. I framed the label with a medium die cut from Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, cut from Stardream Rose Quartz, and then added some Baby Rhinestones - Silver to it's corners.


Once the central label was fully embellished, I prepared my card base. The card base was cut from soft pink cardstock with A2 Matting Basics A. Then I layered it with a frame from A2 Filigree Delight. I added a piece of pink ribbon across the middle of the frame, horizontally, and then mounted the embellished label right on top of it. Finally I added a double bow decorated with a vintage button.

I love the final look of this shabby chic card. I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and reading how I made it! Remember that most of the supplies used are available now at Classy Cards 'n Such store. I invite you to visit and check out all the new items added recently. If you purchase some goodies make sure to type my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to submit my card to:
Anything Goes - Inspiration Destination
Anything Goes - Divas by Design
For the One you Love - Ruby's Rainbow
Challenge #22 - Creative Colors

29 October 2014

Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of my last giveaway! 

 

Thanks to all of you who joined the inlinkz for a chance to win! 
Without further ado, the lucky winner is...

KT Fit Kitty

Congratulations! 
Please email me to graciellie at live dot com so I can send you your prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

28 October 2014

Candy Cane Inspired

It's time to share a new card for this week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Candy Cane Christmas. We were challenged to make a Christmas project in red and white, and a touch of green! What a perfect, and contrasting color combination for the Holidays.


The candy cane inspiration translates to my card through the die cut frame's border. I cut the frame with Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor to which I also die cut an inner window with A2 Matting Basics

I like to layer dies from different sets a lot, to achieve new results every time, and I did just that. I die cut a label from the silver back of a Delicate Pastels Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Thirty-Four. I die cut two coordinating labels from red and white cardstock using Fancy Label Tags Two. I heat embossed a sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Vintage Seed Packet stamp set, in Silver detail on the white label.

I also die cut some Christmas elements to decorate the labels using Poppystamps Pine Garland, Small Blooming Poinsettia, and also from Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set. I heat embossed the white leaves and the small poinsettia with Inkadinkado Pearlescent embossing powder, using Distress embossing ink. I adhered all the elements to the red label, attaching the pine garlands to the back of the label, and the leaves and small poinsettia to it's top.


I prepared a white card base using A2 Matting Basics. I dried embossed it's front with Spellbinders M-bossabilities Ornamental Iron folder. Next I glued the frame with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. I added a piece of red satin ribbon across the center of the card, horizontally, and then I mounted the three labels with foam tape. I finished the design adding some Baby Rhinestones - Silver and a bow.

I hope you can join us this week with your candy cane inspired creation. As every week the classiest card will be awarded, and a prize from the store will be given away to a lucky winner!

I invite you to browse Classy Cards 'n Such Store. Many new items have been added and the Clearance section has been updated too! You won't want to miss all the dies, embossing folders, paper pads, and accesories on sale! If you do purchase you can get an additional 10% off using my code Gracie-10 during checkout!

I'd like to submit this card to:
Christmas Blog Hop Challenge - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Any Holiday - Hiding in my Craft Room 
October Challenge - Craft-Dee Bowz
Anything Goes Monochromatic - Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
Bingo - Holly Jolly Christmas (ribbon, rhinestones, die cuts)
Anything Goes - Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas & Red - Paperminutes  
Challenge #43 - Festive Friday
Is it too early for Christmas - The Paper Shelter


27 October 2014

Vintage Florals - House of Cards

Hello, and welcome to my post for this month's challenge at House of Cards: Use a Punch and/or Die. It's time for us, the Vintage & Shabby team, to share our cards!

I created a vintage card using some beautiful dies. I also worked with a color combination I haven't used in a while: peach, beige and green.




The floral paper is the soul of this card. I actually used a digital paper I designed called Floral Frames 5, printed on linen cardstock. I love how the vintage florals look! I layered three different labels on the side of the card and cut the edges remainding outside the card base. I embellished the card with 3/8" cream gross grain ribbon, pearls, crystals and a gold vintage button.

For more inspiration from the Vintage & Shabby team check out the blogs below:
Rocky : Rockycraft
Ang : Mad for paper
Merethe : Merethe's Kreative Boble
Cohenna : Cohenna.com

I hope you're inspired to join us with your creations this week! Click HERE to be taken to the original challenge post to link up!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to submit my card to:
Buttons - Card Mania Challenge

October Challenge - Craft-Dee Bowz
Cut it Out - Crafty Cardmakers
Buttons & Bows - Eureka Stamps 
Anything Goes - The Pink Elephant

25 October 2014

Watercolor Blessings

Today I am sharing a card I made with some gorgeous products from Classy Cards 'n Such. It's an autumnal watercolored card, with a wonderful verse embossed on vellum. Watercoloring is very relaxing. I had not made a watercolored card in a while so I enjoyed making this card a lot!


I started off by heat embossing in white some pears from Inky Antics' Holy Spirit's Fruit stamp set. I stamped the images trying to create an opened frame.

Then I painted the pears with Faber Castell watercolor pencils. I usually don't color directly on the image, instead I color on a scrap piece of paper, and just pick up the colors with a wet brush, that way I don't leave pencil traces on my final image. I used various tones of greens and browns to achieve these shades.


Once done, I went ahead and die cut the colored piece of cardstock with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. The die cutting and embossing helps flatten the cardstock, I should add.

Next I heat embossed in Gold Detail a verse from the same stamp set on Heavyweight Vellum. I added the vellum across the watercolored layer, horizontally, and tucked the ends on the back.

Finally I mounted the colored layer on a leather textured card base, in sand beige, which matches the tones of the pears perfectly. To complete my design I added some Baby Pearls - LeCreme on each corner of the vellum layer.



I hope you feel inspired by seeing my card. I invite you to try out this technique, it's one of my favorites. Remember that all the supplies used are listed above. For more please visit Classy Cards 'n Such store!

Thanks for your visit!

I'd like to submit my card to:
Vellum - Addicted to CAS

23 October 2014

Shabby Chic Canvas

Hello and welcome to a new post for Sin City Stamps! This month Sin City Stamps has partnered with Gelli Arts! What a great combination of products! I've had a great time creating personalized backgrounds with Gelli Arts' Gel Plate, and adding details with SCS stamps. It's almost therapeutic the way the projects come together, and how we have no precise control of the resulting background using the Gel Plate (a truly spontaneous artistic process).

Today I want to show you a 6"x 6" pink, gold, and silver canvas I made.


Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps:
Butterfly Mask
Chicken Wire with Butterflies Mask
Love of Butterflies Plate of Rubber
Gelli Arts 5"x 7" Gel Plate
Cotton Wood Arts 6"x 6" canvas (to be released)
Other
Crackle Embossing Paste
Palette knife
Brush
Baby wipes
Paints: Poster paint in pink and metallic acrylic paints in gold and silver
Embellishments: 2" lace, 3/8" gross grain ribbon, gold vintage buttons, Fused string pearl beads, pearls, crystals
Adhesives: Uhu all purpose adhesive, Bazic two sided tape

The background was created with Gelli Arts Gel Plate. I also stenciled with crackle paint, which adds to the shabby chic design. I layered many butterflies that I stamped, heat embossed and fuzzy cut to create a 3D effect.

Tutorial
Come check a step by step tutorial I prepared for you! Click here and start the guide to learn how I made this canvas.

I hope you like my project and tutorial! For more about the products used, click on the links added to the supply list. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to submit my project to:
October Challenge - Sparkle 'n Sprinkle

(used Gold Detail embossing powder)
Challenge #48 - Add a Little Dazzle

Halloween or Not - Rhedd's Creative Spirit 
October Challenge - The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
Layer It - Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Think Pink Blog Hop - Die-Versions Blog 
Newsprint / Wording / Sentiment / Quotation - The Sailing Pineapple (see butterflies)

22 October 2014

Kitties Fall Picnic

Today I'm excited to share a card I made for this week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Fall Picnic. Of course, I used many crafty goodies from CCNS store to create my card, some lovely supplies I must add!


To make this card, first I die cut my card base with Our Daily Bread Designs' Vintage Flourish Pattern, and then I die cut a window on it's front with the coordinating frame from the same set. I cut an inner layer that matched the size of the card base from White Pearl Linen. I printed a piece of plaid patterned digital paper on White Pearl Linen also, and adhered it covering one third of the inner layer, to work as a picnic blanket. I aligned the inner layer with the card base, marked the window outline on it and die cut it with the coordinating frame die. The frame that resulted was attached to the inside of the card, after I aged it with Distress Ink in Old Paper, with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The other remainding part of the inner layer was attached to the card front, from the inside.


Once the card base was entirely ready, I started working on all the elements I needed to complete my card. I stamped Wild Rose Studio's Kitty Picnic on White Pearl Linen and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I fuzzy cut it and adhered the images to the card front with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.


I then die cut lots of leaves from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Impression Obsession's Small Leaf Set. I applied some Graphite Inka Gold to the craft foil leaves, to make them look a bit organic. I added the leaves on the bottom of the card front around the images, arranging them to look like a bed of leaves. I adhered them with UHU all purpose adhesive (silicone gel glue).


I also used other die cuts as tree branches that I cut from olive green paper with Poppy Stamps' Pine Garland. I cut around four or five of them and adhered them with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the card front from the inside, so they'd appear to be coming out of the window.


Finally I heat embossed a sentiment, from Sweet 'n Sassy's Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set, with Gold detail embossing powder on a little banner that was die cut with the smallest die from A2 Matting Basics A. I distressed the die cut's edges, and applied Distress ink in Old Paper to it, and next I cut it's right end with a scissor to create the classic banner shape. I mounted it with foam tape on the left side of the card, and cut the remainder piece to fit the card's width perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! I invite you to join our challenge this week for a chance to win a prize from the store and the Classiest Card Award too. To check out the supplies I used for today's project click on the supplies' links or visit Classy Cards 'n Such store to see all what's been added recently! If you do purchase don't forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your order!

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

I'd like to submit my card to:
It's my Favorite (Window Cards) - Mod Squad Challenge
Warm Colors (Using KITTY PICNIC Clear Stamp) - Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 
Falloween Fun - Poppystamps Challenge
Sketch #22 - STAMPlorations  
Scripture Inspiration Challenge - Our Daily Bread Designs
(A time to weep, and a time to laugh)
(28/10/14) And:
Fall/Autumn - Stamp and Create 


17 October 2014

In His Time

Hello! I want to share a card I made using some lovely items from Classy Cards 'n Such store. It is a monochromatic square card in pink and white.


To make this lovely card I die cut four square medallions with Spellbinders Damask Motifs from Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock (sincerely, one of my favorite cardstocks). I added the medallions one next to the other to cover the front of the white card base. Next I added a piece of 3/8" gross grain ribbon across the middle of the card, vertically.

I heat embossed a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs Faith stamp set in Silver detail, on white cardstock. I die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Adorning Squares and then I stenciled the resulting label with Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, using Ranger's Mini Ink Blending Tool.


I die cut four flowers from Stardream Rose Quartz, with Small Blooming Poinsettia by PoppyStamps. I double layered each flower and with one of them I didn't add the largest layer, to make it smaller.
I love so much the size of these die cuts and how they result in small and delicate flowers, perfect for embellishing without overwhelming the front of a card. I added Baby Rhinestones - Silver to the center of the flowers and also to the corners of the label, since they match so well the silver heat embossing.


This is one lovely, elegant, and pretty Christmas card with an encouraging verse, perfect for any occasion. I hope I've inspired you today with this post. I invite you to click on the links to check out each supply used, or to visit Classy Cards 'n Such store today, to check out all the new items added. If you do purchase remember to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Our Daily Bread Designs
Anything Goes/Use your imagination - Christmas Stampin' All Year Long 
Pink Christmas - Gingle Belles
Sketch - Completely Christmas
Embellish It - Christmas Cards All Year 'Round


Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving was celebrated recently in Canada, but it's yet to be celebrated in the United States, so I still have time to share some crafty ideas for it. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving where I leave, but we used to do some abundant and fun dinners at the american school where I studied... Good old days!


Today I have a card I made using a cute vintage collage from Ewe-N-Me Printables called Collage Sheet - Thanksgiving 102. I used the image of the girl holding a mirror for the turkey that simply blew my mind... How adorable and vintage is that image!


I made a card with lots and lots of layers and though this is a Fall card the color palette is very different. I picked the colors on the image for my card's color combination. I framed the image and made it the focal point of the card. I added a rosette, embellished with Fall leaves I die cut, colored with pigment and distress inks, and with Inkagold in yellow gold, to give them a nice shimmer. Other elements added were a die cut doily folded in half, gold cording and some crystals.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and if you need to make some cards I highly suggest you visit Ewe-N-Me Printables' store, because they have lots and lots of beautiful files for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back in a bit with a new card for you, so stay tuned.

16 October 2014

Elegant Polka Dots

This week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such is Polka Dot Christmas! There is an inspiration photo for you, and the colors from the photo I chose to work with were white, yellow (gold), and copper which appears on the red curtain's polka dots. As always we have a prize from the store for a lucky winner and the classiest participating card will be awarded too!

For today's card I used Spellbinders 2012 Holiday Tree to die cut a window on a piece of White Pearl Linen, which I die cut next with A2 Matting Basics A. Then I dry embossed the white layer with a polka dot embossing folder, similar to Crafts-Too Dots embossing folder.


I also die cut a piece of Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders in copper with A2 Matting Basics A, and dried embossed it the same way I did with the white layer. I mounted the white piece on top of the craft foil, but not before wrapping a piece of gold cording across them and tying a little bow. I adhered it all to a light brown card base and embellished the card with many Baby Rhinestones - Silver.


I hope you find time to play along our challenge this week. I also motivate you to invite your friends to play along. The more participants, the more chances there are to win a prize from the store!

To check out the supplies I used for today's card please click on their links to be directed to Classy Cards 'n Such store. Remember that new items and new discounts are added all the time, so don't miss out! If you visit the store and purchase don't forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Completely Christmas
October Challenge - Craftyhazelnut's Christmas 
Christmas in October - Deep ocean 88
Christmas - Fab n funky 233
Embellish It - Christmas All Year 'Round

10 October 2014

Two in One: Christmas Card and Envelope

Who doesn't love a 2 for 1 offer? Well, today I have a 2 in 1 project I made with a printable from Ewe-N-Me! Basically I am talking about one single digital file that can be cut and used in many different ways.

I made a card and an envelope from Gift Card Envelope - Holiday Kris 101.  I printed the file twice, once on regular white bond paper and once on white cardstock. I cut the one printed on paper as it comes originally, to make my envelope. And then I cut the one printed on cardstock trimming all the flaps, so I was left with a note card.



I did print the file for the note card slightly smaller so it would fit on the envelope. You can do this by simply adjusting the printing size to 95% (or smaller if you wish). These options pop up right before printing the pdf file.


As you can see the note card will have a nice image on both sides, as well as the envelope. I really love how they look. This is a simple and pretty way to add a personalized card to a Christmas gift, and the vintage image is so nice, I must add!

I hope you like the project, and try it out yourself. Usually people think these printables use too much ink, but they don't necessarily. I invite you to visit Ewe-N-Me Printables store and take a look at all the new stuff that's been added.

Stay tuned because on November we'll have a series of Christmas projects that you won't want to miss! Also, we have new DT members that are creating amazing projects every week on Ewe-N-Me Printables blog, so make sure you subscribe!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Have a nice weekend!

09 October 2014

One Layer Printing & Stamping with Gelli Plates

Today I'm excited to share a project I made for Sin City Stamps in partnership with Gelli Arts, the makers of Gel Printing Plates. I created a stamped image with an amazing background, all in one layer!

Many possibly know already what a Gelli Plate is, but in case you are not familiar with it I'll give you a brief intro. A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It's easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. You can use it with acrylic or poster paints, and you may combine it with stencils, and masks. You can also create textures and patterns using a wide range of simple materials or tools. Once you press down your cardstock to the plate, you'll get a great background, which will result different every single time. Warning: It may be addictive!



Supplies
Alice 2 Art Rubber Stamps - Sin City Stamps
5in x 7in Gelli™ Printing Plate - Gelli Arts
Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black
Miscelaneous
Paints: acrylic paint in metallic silver, poster paints in blue and yellow
Cardstocks: white linen cardstock, blue and green leather textured cardstock
Embellishments: 1/4" red satin ribbon, Vynil silver gem
Mounting foam tape

Tutorial
I have a step by step photo tutorial for you at Sin City Stamps' blog. To view it, please click here and start the guide at the end of my post.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my fun Alice in Wonderland card and it's tutorial! I truly recommend you try out the Gelli Plates, they are very versatile and easy to use.

If you would like to check out this cute art rubber stamp I used, click on the link added to the supply list or click here to be directed to Sin City Stamps store!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


This card is participating in:
Color Inspiration - Incy Wincy Designs

Make your Own Background Paper - Just Inspirational Monthly Challenge

05 October 2014

Gift of Hope

It's time for a new challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Let's make it Pink. October, as you know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this challenge is an opportunity to send our love, encouragement and words of hope to all of those ladies out there who have struggled or are struggling with this terrible disease today. I think now a days each of us knows someone who has battled breast cancer. Whether those loved ones lost or won their fight the most important thing is justly that, that they have fought for their lives. Please my friends, do your check-ups regularly because an early diagnose can certainly save your life!

I lost one very dear "adoptive" aunt to breast cancer. She decided to hide the illness for years, even knowing one of her sons was a doctor (miss her). And as we speak an aunt in Brazil is battling cancer, her son too is a doctor (my cousin) and he is taking the best care of her. I have hope that she will make it... I pray she does! I want to dedicate this card to her and to all those who need the inspiration and motivation.


My card for today is adorably pink. It's a mixed media card. The background was die cut with A2 Matting Basics A from soft pink cardstock. I then stenciled it with Crackle Embossing Paste, using the Large Damask stencil, both from Dreamweaver. Once the paste dried, I applied two tones of pink Distress inks (Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick) with a Mini Ink Blending Tool irregularly and also sprayed some water on it. Next I distressed the edges of the layer manually.



To embellish the mixed media layer, I added a piece of lace followed by a piece of pink ribbon across the card horizontally, on the top third of the layer. Then I die cut three Fantastic Flourish Three, from a digital paper I designed and that I printed on White Pearl Linen, but I cut the outer loops to make them look softer and to be able to layer them together seamlessly.



A very important part of this card is the sweet little image I stamped with Wild Rose Studio's In the Meadow. I stamped it on White Pearl Linen with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers in PP3, PP5, FS2, FS3, GB8, BT2 and BT4. Next I die cut it using Spellbinders Classic Labels Four, and stenciled it with Distress ink in Spun Sugar. I mounted the label on a coordinating Imperial Gold Labels Four I die cut from Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock.


I adhered the three altered flourishes behind the framed image and mounted it all on top of the ribbon and lace, to the right. I made some small roses using Bitty Blossoms medium die. I added those to the left side of the framed image together with some pink pearl stamens. I also attached a little tag underneath the roses, die cut with Fancy Label Tags One, on which I stamped the word hope, from Flourishes Zinnia set, using with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves. I stenciled the label tag with Distress ink in Spun Sugar too. I finished the design with one pretty bow on the right side of the image and some Baby Rhinestones - Silver. And finally I attached the very embellished mixed media layer to a white card base.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and I also hope that you feel inspired to join our challenge this week with your Think Pink creation! As always there will be a prize from the store for one lucky winner if we reach more than seven entries, so invite your friends to play along!

Remember that all the products used to make my cards are linked above, but you can also visit Classy Cards 'n Such store directly (here). A plenty of new crafty things have been added recently! If you do purchase don't forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout, to get 10% off your order!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


This card is participating in:
Sketch #108 - Cardabilities

In the Pink for October - Mod Squad Challenge
Think Pink - The Crafting Cafe
Choose Hope, Think Pink - Power Poppy
Also:
October Challenge - Craft-Dee BowZ 
October Challenge - Spectrum Noir (Facebook)

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