29 January 2015

Spritzed & Splattered with LOVE!

This week our challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such is: Letter It, in other words use a letter or more on your creation! I went ahead and used some letter stickers on my mixed media freestyle collage card! This is the first card I make with my new stamp set by SNSS, Parisian Postcard.

Main supplies
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party, Vintage Flourish Pattern   
White Pearl Linen cardstock
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
Heavyweight Vellum 
1/2" Scor-Tape
Empty Spritzer Bottle   
Seam Binding - Chalk White 
Baby Pearls - LeCreme 
Gold detail

To make my card, I stamped, colored and heat embossed images from the NEW stamp set Parisian Postcard from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, that I happened to design (yay!). I stamped some images on the background, some I heat embossed in gold detail on heavyweight vellum and others I fussy cut and mounted using foam tape on a pretty label die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs Vintage Flourish Pattern from White Pearl Linen cardstock. I stenciled the label with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

The top half beige layer was stamped, heat embossed and also sprayed with a mix of Peeled Paint Distress re-inker and water using a spritzer bottle. The bottom half of the base mat was cut from the gorgeous Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock. I cut a doily from vellum with the English Tea Party die from Cheery Lynn Designs, cut it in half and adhered it on top of the pink layer with thin pieces of 1/2" Scor-tape.


Before adding the fussy cut images to the label I attached a piece of Chalk White Seam Binding, that I colored and wrinkled by spraying it with the same Peeled Paint Distress ink mix. I completed the card with a few Baby Pearls Le-Creme that go along very well with the vintage design and spritzed Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti and a bit more of Peeled Paint spray. I adhered the finished layer on a white mat cut with A2 Matting Basics, using 1/2" Scor-tape and then mounted it on a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's post! I motivate you to join our challenge this week with your crafty creation! Also, I invite you to visit Classy Cards 'n Such store, there are many discounted items that I know you'd love, starting with the Clearance section. Make sure you check the new Valentine's sale going on now! Cheery Lynn dies are all 50% off too! If you want to save on a regular order or own my new stamp set use my code Gracie-10 to get 10% off!

I hope I have inspired you today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to share my card with: 
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes 
Loves Rubber Stamps - Pink and Girly
STAMPlorations - Stamps and Inks
Cheery Lynn Designs - Anything Goes
In the Pink - Pink and Pearlie 
Vintage Journey - Love is in the Air
My Sheri Crafts - Valentine's Day  

27 January 2015

I praise Him! - ODBDSLC224

I can't believe how fast this month has gone by! It's time for a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs and since it is the last week of the month our challenge is "Anything Goes". I hope you can join us! My card for today is monochromatic, in neutral hues and vintage style!

Main supplies
Music Speaks stamp set
Faith stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Beautiful Borders dies
Winter Collection 2014 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Other supplies
Inks: Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Beige and Graphite Black. Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Crafter's Ink in Snow (to emboss)
Papers: Linen and Leather textured cardstock in white, embossed cardstock in beige, vellum
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Westcott Titanium Bonded trimmer
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Pastel Mini Pearls, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, 2" vintage lace

Adhesives: Bazic foam adhesive, Ad-Tech Crafter's Tape, Uhu silicone glue

As you can see I cut the Vintage Flourish Pattern frame in half vertically and adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other (outer sides facing inwards). This is a die cut alteration I like to do often! The dies I used for the beautiful labels are from the same set. I roughly stamped the central label with the bird image from the NEW set Music Speaks to create a soft background, and I stenciled it with beige ink and even smudged it with beige paint. I stamped the sentiment in black to make it stand out!

I painted in beige the vintage lace and crinkle ribbon to match the rest of the card and created a layered border below the labels. I also thought some gold would look beautiful with the design, so I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly branch image from Faith on vellum and fussy cut each pretty butterfly to adhere them around the card randomly. To complete the design I added some mini pearls to the die cut border and mounted the finished mat onto a white card base.

I love the soft hues of this card. I must confess I was inspired by the beautiful papers from Winter Collection 2014 to get started!

I hope you enjoyed today's post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click here. You have until February 1, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

Don't forget to stop by the blogs of my talented teammates to see the gorgeous creations they designed for the challenge:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'd like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes


23 January 2015

Valentine's Treat Bags + DIY Rosettes Tutorial

I'm glad to be able to share a DIY tutorial on a couple of pretty Valetine's treat bags I created! Ann Butler Designs' products were key during the process of making these projects I'm showing you today!

Supplies
Stamps: Colorbox Background Basics by Ann Butler - Basket 1 and Picnic 1
Inks: Colorbox Crafter's Inks by Ann Butler in Sunshine, Colorbox Crafter's Inks in Bark and Snow
Tools: Colorbox Color Blender, Westcott Titanium Bonded Trimmer and Titatium Non-stick Scissors. WRM Gift Bag Punch Board
Velcro Mini Fasteners - Round 3/8" Dots
Adhesives: Ad-Tech Crafter's Tape, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Uhu silicone glue
Enviromental Technologies Easy Cast Resin and Easy Mold Silicone Putty
Embellishments: White tulle, SU linen thread, Lara's Crafts jute twine, gold vintage button, handmade resin flower, staple, mini tag
Paper: Leather textured cardstock

I absolutely love the final look of these pretty treat bags, but for them to look like this I had to create every single thing from scratch. That's right! The embellishments, the bags themselves were all made from scratch! To see my step by step tutorial click HERE.

I have certainly been inspired to create pretty Valentine's projects lately, especially for friends and family. I also like to make projects in non-traditional Valentine's colors. In this particular ocassion I was also inspired by a nice blog hop and challenge being hosted by Latina Crafter!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and tutorial! Have a nice and creative weekend!

I'm sharing my projects with:
Moving Along with Times - Button It
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Valentine
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Crafty Cardmakers - Something Old (cardstock), something new (stamps)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Latina Crafter - Blog Hop Party Favors con Amor

22 January 2015

Start where you are...

Today I have an unexpected design to share with you... I went CAS for this week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Winter Birds. I'm enjoying the cooler weather, but thankfully we only get rain. For all of you whose towns have been covered with snow, I hope you're staying warm and creative! So let me inspire you a bit with my clean and simple Winter card.


I die cut a card base with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. I created a scene on the actual card front with Penny Black's Tweet Tweet stamp set. I used Memento ink for the lilac branches and heat embossed the bird on the branch with Gold detail embossing powder from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle. I also heat embossed a wonderful sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps called Breathe... What a encouraging sentiment!

As you can see I sprayed the card with lilac and gold. The lilac drops and sprays were done with a DIY Distress Ink spray I made using Shaded Lilac Re-Inker and water mixed in a Empty Spritzer Bottle. I also used Inka Gold in Yellow Gold mixed with water, which I applied tapping a brush.Yes, it is a bit of a mixed media card! I want to point out that I used a mask to keep the sprays and stamps within the frame shape.


I die cut a window from a pierced matting layer with Labels Twenty-Five, one of my favorite classic label shapes from Spellbinders, and Our Daily Bread Designs Flourish Star Pattern, respectively. I adhered the frame to the stamped card base with double pieces of mounting tape to give extra dimension to it.

I finished my clean design with three Baby Rhinestones - Silver and a piece of gold cording. I didn't want to add a regular bow to the card so I created a nice flow, threading the gold cording through the frame and adhering it with a tiny drop of Uhu all purpose adhesive (silicone glue).

I hope you like my card and feel motivated to join our challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such! Remember that the supplies used can be found here, and you can get 10% off your purchase using my code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stay creative!

I'd like to submit my card to:
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes / Let it Snow

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes




20 January 2015

Shabby Asters Bouquet + Tutorial - ODBDSLC223

Every third week of the month Our Daily Bread Designs will host an inspiration challenge. In this occasion our inspiration photo for the challenge is a gorgeous shabby chic image, with colors, patterns and textures that you will enjoy working with!



Supplies
Aster dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Beautiful Borders dies
Doily dies
Mini Tag dies
Mini Tag Sentiments
Flourished Star Pattern

I created a shabby chic mixed media card with lot's of texture and elements that resemble those from the inspiration photo. To create the background:

1. Die cut a pierced matting layer using ODBD's Flourished Star Pattern.
2. Use a stencil to add embossing paste. I mixed a drop of Distress re-inker in Spun Sugar to a bit of Dreamweaver Pearlescent paste.
3. Cut pieces of drywall tape (from the hardware store) roughly and adhere to the card as desired.
4. Apply Distress Ink Spray in Peeled Paint to opposite corners of the layer.
5. Add a piece of patterned paper and a die cut border from ODBD's Beautiful Borders across the center of the layer.

I love to make handmade flowers and this time I had the opportunity to create some beautiful China Asters using ODBD's Asters and Leaves. Here is one of the pictures that inspired me to make these full Aster blooms using this die set.



To make these flowers:

1. Die cut all three sizes of Aster dies multiple times from white cardstock. You will need three of each size to create a full flower.
2. Using a round nose plier roll each petal inwards very lightly so you don't rip the cardstock.
3. Glue the different flowers' layers one on top of the other using Tacky glue. Remember to use at least three of each size.
4. Color each flower with Distress Ink sprays and Perfect Pearls Mists. I used soft colors like Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint and Biscotti. Re-spray if needed. I applied more color to the center of the flowers to make them look more organic.
5. Next, apply heat using a heat tool to help the flowers curl inwards and dry them also.
6. Embellish flowers with pearls.


I arranged a pretty bouquet with the finished flowers. I die cut a doily using ODBD's Doily as a base to attach the flowers and different leaves I die cut with ODBD's Fancy Foliage. I adhered the doily to the right of the card, cutting it partially to remove the piece remainding outside of the layer.

I stamped a sentiment from ODBD's Mini Tag Sentiments and die cut it using it's coordinating die set Mini Tags. I also die cut a pretty heart shaped tag. I added a linen thread around both mini tags and attached the to one side of the bouquet. To finish the card I added pretty rhinestones to the leaves and adhered the finished layer to a second white mat and finally to a pink card base.

I hope you liked today's card and tutorial! I think this would be a lovely card to give to a friend on Valentine's! I'm also sharing my Snapguide tutorial with you below, which you can share and pin if you want to.



To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I also invite you to visit my talented teammates' blogs to see what they created for the challenge. You will be inspired for sure!
Robin - Diana - Elizabeth - DJ Rants - Chris 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm sharing my card with:
In the Pink - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Favorite Embellishment (flowers)
Creative Card Crew - Shabby Chic
Inky Chics - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Get in Shape (diamonds, hearts, oval, etc.)
Party Time Tuesdays - Anythings Goes

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Choose your Challenge
Stamplorations - Stamps and Inks
(Ink sprays, linen thread, mixed media & die cuts, embossing, flowers & bling -pearls-)
Creative Colors - Challenge #28



19 January 2015

For YOU with love

Happy Monday! I have the privilege to share a card I made just for fun today, and I say privilege because I don't always have the time to make an extra card. I have been experimenting with different materials to create organic looking embellishments. My last card featured a DIY rosette embellishment made of a very common every day material. I will have a tutorial on that this week, so stay tuned and join me on Friday for all the details on that project made for Ann Butler Designs! Then tomorrow you'll see a mixed media card I created for this week's challenge at ODBD, featuring a product found at the hardware store that I used to add texture to the card. There will be another complete tutorial on that project also! But today, I bring you a card featuring one of my deepest paper crafting obsessions... Handmade flowers! I experimented with crepe paper! Yes, that's right, the one used for party decorations.

I had this idea of using crepe paper to try a new look for my infamous Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts... Well, my gut was right and I think my flowers resulted beautiful, full of texture and somewhat organic looking. But again, that is MY opinion... What do you think?

Supplies 
Dies: Spellbinders - Rose Creations, Mary Border Strip, A2 Matting Basics. ODBD - Fancy Foliage, Beautiful Borders, Flourished Star Pattern. Docrafts Xcut - Leafy Flourishes. Marianne Creatables - Key. Cheery Lynn Designs - English Tea Party
Stamps: Avery Elle - Simple Tags, Everyday. ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler - Picnic 1
Inks: ColorBox Paintbox (Heliotrope and Pink). Ranger - Distress Ink Sprays in Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar, Dylussions White Linen Ink Spray. Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink in Aquamarine
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Westcott titanium paper trimmer, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Adhesives: Beacon's Tacky Glue, Bazic two sided tape, Bazic two sided foam tape
Embellishments - Stampin' Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Miscelaneous
Textured cardstock in white, aquamarine and pink

Craft metal (silver backing)
Vellum
Crepe Paper


I'm really into mixed media cards lately, and I love the watercolored look of these flowers, paired with the incredible texture created by the die cut background (made with the NEW Spellbinders Mary Border Strip) and the use of sprays and ink. I was inspired by two challenges: The always fun Mod Squad Challenge hosted now by the talented Joyce Erb with a beautiful and peculiar color combination, Purple and Teal; and, Cardabilities with these great sketch:


Recently I've been thinking of my old days as a singer. Incredibly music still means the world to me, though I don't sing anymore (in public that is). I do love to sing along to Youtube videos and personal playlists, but that's about it now a days. Anyways, while I was making this card I recalled that one of the last photos taken of me while singing has the color palette of this challenge. Turns out I used to WEAR these colors back in the day!

Then while I was writing this post I stumbled across a love song I used to listen to around the time this picture was taken. Again, the song too has the color, sweetness and fresh lyrics that I think can be translated to the feel and sentiment of this card, so I am going to share it with you too! Valentine's day is approaching so why not? Yes, it's that kind of rainy day today!


As you may be able to tell a piece of my heart goes into every card I make, and I take my time until I feel it conveys the energy present in me. I hope you enjoyed today's post. Be inspired to try out new things and express yourself as much as you can through all the artistic things you do, little and large!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a creative week!

I'm submitting this card to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Purple and Teal
Cardabilities - Sketch #115
Cheery Lynn Designs - Add a Heart (gridded pink heart stamped on banner)


15 January 2015

A Vintage Rose & a Birthday Wish

This week our challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such is: Pink and Polka Dots. The photo inspiration for the challenge is both fun and vintage, with those lovely porcelain dolls, but I decided to go vintage all the way with my card for today.


I love using digital patterned papers, and I only print them on White Pearl Linen. The vintage floral paper you see me using is one I recently designed and that's available for free download on the Freebies section (on top). I sponged the polka dot paper mixing Ann Butler Crafter's Inks, Sunshine and Color Box Crafter's Ink, Bark. I used a pierced matting die from Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern set to cut the patterned papers. I cut the patterned layers in halves and adhered one on top of the other to create a base for all the embellishments.

I created a rose using Spellbinders Rose Creations and sprayed it with a mix of water and Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink in Berry, using a Spritzer Bottle. I decided I wanted to make that lovely paper flower stand out, so I created a rossette that I also colored with Crafter's Inks and attached it to the back of the flower using an antique brad. I added more elements to the design, starting with a lovely filigree window die cut with Spellbinders Window Three, to which I also die cut a motif using the very new Majesty set. I used a gorgeous, gorgeous metallic cardstock for the window called Stardream Rose Quartz.


I used the ink mix again to spritz to custom color a few pieces of Chalk White Seam Binding.
I used a piece of the ribbon for the center of the patterned mat and another to embellish the rossette. I also added some lovely flourishes from ODBD's Fancy Foliage, that I decorated with some Baby Pearls - LeCreme.

I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on a little tag, using ODBD's sets Mini Tag Sentiments and Mini Tags. I sponged that little tag with a mix of Crafter's inks too. Finally, I adhered the embellished layer to a coordinating pink card base I cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, using no other than 1/2" Scor-Tape.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. I invite you to join our challenge this week! Polka dots and pink is surely a classic combination, and I know you can come up with a beautiful creation using it! As always a prize from the store will be awarded to winner, so I hope you can join the fun for a chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'd like to submit my card to:
The Card Concept - One Year Anniversary
In the Pink - Anything Goes



14 January 2015

And the WINNERS are...

It's time to announce some winners! Eight to be exact! Thank you for taking time to visit, for subscribing and for your kind comments! Both my blog anniversary and the Season's Givings blog hop were exciting and wonderful thanks to you!

The winners were chosen thanks to the magic of Randomizer.org! Congratulations to the lucky gals!



$50 Gift Certificate 
in Stampin' Up products
from Stamps and Scrapbooks store
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Marcie

$24.95 Mini Books Class! 
Full Videos and PDFs of 12 Mini Book Projects
by Stamp Academy!
Comment #16
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 $15 Gift Certificate

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 $10 Gift Certificate
to My Craft Spot store!
Comment #108
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New follower. Happy 2015.

My new stamp set!
Parisian Postcard by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
$15 value
Comment #145
Congrats on your Blog Anniversary.

Thanks for the chance.

 A5 Planner Divider & Dashboard set
by La Bella Vida Design - a $20 value
Comment #86
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Two Ann Butler Designs' 
1" Faux Quilting Stamp Sets
By Unity - $28 value
Comment #83
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$15 to my digital store!
Digital Papers, Box Templates and Tags

Comment #50
Lovely cards, thank you for sharing
wonderful prizes. Have a Happy crafting 2015!


All winners please EMAIL ME to graciellie @ live . com so we can send you your prize!

Know that I'm preparing many tutorials, giveaways and plenty of new projects that I'll be sharing with you throughout the year! I invite you to continue visiting my blog so you don't miss out! Always check the "free content" tab on top to find out what's new.

Thanks for stopping by today!


13 January 2015

Morning Glories - ODBD Color Challenge

It's time for a color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. We have a lovely color scheme to inspire you this week! I love the tones of lilacs combined with the peachy pink and vanilla included on the color board, in fact those are some of my favorite colors.



Supplies
Glory stamp set
The Gate stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Doily dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Flourished Star Pattern die

I used different metallic cardstocks for my card's layers. I die cut a background lilac layer with Flourished Star Pattern. This set has a beautiful pierced matting layer die, that I use all the time. To add contrast I die cut a beautiful Vintage Flourish Pattern from pink metallic cardstock and adhered it on top of the lilac layer.

The beautiful Morning Glories were stamped on white cardstock, and I actually was trying to do partial die cutting until this happy accident ocurred! I love how the stamped flowers frame the Doily label. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and stenciled the label with a soft lilac ink.

I stamped a sentiment from The Gate set in black, die cut it with a smaller label from Vintage Flourish Pattern and stenciled it with a soft pink ink. I die cut a Fancy Foliage from the same pink cardstock used for the vintage frame, cut it in half and added a piece on each side of the sentiment label. A piece of lilac ribbon and a few pearls and rhinestones were the perfect finishing touch.

While I was writing this post I was also listening to Pastor Dante Gebel's sermon (River Church - Anaheim, California), in which he talked about how God uses bad things and transforms them into good things in the end, to bless your life so He can also use you to bless others...

Genesis 50:20
As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.

My sister sent me the link to this sermon's video. I love how the Lord has been using friends and family to encourage me through devotionals, sermons and verses. What a blessing! I want to remind you that when we stumble across a difficulty, when someone or something tries to harm us, God is actively working on the transformation of that circumstance to make it better! We will bloom like Morning Glories my friend!

I hope you enjoyed today's post. I also hope you can join our challenge this week at ODBD! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC222 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 18, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite you to visit my talented teammates' blogs to see what they created for our color inspiration challenge! Here are the links to their posts:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm submitting my card to:
Spectrum Noir - January Challenge


10 January 2015

2014: Year in Review + Freebie!

It wasn't an easy task choosing my favorite cards of 2014, and, as you will see, I couldn't limit myself to a dozen projects. Last year was the beginning of what I hope will be a long, blessed and joyful creative journey. With no further ado, here are some of my favorite cards of 2014:


























Steampunked Christmas Tag

Pheew! What a year! A very exciting and blessed year, for sure! I hope you can join me on 2015, so we can continue to share this creative road together!

Yesterday I shared the news about my new stamp set Parisian Postcard and I mentioned that I created a freebie for you, a coordinating digital patterned paper. The link has now been added to the Freebies tab (HERE). It will only be up for a few days, as part of the new release celebration! Make sure you join my Season's Givings Blog Hop post HERE for a chance to win the new set. Also, visit Sweet 'n Sassy's blog (HERE) for a second chance to win Parisian Postcard.

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Thanks so much for your support and for stopping by! 

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