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Altered just like the world around us...

Hello and welcome once again... The card for today was made using dies that were altered in one way or another to create new shapes. For example, the upper corners are actually the corners of a square die; the layer they frame is part of a grand label die; the doilies are in fact one doily cut in half and layered one over the other; the distressed square, was a long rectangle hand cut and rebuilt to fit the center of the card; the main center piece was stamped to frame the sentiment with two half doilies; and finally the pin, was handmade using jewelry materials and authentic crystals (DIY pins).

I got the stamp set used with this card precisely because of a sentiment, that expresses so much of what is on my mind all the time: " It would be so nice if something made sense for a change" -Alice in Wonderland. I was born in the 80's, but I feel the world has changed wildly in just a few decades, for good and/or worst. And if that wasn't enough, everything in my personal life changed too. With the passing of my father and my health issues, things definitely went on a totally different direction. Some days I feel hopeless. This blog has given me the motivation and sense of belonging that I think I needed, because card making is one blessed thing that doesn't tire me. I thank my husband and son. They are the main reason I keep going. And last but not at all least, thank you Lord almighty, your mercy sustains me each and everyday.

- Grand Labels

- Adorning Squares
- Timeless Rectangle
- Parisian Accents
- Delicate Doilies
Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Memento Dye Ink in Rich Cocoa
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
Zap heat tool
Darcie's stamp set: Cup of Tea
Merletto stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape 
Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Other generic materials
3/8" gross grain ribbon in light brown
Heavy weight paper in light brown and cream
Pearlescent embossed paper in gold  
DIY crystal pins

I used this sketch as a reference for the card:

I wanted to give this card a very distressed look but I did add some sparkle when I clear embossed some parts of the center label. 

Hope you like it.

Add-on: After I finished this post, I was working on a Valentine's project and the handle of my Grand Calibur die cutting machine broke! If someone by any chance knows where I can buy this handle separately I would sincerely appreciate your help. Any reference would be helpful really. This also means I probably won't be posting anymore on my blog, until I am able to solve this issue. I don't know if I'll be able to buy a new machine if I can't solve it. Thanks for your understanding.
:( It would be so nice if something made sense for change... :(

This card is participating in:

Cardabilities Blog 

Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog

Inspired by #106
Suitcase colors inspired
The Inspired Challenges Blog

Timeless Tuesday "Wood you be mine"
Wood colors



  1. Hi Graciellie,

    If you go onto the Spellbinder's website, they have a form they can send you for you to purchase a new handle. I love your card, for some reason it reminds me of chocolate...maybe it's the color. Anyhow, good job.

  2. Thanks so much BlueRose for your support, and for always coming back to visit. I did send an email to Karen Haas, who has helped me with any concerns in the past. I haven't received and answer yet. But let's hope it turns out fine.

    By the way, have my answers to your questions in past posts helped in any way?

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Lovely use of the sketch - Thanks for joining in with Cardabilities!

  4. I love your beautiful card!! Thanks for playing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  5. Love this vintage card! We are Craft Hoarders Anonymous are really enjoying your work!

    You can call the toll free number 1-888-547-0400 and ask Spellbinders to send you a new handle. I have broken mine twice! They are wonderful about replacing it!

  6. Lovely vintage card....Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for our very first challenge!

  7. Hi Graciellie,

    You know, if you want to get Spellbinder's attention, you should post your issue on their Facebook page...that seems to get a quick response. And yes, your answers have been very helpful, thank you. Looking forward to your next creation.

  8. Your card is gorgeous! I love the distressed look! My Grand Caliber handle broke, too. All you have to do is call Spellbinders and they will replace it. Mine was free because my machine was new, but it couldn't cost much if they charge you because it's just plastic. Thanks for joining us in his weeks Timeless Tuesday challenge!

  9. what a beautiful layered card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  10. I have really enjoyed seeing all your work here. This card has such pretty distressing and and an aged look. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. another beautiful card! Love the colors! Thanks for playing along in the very first Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge!

  12. Yet another vintage beauty! Love the way you aged this masterpiece and added a bit of sparkle and all of the detectible layers. If this were a dessert, it would be tiramasu! Beautiful work! Blessings! Thanks for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. Very pretty card! I'm so excited that you joined us for the launch of Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I hope you come to play often! Ginny from Polly's Paper : )

  14. THIS IS GORGEOUS GRACIELLE!!! I'm SO SORRY to hear of your problem with your Grand Caliber! :( I HOPE you find an answer as to where you can find a handle or a NEW MACHINE! Have you had the machine long? Maybe, there is a warranty? I would contact the maker of the Machine! SOMETIMES the makers are WONDERFULLY HELPFUL! BLESSING DEAR ONE!!! I'll be watching for you!!!!!:)


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