30 June 2014

AAA Blog Hop & Challenge

There is a fabulous blog hop and a super fun MacGyver challenge going on now at AAA Cards. Some fabulous giveaways from Stampendous are being offered. So this post really is just part of one of their games. Thanks ladies for all the inspiration and for a chance to win some amazing goodies. Here are the 'hidden' images:


PS: I loved McGyver when I was a little child, I used to watch it every Sunday on our local channel LOL. This challenge just brought back some of those memories, thanks.

Faux Album Card - Cardabilities #102

Hello there! Are you ready for a new Cardabilities sketch? I enjoyed working with sketch #102 very much, I think it is a very elegant one. 

Spellbinders: Gold Circles One, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Timeless Rectangles, Venetian embossing folder, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Stampendous - Spanish Greetings, Spanish Invite
Inks: Ranger - Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick. Embossing Ink. Memento ink - Lulu Lavender. Brilliance ink - Pearlescent Beige
Inkadinkado embossing powder in silver
Zap heat tool
Adhesives: UHU all purpose adhesive, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Elmer's glue all.
Merletto paper cord in lilac
Other generic materials
5/8" gross grain ribbon in lilac
Cardstock: Metallic in lilac and soft pink, Linen in white, Leather textured in white, pink and peach, Eggshell in white.
Fused string pearl beads in ivory
Pearl stamens in pink

This birthday card was made to look like an album. It has an inside pocket to add gift cards or any other goodies. I worked a lot with metallic papers and dry embossing. TIP: I sprayed the metallic cardstock with body spray (that's right!), the alcohol in it helps to wear out the shimmer and the paper embosses better too. The flowers were handmade using different techniques to give them a very organic look.

A lot of distress inks were used, but in a subtle way. The spanish sentiments ('May God Bless You' and 'Happy Birthday') where heat embossed in silver. And the final touches included pearl stamens, fused string pearls and ribbon.

I hope you like my card and that you find this sketch fun to work with. Please join us at Cardabilities for a chance to win a featured designer spot during the next reveal.

Before I go, I'd like to share that Cardabilities is having 
a DT Call right now. For details click here.

Reminder: Don't forget to stop by my latest giveaway post and comment for a chance to win my newest paper pack, here.

Thanks for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Sweet 'n Sassy
Anything Goes - Docerela Creations

The MacGyver Challenge - AAA Cards
Used: paper string, corrugated paper for flowers, 
plastic fused string pearl beads, 
stamps from Stampendous, and 
punched holes on card

28 June 2014

Welcome Baby

Hi! I'm so delighted to share with you a sweet new card I made for some of my favorite challenges. It's a 'welcome baby' card in Spanish. It is a shaped, peach, nicely embellished card that enjoyed making so very much.

Spellbinders: Fancy Lattiece, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Majestic Labels Twenty-Five, Diamond Effects, Parisian Motifs, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Stampendous: Spanish Invite
Haj Design Papers: Absolute Floral
Inks: Colorbox in Apricot, Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Starlight Silver
Zap! heat tool
Adhesives: Bazic two sided tape, UHU all purpose adhesive, Elmer's glue-all
Other generic materials
1" satin ribbon in peach
Cardstocks: 'Papyrus' in peach, 'Leather' in off white, Linen in white, Eggshell in white
Embellishments: Vintage gold button, Pearl stamens in pink, Pearl and crystal charm, Fused string pearl beads

I hope you like my card, it was fun to make and I love the result. I want to thank these awesome challenges for inspiring me, and in this particular occasion I'd like to thank Cat from Mod Squad that with her challenge made me search through my old jewelry making stash to make a charm for my card. Thanks Cat!

If you have some spare time please stop by my giveaway party here and don't miss a chance to comment and win my new digital paper pack Keys & Roses.

Thanks so much for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Sweet Baby - Classy Cards 'n Such

Shaped Cards - My Craft Spot
Charmed I'm Sure - Mod Squad
Anything Goes - Sweet 'n Sassy
Anything Goes - Word Art Wednesday 
Add on:
Anything Goes - Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

A Sweet Wedding Card

Hello and welcome to a new post for Hiding in my Craft Room. I haven't been hiding in my craft room so much lately... Instead I've been spending some quality time with family and taking care of hubby who got sick last week and that's the reason why I didn't make a HIMCR card last Saturday.

This time we have a sweet challenge for you all: Wedding.

Our sponsor
The Paper Shelter
is giving away a $20 gift certificate 
to one lucky winner!

I had the chance to work with one of their sweet images. To my surprise their files include a pre-colored digi!

The Paper Shelter - The Happy Couple
Spellbinders: Damask Motifs, Gold Circles One, Gold Labels Four, Iron Works embossing folder, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.

Distress ink in Old Paper
Merletto crystals
Adhesives: UHU All Purpose Adhesive, Bazic foam tape and two sided tape.
Other generic materials:
7/8" gross grain ribbon in soft pink

Metallic cardstock in cream and soft pink

The card base was a left over of some actual CAS wedding invitations I was commended to make (didn't take pictures of those, no time). The image is pre-colored so it was a matter of layering die cuts and adding embellishments to finish the card. I crossed two pieces of ribbon and added a double bow and some tule to give it a delicate look.

I hope you liked this sweet wedding card and that you feel inspired to participate on our weekly challenge. There's no need to use digital stamps, or our sponsor stamps whatsoever, as long as you follow the theme. Visit Hiding in my Craft Room to see what my teammates made.

Remember to stop by my latest giveaway post and comment for a chance to win my newest digital paper pack!  

Thanks for your visit.

27 June 2014

New Release + Giveaway: Keys & Roses

It's time for a new release and giveaway. Introducing my new digital paper pack Keys and Roses, a floral shabby chic/victorian set that will enhance your paper creations.

Jam packed with 14 papers and 4 cliparts. The cliparts consist of a vintage floral label with matching biblical verses, and a hang tag. Available now through paypal.

I am giving away this set to one lucky winner. All you have to do is:

1. Subscribe by email to my blog,
2. 'Join this site' (blue button),
3. Leave a comment below this post.
4. Share giveaway on your blog's sidebar or facebook.  

Stop by next week to see if you are the lucky winner! To buy Keys & Roses click on the 'shop' tab above and don't forget to check out all the other paper packs available for purchase.

Thanks for your support.


Congratulations Barbara Rankin! 
You are the winner of this set.


24 June 2014

Seed Envelope Card + Tutorial

Hi there! I'm back with a second post for Ewe-N-Me Printables and again I have a tutorial to share on how to maximize your digital goodies. Today I'm working with a Printable Cocoa/Seed Pack Envelope called Deposit Seed Co., and I'm altering it to make an envelope card. The great thing about this is that you can match the original treat envelope with the card to give as a gift.

This step by step tutorial is possibly the easiest tutorial ever and I'm sure you will be able to make the card right away after you see how I made it.

1. First, cut the envelope in half as shown below. Cut also the flap on the side (bottom).
You are left with two pieces that should look like this:

2. Use the flap on the largest piece to adhere the smallest one. The flap should go below the smallest piece (or on the inside).
3. Layer the inside and embellish your card as desired.


Easy as 1-2-3 right? Well, I hope you enjoyed my little card and that you find this tutorial useful. Don't forget to stop by Ewe-N-Me and purchase some goodies. There are a great amount of treat envelopes you can alter (really, so many designs). If you'd like to get this particular digi go here. And I invite you to check out their NEW items, perfect for the next holidays!

Thanks for your visit. I will be back on friday with a new release of digital papers I designed and of course a new giveaway!

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Scribble and Scrap
Summer Blooms - Flonzcraft
Anything Goes - Crafting from the Heart

Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow - Craft-Dee Bowz

23 June 2014

Winners Announced + Featured Artists

Hello! I apologize for being late, but as they say: "Better late than never", right? Well, I was thrilled to see the reaction everyone had with the latest paper pack Summer Joy, and for that reason two giveaways were thrown, one here at my blog and another one at a group of christian friends on facebook, where everyone could comment for a second chance to win.

The winner from my blog is:
 Cyn from Cynzplace

The winner from Facebook is:
 Cathy Phillips

Congratulations to the winners!
Please email me to graciellie at live . com so I can send you your paper pack.

Now I'd like to introduce you to two talented cardmakers who used some of my papers to create some beautiful projects! First is Kathy Clayton from Up in the Night with Kat, who couldn't wait for the giveaway winner to be announced and decided to purchase immediately Summer Joy paper pack. Thank you Kathy! Here's the beautiful card Kathy made: 

Love the vintage feel this card has. The image together with the papers looks great!  
And I would also like to introduce Ginny Maxam from Maxam Made. She made a set of cards using my floral paper freebie (see Freebies tab above), and she did a beautiful job... Thanks for sharing Ginny!

These cards are so elegant and the color combinations are outstanding!

Stay tuned for my next release taking place this weekend here at the blog, and of course with a new release comes a new giveaway. Don't forget that my sets are available for purchase through paypal here.

Thanks for your support and for stopping by!

19 June 2014

French Country Prints: Card Set and Box Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my first post as part of Ewe-N-Me Printables DT. It's nice to be here, sharing ideas that hopefully will help you maximize your printables. Digital products are vital now a days, because they simplify your paper crafts and allow you to customize your creations. And that is the case with today's project.

Using one of Ewe-N-Me's French Country Prints, Pink Rose, I was able to create a card set and a matching box to hold it. After you learn how to print the files, you'll find it's quite easy. So after I show you my project I'll guide you with the basic printing instructions, so you can replicate what I made.

This box is 5"x 6.5"x 2/8" and the one layered cards that it contains are 5 2/8"x 4". The basic materials I used were the images, white cardstock, a paper trimmer (with a score blade) and of course my printer. 

Now, to print the box the first thing you need to do is create a copy of the file right beside it in the same folder, and rotate it twice, clockwise:

Then in order to print the structure of the box, you'll need to select "FrenchRose-2" and "FrenchRose-2b", right click and print. Once the printer's window pops, it's time to customize size and other aspects: Select size 5 x 7", and unmark the "fit picture to frame" button (under the image). I printed my images in letter sized white cardstock.

Now it's time to score, cut and glue the box together. On the image below I marked in red the lines you should score and in green the ones you should cut.

Once you're done, you are left with two flaps on the side, already scored, that you have to fold towards the inside and glue to the front side of the print (which has no flaps as shown above).

To finish the box you need to add a top flap. I used a 3"x 6 1/2" piece of cardstock and attached it to the back of the box from the inside. I embellished the flap with lace, die cut borders and ribbon to give the box a shabby chic feel.

To print the cards, you will need to print the image rotated twice clockwise (upside down). Select size  4" x 6" and again unmark the "fit picture to frame" button. Once printed all you need to do is cut (shown below in green) and score and fold (shown below in red).

I hope you like my project and that you find this tutorial useful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Don't forget to check out Ewe-N-Me's French Country Prints (here), you are going to love them! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

This project is participating in:
Anything Goes - Word Art Wednesday
Anything Goes - Rhedd and Rosie's 
Anything but a card - The Paper Shelter
Anything Goes - 7 Kids College Fund
Anything Goes - Crafting by Designs

15 June 2014

Double Fold Card - Cardabilities #101

Hello and welcome to a new challenge post for Cardabilities. I can't believe how fast time has gone by. Still, I'm excited to share with you a new project using this fabulous sketch: 

As always, five designers will be chosen and featured on Cardabilities during the next reveal. So, to motivate you to join the challenge, I made this double fold card:

Spellbinders: Gold Elements One, Small Labels, Large Labels, A2 Matting Basics A
Graciellie Design Paper - Summer Joy
Prima stamps - Lady Bird

Adhesives: Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Uhu glue stick, Elmer's glue all
Merletto pearls and crystals
Other generic materials
Cardstocks: Lezard in soft yellow, Feuille in sand beige, Linen in white
5/8" and 7/8" gross grain ribbon in sand beige
1/4" gold edge satin ribbon in vintage gold

To make this card I cut a regular card base and then added one more piece to complete the double fold. After covering the front with patterned paper, I die cut a label shaped window which also frames the image that is attached to the inner fold. To achieve the sketch I used a flourish and some ribbon. And to accent the design I distressed the front of the cardbase with ink and folding.

For the second fold I created a filigree pattern that lets you see through to the inside of the card and added some ribbon. Finally the inside is layered with beige cardstock, where you can write a message or add an inner sentiment. I like how you can see a hint of all those inner layers through the front window.

I was trying to achieve a victorian/vintage look for a summer card. Yellow will be my new pink this summer (I hope) :D Also with the Fifa World Cup going on just now, yellow is possibly in eeeveryone's mind. I know many look forward to winning the cup this time, but we are going to win it again! lol. Both my countries are competing (Honduras / Brazil), so it will be one exciting cup.

Once more I had lots of fun working with this great sketch and playing with my new digital paper pack. I hope you too feel inspired by the sketch and try it out. To join our challenge all you need to do is visit Cardabilities blog, follow instructions and link up your creation. I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Have a wonderful and creative week! Hasta la próxima...

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes - Simon Says Monday Challenge