28 November 2014

Textured Clay Leaves - Ann Butler Designs

I'm delighted to be back with a new card for Ann Butler Designs. I love the versatility of Ann's Faux Quilting rubber stamps and also her Crafter's Inks, so I decided to use the stamps to add texture to clay leaves and the inks to color them too.

TUTORIAL
I have a step by step tutorial on Ann Butler Design's blog! Click here to check it out!


Other
Avery Elle - Flower die
Fancy Pants Designs - Burlaps & Bouquets
Textured cardstocks in light yellow and white
Vellum
Large Pearl stickers

I adhered 4 of the leaves around a couple of cute flowers. I also colored the flowers, and the round white layer to which I added the bouquet, with Crafter's Inks in Berry and Sunshine. The Berry ink once combined with the yellow, became a nice, soft peach. The colors blended nicely giving the cardstock a dégradé effect! I used a piece of green patterned paper that goes along perfectly with the leaves and extends the texture and green tones to the card base.

This little squared card was finished with a heat embossed Spanish sentiment on a vellum banner.


I hope you liked my card! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Masculine Christmas Card - Our Daily Bread Designs

What a privilege it has been to join Our Daily Bread Designs' talented team this month as their guest designer! I'm so thankful!

Today I'm sharing a masculine card. This card is quite simple. I wanted to make a narrow card, that would fit in a tag envelope, so I altered the frame from Flourished Star Pattern Die Set cutting it in half vertically and adhering the halves one on top of the other. To hide the alteration a bit I added a piece of tan gross grain ribbon that also gives the card a rustic feel to the design.


Supplies
Flourished Star Pattern Die Set
Splendorous Stars Die Set
Snowflake Star Stamp Set
Winter Collection Paper Pack

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little card today! Thanks so very much for everyone's support and encouraging comments at ODBD!!!

Thank you for stopping by!

27 November 2014

Butterfly Canvases with Cottonwood Arts

This month Sin City Stamps partnered with Cottonwood Arts. I love CA's canvases and I've enjoyed making projects with them during the last months. Let's take a look at a set of butterfly canvases I presented separately, but that were designed to go together as a set.




I used a stamp set called Love of Butterflies on both projects. It's a plate of rubber you can find on Sin City Stamps store!

There are step by step tutorials available for both canvases. Visit my snapguide page or Sin City Stamps blog to check them out!

Hope you are inspired to get some Cottonwood Arts canvases or journals to try out some mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

25 November 2014

Embellished Canvas

Ann Butler Designs has partnered with Enviromental Technologies and the team has been busy creating projects using resin pieces and more that are being featured on ETI's blog! I created a canvas using lots of Ann Butler Designs inks and a couple of paints, and I made lots of pretty vintage embellishments with resin to embellish it!

TUTORIAL
I have a complete tutorial for you to check out, were I show you how I made my canvas, step by step! CLICK HERE to check it out!


On the other hand, I want to take a minute to remember and honor my father... Today is a very special day since it would have been my father's birthday if he were alive. We miss him every single day! May the Lord continue to bless him.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to submit my canvas to:
City Crafter - Favorite Techniques (mixed media layering)



24 November 2014

Stripes 'n Snowflakes

A new challenge is up at Classy Cards 'n Such: Christmas Brights, and I decided to mix a few patterns with bright colors to create my card this week! I certainly went a little CAS with this one!


I used Spellbinders dies mostly to make my card. I altered some Fancy Label Tags Two die cuts, cut them in half and used them as borders, adhering them to the back of the yellow block.

I mixed two different snowflake sets to create that large snowflake. The largest snowflake was die cut with the Snowflake Pendant set from Spellbinders and the smallest one was cut with the Snowflake set from Stampendous. I double mounted the snowflakes to give them more dimension and embellished them with some Baby Rhinestones Silver.


Supplies
A2 Matting Basics A
Fancy Label Tags Two
Classic Edges Two
Baby Rhinestones - Silver
1/4" Scor-Tape

I invite you to stop by Classy Cards 'n Such shop today! Some of the supplies I used can be found on the Clearance section, so don't miss out! Remember to use my code Gracie-10 to get an additional 10% off!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by.

21 November 2014

Christmas Tag

I have a Christmas tag to share with you today, made with Ewe-N-Me Printables' Cocoa/Treat Envelope - Holiday Kris 101. I love this vintage Santa image.


I printed the Holiday Kris 101 image and die cut the Santa using a label die with a delicate border. I die cut a second label from metallic embossed cardstock in cream. I mounted the Santa image to the metallic die cut and then adhered a white cardstock label on the back too, to add a message. Finally I added glitter glue to the Christmas tree on the image, trying not to wet the paper too much.


This framed Santa would certainly look great on a card too! I invite you to experiment with this lovely vintage file and find out what you can come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

18 November 2014

From All of Us

It's time for a new weekly challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Christmas Blooms. I thought I'd create a smaller card that would look great added to a gift bag.

I used Spellbinders dies to make my card. I made some white and red handmade flowers and created a nice Christmas bouquet. I used some pretty label die cuts to create a nice frame for the flowers!

 

Supplies
White Pearl Linen
1/2" Scor-Tape 
Fancy Label Tags Two
Silver detail
Baby Pearls - LeCreme 

For more on how I created this card please visit Classy Cards 'n Such! Remember to join our weekly challenge for a chance to win a little prize from the store. Also, I invite you to check out all the new goodies that have been added to the store recently (lots of Christmas supplies)!

Use my discount code to get 10% off!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


I'd like to submit my card to:
Use your Stuff - Stamps

Sketchy Colors - #234
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas



15 November 2014

Girly Christmas

Today I want to share with you a cute pink Christmas card! I thought I'd make a girly Christmas card to keep on my stash since I know there may be a Christmas newborn baby, or also a girl I could give this card to with a girly gift this year.


I decided to focus on the lovely Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock, so I die cut a layer and some filigree embellishments from it. I used white leather textured cardstock for my cardbase and top layer, which I die cut using A2 Matting Basics A. I die cut some ornament shaped windows on the top layer with Spellbinders Holiday Tags. I also added a lattice die cut from Heavyweight Vellum with Spellbinders Fancy Lattice and adhered it to the back of the top layer. Next, I attached the pink filigree ornaments to the windows using some Tombow Mono Multi Glue.


Before mounting it all to my card base I added a cute tule bow and pink ribbon. To finish the clean and cute design I added large pearls and Baby Rhinestones - Silver.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today. I invite you to visit the store to check out what's new. If you purchase some crafty goodies, don't forget to use the code Gracie-10 to get 10% off your entire order.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

14 November 2014

Splendorous Stars Collection - Our Daily Bread Designs

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs November Release. As you may know already I've been invited to join ODBD this month as a guest designer. I've been delighted with all your kind and encouraging comments, and of course I'll have a wonderful time designing with ODBD's Splendorous Stars Christmas Collection.

Here is a card and gift box set I made for today:


I wanted to create a delicate card, so I die cut the card base using the Flourished Star Pattern frame. I added a piece of lilac ribbon around the front of the card and adhered a double bow embellished with a couple of stars. I added a large sentiment, which I stamped and heat embossed in silver on a label die cut. To add contrast, I sponged the label with Memento Lulu Lavender ink.


I heat embossed in silver the largest star with a large patterned star stamp. This star stamp didn't precisely coordinate with the size of the star die, but it covered the die cut completely, and made it look great! The smaller star was die cut from lilac metallic cardstock and adorned with a small silver rhinestone.



To make the box I die cut two Flourished Star Pattern frames for it's cover and folded roughly a rectangular box with a zig zag accordion fold, as I call it. The cover was reinforced with a piece of lilac ribbon and a double bow which I decorated as the card, but I did use larger stars for it.

  Supplies

For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog where new project ideas are shared weekly! Also, I invite you to check out what the talented designers are sharing today on their blogs:

Julie * Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Stacy * Wanda * Silke * Gracie (you are here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back with a new ODBD post soon!


I'd like to share my set with:
ODBD - Holiday


13 November 2014

Thank You Canvas

This month Sin City Stamps is partnering with Cottonwood Arts. Cottonwood Arts offers a variety of art products: canvas notebooks, sketchbooks, cold press blocks and more.

Today I want to share with you a mixed media project I made with a 6 1/2" x 4" Cottonwood canvas. This canvas is really great quality... It can hold many layers of products, which makes it perfect for mixed media.

Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps Rosette Hearts stamp set
Sin City Stamps Chickenwire with Butterflies chipboard sheet
Cottonwood Arts 6 1/2" x 4" canvas
Other
Pan Pastels

Crafter's Inks
Sponge applicator
Die cuts
Gold acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Homemade gesso
Textured cardstock in white and beige
Gold embossing powder

I have a complete step by step tutorial on how to make this colorful canvas. Click here and start the guide to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

12 November 2014

Gilded Ornaments

With so many gorgeous photos for our Christmas challenges I am feeling inspired. This week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such is: Ornaments and Ribbons. I made a card in white and gold that ended up looking very elegant!


I started off by die cutting my white card base with Vintage Flourish Pattern. Then I die cut two ornaments with Spellbinders Holiday Tags, also from white cardstock. I wanted to give the ornaments a different look, so I decided I'd stencil it with Pearlescent Embossing Paste, using the Large Damask brass stencil. I applied the paste using the very useful Palette Knife. Once dried, I used a baby wipe to add some Inka Gold in yellow gold to the edges of the ornaments.


I die cut some Small Blooming Poinsettia by PoppyStamps from Riccio Astrosilver Embossed Metallic cardstock. I adhered the poinsettias to the ornnaments and embellished them with a few Baby Rhinestones - Silver.


I also stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on White Pearl Linen from Our Daily Bread Designs Silk Star stamp set in Gold detail. Next, I die cut the sentiment with Ornamental Tags Three, but I also used the same die to die cut a second tag from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders. 
I cut a piece of the gold tag, the flourish in particular, and I adhered it to the white tag.

I attached gold string and gold bows to the ornaments and mounted them to the card, together with the tag. Finally I added some more Baby Rhinestones - Silver finish the design.

I hope you feel inspired to try out this technique! Plain carstock die cuts can have a gilded look by adding some texture and metallic color to them. I can assure you it's easy and effective! 


Want to do some early Christmas shopping? Visit Classy Cards 'n Such store and use code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order! Lots of new stamps, papers, dies and ink sprays have been added recently, so don't miss a chance to check them out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to submit my card to:
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas

03 November 2014

Resplendent Christmas

Time is flying, and it seems that it'll be Christmas before we know it! So I think a good Christmas challenge is a great excuse to catch up on all those holiday cards that need to be ready on time! This week at Classy Cards 'n Such our challenge is Trim a Tree: Use a Christmas tree with Gold and/or Silver. What an elegant and classy combination for a holiday card!

I decided to make a cleaner card this week, but of course as always you'll notice I used detailed filigree dies, which I find work great with Christmas designs.


To make my card I die cut a frame from cream embossed metallic cardstock using the Vintage Flourish Pattern set. Then I die cut a Christmas tree from the silver back of a Delicate Pastels Craft Foil by Spellbinders with an old Christmas Tree die from my stash. I also die cut two stars from the silver foil and from embossed gold paper using some new dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I made my card base using A2 Matting Basics A. Before adding the die cuts I attached a piece of Old Gold - Sheer Asiana ribbon vertically to the back of the cream frame. I adhered these intricate dies with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. Finally I added a little gold bow to the bottom of the silver tree.

For added inspiration please visit our blog to check out what my teammates created for the challenge this week. I invite you to link up your gold/silver Christmas creation for a chance to win a prize from the store!

Remember that you can find most of the supplies used on Classy Cards 'n Such store. Don't forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

I'd like to submit my card to:
Metal - My Craft Spot


01 November 2014

Our Daily Bread Designs - November New Release

Welcome to a special post for Our Daily Bread Designs November Release! This month I'll join ODBD's talented crew as a guest designer (what a joy!). When I started sharing cards on my blog the Shining the Light challenge was one of the first challenges I participated in. The ODBD team instantly showed me their amazing support with constant words of encouragement and that is something I will always be thankful for! Of course I look up to all the designers and have become good friends with a few. So yes, it is an honor to join them this month, and I can't thank Kelley enough for her kind invitation!

I made two cards for today using the stunning dies, stamps and paper collections from this new release. For the first one I combined white, light aqua and gold, adding texture and detail with white tule, aqua ribbon, vellum and a vintage button. The stars were stamped and heat embossed with gold, and so was the sentiment. The gold button tied it all together and gave the card a nice, elegant look.

Supplies

These dies are so detailed yet so easy to use, and the die cuts come off like butter. Using the dies with their coordinating stamps and papers will give you an outstanding result every time. You'll notice I used the Flourished Star Pattern die set for both my cards (in different ways), and I die cut each card base with the largest die from the set.

My second card has a different color scheme. The earthy tones and the different patterns used give this design a nice contrast.


For this card I selected three different patterned papers with similar tones to die cut every layer. I altered the filigree frame die in three easy steps:
1. I die cut the frame and central star window;
2. Cut the frame in half vertically; and,
3. Adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other with the half star contour facing outwards.

I worked with the ombre pattern of one of the papers to give the background some depth. I die cut five stars, three from patterned paper and two from beige cardstock and gold embossed paper. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the beige star die cut and stenciled it a bit with Distress ink in Old Paper. I mounted the stars one next to the other to add dimension, and I finished the design adhering a vintage button to the filigree star.

GIVEAWAY
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards! You have until November 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win! The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on November 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Don't forget to add your comment below for a chance to win!

For more inspiration and more opportunities to win visit my fellow designers' blogs:
Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Julie * Angie * Lisa * Wanda * Grace * Silke * Sabrina * Audrey
Graciellie (You are here!)

I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards! I'll be sharing more projects for Our Daily Bread Designs throughout the month. I invite you to subscribe and join this blog so you don't miss out.

Continue to have a nice weekend!

I'd like to share my card with:
Mod Squad Challenge - Blue Christmas

Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas

Delicate Birthday Butterflies - House of Cards

It's been just a few days since my last post for House of Cards Challenge. Things have changed a bit for the better! Now all of us, the designers from all the different style teams, are going to share our projects for the challenge every 1st of the month on our blogs. We are also going to be adding our creations to the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along, visit each blog, and hopefully be inspired!

Our challenge this month is a sketch! Remember you can rotate the sketch and use it as you wish, only let us know your interpretation on your blog post or online gallery.


My card follows the sketch almost literally, except for the sentiment label, which I interpreted as a banner.  


I decided to make a shabby chic card in soft tones of lilac and blue. I used some pretty filigree dies starting with the frame, which I cut with ODBD Vintage Flourish die. I layered two elegant oval die cuts too. I wanted to add some shimmer to the card so I used metallic cardstocks for the frame and the blue oval, and I stamped and heat embossed in silver the butterflies with a newsprint stamp. The dies I used for the butterflies are very old, that set was called Butterflies Two by Spellbinders. After I heat embossed the butterflies I sponged them with Memento inks in Angel Pink and Lavender, and I gathered their center to give them some dimension.

I stamped and heat embossed in silver a Happy Birthday sentiment in Spanish, on vellum. I distressed the vellum's edges also. Of course a shabby chic card would not be complete without lace and ribbon so I finished the design adding some of that and some baby rhinestones.


View blog post for supplies


I hope you feel inspired and that you will join us this month with a card, box, layout, or whatever project your little creative heart desires. For more inspiration click HERE to check out what my teammates made. You'll find our projects on the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along and get to know each designer. By the way, I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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