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House of Cards Inspiration Challenge + Video Tutorial!

My oh my, does time fly by! It's the start of a brand new shiny term at House of Cards and this month our challenge is Food and/or Color Inspiration.

I love the image for the challenge but I decided to go with the color inspiration this time adding all the different hues to my handmade flowers and also using a fun patterned paper! I've been into fun elements like beads and badge buttons instead of stamped sentiments, especially for my HOC cards. This month's theme and fresh and warm colors sure allows to experiment with textures, elements and designs so I hope you feel inspired to join us!

In addition to my card I also prepared a video for you, a tutorial on how I made and colored these flowers. You won't believe how simple they are to make and the unconventional medium I used to colored them! Hit play to watch:

I invite you to hop along and see all the cards that the designers created this month! For more details and to join the challenge please click HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and video tutorial. NOTE: Next week's tutorial is the last in this series, and I will have some GREAT giveaways for you! So mark your calendars and subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out!

I'm so glad you stopped by today dear friends! I'll be back soon with more content for you!

I'm sharing this card with: Mod Squad Challenge - Pattern Paper / Card Mania - Anything Goes / 4 Crafty Chicks - No Stamping / Frilly & Funky - Something to Say / Simon Says Mon - Summer / Simon Says Wed - We're Going Dotty / Word Art Wed - Anything Goes / Stampin'Royalty - Flowers / Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Vintage~Shabby Chic

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  1. Fabulous creation always, love your handmade flowers with beautiful backing papers and layering! Thanks for sharing th e tutorial, love to watch!!!

  2. Your card is gorgeous and I love those flowers. Great tutorial too :)

  3. Wow, Gracie, this card is amazing! LOVE those colors and all your pretty details! Just beautiful!
    Take Care!
    Michele, HOC teamie!

  4. Beautiful card Gracie! I love your flower tutorials - I've learned a lot from them! Have a great day!

  5. Beautiful card and I just love your flower tutorial - that is something that I really need to improve so thank you for sharing how you created them with us. Looking forward to working with you and seeing more of your beautiful projects Karen (new HOC DT)

  6. Wow stunning flowers here on this lovely cards.
    (✿*‿*) Ma
    Teamie HOC

  7. Gorgeous card Gracie and stunning flowers as always, great tutorial! Donna T (HOC DT)

  8. Gracie, this is spectacular. Your handmade flowers are stunning and the colors are indeed sweet summertime! :o) I love how your card is a combination of elegant and whimsy, which is one of my favorite things. Beautifully done as always, my friend. I look forward to watching your video tonight when I'm free of interruption! :o) Have a lovely evening.

    Hugs and blessings,

  9. Girl, this is fabulous! I cannot believe you made those flowers! Seriously?! Beautiful!

    HOC DT Teamie

  10. Hello, dear friend! This is just GORGEOUS beyond description! LOVE these fabulous blooms--thank you for inspiring me! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  11. Gracie, this is absolutely STUNNING! Thanks for your welcome. I look forward to getting to know and working with you.
    HOC teamie xxx

  12. Oh my, Gracie, these flowers are truly stunning!! -- I'm very impressed by the gorgeous card you made!! - You're so talented!
    Thanks for the super tutorial, you share with us!!
    Hugs, Rosi

  13. Wow those flowers are awesome! Beautiful work!

  14. ADORABLE FLOWER Gracie and the color are really fit our color inspiration challenge
    you made a beautiful card on this post
    love love love this Gracie
    see you soon on my Blog teamie
    hugs, Monika (teamie at HOC)

  15. Your card is gorgeous, all those intricate details and the stunning flowers! Thank you for joining us over at Stampin' Royalty, we hope to see you soon again! Karola, Guest DT, InvisiblePinkCards

  16. Super gorgeous flowers. Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

  17. Love your card, design and handmade flowers. I'm learning a lot from your tutorials. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow! Amazing card and those flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for the warm welcome! I am so happy to be a part of HOC!! jane

  19. The card is simply fabulous, thank you so much for the tutorial, it's very inspiring.

    Love and hugs

  20. Stunning card and brilliant tutorial too, Gracie, thanks so much for taking the time to share. Really appreciate it..and wonderful use of papa asteops to colour too,
    Shaz in oz,x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  21. WOW, this is stunning. Love your flowers and colors. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  22. This card is A-MA-ZING! I loved the look of it from the thumbnail I saw on Simon Says, but when I got a closer look, I was even more impressed! Being an English major and a total lit nerd, I adored the typewriter background! And I thought it was so clever of you to mix elegant florals with a piece of retro technology like typewriters. Brilliant! And the color palette could not have been more perfect. I also loved the straight lines of the typewriters against all those fabulous swirls and curls and lacey edges. This is truly a stunning piece and I'm so glad you shared it with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  24. Love the lush flowers and your tutorial. You make it look easy but I know it needs a load of patience just to make one...LOL. I made one similar to this before and it can eat up a lot of time...Nevertheless, they are truly pretty! We appreciate you joining our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday and hope you join us again this week for a brand new challenge. Leaving you the hope only God's Word can provide in Joshua 1:9 and it says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Have an awesome week!

    JO ANN

  25. You are really becoming an expert flower maker, Gracie! They are gorgeous, and I love watching your video tutorials. Fabulous card! Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  26. Stunning and gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  27. So sweet! I love this color combination. Thanks so much for joining us for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

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  29. Loving this colour combo and those delicious flowers! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  30. Amazing card, love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Card Mania this time and hope to see you again soon :)

  31. Amazing card, love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Card Mania this time and hope to see you again soon :)

  32. Wow, this is a wonderful creation! Choice of colours is beautiful! I love flowers and design!

    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

  33. Your card is beautiful! Jo x (HOC newbie)

  34. Wow! As always your card is gorgeous! I love how you used typewriters in the background. Very cool! :) Hugs! Katy HOC DT

  35. Beautiful:) Thanks for sharing it with us for Card Mania Challenge.
    Good Luck!
    Marzena DT

  36. Beautiful card, as always! =)
    Thanks for the video!
    The Leaf Studio


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