31 December 2016

Blog Anniversary + Season's Giving Blog Hop & Giveaways!


Happy New Year! Every January 1st I greet you with a full heart, thankful for a new day that marks in so many ways a new beginning, not only for a new year but also for new projects and personal goals. Today also marks a special significance in my calendar because this month I celebrate my Blog Anniversary! It's been 3 years since I first had the courage to write my first post. I've grown so much creatively that all I can do is share my joy and gratitude with you, my followers, with a massive celebration!

Best of 2016


One of the things that motivated me to jump in and start sharing my love for crafting with the world was an exciting online event... The amazing group of blogs that come together every year to celebrate the Season's Givings Blog Hop! So why not merge two awesome events into one incredible giveaway?

Today, to help me celebrate, some wonderful friends from the industry and I have come up with over $100 in prizes! I am giving away 3 prize packages to 3 lucky winners! For a chance to win:

1. Subscribe to my blog newsletter -on sidebar- and confirm your subscription -to be sent to your email-.
2. Subscribe to my social media -on sidebar-. You can find Graciellie Design on Facebook, Instragram, Twitter and Etsy.
3. Comment below and tell me your goal for 2017!


-Prize #1-

Paper Temptress
$25 gift card

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
$20 gift card


-Prize #2-

Sunny Studio Stamps 
$20 gift card
*See shipping restrictions here.

Gina K. Designs 
$25 gift card


-Prize #3-

Therm O Web 
$50 Decofoil Package
*Winner can pick their favorite foil colors!
Graciellie Design 
$20 gift card

Next in the list is the talented Stephanie Klauck! If you got lost along the way, check the complete blog hop list below.

Season's Giving Blog Hop





































































----- Gracie Chavez -----








I wish you a great new year... Hope it is a crafty one too! Please don't be a stranger! I look forward to a fun and creative 2017, with lots of project ideas and inspiration to share with you! Be sure to check your email subscription as we will be announcing the winners of today's prizes very soon! (You can always check on the winner's list under the free content tab.)


29 December 2016

2016: A Year in Review - Easy Cardmaking Techniques to Try Out!

Foil Stamping: 3 ways


This year I tried out the trendy look of foil on cards in as many ways possible. Here are 2 different techniques I used to stamp with foil:

Foiling without expensive tools, using traditional rubber stamps is possible. This technique requires a bit of time and patience and won't give you perfect, even foiling as when using a laminator, but the result is equally stunning!


Though some still haven't jumped into the world of digital stamping, "digis" have proven to be so versatile over and over again. Use a laser printer and a laminator for a quick foiled result (here) or use a regular ink jet printer, embossing powder and a heat gun (here).

Though you can use clear stamps to foil images just as you do with rubber stamps, this technique uses embossing powder and a laminator which makes the task even easier. 

Ombre Backgrounds


Use the inks on your stash to create a fresh, colorful background and even add some texture to it with some embossing. All you need is inks, sponge daubers and an embossing folder!

Gold dipping has been trendy for a while now and you sure can translate that cool look to your cards too! This technique gives your usual stenciling a twist to achieve a modern, colorful ombre look with a metallic touch!

Heat Embossing Digital Stamps 

Heat embossing has been usually used only with traditional stamps, but it is possible to do it with digital images too! The trick? Using a regular laser printer on glossy papers that allow the ink to dry slower (watch video here).

More inspiration here.
 

Distressed Foiling

Another fun, unconventional way to use foil is adding distressed touches to patterned paper or even regular solid colored cardstock. There are many ways and many distressed effects you can achieve depending on the application you use (meaning type of glue and tool used to apply), but this is certainly a super easy way that doesn't necessarily requires a laminator (you can skip that step) and will give you a striking unique effect every time (here).

Foil Resist Watercoloring 

Stamp foiling can be taken to another level using this technique. Watercolors give you a beautiful result every time... Now imagine it paired with foil! Just a few splashes of ink sprays or other water reactive mediums will help you get this effect (here and here).



Foiling Transparencies 

Another fun way of using foil is on transparencies. I've tried it out on acetate and heavyweight vellum, both with the help of a laser printer. Vellum can be foiled without a laminator using the technique shown before (here), but make sure to check out how I created these two cards to create custom foiled elements (here) and foiled vellum backgrounds with digital patterned papers (here).



I was drawn to try out different tools and mediums this year... I hope you feel inspired to let your creative curiosity and imagination run wild the upcoming year just as I plan too! I look forward to continuing to play with my stash and explore my craft even more!

As a thank you for being part of my journey on the blog this year, I prepared a couple of freebies you might like to grab! Find links to download on my previous post (here).

Also, I invite you to my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

22 December 2016

Decofoil Stamping: Mixed Media Poinsettia Card + Christmas Freebies!

Merry Christmas! I couldn't miss the opportunity to share my final Christmas card of the year with you! This time I am sharing a mixed media card in warm traditional colors. I got the chance to use some mediums I had almost forgotten I had, so that makes my little crafty heart happy!




Supplies:
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders - Heirloom Oval, Damask Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, 5 x 7 Matting Card Basics A, Exquisite Labels 11 / Poppystamps - Holiday Winterberries / ODBD - Fancy Foliage / Die-namites - Budding Branch
Stamp: Graciellie Design Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks - Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Adhesives: Thermoweb - iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive, Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine / Mini Minc / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Umbrella Crafts Sponge Dauber / Small brush / SU Paper piercing tool / Samsung ML2020W Laser Printer
Embellishments:  May Arts - 1" Ivory Crinkle Ribbon, 3" Olive Tulle, 5/8" Olive Green Raffia Bows / White pearls / Silver hologram jewels / Styrofoam /
Other: Decofoil Transfer Sheets - Silver, Red, Pewter / Snow-tex / Twinklets Diamond Dust / DecoArt Media Crackle Paint - White / Pan Pastel - Titanium White, Silver


I've been using decofoil so much lately and something tells me I won't stop using it any time soon! It just gives your projects such a unique look... It really takes a card to the next level. This time though I used it to stamp my flower. Of course this poinsettia is a digital stamp, which means I went ahead and printed it with a laser printer and used a laminator with some red decofoil transfer sheet to foil the flower. Once your image is foiled it works just as it would with heat embossing, so you can play with a fun foil resist technique. I colored the poinsettia with a Barn Door diy Distress Spray Ink, sponged it with ink and even rubbed some Titanium White Pan Pastel to add highlights -my new favorite mixed media technique-. To make the center of the flower I crushed some styrofoam and glued it with mixed media adhesive.


For that lovely touch of snow I used Snowtex on the leaves and Twinklets on the center of the flower. I had not used these two in way too long so I was glad to add them to this card! Clearly I layered many embellishments and die cuts to frame the poinsettia and used a bit more of foil on a few die cuts to add some interest. There are many ways to foil cardstock for die cutting but this time I used Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive sheets. You need to run your cardstock twice through your laminator when you use these sheets, one to stick the adhesive sheet to your cardstock and a second time to foil it. I added texture using different kinds of ribbons too and finished off my card with pearls and jewel stickers.

I hope you find inspiration on today's card! I bet there's still a few cards and tags you need to put together so I hope this gives you a few ideas. But before I go, I have a little Christmas present for you, my followers... Two digital stamp sets available for instant download, both celebrate the season with fun and inspiring sentiments and pretty images! Enjoy!

Download here

 Download here

I'm also spreading the joy of the season with an awesome sale!

Grab our new holiday stamps and papers for just $8.75.
That's right the complete Christmas collection, including papers! I know these will come in handy for those late minute cards and tags, so don't miss the chance to get them now!




Here's another little idea for you! Upcycled kraft bags made into foiled wrapping paper & tag using my Black & White Patterns Digital Stamp Set and the new Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set. Teachers loved these custom wrapped XL chocolate bars! (I got a bar for myself too... shh... lol)

I send warm wishes to you, hoping you have a peaceful, joyful Christmas, full of gifts, including those for the soul, surrounded by loved ones that truly make you feel loved as well. (If you were to be alone, be alone with the certainty that the Lord's love surrounds you too on His day.) Good food, good company and if at all possible a bag of crafty gifts... That is my Christmas wish for you! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PS: Please mark your calendars for my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

Sharing with: Word Art Wednesday - AG / Cards und More - Christmas / Inky Chicks - Traditional Colors Christmas / SSS Wednesday - Make it Sparkle / Three Muses - Frame / Unicorn Challenge - Add Glitter / Shopping Our Stash - Winter Wonderland / Sunny Day Crafting - AG / Through the Craft Room Door - AG / Love to Scrap - AG / Sparkle n Sprinkle - AG / The Paper Girls - AG / Use your Stuff - AG / Love to Create - AG / Mixed Media World - AG / The Ribbon Girls - Any Image / Stamping Sensations - Floral Fancies / Great Impressions - AG / Jingle Belles - December Challenge / A Vintage Journey - Winter Magic


01 December 2016

Layered Poinsettia Canvas
- DIY Christmas Crafts & Holiday Decor -

'Tis the season to be crafty... Yes, it's time for holiday crafts! If you've followed my tutorials you've noticed that I've made a few DIY Christmas decor projects since last year. Today I have a poinsettia canvas with lots of layers for a full, tridimensional look. My Christmas decor theme is usually white, cream, gold and bronze. I went ahead and used elements in the same color scheme for my mini media canvas too.





Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon - 1 inch Gold Faux Suede Leaves, STRING/BURLAP – IRIDESCENT WHITE, 1.5 inch White Lace with Ivory Satin Center Ribbon, 3/4 inch Ivory Lace with Pearl Center Ribbon, 3/8 Inch Multi-Size Beaded String – Ivory, 1 Inch SOLID/WRINKLED – IVORY, 5 inch Ivory Tulle
Die Cuts - Spellbinders: Layered Poinsettia / Prima: Forest Leaves
Stamps - Justrite: Festive Poinsettia
Embellishments - Eyelet Outlet: 12mm sticker jewels in white, gold and flower / Twinklets Diamond Dust / Bead Landing word beads / Miscelaneous: Vintage buttons, large pearl stickers, rhinestone stickers, Christmas tree mesh
Adhesives - 3M spray adhesive / UHU all purpose adhesive / hot glue
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine, American Crafts heat tool, Stanley mini glue gun, SU Simply Scored Stylus, Stamping block
Other - Therm O Web: Amber Watercolor decofoil, Gold decofoil / Cottonwood Arts


To create this piece I started off by putting together the multi layered poinsettias. Click below to learn how I made them.



Layering the canvas is not as difficult as it seems, but again I mixed many different materials:

1. Use spray adhesive to attach gold Christmas tree mesh. (I used a delicate fishnet mesh.)
2. Add several pieces of lace and ribbon to one side of the canvas. (I attached pearl center lace on top of gold satin ribbon.)
3. Make a triple bow from white crinkle ribbon, layer it with iridiscent and pearl beaded string.
4. Gather together tulle ribbon and attach it underneath the white bow.
5. Add the poinsettias on top of the bow.
6. Embellish the tulle with jewels, rhinestones and buttons.
7. Die cut leaves in white cardstock, adding Diamond Dust or any kind of snow glitter and adhere them around the flowers.
8. Die cut more leaves and foil them with decofoil. (I used a multi colored foil.) Adhere the foiled leaves around the flowers.
9. Add a sentiment. (I used a bead word.)

I hope you are inspired to create your own DIY decor pieces this Christmas using craft supplies you already own! This piece is now sitting on one of my book shelves and it goes along perfectly with the rest of our Christmas decor.

For even more inspiration check out our 
Most pinned Christmas card of the year...(click here)





I also invite you to stop by our Etsy shop and check out our NEW Christmas Collection Stamps and Papers! They are available for instant download and just perfect for those last minute cards and tags! 

Click here to shop.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful and creative holiday season! Until next time.

Sharing with the following challenges: Frilly & Funky - Home for the Holidays / House of Cards - December challenge & DT call / The Mixed Media Challenge - Merry & Bright / Pearly Sparkles - Merry Christmas / As you like it Challenge - Favorite Gold or Silver / Moving Along with the Times - AG Christmas / Word Art Wednesday - AG / Crimbo Crackers - Non-traditional Christmas / Retarte - AG


10 November 2016

New Christmas Collection Stamps
- Available Now on Etsy -

We are ready for our last stamp and paper release of the year! We've prepared a versatile selection of digital goodies that will make your printables, cards and tags stand out this season.

Here is our 2016 Christmas Collection.





These images are perfect for paper crafters! Use them as they are for a monochromatic look or foil them for a modern finish, These of course are easy and great to color too, so you will have lots of fun with each of these sets.


Our special edition papers are too so lovely! They are a mix of vintage and elegant designs that I know you will enjoy working with. Here are some beautiful projects created by Autumn from Sew Paper Paint using our Christmas papers in even non-holiday cards. (more on her projects here).




All the sets shown above are available individually or as a bundle! 
Make sure you visit the SHOP today. Bundles may only be available for a limited time, so get them before they're gone! 
Find our new Christmas Collection here
Find our new Christmas Collection Bundle here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Will be waiting for you at our Etsy shop. Make sure you leave us a comment / review on the shop too! Until next time!

16 October 2016

Fall Fest Blog Hop DAY 2
All Fall Stamp Sets on Sale

Welcome to DAY 2 of our Fall Fest Blog Hop celebration. If you missed DAY 1 click here. We are giving away a new prize every day so don't miss the chance to win!

Besides the inspiration and giveaways we have ALL our Fall inspired stamp sets ON SALE at Graciellie Design, no code needed. Click here to visit the SHOP





Stop by the links below and leave a comment letting us know which is your favorite Fall inspired stamp set.

For an extra entry: 
1. Like, share and leave a comment on today's post at Graciellie Design's official Facebook page. 
2. Like and tag a friend in a comment on today's post at Graciellie Design's official Instagram page.

- Winners will be announced on Graciellie Design's Facebook page on October 29th. - 
Make sure to come back tomorrow for DAY 3 of our Fall Fest blog hop. See you then!

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