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Video Tutorial: Quick New Year's Card with Simple Stories & Deco Foil

I'm back with a fun and really easy to make card for the Holidays or the New Year and I have a video tutorial with Therm O Web today. I'm sure we all are rushing at the very last minute looking for tags and cards and wrapping gifts... I know I always am. That is why my latest Holiday projects have been on the quick and easy side so you can try them out if you need to!

The usual theme for New Year's cards is usually monochromatic, metallic... But, what if we used colorful Holiday colors instead? Why not? Well, this time you'll see me use papers from Simple Stories Very Merry Collection.

Video Tutorial
This is short and sweet video tutorial where I show you how I put together this card. Really with card designing the hard part is figuring out what you want your card to look like in the end but once you have figured out what elements you'll be adding and where you will be placing them the card comes together pretty fast. So the behind the scenes may not have been as qu…

Art Journal Spread: You are the Spark

I've noticed that my creative process is very intuitive and usually impulsed by strong emotions, from dissapointment to utter joy... I'm learning to embrace it and that is how all of a sudden I've found myself drawing more than ever. Of course, this is not only about drawing to me, it's far more significant and spiritual.

Today's art journal spread came from a place of happiness and content. I sketched my girl, left it there and came back to work on it again yesterday. Again, my heart was in a happy place when I started painting and although I didn't know the details and the story that would emerge, the final meaning of these pages turned out to be very significant to me.

How I painted my pages
For the first time ever, I painted my pages with gouache. My husband got me lots of coloring media on his last work trip to China, including a large Marie's Extra Fine Gouache set of 36. I enjoyed working with them. It makes so much sense that artists often use gouach…

WINNERS + Last Minute Gifts for Christmas: Apron Gift Card Holders

Christmas is upon us and I know many of us end up wrapping gifts and making tags and cards in a rush on Christmas Eve. So I am planning ahead preparing some outside of the box last minute gift ideas. This time I'm sharing these cute Christmas Apron gift / money holders!

New Holiday Traditions Papers
These sweet aprons look perfect thanks to our new digital papers from Holiday Traditions. You can find those here. They are super affordable and you can print them as many times as you like to recreate the same look on several projects. Also, I was able to get to aprons per printed 8 1/2" by 11" sheet. I printed them in a regular inkjet printer and used it to cut the pieces of this SVG file.

I used the Precious Giftables cartridge -or should I say Christmas giftables- by the lovely Anna Griffin. It includes two pocketsm, one that you can see on the pictures to place a small card, and another one on the back that is perfect for your money gifts. So yes, they are very practical …

Using Aquapastels on my Bible: Tips with The Crafter's Workshop

I guess I want to compensate for the weeks I wasn't able to share any Art / Bible Journaling and so today, for the second time this week, I have a Bible page to share. I wanted to create a post with tips and tricks using The Crafter's WorkshopClear Gesso Matte, since it is what I use to prep my pages.

Tips & More Bible Journaling Pages
Click here to visit TCW's blog and read my post for today in which I'm sharing not only tips on how I use my TCW product for Bible Journaling, but also more pages using different media to give you ideas of how well TCW's Clear Gesso Matte and stencils work!

The main coloring media I used on this page were Jane Davenport Aquapastels -beautiful watercolor crayons that are a must-have-, Sharpie Acrylic Paint Marker in White, A bit of Prismacolor pencils just to add detail here and there, some PanPastel for the background and a bit of Distress Oxide Ink to stencil some distressed patterns. The verse from my kit The Vine was stamped wi…

Living Hope: Bible Journaling Page with Unity Stamps Co. & Distress Oxide Inks

Today I wanted to stop by and share a new Bible Journaling page I worked on this morning. I know I had promised you to come back every weekend with a new art journaling inspiration project and that has not happened in the last couple of weeks. That is why I decided to come today, just because, to share a page inspired on a verse that blessed my life yesterday during a new church we visited, called Living Hope. This is the church's verse and of course I had to journal it.

Hope is such a powerful word. We literally hold on to our hope during these trying times the world is going through. It seems like chaos, confusion and tragedy are everywhere we look at. But when that hope is a hope that relies on our Lord, we remain strong and positive. I know it is hard to realize when we are surrounded by personal challenges, bad health, family conflicts, social crisis, a suffering economy and more, but this verse is a reminder that we have a living hope in Jesus for a bright, good and blessed …

Winter Snow Cards - Stenciled Snowflakes with TCW Stencils & Therm O Web

I'm back with a new idea for Christmas, with a set of stenciled snowflakes card. I love winter themed cards and these backgrounds turned out so nice with the blue watercolored base. I think you'll find these cards are really easy to make. I prepared a short video to show you how I put made them.
All products used were sent by The Crafter's Workshop and Therm O Web. Nevertheless, all opinions on this post are my own.

Video Tutorial Click below to watch in just a few minutes how I put together these snowy cards! Make sure to visit The Crafter's Workshop blog to take note of all the supplies used!

I tested a couple of modeling pastes from TCW and I found that the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is great for layering stenciled textures. As you can see on the picture below the paste held its shape on top of the Decofoil Gel and you can't see a ghost trace of the previous stenciled and foiled textured.

Hope you love this idea and that you find it useful during this Holid…

New Poinsettia Stamps featuring Therm O Web - Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to our last blog hop of the year! It's been an incredible crafty year, with lots of inspiration projects to share and today is no exception. Join us as we share a beautiful collection of Christmas projects featuring Therm O Web products and Graciellie Design Digital Stamps. 

Therm O Web
We are collaborating with Therm O Web today and I'm sure you will see more of their products on our projects throughout the month. They are ever so popular for their stunning Deco Foil transfer sheets -that you know I love-, their amazing adhesive -Zots, Zips, Foam Squares and more-, and this year they've added so much more to their collection with lots of Mixed Media products for crafters. They also continue growing their Deco Foil line with more colors and finishes... We are loving the new Gina K. Designs Glitter Foils and cardstocks and that is what you will see me featuring today!

New Christmas Poinsettias
My card for today features one of our latest digital stamp sets and it is …

Shabby Chic Christmas Cards with Deco Foil + New Word Die Cuts

It's been a while since I made a shabby chic card and today I have 2 of them to share, each full of wintery layers and textures. I also will be showing you how to put together this card design on a video tutorial featuring Rebekah Meier Designs mixed media products by Therm O Web and also a new digital pack from my shop with which I made some beautiful foiled word die cuts!

Tutorial & Supplies
I invite you to visit Therm O Web's blog to see the complete list of supplies and links. This card design although very layered is not complicated to put together and I know that you will be able to duplicate it translating it to different color schemes using different patterned papers and elements! Click below to watch the video tutorial and click here to subscribe to my channel and watch many other Deco Foil tutorials!

If you are curious about these word svg die cuts, click here to see my new bundle pack that includes over 100 words and coordinating shadows! These can be resized and…

Bible Journaling with Pan Pastel, Deco Foil, TCW and Unity Stamp Co.

I promised I would be back with a new art journaling inspiration project today... This might as well become a habit! This time I have a page from Psalm 31 that I handdrawn and colored with PanPastel. The softness of the PanPastel goes so well with the bible pages and it so easy to blend and color with.
I knew I wanted a bold floral image on this page. I love floral illustrations and I had to try out this Magnolia here. I handdrawn the flower in pencil first inspired by a photograph online. This time I did not feel the need to prep my page because I was not going to be using any wet media on it. Then I started shading my flower starting with a 430.5 Magenta, adding highlights with 380.8 Red Oxide Tint and 100.5 Titanium White (trying not to touch the rest of the image and only blending it on the lightest spots of the flower). I also added 470.8 Violet Tint to create a little bit of shadows but since my coloring is usually whimsical it is ok if the tones shadows and highlights are so r…

Pretty Butterflies & Caterpillars -New Stamp Release with Unity Stamp Company-

Yes! Surprise! We have been working behind the scenes with Unity Stamp Company to bring you new rubber stamp kits! We have added 3 new kits to my rubber stamp collection for Unity and we couldn't be more excited! Today Unity's designers are sharing beautiful inspiration projects and I decided to join them too with this card and tag featuring images from the new Spark stamp kit.  
The sentiments in this kit are very meaningful to me and I always, always try to encourage and lift people's spirit with every stamp set I design, because I know just how hard life can get at times... I believe that an uplifting word can make a difference. I hope that you love this kit and that you use it a lot too.

I absolutely love the color combination on these projects! I don't remember the last time I used a deep blue like this... I'm infatuated! (smile) But it all started with the coloring of the stamped images. The coloring usually determines what I will do next with my card design…

Video Tutorial: Christmas Rosette Ornament Tags with Gina K. Designs

Today I'm back with a new video tutorial with Therm O Web, featuring Gina K. Designs new Holiday line! I'm in love with everything in this line and I'll be showing you how I used the new Therm O Web Decorative die cuts, Foil-Mates and glitter Fancy Foils! I love everything in this new release and I know you will too!

I used beautiful papers from Simple Stories on these ornament tags. I love the more muted, retro color scheme of this paper pack. This one's called Very Merry and I enjoyed working with it so very much.

Video Tutorial & Supplies Click below to watch the video tutorial. All details on the steps I followed to make this tags can be found on the video. The complete supply list can be found on the video description on YouTube and also on Therm O Web's blog. I've posted additional pictures on Therm O Web so make sure to visit their blog too!

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Elegant Christmas Gift Box and Card Idea

Every year I try to create small gifts for each holiday for my son's teachers and for family friends. I try to come up with different ideas each time. This time I decided to share one of the projects I'll be preparing for the Holidays... A decorated Christmas Gift Box that comes with a coordinating card. 
This idea started off with this card. This is -I believe- my first purple Christmas card ever and I find the color combination to be so elegant. I used beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and stunning ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I'm also featuring stamps and papers from my new Holiday collection.

This stamp set is called Cheery Christmas and you can find it in digital format here. Of course, we have made these images available also as a rubber stamp kit at Unity Stamp Company (which is so detailed). I decided to use the digital version of this stamp set for this card. I sized the Christmas wreath and sentiment to fit the entire front of my card. I colored the…