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Watercolored Dog Roses with New Stamps by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

As you may know I am now part of Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps creative team, but today I’m also sharing a new stamp set I had the honor of creating for the company: Floral GreetingsI had the absolute joy to put together this set for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps that includes two beautiful floral images and a collection of greetings for every occasion!

My card for today is very clean with a striking color palette. I wanted the flowers to stand out more than anything else. I colored them -guiding myself by dog roses pictures- in two tones of pink and decoupaged them to add more dimension.

To create the decoupage effect I stamped the dogrose branch twice to the background and colored the images. I also stamped the flowers on another piece of white cardstock and colored them. I then fussy cut them and adhere them on top of the previously stamped background, offsetting the flowers a bit to make them look fuller. I also added some sparkle to the images with a shimmer spray.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Make sure to take a minute and stop by the shop to take a closer look to this and other new stamps from our new release at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Have a crafty, happy weekend!

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Soft Shabby Chic Birthday Card – Mixing Textures & Embellishments –

Adding various textures and embellishments is an essential part of a shabby chic design. All the different elements contribute to the dimension of the card and there is almost no limit as too how much you can add to it. Today I’m sharing a birthday card and a few tips and tricks I follow when creating a mixed media card like this.

Main Supplies
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Elegant Ovals, Classic Ovals Small, A2 Scalloped Borders One, A2 Valiant Honor / Our Daily Bread Designs: Angel Wings, Fancy Foliage
Stamps – Graciellie Design: Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Paper – Our Daily Bread Designs: Shabby Rose Collection
Ranger: Dried Marigold re-inker, Mini Mister, Blending Tool, Old Paper Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste
SU Rhinestones
Miscelaneous – Resin heart, wood bird embellishment, pearl flower stamens, 2″ white lace, 6/8″ iridiscent lace, tulle, white acrylic paint, brush, Leather textured cardstock in white and beige.


Tips on creating Shabby Chic projects:

1. Embossing – Texture or embossing paste looks great on a background, and one great tip is you can DIY your own texture paste using baby powder, white glue and white acrylic paint.

2. Stenciling – As for stencils, you can find affordable stencils everywhere. On this card I actually used a very inexpensive stencil I found on a hardware store. 
3. Distress – Another technique you can try out to add texture is to tear, fold or roll your front card layer just as I did here around the edges, and I even tucked a piece of lace underneath.
4. Ribbons & Lace – Add a lot of crinkle ribbon, lace, tulle, gauze or other similar textures, which will give the design the shabby chic look you’re looking for.
5. Embellishments – These are important too, from pearls to wood elements, flower stamens, rhinestones, buttons, die cuts and even resin or clay pieces, almost anything goes with layered shabby chic cards. I learned to make my own resin and clay embellishments using homemade molds. You can try out making your own molds using pieces you already have at home and Easy Mold Silicon Putty. You don’t neccesarily need to make the embellishments out of resin, you can also make them from Air Dry Clay which is faster and easier!
6. Splashes of paint and ink – From sprayed cardstock to droplets of ink, this gives the card the final aged look and it also adds depth to the design. You can create your own ink spray by mixing a bit of re-inker with water. You can also use inexpensive white acrylic paint to add a white patina effect to the embellishments (just like I did with the pink resin heart).

    I hope today’s card and post are helpful to you. Remember each of our creative journeys is different, so don’t feel pressure on using elaborate and/or expensive elements on your cards. Look for things you already have in your stash and play with them to layer your projects!

    To check out this and other new stamp sets click here.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – Spritz and Spray / Mod Squad Challenge – Hearts and Flowers / Craft-Dee Bowz – February Challenge / Frilly and Funkie – Enjoy your Embossing / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Have a Heart / Great Impressions – Let’s Celebrate / Pile it On – Homemade Embellishments / Card n Scrap – Sketch /

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    Join my birthday GIVEAWAY + 7 prizes

    Today’s my birthday, and I enjoy celebrating it with you all! I have 7 prizes with which I put together THREE packages to give away today and there many ways to win!

    1st. Prize: To win the 1st. prize follow this steps:
    a) Subscribe to my blog’s newsletter (right column)
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    $15 Gift Certificate

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    1 Issue from

    Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine

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    To win the second prize follow this steps:
    a) Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE
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     A Space Party Cricut Cartridge
    sponsored by Laurie from HIMCR Challenge Blog
    Digital Stamp Set designed by 
    Mynn Kitchen from On a Stampage blog
    3rd. Prize

    To win the 3rd. prize follow this steps:

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    2 Heart Stencils designed by
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    that I think go along nicely with the stencils!
    I want to thank all my great crafty friends that got together to sponsor this event. Please click on the links and visit their sites… I know they’ll be glad to know you visited!

    This giveaway is going to run for 2 weeks. I will announce the winners on June 15th here on the blog! Make sure you come back to check if you won. If you subscribe to my blog’s newsletter you’ll get an email with the winner’s post.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and joining this event! Off to eat birthday cake!

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    Happy Birthday – ODBD No Coloring

    It’s time for the last challenge of the month on Our Daily Bread Designs! Our challenge this week is No Coloring. Since my husband’s birthday is approaching I decided to create a clean and simple birthday card for him, using stamps and dies from the new release.

    I stamped the new Life is a Gift image twice and added a tiny bit of glitter glue to it. I stamped and heat embossed in silver the word happy from the same set on vellum and then used the “birthday” word from the new Happy Birthday Dies to complete the phrase adhering the word die on the stamped vellum.

    To finish my CAS design I created a simple frame combining the largest die from Flourished Star Pattern and a smaller matting basics die.

    To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC228 or to join the challenge click here. You have until March 1, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

    Please take some time to visit my DT sisters and be inspired by the beautiful cards they created for today’s challenge!
    Robin * Paula * Diana * Elizabeth * Chris

    Thanks so much for your visit!

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    Watercolored Backgrounds

    It’s time for me to share a fun tutorial using Ann Butler’s versatile products. Today I’m sharing an easy technique to give your stamped background patterns a watercolored look. Ann’s Crafter’s Inks are perfect for this technique because of their special formulation. I have a very easy to follow tutorial (here) so you can try it out too!

    Make sure you visit Ann Butler’s Designs blog to see the step by step tutorial and the list of supplies used to make these watercolored backgrounds. These bright spring colors and this technique are perfect for your upcoming spring projects!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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    A Vintage Rose & a Birthday Wish

    This week our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Pink and Polka Dots. The photo inspiration for the challenge is both fun and vintage, with those lovely porcelain dolls, but I decided to go vintage all the way with my card for today.

    I love using digital patterned papers, and I only print them on White Pearl Linen. The vintage floral paper you see me using is one I recently designed and that’s available for free download on the Freebies section (on top). I sponged the polka dot paper mixing Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks, Sunshine and Color Box Crafter’s Ink, Bark. I used a pierced matting die from Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern set to cut the patterned papers. I cut the patterned layers in halves and adhered one on top of the other to create a base for all the embellishments.

    I created a rose using Spellbinders Rose Creations and sprayed it with a mix of water and Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink in Berry, using a Spritzer Bottle. I decided I wanted to make that lovely paper flower stand out, so I created a rossette that I also colored with Crafter’s Inks and attached it to the back of the flower using an antique brad. I added more elements to the design, starting with a lovely filigree window die cut with Spellbinders Window Three, to which I also die cut a motif using the very new Majesty set. I used a gorgeous, gorgeous metallic cardstock for the window called Stardream Rose Quartz.

    I used the ink mix again to spritz to custom color a few pieces of Chalk White Seam Binding.
    I used a piece of the ribbon for the center of the patterned mat and another to embellish the rossette. I also added some lovely flourishes from ODBD’s Fancy Foliage, that I decorated with some Baby Pearls – LeCreme.

    I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on a little tag, using ODBD’s sets Mini Tag Sentiments and Mini Tags. I sponged that little tag with a mix of Crafter’s inks too. Finally, I adhered the embellished layer to a coordinating pink card base I cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, using no other than 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

    I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I invite you to join our challenge this week! Polka dots and pink is surely a classic combination, and I know you can come up with a beautiful creation using it! As always a prize from the store will be awarded to winner, so I hope you can join the fun for a chance to win!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!

    I’d like to submit my card to:
    The Card Concept – One Year Anniversary
    In the Pink – Anything Goes

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    Our Daily Bread Designs – December Release

    A new month is here and I’m delighted to let you know that once more I’ve been invited to join Our Daily Bread Designs for their new release! I’m having a great time creating with the beautiful new collections of dies and stamps, and I’m beyond thankful!

    Today the design team has a wonderful array of samples to inspire you. I have two cards to share with you all.

    For my first card, I made a large rosette by die cutting two frames with the Flourished Star Pattern, then cutting them in halves vertically, scoring each piece and finally adhering the pieces together.

    I also die cut four Gilded Gates to create two borders for the background of the card. Finally I stamped one of the many lovely sentiments from the Mini Tags clear stamp set on a mini tag die cut, which I mounted on a larger coordinating tag label.

    Supplies
    Mini Tags die set
    Gilded Gate die set
    Flourished Star Pattern die set
    Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set
    The Gate stamp set
    Christmas Paper Collection 2014

    My second creation is a step card. I used craft metal for the gorgeous Gilded Gate die cuts. I used five gate die cuts, that I adhered together to cover the front of the first step. The second step was decorated with part of a Vintage Flourish Pattern frame. The final step was covered with a layer die cut with the largest frame from the recently released Flourished Star Pattern. I also added two coordinating Vintage Flourish Pattern labels that make the new sentiment from The Gate stamp set stand out nicely. I decorated the labels with some flourish die cuts on each side, but these are actually one little flourish label from the same set that I cut in half and adhered behind the silver label.

    Supplies
    Gilded Gate die set
    Flourished Star Pattern die set
    Vintage Flourish Pattern die set
    The Gate stamp set
    Patriotic Collection paper pack
    Christmas Paper Collection 2014

    GIVEAWAY
    Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 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 December 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 December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

    Make sure to leave a comment on each of the teammates blogs listed below:

    Julie * Chris * Cathy * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Paula * Angie * Lisa * Audrey * Silke * Wanda * Grace * Gracie (you are here)

    I hope you enjoyed seeing my two cards today! Remember that all the supplies used are listed and linked to the store. For more about the new release click here.

    I invite you to follow me by email or join this site so you don’t miss any the projects I’ll be sharing throughout the month with you, using this gorgeous new release!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    PS: Thanks for all your kind words and encouraging comments!

    I’d like to share my cards with:
    Hiding in my Craft Room – Anything Goes

    Craft-Dee Bowz – Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes 

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    Metal Flowers and a Tag

    Hello again! I rarely do two posts the same day but I wanted to share with you a birthday card I made using Avery Elle stamps and dies, combined with some craft metal and other different materials, that ended up looking so well together. It is a simple and layered/freestyle collage card.

    //www.hangatag.com/js/a.jsI added lots of little details around the circular window. The polka dot background is from a digital paper pack that I printed on linen cardstock. I added a 7/8″ wide gross grain pink ribbon across the front of the card, vertically and started attaching all my embellishments on top of it.

    I die cut the flowers from craft metal instead of paper. I used Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets in Pucker Me Pink and Princess Pink. I wanted the flowers to look as organic as possible so I creased and sanded them a bit. The tag was die cut from kraft corrugate paper. To finish the design I added a vellum banner that I heat embossed with a Happy Birthday sentiment.

    I really enjoyed making this card. It’s something unusual for the blog but if you follow me you know how much I enjoy cleaner designs too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
     
    This card is participating in:
    In the Pink for October – Mod Squad Challenge
    Challenge #45 – Add a Little Dazzle
    Spring Forward, Fall Back – Power Poppy
    Celebrate – Just Us Girls
    October Challenge – Craftyhazelnut’s PPC

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    Cheerful Birthday Card

    A new month begins together with a new challenge at Dies R Us! This time we are challenged to make a birthday card. Easy right? Well, I wanted to make a very cheerful, floral, summer card, with lots of layers, and so I did.

    Dies used:
    Spellbinders – A2 Matting Basics A
    Spellbinders – Wrought Iron
    Spellbinders M-Bossabilities – Enchanted
    Spellbinders – Carnation Creations
    Spellbinders – Damask Motifs
    Spellbinders – A2 Filigree
    Spellbinders – Gold Circles One
    Spellbinders – Gold Elements
    Spellbinders – Fancy Framed Tags Two
    Spellbinders – French Frills
    Spellbinders – Standard Circles Small 
    All dies available at Dies R Us. Click to be directed to the store.

    I started off by dry embossing my sand beige card base. Then I adhered a patterned layer with a die cut corner that adds interest to the card. I layered many dies to create the focal point of the card. The little carnations bouquet finishes the design very delicately.

    The white label was stenciled first with Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. Then I stamped the sentiment with Brilliance ink. Finally, I stenciled the label with embossing ink and heat embossed it with pearlescent powder. 

    Though there is a lot going on with this design, it all seems to fuse together nicely and I think the result goes along perfect with the celebration theme of the challenge. 

    I really want to encourage you to play along and join our bi-weekly challenge at Dies R Us. Remember that when you link up your creation you also have a chance to win a $10 voucher to the store! 

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    This card is participating in:
    Die Cuts & Flowers – Natalie and Amy’s Challenge

    Happy Birthday to You! – Cards in Envy
     


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    Birthday Giveaway

    Hello and welcome to my birthday post! Today I want to share with you my recent achievement designing a digital paper pack. I have been a fan of digital designer paper because of how practical it is. I love floral images and soft feminine colors so that is what you can expect from my designs. I will be releasing a new set soon, and hopefully I will be able to concrete a collection of sets before the year ends. Right now you will find my set Tea Rose available through Paypal here on my blog, but of course a spot on Etsy is on the horizon. 

    The set Tea Rose, was designed in honor of my shabby chic blog. The patterns of these papers are very soft pink, they have a Victorian feel to it and are very versatile. The set includes not only papers but also some lovely matching cliparts. Each paper is 3600 x 3600, and print neatly. I am a cardmaker and I would only offer something I could work with, and this is becoming one of my favorite sets (and I have many). So I only wish you like it too, and that you may see yourself using these romantic papers in some of your creations.

    So, let’s talk giveaway please! Since it’s my birthday and I was able to make of one of my personal little artistic dreams a reality, I am giving away a set to one lucky winner. All you need to do is leave a comment below this post and if possible share the giveaway poster shown above on your blog’s sidebar.

    This is a new born business and it needs all the support possible, so I’d be glad if you’d help me spread the word. In any case, I know the Lord is behind my hopes and dreams and He will open a way so I can continue to share my creativity with all of you.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and as always, I wish you a wonderful weekend.