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HIMCR03NSD – Holiday Catch Up!

Hello again! It is quite a celebration we are having at Hiding in my Craft Room! I’m here for our 3rd. challenge of the day: Holiday Catch Up. This is a great opportunity to create a much needed project for a holiday. Whether you didn’t have the chance to make it on time, or whether you want to start working on some future holiday projects, any occasion is welcome: Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, Halloween, 4th of July, etc. And of course it can be anything from a scrapbook page, to a card, a mixed media project, and more…

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I didn’t have enough time to make a christian Easter card, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

Materials
Spellbinders:
– Majestic Labels Twenty-Five
– Damask Motifs
– Adorning Squares
– Grand Calibur die cutting machine
ODBD stamps – Faith
Brilliance pigment ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Silver Starlight
Zap! heating tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Eggshell cardstock in white
Specialty pearlescent cardstock in soft blue
Specialty embossed paper in silver gray
7/8″ gross grain ribbon in light gray

This 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ card was made combining many different dies in alternative ways. The very first layer in blue is actually a rectangular die, I cut in half and overlapped to create a nice square frame.

The next layer, in gray, is the largest die from Adorning Squares. Now with the following layer, in blue, I also did some alternative overlapping to create a medallion. Using the largest die from Damask Motifs, I die cut 4 damasks and overlapped them. I suggest using the perforation close to the center as a reference.
Before I adhered all these layers together I crossed a piece of gray ribbon vertically. In order to do that I had to cut the medallion on two ends, as marked below.
The final step is the center square label, where I heat embossed this beautiful verse. I have a tip for you on how to heat emboss very intricate stamps. Turns out this ODBD stamp has a very small, detailed and fine font and it is a rubber stamp. I was never able to stamp it neatly with embossing ink. Once the embossing powder melted it would spread and the sentiment wasn’t as defined. So after trying different techniques, I finally found a way to heat emboss the sentiment perfectly, using pigment ink. In my case I used specifically Brilliance pigment ink in black, but because it won’t stay wet as long as a regular embossing ink, you need to apply your embossing powder faster. The result, impeccably heat embossed sentiments. To finish my design I added some crystals.
I really like this verse and every time I read it, it reminds me of a song from Third Day (here).

I enjoyed making this card so much! I hope you like it and feel inspired to join this challenge. All you need to do is visit Hiding in my Craftroom and link your creation.

For more inspiration please check out my teammates’ designs: 

Kathy Up in the Night with Kat
Samantha Designs by Sammy
Gracie CHGraciellie Design (You are here)
Nancy Design Inventions
Melanie Afternoon Scrapper
Lisa LJ Creations
Jennie Jenscrapstoo
Sue Sue’s Paper Crafts
Lena Lena’s Creations
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you in an hour for a new challenge…

This card is participating in:
Simon Wednesday Challenge
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Blue Shabby Love

Hi my beloved readers! Today I have a new project for you… A scrapbook page! I’ve managed to create a few things with remainders and punches. I love card making, but whenever I take a good pic or when I come across one on my computer, I feel the need to scrapbook. The inspiration for today’s project comes from a color board at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous’ current challenge. And I just happen to have a paper pad on that color palette!

Materials
Cloud 9 Design – Wild Indigo
Heidy Grace Designs – Celebration
K & Company – Life’s Journey Stamp Collage Embossed Paper
Shery K. Designs – Antoinette (vintage handwriting)
Marvy Uchida:
– Silhouette & embossing super jumbo punch: Butterfly
– Silhouette & embossing super jumbo punch: Sunflower (for both flowers)
Spellbinders:
– Grand Labels
– A2 matting basics
– Gold Elements One (flourish)
– Rose Creations (leaves)
– Adorning Squares (sentiment corners)
– Classic Labels Four
Inkadinkado embossing powder
Prima Marketing Stamps – Lady Bird Collection
Penny Black Stamps – Tweet Tweet
Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China, Vintage Photo
Ranger embossing ink
Merletto gems
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Stanley 14 watts mini glue gun
Hot melt glue sticks
Other generic materials
Vellum
Fused string pearl beads
3/8″ gross grain ribbon in Cream
DIY pearl pins

The picture I worked with was taken long, long ago. My son was still a little baby and he was taking a nap with my sister. He loves her! Even now he just wants to hang with her whenever he visits my mom’s house. I edited this picture to give it a vintage look.

There are some details that I hand cut from original die cuts, for example: the large corner flourish and the smaller tag corners are hand cut from Spellbinders dies. Another trick was, I created both flowers with the same sunflower punch. The vellum flower for instance was created with seven punched sunflowers each of them folded in half and then rolled to create a bud. Oh I almost forgot, this was a 12″ by 12″ page, so to give it a twist a reaped it and turned the negative facing the front to create a contrast line.

And that’s it! This is a shocking color change considering all of February’s pinks and reds, right? Anyways, hope you like it! 

This project is participating in:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Hiding in my Craftroom
2nd. Diagonal
Bling, Ribbon, Flowers
Inkspirational Challenge Blog
 
2nd Vertical Row
Two word sentiment
3D items

Something shiny
Aud Sentiments

Add a Flourish 
Delightful Challenges 

For the Boys 
Melonheadz Friends 

Flower Galore 
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT 

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