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Elegant & Detailed graduation card

I was commissioned a graduation card for a Medicine School male graduate, and I decided to share it with you. I’ve always thought this kind of occasions merit elegant and timeless designs that the graduate can save as a beautiful memento.

Since this is for a male recipient I decided to use opaque silver and gray for a monochromatic combination. I used this great sentiment which is a perfect fit for the occasion and heat embossed it in silver.

The stunning die cuts add so much to the design, especially the intricate pierced elements added diagonally on the background. I decided to finish the card with grosgrain ribbon made into a simple loop and also with a few rhinestones.

Hope this gives you ideas for future graduation cards you may need to make! Male cards are not always easy to make but this fits the bill nicely without sparing on the elegant feel we cardmakers enjoy to see in our projects.

Before I go let me remind you of this month’s challenge at House of Cards: Metallics. I will be adding this card as DT inspiration and I hope you can add your design too! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Weekly Inspiration with ODBD

What are you inspired by? I love delicate patterns and pastel colors… I love to add layers and dimension to a project. I love to inspire others too! All of this things inspire me to create and motivate me to keep on doing what I do. Today I am sharing a card I made with beautiful papers, stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, using one of the new dies in an unconventional way.

I wanted to create a decorative column for the background using various layers. I had been wanting to use the new Pegboard die from ODBD in an unexpected way and what I did is die cut two pegboards and cut about 1/4″ from them and then cut one of them in half. The pegboard column adds a so much detail and interest to the card.

Another interesting touch I added was the vellum frame. I die cut one Lacey Square from ODBD, cut it in thirds and adhere the two remainding corners under the sentiment label. This is the last thing I added to the card, and I actually had to come back and add that finishing touch to be completely satisfied. It does make a difference and it softens the design nicely.

I hope I’ve inspired you today. Thanks so much for your visit! Before I go, tell me… What inspires you?

Have a great weekend!

I’m sharing this with: 
Word Art Wednesday – AG / Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps – AG / Sweet Stamps – AG / Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E – Always AG / Cards in Envy – Girls, Girls, Girls Challenge / Card and Scrap – AG

Main Supplies:

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I praise Him! – ODBDSLC224

I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by! It’s time for a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs and since it is the last week of the month our challenge is “Anything Goes”. I hope you can join us! My card for today is monochromatic, in neutral hues and vintage style!

Main supplies
Music Speaks stamp set
Faith stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Beautiful Borders dies
Winter Collection 2014 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Other supplies
Inks: Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Beige and Graphite Black. Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Crafter’s Ink in Snow (to emboss)
Papers: Linen and Leather textured cardstock in white, embossed cardstock in beige, vellum
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Westcott Titanium Bonded trimmer
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Pastel Mini Pearls, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, 2″ vintage lace

Adhesives: Bazic foam adhesive, Ad-Tech Crafter’s Tape, Uhu silicone glue

As you can see I cut the Vintage Flourish Pattern frame in half vertically and adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other (outer sides facing inwards). This is a die cut alteration I like to do often! The dies I used for the beautiful labels are from the same set. I roughly stamped the central label with the bird image from the NEW set Music Speaks to create a soft background, and I stenciled it with beige ink and even smudged it with beige paint. I stamped the sentiment in black to make it stand out!

I painted in beige the vintage lace and crinkle ribbon to match the rest of the card and created a layered border below the labels. I also thought some gold would look beautiful with the design, so I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly branch image from Faith on vellum and fussy cut each pretty butterfly to adhere them around the card randomly. To complete the design I added some mini pearls to the die cut border and mounted the finished mat onto a white card base.

I love the soft hues of this card. I must confess I was inspired by the beautiful papers from Winter Collection 2014 to get started!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click here. You have until February 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.

Don’t forget to stop by the blogs of my talented teammates to see the gorgeous creations they designed for the challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Morning Glories – ODBD Color Challenge

It’s time for a color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. We have a lovely color scheme to inspire you this week! I love the tones of lilacs combined with the peachy pink and vanilla included on the color board, in fact those are some of my favorite colors.

Supplies
Glory stamp set
The Gate stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Doily dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Flourished Star Pattern die

I used different metallic cardstocks for my card’s layers. I die cut a background lilac layer with Flourished Star Pattern. This set has a beautiful pierced matting layer die, that I use all the time. To add contrast I die cut a beautiful Vintage Flourish Pattern from pink metallic cardstock and adhered it on top of the lilac layer.

The beautiful Morning Glories were stamped on white cardstock, and I actually was trying to do partial die cutting until this happy accident ocurred! I love how the stamped flowers frame the Doily label. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and stenciled the label with a soft lilac ink.

I stamped a sentiment from The Gate set in black, die cut it with a smaller label from Vintage Flourish Pattern and stenciled it with a soft pink ink. I die cut a Fancy Foliage from the same pink cardstock used for the vintage frame, cut it in half and added a piece on each side of the sentiment label. A piece of lilac ribbon and a few pearls and rhinestones were the perfect finishing touch.

While I was writing this post I was also listening to Pastor Dante Gebel’s sermon (River Church – Anaheim, California), in which he talked about how God uses bad things and transforms them into good things in the end, to bless your life so He can also use you to bless others…

Genesis 50:20
As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.

My sister sent me the link to this sermon’s video. I love how the Lord has been using friends and family to encourage me through devotionals, sermons and verses. What a blessing! I want to remind you that when we stumble across a difficulty, when someone or something tries to harm us, God is actively working on the transformation of that circumstance to make it better! We will bloom like Morning Glories my friend!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope you can join our challenge this week at ODBD! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC222 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 18, 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.

I invite you to visit my talented teammates’ blogs to see what they created for our color inspiration challenge! Here are the links to their posts:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’m submitting my card to:
Spectrum Noir – January Challenge

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Good Thoughts Bear Good Fruit

Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m happy to have the chance to share with you a card I made using gorgeous supplies from Classy Cards ‘n Such! I love to add encouraging sentiments to my cards, and CCNS carries many beautiful stamp sets with uplifting messages. Today my card features one of these stamps, with a saying I firmly believe in.

I started out by die cutting a base layer from Stardream Rose Quartz using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. Then I die cut a filigree frame using Our Daily Bread’s Vintage Flourish Pattern. The patterned paper I used is actually digital, and I printed it on White Pearl Linen . Next I stamped and heat embossed in Gold detail a sentiment from Inky Antics Holy Spirit’s Fruit stamp set. Centering the already stamped sentiment, I die cut the cardstock with a gorgeous new die from Spellbinders called Victorian Medallion Two, and stenciled the center with Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.

Before mounting all the pieces to my pink card base, I added a piece of gross grain white ribbon across the center of the layers, vertically. Next I adhered the layers to the card base, followed by the medallion right on the center. Finally, I added a small bow on the bottom of the medallion embellished with a gold vintage button.

I hope I’ve inspired you today both with the beautiful sentiment, as well as with the card itself! Don’t forget to visit CCNS store to take a closer look to the products I used to create my card. If you do some shopping, remember to use my code Gracie-10 to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Dies R Us Challenge – Anything Goes / Twist: Something New (medallion die)

Hiding in my Craft Room – Anything but Christmas 
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes 
NBUS – Anything Goes (new medallion die)



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Vintage Santa

I have Christmas card to share today, a card I made with beautiful paper crafting products from Classy Cards ‘n Such store! I wanted to make an elegant, neutral colored card that would work well for both a man and a woman. I used beige tones, mixing matte and metallic cardstocks to achieve a classic design.

Supplies
Spellbinders New Fancy Label Tags Two
Our Daily Bread Designs Vintage Flourish Pattern
Spellbinders Decorative Labels Thirty-Four
Baby Pearls – LeCreme

I started off by printing a vintage Santa image on Pearl White Linen cardstock. Then I added glitter glue to make the Christmas tree image stand out. I then die cut the image with Spellbinders Fancy Label Tags Two. I mounted the image on another label die cut with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Thirty-Four.

To decorate my card base I added a gorgeous frame die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Vintage Flourish set. I adhered two smaller die cuts from Fancy Label Tags Two to the top and bottom of the frame and added a piece of beige ribbon on the center vertically. Finally I mounted the labels and embellished the image with four Baby Pearls Le Creme.

As always I hope you liked what I created and I invite you to browse Classy Cards ‘n Such store to check out the supplies used. Remember to take advantage of my discount code Gracie-10 to get 10% off your total purchase on your next order (clearance products included).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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My Craft Spot – Guest Designer

I was lucky enough to be invited to guest design for My Craft Spot for a day. My Craft Spot is a stamp store that also carries dies, SVG files and embellishments. I’ve been admiring their stamps sets for quite a while and now through this opportunity I

I have two cards to share with you! In both I’m using a stamp set I love from My Craft Spot store: Clock Time.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders Rose Creations and A2 Matting Basics A, Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern, Cas-ual Fridays Casual Vine, MFT Notebook Paper, Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party Doily.
Inks – Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks in Berry and Sunshine, Crafter’s Ink in Snow, Iridiscent Paint in Berry
Enviromental Technologies – Easy Mold Silicone Putty, EasyCast resin, Opaque Pigment in white and red

Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape
Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste
Graciellie Design digital paper
Miscelaneous

Cardstocks: Linen textured cardstock in white, leather textured cardstocks in white and green, bond paper in pink
Embellishments – Burlap ribbon, pearl and crystal stickers, tulle
Homemade stencil

I went for a shabby chic style with my first card, using lots of texture and embellishments. To make the stamped and heat embossed clock image stand out I mounted it on top of a resin frame I made from scratch, and that I colored with Iridiscent Paint in Berry. I made some pretty shabby flowers and colored them with Crafter´s inks, trying to get different tones of pink by blending Berry and Sunshine inks. Besides all the layers added I applied crackle embossing paste too. To finish the card I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set on a piece of cardstock I ripped and sponged with ink.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments, Poppy Stamps Village Lamp Post and Pine Garland, Our Daily Bread Designs Gilded Gate
Distress embossing ink
Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Colorbox glitter in Winter Frost
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape, Double sided adhesive sheet
ODBD Winter Collection Paper
Miscelaneous
Leather textured cardstock in white
AALD craft metal
Crystal stickers

My second card has a classy and elegant design. I wanted to make the clock stand out by adding it to the craft metal lamp post die cut. I created a window with the help of a beautiful frame die and stamped the sentiment on the center (or almost on the center) of the card. To finish the design I adhered some intricate gate/fence die cuts and a few leaves embellished with crystals. I love how well the metallic colors go together and how much they contribute to the final classic look of this card!

I want to thank Kimberly for her invitation. I have had so much fun with this amazing stamp set, and I know I will continue to enjoy it! I invite you to come check My Craft Spot blog where you’ll find a daily dose of inspiration and creative ideas.

Thank you for taking time to read and check out my cards. I hope you liked my designs and feel inspired to try out this beautiful stamp set too!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Freestyle
Poppystamps – Sparkle and Shine

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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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From All of Us

It’s time for a new weekly challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Christmas Blooms. I thought I’d create a smaller card that would look great added to a gift bag.

I used Spellbinders dies to make my card. I made some white and red handmade flowers and created a nice Christmas bouquet. I used some pretty label die cuts to create a nice frame for the flowers!

 

Supplies
White Pearl Linen
1/2″ Scor-Tape 
Fancy Label Tags Two
Silver detail
Baby Pearls – LeCreme 

For more on how I created this card please visit Classy Cards ‘n Such! Remember to join our weekly challenge for a chance to win a little prize from the store. Also, I invite you to check out all the new goodies that have been added to the store recently (lots of Christmas supplies)!

Use my discount code to get 10% off!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Use your Stuff – Stamps

Sketchy Colors – #234
Stamping Sensations – Simply Christmas

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Splendorous Stars Collection – Our Daily Bread Designs

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs November Release. As you may know already I’ve been invited to join ODBD this month as a guest designer. I’ve been delighted with all your kind and encouraging comments, and of course I’ll have a wonderful time designing with ODBD’s Splendorous Stars Christmas Collection.

Here is a card and gift box set I made for today:

I wanted to create a delicate card, so I die cut the card base using the Flourished Star Pattern frame. I added a piece of lilac ribbon around the front of the card and adhered a double bow embellished with a couple of stars. I added a large sentiment, which I stamped and heat embossed in silver on a label die cut. To add contrast, I sponged the label with Memento Lulu Lavender ink.

I heat embossed in silver the largest star with a large patterned star stamp. This star stamp didn’t precisely coordinate with the size of the star die, but it covered the die cut completely, and made it look great! The smaller star was die cut from lilac metallic cardstock and adorned with a small silver rhinestone.

To make the box I die cut two Flourished Star Pattern frames for it’s cover and folded roughly a rectangular box with a zig zag accordion fold, as I call it. The cover was reinforced with a piece of lilac ribbon and a double bow which I decorated as the card, but I did use larger stars for it.

  Supplies

For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog where new project ideas are shared weekly! Also, I invite you to check out what the talented designers are sharing today on their blogs:

Julie * Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Stacy * Wanda * Silke * Gracie (you are here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back with a new ODBD post soon!

I’d like to share my set with:
ODBD – Holiday