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Have you thought of me?

This week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is Thoughtful using the range of colors from the inspiration photo (see here). There are so many pretty colors on the photo, chances are you will be inspired instantly! Adding sentiments such as “Thinking of you”, “In my thoughts”, “Here for you” and more would certainly be fitting for the challenge. There is still time to join so I hope you can share your  creation with us in the next couples of days. I went for a “thinking of you” card combined with a Valentine’s theme.

I embellished the front of the card with handmade flowers. Crepe paper works wonderful for flowers and though you have to be very careful while you make them it’s oh so worth it. I sponged the petals edges with dark ink and sprayed the center with lighter tones. This gave the flowers an organic, vintage look.

When you open this pretty card you are welcomed by a 3D, pop-up Eiffel Tower! I actually cut four flaps on each side of the card with an exacto knife to adhere the towers. I added another cupid and a Thinking of you sentiment from my stamp set Parisian Postcard to the tower to finish the design!

For even more details on how I made my card, please visit Classy Cards ‘n Such. Many of the supplies used to make this card are linked below and you can get 10% off if your CCNS order them using my code Gracie-10.

I hope you liked my card for today! I will be back on Saturday with a new card. Until then!

I’m sharing my card with:
Mod Squad Challenge – Pop-Up Card

Creative Knockouts – Floral Delight
In the Pink – Love is in the Air
Red Rubber Inspirationals – So Sentimental
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper – Embossing 

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Shabby Chic Heart

A new challenge is up at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Shabby Chic Heart. The inspiration photo is beautiful! I hope you find time to join us this week! Here is the card I created for the challenge.

Supplies
Dies: Cheery Lynn English Tea Party. Spellbinders: Mary Border Strip, A2 Matting Basics. ODBD Flourished Star Pattern.

Stamps: Parisian Postcard
Inks / Paints: Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, Distress Re-inker in Spun Sugar, White Crafter’s ink to emboss, white acrylic paint.
Paper: White Pearl Linen, Heavyweight Vellum

Tools: Empty Spritzer Bottle, Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool, brush
Adhesives: 1/2″ Scor-tape, Uhu silicone glue, Bazic two sided foam tape
Embellishments: 3/8″ pink gross grain ribbon, 7/8″ white lace
Other: Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder, Makin’s Clay in white, Easy Mold Silicone Putty

To learn how I made this card make sure you click HERE.

Classy Cards ‘n Such is currently carrying my new stamp set Parisian Postcard and you can get it with a 10% off discount if you use my code Gracie-10! I encourage you to visit the store and check out all the sales going on now!

I hope you liked my shabby chic card! Thanks for your visit. Have a blessed and creative weekend!

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Spritzed & Splattered with LOVE!

This week our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Letter It, in other words use a letter or more on your creation! I went ahead and used some letter stickers on my mixed media freestyle collage card! This is the first card I make with my new stamp set by SNSS, Parisian Postcard.

Main supplies
Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party, Vintage Flourish Pattern   
White Pearl Linen cardstock
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
Heavyweight Vellum 
1/2″ Scor-Tape
Empty Spritzer Bottle   
Seam Binding – Chalk White 
Baby Pearls – LeCreme 
Gold detail

To make my card, I stamped, colored and heat embossed images from the NEW stamp set Parisian Postcard from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, that I happened to design (yay!). I stamped some images on the background, some I heat embossed in gold detail on heavyweight vellum and others I fussy cut and mounted using foam tape on a pretty label die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs Vintage Flourish Pattern from White Pearl Linen cardstock. I stenciled the label with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

The top half beige layer was stamped, heat embossed and also sprayed with a mix of Peeled Paint Distress re-inker and water using a spritzer bottle. The bottom half of the base mat was cut from the gorgeous Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock. I cut a doily from vellum with the English Tea Party die from Cheery Lynn Designs, cut it in half and adhered it on top of the pink layer with thin pieces of 1/2″ Scor-tape.

Before adding the fussy cut images to the label I attached a piece of Chalk White Seam Binding, that I colored and wrinkled by spraying it with the same Peeled Paint Distress ink mix. I completed the card with a few Baby Pearls Le-Creme that go along very well with the vintage design and spritzed Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti and a bit more of Peeled Paint spray. I adhered the finished layer on a white mat cut with A2 Matting Basics, using 1/2″ Scor-tape and then mounted it on a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I motivate you to join our challenge this week with your crafty creation! Also, I invite you to visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store, there are many discounted items that I know you’d love, starting with the Clearance section. Make sure you check the new Valentine’s sale going on now! Cheery Lynn dies are all 50% off too! If you want to save on a regular order or own my new stamp set use my code Gracie-10 to get 10% off!

I hope I have inspired you today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to share my card with: 
Hiding in my Craft Room – Any Holiday
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes 
Loves Rubber Stamps – Pink and Girly
STAMPlorations – Stamps and Inks
Cheery Lynn Designs – Anything Goes
In the Pink – Pink and Pearlie 
Vintage Journey – Love is in the Air
My Sheri Crafts – Valentine’s Day  

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Start where you are…

Today I have an unexpected design to share with you… I went CAS for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Winter Birds. I’m enjoying the cooler weather, but thankfully we only get rain. For all of you whose towns have been covered with snow, I hope you’re staying warm and creative! So let me inspire you a bit with my clean and simple Winter card.

I die cut a card base with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. I created a scene on the actual card front with Penny Black’s Tweet Tweet stamp set. I used Memento ink for the lilac branches and heat embossed the bird on the branch with Gold detail embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle. I also heat embossed a wonderful sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps called Breathe… What a encouraging sentiment!

As you can see I sprayed the card with lilac and gold. The lilac drops and sprays were done with a DIY Distress Ink spray I made using Shaded Lilac Re-Inker and water mixed in a Empty Spritzer Bottle. I also used Inka Gold in Yellow Gold mixed with water, which I applied tapping a brush.Yes, it is a bit of a mixed media card! I want to point out that I used a mask to keep the sprays and stamps within the frame shape.

I die cut a window from a pierced matting layer with Labels Twenty-Five, one of my favorite classic label shapes from Spellbinders, and Our Daily Bread Designs Flourish Star Pattern, respectively. I adhered the frame to the stamped card base with double pieces of mounting tape to give extra dimension to it.

I finished my clean design with three Baby Rhinestones – Silver and a piece of gold cording. I didn’t want to add a regular bow to the card so I created a nice flow, threading the gold cording through the frame and adhering it with a tiny drop of Uhu all purpose adhesive (silicone glue).

I hope you like my card and feel motivated to join our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such! Remember that the supplies used can be found here, and you can get 10% off your purchase using my code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stay creative!

I’d like to submit my card to:
7 Kids College Fund – Anything Goes / Let it Snow

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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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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A Winter Gazebo

For what I’ve heard from dear friends of mine around the world, the weather is reaching very low temperatures… A friend in Arizona, Sue from Sue Paper Crafts, got a LOT of snow… Huh! She wasn’t counting on that for sure! Back where I live we’ve been fortunate enough to have gotten rainy days, but it doesn’t even get somewhat near to other countries’ winters. This brings me to my card for today… A winter themed card!

This week at Classy Cards ‘n Such we are celebrating our first challenge of the year and it’s a color inspiration challenge (using teal) with a twist… Add a snowflake!

For today’s card I used many intricate die cuts. I combined different tones of teal, with vanilla, tan and white.

I used Spellbinders Gazebo to die cut the delicate shape from teal patterned paper from ODBD. I picked another coordinating paper from the same set to cut a snowflake with Stampendous Snowflake. I thought a second snowflake would look great, so I die cut another one from Fancy Pants patterned paper and embellished it with a small white medallion I cut with Spellbinders Victorian Medallion Two. I added a pretty flourish die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs Fancy Foliage and once I adhered all the elements together on top of the gazebo, I created a lovely snowflake cluster.

If you know me, then you know my card base was die cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, but this time I die cut a window on it too. I used the very new Spellbinders Victoria Border Strip. I adhered the layer to my white card base and before mounting the beautiful gazebo and snowflakes, I added a doily die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs called English Tea Party, that way the intricate die cuts would stand out a bit more.

To finish the design I added tan ribbon and a bow across the front of the card and also some pearl stickers, including Baby Pearls – Le Creme, which matched the ribbon very nicely.

I hope you liked my card for today! Remember that Classy Cards ‘n Such is giving away a wonderful prize from the store to the winner, so join us this week for a chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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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I got some good news!

Yes, I got some good news to share with you today: His mercies are NEW every morning! And there is no way I could be here speaking to you through this post without God’s mercy. As his mercies renew we too strenghten and find a way to wake up, get out of our beds and keep going.

This week at Classy Cards ‘n Such we have a challenge that we’d love you to join: Time For A “New Year”Use something new you just received and add some glitter and/or bling. I have been blessed recently with many new goodies, so I used some of them to make my card for today, and I also added some sparkle for the challenge!

I started out by die cutting my card base with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics. Then I added a patterned paper layer die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Flourished Star Pattern set, that I adhered with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

I created a central border with two individual borders die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Beautiful Borders. Next I added a flourish oval cut from Echo – Bronze Stardream Metallic using Spellbinders Elegant Ovals. I also used the same set to die cut a smaller oval on which I stamped a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs’ stamp set Glory.

I thought I’d add a nice metallic detail to the card with this Village Lamp Post from PoppyStamps die cut from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders (using the silver back of the foil). I used a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Double sided adhesive sheet to stick some Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Crystal Ice glitter for the lampost’s lights. I added the lampost to the side of the ovals and finished my design with a few Baby Rhinestones – Silver.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and of course I can’t sign off without wishing you all a great 2015! May this new year bring many blessings to you and yours!

Thank you for stopping by!

Stop by the blog on January 1st! I will have a jam packed post with lots of surprises for you!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Anything but Christmas 

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Floral Postcard Tag

Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve had a great time surrounded by family and friends! May our saviour Jesus continue to fill your hearts and homes with his never ending mercy and love! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a card I created with supplies from Classy Cards ‘n Such! This time I created a vintage card with lots of stamping and a few die cuts.

I like to use tags on cards. I think it’s a nice twist that gives a card a different look. Today’s card is the perfect example!

I started out by die cutting a beige base layer using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. Then I also die cut a beautiful border with the very new Spellbinders Mary Border Strip and three small medallions with Fancy Label Tags Two.

I adhered the beige layer to the brown card base with 1/2″ Scor-Tape. Next I attached the border on the side and then I added a piece of pink ribbon on top of it. I also adhered the three small medallions on top of the border. Once I added all the die cuts I mounted the previously made tag, which was stamped with many images from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Bo Bunny, Flourishes and Do Crafts. I used Gold detail powder to emboss the PostCard sentiment on the tag. I decorated it with a piece of Fused string pearl beads in golden ivory. To finish my design I attached a pretty bow, embellished with a large gold vintage button.

If you’d like to know how I made my tag, please click here to be directed to a step by step photo tutorial.

Hope you liked my card! I invite you to visit CCNS store! Remember that if you purchase you can get 10% off using my discount code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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!