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What to do with Scraps? Clean & Simple card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Ever wonder what to do with all those white cardstock scraps? Well, today I have a floral notecard made with just scraps that I used to stamp floral images from the set Scribble Flowers from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I stamped a bunch of images on scraps of white cardstock and colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush to give them a quick watercolored effect. To add some details I scribbled following the design of the images using an oil based marker in gold. I adhered all the images to a simple white card base to which I added a gold border using the same marker used before. And there you go, a quick and pretty card is ready! 
This kind of card is super practical but pretty and it truly saves you time if you stamp as many white scraps of paper you have color them and save them on a basket, ready to be used on a project. This tip comes in handy especially when there’s not much time and you need to send a card as soon as possible!
That’s all for today. Until next time!
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Quick and Easy Artsy Card with The Crafter’s Workshop

Time can be a big factor when you’re trying to create something so today I have a quick and easy technique to personalize your notecards using the new Crazy Waves Stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and some of their amazing mixed media products!

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I’m sharing all the steps of the process of making this card today on TCW’s blog. Click here to check it out! You’ll also find the details of all the supplies used!

Let me know on the comments what you think about this technique? The stencil’s design has a lot to do with how easy this card is to put together. TCW has some great designs that will make your creative process easy, especially when you’re looking into creating quick and easy cards! Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.

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Foil Resist Watercoloring with Deco Foil – Series Part II

Today I’m sharing part 2 of my foil resist coloring tutorials on Therm O Web’s blog! Last time I used Deco Foil and pigment inks but today I will be using watercolor markers as my coloring medium to show you how quick and easy you can create a card with this foil resist technique.

Therm O Web Supplies:
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Gold
12″ Foil Laminator
3D White Foam Sticky Strips • 1/2 in
iCraft Adhesive™ Tape • 1/2 in
Memory Tape Runner XL™

Other Supplies:
Free Journaling Card Printable (download here)
Watercolor Markers
Acetate
Water mister
Cardstock in white, hot pink and aqua
Small paper trimmer

Foil Resist Watercoloring Tutorial

This card will take you minutes to make! You can try out different color combinations to customize it! It also comes with a free download printable so you can try out this technique at home and print as many times as you like!

To view the complete step by step tutorial and download the free printable used click here. Make sure to leave a comment when you download your free file and also let me know if you find this technique easy! Would love to hear your thoughts.

Remember that you can also try this technique with different images. As long as they are foiled, Deco Foil will resist the color you add to the image to create this beautiful effect every time! Enjoy!

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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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Splashes of Color + Winner Spray Inks & Digital Stamps

Thanks to all who joined our second stamp release last week! We always love reading your comments and learning which new digital stamp sets are your favorite! Our giveaway winner has been picked… The lucky commenter who won a new stamp set of her choice is: Pamellia. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to claim your prize.

Today I also have a new fun and really easy technique using digital stamps, that gives a black and white image a splash of color and a watercolor effect that only takes a minute to create!

All these cards were made using new stamp sets from our March release: Dear Friend, Dream, and Patience. All three sets include gorgeous floral images that can be customized, so I resized them and printed them at around 10 cm. wide on white cardstock and cut each image to fit an A2 card. Next I sprayed each piece with ink sprays, layering at least two different colors. Tip: I used a regular inkjet printer for these cards so I used a heat gun to dry the ink spray right away to avoid any ink smudging. Still I found that the prints resisted the sprays quite well!

To finish the cards I added a few pearls and rhinestones and mounted the colored layers to coordinating card bases. The splashes of color gave these CAS cards a mixed media touch! Best of all, they are super fast to make and mass produce! It is really an easy way of creating unique cards -and, they are easy to mail too!-.

Hope you found a bit of inspiration today on how to expand your Graciellie Design digital stamps. I invite you to stop by the shop today and get a few of these florals to play with! Remember to subscribe to my blog’s newsletter and to follow me on social media to be the first to know about our giveaways and new products.

I’ll be back soon with more tutorials and a new series that I think you’ll enjoy! Until then, happy crafting.

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Cute Fruit and Thanks -Fun Tutorials with Paper Smooches-

Don’t you smile every time you see a project using cute images? I do! I couldn’t resist playing with these sweet, sweet images from Paper Smooches recently and just had to share with you what I came up with using them.

Today I have 2 projects and tutorials to share with you. They were also created for my Fun Friday edition on social media.

First I made a card that features a fun multicolor stamping technique and a bunch of cute fruit in bright neon colors. Check out the tutorial HERE.

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I also made a sweet Thanks card using die cuts and pear images! 
Find the tutorial HERE.


These were so fun to create and I know they will make someone happy soon. The tutorial guides are easy to follow so I hope you are inspired to create these projects too! You can find more ideas using today’s stamps and die on Paper Smooches blog.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and tutorials! A complete list of supplies is included in my tutorials here. Remember to like my tutorial guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers, which will let me know that you enjoyed them! 

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Distressed Foil Christmas Cards- Tutorials using Deco Foil –

Early this year I discover the beauty that is metallic foiling. Projects seem to come to life when a foil detailed is added and they just look stunning and elegant! Today I have to show you not one but two different projects and tutorials using Thermoweb’s iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets and adhesives, featuring a technique I came up with to create a distressed look on your cards.

For my first card, I foil distressed poinsettias. I also went ahead and worked with foil on foam die cuts. Learn how I made this colorful clean and layered card here.

For my second card I layered two different Deco Foil sheets to give the distressed background depth and interest. I ended up applying foil to the word bead too! Learn how I made this card here.

I hope you liked today’s cards and that you found the tutorials helpful! A complete list of supplies is included in my tutorials here. Remember to like my tutorial guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers, which will let me know that you enjoyed them!

For more inspiration, tips and ideas using Decofoil make sure you visit Thermoweb’s blog, where you will find tons of projects using it in many different ways and using diverse techniques!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!
Sharing with: Mod Squad Challenge – Christmas Floral / Stampavie & more – Snowflakes / Creatalicious Challenges – Merry Christmas / SSS – WIW Holiday Card / SSS Wednesday Challenge – AG / DoubleClick Skittles – Christmas Holiday Challenge / Docerela – AG
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More Free Tutorials & Crafty Tips check out the new tutorial guides

In an effort of sharing the best tutorials possible I have been updating all of them in detailed step by step photo guides! I am so glad to know many of you have found them helpful! Here are two new guides available for you:

Make an Elegant & Trendy Handmade Card 
>>> View tutorial HERE <<<

Create Faux Fabric Rosette Embellishments
>>> View tutorial HERE<<<
I hope you enjoy these tutorials! Don’t forget to like and share the guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!
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Textured Poinsettias monochromatic christmas card

I finally had a chance to photograph my card for today! Between rainy days and some needed rest, at last I was able to spend a whole morning in my craft room. Christmas will be here before we know it and I love Poinsettias, so today I’m sharing a lovely clean and layered card with lots of different textures and elements!

One of my favorite colors for Christmas cards is pool / aquamarine. I used at least 3 tones of white and used sand / beige too. I always find that silver metallic accents compliment cards beautifully when I use this color combination!

To achieve the texture on my Poinsettias I used one of my favorite non-crafty supplies: shelf liner. This shape is a bit tricky to die cut on the liner because of the flower’s tiny center… Sometimes the petals may separate but you can always adhere them back to the ensemble.

The accents added included pearl stamens, craft metal and metallic cardstock die cuts, rhinestones and a word bead. The white column on the right adds graphic, minimalist structure to balance all the texture on the card… Love how the design turned out!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Do you like adding texture to your cards too? Thanks so much for stopping by. ‘Til next time!

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – Ombre (patterned background on my card) / SSS Wednesday Challenge – AG / The Crazy Challenge – Shabby Chic / Crafty Boots – Gold or Silver / 7 Kids College Fund – AG

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Die Cuts & Vellum – Our Daily Bread Designs

Hello and welcome to our last challenge of the month at Our Daily Bread Designs! This challenge will run for two weeks and it’s an Anything Goes with ODBD stamps. So take out your supplies and let’s get crafty! I enjoyed so much sharing male card designs with you this month. I know that we papercrafters feel blocked when it comes to creating male cards, so I thought I would share as many ideas as possible, sharing cards for Father’s Day and any other occasions. I hope I have inspired you to try out more male cards too!

Here is another card idea that I think is very modern and clean. Vellum always adds an awesome effect to cards. I stamped and heat embossed and wonderful verse from the new Good Man stamp set on vellum. I added a bit of gold string matching the gold sentiment.

For the background I added many different tool die cuts from the new Workshop Tools set, using patterned papers (also new from ODBD). I created a wide die cut frame with a soft patterned paper that I think finishes that card design nicely.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC244 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 28, 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.

My teammates designed cards for your inspiration too:

My wish is to continue to share male cards ideas whenever possible, but I do encourage you to break that paradigm and expand your creativity trying out different kinds of papercrafting projects. Thanks so very much for stopping by! I’ll see you again very soon.

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