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Watercolored Peony with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I’ve been loving my Zig markers and have been using it so much lately! Today once again I’m sharing a beautiful emboss resist watercolored peony from Peaceful Peonies by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. I used a color I don’t usually use but it sure makes you think of Summer! I’m also using a couple of stunning papers from Paper Temptress today!

I do not use watercolor paper to color since I am unable to find it where I live, but I use a paper that does not absorb the water so much and I use little water and that does the trick. I’m guessing the paper (called Opalina), is very compressed or has a thin coating that makes it work well with watercolors. I used yellow, hot pink and a peachy pink to color the flowers and two tones of green for the leaves.

To make the flower look even fuller I added leaf die cuts in olive green and also some ferns in Gold Metallic Vellum. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on heavyweight vellum #48 in gold sparkle embossing powder which actually has glitter in it and gives the sentiment a lot of texture.

I love how the tangerine looks against that white textured background. The orange card base ties the elements on the card perfectly and makes the green from the leaves pop.

Thanks so much for visiting today. For more inspiration please make sure to subscribe to this and also to SNSS blog!

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Mixed Media Card featuring Lotus Flower by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I’ve been working on a few mixed media projects behind the scenes. I love to add different textures with simple supplies I already have in my stash. Today’s card is a reflection of where my creative mood has been lately.

This beautiful Lotus Flower by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps was actually digitally stamped. (It is also available as a clear stamp and is currently on SALE here!) I printed the image on a laser printer and foiled it using a laminator with a beautiful Amber Watercolor Deco Foil transfer sheet. Once the image is foiled it will allow you to play with resist techniques since it works just as an embossing powder would. I went ahead and painted the flowers with Colorbox pigment inks, picking up the inks with a waterbrush. After the ink dried I added a few accents to the petals using Magenta and Pink Pan Pastel, applying it directly with my fingers. To soften and add a subtle shimmer to the images I applied a tad bit of Metallic Silver Pan Pastel too.

To make the flowers stand out I fussy cut them and adhered them to a very textured background. It may not show as much but there’s a stenciled clear embossing paste pattern to which I added iredescent glitter. Additional textured on the corners of the card was created with drywall joint tape which I also colored with some Pan Pastel. I added depth to the background with a few splashes of Distress Ink Sprays. Finishing touches include foil washi tape and rhinestones from Eyelet Outlet, a die cut piece, ribbon and pape twine!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! This and many other sets including a background stamp I designed for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and on sale now (50% off)! Do stop by the shop and grab your favorites… Sale will be up while supplies last and these sets will be gone for good!

For more inspiration visit SNSS blog, where you’ll find not only this card being featured today but also many, many more cards and bible journaling creative post by the design team (a super talented group of ladies)!

Thanks so much for stopping by. For more ideas on how to use foil on your cards check out my second post of the day here.

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Decofoil Stamping: Mixed Media Poinsettia Card + Christmas Freebies!

Merry Christmas! I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share my final Christmas card of the year with you! This time I am sharing a mixed media card in warm traditional colors. I got the chance to use some mediums I had almost forgotten I had, so that makes my little crafty heart happy!


Supplies:
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders – Heirloom Oval, Damask Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, 5 x 7 Matting Card Basics A, Exquisite Labels 11 / Poppystamps – Holiday Winterberries / ODBD – Fancy Foliage / Die-namites – Budding Branch
Stamp: Graciellie Design Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks – Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Adhesives: Thermoweb – iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive, Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine / Mini Minc / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Umbrella Crafts Sponge Dauber / Small brush / SU Paper piercing tool / Samsung ML2020W Laser Printer
Embellishments:  May Arts – 1″ Ivory Crinkle Ribbon, 3″ Olive Tulle, 5/8″ Olive Green Raffia Bows / White pearls / Silver hologram jewels / Styrofoam /
Other: Decofoil Transfer Sheets – Silver, Red, Pewter / Snow-tex / Twinklets Diamond Dust / DecoArt Media Crackle Paint – White / Pan Pastel – Titanium White, Silver

I’ve been using decofoil so much lately and something tells me I won’t stop using it any time soon! It just gives your projects such a unique look… It really takes a card to the next level. This time though I used it to stamp my flower. Of course this poinsettia is a digital stamp, which means I went ahead and printed it with a laser printer and used a laminator with some red decofoil transfer sheet to foil the flower. Once your image is foiled it works just as it would with heat embossing, so you can play with a fun foil resist technique. I colored the poinsettia with a Barn Door diy Distress Spray Ink, sponged it with ink and even rubbed some Titanium White Pan Pastel to add highlights -my new favorite mixed media technique-. To make the center of the flower I crushed some styrofoam and glued it with mixed media adhesive.

For that lovely touch of snow I used Snowtex on the leaves and Twinklets on the center of the flower. I had not used these two in way too long so I was glad to add them to this card! Clearly I layered many embellishments and die cuts to frame the poinsettia and used a bit more of foil on a few die cuts to add some interest. There are many ways to foil cardstock for die cutting but this time I used Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive sheets. You need to run your cardstock twice through your laminator when you use these sheets, one to stick the adhesive sheet to your cardstock and a second time to foil it. I added texture using different kinds of ribbons too and finished off my card with pearls and jewel stickers.

I hope you find inspiration on today’s card! I bet there’s still a few cards and tags you need to put together so I hope this gives you a few ideas. But before I go, I have a little Christmas present for you, my followers… Two digital stamp sets available for instant download, both celebrate the season with fun and inspiring sentiments and pretty images! Enjoy!

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I’m also spreading the joy of the season with an awesome sale!

Grab our new holiday stamps and papers for just $8.75.
That’s right the complete Christmas collection, including papers! I know these will come in handy for those late minute cards and tags, so don’t miss the chance to get them now!

Here’s another little idea for you! Upcycled kraft bags made into foiled wrapping paper & tag using my Black & White Patterns Digital Stamp Set and the new Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set. Teachers loved these custom wrapped XL chocolate bars! (I got a bar for myself too… shh… lol)

I send warm wishes to you, hoping you have a peaceful, joyful Christmas, full of gifts, including those for the soul, surrounded by loved ones that truly make you feel loved as well. (If you were to be alone, be alone with the certainty that the Lord’s love surrounds you too on His day.) Good food, good company and if at all possible a bag of crafty gifts… That is my Christmas wish for you! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PS: Please mark your calendars for my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

Sharing with: Word Art Wednesday – AG / Cards und More – Christmas / Inky Chicks – Traditional Colors Christmas / SSS Wednesday – Make it Sparkle / Three Muses – Frame / Unicorn Challenge – Add Glitter / Shopping Our Stash – Winter Wonderland / Sunny Day Crafting – AG / Through the Craft Room Door – AG / Love to Scrap – AG / Sparkle n Sprinkle – AG / The Paper Girls – AG / Use your Stuff – AG / Love to Create – AG / Mixed Media World – AG / The Ribbon Girls – Any Image / Stamping Sensations – Floral Fancies / Great Impressions – AG / Jingle Belles – December Challenge / A Vintage Journey – Winter Magic

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Graciellie Design Blog Hop & Giveaway – Heat embossing Digital Stamps –

Today some dear friends from the papercrafting community have joined me to celebrate the relaunch of Graciellie Design’s Digital Shop. I am glad to let you know that starting today you can find new digital stamp sets on my shop designed for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, mixed media and even home decor. Today I’m sharing a card using two of my ten new stamp sets:

For my first card I printed and colored and sprayed with a shimmer mist the flowers on white cardstock and printed and heat embossed the sentiment on vellum to create a banner. The die cuts and colors framed the stamps nicely.

For my second card I made the heart stamp the card’s focal point printing and heat embossing it on vellum with gold glitter embossing powder. I also printed a sentiment on white cardstock and sprayed it with shimmer mist and created a little cluster with banners, hearts and other small embellishments.

Playing with this beautiful images was a treat. They are really versatile and fun to work with. Heat embossing and spraying printed images requires a bit of a learning curve but it is too easy and the results are sparkly and perfect. I will share a tutorial on these techniques and other tips and tricks soon!

These and other new digital stamp sets can be found at my shop HERE. Remember to like and follow my shop to be the first to know about any new products!

GIVEAWAY:
Three of you have the chance to win a new digital stamp set of your choice from the shop. For a chance to win, comment on all of the blogs listed below and tell us: What would you create with my new digital stamps?


The giveaway will run for a week and I will announce the winner on Monday, February 8th. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss any new giveaways, tutorials and new product releases.

And since this is a celebration, here’s a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY for you! Follow my YouTube channel for a chance to win 1 pack of 3 STAMP SETS of your choice! For a chance to win my second giveaway subscribe to my channel HERE and leave me a comment below letting me know you did!

Thanks for stopping by.

Visit the store to take a closer look to the new stamp sets here.

Sharing with: Classy Cards ‘n Such – Love makes the world go round / Glitter ‘n Sparkle – Embossing Dry or Heat / Stamping Sensations – AG with a die / The Ribbon Girl – Love / Choux Choux Paper Art – Valentines Hearts / Dies R Us – Love / SSS Wednesday – AG /

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New Stamps at Unity Stamp Co.

A bunch of new stamp sets have been added to Unity Stamp Company and yours truly couldn’t be happier! I’ve been having fun not only putting together sets but also playing with them making new cards. Though I’ve been sharing the news around social media I still had not had the chance to share the cards I’ve made with the new sets, so I decided to load today’s post with not one but 3 different cards for your inspiration!

I hope you have a chance to visit Unity and grab some of the new stamps! They always have great sales that you can take advantage of! On the other hand more new, made with love sets will be released very soon so please stay tuned!

To see other stamp sets I’ve designed available now click here. For more inspiration please visit Unity’s blog to see what the talented designers created!

Thanks for visiting. See you soon!

Supplies:
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Inspired by North Coast Creations

First of all, I hope your family is enjoying and celebrating a blessed Father’s Day today! If your dad is now enjoying his day in Heaven, like mine, then I hope you are taking time to remember him and celebrate his memory. Today’s card is a little tribute to today’s celebration, to fathers in general, since I thought this was a great male card with bright, Summer colors and stamps.

I was inspired by a wonderful new stamp set by North Coast Creations, Our Daily Bread Designs sister company, an thought I would use bright colors to create a clean and simple card. This new stamp set is called Sail Away. I colored the image with alcohol markers, using various tones of aquamarine blue for the sea and light browns and red for the striped sail. The contrast is lovely and very suitable for Summer. I like this sentiment too and what I did is die cut it with a Mini Tag die (that I find so versatile) and add some linen thread. I also cut the front panel vertically to leave a gap and reveal the red layer beneath it. 
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. For more inspiration by NCC’s designers, please click here. Thanks for visiting and see you again soon!

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Watercolored Bouquet

Hello everyone! I haven’t been able to resist the temptation of joining the Watercolor Blog Hop being hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. I LOVE watercoloring and this was a great motivation to grab my watercolor pencils again and color some beautiful flowers.

I like to mix and layer orange, red and pink tones to add an interesting touch to my coloring. I didn’t apply my Faber Castell pencils directly to the image, but instead I scribbled each color on a piece of cardstock and picked up the colors using my water brush.

I heat embossed these stunning flowers in gold to make the embossing resist my watercoloring. This is one of my favorite techniques because the embossing contains the watercolors and makes the task a bit simpler. Still I spent quite a good amount of time to get the shading that I wanted on my flowers.

I love the result and thought I would finish the card with some vintage handwriting stamping, rhinestones, pearls and a heat embossed sentiment of vellum. I wanted my card to be a bit different from the usual contrasting, clean designs out there and so I applied distress ink around the edges of the white layer and mounted this on colorful mats. I really like the vintage touches it has!

This was a liberating and relaxing process to me but I hope today’s card inspires you to try this out also! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back in a day to share a great Father’s Day / masculine cardmaking idea with you!

I’m sharing this with:
Great Impressions – June Challenge AG / Word Art Wednesday – AG / MFT Sketch 231 Challenge 

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Sweet Easter Card with Nicecrane Designs

I love pastel hues and Easter is just the perfect time to use them on our papercrafting projects. Today I’m sharing a sweet Easter card with a beautiful vintage image from a Nicecrane Designs digital set called Amazing Andersen DSL.

I printed the image on white linen cardstock and cut it with a delicate die cut. I stenciled and colored the image in very soft pastel colors with Spectrum Noir markers. I put the card together mixing two different patterns, and mounting the image on a heirloom frame. I finished the card with a satin ribbon double bow.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I invite you to visit Nicecrane Designs and see all the new and beautiful digital sets added recently. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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