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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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For YOU with love

Happy Monday! I have the privilege to share a card I made just for fun today, and I say privilege because I don’t always have the time to make an extra card. I have been experimenting with different materials to create organic looking embellishments. My last card featured a DIY rosette embellishment made of a very common every day material. I will have a tutorial on that this week, so stay tuned and join me on Friday for all the details on that project made for Ann Butler Designs! Then tomorrow you’ll see a mixed media card I created for this week’s challenge at ODBD, featuring a product found at the hardware store that I used to add texture to the card. There will be another complete tutorial on that project also! But today, I bring you a card featuring one of my deepest paper crafting obsessions… Handmade flowers! I experimented with crepe paper! Yes, that’s right, the one used for party decorations.

I had this idea of using crepe paper to try a new look for my infamous Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts… Well, my gut was right and I think my flowers resulted beautiful, full of texture and somewhat organic looking. But again, that is MY opinion… What do you think?

Supplies 
Dies: Spellbinders – Rose Creations, Mary Border Strip, A2 Matting Basics. ODBD – Fancy Foliage, Beautiful Borders, Flourished Star Pattern. Docrafts Xcut – Leafy Flourishes. Marianne Creatables – Key. Cheery Lynn Designs – English Tea Party
Stamps: Avery Elle – Simple Tags, Everyday. ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler – Picnic 1
Inks: ColorBox Paintbox (Heliotrope and Pink). Ranger – Distress Ink Sprays in Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar, Dylussions White Linen Ink Spray. Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink in Aquamarine
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Westcott titanium paper trimmer, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Adhesives: Beacon’s Tacky Glue, Bazic two sided tape, Bazic two sided foam tape
Embellishments – Stampin’ Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Miscelaneous
Textured cardstock in white, aquamarine and pink

Craft metal (silver backing)
Vellum
Crepe Paper

I’m really into mixed media cards lately, and I love the watercolored look of these flowers, paired with the incredible texture created by the die cut background (made with the NEW Spellbinders Mary Border Strip) and the use of sprays and ink. I was inspired by two challenges: The always fun Mod Squad Challenge hosted now by the talented Joyce Erb with a beautiful and peculiar color combination, Purple and Teal; and, Cardabilities with these great sketch:

Recently I’ve been thinking of my old days as a singer. Incredibly music still means the world to me, though I don’t sing anymore (in public that is). I do love to sing along to Youtube videos and personal playlists, but that’s about it now a days. Anyways, while I was making this card I recalled that one of the last photos taken of me while singing has the color palette of this challenge. Turns out I used to WEAR these colors back in the day!

Then while I was writing this post I stumbled across a love song I used to listen to around the time this picture was taken. Again, the song too has the color, sweetness and fresh lyrics that I think can be translated to the feel and sentiment of this card, so I am going to share it with you too! Valentine’s day is approaching so why not? Yes, it’s that kind of rainy day today!

As you may be able to tell a piece of my heart goes into every card I make, and I take my time until I feel it conveys the energy present in me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Be inspired to try out new things and express yourself as much as you can through all the artistic things you do, little and large!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a creative week!

I’m submitting this card to:
Mod Squad Challenge – Purple and Teal
Cardabilities – Sketch #115
Cheery Lynn Designs – Add a Heart (gridded pink heart stamped on banner)

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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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Resplendent Christmas

Time is flying, and it seems that it’ll be Christmas before we know it! So I think a good Christmas challenge is a great excuse to catch up on all those holiday cards that need to be ready on time! This week at Classy Cards ‘n Such our challenge is Trim a Tree: Use a Christmas tree with Gold and/or Silver. What an elegant and classy combination for a holiday card!

I decided to make a cleaner card this week, but of course as always you’ll notice I used detailed filigree dies, which I find work great with Christmas designs.

To make my card I die cut a frame from cream embossed metallic cardstock using the Vintage Flourish Pattern set. Then I die cut a Christmas tree from the silver back of a Delicate Pastels Craft Foil by Spellbinders with an old Christmas Tree die from my stash. I also die cut two stars from the silver foil and from embossed gold paper using some new dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I made my card base using A2 Matting Basics A. Before adding the die cuts I attached a piece of Old Gold – Sheer Asiana ribbon vertically to the back of the cream frame. I adhered these intricate dies with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. Finally I added a little gold bow to the bottom of the silver tree.

For added inspiration please visit our blog to check out what my teammates created for the challenge this week. I invite you to link up your gold/silver Christmas creation for a chance to win a prize from the store!

Remember that you can find most of the supplies used on Classy Cards ‘n Such store. Don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

I’d like to submit my card to:
Metal – My Craft Spot

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Kitties Fall Picnic

Today I’m excited to share a card I made for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Fall Picnic. Of course, I used many crafty goodies from CCNS store to create my card, some lovely supplies I must add!

To make this card, first I die cut my card base with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Vintage Flourish Pattern, and then I die cut a window on it’s front with the coordinating frame from the same set. I cut an inner layer that matched the size of the card base from White Pearl Linen. I printed a piece of plaid patterned digital paper on White Pearl Linen also, and adhered it covering one third of the inner layer, to work as a picnic blanket. I aligned the inner layer with the card base, marked the window outline on it and die cut it with the coordinating frame die. The frame that resulted was attached to the inside of the card, after I aged it with Distress Ink in Old Paper, with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The other remainding part of the inner layer was attached to the card front, from the inside.

Once the card base was entirely ready, I started working on all the elements I needed to complete my card. I stamped Wild Rose Studio’s Kitty Picnic on White Pearl Linen and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I fuzzy cut it and adhered the images to the card front with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

I then die cut lots of leaves from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Impression Obsession’s Small Leaf Set. I applied some Graphite Inka Gold to the craft foil leaves, to make them look a bit organic. I added the leaves on the bottom of the card front around the images, arranging them to look like a bed of leaves. I adhered them with UHU all purpose adhesive (silicone gel glue).

I also used other die cuts as tree branches that I cut from olive green paper with Poppy Stamps’ Pine Garland. I cut around four or five of them and adhered them with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the card front from the inside, so they’d appear to be coming out of the window.

Finally I heat embossed a sentiment, from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set, with Gold detail embossing powder on a little banner that was die cut with the smallest die from A2 Matting Basics A. I distressed the die cut’s edges, and applied Distress ink in Old Paper to it, and next I cut it’s right end with a scissor to create the classic banner shape. I mounted it with foam tape on the left side of the card, and cut the remainder piece to fit the card’s width perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! I invite you to join our challenge this week for a chance to win a prize from the store and the Classiest Card Award too. To check out the supplies I used for today’s project click on the supplies’ links or visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store to see all what’s been added recently! If you do purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your order!

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

I’d like to submit my card to:
It’s my Favorite (Window Cards) – Mod Squad Challenge
Warm Colors (Using KITTY PICNIC Clear Stamp) – Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 
Falloween Fun – Poppystamps Challenge
Sketch #22 – STAMPlorations  
Scripture Inspiration Challenge – Our Daily Bread Designs
(A time to weep, and a time to laugh)
(28/10/14) And:
Fall/Autumn – Stamp and Create 

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Elegant Polka Dots

This week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is Polka Dot Christmas! There is an inspiration photo for you, and the colors from the photo I chose to work with were white, yellow (gold), and copper which appears on the red curtain’s polka dots. As always we have a prize from the store for a lucky winner and the classiest participating card will be awarded too!

For today’s card I used Spellbinders 2012 Holiday Tree to die cut a window on a piece of White Pearl Linen, which I die cut next with A2 Matting Basics A. Then I dry embossed the white layer with a polka dot embossing folder, similar to Crafts-Too Dots embossing folder.

I also die cut a piece of Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders in copper with A2 Matting Basics A, and dried embossed it the same way I did with the white layer. I mounted the white piece on top of the craft foil, but not before wrapping a piece of gold cording across them and tying a little bow. I adhered it all to a light brown card base and embellished the card with many Baby Rhinestones – Silver.

I hope you find time to play along our challenge this week. I also motivate you to invite your friends to play along. The more participants, the more chances there are to win a prize from the store!

To check out the supplies I used for today’s card please click on their links to be directed to Classy Cards ‘n Such store. Remember that new items and new discounts are added all the time, so don’t miss out! If you visit the store and purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – Completely Christmas
October Challenge – Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas 
Christmas in October – Deep ocean 88
Christmas – Fab n funky 233
Embellish It – Christmas All Year ‘Round

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Metal Flowers and a Tag

Hello again! I rarely do two posts the same day but I wanted to share with you a birthday card I made using Avery Elle stamps and dies, combined with some craft metal and other different materials, that ended up looking so well together. It is a simple and layered/freestyle collage card.

//www.hangatag.com/js/a.jsI added lots of little details around the circular window. The polka dot background is from a digital paper pack that I printed on linen cardstock. I added a 7/8″ wide gross grain pink ribbon across the front of the card, vertically and started attaching all my embellishments on top of it.

I die cut the flowers from craft metal instead of paper. I used Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets in Pucker Me Pink and Princess Pink. I wanted the flowers to look as organic as possible so I creased and sanded them a bit. The tag was die cut from kraft corrugate paper. To finish the design I added a vellum banner that I heat embossed with a Happy Birthday sentiment.

I really enjoyed making this card. It’s something unusual for the blog but if you follow me you know how much I enjoy cleaner designs too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
This card is participating in:
In the Pink for October – Mod Squad Challenge
Challenge #45 – Add a Little Dazzle
Spring Forward, Fall Back – Power Poppy
Celebrate – Just Us Girls
October Challenge – Craftyhazelnut’s PPC

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Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous – Blog Hop Day #5

Today is the final day of Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous blog hop. I hope you have had a chance to follow each day of the hop this week. There are lots of prizes to be given away and all you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs for a chance to win.

My project for today is complementary to the place setting I shared yesterday HERE. It’s a Christmas card made with lots of layered heat embossed metallic snowflakes.

Supplies used:
Stampendous Snowflake Die Set – DCS5069, Cling Delicate Snow – CRS5069, Storybook Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamps Set – SSC007
Add a Little Dazzle’s Wondrous White metal sheet, and Golden Glimmer metal sheet.

There is a PDF tutorial for this card included on the Stampendous Blog Hop Pack that you might want to check out!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this and all my other projects shared this week during the blog hop. Thanks so much Stampendous for letting me use your amazing snowflake set.
 
I also want to take a moment to thank Add a Little Dazzle for having me this week and a half as their guest designer. Thanks for the opportunity!

Before you go make sure you stop by each blog listed below 
for a chance to win some amazing prizes.
Friday – Day 5


Thanks for your visit!

This card is participating in:
Challenge #30 – Completely Christmas



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Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous – Blog Hop Day #4

Welcome to Day 4 of the amazing partnership blog hop between Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous. Chance to win prizes and lots of projects to be inspired by, what else can one ask for? I am having fun sharing with you the projects I created using Stampendous Snowflake Die Set – DCS5069, Cling Delicate Snow – CRS5069. And for today’s project I’m combining these sets with Add a Little Dazzle’s Wondrous White metal sheet, and Golden Glimmer metal sheet.

My project for today is a place setting in white and gold, perfect to decorate your Christmas table.


The place setting consists of a cutlery holder and a place card. The cutlery holder is made of white cardstock and has an open pocket to place a napkin and a cutlery set for one. I dry embossed the pocket and decorated it with two heat embossed snowflakes. The large gold snowflake was heat embossed in white and the medium white snowflake was heat embossed in gold. Both were die cut afterwards using the matching die set.
 

The place card is made using a partial die cutting technique with the help of Snowflake Die Set – DCS5069 I basically placed the large snowflake die on the edge of a 5″x 4 1/2″ piece of cardstock and ran it through a die cutting machine making sure I only cut half the snowflake on the front. Then I ran it again through the die cutting machine on the other side making sure I only cut a fourth of the snowflake on the back. Right where the fourth part of the snowflake cut ends I scored and folded. I decorated the place card the same way I did with the cuttery holder.

I hope you liked my project, that you find it inspiring, and that you find it interesting to try out. I have one more project for you tomorrow, and it’s a complementary project to these two I just showed you, so don’t forget to stop by!

If you’d like to purchase gorgeous metal sheets, embossing pastes, inka gold, stencils and more, please click HERE.

Continue to hop along for a chance to win some really amazing prizes from both Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous!

Be sure to visit every blog and comment
for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

 Thursday- Day 4

 
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Thank you for your visit!

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Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous – Blog Hop Day #3

This is week there is lots of excitement at Add a Little Dazzle since we’ve partnered with Stampendous and all week long you will have the opportunity to see amazing projects created by both design teams, using Stampendous stamps and dies and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal.

As every Wednesday today we also have our Dazzling Diva Challenge: Home for the Holidays! My card for today features Baby Blue Metal Sheet, Snowflake Die Set – DCS5069, Cling Delicate Snow – CRS5069.

To make my card first I stamped and heat embossed this elegant and gorgeous snowflake various times to create a background on the craft metal piece. I used pearlescent powder to give it a subtle sparkle. Next I used the silver backing of the metal sheet to heat emboss three snowflakes in white. I die cut them with their coordinating die.

I added a piece of gross grain ribbon in white to create contrast and created a snowflake cluster. I used vynil stickers to decorate my snowflakes and some turquoise pearls for the background.

I enjoyed using this amazing snowflake set from Stampendous to create this CAS card. This will be a great card for anyone in the family when Christmas arrives.

I hope you find time to play along our challenge this week, for a chance to win a $15 voucher to the store!

If you’d like to purchase gorgeous metal sheets, embossing pastes, Inka Gold, stencils and more please click HERE.

There is more to see while you hop along to check out what the team has created for the challenge. As for me, I will be back tomorrow with a very different project for you, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to visit every blog and comment
for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Wednesday- Day 3

 

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