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Patterned Christmas Wishes

This week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is focused on Christmas Wrappings. I went for a CAS, window card.

I started out by printing two digital patterned paper on Pearl White Linen. Then I cut the papers equally and then die cut a window on one of the layers, using Spellbinders Fancy Label Tags Two. I mounted the die cut layer on top of the other patterned piece using foam adhesive. Next I adhered a piece of Scor-Pal, 8 1/2″ x 11″ Double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of cardstock. I removed the backing and added a mix of Crystal Ice and Green Nugget glitters from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle. I adhered it to the center of the window with foam tape.

I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts Friends are Treasures stamp set on  Heavyweight Vellum, using Silver Detail embossing powder. I added the vellum banner across the center of the window and tucked the ends, adhering them to the back of the layers with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

Finally I attached the layers with Scor-tape to a white card base I die cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. I also embellished the vellum banner with three Baby Rhinestones – Silver.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Frilly Fun – Mod Squad Challenge

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Rustic Poinsettia Tag

Today I want to share a tag I made for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Christmas Tags.

I used a lovely pre-printed tag from Fancy Pants Designs’ Burlaps and Bouquets collection. I picked the burned red and beige from the tag and added green as a third color, to create a nice, earthy combination. I used beige cardstock for the die cuts entirely and colored them with ink afterwards, that way I could have a hint of beige everywhere.

Main Supplies
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
Spellbinders New Fancy Label Tags One
Mini Ink Blending Tool
1/2″ Scor-Tape 
Baby Pearls – LeCreme 

I die cut two small poinsettias, and cut some petals from a smaller flower for the leaves too, since the original leaf die was too large to fit the small tag. I colored the poinsettias with Barn Door distress ink and the leaves with Peeled Paint distress ink.

I die cut two coordinating labels with the new Spellbinders Fancy Label Tags One. I stenciled the labels with Peeled Paint distress ink, but I applied much less ink to the smaller one. Finally I stamped a sentiment from the new Our Daily Bread Designs’ Silk Stars stamp set using Crafter’s Ink in Bark. Half a dozen Baby Pearls finished the design, giving the flowers a delicate touch to contrast their rustic look!

I love how the tag turned out. It will certainly be added to a Christmas gift this year!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little tag! Check out the supplies used on Classy Cards ‘n Such store. I also invite you to browse the new products added recently and the clearance section for some great deals! If you missed our recent Black Friday sale, no worries… Use my code Gracie-10 so you can get 10% off your entire order, clearance products included! How about that?

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!

I’d like to submit my tag to:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Freestyle

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Embellished Canvas

Ann Butler Designs has partnered with Enviromental Technologies and the team has been busy creating projects using resin pieces and more that are being featured on ETI’s blog! I created a canvas using lots of Ann Butler Designs inks and a couple of paints, and I made lots of pretty vintage embellishments with resin to embellish it!

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I have a complete tutorial for you to check out, were I show you how I made my canvas, step by step! CLICK HERE to check it out!

On the other hand, I want to take a minute to remember and honor my father… Today is a very special day since it would have been my father’s birthday if he were alive. We miss him every single day! May the Lord continue to bless him.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my canvas to:
City Crafter – Favorite Techniques (mixed media layering)

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Thank You Canvas

This month Sin City Stamps is partnering with Cottonwood Arts. Cottonwood Arts offers a variety of art products: canvas notebooks, sketchbooks, cold press blocks and more.

Today I want to share with you a mixed media project I made with a 6 1/2″ x 4″ Cottonwood canvas. This canvas is really great quality… It can hold many layers of products, which makes it perfect for mixed media.

Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps Rosette Hearts stamp set
Sin City Stamps Chickenwire with Butterflies chipboard sheet
Cottonwood Arts 6 1/2″ x 4″ canvas
Other
Pan Pastels

Crafter’s Inks
Sponge applicator
Die cuts
Gold acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Homemade gesso
Textured cardstock in white and beige
Gold embossing powder

I have a complete step by step tutorial on how to make this colorful canvas. Click here and start the guide to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Gilded Ornaments

With so many gorgeous photos for our Christmas challenges I am feeling inspired. This week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Ornaments and Ribbons. I made a card in white and gold that ended up looking very elegant!

I started off by die cutting my white card base with Vintage Flourish Pattern. Then I die cut two ornaments with Spellbinders Holiday Tags, also from white cardstock. I wanted to give the ornaments a different look, so I decided I’d stencil it with Pearlescent Embossing Paste, using the Large Damask brass stencil. I applied the paste using the very useful Palette Knife. Once dried, I used a baby wipe to add some Inka Gold in yellow gold to the edges of the ornaments.

I die cut some Small Blooming Poinsettia by PoppyStamps from Riccio Astrosilver Embossed Metallic cardstock. I adhered the poinsettias to the ornnaments and embellished them with a few Baby Rhinestones – Silver.

I also stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on White Pearl Linen from Our Daily Bread Designs Silk Star stamp set in Gold detail. Next, I die cut the sentiment with Ornamental Tags Three, but I also used the same die to die cut a second tag from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders. 
I cut a piece of the gold tag, the flourish in particular, and I adhered it to the white tag.

I attached gold string and gold bows to the ornaments and mounted them to the card, together with the tag. Finally I added some more Baby Rhinestones – Silver finish the design.

I hope you feel inspired to try out this technique! Plain carstock die cuts can have a gilded look by adding some texture and metallic color to them. I can assure you it’s easy and effective! 

Want to do some early Christmas shopping? Visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store and use code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order! Lots of new stamps, papers, dies and ink sprays have been added recently, so don’t miss a chance to check them out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Stamping Sensations – Simply Christmas

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Delicate Birthday Butterflies – House of Cards

It’s been just a few days since my last post for House of Cards Challenge. Things have changed a bit for the better! Now all of us, the designers from all the different style teams, are going to share our projects for the challenge every 1st of the month on our blogs. We are also going to be adding our creations to the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along, visit each blog, and hopefully be inspired!

Our challenge this month is a sketch! Remember you can rotate the sketch and use it as you wish, only let us know your interpretation on your blog post or online gallery.

My card follows the sketch almost literally, except for the sentiment label, which I interpreted as a banner.  

I decided to make a shabby chic card in soft tones of lilac and blue. I used some pretty filigree dies starting with the frame, which I cut with ODBD Vintage Flourish die. I layered two elegant oval die cuts too. I wanted to add some shimmer to the card so I used metallic cardstocks for the frame and the blue oval, and I stamped and heat embossed in silver the butterflies with a newsprint stamp. The dies I used for the butterflies are very old, that set was called Butterflies Two by Spellbinders. After I heat embossed the butterflies I sponged them with Memento inks in Angel Pink and Lavender, and I gathered their center to give them some dimension.

I stamped and heat embossed in silver a Happy Birthday sentiment in Spanish, on vellum. I distressed the vellum’s edges also. Of course a shabby chic card would not be complete without lace and ribbon so I finished the design adding some of that and some baby rhinestones.


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I hope you feel inspired and that you will join us this month with a card, box, layout, or whatever project your little creative heart desires. For more inspiration click HERE to check out what my teammates made. You’ll find our projects on the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along and get to know each designer. By the way, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thankful Blooms – Dies R Us

November is the month to celebrate, and be thankful with family and loved ones. What better way to share how thankful we are than with a card? This time at Dies R Us we invite you to join our Thankful challenge. For your inspiration I made a Fall themed card, with lots of die cuts.

Supplies
Dies – Spellbinders – Nestabilities – A2 Tranquil Moments / Cheery Lynn – English Tea Party Doily / Spellbinders – D-Lites – Decorative Wrought Iron / Spellbinders Donna Salazar Collection – Carnation Creations / Poppystamps – Dies – Pine Garland / Avery Elle – Elle-ments Dies – Simply Tags: Everyday / Cas-ual Fridays – Casual Vine Fri-dies
Inks – Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink: Tangelo, Sunshine, Berry / Distress Inks: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Embossing
Stamp – Flourishes: Zinnia stamp set
Papers: Leather textured cardstocks in beige, light brown and white/ Shimmery embossed paper in green / Craft metal

Adhesives – Elmer’s Glue-All / Uhu All Purpose adhesive
Tools – Grand Calibur die cutting machine / Zap! heat tool
Other: Inkadinkado embossing powder in Glam Gold / Merletto pearls and crystal stickers / Lara’s Crafts Jute twine

The die cut card base sure add lots of detail to the card, but that of course wasn’t enough. I layered one side of the card’s front with part of a doily die cut and wrought iron die cut. I added die cut leaves, jute twine, and some handmade flowers that I colored with different inks and Inka Gold (see how to here). To finish my design I added pearls, crystals and of course a little tag with a Thanks a Bunch sentiment.

For added inspiration visit Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and check out what my teammates have created. Link up your project for a chance to win a $10 voucher to the store! Our winner and favorites will receive a badge too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my card.

I’d like to submit this card to: 
Thankful – Poppystamps

Sketch #110 – Cardabilities

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Sweet ‘n Shabby Chic

Hello there! It’s Gracie posting today and I’m glad to have the chance to share with you another card I designed using the beautiful and versatile products carried by Classy Cards ‘n Such store. I created a shabby chic card with lots and lots of layers and elements.

I started off die cutting two labels with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Five. You can also get the same result using the classic Labels Twenty-Five, available at the store. I die cut one label from pink cardstock and another one from a digital floral patterned paper I designed, and that I printed on White Pearl Linen. The patterned label was also cut with a Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One, but I suggest you check out A2 Curved Borders One, which would work nicely too. I mounted the patterned piece on top of the pink label, aligning them perfectly.

I added a piece of pink ribbon approximately across the middle of the layered label, vertically, hiding the ends behind the patterned piece. I adhered a Fantastic Flourish Three, and some vines die cut from green cardstock, one of my digital old handwriting patterned papers (also printed on White Pearl Linen), and Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders in gold that I painted with silver acrylic paint. I also attached some birds from Impression Obsession’s Birds Set, which I die cut twice and mounted to create a decoupage effect. I continued embellishing my label with some small flowers cut with Spellbinders Rose Creations and Carnation Creations, and that I adorned with some Baby Rhinestones – Silver. I also attached a little Fancy Label Tag One on which I stamped “with love” from Avery Elle’s Simply Tags stamp set. I framed the label with a medium die cut from Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, cut from Stardream Rose Quartz, and then added some Baby Rhinestones – Silver to it’s corners.

Once the central label was fully embellished, I prepared my card base. The card base was cut from soft pink cardstock with A2 Matting Basics A. Then I layered it with a frame from A2 Filigree Delight. I added a piece of pink ribbon across the middle of the frame, horizontally, and then mounted the embellished label right on top of it. Finally I added a double bow decorated with a vintage button.

I love the final look of this shabby chic card. I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and reading how I made it! Remember that most of the supplies used are available now at Classy Cards ‘n Such store. I invite you to visit and check out all the new items added recently. If you purchase some goodies make sure to type my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your entire order!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Anything Goes – Inspiration Destination
Anything Goes – Divas by Design
For the One you Love – Ruby’s Rainbow
Challenge #22 – Creative Colors

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Candy Cane Inspired

It’s time to share a new card for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Candy Cane Christmas. We were challenged to make a Christmas project in red and white, and a touch of green! What a perfect, and contrasting color combination for the Holidays.

The candy cane inspiration translates to my card through the die cut frame’s border. I cut the frame with Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor to which I also die cut an inner window with A2 Matting Basics

I like to layer dies from different sets a lot, to achieve new results every time, and I did just that. I die cut a label from the silver back of a Delicate Pastels Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Thirty-Four. I die cut two coordinating labels from red and white cardstock using Fancy Label Tags Two. I heat embossed a sentiment from Sweet ‘n Sassy Vintage Seed Packet stamp set, in Silver detail on the white label.

I also die cut some Christmas elements to decorate the labels using Poppystamps Pine Garland, Small Blooming Poinsettia, and also from Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set. I heat embossed the white leaves and the small poinsettia with Inkadinkado Pearlescent embossing powder, using Distress embossing ink. I adhered all the elements to the red label, attaching the pine garlands to the back of the label, and the leaves and small poinsettia to it’s top.

I prepared a white card base using A2 Matting Basics. I dried embossed it’s front with Spellbinders M-bossabilities Ornamental Iron folder. Next I glued the frame with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. I added a piece of red satin ribbon across the center of the card, horizontally, and then I mounted the three labels with foam tape. I finished the design adding some Baby Rhinestones – Silver and a bow.

I hope you can join us this week with your candy cane inspired creation. As every week the classiest card will be awarded, and a prize from the store will be given away to a lucky winner!

I invite you to browse Classy Cards ‘n Such Store. Many new items have been added and the Clearance section has been updated too! You won’t want to miss all the dies, embossing folders, paper pads, and accesories on sale! If you do purchase you can get an additional 10% off using my code Gracie-10 during checkout!

I’d like to submit this card to:
Christmas Blog Hop Challenge – Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Any Holiday – Hiding in my Craft Room 
October Challenge – Craft-Dee Bowz
Anything Goes Monochromatic – Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
Bingo – Holly Jolly Christmas (ribbon, rhinestones, die cuts)
Anything Goes – Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas & Red – Paperminutes  
Challenge #43 – Festive Friday
Is it too early for Christmas – The Paper Shelter

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Vintage Florals – House of Cards

Hello, and welcome to my post for this month’s challenge at House of Cards: Use a Punch and/or Die. It’s time for us, the Vintage & Shabby team, to share our cards!

I created a vintage card using some beautiful dies. I also worked with a color combination I haven’t used in a while: peach, beige and green.

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The floral paper is the soul of this card. I actually used a digital paper I designed called Floral Frames 5, printed on linen cardstock. I love how the vintage florals look! I layered three different labels on the side of the card and cut the edges remainding outside the card base. I embellished the card with 3/8″ cream gross grain ribbon, pearls, crystals and a gold vintage button.

For more inspiration from the Vintage & Shabby team check out the blogs below:
Rocky : Rockycraft
Ang : Mad for paper
Merethe : Merethe’s Kreative Boble
Cohenna : Cohenna.com

I hope you’re inspired to join us with your creations this week! Click HERE to be taken to the original challenge post to link up!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Buttons – Card Mania Challenge

October Challenge – Craft-Dee Bowz
Cut it Out – Crafty Cardmakers
Buttons & Bows – Eureka Stamps 
Anything Goes – The Pink Elephant