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Tone on Tone Stamping & Coloring – Stunning Mason Jar Bouquet Stamps

Today I’m sharing my first card using one of Sweet ‘n Sassy’s new stamp set Mason Jar Bouquet! This set is so pretty, so versatile and is perfect for coloring.

I stamped the flowers in hot pink dye ink and colored them in the same color, to create a tone on tone effect. I have been using watercolor markers to color a lot lately and I’ve also been drawn to bright, summer colors. I watercolored this flowers in hot pink using very little water and added a fresh green on the leaves. I decided they would look great with a few green leaf die cuts. I used foam squares to give them dimension.

The sentiments in this set are so beautiful, a very nice font and size. I was able to stamp this Mother’s Day greeting  in black, on one side of the die cut panel matching the rest of the card design.

The images are so striking and pretty I really didn’t need to do much for my card base. I just die cut a large intricate panel, cut it in half and layered the pieces creating a lace border like design. Details such as the black and silver Reversible Satin Ribbon and pearls tie the card together.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Make sure to stop by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps today to check out this and other new clear stamp sets available now. Until next time.

Sharing with: Crop Stop Challenge – AG (Using Tim Holtz Water Brush) / Cupcake Inspirations – Color palette / Paper Players – Tic Tac Toe /

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Stained Flowers DIY Patterned Paper with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Floral specialty papers can be beautiful, especially when they have a metallic finish. I decided to go ahead and try to make my own using Floral Greetings and Peaceful Peonies from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and Laser Silver Lustre paper.

I stamped the flower multiple times to create a pattern. I used Color Box Mix’d Media Inx in Truffe and heat embossed it with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. I then colored the flowers applying a bit of Zig markers and spreading the color using my fingers. I kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading. This technique gives the flowers a stained look. The glossy paper allows the color to glide and you end up getting a different coloring effect.

I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment on Heavyweight Vellum #48 and cut a banner. I decided to fussy cut 2 flowers from the remainding stamped paper and adhere them on top of a simple pink frame cut from Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock -which goes along perfectly with the Rose Quartz Mica / Metallic card base. To add dimension to the frame and flowers I used 3D Foam Strips and Foam Squares.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project idea. Make sure to visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps to check out these and other new clear stamp sets available now. For more ideas and inspiration visit SNSS blog!

Thanks for visiting.

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So much inspiration for you! + Our April Giveaway!

That’s right! This month is another special month for Graciellie Design. Our shop continues to grow with new stamp collections and our team can’t stop creating! So today we bring you more inspiration, project ideas and beautiful stamp sets -available now on our digital shop-.

Before we start, we would like to announce our 2 winners for the month of March! The winner of $20 gift card to our digital shop is Tiffelijah! The winner of a $20 gift card to Paper Temptress is being announced on their blog, so head over there -after you finish our blog hop- to find out if you are the lucky winner.

Today I’m showcasing these bold and elegant roses from our new set Strong & Courageous-. This new stamp set is one of the most complete sets we’ve ever had on the shop. It includes 4 sentiments and 4 images. It is actually a pop-up stamp set, meaning that it allows you to decoupage the flowers and leaves if you want to. Although it’s digital the stamps come ready to use, you just need to print the base flower and the pop-up flower in the same size and they will fit perfectly! |

I printed the roses on vellum and white cardstock and then foiled them using Silver and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil. I painted the back of a couple of vellum flowers with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint and found out during the process that any acrylic paint works to create the same effect. The color shows through the vellum and gives the flower a totally different look.

Many of you always wonder what to use to adhere vellum and in this case to also give dimension to the pieces… One of my favorite adhesives for transparencies are Zots. They are completely translucent and they also have dimensional zots that are perfect for this technique.

Since the flowers are a statement on their own, I decided to just add a simple frame and splatter some white acrylic paint to complete the card front. The verses included in this stamp set are so inspiring that I had to add them to the card, so they were foiled and adhered to the inside of the notecards.

More ideas and inspiration are ahead. Stop by the blogs listed below to check out how the designers are using our new stamps this month! In addition to that, part of the team will also be featuring Westcott Brand products. We love to fussy cut flowers and other images here at Graciellie Design and Westcott has some of the best precision scissors out there, so we are very excited to be partnering with them this month!

Leave a comment on each stop 
for a chance to win a $15 gift card!
April Guest Designer:

The winner will be announced on the 15th. I invite you to subscribe to the blog (on sidebar) and follow me on social media so you don’t miss a thing! Thanks so much for taking a minute to join our new release. Make sure to also go to our shop –here– and grab some new stamps!

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Beautiful Camellias – Spring Cardmaking Inspiration with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Today I want to brighten up your day with a pop of yellow with this fresh and Spring forward handmade card. A splash of watercolor and some alcohol marker coloring against a clean background sure makes you dream of Spring and Summer…

I used my latest stamp design for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Floral Greetings. You get 2 floral images in this set and I decided to go with the Camellia bloom this time. I stamped it multiple times and fussy cut 2 flowers and as many leaves I could. Although the background was watercolored the flowers were colored with Spectrum Noir markers in different tones of yellow.

I used the flowers to frame the minimalist die cut wreath and added a few strips of blue and green cardstock to break the structure of the card front at the same time that it blends in the color palette. Finally I adhered a banner with a greeting stamped and heat embossed in gold on vellum and added some rhinestones to finish the card.

More inspiration using this stamp set can be found on Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps blog! The design team has come up with brilliant ideas using these flowers. I can’t wait to see what you create with it! Visit the shop and get this and other new sets today.

Thanks for stopping by!

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More Inspiration: August Stamp Release – And our Giveaway Winner! –

It’s finally time for our inspiration blog hop! Today we have more project ideas using our new August stamp release. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our shop and check out our collection click HERE. To all of you who have been part of our celebration,our designers and followers -old and new-, thanks for making of this new release a success!

My card for today features yet again one of my favorite stamp sets from the new collection: Sent with a Prayer. I am using again the leaf images as embellishments (printed and foiled on acetate), thanks to the help of a Samsung laser printer, a Mini Minc machine and Deco foil transfer sheets. The sentiment from the same stamp set was printed and then foiled with matte black Deco Foil to add even more contrast against the brown cardstock.

I layered all the elements on this design on a vintage patterned paper panel, that I aged even more applying ink sprays in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and also some Pan Pastel in Titanium White. I also used DecoArt Media white crackle paint on the flowers and then I watered it down a bit to add some droplets to the flowers and part of the card panel.

The flowers, laces, ribbons and twine from May Arts Ribbon gave lots of texture to this Fall inspired card. I also added pieces of a stunning vintage washi tape from the Eyelet Outlet here and there. Other embellishments such as the gold buttons, big pearls and wood clip finish the look of the flower cluster. I foiled the metal gear embellishment using Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and a piece of Deco Foil transfer sheet to match the gold on the leaves.

I hope you are inspired by the array of projects the designers have prepared for you today. Follow the links below to check out how they used the new stamps from this month’s release!

Make sure to leave a comment on every stop! If you love what you see be sure to subscribe by email to the designers and to this blog so you don’t miss a thing!

And of course, I cannot go without announcing first our giveaway WINNER from our August 1st blog hop. The winner of a new stamp set of their choice plus the new Black & White Patterns Paper Pack is: Marty Fishman. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to get in touch and I will send out your prize!

If you didn’t win and you love our stamps, what are you waiting for? Come over to the shop and get our new stamps today (available individually and as a bundle)! Click HERE to check out the entire collection.

Need more inspiration? Visit our idea gallery using Graciellie Design digital stamps here.

Sharing with: Dies R Us – Doily and/or Lace / Petal Lu – AG / Stempelgarten – Flowers & Plants / Happy Little Stampers – August Mixed Media Challenge / Inkspirational – Patterned Paper / Mod Squad Challenge – Sew easy / A Gem of a Challenge – Buttons & Bows / Love 2 Create – AG / Mixed Media / Creative Artiste – AG Mixed Media / Crafting with an Attitude – AG / Add a Sentiment / Sisterhood of Crafters – Close to Nature / Crafty Addicts – AG/Friends / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Go Wild / WordArt Wednesday – AG / HOC – Use Twine / Great Impressions – AG

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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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He is Risen! – ODBD Anything Goes Challenge

Today is our last challenge of the month and it’s Anything Goes with ODBD stamps! This month has been an amazing release month and everyone in the design team has showcased some gorgeous, inspiring cards and projects. It’s been s joy seeing all of it!

Today I’m sharing a card with a bit of an eclectic take, in lime green, peach and gold, using vellum.

I used a technique called partial die cutting which consists basically on stamping an image and then die cutting on top of it without cutting the image. I die cut a label around the heat embossed roses and then I fussy cut the rest of the image. I colored the roses stamped on the vellum with a very light green alcohol marker.

I die cut a frame with a pretty polka dot pattern but added a peach cardstock on the back to create an unexpected contrast. I added the vellum label and then a piece of peach ribbon across it. Then on the center I used the smallest label from the Vintage Flourish Pattern set, die cutting it twice and layering around a clean label. I stamped a sentiment from the new Happy Resurrection Day set.

To finish the design I sponged the edges of the frame and label with green ink and added a few pearls.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC232 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 5, 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. Remember you must use at least one ODBD stamp to enter.

Don’t forget to visit my DT sisters too! Click below to see what they created for the challenge:

Thanks as always for visiting! I wish you a wonderful week, a happy Resurrection Day and a lovely Easter celebration.

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Altenew Roses

Early this year I received a gift card from my friend Dana from Got Joy Creations. With it I got a set I had been wanting to get for a while now from Altenew, called Vintage Roses… This is a multi-step stamping set that creates gorgeous flowers.

One of my new year’s resolution was to make more cards in Spanish. Based on that resolution I’ve also decided that I should use my stamps more. There are some stamp sets that I got last year that haven’t seen the light of day yet, and I don’t like that. I will keep trying to find time to create cards with older sets and try to add Spanish sentiments to them too.

This particular card was fun to make but I had to experiment about three times until I got the result I wanted. This set has many, many combination options and the stamped images are just stunning. I paired the floral images with a Spanish sentiment from Stampendous, that I heat embossed on vellum.

I haven’t made a bright floral card in a while, but I love how this one turned out and I think it’s perfect for Spring. I hope you enjoyed today’s post! For more ideas make sure you visit my galleries listed above (on my blog header tabs).

I will be back soon with more to share with you! Have a great day.

I’m sharing my card with:
Repeat Impressions Blog – Photo Inspiration
Dream it Up – Marching into Spring
Cards in Envy – Spring in the Air

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Life is a Gift – ODBD Inspiration Challenge

Welcome to my post for this week’s challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs! I’ve been enjoying sharing my cards with you as well as seeing your beautiful take on the challenges! It’s inspiring to see all the different takes and creative designs you all submit!

This week we have an inspiration challenge with a beautiful photo full of lovely colors I know you’ll love! Here is the card I created:

I used a new stamp set for this month’s new release called Life is a Gift! I love the beautiful sentiments on this stamp set and the versatility of the image as well. I stamped and heat embossed the image various times in gold and managed to stamp the continuation of the image on the sentiment label.

I stamped the main sentiment from this set and framed it with a green patterned label using Vintage Flourish Pattern and Blushing Rose Collection (papers). I also used a piece of ribbon to accent the labels and add a bold touch of red.

I roughly added color to the images with alcohol markers and embellished them also with red pearls. I finished the label with small green pearls too.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today. I invite you to share your creativity with us this week! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC227 or to join the challenge click here. You have until February 22, 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.

To see what my DT sisters created click on the links below:

Thanks so much for your kind visit today! Have a great week!

I’d like to share my card with:
Cuttin and Stampin – Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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From my Garden – ODBD Sketch Challenge

Were you able to join us last week at our Shining the Light challenge? This week our challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is a sketch! When I saw the sketch I think I knew right away that I wanted to make a window card. I decided to make a garden themed card too, with a bit of floral pattern and garden die cuts!

You may have noticed by now how much I love to use the largest frame from Flourished Star Pattern dies. I just like the stitched border this die has and how it matches many other dies from ODBD like the Gilded Gate I used this time too! I die cut a window on the white mat using Vintage Flourish Pattern and then I embossed it with a polka dot folder. I thought some polka dot embossing would look great with this card’s design, especially because of the shabby chic look it has.

I stamped a sentimend from The Gate set, and I die cut a smaller coordinating label, that way I could make the window stand out with patterned paper. I stenciled the label with pink ink, because I can’t have enough pink in any of my cards and it just happened to match my design!

Since I wanted dimension for the different elements of the card and since the Gilded Gate is so intricate, I thought of an idea that turned out great… I adhered the gate to a strip of patterned paper and mounted it on the embossed mat! Turns out the floral pattern behind the gate looks a bit like a garden.

I stamped the bird from Music Speaks, fussy cut it, colored it with markers and heat embossed it with pearlescent powder to make it stand out. I must say the little bird looks much better in person! I added a few leaves I die cut from beige cardstock using Fancy Foliage. Since I didn’t have the green cardstock to match the patterned paper exactly, I colored the leaves with markers. I embellished the leaves with a few pink pearls that look a lot like fruit (at least in my imagination).

I hope you liked my card for today! I think this is a fun sketch, so I hope you can join us this week! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC226 or to join the challenge click here (link to the ODBDSLC226). You have until February 15, 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.

As always, my DT sisters created some beautiful cards to share with you! I invite you to visit their blogs below and leave them a comment! I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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