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Feathered Sentiments with Brutus Monroe

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to be back with a second card featuring Brutus Monroe, as their guest designer! This time I have a colorful and sparkly idea using the Feathered Sentiments Clear Stamp Set and the Barn Wall background rubber stamp!

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For today’s card, I stamped and heat embossed the Barn Wall pattern on vellum, with a gold glitter embossing powder. I attached that vellum panel to a white card base and then added a teared piece from a monoprinted and painted background on top of it. The sparkle, color and textures of this card base ended up looking amazing together! Totally not planned but so perfect!

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I stamped lots of feathers from the Feathered Sentiments stamp set and watercolored them with traditional watercolored followed by a bit of glitter watercolors applied only on certain parts of the images to create a nice color transition! I fussy cut the feathers and attached them around the bold sentiment which truly brings all the design together! All the images on this card were stamped with Raven Detail Ink by Brutus Monroe. Perfect for watercoloring and any other coloring media you have in mind!

That’s it for now! I so hope you enjoy this post. I hope it inspires you to create something pretty today! Make sure to check out all the products mentioned above at Brutus Monroe’s website… Love everything they carry on their shop! A big thanks to Brutus Monroe for inviting me to guest design with them. Such an honor!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.

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Shimmer on Kraft • Autumn Card Inspiration with Brutus Monroe

Hello! I’m so happy to be back with a new inspiration project, this time as a guest designer for the awesome Brutus Monroe! They were SO kind to invite me to join them for the month of November and I am so thankful for having the chance to play with some of their latest stamp sets!

Today I’m sharing a set of Fall cards with the new Autumn Sunrise 6″x 8″ Clear Stamp Set, which comes with 16 different leaf images and 4 large and bold sentiments to play with! The variety of leaves in the set inspired me to use it to create a background… A shimmery watercolored background on kraft that is!

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To create this background I used the Brutus Monroe Premium Surface Board as my base. I stamped each single leaf randomly using Raven Detail Ink and then stamped the leaves again overlapping several of them, but this time instead of using ink I heat embossed the images in gold! Next, I painted the kraft board with glitter watercolors in golds and coppers, trying not to cover all the panel so that some of the kraft color could still show. The shimmer from the watercolors contrasts the kraft background and the best part is the board is sturdy enough to hold water and won’t warp much.

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I cut the Kraft board into 2 pieces (basically cutting it in half, plus some extra trimming) and mounted them on a white and also a black card base. I wanted the background to shine and so I decided to stamp and heat emboss the Autumn greetings sentiment on vellum and attached it to the center of the card.

I hope you enjoyed this clean card idea. Love how we can make a simple design stand out by just layering pretty stamps and paints! This I think could be the perfect card to give to your guests on Thanksgiving or even co-workers and male friends. It is quite a versatile design and mixed media panel will definetely make everyone wonder how you made it!

***GIVEAWAY!***

We would love to offer a $25 gift certificate to our amazing readers! To be entered to win this prize, please visit Gracie’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook (links below) and leave a comment. One lucky winner will be selected from these comments and will be announced this Saturday, November 24th.

BLOG

INSTAGRAM

FACEBOOK

That’s it for now! For more information on the Brutus Monroe products used to create these cards please click HERE. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.

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Beads, Flowers & Crackle + Video

This is proving to be a very busy week here at the blog but it’s also been a happy crafting week so far! Today I’m joining the Frilly & Funky team as their Guest Designer, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m always inspired by the beautiful projects shared there so it’s an honor to be able to join them at least for a bit!

The challenge at Frilly & Funky is Snap, Crackle, Crackle! Let’s see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked ultra thick embossing powder, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp… You can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks!

I love to use crackle embossing paste on my shabby chic projects and that’s exactly what I used for today’s card.


Supplies: Spellbinders – Rose Creations, Victoria Accents / Our Daily Bread Designs – Ornate Hearts / Ranger – Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti, Distress ink in Old Paper, Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray, Idea-ology crinkle ribbon / Carta Bella – Hello Again / Dreamweaver – Crackle Embossing Paste / Uhu All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing – Word Beads / Mcgill – Flower Tool Kit, Craft Molding Mat / Miscelaneous – Vintage gold button, gauze, pink metallic cardstock, beige textured cardstock, pink leather textured cardstock, foam tape, fused string pearl beads

I added handmade flowers around two die cut hearts and embellished them with flourish die cuts, crinkle ribbon, pearls, pearl string, gauze, a vintage button and a word bead. I colored my flowers with Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti and Distress ink in Old Paper. I adhered it all on a beautiful floral patterned paper that I previously applied with Dreamweaver crackle embossing paste, Distress Paint in Antique Linen and Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray.

I loved how the card looks with that patterned background and pretty flowers. To see how I made these flowers please check out the video tutorial below:

I invite you to visit Frilly and Funky and join the challenge! I love their blog and I know you’ll love it too! Also, take a minute to stop by their shop where you can find all the Ranger/Tim Holtz products I used for my card and more.

As always I hope you enjoyed my card and tutorial. Remember to subscribe to my newsletter and social media! Thanks so much for visiting!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room – May Flowers /// Die Cuts
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – May Flowers
Inspiration Journal – Embossing Paste
Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension

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A Look Back to ODBD’s December Release!

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs December Release! This is such a versatile and beautiful release. I’ve had so much fun using the stamps and the gorgeous dies. In this occasion I made a card with a delicate vintage look and lots of dimension

Supplies 
GILDED GATE DIES
MINI TAG DIES
VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES
THE GATE Stamp Set
ADMIT THREE (Clear Stamps)
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2014 6×6 PAPER PAD

To make my card I started off by die cutting my card base using the Vintage Flourish Pattern die. Then I adhered two labels on the center, from the same set, a polka dot patterned label and a smaller label where I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from The Gate stamp set. I stenciled the sentiment label with two different inks too.

I stamped and heat embossed in white three tickets from Admit Three and the gate from The Gate stamp set and then die cut all the stamped images with their coordinating dies from the Mini Tags and the Gilded Gate die sets. Next I sponged the elements the same way I stenciled the middle label.

I added a piece aquamarine ribbon on the bottom of the card and mounted the three stamped and die cut tickets below it, creating a border. Then I also mounted the gate die cut to frame the main sentiment label. To finish the design I added a pretty bow and a couple of crystal stickers.

For more inspiration using the December Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog. Also, make sure you stop by each of the teammates blogs. They too have created projects to share with you! Hop along for more creative ideas and projects:

Julie * Chris * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Paula * Cathy * Wanda * Stacy * Sabrina * Gracie (Guest Designer)

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

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My Craft Spot – Guest Designer

I was lucky enough to be invited to guest design for My Craft Spot for a day. My Craft Spot is a stamp store that also carries dies, SVG files and embellishments. I’ve been admiring their stamps sets for quite a while and now through this opportunity I

I have two cards to share with you! In both I’m using a stamp set I love from My Craft Spot store: Clock Time.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders Rose Creations and A2 Matting Basics A, Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern, Cas-ual Fridays Casual Vine, MFT Notebook Paper, Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party Doily.
Inks – Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks in Berry and Sunshine, Crafter’s Ink in Snow, Iridiscent Paint in Berry
Enviromental Technologies – Easy Mold Silicone Putty, EasyCast resin, Opaque Pigment in white and red

Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape
Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste
Graciellie Design digital paper
Miscelaneous

Cardstocks: Linen textured cardstock in white, leather textured cardstocks in white and green, bond paper in pink
Embellishments – Burlap ribbon, pearl and crystal stickers, tulle
Homemade stencil

I went for a shabby chic style with my first card, using lots of texture and embellishments. To make the stamped and heat embossed clock image stand out I mounted it on top of a resin frame I made from scratch, and that I colored with Iridiscent Paint in Berry. I made some pretty shabby flowers and colored them with Crafter´s inks, trying to get different tones of pink by blending Berry and Sunshine inks. Besides all the layers added I applied crackle embossing paste too. To finish the card I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set on a piece of cardstock I ripped and sponged with ink.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments, Poppy Stamps Village Lamp Post and Pine Garland, Our Daily Bread Designs Gilded Gate
Distress embossing ink
Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Colorbox glitter in Winter Frost
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape, Double sided adhesive sheet
ODBD Winter Collection Paper
Miscelaneous
Leather textured cardstock in white
AALD craft metal
Crystal stickers

My second card has a classy and elegant design. I wanted to make the clock stand out by adding it to the craft metal lamp post die cut. I created a window with the help of a beautiful frame die and stamped the sentiment on the center (or almost on the center) of the card. To finish the design I adhered some intricate gate/fence die cuts and a few leaves embellished with crystals. I love how well the metallic colors go together and how much they contribute to the final classic look of this card!

I want to thank Kimberly for her invitation. I have had so much fun with this amazing stamp set, and I know I will continue to enjoy it! I invite you to come check My Craft Spot blog where you’ll find a daily dose of inspiration and creative ideas.

Thank you for taking time to read and check out my cards. I hope you liked my designs and feel inspired to try out this beautiful stamp set too!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Freestyle
Poppystamps – Sparkle and Shine

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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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Masculine Christmas Card – Our Daily Bread Designs

What a privilege it has been to join Our Daily Bread Designs talented team this month as their guest designer! I’m so thankful!

Today I’m sharing a masculine card. This card is quite simple. I wanted to make a narrow card, that would fit in a tag envelope, so I altered the frame from Flourished Star Pattern Die Set cutting it in half vertically and adhering the halves one on top of the other. To hide the alteration a bit I added a piece of tan gross grain ribbon that also gives the card a rustic feel to the design.

Supplies
Flourished Star Pattern Die Set
Splendorous Stars Die Set
Snowflake Star Stamp Set
Winter Collection Paper Pack

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little card today! Thanks so very much for everyone’s support and encouraging comments at ODBD!!!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Splendorous Stars Collection – Our Daily Bread Designs

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs November Release. As you may know already I’ve been invited to join ODBD this month as a guest designer. I’ve been delighted with all your kind and encouraging comments, and of course I’ll have a wonderful time designing with ODBD’s Splendorous Stars Christmas Collection.

Here is a card and gift box set I made for today:

I wanted to create a delicate card, so I die cut the card base using the Flourished Star Pattern frame. I added a piece of lilac ribbon around the front of the card and adhered a double bow embellished with a couple of stars. I added a large sentiment, which I stamped and heat embossed in silver on a label die cut. To add contrast, I sponged the label with Memento Lulu Lavender ink.

I heat embossed in silver the largest star with a large patterned star stamp. This star stamp didn’t precisely coordinate with the size of the star die, but it covered the die cut completely, and made it look great! The smaller star was die cut from lilac metallic cardstock and adorned with a small silver rhinestone.

To make the box I die cut two Flourished Star Pattern frames for it’s cover and folded roughly a rectangular box with a zig zag accordion fold, as I call it. The cover was reinforced with a piece of lilac ribbon and a double bow which I decorated as the card, but I did use larger stars for it.

  Supplies

For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog where new project ideas are shared weekly! Also, I invite you to check out what the talented designers are sharing today on their blogs:

Julie * Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Stacy * Wanda * Silke * Gracie (you are here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back with a new ODBD post soon!

I’d like to share my set with:
ODBD – Holiday

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Our Daily Bread Designs – November New Release

Welcome to a special post for Our Daily Bread Designs November Release! This month I’ll join ODBD‘s talented crew as a guest designer (what a joy!). When I started sharing cards on my blog the Shining the Light challenge was one of the first challenges I participated in. The ODBD team instantly showed me their amazing support with constant words of encouragement and that is something I will always be thankful for! Of course I look up to all the designers and have become good friends with a few. So yes, it is an honor to join them this month, and I can’t thank Kelley enough for her kind invitation!

I made two cards for today using the stunning dies, stamps and paper collections from this new release. For the first one I combined white, light aqua and gold, adding texture and detail with white tule, aqua ribbon, vellum and a vintage button. The stars were stamped and heat embossed with gold, and so was the sentiment. The gold button tied it all together and gave the card a nice, elegant look.

Supplies

These dies are so detailed yet so easy to use, and the die cuts come off like butter. Using the dies with their coordinating stamps and papers will give you an outstanding result every time. You’ll notice I used the Flourished Star Pattern die set for both my cards (in different ways), and I die cut each card base with the largest die from the set.

My second card has a different color scheme. The earthy tones and the different patterns used give this design a nice contrast.

For this card I selected three different patterned papers with similar tones to die cut every layer. I altered the filigree frame die in three easy steps:
1. I die cut the frame and central star window;
2. Cut the frame in half vertically; and,
3. Adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other with the half star contour facing outwards.

I worked with the ombre pattern of one of the papers to give the background some depth. I die cut five stars, three from patterned paper and two from beige cardstock and gold embossed paper. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the beige star die cut and stenciled it a bit with Distress ink in Old Paper. I mounted the stars one next to the other to add dimension, and I finished the design adhering a vintage button to the filigree star.

GIVEAWAY
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 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 November 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 November 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Don’t forget to add your comment below for a chance to win!

For more inspiration and more opportunities to win visit my fellow designers’ blogs:
Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Julie * Angie * Lisa * Wanda * Grace * Silke * Sabrina * Audrey
Graciellie (You are here!)

I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards! I’ll be sharing more projects for Our Daily Bread Designs throughout the month. I invite you to subscribe and join this blog so you don’t miss out.

Continue to have a nice weekend!

I’d like to share my card with:
Mod Squad Challenge – Blue Christmas

Stamping Sensations – Simply Christmas

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Floral Tea Box – Craft Hoarders Anonymous GDT

Hello and welcome to my second post as Guest Designer for Gloria Stengel’s Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge blog! As you may know by now I’ve been invited to join their amazing and talented team for the month of August. I’ve been having lots of fun making my projects and now is time to share my second creation inspired by the current challenge: “Button it Up!”.

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

If you saw my first project for Craft Hoarders posted a couple of weeks ago, you know that I hoard vintage buttons (here). That project itself was made to contain those buttons so I could keep them handy! So, yes, I totally identify! 

Today’s project showcases my vintage buttons very nicely, as part of a handmade floral bouquet. Please take a look at my floral tea box.

To make this adorable tea box I used my latest release in collaboration with Ewe-N-Me Printables: Gift Box and Tea Envelopes – Vintage Roses, that matches my latest paper pack release: Keys & Roses.

To decorate my box, I made a bunch of handmade flowers and a few leaves from leather textured cardstock, which I sponged with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Broken China, Color Box Chalk Ink in Yellow Citrus and Color Box Pigment Ink Frost White. I used Spellbinders Rose Creations, Carnation Creations and Bitty Blosssoms to die cut them. I added the flowers forming a falling bouquet. I decorated it with crystals, buttons and pearls. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my tea box today and that you feel inspired to join the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. 

A special thank you note:

Gloria thanks so much for this incredible opportunity! It’s no secret that Craft Hoarders Anonymous has inspired me plenty… I’ve grown as a crafter by playing along with the challenges and by seeing all what you and your talented girls create. Thanks!

Giveaway Alert!
If you’d like to win this Gift Box and Tea Envelopes – Vintage Roses set, stop by my blog tomorrow!

Thank you so much for your visit!

This card is participating in:
Bags and Boxes – My Craft Spot

August Challenge – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit 
Anything Goes – Altered Eclectics
August Inspiration Challenge – Paper Sweeties