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Vintage Blessing – ODBD Sketch

It’s time for a sketch challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. Today’s sketch was so much fun to play with and it also made my design look elegant! As promised last week I’ll be sharing male card ideas throughout the month. My card for today would work well for any occasion and even for a lady, since it incorporates all sorts of elements.

I used 3 different patterned papers from the new ODBD vintage collection and cut two banners included in the same paper pack to add them as elements to my card. I picked black as my accent color and followed the sketch vertically. I really like the new stamp set and I think it matches the design perfectly!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC242 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 14, 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.

I invite to see what my teammates created this week:

I hope you are inspired to join our challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time! Don’t forget to check out my Birthday Giveaway HERE. ODBD is sponsoring a prize!

I’m sharing this with:

RRR – Masculine with Ribbon or Trim / 
Supplies:

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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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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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Sketch Challenge – Our Daily Bread Designs

Welcome to my first post for Our Daily Bread Designs’ Shining the Light challenge! Starting today I’ll be joining the very talented and inspiring challenge team at ODBD every week. Words fail to express how grateful and excited I am. This challenge was one of the very first I joined when I opened my blog, and this team has been incredibly supportive and kind always. So it is a great priviledge to be part of this beautiful group of ladies! Thank you Kelley for your kind invitation and thank you teammates for your warm welcome and support.

This week’s challenge is a sketch and below is the card I made inspired on it.

Supplies
Music Speaks stamp set
Beautiful Borders Dies
Doily Dies
Flourished Star Pattern Die

This month’s new release at ODBD is filled with beautiful stamps about worship. I used the new stamp set called Music Speaks. I felt quite inspired, since a great part of my life was devoted to serving in worship teams. While I was making my card a beautiful song came to my mind spontaneously, a song I had not heard in years. I am sharing it with you, so you can enjoy it too!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC221 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 11, 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.

For more inspiration please visit my DT sisters who also created beautiful cards to share with you:

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Craft-Dee Bowz – January challenge

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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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Gift of Hope

It’s time for a new challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Let’s make it Pink. October, as you know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this challenge is an opportunity to send our love, encouragement and words of hope to all of those ladies out there who have struggled or are struggling with this terrible disease today. I think now a days each of us knows someone who has battled breast cancer. Whether those loved ones lost or won their fight the most important thing is justly that, that they have fought for their lives. Please my friends, do your check-ups regularly because an early diagnose can certainly save your life!

I lost one very dear “adoptive” aunt to breast cancer. She decided to hide the illness for years, even knowing one of her sons was a doctor (miss her). And as we speak an aunt in Brazil is battling cancer, her son too is a doctor (my cousin) and he is taking the best care of her. I have hope that she will make it… I pray she does! I want to dedicate this card to her and to all those who need the inspiration and motivation.

My card for today is adorably pink. It’s a mixed media card. The background was die cut with A2 Matting Basics A from soft pink cardstock. I then stenciled it with Crackle Embossing Paste, using the Large Damask stencil, both from Dreamweaver. Once the paste dried, I applied two tones of pink Distress inks (Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick) with a Mini Ink Blending Tool irregularly and also sprayed some water on it. Next I distressed the edges of the layer manually.

To embellish the mixed media layer, I added a piece of lace followed by a piece of pink ribbon across the card horizontally, on the top third of the layer. Then I die cut three Fantastic Flourish Three, from a digital paper I designed and that I printed on White Pearl Linen, but I cut the outer loops to make them look softer and to be able to layer them together seamlessly.

A very important part of this card is the sweet little image I stamped with Wild Rose Studio’s In the Meadow. I stamped it on White Pearl Linen with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers in PP3, PP5, FS2, FS3, GB8, BT2 and BT4. Next I die cut it using Spellbinders Classic Labels Four, and stenciled it with Distress ink in Spun Sugar. I mounted the label on a coordinating Imperial Gold Labels Four I die cut from Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock.

I adhered the three altered flourishes behind the framed image and mounted it all on top of the ribbon and lace, to the right. I made some small roses using Bitty Blossoms medium die. I added those to the left side of the framed image together with some pink pearl stamens. I also attached a little tag underneath the roses, die cut with Fancy Label Tags One, on which I stamped the word hope, from Flourishes Zinnia set, using with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves. I stenciled the label tag with Distress ink in Spun Sugar too. I finished the design with one pretty bow on the right side of the image and some Baby Rhinestones – Silver. And finally I attached the very embellished mixed media layer to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and I also hope that you feel inspired to join our challenge this week with your Think Pink creation! As always there will be a prize from the store for one lucky winner if we reach more than seven entries, so invite your friends to play along!

Remember that all the products used to make my cards are linked above, but you can also visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store directly (here). A plenty of new crafty things have been added recently! If you do purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout, to get 10% off your order!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

This card is participating in:
Sketch #108 – Cardabilities

In the Pink for October – Mod Squad Challenge
Think Pink – The Crafting Cafe
Choose Hope, Think Pink – Power Poppy
Also:
October Challenge – Craft-Dee BowZ 
October Challenge – Spectrum Noir (Facebook)

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Thanks a Bunch – House of Cards

Hello! Welcome to my second post for House of Cards challenge. As you may know I’m part of the Vintage/Shabby Chic team, and I will always be posting my project on the last week of the month. House of Cards challenge is now running monthly to give you all more time to link up your creations. Throughout the month, various teams, representing a different style, present their inspiration projects, and now it’s my team’s turn.

This month our challenge is a sketch! Check it out:


When I saw this sketch all I could imagine was ribbon and lace, with lace die cut borders. And so this is what I came up with:

Supplies
Spellbinders – Classic Edges Two, Classic Decorative Inserts Three, A2 Matting Basics A, Timeless Rectangles.
Craft Concepts – More Dots embossing folder
Graciellie Design Paper – Keys & Roses
Flourishes – Zinnia stamp set
Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves
Distress Embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Pearlescent
ZAP! heat tool
Leather textured cardstock in soft pink
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
White Pearl Linen cardstock
2 1/2″ white lace
Baby Rhinestones – Silver
Baby Pearls – LeCreme

I applied the sketch horizontally, meaning that my card is horizontal folded. I crossed a piece of lace, followed by a die cut lace border and ribbon to achieve the sketch’s pattern.

I die cut two labels and layered one over the other to create a nice frame. I stamped the sentiment first, then stenciled the label with embossing ink and heat set it with pearlescent embossing powder.

I completed the design with a chunky little bow and some crystals and pearls.

There’s still time to join our challenge at House of Cards. Click here to link up your creation. Cards and other kinds of projects are welcome, in any and every style, as long as it follows our guidelines.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Border Background – Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps


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Good Luck! – Cardabilities #104

Time has gone by so fast and I can’t believe this is my last post for Cardabilities. It has been a pleasure to work with such amazing and talented designers. Karan’s sketches as you all know are so nice to work with and it has been a great honor to be part of her team. Thank you teammates and thank you Karan for having me.

The new sketch is up today and I know you’ll be inspired by it!

Materials
Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Carnation Creations, A2 Matting Basics A, Delicate Doilies,
Classic Edges Two, Classic Decorative Inserts Three.

Docrafts Xcut: Leafy Flourishes
Sin City Stamps: Butterfly Mask 
Graciellie Design Paper – Keys & Roses 
Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Embossing.
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Silver
Zap! heat tool
Merletto pearls
Other generic materials
Cardstocks: Leather textured in soft pink, off white and light green. Linen in white. Metallic in pink.
Homemade paste

2″ one sided lace
Raffia ribbon in soft white
Pearl stamens in pink

This is a shabby chic card with lots of layers. The main patterned layer was wet and distressed letting show some lace on the background. Also I used some beautiful butterfly masks to stencil, using homemade paste. After that was done, I added the central layers and handmade flowers. The “Good Luck” Spanish sentiment was heat embossed in silver.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today and that you feel inspired to join our challenge at Cardabilities. I send a big hug to my fabulous teammates. Know that I am very thankful for the great friends I’ve made and for the opportunity I was given. Thanks a bunch!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Little Balcony Card – Cardabilities #103

Hello and welcome to a new post for Cardabilities! A new sketch has been revealed, which means inspiration is about to knock at your door with this wonderful design by Karan Gerber:


I’m starting to think these sketches are magical, because they seem to get my mojo going right away… They’re so nice to work with!

Materials
Graciellie Design Paper: Keys & Roses
Spellbinders: Gold Labels Four, Classic Labels Four, Decorative Wrought Iron, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Timeless Rectangle, A2 Matting Basics A, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Stamps – Flourishes: Over the Garden Gate, Prima Marketing: Mini Background Polka Dot, Bo Bunny: It is Written
Inks – Ranger Distress: Old Paper, Brilliance: Tiramisu, Colorbox: Sky Blue, Memento: Rich Cocoa
Barrilito metallic acrylic paint in silver
Merletto: Pearls and vynil stickers, paper raffia
Adhesives: UHU all purpose adhesive, Elmer’s glue-all, Bazic foam tape and two sided tape. 
Other generic materials
Cardstocks: Linen in white, Feuille in sand beige, metallic in light blue, leather textured in light pink and off white.
Pearl stamens in light pink 

It was a delight to make this A2 card. I decided I would make a 3D balcony with a small rose bouquet hanging. I added quite a few embellishments but the little contorted branches were handmade. To make the balcony stay popped up, I added a little cardstock cube as support on the back.

TIP/ To make the contorted branches I used paper raffia: 1. Open the raffia breadthwise to extend the paper; 2. Rip a piece lenghtwise; 3. Roll it with your fingers to create paper cord; 4. Then roll it around a pencil to create the curl. 

I distressed the card very much, I layered many stamps and finally I added some touches of metallic acrylic paint in silver, very roughly, to add detail.

In the end I realized the balcony theme went along well with the stamped sentiment:

Happiness often sneaks in through 
a door you didn’t know you left open.
– John Barrymore


I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. Don’t forget to stop by Cardabilities to see what my amazingly talented teammates have made. To participate all you need to do is create a card or project using the new sketch, follow our guidelines and link up your project.

Thank you for your visit!

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Faux Album Card – Cardabilities #102

Hello there! Are you ready for a new Cardabilities sketch? I enjoyed working with sketch #102 very much, I think it is a very elegant one. 

Materials
Spellbinders: Gold Circles One, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Timeless Rectangles, Venetian embossing folder, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Stampendous – Spanish Greetings, Spanish Invite
Inks: Ranger – Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick. Embossing Ink. Memento ink – Lulu Lavender. Brilliance ink – Pearlescent Beige
Inkadinkado embossing powder in silver
Zap heat tool
Adhesives: UHU all purpose adhesive, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Elmer’s glue all.
Merletto paper cord in lilac
Other generic materials
5/8″ gross grain ribbon in lilac
Cardstock: Metallic in lilac and soft pink, Linen in white, Leather textured in white, pink and peach, Eggshell in white.
Fused string pearl beads in ivory
Pearl stamens in pink

This birthday card was made to look like an album. It has an inside pocket to add gift cards or any other goodies. I worked a lot with metallic papers and dry embossing. TIP: I sprayed the metallic cardstock with body spray (that’s right!), the alcohol in it helps to wear out the shimmer and the paper embosses better too. The flowers were handmade using different techniques to give them a very organic look.

A lot of distress inks were used, but in a subtle way. The spanish sentiments (‘May God Bless You’ and ‘Happy Birthday’) where heat embossed in silver. And the final touches included pearl stamens, fused string pearls and ribbon.

I hope you like my card and that you find this sketch fun to work with. Please join us at Cardabilities for a chance to win a featured designer spot during the next reveal.

Before I go, I’d like to share that Cardabilities is having 
a DT Call right now. For details click here.


Reminder: Don’t forget to stop by my latest giveaway post and comment for a chance to win my newest paper pack, here.

Thanks for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – Sweet ‘n Sassy
Anything Goes – Docerela Creations

The MacGyver Challenge – AAA Cards
Used: paper string, corrugated paper for flowers, 
plastic fused string pearl beads, 
stamps from Stampendous, and 
punched holes on card