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More Free Tutorials & Crafty Tips check out the new tutorial guides

In an effort of sharing the best tutorials possible I have been updating all of them in detailed step by step photo guides! I am so glad to know many of you have found them helpful! Here are two new guides available for you:

Make an Elegant & Trendy Handmade Card 
>>> View tutorial HERE <<<

Create Faux Fabric Rosette Embellishments
>>> View tutorial HERE<<<
I hope you enjoy these tutorials! Don’t forget to like and share the guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!
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Elegant & Detailed graduation card

I was commissioned a graduation card for a Medicine School male graduate, and I decided to share it with you. I’ve always thought this kind of occasions merit elegant and timeless designs that the graduate can save as a beautiful memento.

Since this is for a male recipient I decided to use opaque silver and gray for a monochromatic combination. I used this great sentiment which is a perfect fit for the occasion and heat embossed it in silver.

The stunning die cuts add so much to the design, especially the intricate pierced elements added diagonally on the background. I decided to finish the card with grosgrain ribbon made into a simple loop and also with a few rhinestones.

Hope this gives you ideas for future graduation cards you may need to make! Male cards are not always easy to make but this fits the bill nicely without sparing on the elegant feel we cardmakers enjoy to see in our projects.

Before I go let me remind you of this month’s challenge at House of Cards: Metallics. I will be adding this card as DT inspiration and I hope you can add your design too! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Christmas in August? house of cards challenge: metallics

Welcome to a new month of creative inspiration! This month our challenge at House of Cards is Metallics. Feel free to translate our cue word to your papercrafting project however you like! I used gold metallic cardstock to create a white Christmas card with some vintage like paper poinsettias. I am late to the Christmas in July movement, so I’m sharing my first Christmas card today instead!

I used a technique from my tutorials (found here) to make my flowers. The technique added texture and a very dramatic look to the poinsettias. I also played with the delicate die cuts in gold to create a nice medallion. I have to admit that I love adding polka dot embossing to my cards, so I am happy with the final look of the card. 
I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge this month! I am glad you stopped by today! Until next time!

Shared also with: Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge No Ordinary Paper / Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes / Simon Says Work It Wednesday Challenge Die cuts / Crafty Hazelnut´s Christmas Challenge Anything Goes Christmas

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Peach & Gold + Tutorial

Nothing makes me happier than enjoying a Sunday with my beloved family, but today I also had the opportunity to craft and share something new with you. I prepared an elegant and modern card in peach and gold and also a photo tutorial!

I think this will become one of my favorite color combinations and I definetely love how nice the ribbons, threads and handmade embellishment look on this design. I am also sharing today’s project with May Arts Ribbon! Thanks for letting me share my creations with you!

For more tutorials please check out the Free Content tab on top of the blog. If you have any questions feel free to leave them on the comment section below. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any new tutorials! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I’m sharing this with: Nordsalten Hobbyklubb (2W,E3,P1/15) #120 Wedding Cards and Creations / Always Something Creative (P1/15,JFF) # 103 Without Motive / Craft-Dee BowZ – M, E3, project must have bow – (July) Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow / Dream Valley Challenges 2W, 3E, C10 – (Week 1) Embossing, wet or dry / Crafting from the Heart – W, E3 – Always Anything Goes / The Ribbon Girls – W, must use ribbon – Color Challenge Ivory / Penny Black and More – M, no digis, 3E – July – Anything Goes with a sentiments / Sketchy Colors – 2W – #253 Peach, Cream & Green / Love to Scrap – 2W, 3E, F, digi or real stamping – (Week 1) Anything Goes

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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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Shabby Chic Delight

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to be here sharing my first card for House of Cards. Our challenge this month is “Add a Bow”. This week the vintage and shabby team is showcasing their beautiful creations. I went for a floral, soft, shabby thank you card with lots of layers.

I used papers from my recent set Keys & Roses combined with textured cardstock in soft pink, sand beige and white.

I used a lot of Spellbinders dies. I layered four different labels for my focal point. The top label is actually and oval adhered to a Damask Motifs die that I cut in half. I stenciled the oval and stamped and heat embossed on it a Spanish sentiment in gold. 

I decorated the card with lace and pink gross grain ribbon and added two bows (one made of ribbon and another made of tulle) layered one over the other to finish the design.

I hope you like my card and feel inspired to join our monthly challenge. To play along, all you have to do is visit House of Cards, follow directions and link up your creation.

Thank you for your visit. I appreciate it very much!

This card is participating in:
Die Cuts and/or Punches – Sisterhood of Crafters

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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

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Welcome Baby

Hi! I’m so delighted to share with you a sweet new card I made for some of my favorite challenges. It’s a ‘welcome baby’ card in Spanish. It is a shaped, peach, nicely embellished card that enjoyed making so very much.


Materials
Spellbinders: Fancy Lattiece, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Majestic Labels Twenty-Five, Diamond Effects, Parisian Motifs, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Stampendous: Spanish Invite
Haj Design Papers: Absolute Floral
Inks: Colorbox in Apricot, Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Starlight Silver
Zap! heat tool
Adhesives: Bazic two sided tape, UHU all purpose adhesive, Elmer’s glue-all
Other generic materials
1″ satin ribbon in peach
Cardstocks: ‘Papyrus’ in peach, ‘Leather’ in off white, Linen in white, Eggshell in white
Embellishments: Vintage gold button, Pearl stamens in pink, Pearl and crystal charm, Fused string pearl beads

I hope you like my card, it was fun to make and I love the result. I want to thank these awesome challenges for inspiring me, and in this particular occasion I’d like to thank Cat from Mod Squad that with her challenge made me search through my old jewelry making stash to make a charm for my card. Thanks Cat!

If you have some spare time please stop by my giveaway party here and don’t miss a chance to comment and win my new digital paper pack Keys & Roses.

Thanks so much for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Sweet Baby – Classy Cards ‘n Such

Shaped Cards – My Craft Spot
Charmed I’m Sure – Mod Squad
Anything Goes – Sweet ‘n Sassy
Anything Goes – Word Art Wednesday 
Add on:
Anything Goes – Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

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HIMCR05NSD – Thank You

Hello again! This is the last challenge of the day on Hiding in my Craft Room, the Design Team has made a great effort and has had a lot of fun creating all these projects and celebrating National Scrapbooking Day. I’m so glad you could stop by every hour to check out our work and our challenges.

And to close this celebration, we want to say thank you to all of you for your support and kind comments. Also, our last challenge is to create a thank you card or gift.

The sponsor is 
A Day for Daisies

A lucky winner will receive
a $12 Gift Certificate to their store!
I had the chance to use one of their gorgeous images, Vintage Poppy Cluster. So nice to work with! Please take a look at what I created with it:

Materials
Stamps:
A Day for Daisies – Vintage Poppy Cluster
Stampendous – Spanish Grettings
Spellbinders:
– Large Labels
– Grand Large Labels
– Gold Labels Four
– Ornamental Iron embossing folder
– Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Spectrum Noir markers – Reds
Staedtler markers – light brown
Ranger Distress ink in Old Paper
Merletto crystals

Bazic two sided tape and foam tape

Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in light brown and red
Eggshell cardstock in white
Feuille cardstock in sand beige
3/8″ gross grain ribbon in light brown
1/4″ gold edge satin ribbon in old gold
Vintage button
This is an A2 gate card with a thank you tag included in a hidden pocket. I started by dry embossing the card base front (both sides of the gate). I layered it with three Classic Labels and two Gold Labels Four on the right. I used the ‘out of the box’ techique with the top layer, so some petals and stems were left outside the label. When adhering this last layer, I left one side unattached so that I could use that space as a pocket for my tag. All these layers were adhered to the top side of the gate, so to speak. I added some crystals, ribbon, and a double bow with a vintage button to finish my design.

I hope you  like my card and that you can join at least one of our NSD challenges. They will be open for a week, so you have time to link up your project! 

For more inspiration please visit my teammates’ blogs:
Kathy Up in the Night with Kat
Samantha Designs by Sammy
Gracie CHGraciellie Design (You are here)
Nancy Design Inventions
Melanie Afternoon Scrapper
Lisa LJ Creations
Jennie Jenscrapstoo
Sue Sue’s Paper Crafts
Lena Lena’s Creations
I can’t say thank you enough for stopping by and supporting my DT participations today. I also want to congratulate my teammates for all the projects they created! 
Remember this celebration is for you too, so stop by Hiding in my Craft Room and enter your project to our challenges for a chance to win one of our five giveaways! There’s even a $100 prize! I’m looking forward to seeing your project!

Have a sweet weekend and stay creative. Happy National Scrapbooking Day to all!

This card is participating in:
 
Simon Wednesday Challenge

Anything Goes
Docerela Stamps

 

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My Little Garden & a Card

Hello my dear friends. I recently posted a floral card with Zinnias (here) and mentioned that I not only love to stamp and color flowers, but that I also have flowers at my house. So, I was asked by my sweet cyber friend Juanita Estrada, aka Blue Rose, to post pictures of my flowers. And I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the plants I have.

I have flower beds outside my gate and around the corner of my house and also on my front and back porch. And I wish I had even more space to plant.  

Welcome to my small garden. I do hope you enjoy the little tour…

Desert Rose 
It is a little exotic to our region, but because of how much sunlight we have here, it adapts well. It’s root looks like a potato, and this is because it absorbs all the water it has a chance to get and keeps it inside. A very clever plant, a survivor really. Doesn’t need much care, so if it died, I would be a very, very bad gardener. It flowers with me around 4 times a year, and if you plant it in a deep pot or directly in the ground, it grows a lot. It looks a bit like a bonsai when you grow it in a smaller vase, like I have it. But I plan to transplant it to a bigger flowerpot.

For more about this flower click here

Zinnias
I have had all kinds of Zinnias, but of course my favorite ones are the double Zinnias. They grow in every kind and color naturally on the front of my house and they continue to spread by themselves around the corner. They have died and regrown again naturally, something that makes me think of these flowers as very noble plants. At this exact moment I possibly have more single and semi-double Zinnias. And, I have them mostly in pink, orange and red right now, but I’ve had them also in yellow and white before. Good thing there is an infinite amount of buds ready to bloom…

Semi-double
Single

For more about this flower click here

Bougainvillea
This is a wonderful ornamental plant that you can find in various colors. I got three of them, in white, pink and lilac. Right now they are beginning to bloom again. If I had them directly under the sun they would possibly have more flowers, but I have them on my front porch. So I’ll show you a picture of the lilac one that is starting to bloom.

For more about this flower click here

Celosía spicata
This Celosia together with the Zinnias, where planted by a housekeeper that worked for me. After all this time, they keep growing back, wonderful. I had never seen this species before. There was no way I could find the name of this flower. So I had to consult my godmother Ana Ochoa de Aguilera, she studied Biology in Brazil (she has the ULTIMATE garden in Florida, oh my, I’m in love with her flowers). Many Celosias are growing on the front of my house but this is the largest one.

For more about this flower click here

I will be sharing with you more of my little garden in the near future. There are some more plants that I didn’t show you and I’m also planting new flowers. Now you know why I love flower stamps so much!

And to end this virtual tour I want to share with you a sweet card I made.

I made this card for my doctor. She is pregnant with a baby girl, and I just couldn’t resist using lavender. The Spanish sentiment stamp is from Stampendous and translated it says ” Welcome Baby”. The beautiful Penny Black poppies were embossed in white and water colored with Faber Castell pencils, using the technique I explain here.

I layered the Hawaii white cardstock over a beautiful lavender specialty embossed paper and finished the card with a lilac bow embellished with a large Merletto gem.

This card is participating in:

Amethist, Purple, Lavender
Our Daily Bread

Craft Mojo
Simon Says Stamp 
 
Watercoloring

Virginia’s View