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Stencils & ColorBox Pigment Inks – Exclusive Tutorial for Clearsnap –

Today I’m sharing a fun and easy tutorial on Clearsnap’s blog on how I created these modern and colorful gold dipped ombre stenciled backgrounds! Head over to their blog to check out the steps and supplies used to make these cards. Remember to leave a comment, to let me know you enjoyed the post and if you’d like to see more collaborations with Clearsnap in the future.

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Easy Shabby Chic Easter Card – Using an Online Printable Template –

Happy Easter Week! Today I’m sharing an easy to make Easter card. You don’t need die cuts to make a card like this unless you want to!

Main Supplies:
Online Printable Egg Template
Haj Designs Digital Patterned Papers
Die Cuts | ODBD – Doily / Cheery Lynn Designs – Mini Butterflies 1 / Spellbinders – Scalloped Borders One
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge / May Arts Ribbon: Leaf Ribbon / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | Inks – Colorbox Mix’d Media Inx in Chiffon, Colorbox pigment ink in metallic gold / Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | White and beige cardstock, Printer, Gold satin ribbon, beige paper chord, vellum, wide lace, 1″ pearlescent lace, sponge dauber, stencil

As you may notice the background of the card is made of ripped borders that I sponged with pink ink and layered together with wide lace. The pretty shabby chic egg started out with a free printable template you can find online for kid’s activities. I printed the template on patterned paper several times cutting borders on two of them to create layers for the egg… Easy! I embellished the card with lace, ribbon, jewels, a few decorative die cuts.

Hope you enjoyed this easy but lovely Easter card! You can try out making egg tags using the same technique I used for the card. Best of all is you can resize the free printable to fit any papercrafting project!

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Easter Bunny Frilly Card – Adding Tons of Layers & Texture –

Some of my favorite seasonal die cuts and stamps are Easter / Spring themed. What better season to play with textures, shabby chic layers and cute die cuts? Today I’m sharing a very layered and textured Easter card using some pretty dies and some new supplies I tried out for the first time.

Supplies:
Graciellie Design | Happy Easter Digital Stamp Set
Dies | Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Gold Elements One / Poppystamps: Chocolate Bunny / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Party Doily
Ink | Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in Chiffon
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: Vintage Washi Tape, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Swirl Bling -Jewel Champagne / May Arts Ribbon: 4 Millimeter Pearlized String Beads Ribbon / Marion Smith Designs: White pearl stamens / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | DecoArt: Snow-Tex / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | Beige, White & Pink cardstock, permanent clear glue (uhu), lace, pink gross grain ribbon, sponge dauber, palette knife, shelf liner.
This card started out with the need to use some beautiful old die cuts I hadn’t taken out in a while. I created a detailed square using a corner die, die cutting with it twice to cover the squared layer completely. After that, I started adding layer upon layer, distressing the edges and inking them with my new favorite ink: Mix’d Media Inx by Donna Salazar for Colorbox -which I think works perfect for this kind of project-. 
I also made some pretty flowers with another product by Donna Salazar, her beautiful Rose Creations Dies. I shaped them using a basic technique from my Handmade Flowers 1 video tutorial. I alternated the flowers’ layers with beige and pink and inked the petals with the same soft pink ink used before. I also decided to add a layer of grip liner material on the flowers, using the same die to cut it.

Of course, what is a shabby chic card without embellishments? I added DIY banners made with vintage themed washi tape, I added stunning jewels to the center of the flowers, ribbon, pearl stamens, string beads, linen thread, tulle, ribbon and lace. But I think the little bunny die cut gives the card a unique touch after I applied some DecoArt Snow-Tex paste to make it textured!

Finally I added an Easter sentiment from the new digital stamp set Happy Easter.
If you’d like to take a closer look to this and other sets just released click here.

For more Spring inspiration

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you found some of the new supplies I tried out great for your own crafting. I will be back soon with part 2 of March’s Versatile Cardmaking series featuring Fancy Pants Designs, where I’ll show you how to expand one same product for different projects! Have a creative week!

Sharing with: Frilly & Funkie – Make a Trio / Live & Love Crafts – Signs of Spring / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / Poppystamps – Spring Fling / Great Impressions – Bunny Hop / Ribbon Girls – Spring or Easter / Robyn’s Fetish – Easter Cards / My Sheri Crafts – Spring Fever / Docerela – Spring / Crafty Catz – Ribbon & Bling / Creative Corner – Hoppy Easter / Crafty Ribbons – Monochrome / Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies – Monochrome / We Love Vintage – Spring or Easter / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Cropstop – AG

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Versatile Cardmaking using one Product- Featuring Fancy Pants Designs –

I believe all of us have bought products that we aren’t able to use throughout the year. Maybe they’re seasonal or maybe they only fit a certain style. What if I told you there are products out there that are so versatile, you can stretch them and use them in many ways, for different styles of cards and seasons? Well, today I’m sharing with you two totally different cards using the same product.

This is the first post on a series that I think could help you achieve a much more versatile and enjoyable cardmaking process, saving you time and money along the way. Today I am featuring a kind of product everyone should have in their stash, a kit.

Main Supplies:
Paper – Fancy Pants Designs | Flutter Collection Kit
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet | Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape, Vintage Washi Tape, Foil Washi Tape – Gold/Stars, Round Jewels – Pink/Blue, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Pink Pearl Bling – Multi Size – 100 Count, Flower Jewels – Clear, Gray Jewel Multi Size Bling – 100 Count
Stamp – Graciellie Design | Think Spring Digital Stamp Set
Dies – Spellbinders | Rose Creations, Classic Circles, Gold Circles One, A2 Matting Basics. Cheery Lynn Designs | English Tea Party Doily. Memory Box Dies | Botanical Stem
Miscelaneous – Pink Gross Grain Ribbon, Large Pearls, Gauze, Beige cardstock, Double Sided Adhesive, Foam Tape

Using the versatile Flutter Collection Kit by Fancy Pants Designs I was able to complete two cards, one for Spring and another one for Summer. Yes, both cards were made using papers from the same collection! This kit includes patterned and solid textured papers, decorative elements, buttons, solid and patterned gold foil cardstock and embellishments, journaling cards in three different sizes including large ones that would work perfect for a CAS card front. So, as you can see, the possibilities are endless… This is a very complete kit that gives you an incredibly diverse palette to work with and it is the kind of kit everyone need in their stash. Though it is meant to be used for scrapbooking, project life, and albums I decided to show you how much you can get from it for cardmaking too!

On my Spring card I used three of the softer papers in the collection and used die cuts to complete a cute and delicate design. It is really great to find a kit that allows you to create a variety of projects and as you can see, I found pastel tones in this collection that work perfect for Spring. Besides the die cuts I also added a lot of jewels, a couple of banners made from washi tape and one of my digital sentiments that I printed to coordinate the rest of the design.

On my Summer card I used elements and papers from the kit entirely -no die cuts-, and the result was so cute and fun. I love to use journaling cards to layer my cards and that is exactly what I did on my second card. The papers and elements complete the design so well, all I needed to do was add a few jewels and a bit of washi tape.

Take a closer look to the NEW digital stamp set I used on my first card here.

I will be back with the second part of this short series, sharing new cards using this same collection kit. Special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring this series.

Do you own a product that allows you to do versatile cardmaking? Let me know on the comments below.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs – Doily Theme / Memory Box – Blossoms & Bunnies / The Paper Girls – Rainbows / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / HIMCR – Spring Colors /

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Splashes of Color + Winner Spray Inks & Digital Stamps

Thanks to all who joined our second stamp release last week! We always love reading your comments and learning which new digital stamp sets are your favorite! Our giveaway winner has been picked… The lucky commenter who won a new stamp set of her choice is: Pamellia. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to claim your prize.

Today I also have a new fun and really easy technique using digital stamps, that gives a black and white image a splash of color and a watercolor effect that only takes a minute to create!

All these cards were made using new stamp sets from our March release: Dear Friend, Dream, and Patience. All three sets include gorgeous floral images that can be customized, so I resized them and printed them at around 10 cm. wide on white cardstock and cut each image to fit an A2 card. Next I sprayed each piece with ink sprays, layering at least two different colors. Tip: I used a regular inkjet printer for these cards so I used a heat gun to dry the ink spray right away to avoid any ink smudging. Still I found that the prints resisted the sprays quite well!

To finish the cards I added a few pearls and rhinestones and mounted the colored layers to coordinating card bases. The splashes of color gave these CAS cards a mixed media touch! Best of all, they are super fast to make and mass produce! It is really an easy way of creating unique cards -and, they are easy to mail too!-.

Hope you found a bit of inspiration today on how to expand your Graciellie Design digital stamps. I invite you to stop by the shop today and get a few of these florals to play with! Remember to subscribe to my blog’s newsletter and to follow me on social media to be the first to know about our giveaways and new products.

I’ll be back soon with more tutorials and a new series that I think you’ll enjoy! Until then, happy crafting.

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Simply Layered Spring Cards – Enhancing Die Cuts with Jewels –

Sometimes all you need is an elegant, simply layered card. But there’s always that moment when you think your design is missing something. I always find jewels, pearls and rhinestones add the perfect finishing touch to any card, even simple designs. Today’s cards are the perfect example.

Main Supplies:
Stamps – Graciellie Design: Believe Digital Stamp Set / Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Dies – Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A / A2 Valiant Honor / Elegant Ovals / Majestic Oval / Classic Ovals Small. Marianne Designs: Vintage Butterfly. ODBD: Fancy Frillitary/ Vintage Flourish Pattern / Fancy Foliage.
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge / 12mm Bling Jewels – Champagne / Bling Sheets – 100 Sheet – Multi Sizes / Jewel Multi Size Bling – 100 Count / Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape
Paper – ODBD: Shabby Rose Collection, Heart and Soul Collection

I worked with the same layering on both cards, varying only the colors, patterned papers and sentiments. As you may notice, I used a few delicate die cuts to create a very clean layering. I find that patterned papers help to fill the “white” space on a card but it is the embellishments what finally brings everything together.

I used some stunning jewels from the Eyelet Outlet, who kindly provided a few products so I could share samples with you. Another element you might have not noticed in detail yet is the stunning glitter washi tape I cut into banners and added to each side of the central oval on both cards… It looks like sparkly foil which makes this washi an amazing alternative to foil transfers when you only need a few details here and there on a card. Love how all the embellishments look together on both cards!

Tip: I printed a couple of my new digital stamps to use on these cards. If you are wondering how I was able to print them to fit the oval die exactly, here’s an easy way to do it. First use a ruler to measure the die to see how large you should print the sentiment. Then paste the digital stamp on a new Word document, right click and change the size settings. Set the size a little smaller than the previous ruler measurement and print leaving enough margin to be able to die cut the image. You should be able to get a perfect result every time! Easy, right?

I love both of these digital stamps but I have exciting news to share… Our new March release is ready! Stay tuned for a new blog hop and giveaway. I can’t wait for you to see all the new stamps and inspiration projects. So don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter (on sidebar) so you don’t miss the event!

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Creating Backgrounds with Digital Stamps – Botanical Friendship Card –

Digital stamps can be used in so many ways! Today I used an image from my new stamp set Hope to create a lace motif background for my card front and even a coordinating layer for the inside of the card.

Main Supplies:
Stamps – Hope digital stamp set, Love digital stamp set by Graciellie Design
Dies – Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A, Victoria Accents, Butterflies 2 / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Tea Party Doily / Poppystamps: Holiday Winterberries / Memory Box: Botanical Stem / Heartfelt Creations: Botanical Wings
Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby Pink
Miscelaneous – Inkjet printer / Fused Pearl beads / Pearl stamens / Leather textured cardstock in white, cream, light brown / Embossed paper in green / Air dry clay heart / Pearl stickers / Gold button / Ink applicator / Brown inks / Acrylic paint / Brush


Update: You can edit this background using the online program PicMonkey (“add your own overlay”). You can also recolor and resize the background’s format on Microsoft Word.

The classic background that resulted from duplicating the lace motif and editing it’s color guided me towards a vintage / shabby chic design in green, brown and touches of pink. I created a cluster with flowers, butterflies and many different die cuts and embellishments to add dimension to the design. The printed verse stamp from the set Love -cut into a banner- finished the card so nicely, making it a perfect card for a friend not only on Valentine’s but on any occasion.

That pretty heart embellishment was actually created from air dry clay that I cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter, then textured with a pattern stamp and finally heat embossed using some Frantage Embossing Enamel. Like I said in my last post there is virtually no limits when it comes to creating your own embellishments. If you want to learn a few of my go to techniques on embellishments and mixed media click here.

Do you craft your own embellishments? What do you love to make? Tell me in a comment below.

To check out these and other new stamp sets click here.
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Sharing with: Live & Love Crafts – Love is in the Air / Mod Squad Challenge – From the Heart / Word Art Wednesday – AG / SSS Monday Challenge – Spritz and Spray / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / Docerela – Pastel Colors / Simply Create Too – Love & Valentines / C.R.A.F.T. – Make your own embellishment / Aud Sentiments – Love Sentiment / Cards 4 Galz – Fantastic Florals / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / In the Pink – With Love / The Paper Girls – Valentines – Love / Crafty Ribbons – Animals / The Card Concept – Sweethearts / Poppystamps – Crazy in Love / Memory Box – Tickled Pink, Pink cards / Dies R Us – Love / Cheery Lynn Designs – Tickled Pink
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Botanical Cards for Valentine’s & Spring Tutorials with Umbrella Crafts

I’m starting to feel less and less christmas-y and that means you’ll start seeing a lot of floral inspiration on the blog. I thought I’d share with you my latest 2 cards made for my social media Fun Friday features… I experimented with a new dye ink and stretched it to the most not knowing how much it’s versatility would surprise me in the end. I’m talking about Umbrella Crafts Premium Dye Inks. I was able to stamp, blend, watercolor and even heat emboss (yes, that’s right, emboss) with these inks.

For my first card I created a beautifully blended ombre background and managed to give it a watercolor feel. I also created ombre flowers. Find the tutorial here.

On my second card I used layered stamping with one of Umbrella Crafts Trio Premium Dye Ink Sets and to my own surprise I also heat embossed the stamped flowers in gold using black dye ink (my new favorite)! Find the tutorial here.

I think both these cards would work for friendship Valentine cards and of course also for Spring. The best part is you can try any of these ideas and personalize them!

I invite you to check out all the products I used for today’s products including tools that you can find on the supply list below! They are exclusively available at Scrapbook.com. For more inspiration using Umbrella Crafts products check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharing with: Mod Squad Challenge – Friendship / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Ombre / Die Cut Divas – New Technique, Dies, Stamps, Colors / Live & Love Crafts – Something Old, Something New

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Layers & Layers handmade card with unity stamp co.

Our family is starting a new stage, with my son entering kintergarden. With it comes a new routine that each of us needs to adapt to. I am spending much more time taking care of my loved ones and in consequence I haven’t been around here much. Still I do take advantage of the few moments I have available to create a few things! Today I’m sharing a card with lots and lots of layers and delicate embellishments.

The layers on this 5″ by 7″ card were cut from metallic, linen and leather textured cardstock. The inspiring verse stamp is from my new set Praise the Lord by Unity Stamp Company (check it out here).

This verse has inspired me since I was very young, and I’m glad to have the chance to inspire others stamping it on a card. I also used one of the lovely patterned papers from my Keys & Roses digital set. I will be updating my digital shop here on the blog soon!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! I would love to hear about you and your latest projects. Do you like to add a lot of layers to your cards?

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Sharing with:
Deep Ocean Challenge 2W – #112 – Shabby Chic (Week 2) / In the Pink #77 – Ribbons and Bows / 
Crafty Cardmakers – 2W, C15 – (Week 2) Floral Embellishments

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House of Cards Inspiration Challenge + Video Tutorial!

My oh my, does time fly by! It’s the start of a brand new shiny term at House of Cards and this month our challenge is Food and/or Color Inspiration.

I love the image for the challenge but I decided to go with the color inspiration this time adding all the different hues to my handmade flowers and also using a fun patterned paper! I’ve been into fun elements like beads and badge buttons instead of stamped sentiments, especially for my HOC cards. This month’s theme and fresh and warm colors sure allows to experiment with textures, elements and designs so I hope you feel inspired to join us!

In addition to my card I also prepared a video for you, a tutorial on how I made and colored these flowers. You won’t believe how simple they are to make and the unconventional medium I used to colored them! Hit play to watch:

I invite you to hop along and see all the cards that the designers created this month! For more details and to join the challenge please click HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and video tutorial. NOTE: Next week’s tutorial is the last in this series, and I will have some GREAT giveaways for you! So mark your calendars and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out!

I’m so glad you stopped by today dear friends! I’ll be back soon with more content for you!

I’m sharing this card with: Mod Squad Challenge – Pattern Paper / Card Mania – Anything Goes / 4 Crafty Chicks – No Stamping / Frilly & Funky – Something to Say / Simon Says Mon – Summer / Simon Says Wed – We’re Going Dotty / Word Art Wed – Anything Goes / Stampin’Royalty – Flowers / Sparkles Monthly Challenge – Vintage~Shabby Chic

Main Supplies:
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