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Lilac Sweetness • Deco Foil Resist Watercoloring + Heart Shaker Window

Hello there. I thought I’d stop by and share with you my latest card using digital stamps from the set Sweetness, this time using lilac as my main color. I posted a video on my IGTV channel (on Instagram) showing how I was planning to put together this card and what I was using for each part of the process. Make sure to check that out if you can!

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All the images on this card were printed with a laser printer and foiled in gold. That’s one of my favorite things to do with digis. Once foiled you can color the images pretty much with any medium you like and the foil will resist it. The floral cone was colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers. (Watercoloring works great with this technique.) In the end, I added some Iridescent glitter on the heart using a light coat of Mixed Media Adhesive to make it look like a sugar cookie. So cute!

This is actually a shaker card. I created a heart window for the shaker using a die and cutting the shape out from a piece of patterned paper on my die cutting machine. Instead of acetate I used a Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheet for the shaker. I created a pattern using a digital sentiment stamp from the set Sweetness, copying and pasting it to cover the entire piece and then printed it with a laser printer. The toner from the print activates with heat, so I ran it through my laminator, covered with a piece of Gold Deco Foil and that gave me this custom and coordinating clear cover for the shaker heart. I filled the shaker with lots of different kinds of sequins from Unity Stamp Co. (The prettiest sequins ever!)

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To finish my card I added a banner with this fun -and real- sentiment which was also foiled in gold! Additional sequins were adhered around my card front too, because I simply can’t have enough…

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and all your other favorite digi stamp sets!

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I also invite you to follow me on Instagram
so you can watch how I color
and come up with my latest cards!

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That’s all for today! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and support! It means the world to me! Love to have a chance to share what I make with YOU and that it can inspire so many! Crafty hugs.

 

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Floral Balloons Birthday Card with Hey Friend Stamps

Happy Friday! It doesn’t get happier than this… A super colorful, birthday card with a fun twist. Today I have a card using the new stamps from the kit Hey Friend as balloons! This is one of my latest kits for Unity Stamp Co. and it is one of the most versatile kits I’ve designed… All images and sentiments included in this set can be used and mixed in different ways, allowing you to create unique projects with it every time!

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This week I’ve been sharing a few videos on Instagram showing how I colored and put together this card. If you want to take a peek make sure to follow me over there.

This was my first time using the new Amalgam Ink and it does everything it is supposed to do and more. I hand stamped the floral elements on Canson Watercolor paper and also the sentiments on vellum, which I then heat embossed in black. (This ink will dry on vellum in case you’re wondering.) I didn’t need to set the ink at all to start watercoloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color markers, which is great.

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I die cut the frame from an Echo Park Summer Dreams patterned paper using an old but cute Spellbinders die called Diamond Effects. I adhered a piece of Polka Dots Clear Toner Sheet behind the frame, foiled with Summer Rainbow Deco Foil, just for fun, no shaker this time.

I fussy cut the flowers with Westcott precision scissors and added them to the card front using XL Tape Runner and 3D Zots by Therm O web. I tried to make the flowers look like balloons, so I used them upside down, adhering them as a cluster.

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To finish my card I added the vellum banners with the sentiments and a bunch of pretty sequins by Unity.

Hope you enjoyed! Make sure to visit me on Instagram to watch how I put together this card! Also stay tuned for a second post coming up later today! Until then.

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Winners + Girl in a Garden • Window Shaker Card with Unity Stamp Co.

Happy Saturday! I wanted to stop by and share with you a shaker card I made recently with the new Girl in a Garden rubber stamp kit by Unity. It was so much fun to make. I colored the image live on Instagram and now I’m sharing the finished card! (Make sure to follow me on IG so you can join my live videos too!)

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I colored this pretty girl with Kuretake Zig Clean Color watercolor markers. I layered several colors from Lilac to Pink and even Flesh Color to get all the undertones you see on the finished card. I didn’t use watercolor paper this time, just a cardstock I get locally that happens to hold water nicely but watercolor paper would have worked amazing too. I waited for each layer of color to dry, to then come back and add more shading, especially to the skirt.

This kit comes with add-on elements that you can stamp together with the girl image. In this case, the basket was stamped and colored separately and fussy cut and adhered afterwards. I used Mustard and Oatmeal to color the basket and Lilac and Light Violet for the Lavender. Once the basket was added to the girl image, I colored the sky with Light Blue. That final detail completed the scene perfectly.

When I finished coloring these images I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. I used a window die, that I altered to make smaller, and made the stamped image look as the view from outside. The window is also a shaker. It is a thinner shaker so I didn’t add that many sequins, but that’s ok because more sequins would have covered the girl completely. These beautiful sequins are also from Unity and the acetate is a Clear Toner Sheet from Therm O Web.

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For the card background, I wanted to make it look like the interior of the house, and so I played with the idea of wallpaper and white crown moulding, using patterned papers and a strip of white cardstock scored manually. I think this is a fun way to complete the card and goes along perfect with the scene created with the stamps.

To finish, I stamped and heat emboss the sentiment “May your feet take you where your heart wants to go” in silver on a piece of Parchment Vellum from Paper Temptress (which stamps beautifully for detailed stamps such as this sentiment).

This new stamp kit is 50% off right now.
Click here to take a closer look,
see beautiful samples by the girls at Unity and get it today!

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Giveaway Winner

CINDY HOLMES and ELI MARGRETHE KVINGE are the winners of our new digital release giveaway (see previous post) and they both won a $10 gift card each to shop their favorite new stamp sets. Girls you should be subscribed to the blog and hopefully you’ll be able to see you won. Please when you do, contact me using the contact button on the “about” section on the top of my blog. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

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Happiness is Homemade – New Stamp Kits with Unity Stamp Co.

Yay! A happy Summer hello everyone! Today I’m excited to be back with new rubber stamp kits for you! I’m thrilled to be introducing together with Unity Stamp Co. 3 new kits that are available now! From an interactive seed packet to a fun and fresh mason jar lemonade, this release includes some beautiful must-haves!

I love playing with color and this beautiful mason jar lemonade from my new kit Happiness is Homemade is the kind of stamp that will allow you to do just that! Glitter, foiled washi, patterned paper and watercolors, this card was so much fun to make!

Happiness is Homemade comes with a mason jar lemonade and also 2 tags to which you can stamp the sentiments that come with the kit. You can mix and match the elements or even use the tag stamps to personalize your card or gift with the recipient’s name. Just lots of fun!UnityStampCompany_HappinessisHomemade_LemonadeCard_GraciellieDesign_1

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The stamped image is the main focus of the card. I colored it with Zig Clean Color markers using them as watercolors, mixing yellows and pinks and greens. Next I used a Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen to add details. I couldn’t resist embellishing the lemonade with rhinestone stickers and Gold Halo Medium Glitter. I adhered the glitter with Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web and tried to make it look as if it were floating inside the mason jar. I also added lots of dimension the the stamped images adhering them with 3D Zots.

To make the background I watercolored a white card base with a pink Zig marker and then started layering it with stripes of blue patterned paper and pieces of gold foiled washi tape. I also cut a circle from yellow patterned paper with the largest circle die from the Double Stitch Design set by Gina K. for Therm O Web. That circle gives you the feel of a sunny Summer day and it is just a simple yet fun element to add. All the patterned papers used for this card come from the new Hello Summer paper collection by Simple Stories (my fav lately).

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As always, I’ve included some very nice sentiments in these kits… I’m all about the sentiments and I hope you love these new kits as much as we do at Unity. Make sure to join the new release live video release party RIGHT NOW on Unity’s Facebook page and their blog hop for a chance to win some new stamps and see lots and lots of inspiration by the design team over at their blog.

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New Unity Stamps by Graciellie Design + Inspiration Blog Hop & Prizes

Hey everyone! I’m SO happy to be back! YES, we are having a huge celebration today at Unity Stamp Co. with a brand new rubber stamp collection by Graciellie Design!!! We are collaborating today to make this blog hop even more amazing! Helen Gullett, Maria Pilar, Gloria Lee and Esther Asbury and I are joining Unity’s fabulous designers and we all have lots of beautiful stuff to show you today!

Unity is releasing 5 new stamp sets! Here are a couple of cards I made using the sets Cup Floret and Hey Friend.

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These were both colored with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers. For the backgrounds, I used a monoprinted and stenciled paper torned into pieces for my first card and a smooshed background using ink from the markers and some water for my second card. I really enjoyed coloring these stamps… I know I drew them (LOL) but in all honesty they are super fun to work with and I know you would love to color them too!

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We have lots in store today.
I hope you’ll join us on FACEBOOK for a LIVE release party with Angela and Whitney.

They’ll be sharing all the brand new releases and new supplies coming to Unity.
– PLUS –
PRIZES of course. No one is more generous than UNITY.

Either before the party or after,
please make sure you join us for the Design Team Inspiration Hop.
We have PRIZES right here too.

The Unity Design Team is here to share
some INSPIRING Unity Creations.

We are SO excited to have you hop with us!!!

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Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder Stamps & Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets

Happy first day of the month! I am excited to be joining Therm O Web with a new step by step tutorial, this time in collaboration with Waffle Flower Stamps! We’ve had a week of pure awesomeness at Therm O Web’s blog, with lots of beautiful project ideas and tutorials.

Waffle Flower was kind enough to send me some of their newest clear stamp sets. These stamps from Bouquet Builder and Rainbows are so nice to stamp and play with. I decided to go for a clean design and allow the images to be the focal point of my cards. Of course pairing them up with my favorite new Deco Foil Transfer Sheets made the cards even more amazing!

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Tutorial & Giveaway

Click here to visit Therm O Web’s blog and check out the complete step by step tutorial! You’ll learn how to use the new Polka Dots Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets layered on a black background to make your cards pop!

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There’s always an awesome giveaway going on right now so make sure you join for a chance to win a $25 gift card to thermoweb.com! WOW! Just scroll down and add your info to the rafflecopter in the end of my tutorial post here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please follow us over at Instagram for a daily dose of Deco Foil inspiration. Until next time!

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Video Tutorial: Layering Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets and Patterned Papers with Newton’s Nook and Therm O Web

Learn in just a few minutes how to add a touch of foil to your paper crafts with the new Clear Toner Sheets by Therm O Web. Today, we’ll show you how to easily layer clear toner sheets together with patterned paper for a unique effect!

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Layering Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets and Patterned Paper Video Tutorial

I have a video tutorial for you today in which I show you in detail how I made this card. I’m also sharing some tips along the way that I hope you find helpful. Click below to watch.

Nothing like a cute Ice Cream card in fun Summer colors and patterns! Adding the new Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets makes it even more special. I love foil and I love transparencies so I think this a beautiful combination, even more when layered on top of colorful patterns.

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That’s all for today, make sure to follow Therm O Web’s blog for more details about this project, including the complete list of supplies. Also, the design team will be sharing more project ideas featuring Newton’s Nook stamps this week and I invite you to check those out also! Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

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New Rubber Stamp Kits – Graciellie Design + Unity Stamp Co.

Hello there! I’m so excited to share the new rubber stamp release going on now at Unity Stamp Company! We are releasing 3 new rubber stamp kits including a special one for Bible Journaling. I invite you to join the celebration at Unity’s Facebook page for a chance to win these new kits!

What better way to celebrate a new release than sharing some inspiration? I decided to feature the stamps from Happy Moments today, because we all love mason jar flowers at Unity and it is just a fun image to color.

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This new kit includes this cute mason jar flower image plus 3 sentiments. The detail that you get with these rubber stamps is incredible! I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers mixing different shades particularly for the flowers. I had a monoprinted background scrap left from a previous project and I added that and a vellum banner with a sentiment to finish off my card. Very simple, yet rich thanks to the colors and the monoprinted piece. Of course, nothing looks quite finished without some bling so I had to add a few rhinestones here and there too!

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There are 2 more beautiful new stamp kits by Graciellie Design being released so make sure to head over to Facebook and/or visit Unity Stamp Company to check those out as well! Watch the replay of the live new release video to join the giveaways going on right now!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to hear which kit is YOUR favorite! Make sure to leave me a comment below letting me know!

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Bible Journaling with Large Stencils – Process Video with The Crafter’s Workshop

Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.

Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.

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SuppliesTCW9007 Clear Gesso, TCW750 Dahlia Blooms, TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z., Journaling Bible, Distress Ink Refill, Distress Oxide Inks, Water mister, Brush, Heat tool, Cloth, Black Archival Ink, Stamp, Acrylic Paint Markers, Sparkle clear glitter marker.

First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.

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Video Tutorial

This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.

 

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Layering Solid and Detailed Rubber Stamps with Magnolia Flowers by Unity Stamp Co.

Today I wanted to share a card that came to life while I tried my new stamps from the kit Magnolia Flowers for the first time. So yes, it was a bit of an experiment that turned into a colorful and pretty set of cards.

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I tried out different inks but this gorgeous red from ColorBox’s Petal Box by Teresa Collins looked really crisp and perfect for this solid floral stamp. I wanted to stamp the flowers randomly to create a background. Once I was done stamping the solid flower I thought of layering the detailed flower in gold ink (from the same Petal Box set). The second layer of stamping covers the first one and because these are pigment inks, the gold sits on top of the red adding a subtle metallic touch wherever it overlays it.

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Video Tutorial

I have a video tutorial that you might enjoy watching, in which I show you the process of this card design. Click below to watch or click here to visit my YouTube channel and watch it over there!

The finishing touch was adding some color filling the white spaces with an alcohol marker, which gives the background a patterned paper feel! I’m sure you can use different color combinations to create more backgrounds like these! I think this new stamp kit is perfect for this technique so I hope to can come take a closer look at it here.

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Main Supplies: Magnolia Flowers Stamp Kit / ColorBox Teresa Collins Petal Point Pigment Inks / Papers: White Cardstock, Vellum / ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Spectrum Noir Marker VB2 / Die Cutting Machine / Teal Pearl Stickers / Rectangle Double Stitch Design Dies / Zots Small

Winner

Our winner from the recent Season’s Giving Blog Hop is: JENNIFER CASEY SWORDSCongratulations! Please send me a note through the contact option and I will send you your prize!

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