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Watercolored Bouquet

Hello everyone! I haven’t been able to resist the temptation of joining the Watercolor Blog Hop being hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. I LOVE watercoloring and this was a great motivation to grab my watercolor pencils again and color some beautiful flowers.

I like to mix and layer orange, red and pink tones to add an interesting touch to my coloring. I didn’t apply my Faber Castell pencils directly to the image, but instead I scribbled each color on a piece of cardstock and picked up the colors using my water brush.

I heat embossed these stunning flowers in gold to make the embossing resist my watercoloring. This is one of my favorite techniques because the embossing contains the watercolors and makes the task a bit simpler. Still I spent quite a good amount of time to get the shading that I wanted on my flowers.

I love the result and thought I would finish the card with some vintage handwriting stamping, rhinestones, pearls and a heat embossed sentiment of vellum. I wanted my card to be a bit different from the usual contrasting, clean designs out there and so I applied distress ink around the edges of the white layer and mounted this on colorful mats. I really like the vintage touches it has!

This was a liberating and relaxing process to me but I hope today’s card inspires you to try this out also! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back in a day to share a great Father’s Day / masculine cardmaking idea with you!

I’m sharing this with:
Great Impressions – June Challenge AG / Word Art Wednesday – AG / MFT Sketch 231 Challenge 

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Thank You Canvas

This month Sin City Stamps is partnering with Cottonwood Arts. Cottonwood Arts offers a variety of art products: canvas notebooks, sketchbooks, cold press blocks and more.

Today I want to share with you a mixed media project I made with a 6 1/2″ x 4″ Cottonwood canvas. This canvas is really great quality… It can hold many layers of products, which makes it perfect for mixed media.

Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps Rosette Hearts stamp set
Sin City Stamps Chickenwire with Butterflies chipboard sheet
Cottonwood Arts 6 1/2″ x 4″ canvas
Other
Pan Pastels

Crafter’s Inks
Sponge applicator
Die cuts
Gold acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Homemade gesso
Textured cardstock in white and beige
Gold embossing powder

I have a complete step by step tutorial on how to make this colorful canvas. Click here and start the guide to check it out!

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

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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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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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Peach Spring Card

Hello! It’s great to be back so soon with a new design to share with you. Today I have a card to show you in a very soft color combination. Using peach, beige, and a vintage floral paper, I managed to create a project for some of the challenges I’ve been wanting to link to. Please take a look at what I came up with:

Materials
Justrite stamps – Ooh La La French Frills
Spellbinders:
– Gold Circles One

– Bitty Blossoms
– Rose Creations
– A2 Matting Basics
– Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Craft Concepts embossing folder – More Dots
Haj Designs paper – Absolute Floral
Bazic:
– Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape

– Double Sided Tape
Merletto:
– Crystal Stickers

– Pearl Stickers
Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in salmon and sand
Linen cardstock in white
7/8″ peach satin ribbon

I used a sketch to get started from Justrite’s current challenge.

I was able to incorporate all these elements and somehow keep harmony with the original sketch. This is a very classic design, so nothing out of this crafty world goes on here, but I did alter a circle die to make it an oval. I die cut the roses from the floral patterned paper I also used for the slanted layer on the back. That layer together with the dot embossed cardstock fill the card’s background. To finish this creation I added some pearls, crystals and ribbon, the perfect recipe.
 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:

Justrite Friday Challenge #117 – Sketch
Justrite Stampers

Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps
Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 

Spring Flowers
Craft Mojo

Anything Goes
My Craft Spot

Flowery Springtime
Sentimental Sundays

IBISC #80Inspired by Stamping