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More Inspiration: August Stamp Release – And our Giveaway Winner! –

It’s finally time for our inspiration blog hop! Today we have more project ideas using our new August stamp release. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our shop and check out our collection click HERE. To all of you who have been part of our celebration,our designers and followers -old and new-, thanks for making of this new release a success!

My card for today features yet again one of my favorite stamp sets from the new collection: Sent with a Prayer. I am using again the leaf images as embellishments (printed and foiled on acetate), thanks to the help of a Samsung laser printer, a Mini Minc machine and Deco foil transfer sheets. The sentiment from the same stamp set was printed and then foiled with matte black Deco Foil to add even more contrast against the brown cardstock.

I layered all the elements on this design on a vintage patterned paper panel, that I aged even more applying ink sprays in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and also some Pan Pastel in Titanium White. I also used DecoArt Media white crackle paint on the flowers and then I watered it down a bit to add some droplets to the flowers and part of the card panel.

The flowers, laces, ribbons and twine from May Arts Ribbon gave lots of texture to this Fall inspired card. I also added pieces of a stunning vintage washi tape from the Eyelet Outlet here and there. Other embellishments such as the gold buttons, big pearls and wood clip finish the look of the flower cluster. I foiled the metal gear embellishment using Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and a piece of Deco Foil transfer sheet to match the gold on the leaves.

I hope you are inspired by the array of projects the designers have prepared for you today. Follow the links below to check out how they used the new stamps from this month’s release!

Make sure to leave a comment on every stop! If you love what you see be sure to subscribe by email to the designers and to this blog so you don’t miss a thing!

And of course, I cannot go without announcing first our giveaway WINNER from our August 1st blog hop. The winner of a new stamp set of their choice plus the new Black & White Patterns Paper Pack is: Marty Fishman. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to get in touch and I will send out your prize!

If you didn’t win and you love our stamps, what are you waiting for? Come over to the shop and get our new stamps today (available individually and as a bundle)! Click HERE to check out the entire collection.

Need more inspiration? Visit our idea gallery using Graciellie Design digital stamps here.

Sharing with: Dies R Us – Doily and/or Lace / Petal Lu – AG / Stempelgarten – Flowers & Plants / Happy Little Stampers – August Mixed Media Challenge / Inkspirational – Patterned Paper / Mod Squad Challenge – Sew easy / A Gem of a Challenge – Buttons & Bows / Love 2 Create – AG / Mixed Media / Creative Artiste – AG Mixed Media / Crafting with an Attitude – AG / Add a Sentiment / Sisterhood of Crafters – Close to Nature / Crafty Addicts – AG/Friends / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Go Wild / WordArt Wednesday – AG / HOC – Use Twine / Great Impressions – AG

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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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Frilly & Shabby Chic Christmas Tag + Tutorial

After I made my vintage inspired Christmas tag (find it here), I thought I also needed to make a delicate one, using softer colors and lots of layers. Today I have a tutorial to give you even more ideas on how to create some extra special tags this season.

Find a complete tutorial on this new Christmas tag HERE. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you enjoyed it. I’ll be back with more ideas, tutorials and inspiration for the Holidays soon. Thanks for visiting!

Sharing with: Card Mania – Christmas / Let’s Craft & Create – Christmas / Poppystamps – Tempting Tags

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Vintage Christmas Tag + Tutorial

There are always a few gifts to which you dedicate a little more time and effort… Perhaps not all tags will be personalized but some you might want to make with extra special thought. Here is a nice tutorial to help you create a layered and detailed vintage Christmas tag for that special someone.

I have a complete tutorial for you! Click HERE to view it. Leave me a comment below letting me know if you enjoyed it!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I will be back with more tutorials and ideas soon.

Sharing with: Docerela – Color Challenge / Let’s Craft & Create – Christmas / Poppystamps – Tempting Tags

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Distressed Foil Christmas Cards- Tutorials using Deco Foil –

Early this year I discover the beauty that is metallic foiling. Projects seem to come to life when a foil detailed is added and they just look stunning and elegant! Today I have to show you not one but two different projects and tutorials using Thermoweb’s iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets and adhesives, featuring a technique I came up with to create a distressed look on your cards.

For my first card, I foil distressed poinsettias. I also went ahead and worked with foil on foam die cuts. Learn how I made this colorful clean and layered card here.

For my second card I layered two different Deco Foil sheets to give the distressed background depth and interest. I ended up applying foil to the word bead too! Learn how I made this card here.

I hope you liked today’s cards and that you found the tutorials helpful! A complete list of supplies is included in my tutorials here. Remember to like my tutorial guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers, which will let me know that you enjoyed them!

For more inspiration, tips and ideas using Decofoil make sure you visit Thermoweb’s blog, where you will find tons of projects using it in many different ways and using diverse techniques!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!
Sharing with: Mod Squad Challenge – Christmas Floral / Stampavie & more – Snowflakes / Creatalicious Challenges – Merry Christmas / SSS – WIW Holiday Card / SSS Wednesday Challenge – AG / DoubleClick Skittles – Christmas Holiday Challenge / Docerela – AG
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Tag Gate Card for Father’s Day

Welcome to a new challenge by Our Daily Bread Designs. This week our theme is Father’s Day. If you have browsed my blog lately you’ve noticed I am sharing male cards every Tuesday. The new collection at ODBD includes amazing products for male cards and that motivated me to go back to designing more male cards… I plan to design at least one a month (hope I can keep it up).

ODBD stamps used: Good Man
ODBD dies used: Flourished Star PatternLayered Lacey Squares Dies, Sunburst Background
ODBD paper used: Vintage Ephemera Collection

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC243 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 21, 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 you to visit my teammates and check out what they created for the challenge! I know you will be inspired!

Elizabeth Whisson
Robin Clendenning
Diana Nguyen
Paula Bigelow
Chris Olsen

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon! 
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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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Tutorial Series: Handmade Flowers 2

Hello there! Today a new video tutorial is up for my handmade flowers series. This time I’m showing you yet another way of making beautiful flowers using the same dies used for Handmade Flowers 1. This technique can be used with any flower punch or die cuts and doesn’t require any special tools. Here’s a preview of the flowers I made and the card I created with them:

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings dies / Our Daily Bread Designs: Fancy Foliage and Flourished Star Pattern dies, Rustic Beauty Papers / Spellbinders: Mary Border Strip and A2 Card Creator A dies/ McGill: Flower Tweezer / Ranger: Peeled Paint and Shaded Lilac re-inkers, Minimisters, Ink Blending Tool / UHU All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing Word Beads / Recollections Iridiscent Rhinestones / Lara’s Crafts Jute Twine / Miscelaneous: Foam tape, Leather textured cardstock in white, light green and light brown, water mister

I was inspired on the recent Cardabilities sketch to put this card together. I wanted it to be a colorful, Spring themed anniversary or wedding card. To learn how I made these flowers check out the video below:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and card. Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel and to this blog’s newsletter to receive upcoming videos for this series. Some of you have shared comments and questions and also the flowers you’ve created using the techniques shown in my previous videos. Thanks so much for that!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing some exciting news soon!

I’m sharing my card with:
Dies R Us Happy Anniversary; Come and Get it Flowers 1/3; Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs May AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper May UE; Deep Ocean Flowers UE; Di’s Digi Designs Load on the Flowers 1/3; DL.ART May AG UE 1/day; Dragonfly Dreams Lauralcraft How does your Garden Grow UE; Fan-Tastic Tuesday AG Add Some Flowers 1/4; Fresh Brewed Designs Use Twine or Ribbon 1/5; Get Creative For the Ladies or Mother’s Day 1/3; HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday (all die cuts from scraps) 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Kitty Bee Aloha Friday In the Garden 2/2; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Love to Scrap A Stitch in Time (see stitched matting die) 1/3; Loves Rubberstamps Add a Sentiment UE; Our Creative Corner April Showers Bring May Flowers 1/3; Paperbabe Stamps AG; Papertake Weekly In the Garden 1/5;Party Time Tuesdays AG 1/3; Scrapy Land AG with dies sold at Scrapy Land 2/3; Scribble and Scrap AG 2/3;Scribbles Designs B is for… buttons, bow, bling, blooms, butterfly 1/3; Sentimental Sundays Mother’s Day or Really Girly 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Yellow 1/3; Sister Act (Cards Only) AG UE; Stamp and Create May Flowers 1/3; Stamping Sensations Flower Power 2/3; Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ AG Add Flowers UE; The Crafter’s Cafe Feminine 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5;

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Sketch Challenge – Our Daily Bread Designs

New week, new challenge! It’s time for a sketch challenge ar Our Daily Bread Designs. I went for a classic clean and layered style using beautiful papers, dies and stamps from ODBD.



Supplies: ODBD Stamps used: How Sweet the Sound / ODBD Dies used: Umbrella dies, Doily Dies, Flourished Star Pattern Die / ODBD Paper: Blushing Rose Collection

I used a light brown cardstock for my card base and layering. The beautiful papers go along well with the light brown tone. I used jute twine, pearls and a brad as finishing touches on the card. I was inspired in the elegant cards created by various teammates but particularly by Lisa Somerville who has such a way with paper. She is really amazing with layering and patterned papers!

I hope you enjoyed this post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC238 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 17, 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.

Remember to visit my teammates’ blogs and check out their cards this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Will be back soon with some exciting news to share!
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ODBD Color Challenge + Video

A new month of challenges and wonderful releases is here! Have you seen Our Daily Bread Designs new release? It’s just gorgeous and full of many, many new stamps and dies that I know you’ll love. So today I am sharing a card I made with some of the new products for our Color Inspiration challenge.

I decided to use yellow, blue and green from the color board. I didn’t know how my design would turn out because this are not my usual colors, but I am really happy with the result. I used two paper collections from ODBD: Rustic Beauty and Blushing Rose.
The handmade flowers were made with the new Birds and Nest dies set, that includes two different flower dies. I will be sharing a video tutorial on how to make flowers with this set tomorrow, so stay tuned. I finished the flower bouquet with flourishes and leaves die cut with the Fancy Foliage set.
I used the beautiful Quatrefoil Pattern die, cutting it roughly to give the card a mixed media feel. I colored the patterned die cut with Yellow Gold Inka Gold and then with Antique Linen paint. I also used the coordinating Quatrefoil Design die as a label for the sentiment. This beautiful sentiment is also from another new stamp set called Belle Vignes.

I finished the card with many little stamped and die cut butterflies that I created with the new Butterfly & Bugs stamp set and Butterflies & Bugs dies.

I have a video for you below where I share a close-up to Our Daily Bread Designs May release and a sneak peek of a card I made with more new stamps and dies. I invite you to check it out:

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC237 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 10, 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 visit my teammates’ blogs:

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Die Cuts /// May Flowers
Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension