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Joy, Leaves & Glitter window christmas card

Branches hanging showcasing different tones of leaves can’t be prettier! I thought I’d use this idea, usually found on Fall scenes -and cards- and translate it to a Christmas card. I was inspired by a fun sketch by Latina Crafter and though my take isn’t as literal I did try to work with all the elements on it.

This card has a lot of elements, but I tried to balance their arrangement using different tones of green, gold, and adding touches of brown here and there. The card’s background started off with lots of foliage stamping in very light beige and brown and even some clear heat embossing. I used the largest stamp from my new kit Blossoms & Blessings by Unity Stamp Co. to create hanging branches from the top of the white background. Then I added gold holiday winterberries and cut leaves from a green botanical stem. I also wrapped linen thread around the top to add a rustic touch. Finally I carefully sprayed green ink to finish the background.

The window die cut is decorated with different kinds of leaves -in different tones of gold and green-, white shimmery poinsettias, pearls and rhinestones. Finally I heat embossed a sentiment in gold on vellum, using a pretty sentiment from the Jingly, Jolly Joys stamp kit by Unity Stamp Co.
Oh, if you are wondering about the sparkly card base, all I did was attach double sided adhesive to the edge and add clear glitter! I did the same thing with the strip under the sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you liked today’s post!

Sharing with: Latina Crafter – Sketch #53 / Poppystamps – Home for the Holidays / Memory Box – Glitter / The Paper Girls – Stamps / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Cuttlebug Mania – Trees / Retarte – Anything Goes / One Crazy Stamper – Winter or Christmas / The Glory of Christmas – Glitter or Shine / SSS Monday – So Glossy / 
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Showers of Blessings – ODBD Inspiration Challenge

This week Our Daily Bread Designs is hosting an Inspiration Challenge! The inspiration photo goes along so well with the new release.

I created this card using the new Umbrella die upside down holding little handmade flowers. I thought the umbrella would look perfect in front of the Window die, to which I added a beautiful piece of patterned paper from the Blushing Rose Collection. The sentiment is from one of the new stamp sets released and I think this verse not only goes well with the theme of this week’s challenge and my design, but also is such a beautiful promise, a very encouraging and inspiring verse!

As always I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC235 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 26, 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 hope you have a minute to check out the beautiful cards created by the DT:

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Pretty Window Card

I have learned to love pretty dies used to create scenes or house facades. Usually, I’m all about frames and layering die cuts to embellish my cards. This is because those were the kind of dies I knew of back when I started making cards. Now a days there is such a large variety of pretty dies and though I still love intricate, vintage layers, I was drawn to try out a pretty set to create this window card.

I dried embossed the white background with a brick texture, to recreate a house’s wall. I think it adds a nice touch to the card. I used the new Poppystamps Large Madison Window Set to cut the window and shutters from metallic pink cardstock. I spritzed and splatter white ink spray to the shutters to make them look worn. The background of the window, is actually vellum, but I also added a pretty border die cut from ODBD Beautiful Borders as a curtain. Finally I added the flower pot and itty bitty flowers from the same window set. To finish the card I added hearts to the shutters, a bird and a little vellum tag from ODBD Mini Tag / Mini Tag Sentiments, adhered pearls and crystals to the flowers and added ribbon and a bow.

I had fun making this card and trying out this new die set… I hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Poppystamps – My Love

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From my Garden – ODBD Sketch Challenge

Were you able to join us last week at our Shining the Light challenge? This week our challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is a sketch! When I saw the sketch I think I knew right away that I wanted to make a window card. I decided to make a garden themed card too, with a bit of floral pattern and garden die cuts!

You may have noticed by now how much I love to use the largest frame from Flourished Star Pattern dies. I just like the stitched border this die has and how it matches many other dies from ODBD like the Gilded Gate I used this time too! I die cut a window on the white mat using Vintage Flourish Pattern and then I embossed it with a polka dot folder. I thought some polka dot embossing would look great with this card’s design, especially because of the shabby chic look it has.

I stamped a sentimend from The Gate set, and I die cut a smaller coordinating label, that way I could make the window stand out with patterned paper. I stenciled the label with pink ink, because I can’t have enough pink in any of my cards and it just happened to match my design!

Since I wanted dimension for the different elements of the card and since the Gilded Gate is so intricate, I thought of an idea that turned out great… I adhered the gate to a strip of patterned paper and mounted it on the embossed mat! Turns out the floral pattern behind the gate looks a bit like a garden.

I stamped the bird from Music Speaks, fussy cut it, colored it with markers and heat embossed it with pearlescent powder to make it stand out. I must say the little bird looks much better in person! I added a few leaves I die cut from beige cardstock using Fancy Foliage. Since I didn’t have the green cardstock to match the patterned paper exactly, I colored the leaves with markers. I embellished the leaves with a few pink pearls that look a lot like fruit (at least in my imagination).

I hope you liked my card for today! I think this is a fun sketch, so I hope you can join us this week! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC226 or to join the challenge click here (link to the ODBDSLC226). You have until February 15, 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.

As always, my DT sisters created some beautiful cards to share with you! I invite you to visit their blogs below and leave them a comment! I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Start where you are…

Today I have an unexpected design to share with you… I went CAS for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Winter Birds. I’m enjoying the cooler weather, but thankfully we only get rain. For all of you whose towns have been covered with snow, I hope you’re staying warm and creative! So let me inspire you a bit with my clean and simple Winter card.

I die cut a card base with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. I created a scene on the actual card front with Penny Black’s Tweet Tweet stamp set. I used Memento ink for the lilac branches and heat embossed the bird on the branch with Gold detail embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle. I also heat embossed a wonderful sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps called Breathe… What a encouraging sentiment!

As you can see I sprayed the card with lilac and gold. The lilac drops and sprays were done with a DIY Distress Ink spray I made using Shaded Lilac Re-Inker and water mixed in a Empty Spritzer Bottle. I also used Inka Gold in Yellow Gold mixed with water, which I applied tapping a brush.Yes, it is a bit of a mixed media card! I want to point out that I used a mask to keep the sprays and stamps within the frame shape.

I die cut a window from a pierced matting layer with Labels Twenty-Five, one of my favorite classic label shapes from Spellbinders, and Our Daily Bread Designs Flourish Star Pattern, respectively. I adhered the frame to the stamped card base with double pieces of mounting tape to give extra dimension to it.

I finished my clean design with three Baby Rhinestones – Silver and a piece of gold cording. I didn’t want to add a regular bow to the card so I created a nice flow, threading the gold cording through the frame and adhering it with a tiny drop of Uhu all purpose adhesive (silicone glue).

I hope you like my card and feel motivated to join our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such! Remember that the supplies used can be found here, and you can get 10% off your purchase using my code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stay creative!

I’d like to submit my card to:
7 Kids College Fund – Anything Goes / Let it Snow

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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My Craft Spot – Guest Designer

I was lucky enough to be invited to guest design for My Craft Spot for a day. My Craft Spot is a stamp store that also carries dies, SVG files and embellishments. I’ve been admiring their stamps sets for quite a while and now through this opportunity I

I have two cards to share with you! In both I’m using a stamp set I love from My Craft Spot store: Clock Time.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders Rose Creations and A2 Matting Basics A, Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern, Cas-ual Fridays Casual Vine, MFT Notebook Paper, Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party Doily.
Inks – Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks in Berry and Sunshine, Crafter’s Ink in Snow, Iridiscent Paint in Berry
Enviromental Technologies – Easy Mold Silicone Putty, EasyCast resin, Opaque Pigment in white and red

Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape
Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste
Graciellie Design digital paper
Miscelaneous

Cardstocks: Linen textured cardstock in white, leather textured cardstocks in white and green, bond paper in pink
Embellishments – Burlap ribbon, pearl and crystal stickers, tulle
Homemade stencil

I went for a shabby chic style with my first card, using lots of texture and embellishments. To make the stamped and heat embossed clock image stand out I mounted it on top of a resin frame I made from scratch, and that I colored with Iridiscent Paint in Berry. I made some pretty shabby flowers and colored them with Crafter´s inks, trying to get different tones of pink by blending Berry and Sunshine inks. Besides all the layers added I applied crackle embossing paste too. To finish the card I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set on a piece of cardstock I ripped and sponged with ink.


Main Supplies

Clock Time stamp set
Dies – Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments, Poppy Stamps Village Lamp Post and Pine Garland, Our Daily Bread Designs Gilded Gate
Distress embossing ink
Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle embossing powder in Gold Detail
Colorbox glitter in Winter Frost
Adhesives – Crafter’s Tape, Tacky Glue, Bazic Foam Tape, Double sided adhesive sheet
ODBD Winter Collection Paper
Miscelaneous
Leather textured cardstock in white
AALD craft metal
Crystal stickers

My second card has a classy and elegant design. I wanted to make the clock stand out by adding it to the craft metal lamp post die cut. I created a window with the help of a beautiful frame die and stamped the sentiment on the center (or almost on the center) of the card. To finish the design I adhered some intricate gate/fence die cuts and a few leaves embellished with crystals. I love how well the metallic colors go together and how much they contribute to the final classic look of this card!

I want to thank Kimberly for her invitation. I have had so much fun with this amazing stamp set, and I know I will continue to enjoy it! I invite you to come check My Craft Spot blog where you’ll find a daily dose of inspiration and creative ideas.

Thank you for taking time to read and check out my cards. I hope you liked my designs and feel inspired to try out this beautiful stamp set too!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Freestyle
Poppystamps – Sparkle and Shine

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Kitties Fall Picnic

Today I’m excited to share a card I made for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Fall Picnic. Of course, I used many crafty goodies from CCNS store to create my card, some lovely supplies I must add!

To make this card, first I die cut my card base with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Vintage Flourish Pattern, and then I die cut a window on it’s front with the coordinating frame from the same set. I cut an inner layer that matched the size of the card base from White Pearl Linen. I printed a piece of plaid patterned digital paper on White Pearl Linen also, and adhered it covering one third of the inner layer, to work as a picnic blanket. I aligned the inner layer with the card base, marked the window outline on it and die cut it with the coordinating frame die. The frame that resulted was attached to the inside of the card, after I aged it with Distress Ink in Old Paper, with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The other remainding part of the inner layer was attached to the card front, from the inside.

Once the card base was entirely ready, I started working on all the elements I needed to complete my card. I stamped Wild Rose Studio’s Kitty Picnic on White Pearl Linen and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I fuzzy cut it and adhered the images to the card front with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

I then die cut lots of leaves from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Impression Obsession’s Small Leaf Set. I applied some Graphite Inka Gold to the craft foil leaves, to make them look a bit organic. I added the leaves on the bottom of the card front around the images, arranging them to look like a bed of leaves. I adhered them with UHU all purpose adhesive (silicone gel glue).

I also used other die cuts as tree branches that I cut from olive green paper with Poppy Stamps’ Pine Garland. I cut around four or five of them and adhered them with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the card front from the inside, so they’d appear to be coming out of the window.

Finally I heat embossed a sentiment, from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set, with Gold detail embossing powder on a little banner that was die cut with the smallest die from A2 Matting Basics A. I distressed the die cut’s edges, and applied Distress ink in Old Paper to it, and next I cut it’s right end with a scissor to create the classic banner shape. I mounted it with foam tape on the left side of the card, and cut the remainder piece to fit the card’s width perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! I invite you to join our challenge this week for a chance to win a prize from the store and the Classiest Card Award too. To check out the supplies I used for today’s project click on the supplies’ links or visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store to see all what’s been added recently! If you do purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your order!

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

I’d like to submit my card to:
It’s my Favorite (Window Cards) – Mod Squad Challenge
Warm Colors (Using KITTY PICNIC Clear Stamp) – Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 
Falloween Fun – Poppystamps Challenge
Sketch #22 – STAMPlorations  
Scripture Inspiration Challenge – Our Daily Bread Designs
(A time to weep, and a time to laugh)
(28/10/14) And:
Fall/Autumn – Stamp and Create 

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Vintage Grace

Good day! I’m here to share with you what I created this week for Classy Cards ‘n Such. The challenge this time is really fun and it’s all about using the negative of a die on your project. I went for a very predictable die negative and created an oval window on the front of a card. I used white and a hint of gold to create an elegant, vintage and graceful, Thinking of You card.

I used Spellbinders dies to make this card. I began by die cutting my vertical card base using A2 Matting Basics A. You might have noticed by now that I use this set in every project… Well, this is a must have for a card maker and I highly recommend it (also check out A2 Matting Basics B).

I used the largest die from A2 Filigree Delight to emboss the front of my card and then I used the oval from the same set to die cut a window. I had to run the card through my machine and emboss it again since the texture had flattened when I die cut the window. But without the embossed frame it would be impossible to position the oval die correctly.

Then I added a Heavyweight Vellum lattice layer (die cut with Spellbinders Fancy Lattice) which I adhered to the card front from the inside and that I cut to size with A2 Matting Basics A. Last, I wrapped a piece of Old Gold – Sheer Asiana ribbon around the card front and my card base was ready to be embellished.

I added some nice die cuts, starting with a Fantastic Flourish Three I glued behind the oval window. I die cut a second corner flourish and cut by hand some pieces. I also made some small roses using Bitty Blossoms. I painted both the flourish pieces and the flowers with Yellow Gold Inka Gold and created a little bouquet.

I die cut one of the smallest rectangles from A2 Matting Basics A  and used my scissors to cut it’s end and make a banner. I heat embossed a sentiment on it from Inky Antics’ Holy Spirit’s Fruit stamp set with Gold Detail embossing powder. Finally, I wrinkled the banner to give it a worn look. To finish, I added three delicate Baby Pearls – LeCreme.

I hope you like my card and feel motivated to participate this week on our challenge.  

Enter to win this week’s prize: 
$10.00 Gift Certificate 

If you’d like to purchase any of the supplies I used please click on each item’s link to be directed to the store.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 
This card is participating in:
Victorian Flowers and Fans – Lunagirl Moonbeams

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Clean & Bold

Hi! Today brings yet another great opportunity to show you one of my older designs which I’ve updated/recycled. Since my machine is waiting for it’s replacement handle to arrive, what better way to fill this blog post than with projects I love and that you haven’t seen before. Check it out:

This is a window card actually. The contour of the flower is die cut on the card front. The card closes perfectly and when closed one would think the flower is adhered to the card front. I used the ribbon to not only embellish but also to create a stem for the flower. And because this is a CAS card, I finished it with a sentiment. This spanish sentiments say in English: “I Love You a Lot”, “Lots of Thanks” and “Happy Anniversary”.

Materials
Spellbinders:
– Carnation Creations

– Blossom Two
– Rose Creations
Shery K. Designs paper: Soft Pink
Stampendous: Spanish Greetings
Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black
Colorbox pigment ink in Orchid
Merletto pearl and crystal stickers
Merletto paper twine in Lilac
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Other generic materials
Heavy weight paper in White and Red
Gold paper
Linen paper in White 
Red and gold ribbon

Do you like them as much as I do? I really really enjoyed sharing these with you today! Let me know what you think. I’ll be back tomorrow with the cutest Valentine’s Day project ever!

This card is participating in:
CASology Blog
Gold flower card:
2nd Vertical Row
Two word sentiment (“Con Cariño”)
3D items (flower) 
Something shiny (gold paper) 
Aud Sentiments
Clean & Simple
Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog
Cartão Vermelho 
Docerela Blog 
Die cutting
Cute Card Thursday Blog

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XL Double Blessing Card

Hello everyone! I have another post for you today, a very brief one. I want to show you a remake of a card that has been a favorite both here and on my facebook page, the Double Blessing card. Someone asked me to make it extra large for his mom’s birthday, and so I did. It is quite elegant and for what I see it kept it’s charm. The sentiments are in spanish and translated it says: “When I count my blessings, I double count you” and “Happy Birthday” in the inside of the card.

That is quite it! Hope you like it, I know my client did. Still need and update on the recipient! 😀

Gloria Designs Challenge Blog

Sentimental Sunday Blog

Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge Blog

One Crazy Stamper Blog

The Card Concept Blog

(Old stamp, flower dies & embossing folder,
New Label & flourish dies, ribbon and lace)
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

Birthday Challenge -Anything Goes

Hero Arts

Challenge #16 – Be Mine 
Paper Sweeties Blog