Friday, March 16, 2018

God's Grace

Today I'm sharing a clean and simple card made with beautiful Graciellie Designs Digital Stamps. This card features her newly released "God's Grace" set.

To create this card I enlarged the flower and placed it in the corner of my design adding one of the sentiments below. I printed my finished design on designer paper and added a bit of dimension with chalks and a marker. Some simple matting and a few tiny butterflies complete this clean-and simple card.

If you haven't already, you'll want to stop by Gracie's Etsy shop - Graciellie Designs - and check out all the lovely stamps, papers, and cut files she has for sale there!

Supplies and tools:
Inks: Chalk, Touch Five Markers
Dies/Punches: Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Butterfly Trio Dies (Anna Griffin)
Embellishments: Pearls
Stamps: God's Grace digital stamps (Graciellie Designs)

 This post linked to:
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Light Blue, Letters, Layers
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 15, 2018

He Will Be Our Peace

Today I'm sharing a bright and cheery card I created using distress oxide ink. I had fun experimenting with the colors and trying a crinkled background technique.

Side Note: I wanted to put a plug in for my favorite Etsy store.
If you're a crafter that enjoys finding good deals and awesome products
for less $$ - you'll want to check out  PerriAnnsArtsNThings.
I've been ordering from them for quite a while now,
and they always go above and beyond!
I purchased both of the stamps used on this card there.

To create the background for this card I:
  • dabbed some Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide on my desk
  • spritzed the ink with water
  • swiped a piece of white card stock through the ink
  • heat set and repeated till I got the colors how I liked them
  • on the last swipe (BEFORE I heat set) I balled the paper up in a tight ball to create wrinkles and texture 
    • unfold and heat set
    • use a brayer to flatten the paper out a bit before adhering it to your cardfront  
Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Oval Dies (Printable Heaven), Monarch Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Tiny Butterfly Punch (Marvy)
Inks: Worn Lipstick/Wild Honey Distress Oxide, Versamark Watermark, Midnight Black Embossing Powder
Stamps: Bible Journaling Stamps (American Crafts), Chrysanthemum Flower (Cottage Cutz)

This post linked to:
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies, Letters
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Great Blue Heron

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for a new challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. Today it's another fun Tic Tac Toe board.....Choose three items (across, down, or diagonally) to include on your creation, then come by the blog and link it up!

I chose to go with: Birds -- Use Dimension -- Texture, and I'm featuring the beautiful Repeat Impressions stamp 1704-P, Great Blue Heron.
After stamping my image on watercolor paper, I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and inked the edges with walnut stain distress oxide. I then  popped it up off my background using foam mounting tape. The corrugated cardboard is wrapped with natural colored burlap string and layered on a polka dot background with a diamond border peeking out the top. 

  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month

Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments: Corrugated Cardboard, Burlap String
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Prismacolor Pencils, Walnut Stain Distress Oxide
Punches: Diamonds (Fiskars)
Repeat Impressions Stamps:
1704-P, Great Blue Heron

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Put a Bird on it
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a stamp

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Almost All White

Today I'm sharing a card I made casing THIS CARD  by my Gracielle Designs team mate, Helen Gullet. As soon as she posted this I knew I wanted to try it sometime as I love the clean and simple design.

I printed the Camellias Digital Stamp (Power Poppy) and used a light green Touch Five marker to trace around the outside. The flowers were lightly traced with a light pink maker. I added a sentiment from God's Grace (Graciellie Designs) and traced around that as well.

I wanted to keep the card simple, so the only extras are a Mosaic (Cuttlebug) embossed background and a few silver sequins.

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Inspired by Fabric ( doesn't the fabric of this AG doll shirt shout spring?!)
The Paper Players - Any shade of pink
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Moments

Today I'm sharing another card made with beautiful Graciellie Designs Digital Stamps. This card features her newly released "Happy Moments" set.

I printed my jar of flowers on watercolor paper and colored it in using Prismacolor Pencils. After blending, I added a few highlights with watercolor markers and added a burlap string bow.

 Creating a lattice background:
  1. Cut a stack of 1/8 inch paper strips
  2. Run a strip of adhesive across the bottom of your cardstock  and adhere a line of paper strips
  3. Starting at the top, weave a strip of paper through and slide to the bottom
  4. Repeat until you reach the top 
  5. Carefully lift your woven piece, apply adhesive and press to your cardstock
  6. Hand cut (or die cut) a frame to go finish off the edges

Inside I added a pretty yellow border with the Martha Stewart butterfly border punch.

If you haven't already, you'll want to stop by Gracie's Etsy shop - Graciellie Designs - and check out all the lovely stamps, papers, and cut files she has for sale there!  

Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments: Burlap String
Inks: Prismacolor Pencils, Watercolor Markers
Punches: Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Butterfly Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: Graciellie's Happy Moments

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Spring Has Sprung
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Power Poppy - Inspired by Fabric (aren't the blues, yellows, whites in THIS pin awesome?!)
Inspired by all the Little things - photo below (the jars, flowers, whites)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Flower Power

Autumn (from sewpaperpaint) inspired me to create some paper flowers using the tattered florals die and inks. Carol (from carolinasweetlee) inspired me to create LOTS of paper flowers in several different designs!
To create the first sets I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and cut 2 each of the smallest and next to smallest flowers. I used Autumn's fun tutorial and some distress oxide inks to make these lovely blooms. I'll list the color combos under each set.

 Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide

Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide

Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide

Walnut Stain and Wild Honey Distress Oxide

The next set uses the Flora Grande 2 stamp set from Heartfelt Creations. 
To create this set I:
  • stamped the smallest flower from the Flora Grande 2 (Heartfelt Creations) set in tuxedo black ink on white card stock
  • inked the centers with wild honey distress oxide
  • inked the outer edges with one (or sometimes two) of these oxide colors: Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves
  • fussy cut each flower and snipped between each petal
  • crunched the petals together for dimension (the bottom layer is a little less pleated than the top)
  • glued one flower on top of the other for a pretty 3D embellishment 

This last set also uses the Tim Holtz Tattered florals die, and also includes the Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits dies

Here's a mini tutorial on how I made these shabby chic blooms:

  1. Glue vintage dictionary pages to a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock - cut in half
  2.  Apply Picket Fence Distress Stain over top of one half --- heat set or let dry
  3. Die cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
  4. Emboss with the Victoria embossing folder from Cuttlebug, pinch petals for extra dimension
  5. Apply Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick distress stain to the second half of dictionary page
  6. Heat Set (or allow to dry) and apply Picket Fence Distress Stain over top - dry
  7. Die cut with the largest rose die from Tiny Tattered Florals thinlits set (Tim Holtz)
  8. Assemble roses and glue to the center of  two layer flowers.

 I had a lot of fun making all my pretty blooms and now I have a nice supply of embellishments  for future cards/projects! The only bad thing I want more colors of oxides (smile).

This post linked to:
Time Out Challenge - Bold
Dies R Us Challenge - Pastels
The Paper Players - Spring has sprung
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes