Monday, February 29, 2016

StampNation Stencil Class Lesson 1

Catherine Pooler and the Dream Team over on StampNation have been working on the next class for Creativity Grows Here.   In January, we celebrated SN's 5th birthday and as a gift to all the members Catherine gave us the class for free. If you aren't a SN member yet, why not? It's a great place for stampers and cardmakers and creativity and inspiration abound. The class will be available to take on CGH in the fall. 

Lesson One was on basic stencil techniques.

Here are the cards that I created for it:


I have to say that the tree one is my favorite.
Leave me a comment and tell me which you like the best.

I'll be back tomorrow with my card(s) for Lesson 2: Masking & Sponging.

Happy Crafting

Friday, February 26, 2016

L.E.A.P Blog Hop

Welcome to 

Have we got a hop challenge for you today. 
Take the letters LEAP and create any paper crafting project:
 a card, a scrapbook layout, a journal page, etc. 

Here is the trick...whatever you make must use L-E-A-P in it somewhere.

For example: A lavender (L) card with embossing (E) and angled (A) with prills (P).

Get it. So who is up to the LEAP challenge. 

Throw a frog into your project and you've leaped right off the lily pad. 

Now on with the projects...

This hop was my idea and man did I have a hard time coming up with a project for it.
Lilac & Lavender inks + Embossed Icing on the cake + Angled Cake +  Perfect Pearls and Presents = LEAP.

Happy Crafting
Theresa (the insane)

Up next is the Design Team at Card A Day Challenge Blog  ~

Today's hop is kindly sponsored by 

who is generously giving away a class of the winner's choice. 
Be sure to comment on each blog on the hop by Friday, March 4th to be entered. 
Winner will be posted on Theresa's blog on Saturday March 5th. 

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Black Tie Affair Blog Hop

Welcome to the Black Tie Affair Blog Hop
We are so delighted you are joining us for this very formal occasion 
where we will be showcasing projects with class, from weddings to homecoming dances.

 Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an amazing sponsor this month!!

One lucky winner will win a $20 gift card to shop their awesome files in their store! 
Be sure to check out their store online HERE
Visit them on Facebook HERE

What do you need to do to win?
Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop
and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday 2/24/16 at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


For today's project, I did a two page digi scrapbook layout of the 
black-tie gangster-inspired New Year's Eve Gala to benefit the Koda Bear Foundation.  

My sisters and their husbands are all very active in the foundation events and I've donated
gift certificates for my photography business for auction at the various events.

The New Year's Eve Gala was another fund raiser for the foundation and my hubby and I attended along with our BFF's Gina & John (in the beige dress) and my crazy sister Becca & her hubby Andrew (in the black dress). 

Here's more info on this wonderful foundation if you are interested in donating or attending an event.

Koda Bear Foundation is a foundation that makes Koda Bears to give to grieving families after the loss of a child while still at the hospital. We donate the bears to the hospital but also sell them to the general public to purchase or sponsor to give to other families. Each bear has a special message on the tag to comfort the families that have just lost their child. 
We use the funds from the bears to make headstones for families who cannot afford one. 
The more bears we can sell the more headstones we can purchase.  All proceeds will go to help our families in need. 
Donations can be mailed to Koda Bear Foundation 420 South Hazel Street Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351 
or sent through paypal to

Angel Book

Koda Bear Fest 2016
A day filled with fun for the whole family: includes a bike and car show, bike run, camping,
pork cook off, karaoke contest, bands,  dance & cheer performances, a vendor fair, auction
and bounce houses for the kiddos.  Kids get in free. 

Happy Crafting

Here's our line up in case you get lost.

Want another chance to win!! Enter the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop!!
You could win $50 to spend at Dreaming Tree!!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #43

due 11:59 P.M. Monday, February 29th
Pacific Time

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques February Blog Hop

Welcome to 

It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, 
folds and paper crafting products.  Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 
for a new hop filled with great cards.

This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMGosh have we got
some cool cards for you.  We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the 
blogs in today's hop.  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered 
into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate at the end of the year.  

Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE

Now on with the projects.



All of the stamps are from the newest Stamp of Approval Collection, Young at Heart.

I used a combo of Color Box white pigment ink and Memento inks 
or Ranger Distress Inks for these cards.

For the last one I C.A.S.E.d Jennifer McGuire's card in one of the videos.  
I added Wink of Stella over the balloons slightly obscuring the ink layering.  

Here's a few more cards I thought you might enjoy using ink layering and stencils that I made for StampNation's Stenciling Class. 


These all used Color Box White Pigment ink and Ranger Distress Inks. 

I also thought I'd share the videos that inspired us 
with these ink layering techniques in case you'd like to give it a try too.

Up next is Kim

Happy Crafting

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way
     Theresa  YOU ARE HERE!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Kathy Racoosin is at it again.  She's off and running on the 30 day coloring challenge.
Check out her blog HERE for today's blog hop and giveaways!

Here's my coloring for day 2.
Follow me on Instagram @scrapsbygracie
or on Facebook at
to see my daily (hopefully) coloring. 

As if that's not enough awesomeness for one day...Catherine Pooler is hosting an awesome blog hop today too!  Stop by her blog HERE and check it out.  The new Stamp of Approval box goes on sale tomorrow morning.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter Wonderland Blog Hop Winner Announced

If you didn't get the chance to hop through the

just click on the logo above and start hopping. 
The prize drawing may be over but the projects are to awesome to miss.

Now on to the winner of the online class giveaway from our hop sponsor

Our winner for this hop comes from Haidee's blog.

Such a cute card and design. I just love Teddy Bear Parade and I am normally not a "cutesy" type of scrapper.

Denise S. you have until February 7th to contact me via email at with the following info to claim your prize:
Name, Address & Email

Please make HOP WINNER your subject line.

THANKS for hopping with us.

Happy Crafting