Wednesday, May 25, 2016

StampNation Weekly Challenge May 25th

Today's StampNation Challenge
is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Well, I kinda went off the path without trying to and used both the top row and the first column. Circle/Square/Flower and Circle/Diecut/Stencil.
I started my thought process thinking, I'll do the top row (Circle/Square/Flower), so I started
gathering supplies, I found a couple of stencils to be the circle and the square, grabbed my Rose Garden thinlits for the flower and grabbed some inks and started playing.
When I was all done, I realized I'd also used the first column (Circle/Die Cut/Stencil) too.

I cut the rose from Ranger Watercolor Cardstock and used my distress inks mixed with Perfect Pearls Mist on my craft mat to color it and because there was a ton of color left, I dipped the rest of the watercolor sheet in the ink until it was gone.  This led me to diecutting the rose 2 more times and stacking them for more dimension.  I then diecut the Hello from the stenciled background panel and added tons of foam tape, I used the remaining piece of watercolor cardstock to layer behind the stenciled panel. I added back in the negative pieces to the hello with foam tape too.
Adhered it all to the card base and viola, card finished. 
It's different, but I really like how it turned out. 

Happy Crafting

Ink: Ranger Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers  
Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay

Stamps: None

Paper: Paper Studio Heavyweight white for card base 
and Ranger Distress Watercolor for layers and diecuts

Accessories: Rose Garden and Hello You Thinlits by Stampin' Up 

Stencils: MFT Small Checkerboard & Winnie & Walter Pattern of Rings (from Friendship SOA) 

Blog Hop Winner Announcement
If you hoped with us on May 17th for the 

blog hop and commented...THANK YOU!

The drawing is over and the winner is

All of the cards are wonderful but the first is
my favorite. Love how it was colored.
If I won that would be the card I'd love to receive.
thanks for sharing.

Mary, please email me at scrapsbygracie AT within the next 10 days
to claim your prize. Please use the subject line WINNER CAS. 

Thanks for hopping with us everyone!
Check out the next up on June 17th.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling All Sistahs May Blog Hop

I'm so honored to be participating in today's hop.

Michelle is such a wonderful inspiration to all of us to "check the girls" each month.

Ladies, if you aren't checking on a regular basis, you may not catch a problem
before it's to big to fix. 


Click HERE for the proper way to do it.

Now on with the projects.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color part of a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper.
I then cut out the CAS-ual Fridays Hope Fri-die from the Calling All Sistahs line several times.
I used Ranger Multi-Matte Medium to apply them to another piece of cardstock then used 
MFT pink to stamp the sentiment.  I gave the entire piece a spritz or two of Perfect Pearls Mist then diecut with the scallop frame die from the Young At Heart Stamp of Approval collection.

I used MFT's pink ink and Perfect Pearls Mist to create a watercolor background 
on Ranger Watercolor Paper.  I then used Versa Mark and Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder to stamp and heat set the ribbon and sentiment from the Calling All Sistahs line of stamps.

I used Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder and Versa Mark ink to stamp the ribbon and sentiment from the Calling All Sistahs line of stamps by CAS-ual Fridays.
I then used a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker to color the back of the vellum behind the ribbon.
Added a piece of pink paper from my stash (sorry don't know the brand), folded over the vellum and attached it to the back of the card base. 

Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been touched by the big C word.
Whether it's breast or ovarian, lung or some other type, 
they all have one thing in common, it can happen to anyone.

So why not do everything in your power to catch it early and fight like a girl! 

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Alanna Moses.

If you didn't start at the beginning, don't worry you can always stop 
back at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. 

BTW, I'm giving away a little hope today (literally).

Michelle was kind enough to send me this
 hope Fri-die to give away to one lucky hopper.

So be sure to leave some love in the form of comments along the way today
and I'll choose one lucky winner to receive this die and one of the cards I made for today's hop.

Happy Crafting

Here's the full line-up in case you get lost:

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques May Blog Hop

Welcome to 

Can you believe it's already month five of our year long adventure 
into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  
We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.

It's not to late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.
If you missed any of the previous months,
 you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop. 

This month we will be creating spinner cards and 
you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today. 
 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 drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice). 

Now on with the projects.

Let's start with Penny Spinner Cards. 
Here's a VIDEO to get you started if you've never made these before. 
I used my Cricut to cut the elements.  The paper was all stuff from my stash. 

Then I got a little wild and made a shaped card using the Cricut.

Not all spinner cards are this type.

You can also create interactive spinning cards using string.
Here's a VIDEO with directions. 

Share one of these cards on Pinterest and 
 comment here and let me know to be entered
into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

Click HERE to visit my Stampin' Up Website.

Happy Crafting

Today's Line-up:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Foiling a few roses

I'm participating in a swap for cards made with
foil or metal accents.

and got busy making a few cards for the swap and birthday card for my BFF.

For the first few cards, I simple cut out the large rose die directly from the
adhesive sheet using my Big Shot.

I then very, very carefully removed the backing and applied the rose to the thin
black cardstock and removed the remaining release paper and applied the foil directly onto
the adhesive, rubbing briskly to make sure it was well adhered. 

I stamped a sentiment from the same Rose Wonder stamp set 

After completing a couple of cards this way, I decided I wanted more lift to the rose, so I 
added the adhesive sheets to both sides of a piece of black cardstock and diecut the rose.

I then adhered the rose to another piece of black cardstock and foiled again.

I also made a couple of cards using the negative pieces from the rose diecuts.

This is the adhesive/cardstock/adhesive negative pieces applied to cardstock layer then cut
around and added to a piece of patterned paper using lots of foam tape.
Here's a side view to show the color of the foil better and the dimension.

This one is the flat (adhesive sheet only) negatives applied to a card front.

If you don't own a laminating machine or a Minc, don't be afraid to jump on the foiling
train, there's plenty of ways to foil without using these tools. 
Try any strong double sided tape or two-way glue pen to create designs and foil them.

Happy Crafting

By the way, I'm participating in

Sponsored by Skipping Stones Design

and Heather from SSD is letting you in on the fun.

Shop SSD in May & June and all stamp sets are B4G1F.

That's right Buy any 4 stamp sets and get 1 free
and there's no limit on how many free stamps you can get.

So buy 8 get two free,
by 12 get three free!

The best part...
10% of sales in May and June will be donated to
Susan G Komen
to help aid in the research for a cure.

Help us find a cure!

Stop by the blog June 1-7th and bid on the amazing creations.
Every winning bid will be donated to the cause and shipping is on us.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tic Tac Toe Anyone?

I'm off playing with friends at the 
Great Lakes Mega Meet today and tomorrow, but I thought I'd share 
a  few cards I made recently for a swap based on a 
Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

Here's the board we used.

The challenge is to pick one row or column or diagonal line and
make a card with it. 

I chose the center row: Embossing (Dry or Heat), Circles, Bling/Sequins.

Here are the cards I made.


As you can see I made quite a few but they were fun and easy to do.

I started with Paper Studio Heavyweight White Cardstock cut to 4x5.25" and
stenciled them using the circle stencil from the Stamp of Approval Friendship Collection (2015).
I used a variety of Ranger Distress Inks
For the sentiments, I cut black cardstock (Paper Studio) using the Happy Birthday Wishes dies from the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection (2016).
For the embossing folders and bling/sequins, I just used a variety from my stash.

I just love all the texture and interest embossing over the stencil gives. 

I'd love to see what you do with this Tic Tac Toe challenge.
Upload your cards to social media and tag me 
@scrapsbygracie on Instagram or Twitter 
or post them in the comments of my Facebook page for today's post.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day

It's National Scrapbook Day.
So to celebrate I thought I'd show you the layouts I did for LOAD216 in February.

Since that was the last time I actually scrapbooked.

I've been busy papercrafting but not scrapbooking and most of the LOAD216
layouts were digital at that.

The layouts were really random too. I didn't follow the LOAD216 prompts. I just scrapped what was on the computer to be scrapped, so there are lots of layouts for Rachel's college book and some for family events and even a few scrappy friends. 


Happy Scrapping!