28 April 2014

National Scrapbooking Day Sneak Peeks!

Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. I have been working long hours, designing many projects for my Design Teams. And today I wanted to stop by to invite you all to our series of challenges and giveaways taking place this Saturday at Hiding in my Craft Room.

To create some expectations and motivate you to join us and play along, I have some sneak peeks of my projects:

Oooh... We're all very excited at HIMCR and we hope you stop by this weekend and join the fun!

26 April 2014

Mother's Day - HIMCR #147

Happy Saturday! This week at Hiding in my Craftroom we are challenged to create a project for Mother's Day! This can be a card, a tag, an altered item for a gift, a scrapbook page about mom, or anything allusive to this sweet celebration!

The sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri!


The giveaway is a $7 gift certificate!
I had the chance to use a lovely image from Pickled Potpourri called Nature's Greetings Butterfly. I like how organic the butterfly looks! Here is my card for this week's challenge: 

Pickled Potpourri - Nature's Greetings Butterfl
Flourishes - Garden Picks, Spring Bouquet
- A2 matting basics
- Gold Ivy
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
 Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Pearlescent, Silver Starlight
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic - Two sided tape, foam tape
Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in bone white
Specialty embossed paper in lilac
5/8" gross grain ribbon in lilac

I started off this monochromatic card, creating my own patterned paper. I stamped a floral design in lilac repetitively on white cardstock. After that was done, I die cut an octagon shaped window on the patterned layer. To add more to the design I framed the window with a die cut from the same set and added a lilac background to it. Before the frame was adhered I wrapped a piece of ribbon around each of it's sides to create the illusion that the ribbon was crossing the window to make the bow.
The butterfly digital stamp comes originally in black, so I edited it's color to match perfectly the lilac I was using on my design. Once that was done, I fuzzy cut the butterflies, heat embossed them with pearlescent powder and added a little crystal to each of them.

Now for the sentiment, I heat embossed it in silver on light weighted vellum paper, and added some crystals to it's corners to frame it.

I enjoyed making this card so much! I hope you like it and feel inspired to join this week's challenge at Hiding in my Craftroom.

For more inspiration please check out my teammates' designs:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay creative and inspired.

This card is participating in:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge

No Designer Paper
Sweet Stampin Blog

Things with Wings
Sisterhood of Crafters
Jo's Scrap Shack 

Mum's the WordPaper Issues

23 April 2014

Create without Dies - Vintage Pocket Card

Hello my friends, teammates, and followers! I hope you all had a great Easter, surrounded by your loved ones and creating new memories... I did just that! We went on a family trip to the Mayan Copan Ruins, and stayed in the town for days and shared a lot at the same time we adventured in many fun places like the Macaw Park, the Thermal Water Park and so much more... The last time we visited Copan we didn't have our boy, so this time was so much fun (and challenging). I can't complain, I had a wonderful time!

Anyways, I thought I would stop by and share a card with you. I'm always trying to give a twist to my projects and in this case the interesting thing is that it didn't require dies. In the end I thought I'd use a die to make some artist trading cards that I added to the inside pocket, but that is optional and only an extra to the card itself.

Here's my card for today:

I used 3 sets from Nearestore: "Cozy Spring", "Old Fashion" and "Vintage Newspaper Ads". These sets not only include digital backgrounds, but also digital elements that coordinate together to create a project. I started off printing all the elements I wanted to use. I worked with the printed green paper and just folded the cardstock to achieve a layered fold. Because I used letter sized cardstock, I added a piece of Vintage Newspaper Ads paper to completely overlap the front side of the card. One trick I want to share with you is, that though the Vintage Newspaper Ads set consists of individual ads, to add some versatility to it I used the set's cover, which is actually a perfect background with all the ads mixed together.

The front frame is actually a digital element that I cut and with it I framed the little lady ad. I used a clock clipart (also included in the sets) to decorate the frame; it was heat embossed with pearleascent powder. To finish the front of my card I added a bow embellished with a vintage button and some pearls.

Once you open the card, it's left side is decorated with a grungy image of the Eiffel Tower. It comes as it is so there's nothing to do but cut it. I just added some crystals to it's corners to frame the image.

To the right side of the opened card, you see the little pocket flap where you can add tags, pictures or any other things for your recipient. Like I mentioned before I made some ATCs that match the vintage feel of the project (from Vintage Fashion). Each of them were printed in wallet size, cut with an A2 Matting Basics die (from Spellbinders), distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped with little sentiments from Justrite's "Ooh La La set", and Flourishes' "Cherry Blossoms" set. 

The final size of my card was 4 1/2" x 5". 

I hope you enjoyed this project, and that you feel inspired to create an overlapped pocket card too. Dies or no dies, there are so many ways to do them, but for sure it makes a lovely personalized project for anyone. I particularly destined it to be a vintage Mother's Day Card.

Thanks so much for stopping by... Until Saturday!

This card is participating in:

Challenge #8 - Mother's Day
Sweet n' Sassy Stamps
Challenge #210 - Buttons
Stampavie and more

Crafting with Dragonflies

Frilly and Funky

Ruby's Rainbow

19 April 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers - HIMCR #146

Good day everyone! Spring has arrived for some, but others haven't seen a hint of it yet. I, on the other hand, have sunlight almost all year long where I live and my flowers are always blooming... Don't despair, instead let's craft some floral projects, let's celebrate Spring together. 

This week our challenge at Hiding in my Craft Room is "April Showers Bring May Flowers", so feel free to use any kind of flowers on your project: die cut or fabric flowers, flower clip arts, etc. We have two sponsors this week who are offering great prizes to the winners of this challenge:

Scrapper's Delights

  A winner will receive 
three of their lovely digital images

Lawn Fawn

A winner will receive 
a stamp set of their choice!

I thank Scrapper's Delights for giving me the chance to pick one of their images. Today my project features this sweet and lovely image called Holly Hobbie Set 3. Check it out:

Please click on the images for a larger view

Haj Design Papers - Fleurs Magnifiques
- Butterfly Magic
- Gold Labels Four
- Classic Labels Four
- Rose Creations

- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Docraft Xcut - Leafy Flourishes
Scrapper's Delight - Holly Hobbie Set 3
Spectrum Noir - PP5, PP3
Pelikan - Pearlescent Glitter Glue
Merletto - Crystal and Pearl Stickers 
Bazic - Two sided tape
Cre-a 7/8" gross grain ribbon in hot pink
Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in soft pink
Bond paper in hot pink
Superfine eggshell cardstock in white

To emphasize on the floral theme, I started off layering my pink card base with a floral expandable die, cut out from floral paper. I made the image the focal point of the card, framing it with a label shaped die cut and embellishing it with a rose and a flourish. The sweet holly hobbie was colored with markers, but in the end I thought I would add some glitter accents to the girl's dress and hat. I did that using a local distributed glitter glue from Pelikan that I love to use because it is really mess free, and can be applied specifically to the areas you need to embellish. To finish my design I added some ribbon and crystals.

This card doesn't have a sentiment, but I love how it looks... So feminine and floral. What else could I ask for, right? I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I would love to hear what you think!

Celebrate spring with us and join our challenge this week. All you need to do is visit Hiding in my Craft Room, follow our guidelines and link your project. 

I hope you had a blessed and joyful Easter week. Take a moment to be thankful and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

16 April 2014

Fancy Easter Duckling

It's Easter week already! This year is going fast. Everyone is probably looking forward to spending some time with their family, going to church, traveling or just enjoying their break at home. On the other hand, us crafters have been busy working on our Easter cards and projects. Today I have a card I made for a sponsor feature day during the Giveaway Party last week. As promised I'll have all the details for it on this post. Here is my fun Easter duckling card:

 Please click on photos for a larger view

Nearestore - Antoinnette's Easter

- Timeless Rectangles
- A2 Matting Basics
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Merletto crystals and gems 
Bazic two sided tape 
Other generic materials
5/8" gross grain ribbon in lilac
Specialty pearlescent cardstock in lilac
White cardstock

This card's concept is based on digital elements from a set called Antoinnette's Easter, that explains why the duckling is wearing a classic wig. I love how fun, different and unexpected that image is. It was printed in wallet size, framed, and layered over a delicate floral paper from the same set. The outer frame was adhered to a smaller regular cut card base, to ensure stability. The card base is actually pink, you might notice it if you look closely, and it matches the duckling's feathers perfectly. To finish the design I added some ribbon and pearls. And that's quite it! I hope you like it. I enjoyed doing it... It's a fun Easter card for sure. 

In other news...

I was accepted in another design team (sounds like a dejavu)... This time I'm honored to be part of Dies R Us Challenge DT. Soon you'll have a chance to join our challenges (May 1st). Very exciting really! I'm very thankful to Dies R Us for this opportunity.

Continue to have a lovely week... Happy Easter!

This card is participating in:

Animal Antics
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

13 April 2014

Giveaway Party Winners and some News!

This is the day some of you have been waiting for! Time to announce the 10 winners of these three-day giveaway party. They were chosen with the help of Randomizer.org. And the winners are:

 Day 1

No. 6 - Designermc wins:

No. 3 - CherylQuilts wins:

No. 8 - D- wins:

Day 2

No. 3 - Katherine Clayton wins:

No. 5 - Sue k wins:

 No. 1 - CherylQuilts wins:

Day 3

 No. 3 - Katherine Clayton wins:

 No. 2 - Tlady wins:

No. 6 - Sue k wins:

 Now for the Grand Prize... The day chosen was:

And from day 2 the GRAND WINNER IS:

No. 5 is:

You won every single set shown above!

Sue was on a roll. You might have noticed she won 2 sets from Day 2 and Day 3, which means that those 2 prizes will be assigned by Randomizer again and will be given to new winners.

New winner from Day 2:

 No. 4 - Blue Rose wins Cozy Spring

New winner from Day 3:

No. 7 - Samantha A. wins Easter This Year

Congratulations to all the winners, please email me to: graciellie at live.com to claim your prize. Thanks to all of you that participated and to all the sponsors for your support and generosity.

In other news...

I have some news to share with you, I was chosen to be part of Cardabilities Design Team and I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team and to have such amazing designers as teammates. I hope you can join me in this new experience, supporting my work and playing along with the challenges. I would love to see you there! To meet my teammates please check out the DT button on the right side of my blog

Big hug to all of you. Have a blessed and delightful Easter week.

12 April 2014

Super Scraps Saturday - HIMCR #145

Hello everyone! As all of you must know by now I'm part of Hiding in my Craft Room's DT. So every Saturday I'll be posting a project for our weekly challenge. And like every second week of the month, today it's time for Super Scraps Saturday. To play along, make a project using paper scraps only... That's right!  

Our sponsor this week is My Besties!

The winner of this challenge will receive 5 digital images!

With no further ado, let me show you a card I made using a cute My Besties' image and some scraps for the challenge:

- Gold Circles One

- Small Lables
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Craft Concepts embossing folder - More Dots
Spectrum Noir markers - Pinks 
Faber Castell watercolor pencils (brown)
Avocado Arts stamps - Who Loves You
Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Linen White
Zap! heat tool
Barrilito heart punch
Merletto crystal stickers
Bazic double sided tape
Other generic materials
Hawaii cardstock in white
Textured cardstock in sand and mint
7/8" light pink gross grain ribbon

This is an A2 card made entirely of card stock scraps and left overs. The little owls are actually one same digital stamp I edited to look like a pair looking at each other. I colored them with markers in various shades of pink. For the branches I used watercolor pencils. To my surprise I was able to find scraps that coordinated nicely, both in color and texture. I love how well the pink and mint work together!

Now it's your turn! We would love to see what you create. To play along visit hidinginmycraftroom.com, follow our guidelines and link your project.

For more inspiration please check out this week's projects from the DT:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

10 April 2014

The Liebster Award

Today was that day of the month destined to go out and run the so needed errands on my to do list. Mostly it was a shopping day. I just arrived home, happy and tired (my boy came with me, and that requires extra energy), and to my surprise, enormous surprise, I find out I was nominated for the Liebster Award! I received a message from the lovely Diana Nguyen, Challenge Team member of Our Daily Bread Designs, saying that she had nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. Thank you so very much Diana, for your kindness and support.
The Liebster Award helps bring awareness to blogs with less than 300 followers. I started my blog in January 2014 and this award gives me a great opportunity to share my work with many more in the blogging community. So it's amazing that Diana thought of me, THANKS girl!

Rules for participating in the Liebster Award nominations:

- Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and answer the 11 questions they presented
- Link back to your presenter's blog
- Copy and Paste the pink Liebster logo to your blog
- Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award, who have less than 300 followers and create a list of 11 new questions for them, and
- Inform them of their nomination
I hope you take moment to visit these amazing bloggers, I know you will be impressed. I learn something every time I visit.

Tlady Designs

LJ Creations

Designs by Sammy

Design Inventions

And an exceptional nomination to a homeschooling focused blog:
Homeschooling Epyphany

Here's my list of questions for my nominees to answer:
1) When did you start stamping?
2) Name one blogger on your reading list.
3) Cat or Dog?
4) Orderly or messy?
5) Favorite way to color?
6) Favorite creation?
7) Pet peeve?
8) Favorite vacation spot?
9) Favorite movie?
10) Best day ever?
11) Other hobby besides stamping?

(Maritza please apply this questions to your blog's subject)

Here are my answers to Diana's questions:

1) When did you start stamping? 

I started making cards on 2010, but it was until 2011 that I really discovered what paper crafting was about, so to speak.

2) Name one blogger on your reading list.

Becca Feeken for sure (Amazing Paper Grace).

3) Cat or Dog? 

Cat! I've had at least 10 during the first 20 years of my life.

4) Orderly or messy? 

Somewhere in between. See, I am a perfectionist, so originally I'm orderly. But I'm a mom now, and with a little boy comes some mess for sure! I embrace it, and keep going... LOL

5) Favorite way to color? 

Lately, water coloring... I'm in love with watercolor resist

6) Favorite creation? 

It has to be Cottage Charm. This card was designed for an ODBD challenge and it was recently chosen Weekly Favorite on Splitcoast Stampers. It's given me friends, it's opened doors for me and I'm thankful for that.

7) Pet peeve? 

Well, I'm a daughter of a veterinarian, and I got to see him do surgery on horses and sort. I even helped raise new born calves at some point. So I've seen a lot. BUT, I can't stand reptiles that's something I don't like at all, and yes I've seen plenty, but I can't get used to them! LOL.
8) Favorite vacation spot? 

Bay Islands (Roatán to be exact), Honduras.

9) Favorite movie? 

My recent favorite is The Great Gatsby... Yes, I know, which else right? I even made a card inspired on the movie: Daisy Inspired. Those who know me and my blog, know how much I love vintage/retro/shabby.  

10) Best day ever? 

A day out of town with my husband and son.

11) Other hobby besides stamping? 

Not at the moment. But I do enjoy watering and fertilizing my plants, though I don't think it's enough to call it gardening (I wish!).

I am delighted to be part of this award chain, it is a true blessing to me and I will forever appreciate it. I was not expecting and maybe that makes it even more delightful. This is a very, very new blog, so THANK YOU Diana, and THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS, for your support! You made my day even better!

08 April 2014

Giveaway Party Day 3 - Shery K. Designs

Yes! It's day 3 of the giveaways and I am so grateful for all of your comments and visits. Today will be the last day of this party BUT you'll have until Saturday, April 12th to comment. So if you missed a day, you still have time to participate, and, if you wish to invite some crafty friends over, they too have time to play along. 

Now it's time to feature our third sponsor, Shery K. Designs. Shery is a Canadian Graphic Designer that offers a wide range of digital products on her online store: printable high quality digital papers, SVG files, templates, clip arts. She has bright and versatile designs that you can use for any of your paper crafting needs. Besides her wonderful papers, I absolutely love her box templates and her party kits... There is so much to see in her site! Also she has many gorgeous free download sets in her store, so make sure you stop by Shery K. Designs today.

I have two projects to show you. They are two little favor boxes made with: "SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2", "Victoria Super Mega Paper Pack" and "Blue & Pink Mega Paper Pack"

This papers print neatly, they truly are high quality. And you could win them today! Here's a little reminder:

"Blue & Pink" Mega Pack.
Includes 20 digital papers
SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2
SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2
SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2
SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2
SVG & Printable Favors Gift Box Collection 2

Victoria Super Mega Pack. 
Includes 48 Digital Papers!

"Easter This Year" set. Includes: 
10 digital papers and 16 cliparts!

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Winners will be picked by Randomizer.org and will be announced on Sunday, April 13th. So make sure you come back that day to check if YOU are one of the lucky winners! 

Remember there is a GRAND PRIZE! One of you could win EVERYTHING! The grand winner will be picked from all the comments left during the giveaway posts.

Again, you have until Saturday, April 12th to comment, so there's plenty of time and lots of chances to win! Thanks so much for joining me in this celebration. Thanks for all your sweet comments and your support. You may continue to spread the word and share the giveaways with your crafty friends, because we still have 4 days to participate. Be patient and cross those fingers...

I hope you enjoyed this party as much as I did! I'll be back soon. Thanks so much for stopping by.