Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Graciellie Design Inspiration Blog Hop 8-15

Hi Everybody,

Welcome to the Graciellie Design Inspiration Blog Hop where we will be showcasing the beautiful Magnolia Dreams set!  Magnolia Dreams consists of a stamp set with the gorgeous magnolia that I'm using on today's card, along with digital papers and SVG's. Paper Temptress made a cardstock pack especially for Graciellie Design to go with this new set. The colors work together so perfectly!  

Click here to be taken to this cardstock pack at Paper Temptress.

I started the card using Paper Temptress Teal BASIS 80# with the Aqua BASIS 80# as the next layer. The teal floral patterned paper is from the digital paper pack in the Magnolia Dreams collection.  I wanted the magnolia to really stand out so I made it large size, cut it out with the Scan N Cut and then foiled with Deco-Foil Rose Gold Foil.  I wanted to add just a hint of color so I used Copic Markers to add the same colors as the other parts of the card. Martha Stewart Clear Microbeads are glued down in the center of the magnolia. 

I thought Paper Temptress White Splitz Ribbon would be perfect on this card.  I used the Solar White Thin Columns cardstock by Paper Temptress under the flower.  I aIways tend to use regular cardstock but I really like the stripes/columns found on the Solar White Thin Columns cardstock.  It adds just the right touch when you want a design on your white cardstock that is not overwhelming.  

I sized the sentiment from the Magnolia Dreams stamp set and printed it out with my laser printer on Paper Temptress Heavy Weight Vellum 48# and foiled in Deco-Foil Rose Gold Foil.  I wrapped the vellum around the back of the Solar White cardstock and glued it down.

To finish off I added some clear sequins and sponged ink around the Solar White cardstock.  

This is a beautiful collection with endless possibilities.  One advantage to working with digital stamps and SVG's is that you can size them however you want.  I have heard people refer to stamp sets in the past that they liked but they wished a flower or sentiment in the set was larger.  One of the great advantages of digital stamps is how they allow you to make them as large or small as needed for your particular project. 

If you would like to start from the beginning of the hop, please visit Graciellie Design blog.  

Your next stop is Shylaa Shree.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and joining us for this inspiration blog hop.  Have a great day and Good Luck! 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Sweet Thing - Oxide Ink Background

Hi Everybody,

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE to make backgrounds and now that I have Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in my hands, its so much FUN and actually easy.  

Here are a few of the backgrounds I made with the Oxide Inks.... I just took this pic from my desk, sorry it's a little bit dark.  The inks I used are pictured below. I used Bristol Smooth paper.  The paper is very important.  Depending on the look you're going for, the ink will flow easily on the Bristol Smooth and you can move it around with a paintbrush controlling the drips.  I didn't spritz the paper with water this time, I just blotted it some with a paper towel.  

I used a fun stamp set from Sunny Studios called Two Scoops.  It's a layered ice cream and ice cream cone stamp set.  There are so many combinations that you can put together with this stamp set.

I decided to use it as a single stamp and not layered.  I started by stamping the ice cream cone and ice cream with Versamark Ink and embossed both with Hero Arts embossing powder.  I also embossed the sentiment.  

I took a few Copic Markers that were similar in color to the background and colored in the ice cream.  I used V15 and V12 for the purple and BG57 and BG53 for the teal color.  I just shaded a little and made the colors a bit darker.  I did that in the past to a card and I loved the results.  I show that card and link below.

I stamped randomly around the ice cream cone with a couple of the sprinkles stamps in the set and I wanted just a subtle sparkle so I embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  This powder is so sparkly and beautiful. 

I added a few sequins that added a little extra something without being super sparkly.  The recipient likes sparkle somewhat but not super blingy if that makes sense.  The small clear ones are from The Ton Stamps and the purples are by Craft Medley. 

I used a beautiful cardstock from Paper Temptress called Teal BASIS 80# for the bottom layer.  This color is the perfect teal, it has a slight texture to it and is perfect weight for layering.  I added foam behind top layer to give some dimension.  I don't use my corner rounder as much these days so I dug it out and cut a couple of the corners.  

I hope I inspired you to play with Oxide Inks.  It will make you feel like a kid at least for a little while, because you're having fun and not thinking about anything else and that's a good thing. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a great day!


This is the card I made using Oxide Inks, coloring with Copics and I stamped on this one rather than embossing.

LINK to blog post for this card.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flower Shaker Card - All Dies Card

Hi Everybody,

I made a card today using all dies, no stamps.  Typically I use 1-3 dies on a stamped card. This one was fun to make and it's for someone who needs to show her pretty smile again so I hope this card will help.

I used the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Shaker Flower for this one, all the pieces are right there for you....

I started with choosing cardstock.  I am using Paper Temptress Pink BASIS 80# and Magenta BASIS 80# for the bottom layers of the card and Gina K Designs Grass Green and Jellybean Green for the grassy area, stem and leaves.  These are all excellent cardstocks.  I've been using Gina K Designs for about 6 years now.  I've recently started using some of the Paper Temptress cardstocks and I really like them.  They are different weights, textures, etc., so it's fun to use striped, linen, pearl, metallic, etc.  I would recommend their 80#, it cuts like butter.

I used Paper Temptress Azealea Metallic/Mica for the inside of the flower (the back) and The pink polka dot patterned paper is actually digital paper from Graciellie Design from the Magnolia Dreams collection.  These papers are so beautiful and the colors are so in right now, pink and teal.  I think if you take a peek at this website, you will love what you see.

I used Tim Holtz dies called Garden Greens.  I cut them out with Thermoweb toner paper and foiled in Deco-Foil Pink Melon.  I cut the clouds out with the toner paper and Deco-Foil Opal.  How pretty is this foil?? I'm in love!  It looks like a subtle rainbow of color. I didn't want anything bright for these clouds.  They are toned down, yet interesting.  

I LOVE these little butterflies.  These dies are from Impression Obsession (DIE 046-A). There are five different butterflies in this set.  They are perfect small embellishments.  I cut them out with toner paper and foiled with Deco-Foil Watercolor Summer Rainbow.  This is one of my favorite foils with the pink, silver and golden colors together.

The sequins are a mix that came from The Ton Stamps.  I added some extra seed beads and bugle beads.

I used Scotch Foam Tape and Scor-Tape to adhere the pieces of the flower together.  The word smile is a die from Sizzix called Card Phrases #3.  I cut this out with a heavy white card stock and cut it out again with Deco-Foil Summer Rainbow, placing the die on the pink and silver parts and adhered it to the white cardstock and put a thick coat of Glossy Accents over the top.  I also used a Zig Two Way Glue Pen and Mini Glue Dots in adhering miscellaneous parts of the card. 

Isn't this a fun card??  I hope I inspired you to definitely get your Deco-Foil out and play and also make a card only using dies, just for a change.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Foiled Mosaic Background

Hi Everybody,

I was playing with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and a Tim Holtz Mosaic Stencil and when I foiled it with the Deco Foil Lapis Watercolor Foil, I was blown away with how beautiful it was. I wanted to make a card with it but wasn't quite sure how I would add it to other stamps, card stock, etc.  

The first thing that I put with it was Paper Temptress card stock called Gold Pearl Linen.  This card stock is so pretty and it's a great weight too.  It's a light gold, if that makes sense, not real yellow in color.  I used ribbon from Paper Temptress as well called 5/8" Opulance Ribbon in Gold.  I loved this ribbon with the other two elements for the card.  It's a sheer, classy ribbon that is easy to work with. 

Next, I cut out the magnolia flower from the Magnolia Dreams Stamp Set by Graciellie Design with my Scan N Cut and foiled with Deco Foil Rose Gold Foil.  I decided not to color the flower this time because I didn't want to take away from the mosaic foiled background.  I just added some Martha Stewart Clear Microbeads in the center of the flower.  You just put glue down where you want them and sprinkle them on glue, easy as that.  Just make sure you are doing it in something like a shoe box top because they will go all over the place.  

I added a sentiment from a stamp set called, Good Thoughts from Graciellie Design.  I also foiled the sentiment with the Deco Foil Rose Gold Foil.  I really like this color foil because it's not a bright yellow gold.  Sometimes you want gold but not so yellow and this is it.  After I printed it, I cut a ribbon banner from white card stock. I finished it with a few dew drops from The Ton.  I love these as a change from sequins and they hold really well.  If you want embellishment but not shiny bling like sequins, dew drops are your answer. 

(sentiment is from this beautiful stamp set)

I want to comment on this magnolia flower in the set.  This flower is perfect because the shading is already there so it looks good just foiled or if you want to color it there is no need to guess where the shading is so you can quickly color up some and use on cards. 

This stamp set is part of a set that includes the stamp set, patterned paper, matching card stock, SVG's.  Everything coordinates so well together.  There is currently an August Promotion at Graciellie Design if you buy the entire Magnolia Dreams set, you will get a free gift. You can buy individually as well. 

There will be a blog hop on the 15th of this month so I hope you'll join us to win some prizes for commenting.  There will be lots of inspiration from the Design Team.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Background Combining Oxide Inks with Alcohol Ink

Hi Everybody,

I wanted to share a card I made using Oxide Inks.  I did something a little different this time and I think the results are really pretty for this background.  I used Ranger Glossy Paper for this.... I don't understand how these colors look the way they do and you'll know what I mean when I tell you what I used.  I used Candied Apple and Twisted Citron for the Oxide Inks and for a twist  I used the Ranger Silver Metallic Alcohol Ink.  I was in the mood to play so even though I wasn't sure if the two types of ink could be combined and what would happen when I used water with the Oxide Inks and Alcohol Blender Solution with the Alcohol Ink, I went for it!  
I know this is a weird angle but I wanted to show how the silver alcohol ink shows up. 

The colors definitely do not look like the red and green inks I used.  I originally was going to use the background for a Christmas project, that's why the red and green colors.  It looks just like the Abandoned Coral doesn't it?  

So now I have this really pretty, cool background and I can't decide what to do with it and what color to stamp, emboss, etc.  I decided to use a stamp by The Ton called, Watercolor Wreath and I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink but I think because it is on glossy paper, the ink wasn't bright and crisp like it normally is so I took a chance and put some clear embossing powder on it and I liked it much better.  

I wanted the star of the card to be the background so I used a Kirarina Wink silver metallic pen and traced over parts of the black embossing on the stamp so that it wouldn't look so dark.  I've never done this but I like the results and I really like this pen.  I added clear sequins from The Ton because I thought silver ones might be too much silver on the card.

I used Gina K Designs Black Onyx and Metallic Silver cardstocks.  I just love the weight of her papers.  

I hope I inspired you to branch out with your Oxide Inks and throw in another element into the mix. You might just love what you end up with and it's such a great feeling to play and actually like the result isn't it?  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Christmas Tree Shaker Card in Shadow Box

Hi Everybody,

I haven't posted in a week because my Aunt Paula passed away last Monday.  She had fought cancer for 11 years and it's been so sad to see the toll it had taken on her, but the worst part was the dementia, well, for the family anyway.

My post today is kind of a memorial for her, something I can keep in my craft room that will bring a smile to my face when I look at it.

Christmas was her favorite holiday and growing up, I loved a decoration she had.  It was a red, wooden ladder leaning up against her tree with elves on the ladder.  They looked like they were climbing up the ladder and getting into the tree.  When I was old enough to have my own tree, she gave me a set of these and I loved them so much. A few years ago I got a divorce and moved and discovered that I did not have these and I was beyond upset.

There's a happy ending because the husband I have now surprised me with a new set.  :)

I made a shadow box out of card stock from a file I had in my Silhouette, embossed some little hearts and stars in clear embossing powder and colored in the open ones with clear and red Sakura glitter pens.  I added some white dots using Nuvo Glossy White Crystal Drops.

For the tree, I used a shaker card from The Cutting Cafe.  There is actually a set of eight Christmas shaker cards you can purchase or you can buy them individually.  Here is a LINK to the shaker cards, where you'll find the Christmas tree one that I used. I thought it looked cute to use striped red and white patterned paper.  I cut out all the pieces in the set and put them together like you would any shaker card.  Instructions are on the website as well. Included is an optional shaped card that you can use behind your shaker card and that is what I used.  The tree opens up and you can put a sentiment inside.  I chose a sentiment from a Gina K Designs stamp set (I apologize that I do not know the name).  I embossed it in white and added clear sequins.  I cut the ladder out from a design I had in my Silhouette files and stacked about five of them to give it some thickness.  I decided to use Crazy Birds for the elves.  I stamped and cut a couple out of Bristol Smooth Paper and colored with Zig Markers.  The santa hat is one of the Crazy Bird Accessories and I found the elf hat and shoes online.

The silver tinsel is Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine.  I've had this for years and never used it.  I like it but you need to use a good glue and hold it for a minute so it can start to adhere and then let it dry for awhile.

I hope you like my Christmas Tree Shaker Card shadow box and that I inspired you to think about something or someone you would like to remember by looking at a shadowbox filled with your handmade love.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


P.S.  I think my Aunt Paula would like this <3

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blog Hop with Gracielle Designs and Paper Temptress

Hi Everybody,

Today is my first post as a designer on the Graciellie Design Team. I am so excited for you to see the new release!  The Graciellie Design Team and Paper Temptress Design Team are collaborating to show you beautiful projects for inspiration.  On 8/2, the Graciellie Design Team will be having a new release blog hop. There will be PRIZES so I hope you'll join us and just leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win.

Click this link to go to the Graciellie Design shop.  You will find beautiful flower stamp sets, which I love of course because I love to use flowers on my projects, as well as birds, butterflies, fruit and vintage style stamps.  There are also beautiful digital papers and SVG's located in the shop.

This is a preview of the Magnolia Dreams new release. Look at that beautiful flower stamp!  You can make it as large or small as you want and do the same with the sentiments.  There are SVG's that can be used as is because they are already set up for an A2 card, square card, 5x7 card and a border.  They cut out perfectly for me using the Silhouette.  Then, of course, there is the digital paper pack and the assorted card stock collection from Paper Temptress, made especially for this new release by Graciellie Design.  

Here is a link to the Magnolia Dreams Variety Package 
found on the Paper Temptress site. (Ribbons also come with this pack)

There are so many gorgeous papers, I wanted to use them all!  I decided to use the Sunburst Technique so that I can show most of the papers without having to choose.  They all coordinate so well together.  

I used a beautiful card stock from Paper Temptress called Azalea Mica/Metallic.  The white card stock layer is called Sweet Tooth Pop Tones 65# and this is a perfect layering weight.  I printed the digital papers on the white text weight paper included in the kit and was able to print two on each sheet. This paper is perfect for digital papers because it a thinner weight and will go through your printer with no problem at all and has a beautiful subtle sparkle as well.

The flowers and sentiment are from the Magnolia Dreams new release pictured above. Both of these were printed using a laser printer and then foiled with Decofoil Rose Gold Foil using a Minc Laminating Machine.  The flowers were cut out with a Scan n Cut and colored with Copic Markers. For the sentiment, I cut the bottom part off the die and popped it up with foam squares and then added a couple small clear sequins. 

For those of you who currently use digital stamps, you can already appreciate the ability to make them any size you want.  If you are just starting to use digital stamps, you will soon find out how they allow you to use them on virtually any project by sizing accordingly.  Another added bonus to using digital stamps is they take up space on your computer, not in your craft room.   

Please leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the entire Magnolia Dreams Collection and two paper packs from Paper Temptress.  Three winners will be chosen.  Winners will be announced on 8/15.  Subscribe to Graciellie Design Blog to make sure you don't miss the winners. This blog is packed full of techniques, she is amazing with foil projects, which are so popular right now.  

**Anyone who buys the complete Magnolia Dreams collection will get a Free Gift in their email.  

Graciellie Design Team Blogs:

Graciellie Design
Regina  (YOU ARE HERE)

Paper Temptress Design Team Blogs:



Be sure to visit the Graciellie Designs Shop to see the other beautiful stamp sets in this new release.

Thank you so much for joining us and your next stop will be Teri Burson.