Monday, October 16, 2017


Hi Everybody,

Did you know that Graciellie Design offers rubber stamps sold through Unity Stamp Company?  There was a new stamp release beginning of this month and the design team is having a blog hop to inspire you.  If you purchased stamp sets at the beginning of the month, you'll get lots of ideas.

I used two stamp sets for the card I'm showing today called Sending Kindness and May Blessings Follow You.  You can purchase these two sets in digital or rubber stamp form.  Here are links for both stamp sets in digital and rubber stamp form.

Sending Kindness Digital Stamp Set
Sending Kindness Rubber Stamp Set (Unity)

May Blessings Follow You Digital Stamp Set
May Blessings Follow You Rubber Stamp Set (Unity)

I used the apple blossom flower stamp, it's the perfect size for the center of a card.  I love the sentiments  in the May Blessings Follow You about blessings and blessed. There are SO many people I could send this card to.

I used Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder.  This was the first time for me to use this and it was fabulous.  It embossed so smooth and such a beautiful, shiny color.  I colored the stamp with Zig Real Brush Markers and I actually only used one color for the flowers.  I found out after the fact this was not watercolor paper but I tried it anyway.  The results weren't too bad actually.  I embossed the sentiment also with the Gilded Embossing Powder.

To finish it off I added some pink sequins from The Ton and flicked some gold Gansai Tambi watercolor paint on the card to get some specks on there.  I put post it tape over the sentiment and flower when I did this.  No way could I have flicked that paint and it not gotten it on either of those.

I used Gina K Designs Passionate Pink Cardstock for the mat layer.

Your next stop is Terri Burson who always blows me away with her outstanding, amazing creations.

If you would like to start the hop from the beginning, start at Graciellie Design blog.

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


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Monster #Selfie

Hi Everybody,

I think this stamp is SO cute!  This would make a cute Halloween card!  I used the #selfie stamp because I thought it was so appropriate given everything now is all about posting to Instagram, Twitter, etc.  There is also a Hello stamp in the set.  This set is from BRUTUS MONROEand HERE'S A LINK to the Monster Selfie Stamp Set.  HERE IS A LINK to the Brutus Monroe blog as well for lots more inspiration from the Design Team. 

This was an easy card to make because I wanted to stamp to be the star of the show so I used some patterned papers from My Mind's Eye and the green layer is Jellybean Green card stock from Gina K Designs.  I colored the stamp with Copic Markers and cut out with a Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die. I used Raven Surface Ink to stamp the #Selfie sentiment.  A few black enamel dots and natural twine finished it off. 

This would be such a cute stamp to use for kid's cards, birthday cards are what I first thought about. 

Did I inspire you to make some Halloween cards?  Halloween cards do not have to be scary, they can be cute as well.

OH, one more thing.... did you see that Brutus Monroe now has exclusive Color Burst colors???  How cool is that? Check it out! 

HERE'S A LINK to the Colorburst

I am giving away the two little girl stamps in the first When I Grow Up Collection and a Zippered Project Pouch.  Just comment and either tell me what your favorite Brutus Monroe product is OR if you're getting the new Color Burst and what your favorite color is. :)

When I Grow Up Astronaut

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sending Christmas Blessings

Hi Everybody,

I have a beautiful Christmas card to show you today and it's all glittered up with glitter pens and foil.  Who doesn't love that?  I used two stamp sets for this card from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called, Christmas Pine and I just used the bird from the Season's Greetings stamp set.

Close up of foiled pine cones

I started by using the MISTI stamping tool and stamped the pine branches with Kraft Ink by Gina K Designs and then I stamped over that except for the end part of the branch with Memento, Cottage Ivy ink.  This is a great green ink for pine branches.  I just randomly stamped them.  I went over the branches with a white Signo Uniball Gel Pen (my favorite white gel pen) to make them look like they have snow on the them.  

I cut out the word die 'Sending' from Sending Joy by Penny Black with Cherry Red Cardstock from Gina K Designs, the Kraft Cardstock is also from Gina K Designs.  I then lined up Christmas Blessings in the MISTI to make sure I stamped straight and used Gina K Designs Cherry Red Ink, in the cube.  I'll be honest, when the ink cubes first came out, I thought they weren't very practical for me to buy because I already had the full size ink pads.  As I learned how people were using them and putting them in the cute Tim Holtz metal tins, I quickly got over my practicality and started buying them. :)

I traced over the sentiment with a Sakura Clear Star Glitter Pen.  Next I stamped the bird from the Season's Greetings set and colored with Copics.  I traced around him with the Clear Star Pen too.  I used Scrapbook Adhesives small black foam squares to pop him up.  (I love these by the way)

I wanted the pine cones to have some sparkle too but I didn't just want to trace over them with a glitter pen so I decided to foil them.  Have you ever foiled stamps?  I actually made a video on how to do it live on Facebook and was that a disaster initially!  My phone was pointed to the ceiling so people heard me while watching the ceiling.  I had moved my supplies to the kitchen so I could use my heat gun and so I didn't have my laptop to look at to make sure I was set up correctly.  Lesson learned.... I did immediately delete that one and I made a new one so I was a trooper.  Here is a link to this video on YouTube.  I hope you'll subscribe to my channel.

I stamped the pine cones on the Kraft Cardstock with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make sure I had a good impression since this was a detailed stamp with the openings on the pine cone etc. and sprinkled Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder on them.  After I used a heat gun on them I placed a little piece of foil on top and gently tapped it down and then burnished it with my finger.  Anywhere there were spots missed, I went back over it with the unused foil areas. 

I hope I inspired you to try foiling your stamps.  It's a lot of fun, something different to try. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grateful Florals

Hi Everybody,

I am a guest designer again this month for Strawberry Jude Stamps.  If you know me at all, you know I love working with flower stamps and what a lovely set this is from Strawberry Jude Stamps this month.  It's called Grateful Florals.  I love this set for a lot of reasons!  It was really difficult to decide what to make with it only because my entire head was filled with ideas. I decided to use the large bouquet because it's the perfect size for the center of a card.  

I used Canson Montval paper, embossed the flowers with white embossing powder and colored with Zig Real Brush Markers.  I initially starting painting around the flowers with a light gray but I wasn't happy with that color with these flowers so I switched to a purple and wow, doesn't it make the flowers pop right off the page??  The bottom layer of card stock is black onyx by Gina K Designs. 

I used the MISTI to line up the sentiments straight, then stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed over the top with clear embossing powder to give a little shine and dimension.  I added a few dew drop embellishments and added clear and orange Nuvo Drops.  

If you like raccoons, fox and leaves, then you should check out the other new release stamp set called Falling With Fox and Raccoon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fish Bowl Dreams

Hi Everybody,

It is World Cardmaking Day!  How are you spending this day?  I hope you can work in a little time to craft or spend the entire day crafting because you know, it's a special day of the year set aside so that you can craft, guilt free.  They'll be lots of sales and give a ways so watch for those :)

(I apologize for the pics not being super clear, there was a huge reflection from the beautiful, sterling embossing powder)

I originally used the Sterling Embossing Powder but switched to Alabaster so it can be seen better. 

I used several Brutus Monroe products on today's card. I started by making an oxide ink background using Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet.  I rubbed the ink pad over my Brutus Monroe Craft Mat, sprayed with water and quickly dipped my paper into ink randomly and heat set after a couple of colors and did it again.  I usually only do this twice and if there is a part that I am still not happy with, I spray a little water directly onto my paper and move the ink around.

I stamped a background stamp over the oxide ink background using the Brutus Monroe Wave Background Stamp.  I used Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and Sterling Embossing Powder.  I think this Wave Background Stamp is SO COOL.  The very first time I saw it, I had a plan for it with the Fishbowl Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies that I used with it.  I colored the stamps with Zig Markers and cut out with dies.  I used the Inlaid Die technique here and fit the dies right into their designated spot like a puzzle.  Everything fit perfect with one exception.... I somehow put the crab die upside down and had run through Big Shot machine before I saw it.  I normally would get upset and redo the card but I figured a crab might can be on his back right?  Floating, chilling out or laying on the bottom of the ocean relaxing. See, I did it on purpose, yeah, that's it, on purpose lol.

I used sentiments from the new stamp sets, When I Grow Up Collection, Astronaut and Scientist.  I embossed both sentiments with the Sterling Embossing powder from Brutus Monroe.  I put the sentiments on a heavy weight vellum 48# so that it wouldn't overpower the background and I could see the background through it.  I did a die inlay with it as well with a Spellbinders Oval Die.  One of my best tips is that I use Stick It under vellum and I can't see it like other adhesives.  Make sure you are using a heavier weight vellum and do not mess up the smoothness of the adhesive and you won't be able to see it.  I used it here where the sentiment is. I finished it by adding some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.

The thought behind these sentiments and this fish scene is Dream Big!  Oceans are Big and Endless! Never Stop Dreaming, Nothing is too large to keep you from your dreams. Simple as that.

These stamps were all so much fun to play with.  I hope I inspired you to try the Inlaid Die Technique and to try some fun, new Brutus Monroe products.  Lots of exciting new things to come from this company.  Stay tuned....

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Candy Corn Treat Cup Card

Hi Everybody,

Do you like to make cute packaging for candy?  Do you give little treats at work or kid's school for Halloween, Valentine's, Christmas?  Well, the owner of The Cutting Cafe, Regina Easter, gave me some personalized ribbon and cellophane bags to use with my projects and I thought you might like the idea of the custom products to use with your goodies. 

I am using a file called Halloween and Fall Treat Cup Cards and I chose the Candy Corn Box of course.  I thought this box would be such a great idea to put candy corn in for my Mother in Law, who loves Halloween.  The personalized ribbon around the box is just a bonus that she will absolutely love to make it more special.

This is inside where there is a slider tab piece

I taped the window piece on the back down good with scor tape so the candy wouldn't fall out. 

I apologize for these next few pics being lighter than usual, I wanted you to be able to see the ribbon and cellophane bags, they were too dark at first.

There is an instructional video on how to put this box together. I watched it and it helped me a lot.  I just used 12x12 sheets of various Halloween papers that I got from a big box store years ago.  I used my Tombow Mono Adhesive Tape Runner on parts of the project and my Brutus Monroe Glue on others.  For the clear window part, I used Fellowes Binder Covers. 

I cut all the pieces out with my Silhouette, adhered pieces together per the video and then tied the custom ribbon around the box in a way that my name would show the best. I used the twist ties from bread to twist around the cellophane bags and then put a thin black satin ribbon around it and tied in a bow.  How cute would these be with your kid's names on them to hand out at school??  Just sayin'.... :)   The printed cellophane bags would be awesome as well for wedding goodies and also baby showers.  The possibilities go on and on.

HERE IS A LINK to The Cutting Cafe online shop.   You will see another link a few lines down where you click if you want custom clear polymer stamps, custom printed ribbon, etc.    I am actually going to contact Regina Easter about my updating the stamp I use on the back of my cards so if you need something like that, she can certainly help you.

Did I inspire you to make treat boxes for Halloween?  Who wouldn't want to be the recipient of one right?  It's a grown up way to get candy.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thank You For Listening Sentiment

Hi Everybody,

We all make thank you cards for people to thank them for things they have done for us, thanking them for their time, etc.  How many times have you vented to a friend, or running ideas by a friend, etc., I have the perfect stamp set and sentiment just for this very cause.  

I am using a stamp set from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Thankful Blooms.  I love the big, bold flowers in this set.  I chose to stamp them in Fall colors but of course you can stamp in brighter colors such as pink, softer colors such as aqua or lilac and even red would look great as well.  Since these are solid image stamps, you will need to stamp a couple of times to get good coverage.  I stamped with the Misti and pressed normally the first time and very, very light with the second time. 

I used Colorbox dye inks in Pumpkin, Raspberry and Mustard for the flowers and Bamboo Leaves by Memento for the leaves and then cut everything out with coordinating dies. (these are no longer available but stamp set is)

I used Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Ivory for the base and Honey Mustard for the background.  I embossed with an embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers called Next Level, Woven.  It comes in a set of two folders. These provide the deepest impression of any folders I have every had.  

I used some Gina K Designs Layering Weight Ivory card stock and cut out the stitched tag from Paper Smooches.  I embossed the sentiment with Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing Powder.  If you are in the market to try some new embossing powders, I think you will really like these.  I sponged around the edge of the tag with copper pigment ink and thought it needed to be a little darker so I went back over with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathering Twigs using a jumbo sponge dauber. 

I tied a bow with some natural twine and added a few glitter enamel dots in a golden color to finish it off. 

I just love the sentiments in this stamp set and the different combinations that the words can be used as.  If you vent to friends, like I do, you might like to pick this set up and use the Thank You for listening sentiment and I promise the recipient will love it.

I hope I inspired you to rethink your thank you cards and take them to the next level to make them even more special and meaningful.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!