Saturday, October 28, 2017

Randomness in cards

No theme...just a little random happiness.

Sorry it's upside down.

Now that you've stood on your head for the other card, this one only
requires a slight tilt. LOL

Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Marbled Magic

Get ready to marble your way through the day!

Have you tried shaving cream marbleizing?

It's addicting.

Here are a few cards I made for a blog hop a few months ago.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ink Smooshing can be amazing

Cards I made for a swap. 

All made with Distress Inks and the water smooshing technique.

Sorry it's sideways. LOL

Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Napkins? Yes...Napkins make great cards!

Have you tried the napkin card technique?

It's fun and so many possibilities exist.

All of the cards follow the same basic technique.

Take 1/4 sheet of card stock and put through Xyron 5" sticker maker.

OR use another form of adhesive sheet  but I found the Xyron to work the best and without the waste.

Peel off all baking layers on napkins until you have only the colored front sheet.

Add napkin to card stock layer.

Coat piece with Versa Mark or other clear ink and 
sprinkle on glitter or plain clear embossing powders and heat set. 

OR add a layer of Gloss/Matte Mod Podge instead.

Trim up the edges. HINT: Make sure your trimmer blades are new and sharp!

OR diecut them using your favorite dies.

Assemble your cards.

Give this technique a try with your favorite $ store napkins. 

Happy Crafting

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Who doesn't love plaid?

I love a good plaid.  I got my hands on a great little kit and made a few cards.

Get your plaid on folks!

Happy Crafting

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The last of the rainbows...for now

Here's the last of the cards I made for the OCC Rainbowmaker Class.

A few CPD inks and a stencil and a CPD sentiment and a whole bunch of Darice sequins.

A few of the Distress Oxide inks blended and CPD stamps for sentiments.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A few more rainbows...

Last Saturday, I shared a few of the cards  from my recent Rainbow Maker class homework.

You can see all of them on my Instagram feed but here's a few more for you.

You can't see the dimension in this photo, but the whole flower/rainbow is popped on
dimensional tape.

Both the sentiments above are cut from this technique piece using little strips of paper.

Each little strip started out as white cardstock. 
I used my CatherinePoolerDesigns Inks to color each one then attached them to the 
thin paper which I'd run through my Xyron 5" sticker maker.

The two cards above were also made with CPD inks.
The top one using a water brush and picking the pooled ink out of the lids.
The bottom one using direct to paper method.

A little Distress Oxide Ink blending and stamping with the same inks.
Cut with CPD dies. 

Happy Crafting

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's been a good long time...

It's been several months since I've blogged.

My life has been a bit crazy. 
Although I've not crafted a ton over the last few months, I have made a few cards.

You can see all of them on my Instagram feed but here's a few of them from my recent Rainbow Maker class homework.

Happy Crafting

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Technique Blog Hop: So Sketchy

Welcome to the

Blog Hop.

This month we are focusing on using a sketch to inspire our cards.

Here's the sketch we are working from for this hop.

How can you use a sketch other than copying it exactly?

How about changing it up by using patterned paper for the background?
Or changing the flowers to monsters or animals or another diecut or stamp?
Flip the sketch and place the elements at the top of the page or 
turn the whole thing on it's side and make it a horizontal card instead of a vertical one?

Maybe you'll try what I did and make the sketch a one layer card.

Now on with the cards...

Stamps and inks by Catherine Pooler Designs.
Inks: Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Tutti Frutti
Use this link to save 10% on your first order.

Using a sketch for inspiration is a great way to get out of a rut.
Create the sketch as is, then start changing it up, 
before you know it you'll have a pile of wonderful cards 
and your motivation returned too.

Thanks for hopping with us today. 
Don't forget to comment on each blog on the hop to be entered into this
month's drawing.

This month's prize was donated by 
Claudia Henderson
Claudia is giving away this super cute Easter Bunny Stamp Set.

You must comment on each blog in the hop by March 4th to be eligible.

....and the winner of January's hop is Jennifer Earley.

Jennifer, please email me at scrapsbygracie at
within 7 days to claim your prize.
Use JANUARY TECH HOP WINNER in subject line.

Happy Crafting!

Today's Line-up

AMANDA  Your next stop.

Calling All Sistahs February 2017

Welcome to the February Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop.

You've should arrived here from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog,
if not be sure to stop by and leave them some love along with all the other bloggers today. 
Today's hop list can be found at the bottom of this post.

Today's theme is With Love from your Sistah.

My card is very simple, just a one layer card, but it's definitely filled with love.

The outside uses the Powerful Words  stamp set. 
Stamped in Versa Mark and embossed with 
Brutus Monroe Alabaster and Penny embossing powders.

The inside uses the Hope Ribbon stamp set.
(use this link and save 10% on your first order)

Don't forget to hop to all the blogs and leave a little love.
Michele is giving away two gift certificates to random commenters who post by the 19th.

Go on now ladies
feel them up!

We can conquer this thing, one month at a time!

Happy Crafting

Today's Hop Line-up
Theresa Knopf  YOU ARE HERE
Jeanne Jachna  NEXT STOP

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 2017 Technique Blog Hop: Shaving Cream Marblizing

Welcome to a new year of card techniques.

We've also got a few new bloggers joining us for this crazy challenge. 
Please welcome them and leave them lots of love via comments on each blog.

This month we are getting messy with shaving cream and all kinds of coloring agents, 
from ink refills, color powders, alcohol inks and even food coloring. 

You won't believe the variety of results you can achieve when you play with this technique.

I've got lots and lots of cards to share. 

I played with Stampin' Up ink refills, Ranger Alcohol inks and Brusho Color Crystals.

I used a can of shaving cream from Dollar Tree.

I'm sure the other ladies shared that this project is MESSY!
If you don't like getting inky, then this is not a project you will want to undertake.

However, I limited the mess by doing this in the kitchen, right next to the sink.
I wore a pair of long kitchen gloves (you know the kind you use to wash dishes....hahahaha I crack myself up, I don't do dishes, that's the hubby's domain).
I used an old cookie sheet and covered my countertop in wax paper 
(THIS IS CRITICAL when using alcohol inks!!!! 
Those puppies are PERMANENT!!!!! Do not get them on the counter!).

I also cleared off my large glass top table to use as a drying rack for the full sheets that I created.

I made a total of 14 8.5 x 11 inch sheets. 
I used Heavyweight White Cardstock by Paper Studio.

That created 56 card fronts.

Yep, 56! I know that's a lot, but they smell good, even a couple weeks after creating them.

A few of those 56 card fronts have actually turned into cards and here they are for your looky-loo.
I've added underneath each on what color medium I used.
Stamps sets used are listed at the bottom of the post.

Stampin' Up Ink Refills
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Stampin' Up Ink Refills

Ranger Alcohol Inks
Heidi Swap Color Mist

Brusho Color Crystals

Stampin' Up Ink Refills

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Ranger Alcohol Inks  (3rd generation of the same application of color)

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Here's a couple of videos that we used to learn this technique, you might find them helpful too.

A friend Michelle, who is working on starting a blog to share with all of you, created with us too.
Here is her results:

I used retired Stampin Up inks. This one is pink and blue, though it looks grey.

Mostly green and purple. Pic on right was worked too much, and colors started to blend too much. 
This was definitely a learning experience.

My favorite. Yellow, orange and green.

Love the colors...Pink, purple and aqua...But not enough white.  Again, I think I overworked it.

Like the marbling in these.  
Have lots of flops I'm not sending. Went through 2 cans of shaving cream.
 Can't wait to try more...And hopefully get this mastered...


I only  made card one so far...Still trying to master the marbled look (which may never happen).

Thanks for hopping with us.
Leave a comment on each blog on today's hop.
One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th 
and will receive one Sending Love Designer Series 6x6 Paper Stack and Ribbon Combo. 
(Winner will be announced on February hop.)

Prize courtesy of Theresa Knopf, Independent Demonstrator.

Happy Crafting

Here is today's lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Theresa YOU ARE HERE! 
Your next stop is  Kim  


Metallic embossing powder really makes an impact. Lovely cards and I will have to try that brand.
Denise, contact me via email at ScrapsByGracie AT
please use the subject line  2016 TECH HOP WINNER
to claim your prize.

Thanks so much for hopping with us in 2016!