Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winterhaven Village in Rainbow

Why yes, I do think that's a great idea.  LOL

I teased last week with these photos


Well are you ready to see what they turned into?

Ok, so this card didn't turn out anything like what I was picturing in my head.
Has that ever happened to you? PLEASE SAY YES!
I had this vision of a rainbow village just filling the card, in all these layers.
Yes...technically it's rainbow-ish. fills the card.
Yes...there's layering.
BUT it's not what I envisioned.
I added the vellum layer hoping that would make it better.
It didn't.
So why am I posting a card, I'm not crazy about?
I'm posting it because I want you all to know it's o.k. to not always 
get what you were expecting.
Sometimes it turns out better, sometimes not.
Will this card be mailed out? Probably not and that's o.k.
It was a learning experience and I've still got a ton of tiny rainbow village pieces to try again.

In the meantime, remember those backgrounds I made will inking sheets to create
the diecuts? 
Well one of them became the background for this rainbow village card.

I'm much happier with this one. LOL
It's very simple and similar to last weeks cards, but at the same time 
completely different in the feeling it evokes.

Which do you like better the rainbow version or the classic black silhouette?

Click the pic above to see last week's post.

Until next time, have a joyous week and
 may your village be filled with love and friendship.

I'd love to see what you're making.
Tag me on social media @scrapsbygracie

Happy Crafting

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winterhaven SOA's a few more

You're not getting tired of holiday cards yet are you?

I hope not.

I've been playing with the Winterhaven SOA again.

This time with the Winterhaven Village Dies.

I cut the dies from black cardstock and used perfect peals mist
on white cardstock to create the snowbanks. 
I used both the top and bottom of the cut piece of cardstock for my snowy hills.

A little sponged Ranger Distress inks in the background with a little water splattering
 and a few Nuvo Drops complete the card.

That one was fairly simple.

Here's a peek at the cards I'm working on for next week's post.

And what do you get when you use ALL the CP Designs Party Collection Inks
direct to paper to create all those rainbow houses and you can't stand to waste even a drop of the ink????

You get 18 ink smooshed backgrounds just waiting to be turned into cards.

Until next week...Happy Crafting

Saturday, November 25, 2017

CP Designs Christmas Continued

I've been sharing this month the cards I've made
using the new Winterhaven SOA.

You can't get it now (it is sold out) but you can get
products from past SOA collections in the CP Designs Store.

You can get the Candy Cane Lane SOA products and the
Holiday Magic SOA products too for you holiday card making.

Here's a card I made recently with the Candy Cane Lane set for the
Online Card Classes Merry Making Class.

Day 1 homework part 2 #occmerrymaking 
I only have basic embossing powders, 
so metallic candy canes it is...also couldn't find any vellum (studio is a HUGE mess!)
#catherinepoolerdesigns  #brutusmonroeembossingpowder

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Click HERE  for a blog post of cards made with the Holdiay Magic SOA.

Both collections are awesome.

Now as promised last favorite cards made so far with the Winterhaven SOA.

These were also made as part of the #occmerrymaking class.
They feature distress oxide inks and distress paints as a resist.
I just love, love, love how they turned out.

I'm sure there will be more to come from this SOA as I've barely used the
plethora of goodies in the box.

Stay tuned.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, November 18, 2017

More Winterhaven SOA Cards

I told you last week that I loved SOA and CP Designs
well I just kept creating with the new Winterhaven Collection.

I'm not a huge poinsettia fan, but I really like this set.
I just love the greenery and with the CP Designs inks the greens 
and blues make it pop.

These cards are stamped using Rocking Red, Grass Skirt, 
Fiesta Blue and Lime Rickey and Midnight Black.

I used scored several lines on my card stock 
and then stamped over it using CP Designs Inks from the Party Collection.

Next week I'll share my favorite card I've made with this SOA so far.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, November 11, 2017

It's a CP Designs Kind of Christmas

Are you a fan of Catherine Pooler Designs?

Me, I'm slightly addicted.
I got to know Catherine, first on YouTube then
I became a StampNation member and when she opened
CP Designs...well, let's just say my stamping hasn't been the same.

I faithfully watch with great anticipation for each new Stamp of Approval Collection.

The last of which was Winterhaven.

So when it arrived I got busy and made just a few holiday cards.
Now you know me, I'm a technique driven, clean and simple kind of cardmaker.
I like cards that are easy to create but pack a punch and I think these cards do that.

These cards all feature Ranger Distress Oxide Inks.
The first three include "stamping" with a stencils and water or perfect pearls mist and
a Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder embossed sentiment from the Winterhaven SOA.

This next card was my first attempt at a galaxy background using Distress Oxide Inks.
Stamps are from the Winterhaven SOA and are embossed with Brutus Monroe Alabaster EP.

Then I got out the Delicata Inks and the amazing background stamp from the Winterhaven SOA.

Let's just say I might have gotten carried away. 








In case you haven't figured it out yet...I'm in LOVE with this stamp!
I used it, some dark navy, black and white cardstocks and Delicata Silver, Gold and Black Shimmer inks and to finish them off some Nuvo Drops.

I used the Joy Wreath die set for the first few and 
stacked several die cuts on top of each other for dimension.

The rest have the Merry Christmas sentiment heat embossed using Brutus Monroe and Ranger embossing powders in metallic colors or stamped in Versa Fine Onyx Black and clear ep.

Seriously, these pics don't do them justice. 
They shimmer and sparkle and
they were so simple to make. 

Stop back next week for more SOA holiday fun.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Randomness in cards

No theme...just a little random happiness.

Sorry it's upside down.

Stamps from the Foundations Box
 by Catherine Pooler Designs.

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.

Products used:
Ranger Alcohol Inks

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

Products used:
Ranger Distress Inks

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