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!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017

We're so glad you joined us!

The card I'm sharing today is made of vellum colored with
MFT Razzle Berry Ink on the back and 
Ranger White Embossing Powder and Versa Mark Ink on the front.

It is attached to the white cardbase using my Xyron 5" sticker maker.

The sequins are a special mix by Pretty Pink Posh 
that are available exclusively at CAS-ual Friday Stamps
As with all the of the Calling All Sistahs products, 50% of the profits is 
donated to  


You're almost done hopping! Stop and see Jeanne next.

Happy Crafting
Lots of Love

What you need to know:
  • 2 random commenters will win gift certificates to the CAS-ual Fridays store.     
  • Comments must be made by 12am EST on January 19th to be eligible.
  • The sequins used on today's card are part of the Pretty Pink Posh Calling All Sistahs specialty sequin collection, available exclusively at the CFS store, to help us support Breast Cancer Awareness.  Michele will be donating 50% of the profits, just as she does with the other items in the Calling All Sistahs collection, to  Quantities are limited and once they are gone, they're gone! So hurry and get them.   
Hop List:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

As I sit here, early on January 1, 2017 and the house is quiet, with my hubby and youngest daughter and best friend and her hubby sleeping after a very late night, I'm reminded that 
even when life is tough, it still goes on and there is much to be grateful for.

I don't know about you all, but 2016 was HARD!

Emotionally, physically, was just down right hard.

So I've made two commitments for myself in 2017.
I'm not calling them resolutions.
Resolutions get broken to easily.

I want, no I need these two things to happen.

I'm committing to get my health under control.
I have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and Endometriosis and obesity 
(wow, that's hard to say, even when it's been true for 20 years).

I've suffered with the first two for many years.
I'm doing something about the Endo, SOON!
Surgery in the form of a complete hysterectomy is going to happen.

I've put it off for more than 15 years. We tried and tried to have another baby
after Rachel was born but alas it wasn't meant to be.

I'm 47 years old and I'm ok with waiting for the girls to be married and give me
grandbabies to love and spoil. :)

The RA is affected by so many things, 
what I eat or drink, the weather, my meds, my hormones, my stress levels, and
well you name it and it makes an impact.

My doctor has committed that when my recovery from surgery is complete, we will
attack the RA head-on and find a treatment plan that will make my days
better, with less flare-ups and more quality of life.

I'm sure your wondering why we have to wait.
Well RA is an immune disorder.  It is an overactive immune response where 
my own body attacks the joints.  That understood, I have to be off almost all my meds for weeks before the surgery, so I my body will heal as well as possible. 
Otherwise, a post-up infection could be deadly. 

So I know that not only will my body be cut open 
(yeppers, can't make it easy, no robotic tiny holes for this gal...
a full cut down...think c-section...for me)
and trying to heal, but my joints will be stiff, swollen and feel as
though someone's holding a blow torch to them all the time.

BUT I WILL SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not cancer (although we did that scare in 2016 too).

My hubby, Mom, girls, friends and family have all committed to
helping in any way they can during this time.

Commitment number two?
To being more positive and present, through my faith.
My hubby went on a Emmaus Walk weekend in 2016 and it really helped him
recommit to his faith, our marriage and I want to take that step too.

I'm convinced that these trials and tribulations are just another
opportunity for me to recommit to my faith in God and 
that through Him all things are possible.

Ok, now that you know the story, I hope you'll help to keep me
on track, keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.
 Send an encouraging word now and then and 
keep plugging along too.  If I can prayer for you please shoot me a message.

I've got the best group of online friends and crafty supporters around and for
that I'm eternally grateful.

Paraphrasing Col. Potter from the A War for All Season episode of  M*A*S*H, 
"May (2017) be a damn sight better than 2016 and may we
all be happier and healthier for it.

And to my hubby, who I've happily been married to for 24 years today,
Happy Anniversary!
Thanks for being on this journey with me. I couldn't and wouldn't want
to do it without you. You make me laugh, cry and want to strangle you and I know I do the same for you.  We've been through the wringer and still come out the other side together.
You make my days worth getting out of bed.
THANK YOU and I love you more today than I could even fathom
all those years ago when we were young. 

Happy New Year
The Knopf Family
Ron, Taylor, Rachel and Theresa (aka Gracie, that's me)
Xavier, Snowflake, Sampson and Sierra 
(our doggy entourage).