Friday, April 9, 2021

Mother's Day Card | Graciellie Design - "You Go Girl"

Happy Friday!

It's Release Day at Graciellie Design and she's got another wonderful floral set ready to go just in time for Mother's Day...or any other day for that matter! I really like all of the sentiments in this digi set and these floral elements could be used for so many different kinds of cards!

I printed the image on watercolor paper and taped it to my heat proof cutting board. The image and background were painted with Altenew Watercolors and spattered with metallic paints. Once dry, I trimmed it to fit an A7-sized card front.

I wanted to try something a bit different with this card so I added some hand-beading and stitching. Using gold thread, I stitched small gold seed beads into the center of each flower and added a running stitch to accent the linework in the leaves. I also stitched the sequins in place by using the same beads. You can see the stitch details in the close-up photo above - it really adds dimension and a tactile quality to the card!

This color palette is a bit different for me and I'm please with the way it turned out! I hope you'll head over to Gracie's IG Page to check out all of the wonderful DT projects posting this weekend as she showcases this beautiful new set! Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend!

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Take care and stay safe! Rachelle

Anniversary Card | Alphabet Challenge - "A" is for Anniversary



Thanks so much for stopping by today as we flip the page at the end of the Alphabet once again! We are back at the letter "A" and this time it stands for "Anniversary!" I've got a special card to share with you that uses lots of my hoarded floral embellishments and pattern paper!

This is an A7 card and I began by gluing a burgundy card panel to the front. I added a Robin's Egg Blue pearl paper at the top and a gorgeous screen-printed damask pattern at the bottom. Where the two panels met, I layered horizontal bands of ribbon and lace. I adhered silk, paper and wooden flowers in place and added a hand-folded sentiment banner to finish off the card. The inside reads "Happy Anniversary" and is going to someone celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! 

We hope to see a full gallery over at the Alphabet Challenge Blog as we begin our new trip from A-Z!

Have a great weekend and take care!



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Birthday Card | Pink & Main - "Life Is A Circus"


Hello Everyone!

Thanks so much for joining me today as I feature an  older stamps/die set, “Life is a Circus”, and this peek inside the Big Top! 

I decided to go “BIG” for this circus scene (7.5” x 7.5”) and began with a rough sketch, which allowed me to get the proportions right by tracing in my actual stamp images where I wanted them (see #1). I tightened up the sketch by using a T-square, right angle and tracing around the actual Pink and Main Dies (#2). I transferred an outline of this template to a piece of 100# card stock, die cut lots of strips of red & white card stock with ½”and ¼” “Sentiment Strip Dies”. I used these strips to create my striped circus tent fabric, the ½” strips were used on the larger main tent and the ¼” strips for the upper level (#3). I glued each strip down by butting them right next to each other, starting with my center line (#4). 

Once all of the strips were adhered, I cut the solid red layers and glued them down on top. I cut 3/8” yellow card stock strips and added turquoise scallop die cut pieces, cut from the “Blessings Slim Line Die”, on top. This gave me the horizontal accent bunting I needed to cover up all of the missing areas of my tent! I added these pieces on top and carefully trimmed the entire tent image from the cardstock base. 


I created the entrance by making a frame with the two largest sizes of the “Stitched Top Note” Dies – this reminded me of the decorative edging of a circus tent! I die cut 3 of these frames from yellow card stock and stacked/glued them together. I placed the smaller of the two dies onto the middle of the card front, traced around the shape and hand cut my opening  - the yellow frame was glued on top to cover the cut edge.

I created my circus ring with ovals cut from kraft and dark brown card stock using the “Layered Oval Dies” and stamped the sentiment at the bottom using the MISTI. I stamped, water colored and die cut my images, gluing one extra ‘blank’ die cut behind each one. I created small yellow pennants with a ¼” Sentiment Strip Die, strung them on baker’s twine and placed it horizontally across the tent – this became the tightrope for my bicycle-riding monkey, who was stuck in place with foam tape!

I ink-blended a spotlight panel with DOI’s, sprayed it with Shimmer Mist, trimmed it to match the shape of the card front and glued the circus ring into place at the bottom. I joined the two panels together with a paper hinge and popped the remaining images into place with foam tape and/or glue! 

WHEW! Thanks so much for sticking with me for this lengthy post! This project was definitely a labor of love but I was so happy with the way it turned out! 


You can always find extra inspiration on the Pink & Main Facebook and Instagram Pages!


Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #139 - Include an Animal

Creative Moments #212 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

Crafty Creations AG Challenge #420 - April

Through The Craft Room Door - AG April 2021

AAA Birthday - Game #24 A Shaped Card

Die Cut Divas Challenge - Let's Open a Window

Have a wonderful day and take care! Rachelle

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Card | Graciellie Design - "Alleluia"


I hope everyone has a Blessed Easter celebrating God's Gift of Grace through His Son, Jesus. I am sharing this card with you today featuring this simple floral cross design from Graciellie's "Alleluia" Set.

I printed, watercolored and die cut the top panels. Then I created stenciled backgrounds in coordinating colors, cut them with an A2 stitched rectangle die and glued them onto top-folding card bases. The cross panels were adhered on top and I added a few sequins to finish the cards. This was an easy card to mass-produce and even with a protective piece of card stock inside the envelope, they only required one standard postage stamp for mailing! This helps balance the cost of sending out most of my triple-padded-expensive-to-mail cards! : )

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a very Blessed Easter! Take care and have a wonderful week!



Friday, April 2, 2021

Halloween Card | Guest Designer - Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

Happy Friday!

I'm so excited to be joining the lovely gals over on the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge Blog as a guest designer for some scary fun during the month of April! This challenge is relatively new (co-founded in late 2020 by Darlene and Diane) and it's a great way to get your Halloween card stash built up before October! I have always made Halloween cards and in fact, send almost as many cards for this holiday as I do for Christmas!

Each monthly challenge is "Anything Goes" but they always provide an amazing mood board to get your creativity going and here's the board for April! I took my inspiration from the top left panel and focused in on the color palette and the mix-n-match ribbon patterns!


I trimmed 1.5" off the bottom of a top-folding A2 card front and attached a punched strip of bright green card stock. I also attached a piece of black/silver starred pattern paper to the card front and layered an orange 'moon' circle die cut in the upper right corner. I added bands of decorative ribbon and a spooky fence above the green card stock. All that was left was to pop my stamped/fussy cut images into place (along with my sentiment strip) with some foam tape! I just love that bright green and ribbon together!

I hope you will join us over on the "Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge" this month! We can't wait to see your projects in the gallery! Thanks so much for stopping by and take care!