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Showing posts from October, 2015

Snowy Winterberries & Jolly Wishes
quick tutorial with unity stamp co.

I've always loved seeing die cuts covered in snowy textures, so I came up with an easy way to add snow to some pretty Holiday Winterberries. My Christmas cards never seem to have a traditional color combination and today's card is no exception.

I had to cut 4 different pieces to put together the final frame on this card... At one point I thought it was not going to work out, but most of the times I don't give up on a project, I just make slight changes and suddenly the design starts to make sense. In this case the beautiful Burlap and Bouquets paper by Fancy Pants Designs made a big difference! 
I played with die cuts quite a bit for this card... The striped layer was cut with a Distressed Benson Corner die on opposite corners and that created a beautiful effect, letting the patterned paper show through. The central circle was embossed with a Gold Circles One die and that added a cool textured frame around the sentiment.

I made a quick and easy tutorial for the -lovely- Ho…

Pink for October
Inspirational Card with Unity Stamp Co.

Hope, faith and a vision of a better, healthier and brighter future should never leave our minds, but there are times when it is really hard to believe there will be better days... This month is dedicated to a delicate matter that has become part of every single person in the world, as a patient, a friend, a relative, a loving one... I hope every post, every project posted online by all of us paper crafters can reach and inspire that special someone who is needing inspiration...

The promise contained in this verse has always inspired me so I thought I'd share it with everyone through this stamp set released recently by Unity Stamp Co. Blossoms & Blessings (view this and other sets HERE). It's a promise of peace, joy and good future... A beautiful inspiring verse that I hope encourages you today.

I layered many dies on this card, all of them from Spellbinders. I was watching Marie Antoinnette's movie while I was working so possibly something from that over the top era t…

Dreaming of a White Christmas
gilded & elegant christmas card

I have a confession to make... This year I've been drawn to make white and gold Christmas cards. I can't even think of traditional Christmas colors when I want to make a project! So today's poinsettia card and tutorial translate very well what Christmas is gonna be like this December at home.

White and gold look so elegant together! Since the holidays are all about sparkle too, I used one of my favorite glitter techniques and I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial with youHERE.

I created the background myself, layering snowflake stamps in different designs, first in a very light beige, then in gold embossing. Afterwards, I dry embossed the stamped mat with a sutile polka dot design and used a brayer to apply light beige paint to the raised pattern.

As for the very layered and beautiful center of the card, I started out with an intricate die cut (see tutorial HERE) and continued building layers, with large snowflake die cuts and finally with a large handmade poinsettia …

2-in-1 Card & Gift Card Holder
handmade in fall neutrals

Not long ago I came up with a fun idea that incorporates a gift card holder to the front of a card. I thought I would share with you a detailed tutorial on how I make this 2 in 1 card and gift card holder, using beautiful Fall neutral colors and a washed Shabby Chic look. To view my tutorial click HERE

Fall inspired cards are always so pretty and even warm neutral colors look great together against a washed looking white background. Texture is everything when it comes to Fall projects, so I decided to dry emboss the white layer, add really textured handmade paper flowers and finish the card with jute twine! The touch of distress on the embossed background and flowers give the card a sutile mixed media look!

You will find that this card is not so hard to make and I hope also the step by step tutorial is easy to follow! To view my tutorial click HEREDon't forget to like and share my guide by clicking on the little heart on the tutorial's cover and/or by commenting below this…

More Free Tutorials & Crafty Tips
check out the new tutorial guides

In an effort of sharing the best tutorials possible I have been updating all of them in detailed step by step photo guides! I am so glad to know many of you have found them helpful! Here are two new guides available for you:

Make an Elegant & Trendy Handmade Card  >>> View tutorial HERE <<<
Create Faux Fabric Rosette Embellishments >>> View tutorial HERE<<<
I hope you enjoy these tutorials! Don't forget to like and share the guides by clicking on the little heart on each of their covers! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Decorative Mixed Media Canvas
detailed step by step tutorial

Hi friends! A new week begins and I thought I would inspire you a bit to create something pretty! I love sharing tutorials, so I thought I would repost for you one of my most popular tutorials!

I made this decorative Shabby Chic / Mixed Media canvas panel not long ago. I have updated the tutorial and added very detailed step by step photos and list of supplies! I know how Mixed Media can be a little intimidating for a traditional cardmaker, but with this tutorial you will learn the basic steps and supplies to achieve a lovely mixed media look not only on a canvas but on every other papercrafting project your little heart desires to create!

CLICK HERE to check out my tutorial and a detailed list of supplies with great step by step pictures and a couple tips! :) Don't forget to let me know if you liked my guide tutorial by clicking on the little heart on top (that way I'll know you enjoyed it)!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Flowers and Words of Encouragement
celebrating world cardmaking day

Today the world celebrates us... It's World Cardmaking Day! I am almost sure it's only us, who are part of the papercrafting community, that know about it anyways (lol), but what an opportunity we have  today to share our passion for this hobby through a card with the rest of the world. Let's not forget why we make cards for. Doesn't matter the reason, I'm sure we all started creating with our hands to make someone happy, to feel happy ourselves, to do something positive with our lives and to encourage others. That's the heart of this craft.

So here is a Shabby Chic card I've been working on, using one of my new stamp sets by Unity: Endure (click here fore details).

I framed this encouraging sentiment with different kinds of handmade flowers that were colored by blending pink and yellow ink sprays, and then smudged with beige paint to give them a chalky look. Silver is the tone I chose to accent the shabby chic design delicately since it doesn't compete…