Monday, August 1, 2016

Gracielle Designs Blog Hop, Release & Give Away

WOW!  There's a lot of excitement at Gracielle Designs today!
She has a NEW AUGUST RELEASE to share, along with a Blog Hop that I'm THRILLED to tell you I've been asked to be a part of!   I hope you'll come join in the fun and check out these fabulous new stamps!  
Here's a peek at her new, 6 stamp set release ... it's AWESOME!!

And, there's even a coordinating Special Edition Paper Pack to go along with these awesome new stamps!

Today I chose the 'Thankful Lilies' stamp set to create with.  These lilies are beautiful, and with so many wonderful sentiments to choose from, this set gives you some fabulous options.

 This panel turned out so well, you could simply use it by itself on a card front . . .

Or, go one step further and dress it up a bit with corner dies & sequins ...
GORGEOUS if I do say so myself.

Here are a few helpful tips on how I used this set to create today's card:

Step 1:  I use Word10 to manipulate & print my digital stamps.  I set my paper size to 4x6 to begin ... this helps me keep my image size in perspective to my A6 or A7 card front.

Step 2:  Insert my focus image.

Step 3:  I decided I wanted to create a small 'cluster' of lilies for my card front so after inserting my first lily, I inserted a second lily image and shrunk it down in size a little.  Next, by RIGHT clicking my mouse, I chose 'wrap' - 'square', which gives me the ability to move the image anywhere I want on the page. 

Step 4:  After positioning my 2nd lily, I inserted the lily buds and following the same process, positioned it where I thought it looked best.

Step 5:  My last decision was what sentiment(s) I wanted to add and again I have followed the same process for positioning.

Step 6:  Lastly, I 'grouped' them together so I didn't make a mistake and accidentally move one image or another during the printing process.

Now to have fun with coloring my image and creating my design.  I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for the coloring today.  Markers used were:  PP1, PP2, PP3, PP4, DG1, DG2 & GB6.

I hope you'll come join in our hop and be sure to check out this new August Release along with all the other beautiful stamps available at Gracielle Designs. Time to get hopping!!


To give everyone even more chances to win, Gracie has decided to end this hop at her 
Gracielle Designs FB Page.  Here's how to play along . . .
You need to leave a comment on every stop for a chance to win a new stamp set of your choice AND the new Black & White Patterns Digital Paper Pack!  WOW!

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today and I look forward to hearing your comments!
As always . . .
Challenges to share in:
Come and Get It Challenge - Lovely in Pink
 Crafting with Friends Challenge #26 - Anything Goes
Morgan's Art World Challenge - Use a Die

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Bright Pink cs, DCWV dp
Dies:  Lawn Fawn 'Large & Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables' LF1178 & LF1179, Tattered Lace 'Build an Archway' (set of 3) #D844
Accessories:  Office Word10, Sequins and Gem, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers


  1. Your card is absolutely stunning! Love those flowers!

  2. This is a stunning project with these beautiful images! And thanks for the helpful tutorial

  3. What a beautiful card and wonderful tutorial! This really is an inviting technique since you've shown us how! Thanks so much for being part of this blog hop! Love everything about this card... Lovely!

  4. so so beautiful! I love the added corner dies on the 2nd one you created. :)

    enjoy your week, lovely lady! hopefully our NE Ohio weather will be cooler - at least I'm crossing fingers. tee hee!

  5. Gorgeous! Thanks for chance to win.

  6. Lovely card and great tutorial on how to do the design layout.

  7. Very well done! Great matting work and coloring. I like the card both with and without the die cuts. I pinned to my beautiful cards board.

  8. Wow, what gorgeous digi stamps, and you sure did some beautiful coloring! I love how you added the corner dies to the second card. It does really dress it up. Just fantastic, Darlene!

  9. Your card is so beautiful and elegant with that lovely flower grouping and the corner dies! So amazing!

  10. A beautiful card Darlene, and a great tutorial

  11. Oooh WOW! That lily is FANTASTIC! I love your clean and simple (yet it is not simple--it's gorgeous!) Beautiful coloring and design!

  12. What lovely layering with the images and a very elegant card! I'm so happy to get to hop with you. <3 Autumn

  13. What a lovely job you did coloring your card. I really appreciate the instructions you gave on setting up your digital flower arrangements. I need all the help I can get! Really beautiful card.

  14. Beautiful flowers and colors! Love your layers and the card is just as gorgeous with only the stamped images! Thank you for sharing how you manipulated the stamp set to make your gorgeous flower :-)

  15. Very pretty. I love it with the corner dies. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

  16. Oh Darlene it is beautiful, I will have to say the added die sure did give it an extra pop! Thanks for explaining what you did to achieve the two together, I am not that knowledgeable on using digi's :)

  17. Your card is stunning! Thanks for joining us at Come and Get it Challenges. DT Dana

  18. Your colored lilies are so pretty:)

  19. Your cards is beautiful and so elegant looking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

  20. Sooo, Darlene! Your shading and color choice is exquisite! I love how you have manipulated this vintage flower picture into a botanical masterpiece! I have never used Word to congregate my scenes, so thank you for taking time to document the tutorial. Congratulations for being added to Gracielle's blog hop, and thank you for the beautifully put together inspiration today. Hugs, de

  21. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Good job!

  22. This is so beautiful - I love it! Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Friends, Good luck and hope to see you again soon! x

  23. Wow, this is so gorgeous. Love the composition. Thanks so much for the tutortial. Congrats on you being part of the blog hop with this beauty.


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