Friday, February 17, 2017

Year of Card Techniques - February 2017

Welcome to the 

Sometime's it's fun to use a sketch for inspirations and that's exactly what we did for this month's hop. Here is our inspirational sketch.

First I made a Valentine's Day card based off the sketch. Instead of using three flowers, I used three hearts.

Then I made another card using one big flower, a flower border to represent the second flower and finally the cut out of the bottom of the card to represent the third flower.

Here is a close up of the flower. The card design and flower came from the Silhouette store.

Thanks for hopping with us today. 
Don't forget to comment on each blog on the hop to be entered into this
month's drawing.

This month's prize was donated by 
Claudia Henderson

Claudia is giving away this super cute Easter Bunny Stamp Set.

You must comment on each blog in the hop by March 4th to be eligible.

....and the winner of January's hop is Jennifer Earley.

Jennifer, please email me at scrapsbygracie at
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Now time to check out Lisa's take on the above sketch. Have fun!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Moving to Junior High and Making Choices

Sometimes being a parent is tough. There are so many things that we worry about for and with our children. Right now it is picking out junior high classes. Who would think that is a tough chore to do? Yet, it is.

My son, who will be a sixth grader next year, brought his class choice paper home for us to go over. He has to pick six electives and number them 1 through 6; one being his first choice and six his last choice. He will only get two of these in the end.

I've never been a parent to let my children join a thousand different things believing they'll never know what they like or won't like unless they do. I'm also not a parent who forces my children to continue with something if they don't like it. I believe we pick our battles with our children and dragging a whining and crying child to an activity they don't want to be at is just as painful for me as them.

I'm not saying I'm a pushover either. My son joined Cub Scouts and his dad is assistant for my son's den. In the beginning, there were many times that my son wanted to quit and threw tantrums when he was suppose to go. We made him follow through for two reasons: I felt he would eventually get something out of it because at times he LOVED going and second, dad didn't want to give up because he had made a commitment himself and formed a friendship with the leader.

I'm glad we pushed him on those occasions he didn't want to go because he is in his final year of Cub Scouts and wants to move on to Boy Scouts. He is a little apprehensive because most of his den is not advancing with him and there have been some close friendships formed in his den.

Then there is the choice of something because he wanted to try it and fell in love. That would be his fencing. Yes, we still have times where there is whining and complaining and yelling (from me) but in the end he goes and loves it. He feels this a sport that he likes and can do. That means a lot to him and me. He wants to continue in fencing but we need to discuss and decide his next level. I've told him he can't stay at the same level he's at and needs to advance, but that means more practices and more traveling for competitions which will conflict with Boy Scout outings.

Finally, he decided he wants to join orchestra. Why? He just found out his great grandpa played the violin and I still have it. I don't know if this is the right way to make this choice. I was in band all through junior high and high school and hated it. My mother forced me to stay in it and play an instrument I didn't want to play. I don't want to force that on my children. He is making the choice himself and if he really likes it, I'm hoping he'll stick to it and follow through.

If he does all three of these, that means at home practice time for the violin and driving at least an hour one way once a week for an extra fencing practice and filling up weekend with either camping or fencing. Are we willing to do that?

Yes, I said WE. When our children take on these sports and activities we, as parents, have to be willing to back them and be there for them and give them that extra push when needed without forcing. I must admit that I am not the most motivated person to get out there and do things so it's not going to be easy for me but as a mother I feel that is part of the job.

I need to support my son, gauge how he truly feels about what he is involved in, and help him continue to follow HIS dreams. Sometimes it will be tough for both of us but if his dreams involve all these different things (or even if they don't) I need to be supportive and guide him.

We all need to remember that different personalities mean different motivation levels and our children are not us. I see so many parents pushing their children to the point the children are more upset with disappointing their parents than they are in disappointing themselves. I have seen parents berate their child for not doing better in a sport while the child stands there in tears not because he/she lost but because of the way they are being treated by the one person who is suppose to guide them and give them confidence no matter what. If a child is upset with himself or herself over the way they played the game, then we need to support them and let them have their moment of frustration. These children are highly motivated and will work their butts off to continue to do better with or without our two cents.

Our children are only asking from us to love, understand and support them whatever they decide they like or don't like. The world is their oyster at this age and they will want to try EVERYTHING at least once.  We need to gauge what they try and why they want to try it. If we decide to follow through, then we need to gauge their feelings and determination. It's a lot to do especially with more than one child but as parents it is the job we signed up for even if we didn't know it at the time. In the end, the love we receive from our children is well worth it.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Gifts

Welcome to the Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Lisa.  If you are lost this is the beginning Alicia's blog.  As we approach the holiday season, I am sure we are all scrambling to find unique gift ideas. We hope as you hop along you are inspired by each bloggers ideas.

First, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by December 31th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  
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  This picture was taken with the lights on so you can see the real color of the wood frame. 
This picture was taken with all the lights off so the frame looks black but it's not!

Recipe for making this gift...
I wanted to pick a more difficult project and here it is. I have seen these all over the web and have wanted to make one for now. The shadow box and bells came from  Michaels. The paper is some I just had lying around from Cosmo Cricket. I don't even know where I got it or how long I've had it but it was perfect for my background. The words "Jingle Bells" are from the Cricut Cartridge "The Holly and the Ivy". I saw the cartridge and just had to buy it to have the words I love the font so much. I used black indoor vinyl for the words and they are on the outside of the shadow box. Finally, I decided to add some lighting using fairy lights. I used hot glue to glue them around the inside frame.

Next up a play on glitter bulbs and vinyl...

These were done where I used Pledge Floor Care to get glitter to stick to the inside of the bulb. I do get a few runs but nothing that is noticeable once the vinyl is on.

I experimented with the pencil fish on the green bulb. I layered the black stripes before putting it on the bulb. I added the white eye after I had adhered it to the bulb. I really don't know which one works best. They both seemed to work.

Now here is a new take on the glitter bulb...

I got thinking that what do you do if you don't have a cutting machine or you don't want to invest in vinyl but yet you like the glitter ornaments. Here is my take on that that can save time and money.

Glitter the inside of the ornament in your favorite color. I used Martha Stewart glitter for this one. I don't have the color name handy but I think it's copper.

Next, take some pre-made flowers or make your own like I did. I added Glitter Mist to mine to give them color and sparkle but you can't see that in the picture very well. I added half pearls and a sweet dragonfly charm with my handy dandy glue gun.

I hope I gave you a few ideas to inspire you for those last minute gifts or for that hard to buy for friend or family member.

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire lineup:
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Year of Card Techniques - December

Here is the link for the Holiday Magic Blog Hop.

Can you believe it's month twelve of a Year of Card Techniques?

Here are the links in case you missed a month:
January February March April May 
June July August September October November 

Be sure you've hopped and commented on each month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin Up or (Winner's Choice)

This last month of the year we are focusing all our attention on metallics, whether it's foil, embossing powder, inks or cardstock, anything metallic (gold or silver and copper too!) and since it's December we just had to make it holiday. 

Now on with the projects. 

I had a light bulb go on with this project. I was wrapping gifts with my daughter and she loved this wrapping paper because it has penguins on it and it has a silver background like tinfoil. I used it to wrap her gifts with and then got the bright idea of using the scraps to make her December birthday card with and other Christmas cards. 

Recipe for cards:

I used my sizzix dies to cut out the center of the scrapbooking paper with the swirls on it. I used a little bigger die with the same design to center and cut out the wrapping paper penguin picture. I could have just cut a square around the penguin big enough to glue/tape it in the cutout. Before assembling it, I used my Glitter Mists in red to give the card a little more sparkle. :) I put the penguin inside and attached it to my cardstock and then I went through my charms and pre-made flowers and finally found my holiday twine for the bow. 

This is a close up of the flower and twine bow I added and you can sort of see the cherry red glitter mist on the background paper.

Here are just the regular Christmas cards I made using this wrapping paper.

Then I got creative with scraps and made Christmas tags.

This tag has fall paper that was scrap. I started playing with my hole puncher and this tag is what happened. The star has been lying around for years in my craft room and I've almost thrown it away a few times. Glad I didn't. 

The washi tape is gold foil on this tag. The little blue square paper is actually orgami paper and the Santa sticker is again something that has been lying around in my craft room for years and needed to get used or thrown away. 

 Finally, a little fun with this last tag. I am on the design team for Chalk N Stock and each month we get digital stamps from Bugaboo stamps and this was one of them. I used colored pencils to color my shopper but then used silver glitter glue on her fur accents and gold Liquid Pearls for her earrings. My husband will be getting this tag on his gift. LOL

Now for my last card. This card was made using another scrap left over from my Thanksgiving/fall projects. I loved the foil leaf paper so much I just couldn't throw the scraps away and I'm so glad I didn't. The center part is a cut and emboss from either Sizzix or Cuttlebug. I made it so long ago that I can't remember or find the embossing folder I used. I used green glitter glue on the holly leaves and gold Washi tape at the bottom of the card. Even though this card was simple to make, it's my favorite.

Thanks for stopping by and now to hop over to Sharon's blog

Today's Lineup:


Holiday Magic Blog Hop

Here is the link for the "Year of Cards" Techniques blog hop.

Welcome to the 
Holiday Magic Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a weekend full of the magic of the Christmas Holidays! Our talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the joy of the season into your hearts!

You should have arrived from Sharon
If you just happened upon this magical hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate you leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month! 

One lucky winner will win a $21.00 gift certificate to the Bugaboo digital stamp shop to shop their awesome products.
Be sure to visit them online here.
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 12/14/16
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These cards were all quick and simple. I made them using the Cricut Creative Holiday Cards cartridge. Cricut posts cuts each week that you can use for free during that week and these were the ones posted a few weeks back. I make at least 40 cards each year to send to the VA home, so this was a quick and simple way to do it.

I used my embossing folders to emboss the deer and the poinsettia. 

This tree card was made by using double sided paper. The paper has an already embossed design on it and was solid green on one side and green and red striped on the other.

 A touch of glitter glue to add accent to the stockings.

A touch of Liquid Pearls in silver to the ornament tops.

This is a card I just decided to put together. I rescued the flowers off an old card I had made and decided to throw away. I made all the flowers on this card. I love making paper flowers!

I'm not the world's best drawer but every once in awhile I'll try to get artistic. I drew this weird shaped sled a few years back and colored it using colored pencils. It's been sitting in a pile of extras stickers and digital stamps and I decided to finally add it to a card to give a quirky holiday look.

  Thank you for taking the time to go through all my cards and read about them. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in the coming new year!

Up next is Sarah.

Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Shannon H-

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge!!
Connie Can Crop Challenge #53
due 11:59 P.M. Saturday, December 31st
Pacific Time

Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks Blog Hop

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. 
Alice Walker

Welcome to the Give Thanks Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Connie's Blog or if you are lost start at the beginning (Alicia's blog).  As we approach the holiday season, I think it is appropriate we should reflect on things for which we can be thankful.  We can be grateful for the little things and we should be grateful for the big things.  We should take the time to give thanks for all the persons and moments that make our lives so special.  

Sooooo, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by November 30th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!

I am thankful for my family and friends who have always been there for me through good and bad times. I don't tell them enough how much I love them and appreciate them. My life would be nothing without them. 

I also always say God is good and has given me everything I need...a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my tummy. 

With that said, I would like to share some of my Thanksgiving projects which I am also thankful for because crafting has become my joy to keep me busy.

My first project is a fall/Thanksgiving lantern from the set: Autumn Decor SVG bundle from Dreaming Tree SVGs online store.

Side view.

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting below and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Up next is (CADA)

Here is the entire line up in case you get lost:

Thanks to each and every one of you for participating!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Acetate and Vellum

Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotten the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts.
 January, February, March, April, May,  June, July, August, September,  and October.

Remember to comment on each blog for each month to be entered into the prize drawing. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects. This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate.

I started off by making your tradition shaker card. I have made them before but always do something wrong. For once, it turned out right. I used my Cricut to cut some poster board and that was easier than using layers of cardstock I found.

If you would like to make your own shaker card, has a pictorial on how to make three different kinds. I've included the link here:

Last but not least, was a card I made using acetate an embossing folder and my Sizzix BIGkick. I have never done this before and have to say that I just love the way it turned out. I used different types of Tim Holtz's distress inks to color the card stock. I used a sponge to blend the colors and then I used the acetate overtop.

If you would like to try the above technique, here is a link to Two Pink Peas that shows you how:

I hope you have enjoyed my projects today and now it's time to move on to Sharon.

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