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Fall Banner Using Anna Griffin Monograms and Rosettes with Cricut

Hi all,  Here I am sharing my latest make with my Cricut Explore Air 2, and my favorite Fall Season Color combination!
I used an old DCWV I had reserved for a special occasion...and we all know how that story ends! The paper has my favorite combination of black, white, yellows, greens, silver, and glitter! To make it my own, I decided to use gold cardstock to also add little bees throughout.  I love to decorate with bees, and the gold color was perfect with the yellow hues. I also added silver leaves as a beautiful accent on each banner.




Each letter is edged with Gold Glitter, applied with my Nuvo Glitter pen, and behind them, I used silver Cricut paper that I cut intricate doilies with. The paper is shimmery, and very elegant! Each Rosette measures 11.75", and holding it up is mesh ribbon interlaced with gold. I am so very happy with the result, and have a video showing you the process of making the rosettes as well as what to anticipate when making them!  Enjoy-
Be inspired, Be…

October project with Gorguss Girl My Own Universe and Purse Card

Hi all, I recently made some adorable cards using the Purse Card file from Cricut Design Space. I decided to also make a coordinating card using the Gorguss Girl image "My Own Universe". I think this makes a beautiful gift set, and can be suitable for many occasions. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, I was inspired by all the strong women I know to make something that every woman carries: a purse that tells her story.  Below is my take on this beautiful card set, and this girl wears a crown!! The image is colored with Ranger Oxide Inks, and Nuvo Glitter pens. The purse is made with DCWV papers, and I also used a Scalloped edge Spellbinders die for the background. The mulberry flowers are from Recollections, and the wooden dragonfly piece is from Michael's. I also embellished it in gold glitter. Dragonflies are very symbolic of beauty, strength, and graceful movement, so I thought it was a perfect touch for this card.
Below you will find a tutorial with…

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

Hi all, Here I am sharing a Baby Girl mini album with Gorgeous soft details, a coordinating card, and a sweet fairy Watercolor Image for the cover!

I was asked to make this mini album with gray and pink hues, and I wanted to make sure it kept its innocent look. So I set out to make it super sweet! Each page has little scalloped tags that fit pictures inside, as well as pockets that fit tags for little notes, special cards, bows, butterflies, hearts, and flowers.
All in all, I tried to fit as much sweetness as possible in this little book. I even made rolled flowers and painted little white flowers which I covered in glass glitter. This, and the soft ribbon gave it a  shabby touch, without being too glittery. To finish, I hand-painted the fairies on the cover in heavy watercolor paper, and this gave it a super special look and soft texture.  If you would like to see a video, watch it here:

Be inspired, Be blessed-Raquel 

Boy oh Boy!!

Hi all,  This is a beautiful mini album made with my Cricut Explore Air 2, and several different Design Space Files. I used several types of papers, including some Corrugated Specialty paper from DCWV for the spine. The cover even has a Hot air Balloon that is also a Shaker!!

I was so happy with every page in this book, and made each with a different style, keeping it all in primary colors, suitable for any type of picture. All of the pages have plenty of room for pictures, as they each have tabs that allow mom to keep special pictures inside.
The front cover has the "Special Delivery" message, and the little joey is holding a kite with string. The front page has a wonderful little airplane, with a dimensional sticker, and the frame inside of the pocket has banners with small stars between each piece.  I also created interactive pages with a removable Giraffe, tags for journaling, and a removable book with a peekaboo window.
Other pages even have a touch of texture with a c…

Beautiful Lavender Card and Vintage Style Rolodex Cards

Hi all, I am sharing some projects with a feminine and vintage flair.
Following is the card I added, measuring 5"by7", in lavender hues, and a vintage touch. I started by creating two rolodex cards that I added to my shabby base, distressed at all sides. I also added a stamped sentiment, which is tucked under some gorgeous vintage lace. The seam binding and vintage lavender button added the perfect touch, and for a bit of movement, I made it a shaker!!
The tea bag was even decorated with embossing thread to make it more authentic, and I made a pink flower for a pop of soft color, and added glitter to it. All of the tea set pieces were up-cycled from packaging, and were beautifully cut with my Spellbinders Platinum 6!
For the Rolodex cards I also used vintage colors and a beautiful set of sentiments. One is a Bible verse, the other a sweet sentiment about friendship. I used gold glimmer mist, my gold Nuvo glitter pen, washi tape, glitter, and sequins for little touches of gl…

When Vintage Meets Shaker !! Tags with Cricut Explore Air 2 and items from my Stash

Ohhh Child!  Have you ever gotten so inspired by what you are making that you ask yourself, "Honey child!! Did you make that??" Well, I had that type of fun making these gorgeous tags!! It was truly a great project from beginning to end. For all of these tags, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2, and Design Space, as well as a combination of frilly and delicate dies from my stash.
This one was all about Vintage Charm, and thanks to my Cricut, and some tulle, I was able to easily make this into a shaker card with lots of delicate bits of glimmer and sequins. I began using oxide ink to give it a smoky weathered look. For the background I used a large Stampin' Up stamp, I added embossing enamel on the edge for a bit of texture and shine,some sparkly glitter, and free-handed some lace designs with black ink.  The hat shape also got dressed up with small gems, and mulberry flowers. Lastly, some elegant touches of pearls finished off this tag. 

These other darlings also took a tur…

Gorguss Girl Cards with Cricut, Watercolor, and Lots of Cuteness!

Hi all, Lately I have been more active on my youtube than on my blog, so it's time to update, and refresh these virtual pages. Following are some cards that I made using Santoro London Gorguss Girl stamps, Cricut Design Space, different dies from my stash, and lots of fun details.

I love to use different mediums to color my images.  I like to begin with watercolors, and then transition into Prismacolor pencils and Oxide inks. On this image, I also used paper piecing to add her little dress!
For a special touch I used stamps from Martha Stewart, and my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to make a perfect coordinating envelope. The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder onto a beautiful vellum piece that has glitter bits here & there. The heart stitched die added the perfect touch. My Cricut Explore Air 2 also allowed me to Write and Cut the sentiment in a balloon shape. Perfect!


This little beauty was hard to let go of!! I made her using the adorable stamps in her set…

ATC Vintage Photography Representing Rochester NY and George Eastman's Kodak

Thank you for stopping by! I decided to participate in an ATC swap with an assigned group from Scrapdaworld with T'mika for the month of August ( Happy Birthday Tmika!!). This is my first time participating in this group, and I dove right in to make the ATC's with the theme: Represent Your State.
I decided to go with a Vintage theme, and Retro Cameras as Upstate NY is best known for Rochester N.Y. being the Imaging Capital of the World. My take on this, is the invention of Film Photography by George Eastman and Kodak.
The first thing I did was set my eyes on a vintage camera as a focal point, and I then came across the perfect image to use!! A young lady taking a selfie with a vintage camera, in front of a full-length mirror. This is a stunning photograph, and it shows her in full vintage glam, wearing a feather headdress, and a gorgeous beaded gown. Needless to say, I LOVE VINTAGE PHOTOS!!



I used my Cricut's Print & Cut feature to get this lovely lady onto some heavywe…

Memorydex Cards with Tim Holtz Stamping platform, Gorguss Girls and Cricut Explore Air 2!!

This is a loaded post!
I have recently received the Tim Holtz Stamping platform from Tonic Studios and I am sooo happy that I invested in this tool!! Following is a project share using this awesome platform, as well as my favorite collection of Stamps: Santoro London Gorguss Girls, and another favorite: Cricut Explore Air 2.
First, I must say that I am a latecomer to the Memorydex swaps, but having participated in ATC swaps, I knew I would enjoy this, and decided to join a group swap for fun! I am so glad that I did!!
All of the memorydex cards were made with Cricut, followinf Lorrie Nunemaker's free file. This made the project super easy to make! THANK YOU Lorrie!!























Gorguss Girl Card Sweet Tea

Thank you for joining me! Some images you never tire of, and for me, this is one of them. I recently made a mini album using this Gorguss stamp, titled Sweet Tea. This time, I am using this beautiful image to send a card that will go along with my previous post, which includes a devotional.


To make this card, I used watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, as well as paper-piecing techniques. This allowed all of my colors to remain vibrant and coordinate perfectly with the papers I selected.
Recipe: Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Anna Griffin Border punch Unbranded dies: Doily border, scalloped circle border, small doily, small banner Border die for inside of card Creative Memories punch (tiny butterfly) Recollections Sequins Stamps: Santoro London Gorguss Sweet Tea Little Yellow Bicycle Css-108 Heidi Swapp planner stamp
Enjoy the video, and please leave a thumbs up!!

Be inspired, Be blessed- Raquel


Multimedia Teacup Piece with Devotional

Thank you for joining me, Today my post is dedicated to a journal entry and mixed-media piece I made using watercolor, pencils,and ink. It is based on Psalm 34:8.  For me, to paint is to worship, so I aim to listen, not for perfection.


Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 You prayed long and hard to be in the relationship you thought you always wanted. “God, please allow me to be with the man you want me to be with, the one of your choosing. Not my will, but yours, be done…”
Sounds like a great prayer. After all, you believe that God’s intentions for you are better than your own. It’s also possible that you had previously chosen a partner without God’s blessing, and you learned the hard way how that turns out.
You are excited about your life with this modern-day Boaz, and yet, something seems amiss. You are confused by brokenness you are now witnessing. Is it possible God made a mistake? What now? Why isn’t his armor all shiny and …

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, A Camping we will go!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Today I am showing you a step-by-step tutorial on how to assemble the amazing trifold Camping Trip Card from Crazy Cute Cards in CricutDesign Space. I cut all pieces with my Cricut Explore Air 2, and there are many!


Be sure to adjust your settings for the type of paper used, and if you like, add critters to the scenes for more interest! I kept mine very simple, but I'm sure it will be very well received!

Follow the video for steps to assemble this wonderful interactive card!

Recipe: Core'Dinations cardstock in Green (12"*12" for base of card) Momenta Cardstock in Brown (8.5"*11") Recollections Cardstock in Olive Green (12"*12" for envelope topper, sleeping bag, and tent door) Several Scraps in shades of green, gray, white, and enough white paper for the envelope (8.5"*11") Ranger Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo for distressing Liquid adhesive from Scotch Double Sided adhesive from Ali Express

Be inspired, Be Blessed!  -Ra…

Christmas in July Poinsettia Card Christmas Cheer

Thank you for stopping by!
I have gathered some supplies and begin my Christmas cards! This one is a simple card with a bit of golden shine getting you ready for Christmas Cheer!



I used my Cricut Explore Air 2, and Design Space3 to come up with this pretty card. Playing with this combination of colors and the oxide inks is TONS of fun! Each background is unique, as the alcohol in the Color Shine reacts with the pigments in the Oxide inks. It's a must have!
The background was made with Ranger Oxide Inks and Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  The sentiment was stamped using a Stamping Up sentiment from the Sweet Essentials collection. On the green tag, I used a Hero Arts stamp with American Crafts gold pigment ink for a subtle effect. The label is an unbranded stitched label die that adds just the perfect amount of texture. 


The poinsettia is the eye-catcher of this simple card, and I finished it off with a splash of Gold Color Shine, as well as golden seed beads that will stay put with Glossy …

Love your selfie Multimedia shaker card

Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend full of celebration! In this tutorial, I decided to use an image from my collection of watercolors, as well as items from my stash, and of course, my trusted Cricut Explore Air 2. The result was a playful card encouraging you to Love your Selfie!

I used my Spellbinders die to make a small Polaroid shaker, sealed with washi tape, and then finished it with small sequins. I also added a tag finished with a Heidi Swapp stamp and glitter. The watercolor image is also enhanced with glossy accents for her lips and accessories.
These are some of the supplies that I used. I also made the card base and envelope with my Cricut Explore Air 2, and the Striped Card from Spring Fling. These images are free with your access subscription.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial. Be inspired, Be blessed- Raquel 

Peace & Love Feminine Birthday Goodies

Thank you for joining me!
These little bags were a request for a 16th Hippie Themed Birthday. I had lost of fun coming up with a color theme that would be inspired by the 60's look, yet still remain fresh and current.
I found the perfect papers and washi tape, and my Cricut Explore Air2 made it super easy with the fast-cut feature!


The colors are inspired by the rainbow, and I used vibrant shades throughout. For the Sentiment, I used the Print & Cut feature, which made the final result clean and cohesive.
I also used several Die cuts with sentiments that fit the theme, such as LOVE, PEACE, the Peace Symbol, and a Happy Face with Flowers. The entire collection was decked out with bling, gold splashes, and glimmery papers.  Recipe: Cricut Explore Air 2, Design Space 3 Recollections: Adhesive Foam Squares  Washi Tape  Paper Ranger Oxide Ink Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Bead Landing Gems
I hope you like my creations! Be inspired, Be blessed- Raquel 


Vintage Telephone Card

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This little card was inspired by the recipient's love of Telephones! I wanted to make it an elegant card that was suitable for the occasion, and I am very happy with the result.
The beautiful collage of flowers is layered with vellum, then finished with a hint of rose color on the edges.



The chair also was layered with Vellum and distressed with Ranger inks in rose and light brown inks. To make the telephone even more eye-catching, I layered the smallest hearts I could manage onto the pieces.finishing it off with Ranger liquid pearls.


The inside was finished with several dies, adding sparkle to the banner with sequins, and a frame for the sentiment. I distressed all pieces with Ranger Oxide and Distress inks to tie in the soft colors.

Recipe: Cricut Explore Air 2, Design Space 3
Dies from Ali Express
Paper: Pink Paislee, Recollections 
Ranger Distress Inks, Liquid Pearls
Sequins
Lace Ribbon
Core'Dinations Vellum

I hope that you have enjoyed this card! Be …