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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!!

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Shake Baby Shake!!

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Who doesn't like a shaker card? Amiright? Recently, I too, have succumbed to this need to make a card with glitter bits and interaction. These were made with the traditional acetate, and lots of room for shine!
I used the DelicateBow die from Crafter's Companion, and it suited my card perfectly!

 I used sentiment dies that I glued to the background, so if you take a closer peek, you will catch the words "Smile, Happy, and Fun" in the background. The rest is purely glimmer.  Recipe: Dies from AliExpress DelicateBow Die from the Downtown Abbey Collection. Paper : Pink Paislee,by Paige Evans.  Glitter Cardstock.  Cricut Distressed Craft Foam Provocraft Scalloped scissors for the border. Recollections Sequins

Here is another take on the same concept, just in time for the 4th of July!! For this awesome card, I got my son to play along. He did most of the assembly, and I helped with the more tedious parts. It shimmers beautifully in the light! 
Recipe:  …

100 Subscriber Giveaway Raffle !!!

Thank you for stopping by! Thank you for your encouragement, for your comments, and for your kindness! This is just a little giveaway to show my gratitude to those of you who stick around and watch my videos. I truly appreciate all the feedback! I hope you leave your entries!  Details on the Video Description :) This giveaway will close on 6/31/2017.  Open to US and US territory Residents.  Be inspired, Be Blessed! Raquel 

Birthday Themed Explosion Box

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It had been years since my last Explosion Box, and I needed a quick Birthday gift to contain a gift-card. I was surfing through Youtube and decided why not?
This was the perfect way to make my small gift to my bestie look more personalized.

This is the view from the top. I added colorful flowers and a pennant with the sentiment. I made the flowers with a sweet die set from Ali Express.
The inside pops open to reveal a 3D cup. In it, I placed a gorgeous teabag ( you're seeing a paper rose in the picture) The small card in this picture contained the sentiment, and housed the gift-card, but the box had a small set of personalized cards also, that she can use for notes. The note cards all coordinated with soft colors. I used my Cricut to cut them out. as well as the envelopes. 
I made a quick video, and the recipe for this 3D card is: Cricut Explore Air2/ Design Space 3 Flower,Doily, and border Dies from Ali Express Cup of Love Dies from The Scrapping Cottage P…
Thank you for stopping by! Today I am sharing a beautiful card made with Santoro London Gorguss Girl , On Top of The World. I love all of the Gorguss Girl stamps, and this one in particular has a girl sitting on a wire with her little bird friends.
She is so adorable that I pictured her as pretending to be a bird as well. After coloring her, I gave her a plumed headdress with silver and pink feathers.

She is sitting on the front of a birdcage, free as a bird, and the front of the card has a huge girly bow made with white cardstock, pink vellum, and a small embellishment center. The fence underneath is a beautiful border, and behind her I used a die to color the sky with a doily pattern and oxide inks.
This card is now complete with a beautiful sentiment, a button, and birds that peek out from behind a beautiful scrolled fence. 
Recipe for this card: Cricut Explore Air 2/ Design Space 3/ Cricut Access Write & Cut feature Tim Holtz Distress Inks,Oxide inks, & Distress Crayons S…

Mermaid Pop Up card using Cricut Design Space 3

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In this video tutorial you will learn how use Cricut Design Space 3, Print & Cut, and other little details to make a stand-out Mermaid card for any occasion!

There are 3 videos total.

 In the 1st you will learn how to add a Pop-Up element, using Score lines with Cricut Design Space, and shapes available in the Cricut Access library.



In the 2nd video, you will learn how to Add Text to personalize your card.
***Key points are to always EDIT in groups, allowing yourself to work in sections. Once your text looks as you like:  Select the entire text box, flatten it, then attach it to your shape. It will automatically cut your shape and keep your text as a print option.***

The 3rd video will explain assembly, as well as the "Bleed" option to printing your shapes. I hope you enjoy learning how to use all of these awesome elements in Cricut Design Space3. Please leave me feedback, or a link to where I can see what you have created! 

The free file to make t…

Tim Holtz Oxide Inks Review, and project share! Girly, and Masculine!!

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Today I am sharing some mixed media cards I have recently made with my new collection of
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

The recipe for these cards is:
Cricut Explore Air 2, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Distress Crayons, Sennelier Watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, Santoro London Gorguss Girl stamps: You Brought Me love, and On Top of the World (buttons), Stampers Anonymous Hipster stamps CMS288, Canson Mixed Media 98lb paper, Recollections Washi tape and 110lb card stock, Neenah Creative Collection Premium Extra-heavy A2 Cards, Simplicity cord, sewing machine, Ali Express Dies, Spellbinders dies, rub-ons, patience & love!