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Fall Thank you Card and Sunflower Basket

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing a beautiful Fall-themed thank you card made with several dies from my stash.
This little card will accompany a small sunflower basket, and will make a perfect little gift presentation.
To make this card, I used the z-fold style to incorporate all of the beautiful elements...

Here you can see that not only the card topper is embellished, but also the smaller "hinge" panel, and the hidden background panel. I used a card die from C.C. Designs to put it together easily, and also used an embossing folder from Richard Garay for the beautiful sweater-like texture.

To help the textured stand out, and give this card a fall-work look, I used Ranger Oxide inks on all embossed surfaces and edges...
You can see the layering, and the sentiment is also layered multiple times for added dimension!
Here is the pretty little basket that will go along with this card...
I love the versatility of this type of gift set! Any fall occasion would look spectacular w…

Masculine Cards in Fall Colors

Hi friends, One of the greatest challenges people ask me about is: "How to make masculine themed cards?" Well, I have to confess that I absolutely love creating masculine cards, so I have gathered some quick tips fror you that might help! I like to follow basic rules of design, but above all, I love to add texture!!  These are created using Graphic45 papers, with rich yet subtle colors... My recommendation is that you look at the papers as if you were selecting an outfit for the "Man in your life"...all kidding aside, this works! Above, you see I selected a "pin-stripe shirt" base paper, followed by a music sheet embossed "tie". A black "slacks" paper is embossed in wood grain, and the olive green burlap ribbon could very well be a belt. Now do you see it?

Then it's time to accessorize!  I topped this card with two elements that had to convey my message. This card is for a pastor and worship leader, so the microphone and Bible wer…

Swan Mini Album using Tonic Studios Keepsake Dies and Maggie Holmes' "Gather"

Hi friends, Today I am sharing a mini album I made using One of my new favorite Die sets, as well as one of my new favorite paper lines! I am not one to follow trends of any nature, but Tonic Studios has made me fall over myself in this category more than once! Recently, I added the Keepsake Memory Dieset to my collection, as one of my favorite ways to share my love of paper arts is to make Mini Albums. I love the flexibility that this die set allows me to create a book as serious, or as whimsical as I like!! The cover give the introduction. I love the story of the ugly duckling emerging as a beautiful Swan, so I created this beautiful embellishment to top the lovely paper using my Cameo. It has pretty pearls in soft colors, a bit of enamel and glitter to make it shine, and it's adorned with a crepe rosette, an acrylic flower, and a white feather. I'm already swooning!! To close the book, I added a precious soft pink ribbon that I finished off with silver gems.
Once you open …

Tonic Surprise Bouquet Card Set...with LOVE

Hi friends, This is a short but simple post made with lots of love! I am sharing the card set I recently made using Tonic Dies: Surprise Bouquet. They are versatile, elegant, and offer so many possibilities with only this one set. 
To make this card set, I used Vellum in vibrant colors, as well as Nuvo markers in coordinating glitter colors. I also used another adorable die set from Tonic to add small flowers to one of the card toppers.  The results were amazing, and I am hoping my mother enjoys using them, as they were a small gift for her birthday. 
The gorgeous bee is from Spellbinders, and in my video, I share this, as well as other details and a bonus card you won't see here. Go on over, subscribe, leave a kind comment, and  Be inspired, Be blessed!  Raquel 


How do you Embellish??

Hi friends, 
Some of us are addicted to details, details, details!!
I am guilty of looking at embellishments in a store, and walking away a bit...underwhelmed. To ensure I'm not left with that feeling, I like to challenge myself, and when this happens, I always discover something fun I like to do! Here I found out that my dies like to have a "Buddy" This stash of embellishments that will be ready for me when I want to add that special little something to one of my projects. After all, a girl can never have too many pretty things!
 I looked for dies in my stash that fit the same theme, and made the most of them with beads, sequins, flowers, you name it!
I used my Cricut , several dies, Maggie Holmes papers, and several coordinating items.  The idea here is to have fun with the items in my stash, and layer items that I feel "fit" well with each one another.  It can be color, texture, shape, or theme. Find something you like, and then, find its buddy!
Making sure…

Memory Dex Card and Gorguss Shaker

Hi friends,  I am sharing some of the latest embellishments I decided to make in a rosette style, as well as an adorable Shaker topped Card  and Memory Dex card I made to go share with a fellow blogger and youtuber. These little embellishments were easy and fun to make! I began by uploading a designed I liked to my Cricut Explore Air 2, This allowed me to cut several ballerina shoes. I decided to make them in Gold mirror Cardstock and Vellum. This is always my preferred way to make delicate embellishments.
I also added leaves from a different die set, and topped the rosette with the die cuts, tulle, and several sequins. To make the shoes "pop" I embellished them with pink seed beads, sequins, and enamel. It all got finished with little flowers and bows.
To make this set, I also used a Gorguss stamp, and a Tim Holtz die in the shape of an antique Clock. To make it a shaker, I filled it with sequins, and layered it with acetate, creating the perfect window effect. To cut the …

Gorguss Tick Tock Project...and the reason behind my projects

Hi friends,  I am so very thrilled to be able to share my work with like-minded crafty friends, artists, and the like.  Much of what we do brings meaning to our every day lives, and for me, it goes a little deeper. My true hope is that every item I gift bring along with itself a feeling of love, encouragement, and a reminder to take the time to appreciate the little details that make each of us uniquely made by God. My message with this is :
We are a Blessing to others when we Commit to God  ALL that we are. 
How?  Live for Him, and God will provide you with a sense of fulfillment in all that you do. 

Live for God, and He will surround you with inspiration.

Live for God, and each minute you dedicate to seeking Him will be a moment well spent.


Isaiah 40:31 says: ...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint...
What a wonderful promise from up high. I hope to rest in the…