Monday, November 14, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 6

Here is my 2nd digital image for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. This has been very enjoyable journey and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful challenge.  Come and visit us over at the Crafters Digital Art Center and see what new challenges the terrific team will come up with next.  Hope to see you there.

This is an adorable digital image that was created by Designed 2 Delight.  Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment. 

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 6

I can not believe that we are finally at the end of the CDAC Progressive Challenge.  I have had a wonderful time using my copics and making new friends at the CDAC.  As well as, being able to receive such wonderful digi images, such as this one from Daisy Doodles.  

This is a file folder mini album I created using a letter size file folder and designer papers from echo park.  I think it turned out super cute and was a cinch to create.

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie

Monday, October 31, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 5

Here is the 2nd image I colored from the CDAC progressive challenge.  Since the ladies over at the CDAC kicked up a notch and asked us to use the cool spectrum of the color wheel, I decided to go BLUE.  This image was created by SSBS Design and I just love how this card turned out.

Take care and God Bless ~ Gracie

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 5

Hello everyone I am back with CDAC progressive challenge #5.  Wow we just have one more to go!  I can not believe how much fun this has been.  My first image is a real cute one created by Digis by Phooka .  The ladies over at CDAC decided to throw a curve ball into the mix and challenged us to create our images using the cool spectrum on the color wheel.  This was a lot harder than I thought, but I gave it a shot.  I hope you like what I came up with.

Take care and God Bless ~ Gracie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 4

Here is my 2nd creation in the CDAC Progressive challenge series 4.  This Dragon Girl image was created by Delicious Doodles Digital Stamps. This image is very mystical, just loved coloring her and the baby dragons.

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 4

Here is the tag I created for the latest progressive challenge hosted by CDAC.  We are on the fourth series of digital images and they just keep getting better and better.  I selected this cute Scaredy Cat created by Faith Skrdla of Designed2Delight Digital Stamp.

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 3

For this challenge CDAC had a wonderful selection of Fall Themed images.  I selected the Sunflower digi created by Just Inked.  The artist did a wonderful job on the detail of the sunflower and butterfly.

Products Used:

Copics - YR24, Y17, Y35, E34, E26, E35, E39, E47, BG10, BG15, BG18, G82, G99, YG97, W10
Spica - Turquoise, Gold
Paper - Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
EK Success small square Scallop punch, Twine, Recollections Bling

Take Care and God Bless  ~ Gracie

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 3

The CDAC has launched Series 3 challenge and this is my 1st entry.  This is the Oak Fairy created by GuruKitty Designs.  I have to say this image is so beautiful and it was a pleasure to color.  It's not to late to join in the fun.  Visit CDAC and check out all the details and get registered.

Products Used:

Copics - Y21, Y26, YR24, E35, YG97, YG11, E50, E51, E53, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37
Paper - Graphic 45 "Once Upon A Spring Time", Recollections, Paper Studio
Martha Stewart Leaf punch, Twine, Homemade Shimmer Spray

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Greeting Farm Cheeky Kitty

TGF just released this adorable digital image, and oh my she is so much fun to color.

Products used:

Copics - E50, E51, E53, R20, R81, R83, R85, C3, C5, C7, C9
Punch - EK Success Butterfly layering punch, EK Success Chinese Knot Chain
Flowers - Recollection Bling
Sentiment - Created on my computer
Cardstock - The Paper Studio bright stack, DCWV Mademoiselle
Doilie -  by Darice
Spellbinder - Classic ovals small

Monday, September 12, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 2

CDAC Series 2 has begun and the theme for this progressive challenge is "Back To School".  CDAC has some awesome artist and wonderful groups.  Check them out and add to your collection of digital images.

The image I selected was created by Linda Tieu over at Back To Paper.  Check out her website for some adorable images.

I created this card using a black piece of cardstock cut at 6.5 X 10 and scored at 5 inch to create a 5 x 6.5 card.  Then I adhered a few pieces of Recollections "Night & Fall cardstock to the base of card, and topped it off with a Lattice pendant that I crimped and sprayed with LSG.  I cut out the banner and layered with foil stickers on coordinating circle punch outs.  The flowers were colored using some of my homemade shimmer mist.  

Products Used:

Copics - E31, E33, E34, E50, E51, E53, N1, BG72, BG75, BG18, YR61, YR65 
Pens - American Crafts "Bronze"
Paper - Recollections "Night and Fall"
Large Brown Letters - American Crafts "Lax Neutral 2"
Foil Letters - Colorbok "Flea Market"
Flowers - Prima
Bling - Recollections
Lindys Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray "Creme Brulee Cream"

Take Care and God Bless ~ Gracie

Friday, September 9, 2011

I AM Roses Design Call Entries

I Am Roses recently announced a DT call on you tube and I am so excited to participate in this awesome opportunity.  The requirements were to make 2 projects that heavily feature IAR products and that reflect my personal style.

My first entry is a card that I made using several IAM roses and leaves which were hand painted.  I added a few plain white flowers so everyone could see just how beautiful these products are with or without color.

Products used:
IAM Roses - Roses and Leaves (R2-15, R8-15, R21-1, ZQL0-1)
My Minds Eyes Lost & Found Two Sunshine paper stack
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powders (Blast-Off Brass Green, Fiery Yellow Orange, Starlight Gold Green)
EK Success Trellis Punch
Tim Holtz Lost and Found Salvage Stickers
Little Yellow Bicycle Leaf Stick Pin
Recollections flat back pearls
Teal letters are from Glitz
Digital Alice image was created by my daughter and colored by me :)

My second entry is an altered canvas.  I wanted to make a shadow box for my mask, but could not find the right size so I decided to create one using the back of a hand stretched artist canvas. Most of the I AM Roses were hand painted using LSG products.  I again added a few plain white roses to my mask to show how beautiful these flowers are right out of the bag - Love them.  The mask was created with white tissue paper that I stamped and sprayed with LSG and adhered to the mask with mod podge.  I used YR65 copic marker to color the rhinestones and a few pearls.  The sentiment was hand written and distressed.

Products used:
IAM Roses - Roses and Leaves (R2-15, R8-15, R21-1, ZQL0-1, R40-70, K3-805Z)
Stampin Up Music Paper
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays (Tiffany Blue, Tibetan Poppy Teal)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powder (Starlight Salmon, Fiery Yellow Orange, Starlight Gold Green)
Tim Holtz Crackle Medium - Antique Brass
Tim Holtz Philosophy Tag
Recollections Pearls and Bling
Olive Green Seam Binder
Antique lace from a RAK
Flower picks from Hobby Lobby

Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 1

CDAC is having an awesome progressive challenge beginning in August and ending in November.  Click on over to CDAC for further details on this challenge and sign up to play with us.  You will have the chance to win some great prizes add some free images to your digital collection from some really talented artists.

I used 2 images out of the 6 that were offered…I loved them all but a girl only has so much time in a day.  My first entry is this adorable little girl created by Whoopsiedaisy Digital Stamps

I started with a piece of craft card stock cut at 8 X 5 ½ and scored at 4 in on the 8 in side to create my card base.  The background paper was distressed around the edges.  I then used the straight stitch tool and ran in on the back side of the paper to get some outie piercings and inked the front of paper with distressing ink.  Then I layered the red cardstock on black and adhered to the background paper.  I used a spellbinder die to cut out the base for my digital image and colored.  The sentiment was stamped, punched  and layered on a red piece of cardstock.  I then created 3 rolled roses and hand painted them, let dry and adhered as the final step in creating this card. 

Products used:
Copics – C5, C7, C9, E50, E51, E53, R20, E55, YG97, YR65, R22, R24, R27, T3, N1, N2
Spica Glitter Pens – Silver, Orange, Lipstick
Paper – MME Lost & Found – Union Square
Sentiment  - TPC Studio – Brush Stroke Greetings
Lindys Stamp Gang – Crème Brulee Cream, Cattail, Cooper Brown, Rudolph’s Nose Red
Tim Holtz – Black soot & Vintage photo distressing inks, distressing tool
Sew Easy – Straight Stitch Tool
Spellbinders – Lacey Ovales
StampinUp – Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch
McGill – Birch Leaf Punch
Twinkling H20’s – Golden Jade, Burnt Umber

This is my 2nd entry for the first progressive CDAC challenge.  This cute little guy was created by JenLee of Digistamps4Joy

I started with a 12 X 12 sheet of TH kraft resist paper and cut it down to 8 X 8 and scored at 4 in to create my base card.  Then cutting strips of paper I layered the background.  I also hand tore the flower, stamps and Eiffel tower images and inked the edges with distressing ink.  I cut a strip of newsprint paper and adhered the mini alphas to them and cut out leaving a small edge and bent up the edges and inked with distressing ink.  After I colored the digital image I did some fussy cutting and layered him 2 rectangles using some dimension adhesive.

Products used:
Copic Markers – E18, E35, E37, E39, E50, E51, E53, R20, N1, Y21, Y26, E31, N2, R37, C3, C5, C7, C9
Paper – 7 Gypsies Lillie (Collections from the Journey), MME Lost & Found (Union Square)
Tim Holtz – Tissue tape, Vintage Photo distressing ink, Kraft resist paper
Die Cut Alphabet – Studio 112 from JoAnn

Take care and God Bless ~ Gracie Brown

Friday, August 26, 2011

Little did I know ... by Gracie Brown

Little did I know … my life would change forever the day I held you in my arms 
Little did I know … I could function on just 2 hours of sleep
Little did I know … how many bottles would need washing and how many diapers would need changing
Little did I know … how many loads of laundry a tiny body could produce
Little did I know … my favorite smell would be the top of your head to the bottom of your toes
Little did I know … the sweetest kisses come from babies
Little did I know … how enchanting it is to watch you while sleeping
Little did I know … that taking you to the doctor for immunizations would make me cry more than you
Little did I know … getting your first tooth could be so exciting and painful all at the same time
Little did I know … how much a heart could GROW
Little did I know … you would teach me the true meaning of giving – when you held out your hand and dropped your entire allowance in the offering plate at mass
Little did I know …decorating for Christmas would put the look of amazement in your eyes
Little did I know… taking you to your first day of school would be harder for me than you
Little did I know …losing your first tooth happens on picture day at school and that your tongue fills the gap nicely
Little did I know … my heart would skip a beat when I heard your name called during Kindergarten graduation
Little did I know … dropping you off for your first sleepover would keep me up all night
Little did I know … Middle school award assembly’s would make me so proud
Little did I know … hearing you say  “Mom, your not coming with me are you?” would hurt so bad
Little did I know … shopping for your first date would be so bitter sweet
Little did I know … in order for you to spread your wings I had to withdraw mine
Little did I know that all of these wonderful moments would lead me to be blessed by a wonderful daughter like you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where did the time go?

Wow, I can not believe my baby girl is 17 already and is getting ready to start her senior year in HS.  This is going to be tough year for me - is this what they mean by bitter sweet?  One day I have a 9lb 6oz bundle of joy and the next I am looking into the face of beautiful young woman.  Sniff, sniff!  Had to have a kleenex moment.

There were some days that I did not know if being the strict parent was always the right thing to do...when in my heart I just wanted to be her best friend and let her have her way.  I guess everything worked out alright because there is a compassionate, smart, and super talented young woman in the next room thinking about what she will wear for her schedule pick up tomorrow.  Thank you God for granting me the wisdom and grace to be a good mother - because through you all things are possible.

I recently spent the day with my sweet girl and we took lots and lots of photos for her Senior album and I would like to share a few of my favorites with you.    Please enjoy and feel free to leave me some encouraging words.

Take care and God Bless~Gracie

Did I mention that it was 107 degrees outside when these photos were taken.  I was melting like an ice cream cone left on the counter, and she was cool as a cucumber.  You gotta love it!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Corset Pocket Template

Ladies, I was inspired to create this corset pocket by one of my rubber stamps.  I love using dress forms and corsets whenever I get a chance too.  I hope this inspires your next project.  Please leave a comment.

Here are the products I used to create the corset pocket and tags.

Divalicious paper pad by Glitz
Liquid Pearls in white opal
Glossy Accents
Graphic 45 rubber stamps (Desire by Hampton Arts)
Black embossing powder
Waxed cotton twine
Pink and Black fibers
Tim Holtz distressing ink in Black Soot

Click on link below to download corset pocket template.

Corset Pocket Template