Monday, February 13, 2017


Today is my birthday, and I've been mentally making a "list" of what I'm thankful for. Well, the list is too long. God has blessed me in so many ways, not only in the past year, but throughout my whole life. He has given me all the reasons to be thankful, and my 55th birthday is just one of them. So, to celebrate with gratitude, I'm posting a 'THANK YOU' card with envelope, but of course you can make this card for pretty much any occasion.
 Material used:
Tools: Cricut Explore Air, cutting/ embossing machine, tag die (Avery Elle Beautiful Bow set)
Paper: Antique rose, white cardstock
Stamp: Thanks a million (Fiskars "Many Thanks" set)
Ink: black
Embellishment: Green bow 
 Envelope material used:
Tools: Envelope punch board (WRMK), heat gun
Stamp: bow, "enjoy",  and mini tag (Avery Elle Beautiful Bow set) 
Ink: Versamark clear, green embossing powder

 I like to do something special on my envelopes too, and I love this bow stamp to decorate the envelopes.

THANK you for stopping by, you too are another reason for my gratitude. May God bless you.
Vanías Reed

Friday, September 30, 2016


Hello, how are you all doing? Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while, but I'm back, and I would like to share a little bit of what has happened. One of the things my family and I did this summer was going on a missions trip. That was awesome! I found out how much I needed to learn about loving unconditionally, and being kind no matter what.  I've decided then to use more of the creativity God gave me to bless and encourage others. The card I'm posting today is a result of that. A lady we know and love went through a difficult time in a hospital. What was supposed to be an outpatient surgery, became 4 days of hospitalization. So here is what I made for her.
Supplies used
Paper: White and patterned cardstock
Tools: cutting/ embossing machine, roses embossing folder, tag die, sharp fine point scissors for fancy cut.
Stamps: "sending you a little prayer..."(front), that God will keep you in his care. (inside), Get Well Soon, and your are Inscribed on the palm of his hand... (all stamps by Stampabilities)
Embellishment: pink ribbon and pearls
I also decorated the envelope cutting one of the flowers from the patterned cardstock paper to create a set.
God bless us in so many different ways. If we have been blessed with creativity and talent for crafts, why can't we use them to bless others?

Thank you for stopping by. I hope this has inspired you to go out there and encourage others using whatever is the talent you have.
Vanías Reed   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mrs. Claus in July Dress Card with Free Template

Hi there. Last week I had a baby shower to attend, and I made a little dress card to go with the gift. I liked that so much, that I decided to make a Mrs. Claus dress card for the Christmas in July series. So I created a template and made, not one, but three cards. And today I'm sharing them and the template with you, just to thank you for stopping by.
As you can see the style is the same, I just changed the apron a little bit.
Supplies used
Paper: White and red cardstock
Tools: cutting/embossing machine, polka-dots, and falling snow embossing folders, crochet hook size G (4.25mm), 1.5" circle punch, snowflakes border punch
Embellishments: fuzzy yarn, poinsettias stickers, red glitter glue, white ribbon and bow, self-adhesive pearls

Here is the template. Just right click on the image and save in your computer. Then choose the size you want, and print on a cardboard. To make the red front of the dress, print a second image on red cardstock and cut in half.
 Here is another dress card made with the same template. This time without the apron.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you check out my shop on too. God bless you, and have fun crafting.
Vanías Reed   

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Winter in July CHRISTmas card

Hi there.  Did you know that I grew up in Brazil, and it's summer there in December? That's why I enjoy so much celebrating Christmas in July. When I do so,  I "travel back in time" and daydream about my childhood. So, I use the quiet time I have while making cards, to go back to sweet memories of Christmases by the swimming pool with my parents, sibilins, and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. But the card I'm posting today is more like Christmas in America, especially in the northern states. See why:

 Supplies used
Paper: White cardstock, clear velum
Tools: Cutting/emossing machine, clouds embossing folder, stitched landscape, cloud and rabbit sledding dies (Lawn Fawn), colored pencils, heat gun, white embossing powder
Stamps: Large pine tree (Stampabilities), rabbit sledding (Lawn Fawn), small snow flakes, 'Let it snow' sentiment
Ink: Forrest green, clear embossing ink (Versamark), black 
Embellishments: white self-adhesive pearls

Thank you for stopping by, and letting me share some of my Christmas story with you.
May the Lord of the most wonderful season of the year bless you and yours, 
Vanías Reed  

Friday, July 1, 2016

First Christmas Card 2016

It's Christmas in July!!!! Yay!  Today, as I was watching Mrs. Miracle, one of my favorite movies at Hallmark channel, I realized it's July already. Which means, it's time to start posting some of my cards. Yes, I do begin making Christmas cards in July. It's fun, and it helps me to get ahead of the game. So here is the first card.
Supplies used
Paper: dark red, and white cardstock
Tools: cutting/embossing machine, snowflakes, decorative oval embossing folders, oval embossing diffuser template, snowflake border punch
Stamps: "Glory to God...", mini snowflakes
Ink: black
Embellishments: mini self adhesive pearls and red gemstones, white ribbon and bow.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and let the CHRISTMAS BELLS RING!
Vanías Reed  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Beautiful Card for Mothers Day (Too)

Hi, how are you doing? How are you going to celebrate Mothers' Day this year? This is a bitter-sweet occasion for me. Sweet because I can celebrate the blessing that is to be a mother, bitter because I'm so far away from my Mom. Anyway, I made this card for my sister's birthday, but I thought it would make a good card for Mothers' Day too. I decided to post it today, so you will have plenty of time to make it. 
What you will need: 
Paper: Peach pink, white, and leaf green cardstock
Tools: cutting/embossing machine, embossing and stamp set (Textured Impressions), leaf punch, peach pink, baby pink, and green markers (I used water based markers)
Embellishments: Sentiment stamp, pink bow, vintage 'brooch' brad, butterfly sticker
Here you can see better how the embossing folder makes the stamped flowers pop.

 Thank you for stopping by. Make something special for your Mom, grandma, aunt... and have a very blessed Mothers' Day.
Vanías Reed  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Handmade Cards, Envelopes, and Box

Hi there,
How are you doing? I hope you are all doing great. Here we are getting ready for summer, and for a missions trip we'll be taking in the beginning of September. In order to raise funds for our trip, I'm making sets of cards in a box and selling them. Today I want to post for you one of the sets I made. I'm also going to post the links for the boxes, so you can make them too, ok?
Supplies needed for the cards
Paper: White, pastel pink, blue, yellow, and green cardstock for cards. Pastel pink, green, blue and yellow 24lb paper for envelopes.
Tools: Cutting/ embossing machine, embossing folders, heat gun, white embossing powder, envelope punch
Stamps: Happy Birthday, Get Well, Congratulations
Ink: Versamark
Embellishments: Decorative self-adhesive strips, butterfly sticker

Envelope instructions here
Box directions for English speakers here 
Instruções em português para a caixa aqui 
One of the cards in the box
Make a box and a set of cards for Mothers Day. I bet your Mom will love it.
Thank you for stopping by, and may God bless you.
Vanías Reed