Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Fall And Sending Hugs- Using Amazing Paper Grace Border Dies

Happy Sunday! We survived Hurricane Irma virtually unscathed here in my Georgia town. Her path took her straight over us, but she had weakened considerably by the time she reached us. We endured a brief power outage and some trees were uprooted, but our property was not damaged thank goodness!

I have two cards to share with you this week, as I wasn't able to post anything last week. First up, a cute Happy Fall card.

I really like making fall cards as I am a big fan of the season. Love the cooler temperatures, changing leaves, football, and the colors! This sweet fall card was made using Graceful Brackets Border Dies. This time I cut two borders from burlap to add texture. I used the paper backed burlap from Die Cuts With A View and sent it through my machine twice and used a shim for extra pressure. These were layered on top of a card covered with a sweet patterned paper from Prima's Amber Moon collection.
Some rust silk ribbon , gold leaf stickers and a cute sentiment panel were all that was needed to complete this cutie. Here's a different angle:

For my next card, I was trying to think of a way to use a border die in an unusual way. I remembered in my online travels through the current card making trends how popular cover plate or panel dies are right now. So using the Graceful Sweet Words dies, I created a panel out of one of them.

 I cut a panel equal to the size of the card front and just ran it through my die cutter until it was completely die cut all over. I attempted to vary the die's placement  to make the line of text not match too closely. You could also line them up the same if you wish. The edges of the panel are not finished so you will need a frame for it. I cut a panel from pink card stock using Hemstitch Rectangles. I then trimmed the die cut word panel down to fit just inside the inner frame and adhered it together. I then adhered both piece to the card front. I stamped the sentiment onto a the smallest Francesca Labels and adhered it to the front using foam tape. A white seam binding bow and clear heart embellishment were added as finishing touches.
That's all for today! Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Give Thanks Card

Happy Labor Day! I hope you have enjoyed your holiday weekend for those in the States or Canada. Since it's officially September, I made a Fall card for you today.
I found this fall themed paper in my stash. It is a cream colored paper with pale leaves and has a contrasting orange dotted print paper in the same collection. I used Graceful Eyelets Borders dies by Amazing Paper Grace to cut two borders into the second paper layer to create a see through effect with the first layer. I also used the edge insert that comes in the die set to cut an actual border strip that goes along the center of the card. I did use the same border die in the center of it, but the linen ribbon ended up covering most of it.  Speaking of the ribbon, I stamped "Thankful" on it with orange ink repeatedly and tied it around the middle of the card. I then stamped "Give Thanks" onto a a tag I cut using the Francesca Labels dies, punched a small hole in it and hung it from the bow using some jute twine My finishing touches are some fabric leaves, a small linen flower and wood dots.

Thank you for visiting today, hope you have a lovely week!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Love You Card-A Nod To Fall

Happy Monday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and happy. Today I'm sharing a card that is perfect for late Summer and early Fall.
I used the Graceful Frame Maker die to cut a frame from borders cut with the Graceful Damask Border dies. I cut the card base slightly smaller than the frame so it seems like a shaped card but isn't. I used the frame maker to make a straight outer frame for my sentiment . I think it adds a great finishing touch. Becca has an excellent video tutorial for the Graceful Frame Maker die. See it here for all of the techniques I used on this card.

Here's a closer look. I added some gold silk ribbon and a flower for my final embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Walk With The Dreamers Card

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Tomorrow is the eclipse, are you ready? I'm in a part of the country that is having 93% percent totality. I plan on staying inside as all of the places that had those special sunglasses are completely sold out! Oh well, I'll follow along with our local television station's coverage.
Today I have a card for you using a slightly older die set from Amazing Paper Grace.

This card uses the Classic Elegance Label set. It's meant to be used for making party or wedding invitations, but I've made an everyday card. The label measures a large 5x7 inches, so it makes a great card base by itself. I chose two coordinating patterned papers, the large print for the background and the smaller print for the foreground piece. The focal point is from the Beautiful Dreamer Die And Stamp Set. This is my favorite quote from the set. Other embellishments include pink silk ribbon that I wrapped around the smaller rectangular piece, flowers, and a beaded stem from my stash.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed your visit! Have a great week and see you again soon!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Amazing Paper Grace Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop



We're so excited!  For months we've been bringing you creative ways to use your dies to make stunning cards.  Not today!!  Today, we're showing you how to make anything but a card.  Becca issued the challenge that the creative team could pick any die and not use it in the way in was originally intended. What that means for you is everything we are showing today is pretty much outside of the box.  Dies are meant for this kind of inspiration and as you hop around, you'll be amazed at some gorgeous creations that will have your head shaking.  Yes there are prizes, but but have your gift list sitting by so that you can pick out the next gifts you might be making for someone special.
 Before I go into the details of my project, I want to let you know that there is a link list further down the page to the rest of the Amazing Paper Grace designers so you see their out of the box projects as well. There are also instructions for you to enter into a giveaway for some free dies!

My project for you today is this little shabby chic cottage box using several Amazing Paper Grace dies. This little cottage is available at most big box craft stores, such as Michael's and Hobby Lobby. It is a paper mache' box and comes unfinished as a kraft brown color. The roof lifts off so it can be used as a gift box or for keepsakes. The first thing I did was paint the entire box inside and out with a linen colored paint .I did this so it the seams would not be as noticeable. After the paint was dry, I chose some patterned papers and covered the body of the house using Mod Podge. You could also use any paper adhesive you like including your ATG tape or other double sided tape.

The front of the roof was a bit trickier, I actually used the box as a template to cut out the triangular pieces and glued them on. Don't worry if they are not perfect, you can cover them with pearls or bling later on.
The back of the roof is "shingled" with paper I cut using the Graceful Scallops Border Dies . I cut them to size, and began adding them starting at the bottom and moving upwards.
The front was the most fun to decorate! I used the large lace pieces from Isadora Trinkets to be the "gingerbread" in the eaves. I used a shortened Filigree Bookmark as a door of sorts, I just cut the length to fit.
After I added some pom pom fringe to the side eaves, I wrapped the entire cottage with strips cut with the arched die from Graceful Sweet Words Border Dies. I also used the same strips along the bottom on three sides: there is a platform of sorts to this box and I wanted to cover it completely.
I made lots of Cinch And Go Flowers using only the smallest four sizes of dies and began adding them around the cottage. I had them crawl up the right side and onto the roof as if there is a huge trellis and the roses grew up there. I used hot glue for these to insure a strong and durable hold.
Lastly, all I did was add a few resin pieces to add a shabby chic touch. I added pearl strips along any edges that I did not like for a more finished look.

I also made a simple card to go with this cottage in case I use it as a gift box.
I aimed for a little simplicity here. This is a very easy card using Hemstitch Rectangles, Francesca Labels, Cinch And Go Flowers, and a sentiment from Beautiful Dreamer Stamp And Die set.
 
How to Win:
Hop around to each Creative Team Member and leave a comment on each blog, Three lucky winners will win a die of their choice from the Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Elegance Collection.    In making the rounds, a comment should be left on the August 15th Blog Post of each Creative Team member - in your comments let us know if there is a project you would consider making.

When to Check Back:
We'll pick and post a winner on Saturday August 19th on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.

How to Claim:
The winner has two weeks from the time the blog post is published to claim their die.  Simply click on the contact tab at the top right hand corner of the Amazing Paper Grace blog, leave your mailing address and type the name of the die you'd like.  Becca will be sending out the winning die.  Please give us a month, we'll get it to you, promise!

Who can Play:
Any of our lovely readers including our international friends.

To start thinking Outside of the Box, hop to:Visit Becca      -  at amazingpapergrace.com/blog/
Visit Melissa  – at keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa    -  at victorianpaperqueen.com
Visit Anita      – at craftingforever-anita.blogspot.com
Visit Kristi      – at kristispapercreations.blogspot.com <---- are="" br="" here="" you="">
Visit Joanna   – at joannakrog.blogspot.com

P.S.  These are all gifts you can make, yes you!! Please feel free to ask questions of all the designers in their comments because we all love to mentor readers through making wonderful gifts for their families.



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