Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Hi Everyone! It's been a while since I've posted; I've been very busy with my Etsy and just shipped off the last of my Christmas orders. I've closed it for a week or two in order to take a breather and spend time with family and friends.

I just wanted to share some really cute and easy Christmas tree ornaments I made this year. They are all made with those glittered snowflake ornaments that you find at the craft store or dollar store. It's a great way to use up your leftover Christmas papers and embellishments!

First up is my personal favorite! Marie Antoinette is such a fascinating historical figure and very representative of glamour and excess I had these images of her and thought she would make very glamorous ornaments! Here's two more:

The top two employ sheet music rosettes and lots of Christmas embellishments accrued through the years.

Next up are a couple of rustic deer themed ornaments. I bought the images and cut them with my circle dies.

I found the evergreen trim at my local Hobby Hobby, but i think Tim Holtz offers some similar. Love the rusted jingle bells!

My fave of the deer bunch. Found some jute trim online for tassel making, but used some here along with a wood doily cutout.

Of course, since I love Victorian imagery, I couldn't leave these out!

Love the pink ones!

 I have a couple of tips for making these: Use super bond hot glue sticks for gluing anything onto the glittered snowflake base. I've used regular low temp hot glue in prior years, but they came apart easily over time. I used sticks called "Craft Bond" purchased at my local Micheal's and use them in a high heat glue gun.
The second tip is to use a nonstick craft sheet or silicone mat underneath while making these. The glue tends to ooze out of the snowflakes and it will stick to your worktop.

Thanks for visiting today! See you again soon!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Introducing the Chantilly Paper Lace Collection Blog Hop

Welcome sweet friends, today we are introducing a new die collection by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders called Chantilly Paper Lace - you can take a quick peek of the entire collection -------> HERE.

Have you ever rummaged around in your grandmothers attic, through memories of the past to find sweet letters and cards romantically tucked away for safe keeping while preserving sweet acquaintances and conversations of the past?  Letters adorned with the finest decorations, now tattered and ripened with age, impress what an honor it was to receive these treasures.  Becca reached into the past to restore some of these treasures, preserving the fine detail, the elegance and the pure femininity into modern day romantic die cuts that are at home on any card.  The collection is reminiscent of petticoats, fine lace and adornments and are designed so that each die works with the other.  In fact, the card front dies are designed so that they can be used alone or two can be layered over each other.  Join us as each Creative Team member shares their creations with two dies from the collection.

We are listing all of the creative team so that you don't miss a beat but don't forget, each of us will be giving away an Amazing Paper Grace die pulled from the comments - one from each blog and hint-hint you'll want to make sure you leave a comment on the Spellbinders Blog too.  The prize details are at the bottom of my post.  So, without further ado let me talk about the dies I get to introduce:

First up is  S5-327 Annabelle's Trosseau

Annabelle's Trousseau is a beautiful rectangle die with inner pieces as well as a  matching corner piece. It fits perfectly on a 5x7 card with room for a base layer. Of course it could also be used as a card by itself, just joining two die cuts together for the front and back. I made my signature style shabby chic card, it just fits so easily being based on antique laces. There is a slot on the frame on each side to wrap ribbon around the front as I did here. I cut out one of the inner frames in white, it reminds me of lattice. I also cut four corner pieces and added them on top of the frame corners for a two toned look. Here is a peek at the dies:
 The second die set I'm introducing today is S4-820 Vintage Pierced Banners 

 Now, I love a good banner and these are awesome! They are great for adding a sentiment  and this particular set of banners has the tails as a separate piece, so you can bump up the middle with foam tape and leave the tails flat for a cool effect. You could also just use the middle piece and not the tails. I like flexibility in products so you can be as creative as you'd like. This banner sets includes an oval, rectangle and curved banner shape.
Here is a bonus card I made pairing the banners with the Hemstitch Rectangles from the Venise Lace Collection, one my favorite sets of rectangles ever!

I think they pair nicely, no? There is also an oval version of these dies being released as part of the Chantilly Lace Collection.

These dies have just arrived and are indeed available on the Spellbinders Website -------> HERE

In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from the recent Venise Lace Collection.

There are five dies that are being given away and each winner that left their comment on Saturday gets an early bird bonus. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the Introducing Chantilly Paper Lace post between October 14 and October 17, 2017 at midnight US Central Time and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on October 18th.  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace)

Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice from the Venise Lace Collection; there will be a total of five dies and a winner can win once among all five blogs.   If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Click the links to get to more sweet samples:
Visit Joanna   - to see her take on Cinch and Go Flowers II and Hemstitch Rectangle
Visit Teresa   - to see her take on Victoriana Crest and Bella Claire Border
Visit Melissa  -  to see her take on Emmeline Treillage and Franchesa Label
Visit Kristi      - to see her take on Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets
Visit Becca     -
 Visit Becca     - for your first Chantilly Lace Project including step by step photo instruction.

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Chantilly Paper Lace!
Leave a comment - tell us, which of these dies would is closest to your heart?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Treat Boxes

Happy Monday once again! I hope you had a nice weekend. If you were in the path of Nate, I hope you are well and dry. Since October is upon us I thought, for my weekly post, I'd do a Halloween project for you using dies by Becca Feeken for Amazing Paper Grace.

I used the Mini Card Booklet/ Gift Box dies to create a pair of spooky Halloween treat boxes.These were so easy to make. You cut two of each die, do a little gluing and folding, and you are left with a nice size box for treats, favors, and other small objects.

I also used the Gossamer Knot Ensemble dies to make layers for the tops of the boxes. Each box was then wrapped with black velvet ribbon. I made a folded paper rosette for the tops, glued it to the ribbon, and added a Spooky cameo to the center of the rosettes. All you need to do is slip the ribbon off the box to open it.

I decorated the front of each box with glittered bat stickers for extra interest.You could go really crazy adding embellishments to these if you want to. I chose to keep it simple this time! I hope you like my project today. Thanks for stopping by and see you again really soon!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Sewing Themed Thank You Card

Happy Monday my sweet readers! I hope your weekend went well and now it's time to dive into another week. I'm starting my week by sharing a sweet sewing themed thank you card.

I started with some of my beloved Thrift Shop papers from October Afternoon. They have since been shuttered and I miss that company so much! They had the best sweet nostalgic products. I'm down to my last bit of this collection :(    My favorite print in the bunch is the blue doily paper that is my base patterned paper layer.  I chose one of the corners from Graceful Corners Two from Amazing Paper Grace to make corner pieces. I chose not to use either of the two inserts so my corner pieces would keep the quaint simplicity I was going after. The clothing pattern piece was cut using Francesca Labels dies as well as the "thanks" sentiment. Of course a sewing themed card cannot be created without some actual sewing, so I chose red thread and stitched around the perimeter. Some red seam binding and a blue button made two lovely finishing touches. This card reminds me of my grandmother who was a master seamstress and sewed many clothes for me growing up. She was a very special lady who I miss very much!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oh Baby!

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was great! I'm still waiting on Autumn temperatures here in Georgia, hopefully they will be with us soon! I took a break from fall card making to make a cute baby card for you using dies from Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace.

In the last few weeks, I've been showing you ways to use the border dies in Becca's collection. She has a wide array of them and some can be used not only as borders. My example today shows how one of the dies from Graceful Eyelets can be used to make a die cut panel. To me, eyelet is synonymous with baby projects. I took a blue card stock panel and began die cutting the panel over and over until it was full. I took the small looped border die from Graceful Brackets Border Dies and cut one edge of the panel for a finished look. I then layered this panel over a piece of patterned paper and adhered it to  white card. I then embellished it with white silk ribbon, die cuts, and small flowers.

I think it turned out really cute! Perfect for a little boy! I hope you like my project, I enjoyed making it and figuring out neat ways to use dies in different ways Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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
Visit Melissa  – at
Visit Teresa    -  at
Visit Anita      – at
Visit Kristi      – at <---- are="" br="" here="" you="">
Visit Joanna   – at

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.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

For A Sweet Friend Card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this post is finding you well on this lovely August day. I have a very summery card for you today.

I made this card with the remnants of my stash of Botanical Tea by Graphic 45. One of my favorite paper collections ever.  Of course the star of this card is none other than the beautiful Marcheline Plume die, a part of the Venise Lace Collection by Amazing Paper Grace's Becca Feeken. I adore the graceful curves of this die. It has become one my personal favorites from this collection.

I think you can see it better at this angle. I used Glossy Accents on the hummingbirds to bring them out a bit since they are the focal point of the card. The sentiment and tag are from the Graceful Tiny Tags and Stamp Set. I added some pretty pink silk ribbon and a rhinestone accent as well, because why not? :) Every card needs a bit of sparkle!

Thanks for visiting me today, I hope you like my card! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I'll see you soon!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Floral Happy Birthday Card

Happy Sunday to you! I'm back today to share with you a summery floral birthday card.

I'm sure by now if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the roses are in full bloom! They are one of my favorite flowers and we have red rose bushes scattered around our property. I can't cut them and bring them indoors very often, as we have a kitty who thinks they are her treats. I have to put them on a very high place to keep them away from her! I can however, use them as card inspiration! I found some darling rose paper in my stash and used the Bella Clair Border die from the new Venise Lace Collection from Amazing Paper Grace. I've used two here as my main background accent pieces. The sentiment and focal die cuts were made using the Giving Occasions Stamp And Die Set that is part of the Vintage Elegance Collection.

I accented the sentiment  piece with some dark pink pearls and of course a card cannot be complete without lots of flower embellishments and ribbon!

 I hope you've enjoyed your visit today! I appreciate you stopping by, have a fabulous week!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Welcome Baby Card Featuring The Emmeline Treillage Die

Happy Saturday! I hope you are doing well and having a wonderful day! Today I'm sharing a card with you made with the very popular Emmeline Treillage die by Amazing Paper Grace. It's part of the new Venise Lace Collection. This is an awesome die and can be used for so many styles.

I made a sweet new baby card for this week. I used some busy patterned paper as my background but used vellum behind the die cut to tone it down a little. You can still see the paper, but it doesn't compete with the stunning die cut. I thought of adding pearls to the flower centers, but decided to leave it as is for a slightly cleaner look.
Here is closer view. Emmeline can be dressed up or down. I'm thinking of playing around with adding it in front of a water colored panel or maybe an ombre inked panel. What do you think?

I hope you like my card, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!💓

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rustic Bird Card Using Hemstitch Rectangles And Cinch And Go Flowers 2

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend. I'm back today to share a card I made with some of the latest dies from Amazing Paper Grace's Venise Lace Collection.
I've had this old 7Gypsie's paper pad sitting around for ages. It has some really beautiful rustic papers with a botanical theme. I thought they might look nice cut with the Hemstitch Rectangles dies. I love this set of rectangles, they are meant to resemble the edges of vintage linens and are so different than the pierced or stitched rectangles that are on the market. They can also be used without the hemstitch insert and cut a regular rectangle. I've done this on the bird printed layer. The flower is made with Cinch and go Flowers 2, which makes a pretty flower really fast, just pinch on the fold lines and done! I used burlap for my leaves for a rustic touch.
Yes, my flower center is a rusty jingle bell! 🙀lol I thought it looked cute even though it's out of season. I really like how this card turned out, it's one of the rare projects where it came out the same as I imagined!
 Thanks for stopping over today, see you again soon!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amazing Paper Grace Monthly Blog Hop Featuring the Graceful Frame Maker Die

Good morning and thanks for joining us!  We have a blog hop going on today and the entire Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team spent the week creating with the Graceful Frame Maker.  We each picked a border from the Graceful Borders collection to work with and spun it into a mitered frame or mitered frame background for use on a card.

   The Graceful Frame Maker is a die that will cut four miters to create a framed card  from borders, punched strips or tall dies - you can see a step by step tutorial -----> HERE and a video ----> HERE.
I will share a link list below so that you can see the creations of each person on the Creative Team as well as learn how to win a free Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection Die.

 Both of my cards today are made using the Graceful Fans Border dies. The first one shown above is a birthday card that reminds me of early fall. It's so hot in Georgia right now, I'm longing for Autumn already! I used the frame maker to cut some card stock, then embossed it for an interesting look. All of the techniques I used are included in Becca's tutorial linked above. My next card is a shaker card.
Sorry for the glare, I used gold metallic card stock for the outer frame and it is so difficult to photograph! I used the same Graceful Fans border die for this card as well. I wanted to show you how you can get very different looks with basically the same card layout just by switching up the colors.I really like how the Graceful Frame Maker die works with your existing border dies and punches. It's a great way to get more use from your stash and there is no measuring or complicated cutting involved.
How to Win:
Hop around to each Creative Team Member and leave a comment on each blog, one lucky winner will win a die of their choice from the Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection.    In making the rounds, a comment should be left on the July 11th Blog Post of each Creative Team member - in your comments let us know if there is a border or two that tickles your fancy.

When to Check Back:
We'll pick and post a winner on Saturday July 15.  The winner will be posted 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.  In fact, she's currently all caught up on mailing out winning dies :-)

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

Off We Go!
Visit Becca      -  at
Visit Melissa  – at
Visit Teresa    -  at
Visit Anita      – at
Visit Kristi      – at
Visit Joanna   – at

Hey there, do you have creations you’d like to share with us?  Tag your Instagram cards made with Amazing Paper Grace Dies with #amazingpapergrace and your creation may be featured during our next creative team round up.  If you’re a die collector, be sure to help a fellow collector and review your dies, how they cut and what you use them for on or – you can upload your creations right there as well.

I hope you'll play along with us for a chance to win some lovely dies! Thank for visiting and have a great day!💗
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