Sunday, June 25, 2017

Aunt Carrie- A Heritage Card Featuring Isabella Frame And Isadora Trinkets Dies From Amazing Paper Grace

Happy Sunday my lovely friends! I'm here today to share a new card made with the lovely Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets dies that are a part of the new Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken.

 I wanted to make a vintage collage type card and since the Venise Lace collection is all about lace, I decided to cut my dies from cotton muslin. First, I ran my muslin square through my Xyron to make the entire back sticky so I wouldn't have to use a liquid glue on fabric. I realized that was a mistake as soon as I peeled the backing off: the entire piece wanted to stick to itself! Ugh! I ended up applying the muslin to card stock and then die cutting it. Perfect! It was stiff enough to handle. I gave the pieces an aged look by applying tea stain Distress Ink using a sponge dauber. As I was swirling the ink, the muslin began to fray a bit, lending an even more antique look.

I started collecting antique photographs a few years ago. They are so fascinating! I wonder about the people in these photos, who they were, where they lived and who they loved. This particular photo has  'Aunt Carrie' written on the back, so at least we know her name! I embellished the large lace piece made from Isadora Trinkets with a vintage rhinestone earring from my vintage jewelry collection. I pick up lots of old jewelry in online auctions and vintage shops in my local area.They make great embellishments for vintage style projects. The "cherish" sticker is from Tim Holtz's Chit Chat stickers.

I hope I've done well by Aunt Carrie by making her into a piece of art for someone to enjoy! I hope you've enjoyed your visit as well! Have a lovely week and see you again soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Isabella Frame Happy Birthday Card

Happy Monday, everyone! I know Mondays usually stink but what's better on a Monday than getting some awesome card inspiration? LOL Coffee helps too!  The card I'm sharing today is made with the new Isabella Frame Dies from the Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken's Amazing Paper Grace line.

Yes, I managed to make a card without pink! I chose the lovely blue, green and cream paisley paper as my color inspiration. I love how this die looks cut from cream card stock. These dies are so pretty and delicate, I love the lace look they have. This card was very simple to make, just a square card with a patterned paper layer, Isabella Frame layer, middle sentiment layer, ribbon and some lovely flowers. These dies really do the work for you.They make such a statement that all you really have to do is enhance them a little bit.

Here is a closeup so you can see all the little details. There is a supply list below in case you want to know. Thank you visiting me today, I hope you like my project! See you again soon and have a lovely week!

Supplies not linked above-

Cream card stock- Micheal's
Blue card stock-Papertrey Ink Hawaiin Shores
Patterned paper- Hobby Lobby
Stamp-Serendipity Stamps
Ribbon-May Arts
Rhinestone Embellishment- Craftmoon Supply

unlinked items are either discontinued or I was not able to find an online source

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing The Venise Lace Collection Blog Hop

Hi there, welcome to the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team Blog Hop. Today we are introducing a new die collection by Becca Feeken called Venise Lace.  I'll list 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 left on each of the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team blogs - details at the bottom of my post.   We thought it would be awesome to introduce the dies along with samples to show what you can make.  So, without further ado let me talk about the two dies I get to introduce:

First up is Spellbinders S5-310 Isabella Frame  by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.

 I made this very fancy wedding card for you today. I used the Isabella frame and the small accent piece in each corner cut from gold card stock. I love all of the rich detail and how intricate the dies are from this collection. They really do make your paper look like real lace!

The second up is Spellbinders S4-791 Isadora Trinkets  by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.

The swag from Isadora Trinkets is the star here. I used them to frame the opening in my card. I also used the Isabella Frame to emboss the design on the front of the card. It's a technique I don't see done very much, but I love the results. It's also a good way to get more from your dies!

These dies are in stock on the Spellbinders website and ready to make their way to you!  If you like, pop over to the Spellbinders Website and shop away!

In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from the Vintage Elegance Collection.
There are five dies that are being given away. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the APG Creative Team May Blog Hop post between June 13 and June 16, 2017 at midnight US CST and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on June 17th.

Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice from the Vintage Elegance 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 by Becca, once she has received your winning info and choice.

More Eye Candy:
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 Teresa    - to see her take on Victoriana Crest and Bella Claire Border
Visit Joanna   - to see her take on Cinch and Go Flowers II and Hemstitch Rectangles
Visit Anita      - to see her take on Marchine Plume and Cinch and Go Flowers II
Visit Becca    - to see her take on Gossamer Knot Ensemble & Mini Card/Booklet Gift Box

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Venise Lace!
Leave a comment - tell us, which die is tugging at your heart?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rustic Father's Day Deer Cards

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! Father's Day is coming up next Sunday so I'm sharing a few cards with you today.

Lately, I've been seeing all of the wonderful cards people have been making with the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz. I admit I'm not a card maker that likes to get her hands very inky, but I couldn't help myself! This particular background is made with Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio. It gives the appearance of copper that has been left to form a patina. I just love it! I used plain heavyweight white card stock for my examples, but recommend either watercolor paper using the smooth side or Tim Holtz's branded mixed media panels. They do not curl as much when you are working with them and it lays flatter once the paper dries. The cards are pretty much straight forward construction using a kraft card stock base, paper backed burlap from DCWV, twine and wood embellishment dots from Micheal's. The deer stamp is so stunning and is from Deep Red Stamps. Here are two more I made using the same technique and mixing up the design and embellishments slightly.

This one is my favorite, love the metal star from Tim Holtz!

Using up some of my massive button stash on this one! I love how each inked panel is different and one of a kind. I forgot to mention also that a shimmer spray in a dark or metallic color looks awesome when sprayed on these panels. It's impossible to photograph the effect for you, but it adds a really nice touch in person.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for you today! Please come back on Wednesday for a blog hop featuring Becca Feeken's Amazing Paper Grace new die release. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Two Ways To Use Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Booklet Dies

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend!

 Today I have two projects to share with you using the Filigree Booklet Dies from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken. The first one is pretty straight forward and is actually a booklet.

These are a pair of wedding vow booklets made for the bride and groom to read their vows during their wedding ceremony. I made the covers from pink card stock then used the cover die again with a filigree insert to create a die cut overlay of vellum. I ran the vellum through my Xyron first to add adhesive so I didn't have to worry about liquid glue possibly showing through the vellum. I made one set of pages from white card stock and sewed them together with waxed linen thread for durability. You could use embroidery floss or any type of thin cording in your stash, I just happened to have this on hand as I sometimes make books. A large needle is also helpful for you to sew it all together.
 The sentiment on the front is actually computer generated foiled in silver using my Minc machine and die cut using the small rectangle die from the Giving Occasions stamp and die set. I added a little white silk ribbon to the spines and added some bead caps that resemble wedding bells. All of this is of course topped off with lots of little pink flowers!

The Filigree Booklet dies come with two different filigree patterns that you can use as inserts on your books. As I was playing around with them, I noticed that they can also be used to make an endless panel. There are no edges to these pieces, so you can make larger pieces of die cut paper to form a cover for your cards. You can use your ruler or just eyeball the die close to the edge of the paper to make the frame for your panel. Here's a card I made with this technique.

 Two repeats of this pattern place side by side produces a panel that fits perfectly onto the front of an A6 card, which is 4 1/2 by 6 1/4 inches. You can experiment with them and see what other sizes you can come up with. In the middle where I've joined the two panels didn't come out exactly perfect so I added some ribbon around the middle to camouflage it a bit. This card is pretty simple in construction, I backed the filigree panel with a green polka dot paper, added foam tape to the back and layered it over a white card stock base that has a floral patterned paper on top. The flowers are made from Becca's Cinch And Go Flowers dies. The sentiment and die cut rectangle are made with the Giving Occasions stamps and die set. All other supplies will be linked at the bottom of the post.

I hope you liked my projects for you today! Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by, see you soon!

Supplies not linked above-

Wedding Vow Booklets-
 card stock- Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink
vellum- Papertrey Ink
waxed linen thread- Micheals
small flowers- Funkie Junkie Boutique
sentiment- computer generated, Font is called Edwardian Script
white silk ribbon- May Arts (purchased here)
bead caps-my stash I believe I bought from Micheals
Minc Foiling  machine- buy it here

Floral Birthday Card
card stock- Micheals
patterned paper- Simple Stories, Vintage Bliss
ribbon- MayArts (discontinued)

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