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.



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!
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