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!

72 comments:

  1. Wow this is amazing what talent this team has and you have finished the hop in style. Thanks I have learnt and been entertained.

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  2. Wow this is amazing what talent this team has and you have finished the hop in style. Thanks I have learnt and been entertained.

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  3. This is absolutely amazing, and looks like so much work, especially the roof.

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  4. Thank you for the inspiration. I would not have thougth to get a pre-made piece and cover it in lovely papers, die cuts, flowers, pearls and other trim.

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  5. More amazing work here and as the others also very useful too. It´s sooo beautiful and would be perfect to share a gift to someone special ot just used to hold some small keepsakes at home. Looks gorgeous and is sooo well made.

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  6. What an amazing box. The dies have turned an ordinary box into a thing of beauty.

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  7. Adorable little gift house! Love the idea of decorating store bought items with dies! Why have I never thought of that? Duh! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  8. Wow! This is gorgeous! I would so make one of these!!

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  9. Holy moly, that looks like it took forever! Beautifully shabby chic. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

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  10. This just blows me away! What an awesome gift box to be treasured for a life time! Your flowers are to die (pun) for! Gorgeous!

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  11. Aww just full of gorgeousness, will make a delightful gift. x

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  12. Truly thinking outside the box. The cottage box is lovely.

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  13. Loving your fairytale cottage Kristi!
    Joanna

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  14. Love all the detail. You obviously put a lot of time into this. The card is a nice compliment to the box cottage.

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  15. Kristi
    I love how you used the Isadora Trinkets and the way you did the roof. Very inovative! Cute, cute, cute!!
    Hugs
    Ann Robbins

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  16. Good morning Kristi, wow this is really thinking outside the box!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda

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  17. I I love this little house. Love how you used the dies for the roof!
    Super cute!
    Betty

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  18. I love, love, love your shabby chic house! You did an amazing job on it!

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  19. Wow, the house is amazing!
    So cute and full of gorgeous details - love it :))

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  20. My goodness..this is over the top...out of the box. Cuteness.

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  21. Awesome project. I love the dies you used. I would like to try using the die you used for the roof shingles to make a layered card.

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  22. Over the top! Love everything about this one!

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  23. Wow, Kristi, your creations just made me want to linger and smile. The colors are so uplifting, as well. I love it and you shared so many clever ideas. You gave me my daily dose of delight!
    Blessings, Sandy

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  24. Kristi I love your little home and how nice would this be to give to someone that has just moved house. love all the decorations and the flowers you have used. Just wonderful.
    Hugs Trish.

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  25. This is so beautiful, I have to find time to make these beautiful creations.

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  26. Outstanding and beautiful.
    Thank you,
    Rene from OZ x

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  27. Kristi, your cottage is absolutely enchanting! I'm loving all the pictures!!

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  28. Absolutely glorious! This would make a lovely gift for a very special friend! Thanks.

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  29. So very different and so beautiful!
    Doreen R

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  30. First word when I saw this-WOW- stunning love your pretty little house and so elegant. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. Makes me start rethinking all my dies.

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  31. Words fail me. That is so beautiful. I would love to say I would attempt it but I wouldnt know where to start.

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  32. Love the cottage box it is so well done. Christine s

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  33. Loved everything about this cute little cottage. It took a lot of time and you're a genius!!

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  34. this is darling. I just jumped in my seat when I saw the shingled roof.

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  35. This is TOTALLY LOVELY, Kristi!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! I LOOOOVE what you've done & you've used SO MANY of Becca's LOVELY DIES on this too!!! TOTALLY STUNNING WORK! ANYONE would LOOOOOOOOOVE to receive this as a gift! ;) ( I LOVE to do boxes too!)

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  36. Such a pretty shabby cottage! Love the delicate decorative elements on the house... sweet and very creative use of the dies.

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  37. What a beautiful gift box that will be cherished forever. Think I'll try this for my granddaughter.

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  38. WOW! I think that I can handle the gift card but that cottage is pretty elaborate. What an amazing gift for someone special!

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  39. So pretty and girly. I'll have to see if I can find the box at Mike's and try it out!
    Thanks for sharing
    Smooches Vee

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  40. What a lovely vintage look you have created! It is just charming. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  41. How absolutely gorgeous and some lucky person will keep this sweet cottage forever

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  42. So vey Stuning the detals and the embellishments are amazing thanks for sharing and giving so many ideas.

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  43. How very pretty, love all your flowers!

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  44. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous project!! I love how you did the shingles and the gingerbread!! Id love to make one like this as a gift for my aunt -_- she'd totally flip out!!

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  45. Such an elaborate box! It's a beauty! I'm sure the recipient of such a treasure would be thrilled!

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  46. This is beautiful and would make a lovely gift for anyone loving shabby chic. I'm familiar with these cottages and have seen them decorated in many ways but never in such an elegant way.
    Sandra Smith

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  47. What a beautiful gift! Who wouldn't be overjoyed to receive such a pretty cottage box? Your project is amazing and something that even I could create. It shows us what can be done with all Becca's lovely dies. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. This is gorgeous! I would so make one of these to give to a friend or even make one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration 💚

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  49. Its just amazing Kristi. Oh what fun you must have had doing this. What an elegant creation. Thank you, you've brought a smile to my face.

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  50. I love your creation. It's absolutely beautiful!

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  51. This is so beautiful and sweet! Love the scalloped edge roof shingles.

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  52. So creative. So sweet. Turns out Beccas die are so versatile!

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  53. Such creative thinking in this project. Love the new die's.

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  54. Your little cottage is so adorable! Love the roof idea, so versatile! Thanks for sharing x

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  55. kristi, your vintage cottage is so cute. I love the flowers and other embellishments, and your use of all the dies is so creative!

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  56. Its a very versatile die..can be used in so many ways..awesome cottage u hv made..would love to make book box with it

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  57. Kristi, when I saw your design, I said, "could that be a house?" Indeed it was. Very vintage and chic. Excellent use of dies. Elegant with that vintage romance feeling. Well done! Thank you for being part of the Blog Hop and giving me thrills!

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  58. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely precious!!! I'm in love with everything you've done with these beautiful dies--what a marvelous showcasing of them!!! I want them all now and you've completely inspired me!!! Thank you for making and sharing your stunning little house!!! xoxo

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  59. Wow!! What a pretty shabby chic cottage gift box. This would make the perfect centerpiece for a tea party or any fancy occasion. Who would guess it started out as brown paper mache!

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  60. I have been thinking of making some small houses to go on the book cases on either side of our fireplace. This will be perfect! now i'm plotting and planning to decide what colors to use. These are gorgeous! hugs, treen

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  61. Awesome!! Would be beautiful for a wedding centerpiece.So romantic.

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  62. What a cute idea. I am glad my granddaughter has not seen this yet as she would be begging NaNa to make her one. "Like Now". Thank you for your tutorial and your great inspiration.

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  63. Beautiful details on your pretty cottage box!

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