Sunday, June 16, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month Blog Hop

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.

Today, I'm showcasing the Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month!  It's a very pretty set of two corner dies. The larger die has an edge for folding around the side of a card or over a box edge.  Or it can easily be cut along the fold lines to use it without that part. There are also edge dies that can be used with it or separately.  That's especially good for cutting a solid mat to layer behind the decorative die cut. The smaller die can be used to cut a decorative insert design without cutting the edges.  I used that feature when making my card.   It's a such a beautiful die set!  You'll be amazed at all the projects created by the Creative Team!  All unique and so inspiring!

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership

Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month 
If you want to find out more about the Club - prices, how you sign up and what's included, please look --------> HERE.
If you missed the introduction and want to know more about what inspired the Die of the Month Club, look ------->HERE.

My Project Today:

My project today is a gift box with a pocket on top to hold a card. I must admit I got a bit carried away with layers on the box!  Sometimes once I get going with an idea it just leads to another idea and.........well, this box turned out! 
 The box is a candy box that I first covered with green paper.  The box itself was white which didn't quite coordinate with the papers I wanted to use.  Also, it's a lightweight and I wanted it to be a bit sturdier for a gift of handmade soap.  The top had a window which I covered paper on top and inside.  I added green paper and light cardboard to inside bottom to make it stronger.  
The pocket has several layers.  I first cut the off white decorative piece with the large die.  Then I cut the smaller die with outer cutting edges from green cards stock.  It's glued behind.  I cut the edge of pink paper and off white paper with the outer cutting die only. these are fastened behind the decorative piece. At that point I had not folded the flaps back. I fastened patterned paper to a square of off white card stock.  Then I cut the edge with outer cutting die.  I cut the narrow off white edge when I cut the decorative piece by placing cutting edge die along edge of decorative die.  That cut the narrow edge.  It's glue over the patterned paper. Then I fastened to it by wrapping fold edges to back and fastening with Extreme Double Sided Tape.  The whole pocket is held in place on the box with Extreme Double Sided tape.  I added little strips of patterned paper on the sides of the box .  
The card base is off white square card that I cut the corner with edge die from smaller decorative die. I used the smaller die as insert design to cut corner on the  patterned paper first. Then I cut off white design with outer cutting edges.   It is glued over the cut out on the patterned paper so the pink paper behind can show through.  Having the edge dies separate gives more versatility to the die.  I stamped a verse on off white paper, matted it on pink and added it to card.  Little pearls accent both the card and box.  I added a ribbon with large pearl to the box.  The card slides into the pocket and becomes part of the decorative top.  

The perfect little box to gift a handmade bar of soap or piece of jewelry!

Thanks for stopping!


Supply List: 
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background 
Paper:  Carta Bella Botanical Garden Paper Pad, Bazzill Marshmallow, My Colors Cardstock Aquamarine
Ink: Versafine Clair Nocturne
Accessories:  Silk Ribbon, Pearls, Wilton Candy Box

More inspiration is just a click away.  Stop by with each Creative Team Member to see how they manipulated this die to come up with a unique project for you to try!

Visit Kate        -
Visit Joanna   –
Visit Teresa   –  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.comVisit Ewelina -
Visit Melissa  – 
Visit Judy       – judyhayesdesign.blogspot.comVisit Becca     –

We can’t wait to see what you make with these exclusive dies – be sure to post your creation on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month page -------> HERE or on Instagram using the hashtag #AmazingPaperGraceClubKit

Monday, June 10, 2019

Introducing Royal Flourish | Card and Box Ensembles

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.

Glimmeristas, I hope you are ready for more Glimmer Fun!!!  We have a new mini collection we are introducing today called Royal Flourish.   With two card fronts as well as an oval border shape and square border shape - we'll have some stash-worthy things for you to look at.    We thought it would be fun to make a card and a matching box using some of our favorite die sets and the new Royal Flourish Glimmer Plates.  It's easy to do and is a show stopper when we need to give a gift.  

Inspiration for Royal Flourish

Have you ever noticed during period dramas like Game of Thrones that the Royalty each have their own insignia and way of writing? It's so cool and really fascinating that these things mattered to them.  There was actually a lot of thought and flair behind the written word.   It’s really no different today; we all have our own flourishes of style that we lay down to call things our own.  It was this spirit of honing a style that Becca said provided the inspiration for Royal Flourish.  Glimmer is such a lovely way to add rich detail and embellishment!
We especially love using borders with glimmer.  For this collection, Becca created two border sets that you can cut with Hemstitch Squares and Hemstitch Ovals.   Card fronts that can take a sentiment seem to be the favorite, so happily there are two details plates that will make lovely frames to your favorite sentiments.

My Project For Today: 

I'm happy to introduce GLP-125 Imperial Adorned Ovals

Imperial Adorned Ovals is such a pretty set of Glimmer plates!  It reminds me of Scandinavian design.  
For my project today, I've used Imperial Adorned Ovals along with Hemstitch OvalsSwirl Tags and Cinch and Go Flowers V  to decorate a box and make a coordinating card. The greeting on the card is from Elegant Occasions Sentiments
The box is a paper Mache box that I painted.  I also painted some white card stock to make matching paper for the card.  On top of the box, I used the medium Imperial Adorned Ovals plate to add Skybright foil to piece of navy card stock cut to fit box.  The little foil flowers on the corners are fussy cut and glued in place.  One of the foil pieces I made as I was working on this project didn't quite turn out but the little flowers were good so I cut them out to add to the box corners. A white card stock Swirl Tags piece was foiled with smallest Imperial Adorned Ovals. It's popped up slightly with Thin 3D Foam Squares.  You can see the foil design peeking out around the flowers.  Flowers were made with Cinch and Go V from white card stock and colored with Distress Oxide inks.  On each long box side I foiled navy card stock using the largest Imperial Adorned Ovals plate and Skybright foil.  I cut the curve with Hemstitch Ovals and layered it on white card stock also cut with Hemstitch Ovals.  The box ends have the same design only made with the medium Imperial Adorned Ovals plate.  Edge was cut with smaller Hemstitch Ovals die.
The card has Imperial Adorned Ovals foil design that is actually two layers.  The base layer was made with largest Imperial Adorned Ovals with Skybright foil on a rectangle of navy card stock. The next layer is medium Imperial Adorned Ovals on navy card stock that I fussy cut around edges.  I wanted it to be popped up and yet not cover up the large foil design.  I used Skybright foil for Happy Birthday and die cut it.  It's popped up over a Swirl Tags piece with foil applied with smallest Imperial Adorned Ovals.  I like that a few foil dots show around the verse and the shape really accents the birthday greeting shape!  Those pieces are popped up as well.  Flowers are the same as I used on the box with a few leaves and some white satin ribbon tucked in.  The green mat is painted card stock. The card is 5 x 7 inches.


These plates are available right now on the Spellbinders website —–>HERE


There are two dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our seven blogs on the Introducing The Royal Flourish post between June 10 and June 15, 2019, at midnight US Central Time.  

We encourage all of our international friends to participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on June 16th.  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace).

Up for grabs is your choice of one an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month from November 2018December 2018, January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019 or May 2019.  If you missed one, this giveaway is for you - they can only be purchased through Spellbinders but Becca managed to snag a few extras.  

And hey, if you are already a Die of the Month Member, no worries - we'll send the die to a friend of your choice and you'll get to pick a die from one of Becca's other collections - Vintage Elegance Collection, the Graceful Borders Collection, the Venise Lace Collection, the Chantilly Paper Lace Collection, the 3D Vignettes Collection, the Romancing the Swirl Collection,  A Charming Christmas Collection, the Glorious Glimmer Collection or the Shadowbox Vignettes Collection and The Gilded Age.

There will be a total of two dies offered and a winner can win once among all the blogs.  If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of the announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  There won’t be a reply back but if you leave your choice, we’ll get it, I promise.  When sent, you will get an email that your die is on the way. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Creative Team:

Visit Joanna   –
Visit Teresa   –
Visit Melissa  – 
Visit Ewelina -
Visit Judy       – judyhayesdesign.blogspot.comVisit Kate       –
Visit Becca     –

Don't forget to say hi to Amazing Paper Grace's June Designer of the Month, Kathy Clement.  She's doing amazing things with Amazing Paper Grace dies over on her blog  - you can see her latest APG Creation -----> HERE

Leave us a comment and let us know what you're creating these days, cards, journals, mini-albums - what's your jam?

Card Stock - My Colors Velvet Night, White
DecoArt Americana Blue Mist Paint
Paper Mache Box
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage
Flower Stamens
Sheer Green Ribbon
White Satin Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Sunday, May 19, 2019

But It's "Not" Christmas Blog Hop

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.

Don't you just love a die that does double duty?  We thought so!  Today we're are having a blog hop to show you how the dies in The Charming Christmas Collection can be used year round; after all, it's not Christmas.  No worries, Christmas is coming and we'll press A Charming Christmas back into service this year but in the meantime, please join us for some year-round inspiration and a giveaway at the bottom of the post.

It's Not Christmas but About A Charming Christmas

Becca designed A Charming Christmas with lovely romantic frames and shapes and with charms.  Leave the charms in the package and you have a lovely 'everyday' die that is begging to be used all year round.  Hop around with us as we reintroduce you to the non-Christmas side of A Charming Christmas.

My Project for Today
The die I'm showing today is Charming Tag Pocket.
Shapeabilities Charming Tag Pocket Etched Dies A Charming Christmas Collection by Becca Feeken

For my project today, I made a graduation card with a tiny inspiration book tucked in a pocket. This card doesn't have fold.  It certainly could be made with a folded card if you like!  The pocket is cut with the pocket die from Charming Tag Pocket die set.  I cut a narrow piece of gold metallic paper with shaped edge of the die and fastened it behind the pocket edge.  A piece of knotted gold floss is fastened across the pocket before fastening it to the card. The pocket is fastened at edges with Premium Double-Sided Tape 1/4 inch.  I shaped the pocket to make a gap rather than laying if flat before fastening the edges to allow more room for the book.

The book is made with pieces cut with the tag from Charming Tag Pocket.  Isn't it cute?  The cover is cut from patterned paper to exact size of tag with loop cut off end.  The pages are cut from text weight paper using the tag die as well.  I was able to cut 2 pieces of paper at once. I recut them by placing the tag in the die again with loop end of paper beyond the smooth end of the die.

When cut, it's a bit shorter than cover so when folded for pages, it won't extend beyond the cover edges. I cut 6 pieces of paper for pages.  When I stamped the verses, the ink showed through the paper so I fastened 2 pages together to make each page in the book.  

I stamped and embellished all the pages before sewing them to the cover with sewing thread.  

The gold piece was cut with the insert rectangle die from Charming Tag Pocket.  Then I cut the edge with scallop edge of pocket die. I cut off both ends of the rectangular piece to get the pieces for this page.

You can see the thread binding on this center fold page.  Since the verse was a little big for a single page, it worked well across this center page.  I fussy cut the flower. 

I added some patterned paper on the next to last page along with verse stamped on patterned.  Verse piece was cut by tracing around the outer edge of the die and hand cutting it.  The verse just didn't fit on die cut piece.  I left the last page blank to write a personal message.  I tied gold floss around the spine at the back cover and knotted it at top of spine.  I fussy cut a flower to place on the cover. 

Across the top of the card is band of contrast paper with gold mat showing along the edges.  The verse was stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I fussy cut it out and also cut a gold mat to fit behind it.  It's popped up with Thin 3D Foam Squares. 

What do you think?  Is this a fun way to use Charming Tag Pocket for a "not" Christmas project?
This card could easily be used for birthday, encouragement, get simply changing the greeting and verses in the book.  

Have fun using your Christmas die sets in different ways!

Happy Creating!


Stamps: Taylored Expressions Wonderful World
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Bliss; Cream Cardstock, Gold Metallic Cardstock, Text Weight Cream
Ink: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
Accessories:  Spellbinders A Charming Christmas Collection - Charming Tag Pocket
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Thin 3D Foam Squares White Mix,

Thank you for having a special look at the versatility of the dies in The Charming Christmas Collection.  As a part of our hop we're giving away an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month from a previous month - based on availability. 

Leave a comment on each blog by May 24th at midnight and on May 25th, Becca will randomly pick and publish the winner.  We encourage all of our international friends to participate!  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace).

If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of the announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  There won’t be a reply back but if you leave your choice, we’ll get it, I promise.   The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Here is our trail of inspiration for our Not for Christmas Blog Hop:

Visit Joanna   –
Visit Kate       -
Visit Teresa   –
Visit Melissa  –
Visit Judy       -
Visit Ewelina -
Visit Becca     –

I know you will be happy to hear that indeed there are new Christmas Amazing Paper Grace dies coming and coming soon!  Yes, we begin in Summer because Christmas will be here before you know it!  In the meantime, there is much more inspiration in store today and for the weeks to come.  Just pop down the list of Creative Team Members to see more!