Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace November 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.


Christmas is on the horizon and of course, as makers, made Christmas Cards are our hallmark during the holidays.  This month's APG Die of the Month is Winters Solstice Snowflake.  It is a delicate doily looking snowflake done in a regal way to usher in the Holiday Season.

The Snowflake was designed by Becca but if you know her well, as a budget crafter, she intends for you to use the design year-round.  Her holiday offerings always can be dressed up for Holidays and dressed down for any other occasion and the same is true with Winters Solstice Snowflake.  

For today's hop, I made a card and matching gift bag.  This Die of the Month is so versatile because it's a classic design that can be used for the holidays as well as everyday card making. I chose to make a holiday gift bag and card.   Check out the other designers posts for a diverse array of projects.  Links to their blogs are at end of my post. 
My Project Today:


I've layered a die cut in cream cut with large design element over dusty green paper.  I added a gold frame to accent the center.  These were all done with the dies as they are, no special cutting!  If you follow my blog, you know I like to push the limits and make my dies do other things! Not so with this projects. 

 I used the large outer from die to cut gold paper to make the gold edges.  I re cut the large piece to make borders.  


I cut the poinsettias from white paper.  I used Distress Oxide Sprays and Distress Inks to color them.  The centers are sparkly....not really visible in the photo.  I also misted the flowers with Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz Sparkle. 


Both the card and gift bag are very similar.  On the card, I added a cream open border below the main image.  Plus I added the verse across the top.  The gift bag has 3 beads hanging on gold cord at the point of main die cut image.  No verse on my bag but one could easily add that to the bag as well.  Or make a matching tag.


If you want more details, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with your questions.  Be sure to leave an email address so I can respond.  

Thank so much for visiting today!

Judy


Stamps: Taylored Expressions Simple Strips - Christmas
Paper:  Digital Print, Dark Green, Cream, White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black with Gold Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Flower Stamens, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz Sparkle Mist, Gold Cord, Tim Holtz Gold Pearls, Tim Holtz Gold Paper, Kraft gift bag

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.

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        - craft2owls.blogspot.com
Visit Joanna   – joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa   –  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Ewelina -  elinaart.blogspot.co.uk
Visit Melissa  – keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com 
Visit Becca     – amazingpapergrace.com/blog

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, November 4, 2019

APG Blog Hop

Be sure to check my blog for Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month blog hop tomorrow, November 5!  See you then!

Judy

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Introducing Candlewick Sampler | Giveaway

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.


If you're a "Gracelet" or by chance happened by the Amazing Paper Grace website over time, you have no doubt wondered how Becca comes up with her names and inspiration.  Today, we're excited to give a little peek into a new collection and the inspiration.  Join us as we share lovely creations made using Candlewick Sampler

Since the age of 12 Becca has loved fiber - she quilts, knits, crochets, does cross stitch and before becoming a Licensed Die Designer sewed most of her own clothes. Fascinated with intricate textures and the look of laces, fabrics, and embroidery, Becca tried to replicate the look and feel of those textures in dies.  Candlewicking has such a distinct look and Becca thrilled at the prospect of getting that look and feel into a die.  If you've loved her lace look collections or that elegant look of Hemstitch, you'll love Candlewick Sampler. 

The Inspiration Behind Candlewick Sampler

Candlewicking is a type of whitework embroidery normally done on cream or white fabric embellished with cream or white french knots.  The series of french knots create the outlines of the pattern giving it a unique look while adding a touch of elegance.  In these dies, you can see rounded motifs that hint at the texture of dots.  Without overpowering, it's a sweet little detail present on all the dies in the collection.  Plus, it just happens to be the perfect spot to place a pearl.  Google candlewicking and you'll see exactly what we mean.

My Projects For Today



Here is what the plate actually looks like. 

For my project today I made a card that has Exquisite Topper cut on top and bottom of a piece of cream card stock.


I used one of the edge dies to cut the shaped pieces in the center.  I really like that I can use the edges cutting dies separated from the intricate die! I repeated that three times to make graduated center pieces - olive, cream and olive.  To achieve the multiple colors showing from behind the cream piece, I added pieces of dark maroon and olive.  They are cut with straight so simple to do.  The placement allows only a tiny bit of maroon to show next to the olive color.  If you look close, you'll see that.  To get multiple colors at the scallop edges, I used the the scallop edge die alone to cut an edge on a narrow piece of card stock.  I layered them behind the cream edge.  



To finish the card, I added a verse stamped and heat embossed with cream embossing powder.  It's popped up on the center of the card.  I made three cream flowers cut with the new Cinch and Go Rosebud die set.  Each flower was shaped and cream stamens added to the centers.  Olive leaves and a silk ribbon are tucked behind the flowers. 
The card is 5 x 7 inches.  

For my Second Project, I made a card with a pocket with verse insert.  This is simply a flat card and does not open. 


To make the pocket, I used the edge cutting die that fits along top of Exquisite Topper as I have it on the card.  If you look closely, you'll see a tan edge showing at top of pocket.  That's the cut made into the background paper.  I cut Exquisite Topper from maroon card stock using all three dies - intricate design and both edges.  Then I cut a cream background using only the edge dies. These I spaced apart to allow it to be longer at each edge and show as a border.  I cut separate maroon and pick edges to layer behind. This piece fits right along the pocket edge.  There are a couple small pieces of maroon at each edge of pocket with satin ribbon over them.   


I added a flower layered over a piece ribbon.  Flower pieces were cut with Cinch and Go V and colored with Distress Oxide Spun Sugar.  This card is 5 x 6.5 inches.


To make the insert, I cut the cream paper a width to easily fit in the pocket.  Then I used the scallop edge die to cut the top.  I also cut a strip of maroon with scallop edge to make a border which is fastened behind.  I stamped the greeting near top with Versafine Clair Chianti ink.  I stamped the verse a bit lower to be hidden in the pocket.  

I love the whole collection of Candlewick Sampler dies!  Be sure to check out all the projects made by the rest of the Creative Team.  They did amazing cards and dimensional things!

Availability:
These plates are available right now on the Spellbinders website — HERE

Prizes: 
In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post and every Creative Team Member's blog for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from any previous collection from Becca's Die of the Month offerings.

There are two dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our blogs on the Introducing Candlewick Sampler post between September 12 and September 17, 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 August 19th.  (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 Becca's Die of the Month.  These dies are typically only available to club members however you can win your choice of any die that has not already sold out.

There will be a total of two dies 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.    The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.  (Please note:  Please be patient, your dies will come, we promise!)

Visit Joanna   – joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa   –  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Kate       -   craft2owls.blogspot.com
Visit Melissa  – keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com
Visit Ewelina -  elinaart.blogspot.com
Visit Becca    – amazingpapergrace.com/blog

We're honored to have a Guest Designer creating with us this month so as soon as you're done with the hop, pop over to leave a comment on Sheri Holt's Blog for a chance to win - we'll pull from comments on her most recent APG post too.  Her newest Amazing Paper Grace creation is --------HERE

Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing Candlewick Sampler.  Leave a comment to let us know which die is your favorite.  Are there any hobbyist in the house that enjoy needle crafts or sewing?  We'd love to know which ones are your passion!!   There is much more inspiration in store for you today and for the weeks to come.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace September 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.


Another month has come and this month behind the scenes we've been marveling at all the ways you can use the September Die of the Month called Snip It Flowers.  (Hint: Inspirational PDF attached)

At first glance, it looks like a background die; it is anything but a background die.  It was designed so that each of the flowers can be snipped out to create a panel, frame or element.  Whether you want the 4 x 4 frame, the 3 x 4 frame, a one layer border, a two-layer border or a corner, all you have to do is "snip".  Each one of us has taken the die and spun it into a creation - we hope to inspire!!

When I first cut Snip It Flowers, I was reminded of a crocheted doily or a granny square afghan. That's what inspired me for my first card.  It's quite easy to snip out sections and flowers to make different sizes.  I really like that there are small flower dies to use as accents or even on their own! I used them to layer over the top of the larger Snip It Flowers.
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month - Snip It Flowers

My Project Today:


For my first card, I chose to snip the large Snip It Flowers to 4 x 3 flowers.  I also snipped out 2 flowers in the center.  I wanted the verse piece to lay flat against the card so the tiny added flowers would also lay flat.  (One could get almost the same look by leaving the 2 center flowers in place.)  The flower panel is layered onto olive paper cut big enough to show through the flower centers.  I layered small white flowers over the blue.  I like how the olive paper shows through the centers. Once the verse was in place, I added tiny flowers around it.  I made the flower centers with a hole punch. The flower panel is layered over patterned paper with a subtle design and then onto a white card.  The card is 4.75 x 6 inches. 

Supply List:
Stamps: Penny Black "special sentiments"

Paper:  Cardstock: Blue, Olive, White; Digital Printed Pattern Paper
Ink: Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
Accessories: Hole Punch
Adhesives:  E-Z Runner® Micro Refillable Dispenser, E-Z Dots® Permanent Refillable Dispenser,
Adhesive Dots Micro



I made a second card with the strip of 4 flowers that I cut off for the first card.  You can see how different the flowers look with different paper colors.  I layered the flower strip over olive strip.  I added small flowers cut from olive paper.  For the centers, I found the tiny dots of blue and put them back in the flower centers.  A patterned paper with texture design covers the front with a narrow olive border.  I popped up the verse with Thin 3D Foam Squares.  I love the simple elegance and rich earthy colors of this card!


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.

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        - craft2owls.blogspot.com
Visit Joanna   – joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa   –  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Ewelina -  elinaart.blogspot.co.uk
Visit Melissa  – keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com 
Visit Becca     – amazingpapergrace.com/blog

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

A Layered Landscape Scene Card

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.



This Layered Landscape Scene card is on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog.  I posted directions and  photos of how to make all the layers.  Check it out HERE.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Wedding Card with Flowers

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 sharing a beautiful wedding card.  Awhile back my mom asked me to make a card for her to give a grandson for his wedding.  This is the card that I made. 


The card base is white with layers of patterned paper, white card stock and shiny gold metallic paper. The frame around the bride and groom is popped up with Crafty Foam Tape.  The greeting it popped up over that.  Tiny paper flowers are tucked into the corners around the bride and groom.  I cut the heart out of a red flower from the patterned paper. I fussy cut a gold heart for a mat behind it. "Congratulations" was die cut from shiny gold paper which had Adhesive Sheets applied before cutting.  That makes it like a sticker and easy to fasten in place. 


If you'd like to follow me on Instagram, my username is judesigns7.  I also have a Facebook Page but I've been pretty poor at posting much.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Judy


Supplies:
Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles 
Spellbinders Simply Said Phrase Set One
Spellbinders Layered Happily Ever After
Spellbinders Flourished Frame (retired)





Kaisercraft Wedding Mini Stamps
Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
White Card Stock
Gold Metallic Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Gold Flower Stamens

Monday, August 12, 2019

Introducing 3D Holiday Vignettes

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.


Way back when 3D Vignettes were introduced, messages started to come in by crafters begging for the same thing, but for Christmas. You also asked that we keep supplying new inserts. Well, your wish is our command! Introducing 3D Holiday Vignettes plus new Glimmer Designs. If you are not familiar with these popular dies, stay tuned - lots of information follows.

Hi there, today we are sharing with you a great new collection by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace with a blog hop featuring new Vignettes for the holidays and the new Holiday Glimmer Designs will blow your socks off.  So.....

What's a 3D Vignette?
A 3D Vignette is a dimensional card that folds down flat.  It has a front layer, a back layer and several in between layers that are held stable by slotted side pieces.  These layers allow you to build depth into a diorama or tunnel type card.   We take all of the guesswork out of the equation by giving you mix and match layers, including sentiments to stack into a Vignette.   So far, we've released 3D Vignettes and Shadowbox Vignettes.

What's more, you can use your own supplies to fill them up as well.  The bonus is that each of these layers also works for your other types of cards you make.  A budget crafter from day one, Becca keeps the "mix and match" sensibility alive in Holiday Vignettes so that you get a lot of bang for your buck.  What does that mean?

1.  These vignettes are interchangeable with your other vignettes.
2.  Holiday Designs can be used for non-holiday designs after the season.
3.  You can use these elements to make flat, stand-alone cards too.

About 3D Holiday Vignettes
Layered Die sets were introduced with 3D Vignettes and people quickly realized you could use individual elements in flat cards or you could use them layered together in a diorama.  Shadowbox Vignettes continued the tradition and as you might guess, these new layering sets can be used in both Shadowbox Vignettes and 3D Vignettes.

3D Holiday features three new facades (each including a sentiment) using the same shapes that came in the original 3D Vignettes - Round (snow globe), Arch, and Cabinet.

In addition, there is a new layering set for each - a round set, an arch set and a set to fit the new cabinet.  Join us as we give you a full-on look at all of the new sets.

My Projects For Today:

I've used Grand Christmas Lattice Arch for my projects today.  
My first project is a card that I made with this beautiful set of dies.  I really like how the metallic paper looks behind the lattice!  


Here is what the plate actually looks like.

When I first looked at this die set, I wondered how it would look for a card.  Once I cut it and started to work with it, I was captured by its uniqueness and how pretty it is layered over metallic paper.  Of course, this die set can be used to make a 3D Vignette!  I decided to use it for the front of card.  I cut 3 layers of the lattice from blue paper.  Each layer behind the stamped scene is fastened without any dimension.  The edges, however, are fastened with narrow strips of black 3D Foam Sheet.  It's subtle dimension that adds shadow to the lattice. 




For my second project, I made a wrap for a candle chimney or vase. It would be pretty filled with shimmery Christmas ornaments!  


I used vellum to wrap around a clear candle chimney/vase.  The lattice is cut from pearlescent dark blue paper but my photo doesn't show the shimmer of the paper.  I've added glitter to the stamped winter scene and die cut snowflakes. 

To make the white frame, which is cut from a shimmer paper, around the scene, I used the outer die and the die with "Away in the Manger".  Then I cut out the words leaving a frame. I added a few holly leaves with pearls on the frame edge along with snowflakes scattered around the frame.  The holly leaves were cut with a die from Holly Jolly Christmas.


I hope you've found some inspiration from my projects!  This die set can be used to make so many different projects, even non holiday projects.  

Be sure to check out the other designers projects.  Links are below.


Availability:

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

Prizes:
In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post and every Creative Team Members and each Guest Designers post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from any previous collection from Becca's Die of the Month offerings.

There are four dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our eight blogs on the Introducing 3D Holiday Vignettes post between August 12 and August 18, 2018, 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 August 19th.  (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 Becca's Die of the Month.  These dies are typically only available to club members however you can win your choice of any die that has not already sold out.

There will be a total of four dies 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.    The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.  (Please note:  Please be patient, your dies will come, we promise!)

We are tickled to have two guest designers joining us for the hop!  Click on the links to each member to be inspired across a broad range of talent:

Visit Joanna   – joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa   –  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Kate       - craft2owls.blogspot.com
Visit Melissa  – keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com
Visit Ewelina -  elinaart.blogspot.com
Visit Karan     - karangerber.blogspot.com
Visit Ginny     - pollyspaper.wordpress.com


Visit Becca    – amazingpapergrace.com/blog

Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing 3D Holiday Vignettes Blog Hop.   Leave a comment to let us know if your favorite is the new dies or the glimmer?  There is much more inspiration in store today and for the weeks to come.

Supplies:
Spellbinders Christmas Lattice Arch
Spellbinders Holly Jolly Christmas
Scrabook Adhesives by 3L 3D Creative Sheets
Scrabook Adhesives by 3LPremium Double-Sided Tape 1/4, 1 inch
Scrabook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner® Ultra Refillable Dispenser
Scrabook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner® Petite Permanent Dots Refillable Dispenser
Stampendous Cling Christmas Cottage (wrap)
Northwoods Bethlehem Scene (card)
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Medieval Blue Ink (card)
Ranger Distress Chipped Sapphire Ink (wrap)
Dark Blue Card Stock
Gold Metallic Linen Paper
Cream Card Stock
Dark Blue Pearlescent Card Stock
White Shimmer Linen Paper
White Card Stock
Vellum