Thursday, January 16, 2020

Seasons GIvings Blog Hop Winners


 I apologize for being a bit slow at announcing winners for the Seasons Givings Blog Hop.  Sometimes life just gets too busy.  I'm pulled in many directions right now with helping my parents.

I'm happy to announce that 
Jeanne Beam and Anneleise Hampson
were the winners!  
They have been notified and their prizes sent.

Thank you for all the kind and sweet comments!!!  
I read and enjoyed every single one! 

Hugs,
Judy

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hello blog friends!  


Today I'm participating in Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  


 to say

Thank You

to my blog followers!
To anyone who stops by to visit today!
I appreciate each and everyone of you!

To celebrate today, I'm giving away 2 prizes of craft products!  



I'll be tucking in a few more goodies in each package!

Be sure to comment and leave your email so I can contact you if you're a winner! 
Feel free to subscribe to my blog.  Sign up on the sidebar.
You can find me on Instagram as judesigns7
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You'll find a list at end of this post of all the other bloggers
participating in todays
Seasons's Givings Blog hop.
Lots of inspiration and prizes!

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Most of my projects this past year have been created for
and
 
Here are some of my favorite projects for 2019:




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Little Gnomes created for my friends!

Here are all the links to all the blogs to visit!  Lots of inspiration and prizes!  Have Fun!


Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace December 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.


Every now and again you need easy, right?  We've become huge fans of slip-in cards.  They are cards that are cut partially inlaid so that you can simply slip a decorative panel into place and you're done.  This months Die of the Month is called Rose and Filigree Duo Slip in Card.

 Your panel can be decorative, textured or simply a sentiment.  The partial inlay can be positioned just where you want it on your card from one side to another or midway.  It can even be used to make a gate fold card or an actual belly band.

My favorite part of this December Die of the Month is that the band can be set wherever I want it within the rectangle.  I also like that there's a separate outer cutting die for each band design.  That makes it so easy to cut a contrast background to fit behind.  I especially like the rose band.  It made me think of stained glass windows when I saw it.  I've used it to create that look on my second project.

On the card shown above, I've cut the band slightly towards lower edge of rectangle and used it horizontally on my card.  I cut gray solid piece to fit behind it as well as pearlescent white paper to make contrast edges.  My photo doesn't' show that very well.  To make border, I simply cut the background piece n half horizontally and fastened the pieces with a narrow reveal along the edges.  I used Hemstitch Rectangles to cut my insert.  It fits so well!  I stamped LOVE at the top and script at the bottom with gray ink.  I added pearls and a heart gem to the band.
Rose and Filigree Duo Slip In Card
Project One:


This card uses the Die of the Month as it's designed to cut a band across a rectangle.  It's a beautiful element that requires only an insert slid behind the band.  I've added stamped elements to my insert.

Project Two:  



For my second card, I chose to cut the band to fit a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card.  The band is separate and cut at each end to fit the card.  

First, I cut the the rose design band from black card stock with Adhesive Sheets applied on back side to make it easy to fasten to the background piece.  I cut a solid band from white card stock using the outer die only.  I placed the rose die on it and put it through my die cut machine with an embossing sandwich.  I used a thinner plate so the embossing wouldn't cut the paper  That allowed me to see the design so I could color the roses and leaves with Distress markers.  I love the stained glass look!
  
Along each edge of the band is a gold border and black one.  To get those, I cut a solid band from black and one from gold.  I cut each one in half so I could fasten the edges beyond the band on each side.  The band is fastened over music paper with gold strips along the fold edge.  I added a verse popped up with 3D Foam Squares. 


This Die of the Month is so easy to used for a band card with insert!  But, it's also easy to use the bands separately by cutting them at each end.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects.......and taken some inspiration to use on your own projects! 

Be sure to check out the other designers projects!  All unique projects with inspiring ways to use this Die of the Month!  Links are below.

Thanks for visiting!
Judy

Supply List:
Stamps:  Penny Black 'love chapter'; KaiserCraft 'Sympathy'
Paper: Card Stock - Bazzill Pink, Fig Swirl, Black, Cream, White; Pearlescent White; Music Paper; Gold Metallic
Ink: Ranger Cool Graphite Dye Ink; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Pearls; Heart Gem;
Distress Markers - Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
Dies:  Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles
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 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


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.