Sunday, February 17, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month Blog Hop

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.  

Are you ready to be inspired?  Every month we love bringing you inspiration for the Die of the Month and today is our Die of the Month Blog Hop for February!!   If you have the die, we'd love for you to be able to make multiple things that perhaps you haven't thought of yet.  Stroll through the list of links at the bottom and maybe, just maybe, your next project is at one of those links!

The Enchantment Tall Flip and Gatefold Card Die Set natively makes into a tall gatefold card or a tent card by way of the unique base.  It is much like the December Die of the Month in that respect, but we wanted to give you a tall version.  Chalked full of extra pieces that include rims and unique inlays, these intricate motifs can be used in any number of ways.  If you do nothing more than to create a frame, there are four corner pieces that will help you do that.   The patterns are so delicate and romantic and we've found them to be a charming change of pace.

If you are new to our blogs, the Die of the Month is an exclusive die Becca designed for Spellbinders - it is called the Enchantment Tall Flip and Gatefold Card Die Set.  

This particular set has 9 dies and they can be used to make a gatefold card, a tent card, a background, a slip-in card frame with decorative corners, a basket, a purse . . . and the list goes on, while the individual dies in the set can be used for many things.  As always, there are sweet flowers included!  It's available until February 28th and then we make way for the March Die of the Month!
Amazing Paper Grace February 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 Card Today:

For my card, I chose to use one half of rectangle along with large cut-out design. I cut a complete rectangle of dark blue and then cut along the center fold line made by the die. Adhesive Sheets was applied to the back before die cutting to make it easy to fasten in place over my decorative paper background.  I fussy cut out the center rectangle - easy to do because there are only small pieces that hold it in place. I hand cut a white mat to fit behind it. Its fastened to card with 3D Foam Squares.  The rectangle with the verse was cut with a die in this set that cuts nice curved corners and fits perfectly over the center rectangle. It's fastened with Thin 3D Foam Squares.  If you look closely, you'll see that I added decorative pieces to the corners of the dark blue piece.  Those I made by cutting each one with decorative corner die aligned with a corner of piece of dark blue paper.  Then I fussy cut along the curved edge.  It was quite easy as the die left an impression that I could follow.  
Don't you just love those little flowers?  I cut all of those from white cardstock, rubbed three different colors of Distress Oxide inks over them, misted with water and shaped them while they were damp. (I posted some photos of those on Instagram. Search for #judesigns7 Once dry, I poked a hole in the center to thread the flower stamens through and glued them in place.  They are all fastened to the card with Adhesive Dots.  I tucked in a white satin bow with pearl stick pin, little happy birthday tags and added pearls along the upper corner of the verse.  This card is 4.5 x 7.25 inches with white card base.

Supply List:

Stamps: Happy Birthday - Hero Arts; See Beauty - PSX (retired)
Paper: Moxxie Skating, Cardstock: White, Deep Blue
Ink: Distress Oxides: Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood; Distress Dusty Concord; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Medieval Blue
Accessories: White Satin Ribbon; Stick Pin; Pearls; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L:Adhesive Sheets, Adhesive Dots, 3D Foam Squares White Mix, Thin 3D Foam Squares White Mix; White Flower Stamens; Glue

As always, each member of the Creative Team spins their interpretation of a die.  To see their makes pop down the list of Creative Team Members to see more!

Visit Joanna   –
Visit Teresa   –
Visit Ewelina -
Visit Melissa  – 
Visit Judy       –
Visit 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, February 4, 2019

Introducing Shadowbox Vignettes Blog Hop

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

3D Depth and Dimension are the order of the day!  Hi there, today we are sharing with you a great new collection by Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace with a blog hop featuring Shadowbox Vignettes.  It is a follow up to her popular 3D Vignettes and at the core of the collection are a set of Shadowbox Frames that will allow you to make a frame any size you can furnish the size paper needed for a frame face width that is 1/2", 3/4" or 1".

Whether you are hanging your kids' artwork on the fridge with a lightweight frame changed out every season or if you are sending your glorious dimensional cards in a frame with a lid - there are so many ways to use these Shadowbox Vignettes dies.  In fact, we think they are a great addition to your crafting toolbox.  If you've looked at the die and cannot quite imagine how it goes together, well never fear, there is a video for that and I'll show it at the end of my post.  The video has extra 3D inspired projects not seen here, so be sure to have a peek or even fast forward to the end.

About 3D Shadowbox Vignettes

Layered Die sets were introduced with 3D Vignettes and people quickly realized you could use them standing alone in cards or you could use them layered together in a diorama.  Shadowbox Vignettes continues the tradition and as you might guess, the layering sets can be used in both Shadowbox Vignettes and 3D Vignettes.  In addition to the 3 core adjustable frames and the four layering sets, Becca has designed a host of embellishments sized to fit your frames as well as your standalone cards.  We're particularly tickled by the easel (necessary to stand a shadowbox frame on a desk) that also transforms into a pocket or a basket.

My Projects For Today

This is what the dies actually look like.

S4-980 Shadowbox Frame with 3/4 Border

S5-391 Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame

S4-984 Shadowbox Ribbon Threader

S4-982 Cinch and Go IV

S4-986 Filigree Shadowbox Easel and Pocket

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The feature I like best about the Shadowbox Frame dies is that they can make any size frame that there's paper big enough!   My frame is 5¾ʺ x 7ʺ, a size I chose to fit the oval. My other project is about 5 x 6ʺ.  Shadowbox Frame with 3/4" Border die makes a 3/4ʺ wide face to the frame.  
My Framed Oval Enjoy features ovals cut with Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame around the verse.  I've popped up the layers with 3D Foam Squares – White Mix stacked double behind large oval.  The cool thing about the smaller oval is that the "spokes" are off set so if second oval is rotated 180 degrees the spokes show through. That's why the gold shows through so evenly! I fussy cut the oval with the verse from a spoked oval.  It wasn't hard.  I used an emery board to even any rough edges.  All the coloring of the ovals and flowers was done with Distress Oxide inks Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet over Kraft color paper. The little flowers were made with new Cinch and Go IV dies.  Around the face of the frame I've added pieces cut with Shadowbox Ribbon Threader - not just for threading ribbon!  If you peak into the inside corners you'll see a swirly design piece that was cut with a die from Shadowbox Ribbon Threader.  I used the same die to cut the pieces on frame corners and trimmed them to fit. Finishing touches are little pearls, white pearl cotton loops and gold stick pin.

On the back, I made an easel cut from cardstock with Filigree Shadowbox Frame Easel and Pocket die. I simply used the outer edge die for a plain easel. It's fastened with  Home and Hobby Premium Double-Sided Tape ½ʺ Permanent

My second project, Book Gift Box, is  made with S4-980 -  Shadowbox Frame with 3/4" Border along with S5-391  - Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame and S4-984 -  Shadowbox Ribbon Threader   Photos of the dies are shown above.

My second project, Book Gift Box, is a frame with a cover that opens like a book. I hinged the cover with pieces of seam binding.  The top is decorated with oval cut with die from Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame .  I've layered pieces cut from gold paper over it.  The larger pieces at ends and sides of oval are from Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame.  The pieces that fit between were cut with die from Shadowbox Ribbon Threader. I've used negative pieces from those in center under pearls and at  corners of the box. Ties of seam binding hold the box closed. 
This photo shows the ribbon hinges along the spine of the Book Gift Box.

Inside is space for a small gift such as a bracelet shown.  There are many small gifts that will fit inside, even a gift card.  It's a beautiful way to present a gift to someone special! 

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

In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post and every Creative Team Members post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from any previous collection (Shadowbox is brand new so I don't have the dies yet).

There are three dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our six blogs on the Introducing Shadowbox Vignettes post between February 4 and February 9, 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 February 10th.  (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 the Vintage Elegance Collection, the Graceful Borders Collection, the Venise Lace Collection, the Chantilly Lace Collection,  the 3D Vignettes Collection, the Romancing the Swirl Collection or A Charming Christmas Collection or the Glorious Glimmer Collection.

There will be a total of three 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, Becca was displaced from her home during Hurricane Michael and is still displaced but will fulfill all outstanding winnings, no worries.)

How to Assemble a Shadowbox Vignette Frame
We know you are curious!  Have a look at this video and watch the magic.  There are many ways to put them together but this is where we recommend you start.  Remember you can have frames any size you want!

Click on the links to each member to be inspired across a broad range of talent:

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

Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing Shadowbox Vignettes Blog Hop.   Leave a comment to let us know your favorite die or tell us what you plan to do with those you select.  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!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  



Framed Oval Enjoy:
Distress Oxide Ink: Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet
Our Daily Bread "Little Things" stamp
White, Kraft Cardstock
Gold Foil Cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Ivory Pearls
Patterned Paper
White Pearl Cotton

Book Gift Box:
DCWV Papers
Bazzill Cardstock
Buttons with Pearls
Seam Binding
Gold Textured Paper
Lightweight Cardboard