Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Snowflakes and Fairies


Hi and thank you so much for taking the time to stop over to see what i have to share this week..  

Today i am sharing a pretty winter themed card that i did with one of my favorite Becca Feeken dies called "Amazing Grace Cascading Grace Etched die set".  I have used this set so many times and for so many different things but today i wanted to make up a card where I used it as a pretty lacy layer for my card.  And for that i used silver mirror paper so that it would really pop and then added a simple oval die on top that is layered with snowflakes all around it on the edges.  I love snowflake dies and own so many so if i get a chance to add one in i always do.

And just to let you know the stamp is from Quietfire Design and I think it really gives it a beautiful message to send out.  It is called "Deep Within the Winter forest".  

Be sure and check our Amazing Grace Weekly Recap on Becca's blog tomorrow.  There are lots of pretty things our team is sharing for inspiration with her dies this week.

Sorry this is such a quick post but next week I will have more time to catch up and 
share some other pretty things i have made.  Have a wonderful day.

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 us the challenge that our 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.

I'll tell you a little bit about my creation and will share a link list below so that you can see the creations of each person on the Creative Team as well as information on how three lucky people can win Amazing Paper Grace Dies.


Here's where I tell you about my creation.  I love border dies, any kind and any style.  For my project today i wanted it to just be a subtle embossing effect in the paper.  So i cut thepaper and the die cuts in the same color and wow did it ever come out amazing.  It took my simple recipe box to a whole new level.  The gorgeous paper colors are from the recipe cards that actually came with the box so when you open it you will see not only the recipe cards but the pretty index cards with the die cuts too.


And of course i had to make up some flowers in matching colors to go on it.  For this i used the Cinch and Go die set and cut them in light pink and a darker pink.  Then i inked them with Distress inks and Versacolor inks because when i spray them with water to curl the edges i wanted the ink to bleed.


For each of my flower sets i sprayed them with just a bit of water and then used the ball tools in sizes to fit to press and curl the edges of each.  When they were completely dry i put a small amount of glue in the center of each and glued them together.  Then i added a pretty pearl in each.



And this is how they all came out.  And i made lots of them since i wasn't sure how many i would need in my flower spray for the top.


Since i adore roses this was really fun to make.  


Here is a quick view of the embossed die i used for the front, back and side panels.


And here is a view of the box and the inserts.  Since the dies are so intricately made and have so much incredible embossing on them i ran a darker pink chalk pad over the raised part of the index cards to make the design pop more.  There is another way to do this but i will share it later.


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 the winners 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
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.
Supplies:

Paper: Bazzill Cardstock
Dies:  Graceful Floral Lace, Cinch and Go Flowers, Bitty Blossoms, Foliage
Recipe Box: Hobby Lobby
Inks: Distress ink (worn lipstick), Versacolor Petal Pink/Pink, Prima Old Rose
Adhesive pearls: Want 2 Scrap
Ribbon, glue dots, adhesive, paper trimmer, scissors

Thanks again for stopping by and have lots of fun on our hop!!

Big Hugs.... Teresa

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sending a little love

Good morning and happy Tuesday to all of you.  It's my friday working at the castle so that means 2 days of crafting for me and i am so happy to get into my studio to create.


Today i have a card that i made with one of my favorite dies from Becca Feeken called "Ornamental Crest".  It's an incredible detailed die and i went a little shabby chic with the papers for it.  Pink roses are my favorite so this paper really inspired me to make it vintage looking with the subtle ivory and pinks.


And the stamp is by Penny Black.  She has some really beautiful sentiment stamps out now and I picked up the pretty dark rose for the color with Versafine ink so the sentiment would be nice and clear.  And the ribbons i kept simple with a matching ivory seam binding and tied it in a simple bow.

Papers: Graphic 45
Bling: Want 2 Scrap

Thank you so much for stopping in and be sure and check out all the other girls on the blog this week for their creative shares with Becca's dies.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

There is always time for a Thank you....




Hi friends and thank you for stopping over today.  I have a really pretty lacy card to share that i made using a few of my new favorite dies from Becca Feeken.  They are the Braided Grace Squares, Francesca Label and the Isadora Trinkets die sets.  I tried a new grouping with all of these from the Venise Lace set and i think it went together very well.


I used Bazzill Basics papers that had some texture to them to add more depth to the dies and then layered them to make the lace in the dies really stand out.  A fun thing about Becca's dies is that they usually always have a place to thread your ribbons so i took advantage of it and added a piece of white bias ribbon and then added a pretty bow to the left of my card.


Here is a quick close up of the pretty lace in the dies... It's really gorgeous.

Thank you so much for stopping over and be sure and check Becca's blog this week for a link to all of our design teams projects for this week... Have a wonderful day!!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Venise Lace Friendship Card

Hi everyone and i hope that you had a fun and eventful weekend.  Summer is my favorite time to catch up with things since the days are so long and it's the perfect time to catch up with friends to send them a pretty card to say hi too.


I just splurged on some new papers from Prima this week and got inspired to layer a few of the new Venise Lace dies by Becca Feeken to create this friendship card.  I used one of my favorite dies from Quietfire Design for the center and added just a bit of ribbon and lace to compliment the papers.

For my card i used the Hemstitch Rectangles, the Gossamer Knot Ensemble set, the Francesca Label and the leaves from the Cinch and Go Flower 2 set.   It's fun to mix and match your dies and amazing designers like Becca Feeken plan exactly that so you can get lots of wear and tear on your dies.  


The stamp that i used from Quietfire Design is called "Friends are those Rare people" and 
it really fit nice inside of the Francesca label.  I inked it in black Versafine ink for a nice crisp image and then embossed it with clear to seal it and brighten the ink.

Supplies:

Paper: Wild & Free by Frank Garcia and Prima
Pale pink cardstock by Bazzill Basics paper
ribbon, flowers
Paper trimmer, adhesive, 3D foam dots and glue dots

Have a really wonderful day,
Teresa

Friday, July 21, 2017

Just for you card

Good morning and thank you for stopping by to see what's new here on my blog.  Today i have a new share using one of my favorite dies from the Venice Lace collection by Becca Feeken.  It's called Marcheline Plume and with a name like that it has to be gorgeous i think.


I love texture on cards so for this intricate die i used an embossed base in white to really make it stand out more.  And for the center i added a few pop dots to the center to give it more depth and added a brad in the middle from my stash of things.  


And i also kept the bow real simple.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has skads of colors in the bias tape ribbon so i always order lots to keep on hand and it's great in white so that you can die it with Tim Holtz inks to match other projects.  And pearls too.  You can never have enough.

Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what's new...

Hugs and Smiles for a happy week of crafting!

Teresa



Monday, July 17, 2017

Just a few new cards to share

     I am so very happy that you stopped by today to see what is new with Becca's new "Venise Lace" collection.  Today i have a few new projects to share with you all that i made up real quick and i hope that you will love them as much as i do.


This little gem is one of my favorite dies in the set.  It is called Venise Lace Isabella Frame and i just adore all the lacy details in it and there is so much that you can do with it to make lots of fun projects.  I chose a simple pink and cream palette and used bits of flowers that i had in my stash to add just a bit more color.  I also added just a few tiny pearls to make the designs pop out more.



And for this fun card i used the "Hemstitch Rectangles and the Isadora Trinkets set.  I found a really pretty sentiment by Penny Black and i wanted to really make it pop so i created a frame with the rectangle dies and also die cut and stamped the muted print paper and then mated it with white.

Just to add a little bit of a lacy look i cut/embossed the Isadora trinket die you see above from the set and attached it to the bottom of the sentiment and added a pretty bow and rhinestone.  It's very simple and easy to make and would be wonderful to make up a set of with different papers and sentiments and give it as a gift in a set.  Guess it's always good to think ahead for Christmas and birthdays.





Be sure and stop over the Spellbinders store to pick up a few of the new dies.
You can see the links HERE for all of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by :)  Big Hugs.... Teresa

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amazing Paper Grace Blog Hop with Borders



Good morning and thanks for joining us!  We have a blog hop going on today and the entire Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team spent the week creating with the Graceful Borders collection.  Lots of us spun it into a mitered frame or mitered frame backgrounds for use on a card and a couple of us had other creative thoughts to use it.  These beautiful little borders are designed to use with a new product called the Graceful Frame maker.  It's super easy to use and just in case you haven't seen how to use The Graceful Frame Maker with the border dies you can see a step by step tutorial ----- HERE and a video --- HERE.  

And me-- well i went in a totally different direction with my borders.  I used to do alot of wedding cakes back in the day and my border die set "Graceful Scallops"  just screamed at me to make a mini wedding cake box.  I cut them into the paper, embossed them and also used all those cute little borders like piped wedding icing to decorate my cake.  It was so fun and you can take off the top layer and put in a gift card or some cash for the new bride and groom.  And of course you can make a matching card to got with it.



To make this project easier i used small chipboard circle boxes and cover them with mixed media paper.  This has a really nice weight and the die pieces really embossed well with it.  For each layer of my mini cake i added little details into the paper with the dies.  The sizes were perfect to use for those little bits of detail and would be so amazing to use with the frame maker die.  For the top i created some flowers using white paper, chalk ink and the "Cinch and Go 2 Flower Die set"  I just gently folded them and added the leaves and flowers between them to make a pretty arrangement on the cake.

And if you missed my other posts using the new borders dies be sure and hop on over to here and here to see more card ideas with these amazing and beautiful border dies by Becca Feeken.


I also used Graceful Eyelets on my cake as well....



At the bottom of this page there is a link list so that you can see the creations of each person on the Creative Team as well as learn how to win a free Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection Die.

How to Win:
Hop around to each Creative Team Member and leave a comment on each blog, one lucky winner will win a die of their choice from the Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection. In making the rounds, a comment should be left on the July 11th Blog Post of each Creative Team member - in your comments let us know if there is a border or two that tickles your fancy.

When to Check Back:
We'll pick and post a winner on Saturday July 15.  The winner will be posted 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.  In fact, she's currently all caught up on mailing out winning dies :-)

Who can Play:
Any of our lovely readers including our international friends.

Off We Go!
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
Visit Joanna   – at joannakrog.blogspot.com

Supplies:

Paper: Mixed Media paper pad
Ink: Tsukineko Versa Magic Ink
Accessories: stamens, ribbon, round chipboard boxes

Hey there, do you have creations you'd like to share with us?  Tag your Instagram cards made with Amazing Paper Grace Dies with #amazingpapergrace and your creation may be featured during our next creative team round up.  If you're a die collector, be sure to help a fellow collector and review your dies, how they cut and what you use them for on Amazon.com or Scrapbook.com - you can upload your creations right there as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun and enjoy the hop today!!  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Have a beautiful birthday

Today i have a really pretty card that i made this weekend with one of my favorite new dies from the new "Venise Lace" collection called Emmeline Treillage from Becca Feeken and Spellbinders.  All of them are amazing but i really love this one because of the pretty lacy flowers on it and how delicate and pretty it cuts out.


I think my favorite part of this card is the colors.  I love beach glass and i started with the top color and then just started cutting and layering.  After i got the base of the card done i die cut one of the new Venise Lace Francesca Labels in the same light aqua and stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on it in black Versafine.  Then i added a pretty ribbon and attached all of it with 3D Foam squares.  And to add just a bit more flowery goodness i used Becca's new Cinch and Go flowers 2 die set to create that flower that you see below.  It was super easy to make and of course it matches great because i made it.  How fun its that and you can make lots more if you need them.....  


Here is a closeup of the pretty details in the flower die.  You get 4 sizes and leaves but i only used the smallest 2 sizes and cut 2 of each and then bent the petals.  It went together really quick.  Oh and i also used a pearl pen to make all those pearls.  It's alot easier and you don't have to go out and shop for more pearls if you are running low.  And you can create whatever size looks good.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure and check Becca's blog Tuesday for more
fun inspiration with the new Venise Lace dies... they are gorgeous!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

More fun with border dies

This week i used another new border die set and another fun product from Becca Feeken's new dies. This one is called "Graceful Damask Card Creator" Border die.  You get 2 amazing and gorgeous dies in this set and i really had alot of fun experimenting and trying something new to share.


So when Becca created all these dies she also created a special die to make a cut border for a square card.  It is called "Graceful 6x6 Frame maker" and it's super easy to use.  All you do is cut 4 pieces of the border and gently hold it in place with a good removable tape and run it through your die cutting machine.  Then just glue it in place and you have a gorgeous frame for your card. 

I also used the other piece in the set and cut it with the subtle pink card stock and weaved it through a couple of layers of just simple squares.  Then i topped it with a white die cut from the 
"Adorning Accents Die set" which is on sale right now in the Spellbinders store!!  How great is that :)


It almost looks like a Snowflake with all the gorgeous little details in it.  And perfect to send with a 
wonderful sentiment in the inside for a best friend or thinking of you card.


and this is just a sweet box that i made up with bit of paper from Canvas Corp and that same Adorning Accents die.  These are so easy and you could even make up some of your own flowers with one of the new Fold and Go Flowers from the New release of dies this month.  


And lastly i also  had time to whip up a quick pizza box using the Adorning accents die and adding some pretty ribbon around it to tie it off.  These are super easy and fun to make and you can customize them to fit your favorite dies like i did here.  It's perfect for larger cookies or give a special gift card inside to remember a birthday or special friend.  I just wish i had more time in a day!!




Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out Becca's blog for more inspiration this week.

Teresa

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Creating with Border dies

Today i have a fun share using some of the new border dies by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders.  There are lots of them so you will be seeing more ideas from me in the weeks ahead so be sure and pop back in for a quick peek.


So this project started with me finding that cute little glass jar on one of my trips to my neighborhood Hobby Lobby.  They have a huge wall of fun things to decorate but i chose this because i new i could do something fun with the "Graceful Sweet Words Card Creator set from Becca."  There are 3 dies in this set and they all cut beautifully.  


I really loved the hugs die so i cut it in a lighter blue and also cut the loopy border to attach below it and then around the jar.  I used double sided adhesive tape because it is clear and doesn't leave a residue like glue does.  And then i cut that circle you see on the top and the loopy flower in light blue to match the hugs border and glued it on the top with glue dots.  And to finish it i just added a piece of matching ribbon and a few rhinestones and now i can fill it with something yummy to give for a gift.  Sugar scrub would also be a great idea to put inside for a wedding shower.




For my card i had alot of fun mixing and matching a few of the new dies that were just released.  I love that Becca Feekens dies mix so well and give you so many options for other things.  I used the new Braided Grace Square, the circles from the Venise Lace Marcheline Plume die set and the tiny tag from the Victoriana Crest die i used for the hop this last Tuesday.  And the border die in the darker blue was the perfect compliment to make the sentiment from the Graceful tiny tags die set stand out more.  It's fun when it all goes together so well. 


Here is a close up of the pieces and if you need any of them be sure and check out all the new things from the Spellbinders store from Becca Feeken... you are going to love them!!


Cardstock in blues
paper trimmer, scissors and adhesive
Want 2 Scrap Bling in blue

Thank you for stopping back and i hope that you all enjoyed the hop!!

Teresa





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amazing Grace Blog Hop with Venise Lace

Hi there, welcome to the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team Blog Hop. Today we are introducing a new die collection by Becca Feeken called Venise Lace.  I'll list all of the creative team so that you don't miss a beat but don't forget, each of us will be giving away an Amazing Paper Grace die pulled from the comments left on each of the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team blogs - details at the bottom of my post.   We thought it would be awesome to introduce the dies along with samples to show what you can make.  So, without further ado let me talk about the two dies I get to introduce:

First up is Spellbinders S6-125 Venise Lace - Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.



    For my project I really wanted to show this die off so i created a shaped card.  To make it i had to create a base so i did that in navy and white for the inside back and i attached them at the top. Then i cut/embossed the front in silver and glued it to the front of the card and I also cut the oval floral piece and the outside ring and glued them on a white base.  I stamped it in navy to make it match the ribbons i used and added a few pearls and rhinestones to really make it vintage looking.  


     I loved that this die set has so many pieces that you can mix and match to make other styles of cards. It is filled with amazing details from the outside grand victorian base piece to the tiny little tag that fits in the center and I am sure that you will love to create something with this one too.



The second up is Spellbinders S4-790 Venise Lace - Bella Clair Border by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.


     For my project I wanted to try and create a border for one of the clear acetate boxes that i love to do for gift cards and mini card sets.  It was super easy and all i did was die cut the die on a measured piece of paper on both the top and bottom and this is how it came out. There is a piece for both the front and the back and i overlapped them on the sides and glued them.  Then  I tied a pink ribbon around the center to bring out the colors in the paper i used to wrap the box and then added an extra bow in ivory and gold to compliment the whole thing.  I also found this pretty adhesive bling piece in my stash so i used that to finish off my bow.  For the inside i am going to make a card to give a gift card so be sure and check my blog for another post to see what i did.


     I loved this die because i can think of a million things to decorate with this border.  I make lots of boxes and bags and other little gifty things so this would be perfect to add with a few flowers and ribbon to make very special things for my friends. 


And i also have another quick card to share that i did with just the centers of the Victoriana Crest die.  Here in the states we will be celebrating our 4th of July so i made up a quick card to send out in red, white and blue.  I kept it really simple and added just a bit of silver in the center.




Availability:
These dies have just arrived and are indeed available.  For a peek at the whole collection head over to Becca Feeken's Blog.

Prizes:
In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from the Vintage Elegance Collection.
There are five dies that are being given away. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the APG Creative Team May Blog Hop post between June 13 and June 16, 2017 at midnight US CST and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on June 17th.

Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice from the Vintage Elegance Collection; there will be a total of five dies and a winner can win once among all five blogs.   If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  The dies will be mailed out by me, once I’ve received your winning info and choice.

More Eye Candy:
Visit Melissa  - keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com  to see her take on Emmeline Treillage and Franchesa Label.
Visit Kristi  - kristispapercreations.blogspot.com to see her take on Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets
Visit Teresa - victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com to see her take on Victoriana Crest and Bella Claire Border
Visit Joanna - joannakrog.blogspot.com to see her take on Cinch and Go Flowers II and Hemstitch Rectangles
Visit Anita - craftingforever-anita.blogspot.com to see her take on Marchine Plume and Cinch and Go Flowers II
Visit Becca -  amazingpapergrace.com/blog to see her take on Gossamer Knot Ensemble & Mini Card/Booklet Gift Box

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Venise Lace!
And be sure to leave a comment - tell us, which die is tugging at your heart?

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