Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Have an Awesome Day


It's been a busy month and a really fun catching up with life and getting my craft on.  Today i have a card to share that i did for a co worker at the castle. It's a little fun and whimsical but those are the best kinds of projects to create because they make you laugh and have fun!  

I created my card with another one of Becca's amazing border dies called "Graceful Sweet Words".  It's a gorgeous die set and i really loved this loopy kind of border that came in the set so i cut/embossed two pieces in black to go on either side of the Queen of Hearts tag and added sweet rhinestones to it to bling it out a little.  The rest of the colors i coordinated with the queen image so it all fell into place and it was really fun to do.


The stamp is from a brand new release of dies from Quietfire Designs and they are clear stamps and work amazing.  You are going to really love these little gems.

Thank you so much for stopping in this week and i hope to have lots of new things to share soon.

Have a really wonderful day... Teresa

Sunday, September 10, 2017

So very Thankful for you


Hi everyone and thanks so much for dropping by today.  I have a another sweet card to share that i made for a friend in fall colors from the New Echo park Fall Reflections line.  It was perfect to add the gorgeous borders from Becca Feekens Graceful Fans die set and also the Graceful Brackets die. 

I wanted to give my friend something pretty that she could put on her desk so i created a simple easel card and did simple layering on it.  For the borders i used one in dark brown to give it a nice lacey look across the bottom and then the smaller edge border i put all around the sentiment.  It really gave it the pop i was looking for and it was nice to be able to cut the lacy pieces in the paper i needed to.


Here you can see how pretty the designs in the border is.  I love the fans and the other border in the set is even cuter so you have double the creativity if you use both of them.  

Be sure and check out all the other girls this week on their blogs for more ideas using the border dies this month.  We have lots of ideas to spark your creativity!!  

Hugs and Smiles... Teresa

Supply List:


Echo Park Fall Reflections paper
ribbon, button
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L My Stik and 3D Foam squares





Sunday, September 3, 2017

Border die ideas to share


Hi and welcome to my blog today.  All this month the APG team will be sharing fun ideas to use Becca Feeken's border dies from Spellbinders.  Today i have a quick and easy card to share using Graceful brackets and the Beautiful Dreamer die set.  

Border dies are really fun and there are so many things you can do with them so first i wanted to pass on the idea that you can just simply die cut and emboss them into a piece of paper to make cut outs so to speak.  To make this one emboss cut out your piece of paper that you need and die cut and emboss only 1/2 of it at a time when you run it through your machine.  That way each side will emboss.  Then you can layer it over another piece of paper to make it pop and add other dies if you want over the borders cutouts.  Mine is very vintage today with the papers i used from Prima.


And then i layered on the Beautiful Dreamer die with 3D Foam dots and added a few pearls and ribbons.  The stamped piece is done on the same paper and just trimmed on the edge and chalked.  This way I could keep all those curly script lines from the stamp on it.  Don't ever be afraid to try something new, you never know what amazing projects you will come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping over this week.

Supply List:


Prima Vintage Emporium 6x6 pad
Ribbon, pearls

Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stick and 3D Foam Squares



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Birthday to you

I am so happy that you dropped by my blog today to see what is new here.  It's really hot this week in Southern California so it's great to be inside and craft a little since i can't work in my yard much.  Oh how i can't wait until fall finally gets here this year.


Today i have a special birthday card i made for a friend and i wanted to make something a little bit more fancy and classy.   So i picked one of my favorite pocket dies by Becca Feeken and Spellbinders called "Swirl Bliss Pocket Etched Die".  This one is super intricate and cuts so nicely.  I used a neutral base mixed with white and kraft papers and then added black for the stamp to make it pop.


And for the little circle i found a pretty adhesive rhinestone circle from Ruby Rock-it and added that to it with a few more pearls and a pretty ribbon that i found.  Here is a nice closeup for you to see.


And just to try something different i created the pocket and then also cut another piece that i could trim and glue to the top of the card under the vellum.  It's really pretty i think and frames the sentiment nicely.  Oh and the stamp is from a new set from Penny Black.  I always love her sentiments and the fun ways she does her script.  It goes perfect with Becca's dies.

Anyway... thank you for stopping by and be sure and check back for more ideas!!

Big Hugs... Teresa


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





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