Sunday, March 17, 2019

Introducing The Gilded Age Collection Blog Hop

Greetings glimmeristas!    Today, we are launching The Gilded Age - a small glimmer collection with some exquisite plates.  Join us as we introduce five new Glimmer Sets (some with dies) and 1 brand new Die Set that has matching glimmer plates. We've eased into the beautiful habit of building card layers and layering frames with foil and the Spellbinders Glimmer Foil System.   These metal plates are just like stamps and can be used for letterpress and deep embossing as well as transferring gorgeous foils to many items.  Welcome to The Gilded Age Collection - Becca shares her inspiration below:

Inspiration for The Gilded Age

I have a romantic fascination with days gone by and the beautiful, fragile relics that survive to create our memories. The Gilded Age is a look back to a time when beautiful things were all around and each item had a story tied to it.  Fineries were hard earned and treasured, garnered with much pride and bathed with love and sentimental value.  Whether in art or clothes or architecture, the timeless glamour of the era thankfully punctuates our lives today.
It was an age where dreamers knew no bounds in decorating and inventing, paving the way for exquisite art, extravagant embellishment and a level of grandeur that defies simplicity.   We're fortunate that traces of the era live on.  One of our present day methods of gilding comes in the way of foiling. Once only able to be carried out at prints shops, it was an expensive process that signaled exceptional taste; your eyes can't help but be drawn to it.
In the collection, I've curated a couple of looks inspired by a ladies stationary desk.  A desk where she might sit a compose "Thank You" notes with care and attention to detail using her coveted fineries of the day.  Each plate in the collection delivers a mark that can be considered hallmarks of fine penmanship and papers.  I'm convinced that each of us has a mark, an indelible mark - the tools are there, calling out for us to use them.

I'm tickled to get to introduce GLP-121 Gilded Trimmings

Here is what the plates actually look like:

I love these 2 plates and found that there was so much that you could do with them.  For my card i used the thickest plate to create a border in the light blue with the silver foil and then under that i also added another layer that i made with the smaller border plate on both sides.  This was easy to do because the foils can be heated one right after another and it all looks so beautiful when it's done.

I also had a white box that i bought and decorated with the wider border that i heated twice to make a continuous border all the way across the top.  For this one you will need some tape to position your paper as you work but the result is gorgeous so it's worth the time. 

These plates 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.

There are three dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our seven blogs on the Introducing The Gilded Age Blog Hop post between March 17 and March 22, 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 March 23rd.  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace).

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.  When sent, you will get an email that your die is on the way. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Creative Team:
Visit Joanna   –
Visit Teresa   –
Visit Melissa  – 
Visit Ewelina -
Visit Judy       –
Visit Kate       –
Visit Becca     –

Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing The Gilded Age Blog Hop.  We hope you'll find a little bit of inspiration along the way!  Don't forget to leave a comment to tell us which plate you like best - do you have a favorite?  Have you tried Glimmer yet?  What's your favorite way to use foils?

If you are new glimmer you can see this post for answers to frequently asked questions ------; HERE.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month Blog Hop

Do you ever suffer from blank page syndrome?  Or you clear your schedule and your table and sit down to make a card, and then bam - your mind goes blank.  That's why we're here!  We love bringing you inspiration for the Die of the Month and today is our Die of the Month Blog Hop for March.  

Since we all see things differently, it's our aim to show you how each of us approached designing with this die and the lovely pieces that are a part of it.  Our hope is that you snag a picture or two for your inspiration file and they come in handy next time you sit down to create.  Our list of links at the bottom of the post lead to all the inspiration.

The six pieces that make up Spun Blessings Oval combine to make a card front die, perfect for a background or you can creatively use all of the inlays for either accents or borders.  You may have noticed, it's a big die but the better to make alternative designs like the little baskets that help to create an ensemble.

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 first project is a Card and box:

When you get a set of dies there is a set pattern that Becca designs for us to see and of course it is always out of the park Amazing.... but sometimes it is fun to get more milage from a die set and that is when you can use the pieces in the set other ways like i did with my card.  It's really simple and easy to do just by taking the top and bottom pieces and taping them together to cut and emboss a window on a piece of card stock. 

I added clear acetate behind my cutout to give it more support and then i cut the hemstitch rectangle out of a beautiful piece of peach printed paper and matted it with white, grey and more white.  The flowers are also from Spellbinders and the Thank you stamp is from Penny Black.

And for my little box i used the same papers and this time i used the sides to cut our a square for the top and then used the tag to stamp and lay across the center.  This almost looks like an old fashioned church window and since it has so much detail already i only needed to add a few flowers and ribbon.

My second idea for today is: 

This stationery set

One of my favorite gifts ever was a set of stationery and envelopes inside a pretty decorated folder.  This die is the perfect cover idea for that book.  I used gorgeous shades of purple and lavender and grey to create this folder and then cut my dies out of the same and added silver to really set it off.  The flowers I made from our newest Cinch and Go flower set and inked them to give them more depth.  

And of course i added lots of pearls and rhinestones to really jazz it up.  I love this set and as you will see as you hop around to all the other talented ladies on our team, there really is some amazing things that you can do with it.  Below is a peek at the inside of it.  

Supply List:  

Dies:  Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month

Stamps: Penny Black
Paper: Bazzill Basics Card stock
Ink:  Tsukineko Archival ink, ink cubes in purples

More inspiration is just a click away.  Stop by with each Creative Team Member to see more!

Visit Kate        -
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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Memories of your baby girl

This week we are sharing more ideas with all of you using Becca's new Shadowbox dies and i had a really good idea for all you new moms and grandmothers out there.  Since you can make what ever size frame you want you could create cute frames to put in their little tiny hand and footprints to save.

This is one of my favorite frames so far and would be so special to give as a gift too.

For my frame i wanted to use the "Shadowbox easel die" to make a pocket for the tiny footprints and also for the back to help it stand up on the shelf.  So to make it fit i made the frame  5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and i made it in the palest pink and then added those cute corners from the Rectangle shadowbox frame set to each corner of my frame.  They go perfectly with the pocket and add such a feel of femininity to it.

And for the bottom of the pocket i added a small matching butterfly in the center that i cut from Becca's Flutterwing die set and added a beautiful arrangement of flowers and of course pearls.  
It wasn't hard at all and is going to look perfect in a baby nursery somewhere.

Thanks so much for stopping over today.  Here in Cali it's a cold and rainy day so it's
perfect to get all my scrappy projects done :)  Enjoy your weekend.


Spellbinders Dies:

Shapeabilities Filigree Shadowbox Easel and Pocket Etched Dies Shadowbox by Becca Feeken

Paper:  Bazzill Basics in light pink, pale pink and kraft

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape runner, adhesive tape and 3D foam squares

Saturday, February 23, 2019

APG Shadowbox gift for a friend

Hi and thank you so much for stopping by today.... I hope that you had a chance to hop with us on the new release of Becca Feeken's newest Shadowbox dies.  These are so fun to use and they really make a gorgeous gift for your family and friends.  I can't say enough about them... they are so unique and so fun to make too.

Today i found some pretty new papers in one of my favorite color palettes- pink and black.  The prints were the perfect sizes and not to big to overwhelm the intricate details in the dies that i picked.  I made a 4x5 inch frame first with the black doted rose paper and then used the pale pink paper in the set to cut the "Callista Rectangle Shadowbox frame".  It also comes with photo corners and that cute piece in the center that i stamped my sentiment in.  I think it's one of my new favorite sets :)

I also wanted to share that sometimes your paper can be pretty thin so with projects like this you might want to cut the piece 2x and glue it together.  I did that but left it at a slight shadow in a darker pink to make it pop.  Now it's sturdy and can decorate the house for months ....

I stamped my sentiment higher on the card for the inside so that i could criss cross pink ribbons and a bow over the gorgeous Butterfly, bow and flower i finished it with at the bottom.  And of course i had to add a few rhinestones and pearls.  I will have to find a cute easel and paint it black to keep this out to remind me to "Start each day with a grateful heart".   It's one of my favorite sayings.

Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure and check out the entire release here

Have a very nice weekend,



Die D-Lites Adjustable Shadowbox Frame with 1/2" Border Etched Dies Shadowbox by Becca Feeken

Papers: 6x6 pad from Prima

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Blog Hop

Are you ready to be inspired?  Every month we love bringing you inspiration for the APG Die of the Month and today is our Die of the Month Blog Hop!!   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 - this month 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!

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 Project for today is a Wedding Frame:

If you really want to get the extra mile from your dies think out of the box and use the pieces of the die for other kinds of projects like i did for this wedding frame to remember my nieces wedding last year.  It doesn't always have to be cut the way you see it and it will be really fun to mix other dies with it to make something really special and unique for another special gift or occasion.  

For my project i used the 2 outer layers of dies to fit under the picture at the bottom and top with a basic backround and then layered a second set of them with gold paper under my matted picture with 3D Foam squares to make it more dimensional.  I also cut those corners in the die and then cut away the middle to create that fun bar you see that ties them all in on both sides.  This was so fun to do and now i have a beautiful framed photo to put up of them or give as a gift for an anniversary.  

Oh and the picture is 4 x 6 inches to give you a size of how this will work.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and don't forget to stop by the rest of the teams blogs for more gorgeous inspiration for using this special club die set :)  

Hugs and Smiles,

Supply List:

Paper: Gold metal paper from Hobby Lobby/ Ivory card paper from Bazzill
Flowers: Hobby Lobby
Accessories: Ivory Bias Ribbon from Really Reasonable

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 Member 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

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Shadowbox gift box

I hope that you all had a chance to hop with us this week to see all the new shadowbox dies from Becca Feeken and also see what amazing things that you can do with them.  There are so many gorgeous ones and again it's always hard to chose which one to use.  

Today i picked the 1/2 frame to create one of those beautiful gift card boxes to put a necklace in for a friends birthday coming up.  I also used some brand new papers from Kaisercraft with muted brown grey tones and ivory papers and i think they really set the dies off beautifully.  It was really fun to mix up these prints and embossed papers with all this new die goodness.

For the top of my card i started off with hemstitch rectangles and the layered on top of that one of the new dies called "Shapeabilities Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame Etched Dies Shadowbox by Beeca Feeken"
This beautiful die set comes with 3 layers of dies and also that pretty decorative piece that i used to tuck in the sides.  Each layer i carefully popped up with 3D foam dots and the stamp is from Penny Black.

For my box base i created a frame the same size as the outside of my card edges.  I cut a piece of card stock to use for the underneath layer of the base and then cut another piece to fold over the top for the card to attach to.  Inside i added the rose paper to line the box and bias tape ribbon to match and also lots of flowers that i made with the new cinch and go flower die.  It's like a box filled with roses :)  

These are such a fun way to give a gift card or a special gift for someone.  I can't say enough
good things about all of these new dies.  You are really going to have fun with this!!

Enjoy your Sunday.... Happy Crafting!!



Die D-Lites Adjustable Shadowbox Frame with 1/2" Border Etched Dies Shadowbox by Becca Feeken

Paper:  Kaisercraft
Pearls: Want 2 Scrap
Ribbon: Really Reasonable
Stamp: Penny Black


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