Saturday, May 26, 2018

We have tomorrows for a reason

As promised our team gets to start creating lots of fun projects for you to get inspired by this week and the weeks ahead.  Today i used one of my favorite new dies called "Shapabilites Florished Square Etched Die by Becca Feeken and Spellbinders".  I really wanted to make this feminine and a bit fancy too so i used soft shades of ivory, robins's egg blue and green to make my card.

 For the layers in my card i cut a backround in the darker blue to start as my base on the ivory and then on top of that i layered 2 rows of fancy lace i had in my stash.  Then a layered a lighter blue piece of the fancy swirls part of the die with 3D foam dots.  For the sentiment i cut and embossed the smaller die piece and put it at an angle and then stamped it in black and sponged a light blue ink around the edges of the frame to pop it out.  This really made all the gorgeous angles in the die stand out more I think.

And then just because you all know that i love to add other dies from the collection, i added these gorgeous swirled corners to the corners of my card in the matching light blue.  I really think this made the card that much more feminine and pretty.  All i needed was a simple ivory bow and a flower to finish it.

And that little die i used up on my card came from this adorable tag set so of course i had to make up a few tags with the scraps that i had left over.  The stamps on these are from Stampendous and the tag set is called " Shapabilites Swirl Tag Etched Dies by Becca Feeken".  I adore these little dies and they would be really cute to add to the front of your cards or boxes and bags too.  But that is a whole other post for me I think i will work on for later.... :)  I hope you liked my die cut inspiration for the day and be sure and check the other girls on the team to see what they have to share with you!

Have a wonderful day..... Teresa


Paper: Bazzil Basics Card Stock
Stamps by Penny Black and Stampendous

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Grateful Heart

Hi everyone... i hope that you had the chance to join us for our hop this week to preview Becca Feekens newest line of die called Romancing the Swirl.  Each of us had the chance to use a few of the new dies to create something special to share with all of you, and wow was it ever fun!  And now we all get to mix and match and create even more inspiration for you.  

My die i chose for this week is called "Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Etched die set".  In this set you get this beautiful swirled back round die and the center oval and also some brand new flower dies.  I wanted to do something a little different with this one so i used muted tones of ivory and yellow and then added in some tan card stock to match a bit of print that i used for the base of the card behind the sentiment.  This really popped out the colors.

And then for the sentiment i used a matching brown ink to stamp the beautiful sentiment and inked the inside rim of the die ever so slightly with tea stained ink and a sponge dauber to give it more depth.  All the flowers are handmade so the colors for them matched perfectly with all the other gorgeous pieces in the set.  This is one of my favorites and i have lots more to share in the weeks ahead so be sure and check back soon!

Have a wonderful day .....  Teresa


Papers: Bazzill Basics cardstock and Prima 
Stamp: Penny Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable

Monday, May 14, 2018

Introducing Amazing Paper Grace - Romancing the Swirl Collection

Welcome sweet friends, today we are introducing Becca Feeken's new dies.  Welcome to the Romancing the Swirl Collection - you can take a quick peek of the entire collection ---; HERE.

About Romancing the Swirl Collection

The Romancing the Swirl Collection by Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders is chock full of calligraphic swirls and elegant, classic dreamy motifs that will be in style for years to come.  Meant to be used together across the collection, every die will be in character with another as they are combined.  Well rounded with squares, circles, ovals, and rectangles - each combination provides the ability to create a layering masterpiece adorned by the extra embellishments in the collection.

Join us as each Creative Team member shares their creations with two dies from the collection.  We'll be sharing creations for weeks to come so you have a continuous source of inspiration!  We are listing all of the creative team below so that you don't miss a beat on the hop.  Don't forget, each of us will be giving away an Amazing Paper Grace die pulled from the comments - one from each blog.  The prize details are at the bottom of my post.  So, without further ado let me talk about the dies I get to introduce:

My Projects Today:

First up is S5-368 Graceful Doily

My first die is a very beautiful and intricate die set as you can see.  There are 3 gorgeous detailed parts in it and for my card i wanted to bring out the best in all of them so i cut/embossed them in a subtle gold card stock and layered and popped them up on an acetate back drop with gold writing.  Since the acetate is tricky to adhere i cut small photo corners in the gold paper and glued them to the base there and under the center of the die that i cut.  I finished it with a sheer golden ribbon and then another looped bow made of gold on top.  It truly adds a bit of elegance to an already elegant card.  

Second up is S4-928 Hemstitch Circles  

My second project uses the new Hemstitch Circles that i absolutely adore.  I am so glad that this release has two of these gems in it.  The are so versatile and you can do so much with them.  I love that this die gives you that feeling of old linen and the beautiful handiwork our ancestors used to make. It's the perfect bit of detail for all kinds of projects. 

So to make my card.... I decided to use a off white printed paper and cut the large circle and then 2 smaller ones.  Then i used some Tim Holtz ink in aqua to give it just a faint tint on each of them and off set the set on the base piece.  The smaller kraft designs come from my first die that i shared in gold.  They were so pretty i had to sneak 3 of them into this card too just to add a little more detail to the card. Then i created a cluster of flowers with one of my favorite older dies called "Isadora Trinkets".  It has the cutest flower die and makes the prettiest flowers.  I added a few roses and some silk ribbons to fill with the leaves.  And all of this was matted on soft layers of kraft, aqua and tan to finish it.  

These dies are available right now on the Spellbinders website.  Because there has just been a European launch, I'd encourage you to go ahead and grab those dies that speak to your heart --; 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 (Romancing the Swirl not included).

There are six dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our six blogs on the Introducing Amazing Paper Grace - Romancing the Swirl Collection post between May 14 and May 18, 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 May 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 the Vintage Elegance Collection, the Graceful Borders Collection, the Venise Lace Collection, the Chantilly Lace Collection, or the 3d Vignettes Collection; there will be a total of six dies and a winner can win once among all six 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. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

Click on the links to each 
member to see more sweet samples from the Romancing the Swirl Collection:

Also, help us welcome new Creative Team Member Alicia Barry!

Visit Joanna   -
Visit Teresa   -
Visit Melissa  -
Visit Judy       -
Visit Alicia      -
Visit Becca     -

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Romancing the Swirl!
Leave a comment - tell us, which of these dies is your fav!!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

It's Graduation time again

We have a graduate in the family next month from UCLA so i thought it would be really nice to make her something special to put a gift card in for her.  I didn't want to just give a card so i used the Mini Gift Card box die set by Becca Feeken and Spellbinders and made it black to go with the silver i used on the card and the embellishments.  I had some Doodlebug tags so i thought they would look cute on a silver and pink base.  The silver cardstock really adds glamour to it I think.

For the sides of my box i used one of the border dies to cut in a pretty design on all the sides.  This is a great way to add details without alot of work.  Becca has lots of these pretty borders that you can see in the store.  They are really fun to work with and are some of my favorite go to dies to use on all my cards.

And for the inside of my box i created a little platform to set my card in and then i can add a nice gift card to her favorite store or cash.... I hope she likes it.

Have a really wonderful day and enjoy your Mother's Day weekend!!

Supply List:

Black, Pink and silver card stock papers
Doodlebug tags
Scissors, paper trimmer, ribbons and adhesives

Saturday, May 5, 2018

A little of this and a little of that...

I can't believe that it's Saturday already but i am happy to be able to share a new card that i created for all of you.  I guess if you stop by enough you will here me say how i love to mix Becca's dies and today i did just that.  I used the Hemstitch Ovals for my simple base and then layered on a few of my favorites with lots of texture and some handmade flowers.

It's fun to use a die in a way that you probably wouldn't think about it so after i cut all the base pieces and attached them to my card base i cut the Tiera Rondelle die out of that beautiful soft pink card stock and folded it around the center pink oval.  Then i cut out one of the die pieces from Isadora Trinkets and glued it under the Tiera Rondelle edges to add even more detail.

Here is a good view to see the beautiful details in the dies and also the inside that i decorated and also stamped with a sentiment.  Sometimes you just want to create something beautiful and putting the sentiment inside is the perfect finish to it.  

And my flowers that you see above are created with the cute flower die from Isadora Trinkets.  They make a gorgeous layered flower and each one is hand pressed and then gently fitted together with stamens for the centers.  The ribbons are hand died silk ribbons and i added just a touch of sparkles and some ivory pearls.

I love the feminine look of this and the gorgeous details in the dies are amazing!

And--- if you have time today be sure and stop over to see Becca Feeken live in London sharing her newest collection of dies called Romancing the Swirl.  They are gorgeous and you get to see all of the new dies and Becca too... here is the link with the times:

Supply List:

Bazzill Cardstock in ivory and pale pink and kraft
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam squares and permanent tape runner
Silk Ribbon by May Arts
stamens, scissors, paper trimmer, glitter


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