Wednesday, July 11

Silver pearls with Amazing Paper Grace


Becca Feeken's die designs from her new Romancing the Swirl from Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders continue to inspire me this week. I have never really been that much into metallic cardstock on my cards, but working with Becca has totally changed my mind. It's a little hard to photograph, but I have die cut the Swirl Background pice from silver mirror card and it  not onl;y cut incredibly well, but looks so pretty against the pale pink of my card base. 



This Swirl Background die is so delicate and pretty, that it really doesn't need much added to it to make an elegant card that anyone would be happy to receive. I simply added some pearls to the border and my flower centres, a few flowers and that was it.  Somwtimes less really is best. 


See Becca's Amazing Paper Grace blog for more inspiration.







Wednesday, July 4

Shiny elegance with Amazing Paper Grace

Today I have another new card created with one of Becca Feeken's die designs from her new Romancing the Swirl from Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders.  I have mixed things up a bit today and combined elements from three different die sets from the collection to create this sparkly piece. 

I started with some Hemstitch Squares in both gold and white. Just a note, the outer edge of the white was the same size as the inner edge of the gold, but I wanted the purple background paper to show through, so once die cut, I trimmed a little extra from the white to open up the gap. 

I adhered the gold frame with foam dots to give dimension, and then recessed the white frame flat against the background.
Next, I die cut a Trefoil Crest frame and layered it over the top of the squares.


Finally, I added an accent from the Ringlet Round set in gold. I love how much of a statement this makes in gold, and the pearl brad in the centre brings it all together perfectly. 

See Becca's Amazing Paper Grace blog for more inspiration.



Thursday, June 28


Today I have another new card created with one of Becca Feeken's die designs from her new Romancing the Swirl from Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders. Out of all of her beautiful designs, this may not be the most fancy or eye catching, but it is definitely one you will want in your collection. It is the perfect accompianmnet to many of her other dies. The Hemstitch Circles adds a sophisticated element to your card design and its geometric design would be great for masculine projects too. 


 I have combined this with the label die from the Giving Occassions die and stamp set. This delicate design balances out the hemstitch circles beautifully. 


 

To add an extra hint of elegance, I lined the large circle with gold cardstock to blend in with the tiny gold border

See Becca's Amazing Paper Grace blog for more inspiration.

Thursday, June 21

Trefoil Crest from Amazing Paper Grace

Here I am again with another card created with another one of Becca Feeken's gorgeous die designs. Romancing the Swirl from Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders is a phenomenal collection.  I have combined this with the label die from the Giving Occassions die and stamp set. I love how Becca's dies from different collections work so beautifully together. I also love how the white on gold look together. Just that little touch of gold makes this a really elegant card.




This die set is called Trefoil Crest and although it comes in the two sizes, I used just the larger one this time. I cut it from gold mirror card which adds a special touch. The Giving Occasions label was then cut from white cardstock and mounted to the card first with foam dots. I then added the gold Trefoil Crest over the top and arranged it with some of the design behind the label, and the side sections over the top as if it is holding it in place. 

See Becca's Amazing Paper Grace blog for more inspiration.

Wednesday, June 13

Another take on the Ringlet Die

Last week I shared this card using the Ringlet Round die from the Romancing the Swirl collection by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders.


This week I wanted to use the same die, but in a different way. For the first card, I die cut the piece and adhered it to the front of the card.  I also tilted inon the side. 

This week however, I die directly into my card base. Being an intricate die, I die cut the patterned paper and the card base separately and then matched them, creating a beautiful delicate window effect.  To do this I simply left off the outer and inner border dies. 




I just love how versatile these dies are. There are so many elements to the die set so that you achieve many different designs. Who doesn't love value like that. 

Be sure to check out more stunning samples from the rest of the design team as well. They blow me away every week witht heir amazing creations. I'm so luck to be in such great company,



Friday, June 8

Today I have a bit of a background story to tell about how I came up with my design, as people oftern comment "I don't know how you come up with this stuff". Well now you'll know. I'll also give you some desgn tips along the way on how to create a balanced design that is pleasing to the eye.



Sometimes it's a bit funny how ideas for designing come to you. Today I have a card for you where I wanted to try something a little unusual. I've picked up this Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Deco Lattice Panel 1  a few times knowing I wanted to do something special with it, but the idea didn't really come until today. I have some pretty, new 6x6 papers I wanted to use, so I knew I would make a square card today, but when I laid the chipboard over the to pull together a design, it wasn't the right dimension. It was too wide for the card, so I played with it to make it fit, and in the process ended up with this sweet curved lattice garden effect.




From there I knew I wanted it to look like a vine trellis you might see in a garden where the plants grow in and out of the framework. You can see this idea on my card, where I have adhered my flowers not only on top of the chipboard piece, but also tucked in behind.




In my designs, I tend to create one main cluster and have a smaller supporting cluster for a balanced design.  Even though I have used a large flower on both my clusters, by tucking the top one under the lattice, it gives the effect of a smaller cluster and the eye stays focused on the main cluster on the bottom left of the card.  Notice how the clusters are constructed quite tightly, and each one is anchored to the chipboard frame. This coaxes the eye to travel around the frame to give a cohesive look to the project. Hopefully this is making some kind of sense to you and will help you to create your next design.


To dress my lattice piece, I began by coating the piece in white paint. I almost always do this. next, I sprayed a bunch of different paint sprays until I got the effect I wanted. I was looking for a green to tie in with the garden motif, but didn't want it to be over the top, so I added in some shades of grey and silver. I always dry with a heat tool between 1-2 layers so as to maintain the integrity of the colors and not end up with a muddly mixed mess.

Next I added some Metallic Melts embossing powder in random spots for a little added texture and shine.


Once the piece was adhered in place with the nice concave shape, I just added sentiment pieces and lots of flowers. I also added some tiny buttterflies from the paper pack, and some ribbon and mesh for texture.

I hope this little explanation of my process is helpful  you or at least interesting. Let me know how you come up with your ideas.

Supplies:


Thursday, June 7

Romancing the Swirl with Becca Feeken

I am back this week with another card created with another one of Becca Feeken's incredible die designs. Romancing the Swirl from Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders is a phenomenal collection. In fact they make pulling together cards like this so easy that I almost feel like a cheat as a designer. You can literally do anything with this die and it will look amazing. 


This particular die is called Ringlet Round and comes in 4 pieces, giving you lots of options. You can leave the outer ring off for a cut in effect. The inner ring also allows you to keep the centre intact or remove it as a window piece as I have done.
To make this card a little different, I have die cut the piece with all four dies included. To adhere the die to the front of the card, I applied just a little adhesive under the four corners, and tilted the piece 90 degrees from what you see in the packaging to create mroe of a diamond shape. I then adhered those corners while pushing in from each side creating a domed effect.

The centre accent was adhered directly to the card front and looks recessed compared to the frame. 

A small sentiment tag and large bow off to the side aloows the die cut to take the focus on the card. It's incredible how a technically minimalist card can look so flawlessly elegant. It's a special kind of design magic that Becca has.


See Becca's Amazing Paper Grace blog for more inspiration.

Sunday, May 27

Today I have a new card to share with you using Becca Feeken's brand new Romancing the Swirl collection by Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders. For this card, I have used the Corner Cotillion die set. This die comes with both the main die as well as two flowers and a leaf die. The die can be used with or without the oval die in place. 


This die reminded me a little bit of a stained glass window, so I layered up the die on foam dots so that the patterned paper would show through from underneath without overshadowing the die itself. 

I used the flowers from the set to create these pretty pink and white blooms. I inked the centres for a pop of colour, and added some pink prills for dimensional centres.  I used green ribbon to wrap around the centre of the card and love the way that it adds to the look of the foliage (quite by happy accident). To finish I added dots of dimensional paint around the oval frame.


I love that the dies in this collection are so delicate, that you really don;t need to add a whole lot to them to make them to create an amazing card.

Is this die on your shopping list? What's your favorite thing about it?

Supplies
Die: Amazing Paper Grace by Spellbinders Corner Cotillion die
Paper: Prima
Other: Organza ribbon, Prills, Ranger distress ink, gauze, Liquid Pearls dimensional paint.


Thursday, May 24


This month at Ruby Rock-It, we are continuing our celebration of boys with new boy theme paper collections. This collection from the Bella! line is called Little Man and features fun geometric patterns and cute images with space ships and planes. Not all of the images fit in with my baseball theme, but by being selective, I was able to easily cater for my needs.



The Bella! corrugated card provides a really fun background with lots of texture, allowing me to keep my design relatively simple. I spritzed the corrugated board with some black paint to add a little interest, and repeated the stars in both my background papers, and then as handcut embellishments.


A little twine in a co-ordinating green was enough to stop the layout from being completely one dimensional.

Supplies used:
Bella! Little Man paper collection

Dimensional paint
Twine

Wednesday, May 23


I am still in awe that I get to design for Becca Feeken for Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders. I have been such a huge of Becca's fan for many years, so helping to promote her beautiful designs is just too easy. Her latest release is called Romancing the Swirl and is everything you would expect. 


For this card, I have used the Sweetheart Swirl die. I simply layered it over some pretty patterned paper. With a die this pretty, the best thing to do is to let it shone with some fairly simple embellishments. 
I used flowers from the Corner Cottilion die set to make these cute little flowers. 


Leave me a comment and let me know if you are planning to add this excellent die to your collection.

Cheers
Alicia 

Monday, May 14

Introducing Amazing Paper Grace - Romancing the Swirl Collection


Welcome sweet friends, today we are introducing my 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:


The brand new Flourished Square die is just perfect. With this large die, I was able to create a 6x6in card with ease.  While designed as a square, a quick 90 degree turn gave me quite a different look. I have used the die as a frame to house my sentiment. The centre oval is lifted up on a double layer of foam dots to really make it stand it off the page. Notice how I also added a subtle shading of ink around the edge of the oval to highlight it on the page. The flowers and leaves can be found in the Corner Cotillion die set and are the perfect accompaniment to this gorgeous die. 

Consider using this die without the outer edge to create a beautiful window style card. 





My second project uses the Hemstitch  Square die set which provides such a simple but eye catching background for this card. Again, instead of using the square pieces in the conventional way, I have tilted and stacked them for a different look. I have used tiny pieces of foam tape to boost this piece off the card. Once again I lifted the centre piece off the card with multiple layers of foam dots. The lime green of the ribbon also gives the illusion of added foliage to my floral cluster. 

The flowers have been created by shaping multiple layers of the two flowers and layering together with prills for centres. Additional single layer flowers were created with the same die, but formed into single buds by cutting a slit through to the centre, then shaping and wrapping to overlap the petals. 
Availability:
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).

Prizes:
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   - joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa   -  victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Melissa  - keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com
Visit Judy       - judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com
Visit Alicia      - amazingpapergrace.com

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

Sunday, May 13

Botanical Beauty with Ruby Rock-It


My last project was a set of cards made with Botanical, one of the new paper ranges for Bella! and I was so happy with the way that they came out that I decided to keep on cutting and made some elements for a layout. We are so lucky to have beautiful roses in bloom in my yard at the moment, so took the opportunity to take this pretty picture of my daughter. 


To create this layout:
1. Start with the Botanicals floral page as the background.
2. Adhere the photo in place with foam dots. Keep in mind that some of the elements will be tucked under the photo. 
3. Cut some narrow strips of the black floral paper and adhere tucked under either side of the photo as show, layered with some kraft card stock, punched with a border punch.
Take some Bella! florals and add some liquid adhesive to the centres. Tightly squeeze the base of the flower from underneath to form the flower into a cup shape. Allow to dry in this position. Once dry, begin to create clusters on either side of the photos. 
4. Cut lots of elements from the patterned papers, including leaves, flowers, mushrooms and butterflies. Tuck the leaves first into the flower clusters. Add in the floral pieces using some foam dots, and then layer the mushrooms over the top.
5.Punch some small leaves from kraft card using a shape punch  and tuck into the clusters.
6. Cut some mesh and tuck into the clusters last.
7.Adhere the butterflies in place, shaping the wings forward for dimension.
8. Create a small cluster at the top of the page using all the same elements, and adding in a raw chipboard sentiment. 
9. Apply some small black dimensional paint dots around the outside of the main cluster.
10. Tuck some tiny paper roses into the cluster as fillers where needed along with a small tied ribbon bow.






Supplies used:
Bella! Botanicals paper collection
Bella! florals

Mesh
Paper roses
ribbon
Dimensional paint
Chipboard sentiment