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. 
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      -

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

Paper roses
Dimensional paint
Chipboard sentiment

Saturday, May 12

Baby Boy cards with Ruby Rock-It

This month at Ruby Rock-It we are celebrated all things boy! I love the cute little bears in the new Baby mini theme collection, so naturally I started fussy cutting and built my cards around that. I also love making matching sets of cards.

I started with card bases from the Francheville card sets. These make life so much easier. The stars background paper is so sweet. For both cards I used this as my base layer.

Next I used a die cut frame (which I actually had sitting here spare from another project-win!) I wanted my papers to be the focus of the card, so I used these as a background accent, then layered more paper over the top.

Next, I created a cluster with a paper doily, a sentiment cut from the papers, and my little bears. Notice the sweet little bird also from the same paper. Even though they are boy cards, I though the little white flowers and white ribbon worked perfectly. 

Bella! "Baby" mini theme papers
Fundamentals paper doilies
Bella! florals

Tuesday, April 10

Recipe board with Ruby Rock-It

Today I am working with one of the new paper collections from Ruby Rock-It called Grandma's Kitchen. It is full of fun retro colours and images, and some fun little florals just begging to be fussy cut.
I started out with this cute little wooden board that I picked up somewhere long ago, 

Step 1:  Swipe Gesso sparingly across the middle of the board to ground the  design. 

Step 2: Sponge extra Gesso over the top to create a textured effect.

Step 3: To create a place for little recipe cards fold a piece of gingham paper from the collection around 4 inches high. Use  a border punch to add interest to the top, but also line it with white paper  to allow to punched design to stand out from the busy pattern. 

Step 4: Adhere the pocket to the board with a double layer of foam dots to create dimension. To the front of the pocket, adhere two journaling tags and a sentiment tag. 

Step 5: Fussy cut a bunch of florals, and shape with a stylus.  Adhere around the sentiment and the journaling tags using foam dots. 

Step 6:Take a large Bella! floral and cut in half and tuck under the opposite sides of the pocket. Take a smaller flower and adhere extra glue to the centre, then cinch tightly to form a full dimensional flower. Adhere this to the right side of the pocket. 

Step 7: Use a leaf punch, a die cut, or pre-made leaves and tuck in among all the floral clusters.  Apply dimensional paint dots in rows along the horizontal lines of the design. 

Supplies used:
Grandma's Kitchen paper collection
Bella! Florals- white

Friday, March 16

You know the old story of the plumber with the worst pipes, and the chef who doesn't cook at home? Well I am the paper crafter who shows up to birthday parties without a card, because I am so busy making samples that get sent away to companies, that I never have suitable cards in my stash at home. Can you believe that little girl cards are the ones I never have. You'd think I would make a stack of those, but nope! So, today, I decided to do something about it. I have used brand new "Magic and Wonder" papers from Bella! to create some cute little girl cards. 

This range includes some subtle background papers, with bright stripes, and fun cutouts. It also includes a page of cute unicorns and rainbows which all little girls love. 

I used Fundamentals paper doiles to ground the design with some solid colour. 

 I also decided to offset the bright colours with black by using the sentiment, twine and black paint dots.

My second card uses all the same elements in a similar style.

if you look closely, you will also notice that the rainbow and unicorn have also been coated in some Crystaline glitter for some extra sparkle. I love this stuff. While the colours are all fun too, I love that you can add the crystalline to literally anything and it will maintain the original colour and style while adding a subtle hint of glitter.

Magic and Wonder patterned paper collection
Crystaline glitter glue
Fundamentals paper doilies
Fundamentals sentiment stickers

Saturday, February 24

Love and Cherish cards set with Alicia Barry

Today I have created a sweet card set using stackable labels, words and leaves from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I started with some vintage style background papers from the same collection, but in two different colour schemes. This means that they will co-ordinate together, but each stands alone as a piece of art.

 I wanted to create layers and dimension on the cards along with some texture, so to create this I have treated each chipboard layer with a different technique. The first layer of the Stackable Labels Shape Set pieces are inked with brown distress ink. This creates a matt finish that is fairly subtle. (tip: if you want to create a more vibrant colour effect using ink, paint the piece with gesso first).

The next layer is the plain label centre. For this I covered the piece in the same patterned paper as the background. This helps to create a cohesive flow across the project.

The next layer is the word from the 10 Words set. For this I used dimensional pearlescent paint which I painted on directly using the nozzle to ensure complete coverage. I kept the paint fairly think, and by pushing it around with the nozzle, I was able to create a great textured finish, along with the shimmer of the paint.

 The final layer was the Skeleton Leaves. This set is great value, as you can use the leaves as a full branch as seen, or separate them for a bunch of individual leaves. These were done as  a combination of the other techniques. First I applied ink to give some background coverage. I then added dimensional paint in two different shades, except this time I swiped it on with my finger to achieve a more variegated look. Finally I added some clear glitter glue across the top, before slightly shaping each piece and adhering to the card.

You'll notice that the rest of the card design is deceptively simple allowing the eye to focus on the chipboard cluster which I created off centre to make interesting use of the residual negative space.

Supplies used:

Monday, February 12

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tool caddy

If you could see my desk right now,  you would know just how badly I need this Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tool caddy to get me organised. The things on my desk all have a place, but there are a handful of items that I use every single day, that are too useful to put away after a project. They are the things I need at hand all fo the time. This caddy is perfect for this as it small enough to be close by without getting in the way of my work, but big enough to hold the fact it holds a surprising number of items right in arms reach.

I began by coating everything in gesso. This gave me nice white edges on the narrow, visible surfaces. It also gives a nice finished look to the inside of the project.  Never just assume that those parts can't be seen. Always finish off every face.

Next, I traced the sides onto card stock, cut and glued in place. You can just glue on first, the cut, but I find it hard to get a nice clean edge that way using scissors. If you do prefer this method, use a craft knife to trim. Sometimes on projects like this, I like to sand the edges once glued to ensure a nice close finish on the edges.

Once the visible sides are all covered in paper, go ahead and assemble as shown. From there it was onto embellishing. I used some fussy cut florals as my base. Even though I knew I would cover a good amount of them,  I wanted to have the leafy foliage visible. I had some die cut off cuts that I tucked into my main cluster, then adhered some gauze tucked under the edges of the cluster. To finish off and add an elegant touch, I coated Feathery Flourishes Mini in gold acrylic paint, and adhered to each side of the cluster.

You can see that I mirrored the cluster with a second one on the diagonal corner of the project, along wth a tied ribbon bow. This is a slightly smaller cluster, to compliment the large cluster without competing with it for attention.

Supplies used: