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?

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

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.


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