Wednesday, September 19

Six Ways to Use the Charming Cottage Year-Round

Welcome to another wonderful blog hop with Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders. Becca designs the most wonderful dies and her new range A Charming Christmas is no exception. It's less than 100 days til Christmas, so it is a great time to get a head start on cards and gifts. 

Today we are featuring the Charming Cottage die. This is designed to be a little Christmas gingerbread house, but the team have been discovering so many more very cool ways to use this die. Today on the blog hop you will see at least 6 different ways that you can use this very versatile die set all year round for many different occasions which makes it a great addition to any crafting stash. 
A little while ago, I shared with you a Christmas themed box, so I'll start with that one. I plan on making these filled with cookie, chocolates, nuts, etc as small gifts for friends this year. 

Next up, I have a new project to share to show you another way to use the same die set. This time, I decided to create a birthday themed box. I used some pretty patterned paper for the background, and added a tiny sparkly border for a celebratory feel.  You could make the same design in bright colors for a child, or in darker colors for a male. The possibilities are endless. 

As you will have seen from my team mates, there are so many ways that you can use this die. I love how some of the samples have a window cut from them, and better still, the die to make this happen IS included. You could also use any small decorative die for a cut out effect like Melissa did.  I also love how Joanna created a tiny Christmas diorama for her project. How amazingly cute and clever. It would make the most wonderful Christmas ornaments. 

Imagine giving one to a friend moving into a new house! How cute would that be. I know you will want to make one straight away, so be sure to check out the super cute Halloween boxes that Teresa made. 

So, hopefully by now you have loads of ideas milling around your head, I know that your next question will be...How do I get one? Of course, I am here to help, so here are the details:

The Charming Cottage die is available on the Spellbinders website.  UK Creators may purchase it at and although it has sold out, stock is expected quickly and it can be preordered to ensure getting one.

To thank you for hopping along with us, we will be giving away one die of the winners choice, (excludes A Charming Christmas) to  1 commenter picked from the combined comments on all 6 six blogs and is open to international commenters. Winner will be posted on the Amazing Paper Grace blog on Monday, September 24, 2018

Here is the link to all the blogs:

For one last piece of exciting news....
Please be sure to save the date.  Watch Becca on Hochanda on September 25 at 6pm, 8pm and September 26 at 9am, 1pm and 5pm 

Thanks so much for hopping by

Thursday, September 13

Be Jolly with A Charming Christmas

I'm back with a fun easel style card to share using the wonderful new collection; A Charming Christmas by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders. Even though the main motif for this card is a snowflake, I really like the look of it against the red background, as opposed to a wintery blue that I might typically use.

The Charming Snowflake Doily set comes with the large snowflake, plus a small snowflake and angel ornament die.

The large snowflake die has lots of pretty little details, so I wanted to be sure that they stood out on my card. I found that the white on red really popped. Once I mounted the die on the red, I then mounted it onto gold glitter card and trimmed to create a sparkly little border.

I wanted the snowflake to be the main focus point of the card, so to emphasise it, I trimmed around the bottom half of it, so that when standing the easel up, the snowflake becomes three dimensional. 

I used the Charming Christmas Words die set for the "Noel" border. It was slightly longer than the width of my card, so I mounted it on red and gold to match the snowflake, and gave it a little bow in the centre to create dimension and to also create a little stop so the card can stand up. 

 Go to the Spellbinders website to see the entire collection, and as alwasy check out the amazing work from the rest of the Design Team.