Creative Opportunities with Amazing Paper Grace Die Cuts....


Hello and Welcome! I'm so glad that we get to spend some time together today! 

Today I'm sharing a card I created with several Amazing Paper Grace dies...specifically one of the Christmas dies from the Holiday Medley Collection! Today's project showcases the Joy Crescent Card Builder!

 I had this neat idea to make the beautiful arch die cut go further! I opted to grab a pair of scissors and snip into it creating two die cuts from the one! Don't you just love it when you can deconstruct a die cut and make it go further?

I chose to use the sentiment banner from the Flourished Sonata Notecard, along with a sentiment from the Just a Note Sentiments & Tag Clear Stamp and Die! And of course, no card is ever finished with out some flowers! I opted to use the Petite Floral Potpourri! I die cut them from white card stock and used some pink ink to color up the flowers, some green to color up the leaves...and then finished them with a simple white threaded stamen!

I have a step by step tutorial up in the Amazing Paper Grace - Creative Encouragement Community if you're interested to see how these pretty background die cuts and sentiment embellishment pieces were created!


S5-466 Joy Crescent Card Builder

S6-185 Flourished Sonata Notecard

SDS-169 Just a Note Sentiments & Tag Clear Stamp and Die

S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri

Other Supplies: white cardstock, gold cardstock, Stamperia Pink Christmas Paper Collection, white threaded stamens, pink ink, black ink, green ink, Dries Clear Adhesive, fine metal glue tip, gold half pearls, dimensional foam tape

Until next time...

Silent Night Christmas Village Fun Featuring Amazing Paper Grace...


Hello and Welcome!

I have a fun holiday card to share with you today featuring the Silent Night Make a Scene Die from the Holiday Medley Collection by Becca Feeken! 

You'll see that this set has been designed to create an interactive card, however I opted to create a little village scene with it on a simple A2 sized card! I began by picking out some patterned paper from a Recollections Collection that my kids had gifted me years ago! I wanted this card to be festive, so I went with some brighter greens, a pretty reddish burghandy, a hint of brown, and of course some winter whites! 

I opted to die cut an rounded shape in the center of the card using the decorative circle die from the Sweet Serenade Notecard Collection! It is from the Scalloped Symphony Notecard! I thought it was a pretty shape that added more interest than just a circular shape. I then used the same dark green paper that I used as the background mat to cut a frame using the regular circle and the fancy version to create a frame which I adhered around the front! It really draws the eye into the scene this way! 

*the dies for this creation have been graciously supplied by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace*

So, to give this creation a little bit of dimension, I've matted the dark green background paper to the card front, but have used some foam tape to add the bright green layer. This way my little village appeared further back as if you were gazing into the scene!

I got busy cutting my village pieces. I chose to stick with the same paper collection and use some pretty polka dotted paper in browns, greens, and reds. Do you ever die cut your focal die cuts from patterned paper, or do you opt to stick to solid card stock colors? I love the way this little polka dotted village turned out...I think it's adorable!

Now, you'll notice that I did cut the sleigh die cut as I knew I wouldn't have room for the full team of reindeer...but I didn't want to leave Santa off the card! Cutting your die cuts is a great way to get different uses out of's like customizing them to your card creation! 

I love how the scene actually almost turned out like a little snow globe scene! I thought the holly and berry die cuts would be the finishing touch and balance out the design! And, let's talk about that great sentiment which I pulled from the Mosaic Bracket Card Builder! I opted to die cut it twice...once in a red color and again in white...I've layered the two pieces of each together and have them applied them to the front of the card! Doesn't the sentiment just finish out the card beautifully!?!

For the finishing touch, I used some Stickles to give the scene the look of falling snow! It was the perfect way to add some sparkle and shine to the finished card!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's share! I'd love to know what you think! Feel free to leave me a comment below!

APG Supplies Used: 

S5-462 Silent Night Make a Scene

S5-461 Mosaic Bracket Card Builder

S6-177 Scalloped Symphony Notecard

Until next time...

Introducing the Sweet Serenade Notecard Collection from Amazing Paper Grace...

The Sweet Serenade Notecard Collection is simply to extend a sweet thought or warm greeting to let them know you’re thinking of them through a heartwarming notecard. The inspiration behind this collection is the ability to create beautiful notecards. Everything in this collection coordinates together from the card base to the embellishments to the stamps to make wonderful notecard creations! Notecards also make a wonderful gift as a boxed set! Swoon your family and friends with a special handmade gift! Make it seasonal for fall or for the holidays. Maybe a specific style such as soft vintage, clean and simple, or even a mixed media twist!

Today's projects were created with dies provided by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace.

My Projects for Today

Today I'm using the Scalloped Symphony Notecard S6-177 to create my fun filled note cards! I know when I think of creations done with Amazing Paper Grace products, I tend to think of ultra feminine, beautifully delicate and detailed creations...and today I wanted to share how easily this little note card ensemble of dies could be used to create a more cutesy note card set!

I love that this set has so many different ways you can layer/cut the different shapes! I thought the beautiful scrollwork worked perfectly for winter themed projects! And I cannot tell how easy it is to create a notecard using this set! I love the scoring bar that you put in place before running the notecard die through your die cutting machine! It gives you a beautiful and professional score mark that takes all the stress out of trying to get the card scored perfectly if you were trying to do it by hand after die cutting the notecard shape! I also love that I have the option of using this larger sized notecard is for a slimline card! Talk about great options!

And let's talk about card matting for just a moment...there's no measuring as all of the beautiful shapes in this collection have been sized to nest and give you flawless results each and every time! There's no redoing because you cut the square crooked, or you didn't quite get that circle shape you desired when you tried to cut it out by hand!

I also created some matching envelopes from the same paper I used for the notecards so the collection completely matches! For this I hauled out my envelope punch...can you believe it has sat in my craft room for years and was never opened! I know...what a shame! It sure came in handy for this project! 

So, for this little batch of notecards, I opted to design them with a winter theme and use the Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments S4-1148 on the front of each! 

They are terrific generic, larger sized sentiments that work perfectly if you're going to be gifting a little notecard set! I love to gift handmade notecard sets to "the dreaded" Christmas work party gift exchange. I usually pair them with a nice hand lotion, or candy...and I've created the matching box designed with this in mind...there would totally be room to add some nice chocolates to this little gift set!

I totally love to be able to gift things that are useable and won't take up space! These little notecards are the perfect size to have on hand waiting for when you need one in a pinch! Plus, I love that when the notecards are all gone, you still have an adorable gift box to pass along to someone else to enjoy!

Now, while these little notecards are winter themed...I thought it would be fun to use the Petite Floral Potpourri Flowers S3-420! I thought they would add a hint of whimsy, and I tried to adhere them to the notecards so they almost looked like falling snow!

I added a simple white pearl to the center of each to finish off these dainty flowers!

I thought they turned out super cute! What do you think?

Designers Tip: I had so much fun working with this notecard collection! I found it was great to play around with the various shapes and one of the first things I did when I received it was to sit down and just die cut all of the different ways that you could use these can die cut into your notecard to that you have a decorative background, you can die cut as several different shaped embellishments, etc. I encourage you to do the same to see how many different looks you can create! 

Sweet Serenade Notecards Availability:
These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection.

Stamps:  n/a
Paper: Echo Park - Love Winter Collection Kit, white card stock, red card stock, blue card stock
Ink: n/a

For more Sweet Serenade
Notecards Collection Inspiration
Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas using the Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection!

Please comment: Which Sweet Serenade Notecards set speaks to you?

Introducing the Seasonal Wreath Collection from Heartfelt Creations...


Hello and Welcome Friends!

I'm so very excited to be sharing the NEW Seasonal Wreath Collection from Heartfelt Creations! To debut this collection, I shared in a livestream this morning how to create this pretty little A2 sized card! I wanted to show you how perfectly this wreath fits onto this smaller sized card, and would be perfect for sending your holiday wishes via snail mail! The beauty of this collection is that it includes stamps and dies for all of the different can create a wreath for spring, summer, autumn and winter! It's perfect for any occasion....and is so very versatile!

The first thing that struck me about this collection when I started working with it was how much FUN it was to build this little wreath! You get to design and customize a wreath exactly how you would like to! You can make it busy, you can add less can mix elements from the different seasons, etc. I loved stamping up, coloring, die cutting and then playing around to create the exact style of wreath I was wanting for this particular creation! I can just see this style of wreath hanging on the front door during the holiday, can't you?!?!

Now, if you know me, you know that I love the plaids when it comes to the holiday season...and I just had to use that pretty green plaid paper in the Seasonal Wreath Paper Collection. I thought cutting apart the Simply Elegant Centerpiece Die would be the perfect way to frame out the rectangle shaped die cuts I created using the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die

I loved playing with all of the different foliage and elements in the Winter Wreath Accents Cling Stamp Set! It was so much fun to mix and match and see what I wanted where! Aren't those little ornaments just darling peeking out of the greenery?!?!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's creation! If you missed the livestream with all the instructions on how to create this little holiday card, you can find it here! 

I can't wait until we get to craft together again!

Until next time...

It's Looking Like a Country Christmas with Amazing Paper Grace...

 Hello My Friends! It's so great to see you!

I've been busy doing some Christmas card creating with one of the releases from the Holiday Medley Collection by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace! I decided to go "country" for this make...and I really do love how it turned out! 

Do you ever see a die for the first time and have an idea pop into your head that you just have to try? That was me with the Merry Filigree Card Builder! You see that tiny little holly and berry die? Well, I got ambitious and decided to make a wreath using it and the small florals from the current October Die of the Month - the Flourished Fleurit! I thought it would be the perfect way to outline and draw attention to that gorgeous die cut sentiment!

To make it super quick and easy, I opted to die cut the solid base of the holly from white card stock...this way I could ink the berries in Ranger Archival Ink - Vermillion, and the leaves in Ranger Archival Ink - Leaf Green. I then die cut the overlay of the holly/berries from white card stock and and adhered it over top the solid colored version. Lastly, I die cut a gold solid version and applied it slightly skewed off the back of the holly die cut so that each of these little pieces would shimmer gold from the behind. The petite flowers and leaves were die cut from solid color card stock which added a touch of different colors and textures to the wreath! A tiny pearl center was all these little flowers needed to finish them off!

I decided that I was going to create a 5"x7" card this go round...but you can easily see how this idea could have worked on a slimline or A2 sized card as well! I chose a rustic country themed paper that I had in my stash and decided that the beautiful framing pieces would look so elegant die cut and layered in gold and white card stock. So that's what I did...a country creation can be ramped up a notch too can't it? I did however have to stick to the traditional twine bow as the finishing touch to keep it a little more rustic! 

I just can't believe how fast this card came together! I love that you can use the builder pieces to create a quick yet elegant background!

I'd love to hear what you think of today's share! Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Supplies Used:

S5-464 Merry Filigree Card Builder 

October APG Die of the Month - Flourished Fleurit

Until next time...

Take your Craft Creations off the Page with the Tea Time Collection...

Hello and Welcome my friends!

I hope that you are keeping well wherever you are in blogland! We've been enjoying such a beautiful fall season...the weather has been amazing!

Today I wanted to share my latest Heartfelt Creations project with you with the gorgeous Tea Time Collection! I just love the idea of putting on a tea party with this today I thought we would go "off the page" and create some adorable cupcake picks!

These cupcake pics were so much fun to create!

I stamped the images onto white card stock and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder to give them that extra elegance factor! I quickly and easily colored them up with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The coordinating dies make these images so easy to cut out!

I created the small rosettes from patterned paper in the Tea Time Paper Collection...they were created from a strip of paper measuring 1 1/2" x 12" and scored every 1/2". They've then been fan folded, the last fold cut off so the mountain and valley pattern can continue and then adhered end to end. You then push down in the center of the rosette so it comes together and adhere it together with a circular piece of card stock on the front and back of the rosette. I've gone ahead and used hot glue to add my toothpic to the back of the the rosette at this point. Then comes the fun part of decorating your cupcake topper! 

I've used a doily like die cut from the Butterfly Dreams Collection from Heartfelt Creations called the Butterfly Kisses Decorative Die! I've die cut one from Luxe Gold Card Stock, and one from plain white card stock...offset them slightly to one another so they both show and then adhered them off to one side of the rosette. This was a great way to add a feminine feel to the project as well as hide the toothpic on the backside. I then started layering my little scene on the front of the rosette. I've gone ahead and added some foam tape to the tea cups so they stand off the front of the tea pots. This gives your rosette beautiful dimension. 

Then came the adorable little flowers! I've used the Tweet Cherry Blossoms Cling Stamp Set, the coordinating dies, and 3D shaping mold...which made creating these little beauties quick and easy! A hint of glitter and some prills for the centers finished off these little blossoms!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's share! I'd love to know what you think! I know I would certainly love being invited to a tea party that was showcasing such fun and beautiful cupcake embellishments!

Until next time...


Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace October 2021 Die of the Month - The Flourished Fleurit...

Elegance is our go-to style at Amazing Paper Grace.  We are always on the hunt for those elegant elements that you can add to a card that gives it just the right feel and appeal.  This month we're head over heels for a year around a cascade of tendrils that can be snipped here and there to be used for top and bottom card decoration.  Say welcome to the Amazing Paper Grace October 2021 Die of the Month - Flourished Fleurit.
The inspiration for Flourished Fleurit comes from looking through our stashes for just the right Rectangle or just the right Square.  Guess what - Flourished Fleurit can be both.  A snip here or a snip there puts give is just the right proportion to be a rectangle or a square.  We cleverly added in sprigs of flowers so that you can cover your transitions.  Hunting for elegant corners for a slimline - look no further.  A slip or two has you covered.
 Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create:
 1.  Snip between all four corners for slimline decoration
 2.  Snip between the connecting rod and cinch for a square
 3.  Cut as a rectangle for a beautiful A7 layout with many options.

**dies for my designs today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace**

There are 9 dies included in the Flourished Fleurit.

My Project Today using Flourished Fleurit.

When I saw this beautiful assembling of dies, the first thing that popped into my head was that these beautiful flourishes would be perfect for a Thanksgiving you know we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day here in Canada next week! 
And for me, flourishes definitely call for some vintage I dug deep into my vintage paper stash and got busy creating in some fall colors that may be a little non traditional for the Thanksgiving holiday season!

While this die really speaks to a beautiful landscape card design, I decided to switch things up and create a tent fold card to give it some additional flair! I cut two pieces of cream colored card 5"x7" and the second one I added a half inch to the top so I would be able to score a fold at that 1/2" mark...this was I was able to marry the two pieces of card stock together easily as I formed a hinge on top. 

Next I used the basic outline die of the Flourished Fleurit and die cut a shaped card base from the base that I had just created! Then the fun part started...I got down to the layering!

I die cut the decorative background paper to match the shape of the card and left the center solid so the paper would show fully and completely. Next I cut a brown colored frame to fill in the corners of the card...then of course came the beautiful flourishes...I die cut them from a soft turquoise patterned paper that matched the flowers on the background paper and a second identical die cut from some gold card stock. I off set the two flourished pieces slightly while adhering them together so that the gold shimmer would peek through. 

I used that gorgeous center die cut from the collection as an embellishment behind my sentiment which I fussy cut from my paper collection. I then adhered it to some gold card stock to match the pretty shimmer in the flourishes and fussy cut around it leaving a pretty edge. 

I decided to die cut my flowers from the same cream colored card stock I'd used for the card base and then inked them up to get the exact shade of red I was wanting! A deep green cardstock was perfect for the budding branches! 

While creating this card, I quickly came up with another idea that I wanted to try!
It led to a second project!

...and here's my second project featuring the Flourished Fleurit...
an adorable little note card that is simply made by folding the full base of the die in half! Wouldn't this also make a great Thanksgiving name place setting for the table just by swapping out the sentiment for the guest's name!?!? Or even an adorable gift card holder!?!?
I love it when dies are so versatile and easy to create multiple projects with!

I decorated the notecard with the background and flourishes the same way that I would have the larger version...I just left out the brown matting layer so the cream paper would show through on the notecard instead. Once I had all of the flourish die cuts added, I went ahead and folded the notecard in half and gave it a really good firm scoring with a heavy weight bone folder. 

I went ahead and fussy cut another sentiment from the retired Authentique paper collection I was using and then created a small cluster of flowers to go around it! I love how these autumn themed cards came together! I hope you do too!

Designer Tip: when die cutting the small flowers from the Flourished Fleurit die collection, die cut them from small scraps of white or cream colored cardstock you have building up in your stash...this way you can ink the edges in any color you choose to have them coordinate with your project...and you've whittled away at the ever mounting pile of small bits of paper!

**dies for my designs today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace**

Paper: Authentique (unknown/retired); dark green cardstock;cream colored card stock
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Vermillion
For more Flourished Fleurit Inspiration
Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with Flourished Fleurit, the Amazing Paper Grace October 2021 Die of the Month!
The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during October 2021. Flourished Fleurit at the special kit club price, along with other membership perks.
View this month's Amazing Paper Grace Die of the month here!

Would love to hear from you! Comment on how will you use the dies!

Until next time...

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