Saturday, May 22, 2021

Introducing Amazing Paper Grace | Sweet Cardlets II

Last October we introduced Cardlets and they are back in Sweet Cardlets II! A "Cardlet" is a small character motif that comes with a sentiment that fits within a 3 x 3-inch area and has a matching die. It just so happens that this size is perfect for the ever-popular Slimline Cards. Join us in introducing a new slimline as well - Hemstitch Slimline - it will match Hemstitch Rectangles and all of the other Hemstitch Classics.

I am thrilled to partner with Amazing Paper Grace to bring you this little taste of inspiration! Thank you for the die sets!

Sweet Cardlets are just like stamps, but they are metal plates used in the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System to transfer foil to paper through a combination of heat and pressure. The Glimmer machine base is rolled through your die-cut machine to deliver that pressure (Compatibility Charts are on the Spellbinders website).

The Inspiration behind Sweet Cardlets II

Since we are premiering the first Slimline Card Die for the Amazing Paper Grace line of dies, we wanted you to have plenty of sweet elements that fit onto the slimline. The small motif 3 x 3-inch footprint makes this easy. Add to that there is a matching die it makes for a cute pop of dimension on all of your cards - Slimline, A2 or A7.

Always mindful of the budget, Becca wanted to create a collection where each set is all you need to make a little card. Sweet Cardlets are small motifs with a 3 x 3-inch footprint. Sweet Cardlets also fit into the Cascade Card Base and work along with all of the Shadowbox Dies.

The ensemble features the GLP-283 You are My Home Glimmer Hot Plate and Die Set and S6-175 Hemstitch Slimline Dies.

Welcome to the Neighborhood Wreath Slimline Card

For the background to my card panel, I hot foiled the frame insert (scene) plate three times to fill the space. I adhered a piece of vellum over it to tone it down.

Then I inked a combination of green colors onto several white photo corners, interlocked them into a circle (using a cardstock ring as its base/guide) to create a wreath. Set aside. I hot foiled a sentiment using Welcome and to the neighborhood for my choice on white cardstock. Cut fishtail ends, adhere the wreath on the card panel with the sentiment, and add flowers created with the May 2021 Die of the Month - Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate.

Home Wreath Gift Bag

Cut the medium pair of the Hemstitch Slimline dies three times, I used them as my background on the gift bag. 

Then I hot foiled the plates from the You are My Home Glimmer Hot Foil Plates & Dies to create the focal point with my unique photo corner wreath. 

Creative Time: 45 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed:
Amazing Paper Grace

You are My Home Glimmer Hot Foil Plates & DiesHemstitch Slimline Dies, and May 2021 Die of the Month - Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate
Spellbinders Paper Arts
Glimmer Hot Foil System, and Platinum 6 Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine
Other: Adhesive and Craft Foils: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Grand Ultra Stong, E-Z Runner Permanent Fine, Adhesive Lines, Creative Photo Corners in White, Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Holographic and Variety); White and Gold Mirror Cardstock, Kraft Gift Bag, Self-Adhesive Clear Rhinestone, and Vellum

Each of our Creative Team members will show you their take on cards made with the Sweet Cardlets II Collection.

Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Beatriz Jennings
Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Agnieszka Posluszny
Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Linda Parker
Visit Kate Skonieczna

Visit Margie Higuchi (YOU ARE HERE!!)


You could win an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month! Enter to win on our new Instagram account, AmazingGrace_Creates! All of the entry details are there, look for this image below:

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace: Garden of Gwen Scrapbook Layout

Hello! I have a wonderful layout to share with you. My sweet friend is celebrating her first Mother's Day with her adorable little girl. What great timing that I create this scrapbook page for her! When I saw this Mini 3D Vignette Garden GateDie of the Month from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken. I knew what I wanted to create. I am so excited to share with you, Garden of Gwen!

Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace sent me this wonderful die set to create my scrapbook page - love it! Photo credit to Ken Berry (aka grandpa) and child release permission by mom (Ally Ward).

Garden of Gwen Scrapbook Page Base

I wanted a cloud edge on the top of my page but knew I needed to support my patterned papers from behind. Recently I purchased a pack of 12 x 12 acetate sheets so I used one as the base. Next, I fussy cut two patterned papers (Bubbly Paper Side B + that would fit my garden theme.

For the second patterned paper, I drew a bottom cloud edge across the paper and then cut it out. Then I applied Crafty Foam Tape 108ft. in white. The height on this tape is 1mm (a lower profile than your regular foam squares). Remember, this has to fit into a scrapbook album. LOL! 

With the first patterned paper secured about 0.25 inches above the bottom edge of the acetate with the E-Z Runner Ultra, I placed the cloud border on top. Make sure the top edge is as close to the top of the acetate as possible.The page base is done!

The Garden Gate

There are many ways to use this Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate. I used mine as a border across the page. The gate base, its insert, and the arch element were used for the border. Then the flowers and foilage pieces were cut for accents.

Cut four of the gate base, its insert, and one arch with cream cardstock and attach together with the E-Z Runner Ultra. Place the border to the bottom edge of the layout with the E-Z Dots Permanent. I used this runner as it hits the areas of the border and leaves no film between the die cut spaces. Trim excess off.

Design Details

For the bottom edge, I used the grass that I fussy cut from the first patterned paper which I lifted up with Crafty Foam Tape 108ft in White. The cute sign was lifted up with 3D Foam Strips.

The arch needed some flowers - it is a garden, after all. LOL! I cut some foliage from light sage cardstock and flowers from various scraps of patterned papers in purple and pink. For the foliage, I used Adhesive Sheets because they are intricate and wanted edge-to-edge coverage.

The flowers were randomly placed and in clusters with a combination of Adhesive Dots Micro and 3D Foam Square Micro. Rhinestones were flower centers and for sparkle.

A close up...

One cloud was hand cut and inked on the edges with Stormy Sky ink for added dimension using the Crafty Foam Tape 108ft in White.

I die-cut letter to spell out GWEN in vellum, and using the same ink, I edged around it for a subtle outline. Looks like clouds - love it! Secure the letters with the E-Z Runner Permanent Fine...perfect for adhering vellum.

Next, I added some foliage and flowers...a cute touch!

Add a picture of the owner of this lovely garden and done! 

Intro Video on Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate:

See how this wonderful die set works! Becca Feeken walks you through her process in her Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate Video.

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you haven't already, please follow me on the blog or my ILscraps Instagram.

I appreciate you stopping by! Thank You!

Creative Time: 90 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed:

Spellbinders® Paper Arts
Mini 3D Vignette Garden Gate May 2021 Die of the Month from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken
Platinum 6 Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine

Kawaii Paper Goods
Dreamland Collection (Bubbly Paper Side B)
Sparkly Sky Collection (Blue Sparkly Sky)
Various Sparkling Bubble and Rhinestones in purple, pink, clear and yellow

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
E-Z Runner® Ultra Refillable Dispenser E-Z Dots Permanent
Crafty Foam Tape 108ft in White
E-Z Runner® Permanent Fine
Adhesive Dots Micro
3D Foam Strips
3D Foam Squares Micro in White
Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6-inches

Ink: Ranger Ink (Stormy Sky Distress Ink); Blending Brushes; Cream and Sage Cardstock; 12 x 12-inch Clear Acetate; Vellum; Paper Trimmer; Scissors

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace: Introducing the Make A Scene Collection with I Love Us Anniversary Card

Hi crafty friends! It seems like we have been waiting for months for February to roll around. We have been working in the background, holding our breath, tapping our feet and waiting on tippy toes to show you a new collection! Ta-dah!!! Today we are introducing a new Amazing Paper Grace Collection called Make A Scene!!! It was designed by Becca Feeken and is available at Spellbinders. Stay tuned for a video link at the bottom of the post.

Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace sent me these innovative dies to create both my slider card and shaped card - so versatile!


In the past, Becca has created several interactive collections . . remember 3D Vignettes and remember Shadowbox Vignettes? One of the things Becca does is she tries to create a new twist on interactive that you can also use with flat cards and with past collections. That means new material for your old material.


Make A Scene is an interactive card collection and a flat card collection, all in one - you choose based on your style.

The interactive portion is made with a card base that folds in six different layered scenery options. The 3D card base folds flat but slides open to reveal a dimensional scene. Since it has a 3D profile, the opened card makes quite a splash and can be set out on a desk for showing off. The card base is huge and it offers you the chance to snag one of six scenes that cover many occasions. If the six scenes are not your occasion du jour, then by all means dive into your huge stash of dies and insert your own contents.

The flat card portion is made with the individual scenes. Each of the components for the scenes can be cut onto the top of a panel and used on a flat card or as part of a 3D Vignette or as part of a shadowbox scene.

Today we are prepared to show you - each Creative Team Member has created both a 3D Card and a Flat Card so that you can see the best of both worlds!

My Projects for Today

Using S6-165 Make a Scene Card Base with S4-1088 Wedded Bliss Scene Etched Dies, I created a two-piece ensemble of an interactive Wedding Anniversary Card and an Anniversary Shaped Card. Other supporting sets are S5-435 Elegant Adornments, S5-436 Grand Cinch and Go Flowers, S6-168 Scallop Fascade Frame and STP-025 Make a Scene Sentiments Clear Stamp.

I Love Us Anniversary Card

See how this card moves with this short video!

For the card base, I used these dies from the Make a Scene Card Base and pretty patterned papers to come up with this. I LOVE how it turned out!

I used two of the scenes from the Wedded Bliss Scene set as I wanted the background of the patterned paper to shine through. The gazebo scene had a lot of details and was highlighted in both cards.

The flower was also used in both cards. I used the Grand Cinch and Go Flowers with patterned papers and inked the edges as well as the creases from shaping the petals.

After adhering the layers with Adhesive Dots Medium, add a pool of glue from the Dual Tip Glue Pen in the center and pour Flower Pearls on top. Leave overnight and tap off excess in the morning. Love the chunky center it creates!

Anniversary Scallop Shaped Card

Using the outline die from the Scallop Fascade Frame set, it made a sweet silhouette of a card. Most of the die designs were used from the same set, except for the Gazebo and flower accent.

Designers Tip: When you get a new set of dies, cut all the pieces with a solid color cardstock. Then play around with the placement of the shapes. You never know what you might discover! Try it.

How to Assemble:

When you see the card base it will make total sense how this goes together. Here is a quick start video to lay it all out for you.

Make A Scene Availability:

These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Make A Scene

Make A Scene Collection Blog Hop!

Click on the links to each member, they're waiting to inspire you to create something beautiful:

Visit Nida Tanweer
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Linda Parker
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Beatriz Jennings
Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Agnieszka Posluszny
Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Beth Pingry
Visit Margie Higuchi (ME!!)
Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace


You could win an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month! Enter to win on our new Instagram Account All of the entry details are there, look for this image below:

Leave a comment on which scene is calling your name?