Wednesday, October 13, 2021

OOAK Pop Up Event: Whimsical Holiday Card Creations Class

On the weekend of October 22 and 23, I will be at a pop-up event in Schaumburg IL, hosted by One of a Kind Paper Craft Show. It will be my first in-person class since the Pandemic started. My class, Whimsical Holiday Card Creations, will be three holiday cards in different card formats to help get you started with your seasonal card making.


The Gnome is an interactive card because he dances by swinging his legs back and forth. I will show how this can be achieved. Oh, and he sparkles too! LOL!


The Silver Bell Dimensional Doily square card is easy to assemble and brings that WoW! factor to your card. Tuck in between the bells is another layer of silver bells for a touch of shine. 


Put out the welcome mat for this mini slimline card with this holiday-themed front door! Lots of layers to create this wonderful card!


If you are interested in my class and can attend in person, click: Whimsical Holiday Card Creations Class to sign up and for more details. It will be held at the event on Saturday, Oct 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM for $28.00.

There are other classes offered as well. Did you just want to shop? No problem, we have about five vendors that have unique papercraft items. There is no admission to shop so I hope to see you there! 

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH


Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month Blog Hop – Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register


Cha-ching! Is there any living person that hasn't absolutely been intrigued by a Cash Register and all of its compartments and treasure it holds inside? As kids, it's one of the first grown up toys we played with. The sound of a cash register ringing means prosperity and so many good things. Say welcome to the Amazing Paper Grace September 2021 Die of the Month – Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register.

The light-hearted, pun-filled sentiments are perfect for any occasion, to send this 3D Fold Flat card. Want to let someone know how valuable they are to you? Then the "Priceless" sentiment will say that loud and clear. Want to express your opinion? Then actually you're looking for the "Just My .02" sentiment. It's so cute, there's even a front drawer where you can actually fold and put in some currency.

Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create:
1. Make the traditional cash register and stock it with gift cards.
2. Make a basket from both facades for donations or as a friendly tip jar.
3. Are you in the middle of a fundraiser? Use it as a table favor to break the ice.
4. Create a mini album with a cash register on the front and back for kids to record their savings.


**Dies for my creations today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.**

There are 16 dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register.


My Project Today using Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register.

The card is a gatefold card base and its cover is the Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register. The cash register is created with soft colors to match the patterned paper I had just gotten. I lifted up some of the machine parts with 3D Foam adhesive and small pearls for interest.


Designer Tip: Take advantage of the beautiful embossing design on the cash register body by lightly misting with water on the cardstock before die-cutting. It will loosen the paper fibers for a better imprint. Also, lightly sand the die cut shape to bring out the raised areas.

For my second project, I created a gift pocket and embellished the front with the vintage cash register. I kept it simple and with no layers but accented with flowers from  Love how it turned out. I'm thinking about filling it with goodies and a gift card or two.


How cute would this be if was a door hanger decoration? So many options with this Die of the Month set from Amazing Paper Grace! 


I hope you enjoyed my Priceless Gift Ensemble. Pictured below are my projects together. It was fun to assemble and even more fun to giveaway! Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies:
Accessories: Amazing Paper Grace September 2021 Die of the Month – Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register and S4-867 Cinch and Go Flowers III

Patterned Papers: Kraft 'n Creativity (Romance Collection), Bling: Want2Scrap; Ink and Water Mister: Ranger Ink; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Grand Ultra, Adhesive Sheets, Adhesive Dots Small, Lines & 3D, and Dual Tip Glue Pen); Light Green, Pink and Kraft Cardstock; Sandpaper; Satin Ribbon

Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register, the Amazing Paper Grace September 2021 Die of the Month!

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during September 2021. Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register at the special kit club price, along with other membership perks.

View this month's Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!

How will you use the Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register dies? Share with me and comment below!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace | Holiday Medley Intro Blog Hop


This magical menagerie of dies helps celebrate one of the most festive times of the year through paper crafting! The Holiday Medley Collection consists of eight die sets and a Glimmer Hot Foil Plate Set that coordinates with one of the die sets. The array of dies can be mixed within existing die sets to offer more creative options. These include the Make a Scene Card Base and 3D Vignettes. The versatile new Merry Filigree Card Builder, Celebrate Scrollwork Card Builder and Joy Crescent Card Builder sets create different card formats from A2, A7, Mini Slimline, to Slimline. In addition, you can remove the Christmas Motifs and use them year-round. Visit each of the designers’ blogs for inspiration and ideas from the Holiday Medley Collection!

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

My Projects for Today

Featuring the S4-1130 Silver Bells Dimensional Doily set, I created three bell shapes to better show off this sweet set. Like Becca's other Dimensional Doily series, you just die-cut, fold each side, and slide into the slits to lock them into place.


My 5x7-inch card features a vellum shaker card panel which I accented the upper right corner with the three Bells Dimensional Doily. See the gold backing? I die-cut with gold mirror cardstock to show off the intricate design of the bells.

The other card is a 6-inch square card which I added half of a round dimensional doily. Both cards have the S4-960 Cinch and Go Poinsettia flower. Just love this flower die set! I hope these cards get you into the holiday spirit!


Designer's Tip: You can cut three bell shapes at the same time. Make sure to secure the insert die with washi tape to avoid slippage when die-cutting.


Supplies List: Etched Dies and Tools: Spellbinders® Paper Arts (S4-1130 Silver Bells Dimensional Doily Etched Dies Set fm Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken, S4-960 Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies Set fm Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken and Platinum 6 Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine)

Other: Patterned Papers: PhotoPlay Paper Co.; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (Crafty Foam Tape 108ft., 3D Foam Circles White, Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Holographic, Creative Photo Corners in Gold, E-Z Runner® Permanent Fine, Adhesive Lines, and Adhesive Dots Small); Scoring Tools: ScorPal (Scoreboard and Creasing Tool); Stick Pin Leaves: Maya Road; Vellum Paper; Red, Gold Mirror and White Cardstock; Gold Ribbon; Beaded Sprigs

Holiday Medley Availability:

These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Holiday Medley Collection.

Holiday Medley Collection Blog Hop!

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

Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Agnieszka Posluszny
Visit Beth Pingry
Visit Margie Higuchi (You are HERE!)
Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace

Giveaway!

You could win an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month! Enter to win on our @AmazingPaperGrace_Creates Instagram Account. All of the entry details are in this image below:


Please comment: Which Holiday Medley set speaks to you?

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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace August Die of the Month Blog Hop – Lattice Petal Foldover


It's a square card front! It's an envelope! It's both!! In the transformers world of dies, we love for our dies to be used in many different ways. This die was designed to function as both a card front and for the petals to fold over to enclose a notecard. The pretty lattice filigree is just the icing on top. Welcome to your stash, the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month for August 2021 - Lattice Petal Foldover.

You asked and we listened. Our May 2020 Die of the Month was so popular that we made a slightly smaller, dainty version. Becca said that the inspiration for this die set is all about the Note Card. As someone who loves to drop a little notecard into lunch boxes, drop them into packages, and even leaves them on the door for delivery people - this is quick and easy. Die-cut 10 of the lattice petal jackets and 10 of the 3" (or 3x6 for a folded note) notes for inside and you'll always be ready with a stunning note.

Here are some ideas that will inspire you to create with the foldover elements:
1. A box with the foldover as the lid
2. Notecards (there is even a closure piece)
3. A sweet, petite basket


**Dies for my creations today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.**

There are 14 dies included in the Lattice Petal Foldover.


My Project Today using Lattice Petal Foldover.

I created a Get Well slimline card by taking bits and pieces from the set to make a wonderful focal piece. I accented the front with the rolled flowers also from the set and inked the edges of the card.

Designer Tip: Think outside the intended purpose by cutting and/or assembling them in different ways. 


For my second project, I made a square gift box and created a topper on its lid. Love how it turned out with its intricate design and full of sweet blooms in the center!



Supplies:
Accessories: Amazing Paper Grace July 2021 Die of the Month – Lattice Petal Foldover
Patterned Papers, Origami and Bling: Kawaii Paper Goods; Ink: Ranger Ink; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Light Green, White and Kraft Cardstock

For more Lattice Petal Foldover Inspiration, visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with Lattice Petal Foldover, the Amazing Paper Grace August 2021 Die of the Month!

Visit Agnieszka Posluszny
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Margie Higuchi
Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during August 2021. Lattice Petal Foldover at the special kit club price, along with other membership perks.

View this month's Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!

How will you use the Lattice Petal Foldover dies? Share with me and comment below!

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Friday, July 09, 2021

Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month Blog Hop – Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home

It's so true that all paths lead home. It's during this long stint with the pandemic that many of us have come to realize that it doesn't matter where you are; it's the people you are with. That's the inspiration that fed into the creation of the July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, Home Sweet Home.  The sentiment that comes within the set says it all - You are My Home.

There's just something so quaint and sweet about little houses. They mean so much to us - a place of safety, a place of comfort, a place of love. It's only fitting that one should show up as a Mini Vignette! This card folds flat to fit into an envelope to be sent through the mail.  It beckons you to insert your favorite pictures, a multipage note or sweet nothings on the four panels that rest inside.

Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create:
1. A mini scrapbook album
2. A table centerpiece with a house on each side
3. Separate the small house facade and use it on a card, a scrapbook layout, and beyond!

Dies for my creations today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.


There are 21 dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home.



My Project Today using Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home.

It's a cute little mini album where using both sides of the card inserts gives you six areas to add whatever you like. In the first section, I stamped a sentiment from the STP-058 Beautiful Inside and Out Sentiment Clear Stamp Set, and add a floral motif from the Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home set. The others were left blank for the recipient to fill in.

Designer Tip: When adding the card inserts inside the house, it might be a little snug. I trimmed off about 1/8-inch on each side for a smooth movement.


My second project is a welcome wreath made out of Creative Photo Corners interlocking together on top of a cardstock ring. To make the ring sturdy, I stacked/adhered three cardstock rings. After assembling my 3D Vignette House, I secured it on the lower left side of the wreath, using a card insert to sandwich the wreath. Then I accented the top and bottom with a combination of the flowers and leaf from the Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home set and S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die set. One of my NEW favorites! LOL!



Materials Needed:

Spellbinders July 2021 Die of the Month from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca FeekenSTP-058 Beautiful Inside and Out Sentiment Clear Stamp Set, and S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die
Others: Patterned Papers: Kawaii Paper Goods (Floral Collection); Kraft, White and Icy Mint Cardstock; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (Creative Photo Corners in White, Crafty Foam Tape in White, Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6in., and Dual Tip Glue Pen)

For more Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home, the Amazing Paper Grace July 2021 Die of the Month!

Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Linda Parker
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Beth Pingry
Visit Margie Higuchi (You are HERE!)
Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during July 2021. Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home at the special kit club price, along with other membership perks.

View this month's Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!

Share with me in a comment on How you will use the Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home dies!

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Friday, June 25, 2021

i-Crafter: Birthday in Boston USA Rosette Layout

Hello friends! Today I have a Birthday in Boston Layout featuring the Ribbon Rosette Die Set. It documents a trip I took with my husband to Boston, an iconic American city, and how appropriate as we approach America's birthday! 

This is my second guest design project for i-Crafter this month! Did you see my first project with the Thanks Foiled Rainbow Box Tutorial?

A few years back, my husband took me to Boston on a combination trip of business and (my) birthday. I love Boston for its rich history with modern vibe. We stayed at the Langham Hotel which was the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston renovated - SO COOL! We covered a lot of ground in the 48 hours we were there.

**I receive products from i-Crafter and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**


Rosette Construction

I grabbed red, white, and blue cardstock to cut one set of three strips for each color from the pre-scored strip die in the Ribbon Rosette. When creasing the lines, start with the end that has the larger scored section (the other end has a narrow scored section - think tab) and mountain-fold. Next valley-fold and accordion-fold till the very end where it ends in a mountain-fold.


Showing the white strips below where the tab end is, I applied a piece of Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8in. (red-lined tape) - do this to all three strips. Adhere the ends together (tab section underneath the next strip) to make one long strip, and then finally both ends together to create a pleated ring.


Close the ring together by making the center opening smaller and secure it with a circle cut with a circle die from the Ribbon Rosette set and 3D Foam Creative Sheet. LOVE how it turned out!! Repeat with the red and blue cardstock strips.



Embellish the Rosettes

With some silver mirror cardstock, I die-cut three times with the decorative edge circle die from the Ribbon Rosette set. Again, die-cut the circle from the same set with 3D Foam Creative Sheets, and adhere one to each of the decorative edge circles.

I had a set of USA-themed stickers in my stash and realized they had gold accents - OOPS! But I've got a solution - why not combine them?! I nested the circle and Happy Birthday circle from the Ribbon Rosette set to cut a Happy Birthday sentiment circle with a gold mirror cardstock. To pop it up, I cut the leftover 3D Creative Foam Sheet and centered it onto the decorative edge circle.


Taking advantage of the other sentiment circles, I die-cut them in gold mirror cardstock and spelled them out to IN BOSTON for the white rosette. Since they're so tiny, I used adhesive sheets to adhere - so easy! For the last rosette, I added the USA banner from the sticker sheet.

Birthday in Boston Layout

The patterned papers I used I had for years because I loved them so much. Do you have this same issue? LOL! Today, I will use some to create my page.

On a blue 12 x 12 patterned paper, I placed two of my favorite pictures. One is of the Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was read to the public from the baloney shown. The other is of my husband, business friend/Japanese pro soccer player, Keisuke Honda, and me. We all are summer birthday babes. This was taken at a business function but we celebrated! LOL!

Using coordinating patterned papers, I cut 1-inch width strips and then die-cut the ends with the larger ribbon tail die from the Ribbon Rosette set. Excused the well-loved cutting mat pictured - LOL! I cut three strips and place them under the pictures. The rosettes acted as guides to help place the strips.



Lastly, I clustered all the rosettes right below the birthday picture with the leftover 3D Foam Creative Sheet in single layers and also stack a few pieces to bring height over the other rosettes.

Designer's Note: If you find that you do not want your journal to be seen, tuck your journal BEHIND the page so you can only see it or adhere an envelope with your journaling tucked inside.


I hope you enjoyed this Happy Birthday in Boston USA scrapbook layout tutorial. Would love it if you follow me on my ILscraps Instagram! Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Skill Level: Intermediate
Creative Time: 40 minutes

Materials Needed:
Craft Dies: i-Crafter (Ribbon Rosette)
Patterned Papers: PhotoPlay Paper Co. (Main Street Parade Collection by Samantha Walker - retired)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8in., E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong, Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6in, 3D Foam Creative Sheets Small)
Dimensional Stickers: EK Success (Jolee's Boutique/American Flag)
Other: Silver Mirror, Gold Mirror, Red, Blue and White Cardstock; Scissors; Crease Tool; Manual Die-Cutting Machine

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace | Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes


Beautiful card front sentiments do the heavy lifting on a card and the recipient knows exactly what you are trying to say. In that spirit, today we are introducing a new collection called Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes. It spins beautiful, intertwined calligraphic words into a compact label shape, perfect for the front of your card.

***Dies for my creations today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.***

Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Inspiration
Many Amazing Paper Grace followers were so thrilled when the first 3D Vignettes with word inserts came out. Over time, our followers have asked for a greater variety of words to fit into the 3D Vignette apertures. Your wish is our command!

Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection
The Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection is made up of 7 different die sets and a stamp set. Most sets contain a sentiment and a filigree background layer. Each set makes it quite easy to produce a complete card. The bonus is the sentiment shapes each match an existing 3D Vignette. Along with being able to complete a card, the new sentiments will allow another sentiment to existing 3D Vignettes already in your stash. Romantic Chargeour works with all the sentiments.

Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection also contains an "inside" sentiment set that matches the thought on the outside of the card. To top off the collection we've included Petite Floral Potpourri. It's a compilation of all the small flowers and leaves that are most requested by our community.

My Projects for Today

Using the S5-458 Happy Anniversary Vignette Etched Die Set, I created a shaped card and accented the card front with some of the flowers and sprig from the S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die Set. Also, inside the card I stamped a sentiment from the STP-058 Beautiful Inside and Out Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.

S5-458 Happy Anniversary Vignette Etched Die Set


S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die Set


STP-058 Beautiful Inside and Out Sentiments Clear Stamp Set



My second project features a 6 x 6-inch box that I created from a combination of online tutorials so do a search and find one that you like. Using the same die sets, I made a box topper/double ribbon slide to go with the shaped card. It is popped up with Crafty Foam Tape over a three-layered box front. LOVED how this turned out!



Designers Tip: The sentiment from the SKU is very delicate so I used the Adhesive Sheets on the back of the papers before die-cutting the shape. It's less messy than liquid glue and you get edge-to-edge adhesive coverage (think sticker).


Supplies List:
Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken with Spellbinders® Paper Arts:
S5-458 Happy Anniversary Vignette Etched Die Set
S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die Set
STP-058 Beautiful Inside and Out Sentiments Clear Stamp Set
Platinum 6 Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine
Other: Patterned Papers: Kawaii Paper Goods; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6in, E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong, E-Z Runner® Petite Permanent Dots, Adhesive Dots Micro, and Crafty Foam Tape 54ft.); Scoring Tools: Scor-Pal; Gold Mirror, Black, White, and Green Cardstock; Gold Ribbon; White Self-Adhesive Pearls

Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Availability:
These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes.

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Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection Blog Hop!
Click on the links to each member, they're waiting to inspire you to create something beautiful:

Visit Patricia Manhire
Visit Agnieszka Posluszny
Visit Elena Olinevich
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Anita Kejriwal
Visit Linda Parker
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Beatriz Jennings
Visit Margie Higuchi (YOU are HERE)
Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace

Giveaway!
You could win an Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month! Enter to win on our new Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/amazingpapergrace_creates/. All entry details are there, look for this image below (click the image for a direct link):



Comment Below: Which sentiment shape works best for you?