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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Christmas Flourishes Collection Intro Blog Hop!

 


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is an exciting day as it is release day for the new Christmas Flourishes Collection design by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders.  Oh- this collection is full of gorgeous dies and a coordinating embossing folder that will help you create beautiful cards and projects that your loved ones will treasure.

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

For my project I chose the Merry Flourish die set (S4-1243):
Right away I wanted to create a card with the classic Christmas colors of red, green, gold, and white.  The dies were used to cut metallic card stock as the shimmer of the card stock is reminiscent of the shiny bulbs hung on tree boughs.
I cut the main die twice: once using red card and the Merry insert and once using gold card stock without the Merry insert.  They were offset adhered using glue.

While the two adhered die cuts were drying, I dry embossed white card stock using the Holly Flourish embossing folder.  Another white card stock was die cut using the Hemstitch Rectangles (S5-308) The embossed paper was cut to size and then outlined using a gold leafing pen.  It was all mounted onto a red tent fold card using double sided adhesive tape and foam tape. 

The now dry Merry die cuts were mounted using liquid glue on the detailed areas and a small piece of foam tape under the Merry.

A beautiful bulb was created using three of the dies.   It was mounted to the card front using foam tape.  A sweet double green bow was hot glued to the top of the bulb.

The finishing touch was wee gems to the bulb and on the Merry scrolls.


The Christmas Flourishes Availability:
These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: The Christmas Flourishes Collection.

Card stock: white, red
Green ribbon
Adhesives: double sided tape, foam tape, liquid adhesive
Gems

For more The Christmas Flourishes Collection Inspiration
Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas using  The Christmas Flourishes Collection.
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Kathy Jo

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month- 3D Vignette Gumball Machine!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Oh- I enjoy sharing projects using the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month.  This month's set is no exception: 3D Vignette Bubble Gum Machine.  It is so stinking cute!  It brings me back to the young toddler Kathy Jo years when I would grocery shop with my mom.  At the end of the check out lines were a row of the candy machines and I would ask my mom for a coin.  I think the bubble gum machines gave a few gumballs for a quarter.  The sugary flavor would last for about a minute and then the bubble forming time began.  By the time we would arrive home the gum would be flavorless and too stiff to make bubbles any more.  But it did not matter to me.  Sure enough, the next grocery visit I would ask for another coin and the process repeated.  Funny the things we remember!

Those memories inspired the two projects I am sharing today.  One is a card using the quintessential red gumball machine.  The other is a fun, 3D pink metallic gumball machine.

The dies were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace to create today's projects.

There are 26 cutting dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Bubble Gum Machine.
 


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Supplies:
Amazing Paper Grace September 2022 Die of the Month – Pop Up 3D Vignette Bubble Gum Machine.
Metallic card stock in red, pink, silver, and gold
Card stock in red, green, blue, yellow, white and also in pastel colors.
Nuvo Drops- clear
Foam tape
Adhesives- tape, glue
White ribbon

Let's start with the red gumball machine card.  This is how I remember the gumball machine: shiny, red, some silver metal, and shiny gumballs inside whispering to me "Kathy Jo...ask your mom for a quarter..."
I made sure to pop up some of the gumballs using small foam pads.  All of the gumballs have a layer of Nuvo Clear Drops applied.  I really like how the gumballs turned out!  And check out the gold coin and handle details!  Becca definitely captured the details of a gumball machine.

(Did you notice the die cut phrase?  "Stuck on you".  I sang the Lionel Ritchie song for days after creating the card.  Great song!)

The next project is a sassy gumball machine in a metallic pink with pastel gumballs.  Really- why not?  I would like to have a pink gumball machine...at my work desk!  Every Monday morning I could pop into my cubicle, happily turn the handle, and chew a sweet little gumball.  What a fun way to start a work week: a little nostalgia, a little sugar, and a little fun.
The pink gumball machine is 3D.  I made sure each layer used the metallic pink card stock and had the gumballs assembled.  I also popped up the gumballs using foam tape.

It was topped off with a lovely triple bow.  Again, this die set is so stinking cute.  Makes my heart smile!  Check out the phrase on this project: "I chews you".  LOL.

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during September 2022, Pop Up 3D Vignette Bubble Gum Machine along with other membership perks.

View this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month: https://youtu.be/igVpiES0uzA

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Kathy Jo

Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Right Words "Happy birthday"

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a gilded Happy Birthday card using the Happy Occasions Words die set designed by Amazing Paper Grace for Spellbinders.  It is a great set for occasions throughout the year:


The die set goes well with the Sweet Leaf Mini Slimline die set:
It is the perfect background to add some pretty flowers and leaves to your birthday card!  And feel free to add a flower to the bow center:

Isn't it bright and cheery?  I am looking forward to giving it to the recipient!

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Right Words "My Sweet Friend" pretty in pink card

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my favorite crafty day of the week- Thursday.  Today is the day I get to share a new project using Amazing Paper Grace dies from Spellbinders.  This week I wanted to share a "sweet" card using the My Sweet Friend die set, S5-512.

I think this may be my favorite set in the Right Words Collection and that is a big statement because I adore the other sets, too!  This set is great for a friend or baby card.  Of course, you can use it with other dies in the collection.  Imagine using it with Thank you for your Kindness set and making "You are so Sweet".  :)

I immediately went to the card stock in pink and metallic and glitter rose gold.  It all pops against the white:

The Hemstitch Dies in Ovals (S5-332) and Rectangles (S5-308) were layered under the Sweet Friend die set.  Of course, I placed the pretty flower in the center of the bow.  A little extra pretty on the card.  :) 
Admittedly, I was beyond happy when I completed this card.  It is very easy to create a beautiful card with Becca Feeken designed die sets.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, July 7, 2022

New Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Release!

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am excited to share the newly released Amazing Paper Grace Die of The Month for July.  This is a fabulous die set that can be used to create the most beautiful cards and paper projects.

It was difficult to choose what I wanted to create with the die set- Birthday card, any day card, Christmas card, or Wedding card?  I could not decide so I made a birthday party favor and a sweet Hello card.  But before I get to more photos I have to say the following (but if the die set was not supplied I would have bought it because it is an awesome set!):
 
Today's creations were created with the dies supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.

There are 13 cutting dies included in the Tiara Trifold.


My first project was the pretty "Hello" card.  The die details make it look like an intricate, time consuming card but it was not time consuming.  The dies make it easy to create a stunning card!

The next project was a sweet birthday party favor.  It was created using gold and white vellum, white card stock, metallic card stock, and acrylic.  

The party favor can also be used to hold a battery powered tea votive "candle".  It would look so nice as a table centerpiece.
Oh!  And add some extra glam to the trellis die cut by putting wee gems or Nuvo Drops on the trellis intersections.  I added white Nuvo Drops to the Hello card.
Supplies:
Amazing Paper Grace July 2022 Die of the Month – Tiara Trifold.
Amazing Paper Grace S4-1205 Merry Everything Words
Amazing Paper Grace S4-1206 Happy Occasions Words
The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during July 2022, Tiara Trifold along with other membership perks.

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Kathy Jo

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Follow Me Step By Step!

 

Hello Crafters!

Today I am sharing a bright and cheery card using the newly released die sets designed by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders.  The first set is the Merry Everything Words set, S4-1205.



Also used is the Layered Daisies set, S4-1193.

Follow me step by step while we re-create this card!

Instructions:

Step 1-  Cut a 4.25 x5.5 piece of watercolor paper or white card stock.  Apply Worn Lipstick to the center, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw as shown.
Step 2- Spritz or flick water onto the inked paper and pat dry.
Step 3- Die cut using the two largest dies from the Hemstitch Rectangles die set, S5-308.
Step 4- Die cut flowers and banner from die sets S4-1205 and S4-1193,  All pieces were cut using white card stock except the flower centers that were cut in gold card stock.
Step 5- Apply inks as shown.
Step 6- Optional.  Apply gold leafing along the edges of the banner and rectangle.
Step 7- Cut a 2" x 5.5" piece of white vellum and wrap around card the die cut.  Mount to 4.25 x 5.5 card base.  Assemble the banner and flower pieces as shown.
Step 8- Die cut Mother's, Happy, and Day using white card stock.  Cut apart Mother's to isolate the "o" and "h".
Step 9- Assemble "o" and "h" to form the word "oh" on the vellum.  Assemble "happy" and "day".  Use foam tape to adhere the last flower.  Add three gems.
Step 10- Create bows from white ribbon and light green twine.  Assemble to the front.

Isn't it the sweetest card?  It is full of sunshine and "happy".  :)  As you can probably guess, I so enjoy creating bright and happy cards.  

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed the card and instructions.
Have a great day!
Kathy Jo

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thank you for your kindness!

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is time for my favorite crafty day of the week: Amazing Paper Grace blog post day!  Today I am sharing a bright and cheerful card using the newly released Thank you for your kindness die set (S5-513)- a new set from the The Right Words Collection by Becca Feeken.

It is such a beautiful and versatile set!  The background is so elegant, too.

For my card I thought of a friend of mine who is very kind... and loves rainbows.  I started with plain white cardstock and used Distress Inks to create a rainbow background.  A piece of vellum was adhered over the rainbow background to soften the colors.  Next, I die cut white card stock twice using the detailed background.

The words "you are so" was die cut three times using white foam, white card stock, and gold card stock. Kind and the kind back ground were also die cut.  They were mounted to the card front using foam tape.  Wee bling was applied as shown.
It was mounted on gold card stock and then a white slim line base.  The final touch was a double gold bow.  I love the way it turned out!  

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and it inspires you to create something you love with The Right Words Collection!

Have a happy, crafty day.

Hugs,

Kathy Jo

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