Monday, 21 September 2020

Dome Top Gift Box - Plus Video Demonstration

Hi everyone and Happy Monday 

Well it's been a while I know, but today I have a brand spanking new video demonstration to share with you.

I made this gorgeous dome top gift box which I sized to hold some fruit tea sachets.   I used a beautiful book of papers called The Gift of Giving 12 x 12 Paper Pad with illustrations by Helz Cuppleditch

I made my box after I came across an impressive video demonstation by Teri Pocock for this style of box, and decided to create a larger one.

In my video you will see that I popped 8 fruit tea sachets into my finished box, but I reckon you could squeese in a few more.  Its a lovely way to gift tea.  But equally the box is suitable for many different small treats.

By happy chance, during my re-sizing exercise, I discovered that you could use the same template but create two quite different looking boxes by simply adapting one of the scoring measurements and this is the result.  The top is gently faceted instead of domed.  I provide details of how to create this style of opening on my video.

Here is my step by step video demonstation - I hope you enjoy it.  My apologies that towards the end of the demonstration my project is slightly out of shot.  Naughty me ! 

That's it from me for today.  Thanks for looking and I would love you to pop back.   Please consider subscribing to both my Blog and my YouTube channel if you haven't done so already.  I would really appreciate it.

Bye for now peeps and ......................................"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx
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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Picot Petite Squares Etched Dies from the new Picot Petite Collection by Amazing Paper Grace

If you joined me on yesterday's Amazing Paper Grace Blog Hop, you will have seen lots of projects from the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team using dies from the new Spellbinders Picot Petite Collection

I shared a couple of projects I enjoyed putting together using the Bed of Lace Picot Petite dies, and today I thought it would be nice to show you what I made using the Picot Petite Squares Etched Dies.

I love the look of cards with an "all around" intricately die-cut edge and the squares were perfect for this style.

My card is quite simplistic in its design, but I think that the nesting layers all look lovely together.

I added some subtle extra detail with a pretty little die from the Christmas Cascade Base Etched Dies.  The sentiment is from the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of  the Month - Elegant Infinity.

My next "little" project was this simple Post-It note holder. 

The smallest square in this set of dies was the perfect size to decorate the front of my note pad, which holds a block of 3" x 3" inch Post-It notes.  My little note pad holder looks really pretty on my desk with all my pens and stationery.    The "Notes" letters on the front of my pad are from Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month - A2 Snip-It Grid and Calendar Creator.

That's it from me for today folks.   Thank you for stopping by and I would love you to pop back for a return visit.

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:

Pssst !   I have a new video demonstration for you tomorrow !! 

Bye for now and ......................"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx 
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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace Picot Petite Collection


Amazing Paper Grace has gone back to her roots with classic sewing inspired motifs! Introducing the Picot Petite Collection!

Becca Feeken sent over these lovely dies for me to try.

Over time we've had lace-inspired designs and have loved the feel of Hemstitching and Candlewicking. Reminiscent of needlework and treasured handwork proudly displayed, Becca Feeken has developed another classic line of layering shapes that feel so much like tatting or picot crochet.  As you might imagine, these shapes are crisp, clean, and timeless. Whether you are simply adding a classic layer to a card or cutting an aperture to highlight a lovely sentiment - these shapes mix and match with other sewing inspired motifs as well as intricate backdrops.

Today you're in luck! Our Creative Team is sharing makes from the Picot Petite Collection.

Classic Shapes are Timeless

With each Classic Collection, Amazing Paper Grace creates the most popular die-cutting shapes in oval, round, square, and rectangles. Moreover, these classic shapes mix and match with Hemstitch Classics, Candlewick Classics, Elegant Twist Classics, and now Picot Petit.

The Inspiration behind Picot Petite

If you've ever seen tatting, the little loop produced along the edge is called a "picot".  It's this little loop that is the basis for the border on all of the Petite Picot shapes.  They are lovely as a backdrop for any other layerings as the little picot peeks out.  It's just a subtle way to bring in the ways of classic needlework to give texture and dimension to the backdrop of our cards.

Each of our Creative Team members will show you their take on cards made with a classic picot flair.

My Projects For Today

First up is my card made using the Bed of Lace Etched Dies Amazing Paper Grace SKU S4-1072 by Spellbinders

Here is what the dies look like:  

My card is in landscape and is 5" x 7 inches".  

I used soft vanilla cardstock teamed with gold foil cardstock which I used to edge my card, and have also offset gold layers beneath the vanilla intricate die cutting.   I cut the beautiful Bed of Lace die directly into my top layer of card and then created the large Bed of  Lace configuration of dies to elegantly surround the oval topper (from the Elegant Twist Ovals Etched Dies by Spellbinders).

There is a subtle addition of pearl embellishments which also form the centre of my flowers (Cinch & Go IV SKU S4-982).

I used the Bed of Lace Etched Dies to decorate this plain little black treat holder.  The layering of the beautiful intricate die over some pink glitter card stock really gives a simple little box front the "WOW" factor.  

Designer Tip:  Create dimension with your die-cuts but offsetting die cuts beneath the top layer in a complimentary colour, as I have demonstrated with my card project.

Here is the Spellbinders video showing amazing new samples as well as a walkthrough of the entire collection.

Picot Petite Availability:

These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Amazing Paper Grace Picot Petite.

Picot Petite Inspiration Blog Hop!

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

Visit Joanna Wisniewska
Visit Beatriz Jennings
Visit Sathya Kala Sankaran
Visit Tara Brown
Visit Rajni Chawla
Visit Kate Skonieczna
Visit Linda Parker
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:


Special Offer!

Do you Love it? Do you Need it? Do you Want It All NOW?

Spellbinders is offering an exclusive Want It All Bundle! Get all 6 Picot Petite Dies NOW and SAVE 20% (that's a $30 savings) over buying each die template individually! 

I love your comments!   Let me know which if not all of the fabulous Picot Petite Etched Dies Collection is top of your shopping list?

That's it from me for today.  Thanks for "hopping" by.

Linda xx

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

HOT OFF THE PRESS - Make Gift Giving Fun

I was really excited to be sent some fabulous new products by CraftStash, with which to make up some samples and designs.

The products are by Hot off the Press.

I was particularly taken with the Mini Envelope & Gift Card Holder and the Peek-A-Boo Card Cutting Dies from their Fabulous Folded Cards, and was inspired to put together this idea for gift giving.    

I die cut and put together the Peek-A-Boo Card, using some pretty papers by First Edtion.   The Happy Christmas die is from the Merry & Bright Merry Christ die set.

For the inside I made up a cute little Gift Card holder and added a little ball chain to make it appear like a mini clutch bag (I thought this was dead sweet!).   The dies I used to decorate the bag are from the Ice Skates cutting dies.  I used the Joy, Hope, Love, Peace cutting dies for the sentiment inside my Card.  Finished with a beautiful satin bow, I think this makes giving Gift Cards as gifts something rather special and a little different.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and please pop back.

All the Hot off the Press products I have used are available to order from CraftStash.   Deliveries to the UK are free for orders over £15.  Products are also available to order in the US Mainland, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Bye for now and .................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xx 
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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Spooky Boo ! From the Halloween Collection by Becca Feeken

Well as September is galloping by, I thought I would share some more Halloween projects from the fabulous new Halloween Collection by Becca Feeken.

Today I am concentrating on the Spooky Boo Etched Dies from the Collection, and have a fun card and a cute Halloween Door Hanger Treat Box to share.

My card is 7x5 inches.  I stuck to what I consider to be a typical halloween colour pallette.  The dies are great fun and who doesn't love a spooky black cat?

I used the new Nestabilities Nested Clipped Squares to mount my spooky sentiment.

Throw in a few spiders and cobwebs and you have a gentle take on a spooky theme.

I then turned my mind to creating a treat box.   Looking at the Nested Clipped Squares, it struck me that I have never made a door hanger treat box before ,and the Nested Clipped Squares dies would be perfect for die-cutting and using as door hangers.    So here you have it - my very first door hanger treat box in a Halloween theme !   

This new Collection is such fun - and I am sure that all the Halloween loving crafters out there are going to love them.

Thanks for stopping by today - and please do pop back.

Bye for now and ...................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx 

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Statement Flowers for a Special 90th Birthday

Ninety years young - that's the landmark birthday we celebrated with my lovely mum-in-law on Friday! 

We had a socially distanced BBQ which lasted late into the night and it was lovely to catch up with family members ahead of the Rule of Six which comes into force here in the UK today.   It's very strange times we find ourselves living in.   I am thankful that together as a family we could all unite and let her know how much she means to us all.

I had a pretty full-on day prepping food and desert to take over, but managed to find time in my busy schedule to make a card to mark her special day.

I used my Statement Flowers stamps and dies by Altenew.  I will let you into a secret - I actually removed the flower topper from a card that I had previously made, because I loved the colours and did not have quite enough time to recreate them again.  So a spot of recycling was involved !!

I partially die-cut the front of my 6"x6 " card base with the flower die to create a nice edge.  I lined the inside of the card with some pretty coloured card stock to match the flowers, which are coloured with a selection alcohol marker pens.   I lightly stencilled a subtle background using the Patchwork Kite Stencil by Altenew and flicked some Tim Holtz Gold Alcohol Ink over that and the flowers.

The big birthday sentiment is a mix of Landmark Occasions Number Dies by Card Making MagicTemperance Alphabet dies by Tonic Studios, and random stamps.

I am happy to report back that she was very happy with her card.  I enjoyed making it and giving it.  I do love cardmaking.

Hope you like it too - and maybe look at recycling some cards you have made but not yet sent.  I prefer the layout of this one to my original card.  The partial die-cut edge just makes it a little more special.  A special card for a special lady.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will pop back again !

Linda xxx
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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Make Amazing Cascade Cards and More with Christmas Cascade Collection by Amazing Paper Grace

Hi folks

Kinetic cards are always a crowd pleaser, but if you sometimes struggle with the "mechanics" of cascade cards, then struggle no more!

I made this beautiful Christmas card using dies from the amazing Christmas Cascade Collection by Becca Feeken.

By pulling on the decorative end tab, each panel cascades open to reveal pretty motifs and messages.  

It may look complex, but trust me, the process and the dies make it super simple and quick too.  Take a look at this video and you will get the idea:- 

Don't just think cards, think outside the box.   These dies have been used to make beautiful mini albums too.

I loved making mine.   I used the Elegant Holiday and Filigree Glimmer Wreaths Glimmer Hot Foil Plates from the Christmas Cascade collection to foil each of the panels. 

My  little treat shows how you can get more mileage from the set. It uses one of the tab dies from the set that can be used to "pull" the cascade cards open (there are several little "tab" elements to choose from)  This one is very decorative and perfect for embellishing treat boxes.

I do hope you like today's projects.  I had a great time putting them together.   I will pop back again with some more designs from the Christmas Cascade Collection and hope that you will join me.  Please consider subscribing to my blog if you haven't done so already.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely Sunday.

Linda xx
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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month Bog Hop - Lattice Quadrante

Every once in awhile a die comes along that gives you so many combinations that it's almost like a puzzle.  Today we are sharing the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month for September 2020 -  Lattice Quadrante.  The four pieces of pristine cut, pie-shaped lattice with decorative edges will have you twirling, twisting, and setting the pieces on end figuring out all the beautiful configurations you can make.

Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace sent me these lovely dies to create with.

Lattice Quadrante Details

Who isn't a fan of lattice?  Becca shared that so often she longs for pairs of motifs so that she can cut a symmetrical design in one pass.  This die is symmetry on steroids!  She has given us four identical motifs that function as inlays or can be used altogether with a rim to make a rounded central element.  The word quadrante comes from quads and is just the hint you need to know that there are four pie-shaped pieces in this set to create a configuration powerhouse.  

Today we want to inspire you to think of different combinations using the Die of the Month, Lattice Quadrante.

It's truly like a puzzle!  Here's what we came up with.

  1. Use all the motifs together in the rim for a large motif.
  2. Alternate motifs in the rim for an alternating lattice design.
  3. Cut each piece separately and use the pointed end as corners.
  4. Make a tall card by stacking two of the motifs the tall way.
  5. Make a pocket card by cutting two of the motifs side by side.
  6. Set the die on point and cut a v-shaped peek a boo piece.
  7. Use one motif alone.

    Are you getting the picture?  We can name so many more!


There are SEVEN dies included in the Lattice Quadrante Set


My Project Today using Lattice Quadrante

Slimline cards are very popular right now, and I just knew that the Quadrante Lattice would be perfect for making one.   

My slimline card base measures 8-1/2 x 7 inches and is scored at 3-1/2 inches on the short side.   I die cut four of the quadrante motifs in gold foil card stock and four from some pretty papers I had in my card stash.  I layered them in pairs and cut one in half up the middle.  They fit this card base like a glove.   

Elegant Twist Squares Etched Dies in the centre, highlight the simple sentiment which is from the Borders and Sentiments Glimmer and HotFoil Plates set, part of the Elegant Twist Collection.   I love the pretty border on the Lattice Quadrante dies

Designer Tip: It definitely helps to use low tack masking tape to hold the dies in place when cutting the four quadrante motifis in the formation shown in the red illustration above.  This prevents the dies from slipping when being run through your die-cutting machine.

For my next project, I realised when cutting out the individual quadrante motifs that one on its own would be perfect for these origami style treat pouches, The die is so pretty that it needs nothing more than a simple bow and perhaps a flower to make this simple treat box into something very special.

These treat pouches are perfect for gifting cute little hard to wrap presents.

To make the origami style treat pouch, take a piece of 6" x 6" inch card stock and fold as per the photo sequence below:-

I added glue to the underside of the bottom flap to hold it in place.


Stamps:   Borders and Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Places
Paper:      First Edition - Perfect Moments
Foil:          Glimmer Hot Foil Roll Gold  
Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Die of the Month - Lattice Quadrante Elegant Twist Collection Glimmer Hot Foil System  


Visit the Creative Team for more Lattice Quadrante Inspiration

Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with Lattice Quadrante, the new Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Die of the Month!

Visit Joanna Wisniewska

Visit Kate Skonieczna

Visit Tara Brown

Visit Linda Parker

Visit Rajni Chawla  

Visit Nida Tanweer

Visit Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace

Join us online here:

SHARING - Amazing Paper Grace Creative Encouragement Community Facebook Group.

POSTING Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month page on Spellbinders -----> Upload so others can see your work!

TALKING - AmazingPaperGrace_Creates our new account on Instagram.  You ask there, we answer there.

If you are new to the Die of the Month Club, you may find this helpful -  

--------> How the Club Works.

If you missed the introduction, this will bring you up to date 

-------------->  Commonly Asked Questions.

That's it from me for today folks.  Thanks for stopping by and ................"happy crafting everybody!"

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