Monday, 19 October 2020

Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace Sweet Cardlets

What's a Cardlet, pray tell?  A Cardlet is a small motif, complete with background, sentiment and character that combine to make small card or layers onto a larger card.  We're delighted to introduce you to the Sweet Cardlets Collection.

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

Sweet Cardlets show up in a Glimmer format with a matching die.   They are metal plates that are 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.  As long as you have a machine that can accommodate thick dies - like steel rule dies, you're all set. A word to the wise, it is very addicting.  (Compatibility charts on the Spellbinders website)

The Inspiration behind Sweet Cardlets

We gotta fess up here.  There's no such word as cardlets, yep, Becca straight up made it up.  You have to agree though, it sounds really cute, right?  Well that was the inspiration behind sweet cardlets.  As you can imagine it has something to do with cards and moreover, little cards.  

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" footprint.  Each has a background, a main character and several sentiments.  

We found it the right size to fit on an A2 card and even to layer onto an A7 card.  In fact, the 3" background can be repeated for a long background or a larger background.  Dies cut out each main character and three sentiments with each set give you lots of options.

Each of our Creative Team members will show you their take on cards made with the Sweet Cardlets Collection.  Today we're all using Jane Davenport Watercolors in some technique to show off Sweet Cardlets.

My Projects For Today

First up is my  "cardlet" which has been made using the Lovely Ladybug Glimmer Hot Foil Plate together with the  Heart-Felt Sentiments Hot Foil Plates. 

How cute is that little ladybug ?!!

Here's what the dies look like: 

Lovely Ladybug Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set Sweet Cardlets by Becca Feeken


Heart Felt Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set Sweet Cardlets by Becca Feeken SKU: GLP-219

I applied some Jane Davenport watercolours from her Brights Arts Essential set onto an acrylic block, and also applied a clear wash to my watercolour card using a thick watercolour brush.  I then used an Aqua Brush to drop the watercolours onto my wet watercolour card, which I left to dry thoroughly.

Once the card was completely dry, I decided to apply some Gold Glimmer foil over the watercolours using the pretty decorative background plate in the Lovely Ladybug set.   I used square dies from the Christmas Cascade Card Base etched dies to cut some square layers from my foiled card stock.  I created something of a pattern by applying a watercolour mix in blues to some of the foiled sections of my square top panel.

I foiled the little ladybug in coordinating card stock using gold foil,  and also the sentiment onto watercolour card.

The pretty intricate base was created using Filigree Quartet Etched Dies from the Picot Petite Collection in layers of pearly blue and gold card stock on a white background.


Designer Tip:   I found that when I foil watercolour cardstock, it requires longer on the hot plate than normal card stock in the warming up period, to achieve a successful result.

This is my second project which is a cute little foiled treat bag.  

For this little bag I used the gorgeous Opal Glimmer Foil from Spellbinders together with watercolours from the Brights Arts Essentials Watercolors by Jane Davenport in shades of  pink and yellow.

I love how soft and pretty the Opal Glimmer Foil looks. 

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

Sweet Cardlets Availability:

These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Sweet Cardlets Collection

Sweet Cardlets Collection Blog Hop!

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


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:

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda xxx

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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Filigree Glimmer Wreaths Glimmer Hot Foil Plate - From the Christmas Cascade Collection by Becca Feeken

Hi folks.

Today I am sharing a couple of projects which I have created using the lovely Filigree Glimmer Wreaths Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. 

I am a huge fan of subtle foiling and I had a ball foiling these little beauties.  The Filigree Glimmer Wreaths are as their name suggests, a set which contains two pretty foil plates in the shape of intricate wreaths. 

 You can choose from a selection of foiled seasonal sentiments which fit perfectly inside two circular plates which can be foiled in the centre of the wreaths. 

I also used some other dies for this card.   The intricate bottom corners have been die cut using the intricate decorative die from the Christmas Cascade Card Base set of etched dies.  I used my Standard Circle, LG dies from Spellbinders, together with the lovely Picot Petite Circles etched dies, to create and pretty rim around my wreath.

A satin bow and some sparkly embellishments complete my card design.

I have also created a cute way of gift giving in the form of a Sour Cream Carton Style Christmas Gift Box.   I use a piece of 8 x 7 decorative paper for this.  

Again I used supporting dies from the Christmas Cascade Card Base, Standard Circles and Picot Petite Circles Eched dies for this project, which are all detailed above, with appropriate links.

I will add details for the decorative paper used below my post.

I used my Glimmer Hot Foil System in conjunction with my Spellbinders Platinum to foil both my projects.  

The Filigree Glimmer Wreaths are great way to create pretty and sophisticated focal points for your card and 3D projects and also for scrapbooking too.

I hope you like today's little offering.   Let me what you think.  

That's it from me for today, so thank you for stopping by.   Please pop back!

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

Linda xxx

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Friday, 16 October 2020

Shine Like a Diamond - Some Smooshing and a Flick of Gold Alcohol Ink

Sometimes I am drawn to stamps sets because I particularly like striking fonts, and the word "Shine" was positively singing to me when I saw the Shine Like a Diamond stamp set from Altenew.  The set comes complete with a huge 6 x 6 diamond patterned background stamp too, which I intend to experiment with soon.   This is not intended as a Christmas card by the way, so just look at the potential to use it a lot in that way too.

I did some simple smooshing using my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks for this card, using Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac.  Once the ink had dried, I flicked on some Pinata Color Alcohol Ink in Rich Gold.  The photo below shows this a little more clearly:-

Then I stamped and heat embossed in gold the large "Shine" sentiment and completed the sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.   

The cute glitter star is by Hot Off The Press and is from their Merry Christmas With Star set.  I layered this onto a star cut from Lavender Centrura Pearl card stock from Crafter's Companion.

I love the bright fresh colour combination of this card.  Now I just have to decide which "Star" to send it to !!

That's it from me for today.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by amd please do come back.

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

Linda xx

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Hello Card - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray, Foiled Dies and a Little Cosmic Shimmer

Have you had a play with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays yet?

Well I did yesterday and I had a great time.  I actually bought these as a Christmas Present to myself last year and they have sat patiently on my shelf waiting to be used.

I used watercolour card and selected the following colour palette:-

Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peeled Paint.

I started by simply applying a mist in each colour onto my card.   I helped that dry with my heat tool.   I applied further applications of each colour until I was happy with the coverage.   Next, I used my spritzer to apply some water drops over the entire panel and then lifted the water by pressing on a paper towel and then removing it.   This lifted the colour where the drops had been.   Then, I unscrewed each bottle and flicked some drops of colour over the card using the base of the spray applicator.  I allowed the colour to settle before dabbing the excess away.  This gave me splatters of colour which created great dimension.

Not content with that, I then used my Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Snow Shaker by tapping some onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then sweeping the mix across my card with a fairly wide watercolour brush.   This left a subtle shimmer across the whole panel.

Once the whole thing was completely dry I used my Candlewick Grand Pocket die from Spellbinders and foiled the design directly onto my coloured panel.   It really does look ever so pretty in "real life" and I am not sure that my camera catches it that well.

I die cut the sentiment using my Altenew "Fancy Hello" die in silver glitter card  and also navy cardstock to create a shadow, and added a few silver gems to finish.  I applied to a 5x5 navy card base and added a white layer to outline the top panel.

I love how this turned out.   The Distress Oxide Sprays are lovely to use, so if you have not tried them, I can highly recommend them.  There are loads of videos showing creative ways to use them on YouTube.

Well thanks for looking, and please do pop back.

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

Linda xxx
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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Easy Napkin Cards and Customising Wooden Embellishments - Video Demonstration

Hi everyone

A little while ago I shared a project that I had made using pretty napkins as backgrounds for cards.
I have made several since, and they are very popular:-

I thought I would share the process of putting them together.   I have a "no fuss" transfer method using double-side tape sheets.

You might notice some pretty embellishments on my card.   I took some plain wooden embellishments and used some Nuvo Crystal Drops to add colour.  I love they way they turned out.  They have a kind of "mother of pearl" appearance which is ever so pretty.  

I foiled my sentiment with some black Glimmer Foil from Spellbinders using their Glimmer Hot Foil System.  

I used a chipboard frame from Hot off the Press and Stitched and Pierced Ovals dies for the topper.

I have put together a step by step video demonstration showing you how I made the card and customised my wooden embellishments.   I do hope you find it helpful.

Well that's it from me for today.   If you haven't thought of using napkins to create pretty backgrounds for your cards and projects, maybe you might be tempted to have a go?    Let me know what you think or how you get on.  I would love to know.

Thanks for stopping by.

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

Linda xx
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Monday, 12 October 2020

Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Die of the Month Blog Hop - Pop Up 3D Vignette Camera

Strike a pose!! In this world of smartphones and selfies, everyone is a photographer.  Because every day we are tied to cameras of some sort, it seems only fitting to acknowledge our love of the camera.  It is hard to resist!  Today we are sharing the Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Die of the Month - 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera.

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

Pop Up 3D Vignette Camera Details

Becca shared that this is one of her passion projects and we all see why - cameras are everywhere!  What better icon to symbolize a tie to our everyday joys and our memories, and preserving them.  It is an instrument that brings us such joy and through using brings us closer to people, events, and places.

Today we want to inspire you to think of different combinations using the 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera.

Let us help you with the inspiration!

  1. Pop Up Card
  2. Card Front
  3. Pop Up Mini Scrap Book
  4. Shaped Card
  5. Shaped Scrapbook
  6. Gift Card Holder
  7. Wedding Tablesetting Favor

    What are yours?  Be share to share in your comments!


There are 16 dies included in the 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera.

 My Project Today using 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera.

I created two projects.   

The first was very special for me as I turned the vignette into a 30th birthday card/vignette for my beautiful daughter who celebrated a milestone birthday last week.   I am happy to report back that she was thrilled with it.    

I chose to use pale grey and blush pink papers and flowers as she has that colour scheme running throughout her flat.  She became a proud homeowner last year.   I think it will look pretty displayed as a little keepsake somewhere in her home. 

I also made a little presentation box to pop the vignette/card into:-

I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System to foil a couple of the inserts, and painted some little wooden embellishments (numerals and the heart embellishments) in white gesso to add texture.   I thought the idea of adding a chain and a little decorative tassel was really cute too.

Designer Tip:  I used some decorative eyelets to reinforce the holes on my pull out inserts.  This will ensure that the holes that hold the ribbon tags will not weaken over time.

This is my second project.    I took a plain photo album and gave it some special treatment.  I felt that the camera was just perfect for this, which I intend to gift to someone special (who just happens to be a great little photograher!!)

Stamps:   Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Plate GLP-094
Paper:      First Edition Perfect Moments and Delicate Rose Paper Pad from Hobbycraft
Ink:          Gold Glimmer Foil
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Die of the Month - 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera  Glimmer Hot Foil System

I had great fun putting these two projects together and I know that I will get more mileage from the dies for years to come.  They will be great for masculine cards too.

Visit the Creative Team for 3D Vignette Camera Inspiration

We had a blast this month working with the 3D Pop Up Vignette Camera. Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with the new Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Die of the Month!

Did you see a project that tickled your fancy?  Let us know in the comments!


Where can you find us:

SHARING – Amazing Paper Grace Creative Encouragement Community on Facebook.

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.


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If you missed the introduction, this will bring you up to date  ————–>  Commonly Asked Questions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Snowflake Splendor Etched Dies Christmas Cascade Collection by Becca Feeken - Christmas Shaker Card and Chocolate Bar Treat Box

Hi everyone.

Today I am popping by with a couple of projects I have recently put together using the lovely Snowflake Splendor Etched Dies which are part of the beautiful Spellbinders Christmas Cascade Collection designed by Becca Feeken.

My first project is a very simple but pretty Christmas shaker card.

I used the Octogon shaped dies to create both the aperture and the outline for the  pretty snowflake which forms my focal point.   The Merry Christmas sentiment die-cut sentiment is also part of the  Snowflake Splendor set of dies.

My next project which is a Chocolate Bar Treat Box uses the Christmas Cascade base to create a waterfall which shows off each of the snowflakes on individual panels.  The recipient pulls the decorative end to reveal each one in all its glory.

I really enjoyed working on my card and treat box, and I am proud to report that the chocolate bar remains in one piece !   I resisted temptation.   

I hope you like the ideas I had for using the Snowflake Splendor dies and remember that the Christmas Cascade Base Etched Dies are versatile and can be used for many different themes and occasions.

Thanks for looking and please pop back.

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

Linda xx 
I would just like to let you know that when you order using the links provided on my Blog, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Please see my Affiliate and Product Disclosure tab above.

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