Saturday, July 22, 2017

Welcome Baby Card Featuring The Emmeline Treillage Die

Happy Saturday! I hope you are doing well and having a wonderful day! Today I'm sharing a card with you made with the very popular Emmeline Treillage die by Amazing Paper Grace. It's part of the new Venise Lace Collection. This is an awesome die and can be used for so many styles.

I made a sweet new baby card for this week. I used some busy patterned paper as my background but used vellum behind the die cut to tone it down a little. You can still see the paper, but it doesn't compete with the stunning die cut. I thought of adding pearls to the flower centers, but decided to leave it as is for a slightly cleaner look.
Here is closer view. Emmeline can be dressed up or down. I'm thinking of playing around with adding it in front of a water colored panel or maybe an ombre inked panel. What do you think?

I hope you like my card, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!💓

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rustic Bird Card Using Hemstitch Rectangles And Cinch And Go Flowers 2

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend. I'm back today to share a card I made with some of the latest dies from Amazing Paper Grace's Venise Lace Collection.
I've had this old 7Gypsie's paper pad sitting around for ages. It has some really beautiful rustic papers with a botanical theme. I thought they might look nice cut with the Hemstitch Rectangles dies. I love this set of rectangles, they are meant to resemble the edges of vintage linens and are so different than the pierced or stitched rectangles that are on the market. They can also be used without the hemstitch insert and cut a regular rectangle. I've done this on the bird printed layer. The flower is made with Cinch and go Flowers 2, which makes a pretty flower really fast, just pinch on the fold lines and done! I used burlap for my leaves for a rustic touch.
Yes, my flower center is a rusty jingle bell! 🙀lol I thought it looked cute even though it's out of season. I really like how this card turned out, it's one of the rare projects where it came out the same as I imagined!
 Thanks for stopping over today, see you again soon!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amazing Paper Grace Monthly Blog Hop Featuring the Graceful Frame Maker Die

Good morning and thanks for joining us!  We have a blog hop going on today and the entire Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team spent the week creating with the Graceful Frame Maker.  We each picked a border from the Graceful Borders collection to work with and spun it into a mitered frame or mitered frame background for use on a card.

   The Graceful Frame Maker is a die that will cut four miters to create a framed card  from borders, punched strips or tall dies - you can see a step by step tutorial -----> HERE and a video ----> HERE.
I will share a link list below so that you can see the creations of each person on the Creative Team as well as learn how to win a free Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection Die.

 Both of my cards today are made using the Graceful Fans Border dies. The first one shown above is a birthday card that reminds me of early fall. It's so hot in Georgia right now, I'm longing for Autumn already! I used the frame maker to cut some card stock, then embossed it for an interesting look. All of the techniques I used are included in Becca's tutorial linked above. My next card is a shaker card.
Sorry for the glare, I used gold metallic card stock for the outer frame and it is so difficult to photograph! I used the same Graceful Fans border die for this card as well. I wanted to show you how you can get very different looks with basically the same card layout just by switching up the colors.I really like how the Graceful Frame Maker die works with your existing border dies and punches. It's a great way to get more use from your stash and there is no measuring or complicated cutting involved.
How to Win:
Hop around to each Creative Team Member and leave a comment on each blog, one lucky winner will win a die of their choice from the Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace Collection.    In making the rounds, a comment should be left on the July 11th Blog Post of each Creative Team member - in your comments let us know if there is a border or two that tickles your fancy.

When to Check Back:
We'll pick and post a winner on Saturday July 15.  The winner will be posted on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.

How to Claim:
The winner has two weeks from the time the blog post is published to claim their die.  Simply click on the contact tab at the top right hand corner of the Amazing Paper Grace blog, leave your mailing address and type the name of the die you'd like.  Becca will be sending out the winning die.  In fact, she's currently all caught up on mailing out winning dies :-)

Who can Play:
Any of our lovely readers including our international friends.

Off We Go!
Visit Becca      -  at
Visit Melissa  – at
Visit Teresa    -  at
Visit Anita      – at
Visit Kristi      – at
Visit Joanna   – at

Hey there, do you have creations you’d like to share with us?  Tag your Instagram cards made with Amazing Paper Grace Dies with #amazingpapergrace and your creation may be featured during our next creative team round up.  If you’re a die collector, be sure to help a fellow collector and review your dies, how they cut and what you use them for on or – you can upload your creations right there as well.

I hope you'll play along with us for a chance to win some lovely dies! Thank for visiting and have a great day!💗

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Eiffel Tower Merci Card

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend is going great so far. Here in the United States we are celebrating our Independence Day on Tuesday so a lot of folks are enjoying a long weekend.

Today I'm sharing a card made with Victoriana Crest and Cinch And Go Flowers 2, part of the new Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace.

I love Paris and hopefully will be able to go back to this wonderful city someday. I am fascinated with the Eiffel Tower and make lots of cards from the ever growing collection of Eiffel Tower stamps I collect. I cut the Victoriana Crest frame out of pearlized gold card stock so it has a vintage look that I love. I heat embossed the stamp in black on the oval that is included in the  set. The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut that is included in the set as well. The flowers are made from the new Cinch And Go Flowers 2. They are so easy to cut and  put together!

 I found these lovely jewels for the center in my stash as well as the metal crown adorning the top of the frame.

I hope you liked my card today and have given you some ideas for your own cards and projects using these wonderful dies. Thank for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Aunt Carrie- A Heritage Card Featuring Isabella Frame And Isadora Trinkets Dies From Amazing Paper Grace

Happy Sunday my lovely friends! I'm here today to share a new card made with the lovely Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets dies that are a part of the new Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken.

 I wanted to make a vintage collage type card and since the Venise Lace collection is all about lace, I decided to cut my dies from cotton muslin. First, I ran my muslin square through my Xyron to make the entire back sticky so I wouldn't have to use a liquid glue on fabric. I realized that was a mistake as soon as I peeled the backing off: the entire piece wanted to stick to itself! Ugh! I ended up applying the muslin to card stock and then die cutting it. Perfect! It was stiff enough to handle. I gave the pieces an aged look by applying tea stain Distress Ink using a sponge dauber. As I was swirling the ink, the muslin began to fray a bit, lending an even more antique look.

I started collecting antique photographs a few years ago. They are so fascinating! I wonder about the people in these photos, who they were, where they lived and who they loved. This particular photo has  'Aunt Carrie' written on the back, so at least we know her name! I embellished the large lace piece made from Isadora Trinkets with a vintage rhinestone earring from my vintage jewelry collection. I pick up lots of old jewelry in online auctions and vintage shops in my local area.They make great embellishments for vintage style projects. The "cherish" sticker is from Tim Holtz's Chit Chat stickers.

I hope I've done well by Aunt Carrie by making her into a piece of art for someone to enjoy! I hope you've enjoyed your visit as well! Have a lovely week and see you again soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Isabella Frame Happy Birthday Card

Happy Monday, everyone! I know Mondays usually stink but what's better on a Monday than getting some awesome card inspiration? LOL Coffee helps too!  The card I'm sharing today is made with the new Isabella Frame Dies from the Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken's Amazing Paper Grace line.

Yes, I managed to make a card without pink! I chose the lovely blue, green and cream paisley paper as my color inspiration. I love how this die looks cut from cream card stock. These dies are so pretty and delicate, I love the lace look they have. This card was very simple to make, just a square card with a patterned paper layer, Isabella Frame layer, middle sentiment layer, ribbon and some lovely flowers. These dies really do the work for you.They make such a statement that all you really have to do is enhance them a little bit.

Here is a closeup so you can see all the little details. There is a supply list below in case you want to know. Thank you visiting me today, I hope you like my project! See you again soon and have a lovely week!

Supplies not linked above-

Cream card stock- Micheal's
Blue card stock-Papertrey Ink Hawaiin Shores
Patterned paper- Hobby Lobby
Stamp-Serendipity Stamps
Ribbon-May Arts
Rhinestone Embellishment- Craftmoon Supply

unlinked items are either discontinued or I was not able to find an online source

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing The Venise Lace Collection Blog Hop

Hi there, welcome to the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team Blog Hop. Today we are introducing a new die collection by Becca Feeken called Venise Lace.  I'll list all of the creative team so that you don't miss a beat but don't forget, each of us will be giving away an Amazing Paper Grace die pulled from the comments left on each of the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team blogs - details at the bottom of my post.   We thought it would be awesome to introduce the dies along with samples to show what you can make.  So, without further ado let me talk about the two dies I get to introduce:

First up is Spellbinders S5-310 Isabella Frame  by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.

 I made this very fancy wedding card for you today. I used the Isabella frame and the small accent piece in each corner cut from gold card stock. I love all of the rich detail and how intricate the dies are from this collection. They really do make your paper look like real lace!

The second up is Spellbinders S4-791 Isadora Trinkets  by Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace in the Venise Lace Collection.

The swag from Isadora Trinkets is the star here. I used them to frame the opening in my card. I also used the Isabella Frame to emboss the design on the front of the card. It's a technique I don't see done very much, but I love the results. It's also a good way to get more from your dies!

These dies are in stock on the Spellbinders website and ready to make their way to you!  If you like, pop over to the Spellbinders Website and shop away!

In the meantime, be sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from the Vintage Elegance Collection.
There are five dies that are being given away. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the APG Creative Team May Blog Hop post between June 13 and June 16, 2017 at midnight US CST and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on June 17th.

Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice from the Vintage Elegance Collection; there will be a total of five dies and a winner can win once among all five blogs.   If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  The dies will be mailed out by Becca, once she has received your winning info and choice.

More Eye Candy:
Visit Melissa  -  to see her take on Emmeline Treillage and Franchesa Label.
Visit Kristi      - to see her take on Isabella Frame and Isadora Trinkets
Visit Teresa    - to see her take on Victoriana Crest and Bella Claire Border
Visit Joanna   - to see her take on Cinch and Go Flowers II and Hemstitch Rectangles
Visit Anita      - to see her take on Marchine Plume and Cinch and Go Flowers II
Visit Becca    - to see her take on Gossamer Knot Ensemble & Mini Card/Booklet Gift Box

Thanks so much for joining us for Introducing Venise Lace!
Leave a comment - tell us, which die is tugging at your heart?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rustic Father's Day Deer Cards

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! Father's Day is coming up next Sunday so I'm sharing a few cards with you today.

Lately, I've been seeing all of the wonderful cards people have been making with the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz. I admit I'm not a card maker that likes to get her hands very inky, but I couldn't help myself! This particular background is made with Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio. It gives the appearance of copper that has been left to form a patina. I just love it! I used plain heavyweight white card stock for my examples, but recommend either watercolor paper using the smooth side or Tim Holtz's branded mixed media panels. They do not curl as much when you are working with them and it lays flatter once the paper dries. The cards are pretty much straight forward construction using a kraft card stock base, paper backed burlap from DCWV, twine and wood embellishment dots from Micheal's. The deer stamp is so stunning and is from Deep Red Stamps. Here are two more I made using the same technique and mixing up the design and embellishments slightly.

This one is my favorite, love the metal star from Tim Holtz!

Using up some of my massive button stash on this one! I love how each inked panel is different and one of a kind. I forgot to mention also that a shimmer spray in a dark or metallic color looks awesome when sprayed on these panels. It's impossible to photograph the effect for you, but it adds a really nice touch in person.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for you today! Please come back on Wednesday for a blog hop featuring Becca Feeken's Amazing Paper Grace new die release. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Two Ways To Use Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Booklet Dies

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend!

 Today I have two projects to share with you using the Filigree Booklet Dies from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken. The first one is pretty straight forward and is actually a booklet.

These are a pair of wedding vow booklets made for the bride and groom to read their vows during their wedding ceremony. I made the covers from pink card stock then used the cover die again with a filigree insert to create a die cut overlay of vellum. I ran the vellum through my Xyron first to add adhesive so I didn't have to worry about liquid glue possibly showing through the vellum. I made one set of pages from white card stock and sewed them together with waxed linen thread for durability. You could use embroidery floss or any type of thin cording in your stash, I just happened to have this on hand as I sometimes make books. A large needle is also helpful for you to sew it all together.
 The sentiment on the front is actually computer generated foiled in silver using my Minc machine and die cut using the small rectangle die from the Giving Occasions stamp and die set. I added a little white silk ribbon to the spines and added some bead caps that resemble wedding bells. All of this is of course topped off with lots of little pink flowers!

The Filigree Booklet dies come with two different filigree patterns that you can use as inserts on your books. As I was playing around with them, I noticed that they can also be used to make an endless panel. There are no edges to these pieces, so you can make larger pieces of die cut paper to form a cover for your cards. You can use your ruler or just eyeball the die close to the edge of the paper to make the frame for your panel. Here's a card I made with this technique.

 Two repeats of this pattern place side by side produces a panel that fits perfectly onto the front of an A6 card, which is 4 1/2 by 6 1/4 inches. You can experiment with them and see what other sizes you can come up with. In the middle where I've joined the two panels didn't come out exactly perfect so I added some ribbon around the middle to camouflage it a bit. This card is pretty simple in construction, I backed the filigree panel with a green polka dot paper, added foam tape to the back and layered it over a white card stock base that has a floral patterned paper on top. The flowers are made from Becca's Cinch And Go Flowers dies. The sentiment and die cut rectangle are made with the Giving Occasions stamps and die set. All other supplies will be linked at the bottom of the post.

I hope you liked my projects for you today! Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by, see you soon!

Supplies not linked above-

Wedding Vow Booklets-
 card stock- Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink
vellum- Papertrey Ink
waxed linen thread- Micheals
small flowers- Funkie Junkie Boutique
sentiment- computer generated, Font is called Edwardian Script
white silk ribbon- May Arts (purchased here)
bead caps-my stash I believe I bought from Micheals
Minc Foiling  machine- buy it here

Floral Birthday Card
card stock- Micheals
patterned paper- Simple Stories, Vintage Bliss
ribbon- MayArts (discontinued)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shabby Chic Hello Card

Happy Saturday, my crafty friends! It's the beginning of a long weekend and the weather here is just beautiful. I hope you have plans to spend time with family and friends.

 Today I'm sharing a square shabby chic style card.

 I like to make square cards every once in a while, they just seem to come together so easily.  I've used the Braided Grace Square dies from the Vintage Elegance Collection by Becca Feeken on my card today.  My card base and plain layers are cut from the 6x6 Square Matting Basics dies. The construction is pretty simple here, I've just cut layers and stacked them up using foam tape wherever I wanted a "lift".

Here is a closer picture so you can see the different elements I've cut from the dies. The pink lace is from Joann's and is in the sewing section. I believe it is used as a seam binding on garments. I bought it ages ago and finally found a use for it! :). The bling is from an awesome Etsy shop, the link will be at the end of the post. This card is a prime example of how to get that layered look without a whole lot of fuss. Just let your dies work for you!

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great weekend and see you soon!

Card Base- Micheals
Patterned Paper- London Market by Pink Paislee
Card Base Dies- 6x6 Matting Basics by Spellbinders
Specialty Dies- Braided Grace Square by Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken For Spellbinders
Lace- Joann
Bling Embellishment-Craft Moon Supply
Sentiment Stamp-Hampton Art

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Amazing Paper Grace Curled Frame Ovals Vintage Elegance Dies- A Vintage Inspired Thank You Card

Happy Saturday! Welcome to my first project post featuring Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinders Dies.
Today I'm sharing a lovely vintage inspired thank you card.

My featured die today are called Curled Frame Ovals from the Vintage Elegance Collection. This is such a sweet die set. I can see this set being used for wedding cards and equally as well on baby cards. It's fancy, but not too ornate, so it can be used in lots of everyday cards.

For my card, I started with an A6 card base. The measurements are 4 1/2 by 6 1/4 inches. I created my base card from dark gray card stock. I then cut a layer of patterned paper approximately 1/8 of an inch shorter than the card base and stitched around the perimeter with gold metallic thread and adhered the panel to the card front. I chose a small print paper and die cut the bottom layer from Curled Grace. Then I chose a pink patterned paper and cut the detailed portion of it to layer on top.
Once I cut and stamped my ovals, I arranged them on top of the die cut and then decided that I needed a contrasting layer underneath to make the sentiment stand out more. So I cut another Curled Frame from dark gray card stock, cut it in half short way down the middle and fashioned a small frame to put behind the ovals. I used foam tape throughout to lift up the layers for interest. The finishing touches are a pink silk ribbon bow and some sweetheart blossom flowers. All supplies are listed and linked at the bottom of the post.

Here's another angle:
  This shows the colors more true to life.

  I hope you liked today's card! I'll be back in a week to show you another project using Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken dies! Have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Dies- Amazing Paper Grace By Becca Feeken Curled Grace Ovals, Spellbinders
Card Stock- Smokey Shadow, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers- Hanami Garden, Kaisercraft
Silk Ribbon- May Arts
Paper Flowers- Local shop

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team May Blog Hop

Hi and welcome! I am so honored and excited to be a part of the first ever Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team! I hope that I can share with you inspiration and tips on how to use Becca's wonderful products to their fullest along with all the other wonderfully talented designers. I've been a fan of Becca for a long time and know those are pretty big shoes to fill!

If you'd like to keep up with me, you can follow me here on my blog or connect with me on other social media platforms below:

Pinterest- kristiscards
Instagram- kristispapercreations

For today's inaugural post, Becca has asked us to share a creation that we feel crystallizes our unique style. That's a tough request, I have so many favorites that I'm sharing a few! I would describe my general style as shabby chic with a vintage twist.

I love the combination of ribbon, lace and flowers on this wedding card.

 More gorgeous silk ribbon and lots of jewels and flowers!

More French style! Love all the fold foil here too.

We're also hosting an awesome giveaway!
One name will be randomly picked from comments left on each of our five blogs on the APG Creative Team May Blog Hop post between May 3 and  May 8, 2017 at midnight US CST and our international friends can participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on May 9th.

What You Can Win:
Up for grabs is an Amazing Paper Grace die of your choice (excludes the Vintage Elegance Collection) there will be a total of five dies and a winner can win once.  If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  The dies will be mailed out by Becca once she has received your winning info and choice.

Here are the links where you may leave comments as well as get an introduction to my other team members:

Visit Melissa  - to see one of her favorite creations.
Visit Anita      - to see one of her favorite creations.
Visit Joanna   - to see one of her favorite creations.
Visit Becca    - to see if you are the winner on May 9th

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you will follow along with us as we bring you fresh inspiration using the wonderful Amazing Paper Grace products! Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mother's Day Cards With Portrait Of A Lady By Graphic 45

Hello all my lovely friends!I know it's been a while since I've posted to this blog. I really needed to take a break for a while. I think it's time to blow off the cobwebs and begin  to share my cards once again. This past year has seen a few changes in my life. My youngest went off to college last fall and I've been struggling with empty nester's syndrome. She'll be home for the summer next week and I could not be happier! I've also left all of my previous design teams and have focused almost solely on my Etsy shop. It's done better than I expected and it thrills me  that perfect strangers like my work enough to pay me real money for it!  It has really been a fun venture and has kept me busy and out of trouble.  I have some new things happening that I'll share soon, but for now, I have some cards to share with you today.

As you may know, I am a huge fan of Graphic 45. I just love their vintage style and dramatic color palettes. I have many of their collections, and my recent favorite is called Portrait Of A Lady Here are some Mother's Day cards I've made recently.

Who doesn't like big bows! These cards really make themselves, as I used the journaling cards as my main image and just selected the background papers to frame them. I added gold stitching around the front and stamped the sentiment on one of the chipboard tags. Easy peasey!

Look at this lovely lady! I made my own sentiments here by computer generating the text and using my Minc to gold foil them.

My personal favorite! Another gold foil sentiment and no ribbon on this one; it can be mailed easier without it.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and  thank for stopping by! See you again real soon!

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