Wednesday, March 25, 2020

You're a True Friend, Sketch Share

 

You're a True Friend
This card was based off of this fabulous Card Sketch by the amazing Karan Berger

I have used a single die in 4 different ways.
1- for the focal point, 2- an edger, 3- the corners, 4- and as a background.

Hope you will give this fun sketch a try and enter it into the New Monthly Sketch Share album at APG Facebook Group HERE.
Also uses the new APG   All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set 
From the Flourished Fretwork Collection by Becca Feeken 
 All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set Flourished Fretwork by Becca Feeken
The mini flowers were die cut from the following 
March 2020 APG - Die of the Month
MBR-APG - Elegant Infinity


If you are not familiar with the NEW FACEBOOK GROUP for Amazing Paper Grace, you might want to go check it out HERE for loads of inspiration;
 Our Team loves seeing your uploads and we are super excited you are here. Thank you! Starting today, APG is implementing a brand New Monthly Sketch Share that will run on the 25th of each month. We hope you will join the fun! Simply create a project (using APG products), that is based on the monthly Sketch and upload it to the appropriate Group Album for "Monthly Sketches". You may interpret the Sketch anyway you'd like and just have fun!
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I'd like to also enter into the following challenges

All Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Use Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Opt; add Buttons
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
International Art & Soul - Use Green as your Main Color
Paper Shelter - Flowers of the Spring
Paper Funday - Anything Goes
Paperminutes - Frames
Stamping Sensations - Spring Florals
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - Flower Power
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Thanks for stopping by today!
America

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Thanking you, Masculine Card

Hello, Hello awesome Crafters!
I sincerely hope you are staying safe and making the most of this quarantine time. :)

Today I'm sharing a multi-layered and dimensional masculine card. This is my vision for a first take with this Richelieu Square fab die from new Flourished Fretwork Die Collection by Becca Feeken, for Amazing Paper Grace at Spellbinders. I've basically framed and layered up around the stamped sentiment to keep it as the main focal point. I love that this wallpaper (backed by adhesive sheet then die-cut) gives this a little pop of color!
All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set Flourished Fretwork by Becca Feeken
Nestabilities Candlewick Squares Etched Dies Candlewick Classics Collection by Becca Feeken
Nestabilities Hemstitch Squares Etched Dies Romancing the Swirl Becca Feeken
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Other Products used include:
Vintage Wallpaper on adhesive sheet, Heavyweight Black/White Cardstock, foam adhesive.

Hope you will give these cutting dies and ideas a try!
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Did you know that APG is NOW on Facebook?   Come check out the new Group HERE.
Amazing Paper Grace  - Creative Encouragement Community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/APGCreativeEncouragement/
Won't you stop by and join us today? We have a new member survey for everyone to fill out after joining and two lucky "Graceletts" will win new dies.
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Masculine Cards Facebook Group
Speaking of Masculine cards, are you like me who also needs masculine cards for the men, guys, dudes, boys, baby-boys., etc..., but seem to struggle with creating them?  Well then, guess what?   I'm excited to announce that here is a BRAND NEW Facebook community with a brand new Group called "Masculine Cards"!  Come be inspired to create those male themed projects by other crafters just like you!  :)  Here is the direct link to this NEW Group.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/APGCreativeEncouragement/
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I'd like to also enter this masculine card into the following Fun Challenges:
Arty Divas - Anything Goes 

All Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Artsystamper  - Lots of Layers 
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness -Anything Goes opt;For Him
Dream Valley - One For The Boys
Dare 2B Artzy  - Anything Goes

Fab n Funky - Masculine 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes

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Be well my friends! {{Hugs}}
America

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hope Your Day is Wonderful!

Hope your day is wonderful!
Hello Friends! Hope you are doing well, staying healthy and safe indoors! For those of you in the UK, I hope that you can find ways to celebrate your special Mum's Day/Mother's Day/ today! :)

We are doing OK here in Colorado, USA, so far, thankfully.  My school aged kids are getting bored. Even though we stay busy now with homeschooling (as they are still responsible for academics with e-learning).  I'm like a guiding tutor. Yikes. Wish me luck for recalling my learning years and some patience. Ha!   Still feeling so blessed in a non-stop household!   I do manage to sneak away to craft and that’s been really fun, so yay for me! Hope you are also finding time to craft and adjusting to the circumstances to help you keep calm during these trying times.
Sending you all cyber {{hugs}}. 😊

Now on to my card; It is shimmery with lots of depth and several layers. I've used some fabulous older collections of cutting dies by Sue Wilson, for Creative Expressions. SW is ONE of my absolute favorite die designers on the market. 

TIP 1
I’ve used a wax paper roll for the flowers!  
This gives the flowers a softer, more delicate look and was crumbles so much better than vellum.  There are many variations of wax papers and brands out there but I get mine from the $1 store for crafting. The bonus doing is that you can mess up lots because it's a whole roll! So keep on trying. 

TIP 2
Heavy Golden Gift Wrapping Paper
I've die-cut both the background and top panels out of the wrapping paper that was backed by adhesive and card-stock for stability. The background die-cut leafy frame was then cut into 4 sections to extend/enlarge the leafy design. I used the same die for the front panel to continue to design, and left it as a single layer. 

 These are just ideas I wanted to try and both types proved to cut beautifully with the Dies!


Sue Wilson Products;
I have included link to shops still carrying these items;

Noble Dies Collection; Ornate Pierced Rectangles 
Sue Wilson Dies - Noble Dies - Ornate Pierced Rectangles


Frames and Tags Collection Leafy Frame
Creative Expressions - Frames and Tags Collection - Dies - Leafy Frame
Finishing Touches Collection Orange Blossom
Sue Wilson Dies - Orange Blossom - Open Petals

Mini Expressions Collection;  “Hope your day is wonderful”
Creative Expressions - Mini Expressions Collection - Craft Dies - Hope Your Day is Wonderful
Other Products;
Self adhesive gold gems, Black & cream card-stock, Satin Ribbon, Glitter, Wax paper & Gold wrapping paper.
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INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/cardsbyamerica/
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Are you a Sue Wilson fan?? 
Stop by Facebook and check out this fab SW FAN group HERE;
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I'd like to also enter into the following fun Challenges;
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers Floral focus
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends  - Ladies / Girls
A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Creatalicious - Anything Goes, opt/ layer it up
Creative Craft Cottage - For the Girls
Daisy Chain - Use Dies

Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Let's Craft and Create  - Anything Goes, opt Easter
Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles  - For the Ladies / Girls
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by!  Please stay healthy and safe during these trying times. {Cyber Hugs}
America

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sweet Baby Girl Banner


Hello and welcome back! Today I'm sharing a sweet decorative Baby Girl Banner to use for hanging on a mantle or on tables at your Baby Shower gatherings.! It is loaded with texture, bling, flowers & clear acrylic accent blocks announcing it's a Girl!


Here's an example of what it may look like over a mantle.

 
A close-up, though this pic was taken at night so shows darker.


How-To;
This was super fun to assemble and SO easy to create with the APG Pivot Banner Etched Dies. Start with die-cutting elements from white and pink heavy cardstock. Do this multiple times to be able to work in an assembly -type of a setting to make it easier.  Then adhere together as shown to create each section that is twice layered for  depth and stability.  Next,  start assembling your prepared sections with the baby Girl acrylic blocks at the top of each section.  Place these individual sections over a double satin ribbon, making sure to evenly separate each section along the ribbon's length.  Your finishing touches really will make this banner even sweeter. I chose flowers - created with the Sweet Cottage Flowers Die Set and the small accents at bottom of each were die cut from the Grand Crested Tower Etched Die Set.  I then embellished with silver brads and silver adhesive half pearls. The final step was adding cardstock to the back of each section to cover up all the workings and brads leaving a clean white space.

You could create banners from any APG dies, really.  To me, this pivot die just makes it so easy because it just screams "Banners"-  LOL!  
Below are the exact die sets used;

Amazing Paper Grace from Spellbinders
Shapeabilities 3D Interactive Pivot Banner Etched Dies
 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken

Shapeabilities Sweet Cottage Flowers Etched Dies
 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken 
 Shapeabilities Sweet Cottage Flowers Etched Dies 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken

Shapeabilities Grand Crested Tower Etched Dies
 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken
 Shapeabilities Grand Crested Tower Etched Dies 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken
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That's it! What do you think? Will you give it a try? 
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Be sure to check us out at the brand new APG Facebook Group, Here;
Amazing Paper Grace - Creative Encouragement Community

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I'd like to also enter this Banner project into the following FUN challenges;
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Blog Named Hero - Anything but a Card
Always Fun - Flowers
Arty Divas -Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Use Flowers
Crafting Happiness Challenges Anything Goes- opt; For Her
Creatalicious - Theme: Anything Goes - Opt; Layer it up
Creative Inspirations - Pretty Pastels
Creations in Pink - Anything goes in mainly Pink

Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes 
  Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter -Girl Power
The Paper Girls - Babies
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - Flower Power
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Thanks for stopping by today. I do hope to have inspired your cfreativity.
America

Sunday, March 15, 2020

March Die of the Month Blog Hop


Hello and welcome back! It's time for the APG Die of the Month Blog Hop! But first, a News Flash!!! We are tickled to make a special little announcement!

Today is the Grand Opening of a new Facebook Group
Amazing Paper Grace - Creative Encouragement Community

Won't you stop by and join us today? We have a new member survey for everyone to fill out after joining and two lucky "Graceletts" will win new dies.
Don't forget to come back here and enjoy the inspiration that awaits from the creative team and the serene ways they have worked up the Die of the Month.

It's a circle! It's a square! It's a circle in a square! This little template weighs in at 4" x 4" and packs a powerful punch with the ability to use each of the elements for a whole host of cards. This month we are excited to share Elegant Infinity

As always the rims make this die set so very versatile. It was designed for the circle to be included or not included. It was designed so that it could have an intricate center or not. It was also designed so that the corners are scaled to fit inside (trim corner) leaving one line width open for the die-cut words. We hope you love all the options!

Here are the cutting dies included in this Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
set; MBR-APG - Elegant Infinity

My Project Today:
A Mini little Black and White Wedding Gift-Box 
Made with loads of bling, layers and love.



Supply List: Stamps: none Paper: Heavyweight Black and White Cardstock, Vellum. Ink: None
Accessories: MBR-APG - Elegant Infinity Cutting Dies Set, Satin Ribbon, Bling

I started by creating 3D Box with a scoreboard to match the size of these cutting dies. I then multi-cut the sets to added layers and tuned the center cuts slightly as I layered them.
 

If you want to find out more about the Spellbinders Club prices, how you sign up and what's included, please look -------- HERE.

If you missed the introduction and want to know more about what inspired the Die of the Month Club, please look -------HERE.

More inspiration is just a click away. Stop by with each APG Creative Team Member below to see how they manipulated this die to come up with a unique project for you to try!
Visit Joanna – joannakrog.blogspot.com
Visit Teresa – victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com
Visit Ewelina - elinaart.blogspot.com
Visit Kate – craft2owls.blogspot.com
(You are here Visiting) America - cardsbyamerica.blogspot.com
Visit Becca – amazingpapergrace.com/blog

We can’t wait to see what you make with these exclusive dies – be sure to post your creation on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month page -------HERE 
or on Instagram using the hashtag   #AmazingPaperGraceClubKit

 
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I'd like to also enter this 3D project into the following fab Challenges
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Blog Named Hero - Anything but a Card
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Artsy Stamper - Lots of Layers
Crafting Happiness - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Ladies/Girls
CardzTV - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy - Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes 
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Black Background
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
 Moving Along With The Times - Anything But a Card
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
PaperBabe - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Circle it
Path of Positivity - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge -Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

 Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Favorite Embellishment (mine are; Satin Ribbon, Bling)

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Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing from you. 

Please stay safe and healthy crafty friends.
America