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Picture Perfect Christmas

by on October 16, 2014 » Add more comments.

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Picture Perfect and Holiday Sentiments - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Hi there friends!  Take my word for it, you should ‘never’ say never!  I’ve been seeing cards with sequins everywhere and I simply shook my head unable to understand what anyone would see in them and here we go, today it was the perfect embellishment for my card.  It just needed a little sumpin’ sumpin’ and that did it.  My card today is a kind of novelty card. I looked at the Spellbinders Picture Perfect die template, loving how it feels like you are looking into a scene!  I decided to make a peek-a-boo kind of open aperature card.  It was tons of fun and again I used the red, white and kraft that I love.  You might just notice that I didn’t use any stamp!  Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments comes right in handy for a quick sentiment.
Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders  Picture Perfect and Holiday Sentiments - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Mind you this isn’t the kind of card that you’re gonna write a book in but it will be a nice card to show off in the Christmas Card line up on your entry table.Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders  Picture Perfect and Holiday Sentiments - www.amazingpapergrace.com
I framed the card with diagonal candy stripe paper using  Spellbinders Grand Labels One and finished off with a red bird cut from Spellbinders Birds on a Wire

Here’s how I made it – step by step:

  1. Start out with a 6″ square card base – line the inside of the card with design paper and add several red sequins.
  2. Cut/emboss Spellbinders Picture Perfect centered on the front of the card without the Labels One Shaped border.
  3. Cut/emboss Spellbinders Picture Perfect along with it’s companion Labels One Shaped die from kraft cardstock, adhere to center of card base.
  4. Cut/emboss Spellbinders Grand Labels One # 1 and #3, adhere to front of card with two layers of foam tape.
  5. Tie a bow, snip off tails, adhere to bottom left hand corner with a button and bells.
  6. Cut a strip 1″ x 3″ and cut notch out of end, adhere to card.
  7. Cut/emboss words from Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments, adhere to strip.
  8. Cut/emboss Spellbinders Birds of a Wire – adhere one bird to tree.
CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED
Rubber Stamps  None
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – 80 lb smooth, PTI – Pure Poppy, Kraft, Teresa Collins – Santa’s List
Ink: None
AccessoriesSpellbinders Picture PerfectSpellbinders Holiday Sentiments,  Spellbinders Grand Labels OneSpellbinders Birds on a Wire, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Paper Studio Button, Red Bells, Red Sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have read and savored each comment you’ve written, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my last post!  Sending hugs!!

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Find more like this: *D-Lite - Birds of a Wire, *D-Lite - Holiday Sentiments, *Grand Labels One, *Picture Perfect, -Christmas, :Brown, :Red, :White

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A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration

by on October 12, 2014 » Add more comments.

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration and Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance
Hi there friends!  Glorious Sunday morning to you!!  I have a card for you today and a little bit of chit chat about what’s going on with me.  First the card, using another new design by my sweet friend Suzanne Cannon with Quietfire Design and her lovely penmanship turned to rubber.  The sentiment is A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration and I layered it up with my favorite Spellbinders in a colorway I simply love (I have another card already made up using the same).

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration and Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance

Lots of Layers
I love to add bits and pieces for layers but they are only suggestions, certainly a more simple card can be created using less but I have them – why not use them, lol!  From the bottom up I used Spellbinders Gold Elements One, Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, the small piece from Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG.  I simply stacked them up with two of the Gold Elements separated into two corners as a base to build on.

What’s Up with Me
I haven’t had much to say lately but want you to know that this is a very, very good sign. This has been my year.  I tell friends that it’s almost like I’ve been in a deep freeze or a coma for a long time and this year I woke up and realized how much work I have to do.  I’m coming up on the four year anniversary of John’s passing and the last five have been a blur I barely remember.  I consider myself a functioning crafter, meaning the past years have been so very hard to put one foot in front of the other but somehow the one thing I could manage to do was to sit at the craft table for hours on end and create.  I was so fortunate to find an outlet for my grief and hope to encourage others to do the same.

Joyful Distractions
Lately, periods of silence found me diligently working behind the scenes on my dreams, fixing up my house and even yesterday I savored a day of pajama lounging (although I was getting work done).   Last week I had a milestone birthday that has me smiling and rejoicing simply being alive.   In this awakening I find myself teased by all the things I like to do – am I going to the beach? picking up my crochet?  renovating the house?  reading that book?  sitting at the sewing machine?  going out with friends?  or making a card?  As you might guess, over the past months I’ve found time for all that and even caught up with old friends!  Oh, and yes, I’m still passionate about papercrafting.  With age I’m consumed with living each day to the fullest and consciously choosing joy.  The wonderful thing is that it’s still there. it’s been waiting for me all along :-)  Thanks so much for letting me jabber on about my life – many of you ask so I thought it was high time for an update….

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED
Rubber Stamps  Quietfire Design - A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White – 80 lb smooth, PTI – Pure Poppy, Kraft
Ink: Tsukineko MementoLuxe – Love Letter
AccessoriesSpellbinders Gold Elements OneSpellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and AccentsSpellbinders Grand OvalsSpellbinders Fleur de Elegance, Spellbinders A2 Filigree DelightSpellbinders Classic Ovals LG, Hobby Lobby Satin Ribbon, Paper Studio Button, Paper Studio Pearls

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  I’ve reached out to folks on Facebook and Instagram and continue to work on my blog in the background.  I’m looking forward to some changes that will make it easier to engage with you here.  I’ll get there, it might take me some time since I wear all the hats here, but I’ll get there!!  Stay tuned!!

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Find more like this: *A2 Filigree Delight, *Classic Ovals LG, *Fleur de Elegance, *Gold Elements One, *Grand Ovals, *Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, -Christmas, -Holiday Cards, :Red, :White, Quietfire Design, Stamping, |Elegant, |Many Layers

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A Sweet Hello

by on October 4, 2014 » Add more comments.

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using  JustRite Sweet Posies and Spellbinders Mystical Embrace and Divine Eloquence
Good morning blog friends!  Today is day four of JustRite Papercrafts October releases.  So, I’m back to pink and frilly for this card.  I used a new background stamp called Sweet Vines Background along with Sweet Posies for my sentiment.  For the background I used Victorian Velvet distress ink and pressed it into slightly damp watercolor paper.  The ink diffuses just a little bit for this soft watercolor look.
Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using  JustRite Sweet Posies and Spellbinders Mystical Embrace and Divine Eloquence

I paired two of the Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die cuts together and on the top one I scored along the prominent top horizontal line and glued both pieces together.  On the insides (both top and bottom) of the card I inserted a cream panel the same size as the prominent rectangle in the template.  Then I layered up my stamped background and added a panel cut using Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence and Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG at the same time.  My sentiment was stamped in the oval frame and I went around the oval with some cotton trim.

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED
Rubber Stamps JustRite Papercraft - Sweet Vines Background, Sweet Posies
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White – 80 lb smooth, Coredinations
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
AccessoriesSpellbinders Mystical Embrace, Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence, Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Cotton Flower Trim, Mulberry Flowers, Paper Studio Pearls

Be sure to pop in and visit the other designers who have creations to show today:

JustRite Inspiration • Debbie OlsonBecca FeekenKristi Schurr • Michele KovackMarisa Job • Heidi BlankenshipAmy Tedder • Kazan Clark • Darsie Bruno • Angela BarkhouseKathy Jones  

Oh, and until October 13, JustRite is having a sale on Christmas stamps – HERE

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Thanks so much for stopping by today (which coincidentally is World Card Making Day).  Yay, I even have a card!  Hope you have a super sweet crafty weekend!!

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Find more like this: *5 x 7 Mystical Embrace, *A2 Divine Eloquence, *Classic Ovals LG, -Anytime Cards, :Cream, :Pink, JustRite Stampers, |Elegant

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