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by on December 18, 2014 » Add more comments.

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design Blessed by Christmas Sunshine and Spellbinders Regal Frames - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Hi there friends!  Guess who is scrambling to finish up one or two more Christmas cards? That’s right, me!  Talk about therapy – Christmas music and making cards!  This week I received a new sentiment from Quietfire Design called Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine.  Does anything sound more optimistic?  It simply touched my heart.  I paired it with the elegance of new Victorian Dies for a regal look.
Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design Blessed by Christmas Sunshine and Spellbinders Regal Frames - www.amazingpapergrace.com
I stacked up several dies for the card including Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A and  Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A with Spellbinders Labels 39 Decorative Accents,  Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, and Spellbinders Regal Frame.  I got extra mileage by using Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance as a border, I simply snipped it into four pieces (see bel0w).

Here’s how I made it – step by step:

  1. Create a cream card base with cream cardstock that measures 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  (Card bases are made with two pieces of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ paper scored and glued as in this Hinge Video.
  2. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A #7 from cream cardstock, adhere directly to card base.  Band ribbon around these layers taping in front.
  3. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders Labels 39 Decorative Accents from red cardstock, adhere with one layer of foam tape
  4. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance from cream cardstock.  Slice off both sides then cut remaining piece in half (see below).  Adhere to previous layer.
  5. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A #4 and #7 at the same time, from cream cardstock, creating a frame.
  6. Mat and adhere to red paper cut just a scan 1/8″ larger. Place a band of ribbon around these layers taping in back.  Adhere to card base with one layer of foam tape.
  7. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders Regal Frame.  Adhere to card base using two layers of foam tape in areas that will be hidden.
  8. Cut/Emboss A2 Matting Bascis A #3 from cream cardstock.  Stamp sentiment.  Adhere to card base with two layers of foam tape.
  9. Glue corner pieces from Regal Frame to the top and bottom of sentiment panel.
  10. Tie a bow and glue to left side of card.
  11. Cut/Emboss Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia smallest flower, twice.  Burnish to plump and glue with leaves staggered.  Adhere to bow and add pearl.
  12. Embellish with pearls.

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design Blessed by Christmas Sunshine and Spellbinders Regal Frames - www.amazingpapergrace.com

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED 
Stamps: Quietfire Design – Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine
Craft Paper
: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Smooth, PTI – Pure Poppy
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossing powder
Accessories: Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A,  Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, Spellbinders Labels 39 Decorative Accents,  Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, Spellbinders Regal Frame embossing folder, Paper Source Satin Ribbon, Recollection Pealrs, Corage Pin, Embossing Powder.

Wishing you the best during this wonderful holiday season!

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Find more like this: *5 x 7 Matting Basics A, *A2 Matting Basics A, *Fleur de Elegance, *Labels (39) Thirty Nine Decorative Accents, *Regal Frame, -Christmas, -Holiday Cards, :Cream, :Red, Quietfire Design, Stamping, |Elegant, |Many Layers

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About those bracelets . . .

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Gift Bracelets by Becca Feeken - www.amazingpapergrace.comWell, okay then.  So many of you were curious about the bracelets I made that I thought I would change up and include a post here about my real world gift giving :-)  I attempted to take pictures before these were whisked off to my party last weekend but I didn’t think they were blog worthy, so I discarded the the pictures.  Back into the trash bin on my computer to find something to give you an idea of what I made.  So here is a picture in my dining room as I wrapped the gifts.

First of all the bracelets are made with leather and cup chain and wrapped with waxed cotton cord; I learned to make this bracelet at Spellbound 3.  I have to admit that at first I didn’t think this was my style until I put it on and felt the sparkle!  These bracelets are so trendy right now and combined with the fact that they are so simple to make, they passed my test for “can I persevere through twelve of them??”  I was delighted when I went to my local beading store for supplies, and she had her own version, so I altered mine to be a combination of  what I learned and several that I had seen online – here’s a step by step tutorial published online so that you can see what was involved with this quick project – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-make-a-rhinestone-and-leather-wrap-bracelet.html

Gift Bracelets by Becca Feeken - www.amazingpapergrace.com
So how to package these without having to spend a ton of money?  I went to the Dollar Tree and found these little glass bowl packaged four for a $1.00.  Off to Walmart to buy tinsel garland to serve as the bed to put the bracelets on for $.99.  Off to Joanns for Wilton 4″ x 9.5″ Clear Cellophane Party Bags – for 25 they were $1.99.  Around the aisle at Walmart for mini-bows @$.99.  I printed off  “She Sparkles Everywhere She Goes” (that just makes me smile) and included it as a little card that holds the bracelet in place.   I slipped the little bowls each inside a cellophane bag and secured with a twisty tie while punching 1″ circles from silver glitter paper to include as a tag.

Lol, I hadn’t planned to share, but since you asked…. Just a little peek into the craftiness that goes along with the cards I make.  These women have been friends for many years and they have such sweet crafty souls – indeed they sparkle everywhere they go!  We do all this not because we’re picking up another hobby (necessarily) but because ya have to make something to go “with” the card, right?  Thanks for asking about my crafty endeavors, I loving sharing with you all and will see you soon!!


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Becky Green on Comment #10 asked how the bracelets fasten – yep, it’s the button.  It pretty much has to be a shank button but it makes for a nice closure and I have lots of them in my stash ;-)

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Gilded Embossed Tree

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Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Christmas Tree embossing folder and Heirloom Oval - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Hi there friends!  I’m checking in today with a quick card and a quick post to share.  Quick, because I’ve been on quite the craft wagon this weekend.  I’m so lucky to belong to a group of 12 ladies that have been paper crafting together for more than 12 years; we have a Christmas Party each year.  Collecting ideas throughout the year, we each make 12 (all the same) gifts and exchange them at the party.  I’m strutting a little bit from accomplishment because I made 12 bracelets – yes, I actually finished them!!  I wish I had gotten pictures but there just wasn’t time.  Our party was amazing and now we’re officially on the hunt for our ideas for next year.  All the hubbub of the weekend made me want to work on something simple so I picked this embossed card to work on.  The card is made from Spellbinders Merry Christmas embossing folder and the top header is made using Spellbinders Heirloom Oval.
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I used gilding flakes to apply the gold on top of the embossing.  Since it is not a precise method, the result looks shabby  and worn, I love it.  It was as easy as rolling my brayer through a dollop of Metal Leaf Adhesive and rolling over the raised part of the design.  Once dried, I applied 1 wispy sheet of leaf metal on top of the design and brushed away the excess!!  It’s been a long time since I worked with this thin leafing, I can’t wait to try it on a colored background!   For the gold banner, embossed the top part of the embossing folder with gold and cut the banner out then glued down for some contrast.

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED 
Stamps: None
Craft Paper
: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Smooth, Gold poster board
Ink:  None
Accessories: Spellbinders Heirloom Oval, Spellbinders Merry Christmas embossing folder, Sewology Button, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Creative Concepts – Rose Copper Leaf, Speedball Metal Leaf Adhesive Size

Have a wonderful week sweet friends!!  See you soon!

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Find more like this: *Heirloom Oval, -Christmas, :Gold, :White, ^Merry Christmas, |Embossed Cards

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