Good morning sweet friends!! I have three videos to share with you today! The first video is How to Assemble the Adorned Notepad, the second video is How to Assemble Cinch and Go Flowers and the third is a very short but cute video about National Scrapbooking Day coming on May 4th – hang in there until about the midpoint, you’ll see yours truly at the end. I laugh when I say that because me being on video is way out of my comfort zone but I’m getting there :-)
First things first, yesterday we announced and introduced a new collection – Vintage Treasures. Don’t forget to zoom over to —->THIS<—– post to leave a comment for the chance to win a die. The Creative Team and I created a number of projects with the new collection and the inspiration is bound to give you some ideas for your next project. In the meantime, I created with the Adorned Notepad. My mind went crazy thinking about all the uses. Today I’m sharing a video on how to put the basic pad together as well as tips for making a sturdy project and project ideas. You can see the video below.
Many of you have asked for this, so below is a very, very easy way to use Cinch and G Flowers! I have several sets of Cinch and Go and they are mix and matchable across the whole series. I’m going to encourage you — especially if you think you cannot build a flower — give this a try. You’ll be stacking some lovelies that will look pretty on anything you make!
Last of all, did you know that National Scrapbook Day is coming – May 4th? I was asked by Scrapbook.com to explain what Scrapbook and our papercrafts means to me – this is a lovely video with many faces you will recognize! Scrapbook.com will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day April 30th through May 5th.
We are so tickled today to be introducing Vintage Treasures. Today, you’ll find a collection chalked full of classics!! As always, there is a rectangle, oval, square and circle that will work well with everything in your stash and are perfect for layering. Next, are several embellishment sets. As you hop through all the links in the blog hop, you’ll see all the new dies and how we used them.
My Inspiration for Vintage Treasures
Every collection starts somewhere a memory, something seen or something felt. For this one, I looked no further than my grandmothers hope chest. There is a special place in our hearts for those things kept in a hope chest. Other than a promise of the future, they symbolize things of value and keepsakes that bring back treasured memories. I delved there to find memories, filigree jewelry and keepsakes of old. From long-forgotten turn of the century jewelry to the edgings on an old tattered handkerchief, I love bringing the past into the present in a style that is ….well, timeless. These things — bejeweled lockets, a sweet tiara and vintage adornments from long ago — provided the sweet inspiration and restoration of some lovely, lovely Vintage Treasures.
The physical dies in this collection have an extra measure of flexibility and function. Most templates have an outer rim, and inlay and an inner rim that you can use for your sentiment.
My Project For Today:
I’m tickled to introduce ****S4-997 Adorned Notepad
This is a fun offering from the collection. Because the collection is full of rims, labels, and snippets of pretty, I thought the adorned notepad to be a lovely place to showcase those snippets. It creates the perfect little gift for giving.
I’ve made a series of little notebooks – one elegant gift notepad (gold and cream), one whimsical gift crayon holder for a youth and one feminine gift notepad for a friend (blue with dressforms). My mind went crazy thinking up uses . . . a coupon book, a sewing kit, a holder for little button cards and tick, tick, tick, it’s still working away at the ideas!
Two of the notebooks below have small writing pads in them. I simply went to Office Depot and purchased small legal pads and had them chop the stack in half. After chopping in half, I asked them to trim the bottom also to get to the dimensions I needed. These are 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and they are perfect to tuck into a purse!
For my girly notepad, I embellished with flowers (below):
Below is the youth gift where instead of using just the pencil holder, I lined up eight of them. Perfect for crayons, perfect for an outing, perfect for the car :-)
These are supplies that will come in handy with this notepad die – legal pads and golf pencils. I purchased both items at Office Depot.
These plates are available right now on the Spellbinders website —–> HERE
Just a note: all past prize winners have been contacted and their dies are on the way – we are caught up with prizes. Just in time for us to give away more dies!!! P.S. Suzette Yandle, Barbara Bruder and Andrea Clinard, please check your email. We’ve been trying to reach you about your prize :-)
Be sure you leave a comment on this post and every Creative Team Members post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from any previous collection.
There are two dies that are being given away. One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our seven blogs on the Introducing The Vintage Treasures post between April 10 and April 15, 2018, at midnight US Central Time. We encourage all of our international friends to participate! The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on April 16th. (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace).
There will be a total of two dies and a winner can win once among all the blogs. If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of the announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog. There won’t be a reply back but if you leave your choice, we’ll get it, I promise. When sent, you will get an email that your die is on the way. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.
Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing Vintage Treasures Blog Hop. Is it time to update your dies with new classics? We hope you’ll find some inspiration here that you turn your next project into something you love.
How can it possibly be the beginning of April?!? Well it is!! I’m giddy about the feelings of spring, they are a blessing, a breeze of hope and a healer to my soul. I’m tickled to jump in on a beautiful morning to share my new Die of the Month – it’s called Elegant Swivel and Sashay Die Set. It’s an interactive card with an elegant twist. The thing that I love most about this die set is that even if you are not into interactive, with all the other sweet and cozy little pieces you can make a regular card.
This month you’ll see that I did a card that super feminine, one that is super elegant, and one that could be given to any one – guy, girl or youth. Die of the Month is an opportunity for me to create a multi-purpose die that will create many items and works well with that you have in your stash. I also love the program because it can be budgeted for every month or for the months you like to participate – you sweet readers asked for that. Yes, I still have new collections coming, but the Die of the Month is sold for less than collection dies of a smaller size. For new subscribers, if you are not familiar with the Die of the Month here’s a post that will give you all the details ——> HERE
Inspiration for this Month’s Die
This month’s die has 20 pieces including a swivel mechanism, four words, four flowers, an adorable scalloped panel, and some more elegant touches. I normally make 5 x 7 cards but this set is sized to accommodate the A2 folks!! It will make an A2 card and can be sized up to make 5 x 7 as you will see in my samples. My goal was to create a set that would make a lovely pop up card that could be downplayed to make a normal card as well. This one is a no brainer – for the basic swivel card, there is no measuring, just cut and glue. I will say the card looks lovely when you add matted panels on the inside and out and that’s what I’ve done with my samples. Wanna see how it is made?
Assembling the Elegant Swivel and Sashay Card
Elegant Swivel and Sashay Samples
This card is all girl. Lace, powdery vellum papers, vintage pink and gold – my favorite kind of card. I have a friend who has asked me for this one. She says that it speaks to the woman in her and that all of the elements are dreamy and cozy. Personally, I love it when I can put feeling into a card and I hope this one makes you smile. Card size is 4-1/4″ Wide x 5-1/2″ Tall
And the inside :-) I created the little starburst edging just to add a little bit of flair.
The belly band lifts off this one to reveal a surprise!! The sentiment is on the inside but could just as easily go where the belly band could hide it. I wanted this card to be just like opening up a present :-) Card size is 4-1/4″ Wide x 5-1/2″ Tall
And then there is the inside :-)
To me, for this card, the sentiment says it all!! This will eventually go out to a friend that has helped me so much in the last month. To her I just can’t say thank you enough – that’s why it’s stamped four times, lol!! This card uses the interactive element but turned sideways for a landscape card. Card size is 4-3/4″ Wide x 6″ Tall.
And here is the inside. I love the real estate that is available for sentiments in this format of card. But, truth be known, all the delicate little parts an pieces here work spectacularly with everything in your stash for everyday cards.
That’s my share for you with the April 2019 Die of the Month – thank you for letting me walk though my though process and what I wanted to create! Pop over to the Spellbinders Blog to ——>THIS POST <——– to have a look at many more pictures of the Elegant Swivel and Sashay Die Set.
If you are already a member or have purchased any of the Die of the Month Dies, I hope you’ll leave a review of the die on the Club Page —-> HERE. Your constructive thoughts help others know if they want to give the die a try. Likewise, if you aren’t sure – be sure to go read the reviews – they will help you know if this one is for you.
So last month I asked you to leave a comment telling me how many years you’ve been cardmaking. I was blown away!! I have a friend that says people last an average of 6 years with a hobby before moving on and I told her that I begged to differ :-) I’ve been making cards since the mid 1990’s and I see I’m in very good company here because many of you have been at it for that long as well. I say it’s a way of life. If you have it in your heart to create with your hands I find that it’s something that you do in all corners of your life. In fact, I’ve been making with my hands since childhood. One of my favorite hobbies is sewing and I’ve spent my whole likfe doing it – sometimes with little things, sometimes with big. How about you – what other hobby has been a cornerstone of your life?
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