How to do Shadow Layering by Becca Feeken using Amazing Paper Grace Dies by Spellbinders - A2 Swirl Background, Swirl Tag - see full post and supplies at
Good morning sweet friends!  I’ve been traveling again and this morning I am getting ready to take to the road that takes me home.  All good things!!  Before I left, I had a chance to sit down and make a card – I feel more of those days ahead.  This is my first time using A2 Background Swirl die from the  Romancing the Swirl Collection and I just love it.  When you pair it up with a shadow layer of gold behind your colored die cut, the Shadow Layering just sets it off. I’m using a new sentiment from Quietfire Design that is sweet and true –  Kites Rise Highest.  The sentiment is set on Swirl Tags.

Shadow Layering

Curious about shadow layering?  It’s easy.  All you do is cut two of any die you want to shadow layer.  Place your focal die cut on top and adhere by using dots, here and there, of Ranger Glossy Accents on the back.  You simply lay your focal die cut on top of the shadow die cut.  If you work quickly, even after you have all the glossy accents down, you’ll have a moment to move things around.  Offset the shadow layer slightly from the focal die cut – but not too much.  Your offset should be left to right and you can also offset a little from top to bottom.  That’s all there is to shadow layering.  Think about the possibilities…it functions as a color accent, to add a glimmer with metallic sheets or just to add a little bit of shadow for depth!


Stamps: Quietfire Design – Kites Rise Highest
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Coredinations, Gold Mirror Board – Hobby Lobby
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies by SpellbindersA2 Background SwirlSwirl TagsRomancing the Swirl Collectionpost-header-bottom

Okay, just a personal tidbit.  Recently I fell headlong into Amazon and signed up for Audible Books and purchased several.  I have a long drive head and today I’ll be listening to Shauna Niequest – Present over Perfect.  I purchased the hardcover book some time ago and not surprisingly haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I’m looking forward to checking this off my list.  Since I’m stuck in the car – I’ll have to think about what I’m hearing.  Oh, and after Present Over Perfect, I’m going to learn French with an audible book.  So if you’re driving and you look over and see an animated lady mouthing Bon jour – that’s me, lol!   :-)



  • Christine SpringmanJuly 28, 2018 - 11:40 am

    Beautiful card just stunning like the layering and sentiment. Hope you have a good trip home . Quinty girlReplyCancel

  • KathymJuly 28, 2018 - 11:41 am

    I try not to buy all of you design dies, but, your card example are so beautiful, easy to make, and versatile for any occasion that I can no up buying the die/s and making the card. You are too amazing!!! Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy LyndaJuly 28, 2018 - 12:09 pm

    Good morning Becca, just love shadow drop technique!!! Sentiment is really cute too!!!
    Happy listening and safe drive home?
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 28, 2018 - 12:39 pm

    LOL Your card is BEAUTIFUL, as usual Becca! LOVE the sentiment! I’ve wondered where you’ve been & figured you were working on something! ;) It is NICE to have a name for this technique of layering dies, Becca! THANK YOU!!!! HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!!!! You SHOULD BE quite relaxed when you reach it! LOLReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJuly 28, 2018 - 2:25 pm

    Such a beautiful card design….and soft, soothing colors. Becca, You make the most gorgeous cards. I always feel inspired by your work. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 28, 2018 - 2:29 pm

    We been missing your wonderful creations and happy to have you back. Be safe on that highway. We will be heading out soon the 1st weekend in August. Maybe coming around your way and if we do, you better be ready for lunch.
    Beautiful card today as usual and love this technque! Happily you are on your way home and we will see more of you!!!!!

  • Chelsea JohnsonJuly 28, 2018 - 4:37 pm

    Such a pretty – and elegant! – card. Absolutely lovely. Thanks for thinking of us and sharing your beautiful cards with us!ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJuly 28, 2018 - 5:25 pm

    I have been watching and so happy to see that you finally posted in July this card is so you and beautifulReplyCancel

  • CraftyCruiserJuly 28, 2018 - 5:33 pm

    Bon jour! Really lovely, elegant card. Enjoy your listening drive!
    Doreen RReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)July 28, 2018 - 5:55 pm

    Bon soir, Becca, et bon voyage!
    Lovely to see another of your fabulous creations!
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • Sheila WeberJuly 28, 2018 - 6:20 pm

    You make me laugh! And you make the most beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 28, 2018 - 7:12 pm

    Oh, so glad to hear from you. I have been missing you on your blog. You have been in my thoughts for sometime now. So pleased you are okay. Your card design is lovely. Have a safe trip back home. Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Symonds AustraliaJuly 28, 2018 - 7:26 pm

    Hi Becca. Firstly glad you are well, was beginning to be concerned. Another beautiful card as always. Very pretty and elegant. Will definitely be having a try
    Blessings to youReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJuly 28, 2018 - 7:47 pm

    Hi, Sweet Friend,
    It’s always a good day when we hear from you and you bless us with a gorgeous creation. I will definitely give this layering a try, so much richness!
    The internet is my classroom these days-such a wealth of information. Have a safe and enlightening journey home!
    Love & blessings, SandyReplyCancel

  • joy meadowsJuly 28, 2018 - 8:12 pm

    Love this beautiful card! The drop shadow is such a pretty layering technique.ReplyCancel

  • Denice with a "c"July 28, 2018 - 8:28 pm

    Hi there Becca, So glad to hear you are getting to travel and enjoy life seeing some of God’s amazing handiwork. I enjoy hearing about all the adventures you have and ride along with you in my mind. LOL…. I have heard french is a tricky language to learn but then I have heard english is one of the hardest to master. Guess it is good to have been born learning one of the hardest… course I do it with a southern drawl, LOL… Take care and by the way another beautiful card. You make it look so easy. God bless…Denice with a “c”ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithJuly 28, 2018 - 8:47 pm

    A lovely card! So glad life is being good to you. Sending thoughts and prayers for a safe journey!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJuly 28, 2018 - 8:55 pm

    Looks wonderful and am loving that you are wanting to learn french! You do everything wonderfully and I know you will be speaking it perfectly and fast!!! Bon Jour!ReplyCancel

  • Pam TASJuly 28, 2018 - 10:43 pm

    Bonjour Becca enchante’ it’s G’day here lol
    Happy you are back we all miss you and worry when
    you go quiet …….
    Guess we imagine you are up to something crafty (that maybe does
    not sound right lol)
    Love this technique especially Christmas cards have been doing
    a bit of it lately just used these dies yummy.
    Take care stay safe hugs Pam XXXReplyCancel

  • BELLA FELLJuly 29, 2018 - 3:43 am

    Blimey, I read that as you fell headlong into ‘the’ Amazon! You did say you had been travelling. Thankfully I read the rest of the sentence and glad to see you haven’t had a nasty accident.


  • Melanie KilbornJuly 29, 2018 - 1:31 pm

    Very pretty…waiting for your next dies to appear Becca…you know I can’t resist buying them xReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwAugust 4, 2018 - 5:42 am

    Lovely! And safe travels :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy MossAugust 4, 2018 - 11:24 am

    Love the colors of this card! Also love how your sentiments often are not specific to an event, so that we can stamp them in advance and have the card ready for any occasion.ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryAugust 17, 2018 - 9:47 pm

    I have been missing you been away for a while but so love all the new cardsReplyCancel

  • Joy HoweAugust 20, 2018 - 7:44 am

    Love your site do you have product brochure s or only the webb site.
    Many thanks
    Joy HoweReplyCancel

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at
Wanna know the kind of project I love?  The one I can finish, lol!!  I love quilting and cross stitch and sewing and even scrapbooking but with a closet full of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects), I’ve gotten smart over the years and tend to pick things that always keep a light at the end of the tunnel.  I’ve actually never made a huge scrapbook, but love mini albums.  Today, I’m showing you what I call a micro album.  I can make it in 30 minutes and it’s made to be small – so that it will definitely get filled.  The Swirl Booklet Insert is a die I designed for this purpose and I thought I would explain exactly how I’m going to use it.

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at
I love meeting up with a friend over a meal or tea or coffee.  In fact, I have one of those get-togethers coming up!!  Since we haven’t seen each other in a while I thought it would be fun to send my friend away with a ‘micro album’.  When I designed the die, I designed it to fit the Filigree Booklet Die but also designed it to hold gift cards and to hold Instax Mini Pictures.  So, I have one of these little Instax Mini Cameras that take those instant pictures that develop in a couple of minutes.  No getting home and getting onto the computer to print – nope, you have them instantly.

About My Micro Album

My micro album has three pages you can turn, as well as the inside front cover and inside back cover.  That gives me 8 surfaces that I can add pictures to or write notes.  I’m only going to use seven of those surfaces and the first one on the first page has a sentiment from a new set by Quietfire DesignBut First Coffee, that is perfect!!  During our get together, I’ll have enough film to get several pictures of us, perhaps one of our surroundings and of course, whatever we’re drinking or nibbling on.

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at

What’s the best thing?  The best thing is that by the end of the get-together, I can hand her a complete micro album to keep! It will be a great memento, until the next time we  get together.  I’m really thrilled how this turned out :-)  It was great that I could pull out some of my favorite design papers and use them to embellish.

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at

A Pin for you :-))

Scrapbook a Micro Album to Give on the Spot - created by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Swirl Booklet Insert Die - see supply list and at

Stamps: Quietfire Design – But First Coffee
Paper:  Botanical Bliss (Michaels)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies by SpellbindersSwirl Booklet Insert, Seam Binding, Buttonspost-header-bottom

I think there will be many of these in my future :-) Happy creating!



  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy LyndaJuly 1, 2018 - 2:28 am

    Good morning Becca, just what the doctor order?
    This is right up my alley!!! My friend makes loads of these but hers are vertical so you can hang them, they look really sweet?
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Pam TASJuly 1, 2018 - 2:57 am

    Hi Becca these albums are getting very popular for
    gifts for birthdays etc maybe for Christmas !!
    Your friend is very lucky it’s lovely I would never get
    one done in 30 MINS …………..
    Take care hugs PamXXReplyCancel

  • Rosetta JenkinsJuly 1, 2018 - 3:32 am

    Simply put……I must have this! So very elegant, creative design by the genius of Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Symonds Adelaide AustraliaJuly 1, 2018 - 4:02 am

    Hi Becca, this is a wonderful gift, and looks so pretty too. It certainly is a must try for me. Thank you. JanReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)July 1, 2018 - 4:27 am

    What a super idea! Hope you have a great time with your friend and create some happy memories!
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • ChrisJuly 1, 2018 - 5:07 am

    Hi Becca. I love the idea of these but have never made one. Is it made from one long piece of card and then concertined to make the individual pages or is there another way of doing it? I can’t quite make it out from the photos. I hope you and your friend have a great meet up!ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJuly 1, 2018 - 6:17 am

    Lovely mini album your friend should be thrilled to receive this. Quinty girlReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 1, 2018 - 7:38 am

    Such a thoughtful and sweet gift for the rememberance of a special time together with lovely friends.ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 1, 2018 - 7:38 am

    Hi Becca,
    Such a clever idea; but 30 minutes, more like 30 hours for me.Wish it were me having coffee with you! Someday soon. Haven’t got to watch the video yet but later today. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • EarlineJuly 1, 2018 - 9:45 am

    Love this ideal have to get this die setReplyCancel

  • Kathy mJuly 1, 2018 - 10:10 am

    You made the creation of booklets so easy and quick with your Swirl Booklet Insert!!!! So quick for birthdays and special events. For some reason I need to see the end result before I can determine how to best use it in my life. Once I see your creation, the, my mind jumps to creative uses by applying my changes to your beautiful model. Thanks so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 1, 2018 - 11:06 am

    Actually, this is one of the dies on my list! ;) Such a BEAUTIFUL keepsake for your friend, Becca! DO have a WONDERFUL TIME with your friend & ENJOY the time spent together! In our fast paced world,I’m SURE you know, we are lucky to have friends such as this & the time to spend some special time together! ;) BEAUTIFUL WORK on your mini-album!!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJuly 1, 2018 - 12:27 pm

    That is a charming little mini-album, Becca. What a beautiful gift for your friend. I know she will love the thoughtfulness and love that you put into creating it for her. It will be such a treasure, and a beautiful memento of a precious friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne SchlegelJuly 1, 2018 - 5:45 pm

    In my younger years I always finished what I started – I could never wait til it was done! But after 50, when time wasn’t at a premium and my energy level began to dwindle, I found there was more projects than I had time for and couldn’t wait to get to the next one and as a result – one of these days I’m gonna have a large garage sale! Hugs DianneReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJuly 4, 2018 - 8:41 pm

    I really love this idea I really have to get restarted on my projectsReplyCancel

  • rosemaryJuly 14, 2018 - 7:56 am

    LOVE LOVE THIS when is your shop opening?ReplyCancel

How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Ringlet Round - see supply list and video tutorial at
Hiya, I was going through some of the cards I made recently and did not have a chance to share – there are two today plus another video!  I’m an evangelist of getting as much as you can from your dies and today that means being brave enough to cut them up.  To make beautiful snippings of your dies, experiment with your cast offs.  Snip them in half or cut around a curve to make them smaller.

I’m always looking for a quick blank card for thank you’s that I put in the mail.  This is my new ‘go to’ small card ( 4″x 4″), it uses one of my new favorites from the Romancing the Swirl Collection collection; the decorative piece inside of the Ringlet Round die along with Hemstitch Squares.   In the video below I give you tips and show you several ‘snipped’ elements to use.

How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Ringlet Round - see supply list and video tutorial at
Another example below – this is the card I show you how to make in the video.  There are a couple of surprises – it’s worth a watch just to get you thinking out of the box.  The card uses Sweetheart Swirl, Hemstitch Rectangles, Hemstitch Circles and Arched Swallowtail Pennants :-)

How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Ringlet Round - see supply list and video tutorial at

How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Ringlet Round - see supply list and video tutorial at

A New Video Tutorial – How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies

If you missed my videos from earlier this week, I’ve linked them here and all items used to make them are in the comments in Youtube.
How to Make Cinch and Go Flowers III  —–> HERE
How to Make an Embellished Box from Grand Cabinet ——-> HERE
How to Make Paper Tole Die Cut Layers——-> HERE
The tools I’ve used to make these items are linked below the video.

I’m absolutely a visual learner and if you are too, I have a video today to just show you exactly what I’m talking about.

A Pin for you :-))

How to Get Beautiful Snippings of Your Dies by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Ringlet Round - see supply list and video tutorial at

Stamps: Kelly Creates
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – 80lb Smooth,  Tim Holtz – Vintage Wallpaper, Tim Holtz – Gold
Ink:  Versafine – Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies by SpellbindersRinglet Round, Hemstitch Squares Sweetheart Swirl, Hemstitch Rectangles, Hemstitch CirclesArched Swallowtail Pennants,  Seam Binding, flowers and pearlspost-header-bottom

Oooooh, I have so much good stuff in store for you all.  I can hardly wait until I can share!!  There – I just had to say that :-)



  • ANN ROBBINSJune 29, 2018 - 10:05 pm

    Why Wait, Becca! We can’t wait either. Beautiful stuff here.
    I am heartbroken tonight as my Vagabond bit the dust trying to doing some embossing and guess I shouldn’t have pushed it. Birthday in another 10 days and hubbie said go ahead and order another one. Bless his heart, guess I’ll keep him!!
    Loving the tutorial Becca, yes I am a visual person so they really help.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

    • Charlotte ZweigoronJune 29, 2018 - 10:57 pm

      I have jammed my Vagabond a few times. Had that same remorse… shouldn’t have pushed it. With my hubby squeezing the plates together with the brown base that holds them from each side we got them to back up and saved the day. Now, if I want deeper embossing, I lightly mist the paper before placing it in the embossing folder. It has to dry before I can use it but it beats the terror I’ve felt thinking I’d ruined my machine!ReplyCancel

      • ANN ROBBINSJune 30, 2018 - 9:15 am

        I “trashed” my Vagabond the other night. Bought it used for $100 and used almost 2 years so I got my money out of it, believe me. Ordered a new one, birthday next week so my treat! Got to have it to cut those “BECCA” intricate dies!!!!!

  • Marilyn in E~TownJune 29, 2018 - 10:14 pm

    Elegant cards?ReplyCancel

  • Linda KordesJune 29, 2018 - 11:14 pm

    Hi Becca!
    Missed your regular posts…. But boy! The clever dies uses in the videos will sure help me look at my dies differently.

    Love the simplicity and elegance of the cards this week. Take care & Happy 4th of July!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJune 29, 2018 - 11:34 pm

    Great video and am going to look for more of these multi functioning dies! I still don’t have enough!!! LOL!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyJune 30, 2018 - 12:04 am

    Another beautiful array of cards, some lovely ideas too.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJune 30, 2018 - 1:03 am

    Have mercy, Becca – what beautiful cards!!!! I love everything about these!! Thank you so much for the inspiration.
    And also, thank you for the video tutorial. You have always been a genius at figuring out cool/beautiful ways to use dies, and this is another perfect example.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka LoopyJune 30, 2018 - 1:31 am

    Good morning Becca, I too am a visual learner thanks for the videos.
    They really are helpful?
    Just a hint that more goodies are in store, can’t wait?
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • Pam TASJune 30, 2018 - 5:18 am

    We have won the lottery …………
    Three days in a row and all these videos YES !!!!
    Thank you Becca for sharing all this yummy stuff to
    cast our eyes over and drool lol…..
    Love snipping dies it can make such a different look
    to dies and more use of them .
    Love these cards looks like all of us have no excuse not
    to get card making go girls…….. Hugs Pam XXXReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJune 30, 2018 - 8:35 am

    VERY NICE, Becca! LOVE your video! ;) AND your tips! THANK YOU!!! I see, I “need” MORE of your dies! LOL SUPER JOB on BOTH of your cards today, Becca!!! ;) I LOOOVE ALL of those swirls & delicacy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJune 30, 2018 - 9:46 am

    Another beautiful card lovely as always. Quinty girl.ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)July 1, 2018 - 4:22 am

    More treats for us in the pipeline… can’t wait! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations with us. Your work is stunning!
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • Kathy mJuly 1, 2018 - 10:13 am

    Oh, thanks for the videos!!! Your tutorials help me better understand the uses and layering and assembly. Also, you videos inspire me to make my own enhancements. Thank you!ReplyCancel