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From the Leftovers Comes Something New

by on January 24, 2015 » Add more comments.

Thank you Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Gate Element - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Sweet friends, I promise that I’m going to set aside this die after this card goes out. After a week of using Spellbinders Gate Element, I can’t tell you how many times I cut that one die.  When I was finished with the series, I probably had 30 diecuts left over.  It just so happens that after going to CHA, I have a number of Thank You cards to get into the mail.  I know myself too well and if I hold out and make unique cards, it will take me forever. If I go ahead and make similar cards, I can get it done pretty quickly. With the leftover diecuts from this week I started playing around and came up with this design that is very similar to the Victorian Fans I’ve made over the years and the latest I made HERE and the folded flower I made back in 2010, HERE.  They were my inspiration for a simple two diecut thank you card using eight of the die cut leftovers.  Each die cut was folded in the center the each side folded to the center again – essentially into quarters.  I stapled the end of each piece then hot glued them to a small circle in the center. For the tag I used Spellbinders Back to Basic Tags.
Thank you Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Gate Element - www.amazingpapergrace.com
The card measures 5″ x 7″ and is being sent in the clear box so I won’t have to worry about the filigree getting crushed.  I have a several more to make, and to keep things easy, they will all be a variation of this design.  No worries about the clear box, HERE is the last card I sent that way and it arrived in pristine condition!
Thank you Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Gate Element - www.amazingpapergrace.com

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED 
Stamps: Wordsworth – Everyday Greetings
Craft Paper
: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Smooth, PTI – Sweet Blush, Digital Paper from my stash
Ink:  Hampton Arts – Pink
Accessories: Spellbinders Gate Element,  Spellbinders Back to Basic Tags, The Paper Source Cream Satin Ribbon, Lace, button

Thanks for your never ending encouragement this week.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting crafty and hope that if you found anything useful in my work this week, that you’ll put it to good use.  Sending you blessings, as always!

Question Parking Lot:

Many of you asked where I get my clear boxes.  The answer is I have a large steel rule die that cuts those boxes and I buy the acetate in bulk – I have had it for years and years and made that purchase because my bulk use of the boxes made it make sense.  The clear plastic I’m using is quite heavy .02″ in thickness.  Here are two options that are much more cost effective than the acetate I’ve been using:

Amazon.com – minimum quantity is 10 – these are clear top only but will give the same result
Clearbags.com – minimum quantity is 25 – these all clear

I’ve heard people use the latter for sending through USPS with no problem, but in all honestly I’ve not used this brand myself.  Hold on tight though, I’ll message clearbags and ask for a sample and will let you know the result.  I’ve seen their brand on many of the Papercrafting/Stamping Online stores.

Find more like this: *Back to Basics Tags, *D-Lite - Gate Element, -Thank You Cards, :Cream, :Pink, Wordsworth, |Vintage

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One Box, Three Occasions – Day 3

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One Box, Three Occasions by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Gate Element - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Good morning sweet friends! Today is the final day of the series One Box, Three Occasions; the occasion I chose to highlight today is a Birthday.  Well, not just a birthday, a birthday for a little, little girl.  I had to do it!  So often I pull something from my stash for my little friends but today I decided I would make a custom box (not what it appears to be) that is definitely for a wee one and designed to hopefully bring a smile.    At first glance todays samples seem much like yesterdays – I created a soft pink card using Spellbinders Antique Corner (cut four times) and built up with Spellbinders Labels Thirty Nine followed by Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance and finally JustRite Vintage Labels Seven.  A tad on the elegant side but this card was 30 minutes from start to finish and is easy, classic layers.  The finished card size is 5-1/2″ square.  If you are intrigued as I am with boxes and want to know how to make the original box – instructions can be found on this post: http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/one-box-three-occasions-day-1/

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I decided to go easy on the embellishments; I know I wouldn’t have any problem mailing this out!  The silk bow and ribbon roses compress quite a bit to a flat profile although I never have a problem with the larger bows and flowers I use (creative packing :-)).

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If you look closely, my box looks different.  It is :-) It’s made from mat board and it has a single thickness lid that I fashioned by scoring.  The box is 2-1/4″ square and 5″ tall.  Today I used Spellbinders Gate Elementt as a border and attached it directly to the box instead of the lid.  WRBF-4576-2015
Then the magic happens when the lid comes off, yikes – an explosion box with a little ballerina inside :-)  The ballerina is Spellbinders Tiny Dancers

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Spellbinders Labels Twenty Seven works “perfectly” as the four way hinge on the inside bottom to make the explosion box.  I simply scored Labels Twenty Seven on each of four sides, applied glue above the score line and attached to four matboard panels which were covered on front and back with design paper.  When I lift all of the four panels, their hinge brings them vertically into a box that can be capped with a simple top.  I decorated by gluing the gate element on the front and wrapping it around to the inside.  If you are feeling adventurous and want to try an explosion box, there’s an excellent resource HERE.  I cut the  2 tiny dancers from a cereal box weight chipboard because I wanted a sturdy base.  Then I cut again from cardstock and  glued over the chipboard.  I added lace as the skirt, ribbon as a top and a band of gold for a crown then glued the two sets of girls back to back so they look good from every angle.   Lastly I used Spellbinders Ribbon Banners to add Happy Birthday to the base of the box.

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED 
Stamps: Wordsworth – Birthday
Craft Paper
: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White – Smooth 80 lb,PTI Sweet Blush, K & Company – SW Floral Mat Pad
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels Twenty Seven,  Spellbinders Antique CornerSpellbinders Labels Thirty Nine, Spellbinders Fleur de EleganceJustRite Vintage Labels Seven, Spellbinders Gate ElementSpellbinders Ribbon BannersSpellbinders Tiny Dancers, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Want2Scrap Pearls, Glossy Accents for adhesive, matboard, Offray Ribbon Roses, lace, Recollection Pearls

I’ve enjoyed each remake of the filigree box :-)  I did the series because I couldn’t choose just one and I thought the options were interesting.  One more card coming with the Gate Element die and then back up on the shelf it goes – it kept me occupied this week and I hope it gives you some ideas of what you can do with it!

Question Parking Lot:

Elaine Johnson on comment #3 asked me when the Tiny Dancer dies would be available.  They look to be available right now in the Spellbinders store – I clicked on them and they were placed in my cart :-).   I think what was not available were measurements because these two figures would be difficult to measure or the measurement has not been loaded yet.

Find more like this: *A Gilded Life - Tiny Dancers, *D-Lite - Antique Corner, *D-Lite - Gate Element, *Fleur de Elegance, *Labels (27) Twenty Seven, *Labels (39) Thirty Nine, *Ribbon Banners, *Vintage Labels Seven, -3D Projects, -Birthday Cards, -Boxes, :Cream, :Pink, |Elegant

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One Box, Three Occasions – Day 2

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Valentines Day Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design ??? and Spellbinders Gate Element - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Good morning sweet friends! Today is day two of the series One Box, Three Occasions; the occasion I chose to use is Valentines Day.  How often do you need to send a card and have a little box for goodies – that alone made Valentines Day a good choice, plus it’s coming soon!  The box is the same as the box I created yesterday using Spellbinders Labels Twenty Seven except this time the Spellbinders Gate Element is oriented differently and it makes all the difference in the world.   So easy and so different looking in red and white.  If you want to know how to make the original box – instructions can be found on this post:  http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/one-box-three-occasions-day-1/

Valentines Day Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design The Heart Has It's Reason and Spellbinders Gate Element  - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Today I have a full sized card (5-1/2″ tall by 7-1/2″ wide) to go along with the box.  It features a new Valentines Day sentiment from Quietfire Design called The Heart Has Its Reasons.  Because I was able to incorporate the Gate Element, all the pieces match. I added the element by simply folding a gate element over the top of each of the Spellbinders Baby Bunting pieces used.  The looks is tied together using Spellbinders Labels Thirty Three.  Flowers are created using Spellbinders Urban Blooms and embellished using Spellbinders Foliage Flourish.  Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design The Heart Has It's Reason and Spellbinders Gate Element - gift box - www.amazingpapergrace.com
The box that I created in this series measures 5-3/8″ tall and is 2-3/8″ wide and deep.  The gate element is not folded and aligned on the corner  as I did with the box yesterday, but is placed squarely on each side and adhered using Ranger Glossy Accents.   To keep the bottom of the gate from flaring out, I simply wove a ribbon over and under the spokes and tied a bow on the front and sealed the theme by using a small heart button.  It’s not as dressy as yesterday, but a sweet addition for gift giving (thinking chocolates)!

Valentines Day Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design The Heart Has It's Reason and Spellbinders Gate Element (closeup)  - www.amazingpapergrace.com
I finished off the design by adding color using a watercolor brush and some of my Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I wet the inside of the heart with my paint brush then picked color up directly from the pad stroking from right to left to get a little gradient.  Last order of business – a swirl of pearls from Prima.

CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED 
Stamps: Quietfire DesignThe Heart Has Its Reasons
Craft Paper
: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – Smooth 80 lb, PTI Pure Poppy, PTI Sweet Blush
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels Twenty Seven,  Spellbinders Labels Thirty Three, Spellbinders Gate Element, Spellbinders Baby BuntingSpellbinders Urban Blooms, Spellbinders Foliage FlourishMay Arts Silk Ribbon, Prima Pearls, Glossy Accents for adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed Day 2 and yet another way to mix things up and options on the filigree box.  Keeping fingers crossed that what I have for tomorrow works out – stop by by and have a look see!

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Find more like this: *A Gilded Life - Baby Buntings, *A Gilded Life - Urban Blooms, *D-Lite - Gate Element, *Foliage Flourish, *Labels (27) Twenty Seven, *Labels (33) Thirty Three, -3D Projects, -Boxes, -Valentines Cards, :Pink, :Red, :White, Quietfire Design, Stamping, |Elegant

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