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Mini Paper Bow Tutorial

by on October 18, 2013

Mini Paper Bow Tutorial by Becca Feeken
Hi, it’s me again!!    I have a teeny tiny three step, three minute tutorial for you today.  In my wanderings on the internet I’ve seen the cutest paper bows.  On closer introspection,  the shape of one caught my eye, but it was flat and I didn’t have the items they used.  Light bulb moment!!   I wanted it in 3D it with common dies from my stash, turned out to be easy.  In fact, it was the inspiration for my card today that almost feels naked without a stitch of ribbon, but squeaks by with a plump paper bow that’s just begging for a box to go along with it :-)


Filigree Delight Box with Mini Paper Bow

The tutorial steps are listed below.  Click HERE to go to the pin on Pinterest.

Mini Paper Bow Tutorial by Becca Feeken - Step by Step

Here’s your Step By Step Recap of die cuts and layers, from the bottom up:  Start out with a Card Base made using  4-3/4″ x 6″, foam tape, gold matting layer cut to 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, burgundy matting layer cut to 4-3/8″ x 5-5/8″, design paper layer cut to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and embossed with Spellbinders Whimsy M-Bossabilities, foam tape, die cut layer using Spellbinders Labels Thirty Three, foam tape, die cut layer using Spellbinders Font One – Uppercase for the ‘N-E-L’ and Spellbinders Create-A-Flake 5 for the ‘O’, embellish with flourish from Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, and bow described in tutorial above using Spellbinders Charmed I’m Sure and Spellbinders Classic Ovals SM.

If you’re curious about the box, it’s an easy one made using Spellbinders Filigree Delight.  I have a video to show you how to make the box HERE.  The box in the video is 5-1/8″ tall while my box today is 3″ high – I simply trimmed it down until it was just the right size to go along with my card.  Plunk a bow on top, and you’re in business :-)

As you know, I love boxes, if you’re interested in giving another box a whirl, here’s one you might have a go at  (I’m hanging my head, as I know I owe you a tutorial on a box I did in August – it is coming :-))

Rubber Stamps: None
Craft Paper: Recollections – Holiday Shimmer, My Minds Eye- Lost and Found Christmas, DCWV Foil Cardstock
Ink: None
AccessoriesSpellbinders Whimsy M-Bossabilities, Spellbinders Labels Thirty Three, Spellbinders Font One – UppercaseSpellbinders Create-A-Flake 5Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and FlourishesSpellbinders Filigree DelightSpellbinders Charmed I’m Sure, Spellbinders Classic Ovals SMRecollections Pearls, Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine

So, in my wanderings through Facebook, Pinterest or somewhere, someone said “only 10 more Saturdays until Christmas”.  Lol, my post today is a panic response to that statement!  I know there’s still time but please keep telling me things that will light a fire under me okay?  It’ll be here before I know it and I’m lollygagging :-)


Find more like this: *A2 Filigree Delight, *Create A Flake Five, *Jewel Flower and Flourishes, *Labels (33) Thirty Three, -Boxes, :Gold, :Red, Stamping, Tutorials, ^Whimsy

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October 2013 Design-abilities Blog Hop (First One!)

by on October 16, 2013
New Home Pocket Card created by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design Stamps and Spellbinders dies

Card inside its vellum pocket

Sweet sweet blog friends, please forgive my absence of late and thanks so much for hanging in there with me.  I’ve had some health issues lately and weeks of tests that I made headway with this week.  At any rate I’m tickled to be posting today and can’t think of anything I’d like better to share than a card for my sweet daughter who has moved into a new (to her) house and a blog hop occasion that I’m really excited about.  Pop on in and visit with me so I can tell you all about it.


Card outside of Pocket

As you know, for the the last five years I’ve been a member of the Spellbinders Blog Team.  I’ve been blessed to work with this group of fabulous designers for that long and it’s been a wonderful experience…each of us has our own style and I’m always amazed to see their take on the same dies we all handle day to day.  So without further adieu, we’re pleased to welcome you to the first Design-abilities blog hop!  As the Spellbinders Blog Team, we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together so we’ve pulled together a blog hop (in the spirit of disclosure I should mention this is not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts, it’s something we wanted to get together to do :-)).  Starting this month, we are doing a Blog Hop every other month (on the 16th) and we’ll have a link list to all of the Blog Team Designers.   You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, papercrafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques.  As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.


Inside of card (isn’t that sentiment so cute!!)

For my first project, I wanted to do something that was right smack dab in the middle of my style wheelhouse.  Pocket cards are at the top of my list of favorites and I haven’t shared one in a while.  The reason I love them is because of the peek-a-boo effect, plus it’s so easy to enclose a simple card while on the outside it can be gussied up to your hearts content.  So my daughter just moved and is totally in love with her house ; I’m going to surprise her with a housewarming card.  Home – Congratulations from Quietfire Design is perfect for the task!!


Ready for shipping!! I love clear boxes!

Lol, I don’t have her new address yet, so I’ll be sending this to her work address and I wanted it to hopefully be a pleasant surprise so I put it into this clear box and have my address label ready to go.  Once inside, I’ll securely tape the edges so that it can’t be pried open.  I hope she likes it!!


Backside of box – lined with design paper

Here’s your Step By Step Recap of die cuts and layers, from the bottom up:  Start out with a Card Base made using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #7 using my Filigree Hinged Card Technique, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #7, design paper layer cut to 4-3/8″ x 6-3/8″, die cut layer using Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #4, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #4.

For the pocket you can look at my video HERE to learn how to make it so that it fits the dimensions 5-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ at the peak after cut with Spellbinders Curved Borders Two.  Next, layer two flourishes from Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes and build a bed of flowers made using using the four smallest Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders Foliage.  (Hint:  The calyx on the roses was made using the smallest flower from the brand new D-Lites called Spellbinders Blooms Two, I simply snipped off every other petal).

You can see my other pocket cards at these posts – and,

Rubber Stamps: Quietfire DesignQuietfire Design
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Smooth – Natural White, Kraft, American Crafts, Coredinations, white print vellum
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink
AccessoriesSpellbinders Matting Basics ASpellbinders Matting Basics BSpellbinders Timeless RectanglesSpellbinders Curved Borders TwoSpellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders FoliageSpellbinders Blooms TwoRecollections Pearls, clear embossing powder, silk ribbon,  Becca’s Bow MakerGrand Calibur Die Cut Machine

My fellow designers are hopping too, hope you can peek in on them too!

Debbie Olson
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Seth Apter
Sherry Cheever
Becca Feeken (that’s me)

By the time you read this, my little box will be on its way to her. What’s your guess, it arrives in one piece or scuffed and smushed?? I’ve sent these boxes before but have never asked the person about the condition it arrives in. Since it’s my girl, she’ll give us a full report – I’ll let you know :-)


Find more like this: *5 x 7 Matting Basics A, *5 x 7 Matting Basics B, *Curved Borders Two, *D-Lite - Blooms Two, *Jewel Framed Sentiments, *Rose Creations, :Brown, :Cream, :Pink, Quietfire Design, Stamping, |Vintage

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Don’t Do This At Home

by on October 9, 2013

WRBF-3929-2013Hi blog friends!  I guess you can say that my desperation took over and out of frustration comes order :-)  I am serious though, I’m not showing you this so you can do it, I’m just showing you what I did; I get requests to show this all the time.

For the past year my studio has been in a constant state of chaos.  I have a studio that’s detached from my house that is in need of repair and pretty much has to be emptied so I took over a space inside the house.  Mine is a working studio that probably doesn’t really rate for prime time; it’s tidy, but I leave things out so that I can be inspired by them.

Slowly but surely I’m putting things into place, so in the only vertical space I have available in the room I employed these wonderful cubes from Michaels that I’ve seen everywhere.

Although not within arms reach, I can roll my chair over to sort through colors.  I use a sharpie to write on the spine and sort by manufacturer.  My solid cardstocks are in cubes on the left side and design paper in cubes on the right side and I put a red dot on Christmas papers.  These are my current papers – my older papers are still in my other workspace waiting to be sorted so they can go to a local entity that will use them :-)

(Disclaimer:  I can only take responsibility in my own environment and although this works in my environment with the anchors I’ve put in place, be safe and check with the manufacturer for safe stacking guidelines with your brand in your environment). 

Are you in a space where you have to make every inch count?  How are you storing your papers – inquiring minds want to know!


Find more like this: Organization, Stamping

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