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Christmas Gift Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using new A Gilded Life Beacon Street Chapel - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Hi there sweet friends!  Enabler Alert.  There, you have been warned because I’m absolutely going to gush about what I’m going to show you today.  If you are hopelessly attracted to glitter, all things vintage and Christmas, you just might have to look away. First of all let me tell you, I’ve been very quiet because I was traveling again.  I went to the west coast for a retreat and to see two of my dear, dear friends and along the way I got to see some new, adorable dies!   I went to Spellbound (3) in Pasadena, CA and Spellbinders is the major sponsor.  I gushed about this retreat last year on THIS POST.  It was such a lift for me creatively and simply filled my sails last year – so much so that my children made a way for me to return again this year.  I can’t think of a better gift – I simply did not think that the retreat this year could top last year but this year was so very special and I’m still on cloud nine. Mission accomplished, sails filled, time with friends.  So this delightful little church is a new die available on the Spellbinders website – it’s called the Spellbinders Beacon Street Chapel by A Gilded Life and it was designed by the dynamic duo of Shea Fragoso and her mom Debbie Murray – they revealed their new (A Gilded Life) line at the retreat!!  Simply put, you will want this one for your collection and it will take you through the year of holidays and occasions – Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Anniversary and Weddings.   Keep a look out for their new dies – they are simply magical!
Christmas Gift Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using new A Gilded Life Beacon Street Chapel - www.amazingpapergrace.com
Okay, so on to what I did here.   This is the first one I’ve made, so everything went as planned and it was very easy to put together.  Click over to see all the pieces of the chapel and sizes and keep in mind, the two largest pieces are cut twice.  I used Stampendous Glitter Mix on  the church – it’s a white glitter that has fine particles and large particles. The church windows are cut directly from gold glitter paper – I attached them first, then glittered the church walls.  The roof was glittered using a chunkier glass glitter.  The choice is yours, you can use glitter paper to make life easy or heap on spoon fulls of decadent glass glitter for amazing texture when you make this little charmer.  I’m already making more for gift items and decoration! Need more ideas on how this is used – check out this wonderful Pinterest Board (note you do have to sign up for Pinterest in order to get in but can do so using an email address)

The Christmas Music paper is a fabulous freebie you can find in the Free Printables section of my Pinterest Boards – there are quite a few carol selections.  I added a matching card using Spellbinders Labels Forty One – Decorative Elements, Spellbinders Labels Forty One and Spellbinders Peace Sentiment.

Edited to add:  The Church is 3-5/8″ deep, 2-1/4″ wide, 2-7/8″ tall not including steeple, 5-1/2″ tall including steeple.

Rubber Stamps: None
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White 80 lb
Ink:  Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Beacon Street Chapel by A Gilded Life, Spellbinders Labels Forty One – Decorative ElementsSpellbinders Labels Forty One and Spellbinders Peace SentimentThe Paper Studio Pearls, Satin Ribbon, Paper Studio Glitter Paper, Recollections Champagne Glitter, Stampendous Glitter Mix, Art Minds Bottle Trees (Michaels), Balsa Wood Box (Michaels), crepe paper, white glue – Aleene Tacky Glue, Red Tinsel Trim – Hobby Lobby

Speaking of those who put wind in your sails . . . please come back tomorrow when I guest post for a wonderful company that has been so very sweet, plying me with kind words and generously spreading gracious encouragement.  Seriously, the craft community is small and you can never have enough good friends – I love these gals and I got a kick playing around with some wonderful things they sent me.  Come see, I’ll be channelling pink and vintage for Christmas!

Question Parking Lot:

Updated post to include measurements and glue used is Aleene’s Tacky Glue but any white glue should work fine.

  • Jacquie JacobsNovember 16, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Oh Becca, this is STUNNING! As soon as I set eyes on it I was breathless. What a beauty. You could even add stained glass windows to this and possible put some lights inside, not sure as its hard to tell just by an image but these would make fabulous decorations and gifts. Thank You. I do hope these dies come to our part of the world soon.

    Love the paper so I am going to look for this.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Regina M. HamiltonNovember 16, 2014 - 9:59 am

    That is beautiful. I saw that die on the SB website, and I knew I wanted it.ReplyCancel

  • DominikaNovember 16, 2014 - 9:59 am

    The church is FABULOUS!!!!! So is the card :)

    I would love to go to a craft retreat. No one I know does any paper crafting so just to meet someone who does would be great. And to speak the same language “dies, paper, ribbon, stamps, glue :)” would be fantastic!

    Thank you very much for inspiration. You are a great one :) Have a lovely day!ReplyCancel

  • BunnyNovember 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Wrap it up. I’ll send you my address. Oh……………it is so beautiful. What a fabulous job you did. You are so talented. Thanks for the inspiration and being an enabler…………..LOLReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingNovember 16, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Aaarrrggghhhh! I want one NOW! Lovely and I can think of a lot of uses for this. What is the finished size of the church…approximately? It doesn’t say on the website. I so love this…country church with less glitter, Northeastern church, so many uses. I consider myself enabled! (And thank you)


  • Blue RoseNovember 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

    What an amazing set. It is gorgeous. What type of glue did you use to adhere all the pieces together…being that it has glitter. The card is the perfect compliment to the church. Amazing job. Perhaps you could do a video on the church.ReplyCancel

  • MarianneNovember 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Wow. What an amazing project/die/presentation and temptation….say no more. On my list it goes (and several friends will also likely “fall” with me) ????ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenNovember 16, 2014 - 10:43 am

    OH MY BECCA!!!!! BE STILL MY HEART!!!!! I’m GUESSING, there will be MORE little houses to come????? I am IN LOVE with this die! You could use it for SOOOOO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!! I am going TO HAVE TO Pre-order this FOR SURE!!!! (Truly, there are so many things out there that you want & ONLY A FEW that make you put your $$$ out there!) LOL FABULOUS JOB BECCA on this! I LOOOOVE little decorated boxes!!! :DReplyCancel

  • Terri WNovember 16, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Very pretty Becca and how wonderful of your children to make sure you were able to go to the retreat this year.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn HardyNovember 16, 2014 - 11:06 am

    This is gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed your Spellbinders retreat too.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KNovember 16, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Hello Becca,
    I am so pleased that you are back, as I was concerned that you were poorly or not feeling like company.
    This is surely a work of art, do you know if we will be getting these dies in the UK? xxReplyCancel

  • Ruth UKNovember 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

    I am glad you have been blessed Becca, I am sure you will be passing that blessing on to lots of people in the way that you always do.
    This house is adorable , love a gilded life and will be watching out for this one!

  • F BondNovember 16, 2014 - 11:29 am

    I can’t wait to get my hands on that die! Oh my goodness- the possibilities! You are an enabler- but a good one! Your project is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • lisa808November 16, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Wow! Magnificent!ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MONovember 16, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Gasp! That is awesomely gorgeous! This is definitely a must have die. Glad you enjoyed your time away and have come back all charged up. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations.ReplyCancel

  • ShazzaNovember 16, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! I have no other words xReplyCancel

  • Rebekka KNovember 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    That church is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannNovember 16, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    WAUW this is so gorgeous Becca. I´m totally in love with this, and now my wishlist were just enlarged again again here with this ha ha ha.
    Sooo glad to hear, you had such a great time at the retreat, and I can´t wait to see, what you´ll have to show us in the time to come now.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Norah McPheeNovember 16, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Good evening Becca,
    I kinda wondered if your were away jaunting again when you hadn’t posted at your sort of usual time frame but boy has it been worth the wait. Your wee Kirk(a Scottish church) is beautiful and looks like the light from the moon and stars are just lighting it up for the start of the story. Thank you Becca for making something so beautiful for our delight,
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village, Scotland)ReplyCancel

  • Susi KNovember 16, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Oh wow … I mean … WOW! Stunning, Becca, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthNovember 16, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Hi Becca, Wow !! Wow !! and triple Wow !! you never disappoint me, this church is absolutely stunning !! These dies are a definite ‘must have’.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonNovember 16, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Hi Becca. Wow, absolutely stunning! Gorgeous Christmas decoration. So glad you have had a lovely time away. Hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKNovember 16, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Hello Becca
    So good to hear from you and so pleased that you have had such a wonderful time with your friends!
    this project is beautiful…. so looking forward to it coming to the UK
    I will print off some of your papers for keeping…. which is what I do a lot lol!
    Take care Becca
    love MargReplyCancel

  • ElaineNovember 16, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Well Becca i am speechless, your talent is amazing ,
    well done my friend .

    Take care
    God Bless.
    Elanie H XReplyCancel

  • Suzi MetcalfeNovember 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    I wish I had time to write to you everyday! But I always pop in whenever you have a new post. I love your work. You continue to inspire me in all the elegant ways! This is fantastic, you enabler, you! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Heather B.November 16, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Wow- these are gorgeous. What a great tradition and supportive children to encourage your creative self.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)November 16, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Oh Becca, I’m so glad that your children enabled you to go back to Spellbound again! What great youngsters you have! Such a lovely gift and a well deserved break for you.
    And what a fabulous Church! I just love it!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Carol H.November 16, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    Beautiful! Stunning! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce AndersonNovember 17, 2014 - 12:44 am

    THIS is something I’ve longed to make. Thank you for making this and giving us all the details you’ve used. it’s a wonderful tribute at this time of year. I am soo excited you’ve made my day!
    may God richly continue to bless you

  • Clare WNovember 17, 2014 - 12:59 am

    Wow! fabulous – so glad your back as I was starting to think we hadn’t heard from you in a while – the retreat sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterNovember 17, 2014 - 7:23 am

    So glad that you had such a wonderful time and that you were able to go, the church is so pretty all glittered up, what a great topper for a gift box, like how the peace fit right into the center of that die on your card!ReplyCancel

  • barb macaskillNovember 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    This die just moved to the top of my gotta get this list! Can’t wait to get it in my hands and get busy creating with it!! TFS!ReplyCancel

  • PaulaNovember 17, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Oh boy, this is so beautiful! I want this die. For sure, I want this die.ReplyCancel

  • Ann cNovember 17, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    I’ ve searched for those sisal trees but our local stores are already out for the year! How big are the trees? I’ guessing 3″ and 1.5″?ReplyCancel

  • Jan ScottNovember 19, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Love, love this and all your cards. Please let me know how I can find your tutuorial on making the beautiful Christmas card using Spellbinders Gilded Gate (S3-202) you made a year or 2 ago. I bought the die and want to make it but I searched without success to find the instructions. Thanks very much.ReplyCancel