From the Leftovers Comes Something New

Thank you Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Gate Element -
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 -
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 -

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: – minimum quantity is 10 – these are clear top only but will give the same result – 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.

  • Trish AveryJanuary 25, 2015 - 3:56 am

    Becca oh wow that does make a wonderful fan and I also would make many the same… saves time.. and anyone receiving this gorgeous card would be thrilled.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen TaylorJanuary 25, 2015 - 4:18 am

    Absolutely stunning as always.ReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKJanuary 25, 2015 - 4:19 am

    Hello Becca
    Such a lovely card , and I too have been cutting out this Die, but mostly in Gold it cuts so well!
    Thank you for your inspiration…… I look forward to reading what you have created, and hope I have the Die in question lol!
    Take care and hope you feel well soon!
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • CaronJanuary 25, 2015 - 4:30 am

    A beautiful card, would you do a video of how you made this card too. XxReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellJanuary 25, 2015 - 4:37 am

    Again another card I love, and the colors are beautiful together. I save all my scraps from die too but never come up with anything as pretty as this.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJanuary 25, 2015 - 4:55 am

    Oh my gosh Becca, this is soooooo beautiful. Boy would I love to be able to see you work some day and just such in all that knowledge you have to make beautiful creations like this.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJanuary 25, 2015 - 5:01 am

    wow! you wouldn’t want a card made from my leftovers!!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine JohnsonJanuary 25, 2015 - 5:35 am

    This card just took my breath away, absolutely stunning. The Lord has blessed you with creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley ThomasJanuary 25, 2015 - 5:42 am

    Beautiful card, and another great use of that die I have on the way, so as far as I am concerned you can go on coming up with super ideas! I’ve loved them all.ReplyCancel

  • Karen GJanuary 25, 2015 - 5:57 am

    Becca, love love this card.Amazing the talent you have! Where do you get these clear boxes?ReplyCancel

  • Linda CritchleyJanuary 25, 2015 - 6:30 am

    What a beautiful card made from your left over die cuts, so clever and so so pretty. Thank-you for your inspiration and tips. Linda.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KJanuary 25, 2015 - 6:54 am

    Good morning Becca,
    I just wish I could do something for you, then you could send me a “Thank you” card!!! This is beyond beautiful. xxReplyCancel

  • Maria RodriguezJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:05 am

    Gorgeous Becca, it’s amazing what you made out of leftovers, truly a work of art. You are so inspirational and so creative, I just thank you so much for sharing your gift with us.
    Hugs from

  • Lynne SwiftJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:08 am

    Wow this is a beautiful card, can’t believe you made it from leftovers.
    Lynne xReplyCancel

  • TeresaJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:09 am

    Hi Becca, your cards are amazing and I enjoyed them all this week. I am a new subscriber so I haven’t had time yet to check out your past work BUT I will. TFS!ReplyCancel

  • BunnyJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:11 am

    That is very pretty and creative. Is that a clear mailing container you use? If so, what is the normal cost on something like that?ReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:12 am


  • LageneJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:15 am

    OH my goodness! Whoever gets this will be squeeling!ReplyCancel

  • Terri WJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:21 am

    What a great way to use leftovers. So beautiful Becca!ReplyCancel

  • JoanJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:32 am

    Hi Becca, I don’t usually send feedback but after watching your creations for several years I can’t resist telling you you divinely creative you are. You are blessed with such talent that it inspires me to push the envelope.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Joan from CanadaReplyCancel

  • D.AnnJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:34 am

    As always,, I love your card! They’re always so beautiful and feminine!!

    Question: Where do you get your clear boxes? I finally got around to doing my version of your Nov 5 card and have it ready to send, but the presentation would be even better with a clear box.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterJanuary 25, 2015 - 7:56 am

    Gorgeous use of your left overs!!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 25, 2015 - 8:31 am

    Like D.Ann, I too wonder where you get card size clear boxes?
    This is truly awesome and actually pretty simple, even though it does look simple!! I love doing duplicates where the receipents will not see what someone else gets. After putting together the first one, things go so much easier for the rest. LOL

  • Yvonne NicholsonJanuary 25, 2015 - 8:54 am

    Hi Becca
    I love what you did with your left overs, I also like trying to make use of left overs, but do not have as much as you do. You always come up with such lovely cards, wish I could do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka KJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:03 am

    Stunning card.ReplyCancel

  • PatriciaJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Good Morning, Becca. In my estimation, the name of your Blog, Amazing Paper Grace is correctly named!! You do amazing things with the designs, papers that you use to create your cards, etc. God has blessed you tremendously with “Witty Ideas and New Inventions to prosper you daily! I am blessed by your designs.


  • Becky GreenJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:05 am

    The people that receive this card in the mail will be MESMERIZED by your BEAUTIFUL WORK, Becca! NOT TO MENTION, all those who handle this GORGEOUS CREATION!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Dolly LaBelleJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:12 am

    I seriously need the Gate Element die, after seeing so many beautiful pieces you have shown us how to make. Thank you so much for the continued lovely ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna BaumannJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:21 am

    Becca, this is just beautiful. I am sure the recipients will love their thank you cards. I may just have to buy this die so I can make a fan card too. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • MarianneJanuary 25, 2015 - 10:10 am

    So clever. Love it. Looks like I’m going to have to buy another die, sigh ????ReplyCancel

  • Becky DruiJanuary 25, 2015 - 10:43 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented! I love everything you make. I love the vintage look of everything you make. You truly inspire me! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Edna BurgessJanuary 25, 2015 - 10:50 am

    Beautiful, I love it. Wish you’d make a video of how you put it together as don’t quite understand the directions. thanks. EdnaReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockJanuary 25, 2015 - 10:57 am

    Simply Stunning love the layering and the Elegance. thanks for sharing your Amazing projects. Love each and everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJanuary 25, 2015 - 11:00 am

    Love, love, love this! And the idea for packaging…genius!ReplyCancel

  • SueJanuary 25, 2015 - 11:31 am

    It takes a clever mind to be able to take what others might consider as scrap material and turn it into such a beautiful creation as this. I just love the recycling aspect and it’s gorgeous too.ReplyCancel

  • TammieJanuary 25, 2015 - 11:33 am

    Thanks for sharing the idea to mail a high dimension card in a clear stationary box. Have a blessed week.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJanuary 25, 2015 - 11:36 am

    Are you kidding me???? This is gorgeous! What a brilliant way to use the gate die!! I know you get tired of me saying this, but you really are a paper genius. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Ms LindaJanuary 25, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    Becca: What an exceptional card and use of the gate die. The effects are stunning with a Victorian flair. Thank you for sharing and hope to be a recipient of this elegant creation.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJanuary 25, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    Just beautiful Becca, so, so pretty.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Kerryn AshtonJanuary 25, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Hi Becca
    Your card is amazing and to think it is made from leftovers. I can’t wait for my gate die to arrive and try these gorgeous creations. Do you make your own boxes to fit the cards?
    Regards KerrynReplyCancel

  • Sandy BoothJanuary 25, 2015 - 12:41 pm

    Becca I love seeing your creations! You are such a tremendously inspirational person! Thank you so much! Beautiful cards!ReplyCancel

  • Helen R ScotlandJanuary 25, 2015 - 1:36 pm

    So beautiful!!!! I always think your last card or creation can not be beaten, but this card is stunning. Love HelenReplyCancel

  • Loraine LewisJanuary 25, 2015 - 1:39 pm

    What a lovely, lacy fan. You always make my day!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy CaldwellJanuary 25, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    Your cards are absolutely beautiful and this one tops the list. It is so soft
    and the “fan” just floats. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna DicksonJanuary 25, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    S T U N N I N G. this is such an elegant thank you card. I wish I had half of your creative brain.ReplyCancel

  • Arah DJanuary 25, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Card is beautiful, but my question is regarding the steel rule that you use to make the clear boxes. What brand, where do you get them and do you have a picture of one? I want to make my own box to mail in too that is clear. Thanks, ArahReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJanuary 25, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Your card creations are simply sweet and beautiful. I so appreciate your sharing the different places to purchase our craft products. Referring to the clear boxes to mail our more bulky creations, the price of shipping caught my attention! Here’s what I found:

    I found the shipping for Clearbags 25 minimum order boxes would be $11.99 plus $4.00 fee, while the cost of the product is only $15.25. Oh my goodness. Amazon”s price about the same but the cost to ship was 7.95 if not a Prime member.ReplyCancel

  • RobinJanuary 25, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    I’ve never seen a card of yours that I didn’t love, but these cards made with leftovers is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe it catches my eye more because of the airiness of the die. Anyhow, love your cards.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)January 25, 2015 - 4:57 pm

    Oh my – posting in a handmade clear box – so that everyone can see that gorgeousness! They are in for a treat :o)
    I have my doubts about whether such an item would survive the UK postal system…
    It is too beautiful to take the risk over here.
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJanuary 25, 2015 - 5:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, Becca, this card is STUNNINGLY gorgeous! It just takes my breath away! Lucky person that receives this card!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • TerriJanuary 25, 2015 - 6:56 pm

    So elegant and pretty!

    Ter ;)ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJanuary 25, 2015 - 8:21 pm

    You make the most beautiful cards and as usual this card was breathtaking. I have ordered my Gate Element and hope my card turns out as pretty as yours. Would love to see a short video on this. Will be waiting to hear more on the clear bags. Juanita B.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    I really like this card. What a great idea to use the leftovers.
    Love your cards & blog. Sorry I am not always leaving a comment.ReplyCancel

  • Patti CunninghamJanuary 25, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    You are truly a creatively amazing talent. I have followed you for years and find you are the best of the best! God has surely blessed you.
    Hugs going your way.ReplyCancel

  • judy smedleyJanuary 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

    boxes from clearbags are wonderful. I have mailed in them for several years now.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette SadowyJanuary 26, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Thank you for posting the link for the boxes, and to Judy Smedley for comfirming that they will go through the mail safely. I will order them today. And as for you Becca, all those things on that calendar page are so true about YOU. You are amazing and we all love you even though we’ve never met! Have a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • Diana E BishopJanuary 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Love this – Love this……I save all my left overs and am burried in them, but I do use them when I can ! Nothing like this tho…..and can’t wait for the Gate die to arrive so I can hopefully make something similar. Thanks again Becca for all you do. Blessings !ReplyCancel

  • Denise DurginJanuary 26, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    Those fans are amazing! I will definitely check k out the other 2 fans you mentioned as well. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferJanuary 26, 2015 - 1:53 pm

    What a beautiful card Becca, simply stunning x x xReplyCancel

  • MargaretJanuary 26, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    This is absolutely divine so delicate looking too as always so very beautiful
    Margaret corgi ownerReplyCancel

  • Alice DixonJanuary 26, 2015 - 2:50 pm

    You are so creative. I hope with more years under my belt I will be as creative as you.

    You are simply wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Anna KluytmansJanuary 26, 2015 - 7:59 pm

    Becca, That is such a sweet card and so elegant, love the pastel colour.ReplyCancel

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  • ConnieJanuary 27, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    OK, I love every single one of your creations but when I saw this it took my breath away! You never cease to amaze with your artful creations. Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen WillisJanuary 28, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    Beautiful and elegant card. I love everything lacy and filigree, about Spellbinders dies….they add graceful elegance to handmade cards and make beautiful keepsakes as well. Very nicely done.ReplyCancel

  • Linda ClarkJanuary 29, 2015 - 11:47 am

    Becca, Oh how fortunate Spellbinders are to have you as a designer!! I am sure they are aware of that, but I just have to tell you as well…. I just went to Spellbinders site to look at the “Gate Element” die and I have to be honest, had I not seen your card, I would not have purchased that die!! I would not have said anything that beautiful was made from that die!! Your vision amazes me. When I look at that die I think “A steel gate?” What could I do with that? I can tell you that I do want to buy that die now!! You do such a wonderful job!! Your talent “inspires” me to try to make a card as elegant as yours. It does not come close but I enjoy trying. You are always singing everyone’s praises and we are the ones that are benefiting from your work. As always, thank you ever so much for sharing your talents with all of us. Bi Hugs, LindaReplyCancel