A New Announcement and Weekly Inspiration

Judy Hayes for www.amazingpapergrace.com
Hi there friends, I’m back from my journey.  On my last post here (which incidentally was right before leaving for AFCI – Association for Creative Industries), I mentioned that I would begin sharing picture of 3D Vignettes with 12 Days of Inspiration.  Little did I know that the demoing and walking and hustle/bustle schedule of that event would absolutely wear me out.  In the early days, many of you said you didn’t know how I could create so much.  Well the back story to that is that I stayed up all night and rarely slept.  Fast forward 9 years and this old gal shuts down late at night – the will is there but the energy says tomorrow.  No worries, we have a lot of catching up to do.

In the meantime,  I have a lot to share today – an announcement – a new creative team member with a project  and new inspiration from the creative team.  Without further ado, let me introduce our newest Creative Team Member, Judy Hayes, who is sharing her first project above.

Judy Hayes for www.amazingpapergrace.com
Judy is one of those people who inspects a die up and down, looking for it’s strengths and hidden beauty, then she transforms it into something so unexpected and delightfully unique.   Her projects are magnificent and include the gamut from cards to off the page items using ordinary dies, papers and tools.  She inspires us all to think outside the box as we marvel over where she gets her ideas.  Just last week a group was squealing while looking at one of her projects – a 3d house where she had used photo corners for the shingles on the roof.  I just shook my head and said, that’s Judy!!  I’m so tickled about the announcement – here’s a little bit about her!

A New Announcement - APG Creative Team Member - Judy Hayes

I’m Judy Hayes.  My husband and I live on the prairie of rural southwestern Minnesota where I’m often inspired by nature and the peace, quiet and beauty of the surrounding countryside.  I love spending time with my 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren!  I have been crafting forever, it seems!  From sewing and needlework to paper crafting and jewelry making, soldering and metal embossing, book making and even woodcrafts, I’ve tried them all.  Thanks to my mom for her creativity with sewing and always being able to see possibilities in any piece of fabric.  If I saw a shirt or skirt that I liked, she could always figure out how to sew it!  From that, I learned to try to make things for myself!  I really enjoy mixed media projects, especially when I can include metal or fabric and textiles.  My greatest joy comes from stretching the limits of tools and basic supplies to create something unique and out of the ordinary! 

I am tremendously honored to be on Becca’s Creative Team! She is an amazing designer and very special person!   I was blessed to get to know her while I was on the Spellbinders Design Team (along with Teresa).  So grateful for this opportunity!

You can see more of Judy’s work here:
Blog: http://judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/judesigns7
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/judy.hayes7
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/judesigns?lang=en
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/judesigns7/

For Judy’s card today, here’s how she described putting it together.  This is a 4 x 5″ canvas painted with chalk paint.  The verse (Penny Black) is stamped and clear embossed on tissue paper and layered into the wet paint. I used Cinch and Go Flowers, Annabelle’s Trousseau Layering Frame (cut to fit canvas), and Vintage Elegance Tiny Tags.  Pearl cotton threaded through the frame is accented with tiny pearls.  I colored the tiny flowers with markers.  Two tiny tags at edge hide cut in frame (tags were cut to fit as well).

But that’s not all; there’s more inspiration to share.  The Creative Team has been busy with Amazing Paper Grace Dies!!

Melissa Bove

Melissa Bove for www.amazingpapergrace.com

Joanna Krogulec

Joanna Krogulec for www.amazingpapergrace.com

Joanna Krogulec

Joanna Krogulec for www.amazingpapergrace.com

Teresa Horner

TeresaHorner for www.amazingpapergrace.com

Jo Ferriby

Jo Ferriby for www.amazingpapergrace.com


Thanks for letting me share my announcement!  I’ll be back with a new card tomorrow!

  • BunnyJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:17 am

    Congratulations, Judy. Your work is beautiful.

    Lovely creations by the entire team.ReplyCancel

  • Edie LesslieJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:23 am

    Congrats, Judy. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work. These cards are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Robin BeamJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:31 am

    Judy is SOOOO talented! Congrats on the new addition to your team, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Pam DaileyJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:43 am

    Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:51 am

    Some of the links to the other designers cards aren’t working. Thanks for all the beautiful does and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJanuary 30, 2018 - 10:52 am

    Congratulations to Judy for joining the Amazing Paper Grace team. Love your card design. Looking forward to more of your designs including multi-media elements. Becca, I can relate to the will of doing but the body says tomorrow. I am finding tasks I used to do so readily now takes me twice as long and I only get half as much done. No one said growing older is easy. Now when I get something done, I tell myself: “good job”.ReplyCancel

  • Susan DeselmsJanuary 30, 2018 - 11:05 am

    Welcome Judy! Love your featured product! I am new to AmazingPaperGrace.com and am overwhelmed and inspired by the art work and the creativity and the ability to combine elements of beautiful dies and make something even more appealing. I hope, through re-creating the projects featured, I will gain some of the special perspective of all the designers’ and apply it to my unique creations.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.January 30, 2018 - 11:56 am

    Congratulations to Judy and to you, for snagging such awesome talent!! LOVE Judy’s card!!! Of course the other design team member’s cards too!

    Does Judy have an Instagram? The link goes to Twitter.

    Becca, you definitely need to take care of yourself and do what your body tells you it needs. Yes, things do slow down as we age, but you can still accomplish so much!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 30, 2018 - 12:53 pm

    Welcome Judy! Becca only picks the best! We all look forward to tomorrow with another masterpiece from Becca and also to her team of talented crafters!! God Bless ya”ll.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • RachelJanuary 30, 2018 - 1:21 pm

    Congrats Judy and welcome to Becca’s blog. Both of you are true artist. Your creations are absolutely stunning and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    Becca one day at a time Sweet Jesus is what the song says. Take care of yourself you need your rest. Believe me everyone that follows your blog truly understand. Please slow down and take time for yourself. Have a good day and blessings from up above.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJanuary 30, 2018 - 3:20 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    Can I ever relate to challenges with having enough time! I have been on some deadlines lately and “burning the midnight oil” to get projects done. My body tells me loud and clear that this is NOT okay.

    I can tell Judy is going to be a great addition to your team. This card is so gorgeous – I love the color, the weaving of the thread through the frame and use of the Vintage Elegance tiny tags, which made such great accents.

    You ARE busy…introducing 2 collections and adding a Creative Team Member. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

    Love & blessings,

  • Pam TASJanuary 30, 2018 - 4:03 pm

    Hi Becca love it that you are home safe hope you had a good
    time away but it’s always nice to get home ! Home Sweet Home .
    Welcome to Judy looking forward to seeing her work .
    The inspiration to day as always is gorgeous ! I love Joanna’s card
    the colours are beautiful such an elegant card very pretty !
    Take time to indulge in something SWEET with a hot chocolate !
    Dont end up worn out that’s no good to you we all know what that’s like .
    Take care lovely Lady Hugs Pam XXXReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 30, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    A BIG WELCOME to Judy!!!! I believe I HAVE seen some of Judy’s work around…. BEAUTIFUL! SUPER CHOICE, Becca! (Of course!) BEAUTIFUL card here on your blog too!!! ;)The stitching just adds to the laceyness of the card! ;)ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJanuary 30, 2018 - 4:37 pm

    Welcome Judy, glad you are back Becca, feeling rather bummed out have not gotten the spellbinders of yours that I have ordered from spellbinders they promise I will have them this week I certainly hope so I need them for the Anniversary partyReplyCancel

  • Janet L.January 30, 2018 - 5:27 pm

    These cards are all so very gorgeous! Congratulations and welcome, Judy! I’m off to check out your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)January 30, 2018 - 5:42 pm

    Welcome Judy and welcome home, Becca! Hope you had a great time and can now take a breathing space.
    And lovely offerings again from the team!
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • Janet IngrahamJanuary 30, 2018 - 9:26 pm

    So much elegance and beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Jan S from AustraliaJanuary 30, 2018 - 9:30 pm

    I get so excited when I see Amazing Grace Post come up, your cards and ideas are absolutely beautiful. I love all the Designers, and have no favourites. Welcome Judy to a fabulous team.
    Becca, look after yourself, don’t try to do too many things at the same time, space them out a bit, your followers appreciate so much what goes into your work, and we don’t want to see you burn out. We are happy to wait. I know it’s not just the posts that are on your to-do lists but all the shows etc, and family too that vie for your time
    Take care. XX JanReplyCancel

  • MaryJanuary 31, 2018 - 2:31 am

    Congratulations Judy! Beautiful cards once again from the team Becca. Thank you for sharing ladies. And welcome back from your travels Becca! Hugs, Mary xReplyCancel

  • LageneJanuary 31, 2018 - 6:55 am

    Judy, Congratulations! Gorgeous cards!ReplyCancel

  • CaroleJanuary 31, 2018 - 7:54 am

    Beautiful card. I love this set of sentiments and have this stamp. I use it often. Welcome to the team. Can’t wait to see your next creation.ReplyCancel

  • Denice with a "c"January 31, 2018 - 9:27 am

    Welcome Judy, you live in a world that sounds like a slice of Heaven. Becca, so glad to hear from you again, it’s been a little while and really that’s a good thing, it means you are getting to do a little more traveling and that is always fun. I don’t always write but I always enjoy your blog and all the inspiration that goes along with it. Many happy trails my friend. God bless…Denice with a “c”ReplyCancel

  • EarlineFebruary 2, 2018 - 9:03 am

    Congrats what a bReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronFebruary 2, 2018 - 4:53 pm

    Hey, stopped back by just as the show was closing and just missed you… Had to buy some more of the crafty goodness! Blessings & Hugs…ReplyCancel