Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes
Hello, Friends! For today’s Make & Take Tuesday I’m sharing a Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial. This lovely botanical die set is a great match for Graphic 45’s Warm Wishes paper collection. I’m going to show you 2 different ways to use this versatile die. Don’t forget to visit Becca’s blog for even more Peek A Boo Trellis inspiration. She has some truly gorgeous samples and tutorials waiting for you there.
Merry Christmas Cardinal
I love it when I can snuggle a focal image in with some pretty foliage. So for this first card, I made small cuts in the leafy panel, then inserted my focal image into the panel. That’s pretty much all it took to complete the card front. The rest was just adding foliage, ribbons and flowers.
I made this one a box pocket card, tucked in some sweet Christmas treats.
The second card is really quick and easy to make! This time, I cut a 5×7 panel from Warm Wishes Patterns and Solids. Then I centered the Peek A Boo Trellis vines in the center of the panel and die cut. Next, I die cut the reverse side of this same patterned paper and adhered it slightly off center behind the inlaid design. Finally, I stitched the entire panel onto green cardstock.
This time I used the layered rose dies that come with the die set along with a bunch of foliage. Burlap string, rusty jingle bells and vintage buttons give it a great rustic botanical feel.
The inside is simple with a gift card wallet/pocket combo and more of the pretty designer paper.
Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial on YouTube
I hope you enjoyed today’s Make & Take Tuesday! I know we are in the Dog Days of summer, but Christmas will be here before you know it! Best to get a head start on all those handmade Christmas cards and presents, right?
Tiara Trifold Shabby Chic Gift Box Set June 2022 APG DOM and Stamperia Garden of Promise
Hello, Friends! Today I’m sharing this Tiara Trifold shabby chic gift box set made with the June 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month. Little boxes of all kinds delight me. It has been far too long since I last made one. But as soon as I opened this gorgeous Die of the Month, the idea began forming in my brain. I’ve paired this delightful die up with Stamperia’s Romantic Garden of Promise paper collection. Oh, what fun I had putting this project together!
I’ve prepared a short video tour of the project for you with lots of tips and ideas for using this marvelous die. There’s also a complete photo array of the project at the end. So I won’t overwhelm you with a lot of information here.
This little box has so much room for goodies! If you’re interested, I might try to work up a tutorial showing you how to build the walls, inner box, trifold card and inserts. Just let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do!
Tiara Trifold Shabby Chic Gift Box Tour with Tips on YouTube
Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse
Hello, Friends! Let’s go on a road trip! Remember those? Before gas prices spiraled out of control? Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little. We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.
This was before the internet, mind you. I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area. Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result. These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way. Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.
The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself. My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way. We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out. I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.
Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches. Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast. GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Always!
So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.
Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip
The inspiration for this project is found on the cover. How cute is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month? Yes, there are a lot of little pieces. And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together. But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another. In all the colors! LOL
I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car. The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock. Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard. And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.
Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die. I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.
You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.
Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside
The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.
First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.
The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.
There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside. Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.
The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″. Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.
Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.
I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days. But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy. Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.
What’s your favorite road trip memory? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.
Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month: Lovin’ from the Oven Recipe Card Folio
Hello, Friends! It’s time for me to share the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month with you, and boy is it ever cute! I’m calling this one “Lovin’ from the Oven” because the adorable factor is right up there with the Pillsbury Doughboy. Remember him?
My mom was an amazing baker. There was nothing fancy or magazine worthy about our country kitchen. The linoleum was worn in spots. My dad built the countertops, then covered them with the same linoleum that adorned the kitchen floor. The pots and pans were ancient, battered and very Plain Jane. And the oven? Let’s just say you would not find it in any respectable modern kitchen and leave it at that.
But when my mom cranked up the oven, it was transformed into a sneak preview of Heaven. The woman could cook! Hardly a day passed when our home was not filled with the yeasty, mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread. When molasses cookies were on the menu, sweet spices filled the air. Chocolate cake? Be still my heart! I think I learned how to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom. So this little project is dedicated to her memory.
3D Pop-Up Vignette Oven Shaker Element
I’m not gonna lie to you: when i took this die set out of the package, I felt a moment of anxiety. There are a LOT of small pieces inside! But, the packaging has a helpful step by step guide on the back that made it very simple to put this cutie pie oven together. I opted to adapt the die into this sweet little shaker element. (You can see Becca’s version HERE.) Here’s how this sweet little oven came together:
First, die cut the outline of the oven from plain cardstock and cut off the side tabs.
Next, die cut the oven with the door insert from plain cardstock, and cut off the tabs.
Now die cut the oven with the door insert from patterned cardstock and cut off the tabs.
Then adhere the patterned paper over the plain cardstock with the door. Back this piece with clear cardstock (acetate) and add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape to the back.
Next, die cut the accent pieces from rose gold cardstock as seen in the photo.
Now die cut the oven drawer, knobs and clock from a graphite shimmer cardstock.
Finally, die cut the oven mitts and utensils from a scrap of contrasting patterned paper.
Place your shaker elements inside the prepared oven cavity.
Adhere the oven racks (cut from rose gold) to the plain cardstock backer piece.
Line up the backer piece over the shaker window and press in place.
Now you can build your folio base and decorate.
A Peek Inside
This simple folio base measures 7″ x 5″ with a 1/2″ spine. I’ve added a side pocket on the left and a standard pocket on the right.
This is a great way to share a recipe with someone you love. Just tuck a couple of your tried and true recipes into the pocket on the left. Then add a little tea wallet, honey stick and photo folio to the pocket on the right.
All my best memories have been made in the kitchen! My sweet granddaughters join me every Friday for cooking lessons and we have the best time! Photos of these moments are important! So I made this little 4×4 folio to hold a few of them in place. This would also make a great gift!
Loving from the Oven Recipe Card Folio on YouTube
I prepared a short video tour of this folio with tips and ideas on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!
This weekend is Mother’s Day and I hope every single one of you knows how much you are loved and appreciated.
Farmhouse Style Mixed Media Cards with APG April 2022 DOM and Stamperia Garden
Hello, Friends! Just as I promised you yesterday, I’m back to share these Farmhouse Style Mixed Media Cards. I had such fun creating with this Amazing Paper Grace Watering Can and Flowers die that I just couldn’t seem to stop! Yesterday, I shared a video that introduced you to this delightful Club Kit and showed you several different ways to add mixed media finishes to the watering can. We also learned a simple flower shaping technique. If you missed that video, you can find it HERE.
This watering can is cut from paper in the Stamperia Garden collection. Here’s how to make this watering can:
First die cut the watering can pieces.
Then lightly mist both sides of the paper.
Now add the embossed design dies over the body of the watering can. Run them through your machine using an embossing mat. This really makes the embossed design pop.
Next, lightly rub the design with metallic wax. This will make the design stand out even more.
Finally, emboss with Versamark Embossing Ink and Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.
The card base is 6″ x 6 1/2″. The background is made with torn layers of paper scraps that I stitched together on my sewing machine. Add extra texture with mustard seeds, spattered paint and ribbon.
Here’s a peek at the inside of the card. Of course, I added a pocket!
Tuck in a tea bag, bookmark and honey stick to turn the card into a gift!
Rosemary Garden Mixed Media Card
This watering can base is cut from heavy wrinkled specialty cardstock. I just kept layering various embossing powders until I achieved the finish you see here. The base coat is Seth Apter Patina Oxide followed by Vintage Beeswax and a little sprinkling of Taos Sunset.
TIP: Let the first layer of embossing powder cool before you add the next layer of Versamark Ink and powder! Heat chunky powders from the underside to avoid blowing the powder all over your work space.
TIP: Cut flower layers from scraps of solid cardstock or patterned papers. It always makes me happy when I can use up some scraps!
Decorate your pocket with fussy cut images to add extra flair to the card design.
Create a sweet bookmark with scraps of designer paper. Then tuck it into the pocket along with a tea bag and honey stick.
I keep thinking of different finishes and textures that I could use with this amazing die, so don’t be surprised if you see it again soon!