Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Couple of Layouts - Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Hey, all!

Congrats to the winners of the Spellbinders(TM) "To Die For!!" Blog Frenzy!  Oh, you are going to looooove your new toys! 

Thanks again for all of your sweet comments. I wish everyone could have won!  Someone asked about the cupcakes in my post- yes, they were delish!  ha!  They were actually store-bought from Walmart, but heavenly nonetheless! 

I thought I would share a couple of my Spellbinders' layouts that are ready for public viewing - tee hee!  I created these months ago, but needed to wait until they were in the Spellbinders' blog gallery.  Click on the link to see the design team's monthly artwork.  Projects with even more new die templates will show up after CHA next week!

The first layout uses some awesome double-sided cardstock paper from My Mind's Eye.  You can click on the photos to enlarge them.  It's a photo of my son and my dad way back when Alan was around two - probably 1990.  Alan was reading a book and Gramps was reading the newspaper.  Sweet!  So I journaled on a little 'book' that I made with Spellbinders' die templates.  Why not?

This is the first layout I made with the Grand Nestabilities!  What do you think of my 80's perm?  tee hee.  Good GRIEF!!!  And look at Alan's white hair!  I was shocked - I'd always dreamed of having a little dark-haired, blue-eyed baby! But his dad has nearly white hair so I guess I did not have the dominate gene!

This time I made a little vellum pocket behind which I tucked a little journaling tag. 

Oh!!  Here's one more thing to drool over!  Head on over to Michelle's blog to get a sneak peek of just a taste of the bling she's designed to fit exactly on your Nestabilities!  She'll be debuting it next week at CHA.  It looks delectable for sure, and I hear the prices are going to be veeeery reasonable!!!

Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spellbinders Paper Arts
"To Die For!!"
Winter Release
Blog Frenzy
January 10 – 18, 2011

Welcome to day four of the Spellbinders Paper Arts "To Die For!!" Winter Release Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts has been working hard to bring you another selection of the most innovative and beautiful die templates in the world. The To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month. The To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy is from January 10 - 18, featuring 16 fabulous Designers and prizes To DIE For!!

  • Win today’s new die templates!
  • Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day from each blog!
  • One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days!
  • Each contest is open for 48 hours to enter the contest!
  • You have until 12:01 a.m. January 15, 2011 Central Standard Time to enter my contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules before entering so that your entry will be valid!

These are the Designers and their contest dates:

January 10

January 11

January 12

January 13

January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

Daily contest winners are randomly chosen from valid entries, as stated in the Official Rules. The winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Entrants that send valid contest entry emails to each of the contests will be automatically considered for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $800, and includes Spellbinders CHA Winter 2011 release die templates revealed in the Spellbinders To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy and a Grand Calibur™ die cutting/embossing machine!

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I’m thrilled to share S4-316 Heart Circles  Nestabilities(R) Decorative Elements with you!

The little heart borders on these die templates made them so much fun to play with!  I decided to cut/emboss and stencil as many sizes and colors as I reasonably could on one card!  

I didn't use the smallest one here, but I did use the largest one twice!  Let me show you how!  I used S4-316 Heart Circles #4, #3 and #2 (#1 is the smallest) on this project.

See how I was able to cut all of the die templates with one pass of the GC-001 Grand Calibur.  Since I used the largest die template twice (with both red and white paper), I sent it through twice. 

After I cut and embossed, I then poked out the little extra goodies with my paper piercer.  I ended up with some sweet heart confetti - nice!

Next I snipped in-between each of the border hearts on the largest white die template.  

I adhered the pink circle to the center and then folded the little hearts toward the inside of the circle, gluing them down with Zip Dry Paper Glue.  I added the pink circle for contrast so that the white hearts would stand out.

I used my sponge dauber to stencil red ink through the smaller die template, which instantly gave it a contrasting border!  The same ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I stacked the die templates, using 3D Foam Squares under for dimension.  Can you see all of die templates that I cut and embossed?  Then I adhered the stack to red and white cardstock that I cut and embossed with LF-126 Grand Squares.  

Finally, I placed the entire element on some printed paper, wrapped it with a bunch of baker's twine, added a pretty pink button and a card base, and called it a success!


Spellbinders:  S4-316 Heart Circles, LF-126 Grand Squares,S4-116 Standard Circles Small GC-001 Grand Calibur (TM)
Stamps"Seasons of Love - Tags" (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (TM), E-Z Runner(R) (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (TM), Mini Glue Dots  - 3/16" (Glue Dots) , Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Paper:  Cherry-O (CTMH)
Ink:  Tulip (CTMH)
Accessories:  Button, Baker's Twine

Now, here is a precious project that I dreamed up using S4-316 Heart Circles!

Cute, right????!!!  While I was folding over the white heart border for the card, I realized that if I stood them up they would make a cute coaster....which I turned into the base for a cupcake liner!

See the little heart base at the bottom of each cupcake liner?  Yep, that's S4-316 Heart Circles!

And I pulled out my F-013 Jewel Tones Premium Craft Foil (love it!) to use with the S4-316 Heart Circles to make the little cupcake picks.   These were so much fun to play with!


SpellbindersS4-316 Heart Circles, F-013 Jewel Tones Premium Craft Foil (Deep Red), GC-001 Grand Calibur(TM)
Stamps"Seasons of Love - Tags" (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares - Black (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L(TM), Mini Glue Dots - 3/16" (Glue Dots), White Fast-Grab Glue
Ink: Tulip (CTMH)
Paper: Cherry-O (CTMH)
Accessories: #80218 Printed Grosgrain Ribbon (Creative Impressions), Sweethearts(R) Candy Hearts, Cupcakes

As a reminder, this is the Spellbinders product I introduced:

Heart Circles
SKU# S4-316
MSRP $24.99
1: 1″

2: 1¾″

3: 2¾″

4: 4⅛″

Click here for the Spellbinders Paper Arts To DIE For!! Winter Release Event rules..

TO ENTER MY CONTEST: (Contest is open for entries from 12:01 a.m. January 13, 2011 to 12:01 a.m. January 15, 2011 Central Standard Time).

1) Send your email entry to: (either click the link or type the address into your email program)

2) The subject must be S4-316 Heart Circles.

3) Send!

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Thank you for visiting and good luck!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

To DIE For!!!

Today's the first day of Spellbinders(TM) Paper Arts "To Die For!" Winter Release Blog Frenzy!  Today's featured designers are Debbie Olsen and Donna Salazar

Make sure you follow the rules to enter for your chance to win!  I'll see you Thursday morning with my projects to die for!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Free Spellbinders? You heard it here!

I want to let you in on a GRAND announcement!

Mark you calendar for January 10-18: when I will be participating in Spellbinders(TM) Paper Arts "To Die For!!" Winter Release Blog Frenzy!  WooHOOO!!!  You will seriously DIE when you see this new release - it is absolutely the best ever! 

You will not believe the awesome die templates in this release!  It's my favorite so far - and you can win them all!  Join me and 15 other designers starting January 10 for a sneak peek and your chance to enter the contest to win!  I cannot wait to show you the projects I have been working on!

If I sound just a tad excited, it's because I truly am!  Oh, I can't wait for you to see!  My post is the 13th, but the hop starts here Monday morning.  Make sure you enter every day for your chance to win!

Good luck, friends!