Monday, July 27, 2015

Two new winners!

Hi everyone!  I didn't hear back from my original Celebra'tions winners, so Random.org helped me chose 2 more winners :)

Numbers 2 and 5:
Eileen Lucas July 15, 2015 at 6:30 AM
Sorry to see your leaving Spellbinders but your contributions of creativity have been wonderful and memorable. We all know what we can and cannot take on and I applaud you for the right decision for you. The best to you in your new adventures.

richardbreaks July 15, 2015 at 7:23 AM
Boy, Spellbinders is going to miss you! Thanks for all the inspiration!
PS, who are you liking for 2016?

Congrats Eileen and Richard!  Please send me an email (info on my sidebar), you have until Friday to contact me. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone!!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Celebra'tions bundle winners!

Hi everyone!  I want to thank everyone for their kind words, emails and comments about my leaving Spellbinders.  I want to add that I am still crafting and will still be blogging with my Fun Stampers Journey projects as well as a few challenge cards here and there.  Spellbinders makes the fabulous dies the FSJ sells, so I haven't gone too far!  lol!

On to my Celebra'tions bundle giveaway winners.  Random.org helped me chose the numbers 1 and 13 as my winners.  Congrats Colleen and Debbie!  Please send me an email (info on my sidebar), you have until Friday to contact me.  P.S.  I was happy to see number 1 come up as a winner, don't you always feel like number 1 never wins?  lol!

#1
You are quite the inspiration as all your creations are just gorgeous.
Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

#13
I will certainly miss your beautiful Spellbinder projects. wish you well in all you do going forward :-)

I have a fun card to share.  This card uses one of the fun embossing folders from Fun Stampers Journey along with some satin ribbon and sparkle drop gem for a touch of glitz!

Just a reminder that FSJ products are only available through a Journey Coach (I am not a coach), please visit Fun Stampers Journey and click on the button "find a coach" at the very top right.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card deets:
Stamps - Greeting Trends
Dies/punches - Spring Bloom Minis, Journey Circles, and Journey Blooms Embossing folder
Inks - Dark Roast
Cardstock - Whip Cream, Cotton Candy, Sweet Pear and Yummy Prints 12x12 patterned paper
Accessories -Sparkle Drops, Cotton Candy satin ribbon

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Saying goodbye to Spellbinders and Giveaway

Hi everyone!  I wanted to let you all know that I have stepped down from the Spellbinders blog team.  WHAT you say!?!  I KNOW right?!  I'd have to be crazy to leave Spellbinders.  It was a hard decision to make as this is my 5th year with Spellbinders and you all know my love for them, but alas, my part time job with FSJ has left me little to no extra time to work on other projects.  Spellbinders deserves more than I can give at the moment.
Edited to add:  Based on some comments and emails I received, I want to say that I am not leaving crafting or this blog.  My job with FSJ allows me to craft every day and much of my work can be shared here on my blog!

In honor of my time with Spellbinders, I thought I would share some of my favorite projects from over the years.
I altered this wooden picture frame back in 2011 and it was one of my most popular projects I ever made for Spellbinders.  I still get emails asking how I made this and where to find the wooden frame.  FYI, I bought it at Craft Warehouse.
 I was assigned the die set, Marvelous Squares for the CHA booth back in 2012 and made this layout featuring a pic of my little dudes.  It ended up being picked up for publication and appeared in Paper Creations magazine.  Now my sons think they're famous!
 This is my second most popular project I made for Spellbinders.  I made this card in 2013 when I was on the Spellbloggers team.  I used a variety of Nestabilities die sets on each square.  I still randomly see it when I scroll thru Pinterest!
 Here's a fun colorful card I made using the Celebra'tions collection of stamps, dies and accessories.  This is so me, bright and colorful flowers with a dash of washi tape!
 And lastly, here is a fav of mine I made this year.  This one went to my sister who loves the color purple.
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So... how about a little giveaway?
To help me say goodbye and share their generosity over the years, I have some Celebr'ations stamps and dies to give away.  AND as I have been doing some cleaning out, I have added some gently used rhinestone packs, 6x6 paper pads and other goodies to the pile.  I have 2 giveaways and all you need to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post.  
I will announce a winner on Tuesday the 21st.
Bundle One
Create a Cone die set
Pierced Rectangles die set
Cool Caribbean ink pad
My Friend stamp set 
Celebra'tions Prints paper
variety of other goodies

Bundle Two
Cele-brate Plate
Tag That! die set
Golden Glow ink pad
Many Words stamp set
Celebra'tions Special Occasions Prints paper
Variety of other goodies
 So with a blessed and heavy heart I say goodbye to Spellbinders Paper Arts.  Thank you for believing in me and your generosity over the years.  I loved my time with you and I'll be stalking your future releases and wont be a stranger!

P.S. I mentioned above I've been doing some cleaning out, well I've put aside some items to make a few more crafty goody boxes and envelopes for sale.  So keep an eye out for those coming soon, please email me if you want to reserve one now.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Party without cake...

Hi everyone!  I have a fun party cake card to share.  This cake uses goodies from Fun Stampers Journey, the Yummy & Delicious collection. I did some paper piecing on the cake image and embellished it with some fun flowers from the Spring Bloom Minis die and enamel dots!
Looks good enough to eat, right?!?  The frame die around the cake is from the die set, Snapshot Frames.  It's a fun versatile die set with accent dies from many holidays.

Just a reminder that FSJ products are only available through a Journey Coach (I am not a coach), please visit Fun Stampers Journey and click on the button "find a coach" at the very top right.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card deets:
Stamps - Yummy Party
Dies/punches - Spring Bloom Minis and Snapshot Frames 
Inks - Black Licorice
Cardstock - Whip Cream, Cotton Candy, Pool Play, Sweet Pear, Dark Roast and Yummy Prints 12x12 patterned paper
Accessories -Candy Minis, Natural thread, mini clothes pin
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ice Cream card cause it's hot hot hot!

Hi everyone!  I have a fun ice cream card to share.  OK, so it's been hot here in Portland and I mean REALLY freaky deaky hot here.  We've had a 3 week heat wave like none I can remember.  Some days all I can think about is ice cream!

So in honor of all things cool, here is a card that uses the super fun Yummy & Delicious collection from Fun Stampers Journey.  I used the Hello Scoop stamp set and paper pieced the ice cream part and colored the cones/sticks with reinkers and blending solution.  A little bit of twine, rhinestones and sequins add the finishing touches.
  Some of the elements on this card are from the new punch system FSJ released in June.  PUNCHES you say??  Why yes!  I know it's been dies, dies, dies for years, but hey this new punch system is fun and I may have rediscovered my love for punches!  The new system consists of one punch handle and then you slide in any one of the several punch heads.  Super cool!  Here is a picture of what I used on my card.
Just a reminder that FSJ products are only available through a Journey Coach (I am not a coach), please visit Fun Stampers Journey and click on the button "find a coach" at the very top right.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Stay cool all you fellow PNWers!!
Card deets:
Stamps - Hello Scoop
Dies/punches - Journey Circles, Chevron Trends punch, This Way punch
Inks - Oatmeal cookie reinker, Black Licorice
Cardstock - Oatmeal Cookie, Cotton Candy, Orange Creamsicle, Cool Pool, Cocoa Powder and Yummy Prints 12x12 patterned paper
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate the 4th of July

Hi everyone!  Happy Fourth of July!
Some of you have noticed that it's been a month since my last post and that's been for several reasons.  One, working 20 hours a week for Fun Stampers Journey has taken me away from my extra crafting time, thus less posts.  Two, it's summer now and that means lots of taking the boys to day camp, visiting my mom, etc.  And lastly, I prepped for and attended FSJ's first annual convention!  I've never been a demo or coach and thus never attended a stamping convention before.  Boy what a wonderful experience that was!  It was held in Phoenix this year and I promise to share some photos of all fun stuff including some pics from my onstage demo!
But, I do have a card to share today.  A fun patriotic shaker card! 
 For this card, I used my Stars Five nestabilities dies.  Nestabilities dies are perfect for making custom shaped shaker cards.  You have a variety of nesting sizes in each set and can make any number of sized frames.
Below is a pic of how I made the star shaker piece.  After I loaded the "base" with sequins, I peeled off the adhesive border and stuck my blue star frame over top.  I should mention that I adhered the acetate to the blue frame first, then adhered it to my shaker base.
Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:   
Dies: Stars Five (S4-092), Fun Sentiments (SCD-029)
Other Supplies: Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Whip Cream, Huckleberry Fusion and Cranberry Bliss and Be Brave stamp set for sentiment; sequins; silver cord
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hello banner card

Hi everyone!  Today's card uses the fun Baby Buntings die set.  I die cut some patterned paper and cardstock and turned the banner pieces upside down.
 The die cut flower is from one of my all time favorite flower sets, Jewel Flowers & Flourishes and I used a FSJ crystal flower accent for the center.  I adhered a couple washi tapes across the card front, one is silver dotted and the other a pale turquoise glitter!  So pretty, be still my heart.
That's it for today, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:   
Dies: Jewel Flowers & Flourishes (S5-143), Baby Buntings (GLD-016), Sentiments 5 (S2-141) 
Other Supplies: Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Whip Cream and Cool Pool, Crystal Accents; Aqua with silver dots washi tape; Enamel dots; Silver mirror cardstock; Light Turquoise Glitter tape
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Heart You card

Hi everyone!  I was in the mood to play around with my embossing paste, so I made this "heart you" card.  I like how the embossing paste adds just the right amount of texture combined with the texture plate from the Build-a-Tag One die set.
Notice my embossing paste is pink?  I added a bit of color to my white paste by using the FSJ Bubblegum Pink silk!  It's a fun way to customize and match colors on your project.
I use the Diagonal Chevron die to make my stencil. I wanted the triangle corner pieces along the bottom left, so I flipped the die cut over and taped it down.  I added paste to the first 4 openings.
Here are the tag die sets I used:
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.  You can really see the dimension and texture the tag texture plate added!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
Dies: Build-a-Tag One (SCD-010), Tag Trio (SCD-020), Diagonal Chevron (S4-453); Font One Lowercase (S5-199)
Other Supplies: 
Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Black Licorice, Bubblegum Silk and mini wooden close pins ; 1/16th silver harlequin washi tape; Silver pearls; Black/white twine
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fun fringy card

Hi everyone!  I have a fun fringy card to share today.  There is a new fringe die in town and it's SUPER fun.  It's part of the Celebra'tions line from Spellbinders.
I die cut a variety of blue colors in the fringe and created an ombre effect.  I originally wanted this to say congrats and be a graduation card, but the word was too long and didn't look right.  So SMILE it is!  I added some gold glittered washi tape along the top and some fun gold sequins for accents.
Here is the fringe die.  It's designed to be folded over, but for my card I trimmed it to have one layer for each color.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up pic.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:   

Dies: Fringed Garland (SCD-017), Font One Lowercase (S5-199) 
Other Supplies: Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Black Licorice, Huckleberry Fusion; other blue cardstock; Gold sequins and gold star sequins; gold string 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Contemporary dogwood flower card

Hi everyone!  I have another fun flower card to share.  I've been into purple lately, so when designing this I reached for the fabulous Deep Lilac cardstock to pair with the awesome Contemporary Circles die set!
The flower on this card is from the Create-a-Flower series of dies (which has 24 flowers in it now!) and is the Dogwood.  I love it and it is super easy to make.  You only have to die cut the pieces once (other flowers require multiple pieces).  Here is a picture.
I lightly sponged some Bubblegum Pink ink onto each petal and bent them slightly over my thumb.  I then glued the petals to the petal base.  I overlapped them at the center to get my petals close enough to touch at the sides.  The stamens are also super easy, just a tiny curve with my embossing tool and done. 
Here is the Contemporary Circles, isn't it the coolest?  It also comes in a Square and Diamonds!!
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.  You can see I added a sequin and pearl to the center.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
Dies: Dogwood (S2-125), Contemporary Circles (S4-498), Celebration (IN-012)
Other Supplies: 
Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Black Licorice, Sweet Pear, Deep Lilac, and Kiwi Kiss and Journey Sequins in Bloom Time; Blush pearls in 2 and 3mm
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crafty flower birthday card and another winner

Hi everyone!!  I have a fun card to share that uses one of the new flower die series from Spellbinders called Crafty Flowers.  There are 6 sets in this series and my card uses Crafty Flowers 3.
I also used the Fancy Lattice die if a fun way.  First I cut out a rectangle from my card front using my paper trimmer.  Below I show after my first 2 cuts.
Next I die cut some white cardstock using my Fancy Lattice die.  I adhered it to the back of the opening using white liner tape.  Then I adhered a piece of purple ombre patterned paper behind the opening.  Fun huh?!?
Next I die cut the pieces for my flower.  I ended up using 5 of the medium sized petal and 10 of the small petal.  These flowers are pretty easy to assemble.  There is a split in the bottom of the petal and you separate it and adhere it to the petal base, shown below.
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Before I go, I never heard back from my Fun Stamper's Journey prize package winner I announced last week.  So that means I get to pick another winner!!  Random.org helped me chose:
 #31
Babbi Rissling May 5, 2015 at 9:38 PM
Perfection! Cheerful on so many levels. Love it!

Congrats Babbi!  Send me an email (info on my right side bar) and I will forward your address to FSJ right away!  You have until Thursday to get back to me.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.

Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
Dies: Fancy Lattice (S5-152), Crafty Flower 3 (S2-170), Springs (S2-048); Sentiments One (S2-082) (ES-009)
Other Supplies: 
Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Black Licorice, Banana Cream, Pretty Amethyst, Lavender Fusion and Lemon Grass and white liner tape; My Mind's Eye "Sherbert" 6x6 pad; purple rhinestones
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Conversation bubbles card

Hi everyone!!  I have a fun card to share.  This one uses 3 of the 4 Conversation Bubble die sets, which are part of the Die D-Lites line (and only $10).  SO.  Stinkin'.  Cute!  I could make cards with these all day. 
 The embossed background is from one of my favorites the Lovely Lattice embossing folder.  Spellbinders folders are double sided, so you get 2 designs for the price of one!!
The striped rectangle bubble normally has the pointer on the right side, but I wanted more balance so I flipped it over and you really can't tell at all.  I added a bit of ribbon to a mini paper clip which is something I never do, but think is super cute!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
Dies Conversation Bubble 1 (S2-135), Conversation Bubble 2 (S2-136) and Conversation Bubble 3 (S2-137); Lovely Lattice folder (ES-009); Celebra'tions Just Because stamp set (SCSD-008)
Other Supplies: 
My Mind's Eye enamel dots; White embossing powder; Versamark ink; Fun Stamper's Journey Mini paper clip
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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