Thursday, August 21, 2014

Medallion note cards

Hi everyone! I have a fun set of note cards to share today.  My sister loves to give away my cards as little thank you gifts and I made this set for her neighbor who fed and walked her dog when she was on vacation.

These all use the same Medallion One die as a focal point and paper pack from Bo Bunny.  I just changed up the color of the Prima flower and sentiment.
Here is the Die D-Lite Medallion set of 2 dies.  It's so pretty!!
Here's my card with a white medallion and purple flower
Gray medallion, yellow flower
Peach medallion, tangerine flower
 
Last but not least - Light aqua medallion, aqua flower
These were pretty easy to make.  The card bases are 3 3/4" square which I chose to get the right amount of pattern paper showing around the label shape.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to to each flower for that extra shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies:
S2-014 Medallion One, S2-082 Sentiment One, IN-012 Celebration, IN-037 Celebration Two Shapeabilities®, S4-375 Scalloped Labels One Nestabilities® 
Paper: Misc cardstock; Bo Bunny Baby Bump 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Prima flowers Lil Missy in Rose Colors
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Labels with Tapestry cards

Hi everyone!  I'm back from a small vacation and hit the ground running!  I wanted to use a couple of the newer Spellbinders Labels shapes in a fun way.  I die cut the label shape into my cardstock and backed them with one of the new Expandables dies, Tapestry.

Both cards are very similar as I used the same washi tapes and colors for the accents, but the label shapes are different.
This one uses Labels Thirty-two and I added some enamel dots and Prima flowers as accents.
This one uses Labels Thirty-six and I made the flowers from the Rose Creations dies.
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the label/Tapestry detailing.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: S5-198 Tapestry and S5-050 Rose Creations Shapeabilities®, S4-418 Labels Thirty-Two and S4-368 Labels Thirty-Six Nestabilities® 

Stamps: JustRite Stampers, "Celebrate" from Cupcake Celebrations and "Thank you" from Floral Thank You stamp sets (both on sale!)
Paper: Papertrey Ink, White, Aqua Mist and Raspberry Fizz cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Teal Necessities 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Prima flowers Audrey in Turquoise Teal, My Mind's Eye "Here is Happy" Enamel dots; Little B Washi tape in Silver Foil Pink
Harlequin and Gold Foil Harlequin
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bright shiny stars

Hi everyone!  It's Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers! As a way to thank all the Fan Club members, their design team, called the Dirty Dozen, and Alumni (I am class of May-Nov 2008) host a series of challenges and we "Dare you to Get Dirty" and play along!
If you're not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one. You can find all the info on the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Page.... We'd love to have you play with us this week - there are 41 challenges to choose from - play one or play them all!  Here is the Master challenge thread (note, you have to be a Fan Club member to see this).
 
I have a fun colorful card to share today and I played in the challenge hosted by the talented Dirty Girl alum, Susie. I used one of my "go-to" die sets, Stars Five (I love because star shapes are so versatile -masculine, feminine and patriotic) and I had some fun combining them with the Hexagon shapes.
The sentiment is from my new favorite word set, Celebration Two, which you've seen me use a lot lately.  The bright dotted papers behind the star openings are from the Bo Bunny double dot series in Bright and Bold and the lime and blue papers are from AMuse.

Once again, these challenges are only available to SCS Fan Club members and if you're not a member, you should consider supporting SCS and becoming one.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: IN-037 Celebration Two
Shapeabilities®, S4-092 Stars Five and S4-368 Hexagons Nestabilities®   
Paper: AMuse, White, Ocean and Lime cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Wood Necessities 6x6 paper pad; Bo Bunny, Double Dot Bold and Brights 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: My Mind's Eye Enamel dots

Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 



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Monday, August 4, 2014

Circle Hello card

Hi everyone!!  It's been a long while since I've made a circle card, so I thought it was time to bust out my circle dies and make a friendship card.  The scale of the Flower Power 2 flowers are perfect for the card front.
I thought this happy colorful paper from My Mind's Eye would make the perfect backdrop for a friendship card.  The words are too cute!  I added a bit of washi tape across (it is the diagonal piece) and added some rhinestones for extra bling.
 
I often get asked how I make circle card bases and thought I would include a visual on how I make them.  There are a couple of ways to do this, but I find it easier to die cut 2 circles, score a line across the top of one circle -this circle will become the back of the card.  Then I fold it down and glue it to the top of the second circle.
Here is a side/back view
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the die cut details.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: IN-034 Flower Power Two and IN-037 Celebration Two
Shapeabilities®, S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®   
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow, Taffy and Spearmint Stick Card Shoppe cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Record It "just Splendid" 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, Silver String, Silver Mirror cardstock, My Mind's Eye Washi Tape, Record It "Follow Your Heart"

Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Row Houses

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card to share using the new Die D-Lite die, Row Houses.  Isn't this die fun!?!  At first, I die cut white cardstock and colored the houses with copic markers.  But I don't have mad coloring skills and didn't like the way it turned out, so I tried cutting each house with a different colored cardstock and glued it over it.  I love how it turned out!
The house on the far right is die cut from gold mirror cardstock and the turquoise house (second from left) is painted with some sparkle using a Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear.  That little strip of gold foil diamonds along the bottom is the new and amazing washi tape from Little B Designs.  Oh my these little foil tapes are sooooo cute!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up of the die cutting details.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: IN-036 Row Houses and S2-047 Blooms Four Shapeabilities®    
Stamps: Verve Stamps, Friendly Phrases stamp set  
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow and Spearmint Stick Card Shoppe cardstock; Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Melon Berry  
Ink: Tsukineko, Onyx Black
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, Gold Mirror cardstock; Little B Designs, Gold foil Harlequin 3mm washi tape; Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear

Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello washi card and another winner!

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing the coordinating card from yesterday's post.  For this one, I used the negative piece from my Classic Heart die cut and added some heart layers in the center. 
Here is a pic of them side by side, aren't they fun?  I used the same dies and embellishments on both which makes it super easy to make two at a time!  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder to make it pop.
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I wasn't contacted by my second winner post from my Blog-a-versary giveaway, so Random.org helped me chose yet another winner!  Who knew it would be so hard to give stuff away - lol!  Third time's a charm, right?
The winner is:
Ravengirl who said
"Michelle, congrats on six years and thank you for all of your crafty inspiration!

Congrats Toni!  Please contact me at cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and let me know your address info and I will mail the package off to you right away.  You have until Sunday the 27th to contact me.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up of the die cutting details.
 
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: S4-136 Classic Hearts Nestabilities®, S5-143 Jewel Flower and Flourishes and S5-050 RoseCreations Shapeabilities®    
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Floral Thank You stamp set  
Paper: Gina K Designs, Bubblegum Pink, Honey Mustard and White cardstock   
Ink: Tsukineko, Versamark
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, My Mind's Eye washi tape, May Arts burlap string, white embossing powder; Wild Orchid Crafts, 10mm open rose Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares    
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thank you washi tape heart

Hi everyone!  I have a couple fun coordinating washi tape cards to share -one uses a die cut heart shape and tomorrow I'll share the coordinating card using the negative die cut.
To make the heart, I adhered strips of washi tape to white cardstock and die cut it from the center.  The flower embellishment is a combination of 2 die sets with a tiny rose in the center.  I love the layered flower look!
 
I added a few sequins for embellishments.
Tomorrow I'll show the card I made using the negative square with the heart die cut from it.:-)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the die cutting details.
Card Deets:
Spellbinder dies: S4-136 Classic Hearts Nestabilities®, S5-143 Jewel Flower and Flourishes and S5-050 RoseCreations Shapeabilities®  
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Floral Thank You stamp set
Paper: Gina K Designs, Bubblegum Pink, Honey Mustard and White cardstock 
Ink: Tsukineko, Onyx Black
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, My Mind's Eye washi tape, May Arts burlap string, white embossing powder; Wild Orchid Crafts, 10mm open rose
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July and a new winner

Hi everyone!  I don't normally make Christmas cards other than in November and December (no, I do NOT work ahead!), but I was making some cards for my winter Paper Creations article which I can share here since the magazine closed down (sniff sniff).
So it's Christmas in July!
I used a stencil with this card and I really like how it turned out!
For the stencil effect, I used the Stars Five dies and placed a star shape (die #4) onto the stencil and inked around it in 2 different colors, first Red Hot then Moonlit Fog.  I used some washi tape and taped down both the stencil and my paper, just to make sure nothing moved.  See below picture.
 Here's how I made the puffy stars on the card.
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 I also want to announce a new winner for my Blog-a-versary Giveaway!  One of my previous winners was international and I wasn't able to send my package, so Random.org helped me chose another winner:

Martha M, Tiffin Ohio said:
"Congratulations!! 6 Years, Wow!! Thank you for such a great package of goodies!!"

Congrats Martha!  Please contact me at cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and let me know your address info and I will mail the package off to you right away.  You have until Wednesday the 23rd to contact me.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  Here is a detail picture.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S4-092 Stars Five Nestabilities®

Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Christmas Antique Labels One set
Paper: Gina K Designs, White cardstock; Lawn Fawn, Peace Love Joy paper pad;
Ink: Gina K Designs, Red Hot, Black Onyx and Moonlit Fog

Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Silver mirror cardstock and Clear Rhinestones; Tim Holtz Stripes stencil
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blog-a-versary winner and a thank you card

Hi everyone!  WOW!  I was blown away by all the amazing comments you all left me on my Blog-a-versary post!  I read each and every one and thank you!!
Random.org helped me chose 2 winners for my giveaway:

Here are your random numbers:
28 37 
Congratulations on reaching a milestone. How sweet of you to share your goodies with us! Your style and your designers are my style of stamping so I gleam a lot of awesome ideas from your blog. Just adore all the ribbons. I want them all. Keep up the good work and know there are many of us out there who really really enjoy your blog!! Congratulations again!

How time does fly! Thank you for the chance to win some great goodies, and thank you for sharing your creations - they are motivating.

 Congrats to Shirley and Barbara!!!  Please send me an email with your address info to cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and I'll get your box out to you right away.  You will have until Tuesday morning to contact me.

 I also have a card to share.  My card uses one of the Imperial Gold set of dies, Gold Rounds One.  These dies are special because they don't cut out the shape themselves, they are designed to be combined with the basic shapes that do the cutting.  These dies have patterns that both emboss and DEboss.
Here's the Gold Rounds One set:
  For my circle ring, I inked up the Gold die #5 with pink ink and then embossed it into a precut white cardstock ring.  Here's how it turned out.
 My flower was make from the Create-a-Rose set.  You can see a step out tutorial on how I made the rose on this blog post.  Or there are complete PDF instructions on Spellbinders web page on the Create-a-Rose page.  I used the Floral Flourishes set for the leaf flourish details.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture of the rose and circle detail.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S2-067 Create-a-Rose, S4-327 Floral Flourishes, and  IN-037 Celebration Two Shapeabilities®; S4-412 Gold Rounds One Nestabilities®
Paper: Gina K Designs, White, Innocent Pink and Grass Green Pure Luxury cardstock;  Prima Marketing Anna Marie 6x6 paper pad; Gold mirror cardstock  
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Gold Sequins and pink Rhinestones; SEI, Gold glitter dots  
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

SIX year blog-a-versary giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  I can hardly believe I've had this blog for 6 years and made over 1000 posts (1013 to be exact)!  And over the years, you -my readers- have been wonderful and supportive every step of the way.  I've been on and off design teams, had ups and downs with my publishing work and even shared a couple personal moments.  All and all, it's been fun.  I've enjoyed blogging.

So as a way to thank you all, I have a special giveaway to celebrate this milestone.  I have TWO Medium Flat rate priority boxes stuffed to the rim with crafty goodies!  Each box is basically the same with some slight variation with ink and ribbon colors and stamp set designs.  All items are brand new with the exception of a couple of the stamp sets.  Here is a picture of the goodies in one box:
 Each box contains:
-Gina K cardstock, various colors
-Xyron Mega Runner (one box has a Xyron label maker)
-2 or 3 Penny Black stamps
-2 Colorbox ink pads with refills
-2 Deco Art acrylic paints, various colors
-6x6 pattern paper packs
-Spellbinders Fleur de lis dies and matching bezels
-Unity Stamp Co large stamp kit of the month (retired)
-Little B washi tape in the new 1/8" width
-2 5-yard ribbon bundles
-Kaisercraft bling pack
-2 Prima flower packs
-Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam shapes pack
-A few other goodies that I could squeeze in
and last but not least, a tube of my favorite Chapstick -MINT! 

To enter to win just leave me a comment on this post, nothing else.  You don't have to be a follower of this blog, but it you do enter, please check back on Saturday evening and see if you won.  
Comments will be open until Saturday, July 12th, 9am PST and I will announce TWO winners Saturday evening.

Here they are, all boxed up and ready for a new home!
Thank you everyone for stopping by my little piece of the internet!  Have a great day and good luck!
*my apologies, but this giveaway is open to US residents only*

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sparks challenge Hexagon card

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes which made it easy to play along!
 
My card uses the Paper Smooches stamp set, Bitty Bungalows.  I think the little houses and accent images in this set are super cute, I had a hard time chosing which one to use!  I also had some fun with my Hexagon dies, using my die #3 to die cut shape and emboss it's shape into the cardstock base.  For a mini tutorial of how this is done, you can see my post here.
I kept this pretty simple and just accented with a little Blooms One flower I already had made in my stash (love that!) and some gold glitter dots.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  Here's a close up of the embossing detail.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies:
S4-368 Hexagons Nestabilities®, S2-044 Blooms One Shapeabilities®
 
Stamps: Paper Smooches, Bitty Bungalows  
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow Card Shoppe cardstock; misc pattern paper for flower 
Ink: Tsukineko, Memento Tuxedo Black 
Other: Divine Twine, Cotton Candy baker's twine; S.E.I.,Gold glitter dots; Copic markers 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

For you Celebra'tions card

Hi everyone!!  I have another Celebra'tions card to share today.  I used the stamp set # Sweet and lightly colored the flower/vase image with copic markers and a touch of Sakura glitter pens.  
See the fun rectangle die cuts with the little dotted framing?  That is from the new dies called Pierced Rectangles.  You can see in the picture below, the look is from combining 2 dies that can be used together or even separate!
I just had to show you all the pack of Linen Thread, this stuff is amazing.  NO little frizzy hairs- none!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
  # Sweet Stamp (SCS-003); Pierced Rectangles dies (SCD-012)Celebrations Print double sided pattern paper (SCP-016); Captivating Coral cardstock (SCP-003); Berry Black ink (SCI-001); Linen Thread (SCT-001)
Other Supplies: 2mm clear rhinestones; Copic markers; Sakura glitter pens
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrating the new Celebra'tions line!

Hi everyone!  You may have seen the announcement last week about the new Celebra'tions line by Richard Garay from Spellbinders?!?   This is a new collection of perfectly coordinated stamps, dies, inks, paper, embossing folders and accessories. This line was inspired by Richard's love for celebrations- big and small and I think there's something for everyone here.
Be still my heart!

The initial release has 12 amazing colors of coordinating ink and cardstock!  Here is a picture I took of my cardstock and ink swatches I made.  My ink swatch doesn't include the black ink called Berry Black.  The inks are a dye ink with a cloth pad and are super juicy with great coverage.
For my card I used the stamp and die set called, Just Because.  This set has 3 flower sizes, flower centers and 4 sentiments and comes with 6 coordinating dies.  I stamped them with the Cotton Candy and Captivating Coral inks and the leaves were in Luscious Lime.  Fun huh?!?
Here's the stamp set and matching dies:
 I also want to mention the linen thread.  It comes in 4 great colors (natural, pink, turqouise and green) and they don't have those little fly away hairs!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I'm super excited about this collection, so stay tuned for more projects using them! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  

Just Because Stamp and die set (SCSD-008)Celebrations Print double sided pattern paper (SCP-016); Ink in Captivating Coral (SCI-012), Berry Black (SCI-001), Luscious Lime (SCI-004) and Cotton Candy (SCI-013); Linen Thread (SCT-001)
Other Supplies: Stardust Stickles 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares

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