Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Designabilities April blog hop

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Designabilities Blog Hop!   Every other month the Spellbinders® Blog Team gets together for a blog hop -this hop is just for fun and not sponsored by Spellbinders.  Not all of us could participate today, but I encourage you to visit everyone's blogs.  You will find amazing projects from everyone!

Did any of you see Stacey on HSN yesterday?  (You can find all the HSN Spellbinders bundles and items in their Spellbinders Department here.)  Well, I made my project for her HSN visit.  I was asked to make a card using only Labels Four dies. I made something similar to this last month, this time I changed it up using Labels Four.  Unfortunately, Labels Four didn't make their way into the bundle and on air, but I can still share my card with you today.
I dry embossed the label shape into the card base as well as made a rainbow frame around my sentiment.
Here is a photo from another project showing how I embossed the die directly into the card front.  It's a different shape, but you get the idea.  You layer the die "cut side down" onto the cardstock and place it onto the embossing rubber mat. I promise, it will emboss your die into the paper and not cut it :)
Here is the list of the Blog Team. I hope you enjoy the hop! 
Becca Feeken - not participating today
  Darsie Bruno - playing along on the Spellbinders blog
  Debbie Olson  
Heidi Blankenship
 Linda Duke  
Michelle Woerner -you are here 
Seth Apter - not participating today
Sherry Cheever - not participating today

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the details. 
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S4-190 Labels Four Nestabilities®
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Welcome Spring; Misc flower images from Gina K and Unity Stamp Co.
Paper: Bazzill, Marshmallow, Marshmallow chick, Easter Grass, Wax Lips Card Shoppe cardstock; Stampin Up, Cool Caribbean; Papertrey Ink, Winter Wisteria
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, enamel dots from My Mind's Eye
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrate sun rays

Hi everyone!   I just love sun rays stamps and dies of all kinds.  They are so happy and cheery.  As soon as I saw the Power Rays die from Paper Smooches I fell in love.
Here is my card.
To make this, I die cut the rays in 3 shades of yellow and then used the negative pieces of the lighter and darker shades and filled in the ray die cut.  The cute banner is from the Streamers matching stamp and dies.  Lastly, I added the blue sweet blossom flower and thought gave it the perfect pop of color.
This card is so happy, it makes me smile!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture of the ray details.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Paper Smooches, Power Rays and Streamers dies; Flirty Frames and Streamers stamp sets
Cardstock- Bazzill, Marshmallow Chick, Banana Split, Gold Coins and Marshmallow Card Shoppe cardstock
Embellishments - Pizzazz Aplenty, 2mm and 3mm yellow rhinestones; silver cord; Sweet Blossom mulberry flower; Prima, rhinestone circle

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friends with Flair -new feather dies

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card to share today which uses some new feather dies from Spellbinders and some adorable stamps from Unity.  I haven't had time to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair in such a long time, so I am playing along today.
I inked the edges and spine of the feathers with Delicata GoldenGlitz ink, super shimmery IRL.  Notice the sentiment?  I cut that apart so I could stamp the "love is" part at the top, continuing the rest at the bottom.
Here are the Feathers On the Wind dies:
Here is the kit I used on my card.  I used one of the border stamps (stamped along the top in yellow ink) as well as the sentiment.  The washi tapes are from Stampin Up.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: IN-019 Feathers on the Wind Shapeabilities®; S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®
Stamps - Unity Stamp Co, You are Simply The Best -3/13 kit  
Ink - Tsukineko, Delicata GoldenGlitz; Stampin Up, Baked Brown Sugar and So Saffron Paper: Papertrey Ink, White, Fine Linen and Lemon Tart cardstock;
Embellishments - Stampin Up washi tape and button 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, April 9, 2014

New Silhouette die

Hi everyone! Have you seen the new In'spire die called Silhouette?  When I first saw it, I didn't think it was my style and a bit too vintage-y for me, but after playing around with it, I really fell in love!  Here is what I came up with.
I die cut the wreath from gold mirror cardstock as well as the butterfly part of her head.  What I love most of all about this set (aside from its price at $10), is the little butterfly on the lady's hair is designed to fold out!  I cut out and adhered the gold butterfly over top of the white one.  So pretty and shiny!

I thought it was fun to add a few black circle rings which are some of my favorite accessories.  And the 1/8" black ribbon is a perfect match to tie at the bottom of the rings!
Here's what the Silhouette die looks like:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up picture.

Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: IN-010 Silhouette Shapeabilities®; S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®
Paper: Bazzill, Marshmallow, Black Licorice and Sugar Wafer cardstock; My Mind's Eye Record It! "Here is Happy" 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply ribbon store: Bazzill,
Gold Mirror cardstock,1/8" black silk ribbon; Want2Scrap, Say it With Bling border rhinestone strips
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, April 7, 2014

You're a Hoot

Hi everyone!  I had some time today to play around with some free digi images from Paper Smooches and enter the current Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge -Anything Goes.
 Listen, I'm not well versed with digi stuff, honestly it kinda freaks me out.  BUT I was surprised how easy it was!  Just right click and save the image and paste it in a Word Document.  That's it, done.  And to my surprise my printer ink (I have a HP Officejet) is Copic compatible!  

Here is my card, You're a Hoot!  My little owl turned out a bit darker than I wanted, but she's still cute!
 If you like this cutie owl, you can find it and the rest of Paper Smooches free digital images here!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Paper Smooches, digital images
Cardstock- Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Blush and White cardstock
Pattern paper - Basic Grey, Fresh Cut
Embellishments - silver pearls, silver cord and Prima flower from Audrey pack


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Friday, April 4, 2014

A fond farewell

Hi everyone!  Well, I have a fond farewell to announce today.  I have stepped down from Gina K Designs design team.  If you've followed my blog for awhile you know that I've been designing with Gina for over 3 1/2 years.  I have loved each and every moment with Gina, her illustrators and wonderful team.  Gina is the complete package.  She's talented, generous, kind and a wonderful person to everyone around her, including all her customers!

I thought I would say goodbye by posting a few favorite cards I designed over the years.  Some of these use retired or rubber sets (which have temporarily been removed from the site due to production issues), but I'll link what I can.

I'll start with some of my older cards.  I made this one a few years ago when I was in my "wrinkled seam binding" phase.
This one uses the cutest frog and mushroom images from an older kit.
Here is a quick and easy card perfect for any tween boy.
A few of my more recent favorites include this baby card using Lovely Ladybug.
 Here is a mini card trio using the set Simple Hearts.
This one uses the delightful Year of Flowers 2 set.
Last but not least, here are a couple cards that were published.  This one appeared in Paper Crafts Magazine, Card Creations in 2011.
 This one appeared in Paper Creations in 2010.
and lastly here is my VERY FIRST published card using Gina's images was this Christmas card which also appeared in Paper Creations back in 2009!
Stay tuned, I have another post coming up that will highlight each of Gina's illustrators and some of my favorite cards using their sets.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spellbinders Springtime Shipping Frenzy - Day 3

Hi everyone!   Welcome to Day 3 of the Spellbinders Paper Arts® Springtime Shipping Frenzy.  I am excited to show you two of the new Die D-Lites templates that were previewed January and are available and shipping out now!  To celebrate I’ve created a couple of cards to give you some ideas on how to use them.   After my tutorial, there will be a chance for you to win these dies as well as a grand prize sponsored by Spellbinders, so be sure to look for the highlighted contest link at the bottom of my post.
The die sets I'm working with today are Happy Birthday Cake and Sentiments One.  Here's my first card.
Supply List for Happy Birthday card:
® Die Templates
S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A
S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B
GC-001 Grand Calibur® die cutting and embossing machine 

Cross Promotional Partners
My Mind's Eye: My Girl 6x6 paper pad
Bazzill Paper Basics®: Marshmallow, Marshmallow Chick, Candy Necklace, Robin's Egg and Rock Candy Card Shoppe cardstock 
May Arts: Burlap Twine

Here are the dies I used for the interior of my card.  I wanted the cake to be a different color from the cake stand, so I carefully taped the die template to both aqua and white cardstock.  I could have die cut the entire piece with both colors, but I always love a good shortcut!
 Here they are all cut out.  I cut the banner into pieces to use for the accent banner on my card and you can see how the 2 pieces were cut from the cake die.
Next, I did some stenciling.  I sponged the candle tops yellow (for flames) and then sponged each layer of cake frosting with a different color pink ink.
 Here is how I made the double layer frame around the card.  Like with all Nestabilities die sets, the dies within each set are made 1/4" apart and when you combine them with their counterpart (in this case Matting Basics A and B), they make a cut 1/8".  Since I wanted my frame to be 1/8", I knew I needed both Matting Basics sets.
My first step was to nest the largest dies from Matting Basics A #7 and 6 (with die #1 being the smallest).  That first cut made a 1/4" wide frame and a large panel.
Next I made my second cut.  I used the nesting dies of Matting Basics B #7 and 6.  I layered die # 7 on to the 1/4" frame that I just cut and die #6 to the outer edge of the large panel.  After these cuts, I got the 2 1/8" frames I used on my card.
Before I go, I wanted to show you all the new Tool 'n One!  I used it to pop out the little pieces on my sentiment die (don't forget to fish out the dot for the "i" before you trash them!!) and I discovered a bonus, it also partially popped out the letters themselves.  This made it easier getting the letters out of the die.
My next project is a wedding card.  I wanted to show you that the cake is pretty versatile and can be used for more than birthday projects.  I used wood veneer hearts instead of candles and presto -wedding cake!  The sentiment and cake stand are die cut from gold mirror cardstock, so pretty!
Prize Information
Spellbinders is choosing one winner from each sneak peek blog to win that day's NEW die template sets. There is also one Grand Prize, which includes all the NEW Spellbinders' products revealed during our sneak peek event, as well as a Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Machine and Raspberry Plate! 

To enter the contest, you must
click on THIS LINK

 (This link will be valid through 48 hours after my post goes up.)

You should receive an email confirmation when you have successfully entered the Spellbinders Paper Arts Giveaway. While I truly appreciate comments left, commenting will not enter you into the giveaway.  You must click on the Contest entry link to enter. 

Official contest rules can be found HERE. 

 For more chances to win, visit Marielle's blog to see her fabulous projects! 

Questions?  Email them to 
No entries will be accepted at this email address.


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hello Sunshine... yeah, I wish!

Hi everyone!  Is it sunny where you are yet?  Not here that's for sure!  So why not dream a little?  Here is a happy cheery Hello Sunshine card.  I just love making felt flowers, they make me so happy and Spellbinders dies cuts through felt like butter!
The small flower in white felt is made from an oldie but goodie set, Bitty Blossoms and the yellow sunflower is from the Jewel Flowers and Flourishes set.  See the embossed aqua cardstock panels in the rays?  That was made with the Dainty Dots M-bossibilities folder.  I love that simple design and you can add so much texture by embossing just a few of the rays.
I double stamped the sentiment with gray and turquoise inks and outlined each sun ray panel with stickles.  Lastly I added some enamel dots for accents.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture of the flowers and embossing details.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes and S5-086 Bitty Blossoms Shapeabilities®; EG-002 Dainty Dots M-Bossabilities®
Stamps - Misc sentiment
Ink - Amuse Studio, Slate and Mermaid ink 
Paper: Papertrey Ink, White and Aqua Mist cardstock; My Mind's Eye Cut and Paste "charm" 6x6 paper pad
Embellishments - Stamp Simply ribbon store: My Mind's Eye enamel dots, yellow/white baker's twine; Benzie Bazaar,
White and Yellow felt; Stardust Stickles
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, March 26, 2014

Gina K Shabby Spring StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Shabby Spring StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop where we hope to inspire you with many beautiful ideas with the Stamp TV kit!  As you hop through the blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each because we will choose a few random commenters and they will win a grab bag of Gina's products!! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.

Here is the kit, Shabby Spring:
 My first card uses one of the 3 adorable bird cage images.  I embossed it with silver EP, cut it out and adhered it using foam squares.
 For my next card, I used the open lined flower and leaf images.  I stamped the flowers in Faded Brick and Sweet Corn and the leaves in Dark Sage of the GKD Color Companions ink.  I accented them with some enamel dots.  For the layout, I used an old challenge sketch from the challenge blog, Freshly Made Sketches.
  Ready for the hop?  Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:
Sharon Harnist

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!!  Here are a couple close up shots.

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