Monday, February 14, 2011

Spellbinders Nestabilities, Basics and Beyond blog tour

Hi everyone!  Today I have a very special post!  I am thrilled to participate in the Blog Tour to review the fabulous new book: 

I have to say, this book is fabulous!  It has a little bit of something for everyone filled cover to cover with 15 amazing projects.
The book itself is divided into 4 main categories: Baby, Birthday, Christmas and Life Moments.  In addition to the projects, there are 6 pages of step by step instructions outlining special techniques and "did you know" tips throughout. This book will appeal to every level of paper crafter!

Each person in the blog tour was asked to review a project, and I was asked to review Retro Birthday, made by Kim Crawford.  You can find this project starting on page 22.
What I love most about this project is the use of circles.  Circles are so diverse!  They can be used on masculine or feminine cards and can be clean and simple or elaborate.  Kim chose to go with a neutral background combined with pops of colors.  The white circle frames around each color adds the perfect amount of POP and they are easy to make with any Circle Nestabilities.

Isn't the pinwheel cupcake topper just darling?  I think it could be used for lots of other projects as well.  They look complicated to make, but actually are pretty easy if you follow the 3 steps using Classic Square Nestabilities on page 6.  I love how she dressed up the party favor bag using the same circles and papers -what a great way to use those little "extras" you always seem to have after making a card!

I was so inspired by the project that I created a birthday card of my own.  This Wednesday is my son's 7th birthday (happy birthday Daniel), and I made this for him.  I used the white circle frames and accented the card with tiny rhinestones and the small circle centers of the frame.  The darling dinosaur (which are still a hit at this house) is from the Dino-Mite set by Gina K Designs.  I created the circles and frames using the Standard Classic Circles LG (S4-114) and SM (S4-116).
Be sure to check out the events page of the Card Maker magazine website to see the locations of the blog tour for the rest of the week! 

Once again, the link to purchase the book is HERE.  The book is available in print form AND as a digital download!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Dino-mite (Gina K. Designs)
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - Crumb Cake, White, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip cardstock (SU!)
Accessories - Standard Classic Circles LG (S4-114) and SM (S4-116) Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Tiny Twinkles rhinestone wheel (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers, Swiss Dots embossing folder, 1/4" chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (SU!)



  1. WOW! Love your pick and your card is just AWESOME. Love how you used the circles and just love the Dino-mite too!

  2. Beware or your card will vanish into the depths of your sons' rooms LOL! Totally adorable card :)

  3. Awww, love your card!!! That Dino coming out of the circle is Perfection!

  4. Wonderful review and your card is DARLIN'! Awesome job friend - hope you have a great day!

  5. This is wonderful, Michelle! You can rock boy cards fabulously,girl! Awesome and cute use of circles, too!

  6. Love the dino making his entrance from one of the circles...just too cute! Your son will love this!

  7. How AWESOME!!!! The book looks amazing (and I see it's already at a store over here!!!). Love your Dino card and a HUGE happy birthday to Daniel!!!!!!!! :)

  8. Oh wow this is so fun! Love that cute Dinosaur! Gorgeous card girl!! Happy birthday to your son! :)

  9. Great card and looks like a fabulous book. Like that you can digitally download too! Cool!

  10. Eek!! this is too the inspiration and your take on it...I agree about the circles...they are a great, versatile shape...oh, and congrats on the next step for go girl!!

  11. This card is so cute! I really love circles on cards (and scrapbook pages), they are so fun & work for everyone!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  12. Fabulous! Love the circles and the colours!

  13. Love the project you chose to do! I am very intrigued by this book and can't wait to get it into my own hands!