Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spellbinders Featured Designer

Hi everyone!  Today I am being featured on the Spellbinders' blog as their Featured Designer for June!  I am so excited and honored!  I've been with Spellbinders for over 3 years now and each day is as fun as the next.  They are an amazing, innovative and generous company and I am thrilled to be designing for them.

AND there is a fun giveaway for you all too!  Spellbinders will be giving away all the dies I used on my card to one lucky person.
Knowing about the giveaway, I made a card using my 2 FAVORITE things, circles and roses!!
To make the chevron cardstock strips I used my Zig Zag Edger die from Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities set.  I made my first cut, then worked my way down the cardstock lining up the die JUST at the edge of the cut.  This way I made all my strips the same size without doing measuring.
To make the circle rings, I start out by cutting the larger circle first.  (p.s. notice my brand new clean cutting mat?  How pretty is that!?!) I wanted my circle rings 1/4" thick, so I used both the Circles LG and Circles SM die sets.  On the right, my second cut is with the nesting size smaller from the other set. If I used only one set, the ring formed would be 1/2" which is also nice.
To make the rose, I cut 2 of each size petals from my favorite flower set, Rose Creations.  I like to make my flowers combining pattern paper and cardstock, so I cut 2 of each size of both kinds.
There are many ways to shape rose petals, I do mine in 2 easy steps.  First step is to cup the petals upward, I use my pen cap against my piercing foam.  The second step is to fold the ends downward, I use the edge of my scoring tool.
Next I adhere the 2 petals of the same together.  I lay them all out and fiddle around to see how I want my rose to look.
 The dies come with a small hole in the center of the blooms which makes assembly easy.  I used a silver jumbo brad and alternated my patterns and had enough left over for another complete rose, which I put in my "extras" tin.
 For the chance to win all the dies I used on my card head over to the Spellbinders blog and click on the contest link.

The dies being given away are:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the die cutting details.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: E8-004
Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities®, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®, S5-050 Rose Creations Shapeabilities®
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Buntings and Banners for sentiment 
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow, Icy Mint, Whirlypop and Candy Pearls Card Shoppe cardstock; MME "Necessities" Blue 6x6 pad 
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black 
Embellishments: May Arts Burlap String; Jumbo brad; clear rhinestones; Stardust stickles 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares


  1. Love the design of the card.

  2. Love the design Michelle but love how you created your flower with patterned paper and solid, looks very pretty. Also love the colors you combined.

  3. Oh, that flower is amazing and I just love the design of this baby card! How wonderful!

  4. Love that rose! Thank you for showing us how you make them. Such a sweet baby card! Loves, Ruthie

  5. Great card idea! Love that ric rak border. And your rose is beautiful! Awesome job. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  6. What a GORGEOUS card -- LOVE it and it may be CAS, but it looks like you put a LOT into it!!! ;)

  7. Love this design for a baby card, and the flower is so pretty!

  8. Great design Michelle. Love Spellbinders!!

  9. I happened upon this card on Pinterest and found my way here to your blog. It is SO NICE to see a Spellbinders designer using older products to make such a beautiful card! I have collected so many Spellbinders dies over the past several years and it is nice to see someone using dies I already own instead of always pushing the latest release. I still buy new Spellbinders dies whenever I can as they are beautiful, but none of us can ever have all the new ones being pushed at us every time we turn around. I often feel like I am "out of date" if I use my older dies, but I have so many of them it only makes them cost effective if I can keep on using them! Thank you so much! Now, here's and idea: Since Spellbinders generally does daily blog posts (on their company blog) with inspiration and tutorials, they could do a weekly post showing older dies being used like this. I'm sure long time, loyal customers would really appreciate that! I realize there are always those who might get upset if dies they might see were retired or harder to find for purchase, but those posts could be titled in a way that people would know ahead of time and if they weren't interested they could skip that post.