Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spellbinders Springtime Shipping Frenzy – Day #1

Hello Blog Friends!!!! 
A warm welcome to everyone and especially to all you Spellbinders® fans coming to check out today’s Shipping Frenzy project!  Today, I’m excited to share a project that showcases some of the new A Gilded Life products.  If you aren’t familiar with Spellbinders A Gilded Life products, check them out on their  website HERE.   Good News!  This incredible line of products can be found in a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store near you the week of April 6th!
 I know you’re all scrolling down to see the project……so here it is!

This small handmade album has been decorated using A Gilded Life dies, bezels and texture plates.  The album is 5 ¾ x 7 ½ʺ with cardstock pages.  The supply list is after the directions.

Here are the directions....

Cut stiff chipboard covers: 2 - ⅞ x 7 ½ʺ; 2 – 5 x 7 ½ʺ
Align one of each piece with ⅛ʺ gap.  Place hinge tape over gap and cover pieces wrapping it to cover both sides.  Repeat for other cover.
Apply PVA glue to front of one cover.  Glue rice paper over cover.  Wrap to inside and glue mitering corners.  Use bone folder to press paper into gap.  (I used rice paper as a first layer because it’s strong and I wanted the cover to be durable.  This step could be eliminated.)  Repeat for other cover
Again use PVA glue to fasten mulberry paper to both covers.  Wrap to inside and glue.

Cut Kraft card stock a little smaller than cover for inside.  Align on cover and mark fold/gap.  Score cardstock.  Use Xyron to apply permanent adhesive to one side.  Fasten to inside of cover.  Repeat for other cover.
Ink French Script texture plate with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and press against covers just as you would a stamp. 

Rub VersaMagic Pixie Dust direct to paper  over Kraft card stock

Cut with Grand Calibur® machine: Vintage Brocade rectangle.  Cut/emboss Rose Medallion and 2 – Quatrefoil Bands.

Use Wrought Iron texture plate to emboss rectangle.
Apply Metallic Lustre to all pieces starting with Champagne Ice.  Then add touches of Gold Rush.  Finally add just a touch of Iced Espresso.  I used that mostly on the Quatrefoil bands.   I rub the Metallic
Lustre on with my finger.  (The easiest way to clean it off your finger is to press against sticky side of tape)

Apply 2ʺ Scor-Tape to Kraft card stock.  Tape Petite Monarch die over Scor-Tape.  Cut using Junior Metal Shim, base plate and pink embossing plate.  The Scor-Tape backing is very tough to cut.  The metal shim makes it cut easier. 
Remove tape backing.  Sprinkle with Vintage Glass Glitter.  Press glitter into tape. 
Then sprinkle with Flax glitter and remove excess.  Because the Vintage Glass is quite coarse there are gaps between so the Flax glitter fills in those spaces.
Fasten Quatrefoil Bands to spine area of each cover with Scor-Tape.  I also used glue along the edges.
 Fasten embossed rectangle along right edge with craft glue.
Fasten Rose Medallion strip over rectangle using Scor-Tape and glue.  Place it about ¼ʺ from left edge of rectangle.

Glue glittered Petite Monarch piece along left edge of rectangle.  (I forgot a photo, see on album cover
 Glue gathered tulle along Rose Medallion with 3 in 1 Craft Glue. 
Thread gold cord through organdy trim. Glue it over edge of tulle trim.
Stitch rhinestone band to trim at top & bottom.
Cut organdy heart with Hearts die.  Use metal shim sandwich to cut it.
String pearls on thread.  (I used 26) Knot thread. Glue to edge of organdy.
Place glue around outer edges Hearts Bezel Small – Bronze.  Press organdy heart and pearls into bezel.
Make small tassel with pearl cotton.  Wrap wire around top. Fasten to bezel with pearl cotton.
Glue Rhinestone in gold spacer bead.  Glue in bezel.Tie bezel to trim on album front.  Add crystals and pearls along points of glittered Petite Monarch strip.

Cut pages 5 ¾ x 7 ¼ʺ from cream card stock. 

Cut 1 x 7¼ʺ strips to add to envelopes.  Fasten to bottom edge of envelope with Scor-Tape so they are same size as pages.  Emboss envelope flaps.
Punch two holes in edge of each cover.  Insert and set bronze eyelets.
Mark pages for holes.  Punch holes in all pages and envelopes

Stack covers and pages.  Thread ribbons through front eyelet, pages and back cover and back through back cover, pages and out front cover.  I used a piece of wire folded to slip over ribbon ends.  It works like a needle only easier to slip ribbon into it.  Tie in bow.

Voila!   A beautiful album!
I hope I've inspired you today!  Lots of exciting new products and maybe some new techniques for you! 
Happy Creating!
Here's the link to join in on the fun celebrating shipping of Spellbinders new products! You have a chance to win some of the new A Gilded Life products that I used on my album today!

Enter for a chance to win HERE!
For more chances to win, visit Becca Feeken’s blog, Amazing Paper Grace, for another inspiring Spellbinders’ project!
Official Contest Rules can be found HERE
Questions?  No entries will be accepted at this email address
 And more inspiration......

....a pendant created with Large Iron Cross  Bezel - Bronze.  More details soon!


Big post tomorrow...

...Spellbinders Shipping Frenzy blog posts start tomorrow!!!  

Lots of inspiration for all the new products shipping now, all those cool new things revealed in January at CHA. 

Becca Feeken and I will have projects to share tomorrow! I know Becca will have something awesome to show!!!  I think you'll love my project, too. It's really pretty!  So be sure to stop back here tomorrow.  Check out the Spellbinders blog for a list of all posts this week!  There's a giveaway, too!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My project on Spellbinders blog!

I'm so excited to have a project on the Spellbinders blog today!!!

Here's a teaser...

See the the whole project and directions on Spellbinders blog......

Happy Creating!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sending love for Valentine's Day!
Here's some treat bags that I sent to my littlest Valentines!

The above two went to my granddaughters.

I made two of this style for my grandsons.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Special Birthday Wishes

Today, I have a card to share........ 

Wow!  It's been a long time since I sat down to make a card!  I've been using cards from my stash. 
I put this card together for my daughter.  Today is her birthday.   Happy birthday, Jenny! 

My card base is 5 x 7" cream card stock.  All patterned papers are by Melissa Frances including the rose sticker.  I used a new Spellbinders die, Romantic Rectangles Two, to cut the lacey edge rectangles.  The edges were inked with Distress Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I also stamped faint script around the edges of the background paper.  I stamped "you are so special" on a narrow strip of sticker to add to the rose piece.  The embossed foil was cut and embossed with a new Spellbinders Gilded Life die, Petite Lace.  Love the lacey look!  The foil is gold.  I sanded it lightly to reveal some of the silver color.  Then I sponged Spa Blue paint over it and wiped off the paint on the embossed areas.  My card actually started with this piece!  It was an experimental piece that I really like so I found papers to go with it.  The seam binding was misted and crinkles to look old and tied into a loose bow.  I've tucked a small stick pin with a bead into the bow.

Happy creating!

Spellbinders S5-211 Romantic Rectangles Two
Spellbinders GLLD-004 Petite Lace
Spellbinders Gold Foil
Melissa Frances Papers
Cream Card Stock
JustRite Grand Sentiments
Seam Binding
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
DecoArt Spa Blue Paint
3D Foam Squares
Stick Pin

Monday, January 6, 2014

Spellbinders Diamond Anniversary Sneak Peek!

Hey Everybody!!!!
Spellbinders is celebrating their Diamond Anniversary this year!  To honor the occasion, they have a Sneak Peek and Giveaway starting today!  Here's a chance to see some of the new Spellbinders products coming out at CHA!  And super awesome projects!!!!
Click HERE to see Day One!  Get ready to be inspired!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Card on the Quietfire Creations Blog

Today, I have a card posted on the Quietfire Creations Blog! 

Hop on over the Quietfire Creations to see all the details!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Seuss Falls Scrapbook Page

Hello blog friends! 

I decided to take a few minutes to post something!  I've got oodles of things to do but this seemed like a good choice for my time right now!!!

This is a scrapbook page I created as a Spellbinders project back in July.  In August, I moved to the Mixed Media DT and haven't done a scrapbook layout since.  I never thought I'd say this but I do miss doing layouts just a little bit!!!  (I should qualify that!  I can still do layouts on the MM DT but it's not a requirement now.)

The photos are of my grandson Logan.  Last spring, we visited a Dr. Seuss exhibit in Sioux Falls, SD hence the title "Seuss Falls".  Logan had fun posing next to the bronze statues. 
I used several Spellbinders Die D-Lites on this page.  The corner scroll pieces: Corner Flourish; the piece that looks like a sign on the side: Mirror, Mirror; and the small frames layered over the photos and framing the small photo: ATC
The color combination is what I like best on this page! The red just pops against the blue!   Besides the photos of Logan, of course!
You can see this in the Spellbinders Idea Gallery HERE.


Thanks for visiting!!! 
Stay tuned for a post on the 20th for sure.  I have a project on the Quietfire Design Blog as a guest designer.  I'll post a sneak peek here and link the their post.

Happy Creating!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Quietfire Design Guest Designer

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm the guest designer for Quietfire Design on the Quietfire Creations blog!  What an honor and a pleasure to work with Suzanne's beautiful calligraphy stamps! 

Here's a little sneak peak of my project....

Isn't that verse beautiful?  It's so elegant. 

You'll need to hop over to their blog to see the whole project and all the details!  Enjoy!

Happy Creating!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pretty in Pink Poinsettia Card

 Today, I have a pretty Christmas card to share. 

This card uses products from several of the product partners participating in the Spellbinders Platinum Party Blog Hop and giveaway.  Click HERE to hop on over to their blog to get all the details! 
THANK YOU to these companies for their product partnership with Spellbinders!
 Fun Stampers Journey    Imagine Crafts    Want2Scrap  
JustRite    Heartfelt Creations   The Stamp Doctor

 Now to my card........

I’ve used JustRite’s Festive Poinsettia stamp set to add the pattern to the poinsettia petals and leaves. The verse is also from that set. I cut the poinsettias first.  Then I rubbed on Pixie Dust ink and heat set it.  I stamped the design with Toffee Crunch ink. I sprayed the flowers with Sparkle Shimmer Mist. I used the biggest poinsettia from Layered Poinsettias for my leaves.  There is a leaf die in the set but I preferred a smaller size for this card.  I simply cut the petals apart after stamping. 
The frame was cut from gold craft foil adhered to paper.  I almost always add a paper backing to foil when I make frames.  It makes the foil a little stiffer so it holds the shape better.  I use my Xyron to add adhesive to the foil and apply it to light cardstock or printer paper.  To create this frame, I first cut Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight #3 (#1 being the smallest) from the gold foil.  I kept the foil in the die and added Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight #2 die. I taped it in place with low tack tape. Then I embossed only with both dies in place.  I placed Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight #1 in the center and cut only.  I applied a thin coat of  black acrylic paint to the frame, allowed the paint to dry slightly and then wiped off the excess. The paint in the cracks and crevices really defines the embossing and adds an aged look.   The verse is stamped on cream cardstock cut with Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight #2.  I rubbed some the Pixie Dust ink around the edges after stamping the verse with Onyx Black ink. Be sure to heat set the black ink before rubbing too close!
The back ground mat is Kraft cardstock cut with 5 x 7 Matting Basics  #5.  Then I embossed it with Harlequin M-Bossabilities folder.  I rubbed Pixie Dust over it direct to paper.  I hand cut a narrow cream mat to fit behind it. 
I cut the cream card base with 5 x 7 Matting Basics  #6 .  To do this, I folded a 9 x 6 1/2” piece of cream card stock in half.  I placed the fold edge of the cardstock to the inside of one long cutting edge on the die.  I used low tack tape to hold the die in place while running it through the Grand Calibur Machine.  The card is the perfect size to match the mat!  I inked the edges with Pixie Dust ink to match the flowers.  It would have been a lot quicker to use pink card stock for the card but I didn’t have the right  color!
I sprayed the whole card with a light mist of Sparkle Shimmer Mist.
The bow is tied through the hole in the edge of the frame.

Thank you so much for stopping!  I hope I've inspired you in some way with this Pretty in Pink card!

Happy Creating!