Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cookies for Friends

I went to a gathering of friends from Fond Memories todqy after work. What fun to chat, laugh and eat. Lots of good food!

I put together some bags of Spritz cookies to share. These were quick! Well, the cookies took some time to bake! The tags were quick!

I used small manilla tags as my base. I stamped small poinsettias (from a Penny Black set) with Antique Linen ink on the tag. Then I added the verse (from JustRite's Sparky the Snowman stamp set). I cut poinettias using Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia. The veins are inked with Aged Mahogany ink. The center is Craftworkscards Candi. Some bakers twine fastens them to the cookie bags.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011


How time flies!  Tis the season to be busy!   There is just not enough time in the day it seems, especially to play and create!

Since I haven't created anything new for the blog, I went searching through my photos.  I found this cute layout I did for Spellbinders.

When I saw this photo, I knew I had to make a page with it!!!  What a cutie! 

This is an 8 x 8" layout.  I used papers from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas.  The colors are perfect with Brecken's shirt!  The title "all BOY" and stars with circles were all cut with Spellbinder™ Presto Punch™
and punch templates.  The letters were cut with PT-F01 and PT-F02 Plain Jane Capital and Lower Case alphabets.  The stars are P3-006, Circles - P3-001.  I also used P3-009 Labels B to cut the mat under his name.  The date and his name are Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alpabet stickers.  I copied the style to print "Doesn't that smile just say...".  A little sanding exposes the white paper core for some highlights.   This is really quite a simple layout.  I love how it turned out!!!Or is it just the photo of that cute little boy that I love?!!!  Thanks Vicki for letting me use it!

The big annoucement..........

I imagine many of you have already heard that Spellbinders announced the first round qualifiers for their 2012 Design Team today.  I made the cut!!!!  HOORAY!  Yep, I'm trying out again!  I love working with Spellbinders!  They have a fabulous group of people working for them!  I love their product!  They have an incredible current DT!!!!  Awesome designers! Love you all, ladies!!!   I could go on and on.......  
Next step is a project for Round 2 due January 4th.  I'll be putting some serious thought into that project.  THe competition is really tough!

I hope to post something again soon.  No promises though.  I have lots to do yet for Christmas!  Plus a few Spellbinders projects to complete! 

On a weather note!!!!   Can you believe it rained here all day?   It's December in Minnesota!  We rarely get rain this time of year!  It's usually white stuff!!!!  We sure need the rain as it's been over 4 months since we've had more than a tenth or two.  I'm hoping all the roads are dry in the morning so I don't have to drive on ice!

Take care everyone!  Thanks for stopping!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Christmas Card

Good Morning all!

Today I have a monochromatic Christmas card to share!

All images on this card are from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods.  I love all the vintage images in this collection!
Here, I've stamped all my images with Ranger Adirondack Raisin ink.  To the larger St Nick, I've added a touch of color to his face with Copic markers and completely colored his coat.   He is cut out and mounted over the smaller background St. Nick  with toys.  I originally tried a collage with these two images.  It seemed too flat so I cut it apart and made it work this way! 
I added the greeting on one of the tags from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three.  I stamped and embossed the verse first, then cut it out.  That way I could get the verse centered perfectly by aligning it in the opening on the die template. A little tape to hold it place for cutting and perfect alignment!  I trimmed off the top decorative element because it seemed to distract from my St Nick.  I added Distress inks, of course!  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and a touch of the Raisin ink. 
The twigs were cut with a die template from Spellbinders Foliage.  I added Distress ink and Distress Antique Linen Stickles.  Distress Stickles isn't as shiny as regular Stickles and works well with my vintage images.  Little dots of dimensional cream paint are on each branch tip, Viva Paper Pen. 
The dark red mat is stamped with the fern branch from Snowy Woods, again with Raisin ink.  It adds some texture interest. 
Both St Nick and the greeting are popped up with foam tape.

Have a creative weekend!

Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods
Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three
Spellbinders Foliage
Ranger Adirondack Raisin ink
Distress Antique Linen, Vintage Photo inks
Distress Antique Linen Stickles
Copic markers: E00, C1, R59
Viva Cream Paper Pen
Cream, white, dark red cardstock
Foam tape

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tea Cup Gratitude Card

Hello all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We sure did!  I even did a little Black Friday shopping with my daugher!  Spending time with her was the fun part!

It's a really, really busy week for me!  Lots of commitments due!  Besides that our church has a cookie walk on Saturday.  I usually bake from 50-80 dozen cookies for that.  It's not looking good for getting that many done this time! 

I'm taking a little break to post this card. 

I put this together awhile back when I created my "Let your light shine" card using the Spellbinders™ Tea Cup as a lamp shade.  You can see that post here!

This is a little more traditional use of the Tea Cup shape.  I used the same Flourishes stamp only colored it differently.  This one has a more oriental look.  It reminds me of some tea cups my Grandma gave to me from her collection.  They all have flowers on them!  For years we gave her one every Christmas!

I'm not going to give directions today.  All the supplies are listed below.  Email me if you have any questions!

Spellbinders™ S4-350 Tea Cups
Spellbinders™ S5-062 Lace Doily Accents
Spellbinders™ S4-346 Labels Twenty-Two
Spellbinders™ S5-023 Mega Ovals
Spellbinders™ LF-161 Grand Labels One
Spellbinders™ S4-324 Ribbon Banners
Flourishes Beauty Within stamp set
Flourishes Country Charm Labels
Graphic 45 papers
Gold Metallic paper
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
White Card Stock
Copic Markers
Gold EP
Distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen
Gold Cord

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Let Your Light Shine Card

Did you see Spellbinders' new Nested Tea Cups die templates released on Wednesday???  You can read more details on the Spellbinders Blog and find some awesome projects using this set.

I often see things a little differently!!!  Outside the box at times!!!   When I first saw this set, I imagined the tea cup as a lamp shade!   Check out my card to see how it looks!!

To create my stained glass lampshade, I stamped a stained glass image from Flourishes Beauty Within on white card stock with Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed it.  I cut it out with the medium tea cup die template.  I used Copic markers to color it.  I had a note with the colors but I think I threw it away when I cleaned my work table. Sorry.   I used a fine tip black marker to trace along the embossed edge at the top and bottom of the shade. 
The lamp base is 2 of the biggest handle cut from black card stock.  I flipped one to get mirror images and glued them together.  I free hand cut a piece of white card stock to fit behind.  I colored it with several shades of green Copic markers. 
I cut 2 strips of brown DP to create a "shelf" for the lamp.  I chose a background paper that looked like wallpaper.   I shaded it with Distress inks to give the illusion of a lighted lamp!  The edges are cut with Spellbinders E8-002 Classic Bracket Edgeabilities™. 
The verse was stamped on ivory card stock.  I traced the opening of one of Spellbinders S4-322 Grommet Tags around the verse and free hand cut it out.  I cut the Grommet Tag from black cardstock.  I glued the verse strip to it. It's mounted with foam tape and I'ved added 2 black brads.
The lamp shade is shaped and mounted with 3D Foam Squares for dimension.
I hope I've inspired you to look at your Spellbinders die templates in a different way!  This set of Nested Tea Cups makes cute tea cups!!!  Besides that, you can use them for a lamp and Kimberly used them to cut Lily of the Valley flowers!!!  Check it out here!  How versatile is that?!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artistic Outpost French Flight Release

Today is the release of Artistic Outpost’s new stamp set French Flight!
French Flight is the newest addition to Artistic Outpost's catalogue of unique vintage inspired stamp collections.
In the late 1700's , two French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier launched the first manned ballon from the from the center of Paris and flew for a period of 20 minutes.  In 1793, Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first to fly a hot air balloon in North America, yet another French adventurer!
This stamp collection pays homage to these adventurers. Fun, quirky, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for good measure, French Flight is pure creative delight.
Collection available in both unmounted rubber sheets or pre-mounted on EZMount cling foam and hand trimmed on a clear cling storage card!

As most Artistic Outpost stamp sets do, this set coordinates well with many of the other sets, especially Paris Expo. 

I created this collage with most of the stamps from French Flight.  They all work so well together.  The hot air balloon is from Paris Exposition.

My base for the collage is glassine paper, a paper with a waxy coating.  It just naturally makes the stamping look vintage.  It was my first time using it.  I really like the effect.  I simply stamped all the images with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, no Distress ink at all!  That’s amazing, huh?  I almost always use some Distress ink.  The beauty of this paper is that it has a vintage color already.
This is a very simple collage to do.  I started with a piece of glassine paper that’s 3 3/8” x 4 1/8”.  I stamped the 3 gentlemen first.  Then I stamped them again on text weight (printer/copy) paper to make a mask. I cut it out.   I used repositionable tape to stick it over my stamped image.  Then I stamped the other images starting with the balloon (Paris Expo) and adding images from French Flight.  I stamped the title at the bottom and filled in with  script.  Remove the mask and “ta da!”, a great collage!  Easy!!
For the card, the collage is mounted on a piece of ivory card stock.  I did use Vintage Photo Distress ink on the edges of that!  Both are layered onto a black mat.  Then I added black brads at each corner. The card base is actually Kraft color.  I rubbed Distress inks along the edges until it blended well with my collage.   I kept the card very simple to focus attention on the collage.

You’ll find lots more  inspiration showcasing French Flight at these designers’ blogs!!!

· Gerrie Johnnic

· Lisa Somerville

· Judy Hayes - you are here already!!!

· Lynn Stevens

· Barbara Washington

· Stephanie Severin

· Suzanne Czosek

· Louise Granlund

Thank you so much for stopping!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Spellbinders and Crafters Home Fall Sneak Peak Blog Hop - Day 2

Check out Day 2 of the Spellbinders™ and Crafters Home Fall Sneak Peak Blog Hop!
Go to Spellbinders Blog for today's details!

These Designers are showing projects created with the new S5-068 Dress Forms:

Latisha Yoast

Holly Simoni

Gloria Stengel

Becca Feeken

Tina McDonald

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop for Crafters Home Day One

Join Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and Crafters Home
as we celebrate a Fall Sneak Peek!

Spellbinders and participating stores in the Crafters Home Buying Group are excited to introduce three new die template sets sold exclusively through Crafters Home stores through January!  You’ll have to wait until February to find these die template designs in non-member stores.
These new dies are in stock! Get yours now at a participating Crafters Home store!  See the Spellbinders Blog for the list of participating stores
Visit the Spellbinders Blog November 14 - 16 to see a new Spellbinders die template revealed each day! Visit designer blogs to enter the daily contests and see inspiring projects using the new releases. Comments on Designers Blogs and the Spellbinders Blog count as entries into daily drawings. Daily winners receive all three of the new designs!

Today's new die template is S4-341 Wavy Rectangles

1: 3/8 x ½”
2: 1 1/8 x 1 ¼”
3: 1 7/8 x 2 1/8”
4: 2 ¾ x 3 1/8”
5. 3 5/8 x 4 ¼”

Now, that you’ve seen the new Wavy Rectangles die templates, you want to see the project, right?!!  


I created a double photo frame perfect for wallet size photos!  Great for school photos.  This frame could easily be adapted with more frames for any number of photos. A simple and easy gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends!

Each individual frame consists of 2 – S4-341 Wavy Rectangles #5 (#1 being the smallest) cut from red stripe Echo Park Dots and Stripes paper, 1 – Wavy Rectangles #3 nested in #5 cut from teal stripe, and 1 piece of adhesive backed white fun foam cut with Wavy Rectangles #5.  The Fun Foam adds thickness and is easily cut with Spellbinders die templates.  I like the white edge, too!


  This photo shows all the cut pieces as well as the die templates used for the double frame.  Only 1 of each of the small pieces is needed.  I realized that when it was too late to take another photo!!!

I cut the frame by nesting Wavy Rectangles #3 inside #5.

Here’s a tip I use for centering 2 die templates to cut a frame.  
I use another die template, in this case Wavy Rectangles #4 to help me center my smaller die template.  Yes, I use a ruler sometimes, too, but usually I just visually center it.  It’s easier to see the alignment on a small distance.  For this frame, I taped Wavy Rectangles #5 to the paper.  I nested both #3 and #4 Wavy Rectangles inside #5.   Then I aligned Wavy Rectangles #4 evenly spaced and centered.  I aligned #3 evenly spaced and centered in #4 and taped it in place.  I carefully removed #4 before cutting the frame.

After cutting the frame, I cut the row of holes with E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities™ which just fits the Wavy Rectangle to cut the holes within the frame.   Once the holes were cut, I placed the frame back into Wavy Rectangles #5 and #3 to emboss.  The embossed edges would have been flattened when I cut the holes had I embossed it earlier. 

Here you see the frame with Wavy Rectangles #5 and #3 in place ready to run through my Grand Calibur™ machine to emboss the edges.

I sanded all the edges of the frame front and back as well as the connecting Wavy Rectangle.

To assemble, I adhered 1 red Wavy Rectangle (not sanded as it won’t show) to the adhesive side of the Fun Foam.  I applied adhesive to another red Wavy Rectangle (sanded) with my Xyron and applied it to the other side of the Fun Foam.  It’s amazing how much the paper stiffens the Fun Foam!   (Tip: After applying adhesive with the Xyron and before removing the clear sheet and backing, run it through the Grand Calibur™ machine with embossing mat.  The adhesive is pressed onto the paper and won’t be left in the holes or along the edges!) 
To apply the frame to the front, I needed to leave a pocket for the photo.  I decided the easiest way to get adhesive along all the wavy edges and around the holes was to use my Xyron again.  I cut a scrap piece of cardstock about 1/8” wider than the photo and long enough to extend beyond the top where the photo will be inserted as well as below the frame opening..

 The scrap white cardstock is centered on the back of frame covering the opening. 

 I applied adhesive to this side with my Xyron. Then I peeled off the clear cover and discarded it.   I gently lifted the frame at the top edge from the non stick backing.  I didn’t take it off completely.  I slid out the scrap cardstock and discarded it.  I pressed the frame back onto the non stick backing.  I placed it on my base plate with a piece of text paper over it and the embossing mat and plate.  I ran it through my Grand Calibur™ machine.  Any extra adhesive on the edges stuck to the text paper as well as the adhesive in the holes!  

I removed the frame fromt he backing and placed it on the front of my Fun Foam sandwiched with red paper.  

For the double frame, I made 2 frames. 

To make the connection, I used one of the cutouts from a teal frame and cut another one from red paper(Wavy Rectangles #3).  I adhered them together with teal on one side and red on the other.  I used my Scor-Pal to make 2 score lines 1/8” from center, then folded each one.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere it to the back of the 2 frames butting each frame just to a fold line.  The frame can be easily folded to mail or give as a gift!


I added 3 little buttons with Glue Dots to each frame.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project!
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous projects using S4-341 Wavy Rectangles! 

Visit these Designers Today!

Tonya Dirk

Heidi Blankenship
Shanna Vineyard

AJ Otto

Judy Hayes – You are here!

Contest Details
Participants wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Fall Sneak Peek contest must adhere to all of the following rules.
  • The Fall Sneak Peek starts November 14, and ends November 16, 2011. It consists of three individual contests, one each day.
  • Each Fall Sneak Peek Bog will accept comments as entries from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, on its scheduled day.
  • Each comment counts as one entry. One entry per person, per blog please.
  • One winner each day will receive the three new die templates available exclusively at Crafters Home stores.
  • All three winners will be announced on the Spellbinders Blog on November 17. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email address on the winning post to claim their prize. If a winner fails to respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
  • By entering, you allow Spellbinders to publish your first name, city, state, and country of residence and a quote from you, on the Spellbinders Blog, website, and in promotional materials.
  • Spellbinders Designers, contractors, employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win.
  • The invitation to the Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop is extended to all, we are happy to ship prizes worldwide.
Any questions regarding this contest should be sent to ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Tree Card

Today, I have an easy Christmas card to share! 

All you need is some Christmas background paper ( I used Cosmo Cricket Thumpity Thump Thump), a 3 5/8" x 8 1/2" card base, 3 shades of green cardstock ( I used Bazzill), a scrap of brown and a scrap of white cardstock, a verse stamp (I used erry Christmas from JustRite Christmas Mini Sentiments Set), a button, red and white bakers twine and Spellbinders™ S5-028 Nested Pennants and E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop!  Oh, and I've used a little Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges of the card!

First, I cut the DP and adhered it to the card base.  I rubbed Distress Antique Linen ink around the edges.

 Next, I cut the tree pieces.  The trunk is cut with the long narrow banner from Spellbinders Nested Pennants.  You can see it adhered to my card base in the photo.

 For the tree, I cut one of each of the pennants from 3 shades of green card stock.  So easy to do with Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine because all 3 can be cut at one time! Then I used the Spellbinders Classic Triple Scallop Edgeabilities™ to cut the edge of each pennant. Two can be cut at the same time aligning the pennants next to each other and then taping the Edgeabilities in place over both. Such a great edge for a pine tree!

To assemble the tree, I added Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares along the bottom edge and regular adhesive at the top.   I placed the trunk and then added each layer using 3D Foam Squares on each one.

I cut another banner for the verse from white cardstock and stamped the verse in red. I trimmed the banner to fit the verse.  I added it to the top of the tree and placed a button with bakers twie over it.   I added the bakers twine garland to the tree after assembly.  It would be much easier to add it to each layer!

To make this card more mailable, simple cut a small circle of card stock to replace the button.  That will be much flatter.  The thickness of the button makes the card non -machinable and requires more postage! 

Happy Creating!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Fun Scrapbook Page

These photos are some of my favorites of my grandsons back a few years!  We spent a family weekend in northern Minnesota in October when I took these photos.  The colors of the leaves were just outstanding!  Logan and Josh had so much fun playing outside.  They discovered these tree stumps were just their size for sitting!!! 

I'm only going to list a few of the details here.   You can find a complete list of supplies and the directions for this page on Scrapbooking.com here.  I'm thrilled to have it featured there!

These are the Spellbinders die templates that I used:  Spellbinders S5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents for all the leaves along with Unity Stamp Co. matching stamps, Orchard Harvest.  LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven, S4-161 Labels One, E8-002 Classic Bracket Edgeabilities and E8-004 Classic Ric RacS5-070 Ornate Tags and Accents.  

Happy Fall!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Some treat bags for my grandkids!

I chose not to get them candy this year.  I know they get lots while out trick or treating!  I found some glow in the dark bracelets, glow sticks and gum instead. 

I stamped these cute Halloween characters with Penny Black "Scary Halloween" Transparent set.  Each one is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out. I added Stickles for sparkle on their hats and the eyes of the pumpkins.   For each one, I cut a white circle using Spellbinders Standard Circles, a yellow or green scalloped circle with Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles, and an orange scalloped circle cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles.   I stamped "happy halloween" on orange paper and cut it out with a shape from Spellbinders Nested Pennants.  Each name strip was cut with the smallest die template from SPellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants.  I punched a hole on the side of each tag and tied on the tags. 
I found these cute dotted kraft bags at Whiskargraphics!  They have a nice selection of bakers twine, too.  I used the Halloween twine on my bags.

Have a great Halloween Day! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Another Decorated Candle

This time I decorated a small jar candle.  It's only about 4-5" tall.  I'd measure it but I don't have it here!  It's at Fond Memories, my LSS.  They sell the candles.
I used a die template from Spellbinders S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags and Accents to cut the label of cream cardstock.  I stamped around the edges using a stamp from Orchard Harvest by Unity Stamp Co.  I used Espresso, Butterscotch and Cranberry inks.  I rubbed Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress ink over it.  The band (not visible) is also stamped and distressed.  This one is really easy to make!!!
 I inked several strands of brown and white bakers' twine to use for the bow.  There's a small foil die cut leaf on the lid, cut with Spellbinders S5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents.
A great gift idea!!!

Please visit again soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn Card

Thinking Fall with this card! 
This card is very similar to my decoratied candle shown in my post on October 18th.  Click here or scroll down a bit to see it. 
I used SpellbindersS5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents to cut and emboss the frame around the verse and the foil leaves.  It's one of my favorite sets right now!!!  The verse is from an older cling stamp set by JustRite, called "A Day in the Country".  THe little leaves stamped around the verse are also from that set.  The verse is stamped on Worldwin Canvas card stock with Espresso ink.  I added the leaves with Rust, Butterscotch, and Terra Cotta inks.  I used my finger to dab some matching ink onto each one.  Then I used Antique Linen Distress ink over all of it. 
The frame is cut and embossed from a My Mind's Eye brown paper.  I sanded the embossed areas to reveal the inner core color of the paper.  Then I rubbed Vintage Photo ink over it.  This is one of my favorite techniques!  It's a great way to accent the embossed pattern from the Spellbinders die template.  I especially like the dot pattern along the edge of this one!
My card is cut with Spellbinders LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven.  Easy to do!  Simply fold a piece of card stock slightly bigger than the die template.  Align the fold along an inner straight edge on the die template and tape in place and cut with the Grand Calibur™.  I've also used Grand Labels Eleven to cut a frame of brown paper.  I've nested 2 sizes and cut and embossed them at the same time.  I cut the check paper with the bigger die template used for the frame.  A perfect fit behind the frame!  THe same small leaves are stamped on the check paper with Espresso ink.
The foil leaves are cut from Spellbinders™ Precious Metals Premium Craft Foil.  I've used gold and copper color.  I like to adhere the foil to scrap card stock before cutting.  It makes the shapes stronger so they aren't bent as easily. I use Adhesive Sheets by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  It works well and doesn't gum up my die templates.  
After cutting and embossing the leaves, I lightly rubbed my solvent stamp cleaner over the embossing.  The solvent takes off the color. It's safest to use it on a Q-tip with a very light touch.  The solvent tends to bleed or run and suddenly a big spot of color is gone!!!   I shaped the leaves and fastened them to the card with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares.  I added a button with bakers twine and distressed with Vintage Photo ink.  More bakers twine wraps around the card front under the frame and leaves.  THe ends are hidden behind the frame!
This frame and leaves would be great on the front of a journal.  Or maybe a wooden box.  A scrapbook page! 
Thanks for looking!!!
Have fun creating!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spellbinders and Unity Stamp Co. Blog Hop

Welcome to Spellbinders
and Unity Stamp Co. TWO-day event!

You should be joining me from Maria Gurnsey's blog - Gingham and Polka Dots, if not then head to the beginning on the Unity Stamp Co. BlogYou wouldn't want to miss any of the inspiration or a chance to win a prize!

With all the blog-swaps that are happening out there lately, I can't think of one more exciting than when the amazing women of SPELLBINDERS™ get together with the rock stars of UNITY STAMP COMPANY! We can't wait to show you a special line of coordinating products featuring SPELLBINDERS die templates and SAMANTHA WALKER for Unity Stamp Co. rubber stamps!
Not only are we thrilled to be collaborating on such a special 2-day event, but ONE of you will win ALL of the coordinating stamps and dies from the Samantha Walker collection! We will also have 1 winner each day from the comments that will receive one Samantha Walker stamp set and coordinating dies. So be sure to enjoy our hop both days, leave comments on all of the blogs each day and check back to see if you won! (winners will be posted on Wednesday, October 19th on the Unity Blog and Spellbinders Blog)

Today, I have 2 projects to share!  A card and a little notebook! 

I worked with Spellbinders S5-074 Retro Mod Clocks and a coordinating stamp set from Unity Stamp Co., also called Retro Mod Clocks.  The stamps add such great detail to the clocks. 

First, I put together this card......

Do you see what I mean about the detail on the clock?  All the scrolls and shape lines!
First, I stamped the clock with black ink and clear heat embossed it.  Then I aligned the matching Spellbinders S5-074 Retro Mod Clocks die template and taped it in place.   I cut it out using my Grand Calibur Machine.  I also had the clock face die template in place to cut out the clock face at the same time.  I stamped the clock face again on cream card stock with black ink and also clear heat embossed it.  I used the matching clock face die template to cut it out.  Of course, it fits perfectly in the clock! 
For the card background, I used just a portion of Spellbinders LF-190 Grand Labels Four #6 (#1 being the smallest) to cut the shaped background from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas "trees" paper.  I made the same cut on black card stock.  I matted it behind slightly offset to add the narrow border. 
Below the clock, I created a border with at strip of My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas "Boughs" paper and black card stock.  I cut one edge of the black card stock with Spellbinders E8-002 Classic Bracket Edgeabilities.  It makes a great border to define the space for my verse.  I also added another strip with the bracket edge at the bottom.  I added some tiny dots of black Enamel Accents across the wider strip.
This card is 3 1/2 x 8 1/2".

For my second project, I dressed up a Target notebook .

This is what it looked like before.......

and the the notebook after........

I added a clock and a verse to the cover!  Really quite simple and quick!

The clock was stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder on black card stock.  I cut out the clock using the matching die template from Spellbinders Retro Mod Clocks.  This time I didn't cut out the clock face.  Instead, I stamped it again on cream card stock, cut it out with the matching Spellbinders die template and glued it over the black clock.   I used a Versamark marker to ink a few details on the clock and then heat embossed those spots with clear embossing powder. It adds a few shiny accents! 
 I stamped the verse with black ink and clear heat embossed it. 
I inked the cover a little with Distress Vintage Photo to add a little more color.   I inked the back cover, too.
On the inside cover, I stamped another verse. 
A quick and inexpensive project when you need just a little gift!

Thanks so much for stopping!!!

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Now, please head over to Eva Doblias's Blog for more inspiration!

Card Supplies:

Spellbinders S5-074 Retro Mod Clocks
Spellbinders E8-002 Classic Bracket
Spellbinders LF-190 Grand Labels Four
Unity Stamp Co. Retro Mod Clocks stamp set
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas 0 trees, boughs
My MInd's Eye Lost & Found Two Sunshine "lovely"
Black card stock
Cream card stock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Ranger Clear Embossing powder
Ranger Enamel Accents - black
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - E-Z Runner

Notebook Supplies:

Spellbinders S5-074 Retro Mod Clocks
Unity Stamp Co. Retro Mod Clocks stamp set

Black card stock
Cream card stock
Ranger Gold embossing powder
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Versamark marker
Ranger Clear embossing powder
Craft glue
Ranger Gold embossing powder

Fall Candle Decor

I've used Spellbinders S5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents along with E8-002 Classic Bracket Edgeabilities to make the band.
I started with the framed verse which I cut and embossed of brown dp and sanded the edges. I over inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I cut a piece of Worldwin Canvas paper to fit behind the frame. The verse, from Unity 's Orchard Harvest stamp set that matches Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents die template set, was stamped with Espresso ink with a touch of Rust ink on the edges. Around the verse I stamped leaves with 3 Adirondack ink colors: Butterscotch, Rust, Espresso. Next I inked my finger tip on each matching ink pad to add color to each leaf. Finally, I rubbed Distress Antique Linen ink over all and glued the frame in place.
I cut the edges of a 12" strip of dark brown dp with Classic Bracket. Over it I added a narrower strip of Graphic 45 paper overstamped with leaves in multiple colors. The 12" strip is just long enough to fit around my jar candle with the framed verse fastened at each end with Scor-Tape.
I cut and embossed the leaves out of Spellbinders copper and gold colored craft foil that was adhered to card stock. The card stock adds strength to the foil. I've used StazOn ink to add some shading to the veins. I shaped each one before adding them to the candle with 3D Foam Squares. A button with twine adds interest to the big leaf. There's a large leaf on the lid, too.
I used multiple strands of brown and white baker's twine colored with the various inks to tie a bow around the jar neck.
I hope to make few of these for gifts. The band is not fastened to the candle so it can easily be slid off to add a different one for another holiday, maybe one for Christmas.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Embellished Frame

 This is a Dollar Tree frame! At least, it started that way!

To start, I painted the edges of the frame black.  Then I adhered a piece of brown designer paper over the front.  I liked the texture  and subtle color variation better than painting it.  I added some Distress Walnut Stain and Black Soot ink to it, too! 
Next, I cut and embossed a frame of black glossy card stock using Spellbinders LF-347 Grand Labels Twenty-Three #4 and #6 (the smallest die template is #1).  I sanded all the embossed edges.  I rubbed Distres Vintage Photo ink into the sanded areas.  The core of the black glossy paper is white. After sanding the white core is exposed and it's very absorbent.  I love the antique look it creates when the ink is added!  Almost like a well worn leather!  I added a tiny gold paper fastener in each corner and then glued it to the frame.
For the gold accents, I used gold craft foil that was adhered to card stock.  I like to use card stock on the back of foil to give it more strength.  It's not as easily dented or bent.  A good use for all those odd colors of card stock!   I use Adhesive Sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to adhere the two together.  So easy, cuts without gumming the die templates!
I used Spellbinders S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags and Accents to cut and emboss the foil.  Each corner piece is the exact cut piece from the die template.  The other pieces were cut and embossed from the same corner shape, then cut with a scissors to use just a portion of it.  They fit so well into the Labels Twenty-Three shape!  Last of all, there's 2 tiny pieces tucked under the Labels Twenty-Three at the center top and bottom.  Each is a part of one larger piece from Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, just cut in half and glued behind the border. 
That's all there is to it!!! Really dresses up this frame, don't you think?!

Of course, the photo of my grandsons is really the best part!!!


Spellbinders S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags and Accents
Spellbinders LF-347 Labels Twenty-Three
My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue "Curious"
Creative Impression Paper Fasteners
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Adhesive Sheet
Ranger Distress inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Craft Glue