Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Artistic Outpost Stamps!!!

Artistic Outpost has 3 new stamp sets being released today!!!! 

Here's a little about the three sets being released: 

Apothecary  -   Before the invention of the drive-thru Walgreens®, the apothecary was not just a dispenser of medicines, but also a mix-ologist of tonics, keeper of secrets, and giver of advice.  Antique apothecary bottles are highly collectible in part due to the “mystery” of what could actually be in them.  Our AO stylized bottle has a blank space that our “product” labels fit perfectly into…or hand write your prescription on our vintage Rx pad.

Frosty & Friends  -  I love the sweetness of vintage Christmas cards.  The secular imagery was dreamy and sugary sweet my teeth hurt just to look at them.  This collection features some of our favorite images from our own AO collection of vintage ephemera

Halloween Treats  -   Growing up, our Halloween decorations were Technicolor large die cuts of pumpkins and kitty cats and witches on broomsticks.  These stamps remind me of those “cardboard” cut-outs.  How I wished we had saved them!   Try mixing this set with our other Halloween collections as well as Apothecary!

You're definitely going to want to check out projects by these Design Team members:

They'll have lots of inspiration for you!

I chose to work with Apothecary and Frosty and Friends for this release.  I did not work with Halloween Treats.  I know some of the other Design Team members will have samples made with that set.

This is the card I made with Apothecary:

I think this would make a great masculine "Get Well" card.  I certainly didn't start out with that in mind!  It just evolved!!!
I chose the man, building, word "Apothecary" and the bottle stamps and started stamping.  My first idea was a collage of those stamps.  Before I had even stamped anything, I was onto another idea! 
I cut out the Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One with an oval opening from Kraft card stock.  Then I stamped the man with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress inks to add color.  I stamped "Apothecary" on white cardstock and added Distress inks.  I cut it out with one of the pennants from Spellbinders Nested lacey Pennants.  Next I stamped the building, again on white cardstock and colored with Distress inks.  I trimmed it to fit behind the oval opening.  I stamped and cut out the bottle.  The label was stamped separately and adhered to the bottle.  The bottle is colored with Distress Tea Dye.  I thought that color looked more like the old amber or brown medicine bottles!  I stamped 10 cents and punched it out with a circle punch.  Again it's distressed.  I added a little hole to tie it around the bottle neck with bakers' brown and white cord. The background papers are from Graphic 45.  Of course, I inked them, too!!

Now for Frosty and Friends:

Frosty is my favorite image from this set of stamps!  He's just so cute!
I started by stamping him on white cardstock.  I also stamped the image on Eclipse tape and cut out Frosty.  I placed the mask over my stamped piece so I could add Antique Linen ink to the music background and keep Frosty white!  I also stamped the scarf with Cranberry ink and cut it out.  I stamped the mitten with Memento Tuxedo Black and the bird with Espresso.  Both were cut out and colored with Copic markers. I added a touch of shading to Frosty with pale blue and gray Copic markers.  I glued the scarf, mitten and bird in place.  To make the hat shiny, I inked it with a Versamark marker and clear heat embossed it.  Be sure the Distress ink around it is dry or it will grab the embossing powder, too!
Frosty is layered on black and red mats. 
The card background paper is from My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly collection.  I added Antique Linen and Vintage Photo inks along the edges.  The size is 4 1/4" x 6".
I used another paper from that collection to stamp "Merry Christmas and clear heat emboss it.  The edges are cut with one of the new Spellbinders Edgeabilities called Classic Bracket.  I matched the edges with a red mat at the bottom. On the top edge, I offset the edges for a different look. I added 3 red brads at one end and baker's twine tied around the other end.  It's mounted with foam tape.  

Frosty and Friends is such a cute set of stamps!  I'm going to have fun making holiday cards with it!!!

I hope you've enjoyed my cards.  Now, hop on over to one of the other Design Team members blogs to catch some more inspiration!!!

Please note that due to the high volume during new releases, that “mounted” stamp collections may take 10 days to ship.  We will keep you posted on your order, and thank you so much for visiting our outpost.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Heading to Chicago for CHA

Early Monday morning I'll be on my way to Chicago to attend CHA!!!  Always exciting to see all the new products!  Looking forward to seeing all my friends at the Spellbinders booth!   As well as Penny Black!!
I hope to post something while I'm there!  I've been researching programs that will write to Blogger from an iPad.   It's going to be all new to me!  With luck I'll figure it out! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Cards on the Spellbinders Blog

How special to see my cards on the Spellbinders blog yesterday! 

Spellbinders featured the new Edgeabilities on the blog.    Here's a link if you missed it!

How to use the new Edgeabilities Die Templates! on Spellbinders' Blog.

I mixed and matched many of the new Edgeabilitiesto create these cards!  The Edgeabilities™ are so versatile! All these designs can be mixed because the sizing is in 1" increments for all the pieces. Just imagine the possibilities!!!! There are over 70 combinations!

The directions for all the cards are available from Spellbinders.  The Spellbinders blog post of July 14 (link above) has links to them all!  I'm not going to give the directions here.  I've added a brief description with a few details with each card below.

On the friendship card, I used the Edgeabilities
on the edges of the pearlescent cream mat and the navy one, too!  This takes a little extra effirt to align them and tape to hold them in place while cutting!  The results are so unique!  I had fun with it!

The directions for all the cards are accessible from the Spellbinders Blog posting from July 14.  You can access it from the link at the beginning of this post.

I cut a scalloped edge with a decorative accent for this card.  A very easy and simple application of the Edgeabilities.  It adds so much to this simple card design.  For an even more elegant presentation of this card, cut the envelope flap to match!

This card is definitely more involved.  The edge however isn't hard to duplicate.  I cut a scallop edge and the half flowers on a strip of navy card stock.  It's layered over a cream strip which also has a scalloped edge.  The top edge is straight.  I layered it over a strip of MME stripe paper.  Then I added the "negative" strip of cream paper behind the stripe.  It's the reverse of the scallop edge!  None of it is hard to cut, it's just several layers!
For all the directions, go to the Spellbinders Blog post of July 14.

For this birthday card, I ceated a decorative panel by cutting multiple designs into it.  I started in the center and moved out on both sides.  To cut the flowers in the center, I cut a length of the "half" flowers.  Then I laid the Edgeabilities the opposite way and lined up the center holes.  Lots of tape to hold the die template in place while I cut!  Next I cut the diamond/circle strips.  I've added a strip of deep pink behind to add a different color.  Next, the flowers again and finally the scallop edge.  I cut a cream mat with scalloped edges to layer behind.  The dark pink scallops are just strips added at the edge.  The little navy points between the scallops are the "negative" left from cutting the scallop edge on flower piece.  I adhered them behind so that just the points are visible.

Thanks for visiting!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Spellbinders Edgeabilities Videos!

Spellbinders just released 2 new videos about Edgeabilities! 

These exciting new die templates cut edges and decorative accents that coordinate with the edge.  Each set features an Edgeabilities that cuts an edge and 2 decorative accents!  All the pieces from all the sets can be interchanged and used together.  Your imagination is the limit as to the combinations! 

Here's the "Mix and Match Edgeabilities" video:

This a great opportunity to see the Edgeabilities and learn all about them!!!

The 2nd video is called "Edgeabilities How to Techniques"!

This video shows how to cut wth the Edgeabilities and mix and match them to create uniques edges as well as decroative strips.  Lots of great info! 

At the end, Stacey and Kim show some sample cards created with different Edgeabilities.  I created those samples!!!  It's so exciting to see them on the video!   I hope to share them with you sometime in the future.  For now, you'll just have to see them on the video!

All 6 sets of Edgeabilities!

I hope you're as excited as I am about these new Edgeabilities!!! 

Keep creating!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spellbinders Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy

Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge!
Blog Frenzy July 6 - 14, 2011


Welcome to the sixth day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy!
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is absolutely thrilled to bring you one of the most exciting die
releases to date! These new collections are some of the most innovated and beautiful die templates in the world! The Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.
• Win today’s new Spellbinders die templates!
• Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day (see schedule below)!
• One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days!
• Each blog will accept entries for 48 hours!
• You have from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time July 11, 2011 to 12:01 a.m. July
13, 2011 enter my contest. See the
Official Rules here.

• Today you can enter my contest and Heidi Blankenship’s contest.

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I’m thrilled to share with you two projects using LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two from the Donna Salazar colection!
I created this Journey Travel Album to showcase the wonderful collection of die templates in Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two!
There are so many ways to use all these shapes.   Imagine all the mini albums you can create with this set!

Let’s get into the details…….

I love vintage things.  I especially like to create something new that has a vintage, time worn look.  That was my goal with this album.
The front cover, divider pages and back cover are all similar. I’ll go into detail for the front and back covers. You can easily recreate the divider pages from my photos as they use techniques used on the front and back covers. I used the Grand Calibur Machine for all cutting.  It's so easy to cut multiple pieces at one time with it!!!   I've used Distress Vintage Photo ink throughout. Whenever the directions say “ink”, it means to use Distress Vintage Photo ink.  I’ve also used Scor-Tape™ to put all the pieces together.  It’s a very good adhesive that sticks to the Distress ink even if it’s not completely dry.  A good thing since I don’t have much patience to wait for ink to dry!   For sanding, I used a foam sanding block, the kind found in a hardware store. 

Let’s start with the front cover and move through the album to the back cover!

I imagined this album as a take along on a trip when I created it. A place to make notes, add post cards and other collected items as well as photos and sketches made along the way!  I even added some photo corners in the pocket on the inside cover.

Here are all the cut pieces needed to make the cover including the paper for the inside.


2 – 6 x 6” Book 2 Kraft card stock
1 – 6 x 6” Book 2 of Graphic 45 paper
4 – Black glossy Buckle 2
1 – 5 x 5” Book 1
1 – Border
1 – 5 x 5” Book 1 of map paper
1 – 5 1/8 x 5 1/8” red square
2 – Cut-outs from Frame Tag

Front Cover Directions:

1. Apply Adhesive Sheet from SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES™ by 3L to back of Worldwin Treasures™ Kraft card stock.
2. Cut and emboss one Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two - 6 x 6” Book 2 of Worldwin Kraft card stock with adhesive backing and cut only (no need to emboss) a 2nd Book 2. The 2nd Book 2 adds thickness and strength to the cover.
3. Remove adhesive backing from embossed Book 2 and adhere to 2nd Book 2.
4. Apply Adhesive Sheet by SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L to back of Graphic 45 paper.  Cut with Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two - 6 x 6” Book 2 for inside. Adhere to non embossed side of cover (cover is 3 layers thick).
5. Rub Distress Vintage Photo ink along all edges of front. No need to color the center as it will be covered. Add touch of Walnut Stain along edges.


6. Cut 5 1/8” square of Bazzill Red card stock.
7. Cut Graphic 45 map paper with Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two – 5 x 5” Book 1.  Apply ink along edges.  Adhere to red paper.
8. To cut the black frame, align Spellbinders LF-126 Grand Squares #1 (#1 being the smallest) on inside of Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two - 5 x 5” Book 1. Tape in place with removable tape. Cut and emboss black glossy paper. (Save cut-out square for later.) The result is frame with embossed edge.

Grand Squares die template inside Creative Book Pages Two Book 1

9. Sand well to expose white inner paper color. Rub Vintage Photo ink over all embossing. Wipe dry with paper towel.
10. Use cut-out from Step 8 to cut and emboss Border. Align Border so pattern is evenly spaced. Cut and emboss. Sand and ink as in Step 9.
11. Apply Scor-Tape to frame and Border. Fasten frame over map square.  Adhere Border along one edge. Press firmly to adhere well.
12. Use needle tool to punch holes through holes in Border.  Fasten 4 – Creative Impressions Mini Round Antique Bronze brads in holes. Leave center hole empty as it will be covered with album title.
13. Cut and emboss 4 - Buckle 2 of black glossy paper. Sand and ink. Set 2 aside. Cut 2 – 8” pieces of red twill tape. Apply Scor-Tape to back of buckles. Slide twill into hole and adhere to back of each buckle.

14. Apply more Scor-Tape over twill tape. Fasten each buckle to frame with map about ¾” from bottom and top, opposite Border. Punch hole with needle tool. Add brad to each one.
15. Use other 2 buckles on ends of twill tape. Add Scor-Tape to back of each one. Insert twill tape. Add more Scor-Tape. Fold in half and fasten together over twill tape.
16. Adhere frame/map to front cover. Border is along opening edge of album.
17. Stamp “journey” with black ink and clear heat emboss. I stamped it on a piece of Classy Correspondence from Graphic 45 Communiqué Collection. Trim to 1 x 3 3/4". Ink edges.


18. Cut and emboss 2 - Frame Tag from black glossy paper. Set Frame Tags aside for later. Use inner cut-outs for mat behind "journey" title. Sand and apply ink. Trim one end of each so combined they fit stamped title. Fasten to back of title.  Fasten to album cover with foam tape.

Inside Front Cover:
1. Cut black frame (Step 8 above)
2. Use Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two to cut Book 1 of Graphic 45 paper. Adhere to back of frame. Ink edges near frame.


3. Fasten frame and Graphic 45 paper to inside of front cover.
4. Cut and emboss rectangle Frame 1 and Pocket from black glossy paper. Sand and ink. Use Scor-Tape along outside edges and bottom on each to create pockets.
5. Cut and emboss Ornate Accent.  Sand and ink. Fasten decorative brad to center. Fasten to pocket.
6. Adhere Pocket to rectangle Frame 1.  Fasten both to inside of front cover.

Here’s a collage photo of all the divider pages.   I'm not going to give all the directions. They're pretty self explanatory. If you have question feel free to email me!

blog frenzy collage

The dividers are Places, Notes, Photos and Sketches.  The top 2 photos show the front and back of the Places Divider.
Next 2 photos show the Notes Divider, front and back.
Then Photos Divider, front and back.
And finally Sketches Divider, front and back.
Each one has a tab made with the Frame Tag and a Buckle 1 from LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two.

 Now we’re to the inside of the back cover.


 Assemble back cover same as Steps 1-5 for front cover.


1. Fasten CD holder to inside of back cover.


3. Cut and emboss Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Pages Two Frame 1. Sand and ink.
4. Cut “camera” and “photos” from Graphic 45 Communique paper. Mat with black
glossy paper. Adhere to Frame 1.
5. Fasten Frame 1 to the CD envelope.
6. Cut and emboss Ornate Accent  from Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two. Sand and ink. Fasten decorative brad in center. Adhere to CD envelope flap.

Outside Back Cover:


Although the back cover may look like it.has a black frame as I’ve used throughout the album, it’s not. It’s cut with the Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two Book 1 die template alone.  No square cut out of the center.


1. Cut Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two Book 1 of black glossy paper.
2. Before embossing, tape Frame 1 to glossy side of paper. Keep tape to inside of die template as it will emboss, too! In the photo, you can see that both die templates are in place on the embossing mat. Emboss with Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine.


In this photo, you can see Frame 2 embossed into the Book 1 square and embossed edge, all sanded.

4. Sand and ink.
5. Cut 5 1/8" red Bazzill square. Adhere to black embossed piece.
6. Repeat Step 13 and15 from Front Cover directions for buckles and twill tape assembly.
7. Fasten each buckle towards front edge of embossed square about ¾” from bottom and top edge.
8. Use needle tool to make hole through buckle for brad. Insert brad.
9. Fasten all to back cover.


For filler pages, cut cardstock, printer paper and drawing paper 5 3/8 x 5 5/8”.   I mixed Kraft card stock pages with printer paper in the Places section. For the Photos section, I used all Kraft cardstock. The Notes section is all printer paper with Kraft pages next to the dividers.  The Sketches section has pages of drawing paper with Kraft card stock near the divider and back cover.

Use Bind-It-All™ to cut holes in covers, dividers and all pages. Fasten together with 1 ¼” black O-Wire™.

LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two
MSRP: $59.99
Book 1 - 5 x 5”;
Book 2 - 6 x 6”
Border – 1 ¼ x 6”
Buckle 1 – 1 5/8 x ¾”
Buckle 2 – 1 ¾ x 7/8”
Ornate Accent – 2 x 7/8”
Pocket – 2 1/2 x 2 7/8””
Folded Heart – 2 x 7/8”
Tag Frame – 1 5/8 x 2 ¾”
Frame 1 – 2 7/8 x 4”
Frame 2 – 3 5/8 x 2 ½”

Spellbinders LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two isn’t just for creating mini albums!  Here’s a card I created using the same techniques and papers that I used on the album. I love the edge cut with the 6 x 6” Book 2 for my card!  I'll share directions later this week.

Spellbinders™ LF-002 Creative Book Pages Two
Spellbinders™ LF-126 Grand Squares
Graphic 45 Papers - Communique, Steampunk Debutante
       Renaissance Faire , A Proper Gentleman
Worldwin Treasures™  - Kraft
Scor-Pal Products, Ltd. -  Scor-Tape™
Creative Impressions -  Antique Bronze Mini Paper Fasteners
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L -  Adhesive Sheet and Photo CD Pockets
Bazzill Basics Paper - Bazzill Red
My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Union Square “Favorite” Brads
Ranger Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Ranger Black Glossy Cardstock
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
3M Foam Mounting Tape
Zutter Bind-It-All Machine and Black O Wires
Artistic Outpost Loverly London Stamps
Red Twill Tape

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!!!

Be sure to check all the details about entering the contest!

For even more inspiration, check out all the other Spellbinders Design Team blogs! Lots of awesome projects using NEW Spellbinders die templates!!! The schedule and links are below.

Click on the link to see the official Spellbinders Paper Arts Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy rules

TO ENTER:  This contest is now officially ended.
My contest is open for entries from 12:01 a.m. July 11, 2011, to 12:01 a.m. July 13, 2011
Eastern Standard Time.
1) Send your email entry to: (either click the link or type the
address into your email program)  Contest is now over.
2) The subject must be Creative Book Pages Two.
3) Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their contest dates:

July 6
Debbie Olson
Kimberly Crawford

July 7
Becca Feeken
Latisha Yoast

July 8
Tonya Dirk
Shanna Vineyard

July 9
AJ Otto
Gloria Stengel

July 10
Christine Emberson
Michelle Woerner

July 11
Judy Hayes (you are here!)
Heidi Blankenship

July 12
Linda Duke
Tina McDonald

July 13
Sherry Cheever
Lesley Langdon

July 14
Holly Simoni
Windy Robinson

Daily contest winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each contest within its designated time period.
Use the same email address to send the entry email. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1400, and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die templates released at the 2011 Summer CHA show, and a Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

I love your comments!  Unfortunately your comment does not count towards a contest entry, so be sure to enter and then leave a comment!
If you have any questions, please e-mail

Thank you for visiting and good luck!!



Here's a card I created for Artistic Outpost
I've used stamps from Loverly London and London Underground.  These sets work so well together!
 I stamped a collage for the background using the London skyline in black with Big Ben. I added the flags and "London" with Distress Pumice Stone ink.  My stamps had a touch of red ink on them so the color isn't true Pumice Sone.  I like the effect!  I also inked around the edges.   I stamped the gentleman separately and fussy cut him to mount with foam tape over the background. I added a touch of Pumice Stone ink to his coat and hat. I chose paper colors from Graphic 45 to coordinate for a very monochromatice color scheme.  "Cheerio" is stamped in black and clear heat embossed.  A great guy card!

Stay tuned for my Spellbinders Blog Frenzy post early tomorrow morning!!!!
Happy Day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy

Have you been following the Spellbinders "Get the Knowledge" Blog Frenzy"?
Awesome projects featuring new Spellbinders die templates! 
The Edgeabilities are a new excitement!!!!  They're so versatile.  And they mix and match for a multitude of different edge designs.  The open design strips can be used separately, too, for a design on an edge or down the center of another shape.  Lots of ways to use them. 

Here's a video with Stacey and Kim to show you more about these NEW Edgeabilities!

The Blog Frenzy Designers for today are AJ Otto and Gloria Stengel.  Check out the new Spellbinders die templates that they're revealing!!!
AJ is showing a new box die template, LF-010 Square Bracket Edge Box!!!!  Yes, a box!  Awesome die template! 
Gloria made a great gift card holder using the new S5-074 Retro Mod Clocks and S4-346 Labels Twenty-Two.  It's really a unique design!!! Very creative!

My reveal is coming up on Monday!!!  Be sure to stop back then!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy!

The Spellbinders Blog Frenzy has begun!!! 

 How exciting to see new Spellbinders die templates that will be released at CHA!!!

Debbie Olsen and Kimberly Crawford are today's designers!  They have some awesome projects featuring some totally new Spellbinders die templates!  Hop over and check them out!

Be sure to follow the rules to have a chance to win some of the new Spellbinders releases!  Each day someone will win the die templates released that day.  At the end of the Blog Frenzy, the grand prize is all the Spellbinders die templates shown during the Spellbinders Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy!

My Spellbinders Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy day is July 11th!  You'll for sure want to be here that day!!!   Can't tell you anymore!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

I'm spending the weekend with family at a get-to-gether at my sister's lake home. We're in northern Minnesota. Beautiful weather once the storms of Friday night passed!

It's good to be here as there's no electricity at my home. Southwestern Minnesota was hit by very strong winds that took down lots of power lines as well as trees and buildings. We have some tree damage but no building damage. Two of my uncles who live near my house have been running a generator off and on to power the freezer and fridge. Hopefully, all the food will be okay. Some of our neighbors got power yesterday. I sure hope we have power by the time we get home tomorrow!

As for us here at the lake, we're all enjoying hanging out together! Some swimming, tubing, boating, a few walks, fabulous food (my sister loves to cook),lots of chatting and even a bit of weeding of the flower beds! It's a much needed chance for me to catch up on rest!

Wishing you a great day celebrating the independence of our nation! Thankful for all the freedoms and blessings we enjoy in this great country.

Have a great 4th!