Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy Day 5

Welcome to the 5th day of the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy!
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is absolutely thrilled to bring you our largest product releases ever! These new collections are some of the most innovative and beautiful die cutting and embossing templates in the world! The Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of our introductions for the 2012 Winter Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.

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Here are the new dies I’m introducing:

S5-111 Angle Approach MSRP: $ 29.99
1: 1 3/8”
2: 2 ¼”
3: 4”

E8-014 Classic Decorative Inserts Six
MSRP: $ 19.99
Butterflies: 7/8 x 8”
Flowers: 1 1/16 x 8”
Dots: 5/8 x 8”

I am honored to be introducing the new Cut • Fold • Tuck dies from Spellbinders! These European inspired designs create beautifully layered geometric designs in one pass through your die cutting machine! Simply fold the pieces, tuck them under and watch as the amazing designs develop! With multiple dies in each set, you can easily and quickly create different sized Cut Fold Tuck die cuts, or layer them for wonderful dimensional effects!

Watch this introductory video!

See this how-to video on the new Cut Fold Tuck dies:

Hello blog friends!!!

I’m so excited to be sharing these new Spellbinders shapes with you today!!!

S5-111 Angle Approach and E8-014 Classic Decorative Inserts Six

The new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Cut-Fold-Tuck die templates are so unique!  You’ll want to add them to your “Wish List” for sure!!!  I've had a lot of fun with S5-111 Angle Approach!

Look at the detail in E8-014 Classic Decorative Inserts Six! These are designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Edgeabilities® die templates that you may already have –E8-001 Classic Scallop, E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop or E8-004 Classic Ric Rac as well as the new E8-008 Classic Edges Two (see the reveal on Day 3 by Kazan Clark).

I’m also using the new Spellbinders S4-354 Splendid Circles (revealed by Latisha Yoast on Day 1) and EL-002 Regal  M-Bossabilities folder(See Day 2 reveal by Julie Overby) .

Let’s get to my project!

I designed a Mother’s Day card and coordinating box with S5-111 Angle Approach #2, 3 (#1 being the smallest). I used E8-014 Decorative Inserts Six – Dots along with E8-008 Classic Edges Two Triple Scallop.  I’m also using the new Spellbinders S4-354 Splendid Circles (revealed by Latisha Yoast on Day 1) and EL-002 Regal M-Bossabilities Folder (See Day 2 reveal by Julie Overby) .

I’ll start with the card directions!

Here’s all the Spellbinders die templates :

First, we’ll create the layers on the card front, and then I’ll show you how to make the Angle Approach medallion. Supply list is at the end.

Starting at the card bottom, I added a narrow strip of green, then a strip of dark pink. I stamped the verse with olive green ink on light pink cardstock and fastened it over the dark pink and green borders. All the paper sizes are listed below on the Supply List. 

Now, for the FUN parts!

First, I cut the triple scallop edge on a 4 ½ x 5 ½”piece of green cardstock. I aligned the edges of Classic Edges Two – Triple Scallop with the paper edge and centered and taped it in place.

Next, I cut the Dots. Again I used tape to keep the Classic Decorative Insert Six - Dots  from moving when passing through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine.

Because many of the new Decorative Inserts are very detailed, it’s best to place it parallel to the long sides of the Cutting Plate.

Tip: This allows for even pressure throughout the cutting pass. When fed horizontally, or parallel to the short side of your cutting plates, you may need to add a shim. First, cut the Classic Decorative Insert vertically. If an area didn’t cut completely, add a paper or cardstock shim only at that section. Cut again, then emboss for a beautiful and intricate design!

Next, I cut the Classic Edges Two - Triple Scallop on a piece of dark pink cardstock. I used my green piece as a guide to cut the edge exactly the same. I removed the green piece before running it through the Grand Calibur machine.

Embossing comes next! I love the look of embossed paper! I’m really enjoying the new Spellbinders M-Bossabilities™ folders. Each one has two different embossing patterns!   I used EL-002 Regal M-Bossabilities on this card.

I centered the cardstock on the pattern from side to side. I’m embossing with my cardstock at a right angle to the folder because the pattern matches the scalloped edge better that way.  I’ve used 2 pieces of painter’s masking tape to mark the side to side placement. I’ve aligned the bottom edge so that I can see the embossing folder through the top holes only in the Dots pattern. I used 2 small pieces of removable tape at the top to keep it in place. Remove painter’s tape before embossing.

To use the M-Bossabilities folder in the Grand Calibur machine, I use the A-Base Plate, M-Bossabilities folder and the raspberry D-Adapter Plate. (Sometimes I use the pink B – Embossing Plate in place of the A- Base Plate if my paper is thick or I want a less defined pattern.)

Here you can see the wonderful embossed pattern! It fits so well with the decorative edge!

I threaded the silk ribbon through a darning needle to thread it through the top holes. Before taping the ends to the back, I added the dark pink scalloped edge piece. Then I glued the ribbon ends in back.  I adhered it to the card.
Here’s the completed card front without medallion!

Now, I’ll show you the medallion! It’s really easy!

These are all the pieces needed:
S5-111 Angle Approach #3 and another center cut and embossed on pink side of paper
S5-111 Angle Approach #2 cut and embossed on green side of paper
S4-126 Classic Squares SM #4 and S4-354 Splendid Circles # 3 and 4 cut and embossed from light pink cardstock

Double sided paper works so well for these “Cut-Fold-Tuck” shapes!

I like to fold all the edges that will be tucked first. Then I tuck them all.

I’ve made all the folds on both the square and star shape. I’ve also snipped out the center of the star shape and trimmed off the connecting paper. I’ll use it on top along with the second center shown on the side.

Next, I tucked all the folded pieces.

I’ve layered the star shape onto the light pink Splendid Circle. The square Angle Approach is first layered onto a light pink square and then onto the smaller Splendid Circle. I used the pink square first so all the open pattern would show pink through it. The Splendid Circle isn’t quite big enough to add color to all the corners. I’ve layered the 2 centers, one green side up and outside one with pink side up, and fastened with a Glue Dot.  I added a pink pearl to the center.

The finished medallion! The square is fastened with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Squares. I used a Mini Glue Dot for the center.
Add it to the card front to finish it!

Card Supplies:
Spellbinders Products:
E8-014 Classic Decorative Inserts Six - Dots
E8-008 Classic Edges Two – Triple Scallop
EL-002 Regal M-Bossabilities Folder
S4-354 Splendid Circles #3, 4
S5-111 Angle Approach #2, 3
S4-128 Classic Squares SM #4
GC-001 Grand Calibur® Machine
Cardstock pieces needed:
White cardstock – 9 x 6 ½”
Bazzill Spring Breeze (green) –5/8 x 4 ½” and 4 ½ x 5 ½”
Bazzil Chablis (dk. pink) – 3/8 x 4 ½”
Bazzill Prismatics Iced Pink – 1 ½ x 4 ½”
KaiserCraft Mini Clear Stamp set – Occasions
KaiserCraft Chanteuse Eco paper
Want2Scrap Pearls – Pink
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – 3D Foam Squares
Glue Dots – Mini Glue Dots
Olive Green Ink
Pink Silk Ribbon

Do you really want to know how to make the box, too???

Okay….here goes!

I’ll start with the box itself first.

I cut and embossed one LF-007 Hexagon Envelope of green cardstock and one of pink cardstock.   I added Scor-Tape to the flaps of the pink one for the box bottom.

I cut 2 – 2 ¼ x 7” strips of green cardstock. I scored each one at 2 ¼”, 4 ½” and 6 ¾”, which leaves a ¼” flap. I folded all score lines. I glued the 2 strips together with the ¼” flaps to form my box walls.

I set this onto the pink hexagon base and fastened all the sides with the Scor-Tape.  I’ve distressed the edges a little bit with Pumice Stone ink before assembling it.

The box top is held together with little circles cut with a die template from S5-072 Blossom Tags and Accents. (Tip: The little circle from S4-354 Splendid Circles could be used instead.) These are cut from the green side of the KaiserCraft Eco paper.   I’ve rubbed on a little Pumice Stone ink on all the edges of the top, too.

I placed the box top on the bottom and put a rubber band around the top edge to hold it together. I added the little circles with Memory Glue Dots. Once all the circles were in place, I took the box top off and pressed each circle firmly in place. I added a medium pink pearl to the center of each circle.

Now, we’ve come to the most involved part!!!

The dimensional Angle Approach piece for the top! It takes a little patience to make the folds. After that, it’s not too hard!

These are the pieces needed. You can see the dimensional piece is already folded and shaped. I’ll take you through those steps next.

I’m switching colors for this step! I forgot to take photos as I made the piece I used on the box so I recreated the steps in a different color paper. I didn’t have enough of the pink and green.

The dimensional shape starts with 2 - Angle Approach #3 shapes folded and glued together. I removed the center from both just as I did for the card. I also scored from each point across to the other point all around the shape. The top shape is scored in the photo.

I folded all the angle pieces up just as for the card. I did not tuck them!

I also folded the “tuck” piece down. Hard to explain that in words! The open angle is folded up and the sold part is folded down on the score line. I did this on both shapes.

I cut each one apart.   Next I matched 2 points together on top and folded it along the bottom.  There’s one done in this photo, lower right corner. The points are together on top. I repeated this all around for each one.

Both pieces are folded and ready to glue. I lapped a point on each end to glue them together. I cut off the under open angle piece so it wasn’t double thick.

Now it forms a circle again.

Now I’m back to the actual box photos!

To assemble the box top, I cut and embossed a light pink Splendid Circles #4. I centered the #2 Splendid Circles die template on it and traced the center opening with a pencil. This will be my guide when I glue the medallion on.

I used craft glue in a ring about ¼” from the drawn circle. Beacon Craft Glue works great for gluing as it sets up fast! I laid the dimensional Angle Approach circle on the glue and squished it smaller so the center aligned with the pencil line. I arranged it as even as possible, and held it in place until the glue set up.

The assembly of the square Angle Approach for on top is the same as for the card (see above). To fasten it to the box, I used a stack of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – 3D Foam Squares (3 or 4) in the center.

Voila! It’s done.

Box Supplies:
Spellbinders Products:
S4-354 Splendid Circles #3, 4
S5-111 Angle Approach #2, 3
LF-007 Hexagon Envelope
S5-072 Blossom Tags and Accents
S4-128 Classic Squares SM #4
GC-001 Grand Calibur® Machine
Other supplies:
Bazzill Spring Breeze
Bazzil Chablis
Bazzill Prismatics Iced Pink
KaiserCraft Chanteuse Eco paper
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – 3D Foam Squares
Glue Dots – Mini Glue Dots
Want2Scrap Pearls – Pink
Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape
Beacon Craft Glue
Pumice Stone ink

Here's another card that’s similar in design yet totally different in color. There are 2 - S5-111 Angle Approach shapes that make up the medallion on this card. Can you pick them out?

I’ll post directions for this card soon.

Thank you so much for getting this far on this post!!! It’s a long one!

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96 comments: said...

Wonderful work you did! love the medallion and your box!

Judi Markel said...

Love your projects, they are awesome. TFS

Kathy said...

WOW! Beautiful work as usual.

Marisa Job said...

You did a great job! Love the hexagon box!!!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! Stunning projects!

Becky said...

Gorgeous projects, love that box.

Sylvia Blum said...

ohhh... wonderful work, Judy!
Love your box and the card.. everything is so adorable! And the bi-color effect is just gorgeous!
Sylvia xx

kathy s said...

WOW- you blow me away- these projects are amazing and the dies look like fun

Hellma said...

Great cards and projects, another to the list.

Sabrina said...

I`m almost speachless!! Your projects are amazing and inspiring! And the dies...they`re spectacular!!! I can hardly wait to get them. For now they`ll have to go on my wish list though.

Astrid Maclean said...

Unbelievable project Judy, the cards are amazing and the box just made my mouth fall open.

These new dies are incredible!!

Lana Clarke said...

Beautiful and inspiring projects xx


Your projects are amazing, i love how you made that box!! Thanks for sharing how you made it!! I am a new follower

loftylass said...

Gorgeous dies and stunning projects.tfs
Heather (UK)

Unknown said...

WOW beautiful box, loving these dies!!

JaniceA said...

Thank you for showing us step by step how your wonderful project went together because it look very hard but you made it look really easy. Beautiful work and great dies!

Maryann Laursen said...

You did such an amazing job here especially on the box, which I just absolutely love, but also both these cards are sooooo great and well done.
These dies here are just sooo awesome and you girls have really shown us some great use of them all.

famillemarleau said...

Very beautiful projects. I love them. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

Golda said...

Wow! Love these.

JPScraps said...

The card and box are fantastic!

Marge said...

As always, your projects are absolutely AMAZING, Judy!!! Thanks so much for sharing all the details.

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Judy!! Wonderful projects they look like a quilted blanket how they interlock. What an imagination you have:)

CraftyJo said...

wow - such complicated work and absolutely stunning.

KAY LONG said...

Beautiful Job Judy! Love all the opportunities the new dies and M Bossibilities offer. Thank your for sharing you beautiful work.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Beautiful projects.

Luv 2 Create said...

Stunning projects Judy. Everything was so cleverly thought out. Great use of all dies used. Love that the edgeabilities interchange with the embossing folders as well. Gorgeous results.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Beautiful projects, Judy!!!! Love how you created an even more detailed flower on the box!! Clever lady!!! See you soon!!!!

Candy's Creations Blog said...

Wow! Your work is outstanding! I love the box!

lisa808 said...

Your box and cards are gorgeous.

Tarnished Rose said...

Awesome. Love all your projects, especially the box.


Marisa said...

Fabulous use of the dies and a great little box!

Barbara Colbert said...

Wonderful wonderful projects!! What you did with those dies!

Jackie said...

Wow, gorgeous projects - you went above and beyond with these!

snowbear said...

Your cards and your box were all stunning!!! What great dies ...

Marina said...

Awesome projects! Loved the set of box and card.

Conniecrafter said...

Both cards are Lovely, such pretty threading of the ribbon in the first. That box is gorgeous and just love the side details too!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Amazing projects, I love the box.

Rachel B. said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

Dawnll said...

The details are amazing on this project!!!
Thank you for sharing "all" the steps-love to see how things are put together.
I am loving this new Fold and tuck idea.

Yogi said...

fabulous. Love the 3D cut/fold ornament. The cream/gold card is so pretty. And a mother will love the box and matching card. Fabulous

Lea L. said...


Cindy H. said...

Wow, what gorgeous projects!! Thanks for the instructions. Love these new dies.

Pamela Haskin said...

Incredible! I'm loving the cut-fold-tuck dies!

Kathy said...

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! Your work with these amazing dies is just the instructions, too!

smahrty said...

Judy, these are amazing, such great instructions and photos too! thank you so much for sharing your talents

Caroline D. said...

your projects are amazing! love that box!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Wow! Fantastic projects Judy. Especially love the box! The new dies are awesome!

Colleen said...

Gorgeous projects you have done.
That little box is darling.
Thank You for all the instructions on the 'how-to's. '

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Projects!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing.

sandra collis said...

great work you ar so telented

Sheri said...

WOW! The edges, embossing and that dimensional flower are AWESOME together! So many possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration ;-)

Jan Castle said...

Oh soooooopretty!

Melissa E. said...

Wow! That box is fabulous! You made these new Spellbinder dies shine!! I'm bookmarking your site and will be back for future posts.

BarbaraW said...

Judy, Your projects are awesome. Love what you did.

Ravengirl said...

Such a cute project!

Ally said...

Wow! I am just blown away by all these new products - so amazing and fun. Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects today to introduce the new items. Beautifully done! ;-)

Cathy A said...

Such a beautiful box and card, thanks for showing such detailed instructions.

Cheryl Bux said...

WOW...your work is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to try these dies!

Dawn B. said...

Love these projects! Stunning! I'm really wanting the cut/ fold dies!!

Farida Rone said...

OMG!!! Love those projects. Thanks for sharing.

Clare said...

Your work is simply amazing! Those cut fold dies look hard to use! Beautiful work!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done Judy! Everything looks so polished and dainty! You've pulled together a stunning ensemble!

eyes2theocean said...

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that box. You did a truly wonderful job on it. These dies just keep getting better and better, Love it!

littlen said...

beautiful work. really like the cut, tuck, fold dies. must get some of those asap.

GRANNY said...

All I can say is WOW!!! LOVE those dies! Of course your beautiful work makes it more special

Kathy Jones said...

WOW!!! These are just incredible!!!

Tona said...

Fantastic projects!

Kelly Sas said...

Ah my goodness! These are amazing dies! I LOVE your gift box.

Swedie said...

Great creativity with the box and the way you did the top! Love the medallions!


Karen L K said...

Such beautiful things you created! Those fold and tuck dies are such a great idea and your projects showed the use of them so well.

Trisha said...

Wow, your projects are just amazing. How incredibly detailed these new dies are. Thanks so much for such detailed instructions.

mommyx2 said...

omgoodness, the dies, the cards, the box, the folds - awesome!!! I love everything!!!

Melissa @ M Miranda Creations said...

This is incredible. I was blown away with your innovation with the box, but then you went and made the coolest looking rosette I have ever seen. These new dies are incredible! Thanks for your tutorial as well!

Kathy said...

I love the way you match the embossing to the pattern of the bottom edge, Judy...your projects are gorgeous!

Pat Jandacek said...

You outdid yourself and we appreciate it! The colors used are favorites of mine. Gorgeous card and box design. TFS

StacyC said...

Beautiful work... TFS...

Carol L said...

I am simply amazed and fascinated with that little box you created and how these new dies make the decoration for the top! It's divine!! SO are the cards you've made too! I love it all!

Teresa Arsenault said...

Judy, all of your projects are over the top gorgeous. I love how you threaded the ribbon on your first card.

These new dies and folders are incredible. Thanks for introducing them.

Con said...

Wow - What inspired you? you did a tremendous job on your projects! so much detail. They were beautiful!!! I look forward to seeing more of your work;)

Polished Moxie said...

All I can say is WOW! Thank you for sharing.

Suzane said...

That medallion is soooooooo pretty. A must have.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous projects! I really love those edge dies and how they add so much elegance too!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow! You have gone above and beyond amazing! All of your projects are fabulous! Thanks and God Bless!

SueB said...

great stuff ... thanx for the photo tutorial!

Lynn said...

Those dies are just so awesome..I love your cards and the box is just so adorable. TFS

Lynn said...

Those dies are just so awesome and your cards and that box are absolutely lovely. TFS

Ann said...

Wow oh wow! THESE are soo incredibly awesome! Love your projects.

Kim. said...

Oh wow these are absolutely gorgeous. Love each and every one of these.
Kim xXx

Debra Miller said...


Scrappycath said...

Oh. My. Word. My jaw is on the ground! Your card and box are simply amazing!!

Andrea said...

Love these dies. They remind me of my old Lace'templates. I love that you don't have to do all of that intricate cutting with a craft knife!! Your box is just beautiful!! Thanks for the beautiful ideas!

Beastybunny said...

These new dies are fabulous! And your projects are fantastic. Great work!

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

Stunning projects. I could see where it could get a little addictive playing with these dies. You came up with some fabulous ways to use them. I also have to say that the deep emboss I am seeing on your card from the M-Bossabilities is very impressive!
Another fun and informative visit to your blog - thanks!

Debbie Olson said...

Judy, you did a *magnificent* job!!

Lynne said...

What a gorgeous box and cards and the tutorial. You made it all look so very easy and made up in minutes but I bet you spent hours at first getting it right. The folds look so intricate but just fabulous all made up. Thank you for showing it