Friday, January 28, 2011

Treat Basket


Spellbinders™:  S4-168 Large Labels; S4-242 Big Scalloped Borderabilities Petite; S7-014 Classic Lace Border Grand; LF-190 Grand Labels Four; My Mind's Eye (Green Houndstooth, Pink Floral Lush,) Melissa Francis – Pattern Paper; Clearsnap  -Colorbox Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink; Creative Impressions, White Bits of Bling Pearls;

Goodmorning!  I am working on my last project before CHA.  Wish I could show you.  They will be at the Spellbinders booth so stop by if you get a chance!

Spring is around the corner and Easter will be here in the blink of an eye!  So, I thought I’d share with you this little treat basket I made a while back.  Although it looks very springy, you could create a similar project for Valentine’s day.  Cutting out a Grand Labels Four die template (#6, #1 being the smallest,)  I was able to score two lines in the middle about an inch apart and fold it up to create this cute basket!  I added S4-168 Large Labels to the side to finish off the ends.

We’ve had some fabulous sunshine here!  Oh, it’s been sooooo wonderful!!  Here’s hoping for a warm February! 

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Blessings on your day!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wonderful Winter Memories

I promised a few photos of our Christmas and trip to Canada.  Not sure when we’ll get a chance to do that again.  It sure was special!

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Christmas morning…oh yeah.  He was pretty happy about Lego Universe!

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Toothless grin…love it!

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There wasn’t a lot of snow in town (above photos) although the hills were steep!  So, we went way up in the mountains.  It was so much fun!


Hiking the long hill to the top.  Thank goodness for strong brothers who are so willing to entertain nieces and nephews.  *inserting very big grin*


Right about here, my battery died so I didn’t get any fabulous shots of their very cool run that they made!  When will I ever learn??


We had a nice warm cabin near by so we could sip hot chocolate and get ready for another round!


Special thanks to Mom and Dad for hosting special memories in their home; like this one with Grandma Great!

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View from parents back yard.  The lake wasn’t frozen over but we did go ice skating inside!  I don’t have those photos yet.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our adventure! 


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spellbinders Labels Twenty Frame Card



Now that some of the new die templates have been revealed, I can share some of the things of created. And just wait until CHA rolls around in another two weeks. There are many more to drool over! LOL I created a frame on this card using the Spellbinders S5-026 Labels Twenty and cutting out a S5-023 Mega Ovals LG (#2.) I then added glitter to the edges and adhered a cream background. I also created my own flower embellishment using the S5-050 Rose Creations. I can’t even tell you how many things I’ve used this new die template for. I LOVE it! The sentiment stamp I used is from Gina K Designs.

I hope you all enjoyed the Spellbinders blog frenzy. I just wanted to say how very much I really, really appreciate every one of the comments you left.

Hope you've been inspired!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spellbinders™ "To Die For!!" Winter Release Day 8


Spellbinders Paper Arts
"To Die For!!"
Winter Release
Blog Frenzy
January 10 – 18, 2011

Welcome to the eighth day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts "To Die For!!" Winter Release Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts’ has been working hard to bring you another selection the most innovated and beautiful die templates in the world. The To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month. The To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy is from January 10 - 18, featuring 16 fabulous Designers and prizes To DIE For!!

  • Win today’s new die templates!
  • Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day from each blog!
  • One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days!
  • Each contest is open for 48 hours to enter the contest!
  • You have until 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time January 19, 2011 to enter my contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules before entering so that your entry will be valid!

These are the Designers and their contest dates:

January 10

Debbie Olson

Donna Salazar

January 11

Kazan Clark

Judy Hayes

January 12

Becca Feeken

AJ Otto

January 13

Sherry Cheever

Deborah Young

January 14

Latisha Yoast

Mona Pendleton

January 15

Linda Duke

Gina Hanson

January 16

Kimberly Crawford

Ashley Cannon Newell

January 17

Heidi Blankenship

Julie Overby

Daily contest winners are randomly chosen from valid entries, as stated in the Official Rules. The 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.

Entrants that send valid contest entry emails to each of the contests will be automatically considered for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $800, and includes Spellbinders CHA Winter 2011 release die templates revealed in the Spellbinders To DIE For!! Winter Release Blog Frenzy and a Grand Calibur™ die cutting/embossing machine!

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

I’m thrilled to share LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven and S4-323 Ribbon Tags Trio Two die template with you. The Grand Labels Eleven has 6 die templates that graduate in size to over 7”, continuing the shape and proportion of the original die template, S4-246 Labels Eleven.

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1. Cut/emboss LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven #6 (#1 being the smallest) out of gold foil paper and layer one on top of the other with 1/2 inch overlap showing. Cut/emboss pattern paper using the same die template. Adhere onto gold foil paper. Using black cardstock, cut/emboss LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven (#4) and center on pattern paper.

2. Using S5-027 Labels Twenty-One #5 die template, cut/emboss coordinating pattern paper with a strip on the left side. Adhere to center. Add trim.

3. Cut/emboss/ink a Rectangle S4-323 Ribbon Tags Trio Two die template and string ribbon through each and tape to center.

4. Cut/emboss S5-032 Elegant Posts and glue under tag.

5. To create flower, cut/emboss a S5-050 Rose Creations die template and using a foam dot, layer on top of a S5-049 Carnation Creations die template. Add pearl and chipboard ‘Family’ piece to finish embellishing cover.

6. To create the pages inside, stamp twelve calendars and twelve journaling blocks. Cut/emboss twelve black LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven #6.

7. Cut twelve rectangular pattern paper strips and glue them to the left side of twelve coordinating pattern papers.

8. Lay down photo, calendar and journaling block to map out where the border needs to be cut. Tape #5 LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven die template in place and cut/emboss.

9. Mount them on the black die cuts.

10. Cut/emboss/ink S4-322 Grommet Tags and S4-323 Ribbon Tags Trio Two die templates. Add stickers to create title of month. Embellish ends of tags with lace through the ribbon slots or brads.

11. Use a Bind-It-All machine and wire to bind it together.

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Spellbinders: GC-001 Grand Calibur, LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven, S4-323 Ribbon Tags Trio Two, S4-322 Grommet Tags, S5-027 Labels Twenty-One, S5-032 Elegant Posts, S5-050 Rose Creations, S5-049 Carnation Creations; Cardstock – WorldWin; Pattern Paper - Teresa Collins (Noel: Black Damask, Tags & Borders, Red Dots, Stripes, Red Damask); October Afternoon (Seaside: Seashells); Jillibean Soup - Talk Soup (Cup of Yak); Crate Paper- Restoration (Fringe) Adhesive - SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L (3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner); Glue Dots; Ink - Clearsnap (Colorbox - Chestnut Roan); Stickers – October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin Studios; Binding machine - Zutter (Bind-It-All and wires) - Zutter

By turning the LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven die template vertical, you can create a simple and elegant card.

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Spellbinders: GC-001 Grand Calibur; LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven; S4-323 Ribbon Tags Trio Two; Cardstock – WorldWin, Bazzill; Pattern Paper - Teresa Collins (Noel: Black Damask;) Crate Paper - Restoration (Heirloom); Stamp - Waltzing Mouse (Seasons of Love; Black Pearls - Queen and Co.; Ink - Clearsnap (Colorbox - Chestnut Roan)

This is the Spellbinders product I introduced:


Grand Labels Eleven
SKU# LF-246
MSRP $49.99
1. 3½ x 5″
2: 4 x 5½″
3: 4½ x 6 ¼″
4: 5 x 7″
5: 5½ x 7¾″
6: 6 x 7⅜″


Ribbon Tags Trio Two
SKU# S4-323
MSRP $19.99
1: Ornate: 4 x 2″
2: Oval: 4 x 2⅛″
3: Rectangle: 4 x 1⅝″

Click here for the Spellbinders Paper Arts To DIE For!! Winter Release Rules.

TO ENTER MY CONTEST: (Contest is open for entries from 12:01 am January 17th to 12:01 am January 19th Central Standard Time)

1) Send your email entry to: (either click the link or type the address into your email program)

2) The subject must be Grand Labels Eleven and Ribbon Tags Trio Two.

3) Send!

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!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Queen of Personality Layout

June layout

Supplies: Die Templates – Spellbinders™: S4-158 Sunflower Set Two; S4-193 Peony; S4-200 Flower Bouquet; S4-232 Blossom Two; S4-240 Lotus Borderabilities® Petite; S4-242 Big Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite; S4-290 Labels Fourteen; S4-293 Lacey Circles; S7-017 On The Vine Border Grand; Cardstock – Worldwin Pattern Paper – Collage Press; Stickers - Pink Paislee , American Crafts;  Rub-ons – Glitz Designs;  Pearls – Kaiser Crafts

Lots of my blogger friends like to post their top 10 favorite layouts or cards from the last year, at the beginning of January.  A lot (most) of my favorite ones are not ones that I can share yet.  I’m so glad that I can post about this one though!  My youngest is such a ham in front of the camera!  I’m loving right now her ‘toothless’ look.  Both her front teeth are gone and they are both barely coming in right about the same time!  These photos are ‘back in the days’ of the  baby teeth.  he he…Next week after my blog frezny post, I’ll get Christmas Vacation photos up.  They are too cute! 

Speaking of blog frenzy…have you seen the amazing projects that have been posted so far???  The best part about it is not having to keep the cool new die templates a secret any longer!!  Well, some of them at least!  You can click here to find out which designers had todays reveal for the Spellbinders Paper Arts To Die For!! Winter Release Frenzy.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!!  Anybody have any new favorites yet?  How about any other sneak peak favorites??  I want to know what you think! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Stacey!


It’s a really big day with lots of excitement!  First off, I wanted to say Happy Birthday to Stacey Caron, owner of Spellbinders™ Paper Arts.  A few of us designers made a card for her and you can find the rest listed on the Spellbinders Blog.  Stacey is one of the sweetest, hardworking, dedicated, sincere and fun people I know.  It’s been such an honor to stand behind her and her husband Jeff as they continue to grow their company in leaps and bounds.  Thank you Stacey for so much you have given to me over the last few years.  I will never forget showing up at CHA as sick as could be and being blown away by your ‘over the top’ support and kindness.   You’re the best!

But wait…there’s more!  Later today on the Spellbinders blog, you will also find some very exciting news!!  The top 40 finalists are being announced today!  Good luck to all those who applied.


Die Templates – S4-242 Big Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S3-146 Butterflies Two, S4-114 Standard Circles LG; Pattern Paper – SEI; Cardstock – Worldwin'; Stamp – Gina K Designs; Pearls – Kaiser Crafts

Only a few days left until the blog frenzy and you’ll start some sneaks of these amazing new sets.  I love this time of year, right before CHA.  It’s so exciting to see what’s right around the corner for so many different manufactures.  I will be on the look out for sure. 

Have a spectacular day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Spellbinders™ Just for You Card

Happy New year!!

Our family took a trip to Canada and had the most amazing time!  As soon as I can choose and edit a few out of my 4oo photos, I will try and share!  There were so many ‘firsts’ for the kids; it was such a memorable trip. 

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Today I have a fun announcement to make!  Spellbinders Paper Arts next blog frenzy is right around the corner! 

I’ve had lots of opportunity to play around with these new designs and they truly are to. DIE. FOR. Just sayin…….

I wish I could share with you some of the fun things I’ve created and in a few short days I will be able to.  For now, here is a card that I designed with some of the newer die templates from the last release.  The flower in the middle was created with the LF-111 Grand Scalloped Oval.  Here is what else I used:

S4-291 Labels Fifteen;  LF-126 Grand Squares; LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares, Pattern Paper - Cosmo Cricket: Early Bird Mini Deck ; Pink Paislee: Bayberry Cottage; Worldwin Papers, Ivory, Kraft Treasures Cardstock; Gina K Designs, Lovely Labels 2 Stamp; Creative Impressions, White Bits of Bling Pearls; KaiserCraft, Brown Trim; Glue Dots, Memory Book Glue Dot, Ribbon – Lilybean Paperie; Grey Hat Pin- Maya Road

I’m so glad you stopped by.  I pray that 2011 has started out with a fantastic beginning! 


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