Friday, July 30, 2010

Mint Motif - Cake Shoppe Too Disguised!

Supplies: Stamp: Mint Motif - Cake Shoppe Too (available exclusively at i{heart} Squeeze Punch - Fiskars (Seal of Approval LG,) Pattern Paper - October Afternoon (Thrift Shoppe,) Ink - Ranger, Versa Magic, Ribbon - May Arts

It's my birthday today and we will be starting on our journey home. As great as this vacation has been, it's always nice to arrive back to your own home. To celebrate I wanted to have a bit of a giveaway. No photo of the RAK because I don't have access to my scraproom but I'll find something when I get back for one of my readers. You'll have until Sunday 9 pm EST to post.

I actually made this card for a Fiskars challenge. It's challenge # 11 for the online crop on the Fiskateer board that started Wednesday. This challenge was to use a stamp to create a back ground and then punch it out. I decided to get creative with my Mint Motif stamps. I used Cake Shoppe Too in a non traditional way. I stamped the background with polka dots and then used my Fiskars Seal of Approval Squeeze punch to created these flowers. I also used one of the 'cake' stamps to create the scalloped yellow boarder that's under the red October Afternoon paper. I love using products in a creative way that it wasn't intended for. What about you, have you ever tried using a product for other than what it was meant for?

Well, I'm off to pack and hit the road. I can't believe that CHA is wrapping up as well. Can't wait to see all the new products hit the shelves!

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Trip to Paradise!

Here are some random, unedited photos our trip so far. The weather has been amazing. We are surrounded in beauty. The kids are obviously having a blast! Littlest munchkin learned how to swim and is going crazy off the diving board. So much fun! So sad that we are leaving soon. The time always flies by.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur


I can finally announce the fantastic news about the new Spellbinders products!  I’m so very excited about the  Spellbinders GRAND CALIBUR!  It’s a large format die cutting and embossing machine!  And Spellbinders is coming out with Large Format die templates that cut up to 8.5”.  There are 3 geometric shapes, 3 scalloped geometric shapes and 2 labels called Grand Nestabilities.  They are fabulous!  I have been blessed to be among the first to create with these beauties and I will be sharing  some projects soon!  If you are at CHA, be sure to visit Booth 1423 to see it in real life and to be inspired by the artwork displayed.  You can also read more about it on the Spellbinders Site.

Monday, July 26, 2010

You Are a Dear Friend

You are a dear friend

Good Monday morning!  It’s an exciting week in the craft world!  I can’t wait to be sharing some exciting things later this week after CHA gets into full swing!  This card here is one I made with some Teresa Collins product a while back.  I did some fussy cutting to layer the flourish over the red paper.  The Spellbinders double ended tag is a perfect fit for this sentiment!

Have you been taking a look at all the sneaks that so many manufactures have been posting?  I’ve been following VERY closely and I’d have to say that once again Pink Paislee is one of the companies that comes out at the top for me in the category of consumables!  How about you?  What new products are you seeing that you love?

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Christmas in July!


Hi there!  Can’t wait to tell you all about our quick trip to the coast.  Later.  LOL  Right now, I just wanted to share a short post of this  simple card I put together real quick with the scraps I had left over after creating my hanging ornament.  I love the vintage feel of this Collage Press paper.  I cut and embossed the Spellbinders #S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornament and backed it with cardstock.  Sometimes fast and elegant is what you need to get a bunch of Christmas cards done! 

I’ll try to have some updates and photos soon!  Have a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Card Tower

 Hi everyone!  We have slowly made our way up the Western Coast and are now visiting my family in Beautiful British Columbia!  I know I will have amazing photos to share and I have some really fun ones from the wedding. 

For all of you locals, I wanted to share  about what I did before I left.  This Debby Mum’s Card stand was given to me and I was able to alter it and take it to the Antique store in Newport so I could  sell my cards!  I’m so excited to finally have that done because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. 

I also wanted to tell you about a great opportunity from an amazing company:
Get ready to bring your craft to a whole new level! If you want to know what the big news is BEFORE anyone else… be sure you’ve signed up at!
If you register your email address here before July 25th, you’ll get a special pre-show announcement one day before the CHA Trade Show opens!! One lucky person that signs up between now and July 25th will be chosen at random to win $50 (msrp) of SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ products (winner announced on our blog August 2nd)!

If you are looking for the winner of the Mint Motif stamp set, Kimberly has announced it on her blog (the winner wasn’t selected from my blog.)

Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Spellbinders™ Heirloom Ornament Card Tutorial

I wanted to give a tutorial on how to create this card that I made using the Spellbinders #S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornament that I posted a few days ago.  Some of you were was asking how to just make a window with the die template so this answer those questions as well.

Blog Frenzy shot ornament

step 1

1)  Find the different types of pattern paper you want to use and cut them into various widths.

Step 3

2)  Glue them down on a scrap piece of cardstock.

Step 4

3)  Line up ornament die template to where you want it cut.  Tape it down so it doesn’t slip. 

Step 5

4)  Flip die template over so cut side is up and cut/emboss image.

step 6

5)  Using the same size die template, center it on the inside of your card on the left; CUT SIDE DOWN….tape.


6)  Wrap your card around the magnetic plate so that the die is under the paper, cut side up.  Cut/emboss.  Step 7

This way it won’t cut the back side, just a window in the front.

Step six and half

7)  To create a gold frame, line up the die template that you used with your pattern paper and the next size up and tape it to gold fold.  Cut/emboss with cut side up and gold foil facing down.

8)  After cutting frame, adhere it to red paper and trim with scissors close to the edge to add an extra frame.  Adhere to front of card where opening is. 

Step 8

9)  Place the small ornament that was created with the pattern paper inside the opening on the inner flap so that you can line up where it’s supposed to go on the other side.  Leaving it there, add foam squares.  With adhesive ready, close the card and press firmly so that it adheres into place.   Step 9

10)  Stamp sentiment, line it up with Spellbinders Double Ended Tag and cut/emboss.  Use pop dots to adhere.

I hope this has been helpful!  I wanted to share a few photos from the other side of my ornament.  I have three children so I created it to have three sides and my son was the lucky one who made it for the reveal! 



(For instructions and supply list click here.)

If you are not aware of the reveals going on, let me tell you about all the excitement!  Spellbinders is having big Blog Frenzy to show off some of their new die templates that will be debuting at CHA.  There is still lots of inspiration to come and more prizes to be won!  You can read more about it in this post. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mint Motif Reveal

Congratulations 3

Supplies:  Stamps:  Mint Motif (Cake Shoppe, Cake Shoppe Too); Pattern Paper:  Pink Paislee (365 Degrees), Collage Press;  Die Template: Spellbinders Labels Eleven;  Flowers:  Prima;  Stickles:  Ranger;  Crystals – Taylor Expressions; Ink – Clearsnap (Colorbox)

It’s so fun to be able to introduce to you another dual set of Mint Motif’s that is just being revealed today.  The first set is called Cake Shoppe and is full of endless possibilities!  Both of these sets are available exlusively at i{heart}

But the second set called Cake Shoppe Too is just icing on the cake when it comes to all the possibilities!  (he he…sorry for the pun….it’s late!)  This set provides an extra layer, a topper, a candle and more sentiments!  These are so fun to create with.  I know you are going to love them!  It’s hard to tell in the photo but I smeared some Ranger Stickles to the surface of mine to add some shimmer!

My family is headed to a family wedding this weekend.  Thinking ahead to that and creating this card reminded me of all the hustle and bustle before my wedding.  I tried to create my card to represent what my cake looked like.  It was the absolutely YUMMIEST ever, and beautiful too!  My Mom worked so hard at making it because I desperately wanted to have an Italian Cream Cake.  There is just simply no better tasting cake.  Then my Aunt jumped in and did the final touches with decorating it.  What precious memories. 

So, do you have a favorite cake?  I’d love to hear what kind it is!  I’ve not yet tried one that is better than this family, secret recipe!  Nope…not going to share!  LOL  You could probably google it though!  LOL

Check out what the rest of the designers created with these sets!  One lucky person who leaves a comment will be randomly drawn by Kimberly to win both of these sets!

Charlene Austin

Geny Cassady

Julie Overby (you are here)

Latisha Yoast

Kazan Clark

Kimberly Crawford blog

I will be posting the instructions for my card from the previous post in the next few days.  Also, today is day 2 for the Big Event that Spellbinders is putting on.  Be sure to stop these blogs for a peek at what is being released at CHA and for some amazing inspiration!

July 14

Glad you were here…have a blessed day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Spellbinders™ Big Event!!



Blog Frenzy

July 13-20, 2010

Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event!

The BIG Event is Spellbinders™ Paper Arts’ way of introducing some really exciting new products! This season’s BIG Event is from July 13-20, incorporating 16 fabulous Designers, and you could win BIG!

· Win today’s new die templates!

· Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day from each blog!

· You may enter once from each blog on the designated days!

· Each contest is open for 48 hours to enter the contest!

· You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time July 14, 2010 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:

July 13

July 14

July 15 

July 16

July 17

July 18 

July 19

July 20

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 $700, and includes Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release die templates, Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release punch templates and a Presto Punch™ machine!

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

I’m thrilled to share

2010 Heirloom Ornament

with you...

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Here are some instructions on how you can use these Nestabilities® to create some of your own homemade ornaments.

First step shot 

1)  Use gold foil cardstock to cut and emboss S4- 283  2010 Heirloom Ornament #5 (#1 is the smallest.)

Step shot one one 

2) Using the S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite die template, emboss image across all three gold ornaments.

Step shot one two

Step Shot two

3)  Center a S4-248 Labels Thirteen die template (#3)over the foil  and the flip it so the cut side is facing up.  (I have it shown facing down so you can see where to center it and place a tiny piece of tape to be sure it stays in the right spot when I flip it over.

4)  Cut and emboss a #4 2010 Heirloom Ornament out of pattern paper three times.

Step Shot three

5)  Once again, center S4-248 Labels Thirteen #3 on the pattern paper, and after lining it up, cut and emboss it.

Step shot four

6)  After inking all the die templates, layer them on the gold foil ornaments and adhere trim to the edge of window. 

Step shot 55555 

7)  Adhere photos to back of window.

8)  Using liquid adhesive, glue the edges of the foil die templates  together.

9)  Sew a piece of thread through the top and add bow, buttons and tinsel to embellish.

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Supplies:  Spellbinders W-001 Wizard Embossing and Die Cutting System;  S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornament, S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities Petite, S4-248 Labels Thirteen;  Metallic Gold Foil Cardstock – World Win; Pattern Paper – Collage Press; Ink – ClearSnap (Colorbox – Chestnut Roan;) Pins – Maya Road; Tinsel – Webster’s Pages; Adhesive, Ribbon – MemreMare’s Shop; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L (Foam Dots,) Zip Dry Liquid Adhesive

I also have a card that I created using the S4 – 283 2010 Heirloom Ornament and metallic gold foil paper.  In just a few days, I will be sharing some more step shots on how I created this Merry Christmas card.

Blog Frenzy shot ornament

 Blog Frenzy shot ornament 2

Supplies:  Spellbinders W-001 Wizard Embossing and Die Cutting System; S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornament; S3- 149 Double Ended Tags; Cardstock – World Win;  Red Gem – Creative Impressions; Pattern Paper – My Mind’s Eye (Lush;) Rhinestones – KaiserCraft

This is the Spellbinders product I introduced:




  S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornament

MSRP is $24.99


1: 5/8 x 7/8"
2: 1 1/4 x 1 3/4"
3: 2 1/8 x 2 7/8"
4: 2 7/8 x 4"
5: 3 3/4 x 5 1/8"

For the official Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event rules, click here.

(Contest is open for entries from July 13th to 11:59 p.m. EST July 14.)

******this contest is now closed*******

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 my blog and good luck!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thinking of You card

Thinking of you 5

Supplies:  Pattern Paper – October Afternoon, Die Templates - Spellbinders™ (S4-242 Bg Scallped Borderabilites® Petite,  S5-006 Curved Rectangles) Trim – May Arts, Pins – Maya Road, Stamps – Mint Motif, Gina K Designs, Tim Holtz

I hope you are all enjoying your July as much as I am!  I’ve decided this is most definitely my favorite month.  There’s so many things love!  The warm weather is a given for me and when it actually gets hot, I just love it!  I also love lazy mornings with the kids where can make a big breakfast together and eat it without being in a hurry to go anywhere.  Love that!  This week we’ll be getting ready for our trip to Canada.  It’s a definite highlight of the year and this year will be no exception.  We will have one big ol’ adorable doggy with us this time which may change things just a bit! 

I wanted to point out that my sentiment is a Mint Motif stamp that I only inked the bottom three words of.  I needed it to fit nicely in my oval so I just decided to eliminate the first word which was ‘just’ by not inking it at all.  Just a lil’ tip for ya!

I’m so happy you dropped by to see my creation today!  On July 13th all the excitement begins with the Spellbinders™ Big Event and I will be one of the first designers to reveal an absolutely gorgeous die template.  I’m giddy with anticipation to hear people’s reactions about all the fabulous new die templates that will be shown.  There is going to be some serious inspiration happening during this blog frenzy!  Also there are major prizes involved!  If you want to see the list of designers and read more about the event, you can check it out on the Spellbinders blog here.

Thanks you so much for stopping by.  Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mint Motif Cake Shoppe Sneak Peek

Cake Shoppe

Supplies:  Stamps – Mint Motif (Cake Shoppe AVAILABLE at July 14th,) Pattern Paper – October Afternoon (Thrift Shop,   Artisan Elements – Pink Paislee,)  Spica Glitter Pens – Copic, Ink – Memento, Pearls – KaiserCrafts

Kimberly has come up with  two of the most creative sets of stamps for the next Mint Motif release.  Cake Shoppe and Cake Shoppe, Too.  Today is just a sneak peek and if you get a chance to visit some of the other designers blogs, you will have a chance to see some of the other images that come with these sweet deals! 

My card was made exclusively with the Cake Shoppe set.  I stamped it on craft cardstock, colored it with my very sparkly Copics (hard to see the glimmer in the photo) and then cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it.  I’m sure  I gained 10 pounds creating with these different images, just dreaming of what the yummy frosting would taste like in real life! 

The Best Wishes sentiment is also part of the set.  July 14th will be the full reveal when you can see what else each set comes with.

Mint Motif DT Blogs

Charlene Austin

Geny Cassady

Julie Overby (you are here)

Latisha Yoast

Kazan Clark

Kimberly Crawford blog

I’m so glad you came by to take a peek today! 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Well…hello! I have exciting Spellbinders™ News!


Hello!  Hope you are having a fantastic day!  I have some exciting news but I wanted to first share a bit about my card.  The pattern paper is from October Afternoon Thrift Shop.  Oh…I’ve waited a long time to play with this paper!  It’s so fun and even includes the sheet music as pattern paper.  It’s darling.  The color scheme in this entire line is absolutely fabulous as well.  It lines right up with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger for this week.  Check out this gorgeous photo they have on their blog.

Pleasing Palette from Country Home

There’s still time to play along with the Moxie Fab Tuesday trigger.  You can read more details here.

I didn’t use roses on my card (although I adore roses!) because I wanted to try out these awesome stamps.  What’s so cool about these amazing stamps is that they fit inside the Spellbinders™  Peony die template.  The Peony stamp is from Heartfelt Creations.  Fun stuff!

What I’ve been anxious to tell you about is the BIG event coming up just around the corner!  Starting on July 13 and lasting until July 20 there will be one big blog party!  Eight days of amazing inspiration from the Design Team who will be creating with the die templates that will be revealed at CHA summer.  And of course, there will be prizes involved!  I can hardly wait!

I also wanted to mention that all the Mint Motif stamps have sold out at I {heart} papers, but they will be getting more in!  They have a notify email link with the stamps in the store. If you click on the stamps (Very Square Sentiments), you can click to get an email telling you when the stamps are back in stock.


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