July 27, 2009

Bitten by the Bug Blog Hop & Candy

I am so glad to be back designing again for Bitten by the Bug.  I took a little break over the summer but now things are moving forward full force.  This week the BBTB Design Team all worked with the super cute Couple cut from the Going Places cart.  The other Designers all did an awesome job with this cut which you can see here: Bitten By the Bug
This week a few of the Designers from Bitten by the Bug are participating in a Blog Hop.  It is a fun way for you all to get to know our blogs and get some yummy Blog Candy along the way.  I am giving away some cute embellishments for your cards or pages.  All you need to do to win is leave me a comment here before you hop on over to Michele Kovak's Blog.  I will randomly pick a winner for my Blog Candy on Sunday.
I hope you all have a fantastic week.  I will be checking in here from CHA Orlando - yay! Will post pictures when I get back!

July 23, 2009

CHA Countdown

CHA Orlando
I am super excited to be attending CHA Orlando this year.  The Spellbinders Girls and I will be working hard in the Spellbinders Booth to bring you all the latest and greatest.  Hope to see you there...

July 19, 2009

Stampbord - sweet!

Oh boy did I have fun playing with Ampersand Art's Stampbord for 2 Sketches 4 You this week!  This is such an awesome product that is so versatile that you can basically do anything on it with amazing results.  The absorbent, clay coated wood surface gives a clean, pristine image when you stamp or use rub-ons and the tools make carving and etching super easy and fun.  I am hooked on Stampbord AND you can even drill into the wood backing to create jewelry - wow!  The possibilities are endless...
For my clipboard project I used 4 pieces of Stampbord.  I hauled out my precious Copic Markers and created the glowing background.  Next I applied the rub-on butterflies and then etched into the Stampbord to create the white highlights.  The rest is pretty basic - a sentiment, bow and voila!  project complete.
I have not managed to play at Bitten by the Bug for a few weeks but the fabulous inspiration continues (without me *lol*).   This week the Designers all worked with the delicious Ice-Cream cone from the Indie Cart.  Yummy stuff ladies.  Hope to play along too next week :)
Crazy week ahead but all is good!

July 11, 2009

Spellbinders 2009 CHA Summer Releases!

Spellbinders Introduces:

Sneak Peeks on CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies!

July 9 – July 22, 2009


Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us.

Welcome to the fourth day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU! 

From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates! You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post. This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows! Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 12th, 2009 11:59 pm EST to enter Karen  Hunsaker’s  blog HERE and until July 13th, 2009 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

7/9 Debbie Olson

7/10 Michelle Wooderson

7/11 Karen Hunsaker

7//12 Kazan Clark  (You are Here)

7/13 Linda Duke

7/14 Heidi Blankenship

7/15 Kimberly Crawford

7/16 Julie Overby

7/17 Sherry Cheever

7/18 Debbie Seyer

7/19 Lesa Rapp

7/20 Becca Feeken

7/21 Jennifer Davis

7/22 Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize. Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.


My fabulous Spellbinders Reveal die templates are …Drum roll please:


         S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2


The set comes with 3 beautiful Tags.  Each tag is so different and so versatile that you will find yourself reaching for them over and over again on your projects.

I would like to share with you today two cards that I made using the Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die templates and one tutorial if you would like to make one for yourself


Seasons Greeting

To make this card you will need the following supplies:

Spellbinders die templates:

s4-208 In-Spades Pendant and S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2

Cardstock: Dark Brown and White

Patterned Paper: 2 Sheets (I used Basic Grey solid and stripe)

Vintage image: Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets

Eyelets and a Rub-on sentiment



Step 1


Make the base of your card by cutting and folding the brown cardstock so that your card is 6x6.  Cut the stripe patterned paper into a square measuring 5 1/8 x 5 1/8”.  Mount the square onto white paper and trim so that if forms a neat border.  Mount the squares on red solid patterned paper to form a second border and adhere all to the front of your card.


Using the Spellbinders S4-208 In Spades die template and your Wizard, cut/emboss two Pendants from White Cardstock.


Step 2:



Using the oval tag  from Spellbinders S4-234  Ribbon Tag Trio 2  die templates, cut/emboss a tag, from the brown cardstock.


Step 3:



Position the oval tag  from Spellbinders  S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die template, cut side down, over the image.  Secure with a small piece of removable tape.   Flip the die template and image over and emboss using the Wizard and the Spellbinders Embossing Mat.  Carefully trim the image around the embossed edge.  Adhere the image to the cut/embossed brown Oval Tag.


Step 4:


Cut/emboss/stencil the Rectangular Tag from the s4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die templates.  Trim a ¾” wide trip of red paper and thread through either side of the tag’s openings.  I personally love that these tags have larger openings to accommodate wider ribbon or paper and make for easier threading.  Adhere the tag and paper strips to your card with large eyelets on either side.  Stack one s4-208 In Spades Pendant die cut on top of another using a foam dot.


Step 5:

Trim two pieces of solid paper to form banner points.  Fold slightly for dimension and thread through the side openings of the Oval Ribbon Tag.  Adhere completed oval ribbon tag to the center of the In-Spades Pendant with a foam dot.

The following is another card I made featuring Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die templates

Spellbinders Die Templates:

S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2

I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley

S4-229 Labels 5  

Ribbon Tag Trio 2 Die Templates


S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2

 MSRP $19.99


2 5/8” x 1 ½”


Rectangle Long

3 3/8” x 1”


Rectangle Short

 2 3/8” x 1 ½”



Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from July 9th through July 22nd and plan accordingly.

Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the CHA Blog Frenzy Grand Prize must enter all 14 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:

*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.

*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.

*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications

other than to contact the winner.

*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage SpellbindersPaperArts.com and sign up for their newsletter.

Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy drawing

Click on the following to enter my contest: 



For more Spellbinders new product release information go to: http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/new

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail to: ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us


Thank you for visiting and good luck!

July 8, 2009

Starving Artistamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Starving Artistamps New Release Blog Hop. I am excited to share with you the newest DoodleFactory release Classic Decor. The entire Starving Artistamps Design Team and a few lucky others (wink) all created projects using the new line. Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop because one of the Designers participating in the Hop will give away a complete collection of new Classic Deco release as blog candy! (could be me...).
For those of you that have been hopping along from Starving Artistamps your next stop after me will be
Tracey Berkey's blog: Stamp-o-matic
Tracey has made some pretty impressive cards with the new Classic Deco Stamps - Enjoy!
If you want to start out on the Hop or missed a spot here is the Hop Schedule:
Donna Duquette from Dee's Studio
Juliana Swanson from Stampin with Inky Fingers
Donna Baker from Serenity in Stamping
Kathy Daume' from Pretty in Ink
Lori Tecler from Inking Aloud
Lydia Fiedler from Understand Blue
Andrea Cloutier from Andrea's Scraps
Natasha Trupp from Palm Trees & Pogo Sticks
Irene Silva from Doodle Factory
Dawn Mercedes from Amusing Musings & Things
Jenn McMillan from Confessions of a Stampaholic
Nina Aaslund from Krumelurer och konst
You are here: Kazan Clark from Nunu Toolies
Tracey Berkey from Stamp-o-Matic

for the next 3 days Starving Artistamps are offering a blog hop special.

Buy the complete classic decor stamps and sentiments collection
(both the classic decor stamp set and the coordinating classic decor sentiment set)
You can Find the Classic Decor Stamps HERE
The Classic Decor Sentiments HERE
I hope you enjoy the Hop - have fun & Good Luck

July 6, 2009

Mac Mae Card Kits!

I was so excited to work on the May Kit from Mac Mae  Card Kits for 2 Sketches 4 You.  Their paper and embellies are so well put together that making a Card (using a 2 Sketches 4 You Sketch of course) is a piece of cake.   They have so much product that you could easily make a bunch of cards or for that matter some pretty awesome scrapbook pages.   The 2 Sketches 4 You Design Team worked with the July, June Kits and all did an amazing job...AND here is the good news:
*Mac Mae Card Kits are offering a special on their July Kits AND a sale on their other kits!!!  Quite amazing stuff :) Details at 2S4Y*
I am spending the last week with my parents before they go back.  This is a bittersweet week for us - bitter because they are leaving but oh so sweet because I got to spend the most amazing time with them here in Colorado.  Oh boy living so far away from your family is NOT easy!
Soo here is wishing you a SWEET week too.