December 29, 2011

Yellow Rose Card, CHA Sneak and a Sale!

JustRite Stampers have fantastic new releases out right now and some CHA sneak peeks that are available for pre-ordering too.  They also have a retirement sale going on so let's get started with all the deets.

On today's card I used their brand new CHA 2012 stamp set called 

6" x 8" Set of 23 Clear stamps
•1 medallion
•9 decorative elements
•13 sentiments

This stamp set coordinates perfectly with JustRite's newest custom Spellbinders die template set called

Spellbinders™ Co-branded

Set of 5 custom dies

Coordinates with JustRite Cling Sets: CL-03535 Always And Forever Medallion Labels & CL-03545 Your Special Day Medallion Labels

Supplies: JustRite's With Sympathy Clear stamp set and Nested Oval Medallion Label Dies.  Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three die template and the Grand Calibur machine, Pink Paislee Paper, Copic Markers and Want2Scrap self adhesive bling.

To make this card I started out by stamping the rose image onto cardstock and coloring them with my Copic markers.  I stamped the image twice and then fussy cut portions of the second rose and adhered them to the first image with foam squares to give my flowers a lot more dimension.

I stamped my frame image onto white cardstock and positioned the JustRite/Spellbinders custom die template over the image and secured it with tape. After cutting/embossing the image with the Grand Calibur machine I stenciled over the stamped image with chalk pastels.  To create the frame I needed to remove the oval center which I carefully trimmed with a pair of scissors. After adhering the frame to yellow cardstock I adhered my yellow roses to the center.

My stamped roses might look a little different than the original image - that's because I trimmed the roses and adhered them to the frame in a way that would make them fit snuggly within the frame.  I also moved the leaves from the top of the image to the bottom stem. 

Would you like to see more divine inspiration using this set.  Take a peek at these talented JustRite Designers:

{JustRite Designer Inspiration}

{JustRite Retirement Sale}

$10 JustRite Original Retirement Sale going on right now!  
While supplies last take advantage of savings up to 75% off original prices!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you have time to get crafty these last few days of 2011.  

December 22, 2011

Etching on Glass ~ A Quick Craft Project

Here is a quick and easy craft project that you can accomplish in under an hour!  I etched into these wine glasses using an etching cream and Spellbinders die templates.  A fun way to spruce up your mismatched stemware or to give someone special a personalized gift :)

I have a tutorial on today's Spellbinders blog post:

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my friends, fellow bloggers and crafters a wonderful Christmas.  Here's wishing each and every one of you all the joy & magic of the Season.


December 12, 2011

Spellbinders that Glitter and Sparkle

This week on Spellbinders Blog post I have a video tutorial on how to make a shaped card using Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.  This time of year is so busy however even with all the hustle and bustle I still like to send out handmade cards.  I using the large cutting surface on the Grand Calibur I was able to whip this baby up in almost no time at all :)

{ Congrats!}


Please email me at  with your mailing address details so that I can get your issue of Sewing off to you! 

I hope your weekend was fabulous!  Ours was super busy so now I need to get this house back to normal for the week.  Have a good one.

December 8, 2011

Sewing on Projects & a Giveaway!

I love sewing on my projects - actually I hand stitch on my cards, scrapbook pages and mixed media projects.  I do own a sewing machine but am a bit intimidated to use it - is there someone in the Denver area that would be willing to show me how to use one?  *ha*!!!!  I created this little felt gift box ornament for the Spellbinders Blog post titled:  A Special Ornament for a very Special Tree.  I have a little tutorial on how I created the ornament too!

I was lucky enough to be published in this issue of Simply Handmade Sewing from Northridge Publishing.  It is filled with beautiful ideas to inspire you to get  that needle and thread out and get sewing!  I have an extra issue to giveaway to one lucky reader of my blog.  Leave me a comment here by Midnight Sunday December 11, 2011 (mst) and let me know some of the things you like to sew.  I will randomly select a winner and announce it here on Monday December 12!

Thanks for stopping by :)

November 28, 2011

Give Flight to Your Dreams

I love butterflies so when JustRite Stampers released their:

clear stamp set I was more than pleased!  I chose to make this card with this gorgeous striped ribbon and wove it into the top panel of the card which is adhered to the brown panel with foam squares.  This card is a little dimensional but not too bulky to mail ;)

The sentiment on this set "Give Flight to Your Dreams" is so beautiful and can be applied to so many occasions - I am thinking Grads, newly weds, moving, new job etc.  Love that!  It also fits in perfectly with Cath's challenge over at Moxie Fab World called:

I am having a busy Monday right after the long weekend and part of my to-do list is raking leaves - seems snow is on the way soon!  Hope your day is going well and that you have time to get your craft on.

November 19, 2011

Giving Leftovers the Respect they Deserve!

I realize that many of you, just like me, find this time of year so hectically busy that it is hard to keep up with all the homemade crafty goodies that you would LIKE to make - never mind those things you HAVE to make (read: Christmas cards!).  I created this project for today's Spellbinders Blog post to not add to the burden of crafting for the Holidays but rather to make it easier to create something fab in no time - hard to believe but true!

Leftovers are often times the neglected necessity at any special dinner party.  I love leftovers and Thanksgiving leftovers are by far my favorite to savor days after the big event.  I know many may identify with me as this situation arises: The meal comes to an end and I am left scrambling in my kitchen looking for the perfect size container to send home with my guests. Well this year I scramble no more!  I found these cute take-out containers in the deli section of my grocer (truth be told they sent me home with two to house little Mac&Cheese cups and I could not toss them.  Instead I went back for four more!).   Second scenario: Telling my guests to remember which container is theirs - problem all the containers are identical.  Hence my custom Lovely Labels for Leftovers tags were born.  Not only can I label each container with the person's name but I can also write a personalized note inside or list the contents with reheating instructions :)  Move over Martha!!!!

{Labels for Leftovers}
 Video Tutorial

For a full list of supplies for this project please visit the Spellbinders Blog.  Thanks for visiting today - I hope you have been inspired to give those delicious leftovers the special attention they deserve!


November 15, 2011

Win with Spellbinders and Crafters Home!

Spellbinders Paper Arts have fun prizes up for grabs in a special Crafters Home Blog Hop.  Three new die templates are being revealed each day and all you have to do to be eligible to win is hop along the participating designers blogs and leave comments!

This vintage inspired canvas is a project I made with Spellbinders new Dress Forms!  For details on how I made the canvas home decor piece and a list of participating designers simple visit the

Have fun & Good Luck :)

November 6, 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day 3!

Calling all crafters!  We've gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season.  This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

{Win Fab Prizes}

To sweeten the Hop, the fabulous sponsors are offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

Here is what you could win from Spellbinders!

Our assignment for this hop was to make something special that can be given as a gift, but that also did not break the bank either!  I chose to make a pendant using Spellbinders die templates and Clearsnap inks and added the little gift box as a special touch.  This project was easy to make and not expensive at all - here are the details:

Spellbinders Paper Arts Products:

Clearsnap Products
  • ColorBox Archival Dye Cat's Eye
  • Smooch
paperclay modeling material, velvet jewelry cord, round jewelry links, parchment paper, ultra thick craft  glaze

Place a small amount of paperclay modeling material between two s
heets of parchment paper.  Position the die template with the cut side up on the Base Plate A and lay your parchment paper over it and run it through the Grand Calibur Die Cutting machine.  Don't remove any paper from the cut image.  Allow the image t
o dry.  Decorate the image with ink products.  Use a pin tack to poke a small hole to thread a jewelry hoop through.

Using a paint brush adhere the ultra thick glaze to both sides of the image (do one side first and allow to dry thoroughly before completing the other side).  Cut/emboss box and lid and embellish with ink and Impressabilities die template.  

Cut the Impressabilities using a sharp pair of scissors to fit the box. Adhere the Impressabilities section using a small adhesive dot but allow the top part of the Impressabilities to be adhesive free.  When you place the lid on the box the sides of the lid can be tucked under the Impressabilities for a unique and secure clasp :)

Visit each blog on the list below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.   Be sure to visit the blogs from Day 1 and 2 of this hop to increase your chances of winning!!

Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art
*Kazan Clark  – Spellbinders*
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap
Grace Hester – The Twinery
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs
Nan Paturzo – Zutter
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper
Tamara Tripodi - Glue Arts
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery

I hope you were inspired to create something fabulous for your loved ones.  Thanks for visiting me today and good luck wining something fabulous!


October 27, 2011

A Wedding Card for a Special Couple

I made this wedding card for my Brother and his new wife, Amanda.  They got married just this past weekend in a beautiful ceremony in South Africa surrounded by friends and family from all over the world.   We are so happy to have been part of this special occasion and know that they will make each other blissfully happy for years and years to come.

The unconventional wedding cake image is a stamp from JustRite stampers brand new set called Topsy Turvy Cakes.  The set consists of a whole bunch of delicious cakes and sentiments that are sure to delight anyone celebrating a fabulous & fun occasion.

If you would like additional inspiration on this fabulous set simply visit the blogs of the JustRite Team

{Topsy Turvy Inspiration}

I thought I would end the post with a picture of the radiant couple :) I hope you enjoyed the fun and were inspired to create Topsy Turvy creations of your own.

October 17, 2011

Spellbinders and Unity Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to our TWO-day event!  

You should be joining me from Lisa Arana’s blog, if not then head to the beginning on the Unity Stamp Co. Blog.

With all the blog-swaps that are happening out there lately, I can't think of one more exciting than when the amazing women of SPELLBINDERS™ get together with the rock stars of UNITY STAMP COMPANY!

We can't wait to show you a special line of coordinating products featuring:

for Unity Stamp Co. rubber stamps!  


Not only are we thrilled to be collaborating on such a special 2-day event, but ONE of you will win ALL of the coordinating stamps and dies from the Samantha Walker collection! We will also have 1 winner each day from the comments that will receive 1 Samantha Walker stamp set and coordinating dies.

So be sure to enjoy our hop both days, leave comments on all of the blogs each day and check back to see if you won!

(winners will be posted on Wednesday, October 19th on the Unity Blog and Spellbinders Blog)

You all know how much I LOVE my gift bags.  Decorating a plain brown kraft bag and making it into something special and personal is so much fun.  I think I am slightly addicted to this fun crafting method ;) For today's project I used Spellbinders die templates and Unity stamps with and a few pieces of patterned paper - here are the deets:

Spellbinders Paper Arts Supplies:

Unity Stamp Company
  • Blossom Stackers (Samantha Walker)
Other: Pebble's Paper, Ribbon, Kraft Bag, The Girls Loft Paper.

Ready to see more gorgeous Unity and Spellbinders inspiration? Thought so :) Next up is Christi Snow’s blog Altered Ambitions. Enjoy!

I hope you are having just as much fun as I am on this hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment here before you move on for your chance at winning some fab prizes!  Have a wonderful Monday and remember tomorrow the awesomeness continues with Day 2 of this huge event!


October 12, 2011

A Wreath for Northridge Publishing's Create Blog...

Northridge Publishing's Create Blog recently featured a project I made for the Spellbinders Blog so I thought I would share it here with all of you.  I wanted a wreath that would carry me from Fall to Christmas and all the fun holidays in between.  I chose this rustic color palette together with Jillibean Soup paper and Spellbinders Anemone die templates for this mini wreath project

Thanks for stopping by today - Happy Hump Day!

October 6, 2011

Win with Paper Crafts Connection

This is a close-up view of my Snowflake Gift bag project that is published in the current issue of Paper Crafts Magazine issue called Holiday Cards on sale now...

I do have a sneak preview of this copy and let me tell you it is gorgeous!  There are so many ideas for the upcoming festive season from cards & tags to gift bags & ornaments.  Everything is handmade and reallllly beautiful.


Paper Crafts' blog called Paper Crafts Connection featured my gift bag and they are running a little giveaway to go along with their post.  To see a full size image of my project and to enter their giveaway visit the Paper Crafts Connection Blog.

See you all soon with more fun goodies to share.

October 4, 2011

Win with Spellbinders & go Double Duty with JustRite

I have a fun post to share today including an opportunity to win Spellbinders die templates! First up is my daughter's glittered Pumpkin.  On today's Spellbinders Blog post I show you how we created this pumpkin using Spellbinders die templates to cut out vinyl shapes to form a mask on the pumpkins.  I spray painted the pumpkins with glitter spray paint and decorated them with embellishments.

We are also celebrating Julie Overby, Holly Simoni and my 6 month Anniversary as Spellbloggers for Spellbinders Paper Arts.  Giveaways go hand in hand with Celebrations and we are giving away Spellbinders die templates to 3 lucky winners

{Win with Spellbinders}

For your chance to win a set of Spellbinders die templates simply leave me a comment on the Spellbinders Blog post.  Holly and Julie will also be hosting giveaways and together we will randomly select three winners who will each win a Spellbinders die template set - details on the Spellbinders blog!

{Double Duty Halloween with JustRite}


My daughters did such a wonderful job decorating their pumpkins and just like any proud mama I wanted to share their creations with the world!  It dawned on me that I could print out images of their works of art and incorporate them on Halloween cards - yup this mama is pleased as punch as I go Double Duty on my Halloween Decor!  

The sentiment on this card is JustRite stampers latest release font set.  I love the style of this font which is so versatile for any occasion. I am going to get serious milage out of this one!!!  The set is called:

 Each letter and number image is a separate stamp!  and there's more too.. this set consists of 107 clear stamps and they were designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Lg, Classic Ovals Sm, and Labels Eighteen.


JustRite Stampers:

Spellbinders Paper Arts:
{JustRite Inspiration}

JustRite Stampers is offering 30% off on Happy Halloween, Trick or Treat and Halloween Mini Sentiments.  They are also announcing the blog candy winner on the JustRite Inspiration Blog.  Whew now that's what I call a post!  Good luck entering the giveaway.  See you right back here soon.


Hi Rona - Thanks for your compliment and question.  The glitter paper is from a company called Best Creation.  The product is called Olive Green Glitter Cardstock (item # GCS025).  Hope that helps you out in your search :)