January 30, 2012

Lion Cubs Are Just Too Cute!

I love scrapbooking and jump at the opportunity to create a layout using fab new products.  I made this page using my new paper from Momenta.   These beautiful designs come from a generous paper pad called Chloes Garden Pyramid pad.  The embellishments are also from Momenta so head on over to get the product details if you likey :)

These pictures were taken last year when we visited South Africa.  The White Lion Sanctuary allows visitors to pet lion cubs.  We want to seriously own one - for real. They are THE cutest little creatures ever!

Today this Monday started out pretty good with me ready to tackle my weekly chores with vigor and enthusiasm!  Alas here I sit, in the car repair shop, waiting to hear the diagnosis of my breaks.  I am told metal sounding on metal is indeed not a good thing.

I hope your Monday is going a tad better than mine :)

January 27, 2012

Circus Fun & Free Stickers!

Dressing up plain kraft gift bags is one of my all time favorite craft projects to do.  This is a Birthday set  I made using Momenta products.  It was so quick and easy to put together because all those fun embellishments are bright dimensional stickers from Momenta.  I have a tutorial for the bag & tag on today's Momenta Blog post titled:

There are also ongoing promotions on the Momenta blog with opportunities to win fabby prizes or get FREE stuff!!!!!  

{Free Stickers}

One of the fabulous products from Momenta are a variety of printable stickers called Design Your Own Sticker.  Creating custom craft products is quick and easy with their DESIGN YOUR OWN products. All you need is a home printer and Internet connection. Simply place a blank sticker sheet in your printer, browse the Momenta web site to select the color and pattern you prefer, then print! 

Here's a quick video tutorial from Momenta on how they work

U.S. and Canadian residents, all you have to do to get your free stickers is email Momenta at social@mymomenta.com with your name and postal/mailing address.  Momenta will send out a random sticker set for you to play with for free!  Whaahooooo.

I am having a crazy busy day (again!) but look forward to some crafty time this afternoon.  Happy Crafting.


January 21, 2012

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Valentines Card

For today's Spellbinders Blog Post I made this Valentines Card using the brand new Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder debuting at CHA at the end of the month.  I am totally impressed with the deep embossed impression and the lovely designs on each folder!  Oh did I mention the BEST part...Each Embossing folder has two different embossing sides - that's double the value!!!!

Here is a quick video tutorial that will give you more information about this card...

We have more fun surprises lined up for you at Spellbinders Paper Arts so be sure to stop by often.  Have a great Saturday - ours is going to be super busy!  AND I really want to get some crafting in too.  Okay let me get at it. See you soon.


January 13, 2012

Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy Day 3

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy!

The entry window for the
Spellbinders Paper Arts contest on this blog has ended.
Don't forget that you still have time to enter
at the blogs listed on the Spellbinders blog. Thank you!

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.

Win today’s new Spellbinders products! 
Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day, see the schedule below!

Enter my Blog Frenzy from 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) January 14, 2012 until 11:59 pm January 15, 2012. 

Today’s participating Blog Frenzy designers are:

*Kazan Clark*
  Shanna Vineyard
Tonya Dirk

You can enter yesterday’s participating blogs, Becca Feeken, Julianna Hudgins and Julie Overby through January 14 at 11:59 pm EST.  See the Spellbinders Blog for the complete schedule of designers and contest rules.

Thank you Spellbinders Paper Arts for sponsoring this contest! 

Here are the new dies I am introducing:

S4-353 Labels Twenty-Four
MSRP: $24.99
1.  3/4"
2.  1 7/8"
3.  2 7/8"
4.  4"
5.  5 1/4"

E8-008 Classic Edges Two
MSRP: $19.99
  • Classic Bracket Edge: 1/4 x 8"
  • Classic Triple Scallop Edge: 1/4 x 8"
  • Classic Petal Edge: 1/4 x 8"
E8-011 Classic Decorative Inserts Three
MSRP: $19.99
  • Six Petal Flower: 1 x 8"
  • Pointed Edge: 1 x 8"
  • Triple Scallop: 7/8 x 8"
Spellbinders Paper Arts Supplies:
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur
    ® Die Cutting Machine
  • S4-353 Labels Twenty-Four
  • E8-008 Classic Edges Two
  • E8-011 Classic Decorative Inserts Three
Cross Promotional Partners:
Cardstock, buttons, embroidery floss

{Decorative Border How-To}
  1. I started by making my card base by folding the white cardstock in half.  Cut a panel from blue paper to fit the front of the card.
  2. Position Spellbinders Edgeabilities® Pointed Edge Decorative Insert and Classic Petal Edge die templates on the patterned paper.  Once satisfied on the placement, flip the die templates over and secure them with repositioning tape (so that the cut side of the die template is on the paper). Cut/emboss using the Grand Calibur machine.
  3. Before matting the patterned paper on white cardstock, lay the paper down and position the Classic Petal Edge die template on the white cardstock so that it fits alongside the cut edge on the patterned paper.  Secure the edge, cut side down, to the white cardstock and cut using the Grand Calibur machine.  Adhere both the patterned paper and white cardstock panels to the front of the card.
{Design Tip}
I love how intricate these new Decorative Insert die templates are which means I can get beautiful detailed areas that are not only cut out but also embossed.  If some sections don't cut on the first pass through the Grand Calibur machine simply add a paper or cardstock shim to that area and run it through the Grand Calibur machine again, then emboss for a beautiful and intricate design.  

{Die Template Frame How-To}
  1. To make a frame embellishment simply nest Labels Twenty-Four #3 and #4 (Where #1 is the smallest) die templates on a piece of cardstock with the cut side facing down.  Secure both die templates with repositioning tape to the cardstock and cut with the Grand Calibur machine.

{Dimensional Frame How-To}
  1. To achieve a shiny and dimensional frame I applied a thick layer of Beacon Adhesive's Ornament Icing.  Once dry it resembles an epoxy embellisment. 
  2. Cut a Labels Twenty-Four shape for the frame backing.  Assemble the frame and embellish with buttons, glitter heart shape and wire swirls.
Assemble the card and adhere elements using 3D Foam Squares and Glue Dots.  Hand stitch a decorative border and finish by applying the rub-on sentiment.

For this project I used today's debuting die templates but in a slightly different way.  Although I used the same Edgeabilities Pointed Edge decorative insert, I paired it up with a different edge called Classic Triple Scallop Edge from Edgeabilities Classic Edges Two die templates to cut the blue border from Graphic 45 paper.

I also used the Classic Bracket Edge die template, paired with a coordinating stamp to create the colored borders above and below my flower.  The stamp is from JustRite Stampers and it is called Cast All Your Cares.

I cut the flower from WorldWin Paper's Classic Linen Cardstock using my Labels Twenty-Four die template.  I cut 3 nesting shapes from the cardstock and then scored them in the corners and points.  After folding along the scored lines I secured my flower to my wall sconce with a corduroy brad from Nikki Sivils.

By entering the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy you agree to the Official Rules. For questions on the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy, send an email to contestquestions@spellbinders.us (no entries will be accepted at this email address).


My blog is open for entries from 12:00 am, January 14, 2012, until 11:59 pm, January 15, 2012, EST.

  1. Send your Blog Frenzy email entry to: Entries for this Blog are now closed.
  2. The subject must be:  S4-353 Labels Twenty-Four, E8-008 Classic Edges Two and E8-011 Classic Decorative Inserts Three 
  3. Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their Blog Frenzy dates!

Daily winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the blog frenzy’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.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each and every Blog Frenzy within its designated time period, send your entries from the email address for each entry. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1900 and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die cutting and embossing templates released at the 2012 Winter CHA show, and a Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

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Win with Momenta and Glue Arts

Today's Momenta Blog post is my first as a Design Team member for this manufacturer.  The company teamed up with Glue Arts and together they are celebrating a promotional week!  Of course there are prizes to be won too.  All you have to do is follow leave a comment on the 

and you could be the lucky winner of a fab prize package :) 

{Spellbinders Frenzy}

The Spellbinders blog frenzy: Abilities and Beyond! is in full swing.  Head on over the 

for details on how to win BIG over there too!  Then I hope to see you all back here at Midnight (EST) to see the NEW die templates I am revealing.  They are uber gorgeous!  


January 11, 2012

A Masculine Card for a CHA Sneak

This has to be my favorite new release stamp set from JustRite Stampers and the last day of our first round of CHA sneak peeks.  This beautiful nautically themed set is called:

The set consists of 9 deeply etched red rubber cling stamps and they were designed to coordinate with S4-246 Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two die templates!  

I don't know about you guys but I honestly struggle with making masculine cards.  My poor husband always gets a boy card from me that does not quite live up to the more girly cards that I give to friends.  This set however, is going to change that!  There is just something about sea horses that is so endearing *sigh*.... I really love this set and can't wait for all the men in my life to celebrate a birthday or something!!!  Thank goodness men are not into showing off cards they get otherwise my Husband, Dad, Brother and Father in Law may question the similarities in all their cards!!  Good thing each one of them lives at least a continent away from each other too!

The background pattern is also a stamp from JustRite!  It is called Scrolled Vine Background Stamp which I colored with my Copic markers.

You are going to love what the other designers have done with this set.  I am so inspired to make my Colorado home all beachified with this set :) Here are your links...

This has been so much fun but the week still has lots more in store for us.  Mark your calendars to check in on Friday because I have a Momenta Blog post where you can win Prizes AND the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy also starts this week - and you know those are some awesome prizes too!!  Yikes.  Feels like Christmas in January right?! - Love it!


January 10, 2012

CHA Sneak Starburst Medallion

I love this new set that JustRite Stampers is releasing at CHA!  It has all the elements of a vintage quilt yet can be adapted to fit any theme or occasion.  It's called:

This set includes 9 cling stamps.  The images are deeply etched red rubber which results in a very crisp and clear stamped image  This set also Coordinates with JustRite Custom Die JB-10020 Nested Medallion Label Dies.

I made the shaped card using Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle die template and added bling to my Starburst from Want2Scrap.   Now for some fabulous creations from the rest of the JustRite Team...

{JustRite Inspiration}

Now if you have liked what you have seen so far you are going to LOVE tomorrow's reveal.  I think, personally, JustRite has saved the best for last...

See you Wed :)

January 9, 2012

CHA Sneak's are Warm & Cozy

JustRite Stampers continues this week with their CHA Sneaks.  Today's reveal is a stamp set called:

The set consists of 7 Cling stamps.  Each stamp is made from deeply etched Red Rubber (which gives a really clear stamped image - even on finer detailed lines - LOVE that!) 
These stamps also coordinate with JustRites custom Spellbinders die template set called 

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Want2Scrap Bling, Cosmo Cricket Paper and Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant.

Here is a line-up of the JustRite team working their magic with this fun and versatile stamp set.  Enjoy!

{JustRite Inspiration}

I hope you are enjoying all these sneaks. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for yet another fun reveal!  Have a great Monday :)


January 5, 2012

CHA Sneak Stamps & Custom Spellbinders Dies

Aren't you just loving all these CHA sneeks?  I am!  Especially when you get to see how everyone on the Design team has interpreted each day's stamp set!  I love looking through the blogs and gathering inspiration to use my stamps in different ways - CHA sneak time is definitely exciting...

Well I think today's reveal is going to excite you too!  The stamp set is called

and coordinates beautifully with JustRite's custom Spellbinders die set called Nested Medallion Label Dies.  On this card I stamped and embossed the Medallion design and then die cut the image using the Nested Medallion Label.  The sentiment is also stamped and embossed and that die cut shape is from Spellbinders Parisian Accents Motifs die template set - fits perfectly on my Medallion Label huh!  The rest is scrap paper and bling that I had in my stash, including glitter paper from Best Creation Inc (love their uber thick & densely coated glitter cardstock)

Now I am sure you are thinking where you can see more right?? Without further adieu here is your...

{JustRite Inspiration}

There is more to share during the rest of this week so don't go far :) Wouldn't want you to miss out on a thing!