July 30, 2013

Holiday Party Favor Bag

I love a Holiday table decorated in tones of gold and beautiful creamy neutrals.  Send your guests home with a delightful memory of an evening filled with celebration.  Not only is this bag easy to put together but a little goes a long way.   I used glitter and beautiful intricate die templates to create an ornate gift bag that will show your guests how much you appreciate them.

Filigree Corner Die

I cut the gold background using the beautiful die template from JustRite Papercraft called Filigree Corner Die.  The set comes with two different size dies - I cut the larger corner die template twice to form the detailed gold square background on my panel.  

The stunning layered snowflake is from Spellbinders.  This set is called 2013 Snowflake Pendant and is available to order through the Spellbinders online store.

The sentiment is also a stamp from JustRite Papercraft.  It is called Christmas Vintage Labels Four.  I stamped the sentiment onto gold cardstock and embossed the lettering. 

Once again the JustRite team have come together to show you beautiful ways to use the die template and stamp sets.  Here is your inspiration list:

Thank you so much for joining me today.  It is beautiful & warm in Colorado but there is something quite nice and refreshing about starting to think about the Holidays :)   Have fun creating today.


July 28, 2013

Faberge Egg Inspired

Lacey Tier Die Template from JustRite Papercraft

I love the beautiful ornate designs on the world famous Faberge Eggs.  When I first looked at the intricate design on the Lacey Tier die template from the custom JustRite Papercraft Spellbinders collection I immediately sought inspiration from those magnificent eggs.

Not only are the designs intricate and detailed but the colors contrast against one another in magical jewel tones.  I love how the light blue and gold show together.  This exotic color combination reminds me of ancient middle eastern kingdoms.  This card could be easily recreated for so many occasions including Christmas, Anniversary, Birthday, Housewarming - virtually anything!!!  

Making the card was super easy - the base and circle detail were all cut from gold card stock.  The outside square detail was cut from white card stock.  I matted the inner panel on light blue and added small and larger gold gemstones for added fabulousness.

The JustRite team have all come together to bring you tons of inspiration on how to use this beautiful die template.  Be sure to click on the links below to visit each ones blog:

 JustRite Inspiration
Becca Feeken
Kathy Jones
Kristi Schurr
Kellie Fortin
Michele Kovack 
Darsie Bruno
Marisa  Job  
Angela Barkhouse 
Kazan Clark
Barb Schram
Heidi Blankenship

So much fun and inspiration all on one day!  Enjoy the release :)


July 16, 2013

Spellbinders Shape It Up Sneak Peek and Giveaway - Day 6

Welcome to the final day of Spellbinders Shape It Up Sneak Peek and Giveaway.  I know you all, just like me, have been amazed by the extrodinary gorgeous Spellbinders products being revealed and of course enjoyed the variety of inspiration offered by so many talented designers.

Today is the final day and time for me to share with you my two projects - created with the brand new and incredibly divine:

                                       Cindy’s Card Creator S5-194 Pearl Effects die templates

Remember to enter to stand a chance to win!!!

Supply List

Spellinders Grand Calibur Machine
Cindy’s Card Creator S5-194 Pearl Effects
Copic Markers
Glitter cardstock, white cardstock, thread, foam adhesive squares, ribbon

Basic Shaped Card Tutorial

The following tutorial demonstrates how to make a basic shaped card using Spellbinders Die Templates.  These steps can be applied to any die template that has a regular or irregular shape. 

1.  Select a die template with an interesting border to create a shaped card.  I used the largest rectangle die from Cindy’s Card Creator S5-194 Pearl Effects set

2. Create a card base from cardstock.  Position the folded edge of the card base so that the cutting edge of the die template slightly overlaps the fold (Tip:  I like to tape down the sides of the card to the die to hold it in place). 

3. Cut the card using the Grand Calibur Machine.  Important to note here that we are cutting through two pieces of cardstock (both sides of the card base).  Depending on the details of the die it may be necessary to run the sandwich through twice.

4. I sometimes like to create a panel, cut from specialty paper like glitter card stock, for the front of my card.  Simply cut a single layer using the same die template and adhere it to the front of the card base.

Window Panel How-To

When I am not mailing a card I like to add dimension by raising parts of the elements on the card with foam squares and embellish with ribbons, buttons etc.  The little rectangular panel on my card is slightly raised over the stamped image.  Here's what I did:

1. First cut/emboss a shape using a smaller die template than the card base. I used a smaller rectangular shape from Cindy’s Card Creator S5-194 Pearl Effects set

2.  To cut the window I used a basic rectangle die template from the A-2 Matting Basics A set.  They were designed to coordinate perfectly with new Card Creator series...(love using my older die templates with my new ones!)

3. I stamped my flower image onto white cardstock and colored it in with my Copic markes.  The sentiment is slightly raised with a foam adhesive and I hand stitched around my stamped image for interest.

4.  Assembling the decorative panel is easy.  First I tied a bow around my card base.  Next I adhered my stamped image to the front of the card.  Finally I positioned my rectangular window over the stamped image and adhered it to the card with tiny foam adhesives in each corner.  Voila!  We have tons of dimension on a pretty little shaped card :)

{Project Two}

I love the versatility of Spellbinders die templates.   I used the Cindy’s Card Creator S5-194 Pearl Effects as embellishments for this mini framed scrapbook page.  

This project was repurposing at it's best ...I purchased a white frame from a thrift shop, removed the dated image and created a mini page with an image of my daughter, Alex. 

Now for your chance to win our fabulous giveaway.  This is the last day to enter :)


We'll be choosing two winners to receive the brand new products released  today! At the end of the week we'll choose a Grand Prize Winner who will receive all the new products shown during the sneak peek and a brand new die cutting machine! How awesome is that!?

{Enter Here Now!}

For additional information and contest rules please visit Here.
 Questions? calexander@spellbinders.us No entries will be accepted at this email address. 

My very talented and dear friend Darsie Bruno has a project on her blog too.  Be sure to stop by for additional opportunities to win :)

Thank you so much  for spending part of your day with me today.  I hope you are just as inspired to try new projects with our new die templates as well as incorporating them with our much loved older sets.  
Leave me a comment here and let me know what you think.  I always love hearing from you.


July 12, 2013

Traditional Cardinal Christmas Card

I know it seems like I dropped off the face of the earth but here I am with a project!  Surprise... Actually it did feel like I had landed on Mars for a while.  Our little family did one of the Big 5 - we moved!  We  sold our house just south of Denver and moved just north of Denver and it only took us 2 months LOL.    We have semi-settled down but still have a ton of boxes to unpack....

My craft room looks a mess but I really wanted to get back to doing what I love - and that's creating.  When Kellie from JustRite inquired if I was back to normal I responded eagerly with a little white lie...Yes I am back to normal - meaning I am ready to create but No totally not back to normal meaning my life is crazy but I am ready to create :)  I think the skype video call kinda gave that away ;)

Sooo I dug out a few favorite supplies and created my first project in months....this is my very traditional Christmas card using two of JustRite's newest releases.  The cardinal, which I colored with my Copic markers and fussy cut belongs to this stamp:

I used the Cardinal image and the oval from this stamp set but decided to use another background for my card.  I achieved the beautiful intricate design by stamping and embossing the background stamp onto craft colored cardstock.  This background stamp set is set for release in August, so technically this is a little sneak peek for ya :) but...if you really want it you can find it here:

Now I know you are eager to see more ways to use this set - as well as sneaks on our other new releases.  The JustRite team has worked hard to bring you these fine projects:

Angela Barkhouse 
Marisa JobBarb SchramMargie Higuchi 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  It really feels good to be back.  See you soon.