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A Birthday Card

I’ve got a post-n-run (or not run) today.  Here’s a birthday card I put together in a jiffy for Stacey Caron’s birthday on the Spellbinders Blog today.

The base is from Grand Squares, the distressed flower is newsprint patterned paper spritzed with Glimmer Mists, and the polka dot paper is from Fancy Pants Designs, Delicate Dots cut/embossed with Grand Scalloped Squares.  The Fancy Tag is the opposite side of the same paper.  The leaves were from leftover paper from my Altered Purse project on SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™’s Blog, and cut/embossed with On The Vine in my Grand Calibur™.

So when your 9-year-old nephew hassles you to post on the blog, (Sup, dawg?) you know you’ve been a little behind.  So I do apologize, Here are my top 10 excuses.

1. Holidays.

2. Crazy-busy CHA Prep with Spellbinders – don’t miss the Sneak Peeks next week!!  This is the BEST collection we’ve ever had.  Seriously!

3. Crazy-insane-busy big project with Spellbinders.

4. Hour long visits for Chiro/PT so I can get back on the treadmill and faster than 3.6.  Who knew I was so messed up? And could someone find my metabolism?

5. Did I mention crazy-busy?  Can I get some volunteers to un-deck the halls?  Or should I leave the Christmas trees up until February, like last year?

6. Mountains of laundry, organized unions of dust bunnies, and other random distracting items. No photos, too scary!

7. A new website for my blog.  Yeah, DH got me all set up and I started fussing and now I’m kinda stuck in decision-making paralysis on a few things. I know, just do it and keep fixing as I go along. When I get a spare moment of sanity, I will.  Be gentle on me!

8.  I just can’t decide on my OLW.  Not that I have made it past a few days, but it seems like a good idea.  So far “DUH” is the front-runner.

9. Couponing.  Is it worth the 2 hours of time setting up my store card, printing and clipping coupons, to spend another 2 hours in the store making sure I’ve got the right products and sizes, to save $15?  I love the thrill of saving $$, just not convinced its worth the effort or time involved.

10. Girlfriend.  She’s like 55 in dog years, according to the chart at the vet, but she is still acting like a silly puppy! Such an attention hog! But she’s not as fat as I expected (a round 58 lbs) while remaining significantly happy.



are you attending the BIG Event?

Just a reminder to check out Spellbinders BIG Event Blog Frenzy! 

You can still enter Tuesday’s blogs through Wednesday night.  Here’s the schedule to check out some of the new die templates:
July 13
Julie Overby
Debbie Olson

July 14
Judy Hayes
Latisha Yoast

July 15
AJ Otto
Kimberly Crawford

July 16
Becca Feeken
Linda Duke

July 17
Sherry Cheever
Deborah Young

July 18
Gina Hanson
Ashley Cannon Newell

July 19
Mona Pendleton
Heidi Blankenship

July 20
Keri Lee Sereika
Kazan Clark

Here are the rules.

You will LOVE the new products and the projects from this talented group!

I’ll be back shortly!


Flourishes Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be participating in the Flourishes Blog Hop!!

What do you get when you mix the beauty of stained glass images with the fabulous shapes of Spellbinders™ Nestabilities®? A fabulous new set from Flourishes called Beauty Within. This stamp set was designed to take the guess work out of cutting and trimming an elegant shape. With the help of S4-246 Labels Eleven and S4-248 Labels Thirteen, you can color to your heart’s content and then trim your image perfectly with these beautiful die templates. This set, designed by artist Becky Fleck, will be released first thing Friday morning! Would you like to win this set? Simply leave a comment on the Flourishes Blog and you’ll be in the running! Winners will be announced Saturday at 12 PM CST on the Flourishes Blog. 

Be sure to visit all the talented artist’s blogs!

Beth Pingry (here!)
Heidi Blankenship
Holly Simoni
Julie Koerber
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Margie Higuchi
Stacy Morgan

I decided to make a pendant with shrink plastic.

Stamp the rose image onto clear shrink plastic with black solvent ink.  Flip it over and color with Copics onto the other side so the markers don’t get contaminated with the ink.

Marker colors will be more intense when the piece is shrunken. (Hint: the markers don’t blend as well on a porous surface, so I colored each section with only one marker, after much experimentation.)

Align the S4-246 Labels Eleven #5 (the smallest is #1) onto the shrink plastic colored image.  Tape in place.  Cut in Spellbinders Wizard™.  I fed the sandwich twice to make sure it cut through the plastic.  Use a hole punch to make a hole if desired.  Shrink according to plastic manufacturer’s instructions.

This picture shows the end result, it shrunk from approximately 2.5 x 3.5″ to 1 x 1.5″.

The necklace is assembled by stringing plastic pearls along a sheer ribbon.  Attach a clasp at the end.  Place a jump ring on the pendant and attach to the ribbon between two pearls.

For the box, cut/emboss Labels Eleven #5 from blue cardstock.  Leave the paper inside the die template and airbrush a blue marker over the edge of the die template.  Cut/emboss white cardstock with Labels Eleven #4. Airbrush with a pink marker.  Stamp  “Beauty Lies Within” sentiment onto the pink Label. 

For the Rose, stamp the single Rose image twice with dye ink.  Color one image in simply, no blending necessary.  On the second, color and blend inks as desired.  Hand trim with scissors. Layer the “finished” Rose on top of the basic Rose image, and adhere with 3D Foam Squares.  Layer the Labels onto a box (I recycled one from a previous gift), wrap the box with ribbon and tie a bow.

I used the following supplies:

Spellbinders:  Wizard, S4-246 Labels Eleven die template
Flourishes: Beauty Within Stamp Set
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner®
Copic: R20, R22, R24, B21, B23, B24, G21, G24, G28
Tsukineko Jet Black Stazon® Solvent Ink, Tuxedo Black Momento™ Dye Ink
Shrink Plastic: Lucky Squirrel Clear
Cardstock: Worldwin Colormates Light Belgium Blue, White
Ribbon: Offray Sheerly Yours
Pearls: Bead Design Co.
Clasp: Metal Gallery

Thank you for visiting! Please leave me a comment, then go to the Flourishes Blog to comment for a chance to win.

I am working on another project with the same stamp set, but a completely different technique! I hope you’ll bookmark me or subscribe to see more!


Exciting stuff coming soon!

Just a quick note to say Come on Back on Friday!  I’m participating in a blog hop and I’m super excited about it!

I also just registered for 2 workshops at the CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors event in August.  One of my newer goals is to take some classes to keep the mojo flowing.  Cheryl Darrow is teaching one of the workshops.  Maybe now I’ll take out those Ten Seconds tools and make something cool. 

When I have the time to play with new things, I don’t have the energy.

And when I have the energy to play, I don’t have the time. 

Have a great day, and see you back here on Friday!


Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Directions on how to enter are in the Blog Post and Official Rules at http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog/spellbinders-suprise-party/. If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us    

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is hosting Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! We will introduce 25 new Die Templates and 2 Impressabilities™ templates! These sneak peeks are part of the collection that will be released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show on January 24, 2010. We want to invite YOU, our greatest fans, to join the party from January 7-14, 2010! See the newest Spellbinders™ products, visit our Designers’ Blogs, and win fabulous Spellbinders™ prizes!    

Today you have the opportunity to win a Spellbinders™ prize package (including all three Spellbinders™ Die Templates revealed today) through the contest entry email address listed below. Be sure to visit the other Designers’ Blogs participating today, and enter from those blogs for additional chances to win! You may enter once from each Blog! Each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog post is open to contest entries for 48 hours. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 10, 2010 to enter this contest through my blog. Be sure to read the rules at http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog/spellbinders-suprise-party/ before entering so that your entry will be valid!    

To see previous Spellbinders ™ Surprise Party!! posts or to go to any of the future blog posts, feel free to visit the following:    

January 7
Debbie Olson
Julie Overby
Lesa Rapp    

January 8
Becca Feeken
Debbie Seyer
Janine Blackwelder    

January 9
Heidi Blankenship
Karen Taylor    

January 10,
Linda Duke
Jennifer Davis
Terre Fry    

January 11
Keri Lee Sereika
Kazan Clark
Mary Pfaff    

January 12
Karen Hunsaker
Christy Farneth-Kerr
Holly Simoni  

January 13
Sherry Cheever
Kimberly Crawford
Sharon Johnson    

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one winner from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog event as stated in the rules at http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog/spellbinders-suprise-party/. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn for said prize.    

Entrants visiting all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! events and correctly enter the drawing on each Blog will automatically be entered into the SPELLBINDERS™ SURPRISE PARTY!! GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00. The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010 on the Spellbinders Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I am pleased to bring you a project designed by Spellbinders™ Design Team Coordinator Cathy Chlebana.  Cathy and I are working as the dynamic duo for you today!      

Cathy altered this box, isn’t it gorgeous!!      

Trinket Box by Cathy Chlebana


Supply List for Trinket Box    

Spellbinders™ – Wizard™ Die Cutting and Embossing System, S4-269 Lotus Pendant Die Templates, S4-240 Lotus Borderabilities® Petite Die Templates, F-005 Gold Premium Craft Foil    

Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mists, 21052 Iridescent Gold and 21132 Bronze
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES™ by 3L – 3D Foam Squares, Black
Ranger – Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabber, Pitch Black
Pine Cone Press – Mega Roll Double-Sided Red Liner Tape
Beacon Adhesives – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Ten Seconds Studio – Herringbone Pattern Wheel
Miscellaneous – 4″ square paper mache box    

To create your own box, start by painting the paper mache box with the Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabber using a dabbing motion to give the finished box texture. When completely dry, lightly spray the box with both the gold and bronze Glimmer Mists and set aside to dry.    


Using a 4½” square of Gold Premium Craft Foil, emboss (do not cut) the Pendant from the S4-269 Lotus Pendants die template set. Carefully cut around the outside of the embossed pendant with scissors. Create a decorative edge around the pendant using the herringbone pattern wheel. (In my photo, I embossed with the wheel before hand cutting)    


Again using a 4½” square of Gold Premium Craft Foil and the Pendant from S4-269 Lotus Pendants, cut/emboss the die template.  Also cut/emboss the Center from the same set.    

Distress or age the gold die cuts using the Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabber, applying it to the entire die cut shape. Let dry for a short time and remove some of the paint with a soft cloth until the look you desire is achieved.    

Measure the distance around the outside of the painted box and the height of the bottom of the box. Cut a strip of the Gold Premium Craft Foil one half inch longer than the distance around the box and one inch taller than the height of the box.    



Using removable tape, attach the #1 Border die template from S4-240 Lotus Borderabilities® Petite to the bottom left hand edge of the strip of gold foil. The gold side of the foil should be facing the die template. Cut this die template, but do not emboss.    


Carefully move the die template along the bottom of the foil, matching edges to the previous cut and make another cut. Repeat this process until you have cut the border along the entire length of the foil strip.    


Using the same procedure, go back and emboss each of the cuts along the strip, being careful not to damage the strip. Place the Tan Embossing Pad over the part of the die cut that you want to emboss.  If you cover the previously embossed area with the pad, it will flatten out.  If that happens, just emboss it in the die template again. Repeat the embossing until entire strip is done.    

When finished cutting and embossing use the black acrylic paint to age this strip as you did the pendant die cuts.    


For the accent pieces on the corners of the top of the box cut/emboss and distress #2 border from S4-240 Lotus Borderabilities™ Petite. Pop out the small pieces from the border and use these as corner accents.    

To assemble, attach the embossed Pendant to the top of the box and the accents to the top corners using the 3-in-1 Craft adhesive. Layer the die cut  Pendant pieces over the embossed piece on the box top using 3D Foam Squares.    

Run a strip of red liner tape along the top edge of the box bottom. Align the bottom edge of the border strip with the bottom edge of the box and carefully attach around the outside of the box. When you reach the area of the seam, trim the foil border strip with a craft knife and butt the edges together to create a seamless look.    

You will now have excess foil at the top of the box. Make a cut at each corner from the edge of the foil to the top of the box. Fold the foil on each of the four sides into the box and hold in place with a small amount of 3-in-1 Craft Glue.    

This is the S4-269 Lotus Pendants
MSRP $ 24.99
Die Dimensions:
Pendant: 3 ⅞ x 3 ⅞”
Center: 1 ¼ x 1 ¼”
Accent 1: 1 ½ x 1 ⅛”
Accent 2: 1 x 1″    


This is the S4-240 Lotus Borderabilities® Petite    

MSRP $19.99
Die Dimensions:
Border: 1 x 5½”
Accent: 1 ¼ x 5½”    

Cathy also created this Journal using the same die templates.    

Journal by Cathy Chlebana


Thank you Spellbinders™, for sponsoring this Surprise Party!! and thank you Cathy, for working with me on this blog post!    

Our part of the contest is now done, thank you for visiting, entering and leaving comments.  Cathy and I appreciate your kind words!    

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

Thank You and Good Luck!

Busy times!

if you have not done so already, check out the latest and greatest from Spellbinders. Yes, its another blog frenzy for 17 more new products! Spellbinders

Also check out Hero Arts! They are one of my new favorites, and they are partying with their new website this week! Hero Arts

Its been nothing but crazy around here, thanks for hanging in with me! Here’s an example of Flower Pounding. You can see the details on the Spellbinders Blog. Also check out Margies’ examples.

A note from Stacey of Spellbinders…

The 5th Anniversary party for Spellbinders Paper Arts is nearing its end. Spellbinders’ staff is hurrying– scurrying to get all the little details finished for the big “party” in Anaheim at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You still have until 11:59 CST, January 21, to enter Trudee Sauer’s blog contest. Then Spellbinders will be drawing for the Grand Prize Winner, and will announce the Grand Prize winner on the Spellbinders Blog on January 31.

Today, Stacey Caron, Creative Director and Co-founder of Spellbinders Paper Arts shares a special message for you, so check it out here .