Sunday, June 29, 2008

Prim and Proper?

This one is an oldie but a goodie for me. It features both Sparky and Spunky. I had them dress in DH's suits and hold up a frame. I attached a sheet to the bed rail for the background. Jeepers, this was before I got my D-Rebel! I used B&W film for this!

Supplies include a large frame as a prop, glass removed, and clothes that don't fit. Scrapbook supplies include Mr. Ellie Pooh and Basic Grey paper, a shipping tag, Amaco Light Weight Aluminum foil and Rub N Buff (Spanish Copper), and some ribbon & fiber from my stash. Can't forget the Ranger Distress Ink and Cut N Dry foam.

Spellbinders Dies are Hinges, Buckles, Geometric Rectangles (or you could use Nestabilities, this was pre-Nestie, aren't we lucky to have them!), Graceful Font, Caesar Font, Playful Font, Mystic Font and Indulgence Font.

This is a pretty straight forward layout to me. On the corners and buckles I rubbed Rub N Buff to get rid of the shiny newness, so it would go better with the aged look of the page, and I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink rubbed onto the photo with a small piece of Cut N Dry foam, then edged it with Black Soot. I did the same to the background patterned paper, and the 12x12 piece too. The shopping tag was done with a combination of Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood and Fired Brick.

Check back tomorrow for more art and the start of the Nestability Birthday Party! Rules and details on how YOU could win the featured Die, or even a Wizard and $500 in dies! More of the Cinderella Story is coming soon too!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Nestabilities Birthday Party!

Happy First Birthday Nestabilities!
Spellbinders is having what we call in my house, a Hunky Birthday! That's were we keep celebrating long past the actual day. Starting Monday June 30, each of the following Spellbinders Designers will be introducing a new release die. And YOU can sign up to win the die! Each Spellbinder's Designer will debut a different die every day through July 13! Visit all the blogs and become eligible to win the Grand Prize, a New Raspberry colored WIZARD and $500 in dies! Just stop here for some cookies for breakfast, and click through to the Designer's Blog to enter! I have my new release dies, and OMG, you are going to love them!

**above card credited to Donya Schroeder**

Friday, June 27, 2008

I've got a secret

I've got a secret...its TOP SECRET! I can't tell you, yet. I am only authorized to say stay tuned, I'll have more info on Monday. It has to do with Spellbinders, CHA and good stuff.

In the mean time, I'd like to share a layout I did of my charming and delightful son, Spunky. I used paper from Worldwin, Fancy Pants. Ribbon was also Fancy Pants, Foil and Rub N Buff from Amaco, Brads from Creative Impressions, and a black pen from Copic. The tag, stickers and rub ons are from 7 Gypsies, ink from Ranger, and a variety of adhesives.

7 sets of dies were used, including Indulgence Font, Excalibur Font, Star Nestability, Classic Circle Large Nestability, Tags 5, Blank License Plate, and Tags 5 stamps.

To make the Blank License Plate have something embossed onto it, I cut the letters from the Excalibur font. I was lazy and used some left over photo paper that was in reach. Next I ran the letters thru my Xyron 150 temporary adhesive machine thingy, with the front of the letters down to receive adhesive. I placed them adhesive side down and right to left on the license plate. Then I cut and embossed the license plate with a piece of Amaco foil in the Wizard Die Cut and Embossing System and got this result, a license plate with the textured side of the photo paper embossing the metal, and the words spelled out just as I planned.

Next I used some Amaco Rub N Buff to distress down the metal, to remove the shiny newness of it and to make the embossing pop. Check out the texture from the back side of the photo paper! From here you can put the layout into a scrapbook and move on. I had more work to do.

Since this layout was going to Anaheim for the CHA booth, I had to make the metal sturdy. I die cut a blank license plate from chipboard. I flipped the embossed metal license over and filled the back side with glue. You can use any acid free liquid glue you like or have on hand, I had some Plaid Papier handy and used that. I filled the backside and around the letters and let it dry overnight. Once dry, I used a few drops of the same glue and attached the chipboard plate (that I edged in black ink) to the back side. I inserted these cool brads into the plate and attached the whole thing to my layout. Yes, the plate was touched and pushed on for 4 days, but the metal & embossing were not damaged.
I recommend filling the back of embossed metal with liquid glue if it goes through the mail on a card or is in a place where curious fingers will push on it.

A Cinderella Story...

Once upon a time there was a family that adopted a Bull Terrier named Willie. They loved him and pampered him and he had a good life. Willie slept in the bed with the older brother, no matter how many times the younger brother switched beds just to snuggle up the big warm bed-hogging dog.
Willie joined the family as an adult dog and he did what he pleased, much to the dismay of his people mommy. He lacked manners. He ran through the house, slept on the furniture, and enjoyed every bit of Bully mayhem he caused.

Fast forward a few years, and the younger brother is a newly wed, with a new house and a nice yard. “We must have a fence around this yard”, he proclaimed. “We must have a dog to go inside of it!” he proclaimed. “Not just any dog, we must have a Bull Terrier!” he proclaimed. “OK”, said his bride, not truly knowing what she was getting herself into, having only heard legends of Willie’s antics.

There was a puppy available, he was 17 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds. Half of that was in his head alone! After several days of observation and many names tossed about, they decided to call the puppy Buster. It was a fitting name.

You may be thinking, I've seen that type of dog before. Yep, if you are 29 like me (and have been 29 a few times, like me) you will remember Spuds MacKenzie, the Budweiser Beer dog. Maybe you are thinking of Spot, the Target dog. Yes, both are Bull Terriers. They look so sweet, don't they? Bull Terriers are described accurately through the breed name. Bull, as in big hard head, body like a potato, and stronger than they think they are. Terrier, a perky, active, wiggly dog. Now put those together (think Tazmanian Devil) and let that run through your living room, circling the coffee table with your favorite shoe in their mouth.

To be continued...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Die Cutting on Video

Spellbinder's fearless leader Stacey Caron recorded some information on using Spellbinder's Nestabilities and competitors dies in the Wizard, and for using Spellbinders dies in the competitor's die cut machines. Grab some cookies and a Diet Coke!

Using Spellbinder's Dies in the Wizard:

Using competitors dies in the Wizard:

Using Spellbinder's Dies in the competitor's die cut machines:
(Sizzix, Quickutz, Cuttlebug)


Welcome to my blog, a wonderful world of papercrafts and other things that occupy my time. I am Beth, a scrapbooker, card maker, and altered artist, and I'm in my third year of designing for Spellbinders Paper Arts. I have been playing with cameras for most of my life, and I will paint anything that isn't moving. My boys keep me busy with sports schedules, homework and "hanging out". Cindy keeps me busy with playing ball, walking and demanding cookies all day long.