Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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 .


Monday, January 19, 2009

And we have a winner!

Congratulations to Jessica of Sundbord, Sweden! Jessica entered the Day 11 drawing on my blog and won! To read her response and see her new loot, check out the Spellbinder's Blog!

Beth, who wants some cookies before bedtime!

16th Day of Sneak Peeks!

Don't forget to go to Trudee Sauer's blog on January 20, she's got the 16th and final Sneak Peek. Somehow I left her off the list I posted a while ago. The drawing is for all 16 of the dies revealed. And keep checking the Spellbinders' Blog. We might not be done yet!

I'm heading off to CHA in Anaheim on Friday, and I'll be posting from there. If you will be at the show, come say hi, we're in booth # 4873.



Saturday, January 17, 2009

A few thoughts from Cindy...

Sure looks cold out there.
Its nice and warm in the sun, next to the heat vent.
I might not go outside again until summer. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Sure does look cold...
Whatcha say Momma?

Nope, wasn't me, they must have snuck in while I was sleepin'.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thank You!

I just wanted to thank you for coming to my blog yesterday. Welcome to the new subscribers and followers, I appreciate your interest. I hope to post something about once a week, as soon as I get caught up from the blog frenzy and CHA.

You still have until Midnight Central time tonight to enter to win all 11 die templates. Be sure to visit Keri's blog today, Pink Lemonade, and Sally Lynn's Inky Heart on Saturday!

Thinking warm thoughts,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spellbinders Sneak Peek Day 11

Welcome to Cookies for Breakfast! Get some coffee and your wish list, I think you’re going to need it. Today there will be a drawing for Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three and the previously revealed die templates during Spellbinders’ 5 Year Anniversary Celebration. Each day an additional die template is added to the daily giveaway list for a grand total of 16 dies on the 16th day of reveals! I wish I was eligible to enter, ‘cuz I want them all!

Commenting on this post is certainly welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering the contest. If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us. Don’t forget to visit these talented ladies’ blog sites for the remaining sneak peeks! And you still have until 11:59 pm CST on January 15th to enter for Wendy Weixler’s give-away at Wickedly Wonderful Creations.

Jan. 16 Keri Lee Sereika Pink Lemonade

Jan. 17 Sally Lynn MacDonald Inky Heart

Jan. 18 Donya Schroeder Puckish

Jan. 19 Linda Duke Linda's Works of Heart

Jan. 20 Trudee Sauer Follow Your Bliss

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on Spellbinders Blog. Go check it out at Spellbinder's Blog.

Introducing Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three. What a cool die template Labels Three is, and it is so versatile. It has a unique shape as a label, as well as lending itself to use with circles and squares. I can see using Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three in layers and different sizes, as a frame with a shape cut from the center of it, and cutting this shape opening onto cards, and using it as a cover for a mini album, and so many other projects.

Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three
MSRP $24.99

Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three is another ‘must have’ for to your wish list. Is yours as long as mine? Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three is like a circle and a fancy square wrapped up in one, I mean 6! The largest size die cut is 3 5/8” square(ish) and the measurements step down in 1/2” increments. The smallest size is 1 1/8”. Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three will retail for $24.99.(Hint: “Labels Three" should be the subject of the email when you enter at the link for today’s giveaway, see rule #2 below.)

When this die template arrived at my door, I dropped everything, grabbed some scrap paper and got busy. I kept thinking of how many different ways I could use this die template, and how much I wanted to tell everyone about it, but I was sworn to secrecy, until now.

When I get a new die template I start cutting and playing with the different sizes and combinations. I did just that, and tossed the results in a pile. Then I looked at the pile and hey, look at that! I could do this faster this way and yes, that’s what I’m going to do! I think of this project as a quick but impressive card, you could make several in practically no time.

Supplies used:
S4-189 Labels Three
S4-149 Double Ended Tags ( I used the medium sized tag)
Worldwin Treasures Deep Blue cardstock
Worldwin Treasures Natural
Basic Grey Boxer – Bowling Shoes pattern cardstock
Wide Ribbon from my stash, it matched the Natural cardstock
Sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado
Clearsnap Colorbox Alabaster chalk ink

Cut Deep Blue cardstock to 9 ½ x 6 ½” and fold it in half. This is the base for the card.

Cut Bowing Shoes patterned cardstock to 4 ½ x 6 ¼”.Cut Natural cardstock to 4 ¼ x 6”. Adhere wide ribbon to center, and secure on the back side.

Make two piles of your Labels Three die templates; the first pile should have die numbers 1, 3, 5, and the second with die numbers 2, 4, 6.

Here’s a little thing I do with tape. I use regular household tape to keep dies from moving. Normally tape is too sticky and can damage paper, especially when it’s run through the Wizard. I take a small piece of tape, touch it to my clothes so it picks up tiny fibers, then I use it on my papers. It retains enough sticky to hold the dies, but lifts off the paper without harming it. I use the tape over and over until all the sticky is gone.

Cut a piece of Deep Blue cardstock about 4 x 4”. Place the pile with numbers 2, 4,6 cut side down. Arrange the dies so they are straight and centered. Tape them down with one of those special pieces of tape. Place the whole piece die side down onto the Spacer Plate (either the white plastic or new black magnet spacer plate will work).

Cut a piece of Deep Blue to 1x3”, the size of the S3-149 Double Ended Tag, and add those to the spacer plate as well. The sandwich for cutting in the Wizard is White Master Mat, Spacer Plate, die template with the cut side up, White Master Mat.

Feed the sandwich through the Wizard. Remove the spacer plate, place the die templates, with the cut side facing up, onto the bottom White Master Mat, cover the dies with the Tan Embossing Mat and White Master Mat, and feed the sandwich again.

Remove the tape slowly from the dies and paper and set them aside.

Take the second pile of dies with numbers 1,3,5 and line them up the same way on the patterned paper. Cut/emboss in the Wizard.

On the ribbon covered Natural cardstock, stack the medallion from the bottom, start with the largest blue, largest pattern, second blue, second pattern, and so on, turning each die cut 90 degrees from the one below it.

Stamp a sentiment on the Double Ended Tag and attach it to the Natural cardstock with brads.

Use adhesive to attach Natural piece to patterned piece, then to Deep Blue, each with about 1/8” all the way around.

This note card shows the versatility of the die template. I did nothing fancy, just layered the different sizes, and added a stamped Circle Nestability to the center. See how nicely the Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three works with squares and circles? I just love this die template!

I used Worldwin Cardstock, Just Rite Stampers, and Prima patterned paper on this card.

My last project is a star book made with Spellbinders S4-189 Labels Three. I googled "star book" for instructions. It’s a little reminder book so I can remember my goals this year. New Year’s resolutions are so commitment oriented, and well, I always mess them up. Goals are much more attainable, and the word ‘resolutions’ was too long to fit on the booklet!

The trick to making a star book is to fold the paper, then align it so the fold is inside the cut lines of the die template. Cut/emboss this way, and the folded paper allows for a double die cut. I did this for all the paper inside the book. The covers are chipboard covered in cardstock. The cover letters and numbers are rub-ons from Making Memories, the cardstock is from Worldwin, and the pattern paper is from Basic Grey. I did the inside text and my own photos on Photoshop Elements.

My goals? OK, I’ll tell you, now you’ll have to remind me: Keep on Running, Eat Right, Read More, Manage Time Wisely, and Make More Art.

The Wizard is so easy to use, and Spellbinders’ Die Templates work in all other consumer die cutting machines too! Check out these videos to actually see how easy it is to get professional looking projects with Spellbinders. Spellbinders Videos

Now, for all the details on the BIG CONTEST!

Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 16 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed and any other dies listed as a part of said blog give-away. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.

Entrants visiting all 16 Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 16 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of all 28 NEW RELEASE dies debuting at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25-28, 2009!


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

1. Participant must click on the provided link on Reveal blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between January 5 and January 20, 2009.

2. Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.

3. Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on January 16, 2009.

4. Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 16 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same email address from January 5th through the 20th and plan accordingly.

5. Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 16 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:

*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.

*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.

*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications other than to contact the winner.

*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage and sign up for their newsletter.

If you have questions regarding the contest, please send an e-mail to ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us

Thank you for your interest and contest entries, my drawing is now closed, be sure to visit the other talented ladies' blogs and enter there.

For more Spellbinders product release information go to Spellbinders Paper Arts.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about Labels Three, feel free to leave a comment on my blog. Please understand that your comment is not an entry into the contest. To enter the contest, scroll back up to the “click here” and follow the instructions. Have a wonderful day, stay warm, and have some cookies! I made them just for us! (Its part of my Eat Right goal! LOL)


Monday, January 5, 2009

It all starts today!!!

Oh how exciting this Spellbinder's 5th Anniversary Party is! It starts today with Debbie Olson's blog and continues for 15 more days. Here are the official rules, and here is the schedule:

Jan. 5 Debbie Olson

Jan. 6 Michelle Wooderson

Jan. 7 Holly Craft

Jan. 8 Sherry Cheever

Jan. 9 Heidi Blankenship

Jan. 10 Becca Feeken

Jan. 11 Jennifer Ellefson

Jan. 12 Sharon Harnist

Jan. 13 Jeni Calkins

Jan. 14 Wendy Weixler

Jan. 15 Beth Pingry - right here!

Jan. 16 Keri Lee Sereika

Jan. 17 Sally Lynn MacDonald
Jan. 18 Donya Schroeder

Jan. 19 Linda Duke

Get your wish list ready and good luck on the prizes!!