Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spellbinders Holiday Greetings, Advanced project

as promised, I am back!! :) Wow! 4 posts in 3 days! i could get used to this!! LOL!!
For today I have an advanced project for you that I created, once gain, using Spellbinders Holiday Greetings.

Let me share a bit about this die... I chose it because I thought it was be very challenging for me. I was right... but in the end it was SO easy to work with!! And the possibilities are endless!!!!!
Here is what I did for the most complicated project... it may not look that difficult, but in having to create only partial cuts, it definitely takes some experience and patience. :) But it's worth it, as I really love how it turned out!!
NOEL Holiday Gift Set

You can see FULL instructions, with photos on the official post on the Spellbinders website HERE.
Here is what I used to create this...

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S4-434 Holiday Greetings
  • SCD-010 Build-a-Tag One
  • T-001 Tool 'n One™
  • GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Other Supplies:

  • ClearSnap: Glitter
  • May Arts: White Ribbon and Iridescent Cord
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheet, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips and 3D Foam Squares
  • White Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Box
  • Low Tack Tape
Thanks again for stopping by!!! I think I'm going to have to do a giveaway coming up soon... so stay tuned!!!
Until next time...
Happy Creating!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tombow Design Team Finalist Submission

Today I am thrilled to be able to share with you the project that I created for the Tombow Design Team Finals!! i was sent their Xtreme adhesive... which is 5x stronger than their standard adhesive!! So I decided to really put it to the test!! :) I could NOT decide what medium I wanted to work with... burlap, wood, cork, canvas... this adhesive is said to be fabulous with them all! Since I could not decide I thought "Let's use it all!!" And THAT is what I have done!!

Baby Bliss Mixed Media Mini Album
 My album is entirely hand made. I created the base with corrugated cardboard. I covered it with a patterned burlap from DCWV, which I ADORE!!! It adhered beautifully!!

 For my binding, I used a different printed burlap, also from DCWV.  I then punches holes and inserted eyelet's. Thru those I laced a beautiful ribbon from May Arts. I adore how this turned out! So soft and feminine!!
Onto my cover, I added strips of lace, ribbon and burlap to join the binding with the front cover. All adhered using the Xtreme adhesive! Then I die cut a Spellbinders Standard Circle from corrugated cardboard and adhered it to the center, with a "baby"die cut in the center. I created circles from twine and wired twine and tied them in "lasso" format. These were adhered using Xtreme adhesive! Yes they were!!! To keep the top layers down I did add a touch of Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. The flowers, twine and greenery on the front were adhered also with the Mono Aqua Liquid glue. A few extra little embellishments and the cover was complete.


For the inside, I created an accordion type fold which really tested the Xtreme adhesive! It held FABLOUSLY!!! I am very impressed!!  On the inside pages I adhered the following using the Xtreme adhesive... Metal embellishments, twine, buttons, chipboard, patterned paper, Wood charms, ribbon, lace and more!!
Here is a little peek at one of the inside pages... LOVE!! I die cut the inside pages using Spellbinders LF-109 Grand Labels Four. 
 However, I did run into one problem with the Xtreme adhesive... if i were to me completely honest. I ran out before having the opportunity to adhere the inside pages to the base of the book!! :) Yes, I used a LOT of it on this project!! So i decided to try some of my favorite double sided tape instead... BIG problem!! It would NOT HOLD!! AWESOME!!! That shows what a MAJOR difference the Xtreme adhesive made!! So, I will have to hold off on showing you the ENTIRE inside until I have the opportunity to complete it... which I hope will be soon. but for now, I wanted to share the outside and a sneak peak of the inside... More to come, I promise! :)

So my friends, THAT is my project for the Tombow DT finalist callback, using the Xtreme adhesive. What do I think of the adhesive?? I WANT MORE!! I NEED MORE!!! So wish me luck!! :)

Supply List:
TOMBOW Xtreme adhesive runner, Aqua Mono Liquid Adhesive
Spellbinders: LF-190 Grand Labels Four, S4-114 Standard Circles, GC-001 Grand Calibur Machine
DCWV: Cork Stack (Pastels), 12x12 corrugated cardboard, 6x6 printed burlap
May Arts: Ribbon, lace
Cropodile and eyelettes
Maya Road Twine
Dollar store wired twine
Zva Creative: Pearl Flourish and mini flowers
Simple Stories: BABY die cut
Cosmo Cricke:t Tiny Text stickers
Crate Paper Clothespins
Decorative Stick Pins by Darsie Bruno

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Until next time...
Happy Creating!!

Spellbinders Holiday Greetings: Intermediate project

Good morning! I am back today as promised to share with you the intermediate level project created for Spellbinders Feature Gallery using the beautiful Holiday Greetings die template.
Holiday Greetings: Advanced

Glittered Greetings
I creating this project, I used the entire die template. I backed each element using a different coloured glitter paper (Core'dinations) as well as matted the entire card front in a blue glitter paper. Then, to add some dimension, I die cut the snowflake layer again and popped up the snowflakes. Pearls were added to the flakes and the tree tops. A beautiful ribbon and floss from May Arts grace the front and is finished off with a Flower center from Zva Creative.

For full instructions see the official post HERE.

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S4-434 Holiday Greetings
  • Junior Metal Shim
  • GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Other Supplies:

  • Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock®: Glitter Cardstock (Green, Gold, Light Blue, Blue and Red)
  • May Arts: White Ribbon, iridescent floss
  • Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L®: Crafty Foam Tape and E-Z Runner® Permanent Strip Adhesive
  • Want2Scrap©: Self-Adhsive Baby Pearls
  • American Crafts: White Cardstock
  • Zva Creative: Red Gem
To see the third and final project in this set, stop by tomorrow!! I will be sharing an advanced project, for those with a bit more time, patience and experience who want to try something a little different.
Until then,
Happy Creating!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catching up and Holiday Greetings: Beginner project

Hello all!! It's been a while, it's been too long! But things have been nuts around here!!! Just returned from Phoenix AZ for the Spellbinders Design Team Retreat! Wow!! What an amazing time!! I will share lots of photos with you all... as soon as they are off my camera and edited! :)
But for now, I'll give you an update on what's happening in my creative world....

*So, as you know I'm a finalist in the Tombow Design team search! Project is due HERE on my blog by Friday! Stay tuned! New team members announced by Dec 4th! Wish me luck! ;)

*Zva Creative, My term with them is finished. I greatly enjoyed working with the gorgeous bling and flowers and had a great year!

*Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: So my term with them is also coming to an end. But I am HAPPY to say that I will be continuing on for another year! YAY!! love me some inky goodness!!

*DCWV: Did you had the news???? Huh? Yes! I have been asked to join the DCWV Design team for the next 6 months!! SUPER excited to dig into those goodies! They have some fabulous stuff out right now and I can't wait to start playing! So be on the lookout for THOSE projects, starting in December!!

And of course... Spellbinders.. they are keeping me around for another year!

i am SO blessed!!! "WOW!! HOW are you going to do it all??" I am hearing... This is my job... I adore what I do... My family will always come first, but they support me in what I do... and THAT makes it all doable. Without that, I'm nothing...

So to share with you a project while I am here today... I want to show you a project that I did for Spellbinders. The assignment is to use ONE die in three projects... Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Today i will share the beginner project, Tomorrow the Intermediate, and lastly, the Advanced. :)

S4-434 Holiday Greetings

NOEL: Beginner

Full instructions can be found here...

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S4-434 Holiday Greetings
  • T-001 Tool 'n One™
  • GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Other Supplies:

  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Crafty Foam Tape and E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips
  • Want2Scrap©: Baby Gems
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® - EZ Runner Tape
  • Worldwin Papers: Mocha and Beach Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Red and Green Cardstock
  • Liquid Adhesive
Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Tune in tomorrow for the Intermediate project using this SAME die!!
until then, 
Happy Creating!! 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

You Warm My Heart

Today I am here to share with you a project that I created for a product swap between IMAGINE Crafts and Lawn fawn!!
Now, those of you who know my work know I'm not much of a "cutsie" designer... I have always struggled with working with little animals and such. But today I am happy to say that I LOVED working with the Lawn Fawn stamps!!! They made creating SO easy!! i'm impressed!! :)
So, today on the Imagine Crafts blog, there are a bunch of projects being shared... both video tutorials as well as written!
Here is the project that I have created using the Lawn Fawn SNOW DAYS stamp set!!
I'm still no pro with this style, but I am happy with how this turned out! I ADORE those little bunnies!!!
Now stop on over to the IC blog to view the video and leave me your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you!!
Until Next time...
Happy Creating!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tombow USA Finalist!!

How exciting to get an email today stating that I was chosen as one of 10 finalists!! Now I have to come up with something utterly amazing for round 2!! :)  Oh, and it can't be a layout OR a card... Hmmmmmm....
To see the other fabulous finalists and the official post, visit the Tombow Blog here... And to see my entries, scroll down a post or 2 and it will be here on my blog! :)
Thanks for stopping by to share my news!!
As always...
Happy Creating!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Zva Creative October DT Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our October blog hop!  Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoy all that we have created to share.
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s Facebook page.Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
Today I am sharing a Christmas card with you!!  I am using the Clear Crystal Mini Flowers for my snowflake centres, as well as the Crystal basic lines from Zva.
The die template that I have used for this design is Spellbinders FLURRIES set.They are part of the new line of Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Decorative Card Fronts. They are SO much fun!!! I die cut it a second time and trimmed off some of the larger snowflakes. Those, I dipped in Imagine Crafts VersaMark ink and sprinkled with their Irridescant Embossing Powder!! LOVE!! Then I added them to the design with foam dots!!
And with this post today, I finish my term with Zva Creative. I have so enjoyed creating with the beautiful product that they provide!! Special thank you to Carolyn and Windy for this opportunity!!
I'll leave you with an additional bonus project today...

Now, on with the hop!!

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, October 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 28th.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 28th on Zva Creative’s Facebook pageWe will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is Nicole MartelEnjoy!
Thank you for joining us!
Until Next Time, 
Happy Creating!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tombow USA Design Team Application!!

Hello all!!
So you all know that I love to try new things!! Some of my designing commitments are coming to an end...  So I have decided to throw my "hat in the ring" so to speak, and apply for the Tombow USA Design Team! So I get to share some of my favourite projects on here with you all!!

Those to which I have created video tutorials, I have linked up the video in the title of the projects. :) Enjoy!!
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First up are 2 of my favourite scrapbook pages. The first one, Never seen before! The second, one I recently created for Imagine Crafts.
HEART AND SOUL



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Next up, are a couple of cards that I really have enjoyed creating. Love how they turned out!! Again, the first one created for Imagine Crafts with a full video tutorial, and the second, new, never seen before!!

 HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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And last, but not least, here are a few "off the page" or DIY kinda projects... 



3D Snowflake Holiday Ornament




And that, my friends... is just a little glimpse into some of my recent favourite projects. I tried to show a huge variety of styles and difficulty levels to show my versatility.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Until next time...
Happy Creating!!