Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spellbinders Design Team Retreat

Hey all!! I'm back!! :) What an amazing trip I had to the Spellbinders Design Team retreat in Phoenix AZ
I feel SOOO unbelievably blessed... Blessed to be working for this unbelievable company once again... blessed to have had the chance to meet and get to know these amazingly talented women, blessed to have had the opportunity to go on this trip... blessed in more ways than I can say! THANK YOU Spellbinders... Thank you Stacey and Jeff Caron! Thank you Kim Hupke. Thank you Cathy Chlebana! You all are amazing people, I and I appreciate you all so much! There are so many more people that made this such an amazing time... but these peeps are the glue that keeps it all together! ((HUGS))

During the retreat, we had the opportunity to take 4 classes from some AMAZING designers and artists! We took a class in Artistic Wire with Juliana Hudgins. (Love this girl!) We had SO much fun and learned some amazing things!! We also took a class with Donna Salazar... love her style.

We played with Jen Cushman using Ice Resin... LOVE IT! SO many possibilities! Then we also tried out hands at glass etching withe EtchAll with Barbee! She was the cutest thing! It was much easier than I thought and has endless ideas going thru my head!
No matter where we went, or what we did, we always had a great time and tons of laughs! Here we are (above) at a BBQ spot for supper... the owner usually is not open in the evenings, but the gals sweet-talked him into opening up for us! LOL! Great food!
It was so nice to meet many new friends, and and get together with friends made last year. This is Lesley Langdon and I... Love this girl! Amazingly talented... a sweet spirit... and to beat all... she's CANADIAN! :) She was my partner in crime down there... good times! :) Every once in a while you meet someone who just feels like a kindred spirit... nuff said... :)
Some more of the gals... Christine Emberson, Theresa Horner, Judy Hayes, and Iwona Palamountain. We had some great laughs when we went out for a night in Old Scotsdale.
It was amazing... there are 5 countries represented on the team this year... US, Canada, UK, Australia and the Netherlands! So exciting!
I could post photo's all night but I won't! :) Some of these photo's were taken by other team members... I was too busy to take pics! Often too busy chatting, laughing or half asleep due to lack of sleep... thanks to my fabulous and adorable roomie Heidi Van Laar... we chatted half of the nights!! :) Good times! Oh, and my batteries died too, that's a good excuse! :)
Anyway... thanks for sticking around thru this post! I am so excited for what this year is going to bring! AMAZING things to come!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Untin Next time...
Happy Scrapping! :)
ps: Stop by tomorrow for a brand new layout featuring WOW embossing powders and lots of  Spellbinders dies!! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Hey there! in 21 hrs I will be aboard a plane heading to Arizona... I just can't believe it! I feel SO incredibly blessed!!! And in panic mode! I have SOOOO much yet to do!! LOL! But that's me... procrastinate! :)
So, I guess that's why I'm sitting here at my computer, right? Wasting time! LOL! But while I'm here, I have a LO to show you... one I did for Spellbinders booth at Summer CHA. Check it out...
I had SO much fun with this page! The photo was taken at my DD's 9th birthday party. I got the photo idea from Pinterest... with the paper background... I just love this pic of her! LOL!
For the design, I wanted to use the Jewel Stones die's... so I cut them out using Shrink plastic, inked them thru the template and then shrunk them down using my heat gun! Then I inked a bit more to get the look I wanted, and wrapped them with wire to look like jewlery! String them onto a chain and it was a real unique acent for this page! Funky... just like the photo! LOL!
I also used several Edgeabilities on this page... Creates fantastic edges and borders, don't ya think?

Spellbinders Supplies:

Preferred Partner Products:

  • Want2Scrap, Bling Black Pearls, Baby Bling Pink, Teal Jewels

Cross Promotional Partner Products:

  • KaiserCraft, Patterned Paper
  • Bazzill Basics Paper, Black Cardstock
  • Clearsnap, ColorBox Mint, Shabby Pink, Dark Peony, Maroon Pigment Ink
  • Cosmo Cricket, Black Mini Alpha
  • Cosmic Shimmer, Cosmic Twinkles Aqua
  • Artistic Wire, 22 Gauge Silver Wire
  • Scor-Pal, ⅛" Scor-Tape

cardstock, chain, stickles, Helmar Premium Craft Glue, Doodle Bug alpha and shrink plastic!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next post will be after I return home from the Spellbinders retreat in Arizona!! :) Whoot!

Until then, Happy Scrapping!!


Friday, March 16, 2012

PageMaps + Spellbinders = AWESOME

Page Maps has teamed up with Spellbinders! Did you know that? Becky Fleck has designed die templates! Each month, Spellbinders releases a new set! They coordinate with a new set of sketches that Becky releases that month! Totally cool!!
For March, the Spellbinders team had the opportunity to design for Page maps website and newsletter! Check out the Page maps website here...
Here is the card that I created using the sketch Becky provided... to see the sketch you'll have to check out the website! :)
Here is the Spellbinders set that I used... the possabilities are ENDLESS!!! :)
The paper here is GCD's Paris Nights collection! LOVE IT! :)
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thinking of Summertime

Howdie all! :) It's snowing outside... yep, this is the view outside my window! School was canceled here yesterday and a 1 hr delay today!
So, needless to say, the thought that in 6 days I will be in Sunny Arizona for the Spellbinders Design Team retreat has me a little bit giddy! LOL!
So today I'd like to share with you a cute little Summertime layout that I created!
I just adore this photo of my daughter! If you could see it up close you'd see that it shows up her beautiful spray of freckles across her nose and cheeks.
This page is created using Simple Stories papers and stickers, a piece of My Minds Eye wood grain paper and lots of Spellbinders die templates!!

Spellbinders dies used are:
Antique frame and accents
Classic Postage Stamp Edgeabilities
Daisy Flower Topper
Nested Lacey Pennants
To find these products, go to the Spellbiders Online store.
To find other projects by the Spellbinders team using these products, go to the Spellbinders gallery and search for the particular product.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Home is where the Heart Is

I’m super excited to share a fun new digital/paper crafting kit with you today!

One of my online scrappy friends, Shanna Vineyard, has combined her love of hand-drawing and painting mixed with her fondness of bright, happy colors to bring us a kit that is different than anything you’ve ever seen! In celebration of her relocating back home to Arizona next week, she was inspired to create this kit, “Home Is Where the Heart Is” that includes over 50 different hand-drawn and painted images. They can be used in your digital projects or can be easily resized and printed to cut out and use with your traditional scrapbooking and card making creations. The possibilities are endless and you will have them to use over and over again as much as you like for as many projects as you wish! So FUN!!!

Here’s what I made using her kit…..

I have to admit, this is my very first hybrid project!! I had dabbled in a very small bit of digi scrapping, but had never done any hybrid! So you can imagine my excitement when Shanna asked me to be a part of this release!!
Since I am completely new to this, I kept it simple... I opened some of the images into a WORD document, sized them as I wanted and printed them onto white cardstock! Then I cut them out and started playing!!

I diecut the round THANK YOU sentiment using the Spellbinders Grand Circles. Then, using Spellbinders Standard Circles LG I diecut a piece of MME woodgrain paper in teal. The background for the entire card is a piece of MME paper with red and white polkadots that matched Shanna's design perfectly! I diecut that paper using the Grand Dahlias! Handcut hearts and border were the focalpoint! i added some eyelettes and twine tied with a button, and a few tiny brads in between the THANK YOU's and this card was good to go!! SO much easier than I thought!! If I'd had time I'd have had a bunch more to show you... but like always... time was up! LOL! So, I'll try and get some more things created using this AMAZING kit... so remember to stop by again! :)

Visit Shanna’s blog to purchase this kit and see LOTS of other awesome samples that were created specifically to share with you today! In celebration of this fun, new release she is also doing a huge giveaway valued at over $275.00 with lots of fabulous new scrappy goodies and several ways you can win! So head on over and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!! I'd love for you to follow my blog, since I'm sure there are many people visiting today who are new to me! Say HI and follow along, and I'll try and drop by your blog as well!!

Thanks Shanna for this awesome new experience and for including me! You ROCK girl!! :)

Until Next Time...