Friday, December 16, 2011

Spellbinders Round One! Done!

Yeah!!! I made it thru the First Round of the Spellbinders Design Team contest!!! I think it is MORE stressful the second time around! LOL!!! I actually went to town Christmas shopping the day of the announcement... Know what I did? I took my laptop with me so I could be checking!! I had to keep going to the Subway parking lot to check the Spellbinders blog! ROFL! Yep, a little obsessed you could say! :) I SURE was happy to see my name there! :) My hubby thought I was nuts!! :) I guess he's right... ;)
Thank you to EVERYONE who has already commented or touched base to congratulate! It is SUCH an amazing company to design for! I feel so honored to have been on the 2011 team! I would love to have the opportunity to continue on!!! A HUGE congrats to the others on the list!! I am SO excited for you!!!!
That being said, did you SEE the list? There is some AMAZING talent on there!! 11 out of 12 present team members reapplied... they are only taking 12 for the 2012 team!!! There is not guarantee that we will make it back on! We have to compete just as hard as everyone else!! I have until Jan 4th to create something that will blow them away! I have to say... my First round project is one of my very best projects that I've EVER created!!!!! I can't show you yet... but it is pretty nice, if I do say so myself! LOL!
I can however, show you a different project! :) And it's not Christmassy! :)
I created this project for Summer CHA using some gorgeous die templates! I had fun with the lacing and adding some corrugated cardboard for a photo mat! The title is done in Donna's Letters onto corrugated cardboard as well! how fun is that!? For details on what products are used, please see my Spellbinders gallery.

TIP: See that spiral blossom? The entire die template has the scallops. What I did, was fold them in to create the center of the flower, and only allow the outside scallops to be seen! It creates a different look than what we usually see with this die template! How fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are enjoying your holiday prep!! Time is running out! LOL!

Until next time... Happy Scrapping!


Monday, December 12, 2011

In The Christmas Spirit

Hello all!! Busy around here as always! But I did want to stop by and share with you a few projects that I did for Spellbinders! These 3 projects are all on the Spellbinders website in my gallery,(found here) so I'm going to let you visit there to find the products used and what die templates I designed these with!

First up is a layout I created about my baby's first Christmas! I just ADORE this photo of Jesse!!

Then I created a Christmas card using the same papers and some of the same die templates!


Then finally, I created a Christmas planner! Simple and yet such a big help in getting and staying organized!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I appologize for the lack of details in todays post! But I did provide links to where you can get more info! If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to email me or ask in the comments section!

Until Next time...

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, December 05, 2011

Trimmin' The Tree with Spellbinders!

Yesterday Hubby went with our boys and got our Christmas tree! YAY! Yep, we get a real one and I LOVE it that way! I would have loved to go all together but I had to take Jaz to a concert for school... so it was the perfect way to get both things done in one day! :) We'll get it up this week sometime... not my favorite job in the world but I sure do enjoy it when it's finished!

So today I have a sweet and simple tree ornament to share with you! I literally made it in 5 minutes!! I was cleaning up some scraps from a previous project and it just fell together! LOVE when that happens! It was one of those afternoons that I really didn't have time to create... but how can you NOT have 5 minutes!?!?
This project was created using some of my favorite Spellbinders Die Templates!
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
S5-028 Nested Pennants
S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs
It also uses Want2Scrap's Nestabling to match the Pennant die!!

(Ribbon is Not yellow... my camera went wonky on me here... didn't notice it so bad until I published this pose! Eek! LOL!)
I actually began this project by tying the lace into a bow. Then It all came to me in a rush! :) I grabbed a pre made flower (First time in AGES! I always make my own with the fab Spellbinders die's!!), ran the Bo Bunny paper thru my Grand Calibur once to cut ALL the pieces... then one more time to emboss them all! Then I glued them all together! a little ink, a little bling and a little ribbon and I was FINISHED! How quick is THAT?!?!Hope I've given you the push to run to your scrap stash and spend JUST 5 MINUTES creating something fabulous! It'll make your day... I know it did mine! :)
Until Next time...
Happy Scrapping!

PS: 4 more days to enter the Spellbinders Design Team Contest First Round!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Adventure begins!

I just love happy emails! :) Don't you?
These past few years have been so amazing! I have been blessed beyond belief!! I have had the opportunity to work for some amazing companies! I've also gotten to know some AMAZING people and work with some of the VERY BEST product available on the papercrafting market! I am SO grateful for that!!
This past year I have had the chance to work with Spellbinders. Wow! Talk about an exciting ride! I have LOVED every minute of it... paper work and all! LOL! And in this last year I have finished up working with some amazing companies... Helmar, Simply Renee: Clip It up ... and more! So I thought it was about time to look for a new creative adventure! Nothing like something new to get the creativity flowing!!
So today I'm SUPER excited to share with you that I have FOUND that new adventure!!!
Some of you may have seen this call on the Twopeas website... I did and was intrigued!! So, I applied! And yes, you guessed it! I got an exciting email last night saying that I was accepted to be a part of this team!!
This is a new company to North America, but it has been around in the UK for quite a while! It deals in Embossing Powders and stamps... but for now I can not share with you the name... that will be coming soon though! :) I can however, share with you the rest of the team! I am MORE than honored to be designing with some of the top names in the business...

*Tricia Wilson--lead
*Gina Lideros--lead
*Jen Deal--lead
*Angel Bartonico--lead
*Erin Payne--lead

1.Sesil Cratin, Utah
2. Ilene Tell, Delaware
3. Lara Scott, Utah
4. Amy Sotolongo, California
5. Diana McGraw, California
6. Jeannie DeGruccio, California
7. Jennifer Matott, New York
8. Anne Brown, Texas
9. Sherrie Suttles, Ohio
10. Linda Abadie, Virginia
11. Jamie Cripps, Michigan
12. Jenifer Cowles, idaho
13. Tanisha Long, New Jersey
14. Jan Hennings, Iowa
15. Patti Hamilton, Georgia
16. Gini Williams, North Carolina
17. Tina McDonald, Canada <----- That's Lil' ole' me! :)
18. Donna O'Leary, New Zealand
19. Benedicte Raphalen, France
20. Amy Prior, Australia
21. Irit Shalom, Israel
22. Jennifer Roach, Canada
23. Erika Taylor, Canada
24. Iris Uy, Philippines
25. Katarina Damm-Blomberg, Finland
26. Birgit Koopsen, Netherlands

This opportunity will partner so well with Spellbinders products! I am SO excited to work with these two amazing companies! And fingers crossed... I hope to be able to stay on with Spellbinders through the 2012 year as well... but that is yet to be determined! LOL!

Thanks SO much for stopping by! And I hope that you will follow me along on this new and exciting journey!
If you are interested in me teaching a class at your LSS, crop or retreat, please feel free to contact me for details!! :) I will be doing classes and demo's using these "new" products in the coming year!! Exciting times!!

So,until next time...
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Looking for handmade gift ideas?

I know it's about the time when many people are looking for those quick ideas that they can create for those special people on their list! I have one of those projects to share with you today! SO quick, but SO beautiful!!
Spellbinders Supplies:
S4-136 Classic Hear
tS4-348 Postage Stamps
S5-044 Banner Basics One
S5-061 Daisy Flower Topper
Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine

Other Supplies:
Quietfire Design: Gentle Thoughts Stamp
My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found Christmas Holly, Peace Patterned Paper
Graphic 45, An ABC Primer Happy Go Lucky, Games and Play Time Patterned Paper, Staples Cream Trim Lace
Clearsnap, ColorBox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink
Buttons Galore And More, Cream Buttons
Jillibean Soup, Brown Twine
Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape
Ranger Distress ink (Frayed Burlap
Pink Paislee Brown Letter Stickers
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots, Premium Craft Glue

This is a cheap wooden frame that I purchased from Michaels for $1.50. Yes, for real!! I stained it using Cosmic Shimmers shimmer spray in BRONZE BLUSH. I applied it with a cloth and rubbed it in good. it gave it a beautiful stain!
Next, I covered the front in patterned paper and cut out the center using a craft knife. Sand and ink edges.
I used several Spellbinders die templates on this frame. The fun part about this is that you can create ANY themed frame! Think baby, Family, party, girl, boy, Mom, Dad... the possibilities are endless! There are so many die templates available thru Spellbinders that you are sure to find what you are looking for!
For me, I wanted to create a country charm look... which I achieved with the addition of the gingham print and the lace. This beautiful photo is of my sister and her hubby...
So if you have a special photo that you would like to give as a gift, try altering a frame for it! You'd be amazed by the personal touch it adds!

Have you remembered that Spellbinders is having a design team call? The deadline is Dec 9th for the first round!! Yep, my project is submitted! :)

Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In the Christmas spirit!

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!"
WOHOO! First snow day of the year... school is canceled and the kids are home! It's just beginning to snow... but it sure does put me in the Christmas spirit! I am determined to start early this year so that it's not such a rush! I absolutely love the season, but get frustrated by all I put into it to make it so much less enjoyable. So this year I'm cutting back... cutting back on the shopping (we need more stuff like we need a hole in the head! ;) ), cutting back on my expectations of myself to make everything perfect. This year I want to enjoy MORE time... more time with my family, more time in peace and quiet, more time thanking God for sending His Son to this world... for me. More time just taking it all in. More time thinking about how we can be a blessing to others... not just all about us. That is what I am praying for this holiday season.I pray that you will find balance this season as well. Take time for the things that are important... and enjoy EVERY minute!! :)
While I'm here, I would like to share a few Christmas projects that I've been creating. I've been doing lots of creating... Spellbinders new Winter CHA prototypes are rolling in and I'm knee deep in creating... and LOVING every minute of it!!
This first set is a card/gift tin that I created. My Mom is doing a table at a craft sale and asked me to contribute some goodies! So Of course I'm happy to do so! This is one of my favorite things that I've been doing for the Holidays... cards and tins. The tins hold a gift card. So many people love to give a gift card but don't like how impersonal they feel. So give it a personal touch, with a handmade set!
This set was created using Spellbinders LF-132 Grand Rectangles, S4-114 Standard Circles LG, and S5-057 Holly Motifs and S5-056 Holly Accents. This gorgeous paper is My Minds Eye Holly Jolly collection... which I ADORE! This card was SO easy to make... I created the gift tin in the same way so that made it even simpler! The stamp is by Just Right stampers... ADORE that doily stamp!!
The second gift set that I created is also a very simple one.
Reindeer Gift Set
This set uses Bo Bunny paper, and makes full use of the festive scenes! The die cutting is less obvious in the photo's on this set. I used the Spellbinders LF-132 Grand Rectangles again... they help to give a little bit of definition to the papers rather than just having them cut flat. Which of course adds to the beauty of them! Top them off with a bow and the beautiful charms that Bo Bunny has to match their papers! I added a touch of stickles to make the snow look real and this card is finished! SO simple!
The gift tin is even simpler! No time at all and this set was complete!! Paper, glitter ribbon and a charm!
One more little project to share today... a gift box! I LOVE the gift boxes that Spellbinders released a the last CHA! This box was created using the LF 010 Square Bracket Edge Box.

Golden Gift Box
Here's how I created this one...
1. Using a small amount of tape, adhere box bottom die template (LF 010 Square Bracket Edge Box) to cream cardstock.
2. Take cream cardstock and stamp Just Right Stampers doily stamp in several positions using Watermark Ink (Clear Snap). Sprinkle with embossing powder. (Cosmic Shimmers bronze blush) Heat with heating gun. Next, cover entire area with gold ink. Using a cloth, wipe cardstock to remove ink from embossed images. This creates a resist! Then tape die template(box cover) to cardstock. Cut and emboss with piece from step 1. Assemble box pieces.
3. Cut/emboss S5-067 Anemone Flower Topper onto gold paper (Anna Griffin), excluding the flower center and the largest flower. Adhere together and curl petals. Adhere to box top.
4. Create rose using S5-050 Rose Creations and cream cardstock. I used the smaller sized die templates, curling them towards the center. The larger layers were curled outwards. I believe I used 2 layers of each size (I did not use the largest templates, as I wanted a smaller sized flower)
Adhere to center of Anemone flower topper! And you are done! Glitter, stickles, anything else can be added!!

I am working on a video of this to share with you! Hoping to have it completed soon! :)

These are SO simple and there are SOOO many uses for them, and ways to make them your own! The possibilities are endless! Think truffles, candy, jewelry... see what I mean? Never ending possibilities!
Well, I will leave you with that today! I hope that I have put you in the Christmas spirit, just a little bit! I know my American friends are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving... so I'm a bit ahead of the game for you! LOL! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are able to spend it with your loved ones!
Stop in again soon and view the video I am creating for this adorable box!! :)

Until Next time...
Happy Scrapping!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop for Crafters Home Day Two

Join Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and Crafters Home
as we celebrate a Fall Sneak Peek!

Spellbinders and participating stores in the Crafters Home Buying Group are excited to introduce three new die template sets sold exclusively through Crafters Home stores through January! You’ll have to wait until February to find these die template designs in non-member stores.
These new dies are in stock! Get yours now at a participating Crafters Home store! See full list of stores here. Visit the Spellbinders Blog November 14 - 16 to see a new Spellbinders die template revealed each day! Visit designer blogs to enter the daily contests and see inspiring projects using the new releases. Comment on Designers Blogs and the Spellbinders Blog count as entries into daily drawings. Daily winners receive all three of the new designs!

Today's new die is S5-068 Dress Forms

Price: $19.99


Lattice Dress: 1 7/8 x 2 ¼”

Scalloped Hem Dress: 2 1/8 x 2 5/8”

Plain Dress Form: 1 ¾ x 3 1/8

Swirled Dress: 1 ¾ x 3 1/8”

My Sister My Friend
For my project today, I created a simple card for you. I have created several other projects already using these die templates. I just love using them! They are so elegant and full of possibilities! For this card I used the plain dress form. I just loved adding all the bling from Want2Scrap. I also was careful with the placement of the template on my patterned paper. This made it so that the design on the top of the form looks like it's part of the design! Love that!!

Besides the Dress Forms, I also used the following Spellbinders Die Templates:

LF-110 Grand Ovals
S4-314 Lacey Ovals
S4-110 Classic Ovals Lg
S4-310 Labels Eighteen

I added a border along the bottom of the card by using the following Edgabilities templates as well.
E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop (Edger)
E8-002 Classic Bracket (Decorative Insert)
E8-006 Classic Petal (Decorative Insert)
Spellbinders Die Templates (as listed above)
Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Bo Bunny Snowfall Collection Patterned paper
Recollections Cardstock
StampingScrapping Tag Accents stamp
Just Rite Stampers Family Garden stamp
Want2Scrap Bling and Nestabling (Oval)
Ranger Stickles
ClearSnap ink (Deep Brown)
Ranger distress ink (frayed burlap)
ribbon (unknown)
Foam Tape
Helmar Premium Craft Glue and Liquid Scrap Dots

The possibilities are endless, as I'm sure you are seeing on this fabulous hop! I will not keep you any longer... continue hopping along and being inspired by these amazing designers!

Visit these Designers Today!
Contest Details
Participants wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Fall Sneak Peek contests adhere to all of the following rules.
The Fall Sneak Peek starts November 14, and ends November 16, 2011. It consists of three individual contests, one each day.
Each Fall Sneak Peek Bog will accept comments as entries from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, on its scheduled day.
Each comment counts as one entry. One entry per person, per blog please.
One winner each day will receive the three new die templates available exclusively at Crafters Home stores.
All three winners will be announced on the Spellbinders Blog on November 17. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email address on the winning post to claim their prize. If a winner fails to respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
By entering, you allow Spellbinders to publish your first name, city, state, and country of residence and a quote from you, on the Spellbinders Blog, website, and in promotional materials.
Spellbinders Designers, contractors, employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win.
The invitation to the Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop is extended to all, we are happy to ship prizes worldwide.
Any questions regarding this contest should be sent to

Thanks for stopping by!!
Until Next Time,
Happy Scrapping!!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Simply Renee's "Trash to Treasure"contest

Taken from the Simply Renee blog...

We're having a contest to start the

Holiday Season Off!!!

Here is what you need to do. A local TV station called

Studio 5 and Renee's niece does a segment called

"Trash to Treasures". They will be showing Renee's newly redecorated bathrooms,

and some other areas in her home. It will air on Friday, November 4th at 11am.

Watch it if you can if not we will have a link to it on our website, plus

ctures.(keep checking back with us) Then leave comments on our

website ,blog and facebook. You can comment at least once a

day on all the sites (for a better chance to win) through Monday 7th. We will pick

one winner on Tuesday morning!!!Hope you enjoy seeing what Renee does when

she's not running the business! She is so very talented.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spellbinders Design Team Call

Hey!!!! It's cold... I have lots to do today, and yet here I sit! :) I think it's a good start to my day! LOL! Still waiting for my coffee to kick in too! (Well, I was... but now it's after lunch before I actually am publishing this.. so don't think I just got up! LOL!)

Have you heard that Spellbinders has announced their design team call? If not, check it out here. I have to tell you that this is the most amazing company to work with! The product is second to NONE! They are cutting edge (no pun intended! LOL!), top quality, easy to use, and addictive I must say! :)
The people behind the business are amazing! They treat you like a person, not a number or an email address! Having the opportunity to travel to Arizona and meet them face to face makes it such a personal experience. You get to know the people, the business and the team.
Before trying out for the team, to be honest, I had never had the opportunity to own even one set of Spellbinders die templates! I received my first set once I made the finals! I knew I would love them... had been loving them from a distance! But once I used them it was love at first cut! Now there is no going back! I can't even imagine creating something without using my die templates!! The tough part is deciding which ones to use!! I now have SO MANY! What a wonderful problem to have!! :)
I still have 5 months left as a part of the 2011 team. I can't believe how fast the time has gone!! Yes, I plan to reapply! I have loved everythng about this! The competition is FEIRCE but I plan to do my best to make it again! Spellbinders ROCKS!! :)
So, that being said, I'll share a couple of projects that I created for them! :)
Happy Fall Y'all!
In creating this card, I used the Grand Labels Twenty Three to create my card base, Then I cut a frame using Grand Recrangles and adhered it over a rectangle of Best Creation Glitter cardstock!. After cutting some circle rings using both LG and SM Standard Circles, I heat embossed some leaves and added a bit of mica powder! A ribbon banner, stamped sentiment and button tied with twine finished this card off! It's different, and I like that! So Happy Fall Y'all!! :)

Supplies used
LinkOther Supplies
Gina K. Designs, Theresa Momber Autumn Beauty Stamp
Bazzill Basics Paper, Black, Cream Cardstock
Best Creation Inc, Glitter Basics Coffee Glitter Cardstock
Clearsnap, Bronze Pigment Ink
Cosmic Shimmer, Copper Bronze Luster Embossing Powder, Khaki Green, Pale Russet iridescent mica pigments powder
Buttons Gallore and More button
Canvas Corp Twine
Helmar Adhesive

It All Begins TOMORROW
This page is a sentimental one. I created it for Summer CHA using lots of the New Release die templates. The photo was taken the night before Sammy started Kindergarden. The journaling was written at the same time. So it's right from the heart... It's a sentimental letter from mother to son.

Spellbinders Products Used:
Other Supplies:
    KaiserCraft, Prairie Lane Spring Acres, Fairview, Oakwood, Hillcrest, Pine Arbour Patterned Paper, Timeless World Map Patterned Paper
    WorldWin Papers, Treasure Ivory Cardstock
    Cosmo Cricket, Tiny Type Alpha Stickers
    Cosmic Shimmer, Bronze Blush Shimmer Mist
    Buttons Galore And More, Brown Button
    Momenta Cardstock
    Ranger distress ink Frayed Burlap
    Doodlebug Designs Alpha
    Helmar Adhesives

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've been inspired to create something fabulous!!
    Until Next Time...
    Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Holiday Hello's... with Miss Arts!

I have been working like crazy on my online class for Miss Paper Arts! And I must say... I am loving the projects that I created for these classes! For those taking my class, we will be creating 3 cards and one gift tin! Each project can be done the simple way, or you can continue on and use some fun techniques to take your card from Great to Glamorous!! Here is the "official" Miss Arts write up and a few sneak peeks! Then I'll share a bit more about how you can take my class and many more AMAZING classes!

Holiday Hello's
Santa is not the only one who hands out coal to some and the latest and greatest toy to others. Don’t feel guilty, we all make a list of who we send holiday cards to because we want to, and who we send cards to because we feel we have to. In Tina McDonald’s, Holiday Hellos, class you’ll learn how to make simple cards for “the rarely nice” on your list and how to take take those same cards to amazing for the “never naughties” in your life. This 101 class uses 4 easy-to-follow videos to herald the hectic out of saying hello over the holidays. For even fewer Winter woes purchase our complementary card making kit, Virginia’s Letter. Miss Art’s Papercrafting School keeps your Noel note-giving neurosis-free beginning on 11/1/11.

Here's a link to the Youtube promotional video for it too! :)
If you are not familiar with Miss arts, here is the link to the website. This site is like an online classroom. You can subscribe and get ALL of the classes! Or you can just subscribe to one type of class... here is the link to the subscription info...
I would LOVE to have some of you join in for my class!! That'd be awesome! Let me know if you drop by and what you think of it!! I'm using stickles, liquid pearls, mica powder, Spellbinders die templates and SO much more!
Anyway, that's all for now! I'm back to the craft table! :)
Until Next time...
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spellbinders Meets Unity Stamp Company Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our TWO-day event!

Spellbinders and Unity logo

You should be joining me from Karen Maldonado ’s blog, if not then head to the beginning on the Unity Stamp Co. Blog.

With all the blog-swaps that are happening out there lately, I can't think of one more exciting than when the amazing women of SPELLBINDERS™ get together with the rock stars of UNITY STAMP COMPANY!

We can't wait to show you a special line of coordinating products featuring SPELLBINDERS dies and SAMANTHA WALKER for Unity Stamp Co. rubber stamps!
Not only are we thrilled to be collaborating on such a special 2-day event, but ONE of you will win ALL of the coordinating stamps and dies from the Samantha Walker collection! We will also have 1 winner each day from the comments that will receive 1 Samantha Walker stamp set and coordinating dies.
So be sure to enjoy our hop both days, leave comments on all of the blogs each day and check back to see if you won!

(winners will be posted on Wednesday, October 19th on the Unity Blog and Spellbinders Blog)

For my project today I used the Spellbinders S5-070 Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents and the Samantha Walker for Unity Ornate Artisan Stackers.

I absolutely love how well they fit together! They really are easy as pie to stamp and then cut the image you want! They fit perfectly! no trying to make it fit... they just do! And the possibilities are endless as to how you can mix and match them! They all fit together and give you an endless supply of designs to work with! Not to mention the fabulous sentiments that come with this set!

I just love the stenciling ability that you get with the Spellbinders die templates! See the shading that is on these cream colored pieces? That is all done while the die is still in the template! It gives such a beautiful look! This is one thing that makes Spellbinders templates so amazing!

In creating this card, I filled in some of the stamped images with Cosmic Shimmers Drawing paint! This stuff is SO much fun to use on stamped images!! It gives a nice shimmer which just adds to the look of the design!

Creating this card has me wanting one thing... ALL of the Samantha Walker stamps to match my Spellbinders Die Templates! I'm sure you will agree by the end of these 2 days of amazing inspiration! So, time to move on to the next blog!!

Please head over to Natalie Dever's blog…

Thanks for stopping by!

Until Next Time...

Happy Scrapping!


Friday, October 07, 2011


Hello Everyone! Brrr... it's a chilly day out there today!! I actually have the fire place lit! It sure is cozy though!!
So, while the kiddo's are having a little nap, I thought I'd hop on and share a layout with you that I created for Spellbinders.
This page is about how blessed I feel to have such an amazing daughter! So often I take for granted how incredible and special she is. This is one of those times I was in awe of her... beautiful inside and out!!

It uses the following Spellbinders Die Templates...

Spellbinders Supplies:

I created this with some of the Summer release die templates... The Shaddow flowers were a lot of fun to work with... I sprayed them with Cosmic Shimmer spray (similar to Glimmer mist) and let them curl a bit!
Other supplies:
  • GCD Studios, Paris Nights, Antiquities Patterned Paper
  • Clearsnap, ColorBox Black Fluid Chalk Ink
  • Cosmic Shimmer, Bronze Blush Cosmic Shimmer Mist
  • Canvas Corp, Twine
  • Scor-Pal, ¼" Scor-Tape
  • Ranger liquid pearls
  • Ranger Distress ink (Frayed Burlap)
  • Making Memories eyelettes
  • Helmar Premium Craft Glue
  • Corrugated cardboard
Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you have a very BLESSED and happy Thanksgiving weekend (for my Canadian friends)!
I am working on my class for Miss Paper Arts... and OH MY!! I think they are some of my favorite creations ever! Be sure to check back for info about that class coming up! :)
Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Home Sweet Home Canvas & more

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Today I have a couple of Spellbinders projects to share quickly with you! For more great projects my the Spellbinders team, stop by the gallery...
The first was created using a 6" embroidery hoop! SO much fun!!! I decorated it with felt flowers, cut using LF-005 Grand Peony Creations. Felt is so much fun to work with using Spellbinders die templates! It cuts them so easily!!! The die templates used on this project were

  • GCD Studios, Authentiquities Patterned Paper
  • Bazzill Basics Paper, Black Cardstock
  • Canvas Corp, 12 x 12" Canvas Sheet
  • Clearsnap, ColorBox Copper, Black, Burnt Copper Pigment Inks
  • Buttons Galore and More, Buttons
  • Artistic Wire, 18 Gauge Black Wire
  • Penny Black Inc., Letter Background Stamp
  • Alpha Stickers
  • Quick Quotes Ribbon
  • Felt, Black Thread
  • Helmar Adhesives

This second project is a card created using...Spellbinders
  • Graphic 45, Curtain Call Tour De France, Leading Ladies, Let's Dance Patterned Paper
  • WorldWin Papers, Ivory Cardstock
  • Clearsnap, ColorBox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink
  • Creative Impressions, Antique Copper Mini Brads
  • Rubons
  • Helmar Adhesives
  • Creative Imaginations thin wood paper
Sorry for the quick post... it's almost 1am and I am up due to having coffee too late... lesson learned! LOL! :)
So, until next time...
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Win with Spellbinders & Core'dinations Blog Swap Day 3

Welcome to the Spellbinders and Core’dinations Blog Swap!

This week Spellbinders™ has teamed up with Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock® to showcase the wonderful ways our products work together!

Today I have 2 simple coordinating projects to share with you! Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us Canadians, so I could not resist creating Thankful themed projects for this occasion!

I used 2 Core'dinations Color Core Cardstock packs for these projects...
My Minds Eye Lost and Found Collection
Jenni Bowlin Everyday Collection

In creating my card, I began with Spellbinders LF-161 Grand Labels One. I cut the card base from this and folded it in half. From there, I used the following die templates...
S5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents
S4-348 Postage Stamps
S5-028 Nested Pennants
S4-328 FoliageLink

In creating the gift box, (which I see Christine Emberson and I both were thinking alike...) I used the following Spellbinders die templates:
LF-010 Square Bracket Edge Box
S5-073 Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents
S4-348 Postage Stamps
S5-028 Nested Pennants
S4-328 Foliage

In working with Core'dinations cardstock, there are so many options!! I love the sanded look, as seen on the cream or brown colored papers. While on the red and gold I used ink to bring out the embossing! SO many options!!
I also loved the Core'dinations Dust Buddy for this project! This piece of cloth that cleans up the dust from your sanding! It is the first time I used it, but it will NOT be the last! It cleaned up every drop of dust without effort! You have to give it a try if you like sanding your papers!!
Bringing these two companies together, one can't help but create something beautiful... Try it and you'll see what all the fuss is about! :)

****************************************************************Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die
templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique
triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil
through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ die templates cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook , Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only sandable cardstock with a color core. Sand it, tear it, emboss it and so much more! The Core Essentials line comes in over 160 colors with matching color families. Or maybe you are looking for something a bit more contrasting like the Black Magic or Chocolate Box collections. The sandable core will shine through the unique black and brown colors once it is sanded. Core’dinations has also teamed up with industry leading companies such as Pink Paislee, BasicGrey, Graphic 45 and more to create new and unique pre-embossed cardstock that perfectly accents their patterned papers.

But there is more! Check out Core’dinations website for the new Cardmaker Series, Kraft-Core and various other wonderful cardstock lines.

Be sure to follow Core'dinations thru these links...
Core’dinations Blog
Core’dinations Website
Core’dinations Facebook

{Leave a comment to win fabulous prizes}
Spellbinders is offering TWO winners, drawn from the comments left on the participating Designer's blogs, each a $24.99 value die template of their choice. Winners will be chosen randomly at the end of the week. Core'dinations will be giving away prizes too so be sure to visit their Scrapbook Blog for details.
Here is the blog list for the week! Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment...

Mon Sept 26

Tues Sept 27

Wed Sept 28
Tina McDonald (YOU ARE HERE)

Thurs Sept 29

Fri Sept 30
Beth Pingry

Don't forget to stop by each Designer's Blog all week (including the participants from the Blog Swap Day One and Blog Swap Day Two). Remember to leave a comment to enter to win! Spellbinders will randomly draw winners at the end of the week from all the comments posted on the designers blogs.

Other products used:
Gina K Stamps, Creative Impressions ribbon, Want2Scrap bling, Buttons Gallore buttons, ClearSnap ink, Cosmic Shimmers mica shimmer powder, Ranger distress ink, twine, Helmar adhesives

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Yummy recipes to share

I've been cooking up a storm lately! I have a few good ones that I thought I'd share with ya's!!

In the oven right now is...

Out of This World Brownies
from Taste Of Home Contest Winning Annual Recipes 2005

1 Cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 cup + 3TBSP baking cocoa
1/8 tsp salt

Brown Butter Frosting
1/2 cup butter
4 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tsp half and half cream (I used coffee cream)
2 tsp vanilla

1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbsp butter

1. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in Vanilla. Combine Flour, Cocoa and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture.

2. Spread into ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30m minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool on wire rack.

3. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into mixing bowl; beat in icing sugar, cream and vanilla. Frost cooled brownies.

4. For Glaze, melt chocolate and butter; drizzle over frosting. Cut into bars.

Makes 3 dozen

Supper last night was this next recipe... only I replace Bullseye bbq sauce... and used steak instead of pork! Delish!!

Sweet and sour Pork Chops and Peppers
from Kraft's WHAT'S COOKING fall issue

4 boneless pork chops
1 red pepper cut into strips
1 LG onion, halved, sliced
1/2 cup Kraft Chicken and Rib bbq sauce
1/4 Kraft Catalina salad dressing

1. Heat Oven to 375 (I used 325)
2. Place meat in 9x13 pan.
3. Combine bbq sauce and salad dressing. Spoon over chops.
4. Top with onions and peppers.
5. Bake 30 minutes or until chops are done. stir veggies after 15 min.

(I baked at 325 for 2 hrs, covered in foil)

This next one was sooo yummy!!! Served with rice.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
from Kraft WHAT'S COOKING Fall issue

10 bone in chicken thighs skin removed (I used breasts, bone in)
1 jar (650 ml) Thick and chunky salsa
1 onion chopped
2TBSP curry powder
1/2 cup Philadelphia cream cheese spread

1. Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine next 3 ingredients. Pour over chicken. Cover with lid.
2. Cook on low for 8-10 hrs or High for 5 hrs. (I did 4)
3. Transfer chicken to platter and keep warm. Add cream cheese spread to slow cooker. Sisk until melted and well blended. Spoon over chicken, serve.

Hope these recipes help beat some of those what to have supper nights! :) I'd love to hear what you think of them, or I'd also love to hear some of your favorite recipes!

Until next time... Happy COOKING! :)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Want To Make It Fabulous blog hop!!!


Want2Scrap™ , Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and JustRite® Stampers Designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing four day Blog Hop Event Sept 6 -9, filled with fabulous designs that are sure to inspire all!! Each day we will be sharing a link list with you for the featured designers!

Maybe Being 35 Won't Be So Bad
Today I want to share a layout with you. In creating this page, I used the JustRite "You Inspire Me" cling stamp set. I ADORE this set! Doilies are all the rage right now and I just love creating with them! This set of doily looking stamps appealed to my girlie side right away!!
I used these stamps in two ways in creatin this page.
First, I stamped directly onto my backround patterned paper. Sometimes I would use the freshly inked stamp, to give a definate dark image. Other times I used the stamp again (not freshly inked) to give more of a faint image. I love the effect these 2 make together. I used Want2Scrap Nestabling Heart Circles in black to help define the doilies! PERFECT!
Secondly, I stamped the smaller doily image onto cardstock. I then diecut/embossed them using my Grand Calubur (R) machine and Spellbinders S4-114 Standard Circles LG die template #3 (with #1 being the smallest). I inked the edges and cut them each in half. I used these to create a scalloped border.
To help complete the page, I used Spellbinders S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs. This is one of my FAVORITE Spellbinders die template sets!! I cut the largest doily twice. Before removing from the template, I inked the inside edge using the stenciling technique. I added the Want2Scrap Nestabling on these as well. I cut each of the doilies in half. Then I tucked them in where I wanted them!

DESIGNER TIP: When creating this page, I ran out of black rhinestone circles, but yet wanted to add more. What I did was used another shape in the same color. I trimmed it and reshaped it into a circle!! Worked like a charm! No need to do without when you can create what you want!!

Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine, S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs, Spellbinders S4-114 Standard Circles LG
Want2Scrap Nestabling Heart Circles in black rhinestones
JustRite Stampers YOU INSPIRE ME cling stamps
Crate Paper Portrait collection (patterned papers, alpha's and labels)
Cosmo Cricket (mini alpha)
ClearSnap Colorbox Cat Eyes Pigment Ink (black)
Ranger Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap)
Buttons Gallore and more (buttons)
Helmar Premium Craft Glue, 45o quick dry
Bazill Basics Cardstock

What would a blog hop be without prizes? Yes, we
will also be giving away prizes!!

Want2Scrap will be giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates.

*Spellbinders Paper Arts
will be giving away 2 Die Template sets
with a value of $24.99 each.

* JustRite Stampers
will be giving away 2 Stamp Sets of the
winner’s choice.

The winners will be drawn from the blog commenter so be sure to visit
them all and leave a comment one each to increase your chances of
winning.The contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday,
September 10th. Winners will be announced on Monday September
12th on the company blogs.

Are you new to Want2Scrap , SpellbindersPaper Arts or JustRite
Stampers? Here is a little information about all three of these amazing
companies. Each company offers a unique line of products that work
wonderfully together to make some fabulous designs. Sophistication,
value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders die
templates#1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders
unique triplefunction die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and
then stencilthrough the die template for unlimited possibilities. The
SpellbindersGrand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand
Nestabilities™ cutand emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to
grand proportions.Follow Spellbinders on Facebook , Twitter and
the Spellbinders Blog!

Want2Scrap manufacturers rhinestone lines including the
specialty Nestabling™ line along with the newly released Nestaboard™
chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders
Nestabilities® die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their
own linechipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and
multi-layeredlaser designs and other fine scrapbooking products.
Want2Scrapbrings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines
by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow
Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog !

JustRite Stampers entire collection of stamps are
designed to be compatible with Spellbinders die templates.
JustRite Originals interlocking stamp system allows you to
mix and match borders and centers to create dozens of design
possibilities. Since the spring of 2008, JustRite Original
stamps have been designed to coordinate with the Spellbinders
Nestabilities,Decorative Elements and Basic Shapes. In January
of 2011, JustRite began introducing Cling Stamps Sets designed
to coordinate with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels. JustRite
Cling stamps are deeply etched pre-cut red rubber mounted
on Static Cling Foam made in the USA . Cling sets come on a
colored 8 1/2 x 6 1/2" Storage Panel for easy storage in our
Cling Mini Binder Box. For thousands of ideas on projects using
JustRite and Spellbinders die templates visit the JustRite Design
Gallery and the JustRite Blog. You can also follow our blog by
following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Subscribe to each company’s blog!

Want2Scrap Blog

Spellbinders Paper Arts Blog

JustRite Stampers Blog

Today’s featured bloggers are:

Thank you, I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop.
Your comment will count as a prize entry!

Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!!