Friday, July 29, 2011

Puppy Love

Hey all! I know! I was supposed to be back sooner with more projects... but I've been completely enjoying some family time! :) I have been doing a bit of creating though and wanted to stop by to share with you! :)Link There is more to come... soon! ;)
Here is a LO I did using Kaisercraft papers and Spellbinders Circle Die Templates... both the (S4-114) Standard Circles LG and (S4-116) Standard Circles SM as well as the (s5-041) Floral Doily Motifs. LOVE these die templates!!!

To create the circle rings, I layered several of the circle die templates together and ran them thru the Grand Calibur. They cut into all of these fabulous rings! LOVE that!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Sorry so short! :) Off to see a movie in the park with the kids!
Until Next Time... Happy Scrapping!!

KaiserCraft patterned paper, Pink Paislee and Crate Paper Alpha.s, Autumn Leaves Stamp, Spellbinders Die Templates, Want2Scrap Bling, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Helmar Premium Craft Glue

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spellbinders New Releases in Action

Hello All! Did you see Spellbinders entire new release? It was revealed on the blog yesterday and it is AMAZING!! It's so exciting because now I can share some projects using all these new releases!! Of course, most of my creations have gone to CHA to be in the Spellbinders booth, but I have created a few quick things for myself since then that I can share with you!

10 minute Happy Anniversary Card
LinkSupplies: Basic Grey PP, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Maya Road Pin, Penny Black stamp, Clear Snap Ink, Helmar Premium Craft glue and Quick Fix Adhesive Runner, Spellbinders LF-132 Grand Rectangles and LF-133 Grand Scalloped Rectangles
This card was created in less than 10 minutes... which is FAST for me!! It was for a neighbour's 50th anniversary and Hubby was in the shower... time to go! I used Spellbinders new LF-132 Grand Rectangles and LF-133 Grand Scalloped Rectangles for this. I stamped the image twice using a stamp from Penny Black. Tied on a ribbon, added a pin and I was good to go! I would have liked to add a bit of stickles to the stamped image, but they would not have had time to dry... it was TIME TO GO! LOL! (I also would have straightened my slightly off sentiment... ;) )

I think this is the first time I have used the color purple in a LONG LONG time!!! Still not really sure if I like it... but it's bearable... LOL! It couldn't have been that bad, because since I created this card, I have also created a layout using purple! EGADS! What is wrong with me! LOL! I'll be sharing the layout in the next day or 2 so drop by again! I also have 2 more cards and a FABULOUS flower tutorial to share with you!! All of these projects use the new Summer 2011 Spellbinders die templates! :) So be sure to drop by again soon! :)

Until Next Time... Happy Scrapping!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spellbinders is Cutting-EDGE

Have you been following along Spellbinders blog frenzy? It is almost over! Make sure you have your entries in for the contests!!!
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who dropped by my blog and left such wonderful comments! You are all so wonderful!! I just loving hearing the excitement in your posts!!! The new releases are SO gorgeous! One of the most amazing things about this release is the Edgabilities!! Have you seen them? If not, check out these video's that Spellbinders released telling you ALL about them!!

Spellbinders Edgabilities Mix and Match

And this Video... which shares some fantastic techniques!!

Edgabilities Techniques

They are SO much fun to play with! Every time I dig them out I come up with something new, and I KNOW you will too!! So save up those pennies!!! You're going to want ALL of the sets!!!

For those looking for the video on working with wire to make your own jump-rings, stay tuned... I'll have it up next week so be sure to check back in!!

Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!!
ps: THANK YOU to Shanna for helping get my blog looking good again! :) She rocks!! :)


My blog is posessed!!

Hello folks!
I have to appologize for the look of my blog! Photobucket is playing a cruel trick on me today... I hope to have it restored soon, but in the meantime, please accept my sincere appologies!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Spellbinders Paper Arts Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy

Spellbinders Paper Arts

Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy
July 6 - 14, 2011

Welcome to the Seventh day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts

Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts’ is absolutely thrilled to bring you one of the most exciting die releases to date! These new collections are some of the most innovated and beautiful die templates in the world! The Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.

· Win today’s new Spellbinders die templates!

· Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day (see schedule below)!

· One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days!

· Each blog will accept entries for 48 hours!

· You have from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time July 12, 2011 to 12:01 a.m. July 14, 2011 to enter my contest. See the Official Rules

· Today you can enter my contest and Linda Duke’s contest.

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I’m thrilled to share two projects using the LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box and S4-338 Holiday Tags with you...

The LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box die template can be used for so many different occasions! First, I am going to show you how to use it to create a Christmas tree ornament with an extra little surprise inside!

*Cut/emboss LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box in the Grand Calibur Machine out of ivory cardstock. Ink edges and set aside.

*Cut/emboss LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box out of red patterned paper, adding the Layers as shown in the photo. They will be used to cut out windows in the box. Ink edges.

*Layer the 2 boxes with the ivory one on the top. Fold all arms in on the embossed lines. Open and adhere base together, leaving the “arms” free.

*Cut/emboss S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs doily #3 (with #1 being the smallest) onto red patterned paper. Ink edges. Adhere to inside of the box onto the ivory cardstock. Add cardstock stickers with the year.

*Cut/emboss S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs doily #4 twice from ivory cardstock. Lightly ink edges. Adhere together. Set aside.

*Punch hole and add eyelet to one of the arms. Insert twine and tie.

*To close your box, begin by folding one arm in towards the center. Moving counter-clockwise, fold in the next arm, tucking it UNDER the previous arm. Tuck petal under and around previous petal. Continue around until all arms and petals are tucked. The top will be a beautiful pinwheel!

*Adhere Doily to the bottom of the box.

*Your Hexagon Petal Top Box is complete! I like to curl the edges of the outer petals just a bit to help give an extra bit of definition as well!

*Now for the surprise inside!
*A photo banner/minibook!

*Print photos 3x4”. Layer with ivory cardstock. Cut out both together using S4-114 Standard Circles LG #4. You do not have to emboss these. I then sanded the edges of the photo using a sanding block. Adhere photo to cardstock circle. Repeat for all photo’s. (Note: I used 5 photo’s. If you use any more than that they will not fit inside of the box.)

*Punch small hole on left and right side, as well as on the bottom of each photo circle. Insert jump ring into each hole.

*Using your printer, print name and age of each person in photo. Cut/emboss using small Rounded, 6 Pointed and Notched ornaments from the S4-338 Holiday Tags die templates. Ink edges. Set aside.

*Cut (do not emboss) Best Creation red glitter cardstock using LG 6 Pointed, Rounded and Notched ornaments from the S4-338 Holiday Tags die templates (ending up with with one ornament die for each photo). Adhere name tags that you just cut. Add red bling from Want2Scrap. Insert jump ring into hole. Join with bottom jump ring on each photo.

*Join all photo's together using the jump rings.

If you are interested in knowing how to make your own jump rings, or how to work with jump rings, just leave me a note in the comments section and I’ll be glad to do a short video/ tutorial for you on that! They are super simple!

*To finish off, add a charm to the first and last photo. Fold up your little banner and sit inside of hexagon petal topped box. Close box as explained above.

Hang and enjoy!!

Supplies Used:

Spellbinders (GC-001 Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine, LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box, S4-338 Holiday Tags, S4-114 Standard Circles LG, S5-041 Floral Doily Motifs) **Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker (We Are Family "Family Album") **My Minds Eye (Holly Jolly "Holly Berries") **Worldwin (Ivory cardstock) **Best Creation (Basic Glitter Cardstock, Red) **Artistic Wire (22 guage silver wire, 19 guage silver wire, Curling Gizmo) **Canvas Corp (Twine) **Want2Scrap (Say it with Baby Bling, Red) **Ranger (Distress ink, Frayed Burlap) **Helmar (Premium Craft Glue) **Jenni Bowlin (Alpha)Link

LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box

MSRP: $59.99


Die Template: 8x8"

Layers: 1x1 3/8"

Tag: 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

Assembled Box: 3"

S4-338 Holiday Tags

MSRP: $24.99


Notched: SM: 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" LG: 2x2"

Rounded: SM: 1 3/8 x 1" LG: 2 3/8 x 1 3/4"

6 Pointed Star: SM: 1 1/8 x 1 3/8" LG 1 7/8 x 2 1/4"

8 Pointed Star: 2 3/4 x 2 1/2"

I have also created a second project to share with you today using both the LF-008 Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box and S4-338 Holiday Tags. This one is created to be a wedding favor. I used the Layers as actual layers and adhered them to the outside. I also added a few butterflies from the S4-329 Butterfly Circles. The tag was made using the SM 6 Pointed Star from the S4-338 Holiday tags. THis beautiful patterned paper is by KaiserCraft. I added some Ranger Liquid Pearls for accents and distress ink in Frayed Burlap. Check it out!

See the official Spellbinders Paper Arts Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy rules.


My contest is open for entries from 12:01 a.m. July 12th, 2011, to 12:01 a.m. July 14th, 2011 Eastern Standard Time.

1) Send your email entry to: (either click the link or type the address into your email program)

2) The subject must be Hexagon Pinwheel Top box and Holiday Tags.

3) Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their contest dates:

July 6


Kimberly Crawford

July 7



July 8



July 9



July 10


Michelle Woerner

July 11



July 12

Linda Duke


July 13

Sherry Cheever

Lesley Langdon

July 14


Daily contest winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each contest within its designated time period. Use the same email address to send the entry email. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1400, and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die templates released at the 2011 Summer CHA show, and a Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

I love your comments! Unfortunately your comment does not count towards a
contest entry, so be sure to enter (above, see To Enter section) and then
leave a comment here on my blog!

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Thank you for visiting and good luck!!


Best Creation Collection Winner!!

We have a winner!!! Thanks so much for your comments!! I love hearing your thoughts on the collections!!
The willer of this prize pack is....


Tanya, please email me at tinamcdonald(at)xplornet(dot)ca and I will get your prize out to you!!

Thanks again for dropping by!!
Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!

I Hope You Dance

Hello there! So glad you have dropped by!
I have a layout to share with you today that I did for Simply Renee.

I absolutely LOVE these photo's of my daughter! She was in dance class this year and these were taken the night of her recital.
I titled this layout "I hope you Dance" not so much after the song though. My thoughts are that I hope she goes after everything in life like she dances... she gives it her ALL and is amazing! At only 8 years old, she already demands the stage, and I'm just so proud of her! So my prayer for her is that no matter what she does in life, she gives it everything she has, and loves every minute of it... just like she were dancing! :)
This page was created to use up some of my stash. I LOVE to collect paper collections. THis is the A Capella collection by Basic Grey. LOVE it! So soft and elegant. I also used to collect a LOT of flowers... (Now I create a lot of my own with the Spellbinders Die Templates!) So I dug into my stash of flowers and papers to create this layout. I love how it came out... it conveys the feelings and emotions thatI was trying to get across. And check out that lamp post! NICE! It's a wood piece by KaiserCraft! SO fun!!
I used several Spellbinders Die Templates in creating this page. I used the Donna Salazar S5-051 Fanciful Flights (Large butterflies). I added some liquid pearls and stickles to the butterfly and adhered it using Helmar's Liquid Scrap Dots. Perfect for adding a bit of dimension! I also used the S4 328 Foilage. LOVE these leaves!! I covered them with ICE stickles and absolutely LOVE the look!! The small butterflies are the punch outs from S4-329 Butterfly Circles. These are all adhered with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots and have a small drop of Ranger Liquid Pearls in the center.
Here are a few tips for you...
*Take advantage of the Stenciling abilities in the Spellbinders Die Templates. I used this technique to add the glitter to the leaves and some inking to the butterfly! SO simple and very beautiful!
*Have you used Liquid Pearls? They are like regular pearls only you do not have to adhrer them individually in the same way. You add drops of a thick liquid and they look just like little pearls! They are FABULOUS for adding a lot of fine details. Check out the lamp post and the butterflies.
*For adhering butterflies, I ALWAYS use Helmar liquid Scrap dots. This is a THICK glue that dries thick. It helps to give dimension and depth to fine embellishments and is so easy to use! See the leaves and the butterflies.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I just love your comments! Each one is read and greatly appreciated!!
Tomorrow is my day for Spellbinders Blog Frenzy!! Be sure to drop by! I have 2 AWESOME die templates to reveal to you!!! I'm just so excited! Have you been following along? If not, you are REALLY missing out!! :) These designers are AMAZING! And the new releases... JAW dropping!!
So, until tomorrow... Happy Scrapping! :)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Spellbinders publications

Hello all!!
Just wanted to drop in and show you a couple of my Spellbinders projects that have been released. All of the work we do for Spellbinders is private... I am not allowed to show any of it until it goes public by them. I have a layout to show you that was featured in an article sponsored by Spellbinders on Then i have a card/envelope to share that was used in a Spellbinders slide show on Scrapbooks Etc. Here we go!

This is the first LO I did for Spellbinders as a part of their Design Team. It was my April layout. It is featured on here. There are step by step instructions on how I created this page as well as some close up shots. Feel free to check it out! :)

I used the following Spellbinders products on this page.
GC-001 Grand Calubur (TM) Die Cutting Machine
S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand
S4-206 Renaissance Hearts
S5-051 Fanciful Flights
S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants
S5-028 Nested Pennants

Other Supplies used:
MME Stella& Rose (Patterned Paper), Canvas Corp (Cardstock and twine), Buttons Gallore and More (buttons), Want2Scrap (Say it with Pearls) , Helmar Premium Craft Glue, Ranger Distress Ink, Crate Alpha's

The second project is a card/envelope set that I created for a HSN show that Spellbinders did. How cool is that! :) It was used in a slide presentation featuring the entire design team on Scrapbooks Etc website. Check it out here.
Thinking of You Set
Here is the writeup taken directly from the Scrapbooks Etc website.
The Tulips Pendants, die cut/embossed/stenciled, create the focal point for this lovely card. I replaced the cut-out tulips on the card with pieces from the Tulip Borderabilities™ Petite patterned paper. I repeated the border on the edge of the envelope, creating a lovely ensemble. The base for this 6 x 6" card is Grand Labels One, perfectly suited for making shaped cards.
The following Spellbinders Products were used in creating this:
GC-001 Grand Calibur(TM) Machine,
S4-209 Tulips Pendants
S4-211 Tulips Borderabilities(TM) Petite
LF-161 Grand Labels One

Other Supplies Used:
StampingScrapping, Label Accents Stamps; Want2Scrap, Say It With Pearls Cream Pearls; Graphic 45, Green Floral, Green Dots, Pink Gingham, Pink Striped Once Upon A Springtime Patterned Paper; Clearsnap, ColorBox Chestnut Roan, Toffee Fluid Chalk Ink; Scor-Pal, Scoring Tool; Cream Cardstock; Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots; Craft Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by! Did you know that Spellbinders is showing some of their new releases in the Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy this week and next? I have the AWESOME privilege of showing for the first time... 2 of their new releases! It is going to blow you away... trust me! My day is Tuesday, so be sure to drop by! It is already going on featuring the other
designers and they are blowing me away EVERY day! Check it out!!!
And how about this video showing off their BRAND NEW Edgabilities!!!!! These are AMAZING!! Check out the video!! If you can't view it here, click on this link to view it on YouTube.

SOOO super exciting! What do YOU think of them?
That's it for now!!! i hope you have been inspired!! I hope you will drop by and follow the Blog Frenzy! Did I mention that you could win the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE along with a Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine? No?... well you can! Head over!
Until Next time...
Happy Scrapping!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Best Creation Design Team Call and RAK

Best Creation is having a DESIGN TEAM CALL!!! Check it out!! Then check out the end of this post for a chance to WIN some Best Creations Goodies!!!!

Taken directly from the Best Creation Blog...

Ladies! It’s that time of the year again and Best Creation is searching for the next design team! We are looking for enthusiastic and talented crafters who would like to work with the best of the best in glitter paper!

The new team will last from August 2011 through January 2012. As a team member, you must be willing to:
· Promote Best Creation
· Create 5 projects per month (with description of products used and brief tutorial)

To apply for a spot on the team, send us the following:
· Contact Information (Name/ address/ phone/ email)
· Headshot or Photo
· Short Bio
· List design teams you are/have been on
· Resume including any publications
· Link to your blog
· jpegs of 3 projects (layout, projects, and/or cards) incorporating any Best Creation paper

You will be compensated with the latest in Best Creation papers, products from our cross-promotion companies, and promotion from Best Creation on all of our sites!

Submissions will be accepted now through July 24th, 2011 at 11:59 PST.
Email your application to!

The New Team will be announced on July 29th, 2011.

Happy crafting and good luck!
Are you new to Best Creation's products? Would you LOVE to try out for this call, but don't have any of their papers? Want to WIN SOME??? Well here's your lucky day!!! I am giving away a stash of BC's NEWEST lines!!! Here is how you can win!! Each of the following will give you one ballot in the draw!! Please leave a separate comment for each!

*Leave a comment in this post saying that you want to try BC's stuff, or that you love their stuff!! Tell me which of the collections below you like best! ;)
*Become a follower, if you already are, tell me so!
*Post a link to this blog post on Facebook.
*Post a link to this blog post on your blog.
*Send your friends over! Tell them to say you sent them!! For each one who becomes a follower because of you, you get an extra chance to win!!

So you could get 5 chances to win and MORE for each person who drops by!!
Check out some of BC's newest lines...
Splash Fun
Loops and Scoops
Rock StarI look forward to hearing from you!! You have until July 10th... not a ton of time but I want to get the winner their package sent REAL soon!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Until Next Time...
Happy Scrapping!!

I'm still here!!!

HELLOOOOOOOOOO>>>>> Do I hear an ECHO???? ;)

Man, I can not believe it has been so long since I've blogged!!!! I apologize to those who visit faithfully and have found nothing new...I have been SWAMPED in Spellbinders and LOVING IT!!! :) I have gotten to play with a TON of their summer releases which will be released in July at CHA! You are going to be in AWE!! I know I am! They are AMAZING!!
I have about 16 projects that I'm shipping out tomorrow to them for CHA all using these amazing new dies! I can't wait to share some of those dies with you!!
That being said, I really should share something with you! It's not a Spellbinders project though. It is my final project that I created for Helmar before my term ended. It's a fun LO!! :)
Check it out!
This LO is about... can you guess? LAUNDRY!! It may seem like a funny thing to scrap about, but it's one of those things that I just HAD to do!! It's a HUGE part of my life, as you can well imagine with 7 of us living here!! LOL!I used Helmar Liquid Scrap dots to help "pop" up the laundry on the line and give it a real lift! It worked like a charm!!
Supplies: American Crafts PP, Pink Paislee PP, Jillibean Soup Corrugated alpha's and twine, Robin's Nest glass beads, Canvas Corp Pins, K&Co Flowers, Helmar Premium Craft Glue, Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots, Helmar 450 Quick Dry, Helmar Gemstone glue

Thanks SO much for stopping by!! I REALLY appreciate your patience and your faithful visits! :) I promise I'm going to be back to my regular posting schedule... you know, the not-so-scheduled one! :)
Until Next Time,
Happy Scrapping!!