Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spellbinders CHA Summer 2009 Release

Spellbinders Introduces:

Sneak Peeks on CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies!

July 9 – July 22, 2009

Commenting on this post is 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. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the 11th day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU! From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates! You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post. This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows! Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 19th at 11:59 pm EST to enter Debbie Seyer’s Blog at: A Peek Into My Stamping Room and until July 20th, 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

7/9 Debbie Olson

7/10 Michelle Wooderson

7/11 Karen Hunsaker

7//12 Kazan Clark

7/13 Linda Duke

7/14 Heidi Blankenship

7/15 Kimberly Crawford

7/16 Julie Overby

7/17 Sherry Cheever

7/18 Debbie Seyer

7/19 Lesa Rapp

7/20 Becca Feeken

7/21 Jennifer Davis

7/22 Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize. Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

I am thrilled to be able to be a part of Summer's 2009 CHA Blog Frenzy! I am introducing S4-230 Labels Six!

My first layout uses the S4-230 Labels Six die templates, I2-1004 Impressabilities Flowers, and L-203 Whimsy Alphabet. The page measures 12” x 12”.



Spellbinders: S4-230 Labels Six, I2-1004 Impressabilities Flowers Paper: My Minds Eye ~ PennyLane Feeling Groovy, “Uniquely You” Special Swirls, Crafty Secrets ~ Earthy Paper Designs, Core'dinations ~ Super Assortment Inks: Clearsnap ~ Colorbox chalk ink, Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, Copic ~ E31 wide Other: 3L ~ foam squares and adhesives, PaperTrey Ink ~ cream cardstock, Janome Sew Mini, tan thread, corner rounder, Tim Holtz ruler, paper piercer and mat, glass beads, Ranger Glossy Accents

I started by using chalk ink to distress my “Uniquely You” Special Swirls paper . I wanted the Earthy Paper Designs piece to look aged and used a trick using Copic markers. Use an E31 wide marker and go over your paper; It is wide enough that it covers your paper in no time...


After I was done using the marker, I wiped some Chestnut Roan chalk ink across in spots to further distress the paper.


The next step was to zig zag around it with my sewing machine and then attach it with adhesive. I stamped the spoon and lace with Clearsnap Chestnut roan chalk ink next. The lace was then scrunched and chalked with Clearsnap Colorbox Creamy Brown to look crumpled and worn. To make the strawberries, I cut 3 red and 6 green die cuts using Core'dinations cardstock, from S4-230 Labels Six, dies number 2 and 3. You will want to cut/emboss one each of die number 5 and 6 using the cream cardstock. When I nest my die set, the smallest is number 1, the largest is number 6.


I embossed them in the Wizard with I2-1004 Impressabilities Flowers, using this sandwich: White Master Mat, Impressabilities, Die Template with cut side up and paper in die template, Tan Embossing Pad, White Master Mat.


This is what it will look like when you are done with that step. The next step is to sand the embossed areas of the Core'dinations paper. I used a nail sanding block, but fine sand paper will also work.


This Core'dinations paper is like magic. When you are finished it will look like this:


Take your embossed, sanded pieces and scrunch them up! Go ahead take out your frustration. Keep scrunching and scrunching until they look crumpled and worn. At this point you can also use your Colorbox Creamy Brown chalk ink to distress them more and give them a vintage look.


lace - lesarapp

Now attach the green leaves to the "top" of the strawberry. I used a tiny dot of liquid adhesive to attach a black bead seed as shown. Allow to dry.

The next step is to do the paper piercing.

I used my ruler with piercing holes, and aligned the cut edge of the die cut with a measurement that was 1/8" away from the line of piercing holes in the ruler. Using this ruler helps me keep the holes equidistant apart.

step number2-lesarapp copy

To make a line of holes along the curved edge of the die cut, rotate the ruler while the piercing tool is in the ruler. The ruler pivots but the paper doesn’t move. Keep moving along the edges until you have pierced all the way around. You may want to practice this technique first!

step number 3-lesarapp copy

stemp number 5-lesarapp

All that is left to do is assemble your page. Put the elements where you would like them using foam squares to pop up the pieces that you desire.


My next project uses S4-230 Labels Six, S4-203 Contemporary Hearts Pendant, and I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley. The metal pieces were cut using copper flashing from a home improvement store. I cut/embossed with the S4230 Labels Six and I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley as shown in the previous project. I airbrushed with Copic E49 and sanded after that for a really cool effect.


The die template that I have shown you today is S4-230 Labels Six MSRP $24.99


The measurements for these die templates are as follows:

Die template # 1 (smallest) ~ 9/16” x 3/8”

#2 ~ 1 3/8” x 15/16”

#3 ~ 2 1/8” x 1 7/16”

#4 ~ 3” x 2”

#5 ~ 3 15/16” x 2 11/16”

#6 ~ 4 7/8” x 3 3/8”

Make sure you read all the rules carefully to qualify for the loot!

Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and 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 e-mail address from July 9th through July 22nd and plan accordingly.

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

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the CHA Blog Frenzy Grand Prize must enter all 14 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.

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Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy drawing

Click on the following link to enter my contest:

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If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail to Thanks for looking and good luck!


kathy s said...

You guys are so lucky getting all these dies- would love to win some, but think you are all so talented- fantastic layouts loved the other uses- think i liked the second layout better- it was so contemporary yet elegant congrats -kathy s

Margie H said...

Lesa, I love the use of Labels Six as paper piecings and as borders...very clever! TFS!!

Sharon said...

what wonderful layout

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Oh, these make the most delicious looking berries!! Brilliant idea!!

SMK said...

LOVE what you've done with these!!!

SMK said...

LOVE what you've done with these!!! the layouts are so wonderful :)

reflections:0) said...

Both works of art!... Fab...

I need to get my hands on a few spellbinders some day... Dream BIG right...


Julie O. said...

Sweeter than sweet layouts, girl!! LOVE what you did to those dies. Fabulous!

loftylass said...

Great use of these dies Lesa. I would never have thought you could create fruit - it just goes to show 'to think outside the box'.
Thanks for that.

Littlebear said...

Great layouts - love those strawberries you have created.
Clare x

StampinCathy said...

Your projects are just fabulous and so inspiring. I just love how you used this die. Wow I'm amazing everyday with all the DT creative talent. You all ROCK!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous samples! I just love the berries! So yummy looking... great texture and shapes! TFS!

Rebecca Ednie said...

You might want to check your blog post. Could be my computer but most of the text is missing and there are huge empty gaps. Everything else on my end is working fine. I can see the die but not the name and there is no click here to enter!! I did see your pages tho and they are very inventive!

daisy said...

wow this looks amazing what you did with it!!!! so jalouse of everybody to have these tamplates!


Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Wow, love your strawberries! and how you have done them! TFS and wishing me self good luck to win these gorgeous dies!!

Beth said...

Love the strawberies, how clever! Great Job!

Our Little Inspirations said...

oh, I'm just lovin' those strawberries!! I love that you die-cut AND embossed them at the same time! What a cool look after they're sanded! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips to use these great new dies! I sure would love to win some!!

imastampin said...

Great projects and great directions Lesa. I love the strawberries made with the labels die! You are brilliant!

Karen H

Conniecrafter said...

very cool, love the idea of embossing on the dies, tfs!

Janine said...

WOW! I would have never thought to have used those dies to make strawberries. Great projects!

Debbie Kaste said...

Very clever and beautiful projects, Lesa. Thanks much for the tutorial.

Kimberly Crawford said...

cute projects, Lesa! like how you used the labels as a border!

Karen Taylor said...

Wonderful projects, Lesa! Your strawberrys look good enough to eat and the border on the layout is fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

Wow this looks so beautiful Lesa :D

Thanks for the tutorial ;0)

Hugs, Janneke

Donna said...

I love those strawberries! Thank you for the inspiration. This has been such fun to see all the templates and what you can do with them! Have a great week!

Princess said...

I seriously would have overlooked this die set if I hadn't seen your work. The berries are AMAZING. How in the word did you come up with that? And your use of them as labels is beautiful as well. I am amazed!

Oh, and I learned a ton by reading your blog. I love the aged look with the copics and I love the ruler. I haven't seen that before. Way fun! I've been hesitant to buy any piercing templates....but that tool looks like a must have! =)


craftyb said...

Fab project...very creative to produce the strawberries! bx

Starla said...

While I would love to win the actual dies, I feel like I come out a winner with all the wonderful "out of the box" ideas from all you talented gals!!

Starla said...

Oops....I hope this isn't a double post....wasn't really reading the pop ups to me!!
I love all the ideas that I am gleaming from all you talented ladies!!

JKB said...

Thanks for showing you can impress while still in template. I had never even thought to do that. Again, T H A N K S ! ! !

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

leenda said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork! Very creative & very inspirational!

Holly - Wild Wyoming Girl said...

Very cute idea to make strawberries with this die! Love how you used it on the wedding layout also. Great job Lesa!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are fabulous and I love your projects.

liannallama said...

What pretty projects! Thanks!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Fantastic Projects, Lesa!! I love how you made the strawberries--very clever! The border on your second LO looks Fabulous!

Jan Castle said...

I can certainly see lots of uses for these dies!! Nicely done!
Jan Castle

Jo4Him said...

Great projects; loved your unique techniques!

Melanie said...

most gorgeous use of that die to make strawberries - so clever!

Eveline said...

Another great die set. I like how you made the strawberries with these. Two great lay-outs.

BarbK said...

Thanks Lesa - your tutorial was great and I love the strawberries. I have lots of the Spellbinders dies and am planning on getting their new releases too - would be great to win! Barb K

scrappingnana said...

Great layouts. Very creative. TFS

Carolyn said...

I am a huge labels fan, and this set is just so beautiful. It is great to see what all you can do with the spellbinders.

diane (cookiestamper) said...

adorable pages, Lesa! Love those berries!

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