Wednesday, January 6, 2010





January 7- 13, 2010

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Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is hosting Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! We will introduce 25 new Die Templates and 2 Impressabilities™ templates! These sneak peeks are part of the collection that will be released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show on January 24, 2010. We want to invite YOU, our greatest fans, to join the party from January 7-14, 2010! See the newest Spellbinders™ products, visit our Designers’ Blogs, and win fabulous Spellbinders™ prizes!

Today you have the opportunity to win a Spellbinders™ prize package (including all three Spellbinders™ Die Templates revealed today) through the contest entry email address listed below. Be sure to visit the other Designers’ Blogs participating today, and enter from those blogs for additional chances to win! You may enter once from each Blog! Each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog post is open to contest entries for 48 hours. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 8th, 2010 to enter this contest through my blog. For complete rules, see the Spellbinders Blog before entering so that your entry will be valid!

To see previous Spellbinders ™ Surprise Party!! posts or to go to any of the future blog posts, feel free to visit the following:

January 7

Debbie Olson

Julie Overby

Lesa Rapp

January 8

Becca Feeken

Janine Blackwelder

Debbie Seyer

January 9

Heidi Blankenship

Karen Taylor

Cathy Chlebana/Beth Pingry

January 10,

Linda Duke

Jennifer Davis

Terre Fry

January 11

Keri Lee Sereika

Kazan Clark

Mary Pfaff

January 12

Karen Hunsaker

Christy Farneth Kerr

Holly Simoni

January 13

Sherry Cheever

Kimberly Crawford

Sharon Johnson

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one winner from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog event as stated in the rules at Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn for said prize.

Entrants visiting all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! events and correctly enter the drawing on each Blog will automatically be entered into the SPELLBINDERS™ SURPRISE PARTY!! GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00 The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010 on the Spellbinders Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I’m thrilled to share my Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! project with you...

I am introducing Spellbinders™ S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG and S4-252 Big Scalloped Ovals SM die templates.



Spellbinders: Wizard™, S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-252 Big Scalloped Ovals SM, S3-148 Tags Trio, I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities™.

Paper: My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Free Bird "My Friend" and "Peace, Core'dinations Whitewash Collection and Chocolate Collection, and pearl textured cardstock.

Ink: Clearsnap, Colorbox Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black.

Other: Copic Airbrush System, Markers E41, E42, E44, YR0000, E00, BG10, BG11, BG72, E08, E09, W00, W1, W3, W5, Sparkle-N-Sprinkle Sparkling Snow glitter, Creative Impressions pearls, JustRite Special Occasions 15 pt. font and block, C.C. Designs Swiss Miss Rosalie, sewing machine, white thread, Michael's ribbon, lace, crochet thread, needle, mat, paper piercer.

The card measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I started by cutting my cream cardstock 10 1/2x5 1/4" and folding it in half. The chocolate piece measures 5 x5" and the designer paper measures 4 3/4x4 3/4". I attached the chocolate piece to the designer paper in the center using a little bit of adhesive. I sewed crazy style around the piece two times and then pulled the threads to the back. The piece was then adhered to the cream piece.


The red frame was made by placing S4-252 Big Scallop Ovals LG #5 (with #1 being the smallest) and S4-252 Big Scallop Ovals SM #4 on my Magnetic Spacer Plate making sure it was evenly spaced. Cutting Sandwich stacked from the bottom up: Master Mat, Magnetic Spacer Plate, die templates cut side up, paper, Master Mat. Feed this through your Wizard™. Then hold your finger on top of the paper to keep the die templates from moving and slide the Magnetic Spacer Plate out from under the die templates and cut paper. Add your Tan Embossing Pad on top and place your Master Mat on top of that and feed it through your Wizard™ a second time to emboss the edges. It will look like this when finished.


After it was cut and embossed, I lightly inked the edges with my brown ink to distress.


The next step is to cut/emboss the teal piece. The sandwich for embossing it is (from the bottom up) Master Mat, I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities™, paper still in the die template with the cut side up, Tan Embossing Mat, Master Mat. Feed it through your Wizard™ .


Lightly sand it with a sanding block to bring out the detail of your embossing.

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.


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! (The two white pics are just to show you how to get the effect and are not a piece of this art.)


The next step is to stamp and color your image and make your tag. I used SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L, 3D Foam Squares to pop up the frame on top of the stamped image after it was colored and airbrushed. The tag is simply stamped, cut/embossed and then airbrushed while still in the die template. Add a little brown ink on the edges to distress.


A little tip to tie on the tag is to thread your crochet thread through a needle and then put it through the knot. Simply pull it through and then tie it off and trim the ends. Attach all of your elements and your card is finished.


For my second project I created another card using the S4-252 Big Scallop Ovals SM, S4-114 Standard Circles LG, S4-204 Fleur De Lis Pendants, and S4-213 Fleur De Lis Borderabilities® Petite die templates.


The designer paper I used is from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection. I used aluminum pop cans for my metal pieces on this project. Be very careful when working with the aluminum as it has sharp edges. It was cut, embossed and then pierced the same as my first project. After embossing it, I airbrushed the piece and then sanded it with a sanding block.



Spellbinders: S4-252 Big Scalloped Ovals SM #5, S4-114 Standard Circles LG, S4-204 Fleur De Lis Pendants, and S4-213 Fleur De Lis Borderabilities® Petite.

Paper: Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection Earthy Paper Designs, The Paper Company Evergreen Shimmer, PTI white

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Creamy Brown, Blackbird Fluid Chalk Ink

Other: JustRite Custom Design Cardmaking kit, Deluxe Round Monogram Kit, Copic Airbrush system, E42, Creative Impressions pearls, white organdy ribbon, heat tool, mat and paper piercer.

S4-251 Big Scallop Ovals LG

MSRP $24.99



1. 1 1/8 x 7/8",

2. 1 13/16 x 1 7/16",

3. 2 9/16 x 1 15/16",

4. 3 5/16 x 2 1/2",

5. 4 x 3 1/16"

S4-252 Big Scalloped Ovals SM

MSRP $24.99



1. 1 3/16 x 5/8",

2. 1 1/2 x 1 1/4",

3. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16",

4. 2 7/8 x 2 3/16",

5. 3 5/8 x 2 13/16"

Please remember to read the rules below.


For the complete Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! rules go to .


This reveal is now closed. Thank you for participating!

2) Type the name of the die being revealed on my blog in the “subject” line of the email.

3) Click send!

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail of inquiry to:

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!!


Carol Southern said...

Love what you have done with these new sets. Great stuff.

Sandra said...

oh my, these are so pretty!
nice job on your projects.

Julie Overby said...

Beautiful cards Lesa!! I love what you've done with these die templates!

imastampin said...

Ooooo, fabulous projects and I can't wait to get those dies!!!!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the embossing on the shape!!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Beautiful cards with those lovely new scallops!!!

CraftinGranny said...

Awesome Card! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the new dies.
"Hugs" Granny

Tina said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I'm off to send my emails :)

kathy s said...

what great cards- they are both fantastic- very clever and lucky to be able to play with new toys.

Jana M. said...

wow! Your cards are beautiful and these are definitely some 'must have' dies! Thanks so much for sharing!

JOAN said...

Great card! Thanks for the tips, that die is gorgeous.

~* Jay Jay *~ said...

Wow I love your creations AND the new big scalloped ovals! What a fun party!

Jay Jay

KanataNewf said...

Love these new dies - the large scallops have a very soft look on your gorgeous cards!

weewiccababe said...

such beautiful cards - these dies will be a great addition to my collection
greetings from snowy Scotland

1CardCreator said...

I love these new Big Scalloped Ovals and your cards are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

pamela said...

Thanks for your project. Beautiful. Love how you used the oval dies.

loftylass said...

Lovely projects Lesa - lovely new dies. I've not tried paper piercing yet but after seeing this demo I will!

Betty said...

I love these! I sure hope I win. Can you tell Spellbinders to pick my email? LOL They are on my to buy list for sure.

corinna said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE these new larger scallops! WOO HOO tfs

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Beautiful cards! Love this new die set and see many possibilities for using it.

Starla said...

I LOVE how you combined the Big Scallop with the Fleu de Lis!! These dies are a definite MUST for my small (but growing!) collection!

Gina said...

Great Cards . . . your second card is absolutely Beautiful, very elegant!

Marge said...

WOW, Lesa, your projects are just fabulous!!! LOVE the 2nd one with the metal piece -- so beautiful!!! These scalloped ovals will be MUST HAVEs for me!!!

lisa808 said...

Your 'Get Well' card is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards and love the new die sets too. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy H. said...

What beautiful cards!! Thank you for your tip on paper piercing around the scallops - very clever. I'm sure I'll be using that tip when I get my Big Scalloped Ovals, LG and SM :)

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Wow !! You did a great job:)
I just love your style girl.
Keep on Rockin!!

Marian Berggren said...

Your cards were gorgeous!!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

oh yeah! LOVE the frame you made for this Pixie! I love the Swiss Pixies! Very cool dies...thanks for sharing !
Pam Going Postal

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely projects, love the layering in the get well card!

Debbie Seyer said...

Wonderful projects, Lesa!!

mustangkayla said...

Cute card! Love the new die!

NancyS said...

WOW, Lesa, these cards are GORGEOUS! One is so romantic and the other so whimsical. TFS your works of art.

Sherry said...

Your cards are lovely! OMGosh and these new dies are fabulous .. lovin' the larger scallops.. def. on my have to have list!

To Blog or not to blog said...

omg these cards are just adorable!

Karen Taylor said...

Oh my goodness!! Too cute.

debbie said...

I so want this set...

Shirley said...

Your cards are adorable! Love what you did with the new dies. This is one set that will be on my wish list for my birthday! Please use the email under my name. Thanks.
Shirley Lee

Michelle said...

what a fun party! thanks for tutorial!

Jillian said...

WOW! I love love love these. They're so subtle, and feminine! I also love your piercing with the ruler!

scrappyella said...

Very cute card. Gotta have this set..


Niki Estes said...

Lesa, beautiful cards! I just love that frame around the image!

Terre said...

Like I said you are queen of cards my friend love your beautiful creations...hugs Terre

nicky said...

great work, and yes i did it! lol

hugs nicky

Ida P. Krause said...

Fabulous cards. The first one is go cute and your second card is so elegant.

Carolyn Sharkas said...

these are awesome and your projects are fantastic. thanks for sharing

Jackie said...

love these new dies and what you have done with them, WOW. Your cards are gorgeous.


Jackie said...

great cards, you are a card whizz.


Holly - Wild Wyoming Girl said...

Love the vintage look card, and also how you used the dies as a frame on the other! great job!

Kazan Clark said...

beautiful!!!! You did a wonderful job with these gorgeous new die templates.
Thanks for sharing

Debbie Olson said...

Absolutely elegant, Lesa--fabulous job!

lynda said...

Awesome cards, Lesa! I love the vintage look and feel, all the detail you put in them!

CraftyViolet said...

Love that die set! Your card is great. Nicely done.

wanda50 said...

Love these.
WOW...what a beautiful job you have done with this set.

Katie said...

Super cute cards! Love all the layers! Thanks for sharing! Katie

Jan Castle said...

Love the look! I can envision sooooo many ways to use these dies!
Jan Castle

dotygirl said...

What wonderful pieces of art you did awesome and love the colors very nice. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Whoa...I love those fat scallops!! You've done a great job here!! Simply beautiful!!
--Hugs Becca

leenda said...

Love your artwork! Love these new dies! Thanks so much for the step-by-step details!

Chris said...

Ima likey likey the big scalloped ovals and your projects! Great job! Love all this new goodies!

Susan Nel said...

just love these bigger scalloped ovals, fantastic and you did a great job on this project.

sandyh said...

boy, i can see these sets being used a lot! love the look!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

So very very cute! Great projects!

Louise said...

Love the cards, those new dies are great.

Lola G. said...

Spellbinders does it again!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

OMW! These are so awesome! I LOVE your projects. Can't wait to get these dies.

Heidi Blankenship said...

Beautiful Cards Lesa!! I love the large scalloped ovals and how you used them! Love the embossing too! As always beautiful job on your coloring. Hugs

DonnaMundinger said...

Beautiful cards! These new scallops are awesome!

BishopsMommie said...

Great work... wow..These are sooooooooo cool I just really learned about spellbinders and only have a few...but definitely gonna get more..your projects are gorgeous!!

Rita said...

Beautiful projects!

Janine said...

I love what you have done with the new dies. Great job!

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