Thursday, January 28, 2010

Playing with the new Presto Punch!!! This machine is super fun!

This is not the best pic, but I finally got to meet Jay Jay! She is a doll. We had a couple great chats. Her work is fabulous in person!!! Oh my goodness this girl can color. Mwahhh, love ya Jay Jay. I met Debbie Olson, but unfortunately didn't get a pic. She is such a sweet lady and we were so excited to finally meet each other. I adore her work and she is such a genuine nice lady. I will put a few more details and bits and pieces up as time will allow. The next two days are crazy busy for me. I had a fabulous time. I worked hard and feel good about the memories we made. Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities!

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Spring Kit Release

Just when I think they can't get anything cuter, Christine blows me away with more. These three images are part of the new Spring Kit available now at All That Scraps. Hurry and get yours while they are still available and on sale too! You can't beat that. Check out the ATS blog for more details.
I am anticipating February to be back to normal for me time-wise and hope to have more posts up as well as details on the projects. Thanks for your patience. The cold is finally getting better and I am feeling more normal. Lot's of exciting things are happening this year and I am excited to enjoy the ride. Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010





January 7- 13, 2010

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Directions on how to enter are in the Blog Post and Official Rules at If you have any questions, please e-mail

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!!

Ready for some fun?

Did you see this? <--------- Spellbinders™ Surprise Birthday Party!! starts tonight! I am up first along with Debbie Olson and Julie Overby. I am so excited!! These girls seriously rock. It is such an honor to be up against such fabulous talent. I can't wait to see what they come up with. Make sure to click on the link above for all the details and I can't wait to have you back to see what I did with my new die templates. They are fabulous and you don't want to miss the fun!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Meet Valentino! Isn't he the cutest? I had a blast coloring him and he will be available Monday night along with the rest of the release for January. Still feeling yucky, so check back on details if you have any questions. I will give you a little. The metal piece behind Valentino is done with a pop can! :) How cool is that? You can reuse your garbage and create beautiful art with them. Giggle. If you head on over to the ATS Blog you can have a chance to win him as well as get some other sneak peeks.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Milo and Greta

I am sorry for the lack of posts. Life has been kinda rough the whole month of December. I am looking forward to a new year. We lost a dear sweet neighbor the day before New Years Eve and my heart is broken. I am hoping to kick this nasty head cold before tomorrow night so I can attend his viewing and then his funeral Monday morning. On to the eye candy. Meet Milo & Greta from HR Designs
Designer: Heather Rolins
Price: $16.00 each for rubber stamp also available in digi.
Stamp will be available Monday January 4th at 12:00 am est.
I am holding off on the details for now as I don't feel so good. Thanks for understanding. Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities.

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