Colorful Market Fresh Tropical Fruit Flip-Flop Banner

With summer just around the corner and the Spellbinders blog theme being “Tropical”, I thought it would be fun to tie in my prior collection, “Wild & Free” in with my current collection, “Market Fresh” and make a cute flip-flop banner. This home décor piece can be used as party décor or as an accent piece in a bedroom. Flip flops are inexpensive and can be found at almost every variety store. Depending on what colors you select or patterns of paper you choose, you can customize it to fit your lifestyle or occasion. Obviously, what sentiment you want to attach to the shoes is up to you.

Here are the items you need to get started:

Platinum, Platinum 6 or Prizm Machine

S4-718 Make Mine Lemon Lime Etched Dies from Market Fresh Collection by Debi Adams

S4-719 Aren’t You Sweet Etched Dies from Market Fresh Collection by Debi Adams

S4-722 Orange You A Tomato? Etched Dies from Market Fresh Collection by Debi Adams

S4-721 I’ll Have a Slice Etched Dies from Market Fresh Collection by Debi Adams

S4-676 Tropics Etched Dies from Wild n Free Collection by Debi Adams


Solid Cardstock of Your Choice

Patterned Cardstock of Your Choice

4 pairs of children’s flip-flops

Hot Glue/E-6000 glue




Black Pen


Die-cut various pieces of cardstock to create fruit and leaves using your die cutting and embossing machine. Then adhere the pieces together.

Adhere die-cut pieces to flip flops using hot glue or E-6000. Attach bows, pearls and any decorative embellishments.

Adhere flip-flops together at sides using hot glue.

Handwrite or print out sentiment onto cardstock. Use circle from Orange to die-cut sentiments.

Adhere sentiment to flip-flops.

Create hanger by attaching ribbon to backside of flip-flops using hot glue. Hang as desired.

*Tip: If you are considering using this outdoors, I recommend cutting all the fruit and leaves out from poly foam. This will make them weather resistant.

And there you have it. Lots of color and definitely a statement piece. Hope you will try making one!

Happy Thursday!


Debi Adams

Debi Adams

As far as she can remember, Debi has been crafting, creating and doing art in one form or another. Born and raised in Southern California and the mother of four grown daughters, Debi is an in-house designer at Spellbinders. She considers herself an “eclectic artist”, dabbling in mixed-media, party décor, paper crafting, painting, calligraphy, sewing, floral arranging, and everything in between. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Cook, and Where Women Create magazines. Though her passion is art, she enjoys giving away what she makes. Her free time is spent “junkin”, traveling and seeing her girls.


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New Arrivals, Tammy Tutterow Happy Grams #3

Tammy’s artful phrases and illustrations will always bring a smile to your face! Her latest collection is filled with adorable flowers and posies, ready to be colored in and shared with someone special. Make sure to shop the new collection & discover the inspiration behind this new collection with Tammy herself:

1. What three words best describe your collection?

Happy, fun & cheerful!

2. What was the reason behind naming this collection?

I don’t normally link my collections together by a theme. The connecting element is that I see them as happy little greetings or grams that you can share to brighten someone’s day. I love the name Happy Grams so much that I can’t bare to part with it, so I use it for every collection!

3. What were some of the influences that helped shape the collection?

One of my favorites in this collection is the “3 Things I Love” stamp. It is inspired by my daughter Emma and her love of Taco Tuesday and cupcakes! The others are just little things I doodled that made me smile. I hope they will make you smile too!

4. What are your favorite, ‘must have’ pieces in your upcoming collection?

Tiny Sentiments! It has 11 sweet little hand lettered sentiments that are perfect for gift tags, card fronts, inside cards, and super fun… they fit on/in my Mini Tag Book and the insert card of my mini envelope dies.

5. What is the best thing about this collection?

If you send someone a Happy Gram, you will make their day and give them a big smile!

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Tammy Tutterow

Tammy Tutterow

Tammy Tutterow is a lifelong artist and crafter. She grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents. She loves all types of crafts but her true crafting passion is in papercrafts, ribbonwork, and fabric crafts. She loves to combine elements of all three into her projects.Now that her hand lettering and illustrations are available in stamps, she is able to incorporate that into her craft projects as well!

Tammy grew up dreaming of becoming a children’s author and illustrator. She fell in love with drawing letters when she was about 10.Her mom gave her a catalog of transfer typefaces from the local art store.She loved drawing the letters and combining them with her doodles.Tammy rarely showed off her lettering or illustration until one day in 2015 when she shared a picture of a lettering bit on Instagram.The comments were so encouraging that she began to share more.Not long after she was invited by Spellbinders to turn her lettering pieces into stamps!


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An Embossed Floral Happy Birthday Card

Hello everyone, Yvonne here to show you how to combine two products to make a lovely embossed floral card. For today’s card I used one of Spellbinders® Em-bossing Fold’er called Flowers & Leaves, and accented with Die D-lites™ Flowers n Stem Etched Dies.

Let me show you how to make the card.

1. Trim white cardstock to size 9¾ x 6½” and fold to make a 4⅞ x 6½” card base.

2. Trim black cardstock to size 4½ x 6⅛” and glue on card base.

3. Trim pink cardstock to size 4¼ x 6⅛” and glue on card base.

4. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 3⅞ x 5½” and emboss by inserting the cardstock inside the embossing folder. Emboss using the Platinum™ 6 machine with the following embossing sandwich: Platform + Embossing Folder (with paper inside) + Clear Cutting Plate. Run through the machine.

5. Glue the embossed cardstock on card base.

6. Cut/emboss Die D-Lites™ Flower n Stem Etched Dies’ flowers and leaves designs.

7. Slightly bend the leaves by hand for dimension.

8. Glue the flowers and leaves die cuts on the card base using 3D foam tape. Use different thicknesses of foam tape(or layer foam tape) for extra dimension.

9. Use a silver and a gold ink pen to draw stamens on the flowers.

10. Glue a rhinestone in the flower centre.

11. Add a sentiment to the card.

It’s that simple to make a gorgeous floral card with matching die-cuts and embossing pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you happy crafting!

Hugs from Holland,

Yvonne van der Valk – van de Grijp


S1-028 Die D-Lites™ Flower n Stem Etched Dies

SES-008 Em-bossing Fold’erFlowers and Leaves

PE-100 Platinum™ 6 Embossing and Die-cutting Machine


White, Pink, Green, Black and Yellow Cardstock; Self-adhesive Rhinestones; 3D Foam Tape; Bone Folder; Paper Trimmer; Scissors; Stamped Sentiment; Silver and Gold Ink Pen

Yvonne van de Grijp

Yvonne van de Grijp

Hello everyone, my name is Yvonne van de Grijp and I love crafting and especially making cards. In 2008 I made my very first (simple 3D-)card. Now I’m really addicted to this lovely hobby of scrapping and stamping. I hope you’ll enjoy visiting my blog which is named after my lovely dog: cocker spaniel Phoebe. Hug, Yvonne
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Make DIY Springtime Fridge Flowers with Donna Salazar

Hello everyone! Donna Salazar here with another video tutorial for you. California is having the most gorgeous Spring weather and, to me, Spring means FLOWERS! So I thought “Why not bring the flowers inside and make them useful at the same time?” So I created these cute and functional Fridge Flowers that have magnets on the back. These flowers are super easy to make using my Bitty Blossom Etched Dies and Big Blossom Etched Dies.

To show you three different ways for you to make these flowers, view DIY Springtime Fridge Flowers video below.

And here are a few more flower photos…

Pictured here are the magnets on our fridge.

Product used:

S4-573 Big Blossom Etched Dies by Donna Salazar Designs

S5-086 Bitty Blossoms Etched Dies by Donna Salazar Designs

Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Spellbinders Tool n One

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! See you next time!!! Smooches ~D~

Donna Salazar

Donna Salazar

Donna Salazar is a wife, a mom, a grandma (to the cutest little boy that has ever walked the planet), an artist, a designer, an instructor and a self proclaimed overgrown kid. She owns her own Design company called Donna Salazar Designs, LLC.

She spends most of her days watching her grandson and when she can sneak in some studio time, she can be found creating some “Girlie Grunge” projects. She has 2 books in the works and according to Donna, she’s living her dream!


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Fun and Easy Aloha Sign with Balsa Wood Pineapples

Hello, fellow makers! I’m thrilled to be sharing this fun and easy aloha sign as a guest maker on the Spellbinder’s blog today! I love this little Pineapple Contour Steel Rule Die and knew I just had to make something cute for our front door with it, so I came up with the following design.

I wanted something that looked tropical and beachy but still reflected my somewhat farmhouse leaning style.

Here are the supplies you’ll need to get started:

  • Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform
  • Pineapple Contour™ Steel Rule Die
  • 1/38″ balsa wood (your local hobby shop should carry this – and you will be able to get 5 pineapples from one board of balsa wood)
  • 3 – 1″x3″x16″ pine boards (your local Home Depot can cut these for you for little to no charge!)
  • 2 small furring strips (any smaller strips of scrap wood will work great!)
  • Wood glue
  • Spray paint or acrylic paint in desired colors
  • Pencil
  • Ball point pen
  • Thin paint brush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Lint free cloth
  • Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain
  • Drill
  • 3/8″ drill bit
  • Jute twine rope/string

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

Using your Platinum™ 6 machine, cut your pineapples with the Pineapple Contour™ Steel Rule Die and balsa wood. Your “sandwich” should be layered as pictured below (from bottom UP): Acrylic Plate, Pineapple Contour™ Steel Rule Die, Balsa Wood and top with Acrylic Plate. I cut five pineapples out for two reasons: 1. I like decorating with odd numbers and 2. for five members of my family.

Step 2:

Paint your pineapples! I used Krylon Short Cuts spray paint in the following colors – Hot Pink, Sun Yellow, and Flat White.

Step 3:

While your pineapples are drying – let’s get the base of your sign ready. You’ll want to space your boards .25″ apart from one another and glue your furring strips to the back, about 3.5″ in from both sides of each board. Let the glue dry for about 30 minutes before flipping sign base over to complete your project.

Step 4:

Stain your sign using a lint free cloth and the Minwax White Wash Pickling stain. This stain is water based and dries quickly! Once dry, you can move on to the next step.

Step 5:

Mark and drill the holes for your rope. Mark each hole .75″ from the top and bottom of each board, and .75″ from the ends of each board.

Step 6:

Paint your “aloha” sentiment. I’ve enclosed a free downloadable link to the exact size and font I used. Feel free to click HERE to print your own version for tracing or reference.

Once printed use a pencil and draw on the back side of your aloha sentiment.

Secure your sentiment down using painters tape. I also aligned my pineapples at this point just to make sure my “aloha” wouldn’t be hidden or covered up at all.

Use a ball point pen to trace the letters – this is where the magic happens!!

Using black acrylic paint and a small paintbrush, go ahead and paint inside the lines (or outside – whatever you feel like!). No pressure here! We are going to sand down this word just as soon as it’s dry, so your work here definitely does NOT need to be perfect.

Step 7:

Using wood glue and your creativity as your guide – secure the fruit!

Let the glue dry.

Step 8:

Our last and possibly most gratifying step! Thread your jute twine through the holes and tie into a knot/bow for hanging.

I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step guide to making your very own fun and easy aloha sign! Make sure to tag us Instagram once you’ve made your sign. We would love to see it!

Miranda Webster

Miranda Webster

Hi guys! Miranda here from Tinsel & Wheat ~ wife, mama, wedding decor designer, home decor DIY’er, and wearer of many other “hats”… who can relate!?
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Life Is Sweet Card, May Kit of the Month

Another amazing card created with the May Card Kit of the Month kit, the Life Is Sweet Card. This month’s kit is filled with nature inspired dies, embellishments and tags. Create a unique array of custom cards like the Let The Wind Carry You Card, the You Are Amazing Card, or the card in the video tutorial below or add your own twist! Have your card featured on our site by tagging #NeverStopMaking!


  • 10 Cards & 10 Envelopes
  • 11 Sheets of 8.5 x 11” Paper/Cardstock
  • Set of 6 Dies
  • 5 Colors of Ribbon/Twine
  • Rosettes, Roses & Rhinestones
  • Die Cut Embellishments & Tags
  • Foil & Sticker Sentiments
  • Sheet of Adhesive & Foam Dots

Jar Packed with Love Card, May Die of the Month

The May Die of the Month Kit is truly sweet! Filled with a variety of fruit dies including a pear, apple, strawberry, pineapple, lemon and an orange you can create an array of fun projects this summer. Create the You’re The Best Garden Pick, The Jar Packed with Love Card or something unique.


  • 6 Die Templates Cut | Emboss
  • Supplies needed for project below:
  • Colored Cardstock,
  • Ink & Ink Blending tools,
  • Garden Pick, Adhesive,
  • Enamel Dots

New Collections Coming Soon, June 2017!

June is bringing an array of collections to your craft room! Look forward to new collections by Debi Adams, Becca Feeken & Lene Lok! Giving you everything from essentials in party planning to elegant must have patterns. Check out the great collections below:

Debi Adams, My Little Red Wagon

Debi designed this sweet-as-can-be assortment of etched dies and stamps, perfect for a baby shower, announcement or a special little one’s birthday! Click here to add the collection to your Wishlist!

Becca Feeken, Venise Lace

The scrolling floral patterns and motifs characteristic of this 17th century lace are meticulously recreated in Becca’s beautiful line of etched die designs. Click here to add the collection to your Wishlist!

Lene Lok, Quilt It

Design your favorite quilt patterns from paper with this ingenious collection of dies by Lene Lok. Create the look and feel of stitching with her new embossing folders! Click here to add the collection to your Wishlist!

Membership Exclusive Savings Event!

Are you a Maker’s Mart Club Member? If so, members can look forward to exclusive deals from May 24-30, 2017! Check out the past offers, new offers will be announced on May 24.

Not a Member? Join today to not miss out! Memberships start at just $7.50 per month + Shipping.

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Layered Curved Borders with Your Cards

Cardmaking is such a relaxing process. So today I, Elena Olinevich, show you how you can play with the papers and dies while creating beautiful background for your cards.

I love using pink color as the main tone for my cards. So this time I mixed the papers and use the front and the backside paper from the same paper sheet for two different cards.

I started with die cutting the papers using A2 Curved Borders Two Card Creator Etched Dies. What I’ve added – I die cut one more extra layer and topped one layer over.

This scalloped edge looks nice, but in case to separate your two paper layers, I advice you to mount the upper layer on the foam pads. You will notice how it pops up from the background.

To help to create a flower cluster I’ve added the circle using the Royal Circle Etched Dies.

For one card I used the two from the die set, one to make the lace look circle and the smaller one for my sentiment, that I heat embossed after stamping.

For my second card I used the same papers that I mixed by order.

To place my sentiment I used my most often used die from Romantic Rectangles Two Edged Dies.

To make the cards a bit different, I mixed not only the paper order, but mirrored the flowers as well.

Actually it’s quite easy to create many cards that look different using the same papers and embellishments. Now it’s your turn to try .