New Arrivals, Sharyn Sowell’s Christmas Silhouettes

Our new Holiday Collection by Sharyn Sowell brings an array of classic silhouettes for any style holiday card, tablescape, tree trimming project or more. Listen to Sharyn talk about how this collection came to be and encourage you to slow down and savor the season!

What three words best describe your collection?

Joyous, family & holiday

What was the reason behind naming this collection?

Savoring the joy of family and friends during the holidays is priceless. Capturing it in things we craft is one way to slow down and enjoy this time.

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

I hand cut with scissors to celebrate the traditions and little moments I love.

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

I especially love long thin borders with people in them. Each of these dies combines well with the others, making a versatile group. They feel so happy to me, like our best family memories.

What is the best thing about this collection?

This kind of crafting helps slow down and savor the season, avoid the rush and frazzle of the holidays and build special memories.

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New Arrivals, Stephanie Low’s Holiday Collection

We are so excited to announce that our Holiday Collections are now available! Explore below with Stephanie Low’s as she talks about her new collection. Make sure to shop the collectionas you don’t want to miss making with these must haves for Christmas and Halloween!

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

As always, I usually look to tattoos to kickstart my inspiration and in case you didn’t know, Christmas tattoos are very fun and often strange! So instead I just went with what felt right for me. I made a list of symbols that meant something to me and my family and began to doodle. A poinsettia for my grandmother who had a giant plant in her yard. A pinecone for my brief, but influential time in Colorado. Mandala style snowflakes inspired by my appreciation for tattoo art. I had so much fun with these illustrations!

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

I love the nativity! The nativity was a unique spin on other nativity scene stamps I have seen. I wanted it to look a little bit like stained glass and then framed with wood which were symbols in and of themselves.

What is the best thing about this collection?

The best part of this collection I think is how fun it will be to color. I have already used these images at home and my daughter was very excited to color them! They can be wintery with purple and blues, bright and tropically colored, or traditionally green and red and gold. The options are endless!

Extra surprises:

In addition to Christmas, I also had fun with creating some spooky elements to add to the fun of Halloween. Hope you have fun adding these ooey gooey elements to your projects this fall.

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“Can You Be Any Sweeter” DIY Banner

Hey everyone! I have to be the luckiest gal around because I get to play with arts and crafts every single day. Today is no exception. Take a look at Tammy Tutterow’s Happy Grams. They are about cute as they can be and can be used on so many things! Grab your markers and the supplies below as we create this adorable banner featuring her stamp and die set, “Could You Be Any Sweeter”.

Supplies:

PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine or PE-100 Platinum 6 Machine

SDS-104 Bee Any Sweeter Stamp & Die Set

White Cardstock

Blue Cardstock

Markers or Colored Pencils of Your Choice

Ribbon

Long Straws

Permanent Black Ink

Foam Dots

Vellum

1. Hand cut white and blue banner. See attached pattern.

2. Stamp design onto banner.

3. Use markers or colored pencils to color in design.

4. Adhere white banner onto blue banner.

5. Adhere two ribbons onto long straws.

6. Adhere straws to banner.

7. Stamp bee three times onto a piece of cardstock. Color in bees.

8. Die-cut two bees from bee body only and one from the entire bee.

9. Die-cut one wing set from vellum.

10. Adhere wings to one of the bee body’s-only.

11. Adhere bee with wings to other bee bodies without wings using foam dots.

12. Attach the layered bee onto the stamped bee on banner using foam dots.

Doesn’t this stamp and die set scream “happy”?

Thanks to Tammy for another great design. What a nice way to say thank you to someone special. It’s so much more personal when it’s handmade.

Hope you will try your hand at making this!

XO,

Debi

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble

Hello Spellbinders friends, it’s Elena here to share some tips on Birthday decorations. This year my eldest daughter celebrated her 11th birthday at a youth camp. So I decided to organize something fun and simple for her since we are visiting her. I decorated the cake boxes for her and her friends. I knew she would love the idea – a sort of small birthday party with her room mates 🙂

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich Main Image

I’ve got two boxes filled with cakes pops and a few of her favorite Pavlova desert. I started with die-cutting Party Kids Etched Die from the Joyous Celebrations Collection by Sharyn Sowell for a total of six pieces from the blue cardstock and adhered them on sides of the box. To make it look more festive, I added the garland that I die-cut from the Happy Birthday Garland Etched Dies – one of my favorites for birthday projects.

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich Ensemble Image

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich Main Image

I also used the “Happy Birthday ” die from the same set and topped on the smaller box with her favorite cake that I prepared just for her. I used different colors for the box covers to coordinate with the rest of the ensemble.

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich PopUp Card

The same sentiment die I used for the pop-up card I made using Gift of Happiness Etched Dies.

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich PopUp Card CloseUp

While taking this image, my youngest son told me that he wanted the same birthday decorations for his day to celebrate. He was quite persistent in his wishes and it was really hard to take a good picture! OK, son! You win! LOL!!

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich PopUp Card and Cake Boxes

I think I made enough boxes! LOL! They are all filled with the sweets for my son and my daughter’s friends using Surprise Me Box Etched Die from the Special Occasions collection by Marisa Job.

Creating a Sweet Birthday Party Ensemble by Elena Olinevich Treat Box CloseUp

My daughter loved what I have prepared, so I highly recommend you to try these decorations for your special occasions. They are quite easy to do and not too time consuming. You will definitely get many compliments from the guests, I assure you! So they are worth to give them a try.

Spellbinders® Products used:

S4-752 Party Kids Etched Dies from the Joyous Celebrations Collection by Sharyn Sowell

S2-187 Die D-Lites™ Happy Birthday Garland Etched Dies from the Let’s Party Collection

S7-203 Gift of Happiness Etched Dies from the Let’s Party Collection

S6-105 Surprise Me Box Etched Dies from the Special Occasions Collection by Marisa Job

PE-100 Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform

T-001 Tool ‘n One™

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job

Hello Friends! Today I would like to share my On Your Wedding Day card using several die sets from my Timeless Heart Collection. I have been having so much fun creating flowers with Textured Flowers Etched Dies. By addingHeart Leaf Frame, Layered Leaf VinesandDouble Heart Gatefold Card Etched Dies, makes this card come together so beautiful!

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Close Up

Instructions:

1. Create a 5 ½” x 7 ½” card base from silver foil cardstock. Cut a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” piece from designer cardstock, adhere to card base.

2. Die cut Heart Leaf Frame from silver foil cardstock.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 2

3. Cut a 4 1/2” x 6 ½” piece from designer cardstock, mat with silver foil cardstock and then adhere to card base using 3D foam squares. Glue Heart Leaf Frame on top.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 3

4. Die cut flowers with Textured Flowers die set from light pink Foamiran. I die cut 5 layers of the same size for each flower. Foamiran is a paper-thin foam sheet that can be die cut using 4 layers at a time and then shaped into flowers with a heat tool.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 4

5. Color edges of petals with chalk inks in green, orange and magenta colors.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 5

6. Die cut leaves with Layered Leaf Vinesdie set from white Foamiran. Color with green chalk ink.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 6

7. Heat flowers one at a time with heat tool for only a couple of seconds or until petals start curling up. Twist petals together while still warm and set aside. Continue doing the same with all flowers and leaves.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 7

8. Untwist flowers and open petals as pictured below.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 8

9. Layer flowers together using hot glue gun and pressing together in the center with stylus. Puncture a hole in the center of flower with Tool ‘N One.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 9

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 9.2

10. Gather about 6 or 7 stamens together, fold in half with thin wire. Pass stamens and wire through center of flower and then secure with hot glue at the base of the flower.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 10

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 10.2

11. For the flower buds you only need 3 or 4 layers which you can warm with heat tool until they start curling up and then layer together.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 11

12. Die cut sentiment from Double Heart Gatefold Card die set using silver foil cardstock. Glue to center of frame.

13. Arrange flowers and leaves together at the top corner of card and glue in place with hot glue gun. Make a bow with silk ribbon and glue under flowers.

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 13

On Your Wedding Day Card: Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job: Step 13.2

Spellbinders Supplies:

Heart Leaf Frame Etched Dies S5-316

Textured Flowers Etched Dies S5-317

Layered Leaf Vines Etched Dies S4-795

Double Heart Gatefold Card Etched Dies S6-126

Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6” Platform

Tool ‘N One

Stylus Tips For Tool N’ One

Foam Applicator – Circle For Tool ‘N One

Other Supplies: Silver Foil Cardstock, FabScraps – Charms of Spring Paper Collection, Foamiran Ireland – Light Pink and white Foamiran Sheets and Stamens, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L – 3D Foam Squares and E-Z Runner Grand, Prima Marketing Chalk Inks – Blossom Bud and Fall Leaf, Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk Ink – Sea Foam, May Arts White Silk Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun, 26 GA Floral wire.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Marisa Job

www.marisadesigns.blogspot.com

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial

With garland headpieces so on trend, I thought I would use Bitty Posies Etched Dies from Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow to try and create one. I can honestly say that I was very happy with the results. The versatility and possibilities of this set makes it a “must have”. Wait until you see how easy it is to make this project.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial

Die-cut approximately 35 Sprigs from various shades of green paper, using Bitty Posies Etched Dies and Platinum or Platinum 6 Machine.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 1

Attach two pieces of floral wire together to make headband form, overlapping by several inches. (It will take two pieces of the wire to make it long enough to go around the head.) Measure headband to fit size of head plus 2 inches and trim off excess.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 2

Create a hook and on either end of wire.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 3

Attach sprig die cuts to wreath using hot glue. Continue the length of the wire, ending close to the end of the loops.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 4

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 5

Die-cut Bitty Posies Etched Dies Flowers and Geranium Dies from paper and felt. Attach flowers to wreath where desired.

Trendy Flower and Leaf Garland Headband Tutorial: Step 6

Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo drops.

Well, does it seem easy enough? Would you give it a shot? I love making cards but I think it’s nice to discover a different way to use dies. I believe that creativity begins with the imagination.

Glad you stopped by!

XO,

Debi

Spellbinders Supplies:

S3-289 Bitty Posies Etched Dies from the Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow

Platinum or Platinum 6 Machine

Other:

18 Gauge Floral Wire

Cardstock of your Choice

Felt of Your Choice

Floral Tape

Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Nuvo Drops

* Tip* A variety of green cardstock makes a big difference when creating this headband. It adds color and dimension as well as contrast.

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers

Have you ever tried Inlaid Die Cutting Technique in your projects? In this card, we show you how to inlay white negative die cut into the green die cut for a simple and stunning effect. Try this technique out and share with us!

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Main Image

Instructions:

  1. Create 5 x 7” top folding card base out of pearlescent white cardstock.
  2. Die-cut light blue cardstock panel with S6-002 5 X 7 Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies Die #7 (the smallest size die is #1), using PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting And Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform.
  3. Die-cut and emboss patterned paper panel using S6-001 5 X 7 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies Die #6. Adhere onto blue cardstock panel.
  4. Wrap ribbon around panels.
  5. Foam mount panels onto the card.
  6. Die-cut S3-266 Border Flower Etched Dies Border Die out of gold foil cardstock. Cut into 2 pieces. Adhere onto the card (at the top and bottom).
  7. Die-cut Border die out of gold foil (2 die cuts), green and white cardstock. Inlay white negative die cut into the green one. Adhere onto one of the gold die cuts, off set slightly. Adhere the second gold die cut under the cluster, but rotate 45 degrees. Adhere cluster onto the card.
  8. Stamp sentiment onto a white cardstock strip, foam mount onto the card.
  9. Die-cut S3-266 Border Flower Etched Dies Flowers Die, adhere onto the card.
  10. Embellish card with pearls.

Here are several close up shots…

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 1

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 2

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 3

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 4

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 5

Inlaid Die-Cutting: Hugs & Kisses with Border Flowers by Yana Smakula Pic 6

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

White Cardstock (Neenah Solar White 80 LB); Pearlescent White Cardstock (WorldWin); Colored Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp – Sea Glass; Bazzill Basics – Dotted Swiss Celtic Green; Gold Foil Cardstock); Patterned Paper (First Edition – Pretty Posy); Foam Adhesive; Glue; Black Ink; Clear Stamp (Avery Elle – Favorite Person); Self Adhesive Pearls; Tape Runner; Black and white ¼” ribbon.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

Hello everyone, this is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me! For my today’s blog post & video tutorial I decided to do something different, like altering die cuts with scissors! Usually we simply cut the piece out with the help of our dies and use it as is, but one can always alter die cut pieces slightly to make them a better match for a specific project.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial - Featured Image

This card was published in the Die-cutting Essentials Magazine Issue 25 along with a few other cards done in a similar style – check it out for more inspiration.

I started working on this card by die-cutting base panels for my project. I cut one out of pink cardstock and one, slightly smaller, out of patterned paper. You can cut panels like these using your paper trimmer, but I love to use my Matting Basics dies for this as I always get perfectly sized panels. And I can also dry emboss them and add a bit of extra detail.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

While I didn’t emboss the pink cardstock panel as it is mostly covered up by the pink one, I did emboss the patterned paper one. The embossing is hard to see on a photo, but it looks really beautiful in real life.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

Next, I die-cut 8 identical elements using two dies from the Filigree Pocket set. I secured them together using washi tape and cut 4 identical elements out of gold glitter cardstock and 4 out of pearlescent white cardstock. The pocket die not only cuts the pocket shape, but also adds score lines to your die cut. I used those lines as a guide and trimmed my pieces with my scissors. Using double sided tape I adhered the two together (a gold glitter and a pearlescent one) and offset slightly positioning the gold one on top and pearlescent one on the bottom.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

I adhered my 2 background panels together and added a layer of fun foam from the back to later pop this background up on a 6” square card base. Using foam adhesive I foam mounted 4 filigree elements to create the illusion of a seamless background. After adding white silk ribbon onto my card I adhered my background onto a white top folding card base.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

To create a focal point I die cut Braided Grace Square out of pearlescent white paper and also a smaller label out of white paper, the latter housed my “Thanks For All You Do” sentiment.

Altering Die Cuts with Scissors. Thanks For All You Do Card & Video Tutorial

Before adhering the Braided Grace Square piece, I used my scissors and altered it to have a more rectangular rather than square shape (I simply cut some of the loops off). I didn’t want to cover a lot of that beautiful filigree background, but I also wanted to use this particular, Braided Grace Square die, so altering it with scissors was the best option!

To embellish this card I added a ribbon bow and adhered several self adhesive pearls.

Spellbinders Supplies

Other supplies: First Edition Sweet Nothings 12×12 Paper Pad; Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, My Colors Cardstock Watermelon Pink 12×12 cardstock, My Paper Studio Solid Glitter Gold 12×12 cardstock, White pearlescent cardstock; May Arts 1 ¼” wide Silk Ribbon – White; Self Adhesive White Pearls; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive, Hot Glue Gun; Altenew Many Thanks Stamps; Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Watch video tutorial below to learn how to make this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have fun die cutting!

Quick and Easy Twinkle Lights Holiday Card Tutorial

Before we know it Christmas will be with us again! If you make lots of cards for the season then it’s time to get started. Keeping things quick and easy is the best way forward. This cheerful little card is one idea that you may like to try.

Instructions:

Quick and Easy Twinkle Lights Holiday Card Tutorial by Christina Griffiths Step 1

To create the card base, use the Hemstitch Rectangles Etched Dies Extra Large Frame Die and the Platinum™ machine to cut two pieces in white cardstock.

Nest Hemstitch Rectangles Etched Dies Extra Large Frame Die and the Extra Large Hemstitch Die together and secure with washi tape. Place on top of a piece of white cardstock and cut to create a detailed edge card panel.

Add the card panel to the card base with foam tape.

Quick and Easy Twinkle Lights Holiday Card Tutorial by Christina Griffiths Step 2

Cut/emboss Twinkle Lights Etched Dies Lights Die and colour with your favorite medium (I used Alcohol Marker Pens).

Quick and Easy Twinkle Lights Holiday Card Tutorial by Christina Griffiths Step 3

Nest Christmas Tag Set Etched Dies Tag Frame Die and Merry and Bright Tag Insert Die together and secure with washi tape. Place on top of white cardstock and cut/emboss. With brightly coloured pens, I filled in the debossed words.

Add foam pads to the back of the tag die cut and position on the card as desired.

Quick and Easy Twinkle Lights Holiday Card Tutorial by Christina Griffiths Step 4

Arrange light die cuts around the tag and dot with sequins.

Add Glossy Accents to the lights to make them shiny.

One Christmas card ready to send … ??? still to go !!

For more inspiration please visit me at Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls by Christina Griffiths

Spellbinders Supplies:

S2-232 Twinkle Lights Etched Dies

S5-265 Christmas Tag Set Etched Dies

S5-308 Hemstitch Rectangles Etched Dies from the Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken

SCE-002 Celebration Hip Hooray Embellishments

Spellbinders® Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner

Hi all. Seth Apter back on the blog and I am a man with a plan. Make that planner. Late last year I decided that I was going to document my life in art for every day of 2017. I wanted to be able to look back at the year and have a record of the happenings in my creative life. While I do not have time to actually work in my journal daily, I have found time to document multiple days at a time and by the end of the year, I plan to have all 365 days covered in my journal.

To create my journal, I used my 3 Ring Binder. Measuring 7.25 x 9.25 inches, this sturdy, kraft-colored journal is the perfect size and was just waiting to be individualized mixed media style. Cue the paint, ink, stamps, stencils, die cuts, and rub-ons.

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner Image 1

I ran out of space after the first three months of the year and am now working on filling my second binder.

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner Image 2

The pages I am journaling on include the tabbed pages that come with the 3 ring binder as well as additional pages from the Binder Pages Refill Pack.

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner Image 3

In addition, I am cutting my own pages using my Change-A-Page Steel Rule Die set. This steel rule die set cuts up to 6 sheets of card stock at a time plus thicker materials such as fabric, cork, cardboard, felt, leather, craft metal and more. It also includes a movable window die and a tab die that you can choose to use and place in any position.

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner Image 4

And if you are a lover of tabs, you can make as many as you like using my Grab-A-Tab Steel Rule Die set.

Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner Image 5

I have never before attempted to journal so frequently. While at times daunting, just seeing the pages and the binders fill up has been inspiring, encouraging and very satisfying.

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If you have thought about journaling but just haven’t found a way to start, take it from me — it is well worth the effort.

Spellbinders® Supplies:

Spellbinders® Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

SA-001 3 Ring Binder

SA-002 Binder Pages Refill Pack

SR-081 Change-A-Page Contour Steel Rules Dies

SR-082 Grab-A-Tab Contour Steel Rule Dies

Visit me on my blog and/or website to see more of my daily journaling all year long.