Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello washi card and another winner!

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing the coordinating card from yesterday's post.  For this one, I used the negative piece from my Classic Heart die cut and added some heart layers in the center. 
Here is a pic of them side by side, aren't they fun?  I used the same dies and embellishments on both which makes it super easy to make two at a time!  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder to make it pop.
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I wasn't contacted by my second winner post from my Blog-a-versary giveaway, so Random.org helped me chose yet another winner!  Who knew it would be so hard to give stuff away - lol!  Third time's a charm, right?
The winner is:
Ravengirl who said
"Michelle, congrats on six years and thank you for all of your crafty inspiration!

Congrats Toni!  Please contact me at cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and let me know your address info and I will mail the package off to you right away.  You have until Sunday the 27th to contact me.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up of the die cutting details.
 
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: S4-136 Classic Hearts Nestabilities®, S5-143 Jewel Flower and Flourishes and S5-050 RoseCreations Shapeabilities®    
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Floral Thank You stamp set  
Paper: Gina K Designs, Bubblegum Pink, Honey Mustard and White cardstock   
Ink: Tsukineko, Versamark
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, My Mind's Eye washi tape, May Arts burlap string, white embossing powder; Wild Orchid Crafts, 10mm open rose Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares    
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thank you washi tape heart

Hi everyone!  I have a couple fun coordinating washi tape cards to share -one uses a die cut heart shape and tomorrow I'll share the coordinating card using the negative die cut.
To make the heart, I adhered strips of washi tape to white cardstock and die cut it from the center.  The flower embellishment is a combination of 2 die sets with a tiny rose in the center.  I love the layered flower look!
 
I added a few sequins for embellishments.
Tomorrow I'll show the card I made using the negative square with the heart die cut from it.:-)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the die cutting details.
Card Deets:
Spellbinder dies: S4-136 Classic Hearts Nestabilities®, S5-143 Jewel Flower and Flourishes and S5-050 RoseCreations Shapeabilities®  
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Floral Thank You stamp set
Paper: Gina K Designs, Bubblegum Pink, Honey Mustard and White cardstock 
Ink: Tsukineko, Onyx Black
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Sequins, My Mind's Eye washi tape, May Arts burlap string, white embossing powder; Wild Orchid Crafts, 10mm open rose
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July and a new winner

Hi everyone!  I don't normally make Christmas cards other than in November and December (no, I do NOT work ahead!), but I was making some cards for my winter Paper Creations article which I can share here since the magazine closed down (sniff sniff).
So it's Christmas in July!
I used a stencil with this card and I really like how it turned out!
For the stencil effect, I used the Stars Five dies and placed a star shape (die #4) onto the stencil and inked around it in 2 different colors, first Red Hot then Moonlit Fog.  I used some washi tape and taped down both the stencil and my paper, just to make sure nothing moved.  See below picture.
 Here's how I made the puffy stars on the card.
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 I also want to announce a new winner for my Blog-a-versary Giveaway!  One of my previous winners was international and I wasn't able to send my package, so Random.org helped me chose another winner:

Martha M, Tiffin Ohio said:
"Congratulations!! 6 Years, Wow!! Thank you for such a great package of goodies!!"

Congrats Martha!  Please contact me at cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and let me know your address info and I will mail the package off to you right away.  You have until Wednesday the 23rd to contact me.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  Here is a detail picture.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S4-092 Stars Five Nestabilities®

Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Christmas Antique Labels One set
Paper: Gina K Designs, White cardstock; Lawn Fawn, Peace Love Joy paper pad;
Ink: Gina K Designs, Red Hot, Black Onyx and Moonlit Fog

Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Silver mirror cardstock and Clear Rhinestones; Tim Holtz Stripes stencil
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blog-a-versary winner and a thank you card

Hi everyone!  WOW!  I was blown away by all the amazing comments you all left me on my Blog-a-versary post!  I read each and every one and thank you!!
Random.org helped me chose 2 winners for my giveaway:

Here are your random numbers:
28 37 
Congratulations on reaching a milestone. How sweet of you to share your goodies with us! Your style and your designers are my style of stamping so I gleam a lot of awesome ideas from your blog. Just adore all the ribbons. I want them all. Keep up the good work and know there are many of us out there who really really enjoy your blog!! Congratulations again!

How time does fly! Thank you for the chance to win some great goodies, and thank you for sharing your creations - they are motivating.

 Congrats to Shirley and Barbara!!!  Please send me an email with your address info to cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com and I'll get your box out to you right away.  You will have until Tuesday morning to contact me.

 I also have a card to share.  My card uses one of the Imperial Gold set of dies, Gold Rounds One.  These dies are special because they don't cut out the shape themselves, they are designed to be combined with the basic shapes that do the cutting.  These dies have patterns that both emboss and DEboss.
Here's the Gold Rounds One set:
  For my circle ring, I inked up the Gold die #5 with pink ink and then embossed it into a precut white cardstock ring.  Here's how it turned out.
 My flower was make from the Create-a-Rose set.  You can see a step out tutorial on how I made the rose on this blog post.  Or there are complete PDF instructions on Spellbinders web page on the Create-a-Rose page.  I used the Floral Flourishes set for the leaf flourish details.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture of the rose and circle detail.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S2-067 Create-a-Rose, S4-327 Floral Flourishes, and  IN-037 Celebration Two Shapeabilities®; S4-412 Gold Rounds One Nestabilities®
Paper: Gina K Designs, White, Innocent Pink and Grass Green Pure Luxury cardstock;  Prima Marketing Anna Marie 6x6 paper pad; Gold mirror cardstock  
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Gold Sequins and pink Rhinestones; SEI, Gold glitter dots  
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

SIX year blog-a-versary giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  I can hardly believe I've had this blog for 6 years and made over 1000 posts (1013 to be exact)!  And over the years, you -my readers- have been wonderful and supportive every step of the way.  I've been on and off design teams, had ups and downs with my publishing work and even shared a couple personal moments.  All and all, it's been fun.  I've enjoyed blogging.

So as a way to thank you all, I have a special giveaway to celebrate this milestone.  I have TWO Medium Flat rate priority boxes stuffed to the rim with crafty goodies!  Each box is basically the same with some slight variation with ink and ribbon colors and stamp set designs.  All items are brand new with the exception of a couple of the stamp sets.  Here is a picture of the goodies in one box:
 Each box contains:
-Gina K cardstock, various colors
-Xyron Mega Runner (one box has a Xyron label maker)
-2 or 3 Penny Black stamps
-2 Colorbox ink pads with refills
-2 Deco Art acrylic paints, various colors
-6x6 pattern paper packs
-Spellbinders Fleur de lis dies and matching bezels
-Unity Stamp Co large stamp kit of the month (retired)
-Little B washi tape in the new 1/8" width
-2 5-yard ribbon bundles
-Kaisercraft bling pack
-2 Prima flower packs
-Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam shapes pack
-A few other goodies that I could squeeze in
and last but not least, a tube of my favorite Chapstick -MINT! 

To enter to win just leave me a comment on this post, nothing else.  You don't have to be a follower of this blog, but it you do enter, please check back on Saturday evening and see if you won.  
Comments will be open until Saturday, July 12th, 9am PST and I will announce TWO winners Saturday evening.

Here they are, all boxed up and ready for a new home!
Thank you everyone for stopping by my little piece of the internet!  Have a great day and good luck!
*my apologies, but this giveaway is open to US residents only*

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sparks challenge Hexagon card

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes which made it easy to play along!
 
My card uses the Paper Smooches stamp set, Bitty Bungalows.  I think the little houses and accent images in this set are super cute, I had a hard time chosing which one to use!  I also had some fun with my Hexagon dies, using my die #3 to die cut shape and emboss it's shape into the cardstock base.  For a mini tutorial of how this is done, you can see my post here.
I kept this pretty simple and just accented with a little Blooms One flower I already had made in my stash (love that!) and some gold glitter dots.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  Here's a close up of the embossing detail.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies:
S4-368 Hexagons Nestabilities®, S2-044 Blooms One Shapeabilities®
 
Stamps: Paper Smooches, Bitty Bungalows  
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow Card Shoppe cardstock; misc pattern paper for flower 
Ink: Tsukineko, Memento Tuxedo Black 
Other: Divine Twine, Cotton Candy baker's twine; S.E.I.,Gold glitter dots; Copic markers 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

For you Celebra'tions card

Hi everyone!!  I have another Celebra'tions card to share today.  I used the stamp set # Sweet and lightly colored the flower/vase image with copic markers and a touch of Sakura glitter pens.  
See the fun rectangle die cuts with the little dotted framing?  That is from the new dies called Pierced Rectangles.  You can see in the picture below, the look is from combining 2 dies that can be used together or even separate!
I just had to show you all the pack of Linen Thread, this stuff is amazing.  NO little frizzy hairs- none!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  
  # Sweet Stamp (SCS-003); Pierced Rectangles dies (SCD-012)Celebrations Print double sided pattern paper (SCP-016); Captivating Coral cardstock (SCP-003); Berry Black ink (SCI-001); Linen Thread (SCT-001)
Other Supplies: 2mm clear rhinestones; Copic markers; Sakura glitter pens
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrating the new Celebra'tions line!

Hi everyone!  You may have seen the announcement last week about the new Celebra'tions line by Richard Garay from Spellbinders?!?   This is a new collection of perfectly coordinated stamps, dies, inks, paper, embossing folders and accessories. This line was inspired by Richard's love for celebrations- big and small and I think there's something for everyone here.
Be still my heart!

The initial release has 12 amazing colors of coordinating ink and cardstock!  Here is a picture I took of my cardstock and ink swatches I made.  My ink swatch doesn't include the black ink called Berry Black.  The inks are a dye ink with a cloth pad and are super juicy with great coverage.
For my card I used the stamp and die set called, Just Because.  This set has 3 flower sizes, flower centers and 4 sentiments and comes with 6 coordinating dies.  I stamped them with the Cotton Candy and Captivating Coral inks and the leaves were in Luscious Lime.  Fun huh?!?
Here's the stamp set and matching dies:
 I also want to mention the linen thread.  It comes in 4 great colors (natural, pink, turqouise and green) and they don't have those little fly away hairs!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I'm super excited about this collection, so stay tuned for more projects using them! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Supplies:  

Just Because Stamp and die set (SCSD-008)Celebrations Print double sided pattern paper (SCP-016); Ink in Captivating Coral (SCI-012), Berry Black (SCI-001), Luscious Lime (SCI-004) and Cotton Candy (SCI-013); Linen Thread (SCT-001)
Other Supplies: Stardust Stickles 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spellbinders Featured Designer

Hi everyone!  Today I am being featured on the Spellbinders' blog as their Featured Designer for June!  I am so excited and honored!  I've been with Spellbinders for over 3 years now and each day is as fun as the next.  They are an amazing, innovative and generous company and I am thrilled to be designing for them.

AND there is a fun giveaway for you all too!  Spellbinders will be giving away all the dies I used on my card to one lucky person.
Knowing about the giveaway, I made a card using my 2 FAVORITE things, circles and roses!!
To make the chevron cardstock strips I used my Zig Zag Edger die from Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities set.  I made my first cut, then worked my way down the cardstock lining up the die JUST at the edge of the cut.  This way I made all my strips the same size without doing measuring.
To make the circle rings, I start out by cutting the larger circle first.  (p.s. notice my brand new clean cutting mat?  How pretty is that!?!) I wanted my circle rings 1/4" thick, so I used both the Circles LG and Circles SM die sets.  On the right, my second cut is with the nesting size smaller from the other set. If I used only one set, the ring formed would be 1/2" which is also nice.
To make the rose, I cut 2 of each size petals from my favorite flower set, Rose Creations.  I like to make my flowers combining pattern paper and cardstock, so I cut 2 of each size of both kinds.
There are many ways to shape rose petals, I do mine in 2 easy steps.  First step is to cup the petals upward, I use my pen cap against my piercing foam.  The second step is to fold the ends downward, I use the edge of my scoring tool.
Next I adhere the 2 petals of the same together.  I lay them all out and fiddle around to see how I want my rose to look.
 The dies come with a small hole in the center of the blooms which makes assembly easy.  I used a silver jumbo brad and alternated my patterns and had enough left over for another complete rose, which I put in my "extras" tin.
 For the chance to win all the dies I used on my card head over to the Spellbinders blog and click on the contest link.

The dies being given away are:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up of the die cutting details.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: E8-004
Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities®, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®, S5-050 Rose Creations Shapeabilities®
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts, Buntings and Banners for sentiment 
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow, Icy Mint, Whirlypop and Candy Pearls Card Shoppe cardstock; MME "Necessities" Blue 6x6 pad 
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black 
Embellishments: May Arts Burlap String; Jumbo brad; clear rhinestones; Stardust stickles 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Monday, June 23, 2014

1 embossing folder, 2 looks

Hi everyone!  I have a couple of note cards that use either side of the same M-Bossibilities folder.  That's what's unique to Spellbinders' folders, they are double sided!  Yep, you just flip them inside out and there is another pattern.  When I first tried these, I was convinced they would snap apart and tear at the seam, but they don't -honest!!  lol!

My cards use the Simplicity folder which is one of the smaller folders that measures 4.25" x 5.5" and as the name states, has a simple pattern on both the A and B sides.
I lightly inked the folder before embossing my white cardstock.  I could have actually gotten FOUR different looks by inking the other side of the pattern, but alas I had a hair appointment today so I only had time to make two.

My cards measure 5"x3.5" and first up is a card using the "A" side.  I used a mint color ink and embellished with some of my neglected wood veneer stars.  The ink is kind of hard to see in the photo, but it is recessed in the little diamond pattern.
 Next is my card using the B side.  This time I inked it with a pale aqua ink and for this one, I dug deep in my stash and used a couple of stick pins that I seriously haven't used in probably 2 years!  Feels good to use some of these up.  My sentiment "hello" is the leftover piece from yesterday's card where I only used the "friend" portion of the die.  They were doubled up 4 layers deep, giving it some dimension.  Still on the fense about that look, my first card uses only 1 layer and I think I like that better.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets:  
Spellbinder dies: IN-037 Celebration Two and S2-082 Sentiments One Shapeabilities®, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®, ES-001 Simplicity M-bossibilities® 
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow, Black Licorice, Robin's Eggs and Fresh Mints Card Shoppe cardstock 
Ink: Amuse Studios, Bermuda; Avery Elle, Mint To Be 
Embellishments: May Arts Baker's Twine in Seafoam and Celery; MME stick pins; Studio Calico wood veneer stars 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Butterfly friend

Hi everyone!  I have a bright summer card to share today.  I haven't had a chance to use the butterfly set, Flutters and I thought it would to perfectly with the happy fun colors of the new Basic Grey Highline paper!!  This was my FAVORITE paper that I saw at CHA in January and couldn't wait for it to be released.
To give the butterfly some sparkle I added a thin layer of stickles on it and as it dried, it helped curl the wings at the tips.
The sentiment die is from the newly released In'spire Line of dies called Celebration Two.  There are 3 everyday phrases in this set and I can see it will be my new go-to set for greetings!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: IN-037 Celebration Two and S2-073 Flutters Shapeabilities®, S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®

Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Butter Mints, Black Licorice and Lollipop Card Shoppe cardstock

Embellishments - Cartwright's Sequins 4, 5 and 6mm satin sequins; The Twinery baker's twine in Pink Sorbet
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Create-a-Flower: Gerber Daisy tutorial

Hi everyone!  I have a fun summer Thank You card to share today.  Most of you are familiar with the new series of dies from Spellbinders called Create-a-Flower which make amazing realistic flowers!!  They are also in the Die D-Lite category, so they have a lower price.  Win-win!  You can see the Create a Rose flower I made on this post.  My card today uses the lovely Gerber Daisy.  And I have to say, this is a pretty easy flower to assemble. The accent flowers are made from my oldie but goodie die set, Bitty Blossoms.
Here are some step out photos showing how I made the flower.
This picture shows cuts for a 1 layer flower.  Note: After seeing it assembled, I wanted the flower a bit fuller, so I made 2 of each petal size.  Essentially made all these cuts again.
 To assemble the petal layers, just poke the petal end into the pre-cut slit on the base.  To secure my petals, I added a dot of glue to each.
 Here is what it looks like from the underneath side.
 Here you can see how each petal layer looks assembled, the top two are already doubled up.  The lower ones are what they look like as a single layer.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture of the flower details, you can see I added some stickles to some of the petals.
Card Deets: 
Spellbinder dies: S3-206 Create A Gerber Daisy and S5-086 Bitty Blossoms Shapeabilities®, S4-310 Labels Eighteen Nestabilities®, EG-002 Dainty Dots M-bossibilities Folder
Stamps: Fun Stampers Journey, Greet and Shout stamp set 
Paper: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow, Cotton Candy, Lollipop, Marshmallow Chick, Sour Grape and Easter Grass Card Shoppe cardstock; 
Ink: Tsukineko, Versafine Onyx Black
Embellishments - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: Kaisercraft yellow rhinestones and Pink/white baker's twine; Sentiment label is sticker from Little Bee
Adhesive - Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares 
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders Die Templates at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 
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