Monday, July 14, 2008


Well I have some winners to announce.

Thank you to everyone that entered both contests. Here are the lucky ones that won.

Spellbinders Sunflower Die #1
**Bette Cuddahee of Maryland!

Clear Scraps album and bird shapes
**Janet Z
{e-mail me your addresses}

Congratulations Ladies!!!

p.s. I am going to be posting some new clear scraps designs in the next couple days...check back soon ;-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July! Now for some more fun, my sneak peak die is S4-157 Sunflower 1 with a suggested retail price of $19.99. Three dies come in this package, giving you a lot of versatility.

Remember to check out this helpful video on youtube describing how to use Spellbinders dies in other die cutting machines.

I decided to alter a plain album with this die. I started out with a fabric album in a neutral color.

1. Cut and emboss the leaf on a green paper of your choice.
2. Ink through the die stencil with a color a shade darker than your paper.

3. Reverse stencil with a shade lighter than your paper by removing the die cut and applying ink to the die (rough side), replace paper in die, then run it through the wizard with the embossing mat.

4. Now you are going to use the Spellbinders die to stencil onto the fabric album. Put the Spellbinders die cut stencil upside down so it lays flush with the fabric album. Use a sharpie or Copic marker to trace around the shape than use a dark color to ink the inside (don’t worry if it is too dark the next step will tone it down).

5. Remove the Spellbinders die and use a lighter shade of green to cover the entire leaf image.
6. Repeat, I chose to have two stenciled leaves on my album.
7. Using the large Sunflower die cut, emboss and ink two sunflowers. I chose to cut on orange paper and ink each with a different color.
8. For the third sunflower cut and emboss with vellum, then ink the vellum through the stencil with an ink such as Staz-on

9. Stack and glue your three sunflower dies, cardstock on top and bottom and vellum in the middle.

10. Cut and emboss the center piece of the sunflower, I used orange paper.
11. Use a thickening medium mixed with acrylic paint to make the inside of the sunflower. Rub it on the die and then carefully take the paper out of the die.

12. The result will be this. Since the die is thick the thickening medium you added to the paint will make the dots stand up.

13. After the paint dries, adhere to the center of your sunflower.
14. Pull back some of the petals of the sunflower to make it more dynamic
15. Add pop dots to the back of the leaf die cut only in the middle and glue the edges. This gives it a dimensional look.

16. After adhering the leaf, glue down the sunflower.
17. Add title or any other embellishments to your album as desired.

If you have any questions about this project or would like more detail with products I used please email me ( To sign up to receive more Spellbinders product release information click here.

Spellbinders Birthday Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

Drawing Information

Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 14 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed on said blog. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 14 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a new RASPBERRY WIZARD and a $500 retail value die package!


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

1) Participant must click on the provided drawing link on blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between June 30 and July 13.
2) Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.
3) Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on July 6th
4) Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 14 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry.
5) Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawing.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 14 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:
*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.
*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.
*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications
other than to contact the winner.
*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage and sign up:
*If you have any other questions regarding the contest e-mail

If you would like to own the Sunflower 1 die contest over ( The contest will close midnight CST July 6th. Good Luck and remember to check out all the other sneak peaks.

Clear Scraps RAK

Happy 4th. Clear Scraps is celebrating by giving you some of our brand new product. These are being released at CHA. Leave a comment telling us how much you love Clear Scraps and you will be entered to win BOTH the album and two birds. You will also be one of the first to receive these brand new items - before retailers even get them! Did I mention I am going to draw two winners!

I left the protective coating on so you can see the album clearly. The album is clear.

These birds are fun to work with, the big one is 11 inches wide! (protective covering on birds too)

See you at CHA at booth #4124

Fine Print: Comments will be accepted until Sunday July 13th at Midnight PST. Album and birds will be shipped to the two winners on Monday July 14th from Clear Scraps headquarters in Illinois.