Friday, July 10, 2009

Spellbinders Release

Spellbinders Introduces:
Sneak Peeks on CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies!
July 9 – July 22, 2009

Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the 3rd day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU! From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates! You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post. This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows! Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 11th, 11:59 pm EST to enter Michelle Wooderson’s blog at: and until July 12th, 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:
7/16 Julie Overby
7/17 Sherry Cheever
7/18 Debbie Seyer
7/19 Lesa Rapp
7/20 Becca Feeken
7/21 Jennifer Davis
7/22 Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize. Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

My reveal today is the beautiful new S4-229 Labels 5 die template. What a beautiful and versatile new shape! The beauty of the Spellbinders Nestabilities is that you get not one, not two, not three, not four, not even five, but SIX sizes of the shape. I absolutely love that! And they take up virtually no space at all in your storage! Now that is my cup of tea!

The project I am sharing with you today is a home décor item.

Here are the supplies I used:

S4-229 Labels Five
S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares Large
S4-128 Petite Ovals Large
I2-1001 Impressabilities Paisley
7gypsies paper and chipboard letter alphabet
Robin’s Nest Dew Drops
2X4” wood piece, approx. 16” long
Mod Podge
Glue Dots
Black cardstock
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints – Caramel Candy and Brown Oxide
Hot glue gun and glue
Approximately 4” sheer dot ribbon

I want to have distressed looking blocks, spell out “HOME” on them and have a few of my favorite home quotes included. Using a 2X4 (which by the way, is neither 2 nor 4! lol) cut it into 3-3/4” lengths. Sand the blocks, be careful to really soften the edges and corners.

Paint the blocks with the caramel, let dry and then paint another coat with the brown oxide. Let dry thoroughly. Sand to distress again.

You will do this next step four times.

From black card stock, cut a Scalloped Square. Leave the card stock in the die template, then build a sandwich to emboss the cardstock with the die template and the Impressabilities Paisley:

White Master Mat
Impressabilities Paisley
Classic Scalloped Square die template, cut side facing up, with black cardstock inside die template
Tan Embossing Mat
White Master Mat

Feed sandwich into Spellbinders Wizard. Use Mod Podge to glue embossed paper to the blocks. Allow to dry thoroughly. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface and allow it to dry.

With the S4-229 Labels Five die template, cut/emboss 4 labels from the decorative paper. Use Mod Podge to adhere these over black scalloped squares. Let dry thoroughly. Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the front of each block and allow to dry. Use hot glue to attach chipboard letters to the blocks. Use glue dots to attach Dew Drops.
Print home sayings onto designer paper.

The sayings I used are:

Home is a starting place of love and dreams.

My home is not a place, it is people.

Home is peaceful moments, precious memories, and time with family and friends.

Bless our home with love and laughter.

Center the S4-128 Petite Ovals Large die template over the saying, with the cut side facing down. Secure die template to paper with low tack tape, as pictured. Cut/emboss as usual, with sandwich listed above and die template facing up in the sandwich. Cut 4 more ovals from black card stock. With Mod Podge, attach printed ovals to black ovals and allow them to dry, repeat with another layer of Mod Podge. Tie a ribbon in a knot and attach it to the top of one oval with a Glue Dot. Glue that oval to top left corner of h block. Attach the other ovals to the the tops of the remaining wood blocks.

This project combines the fantastic S4-229 Labels Five die templates and flower pounding on a card.

The supplies used on this project are:

S4-229 Labels Five
S4-123 Flying Beauties
The Paper Company papers: purple shimmer and buttercup
Core’dinations colored core cardstock
3D Foam Squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Creative Impressions – Bits of Bling
Watercolor paper
Sanding Block
Black cardstock

The flowers shown in the photo are the same kind of flowers I “pounded” for this card. Pink cards = purple impressions. Who knew? The flower pigments are transferred onto watercolor paper. Cut/emboss with the Wizard and S4-229 Labels Five die templates and mat onto the purple and yellow cardstock. If you would like to learn how to do the flower pounding technique, come back next week for step by step instructions.

The die template I introduced today is:

S4-229 Labels 5 Die Template Here are the measurements for these die templates, largest to smallest:
3 3/4 x 4 1/8”
3 x 3 3/8”
2 3/8 x 2 5/8”
1 3/4 x 2”
1 1/8 x 1 1/4”
5/8 x 5/8”

Be sure to read all the rules (shown below) to qualify for this contest.

Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from July 9th through July 22nd and plan accordingly.

Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the CHA Blog Frenzy Grand Prize must enter all 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.

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Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy drawing


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Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing! I hope you win!



Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are awesome dies. And I really love your 'home' blocks.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Am I just not seeing it? Where's the contest link to Spellbinders?

Yvette said...

Love how your blocks turned out Karen! Very creative! Those die templates are incredible!

Julie O. said...

The blocks are fantastic and your card is just beautiful!! Gorgeous projects girl!

imastampin said...

Sorry, it took a little bit for me to get this to all show up properly. All the information is correct and here now.

Anonymous said...

great work Karen- love the blocks may have to do some myself-might do LOVE or even CHRISTMAS Thanks-Kathy s

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Cool blocks!! And I love your card with the big bow!!

watermelongirl said...

Beautiful projects! Love the new shape!

Lyneen said...

I just love what you have done with the nestablities on all of your posts!!!

Melanie said...

These are gorgeous - the labels 5 is an interesting shape - I love what you've made. I laughed about your 4 by 2 our "4ba2" in NZ is both 4" and 2" a good solid building size. Yours looks like a "3ba1". Thanks for the decor idea.

Joan Fricker said...

Great idea. Your card is so pretty too!


Keri Lee Sereika said...

These are GREAT projects! This new Label 5 die template is PRETTY isn't it???

Our Little Inspirations said...

I'm sorry I missed the first 2 days of the new releases, but I'm glad I landed on your doorstep today. Your banner is FABULOUS! WOW! Your blocks created with the new release are unique and beautifully done, but that banner just takes my breath away! Your work is outstanding!!

Nancy said...

Love this new die set and your blocks are fantastic! Thanks so much for the directions. Your card is just beautiful!

Julia Aston said...

What a great new shape and your project is beautiful Karen! Love the layers you created on your blocks!

Jo4Him said...

Loved your "home" blocks; what a unique way to use the templates. Way to go

Dottie K. said...

Beautiful project. Great new dies! :)

Dottie K. said...

Beautiful project. Great new dies! :)

Littlebear said...

Karen these projects are awesome - well done!
Clare x

Beth said...

Wonderful job Karen!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous! Love what you did with the blocks. TFS!

DonnaMundinger said...

Terrific projects and LOVE these labels!

Kimberly Crawford said...

DARLING project, Karen!! SUCH a great idea and I love the little tag hanging off the first block!! :)

Debbie Kaste said...

The decor blocks are really cute, Karen. Very clever idea. Also love what you did with the card. Great dies!

Sharyn said...

Fab contest and those blocks have really inspired me.

reflections:0) said...

these are really great and some good detail as well...


JeanFB said...

Wow, what a gorgeous project!!! So much time and creativity - LOVE IT!

marilyn said...

How do you win some of your crativity???? Your work is gorgeous!

lisa808 said...

Very useful & versatile set. Thanks for sharing your projects.

Holly - Wild Wyoming Girl said...

gorgeous altered item Karen! Love how you used the dies, great paper too!

StampinCathy said...

All your projects are just awesome and super inspiring. I just love your creative style.

Marisa said...

Fabulous project showcasing Spellbinder's wonderful goodies!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work. Nice templates.
Gladys R.

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing your totally gorgeous project! More must-have dies, too!

leenda said...

Incredible projects!

Cindy H. said...

Now I know what I'm going to do with the extra wood stamp mounts I have. Thanks for the great ideas.

Jan Castle said...

Nicely done!
Jan Castle

Dawn said...

cool beans!!

Chrisd said...

Wonderful project...Thanks for sharing it!

Christina said...

love your designs!

Eveline said...

Another must have die set. It's on my wishlist, now I'll have to wait till it comes here to the stores.
I love your wooden blocks and card.

Staci said...

The blocks you made with the new dies from Spellbinders are beautiful! PS-Didn't you just love Wicked? I saw it 2 weeks ago in London and enjoyed it so much. I catch myself singing some of the songs quite often.

Amy Anderson said...

SO cool! I love this project.


Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Neat decor idea and love the card.


Karen Taylor said...

I love yout projects!! Fantastic!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Karen, Fantastic Job with the altered blocks!! I love how they turned out! Love the earthy colors and the DP you used.

Carolyn said...

I will absolutely be adding this Label set to my collection.

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