Monday, January 11, 2010

Spellbinders Surprise Party!



January 7- 13, 2010

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Directions on how to enter are in the Blog Post and Official Rules at Spellbinders™ Surprise Party Rules. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the sixth day of the Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is hosting Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! We will introduce 25 new Die Templates and 2 Impressabilities™ templates! These sneak peeks are part of the collection that will be released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show on January 24, 2010. We want to invite YOU, our greatest fans, to join the party from January 7-14, 2010! See the newest Spellbinders™ products, visit our Designers’ Blogs, and win fabulous Spellbinders™ prizes!

Today you have the opportunity to win a Spellbinders™ prize package (including all three Spellbinders™ Die Templates revealed today) through the contest entry email address listed below. Be sure to visit the other Designers’ Blogs participating today, and enter from those blogs for additional chances to win! You may enter once from each Blog! Each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog post is open to contest entries for 48 hours. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 13, 2010 to enter this contest through my blog. Be sure to read the rules at Spellbinders Surprise Party Rules before entering so that your entry will be valid!

To see previous Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! posts or to go to any of the future blog posts, feel free to visit the following:

January 7

Debbie Olson

Julie Overby

Lesa Rapp

January 8

Becca Feeken

Janine Blackwelder

Debbie Seyer

January 9

Heidi Blankenship

Karen Taylor

Beth Pingry and Cathy Chlebana

January 10,

Linda Duke

Jennifer Davis

Terre Fry

January 11

Keri Lee Sereika

Kazan Clark

Mary Pfaff

January 12

Karen Hunsaker

Christy Farneth Kerr

Holly Simoni

January 13

Sherry Cheever

Kimberly Crawford

Sharon Johnson

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one winner from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog event as stated in the rules at Spellbinders Surprise Party. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn for said prize.

Entrants visiting all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! events and correctly entering the drawing on each Blog will automatically be entered into the SPELLBINDERS™ SURPRISE PARTY!! GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00. The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010, on the Spellbinders Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I’m thrilled to share my Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! project with you...


These are the Spellbinders™ Die Templates I used for this project:

S4-275 Nested Ice Cream Cone (Center)


I also used Spellbinders™ S4-235 Fancy Tags and S3-148 Tags Trio die templates.

The papers are from The Paper Company, Studio Celebration line: Green Mini Dot, Bright Stripe Glitter, Dotted Circle Paper, Glittered Striped. I also used embellishments from the Celebration line: Celebration Dome Stickers and Celebration Bouncy Party Icon Stickers.

Let’s get started. Begin by cutting the Green Mini Dot cardstock to 4 ¼x 11”. Score at 5½” and fold with the blue on the inside of the card.


Cut Glittered Striped cardstock 5 ¼ x 4”.

Cut/emboss S4-275 Nested Ice Cream Cone, Cone #3 (with #1 being the smallest) from Celebration Bright Stripe Glitter paper and attach to Glittered Striped cardstock. Cut Scoop #3 from red side of Dotted Circle paper and attach at top of cone onto the Glittered Striped cardstock.


Position S4-275 Nested Ice Cream Cone, Scoop #2 die template onto the red scoop die cut, secure with low tack tape, and feed into Wizard to cut through all layered of paper.

Glue onto card front, reposition Scoop #2 die template and cut through card front. To avoid cutting through card back, fold the back under the Spacer Plate in your sandwich.


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Place both dies back into place and emboss. Carefully add red atyou Spica glitter pen to outside embossed edge of scoop and clear atyou Spica glitter pen to inside embossed edge of scoop.


Next, create the text for the invitation on the computer. I used Accent Dot Writer as the font and chose brown because it looks like chocolate. Yum!

To get it to line up, I created a MS Word document and printed it on regular paper. Keep testing by placing the card over the text until it is lined up just right, having the bottom edges even. Mark the edge of the card on the test paper, then open the card up and use a repositionable adhesive to adhere it to the test paper with the edge lined up with the mark you made. It should be aligned exactly where it needs to print. Run it through the printer. Remove your card from the test paper.

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Print text for tag onto green side of cardstock using my positioning video tutorial here to align it perfectly, and cut/emboss with S3-148 #2.

Tie ribbon through ice cream scoop window and add your S3-148 Tags Trio tag, being sure the word Celebration on the ribbon is right side up on front of card and on inside of card. Adhere tag to front of card.

Cut/emboss S4-235 Fancy Tag from Celebration Bright Stripe cardstock and attach on inside of card near the top. Adhere candle bouncy sticker onto S4-235 Fancy Tag. Add the two dome stickers near invitation information.


Here is the new Spellbinders™ die template I have revealed today!


S4-275 Nested Ice Cream Cone


This is a Limited Edition, Summer Collection die template, only available through May 30, 2010.

The measurements of these dies are:

Cone SM 1 5/16 x 1”

Cone MD 2 x 1 9/16”

Cone LG 2 7/8 x 2 3/16”

Ice Cream SM 1 3/16 x 1 5/16”

Ice Cream MD 1 13/16 x 2 1/16”

Ice Cream LG 2 9/16 x 2 15/16”

Here is another fun card I created using the new Spellbinders™ S4-275 Nested Ice Cream Cone die templates. This card is a hinge card, so the ice cream scoops actually swing away to show the information on the inside of the card. The cherry chips on the bottom scoop are brads with one of them utilized as the hinge.

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If you would like a tutorial on this card, come back in about a week and I will have it ready for you!


For the complete Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! rules go to .


1) Send your email entry to:

2) Type the name of the die being revealed on my blog in the “subject” line of the email.

3) Click send!

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail of inquiry to:

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!


Holly - Wild Wyoming Girl said...

Very fun and festive colors! I really love that hinge card - I've never seen anything like this before!

Janine said...

Yummy! Between you and Christy I'm going to have go get some ice cream! Great projects!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Fantastic projects Karen! What a Fun invitation--love the bright colors! Your second card is really cute--great idea for the hinge card! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Hugs

Margie H said...

How fun are your cards?!
LOVE LOVE those ice cones!
Great job :) xo

Kimberly Crawford said...

SO SO SO SO SO darling! Absolutely adorable!!!! LOVE the clever ideas and bright colors you used, Karen!!!

kathy s said...

what COOL invitation and card and what great dies

kazan said...

I have two little girls with many birthday parties ahead - thanks for this wonderful party invite idea - I LOVE it

leenda said...

WOW! What fun! You showcased this new die perfectly! Thank you for the details!

Carol Southern said...

These do look like heaps of fun to put together. You have a couple of great projects here.

nicky said...

Cool! i love the ice cream! funny funny funny!

hugs nicky

stephanie said...

I love it.

Dawn said...

yeah, ALL those numbers gf!

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

How fun Karen !! I sure love these Cones :)
Thank You for sharing your marvelous talents!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What fun projects.

Phyllis M. said...

Wonderful cards and love the hinge one and party invite is really cute too. Cute new dies. Thanks for sharing.

loftylass said...

What yummy projects and such fun. These dies are going to be great for layouts and cards alike. tfs

Donna VW said...

Great ideas - thanks!

Starla said...

Both of these cards are just adorable!! So cute for party invites!

DonnaMundinger said...

Just scrumptious! Love them both! xxD

Cindy H. said...

Adorable card!! Such a fun way to send a party invitation! I loved your video tutorial, too, it was very helpful.

Chrisd said...

What fun dies... I would be all set for party invitations and cute cards!

ellen s. said...

totally adorable!

lisa808 said...

Yummy projects!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Darling cone projects, Karen -- so SWEET!

Gina said...

WOW!!! Another must have die . . . Karen your projects are Terrific! tfs!!! :)

Angie said...

Love your creations!! I am now a follower!! LOL

Becky said...

Love your creations, they are just fabulous.

Susan Nel said...

great project,, its summer here and the ice cream cone could come in handy.

Ida P. Krause said...

I wasn't sure if my comments went through or not so I came back to leave another (just in case) - Your projects were really Yummy and Fun. That ice cream cone looks good enough to eat. Great job on both projects.

Amber (bambi64) said...

Too sweet, Karen. 3yrold came over when I was looking at your first card. "awwww" is what she had to say. All of the sudden i'm hungry for ice cream!

Rita said...

What fun cards...luv them both! My fav is the second one, looks good enough to eat...mmmmm I need some ice cream!!!

nina said...

Fabulous - love your showcase of this new die! The hinged cone is brilliant...

debbie said...

very sweet...

Kay said...

What fun dies! Your invitation is VERY creative, and the second card looks good enough to eat!
Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

When I saw the ice cream invitation, my jaw just dropped! How cute is that! You did a great job and the die set is fantastic and fun! TFS!

Beth said...

Delicious... and fat free I hope!!

Julie Overby said...

Very cute Karen! I LOVE what you've done here! So creative!

Sherry said...

Very cute projects.. I especially love the ice cream cone invitation!!

Phillane E'lee said...

Adorable cards.
Thank you for playing along. The invitation is my favorite.

Carole said...

Really like what you did here. Great ideas for Birthday Party invites. Cute card also. This would be a great idea to use for my Seniors Ice Cream Social to decorate and invites. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

fun birthday projects!

Judy jackson

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Lyneen said...

love love love your ice cream cones!

1CardCreator said...

Your ice cream cones are adorable! ~Diane

Gloria Westerman said...

This is just to cute....your creatitiy is awesome....just so much fun.....

Dana said...

I love the idea of punching out the center of that ice cream on the first card! And the scoops of the second! Awesome!

Connie said...

Love to win too...I've tried emailing to you but it keeps coming back unsendable =( I must be doing something wrong.