Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sweet and Simple Valentine's Day Card

Hey, there!  Today I have a sweet and simple Valentine's Day card using one of Spellbinder's newest dies, Typewriter, that was recently released at CHA. I think this die is going to be SUPER popular! 

Isn't is adorable?!  Look at all the embossing detail on it as well!  For the "typewritten" message, I quickly typed up a message on Word using ttf "AFL Font nonmetric" sizing the font at 14, the trimmed it down to about two inches wide.

Card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Kraft and Black cardstock: Gina K Designs
Red cardstock: Bazzill
Blue Enamel Dots: Recollections

Thanks so much for stopping by, more cards showcasing Spellbinder's newest dies coming up!

Janice :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine's Day Banner

 For a while now, I have been super inspired by a friend's commitment to celebrate "life".  She tries to decorate or do something special with her family for each and every big and little holiday.  (You can check out some of the ways she has celebrated these special moments HERE on her blog.) My life has been anything but stable for a good while now, so I've had to settle for just making it through the day most days, but recently I found I had the time and energy to create a little sweet and simple banner in honor of Valentine's Day.

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To create my banner I used Spellbinder's Lace Hearts die set.  I die-cut enough to string the length of my entry hall mirror, half without the lace center and the other half with the lace pattern cut out.  Spellbinders creates their dies with great versatility giving you so many options to chose from, from just one die set. (Not picture are 6 Beaded Circles die cuts in pink.)  I traced and cut out the white hearts to layer behind the lace heart die cut.

 I used my favorite adhesive, Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, to adhere a white heart to the back of each lace heart die cut.

I punched out 1 1/4" white circles and stamped the letters B-E-M-I-N-E on them, then layered them on top of the pink beaded circle die cut.  The stamp set I used is one of my faves: Crafty Secrets Artsy Stamp Set.  It was one of my very first purchases ages ago at a scrapbooking convention that used to be called The Great American Scrapbooking Convention. It has long since changed its name but I can't remember what to, oh well! Lol!  

Aren't these dies just so gorgeous?!  Look at those intricate designs.  I'm in love.  ;)

Hi!  Note to self, clean mirror before you take your final pics! I taped these onto some sweet light pink ribbon and then onto my entry way mirror.  I just adore it!  The rest of my house isn't quite so put together (we recently moved in back in November) so if I ever feel like things aren't looking as I've hoped, I can just stand in my entryway and feel a bit better!  Lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep being creative and go out and get your DIY on!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CHA Megashow 2014 (part 2)

Hey, everyone!  Ok, so I've had a few days to recover a bit and finally have the energy to post the other pics from my fabulous CHA trip.  :)

I have to start with our (Spellbinders) Award Winning Tool 'N One!!!  If you are into die cutting AT ALL, you will want this tool.  Basically, it is a gem at getting all the little pieces that often times stick to the die and you end up spending tons of time trying to poke them all out one by one or by slapping the die on the table or whatnot!  Lol!  Check out this video that tells you all about it. You are going to want one (or two), I promise!
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 DCWV  had an elegant setup with framed pieces of art around there booth.  My favorite was this one of Birch trees and yellows leaves all made out of their fab papers.

 A cute paper line form Webster's Pages.  Love that they are expanding their paper lines to different styles than their norm.  This one is called Our Travels.

 My most favorite ink: Imagine Crafts!  Here John was showing us all about their new products.

New easy to grip containers for Stazon.

As we were walking around I spot this dress and right away noticed this dress!  It is a project runway dress completely made out of duck tape!  It was so cool to see it in person!

A few cool projects made out of duck tape.

This mask was so cool! I loved the sparkly duck tape it was make out of!

These next two are items I am surprised haven't come out any sooner! They are super cool!

You can make chevrons with this tape with no hassles of having to make a grid or project the lines on the wall or anything!  Very cool.

 This was just too cool!  These ladies were taping a live show for the UK crafting show called Create and Craft.  I was so neat to see the show "live"!

Chalkboard paint is still on trend. I'm pretty sure this was the Clear Bags booth.

Quilling is making a reappearance to the crafting world.  These couple of pieces are just gorgeous!  I hate that I did not get the name of the company--sorry!  :(

Ok, paper fans, here are a few more cute paper lines.  Here is Love Notes by Crate Paper (love them!!!).

Boys Rule

 How cute!!!!  I "think" this is from the Adorn it booth but don't quote me on it as I failed to write it down and am going on the fact that I see an Adorn It catalog just behind this wall on the lower left hand corner!  Lol!

This was a beautiufl and trendy display by a company called Mon Ami Gabby.

Now this stuff is really cool!  It is REUSABLE molding material!  Apparently it can be used and melted down up to thirty-five times officially and more than that unofficially.  If you are in need of some molding material make sure to check them out at

The yarn companies always have super cute displays!

 Super cute Nautical line from Fancy Pants.

Be Different -Fancy Pants

As You Wish - Fancy Pants

A few more cool yarn displays.

This was just a super cool design made out of styrofoam!

Having a little fun at the Plaid booth.

 Who wouldn't love a blinged out Kitchen Aid mixer?  Lol!

Paper lines from Kaiser Kraft.

 Paper lines from Basic Grey.

The Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko sporting quite an outfit!  Lol!  She was a super great sport and let me take her picture!

Tim Holtz!  (I heard he loved our Spellbinders booth!)  :)

Another cool yarn creation!  "I want gum gum, dum dum."  Name that movie.  ;)

Well, I know there was more to see and to show all of you but I simply did not have the time or energy!  LOL!  Hopefully you've enjoyed getting a glimpse of all the fun new crafts products and designs that CHA had to offer!

Until next time!
Janice :)