Friday, December 28, 2012

Spellbinders Techniques & Materials Sampler

I thought  I would share another project I created for the Spellbinders Explore Beyond Challenge.  It is basically a 12"x12" Patchwork Sampler Layout where I tried to incorporate the widest variety of materials I could think of that can be cut by Spellbinders dies. I also used my collection of M-Bossabilities folders to make the backgrounds. Most importantly I tried to use several different techniques with the dies and materials.   A girlfriend of mine created a similar one in a Tim Holtz class.  I decided I wanted my own inspiration piece using my Spellbinders!
 I am actually linking this to the Love My Tapes December Challenge:  make a card or layout with a banner made out of washi tape.

This section of the sampler uses washi tape.  I adhered a few pieces of washi to cardstock then cut it using the banners from the Nested Lacey Pennant setInstead of stringing them across the page, I decided to cluster them together under the "Create" label smack dab in the middle of the page!
Washi tape from October Afternoon, MME, and Target.
The label was cut and embossed using the Girlie Grunge Labels set that Donna Salazar designed for Spellbinders. Instead of using ink to stencil the letters, I used modeling paste to give the letters dimension.  I love it!

Immediately to the right I used another set designed by Donna Salazar, Mix'd Media Playtime, to spell out the word ART. I inked the letters with black then mounted them on pieces of chipboard I had cut with the same dies.
The background was embossed with the Flower Fun M-Bossabilities and sprayed with Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist.  Once it dried I hit the raised areas with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

The upper left corner of my inspiration piece uses one of my favorite Spellbinders dies:  Bitty Blossoms!  To create the background I ran a piece of Spellbinders Premium Craft Foil through my Grand Calibur in the So Trendy M-Bossabilities folder, then ran my Mustard Stazon ink pad over the surface.

I will be back later to share more details from the sampler!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Excited to be a Spellbinders Finalist!

I received some very exciting news tonight! I am a finalist in the Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Craft to Win Contest.   I created this triple canvas using Moxxie's Winterland line and entered it in the Home Decor category of the contest.
I also received an Honorable Mention in the Layouts category.  My blog followers will recognize my Snow Angel layout, also featuring the Winterland line:

I need to get these both boxed up to ship off to Spellbinders tomorrow.  Cross your fingers!  The winner will be announced on January 11th!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spellbinders First Communion Layout

You probably know by now that I am a Spellbinders junkie.  I am constantly feeding my addiction. Spellbinders recently released the Shapeabilities Die D-Lites collection and I very quickly snapped up Medallion Four. It reminded me of the stained glass windows you see in church.  I paired it with several dies, including Fancy Lattice, and created this layout:

I am entering it in the Spellbinders Explore Beyond Challenge which offers a grand prize package worth $5,000.  I will be back later to share the "how to", but I have some more creating to do right now!
 Wish me luck!

Friday, December 14, 2012

An Office Party Christmas

The ScraPerfect Design Team recently had a chance to play with our choice of products from The Robin's Nest.  I had a lot of fun browsing through the online store and knew I wanted to scrap some Office Party Christmas photos.  I ended up creating  this non-traditional Christmas layout:

 Here are the details if you would like to reproduce it for yourself:

1.  I trimmed the Black Herringbone paper to an 11.75" square and adhered it to a piece of the Chili Cardstock using the Best Glue Ever.

2.  Next I worked with a piece of the Classified Cardstock.  Using my craft knife I carefully cut around part of the diamond design on the upper right of the paper so I would be able to slide something underneath.  I trimmed the paper to 11" wide by 10.5" tall, matted it with black cardstock, and adhered it about 1.25" down from the top.

3.  For the next layer I cut a piece of Mens Suit Stamp to 10" wide by 9.5" tall, added a mat of black cardstock and adhered it with The Best Glue Ever along the side and bottom edges only.  You can see that I positioned it so that it slid under the diamond-shaped element I had already cut out.

4. Using the Classified Stickers and some black cardstock I created a tag which I slipped behind the previous layer, placing it next to the cut out.

5.  I love, love, love the Glitter Christmas Tree paper so I fussy cut out each of the trees and had fun layering them with my pictures!

6.  I added a few final details: A Santa Clippie in the upper left, a red foil letter "C" from my stash,  a few bits of washi tape, and Thickers for the title.

Here are some detail shots:
Using lots of layers and a non-traditional color palette, I got the  look I was after!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play!  Susie

ScraPerfect Products:
Robin's Nest Products:
  • Black Herringbone Paper
  • Chili Cardstock
  • Classified Cardstock
  • Men's Suit Stamp Paper
  • Glitter Christmas Tree Paper
  • Classified Stickers
  • Santa Clippie

Friday, December 7, 2012

December Muse-A-Palooza!

Welcome to our December hop! 

Moxxie's Winterland Collection has a wonderful snowflake covered paper called Flurries, and that is the base of this layout.  I made liberal use of the coordinating Diecuts, adding the frame in the upper right, the strip along the left side of the layout and a couple of the phrase strips. 

This embellishment is a combination of elements from the Winterland Diecuts and the Element Sticker Sheet.  The pink rhinestone circles are from Want2Scrap. 
 I customized the strip across the bottom in a couple of ways.  I added some sparkle with individual rhinestones using the Best Glue Ever and Embellie Gellie from ScraPerfect.
I used Spellbinders Edgeabilities and Decorative Inserts to create the zig zag strip: cutting, embossing and sanding to reveal the details.  Because of the shape, it coordinates with the strip from the die cut sheet that runs along the left side of the layout.
Here are 2 other layouts I created using this wonderful line:

This month, you could WIN the gorgeous Winterland collection, composed of frosty shades of blues and purples.

To have a chance at winning, you need to follow the hop through all eleven participating blogs, check out the beautiful work of the Moxxie Muses, and leave a comment for each of them. Comments will close at midnight CST on Tuesday, December 11. Winner will be announced the next day on the Moxxie blog. International fans are welcomed to play along if they agree to pay shipping in the event of their win.

Ready to hop and be inspired by the rest of the Moxxie Muses?  Remember to leave your comments along the way to win, win, win the Winterland collection!

       Got Moxxie

       Susie Bentz You are here!

       Patti Hamil

       Cathy Harper

       Michelle James

       Rebecca Price

       Misty Rushlow

       Mary Pat Siehl

       Dana Tatar

       Rhonda Van Ginkel

       Ange Weisback

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Canvas Christmas!

I recently had a chance to work with some products from The Robin's Nest and I created this cute little Christmas card!
I cut the focal image, which is printed on canvas, with Spellbinders Labels One.  Then I used the die as a stencil so I could soften the image with  Distress Ink and still keep that nice white edge!   I also cut and embossed the black mat, sanding the edges to reveal the white core.

You can find more details in my post on the ScraPerfect Blog.
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Sweet Layout with Moxxie

One of Mary Claire's favorite Brownie activities was always the Annual Father/Daughter Dance.  I dug this picture out the other day and immediately reached for the XOXO Collection from Moxxie.   The dance was always held in February and the tattoo-like art work in the upper corner features a heart.  Perfect!
I really liked the details of this paper so I used my kraft knife to fussy cut around the design, lifting it so that it overlapped the photo.  Next I  added swirly black bling from Want2Scrap, echoing the black flourishes on the paper.  I love, love, love the bling!  I was very generously gifted a selection by Michele Parrish at GASC in  June and it is just wonderful!

 The XO Rub-ons give you a choice of sentiments and  I chose "sweet" to place on the banner.

Mary Claire's head band reminded me of a stamp I have by Dyan Reaveley which I thought was the perfect sentiment for my spunky daughter! 

I stamped it on a sheet of the Kisses paper, trimmed it out and arranged the strips to the right of the photo.  You can see the rose stickers underneath were popped up and embellished with some more Want2Scrap bling!

I decided to mimic the strip journaling style for the rest of the text on the page.   I found a similar font and  printed directly on the paper with my ink jet printer and then used a black pen to draw in the boxes.
Finally, I added a few pieces of washi tape for fun and Voila!  A sweet memory for my husband & daughter!

Thanks for stopping by - Susie

Monday, November 26, 2012

Looks Like New with the Best Cleaner Ever!

My cutting mat is always sitting on my work table because I use it all the time.  The other day I noticed how grungy I had let it become.  Ick!  See what I mean?
 There were smears of ink and bits of tape and adhesive all over it!  Time for a good cleaning!
 No worries!  I just spritzed my mat with The Best Cleaner Ever from ScraPerfect and let it sit for a minute.
It worked like a charm!  When I wiped it off, it looked like a brand new mat!
This is the newest product developed by ScraPerfect and I love this stuff because it is:
  • Safe for hands, tools, brushes, clear stamp; rubber stamps, fabrics, stamp; more
  • Removes solvent ink from stamps, permanent marker from acetate, adhesive build-up on scissors, the Best Glue Ever from fabric, and more
  • Contains 99.9% active ingredients. No water, alcohol, or abrasives
  • Apply from the pink spray bottle; rinse off easily with plain water
  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-Hazardous
  • Biodegradable
  • No Harmful Fumes
I actually have a couple more mats that need attention now. Oh!  And some scissors!
What do you need to clean?

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Monday, November 19, 2012

Get ready for Santa with Moxxie!

I am featured over on the  Moxxie Blog today using the very festive Party at the Pole collection!  

One of our traditions every year is a visit with Santa. With that in mind, I created two layouts.  The first one is for a single 5"x7" photo.  The 2nd layout is actually just a modification of the first, altered to incorporate multiple photos.  With 3 kids you can bet that I am a multiple photo kind of girl!

I am all about simplifying around the holidays, so I hope one of my layouts will help save you some time and stress this Christmas! 

Thanks for stopping by!    Susie

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bookmark the Road to Recovery

I have a very dear friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She suddenly found herself taking several different medications, each of which came with its own list of potential side effects.  She asked for a journal so that she could track her symptoms every day.  I added a simple, handmade item to cheer and encourage her:  a bookmark using Moxxie’s Road to Recovery collection.

Although I usually love to dress things up with layers and bling, I really wanted this to be something that would slip into place without catching edges and that my friend would find easy to use. This is not a work of art.  It is just a simple, heartfelt gift to remind my friend of her place in my heart.

You can find the details for this project on the Moxxie Blog today.

Thanks for stopping by - Susie

Friday, November 2, 2012

November Moxxie Muse-A-Palooza!

Are you ready for another fun Moxxie blog hop?  For November we are focusing on the Forever Family line.
This amazing color palette is perfect for family portraits, heritage photos, and even a pretty fall-themed layout! The front sides of the paper are title papers for each member of the family, and the back sides have a variety of both masculine and feminine patterns for you to use to accent your photos. Card makers and papercrafters the designs are small, so even on a cut down piece of paper, you are still going to get the colors and textures of the large design.

In addition to these great papers, the embellishments will help give your creations a family-type flair. Use them as titles, journaling spaces, accent pieces, and embellishment clusters to finish off your pages

The Moxxie Muses have put together some awesome ideas for this line and you could win the entire collection! All you have to do is hop through the blogs and comment on each one.  For an extra entry, comment on the Facebook page and "like" us if you have not already.  How simple is that?   Comments need to be made by Tuesday evening and the winner will be announced on Wednesday on the Moxxie Blog.  Our international customers and fans are free to play along if you are willing to pay the shipping if you are the winner of the prize.

Here is the layout I prepared for today's blog hop.  It is clean and simple and used  5"x7" school photos straight out of the package!
 It came together very easily with only (2) pieces of paper and some coordinating die cuts and stickers.  I  have to smile every time I see this layout because of a little trick I played!

The sticker in the bottom right originally said,  "Sisters by Birth, Friends by Choice".  By choosing to hide the first line, I converted it to the perfect embellishment for my "boy" layout.

Below you can see (2) other layouts I have created using this versatile collection:
Click to see larger image!
Here are the blog links for hopping.  Just start at the top (Moxxie blog) and work your way down the list until you have visited all eleven blogs.  We are so happy to have you join us and hope you enjoy the projects we have made.
Susie Bentz  (you are here!)
Happy hopping! I know you will find lots of inspiration along the way!

See you next month!  Susie

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Harry Potter Birthday with Moxxie!

The Wizardry collection from Moxxie is perfect for scrapping those Harry Potter themed pictures.  This layout is obviously from my son's birthday and it was a lot of fun!  Among other things, we had Wand Selection (an arts and crafts activity), Potions Class (making milkshakes with mix-ins!), and a Quidditch Match (a Snitch-shaped pinata that they broke with brooms!).

With Halloween just around the corner, I think it is perfect for little wizards and witches, too!

If you would like to see a super-easy tutorial on how to create the frame, check out my post over at the Moxxie blog - it should be up today or tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Darling Daughter

Here is a quick layout using Moxxie's Forever Family line.  The colors were perfect for these pictures of my darling daughter!
Everybody knows that banners are very "in" right now.  Moxxie makes it easy to add them to your projects by providing them to you on the coordinating Forever Family Diecut sheet.  You can also see that I used the two borders and the title card from the same set of die cuts.  I was very excited that I had the perfect piece of Want2Scrap *bling* in my stash for this layout!  I actually cut the rhinestone swirl into (2) pieces so I could place those swirls exactly where I wanted. Last step was to tuck a tag behind one of the photos for my hidden journaling.

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Monday, October 8, 2012

Crop to Cure Diabetes - The Wrap Up!

I finally caught up with Nancy Forbach, the Grand Prize winner from my Crop to Cure Diabetes!  She was very happy to claim her prize!

A huge thank-you to Debbie Chabot, owner of Scrapbooks-Plus, for generously donating the crop room for the entire day.    She also contributed a discount coupon for the goody bags and some paper and embellishments for some of the day's projects.

I am also eternally grateful to my friends who volunteered their time and donated the materials for their amazing Make N' Takes:
Lisa Hausman gave us a chance to create an art journal type page!

Angela Nunley gave us a quick page to start us scrapping for the new school  year!
Karen Bearse  helped everyone to create their own unique mini-canvas!
Thank you so much to everybody who participated - it was such a fun group of ladies!  We had lots of excitement with our hourly door prize drawings. We also added some fun with an  impromptu Halloween page contest - the winner, Kate Sullivan!  Be sure to check our Facebook page for more pictures from the crop!

There were several people who were unable to attend the crop, and they very generously made donations to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation anyway. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you!  We were able to raise over $1,500 for JDRF this year and we are definitely planning to host a crop again next year - hopefully bigger and better!
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Friday, October 5, 2012

October Muse-A-Palooza!

Hi Everyone,

Are you ready for the October Moxxie Blog Hop?  Join us the first Friday of every month where we will feature a new collection.  This month is just way too much fun with the all new All Hallow's Eve collection.   I think you are going to fall in love with this collection. The collection is just perfect for all your Halloween projects!  The Moxxie Muses have some wonderful inspiration for you today!

Last year, in early September, I took my daughter to see the show Wicked.  It was so much fun! We made quite an event out of it - my daughter even dressed up to watch the show.  She got lots of comments from the cast and other theater-goers regarding her wicked-witch style tights! Naturally, she decided to use that outfit for her Halloween costume, replacing her high heels for a pair of red Converse sneakers.  She wanted  her ruby slippers to be comfortable - much better for trick or treating!  
I found the papers from Moxxie's All Hallow's Eve were perfect for this:
I worked a little magic of my own on this layout! I knew I wanted the title to be big
I pulled these foam Heidi Swapp letters out of my stash and loved the proportions, but the turquoise and fuschia really were not working... I traced each of the letters onto different papers from the All Hallow's Eve collection, cut them out, added some glue and - Presto Chango!  We have a perfectly coordinated title!
I also decided my daughter deserved an award for her darling outfit, so I created a prize ribbon for the "Best Costume" using elements from the All Hallow's Eve Diecuts and the Haunted Mansion paper - I love those creepy little silhouettes!!  I used a stamp from my stash to create the verbage.

 Do you want to win this entire collection? 
Here is what you need to do!  It is very simple and very easy!

Leave a comment on each and every blog in the hop- Be sure to leave a comment on the Moxxie Blog as well.  That is it! If you would like an extra chance "LIKE" the Moxxie Facebook Page.  Comment deadline for the prize is Tuesday 10/9 midnight CST. Open to US residents only. International customers are welcome to play along if they agree to pay shipping in the event of their win. We'll announce the winner Wednesday on the Moxxie blog. Thanks so much for hopping with us! That is it!  Good Luck!!

So Let's Get Ready and Start Hopping!

I hope you have a lot of  fun along the way!  See you next month!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spectacular Spin Tutorial

I found this card on Splitcoast Stampers years ago and it has become my #1 "go to" card.  The embellishment is cut by one of Spellbinders' Cut Tuck Fold Dies, Spectacular Spin.  It really has a lot of visual impact... but it is soooo easy!

Here's a little tutorial:  First I cut and embossed some double-sided paper. I chose papers from Moxxie's Forever Family collection.  The paper on the card is orange and yellow.  The paper in my sample is orange and darker orange!  No need to recalibrate the monitor!

One of the  best thing about Spellbinders dies is that they cut,emboss, and stencil.  Here I used some Distress Ink on all of the openings in the die.  When I popped it out...Voila!

The next step is to lift and fold each of the arrow-shaped flaps.

...I like to do them all at once...
...and when you tuck them in place the piece looks like this:
I also popped up the little circle of "petals" in the center.  This embellishment is going to hang over some "open" space on the card, so I need to make sure the beautiful details were not lost.  Easy fix!  I just cut out another shape in dark brown.

On this one, I did not lift the slits. Instead, I added a few tiny drops of the Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect...
...then layered them together!  Embellish with a pearl brad and you are done!

 Really complicated, right?  Oh man, I love how Spellbinders makes me look good!

The card itself is made by folding a piece of 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. If you would like to learn how to fold the card, and check out some other embellishment options, check out my tutorial over at Moxxie today.