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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Candy Corn Princess

It may be a little early for Halloween, but I picked up Jenni Bowlin's Vintage Halloween kit earlier this week and I just couldn't help myself!

This is the first time you can get the Vintage Halloween Buttons digitally.  I loved being able to resize them and I know I will be printing them to use in hybrid layouts.  My favorite thing on this layout...other than my daughter's picture, of course...was making washi tape out of some of the borders!  It has been a while since I created any digi layouts, but now that I dusted off my Photoshop I should probably go ahead and use it a bit!

The background paper is from the Retrospect Kit from Design House Digital.  It is a really cool Collaboration Kit from all of their designers. The designer for this particular paper is Audrey Neal.

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cancer Support Group

Here is another layout I created to help raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. It was inspired by my sister-in-law's battle and her wonderful support group!

I used papers from Moxxie's Road to Recovery collection, bling from Want2Scrap, and the Splendid Circles Die from Spellbinders.  You can find the details on this blog post over at ScraPerfect.

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Spectacular Spin through the Bethany Canals!

There is nothing like a family vacation in August to wrap up the summer!  These pictures are from the first year my extended family converged on a house in Bethany Beach.  We took our kayaks so we could explore the canals and salt marshes.  Everybody took turns paddling so I had a lot of pictures! 
Spellbinders Spectacular Spin die S5-114 was used to create the embellishment in the upper right.
Of course I always have a lot of pictures, so my challenge is to get as many as I can on a page without making it look crowded.  And oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how happy I was when I realized my new Spellbinders Spectacular Spin die was going to look amazing with the Sunny Day paper from Jenni Bowlin!
It was amazingly easy to create this embellishment...trust me it just looks complicated!  Here are some more detail shots.  You can enlarge any of the pictures just by right clicking on it.

Below are the materials I used for the layout in case you want to give it a try!  I have more pictures so I think I better create a page 2...
Thanks for stopping by!


JBS Mercantile:
Play Date: Sunny Day
Family Tree:  Aunt Charlotte.
Red/Black Line Extension :  Pen Nibs
Red/Black LineExtension IV Accessory Sheet
Mini BingoCards - Sports
Hodge Podge Stickers: Souvenir
Memo Note Book/Black

Spellbinders Spectacular Spin

Autumn Leaves/Jenni Bowlin Clear Stamps - American Journey
Cosmo Cricket - Alpha Stickers
Amierican Crafts - Thickers
K&Company - Boy Scouts Alphabet Chipbox 
The Twinery - Maraschino 

Friday, September 7, 2012

September Muse-A-Palooza!!

It's time for another Moxxie Blog Hop! Join the Moxxie Muses the first Friday of every month to be inspired and for the chance to win a complete collection of the featured line! We're continuing our blog hop series with the Road to Recovery collection.

In July Moxxie released the Road To Recovery collection, an elegant and poignant line designed for people fighting long-term illnesses. Moxxie thought it was time to create a beautiful line that focused on healing, but also encouraged the writer to be honest about what they were really going through. The designs of this collection are versatile and can not only help a patient document their recovery, but it can also be used for get well, thinking of you, and sympathy cards, as well as to create layouts on just about any topic.

To be entered to win this awesome prize, leave a comment on each blog on the hop. Earn
an extra entry by liking the Moxxie Facebook Page! Leave a comment there to double your chance of winning! Open to US residents only. International customers are welcome to play along if they agree to pay shipping if they win the prize.

Okay!  I have a great layout using this line that I am excited to share with you!  The background is a sheet of gray paper with ribbons scattered across it called  Awareness.  Check it out!
 Did you know that today, September7th, has been designated Wear Teal Day?  Yep!  Wear Teal to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  I have a family member battling this disease, so I went all in and even dyed locks of my hair "Twisted Teal".   My daughter is not quite ready to commit to changing her hair color, but she is happy to wear a teal t-shirt.  (My baby is a High School Freshman!)

The title block is a mix of dimensional fonts, washi tape, stamped images and a journaling block from the Road to Recovery Die Cuts.

I created the V-shaped split down the page using border strips from the same Die Cut sheet, then added a long swatch of Perseverance paper.  It leads your eye to the bottom of the page where I created a flower embellishment from (4) of the circles from, yes you guessed it, the same Die Cut sheet!
The vintage lady is holding an old-time hair curler, in case you were wondering.  She is from The Graphics Fairy and I printed her on a transparency.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to Wear Teal today!  You are going to enjoy all the different ways the Moxxie Muses have come up with to use this fabulous collection.  Enjoy!

Ready, Set, Hop!

Comment deadline for the prize is Monday 9/10 midnight CST and we'll announce the winner Tuesday on the Moxxie blog. Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Monday, September 3, 2012


We go visit my mom for a couple of weeks every summer.  There is a bowling alley less than a mile from her house and we often use it to escape Florida's afternoon heat, especially during Quarter-mania!  Here is a quick and easy layout using Moxxie's Bowler Up line:

The title block was cut with Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two, which I embossed and layered.  The tiny bowling shoes and bag were fussy cut from Moxxie's Bowler Up Border Sticker.  Aren't they cute?  And I found the perfect alpha for this layout.  I love, love, love this alpha!  They are Thickers - Lovely designed by Amy Tangerine.

I also love my journaling tag!  To be honest, my girlfriend Karen Bearse had the idea to put the bowling pin on it to hold it in place.  Isn't she brilliant?  I adhered the bowling pin to some chipboard before I trimmed it out.  The tiny bowling bowl was cut out of the same sticker sheet I used for the title block.

Oh!  I almost forgot! I used a strip of paper from Let's Bowl to record a part of my daughter's score. I really wanted to show the 5th frame, because that is when she got her first strike...and I got a hug!

Don't you have some bowling pictures you need to scrap? Thanks for stopping by on Moxxie Monday!