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!