Friday, December 14, 2012

Tomorrow is Art 'n Soul's 4th Day of Christmas . . .

On the fourth day of Christmas (12/15/12), my Art ‘n Soul gave to me . . .
50% off a PACKAGE OF ELIZABETH CRAFT BE CREATIVE TAPE SHEETS WITH A $25 MINIMUM PURCHASE (purchase in addition to tape sheets).

There's a project from Cheery Lynn Designs that uses your Be Creative Tape (see below) . . . just sayin'!

Patti would love to see you at the store tomorrow . . . or someone you know trying to think up what to put under the tree for you! Dianne made some more gift certificates the other day  . . .  they're just waiting to be put under someone's tree!

From Spellbinders, a beautiful white Christmas . . .
Sylvia Blum: Dreaming of a White Christmas
by Guest Author

"Hi everyone and welcome to the Spellbinders Blog. It's Sylvia here with my monthly post.

This week is all about Nestabilities™ here on the Spellbinders Blog.  And I just LOVE my Nestabilities! I have so many of them and use them over and over and over again, because they are so versatile and you can use them for so many things in many different ways.

Today I want to show you how you can create an elegant and beautiful Christmas card without using lots of papers and embellishments, but just by using some lovely Nestabilities and some other Spellbinders goodies!
by Sylvia Blum

 Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Supplies:
  • GC-001 Grand Calibur® Machine
  • GC-012 Grand Calibur Junior Raspberry Spacer Plate 8.5 x 6
  • ES-005 M-Bossabilities™ "Enchanted"
  • S5-132 Nestabilities Card Creator "A-2 Matting Basics B"
  • S4-252 Nestabilities "Big Scalloped Ovals Sm"
  • S4-110 Nestabilities "Classic Ovals Lg"
  • white cardstock, sentiment stamp, light blue inks, light blue ribbon, decorative brad, clear rhinestone, dimensional foam adhesive
Step 1:
Let's begin with cutting the second largest classic oval and the largest scalloped oval from white cardstock.
After you've cut them out, you will want to run them through your Grand Calibur a second time with the B-Plate (embossing plate) and the tan embossing mat to emboss them.

Stamp a sentiment on the cut out classic oval

Step 2:
Use your largest and second largest die from the Card Creator set, cut from white cardstock
Emboss the larger one (see Step 1)
Step 3:
Take the smaller piece of the cut out white rectangle and place it into your M-Bossabilities embossing folder. Run it through your Grand Calibur machine using the A-Plate (Basic Plate) and a Raspberry Spacer Plate
Step 4:
Wrap a ribbon around the embossed rectangle, make a bow and –using dimensional foam adhesive- mount this layer onto the larger card base
Step 5:
Place your stamped and cut out classic oval back into the die and lightly wipe over it from the edges towards the inside with some light blue ink
 Step 6:
Embellish the bow with a decorative brad and add a small clear rhinestone to the sentiment.
Mount all of your layers using dimensional foam adhesive onto a card base
You are done!
Technorati-Markierungen: Sylvia Blum Nestabilities M-Bossabilities Card Creator Christmas

I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial on how to create a simple, yet elegant card with (almost) only using Spellbinders dies and embossing folders!

Isn't it amazing how simple and easy it is to create an elegant card with Spellbinders?!

As always: If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments form below this post and I will try to come back with an answer as soon as possible!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!"

From Cheery Lynn Designs, a beautiful angel . . .

Stained Glass Lacey Angel

"For my card today, I want to share a fun way to create stained glass using the Cheery Lynn Designs Lacey Angel die. My friend Stacey from Sweet Stamps showed me how to do this.  
Step 1: Die cut the Lacey Angel die twice.  I die cut it from Cryogen metallic white paper and then again from a patterned paper.
Step 2:  Insert the Angel die cut back into the DP, turn it over and add a two sided sticky tape to the back side of the DP.  If your tape is not wide enough, just butt the strips up against each other.  I used 2.5 inch Scor-Tape.
Here you can see the tape shining through the Angel.
Step 3:  Add clear glitter to the Angel, tapping it down where the tape shows through then knocking off the excess.  I used Sparkly Sweet Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.  
Step 4:  Remove the release paper from the tape and add a piece of vellum to the back side of the Angel, covering up all the sticky tape.
Step 5:  Add color to your Angel.  I used a combination of Pitt Pens and Copic markers.  I left the wings clear as well as the bottom edge of her gown.  Avoid getting your vellum too wet as it will buckle.  
Step 6:  Add a light colored card stock behind the Angel to help the colors show through.  I used white for my card.
To complete my card, I added a border from the Expandable Tiny Borders die to the top and bottom of my card front.  And then die cut my Merry Christmas die, trimming off the snowflakes.  Since I had to cut two Angels to get my background DP, I decided to use the extra angel to finish the inside of my card. 

I die cut a Scalloped Oval Small Stackers and the matching Silver Oval Small Stackers for my computer generated sentiment.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. This is a fun technique and does not take very long to complete.  It would work wonderfully with any of the lacey die cuts that Cheery Lynn makes.

Be sure to visit the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog for more inspiration and to join in on this week's 'Tis the Season challenge for a chance to win $20 to the store."

I just discovered that the order I placed over the phone before Thanksgiving for washi tapes was never entered into their system and there is no record of the order . . . grrrr! So we made up a new order over the phone today and she promised me that the order would be processed by shipping asap and we should see them at the store in 2-3 days. We'll keep you posted. Thanks for hanging in there . . .

And then I just discovered that I forgot to click "publish" on this blog posting. So sorry! I came home that day and didn't feel well and went to bed very early. Ended up staying in bed for the next day, too, with the dreaded crud. Today I was up but a little slow.

So, here's one more thing . . . look what I found. Unstashing an unpacked box I found more of the Paper Parachute paper that they are not reprinting again . . . it's at the store, ready for you to re-discover!

(8-1/2" x 11" and only 80-cents per sheet)

That's it for today. I was just reminded there is only one full week left before Christmas. Yikes!

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