Sunday, September 4, 2022

Santa Lane mega big cardkit

Spellbinders' mega big holiday card kit this year is called "Santa Lane".  It's a box chock full of crafty goodness to play with.  Here's just the start of mine:


Saturday, September 3, 2022

Santa's arms are complicated


Spellbinders special edition card kit this year is "Santa Lane". It features a die set with a somewhat complicated Santa.  I managed to put together 4 incorrect arms before I cracked the code.

There are a lot of little pieces that create 3 different arms, 2 bent and one straight.  I went to several different videos to get the combination of arm/cuff/glove that works correctly.

I made this little cheat sheet from a picture of the dies I found on the Spellbinders website.  In the picture below, arm 1 is labeled "A" in the drawing above, and includes A, B, C and D.  The Arm 2 combo is numbered 1, 2 and 3 and circled in yellow.


The third arm, the straight one, is pretty easy to guess. 

I really hope these photos help someone else get these put together with less perspiration than I did.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Hey Foxy! 14 cards, one very old kit

 OK, so I have a stack of unused Spellbinders card kits.  Some of them, like this one, are very old.  This kit, called "Hey Foxy" was the card kit of the month for December 2019.

No joke I have 25 Spellbinders card kit boxes, and I've only made cards from about half of them. Some of these unused kits are complete in the boxes, and in some of them I have taken out the dies to use them on other projects.

I want to do Christmas cards and this guilt is getting to me.  But I can safely call this kit "used up" now even if there is a bunch of stuff left over. 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Bigger cards, part 2

 Here are some more 5 x 7 cards using the big paper pad I got from Michael's. With these I used a variety of older dies from the stash, including this outline hibiscus from Paper Smooches.

The cute snails are Whittle dies from Poppy Stamps.

The big "happy birthday" edge die is unbranded. On the inside I used a Whittle crocodile and a snarky sentiment.

It's hard to see, but this one has the Whittle crocodile and some cute little Whittle crabs.

Now, it's time to do something else for a while.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Bigger cards for the time being

So, I have almost used up all the 5 x 7 card bases that I inherited from Mimi in 2004. Here are a few of the cards I made with a 12 x 12 pad from Michaels'.

The birds are a die from Paper Smooches, the hello is unbranded.

This is made with a combination of dies from Spellbinders and Gina Marie Designs.  The sentiment is from a very old set from Lawn Fawn.

Let's hear it for the butterfly from Honey Bee Stamps. The oval die is from Gina Marie Designs.

The "hugs" die is unbranded.

No dies, all the patterned paper. The sentiment has been stamped a while and was just waiting for a card to hop on!

The die was cut with a Gina Marie Designs die and embossed with a folder from Spellbinders.  The "thanks" is from an unbranded die.


Monday, July 4, 2022

Sunshine and shadows

 So here's what happens when I take my cards out on the front porch in the late afternoon to photograph them.  Shadows, that's what happens.  And it was so hot that I knew it was happening and I didn't care.

This is the layered sunflower from Honey Bee Stamps. The sentiment is from the "My Favorite Flower" stamp set with matching dies. The gingham paper is from Honey Bee Stamps, too.

Here are two more from the impressionist paper pad I was trying to kill recently.  These panels were cut already and in my scrap box. Imagine that! And the flying birds were in my sequin dish on the side of my desk.  They've got to fly!

Last (for now) is the cute Whittle pig and sunshine from Poppy Stamps.  The ink smooshed background was another panel that was in my scrap box. I was determined to use it this time.  See, I'm still on my "use it up" spree, even if the sunflower die and the whittle animals are not old (to me anyway).

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Rainbows and tie-die

 This week I've been using the paper from the Honeybee Stamps' "Team Tie Die" 6 x 6 paper pad.  It is a collection of papers that are like ink smooshing, alcohol ink dropping, and one that appears to be colors just scraped across the paper with a palette knife. All without the actual investment in those inks and paints. I already have the inks and paints, but these look so good and they are already done!

Speaking of already done, let's talk about die cuts that are older.  Here are some golden birds from Concord & 9th's "By Your Side".  This card is 5" x 7" so the branch doesn't go all the way across the card.

Here is the other half of that same faux alcohol ink paper with an old die cut of a bunch of houses with trees.  It's so old I don't even remember where I got it.  The sentiment came in this month's Simon Says Stamp card kit. 

Speaking of the SSS card kit, here is the adorable bear and a sentiment from the included stamp set. Again the faux ink smooshing is amazing.  The background embossing is from a folder of the month from Spellbinders.

Finally, here is a unicorn from Poppystamps' Whittle Unicorn, on another piece of the Team Tie-Dye paper.  The sentiment is from a very old set from The Alleyway Stamps, "Enchanted".  You cannot tell from this photo, but I sprayed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls mist, so it's shimmery when you tilt it in the light.

This is the only A2 sized card in the bunch.  All the blue ones are 5" x 7".