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Friday, May 22, 2015

We have a Winner - Unofficial Pastels Blog Hop

A HUGE thank you to all those who 'hopped' along with the International Ambassadors Unofficial Pastels Blog Hop - and for the encouraging comments you left each of us - it means so much!  I hope you are enjoying this international journey - getting to know each International Ambassador and their individual styles!


and I have a winner - are you ready....drum roll please....

'What's wonderful craft world we live in Linda. We admire each other's talents, follow each other's lives, grandchildren, ups & downs & exciting new ideas. 
So enjoy being on your bandwagon so to speak.'


Congratulations Fi Gilhooly - please email with your snail mail and I will get your package out to you in the mail - you are going to love it!
Thank you again everyone for hopping along - we are Blog Hopping every month and would love you to join us again.
Thank you for all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
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Spellbinders - More than a Die

When we think of Spellbinders the first thing we seem to think is, without a doubt, Die Cutting - but as you soon discover there is so much more.  One of the things I LOVE about the Dies is they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways - did you ever think you can use them to create a stencil - let me show you how in this step by step tutorial.


'Spellbinders® Nestabilities® Card Creator brings a simple and unique solution to multiple crafting projects. The work is all done for you, no more measuring required. Simply…Choose your design, Assemble your pieces, Refine the details and you're Done!'

Spellbinders Products:
Cross Promotional Partners:

Imagine Crafts 'featuring' Tsukineko
: Vertigo 6x6; Memento Dye Ink in Dandelion, Tangelo, Potters Clay and Tuxedo Black; Sponge Daubers
Want2Scrap©Baby Bling - Silver Rhinestones - Self Adhesive
 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner and 3D Foam 

Other: Acrylic Block; black cardstock; sentiment stamp














1. Using Vertigo cut one (1) Grate Effects using the Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine and the Junior Metal Shim.
 NOTE:  Cut and emboss sandwiches for our Grand Calibur Machine are as follows:
cutting Sandwich (stack from bottom to up): 1. Spellbinders Base Plate A; 2. Junior Metal Shim; 3. Medium; 4. Die Template (cut ridges down); 5. Either Pink Embossing Plate or Raspberry Spacer Plate (depending on thickness of sandwich) NOTE: Do NOT use with Imperial Gold dies ? debossing designs will cut through. Do NOT use white cutting plate with the Junior Metal Shim.



2. Secure Die Cut Stencil over Whirl White cardstock using masking tape
3. Sponge in rows using Memento Inks and a sponge dauber
3. Remove Vertigo Stencil - rinse ink off.














4. Cut/emboss stenciled cardstock using A2 Modern Stationery #6 (#1 being the smallest)
5. Cut/emboss white cardstock previously folded in half, using A2 Modern Stationery #7 (#1 being the smallest)
6.  Place score line inside the cutting edge of the base to form card base
7. Cut/emboss black cardstock using Birds on a Wire
8. Adhere Birds on a Wire to stenciled cardstock using liquid glue and trim excess from sides.
9. Stamp sentiment onto lower portion of card using Tuxedo Black
10 Pop stenciled layer onto card base using Crafty Foam Tape
11 Adhere random Baby Bling to stenciled layer - as shown in the main photo

Designer tip: Die Cut Stencils can be made from many recycled products using your favourite Dies - ever thought of using the Acetate from a  shirt packet or box of chocolates?

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Want2Scrap and Graphic 45 Sneak Peek

I have a card on the Want2Scrap© Blog - I have used some of gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 - one of our very generous  preferred partners.  I love this paper and how easy it is to create beautiful cards - partnered beautifully with Want2Scrap© Bling.



I would love you to pop over to the Want2Scrap© Blog  and check out my layout - and leave a comment over there letting me know what you think - you can find it HERE.

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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Spellbinders - So Amazing!

Hello Blog friends - I always happy top share a card with you here on my Blog and want to say a BIG THANK YOU for your visits, comments and support - it means so much!!  A HUGE welcome to the new followers - I am excited to have you here with me - if it was IRL - the coffee would be on and we would sit back and talk all things creative!


Today's card is created using one of my favourite Spellbinder® M-Bossabilities™ folders - Cabbage Roses - and you can see why that is; I am sure!  I have inked the folder using Imagine Crafts 'featuring' Tsukineko inks.  The card base has been cut using A2 Curved Matting Basics B.  All Dies have been cut using the Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.


The flower has been created using Rose Creations Spellbinders® ShapeabilitiesThe precut sentiment is by Anna Griffin.   I have also used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner and 3D Foam Squares for dimension  The bling is from Want2Scrap©


This card is for the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations -  Anything Goes or Twist of Swirls
Come and Get It Ribbon & Bling
ABC Challenge - J is for Jewels
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Use a Die Cut
Happy Little Stampers - Die Cuts/Punches
Lia Stampz Challenge - Embossing (heat or dry)
Life in Details - Flowers
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes
Our Creative Corner - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Die Cuttin' Divas W, must include a Die-cut - #216 Water a Flower Day (use flowers)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a twist: Add Some Texture


Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

SB Birthday Wishes and Cogs

Hello Blog friends, I am happy to be back with another card to share with you - have you checked out the Confetti Plate from the Spellbinders® Celebra’tions™ Line by Richard Garay


It has to be said - it is such a cool Die and so easy to create with.  I have paired it with DCWV Paper - love those masculine colours and the cogs. . I have also used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner and 3D Foam Squares for dimension  The bling is from Want2Scrap©.  Black buttons have been added to the inserts - a great way to use up all of the buttons we seem to gather!


This card has been linked to the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers -  Die Cuts
DoubleClick Skittles - Happy Birthday
Happy Little Stamper May CAS Challenge - Use Dies or Punches
Word Art Wednesday Challenge  - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room - button up 

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Unofficial Pastels and Flowers Blog Hop

It is time for the International Ambassadors Unofficial Pastels and Flowers Blog Hop! The theme of today's Unofficial Blog Hop is 'Pastels with the Option of Flowers' and some of the new Spellbinders flowers may be making an appearance.




Spellbinders products 

Cross Promotional Partners
Other: Nostalgic Image, Sanding Block













1. Cut/emboss image using
2. Sand around the embossed edges using a Sanding Block













3. Cut/emboss one (1) Oval Bliss #3 (#1 being the smallest)
4. Cut/emboss one(1) 5x7 Heirloom Legacy using cream cardstock
5. Trim the filigree edges off as shown in the above photo
6. Use Tool'N One to remove cardstock easily from the Dies.


7. Cut/emboss one (1) Fleur de Elegance #3 in white cardstock
8. Use the Die as a Stencil and sponge around the inside edges using Petal Pink Ink and a sponge dauber













9. Cut/emboss one (1) 5x7 Matting Basics A #7 in patterned paper
10 Fold cream cardstock in half
11 Cut/emboss one (1) 5x7 Matting Basics B #7 in cream cardstock, making sure the folded edge is inside the cutting blade of the Die to form the card base.
12 Adhere the patterned paper to the board base using double sided tape.
13 Follow this with the 5x7 Heirloom Legacy and DieCut nostalgic image, using Crafty Foam Tape.
14 Cut/emboss one Bird Banner using cream cardstock
15 Sponge around the edges using Petal Pink and a Sponge Dauber
16 Pop up the banner across the nostalgic image using Foam Squares at each end













17 Cut/emboss two (2) Flower Play #1 petals (#1 being the smallest)
18 Sponge from the inside towards the outer edges using Petal Pink and a sponge dauber
19 Curl the petals using Tool'N One
20 Layer the flowers using a small foam square between layers.
21 Add recycled pearl button using liquid glue
22 Cut/emboss one (1) Flower Play leaves #1 #2 in green cardstock
23 Embellish using pearls as shown in the main photo.













hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and .  Make sure you pop in and visit the other International Ambassadors - these girls are amazing!!  The list of International Ambassadors is below, in case you get lost along the way.

Linda Lucas (you are here)

And this time a special bonus to the hop as there is a chance to win!
Please make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment here - it's that easy!
A winner will be picked out next week and the prize will be
a goody bag of Spellbinders dies!


Remember to check back to see if you have won.

Thanks so much for stopping by - we hope you enjoy your time with us - we will be back with more!

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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