Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Spellbinders Pre-CHA Sneak Peek #3!!

Let the party continue!! I am SOOOO excited to be sharing one of the new Spellbinders die sets coming your way at Summer CHA!! (Don’t forget to check out the “official rules” for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek Party Drawing – Wow! That’s a mouthful!! – at the end of this post!! Entering the drawing will make you eligible for the GRAND PRIZE – a new raspberry Wizard and $500 in Spellbinders dies – Hooray!)

The die set I am sharing with you is called “Nesting Birds” (S4 160), and has a suggested retail price of $19.99. As you know, birds are “oh-so-HOT” right now . . . and you KNOW we can always count on Spellbinders to be on the CUTTING edge!! (Sometimes I am too, too PUNNY!!) The smallest bird is 2” long from beak to tail and 1” tall; the middle bird is 3 1/8” long by 1 ¾” tall; and the “mama” bird is 5 ¼” x 2 ¾”.

I had a difficult time trying to decide WHAT kind of project to share with you with these fun dies, so I ended up making THREE different projects to give you the “full effect” of what possibilities are in store with this die set.

First, I made this gatefold wedding card. I wanted to give the bird a more “dove-like” appearance, so I cut the medium-sized bird from white sugar-coated cardstock by Doodlebug. It really isn’t covered in sugar, it’s just very sparkly! I then used an embossing folder to give the bird some swirls. I used some pink pearl paper by Sparkraft to add some iridescent wings (I actually cut off the bird's little beak to make this piece appear more like a wing.)



To create the “gates” for the fold, I used the largest of Spellbinders’ Mega Long Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities. With a folded piece of cardstock (Perfect Plum), I ran the die through my Wizard, making sure to leave the folded edge slightly inside the die so it would not cut and would remain folded. I then “joined” the two halves of the card together with a 6” wide by 5 ¾” high piece of Pale Plum cardstock.

Next, I created a top layer for each side of the “gate” using a 2 5/8” x 5 7/8” piece of Pale Plum cardstock. I then stamped an image (using Perfect Plum ink) from the fun “Simply Stated” stamp set by Fancy Pants. The sentiment, which I created on my computer using the CK Bella font, was mounted on small classic and scalloped oval Nestabilities. I then added some 3/8” white organza ribbon and silver cord as a finishing touch.




Project #2 was created to show you what a full “nest” of birds looks like. These quick and easy “ornaments” would be a fun addition to any Christmas tree OR as a package topper for a Christmas package or wedding gift! I made all of the ornaments “two-sided”, so that if you DO decide to hang them on a tree, they will look lovely at ANY angle!









Bird #1
Paper: Karen Foster “Ornamentation” and “Season Stripes” designer paper; Prism Prismatics Sage Dark; silver reflective paper (unknown)
Accessories: Spellbinders S3 138 Ribbon & Bells die; lt. 7/8” green apple silk ribbon by Creative Impressions; Glue Dots; Silver Ice Stickles by Ranger








Bird #2
Paper: Prism Prismatics Blush Red Dark; Sparkraft Circles Silver Silver and Red Stars; silver reflective paper (unknown)
Accessories: Spellbinders S3 138 Ribbon & Bells die; Silver Encore ink; Silver Tinsel embossing powder by Close to My Heart; ¼” silver metallic ribbon (unknown)










Bird #3
Paper: Doodlebug Beetle Black sugar-coated cardstock; Curious Iridescents Cyrogen White by Arjo Wiggins; silver reflective paper (unknown)
Accessories: Spellbinders S3 138 Ribbon & Bells die; Silver Encore ink; Simply Stated stamps by Fancy Pants; 3/8” organza ribbon by Offray







And last, but not least, I wanted to showcase that Spellbinders dies are NOT just for paper!! I created these fun and funky earrings using some white Polyshrink Shrink Plastic by Lucky Squirrel. I colored them with an assortment of red and yellow markers by Copic, punched a 1/8” hole in the top, then heat set them with my heat embossing tool (be sure to use a pair of craft tweezers or the tip of a pen or pencil to hold it in place so you don’t blow it away while it is shrinking!). I then sealed the color with some “Make It Pearl” Paint by Krylon. I now just have to fight my 14 year old daughter for these, as she seems to think she is going to claim them as her own!!

Need diecut help? Here is a link to some awesome tutorials on YouTube that show you how to use Spellbinders dies in a variety of diecut machines.

Check out the link on the sidebar at the right for a complete schedule of blog “sneak peeks” continuing through July 13. (And to go back and check out the sneaks by Debbie Olsen and Jennifer Ellefson done on June 30 and July 1.)

Please leave your comments on this post and tell me what you think about this fun new die set.

Questions about the contest? E-mail kim@spellbinders.us for “official” clarifications. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Spellbinders Birthday Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 14 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”.

This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed on said blog. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 14 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a new RASPBERRY WIZARD and a $500 retail value die package!

Rules

Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

1) Participant must click on the provided drawing link on blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between June 30 and July 13.

2) Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die or dies being revealed.

3) Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on July 3.

4) Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 14 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry.

5) Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawing.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 14 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:
*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.
*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.
*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communication other than to contact the winner.
*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage and sign up: www.spellbinders.us

The contest to win the Bird dies has now officially ended. Be sure to check the links at the right for more chances to win other fun, new dies!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

132 comments:

Julie (Joypup on SCS) said...

Wahoo!
Love the earrings... birds are so "in" but you have made them yours! Great job. Love the orange and red together.

Melisa said...

The earrings are such a clever idea, but I also really like the ornaments/tags! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Well, I have to say that when I saw the picture of the dies themselves, I was not too excited. BUT as I scrolled down to see what you created with them...wow! Love the earrings and the tags/ornaments. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

I love the bird dies!! And your earrings are such a clever idea!

Noya said...

love the earrings

Lana said...

Only just found your blog through this draw and love your work! The little birdy earrings are genius! :)

Morag said...

Wow... I keep hoping I won't like the next release so I don't feel I need all of them. Unfortunately so far that is not the case! Love what you did with the birds, the earrings are really clever.

Maureen said...

Those birds are so cute and I LOVE how you made the smaller one into wings - too creative!!

Lilian said...

I am in so much trouble when these go out August. Thank you for sharing your creations with us. Lovely!!!

Shari said...

Your projects are all fabulous!! Thanks for the great ideas, I really love the earrings and very creative clipping off the beak to make the wings!!

Robyn said...

Love the ornaments!

Kathy Stamper said...

Wow! A gorgeous wedding card, three ornaments AND some chandelier earrings! I'm impressed out of my socks! TYFS

kathynruss

Dottie K. said...

Wow great use of the dies. Love the ornaments. :)

stephanie said...

Great dies. Love your projects.

Ron said...

Love the idea of using the small bird (sans beak) as wings! Great projects - my credit card is crying just thinking about what it's going to be doing soon!!

misse336 said...

Love the tags!

cards4u said...

Love the ornaments!

susy said...

Oh my goodness, i just have to have these, I love birdies and searched every where for a nice die set with them, and now here thay are, so cool.

Kacey Elliott said...

I love these birds! So perfectly shaped. Great projects too! Love the nesting ornaments.

The Country Rose said...

These are such beautiful projects! My 14 year old daughter would love the earrings too!

Kathleen said...

Thanks so much for all your great projects! I've not visited your blog before~everything was lovely!

Eveline said...

Love the card, ornaments and earrings you made with the birds.
Eveline

Bethany Paull said...

Wow! The black and white sparkly bird is TO "DIE" FOR. Looks like your punniness is contagious.

Lacey Stephens said...

Too cool!! At first I wasn't sure about them. But when I saw your finished project, I think these birds are awesome! And the earrings are so cleaver. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
~Lacey Stephens
www.handstampedbylacey.typepad.com

The Keefer Family said...

Birds...so trendy right now. Spellbinders has out done themselves with all of their new stuff so far.

Keep the momentum going girls!!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWZa! The ornaments are soooo kewl but I love those earrings you created too! What an awesome new set of dies!!

Etha said...

mygosh your ornaments and earrings are just out of this world!! thanks so much for showing!

Cindy H. said...

Great job with the Sneak Peek!! Those birds are adorable and you created some fun things!! Love the ornaments - very cute!!! TFS

Bree said...

Oh my! These birds and your examples have my mind whirling. From fun to elegant- wonderful!

Debby said...

OMG! Everything is FABULOUS! You Rock!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the earrings and the ornaments, so clever! TFS your talent!
peggysue

riggy said...

Love what you did with these dies. At first I wasn't too sure when I first saw them, but with your creations, they are a MUST to have...

Regan said...

OMGorgeous- these are super cute!!

love the ornaments!!

Kathy H said...

too cute...

Beth Mak said...

These are just wonderful little birds. Love the ornaments you made.

Marg said...

These are the cutest dies. You really gave us ideas as to how to use them.

Pegg S said...

Love how the shape is simple and you can use different textures and pattern papers to make them unique! Beautiful projects!!

Marge Robertson said...

Wow -- totally unique! Love what you did with these "birdies"!!!

V said...

I have to say the bird nesties are just flat awesome and those earrings, seriously WOW!!!

V

Brenda said...

Wow, great way to think out of the box. I love the earrings and ornaments, your card is awesome. I am really loving the sneak peaks. Thank you.

Sharon in NE said...

Aren't you clever! The ornaments are particularly cute but everything you did is something I plan on attempting once I get my hands on these sweet die sets!

Lori Barnett said...

I love this new die! Your creations with it are outstanding!! Love how you made other items. I love the cards...but the ornaments are wonderful :)

maryps said...

Great gate-fold card - love the scroll embossed bird. Fantastic idea for using the long rectangle Nesties, but every time I've tried to make them mine, they are out of stock (boo-hoo). Thanks for the tutorial.
-mary

Lauren (mytime) said...

OMG! Wendy your projects are just AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I put in my entry

ScrapAloha said...

What a great idea! Sooo totally cool! I love your beautiful card!

Lori said...

Those birds are so stinkin' cute!! Great ideas!

Tracey Adams said...

I just love these birds...and the earrings are FABULOUS! Love the ornaments, too! Tracey

liannallama said...

oh, the earrings are FANTASTIC! Great projects you shared--thanks!

Nancy said...

So many fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing so many with us. Sometimes I need more than one jolt of inspiration to get me going, and you provided much needed electricity!

justkelly said...

I love all of your ideas....especially using the Nesties with Shrinky dinks....Awesome!!

MelissaS said...

These are too cute! I love the ornaments you made by layering the dp cut into birds! Thanks for sharing :)

Miki said...

I love what you did with birds, especially the ornaments! Thanks for the sneak peek!

Tracy.H said...

All I can say is WOW!! These are all so beautiful! :0)

Paula said...

very cute, and such a nice variety!

anGela said...

Me, too! (Love the earrings and fabulous color choice...) What a great job showcasing these dies...

TFS!

Cheryl said...

Sneak Peek #3

WOW that one is gorgeous! I really love birds and would love to win this one.

Maria said...

Yipee! Didn't know the versatility of these dies. The earrings are wonderful. By far the favourite for me. Thanks for sharing.

Danielle said...

WOW!!! Great stuff! LOVE the earings!!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow... what great ideas! How clever to think of using the small bird for a wing! Everyone is going to NEED this set.

Swedie

Toni said...

Wendy
I am so enjoying seeing how you girls have used the dies I created. Wonderful wonderful.
Thanks for such a great job!
Toni Kelly

Jenna Franklin said...

LOVE everything you did with these dies!!!

Kelly A. said...

I love love love the earrings!

Jessica said...

Your projects are adorable! I love the Christmas ornaments.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

The birds are fabulous. I love everything you've done with them.

sandyh50 said...

What a cute card and love the earrings.

Kimberly said...

beautiful projects, Wendy. They are really amazing!!! :)

Amanda Pedro said...

wow! great projects. I so want one now.

janet d. said...

Love. love, love the earrings! I am going to have to get some of that! the birds are AWESOME!

Karen G said...

Love this die and what you've done with it! The earrings are great and love the crafty birds too--they'd be great on a Christmas tree. :)

Kim Marie said...

The nesting birds is sure to become one of my favorites!! Love the earrings especially!
Kim Leach
kimmet123@aol.com

Andrea said...

Beautiful!

Littlekel90 said...

These are all great ideas, but I have to say your bird earrings are SWEET! :D Kelly

butterfly843 said...

Love the bird ornaments.

Marie Cramp said...
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Sharron Lynne said...

I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at until I scrolled down and saw all the neat projects that were made with the Nesting Birds die cut. I'm adding this one to my wish list too.

Marie Cramp said...

Ok let's try this again. lol.
I love the projects you made, I can't believe you came up with earings of all things. Fantastic!!

Marie
http://scrappingworld.blogspot.com

scrappingworld@live.com
jmcramp@telus.net

Cheri Mosgrove said...

Wow! You rocked it! The Christmas ornaments are awesome!!!

Karen W said...

Wow, they are all awesome, love the cards!
Karen

Lissame said...

I so love the samples that you showed. I like the earings!!thanks for sharing.

Lissame said...

I so love the samples that you showed. I like the earings!!thanks for sharing.

marilyn said...

love what you've done with this new Nestie.... so far I love all the new ones.

sandyh said...

i love how you used the smallest bird as a wing! very clever! and the shrink plastic earrings are so cute!
sandyh
sandyha@comcast.net

Ida said...

Wow Wendy so many great idea. Love the ornaments and those earrings are to die for!

Cheryl said...

I LOVE those ornaments! They are so cute!

kc_froglady said...

love the idea of using the littlest one for the wings! Great concept!

Mind Wide Open said...

Gosh I"ve been waiting for a nice bird set from Spellbinder and glad to finally see it arrived

Lynn said...

Great idea with the earrings! And I love the ornaments too! A whole tree with birds would be so cute!

Ema said...

Wow, these are great! I love all the examples you showed, especially the ear rings!

Judy said...

I wasn't to excited about the bird dies as I checked your blog. Your creations sure made me want to buy the dies! Great work on the ornaments & earrings!
Judy

justansa said...

love the earrings...how fun is that!
ansa

Michelle said...

Wow! you are so creative! I love all of the birds you've made! Great job!

Jessica said...

Beautiful projects wendy!! I think that the earings are my favorite. I will definitely have to try that out...

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Oh how fantastic, I love the earrings! Looking at the comments I see everyone else does too! Great idea! I am wondering if there is a way I can use these dies with polymer clay? I really like the shape of these little birds.

Kathy Camasso said...

Oh my goodness, your projects are fabulous! Each one better than the last! Thanks for sharing!
Kathyc

Donna said...

Love the earrings!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

What do I think of it?!?! I loooooovvvvee the birdies!!!

I didn't know you were on the Spellbinders DT. Very cool gig!

Laurie Wilson said...

Wow! When I first saw the dies themselves I thought I could do without them, until I saw everything you made with them. You have done an awesome job showcasing these dies! Thanks!

LadyDoc said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

What you did with these bird dies is FABULOUS!!!!!

mustangsarah said...

Wow, another wonderful set with so many possibilities.

leenda said...

Fantastic artwork using bird dies! Who knew all the possibilities! Brilliant, just brilliant!!

SherylH said...

You did a wonderful job in showing some ideas for these birdies - particularly the elegant card.

SherylH said...

You did a wonderful job in showing some ideas for these birdies - particularly the elegant card.

Moosisk said...

I love how creative you were with these birdies! Making wings out of a smaller bird - awesome! Love the ornaments, too. And the earrings - my daughter would steal those for sure!

Betsy said...

So gorgeous! LOL...I just about choked when I saw the earrings! Fantastic!

Linda McClain said...

Love all your projects. Oooo, I hope I win.

{stampininthesun} said...

Ohh...love this one!! Such sweet birdies!

MakiJo said...

The bird dies are really cute!
After I read your blog, I learned they can be very useful and creative, too.
Thank you !

Raquites said...

Your bird projects are just darling. TFS!

Rachel Hope said...

LOVE it all...Great projects!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing creations! Love the shapes with the cuttlebug design!

peggy lee

malieta said...

Another awesome template set from Spellbinders and your creations are beautiful!

Terre said...

I love the bird card, thank you for sharing all the wonderful sneal peaks. Terre

Anonymous said...

The Nesting Birds dies are calling my name....thanks for the opportunity to win them from Spellbinder and for the variety of projects you made with them! MollyK.

Sandy Knecht said...

You did a fabulous job with this bird set. Love it!

Denise Wells said...

Oh I love these Spellbinders things!

What a great job you have done with them!

Denise Wells

Sheryl - Skylar's Noni :} said...

Hi, WOW, I just love these nesting bird diecuts! And all the great things you have done with them is just awesome! Keep up all the hard work, it is a blessing and you have inspired me!:}

Reality Show Reject said...

Such beautiful projects! I would never have come up with such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Juanita B said...

"OMG", From the song on a TV commercial this is how I feel about the birds, "I want it all and I want it now!" I love your creations, very creative work. TFS.

Judy said...

I love the birds ... and your projects are SUPER!

Marsha said...

Really like your creative ways of using these birds. They are beautiful .

Anonymous said...

I really liked the Christmas ornaments. I always have birds on my tree.

Judi said...

Great projects, I hsve a few ideas for the birds too.
Hugs
Judi

Heidi said...

These are so cool, very trendy - birds seem to be the "in" thing. Love the projects you made with them too!

Theresa said...

Wow, I love all the creative ways you used this set. TFS!

JAR said...

Holy Cow, girl! What amazing creations you have made with those birds!! I love them! I am sure they will be a big hit~ GREAT earrings too!!

Tessa (shastess on SCS) said...

Cute birds! Love what you did with them Wendy ~ especially the Christmas Ornaments!

Judith A. Novak said...

Sorry I missed an opportunity to win the darling bird set from Spellbinders, however I wanted you to know how much I liked what you did it. Its on my favorites list. I may not be eligible for the grand prize as I didn't post on your blog timely but will email them anyway.
Thanks so much
Judith

StamperSharon said...

Fabulous sneak peeks & projects, Wendy -- LOVE your birds and those earrings are over-the-top fantastic, girl!

mimihas5 said...

Your card is stunning. The ornaments that you made are lovely and the earrings are gorgeous.This is my first visit to your blog and I am blown away.

Mary

Craft Critique said...

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Blog Carnivals work best when all the participants link back to us... and we'd love it if you'd fully participate in this carnival! All you have to do is let your readers know about the CHA Carnival and all the fun sneak peeks we will be sharing this week over on Craft Critique!

Thanks again for participating and sharing your crafty knowledge with our readers!

casserole said...

OMG I love these new dies!!!

Scrapmusje said...

Wauwww I love birds,you make beautiful things,I`m from holland zo my englisch is not so good,greetings Joke.