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!
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
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
*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!!