January 5, 2009

Spellbinder's 5 Year Anniversary Celebration



Thanks to everyone who entered the Spellbinders' 5th Anniversary Party to win my Die Template release. You can no longer enter to win my release. Please check out the links below to enter the contest on other blogs. Check the Spellbinders Blog at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog for the announcement of Daily Winners. Grand prize winner will be announced on January 30th."

Note: Hi everyone, I wanted you to read this first so you don't miss it: Commenting on this post is certainly welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering the contest. If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us.

Are you ready for an exciting event? Spellbinders is celebrating their 5 year anniversary and the party has begun! The Spellbinders team will be sharing 16 days of sneak peeks of brand new products....you're going to love these new die templates. And it wouldn't be a party without lots of prize drawings for the new die sets! Today there will be a drawing for the die template I am showing you plus those that were revealed yesterday. See the contest rules at the end of this post for all the details. Each day an additional die is added to the daily giveaway list for a grand total of 16 dies on the 16th day of reveals!

Before I get to my sneak peek today, I want to give you the blog listing of the other designers and the dates that they'll be posting their sneak peeks. You'll need to visit each designer, each day if you want to enter the contest.


Blog Schedule
Jan. 5 Debbie Olson http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/
Jan. 7 Holly Craft http://todayscreations.blogspot.com/
Jan. 8 Sherry Cheever http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jan. 9 Heidi Blankenship http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
Jan. 10 Becca Feeken http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/
Jan. 11 Jennifer Ellefson http://createdfrompaper.blogspot.com/
Jan. 12 Sharon Harnist http://paperfections.typepad.com/
Jan. 13 Jeni Calkins http://studiojeni.blogspot.com/
Jan. 14 Wendy Weixler http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/
Jan. 15 Beth Pingry http://bethping.blogspot.com/
Jan. 16 Keri Lee Sereika http://pinklemonade.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Jan. 17 Sally Lynn MacDonald http://inkyheart.typepad.com/
Jan. 18 Donya Schroeder http://donyas.typepad.com/puckish/
Jan. 19 Linda Duke http://lindaduke.typepad.com/lindas_works_of_heart/
Jan. 20 Trudee Sauer http://trudee.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Onto the sneak peek...here are two photos below of the new die templates I'll be using for my projects today. The dies are called Large & Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares. They will coordinate with your existing Spellbinders Square Die Templates. I love the design possibilities of these new shapes.The Classic Inverted Scalloped Square Die Templates are the opposite of the existing Scalloped Square Die Templates. All of the points are inverted, resulting in a square that resembles a postage stamp.
Here is the official name, die numbers, retail price and measurements of the Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares:
DIE NAME: Large and Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares
DIE SKU # S4-196 and S4-197
MSRP $24.99 each
Small Set Measurements: (6 total dies) Smallest die cut size is 3/4" square, largest die cut is 3-1/4" square.
Large Set Measurements: (6 total dies) Small die cut size is 1" square, largest die cut is 3-1/2" square.
Product availability: Dies are scheduled to ship at the end of February.

Okay, now on to my project. As I said before, these shape of dies remind me of postage stamps.
I immediately knew I wanted to do more of my Postage Stamp Layouts, with the focal image resembling a large postage stamp. With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought some cute note cards with hearts would come in quite handy. My finished cards measure 4-1/4" square.
To make the postage stamp focal point for my cards, I simply started by die cutting Papertrey Kraft cardstock with the third smallest die from the S4-196 LG Classic Inverted Scalloped Square Die set.
I then stamped my die with a dotted square image from Papertrey's Borders and Corners Squares stamp set using Papertrey Vintage Cream ink. The square image fits perfectly into the die!
Using various patterned papers from October Afternoon, I die cut 1-1/2" squares using my Spellbinder's Square Nestabilities Die Templates. The basic square shapes layer perfectly with the new dies. I finished off the focal point image with small stamped hearts from Papertrey's Heart Prints stamp set. I then adhered these to my card fronts using pop dots, then added a finishing touch of some loopy ribbons.
I love the way these turned out! I can't wait to try out the smallest squares to make even tinier postage stamps. Try using these accents on the outside of envelopes where an actual stamp would go. How cute would it be to hand deliver that fun card? Or make these accents into tags to tie onto gifts and packages. Or how about tying them around jars of jelly or home made treats. Or use them to label baskets for organizing. The possibilities are endless to what you can do with these fun new dies!!
And to change things up a bit, I made a second type of card using the same S4-196 LG Classic Inverted Scalloped Square Die Templates as I did for the cards above. This time though, I used the second from the largest die to show you the look that the larger dies give. Just another great detail accent to add to a card front. Card uses Papertrey Heart Prints stamp set, October Afternoon patterned paper, small heart punch, PTI Kraft and Ocean Tides cardstock, and PTI ribbon.
For information on how to use the Spellbinders dies with the Wizard and other die cutting machines, visit these links below. It's easy to get professional looking projects every time!

Spellbinders Universal Dies - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m51gPhNmywY
Spellbinders Wizard with Spellbinders Universal Dies - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQJpHgDWlB0
Spellbinders Wizard – Universal Craft tool - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54yzQ0h9U08

Now, for all the details on the BIG CONTEST!
Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information
Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 16 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed and any other dies listed as a part of said blog give-away. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.
Entrants visiting all 16 Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 16 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of all 28 NEW RELEASE dies debuting at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25-28, 2009!
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 link on Reveal blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between January 5 and January 20, 2009.
2. Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.
3. Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on January 7, 2009.
4. Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 16 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for the grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from January 5th through January 20th and plan accordingly. 5. Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.
Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 16 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 communications
other than to contact the winner.
*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage SpellbindersPaperArts.com and sign up for their newsletter.

For more Spellbinders product release information go to www.SpellbindersPaperArts.Com

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek projects today! Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for even more sneak peeks and good luck with the contest!!!

128 comments:

nina said...

What elegant cards - I'll definitely tag these for inspiration! I'm off to send my entry in to Spellbinders...

Anonymous said...

Nice dies and I love what you've done with them.

Alli Miles said...

*Ack!* *faints* You sure know how to showcase a die Mish. Fabulous cards and thanks for the peak.

Tindaloo said...

gorgeous artwork! I love the look of the 'stamps' :)

Margie H said...

LOL!! I was thinking the same thing when I saw the dies...postage stamps!

Loved how you used them in your lovely cards...great colors too!

TFS! Now off to send my entry in!

Shir Benovich said...

love these dies, great project!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I love the projects you made with these new dies.

Damjana Ž. said...

What a nice project you made with new dies! Love it!

Tamara said...

ooo....so may possibilities with this set! Thanks for sharing!

Tamara

Michelle said...

Fabulous cards - you've done a great job showcasing the new dies!

Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

Love these! Soooo cute! I'm always inspired when I stop by your blog - Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

Mary said...

Your cards are all so very pretty. Thank you for the Spellbinders info.

Mary

Teresa said...

Your samples are just beautiful - thanks for sharing.

Janine said...

The dies look great and I love what you have done with them.

Elaine said...

Just beautiful, Michelle! I really really love the way you set up colors and the layouts!

Nancy said...

I LOVE the cards you made. I wouldn't normally use craft paper with hearts but you showed me how wonderful they look together.

Thanks for the previews!

Genevieve said...

All your cards are so pretty! Love how you used the new dies. I'll be back for more!

lengow said...

Hi Michelle !!!
Sorry for my English.
Amazing dies .
Your cards are beautiful.
Reminds me a little postage stamp.
You can use it in both vintage and elegant.

Salute - lengow

Nettie said...

Your cards look fantastic. Nice new die addition.

Nettie

Jan Castle said...

Looks like fun...inchies, only larger! Thanks for the idea.
Jan

Katrin said...

verry, verry great samples!!! Thanks for your wonderful inspirations on your blog!

greetings
Katrin

Deborah March said...

Really different! Beautiful samples!

Jackie said...

I love your project and I love seeing the new spellbinders to come! I can't wait till these are released.

Lastel said...

What a fun set ! Love the cards you made with them ! I have sent off my entry !

ribenaruby said...

Beautiful creations so much look like postage stamps!

Kathynruss said...

Wow, these postage Nesties are great. Love how they fit with the square Nesties. You'd think they planned that! LOL

Andrea said...

Wow!!! Absolutely love these and your projects are beautiful!

Deborahd said...

Great cards. I really like this set.

Sue said...

Fabulous! Love the cards.

DeeDee said...

Lovely cards Mish!!! These dies will be added to my never ending list!!! HUGS!!!

Jessica said...

lovely dies and lovely cards!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I {heart} that set of cards!! The colors are beautiful.
hugs, Jami

Laurie said...

Honestly I wasn't impressed with the dies, but then I saw your beautiful cards and changed my mind! Thanks for sharing.

Karen M. said...

I love what you did with these new dies! Thanks for the great inspiration.
Karen M.

Morag said...

Love the cards!

Candy said...

Fabulous!!

sharon f / Created By You said...

What a fun projects! The dies are great, I'm going to have to get these too! YIKES!

ansa said...

Nice job.....Your cards look great.

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Love this sneak peak, Michelle! Awesome and wonderful cards! Love the colors too. You are so good...thanks for the peak! Great new dies!

Donna said...

Oh Michelle, your cards are so pretty! I have to say, when I first saw the die, I wasn't too excited. But what you have done with them makes me want them! Gorgeous presentation!

Jean (naturecoastcrafter) said...

Jean (naturecoastcrafter on SCS):

I really like the way you used the PTI stamps with these. Great idea. I just sent my entry. This is a great giveaway and I'm so excited about getting a sneak preview of the new Spellbinders--my favorite tools!

Cat said...

when i first saw the dies, i wasn't sure what to think. however, your samples are beautiful! TFS

Tina said...

Wow, these are awesome. Glad they coordinate with what I already have. Love them.
Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Dottie K. said...

Wow beautiful cards! Love the white border you used with the die. :)

Prpldy said...

Wonderful dies!
Love the cards.....very elegant!

mamichelle said...

Beautiful cards! Love the color combo.

Debby said...

Great dies and your projects are gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Loydene said...

Wow!! Thanks! I've commented appropriately (being one who actually reads directions!!), but wanted to leave you a note as well! I love your samples - love Valentine cards in teal - love this die set and can already feel the craving for it!

veronica said...

very cute. love your colors.

Carol said...

What a refreshing new look! I love these inverted dies and how you used them! Your cards are just beautiful!

Maria said...

Amazing cards and VERY cool dies. I really like these. Thanks for showcasing them so wonderfully.

Norine said...

love what you have done with these dies
Hugs
Norine

imastampin said...

I love your faux postage cards made with these new dies. What great ideas!

Karen said...

Love the colors in these cards and the design is perfect. I think I need you to do my paper shopping. You always come up with the best matching designer papers.

Starla said...

Those little notes are just the cutest things!! I love the "stamp" look, and agree, it could be used for so many different things!

stephanie said...

OMG I love them. Great cards.

Karen G said...

Michelle,

Your cards are so beautiful! I love the ribbon and the bows and how they gently offset the accent you made with the Spellbinder die. Absolutely love the Papertrey stamps that coordinate with this die set too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen G

Belinda said...

Love your work-you are my favorite crafter!

MaryAnn said...

Rock-on Awesome dies!! AND the color combo used on the designs are great!

Mary Ann

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty cards, great way to showcase the dies!

Anonymous said...

Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares - As always, love the designs Mish! Look forward to using these.
Lorraine

Mary Sue said...

Love all of your cards. You make it look so easy and fun. I am trying to decide which spellbinders to purchase.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing cards using these dies. When I saw your first picture of the dies I must admit my thought was "Those are scary looking". But seeing them used on your cards I do see the wonderful possibilities for them.

Janet Bagnall said...

Michelle - these are absolutely beautiful. I am so excited about seeing all the new dies from Spellbinders and can't wait for them to be available for purchase in February. Have a great day !!

StampinCathy said...

Your cards are fabulous. Lovin the sneak peeks so far. Thanks for a chance.

The Country Rose said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I just love the cards you made with the new die set!

Barb

Miki said...

These are so darn cute!! I love your little heart postage stamps and your work is always amazing! Your blog was one that I found last year while Spellbinders did this and I am a faithful reader now. Thank you!
~Miki

redmom said...

Beautiful cards!! And you're so right those dies do look like postage stamps, love it!

Niki Estes said...

Oh, these are neat! And I love your cards, Mish! Fabulous colors and design!

cherylh said...

Large and small classic Inverted scalloped square dies.
That name is a long one!! Debbie your designs are beautiful. I will have to fie them away for such along time until the dies are available. Do you do this so we will start saving our paper-crafting pennies? Why do you reveal so far ahead of release. It is soooo hard on us.

Patty (SCS-pepperrn) said...

Awesome new die!! Love what you designed with them, they look fabulous!

patty

Kim said...

Your samples are adorable. Love the colors you used and these new Spellbinders are fabulous!

janin said...

Thanks for the peak! You always come up with the best ideas. Very exciting.

Carla said...

Michelle, these cards are all beautiful!! The colors are gorgeous!

debb said...

These are great dies- love what you have done with them! debb

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Exciting Spellbinders news this month! I hope to win the lottery and buy myself both the machine and several dies!! I would love to win some dies!! :)

Great for postage stamps they are!!

Hugs, Hege

resmith said...

Oh, these are great!! I am loving the new realeases so far. Love your cards!!

Evelyn S. said...

Omigosh! How can I afford all these wonderful Nesties designs????

Cindy H. said...

Your cards are so beautiful, Mish!! Perfect Valentine cards! Fun dies, for sure.

liannallama said...

your cards are always so sweet! I love what you've done with the dies!

Tina/Jackoline said...

Very nice cards! The dies looked perfect for this use!

Marianne said...

Very pretty cards, and fantastic possibilities with these new dies...

Judy S said...

This is so exciting ... love the new dies! Your cards ROCK!

Barb said...

Fantastic sneak peeks! LOVE what you've created.

Administrator said...

I absolutely LOVE what you have done with these dies. They're so elegant!

Betty said...

wow another beautiful die and project.....!!!!!

Sam said...

oooh wow!! What a simply fabulous shape - they certainly know how to come up with new shapes!! I am off to put my entry in!!

Dawn said...

another awesome set!! and awesome cards too....gotta start saving my pennies...ack!!!

Susan said...

Your cards are lovely! The die didn't appeal to me until I saw your cards. Great job.

Kathy H said...

nother great die!

Elisabeth said...

WOW.. you make beautiful cards, and these dies are so beautiful..
have a nice day;)

Tracey said...

Gorgeous! Love all of your projects...they really are beautiful. The dies are awesome - way to show them off!!!

Anita said...

I love how you used these new wonderful dies.

Erica said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful! Off to submit my entry.

Lisa Graves said...

Great cards! I love how you used the dies.

Carrie said...

Large and small classic Inverted scalloped square dies.

I love these postage stamp dies. The project you did with them were outstanding. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

These inverted scallop dies are so cute, and love your projects you have created with them!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see how they look with the regular scallop dies to see what the combined scallop/inverted scallop looks like together! Beautiful cards.

Marisa said...

Great cards you created with these dies. Love how you used the Papertrey borders with them.

Carla said...

Lovely cards. And thanks for sharing the peak:-)

Sarah said...

Fab cards!
I love this new shape...

Just an FYI... I emailed spellbinders at: ContestDay2@spellbinders.us and my email was returned. :-( Not sure if this has happened to anyone else, but I thought I'd let you know.

TFS!

KanataNewf said...

Love the new die set. And your cards are an inspiration. So much so that I don't think I can wait to order the new set....I may have to pull out some of my decorative edge scissors to mimic! But I'm notoriously for my crooked edges!

Linda Beeson said...

Oh how I love those dies! What a really fun shape!

TxScrapAddict said...

Marvelous!!

Henriëtte said...

I love the cards. I really like these dies.

Mary Duffek said...

Awesome Cards! Fun shape.

Anonymous said...

Hi!
When I first saw these shapes, I thought maybe there was finally a Nestie I didn't need and I could save some money. Then I saw what you made with them and now I have to have them! I have one question, though. Are the SKUs really S4-196 and S4-107? It seems odd that they're not closer together. Maybe one is a typo?
Thank you so much for the awesome examples & pictures!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh my word Mish these are just way too cute! I love them!!!

Melisa said...

Very cute cards and the way you used the dies to make the postage stamp heart a focal point!

maryps said...

Mish, you are so CREATIVE! I love these cards. When I first saw the dies, I thought - not at the top of my 'Got-to-Have-It' list! Then I looked at your beautiful creations and I totally changed my mind. Spellbinders is lucky to have you on their team!

-mary s.

wendyp said...

just sent my entry in, but had to come back to tell how CUTE your cards are! Love them!

Anonymous said...

Wow Michelle, you make the most beautiful creations! I really love these cards. I am constantly looking at your blog and loving what you do. Your explanations are wonderful as well.

Vivian

Sues said...

I love this set and especially your cards!!!

Toni K said...

I have to admit when I first saw the dies themselves I thought, "Huh?" They looked kind of bizarre. But after seeing your cards I'm definitely on the bandwagon! You always amaze me! Awesome!
I'm off to enter!

evafromca said...

What an awesome design and your cards are amazing!

Cynde said...

Mish what a Great set of cards you made with these Dies! Really love the colors and your choices on all of them. They make the perfect valentine or really any card, ci=ould be anniversary or Friend.
How nice that the stamp from PaperTrey Ink fit inside the Spellbinders Die....

Lov's Creations said...

love what you've done with the dies.

Mariannes Kort og Stempling said...

Love your cards;-)

Unni said...

WOW!! What a fantastic nestability. This must be one more for my lits of what to have from these nestability. Wonderful but exspensive for my wallet :P Love them!!

Hugs from Unni

Sally said...

Love your cards using the Inverted Scallop Squares Template. I can't wait for them to be available

Beth said...

Very nice Mish!

Suzanne said...

Love the cards and the new dies...suzanne

Michelle Walpole said...

Classic Inverted Scalloped Square Die Templates What beautiful work!!!!! I am totally with Alli...You certainly know how to showcase a die. I will be certainly tapping my foot waiting for the release in Australia!

happiness blooms said...

Oh Mish, now I have drool on my keyboard! (gorgeous gorgeous cards!!!)

Jerri Kay said...

Beautiful cards Michelle, Spellbinders does it again. I think I'm going broke . . . LOL! I love the large and small classic inverted scalloped squares.

Shirley said...

I don't care that I'm not eligible. I just want to say I think the die set is so unique!

Anonymous said...

Large & Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares..wow very versatile and creative.
Pam
phicks92@yahoo.com.au

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