Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketches Blog Hop

I used Spellbinders Card Creator,  
All Dolled Up Dressed Up Stamps & Dress Forms Background  along with
  Tim Holtz Distress Inks for my card.
StampingScrapping is sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches.  TMS is a weekly sketch challenge blog with a Judged Twist once a month.  It was started a few years ago by Melissa Craig.  The sketches are fun, fresh and sometimes challenging.  A prize is offered every week by various awesome sponsors.  StampingScrapping is proud to be among the AWESOME SPONSOR list!  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spellbinders Card Creator Card

Here is my newest Creation using Card Creator, Majectic Elements and La Papillions!

Here is the YouTube showing how I created it

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Loving Memory of my Beautiful Daughter

Lindsay and Lexi her Labradoodle
A year ago today God took you away,
To a home in heaven to forever stay.
The pain and loss of you is much to bear,
even after a year it’s always there.

When I think of the past and memories for awhile,
What I think of most is your beautiful smile.
Etched in my memory and in my heart,
When you went to heaven my world fell apart.

There is no greater sorrow,
Than to have you here today and gone tomorrow.
This is not the way it is supposed to be,
I wish you could come and trade places with me.

Why did this happen to you I will never know,
I search for an answer why you had to go.
A senseless tragedy with no respect for your life,
Which has caused me so much pain, tears and strife.

I remember you, my pride and joy every day,
But the pain and broken heart will never go away.
My heart is in many pieces as I try to carry on,
there is no normal life now that you are gone.

Although my heart is broken I know your in God’s care,
No one can ever hurt you again now that you are there.
In heaven with Mandi and Lexi waiting for the day,
For all your friends & family to join you and forever stay.

I asked God to bless me with faith and hope,
Strength and courage and to help me cope.
With the loss of you, so loved and so dear,
and all the things I missed so much this year!
 Love Mom 
written 7/23/2012 by Cindy Echtinaw 
Here is Lindsay's Tribute

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular Day 2

Welcome friends! I am so excited to be taking part in the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders Summer Spectacular! Today it is my turn to introduce the new summer dies that will be available soon from Spellbinders... And even more exciting is that I am the licensed designer of this line of dies.

Card Creator comes in 6 Creative sets: Two Basics that will perfectly cut ⅛", ¼" & ½" spaced layers and 4 decorative sets to mix and match with Card Creator Basics for all your Card Creating needs!

Here is my project, be sure to read all of the way through to find out how you could win some great prizes from Spellbinders and instructions for creating this card
Supply List:
1. Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator S5-134 A2 Fancy Postage Edges MSRP $29.99
2. Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator S5- 131 A2 Matting Basics A MSRP $29.99
3. Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator S5- 132 A2 Matting Basics B MSRP $29.99
4. Spellbinders Dress Forms S-5068
5. Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms S-5086
6. Spellbinders M Bossabilities Patchwork EL-003
7. Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® GC-001
8. Fimo Clay
9. StampingScrapping® All Dolled & Dressed Up
10. Card Creator Swirls 1 Spellbinders Matching Clear stamps
11. Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutter Distress Ink
12. Cryogen white cardstock - cardbase
13. Core'dinations cardstock - Distress collection
14. Websters Pages DP
15. Smooch Glitter - Pearl
16. Wax Paper

I discovered a new way to use Spellbinders dies .....Using the dies with Fimo clay!

Prepare the Fimo
Taking Fimo clay, roll out enough clay for the Plain Dress Form die and red rubber stand from the All Dolled &Dressed Up stamp set.

Take the Plain Dress Form die template, impress it into the clay then cut the shape out. Carefully remove the clay cutout from the die template. Place the Paisley print red rubber stamp on an acrylic block; impress this into the clay dress form.

Next, using another rolled out piece of clay, impress the stand trim around the outside edges of stand. Attach stand to bottom of dress form by carefully pressing these together & bake according to manufacturer’s instructions on package.

Prepare the card
Start out with an A2 size (4 ¼ x 5 ½") card. Cut /emboss the following out of cardstock, using Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® machine.
Tip: Place wax paper between the cardstock and the die, using wax paper allows the cut die shape to release easier after it is embossed.
(A) 1 - Rectangle LG Fancy Postage die
(B) 1 - #7 (#1being the smallest) Basic Card Creator Set A die
(C) 1 - #4 Basic Card Creator Set B die (Embossed using Patchwork M-Bossabilities)
(D) 1 - Fancy Postage Tag die
(E) 2 - Bitty Blossoms Large Flower & double leaves dies (D)

Lightly sand and ink all edges of each piece except bitty blossoms.

To make the Bitty Blossom flowers, use 8mm ball stylus to round the petals. Start with the first two embossed side up and then turn over and round the remaining petals. Assemble the Bitty Blossoms by adding a drop of hot glue to the first outside two. Roll the remaining petals, keeping these a little tight, until you reach the circle that is shown below. Release a little pressure allowing the petals to unwind slightly. Add some glue to the circle and place the flower base on top of this to create the Bitty Blossom.
                              clip_image018 clip_image020

Once the Fimo Dress Form has been baked and is cooled take the Tumbled Glass distress ink, using a dauber apply ink to the dress form. Once the color is as desired, take a paper towel and lightly rub the ink off the top of the dress form. Rubbing lightly will only remove the color off the raised portions of the dress form. Do the same for the stand using Shabby Shutters ink.
Assemble the card in the following order using key above
· Card Base
· Piece A
· Piece B
· Piece C with Fimo Dress form attached
· Piece D
· Pieces E

Add some pearls and a little glitter using Smooch Glitter or Stickles to the Bitty Blossoms.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting my blog today and sharing my debut, as a Licensed Designer for Spellbinders with me! With the Basic Card Creator and Decorative dies the possibilities are endless.
No measurement or guess work is needed; we have done all of that for you. Cut, emboss, stencil, and assemble!

Here is another card using the Basic Card Creator and the Fancy Ribbon Threader decorative dies.


Here is a video to show you more ideas using the Card Creator Line

I’m pleased to introduce you to my good friend and President of Spellbinders, Stacey Caron. She’s created some beautiful cards of her own to share with you using the Nestabilities Card Creator die templates.


I’m so excited to finally share with the world a wonderful collaborative effort between myself and a dear friend of mine Cindy Echtinaw, called NESTABILITIES® CARD CREATOR!!

Cindy has been a Spellbinders supporter, customer and stamping partner for quite a while. She wanted decorative Spellbinders die templates that could coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders Nestabilities and A2 size cards... Hence.... The birth of a fabulous new card making line that will make achieving beautiful cards quick, easy, and fun.

We even came up with a cool way to remember what Spellbinders Nestabilities CARD Creator will mean for card makers everywhere...

C= choose your design
A= assemble your pieces
R= refine the details
D= All Done!

I was so moved by the designs in Cindy's line… how fast and easy it was to create truly beautiful cards with little effort! I really wanted to share all four decorative sets and the two basic sets with you during our blog frenzy... This way you can get the real message of all the possibilities your mind is about to encounter... LOL! Here is the best part... It's just the beginning!!!

From left to right... my cards are showing:

Matting Basics
S5-135 A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader
S5-134 A2 Fancy Postage Edge
S5-136 A2 Fancy Weave
S5-133 A2 Polka Dots

As you can see from both Cindy's cards and my cards, we both have very different styles even though we used the same card creator die templates! Lots of possibilities no matter what your style may be.

I so enjoy working with talented artists to bring fabulous, useful products to our supporters! We hope you enjoy Nestabilities Card Creator as much as we did in creating it for you! You can find the instructions to all of my cards HERE.


The Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! Begins on June 21st and will end on June 28th, 2012. It consists of 24 individual prizes and one grand prize drawing. Enter the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! by visiting the participating blogs each day.

At the end of each blog post, click on the "Enter HERE" to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day.
Day Two of this contest is now closed PLEASE visit
www.spellbinderspaperarts.com for more inspiration 

Spellbinders™ will randomly draw one winner from each participating blog to receive that blog’s newly revealed dies. The Grand Prize Winner will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants who sent entry forms from each and every participating blog during the 48 hours each blog was open.

For questions… contact ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us Emails sent to this address do not count as contest entries.

Don't forget to check out the other participating blogs in today's blog frenzy.
Happy Creating!!

Friday, May 18, 2012


Kevin's 50th Birthday Card using Road Trip, Sprightly Sprockets & Yours Truly papers.
Using Sculpey Clay I pressed the tire track into the clay, baked and inked with Black Soot

Inside of Card using Tim Holtz Road Trip Stamps

Used Stamp from Road Trip and Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets for inside

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spellbinders Persian Motifs, Labels 24 & My Stamps

Created Using Persian Motifs, Labels 24, Swirled Hearts & Frou Frou Stamps
Close up of Stamps
Close up of ribbon weaved thru Persian Edge

 Here is the You Tube showing How I created the Card
Leave me a comment before April 22nd
for your chance to win a set your choice of Persian Motifs
Or Spellbinders Swirled Hearts Stamps 
PLEASE contact me for your choice of Dies or Stamps for winning!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spellbinders Cut Fold Tuck & Parisian Accents

My Card Created with Spellbinders Cut Fold Tuck Round About Dies

Parisian Accents were used for all white pieces

WATCH MY VIDEO HERE for Complete Instructions.....
Leave me a comment for your chance to win a 
random NEW Set of Cut Fold Tuck Dies!
Drawing to be held on March 25th!

Please contact me to claim 
your Cut, Fold, Tuck Dies!
who watched my video, viewed my card and left me comments!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New StampingScrapping® Card Creator™ produced by Spellbinders™
Here is one of 4 of my New dies (the sample dies arrived today!)

It features a ribbon threader in the bottom to add ribbon and
fancy rings at the bottom with holes all along the edge to either
stitch, faux stitch or use pearls, stickles etc to accent.
In stock mid to end of March at
To get the square Iris Fold Pattern & instructions step by step
 how to make this card join our paid access group
Just $9.99 a month or less to learn tons of new ideas, 
access to patterns, tutorials, special group buys, discounts and coupons.
THE WINNER IS....Please contact me to claim your prize:)
  Shelly said...
Cindy, this is amazing! I love this and can't wait to see more projects with it...thanks for the chance to win!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Techniques and Tutorials Challenge

Here is my February Sketch Challenge Card on
StampingScrapping® Techniques and Tutorials
Paid Access site.
The site features exclusive videos, coupons, group buys,
product spotlights, Tutorials, Techniques,
card ideas & layouts, challenges and Lots of learning. 

Introductory membership JUST $9.99 
 or less depending on length of membership you sign up for.
If you sign up for JUST one month to see what's inside you
won't be disappointed after just one month 95% of the people
who joined for a month period renewed their membership
for another month or longer!


 This was my card after I added some more elements

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sophie the StampingScrapping® Snowwoman

I walked outside this morning to drive today's 
StampingScrapping® packages to the post office and 
had to shovel the snow from overnight... 
The snow was SO HEAVY and wet I thought 
"This is PERFECT snowman snow"
I went back inside grabbed a hat and gloves and started creating
Sophie StampingScrapping's NEWEST customer!  

Leave me a comment here to win a Surprise
set of StampingScrapping® Stamps!  Winner will be drawn Tuesday January 31st!

Please contact me for your address to send your PRIZE

 TOMORROW will be BIG NEWS on StampingScrapping Design Team Blog 
Each Designer will feature a card on the Blog made from one of the NEW CHA dies! 
Make sure to hop on over tomorrow, January 29th, 
and leave a comment for your chance to win your choice of any Spellbinders die to $29.99!