Oct 222016
 

Thanks to all of the folks who recently entered my Paper Crafter’s Fall Giveaway. Whitney Clark of Keokuk, Iowa—known as Whit to her friends—drew the lucky straw for a bundle of goodies. She recently gave birth to a baby girl and has two toddlers as well, so her time for paper crafting, sewing and blogging is limited.

“I made handmade thank you cards for gifts I got for having my baby girl last month!” she wrote in the comments following my post.

She points out that in her blog, The Running Stitch, she discusses her sewing projects, but that she tends not to write about her paper crafting projects. Check out her posts to see the cute clothes she has sewn for her children, as well as colorful pillows and quilts.

Congratulations, Whit!

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Oct 022016
 

Today’s post is all about you, especially if you’re a paper crafter. It’s once more giveaway time, so read further about how to qualify for the random drawing.

I had the fortune yesterday to visit Memory Bound, my local scrapbooking store, when it was celebrating its 15th anniversary. In addition to offering a 15% discount on everything, shoppers were given one ticket to drop in a glass bowl for every $25 they spent. I didn’t count exactly how many bowls there were, but the bowls corresponded to merchandise giveaways, with the winners being announced at five o’clock that afternoon. To my surprise and delight, I took home two of the giveaways—two tote bags filled with crafting goodies. Each bag also contained one item that was signed by Tim Holtz, a creative designer and Senior Educator for Ranger Industries.

The merchandise I won reminded me that it’s been a while since I did a giveaway, so I have decided to offer one again. The only “catch” is that the giveaway requires at least 10 entrants. My last giveaway, Giveaway: Spellbinders® Love Locket die set, required 5 entrants and surprisingly did not have that many people, so I am including that item in this much larger giveaway. The individuals who followed that giveaway’s rules will be included in the current giveaway. Shown below are the items you will receive if your name is drawn.

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The items included in this paper crafter’s giveaway are valued at a little over $150. You must enter the drawing by October 15, 2016.

To qualify for this giveaway, tell me in the comments below what your most recent paper crafting project was about. If you blogged or posted a photo about your project, please provide a link—although this is not required to enter the random drawing. The deadline for the giveaway is October 15, 2016. I will announce the winner after I reach that person via email.

Good luck! I look forward to reading your responses.

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Jan 122016
 

Valentine’s Day is about a month away, so I am re-running the giveaway post below that originally appeared last July. I suppose, depending on your point of view, the post was either too late or too early for Valentine’s Day. In any event, if you’re interested in entering a giveaway for the Spellbinders die set shown below, read through to the end of the post to find out how to enter this giveaway. I’d like to announce a winner by the end of next week so that this person can actually receive and use the Valentine’s Day-oriented die set in time for that holiday. 2/1/16 Update: This giveaway is being extended. When a minimum of five entries have been entered, a random drawing will take place.

If you have already been using Spellbinders dies, then you know that they can be used multiple ways. You can use them to cut shapes, emboss detail into cut shapes, or stencil through the die template. The three-piece Love Locket die set includes a locket, key, and locket background.

Spellbinders Love Locket

One of the traditional ways to use this die set is for a greeting card honoring Valentine’s Day, a wedding, or an anniversary. That’s what Sheri of My Sheri Cards did with the heart-shaped locket-and-key dies, cutting them from gold and silver card stock, respectively. Then she paired these design elements with a Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die cut for a truly spectacular effect. You can read about her process in her post, MY SHERI CRAFTS CHALLENGE #126 – Valentine.

Photo courtesy of My Sheri Cards

Photo courtesy of My Sheri Cards

Although the gorgeous gold-and-white card below is intended as a wedding card, I think it would work equally well as a birthday or congratulatory card. Erika of Snappy Crafts describes how she layered Spellbinders® M-Bossabilities™ Framed Petite Labels, Nestabilities® Labels Twenty-One, and Shapeabilities® Fancy Tags Two, and then combined these effects with the heart-shaped lock-and-key dies. To achieve the distressed gold-and-white striped background, Erika coated the embossing folder with gold ink before running it through her Spellbinders® Grand Calibur machine. For more details, read her post, Weddings…..Spellbinder style.

Photo courtesy of Snappy Crafts

Photo courtesy of Snappy Crafts

Chrissy of Chrissyscardland created an adorable birthday card with the locket and key dies in A BIRFDAY DRAGON WITH MAKE IT MONDAY. Using her Faber-Castell colored pencils, Chrissy colored a digital dragon image designed by Rick St. Dennis. She cut out some leaves using a Couture Creations die, and combined these and the Spellbinders® Love Locket dies with the illustration.

Photo courtesy of Chrissyscardland

Photo courtesy of Chrissyscardland

To enter the giveaway, share your favorite Valentine’s Day memory in the comments below, and make sure you enter your e-mail address (not published) in the comment form so that I can contact you. Minimum number of participants is five for the giveaway to take place.

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