Friday, January 8, 2010

Spellbinders™ Surprise Party - Day Three


January 7- 13, 2010

The ability to enter the contest on this blog, Embellished-Dreams is now closed. However if you look at the link list provided below of all the talented designers you may still have time to enter the contest on one of their blogs depending on the ending date. Good Luck!

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Directions on how to enter are in the Blog Post and Official Rules at The Spellbinders Blog HEREspellbinders. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is hosting Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! We will introduce 25 new Die Templates and 2 Impressabilities™ templates! These sneak peeks are part of the collection that will be released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show on January 24, 2010. We want to invite YOU, our greatest fans, to join the party from January 7-14, 2010! See the newest Spellbinders™ products, visit our Designers’ Blogs, and win fabulous Spellbinders™ prizes!

Today you have the opportunity to win a Spellbinders™ prize package (including all three Spellbinders™ Die Templates revealed today) through the contest entry email address listed below. Be sure to visit the other Designers’ Blogs participating today, and enter from those blogs for additional chances to win! You may enter once from each Blog! Each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog post is open to contest entries for 48 hours. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 10, 2010 to enter this contest through my blog. Be sure to read the rules at The Spellbinders Blog HERE before entering so that your entry will be valid!

To see previous Spellbinders ™ Surprise Party!! posts or to go to any of the future blog posts, feel free to visit the following:

January 7

Debbie Olson

Julie Overby

Lesa Rapp

January 8

Becca Feeken

Janine Blackwelder

Debbie Seyer

January 9

Heidi Blankenship

Karen Taylor

Cathy Chlebana/Beth Pingry

January 10,

Linda Duke

Jennifer Davis

Terre Fry

January 11

Keri Lee Sereika

Kazan Clark

Mary Pfaff

January 12

Karen Hunsaker

Christy Farneth Kerr

Holly Simoni

January 13

Sherry Cheever

Kimberly Crawford

Sharon Johnson

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one winner from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog event as stated in the rules at The Spellbinders Blog HERE. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn for said prize.

Entrants visiting all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! events and correctly enter the drawing on each Blog will automatically be entered into the SPELLBINDERS™ SURPRISE PARTY!! GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00 The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010 on the Spellbinders Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I’m thrilled to share my Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! project with you...

The die templates I am revealing are S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants and the matching Boraderabilities®, S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite.

I have a step-by-step tutorial to share with you on how I created my card.

Supply List:

Spellbinders-Wizard™, S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants™, S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite die templates

Paper-Prism-Prismatics Perfect Baby Pink, sei-Christmas Mint/Meringue, The Paper Company-White

Ink-ClearSnap-Color Box Gold Pigment Ink

Stamps-JustRite Stampers-Decorative Frames Border Square 2'', Romantic Sentiments 1-5/8'', 2'' Wood Stamper

Misc.-Copic-Airbrush System, R85 Red Rose, ClearSnap-Moonlight Smooch, 3L Scrapbook Adhesives-3D White Foam Squares, Joann's-Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls, White Ribbon, Heat Tool

Step One: The center pendant

Start with a piece of white cardstock 4-1/2'' x 4-1/2'', stamp and heat emboss the sentiment in the center of the paper using gold ink, embossing powder and a heat tool.

Here is a close-up of the stamped image. I used the 2'' Wood Stamper from JustRite Stampers. The sentiment is from Romantic Sentiments set and the border is from Decorative Frame Borders Square set from JustRite Stampers. Line up the S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants™ die template as shown in the picture above.

Step Two:

Next create a sandwich for cutting as shown in the picture below. *Note your die template will already be taped in place to your cardstock.

The Pendant die templates have several more cut lines and a lot of detail so it is recommended to run the sandwich through the Wizard™ twice, turning the die template 90 degrees on the second pass through the machine.

Step Three:

After cutting, leave the cardstock in the die template and then create the sandwich for embossing as shown in the picture below. Step Four:

All of the Spellbinders™ die templates are very uniquely created allowing you to cut, emboss and stencil through the die templates. Leave the cardstock in the S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants™ die template, flip die template over, and airbrush with Copic markers. If you do not have an airbrush system you can also use inks for stenciling. Here is the Pendant. Step Five:

Apply Smooch to the Pendant die cut. Keep in mind when you apply the Smooch it will be adding a shimmer to the paper but it will also change the color of inks.

Step Six: Creating Borders

For the background mat piece I have borders on both ends of the paper so you will need to do this step twice. Run the S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite die template and the paper through the Wizard™ to cut and emboss as shown in steps two and three.Here is what the paper will look like once the borders are cut. Here is a close-up of the border. Step Seven: Creating two Pendants with windows

To create the windows in the Pendants die cuts, use both the Pendant and the Center pieces S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants with light pink cardstock. This step will also have to be repeated twice to make two of the Pendants with windows. Create sandwiches with your mats to cut and emboss as shown in step two and three. Here is a picture of the two Pendant die cuts with windows. Step Eight:

Airbrush both die cuts.

Once the airbrushing is done apply Smooch to both of the die cuts using the same technique as shown in step five.

Now all of the piece are cut and the card can be assembled as shown. I added some white ribbon to the center Pendant weaving it through the holes in the die cut, tied a bow and added 3D white foam squares to the back to add some dimension.

Fair Isle Pendants


MSRP $24.99

Die Template Dimensions:

Pendant: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2''

Center: 1-3/4 x 1-3/4''

Accent 1: 7/8 x 7/8''

Accent 2: 1-1/4 x 13/16''Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petites


MSRP $19.99

Die Template Dimensions:

Border 1: 5-1/2 x 1-1/4''

Border 2: 5-1/2 x 3/4''

I have also created a second project to share and to show you how the S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants and S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petites die templates can be used in another way.

I created a 4 x 4 decorative box with a window in the lid and a matching pair of earrings. Supply List:

Spellbinders™-Wizard™, S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants, S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petites S4-244

Paper-My Mind's Eye-Laundry Line Coastal "Curious" Double Take Detail Paper, The Paper Company-White, Black

Misc.-Copic-Airbrush System, B02 Robin's Egg Blue, YG25 Celadon Green, B39 Prussian Blue, ClearSnap-Green Apple, Azure Smooch, 3L Scrapbook Adhesives-3D Black Foam Squares, Taylored Expressions-Tiny Twinkles (Blue Rhinestones), Joann Fabrics-Clear Rhinestones, Acetate, Glue Dots, Glue Lines, Beacon Adhesives-3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Gem-Tac, Lucky Squirrel-Shrink Plastic, Ranger-Glossy Accents, Scor-Pal, Beads & Jewelry Findings.

Before I assembled the box I used the Center from the S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants to create a window in the lid. All of the coloring on the Pendant pieces and the Borderabilities® was done using Copic markers and the airbrush system. I added foam square to the die cut pieces on the lid to add some dimension to the top of the box. For the borders I cut/embossed and airbrushed four pieces and then I cut four more pieces with black cardstock and layered the borders. The earrings were created using the Center piece from the S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants and shrink plastic. After I cut the shrink plastic then I airbrushed the pieces using the same Copic markers as on the box. *Note when you airbrush on shrink plastic the colors will intensify when the plastic is heated and shrunk.


For the complete Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! rules go to The Spellbinders Blog HERE.


1) Send your email entry to: (since the contest for this blog, Embellished-Dreams is over the email link has been disabled)

2) Type the name of the die being revealed on my blog in the “subject” line of the email.

3) Click send!

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail of inquiry to:

Thank you for visiting my blog! I would love to hear your comments about the NEW S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants S4-270 and S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petites die templates from Spellbinders™! Good luck with the contest!!

Hugs & Smiles,



  1. So beautiful!! I love the card but those earrings are to die for!! Great job!

  2. Beautiful!! I love it! Those earing are just my size!!

  3. These are definite MUST-HAVES for me after seeing your beautiful projects!!!

  4. ooh fabby ideas Heidi :) You are the queen of jewelry making. Divine Darling Divine!

  5. Oh My what beautiful things you have made. These both are gorgeous.

  6. Beautiful!!! Both projects are just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. OMG your card is gorgeous. The Fair Isle pendants and borderablitlies are must haves.

  8. OH WOW Heidi!!! These are fantastic!!! Loooooove these new dies!!!!

  9. Heidi, your projects are oh so gorgeous. I love love love the earrings too!

  10. Beautiful projects! Loving all the new stuff. TFS!

  11. very pretty, love your colors! What a great set!

  12. WOW amazing love the box, earrings and the card is magnificent! TFS

  13. Beautiful job on both the card and boxed project! I think this one is going to be a must-have too!!

  14. Heidi, these are absolutely stunning!! You are the jewelry queen!!
    --Hugs Becca

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  16. Omigosh, Heidi, your card and box are WONDERFUL! You have such a terrific and whimsical imagination. TFS your works of art.

  17. I never would have thought of earrings. They look super.

  18. I can only say Wow! Absolutely stunning projects with the new dies.

  19. I would probably have overlooked these dies if I'd seen them in a store, but now that I've seen what beautiful results they produce I'm definitely tempted
    greetings from snowy Scotland

  20. Your projects are absolutely stunning.

  21. What beautiful projects, Heidi! Love each one -- great work!

  22. Beautiful projects and thank you so much for sharing how to make them! Awesome job!

  23. These are beautiful, I love the Pendants dies and these are also a must have

  24. Beautiful projects Heidi. The card is beautiful and looks so delicate. The box and earings - something else - stunning, vibrant and I would love to receive them. Can hardly wait for these new dies. Roll on May!!!

  25. Wow, awesome new dies and what you made with them is spectacular! ~Diane

  26. Gorgeous projects! Thanks for sharing! Katie

  27. All of these projects are gorgeous. These will be on my wish list for sure!

    Judy Jackson

    judystamper at verizon dot net

  28. Absolutely beautiful projects. Thank you so much for sharing

  29. I have never bought any of the pendant dies since I didn't know what to make with them, but, oh my, I do now. Very pretty.

  30. You have certainly captured the beauty and versitility of the Fair Isle templates. Thank you!

  31. Beautiful work! Love these dies. :) TFS

  32. wow..These are sooooooooo cool I just really learned about spellbinders and only have a few...but definitely gonna get more..your projects are beautiful!!

  33. How pretty and feminine! All your projects are lovely. It was very clever of you to make the earrings and the presentation box to match.

  34. Beautiful card and also the box with the very pretty earrings too.
    Love those new dies. Thanks for sharing.

  35. STUNNING!! I need to try making some jewelry some time!!

  36. This is my favorite of the new dies so far! Awesome projects!

  37. sooo pretty! loved it at a earring display and on the scrapbox!

  38. Gorgeous card! Love all the airbrushing details. Very cool idea for the earrings! Beautiful projects Heidi!

  39. Wow..This was so beautiful. What a great presentation and sharing your very special talent is much appreciated. Gives my day a great start.

  40. lots of great projects! great work! hugs nicky

  41. Your card is beautiful.

  42. such gorgeous projects, thanks for sharing the how to's :)

  43. Oh, Heidi, these are fabulous - just stunning! I NEED these dies!

  44. OMGoodness! Your projects in jaw-dropping gorgeous!

  45. Love this elegant card! WOW...thanks for sharing!

  46. So, very beautiful!! I love what you've done with these dies!!! Those earings are AMAZING!!

  47. Heidi ... your creations are just stunning!

  48. I love the box and earring set. The colors are so beautiful. What a great idea!

  49. I absolutely love this new die set, will be on my wish list for sure! Your card is just gorgeous. What a great presentation for jewelry! Sure beats the little box I created with my scorepal for Christmas!! Thanks for the great ideas! Lana

  50. Oh such FABULOUS projects! I ADORE pendants. Can't wait to get these! xxD

  51. Your projects are gorgeous. Looks like these dies are a must have. TFS

  52. OMGosh Heidi your projects are absolutely wonderful! Those earrings are FAB-ulous!! These dies are now on my FAV's list of must haves!

  53. Gorgeous projects! I love this die!!!

  54. Oh my gosh, Heidi, this has to be my favorite new set so far! I love each of the applications you shared! They are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial, too!

  55. What dazzling artwork! You showcased those dies beautifully!

  56. Beautiful projects! I love the colors and the templates you used.

  57. Beautiful - love the extra project as well.

  58. Wow... this is amazing..

  59. beautiful projects! what an inspiration, thank you for sharing.

  60. love the dies, love the card, you did a fantastic job with it,, absolutely stunning card.

  61. The petite is what I like, and so many fun ideas for this beautiful die and borders. Your gift box and earrings are just beautiful, very very creative work!!

  62. Absolutely gorgeous card and the box with earings -- Oh my!! Words just don't seem good enough for your projects!!
    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!!

  63. I love all of your projects. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  64. Oh my goodness, who is gonna get these beauties?? Think ya' might be considering a blog giveaway anytime soon? GOJUS!!!!

  65. Love everything you did with these new dies. Just gorgeous! Can't wait to get my own. Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  66. So clever and very beautiful! Wow-wee!

  67. Wow!!
    Your creations are AWESOME!! so many things you can create with those spellbinders!!

    Thanks for showing us some cool ideas!


  68. You are so talented!! I love your stuff. I will definitely come back for a visit.

  69. Very nice so beautiful wonderful work in showcasing the new dies. Love what you did. Thanks

  70. Absolutely breathtaking, Heidi! Awesome use of the new Fair Isle templates. Way to go fellow Minnesotan!

  71. Amazing and beautiful work. The card is my most favourite but the ear-rings and box are so different and a wonderful gift as well.
    Many thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs, Candy

  72. WOW!!! These are just Beautiful . . . Simply Gorgeous! tfs!!! :)

  73. Amazing projects! I love the earrings.

  74. Fantastic design. Never heard of Smooch. I'm still trying to do decent embossing with a heat gun! Thanks for the beautiful job.

  75. I love your card....I know I will have to case this one....thank you for sharing all your instruction on your projects......

  76. Wonderful ideas, beautiful color conbination and embellishements. Thanks for the view! Sure teases the eye!

  77. Truly lovely - thanks for the instructions.

  78. Heidi,

    How beautiful. I love all the projects you did. I can see these will be a must have in my supplies. Thank you for a beautiful job.

  79. Gorgeous work! Love this new set.

  80. Wooow... I´m in love.... So nice things you made with those!!! It´s a must have thing!!

    Hugs from Sweden

  81. These are all just stunning. I can't wait to get this die. Beautiful job on everything.

  82. Great projects! The coloring is beautiful!

  83. OMG. Heidi your projects are so gorgeous!!! I love that new die.

  84. Heidi, your projects are gorgeous and this die is a wonderful compliment to the new JustRite 2" Square stamps!!

  85. Good golly Miss Heidi this card and box set with earrings are doggone amazing! Fantastic work! I will be back!


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