Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Whew! Time to dust this place out and clean out all of the cobwebs! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with those you love. This past month has been so busy...thus my lack of posts to this little blog of mine. Hopefully with the holidays behind us and the kiddos heading back to school in a few days I'll be giving this blog a lot more love!

So how about I start off the new year with a brand new card that I made just the other day? Used a Studio Calico kit for this and the Classic Scallop Spellbinders die template. The wet and chilly weather that we have been experiencing here has me dreaming of Spring and flowers and since those two things are still a long while away, flowers of the paper sort will just have to do!

Love that stamped background on the top portion of the card. So many different possibiliites with that! I have another card to show you in another post that uses that stamp again!

May 2012 be the best year yet for all of us!!!! Cheers!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Let it snow!!!!

   Wow! So sorry for the long departure! I had a booth at our school bazaar last week and I have been super busy making all sorts of crafty goodness for it. Then it was over and the Christmas hoopla began, feeling a bit more caught up now. Still have a bare tree waiting for some attention and some gifts to purchase, but I at least feel like I can breathe a bit.

   Those of you that know me, know I LOVE snow and wish we had WAY more of it in my neck of the woods. Unfortunately, we get a few flakes a year...which never really amounts to much other than a media frenzy. So, I pacify myself with crafty things pertaining to snow!

   Today I have a little banner to share with you. I started with the snowflake album and used just three of the pages (leaving me more to use later). Combine that with Scor-Tape and glitter and oooh la la. Shiny, white and bright!

The centerpiece was made using Spellbinder Picot Edge Circles, Create-a-flake 3 and Technique Tuesday stamps. All links below!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop for Crafters Home Day One

Join Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and Crafters Home as we celebrate a Fall Sneak Peek!

Spellbinders and participating stores in the Crafters Home Buying Group are excited to introduce three new die template sets sold exclusively through Crafters Home stores through January! You’ll have to wait until February to find these die template designs in non-member stores.
These new dies are in stock! Get yours now at a participating Crafters Home store!

Visit the Spellbinders Blog November 14 - 16 to see a new Spellbinders die template revealed each day! Visit designer blogs to enter the daily contests and see inspiring projects using the new releases. Comment on Designers Blogs and the Spellbinders Blog count as entries into daily drawings. Daily winners receive all three of the new designs!

Today's new die is Wavy Rectangles

S4-341 Wavy Rectangles 
1: 3/8 x ½”
2: 1 1/8 x 1 ¼”
3: 1 7/8 x 2 1/8
4: 2 ¾ x 3 1/8”
5. 3 5/8 x 4 ¼”

I decided to go Christmas with my project. Two nights ago we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my family since my parents will be heading to Arizona for the winter and won't be here for the actual day. So now, I am really feeling the Christmas spirit!

I started with Crate Paper's Peppermint Twist line. I die cut, embossed and sanded two of the largest Wavy Rectangles out of the green chevron print paper. Cut the two edges off of one of the pieces and adhered them to the two sides of my card front. Used some 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives to mount the second piece for my focal point. Next, I die cut, embossed and inked the next smaller Wavy Rectangle. Then stamped it with a pink doily stamp from My Mind's Eye, spelled out NOEL using Jillibean Soup stickers and a brad from the same line as my paper. Lastly I embellished with little red jewels from Want 2 Scrap and buttons from Creative Impressions.

Visit these designers today!

Tonya Dirk - <----you are here

Contest Details
Participants wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Summer Surprise contests adhere to all of the following rules.
  • The Fall Sneak Peek starts November 14, and ends November 16, 2011. It consists of three individual contests, one each day.
  • Each Fall Sneak Peek Bog will accept comments as entries from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, on its scheduled day.
  • Each comment counts as one entry. One entry per person, per blog please
    • One winner each day will receive the three new die templates available exclusively at Crafters Home stores.
    • All three winners will be announced on the Spellbinders Blog on November 17. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email address on the winning post to claim their prize. If a winner fails to respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
    • By entering, you allow Spellbinders to publish your first name, city, state, and country of residence and a quote from you, on the Spellbinders Blog, website, and in promotional materials.
    • Spellbinders Designers, contractors, employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win.
    • The invitation to the Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop is extended to all, we are happy to ship prizes worldwide.
    Any questions regarding this contest should be sent to

    Good Luck to you all! Thanks for stopping by.

    Tonya Dirk

    Other products used in addition to Spellbinders Wavy Rectangles die templates...

Monday, November 7, 2011

One sketch...two cards

I had a little bit of extra time this month and was able to make a card, actually two, for the My Mind's Eye sketch challenge. Here is the sketch that the following cards are based on...

You 'll see that for both cards I turned the sketch.

For this first card I used the positive piece from the Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven die template.

Then on this next card I used the negative piece of the die cut.

Feel free to click on the photos to see larger images. Papers, brads, and doily stamps are from the My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Gertie line (one of my all time favorites of theirs!)

Links below....

Thinking of You Card

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Little Snippet of Christmas.

Today I am joining the fun party going on over at the JUST RITE STAMPS BLOG.
Once you're done here head on over to their blog. On the 2nd of November they started a party. All you have to do is make a Christmas themed project using any of the stamp sets. 

Today I chose to make a card. It features their Merry and Bright stamp set. 
I started by stamping three of the ornaments with Versamark ink onto white card stock. Then I heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. Next using the Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty Three die templates I cut and embossed the image in one pass through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine. I left the metal die template on my paper and used it as a stencil when I applied the blue and green ink, that is how to achieve the white edge around the entire shape.  Heat emboss the stamped images for the tops of the ornaments with silver embossing powder, fussy cut them out, apply to card with foam tape. Ahdere some twine and jewels, stamp the sentiment and you're done!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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