Get Inspired with the June Jamboree from Spellbinders!

This just in: Spellbinders® Paper Arts has announced a brand new expansion to their Die D-Lites and In’spire Product Lines! The expanded line features 19 new Die D-Lites and 8 new In’spire die templates. In order to showcase these new products with a bit of a bang, Spellbinders is hosting the June Jamboree on their blog. Find fabulous paper craft projects featuring the new products every day for ten days in June!

June Jamboree

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Today is Day 8 of the June Jamboree, and designer Lesley Langdon  shares a stunning tri-fold card. The card features the new Dandylion and Celebration Two In’spire die templates, and the finished project is beautiful. Be sure to visit the Spellbinders blog for the full tutorial!

June Jamboree Day 8

A personal favorite is the Day 7 post from Spellblogger Darsie Bruno. This step card  format really lends to the garden’s look, and the fairies are made all the more whimsical with glitter! Included are the new Fairy Ariana, Flower Box, and Wrought Iron die templates.

June Jamboree Day 7

On Day 6, Linda Lucas shows us how to create this beautiful birdhouse with a helpful video tutorial. This project features the Gate Element die template. Find the video here.

June Jamboree Day 6

On Day 5, Beck Beattie uses the new Row Houses die template to create this charming scrapbook layout. The different colors for the windows in each house are an adorable touch!

June Jamboree Day 5

Day 4’s June Jamboree post is brought to you by Tina McDonald, and her lovely friends handmade card features the Fancy Label Tags One die template.

June Jamboree Day 4

I love trees as a central motif for pretty much any project, and this craft from Day 3 of the June Jamboree features the new Delightful Tree die template. Designer Teresa Horner does such a great job with this project!

June Jamboree Day 4

Show someone that “You make me happy when skies are grey” with the Day 2 project from Marielle LeBlanc. This lovely scrapbook layout features the new Wellies and Umbrella Trio die templates.

June Jamboree Day 2

Finally, the Day 1 paper project which kicked off the June Jamboree features the beautiful Bird Scroll die. Designer Linda Lucas does such a great job with the design of this card!

June Jamboree Day 1

Be sure to visit the Spellbinders blog to see the remaining June Jamboree projects and products!

 

 

How often do you use die cutting templates in your projects? Always, sometimes, never?

 

 

 

 

How to Make a Decorative Travel Mug Using Fiskars Border Punches

This tutorial is brought to you by Jade Harrington aka Jaderbomb. Check out her review for another Fiskars product, the ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer.

Do you love coffee as much as I do? Do you travel places with your coffee because you are always on the go?
DO you wish you could decorate your “travel” mug to reflect your personality? If so then I just know you will love the tutorial I have for you today!

Let’s get started, you will need:

-Scrapbook paper
-Travel Mug
-Spray Adhesive or Double Stick Tape
Fiskars Border Punches

These are the interchangeable punches I used:

Daisy Chain
Banners Away
Groovy Rainbow

“Fiskars- Our easy-to-use Border Punches, Interchangeable Border Punches and AdvantEdge™ Border Punch System add eye-catching flair to the edges of scrapbook pages, homemade cards and much more. An easy-to-use design with an alignment grid makes creating a perfectly spaced border fun and hassle free. Try our exclusive AdvantEdge™ Border Punch System for larger border designs and perfect alignment.” 

 

 

You can buy a starter set that will come with the base (which you can use for all of the interchangeable punches) and one cartridge. You will notice when you purchase this that you can also purchase the base and cartridge individually if you prefer.

When you start you want to flip the two plastic flaps open from the bottom of the cartridge. This will help you align your print when you start punching.

When you are ready get your travel mug, take out the paper insert and trace on the back of the decorative paper. Cut it out and you will have the same shape that came with the mug.

 

 

Cut another piece of scrapbook paper into squares and start punching the edges. I wanted a variety of designs so I used a few different punches. You can glue these pieces down or use spray adhesive. Whichever you prefer. Depending on how thick your paper that you are adding is, you might want to use hot glue to ensure that it will stay.
Now that you are done punching the sides you can add a photo to the middle. You can make your squares smaller or bigger depending on how many pictures you want to display.

 

 

I am very pleased with the way it turned out! I love this project because you can really show off your loved ones and your personal style.

Drinking coffee has never looked cooler! I hope to see lot’s of people walking around with decorative travel mugs now! BYE!

Do you love coffee as much as I do? Do you travel places with your coffee because you are always on the go?
DO you wish you could decorate your “travel” mug to reflect your personality? If so then I just know you will love the tutorial I have for you today!

How to Use a Fiskars ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer

This review of the Fiskars ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer is brought to you by Jade Harrington aka Jaderbomb.

Learn how to make an Abstract Greeting Card using the Fiskars Procision Rotary Bypass Trimmer.

 

WOW! That is exactly how I will start this post because this product I am about to show you just made my life so much easier. I do a lot of cutting and trust me I have tried many products looking for that “perfect” edge. Sometimes a product works great until the blade goes bad then you are at square one! Know what I mean! This ProCision cutter is like WHAM BAM THANK YA MAM!

So let’s get started because I have a lot to show you!

Fiskars came out with this ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer (12″). Yep you just heard that right! A rotary trimmer. Just the look of it screams “perfection” and “elegant”.

Here is a little bit about this product that comes from the Fiskar’s website.

Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle for straight, perfectly precise cuts. As a bonus, it cuts a wide range of thick materials. Additional innovations include a spring-action rotary bypass blade that stays sharp and never needs to be replaced, a built-in smudge guard, grid line measurements on the top and bottom so you can use the base to your left or right, a top-quality work surface for long-lasting performance and a convenient folding design to take up less space during storage and transport.
 

I think they nailed it with this one.

In this picture you can really see the dual-rail system good. This is exactly how it comes in the box. It’s very compact and fits in most spaces once it’s folded. That is what I love about it. It has a 13″ base deck that folds at 5.75″ grid line.

“Fiskars: Dual-rail system delivers ultra-precise cutting performance through heavy-duty craft materials.”
 

I love that the feet are rubberized. This feature offers stability when you are cutting things!

Another thing that makes this product nice is the ability to fold it in half which makes for easy storage. If you plan to transport it this will make your life so much easier.

There is a built in guard to keep your fingers safe and your materials finger print free. It also has bold accent grid lines which include 1/16″ increments and metric measurements. It has an expanded 2.5″ grid and the grid lines are placed under the plastic base. This is nice because the lines and numbers will never get messed up.

The spring action blade stays sharp, so you NEVER have to replace it.

You just slide your piece of paper under the guard and your paper will be completely secure. By the way, the smudge guard has a little orange clip which lock’s it in place for you.

Once it is secured you just slide that blade from one side to the other and BAM! Perfect cut!

“Ideal for making straight, precise cuts through multiple sheets of cardstock, chipboard and grunge board, plus more traditional crafting materials like paper and vellum.”
 

I hope you enjoyed learning about this great product. Did I mention that it has a LIFETIME warranty? I LOVE THAT!

Fuse Creativity System Prize Pack Giveaway from AllFreeChristmasCrafts and Fiskars

We’ve got an exciting new giveaway with one of the most well-known crafting supply brands, Fiskars! Whether you’re a crafter looking for new die-cuts or letterpresses, a fan of embossing, or someone just looking for a clean way to cut their paper crafts and fabric, the Fuse Creativity System Prize Pack is for you.

Until December 27th, AllFreeChristmasCrafts will be running this giveaway on their page, and everyone is still welcome to enter. Not only will one lucky winner be receiving a complete Fiskars Fuse Creativity System Starter Set, but also four extra expansion packs with even more die-cuts and letterpresses to prepare you for all the crafting you’ll be doing.

This new system is getting a lot of buzz in the crafting community, and we can see why. Readers already have plans to make cards, stencils, scrapbooks and much more after hearing about this, and the reviews are glowing. If you want to find out more about what makes this package so special, make sure you read the full review on FaveCrafts.

Ready to enter? Here’s how:
1.    Like the AllFreeChristmasCrafts Facebook page.
2.   Like the Fiskars Facebook page.
3.   Fill out the entry form on AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com.
4.    Make sure you enter by December 27th.

Last Chance: Save Big on Craftwell eBosser Automatic Embosser & Die Cutter

Nothing lasts forever and our Craftwell eBosser Automatic Emblosser & Die Cutter special offer is no exception. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing this product, let me explain why this product is necessary for all serious crafters.

The Craftwell eBosser is a one-stop shop for all things cardmaking and paper crafting. This embossing and die-cutting system is fully automatic and features a one-step cutting system. In a single pass, you can cut through multiple layers of paper, fabric, leather or even metal. It’s easy enough for a beginner to use but can be used by professionals as well. The eBosser is also portable – you can even take your eBosser with you to craft classes and get-togethers.

If you like making cards, scrapbook layouts or mixed media projects, you know that cutting out tiny little shapes can be extremely time-consuming. A die cut machine takes out all of the heavy lifting – you can complete more projects in less time with this handy machine. Best of all, you don’t have to run out and buy a bunch of new dies for your machine. The eBosser is compatible with Spellbinders, Sizzix and Accucut and more.

Don’t wait! For a limited time, CutRateCrafts is offering a Craftwell eBosser Automatic Emblosser & Die Cutter for just $199.99. That means you can save more than $29 on this innovative product and a variety of accessories such as an embossing/cutting platform set, a letter-size embossing folder and base platforms. Purchase this must-have craft product before it’s too late – it’s a great Christmas gift idea for any crafter!

For more on the Craftwell eBosser:

 

Cinema Saturdays: Halloween Treat Boxes

Make a customized homemade goodie bag for your Halloween party guests, grandchildren, or even trick-or-treaters. This video tutoria from AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com will show you how to make completely handmade Halloween treat boxes. These treat boxes are made with die-cut candy jar chipboard shapes with windows cut in the center so you can see all the goodies inside. To hold the candy inside the box, you can recycled plastic packaging to make transparent windows for the treat boxes. Alternatively, you can slip a cellophane bag of candy inside the treat boxes. Embellish the boxes however you like using scrapbook paper, flowers, stamps, and more. Find out how to make these adorable treat boxes with this video tutorial:

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway & Paper Lantern Tutorial

I’ve got some exciting news for you, crafters! The first bit of news is that I’ve got a brand new Silhouette Cameo cutting system, and I’ve been playing with it all week. I’m going to be sharing some project ideas with you throughout the week, so if you’ve got a Silhouette, or if you’re planning on buying one, stay tuned to get some ideas!

The second bit of news might be even more interesting to you: At the end of the week, I’m giving away a Silhouette Cameo to one lucky FaveCrafts reader!!! You’ll also get your choice of one starter kit (Fabric Ink, Rhinestone, Vinyl, or Heat Transfer). And if you don’t win, you can always buy one (or ask for one for Christmas) using our handy dandy promo code. Just use “FAVE” to get yourself a brand spankin’ new Silhouette Cameo with choice of starter kit for only $299. But hurry, the code only lasts until October 31, and the machines will sell out!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Like Silhouette on Facebook
  2. Follow Silhouette on Pinterest
  3. Leave a comment on any of our Silhouette blog posts (this one or any post I write this week that has “Silhouette Cameo” in the title) telling me what you would make if you had a Silhouette Cameo.
  4. I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce who won on October 30!

When I first got the machine in the mail, I was struck by the shape they have pictured on the box. I really couldn’t believe it was made of paper. Here’s the box:

And here’s the shape:

Isn’t it cute? I decided I had to have one. I have a huge stack of lightweight yellow paper leftover from my heart straws project, so I used that for most of my Silhouette experiments. Yellow is my favorite color, after all.

One wasn’t enough, so I ended up making a bunch of them. It was really easy to make them too. All I did was tell the Silhouette to cut the shape out, and then I peeled the remaining paper off the cutting mat, folded along the perforated lines, pushed the little tabs into the flaps, and glued the tops together with glue stick.

After I’d cut out a few, I started thinking these would be cute paper lanterns to hang at a wedding or outdoor party. How pretty would these look with Christmas lights or LED candles inside? I strung them up on a piece of kite string to see how they’d look:

I don’t have any lights to put in them yet, but I think I sense a wedding appearance for these little guys! Check back tomorrow to see what else I’ve made so far!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling me what you’d make with a Silhouette Cameo–you just might win one!

 

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop

Hi FaveCrafts friends! My name is Eileen Hull and I design dies for Sizzix. They make the Big Shot, a die cutting machine, which is used with dies that are designed to cut out shapes when you roll them through the machine from paper and other materials.

ScoreBoard dies are my specialty- they cut and score matboard and other thick materials into boxes, folders and books. My latest collection is called Fresh Vintage and includes six flowers and leaves, which are so much fun to cut from recycled and vintage materials like book pages, ledger paper, coffee filters, tissue paper, sewing patterns, tin foil, fleece, fabric, felt and whatever else you happen to have laying around. The six ScoreBoards dies: the bird, butterfly, album (shown today!), vase, suitcase, and caddy, are meant to be cut from mat board and provide a nice to sturdy base to embellish!

Today I am happy to present the Sizzix Fresh Vintage blog hop starring 75 top craft designers. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next six weeks, a different die will be featured and 6-10 inspiring projects will be shared for each die. Here’s a peek at one fun way to use the ScoreBoard Album die!

We will also be including products from many of the leading craft manufacturers’ to show how well the dies work with other supplies you may have in your craft stash.

You can view the blog hop by heading on over to my blog to see lots of cool techniques and inspiring ways to use the dies. Keep clicking on the Fresh Vintage blinkie to see all of the different projects.

Many thanks to FaveCrafts for letting me share my blog hop with you 🙂 Come back again on Thursday, September 29 for a look at the next project!

I’d love to hear your comments…

Eileen
http://eileenhull.blogspot.com

Free Spellbinders Prize Pack!

I am so excited to announce our latest ginormous giveaway! If you’ve visited our Facebook page recently, you might have noticed a flurry of activity and new fans (Hi, new fans! Welcome!). And if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you were probably one of the first to know about this super exciting giveaway.

To those who are out of the loop, here’s the deal.

Drumroll please…

We’re giving away a Spellbinders Grand Calibur AND Presto Punch!!!! Can you even believe it? I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself, and I don’t even have a shot at winning. But that’s the difference between you and me–you DO have a shot to win. All you have to do is like us on Facebook (come on, we don’t bite!) and then you can enter to win from there. An added benefit to liking us on Facebook is that you can get up-to-the-minute FaveCrafts news and gossip; see links to our new blog posts, giveaways, and project ideas; answer our crafty polls; argue with fellow crafters in our Facebook controversy posts, and more!

So what’s this giveaway all about, for all of you non-paper crafters? In case you’ve never seen a Grand Calibur before, feast your eyes on this bad boy:

Here’s what the Spellbinders folks have to say about this product: “A Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine is a great crafting tool. It’s compatible with all Spellbinders die cut templates and can also be used with Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Fiskars Texture Plates as well as Sizzlits, Cuttlebug and Quickuts dies. Have fun and make something completely unique. This craft freebie prize package is perfect for anyone on the go!” This die-cut machine can cut 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, and you can cut as many shapes at once as you can fit on the page. You can even emboss your shapes using the same machine! See how it works for yourself:

But that’s not all we’re giving away! We’ve also got a Presto Punch for you, which is the newest addition to the Spellbinders family. It’s a brand new product that you can enjoy (for free!) if you win the giveaway. Just click the like button on Facebook and you’re eligible to enter!

Here’s what Spellbinders says about the Presto Punch: “With the innovative Presto Punch machine you can punch or emboss with the touch of a button. Automatic and easy to use, Presto Punch is portable, battery operated and power adaptable. Presto Punch templates are available in a variety of shapes and fonts and are easy to store. Compare the value with traditional punches!” The Presto Punch will essentially replace all of your bulky craft punches–one machine does it all! And P.S. This machine also embosses. Here’s the machine in action:

If that’s not enough to convince you that you need this prize, Spellbinders is also throwing in a Grand Nestabilities® die template to use with your Grand Calibur and a 40-piece font punch template set to use with the Presto Punch. One lucky winner (and Facebook fan) will win it all! All together, the prize is valued at $300. Can you say “Wowza!”?

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Facebook, click the like button, and enter to win this amazing prize package! The contest runs through June 12, 2011.

Tell us: What would you do with this prize if you won? What crafts would you make?

Meet and Make: Eileen Hull

Eileen Hull

This week’s Meet and Make designer is Eileen Hull. Eileen is the author of Foamboard Magic and Matboard Magic, and she also has several cool projects on FaveCrafts using Sizzix products. In fact, she even released her own line of dies for Sizzix. You can see more of Eileen’s work on her blog. If you’re a die-cutting fiend, you need to meet Eileen Hull!

10 Fun Facts about Eileen Hull:

  1. I have been known to drink Diet Coke for breakfast.
  2. My most creative time is somewhere around 2 AM.
  3. We have moved 13 times courtesy of the US Army and I have loved every place we lived.
  4. My favorite material to craft with is matboard- it is the perfect paper!
  5. Hate to admit this one but I am afraid of heights. I got to the top of the Eiffel Tower and freaked out.
  6. It took me till I was 13 to learn how to do a cartwheel- my three younger sisters all tried to teach me and there was great rejoicing when I mastered it!
  7. I have more ribbon than any human can possibly use in a lifetime and I blame it on close proximity to a ribbon outlet and extremely good prices. And possibly a slight addiction…
  8. Original Star Trek fan- so cheesy but so good.
  9. My favorite color is aqua.
  10. Childhood nickname is Beany.

Here’s Eileen’s project:

Materials:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Teacup ScoreBoard die
  • red matboard piece 6″ x 13″
  • white pigment stamp pad
  • red stamp pad
  • flower stamp
  • Sakura Souffle pen- white
  • Queen & Co pearls
  • white rickrack
  • vellum
  • scallop border punch
  • red line tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut teacup die from matboard. You will need to cut two of the teacup shapes from matboard.
  2. Stamp flower three times with white ink on front of teacup. Stamp flower around the saucer shape also. Add pearls to flower centers. Outline edges of the flower petals with Souffle pen.
  3. Cut several strips of vellum with scalloped punch and arrange on front of cup as seen. Ink edges of cup and saucer with red ink. Outline scalloped edges with Souffle pen.
  4. Assemble teacup. On the teacup shape in back, you will have to fold the matboard against the score in toward the middle of the cup. Be careful to bend gently without breaking it off.
  5. Apply lines of strong double sided tape to the sides of the teacup inside strip. Assemble the box.
  6. Stamp or write message on teabag tag. Fill box as desired!