Monday, January 25, 2010

Wishful Thinking

This is a long one. Sooo....Spellbinders is having their Design Team try-outs for the 2010 team. I love all the Spellbinders dies! I thought long and hard before doing this, mainly because there are so many wonderfully talented crafters and my chances of making the DT are uber slim. But Chuck and my kids gave me lots of encouragement and convinced me to go for it. Why not, right? Submissions were a card, a 12x12 scrapbook layout, and an altered item. Here are my entries.

For the altered item, I initially considered a notebook, but then I ran into (again) all my empty Cricut cartridge boxes. I have...a lot. Couldn't part with them after I came up with a more space-saving means of storage. So I attacked this box with some pretty paper from My Mind's Eye. The paper on the inside is a scrap from my stash, but it coordinated nicely. Once I got the box covered, out came the Spellbinder dies. I used the Fleur de Lis Pendant for the centerpiece, layering it with foam tape. The Fleur de Lis Borderabilities was used for the corner pieces, and to cover the ends of the box, which can't be seen in the pix. I used the Cameo die for the frame and attached it on foam tape to the pendant. The cameo is from Melissa Frances. I painted with some Pearl Ex in two different colors to bring out the detail. On the front flap I attached two of the Decorative Photo Corners die cuts, as well as a segment cut from the Borderabilities to use as an "escutcheon". The tiny lock is hanging from a large jump ring that I wrapped around the ornament before attaching; Its tiny key is attached to a chain that I looped around the pendant. The little legs I found last year at the stamp store just down the block. They look great!

Since doing this box, I've altered six more (will post later). Lots of uses for them. My daughter and niece already put in their "orders" for one. Like I said, I have a lot. : )
For the card, I had a set of "blanks" with envelopes that were sent to me by a blogging friend. I think they were by Stampin Up!, based on the envelope size I found on their site. Anyway, those fit perfectly into the box, so I gave them a dose of Spellbinders dies and made a note card set for myself. Used the Lg Deckled Mega Rectangles Nestabilities over the base, inked along the edges. Again used the Cameo die mounted on foam tape, decorated with Liquid Pearls and a couple flat-backed pearls. Symbology One ornament in the corner, and some flowers made with various sized punches, and an MS butterfly flying around. Used JustRite Special Occasion font for the monogram.

Okay, now for the scrapbook layout. Try to keep the laughter to a low roar. When I was looking for pictures to use, I came across an envelope with these old prom pictures and decided these were the ones for the layout. The base DP is from Anna Griffin, I think (sorry). I used Classic Frames die to frame pictures. The roses were cut from the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities, stenciled while still in the dies, as was the frame. For the "journaling", that was actually my handwriting from the back of the picture on the left...from April 1980. I scanned the back of the picture then printed it onto some DP and cut that out with a Curved Rectangles die. If you click on the picture you can probably read what it says. I was such a dork! I actually made that dress, and it was so pretty - but lots & lots of satin! I used JustRite Brayton font to stamp "prom" on the ticket, which was cut from Spellbinders ticket die. The flourishes are from the Symbology One die.
So there we have it. I won't hold my breath to make the DT, but what wonderful honor and experience that would be! I had a blast doing these projects. I have some more cards that I will post tomorrow. Have a few last tweaks to do. I've finally gotten busy playing with paper again! Thanks for stopping in. Love to read your comments!


stampinfrog said...

Both projects are stunning!Spellbinders would be lucky to get you on their DT!!!
Good Luck!

Barb said...

Nancy, these projects are gorgeous!! What a great use for the Cricut cartridge boxes. You said you have a space-saving storage for them? I, too, have LOTS of cartridges and would love to save space (and steal your totally awesome use for them!).

Good luck in your DT tryout -- you would be a great designer for Spellbinders!


knitwit said...

OMG, that box is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! Good luck! I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but really, who could come up with anything better?! You're a shoe-in!Fantastic!

Kim Piggott said...

These are so very stunningly beautiful!
Amazing designs and fabulous detail!
You would be such an asset to their team!
Good luck!
kim x

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Wow, Nancy, these are gorgeous! That box is absolutely beautiful. Love that you used the Fleur-de-Lis Pendant since I just got that one. You are as talented as any that could be trying out so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. I hope you get a slot on the DT. Spellbinders has fabulous products and I'm loving using them. I posted a link to the tutorial for the Nesties. Glad to see your fabulous creations. Hugs,

Charlene said...

Oh so glad to see you back!! Love your box and your elegant style rocks!!

America said...

GORGEOUS projects! Love your vintage takes! AWESOME!!!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gorgeous creations. You did wonderful, good luck with the try-out!I think your creations are top notch girlie!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

These are wonderful creations ... you are so good with that touch of "vintage"! Beautiful!!

Shirley said...

Nancy, I wish you good fortune on the DT tryout. I love your whole box, card, etc. I think it is creative and beautiful too! What a very pretty keepsake package.

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