Janette Kausen

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Janette Kausen

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Hooray for Die Cuts!

Hooray for Die Cuts!

Hooray for die cuts and the Small Die of the Month Club at Spellbinders! This month features theses little floral shapes and stems. So cute. Pair those up with a adorbs printed paper pad and we’ve got us a quick and easy card!

Every girl loves a quickie now and again, and this one is just as charming as it could be! I choose a few sheets from the On Trend 2 paper pad and ran all this month’s die through the Platinum 6 die cutting machine at one time (per sheet). I then mixed and matched and layered them up. After stamping Hooray in Extreme Black ink, I adhered the flowers to the card. I popped up a few with foam dots. Super fun, super fast, and those little pops of gold in the paper are everything!

Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. Have yourself and amazing weekend!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

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Small Die of the Month Membership
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Hooray Stamp Set
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My Minds Eye OT2013 On Trend 2 Paper...
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Extreme Black Hybrid Ink Pad - My...
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Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
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Spellbinders April 2018 Blog Hop (+Giveaways)

Spellbinders April 2018 Blog Hop (+Giveaways)

Good morning! I am excited to be participating in the Spellbinders April 2018 Blog Hop! Spellbinders dies are amazing. Many emboss as well as superbly die cut. The level of detail from a Spellbinders die alone is pretty dang impressive. I’m pretty confident the first dies I ever owned were by Spellbinders. Pretty classic and identifiable with that copper look!

Today, I am sharing a project from Wine Country by Stacey Caron. Other stops on the hop will be showcasing Blooming Garden by Marisa Job, Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell and Folk Art by Lene Lok. So. Much. Goodness!

Wine is so trendy these days, I think it is smart to have a glass or two, err…. I mean, a card or two in the stash. Yep, that’s it, a card or two!

I created this card by die cutting the wine glass from Wine Charms in Smooth Bristol paper and coloring with Arteza watercolor brush markers. After drying, I coated the wine colored area with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Gloss Pen for sparkle. An accent line was drawn with my White Signo pen to emulate a glass reflection.

I then cut the beautiful Decorative Accent white panel, also from Smooth Bristol, and adhered in place over the black and white Petite Patterns paper. After popping with the wine glass with dimensional adhesive, I stamped the sentiment from Barrel of Sentiments. I was able to apply the sentiment after the raised glass given the stamp is a thicker, cling style stamp. When stamping this way, especially if using a Misti style stamp positioner, be sure that there is no ink on the lid that could transfer to your project.

I’ve also added a few sequins for a touch of something extra.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, April 22nd 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Spellbinders is also giving away a $25 gift certificate to a commenter from this blog, yay! Please leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, April 22nd 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on this updated blog post the following day, Monday the 23rd. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes. ***UPDATE – Winner is Celeste G!*** Congratulations!

Continue on for more new release goodness from Spellbinders and so many talented designers!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefore may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Shapeabilities Wine Charms Etched...
[ SPL | SBC | SSS ]
Barrel of Sentiments Stamp and Die...
[ SPL | SBC | SSS ]
Shapeabilities Labels 59 Decorative...
[ SPL | SBC | SSS ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
[ SPL | SBC | SSS ]
Glass Slippers Sequins - 10, 8, 6, 5,...
[ TON ]
Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk
[ ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Uni-ball Signo Broad Um-153 Gel Ink...
[ AMZUS | SBC | SSS ]
Gina K Designs PURE LUXURY Petite...
[ SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 24-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens, 96 Paint...
[ AMZUS ]

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Earth Movers

Earth Movers

I have to admit how near and dear this card is to my heart. I made it for a little boy, but I’m thinking I might just have to hang on to it and send it to my pop. For what seemed like a billion years to this little girl, my dad work at a rock quarry driving heavy equipment like backhoes, loaders and excavators. By heavy equipment, I mean huge heavy equipment. I could easily stand inside the rim of a wheel  and looked like a pebble in the bucket.

These earth movers tractor dies from Spellbinders brought so many memories flooding back. Of course they had to be yellow, because that is exactly how I remember them.

I created the die cut from Bristol Smooth paper that I Arteza watercolored. I could have used just CAT yellow cardstock, but because the card was going to be rather simple, I chose to use the Arteza to offer texture and movement within the color.

Spellbinders dies have a ton of detail. These Die D-Lites are no exception. I sent them in one pass though my Platinum 6 die cutting machine to cut the shapes. With this first pass the embossing begins to show. To really make the embossing pop, pass through the Platinum 6 a second time with the embossing mat set up.

I then stamped Hero Arts Birthday Balloons on Bristol Smooth paper and watercolored them red with the Arteza markers. These balloons were colored with 1 red marker, and that’s it. I began with the color in the darkest areas and then blended out with water to provide the shading. Sure you could purchase the 96 set, but the pack of 24 markers might do you just as well.

I layered the backhoe on black and wrapped black thread around the arm of the bucket. I splattered the background with watered down black acrylic paint and adhered the die cut in place. I heat embossed a sentiment and cut a mat of red and yellow on the diagonal, piecing them together. I filled the window with clear Wink of Stella and the Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer pen for a glass effect.

With a house full of girls I don’t often need cards for little boys. So glad to have this set of dies in my stash! See you soon!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Die D-Lites Tractors Etched Dies
[ SPL ]
H6149 Birthday Balloons | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
C6222 Handwritten Happy Birthday |...
[ HA ]
Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
[ HA ]
Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker Clear
[ BRI | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint 4-oz...
[ AMZUS ]
Arteza WATERCOLOR REAL BRUSH PENS Set...
[ SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens, 96 Paint...
[ AMZUS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Black Onyx
[ GNK ]
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#...
[ SSS ]
Heavyweight Card Stock Wild Cherry
[ MFT ]
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
[ HA ]
White Detail Embossing Powder
[ HA ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
[ SPL ]

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Love Letters, Just Because

Love Letters, Just Because

Die D-Lites by Spellbinders are the cutest! They tend to be smaller sets of etched dies that go together to create adorbs vignettes for papercrafting. I’m playing with the Lover Letter dies today. This set includes 5 dies: a foldable envelope, embossed letter and three nesting hearts for about $15. Of course my Littles couldn’t get enough of them so I die cut handfuls of tiny hearts, envelopes and letters. I’ve found them in all sorts of places around the house now! Good for more than just cardmaking, apparently. Perfect for Barbies, or so it seems!

I created this card by first masking off the lower portion of an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) Bristol Smooth panel. I then ink blended Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxides (if you haven’t tried these inks yet, you are missing out!). I then die cut the Love Letter dies from the Echo Park Summer Dreams paper pad. I stamped “I just feel like giving you a card” from Hand Drawn Everyday Messages in Hero Arts Intense Black ink. Then, I adhered all the fun little die cut pieces and sparkling clear sequins.

A happy little card created quickly and easily. It’s headed to the post office on Mail it Monday, just because! Carve out some time just for you this weekend, doctors orders! And by doctor, I mean me!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Die D-Lites Love Letter Etched Dies
[ SPL ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
[ SPL | SBC ]
Hand Drawn Everyday Messages
[ HA | SBC | SSS ]
Distress Oxides Ink Pad Worn Lipstick
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Distress Oxides Ink Pad Fossilized Amber
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Distress Oxide Ink Pad Evergreen Bough
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Intense Black Hybrid Ink
[ HA | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Echo Park - Summer Dreams Collection...
[ SBC ]
Judikins 15.2-Centimeter by 10-Meter...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Ranger Distress Mini Ink Blending...
[ AMZUS ]
Bulk Buy: Ranger Inks (2-Pack) Mini...
[ AMZUS | SBC | SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Foam 1 20/Pkg-For...
[ AMZUS | SBC | SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | BLIC | ELH | SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 6 mm...
[ ELH | SSS ]

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Video: Spellbinders Blog Hop (+ Giveaway)

Video: Spellbinders Blog Hop (+ Giveaway)

Alcohol ink. I’m obsessed. It is good to know I’m not alone. It tends to be experiencing a resurgence in popularity across papercrafters and fine artists. I could’t wait to pair the inks with Spellbinders Shapeabilites dies from the Good Vibes Only by Stephanie Low line. Ah-mazing! Whoot, whoot – I’ve created a video tutorial for you, as well!

Shapeabilites are etched dies that are available in thousands of various shapes for that perfect papercrafting project. They will cut single sheets of cardstock, vellum or other thin materials into beautifully detailed designs in a instant. My favorite machine to use them with is the Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine. It is a manual crank machine and makes partial die cutting, embossing and other fun techniques a breeze.

Giveaways: Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a commentor on their blog and a $25 gift certificate to a commenter from this blog. Hop along to see if you can find any more! Giveaway details can be found near the bottom of the post with full blog hop list.

If you’re having any issues viewing this video, please try watching it HERE in HD on YouTube.

The Spellbinders Flowers Whisper is a set of 2 dies. I used the background die to cut the shape out of standard weight white inked Yupo paper (heavy weight does not die cut well). The detailed outline was cut from 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I assembled the layers together onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card panel that I had stamped with sentiments from The Ton Stamps Scripty Sayings (retired set). I finished the card with a sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp Thankful Heart stamp set.

The video tutorial above includes the complete play by play, including how I added the Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes with Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive.

See full project supply list HERE.

The Spellbinders Feathers in the Wind and Heart Like a Wildflower dies make an awesome duo. The sharpness of the feathers are a pretty amazing juxtaposition to the roundness of the Wildflowers. I die cut a few more pieces from the inked Yupo paper (I still have half a sheet left, yay!) and combined them with a gold glittery cardstock. I’m loving the result. Feathers are hot this season and this set is striking! I applied the die cuts to an 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel and adhered that to a Blush Mix Prefolded card base from Hero Arts. The bases are colored o the outside with white in the middle. Perfect for an extra pop of color on card, and prefolded, yes please!! Sentiment and sequins are from The Ton Stamps.

For a detailed how to, I’ve got a video tutorial for you!

See full project supply list HERE.

BONUS PROJECT:

I just could not put this set down. For this gorgeous bloom I paired the Spellbinders Flowers Whisper with the Platinum 6 die cutting and embossing machine and Copic markers. The Platinum 6 dry embosses like a dream! I ran the outline die through with 80# Neenah Solar White Cardstock and then used the embossed lines as a guide to color flick style. I think it turned out pretty fabulous and I love how you can see each level of color. Blending is beautiful, but the is something a little magical about seeing each stroke of the marker. I have to admit though, I thought it looked a hot mess before I applied a black cardstock outline on top of the completed coloring. I finished the card of on a prefolded Hero Arts card base, a sentiment from The Ton Stamps Coming Up Daises and added a few Grey Mist Nuvo Drops. The grey is translucent but offers just enough color to really make an impression.

This card is not included in the video tutorial, but if you are interested, let me know and I can certainly pull one together!

See full project supply list HERE.

Blog Hop

Giveaway #1: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, March 18th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Giveaway #2: Spellbinder’s is also giving away a $25 gift certificate to a commenter on this blog. Leave a comment below by Sunday, March 18th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced here the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Thank you so much for hopping along today. Carry on!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

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Shapeabilities Flowers Whisper Etched...
[ SPL | SBC ]
Shapeabilities Feathers in the Wind...
[ SPL | SBC ]
Shapeabilities Heart like a...
[ SPL | SBC ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
[ SPL | SBC ]
Simon Says Clear Stamps THANKFUL...
[ SSS ]
Coming Up Daisies – The Ton
[ TON ]
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks...
[ AMZUS | ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Jacquard Products Pinata Color...
[ AMZUS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, Flamingo
[ ELH | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker R43, Bougainvillea
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker RV42, Salmon Pink
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker RV25, Dog Rose...
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker RV29, Crimson
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker RV69, Peony
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker YG01, Green Bice
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker YG05, Salad
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker YG97, Spanish Olive
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker G29, Pine Tree Green
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
Yupo Paper Yupo Paper 5-inch x 7-inch...
[ AMZUS | ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo,...
[ ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Black Onyx
[ GNK ]
Tonic GOLD DUST A4 Glitter Cardstock...
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM...
[ SSS ]
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,...
[ ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH...
[ SSS ]
Gilding Flakes Radiant Gold
[ BRI | ELH | SSS | SBC ]
Intense Black Hybrid Ink
[ HA | ELH | SSS | SBC ]
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad- 1 pcs...
[ AMZUS | BRI | HA | ELH ]
White Detail Embossing Powder
[ HA | SBC ]
Champagne Sequin Mix
[ HA ]
Glossy Black Sequins - 10, 8, 6, 4mm,...
[ TON ]
Nuvo Jewel Drops Grey Mist
[ BRI | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Jacquard Lumiere Exciter Pack .5oz 9/Pkg
[ AMZUS ]
PS568 Blush Mix Folded Cards (12) |...
[ HA ]
Tombow Power Tabs, Clear, 48-Pieces
[ AMZUS | SBC ]
Original MISTI Tool
[ BRI | ELH | HA | SSS ]
Connect Glue- 2 oz
[ GNK | SSS ]
Ranger Multi Medium Bottle,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | BLIC | ELH | SSS ]
Acme C8735532 Junior T-Square Drawing...
[ AMZUS ]
Uchida of America 91GR Double Ended...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
WAGNER HT 400 650-Degree Heat Gun
[ AMZUS | ELH | HA | SBC | SSS ]
Copic Air-Brushing System STARTING...
[ SSS ]
Sparmax Airbrush Compressor, TC-501N...
[ ELH ]
Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]

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Sweet Favor Boxes

Sweet Favor Boxes

Easter is just around the corner. I know, right?!? Yes, already! This year I have crafted up these sweet favor boxes courtesy of the Spellbinders Large Die of the Month club. They are perfect for trinkets and candy, and will be nestled among the paper grass in my girls Easter baskets.

The only eggs our big girls will hunt are of the golden variety and filled with cash. We hide one each, hide them well, and are purely entertained watching them hunt. No matter how old they are (19 & 20), I still can’t get beyond filling a basket for them. Some items in their baskets have changed over the years and some, like chocolate, have stayed the same. I have a couple of delicate little items to include this year (of which I can’t reveal, because peepers!) and these favor boxes will be the perfect pretty packaging.

The March Large Die of the Month kit includes dies to create 8 elements. The favor box die, 2 tags, 2 leaves. 2 flowers and a flourish. The favor box die fits perfectly onto 6x6 paper.

I hoard paper pads, but don’t often use patterned on cards. I was delighted to use my Wildflower paper by Kaisercraft for a coordinating set of favors. There is no glue holding the box together. The die cuts perfectly sized slits for the flap to tuck into and scores the fold lines. So easy, so quick.

I used two layers of paper for a finished interior. I did not adhere them together, just tucked the flap and they were secure. Double sided paper would be perfect!

I created the three dimensional flowers by first die cutting them into colored card stock. I then shaped each petal and whole flower into a cup shape with a dotting tool on top of a fun foam sheet (a mouse pad or Misti mat would work, as well). I created a fuller flower by layering two cup shaped large flowers and one small. A compact, more bud like, flower by using three of the cup shaped smaller flower die cuts. I adhered the layers with Ranger Collage Medium. A drop at the base of the flower was just right. I then added a stamen by cutting the top off of a yellow disposable mascara wand and adhering with Collage Medium. Liquid glue, or even hot glue, the buds in place on the package. Tuck in a few foil cardstock leaves and flourishes to finish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and are inspired to create your own treat boxes for, perhaps, a wedding, a shower, Easter Sunday place cards or even class treats. Thank you for popping in and I’ll see you soon!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Large Die of the Month Membership -...
[ SPL ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
[ SPL ]
Main Attraction
[ SPL ]
Wildflower 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad
[ BRI | SSS ]
Gold Foil Card Stock
[ MFT ]
Coral Crush Prestige Card Stock
[ MFT ]
Lawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock -...
[ SBC | SSS ]
Ranger TDA58076 Tim Holtz Distress...
[ AMZUS | SBC | SSS ]
Dotting 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting...
[ AMZUS ]
L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands,...
[ AMZUS ]

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