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Spellbinders – October 2018 Large Die of the Month

Hello everyone! It’s October, and that means a new Spellbinders Large Die of the Month! This kit is adorable; it’s called Truckin’ Through the Seasons and features 25 dies that are perfect for creating & embellishing a cute truck for the four seasons. I love that it includes generic sentiment dies, such as “Thanks”, “For you”, “Hooray”, as well as cute, versatile images to add to your truck.

I had a lot of fun creating these cards:

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

For the first one, I went with a Christmas theme. I used the new, gorgeous Merry Days collection by Crate Paper.

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

I doubled all the die cuts with 110lbs cardstock to make them thicker and dimensional. I also used foam adhesive to pop everything up. I love how it turned out!

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

The second card features the Auburn Lane collection by Pink Paislee. I went with a Fall theme here.

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

The small leaves and pumpkins are just too cute!

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

This kit is a must have! Spellbinders offers several monthly memberships: one for small dies, one for large ones, and the card kit. They are worth checking out, as you get not only the products but also project inspiration, discounts and gifts!

Have a wonderful day!

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Simon Says Stamp – Altenew STAMPtember Exclusive


Hello, crafty friends! Today I’m excited to share the newest Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember Altenew exclusive set. This lovely set is called Dainty Sprig, and it features a delicate sprig with layered flowers, perfect for a variety of techniques and projects. Today I’m sharing a simple card that came together in no time.
Simple card by @enzamg for @simonsaysstamp and @altenew. #STAMPtember #stamping #cards #cardmaking

I started by trimming the card panel to 4×5.25” – I used Neenah 80lbs Solar White cardstock. I then positioned my stamp to cover one corner of the panel, stamped the image with Altenew Permanent Black Ink, and then turned the panel to cover the other corner without moving the stamp. This is the simplest and fastest way to create a symmetrical design. Next, I used some of my favorite Altenew Crisp Dye Inks for the top layer of the flowers: Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, and Firebrick.

Simple card by @enzamg for @simonsaysstamp and @altenew. #STAMPtember #stamping #cards #cardmaking
I colored the leaves and the center of the flowers with Altenew Artist Markers, and added splatters of orange around the stamped images.
Simple card by @enzamg for @simonsaysstamp and @altenew. #STAMPtember #stamping #cards #cardmaking
For the sentiment, I heat-embossed it on a separate piece of white cardstock with Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, matted it with black cardstock, and adhered it in the center of the panel with foam adhesive.Simple card by @enzamg for @simonsaysstamp and @altenew. #STAMPtember #stamping #cards #cardmaking

To finish the card, I adhered the panel to the base, for which I used a pretty white and black polka dot patterned paper.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and are inspired to create with this STAMPtember exclusive. If you love this set, make sure to grab it right away, as it is only available while supplies last!

Have a wonderful day!

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Spellbinders – Christmas Projects using Holiday Die D-Lites

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing the first of two blog posts featuring the super fun Holiday Die D-Lites by Spellbinders. I love the whimsical images of these sets; they are so cute and perfect for the upcoming holiday season! They are also very versatile and can be used to create cards, tags, gift wrapping elements, ornaments, and much more.

For my projects today, I have decided to go with the traditional red and green color combination. I have two cards and two tags to share.

Let’s start with the cards!

Christmas Card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

They both feature a horizontal design and dimensional elements. For the first one, I used the Die D-Lites Christmas Tree Etched Dies.

Christmas Card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

I started by trimming the green dotted paper to measure 5.25×4.25”. I then used the outline image of the tree to cut two shapes directly on the patterned paper, one towards the right, the other on the opposite side of the card panel – I placed them at different heights to give it a more “natural” look, kind of like a landscape. Next, I adhered down the positive spaces of the die cut with foam dots to give it dimension, making sure to have the B side of the patterned paper show. For the tree in the middle,

Christmas Card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays
To finish the card, I added the sentiment and matted the panel with an A2 white card base – I liked the idea of having some of the white color show on just two sides of the card.

The second card features the Die D-Lites Santa Etched Dies.

Christmas Card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

This set is too cute for words! I absolutely love it! The design here is a bit simpler. It’s just strips of patterned papers cut to size to create a background. The red and green thin ones between the larger piece and the white cardstock were added for more definition. After assembling Santa, I adhered it on top of a red plaid tag with foam adhesive, and added natural colored twine for a vintage feel.

Christmas Card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

Like the previous card, I opted to mat the card panel, this time with kraft cardstock, which coordinates perfectly with the twine.

Now onto the tags!

Christmas Tags by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

Both tags measure 3.5×4.5”, and they both feature a circular design in the middle. The first one was created with the Die D-Lites Snowman Etched Dies.

Christmas Tags by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

I adore all the little details in this set, and I love that you can customize the individual pieces to create unique looks. I adhered the snowman on top of two circular shapes from the Special Day Frame Etched Dies by Marisa Job, alternating the layers with foam adhesive, so to obtain a dimensional piece.

Christmas Tags by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

For the second tag, I used the Die D-Lites Reindeer Etched Dies.

Christmas Tags by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

I used kraft cardstock for the reindeer, and inked the edges to create more definition. I then placed one of the Laced Flowers Etched Dies by Marisa Job behind it before adhering it down onto the circle.

Christmas Tags by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using Holiday Die D-Lites. #spellbinders #diecutting #christmas #holidays

Spellbinders Supplies:
S3-361 Die D-Lites Christmas Tree Etched Dies
S3-359 Die D-Lites Santa Etched Dies
S3-360 Die D-Lites Snowman Etched Dies
S3-358 Die D-Lites Reindeer Etched Dies
S5-374 Special Day Frame Etched Dies By Marisa Job
S4-945 Laced Flowers Etched Dies By Marisa Job

Other supplies: My Mind’s Eye Cozy Christmas Collection; ribbon; twine.

I’m so happy with the way these projects turned out. I’ll be back in a few days to share more of my creations with the adorable Holiday Die D-Lites Dies!