Welcome! I hope you aren't as far behind this year as I am. Hmmmm. . . Maybe I should just skip this year and send out my cards next year instead? Seriously, while I don't like mass production, I knew that I needed to get some more cards made that were both simple and fairly flat so that they don't cost close to $2 a piece to mail. I also wanted to use some of my pretty Christmas-themed mini decks that were sitting on the shelf with only one or two sheets of paper missing. You know the ones I mean--the ones that you like enough to purchase and hoard, but that will be replaced in your paper affections when next year's lines come out. You have those too, right?
Today's starting mini deck was an Authentique Festive Bundle 6" x 6" pad. I chose a stamp from Taylored Expressions Rejoice! set as my focal image, along with two Spellbinders die template sets to frame that sentiment. The die template sets that I used were Labels Twenty-Eight and Floral Ovals. I wanted to avoid my favorite bulky accessories--ribbons and buttons--so I used some PTI's Rustic Twine and even pulled out my old eyelet stash and my Crop-o-dile. I also skipped sewing on the card fronts. (My sewing machine may be pouting right now; it is not accustomed to being passed over. . .) I did take time to sand patterned paper edges since I was using vintage papers. So, that's six more cards for the stash, and I don't think that these will require extra postage.
Finally, I've mentioned the Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Craft to Win Challenge in an earlier post, but I just want to make sure that you get this information in case you want to enter to win some great prizes: Spellbinders is currently running the BIGGEST contest they've ever hosted to date! Spellbinders Explore Beyond Challenge: Craft to Win gives you a chance at a $5,000 Grand Prize Package from Spellbinders and their cross promotional partners! They'll also be choosing a 2nd place winner to receive a $1,000 prize package and a $500 3rd place prize package!
Prizes will include products from WorldWin Papers, Want2Scrap, Xyron, KaiserCraft, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Basic Grey,Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, BoBunny, Fancy Pants Designs, Canadian Scrapbooker, Nikki Sivils, Elmer's, Bazzill Basics,Graphic 45, IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and more!
How do you participate? It's easy!
Simply create an original project using at least two (2) Spellbinders dies. And get creative with it! Push your own creative boundaries...do something different. We'll be looking for those crafters and artists who have really taken on the challenge to truly "Explore Beyond".
Take photos of each step of your project. If chosen as a finalist... You'll be asked to submit these photos.
Submit a photo (of your finished project only!) to the appropriate Spellbinders Flickr Group.
Contest runs from November 26th, 2012 through December 26th, 2012 Midnight EST.
You may enter more than once in multiple categories. Projects entered must be original. A total of twelve (12) finalists will be chosen. There will be two (2) finalists from each category. Finalists will be announced on December 27, 2012. Finalists will be asked to submit photos of the steps of their projects to validate their originality. Finalists will be asked to mail in their final original project to the Spellbinders office. Original projects must be received by end of day, Friday, January 4, 2013.
A celebrity panel of judges will review the twelve (12) final submissions and narrow it down to three (3) winners. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 11, 2013. There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner of a $5,000 prize package and the project will be featured at the Spellbinders booth at the Craft and Hobby Association show on January 12, 2013. There will be one (1) 2nd prize winner of a $1,000 prize package and featured on the Spellbinders blog. There will be one (1) 3rd prize winner of a $500 prize package and featured on the Spellbinders blog.
All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. By acceptance of the prize, winners agree without limitation to the use of his/her name, photograph and/or likeness for publicity purposes without any additional compensation. Winners agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the Spellbinders panel, which are final and binding in all matters regarding this event. Winners agree that the event and its representatives affiliates, agents, directors, officers and employees have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind relating to or arising from this event or resulting from participation in this contest.Contest is not open to Spellbinders Employees, Various Team Members, or their immediate family members (Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Children).
Thant's it for today--thanks for visiting!