Monday, January 11, 2010

Spellbinders Surprise Party!!

January 7- 13, 2010

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the sixth day of the Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is revealing 25 new die templates and 1 Impressabilities template during their SURPRISE PARTY!! to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on January 24, 2010 with some of their greatest fans…YOU! From January 7 – 14, 2010, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders™ designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning fabulous Spellbinders™ Paper Arts products!!

Today you have the opportunity to win a die package through the entry address on my blog that will include all three dies being revealed today! Be sure to go to the other blogs revealing today and enter from those blogs to have additional changes to win! You may enter once through each blog making a reveal! Each reveal is open for 48 hours to enter the contest. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 13, 2010 to enter my reveal. Be sure to read all the rules before entering so that your entry will be accepted!

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

January 7
Debbie Olson
Julie Overby
Lesa Rapp

January 8
Becca Feeken
Debbie Seyer
Janine Blackwelder

January 9
Heidi Blankenship
Karen Taylor
Cathy Chlebana/Beth Pingry

January 10,
Linda Duke
Jennifer Davis
Terre Fry

January 11
Keri Lee Sereika
Kazan Clark
Mary Pfaff

January 12
Karen Hunsaker
Christy Farneth-Kerr
Holly Simoni

January 13
Sherry Cheever
Kimberly Crawford
Sharon Johnson

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one entry from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! reveal as stated in the rules at Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize.

Entrants visitng all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! reveals and correctly enter the drawing on each blog will automatically be entered into a SURPRISE GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00. The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010 on the Spellbinders™ Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I’m thrilled to share my reveal with you...

Welcome !!

Today is my very first Blog Frenzy ever. I get to share a very fun Die Template Set, Spellbinders S4-276 Sweet Treats!

I have two projects to share today, starting with my Ice Cream Social Invitation.

Many ideas came to mind when I first saw these adorable die templates. I really could do so much with all of these delicious dies! Of all four in the set, the Ice Cream Cone is my favorite.

These are the supplies for my 5x7” card:

Spellbinders: The Wizard Die Cut & Embossing System
Spellbinders Dies Templates S4-276 Sweet Treats; S4-235 Fancy Tags; S5-016 Polka Dot Frame
The Paper Company: 5x7” Pink, 4 ½ x 6 ½” Black, 5 ½ x 8 ½” White Cardstock
Creative Impressions: Polka Dot Ribbon
Taylored Expressions: Pink Rhinestone Bling
Copic Sketch Markers: E33, E15, E77, RV04, RV09, RV23

First I cut/embossed one Ice Cream Cone die cut from white paper, this will be the pink cone.

to get a mirror image for the second cone, so I cut only from white paper. Remove the die cut from the die and place it on the flat side of the die, and secure with low tack tape.

Emboss the die cut using the upside down die template, and stencil through the holes in the die from the front. Now I have mirror image die cuts!

I embellished my cones using my Copic Airbrush System and Copic Sketch Markers. I masked off areas I did not want airbrushed with masking tape.

Here I started with the waffle cone part. I almost always start with darker colors first. I chose E15 for the shadows of the waffle.

Keep the die cut paper in the die and move the masking tape to reveal the next section to color. I covered the parts I don’t want colored.

Using the darker of the pinks #RV04.

This is the result! Looks yummy, doesn’t it?.

Because I used the darker of the colors first I can now use my lighter colors for the back ground without degrading the colors too much.

Mask off as necessary, using tape or scrap paper. I started with E33

The same for the top only, #RV02, this is how it should look at this stage.

To finish it off I used a Milky Way Galaxy Marker to add some highlights.

I used the Frameabilities® S5-016 Polka Dot Frame to frame out the party details.
I cut/embossed white cardstock, then turned die template over. I used the die template as a stencil and airbrushed RV04 to color the dots. I positioned the frame on black cardstock. With the Milky Way marker I hand wrote the invitation information. I added a S4-235 Fancy Tag and embellished with a little rhinestone bling and ribbon.

Sweet Treats
SKU# S4-276

MSRP: $ 19.99

Summer Collection, Limited Edition, availaible through May 31, 2010


Lemonade 2 ½ x 2”
Watermelon 2 ¾ x 1 ½”
Popsicle 2 x 1”
Ice Cream Cone 2 ¾ x 1 ½”

For my second project I chose to do a scrapbook layout.

Kiki: A girl that takes after my own heart!

Supplies used:
Spellbinders Wizard Die Cut & Embossing System
Spellbinders S5-016 Polka Dot Frame; S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares LG; S4-276 Sweet Treats; S4-115 Petite Scalloped Circles LG

Black Magic paper from Core`dinations
Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket;
Glue Dots Scrapbook AdhesiveGlue
Flower Soft
Copic, E39, E15, E33, E41 Sketch Markers
Woven Ribbon by Offray
Milky Way Galaxy Marker by American Crafts

Well it is time for me to wrap things up here. I wish you the best of luck!! I sure hope you are inspired by what I did today!!


For the official Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Surprise Party!! rules go to for a complete listing.


1) Send your email entry to:

2) Type the name of the die being revealed on my blog in the “subject” line of the email.

3) Push send!

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail of inquiry to:

Have a great day and Thank You for visiting my blog today



  1. I love your projects! Great job.

  2. Very cute Christy. I love that cone too. What a cute set of dies! Fun fun and more fun!

  3. Ice Cream Social--sounds Yummy! Christy, I love your invitation and your LO! Love how you did the airbrushing on the ice cream cones--what a fun set to work with! Your LO is Fantastic and what a little cutie too! Fabulous job! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Hugs

  4. Christy, great job on the coloring on the ice cream cone = YUMMY! Between you & Karen, I am getting hungry! LOL!

  5. Adorable Christy! Love how you used the Copics. Gorgeous baby girl. Fabulous job Christy!

  6. FABULOUS! I ADORE how you colored in the ice cream cone-SO cool!! And an idea that I must try soon!!!!!! (((HUGS)))

  7. what refreshing looking dies these are- so many options for them.

  8. Seriously good enough to eat my friend. You have such an artistic knack!
    Miss Ya!

  9. What fun! Great job on all projects! Your scrapbook page is PRICELESS!

  10. Love your projects! Thank you for sharing.

  11. OMG i love your projects and your coloring! great work! hugs nicky

  12. These are just wonderful projects, Christy! Love that scrapbook page!

  13. Great card and layout - thanks!

  14. Donna - beautiful treat projects....great tutorial.tfs

  15. What great dies for summer fun!!

  16. Really great projects and cute set of dies too. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Your projects are so adorable!! Great tip on how to get a mirror image on the ice cream cone. Love the dies!

  18. Christy, great projects . . . that die set is Adorable! tfs!!! :)

  19. Delightful projects. Love that Scrapbook layout.

  20. What a sweet set, I loved how you colored this.

  21. I liked how you told us to do a mirror immage and also how you colored your cone. Your lo is very cute. I love that die.

  22. Cute projects! These dies are fabulous!

  23. Very cute projects! I love these little specialty dies.

  24. Super cool project and you did great!!!

  25. Your airbrushing looks great, and I do so LOVE that scrapbook page- it's just adorable!

  26. Love your yummy projects and the new Sweet Treats set! Thanks for the coloring step by step for the cones, they look so real and yummy! I may have to look into an airbrush system yet!

  27. What great projects, Christy! I love the set you showcased and how you used them. Your tutorial was wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Maybe some day, I'll get an airbrush system so I can play like the big girls, LOL!

  28. Great job on the tutorial Christy!

  29. Christy! Your layout is so incredibly adorable!! I love the card too! Your cones look good enough to eat! Great job.

  30. Great job done on both projects. Sweet Treats Die would work great with Karen's Ice Cream Cone Die.I enjoyed looking at your site.

  31. These are just adorable! I love the ice cream cone!

  32. Very cute projects. loving the scrapbook page it really makes the layout. Great thanks for sharing.

  33. Such good work! And thanks for the tip of how to get a mirror image with the dies. I swear I would never have figured that out for myself. I've learned so much from the sharing stamping community and appreciate it all.

  34. Sure looks like smooth ice cream in a cone. I guess I cold cut the bottom of the cone off to make it an old fashioned cane cone. My favorite cone to have ice cream with! Love your work!!!!!

  35. Love your rock.... your creativity is amazing.....thank you for sharing this with us.

  36. Such adorable ideas!! Thank you!