Sunday, January 23, 2011

WMS and Grand Calibur Event

Welcome to the last day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Grand Calibur Event. Due to the cross promotional partnership between Waltzingmouse Stamps and Spellbinders, the WMS Design Team members were each given a Grand Calibur. We thought this was an excellent time to showcase Spellbinders and how well they work with Waltzingmouse Stamps!

Make sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fun prize! And I always love hearing what you guys think! :) Also, get your stamps and dies out -- WMS is hosting a challenge to CASE a DT project from this three day event. So lots of chances to win!  Make sure to check out the WMS blog for more details!

So get your cup of coffee/tea and chat with me for a bit. I have three projects (1 card and 2 layouts) to share with you today. :-) I just want to remind you that you can always click on an image for a larger view.

Thinking of You Card
Let's start with the card, because I think it's more self explanatory than the rest of my projects.


I wanted to hang my birdcage from Asian Gardens on a little window and so I created one with the labels 14 die.  I stamped one of the music bgs from Musical Backgrounds in a light grey ink. The white layer is then adhered with a lot of dimensional adhesive. I trimmed a little banner with my scissors and embossed my sentiment, also from Asian Gardens, in white.  Just a fun little card to send to anyone to let them know you're thinking about them.



Beach Stud Layout
My husband hates this project. Then again, he doesn't like any picture where he's the only one in it...
He claims I make the picture 100 times better. Everyone say awwww....
Ok, enough mushiness.

Onwards... to the scrappy stampy page. A page documenting our honeymoon to St. Thomas in 2009... was it really almost 2 years ago?


I embossed the circular bg image from Free Spirit - Boy. The white really just pops against the orange. You know when I was picking out the colors for this layout, my husband looked at the photo and asked, "What about orange?" I was thrilled that he was taking an interest in scrapbooking, so orange it is! It works quite well - perhaps my husband is a closet crafter?

Every time I walk into my local scrapbook store, they always sell these little sticker packs with fun words on them. And so I figured I'd mimic that concept with the sentiments from Free Spirit Sentiments. I stamped the words I wanted to use onto some patterned paper and then trimmed them out. Using some dimensional adhesive, I adhered it to my page. It's all about using what you have to make a fabulous project!

I used the Grand Calibur to die cut a label from the same patterned paper. Stamped the frame from Very Vintage Labels No. 1 to help accent the label. And then oh so carefully stitched the label to my photo. I probably held my breath the entire time since I didn't have another backup photo. But it went surprisingly well and I suspect you'll see me stitch on more photos in the future.

For closeups, feel free to click on any of them for a larger view.



And to make my husband feel better, a comment telling him he's studly won't hurt either. ;-)
Oh he's gonna kill me - I'm not sure he knows I'm sharing this on the blog.

What I Love About You Layout
So this post is becoming mushier and mushier. :-)
Keep in mind that this can be replaced with a "Random Facts About You" page,  "9 things you love in 2011", or just a "Funny Quotes from Your Favorite Kid" page.

For this layout, I wanted to do something that I could only do with the Grand Calibur. So this is what I came up with.

For this layout, I really wanted to leverage the capabilities of the Grand Calibur. I was able to die cut little label windows from my 8.5 by 11 paper. There's no other die cutting machine that would have allowed me to create such a layout since my Cuttlebug's width is about 5.5 inches and my Epic 6 has a width of around 6 inches.

I have some patterned paper under each window -- they're adhered with dimensional adhesive. The close-up shot below shows the dimension a little better.  To reinforce the label image, I stamped one of the labels from Very Vintage Labels No. 1 onto the patterned paper.

Each label area documents a mushy little tidbit on why I love my hubs. The circles are popped with dimensional adhesive. I elected to not pop the strip journaling. More just to add a little interest when you see it in person (there is no significance between the journaling in the circles and the strips..).
  • He always tells me that he loves me and he shows it too. :) It's always the little things that I love. 
  • He pays attention to me. :) Heck, I'll admit it. Half the time he'll say something and I'll be crafting and I won't know what the heck he said. So big props to him there. Although right now, he's watching a sports game and I'm pretty sure I could run around with no clothes and he wouldn't notice... 
  • He lets me track glitter into the bed... and all around the condo. :) And hardly complains... 
  • He lets me do what I love... even if that means that I took over the entire condo so that he plays leap frog to get around. 
  • He takes cares of our plants -- I have a "black" thumb. So the only reason we have fresh basil, mint and other herbs to use in our cooking is because of him
  • His dorkiness makes me feel normal. ;-) 
  • He knows all this random knowledge and well, I always learn something random every day
  • He makes dinner for me when I'm too busy or tired... and he's getting better by the day. He just made some Parchment Salmon the other day (small steps guys, small steps)
Sure there's more little reasons I love him but I only had nine spots. ;-)


So I hope I inspired you a little with my projects today. :) Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a free set (and because you love me... ok, fine, because you love my projects. ;-).

Also, be sure to stop by the other DT members who are posting today: Laurie, Lynn, Jennifer, and Sandie. I know they have some amazing projects to share.



Thinking of You Card
Stamps: (Asian GardensMusical Backgrounds) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: (Spring Rain, White, Smokey Shadow) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Cobblestone) Vivid, (watermark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder: (white) Ranger
Tools: (Labels 14 die) Spellbinders, (die cutter) Grand Calibur


Beach Stud Layout

Stamps: (Free Spirit - BoyFree Spirit Sentiments, Very Vintage Labels No. 1) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: (Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Bitty Dots) Papertrey Ink, (green swirl) My Mind's Eye
Ink: (watermark, Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder: (white) Ranger
Accents: (letter stickers) Sassafras
Tools: (Lables 1 die) Spellbinders, (die cutter) Grand Calibur

What I Love About You Layout
Stamps: (Very Vintage Labels No. 1) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: (kraft) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper
Ink: (Dark Chocolate) Papertrey Ink
Accents: (glitter letter stickers) Sassafras, (print letter stickers) Studio Calico
Tools: (Labels 1die) Spellbinders, (die cutter) Grand Calibur, (3/4 inch circle punch) EK Success

116 comments :

Sheila M Jones said...

All lovely Belinda - love the wee comments in your last project!

Cindy said...

Your projects are all wonderful.

Jamie S said...

Love the 'Stud' scrap page! Great use of the Spellbinders dies.

Anonymous said...

I love your style, it looks clean and simple, but we all know it's so very well thought out. Love, love the white circles against the orange background. Your husband's suggestion of using orange was great. Your tribute to him was touching, it's nice to see a young couple appreciate one another and especially to stop and reflect on those feelings. I wish you continued success in both your paper crafting and your marriage!

Anonymous said...

I'm not really anonymous, I'm commenter #4. Just can't figure out which profile is correct for me, so I'll just include my name here in this comment section. Blessings to you! Judi farr judifarr@wildblue.net

Joan B said...

Hey Mr. Belinda!!! You must be a stud cause Belinda is gorgeous too! And she is quite the amazing stamper. Look at these layouts. Amazing!

Pauline said...

Lovely projects Belinda, and good luck with the Hubby - he may just love you a little bit more - Awww, so sweet that layout is! Love your card with the aperture, the colours are soothing and perfect for a Thinking of You card.

Debgem said...

I really love to see scrapbook pages - and these are wonderful. Yes, your guy is handsome!! He's also wonderful from your comments :) I think the orange works brilliantly with the blue in the photo. Finally, the blue and white card is so delicate and thoughtful. Great job!!

Inkyfingers said...

Lovely work Belinda. Love the scrapbook pages of your gorgeous hubby and the things you love about him. They will be treasured heirlooms one day!
Hugs
Carol x

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Belinda,

Gorgeous creations with you today! Love the use of colors in your projects!! Your layouts are so lovely and what a great way to say what you love about someone, a wonderful memory this way. My fave is that card you made, such a perfect idea to hang that cite birdie there, looks perfect!! I like it so much!

Hugs, Wendy

Nancy said...

Very nice scrapbook pages...love the layouts.

Smilie girl said...

I love seeing how the grand calibur can be used. Beautiful scrap pages and card. You and your husband must be a sweet couple.

Yvonne Russell said...

Such great projects. Love the window card. The Grand Calibur looks like a great machine.

Dee in N.H. said...

Great post! Love your Beach Stud and I'm sure he'll be secretly proud that you shared it with us. LOL! Your layouts are so nice! I love the way you created the windows on both the card and the second page. The minimal journaling in the little windows just makes you want to read them all! Nice stuff!

Sue D said...

Great window card and layouts and what a studly husband!

Sharon said...

Hi Belinda! I love all the ideas you've shared with us using your new toy. Thank you so much for the inspiration. :D

Angie Brown said...

Wow ! you all received a Grand Callibur :) how nice is that, you girls really work hard at putting out some lovely projects. Thank you so much for sharing :)

cgargus said...

I love your projects, especially that last layout! Such a creative mind!! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

~ Ali ~ said...

Wooweee Stunning card and your layouts are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Ali x

Janet Swofford said...

I really enjoyed your lovely projects! Tell your studly husband that we appreciate his studliness:-)(Is that even a word???) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!
Inky hugs,
Janet
janet@swofford.com

Karen said...

Great projects! Your studly husband has a great eye for color; I love that layout!

Kelly S. said...

Sweetest post EVER! I think I got a cavity, giggle! Awesome projects, Belinda! Thanks for sharing your adorable layout idea with us :)!

Tanya said...

Beautiful projects!! Love the cut out windows, and the fun colors and layouts!

gksnod said...

I love all your projects but especially your card! It's so clean and simple but very effective!

Ellen (aka ScrapStampnMama) said...

Great projects Belinda! Love that studly beach layout :o) Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

Cammie said...

Fantastic projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

irishgalkelly said...

Belinda,
Love your card with the little birdie in the window. So sweet! Your scrapbook pages are awesome and especially the last layout with all that die cutting! Can't believe all the Grand Calibur will do!! Thanks for all the details.

drwarrenankh said...

Lovely projects!!

Janet said...

I am in love with your card---that's so cool, a suspension card. But I do love that last scrapbook page--how unique!

Kelly Massman said...

Great work! I really love what you did with the Free Spirit - Boy stamp set! Awesome!

Bonnie said...

Your hubby is a sweetheart Belinda- and studly!! What fabulous projects!!

Anonymous said...

Both layouts are amazing! I love the notes that you wrote in the second one and the orange is perfection on the first! Nice work!!
Beth Greco

Teri said...

Great job on these! Love them!

snowbear said...

Great projects... I enjoyed all the sweet reasons why you love him... very personal and loving..

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Lovely card and pages. I like the window effect on the last page and card.

Joanne Gilch said...

Belinda, so much to say and so little space and time! Fabulous creations. gotta say they way you inserted the pics with the supplies lists...AWESOME, COOL, COWABUNGA, too!

Amy said...

Great card and layouts! Plan to CASE the What I Love about you page!

Jean Martin said...

These are great Belinda! I love the beach stud layout! Fantastic!

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Stephanie Gruss said...

I know what project I'll be casing! :D Tell that studly husband of yours that we all love him! Thanks for sharing such awesome projects!

Margaret C said...

I LOVE your birdcage card especially!!!

Karen B. said...

Belinda, your card amazes me and your layouts are too funny, in a good way, they make me smile.

Cheryl said...

I love the beach layout with the embossed bubbles. Love that set! Your work is always beautiful.

Denise said...

Great card and layouts! I especially love the layout with all the windows! Really sweet!
DeniseB

Kim C. said...

Awesome projects. I like how you used the Grand Calibur to it's biggest advantage with all the little labels four windows- very clever. I love the card with the birdcage hanging in the center of the window. You gave me inspiration to do a window card today- thank you.

SherylH said...

Love your layouts Belinda! And give hubby an extra hug -- he sounds like a great guy.

Maria Matter said...

too funny!
Fabulous projects Belinda!!
TFS!!

Barbara said...

Very creative!

Linda said...

Hi Belinda-wonderful projects!! Nice to have a goodlooking model to work with huh? (I meant the Grand Calibur but count your hubby with that too!)Thanks for sharing your great ideas! :)Linda K

Anonymous said...

great card. CAS. SNW

cardcrazy said...

These are all wonderful Belinda, love the orange layout, the embossing really pops!

Moira said...

The scrapbook layouts truly show the versatility of the machine - your creative talents shine and I am sure your DH is very proud of the creations you share on your blog. Keep em coming!

Sandy in epping said...

What a lot of talent and cleverness abounds within the ranks of the WMS DT and their newest and greatest tool yet. Thank you for sharing your inspirations and designs with us. Even if I shouldn't be among the winners this weekend; I have been blown away by the many and varied applications that have been demonstrated by everyone.
Good Show! Thanks for sharing.

AJ said...

all great projects! love them!!

Ann said...

Wowza, girlie, you filled this post with all kinds of eye candy! I am diggin' your "What I love about you" page...too cool!

Bumblebee said...

I love the card, you've inspired me to use a cutout frame, and the layout with the windows is super cute too.

Kathi said...

• Your husband is definitely a stud. Now he's famous.

• Both layouts are absolutely fabulous.

• Your projects showcase the capabilities of the Grand Calibur as well as your usual brilliant, creative use of the fab Waltzingmouse stamps.

• I LOVE that photo of you and your husband dancing with the river and the skyline behind you.

Meghan said...

Love, love, love how you used the negative part of the die cut. The card really pops!

Christina said...

These projects are fabulous! I love the negative space you created on the first card and on the last project. And the orange color your husband chose for the layout is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

kksb said...

Fantastic projects! My favorite is the last one. What a wonderful way to show someone you care.

Karin said...

Your projects are just simply heaven :) Love that last page, simply amazing!

Leah Killian said...

I *LOVE* what you did using the negative space on the LO! I have an Epic6- but now I totally want that Caliber lol! You've given me so many ideas! And your husband is a sweetie lol!

Shirley N said...

Amazing projects and fabulous ideas! What an inspiration you are!

Sue McRae said...

Wow, I love the way you used the dies! I forget about using the negative space and how fabulous it can look!

pattyb said...

Awwww....GREAT ideas! Thanks for sharing! Love the cut-outs on the front....great idea! Loved each project!

acons said...

Fab projects! I especially love how you used windows on your scrapbook page and card - such great dimension. Very clever!

Maggie said...

Lovely projects. Love the one with the cutouts, I am sure your husband will love this one as well. Great Job

Sandra said...

very fun! Love the what I love about you page!
Sandra ltb

joy said...

Great layouts and I love the window card! Beautiful job on all 3 projects.

Kathi said...

Hi Belinda...
wohoooo to you... I love your projects. The card is so lovely and the first layout is so cool. Just found out about the Free Spirits Sets, because of it.
The second layout is just stunning!!!
XX Kathi

LaurieJ said...

Love everything, Belinda! You are inspiring me to try my hand at scrapbooking (not something I've ventured into yet). A "beach stud posing on the rocks with the surf behind him" is an absolute requirement photo of your husband on your honeymoon. You definitely did the photo justice with the cool dude layout.

Laurie Marmon said...

So glad to see that your projects all got completed. And great job on all of them too. I need to try a window card like that sometime. It looks fun. And the embossing on the orange is just perfect! But the windows with the labels 1 die are just too awesome. You might see a similar project like that on my blog here soon. :)

Bogner's said...

Oh my goodness! I love that you can cut the windows of on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper! That LO looks so awesome! And your first card with the window is so cool too! Just love them all!

Marie B. said...

Wow, great projects....and I think your hubby will be forgiving... :)

Sofia ;) said...

I love your projects!!!! And I think I love the Grand Calibur!!

lachery said...

Wow! Beautiful projects...thanks for sharing your creative world with us!

Rosemary said...

fantastic projects! your layouts are amazing!

Polly Pierce said...

Oh my! Where to start? I can only hope that one day I will be able to produce anything like this one. You've showcased the Grand Calibur beautifully here in all three projects, however my favourite has to be your shadow box layout with labels one...

Heidi said...

I always really enjoy your layouts Belinda! They are so creative and beautiful! Your card is gorgeous too! I like the way you framed the birdcage. Quite a clever look!! :0)

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Belinda - these project just blow my mind. So wonderfully creative! Love your scrapbook layout...that design just ROCKS! Your other projects really show how clever you are!

katrynka said...

I love the layout with all the windows, that is really fun.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love the window card but love the windows on the layout even more! Such a clever way to use the dies!!

Rachel P said...

I especially love the card...I never think to use my Spellbinders dies to cut a window, or to emboss without cutting...duh! This is so cool. Thanks for reminding me what I want to try! :)

Anonymous said...

What lovely projects ... and what a lovely husband too! Your LO with the nine apertures is so inspiring - I would never have thought of doing that, so thank you. I also like how you've used a labels die and stamp to make a tab for the photo on your second project. Your hubby was right about the orange too :)

Lynn Wild

Mary B said...

Love the softness of the blue and gray, but the white embossing on the orange is really eye-catching, too!

Sharron said...

Love your card and the layouts are just awesome! Great work on all--really illustrates your creativity!

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful projects Belinda! Love the window card and your page layouts are great - the things I love about you page is so cute!

Melissa said...

Belinda, you have been making the most amazing pages lately! I love the 10 things layout--what a fun idea to make windows! And the beach stud page is so cool with the embossed "bubbles"! Your card is beautiful! All are amazing projects!

Courtney K said...

super cute how the birdcage is hanging. and i'm totally loving all of your layouts this year!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such lovely projects Belinda! Love all the windows and embossing on the LO! Very creative!

Lorraine said...

What a cool card and beautiful layouts! Great use of all those nesties!

Darlene said...

I like how you used the negative space.
Darlene

Cassie_lu said...

these are amazing and I really like the way you used the dies on the last page. gives it such depth.

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

These are such amazing projects! I love all the windows you created, the depth and layers add so much!

Chris L.

Alice Wertz said...

your card is so simple yet so elegant and love love how you used the bold and bright colors on your layouts. they are so beautiful! thanks for sharing, Belinda!

Lee said...

Love your card...beautifully done. Glad to see more of your LO's too.

Dana said...

OMG. Belinda you went ALL OUT girl. I am so in love with both of your LOs that I want to try scrapping myself! Your hubster is a hottie BTW! *wink*
I cannot believe the entire page fir through the calibur...WAY too cool. Genius LOs both, but the one of your hubby is my fave. The orange just WORKS!

Ines said...

Lovely bird cage card. Like the out cut, colours. Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, ines

{Chrissie} said...

I love how you are using the dies as cut outs!!! Beautiful!

IamDerby said...

All great projects, but the beach one is really gorgeous, the circles on that orange looks amazing.

Deanna C said...

Beautiful work! Looks like the gRand Calibur is very versatile.

Jennifer Holmes said...

Belinda, it's great to see your scrapbooking skills coming to life. I love the bright colors on your beach page - the white circles really pop. And, look, your husband is now a celebrity!

Jenn Copeland said...

Great scrapbook page! The white against the orange is perfect! That machine rocks! Thanks!

Isha said...

Gorgeous and inspirational projects. Your post is really interesting. Thanks for giving a chance to win.

Lyn S said...

Wonderful projects Belinda! I especially love the last one, the label cut-outs look amazing!

BabyBokChoy said...

mushier mushier indeed, lol!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

What an amazing post Belinda!
I simply LOVE your pages and the card too ;-))

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Belinda, love your card and layouts! All gorgeous! :)

Christine Riley said...

Wow, what amazing projects! Love the sweet bird cage on your card and your layouts are fantastic!
Hugs, Christine

Leah said...

I love seeing your LO's! Your card is lovely too:) sorry I haven't been able to leave a comment for awhile, it wasn't letting me:(

yyam said...

I love your projects! They are simple but really eye-catching! :)

Ren-Yi said...

what a beach stud indeed! :) love each of your projects... Asia Garden is just so elegant and beautiful; the beach page so fun and whimsical and bright; and the Love you moments are just too cute. love your use of pattern paper. I know who i am going to CASE *wink wink*

Ren-Yi said...

what a beach stud indeed! :) love each of your projects... Asia Garden is just so elegant and beautiful; the beach page so fun and whimsical and bright; and the Love you moments are just too cute. love your use of pattern paper. I know who i am going to CASE *wink wink*

Ren-Yi said...

what a beach stud indeed! :) love each of your projects... Asia Garden is just so elegant and beautiful; the beach page so fun and whimsical and bright; and the Love you moments are just too cute. love your use of pattern paper. I know who i am going to CASE *wink wink*

Ren-Yi said...

what a beach stud indeed! :) love each of your projects... Asia Garden is just so elegant and beautiful; the beach page so fun and whimsical and bright; and the Love you moments are just too cute. love your use of pattern paper. I know who i am going to CASE *wink wink*

Ren-Yi said...

what a beach stud indeed! :) love each of your projects... Asia Garden is just so elegant and beautiful; the beach page so fun and whimsical and bright; and the Love you moments are just too cute. love your use of pattern paper. I know who i am going to CASE *wink wink*