Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts™ Explore Beyond: Sneak Peek and Giveaway! I am so excited to showcase some of the newest die templates being released at the Winter 2013 Craft and Hobby Association trade show! You will have the chance to win the new die templates I have used by entering the contest at the bottom of this post. Join me and Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken as we kick start this fabulous Sneak Peek Event!

I’ve created two projects for you so that you can see the amazing versatility of the Spellbinders dies. Whether you are just learning to papercraft or you are an advanced artist, Spellbinders die templates will stretch your imagination! Always explore beyond your dreams and your artwork will be amazing!

I am showcasing Spellbinders newest die templates: Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight, and 5x7 Matting Basics A & B!

My first project was fashioned after an old bible I purchased in an antique store years ago. I love the intricate layers and gold embossing on it, so I tried to re-create that look with the die templates I am using:

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To make the book you will also need:
  • Pasta machine or hand roller
  • Sculpey Ultra Light Oven Bake Clay – White
  • Tablespoon of Flour or Talc
  • Wax Paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Amaco Rub ‘n Buff Gold Leaf Wax Metallic Paste
  • Recollections Gold Rhinestones
  • 7 ¼ x 10 ¼ Journal

Instructions:

  • With pasta machine or hand roller, roll clay to 1/8 inch thickness to accommodate all 3 sizes of the Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight die templates. Place clay on wax paper.
  • With pasta machine or hand roller, roll clay to 1/8 inch thickness to accommodate 5x7 Matting Basics A #5 (with #1 being the smallest die template in the set). Place clay on wax paper. You’ll make 2 of these.
  • Dust the die templates with flour or talc, then place face down onto clay. Push each die template into clay until you get a deep impression. Remove wax paper.
  • Arrange templates with clay on a baking sheet and bake clay according to manufacturer’s instructions and allow to cool. Dies will be hot, so use caution when removing from the oven.
  • Once cooled, carefully removed clay from die templates. This clay when baked is flexible, and will not break while you remove it from the templates. Wash your templates once all the clay pieces have been removed. 
  • Adhere clay pieces on top of journal cover with glue, then cover entire journal and clay pieces with black acrylic paint.
    • Squeeze a small dollop of Gold paste onto scrap paper and touch your forefinger to it. Wipe off extra onto the scrap paper. You only want a small amount on your finger as the paste goes a long way.
    • Rub gold paste onto clay pieces and book edges until you are happy with the results.

    •  Add rhinestones and silk ribbon to book and if desired, rub gold paste on page edges. Allow to dry thoroughly.

    Here is another project I created with Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight and 5x7 Matting Basics A & B:

    As you can see, I first embossed 5x7 Matting Basics B #7 on Bazzill Basics Paper® Tan cardstock. Next, I cut/embossed and stenciled Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight #3 using Aqua cardstock and adhered it to my card. Cut and emboss Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight #2 and add pop dots to the back, then add to card. Cut/emboss 5x7 Matting Basics A #1, #2, and #4 with 5x7 Matting Basics B #4 from patterned paper. Layer pieces to card, as shown in the photo above.

    My sentiment is from JustRite® Papercraft’s Large Fancy Sentiments clear stamp set. All of my layered pieces were cut from Basic Grey’s Lucille Collection patterned paper. My layers are popped up using SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L™ White Foam Dots and I finished the card with KaiserCraft pearls, and a pretty May Arts silk ribbon bow.

    For Official Rules, click HERE.

    THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

    For more chances to win, make sure you hop over to Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken to see her fabulous projects!

    Questions? ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us  No entries will be accepted at this email address. 

    185 comments:

    1. A great project, thanks for the inspiration.

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    2. how stunning - never thought of using the dies with clay - thanks for inspiration

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    3. Oh wow, this is an outstanding creation.
      Thank you.

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    4. Lovely projects, love the colours on the second card.

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    5. WAUW what awesome projects here too Darsie. I absolutely love your bookcover, that´ll be a really perfect gift for many things and it´s just sooo gorgeous. Your work here is just over the top hun and sooo amazing and the card is also just awesome.
      You girls really got the party started big time here, I must say, and now I almost can´t wait to see the rest here too, cause with this standard it must be totally amazing. You girls rock.

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    6. this is fabulous!! never knew that spellbinder dies can be used with clay too!! thanks for sharing

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    7. I most definitely must have Enchanted Labels Twenty-Eight. Divine dies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    8. Oh my goodness! These are just gorgeous! :)

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    9. Your first project is absolutely beautiful and so clever using clay with the dies! Thank you for sharing your creations.

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    10. Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to to see the new dies!

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    11. Wow..it is looking just wonderful.

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    12. Both projects are great but I specially love the first one! What a fab idea, it looks absolutely amazing!!

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    13. Wow!! LOVE your creations!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! :)

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    14. Gorgeous book!!!! I would never have thought to use clay! That's awesome!

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    15. Amazed at adding a few spellbinder die cut out can make something look so expensive. What great tips and project.

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    16. Beautiful card, but your bible blows me away, love how you have used oven clay for this project, thanks for sharing the tutorial too!

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    17. I am blown away by your antique book project! Wow! It really looks like leather.

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    18. Your book project is amazing, for me it could be just the inspiration I need to gain confidence with doing more of the altered looks on my projects. Thanks Darsie.

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    19. What a wonderful project - so very inventive!

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    20. My wishes have been answered !! Matting basics in proportion to standard 4x6 photos (and European size cards). Plus I love the Enchanted Labels... Your project is fabulous, who knew you could fake a book using clay...

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    21. That first project is jaw dropping. Amazing, you totally nailed the antique Bible look!

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    22. Stunning projects! I have seen old bibles like that! So beautiful!

      Hugs,
      True :D

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    23. this is such an adorable use for dies. I would never have thought of using clay with this for a book or a bible. just wonderful.

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    24. wow..This is just stunning. Awesome tutorial.

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    25. Wow..LOVE the clay and beautiful card as well.

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    26. Wow! Having said that after my jaw dropped to the floor, I am stunned at the ingenuity in using dies with clay. Who woulda thunk?? You did an outstanding job and the book is stunning to say the least. Thanks for making it for us gals in this blog hop to see.

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    27. Wow is right, this is amazing and gorgeous!!!

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    28. And we're off...to a new way of looking at our dies. I luv the book look.

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    29. This may just be the first time I've ever seen anyone use the dies in CLAY! What a fabulous idea. And these card creator dies are gorgeous.

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    30. Absolutely stunning, something new to try for the new year too :)

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    31. The journal cover is AMAZING! And the card is just beautiful!

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    32. just breathtaking designwork!

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    33. Clay with the dies...can you hear me squeal?!!!!! Love it...such beautiful projects!

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    34. Wow! Never thought to use the dies with clay! Creative and gorgeous outcome too!!

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    35. great new dies Darsie- thanks for sharing

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    36. Beautiful projects. Love the Enchanted Twenty-Eight die.

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    37. What an amazing book and how clever of you to use clay with the dies!! You are amazing :)

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    38. Your clay project is amazing! I looks like a beautiful antique. And the card is so sweet and dainty. I love how you did two so distinctly different projects with the dies.
      Thank you for sharing! :)

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    39. That is amazing. I'd not thought of the clay.

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    40. Both projects are gorgeous! The gold run on gives a great look!

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    41. Oh my the dies just keep getting better and your ideas are stunning.

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    42. Both STUNNING creations; love them -- thanks for sharing!!!

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    43. OMG I LOVE this die set! I just want both of todays sets!!! They are simply magnificent!

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    44. Incredible cards. Your new dies are so beautiful!

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    45. Lovely project can't wait to get my hands on the new dies, hugs Erika.

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    46. WOW! What an amazing idea, brought to life with amazing dies!!

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    47. WOW! What an beautiful project.

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    48. How neat of a card!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    49. Your bible is spectacular. What a unique and creative use of both Spellbinders and clay!

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    50. Your projects are absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you used the new dies!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

      Lisa
      A Mermaid's Crafts

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    51. WOW WOW WOW!!! I wondered if we could use clay with our Spellbinders dies and am thrilled to see we can. Your projects are beautiful but that clay covered journal is beyond amazing!! I LOVE IT!

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    52. Awesome, I love both of your projects. I had no idea we could use clay too!. This is just fabulous. Thanks so much for your inspirations. Blessing, Linda

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    53. Both projects are amazing!! I love them both!! :)

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    54. Both projects are amazing and my favorite is the Happy Birthday card. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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    55. How Beautiful!! Your projects are so rich and beautiful!! I love that you used clay and created such a beautiful piece, and the card is simply beautiful!! I love this die and you showed it off beautifully!

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    56. OMG! Darsie I love your project! Its just so beautiful! You are so talented and I am proud to say I know you! Love ya!

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    57. Darcy thiese are fabulous thank you so much for sharing!!!
      Have a happy and prosperous mew year!
      Candida

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    58. Gorgeous projects! I love the card but that journal cover is out of this world! I'd love to see the Bible you fashioned it after. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    59. Love the embossed Sculpey idea!

      Very fun for mixed media creations...

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    60. Love the birthday card! So elegant and creative!

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    61. Gorgeous projects. Thanks so much for the clay tutorial. Never occurred to me that you could use clay with Spellbinders and I am too excited to give this a try. TFS

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    62. Love this! I thought of trying clay in the dies. However, I have not yet tried it. Will definitly be making an effort now! Great job! :)

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    63. Love the book project! Amazing! Love the colors combo on the card!

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    64. Your project is really very unique and really great!! I love the idea of using clay. I wouldn't have thought of that but that really opens the door to me for more wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    65. This is incredible! I love the look and texture... I would never have guessed it was clay??!!!
      Hugs, antonella :-)

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    66. So clever!! These are definitely a MUST-HAVE! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    67. I am totally impressed...sorry for the pun. This is really amazing!

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    68. Fabulous projects and thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
      Hugs!
      Cec

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    69. Wowwww the book looks really really enchanted in that way!!!! Fabulous...And the card is lovely.

      Greetings Antoinette Voorn , Netherlands

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    70. Beautiful card and the other is just so elegant.

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    71. Your book is absolutely beautiful Darise, can't wait to order some of the new dies, they get more and more amazing every season !! xhugsx Nikki

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    72. Gorgeous dies and beautiful projects. Love the Book cover - really innovative way to use the die. TFS.

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    73. Love this project. I will need to find some of this cool clay too.Thanks for the chance to win.

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    74. I am flabbergasted! Not just by the new die, but clay! Really? Wow!!!! Way to rock it!

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    75. I am so going to borrow the bible card idea! My daughters Birthday is next month and something like that would be prefect for it.

      Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

      Sara Tanner

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    76. That is so classically beautiful. I love it

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    77. Your antique book is just stunning, I am totally amazed by it!

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    78. Beautiful projects! LOVE these new dies!

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    79. What a great way to start 2013 Except I need it and want it and most certainly can't wait to play with it. Stunning designs

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    80. Such an original use of the dies. It never occurred to me that they would be ok in the oven being metal. Thanks for the inspiration! Think I should save my pasta machine for pasta though lol! Your book cover is wonderful, love the gold rubbing. Maddy x

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    81. Wow!! I love the project using clay and spellbinders, it is something I am going to try, thank you so much for the great inspiration. I also love your 2nd project
      Sue x

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    82. Your projects are so beautiful! I love the vintage look. Spellbinders products are my favorite crafting tool, so thanks for the opportunity to win. Bette

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    83. Wow that is a beautiful project, it always seems that the most beautiful projects are made with spellbinders products.

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    84. Oh my goodness, your first project is so awesome. I didn't realize that it was baked clay. Wow.
      Love your card, too. Thanks for sharing.

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    85. OMGoodness your projects are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.
      Linda

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    86. Wow, your projects are utterly fantastic. Thank you for sharing and the inspiration.

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    87. Your projects are very beautiful. Love them. Johanne L.

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    88. Fantastic projects. Love the paint effects on the book.

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    89. That is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait until I get some extra cash, I've got the perfect project in mind with this tutorial.

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    90. Wow...awesome creation, Darsie! I really like that they have created a 5x7 template, which is my normal card size!

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    91. WOW - looks like metal...very inspiring project!
      Paper Hugs,
      Jan

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    92. Gorgeous creations, Darsie!
      Happy ew Year!
      Hugs and smiles

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    93. OMG, how amazing and inspirational is this project Darsie. Thank you for sharing your talent... Hugs xx

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    94. Good Heavens, this is amazing! I have never ever thought of using my dies with clay like that!

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    95. This is so amazingly creative! I cannot wait for these new dies to come available.

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    96. Wow, that is just awesome! You rocked it ma'am!

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    97. You have made me look at clay in a different light. Amazing project!!

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    98. Beautiful projects. Thank you for sharing. What a great idea to make a piece look like a vintage bible. I love that.

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    99. wonderful creations, thank you so much for sharing.

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    100. Beautiful cards and dies, sorry if my comment post twice. Goggle is acting funny.

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    101. You SO NAILED the bible look, and your Birthday card is beautiful...love the color combinations!

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    102. Wow so much creativity. Both of your projects are gorgeous! Thank you so much sharing.

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    103. Terrific projects. The clay, a great idea. Loving this reveal.

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    104. Darsie the first project is absolutely gorgeous...you absolutely Explored Beyond! The card is...dare I say it...Enchanting!

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    105. Darsie, I'm simply in love with your projects - the clay is absolutely brilliant!!!

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    106. Beautiful projects. Can"t wait to try them!

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    107. What a beautiful project! I just ordered the A2 matting sets during the holiday sales; and I think I will be looking at the new 5 x 7 ones as well!

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    108. I love the clay idea! This would make a great book cover!

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    109. Stunning project. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Velma

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    110. What a amazing card i love the dies that you have used.
      Im loving the versitilaty of these dies. Xx

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    111. oh, so it does work, thought of pressing a dies template into clay to see if it work, & YES!! IT WORKS!!!
      Thanks for sharing.

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    112. What a gorgeous project the book cover is.

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    113. What a wonderful creation! Thanks for the inspiration and the great tutorial! Hugs, Shannah xox

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    114. Gorgeous project Darsie. Love your use of clay - well worth the effort. tfs
      Hugs
      Heather
      x

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    115. wow! you are a true artist! That book is incredible! TFS

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    116. Unbelievable, how cool is this...never thought of using the dies in a different way! Maybe you can bake cookies with them too, who knows ;)

      Love from Holland!

      Renata

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    117. The inspiration your bible gave you is certainly our gain! Just beautiful Darsie!!

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    118. oh my gosh, you did that with clay? How incredibly awesome. So impressed. Had no idea you could do that. It does indeed look like a very old book. Thanks for the great instructions. Your card is beautiful too. Love seeing 2 so very different looks with the same dies.

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    119. Love your card. Great tutorial for using the clay. Happy New Year. Excited to see the new dies. Love Spellbinders.

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    120. Beautiful card! Thank you for the ideas and detailed instructions.

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    121. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, I have never used clay but think it will be on my to do list! what a great look you get, thank you for the great step by step instruction I will need them lol lovely dies too so much we will be able to do with them.

      Thanks again
      Fiona from Scotland

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    122. beautiful project with clay, i loved your card too

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    123. Beautiful projects. That bookcover is amazing.

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    124. Beautiful and inspiring! Wow, what I would give to be ableto do that!

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    125. Darsie,
      Thank you for kicking off such a great peek to the new Spellbinder dies with your fabulous projects! I would never have thought to use Sculpey clay with my spellbinders but now want to try it!! I own the A2 matting basic dies and LOVE them, and now that there will be a 5x7 set is such a treat to know I can expand my Spellbinder habit :) Love your projects!

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    126. Loving the clay project! I can see doing something like that on the top of an altered box! TFS the tutorial!

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    127. Wow both projects are very nice.

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    128. Love your new dies and cards!!! Using clay is something I never thought of doing. Thanks for the new technique.

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    129. I thin the clay book is stunning - so beautiful! Fab card too!

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    130. What an amazing creative project! Looks just like a beautiful old book plate.

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    131. WOW!! Darsie, your creations are so different yet equally gorgeous!! Love what you've made here!! :)

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    132. Very elegant cards, Darsie! TFS.

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    133. this is the coolest project ever. I love clay too.

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    134. wow...this is really neat. I couldnt believe it when I saw it. Amazing.

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    135. I've never used clay but your project inspires me to try it. Such a lovely book cover & the card is super too. Than you for sharing.
      alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

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    136. I have never used clay in a die cutting machine...so I thank you for the inspiration. Your two projects are so different from each other but equally stunning.

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    137. Your work is truly an inspiration for all who view it!

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    138. Darsie, this is absolutely stunning!!!

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    139. Love the way you made 2 completely different projects using various media with the same dies!

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    140. Darsie, I absolutely love how you used Spellbinder dies to replicate an antique Bible cover. FABULOUS!

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    141. Great projects, thanks for sharing.

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    142. great showcasing of the dies, love the creation of your book
      ava g

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    143. I thank you for sharing both projects, I have to say your book is STUNNING! love it

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    144. Wow! Both projects are amazingly gorgeous! Love all the layering! Thanks so much for the great tutorials too!
      Sandie

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    145. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!
      Sherrie K

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    146. Wow, der Einband ist atemberaubend schön, eine grandiose Idee!

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    147. A new way to use my dies --- I love it! Awesome project!!!

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    148. Oh my gosh your creations are both totally fabulous and so different. Very versatile. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful spellbinders.

      Tamie

      Paper Infusions and More

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    149. This is amazingly beautiful, it looks so masculine and rustic.

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    150. Im sittin' here with my mouth open. You've got to be kidding me. Wow.

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    151. I love the album. It's so vintage and Steampunk.

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    152. OH MY WORD!!! Incredible...Just incredible. I love the first project so much and what a fantastic idea too.

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    153. That card is gorgeous, but the project with the clay...... I don't even have words! It is just amazing. I will have to try something like this! Jsut gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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    154. Amazing projects they are absolutely beautiful!

      Luanne

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    155. I love those dies and your creation is gorgepus!
      Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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    156. I love incorporating clay into my stamping projects and will try it with some of the new spellbinders when they are released. Thanks for the a hint and sharing.

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    157. In Real Life, this project must look absolutely stunning. What a great project.

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