Sunday, January 23, 2011

A “GRAND” Celebration

I’m happy to be playing along with other Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team members in a party on a GRAND scale. A Grand Calibur scale, that is.

You may know that Waltzingmouse Stamps is a cross-promotional partner with Spellbinders. The WMS design team received a wonderful gift from Spellbinders right before Christmas; a Grand Calibur machine! I had seen the Grand Calibur at CHA last July and was so excited about it.  I’d like to give a special thank you to Spellbinders for their generous gift!

I have amassed quiet a collection of Spellbinders Classic and Petite dies, and have frequently been frustrated that I would have to cut one die at a time due to the size of the cutting pad on my Wizard. Well, not only is that problem solved with the Grand Calibur. With a cutting/embossing bed of 8.5 X 11”, I can cut several standard dies at one time.  What a time saver!

In addition to having the ability to cut several dies in one pass, Spellbinders has also released Grand Dies. The Grand die that I purchased was the Labels 14. The enlarged size is wonderful for scrapbooking, or even book making (as I have done with my project today). One feature that I find most attractive and shows that Spellbinders put a lot of thought into this product, is that the Grand Dies coordinate perfectly with the Classic Labels die as you can see in these photos.

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Before I show you my projects, let me get some details out of the way first:

The Party began on Friday (see Claire’s post) and ends tonight.
• Folks who purchase anything during the 3-days, ending midnight, Sun 23rd (tonight) will be entered into a drawing. One person will be randomly picked from posts over our 3-day event to receive their shopping basket free!
• We will also draw one random winner per day from comments left on one of the DT blogs just like we do for regular releases (only there will be three days of winners rather than just one!). Each winner will receive a free stamp set of their choice!
• We will also be holding a special challenge after the party. At the end of the event, we will invite you to CASE a card/project that you have seen from the 3 days. You will have one week to link your entries to the WMS blog post and then we'll pick a random winner for a prize. You may enter as many times as you like. One random winner will receive a set of Grand Nestabilities Dies - Grand Labels 4 and a set of stamps of their choice!

To better your odds of winning, be sure to visit the entire Design Team members’ blogs. The OTHER DT ladies at the party with me today are:

Sandie

Belinda

Jennifer

Laurie

Now I’d like to share with you the projects that I created using my new Grand Calibur machine from Spellbinders:

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I wanted to make a recipe book which I would use to jot down recipes from long-time family favorites to pass along to my daughter (should she ever decide she wanted to cook…lol). I selected some lovely Echo Park patterned papers to use for my covers.

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Then using my Grand Labels 14 die, I die cut two pieces of patterned paper and one piece of chipboard. After cutting the die cuts in half, I had the two covers for my book.  The chipboard was sandwiched between the two patterned papers, adhered with PVA glue. To insure a good seal, I burnished it with my brayer to flatten out any tiny air bubbles.

Using Victorian Fripperie, I stamped the image onto matching cardstock and trimmed out the image before adhering it to my covers. I added a panel die cut with my regular size labels 14 dies on which I stamped my “Superior Hand Baked & Edible Goods” image that acted as a title for my recipe book. From there I added embellishments of lace, flowers and brads.

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After die cutting several pieces of cardstock as pages, I stacked them all together and added the binding with my Bind-It-All.

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The first thing you see upon opening the recipe book is an invitation to “dig in” and enjoy.

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You can see that a ribbon bookmark was added to aid in “marking the stop” of that very favorite recipe.

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A gift like a recipe book must have a matching card to announce its arrival, so I used some scraps left over from the project and created this card using the Frame it set complete with an image of a yummy cupcake embossed with iridescent embossing powder and embellished with a pearl.

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I was able to die cut my Eyelet Borderabilities and my frame for my cupcake image all in one pass with the Grand Calibur.  I LOVE that!

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That’s it for me today. Be sure to stop by the other DT members on today’s hop, and don’t forget to leave them a little love for your chance to win!

{Supplies} *note “/” separates recipe book supplies from card supplies

Stamps: Rescue Remedies, Victorian Fripperie / Frame It, Spring Baskets & Victorian Fripperie
Papers: Be Mine Collection (Echo Park), Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink, Pure Luxury Ivory, Gray/same for card
Inks: Cobblestone (Vivid) Milled Lavender (Ranger Distress Ink), Tuxedo Black (Memento) /  Cobblestone, Milled Lavender

Accessories: Grand Labels 4 Die, Regular Labels 4 Die, Maya Road Chipboard Butterfly, Glossy Accents, Zva Creative Butterfly Bling, Making Memories Jumbo Pebble Brad, Pebbles Dandy Dots, Pink Lace Scallop Trim, Thin Chipboard used on Recipe book to give covers more thickness, Bind-It-All /  Spellbinders Eyelet Borderabilities, Labels 15 Die, Zva Creative Tiny Pearls, Iridescent Embossing Powder

83 comments:

Cindy said...

Wow Lynn - I love this book. So beautiful! I'm itchin' to get some of those large scale dies.

Jamie S said...

Your recipe book is really nice! Love what you did with the dies.

Debbie said...

Thanks for showing us the Grand Calibur at work. I am sure your daughter will love the recipe book - eventually. :-)

Pauline said...

Oh Lynn, your recipe book is adorable! Love the little details, the papers are gorgeous,and what a fab way to keep family recipes. Love the yummy card too, the frame is very pretty and sets off the little cupcake so beautifully.

Judith said...

WOW!! What a beautiful recipe collection book. Your daughter is one lucky girl. Now she has something to treasure the rest of her life. Blessings to you! Judi Farr

Debgem said...

What a wonderful project. I think the colours are just gorgeous. The recipe book is so sweet, and the card to accompany it - is fab! Love it all!!

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous gift for your daughter and I'm sure she'll treasure it. I love the creative way you've used the dies and I'll look differently at my supplies as a result!
Carol x

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Lynn,

What a lovely idea to make a book with those shapes, it looks great!! With lovely bling and colors inside, Very nice!! Love your card as well, pretty frame and pretty shapes in the corners of the stamped frame, that looks great!! Love your projects today!

Hugs, Wendy

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

WOW! AWESOME project! Now I want one too - soo bad! Thanks for great inspiration!

Nancy said...

I just love your recipe book idea and being able to cut more than one die at a time is such a great time saver.

Melissa said...

This is gorgeous! I've never used Spellbinders, and now I want to go buy one. I do love all the dies I've seen so far. You've given me an idea for a recipe book, thank you!

Yvonne Russell said...

Love the recipe book and the matching card. Gorgeous.

Dee in N.H. said...

OMGosh! That is just awesome!! I love your pretty papers and all the little added bits! What a great gift. The shape you made really finishes it with style! NICE!

Sue D said...

Fabulous recipe book and card! I hope your daughter enjoys it.

Smilie girl said...

What a beautiful recipe book. I do love how you've shown the uses for the grand calibur and Claire's pretty stamps.

Sharon said...

Absolutely stunning work, Lynn! I really have to get one of those new toys! Thanks for showing us such inspirational work. :D

Karen said...

What a beautiful gift!

~ Ali ~ said...

Fantastic creation, love the colours you have chosen and the stamps :D.Thanks for sharing.

Ali x

Kelly S. said...

So beautiful, Lynn! Love the shape of that little cookbook. Fantastic colors and embellishing, as always!

gksnod said...

Cute, cute, CUTE!!! I just love this project! What a cute little button you made with the flower, it looks like enameling! Your daughter is SO lucky!

Tanya said...

Beautiful! your recipe book is gorgeous, I love the idea of making a special one to pass on. My daughter is no cook either, lol, but I should make one for each kid anyway. :)

cgargus said...

I just love checking out your blog. What wonderful little projects. The recipe book is great with the little bookmark! What a great idea. The card is really cute, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cammie said...

What a beautiful recipe book! Way to beautiful to use while cooking:)

drwarrenankh said...

Lovely projects!!

Janet said...

at a beautiful set. I love your color choice--such a totally different pairing of and grey---just gorgeous.

Kelly Massman said...

What beautiful projects! I love the colors! Those look like fun dies to use, too!

Bonnie said...

Fabulous project Lynn and just beautifully showing those Spellbinder dies - Gorgeous cookbook!

Teri said...

Great job! Love the recipe book.

snowbear said...

I LOVE your recipe book! I have yet to make one of my own, but I would love to make one similar to the one you made... first, to get the grand labels 4... I really love the regular ones... they made great xmas cards!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

What a beautiful assemble you have created. Very pretty with all the little details to enhance this.Your daughter will cherish this 'one day'.

Joanne Gilch said...

Very creative! Love the idea to pass on to your daughter, should she choose to accept it...LOL, of course she will, but will she cook? Of course...with a book like this!!!!!

Amy said...

Love the book! Have fun playing with your new toy!

Jean Martin said...

Oh my! This is so wonderful! I've always wanted to handmade little "books"/albums like this. I'm starting to want to get a Grand Calibur more and more!!!

me35 said...

I love this idea !! What a great plan!

cathy said...

Gorgeous recipe book, Lynn. Great job.

Karen B. said...

Wow, what a cool little notebook! Love your projects!

Denise said...

Love the recipe book and card! I really like the idea that the Grand Calibur can accomodate the larger dies, or multiples of the smaller ones. I am really going to give it some thought whether I should bite the bullet and invest in one. They sound like a really useful tool.
DeniseB

Belinda said...

So cute! Love the book idea! So elegant -- not sure I'd ever want to write in it but it'd make such a lovely housewarming gift or bridal gift. :) And I love your matching card as well! The cuppie inside the medallion is just perfect!

Kim C. said...

Love the book, very victorian with the pattern paper. I son't scrapbook but I would love making books with the labels four. I am very envious of the ones that have the Grand Calibur- lucky gals. thanks for the inspiration. I could always make a mini book with my regular labels four die.

SherylH said...

Beautiful and it will make a wonderful keepsake!

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, I love your recipe book-the colors /papers are gorgeous!! I really appreciate all of you ladies explaining use/techniques about the Grand Calibur-I'm sold!! :)Linda K

Barbara said...

The book is precious! What a great idea. Hope your daughter decides to cook soon! LOL

Bumblebee said...

What a lovely idea to do the matching card for the recipe book! My two favourite things, cards and baking!

Christina said...

Wow, what a beautiful little recipe book! I may have to make one of these just for myself. The papers you chose are lovely.

Lora said...

The recipe book is beautiful, this is exactly why I have a Calibur on my wish list. Too bad Christmas was just a few weeks ago.

Meghan said...

That cookbook looks scrumptious! The coordinating card is such a nice touch!

Leah Killian said...

Oh this is a darling book! How clever! What a GREAT use of that die! Your work is just beautiful- thanks so much for sharing!

Leah-
http://lifeaslou.blogsome.com

Shirley N said...

OMGosh, what a fabulous recipe book! I love your design and colors, beautiful!

Sue McRae said...

Wow, what a beautiful recipe book!

acons said...

Oooh, how pretty! The book is SO clever and elegant and the matching card is lovely!

pattyb said...

Love your work! and how cool making a recipe book...hope your DD appreciates it! thanks for sharing such a great idea and beautiful work!

Maggie said...

I love your recipe book. The colors work beautifully with it. I want to make a book for our daughter and this give me some good ideas.

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow, Lynn! This little book is amazing! So pretty. Thanks for your inspiration.

Kathi said...

Hi,
what a wonderful gift for your daughter and I love the colors and elements you used!
XX Kathi

kksb said...

Your recipe book is marvelous! I need to start working on one for my daughter. My nest is slowly emptying. Great job!

LaurieJ said...

You project is fabulous, Lynn. Your daughter can't help but be thrilled. Please, may I have one too?! lol
Really, your use of Victorian Frippery, Rescue Remedies and Frame It all went together SO well, along with your DP choices. I love the little stamped embellishment that you added to the corners of the frame on the card.

Laurie Marmon said...

The recipe book is just fab! She'll appreciate it for sure! Thanks for sharing your projects.

joy said...

What a wonderful project -- love the stamps! It has a wonderful romantic feel!

Bogner's said...

Oh my wow! I love the little recipe book! I didn't really think I needed this new machine until I saw this project. I mean AMAZING!

Sandra said...

what a useful tool!
Love your projects!
Sandra ltb

lachery said...

Very Beautiful set and such a creative way to use the Grand Calibur dies....Thanks!

Marie B. said...

Very pretty Lynn! :)

Sofia ;) said...

Now, how beautiful could this book be!!!!!!! It's love at first sight with the Grand Calibur!!!

Polly Pierce said...

What a lovely idea, I think we'd all like to pass down family recipes to the next generation but this beats everything! The Grand Calibur certainly is amazing and in combination with your Bind It All you've got it all...

Rosemary said...

your little book is just beautiful! i'm planning on getting the larger set of labels 4 dies... they are may favorite dies!

Heidi said...

Oh my Lynn! Your recipe book and card are beautiful!! Thank you for showing how well the labels 4 dies work together.

Nancy said...

Your book is wonderful! I love my Grand Calibur. I've used it for all the standard dies, but have yet to use my big dies.

Stephanie Gruss said...

I love the book idea! It's so cute and will make a gorgeous heirloom!

irishgalkelly said...

So awesome! Love the recipe book and card. The possibilities are endless with this Grand Calibur! It looks amazing just like your projects.

katrynka said...

Wow, I want a book like that!!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a brilliant idea for the new, large dies! Love the book!!

Sharron said...

Awesome project! What a fabulous book. Love how you used the larger dies. I am so excited about these new products and would love to purchase a GC machine. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Fantastic idea to use the dies for a Recipe Book! How wonderfully creative! I really LOVE the matching card too!

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful recipe book Lynn! love the colors, the shape and the frippery edges! what a great keepsake when filled with family recipes! Your card is so 'sweet' with the shimmery cupcake!

Melissa said...

What an amazing project! Love the colors and such a fun idea! Those large scaled dies are awesome!

Lorraine said...

Oh Lynn, your recipe book is gorgeous! Love all the details you put into it!

Darlene said...

Love that recipe book!

Cassie_lu said...

love how you used the dies to create your own little bounded book. brilliant.

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Wow--your recipe book is beautiful and incredibly creative. Your cupcake card is adorable as well. Great projects!

Chris L.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Stunning recipe book Lynn! Love the cupcake card with the shimmery frostening!

{Chrissie} said...

I am such a sucker for making my own books - I always make my own mini albums. You did a wonderful job - thank you so much for sharing. I'm inspired! :-)

Janet Swofford said...

I love your projects,especially the sweet little book. So cute! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!
Inky hugs,
Janet
janet@swofford.com

Jennifer Holmes said...

Love this little book and the fact that you used my favorite color combo at the moment - pink and gray. Great job showcasing the dies and GC!