Monday, April 26, 2010

Whew!

Whew! What a stretch of chaos it has been around here! It started off with me heading north to MN. I took the little man and we worked on getting some spring yard cleaning done. (We have been having great traffic through our house, but still waiting for an offer.) But the biggest reason we went north was to help my family get my grandma’s house ready to sell. She has moved into an apartment. Its tough. Her and grandpa built the house. I spent so much of my childhood there. And I lived there for two summers during college. I guess being so far away now, I am shielded from the reality of it. On the other hand, she does need to be in a place with lots of people and where someone can keep a closer eye on her. She is 90 and amazing, but still she’s 90.

Then it was back home and onto an airplane to sunny Arizona! Myself and the other Spellbinders design team members headed there for several days of learning, creating, staying up too late, and of course, getting spoiled by Stacey!

Cross Promotional Product

Look at that! Can you believe all the wonderful product we were given to work with? I know it was the second go-round for me, but it was still amazing!! Nothing like new dies and new product to get my lack of mojo moving!! Thank you so very much to all the generous companies!!!

Now I am back home and working on a couple of huge projects. Project number one being the July 2010 Stampendous catalog which will be coming out at CHA-S. AND the other one is a secret that is just ready to come bursting out!!! I can tell you that on May 6th all will be revealed, if I can keep it in that long.

S4-194

S4-263-EASTER-FUN-1

SO, because I have been such a flake on my blog lately, and because I have so many wonderful products, I am giving away these two die sets; Inverted Scalloped Circles Large and Easter Fun. Leave me a comment telling me what you would create with either of these sets of dies.

You have until TUESDAY, APRIL 27 at 11:59 PM to leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner on Wednesday morning and post the winner sometime later that day.

thanks for always stopping by!!

One other quick note: Check out the fun Saturday Sketch Challenge at the Stampendous blog! You have a chance to win some great product and to be inspired by some fun sketches!

73 comments:

Karen said...

Aww, I am sure that getting your grandmothers house ready was emotional. :( I hope your grandmother settles into her new place with ease!
Thanks for the chance to win these cute die sets! Wow....so sweet! I love your blog and come for my daily dose of inspiration! :))
Karen

Carol (HB) said...

Your senses must be on overload! I always think of sunshine when I see that inverted scallop circle set. And what's better than a card with a bunny & sunshine! :)

Susan said...

CARDS and use it for SCRAPBOOKING etc...I have NO Spellbinders stuff at all, oh what a TREAT this would be for me :)
Susan

Thebug415 said...

Ohhh...I have been wanting to try spellbinders, but I don't have any! I like the scalloped circles for a sun, or even a medal type card. The other ones would just be adorable for a spring card of any type.

Susan said...

Sorry, I forgot I wanted to also say, it is sad when you have to "displace" the elders of the family, but it does need to be done, and most usually adjust soon enough.

I grew up without grandparents, but my Aunt Helen; Dad's oldest sister was the next best thing for EVERYONE, and we she eventually had to be moved, it was a huge hole for our very extended family to deal with.

God bless your grandma, and may there still be memories to make with her, for a long time to come.
Susan

kmassman said...

Wow! Your goodies looked like Christmas x 2! I would love to have that inverted circles. I know I would make some fun kids' birthday cards with them! I am SURE I would put them on some fun scrapbook layouts, too!!! The bunny stuff would go on an Easter layout and probably cards for next year! Thanks so much for a chance to win. I've only been able to afford 2 spellbinders so far... :-)

Jamie said...

Oh I could make some of the cutest cards!

lisa808 said...

Whew, you must be exhausted!

Thanks for the blog candy chance. I would use the Easter set for scrapbook pages and embellishing Easter baskets, tags, etc. The nested set would be for cards.

Gloria Westerman said...

Whew too.....I'm sure your grandmother will adjust with people around her and her age she probably will have a blast......
Would love to have the spellbinder dies...for cards....I can see that they would add such a burst of color to anything....thank you for the chance....

Karyle said...

I have always wanted to try spellbinders so thank you for the chance to win these. Other than using them for cards, tags and scrapbook pages, I think they would make great stencils for making my own paper in the colors I need (especially the inverted circles). I would cut them out of chipboard, place them randomly on a sheet of white cardstock then spray with glimmer mist, watercolor...ect.

Summer Braxton said...

It's shocking, I know, but I just got my very first Spellbinders set.... the circles. Why did I wait so long? These are awesome. I need more!! So, I'll be happy to give your two sets a creatively busy home. Thanks for the chance.

Donna Little said...

I can see myself using either of these to get back to scrapbooking.... making cards is a BLAST, and I think it's partly due to the "immediate" reward of a completed project... unlike scrapbookings - for me, at least!

Donna Little said...

I can see myself using either of these to get back to scrapbooking.... making cards is a BLAST, and I think it's partly due to the "immediate" reward of a completed project... unlike scrapbookings - for me, at least!

Amy said...

Wow you have been busy!! Glad you are home safe and sound! I am loving these spellbinders dies....I have secretly been collecting them! I would love to add to my collection especially the inverted scallop circles!! I would definitely use them for my cardmaking...and who knows maybe a project or two! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

We have been trying to get my Dad to go in a home cuz he is 90 but he refuses. He says he isn't old enough for that place yet :o) Thanks for the chance to win a set. Have a good one. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

Becky Green said...

Hi! Just had to leave a comment for the free goodies! :) Spellbinders are ALWAYS great!!!
And just another note---I like you donut card and sentiment! :) VERY CUTE!!!

Basement Stamper said...

Sounds like you have been super busy but that you had a blast at your Spellbinders get together. I've been eyeing those inverted scalloped circles forever. I love using circles on my cards and this would be a perfect mat!

Lida E said...

New goodies -- how wonderful! I haven't scrapped my Easter pictures from this year, so that would be my first project for those wonderful dies.

kksb said...

Hi Kimberly,
Sounds like you have been very busy. I hope you had a wonderful time with Spellbinders. I enjoy seeing your work. Your tutorials are helpful and inspiring. My favorite is the embossing with more than 1 color. I would use the dies (if I win) for making cards.
Thanks for a chance to win.

Kendall

Carol said...

Awesome give away! I love Spellbinders and can't wait to see what you come up with using those fab new supplies!

Carol B
www.scraphappystudio.blogspot.com

beadz said...

What a great haul you got! How fun! I would use the inverted scallops all of the time on my cards - I love cards with round elements.
hugs,
Gini

tblue said...

You must be emotionally exhausted.
I've been there. I teach scrapbooking to special needs children. We will soon be scrapping our Easter pages, so these dies would come in handy! The children are honing dexterity and motor skills by using the dies that we do have. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
T. Blue

Shawna said...

Oh, wouldn't those inverted scalloped circles come in handy for backgrounds and mats. Maybe some funny little faces for kids' cards. Perhaps some far-out balloons on a far-out card. Backgrounds for a sentiment. A fancy border around a scrapbook page. Gee -------- lots and lots!!! The Easter die set, well that one speaks for itself!!!!

Bev J. said...

What a boatload of goodies for you to play with. I have one set of nesties so could put the 'sunny circles' to good use.

Sorry about your grandmother having to move. I felt a little of the same when my mother died and we cleaned her house out for sale.

Margaret said...

Wow, what fun you are going to have with all those goodies! I could use both sets in scrapbook pages and on cards. I cna see the inverted scalloped circle on my grandson's soccer page as a medal that he won. I would also use it on a card behind the cross die that Spellbinders has! Thanks for the opportunity to win these.

mindella25 said...

Glad to hear that you made it through your "crazy" time. What amazing give aways! Thank you for the chance to win!

Shirley said...

The circles dies would be great to put sentiments on for my cards and the bunny and chick could get me started on next years Easter cards!

sfread171@hotmail.com

scotlacey said...

Kimberly. . . I am sure your grandmother will enjoy her new home, and the friends and companionship she will find. It will be a real relief to your loved ones to know that Grandma is safe.
As to the Easter set, I make love packages for my grandchildren to craft things with. . . and know they would love playing with the Easter kit. The kits I make are used as family play dates and I just love that. I send hot chocolate and mini marshmallows along as well.
I would enjoy the inverted scalloped Circles to make many wonderful cards, labels, and layouts. The possiblities are limitless (as you so well know)
Wishing you a day filled with love and sunshine
Bonnie

Iris said...

Cards! Cards! Cards! I would make lots of cards! Thanks for a chance to win. Iris Soscia

Brandy said...

SO LOOKING FORWARD to your upcomming posts. What a haul! Congrats on the DT position for the second time. So generous of you to share!

Angela Fehr said...

Hi Kim! I've been eyeing that inverted scallop circle die for a while now because of the neat things I see you make with inverted scallop dies!
My grandma is 90 too, and my grandpa 94 and this year has been a hard one for us as they have been dealing with changes and health issues. I'm thankful for every day they are still in our lives.

sillyleann said...

The inverted circles scream bottle caps to me!!! I would use them in that way. So cute!

Sasya said...

Hi~! thank you so much for the chance! I've bought the Spellbinders' machine recently, and I really love it! I adore sircle dies, but I dont have those you drawing. They are so beautiful, love that shape!! I would create with them the Sun with many beams or white dandelions. :) And the second set is sutable for the decoration of baby's layouts or cards.

hugs xx
Sasya

Barb said...

I can see a card using the basket filled with flowers for a get well card; one of the inverted scalloped circles used as a sun peeking out thru some clouds with the little chick and an umbrella wishing you a happy spring.

Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Nana Jo said...

The circles would be great for monograms, sun, circles are just so versatile.

Anonymous said...

I am Grandma to 13 (6 girls, 7 boys). For every holiday, occasion (graduation, getting braces, getting braces off, making the top sport team, you get the idea) I make a different card for every child. It keeps me on my toes to continually come up with product and designs and I LOVE it! I would take the Easter set and go crazy doing a "Step Card" (I have recently fallen in love with that card base.) The shapes would go into the "think out of the box" category. I love taken common shapes and doing something different with them.

Joann

PatsyB said...

I realize that I don't always take the conventional route on my cards. When I look at the inverted Scalloped circles, I see a sun shining and it would be great for all these beach cards we are starting to work on! The smaller circle would be great for imitating a bottle cap if you punched it out with silver paper! And as dumb as it might sound, I love using bunnies for baby cards!!(you know, did the rabbit die???) and the basket would be great filled with Flower soft flowers on a get well card! These are two very versatile sets and thanks so much for offering them. It was extremely generous!

Lily Lady said...

I love the egg with legs! Really funny. I would make a card with lots of eggs escaping from the basket with a funny sentiment, only I can't think of one yet!!! Any offers anybody?

rudie2shoes said...

I don't own any nestabilities so I think I would have a field day with those to test out on my scrapbooking layouts!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Ohhh, that's a lot of yummy stuff!! I would create the kids' Easter layouts with those dies. The circle ones could make for cute suns.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH this is yummmmmy! I would love to use those dies--I am still without any nesties! I need to get some:)

Gabriela said...

Spellbinders is the best!

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

Oh the things I could create with either of these sets. One is adorable and the other is a basic need

MandyKay said...

what a great giveaway! those inverted scalloped circles would make many happy sunshines!!

carpediem said...

Wow...that is quite a "haul" of different products! Can't wait to see the projects that you create to inspire us!!!! laura j

Peggy said...

Wow, look at all those crafting goodies. Can't wait to see what you create. Love your videos and cards. God bless!

JKB said...

Have you taken a breath yet? Hope all goes well with the sell of the house. I hope you have great photos for you memory book, and journal those occasions spent there.

StampingJan said...

Wow, you have been busy! Yeah,nothing like a whole bunch of new protucts to get your mojo going... Thanks for offering the blog candy.
I love reading your blog, thanks for sharing your creativity!

Jessica said...

Thank you for giving me a chance at those cute dies. The inverted scallop circles remind me of sunshine. And I love the cute little bunny.

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing about your weeks! It is a blessing with this early spring weather up here. Well, I would use those scallops for award ribbons for students....as i am thinking of the students that will be at State History Day on Saturday and the frames I am making for each of them...hmmm..the Minnesota logo would fit nicely inside! sUSAn

Kelly G said...

I would make cards. I wanted the Easter set, but it was just too close to Easter and I knew I would never get the cards done in time

Sally said...

OMG, that is like an explosion of goodness! The inverted scallop would make great gears for a card for a little boy and the other set is great for spring cards. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

It isn't the house that makes it a home - it is the love and memories shared there! Best wishes on the sale of the home and I hope you hold all your memories close to your heart - as well as hugs to your gramma!

Best Wishes
Linda Hofacker
linda228@woh.rr.com

Julie Ruffcorn said...

You headed to Minnesota! That's where I live!! Thanks for the chance to win the goodies! I just love Spellbinders....and your blog!

Alyssa S said...

Oh, I've been eyeing that inverted scallop circle set for some time now! Love how it looks nested behind a circle of colored flowers on a card...and the easter set would be adorable to make a scrap page of my kiddos!

annesatx said...

I have to say that I am not looking forward to the day we have to do that to my dad's house. It's tough, very tough. Thanks for the chance to win these nestabilities/shapeabilities. I know I'd use the circular ones for mats. And Easter cards for the others, of course...

Tonia said...

I just found your blog!! I just bought a heat gun and I was searching for heat embossing tutorials! Lots of great help! Thanks!

Cindy Lou said...

Everyone deserves to take time for themselves and be a little flaky, you are no exception. Take a deep breath and say a prayer for all involved. As far as the dies go, I have always wanted to try the string winding with the inverted scallops, such a pretty technique. I wish you the best and will keep you in our prayers as well.

Wendy said...

Wow, love all that product you got! I was totally behind the 8 ball for Easter cards this year- fresh out of ideas. I know that if I won that cool Easter set I would have plenty of inspiration!

Nancy C. said...

These dies look so great! I would have to make lots and lots of bunnies for my granddaughter who is in love with bunnies! Thanks so much!

Kate Anne said...

You are super generous to share your "loot" with us!! Hope I get picked!!

I can imagine how your hands will be literally full with all those babies!! Looking forward to be inspired!!

pat posk said...

Kimberly
I always enjoy your blog...I understand how you feel about Grandma having to move but at 90 it's really best for her to be near other people that will look in on her...I have an Aunt that is 96 and she almost doesn't know me anymore...it's a long time to live.

Good luck in your future and also for grandma.
pat

PEA said...

Hello Kimberly,
Oh how bittersweet for you and your grandma. 90 is amazing. There is a season for everything they say.
WOW you did get spoiled. I don't know if i would know where to start. LOL
I think I could make a few lay outs and a few cards. Treat baskets sound like some fun too. Who knows what this pea brain could do. LOL
Have a wonderful week.
hugs,Pea

Jaime said...

Wow, so many great fun products! looks like a blast! I would probably use the circle spellbinder for my center main piece, and stamp something in the middle... so super cute, thank you!

Sandra said...

lucky you!
I would use the circle set to creat back grounds on cards - I have a circus set of stamps that would be perfect for it - the Easter set .... I have several years of Easter to scrapbook with my kids!
Thanks for the fun!
Sandra

Pam Hornschu said...

Hi, Kimberly! I'm one of your co-design team members for Stampendous. I've had fun checking out all your cute stuff. Sorry about your grandma. Been there, done that. Where in MN did she live? My grandparents home was in Winona and it was very sad having to sell it. Like you, I spent a lot of time in that old Victorian house...sigh. Anyway, I would love to play with those dies. Obviously, they'd make great "bottle caps", but I think they'd also be great as a background for Halloween spider webs. (Can you tell I've been working on Halloween for the upcoming catalog?) Would love to meet and chat sometime.
1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com

Sew-Ink said...

Fabulous blog candy! Sounds like you have been very busy and I'm sure you had lots of fun in Arizona. Did you enjoy the weather, its perfect right about now! Thanks for the chance to win!

Diane said...

It's always hard to go back to a childhood place isn't it??? I am sure you brought back good memories with you though!!
I like the inverted circle Spellbinder dies...they remind me of "me"...no kidding, I seem to do everythng "inverted" lately, even my tpying...whoops I mean typing...see what I mean!! I would use them to stamp flowers on and as backgrounds...kind of fun to ink up those edges, too...thanks for the chance!!

kathy/North Carolina said...

Hope you are getting some rest after helping your gram get settled. That sort of work is both physically and mentally exhausting. So glad you were rewarded with such a lot of great product! And, if I win, I think the reversed scalloped circles would be great fun for beach pages or beach cards...and the bunny just makes me smile. Wouldn't be be cute on a get well card? Cheerio!

pixie sparkle said...

wow so much goodies, you are so lucky! Thanks for the chance!

craftymom205 said...

I would use the inverted scallops on cards. Love spellbinders. I have a couple of things that I have just purchased recently.

connie said...

I would used them for my Easter LO's. Started downloading pictures this weekend trying to decide which ones to print. These dies would be perfect for the pictures of the grandkids. Thanks for a chance to win.

rush8888 said...

i need to learn more about spellbinders' products! i love that inverted scallop. i just couldn't get that shape without spellbinders! as long has grandma still has the love of her family she will hopefully settle in and keep the memories of her "other" life.