Surprise Envelope Card / Spellbinders APG Oct 22

Recently I have been on a roll creating Christmas Cards. Spellbinders APG die of the month for Oct 22 is this lacy 3D surprise envelope die set. I have used this die to create two Christmas Cards for my post today.

Here is what the die looks like:

APG die of the month for oct 22 from spellbinders.

Surprise Envelope Christmas Card

3D poinsettia surprise envelope die set from spellbinders

I created my first card the way this die was intended to be used. This fun 3D Poinsettia Surprise Envelope folds flat and will fit in an A7 envelope but when you open it, it pops up and has layers inside where you can tuck messages. I used dark brown, light blue and teal combination with holographic card-stocks. The sentiment in this card that says Merry Christmas is also from the same die set.

Here are some photos of this card in different angles.

surprise envelope card featuring the APG die of the month for Oct 22 from Spellbinders.

Tis The Season Card

The front lacy design of the envelope card cut twice and added next to each other fits on an A7 size card perfectly. For the background of this card I used the Scattered Christmas Embossing folder and dark brown card-stock. Then, I die-cut two pieces of lacy design cut with holographic card-stock. I added a light blue card-stock behind it. Tis The Season sentiment is also from the same die set.

I decorated both the cards with poinsettia flowers and leaves that are included in the die set.

Here are some other photos of this card in different angles.

surprise envelope die set Apg die of the month for october 22 from spellbinders

Hope this inspired you to create beautiful cards using the APG Die Of The Month from Spellbinders for the month of October 2022.


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Foiled Holiday Cards / Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Club Oct 22

I’ve always loved the look of foiled cards, specially foiled holiday cards are my favorite. The Glimmer Hot Foil Club for Oct 22 from Spellbinders contain a beautiful Winter floral glimmer plate and holiday sentiments with their coordinating dies. This is my first time playing with the Glimmer Club from Spellbinders and I had so much fun.

Here are the three cards I created as I couldn’t stop with just one.

Merry Christmas Foiled Card

The first idea I had in my mind is to foil this image on a light blue card-stock. This is not Christmas color for sure but it makes me think of winter. I used Spellbinders Waterfall color essential card-stock and Aura foil to foil this image. I used Prismacolor pencil in blue shades to color this image a little bit. I think this image itself just foiled alone is so pretty.

Then I cut this image using the coordinating die. For the background I used Cosmic Sky color essential card-stock. I foiled one of the sentiment that says Merry Christmas directly towards the lower left of the panel. Adhered the background with liquid glue and the flower with foam tape behind it on an A2 size card-base. Finally I added some jewels from my stash to finish this card.

Here are some of the photos in different angles.

Foiled On Vellum Holiday Cheer Card

I’ve loved the look of foiling on vellum. I wanted to try how these glimmer plates foil on vellum. I took a half sheet of Spellbinders Vellum and foiled this image on one side using the Polished Brass Foil. It worked perfectly. There were just a few bits of over-foiling around the edges but that was easily removed with an eraser.

I then carefully cut just half of the image with the die using the partial die-cutting method. Using a ruler and a craft knife I cut the rest of the portion of the image in a line. Then I took another piece of Cosmic sky card-stock and wrapped the vellum on the upper side foiling the edges and taping them at the back. This way I don’t have to glue the vellum as the glue would have been visible under the transparent vellum if I did so.

Then I foiled the sentiment Holiday Cheer on the Waterfall card-stock using the same foil. After die cutting it with the coordinating die I added it towards the bottom right of the panel. Then added it to a landscape style top folding A2 card-base. Embellished it with some jewels as well.

Here are some more photos.

Foiled Winter Wishes Card

For my last but not least card I foiled the image on Waterfall card-stock with Aura Foil. I then die cut it. I also foiled and die cut a sentiment that says Winter Wishes on a piece of the Waterfall card-stock. Then for the background I took a slightly smaller piece of Cosmic Sky card-stock and embossed it using the Embossing Folder of the month for Oct 22 which is called Scattered Christmas.

Then I simply added the flower in the middle of the panel and the sentiment on the flower. If I had done it any differently I would’ve created the sentiment in darker color as it is not so visible. Thats’ for next time.

Here are some other photos of this card.

Im sure there are tons of ways you can use the glimmer foil plates. I already have some ideas to use the glimmer foil plate like this next time I create a card.

Hope this was inspiring to you all. Happy crafting!!

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Spellbinders Christmas Flea Market Finds

Fleas Market Finds is a collection of clear stamps, paper packs, embellishments and new deep etched dies from Spellbinders. Deep etched dies are those you can use to cut several layers of papers and other materials. This release is all about Christmas. It’s perfect for a festive holiday projects.

Hello everyone,

I am here with a bunch of inspirations for you featuring this new release by Spellbinders for September 22.

Vintage Handcrafted Basket

My first project features the VINTAGE HANDCRAFTED HEXAGON BASE AND SIDE BOWL DEEP ETCHED DIES and some of the pretty papers from CHRISTMAS VELVET 6 X 9-INCH PAPER PAD

I cut out the base and the six sides of this basket with the dies in the set. For extra sturdiness I also cut out these with heavyweight white card-stock. Then I glued the pretty pattern paper on both sides of the white die cuts. That way it is thicker and sturdier but also pretty on both sides.

In order to attach these pieces together to create the basket, I used a small crochet needle and some cotton cream thread. Through each holes I did three double crochet and one chain in between the three double crochets. So I crocheted around each of the pieces and then sewed them together with a thick yarn needle.

I can use this basket to keep candies in it during the holidays for customers at my work.

Small Handcrafted Vintage Basket


Same like before I cut out the base and the sides of this basket with pretty pattern papers and also white heavyweight card-stock. Glued each one together sandwiching the white with both pretty patterns on each sides.

flea market finds square basket

The only difference is the technique in attaching these together. I used blanket stitch around the pieces and joined them with ribbons on the sides tying a little bow on the top. In each holes I did three blanket stitches.

Vintage Christmas Cards

Christmas flea market finds cards

I created two cards with the pretty pattern paper pads. I just mixed at matched pattern paper from  HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 6 X 9-INCH PAPER PAD and CHRISTMAS VELVET 6 X 9-INCH PAPER PAD

The floral elements are also from the patter paper pack. But I had to add another layer of white card-stock behind it before I fussy cut those out with my scissors. As these pattern papers are rather thinner.


I created one of a vintage button like embellishment on my red card by stamping the small image from HAND MADE HOLIDAYS CLEAR STAMPS , then cutting it out with a tiny red circle die. To make it look like a button I added glossy accent over it.

Vintage Post Cards

These pattern papers are just too pretty by themselves. So I decided to add some of these on Craft Card-stocks and create some post cards with just a simple Christmas Sentiments stamped in the front.

Aren’t these beautiful? On the back of these post-cards, I stamped “Post Card” from COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON CLEAR STAMPS on the top center and the little image to indicate where the postage stamp goes, on the right top corner.

Christmas Flea Market Postcards

I also drew a line in the center with Micron pen and a ruler.

Vintage Holiday Tags

Tags can be very useful during the holidays as decorative elements for your gift giving. I created two tags, one in red and one in green.

Christmas Flea Market Finds tags

I simply cut out two tags with stitched tags die set from my stash. Then stamped the reindeer border image from HAND MADE HOLIDAYS CLEAR STAMPS with Versamark ink and embossed using gold embossing powder.

I then picked some matching pattern paper from the same two paper pads and tore it along the edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect when you tear it, that way it will give it more vintage feel.

Flea Market Finds by spellbinders

Created two circle sentiment die cuts stamped and embossed in coordinating color combos then added with foam tapes. Just a piece of ribbon trough the holes of the tags tied with gold twine in a bow and my tags are done. As simple as they are so easy to create and looks beautiful at the same time.

I thank you for visiting and sticking with me through this long post. Hope you find it inspiring. I have shared the list of products I have used down below.



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Spellbinders Tinsel Time Collection

Spellbinders’ new release of the Tinsel Time Collection is all about Christmas and Holiday Season.

Hello everyone!

Today I am here with two cards I have created with some of the products from the Tinsel Time collection. On my cards I am featuring three of the products from this release.

My First Card


Here is my first card.


As usual I started by die cutting the parts of the Holiday Express with Spellbinders Card-stocks. I used:

Then I added all the pieces and the layers with liquid glue. It was very easy to understand where each piece goes once you die cut all the pieces.

Shaker Feature

As a special feature on my card I wanted to create a fun shaker window. I die-cut a panel of white card-stock with a circle die in the middle. Then I embossed it using the Argyle Socks Embossing folder which is from another collection that is also launching this month. It is called Gnome For Christmas Collection. Which is another fun Christmas theme collection. I added a piece of acetate behind the circle and double layer of foam tape around it.

All About Dimension

Adding double layer of foam tape makes it easy for all the sequins to move around freely with extra height. I took a panel of pattern paper and added it to the front of my card base. Then I added the embossed panel with the sequins behind the window. After that the assembled holiday express comes in play. I added it with foam tape so my card now has a dimension of 3 layers of foam tape. I love adding a lot of dimension on my cards.

Thereafter I added a strip of black and white striped scrap piece beneath the holiday express and a stamped and embossed sentiment that says Merry Christmas to finish off my card.

My Second Card

This card is my favorite out of the two. This card features the Holiday Express Die Set and the STARBURST GLIMMER HOT FOIL PLATE FROM THE TINSEL TIME COLLECTION


Here is my second card


For this card I created the Holiday express by die-cutting the pieces with

The holiday express is all assembled and ready to go on a card.

The glimmer Foiled Background

I had recently purchased the Glimmer Hot Foil System from Spellbinders and some glimmer foils. The one I used on this card is the Glimmer foil in color Aura on Spellbinders Raindrop Card-stock which is this lovely sky blue color. The glimmer foil Aura is not like any other gold. It has this faceted speckles that look stunning in certain lighting. It is really hard to capture that in photos.

I took a piece of vellum and die cut an arch with the Essential Arches Die Set. Also cut a thin border for the vellum piece using two arches die with a light blue card-stock from my stash which a a little lighter than the background. The vellum piece wit the border is added with thin foam tape. And then the holiday express train is added on foam tape on the vellum arched window.


For the sentiment on this card I used the words winter and cheer from the Tinsel Time Sentiment Die set. I love the font of these dies. Also, there’s a ton of words you can mix and match to create perfect holiday sentiments. I used white for the shadow and gold for the words. Then I added it on foam tape on the pretty foiled panel underneath the arch vellum window. Before that I had added a strip of silver ribbon behind the sentiment.

As an embellishment, I added some clear flat sequins from my stash in a group of three on the window. And that finished my card today. This one is my favorite of the two cards I created with the Tinsel Time Collection.

So, I hope this inspires you. Happy crafting!!


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Dimensional Floral Cards

Whenever I see those beautiful dimensional floral cards created with Prima Flowers on Pinterest, I get mesmerized. Dimension in card-making can take your projects to a whole new level. It is now possible to create similar dimensional flowers for your cards with the Spellbinders’ collection of dies that SUSAN TIERNEY-COCKBURN designed.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing two cards I have created using the latest release THE WINTER GARDEN


Helleborous Birthday Card


Here is my card:

Focal Image

The main focus of this card are the flowers. I created these Helebrous flowers with the help of the HELLEBORUS (CHRISTMAS ROSE) ETCHED DIES FROM THE WINTER GARDEN COLLECTION BY SUSAN TIERNEY-COCKBURN.

I used light pink card-stock to cut out the petals, yellow for the stamen and two shades of greens for the leaves and the tiny petals between the five petals and the stamen. Those are called petals too right? Then, I added some Picked Raspberry Distressed Oxide ink around the edges to create visual dimension. After that, I shaped the flower petals with medium ball point stylus and the tiny petals with the handle of a small paint brush. I added the layers of the petals and stamens with Hot Glue Gun. The liquid glue wasn’t able to hold the petals in shape firmly.

The Background

My card here is a slimline card measuring 3 and a half inches by 8 and a half inches. At first, I cut out a piece of beige pattern paper for the background one quarter of inch smaller than my card base. I used Slimline layers die from Gina Marie to cut out rectangle borders, the wider one in pink and the thinner one in dark burgundy pattern papers. After that, I added the borders on foam tape in the center of the card front.


For the sentiment I stamped Birthday and Wishes in two separate strips of pink pattern papers. I used clear embossing ink to stamp and white embossing powder to emboss the sentiment. Then, I arranged them on one side of the rectangle border.


After I arranged the flowers and leaves on the left side of the card I used two small pieces of silver balls garland in a loop added with glue gun as an embellishment on my project.

My card is ready. What do you think of this dimensional floral card? Isn’t is as good as those prima cards on Pinterest?

Jasmine Christmas Card


This is how I used this die set.

Initially, I started by die cutting the flower and bud pieces with white and the leaves with green card-stock. Then, I added some dots around the center of the larger petal with Copic marker in Y04. I looked up jasmine photos on Google and noticed that they had yellow speckles in them.


For an interesting background, I used a white embossed panel, splattered some pearlescent green paint on it, then layered a craft card-stock. Furthermore, I cut out a fancy floral oval border with the help of the OVAL STITCH & BORDER- SMALL DIE OF THE MONTH. I added the border with foam tape on the embossed panel.

I started arranging the jasmine flowers on the left side of the oval. Bigger flowers towards the middle of the cluster and the buds and leaves towards the edges.


For the sentiment of this card I used the craft card-stock sentiment die cut from the SANTA’S FIREPLACE – LARGE DIE OF THE MONTH. The sentiment reads Merry Christmas.


To embellish my card I added some gold pearls on the center of the flowers in the border. Strategically, I was also able to hide the tiny foam tape pieces behind the shiny gold pearls.

Hope you found my post inspiring. Thank you for stopping by.


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