Saturday, January 22, 2011

WMS Grand Calibur Event, Day Two

Good morning!

Welcome to day two of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Grand Calibur event! I will warn you that I've pre-scheduled this post and may not be as up-to-date on some of the event information. So be sure to stop by the Waltzingmouse Blog for all the information about the shopping opportunities and other fun stuff that is happening along with this event!

I am honored to have received a Grand Calibur from Spellbinders, and have enjoyed creating with it. I have three projects to share with you today.

I have always admired my dear friend Julia Aston's embossed frame cards. For this card, I embossed a Labels Eleven die onto a Kraft base. I kept the rest of the design simple, using a small heart from Nestie Eggs to decorate my Teeny Tree.

One of the features I have always liked about the Nesties is the ability to create frames. I kept coming back to the idea of creating a little shadowbox, but wanted it to be a bit more than just that, so I thought why not a shadowbox card?

I know it is a little difficult to tell from the picture, but this card actually combines the Labels One Nestabilities and the Grand Labels One Nestabilities! Seamless coordination, it is fantastic! While these larger-sized dies would be great for scrapbook pages, don't discount the uses for them if you aren't a scrapper!

I created my little forest using images from Teeny Trees again. I die-cut the blue cardstock with the second Grand Labels One die (4-3/4") for my base and assembled my trees. I used one of the more abstract foliage images to make the clouds, and made sure my trees were full of little birdies.

The frame was created by cutting that second Grand Labels One die again along with the largest of the original Labels One. (I know, a picture would be helpful, but you'll have to just visualize this one!) Look at how fantastic that is - and the embossing! Love it. I layered some foam dimensionals and adhered the frame to the card front. I can't wait to try this with some different materials - wouldn't embossed metal look amazing?

I switched gears for my last card, because I couldn't leave without sharing some of the fantastic stamp sets WMS has that coordinate with the Nesties. This Very Vintage Labels No. 5 set just arrived on my doorstep and I cracked it open without hesitation.

The fancy label image was embossed in gold and die-cut using the coordinating Labels Five dies and my Grand Calibur. I combined images from Sweethearts to finish off an elegant Valentine!

Did you notice the bottom edge of the card? I used the third largest Grand Labels One die (5-1/4") to die-cut a fancy edge to my card.. this seems to be popping up in lots of places right now! Its the perfect finishing touch to my lovey dovey card!

That's all for me, but Bonnie and Julia are sharing projects today, too. I know those ladies will create something fabulous! Don't forget to stop at the Waltzingmouse Blog to get all the details on the rest of our Grand Calibur Event. Have a great day!

Anya

80 comments:

  1. Three fabulopus projects, Love the tree scene, and the Valentines card is lovely. A great way to showcase the Calibur.

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  2. Oh my gosh. All 3 projects are amazing. I hadn't thought to emboss a frame like this. Great idea and just love the shadow box too.

    The Grand Calibur is looking very tempting with its extra width.

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  3. Beautiful cards. I enjoyed seeing how the bigger dies can be used with cards. The shadowbox card is super lovely!

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  4. Loving your creations I've fallen in love with the trees I think...its so hard to decide which stamps set to get first lol i NEED tham all. Just found WM recently and loving the teams creations.

    thanks for sharing

    Ali x

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  5. Three stunning projects which make me want/need the grand C even more!!Love all 3 cards but your valentines card is seriously classy!!

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  6. Wow, Anya, these are fabulous. Love hte simplicity of the first one, the colors on the second and that gorgeous ruffle on the last one. Amazing!

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  7. Anya, all three cards are superb!
    Starting with the last...that fabric all gathered is a unique idea...well, assuming, it's fabric!!!
    I love how you managed to use so many trees in the shadowbox and then what a fabulous idea to use the tree shape for clouds...amazing!
    I love your plain and simple, too! What more do you need to go with 'love you'? Stunning!

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  8. Great projects! Really like how pretty your CAS card came out. I really must try the emboss idea of Julia's. Your shadowbox has some super depth and you valentines card is gorgeous, love the ruffle!

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  9. What fantastic cards! I LOVE the shadowbox card and the gold embossing on the last is so elegant! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Awesome projects, Anya! That Tiny Tree card is SO great with all of the dimension and the colors. Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas with us!

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  11. I really like the shadowbox card you've made - the teeny trees work so well. It's fab!

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  12. ANYA!! These are fabulous!! I love all of your projects - that frame is to die for though - great inspiration!!

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  13. Fabulous cards! The second one is just darling; I love the frame and all the elements behind it.

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  14. What gorgeous projects! I love them all, especially the Valentine card! It's giving me ideas...

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  15. Beautiful work, Anya! ... and so inspirational. I'm so pleased you are enjoying your new toy. I'm envious, lol. Regards, Sharon. :D

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  16. WOW! Love your cards - the window one is SUUUUPER! Have to hit your follow button right away - thanks for sharing such great projects!
    Karin

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  17. OH! Anya, that is exactly what I have been looking to achieve for my cards-lovely large, embossed frames for when I make CAS cards. Love what you have done with it; very beautifully showcased and now, the DILEMMA~do I buy more stamps this month or do I stash my $$$ to purchase this wonderful new tool for my own workspace?
    Thank you for adding to the inspiration and the NEED to get on this bandwagon.

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  18. Oh boy! Anya, this is terrific. I absolutely love that picture box card, it's too cute for words! Actually, I think all of today's projects are soooo nice, great Valentine's ideas too...

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  19. Your cards are just so lovely! You've convinced me to keep coming back and back to see your creations. I really like the embossed tree card.

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  20. Beautiful cards. I can see where the Grand Calibur would be so handy for making shaped cards and frames.

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  21. Love your shaped card...I never think to do this, just a great idea. The first embossed cas card is also a fav...Well done!

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  22. I love all of your projects, but I especially adore the frame card! I really really want this machine!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. Oh my Anya! love all your projects today - especially the wonderful little framed forest you created! how cute are those layered trees and pretty red birds! Thanks for the shout out on the embossed frame - I love using that technique! and your valentine is just yummy with the wonderful pleated ribbon and bg stamping!

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  24. I love your projects. The shadow box is gorgeous and the Valentine card background is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol x

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  25. Your first card is absolutely fabulous! Wow! I love it! Can I CASE it and have mine look exactly the same? lol That's just how much I love it. Great work and thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  26. I LOVE your Valentine card!!! The labels 5 die really added a nice element to it... nice edge too! I never thought about using the dies to make an embossed frame.. lots of great ideas today.

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  27. Love the cards and I am glad you decided to add a card with your Labels Five stamps and dies. All the projects are awesome.

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  28. Hi Anya, I'm new to WaltzingMouse so I'm having a FAB time bloghopping here! I'm so excited about my first order and really hope to one day own a Grand Calibur of my very own(the diecutting thing is also new to me tho I have been stamping/arting for many years). Love your shadowbox piece and your elegant Valentine cards-really delightful! :)Linda K

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  29. Oh Anya I love that Valentine's Day card you made. It's gorgeous! I've been wanting BOTH stamp sets actually but always end up getting something else first. I should really get them the next time I order! Thanks for the inspiration. Gorgeous! As always! :)

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  30. Oh wow Anya these totally ROCK! I love them all but that tree one is so cool and the red heart one is just so fabulous!! Beautiful inspiration!

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  31. Wow wow wow, Anya! Your projects are fab! I fell in love with the first one - so sweet and simple, and then I scrolled to the next one and then the next one. My jaw dropped, especially on the second one.

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  32. Fabulous cards! Love them all! Awesome background with the arrows on the 3rd card!

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  33. All of your cards are just stunning, Anya! I adore the simplicity of the first one with the embossed frame, and the shadowbox idea is brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Great projects Anya. Love love love your last card. Stunning!!

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  35. Great Cards!! I don't scrapbook and thought the dies to big but maybe I would use them.
    SNW

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  36. Lovely designs and you show the versatility of this machine. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Wonderful projects but that frame is fantastic! Great job

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  38. Hello Anya!

    Your cards are amazing today! I love the embossed frame and the 'simplicity' of that first card, but my fave is the second one! That forest you created is sooo lovely! Perfectly framed, gorgeous cards with you today!

    Hugs, Wendy

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  39. Your cards are wonderful! I love the simplicity and charm of the heart tree.

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  40. Your cards are awesome Anya!!!! What beautiful ideas!!!

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  41. I LOVE the idea of a shadow box card!! I think I may have found the project that I want to CASE!!

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  42. Great projects. I like your embossed frame and how you made a shadowbox card. Of course I like how WMS fit perfectly.

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  43. Oh dear Anya! You are making me want to break out the Teeny Tree set! Your tree looks so sweet with the shimmery hearts and the framed forest is amazing! The Valentine card is STUNNING! love all the red hearts!

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  44. Beautiful cards Anya! I love the way you used the Grand Labels One die to create the pretty edge.

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  45. stunning card and I can't pick my favorite. The details are amazing.

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  46. Your projects are all so beautiful and amazing! Your shadowbox card is just adorable and your Valentine card is just stunning!

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  47. Hi Anya,
    I love the cards you made. Couldn't say which one is my favourite.
    I have to start making frames with my dies. Just never think about it.
    Thank you for the inspiration! :-)
    XX Kathi

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  48. Wonderful cards, Anya! I especially love the shadowbox card - the frame and dimension just rocks! And oh my, I think you just sold me on Labels 5 and the coordinating stamp set. :-)

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  49. Your cards are gorgeous as usual. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    I think I "need" this new toy. LOL

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  50. I love how you've used the dies. It makes me realise that I "need" to get some more nestabilities ! lol Love your work, so fresh and cheerful. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Love your creations! The Teeny Trees set is one of my absolute favorites! So glad I have it! Your Valentine card is lovely too!
    DeniseB

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  52. Gracious! What is not to love about each of these wonderful creations! I especially loved the last card...the "love you" Absolutely LOVE the stamp and die...and loved how you made that wonderful background using the arrow....verrryyyy clever! Just loved them all....thanks for sharing!

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  53. Very pretty cards. I love the sunshine one the best!

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  54. Love these creations!! The love card is so pretty and I'm about to order VVL5! :)

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  55. Oh! I'm liking that use of the big die as the bottom of the card. How clever! And I love that little forest! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Oh I hope I win as I sure am seeing lots of fabulous ideas with the Grand Calibur. If I win those larger dies I will for sure order the Calibur so i can use them. I see others that I have on my wish list also for the machine.

    Lots of good ideas on the blog.

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  57. These are fantastic! I love your frame card! Thanks for the chance to win a great WM stamp set.

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  58. Just wonderful projects! I think my favorite is the shadowbox card, what a neat concept!

    Chris L.

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  59. I love how you mixed regular nesties and the grand ones! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  60. Oh dear I've just re-read my comment - 'fabulopus' that's a new word there lol, and I am laughing out loud! Of course, I meant FABULOUS! LOL!

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  61. Wow, Anya - these cards are ALL fantastic. I love the little woodland you created in the middle card. Just gorgeous!!

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  62. Love, love, love all three cards!

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  63. LOVE that forest card! So, so cute.

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  64. The embossed frame card is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  65. Great job on all three of your projects. My fav is the red one, but red is my favorite color.

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  66. I love all your cards, but the shadowbox rules. It is wonderful. The little woodland scene is adoraable.

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  67. I think the shadowbox is my favorite project! Adorable card and great way to show off the grand dies! Your embossing idea on your first card is a great way to demonstrate the deep embossing abilities of the grand calibur.

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  68. Love your Valentine tree and elegant Valentine cards - very beautiful!

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  69. Beautiful projects Anya! Hope you are having a fabulous trip!

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  70. Your shadowbox card is amazing! And I love how you cut the bottom edge of the Love you card!

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  71. Ok I love it all but that heart tree? That is too flippin cute!

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  72. Anya, I love all of these, but the little forest you created is so perfect! Love the banner and the little birds. Too cute!

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  73. I CASEd your labels 1 and tree card for the competition. Hope you like my interpretation!

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  74. oh my goodness, how awesome! Super cute, definitely a fantastic style you have for yourself!

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