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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular Day 4

I love this time of year! Don’t you? It’s fun to have the kids home from school, we’ve been actively engaging in swim team, having water fights in the backyard, and forgetting that it’s dinner time because the sun doesn’t want to go down. While they run around in the sun, I can enjoy their fun kid noises from my home office as I busily create new things for you to create with. I’ve been especially anxious about sharing my new Spellbinders™ sets with you!

This summer I have two new sets releasing with Spellbinders...a set with a Parisian theme...which is perfect for all your girly projects...and the second set a botanical themed set with a whole new concept in die cut crafts...just wait...you’ll see what I mean in just a minute...
Here is the first project I created:



Spellbinders Supplies:
Grand Calibur® 











S5-146 Botanical Swirls and Accents MSRP $29.99 (used in the first project)

S5-145 French Frills MSRP $29.99 (used in the second project)




















Cross Promotional Partners Supplies:

JustRite stamps Ooh La La French Frills clear stamp set (New CHA Summer 2012!)
JustRite stamps Botanical Swirls Label cling rubber stamp set (New CHA Summer 2012!)
Other Supplies:
colored card stock (pink & brown)
various ink (pink and brown)
make-up applicator powder puff
wax paper

Today I’m going to share the steps to create the card wrap pictured above with the Botanical Swirls and Accents set.

First I cut a 8 ⅛ x 8 ⅛" square out of card stock.

{Die preparation hint: this is a very intricately detailed die...please run the die through your Grand Calibur® machine with wax paper first to make die releasing easier...or you can lay wax paper over your project as you cut your card stock. This is what I did--makes releasing the paper from the die a piece of cake.} Here's a video link that also references the wax paper tip...you'll love the detailed dies that Kim Hupke shares in this fantastic clip.

Next I laid my corner piece from my Botanical Swirls set exactly over one corner of the 8 ⅛" square. Make sure that the edge of the die is exactly on the edge of your paper. Then I taped the die into place.

Then I ran it through the Grand Calibur® machine. Then I removed the die and positioned it into the next corner.


After the second corner was cut, I removed the outer edge of excess paper so that it didn’t get caught in the machine. (You can also see that my wax paper is getting smaller. I remove the cut corner portion of the wax paper each time I release the paper from the die.) I repeated this 1 time on each corner until all 4 corners are cut.
This is the portion wax paper part I remove after each corner is cut.
Then I embossed it with using the base plate, rubber mat and pink plate and ran it through the machine again.
After embossing each corner I quickly stenciled the high points of my embossed areas with a light pink ink, and then repeated the process until I embossed and inked all 4 corners. (Yes, that is a make-up powder puff I used to apply the ink with...you can get them cheap at the drug store and they wash up great.) The inked areas really highlight the embossed areas as shown in the photo below.
Next I folded the corners into the center, making sure to fold only at the dotted line. (You don’t want to fold the delicate design area.)

Then to crease the flaps so that they laid down flat, I ran it through my Grand Calibur one more time with my base plate, the rubber pad, and my pink embossing plate. I made sure the embossing rubber mat was touching my embossed leaves so that it didn’t flatten my project as I run it through to crease the folds.
I placed a black 5 ½" square card insert into my card wrap. You can get creative with your card insert, but I just left mine simple here as I’m only demoing the card wrap portion of this project today.

Then I used the large leafy window die to cut the artisan shape for my card wrap seal. I didn’t use the leafy frame, but rather the insert from the center of the leafy frame. I stamped that with my NEW coordinating stamp set from JustRite stamps called Botanical Swirls Labels.
Then I cut the a smaller artisan square using the smaller square die from the set (which has 4 holes punched in it which makes it perfect for threading ribbon.) Then I stamped this piece with the “Love You” stamp from the Botanical Swirls and Labels set from JustRite.
Then I layered my labels onto one another, and thread black checked ribbon through two of the holes on my smaller label, and secured it around my card wrap.
Here are few other ideas for this set:


I wanted to mention that if you start with an 8 ⅛ X 8 ⅛" square (like we did in the project above,) your result will be four corners that fold into the center without overlapping each other. See how the corner looks in this picture below?  That is what you are looking for when using this die to fold a card wrap.

However...

If you start with a square that is 7 ¾ X 7 ¾", your result will be overlapping edges when the corners are folded in. This can be desirable if you are trying to create an envelope instead of a card wrap. You will want to trim the inside corners that are created as you fold as to not add bulk in the folded corners. Then you can glue the overlaps down to seal them like an envelope and leave one of the flaps unsealed for the envelope opening.
Another idea is to buy or create a square envelop and then use the triangle die from this set to simply cut a lacy design in the envelope opening flap.
This set has so much potential for all kinds of projects. I would love to see what unique ways you find to use this set. I can't wait to see what YOU create!


For even more ideas with the botanical set, you should click HERE. Kim Hupke introduces even more fantastic ways to work with this set.

 Next project...

I made this project (or should I say projects) with my Paris Frills set...Oh My Heavens!!! Let me just say...this set has addiction written all over it! There is so much fun girly stuff all in one set!



Do you want to know how I created that 3D Eiffel tower??? 


Well I’m not going to tell you today...you will have to come back tomorrow.


It’s so easy peasy lemon squeezy...
I only use one die...and a little adhesive.
Really!

And those dress forms in the card above...well I’ll show you how you can use your Grand Calibur® like a letterpress to really show off the emboss detail of these fun dies.
One more thing...If you come back, I’ll also show you my new coordinating stamp set that I used on this card. 

So please come back tomorrow to see a few more tricks and ideas.


Now for the contest info:

The Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! 
Begins on June 21st and will end on June 28th, 2012. It consists of 24 individual prizes and one grand prize drawing. Enter the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! by visiting the participating blogs each day.

At the end of each blog post, click on the "Enter HERE" to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day.
Spellbinders™ will randomly draw one winner from each participating blog to receive that blog’s newly revealed dies. The Grand Prize Winner will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants who sent entry forms from each and every participating blog during the 48 hours each blog was open. For the full list of official rules please click RULES.

The contest is now closed!


Don’t forget to enter at today’s other participating blogs!




Questions? 


No entries will be accepted at this email address. 

112 comments:

  1. Amazing cards! I love these dies.

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  2. Beautiful cards and I love the Eiffel Tower. Thank you for sharing your talents and artwork.

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  3. How absolutely lovely, Samantha!

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  4. Samantha!!!! You are amazing!!! Love the projects! You do just an amazing job explaining your projects!! Love them Great Job!!

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  5. Your projects are just beautiful and I love the 3D Eiffel tower!! You do amazing work!

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  6. Your projects are gorgeous! I'm in love with these new dies.

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  7. Wow!! I love the card wrap, and the great instructions(with pictures...yay) you gave. I'll be back tomorrow to drool over your other projects.

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  8. The 3D Eiffel tower is adorable! Love the detailed explanations of your work.

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  9. Samantha your projects are delightful and thank you for the pics and info you included as well as the hints and tips- so useful for future use. can't wait to get my hands on these dies

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  10. Wow...love each one of your projects!

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  11. Beautiful,beautiful cards. I must have that new Botanical Swirl die, it's absolutely amazing. I have so many ideas going through my head that I can do with it, I can't wait to order it!

    Thank you for sharing your projects they are VERY inspiring! :)

    Sar Tann

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  12. I love the dies you designed. Absolutely gorgeous. Coming back to see the coordinating stamps!

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  13. You tease. See you tomorrow love the work.

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  14. Absolutely love the botanical set!! Cxx

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  15. Beautiful! I really like these dies!

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  16. Amazing projects Samanatha! Love your design on the wrap around...BEAUTIFUL!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  17. Samantha, these sets are unbelievable, I LOVE THEM. With each day and each set I keep thinking this cannot get any better and then hey ho, I go onto the next blog and am blown away all over again. I must say though, both of these sets are my total favs so far, specially in combination with the JR stamps. I'll be back tomorrow for sure!!

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  18. Fabulous.
    I love the card wrap....so elegant.

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  19. These projects are wonderful! LOVE that you can create a 3D piece and that flourishy triangular die is gorgeous!

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  20. Love, love, love these new dies! Great projects and I can't wait to see more tomorrow!

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  21. I NEED just about everything I have seen up to now. And these are no exception - my DH will just love the Eiffel Tower when I make it for him - we both love Paris and Parisian things.
    Love all that you have done. Spellbinders have pulled out the stops.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  22. Love these projects you have created and can't wait to get my hands on these dies absolutely fabulous.
    Hugs Rizwana xx

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  23. You did an amazing job with creating these dies!

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  24. Be still my heart...I want it all. Thanks for sharing your wonderful and creative ideas.

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  25. Both your projects here are fabulous, and I absolutely love these dies here. They´re definitely going on my wishlist rightaway, as I can see læoads of things, they´ll work perfect for already. Your work is already making my mind work even more already he he he. Stunning work here, I just love it.

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  26. Wow - I'm loving these new dies Samantha. Your projects and instructions are great and I'll be back tomorrow for more inspiration.
    Hugs
    Heather (UK)
    x

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  27. Stunning projects and the most wonderful dies.

    Hugs Sheila xx

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  28. Very pretty cards!! Great technique!!
    Kristan

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  29. Wonderful cards! The tower is pretty awesome, too.

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  30. The cards are gorgeous! The Eiffel tower is awesome!

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  31. That card wrap is gorgeous! That set will be a must have for me.

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  32. Love that folded card, so pretty and neat examples with the parisian dies too!

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  33. Fantastic projects and I will certainly be back tomorrow! Spellbinders and Justrite are two of my favourite companies, so I can't wait to get hold of these and play!

    Lynn Wild

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  34. I just love, love the sweet body form dies! And the elegant swirls on the botanical die - just fab!

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  35. Oh no....I am going to HAVE to have those Parisian dies.....yikes! Love all of your projects!

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  36. Beautiful projects. Love these new dies. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. *SWOON* These Dies are fantabulous!!! I love your projects and can't wait to see how you made the Eiffel Tower, I love everything Parisian!!

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  38. Wow, what an impact it makes using the new die cut on the corners like you did! Simply fabulous!
    I can't wait to see how you did the 3-D Eiffel tower too!
    Hugs,
    Sandy.

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  39. Beautiful! Can't wait to see how you did the 3D Eiffel Tower.

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  40. I love your projects, they're very beautiful. And I like very much those new dies. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

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  41. WOW is all I can say TFS.

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  42. WOW! just gorgeous and amazing designs. Can't wait to see your Eiffel Tower instructions too. Just fantastic.....thanks for sharing.....hugs

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  43. WOW!! Those corners are fabulous on your project, and I love the easy-to-understand instructions! I LOVE the Eiffel tower die, and can't wait to see how you created that great conversation piece! TFS!

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  44. Love The Tower!!! Gorgeous cards you are an awesome designer. TFS!!

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  45. Beautiful cards! These dies are "must haves"!!

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  46. Both cards are so fabulous and I adore the Eiffel Tower!! That die set just shot to the top of my must-have list from the new releases!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  47. Absolutely lovely projects and so creative! The dies are fantastic.

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  48. wonderful projects. love these new dies sigh!!

    Don't like Word Verification though

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  49. Beautiful projects can not wait to play too.

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  50. Love your projects. This new die release is amazing. Can't wait to see how you did your Eiffel Towel.

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  51. Samantha,
    fantastic work lady, your cards are just beautifully done!
    Thanks for sharing,
    hugs
    Donna

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  52. Love these intricate dies...beautiful cards.

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  53. Very beautiful. The dies are so intricate. They look fantastic. :)

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  54. Fabulous dies! Love the elegant card... the soft sponging looks great... and the tower is awesome!

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  55. Shut. Up. I cannot believe how gorgeous that botanical die set is. I love the detail, but it's not at all fussy. Beautiful...and I can think of a dozen different ways to use it, too. The Eiffel tower? Off the charts. I'll be back tomorrow. You can count on it!

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  56. Oh my goodness, absolutely too cute. Love the dies and the amazing projects you created.

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  57. cute cards. these dies will be fun to play with.

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  58. WOW! Absolutely Stunning cards.
    Wonderf ul job on your instructions as well. thank you
    ColleenB.

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  59. Great projects. I especially love the pink and black - my favorite color combo.

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  60. Just beautiful projects!!

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  61. Gorgeous cards! Love the Eiffel Tower!

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  62. Fabulous dies and gorgeous projects.

    I hope I remember to come back tomorrow since that Eiffel Tower is amazing!

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  63. Wow, wow, wow, stunning dies and amazing projects, love the detail in the corner dies and the eiffel tower is AMAZING!

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  64. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous projects
    Linda

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  65. Love it- the die makes it so easy to make a spectacular card! A cute Eiffel tower- what fun!

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  66. Thanks for the tip about the wax paper. Love, love, love the Parisian themed dress forms. Too cute!

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  67. Beautiful projects !! Thanks for the tip about the waxed paper.

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  68. Truly amazing work. Love, love it all.

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  69. Love your projects, they are so elegant and feminine! And the Eiffel-tower is just stunning!

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  70. Great tips. I will have to remember to use the wax paper when doing the intricet cuts.

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  71. You are my new BFF because the tip about the wax paper was new to me! You have done your good deed for the week! Can't wait for tomorrow, love your projects - especially the square - I've always been afraid of the more intricate cuts and now you've helped me conquer my fear!

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  72. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful projects with us! I love the vintage feel the intricate cuts give to a card. Can't wait to see what's next!! msmith38652@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  73. Wow Samantha! I LOVE both of these new sets! Your projects are lovely and thanks for the tutorial!

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  74. Stunning card, absolutely beautiful.
    Love your Eiffel Tower too.
    Anne x

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  75. These projects have a lovely vintage feel to them and soooo girly. Love them.

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  76. Wow, really gorgeous!! Great tutorial too! Can't wait to see how you did the Eiffel Tower :)

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  77. I am so loving these dies, and I love how you used them on your cards! Can't wait to see what you do with the Eiffel Tower...I am already imagining awesomness!!!!!

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  78. These project is so amazing, thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I love these botanical set!
    Hugs
    Elvira

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  79. Stunning projects Samantha! Love the cards and the 3D Eiffel Tower. Gorgeous!

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  80. These dies are so awesome. I love your projects and the techniques you used on them.

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  81. Gorgeous projects. I want these dies now....LOL... Thank you for sharing.

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  82. This is beautiful, love the cards and the tower is cute

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  83. I love your cards! Great new dies! Can't wait to try them.

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  84. amazing projects! love love the 2 cards very unique designs and love your tower. cool!

    luanne

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  85. I can't wait for tomorrow to see how you made that adorable Eiffel tower!!! Fabulous die work on the card wrap!!!!

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  86. So much detail in your corner die! Love it :)

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  87. Wow! Love all of your project Samantha! Can't wait to see more!

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  88. OHHH ! My!! How beautiful! What work! Amazing----

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  89. Thx for the heads up about your stamp set...can never have too many stamps or dies! Your card is beautiful, thx for the sneak peek! Happy CHA! Happy Spellbinders!

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  90. What beautiful dies, I love your projects!

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  91. Love the projects and those beautiful dies.

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  92. I love the botanical swirls set. That corner accent is so cool. Your 3D Eiffel Tower is very clever too.

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  93. I love the envelope just beautiful and the Eiffel tower is great! Thanks for sharing all your projects and I will be back tomorrow to see how you did the tower.

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  94. Oh my goodness! Congratulations on these new sets that you've created with Spellbinders. They are gorgeous!! I just love the intricate details shown on the corners of your project. That Eiffel Tower is tres magnifique! Everything is just incredible. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  95. Great projects! I'm loving that Eiffel Tower, and will be sure to return tomorrow!

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  96. STUNNING card and love the Eiffel Tower!!

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  97. I would LOVE to have these dies.. YOu did a terrific job! thank you for sharing , these are a must have on my next purchase! Bravo!

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  98. How awesome..Love this new release.

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  99. Your projects are amazing! I particularly love the Botanical Swirls and accent set. I can see how that will be quite versatile!

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  100. beautiful dress form creation!
    thanks for sharing...wonderful new dies :)
    Susan

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  101. Awesome projects. I love the Eiffel Tower.

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  102. What a beautiful set of projects. So much detail added with these elegant new dies. Thanks for the tutorial, too!
    :O)
    Jessica S

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  103. Love, love, love your dies. Your projects, tips, and tutorial are simlpy marvy.

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  104. Amazing projects! Love that 3-D Eiffel Tower!

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  105. So gorgeous. So beautiful and so elegant. I live in Paris, Texas and everyone here uses Eiffel Towers on everything. We have a miniature Eiffel Tower in town with a red cowboy hat!

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  106. Hi, Samantha. I like your work and great job. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day :)
    Delama

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  107. Un grand coup de coeur pour la tour eiffeil. J'adore.

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  108. I am just in love with these two die sets Samantha. Thanks so much for the tips and tutorials, since these are definitely must have sets for me. Now is the hard part - having to wait to actually get them in hand and be able to actually use them. Can't wait.
    Marcie

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  109. You're so amazing! Love your designs. I am a fan for your Silhouette images too! :) thanks for sharing

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  110. Your designs are simply amazing! I love all things Spellbinders and your creations just keep me wanting more. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  111. Hello Samantha
    I just wanted to tell you how wonderful the Botanical Corner Die is I have used it again and again on my Christmas and Birthday cards. Sue Wilson demo'd your stamp and dies set,the Dress Form and the Eiffel Tower on Create and Craft on Sunday and it was so versatile it was a pleasure to see. Thank you for designing these Dies.
    LoveMarg

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