Friday, January 8, 2010




January 7- 13, 2010

Commenting on this post is welcome but does NOT enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored by Spellbinders™ Paper Arts. Directions on how to enter are in the Blog Post and Official Rules at If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is hosting Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! We will introduce 25 new Die Templates and 2 Impressabilities™ templates! These sneak peeks are part of the collection that will be released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show on January 24, 2010. We want to invite YOU, our greatest fans, to join the party from January 7-14, 2010! See the newest Spellbinders™ products, visit our Designers’ Blogs, and win fabulous Spellbinders™ prizes!

Today you have the opportunity to win a Spellbinders™ prize package (including all three Spellbinders™ Die Templates revealed today) through the contest entry email address listed below. Be sure to visit the other Designers’ Blogs participating today, and enter from those blogs for additional chances to win! You may enter once from each Blog! Each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog post is open to contest entries for 48 hours. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 10, 2010 to enter this contest through my blog. Be sure to read the rules at before entering so that your entry will be valid!

To see previous Spellbinders ™ Surprise Party!! posts or to go to any of the future blog posts, feel free to visit the following:

January 7
Debbie Olson
Julie Overby
Lesa Rapp

January 8
Becca Feeken
Debbie Seyer
Janine Blackwelder

January 9
Heidi Blankenship
Karen Taylor
Cathy Chlebana/Beth Pingry

January 10,
Linda Duke
Jennifer Davis
Terre Fry

January 11
Keri Lee Sereika
Kazan Clark
Mary Pfaff

January 12
Karen Hunsaker
Christy Farneth-Kerr
Holly Simoni

January 13
Sherry Cheever
Kimberly Crawford
Sharon Johnson

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will randomly pick one winner from each Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! blog event as stated in the rules at Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the contest deadline. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn for said prize.

Entrants visiting all 21 Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! events and correctly enter the drawing on each Blog will automatically be entered into the SPELLBINDERS™ SURPRISE PARTY!! GRAND PRIZE give away with a retail value of over $350.00. The GRAND PRIZE will be announced on January 24, 2010 on the Spellbinders Blog and consists of super secret products being released at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You WILL be excited!!

I’m thrilled to share my Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! project with you...


What a hoot Gift tag

To make this adorable owl tag you will need to start with.

Spellbinders™ Wizard™ and the S4-271 Nested Owl die templates.



S4-072 Flower Creations and

S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG

and a piece of off white, brown, black and white cardstock.


I started by folding a piece of 4 x 8″ off white cardstock in half. I taped the die template so that the folded edge of the paper is inside of the cutting edge of the die template, as shown in the photo. Cut/emboss in the Spellbinders™ Wizard™ to create a shaped card. I then inked my edges with Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Fluid chalk ink.

Next I cut out two owls, one out of off white cardstock and one out of the brown.


Ink the edges of the off white owl with Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Fluid chalk.

Fold the brown in half and mark as shown. Cut out the pieces as shown and ink edges with Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Fluid chalk ink.


Fold the brown in half and mark as shown. Using scissors, hand cut the pieces as shown and ink edges with Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Fluid chalk ink.


Adhere brown cut out pieces as shown.


Next cut out two S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG #1 (#1 is the smallest) out of white and one out of brown. Ink the edges.


With the S4-072 Flower Creations One, cut one flower from off white cardstock (as shown above) and two large centers out of black cardstock (as shown below).


Adhere the black flower center to middle of the white S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG.081


Cut the brown in half and adhere to “eyes” as shown. Mark the wrong side of flower as shown and cut. Ink edges of petal that is now the owl’s nose.


Using SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L 3D Foam Squares, adhere eyes to face and with another 3D Foam Square add

nose to face, placing just under eyes as shown.


Adhere the owl to card.

Come back next week to see this fun t-shirt and two more projects using these

S4-271 Nested Owls.


Thanks for stopping by and until next time….create something!

This is the Nested Owl Die Template

Sku S4-271

This is part of the Summer Collection, Limited Edition, available through May 31, 2010.

MSRP $19.99

Die Measurements:

1. 1 1/2 x 1 3/16"

2. 2 9/16 x 2"

3. 3 3/4 x 2 15/16"


For the complete Spellbinders™ Surprise Party!! rules go to .


1) Send your email entry to:

2) Type the name of the die being revealed on my blog in the “subject” line of the email.

3) Click send!

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail of inquiry to:

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!!


Debbie Seyer said...

Super cute, Karen!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Karen, you little owl is just Adorable!! I love how you add all the details. LOVE the Shirt!! OMGosh, I can't wait to see how you did that!! Love it--Fantastic projects!! Hugs

Marge said...

Wow, how stinkin' cute is this?!!! Love it!!!

Unknown said...

what a darling owl :) I also can't wait to see the!!!

kathy s said...

cute owls

Carol Southern said...

I'm just getting into the owls and love your creations. He is fantastic. Would love to win this set.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Yep, totally clever and it turned out FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen said...

Oh my gosh, how cute is that!

slbt17 said...

how cute! Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Karen, you breathed life into that cute little owl with your incredible detail!! Totally adorable!!
--Hugs Becca

KanataNewf said...

A very cute owl! Can't wait to see your additional projects with it!

Eveline said...

Simply adorable.

Wiccababe said...

that's such a cute owl
greetings from Scotland

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What a fun owl! Great job on both projects!

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Karen how stinking cute !!
The eyes are so clever:)

loftylass said...

Wow - you have brought an extra dimension to this new die - clever you. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the T shirt.

Katie said...

That is just toooo cute! I'm not a big owl person but you may have changed my mind! Thanks for sharing! Katie

Anonymous said...

Very cute!

Judy Jackson

Steph Ackerman said...


Pam said...

The Owl looks great - looks almost real. Thanks

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous! Love owls... they are still so in. :o) TFS!

Tina Mayo said...

omg he is the cutest thing ever!! i want him,,hese are sooooooooo cool I just really learned about spellbinders and only have a few...but definitely gonna get more..your project is awesome

lisa808 said...

What a cutie hootie.

Anonymous said...

What a cute little owl gift tag. thanks for sharing.

Starla said...

This is too cute!! I can't wait to see how you did the t-shirt!

Cindy H. said...

Your owl tag is so darn cute!! I love how you decorated him - great job!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

omg! OI love owls and also saw that you did this with fabric? Can't wait to see how that's done!

Holly - Wild Wyoming Art Cafe' said...

Cute! Can't wait to see how you created the t-shirt! love this die.

nicky said...

super cute owl! hugs nicky

josie said...

I love this template.Adorable

Shirley said...

This is so cute!!! Love it.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

How fun is this. Love it.

Anonymous said...

really cute!

Conniecrafter said...

so creative and just too cute, Love it!

Cassi said...

i CANNOT wait to see your Owl T-Shirt project next week. It's adorable!!

Julie Overby said...

Eeek!! How adorable!! I absolutely LOVE how you have created this lil' guy! Brilliant! That Tshirt is way too cute! Fabulous tutorial as well.

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh Karen, he's as cute as can be! xxD

Sherry said...

Oooh this is too cute! I wondered when they would get to releasing an owl die since they are so big right now!! Very cute project!

Rita said...

Too darn cute...Love the tee shirt too!

Chris said...

It' about time we got an owl set! LOL You did a fantastic job and your owl is way too cute! I love how it looks on your T-shirt!

Linda Carson said...

totally cute! You did an awesome job showcasing this owl die!

Pati said...

How fun! How cool that you incorporated other templates to bring out the owl! Thanks for the step by step.

debbie said...

that is really interesting... I would never have thought to combine these to get this..

Susan Nel said...

how cute is that,,,

Carole said...

Love the owl project. I really enjoyed visiting your site.

Linda D. said...

Cute project.

Linda D.

octlove said...

oh my gosh...this is too cute!:)

Erica said...

Too cute. Can't wait for next week.

Unknown said...

Karen this owl is scramdelicious. I would've never thought of it. Hopefuly I can get my hand on this here in Emgland. Thanks for the fab tutorial on how to make this cutie. Looking forward to see the T-shirt. I'm yr follower now

Jan Castle said...

What a CUTE owl!!!! Great Job!

Billie A said...

So cute and love how you did all the body to make it look so cute. Great work.

Gina said...

That owl is Adorable! tfs!!! :)

Gloria Westerman said...

Cute card and adorable shirt...thank you for sharing it with us.....

Anonymous said...

Cute,cute! Thanks for the look.

Ida said...

How cute is this!

Donna VW said...

These are so cute!

Janine said...

What a Hoot! Too cute!

Judith said...


I will definitely be back to learn how you did the shirt. I collect owls and I especially love to decorate shirts, aprons, etc. Great job

Camilla said...

It was so cute... =) *Me like*

Liz said...


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207 East Jackson

I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but I would love to invite you to teach a class. I have lots of lovely eco-friendly boxes that would be great for "scrapboxing" Talk to you soon!

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