JULY 9 – JULY 22, 2009

PLEASE NOTE:  Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail: [email protected].

Welcome to the ninth day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU!  From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates!  You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post.  This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows!  Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 17th, 11:59 pm EST to enter Julie Overby’s blog at Mini Moments and until July 18th, 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

7/9       Debbie Olson

7/10     Michelle Wooderson

7/11     Karen Hunsaker

7//12    Kazan Clark

7/13     Linda Duke

7/14     Heidi Blankenship

7/15     Kimberly Crawford

7/16     Julie Overby

7/17     Sherry Cheever

7/18     Debbie Seyer

7/19     Lesa Rapp

7/20     Becca Feeken

7/21     Jennifer Davis

7/22     Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize.  If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize.   Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

The projects I have made to share with you today are a Christmas card and a matching wall hanging.  We’ll talk about the card first!


The border at the top of the card was made by using the largest of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite.  Starting at the edge of the paper, I cut/embossed the border.  Before removing the paper from the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite die template, the embossed areas were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The snowflake areas of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite die template were then removed and set aside for later use.  The edges of the background papers were also sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink and then sewn to a layer of white paper.  The sentiment was stamped on white paper and then cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-138 Petite Ovals, Large.  The scalloped background layer was cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals, Large.  The small snowflakes that I set aside were embellished (shown below) and then applied back in the border with foam mounting tape.  The snowflake was made using the S4-222 Create A Flake 1.  Later in this post, I give step-by-step instructions on how to create the snowflake.

Now, here’s the wall hanging!


I used the same paper, die templates and ink for this project as I did for the card.  I did however start with a rectangle chipboard coaster that the background paper was glued down on.  I sanded the excess paper from the edges and then sponged them with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The sentiment was made the same as the card.  Behind the sentiment I used the smaller of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite.  Once again, the embossed areas were sponged with ink prior to taking them out of the die template.

I’ve saved the best for last . . . the snowflakes!  I love making these layered snowflakes and want to show you with step-by-step instructions how I make them!

I prefer to layer two different colors of paper


The S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die templates are cut and embossed.


While the paper is still in the S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die template, the exposed areas are sponged with ink.


This is how the snowflakes will look when removed from the S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die templates.


A layer of Ranger Glossy Accents is applied to the sponged areas.


Then Art Institute Vintage Shards Glass Glitter is sprinkled over the Glossy Accents.  The snowflakes are set aside to dry.


When the Glossy Accents have dried, excess glitter is removed and assembly begins.


Using a vintage button (with the thread still attached), wire is inserted through the button holes and down through each layer of the snowflake.


A button is used on the back to hold the layers in place and to tie off the wire.


The curly cues are made by wrapping the wire around the point of a piercing tool


The wire is then wrapped around the button on the back to secure the wire.


The finished snowflake is now ready to be used as an embellishment.


  • Stamps:  Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  BasicGrey Wassail; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Vanilla Cream
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee and Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Accessories:    Spellbinders S4-222 Create A Flake 1, S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite, S4-138 Petite Ovals, Large, and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals, Large; May Arts Ribbon; Sanding Tools; Ranger Matte and Glossy Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Clear and Vintage Buttons; Chipboard Rectangle Coaster and Accent Piece; Making Memories Wire; Sewing Machine; Art Institute Vintage Shards Glass Glitter #901 Krystallos

Don’t forget to read the rules below and click on the link to enter the contest.  Photos of the die templates I have used in today’s post are:

S4-222 Create A Flake 1

MSRP – $19.99

Dimensions:  Largest Flake 2-5/8ths; Smallest Flake 1/2”


S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite

MSRP – $19.99

Dimensions:  Smallest Border 5-1/2”x1-1/4”; Largest Border 5-1/2”x1-1/2”


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions.  Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from July 9th through July 22nd and plan accordingly.

Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the CHA Blog Frenzy Grand Prize must enter all 17 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:

*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.

*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.

*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications other than to contact the winner.

*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage SpellbindersPaperArts.com and sign up for their newsletter.

Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy drawing


(If you use an e-mail client that does not work with this pop-up box, you may copy and paste this address to send your entry to:  [email protected])

For more Spellbinders new product release information go to:   https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/new

If you have any questions regarding the contest, send an e-mail to: [email protected]

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy over the last few weeks and that you’ve entered at all the blogs for the Grand Prize.  Don’t forget to enter mine today in order to win the template dies that I’ve previewed today.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

93 Responses to “Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy – Day 9!”

  1. I tried to enter using your link but this is the reply I got
    The following message to was undeliverable.
    The reason for the problem:
    5.1.0 – Unknown address error 554-‘5.7.1 : Recipient address rejected: Access denied’

  2. Beautiful projects, Sherry! LOVE how you inked the snowflakes!!

  3. GORGEOUS!!! Wow I Love your card and wall hanging!! Those snowflakes look Incrdeible!!! I love the vintage look and the vintage glitter! I am going to have to get some of that glitter! Fabulous Job, Sherry!!!!!

  4. Lovely projects, Sherry!!
    Can’t wait to play with snowflakes now!!

  5. Amazing snowflakes!!!

  6. Sherri, just fyi, the code for the “click here to enter” has a 20 in front of the email address. Love love love love your projects and I’m so excited about snowflake dies!! YAY!

  7. WOW, Sherry….what fabulous projects!!! I love the snowflakes …thanks for the AWESOME tutorial!!!!!

  8. Wow wonderful thanks for sharing – we ahve just been to queenstown in New Zealand and this would go perfect for these photos!

  9. Your projects are just GORGEOUS!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

  10. wow! I’m really getting in the mood for Christmas!

  11. OMG Sherry, these are absolutely georgeous. The tutorial is fantastic and takes the guess work out of how you made them. I just love it. Sure hope I’m the lucky one this time. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  12. Very classy cards, Sherry. Love them.

  13. Absolutely georgeous. Love the snowflakes, if I’m not the lucky one….will definitely have to buy these!!!! You are so talented!!!!

  14. wow – those are gorgeous snowflakes Sherry!! Love the curled bits of wire under them – great detail!!

  15. Sherry, your projects are amazing!! Love the snowflakes – thanks for sharing your tutorial 🙂

  16. Sherry, your snowflakes are just beautiful!! I LOVE what you did to them. Gorgeous projects.

  17. So very cool… I love, love snow flakes so much maybe because Dec. is when I have my b-day…


  18. Sherry what beautiful projects- love the snowflakes -possibly my favourite die set so far so much potential- love Kathy S

  19. Hi Sherry,
    Tha wall hanging is beautiful. So is your Christmas card. I love the colors and the way you inked the snowflakes. I like the wire too.

  20. Such beautiful projects. I would love to be able to make such elegant Christmas cards.

  21. Your card is stunning! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  22. Loved your projects gota have this set. Thank you for the tutorial I will be making some of these snowflakes.

  23. What a wonderful tutorial, Sherry. Each and every step is clear and easy to follow. Now all I have to do is get those dies. Your projects are gorgeous. I especially love card with the snowflake border and the popped up small snowflakes.

  24. Sherry, these projects are stunning. The colouring is beautifully subtle.
    Clare x

  25. Oooh Sherry your projects are gorgeous – I love Christmas!!!
    Your tutorial was great and I will certainly be trying it out.
    Spellbinders have us all waiting with bated breath for thext reveal… this is so much fun. Thank you.

  26. Your samples are absolutely spectacular!!!

  27. Ohh, love the snowflakes tutorial. These are great and would wonderful adorning packages for Christmas! Thanks for sharing your talent with use!

  28. Great job, Sherry! Takes a flake (me) to know a great flake! The eight point (the original snowflake die) never did it for me and the next one was getting there. I really like this one and you did a great job spotlighting it! You even talked me into the border die with your sample…..ouch, my arm hurts from the twisting you did. LOL

  29. Sherry these are gorgeous. I wish I had them in my hands right now to make some snowflakes for the Christmas cards I was making yesterday!

  30. I LOVE snowflakes so much, yours are just fabulous!!!

  31. WOW! Your projects are just stunning and so inspiring. Your tutorial was so easy to follow and those snowflakes are totally AWESOME. You are one creative crafter.

  32. There’s really no reason not to own the whole collection of these wonderful dies now is there? WOW! These snowflakes are just GORGEOUS and I sure would love to win them! I LOVE everything I’ve seen so far and can hardly wait to see the rest of the release! Your wall hanging is just stunning and the card? Oh My!!! Every detail is just beautiful!! I can just visualize all the gorgeous holiday cards I can make with these beautiful snowflakes!! TFS!

  33. OMG they are divine and you make them look so special with all that glitter!!! I soooo want one of these!!

  34. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! I love this die template set and your projects are AMAZING!!!!

  35. Great projects and beautiful dies! Love the detail and the wall hanging is amazing!

  36. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE snowflakes (& snowmen too!) so I was really excited to see your projects today. The card is GORGEOUS and the wall hanging is so creative. The wire touch to the snowflakes? PERFECT. Would never have thought of that on my own. tfs.

    I did have a little difficulty determining which of the dies – ovals or snowflakes – were the ones to choose for the contest. I’ve seen both in the stores and actually have the snowflakes. You also enboldended the words for the ovals dies but since I’ve never seen the snowflake borderabilites I chose the snowflakes as my contest entry. Was that correct?

  37. Hi Sherry – Just had to come back to your blog to leave a comment for you also. You did a FABULOUS job with your dies! I can’t tell you how much I have anticipated your turn in the blog frenzy. You are so talented and always give everything just the right touch. Thanks for the great directions to the snowflakes. I check your blog out all the time and really enjoy everything you do.



  38. Your projects are amazing and the snowflakes are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them. These are going to the top of my wishlist for sure!

    Thanks for sharing!

  39. My entry was returned – the link was bad, saying access denied. Please advise!

  40. Your “Click Here to Enter” link appears to have the incorrect email address: [email protected].

  41. Sherry, the clickable link is wrong..it had a 20 in front of the Contestday9 that shouldn’t be there.

    I loved your projects ! I adore snowflakes !!

    Everyone..there is a workable link right below the first one !

  42. Christmas in July;great timeing; your projects just make you want ot start on these Snowflakes. They are just sensational, excellent design and display. Can’t wait to get them. Thank you for sharing.

  43. WOW! That is beautiful … thanks for sharing your secrets, my must have items wish list just grew a bit …. and I am going to start cutting those buttons off of old shirts …. I see how they can really come in handy
    Thanks again!

  44. HOLY COW!!! These are fantastic!!!! Thanks so much for showing these, I just love them both!!!

  45. Wow, these projects are gorgeous!! I particularly like the card – stunning! Just to let you know your link does not work. My mail was returned.

  46. SHERRY!! You are ridiculously talented!! I am blown away. (This is my first time seeing your work…. that I know of.)

  47. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  48. Tried to enter at the contest line but my mail was also returned with the following message…

    —– The following addresses had permanent fatal errors —–

    (reason: 554 5.7.1 : Recipient address rejected: Access denied)

    Denise Wells

  49. Gorgeous projects, Sherry!

  50. Holy Moly those dies are amazing! And your projects and cards are gorgeous!

  51. Spellbinders better have plenty of snowflake dies on hand…everyone will want one after viewing your spectacular creation! Way to go , Sherry!!!

  52. Stunning! I love how you inked the snowflakes. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  53. Your snowflakes are just wonderful – love the techniques you used on them – what a wonderful card and project!

  54. Gorgeous snowflakes! Thanks for the step shots, they are very helpful.

  55. What a beautiful card Sherry! I love how you did the snowflakes with the sponging and the wire – so creative and very beautiful.

  56. Gorgeous card! Love what you did with the snowflakes.

  57. love what you did with these dies so pretty
    I tried twice to enter but came back please help I did copy & paste and that did not work???

  58. Sherry, you did an amazing job with the Create a Flake and borderabilities petite dies, your creativity is beautiful. A little birdie told me you where going to CHA and I can’t wait to meet you in person. Terre

  59. Gorgeous projects, Sherry!!

  60. Fabulous! I just love those snowflakes! Very elegant card and chipboard hanging! TFS!

  61. Beautiful!

  62. EXQUISITE!!!!!

  63. Wow, wow, wow! Absolutely GORGEOUS, Sherry!!! LOVE your card and wall hanging and LOVE those snowflake dies!!

  64. Breathtaking job Sherry! Thanks for the tutorial!

  65. BRILLIANT! Your projects are my absolute “favorites” that I’ve seen so far!! Excellent artwork!! Most excellent!!

  66. wow! these projects are GORGEOUS!!!

  67. Sherry….I love your work and your tutorials….you really outdid yourself on this one….I love it and am now trying to rationalize purchasing the Create A Flake…:)

  68. Oooooo, most excellent Sherry! I love the snowflakes!!!! I must try this – soon!


  69. WOWZERS, Sherry!! That layered snow flake is just stunning!!

  70. Beautiful projects, so love your layering of the snowflakes, pretty inking and love the shards, gives them that great effect, love the little curly cues coming out from behind too, tfs!

  71. This is flippin awesome! Love how you added dimension to the snowflakes with the stenciling!

  72. Wow Sherry, you outdid yourself again with these two projects. They’re fantastic!!!

  73. Gorgeous!!!

  74. Oooh, that Merry Christmas card is just to die for! So elegant and beautiful- I just love it!

  75. Beautiful projects Sherry! Love what you did with those snowflakes. Thanks for the tutorial.

  76. Sherry these cards are gorgeous! You are such a talented lady, thank you for sharing with us!

  77. Fabulous projects Sherry! Love the tutorial. Especially nice to see snowflakes since it 100 degrees here.

  78. I also cannot get the email to go through to enter the contest. It keeps coming back as an error. What can we do to correct this?

  79. Loved your projects. Thanks for showing the “how to’s”

  80. Great projects Sherry. Thanks for the tutorial on how you created them.

  81. This is a great project!! very creative.
    I love the tutorial, I’m bookmarking this.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  82. Your project is just gorgeous Sherry. I can’t wait to get this set. I love snowflakes and your Christmas card is the tops. Thanks for sharing.

  83. Wow, are these just gorgeous or what!! Thi shas to be my favorite so far, and these are a must have for me!!! Beautiful, can’t even pick which project I like best as all 3 are gorgeous!

  84. Awesome. Beautiful job.
    Thanks for the tutorial

  85. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (ok, trying to breathe)….this is STUNNING!!
    I absolutely LOVE snowflakes (maybe because they go with my collection of Santas so well) and this is just PERFECT (yeah, I’m sooooo wanting that card! Have the PERFECT white/cream Santa to place it next too (hint, hint! heehee)

  86. oh my this card is grand,
    thank you so much for posting pictures along with how to do as for some of us (ME) are not in the know with everthing, I will be making some flakes as they are beautifull have a great weekend, I have to say I watched the MJ funeral and missed none of it and taped it, he is about so much more that his records and what a sad way to lose him.
    colleen in calif

  87. Lovely….could use a few snowflakes right now!!!
    Jan Cast.e

  88. As always..I love your projects…such lovely work.
    Have fun at CHA.

  89. Awesome! I’d been anxious to see what your creation would be and needless to say, you don’t disappoint! Methinks this is my fav of the new releases!

  90. Sherry,
    Everything you make is so special! I love what you did with the snowflakes! I can’t wait to buy this die~~
    Take care,

  91. I have to say that this is my favorite release so far. I just love snowflakes.

  92. Sherry, fantastic tutorial and amazing cards!

    Hugs and smiles

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