Sunday, January 23, 2011

Waltzingmouse Grand Calibur Party

ETA: Silly me! I forgot to mention the most exciting part of the party! And that is the chance to win free stamps! Make sure you leave a comment on the Design Team members' blogs for a chance to win, but (and this is huge!) you can also have the chance to receive your entire WMS shopping cart for free! Check out the details here!

In case you haven't heard, the Waltzingmouse Stamps design team is throwing a party to celebrate the new arrival of our Grand Calibur die cutting machines, courtesy of Spellbinders! I just have to take a moment to thank Spellbinders for this generous and exciting gift! What a great surprise to the entire team. Thank you so much, Spellbinders!

And now, may I present...the Grand Calibur...

Ooh and aah! Isn't it beautiful? After learning of my new gift, I set out to order some of the new Grand Nestabilities dies and I decided on the Grand Labels One. I am addicted to love all of my Spellbinders dies, but the Labels One has always held a special place in my heart. And, speaking of heart, here's my first project using my Grand Calibur, a special gift for my husband for Valentine's Day:

This is actually a CD holder. Inside is a music CD I made for my husband with a few special lovey dovey songs for Valentine's Day. So the sentiment is really a play on words (key...music...get it?). Here's what it looks like inside:

Now, here's a closer look at how I made this CD holder. First step was to determine which die to use. To do that, I simply laid my CD down and found the right one to accommodate the size, with enough room around the edges for adhesive (or stitching, if you prefer):

I then cut out the front and back cover for the holder. Now here's what I love about the Grand Calibur. Because I knew I'd be making a card using the same cardstock, I went ahead and cut my Long Scalloped Rectangle along with my large Labels One. They both fit on the cutting plate!

After cutting my front and back cover, I needed a half of the same Labels One to make the inside pocket of the holder, to hold the CD. I did that by simply placing my scrap cardstock halfway over the die. I then added adhesive strip along the edges and adhered it to the back cover:

I set my two cover pieces together, side by side, to determine how much ribbon I'd need to close the holder:


I then added more adhesive to the center of the cover to adhere the ribbon:

All that was left to do was to finish embellishing the front cover. And it's all about the layers! I used my regular Labels One die and Standard Circles die. I added background stamping with my Musical Backgrounds set. I then stamped the large solid heart from Sweethearts for the focal image. I added the musical note to the center, which I thought was perfect with the sentiment, also from Sweethearts. Here's another look at the holder:



So, while I was at it, I decided to make a card using my Grand Labels One die. This time I simply cut one shape out, folded it in half, and made a card! I used the same color scheme, but this time it's a bit more girly for, well, my little girl:



I love the unique shape of this card! This time I used Pic-Nic Patterns to create background stamping on the card base and for the flowers. I added the hearts and sentiment from Sweethearts. Have I told you how much I love gray and pink together lately? Don't be surprised if you see more of it here, along with my Grand Calibur! I think I've only scratched the surface of what this machine and the new Grand Nestabilities dies can do! Bigger is better, right?! Now make sure you check out what some of the other design team members are sharing today...and enjoy the party!

Sandie Dunne
Lynn Mercurio
Belinda Chang Langner
Laurie Schmidlin


93 comments:

Sheila M Jones said...

Love the music card and the sentiment!

Jamie S said...

Your cd card is so romantic! Sweet card for you daughter too!

Debbie said...

What a great idea for a CD! Those Grand nestabilities are big! The Grand Calibur is looking good. Thanks for showing us why.

Judith said...

Thanks for the great ideas and explanations. Can't wait to own a Grand Calibur someday. Judi Farr

Pauline said...

Amazingly creative projects, the CD holder is fab, love the musical note on the heart such a nice touch. love the card for your little girl too, so weet and girly.

Debgem said...

This is such a wonderful set. I think the idea of a CD holder is perfect, and I love the matching card. So thoughtful! Such fun!

Inkyfingers said...

Great prjects. Your cd holder is such a good idea and will be so versatile for lots of occasions and your little girl will love that card!
Carol x

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Jennifer!

What a great idea to fit that die around a cd, works perfectly and such a great gift for someone!! I love it and it reminds me off the time when my boyfriend made me cassette-tapes with music for me, that was great! Your card is so sweet, that shape looks great this way, very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs, Wendy

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

WOW! What a set! Figure it takes much more than just having the Calibur to make projets like that (-: I still want one sooo bad after seeing your beautiful creations.
Thanks for great inspiration!

Nancy said...

I just love your cd holder!

Smilie girl said...

Yep, the CD holder is a winner. Spellbinder dies and WMS stamps are a great combination.

Dee in N.H. said...

How Awesome!! I love your CD holder!! and your card for your little sweetie! Those colors are spectacular together! The heart for your hubby just pops right out. Love it!

Sue D said...

Very clever idea to make this shape into a CD holder. Your card is very sweet.

lynn said...

such a creative idea, and darling to look at:)

Sharon said...

Hi Jennifer! Your projects have inspired me to do something similar for my daughter. Your work is just stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us. :D

Crschaf@knology.net said...

What a great Valentine idea for the hubby! That Grand Calibur looks like WOW I want one!

Angie Brown said...

Wow how well does that CD fit into your CD holder! Thank you for sharing your instructions with us. I think I will definitely have to get one of these babies!!

~ Ali ~ said...

Wow super creations and loving the CD idea too. They make stunning shaped card and the stamps are just lush. Thanks for sharing!

Ali x

Karen said...

I love both of these projects! Thanks for sharing.

cgargus said...

Love your CD holder and card! Thanks for sharing and passing on the ideas! Love your blog!

Kelly S. said...

What a great idea for a CD holder, Jennifer! I only have a few nesties so far, but Labels One was my first purchase :)! Thanks so much for sharing these ideas with us.

Tanya said...

These are beautiful! I love the CD holder. Im bookmarking, if I ever get the Grand Calibur, this would be so cool to make. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

gksnod said...

What a cute idea! I'm glad to see that the CD fits so well--how useful that will be! Thanks for sharing!

drwarrenankh said...

LOVE the heart card!!

Janet said...

Perfect! What a great gift for a music lover, or to hold songs that have meaning. I love it!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love it and I'm sure your family will be thrilled to.
Beth Greco

Bonnie said...

Wonderful CD holder Jennifer - love the pun!!

Kelly Massman said...

Great work-I especially love the heart with the music!

Teri said...

Beautiful work! thanks for the tutorial too!

snowbear said...

Your CD project makes a great gift... I really like the labels one shape... very nice projects!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

OMGoodness! Your gift is fabulous. Love what that Grand Calibur can do so easily. Very pretty card.

Joanne Gilch said...

Jen, Fabulous CD holder for your man and LOVE. And I Too, love the pink and gray combination for that sweet card for your princess!

Amy said...

What a great idea! Love it!

Jean Martin said...

Very nice!!! I love when you make projects other than cards. They're always wonderful!!! Great idea for this!!!

Margaret C said...

What a sweet idea!! Love it !!

Cheryl said...

LOVE the CD holder! Very creative.

Karen B. said...

Oh oh oh! What a fantastic and innovative idea I MUST try! Love your projects today.

Denise said...

Great project! I really love the Labels One set too...
DeniseB

Belinda said...

Oh what a cool ideal for a CD holder! It fits perfectly! And love your cute card as well! :)

Kim C. said...

Waht a unique and romantic idea for a Valentines Day gift. I especially like the long card for your daughter- Love the size. Both projects are awesome. Enjoy your Grand Calibur.

Nancy L. said...

really nice!!
love the idea of the cd holder!
the card for your little one is super cute!!

SherylH said...

Great idea for the CD holder and cute card for your daughter.

Linda said...

Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing your Grand Calibur projects-love the CD holder/card and that label die does make a fun, unique shaped card so now I know the set that'll be first on my wish list :)Linda K

Barbara said...

The little sweetie pie card is, well, sweet!

Anonymous said...

great idea. love the cd holder.
SNW

Moira said...

What a great idea for any music lover. Thanks for sharing and the colors are perfect!

Maria Matter said...

lovely projects Jennifer! great idea too!
TFS!!

Sandy in Epping said...

What fantastic packaging you have created for your CD. This gives me an even better concept of the sizes of the larger nestibilities.
Very clever use of those stamps as well, Jennifer, Thank you for sharing.

Bumblebee said...

I love the CD holder! What a great idea!

Christina said...

Your CD holder is a fantastic idea, and one that my hubby would appreciate too! I love the stamped music score and punny sentiment. Your card is lovely, too!

Meghan said...

Your husband and daughter will just love your gifts. The CD case is so clever!

Lora said...

The CD holder is beautiful, what a genius idea. But then you do have lots of great ideas.

Karin said...

Creative project and so beautiful too :) Fantastic!

Shirley N said...

That is a gorgeous CD holder, love what you can do with the Grand Calibur!

Sue McRae said...

Fabulous projects! My fave is the CD holder, very creative!

kksb said...

Both of your projects are great!
The CD card is beautiful.

acons said...

Wow, y'all are knocking my socks off! I love your projects - the CD holder is brilliant! And the little sweetie card is adorable! Thanks for the how-tos.

pattyb said...

Whoa! LOVE the idea of a CD holder! What a GREAT idea! I am so thankful I took the time to check out all the blogs each day! What FANTASTIC ideas and projects you ladies have come up with each and every day! Loved your card too! I will definitely have to put a GC machine on my seriously wished for list! Thank you!!!

Leah Killian said...

What a great CD holder! I love those big dies!

Maggie said...

Your husband will love this gift. What a great idea. Thank you for the tutorial. Love your project and cards.

Kathi said...

Hi,
the CD-holder is great and I also like this pretty card :-)
XX Kathi

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

What wonderful projects, Jennifer! I LOVE the CD holder! I haven't yet gotten any grand Nestabilities! Hmmmmm. . . thanks for enabling! :)

LaurieJ said...

Wow, wow, wow! I don't have any Labels 1 dies, but I'm kinda falling in love with them because of your projects. The CD holder is a wonderful idea and a perfect execution of that idea - love the musical background and the heart focal point. And the card for your daughter is so sweet and girly. Love it!

Casey said...

Jennifer, I love both your projects! Thanks for the step-by-step on the CD holder. It makes me wish I had the Grand calibur, though I love my Cuttlebug.

Sandra said...

thanks! this is really neat!
Sandra ltb

Laurie Marmon said...

I think they will both very much love their vday cards. Great job! And very clever to make it fit a CD. :)

Bogner's said...

That cd card is so cool! I love it! Thanks for the visuals. Such beautiful creations!

lachery said...

Love, Love, LOVE your CD holder and card ideas! Simply Beautiful!!! I think I fell in love with Labels 1 all over again!

Thanks for sharing!

Marie B. said...

VERY cool Jennifer! :)

Sofia ;) said...

That's an awesome idea for a CD!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Polly Pierce said...

What a smashing idea for a present! I'm sure your husband will be delighted with it. The Grand Calibur is really proving itself, isn't it?

Rosemary said...

beautiful projects!

Heidi said...

I love the CD holder and card!! Both are beautiful!! The CD holder is genius!!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, these are amazing! I love my cuttlebug, but I think I need to save up for a Grand Callibur now!

Lynn Wild

Stephanie Gruss said...

The CD holder is a fantastic idea! This makes me want a grand calibur so much more!

irishgalkelly said...

Jennifer,
Love your CD holder card! Fantastic idea and quite romantic for your hubby. Sweet card for you daughter as well. The Grand Calibur looks like it can do it all!

Janet Swofford said...

I love your projects,especially that CD holder. It is so cool. My family is very musical and this would make a great gift for them:-) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
Inky hugs,
Janet
janet@swofford.com

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Beautiful projects, Jennifer. You are amazing...to be able to create such awesome projects with all you have going on in your life right now. Hugs to you and your family!

katrynka said...

Very lovely packaging for a gift!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Love the cd pocket and the shaped cards are so pretty!

Mary B said...

Love the layout and colors you used for the CD holder. Thanks for the ideas!

Sharron said...

Your projects are just fabulous! The CD case is so clever and the cover so pretty. And I love the ease of making a card using the large dies.

Julia Aston said...

What a great design to hold a gift of a CD Jennifer! The music bg and heart look super! And your shaped card is so sweet!

Melissa said...

What a gorgeous CD card! And the little sweetie-pie card is adorable and such a fun shape!

Lorraine said...

Beautiful! I love the CD holder!

Darlene said...

Thanks for the great ideas.
Darlene

suzieq23 said...

Love your card/cd holder for your honey. The Labels One are very impressive (pun?)! I may have to put them on the top of my spellbinders wishlist. Thanks for sharing.

Cassie_lu said...

what beautiful cards

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Wonderful projects! The cd holder is so creative, and the sweetie pie shaped card is really cute!

Chris L.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Jennifer! Love the CD gift holder and the beautiful card! Great way to showcase both WM stamps and Spellbinders Grand Calibur and dies!

{Chrissie} said...

Jennifer, I love both cards, but the CD holder one has really inspired me! Thank you for sharing!

Jenn Copeland said...

I LOVE this!!! I certainly would love to have the Grand Calibur! Love Labels One and both shaped cards are perfect! You rock again!

Charo said...

Love the card, the Grand Calibur might be already gone, but it's worth the try.
Thank you!

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