Monday, December 16, 2013


Welcome to the Spellbinders Design-abilities Blog Hop. The Blog Team at Spellbinders has decided to hold this online event on the 16th of every other month. This is our way of doing something fresh, fun, and creative to bring our team together. The Hop is not officially sponsored by Spellbinders, just something that we were all inspired to do. We all have different creative strengths and the posts you will see may focus on mixed media, die cutting, paper arts, DIY projects, jewelry, or home decor. There is no theme -- we all get to do whatever we choose.

For today's project, I was inspired by the holiday season. I thought it would be nice idea to add a handmade touch to cards and presents for the holidays by making mini artworks to include. I decided to raid my stash of die cuts -- you know, the pile that we all have of pieces that we cut but did not use.

I challenged myself to create only with these as the primary embellishment. I also gathered up bits and pieces from my stash of hand painted papers to use as the base. I got to collaging, cutting and pasting, and putting all the pieces together.

Here are a few of my favorites...

For reference, the following are a list of the Spellbinders products I used.

GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur® Machine
S4-201 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Deckled Rectangles Small
S4-114 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Large
S4-116 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Small
S4-408 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Rounded Squares
S5-172 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® A2 Curved Matting Basics B
S4-396 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® You Are Here
MD1-004 - SpellbindersTM Media Mixage® Triangles One Dies
MT1-009 SpellbindersTM Keys Texture Plate
F-012 SpellbindersTM  Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment


Head on over to the blogs of the other Blog Team members. Not every person will participate in every Blog Hop but you can check out their blogs anyhow. You are sure to find inspiration along the way!

Becca Feeken
Darsie Bruno
Debbie Olson
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Michelle Woerner
Seth Apter (you are here)
Sherry Cheever


elle said...

What a fantastic challenge! They are wonderful.

Roberta Warshaw said...

I do love the simplicity of these. Nice work Seth!

Paul B said...

Brilliant, love how you've used these elements. Love the colourful, arty style you bring to die cut outs. Very inspiring. Px

Nan G said...

Wonderful colors and textures. A great way to use 'leftovers'!

Sabrina said...

Such beautiful mini art works!!

Marit said...

Marvelous, what you can do with some 'left overs'... every one of these pieces is great. They also all have that special 'Seth-look'... I love it!

Darsie Bruno said...

this are so wonderful, Seth! Love them all!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE how you've used up your stash and have created some awesome cards!

Kim H.

Alljazzed2create said...

Love this idea...Using the pieces that your already have done and never use.. Great way of using them up..


Jean Bullock said...

My favorite is the third one. What wonderful colors you created on the backing panel.

Sherry Cheever said...

Seth these are fabulous!!! You always amaze me how you can do so much with so little!!!!

Unknown said...

They look great Seth!

Anonymous said...

These are really Fab Seth and such a great way to use up all those off cut pieces. Xox

Mickie said...

This are all just awesome Seth, especially the key one..I love keys.

JLeigh Designs said...

I love the fresh take on your own Christmas cards and/or gift tags. What a great idea. I put the Spellbinders di cutting machine on my Christmas wish list. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring it and I will be right behind you on all these great projects Seth.

Jo Murray said...

The possibilities are endless! A thoughtful thing to do Seth.

Rose Curtis said...

I love the "Wonder" one... this would be a great way to do your 'word' for the year too!

Carol from La Crosse said...

Congratulations on joining the Incredible Spellbinders Team!!! You bring an awesome talent to the projects. Much different than all the feminine designs. :-) Thanks for giving us a masculine look!!
Love it!!

Merry Christmas and a Terrific New Year!!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Hmm, I'm trying not to buy things but I may have to put the die cut on my list. Love thses designs especially Wonder and Open.

Brian Kasstle said...

Oh man! That one that says "open" I gotta know how you did that background! Soooo awesome!