Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 2: Grand Calibur Event! & the WMS Sketch

Welcome to Day #2 of the Waltzingmouse Grand Calibur Event - if you missed yesterday - please check out the WMS blog for all the details! And be sure to check the end of my post to see how you can win stuff!
Spellbinders has come out with some wonderful new Grand Dies that are just perfect for making shaped books, photo albums, cards and scrap book pages. So, of course, they also had to design a machine that would cut these larger dies! And here it is - the Grand Calibur!!!

Due to Waltzingmouse Stamps' cross promotional partnership with Spellbinders the WMS Design Team were all gifted with a Grand Calibur! whoo hoo!! We thought this was an excellent time to showcase Spellbinders and how well they work with Waltzingmouse Stamps!
And of course prizes and a competition are involved! Just pop over to the Waltzingmouse blog for all the details and links to those who are posting projects each day.
For several years I was an avid scrapbooker - but then card stamping became my addiction and since my only son is grown I kind of left it behind.

BUT........now I have an adorable little grandnephew who needs his life documented!!! so the Grand Calibur and the Grand Dies came along at just the right time for me!

Today I have two 8"x8" scrapbook pages to share with you! One using a photograph from Christmas and one from New Year's Eve! (we already have hundreds of pics of Landon and he's only 4 months old!! LOL!)

My stamps are all from Waltzingmouse and the dies are all Spellbinders. All supplies are listed at the end of my post with links to the stamps and dies.
I just love this photo of Landon laughing with his new found friend, Santa Claus (who dances and plays music when you squeeze his hand)!
And since it's Saturday I incorporated the WMS sketch into my page - I flipped it on it's side up there on the left! See it??? Check out the WMS Sketch blog for more info on the sketch challenge!


My next page is of Landon on New Year's Eve. Now there's a story that goes with this -
Every New Year's Eve my sister, Marcia, would dress her two baby girls (Katie and Chrstie) like this (ie - just a diaper and a sign with the new year written on it!) They would wear sparkly hats and have a happy time ringing in the new year. So, of course Katie, Landon's mum, is continuing this fun tradition!! And doesn't Landon look like he's having a great celebration on his very first New Year's Eve!

Here I've laid out all of the Spellbinder dies that I used on my two pages so you can see the comparative sizes. The large Labels One, Circle and Square are from the new Grand Dies.


Just to introduce you to the Grand Caliber - here are some pics.

There is a rubber suction pad on the bottom of the machine and when you turn this white lever, it makes it stick to your smooth surface so it doesn't move when you are using it.

It comes with three plates - a grey (A) base plate, a pink (B) embossing plate with a rubber mat, and a white (C) cutting plate.

When not in use, I'm storing my Grand Calibur on a shelf in my craft room, along with the plates and the Grand Dies that I have so far.

I had this large plastic storage box with white pages that is working perfectly to store my Grand Dies - I use magnet strips to hold them to the pages. I purchased it here.

And now for the fun!!!

Folks who purchase anything over at Waltzingmouse Stamps during this 3-day event (1/21/11 - 1/23/11) will be entered into a drawing. One lucky person will be randomly picked at the end of the 3 days to receive their shopping basket free!

There will be one random winner per day from comments left on one of the DT blogs so you have 3 chances to win!

And finally! there will be a challenge on the WMS blog at the end of the event. Folks are invited to CASE a card/project from the 3 days. You'll have one week to link your entries to the WMS blog post and then Claire or Lisa will pick a random winner for a prize! whoo hoo!
Phew! this was a long post! thanks for sticking with me!!

Landon Meets Santa Page:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - (tree, heart, pine swag) Nutcracker Sweet, Musical Backgrounds, (A new friend) Celtic Heritage, Pic-Nic Patterns.
Paper: white, blueberry sky, pure poppy - PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday/Tuesday
Ink: Ranger Distress - Old Paper, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Zutter corner rounder, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger, rhinestones - Kaiser

New Year's Baby:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Circles Small, (Circle cloud and circles) Free Spirit Boy, Victorian Alphabet
Paper: Bazzill Greens & Tan, Vintage Cream - PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934/Garbo
Ink: Ranger Distress - Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage
Accessories: self adhesive jewels - BazzillBasicsPaper, Blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger.

83 comments:

Pauline said...

Just gorgeous Julia, a fabulous way to showcase the Calibur and your Nephew! What a little sweetie!

Yvonne Russell said...

Gorgeous project. Love the Oh Baby one, especially. Such a great atamp too.

Fab to see what the Grand Calibur can do too.

Sheila M Jones said...

Absolutely lovely!

Smilie girl said...

What a cute subject to scrap about. Beautiful show case of the stamps and the Calibur.

deifen said...

Two beautiful projects Julia!The grand calibur seems particularly handy for larger layouts aswell as cards! Thanks for your organisation tips too!

Anabelle said...

What a sweet baby and adorable layouts!! Love how you used those large dies. Gorgeous.

Joanne Gilch said...

Landon is so happy in that SC shot! He must bring such joy into so many hearts!
Your scrap book talents are terrific! I can see where those big dies work so well for you and the GC just makes it all so much easier!!!

Dee in N.H. said...

Great stuff Julia! Love seeing what the Grand Caliber will do also.
What a super sweet idea with Landon dressed for a New Years celebration!

Cammie said...

Your great nephew is such a sweetie! Your scrap pages are a great showcase of him, WMS stamps, Nesites, and the Grand Calibur.

Kelly S. said...

Landon is just the sweetest little baby! So glad you made those adorable pages to show us, Julia! I am caving, and want the Grand Calibur (and it is only day 2). Thanks so much for sharing all of these tips with us!

Debgem said...

You're are going to end up with thousands of photos of Landon! I have about 5000 of Kathryn (and Jonathan has even more)!!!

Your scrapbook pages are brilliant - I love the Oh Baby one best.

And I "must have" a Grand Calibur!

Bonnie said...

Love your pages Julia - what an awesome way to document! I love how you are storing these Grand Nestabilities - I have a couple of those binders laying around (somewhere lol!) I must dig them out!

Karen said...

Great pages! Must be a lot of fun to have a new tool and a lots of new baby photos to play with!

gksnod said...

Although I'm not a scrap booker, I sure love what you have come up with here. It sure has me drooling for the Grand Calibur!

Sharon said...

Awww, he's a sweetie, Julia! Love all your projects. So glad that you are enjoying your new toy. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your lo and what great ways to use that wonder Calibur!

Sandra said...

love your layouts - that tool appears to be very useful!
Sandra ltb

Kim C. said...

Awesome projects today and the New Year baby is a doll. By the end of the weekend I am going to be so green with envy at those who have the grand calibur. Can't wait to see what I look like on Monday.

Sandy in Epping said...

What a surprise-- Haven't "blurfed" too much lately, then when I do, you have this adorable BABY in a lot of your posts. So I come around today and there he is again, and HE is showcasing your newest toy,er TOOL.
Love the versatility for stampers and scrapbookers alike.
Love your examples Julia, more inspiration for an item that is already at the top of my "must have" list.
Also like how you have demo'ed the 'context' of the GC in the workroom-- in use and in storage.

Polly Pierce said...

For some reason I had it stuck in my mind that I could use the Grand Caliber for making nicely shaped cards.

It simply hadn't occurred to me that it would be a fab addition to any scrapbookers toolkit - duh!?
Thanks for showing off your Landon, and btw I really like the whole idea behind the second page. Traditions can be so wonderful...

SherylH said...

Great layouts -- and Landon is a cutie! I am sure he will treasure his first new years' picture in about 20 years time!

Karen B. said...

Love that you've shown a scrapbook page, these dies are perfect for that!

Elizabeth B. said...

Both of your projects are adorable! I really want that machine!

Karin said...

What fantastic pages! They are almost as grand as the pictures they contain...What a cutie pie!

Inkyfingers said...

What a cute little guy and gorgeous pages to keep for him. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs
Carol x

craftymom205 said...

Your layouts are great.

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Janet said...

Wow--you showcased alot of nesties! Great work!

snowbear said...

Landon is such a cutie! That frame was THE perfect choice for New Years! That is a great idea to use the magnetic strips..why didn't i think of that!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julia, what a cutie patootie Landon is!! I especially love the "oh baby" page!! Thanks so much for listing all the products and stamps you used too! :)Linda K

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness this is sooo cute! I love how you used the Nutcracker Sweet set and the Calibur!

Carly said...

Wow Julia I so love your layout! Too sweet! It makes me want to start scrapbooking today! Hugs, Carly

LaurieJ said...

What great pages, Julia! I love how you put all the layers together. Those big dies are really fabulous for matting the photos. But of course the best part is the subject. Landon is so cute! I love that photo of him and Santa - he looks like he's having such a good time.

Serena said...

Lovely pages! Cute nephew!

Christina said...

Your layouts are darling! The size of the Grand dies seems perfect for scrapbook pages. Thanks for showing how you store your dies, too! I've been looking for a good solution, and yours seems perfect.

Sandie said...

Such beautiful layouts Julia. Really gorgeous xx

Anonymous said...

Cute pages. Love the magnetic strips for storing. Great idea.
SNW

Moira said...

Landon is the perfect showcase for your pages - thanks for sharing!

Lesley from WI said...

Love your LOs. The New Years Baby LO is so sweet. I have the Calibur on my wish list and this is so cool to see all the projects that can be done with it. Showing my husband every day and hoping he gets the hint!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, lovely, the photos you used are fun! So nice to make a memory like this and these huge dies are perfect for it, love it!
Hugs, Wendy

Sue McRae said...

Your pages are so fun and colourful!

Sofia ;) said...

Fabulous!!! Love your project!!!

katrynka said...

I bet it is fun to have such a cute little guy to inspire your work!

Sue D said...

Your scrapbook pages of Landon are adorable!

Stacy Simpson said...

Love your pages - such a cutie! The Calibur looks amazing.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOWZERS Julia! What fabulous LO's and beautiful photos :) You did such an awesome job showcasing both products! What awesome inspiration!

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful pages and I really like how you used the dies to frame the pictures.

Shirley N said...

Beautiful and inspiring layouts, amazing what you can create with the Grand Calibur!

Rosemary said...

really cute layouts!

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

Such wonderful projects Julia. Love your scrapbook layouts...and with such a cute subject too!=)

velta said...

Hi there Julia!!! Long time since I have been to visit...(much going on in my life right now)... You are the BEST when it comes to giving me ideas...your pages of Landon are just beautiful! Now I have got to order this organizer...and a small one for the smaller nesties...what a great idea! TFS :)

Kathi said...

Hi Julia,
what a lovely and funny boy :-) He looks so happy with his little crown. I love your layout!
And I never say that, but I have to admit I am jealous. *shame on me!* Would love to have the Grand Calibur too :o).
I don't know if I have said this before, but your header just draws me in. There is something about it, that touches me inside.
Have a very nice weekend!
XX Kathi

dpkennedy said...

Your scrapbook pages are wonderful! What a cutie!

acons said...

Cute projects for a cute boy! The new year baby is such a fun idea - what a wonderful tradition to keep going! The Grand Calibur really is grand.

Nancy said...

Ohhhh My Goodness.....just gorgeous!

Nikki said...

I love your Landon meets Santa layout, such a fun idea.

Denise said...

Sweet layouts! Lovin' that GC!
DeniseB

Anonymous said...

What a cutie pie! The Grand calibur and the new dies are just the job to create wonderful memories.

Lynn Wild

pattyb said...

Have to say first of all...WHAT a precious baby! I do not do much scrapbooking...but the details always translate nicely to cards! LOVED the spellbinders frame....looks so much better seeing it cut out and used! Now that goes on the list! Thanks for posting!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your little grandnephew is so CUTE! The pages you created will be wonderful memories in the new book.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Adorable pages, Julia, and your grandnephew is sooo cute!!

Darlene said...

Wonderful ideas

Laurie Marmon said...

So cute! Isn't it amazing how many pictures can be taken and it is so easy to get behind in scrapping!? :) The grand dies look fun. I need to get some of those!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Fabulous pages and darling photos! Have fun with the Grand Calibur!

Lora said...

You did a fabulous job with all the projects.

What is meant by Case a Card? How do I do this to continue to play along?

One4Joy said...

wow, Julia, what an amazing DT haul. Have fun playing with those big boys.

And happy new year to you...hope we can catch up soon.

Mary H (OKC) said...

Darling scrapbook page (what a happy baby!) - thanks for the chance to win.

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Julia--what wonderful scrapbook pages. I want to keep trying to stamp more in my scrapbooks as well. Great inspiration!

Chris L.

Gaby Santiago said...

Very cute baby and layout :)

Thank you for showing us how you store your new dies. That gave me a lot of ideas!!

cindy holshouser said...

What great projects and what a beautiful baby boy!

Anonymous said...

Hello! nice blog!

Amy said...

Love the layouts! Great job!

Margaret C said...

love seeing scrapbook pages !

Barbara said...

The 2011 baby is adorable. What an absolute cutie! Love the frame.

Bev J. said...

Thanks for showing us you new toy. What grand scrapbook pages you made for Landon.

Maggie said...

Cute layouts, such an adorable baby. I love the New Years photo...lol, make me smile. I will have to remember this for when grandbabies come along.

Leah Killian said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! And I love the organization tip!

Stephanie Gruss said...

Your pages are so adorable! It helps that you have such an adorable subject to scrapbook! :D

Mary B said...

You've done a great job with Landon's pages - they're just perfect.!

Vicki Dutcher said...

WOW! What an excellent post! 78 comments! info out there in blogland now! Well done!

Your little person is adorable with those fabulous pages~

Pat (mspfd) said...

Landon is precious. What a fabulous smile! Your project are wonderful... Isn't it fun to have a baby in the family!

Joanne Travis said...

The dies and cutting machine are awesome but the baby really steals the show. He is just the cutest!!! Fabulous pages, Julia.

Jennifer Holmes said...

Julia, that little Landon is so darn cute I alsmost forgot to look at your stamping! Great job on your pages. You always add just the right amount of detail in your work.

Wanda Cullen said...

I really enjoyed your cards and scrapbook pages featuring your sweet grand-nephew! He's so adorable! Thanks, too, for telling us about the newest tool that's all the rage. I'm eyeing it but my good ole CB hangs in there and gets the job done for me. :-)