We are so thrilled to be holding this ultimate giveaway for our readers. Spellbinders is offering an amazing prize; the Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine and 3 sets of Spellbinders Edgeabilities®; a $200 value. After doing a posting on felting projects done by Kim I had to look in to the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine and die templates. The designs that she was showing looked as if they were laser cut. Just think of all the unique possibilities that this outstanding piece of equipment would add to your crafting experiences. Not only does it cut incredible designs into paper, but it also cuts wool felt and tin. This is an amazing chance for you to be part of an innovative new crafting pleasure.
Spellbinders Dies are known for paper crafting and I have to admit up front that I have long loved Spellbinders Dies for card-making. Although the manufacturer states that the dies can cut a variety of crafting materials such as metal foil, chipboard and fabric, I had until recently, only tried paper and metal foil. Right before the Holidays I tried the dies with felt and found that it opened up a whole new field of crafting fun.
Felt is available in both natural and man-made fibers and I tried a few different types with the Spellbinders dies. The manufacturer suggests using 100% wool felt. I wanted to try felt that was readily available at a local fabric store and 100% wool was not offered. I found recycled felt sheets made from 100% polyester, a 35% wool/65% rayon blend and a 20% Wool/80% Rayon blend.
Heart Treat Bag:
This is a heart shaped treat holder made with both wool blends and the Scalloped Heart, Classic Bracket and Classic Triple Scallop dies. I even used the little hearts that were cut out of the die as a decoration around the edge of the heart.
Another great thing about the Edgeabilities is that they can be mixed and matched to create a bunch of different edges. For this project (a Kindle cover) several dies were combined to create a wide trim. The Classic Bracket, Classic Triple Scallop and Classic Edgeabilities were used along with Foliage, Parisian Accents and Carnation creations were used to finish off my new Kindle cover. I used the blanket stitch to embroider the shapes but if you’re not handy with a needle you could certainly use fabric glue for your projects.
With the Scalloped Hearts, Scalloped Circles and Small Circles die. I think I love using felt with the Spellbinders Dies just as much if not more so than paper. Working with natural fibers is the way to go if you want to use all the beautifully intricate shapes (and there are loads of them) available. However, if you get creative and only have synthetics available, you can work with them too. Give it a go, the possibilities are endless!
Thank you Kim, for the wonderful review of the Spellbinder!
To enter this giveaway please go over to Spellbinders and see all the amazing projects you can create. Come back here and in the comment area leave the reason you want to win this amazing package. If you are members of the following, please follow Spellbinders on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, YouTube (where you will find video on using the Spellbinder) and you can also signup for their newsletter. This giveaway will run from today January 23, 2012 through February 6th. Good luck to everyone.