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Company Feature and Giveaway: Spellbinders

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Founded in 2003 by Stacey and Jeff Caron, Spellbinders is a leading innovator in manual die cutting tools.

An avid crafter, Stacey noticed the lack of detail in the dies available for paper crafting.  She decided to change her longtime passion for paper crafting and her vision of exquisitely detailed and sophisticated dies into a business.  In 2003, Stacey and her husband, Jeff,  invested everything, including their life savings, into the business.  Together, they decided to create a universal die-cut system with die templates that are the most detailed on the market.

The first 2,500 Wizard™ die cutting and embossing machines and 10,000 dies were hand made.  They were known as Geometrics and are the inspiration of the famously popular line of Spellbinders™ Nestabilities®.  From the start, Stacey committed to bring the best possible dies to market, offering good value at a fair price.   There are no other dies on the market that offer the intricate, sophisticated details that Spellbinders offers.

Spellbinders’ mission is to develop and provide exquisitely detailed, quality craft products that offer value and versatility.  The goal is to design crafting products that cut, emboss and stencil to inspire the creation of beautiful, professional projects.  Equally important are Stacey’s core values of providing opportunity and fostering innovation through partnerships and working together in harmony.

Spellbinders has partnered with companies and licensed designers that are endorsed and approved to develop products that coordinate with Spellbinders’ patented die templates.  Stacey has partnered with and mentored a number of small and start-up companies, providing business guidance and sharing her vision.  Through these partnerships Spellbinders continues to strengthen the crafts community.  The synergy between the companies allows customers to understand the unlimited creativity together they can provide for inspirational crafting.

What makes Spellbinders unique is unlike any other company in the crafts industry, Stacey sponsors her design team, bringing them to Phoenix, and educating them in the company culture and the Spellbinders brand. This process has empowered the design team, which is key in today’s social media network, to become knowledgeable Spellbinders ambassadors for creative and inspirational use of all Spellbinders’ products.

Those interested in becoming a Spellbinders Design Team Member must submit projects and write an essay on why they want to be a Spellbinders Design Team member.  There a two rounds of project submissions. Call for Design Team members is announced the beginning January every year.  New Design Team members for the year join the team in April.

Among the most popular products Spellbinders carries are their Spellbinders™ Nestabilities®.  These delicate dies cut and emboss and are sold in nested sets of multiple sizes.  Visit the Spellbinders website to see the full collection of dies.

Most intriguing from Spellbinders are the new Edgeability Dies.  These new dies create delicate edges for your projects as well as intricate designs. Each set comes with an edge and two designs that can be mixed and matched to create different looks.


You can purchase Spellbinders products from their Website, or your local craft store.

Follow Spellbinders on Twitter.

Like Spellbinders on Facebook.

Be inspired by Spellbinders on their blog.

View a collection of “How-To” videos for Spellbinders Products.

Read reviews of Spellbinders products on Craft Critique.

One of our lucky readers will win a set of Edgeability dies.  Just leave a comment and let us know if you have used Spellbinders dies yet, and which designs are inspiring to you!

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CHA Summer 2011: Sizzix

Sizzix is always on the cutting edge of the craft industry (yes, pun intended). With the popularity of their Big Shot machine, the new Vagabond and eClips machines, consumers are constantly awaiting new dies and cartridges. The new Framelits are the answer for stampers who don’t enjoy cutting out all those images. These sets include cling stamps and matching dies which can be used in the Big Shot or Vagabond machines.

The new Deco Emboss dies are going to be a huge hit with jewelry makers.

The new Ink-Its Letterpress dies make debossing with ink, simple and elegant.

And let’s not forget a peek at the new Alteration dies from Tim Holtz.

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing projects from Sizzix.

So what do you think? Which dies do you like the most? Are you a Sizzix user?

CHA Summer 2011 Sponsor: Spellbinders

Founded in 2003 in Phoenix, AZ, Spellbinders Paper Arts has been inspiring crafters for years! We are honored to have their sponsorship for today’s coverage.

Spellbinders came to fruition because founder Stacey Caron’s passion for paper crafts motivated her to create a universal die cutting and embossing machine. She wanted to use all the dies on the market at the time with one portable machine to take to crops. With the help of her husband Jeff, an engineer, they created the Wizard™ Die Cutting and Embossing System. Dies have evolved into detailed shapes with patented triple function: cut, emboss and stencil.

We are very familiar with the Spellbinder die cutting machine, the Grand Calibur since we put it to the test back in April.

The Presto Punch which has been a buzz with crafters for a while will finally be hitting store in the next month! And in case you haven’t heard, it can also cut felt which is great for creating charms and embellishments for your projects. Here’s a little video to show you how the new Presto Punch works with felt…

One of the newest products from Spellbinders at CHA are their new Edgeabilities. These new dies create delicate edges for your projects as well as intricate designs. Each set comes with an edge and two designs that can be mixed and matched to create different looks.

There are also some great new dies from Donna Salazar and Samantha Walker.

And new box dies in a variety of styles.

This Christmas countdown calendar was created with a new box die.

There are also new custom dies like these that work with Just Rite Stamps.

And their new Spiral Blossom Dies make creating paper flowers simple and gorgeous. Here’s a quick video to show you how they come together so easily.

 

So what do you think? Do you use the Spellbinders dies? Which designs do you like the best and what designs would you like to see?