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Monday, 8 August 2011

Spellbinders Nestabilities - Basics & Beyond.

YAY! It's finally here! Now for a quick flick through and, as promised, my mini 'book review'.  :)

The Basics & Beyond book lists 45+ projects using the Spellbinders Nestabilites dies which are broken down into four sections that I'll give you a brief overview of shortly...

...BUT the book begins with a Special Techniques section covering the basics of die cutting and embossing, shaped cards, frames and apertures.
There are mini tutorials for using the dies as stencils and for a reverse stenciling technique (Hoping to try this soon and will blog the results!), as well as a pyramage technique, flower making and other mini embellishments.


The four main sections are as follows:

Baby projects include;
Cards, Bibs, Invitations, Favours, Mini Album, Keepsake Box.

Birthday projects include;
Cards, Cupcake Pinwheel (trying this out soon too!), Treat Bag, Tag, Candy Wrapper (that's a chocolate bar wrapper if you're in England like me lol!), Gift Box/Bag.

Christmas projects include;
Cards, Gift Box, Decorations, Tag, Decorated Notebook.

Life's Moments projects include;
Cards, Invitation, Place Card, Memory Book, Frame, Decorations, Box, Candle.


Each project comes with a materials list if you wanted to copy the projects exactly or just wanted to know details of the products used.

There are handy 'Did You know?' boxes on some of the pages throughout the book which contain extra little hints of how best to utilize your dies.
On the back page is a list of the featured designers with their blogs addresses and a product stockists list.


Overall I am thrilled with the book and personally I think it is well worth the money; there are some gorgeous projects in it to recreate or just to use for inspiration.
I honestly think that if you love your spellbinders dies you wouldn't be disappointed with this book, I'm certainly not!


As I dont have permission to post any pics etc and dont want to infringe any copyright I have added the links below to the publishers website and some of the DT and/or offical reviewers blog posts which have some pics included. HTH! :)

Publishers website, there are a few pics on here http://www.anniesattic.com/paper_crafts/detail.html?prod_id=83189

There was also a blog tour which can be viewed:
Here - http://thewillowgarden.blogspot.com/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basics.html
here - http://stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basics-and.html
here - http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basics.html
here - http://valeriestangle.blogspot.com/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basics.html
here - http://creativepad.typepad.com/creative_pad/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basics-beyond-blog-tour-.html
and here! http://hopartstudios.typepad.com/hop_art_studios/2011/02/spellbinders-nestabilities-basic-beyond-blog-tour.html

Thanks for reading if you've made it this far! Hope this has been of some help to anyone wondering whether to buy the book or not, I'd definitely say, you need to get it lol! Ni. :) x


kay said...

something else to go on my evergrowing wish list then....lol

CraftyLoops said...

What a fantastic review, thank you so much for doing this Ni and for posting all the links too. Youre a star. Lee x

Kathleen said...

thanks for the review. i bought the copics book by the smae publishers. i'd have liked more techniques in that but the projects included are great.

are the projects all cards, or projects/3D makes etc?

Kathleen Mc x