Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Eileen Hull's Sizzix Book Binding - Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die

Today I'm sharing my third project using Eileen Hull's new Book Binding Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die.
They will be available for purchase in December.

I made a book to put Christmas photos in.  This measures 4" x 3" (not including the rings)
(Rings are purchased separately mine are from Me and My Big Ideas and I found them on line at Walmart.)
I got all the pieces gathered to make my little photo book -  I'm using vintage Christmas photos from the Idea-ology Merriment Paper Stash rather than real photos.  The patterned papers and tag on front are all from the DCWV Cranberry Christmas Paper Pad. 
 The word 'moments' I used on the cover is die cut from the new Floral Arch and Words die set.
I adhered all the photos to die cut paper pages.  Here are all my pages and the two covers lined up in the order I wanted them.
Disclaimer:  Eileen sent me the die cut covers to make my book before the dies were available - so I used a notebook punch I had to punch the holes on the inside pages so there are more slots than the cover has - you would use the Eileen's die to cut your inner pages as well as the covers.
 I put them all together and pushed the Mini Discs into the slots.
Here is the first page, and a couple of inside pages.
The front again
 And the back cover.  
The matboard is so sturdy these little books will stand up on their own for display!
What kind of little book would you make??  You will find this fun new Book Binding die here!
Eileen will be showcasing all of the creations by the Creative Team using her all of her new Book Club Dies on her blog each week in November. 

I'm linking my little Christmas book to:
Mini Album Makers Challenge

Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, DP DCWV Cranberry Christmas,  Merriment Paper Stash - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Accessories:  Book Binding Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die, Floral Arch and Words - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Mini Discs - Me and My Big Ideas, gold rhinestones, Zutter Corner Rounder, Ephemera Pack/Festive - Idea-ology.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

O Come all Ye Faithful

I have two cards to share today that I was inspired to make from the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  HelenG was the featured stamper and I CASED her card here.
Hers was a congrats card - I made mine Christmas - but used the same fun Center Step Fold for the card design.
The carolers are cut from the Victorian Carolers Die, which I have, but I received these two already cut in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique  -  Linda always includes seasonal treats in every order you get from her!  The music page was also in my packet - I think it's from Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera.
Here's the fiddler.
and here's the female caroler -  so vintage looking and perfect for a Christmas card!
I splattered some white acrylic paint over the front to simulate snow -    It's so difficult to splatter evenly -  I should have practiced a bit before doing it on the card - a few of my splatters are pretty big!?!

I'm linking my cards to:
Anything Goes

Anything Goes



Paper:  White - PTI, Paper Stash/Tidings - Tim Holtz Idea-ology 
Accessories:  foam dots, white acryic paint, brush, Victorian Carolers Die -Tim Holtz/Alterations, music sheet/Christmas Ephemera Pack - Idea-ology











Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mid Month November CAS Mix Up reminder!

I'm here today with a card for and a reminder of the November CAS Mix Up Challenge!  It's a fun one -   Glitter!   We could all use a little sparkle as winter approaches right?!
For my card I used stamping, clear glitter brush, markers, die cuts and Glossy Accents.
A birthday isn't complete without balloons right?!   I die cut the balloons out of Bristol Smoothe Surface paper.  I colored around the edges of one balloon at a time with a colored marker and blended the color over each balloon with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  I did the same with the strings.  I used foam dots to layer the balloons over the flat bottom circle die.  Then I added Glossy accents over the balloons for more sparkle and let it dry.  
Here's a close up so you can see the glitter better (so hard to photograph all that shine!) 
You have until 11/25 to link up your cards - check out all the details on the CAS Mix Up challenge blog here!

I'm also linking my card to:
I used 3 dies



Stamps:  Paper Angel
Paper:  White Bristol Smooth Surface (for balloons),  White - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Balloon and flat bottom circle dies - Ali Express, Stitched Mat Rectangle die - Lil Inkers Design, Tombow Markers, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush - Zig Glossy Accents, foam dots.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Eileen Hull's Sizzix Book and Pages Trinket Box and Frame Die

Here is my 2nd project using another one of Eileen Hull's new Sizzix Book Club Dies.  Each week for the month of November all of Eileen's Inspiration Team will be showing their projects with tutorials using these fun new dies! 
Today I'm using the Book and Pages Trinket Box and Frame Die.   I also used the new Floral Arch and Words Dies.

I made a Christmas Vignette inside of my Book Box!
Here's the scene I created inside.
Below are some photos of the process of putting this together!  
I die cut the pieces out of white mat board and patterned papers.
I added an acetate window added between  the layers of the cover piece.
Then I gathered items for the inside scene.
Here's a photo showing how I attached the cover and box to the binding piece so it didn't show.
I had these wooden spools in my stash and used them for legs so the book will stand up for display.  I painted them white with some acrylic paint.
 view of the legs attached
Inside decorations of a small bottle brush tree adhered to an apothecary bottle, gift boxes (made from a Papertrey Ink die from a Christmas set) and sentiment from patterned paper - all adhered with glue or foam dots, and red rhinestone ornaments added to tree.
A view of the binding using a piece of the patterned paper that had text on it.
I added ribbon so it can be tied closed - one piece adhered in between the cover layers and one on the side panel using ScorTape.
Another open view showing the cover and inside.
Finished view again - the floral arch and friend dies are from the new Floral Arch and Words set and coordinated perfectly with this book die!
You'll find all the wonderful new Book Club dies here.
And please check out Eileen's blog each week in November where she will be posting all of the Creative Team's creations! 
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, white card, DP DCWV Cranberry Christmas Paper Pad, clear acetate - PTI
Accessories:  Book and Pages Trinket Box and Frame Die, Floral Arch and Words Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  little present box die from Make It Market Kit All Through the House - PTI, bottle brush tree - Joann, apothecary bottle - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz, ScorTape, 2 wooden spools, Tom Bow Glue, thin gold ribbon from stash, red rhinestones, foam dots, white acrylic paint.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Loll and Friends - 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 8

I was thrilled when Loll Thompson invited me to be a guest designer again this year for her wonderful Twelve Tags of Christmas event over on her blog Stamping with Loll.  Her event runs from November 6th - 17th so we're a little bit more than half way through!  
If you want some beautiful and creative ideas for Christmas tags - be sure to check it out!

And now, without further ado -  here is my tag for Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas 2017!
I have a few photos to show you how I put this together.
First I created the background by rubbing Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink on my nonstick craft mat.  I spritzed over the ink with water and then bounced the tag into the mix.  I dried it with my heat tool and then tapped it in again to get more bead-like drops.
Then I stenciled over the background with Tim's Merry Christmas stencil using Barn Door Distress Ink.  I put removable tape on the back of my tag to hold it on the mat while I sponged over the stencil.
Then I got out Tim's Mini Pine stencil and decided where I wanted to put a few trees - and sponged them on over the text - using Forest Moss Distress Ink.  I sponged the bigger tree on the left, then shifted the stencil and sponged the big tree again as well as the medium tree.
I die cut a Ribbon  banner out of red card, stamped it with a sentiment from Tim's new Watercolor Trees stamp set and sponged the edges of the banner with Walnut Stain Distress.  I also sponged around my whole tag at this point with Walnut Stain Distress.
I put an extra thick foam dot in the center of the banner and thinner foam dots near each end so the center stands out off the tag.  I looped red and green wrinkled seam tape through the hole and knotted twine around them
I always layer my tags to a slightly larger colored piece that I just cut from cardstock and trim off the corners - here I used red.  I like how it defines the tag - plus it covers up any mess created on the back with all the distress inks!
I flicked water over the tag with my fingers to create water spots.  You can see them on the trees here -  you can also see how the trees DO actually look greenish in the right light!
I added this cute wooden deer 
(I don't know where I got these critters - the bag has no company listed on it - maybe Hobby Lobby?)  A adhered two Clippings Stickers/Christmas from Idea-ology on the bottom of my tag.
So what kind of tags are you making for the holidays?

Look here for my 2016 tag
Look here for my 2015 tag
Look here for my 2014 tag

You will find my 2017 tag over at Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas post here.   I'd love if you'd take a peek!
 We hope you'll create a mixed media tag as well and link it up over at  Stamping with Loll!

 The guidelines for Loll's challenge are that it must be a mixed media Christmas tag (any style / any size) which includes stamping, plus two mixed media elements (techniques or products).

I'm also linking my tag to:
Happy Little Stampers
 


Stamps:  Water Color Trees - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  #8 Manila tag - Ranger, Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Forest Moss, Barn Door, Walnut Stain, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Clippings Stickers/Christmas Idea-ology, twine, Wrinkled Seam Tape, Wooden Deer - Hobby Lobby?, Ribbon Banner Die - Nestabilities

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Tag for Christmas

I have a tag to share today that I made for 3 challenges!
The Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is Balsam Hill this week and I was inspired by  this lovely table top tree.
  I created a Christmas tag with a wrinkled seam tape ribbon looped through the top that is long enough to tie around a bottle of bubbly if that's the gift I decide to put it on!
I stamped the tree (this set is on sale now!) in two greens (two stamps), then I silver embossed the garland and cranberry embossed the berry/ornaments. I embossed the urn in Ranger Pumice Stone Emb Powder and it really feels like stone when you touch it - Distress Emb Powder leaves a texture. 
I die cut my tag out of white card and patterned paper and adhered them together. I layered the Arch die cut over the tag and then layered the tree over the arch with foam dots. The sentiment is stamped on a piece left from the arch die cut that I cut the tip off of!
I'm also linking my tag to Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge going on now through Nov 17th.  She's got prizes to be won so check it out and link up your mixed media tag soon!


And linking just under the wire to:

Stamps:Water Color Trees - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:white - PTI, Mixed Media Paper - Ranger, DP Tidings Paper Stash - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology
Ink:Ranger Distress Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke, Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Small Gothic Arch Die - Poppy Stamps, Tag Sale #2 die - PTI, silver embossing powder - PTI, Cranberry Emb Powder - Adirondack, Pumice Stone Distress Emb Powder - Ranger, foam dots, wrinkled seam tape