Monday, April 19, 2021

Tutorial for Three Sizes of Gift Tags Using Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies

Today I'm sharing a more detailed tutorial about how I made these lovely tags using Eileen's new Chapter 2 Sizix dies.  I had posted these a couple of weeks ago on the Design Teams blog hop.

I used the tag dies from Card: Waterfall and Tags set for this project as well as two of Eileen's dies from past releases.  The tags are the dies on top and the waterfall dies, used in my project last week, are on the bottom - they all come in this die set.
I made 3 sizes of pretty gift tags that can be tied around bottles, or gift bags or attached to a wrapped package.  They are so pretty they could even be used as a tag card all by themselves!
This is the largest tag in the die set - 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"
The medium tag measures 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
and the smallest tag is  1 1/2" x 3"
I love how the heated flowers add such dimension to the tags!
I used some of the dies from Eileen's older set - Bookplate Hinges and Labels to cut pieces to stamp the sentiments on.
I looped some wrinkled seam tape through the holes of the tags so they could be tied to a gift, bag or envelope.
Here's how I made my tags and flowers.
I used some beautiful shiny foiled papers from Rinea for my tags - adhering the foil to white card stock and then die cutting them with the tag dies.  This set of foiled papers have lovely small stars on them which gives the tag a pretty textured look. 
Then I die cut lots of pieces of flowers using the flower and leaf dies from Eileen's  Folio Page  Pocket and Flowers.
The flowers are die cut out of Sculpting Foam from Sizzix which is flat but curls up nicely when you blow hot air on it with a heat tool.  It actually shrinks the foam a bit which causes it to curl up.
I held each piece down in the middle with the tip of my tweezers so the edges curled toward the center when I added the heat (other wise it blows right off the table!).  Then I mixed and matched the colors and shapes to create flowers, some large, some smaller, gluing them together at their centers.


Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!
Eileen will be posting projects made by her Inspiration Team and Education Team using her new Chapter 2 dies on her blog every Wednesday this month if you'd like to get inspired!



Stamps:  Sweet Celebrations - My Favorite Things, Birthday Basics - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  White - PTI, Double Sided Foiled Paper Starstruck and Glossy Textures - Rinea.
Accessories:  Card: Waterfall and Tags Dies, Folio Page Pocket and Flowers Die, Bookplate Hinges and Label Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Sculpting Foam - Sizzix, heat tool, tweezers, wrinkled seam tape.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

CAS Christmas Mid Month reminder - Rainbow

 I'm here with a reminder that you still have time to join the April CAS Christmas Challenge. You need to link your card by April 24th!  It's a tricky challenge -  hostess Trina wants us to think Rainbow and Christmas!

I used the colors of the rainbow to color this lovely stained glass stamp.  I embossed the image in gold and then colored the sections with Copics.  I die cut the image and popped it up on foam dots.
I die cut the frames with a beautiful new frame die set I recently purchased by MFT - Stitched Rectangle Scallop frames -  you can separate each frame and use it by itself or you can leave some together like I did here and create a beautiful multiple framing!  I took one frame off from the outside and two off from the inside here.

This shows the shine of the gold embossing and the lovely frame edge details.

So please show us how the rainbow inspires you in a Christmas card design!  You'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team as well as our Guest Designer over at CAS Christmas.  You have through 4/24 to link up your card!



Stamps:  Stained Glass - PTI (no longer available)
Paper:  white PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Copics R29, Y38 Y21, Yg17, B45, V06, Rose Gold Embossing Powder - Altenew, heat tool, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames - MFT, Stained Glass Dies - PTI, foam dots.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Tutorial for Easter Waterfall Photo Display

I'm back today with my tutorial for my Easter Photo Display that I first showed in Eileen Hull's Chapter 2 Design Team Blog hop last week.

These are the dies included in the Cards: Waterfall and Tags die set.

So here's a look at my completed project first.  I used Eileen's waterfall dies as well as her older Display Stand die.  The photos are from 2019 since we did not gather with my nieces and their children for 2020 or 2021 due to COVID!  

This would be lovely with birthday, wedding, anniversary, or vacation photos as well!

Notice the cute carrot paper?! and fun bunny ears!



View from the back -  I added an extra scallop along the top of the stand in the back to make it look 'cleaner'!

Here's how I made it:
First I found the photos I wanted on my computer and resized them to 3 1/4" wide x 2 1/4" high, printed them on Cover Stock paper from Staples (slightly heavier than computer paper).  You could print them on photo paper as well.  Then I used the die with the set to cut them out.
I die cut the Display stand out of matboard and folded it up to make the stand (this die is just one piece!).   
I die cut the waterfall base pieces out of white card stock.  I also cut a small scallop edge from Eileen's Gift Box Die out of matboard. 
Because the 4 flips were a little too tall to fit on the panel of the Display Stand and still flip easily, I cut a piece of matboard 4 1/4" x 2 1/4" to put the waterfall on. I glued the scallop to the top edge of this matboard piece and then adhered the edges of the waterfall onto the panel, putting the first flip at the top and butting up each piece below the flap of the one above.
I cut pieces of patterned paper to cover the front and base of the stand as well as the waterfall pages and scallop, paying attention to any pattern that was directional.  I didn't have enough of the striped paper to go in the same direction, so two are horizontal and two are vertical but they are under the photos so you don't see much of it, and they are the same color so it's all matchy matchy.
Here are the completed pieces ready to put together
I added ScorTape to the back of the panel.
And pressed it onto the Display Stand.
I added die cut scallops from the Waterfall die set above each photo to fill in the white space.  I die cut the Easter (Waltzingmouse/retired) and 2019 (Alphanumeric/Sizzix) out of the same paper and adhered them along the bottom of the stand.

Such a fun way to remember and display a special day with just a few photos! 

Eileen will have posts every Wednesday this month on her blog with projects by the Inspiration Team using her new Chapter 2 dies.  Be sure to check it out!



Easter Waterfall Photo Display Stand
Paper:  Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, White, Hibiscus Burst - Papertrey Ink, DP Cottontail 6x6 Pad - Authentique.
Accessories:  Card: Waterfall and Tags die, Display Stand Die, Gift Box Scalloped Edge Die- Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Easter die - Waltzingmouse (retired), Alphanumeric Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Bunny Ears Die - Impression Obsession, ScorTape

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Let Life Surprise You

 I've recently been watching Eileen Godwin's wonderful weekly YouTube videos using Lavinia Stamps and beautifully inked backgrounds.  I made this card using a few of the techniques she has taught on her videos.  My card design was also inspired by a card from this week's Featured Stamper over at SCS.

I started by masking the edges of a white card panel.  Then I sponged over the  Drifts and Hills Stencil from MFT using 3 different shades of blue Distress Inks (Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Speckled Egg) shifting the stencil around the panel and sponging the color off the edge of the stencil.  
Then I placed the Pebble Stencil from Lavina over the panel and sponged lightly over just a part of the stencil.
I stamped the Eden fairy, the two Mushroom Lanterns and the Mini Stars 2 using Obsidian ink.  
(I confess I had a little smudge of black on the tendrils of the fairies hair and stamped a star to cover the smudge!)
Then I stamped the sentiment from Tiny Text by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.
I die cut a circle out of acetate and used the circle itself as a mask, placing it over the head of the fairy and sponging around the edge of the circle mask which created a spot light around her head.
To finish off, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White on her wings, the mushrooms and stars.

I'm linking my card to:


Stamps:  Eden, Mushroom Lantern Set, Stars 2 Mini - Lavinia Stamps, Tiny Text - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Ink:  Obsidian - Altenew, Ranger Distress Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Speckled Egg
Paper: Bristol Smooth Surface, White, clear acetate- PTI 
Accessories:  Drifts and Hills Stencil - MFT, Pebble Stencil - Lavinia, round sponges with applicator, Nuvo Crystal Drops Simply White Gloss, Circle Spellbinder die, masking tape.