Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easter's Past

This week some of Eileen Hull's Sizzix Inspiration Team are posting Easter projects we have made in the past using her dies.  
We are patiently waiting for her new dies to be released and will have a blog hop next week highlighting the new dies so be sure to check back here for that!

So here are 3 fun projects I made - the first in 2019 and the 2nd two in 2020.  I've linked to my tutorial posts if you are interested in seeing how they were made.

I made these Easter table place card treat boxes for my grandnieces and nephews using Eileen's Sizzix Stacking Drawer Die, Place card and Flowers die.  

See my March 2019 tutorial here.

Here's a Spring Bunny Treat Box I made using Eileen's Sizzix Gift Box Die

See my March 2020 tutorial here.

And I really love this cute Ballerina Bunny on Stage I made using Eileen's Sizzix Display Stand Die!

See my March 2020 tutorial here.

Wishing everyone that celebrates a glorious Easter this Sunday!

Please check out Eileen's blog on Wednesday to see other Easter projects made by the Inspiration Team!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ho Ho Ho - CAS Christmas - Mid Month Reminder

 Here's a card I made for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge Mid Month Reminder!  Loll's challenge for us is to use Kraft/Red/White on our cards.   It's also CAS Christmas' 3rd Birthday so there are prizes to be won!    

And here's my card!

I die cut the Santa face from the Fresh Baked die set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I glued the pieces together and then covered the colored bits with Glossy Accents so it looks like a shiny frosted cookie. 

I sponged randomly over the mini layering snowflake stencil onto a white card base with Antique Linen Ranger Dox Ink and stamped the sentiment from Secret Santa from Waltzingmouse/retired in black.  I popped up Santa on foam dots.

You have until 3/24 to link up your card.  Check out the prize details and wonderful inspiration from the Design Team along with our lovely Guest Designer, Gundi (paperielle) at CAS Christmas!

Stamps:  Secret Santa - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, True Black, Sweet Blush - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Antique Linen Ranger DOX
Accessories:  Mini Snowflakes stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Fresh Baked Thinlit Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Glossy Accents - Ranger, foam dots, white gel pen (used on eyes), finger sponge.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Daisy in a Crackled Vase

 I'm trying to rush the warmer seasons with my floral card today!

I used the Crackle 3D Texture Fade Embossing Folder from Tim Holtz/Sizzix for the vase using gold foil paper.  I just love the depth of the embossing with these 3D folders!  I colored the die cut daisy from Poppy Stamps with Copics and framed them with a stitched oval. The DP panel is die cut with a Crimped Frame from the Greetery.
The vase and daisy are popped up on foam dots and I added gold Tiny Twinkles inside the oval.

I'm linking my card to:

Paper: Watercolor paper Cold Press- Canson, Double sided foil paper: Starstruck and Glossy Texture - Rinea, Country Boutique Paper Pad - Fancy Pants

Accessories: Vogue Vases dies - PTI, Ragged Daisy Die - Poppy Stamps, Stitched oval die - Shakers and Sprinkles Ovals - PTI, Crimped Frames - The Greetery, Crackle 3D Texture Fade Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Copics Y13, YG03, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

A Bunny and a Balloon Birthday

I recently purchased this sweet stamp set Birthday Wishing by Colorado Craft Co. and wanted to try it out right away.  
I stamped the images onto a panel of watercolor card and then water colored the bunny, the balloon and the other little critter.  When that was dry, I water colored the grass to ground them and the blue sky above them.  I adhered the panel to a white card base.

I'm linking my card to:

Stamps: Birthday Wishing - Colorado Craft Co.
Paper: watercolor paper - Canson Cold Press, white card base - PTI
Ink: Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories: Raw Sienna, Paynes Grey, Emerald, Deep Cadmium Red, Chinese White, Cerulean Blue water color paints, water, #3 and #1 paint brushes.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Love and a Cat

I've been trying to organize my very full, very messy, craft room and I recently put all my cat stamps and dies in one box.  I have a lot of friends with cats (I have one too) so I decided to make some cat cards with some of my newly rediscovered stamps and dies!

The lovely background that looks like I might have water colored -  is actually a piece of designer paper (cheapy from Joann!) and worked perfectly as a location for my cat to be sitting - cast shadow and all!  

I stamped the cat and then added more color markings with a Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker. Then I spritzed it very lightly with water to soften the marks.  Stamped the sentiment in blue on a watercolor paper square and added a red enamel heart in the center of the paw.
(there was already an open space heart there from the stamp).

I'm linking my card to:

Kent and I got our 1st Covid Vaccination shots this week - so thankful!  Will get our second shots at end of month.

Stamps:  Kit'n Caboodle - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  water color - Canson Cold Press, Clouds and Grass Paper Pad - Joann, white - PTI
Ink:  Chamomile, Honey Druffle, Espresso - Altenew, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Kit'N Caboodle dies - PTI, enamel heart - Altenew.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

March CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Kraft, Red and White

 Today the March CAS Christmas Card Challenge is up and it's a special one.  We are celebrating our 3rd Birthday and there will be prizes to be won!  Check it all out over at CAS Christmas.  And this month Loll is our hostess and she would like us to use Kraft, Red and White on our cards this month.

Here's  my card for the challenge - Clean and Simple as required!
 I die cut the deer head from Geo Christmas by Tim Holtz/Sizzix out of kraft cardstock, layered it over a white panel cut with Simple Stackers from Penny Black, stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Blessings: Holidays by PTI in Pure Poppy and added 3 small red enamel stars from Altenew.  I popped the panel up on foam dots on a white card base.

You'll find lots of Kraft/Red/White inspiration from the rest of the Design Team as well as our wonderful Guest Designer Gundi (papierelle) over at CAS Christmas -  so please join us and get those Christmas cards done!  And have a chance for a prize to celebrate our 3rd Birthday!

Stamps:  Beautiful Blessings: Holiday - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy - PTI
Paper:  White, Kraft - PTI
Accessories:  Geo Christmas Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Simple Stackers Dies - Penny Black, enamel stars - Altenew, foam dots.

Eileen Hull Sizzix Nature Folio Journal Tutorial

 Today I'm sharing a tutorial for the Folio Journal I made for Eileen Hull's blog hop last month where her Design Teams shared projects using her newly released dies.

First, here are the basics of the die cuts and putting them together, beginning with cutting out the pieces of the die from matboard twice.
Put adhesive (I used ScorTape) along the binding on one of the cover pieces.  
I am going to have the three scored pieces overlap the three scored pieces so I put the tape on all three 'strips' - you can just overlap 1 or two to make the binding different widths - you decide!
I took the paper off the tape and pressed one binding over the other to adhere them together, being sure the holes were aligned.
Next I folded on the score lines on each side of the smaller pieces that will be used to create sides on one of the cover folds.  I used the edge of my work table to help me make a good fold on the score.
Here are the smaller pieces scored and with ScorTape applied.  I also folded the cover on the side score lines.
I closed in one of the cover sides by adhering the pieces to the top and bottom as shown.  You could also cut two more of the smaller pieces and close in the other side of the cover - lots of design options!
So here is the pocket created by closing in the top and bottom.  You could also close in the inside and the bottom leaving the top open - depending on what you want to use the pocket for.
At this point I measured and cut all the designer papers into panels to adhere to all the sides of my journal (as shown two photos down)
but I wanted to show you how I wrapped a piece of bakers twine around the binding in the gullies outside the holes in the binding to hold the notebook I added later.  I forgot to photo the added twine on my completed folio journal! 
(So imagine the papers are already behind the twine!)
I knotted the twine on the inside but could have the knot on the outside as well.  When I added the notebook, I opened it to the center and slipped it under the twine.
Here's how the twine looks from the outside (minus the patterned paper!).  
I put the twine in the gullies rather than through the holes due to the size of my notebook -  if it was 1/2" or so shorter, I would have put the twine through the holes to hold the notebook in.
I cut pieces of Forest papers from Stamperia to fit each panel, adhered each piece to Stick It Adhesive Sheets and adhered all the pieces to all the journal sides.  
I like to cut out each panel rather than cutting one piece for the whole cover as I find that my paper often splits at the bends if I use one long piece.  You also have better control over orientation if there is an up and a down to your design. 
I did use the die to cut the binding piece out of the paper so the holes were in it (strip on left).  The strip on the right, without the holes was, cut in two lengthwise to fit over the ends on the opening side.
I had some long  notebooks from Michaels and I cut it down to measure 5" tall.  The width is 4 1/4" which worked perfectly inside the journal.
I had some glassine envelopes and small brown paper bags in my stash, and I labelled them with "Sticks and Stones", |"Pressed Flowers", and "Leaves and Ferns" using my Brother Label Maker.  My journal theme is Nature and I thought these are things I might pick up on nature walk and store in my folio!  They will fit right into the 'pocket' of the journal
I also cut some cards out of kraft cardstock and  die cut panels from the Forest Papers using Eileen's  Credit Card Sleeve and Tags dies.  I added some Clippings Stickers from Tim Holtz/Idea-ology to the cards.  
I could write notes about my walks on these cards.
So here is my Folio Journal opened up with the journal held in with the twine and the cards and bags tucked inside the pocket on the right.  I also put twine on the tabs on the cards so they'd be easy to pull out of the pocket.

I added some images from the Forest papers and die cut letters to the notebook cover.
More images on the back of the notebook
Here it is with the left cover folded in. 
Both sides folded in with the notebook behind the left panel.
Here are all the finished outside views - the front.
I held the journal closed with a piece of stretchy ribbon that I glued to the binding edge and just tied the ends in a knot on the opening side.  The binding can just be slipped off at the opening edge but stays attached to the folio journal at the binding, so when I'm 'in the field' I won't lose it!.  
I also added more of the Clipping Stickers to the front and back covers.
The opening side.
View of the back.
View of the binding with a leaf charm added to the twine.
So there you go -  pretty straightforward!  Sorry I kept you so long but hope you have enjoyed seeing my Folio Journal! 
Eileen's Design Teams will be showcasing her new dies every Wednesday in March over at Eileen's blog so please check it out!

Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Forest Paper Pad - Stamperia, Kraft card stock - PapertryInk
Accessories:  Folio Journal Bigz Die, Credit Card Sleeve and Tags Thinlit Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Stick It Adhesive Sheets, ScorTape, Clippings Stickers - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, elastic cord - Cousin, Brother Label Maker, leaf charm, bakers twine, glassine envelopes, brown paper bags - from stash, Notebook - Michaels.