Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Card Ideas with Little Birdie Crafts

Merry Christmas to you!

Its my favorite time of the year, Christmas.  It's also the busiest time of the year and what everyone needs right now is MORE time, right?

I've got just the project for you, a quick, easy but ever so cute card!


You can put this card together in 10 minutes! Love that!  I used a red card base, yep, pre-cut and folded, nothing for me to do.  I just added a white cardstock layer to the front of the card cut slightly smaller than the red base.  Then I cut the plaid paper 1/4" smaller than the white layer and adhered.  I wanted a snowy hill so I toresome white cardstock and adhered it to look like snow. 



Now look at these adorable snowmen, they are just so cute.  Yeah, I didn't do a thing except pick them out along with the sentiment at the top, from Little Birdie's extensive range of Christmas crafting supplies!  They even have dimensional foam on the back so they are ready to pop on your card.  I did add an extra layer of foam tape to the snowman in the front so he would stand out a little more.



Now just pop the sentiment a bove the snowmen and add a piece of white cardstock inside so that you can write a Christmas greetings.  Now, if you've go extra time, you could stamp a sentiment inside the card!

That;s it, bam!  All done!  And it's so stinking cute.  Now who am I going to send this to?


Supplies
Little Birdie Card Kit
Little Birdie Snowmen and Sentiments

White Cardstock

Don't forget to check out the Little Birdie Crafts supplies available at AC Moore Arts and Crafts.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Stockings with Little Birdie Crafts

Handmade Christmas Stockings!

I had fun today making Christmas stockings from Little Birdie red dotted burlap.  Aren't these just so cute?

 And did you know that Little Birdie products are now available at AC Moore stores?

To make these stockings, I just did a search on the internet for Christmas stocking template and picked one to use, printed it out and used it as a cutting pattern.  The good folks at Little Birdie sent me a great roll of red gold-dot burlap that was about 12" x 2.2 yards.  You can make several stockings from a length like that!


These are simple to make.  Just stitch them up, turn at the top to form a cuff.  Then I used hot glue to add the green trim which is another great Little Birdie product. To keep the hot glue from seeping through and gluing the stocking closed,  I slipped a piece of cellophane inside the stocking.  Then when the glue is dry, you can just pull the cellophane out.  The flowers and tag are also Little Birdie products.



I made this one is a very similar manner as the one above.   I thought it would be fun to glam it up a bit, so I added Stickles to the flowers and greenery.


The greenery is die cut with Sizzix Alteration dies.  So than the greenery would have body and hold up to use over time, I adhered cardstock to lightweight chipboard and then ran it through my die-cut machine. 

Little Birdie Supplies Used:

Red Gold-dot Burlap Roll
Red Handmade Flowers
Glitter Poinsettias
Green Burlap Trim
Handmade Dimensional Stickers

Be sure to stop by AC Moore Arts & Crafts Store and see their Little Birdie crafting supplies!

Thanks for visiting me today!

A Quick Tiny Mini with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Needle Book Die

I love little books, in fact I love ALL books!  But this little one is so cute and fun!  It's just 3 5/8" tall and about 2 1/2" wide.  You could write some fun notes inside and attach it to a special gift. 



I used Eileen Hull's Needle Book die to make this and the idea was to put a piece of fabric inside and store sewing needles in it.  But I decided to go in another direction, so I cut some tiny pages 4 1/4" x  3 5/8",  and folded them in half to fit inside.  





To secure the pages in the book, I used my Big Bite to punch two holes in the fold of the paper and in the book cover.  Then I threaded a piece of seam binding through the holes and tied a pretty bow on the outside.


On the front, I just added a design paper layer and topped that with a sticker from the collection.  I added tiny magnets to the srap band for a closure.


To secure the closure band to the back of the book, I used an eyelet.

Quick, fun, easy!  Yep that's how projects need to be this time of the year!


Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book

Graphic 45 St Nicholas Collection

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Snowy Christmas Card for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

Christmas is coming!  Do you have your cards ready to go?  Here'a fun card you can make using Eileen Hull's House/Pocket Stichlit set.



I used Stamperia's Blue Land Collection for the card, it's blues really add to a snowy and icy look.  To make the card, I used dark blue card for the base.  The first layer of the card, is white card that I masked with snowflakes.  I used Bo Bunny Glitter Paste for the masking material and used a stencil brush to apply.  The masking turned out great using that brush!  Then, I selected a blue/white patterned paper to die-cut the body of the house.


I used white card for the windows and a scrap of design paper for the door.  The sentiment was cut from the design paper.


Use dimensional foam to pop up the eaves of the house and then cover with snow.  You can make your own snow by simply troweling on white modeling paste.  Allow it to dry and then highlight with Stickles.  


Don't forget to add some snow on the windows and door.  Put snow in all those places where snow usually collects on a house.



Here you can see the dimension of the roof line and chimney.

Products Used



Because dies are expensive, I want to show youe some other ways you can use Eileen's House/Pocket Stitchlit die!  Turn the house die upside down and make a banner.


On this banner, I used the House Stitchlit die and the Trinket Box frame die.


Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tis the Season for Gift Giving at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

The Challenge  
Are you ready for a new challenge on The Frillie and Funkie Blog?  I'm hosting this time around and I've got a good one for you, something fun and useful! I know we're all busy making gifts, cards and cooking this time of year.  So, for this challenge, you can do something you've probably got on your schedule anyway, and that is create a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life. Your gift could be as simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor. Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes? That works too, your imagination is the only limit on this challenge!

My Inspiration Piece
It's that time of the year where we're looking for the perfect gift for our families, friends and neighbors, right?  One of my favorite gifts to give is home baked goodies and of course, those goodies need to be placed in a festive box adorned with a special tag. 

I used a #8 Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Stamperia Christmas Vintage paper for my tag.  I'll bake some cookies and put them is a simple container and then dress it up with this pretty tag. I first covered the tag with design paper and then added two die-cut layers that I popped up with dimensional foam tape. 

Best of all, I can write the recipe on the back of the tag.  I must admit, I do bake some delicious cookies and people always ask for my recipe so this takes care of that!

Back to the front of the tag, in this photo you can see that I fussy cut that cake and gingerbread man d don't they look yummy?  I die-cut a border and medallion from Tim Holtz metallic paper using the new impresslits dies that cut and emboss all in one step and tucked those in at the top, bottom and side. I am loving those dies!

I am also loving the Thinlits word die that I used to cut Noel.  That font is so pretty!  I cut it from white cardstock because I wasn't sure what color I wanted and finally inked with a blend 
of Fired Brick and Candied Apple.  

I love to "hide" little things here and there on my tags and on this one I tucked in a Christmas Typed Token near the bottom.  I think little details like that add so much.
The pretty bow is not Christmas ribbon but I think it looks great with this tag.  I added 3 tiny jingle bells to the center of the bow.


Here you can see the dimension in this tag with the popped up layers and pretty red blooms!


How to enter the challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic gift project and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge any time between now and 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 3th, 2018.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at the Frillie and Funkie Blog.






Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Wish Book for the Kids with Eileen Hull Designs

A Project for the Kids!

When I was a child, I spent many many hours perusing the Christmas "Wish Book".  Perhaps you are a bit younger than me and never experienced the "Wish Book" and you're wondering, what is a wish book?  Well, the "wish book" was the Sears catalog and children throughout the nation spent hours flipping through the pages and pages of toys, hoping that Santa would fulfill their dreams.
Today's project is for the little ones in your house; it's my version of the wish book.  I've seen my niece and nephew go through the flyers that come in the mail and circle their favorite toys and I thought it would be fun for them to have their own wish book where they could write their list for Santa.

I used Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Book Binding die to create this fun little mini.  Scroll down near the bottom for a tutorial on how to use this fun little mover and shaper die.


The book has many blank pages so the kids can cut out pictures of their favorite things and glue them in the book.


There are also lots of pockets to tuck in pictures and tags.

We want our children to know that Christmas is not only about toys and Santa; we also want them to know that Christmas is about giving so I've included pages where they can record their ideas for gifts for other family members.
Pocket pages, on the left and right.



Tutorial

Eileen's book binding die is just so fun!  It gives you the flexibility to bind your albums without expensive binding machines.  I've used MAMBI Happy Planner Discs to bind my book, but you could also use rings.

Making the binding is so easy.  All you need is album cover and Eileen's  Book Binding die.  I like to tape the die onto the cover so that it stays where I want it and then run it through my die cut machine and that's it.  You will need a  Movers & Shapers Shuttle or Base Plate as the Book Binding die is a Mover and Shaper die.

Then, all you need to do is snip the opening and slip in a disc.



To make my Wish Book, I used Graphic 45's St Nicholas collection.  For the cover I just layered up a couple of pieces of design paper and added a large sticker at the top, a cut-apart at the bottom and a piece of chipboard on the right.  Then, to finish it off, I added a title and made a couple of flowers using Eileen's Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves die set.



These flowers are easy to make!  Just die-cut some blooms with the flower die and give them some shape with a stylus or tweezers and stack them up as I've done in the photo below.


Then to give them some Christmas magic and sparkle, dab with a clear drying glue and sprinkle with Diamond Dust or alternatively, add Icicle Stickles to the petals.



Next die-cut some leaves  with Eileen's Leaf Die and pinch to shape,  Nestle the leaves under the flowers and that's it.



To finish off your book, die-cut plenty of blank pages, use lined paper as well as design paper, so the kids have places to record their wish list.  Give the kids some adhesive, scissors and ads from the paper (you know there will be lots over Thanksgiving week) and see what they come up with.  This would also be a great project to do with the kids.  Let them decorate their covers.  I bet you'll have some very memorable "wish books"!



Sizzix Dies Used


Other Supplies
Graphic 45 St Nicholas Collection 12 x 12 papers and Stickers

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