Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Thank You Cards with Eileen Hull's New Release

Thank you Card

I needed a thank you card the other day and I needed it fast so I quickly came up with this.  

The key to this quick card is that I had some beautiful 2 sided paper (Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collection).  The paper was 8" x 8" and I just folded it in half.  Bam, it's a slim line card! 

I quickly cut some letters with Eileen's new Alphanumeric die.  I seriously love this die as it is so easy to cut the entire alphabet or cut individual letters.  Why is it so easy you ask?  Well it's one big plate at 5.75" x 7.75" AND you can use the negative of the letter because each letter is a tear apart section.  I love it!!

So back to my quick card, I cut the letters and grabbed a scrap of embossed cardstock left from something else and lined up my letters.  I find it much easier to line up my letters on a separate strip than directly onto a card.  OMG, when I adhere directly, it's usually running uphill or downhill or maybe even both!  I also started gluing the letters from the end beginning with the "U".  That way I get proper spacing and I can lop off the other end to get whatever size I need.

Ok then, adhere that sentiment along the side of the card, glue some flowers on if you are so inclined.  This card looked good either way but I just had to add a little something!  😄

Now that red inside was just too in my face red so I glued on some nice neutral cardstock; besides, I needed somewhere to write!  Then a strip of design paper caught my eye so that went on the left side.

I thought a library pocket would be cute with a G45 journal card in it so I used Eileen's new Library Pocket die inside.

These are so quick and easy to make, just die-cut, glue each side of the pocket and that's it!

Supplies for this Card

Masculine Thank You Card

I love Sizzix's Cork Roll Surfacez and I'm amazed at all the things I've been able to do with it.  Today I decided to try it as a card base.

The only issue with using it as a card base is that it is one-sideed paper.  I solved that problem by gluing cardstock to the backside of the cork.  Because the cork comes in rolls and it's not real heavy, I found using an adhesive sheet the easiest way to adhere.  I also cut my cork and cardstock a little larger than I need. 

In this photo I've adhered the carstock to the backside of the cork paper.  You can see the cork peeking out on the sides.  Now I just cut this assembly to the size I want, score and there I have my card base.  Doing i this way ensures that the cardstock and cork are perfectly aligned.

I adhered an embossed panel that I made with Eileen's newest 3D Embossing Folder, Tablecloth. After embossing, I lightly went over the embossing with silver Sizzix Lustre Wax to bring out the beautiful embossed details. For added interest I clipped the corners with We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

At the top I added a strip with Thank You cut with the Alphanumeric Die and a metal xoxo charm.  At the bottom some paper lace fussy cut along with some tiny flowers.  

Supplies for this Card

2023 Chapter 1 Release for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

That's all for today but I have lots of projects to share with you using Eileen's newly released Sizzix products.  Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog to see inspiration from all the design team. 
xoxo Maggi


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Cookbook using Eileen Hull's Frame Pocket Journal by Sizzix

 My other hobby is cooking so I love making cookbooks!   I made this one with Eileen Hull's new Frame Pocket Journal die.  The die is plus size, meaning that you need a large format die cut machine that has a 9" opening..  The die is approximately 8 3/4" wide and 12 1/2" long. The paper I used is Graphic 45 Farmhouse.

Eileen's 2023 Chapter 14 release includes 2 thinlits dies too.  One that I'm sure you're going to love is the Thinlits Tile Alphanumeric Die that I used to cut my "recipe" title.  The letters are just the right size for titles and you can use both the positive and negative cuts which is great!

Underneath the letters I used the label included with Eileen's traveler's sized Journal.

Here you can see the journal opened up and the flap on the back cover that wraps around the front.

On the inside cover I've use the Pocket that comes on this same die.  It holds a 3" x 5" index card which is perfect for recording recipes.  I made a strap to keep the cards in place.  It's easy to make, just fashion a strap about 1" wide and 5" long. Score at the top at 1" and fold and then at 1 1/2" and fold.  Adhere the 1" folded piece to the back of the journal being sure to leave enough room for your cards to fit.  Then use a magnet to secure the strap to the outside of the notepocket.

View with the strap raised to access recipe cards.

There are two lined paper signatures inside for writing recipes or even attached notecards to the paper.  Notice the black tabs on the signatures.  These are from another Thinlits Die Set in this release, the  Library Pocket ATC Card & Tabs.  The tabs have so many uses in journaling.  Here I'm using them to section off different kinds of recipes.

View from the  back of the journal.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A Journal with Eileen Hull's new ScoreBoards Plus Frame Pocket Journal

 Eileen's newest journal is so awesome and I love that there's a pocket and frame included on the die!  The die is a Plus Die meaning that you need an diecut machine with a 9" mouth like the new Sizzix Switch, Sizzix Big Shot Plus, or Spellbinders Platinum.  There are other machines that will work too, I just don't know all their names.  

I was going for an old world vintage look and  I think combing lace and paper contributes to that look. I used an old Prima collection, Time Traverler's Memories for the journal.

The backcover of the journal has a flap that wraps around the front cover which really creates a tidy closed journal.  I used a magnet closure on the flap.

I've recorded a flip thru video so that you can see all the pages.

Inside the front cover is the Notepocket, and on the right side is the Photo Frame, both part of the  Frame Pocket Journal Plus Die.

View of the back with the journal opened.

How to make the magnet closure:

The closure on the journal is magnetic which I really like because it is so neat, clean and effortless.  It's easy to make.  I like the magnets hidden so when I adhere the papers I leave a little space for the magnet. (If you're really organized you can glue the magnet on while you're building the cover.  I never seem to get that organized and end up doing it at the end.)  I use a little Undo if I need more space.  Just take tweezers and poke the magnet under the paper.

It's important to get the magnets lined up correctly, so take the second magnet and place it on the first magnet like show in this photo.  Now remove the adhesive cover and press the cover flap over top the magnet.  The magnet will adhere to the flap and voilà, it will be perfectly placed!  After doing that, I cut another flap from design paper and adhered over the magnet so that it would be hidden.


Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Sizzix Chapter 1 Release and Eileen Hull Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Sizzix Chapter 1 Release Party

To celebrate, we're blog-hopping! Hop on over to Eileen's blog, for all the stops along the way. You don't want to miss any of the teams' inspiring projects! (All the blog stops are at the bottom of this post.)

Introducing the Ch. 1 2023 Eileen Hull/Sizzix collection!

ScoreBoards Plus Frame Pocket Journal: This is a Bigz Plus die so you will need a 9” wide cutting machine. The Journal measures 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” x 1 1/4” with an adjustable spine. What makes this die special are the additional pieces on the die, a pocket to hold ephemera, a frame and flap! These extra pieces may be used in many of my other journals or they can be used independently. The die may also be configured in a few different ways so watch the blog and Facebook live shows for ideas.

Thinlits Tile Alphanumeric Dies Set: The Tile Alphanumeric set is so versatile because you can use both the positive and negative shapes. Each letter is perforated which makes it easy to create and line up words.

Thinlits Library Pocket, ATC Card and Tabs Die Set: These are journal essentials! The library pocket is great for adding pockets to cards, journals and tags. Use the ATC card die to knock out a bunch of Artist Trading Card bases and add the library pocket to package it up to swap. The Tab die is perfect to add to the Journal pages or on the ATC.

3D Embossing Folder - Tablecloth: Eileen was inspired by a crocheted cotton piece she received from her Mom when she designed this. This embossed design will add beautiful texture and dimension to card backgrounds, book pages or tags!


Don't miss the giveaway! Make sure to watch our live on Facebook and/or YouTube. Comment in the chat and tell us what you would create with these dies, then you will be eligible to win a Chapter 1 die/embossing folder!

My Inspiration Projects


It's a cookbook with space for blank recipe cards.   All the dies in this release work so well together!  My other hobby is cooking so I love making cookbooks.  For the cover,   I used Alphanumeric letters for my "Recipe" title and the Label from the previously released XL Journal die. (Graphic 45 Farmhouse papers)

Inside, I used the Pocket from the Frame Pocket Journal Die to make a blank recipe card holder and fashioned a strap to keep the cards from falling out. (Graphic 45 Farmhouse papers)

Travel Memories Journal, really it could be any kind of journal but it has a loose travel time theme.  I love the combination of paper and lace on the front.  It gives is an old world vintage look.

Back and spine.  Join me next week for a closer look at this journal!


First up, a feminie birthday card featuring the Tablecloth embossed cardstock in the background and the library pocket to hold a secret message. (Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian papers)

Again, I used the Tablecloth embossing folder on the yellow cardstock background.  I used Eileen's birthday cake stamps and Snail Mail dies to make the stamp embellies.

And another card!  I adhered my greeting, cut with the Alphanumeric Die, to a yellow Tablecloth embossed strip. (Graphic 45 Let it Bee papers)

Library Pocket on the inside.

I know, another card!  That is so not like me!  I used Sizzix's wonderful cork paper to make the card base.  And yep, I used the Tablecloth embossing folder and letters cut with the Alphanumeric die.


Sizzix ScoreBoards Plus Die - Frame Pocket Journal by Eileen Hull

Eileen Hull by Maker Forte Snail Mail - Postage Stamp Set

Remember to stop by Eileen's blog and hop along so you don't miss a chance to win a prize!  

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to pop in throughout the month for more detailed looks at these makes.

xoxo, Maggi

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

2022 Round Up for Eileen Hull Designs

 Another year has just about come and gone!  December is the busiest month so Eileen Hull's design team takes a little break and instead of creating something new, we post our favorite Eileen projects from 2022.  Don't worry, we're not sitting back drinking eggnog, we're busy creating great things with the January 2023 coming release!

 I love the full size journal as it's a great size to use for a mini album or a journal. So of course, this full size journal is one of my favorite projects for 2022.  This was acollaboration with Gel Press and I loved getting all messy with paint.  (See the orginal post here and scroll down a bit.) 

Who doesn't love a box?  It's an obsession with me, I can't bear to throw away a nice box.  Consequently I have way too many empty boxes stored here and there.  What's even better?  Making your own Book Box which, at 5" x 6.5" is a perfect size for holding bits and pieces of lots of things!  I used this one to hold a collection of old buttons I got from my Mom.  For more details, check out this post.

I think the Shadow Box Frames die-sets get my votes for most fun projects of 2022.  I made a bunch of these frames!  They go together quickly and are so fun for so many things.  This one isa tribute to my much loved poodles. (Link to the original post .)

And then there's this one, a Shadow Box Frame cube made with 4 Shadow Box Frames.

I'm sure on any given day, I would chose 3 different projects as my favorites.  Ha!  It's just hard to pick!  Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog and see what the rest of the team is doing.

Monday, December 5, 2022

More Cork Projects with Sizzix Cork Roll Surfacez

 I'm still having fun with Sizzix Cork Roll Surfacez.  It's quite a versatile material as you can stamp it, paint it, emboss it, dress it up or dress it down.  So many possibilities!

I decided to put a feminine spin on cork and came up with this cute little box made with Eileen Hull's new Geometric Box XL Die.  I'm very haapy with the result!

I wanted to see what effect using an embossing folder would have on the cork.  As you can see, the cork embossed quite nicely!  I used Eileen's Woven Leather embossing folder on the triangle pieces.  After embossing, I lightly rubbed the pieces with gold and silver Sizzix Luster Wax.  I love the look!

I hot glued lace around the lid and added a pretty glass drawer pull to add to the feminine character of the box.

And of course, flowers, lots of flowers!

Another Cork Project:

I wanted to know how well the cork would hold a crease, and if the cork cracked and looked ugly along the crease lines, so I made this cute little shadowbox frame to show off a lighthouse photo I took.  As you can see in the photo, creasing the cork paper was no problem at all; the shadow box frame held it's shape quite nicely.

I did find that gluing the cork pieces together was not quite as easy as gluing regular cardstock.  After several unsuccessful tries with white glue, I resorted to hot glue.  While that had it's now set of challenges, I perservered and made it work!

I used the flower and leaf thinlits from the Shadow Box Frames #1 set to embellish the bottom of the frame.  Then I nestled in some tiny shells and starfish to complete the seaside vibe.


I love the cork paper, next I want to incorporate it into a 12 x 12 layout project.  If you want to see how it worked with mixed media, check out this post here.

Thanks for visiting!

xoxo Maggi

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

How to Antique Paper Silverware Handles

It's the Holiday Season and Eileen Hull and her Design Team is excited to share another "Comfort & Joy" event with you throughout November.  Join in the fun on the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook page. 

I've created a napkin and cutlery holder set that is so useful for those holiday parties as well as a great hostess gift.

Along with Comfort and Joy, this month our theme is Sparkle and Shine so I've added some fun silverware handle embellishments.  These are easy to make, just watch my video below.

YOu can see how the wax and mist brings out the details in the handles.

Eileen's Card Caddy is also the perfect size to hold cocktail napkins!  To make the caddy I first adhered the design paper (Grahic 45's Winter Wonderland) to matboard and then diecut with Eileen's Card Caddy XL die.

After assembly, I embellished the Card Caddy with a mitten from Eileen's Mitten Box released a couple years ago.  Then I added some pretty flowers and tucked in two of those fussy cut silverware handles that I made in the above video. They are the perfect touch for my floral cluster.  

To go along with this napkin holder, I made a Geometric Box to hold cutlery again embellishing with a silverware handle.

Make several of these sets and decorate for the different seasons and holidays! Need a hostess gift?  These would be appreciated by everyone.  


These dies are no longer available from Sizzix but you may find them 
for sale on other websites:
Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die - Box, Mitten by Eileen Hull
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves by Eileen Hull

Are you a member of the Eileen Hull Fan Club? It's a great place to gather ideas and inspiration!  

Stop by Eileen's blog for inspiration from Eileen and the Design Team.


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