Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friends Layout for Creative Embellishments

Hi Creative Embellishment fans!  Today I'm sharing a layout with a photo of some special Graphic 45 friends taken on my trip to Seattle last August.

I used the Infinite Rectangle Frame to focus the eye on the photo.taken at a great restaurant in Portland.  Yummy food!  The frame is lightly finished with gold embossing powder.

I used a piece of the Floral Lace Border and painted it with acrylic vintage white.

Underneath the flowers I used Flourish 15 that has been finished with Lindy's Mists.  I used the entire flourish with this cluster but on the other two clusters, I cut the flourish apart and tucked in pieces here and there.

I used papers from Graphic 45's Penny's Paperdoll Family to create this layout.  On the background I did some stenciling with the Metal Stencil.  Then I dotted on some glue and sprinkled in some Mini Prills.

I hope you'll join in our challenge this month. All you have to do is upload your project to our blog.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tutorial using Sizzix's ScoreBoard XL Die - Cantilever Sewing Box by Eileen Hull

I adore this little box, it is so cute and useful too!  It has 6 little drawers that are perfect for tucking away small pieces of jewelry, sewing notions, any little thing that needs a home.  I used Sizzix's ScoreBoard XL Die - Cantilever Sewing Box by Eileen Hull to make this sweet box.

 It opens up so effortlessly to reveal 6 little drawers that are about 2" x 3".

I'm gifting this to my Mom as she was an amazing seamstress and she has this very chest in life size that stands on the floor.  

You can easily make this box, here's what you'll need:

Sizzix's ScoreBoard XL Die - Cantilever Sewing Box by Eileen Hull
Sizzix Adhesive Sheets or any adhesive sheet
Sizzix Matboard or any medium weight chipboard
36 small brads
Paper - I've used Graphic 45's Penny's Paper Doll Family collection


Step 1: Cut 2 sheets of paper and 2 sheets of mat/chip board to 6" x 12". You will  need several sheets of Sizzix Mat Board or any medium weight chipboard.

Step 2:  Apply adhesive to the mat board being sure to burnish the adhesive down.  Then, adhere the paper right side up to the mat board.  Place the design paper side down over the die and run through your machine. (You will need the Sizzix extended platform for this step.)   Die-cut everything on the die two times.  You should have all the pieces you will need at this point except for 4 drawers and a bottom which we'll cut in step 8.

Step 3:  You can use additional sheets of Sizzix mat board or use smaller scraps as I have to cut the remaining drawers.  Use only the drawer section of the die and cut 4 more drawers.

Step 4:  You should have 6 drawers, 2 lids, 2 leg sets, 4 long hinges and 8 short hinges as shown in the photo.

Step 5:  Ink around all the pieces.  I like to use a Faber-Castell Big Brush pen to get in the scored grooves, a Sharpie also works.  DO be careful not to let the pen slip!

Step 6:  I decided to also cover the inside of the boxes.  If your inside is a nice white color you may wish to omit this step or you could paint the inside.

To cover the inside with design paper, die-cut 6 drawers using just the drawer part of the die.  I used adhesive sheets to adhere to the inside box.

Adhere the paper to the bottom first and then the sides.

Step 7:  Next, form the boxes by gluing the sides together using a fast drying glue or hot glue.  I found hot glue easier to use but it is a bit messy. You can use a rubber band to hold the sides together until the glue sets up. 

Step 8:  Assemble all 6 drawers.

Step 9:  Cut a piece of chip or mat board and a piece of design paper to 2 1/8" x 6" to use as a base for the drawers.

Step 10:  Adhere the design paper to the chip or mat board.

Step 11:  Apply Scor-tape or other adhesive to the narrow side of a box (side without the holes).  Also apply Scor-tape to the underside of the base in Step 10.

Step 12:  Adhere two of the boxes together as shown below.  Then adhere the two boxes to the base.

Step 13:  Fold the leg assembly on the score lines and ink.  Adhere to the bottom of the base as shown.

Step 14:  Use small brad to attach the 4 long hinges on the outer corners as  shown.  Attach 4 short hinges to the middle as shown.

Step 15:  Stack two boxes on top and attach the hinges as shown.

Step 16:  Stack the remaining two boxes and attach the remaining 4 hinges as shown as well as attaching the other hinges.  Attach a brad through the 4 empty holes on each side.

Step 17:  The two remaining pieces are the lids. (Sorry I forgot to photo this step)  Ink all around and fold on the score line.  Apply Scor-tape to the small tab and insert into the top box so that it forms a cover as shown below.  Then embellish as you desire.

Thanks for joining me for this very long post!  Christmas is coming and it is past time to think about your special handmade gifts.   one off my list.  Oh dear, time is flying by too fast!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cheery Lynn Designs Gift Tags

Give your gifts that extra special something with a handmade gift tag! I used a variety of  Cheery Lynn Designs dies to create these quick, but oh so cute gift tags.

On this tag I used two ovals from the Oval Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies 6 Piece Die Set and topped that with a Christmas tree diecut  with the Christmas Tree Shaker Die.  The "to & from" words were diecut with the To And From Gift Envelope set.  Then I punched a hole at the top, added an eyelet and ribbon and its ready to go.  Gift tags need to be quick and easy and this sure fits the bill.

Here's another tag that is built on a white scalloped oval diecut with the Oval Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies.   Then I layered on a red  Royal Scandinavian Oval Doily , next a blue layer cut with Nesting Doll- Oval #2 5 Piece Die Set and finally topped with Patches The Snowman .

Now this moose is one of my favorites!  He's from the Merry Christmoose set.  He's layered over patterned paper diecut with the French Flair Pierce And Cut Tool  and the red cardstock base is diecut with the Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker Frames.

Here's a view of the back of each tag.  The fun thing about tags is that you can use your scraps.   Imy scraps are from Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland collection and I was so happy to have a used for all those little pieces of my cherished Graphic 45 papers!

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Oh Henry! layout with Creative Embellishments

I love this photo of me,  fellow Graphic 45 designer Annette Green, and Henry the G45 office dog.  We had such a grand time visiting the Graphic 45 offices and playing with Henry.  I've used Creative Embellishments chipboard, wood veneers and flair buttons to embellish my layout.   I used my favorite Graphic 45 collection, Raining Cats & Dogs.  AND guess what?  Raining Cats & Dogs is being released again as a Deluxe Collector's Edition.  Yippee!!  It'll be shipping early November so if you missed it first time around, you've got a second chance!

Here you can see the adorable paw print and Love flair buttons along with the wood veneer dog dish and bone.  I used a little alcohol ink on the flair buttons to age them a bit and on the veneer, I just used a little mist for color.

I used a Circle Doodle Frame to focus on my photo.  These are such fun and playful frames with their random doodles.  On the riht side you can see another paw print flair button.  These are great for adding that little something extra to your projects.

I placed my title over a Washi Tape Shape Cluster that I misted with a little gold Lindy's.  It sets off the title perfectly!

We always have a fun monthly challenge going on, be sure and stop by our blog to find out all about it.  The challenge post is always the first post on the page.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween from Cheery Lynn Designs!

Happy Halloween, I hope you get to enjoy some yummy chocolate candies today!  To celebrate with you today, I made this cute giant size tag with Cheery Lynn Designs dies, papers from Graphic 45's Hall'oween in Wonderland Collection, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and Prima Color Bloom Mist.

The tag I used is a Tim Holtz medium size Etcetera tag.  I love these giant 6.5" x 12" tags!  To do the background, I first painted the tag with clear gesso and then I rubbed on different colors of Oxide Inks.  Misting the inks with water allows the colors to blend together with a natural appearance.  Then to simulate moon glow, I used Prima Color Bloom mist in Empress Gold.

On the left, near the bottom, I used the Spiderweb Die and a cat from the Witch's Brew 8 Piece Die Set.

Down in the corner we have a creepy black widow spider crawling about her web cut with Halloween Set #3.  I layered some cheesecloth underneath that I dyed with black ink.

 The sentiment and the bats were cut with  the Happy Halloween 4 Piece Die Set.  I cut two sentiments and offset one over top the other to make it really stand out.

This cute but frightful witch is part of the Witch's Brew 8 Piece Die Set.  I love how she looks silhouetted against the moon.  Of course I had to add a couple flowers because that is what I do!  At the top I added two black Large Roses misted with gold.

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Tim Holtz Medium Etcetera Tag
Prima Color Bloom Empress Gold Mist
Really Reasonable Ribbon Black Netting

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Christmas easel card for Cheery Lynn Designs with Graphic 45 Seasons

I really love easel cards because they display so prettily.  I used several different Cheery Lynn Designs dies to make this card and I can just imagine how lovely it will look sitting on a mantle spreading Christmas cheer.  I used Graphic 45's new Seasons and Winter Wonderland collections for my design papers.
To make this card really pretty I used lots of layers and popped up two of them.  From the bottom there is a red square, then a holly print layer just peeking out cut with the Pierced Stacker 3.  The next layer is popped up and consists of a square with a Quadrafoil Square Doily adhered to it. Then the final layer, also popped up, is a Seasons cut-apart.
To really make this card pop, I added handmade flowers.  The red roses were made with Large Rose  and Medium- Rose  die sets.  The pretty cream flower was made with Judy's Blooms Die.

 I used the Holly Corner underneath the flowers to add the perfect touch to my floral clusters.

Inside the card, the pretty band and popped up tag serve to hold the easel of the card upright.  There's also plenty of room to write a personal message.

This side view shows you how the easel mechanism works.

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

Other Supplies:

Bazzill French Vanilla cardstock

Thanks for popping in today, I do appreciate it!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Creative Embellishments Be Thankful Tag

I have so much to be thankful for and this tag expresses that thought so well.  I used a large Creative Embellishment tag to create this wall hanging.  The tags are about 5.5 x 10" and come in a pack of 3 different designs at the top.

I used Graphic 45's new Seasons collection to make this tag, isn't it so pretty with the rich autumn colors?  In the lower left and upper right corners  I used Creative Embellishments chipboard Pumpkin Corners . I painted the pumpkins with acrylic paints and the vines with Lindy's mists.  I love how they turned out!  The Autumn banner is fussy cut from the collection along with some of the sunflowers.

For the center part of  my tag, I popped up an ephemera card from the Seasons collection and placed a Rectangle Flourish Frame 2  underneath, that has been heat embossed with AC Zing mustard embossing powder.  One of my favorite things about working with tags is that you can create all the dimension you want without having to worry about fitting it into an album.

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Other Products:

That's it for today, thanks so much for stopping by!


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