Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Using the Wrapped Journal Die by Eileen Hull Designs to Make a Purse

When we make a big purchase, it needs to have more than one use, right?  Well friends, take a look at this because this is Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal "disguised" as a purse! It is just the cutest little purse and, bonus,  it's really easy to make!  Check it out below and make one with me in this complete process video! (Here's a link to another purse mini I made. )

After you die-cut Sizzix Mat Board, you can  run it through your die-cut machine and emboss it as I did here.  The mat board embosses so nicely  and it doesn't take a special embossing folder.  I just used an old Cuttlebug folder that I've had for years. Then I had fun inking it all up with Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blends inks.  Blends are unique as they are an inker, re-inker and applicator all in one.  

The flowers die-cut into the Wrapped Journal are made with Floral Cutouts which is a Movers & Shapers die that is part of this Book Club 2 release.  The Wrapped Journal die has a cut out space where you can fit in a mover and shaper die and give your journal cover a custom cutout or edge.  For this cut, I simply dropped the Floral Cutout die onto the Wrapped Journal Die and ran it through my Vagabond to cut out the journal with the floral cutout all with just one cut.
What I love best about this purse is that Eileen's Passport Book fits perfectly into the Wrapped Journal purse.  How cool is that?   This would make a great gift for Moms and Grandmothers.  Use Christmas colors to make a Christmas keepsake.

You can view my tutorial to make a Passport Book on YouTube here.  In the video I am using a different paper collection than you see pictured here, but I do show you how to make the cover, string the mini to hold the inside booklets and lots of different ways to make pages.
I used a tag from the Credit Card Sleeve & Tags set to make the closure.  It was the perfect size to make a pretty closure for this bag.


Thanks so much for visiting me today and a special thanks to those of you that leave a comment.  I really appreciate it!  I hope you have a great day and find time to do whatever it is you love most!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Graphic 45 Imagine Mini Album styled as a Travelers Notebook

Graphic 45 Imagine Travelers Notebook Mini Album

Let your imagination take flight and make a fun Travelers Notebook Mini Album using Graphic 45's new Imagine Collection! There are so many great images and sentiments to use in this great collection. 

I've put together a tutorial showing you how to make the cover AND all the inside pages!  There are a lot of steps in the Snapguide Tutorial but it's easy to follow.  Be sure and leave me a comment if you have any questions or need any help.  

And if you want to flip through thepages, check out my video.

 Here's the mini opened up so you can see both the front and back covers.  I love to make dangles and added one on the spine.  It just adds that little extra touch of pizzazz to a project!
Graphic 45 Imagine Travelers Notebook Mini Album
 The roses are Little Birdie and they match this collection PERFECTLY!!  I love how they come with open roses, rosebuds and leaves.  How great is that?
Graphic 45 Imagine Travelers Notebook Mini Album
This would make a wonderful travel mini with its adventure sentiments.  I have a few friends that I bet would love to receive this as a gift!

Graphic 45 Imagine Travelers Notebook Mini Album
Here's a close up of the closure that I made using a ribbon, keyhole and velcro.  It's a great way to make a closure and I show you how in my tutorial.

Graphic 45 Imagine Travelers Notebook Mini Album Signatures
This style of mini has elastic bands inside and you simply slip each of these booklets, called signatures, under the elastic, and presto, instant mini album!

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Staples - Regular Tags - Ivory
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Keyhole
Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Key

Other Supplies:
Little Birdie Flowers - Florita
Velcro closure

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Stamperia Rice Paper Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends and welcome to my FIRST blog post as a design team member of The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  I am "tickled pink," as we say here in the South, to be joining this team of very talented designers!

Over on the The Frilly and Funkie Challeng Blog, it's time for a new challenge!  The challenge is "B Happy" and our hostess is Cec.  Here are her parameters for the challenge, "Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that."

Mixed Media Rice Paper Canvas
Now this is a challenge I can easily meet Because Butterflies and roses make me very happy!  I decided to make a  decorative canvas using a a rice paper sheet from Stamperia.  The rice paper is adhered to the canvas with matte medium.  After that dried, I applied white crackle paste through a stencil in each of the canvas corners.  (Select a stencil with leafy flourish theme. I used a different stencil from the one shown in my supply list as that one is retired.) 

Mixed Media Rice Paper Canvas
To add to the vintage look, apply clear crackle texture paste in random areas on the canvas thickly so that the cracks will develop nicely.  You can see the crackles in this photo on the rose.  Now you need to set the canvas aside and let it dry naturally.  I know, you'd really like to use your heat gun to speed the process, but trust me, you will get much better crackling if you let it air dry.

Mixed Media Rice Paper Canvas
Now, while the canvas is drying, you can search out the "B" component of the challenge, the birds,  butterflies or bees.  I fussy cut 3 lovely butterflies from Stamperia's Wonderland collection. (Oh my, have you seen that gorgeous paper?  It is truly divine and perfect for cards, tags and even layouts.)  Now to give the butterflies a little bulk, I covered them with a generous coat of Glossy Accents and air dried.
Mixed Media Rice Paper Canvas
All dry right?  The fun part begins! Use Distress Antique Ink to age the canvas by rubbing some ink into the crackles and over the white stenciled crackles.  Then rub Aged Bronze Metallique was around the edges of the canvas and lightly over the stenciling to bring out the design.  Arrange some coordinating flowers on the canvas and add a pretty seam binding bow.  Looking good right?  Now add centers to the butterflies and place on the canvas, popping them up with foam dots.  For a finishing touch, dry brush white paint randomly on the canvas, flowers and ribbon.  Add a few paint splatters.  Looks great?  All finished!

Thanks for joining me today.  I am absolutely enthralled by all the great Stamperia products, especially this rice paper.  I have it on good authority that more Stamperia is coming to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and lots of new Stamperia products so keep an eye out!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Felt Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

Wrapped Journal Mini Album
I'm sharing ANOTHER Wrapped Journal with you today!  This one is made of wool felt and that is one of the things I love most about Eileen Hull's XL Scoreboard Dies. They can be used with so many different materials like fabric, paper, leather, felt, cardboard, thin metal, the possibilities are practically endless!

To make that fun button closure, I just attached a button on the spine and a button on the wrap cover and added a piece of ribbon to loop around, easy peasy!
Wrapped Journal Mini Album
This journal is so pretty with the blue felt and paper accents! And if the paper looks vaguely familiar, its an old Bo Bunny collection of scraps that I had left over.  To make that fun button closure, I just attached a button on the spine and a button on the wrap cover and added a piece of ribbon to loop around, easy peasy!  

I also used dies from the  Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves set to make the flower on the front cover.  Those dies are also part of the Book Club 2 release and are perfectly sized for this cover, don't you think?

You'll notice that the right wrap cover is scalloped and that's because I used the Scallop Border to die-cut that edge.  There are two Movers & Shapers borders designed to work with the Book Club dies, this one and a Floral Cutout. 

Wrapped Journal Mini Album
Another great thing, if you have the Passport Book, is that the pages from the Passport Book work perfectly for making the signatures for this Wrapped Journal!  How great is that????

Wrapped Journal Mini Album
 The Wrapped Journal is designed to hold 4 signatures so you can really load this book up with notes, photos, whatever you like to keep in your journals.


Wool Felt

The Wrapped Journal is part of the Book Club 2 collection and it should be in your favorite store anytime now and also available on the Sizzix website.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Floral Shoppe Step Card for Creative Embellishments

Step Card from Floral Shoppe for Creative Embellishments

Step Card
Here's a card I made using chipboard from Creative Embellishments .  It's a step card and they are my favorite because they stand on their own and look so pretty displayed in your home.  I made this one from Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe collection for my Mom.  She loves flowers so I know she'll love this card!  Yes, I know Mother's Day was last month  😊 but you can just change out the word at the top and the stamping inside and this card will fit whatever occasion you like.

Step Card
 Layers of Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe provide a pretty background for the Rose Leaf Spray and pretty flowers.

Step Card
  I heat embossed the Rose Leaf Spray with Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing enamel.  I love the texture that the enamel creates on the leaves.
Step Card
 Creative Embellishments has a great Mother Word Set, and I used Mom from that set and also heat embossed it with Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing enamel.

Step Card
Inside the card, I used an ephemera card from the Floral Shoppe collection and stamped on Happy Mother's Day.

Whatever the occasion, a step card is a thoughtful way to remember someone.  Here's a link to a step card tutorial if you'd like to make one.

Other Products:
Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe
Graphic 45 Ephemera Cards
Shabby Green Embossing Enamel
Distress Oxide Ink - Vintage Photo

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mixed Media Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with Graphic 45's Couture

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Its always fun to pull out an old collection and see what happens, and so I did!  This is Graphic 45's Couture collection from 2013 and it's a favorite of mine.  I started out with a medium sized Tim Holtz Etcetera tag.  (They are great tags and at 6.5" x 12", there's lot of room for your art!)
Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
I started out by stenciling on a background and then added color with Distress Oxide Inks and paints.  

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Couture has plenty of great images for fussy cutting and I added some of them on the right side.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
A large floral cluster at the botttom left and the top right give the tag just the right symmetry.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 I added extra sparkle to the flowers by edging them with Stickles.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 Flowers and a bow make the upper corner stand out.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 There's even a secret pocket on the tag that's made from a cut-apart.  I matted the cut-apart on a larger piece of design paper and popped it all up with dimensional foam, creating a pocket.
Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Now, I like to recycle, so I used a packaging tag from Graphic 45 to fit a secret tag inside the pocket.  I die-cut a tag cover using G45's new regular tag die and covered the recycled tag with Couture design paper.  The new G45 dies are fabulous, there's a die for each of their tag sizes, a clock, gears, and flowers!  Love them all!

As a finishing touch, I sprayed it all over with Therm-o-web Iridescent Glitter Dust, it makes the whole tag all sparkly and glamorous!

I often get asked, "what do you do with those tags?"  I have several thoughts on that and one of them being that it doesn't have to have a purpose, it's the act of creating that is important to me.  I've made something I like and it's pretty.  Maybe I'll hang it in my studio or I might gift it to someone special with a message on the hidden tag.  I might attach it to a present.  Wow, think how pretty this would look on a simply wrapped gift.  And, if someone looks at it and says they love it, well it might just go home with them!  It's all about the creation, it doesn't have to have a reason for being!

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it so much.  xxoxox

Graphic 45 Couture Collection

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wrapped Journal Purse and Passport Book by Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

 Can you believe I made this purse using Eileen Hull Design's new Wrapped Journal die?  A die needs to have more than one use right?  AND the best part is that the Passport Book mini will fit right inside this sweet little purse!

To fit the mini inside, you just have to make one small adjustment.  I'll show you how to make both the purse and a mini in July, soon, I promise!  Like you, I am waiting for my Wrapped Journal die.  As a member of Eileen's design team, I received some cuts with this die way back in January and that's what I used to make this purse.  Now, I waiting for my own die.  As soon as I receive it, I'll whip up a tutorial for you, promise!

The closure I used is from Fabscraps, it is awesome!


Wrapped Journal Die
Passport Book Die
Simple Stories Romance Collection

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wrapped Journal by Sizzix - Eileen Hull Designs

Wrapped Journal
Hurray!  Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Book Club 2 dies will be available this month!  Here's a Christmas Wrapped Journal from the collection that I made with patent leather.  Below is a video flip through so you can see all the pages.

Wrapped Journal
The journal is such a great size at 5 1/8" x 3 3/4" when the cover is wrapped around.  Easy to tuck into your purse, right?  

Wrapped Journal
I cut the center out of the front cover so that I could frame the old world Santa image.  I cut a small image from the design paper and placed it inside the metal frame on the spine dangle and then cover it with Glossy Accents.  That made such a pretty embellishments, along with the mitten and vintage jingle bell.

Wrapped Journal

 There are 4 signatures inside the journal, one is lined paper for notes and journaling and the others are full of photo mats, tags, and flip pages to optimize photo and journaling spots.

Wrapped Journal

Wrapped Journal
The photo mats on this page are presented as a "waterfall".

Sizzix Scoreboard XL Die - Wrapped Journal
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7 Pk - Credit Card Sleeve & Tags

Thanks for stopping by today, be sure and visit Eileen Hull's blog to see what the rest of her design team is doing with this fabulous new Book Club 2 collection!


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