Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Creative Embellishments Steampunk Gingerbread Man

Meet Steampunk Willie!  He's from Creative Embellishments and is made from  3/8" plywood and measures 10" x 11.9".  He's the perfect size for home decor so I  have him on my craftroom door.  He's so cute and makes me smile!



 I used Graphic 45's new Christmas Time Collection to make his vest.  The vest is my own freehand design.  The bow is CE chipboard heat embossed with Stampendous Red Tinsel.



I used a Silhouette cut file to make the hat and used an assortment of Creative Embellishments chipboard gears heat embossed with gold embossing powder to embellish. 







Don't you just love his googles?  They are Creative Embellishments.  I used a 1/2" circle punch for his eyes and buttons.  The googles and all the gears are heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold.




The wings are another item from Creative Embellishments large selection of Steampunk items.  I heat embossed this quite some time ago so I'm not positive what I used, but I think it's Stampendous Aged Copper embossing powder.  As soon as the powder melted I sprinked on gold micro beads.








Other Supplies

Silhouette Steampunk Top Hat cut file
Graphic 45 Christmas Time Collection
Feathers
Christmas Red Stickles
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Powder
Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Powder
Stampendous Red Tinsel Embossing Powder
Gold Micro-beads
Cardstock - Black, Khaki
Distress Oxide Ink - Black Soot
Dienamites Holly Die
1/2" Circle Punch

HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE

 Be sure to check ou the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because  you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter "challenge" in the search box and the challenges will pop up.  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  November 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it!

Maggi xoxo



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas Cards with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix


Do you have your Christmas cards made? Me? ha ha ha, no I don't.  My cards usually end up being Happy New Year's 'cause I just can't seem to get it together!

But today I am sharing two cards I made using some of Eileen Hull Designs dies.
This is a simple layered card using Eileens's Mitten and Credit Card Sleeve & Tags dies.  Gift cards are always appreciated and this year shopping with the crowds is not an option for me.  So I'll be gifting some cards but I like to put those gift cards  in either a fun box or card.  The gift card is inserted in the glove on this card.  Then, there's plenty of room inside to write a personal message.

There are 4 layers: 1) the red card base, 2) ivory cardstock, 3) green striped and 4) Santa's Wishlist.  Those layers make a nice presentation for the pretty glove.


I die-cut a mitten and then used the slot die from the Credit Card Framelits Set and cut a scalloped slot in the glove where a gift card can be inserted.  I decorated the glove with paper ric rac, also cut with the mitten die.  Then I tied a bow and glued at the wrist of the glove.





This is one of my favorite style cards, a step card.  They are fun to make but cutting the card base is a little bit of a challenge.  Here's a template you can use to make a step card.  I used a couple of layers in the center and a cut-apart as a backdrop for Eileen's cheery snowman.

You can't see it much in this photo, but I used Stickles to highlight the berries, pinecones and branches.  It gives the card a really pretty sparkle.  I also popped up the snowman to add some depth to the card.



I cut the snowman pieces and assembled.  I trimmed his stocking cap with Stamperia Arctic Snow. 




Here's a side view of the card so you can see the step.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to go over to Eileen's blog to see what else the design team has been doing.




Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Clean and Simple Layouts for Creative Embellishments

I'm just now getting back to that mini album I was working on a couple of months ago.  I gotta get my rear in gear 'cause Christmas is coming and this is a gift!

Today I've got a couple layouts to share with you.  They are simple, but made fun and pretty, by using Creative Embellishments chipboard.
 


This layout celebrates Family and you have an instant title when it's cut out of the frame!



I used a frame from the Together Frame Set on this layout and heat embossed it with Emerald CreekAncient Amber Embossing powder. 



A Pine Cone Cluster colored with Lindy's Mists topped with a festive poinsettia finishes this cheerful holiday layout.  I love how Lindy's adds sparkle to the color.  The poinsettia is brushed with Wind of Stella gold.


Sweet baby's first Christmas.  I think she looks so cute in the center of the wreath.



I used Distress Embossing Glaze in Fired Brick for the Merry Christmas title.  The set that this comes is is really nice as it has 5 titles all in different fonts and sizes.



The bow is embossed the same as the title.  I used two colors of Lindy's to color the Holly Wreath.  I think using multiple colors gives depth and more closely mimics nature.I used a circle from the Love Artist's Trading Coins set to frame the photo and place it on top of the inner wreath.



Both of these layouts are going in an 8 x 8 mini that I'm making.  They are quick and relatively flat so that they will fit nicely in the book.  Thanks for taking a look!




Other Supplies

Graphic 45 Christmas Time 12 x 12 Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Fired Brick
Lindy's Mists: Frosty Forest Green, Ponderosa Pines Green


HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE


 Be sure to check ou the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because  you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter "challenge" in the search box and the challenges will pop up.  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  November 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it!

Maggi xoxo








Sunday, November 1, 2020

November Creative Embellishments Challenge

Time for another Creative Embellishments challenge.  Can you believe it is November already?  Well let's just write 2020 off as a bad joke on the world and get on with 2021!  Yay, only two months to go.

While you're waiting for this horrible year to come to a close, why not join in the Creative Embellishments challenge?  It's easy, just see the rules at the end of this post.  

Here's the November inspiration photo, aren't the colors gorgeous?  Our challenges always include a twist and this month the twist is to add a favorite quote to your project.



I decided to make a large tag featuring a favorite quote and fall colors.




To create my tage, i first covered a large tag with design paper and then die-cut a rectangle and the quote.  The Distressed Stamps are heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.  I used cardboard to pop up my layers and add dimension to my tag and then tucked the Distressed Stamps under the cut-apart quote.








Then I added a Prima vine and some larger Petaloo flowers. Simple, but effective I think!






HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE


 Be sure to check ou the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because  you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter "challenge" in the search box and the challenges will pop up.  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  November 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it!

Maggi xoxo





Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Treat Bag for Creative Embellishments

 It's that haunting time of the year and a fun decorated gift bag quickly transforms into a spooktacular treat or gift bag!

I started with a simple kraft gift bag and added colorful panels to the front and back.

On one side I added this fabulous skeleton, definitely one of my fave Halloween themed chipboard pieces.  I used Picket Fence Distress Stain to color him.  I love the mottled look that it gives.




The other side of the bag is decorated with a large shaker cauldron with Buttons Galore shaker mix inside.

A ouple of tips for assembling your shaker:  Adhere the clear plastic piece to the top piece and set it aside to completely dry.  Assemble the bottom piece and two side wall layers and set aside to dry.  Allow plenty of time for drying and then add your shaker mix and glue the top on and again, set aside to dry.  Don't shake it until it is completely dry!




These chipboard pumpkin faces are so fun  Tim Holtz's Crackling Campfire is a great color for pumpkins.  I used the Distress Paint on these.






Happy Haunting!!






From Creative Embellishments



Other Supplies

Authentique Masquerade Collection
Distress Paint - Crackling Campfire
Black Paint
Beaded Trim - Hobby Lobby
Distress Stain - Picket Fence

 ENTER THE CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS BLOG CHALLENGE


The monthly challenge is always posted on the first of the month on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Be sure to check it out, you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  October 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.



Thanks for popping by!

Maggi xoxo

























Monday, October 19, 2020

Halloween Decor with Creative Embellishments

I am loving all the large plywood home decor items available in the Creative Embellishments shop.  This witch's hat is 11.5"w x 11.9"h which makes it perfect for a Halloween door hanging!

You know I love paper, soooo, yep I covered the hat first with paper from Authentique's Masquerade collection.  The fun flags are stickers in the collection. 

Every self respecting witch needs a few bats flying around her hat right?   😃  These are chipboard bats heat embossed with aged black embossing enamel.






 I used orange cardstock underneath the wood hat band that I embossed with aged gold embossing enamel.  The pumpkins are simply painted and glued.




I've had this raven die-cut hanging around for a while.  I think it's a Tim Holtz die.



This witch's hat was loads of fun to decorate, you are only limited by your imagination!


From Creative Embellishments





Other Supplies

Authentique Masquerade Collection
Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel


 ENTER THE Creative embellishments blog CHALLENGE


The monthly challenge is always posted on the first of the month on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Be sure to check it out, you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  October 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.



Thanks for popping by!

Maggi xoxo

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Post Box - Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix New Die

Eileen Hull has two new XL dies available and you're going to love them!  Today I am sharing the Post Box XL Die with you.

The XL dies often are longer than 12" and that sometimes makes using our favorite design papers with these dies a challenge.  In today's tutorial I'll show you a couple of ways to make 12" paper work with this new die.

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Post 


These are the two boxes I made with the Post Box die.  Yep, it's time to get those Christmas projects going!




Christmas Wish Box

The Post Box makes a great Christmas Wish Box.  Give each child their own box to fill with there Christmas wishes.  They'll have so much fun putting their Christmas wishes in the box.  They could cut things out that they see on advertisements, write a letter to Santa, lots of ways to fill the box!



Tutorial 
1.  Cut mat board and design paper 5 1/2" wide.  Apply adhesive to the back of the design paper and adhere to the mat board (6" x 13") lining it up at the bottom edge.  Eileen's Thermoweb adhesive sheets work really well for this application.




2.  Now cut a piece of design paper 5 1/2"W  x 3 1/4"L and adhere over the blank spot on the matboard.




3.  Now place the paper covered  mat board on the die with the small piece of patterned paper covering the scalloped top of the die.  Place the mat board face down so that the scalloped edge is just covered with the mat board and run it through your die cutting machine.  It should come out nicely cut with the edge of the different design paper at the back seam of the slotted top.  In the photo below you can see that I am peeling off a very thin strip of paper that  went over the back scoreline.




4.  Assemble the box using double sided tape.  Note that the bottom flaps in this photo fold over the upper flaps.



5.  I made the sentiment on the front  by printing onto clear transparency film.  I love doing this especially when I want to add journaling to a journaling card.  Use the "T-Shirt Transfer" function on your printer as this prints a mirror image of the text which you will need to do because you have to print on the backside of the transparency film.  Be sure you get the right film for an ink jet printer if that is what you use.

6.  Make a closure for the box, I used velcro.


I finished off the back of the box with a cut-apart.




7.  You could also make cards to write on that fit through the slot.



Christmas Ornament Gift Box




One Christmas my parents bought my brother a golf putter and instead of wrapping it, they hung it right next to the tree trunk where it was effectively hidden!  It was great fun as my brother was really hoping for that putter and was quite mystified that there was no golf club looking package under the tree!  Ever since then I've thought it was fun to hide things in the tree.  So here's an adorable box that holds a gift card or small gift that's also an ornament.


Tutorial 

1.  To utilize 12" paper for this design, cut design paper 5 1/2" x 12 and adhere to 6" x 13" mat board.  (I always trim off the extra 1/2" on the side).  Place the mat board on the die such that the scalloped edge is covered with design paper and the uncovered portion is at the bottom and die cut.  Keep the little piece that comes out of the "mail slot".  Then cut the two triangle pieces off at the top.  In this photo you can see that I've cut the left side off.



2.  Assemble the box in the same manner as above.



3.  Now use a piece of coordinating design paper to make a trim all around the box.  You could use a border trim or ribbon.





4.   Now place the little piece that was diecut out for the slot back in the slot and cover with decorative paper, a sticker, whatever works for you on the outside.  Then punch two holes in the top and thread ribbon, string, twine etc. to make a hanger. 

I used a magnet set on this box as a closure.  The magnet on the box itself is underneath the design paper while the magnet on the flap is visible.







I used a sticker on the top of mine.  


Embelish the box however you like and you're all set with a pretty gift box ornament.




Supplies 





Graphic 45 Winter  Wonderland Collection



Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to take a look at Eileen's blog to see more projects with the Post Box die!












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