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.


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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Stamperia Garden Journal at The Frilly and Funkie Blog

Spotlight on Stamperia's Garden Collection

Join me over at The Frilly and Funkie Blog for the  Saturday Spotlight!  Today the spotlight is shining on Stamperia's Garden collection, AND I've got a great tutorial for you.  These papers are colorful and filled with delightful garden images that just might entice you to do a little fussy cutting.  I've created a garden journal that is simple to make, but oh so lovely, and, since it's the time of year for gift giving, this journal is perfect for the gardener's in your life!

Inside journal page:

The Stamperia Garden Collection can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique along with many other Stamperia collections.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thankful Canvas for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Challenge Theme: 
Kathy is hosting our challenge this time and it's A Harvest of Gratitude.  Kathy asks that you
"create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart."

My Project:
Sometimes life is hard, I mean really hard.  Right now, my family is having to deal with a lot of stressful issues.  We just lost our Mother and another family member is dealing with a difficult health problems.  Some days I find it difficult to think positively but this challenge has reminded me that I still have much to be thankful for and so I created this canvas as a constant reminder, life IS good, even in the face of adversity.

The Process:
Have I told you how much I LOVE everything Stamperia?  Oh my, they have the most gorgeous papers, totally drool worthy!!  The papers are so pretty, well, you could just frame the papers as they are with no modification!  For this project, I used the Patchwork collection and a rice paper sheet, also from the Patchwork collection.

Ok, I did add a few things to the papers.  I started with a 9" x 12" canvas and I first glued a 9" x 12" piece of design paper to that. I used a Tim Holtz circle mask and aged mahogany paint to stencil on some random circles.  Then I used a sponge stamp to add some smaller dots of Fossilized Amber and Aged Mahogany.

Then I took a 4" square canvas and painted it with Aged Mahogany paint.  After that dried, I decoupaged on a 4" square cut-apart and glued it to the canvas.  The raised canvas creates a picture with in a picture, giving the small canvas a position of importance. I am so grateful for my home, it is my refuge so I thought it was important to represent that on my canvas.

Though I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, I still love these cups and the messages they convey.  I fussy cut the teacups from the rice paper they were printed on and decoupaged them on the canvas.  I love their translucent look.

Beneath the cups I've added a  chipboard word that says it all, "family".  Family is everything to me.  The two words I've used on this canvas are Creative Embellishments chipboard and I like how they stand out.  I colored the words with Seth Apter's Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing enamel by Emerald Creek.  I like how the dark color gives the words a sense of importance.

I love the copper flecks in the embossed words.

Everyone faces challenges in life, I have to remember, that in spite of it all, life IS good.  I created a lot of texture on this tiny canvas that is just 3" square. I did some masking on the canvas with a burlap stencil and then painted it all with Aged Mahogany paint.

In my crafting world, it's all about the flowers.  Can't help myself, I have to put flowers on everything!  The flowers I've used on this canvas are mostly from Little Birdie's Vivid collection of blooms.  Love the vibrant color that works so well with this canvas!

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic Harvest of Gratitude project and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge any time between now and 
11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 20th, 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, October 24, 2018

Creating Texture with 3D Embossing Folders

The Funkie Junkie Boutique hosts the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog and it's time for a new challenge.  Sara Emily is hosting this time around and the challenge theme is "Impress Us".  Get out your embossing folders or anything you have and create a shabby chic or vintage project that has an impression.

My Challenge Creation:
I made a spooky Halloween easel card for the challenge.   Yep, I do make a lot of easel cards.  Why you ask?  Because they look so great standing up by themselves!
Halloween easel card

The Process:
I used a 3D Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades Impressions embossing folder for the "impressions" part of the challenge.  I simply placed a piece of black cardstock in my embossing folder and ran it through my Vagabond.  Now to make all the wonderful impressions stand out, I lightly rubbed the surface of the cardstock with Prima Mettalique wax.  I love how that completely changed the appearance and brought out all the impressions highlights.

Next, I grabbed a few Tim Halloween stamps, stamp platform, his Halloween 8 x 8 paper stash and some pumpkin colored cardstock.  I stamped the poison bottle onto patterned paper from the Halloween stack and  trimmed it to a nice rectangular shape and adhered it to the front of the card.   I ALWAYS use the stamp platform to stamp because I am "stamping" challenged.  I love that I can stamp over my image several times using the stamp platform and I did just that, to get a nice dark crisp image of the poison bottle.

Then I stamped the pumpkins using embossing ink onto orange cardstock and used my favorite new embossing powder, Seth Apter's Oil Rubbed Bronze by Emerald Creek, for the pumpkin faces.  It's such a nice shimmery dark color with little flecks of copper.  I fussy cut the pumpkins and popped them on the front, added a black flower and a gingham bow.  One thing I love to do with black flowers is mist them with silver or gold mist.  I used Lindy's Black Orchid Silver to dress up this flower.  It give the otherwise inky black petals some definition.

This is the front or the easel of the card.  For details on how to construct an easel card, you can take a look at these tutorials.  Easel Card Tutorial, and another.
Halloween easel card

Inside the card, I cut a piece of patterned paper and stenciled some paint drips on it and adhered this to my black cardstock base.  Then I used a really cool spider web acetate overlay that is part of the Halloween Paper Stack. To finish it off, I added a die-cut Happy Halloween sentiment cut from black cardstock and again rubbed lightly with silver wax.  I popped up the two witches and they serve to hold the easel in place.  Oh yes, one final embellishment:  a creepy spider charm crawling around.  Ugh, I hate spiders!!!

Halloween easel card

How to Enter the Challenge:
Create a vintage or shabby chic "Impress Us" project and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge any time between now and 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 6th, 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.

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


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