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!

Mixed Media Tag for Creative Embellishments

Mixed Media Tag
Sometimes I like to play around and see what happens and that is what happened on the day I did this chipboard Creative Embellishments Large Tag.  These tags are great for such experimentation as they are about 5.5" x 10", a great size for trying things out.  Maybe I was a bit heavy handed!

Mixed Media Tag
On this day, I was playing with Tim Holtz's new Resist Spray.  That was after decoupaging tissue paper to the tag and not liking the result. So, I gave the tag a nice spritz with the Resist Spray and then sprinkled silver embossing enamel all over.  Perhaps I was a bit heavy handed.....

Mixed Media Tag
Then I glued on Distressed Harlequin Pieces from the Creative Embellishments store.  They've got some paint dabbles and little bits of embossing enamel applied.

Mixed Media TagMixed Media Tag
Then I added some silver metal flowers and leaves to which I added some aged spice and silver embossing enamel.  Next, some stamped on orange paint and some rhinestones for an odd counterpoint amidst all the grunge.  That's it, my play for today.

You know it is important to "play" in your art.  That's how you learn things, you learn what works, what doesn't work and you grow as an artist through these struggles.  So, have some fun, throw paint at a canvas, get your fingers messy, HAVE FUN and don't worry about what it looks like.  Just enjoy the process.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Card with a Hidden Tag from Stamperia Garden Collection

Friendship Card
Here's a fun card made with Stamperia's new Garden Collection.  Oh my, this collection is just yummy!  I placed a hidden tag on the left side of the card where you can write a secret message.

Friendship Card
I made this card for the latest challenge,  Letter Perfect, at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project with lettering on it.  Now that's a fun project that you can interpret in many ways!

Friendship Card
Nothing fancy about this card, just a simple card with layering on the outside and a simple pocket.

Friendship Card

The round quote is fussy cut from the collection.  That is one thing I really love about Stamperia's collections; they usually include some great fussy cut images!

Friendship Card
Here you can see the tag removed from the hidden pocket.  I just love that vintage lady's shoe charm tied into the box on the tag.

Stamperia Garden Collection
Petaloo Antique Rose Penny Lane Flowers
Zipper Stop Seam Binding Salmon

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wrappd Journal Tutorial for Eileen Hull Designs

Hurray, the Wrapped Journal Die from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix is here!  It should be available in your favorite stores and at Sizzix sometime this month.  I am so excited, I just love this die!!  It makes the cutest little book with a wrap-around cover.  It's about the size of the  Passport Journal,, BUT the cover wraps all the way around.

I used  Sizzix Mat Board to make my journal covers, it seems to hold up well with Mixed Media applications.  You can also use chipboard though.

I've recorded a video tutorial showing you how I made the cover for this journal and how to string the ealstic bands.

Video Tutorial

Here's the cover opened up so you can see it in it's entirety.

Inside, with the book opened up.

The best thing about this wrap journal is that I used the pages portion of the Passport Journal to diecut the pages for this Wrap Journal! I love it when dies work together like this.

 I used the Credit Card Sleeve & Tags Framelits die set to create this gift card holder.  It cuts the perfect size sleeve to slide in a gift card or credit card.

Lots of pretty pages in the journal with tuck spots and pocket pages.  I used Stamperia's Alchemy collection, you really have to see this collection in person to appreciate how beautiful it is!!  I bought 1 collection pack, 'cause I wasn't sure if I would love it, oh yeah, upon receipt, I immediately order another pack!

Stop by my blog tomorrow for a link to a video flip through of this journal so that you can see all the inside pages and different dies from Eileen's newest die collection, Bookclub 2 that includes this fabulous Wrapped Journal die.

Sizzix Products Used

Other Products:
Jute Twine

Friday, June 1, 2018

June challenge for Creative Embellishments, it's celestial!

Time for another challenge at Creative Embellishments.  I love this month's inspiration photo, you can go so many directions with it and the colors are so fabby!  The twist is to use celestial elements on your project.
I started out with a Large Tag from Creative Embellishments.  If you are a tag lover, you're going to love these tags as they are a great size at 5.5" x 10".  Since they are chipboard, they will hold up to mixed media applications with a coat of gesso applied first.

I used Stamperia Alchemy papers on my tag and started out with a background layer that I masked with Crafters Workshop Shimmering Gold Gesso.  Then I added Doily 2, which is a large intricate doily.  I heat embossed it with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.  Then I rubbed Prima Metallique Vintage Gold Wax around the edges of the doily to accent it.

Next I layered on a cut-apart from the Alchemy collection and framed the moon face image with the  Out of this World Frame that is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel.  I love how it drays your eye to the image.

At the bottom I've used part of the Floral Lace Border heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold.  I really love the Stampendous aged embossing enamels, they are perfect for giving your chipboard pieces some real pizzazz!

Other Products - Available at

49 and Market Rustic Collection Flowers
Stamperia Alchemy Paper Collection

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Eileen Hull's Passport Journal Die and Graphic 45's Little Women collection

Passport Journal Notebook

Graphic 45's Little Women collection is so very pretty with its rich vintage colors and beautiful images of the Little Women. I knew it would make a precious little journal just for collecting photos of some little women that I know. AND,  it's the perfect gift for the readers in your life.  I so well remember being mesmerized by this book!

I used Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Passport Journal to die cut the journal and pages.  This is a small journal, just 3.5" x 5".  It's the perfect size for keeping photos and journaling close at hand and easily fits into a ladies handbag where it makes a great "brag book" and diary for recording those special moments that are always happening when the granddaughters, aka little women, are around.  

Passport Journal Notebook
Front and back cover.

Here's a video flip through of the journal, it's the best way to show you all of the pages!

Passport Journal Notebook

Passport Journal Notebook
Tip: Use the small size ephemera cards to make quick waterfalls and flip pages in your journals.

Passport Journal Notebook

Passport Journal Notebook

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Little Women Collection Kit
Ephemera Cards
Staples Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates & Knobs
Staples Shabby Chic Metal Key Holes
Staples ATC Tags Ivory

Other Supplies from Sizzix:

Petaloo Flowers
Hobby Lobby Grosgrain Ribbon Brt Persimmon
Really Reasonable Ribbon, 5/8" Satin w/Grosgrain Edge Light Navy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Layout with Creative Embellishments chipboard and Stamperia papers

I haven't made many layouts lately.  I do love making them but it seems that I have run out of good photos so I was happy when I found this one of my mother-in-law, taken when she was a young lady.  Stamperia's Flower Alphabet papers and Creative Embellishments chipboard accents were just what I need to scrap this special photo.

I used a word from the Mother Word Set for my title.  I simply heat embossed it with my favorite Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  I painted a sprig of ivy from the Ivy Sprigs set with green and a bit of white paint, then I lightly brushed on some Prima Vintage Gold Wax.

I used Flourish Corner 2 underneath the flowers at hte top left and bottom right.    I colored the flourishes with a little Lindy's mist and Prima Metallique Wax and then dry brushed some white paint here and there and added some white paint sprinkles.

Supplies Used from Creative Embellishments:

Other Supplies (highlighted items available at
Stamperia Flower Alphabet
Lindy's Starburst Mist Gator Gumbo Olive

Thank you for joining me today,  I aprreciate it more than you'll ever know!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Spring Birdhouse from Eileen Hull Design's by Sizzix

Finally, after a cold wet winter, spring has really arrived in North Carolina!  I have birds nesting on both my front and back porches and hummingbirds flitting about their feeders.  I've started planting my vegetable garden, the trees are blooming, and everything outside is fresh with new color.  I love this time of year!

I made this sweet little birdhouse to celebrate and embellished the roof with some pretty flowers that I made.  These are so simple to make.  Here's a video showing you how to assemble the birdhouse that iss cut with an XL die from Sizzix's Eileen Hull Designs line of dies.  Eileen designs so many great 3D dies, you'll love them all!

Video tutorial

I used Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe collection to make the birdhouse, it's gorgeous floral images were perfect for this project!

These flowers are deceptively easy to make.  I'm not one to spend hours making exquisite delicate flowers, I'm not that patient!  For me, it's diecut, give 'em a twist and a curl, bam!  Done!


Wooden Skewer

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