Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chasing Away the Blues with Stamperia's Blue Land - Frilly & Funkie Challenge

Challenge Theme

Time for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Kathy Clement is our host this time around and for her challenge, Winter Blues, she wants you to "take the winter blues in a positive direction and create a monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white or grey for contrast, but I would like the blues to be front and center in this project."

My Take on the Challenge

I decided to return to my scrapbooking "roots" with this challenge and create a layout.  I don't do too many layouts anymore.  I'm not sure why, but I think it's because I've scrapped all my scrap-worthy photos.  BUT I did just purge a TON of layouts and so now I can scrap those photos all over again.  😄

So here we go!  I've created a heritage layout of my grandparents when they were quite young.  It could be their wedding photo as my Mom told me that she had a picture from the  day they were married.  This photo came from my brother and Mom never found the wedding photo she spoke of, so I am wondering if this is it.  Unfortunately, Mom is gone now so I can't ask her.

I've used the absolutely divine Stamperia Blue Land collection, Yep it's perfect for this challenge 'cause it's all blues, grays, and subtle whites.  I started out by stenciling a pattern using a layering stencil and white opaque texture paste on the upper right side.  It's framing the layers around the photo.  This design paper is so intricately designed, that it's hard to tell the paper from the stenciling in a photograph!  If you were looking at the actual layout, you would see the dimension from the stenciling.

I added a bit of lace around one of the layers to enhance the vintage charm of this layout.

Most of the time, I mat my photos onto plain card stock, but I decided to break out of that mold and do something different so I've used a die-cut photo mat.

I cut a rectangular piece of card stock that was large enough to fit the die in the corner. I die-cut the bottom corner, and then ran it through a second time, die-cutting the upper corner.  Next, it was just a matter of matting the die-cut onto a slightly darker blue piece of card stock and topping with my photo.

Gotta have flowers!

You know I have to put flowers on everything!  I've used some really pretty blue flowers from Little Birdie Crafts.  Aren't these just gorgeous?  (Little Birdie Flowers are available at AC Moore Arts & Crafts.)

I love the look of chipboard underneath my flowers, I think it anchors the floral cluster.  I've used two corner chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments under my floral arrangements.  To color the chippies, I covered them with embossing ink and then heat embossed with Emerald Creek Baked Texture - Deep Sea embossing power.  They were really dark so I lightened their effect by dabbing on a little bit of embossing ink here and there on the chippy, and sprinkled on Emerald Creek Allure Powder in Soft Fallen Show being careful not to fully cover any area.  The title chippie is also treated in this same manner.

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Stamperia Blue Land
Sizzix Alterations Mixed Media #5 Die Set by Tim Holtz
Emerald Creek Alure Powders - Soft Fallen Snow
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Deep Sea
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Weathered Wood
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic Winter Blues project  and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Winter Blues.

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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Eileen Hull Designs New Stacking Drawer Die by Sizzix

Have you seen the new Stacking Drawers Die by Eileen Hull Designs for Sizzix?  I am just loving that die.  Here' s a simple Valentine's project and tutorial to get you started using this die.

Aren't these so sweet for Valentine's favors?  Just fill them up with chocolate and you will surely please the recipient!

Here's another way you can use these drawers, stack them up.  You can view the full post on this drawer stack here.


1 sheet 12 x 12 paper
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 White Sheets  or Lightweight Chipboard (More about this in the tutorial)
Sizzix Adhesive Sheets - 6" x 6", Permanent, 10 Sheets
Strong Quick Drying Adhesive

Step 1:

Cut 12 x 12 paper in two pieces, each 6" x 12".  Adhere the paper to a similarly sized piece of chipboard using something like Sizzix Adhesive Sheets.  If you want your drawers to have design paper inside, cover the chipboard on both sides.  Now place the paper with the outside design down on the die and run it through your die-cut machine.

Step 2:
You should have these pieces.  Note:  I cut an extra bottom.

Step 3:  
Carefully bend at the score lines and fold the piece on the left into a rectangle using strong glue to secure the tab on the inside.  Clothespins are great for holding it together while the glue dries.  This forms the outer body of the drawer set.

Step 4:
Again, carefully fold the drawer assembly (the one with the notch cut out) on the score lines and glue the tab on the inside.

Step 5:
Now here's the important part. If you make this from matboard or medium chipboard, you have to glue the box bottom on the inside of the box so that the tabs are on the outside of the box bottom.  If you glue the bottom such that the tabs are on the inside, the drawer will not fit into its slider.

In this photo the tabs are glued on the inside.  I used lightweight cardboard, similar to a cereal box or shirt packaging, to make this drawer.  Using this lightweight cardboard, allowed me to glue the bottom of the box such that the tabs are inside the box.

Step 6:
Remember that second drawer bottom from Step 2?  I glued it inside the drawer, so that the drawer would have a nice finished look inside.

Slide the drawer into its sleeve and that's all there is to it.  Now you can embellish however you wish and you've got such a fun little box that makes a great party favor.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Keep an eye on Eileen's blog to see more great projects from the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team using te Stacking Drawers and Treasure Box dies.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

New Stacking Drawer and Treasure Box Dies from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix!

New Dies

I am thrilled to share my first projects using Eileen's new dies that have just been released.  Check this out!  Isn't that little set of drawers adorable?   And that chest, I just love it!!  Best thing of all, the drawers will fit nicely inside the chest if you don't cover the top with flowers as I did.  😃

One of the new dies makes a cute little drawer assembly and the neat thing is that you can stack them and make a drawer tower as I did.

Then, there's this awesome little chest and guess what?  A stack of 3 drawers (without flowers on top 😃 ) fits perfectly inside!

The Drawers

The die cuts one cute little drawer and then you can cut multiples and stack to make a chest as I did.  I think this would make a nice gift box for jewelry!

View from the back.

The Chest
Love this little chest!  I gave it feet for maximum impact.  It is perfectly sized to fit a stack of 3 drawers.  It would also make a nice gift box,  hmmm, how about using Valentine themed papers and filling it with chocolate? It can be a recipe box, the possibilities are endless!

Stay tuned, there just might be other things that can fit in that chest coming!

Eileen Hull Designs Dies Used:

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Collection
Tim Holtz Box Feet
Metal Key
Petaloo Flowers

Thanks for joining me today!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folders

Come join me at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog for the Saturday Showcase where I'll show you some techniques to use on Tim Holtz's 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folders.  These are such great folders with great dimensional embossing.  

I'll show you how I made these 3 cards using the Mechanics, Foundry and Kaleidoscope Texture Fades Embossing Folders.  Just click on the photos to link to the tutorials.

3-D Texture Fades Mechanics Embossing Folder3-D Texture Fades Foundry Embossing Folder

3-D Texture Fades Kaleidoscope Embossing Folder

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vintage Valentine Challenge for The Frilly and Funkie Blog

The Challenge
Time for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog and I'm hosting this time around.  The season of love is just around the corner and for this challenge I want to see vintage valentines in vintage colors like pinks, blues, purples. No bright red please. Show me your vintage side with vintage colors and images. If you need some inspiration, click here to link to a great vintage color palette.

My Vintage Valentine

I've used Stamperia's Precious collection to creat my vintage valentine.  I decided to make a shaker card.  I used white seam binding and dyed it pink to make the bow and it's actually attached to a Graphic 45 square tag that is tucked in behind the front flap.

 The shaker is made with a set of nested circle dies.  I die-cut the love word and put inside the shaker along with some beads.  I used the new 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folders to make the pink scalloped border on the right.   These dies are so awesome as they cut and emboss all at the same time. I used Core'dinations cardstock so that I could lightly sand the embossing to make it stand out. 
 Stamperia papers always include some great cut-aparts.  The envelope on the left is a cut-apart from the Precious collection.  I used removable glue dots to adhere it and I think I'll put  a chocolate in there for my special someone.  On the right, that love stamp is a really old Cuttlebug die and embossing folder.

Here's the tag outside the card. I used a Graphic 45 square tag and die-cut design paper to cover the tag using Graphic 45's square tag die.  I love those dies, they cut the tag just a smidge smaller so that a pretty border is left all around the tag. 

How to enter the challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic valentine and link it to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge any time between now and 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.

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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Clearsnap Color Blends by Eileen Hull


Blends are a fun ink product designed by Eileen Hull for ColorBox.  Blends are unique as they are an inker, re-inker and applicator all in one. The contain much more ink than your typical stamp pad and come in 16 colors.

This is a Journal that I made with Eileen's Journal die.  It makes a Traveler's Notebook style journal and is definitely one of my favorite things to make!  They are addictive.

The first step (sorry I don't have any process photos) after die-cutting and assembling the journal, was inking the cover.  I used several different Blends to do the color and used a little water to blend it all together nicely.    

Here's a great video where Eileen shows you how to use the Blends.  Also check out this blog post by fellow DT member Karen Bearse.

Next, I used a stencil from Stamperia and copper embossing paste to stencil on the clock faces.

After that dried I added those pretty flowers from Little Birdie Crafts, the Graphic 45 key hole, and the chipboard piece which is from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante Collection.

On the back cover, I used another Stamperia stencil and stenciled with nutmeg Blends.  I love how I was able to add the stenciled images over the blended background color without smearing.

Let's take a look at the signature covers inside.  I embossed the cover of the first one and then lightly inked over the embossed impression with Blends.  They work really well for this kind of application.

On this cover, again I used a stencil and lightly inked the background.  The Mannequin is a fussy cut image from the Steampunk Debutante collection that I adhered.  Then I stamped the image above and below using 2 different color Blends, Nutmeg and Ebony.

The image in the center is from a Stamperia stamp.  I stamped it on paper and then used a paintbrush and picked up a little color from the Blends and painted in the fine details.

 Be sure to watch Eileen's video on how to use the Blends for lots more information on this great product.


Stamperia Clocks Stencils
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante
Stamperia stencils and stamps

Thanks for stopping by today!


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