Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eileen Hull's New House Ornament Die by Sizzix

Hi friends!  Today I want to  show you another way to use Eileen Hull Designs new House Ornament Die by Sizzix.  This die has so many uses besides being an ornament.  I've used it to make spooky Halloween treat boxes.  Aren't they just the cutest?  They are filled with chocolates and a surprise for my scrappy bff's!  (Hmm, wonder how many of my bff's will see this blog post?!)


These are really quick and easy to make, especially if you make them from design paper rather than mat board that is paper covered, painted, stamped and/or inked.  I selected some fun Halloween 
12 x 12 papers and cut in half so that the paper was 6" x 12".  Then I just ran the paper through my die cutting machine (I have a Vagabond).  The trick to using paper with these dies is to use a crease pad in place of one cutting pad.  If you use the regular sandwich like when you are cutting a mat board design, more than likely the paper will cut through where the creases should be.  Using the crease pad will cut the paper and add crease lines where they should be!

You need to cut two pieces with the House Ornament die, then apply Eileen's Red Liner Tape to the small flaps on the left.  Join the two pieces together as shown in the 2nd photo below.

Then fold into a box shape with the other tab inside the box, press to secure the tape to the house side wall.  You have two flaps on the bottom, cut one off and secure the other with the tab inside the box.

Next, let's give those windows some definition 'cause they are not so visible.  Eileen's House/Pocket Stitchlits just happens to have a window frame that fits these windows perfectly.  Cut two window frames and adhere to the outside over the window cutouts.  I love how Eileen's dies work together!

That's all there is for the basic assembly of the box.  BUT now we have to gussy it up!  Add some flowers and ribbons at the top.  On the sides you can add stickers or whatever you like. 

The House Ornament die also cuts a small house so I used that to create a door. I just cut the top off to take off the point, you can see my door on the house below on the right.

I also wanted to add some tags to my boxes. so I used the adorable little house that comes with this die to make a cute little tag.  AND because in my world, more is better,  I added a small circle tag that I cut with Eileen's Credit Card Sleeve and Tags die set.  

Eileen Hull Designs Dies by Sizzix Used:

Thanks for joining me today.
Maggi xxoxo

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Treats not Tricks at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog

The Challenge

I"m happy to be leading the challenge this time around, especially since it is time for Halloween crafting.  Funny thing is, I don't really decorate for Halloween, but I love the dark Halloween colors.  So, my challenge to you is to make Treats not Tricks!  Chose a theme for your project and make a vintage or shabby chic something that holds a treat.  It could be a Halloween treat bag, a Vaentine's candy box, a birthday card for a special person that holds a treat (could be a gift card "treat" or a bit of chocolate), anything that can hold a treat.

My Treat not Trick

Of course, I went with a Halloween theme and created a fun little card tag to hang on a bottle of wine.  It's a perfect treat for adult friends.  I used Graphic 45's DCE, The Magic of Oz for my creation.

The Card

This fun little treat card was made with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix's Notebook (#663635).  On the inside, there's a pocket that very nicely holds two pieces of chocolate.

I looped a string through the bow to make a loop to secure the card to the wine bottle.

How to Make the Card

Making this was fun and easy!  First I covered a piece of mat board (at least 5.5" x 8.5") on both sides with black cardstock.  Then I used Eileen Hull's Notebook die to die-cut the covered mat board.  Presto, you have a black card blank.    

Next I covered a piece mat board (6" x 6") again with black cardstock on both sides and die-cut it with Eileen Hull Designs Gift Card Folder and Label #2 die by Sizzix.  Fold up the 3 flaps and adhere to each other to make the Gift Card Folder.

Punch a hole in the top of the Gift Card Folder.

Now the fun part begins!  Adhere the Gift Card Folder inside the card base. Use design paper and stickers to decorate inside and out.  I adhered a small magnet set under the circle embellishment and the design paper on the left to hold the card closed.

Put  a treat in the pocket, loop over a nice bottle of wine and give a treat to a special person in your life!

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic valentine and link it to the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog any time between now and 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019.  The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.   and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the 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 Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die - Notebook (#663635)
Black Jute (I used some string I had on hand, but this jute from Tim Holtz would work great)

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Terrific Tags at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

The Challenge
Our new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Blog is up!  Ginny is  hosting this time around and it's a  great challenge, Terrific Tags.  I love making tags so this was right up my alley.  Ginny describes her challenge, "Add it to a gift, label a homemade tasty treat, or display it with your favorite home decor, tags are not only fun to create they also have a million uses. For this challenge create a tag that's big or small, mixed media or layered, or added to a project as a fabulous focal point. I can't wait to see your creations!"  

It's a Gift Card Tag
I chose the bright and cheerful Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise collection to make my tag.   This tag features a hidden pocket where you can tuck in a gift card.  Add the tag to a nice bottle of wine, and presto!  You've got a great gift.  ( The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries many Graphic 45 collections so be sure to stop and take a look.)
Let me show you how this tag comes together.

Step 1:  Begin by cutting an envelope with Eileen Hull's new Gift Card Folder and Label XL Die by Sizzix.  I cut my envelope from plain cardstock that coordinated with the paper collection.  Since cardstock is thinner than the mat board that I normally use with the XL dies, the crease lines did not emboss on the cut envelope and that's the way I wanted it because normally there are two score lines to make a 3D envelope and I wanted a flat envelope.  I just scored the envelope as shown in this photo.  Fold up the three flaps and you've got a great little pocket that can be used for so many things!

Step 2:  Fussy cut some flowers from Utopian Fields and a cut-apart from Hypnotic Horizons as shown.

Step 3:  Next cut a strip from  Graphic 45's Lost in Paradise about 4 1/8" x 12" and then use G45's large tag die to cut a tag from the pink striped B side.  Trim the remainder of the strip to 3 1/2" wide and round the corners as shown below.

Step 4:  Adhere the die cut tag to an ivory Graphic 45 large tag.  Then adhere the floral piece at the top of the tag, centering from side to side.  Assemble the gift card folder as shown.

Step 5:  Trim the cut-apart shown below to 2 5/8" x 3 5/8".  On the backside of the cut-apart, add a belly band by just adhering the ends of a strip of paper so that you can slip a gift card behind.  

Adhere the Gift Card Folder 2 1/4" from the bottom, centering from side to side.


Step 6:  Adhere the flowers to the envelope being careful not to adhere to the back of the envelope.  Next add dimensional foam on three sides of the Hello Sunshine cut-apart (leaving the top open) and adhere over the gift card assembly as shown.

Cut a 3 1/4" Mini Scallop strip from cardstock and adhere near the bottom of the tag as shown.

Step 7:  Add some pretty flowers and work in a couple of fun charms.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a great selection of charms and other metal embellishments.  Add a pretty bow at the top and that's all there is to it!
Sizzix 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Mini ScallopMay Arts 1.5 Inch Solid Plaid Wired Ribbon - Rose/Pink/Ivory

Other Products
Bazzill Hillary green cardstock
Little Birdie Flowers

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, Terrific Tags. The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie 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 Funkie Junkie Blog.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Card Tutorials

Hello friends!  I am back after a marvelous summer in Alaska and Canada.  I had a wonderful time  visiting friends and communing with nature!  BUT, now it's time to put my crafting hat back on so I'm starting it off with a bang at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with 3 card tutorials.  Please stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to view the tutorials for the cards below and see the 3  gorgeous Stamperia collections that I'm showcasing today.


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