Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Pop-up Card for Little Birdie Crafts

I've got a really cute card to share with you today that I made for Little Birdie Crafts.  I used their Birds and Berries 6 x 6"  and 12 x 12" paper packs and a sheet of coordinating cardstock to create this card.





When you open the card, a delightful floral panel pops up to surprise the recipient of this pretty card.  (The card mechanism for the pop up was made with Twist Panel Pop-up dies from Karen Burniston)





The Card Front

Let's take a look at the layering techniques I used on the front of the card.

I selected two sheets of paper from the Birds and Berries 6 x 6 pack and cut to 4 3/4" square and 4 1/2" square.  I distressed the edges and layered the smaller piece over the larger piece.  Then I used a honeycomb mask and stenciled the design with Little Birdie's Mixed Media Paste.



Next I randomly cut pieces off the Honey Comb chipboard so that it's shape would be irregular and then lightly painted over the piece with white gesso.  After it was dry, I adhered to the left side of my card.



I selected one of the doiles from the 12 x 12 paper pack and adhered to the front, centering.  Notice that I cut a piece out on the right.  I did this so that my flowers would nestle better.



Sometimes I deconstruct a flower so that I can snug it under the papers and other flowers.  I removed the back two petal layers from this flower and cut them in half so that I could push them under the doily.



I placed my flower piece and added a bed of leaves before adhering the flowers.



I  fussy cut a sentiment from the Elements paper in the 12 x 12 paper pack and adhered to the front. To finish off the  card and give it a shabby appearance I dry brushed white gesso over the flowers and card.



To make the pretty pop up cards inside, I fussy cut images from the Elements Sheet and adhered to scalloped die-cut papers from the collection.





That's it.  I hope that my layering tips will help you with your designs!  Thanks for joining me today.


Supplies from Little Birdie Crafts



Maggi xoxo







Mini Album Front for Creative Embellishments

This is the beginnings of a mini album I'm making for the first year of my great niece's life.  She is pretty as a princess so I thought the Princess papers from Graphic 45 would be very appropriate.  The album will be 8" x 9".  I know this project is going to take me forever as I'll be including photos and journaling spots inside.  I will share pages with you as I go along!

I always want the cover to have that WOW factor so I really like to dress it up with layers, flowers and pretty chipboard from Creative Embellishments.




I framed a cut-apart with this adorable Baby Frame.  First I heat embossed the frame with Ranger Antiquities California Stucco.  Then I used a stiff paint brush to paint embossing ink on the word "Baby" and heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. I think the two colors made the word stand out better.





Then, above and below I used Florish set 2 to add interest to the cover and make the cut-apart stand out.  They are also heat embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.  They serve to draw the eye to the center of the page and add to the beauty of the floral clusters.



Products from Creative Embellishments Store





Thanks for joining me today.
Maggi xoxo








Friday, July 10, 2020

A Canvas for Little Birdie Crafts

Today I'm sharing an inspiration art canvas that I did for Little Birdie Crafts. I've used the Boho Dreams paper collection along with some mixed medias to create this panel.




Let me show you how I made this.  First I cut an 8 x 8 piece from the Boho Dreams collection and applied a sticky sheet to the back of the paper so that the paper would be securely attached to the art panel.  This will keep the paper from buckling when mixed media is applied. (I distressed around the edges before adhering to the board.)




Next, I used the Floral stencil and masked on some floral patterns using white Mixed Media Paste.  After that dried, I misted with Berry Blast and Gold Rust mists and allowed that to dry.  (You can speed up the process by drying with your heat gun.)  Then I streaked yellow, red and white paint randomly on the canvas.




I took a 6" x 6" piece of paper from the collection and tore all around the edges and then added 3 pieces of washi tape.



I used a combination of mists and paints to color the 6 x 6 paper.  While that dries locate the two punch out doilies shown below.  Ink over the doilies to give an aged appearance.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Now apply some paint randomly around the edges of the doilies.




Paint a scrap of corrugated cardboard white and adhere near the bottom of the canvas. Then adhere the smaller paper, centering as shown below.  Heat emboss the Scroll Border with embossing enamel and attach to the corrugated paper.  (I used Stampendous Aged Rose Embossing Enamel.)


Now it's time to decorate with flowers and the two doilies.  Use some foam tape to pop up the doilies and place one so that it partially covers the other.


For a finishing touch, dry brush some white paint over the flowers.






Thanks so much for visiting the Little Birdie Blog and joining me today!  Be sure and stop by the Little Birdie Crafts store, there are so many wonderful things there that I bet you'd like to have.  😃
If you're in North America, Little Birdie now has a warehouse in the US and you can order knowing that you will receive your order quickly!  There's no minimum purchase either so now you can have all those gorgeous Little Birdie blooms that you've been wishing for!!





Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Layout for Creative Embellishments

You know, layouts are my favorite thing, and I don't do nearly enough of them these days.  I have photos from our trip to Alaska last summer that need to be scrapped and this is one of them, taken in downtown Anchorage.  I loved this blue bear and that, along with all the beautiful flowers, makes Anchorage so colorful in the summer.  Its certainly a change from the dirty snow and ice of winter!

I used several chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments on this layout.  Underneath the photo I used the Harlequin Circle but I cut the harlequins out of the circle.  I painted all the chipboard pieces roughly with white paint, purposely not covering the chipboard 100%.

I used Stamperia's Blue Land papers which is such a beautiful line with many mixed media appearing details.  You really don't need to do much!  I did stencil on the background using the ledger stencil and this lightly touching the stencil marks with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I also added a piece of  printed paper underneath the photo that I lightly inked. 

Stemming out from the flowers on the left is a vintage flourish that I cut into two pieces so it could extend from both the top and the bottom.



This is a Distressed Chevron Piece, I needed a little balance down in that corner.




Creative Embellishments has so many great words and word sets that make great titles.  This is from Travel Word Set 1. I cut some really narrow foam tape and popped it up.









Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  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. of  the 1st of each month, 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 stopping by, I do appreciate it!  

xoxo Maggi

Monday, July 6, 2020

Eileen Hull Designs New Mitten Die

Eileen Hull's new mitten die is so darn cute and versatile!  I made a little mini book out of it and it was so easy to do.

To make the covers, cover two pieces of matboard 5" x 6" on both sides with your selected paper.  Lay the covered matboard with the front face down on the die and run through your die-cutting machine.  Cut your pages for the mini using the same die, and bonus, you can cut several pages at a time.



To bind the pages together I used an older Eileen die, the Movers & Shapers Magnetic Book Binding Die which makes book binding a snap. (Here's a tutorial that explains in detail how to use the Book Binding Die.)  Die cut your pages, insert the rings, and that's all, your book is ready to use.  


This mini is great for using up your scraps of Christmas papers!

I created a little pocket on one of the pages and tucked in a cut-apart that could be used for journaling.

You can place a photo on each page or write a note.

Eileen Hull Designs Products Used




Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die - Book Binding (no longer available at Sizzix but I did see it at Amazon and Scrapbook.com)

Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Paper Collection

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out Eileen Hull's blog where you can see lots of fabulous projects with this Mitten die AND the new Snowman die.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Creative Embellishments July Challenge

Time for a new challenge at the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Here's the mood board, something will surely inspire you!  This twist this month is to use a birthday theme.






My Take on the Challenge

It's pretty obvious where the inspiration for this card came from as you can see one of the photos on the mood board is lilacs, and so, I chose Stamperia's Lilac Flowers collection to make this card.  

I use a pretty photo corner in the upper left to anchor my lovely Little Birdie Crafts flowers.  The sentiment is from Small Sentiment Words set.  I used Stampendous Aged Wine Embossing Enamel to color both pieces of chipboard.  Then I just diecut several layers for the front.



I did a simple pop up on the inside using the pretty papers to make layers.




Step Card

The 2nd card is a step card that will stand up so prettily all on its own.  


  I used a Scribble Frame to group and highlight my chose embellishments.  It looks so nice on the center pane of the card.  I treated the frame with Stampendous Shabby Chic White Embossing Enamel.


I thought the pink polka dotted paper insdie was so pretty, I just left it as is and added the words from the Birthday Word set also heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby Chic White Embossing Enamel.





How to enter the challenge

The monthly challenge is always the first post 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  July 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.


Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:





Eileen Hull Designs Blog Hop Introducing the New Snowman and Mitten Dies

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Thanks for coming to the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop! Check out the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Mitten and Snowman dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.

The hop starts at Eileen's blog, and then:



But wait- there’s more- the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1! Join the chat- and a random commenter will win the Snowman die. We are so glad you joined us to celebrate the Chapter 3 release.

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will win the Mitten Box die…

New Dies!

These dies are just adorable!  Be sure to hop a long and see all the fun ways that the design team used these dies.  Both dies make up as cute little boxes that would work great for party favors, candy boxes, gift boxes, you are only limited by your imagination.

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My Snowman Projects

For my first project, I decided to go traditional and make a snowman box.  I think he is so adorable with the plaid scarf!




Assembling this box is really easy.  Cut two of the snowman and all his parts and one box base from chip or mat board.  I first covered my mat board with white cardstock before die-cutting. Then I die cut all the little pieces from different pieces of cardstock that I taped onto the die so that I could cut several shapes at once.






Napkin Rings

I love to set a pretty table and I thought these little snowmen would make great napkin rings and look so festive on the table.   

 To make the rings cut a piece of paper 2 1/2" x 5" and score at 5/8" on each verticle side.  Fold at the scorelines and glue.  Then join the ends, overlapping 1/2" so that you've formed a ring.  Then assemble your snowman and adhere to the ring at the seam.










Be sure to hop along and visit all the designer's blogs, there's so much to see!!


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