Sunday, October 17, 2021

New Large Tags from Creative Embellishments

Ohhhh check out this new flourish tag!  I totally love this tag!!  I painted the top layer of the tag first with clear gesso and then used oxide inks to color and blend.  Then I cut the witch out from the signature page of Midnight Tales to fit behind the top tag layer.  Then I just glued on the backing making a nice sturdy tag suitable for home decor.

It's a 2 piece large tag, measuring 5 1/2" x 10". I sandwiched paper from Graphic 45's new Halloween collection, Midnight Tales, between to two tag layers to create a fun and spooky scene.
At the bottom of the tag I heat embossed two Witchy Pumpkins and nestled them among some fussy cuts and epemera from the Midnight Tales collection.

I painted embossing ink on the Witchy Pumpkins rather than dabbing so that I could preserve the etched pumpkin's  eyes and mouth.  

The Owl on Branch is simply painted with black acrylic paint giving just a silhouette in the moon light and is glued over the tag..

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

New Eileen Hull Dies and Stamps - Sizzix Chapter 4

Lots to share with you today including some things that were in Eileen's blog hop last week.  

Let's start with the fabulous Sweater Embossing Folder.  Oh how I love this embossing folder!   The detail that pops out when using this embossing folder is just amazing!

Looks just like a knitted glove!

To make the glove, I die cut a glove using Eileen's Mitten Box Scoreboard die from Core'dinations Color Core cardstock.

Now a BIG WORD about embossing with this folder! This is a 3D Textured Embossing Folder and uses a DIFFERENT sandwich than most texture folders. Ok, not being a smart a** here but pay attention 'cause this is important. The sandwich for a Vagabond is: platform, embossing folder, cutting pad. (That's probably the sandwich for your machine too BUT verify that before cutting.) JUST ONE CUTTING PAD. I am "yelling" because I have broken not 1, but 2 Vagabonds using the WRONG sandwich. (yeah stupid me!!)  Please be careful!  I have a written note taped right beside my diecutting machines, telling me the CORRECT SANDWICH  And after all that, I still did it wrong and broke my machine!!! It's so easy to get in the automatic mode and not pay attention to what you are doing.  I suspect that it is much easier to break an electric machine than a manual machine as I think you would feel the resistance more with a manual machine and not force the folder in but with the Vagabond, when I realized it was the wrong sandwich, it had already gone "bang, pop",  uh oh, WTH, yikes machine broke!

Here's some additional information about the 3D folders, click here. (Textured Fades = Textured Impressions)

Ok enough lecture, 😆!  To get a really good embossed impression, first mist the embossing folder, top and bottom. 

Then place the die-cut glove inside the embossing folder. I didn't want the cable stitch on the glove's cuff so I positioned the glove in the embossing folder such that the cuff was sticking outside the folder. After properly positioning, run it through your die cut machine 3 times.  That helps get a really great embossed image.

Let the embossed paper dry before doing anything else to it.  (You can use your heat gun to dry quickly.)  After my glove was dry, I lightly sanded over the embossing to bring out the knitted stitch. I think my glove has a heather blue appearance now.

To make the card, I just placed the glove over a Stamperia journaling card and fussy cut some flowers. I placed that on a scalloped die-cut of coordinating of card stock and adhered to a card that is 4 1/8" x 5 3/4".

The finished card.

Eileen Hull Designs Products Used

Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Sweater

The Bigz Notebook Die

Now let's take a look at the Bigz Notepad die. This is great to make little gifts or favors as the notepad measures 3 5/8" x 4 3/8". I used Graphic 45's Come One, Come All collection to embellish the Notepad.

It's a great size to hold Post-it notes so I filled mine with the sizes I used the most. The Notepad also includes closure and pen holder tabs but I didn't need those.  The Notepad stays nicely closed when used with Post-it Notes.

You could also use this for a small notebook! Just diecut a bookbinding insert with  Eileen's Bookbinding and Label thinlit set.

The Heart Mandala Die

Did you know Eileen has a new line of stamps out?  I made this card using stamps from her latest release and the newly released thinlit die, The Heart Mandala.

I stamped the flowers onto mixed media paper and then used watercolors to color them.  Remember Eileen's Bookmark, Tag & Pocket Framelits die set?  The "Create With Abandon" is stamped onto the tag and then turned upside down.

I was feeling very bright on the day I made this so I just used some miscellaneous papers from my stash. "Be Kind" and "Explore" are stamped onto die cuts using the Eileen's Sizzix Framelits Die Set  Bookplate, Hinges & Label. (This one has been discontinued)

Products Used

Eileen Hull Stamps by Maker Forte: 

If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me!  These new products along with the fabulous Full Size Journal make this the best Eileen Hull release ever!!

In case you missed the Full Size Journal release, here's a link: 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Eileen Hull Designs and The Crafter's Workshop Collaboration

 Eileen's team has teamed up with The Crafters Workshop (TCW) this month and I've created this fun and vibrant canvas.

The canvas is 6" x  6."  To make the background I placed TCW's Starflower Net (stencil 945s) on my canvas and applied Gamboge Stencil Butter covering about half the canvas.  Then I applied Marigold Stencil Butter on the other half of the canvas, blending the two colors in the center, creating a color fade from orange to yellow.  The stncil butter is so nice and smooth and goes on like, well, butter!

Next I added Dyan Reaveley washi tape across the canvas and also around the edge to create a "frame." 

Time for some stamping.  I stamped a flower from Eileen's Maker Forte Wonderful World of Flowers set onto plain paper and colored with Tombow markers.  Then I fussy cut the flower and popped it up in the corner.  

I always use Archival Ink when I'm stamping as I can then color in the stamp without fear of the black ink smearing or running into the colored ink.

I used an older Eileen die from the Framelits Die Set - Bookplate, Hinges & Label to cut a scalloped circle and then stamped in the center with a stamp from Eileen's Maker Forte Snail Mail Inspiration set.

The butterfly is a stamp from TCS's Beautiful Sentiments stamp set that I colored with Tombow pens and fussy cut.

That's it!  This was such a fun collaboration, it's always great to try new products.  I loved The Crafters Workshop stencil butters, check them out here: TCW Stencil Butter  There are so many things you can do with these besides make a canvas; they's work so well on any of Eileen's journal covers, or on a layout.  In my caswe, they made a perfect background for Eileen's new stamps.  The possibilities are endless.

Products Used

The Crafter's Workshop Stencil 945s - Starflower Net
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookplate, Hinges & Label by Eileen Hull

Saturday, October 2, 2021

October Amazing Paper Grace Die from Spellbinders

 Ready for some vampire love?  The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is so pretty and romantic.  It immediately made me think of a wedding or anniversary card.  But being October my head just can't do pretty love, this month is all about Halloween and spooky things!

Images of the die set.

But still, I was kind of hung up on the romantic feel of these dies and so here you have it folks, Vampire Love! Well you know Halloween has to be a great day for vampires right?  I thought this card was just right for the occasion!

Look at all the beautiful scroll details in the center.  The small flowers were made with dies included in this month's set while the large flower is a purchased bloom.

And, all the beautiful scroll work in the corners.

Best of all, is the pretty shape of this card.  Included in this die set, is a die that allows you to cut a shaped card.  That really adds a layer of sophistication to your card!

I don't know whether to save this card for Valentines or Halloween.  Either way, I know my sweetheart will love it!

Join the Amazing Paper Grace (APG) Die of the Month Club and receive an expertly designed die set each month, complete with inspiration. Plus, members get store savings, extra deals, gifts, and more. Click Here to learn more about club membership.  You can get this month's die here.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, October 1, 2021

New Eileen Hull Sizzix Chapter 4 Release

The Chapter 4 Sizzix Release is exciting for so many reasons- there are two never-done-before designs! One is the Full Size Journal which is a Bigz Pro size- you will need a machine with at least a 9" throat to cut this die- like a Big Shot Plus or Pro. Not to worry- if you don't have that machine, Eileen will have the pre-cut pieces available in her Etsy store for you to work with. The other new technology is a 3D Embossing Folder! It's called Sweater and is oh so cozy. Also new this release is a Bigz Notepad die with lots of options for materials and uses, and a Heart Mandala Thinlits to decorate with!

There is a GIVEAWAY too- leave a comment on each of the designers' blog posts and you will be entered to win one of the new dies! Another prize will be given to someone who attends and comments in the Release Party Facebook Live.

Blog Hop Stops

My Projects -

I have lots to share with you today so grab you favorite snack and settle in!

The Full Size Journal 

First up-, The Full Size Journal, I am absolutely loving it!  It's already my favorite sized journal for making mini albums, measuring 6" x 8 3/4" and nearly 2" thick.  There's so much room on each page for photos and journaling. I used Graphic 45's new Halloween collection, Midnight Tales, to craft this mini. 

Scroll down a ways and I have a flip through video of the mini showing you all the pages and giving you some background information.

Flip-Through Video

On the left, at the bottom, I made two pockets using Eileen's Pocet die from the Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers set.  Then I added a cut-apart over the two pockets in the center.

I made a waterfall page using Eileen's recently released Waterfall & Tags set.

I made tuck spots and tucked in different sized tags made with 
Eileen's Waterfall & Tags set. On the right side is a Sizzix die-cut file folder, cut with a really old Sizzix steel-ruled die.

Eileen's tags.

Each page of the mini is a pocket page so I put a large G45 tag inside each page pocket.

This is a "wild and crazy" page!  Not only does it have a flip up, when you flip up the top page a fold out page is beneath.  On the right fold out flap is Eileen's needle book and in the center are more of Eileen's tags.

Needle Book, File Folder

The Bigz Notebook Die

This was made with the Bigz Notepad die. The notepad is 3 5/8" x 4 3/8".

The Heart Mandala Die

More information coming on the Notepad and Heart Mandala die in a later post!  

Eileen Hull Designs Products Used

Sizzix Needle Book (discontinued)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Banners & Pennants (discontinued)

Other Products

Spooky October Challenge for Creative Embellishments

Welcome to the  Creative Embellishments October challenge.  Here's the inspiration photo and the twist is to use your stash.  Now that's always a fun prospect!  I dug back into my Halloween stash and came up with these random papers.  I think Authentique Mysterious and Graphic 45 Happy Haunting, both old collections.  Then I used lots of scary Halloween chipboard pieces from the  Creative Embellishments store.

I made some fun witch's boots home decor to go with a witch's hat I made last year.  I just love Halloween projects; I think its the bright oranges, greens, yellows and purples so predominant in the Halloween color palette.

I heat embossed a chipboard spider web with Stampendous Aged Silver and in the center I placed a black heat embossed creepy spider.

Creative Embellishments has so many great titles for every occasion.  This Happy Halloween title was the perfect size for my Witch's Boot.  I used the Halloween Stencil tto mask spider webs on the boots.

Now my favorite find for this Halloween, these very cool black acrylic skull and bones!  There are two sizes in the set of  14 pieces.

The make way cool looking buttons!  YOu could sew them on through the eyes, but I just glued them on.

Creative Embellishments Products

These boots will go great with last year's Witch's Hat don't you think?

Challenge Rules

Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of October 1st, 2021.

*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!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Card with Oriental Lily and Wellies from Susan Tierney-Cockburn Garden Club for Spellbinders


I love Susan's Garden Club collection of dies from Spellbinders.  These lilies might look hard to make, but they are really easy!

Those Wellies are just the cutest and make the perfect vessel to hold your bouquet of flowers!  Ane yes, the Wellie die is included in this die set.

To make the flowers, you just brush on some ink started from the flower center out to the petals.  Then dot on some "freckles".  Pinch the petals and layer one petal set over another.  Then add the stamen.  You can view Susan's full assembly video here.


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