Saturday, February 13, 2021

Shaker Cards for Creative Embellishments

Creative Embellishments has a great selection of shakers that work so well for card making and other projects too!  Today, I have two shaker cards to share with you.  

Here's a great card for the coming summer and beach time! I used the Lighthouse Shaker Set, Seagrass, and an ATC coin from the Sea set on this card made with Graphic 45's By the Sea collection.




 The lighthouse is painted with acrylic paints and filled with sequins from Buttons Galore.





I painted the Seagrass withLindy's mist and glued it to the front of the Lighthouse Shaker.  Then I framed the sailor image with an ATC coin from the Sea ATC 




Unlike many of my dimensional cards, this one can be mailed in an envelope!




You can never make too many Christmas cards right?  Here's a fun one I made for my dear friend, Eileen Hull.  She has a travel trailer that looks a lot like this one.  I painted it with acrylic paints to match hers and decorated it with a wired ribbon thing and then added red stickles to mimic holly berries.  




I painted it with acrylic paints and decorated it with a wired ribbon thingy and added red stickles to mimic holly berries. 




In the upper left corner I used the Berry Wreath and heat embossed it.  Again, I used red stickles to make holly berries and added a couple of festive poinsettias.  I heat embossed the Merry Christmas words and placed in the center of the wreath to complete the look.



This is a step card so it stands nicely to display.



HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE

Be sure to check out the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because you could win a great gift certificate to the store! To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter “challenge” in the search box and the challenges will pop up.

 Here are the rules:

  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of December 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.



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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Maggi xoxo


















Monday, February 8, 2021

Eileen Hull's New Folio Journal Die - Basic Assembly Tutorial


Last week I shared the folio journal that I made with the new Folio Journal from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix.  Today I will show you how I put it together.

Assembly Instructions

Begin by selecting papers for the outside and inside of your folio.  I like to use cardstock that coordinates with the design papers I am using because I usually cover everything with several layers of patterned paper; so why waste my design paper on the basic cover, right?


Step 1
The XL Scoreboard dies are designed to work with thicker materials such as Sizzix mat board or medium weight chipboard.  Apply adhesive to the cardstock; adhesive sheets work really well for this application.  Then adhere the cardstock to the mat board covering both sides before die-cutting.  Next place the mat board with the cover face down on the Folio Journal die and run it through your die-cut machine.

Bonus:  If you use cardstock or paper that has no up/down pattern, you won't have to worry about a cover being upside down!  You will need to cut 2 pieces with the folio die.  The carefully fold along the score lines as shown.

Outside of both covers


Step 2
Along with the covers there is a small insert piece.  Aplly adhesive to both flaps on the insert piece. I like to use Eileen's red line tape as it is strong and holds well.

Inside cover and insert with red line tape applied to the flaps. 
This is the back cover.



Adhere the insert piece to the center of the bottom of the back cover.  Now fold the folio flap over, being sure to square it up, forming a pocket as shown below in Step 4 .


Step 3
Note:  I chose to add design paper to both covers before assembling as I thought it would be easier to do while the cover was flat.  

Before adding design paper to the front cover, you need to make the closure strip mechanism. Cut a piece of thin chipboard, heavy cardstock, or whatever you have about 3/4" to 1" wide and long enough to wrap from the front cover around the two folio pockets and to the back of the folio.  My journal is 1.5" thick so I cut a piece 1" x 5".  Cover both sides of the closure strip with design paper.  

Then, adhere 1.5" to 2" of the closure strip to the front cover with red line tape such that the strip will fold around the folio pocket (not the spine).  Now add design paper to the front of your folio to hide where you have attached the closure strip.  Add a 2 piece magnet or velcro closure where shown in the below photo.   

This is the inside front cover where you can see the closure strip hanging off the front cover.  See step 6 for completing the closure.





Step 4
You can make the spine from 1.5" to 3" depending on how much your overlap the two spine pieces.  If you make a wide journal, i.e. 3" wide, I suggest reinforcing the spine on the inside with another piece of matboard.  Use a Crop-a-dile to punch holes to match the spine.

Apply red liner tape to one of the spines as shown below and press the two spines together as shown in Step 5.  I think it looks better to apply the front cover spine over the back spine.




Step 5
Now the folio is put together. On the right side you should have a pocket and on the left side, a fold over flap.  If you wan, you can add another insert piece to the top of the folio, forming a closed pocket.  I chose to leave mine open at the top.

Step 6
To complete the closure, fold the two sides together forming the folio as shown below.  Put the magnets or velcro together on the closure strip, remove the adhesive from the 2nd part of the set and fold the closure strip around the folio and press the end onto the back cover so that the 2nd magnet or velcro piece adheres to the back cover.  That will hold your folio closed.


There you go, your basic folio.  You can add signatures by binding them to the spine with elastic bands.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





The pocket is just the right size to slip in a small journal.



Go to this post to learn how to make the flowers.




 Maggi  xoxo








 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Layout for Creative Embellishments

Sharing a layout today for Creative Embellishments. First I painted the floral paper with watered down white gesso as I thought the pattern was too pink and bright. Then I masked on the background with the Ledger and Flourish stencils.



I used medium and small half  circle pieces to frame the photo.  They are painted antique white and then stamped with with pink paint using the Distressed Circle Stamp.




I used a word from the Adventure Word Set as a title and heat embossed it with Ancient Amber (Emerald Creek) embossing powder.




I love the palm leaf clusters, they look so nice layered under the flowers.  They are colored with Lindy's mists. 












HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE


Be sure to check out the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because you could win a great gift certificate to the store! To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter “challenge” in the search box and the challenges will pop up. Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of December 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.
Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it!




 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

New Folio Die from Eileen Hull Designs

Welcome to the Chapter 1 Eileen Hull/Sizzix Release Party Blog Hop! Just wait till you see all of the fun options the new ScoreBoards Folio Journal die has in store for you! You will also love the Mandala and Folio Page, Pockets and Flower Thinlits dies that coordinate❤.
Please hop through the blogs and be inspired by the work of the talented Inspiration and Educator teams! Leave a comment for each designer and you could win a Folio Journal die (as soon as it arrives!)
Join Eileen and specials guests for a Facebook Live on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at noon Eastern. Comment on our Facebook Live and be eligible to win either the Mandela die or the Folio Pages, Pockets and Flowers die- two winners!
Winners will be announced on the Facebook Live show on February 9 at 6:00 EST.





I have something fabulous to share with you today! It's Eileen's newest scoreboard die and you are going to love it! Presenting Eileen's....drum roll...!

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Folio Journal

Blog hop order - hop along with the designers and see all their great projects!  You should have come from Sue Eldred's to my blog.  If not, you can go back to Eileen's blog and start the hop.  There will be prizes!




My Project

This die is so versatile, you can make a mini album, a folio, a notebook, the possibilities are endless!
Here's what I made.  It's a combo mini and journal.  Also, I used Eileen's new Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers in the making of this Folio. I used Graphic 45's DCE Voyage Beneath the Sea 'cause I am thinking, out with winter and bring on summer, and the beach!!








The folio opens up to reveal two sides and there you can do lots of things.  On the left side I made a mini and on the right, I made a pocket to hold a journal.









This is the left side mini with lots of places to tuck photos and notes.













And this is the right side, which I made as a pocket closed at the bottom to hold a little journal.








That's all folks!




This folio is just delightful, I know you are going to love it.  Come back next week and I'll show you how to put it together.Also. don't forget to stop by Eileen's blog and see all the designer projects.


 Supplies



Monday, February 1, 2021

February Challenge for Creative Embellishments

I made a large tag for the February Challenge and of course it's Valentine's themed.  I used a large tag (5.5 x 10") from Creative Embellishments and an older Graphic 45 collection, Mon Amour, for this romantic project.


The first thing I did was cover the tag with paper and then I stenciled on some hearts with the Heart Bokeh Stencil. 


On the right side I used a CE chipboard piece that I heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby White. Then I wove a strip of design paper through the hearts.  On the left side I used two different piecs of chipboard that I heat embossed and cut each piece in two so that they would layer nicely under the flowers. 
 



The solid heart is is a wood veneer piece that I inked with pink ink and then painted with white gesso.  The cut-out heart is also heat embossed.




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HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE


 Be sure to check ou the monthly challenge on the Creative Embellishments Blog because  you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  To find the monthly challenges just click on the pink search icon on the upper right side of the page and enter "challenge" in the search box and the challenges will pop up.  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  February 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,
Maggi xoxo








 

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