Tuesday, December 13, 2022

2022 Round Up for Eileen Hull Designs

 Another year has just about come and gone!  December is the busiest month so Eileen Hull's design team takes a little break and instead of creating something new, we post our favorite Eileen projects from 2022.  Don't worry, we're not sitting back drinking eggnog, we're busy creating great things with the January 2023 coming release!

 I love the full size journal as it's a great size to use for a mini album or a journal. So of course, this full size journal is one of my favorite projects for 2022.  This was acollaboration with Gel Press and I loved getting all messy with paint.  (See the orginal post here and scroll down a bit.) 

Who doesn't love a box?  It's an obsession with me, I can't bear to throw away a nice box.  Consequently I have way too many empty boxes stored here and there.  What's even better?  Making your own Book Box which, at 5" x 6.5" is a perfect size for holding bits and pieces of lots of things!  I used this one to hold a collection of old buttons I got from my Mom.  For more details, check out this post.

I think the Shadow Box Frames die-sets get my votes for most fun projects of 2022.  I made a bunch of these frames!  They go together quickly and are so fun for so many things.  This one isa tribute to my much loved poodles. (Link to the original post .)

And then there's this one, a Shadow Box Frame cube made with 4 Shadow Box Frames.

I'm sure on any given day, I would chose 3 different projects as my favorites.  Ha!  It's just hard to pick!  Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog and see what the rest of the team is doing.

Monday, December 5, 2022

More Cork Projects with Sizzix Cork Roll Surfacez

 I'm still having fun with Sizzix Cork Roll Surfacez.  It's quite a versatile material as you can stamp it, paint it, emboss it, dress it up or dress it down.  So many possibilities!

I decided to put a feminine spin on cork and came up with this cute little box made with Eileen Hull's new Geometric Box XL Die.  I'm very haapy with the result!

I wanted to see what effect using an embossing folder would have on the cork.  As you can see, the cork embossed quite nicely!  I used Eileen's Woven Leather embossing folder on the triangle pieces.  After embossing, I lightly rubbed the pieces with gold and silver Sizzix Luster Wax.  I love the look!

I hot glued lace around the lid and added a pretty glass drawer pull to add to the feminine character of the box.

And of course, flowers, lots of flowers!

Another Cork Project:

I wanted to know how well the cork would hold a crease, and if the cork cracked and looked ugly along the crease lines, so I made this cute little shadowbox frame to show off a lighthouse photo I took.  As you can see in the photo, creasing the cork paper was no problem at all; the shadow box frame held it's shape quite nicely.

I did find that gluing the cork pieces together was not quite as easy as gluing regular cardstock.  After several unsuccessful tries with white glue, I resorted to hot glue.  While that had it's now set of challenges, I perservered and made it work!

I used the flower and leaf thinlits from the Shadow Box Frames #1 set to embellish the bottom of the frame.  Then I nestled in some tiny shells and starfish to complete the seaside vibe.


I love the cork paper, next I want to incorporate it into a 12 x 12 layout project.  If you want to see how it worked with mixed media, check out this post here.

Thanks for visiting!

xoxo Maggi

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

How to Antique Paper Silverware Handles

It's the Holiday Season and Eileen Hull and her Design Team is excited to share another "Comfort & Joy" event with you throughout November.  Join in the fun on the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook page. 

I've created a napkin and cutlery holder set that is so useful for those holiday parties as well as a great hostess gift.

Along with Comfort and Joy, this month our theme is Sparkle and Shine so I've added some fun silverware handle embellishments.  These are easy to make, just watch my video below.

YOu can see how the wax and mist brings out the details in the handles.

Eileen's Card Caddy is also the perfect size to hold cocktail napkins!  To make the caddy I first adhered the design paper (Grahic 45's Winter Wonderland) to matboard and then diecut with Eileen's Card Caddy XL die.

After assembly, I embellished the Card Caddy with a mitten from Eileen's Mitten Box released a couple years ago.  Then I added some pretty flowers and tucked in two of those fussy cut silverware handles that I made in the above video. They are the perfect touch for my floral cluster.  

To go along with this napkin holder, I made a Geometric Box to hold cutlery again embellishing with a silverware handle.

Make several of these sets and decorate for the different seasons and holidays! Need a hostess gift?  These would be appreciated by everyone.  


These dies are no longer available from Sizzix but you may find them 
for sale on other websites:
Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die - Box, Mitten by Eileen Hull
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves by Eileen Hull

Are you a member of the Eileen Hull Fan Club? It's a great place to gather ideas and inspiration!  

Stop by Eileen's blog for inspiration from Eileen and the Design Team.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sizzix New Cork Roll Surfacez

 I am loving this new Cork Roll Surfacez  from Sizzix!  It is a roll of paper backed cork 12" x 48" and can be used in many ways.

I decided to try it out using Eileen Hull's Full Size Journal by Sizzixcover with mixed media and I love the result! 

When I make journals I always adhere my paper to the mat board before diecutting.  So, when I made this, I adhered the cork paper to the matboard, then diecut and THEN I applied my mixed media.  By doing it this way the paper could not warp as it sometimes like to do.  As long as the paper is completely adhered to the matboard, it doesn't warp.  I used adhesive sheets to ensure that every bit of paper is adhered.

Once the cover is diecut you can begin adding mixed media.  I used acrylic paint and stencils to  create my look.  I have found that a dabber brush works best for applying paint through a stencil and be sure to dab the paint on rather than using strokes.  I use a fairly dry paint brush when dabbing, otherwise the paint tends to run under the stencil.

I did both covers and then adhered some fun cutouts from Stamperia's Bauhaus  Collection.

Back cover.

I used design paper on the inside covers.

I love this, I think it's my favorite project this year!  Now I need to fill it up with art journal pages!


Assorted Acrylic Paints

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Eileen Hull's Geometric Box and Sunflower Dies - Flower Tutorial

Eileen's Geometric Box is so pretty and has many uses.  It could be a favor box, gift box, dry flower vase pencil cup, it could be so many things!

I chose to make the box without a lid so that it can be used as a pencil cup.

Flower Tutorial

I used Eileen's new Sunflower Die to make a flower embellishment.  Here are the steps.
1.  The die has 3 size flowers on it; cut 4 of the middle size and 3 of the small flower.  Ink the flowers and then lightly mist them so that they can be easily shaped.

2.  Pinch the sides of the flowers together.  I like to use my tweezers to help shape the petals.  Dry the flowers, reshaping as necessary during drying.

3.  Stack and glue the flowers such that the petals are not completely overlapping each other.

4.  To make the center, roll the petals up into curls as shown.  I used my tweezers but you could use the end of a small paint brush or something similar.

5.  Stack the three curled centers onto a brad and secure.  Unroll the petals slightly so that the flowers fit together.

6.  Adhere the center to the petal assembly and look at your beautiful flower!

View from the back.

View from the side.

Here's another flower I made with the same die.  This time I cut 2 large flowers and 2 of the middle size and the round centerpiece.  Instead of pincing the petals, I gave each petal a twist with my tweezers.  Then I stacked and glued the two middle size flowers onto the 2 larger flowers.

I made the center of the flower by putting a thick layer of Glossy Accents all over the centerpiece and then poured microbeads all over.  I allowed that to dry and then sprayed with acrylic sealer to keep the beads from popping off.  (You can filled in any areas that don't have enough beads by adding more glue and beads before spraying with acrylic sealer.)

I cut 2 leaves using the die from green cardstock to place behind the flower.  

I wanted a fall themed card holder so I made 2 XL Cardboxes from Eileen's Chapter 3 release and glued them together.  Then I wrapped them together with design paper from Graphic 45's Let it Bee collection.  
I used a journaling card underneath the flower.

On the back I added two small commercial flowers.



Napking Rings with Eileen Hull's new 3-D Silverware Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I made these elegant napkin rings with Eileen Hull's new 3-D Silverware Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and a few items from my stash.  Watch the video below to see how easy they are to make.

The luster wax brings out all the  embossed details.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Chapter 4 Sizzix Release with Eileen Hull Designs

A message from Eileen about the exciting Chapter 4 release:

Chapter 4 is finally here! Each release is so exciting and it never gets old…
The Geometric Box is a different kind of design for me. I love the ease of assembly, the unique shape and and the possibility of expanding the box into larger containers! This is a ScoreBoards die so it may be cut from sturdy materials like matboard, chipboard, metal, leather and fabric. The finished box measures 4” h x 3” w x 4” d… or so… a fun feature of this die is that it adapts to how you shape it. You’ll see 🙂 Watch my livestream videos to show how to expand the possibilities of this die.
Use the Geometric Box for storage- for pencils, silverware, flowers, or tools. The box may also be used as a gift container- imagine adding teabags, a pretty silver spoon and a bow as a get well gift!
The Sunflower is a Bigz L steel rule die- designed to cut and score a myriad of materials. The Sunflower is BIG- it measures about 4" across and comes with a leaf, three sizes of petals and a flower center! Stack layers of petals to make a traditional sunflower, or change colors and create a pink coneflower. The basic shape is there for you to create your own flowers! Make a stem for the flower using wire and your Twist and Style Tool. The coordinating Geometric Box die works perfectly as a vase.
I love the whimsical patterns of vintage cutlery and that's why I created this Silverware 3D embossing folder! The design is so detailed you can actually see a tiny bride and groom on the handle of a cake server.
This folder is perfect for creating seating charts, menus, invitations, cards and recipe books. You would be surprised at the many materials you can emboss- metal, paper, cardboard, Sizzix texture roll and more. Once you have embossed the image, rub a light coat of a metallic Luster Wax over the top of the design and you have an amazing result!
I hope you will give these dies a try. Please remember to share them in the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook group so we can all be inspired!

My Designs

The vintage cutlery 3D embossingfolder was perfect for making elegant napkin rings for the coming holidays.

Take a look these napkins rings made with this folder.  They will look so elegant on my table with white napkins.  Join me Oct 11 and I'll show you how I made them.

Now take a look at these two XL dies.  Here's the Geometric Box from Eileen.  The box can either be lidded or not.  I decided to leave the lid off.
Here's my geometric box that I've embellished with the 2nd XL die in this release, a sunflower.

This is the sunflower die. I made two similar but different flowers with this die.
I've styled it two different ways.  This one with a curled leaf center.

And this one, a more traditional sunflower with microbeads forming the center.  I've attached the flower to two card holders from the Chapter 2 released in August. 

Be sure and stop by Eileen's blog and see all the great projects made by Eileen's designers.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Cards and more cards for Eileen Hull Designs

 Eileen Hull's design team is making cards this month and I have 2 travel themed cards  to share with you.

This one was made with an old Graphic 45 collection, Come Away with Me.  I like to use lots of layers and I piled them on this card! I made the card base from cream cardstock, and then added these layers:  brown distressed Core'dinations cardstock, striped design paper, and Eileen's Skinny Mini Element floral  diecut.  Then I piled on a tag and envelope topping that with a chipboard piece from the collection, and of course, some flowers.  I love how this looks so vintage!

The inside is blank so I can use it for any purpose.

Take a closer look at the diecut Skinny Mini Panel. It's such a pretty lacey floral!

This card is a bit more masculine.  The appers are Carta Bella from an old travel collection.

The dark brown panel really makes this card and gives it lots of interest and texture.  It is a piece of black cardstock embossed with Eileen's new Woven Leather 3D embossing folder.  After i embossed the black paper, I used a little Sizzix Gold Lustre Wax lightly brushed over the embossing to bring out the details.

I added a metal flower to fill up that space in the bottom right corner.  To give that flower some sparkle and shine, I brushed embossing embossing ink randomly on the petals, sprinkled with embossing powder and heat set.  It really adds dimension to the flower!

I'm one of these "more is better" people so I added a strip of design paper on the left side and topped it with Tim Holtz film strip and secured it with two brads.  


Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog for more card ideas from all of Eileen's designers.  

Thanks for  visiting!
Maggi xoxo


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