Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Ode to Spring Shadow Box and Birdhouse

 Ah Spring!  It's my favorite season, so when the May design team theme of birds, nests, and eggs was announced...well I just went kinda crazy! 

I used 3 different Eileen Hull by Sizzix dies to make this: large Shadowbox Frame, Birdhouse, and Phone stand.

I used Sizzix Cardstock Surfacez to construct the frame and then added design paper to the frame to give it some pizzazz.  The word, Spring, at the top is a Creative Embellishments piece and is heat embossed with Stampendouse Aged Green.

I used the Phone Stand as an easel on the back and it works really great.  The only modification you need to make to the Phone Stand is to leave off the piece that normally cradles the phone.

Now the fun part is the scene I constructed in the frame.  I built a birdhouse using Eileen's Birdhouse die.  The only modification I made is that when you put the roof on the birdhouse, instead of centering, place the roof such that the roof edge is flush with the back of the birdhouse.  That way when you place the birdhouse in the frame, it easily attaches to the frame with glue or tape.

I painted up a Creative Embellishments chipboard bird and added to the front of the birdhouse with dimensional foam.

Well, I know the nest should be inside the birdhouse 😊 but then you would not see it, so I tucked it in the flowers on the outside.

I have had so much fun using these Shadowbox Frames, there are so many fun things you can do with them!

Thanks for stopping by!  xoxo Maggi


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New Stamp Set from Eileen Hull by Maker Forte!

Eileen Hull's new stamp release is great.  You'll love using it with your planners, cards and layouts!  It has so many uses.  I made two cards to share with you today just to give you a quick flavor of this fun new set.

Here's what the set looks like.

My Cards

First up a birthday card with a sentiment, dream a little, from the new Making Plans stamp set.  I also used a Happy Birthday stamp from a previously released set, Snail Mail Postage.  I framed the sentiment using one of the blank label stamps also included in Making Plans.
The beautiful embossed panel is Eileen's newest 3D embossing folder, Crochet Mandala and those adorable little flowers are diecuts from a recently released Sizzix Thinlits Shadow Box Frame #1.

I used an older die from Eileen's Bookplate, Hinges & Label Thinlit set to diecut the stamped Happy Birthday sentiment.  Unfortunately,  Sizzix has discontinued this set but maybe you could find it elsewhere.

Supplies Used to Make this Card

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookplate, Hinges & Label by Eileen Hull
Carta Bella - Farmhouse Market Paper Collection

A Masculine Card

This is a fun card I made for my favorite car guy!  I used Making Plans stamps to stamp the month and year and added large foam Thickers to mark the day.

Eileen's Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments had a great stamp that I used to make frames for the elements that I fussy cut from the design paper.  (Eileen's Snail Mail by Sizzix Thinlits set works with this stamp as it diecuts the stamped image in to little stamps, I love that set!)

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments stamp set.

I thought the banners added the perfect festive touch to my card.  They were diecut with an olde Eileen Thinlit set, Banners and Pennants.

Supplies Used to Make this Card

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Banners & Pennants by Eileen Hull
Ciao Bella - Start Your Engines Paper Collection

Another way to use the new Making Plans stamps is on your layouts.  With these stamps you can easily add a reference date so that years from now, you'll know when your layout photos were taken.  The blan labels are so versatile and will work with many of your stamps.  

What I love most about this stamps set and all of Eileen's prducts is that they work so well together. When I'm designing for Eileen, I get out all my Eileen "stuff" and create.  I seldome need to use any other products!

Thanks for joining me today!
Maggi  xoxo

Eileen Hull Designs Shadow Box Frames

These Shadow Box Frames are so versatile, you can frame a photo, make a diorama, make a statement  to the world,  they are so MUCH FUN!

If you've followed my blog this month, you've sen several things I've done with these frames, look here for a round up of many of my frame projects.  This is the first one I did, just getting my fee wet as they say! 🤣

I faced the front of the frame with floral washi tape to cover up some tiny imperfections!  

I used the Shadow Box Elements Set to create the pieces inside this mini diorama and I made the two pink flowers with dies from the same set.

This was my second endeavor and the war in Ukraine was weighing heavy on my heart.  I used Sizzix Carstock Surfacez for the first time to build this frame.  It's great cardstock, just the right weight.  

I used Eileen Hull's recently release Phone Stand XL Scorboard die to cut an easel to use as a display stand.  The only modification you need to make to the Phone Stand is to leave off the piece that normally cradles the phone.

Inside the frame I used and older Eileen thinlit to cut the word "prayers" and the letters for Peace are Sizzix Lollipop steel ruled dies from long long ago! I bought them probably in 2005.

The blue and yellow are the color's of Ukraine's flag and the sunflower is their flower.

I love checkered ribbons!  This one looks so pretty with the sunflower don't you think?

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Photo Cube with Shadow Box Frames

 Here's a really fun thing you can do with 4 Shadow Box Frames.  

To make this, build four frames all the same size, then glue the end to the back of the next frame all around until you have a square or rectangle, depending on the size frame you used.  To hold it all together nicely, cut 2 pieces of heavy cardstock or thin chipboard the size of your frame box and cover the top and bottom.

I didn't think the end of the frame glued to the next frame was very attractive, so I cut pieces of design paper and covered where the frames adjoin each other.  This would be really great to mount on a turntable so that the cube would spin!

Of course it "needed" someting on top, so I added flowers, ribbon, and a tag.

This would make a great grandparents' gift by placing photos of the grandchildren in the frames.  You know that would be a big hit!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Eileen Hull Shadow Box Frame with Graphic 45's Well Groomed

I am loving Eileen's new Shadow Box Frame. I tend to use the largest size at 6" square.  It gives me enough room to create fun little scenes like this one with the silver poodle.  I have 2 standard poodles, a silver and a blue; I am quite smitten with them!

I love that this 3D frame is made from cardstock and goes together soooo easily!  This die set comes with 2 sizes so that you can make a large and a small square frame or a nice rectangular frame.  This is what the dies look like.  You just need to cut 4 pieces and assemble.
This frame is made with the larger one and measures about 6" square.  Tutorial for assembling the frame here.

Gotta have some pretty blooms with my pretty poodle!

This cute little poodle is heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities Cement embossing powder; it sure makes great look poodle curls!

Friday, April 15, 2022

New Spellbinders Color Block Mini Shapes

Spellbinders has a new collection, Color Block Mini Shapes, that I think are great for making paper embellishments.

This is the Color Block Mini Inverted Squares die set, it's acutally just 2 dies that cut the graduated set.  Cut several from different colors and then mix and match the squares.

Look how cool these Inverted Squares look on this card. I cut two sets of squares and then mixed them together.  They just add another layer of wow-ness to the card.

I also used a Spellbinders die to cut the "Get Well" sentiment above the inverted squares embellies.


Stamperia Oriental Garden Collection

You can find all the Color Block Mini Shapes here at Spellbinders.

xoxo Maggi

Thursday, April 14, 2022

New Spellbinders Color Block Background Collection - Southwest

I love how these cards turned out!  This is the Spellbinders Southwest Color Block die but it doesn't have to look southwest as you can see on these fun Graphic 45 Let it Bee cards.

The die cuts pieces like pictured below and you put them together in any fashion you like.  One word of caution though, layout the pieces as they came out of the die because two of the cuts look very similar, but, they are not.  If you put them in the wrong place, you will find that something doesn't fit quite right.  Now, ask me how I know this?  😉

I used Graphic 45's Let it Bee collection to make both of these cards and used a collection sticker on the front of this one.

I love the sentiment on this one!  It's a Tim Holtz Big Talk sticker.


Color Block Southwest Etched Dies from the Color Block Background Collection

Graphic 45 Let It Bee Paper Collection

Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Big Talk - Snarky

There are lots of fun things you can do with the Color Block dies, you can see them all here at Spellbinders.

Thanks for joining me today! xoxoMaggi

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Using a 3D Shadowbox Frame on a Large Tag

There are so many great things you can do with  Eileen Hull's 3D Shadow Box Frame.   Check this out, I've put the frame on a large tag and I really love how it looks!   Isn't this just so fun with the bright cheerful colors?

I "gussied up" the frame with embossed strips.  Here's a video of my process.  In the video I make this frame but the process is the same as for the frame on the bee tag.

Video - How to assemble and emboss the 3D Shadow Box Frame 

I love love love how the embossing really makes the frame stand out.

Just gathered up some scraps of this and that for the fibers tied at the top.

Nice closeup so you can see the details.


Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Shadow Box Frames #2 by Eileen Hull

Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Crochet Mandala by Eileen Hull

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Paper Collection


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