Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Extra Large Spring Tag for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

Hurray, it's spring and it's my favorite season!  I decided to make a giant tag, it's 6.5" x 12" and I think I'll put it in my sun room that I am redoing in blues and yellows.  This paper totally inspired me to redo my sun room.  I'm thinking I might make a tag for each season!  

The background of this tag begins with a layer of design paper.  Then I tore a strip of white corrugated paper and place lace along the torn edge and glued it to the side of the tag.  Then there's a strip of blue patterned paper over the yellow background paper.

The rest of the tag is just layers grouped together underneath the fussy cut rabbit.  Behind the cacti is a Tablecloth embossed panel. The next layer is on the right and is design paper with flowers on it.

Behind the rabbit is a blue layer cut with the Heart Mandala. I added flowers and tucked cacti around the tag as that gives the appearance of dimension to the printed images. 

For the title, I used Eileen's Alphanumeric die to cut the letters and then placed them on a strip of paper popped up with foam tape.

Here you can see the dimension added with the popped up layers and flowers.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather!

xoxo Maggi


Cia Bella Sicilia Paper Collection

Little Birdie Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo Maggi


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Using Eileen Hull's New Library Pocket to Make ATC's

I had a blast making these ATC's!  They are fun and quick and a great way to use scraps and leftover bits and bobs!  Thanks to teammate  Susie Bentz for the inspiration that got me going on these.

ATC's are sometimes created as set and so this is my alphabet set.  When it's finished there will be 26 ATC's in the set.

Each of these ATC's has it's own pocket which I also had to embellish!  All the pockets and ATCs are die-cut with Eileen's Library Pocket ATC Card and Tabs Die Set (below).  I love not having to cut my ATC's because they are never "perfect".

My ATC's 

Q is for Question

I made this set with leftovers!  It's black cardstock embossed with Vintage Buttons.  I rubbed luster wax over the raised image to bring out the details in the embossing.

Instead of misting with water when I embossed the pocket paper, I misted with Lindy's Starburst Mist.  The letters I am using for my Alpha set are die-cut with Eileen's Alphanumeric die.  Sometimes I used the cut out letter and sometimes I used the negative letter as I did on this one.

The stamp on the ATC is from Graphic 45's Typography Collection.  I used silver StazOn ink and doodled the edges with Uniball pens.

Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Vintage Buttons

S is for Seek

More leftovers, I found the wizard and stamped image in a pile of leftovers!

To make this one, I first stenciled a background on the ATC and then added the wizard image.  The pocket is embellished with a die-cut and stamped stamp.

I is for Inspire

This one is cut from a scrap of a Gel Press Print that I made.  It's stamped with a Graphic 45 Inspire stamp from the Typography collection.  I added a piece of torn paper, some washi tape and bling.  That's it.

D is for Dog (of course!)

 I used some Authentique paper scraps that are 2 - 3 years old and stenciled a paw print on the pocket.

On the lower right corner of the ATC is a brad that's from 2005 probably and the dog stickers from at least 15 years ago!! I love shopping in my stash!

B is for Believe

This one is made with Graphic 45 Imagine papers.

I just fussy cut a few things and fit them all together.

The hardest part of making ATC's is dialing my brain back and forcing it to think small.  But I find that the more I make them, the more imaginative I get.  I hope you'll get inspired and make some too!

Here's some more inspiration for you, from long ago, 2010!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

"Music Sings" Tag for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

 For me, tags are just so fun!  They're big enough to have enough space to play on, yet small enough that they're not overwhelming.  So many people ask, what do you do with them?  Well I attach them to cards and you have instant slim line card.  Sometimes I put them on layouts and most often, I just hang them around my studio because they inspire me and make me happy.  

Sometimes I use them to try out new techniques, they are like art journals to me.  I just never could embrace art journaling because paper inside a book just doesn't work for me.  Maybe its because I'm left handed and have fought with that wire binding being in my way my whole life!! 😆

Well then, on to business!  This month's theme for the Eileen Hull Design Team is Wordsoup, Tags & Pockets. It's always up to each team member to interpret the theme however they want. So I just went with, make a tag with words on it.

To get started, I chose a Graphic 45 large tag and covered it with design paper and added some beads at the bottom and bling along the side.

Next I cut layers with the Mandala die and  journal cards die.

Now for some assembly, first layer is popped up with foam tape and then the mandala is glued to that.

It's time to prep the center panel with the sentiment. Music Sings was cut with Eileen's new Alphanumeric Die. This is such a great die, the letters are just the right size to use for titles and they are so easy to read!

I always locate and glue the middle letter first and then add the rest of the letters.  That way I know my placement is centered.  (But be aware that in words like music with a skinny "I" in it, the center is thrown off.  I had to reposition the S so that it was slightly off center.)

I find it easier to cut a thin strip of paper and adhere my small letters to it and then cut the words apart.  Its a lot easier to get the letters lined up this way.

Ok, here's the center panel already to place on the tag. Oh wait, it needs one more thing.  I glued cardboard to the back to pop it up.  I like lots of dimension in my tags!

Just about finished, it needs a few flowers and a bow! 

You can better see the dimension in this photo.

All finished, it's just a fun tag that makes me happy.  I really love music and it does sing to my soul!


Stamperia's Maxi Background Desire Collection

Thanks for visiting, be sure to stop by next week as I have a fun collection of ATC's to share.  AND don't forget to visit Eileen's blog for lots of inspiration from the other DT members.


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