Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Slimline Cards with the New Mini Slimline Tickets Thinlits Set from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

I'm sharing some pretty cards today that I made using Eileen Hull's new Slimline Tickets Thinlits set. 

These are simple and to make.  Simple does not mean boring.  These cards are jazzed up with a cool background layer that is a tear apart tickets that I just didn't tear them apart.

I started with a black card base topped with a red layer.  Then I die-cut tear apart tickets from cream cardstock.  Then I die-cut tickets from Graphic 45's Typography collection.  (A very old collection, but my most favorite G45 collection ever!)  I layered the diecut tickets on top of the cream cardstock, covering it for the most part.  But, I needed that layer as a template for all my torn apart tickets.  I think it makes a colorful and effective fun card for a friend.
You can see the cool effect of the tear apart tickets in this photo.

Here's another card again consisting of a dark green card base, green cardstock layer and topped with a panel of die-cut tickets from Graphic 45's Fruit & Flora collection. 

Then I added an oval die-cut with the oval die from the Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set. I topped the oval with a tag from the G45 collection stamped with Eileen's Happy Birthday stamp.

Supplies - Eileen Hull 

666277 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Mini Slimline Tickets
666276 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6 PK - Journaling Card, Envelope & Window 

Thanks for visiting!
xoxo Maggi

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Simple Cards and Envelopes with Eileen Hull's New Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set

 The Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set is so fun and makes the cutest envelopes and journaling cards.  Oh but wait!!!  You can turn that journaling card into a card and that's what I've done!

Here are the 3 cards, but, let's take a closer look.

First, here's how you how to turn the journaling card die into a card die.  Fold a piece of paper large enough for the die to cover and place the die such that the left edge is not on the paper and as such, will not cut into the paper. I always tape it down so that it doesn't move when I run it through my machine. Presto, you now have a card that opens and closes!

To make this card and envelope I first die-cut a cream envelope and decorated it with design paper and two small rectangle tags die-cut with a die from this set and topped with black rhinestones. I used my very favorite Graphic 45 collection, Typography.  Every year I suggest that this be brought back as a Collector's Edition but it hasn't happened yet.  🙁

To make the card I used black cardstock topped with a panel die-cut with Eileen's Mini Slimline Tickets.  By tearing off the two tickets at the bottom, I had a piece that perfectly fits on the card without any trimming.  I love that! I layered a design tag over that, and then topped it all with the fussy cut lady. 

Here's a simple card that I made using Graphic 45's Ephemera Queen collection.  I die-cut the envelope from cream cardstock and then added colorful design paper to make it pretty! (See this post to learn how to die-cut pieces to perfectly fit the envelope).

I adhered a G45 journaling card to my die-cut card.  Then I used one of the small rectangular dies in the set to die-cut a tag and stamped it with one of Eileen's Happy Birthday sentiment stamps and adhered near the bottom. You can't see it so much in the photo but I fussy cut the two birds and popped them up to add some dimension to the card.

Now let's get fancy and make an easel card!  

First, let's take a look at the envelope.  I die-cut the envelope from design paper and then added a couple of layers on top. I know, I'm excessive that way!  I used the Journaling Card die to cut the top piece and then I cut a window in it with one of the small rectangle tag dies.  I placed the "believe" word underneath to show through the window.  I love fancy envelopes.
Now for the card:  Cut a card in the same manner shown above.  Fold the top piece in half as shown below.

Then use the same die to cut a journaling card.  Adhere the top of the journaling card to the flap created by the fold.  Be careful to only glue it to the top half of the fold. It should look like this after gluing the two pieces together.

Now embellish the card.  I used Graphic 45's Imagine collection for this card.  This view shows the card flat.

Inside the card I created a "stop" so the easel would stand up.  I die-cut a long ticket with the Mini Slimline Tickets die and topped that with a piece of chipboard.

Here's a view showing the easel mechanism.

I think these cards are so cute at 3" x 4". Perfect size to tuck in with a gift!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Next week I'll be showing mini slimline cards, I hope you can join me.

Supplies - Eileen Hull

666276 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6 PK - Journaling Card, Envelope & Window 
666277 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Mini Slimline Tickets

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Envelope Mini Album Tutorial Using the New Card Case & Journaling Card, Envelope & Window from Eileen Hull Designs.

 This is a long post so get comfortable!  I made this mini using the Card Case die and the Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set.


Step 1:

We'll begin by making the cover.  Cut two covers without the side flap.  In this photo I have cut the side flap off as I won't be using that.  You can save chipboard and paper by cutting your chipboard such that it is just long enough to just cover the part we're using.

Cut two covers.  Tip:  I like to cover my chipboard before die-cutting.  It makes a cleaner look.

Step 2:

Make a bookbinding hinge spine using Eileen's Thinlet Bookbinding & Label die.  Fold and adhere the "mountains" together.

Place adhesive on the back of the bookbinding hinge.

Turn over and put adhesive on the "mountains."  (Note, I use Scortape for my assemblies, if you prefer to use liquid adhesive, wait until we're ready to attach the pages to the binding.)

Step 3:

Now set the cover and bookbinding hinge aside and let's make pages.  Use the envelope die to die-cut 5 envelopes.  Fold the tabs on the side inward and fold the bottom of the envelope up.  Adhere the tabs to the envelope back so that it looks like this.

Step 4:

Line the bottom of the envelope up on the 3 1/4" mark on your paper trimmer and cut all 5 envelope flaps off. 

Fold on the score line.  You should have 2 pieces as pictured below.

Step 5:

Turn the envelope over and adhere the flap to the top of the envelope. In the photo below, you can see both side of the envelope after assembly. The left side shows the envelope with the flap attached and the  right side shows the other side with no flap.

Step 6:

I made two different style pages. On this page, I cut a piece of paper 2 3/4" and glued it to the envelope flap creating a fold out page. With the flap folded out, adhere the bottom of the envelope to the backside of the hinge as shown in the photo.

Cut a piece of design paper 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" and adhere over the back of the envelope covering the hinge. Here you can see the finished page bound into the mini.

Step 7:

To make the other style page, use a piece of design paper at least 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Position the flap part of the die over the paper as shown below. (I've lined the flap up with the score line which I marked on the die with a pencil.)

Now you have a perfectly cut flap.  Trim the sides of the other piece and it fits perfectly over the open envelope side.

Envelope Side

Step 8:

Adhere the envelope side under the envelope hinge as we did above in Step 6. Now cut a piece of paper 2" x 4 1/2" and adhere to the flap side covering the hinge.  Then place adhesive at the top and bottom of the flap, press down creating a pocket.


Flip side of page showing the envelope pocket.

Step 9:

Use the five envelopes to make five pages; attaching each one to the bookbinding hinge as completed.  You can embellish them either before or after attaching to the cover.

Step 10:

Note that on the cover one end is wider than the other end.  The wider piece has 2 score lines on it. Put red liner tape on the narrow end of the back cover. Adhere to the wide end of the front cover. See below. This forms the spine of the book. Remove the adhesive from the back of the bookbinding hinge (with the pages attached) and adhere inside the spine of the book, taking care to line up the top and bottom with the spine.

It should look something like this.

Step 11:

I used a velcro closure.  Lay the narrow side over the wider side and press velcro in place.

That's it!  If you have any questions, please put them in the comments and I'll try to help.

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Supplies - Eileen Hull 

66278 Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Card Case
666276 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6 PK - Journaling Card, Envelope & Window 
666277 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Mini Slimline Tickets
665153 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2 PK- Bookbinding & Label  
Sizzix Sizzix Making Essential - Mat Board, 6" x 13", White, 6

Other Supplies

Thanks for visiting me today! I hope this tutorial is useful for you.
xoxo Maggi

Monday, April 3, 2023

Chapter 2 Release & Blog Hop - Eileen Hull Designs by Sizix

Introducing the Ch. 2 2023 Eileen Hull/Sizzix collection!

You will love this set of dies! It is so versatile and works side by side your other journal dies and may be combined in endless combinations. There are three dies in the set: the Card Case, Mini-Slimline & Tickets and Journaling Card, Envelope & Windows. Buy all three dies and get FREE SHIPPING on your order in the US PLUS save an additional $10! Cost to buy dies individually is $122- buy the bundle and pay only $112. Outside US, I will deduct $10 from shipping.

The Card Case is a Bigz XL ScoreBoards die. This die is specially designed to cut and score thick material up to 1/16" like matboard, chipboard, leather, felt and fabric so your finished project is nice and sturdy. The finished Card Case die measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" and has an adjustable spine that goes from 1/2" to 2 1/2". This is the perfect size journal to hold your 3" x 4" journaling cards, as well as other small items like wallet photos, ATCs and ephemera. There is a swing out flap on each side where you can add pockets or small insert books- you decide what combination you want to do. Make the spine thick or thin- your choice!

The Journaling Card, Envelope & Windows die has 6 pieces- an envelope, 3" x 4" Journaling Card, three window cutouts (use with envelope to remove and back with glassine like a window envelope) and a tab. The Envelope measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" and fits perfectly inside the Journal! Or use it by itself and add your favorite ephemera pieces.

The Mini-Slimline & Tickets die design is similar to the Snail Mail die, which was very popular for creating faux postage stamps. There are four dies in the set- one is the size of a mini slimline card and one is a mat that may be placed behind the perforated piece. The other two pieces are a row of tickers and mat that goes behind that. When you fold over each perforated piece and tear it, it creates individual faux postage stamps and tickets! Die cut the piece from patterned paper for an amazing background- just add a sentiment and let the paper do the work.

There's a giveaway too! Comment in the Facebook and YouTube streams and tell us which of Eileen's other dies would work well with this collection. You have until April 10 to post your comments.
Watch my YouTube channel to see die assembly and project ideas! I also do two livestreams each week on Facebook and YouTube-sharing more ideas on how to to use these dies in lots of different ways. You are invited to join our creative community Facebook group, the Eileen Hull Fan Club, where we have special events and exclusive content. Follow me on Instagram at @eileenhull!

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My Projects

ATC Holder

I used the Card Case to make this ATC holder.

The case opens up to show two panels.

And opens again to show inside there are two storage pockets that I'm using to store ATC's.  These pockets are also great for holding little gifts, gift cards, chocolates, anything that will fit!

I used Eileen's recently released Tiled Alphanumeric die for the ATC title.  I just love these letters, not too big, not to small, just right!

Envelope Tag Mini

I combined the Card Case and the Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set to make this wedding gift.  Each page inside is made with the Envelope die and can hold a fun wedding sentiment or a gift card.  It's the perfect little gift when you want to give the happy couple something personal.

Join me on Tuesday, April 11 and I'll show you how to make this album using the Card Case and the Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set.

Slimline Cards

I used the Mini Slimline & Tickets Thinlits set to make both of these cards.  (Oops, big secret, the 9 and 8 on the left card are upside down!  I will fix that!)

Mini Cards

These cards and envelopes were made with the Journaling Card, Envelope & Window Thinlits Set.  I loved decorating the envelope too!

I even made an easel card with this die set.

Stop by my blog on Tuesdays during April!

I'll be sharing a tutorial and tips on how to make all these projects on Tuesdays during the month of April so be sure to join me!  

Don't forget to stop by Eileen's blog  because you don't want to miss all of Eileen's Inspiration Team's exciting projects with these new dies.


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