Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Greenville Residents Planner Post

Hi again, all. Just a quick post here today to let you know I've completed some more planner pages in my Greenville Planner using Elizabeth Craft Designs products. I've got a tutorial for these pages over on the ECD blog today if you want to check it out.

I share some ideas using stitching and the new Reminiscence cardstock collection (a new favorite of mine!) as well as using found items like a paper bag, brochure and some vellum to make some interesting and interactive pages and pockets.

The Elizabeth Craft Designs blog is still not allowing comments on their page, so feel free to come on back here and let me know what you think of the tutorial after you've visited them. I've listed the products I've used on their page as well as below. Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Eileen Hull new die release Blog Hop

Soooo.... it's July. The middle of Summer and the full-on heat. Everyone doing okay? Keeping cool? Well, here are some fun and frosty projects to bring a little cheer and chill to your day. I'm joining the Eileen Hull educators design team today as we debut two new dies "Mittens and Snowmen" in a BIG blog hop! These great little treat holders are so easy and fun to design and color, you'll want to make a bunch. I've got a tutorial on how I made mine, then be sure to hop over to Eileen's blog to follow the other fabulous designers and check out their creations.

First off, I chose to die cut the pieces of the Mittens die from medium weight white chipboard. This way I can color and stencil and do whatever I like to dress up my mittens. I applied color through the Holiday Knit stencil by Stampers Anonymous using Distress Oxides in Lucky Clover and Peacock Feathers. I did this to two mitten pieces.

Since the stencil was full of this wonderful color combination, I didn't want to waste it so I spritzed it with a little water and pressed it onto the base piece.

It gave this nice texture, but the actual pattern was a bit light.

So I went over it using the Harlequin stencil and Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides.

I inked the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide to give a finishing touch to all the pieces.

Candied Apple is the perfect red for the rick-rack trim and the hearts in this die set.

I inked the hearts and the other pieces with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink for a bit of a vintage feel. Then I added the rick-rack pieces to the bottom of the mittens, trimming as needed.

I added some coordinating papers to the inside of my pieces before assembling the gift box.

Next I gathered some embellishments like flowers, berries and gems to decorate my little gift box.

Now it's ready to fill with candy canes and other sweet treats!

Next up is the new Snowman die. Again, I die-cut him and the accent pieces out of white chipboard and had fun coloring the parts with markers. 

Assembly is super easy and you can play around with the different hats and scarves in this die set. I had a few hearts left over from the Mittens die, so I added them to my cute little Snowmen.

This die set also has a nifty little gift box feature, so I adhered a snowman on each end and now it's ready for some Winter treats!

Super cute and super fun! I hope you enjoyed these projects. 

Thanks for coming to the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop! Check out the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Mitten and Snowman dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.
But wait- there’s more- the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1! Join the chat- and a random commenter will win the Snowman die. We are so glad you joined us to celebrate the Chapter 3 release.

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will win the Mitten Box die!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fairie Wings Journal Tutorial Now Available!

I've got a brand new tutorial up in my Etsy Shop for you and it's a biggie! I've created a 6 1/8" x 8 5/8" hard cover, hollow-back bound journal made from Graphic 45's newest Fairie Wings collection. As you can see in the photo, I made two of them. The one on the left in all the photos here is very vintage and shabby, and the one on the right is clean and bright. The beauty is that YOU get to decide how you want to make yours.

If you like vintage/shabby, then you'll want to gather up some vintage looking lace, kraft card stock, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Spray. Get ready to tear paper, create faux tea-stained pages, and give your journal a beautiful, aged look.

If clean/bright is your thing, skip all the inking, tearing and spraying and gather some white cardstock and trims and keep it modern and pretty.

I've included directions to make the pages AND how to hand-stitch this book yourself using the simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch and hollow-back binding technique.

Included in the 17 page tutorial, you'll also get templates for the punching and stitching, as well as the fold-over tab. Please take a moment to watch my video below, as I tell you what supplies you'll need and so you can get a really good look at each style journal. The two journals I created already have sold out in my shop (they went pretty fast!) but you can make your very own with my easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions. There's a photo for every single step to help you along.

After watching the video, visit my Etsy Shop to get YOUR tutorial.
Thanks for watching!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Father's Day Pick-up Truck Card

Need a quick, easy, and cool card idea for your man, your Dad, or your Grandpa? I'm sharing a fun tutorial today for this great Father's Day card using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and papers from Graphic 45. Here we go! (Be sure to check out more great Father's Day ideas from the other designers over on the ECD blog today.)

Begin by cutting a black card base for a 5" x 5" card then a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" kraft card stock piece. I folded my card at the top, but you can decide which way you like yours to open. Then, use the rounded corner square from the Planner Labels die set (1658) to cut a bunch of diamonds from your favorite paper. I used Graphic 45's Good 'Ol Sport 8" x 8" papers. (Note: pay attention to the print direction on your papers, as you'll be cutting diamonds rather than squares.)

Start at the center with your first diamond and adhere it slightly hanging off the top. (Note: you can measure and figure this all out mathematically if you like. I just eye-balled it.)

Using your first diamond as a guide, start adhering more diamonds leaving a scant 1/8" inch between. (Tip: it's helpful to lay out all your diamonds ahead of time off to the side so you can plan the placement of colors and prints.)

It's also helpful to lay a ruler down to keep your diamonds straight, neat and tidy.

Keep on going. Before filling in the smaller spaces around the perimeter, trim off the overhanging pieces. These extra bits are just enough for those smaller spaces.

Trim off all the overhanging pieces, ink the edges and adhere this unit to your card base. You can adhere it flat or pop the whole thing up with foam adhesive. Your choice.

Die cut the pick-up truck pieces shown using the Planner Essentials 16 die set. (This is actually part of a Christmas die set!) The solid truck should be a slightly darker shade than the intricate one. 

If you plan to pop up your truck with foam adhesive like I did, you'll need to punch two 5/8" circles from scrap paper to go behind the open black circles.

Adhere the scrap circles behind the black one, then adhere in the "rims" and the centers as shown. I love using my Fine Pointed Tweezers for detail work like this.

Add foam adhesive to the back of the truck and the wheels and adhere to your card front.
(Tip: You can put some scrap acrylic or vellum behind your window for a fun effect. I left mine open.)

To make a side-stitched pennant, die cut the label from the Planner Labels die set, then trim off the bits as shown here. Ink the edges.

Die cut another of the same label from black card stock. Add DAD stickers if you have them. (If your card isn't for Dad, you can always modify this step as needed.) Tie some black ribbon through the chipboard tag, then add black card stock behind your pennant.

Layer the elements onto your card front, using foam adhesive for added dimension as desired. 

Don't forget the inside of your card. The accents I used here are from the Good 'Ol Sport sticker collection.

Your card is done! 

Thanks so much for stopping in today. Below are links to the products I used for your convenience. I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Officially Moved to Greenville" planner pages

Hi again everyone. Thanks for stopping in. I've got another couple of fun planner pages today for my Greenville planner and have all the steps over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. By adding two tag pages, I was able to get nine photos into a two-page spread. I love documenting the special moments in life as well as the every day things like this. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Comments are not enabled on their blog, so feel free to come back here and let me know what you think. A list of products I've used are listed on their blog and also below.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

DIY Cricut Base Using Repurposed Materials

Hey everyone, welcome back. I've got another DIY project to share. I've been trying for a while to find something to elevate my Cricut machine in the cart in my craft room. The cart has a recessed tray on top and therefore my Cricut "door" couldn't be opened unless I got it higher. As we know, it's a pain to lift and move that heavy Cricut, plus I know I'll use it even more if it's placed in a good, functioning spot so I don't have to move it.

I recently purchased a cabinet from Target for the craft room, which was packaged really well with these great cardboard pieces. I hated to toss them out, so I saved them, then got to thinking how I could probably use them to create a good sturdy base for my Cricut!

This is how I stacked the pieces up and adhered them together. I've got a video taking you through all the steps below, with a few little tips along the way.

It worked like a charm. It's the perfect size, it's sturdy, and very pretty! You could use any papers to fit your decor. 

So think twice before tossing those packaging materials! You never know what you can do with them. And it feels really good to repurpose rather than purchase for a change.

Here's my video if you'd like to watch me create it...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Farmhouse Mother's Day Z-Fold Card

Hello everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas out there. 

I'm officially a Greenville, South Carolina resident! We've moved from Florida and have been here in Greenville two weeks to the day. Today is Mother's Day and I am finding myself missing my sweet Mom back in Florida. I've made her a special card and I thought I'd share a little tutorial. You can make this card for any occasion by just changing up some of the stamping. I've used Graphic 45's new Farmhouse collection and wonderful dies and stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I'll list links to everything at the end of this post.

I used this reddish orange card stock. Cut two pieces. One at 10" x 7" and one at 10" x 2 1/2".
This is a z-fold card, so you'll score the large piece at 2 1/2" and 5" and the smaller piece at 5" and 7 1/2". Ink edges, if desired.

From the Farmhouse Patterns and Solids, I cut background pieces (the cream colored side) measuring as follows:
Two at 2 1/4" x 6 3/4" and one at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". 
Then from the 8" x 8" Farmhouse paper pad, cut two 2" x 6 1/2" and one at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" of the Good Life. Adhere together.

Adhere the pieces from the previous step to the large card base. Then cut the following from the same Patterns and Solids paper: One at 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" and two at 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".
From Rise and Shine (from the 8" x 8" pad) cut:
One at 4 1/2" x 2" and two at 2" x 2". Adhere together to base as shown.

Attach the base pieces together as shown. I love Z-fold cards, don't you?

Using the same red-orange card stock and the cream side of the Patterns and Solids, die cut the pieces shown from the Double Heart Insert set and the Retro Alphabet Trio set. I used black cardstock for the thin detail pieces. Be sure to die-cut the heart bouquets several times. I did mine four times and layered two of them together to make a thicker stronger stem. I'll show you why in the next step.

Attach items to the card with everything folded flat. If anything hangs off the edges, that's when I recommend doubling up the thickness, such at this heart bouquet above the word MOM. This just adds stability. I added the For You stamp from Pieces of Life 4 Retro stamp set. After die-cutting the flowers in this set, I adhered them to the cream sided paper, then cut around the edges closely. Same with the letters for MOM.

The larger flowers are popped up with foam adhesive. I tucked a heart bouquet behind them here.

Adorn the squares with more stamping and die-cut pieces, as desired.

Onto the large heart, I stamped the sentiments using two different inks. These stamps are wonderful mixed together. They are from Close to my Heart and I've linked them below. I added one little fussy cut flower overlapping the heart which seems to fill out the space nicely.

My card is done! Z-folds are easy and fun and give your cards that extra Wow factor. 

Want some more Mother's Day creative ideas? Visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today for more from the fabulous design team members.


Close to my Heart "Just to Say" stamp set