Monday, April 24, 2017

Change Journal with Eileen Hull's Die

This month Eileen Hull's Design Team have been asked to share a project created with her *new* Journal Scoreboard XL die.  It is part of the Heartfelt Collection which was revealed by Sizzix at this year's Creativation show.  I have to tell you folks - I think this die is quickly going to become her best selling die. It is so much fun to play with!
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There are more than a few improvements I want/need to make in my life.  One of the best ways to do that is to make goals and then track them.  I used Eileen's die to create a "Change is Good" journal because it doesn't hurt to have a beautiful place to record your progress, right?

The centerpiece of the cover is a Julie Nutting Doll. I used the Golden Days Collection from Fancy Pants on the project.
I love that Fancy Pants offers 6"x6" paper pads because the smaller scale patterns are perfect for projects like this!  I paper pieced her skirt, adding dimensional foam dots between the layers.

I wrapped a piece of seam binding around the journal and adhered it to the front cover before I added the doll and the embellishment cluster.  I left an extra tail of about 7" or so on each end so that I had plenty to tie a bow and hold the journal closed.

I also want to share a few pics of the inside.  This is the front of the first signature.  Can you see the tabs running down the right side?  I used Eileen's die to cut them out of patterned paper.

I hand stamped the tabs and added a bit of transparency with washi tape, creating a flip page.

Throughout the journal I  used bits of this washi tape from Jillibean Soup.  I love the sentiments and the bright coral(?) color

I also added pockets and tags.

In addition to the washi I combed through my stash of wood embellishments (yes i am an addict!) and added little bits here and there.

This is the center of the signature.  You can see the embroidery floss that I used to attach  the signatures to Eileen's Journal.  The die cuts those holes for you so you just have to thread your cording through the holes.  Mine is very simple but I have seen samples with some amazing binding stitches!

More pockets and tags...

Fancy Pants also has a coordinating stamp set for the Golden Days Collection.  The chevron arrow was one that I used a few times in this project.

You can see that I have given myself all kinds of room for pictures and notes.

I added 2 more signatures to the journal.  Here's a peek at the front covers:
Be sure to check Eileen's blog for more inspiration.  The Design Team have been sharing their projects for the whole month of April and the creations have been amazing!

You can buy your die directly from Eileen's Etsy Shop.  She has several of her products available there so be sure to look around!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Sizzix® Eileen Hull® Scoreboards™ XL JournalDie
Sizzix® Little Sizzles™ Mat Board Pack
Therm O Web iCraft® Easy-Cut Adhesive
Therm O Web iCraft® SuperTape – ¼”
Prima® Marketing Julie Nutting Cling Stamps - Annie
Fancy Pants Designs - Golden Days Collection
Jillibean Soup™ Mini Alpha Navy Blueberry
Jillibean Soup™ Washi – These Moments
Recollections™ Washi Tape
Hampton Art Studio G Alphabet Stamp set
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Ink – Clay
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Seam Binding
Wood Embellishments
Manila tags
Embroidery Floss
Dimensional foam tape
Kraft paper doily

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mixed Media Cards with Rinea Foils

Hello and welcome to the April Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with Rinea Foil and I designed a pair of mixed media cards featuring a simple paper piecing technique.
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I received 2 packs of Rinea Double Sided Foiled Paper for this event: the Crafter's 10-Packs which are available in Glossy or Embossed Finish.  Each pack has 10 different colors to play with!

What makes it special is that it has two thin layers of colorful aluminum foil with a sheet of paper sandwiched between them.  This gives the material a paper-like sturdiness with the malleability of foil.  It is ideal for making 3-D objects and is great for  embossing and die-cutting.

I started by creating watercolor backgrounds for the cards with Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts and then mounted them on black cardstock.

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When you are working with a product that has so much pizazz, sometimes the simplest techniques are the best.  One of my favorites is paper piecing a stamped image so I pulled out my Julie Nutting Doll Stamps and started to play.  I stamped the image on cream cardstock and trimmed out the doll.
I stamped the main part of the dress on the Light Blue Star Struck Foil and the ruffle and sash on the Blue Glossy Finish Foil.  Her crown was stamped on the reverse side of that, which is Gold.  Everything was trimmed out and then layered onto the doll.  I adhered her to the front of the card with dimensional foam dots and then stamped the sentiment.  I finished things off with a smattering of self-adhesive bling!

I used basically the same techniques to create my second card.

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I stamped the doll on cardstock and foil and trimmed them out.  I also die cut and embossed 2 small seashells.  I originally used the same Purple foil for the tail and seashells.  Later I changed the seashells to the Light Blue Foil.

Before I assembled everything I decided to add texture to the mermaid's tail by running it through an embossing folder.

I sanded it a little bit to reveal the new texture and then mounted my little mermaid on the card.  I also added an anchor which I had die cut from Silver Foil.  (I actually adhered the foil to cardstock before I cut and embossed it because I was attaching a chain and wanted it to be very sturdy!)

Here's a closeup of the heat embossed sentiment with the rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Follow this link to find a complete list of blogs for the Rinea hop:  Designer Crafts Connection

Supplies for Rinea Foils Mixed Media Cards:

Rinea Double Sided Foiled Paper Crafter's 10-Pack 
 - Blue/Gold Glossy Finish
 - Light Blue/Gold Star Struck Textured Finish
 - Purple/Gold Glossy Finish
 - Silver Glossy Finish
Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamps
Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Powders - Fuschia, Merlot, Turquoise, Violet, Lime Green
Want2Scrap 72 Count Rhinestones - Hot Pink, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Light Green, Silver/Clear
Wow! Primary Ebony Super Fine Embossing Powder
ProvoCraft Embossing Folder
Watercolor Paper
PEGZ American Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set
Metal Chain

**Disclosure:  Rinea provided free product for this project.  My design and opinions are my own.**

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ice Cream and April Club Q

Today I get to share a layout I created using the April Club Q Kit from Quick Quotes!  As usual, the April Ultimate Combo Club Q Kit is absolutely packed!  It came with a huge selection of coordinating papers, frames, photo mats, sentiment cut aparts, die cut flowers, pearls and much more.   I took the kit apart, sorted out the pieces and then put them together in an all new way that is just my style!  Take a look at this fun layout I created with pictures from my daughter's Spring Break trip to an ice cream factory.

The kit came with the dark purple print frame that you can see around the edge of the layout.  I cut another frame from lighter color paper to create the inner edge then laid down 3 photo mats along the left side of the page.  That left a lot of open space which I filled with strip journaling and a trimmed out photo of my daughter - such a cutie!

This month's challenge is Flowers and I just had to play along!  I started by inking the edges of the petals with Buttercup PowderPuff Chalking Ink and then used a pencil to curl the tips up.  I layered them together and included foam pop dots between the bottom 2 layers to add some serious dimension.  To finish them off I used the self adhesive pearls to create an elegant center in each of my blooms.  Here's a close up:

I trimmed out some banners and sentiment cards and incorporated them into the embellishment cluster at the bottom of the page - and I threw in another picture of my baby girl!

I used a craft knife to trim out the arrow on this circle and slipped it over the corner of the photo.

More banners up in the corner are the perfect finishing touch!
The April Club Q has wonderful projects that are already designed for you to put together BUT you can also choose to use those fabulous elements to create something totally unique!

If you are interested in joining in on our monthly challenge (Flowers) You have until April 25th to enter - and remember that there are prizes to be won!  You can find all the details here.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Club Q Ice Cream Layout:
Quick Quotes April Club Q Kit
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks - Buttercup

A Flair for Buttons - Vintage Easter Flair
Kaisercraft Flourishes - Little Words

Monday, March 27, 2017

Windsong Collection from Quick Quotes

Today I have a layout featuring the new Windsong Collection and PowderPuff Chalking Inks from Quick Quotes.

The soft colors in the Windsong Collection are a great counterpoint to the strong metallic steampunk gears I used on the page:  a perfect combination for a layout about my sister, the pilot.

I stamped my focal image with permanent black ink onto a peach colored paper from the collection (WS100).

I used a watercolor technique to paint the image with Mahogany, Milk Chocolate, Biscotti, Aqua, Seabrook and Terra Cotta.  I simply pressed the inks onto my craft mat and spritzed a little water nearby.  I picked up a tiny bit of water with the paintbrush and then added a little bit of the ink, varying the concentration to vary the color.  Just remember that this is not watercolor paper so you do not want to use a lot of water or the paper will pill and peel.  A little bit goes a long way!

When I was done I trimmed out the image, cut a cardboard support to adhere to the back...

...and positioned her on the layout.

The chipboard gears in the corner were first painted with metallic gold acrylic paint and then rubbed with 2 different metallic waxes.  I added a few Shiny Chrome Drops as accents.

There is a great set of cut apart sentiments in the Windsong Collection.  There was one strip that caught my eye.  It is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that reads "Each moment of the year has its own beauty."  I actually edited it to remove "of the year" and split the strip to position it in 2 different places on the page.  The first part of the quote sits on the top left of the page, in front of 2 tags I cut from WS101.

The second part sits on the bottom of the photo.  Below it you can see that I fussy cut a zig zag border by following the pattern on WS105.

I added another little sentiment strip in the bottom right along with some tiny gears.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Windsong Collection 100, 101, 104, 105, 500
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Milk Chocolate, Mahogany, Aqua, Seabrook, Terra Cotta, Biscotti

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap Shiny Chrome Drops
Want2Scrap Gear Corners 2 Pack Shipboard Embellishment
Want2Scrap Gears Chipboard Embellishment
Prima  Emily Stamp
DecoArt Medieval Gold Metallics Glaze
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Black Shimmer, Copper Kettle
Metal gears

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Etching Ceramic Coffee Cups!

Hello and welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection March Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with etchall®, a reuseable product that can be used to etch glass, ceramic and even slate.    I had a couple of ceramic coffee cups that I decided to "fancy up" and I was really happy with the results!

Here is a close up of the teal mug.  I etched a ring of bunnies around the cup just below the molded edge detail.  It is a very subtle effect that is hard to catch with my camera.

How did I do it?  Easy!  I had an adhesive stencil in my stash with the figure of a little bunny.  I positioned it on the coffee cup and then used green painters tape to mask off the area I did not want to etch.  I burnished it really well right around the stencil to make sure there was a tight seal.

I heaped on a liberal amount of the etching creme and used the squeegee to spread it to cover the entire design.  I let it sit for 15 minutes and then used the squeegee to scoop the creme back into the bottle - because it is reuseable!  :)  I then thoroughly rinsed off any residue before I removed the tape and the stencil.  (Note:  Do not rinse in a ceramic sink!)

I repeated the process 6 times so that I had  a bunch of bunnies! Here is a close up:

And now on to coffee cup #2.

This time I chose an adhesive stencil with text - really fine lines of text.  I was not sure how it would turn out, but I just followed the same process.

It turned out beautifully! The lettering is crisp and clear!

I wanted to have the etching show more clearly so I applied an acrylic glaze over the etched area - with my fingers! I let it set for just a minute before I wiped the area clean with a damp paper towel.  I do not know how permanent this will be.  I am going to let it sit for a few days then I will try to heat set it in the oven.  I imagine that this mug will be a hand wash item - but I will update this post in a week or so with my findings!

So you can see that etchall® etching creme is a super easy to use product! It is not gritty or smelly.   Did I mention that this was my first time using it and the results could not have been better?! So if you have any home dec or upcycling ideas in mind  - go for it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Follow this link to find a complete list of blogs for the etchall® hop:   Designer Crafts Connection 

Supplies for etched Ceramic Coffee Cups:

**Disclosure:  etchall® provided free product for this project.  My design and opinions are my own.**

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Heartfelt Home with Eileen Hull Designs!

This month the Eileen Hull Design Team are showcasing projects designed with Eileen's new release, the Heartfelt Collection.  To create this home themed layout, I used the House/Pocket Thinlits set and the Heartfelt Cardstock Paper Pad.

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I love working with Eileen's inks because they are very versatile.  For this layout I actually turned the Hydrangea and Leaf Color Box Blends into sprays to create the background.  I carefully removed the plug under the sponge and dipped out some of the ink into a mister/spray bottle. I added some water and swirled it together before spritzing the blue on the top for the sky and the green on the bottom for the grass.

I also used the Hydrangea to stencil some subtle details into the sky.  I tend to be a little rough on my sponges, so I applied the ink onto a craft mat before using a blending tool with the stencil.

I applied the Leaf ink directly from the built in applicator to the torn edge of the this green gingham paper.

I used the House/Pocket die to cut out the parts of the house from the new Hearfelt 6" x 12" Cardstock Paper Pad.  The colors are bright and happy and the patterns are classic!  The little strip of houses was trimmed out of a specialty border page.  You will also find a nice mix of sentiments, cards and pockets that you can trim out to use on your projects.  Here is the assembled house on the page:

You have a choice when you use the house die!  You have the option of including an insert that will punch holes around the edges of the house.  I love to add little details to my projects so I stitched around the edge with pink embroidery floss.

In this detail shot you can see I also inked the edges of the house with Hydrangea.

I added a bit of detail with a black pen.  I punched the heart out of another paper in the pad and then added Diamond Glaze to give it some shine and dimension.

I used Eileen's ink to tint these little wood hearts from my stash.  The color is Tutu - don't you just love that?!

I trimmed out one of the cards and turned it into a tag.  I inked the edges with Hydrangea and tucked it behind the picture to hold my journaling.

Finally, I trimmed out one of the sentiments and added it with dimensional foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Heartfelt Home layout: