Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heartfelt Cards with Kunin Felt

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is partnering with Kunin Felt!  I combined dies from Eileen's new Sizzix release - the Heartfelt Collection - with felt and created a couple of cards to share.

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The first is an all-occasion card.

I started by embossing a piece of  olive felt using Eileen's Starlight Embossing Folder and then adhered it to a kraft card.

I used the small 4 petal die from Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf set to cut about a dozen flowers out of violet felt.  I die cut Eileen's Basket from kraft cardboard...

...and then used the Basket Weave Embossing Folder to add texture. I inked the basket die cut with Nutmeg and then added it to the front of the card.

I used the roof die from Eileen's House/Pocket set to cut a little detail piece that I added in the upper left corner of the card.

I sewed tiny gold beads into the center of the flowers and then  added them to the front of the card.  The sentiment was hand stamped and adhered with dimensional foam.

I actually created the front of the next card with violet felt!

One of the dies in the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf set is a stamen.  I realized it would make a wonderful dandelion by layering at least 2 die cuts from white felt.  

This flower is very delicate so I used the Precision Base Plate.  Once it was cut, I peeled away the outside and then carefully released the felt from the plate with a straight pin.

To create the card base I cut a piece of kraft cardstock 5.5" tall and 5.75" wide.  I scored it at 1.5" and then used the leafy embossing folder from the Stitched with Love set on the small flap I created.  I highlighted the design with Nutmeg ink.

I used Eileen's Starlight Embossing Folder on the violet felt before I glued the dandelion in place and attached it to the front of the card with double-sided SuperTape.

I used Eileen's Leaf ink to paint the embossed leaves and inked the edges.

A hand stamped sentiment finished it off - super easy!

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

Supplies for Heartlfelt Cards:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits Die Set
Sizzix Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Set
Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards L Die - Basket
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Starlight
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Basket Weave
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Stitched With Love Set
Sizzix Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg, Leaf
Kunin Felt - White, Olive, Violet
Therm O Web iCraft Supertape, 1/4" 
Therm O Web 3D White Foam Square, 1/4"
Alpha Stamps, brads, beads

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Altered Acrylic Frame with Adventure Awaits from Quick Quotes

Now that Mother's Day is in the rear view mirror I thought I would get you looking forward to Father's Day with one of my favorite gift ideas - an altered acrylic frame.  I used my new favorite collection from Quick Quotes - Adventure Awaits!
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  • I picked up this acrylic frame for less than $2 and removed the inserts.

  • I created a one piece replacement that measures 7"x10.5".  
  • The striped band across the bottom is 7"x1.75".  
  • I added a couple of pieces from the Quotes and Phrases page before I slipped it into the frame and turned it on its side.

  • I cut squares from a mix of papers in the collection and then stacked them together, adhering each layer slightly askew.  
  • I used double sided tape to add the paper stack on top of the acrylic frame. 
  • I also used the double sided tape to add the clip. The photo is 3.5" square.  I intend to replace the photo occasionally - or maybe just add more on top!

  • The bottom of the frame holds a 3" square note pad. 
  •  I created a simple cover - which I adorned with another picture - and adhered the whole thing with double sided tape.

This is a really great gift idea for ANY occasion - but Father's Day is coming up so pull out some favorite photos and get cracking!

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

Quick Quotes Products:
Adventure Awaits Paper Pack
Adventure Awaits 12"x12" Quotes and Phrases

Other Products:
Acrylic Frame for 5"x7" photos
Note Pad

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Mini Album with Quick Quotes

My favorite things to create are gifts that are both pretty and practical. I found a quote on the  Windsong Quotes and Phrases sheet from Quick Quotes and it inspired me to create a little mini album:

  "Enjoy the little moments, for they will remain in your heart when the seasons pass."

This compact little album is a place to write down little stories and moments that make you smile.  Little things that happen in your day to day activities.  I know I had so many of them that I thought I could never forget...and now I wish I had written them down!

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I started by adhering a piece of Windsong 102 to a piece of mat board and then die cutting the mini album using the Passport Book die from Sizzix.

Next I took the piece that becomes the spine of the book and colored it with Light Moss PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I used clear embossing powder on top and then heat set it.

I assembled the book using double sided tape...

...inking the front and back cover on the inside and outside with more Light Moss before I attached them to the spine.

The Julie Nutting doll on the front cover was stamped on Windsong 103 and trimmed out.  I colored her hair with Warm Gray and her dress with Light Moss.  I simply depressed the pads of ink on my craft mat, added a bit of water, and painted the colors onto the paper doll.  I added polka dots on her sleeves by pressing the end of the paintbrush into the ink pad and then onto the  dress.

On the inside of the album I added 3 signatures of about 6 pages each.  I actually "sewed" the signatures into the book.  Here is a view from the top.

The beads on the outside are actually tied onto the center of long pieces of  twine.  Then I threaded  the twine through the upper and lower holes in the spine of the mini album,  through the holes in each of the signatures and tied it off on the inside. (Note:  an easier way to include the signatures is to use elastic cording.  In that case, I would not actually "sew" the signatures in the book.  Instead, I would just slip them under the elastic cording.  It is a nice option to have them be removable!)

The covers were cut from other papers in the Windsong Paper Pack.  The round elements were trimmed out of the Quotes and Phrases Sheet and turned into tabs for each signature - and yes I did ink around the edges before I glued them in place!

I finished up the front cover by matting the Quote with black cardstock and adhering it with dimensional tape.  The camera and metal embellishment are from my stash.

The finishing touch was sewing each of the signatures into the album with a natural cord and beads from my stash.

I think this is a lovely place for a mother to jot down the silly little moments she never wants to forget!  The monthly challenge over on the Quick Quotes blog this month is Mothers and/or Mother's Day.  There are great prizes to be won so check out the details HERE and then join in the fun!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Windsong Collection - 12"x12" Quotes and Phrases
Windsong Paper Pack
Powderpuff Chalking Ink - Light Moss, Warm Gray

Other Supplies:
Sizzix Passport Book XL Die by Eileen Hull
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp, Jeanne
Maya Road Camera Transparency
All My Memories metal embellishment
Natural twine
Clear embossing powder

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wedding Shadow Box Display - 2017 Best Blogger Finalist!

I created this Home Dec Wedding Display using photos from a wonderful wedding that I attended earlier this year and I am so excited to share that my  project has been chosen as a finalist in the favecrafts 2017 Best Blogger Contest!

I love having happy memories on the wall to enjoy every day and wedding days create the happiest of memories!  In this home dec piece I used a classic gray and white color scheme and mixed in wood tones, metal, soft flowers and lots of dimension!  I printed photos in black & white, sepia, and color and added them to the display frame with a mix of transparencies, scrapbook paper, rub-ons and dimensional items.

I masked off the inside walls of each opening in an unfinished wood display box with painter's tape. Following the label directions, I applied Carbon Gray Varathane to roof, outer walls, front edges and back walls of most of the openings. (Some were left bare because I would be covering them later with scrapbook paper or photos.)  I let the stain dry for one hour and then removed the tape to reveal the unfinished wood. 

I started my embellishing in the "attic" with a cluster of blooms from the Petaloo Botanica line from Floracraft®.  I used an Angled Sign Holder from Deflecto as a small easel for my first photo of the bride and groom, adhering a small metal embellishment on the front.  All of the items in this display box were adhered with Scrapbook Adhesives from 3L.

One of my favorite techniques created a really fun dimensional effect!  I started by sizing and printing a photo of the wedding party in black and white and adhering it to the back wall of one of the openings.  I then reprinted the same picture in color and trimmed out just the bride and groom.  I inserted the trimmed out figures into a SuperGrip Display Holder from Deflecto - essentially creating a paper doll of the bridal couple - and then adhere it on the shelf in front of the black and white photo.  Even though the Display Holder was transparent, I decided to cover it up with a small metal embellishment.  The image of the bride and groom really stands out!

The SuperGrip Display Holder was also used to attach the small photo beside the "Mr. & Mrs." letter tiles.  The permanent self adhesive makes it easy to secure the holder to the wood shelf.  I added a small bloom from Petaloo in the front with a DODZ Adhesive Dot.

In another opening I used a Deflecto Sign Hanger to create an easel for a small photo. I adhered the Sign Hanger to the display box shelf and then added a DODZ Adhesive Dot so that it covered up the hole that was originally intended to hold a piece of twine or string.  I added the photo and used another decorative metal embellishment to disguise the Sign Holder. 

Each opening was filled with photos and embellishments.  Use your imagination and materials at hand to add dimension and detail.  Here are some close ups to provide a little more inspiration!
I used a small glass bottle filled with glitter and a cluster of berries as a fun embellishment!
 Rub-ons and metal pieces are unifying elements used throughout the project.

I turned a special wine cork into a photo holder and had fun playing with transparencies!
And now I have a favor to ask - the winner in the contest is selected through popular vote - which starts today!  If you have a chance to pop over to favecrafts and cast a vote for my project I would really appreciate it!  You can vote every day through May 7th.  

Thanks so much for your vote and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Deflecto Angled Sign Holder #20001
Deflecto SuperGrip Display Holder #20002
Deflecto Sign Hangers #20003
Testors® Rustoleum® Varathane® Wood Stain – Carbon Gray
FloraCraft® Petaloo™ Botanica – Berry Clusters
FloraCraft® Petaloo™ Botanica – Blooms x 4 – Charcoal Gray
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ™– DODZ™ Adhesive Dots
Scrapbook Adhesivesby 3L™  - EZRunner® – Permanent Strips

Michael’s® Unfinished House Display Box #398727
Prima Marketing/Leeza Gibbons Transparencies
Momenta Birthday Metal Stickers
Momenta  Medallion Photo Corners Metal Stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Memo Pin
Teresa Collins Memorabilia Recorded Scrapbook Paper
Luxe Designs – Love Words Rub Ons

Bottle Cap Company – Letterpress Tiles