I’m back at Create and Craft this Wednesday and Thursday with some very cute Chapter 4 Sizzix dies. This cute little guy is from the Floral Safari set. There’s also a lovely elephant and zebra, with stamps to create little extra details.
Next up is the lovely Birds and Blossom set, this framed piece shows all the dies in the set, which make a beautiful piece of art, but you can use all the elements individually for some lovely card designs.
This collection is full of cute animals, and the Arctic Animals set is no exception. Love this little husky.
The show times are as follows (but check the schedule as they are subject to change – 5 October at 4pm and 8pm, then 6 October at 8am.
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I’m at Create and Craft TV this Friday with some of my favourite Tim Holtz dies. I obviously love the floral dies, as florals are always my faves, but the bold sentiments are so great to work with them – or for quick cards with a nice bold sentiment, I just love them.
I made this lovely framed piece recently for a Facebook live, so thought I’d share some instructions on making it.
I used the largest frame die from the Shadow Box #2 set for the frame, and cut it four times to make a square.
This frame measures 15.5cm x 15.5cm, so I cut a piece of kraft card that size for the backing, then added some pale aqua card to the front.
I then used a Tim Holtz stencil (THS004) to add some uneven stripes with Sizzix Texture paste. I then added some Prima Sparks acrylic paint on top, in a rainbow. For the rest of the background I did a little bit of stamping in brown ink (Tim Holtz Papillon and Studio Light Jenine’s Mindful Art Collection). Once the ink had dried I dry-brushed some gesso on the background.
To create a little ledge for the houses, I cut two strips of mat board and stuck them back to back, then covered with a piece of frayed burlap. I cut the houses from kraft card and backed them with some patterned paper and an old book page. I added them with foam pads to give a bit of dimension.
I then dry-brushed some gesso on the frame, on the front and sides, then added some Tim Holtz Crackle Texture paste with a spatula and set aside to dry.
Thanks for popping by today, I’ll list below the main products used.
I’m back to share some more shadow boxes ahead of my Sizzix shows on Create and Craft this Thursday and Friday. It’s a One Day Special, so I’ll be on at 6pm and 9pm on Thursday 19th, and 10am and 2pm on Friday 20th. Hope you can join me!
Of course, you don’t have to use die cuts with the shadow boxes, they are great for creating frames for your favourite stamped artwork. For this one I used one of the Miss Dee stamp sets by Aall & Create as I thought this one in particular worked really well with the dies.
Gosh I’m so excited for these shows. I have been so happy making all these projects. I have literally not left my craft studio the whole week I was making them except to eat and sleep!
So this is the Chapter 2 release from Eileen Hull, and unusually for her, this release doesn’t have any Bigz dies, there are 3 thinlit die sets, along with a stunning 3-D embossing folder called Crochet.
There are two sets that include the different size ‘sides’ to the shadow box. Shadow Box 1 allows you to create a small square frame, then Shadow Box 2 has a medium and large die, so you can create a landscape frame (as above). But of course, you can interchange the sizes, and say, just use the two longer sides of this one to create a larger square frame.
Then there’s a set called Shadow Box Elements that has some gorgeous little houses along with lots of other dies to decorate your frames. There are also extra elements in the frame sets.
I love the variety of elements in these sets, and the houses are just adorable. They are just as fabulous on cards as they are to create shadow boxes.
They also work so well with other die sets – for this square frame I used the largest shadowbox die and the Wild Blooms 1 die set.
I kind of replicated the project from the packaging photo for this one – it shows off all the little elements really nicely.
I’ve got lots more projects to share, so will pop back soon with more!
Well, I’m very excited about my shows on Monday – two shows of literally all my favourite things! It’s the Best of Eileen Hull, so a bit of a round up of all her best selling dies.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of her journals, and on the show we’ve got the Folio and Wrapped Journals, which I guess are probably the most versatile of all because they have fold around elements you can use or cut off to create different styles of journal.
So first is the Folio Journal. This one has a flap at the front and back of the journal that wraps around, then, there’s a separate element that enables you to enclose that piece, to create like a little box type element which is great if you want to add in separate notebooks, or maybe even a gift.
What I also like about the Folio is that it’s a nice square size, so it really gives a nice area to decorate, and works really well with the various 3-D embossing folders.
Next is the Wrapped Journal. This one also has a wrap around element, but it folds all the way round from the back, making this one ideal for using with leather/fabric, because it doesn’t necessarily need to be a rigid design.
Next is the very fun, Camper die, this creates such a cute 3D camper, that has a kind of box inside, that you can use to add a gift. Of course, you can also use the camper element without making it into the full 3D version, it looks fabulous on a card or journal front.
Another fun 3-D die, this is the Post Box. A great one for creating little savings boxes for kids, of perhaps for a wedding for guests to post little messages. Of course you can also use it as a fun gift box.
This is the Display Stand. It’s perfect for displaying a calendar, or photos, but on this sample I added some magnetic sheet, so I could use it to pop on my desk and hold my thin metal dies while I work.
The Vintage Button embossing folder and Floral Contours dies have been included on the shows because they work so well with the various journals and other dies.
Phew, that’s a round up of most of the items on the show – I told you it was a great mix of faves!
My shows are on the 21st March at 12.00 and 5pm, so I hope you can join me!
I’m back with more sneak peeks ahead of my shows on Monday – I’m on Create and Craft at 9am and 1pm. This set is called Rainbow Magic, and I really like the style of this rainbow. So many ways to use it. Each piece cuts separately so you can use different colours or just cut from watercolour card and colour yourself.
Next up, this set is called Bottles and Glasses, it’s got a fun champagne bottle, along with different glasses, and accessories. I cut the glasses from vellum on these cards to create these fun cards.
This is the Big Hugs set, and Positive Signs stamp set.
Last for today, there are a couple of new embossing folders on the shows – both are 3D folders, Rainbow Sky and Celebrate.
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Today I’m sharing a little tutorial on this gift box/book, using the new Eileen Hull Book Box Bigz die.
It can be used to create journals, or a lovely box in a book, which is ideal for adding a gift to, or as I did in this case, some handmade cards.
I’ve listed below all the products used (with links), but of course, you can use whatever papers and materials you have to cover your journal.
Take three pieces of Sizzix white Matboard and cover with double sided adhesive roll (I’m in the UK and buy my rolls from Crafty Devils, but you can find similar on Amazon).
I covered two pieces of matboard with Mint Julep, then the other with Limoncello.
Run the mint julep covered pieces through. This will give you two sets of each of the elements (because you will need two covers, and two sets to form the box. You can trim down the piece covered with Lemoncello so it just covers the spine section as that’s all you need from that (or you can cut it all and just save the extra pieces for other books).
I used red line tape to attach the spine to the front and back cover, and to assemble and attach the box section. The easiest way I found to tape the box part is to lay them out end to end and tape them together.
If you want to strengthen the box section, once you’ve assembled it and stuck it into the book, cut some strips of the mint julep texture roll, about 1 inch wide, then stick around the outside. It strengthens the box, but also makes it look neater.
I cut another piece of mint julep texture roll to fit inside the box area, and embossed this with the new Vintage Buttons embossing folder. It just makes the inside a little neater as it covers up where the box is taped to the back cover.
To decorate the cover, I kept it bright and simple with more texture roll. I used Primrose, Ballet Slipper and Limoncello, then some green cardstock for the leaves. I added my niece’s name using the Sizzix Handwritten Alphabet die. I find that using texture roll is a much better option when decorating journals, because it’s less likely to scuff or tear than cardstock, so if I have the right colour in texture roll, I’ll always use that in preference to card.
For the notecard, I carried on the same design, and used a Mint Julep notecard so that it matched.
Hope this tutorial gives you some fresh ideas for using these gorgeous new dies. Don’t forget to check out the Eileen Hull Fan Club group on Facebook because there’s always a ton of inspiration there.
I’m back on Create and Craft this week, with the new release from Eileen Hull (as well as a special deal on the Big Shot Plus)
Eileen has some fabulous new dies in this release – Book Box – which allows you to create a fabulous journal with a box inside, Phone Stand, a lovely Vintage Button embossing folder and a very clever thin die set called Snail Mail. I shall wait for the shows to explain how they all work, but for now, here’s a little sneak peek at the projects I’ve made for the shows.
There’s a giveaway too! If you leave a comment for each of the designers in the Release Party Hop, or during the Facebook Live or YouTube video, you will be eligible to win one of the newly released products! Tell us what your favourite new product is and what you plan to do with it! Thanks for hopping with us
I’ve made three projects for this hop – you’ll be able to see these projects in more detail as I’ll have them on my shows on Create & Craft on 16/17 Feb. I’ll also be popping back here later in the month with a tutorial on the Book Box.
So the first project is using the the lovely Book Box. This die creates a journal with box element inside, so it’s perfect for popping a gift into, it’s also the perfect size to put cards in, so I think it would be lovely to make some matching cards to go with the cover then give that as a nice present.
The next die I’m sharing today is called Snail Mail and it creates this really fun background for cards (or it fits nicely on the Book Box). You can also snip each element away (which you’ll see on my next project). This would work so well with different dies and stamps because it kind of creates little windows.
The last one I’m sharing today is an embossing folder called Vintage Buttons. It’s a 3D embossing folder so the detail is just amazing.
Don’t forget to pop to Eileen’s blog to see the rest of the release as well as all the amazing projects – http://www.eileenhull.com/