Sue’s 2021 Holiday Workshop

Sue's 2021 Holiday Workshop Samples

Sue’s 2021 Holiday Workshop…

After much contemplation, I’ve decided that Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be

virtual again this year.  Fingers crossed, we’ll be together next year.

Anyway…I’m kind of excited about this year’s kit.

I’ve worked hard to find ideas to inspire you with new things to try.

Here’s how it works…

When you order a kit, you’ll get supplies to make all the projects with detailed instructions.  You’ll also gain access to a Private Facebook Group where I will share videos of the project.

Here’s what we’ll be making:

  • Snowflake Welcome Wood Door Hanger:   great for hanging on the front door or adding to the center of a wreath  (you’ll be able to choose between a white or red snowflake welcome)
  • Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder
  • Merry Christmas Shaker Card
  • Warm & Cozy Embossed Cable Knit Sweater Card  
  • Flannel Embroidery Hoop Ornament  (choice of red plaid flannel (shown), red and black buffalo plaid flannel, or a soft grey plaid flannel  (more pictures coming)

Included in the Kit:

  • Card layers and Stamped Pieces, Embellishments, Shaker Sprinkles, Ribbon, Twine, 3D Foam Squares and Envelopes
  • 10″ Wood Circle
  • 2 ft. Grey and Buffalo Plaid Ribbon
  • Greenery and Jingle Bell
  • Pre-cut Snowflake Welcome cut out of White or Red Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl
  • Transfer Paper
  • 3″ Embroidery Hoop
  • Flannel
  • Twill Ribbon
  • Pre-Cut Removeable Vinyl Words to use as a Stencil on the Twill Ribbon
  • Pine Craft Stem and Small Berry Sprig

You will need to provide:  (not included in kit)

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Tape Runner
  • Craft Glue

The cost of the Kit is $25.00*  
*Local Pick Up Available, Shipping is an Additional $9.00

There will be a limited amount of kits available, so reserve yours today.
Holiday Workshop Kits will be available November 1st to pick up or ship.

Email: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com to reserve your kit.

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Are you looking for a Fun Project to make for the Holidays? 

The Make it Merry Notecard Folio made using Eileen Hull and Sizzix’s Folio Journal Die*

and the adorable Simple Stories Make it Merry Collection*

The Notecard Folio would make a great gift.

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Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Did you Hear?

I will be teaching a Special Holiday Class on Saturday, November 6th,

and Wednesday, November 10th, at The Paper Forest in Washington, Illinois.

Both classes will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Contact the store at 309-745-3440 to sign up or for more information.  

As many of you know, Tammy announced that the store will close at the end of this year.

It makes me sad to lose this store. It is a great store!

I’ve enjoyed shopping there for many years.  

Tammy will continue to offer Holiday Classes throughout November.

These Holiday Classes are their last Hurrah!  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Class Description:

Join Sue Eldred and learn how to create a Holiday Notecard Folio using Eileen Hull’s Folio Journal Die from Sizzix and Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection.  You will be using the Xyron Creative Station and mat board to create the folio and six Holiday notecards.  Perfect for gift giving or to use yourself.  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

There are several ways to use the Eileen Hull Folio Die. 

I will be bringing additional samples to share with you.

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

We will make six cards with envelopes that fit into the Notecard Folio.

Please join me this November at The Paper Forest.  www.thepaperforest.com

Simple DIY’s for Setting a Pretty Table

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Setting a Pretty Table for a Special Occasion with Simple DIYs

Whether for a casual dinner party, wedding, or intimate dinner for two,

a beautiful table can set the mood.

For this dinner, I’m setting it up outside.  I love eating Al Fresco whenever possible.

It lends an air of casualness that promotes better conversations.

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Let me start by saying, first and foremost, I am not a seamstress.

Which makes all of the following projects “sew simple”!

To create the Table Runner:

  • Start with a 2-yard piece of Rugby Tan Satin.  Cut the satin into two 22″ x 46″ pieces.  Sew the two ends together to create one long piece of satin.  
  • For simplicity, I folded, pinned, and ironed 1″ around the whole piece of fabric.
  • Tuck and refold the 1″ seam in half, pin in place.  Sew each side, leaving a 1/2″ seam.
  • Iron the seams.  
  • Sew a strip of lace trim on each end of the table runner.  My table runner is 20″ x 90″.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • I created 14″ napkins using the same technique as the table runner.  The lace is only on two sides of the napkin.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

There are several different ways to fold a napkin.  One of the easiest ways is the accordion napkin fold.

  • Begin with a pressed napkin.
  • Lay the napkin flat. Accordion-fold the napkin by folding the bottom edge 1″ to 1 1/2″. Continue folding the entire length of the napkin. Make sure to leave the lace showing on each end.
  • Fold the pleated napkin in half.
  • Wrap a small strip of 1½” satin ribbon around the middle of the folded napkin, overlapping and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Wrap a small strip of satin rhinestone around the 1½ satin ribbon and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Set onto the center of the plate and flare out the folds.
  • For a special touch, place a small flower in the center of the napkin ring.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To make the Bow:

  • Cut two 24″ pieces of 1½” satin ribbon. 
  • Cut one 6″ piece of 3/8″ ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon pieces into two loops crisscrossed with the tails on each end.  
  • Lay ribbon bows together with the second one askew. 
  • Tie the bows together with the shorter piece of ribbon.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon tails with a notch cut.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Cut a 2″ strip of satin rhinestone trim.  
  • Wrap around the center of the bow and attach in the back using a glue dot.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • You will need two ribbon bows, one for each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Pin the bows onto each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

No “pretty table” would be complete without flowers.  

For a casual simple look, use a variety of large vases and vintage jars

to add flowers to your table. 

A simple ribbon tied around the neck is all you need.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

A Simple Vase of Daisies.

As Meg Ryan said in the movie, You’ve Got Mail…

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?”

To dress up a clear glass cylinder vase, wrap a strip of rhinestone trim around

the top of the vase and secure it with a glue dot.  (such a simple trick)

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To Dress the Table:

  • I used the Aqua Voile to create a simple tablecloth. I sewed two ends together to make a 36″ X 90″ tablecloth. Because the fabric is light and airy, I carefully cut the fabric and did not sew any seams around the cloth. It is subtle enough to add a bit of detail without overwhelming the table.
  • Place the table runner centered on the table.
  • Place a natural woven placemat under the plates for a more casual look.
  • I used vintage pink wine glasses for the drinks and two different vintage plates.   I like to mix old with new to create a fun and inviting vibe.
  • Add napkins to the plates and flowers on the table to finish the look.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Thoughtful touches and simple DIYs make this table perfect for any special occasion.

Thankful & Blessed Fall Inspiration

Thankful and Blessed Framed Decoration

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration…

One of my favorite parts about decorating for the seasons is creating new decorations

to add to the mix. The Thankful & Blessed Framed Inspiration uses an inexpensive

Dollar Tree* frame, a few pieces of scrapbook paper, and StyleTechCraft Luster vinyl.

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Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

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Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

Directions:

  • Choose three pieces of coordinating 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper to use in the frame.  
  • Cut the background paper to fit inside of the frame opening.  (mine measured 11 ½” x 11 ½”)
  • Cut and adhere a 4″ strip of paper to go horizontally across the center of the background. 
  • Using an SVG File (from the Silhouette Store) and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, cut the words “Thankful & Blessed” out of StyleTechCraft Champagne Luster Adhesive Vinyl*.  I sized my words to fit on a 4″ x 5 ½” piece of mat board*.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Cover a 4″ x 5 ½” piece of mat board* with decorative scrapbook paper.
  • To cover the white core of the mat board, edge the mat board using a bronze chisel point paint marker.
  • Cut a 4 ¼” x 5 ¾” piece of Bronze Luster Vinyl*.  Apply the vinyl centered onto the strip
  • Adhere the covered mat board* centered over the Bronze Luster Vinyl*.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Rub over the vinyl words with the scraper tool to make sure the words have transferred to the mat board.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Gently lift and remove the transfer paper.
  • Add to the frame with or without the glass.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

A Simple and Inexpensive Framed Fall Inspiration for my mantel.  

Another thought…after the Holidays, you could also add photos to the background

for a quick and easy scrapbook page.

Cable Knit Snowflake Ornament

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament…

The moment I saw the NEW Cable Knit Sweater Embossing Folder* from

Eileen Hull and Sizzix, I knew I had to have it.  (I may have gasped!)

I have had a LOVE ♥ for Cable Knit Sweaters for A LONG time.  (just ask my kids)

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

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Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

The ornament is a simple project to make.  

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station Lite* to add adhesive to the back of my white cardstock before embossing it with the cable knit embossing plate*.
  • Adhere the embossed cable knit to a piece of mat board and cut out a circle using the Ornament Box Die. For extra thickness, adhere to a second circle to the back of the ornament.
  • Hot glue craft pine stems* around the circle.
  • Add a red snowflake, adhesive pearls, and ribbon to finish off the ornament.

Chapter 4 Eileen Hull/Sizzix Release Party

It’s time for a New Chapter 4 Release with Eileen Hull and Sizzix!

The Eileen Hull Teams have created some wonderful projects using Eileen’s

new Chapter 4 Sizzix Dies and we have a little blog hop for you to follow to

see all the inspiration!

There is a GIVEAWAY too – leave a comment on each of the designers’ blog

posts and you will be entered to win one of the new dies!

LET’S GET GOING ON OUR RELEASE PARTY BLOG HOP…

Click on the next link below to see all the projects.

Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win!

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Tonya Trantham
Sarah Lizzie Dodd
Karen Bearse

Fall Woodland Friends Card

Fall Woodland Friends Card

How to make a Fall Woodland Friends Card.

I have another fun fall card to share with you today with warm fall colors

and sweet furry friends.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

I know I say this all the time, but I think the Fall Woodland Friends Stamp Set and the

coordinating die set from The Maker’s Movement are just about the cutest sets ever.

Mix it with the Autumn Breeze paper for a great combination.  (I love the colors in this pad.)

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

Details and Helpful Tips for making the Fall Woodland Friends Card…

  • When coloring stamped images with markers, I like to stamp my image on watercolor paper first. The watercolor paper helps when blending the inks.
  • It’s best to use a fast-drying permanent ink, like VersaFine Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink*. The Versafine ink keeps your stamped outline from bleeding when coloring the image.
  •  I like to stamp the images that I will be working with several times on watercolor paper to experiment with different color combinations.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Start with a darker marker and color and bring shades to the outside edge of the image, do not fully color the stamped image.
  • Choose a second lighter marker to blend the darker colors.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Align the coordinating die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the image.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • “Fussy-cut” a 1 1/2″ border using the “fall leaves” paper from the Autumn Breeze paper pad.
  • It helps when fussy cutting to use detail scissors.
  • To cover up the white core of the paper, I use a light gray marker to color the edges of the paper.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Layer a strip of striped paper onto a 2″ plaid strip of paper. (both from the paper pad)
  • Adhere the “fall leaves” border and the “striped” layer onto the 6″ x 6″ turquoise leaves paper.
  • Cut the card front to 4″ x 6″.
  • I used 3D Foam Squares* to adhere the Woodland Friends to the front of the card.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Adhere the card front onto a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ turquoise cardstock layer and then onto a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pumpkin-colored cardstock layer.
  • My finished card is 5″ x 7″.
  • I didn’t have a top folding 5″ x 7″ card, so I made one. I used watercolor paper as my card base.
  • Adhere the card front to a 5″ x 7″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Cut a second piece of watercolor paper 5″ x 8″. Score the paper at 1″ from the top and fold over.
  • Adhere the card front onto the folded tab.
  • Tie a piece of orange ribbon onto the front of the card. The ribbon hides the folded tab.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

The Fall Woodland Friends would look cut on tags, on a scrapbook layout, or in a pop-up card.

Sue’s 2021 Holiday Workshop Sneak Peek

2021 Holiday Workshop Sneak Peek-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 4626

Looking for a Little Extra Holiday Inspiration?

I’m excited to announce that Sue’s Holiday Workshop is going Virtual

again this year with a fun Holiday Kit.  (I have so many fun ideas in the works.) 

I will be posting all the nitty-gritty details on the projects

and how to order right here on October 10th

For more information or to get on the email list: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com

Curiosity peeked?  You can read about 2020’s Virtual Holiday Workshop here.  

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

How to Make a Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker Card.

When it comes to anything Halloween, I like it more “cute” than scary. (big chicken here)

This Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker card uses Dies and Shaker Sprinkles from

The Maker’s Movement’s New Halloween Collection.

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Directions:

  • I used the Halloween Scene from the Tricks and Treats paper pad for the base of my card. I cut off a 1/2″ off both sides of the paper, making it 5″ x 6″. (The finished card measures 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.)
  • Die-cut a large scalloped square frame out of the purple plaid paper from the paper pad.
  • Die-cut a large foam square using the foam cutter die. The foam square will fit under the scalloped square frame.
  • Because I didn’t want the white sides of the foam showing in my shaker element, I used black calligraphy (chisel point) paint marker to color the outside and inside of the foam square. Place the foam square onto the card base. (as shown above)
  • Add “Tricks and Treats” shaker sprinkles into the center of the foam square.
  • Cut a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of clear acetate. Remove the blue protective covering from both sides of the acetate.
  • Remove the top protective coating from the foam square and place the acetate onto the foam.
  • Add adhesive under the purple plaid scalloped square and place it over the acetate lined up with the foam square.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Die-Cutting Tip…

  • When cutting small die-cut pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.  After die-cutting, they become little stickers. That makes applying the die-cuts a whole lot easier.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

  • Apply the Spider Web die-cut onto the inside corner of the shaker element.
  • Add the words “Happy Halloween” onto the front of the card.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

I enjoy making cards with dimension and movement.

I think this is one of the simplest shaker cards I’ve made so far.

If you love making shaker cards, make sure to check out all the dies and cute shaker sprinkles

that are available from The Maker’s Movement.

Toil and Trouble Halloween Shaker Card

Toil & Trouble Halloween Shaker Card.

This is the Halloween Shaker Card I made last year.  You can see how it was made here.

Playing with i-crafter Dies and Embossing Plates

i-crafter tiny home die and water lily embossing plate

I always love getting the chance to play with something new.

For this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop, I created a couple of projects using

the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* and the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder*.  

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i-crafter tiny home die

The Tiny Home Die Set* cuts out the cutest little house.

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Tiny Home Banner

I used the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* to create a little fall banner to hang

on the corner of my favorite family picture.

Water Lily Cards

I used the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder* to create two cards with two different looks.

The first card was embossed using Watercolor Paper*

I used a Waterbrush* and inks to watercolor directly onto the embossed paper.

The second card I embossed onto blue textured cardstock.

I used DecoArt Metallic Champagne Ice Lustre Wax* and rubbed it

over the embossed areas using my fingertip.

Two simple cards using the same embossing folder!

Designer Craft Connections Pic

To see all the i-crafter projects the other designers have made, click here.

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner for Fall.

This past weekend in the middle of my Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor project,

I was inspired to sew up this cute felt pumpkin banner. It didn’t hurt that I already

had the sewing machine out (because I had to mend the dog bed, once again).

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner

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DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

I used the Pumpkin Die from The Maker’s Movement to cut out the felt pieces.

The pumpkin die is used for cutting paper and not necessarily to cut fabric and felt.

While the die does not always cut through the felt, it did leave deep impressions.

I used the deep impressions as my guide to cut out the remainder of the shape.

(not recommended on smaller detailed pieces.)

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

Directions:

  • I used a pre-cut 9″ x 12″ Antique White Felt for the base of the banner.
  • On the bottom of the Felt, make a small mark at 4 1/2″ the center.  Measure and mark on both sides, starting from the bottom, at 3″.  Draw light lines from the 3″ mark to the center mark.  Cut along the lines to create the bottom point of the banner.
  • Die-cut pumpkin pieces.
  • Place the pumpkin pieces and the letters on the banner to decide on the correct placement.  (make sure to allow space up on top for the trim and the rod pocket)
  • Remove letters and set them aside.
  • Sew around pieces of the pumpkin using a sewing machine.  (if you’re good at hand stitching, that would be even better)
  • Place iron-on embroidered letters onto the banner, cover with a thin cloth, and iron according to directions on the packaging.
  • Sew a piece of decorative trim near the top of the banner.
  • Cut a second piece of Antique White Felt the same size as the first.
  • Sew the top closed, leave a small 1/4″ border.  Create a small rod pocket by sewing another seam at approx. 1 1/4″.
  • Sew around the remainder of the banner.
  • Create a small tassel using a wood bead and thin braided decorative trim.  Poke a small hole on the point of the banner and tie the tassel.  Because my Trim had a slick surface, I added a tiny bit of Fabri-Tac Adhesive* under the bead and at the knot that ties my tassel.


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