Christmas in July with Eileen Hull’s Dies

Christmas in July with Eileen Hulls New Release Snowman and Mitten Dies.

I wanted to share with you a couple of fun Wintery projects using the NEW dies that are

now available from Eileen Hull and Sizzix*.

The Gingham Mitten Gift Box uses the #664510 Mitten Box Die by Eileen Hull

It cuts out all the pieces you need to make a super cute gift box that you can fill with treats.

A few tips…

  • Adhere the gingham paper to Sizzix, Little Sizzles White Mat Board* using your favorite adhesive before cutting out the mitten die.  I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the paper to the mat board so I get complete adhesive covering.
  • Paint the inside and sides of the box with red acrylic paint.
  • Glue lace onto the front of the gingham mitten before assembling the box.  I like to use a super-fast grab adhesive like DAP Rapid Fuse Adhesive*to glue my pieces together.

The second project is a Snowman Note Card Holder.

I used the #664511 Snowman Box Die by Eileen Hull and adapted it a bit. 

  • When I saw the scored piece that is supposed to be used to create the box, I saw a fence.  So, of course, I had to make a Snowman decorating a fence.
  • I glued two of the box parts together to make the fence.  I created a platform out of extra pieces of Little Sizzles Mat Board* for a place for the fence to stand.

The Snowman Box Die cuts all the pieces to makes these two adorable Snowman Boxes. 

Extra Snowman Supplies                 (*affiliate links)

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There’s a lot of dimension that was added to my Snowman.

  • I painted the fence and snowman with white acrylic paint.  After the paint had dried, I gave them both a coat of One Step Crackle Paint*.  The thicker the paint the larger the crackles.  (My crackles are more subtle.)
  • I used White Liquid Applique* on the rim and top of the snowman’s hat.  I let the liquid applique dry before heating it with a Heat Tool* to raise it.  If you let it dry before heating, the liquid applique raises evenly not bumpy.
  • I used DecoArt Dimensional Effects*on the tops of the fence and around the base.  I also used it on the bottom of my Snowman.

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.

For a full list of designers visit Eileen’s Blog Here.

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.

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…

Thanks everyone!

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Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Canvas

Mixed Media Made Simple

In the past, I was intimidated at the thought of doing a Mixed Media project.

I was intrigued but intimidated.

After a few attempts, I found that Mixed media doesn’t have to be intimidating

if you break it down into a few simple steps.

What is Mixed Media?

Mixed Media is a visual art that uses more than one medium or material.  Two common examples of mixed media art are assemblages and collages.  Different materials include cloth, paper, paint, wood, and found objects.

Here’s the 4 basic steps I use:

  1. prep canvas
  2. create background
  3. add dimension
  4. composition

When it comes to Mixed Media, I am still a novice.  The steps I use are mere suggestions.

This month, I got the opportunity to work with Little Birdie Crafts in a Blog Hop with fellow designers of the Designer Craft Connection.  Little Birdie Crafts has a great selection of handmade flowers, chipboard pieces, stencils, paper and so much more.  Right now they have a great sale going on, make sure to check out the Little Birdie Crafts online store.

These are the Little Birdie Crafts products used:

  • 12 x 12 Burlap Art Board  (CR73782)
  • White Gesso (CR75625)
  • Antique Gold Metallic Wax (CR79830)
  • Mixed Media Paste-Slate (CR79374)
  • Natalie Pastel Flowers (CR70092)
  • Chipboard Ornate Clock (CR26249)
  • 2-Chipboard Honey Comb (CR56011)
  • Chevron Stencil (CR64149)
  • Jute Braided Twine  (CR82268)

Additional Products Used:                       (*affiliate link)

*Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Step One 1

  • Prep burlap canvas with gesso using a palette knife or paintbrush to prepare the surface for paint.

  • Add white acrylic paint over the surface of the canvas, and drips of coral, marigold and aqua paint.

  • Blend horizontally across the canvas using a paintbrush to create a soft background.

Starting the process of building the background.

  • Paint chipboard honeycomb with marigold paint and dry brush with white acrylic paint.

  • Lightly paint chipboard clock with white acrylic paint.  Rub antique gold metallic wax to accent the ornate edges and hands of the clock.
  • The shelf is a scrabble tile holder that was stained using Vintage Photo Ink.  It’s hard to see in this picture but the edge of the shelf is accented in the antique gold metallic wax.

Texture and dimension adds interest to the canvas.

  • Tape stencil to board using removable painter’s tape to mask the area that you want to add the mixed media paste.  Apply paste in a thin layer onto the board using a palette knife.

Step 2 Building the Background

  • Once the texture paste has dried.  Go over the paste with a thin layer of white acrylic paint to lighten it.  Apply antique gold metallic wax to accent the texture.
  • Glue vintage lace onto the canvas using mod podge.  Apply a thin layer of mod podge directly to the area on the canvas where I will be adding the lace.
  • Stagger the painted chipboard honeycomb onto the board to create interest and glue in place.

Step 3 and 4  Dimension and Composition

  • Create focus.  The place where you want the eye to land.
  • I like to use an item to anchor my canvas.  An anchor can be a photo or in this case the shelf.
  • To create stability and dimension…I add chipboard to the back of all my paper pieces.
  • Arrange and Rearrange your pieces on the canvas until you are satisfied.
  • Glue pieces on canvas using a strong glue.  (I always find that I add and edit as I glue.)

For the full list of Designers participating in the Little Birdie Crafts Blog Hop click here.

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Country Christmas Pocket Notebook

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook.

Being a friend and a big fan of the creative dies that Eileen Hull designs for Sizzix…

I was happy to jump on the band wagon with Eileen Hull’s Design Team and Educators

to create an album using Eileen Hull’s NEW Pocket Notebook Die from Sizzix*.

You’ll just flip at the amazing things these ladies have come up with.

Make sure to read to the end of this post to see the full list of designers.

*Disclosure… This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Is it too early to start thinking Christmas?

Once I saw the Simple Stories– Country Christmas 6 x 8 paper pad* I knew it would make

a cute little album for Christmas using Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die*.

To create the album you’ll need to cut out the pieces from matboard.

The Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board* is the perfect size to use with the XL Sizzix dies.

I like to use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the paper.

You can do this before or after you cut the die.

The Pocket Notebook Die* cuts the cover (you will need 2), a pen-loop and latch and pages for

the book.  The page size is adjustable and the spine of the book can be any size from 3/8″ to 2″.

I kept the cover and inside of  my album pretty simple, I’ll embellish it more as I add pictures.

The spine has pre-cut holes for gathering the inside pages.

I folded several of the 6″ x 8″ paper from the pad to make little page groupings.

Each one is held together with an elastic loop with I tied on the outside of  the spine.

I created a couple pocket pages in the center of one of the page groupings.

There’s a lot of possibilities and potential when using the Pocket Notebook die.

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook Products Used:

Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS– the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

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Mini Treat Jars for Fall Parties

Mini Treat Jars for Fall

Impress your guests with this quick and easy table favor.

Create the perfect extra touch for your next Fall party or Get-Together.

I found these adorable mini mason jars at Michaels the other day and fell in love.

If you know me at all, you know I love anything miniature.

I just knew they would be perfect for filling with little treats.

To create the label for the jar…I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 Wireless Cutting Machine*

and StyleTechCraft Orange and Bronze Luster Vinyl* to cut out the cute “Hello Fall” SVG file

from Jillibean Soup.   I used my StyleTechCraft weeding tool to remove the background pieces

of my image.  I transferred the “Hello Fall” label using StyleTechCraft Grid Transfer Tape*

*Disclosure… This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

After filling the jar with wrapped caramels…

I wrapped the rim on the jar with twine and tied on a small tag.

I glued a paper marigold (which I found at Hobby Lobby) on the top of the jar.

Cute little party favors to place by each guests plate.

My project is part of the Fall Blog Hop with Designer Craft Connection and StyleTechCraft vinyl.

If you would like to see more Fall projects hop on over to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog

to see the full list of designers.

 Styletech Craft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Bunny Table Favor with Rinea Foil

Create a cute little Bunny Treat Box to adorn your table this Easter.

To make the Bunny Table Favor…

I used Rinea Foiled Paper, a paper lined with colorful vibrant metal foil on both sides.

This German inspired paper holds its shape, looks like foil and works like paper. 

The Bunny Table Favor is a fun project to make even the littlest guest feel special.

Products used…                     (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • To add adhesive to the back of the Rinea Foiled Paper lay the paper onto the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.

  • Apply Rinea Foiled Paper onto the front and back of pre-cut chipboard pieces.
  • Place the double sided foiled chipboard pieces onto the (discontinued) Easter Elements Die and run through the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine* to cut out the Bunny Shapes.
  • FYI…the Sizzix Cottontail Die is very similar to the bunny I used.

  • Cut two double-sided blush foiled bunny shapes.
  • Cut two 2 ½” x 1 ½” and two 1 ½” x 1 ½” pieces of double-sided silver foiled chipboard.
  • Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of double-sided pastel green foiled chipboard.
  • To cover up the brown core of the chipboard, use the DecoColor Premium Silver Leaf Pen* to go around the edge of each piece of cut chipboard.

  • I used Beacon 3 in 1 Glue* to glue the four silver sides of the box onto the pastel green base.
  • Glue the pink foiled bunnies to both sides of the box.

  • Cut a 2″ x 2 ½” piece of pastel green foil.  Tightly roll foil using a bamboo skewer, add a little glue along the edge of the roll to keep roll from unraveling.
  • Cut small cuts into the top of the foil to create fringe.
  • Create two and glue to the front and back of the box.

  • Punch a couple small pastel purple daisies, curl and form into a petite flower.
  • Glue flower to the front of the box.
  • Cut several thin 6″ strips of pastel green foil.  Wrap foil paper around the bamboo skewer to form little spirals.
  • Use spirals as the filler inside the treat box.  (The foil paper holds its shape well.)

Fill Bunny Table Favor with candy treats and add to your Easter Table.

“This is a sponsored post.”  As part of the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

My project is part of a Blog Hop put on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.
For more fun projects using Rinea Foiled Paper and the list of participating blogs click here

Glittered with Mod Podge Ultra

Rainbow Glittered Monogram with Mod Podge Ultra

I have used Mod Podge for years…

So, when Plaid gave me the opportunity to try out Mod Podge Ultra, I thought why not.

I always love trying something new.

What makes Mod Podge Ultra different?

America’s favorite decoupage medium is now available as a spray!  Mod Podge Ultra  is a super strong, non-toxic spray formula that works as all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level.  Perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects.  This versatile, water-based formula dries quickly and naturally self-levels, leaving no brush marks.  It cleans up easily with soap and water and is available in both matte or gloss finishes.

For my Framed Rainbow Glitter Monogram I used:                         (*affiliate links)

Directions:

  • Protect your work area with newspaper or drop cloth.
  • Shake Bottle for 15 seconds.
  • Prime the nozzle with a few test pumps.
  • Spray the chipboard letter with Mod Podge Ultra using short even strokes.
  • Add various colors of glitter over the letter.
  • Pour excess glitter off.  Allow project to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Seal letter with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge Ultra.
  • Allow  the letter to fully dry.
  • Accent the outside edge of the letter  using the silver leaf paint pen with a chisel point.
  • Spray or paint the back of the letter with Mod Podge Ultra and add to a piece of black chipboard.
  • Place inside frame for fun and funky framed art.
  • Just like a paint brush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use. If they aren’t they will clog and become unusable.

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With most glittered projects… if you touch the glittered area you leave a little bit of glitter everywhere you go.  Once I sealed the glittered “S” the glitter does not rub off.  How cool is that.

A special Thank You goes out to Plaid the makers of Mod Podge Ultra*.   

My project is part of a Blog Hop put on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.

For more fun projects using Mod Podge Ultra and the list of participating blogs click here.

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Jillibean Soup and Xyron-Siblings Layout

Growing up with you is one of my favorite memories.

This is me with my crazy, wonderful siblings.    (I’m right smack dab in the middle.)

The five of us have been through a lot together.  Especially the last year.

I’m  so glad we have each other to count on.

Even though we drive each other crazy from time to time, there’s a real closeness and love.

This picture was taken last August when the whole family got together for one last

picnic at our family home.

Home… A story of who we are.  A collection of things we love.

That caption from the collection about brought a tear to my eye.

I’m a little nostalgic when it comes to home right now.

Down the hall in my family home was a very large collection of photos.

The pictures covered both sides of the hall walls.  It was like a very big scrapbook.

No one was left out.   (even if you didn’t like the picture)

A collection of everyone they loved.

For my Siblings Layout…here’s what I used:               (*affiliate links)

When you have a lot of little pieces to stick onto a layout I like to use a combination

of my Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker* and my Xyron Mega Runner*.

The Xyron Sticker Maker is real easy to use.  Just place the paper, design side up, into the end of the sticker maker and pull the paper through.  Rub the protective covering and peel back to expose sticker.

This week the Xyron and Jillibean Soup Design Teams have joined forces for one amazing blog hop.  Make sure to join us each day on Facebook for awesome inspiration and a chance to win some cool prizes on both pages.  (make sure to visit both!)

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

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Personalized Pool Party Glasses

Keeping Cool and Living the Dream…

Here in the Midwest, summer has turned H-O-T!

And because we have a pool, we get a lot of extra visitors. 

To help us all keep cool…we keep the blender whirling.

This is one of my favorite Summer activities.

Today… I’m participating with several designers of the Designer Craft Connection

in a Designer Challenge using Adhesive Vinyl from Styletech Craft.

For a full list of the participating designer’s projects CLICK HERE.

How to make personalized Pool Party Glasses.                  (*affiliate link)

  • Pick up a couple of inexpensive glasses at Dollar Tree*.   While you’re there…don’t forget to pick up the cute palm tree swizzle sticks.
  • Clean the glasses with warm soapy water to remove any grease or residue.
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo 3* to create and cut the words “just chillin” and “living the good life” out of Self Adhesive Glitter Vinyl Sheets- by Styletech*
  • Remove the background vinyl from the words using a vinyl weeding tool or metal pick.

  • Pick up the words off the backing paper with Vinyl Transfer Tape* and apply directly onto glass.  Rub the words to make sure they’ve stuck before removing the transfer tape.
  • If you can…Wait 4 days for the adhesive to fully cure before using the glass.
  • It is recommended to hand wash only.

Ask for Self Adhesive Glitter Vinyl Sheets- by Styletech from Tape Technologies* at your local Scrapbook Store.

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5 Creative Ideas for Beaded Iron On Trim

5 Creative Ideas for using Beaded Iron On Trim from Expo International.

When I received this selection of beautiful beaded trim from Expo International,

the creative wheels really started to spin.

I couldn’t narrow it down to just one project, so I created five.  (Lucky You!)

But why stop there…

Today, I’m participating with several other designers of Designer Craft Connections

for a fun Blog Hop using the trims from Expo International.

Every designer got something different, so it should be good.  (details below)

#1 Vases…

Turn a simple Dollar Tree* glass cylinder or empty cappuccino bottle in a Elegant Vase.

Spray the top of the Dollar Tree cylinder vase with Gold Glitter Spray Paint* and glue the trim onto the vase with Beacon Zip Dry Glue*.              (*affiliate link)

Try gluing  two or more pieces of beaded trim to the bottom of a empty jar or vase.

#2 Baskets

Embellish the band of a plain basket for a little extra style.

Add a even more personality by gluing iron embroidered letters.

#3 Festival Bracelets

Have fun this summer with easy to make Festival Bracelets.

  • Measure the size of your wrist.
  • Cut a piece of denim or felt approx. 3/4″ longer than your trim.
  • Arrange trim onto fabric so that only one end has the extra fabric.
  • Lay a clean soft cloth over trim and iron on the fabric.
  • Add hook and look tabs* to the end of the fabric.

#4 Jazzed Up Pockets

Jazz up the pockets of jeans, shorts or jacket.

#5 Bridal Pouch

Create a special pouch for the Bride to keep the wedding day jewelry safe while in transport.

Personalize it with Joy Iron On Embroidered letters.

For more inspiration, hop on over the to Designer Craft Connection Blog.   And…while you’re there make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win your own treasure chest of trims.

Thank You Expo International for sponsoring this post.

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

As 2017 winds to an end…

It’s fun to look back through the year and pick which posts were your favorite (and mine too).

As a special treat, this year, I’m joining along in with a group of 40 awesome

Creative Bloggers in a Blog Hop sharing their top 10 favorite posts.

Prepare yourself for Creative Goodness Overload.

 

 

 

 

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If you’ve come from Tifany DeGough  your next stop would be  Melissa Elsner.

As promised here is the full list of the Top Ten Blog Hop…. (enjoy!)

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