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

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

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)


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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

Materials Used:    (*affiliate link)

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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

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.

DIY Holiday Planner

DIY Holiday Planner

Creating a Holiday Planner…

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays.

So…when Xyron asked me to do a Christmas in July project using the Xyron Holiday Bundle,

of course, I said YES!

To be honest, my first thought was to run over to my local scrapbook store

and buy something new to use in my project.

Christmas is my weakness, and I have so much leftover from previous years.

I decided to “Scrap my Stash” instead. In the end, I used paper from 3-4 different collections.

(I’m so proud of my self-control.)

My Holiday Planner measures 6″ x 8″. 

It is big enough to write in but small enough to grab and go.
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Creating a Holiday Planner

Materials Used:

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Xyron Creative Station

DIY Planner Details:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and two 6″ x 8″ pieces for the inside front and back covers.
  • Lay the paper into the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* design side up. Crank the handle of the Creative Station* to run it through the machine. As it goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper. No electricity needed, easy to use.
  • Peel the decorative paper from the protective liner and place it onto a 6″ x 8″ piece of chipboard. Cover the front and back sides of the chipboard.
  • I love using the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* when I make albums.  I get complete coverage and everything lays smooth, no wrinkles.
  • I like to use a craft mat and craft knife to trim away any excess paper.
  • A sanding block is great for smoothing out the edges of the covered chipboard.

Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker

  • Cut decorative strips to add the front and back of the planner.  If you’ve never made a planner/album like this, you’ll want to give particular thought to the placement of the strips on the back cover to make sure they line up with the front of the planner.
  • I used coordinating decorative scrapbook paper to create a frame for the front of my planner using the frame die from The Maker’s Movement.

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DIY Holiday Planner Pages

  • I created several different types of pages using a word program for the inside of the planner.
  • As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
  • Once you get your cover finished and your inside pages created, you’ll want to bind it all together using a binding machine.  I used an old Bind it All Machine.  You can also use The Cinch Book Binding Machine*.

Holiday Planner-Calendar Pages

November and December are the crucial days when planning the Holidays. 

I printed out two calendar pages from SaturdayGift.com and sized them to fit in my planner.

On the inside of the front cover, I created a pocket for lists and coupons.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Gift List

I am that person.  I write down everything I buy for Christmas.

If you want to know what I bought you five years ago for Christmas, ask me.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Card List

Do you still send Christmas Cards?

I love getting and sending Christmas Cards over the Holidays.  (sometimes I even make them)

I don’t get as many or send as many as I used to, but I love hanging them on display.

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A great way to be prepared for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. 

Creating pockets are a great way to keep organized and the perfect place for

blank Holiday recipe cards.

DIY Holiday Planner

Favorite Family Recipes…

I have several family favorite recipes that I make every year.

Several years ago, I typed them all up and saved them on my computer.

It was easy to reprint them and add them to this year’s Holiday Planner.

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Notes and Stuff…

These pages are for writing down special memories, tips of things that worked that’ll you’ll want

to remember for the next holiday get-together, or the other room mom’s phone number.

There’s so much that we need to remember during the holidays.

And don’t forget to save those receipts for easy returns.

I added a thick buffalo plaid zipper bag in my planner to hold those receipts.

DIY Holiday Planner

Jingle All The Way… 

Create another pocket in the back to tuck in pictures and invitations.

I can never have too many pockets to help keep me organized.

The nice thing about Christmas in July is that by the time the Holidays do arrive,

I’ll be almost ready.

Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die

Vintage Flower Truck

I’m excited to share with you Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die*

that is part of the New Chapter 3 Release Dies from Sizzix.

It is one of the cutest dies for so many different Holidays.

Can you imagine it as an old rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins? 

And of course, think of all the cute things you can do for Christmas.

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Tips:

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Cardinal on Wreath Ornament

Another project made using the New Chapter 3 Dies is this Simple Holiday Ornament

using the New Ornament Box Die*  and the Wreath and Snowflake Thinlets Die Set*.

There’s a limited supply of these dies currently, so make sure to get yours today.

Eileen Hull/ Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies

Eileen’s Teams have joined together to give you even more ideas on these creative New Dies.

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

Click on the next link below to continue on your way. Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win a prize!  (see Eileen’s Blog for details)

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Pam Bray
Jenny Marples

DIY Double Sided Sign for your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit

DIY Patriotic Sign

How to create a double-sided sign to show off your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit.

I picked up this wood star sign at Dollar Tree* to make something for the 4th of July.

Being indecisive, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do that or make something for the

upcoming Olympics.  So, I decided to do both.

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DIY Patriotic Sign

Materials Used:

Directions:

  1. Lightly sand the wood star with the sanding block to smooth.
  2. Paint both sides of the star with white acrylic paint.
  3. To make 1″ stripes, lay the painter’s tape onto the surface, butting each strip up to the other. Remove the middle piece of tape.
  4. Gently rub the painter’s tape* to make sure the edges are securely down.
  5. Paint between the lines of the tape. Wait until the paint has dried before removing the tape.
  6. For a distressed look, gently sand the star to blur the paint lines.
  7. I used my Silhouette Electronic Die-Cutting Machine* to create the words and stars to put on the front and back of the sign.
  8. Apply the vinyl onto the star using vinyl transfer tape*.

DIY Patriotic Sign

I added my sign to the simple boxwood wreath on my front door. 

After the 4th of July, I will turn it over to show my Olympic Spirit.

GO TEAM USA!

DIY Patriotic Sign

A Coffee Gift Card Holder for Mom

a Coffee Card for Mom

How to make a “coffee-themed” gift card holder for Mom for Mother’s Day.

Do you have a Mom who’s a coffee lover?

Make her a cute “coffee-themed” card perfect for adding a gift card to her favorite store

or coffee place.

A Coffee Themed Gift Card Holder for Mom.

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A Coffee Themed Card for Mom

Directions:

  • Die-cut the pieces from the Coffee Die Set out of scrapbook paper using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Assemble the die-cut pieces on a layered card front.
  • For the base of the gift card holder, I cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/4″ x 9 3/4″.  Score lengthwise every 3 1/4″.
  • Adhere a 3″ x 5″ piece of green polka dot paper onto the middle panel.
  • On the third panel, cut down the side approx. 2 1/2″.  Cutaway the remaining section of the panel on a diagonal to create a flap.
  • Adhere the bottom and the short side of the flap to the middle panel to create a pocket.
  • Decorate the pocket with a flower that was “fussy cut” from the floral paper.  Add a small strip to edge the pocket.

Die-Cutting letters using the Crossover II.

Directions Continued:

  • For the letters on the front of the card, I used gold foiled paper.  To make the letters stickers, I ran the gold foiled paper through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As you run the paper through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-Cut the letters to spell “MOM” using the Alphabet Die Set and the
  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Remove the backing off the back of the letters and stick them onto the front of the card.
  • Tie gold thread around the front of the card and tie it with a knot.

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

A coffee themed card for Mom

Now all you need to do is add a gift card for her favorite store or coffee place along with a sweet note.

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