Top 3 Favorite Paper Crafting Projects of 2021

2021 Top 3 Paper Crafting Projects-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com

My Top 3 Sizzix/Eileen Hull Paper Crafting Projects.

As part of the Eileen Hull Educator Team, I post projects every month using her dies.  

This month Eileen asked us to pick our three favorite projects for 2021.  

These three projects are my top three favorites.  

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Winter Fun Folio Album

The Winter Fun Folio Album was made with the Eileen Hull Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.

If you like an album with a lot of options, then the Folio Journal Die is for you.  

You can see the full project details here.

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The Sweet Life Tiny Book

Good Things Come in Small Packages.

The “Sweet Life Tiny Book” was made with the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Tiny Book Die*

and Hershey Peanut Butter Cup Wrappers.  You can see the full project details here.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Scrapbook Album

The “Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album” was made with

the New Full-Sized Journal Die* from Eileen Hull and Sizzix. 

This was probably my most favorite one.  I love this die because of its impressive size. 

The finished album measures 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″.  

You’ll need to have a Sizzix Big Shot Plus*or Sizzix Big Shot Pro* to cut this.

You can read all the project details here.

Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Making a Christmas Putz House

Making a Christmas Putz House

Christmas Putz houses are little cardboard or paper houses.

Sometimes illuminated, they are usually decorated with mica flakes

and glitter to make festive Holiday Villages.

Making a Christmas Putz House
Last year, the Eileen Hull Teams got together to bring everyone a little

Comfort and Joy during a rough Christmas Season.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to do it again.

My Christmas Putz House, made with Eileen’s House Ornament Die*,

is my contribution to this year’s “Comfort and Joy” collaboration.

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Making a Christmas Putz House

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Making a Christmas Putz House

Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station®*. As the paper moves through, it adds adhesive to the underneath side. You get complete adhesive covering.
  • Cut two pieces of Sizzix Matboard* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the Christmas Scrapbook paper onto each one of the mat boards. (Underneath will be plain)
  • Lay covered mat board on top of the House Ornament Die*. Sandwich the die and mat board between the cutting plates. Run the die, matboard, and cutting plate through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*. The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two of the house shapes.
  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses. (It is for making the house into an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Rapid Fuse Adhesive* to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  

Making a Christmas Putz House

  • For the Roof: Cut a piece of Kraft Corrugated paper 2 1/4″ x 4″. Fold in half and glue to the top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white mat board over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine. Trim around the matboard to create two small windows. Cut two small pieces of gold paper or vellum to fit under the window frame and glue them into place. Glue the windows frames onto the house.  
  • Cut a tiny piece of mat board to use as a door.  Glue a small piece of corrugated paper over the door for the roof.
  • Use a 3″ x 4″ piece of mat board as the base for the house. Cover the mat board with scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the putz house, bottle brush tree, and mini snowman ornament to the base.
  • Decorate your Christmas Putz House with small wreaths, snowflakes, glitter and mica flakes.

Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6066

How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

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.

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.

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

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Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

A Simple Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor Project.

It’s so much fun to decorate for Fall with its vibrant and colorful hues.

I’d love Fall even more if it didn’t turn into Winter after it was all over.

For the framed dimensional pumpkin, I decided to use my paper crafting skills

to make a fun and easy Home Décor for Fall.

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Double-Sided Adhesive Foam 5″ x 6″ and 4″ x 5″.
  • Cut two pieces of orange plaid paper from the paper crafting paper the same size as the foam.
  • Remove the protective coating from one side of the foam and place the paper onto the adhesive.
  • Place pumpkin die outlines over the foam and die-cut the shape using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine*.  You may need to run the die back and forth a couple of times through the machine to make sure all the layers have been cut.
  • Repeat the process with the die-cutting of the stem and leaves.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • For the words used on the front of the pumpkin, run a small strip of striped paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker Mini*.
  • Place the word dies onto the paper and die-cut.  (you may want to put a small piece of tape on the dies to keep them in place)

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

  • I have a weakness for old frames and I love to pick them up whenever I see a good deal. (I think this one was a quarter.) It now makes the project an Up-Cycled project which makes it extra special.
  • Remove the glass and the backing from the frame and spray with ivory spray paint.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • The frame measures 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 6″ x 6″ opening.
  • Replace the 90’s picture with a 6″ x 6″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper. (I placed the glass behind the scrapbook paper to give the project more stability. Also, I will have it if I want to reuse the frame for another project later.)
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the pumpkin pieces and place it inside the frame.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Cute, simple, and easy to make. My favorite kind of projects.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Apple Cider Stand Card

One of my favorite fall memories is taking my family to Tanner’s Apple Orchard.  

At Tanners, we would pick apples, find the best pumpkin,

get lost in the corn maze, pet the animals, and play games.

Before we left, we’d always go into their store.

Once inside the little store, they had a giant barrel with a spigot for pouring yourself a

cup of free cider.  Even though there was a “one per customer” sign, hardly anyone had

just one taste.  (especially my son)

One of my favorites was the Apple Cider Donuts that we’d eat on the car ride home.  

Good Memories!

Apple Cider Stand Card

How to make the Apple Cider Stand Card… 

with the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • Stamp a small square using the inkpads onto a piece of something non-porous like a plastic lid.  (you can also use watercolor paint)
  • Add a tiny bit of water to the ink to dilute the color and brush on a simple swish with a wet brush to create the background.  I like to use a waterbrush.  

Apple Cider Stand Card

Building the Flower Stand

  • I used woodgrain scrapbook paper to create the boards of the cider stand.
  • The cider stand die has three sizes of “board dies” to cut and build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness. Run the paper and the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to cut the shape.
  • I used basic building construction to make my stand.
  • For the awning, I die-cut two pieces. (one plaid, one rust) Cut two sections from the rust die-cut and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Apple Cider Stand Card

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of my pieces to make them look more realistic.
  • I used a lot of foam dots behind the various pieces to create a lot of dimension.
  • I doubled up the foam dots under the awning and sign.

Apple Cider Stand Card

My Cider Stand needed pumpkins.

  • I used the pumpkin stamp from the “Home from the Holidays Stamp Set”.
  • Stamp the pumpkin using black ink onto a marigold color cardstock.
  • Using the Tombow Markers, color in the image.  I like to go lightest to darker.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Last Summer, I made one of my favorite cards, the “Sweet Summer Flower Stand” card using

the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  I’ve wanted to make a Cider Stand Card every since.  

Flower Stand CardThe Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card.