Home for Christmas Mini Album

Home for Christmas Mini Album

How to make a Holiday Mini Album…

I wanted to share with you a Simple little Christmas Album that I made for

the Eileen Hull Comfort & Joy Event over on Eileen’s Facebook Fan Page.

Sizzix Notepad Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull

I used the Sizzix Notepad Scoreboard Die by Eileen Hull* and paper from

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas Lodge Collection* to create the mini album.

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Home for Christmas Mini Album

The album may be small, but it has plenty of room for Holiday pictures.

It measures approximately 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

Home for Christmas Mini Album

Sue’s Tips for Making the Home for Christmas Mini Album:

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the paper before adhering it to the mat board and die-cutting the pieces to make the notepad.
  • I adhered the spine of the front and back cover using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.
  • For the inside of the album, I created four small “signatures” to place inside the album.
  • To secure the “signatures” inside the album, wrap thin twine around the spine and the paper.

Home for Christmas Mini Album

Home for Christmas Mini Album

When it comes to family, Home is the best place to be.

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Everyone can use a little Sunshine on a cloudy day.

This simple card is made with stamps and dies from The Maker’s Movement*.

The card uses a little subtle play with different patterns.

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

  • I die-cut pieces using the Stacking Flowers Die out of yellow patterned paper from the Cloudy Day paper pad.
  • The flower was assembled using 3D Thin Foam Squares*.

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

  • I used the “Hello Sunshine Stamp & Die Set” for the sunshine layers on the bottom of the card.
  • I also used the “Hello Sunshine Stamp & Die Set for the small banner with the stamped words “sending you”.
  • My favorite tip for die-cutting small or thin pieces is to add a layer of adhesive using a Xyron Creative Station®* before die-cutting.

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

This card was fast and easy to assemble and is sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

If you like the look of old embossed tin, the Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

is a simple project to create.  (easy to follow instructions below)

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

I’m always up for a new crafty challenge,

so, when asked if I wanted to try the colored aluminum foils

from K & S Precision Metals, of course, I said yes.

These thick colored aluminum foils are not like your mother’s aluminum foil.

They are thick enough to bend and manipulate but thin enough to be able to cut with scissors.

And you don’t have to worry about cuts like from thicker metals. (this is fun stuff)

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How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

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How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

I could have used the metal as it comes, but I wanted it to be slightly thicker, so I double it up with cardstock in the middle.  It also helped it hold the embossed shape.

Directions:  

  • I used an unfolded small white envelope as my pattern.
  • Measure and cut a piece of colored foil slightly larger than the unfolded envelope.
  • To add adhesive on the back of the foil, place the foil colored-side up on the Xyron Creative Station®*Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the foil through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the foil.
  • Place the foil onto a piece of white cardstock the same size.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • If you’re not artistically inclined, you can easily find a swirly scroll pattern to print and use as a pattern.
  • Place the foil with the cardstock side up onto a soft surface.  Tape the swirly scroll pattern onto the back of the cardstock.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Using medium to firm pressure, use a small ball stylus* to trace around the design to transfer it to the foil.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Remove the pattern from the back of the cardstock.
  • Trace around the opened envelope onto the back of the cardstock.
  • Cut the envelope shape using scissors.
  • Cut a second piece of foil the same size as the first and repeat the adhesive and embossing process, except do not add the foil to the cardstock. Place this piece of foil onto the back of the cardstock and retrim the envelope shape.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Use a ruler and bone folder to mark your envelope fold lines.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Paint over the foil with white multi-surface acrylic paint to give the pocket a brushed denim look.
  • Make sure to paint in one direction only.
  • Once the paint has dried, lightly sand over the embossed areas with a sanding block.
  • The sanding makes the embossed areas stand out.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Glue the edges of the pocket using rapid fuse all purpose adhesive*.
  • Tie a 1″ piece of ribbon around the envelope pocket.  I added a little bling using a broken silver barrette.
  • Cut a thin slice of floral foam* and place it inside the pocket.  Stick small flower stems into the floral foam.  (Both the floral foam and the flower stems were from Dollar Tree*.)
  • Punch two small holes in the envelope and add a piece of twine for hanging.
  • Add the embossed pocket to the middle of a boxwood wreath for a simple and elegant wreath decoration.

More great designer projects using K & S Precision Metal on the DCC Blog.

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Mae’s Treasure Box

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

I wanted to share a little more about how I made Mae’s Treasure Box.

I am getting my first granddaughter, Mae, sometime in May.

(To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.)

Mae’s Treasure Box is a little box that her mom can slip into the top drawer

of her dresser and add all the little snippets of babyhood that she wants to save.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

As some of you may know…

I currently have three adorable, sweet, and loving grandsons in my life.

I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  But after all the trucks and blue stuff,

I’m excited that I’m finally getting a little “pink” in my life.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

The “treasure box” was made using Eileen Hull’s New Book Box Die*.

I dug deep into my hoard of paper and found this sweet blue and pink floral paper.

It reminds me of Vintage Florals from the ’40s or ’50s.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

To make the treasure box:  

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of my paper before sticking it to the matboard.  (Usually, I adhere the paper to the matboard before die-cutting.)

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Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • Apply adhesive to the bottom tabs.

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  • Glue the sides to the bottom rectangle.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I added an extra piece of Mat Board* covered with matching paper to fit inside the box to cover up the side tabs.
  • I glued a pink glittery chipboard letter M on the inside corner of the box.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

I thought I would share with you a fun little album I made for Xyron using

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Collection by Photo Play Paper.

A great album to add your photos.

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Directions:

  • For the cover, cut the matboard into two 5” x 7” pieces.
  • Cut two 5” x 7” pieces of black dot scrapbook paper and two 5” x 7” pieces of diagonal stripe paper.
  • Place the scrapbook paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to run the scrapbook paper through the machine. As the scrapbook paper goes through the Xyron Creative Station, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. (You will need to add adhesive to all four pieces of scrapbook paper.)
  • Remove the clear protective coating. Peel the paper from the white backing and stick it directly onto the matboard. Each piece of the mat board* will have black dots on one side and diagonal stripes on the other.
  • The Black Dot Scrapbook paper will be on the front and back cover with the diagonal stripe paper on the inside.
  • Cut two 1 ½” x 7” strips of diagonal striped paper. Run the strips through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back.
  • Stick onto the edge of the front and back cover. Pay special attention to the placement on the back cover so that the pieces line up on the right side.

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  • For the inside pages, cut six 5” x 7” pieces of black cardstock.
  • Cut two 9¼” x 7” pieces of black cardstock. Score the cardstock at 5” lengthwise to create a page that has a flap.
  • Adhere a variety of Tulla & Norbert Love Story scrapbook paper onto the front and back of each section of the black cardstock using the Xyron Tape Runner*.
  • Using a Book Binding Machine*, bind the album together.
  • Cut apart the 3” x 4” journaling cards to adorn the front cover and some of the inside pages.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

  • A great way to add adhesive to the Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Ephemera is to place them into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker*. Just pull, rub, and stick. To remove any excess adhesive around the die-cut pieces, use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser*.
  • Create fun page flaps and pockets to add your album using stickers, die-cuts, ribbon, and twine*.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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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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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

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.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Scrapbook Album

The Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album is the perfect place for your Fall Memories.

The album uses Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest Collection*

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

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

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Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

One Important Thing to Note…

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Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

  • I folded six 8 1/2″ x 11″ pieces of cardstock in half to create little “stories” to insert inside your album.  
  • I used thin twine to add my “stories” to the spine.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

I’m happy with the way the album turned out…

and I love the size of the New Eileen Hull Full-Sized Journal. 

Now I’m off to take More Fall Photos.