Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Spring Birdhouse from Eileen Hull Design's by Sizzix

Finally, after a cold wet winter, spring has really arrived in North Carolina!  I have birds nesting on both my front and back porches and hummingbirds flitting about their feeders.  I've started planting my vegetable garden, the trees are blooming, and everything outside is fresh with new color.  I love this time of year!

I made this sweet little birdhouse to celebrate and embellished the roof with some pretty flowers that I made.  These are so simple to make.  Here's a video showing you how to assemble the birdhouse that iss cut with an XL die from Sizzix's Eileen Hull Designs line of dies.  Eileen designs so many great 3D dies, you'll love them all!

Video tutorial

I used Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe collection to make the birdhouse, it's gorgeous floral images were perfect for this project!

These flowers are deceptively easy to make.  I'm not one to spend hours making exquisite delicate flowers, I'm not that patient!  For me, it's diecut, give 'em a twist and a curl, bam!  Done!


Wooden Skewer

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I appreciate it!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Steampunk Canvas with Creative Embellishments and Stamperia rice paper

Creative Embellishments has so many great Steampunk chippies so I thought it would be fun to play with a few of them along with this Clockwise rice paper image from Stamperia. I glued lace on the left side and then around the edges I used a palette knife to add a thick coat of Stamperia crackle paste.  After that dried I started layering on color with Lindy's mists, drying between each color.   Next I rubbed on different colors of Prima wax.  

Then it was time to add some chipboard pieces.  I began with a Mini Dress Form from the set of six.  I just gave that a quick misting with Lindy's.  The reason I use mists to color my chippies is because mists won't clog up the pretty etched design in the chipboard.

 In the lower right corner I added a Steampunk Timepiece and topped that with miscellaneous gears, then a metal piece and finally a flower.  The gears are heat embossed with Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder and then I swiped on some Prima Red Amber Wax to give it a rusty look.
I used the fabulous Steampunk Clock Corner in the upper left.  I just love this piece!  It is heat embossed with Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder and Stampendous Aged Bronze embossing enamel.

To finish it off  I added metal pieces that have been highlighted with gold Prima wax.  I also used a bit of Stampendous Aged Gold embossing enamel in the upper right corner.  

Stamperia Rice Paper - Clockwise Mannequin
Prima Colorbloom Mist Tea Stain
Prima Metallique Wax - Aged Brass, Bronze Age, Vintage Gold, 
Prima Antique Brillance Wax - Red Amber
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel

Lindy's Moonshadow Mist - Golden Doubloons, Crow's Nest Copper, 
Moonlight Mulberry, Bucanner Bay Blue
Lace from Tresors Deluxe

Thanks for stopping by, have a great crafty day!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Graphic 45's Sun Kissed Collection is so perfect for those wonderful summer days!

I love this photo of my dear friend, Peggy's grand-daughter.  Thank you Peggy for letting me use your photo!  Sun Kissed is the perfect collection for memorializing  beachside memories.  The bright colors and playful images of the collection paired perfectly with this beautiful little girl enjoying a sunny day at the beach.

 Tips:  Use layers of different shapes, i.e. squares, rectangles circles, to give your layouts more interest.  Pop up some fussy cut images to give your layout some dimension.

3D flowers layered over images of flowers will to add dimension to all the flowers.

Supplies @

Other Supplies:
Petaloo Flowers
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Punchs - Cherish, Deco Fans

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Nostalgic look at Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue

I am a happy gal because Graphic 45 is bringing back Tropical Travelogue, ya-hoo!!! I used the last 7 sheets I owned of that collection to make the mini I shared with you yesterday so I thought today I would share these layouts I made with Tropical Travelogue way back at the end of 2011. The Collector's Edition should be available the end of May, I can't wait! Until then, we can just drool over these lovely papers!!

This collection is a fussy cutter's dream!  I fussy cut all the large green leaves you see from the papers and made the flowers from Tim Holtz glassine paper using McGill's Floriano flower punch, one of my faves!

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue 12 x12 Collection -
Jungle Fever 
Rain forest
Tiki Voyager

This layout is all about layers, layers of paper and layers of fish netting and shells.

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 collection -
Garden Isle
Tiki Voyager
Paradise Postage,

I made the flowers on this page with Spellbinders Sunflower 2 dies and used microbeads for the centers.

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 collection -
Island Jewel
Hibiscus Heaven
Seaside Holiday

I hope you've enjoyed this nostalgic look at the diverse colors of Tropical Travelogue and some of my early Graphi 45 works.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sneak Peek, Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue!

Have you heard the news?? Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue is being released again as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!  Hip-hip-horray!!  This collection is so colorful and has such great tropical colors and imagery!  Well in honor of the DCE I had to create something with whatever I had left from the original collection.  Alas, I only had 7 sheets of paper and some little scraps left from the original collection released in 2011.  Challenge time,  I said to myself.  Can I make a mini with just 7 sheets of paper?  I'm always game for a challenge so I gave it a go.  The answer is yes and here are the results.  View the video flip through to see the results.

Tip:  When you only have a little bit of paper, use cardstock as the base for some of your pages.  Then fussy cut elements and layer over the cardstock. Save every little scrap until you are finished.  You’d be surprised how you can utilize those little pieces.

 Tip:  Coat the cover of your minis with matte medium as this will make the paper stronger and protect the cover from wear and tear.  Fussy cut elements in particular, benefit from this treatment and it is best to coat both the front and back sides.

 Love that cute little seahorse!

 Inside the covers before adding the signatures.   Both are little pockets where you can tuck in  photos, notes, memorabilia, whatever you want!  I used Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Journal Die to cut the covers.  Its a great die and really makes the task of making these style of minis go quickly.

These are the 3 signatures before I bound them in the cover.
 Inside view of  a fun tuck spot and a waterfall photo organizer.

This is a tiny little book that slips into a pocket in one of the signatures.

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Tropical Paradise Deluxe Collector's Edition

Other Supplies:
Cardstock Core'dinations: Lemon Chiffon, Bon Voyage, Heritage Kraft,
Dark Cashmere, Robin's Egg,  Creme Brulee
May Arts Ribbon - AKB62 - 7/8" Solid Ivory Checkered Ribbon
May Arts Ribbon - SK04 - ¼" Silk Ribbon
Little Birdie Burlap Trim

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am just so excited about this release!!  How about you, do you love this paper??

Creative Embellishments May Challenge.

The Creative Embellishments challenge this month is to use a vintage graphic on your project.  Above is the inspiration photo.

I love vintage styling so I used some gorgeous vintage paper from Stamperia, Lilac Flowers, that included the vintage images I used on this easel card and tag that I used from the Large Tags set.

I framed the vintage image with the Infinite Rectangle Frame and layered Flourish Set 10 underneath the flowers.  I heat embossed both with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.

I love easel cards; they are easy to make and present themselves so prettily! I used fern leaves (stained with Lindy's mist) from the Fern Foliage 5 set and layered Flourish Corners 2 underneath the vintage image. I heat embossed the flourishes using Ranger  Antiquities Tanzanite embossing powder. 

 The card is finished off with some pretty Little Birdie blooms!

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

The monthly challenge is always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Be sure to check it out, you could win a great gift certificate to the store!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Graphic 45's Sun Kissed Collection Passport Mini

Graphic 45's new Sun Kissed collection is just so charming with its gorgeous seaside images!  it is perfect for scrapping so many memories whether it's sunning at the beach, cruising, or sailing.

I've record a flip through video so that you can see each page in the mini.  

If you want to know how to actually construct this mini, you'll find a link to that tutorial here.


Sizzix Scoreboard XL Die - Passport Book
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Mat Board
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 6" Adheisve Sheets

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection:
8' x 8" Paper Pad
Ephemera Cards
Staples Large Tag, ATC Tags & Flower Dies
Staples ATC Tags
Creative Embellishments Seagrass
Creative Embellishments Palm Trees

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Passport Mini Album Tutorial

This is Eileen Hull's Passport Mini Album made with Graphic 45's Sun Kissed Collection which is just so GORGEOUS!!  I wanted to show you how to make the mini using Eileen's die, so here is a step by step video showing you how make the mini and two different ways of stringing elastic to hold the pages.

Tomorrow I'll share a video flip through of the completed mini album.


Sizzix Scoreboard XL Die - Passport Book
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Mat Board
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 6" Adheisve Sheets

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection:
8' x 8" Paper Pad
Ephemera Cards
Staples Large Tag, ATC Tags & Flower Dies
Staples ATC Tags
Creative Embellishments Seagrass
Creative Embellishments Palm Trees

Stop by tomorrow for a flip through of the finished mini.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Steampunk Journal for Creative Embellishments

I made this fun Steampunk Journal for a guy friend using my favorite Steampunk chippies from Creative Embellishments chipboard gears and clocks.  CE has a great selection, be sure to check it out!

To create the rusty look on the gears, I heat embossed them with Emerald Creek Allure Powder in Oil Rubbed Bronze, then I rubbed on a little Prima Antique Brilliance Red Amber wax.

This Grunge Gear Corner is one of my favorite chippies and I used the same process as I used on the gears above plus I heat embossed a few of the gears with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel.

This gear clock came from the Steampunk Chain and Gears Frame set and is misted with Prima ColorBurst in Empress Gold.
Aren't these Victorian Wind Up 2 people so cool?  I just misted them with Lindy's Mission Bells Starburst Mists.  Love how he's tipping his hat, I just know he's saying, "Good day ma'm! "

These are the 3 signatures that I made for the inside of the journal.  I jsut added gears to the already gear bedecked Stamperia Clockwise paper.

Other Supplies:
Stamperia Clockwise Collection
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board

Thanks so much for joining me today, I appreicate it so much!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art Journal for Creative Embellishments

Something new from me today, art journaling!  Ah yes, this is the year of trying new things for me so here I am dabbling in art journaling.  Truthfully, I find it very difficult, but I admire other people art journals so much that I just have to give it a go.

On this first page I first inked with Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and then stamped with Creative Embellishments Hearts Stamp. Next I added a Scribble Frames that I heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities Rose Quartz embossing powder.  The people are part of a Tim Holtz Ephemera set.  The quote is a rubon from 7 Gypsies.

Then I added one of the Washi Tape Shape Clusters.  I inked it with Worn Lipstick and then heat embossed with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder.

The background on this page was also done with Distress Oxide Inks in Tattered Rose and Work Lipstick and Lindy's Mission Bells Brown. The Mini Frame and words were misted with Prima's Empress Gold.  Then I cut up the Leafy Circle Frame and tucked in pieces with the flowers I used.

I stamped on the background and  didn't like it so I partially covered it with a Mini Frame and managed to make it look like I was framing the heart right?  After all, it IS an art journal, and this is where we play and experiment.  So the stamping was an experiment gone bad!

Some spatters on both pages and that's my foray into art journaling!

Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store, there are so many great chippies to chose from.  AND, did you know that Creative Embellishments also makes stencils, stamps and wood veneer pieces?  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Baby Banner for Eileen Hull by Sizzix

Banners are such a fun party decoration that can be personalized with a name or occasion.  I made this one for a baby shower and used both pink and blue for fun!  You can make one for any occasion, take a look at my tutorial below and you'll see how easy it is.

I used Eileen Hull Design's by Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - House/Pocket Stitchlits to make each of the banners.  The house die is the perfect size for banner making and turned upside down, well, it's perfect!

I cut the BABY letters on my Cameo and they are about 3" tall.  The paper I used is from Graphic 45, it's the much loved Little Darlings DCE set.

In between each large banner, I used  a tag from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookmark, Tag & Pocket and turned that upside down too.  On each tag, I pasted a heart cut with the House/Pocket Stitchlits set.  The great thing about these sets is that there are so many dies in each one that allow you to create lots of different kinds of projects!


Graphic 45 Little Darlings DCE
Hug Snug Seam Binding
Adhesive of choice 


Step 1:
Die cut one of each pocket and house for each letter in your banner as shown in the photo.  I die cut 4 of each since there are 4 letters in my word, baby.  Ink the edges of each die cut as desired.

 Step 2:
Carefully cut through the center of the holes on the pocket so that you create a postage stamp edge effect.  Then adhere the pocket to the house as shown in the photo. (On the left side you can see the edge before I cut through the centers of the holes.)

Step 3:
Next layer on your letters.  Once we adhere the banners to the ribbon we'll add all the embellishments.

Step 4: 
Cut a tag to go between each of the banners using the Bookmark, Tag & Pocket set.  (I only used 3 on my banner.)  Cut some hearts with the heart die included in the House/Pocket Stitchlits set.   Turn the tags upside down and adhere a heart to each.

Step 5:
Now we're ready to put it all together.  Layout the banners with the tags between them and then take enough ribbon to string all the banners and tags and leave extra at each end.  You can use most anything to string your banner, but I suggest something on the strong side.  I used a twill ribbon.  Use a strong glue (I used hot glue) to adhere the banners and tags to the ribbon.  You could also staple the banners onto the ribbon and cover the staples with embellishments.  Then, embellish with lots of flowers, ribbons, tags, you imagination is the only limit!

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it !!


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