Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fairy Dust Mini for Creative Embellishments

Do you believe in fairies?  I do, and I've created a mini album celebrating their existence using lots of Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces, along with Graphic 45's newest collection, Fairy Dust, to bring it to life. It is just the prettiest collection with vivid colors and lots of pretty flowers, and fairies of course!

I've recoreded a video walk through of the mini so that you can see all the details.



Creative Embellishments has some pretty fairy chipboard pieces and I've used one from the Tiny Fairies set on my mini album cover.  They are perfectly sized for little minis like this one. I painted her first with white gesso, then iridescent paint, and finally a nice coat of Stickles on her wings to give her that magical sparkle that fairies have!

Underneath the flowers is a corner piece from the Page Corners  Set 1, that I've heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby Green embossing enamel.


I used a Sizzix Eileen Hull Designs die to create the mini itself.  It's the Passport Journal die and it just makes the cutest little minis at 3.5" x 5". There are lots of pretty pages inside, I'll just share a few with you here.  On this page, I used a Creative Embellishments Fairy Dust stencil to add some "fairy dust" the the page along with another fairy chipboard piece.  I love this one reclining on the stump!


 The Mini Ornate Frames great for using in minis.  Sometimes it's hard to find embellishments small enough to work in little miis.  I heat embossed this one with Stampendous Shabby Green embossing enamel.


 Here's another of the page corners from the Photo or Page Corners Set 1  like the one I used on the cover.  This one is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Wine embossing enamel.

I threaded some beads and charms onto thin wire and attached to the spine where they could dangle prettily!


Thanks for your visit today!  Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store and see what's new.  Also, don't forget to enter our monthly photo inspiration challenge because you just might win a gift certificate to the CE store.  You can find the details about the challenge on our blog, it's the first post.

Creative Embellishments Products Used:


Other Products:
Stampendous Embossing Enamels
Petaloo Penny Lane Flowers
Miscellaneous beads and charms





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A new team for me and I AM THRILLED!!

Hello there paper peeps!!  I am so EXCITED, and you ask why?  Because, I have joined Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team!  Eileen's amazing designs are produced by Sizzix and today I am sharing a tutorial for a Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal.  I love this die, trust me, you want it!!  I am completely addicted to this die and have made a ton of these journals in the few months that I've owned this die.

So today, I'm sharing a junk journal that I made with Eileen's Journal die that has a travel theme.  I used Carta Bella's Transatlantic Travel for the cover.  Inside, I used some Authentique from their Explore and Pastime collections and then lots of "junk" from my stash!


I made a video tutorial for you that shows you how to make the cover for this journal and I show you how to make the signature inserts.  In this video, I share how to make aged and old looking papers as well as how to trim up your signatures nice and neat.


Sorry for he length of the "how to" video but it does take time to show all the techniques I used.  In this 2nd video, I do a flip through of all the pages after I've embellished and assembled the entire journal.




I stenciled a crackle design on the cover before adding a piece of chipboard and flowers.  The chipboard flourish is from Creative Embellishments and is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold embossing enamel. 


I added some sticker quotes from the Carta Bella Transatlantic collection that I used.
The great thing about Junk Journals is that they are the perfect medium for using up your stash.  Go ahead, dig out some old papers and turn them into junk journals.  You'll find a home in your junk journal for all those unused embellies.
Products Used:

Carta Bella Transatlantic paper collection
Petaloo flowers and acorn branch

Please visit again and often!  I will be sharing projects with Eileen's latest release towards the end of the month so be sure to come back for that.


If you're looking for a fun gift for yourself or a scrappy friend, check out these great eBooks:

Journal Treasury





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Let it Snow for Cheery Lynn Designs


I love snow and I don't like summer so this tag's for me.  Bring it on, nothing better than sitting by a cozy fire watching it snow outside!!

I used a lot of Cheery Lynn Designs dies to make this layered tag.  Starting from the bottom, a brown striped oval using Oval Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies , then a blue patterned piece cut with Horizon Coved Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames Die, next another brown piece cut with Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker A2 Frame, a blue piece cut with A2 Frames Rectangular Scalloped, and finally topped with a cut-apart from the Graphic 45 Seasons collection.  I know, that's a lot of layers and some are barely visible.  Still, all those layers work together to make this beautiful tag.


In the upper right corner I've used two cuts from the Horizon Fishtail Banners 3 Piece Die Set and topped that with a die cut label using the Sentiment Frame #1  set.  Next I layered on a sticker from the Seasons collection and topped all that with handmade flowers.

I made two sizes of roses using the Large Rose 7 Piece Die Set and the Tea Rose Small- 6 Piece Die Set.  The flowers with the pearled stamens were made with Judy's Blooms Die and the other white flowers were made with Floral Bouquet Kit 8 Piece Die Set.  Then to set off my florals erfectly, I used the dainty Branch 2 Piece Die Set .  I really love this branch, the leaves are a perfect size and just so pretty!  I wanted to add lots of sparkle to my flowrs so they have been painted with clear Wink of Stella and then highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.

The Let It Snow - 4 Piece set makes such a great title, I love the font and the pretty stars that come with the die set.  I went over all the letters with Star Dust Stickles for lots of sparkle!  Underneath the title I used two different sized cuts from the Pierced Stacker 3 set.  I also used some cardboard to pop up the top layer to make it really stand out.



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Gifts to Die For" A new eBook from Eileen Hull and Bella Craft Publishing


Are you looking for some gift ideas?  Here's a great eBook with lots of great handcrafted gifts inside.  Bella Crafts Publishing has gathered a gorgeous collection of gifts ideas all made with Eileen Hull Designs Scoreboard Dies.  There are 65+ projects of all styles included in the book.  You will surely find something that catches your eye!

Now is a great time to purchase the book as it is on sale for only $9.97 through the month of December 2017.  Just click on the book below to order your copy.  You'll be sent an email with a link to the downloadable pdf that you can save to your computer or device.    Additionally, you can also buy Eileen's earlier books, "Journal Treasury" and "Die Cutting Magic" at the sale price of $9.97 instead of $16.97.

GIFTS TO DIE FOR with Eileen Hull and friends


Journal Treasury








Projects with Graphic 45's Raining Cats & Dogs- just re-released as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!

If you know me at all, you know that a large piece of my heart and soul belongs to my furbabies so it's just natural that Graphic 45's Raining Cats & Dogs would be my all time favorite paper collection.  (Ok I admit I have a few "favorites, but I think this is my MOST favorite.  😊)  One thing I've been longing for is a re-release of this collection.  Well imagine the big smile on my face, and it was on my birthday too, when G45 announced that Raining Cats & Dogs was coming back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!

You know, this is the perfect collection to craft a gift for your friends that have furbabies.  With that in mind, I t thought I'd share with you some different projects I've made over the last several years with Raining Cats & Dogs.   Soem have tutorials and some don't.  I'll leave the link for the tutorials.

First up one of my favorite projects and this really is easy to make.  All you need is a clean jar, a few different colors of mist, white gesso and Raining Cats and Dogs!  Here's a link to the post with the tutorial.

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This dog house is also a favorite project.  Here's a link to the original post with more photos.    Now, if you want to make this doghouse, follow the tutorial for the Christmas Carol House as it is the same house, just made from A Christmas Carol collection.


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Here's a little mini I made using the large tag album from Graphic 45.  This is a fun project and doesn't take too long to do.  While I don't have a tutorial, you can view all the pages and read all about the mini here.


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Here's another idea for a mini, this one was made with a Clear Scraps Fancy Acrylic and Chipboard Mixable Album.  This fun little mini is vacation memoir, told from the dogs' perspective.  More pictures and a video link here.



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One more mini album example, I used Graphic 45's Mixed Media album for this one.  You can view a video flip through linked here.


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Does your furbaby have a stocking?  Here's a cute stocking that you can make!  The stocking is burlap from Canvas Corp.  I used the Muddy Paws stencil from Creative Embellishments, then added some design paper, a chipboard poodle, letters from the collection, flowers and trim from Petaloo.  Easy Peasy!  Link to the orginal post here.


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Any of your animal loving friends would be thrilled to get a layout with photos of their furbabies.  Here are a few examples.  Feel free to scraplift, (I would appreicate a link back to this post if you do scraplift.)

Oh Henry - Henry is the Graphic 45 office dog and I had a chance to visit Henry in the Graphic 45 office, along with fellow designer Annette Green, this past summer.














I ♡ Dogs - Me at age 4 with my first love, Mary Jane.


All You Need is Love and a Dog



I hope you've been inspired to make a few gifts for your animal loving family and friends.  I have a lot of Graphic 45 projects on my blog.  You can do a search up at the top right or click on the Graphic 45 label, also on the right, but down a bit and find more projects.

I hope that everyone enjoys to love and laughter of family, friends AND furbabies this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cheery Lynn Designs Flower Power Blog Hop!



Welcome to the Cheery Lynn Designs Flower Power Blog Hop!  If you arrived from Amy's Blog you are on the right track. If not, head on back to the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss seeing any of the amazing design team Flower Power projects.


Cheery Lynn Designs has so many pretty flower dies and I want to share some of them with you today.
These 3 large flowers were all made with the Stacker Flower 5 Die  set.for the petals.  I used different centers to vary the look.  On the cream flowers, I used the Cutie Fringe IV Die which makes the best flower centers.  It diecuts as a long fringed piece that you roll up and then glue to the flower center.  (It helps to use a quilling tool to roll.)  The yellow flower is topped with a cut from the Shasta Daisy 6 Piece Die Set   and then a purchased center.

 The large yellow flower was made with  the Sweet Williams Die and the two smaller flowers were made with the Floral Bouquet Kit.  Of course, I needed some greenery with the flowers, so I used two different flourishes beneath my flowers, Flourish #11 Die, and Flourish #7 Die .


Ink your flowers to give them a more realistic appearance.  You can also mix and match the dies.  I used the Sweet Williams Die and the Floral Bouquet Kit to make the flower on the left.  The cream flower has petals from the Floral Bouquet Kit and the center is from the Black Eyed Susan Strip 5 Piece Die set.


Cheery Lynn Designs Dies Used:


Your next stop on the blog hop is Cheryl's Blog so hop on over and see her fantastic creation!

Remember, there is a $20 Cheery Lynn gift certificate prize to be won by some lucky person!  It is awarded randomly to a lucky comment who answers one or more of the questions on the Cheery Lynn blog. So, be sure to follow the hop and leave a comment and answer the question(s) on the Cheery Lynn blog to be entered to win.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Do leave a comment so I'll know you were here and remember to leave a comment on the Cheery Lynn blog for a chance to win.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Layout for Creative Embellishments





It really is December 2017, seriously, only 3 more years and we'll be in the SECOND decade of the 21st century.  Woah, where did all that time go?  Well anyway, enough about that, above is the inspiration photo for the last challenge of the year for Creative Embellishments.  You should give it a whirl because you could win a gift certificate to the Creative Embellishments store.


Are you having a hard time seeing the inspiration for my layout from the photo?  Ok, so I went with an esoteric interpretation.  The photo depicts love, peace and harmony, togetherness.  My girls evoke all those emotions in me.  They are the calm when I am having a storm so to speak.  If you have a strong bond with an animal, then you understand what I'm saying.  If you don't, you might think I'm a little crazy, well that's ok too!


I paired the beautiful Mintay Together papers with lots of CE chippies to do this layout of my sweet furbabies, Nika and Tisha. The challenge twist is to use a border and I chose a word border for my twist.  I used the word "adore" from the Family Word Border Set.

I also use a small word border, "gorgeous" from the Gorgeous Small Border Word Set.  I heat embossed both words with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel.

 To put the focus on my photos, I used two frames from the Square Doodle Frames set.  I lightly misted them with Lindy's Creme Brûlée mist.


The Pumpkin Vine Flourish made a great backdrop for my florals.  I love how they look peeking out from the clusters.

I really love the Wavy Film Strips.  I think they really focus the eye on the photos.  They are misted with Shimmerz Vibez Taupe of the Morning mist.

Here you can see the dimension on the layout created by poppin up certain elements.

Creative Embellishments products used:


Thank yo uso much for stopping by today, be sure to stop by the store, there's always something fun going on!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Card for Cheery Lynn Designs

 The Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Strip 6 Piece Die Set makes the perfect poinsettias for cards, not too big, not too small, just right!  The poinsettias perfectly set off the pristine winter scene from Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland collection.

The greeting is a metal piece.  I rubbed some white paint into the etched sentiment to make it stand out and then mounted it on a small die cut from the Nesting Doll- Oval #1 set.


 To make that pretty wreath, I used  the Joy To The World Wreath  set and cut two wreaths from slightly different colored paper and glued them together such that the branches opposed each other.  Then I added some Stickles to mimic holly berries.

I really love sparkle on my Christmas cards so I used a red Wink of Stella pen to brush sparkle all ove the poinsettias.  It's too bad that you can't really see that so much in the photo, but it is there!  The flower centers are some white centers that I purchased and used alcohol ink to color.


 The inside of the card is simple, I used the Merry Christmas Set 2 Piece Die Set for the sentiment and added a border strip.  Easy!

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