Monday, February 11, 2019

"Chocolate" for Your Valentine with Eileen Hull

Have you seen Eileen Hull's NEW SIZZIX DIES? You are going to love them which is quite appropriate for this month of February! (Also, another new die that will come out in April is the Notebook die, which also fits neatly inside of the Treasure Box.)



Today I'm sharing a Valentine gift box I made with the Stacking Drawer Die. The die will cut the parts for one drawer and you can then make as many as you want and stack them in whatever way you want. Handily, they can fit inside of the Treasure Box. I have just used a single drawer for this 'tasty' project:

A giant chocolate! Yum! lol

Hmmm… what's inside?


I thought it would be fun to make the treat box look like a giant piece of chocolate. The drawers are very easy to put together and the possibilities are endless!

Step 1
I ran my patterned liner paper and the brown 'chocolate' paper through my Xyron machine to apply adhesive to the backs. That makes it really easy to stick it onto the Sizzix mat board sheet.


Step 2
I die cut the drawer pieces out of my board (after adhering the papers). The outside (brown side) faced down onto the die. The shiny brown paper was a bit on the thick side so to reduce bulk, I carefully peeled it off of the tab sections of the drawer. The drawer is sized to fit snugly into the outer sleeve. If you find it is a bit too tight for your liking, trim a small sliver off the top of your drawer piece before you assemble it. I find with a cork backed metal ruler and a nice sharp blade in your craft knife it is easy.


Step 3
All you have to do to assemble it is fold it up and glue it together. Super tape (the red kind) also works well but I like to use a quick grabbing wet glue because then I have a few moments of play time to position the pieces just right before they stick.


After gluing the side drawer tab in place, you glue the bottom of the drawer inside on top of the bottom tabs. If you glue it underneath the tabs your drawer will be way too tall to fit into the sleeve.

Once I had my drawer all assembled, I used some white Enamel Accents from Ranger to make the 'icing' design on top of my piece of chocolate.

Thanks for stopping by! Check out Eileen's blog posts for this month. The other Inspiration Team members are sharing their projects and tutorials featuring Eileen's brand new dies! If you are not already a member, join the Facebook Eileen Hull Fan Club group. It is a warm, supportive group with lots of inspiration and sharing going on. You'll just have to answer a few simple questions when asking to join (to keep out spammers) and then you'll be added. ;-)

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix
Stacking Drawer ( Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Sizzix mat board
patterned paper from my stash
brown shiny paper from my stash
Xyron adhesive
Ranger Enamel Accents - white

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Frilly & Funkie Winter Blues Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone! It's cold and snowy out for me so it's a good day to be inside crafting. ;-) I created a birthday card for my Dad and for the Frilly & Funkie Winter Blues Challenge.



Also, in the Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook group there is a challenge for this month to use his classic paint resist technique from his 12 tags of 2012. I used it in the background for the card.

Thanks for stopping by for this quick post. =) I'll get back in the craft room and work on another project to share soon!

Dies:
Tim Holtz die set w/ stamps - Possibilities
Tim Holtz die set w/ stamps - Birthday Blueprint, retired

Stamps:
Tim Holtz - Psychedelic
Tim Holtz - Purveyor
Tim Holtz - Ornate Trims
Tim Holtz - Ledger Script

Other:

Ranger Archival Ink - Cobalt, Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky
Distress Ink - Faded Jeans
Distress Paint - Picket Fence
gel pens
watercolors

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

That's Crafty - ATCoins with Topflight Stamps

Have you heard about the new trend of making and trading ATCoins? It's a fun take on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I'm enjoying working on the circular format. The blanks are 2.5 inches in diameter. Mine are from That's Crafty and are made from MDF, a little less than 1/8 inch thick. I like the sturdy feel. That's Crafty also has stamp sets made to fit the coins and I used the Melina Dahl Set 1 on a few of mine.


On most of the coins, I also decorated both sides. Below are the detail photos of the front and flip side  of each coin. Also, I painted each coin, both sides, with gesso before I began.


Base coat on both sides is Smurf Fresco Finish chalk paint. Stenciled clouds using the Clouds & Hearts stencil. For the sun, I stenciled a Dinky Burst using Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium and then applied foil. I stamped over the top with the sun stamp and added the other details. Back is more stamping and a stamped and fussy cut grumpy cat.


Lavina stamps (Guinevere Mermaid, Sea Creatures and Forest Spruce) were stamped on scalloped circles die cut from paper that I had colored with A Bit Jaded Infusions Dye. I added embossing powder and Stickles glitter to parts of the stamped images and Liquid Pearls around the edges.


Base coated black and I used the AALL & Create Crazy Paving stencil with texture paste on the front. While the paste was wet, I sprinkled it with Baked Texture Chunky Rust embossing powder. Once it was dry, I embossed it. I layered diecut and embossed gears on top. The back is stamped using the Carabelle Steampunk Time Machine stamp.


Lavina stamps (Whimsical Hares, Fern Heads, and Fairy Thistles) were stamped on scalloped circles die cut from paper that I had colored with Terracotta Infusions Dye. The back is stamped onto marbled paper.


Both sides are base coated with Seaglass Fresco Finish chalk paint. I stamped it with Crackle Background for texture and then the compass stamp. I also stamped the compass onto some marbled paper and fussy cut the points out of it to glue onto the base. The center is embossed with Baked Texture Patina Oxide embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used (plus the ones in the descriptions above). Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! 

Topflight Stamps Products:
That's Crafty - Melina Dahl Set 1 stamps
That's Crafty - MDF ATCoins blanks
tons of other product used! See links under each detail photo.


Other:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Gadget Gears ( Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Gearhead ( Sizzix / SB )
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
gesso
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Foil Sheets
TCW Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium
watercolors
gel pens

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

NEW! Stacking Drawer Die from Eileen Hull

Hello! Did you see all the fun that happened at Creativation 2019? I was so happy to be able to go this year and it was an exciting time for sure! Lots to see and do. Of course when I came home my son infected the whole family with evil germs and we were all sick for a week. We're finally coming out of it and I'm trying to get caught up! First off it is now time to share my projects made with Eileen Hull's NEW SIZZIX DIES! You are going to love them! (Also, another new die that will come out in April is the Notebook die, which also fits neatly inside of the Treasure Box.)



I'm sharing today the show project I made with the Stacking Drawer Die. The die will cut the parts for one drawer and you can then make as many as you want and stack them in whatever way you want. Handily, they can fit inside of the Treasure Box.


Stamping & stenciling on the sides and drawer fronts.

Insides of the drawers are decorated!


LOTS of Distress Oxide Ink colors used on this!

Back of case.

How to:

Step 1 – I did all the inking, stamping and embossing on the drawers while they were still flat. They were cut out of matboard scraps so one side was mermaid pink and the other was white. First I added some white Fresco paint with a brayer to the pink sides to tone it down and give it some visual texture.


The drawers are made to fit very snugly in the sleeves so if you want a looser fit, now is a good stage to carefully cut a sliver of board off of the top edge of the drawer strip with a sharp craft knife.


I painted the insides of the drawers blue and then stenciled and embossed on top. I tried to keep any embossing away from the edges that had tabs to be glued so there wouldn't be the bulk of embossing powder in the seams.

When assembling the drawers, glue the sides together first (top left corner above) and then glue the bottom inside (top right corner above). If you glue the drawer bottom underneath the drawer tabs, it will be too tall and for sure won't fit in the drawer sleeve.

Step 2 – Assemble the sleeves (forgot to take a photo of this part, oops! It's easy though, just a diecut strip that folds up and glues on one side to make an enclosure for the drawer to fit into. I stacked and glued three of them together. I also turned my drawers 'backwards' because I was adding knobs and didn't want the pull out notches to show. It is up to you how to position them.

Step 3 – Because I didn't have the Treasure Box die in hand at the time and had already used the box cut that Eileen sent me for another project, I had to make my own 'enclosure' for the stack of drawers. Otherwise it would have been easy to use the bottom of the Treasure Box, cutting it flush to the depth of my stack, to house the drawers. But it wasn't difficult to hand cut the pieces I needed.


I inked them up with Distress Oxide inks and used Blending Brushes to stencil on the mermaid. I figured out where the design would overlap onto adjoining panels and inked accordingly. I embellished the stamping and stenciling with some gel pen line work too.



Thanks for stopping by! Check out Eileen's blog posts for this month. The other Inspiration Team members are sharing their projects and tutorials featuring Eileen's brand new dies! If you are not already a member, join the Facebook Eileen Hull Fan Club group. It is a warm, supportive group with lots of inspiration and sharing going on. You'll just have to answer a few simple questions when asking to join (to keep out spammers) and then you'll be added. ;-)

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix
Stacking Drawer ( Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Stencil Girl stencil - S001 (fish)
TCW stencil - Mini Cell Theory
TCW stencil - Mermaid Dreams
Tim Holtz Stamps - Sea Life
Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can, Cobalt, Plum
Distress Oxide Inks - lots & lots of them ;-)
Sizzix mat board
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Hardware
Emerald Creek Baked Texture embossing powder - Dirty Sand, Dragons Egg
Emerald Creek Gemstones - Pyrite
Prima Opal Magic paint - Violet Gold
Distress Paint - Spun Sugar
Paper Artsy Fresco Paint - Snowflake, Smurf
mini shells
foil tape
AJVD - Mermaid Bubbles
Emboss-It Dabber
Distress Blending Brushes
Glossy Accents
Sakura Souffle Pens
gel pens

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Craft Stamper Magazine

Happy Monday!! This week is an exciting week! Not only do I get to head off to Creativation on Wednesday (eeeeeek! first time!), I am fortunate to be published in the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine! Several of us on Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team have projects in it using Eileen's fab Sizzix journal dies! The project on the front is one by Anne Redfern.


Anne is a cover girl! Go Anne!

I can only show you a sneak peek of my journal. You'll have to buy the magazine to see the whole thing. ;-) Next month though I will be able to share it here on the blog. So for now…

It's a little sneak peek!

Have a wonderful week and check out Craft Stamper's site. There is lots of online content for you to peruse. Also, if you are not already a member, join the Facebook Eileen Hull Fan Club group. It is a warm, supportive group with lots of inspiration and sharing going on. You'll just have to answer a few simple questions when asking to join (to keep out spammers) and then you'll be added. There will be lots of action there later this week when Creativation 2019 kicks off. You'll see Eileen's new releases and probably a lot of behind the scenes and shenanigans. ;-)


Monday, January 7, 2019

Valentine's Day Card with Topflight Stamps

Hello there folks! I know we just got through Christmas but I always seem to find myself scrambling to get cards made when Valentine's Day rolls around. I made this one for my husband so at least I'll have one done. ;-)



I embossed the copper metallic kraft paper with a Tim Holtz gears embossing folder and then antiqued it with black alcohol ink. The stamped image was watercolored and the background is stamped with various gear and word images.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week and happy New Year. =)

Topflight Stamps Products:
Katzelkraft - Robots 2
Katzelkraft - Holiday Quotes
Darkroom Door - Tool Shed
Lavinia - Inspire Me
Carabelle Studio - Steampunk
washi - Alexandra Renke, Little Hearts

Other:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Heartfelt
Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Cardstock
Tim Holtz Blueprint & Gears embossing folders - retired
Distress Oxide Ink - Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Watering Can, Red Geranium
Ranger Alcohol Ink - Pitch Black
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Projects for a New Year with Topflight Stamps

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had an enjoyable evening ringing in 2019. Today I am sharing a birthday card made with the Katzelkraft Jungle Animals stamp set playing a starring role:


I find these stamps so amusing! I stamped a sentiment from Darkroom Door inside too:

Inside the card.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Have a great week and happy New Year. =)

Topflight Stamps Products:
Katzelkraft - Les Jungles
Katzelkraft - Holiday Quotes
Studio Light - Cats & Girls MB06
That's Crafty, Magda Polakow stencil - Clouds & Hearts
Darkroom Door - Quote Stamp, Wonderful

Other:
Distress Ink - Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink - Tumbled Glass, Abandoned Coral
Ranger Archival Ink - Cornflower Blue, Jet Black
Ranger Embossing Powder - Cornflower Blue
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Distress Blending Brushes
Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)