Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Eileen Hull – New Heartfelt Collection Steampunk Mini Album

Hello! Eileen's new collection, Heartfelt, is soon to be in stores and all this month the Inspiration Team is sharing projects using it! This week I'm sharing a steampunk mini album I made using the 5x5 inch Mini Album Die that is being re-released with this collection. There are lots of photos so hang in there!

Lots of fun doo-dads on the spine!

And on the inside…

The inside front cover has a "wooden" panel (Distress Woodgrain Cardstock!) featuring one of my favorite Stampendous stamps, Bird Gears.

I created a center "pocket page" as a place to tuck in tags and ephemera. (instructions to follow…)

Tutorial time!! First I adhered patterned paper to scoreboard and cut out the covers.

The Mini Album Die is a movers & shapers die so there is a recessed area where you can place the various magnetic movers & shapers dies to cut parts out of the cover. I used the largest circle from the Tim Holtz Circles Set to cut an opening right out of the middle of the front cover.

The Woodgrain cardstock panel forms the backing for the circle inset. The textured side faced inward and I stuck a piece of foil sheet onto the reverse side of the cardstock.

I used alcohol ink on the foil to add texture and interest. This is the part that shows under the big gear in the cover inset.

Spine mechanism that the pages got glued to.

For the spine, I cut ten 1.5 in x 5 in strips of brown cardstock. I folded each in half and then glued five together to the make the fan shaped parts shown above. (These are the flaps the pages were glued to.)

Pages attached to the fan assemblies.

The maximum spine width of this album die is 1 1/8 in so I was able to glue in both of my fan assemblies with the two inner base halves overlapping in the spine area. This left a nice area in the middle where I could bind in some "extras".

Here's the flattened center pocket. I decorated it with stenciling and stamping.

After folding it and and gluing the side tabs, I stapled it in the center fold. I used black elastic cord to tie around the album and hold the pocket in place.

I also threaded a piece of elastic cord through one side of a mini cabinet card and tied that into the binding as well.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Please be sure to head on over to Eileen's Blog and see all the wonderful projects the Team is sharing. There is a lot of inspiration to be had! ;-) Each week there will be a new batch to see.

I'm also entering this into the March SanDee &Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A St. Patrick's Birthday

My Mom's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day so I often make her a themed card. This year I made her a cheerful "crazy" card using Karen Burniston's Rectangle Pull Card die. I love her designs! The dies make it so easy to create cards that flip, pop, and otherwise rock in a fun interactive way. This one lets you add a fun spinner element that pops up at you when you open the card.

Card in closed position!

Open the card and… POP!
The card is held closed by tucking he leading fold under the little tab. When you pull on the ends of the card, it opens up and the rainbow pops up into place!

The background of the card is created from blended Distress Oxide Inks (still having lots of fun playing with these!) Of course the Tim Holtz Crazy Collection is always good for creating a humorous card. I love these birds! I added lots of cheerful and colorful diecut flowers with Souffle Pen detailing.

My Mom loved  her card and now I can share it here online because we celebrated her birthday this evening. =) Thanks for stopping by for a look!

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Handmade Flowers and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Bit O' Green (lots of green here!) With the fancy folding this also fits for the Frilly & Funkie Challenge, "You've Got to Know When to Fold 'em."

I'm also now on Instagram! (finally!!) You can find me @creativejuicefreshsqueezed if you'd like to keep tabs on me that way.

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!