Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Eileen Hull's Chapter 1 Release Party Blog Hop!

 


Welcome to the Chapter 1 Eileen Hull/Sizzix Release Party Blog Hop! Just wait till you see all of the fun options the new ScoreBoards Folio Journal Die has in store for you! You will also love the Mandala and Folio Page, Pockets and Flowers Thinlits Dies that coordinate with it. 
Please hop through the blogs and be inspired by the work of the talented Inspiration and Educator Teams! Leave a comment for each designer and you could win a Folio Journal Die (as soon as it arrives!)
Join me and special guests for a Facebook Live on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at noon Eastern. Comment on our Facebook Live and be eligible to win either the Mandela Die or the Folio Pages, Pockets and Flowers Die Set – two winners will be chosen!
Winners will be announced on the Facebook Live show on February 9 at 6:00 EST.
We appreciate your love and support, friends!

Eileen's new dies:


I used the Folio Journal and the Folio Page, Pockets and Flowers set to create a grungy, cyberpunk-y (sort of) robot themed journal:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Find MORE PHOTOS, and a bit of a tutorial after the Hop list!

List of stops on the Hop:

And now for the promised MORE photos! Get comfy, there is lots to see:


Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
Back side


Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
Removable elastic band keeps the journal closed


Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
Comes complete with a Sonic Screwdriver!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
I love how the Folio Journal sides can make pockets
or be fold out flaps.

Some photos of the pages in the book part:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz



Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Keep going, more to see!! 

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
If you are an Isaac Asimov fan you will recognize the 3 laws. ;-)

Tutorial Time!


Step 1 – After cutting the journal covers out of mat board, I covered the fronts with sections of foil ducting tape (available from hardware store). Note I did not cover the part of the back cover spine I was going to glue to the front cover!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Step 2 – Paint! I used a combination of blue and green acrylic paints to splotchily paint the covers. When it was dry I lightly sanded it to distress it.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Step 3 – I stamped all over the covers with Archival Inks. I have stamps, inks and stencils spread out all over my work table. Definite craft explosion. I also used the Circuit stencil to add some embossing to the cover.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Step 4 – I cut paper to fit inside the covers and adhered, then did some more stamping and stenciling.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
Little folded mat board do-hickey above is the tab you
use to turn the flap into a pocket.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz
Looky, now it's a pocket! These little mini composition
books from the Dollar Tree fit perfectly.


Step 5 – Time to work on the little book signature that goes inside. The Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers Die set has a die that cuts, you guessed it, pages to fit into your Folio Journal! Eileen designed a really nifty feature into the die that makes it easy to cut folded signature pages. The little tabs on the side (see red arrows) line up with the folded edge so you know exactly where to position the paper so the fold doesn't get cut off. So handy!


Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

 
Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

I went ahead and cut my cover and some pages to go inside.

Step 6 – I went to town and stamped and stenciled the cover and alllll the pages! See, I told you my table was a craft explosion. =)

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Here are the pages all done before I bound them into a signature.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - 2021 Chapter 1 releases! Robot journal using the new Folio Journal Die. #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #mymakingstory #tim_holtz

Whew! You made it! Thanks for visiting and reading all this. I hope you have fun hopping and be sure to tune in to Eileen's Facebook live Wednesday, 12 pm EST on 2/3!  You have about a week to comment on all the hop blog posts to be eligible for the prize.

Don't forget the Create and Craft UK shows on 2/3 as well. Wednesday is packed! Catch them live as there is no replay.




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Valentine Cards using Eileen Hull's New Sizzix Dies + Die Hacks!

Hello there! I hope your week is going well so far. I was able to get some crafty work done this weekend and I have some new Valentine cards to share with you. Eileen has three new Chapter 1 Sizzix dies that just got released, the Mandala Thinlits Die, the Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers Thinlits Set, and the Folio Journal XL Die. I used the first two for these valentines:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Valentine's Day cards using new Chapter 1 Sizzix dies  #mymakingstory #eileenhull #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz

Here's a closer look:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Valentine's Day cards using new Chapter 1 Sizzix dies  #mymakingstory #eileenhull #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz
I cut doilies with the Mandala die out of
Rinea Foil Paper and it really adds some shine!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Valentine's Day cards using new Chapter 1 Sizzix dies  #mymakingstory #eileenhull #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz

Scroll on for some tips and tricks I used to create these cards!

Mixed Media Umbrella Man Card:
I've shared this die hack before but it's a good one so I'll share it again. =) You can use fun foam from the craft store and use your dies to make stamps! (This really extends the use of your dies.)

Step 1 - I cut a piece of fun foam and applied adhesive to one side using my Xyron Creative Station Lite. I also cut a piece of plastic packaging waste that would fit my die cut shape to use as the stamp base.

Next I cut out the Mandala Die shape out of the foam. Thinlits dies easily cut the fun foam. I had to use a die pick to poke out all the little parts which was a bit tedious, but this stamp is reusable so I was okay with putting a bit of time into it.



Once the tiny pieces were out, I just peeled off the release sheet and adhered the foam shape to the plastic. Voila! Stamp made.

Step 2 - You can use paint or ink on these foam stamps. I raided my gel plate print stash and found a nice one to use as my card background. I put a little puddle of paint on my craft sheet and used a brayer to apply the paint to the stamp. (Don't use too much paint or you will glop up the tiny openings.)

I had extra paint so I stamped another print I had laying there. I'll save that for another project. To clean the stamp I just wiped it off with a baby wipe.



Step 3 - Die hack #2! Here's another way to get more use out of your dies. I used Eileen's Hearts Journaling Cards Die Set to make a heart stencil. The plastic I use is overhead projector film which is thin enough to cut easily with the Thinlits dies.


I used my custom stencil to add some embossed hearts to the card background. Easy peasy!



Slim Line Hearts Card:

No die hacks for this card but I will say it is very handy to have a stash of gel plate prints on hand to use for backgrounds. The print I chose had some nice pattern in it already so I didn't have to add much. I liked the punchy orange and hot pink colors too.


I cut and dry embossed hearts for the focal point (you must have some hearts on a Valentine card!) I also cut some Mandala Die doilies out of Rinea Foil Paper to add some bling to the background. Rinea Foil Paper is just that, paper that has foil laminated to both sides so it's strong, cuts and folds very easily and can also be bent and formed to shapes. It's fun stuff to work with! (You can see a couple of other projects using it here and here.)


I found it easy to use my Creative Station to apply adhesive to the foil sheets before I cut out the shapes. Once cut, I just peeled off the release sheet and stuck them down onto my card background.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Valentine's Day cards using new Chapter 1 Sizzix dies  #mymakingstory #eileenhull #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post. Be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog this month to see all the card ideas the designers will be sharing!

Supplies used:

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 
Mandala Die  Sizzix / SB ) 
Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers Sizzix / SB )
Journaling Cards, Hearts #662812 - retired
Sunburst & Waffle embossing folder set - retired

Tim Holtz Sizzix
Heartfelt
Lovestruck
Crochet #2  Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp set - #hashtags, Mesh & Linen, Simple Sayings
Distress Oxide Ink, original Distress Ink
fun foam
Tim Holtz Design Tape
embossing ink
embossing powder


Some 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!) If you shop at Topflight Stamps, use my coupon code LISAHOEL for 12% off your order.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Creating Cards with Eileen Hull!

Hello all and happy new years! Are we ready for 2021?? I'm not sure but I do know that I must keep being creative or who know what will happen ha ha! This month Eileen Hull's Teams are making cards using Eileen's dies. I need to work on getting a stash of cards made; I always seem to come up on someone's birthday and have to scramble to get a card made. To kick off January though, I created a set of thank you cards to send out for our Christmas gifts using Eileen's Mitten Box Die.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Christmas thank you cards made using the Sizzix Mitten Die #eileenhull #mymakingstory #sizzix #ehinspirationteam

I made three of each design so I have plenty to send. I kept them simple so they were quick to make. Let's take a look:

Step 1 - Cutting the cards. The Mitten Box Die is a 3-D die but you don't have to use it only for 3-D projects! The mitten shape is great for all sorts of other creations too. To make cards I cut cardstock into 10.5 x 4" pieces and folded them in half. I lined the folded edge up just inside of the cutting blade of the mitten cuff and ran it through my Big Shot.


It cuts the mitten shape but leaves the fold intact to make the card base! It's an old but handy trick. ;-)


I also used the die to cut the white mitten cuffs. I trimmed off the extra part with scissors and then stamped the sentiment onto it. Later on I also realized it made more sense to flip the cuff around so the fold would be at the top of  the card.


I used simple techniques for each card set. For Card #1 I used the Plaid stencil with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and then embossed with Hickory Smoke Distress Glaze. (I hadn't yet realized that it was awkward to have the card fold at the bottom. DOH!)


Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Christmas thank you cards made using the Sizzix Mitten Die #eileenhull #mymakingstory #sizzix #ehinspirationteam

Card Combo #2: I lightly stamped some dots onto the card base with Dusty Concord ink. After drying it, I spritzed Distress Resist Spray through the snowflake stencil and then embossed it with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Christmas thank you cards made using the Sizzix Mitten Die #eileenhull #mymakingstory #sizzix #ehinspirationteam

Card Combo #3: I dry embossed the mitten front by opening up the card and lining the edge of the cuff up with the edge of the embossing folder. I did not want the cuff embossed (easier to stick on the sentiment part) nor did I want the back of the card embossed 'cause then you can't write in it.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Christmas thank you cards made using the Sizzix Mitten Die #eileenhull #mymakingstory #sizzix #ehinspirationteam

Then I rubbed my Speckled Egg Distress Ink pad directly on the embossed part, following it up with some Speckled Egg Distress Glaze embossing to give it some shine. 

Card Combo #4: I embossed the card front with Ranger's Sticky Embossing Powder. This is a great way to add glitter or in this case white Fun Flock to a project. When you heat emboss the Sticky powder, it melts and gets sticky (imagine that!) You have a short window of time to stick stuff to it before it cools. I had my Fun Flock ready to go and as soon as I melted the powder, I sprinkled the flock all over the card and gently pressed it down to make sure it was adhered well.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Christmas thank you cards made using the Sizzix Mitten Die #eileenhull #mymakingstory #sizzix #ehinspirationteam

Now I need to get busy and write my notes so I can pop them in the mail! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post. Be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog this month to see all the card ideas the designers will be sharing!

Supplies used:

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 
Mitten Box Die  Sizzix / SB ) 

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp set - Glorious Bouquet
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Plaid, Holiday Knit, Snowflakes
Distress Oxide Ink, original Distress Ink
Distress Glaze - Hickory Smoke, Speckled Egg
Stampendous Fun Flock - white
Emerald Creek Allure Embossing Powder - Soft Fallen Snow
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder - Zig Zag retired


Some 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!) If you shop at Topflight Stamps, use my coupon code LISAHOEL for 12% off your order.