Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Chapter 4 Sizzix Die Release & Blog Hop!


Hello there and welcome! You have arrived at your next stop on the Blog Hop to celebrate the new Chapter 4 Dies– two new ScoreBoards releases from Eileen Hull and Sizzix! Are you ready for a new 3D Bigz L Tea Cup die? Fill it with teabags and other assorted goodies or use the Tea Cup cutout on the front of a card – so many possibilities. Also new is the XL Post Box, a fun little box that goes together in 10 seconds and has a slit in the top to tuck a gift card. You will have fun embellishing in your style to create holiday treats for everyone on your list!

If you are jumping in midway, you can go back to Eileen's blog to begin at the beginning. For my hop project I used the new XL Post Box Die and made a "Fortune Telling Machine". There is a tutorial so scroll on down past the Hop list to check it out.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - new Ch 4 Sizzix Dies! The XL Post Box serves as the structure for my 'fortune telling machine'. #mymakingstory #sizzix #eileenhull #tim_holtz
My light up crystal ball was inspired by a project Tim Holtz made
for his 2020 Halloween Idea-ology release. Check it out!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - new Ch 4 Sizzix Dies! The XL Post Box serves as the structure for my 'fortune telling machine'. #mymakingstory #sizzix #eileenhull #tim_holtz

I made a little hiding place for the battery/switch mechanism of the Tiny Lights strand filling the crystal ball.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - new Ch 4 Sizzix Dies! The XL Post Box serves as the structure for my 'fortune telling machine'. #mymakingstory #sizzix #eileenhull #tim_holtz

Throughout the hop you will see all the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Post Box and Teacup dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.
But wait – there’s more – the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time on Thursday, Oct. 1! Join the chat – and a random commenter will WIN a new Teacup Die. Comment on the Blog Hop under each designer to be entered to win the Post Box die. Random winners will be picked and announced on next Tuesday's Facebook Live!
Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will WIN a Post Box Die…

Hop Participants:

Eileen Hull
Tonya Trantham
Elizabeth Robinson
Julia Aston

Pam Bray

Maggi Harding

Lisa Hoel <<<<< YOU ARE HERE

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Karen Bearse

Susie Bentz

Jenny Marples

Mitsyana Wright

Jennie Atkinson

Anita Houston

Madeline Arendt

Sarah Lizzie Dodd

Sue Eldred

Debbie Bankston

Tutorial time!
Step 1 – I cut the Post Box out of mat board and decorated it up with stamping and stenciling. I made a base for it by by cutting three pieces of the Trinket Box lid and gluing them together.

Step 2 – I poked around Pinterest to find some funny "fortunes" I could use on my tickets. I used a graphics layout program to format the tickets and printed it out. I glued the two pieces together to make one long strip.

Step 3 – I constructed a ticket roll 'mechanism' . A piece of bamboo skewer glued into a clock key serves as an axel. I glued the end of the ticket strip onto a piece of paper straw (to glue onto the axel  inside the post box). Using a Crop-A-Dile tool, I punched holes for the axel through the side flaps of the box.

Step 4 – Installing the ticket strip was a bit tricky but not too bad. I glued the right sides together first, making sure the holes lined up. I pushed the axel part through the holes and then slid the straw (with a bit of glue inside) over the axel on the inside. After that I glued the other sides together and poked the axel through the holes, gluing a bead over the end. I also threaded the ticket strip through the slot in the lid.

Step 5 – the base! I had to make a base for the post box so I could hide the cord from the Tiny Lights in the 'crystal ball'. I stacked up several layers of mat board shapes and cut a recess into the middles of them.

The crystal ball is a Tim Holtz Snow Globe. I drilled a hole in the base to thread the lights up into the glass. I created a little pocket on the back of the post box to hide the controller for the lights.

Once the ball was glued on I arranged the cords and hot glued the post box in place, then embellished with the trim. Whew, you made it through that long tutorial lol. I hope you are inspired and do hop along to see all the other wonderful projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Sizzix
Post Box Die  Sizzix / SB ) 
Trinket Box Die  Sizzix / SB ) - retired

Tim Holtz 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folders
Radiant  Sizzix / SB ) 
Mini Provincial  Sizzix / SB )

Sizzix Mat Board
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Skulls & Cobwebs
Distress Paint - Antique Bronze, Black Soot
Distress Oxide Ink - Chipped Sapphire
Distress Spray Stain - Faded Jeans
Deco Foil - Metallix Gel - Champagne Mist
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Tiny Lights, Snow Globe, Halloween Ephemera, Spinners, Clock Key
Tim Holtz Stencil - Falling Stars
Tim Holtz Kraft Stock Metallic Paper
glue gun

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  1. Wow! What a great example of using more than one die for your project! Great job!

  2. Love this. It reminds me of BIG. Such fun.

  3. Oh my gosh - this is SO creative and fun - wonderful attention to detail AND it lights up!! Love this Lisa!!

  4. NO WAY! This is crazy awesome and creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Who knew that papercrafting would turn you into an engineer? Fantastic!

  6. Wow Lisa-I am stunned. This is absolutely brilliant and so clever. I wish I had the skills of formatting things to fit my needs- I am useless at stuff like this. But I absolutely admire the way you put this all together. That little turning key and the snowglobe turned into a crystal ball give it such a special touch.

  7. Your project is amazing - I love the attention to detail! The 3d effects are great. Awesome job with this.

  8. Now that I've picked my jaw up off the floor...that ticket roll mechanism just blew my mind. Thank you for the inspiration! ♥

  9. Thank you for the great tutorial - you make it look easy!

  10. A fantastic project - so clever! I love that the crystal ball lights up.

  11. I love this - so clever - and I know I don’t have room for everything but I want it all!!!

  12. You can always be trusted to come up with a clever design, this is wonderful Lisa, I am totally in love with the crystal ball and really want to use that idea too. A brilliant design and love your tutorial! Hugs, Anne xx

  13. Wow! That is very clever! Love how you added the crystal ball.

  14. This is so so clever...would be a fun party idea....

  15. So fun! The creativity makes me feel a bit like I've drunk too much coffee--itchin' to get going making things!

  16. I am in awe! Love the rolling ‘fortune’ box! And the light up snow globe, adorable!

  17. I can see your very creative. Love your make.

  18. Wow, just wow, what an inspired idea and such a lot of thought, and work went into this....I love it! ❤️ Jane x

  19. OK, I give you the prize for WOW factor! How awesome is that, a fortune telling box!! Like the Wizard of Oz. Love that fortune you chose to share. I totally enjoyed reading the other fortunes- still smiling at the wisdom and humor.

  20. Ha! What a great decoration! I love that it lights up too :-)

  21. This is fabulous and thanks for the tutorial x

  22. Lisa this is breathtakingly inventive and ingenious. You've gone above and beyond, making that ticket mechanism and fitting the 'crystal ball' light. Every part is so well thought through and beautifully decorated xx

  23. Love your creative idea, and the tutorial is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!!

  24. Such a fun project! I love your fortune telling machine! Great details!

  25. Thank You for the Tutorial. It looks amazing.

  26. Thank You for the Tutorial. It looks amazing.

  27. Aren't you clever and fun. I am going to find out about the papers....going back to the post. THANK YOU

  28. This is so stinking clever with that crystal ball...seriously!!! LOVE!

  29. This is amazing Lisa. Lucky me- I get to go through all of the little fortunes :-) Genius, seriously!


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