Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Autumn in the Pumpkin Patch - Fall Lantern Decor

Hello! If you're a follower of mine on Instagram (@creativejuicefreshsqueezed) you might have seen my progression of sneak peeks of this latest project! It's finally complete and I can show you the whole thing now. The little shack in its pumpkin patch was destined to reside in a lantern and become my newest fall decor piece:

Lisa Hoel - fall lantern decor, little shack in a pumpkin patch!  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #sizzix #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #minihouse #VillageDwellings #falldecor

Lisa Hoel - fall lantern decor, little shack in a pumpkin patch!  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #sizzix #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #minihouse #VillageDwellings #falldecor

and an even closer look:

Lisa Hoel - fall lantern decor, little shack in a pumpkin patch!  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #sizzix #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #minihouse #VillageDwellings #falldecor

The wee little scene is overshadowed by a tree full of fall color!

Lisa Hoel - fall lantern decor, little shack in a pumpkin patch!  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #sizzix #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #minihouse #VillageDwellings #falldecor

… which is wired up with Tiny Lights!

Lisa Hoel - fall lantern decor, little shack in a pumpkin patch!  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #sizzix #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #minihouse #VillageDwellings #falldecor

I had to make sure the outside of the lantern was beautiful too:

http://shrsl.com/iucs-5qd-k1rtqx_1-1
Leaf embellishments are made using the
Oak Leaf 3-D Embossing Impresslits from Sizzix. Love!

I am entering this into The Funkie Junkie Blog "Creating Die-Na-Mite" Challenge. My project definitely utilizes dies! Check out their challenges, they are always fun themes!

Scroll on if you'd like a little tutorial on how I put this together!

The shack is made using some of the Tim Holtz Village Die Series (retired). I didn't really chronicle its construction, Tim has done several videos on how to put them together. I will note that the siding is inked Distress Woodgrain Cardstock cut into strips and the roof is metal tape on cardstock and then embossed with the new Mini Foundry 3-D Embossing Folder (absolutely perfect!!)

On to the base!
Step 1 - I cut a piece foam to fit in the bottom of the lantern and then built up areas of elevation with more foam and cardboard. I usually cover my base with plaster cloth to fill in the contours and make more textures. You can find it in the model/train sections of craft stores.



The tree I made according to a tutorial shared by Lucy Foxworth on her Paper Glitter Glue blog. Her instructions are great and easily adaptable to whatever tree shape you want to make. Check it out! I made my tree tall with arching branches because I knew I wanted to have large leaves hanging down in the foreground of the scene. I was playing with scale and forced perspective so the tree is larger and "out of scale" to the house but I think it works.

Step 2 - I painted the base and then added bits of moss and lichen from my landscaping stuff stash.



The pumpkins are actually seed pods I painted "pumpkin" colors.


Step 3 - Glued the pumpkins into the 'patch'! To help with the illusion of perspective I picked bigger pumpkins for the front and then put the tiniest ones in the back next the shack.


Step 4 - Wired the tree: I used two strands of Tiny Lights to wrap around the branches. My plan was to hide the battery/switch parts in the top of the lantern (photo later).


Step 5 - Leaves: I chose to cut my leaves out of colored coffee filters. I use filters a lot for making foliage and flowers. It dyes readily and has the look of tissue but is stronger. In this case, I wanted a substrate that would also allow the lights to shine through it. Tip: you can cut through several layers of filter paper at a time, both with steel rule and Thinlits dies. That made it easy to cut out lots of leaves at once!


Tree with die cut leaves:


At this stage, I popped the scene back into the lantern. Fortunately, this particular lantern had a metal top that was just screwed on. I was able to take it off and easily lift the scene in and out. I always find it easier to build scenes using a 'top loading' container so you can complete it outside of the container and then just pop it in. It doesn't always work out that way, but it's a plus when it does!

Step 6 - I put the lantern top back on and glued pieces of velcro into the top. I glued matching pieces onto the backs of the light controls. They tuck right in there out of sight!


Last but not least, I'll leave you with a detail photo of the tin roof because I love it so much. Yum!


Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies used:

Dies:
Tim Holtz Sizzix
3-D Impresslits Folder - Oak Leaf ( Sizzix / SB )
3-D Embossing Folder - Mini Foundry ( Sizzix / SB )
Tattered Leaves - retired
Village Dwelling - retired
Village Surf Shack - retired
Village Fixer Upper - retired

Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Falling Leaves, Grunged
Ranger Distress Halloween Mica Set
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Ranger Heavystock - white
a zillion different Ranger inks and Distress Spray Stains
Distress Resist Spray
Idea-ology Tiny Lights
coffee filters

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!) 


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Treasure Box Nature Journal Part 2!

Hello again! This month on Eileen Hull's blog the Teams are creating Nature Journals to share with you all. Last week I shared Part 1 of my Treasure Box Die project and I'm back this week with a look at the mini accordion fold journal that fits into the lid. 

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Untie the ribbons and the mini journal pops right out:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Then it unfolds into one long stamped collage. I had quite the stack of Tim Holtz stamps and inks spread all over the place as I was making the insides!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

I used the same patterned paper I lined the drawer with for the back cover.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

The construction of the journal was easy. I first used the 'swipe and smoosh' technique with Antique Linen Spray Stain on my craft mat to lay down some base texture and distressing on the cardstock for the pages. Then I cut strips 4.5" x 11" out of each page.


I scored the folds at 2.75" intervals. Before folding I did all my stamping and inking.


I joined the paper strip sections together with Tissue Tape on both sides of the seam. Also, I glued it down with Collage Medium for extra strength. Once the whole strip was done, I folded it up into an accordion and attached the covers. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Educator and Inspiration Teams.

Supplies used:

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 
Treasure Box  Sizzix )
Stacking Drawer - discontinued (still a few in Eileen's etsy shop)

Tim Holtz Sizzix
3-D Impresslits Folder - Oak Leaf ( Sizzix / SB )
3-D Embossing Folder - Foliage ( Sizzix / SB )
Branched Birch - retired
Darling Deer ( Sizzix / SB )


Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Nature Walk, Spring Sprung, Tiny Toadstools, Tree Line, Entomology, Field Notes, Ledger Script, Grunged, Ornate Trims, Bird Feather, Glorious Bouquet, Flutter, Falling Leaves, Specimen
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Feather, Code, Leafy, Shatter
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (or other washi tape)
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Distress Glaze - Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Field Notes Ephemera, Tiny Toadstools, Crinkle Ribbon, Hitch Fasteners, Tiny Clips, key
Ranger Woodgrain Cardstock
Ranger Heavystock - white
a zillion different Ranger inks and Distress Spray Stains


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!) 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Fall Birthday Card with Topflight Stamps

Hello and happy Friday! I'm filling in again over on the Topflight Stamps blog. The theme for the week has been fall cards so I made a birthday card for a friend whose bday is in October.

Lisa Hoel for Topflight Stamps - fall themed birthday card with Darkroom Door stencil and Katzelkraft Cats #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #topflightstamps

I love the grumpy cat from the Katzelkraft set Les Chats aka Cats. I have the best time making up snarky things for him to say! I surrounded him with a frame of embossed leaves. The Carved Leaves stencil is from Darkroom Door and the lovely embossing powders are Gwen LaFleur's Boho Blends from Emerald Creek. I hope my friend gets a laugh from this card!

Don't miss out on the Labor Day sale running now through Monday night! Stock up on stamps and supplies for the holidays coming up!


Topflight Stamps Supplies Used:

Katzelkraft stamp set - Cats
Heffy Doodle stamp set - Everyday Sentiment Duo
Darkroom Door stencil - Carved Leaves
Emerald Creek, Gwen LaFleur Boho Blends embossing powders - Topaz, Antique Yellow, Spanish Poppy
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx

Other:
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Tea Dye
cardstock
embossing ink dabber

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!)

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It's Nature Journals for September!

Hello everyone. A new month means a new theme in Eileen Hull blogland. I am so happy it is September and we have a great theme – Nature. In addition, her Teams have been challenged to create journals with dies that aren't officially "journal" dies. Challenge accepted! As usual my project got rather involved so this week is Part 1 of this project. ;-)

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed
Hmmm, what's inside?

I started off with Eileen's Treasure Box Die for the main structure. (I believe that this die has been discontinued so get it while you can!) 

Views around the sides:

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

What do we see when we open the box?

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

The journal itself is tied into the cover. You'll get to see all the details of that next week in Part 2! On the right is a little nature vignette and a drawer (the Stacking Drawer Die) to hold little bits and "specimens".

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - September Nature Journals with Eileen's Sizzix dies!  #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting #creativejuicefreshsqueezed
The leaf is paper! (made with the 3-D Impresslits Oak Leaf folder)

Here is a quick look at some of the "putting it together" steps.

1) All the parts laid out - I colored the 'outside' side of the matboard pieces with Distress Spray Stain in Speckled Egg, Iced Spruce,Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Oxide Speckled Egg and Antique Linen. The 'inside' side was colored with Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Tea Dye and Oxide Antique Linen.


2) I did all the stamping before assembly of course. I find it helps to lay the pieces out as they will be glued together to help me visualize how to add the imagery. I did the same on the reverse, "inside" pieces but forgot to take photos. oops!


I also had to account for where the openings in the birch trees wrap would fall. Lots of fiddling around! (I also did all the "inside" inking and stamping before assembling the box as well.)


3) Once the elements were in place, I assembled the box. (The die cut birch layer was glued in place after I assembled the box base.)



A look at the inside - The drawer has a lesser depth than the box so you can decide where you want to glue it. I moved it all the way forward and then glued an extra piece of mat board over the gap in the back.


4) Glazing the mushrooms - It's easy to change the color of the Tiny Toadstools. I used Crackling Campfire Distress Glaze by coating the mushroom tops with Collage Medium and then sprinkling with the embossing powder. Once the glue was dry, I hit it with the embossing gun to melt the powder. Spots were added afterwards with acrylic paint.


Well, stay tuned for next week to see all the details of the little journal that is part of this make. All will be revealed ha ha. UPDATE: FIND PART 2 HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Educator and Inspiration Teams.

I am also adding this to the current TFJB Challenge, "De-stress with a Little Distressing". I used lots of inked distressing on all the elements of the box to add that shabby chic look.

Supplies used:

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 
Treasure Box  Sizzix )
Stacking Drawer - discontinued (still a few in Eileen's etsy shop)

Tim Holtz Sizzix
3-D Impresslits Folder - Oak Leaf ( Sizzix / SB )
3-D Embossing Folder - Foliage ( Sizzix / SB )
Branched Birch - retired
Darling Deer ( Sizzix / SB )


Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Nature Walk, Spring Sprung, Tiny Toadstools, Tree Line, Entomology, Field Notes, Ledger Script, Grunged, Ornate Trims
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Distress Glaze - Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Field Notes Ephemera, Tiny Toadstools, Crinkle Ribbon, Hitch Fasteners, Tiny Clips, key
Ranger Woodgrain Cardstock
Ranger Heavystock - white
a zillion different Ranger inks and Distress Spray Stains


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!) 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Hot News! Eileen Hull has New Stamp Designs!

 


Eileen Hull is partnering with Maker Forte to bring you a brand new product line - beautifully designed stamps for your crafting pleasure! The first 3 sets are being released today and Eileen's Inspiration and Education Teams have been hard at work to bring you a ton of inspiration!

Here's a look at what is now available:

Buttons, Cards & More

Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments

Vintage Damask

For my first project, I chose to use the Vintage Damask stamp to make a beautiful background for this floral card. I inked up the stamp with two colors of pink Distress Ink and then lightly spritzed the stamp with water. After stamping it onto watercolor paper, it dries and has a nice watercolored effect! Easy Peasy!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Eileen has new stamp designs with MakerForte! #eileenhull

Don't miss Eileen's FaceBook Live on Friday the 27th at 1:00pm EST! She will be sharing samples from the Team and telling us all about her new stamps. Check out the blog posts from the other Team members too. We are sharing our makes using the new stamps.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Focus on PaperArtsy for Topflight Stamps

Hello everyone! I'm filling in over on the Topflight Stamps blog this week and the focus is on the PaperArtsy brand. (Which I love!) Their stamps, paints and mediums are fabulous to create with. One of my favorite designers of theirs is Lynne Perrella and I had a new stamp set that needed to see some ink!

Lisa Hoel for Topflight Stamps - focus on PaperArtsy and creative goodness!  #topflightstamps #creativejuicefreshsqueezed

I began with creating a background with Distress Spray Stains and a little pinch of PaperArtsy Infusions Dye powder (Golden Sands). Infusions are intensely strong grains of dye pigment and a little goes a long way! After that I stamped the images and then colored them with watercolor paint. I also stamped in the background to add more visual texture.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep an eye on the Topflight Stamps blog as the talented Design Team has something new for you to see nearly every day! Visit the Topflight Stamps store for a wide selection of art stamps and supplies from all around the world. PLUS, now through Sunday there is a 20% off sale in the Fall/Halloween collections.


Topflight Stamps Supplies Used:

PaperArtsy Eclectica Seth Apter stamp set 08
PaperArtsy Eclectica Sara Naumann stamp set 27
PaperArtsy Infusions Dye Golden Sands
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx

Other:
Tim Holtz
Switchlits Seal  Sizzix / SB )
Distress Spray Stain - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Oxide Antique Linen
various washi tapes
cardstock

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!)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Butterfly Trio Birthday Card

Hello everyone! I'm trying to get some more crafting time in. My art room has been sadly neglected this summer! I needed a birthday card for my aunt, so I decided to join in the current TFJB challenge and make her one. The challenge this go around is "Triple the Heat" and my 'trio'  is the three butterflies I included on the card.

Lisa Hoel #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  Butterfly trio birthday card

I encourage you to go check out The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog – their challenges are always lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by and I'll have more to see here at the end of the week. 


Supplies used:

Dies:
Tim Holtz Sizzix 
Flower Field Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Tim Holtz stamp sets - Spring Sprung, Tiny Toadstools, Papillon, Flutter
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks
cardstock
embossing ink
white embossing powder
clear detail 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!) 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Camping Memories Tag Album + Eileen Hull's Vintage Truck Die

Hello there folks! I have a new project to share with you today. Back in April with Eileen Hull's Chapter 2 Sizzix release, we met the 3-D Camper Box Die and I used it to make a holder for a tag album commemorating many of our family's past camping trips. (Find that post HERE.) For Chapter 3, Eileen released a fabulous 3-D Vintage Truck Box Die that matches the Camper! I knew I had to make a companion piece for the Camper project, especially since I wasn't able to fit our more current camping trips into that tag album.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

How cute is that little red truck? It's such a versatile die.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

The tag album fits right in the box.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Here are some peeks at the insides of the tag album. I used a ton of stamps and die cuts to bring home the nature theme.

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Both sides of the tags got the works!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull - Camping Tag mini album using new Sizzix Dies! #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #eileenhull #eileenhulldesigns #eileenhullsizzix #ehinspirationteam #eheducators #Sizzix #mymakingstory #diecutting

 A few notes on the truck construction:

I spritzed both sides of two pieces of Sizzix mat board with Distress Oxide Spray Fired Brick and regular Distress Spray in Crackling Campfire and Aged Mahogany. The oxide spray gave it a wonderful aged mottled look. After cutting out my truck pieces, I sealed them with a coating of Distress Micro Glaze. On top of that, I dabbed on embossing ink and then covered all the parts with Eileen's Glistening Glass clear embossing powder.

Truck parts I cut for your reference. (Check this past post for more truck assembly instructions.) I didn't make a hood for this truck so I'd have more room to fit my tag album.


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Educator and Inspiration Teams.

Supplies used:

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 
Vintage Truck Box  Sizzix / SB )
3-D Camper Box  Sizzix / SB )
Wreath & Snowflake Set  Sizzix / SB )
Card, Waterfall & Tags Set ( Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz Sizzix
Circle Play Sizzix / SB )
Gate Keeper ( Sizzix / SB )
3-D Impresslits Folder - Butterfly ( Sizzix / SB )
Tree Line ( Sizzix / SB )


Other:
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Specimen, Spring Sprung, Tiny Toadstools, Tree Line, Entomology, Field Notes, Falling Leaves, Flutter, Slight Alterations, Lumberjack, Halftone & Rings, Grunged
embossing ink
Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder - Glistening Glass, Polished Silver
cardstock
a zillion different Ranger inks


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!)