Friday, July 28, 2023

New Eileen Hull Dies Available Only at!

Big news! Eileen Hull is i
ntroducing a new die collection designed just for! You will find lots of ways to use these dies whether you like making cards, journals or home decor. Each die coordinates with the set but also stands alone, giving you good value! 

The Card Caddy is a ScoreBoards die, specially designed to cut and score thick material like matboard, chipboard, leather, felt and fabric, creating a sturdy base for other coordinating dies in the collection. The Caddy assembles in minutes. Use the die to create a card box, container for food gifts, holiday packaging or stationery, art journal, planners and cards – all this from one die!

Each of the three coordinating Thinlits sets fit perfectly on the box – cover with paper or fabric and create a special box of cards for yourself, friends or family!

Everyday Tags & Labels includes 13 dies: labels, tags, snowflake, flowers, and stars- everything you need throughout the year to add to gifts, cards, tags and journals!

The Floral Silhouettes die set has 12 elements: floral borders and swag, individual layering flowers and centers and delicate foliage. Make the flowers in layers, or cut from watercolor paper and paint each flower by hand! Flowers work on everything and these are the cutest shapes!

The Starlit Village & Card Panel die set comes with ten dies: two rows of small houses, individual houses, moon, star cluster and Warm Wishes sentiment. These dies make a gorgeous Christmas village- or paint a pastel row to make beach cottages- it’s all up to you!

These dies are only available at so buy soon before they sell out!

Let's take a look at some inspiration made using these new dies:

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Here is a Card Caddy treat container decorated with the Starlit Village & Card Panel die set. The card panel part of the set is so handy! It cuts a panel that insets slightly and fits perfectly on the front of the card caddy. And those little houses are so sweet!

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Here I used the Card Caddy Die to create a journal cover. The cover is embellished with die cuts made using the Floral Silhouettes die set as well as a label cut with the Everyday Tags & Labels die set.

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You can use all these dies to make 2-D projects like cards too. The panel cut from the Starlit Village & Card Panel die set fits so perfectly onto the card base made using the Card Caddy Die. A flower strip from the Floral Silhouettes set complements it perfectly.

Head on over to Eileen Hull's blog to see more project inspiration and die details! Also, Eileen's Live today is sure to be fun as she shares more about this exciting release that can only be found at I'll be sharing some tutorials for these projects throughout August so stay tuned for that as well.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Funkie Junkie Focus – Summer Fun

Hello Funkie Junkie fans! Our new theme is "Summer Fun". I always think of beach and ocean themed things as a part of 'summer' so I pulled out the Graphic 45 "Make a Splash" paper pad and started to play.

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The Tim Holtz Etcetera tags and parts make perfect bases! The new Facades coordinate perfectly with the tags and add a lot of dimension.

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Graphic 45 papers always have so much lovely detail built into each collection. The focal designs are perfect for fussy cutting.

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Here are some looks at the "in progress"

1) First I painted the edges of the tag with purple. I cut a piece of fabric and thin quilt batting to fit the front of the tag and stitched around the edges.

2) I stitched on some scraps of lace and shell buttons before I adhered the fabric to the tag base. Then I went to town layering away.

The purple foliage I cut from some scraps of painted and heat treated Tyvek I had from this project.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, Inspiration Ave. because you are now getting regular doses of expanded (and inspiring) content each week. Don't miss it…

Supplies used:

Graphic 45 8"x8" Paper Pad - Make a Splash
Graphic 45 4x6 Stamp Set - Make a Splash
Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Garden Greens
Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Garden Greens 659436

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: 
Etcetera Medium Tag Thickboards
Etcetera Facades
Etcetera Bracket Trims

Distress Archival Ink - Black Soot
Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough, Wilted Violet, Bundled Sage
Distress Paint - Wilted Violet

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Eileen Hull 2023 Sizzix Chapter 3 Release Party!


Welcome to the Sizzix 2023 Chapter 3 Release Party of Eileen Hull's newest die collection! We are celebrating with a Live party and this Blog Hop. Eileen's Teams have been hard at work creating with Eileen's new products and have quite a lineup of inspiration for you. Here is what Eileen has to say,
The Bigz Plus* Slotted Treat Box Die measures 6 1/2” x 5” x 3 1/2” and can hold so many things – a set of cards, journals, doll clothes, ephemera storage or you can even use it as a gift box! This is a Scoreboards die which is specially designed to cut and score thick material like matboard, chipboard, leather, felt, fabric and metal. *A 9” wide machine is required to cut this die.

The Field Notes and Specimen Card Die is a Bigz XL die that holds 5” x 7” pages or photos – a new orientation! The Specimen Card may be used to hold photos, as a journaling card or a shaker. Holes are pre-cut into the book spine which is adjustable from 1/2” to 1 1/2 in width. *XL Cutting Pads will be needed to cut the book cover.

The Envelope, Folder & Flowers Thinlits Die Set is made up of nine dies – an adorable mini envelope, file folder, set of small, medium and large hearts, and a large and small flower and leaf set. This die set will be perfect to create ephemera using your scraps!

The Keys 3D Embossing Folder is special to me. The keys all came from my Dad’s house. The names on the keys had to be removed because of possible copyright issues, but I love the idea of stamping or writing words on them. The detail on this is beautiful and I can’t wait to add Luster Wax to make the design pop!

The New Collection:

The team has been busy creating lots of samples so please make sure to visit the Blog Hop post on Eileen's blog and be watching social media to see their makes! There's a giveaway too! Comment in the Facebook and YouTube streams and tell us which is your new favorite die or folder and what you would make with it. You have until July 18th to post your comments.

Here's a look at some of the projects I made using Eileen's new dies. Tutorials will be coming up later in the month…

Using the Keys Embossing Folder and the Slotted Treat Box Die, I created a "treasure chest" for keeping those special objects in. This box is a Plus die so you need a larger machine to use it. The box is quite large and you can fit all sorts of things in it!

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I made a needle book with the Field Notes & Specimens Die. It's decorated using the flowers from the new Envelope Folder & Flowers Thinlits Die Set.

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Funkie Junkie Focus – Bird Notes Card Caddy

Hello there Funkie Junkie fans! Our new focus theme is "use your favorite Tim Holtz product". (Like I could choose just one thing – impossible!) Therefore I have used various Distress medias, stamps, dies and stencils to create a Card Caddy full of notecards.

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Mixed media is the best! All the goodies play so nicely together…

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I made a set of ten cards to fit into the Card Caddy holder.

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Let's take a look at how I made them:

Step 1 – I created backgrounds to cut up into card fronts. First I used Distress Sprays to lay down some color onto cardstock.

I added a secondary layer of visual texture with stencils.

Step 2 – I chopped the pages up into card fronts before adding more stamping and texture. Meanwhile, I had also cut the card bases and mats (from Kraft Stock Sparkle Classic – it added some nice bling to the cards).

Step 3 – I set the card bases off to the side and continued on with adding more to the fronts. Stamped texture went on first. Using the set of Everyday Art Element Stencils and Distress Embossing Dabber, I then added Distress Glazed accents. 

I adhered the die cut Silhouette Birds and Small Talk sentiments, then did some additional stamped texture over everything.

Step 4 – The Card Caddy Die (currently 50% off!) is a cinch to put together. I cut the pieces out of Sizzix mat board and then inked them. The tabs fold on the score lines and I glued it all together with a strong, quick grab liquid glue. (Clothespins are great for holding the tabs in place while the glue is drying.)

Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, Inspiration Ave. because you are now getting regular doses of expanded (and inspiring) content each week. Don't miss it…

Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Scoreboards Die - Card Caddy (currently 50% off!)
Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Silhouette Birds
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Grunged
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Toadstools
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Stitches
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Markings, Brush, Ringer, Brush Hex
Tim Holtz Element Stencils - Everyday Art

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: 
Small Talk
Kraft Stock - Sparkle Classic

Sizzix Mat Board

Distress Archival Ink - Dandelion, Pink Peony, Plum
Distress Spray Stains - Saltwater Taffy, Kitsch Flamingo, Antique Linen
Distress Oxide Spray Stain - Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen
Distress Oxide Ink - Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold
Distress Glaze - Picked Raspberries, Wild Honey
Distress Embossing Dabber