Tuesday, September 5, 2023

#ICAD Box with Eileen Hull's Slotted Treat Box by Sizzix

Hello fans of Eileen Hull! Today is the tutorial for my #ICAD box using Eileen's Slotted Treat Box by Sizzix. This is a fantastic size box although you do need the  Big Shot Plus machine that cuts the XL dies for it. The finished box nicely fits 4x6 cards which makes it very versatile. I left my box lid off as the cards were a little too tall.  

I love making altered boxes & Eileen's Scoreboard dies are great for this as they cut the heavier materials. So easy to cut, assemble & decorate.  

The #ICAD challenge was the perfect excuse to make a box! If you haven't heard of this challenge hop on over to my Instagram or Facebook where I have been sharing these cards. The challenge is hosted by Tammy Garcia & starts on June 1st, runs for 61 days. I did this knowing I would not make the time frame but wanted to play regardless & have made 56 so far. These magical art cards fit great in this box which makes for easy viewing!

Let's Get Started!

You need to cut 2x sides and fronts and 1x bottom. This photo has the sides & fronts shown. the bottom is just a rectangle piece. I used cardboard, you could also use mat board which would make your box super sturdy. Add supertape to  the tabs & fold on scor lines. 


Assembly is pretty easy just remove the red cover (use a pokey hole tool to slide under the plastic) of the supertape. Attach the side tab to a non tab side making sure your base piece tabs are at the bottom, as shown above. Then remove the base tab tape & adhere the bottom piece to create your box. 

Let's Decorate Our Box!

I like decorating my box after assembly. You can add the paper before if you like as well. Just be mindful of the direction of your paper... For this box I used the very cool looking Simple Stories Simple Vintage Essentials. Cut paper for front and back - 6 1/4 x 2 1/2" &  sides are 4 3/4 x 2 1/2". My favorite way to add paper these days is to dab a line of Mixed Media or Ultra Bond glue and then use a Stencil Pal to drag the glue down the paper. Makes for easy adhering. Set box aside to dry. 

Time to add Mixed Media!

Here is the perfect way to use all those gel prints that you have lying around! I have also linked a Gel Press video I have if you haven't played or want a tune up.


Just take those prints & cut a bunch of flowers, folders etc using the Everyday Envelopes & Flowers set.

I wanted my flowers to have a pop of interest & adding embossing powder is just the trick. The fun thing is any white areas will be tinted by the glaze color & it will change the other colors. Scroll back up & you can see how the blue became purple. If you want your colors to stay the same just use a clear powder. 

 You can add another layer by stamping with an archival ink on top! 

Here is a leaf from the same set. It changed the blues to greens. YAY! Just have fun & play with the glazes, they sure add a punch.


 Last Step

All that was left was assembly. The file folder was cut in half, word stickers added  & the cool little bee. The folder pieces were stacked and glued down. Glued the flowers & leaves down on top of the folder piece. Added the cool mushroom sticker. For my ICAD card the same embossing techniques were used on more gel prints. The embossing makes my title look so dynamic! The letters were cut from the Tile Alphanumeric die, the 2023 is from the inside of that die. The cool label is the handle that comes with Treasure Box. That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial & you have a chance to go get inky!

Supply List 

Eileen's Diecuts by Sizzix

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Tutorial of Scrapbook.com Release with Eileen Hull

Hello Fans of Eileen Hull, today is the day for my tutorial of the Scrapbook.com (SBC) release!! These dies are only available at SBC. It was an honor to be able to create with these new die cuts. The teams will be using them all month so be sure to check out Eileen's weekly posts with links to the blogs. You will also want to check out Scrapbook.com as their designers work with the dies too. I will be sharing more all projects as well. Another great feature is the Gallery which gives inspiration on using products from the website. As always there is a supply list at the end of this post. *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!


My project is a mixed media book using Eileen's new Field Notes die by Sizzix with the Starlit Village & Card Panel on the cover. A great way to use die cuts as dimensional item on surfaces. Keep reading as I will show some of the inside pages as well using the other new release sets. Also make sure you are dialed into my Facebook &/or Instagram (links to the right) as I will be sharing more details on the inside there.


A full look at my journal, the shine on this in real life is awesome! You can see here that I added some hardware for my closure. Tim Holtz Hook Clasp would do the trick then you can add some charms to the chain with jump rings.

This is the die cut, it has so many awesome features. There are a lot of layering possibilities.

The Cover!

Let's get started. Using a cereal box cut 2 covers with the Field Notes die. Recycling is good! I was able to use the Starlit Village die to cut the cereal box. This took running the die cut back & forth about 4 times. Keep in mind the die won't cut a surface that is much thicker then the die itself. The stars were cut from watercolor paper.

I decided to make my book 2 signatures wide. The great thing about the Field Notes die you can make as many as 5 signatures in a book. Simply trim along the scorelines to make it 2 holes wide. Next step was to add some texture paste using stencils. Set aside to dry. The thing I love about Ranger Texture Paste is it dries in about 10-15 minutes. 



Then it was time for some color. Add a layer of Tim Holtz distress sprays & if you like the glimmer look, some mica sprays. When I do this technique I usually test my colors on a scrap piece. Keep in mind spraying on a kraft color surface changes the look of the colors. Keep the same colors in their spots if you need to respray, this helps prevent a muddy look. 


This is the back of the album. As the cover dries you can add more color if you need to. I also added some Distress Oxide to brighten up areas, you can see on the finished book the areas that have a milky look are Oxides. 


I just love this technique. It is a brilliant one for the covers of books & creates such a dynamic look. Set aside to dry. You want the cover really dry for the next step or you risk damaging the paste areas. 


Once the covers are really dry hit the high points with Luster Wax. This brings the metallic shine & also helps the images pop! You can use one color or mix and match to reveal more metallic lusciousness.


Add Super Tape in 1/4" on one cover side of the spine, line up the holes and adhere the spine together. If you are worried about painting outside the spine area use low tack tape to protect the cover. Paint with acrylic paint. I used Distressed in Uncharted Mariner. Let dry.


Let the spine dry really well. Otherwise powder will stick everywhere. Once dry stamp in a few spots & heat emboss. I stuck with the copper look. Stamp & emboss in sections using embossing ink. This helps keep the ink wet for a crisp look. I sewed my signatures in & added beads & charms. That will be another post.  This is also a good time to add the Faucet Knob or whatever hardware you want on the cover. 

Just a quick peek inside as this post is getting long! Here is one of my inside pages. The post stamp in the top is using the Snail Mail Diecut. Again keep an eye on my other Social Media accounts as I post there more often & a flip through video is coming.  

Here is a picture of how that page looks like in the book. My pages are different lengths which adds interest when flipping through.

Another quick page adding this cool tag. Use the tag from the Everyday set & cut out of a mix media paper then put a piece of black card stock behind it. Lots of impact! That is it for today. I hope you have the chance of playing with these awesome dies. Make sure you join the Eileen Hull Fan Club group on Facebook for 2 live videos a week, a great community & lots of inspiration. Hope you have a great & inky day!!

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Special Scrapbook.com Release with Eileen Hull

Hello Fans of Eileen Hull, very excited to be here with the special Scrapbook.com (SBC) release with Eileen Hull & Sizzix! The links will be at the end of my post. These products are available only at SBC. You may have seen my book with some of the elements covered when we did the Chapter 3 release a few weeks ago. Today you get to see the full cover. Photo credit goes to my son Caleb as I was unable to take the money shot! See below for all the details of the blog hop & this release!


Here is my Field Notes book with the new Scrapbook.com release. Stay tuned for the step by step directions coming in a few weeks. I will also be sharing individual shots of inside pages throughout the month on my Instagram & Facebook. Make sure you follow me there (links on the right of this blog) I share a lot of content. 

Here is another shot of the cover of my book. The release includes the stars & moon die, the houses layered on this cover. Much more to see inside so stay tuned!

In Eileen's words... Introducing a new die collection designed just for Scrapbook.com! 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 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 scrapbook.com so buy while they still have some!
Schedule for featured dies:
Week 1 Card Caddy
Week 2 Starlit Village & Card Panel
Week 3 Floral Silhouettes
Week 4 Everyday Tags & Labels

I hope you join us as we celebrate over the next month. Eileen will be doing some special lives in the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook. I will have lots of content in August using these dies so wohoo! Also make sure you follow SBC on their social media platforms. If you sign up to receive emails you get notified of all the good stuff, including new releases, sales & more!


 For some reason I can't add the blog hop list so go back to Eileen's post here & move on to the next name on the list-  Susie Bentz


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