Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Comfort & Joy KickOff Class!

 Hello my Creative Friends, I hope you are signed up for Eileen Hull's Comfort & Joy Kickoff Class!!!! It is not too late to sign up. We have a full day of crafting fun with both video taped classes & Live classes. It is all day Nov.5th but have no fear everything will be stored in a Facebook group for you to see anytime you want. You can sign up here. It is only $20 and we have fabulous classes from the Inspiration and Education teams ready for you. Don't delay as Eileen needs to add you into the private, secret & very special Facebook Group held especially for this event. 

 Here is my project that I will be teaching. I am just putting the finishing touches on my videos so they can be uploaded & ready to go on Saturday. You can craft along with me or just watch & soak it all up then go back & make your book. Don't have a kit? Fret not, there is a product list so you know everything you need to be able to make your own unique book. 

Don't forget this is the 1st day in the 3rd annual Comfort & Joy crafting extravaganza. The teams will be back almost every weekday with inspiration for you. Just make sure you are part of the Eileen Hull Fan Club to take advantage of all the holiday spirit we will be tossing around! Make sure you answer the questions so we can be sure you are real & not an annoying robot! OK got to go finish those videos! Hope to see you on Saturday!!! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

How to Make Eileen Hull's Geometric Gift Box

Hello arty friends, today is tutorial day, how to make the Eileen Hull Geometric Gift Box by Sizzix. This project packs a dynamic punch yet is relatively quick and simple to make. In fact I took the pieces of the project home for a visit with my Mom assembling it while we chatted away. As always there is a supply list below. 

Here is just one way to use this papercraft box, as a beautiful gift box. This is a perfect gift for a hostess, teacher or friend. You can also use it to house pens, tags, paint brushes, or fake flowers for a decor item. The list is endless. I have linked a few videos below so you can see how Eileen die cuts & assembles this box. This Scoreboard XL includes triangle & star shapes to make extra design possibilities!

 Let's Get Started!

The 1st thing you will want to do is cut your base using mat board or cardboard. The photo above is with card board using Eileen's Vintage Button 3D Emboss with cardboard & paint. Just to show how versatile this product is. For my gift box I also recommend the Sizzix Making Essential mat board (Little Sizzles) link below. It is the perfect weight for the Scoreboard diecut & will guarantee success. You will want to cut 2 of the geometric portion, & one of the squares with tabs. Use one of the 3D embossing folders to create amazing texture on the 2 geometric pieces. I used Eileen's Woven Leather folder, which has amazing texture. Hot tip: The geometric piece is slightly longer then the embossing folder. For the 1st pass of the folder simply place your cutting mat before the line at the bottom of the folder. This way you will only emboss the pattern and not the folder line. Now turn your folder around and reposition then run through as normal to get the last bit embossed. The line won't be there!

Next step is to add Redline or Super Tape to the end tabs of each box piece. I also pulled out the Luster Wax for the next step.


Making the Design pop!

One of the match made in heaven duos is the 3D embossing folder & Luster Wax. The wax is super easy to use, with a nice smell & most importantly has a quick dry time. 
To apply just use a hard piece of foam with a small, thin layer of the wax. Skim the surface of the embossed areas to just pick up the high points. As you can see in this quick video changing the color of the base & wax completely changes the look of the project. Brown card stock with Gold Luster Wax for example. 


Time to Assemble. 

The best part of this box is it is so easy to assemble. Taking each of the geometric shapes, bend the pieces at the score lines using the side of a table, cut side facing up. Remove the protective paper from the Redline tape (using a pokey hole tool to slide between the red plastic and the tape makes this easy). Line up those 2 pieces and adhere the tab side to the non-tab side, making sure your pieces are in a straight line as in the photo above. 

Take the bottom piece (the square with tabs) bend the tabs, and add a strong wet glue like Ultrabond, in a fine line along the inside bottom of the box. Take your square piece tab side facing up and slide it into the box from the top and push it through to the bottom. It will fit really well and the glue just adds a little extra strength. Now we have a box!

To add details I covered a piece of the mat board (large enough to cover the star shape on the die cut) with Surfacez Metallic in Silver. This is a sticker sheet which makes this step easy. Once that was cut out a star brad was put through the hole in the middle. This was adhered over one of the triangles. Look at all that silvery texture! Now all that is left is what to put in your box. 

How To Video

If you want to see a video over view, of the box & how Eileen assembles the box including the lid, here is the Chapter 4 release video. This video includes the samples that were made with the dies plus some of the team (including me) showing their samples. This is a great group of gals!! If you just want to go straight to the info on this diecut go to the 1 hour 28 min. point. Eileen shows you how to cut, add the tape, bend the scor lines all the things!!

Expanded Geometric Box

This diecut can also be made into a much larger box as Eileen shows in this video. If you don't want to listen to the fun chatter & see the bonus samples of gorgeous projects start at the 19 minute mark. I know this is on my crafting list! I also used the lid to create a mini 3"x3" art journal which you can find examples of it my last post & on my Insta or Facebook pages (link on the right of this post).

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please leave a comment with your thoughts. I would love to hear from you. For more Eileen Hull inspiration make sure you join the Facebook Fan Club where Eileen does 2 live videos a week. Also check out the blog with links to lots of amazing creations & tutorials from the Inspiration & Education Teams. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Eileen Hull Chapter 4 Release Time!!

 Hello Eileen Hull Fans! Can you believe it is October already??? What is going on with time? The good news it means it is release time as Chapter 4 is just raring to go. There are a number of awesome dies & a 3D Folder for you to fall in love with. 

Here is my contribution of just a few of my projects. I am visiting my Mom and staying longer then planned so a few projects are back home. I have made a super mini art journal from the lid of the Geometric Box. It measures 3x3 just the perfect small size. You could use one of the spines cut down from the other book dies as well. If you know me you know I had to make a book! 

 I had to show a close up of the 3D Folder Silverware. Can you believe these are made from paper? Amazing. 

As usual the Inspiration & Education teams have sneak peaks for you ready to go. Some may even have tutorials so make sure you hop on the blog hop! Keep checking back to Eileen's Blog for links to all the tutorials over the next few months. There are also prizes to win. I hope you join us on Eileen Hull's Facebook page for the release party. All the details are below. 

In Eileen's words...

The Geometric Box is a different kind of design for me. I love the ease of assembly, the unique shape and and the possibility of expanding the box into larger containers! This is a ScoreBoards die so it may be cut from sturdy materials like mat board, chipboard, metal, leather and fabric. The finished box measures 4” h x 3” w x 4” d… or so… a fun feature of this die is that it adapts to how you shape it. You’ll see 🙂 Watch my live stream videos to show how to expand the possibilities of this die.
Use the Geometric Box for storage- for pencils, silverware, flowers, or tools. The box may also be used as a gift container- imagine adding teabags, a pretty silver spoon and a bow as a get well gift!
The Sunflower is a Bigz L steel rule die- designed to cut and score a myriad of materials. The Sunflower is BIG- it measures about 4" across and comes with a leaf, three sizes of petals and a flower center! Stack layers of petals to make a traditional sunflower, or change colors and create a pink coneflower. The basic shape is there for you to create your own flowers! Make a stem for the flower using wire and your Twist and Style Tool. The coordinating Geometric Box die works perfectly as a vase.
I love the whimsical patterns of vintage cutlery and that's why I created this Silverware 3D embossing folder! The design is so detailed you can actually see a tiny bride and groom on the handle of a cake server.
This folder is perfect for creating seating charts, menus, invitations, cards and recipe books. You would be surprised at the many materials you can emboss- metal, paper, cardboard, Sizzix texture roll and more. Once you have embossed the image, rub a light coat of a metallic Luster Wax over the top of the design and you have an amazing result!
I hope you will give these dies a try. Please remember to share them in the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook group so we can all be inspired!
"Enter the giveaway! Comment during the Release Party video and answer this question, "What would you create with these dies?" We loved hearing all your amazing ideas last time and want to hear more! Extra points for creativity 🙂 There will be two winners- one on Facebook and one on YouTube. Entries closed at 5:00 pm on Oct. 10. Winners will be announced on my Tuesday 10/11 livestream."


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