Authentique Magical Christmas Banner with Eileen Hull House Stitchlets Die
Hello, Friends! Today I have an Authentique Magical Christmas Banner to share with you. Even though I know that Jesus is the reason for the season, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa! Remember the anticipation of waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve? Did you listen for reindeer hooves on the rooftop like I did? These jolly Christmas Santa images take me right back to my childhood!
The pennants for this banner are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Banner Stitchlets die and some tags that I had in my stash.
TIP: Mix and match pennant shapes for a more interesting design.
TIP: Combine images from the 6×6 Paper Bundle with patterns from the 12×12 Collection Kit. Then toss in some texture with ribbon, burlap and felt embellishments.
TIP: Fussy cut around the Santa images from the 3×4 cards. Then pop them up with foam tape to create lots of dimension.
TIP: Tie ribbon streamers between the pennants. Then top with holly berry clusters to add a little extra cheer.
TIP: Fold 1 1/2″ wide cotton ribbon in half, then machine stitch the pennants between the layers. This makes for a finished edge and a banner that will not fall apart.
TIP: Make the first and last banners in a mirror image of one another. Then tuck in rusty jingle bells, bows and red flowers to make the banner really festive.
I hope this Magical Christmas Banner gives you some tips and ideas that you can use to decorate your home this holiday season. A banner like this also makes a great gift!
Hello, Friends! This Eileen Hull Mitten Box is my inspiration project for the RRR Blog Hop. Welcome to the hop! You should be coming here from Ginny’s fabulous blog. The Really Reasonable Ribbon Team is featuring projects made with the very chic November Ribbon Club Assortment.
Can you hear the champagne corks popping? This Holiday Elegance Assortment is fairly bursting with class. But it works well on rustic projects, too!
Silver Metallic Star Satin Ribbon plays so well with the buffalo plaid check pattern on my Eileen Hull Mitten Box. The stars on the ribbon echo the star focal in the box design.
TIP: Create “faux snow” on your Christmas star with Ranger Grit Paste and a little glitter.
Fill up that mitten box with lots of goodies! Gift card wallets, chocolate treats, a mini candy cane fill mine. Add a little Christmas bookmark topped with more ribbons from the November Club assortment, and you’ve got a really sweet gift package on your hands. You can also set the mitten box out on display during the winter months. It would be so cute filled up with peppermint candies or chocolate kisses!
On With the Hop
Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherylhas prepared to inspire and delight. And don’t forget to finish up the hop by answering Bonnie’s question of the month over on the RRR Blog. That will enter you in a drawing for a free Ribbon Club Assortment.
If you’re not a Ribbon Club Member, it’s super easy to subscribe. You can find out all about it HERE. It’s a great way to build up your ribbon stash…and it’s like getting a Christmas present in the mail every month of the year.
You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To find other projects made with the Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die, please click HERE.
Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas
Hello, Friends! Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you. The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week. (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blogon Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)
There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas! Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card. Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die! Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament. In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way! I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.
TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die. Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.
The Twisted Easel Card
Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.
First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner. (It will look like a triangle.)
Then just fold and crease! Now you have a twisted easel card base.
Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up. This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.
TIP: Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction. Isn’t that fun?
I love using twisted easel cards as home decor. This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!
A Hidden Pocket
The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket. Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens. You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot. So now, this card is also a gift!
A Peek Inside
The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior. I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.
Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube
So are you ready to get your craft on? Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.
Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them. They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.
To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.
A Little Christmas in July with Eileen Hull and Authentique Paper
Hello, Friends! I know it’s the 4th, but I just had to share a little Christmas in July with you today. I have two of the cutest little Christmas projects, both made with Eileen Hull’s newly released Sizzix dies and Authentique papers.
These versatile steel rule dies can be used to create a dimensional box, or as mixed media elements. Cute as a button, they are perfect for holiday gifting and card making.
Warm Hearts Easel Card
This 7″ x 8 1/4″ easel card features elements from the Snowman Box. Here’s how I prepared the die cut pieces to build this wintry vignette.
First, die cut the pieces from mat board. You will only need one box side to serve as the picket fence.
Mist the fence lightly with water and run it through your die cutting machine to add the wood grain texture.
Next, apply Gathered Twigs Distress ink to the front of the fence. Cut an extra “v” on the box side to keep the pickets looking all the same.
Now apply Black Soot Distress Ink Directly to the surface of a wood grain embossing folder and run it through the machine a second time.
Apply Dries White Glitter Glue and Frosted Crystals to the pickets and base of the fence, then set aside to dry.
“Paint” the snowman bodies with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse. to add texture and shine.
Trace the snowman hats and scarves onto designer paper, cut out and apply to the snowman bodies.
Accessorize with burlap string, mini jingle bells and flowers.
A Peek Inside
Add a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel mechanism. Then prepare a little treat wallet to tuck inside. I’ve decorated this card with Authentique Paper’s Snowfall Collection. Wouldn’t this be a great gift to send in the mail? And you can leave snowman décor up long after the holiday has passed. They are just so cheery!
On the Nice List: Mitten Treat Box
I have a soft spot in my heart for mittens. My mom used to knit ours every winter. She always added extra long cuffs so the snow would not creep up our sleeves and freeze us. So this mitten box speaks to my memories, and I just love it. The box is very easy to assemble. Just die cut mat board or chipboard , then die cut your designer papers and adhere. The die comes with the mitten shape, the rickrack trim and some cute little hearts.
Make a bunch of these to use as place cards for your holiday celebrations. They also make wonderful gifts for friends, neighbors and co-workers. Authentique Paper’s new “A Magical Christmas” collection is absolutely stunning. I’ve used the 6×6 pad to decorate my mittens and wrap the presents that are tucked inside. Once the treats are consumed, display candy canes, peppermints, or wrapped candy in the mitten box. Or, use it as a pen holder on your desk.
Create a little tag insert with Eileen’s Gift Card Folder and Label Die. It fits neatly inside the mitten box. The dimensional envelope makes a great treat wallet, too.
I used to think Christmas in July was crazy, but now I realize that it takes time to create handmade gifts. Starting in July makes me feel less rushed during the holiday season, too. When do you start creating your Christmas crafts?
Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Insert
Hello, Friends! Let’s start our day with a Ciao Bella Sound of Summer beach themed project! As you all know, I just adore the ocean and coastal colors. Since we haven’t been able to visit the NC shore yet this year, I just had to get my beach vibes from playing with paper. So I pulled out The Sounds of Summer paper collection, some beachy Reneabouquets Bouquets Beautiful board, flowers, beach embellishments and ribbon. Time to turn on the old thinking cap and imagine something unique and worthy of these paper pretties!
After some serious thinking and experimenting, I came up with the idea for a hanging mini album. This unusual design does triple duty: beach home decor, mini journal and photo folio all in one! How fun is that? The heavy cardstock hanging pocket measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1″. It’s just big enough to hold this beach diary made with Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die. This was a pretty involved project, so there’s no tutorial, but we’ll take a closer look at each of the elements in this post.
Reneabouquets: Trinkets and Beautiful Board Seahorse and Starfish
The inspiration for this project came from Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Trinkets. Beautiful Board is a unique surface. (Read more about it HERE.) It’s lovely straight out of the package. But it also takes to mixed media products like a duck takes to water. First, cover the Seahorse and Starfish with a nice layer of Versamark Embossing Ink. Then sprinkle on some Seth Apter Vintage Patina, Ancient Amber and Rust Baked Textures. Heat emboss from the underside to prevent the powders from blowing away. It’s like embossing alchemy to see the powders blend and create the baked on enamel finish.
TIP: You can add more embossing ink and more Baked Textures in layers to get just the look you want.
The next step is to alter the Mermaid Trinkets from Renea’s shop.
First, paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint. Let it dry for a minute, then gently tap a black archival ink pad on the raised oval edge of the Baroque Metal Frame.
Next, stamp the metal frame onto a scrap of designer paper. Wipe the frame clean with a baby wipe to remove any excess ink.
Now cut around the inside of the stamped image. It should fit neatly inside the frame.
Then paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint. Let it dry for a minute, then gently wipe away with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to reveal the details. Repeat this process with the mermaid trinket.
Next, adhere the cut out oval inside the frame. Then adhere the mermaid inside the frame using a strong metal adhesive. The adhesive will likely ooze out the sides. This is not a problem as you can fill the bottom half of the frame with Minnie Pearls Prills to resemble bubbles in the water.
Now set everything aside to dry while you make the hanger pocket base.
Creating the Hanger Pocket Base
Score a 5 3/4″ x 12″ panel of cardstock on the long side at 7 3/4″ and 8 3/4″. This leaves you with a 3 1/4″ flap and 1″ spine on the bottom of the base.
Line the back of the hanger with a panel of designer paper.
Die cut the Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid from cream cardstock and adhere to resemble a window pane.
Die cut a burlap with the fishtail banner die from the same set. Cut in two pieces and adhere as seen in the photo.
Now score two 3″ x 3 1/8″ panels of scrap paper at 1″ and 2″ to form gussets for the pocket. Adhere to the sides of the pocket flap and the hanger card base. Decorate as seen in the photo.
Creating the Pocket Notebook
Die cut the Eileen Hull Notebook base from mat board or heavy chipboard. Then wrap it with designer paper. Fold to form the journal. Stitch canvas scraps and back with Scor-tape. Then wrap the spine to cover any cracks in the paper.
Wrap the spine with elastic and attach a dangle charm.
The cover of the journal is flat so that it will fit inside the hanger pocket. BV=ut I did add a little pocket and tag feature to liven it up.
Line the inside covers with designer paper. Then create 3 signatures to tuck underneath the elastic bands. Decorate the signatures with cut apart features from Ciao Bella Sound of Summer papers and more Reneabouquets Starfish. This is what the Beautiful Board looks like with absolutely nothing done to it. Pretty, right?
Each of the 4 signatures has five folded parchment folios inside the covers.
This gives you 10 double sided pages inside each signature. That’s plenty of room to journal, add photos or sketch.
This would also make a wonderful guest book for a beach house! When the pages are filled up, simply slip them out from under the elastic bands and slip new pages in. Easy peasy!
On the Flip Side
Folks, you know me…I hate to let a good surface go to waste. So I created a simple photo folio on the back side of the hanger. Simply score a 12″ x 7 1/2″ piece of designer paper at 1″ and 5 1/2″. Then fold to form a folio with a spine on the right. Adhere a length of burlap string to the back side, then adhere to the hanger pocket base. Create a pocket for the right hand side and tuck in some 4″ x 6″ journal cards. Add gussets to the 1″ flap on the left and fold to form a side pocket for more journal cards. This is a great place to add family photos and memories of a beach trip.
Now decorate the pocket with your prepared flowers and embellishments. Finally, I suspended the whole rig from a Melissa Frances vintage hanger and adhered the Mermaid Trinket.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hanging mini album creation. I think it could be a great conversation piece, a functional guest book, and a fun way to document beach memories.